Something good for UGA may have come out of the Georgia Tech weekend after all.
Juwuan Briscoe, a 3-star cornerback from Maryland who de-committed from Clemson a month ago, pledged to UGA over Ohio State on Thursday via Twitter.
Briscoe seemed to be a heavy lean to Ohio State until only a few days ago. He took an official visit to UGA for the Georgia Tech game last month.
“The official visit seemed to turn it for Georgia,” said Rusty Mansell of 247sports.com. “From everything I’m gathering, things started turning in Georgia’s favor during that official visit.
“Of course, Georgia lost that weekend, and people think that you don’t get kids when that happens. But who knows? Maybe he saw an opportunity. Maybe he thought ‘those guys are telling me the truth. I can play here quickly.’
“They’ve got to add depth. They’ve got to add guys who can play in some fashion or form in this class. These guys in this class have got to get them minutes at defensive back next season.”
UGA now has 26 commitments for 2015, and the Bulldogs could sign as many as 31 in February. Briscoe is the seventh commitment who could play either cornerback or safety.
“The first thing is his length,” Mansell said. “He is a legit 6-foot kid. There is a pattern you can see with the way that Jeremy Pruitt is recruiting – and that’s to go after guys who can play both ways. Briscoe plays running back and cornerback. So you’ve got to like his ball skills.”
UGA’s primary recruiter for Briscoe, who is from Waldorf, Md., was UGA linebackers coach Kevin Sherrer.
“He went up there to watch a game, and he was there every week that could be there during the NCAA contact period,” Mansell said. “He did a good job there.”