Ex-Wisconsin recruit commits to UGA

UGA’s frantic search to add a couple of offensive linemen at the last minute to this year’s recruiting class had some success of Sunday.

Sam Madden, who was a longtime Wisconsin commit but recently reopened his recruitment after being told he wouldn’t be admitted for academic reasons, pledged to UGA over South Carolina on Sunday via Twitter.

Ex-Wisconsin commit Sam Madden (247sports.com)

Ex-Wisconsin commit Sam Madden (247sports.com)

Madden is a 6-foot-7, 345-pounder from Barnegat, N.J. He was offered by UGA last Tuesday, and he took an official visit with the Bulldogs this weekend.

He’s rated as a 3-star and the No. 10 overall prospect out of New Jersey. Madden was scheduled to take a recruiting trip to South Carolina next weekend.

Madden was one of two targets on the offensive line to visit UGA this weekend, with the other being Dunwoody’s Nick Buchanan, who is still committed to Cal. Many predict Buchanan to flip to the Bulldogs.

UGA now has three 2015 commits on the offensive line, including Marist’s Sage Hardin, who is a 3-star who earned a camp offer last summer. He quickly accepted. The other is DeVondre Seymour of Hinds junior college. He is a somewhat of a concern because he wasn’t able to qualify academically to enroll earlier this month.

During UGA’s frantic search for last-minute additions, the Bulldogs offered scholarships within the last 10 days to at least four offensive linemen, including Creekside’s Venzell Boulware (committed to Tennessee) and Marquel Harrell (Auburn).

Harrell respectfully declined the offer because he said it was “too late.” Boulware also turned down UGA’s overtures initially, but then said he would consider a visit with the Bulldogs after he returned from this weekend’s trip to Ohio State.

UGA has 26 commits for 2016.

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