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Good news for UGA: Commit to stick with Bulldogs

Chris Carson, UGA’s lone commit at running back for this year’s class, told the AJC on Sunday evening that he’s sticking with the Bulldogs.

“I chose UGA,” Carson said in a text message, “(and) I’ll be available to talk later on.”

Mark Richt (AJC file)

Mark Richt (AJC file)

It was a big recruiting win for UGA. Carson, who attended Parkview High School before Butler junior college, heavily considered flipping to Oklahoma State and took a week to reach his final decision.

Oklahoma State was all over Carson in the last few few weeks, and he liked enough from what he heard to take an official visit there last weekend. It went well, with Carson saying he was “70 to 80” percent committed to UGA and would decide between the two schools by Friday.

If that wasn’t unsettling enough, Carson added more suspense by avoiding calls from the media past Friday and through most of the weekend. That was surprising because Carson is one of the most media-friendly recruits out there, and usually responds quickly to interview requests.

A flip by Carson to Oklahoma State would’ve hurt UGA because the Bulldogs this year struggled with finding a running back out of high school because of depth (Nick Chubb, Sony Michel and Keith Marshall). UGA settled on Carson last summer, and he’s two years out of high school, giving the Bulldogs the chance to sign an elite one of high school to join 5-star quarterback Jacob Eason and 5-star offensive lineman Ben Cleveland next year.

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