BJ Emmons, who had been committed to UGA since last December, backed away from his pledge to the Bulldogs on Thursday, his coach told the AJC.
Emmons is a 4-star running back from Morganton, N.C. He had academic issues, but improved his grades enough this year to get recent offers from Alabama and Florida, among others. Emmons visited Tennessee last weekend.
“Yes sir, he sure did de-commit from Georgia,” Freedom High School coach Brandon Allen told the AJC.
“I think he did that because so many other schools have come on with offers. I certainly don’t think he has ruled Georgia out. I think that he just wanted to be fair enough to say ‘Hey look, I want to open things up and see what else is out there.’ He wants to make sure that he’s going to the right school. And I definitely don’t think that he’s ruling UGA out.”
Emmons delivered the news to Mark Richt on Wednesday.
“He spoke with Coach Richt, and he said that the conversation went well,” Allen said. “He said that Coach Richt wasn’t upset, or anything like that. I didn’t expect Coach Richt would be. I know Coach Richt would want what is best for the kid.”
Emmons earned an offer from Alabama a couple of weeks ago after impressing the Crimson Tide coaches at camp. He went to Tennessee this past weekend, and wants to set up a trip to Florida. Emmons would also like to earn offers from LSU and Texas A&M.
In related news, Elijah Holyfield, a 4-star running back and the son of former boxing great Evander Holyfield, told the AJC that he will make an unofficial visit again to UGA on Friday. This will be the second trip to UGA this week for the rising senior from Woodward Academy. Auburn is considered the school to beat for Holyfield, but UGA appears to be gaining ground.