Deejay Dallas was the first commitment at Saturday’s Dawg Night, which is UGA’s biggest recruiting event of the summer.
The 4-star athlete from Brunswick’s Glynn Academy High School is UGA’s second commitment for 2017, along with quarterback Bailey Hockman of McEachern. Dallas is rated as the state’s No. 31 overall prospect for next year.
“I think those guys at Georgia have done a great job recruiting him,” Glynn Academy coach Rocky Hildalgo told the AJC. “He really enjoys this staff. They have worked hard on selling him on the University of Georgia, and I think it’s a great decision for him. I think he’s going to be a good player for them. He’s a great kid. It’s a good pickup for the Bulldogs.”
Where will Dallas play at UGA? He is being recruited as a defensive back for the Bulldogs. But that could easily change due to his versatility.
“People ask me all the time: Is he an offensive player or defensive player?” Hildalgo said. “He’s a really talented kid – as talented as I’ve ever coached. He is spectacular with a football in his hands. The flip side is that’s he’s physical enough to play safety, and he has got the length and the hips to play corner.
“I think right now they (UGA) are recruiting him as a defensive back. But he has two years of high school left. A lot may be decided (with where he plays at UGA) on what they pick up with the rest of that recruiting class. He’s a tremendous all-around player. He may even play quarterback for us. He can really help up Georgia in a lot of ways. He’s special.”
Dallas nearly committed to UGA a couple of months ago, according to his coach.
“He and I talked about it today,” Hildalgo said. “He called me this morning and said he wanted to do it (commit to Georgia). I told him ‘Let’s go ahead and do it.’ He had wanted to commit a few months ago. I told him let’s just take a step back and evaluate everything … it was the right time for him to do it today.”
Dallas has a half-dozen offers, including Florida, Auburn, South Carolina and Missouri. He told the AJC this week he desperately wanted to work out at the camp, but he’s still recovering from a foot injury he suffered earlier this year.