Late yesterday afternoon, the Georgia Bulldogs got a boost when 3-star defensive back DeAndre Baker and 4-star linebacker Gary McCrae verbally committed to the program.
At 5’11, 180 pounds, Baker seemingly comes out of nowhere, but he’s been on the Georgia Bulldogs radar for quite some time, and even called them his “favorite” school. The only issue seemed to be the lack of an offer from, otherwise, he’s likely to have committed sooner.
It’s pretty clear that the recent departures have left open a huge door for this recruiting class, as Baker’s offer may have only come in the last couple of days.
One thing is clear, though, this kid has the goods.
While he has the speed Pruitt covets (he ran the 200 meter in 23.1 seconds when he was at Richland Northeast High School, and was considered as a candidate for a track and field scholarship), he’s also great in coverage; his high school coaches consider him a “shutdown” corner, and he’s been very impressive on the camp circuit.
McRae is considered a prospect on the rise, and only recently earned his 4-star rating (247Sports). He was already touting offers from Michigan State, Louisville, North Carolina, and Kentucky, but he made it clear he wanted that Georgia offer the most…it’s why he made it a point to come down to their camp this past Tuesday.
“I wanted to get an offer from Georgia,” McCrae said. “I mean, Georgia is home. I went out there and worked hard for them. I got the offer.”
What does an offer from the Bulldogs mean to the recently-named four-star?
“It means a lot to me,” he said. “I have people from my school that went there. My family are big Georgia fans and its close to home. Its a school I can relate to. It’s big for them [Georgia]. They are on top for me. I’m ready to go back home and tell my coaches. My brother brought me up here to the camp and when we went in to talk to Coach (Mark) Richt and I got the offer, he was real excited.” (Jake Rowe, Dawgs247)
Obviously, the offer was a game changer.
“My dad was talking to Coach (Mark) Richt, and they were talking about the scholarship, and my dad gave me the phone and he (Richt) asked me if I was committing to Georgia,” McCrae said. “I told him yes. Georgia was the only place I wanted to go.” (Anthony Dasher, UGASports.com)
McCrae runs a 4.5 forty, has a 42″ vertical, and measures in at 6’5, 220.