July 29, 2008

Rumors continue to swirl around Ealey

When a high profile prospect commits early in the process, rumors seem pop up every month or so about him looking around, visiting other schools, or backing off his commitment. This has been the case with UGA commitment WaShaun Ealey since he committed to the Dawgs in January.



Coach Milan Turner led the Emanuel County Institute Bulldogs to a perfect season in 2007. The small school in Twin City went 15-0 and defeated Wilcox County for the Single A Georgia State Title.



They were clearly the most dominant team in that classification and some started looking at them in the same class as AA Champion Buford and wondering if they could compete with some schools in bigger classifications with their talent.



The talent group started with class of 2009 running back WaShaun Ealey, one of the top backs in the country. The 5-foot-11, 200 pound Rivals100 prospect ran for over 2,900 yards and he scored 58 touchdowns. The 58 touchdowns is a new Georgia state record.



Ealey started getting attention early last season and he received offers from schools like Auburn, Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida State in January. A week before Signing Day for the class of 2008, the big recruit out of a small town told Mark Richt that he wanted to be a Bulldog.



Since that time, rumors have swirled about Ealey visiting other schools, Ealey worrying about the depth charts at Georgia, and these rumors will likely not die until he signs his letter of intent on February 4 and faxes it to the Butts-Mehre building in Athens.



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