Stephenson – Stone Mountain, Ga.
No. 283 overall player in the country
No. 26 DE in the country
No. 22 overall player in Georgia
Chauncey Rivers seemed to know the entire time that he wanted to go to Georgia… but there was a problem.
He didn't have an offer to play for the Bulldogs because Todd Grantham had not given him one. That changed a when Jeremy Pruitt came on board.
"Coach Pruitt brought a lot of different things to Georgia's defense," Rivers said. "Plus he's won a few national championships, so those guys are learning everything they are teaching them.”
Rivers said that he is on the same page with Pruitt when it comes to recruiting – keep every prospect the Bulldogs want in state. That's a lofty and nearly impossible goal to reach, however.
"He said he wanted to keep all of the Georgia boys inside of Georgia," Rivers said while acknowledging how difficult that task really is. "A lot of boys want to see what's different outside of Georgia. But he's just a great coach.”
Rivers was once committed to South Carolina, but said he thought better of it as time went on. He said playing for the school where he has grown up is too much to pass up.
"There's a lot of people that have gone to Georgia from around here," Rivers said. "I have been looking at them since 10th grade. I had been going up there for a long time. When they finally offered me I wanted to commit."
HONORS: Scout.com four-star prospect, No. 283 ranked prospect and No. 26 DE nationally, No. 12 DE in the South… Dawg Post No. 22 ranked prospect in Georgia… PrepStar No. 142 player in the country… Member of Atlanta Journal-Constitution 2014 Super 11 and Class AAAAA All-State Team… Named to the Georgia Sports Writers Association 2014 All-State Class AAAAA First Team Defense and 2013 All-State Class AAAAA Second Team Defense… 2014 DeKalb County Defensive Player of the Year… 2014 Georgia Region 6-AAAAA Defensive Player of the Year
SCOUTING: Rivers is a jumbo-athlete who originally shined at tight end on the high school level. His frame is good, but maybe a little undersized when talking height. He has good length and great thickness in the lower-body. He is best off the edge using his quickness and dipping his shoulder to get around the corner. His hands are solid, but can still improve there. He is athletic with a quick first step off the ball. Anticipates well. - Chad Simmons
LEGGE’S QUESTION: How many “thank yous” does Mark Richt owe Rivers for his recruiting of his peers over the last year?
LEGGE’S THOUGHTS: Rivers was the key to this class. He’s not the best player at his position in the group, but after jumping on the offer to come to Georgia after being ignored by the previous defensive staff, Rivers was as important as anyone else in red and black to the class of 2015. He’s a good, not great defensive lineman who is going to have to likely redshirt to get ready for life in college.