4-star McEachern DL Julian Rochester, considered the No. 28 overall player in the country, committed to the Bulldogs today during a visit to Athens, according to his head coach Kyle Hockman. The Bulldogs now have three of the top 50 overall players in the country committed to them (Jacob Eason and E.J. Price) - that's the most in the country for any school.
“This is a monster pick-up for Georgia on multiple levels,” Scout National Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons said. “Obviously Rochester is one of the top defensive linemen in the country, so that is where it starts. But he is going to be another recruiter for Georgia, too. Rochester is very close with numerous Georgia targets.”
Rochester’s recruiting will likely start with 5-star Lanier DL Derrick Brown, who is considered by most to be leaning towards signing with the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs are also in play for 4-star Jackson DL Michail Carter, 4-star Lithonia DL Jordan Smith and 4-star Cedar Grove DL Antwuan Jackson. Scout's No. 1 overall player in the country, 5-star Paramus Catholic DL Rashan Gary, also just visited the Bulldogs.
Rochester’s commitment means Georgia already has three 4-star defensive linemen committed to them in this class. 4-star Clinch County DL Chauncey Manac and 4-star Americus-Sumter DL Tyler Clark picked the Bulldogs earlier this year. If the Bulldogs were to add two more high-level defensive linemen to their signing class it would be the most successful signing class of defensive linemen in school history.
In the last ten years, Georgia has twice signed at least four 4-star (or higher) prospects on the defense line - 2005 and 2012, but players like Jordan Jenkins and Leonard Floyd, for example, went on to play outside linebacker. In 2016, the Bulldogs could sign perhaps has many as five legitimate defensive linemen who are at least 4-star prospects.
“Tracy Rocker has done an outstanding job up there," Simmons said. "This commitment proves it."
Rochester's commitment, which is the Bulldogs' 13th of the recruiting cycle, pushed Georgia closer to the top of Scout’s national recruiting rankings. Georgia entered the day ranked No. 4, but jumped Florida State and could pass No. 2 Miami and No. 1 Ohio State with two more commitments.
“Rochester is a force on the field and he will now be a force on the recruiting trail for the Dawgs,” Simmons said.“He is athletic versatile. He has such a high ceiling on the football field.”