What it means: One of the top players in the state over the last few recruiting cycles, there’s no doubt that Richard LeCounte played as important a role in UGA’s class of 2017 as anyone outside of Kirby Smart.
I talked with LeCounte just after he committed to Smart and the Bulldogs. He told me he was ready to get to work so that Georgia kids would play in Athens, and he would up making sure that was the case.
“I just want to represent my state,” LeCounte told me in December of 2015. “I think I can tell you that I am pretty popular with other guys, and I will reach out to them.”
LeCounte has done his part building UGA’s 2017 class, and now UGA fans get to watch as this uber-talented prospect plays in Silver Britches over the next few years. He’s probably a safety at the next level, and I expect him to get a pretty good amount of playing time in the fall. But his future potential is sky high.
As the No. 43 overall player in the country, LeCounte told me 14 months ago that he wants to build a dynasty at UGA. He’s one of the critical reasons why the Bulldogs have signed the best class in school history. He’s done his part off the field to build a dynasty. Now comes the part about doing it on the field.
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Chad Simmons says: There is not much LeCounte can not do on the football field. He shined as quarterback his junior year, but his future is on defense. Will it be safety or corner? He is looking more and more like a safety. He can come up and support the run, he can cover ground on the back-end of the defense, and he has ball skills. He is an athlete who is starting to fill out, add strength, and he has a high ceiling. He can close fast and is solid in coverage.