Nov 9, 2013; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt \prior to the game against the Appalachian State Mountaineers at Sanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Georgia Football Recruiting: Four-Star Defensive Lineman Dontavius Russell De-Commits from Dawgs


After spending the weekend in Auburn and witnessing one of the most dramatic games in the history of college football, 2014 four-star defensive lineman Dontavius Russell announced on Sunday night his plans to de-commit from the University of Georgia and open his recruiting back up.

Russell, a Georgia native who is rated as the No. 11 overall defensive tackle in the nation for 2014, according to the 247 Sports composite rankings, verbally pledged to the Bulldogs last spring on April 1 after competing in the Dawgs annual Junior Day event at the end of March.

The team that is now hot on the radar for Russell is obviously none other than the Auburn Tigers, whom he visited this weekend as mentioned earlier. The main recruiter for Russell also happens to be the Tigers defensive line coach, Rodney Garner, who is in his first year with the Tigers after leaving Georgia, ironically, last season.

Although Russell may have Auburn on his mind, Georgia is still in the mix. According to his high school coach, he just wants to open things back up since he committed so early in the process, according to Michael Carvell of the Atlanta-Journal Constitution.

Georgia’s recruiting class for 2014 now has just 16 commitments and drops to sixth overall in the nation and fourth in the SEC and leaves the Dawgs with just two defensive tackle commits in the class with four-stars Lamont Gaillard and Kendall Baker.

Russell is the fifth recruit to de-commit from the Dawgs 2014 class for various reasons. The others include: Demarre Kitt (committed to Clemson), Krenwick Sanders (committed to Wisconsin), Stanley Williams (committed to Kentucky) and Nick Glass (undecided).

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