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Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Recruits react to Pruitt's move to UGA

By Gerry Hamilton


By hiring defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt away from Florida State, Georgia made a move that is sending shockwaves through the Southeast recruiting landscape.

One of those prospects who is certainly affected by the move is five-star defensive end Lorenzo Carter (Norcross, Ga./Norcross). The nation’s No. 13 prospect has both Florida State and Georgia in his final group.

Lorenzo Carter
Five-star defensive end Lorenzo Carter is planning to make his decision on signing day.
“It’s a pretty good pickup,” Carter said. “I heard something about it, but I wasn’t expecting them to make the change as fast it did. He [Pruitt] did pretty good things with FSU, so now I gotta see who FSU makes DC.”

The 6-foot-5, 234-pound Carter will be in Baton Rouge, La., this weekend to make an official visit to LSU, and is scheduled to be at Florida State on Jan. 24 and Georgia on Jan. 31 before announcing on national signing day. He made an official visit to Florida in September, and recently took an unofficial visit to Gainesville, Fla.

Another five-star prospect potentially impacted by Pruitt heading to Georgia is Marlon Humphrey (Hoover, Ala./Hoover), who is ranked No. 15 in the ESPN 300.

The two-sport star had an existing relationship when Pruitt left Alabama for the Seminoles a year ago, and is now in wait-and-see mode with Florida State. While the coaching hire will be key, Humphrey is not backing off his plans to visit Florida State this weekend.

“I wanted him [Pruitt] to be my coach, yeah, but I also like FSU,” Humphrey said. “I’m just curious to see what coach they get to replace him.”

Humphrey’s recruitment has primarily been a two-team race between the Seminoles and Alabama, with others on the periphery. He is scheduled to make an official visit to Alabama on Jan. 24.

The Pruitt news was welcomed by the commitments to Georgia's class.

Defensive tackle and No. 55 recruit Lamont Gaillard (Fayetteville, Ga./Pine Forest) is excited about playing for Pruitt.

“If the coaches hired him [at Georgia] then I’m all with it,” Gaillard said. “Plus he won a BCS championship.”

Perhaps the bigger recruiting impact of Pruitt's move will be felt in the 2015 class and beyond.  One of the programs off to a hot start among junior prospects is Florida State.

The top-ranked prospect in the Seminoles' 2015 class is Derwin James Jr. (Haines City, Fla./Haines City), who is ranked No. 21 in the ESPN Junior 300.

“I mean I’m pretty sure it was a business decision and probably what was best for his family, BUT I’M STILL A NOLE NO MATTER WHAT.’ James Jr. said in a text message.

Florida State currently sits at No. 3 in the RecruitingNation class rankings with 29 commitments; Georgia is No. 10 with 16 pledges.

ESPN.com’s Jared Shanker and Derek Tyson contributed to this report.