2017 recruiting keeps rolling: Georgia flips a 4-star linebacker

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Grissom's Robert Pruitt (10) and James Clemens' Monty Rice (4). James Clemens vs.Grissom High School football at Milton Frank Stadium Friday evening Oct. 2, 2015. (Bob Gathany/bgathany@AL.com)

By Joe Vitale:

Georgia is off to a hot start in 2017 as the the Dawgs landed commitments from Peach State 5-star defensive back DeAngelo Gibbs and 4-star cornerback Tray Bishop in back-to-back announcements on Sunday. 

The hits kept coming today as Georgia crossed state lines and flipped Madison, Alabama linebacker Monty Rice from LSU. Rice, a 4-star inside linebacker, had committed to LSU on December 12, 2016. The 6’2″, 228-pound Rice is ranked the nation’s No. 221 overall player, 13th-ranked player in the state and No. 9 inside linebacker. He was named Class 7A, first-team All-State this past season after recording 137 tackles, four interceptions and two fumble recoveries. 

When discussing his decision, Rice cited his strong relationships with Kirby Smart, defensive coordinator Mel Tucker and Glenn Schumann, as well as the opportunity to see early playing time.

“Georgia is young, but they have some good players and they have good coaches coaching them. There is a chance to play early and help Georgia get to that next level,” he told Chad Simmons of Scout.com.

Georgia now has 23 commits and passes Ohio State to No. 2 in the recruiting rankings – behind only Alabama. National Signing Day is February 1 and UGA Football Live will be at Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall to bring you all the day’s events. 

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