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Georgia landed its 17th commitment on Monday afternoon as three-star wide receiver Rico Johnson (Swainsboro, Ga./Atlanta Sports Academy) gave his verbal pledge to the Bulldogs.
Johnson originally signed with Georgia for its 2013 class, but after failing to qualify, he chose to attend Atlanta Sports Academy -- a local prep school. He announced his decision to commit on Twitter.
"My decision is made this will be my coach for the nxt 4 years….,” his tweet read.
The tweet also included a photo of Johnson and Georgia head coach Mark Richt that was posted on Instagram with the caption: “My decision is made this will be my coach for the nxt 4 years and again I wanna thanks to all the college coaches who was willing to offer me but at the end of the day there's no place like home #GoDawgs !”
The 5-foot-11, 180-pound athlete, who also held offers from Maryland, West Virginia, Marshall and Middle Tennessee, is expected to help Georgia offensively and also on special teams.
"Johnson is a smooth, versatile athlete that is an ideal spread offense playmaker,” Johnson’s scouting report read coming out of high school. "He could play on the outside, in the slot and also in the backfield as a scatback. In the backfield is where he is most dangerous at this time."
With the addition of Johnson, the Bulldogs now have 17 verbal commitments including nine ranked in the ESPN 300.