Recruiting Weekend Rewind

Georgia gains success in recruiting despite crushing SEC championship loss

Originally Published: December 3, 2012
By ESPN RecruitingNation

Editor's note: Weekend Rewind is a weekly RecruitingNation feature that will appear every Monday of the college football season, breaking down the top recruiting storylines from around the country. Check out On The Trail for all of the latest recruiting news from Week 14 in college football.

With the season over for most of college football's Division I programs, coaching staffs were able to hit the recruiting trail and start taking advantage of the opportunity to visit targets in their homes. Those trips made big impressions -- some recruits reaffirming their commitments and others becoming more decidedly undecided. But perhaps the biggest news of the weekend came from the biggest championship game -- the SEC shootout in Atlanta.

Alabama pulled out the win in the final seconds of the game, but the Bulldogs' effort made one of their top targets' decision an easy one.

Those stories and more make our top 5 list of the biggest recruiting stories from the weekend.

Top 5 recruiting stories

1. A top commitment softens UGA's SEC championship loss

ATHENS, Ga. -- After coming within 5 yards of playing for a national championship on Saturday, the Georgia Bulldogs really needed some good news on Sunday. To make matters worse, one of their top targets, wide receiver Ja'Quay Williams chose Texas A&M over Georgia on Sunday night. Missing out on a BCS bowl game did not help the mood in Athens, either.

Just when it seemed the Bulldogs could not catch a break on the field or on the recruiting trail, coach Mark Richt received a phone call. One of Georgia's top targets, ESPN 150 athlete Tramel Terry (Goose Creek, S.C./Goose Creek) was on the line.

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