Florida’s highest-ranked commitment has dropped out of its recruiting class for the second week in a row. It is once again a top target for Georgia. Mobile (Ala.) Faith Academy Top 100 linebacker Shemar James took his name off the Gators’ commitment list first and Houston Clear Lake four-star cornerback Julian Humphrey has followed his lead.
“First, I would like to give a huge thanks to the entire Florida coaching staff for giving me an opportunity to be a part of the Gator family. But after a long conversation and a lot of thinking with my family, I have decided to de-commit from the University of Florida,” Humphrey said, via his personal Twitter account.
Humphrey took an official visit to Georgia on Oct. 1.
“It went great,” Humphrey told GigEm247 recruiting analyst Brian Perroni. “First game here and I loved it. I love everything about it here. The people, the coaches, everything.”
Humphrey was in Sanford Stadium to see Georgia shut out Arkansas 37-0 on Dooley Field.
“It was crazy,” Humphrey said. “It was like a regular day for Georgia. Arkansas was a top 10 team, and Georgia shut them out like it was a regular team. Sold out game – it was amazing. Florida was really loud against Alabama but they were really, really loud yesterday too. You cannot go wrong at either place.”
While Georgia was preparing for its second top 10 opponent of the season, Humphrey says the coaching staff still made time for its two official visitors throughout the visit.
“I was with the coaches all weekend,” Humphrey said. “The thing about Georgia is even on gameday when coaches are usually busy all day, they found a way to spend time with Kamari and me. Coach Kirby talks to me every other day, every night, right before the game. They are just making sure that I am good at all times – at all times. They are just top, top-notch.”
The pitch from Georgia was that their ability to develop means there will always be an opportunity for early playing time due to NFL departures.
“They told me how many DBs they are losing, how many DBs they put out,” Humphrey said. “And how I can do track and football over there like Eric Stokes did and Arian Smith is. They were telling me Georgia was the place for me.”
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound prospect is considered the nation’s No. 94 overall prospect, No. 12 cornerback, and No. 17 recruit in Texas per the industry-generated 247Sports Composite. Humphrey originally committed to Florida in May and his loss drops the class from No. 17 to No. 24 in the 247Sports Team Class Rankings, No. 9 in the SEC. He said the time spent in Athens has changed his recruiting outlook.
“They helped themselves,” Humphrey said. “Georgia has moved up my list after this visit. It was crazy. Kamari and I were talking about him being at safety and me at corner and how we would be a great duo at Georgia.”