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LeCounte verbally commits to UGA
New Georgia coach said to be deciding factor
Liberty Countys Richard LeCounte has pledged to play for newly hired football coach Kirby Smart at Georgia. - photo by Courier file photo

Liberty County football standout Richard LeCounte has pledged to play ball for newly hired Bulldogs football coach Kirby Smart.

LeCounte announced his decision via a Twitter post Sunday.
“I’m proud to announce that for my 3-4 years of college, I will be a student-athlete at the University of Georgia,” he tweeted followed by #GoDawgs and #GodFirst.

The multi-faceted standout said in the past that he intended to make a decision in December. Recently, however, he had said he might wait since Alabama and a few other schools had presented new offers.

With the hiring of Smart, the former Alabama defensive coordinator, LeCounte went forward and pledged allegiance to the incoming coach.

The junior, class of 2017 prospect has tallied 299 career total tackles, passed for 688 yards and eight touchdowns, rushed for 1,358 yards and
12 touchdowns and made 47 receptions for 883 yards and six touchdowns.

To date, he has 4,004 all-purpose yards, nabbed 11 interceptions for 304 yards returned, deflected 26 passes, recovered eight fumbles and caused 11.

ESPN has him rated as the No. 8 safety in the nation. 247 Sports has him ranked as a five-star recruit, No. 1 athlete in the nation.

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