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4-Star OL Decommits From Georgia and Class Ranking Plummets

4-star offensive tackle Josh Braun has backed off his Georgia commitment right before Signing Day.
4-star offensive tackle Josh Braun has backed off his Georgia commitment right before Signing Day.

When news broke former Georgia offensive line coach Sam Pittman was leaving Athens to take over as head coach at Arkansas, it figured to have an affect on UGA's recruiting efforts leading up to Signing Day.

Well, unfortunate news indeed arrived for Bulldogs fans out there, as 4-star offensive tackle Joshua Braun has officially backed off his pledge exactly one week before the Early Signing Period begins on Dec. 18.

Obviously, this is a pretty big blow for Georgia, as the 6-6, 335-pound Braun is ranked the No. 19 OT in the country. Throughout his recruitment, he has picked up offers from Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Auburn, Michigan and others. He seemed destined to be a Bulldog, but the Pittman news clearly changed things.

Even more concerning for Kirby Smart and his coaching staff is UGA now holds just 14 verbal commits. Its No. 9 national ranking in the 247Sports composite also stands out, and surely not in a good way.

We'll see how the Bulldogs bounce back from losing a key part of the 2020 class, as Braun parting ways with the program stings for a lot of folks out there.