Five-star running back and LSU target John Emery decommits from Georgia
BATON ROUGE — John Emery, the No. 3 tailback in the nation from Destrehan near New Orleans, has taken back his verbal commitment to Georgia that he made on July 29.
Less than two weeks ago, Emery was on the LSU sideline when the Tigers upset No. 2 Georgia, 36-16, in Tiger Stadium.
Three days ago, LSU coach Ed Orgeron said at the New Orleans Quarterback Club that he believes, "LSU should get the best running back in the country. We have our target on one who's close to here."
That was Emery (6-0, 200), who Rivals.com has as the No. 3 tailback in the nation out of Destrehan High. He is also the No. 59 overall prospect in the country and No. 5 player in the state.
"This is one of the toughest decisions I've made in my life so far," Emery said on his Twitter account Thursday afternoon. "I'm here to announce that at this time, I am de-committing from the Georgia Bulldogs. God bless."
LSU has one tailback commitment for its 2019 class in Tyrion Davis (6-1, 215) of Southern Lab High in Baton Rouge. He is the No. 10 tailback in the nation by Rivals.com and the No. 9 prospect in Louisiana.
Orgeron and staff continued to recruit Emery after he committed to Georgia, which is routine in college football.
"I know it will only get tougher," Emery said of his future recruitment, which is now officially back open. "My next move can determine a lot with my future during and after football."
Among the other schools who have offered Emery a scholarship are Alabama, Auburn, Arizona, Michigan and Texas.
"I want to first give thanks to the Bulldog coaching staff," Emery continued in his tweet and thanked Georgia head coach Kirby Smart and running backs coach Dell McGee. "Thank you for recruiting me and giving me tips after some of my games and getting to know me and my family on a personal level. This recruiting process has taught me patience."
Emery sounded as if he was open about his future decision and could go back to Georgia.
"Even though something seems right, and in fact, it may be right," he continued, possibly referencing his original commitment to Georgia, "it's always better to be careful. And time is a subset of being careful."
The first national signing day for football is Dec. 19 with the second on on Feb. 6.
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