The Georgia Bulldogs picked up their first win over Alabama this year when 4-star offensive tackle D'Antne Demery chose the ‘Dawgs over the defending national champions on Wednesday, although the Alabama commitment of Elliot Baker may have had something to do with that.
Demery is a massive pickup-literally and figuratively-for UGA. At 6'5 ½" and 319 pounds, Demery has the kind of size and strength to step on the field immediately for Georgia in 2017.
Glad to be a dawg pic.twitter.com/MOG2u3t7YW— D'antne Demery (@bigmandemery) June 15, 2016
Like most high school linemen, Demery has some things to work on. Throughout high school, Demery has won matchups with ease because of his size and raw power. He will need to work on his hand placement and technique when he arrives in Athens next fall.
For a young man of his size, Demery moves well. His long arms will help him, too.
Demery's high school coach, Larry Harold, was effusive in his praise of the massive tackle, per Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports.
If Demery sticks to his commitment with the ‘Dawgs, he will join another highly-touted tackle in Ben Cleveland. Cleveland was the No. 10 ranked offensive tackle in the class of 2016 and will presumably battle for a starting spot on the offensive line this fall. Georgia is replacing three starters up front in 2016.
New head coach Kirby Smart's strategy of keeping the top talent home is off to a tremendous start. Demery is UGA's 11th commitment and 10th from the state of Georgia for the class of 2017. Demery's pledge also moves the Bulldogs up to No. 4 in 247Sports' Composite Team Rankings for 2017.