Five-star defensive tackle Lamont Gaillard (Fayetteville, N.C./Pine Forest), the No. 12 prospect in the 2014 ESPN 300, committed to Georgia on Saturday during a visit to the school’s campus, giving the Bulldogs their most heralded recruit since running back Keith Marshall in the 2012 recruiting class.
The 6-foot-4, 300-pound Gaillard picked Georgia over offers from Alabama, Clemson and Florida, among others. Florida was considered the leader at one point for Gaillard, the No. 2 defensive tackle in the country, but after a visit to Gainesville, Fla., he surprisingly dropped the Gators.
The addition of Gaillard, the fourth five-star prospect in the 2014 class to make his decision, gives Georgia 16 commitments to date. This will be the second time in the past three years that Georgia has taken the top recruit out of North Carolina, with Marshall also being the last five-star prospect to sign with the Bulldogs.
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