After a quiet start to the 2018 recruiting season, Georgia State is the latest Sun Belt team to come alive on the recruiting trails following three commits this week and another South Carolina transfer.
Wide receiver Christian Owens began his college career at South Carolina after the former three-star received offers from Georgia, Clemson and Tennessee. He redshirted his freshman season and left the team before the 2016 season. The 6’5 pass catcher from Griffin, Georgia wanted to be closer to home and settled on Shawn Elliot’s Panthers.
Owens’ lethal combination of size and speed could give the Panthers a dangerous weapon on offense, possibly immediately. Because Owens sat out his first two seasons, the Panthers will request a waiver that would allow Owens to play in the upcoming season.
Georgia State received three commits from un-ranked prospects on Tuesday with the first being from defensive end Tre Moore out of Johnston, South Carolina. Georgia State is Moore’s only FBS offer thus far but he received interest from Sun Belt schools Georgia Southern and Coastal Carolina. Moore has the quickness and spacial awareness to develop into a talented edge rusher.
Shortly after Moore’s commit, the Panthers added another defensive lineman in Pinson, Alabama native Desmond Scott. His commitment came three days after taking a visit to Georgia State and while the Panthers are his only offer so far, he could be receiving a second offer from Troy during his senior season. Scott is a strong, run-stopping interior lineman with a high ceiling as a first and second down player.
Georgia State’s final commitment of the day was possibly its biggest in 6’5, 270 lb offensive tackle Despelado Alexandre. Alexandre chose the Panthers over 13 other offers including Appalachian State, Ohio and Florida Atlantic. The Deerfield Beach, Florida, native is a little undersized for the time being but has tremendous upside as a run-blocker who can make the block at the second level.
Georgia State remains in seventh in the Sun Belt recruiting rankings as it has yet to pick up a ranked prospect but does have four commits now. The Panthers should at least move up one spot over Louisiana-Monroe and its one commit.
Around the Sun Belt
- Texas State added another three-star this week to go along with its already impressive haul. Cornerback Jarron Morris committed to the Bobcats over offers from SMU, Southern Mississippi and Rice. Texas State continues to hold a strong lead in the Sun Belt in its quest for back to back first place finishes.
- Talented three star defensive lineman has Coastal Carolina and Georgia State in his top 11.