Nation's top running back commits to UGA

BREAKING: Nation's No. 1 RB Zamir White has made his college commitment

Georgia's depth chart is loaded with talent at running back, including 2017 commit D'Andre Swift and risers like Brian Herrien and Elijah Holyfield. Only Trenton Thompson (No. 2), Brandon Miller (No. 5) and Isaiah Crowell (No. 5) were ranked higher by Scout than White at the time they signed. He made the announcement on his Twitter page on February 20 with the University of Georgia topping his list.

During the recruiting process, Scotland County head coach Richard Bailey fielded media requests and told multiple outlets that running backs coach Dell McGee had made an impression on White and that Georgia had emerged as a leader. White can also run inside or outside and is a threat to go the distance every time he touches the ball. Seniors Nick Chubb and Sony Michel will exhaust their eligibility after this fall. The last top-ranked player from North Carolina to pick an in-state school was Greg Little, who committed to the Tar Heels in 2007.

Along with White, the Scots return SEC Offensive Player of the Year Syheam "Smiley" McQueen and Khalil Smith.

A Gurley-like true freshman campaign (1,385 yards, 7.3 yards per carry, 17 touchdowns) is a pie-in-the-sky expectation for White. During his junior year, Smith had 61 solo tackles, one fumble recovery and 15 quarterback sacks. The first official day of practice for football, according to the NCHSAA is July 31.

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Rodd Baxley can be reached at 910-416-5182.

Five-star Zamir White revealed in a ceremony at his high school in Laurinburg, N.C., on Tuesday that he has verbally committed to the Bulldogs.

One college coach said that White "can do it all".

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