Georgia has two talented defensive backs committed to their program in Richard LeCounte and William Poole.
Both LeCounte and Poole have already built a strong bond and plan to work together in hopes of making the 2017 recruiting class stronger.
Poole gave his pledge to Kirby Smart’s program on April 16, just before the G-Day spring game. Before making that announcement, he had numerous conversations with LeCounte, as the Liberty County standout was trying to lure Poole to Athens.
Needless to say, it worked, as Poole shows no sign of wavering and has displayed true dedication to Georgia. And in the process, Poole and LeCounte developed a strong friendship.
"We met mainly through recruiting," Poole said. "We've always complimented each other's skills and whatnot. Once he committed to Georgia (in December), he was in my ear a lot. Then when I committed, we just built a brotherly bond.
Poole elaborated on their friendship, one in which he said is very special to him. Both of the talented defensive backs have been teamed together as future Bulldogs for just over four months now, and they’re ready to bring something special to Georgia in the coming seasons.
"We’re looking forward to doing great things," Poole said. "Most importantly, we will help to bring a national championship to the University of Georgia."
The two defensive backs have already begun to do that as they’re two of Georgia’s biggest recruiters for the 2017 class. LeCounte has been pushing for players to join him on Twitter, highlighting the advantages of playing in Athens and showing his love for Georgia’s program. Poole has done the same and said he hopes to bring a player like four-star Xavier McKinney to join the core of defensive backs.
As Poole and LeCounte finish their senior seasons at Hapeville Charter Academy and Liberty County High School, Poole said that they serve as motivation for each other.
They’re pushing each other to become better players, giving each other advice when they have the opportunity. Poole said they hope to use that leadership and bring that to the college level.
"Richard got to know my game a bit better at The Opening," Poole said. "He saw I’m really quiet and try to focus on my game and lead by example. While that’s good and all, he encouraged me to ‘break out of my shell’ and become more vocal. That has really helped me a lot. He’s like a brother to me and we have each other’s back."
Poole’s play can definitely do the talking, as he’s rated as a four-star recruit and ranked as the 18th overall cornerback, according to 247Sports. But Poole agrees with LeCounte and believes being more vocal can help him as a player, and plans to take that advice to heart.
LeCounte was the first commitment for Georgia under head coach Kirby Smart and he’s a guy that Georgia fans are excited about, and for good reason.
The southeast Georgia product is rated as a five-star recruit and ranked as the top overall safety nationally, also according to 247Sports. While those numbers convey potential stardom at the college level, one of LeCounte’s position coaches, Ryan Glazer, believes that the excitement should be for another reason as well.
"Richard is a true leader," Glazer said. "Since his sophomore year, he’s been considered our team’s top leader. He learned that valuable trait from one of our former linebackers Raekwon McMillan, who is currently playing at Ohio State. He’s a vocal leader and other people certainly want to follow his lead."
Along with what Glazer calls "unbelievable athleticism" and a football IQ which separates him from others, he believes the leadership qualities stand out and make him well-rounded as a player.
Glazer also elaborated on LeCounte’s commitment to Georgia and said the true dedication is evident. Also, building a strong relationship with another commit such as Poole doesn’t surprise him.
"He and his family grew up big Georgia fans," Glazer said. "I think when Coach Smart got hired that was the icing on the cake for him. He had built a relationship with Coach Smart through recruiting with Alabama. He is Georgia’s top recruiter now, and he is locked in 100 percent."