Darlington offensive lineman Tate Ratledge took his college recruiting process to the penultimate level Monday morning.
The 6-foot-6, 311-pound standout committed to play football for the University of Georgia during a brief ceremony in Darlington’s McCallie-Kennedy Library while surrounded by family and coaches.
An all-state and all-region selection, Ratledge is ranked among the top 10 offensive tackles in the nation in the class of 2020 by 247 Sports and has offers to play at several Power 5 schools. He thanked his coaches and family for being there for him during his recruiting.
Ratledge’s announcement was broadcast live on WAGA Fox 5 Atlanta.
“This has been a long process and has been tough with so many great schools, but at the end of the day I can only commit to one,” Ratledge said. “With that being said I will be furthering my academic and athletic career at the University of Georgia.”
Georgia head coach Kirby Smart and offensive line coach Sam Pittman have been aggressively recruiting Ratledge, including attending a Darlington basketball game this past season. Ratledge plays center for the Tigers.
Ratledge was asked about Pittman’s reaction when he told him he was committing to Georgia.
“He was pretty excited ... to say the least,” Ratledge said.
The standout got a boost in March when he impressed at The Opening Atlanta showcase and received an invitation to the All-American Bowl, which will be held in Texas in January. The two benchmarks came in the same week, cementing him as one of the best high school football players in the nation.
Ratledge announced last week he had narrowed his choices down to Georgia and Tennessee. When it came time for him to make his decision Monday, he chose the Bulldogs by putting on a UGA hat instead of a Tennessee hat.
Ratledge will not be able to officially sign a National Letter of Intent to attend and play sports for a school until the early signing period in December.