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BREAKING: MASSIVE 2023 OL RyQueze McElderry Commits to Georgia

November 30, 2021
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Kirby Smart and the Georgia Bulldogs continue to dominate on the recruiting trail, adding another commitment in the 2023 class today/

This time it’s massive 6-foot-3 320-pound RyQueze McElderry‍. The big offensive lineman out of Anniston (AL) chose the Bulldogs over Alabama, giving offensive line coach Matt Luke his 2nd offensive line commitment in next year’s cycle. 

The Alabama native took in two Georgia games in Athens this fall, attending both the South Carolina and Missouri games. McElderry earned a later offer from the Crimson Tide but it wasn't enough to change his mind.

McElderry caught up with Dawg Post to break down his decision.

“What makes UGA a special place is that everyone welcomes you there”, McElderry said. “They treat you like you’re family and that you really matter to them. They show great hospitality and they are enthusiastic every time you show your face there. Overall, they are a welcoming and loving program.”

The massive lineman is still developing his body as he’s just a junior, but sources say his overall size and strength stood out early to the Georgia staff. The current three-star added that he’s excited to play for coach Luke at the next level.

“Coach Luke is a great coach and associate head coach”, McElderry said. “I feel like playing under his wings that he’ll be a great man to follow. He’s a coach that’s willing to push me to the best of my ability as an athlete on and off the field.”

What will McElderry bring to Athens?

Size and strength.

Don’t let the three-star ranking fool you. McElderry is thick, powerful, and was a pancake machine this past fall. He consistently put his opponent on the ground and did it in dominating fashion. He's physically imposing and seems to move his feet quickly for someone his size. He has long arms and does a great job of driving opposing lineman backwards.

He can overpower defenders with ease at the high school level, but his best football is still ahead of him. He plays hard every play, and gives it his all until the whistle. As he continues to develop and transform his body over the next few years, it’s easy to see the potential he could bring down the road.

McElderry plays tackle right now, but with his thick lower half and strong initial punch, he could slide inside and play guard at the next level. 

 

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