Followers of prep and collegiate football have long awaited highly-recruited Destrehan star John Emery’s decision on where he would play at the next level — and that decision is in.
Emery announced via Twitter that he has committed to the University of Georgia, his post coming on the heels of a recruitment period that saw many of the best and most well-known programs in college football attempting to secure his services: LSU, Michigan, Alabama, Auburn, Arkansas, Florida, Florida State and Arizona were among those who made offers to the star running back.
The senior is ranked 20th on ESPN’s top 300 national prospects, the website also ranking him the No. 2 prospect in Louisiana.
The 5-foot-11, 202 pound rusher is considered the total package by many, a tough, physical runner with size, vision and long speed.
Emery rushed for 1,004 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior, numbers suppressed by a wrist injury that cost him almost half of the season. He also scored twice and accumulated 189 yards on 19 receptions.
As a sophomore, he rushed for 1,323 yards and scored 15 touchdowns while splitting time with then-starter Kristian Mosley, averaging 10.6 yards per carry.
If he stays healthy, 2018 projects to be his best yet, given a full starter’s load of carries for the first time.
“He’s a guy who’s not only a great athlete on the field but off the field he’s a great leader. You would never think he was a four-star, great running back (because of how humble and hard working he is),” said Destrehan coach Stephen Robicheaux. “You see him running stadiums, working his butt off. He’s a great character kid, a quality person, and athletically, that speaks for itself. Great vision, speed, and he can catch the football.”
Robicheaux said Emery’s work ethic separates him from others. He added that Emery went on a visit to Georgia last weekend and that it felt right to his star.
“He’s been talking about Georgia, and he felt like he was ready to commit,” Robicheaux said.