Edwards, a 6-5 wing from Holy Spirit Preparatory School in Atlanta and a McDonalds All-American, is spurning the likes of Kentucky and Florida State to make his pledge for UGA. He recently cancelled an official visit to Florida State.
Top-five senior Anthony Edwards announced his commitment to Georgia on Monday morning, becoming the Bulldogs' highest-ranked recruit in the ESPN recruiting era.
To say this is a massive win for the University of Georgia would be a ridiculous understatement. "I want to put the state school back on the basketball map. On my visit we watched film together, and he talks with so much energy".
Overall, Edwards' addition is Crean's third recruit in the class. He is also the first top-ranked Georgia prospect to stay home for college since Kentavious Caldwell-Pope in 2011.
College basketball recruiting: Anthony Edwards, the nation's No. 2 player, commits to Georgia over Kentucky, Florida State
The 17-year-old, who took an official visit to Georgia on December 1, added that the opportunity to be coached by Crean was a decisive factor.
"Two of my favorite players, Dwyane Wade and Victor Oladipo, were coached by Tom Crean and he's a great coach", Edwards was quoted as saying by 247Sports. "They came in not highly rated and they came out, Dwyane Wade a really good player has had a really good career so it weighed big on me".
Yet, the fact that Georgia was able to land Edwards and still didn't crack the top 10 national class rankings shows how top heavy it is now. He says his decision was influenced by "everybody showing love" on his unofficial visit at a Georgia game.
Originally a 2020 prospect, Edwards reclassified to 2019 in November, which made his recruitment even more electrifying than the 26.7 points and 8.7 rebounds he posts each game this season.