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COMMIT: Tramel Walthour makes late night pledge to Georgia

Walthour spent the Appalachian State game chatting with several coaches, including Glenn Schumann
Walthour spent the Appalachian State game chatting with several coaches, including Glenn Schumann

Monday morning at 1:00 a.m. ET may not be a standard time for college football recruits to announce their commitments, but that didn't stop Liberty County defensive tackle Tramel Walthour from doing so.

"I was planning on doing it all day," Walthour told UGASports.com after posting an announcement on Twitter. "I just wanted to do it before I went to sleep. I was going to do it earlier this evening around like 10:30 this evening or tomorrow after practice. It just felt right."

The Peach State defender had been sitting on the news all day.

"I told the coaches at Georgia earlier today, like 7:00 this morning," Walthour said. "They were excited that I went ahead and did it. They had been trying to get me to commit for a while now."

Walthour, a 6-foot-3, 270-pound defensive tackle from Hinesville, Georgia, visited Athens for the first game of the season and has been considered a likely target to commit for some time.

"I had been trying to plan it but I didn't know how I wanted to do it," Walthour said. "I went ahead and did it just to get it out there. I am 100 percent committed. Go Dogs!"

Much of that assuredness can be chalked up to the lengthy relationship between Walthour and the staff in Athens.

"I have been going to Georgia a lot since my freshman year," Walthour told Rivals.com's Chad Simmons recently. "They have been recruiting me pretty hard for a while. They keep great communication with me and they let me know as much as they can that they want me there. It is a home-state school, so I like that and I really like how they make me feel at home."

Even before receiving the offer and chance to commit, the senior lineman admitted he had strong feelings towards the Bulldogs.

"It's the home state, and it's my dream school growing up," Walthour said in March. "I just grew up a Georgia boy and rooting for them."

A three-star prospect at his position, Walthour becomes the first defensive lineman to commit to the Bulldogs since the hiring of new positional coach Tray Scott.

Walthour indicated he is 'not yet' recruiting anyone to join Georgia's 2018 class but that will change shortly.

UGASports will have more on Walthour's commitment later.