Georgia’s steady success on the field and knack for recruiting top talent has taken a toll on top programs once again, as elite Cedar Hill Trinity Christian safety Lewis Cine decided to end his recruitment on Wednesday and commit to Kirby Smart and the Bulldogs.
For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted— LEWIS CINE (@LewisCine) October 10, 2018
Humbly Blessed to be Committed ✝️
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COMMITTED TO THE G pic.twitter.com/mN3Iptvcet— LEWIS CINE (@LewisCine) October 10, 2018
After capping off his final two official visits to Georgia and Florida in recent weeks, Cine ultimately saw Georgia as a better fit for himself playing the strong safety position at the next level. He chose the Bulldogs over a final group featuring Florida, Michigan, Penn State, and Texas.
At 6-foot-2, 180 pounds, Cine is a four-star recruit who’s ranked as the nation’s No. 3 safety and No. 59 overall player, per the 247Sports Composite. The Under Armour All-American is without a doubt regarded as one of the nation’s best prospects because he has the ability to scan the field extremely well and come downhill with authority.
After leaving Everett (Mass.) before his senior season to finish his final year of high school in the Lone Star State, Cine was awarded an offer from the Longhorns. The Texas coaching staff made a legitimate mark on Cine’s recruitment late in the process, but covered a ton of ground within a span of seven months. Cine made three visits to the Forty Acres while on the recruiting trail, and was on hand for their win against TCU. The Longhorns were one of five schools to obtain an official visit from Cine in mid-June.
However, despite the Horns push, Cine now becomes the latest elite prospect to pick Georgia over a group that includes Texas, joining prolific talents such as four-star outside linebacker Rian Davis, four-star wide receiver Makiya Tongue, and four-star JUCO weak-side defensive end Jermaine Johnson.
With Cine now out of the mix, the Longhorns are still looking to bring in some more top-notch talent at the position. Gifted Mansfield Legacy star Jalen Catalon is a prospect that continues to remain in the fold, but Arkansas remains a very real threat. In any case, the Longhorns hold commitments from four-star California native Chris Adimora and recent pledge four-star Plano East stud Tyler Owens, so Texas’ 2019 safety haul is one that is once again expected to bring plenty of promise to the Forty Acres.