5-star DB Caleb Downs names contenders, sets commitment date

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Mill Creek safety recruit Caleb Downs is the top-rated player at his position in the rising senior class. Downs is also the top-ranked player in Georgia. He’s ranked as the No. 12 recruit in the class of 2023.

Downs plays high school football, baseball, and basketball for Mill Creek in Hoschton, Georgia.

Downs’ father, Gary, played in the NFL and at North Carolina State. Gary is currently the running backs coach at East Tennessee State University. His brother, Josh, is a star wide receiver at UNC. Josh Downs came to UNC as a four-star recruit. Additionally, Caleb Downs’ uncle Dre Bly is a former NFL star and is the defensive backs coach at UNC.

Who are Caleb Downs’ top schools and when will he be committing?

Caleb Downs' commitment date

Caleb Downs plans to make his commitment on July 27 at 1:00 p.m. EDT. Despite all of the connections, UNC is not considered a contender for Caleb Downs.

Contender: Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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Caleb Downs, who plans to play in the 2023 All-American Bowl on NBC, recently took an official visit to Notre Dame from June 10-12. The Fighting Irish are considered long shots.

Contender: Ohio State Buckeyes

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The five-star class of 2023 safety recently visited Ohio State. Caleb Downs visited the Buckeyes from June 24-26. Ohio State has a shot to land a surprise commitment from Downs, but the Buckeyes aren’t the favorites.

Contender: Alabama Crimson Tide

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Alabama and Nick Saban are the favorites to land a commitment from Caleb Downs per 247Sports. The Crimson Tide have a strong history of producing elite defensive back talent.

Contender: Georgia Bulldogs

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Caleb Downs visited Georgia from June 3-5. The Dawgs have a small chance here, but definitely aren’t expecting a commitment from the top player in Georgia.

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Story originally appeared on UGA Wire