Keylan Rutledge coming out of the hills of North Georgia has already seen his recruitment get a nice uptick over the last few weeks with offers from Old Dominion, Navy, Jacksonville State, and Gardner-Webb. In years past, Rutledge’s school has often been overlooked with the last national OL recruit being Will Bryan, but Rutledge is bringing Franklin County big men back into the national spotlight.
Colleges are really showing a lot of interest with several P5 schools like Syracuse putting out feelers. The junior’s recruitment could really jump here over the next few months, and it wouldn’t surprise one bit to see Rutledge with double-digit offers going into spring practice.
The 6’4″ 275 lbs. is playing his first year of football after transitioning over from the hardwood. He is a multi-talented athlete playing TE, OL, and DL. At the next level, we feel that Rutledge is a better fit on the offensive line, but he’s a plus athlete who could also be a terror on the defensive side of the football given his motor and quick jump at the snap.
One thing is for sure, Rutledge is definitely one of the biggest pass-catchers in the state of Georgia making several big grabs his junior year, including a game-winner right as time expired. That sort of coordination and agility has to have to colleges salivating at his potential lining up in the trenches.
For now, a lot of colleges are seemingly waiting on the sideline. In the copycat world of college football recruiting we expect a slow but steady accumulation of offers, and with Old Dominion jumping into the picture we suspect more G5 programs will dip into Franklin County’s recruiting waters, so be sure to stay tuned to @RecruitGeorgia on Twitter to hear the latest on Rutledge and the rest of the athletes across the state of Georiga.