Lebbeus Overton: Why UGA recruits the nation’s No. 1 junior differently than any other recent 5-star

 Lebbeus Overton: Why UGA recruits the nation’s No. 1 junior differently than any other recent 5-star

Lebbeus Overton has been a name to know for over a year now in the 2023 class.

He was christened the nation’s No. 1 prospect for the 2023 cycle prior to his sophomore year and he did nothing but flatter that lofty early evaluation. The 6-foot-4, 269-pound rising junior definitely looks and plays the part of the nation’s top recruit.

There are a host of times where numbers stand out for a big-time recruit. The quick game read here for Lebbeus “LT” Overton certainly applies.

Check these out:

  • 4.0: We keep the main thing the main thing. That’s his approximate GPA so far in at Milton High. He’s an early riser and a self-starter by every account, 
  • No. 1 overallWhere he’s rated overall in the 2023 class by both 247Sports and the 247Sports Composite rating. 
  • 1.000That’s his 247Sports Composite rating. It is higher than every other prospect ranked in the 2022 cycle except for 5-star Ohio State QB commit Quinn Ewers. 
  • 21.5: That’s the robust number of sacks he had as a sophomore last season.
  • 2That’s the number of Power 5 programs his parents played for in college. His mother was a scholarship volleyball player at Kentucky. His father was an offensive lineman at Oklahoma. 
  • 7AThat’s the classification he plays at in Georgia. That’s the highest classification in the Georgia High School Association. 
  • 7AThat’s the classification he stars in basketball as well. Milton just won the Class 7A state title in basketball. Overton was a key contributor. 
  • 7It sounds like there are seven schools currently slotting high in the mix for Milton. The top group might be very crowded with the likes of Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Southern Cal and Texas A&M. Georgia, Notre Dame and Oregon are also showing up a lot in his public comments regarding his recruiting. 
  • 3That’s the number of dual-sport offers he’s received to play basketball and football in 2021. While there’s no such thing as a scholarship for both sports, it does earmark the ability to play both in college. He’s recently announced dual-sport offers from North Carolina, Ohio State and Stanford. 
  • 2His father, Milton Overton, is the athletics director at Kennesaw State University in Metro Atlanta. Milton Overton has an impressive resume in athletic administration. It will include a substantial work history at two schools that are flashing high with his son’s recruiting. That’s Alabama and Texas A&M. 
  • $25 millionAt Alabama from 2009 to 2015, his father provided oversight for $25 million in budgets and equipment, while producing $6 million in new revenue-generation and cost-saving initiatives. His duties included stewardship of the trademark licensing program for intercollegiate athletics at Alabama.
  • 1In somewhat of an unorthodox move, he says that’s how many coaches at UGA are currently recruiting him. That’s special teams coach Scott Cochran. Cochran, as a shrewd reader might guess, has ties to the Overton family from his time in Tuscaloosa. His father worked for the mighty Crimson Tide from 2019-2015. 

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