Who will be Georgia’s first commitment for 2010?

 

Douglass DE Garrison Smith likes Georgia and had brother who played for Georgia Tech (AJC)

Douglass DE Garrison Smith likes Georgia, and his brother played at archrival Georgia Tech (AJC)

Who will be UGA’s first commitment for 2010?

Somebody has got to be first. Who will it be? How much longer will it take before one of the highly-regarded juniors coveted by Georgia finally pledges to sign with the Bulldogs?

Juniors are committing to colleges all over the country. Texas has 20 early commitments, while Florida has seven, according to Rivals. South Carolina has three, as does Alabama, including North Gwinnett’s Austin Shepherd. Georgia Tech has one 2010 commitment, Collins Hill tailback Charles Perkins.

What about Georgia? Last year by signing day, the Bulldogs had five early commitments, all in-state players. UGA recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner was asked why he didn’t think the Bulldogs had any juniors committed this year by signing day.

“That’s not true,” the poker-faced Garner said. 

Garner could’ve been teasing. But more than likely, one of Georgia’s junior targets has let it be known privately that he is indeed headed to Athens. However, he just wants a little more time to look around before publicly signing off on the deal.

Who will be No. 1 for UGA? Based on last year’s early success within the state, UGA’s first 2010 commitment will likely be from the local breeding grounds. Therefore we asked a few of the homegrown players atop UGA’s wishlist this question: Have you committed to Georgia?

“No, sir, but I like Georgia a lot,” Douglass defensive end Garrison Smith. “I’m just looking at my options. I’m taking my time looking over all the schools because when I do commit, it’s my word.”

M.L. Brown’s Mack Brown is considered one of the nation’s top tailbacks. ”I haven’t committed to Georgia, or anyone,” Brown said. “I like Georgia. They were one of the two main teams I followed growing up, along with Florida. I know some people think I’m going to Florida. But I don’t have any favorites and I’m still visiting schools. I’m thinking about committing later this summer, maybe just before the start of football season.”

Florida loves Mack Brown, who returns the favor. But Brown says Georgia was also childhood favorite (AJC)

Florida loves Mack Brown, who returns the favor. But Brown says Georgia was also childhood favorite (AJC)

Warner Robins defensive tackle Jeffrey Whitaker was one of the first 2010 prospects offered by Georgia, which makes him a popular choice to be No. 1. “No, I haven’t committed to anyone yet. People ask me if I’ve committed to Georgia. They ask me the same thing about North Carolina. It’s not true. I’m wide open and I don’t think I’m going to commit anytime soon.”

How about North Gwinnett’s JaWuan James? He’s the state’s top offensive lineman prospect with 26 offers. “No, nothing yet. Georgia is one of the schools I’m looking at the hardest. I’m keep evaluating all the schools a lot, and I’d like a chance to take some official visits next season before committing anywhere.”

Dalton defensive end Jalen Fields, Booker T. Washington wide receiver Antonio Goodwin, Newnan safety Alec Ogletree, Tattnall Square Academy athlete DeAndre Smelter, Westlake linebacker Michael Taylor are a few of the state’s other top prospects that speak favorably of Georgia.

Mark Richt will meet and greet a lot of potential No. 1s at Georgia’s Junior Day on March 21 and the G-Day Game of April 11. It’s hard to imagine that at least one of UGA’s targets, if not more, won’t commit by then.

The big question is: Who will it be? Who will be Georgia’s first commitment for 2010? Take your best guess.

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72 comments Add your comment

Judicial System

March 14th, 2009
3:25 pm

Who will be the first current doggie arrested this year? Will it be back to back double digit arrests for the leg humper nation?

Gerry

March 14th, 2009
3:17 pm

Got wonder who L.S.U. will steal away

Royal

March 14th, 2009
1:35 pm

Joe, are you suggesting the first commitment has a problem with flatulence?

gatorman770

March 14th, 2009
12:23 pm

The Gators had just one last year at this time and like JustCallMeChamp said above he (Greg Reid) turned out to be a huge disappointment. I’d rather a potential recruit wait, look around at his options and decide what his real goals are, i.e. play for school to jump to the NFL asap (in affect taking a scholarship from another player that wants a degree) or pick a school where he feels he can get a good education and have fun for life after football, unselfishly waiting his turn to play while maturing his skills to possibly go on to play in the NFL.
Early commitment numbers go in cycles and the dawgs will get plenty in the end.

JustCallMeChamp

March 14th, 2009
11:58 am

I liked what that kid Garrison Smith said best and although I’m very pleased with the early 7 commits weve (FLA) got, I’ll take a solid commit over an early commit any day of the week! Last year Greg Reid was our first commit way back when and he ended up signing with the freakin’ Criminoles! Georgia will be fine, especially with all the talent in the state this year and they always get their share anyway. I do think the Gators will have an exceptional 2010 class as we realistically fell a couple short last yr. Hopefully will get a few from Ga and they are very very high on Mack Brown who they feel would be a great fit down here. I wouldn’t be concerned if I was a UGA fan because in recruitng it’s not necessarily where you start it’s where you finish.

chad

March 14th, 2009
11:16 am

Does it matter? Uga will sign another great class that will be a disapointment in four years. Arrests, drop outs, can’t get in, it will be the same old story. Good luck mutts

joe

March 14th, 2009
10:39 am

Whomever ends up committing first will be pumping gas in a few years…

UGA dummy

March 14th, 2009
10:24 am

Probably the first one will be someone that cant pass his tests to get in to another school

jp

March 14th, 2009
9:49 am

Ogletree won’t commit til next year. Smith would be a good surprise. He and Jeff Whitaker would make a great DT combo.

GT4ever

March 14th, 2009
12:22 am

The better question is who will be the first Georgia player arrested in 2009? lololol. 45-42, 45-42.