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

UGASlobberknocker

March 15th, 2009
9:05 am

Question” If you Tech fans are supposed to be so darn smart, why is every Tech fan who posts on this board so obviously an idiot? Where are you , oh wise Tech grads? I know that you really dont care about football (or women for that matter), but please just post something here so we know that you arent just a myth. Prove to us that Yellow Belly and spankers like him are not the norm on the Flats.

hop

March 15th, 2009
8:40 am

the question is when will tech ever win the acc, if beating uga one out of eight times fills your boat, then enjoy all you can for this is your only year to celebrate!

tech and acc deserve one another. special congrats to your fellow acc partner the fsu noles.

Brock D

March 15th, 2009
8:34 am

I would love to go on blogs about GT football and talk smack to them. But there arent any.

dawgystyle

March 15th, 2009
7:32 am

gtech u suck u get one win in 8 years and all of a sudden your bragging r u kidding me I cant wait till next year we are goinng to run bumble bee asses off the field delieve dat yellow jackoffs.

BulldawGHiker

March 15th, 2009
2:40 am

Wow, another pissing match from rival fans. This is not about YOU. This is about US. Every time a rival comes on another rivals conversation and moans about it just show how much you wish you were us. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be here. I do believe in rivalries, I just don’t think it’s necessary to show your rear end every time someone not associated with your affiliation shows up and remarks about everything you wish you were. This is about UGA recruiting, not about Tech, or LSU, or UT, or UF, but UGA. Hiding behind an anonymous handle does not exclude you from being friendly. Everyone mocks coaches for negative recruiting, but negative comments like all the non-UGA fans are just as bad as that. If you aren’t going to add something constructive to the board, what’s the real point?

SamoanDawg

March 14th, 2009
11:40 pm

First of all, they need to change the deadline for signing day. Currently, it’s April 1st.. that’s too long. Give the prospects at least after the first week of March.

Ga should be fine.. we’ll get what need, eventually.

Sic’em!

Lou Vales

March 14th, 2009
11:18 pm

Tell EVERYONE at Gator Country that “Coach sayre” is Bill Koss from Jacksonville.

'ol sport

March 14th, 2009
10:23 pm

yellowjacketfan4ever,

They are just a bunch of young, immature kids. They don’t really reflect on the fan base with their feeble thinking. You said it, we have no business talking smack about FL either.

SmyrnaDawg

March 14th, 2009
10:01 pm

Hey Tech:
31-17
51-7
34-17
19-13
14-7
15-12
31-17
Shut it.

Buddy El

March 14th, 2009
9:19 pm

I’ve heard of people that don’t know anything but Chad doesn’t even suspect anything.