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

Buzz

March 15th, 2009
12:49 pm

Josh,

LOL. Good luck trying to “STOP” us.

Josh

March 15th, 2009
12:34 pm

Buzz…you just said “LOL” ENOUGH SAID 59-39-5 UGA have fun spending the next ten decades trying to catch us..

Josh

March 15th, 2009
12:28 pm

Hey Yellow Belly….How does Marlon Brown sound?….Stephen Hill was way below Marlon on everyone’s list although I would love to have him. What about Branden Smith?…..right out of Atlanta….by the way…Mark Richt has more top ten recruiting classes in his tenure in Athens than The North Avenue Trade School has in their history….I love how you counted Stephen Hill as 2-0…ok..he’s rated like 6 points lower than Marlon on ESPN and Scouts Inc.

Buzz

March 15th, 2009
12:24 pm

Buddy EI,

Or is it Buddy EI-EIO (lol)

“One in a row ain’t much to spout about”.

True, until you understand that 99 players on one sideline actually have to PASS CALCULUS and that 99 players on the other sideline WON’T HAVE TO TAKE IT. That really puts 45-42 in perspective. AND, to know we did it with our “loser” recruiting classes over the last 4 years against your “top five’s”, well…… that makes 45-42 priceless.

Sounds like they need to create a new elective at Georgia for your football players to take. It’s called “Option 101”. Cause you dumb azz’s sure failed the 099 version last year. lol.

I’m a Ramblin’ Wreck from Georgia Tech, and a hell of an Engineer.
A Helluva, Helluva, Helluva, Helluva, Helluva Engineer.
Like all the jolly good fellows, I CAN’T WAIT TILL NEXT YEAR!
I’m a Ramblin’ Wreck from Georgia Tech and a hell of an Engineer.

You’re a mangy hound from Athens, Georgia, and a hell of a dic* licker.
A Helluva, Helluva, Helluva, Helluva, Helluva dirty dawg dic* licker.
Like all your good ole boy buddies, stick 45-42 in your ear!
I’m a Ramblin’ Wreck from Georgia Tech and a hell of an Engineer.

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Buddy El

March 15th, 2009
11:18 am

2BT: one in a row ain’t much to spout about.

DawgFan24

March 15th, 2009
10:39 am

I dont know how many recruits Tech will have this year, but they better make sure they all know what type of kids they will be hanging around with for the next four years: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_ekugPKqFw

2BT

March 15th, 2009
10:24 am

Gosh awmighty! You Georgia fans sure are ‘testy’ these days!! You had no problem spouting off from your trailer parks the last few years about “x in a row” but now that the tables have turned (GT with a REAL coach and you still with Martinez as your D Coordinator) all of a sudden you become all hot and bothered? Does it hurt that much? How’s it feel knowing you’ll never win another SEC East title so long as Urban stays in Gainesville? Further more, how’s it feel knowing Paul Johnson remains undefeated against his MAJOR RIVAL for 7 straight years and counting!?!?!

Tech sucks

March 15th, 2009
9:36 am

When are you stupid Nerds going to understand that winning a game by 3 points after losing 7 years in a row is not a big accomplishment. You put up 45-42 like it was some monumental ass kicking when it was you just barely won.

Get ready for another 7 losses in a row geeks. Bury your heads in World of Warcraft and cry.

bipartisan

March 15th, 2009
9:36 am

To the Georgia Tech people…you won a game…congratulations…act like you’ve been there before.

HIGHLANDERONELOVE

March 15th, 2009
9:32 am

GAYTORS BLOW!!! IM DOWN HERE IN SOFLA REPPIN GA GETTIN DIRTY LOOKS FROM ALL THE TOO GOOD GAYTORS. RICHT HAS GOT US BACK IN A GROOVE, JUST KEEP THE KIDS HUNGRY. TECH SHOULD BRAG WE WERE TACKLIN LIKE 8th GRADERS. WITHOUT THE INJURIES & LOST LIVE PRACTICES I WOULD NOT BANK ON THAT AGAIN. & HAVE WITH FAVORS FOR A YEAR. HOW BOUT THEM DAWGS!