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


March 15th, 2009
4:03 pm


Just wanted you to know that you are doing a great job….. you’ve certainly improved upon previous college football/recruiting coverage by the AJC.

As for the GT fans who appear here to talk smack, one would think that they would be humble when they’ve only been able to win 1 game against GA in 8 years, and if you take away the years when GT was using ineligible players, GA’s won-loss record against GT since 1990 is beyond embarrasing. The Humble Bumble will never learn…….

yellow fuzz

March 15th, 2009
4:02 pm

double ouch!!

Dublin Dawg

March 15th, 2009
4:02 pm


March 15th, 2009
4:01 pm

Thanks Smyrnadawg in disguise. It was your wife’s that I repaired you Chihuahua of a man.


March 15th, 2009
3:01 pm


I think you need to stay on your own blog. For a while at least. I have smacked down a few big name uga bloggers here today (actually blistered a few), I’m afraid some of them may call in to work sick tomorrow. lol. Not SmyrnaDawg though. But I bet he will be humming our fight song tomorrow while he’s standing with the other day laborors at the Quick Trip.

Wish the Tide all the best

31-0 at the half ALMOST trumps 45-42 at the end. Either way it’s good to see our teams give the mouthy Georgia fans a little humble pie to eat.

Bama Stan

March 15th, 2009
2:41 pm

Dawgs will have another 10 win season in 2009!! We have have some great battles against some very good programs – but we will find a way to win games. LSU and Florida appear to be the biggest challanges – but lest focus on OK State!!!!!!

Don’t let the negative folks – like the Bama Stan’s of the world get your goat. I wish we were playing Bama this year – as they peaked!!!! They lost critical O-Linemen and have a new QB. 2009 will be a reality check and a let down for the Crimson Tide. Look at Saban’s history – never been undefeated – and now his team will fall into the 8 to 9 wins a year range.

LSU or Ole Miss will win the west.

Can’t wait until kickoff!!

Bama Stan

March 15th, 2009
2:25 pm

31 – 0 at the half?!!!!

As the flapship university for the State of Georgia – U of Ga will always get a handfull of bluechip prospects in state.

UGA is losing gournd on in state blue-chippers. Bama and LSU are both recruiting more in Georgia – and both making progress. With the Gators dominating – they will attract and get who they want as well. Add GT into the mix – as they are really focussing in State – and obviously have a competent coaching staff as they whipped that UGA A$$ last year – playes see all of this and UGA is being forced to go out of state – which is harder for them as UGA is a regional power – not a national attraction.

So what does this mean??? UGA is a back with the pack!!!….with Auburn, Tennessee and South Carolina in the SEC. And UGA is now no better than FSU, GT or North Carolina. If I am a UGA fan – the question I am asking is how did we let it slip away when we had a chance to dominate the EAST? And what can we do to separate ourselves from the pack – and at least give Florida some competition. 2 wins in 8 years against Florida is not competitive – they own you!!!

ROLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL TIDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


March 15th, 2009
2:23 pm

Hey SmyrnaDawg:
What is
The number of yards Georgia Tech gained on their first 14 plays of the second half? In YOUR backyard? 45-42 are the only numbers you need to memorize Rafael.

LSU Fanatic

March 15th, 2009
2:10 pm

Dogs will be OK recruiting wise – the big name programs will always attract talent.

But the real issue for Georgia is why the program is slipping? Why has Georgia not won the National Title when they seemed prime to do so? Why no SEC East titles during the Stafford ERA? Is it me? – or has your defense played a lot more inconsistent over the last 3 / 4 years. Seem to be great one weekend – then no shows the next. What’s up?????

Clearly, Florida, LSU and now Alabama have passed UGA on overall consistency in SEC standings. UGA was primed to dominate the SEC East – and Florida has taken it over. Tennessee and Auburn are just small amounts behind UGA – and maybe closing the gap.

From a SEC West fan perspective – and a LSU fan – I have no beef with UGA. In fact, I root for UGA against my SEC West foes. But we all now consider UGA a better than average team, not a the great program that we feared 4 years ago. Maybe it’s best that the Stafford era is over.

Also, I would not have great expectations for UGA this year or next in regards to SEC play. Yes, you will win your share of games – but Cox will not lead you to and SEC title – then the following year, you will have redshirt freshman QB’s.

I know – UGA beat us last year in Death Valley. Final score was by 14 points!!!! But let’s look at that game – a rebuild year for LSU – and we did not have a QB. Both defenses gave up huge plays – take away the two interceptions for touchdowns and we are tied. But reality was – LSU was rebuild mode – and look how we finished!!!

I am rooting for UGA to be the class program in the SEC East – but I got the feeling that Florida is just way ahead – and will be way a head for some time – and it’s as good as it’s going to get in Athens unless Coach Richt changes dome things up defensively.


March 15th, 2009
12:58 pm


What is 59-39-5? Our winning score next year plus how many more years it will take Georgia’s defense to figure out how to stop the option?

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 dawg from Athens, Georgia, and a hell of a dic* liker.
A Helluva, Helluva, Helluva, Helluva, Helluva dirty dawg dic* liker.
Like all your Copenhagen buddies, stick 45-42 in your ear!
I’m a Ramblin’ Wreck from Georgia Tech and a hell of an Engineer.