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.

Click here and bookmark the AJC’s Recruiting Coverage

72 comments Add your comment

Buzz

March 15th, 2009
5:30 pm

If “IT’S GREAT TO BE A GEORGIA BULLDAWG !!” then its incredibly awesome to be a Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket right now because we just kicked your azz 45-42 in your own back yard in front of 100,000 people and over 14 million on national television.

All together now….

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 UNTIL 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* licker.
A Helluva, Helluva, Helluva, Helluva, Helluva dirty dawg dic* licker.
Like superDawg and his redneck buddies, stick 45-42 in your ear!
I’m a Ramblin’ Wreck from Georgia Tech and a hell of an Engineer.

superDawg

March 15th, 2009
5:28 pm

you forgot the last verse.GLORY GLORY TO OLD GEORGIA AND TO HELL WITH ga.tech remember that!

buzzlicksugasazz

March 15th, 2009
5:27 pm

hey bumble bee… come back & talk trash when you start winning games until then go back to your dinner table your mom is calling you she said your soup is getting cold. GOOOOOO DAWGS…SIC EM..WOOF,WOOF,WOOF !!!

buzzlicksugasazz

March 15th, 2009
5:19 pm

buzz must be angry that momma din’t help him brush his yellow maggot teeth before bed time. (GO MAKE YOUR BED SON) before i’ll make you hand wash my socks. IT’S GREAT TO BE A GEORGIA BULLDAWG !!

SthrnSrvy

March 15th, 2009
5:18 pm

LSU Fanatic, i agree that the end of the Stafford era can be a very good thing. So much hype placed on one person can be a detriment to the whole team. As for UF and the east dominance: it’s been all about Tebow and his camera hogging ways. They have nobody, and i mean nobody behind him. I have heard folks pray Tebow didn’t bolt, due to the experience behind him. Joe Cox has an insurmountable advantage to lift UGA into it’s future, and no UGA fan can forget the win over Colorado.

Buzz

March 15th, 2009
5:10 pm

Aparently not. But for everyone else, The Dawg days officially began November 29th 2008
Sicemdawgs.com
Georgia Tech Ends Losing Streak, Runs Over Georgia 45-42
Posted by RSD on 11/29/2008 – Permalink

How will Mark Richt rationalize this loss? Was Georgia Tech and their triple-option offense the better team? Was Georgia’s defense to blame? Or was it the Bulldogs’ special teams again? Either way, the Yellow Jackets ended their 7-game losing streak against UGA by rushing for 409 yards and beating the Bulldogs between the hedges 45-42.

Going into halftime, everything was going Georgia’s way. The Dawgs were cruising behind Matthew Stafford and senior wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi with a 28-12 advantage. But then came the 3rd quarter. The Bulldogs inexplicably kicked the opening kickoff out of bounds, giving the Yellow Jackets the ball at their own 40-yard line. This was the 2nd Georgia kickoff of the game to land out of bounds.

On Tech’s first play, Jonathan Dwyer rushed for 60 yards and a touchdown. The Yellow Jackets scored on their 2-point conversion to cut Georgia’s lead to 28-20. Georgia then gave the ball back after a 3-and-out. On Tech’s next possession, they scored on a 10-play drive, converted the 2-pointer and the game was tied.

On the ensuing kickoff, Georgia’s Richard Samuel fumbled, giving the Yellow Jackets the ball at the Bulldog’s 23 yard line. On the first play, Jonathan Dwyer rushed 23-yards for the touchdown, giving the Yellow Jackets the lead for good.

Georgia’s 3rd loss of the season overshadowed great performances by senior wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi and junior quarterback Matthew Stafford. Massaquoi caught 11 passes for 180 yards and 3 touchdowns. Stafford, possibly playing in his last game at home, completed 24-of-39 passes for 407 yards and 5 touchdowns. In the 1st quarter, Stafford threw an interception that was returned 35 yards for a touchdown by Tech’s Morgan Burnett.

The loss completes Georgia’s 2008 regular season, giving them an overall record of 9-3. In their 3 losses, the Bulldog defense surrendered an average of 45 points per game. Not exactly what you would expect from a Georgia team that was ranked 1st in the pre-season.

Barring some unexpected results in other games, the Georgia Bulldogs should receive an invitation to the Capital One Bowl in Orlando. If invited, they will likely face the Ohio State Buckeyes. The game will be played on Thursday, January 1, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. ET.

Hey superDawg, a little bit louder now-

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 UNTIL 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* licker.
A Helluva, Helluva, Helluva, Helluva, Helluva dirty dawg dic* licker.
Like superDawg and his redneck buddies, stick 45-42 in your ear!
I’m a Ramblin’ Wreck from Georgia Tech and a hell of an Engineer.

superDawg

March 15th, 2009
5:05 pm

you have a fight song man thats good singing on the toilet.

yellow fuzz

March 15th, 2009
4:56 pm

Wellllll. LOL. I guess that settles it then.

superDawg

March 15th, 2009
4:16 pm

gentleman i can’t let smyrnadawg take credit for paul bring it buzz.

Buzz

March 15th, 2009
4:10 pm

FORTY FIVE TO FORTY TWO, BETWEEN THE HEDGES, AGAINST A SCHOOL THAT OUT RECRUITS US EACH AND EVERY YEAR AND WAS RANKED NUMBER ONE IN THE NATION LAST YEAR. YOU TELL ME WHO IS SMARTER, STUPID.