Mark Richt gets first commitment for Georgia’s 2010 football recruiting class


Who is No. 1 for Georgia's 2010 recruiting class? It's Dalton DE Jalen Fields, who hinted to the AJC that he intended to commit to the Bulldogs.

Who is No. 1 for Georgia's 2010 recruiting class? It's Dalton DE Jalen Fields, who hinted to the AJC that he intended to commit to the Bulldogs.

Georgia finally got its first commitment for 2010 when Dalton defensive end Jalen Fields committed to the Bulldogs during UGA’s Junior Day on Saturday.

“I told [Mark Richt] and he was hugging me and my family,” Fields told the AJC. “Georgia is the place I want to be. I believe in [Richt] and Georgia. Coach Richt has already done so many great things at Georgia. I’m a hometown guy, so there was no need for me to look around anywhere else. Georgia is where I want to be, and it’s an honor to be the first [commitment] for next year.”

The 6-foot-5, 245-pound Fields picked UGA among seven offers, including Tennessee, Alabama, and FSUHad Fields waited longer, he was expected to double or triple his scholarship offers.

“I like ‘Coach O’ a lot [Tennessee recruiting coordinator Ed Orgeron], but Georgia was my first offer and my first love,” Fields said. “I’m happy with Georgia, my family is happy with Georgia. That’s where I want to be, and I’m finished with my recruiting. I’m glad to get it over with. Georgia is my dream school. Now I can focus on Dalton football and helping us be the best team we can be.”

Fields, who is a junior, had told the AJC on that chances were high that he would give the Bulldogs an early pledge, and Fields delivered on his word on Saturday. “It’s great to be a Georgia Bulldog. It doesn’t get any better than this.”

The first commitment for Georgia Tech’s 2010 recruiting class was Collins Hill tailback Charles Perkins.

On Saturday, UGA also offered Tucker sophomore linebacker James Vaughters. [Click here to go to the story and see video of the sophomore sensation]

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76 comments Add your comment


March 21st, 2009
8:05 pm

I dont know a lot about this guy, but he seems to be a good player based on the other schools that were recruiting him. The country is full of idiots unfortuantely theydont have to wear white sheets anymore, they can disguise themself and be even more dangerous. The Dawgs are certainly headed in the right direction. With as many skill position recruits as we got last year, the focus should be on the defense next year, the secondary in particular. Go Dawgs!

Snewo DAWG

March 21st, 2009
8:03 pm

Congratulations Jalen on becoming a Bulldawg! Welcome to Athens. Focus on your studies, football, and have a good time during your college career.

Lane Kiffin.

March 21st, 2009
7:24 pm

Good Choice Jalen. I’m not too hot on UT either after being here for a couple of months.


March 21st, 2009
6:53 pm

Jalen: Welcome to the Dawg nation. You will hear from many ignorant, immature Tech posters like “Jack Johnson.” Glad to have you.


March 21st, 2009
6:47 pm

Jack’s last name is not Johnson………..insert joke here


March 21st, 2009
6:46 pm

Thank you, Jalen. You’ve made a wise choice. You’ll be very happy as a Dawg. Big O and Johnson are not Dogs.

So What!

March 21st, 2009
6:44 pm

Do you believe that other schools’ recruiting results were that much different? Seriously, take a second and think about LSU, Auburn, Florida, Texas, even Oklahoma. Thats just the reality of the situation. It doesn’t make it right or wrong, its just the way it is. Not all of Coach Richt’s recruits were black, and even though it shouldn’t matter what color the kids are, I don’t think it was 95% like you said, it was probably more like 65 or 70% if we’re really going to have this discussion. I trust that Coach Richt is bringing in players that are the kind of kids that he wants to coach and win with. And knowing the kind of person that he and his asst. coaches are, I think that on the whole, those are good kids, regardless of their color. As for The University of Morehouse at Athens, you should find out the percentage of African American students among the entire student populous before you rename my school. I believe the percentage of black students at UGA is something like 8-10 percent. Which is actually a larger amount than when I was there, and I’m happy for that. Good for them, and good for anyone that goes to a good school to get an education or play football or do whatever. You seriously need to check yourself.


March 21st, 2009
6:35 pm

ajc outstanding job again with recruiting coverage. you made right choice jalen f

big o

March 21st, 2009
6:21 pm

If I were a Tenn. fan thank God, Jesus and all the angels that I’m not. I would be too ashamed to coment about UGA or any top Sec Program. Nobody respects UT anymore. Earn some repect and then mouth off.

Big Al

March 21st, 2009
6:17 pm

Good choice young man.