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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March 21st, 2009
10:12 pm

Competitive, let me get this straight. You (a tennessee fan) are telling UGA fans they need to earn some respect before mouthing off? Maybe you should direct that comment to Kiffin. I do believe he is UT’s head coach. What has he done to back up all his talk? That’s what i thought. I think big o made his comment not based on UT’s track record over the past 5, 10, 15, or 20 years. I think that comment was based on the circus that has come about over the past few weeks. I certainly don’t respect Kiffin after all his childish antics that have come about. The vol nation respects and supports this guy which is reason for lack of respect. God knows i wouldn’t tell a sole if i was a vol fan. I think you will understand a little more when UT gets ripped by every SEC team they face this year.


March 21st, 2009
9:50 pm

Who cares if the kid is African-American or not? Can he play? That’s what matters. The thing that’s great about Richt is ALL his players love him and so do the parents. He’s not some slick, hair greased back. At least we can respect our coach…not like some of the other SEC schools, need I name names?

[...] First Commitment of 2010 Class- Today Georgia hosted their Junior day where they landed their first commitment of the 2010 class with Dalton DE Jalen Fields. Fields stands in at 6′5 245 pounds and chose [...]


March 21st, 2009
9:41 pm

i agree with you competitive, georgia didnt even beat Tennessee in the 90’s, and i can guarantee you Tennessee will never be tearing down the field goals after beating georgia.


March 21st, 2009
9:17 pm

big o,

You’re right, no one respects UT right now, especially UGA fans. And for good reason, with all those National Championships Georgia has won the last 25 years. Of course, you guys were robbed 2 years ago of a national title…and the SEC title…and the SEC East title, all in the same year. You remember that year, when Tennessee ripped off Georgia’s head and crapped down their necks. Georgia fans are still crying about getting ripped off when they couldn’t take care of a barely above average UT team that season.

Yes, UT was bad last season. Yes, UGA beat us without too much trouble. Yes, we’ve had 2 bad seasons out of 4. And maybe our new coach has made some comments that probably shouldn’t have been made. But what has Georgia and their super-coach Mark Richt done? If you take off your red and black glasses for a minute, you’ll acknowledge that Georgia is a good not great program. They are consistently in the hunt, but have never taken the next step to be championship material. I’m not saying it’s easy to make that jump, but it annoys me to hear Georgia fans talking as if they are Florida or USC or something.

Tennessee has slipped some over the last decade, which is why Fulmer needed to be replaced. But if you and your team don’t respect UT, the Dawgs will get spanked again like they did 2 years ago. Despite what ESPN’s talking heads would have you believe, there is not a huge talent deficit at UT. If (and I admit, it’s a big if) UT can get even average QB play this season, we’ll be right there fighting for the East with the Floridas of the league.

Georgia needs to earn some respect before they start mouthing off, too.

Gen Neyland

March 21st, 2009
9:06 pm

Slow news day, huh..? This headline flash just has me busting at the seams. Now I want to know how many 8th graders have committed and how many unborned are considering UGA…Geez on a ferris wheel…


March 21st, 2009
8:49 pm

Great Choice Jalen. I can already tell you have great passion, and love for UGA. Good luck to you, Go Dawgs!

Tony Martin

March 21st, 2009
8:40 pm

Great ckoice Jalen I will sleep well tonight. Tell dad I said hello

marseilles mutt

March 21st, 2009
8:26 pm

…or be an idiot like “UGA Dummy” who can’t spell ‘their’. No English classes at Tech, huh?

Welcome aboard Jalen, hopefully you will love it!

UGA dummy

March 21st, 2009
8:07 pm

Will you qualify or be like the other “supers” that cant even spell they’re name?