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 22nd, 2009
1:32 am

[...] Mark Richt gets first commitment for Georgia’s 2010 football recruiting class | Inside College… Mark Richt gets first commitment for Georgia’s 2010 football recruiting class 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 Florida State. Had 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. [...]

steve

March 22nd, 2009
1:09 am

good gosh texas has 20 already from 2010.

techtool

March 22nd, 2009
12:42 am

Of course I do. That’s why wreckmaniac and me troll UGA blogs.

Thomas Brown

March 22nd, 2009
12:31 am

Gen Neyland,

That’s a laugh. Why don’t you tell the vols NOT to offer Jason Fields a Scholarship, if you think it is too early to be recruiting for next February ?

That’s why the vols, by the way, have continued to be out-recruited by the UGA Bulldogs – you waited too long to get involved.

7 Consecutive Years and Counting now, UGA has been ranked BETTER than the volmits in the Final AP Poll.

And, we out-recruited you again this year according to every sigle solitary recruiting service.

Now, we are ahead of you in recruiting for February.

When do you suggest that we start recruiting for February 2010 Signing Date Gen Neyland ?

SamoanDawg

March 22nd, 2009
12:26 am

I don’t think any dawg fans has ever stated that GA is a great program. We’re just a bunch of happy fans that we have an awesome coach. Why do you think coach Dungy picked Richt as his first stop for his All Pro Dad program? He knew immediately Richt is a MAN of awesome character. Richt will win the big one, eventually.

Don’t hate the Dawgs, Hate the game!

SECfootball fan

March 22nd, 2009
12:09 am

To all the Tennessee and Lame Kiffen supporters out there, the fact of the matter is your program is 3-5 against Mark Richt and has not won an SEC title since 1998. The program has fallen dramatically since the 90’s and by the looks of things, it is falling even more. Mark Richt may not have the national titles but he has the consistency of winning football games that makes him one of the better coaches in the SEC and true character, which says a lot in todays society. Lane Kiffen is 5-15 as a head coach and runs his mouth about coaches and programs that have proven that they can compete in the ELITE Southeastern Conference.Maybe that is why guys like Fields and Marlon Brown choose schools like Georgia.If I were a high school player, I would much rather play for an experienced coach with character than for a insecure, inexperienced little brat like Kiffen. If were Kiffen, I would shut my mouth until I have proven I can compete.
And to “King” and “Competitive”, stick to making out with your cousins inbreds.

techtool

March 22nd, 2009
12:09 am

wreckmaniac is right. Why do all these georgia fans think it is ok to talk about their favorite team in a forum designated for them. Jerks! Why does the ajc post recruiting articles in the offseason. They should be posting articles about the football games that were played on the field last week this offseason. CMR is really inferior to the coach of the football program that we techies live vicariously through. Stupid mutts. Please quit enjoying your football team and the news that surrounds them. If you had any sense, you would post idiotically on rival team articles instead. That’s what smart people like me and wreckmaniac do. [insert fast food employee joke here]

wreckmaniac

March 21st, 2009
11:21 pm

The AJC is getting behind. We’re talking about 2010 recruits when we haven’t read the 2009 “Know Your Dawgs” articles yet. Who is UGA after in 2011? Keep it up. As long as the AJC focuses on recruitin rather that on-field performance these yahoos eat it up. CMR-King of Recruitin.
U Meyer has got to be jealous.

ZDog

March 21st, 2009
11:20 pm

I’m with you on your comments “competitive”. UT is a fine program that had a down year. It happens to every program. And UGA is not a great program at this point, just a very, very good program. We do need to take that next step, and I believe that we are on the right track.

What I love about being in the SEC is playing against great competition: UF, UT, Auburn (another fine program that had a tough year), AL (maybe, they need to do it one more time), LSU. And even SC, Ole Miss (ask UF) and AK can beat you just about any year. Throw in UK and it’s a battle every week. Love it.

Competitive

March 21st, 2009
10:59 pm

sswinfordawg:

Your comments would have more weight if not for the treatment given to Fulmer by opposing fans the last 17 years. This was a man who was respectful to everyone, never made any inflammatory comments, and fielded a championship level team for most of his career. Opposing fans, including UGA fans, did nothing but ridicule the man for being too fat (The Great Pumpkin is not a compliment), too conservative (usually said before and after losing to the Vols), and too guarded in his comments (workin’ like heck).

Kiffin doesn’t care what UGA, UF, or any other fans think of him. He cares about recruiting great players, winning championships, and restoring pride for UT fans. So what if your feelings are hurt by his comments, or you think he is low class, or whatever. His job isn’t to make UGA fans like him! I agree he hasn’t won any games at UT, because he hasn’t coached any yet. I’ll bet that he wins his fair share this year, despite your prediction.

UT haters will disparage UT no matter who is coach, what the coach says, or how many games they win. I understand that. I just get annoyed with the holier than thou crap from so many. We are talking about college football coaches, and every one of them (including Richt) is cocky. It’s one of the traits that makes them successful. Kiffin should have kept some of his comments to himself, I agree. But I’m going to support UT football no matter what our coach says to fans and the media.