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

Dawg Fan1

March 22nd, 2009
10:08 am

No surprise with this pickup. Now if we only had a QB.


March 22nd, 2009
9:59 am

Getting a little defensive there aren’t you Gen? I think your beef may be more with the headline writer than the story. I know how you feel. The AJC borrows headline writers from the STAR. As for slow news on a Saturday, thank God, NO ARRESTS! Did Richt chain up all the Mo-Peds?

Grob Hahn

March 22nd, 2009
9:47 am

If only 10-20% of the recruits were black and the majority white, you KNOW the kinds of stories you would hear about racism. When any group is so massively over-represented you will get questions. What I notice is that the question never gets answered. Instead it is buried with cries of Racism, Racism, Racism. It gets old folks.


March 22nd, 2009
8:56 am

Fields, you made a huge mistake committing to UGA. If you wanted to stay in state, Tech would have been a much better choice. Better education, better Tickle Piles plus we beat their butts.


March 22nd, 2009
8:43 am

Wow! I can’t beleive we were able to convince this guy to come to UGA and reject Tech! Don’t guess he wanted to dodge bullets , step over homeless people and play on Thursday nights.


March 22nd, 2009
8:13 am

Hey SECfootball fan, i am sure you are the voice of every recruit out there by saying you would rather play for an expereinced coach like Richt instead of a brat like Kiffin. Then somthing must be incorrect if this brat can recruit the #1 player in the nation as well as a top 10 class with less than a month as a staff to recruit.
I think if I was a recruit, I would ask why would I go play for a coach that is complacent with his assistants and wont get the best coaching for his players. Why would I want to play for sub par coordinators like Bobo or Martinez? What is funny is no GA fan will admit the parallel between Richt and Fulmer now. Both are too loyal to a fault and look where it got Fulmer.

Greg Mason

March 22nd, 2009
8:13 am

I’m a Georgia fan, and I’d just like to say that the comments posted in here by fans of all schools are starting to reach new lows. I’d say it’d be a pretty small percentage of the folks posting in here who ever played a down of college football, so all this “we kicked your butt” stuff is ridiculous. Everybody has chinks in their armour. Give it a rest. You can support your team in here without sounding like the bloods and crips.

Gen Neyland

March 22nd, 2009
7:56 am

‘Thomas Brown’: I simply think if this is all the ajc can put together on a Saturday, it’s a slow day in the fast lane…Recruit, rip off shirts, throw a pin-the-tail-on-the-Kiffin party. Heh, that’s not a bad idea. Pin-the-tail-on-Kiffin…Ought to rally the readership on a slow day.


March 22nd, 2009
2:06 am

It’s amazing how so many non UT fans have fallen for what Kiffin is about. He wants you to hate him. He has stepped into the SEC and slapped the biggest bully out there (UF). In the mean time the Vols are talked about constantly in the media (good and bad). Wow, it really is interesting. I will agree he’ll have to back it up this Fall. But the question everyone hates to answer is if the Vols have some key wins and Kiffin comes out smelling like a rose will non Vol fans give him respect?


March 22nd, 2009
1:59 am

Hey UGA Dummy,

It’s “their” … not “they’re” … nice try, idiot