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
2:59 pm

TechTool: You’re catching on.


March 22nd, 2009
12:23 pm

Great story! Looking forward to his being a much of a part of a National Championship as Matthew Stafford and Knowshon Mareno were.
Woof! Woof! Lick! Lick!


March 22nd, 2009
11:40 am

Great choice Jalen, looking forward to seeing you on football Saturdays. Now you can concentrate on what is important, grades and winning that championship for your High School. Have fun, you only get one Senior year of High School and it is the best of all.


March 22nd, 2009
11:35 am

The only thing that would give me pause is when the kid said he really likes Coach O. Maybe it’s just me getting old…or maybe it’s just cool nowadays to have a fondness for “classless vulgar punk.” I’m not saying that about the kid because he made a wiser final decision…but that kind of idiotic low class bombastic behaivor seems to be appealing to a lot of these recruits today. An indication of the state of our society???

John W

March 22nd, 2009
11:04 am

Why aren’t any ajc writers comparing Hewitt’s record to Cremins’? How does he escape the criticism that Cremins received from the ajc?


March 22nd, 2009
10:44 am

I am starting to wonder if some of these bloggers realize that the 1950’s are behind us. After that, I actually wonder if some of the bloggers are middle school students expressing their sarcasm as a means of dealing with inferiorities. The truth is that many of these comments have a racial overtone, an elitist undertone, and are based on ignorance. Do you really believe talking trash makes an impression on other? Your right, most think you are a clueless idiot. No, you don’t seem cool. You seem like a desperate buffoon. In terms of Jalen Fields, I am very excited about this young man. 6’5 245 pass rusher is exactly what UGA has been needing. I talked to a cousin of mine and he told me that the young man is a great kid too. Welcome to the Bulldog family. Jalen let me encourage you to avoid all the negative comments. You will always hear childish morons making insinuations about the quality of students that UGA recruits. The truth is that these clowns are spewing recruiting propaganda. You will learn that grades and test scores are confidential and not accessible to the general public. Yes, those people are haters. They will tell you that UGA places kids in JUCO and prep schools. The truth is that is very rare. Yes, Coach Richt believes in giving every kid a chance no matter his socioeconomic status. Some struggling kids need another year at a prep school to get ready for college. To me, that is a sign of a good Christian man. To make fun of children, reveals a lack of character. Sadly, most of the modern culture is based on the lack of empathy for others. That is so sad to me. We wonder why our country is in such a mess. That is not cool, rather it is a psychopathic tendencies. I continue to wonder why the AJC continues to promote UT. There were other schools that offered this young man, but the AJC wants to fuel the flames of gossip between the two schools. Did Randy Shannnon make any recruiting allegations when the Brown kid signed with UT? No, he has class. He doesn’t pout like a child that doesn’t get his way. Go DAWGS.


March 22nd, 2009
10:39 am

What is up with the headline to the story? It is stuff like that that inflames the trolls from other schools. I really enjoy good conversations and a decent argument, but headlines like this one bring in too much negativity, which in turn brings out the worst fans from all sides. Stuff like this makes it less enjoyable for me to read simply because I have to search for anything worth reading through all the BS posts.

This article is about a commitment from a upcoming senior in High School and half of the comments (or more) don’t even relate to the topic. Just the same old crap that opposing idiots spew every single day.

Ok, rant off…

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10:27 am

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SECfootball fan

March 22nd, 2009
10:24 am

Hey Mark, why did Rodney Garner turn down Tennessee again?