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 23rd, 2009
3:17 pm

“Can’t we all agree that SEC and ACC football is the best around, and enjoy the games without the BS”

Uh…. well, at least you’re half right.

Welcome to the Bulldawgs Jalen. We’re happy to have you.

Florida Gators in 09

March 23rd, 2009
1:25 pm

How many of you played and/or playing for TN, GA, or GT? Thats what I thought. And judging by the comments, and whats being said, I doubt if most of you have gone to any of the universities mentioned as a student or fan. Can’t we all agree that SEC and ACC football is the best around, and enjoy the games without the BS….its about SEC pride.

Florida Gators in 09

March 23rd, 2009
1:18 pm

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Dawg fan

March 23rd, 2009
9:59 am

Great recruit. A DE that is 6′5″, 250lbs., 4.6 speed puts him physically among the top DE prospects in the country. With his head and heart already with the Dawgs for years, he seems to have great potential. Certainly the kind of recruit that will stay with his commitment thru signing day. Another solid recruiting job by Richt and team.


March 23rd, 2009
9:31 am

UTK fans better watch it.You have never won anything of importance without the help of GEORGIA players,NOTHING !.That includes football,basketball,swimming,tennis,track,well you get the picture.Like coach kiffy you should be sucking up to Georgia also.


March 23rd, 2009
9:21 am


You sure do talk loud over the internet.

I am going to the G-Day game April 11th but will not open a can until after the game and outside the stadium. I date a girl from there and I bet she could probably kick your azz and a few of your bandmates. More than likely, I will be wearing black and gold and an old GT Baseball hat.


March 23rd, 2009
8:26 am

Buzz, you should come to G-Day on April 11. Admission is free, so you don’t have to ask your mom for an advance on your allowance. Come out to Athens and say it to me and my friends’ face. Unless your stinger falls off and you forget the way. But Techies know the way to Athens for sure, thats where they all go each weekend to find actual hot girls, cause you know all the girls at Tech look like their faces caught on fire and they tried to put them out with a fork. I will make sure to find you at this years game, right after we break every one of your players and rock your weak a$$ “stadium” to the ground. Grow a pair and bring what you got, me and my Dawgs will be ready.


March 23rd, 2009
7:57 am


March 23rd, 2009
6:47 am


I wish jalen Fields all the best as well. But tell me Mr Carpet installer, what were you focused on last year in the Florida game? I couldn’t even enjoy the Tech game that day because your (or should I say Florida’s) score kept changing over head like a pin ball machine. LOL, Nice focus in the Alabama game as well. Last time I checked, Bama beat you 31-0 befoire they put the practice squad in. Rest assured, with no off week advantage this year, we will beat you again. YOU, can count on it.

Having fun in Dalton

March 23rd, 2009
4:20 am

First of all, congrads to Jalen Fields. I know him personally and I watch him on Friday nights at Dalton Football games. He will be a great addition to UGA football.

Now for the knuckleheads that’s clinging to the fact that GT did beat UGA last year 45-42, big deal we will be at Bobby Dodd this season and we will see if Tech will be consistent or living off the high from last year’s game.

And as I said before, at least we beat LSU. UGA 52 LSU 38. LSU 38 GT 3.

No focus in that game whatsoever. Tech was still dreaming about beating UGA. LOL. Next time focus on every game you play.