Football recruiting: UGA commitments lobby other elite prospects to be Bulldogs at G-Day game

Mark Richt sprints between talking to each recruit at G-Day (AJC photo by Johnny Crawford)

Mark Richt sprints between talking to each recruit at G-Day (AJC photo by Johnny Crawford)

If you’re an elite prospect, once you’ve committed early to a college, your next goal is lobby your colleagues to join you at the same school.

That was North Clayton High linebacker Amarlo Herrera, who pledged to UGA in February.

At Saturday’s G-Day game, Herrera went out of his way to make conversation with many of the top uncommitted prospects in attendance. Wesleyan offensive lineman David Andrews and Griffin safety Corey Moore, two other UGA commitments for 2011, were also preaching the Bulldogs.

“I’ve been recruiting for Georgia since I committed to Georgia,” Herrera told the AJC on Sunday.

“I think we have something very special going on at Georgia. We have new (assistants), we have a new defense, and there’s a new feeling about the program.

“If you come to Georgia, you can be part of it all. Big things are going to be happening.”

The G-Day game attracted many of the top prospects from Georgia and the Southeast: The headliners included Cartersville offensive lineman Justin Floyd, East Hall defensive end Sterling Bailey, Valdosta two-way star Malcolm Mitchell, Ridgeland cornerback Devin Bowman, Grady cornerback Damian Swann, Mitchell County wide receiver Justin Scott, North Paulding wide receiver Chris Conley, and Booker T. Washington wide receiver Zach Witchett, among many others.

Andrews said he spent most of Saturday hanging out with a pair of fellow highly-touted offensive linemen, Memphis product Hunter Long (younger brother of UGA freshman Austin Long) and Dalton’s Watts Dantzler.

“I’ve gotten to know Watts and Hunter very well through the recruiting process, and I’ve been working hard on both to consider Georgia,” Andrews said.

Who do you think will be the NEXT 2011 prospect to commit to Georgia? Make your prediction below, and explain why.

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merbertmoover

April 11th, 2010
5:13 pm

man i think it should be conner taylor out of dalton high school….that kid be layin on the gravy at practice like a piggy in a paddywagon, know what im sayin?

H.S. Coach

April 11th, 2010
5:13 pm

I’d be happy with anyone you listed today. Come on down fellas.

Come to UGA

April 11th, 2010
5:17 pm

This is what uga needs! Players recruiting players. I think the next commit will be Hunter Long. He’ll follow in his brother’s footsteps in Athens

Krogunner

April 11th, 2010
5:18 pm

who cares. Nothing will change until we get a new Head Coach!

poopdawg

April 11th, 2010
5:18 pm

They sound like damn good dawgs, recruiting others shows their team players.

Dacula Dawg

April 11th, 2010
5:47 pm

Yeah Krogunner….get rid of the best coach UGA has ever had. That makes alot of sense.

Who do you suggest take his place? I assume you think it’s easy to get a great coach today, so go ahead and toss out who UGA should get to replace him that would be better than CMR.

CJ Dawg

April 11th, 2010
6:02 pm

So right Dacula Dawg. Probably another Star Tekkie. We have the best man and the best coach ever. Things are about to reallllly turn for the better in Athens. I will be pulling for them at any rate. Go Dawgs!!!!

P.S. Mickelson is giving me heart problems…..

Dixie Clear

April 11th, 2010
6:08 pm

what about jail visits???

jp

April 11th, 2010
6:34 pm

the white guys recruit white guys and black guys recruit white guys. of course there’s no racism in the south anymore

t_height

April 11th, 2010
6:43 pm

I kind of agree with Krogunner. Until Richt learn to coach like a SEC coach and not an ACC coach, he will not win the big game. I like Richt as a person and a coach and I love UGA but I don’t get mad everytime someone criticize the team if its a true statement. If you remember in Richts first season, he admitted himself that he can’t coach like an ACC coach in the SEC. He admitted that running is a must in the league.

Bobby

April 11th, 2010
6:47 pm

Look the really elite players are going elsewhere……..see Florida, Texas, USC, Bama, and even Auburns 2010 class. Texas is on fire in recruiting for 2011 and the Gators just got a big committment yesterday that was wanted by all the top schools including UGA.

K-Town Dawg

April 11th, 2010
7:27 pm

You have to get in the big game before you can win it. In Richt’s tenure at UGA, the team has never made it to the big game. Also, as we all know, luck and other things beyond Richt’s control can have a significant impact in “determining” who goes to the big game.

Also, like another poster asked, who would you get that is so much better?

Debose

April 11th, 2010
7:32 pm

David Andrews is going to get eaten alive by Florida’s underprivileged 5 star defensive linemen that are coming to town.

Barkin'Dog

April 11th, 2010
7:43 pm

The best part of Krogunner ran down his daddy’s leg. Anyone making a statement like he did is lost in a world of make believe. Coach Richt will build a National Champion… but some people are too anxious and demanding to appreciate what the Dawgs truly have in a head coach. CMR will be at UGA until he retires, and he will have plenty of championships to his credit.

BTW, I love reading comments that start with “Who cares…” Obviously, most fans on the blog care… except those particular posters. And, do you know what most every person ‘who cares’ about the blog topic thinks? They think, ‘who cares’ about what the person who wrote ‘who cares’ thinks. I think that’s hysterical!! Go Dawgs… and THW’who cares’ posters!!

wildone

April 11th, 2010
7:46 pm

If you really want to win a national championship at Georgia then you have to ask yourself this one question: Am I really ready to fire a good coach who is a “class act”???? If the answer is no then you will continue to have success as a nine or ten win season for years to come with an occasional trip to the SEC championship game. Most programs would find that to be more than adequate. If your answer is **** yea fire his *** then wait until the end of the year and fire him. Go back to Kirby Smart and offer him the job. Why do you think he stayed with Saban. He knows who the best coach in the country is and he is learning everything he can under Saban. He will be the next big time coach to come out of these young assistants. He played at Georgia but, got his national championship ring wearing Crimson as a coach. This will not be his last national title, the question is which team colors he is wearing when he wins the next one?????

Worm

April 11th, 2010
7:58 pm

Watts, I knew your daddy-He’d be proud if you’re a Dawg!..he’d be proud of you anyway, but ESPECIALLY if your wearing the red and black.

South Ga Dawg

April 11th, 2010
7:58 pm

Never doubt a man of Christ little boys and girls!! Richt and our program will continue to be just fine!!!

To Wildone

April 11th, 2010
8:01 pm

I will take a consistent path to the Dome about every four or five years and a possible win there with the usual Cap One trips and Sugar Bowl, Outback and Chi Fil A bowls. Why? This is wonderful. Here is why:

What school has 8 or more wins over 13 years other than UGA? This is the way it is.

I make a very nice electronic bank deposit BECAUSE UGA and my skills generated a 33 year CAREER. See? Football and NCs are for kids and stay at home tatooed thugs on mommy’s PC.

Yes, REAL UGA fans are very happy with Richt. Last year was a down year for UGA. Here is only one example: Alabama ( I do admire Bama ) has had about 25 down years except for 2009, 2008
( they were embarrased and humiliated in the Sugar Bowl) and the year Stallings won the NC. After Bear ……………what beyond these three nice years have they done?

I’ll take 9/10 wins every year and about 80% of UGA GRADS will too. Yes sir.

Goooooooooooooooo Dogs.

Paddy

April 11th, 2010
8:02 pm

merbertmoover……Taylor out of Dalton? Is that like Seattle Slew out of Plastitude Gold? And gravy in a paddy wagon?…..Lets just say my children will give Dalton HS academices a wide wide berth if you are any example.

MikkUGA

April 11th, 2010
8:02 pm

Really Debose? Where are the last 2 big DL recruits Florida said was going to dominate. Brown was kicked out of school and ran off to ut and Omar will be doing good if he can get on the field with his back. Andrews is drawing comparison to Ben Jones……..you know the All SEC Ben Jones.

ChuyDawg

April 11th, 2010
8:07 pm

I love our team and our program overall but when you look at other programs around the nation, its kind of discouraging. If you live in Texas and they offer you, there’s a good chance you will commit. The same can be said for LSU, USC, Oklahoma. The frustrating part is that our state produces top notch talent and UGA has to compete with surrounding programs for the elite players. It should never be like that, we have to get it together. I know that eventually it balances out but I still want the best players to stay in-state.

Worm

April 11th, 2010
8:23 pm

please don’t let BILL KING near any of them!

Florida fan = jean shorts

April 11th, 2010
8:26 pm

You are all losers in life. As a man I can honestly say that all of you are proof that women are much smarter than men. You all have never played football in your life, nor will ever move out of your mom’s house.

ReptilesRule

April 11th, 2010
8:33 pm

Anyone know where James Vaughters was this weekend? Saw a bunch of top 150 players at the UF spring game but I don’t remember seeing him.

wildone

April 11th, 2010
8:40 pm

I just stated a fact that is on the money. I agree that Coach Richt is a good coach and a great man. I never insulted him or the program in any way. As I stated, most programs would find his accomplishments more than adequate.
My point was to raise a question or two. Who has the most influence on the program, the one’s that demand a national title or the one’s such as yourself that are more than satisfied with a good program.
I also stand by my comments on your fellow alumni coach Kirby Smart. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad he is with the Tide but, I would be foolish not to wish him all the success that is headed his way as a head coach. Nothing feels as good as getting to come home and I wish for him and his wife all the happiness in the world. With that said I would like to thank him for the outstanding job he has done in T-Town and RTR. ps this year I’m picking the Dawgs to win the East.

Hey...MIKKUGA

April 11th, 2010
8:47 pm

FYI…Omar Hunter no longer has a back problem. He was dominant in the spring game and will arrive as an all-SEC DT this year. He is a monster nose tackle. It takes 2 lineman and a RB to block him and he frees up the Gators extremely fast LBs to create havoc. John Brown flunked out and went to the Vols after JC. The other Brown was a thug and Meyer kicked him off the team. The Gators still have Hunter, Howard, Marsh, and Sanders at the DT positions…even before the fab freshman DTs arrive this summer. The Gator DL is going to be awesome this fall and for years to come. They got a commitment from a top 3 DE…big and very fast…this weekend. Yikes!!!

Hey...MIKKUGA

April 11th, 2010
8:55 pm

P.S…..You should have seen Andre Dubose running all over the place and catching TD passes in the Gators spring game as well. Brantley looked like an All-Pro and the receivers are extremely talented (Dubose, Thompson, Hines, Moore, Hammond, Ali, Williams, etc). And the two freshman QBs are advanced…..Burton (6′3 and 225) and Reed (6′4 and 240)…with Reed also big enough to play and excel at the “Wildcat RB” position and as the hybrid TE to replace Hernandez. Gators aren’t going anywhere…except back on top in the East and playing Bama in the SEC championship game again. Good luck with your spring dreams.

Albert

April 11th, 2010
9:07 pm

Keep telling the recruits theres no worrying about going to class or school grades. Just go to uga to play football. Love them dawgs–good “Gator Bait”

CatsFly

April 11th, 2010
9:18 pm

Is the gap between UGa football and UNC football widening, or narrowing?

Va Beach Dawg

April 11th, 2010
9:28 pm

I wish the Florida fans like Hey…MIKKUGA who come on here to talk trash would at least get their facts straight about their own team. Omar Hunter, at DT, was supposedly “dominant” in the Spring game. The only problem is that his first team defense gave up 27 points to the offense, made virtually no stops, and that was with 4 starting offensive linemen for Florida sitting out with injuries. Way to dominate Omar!

harold

April 11th, 2010
9:37 pm

Alabama and Florida have Championship programs with Championship coaches. Georgia does not. Just look at the record.WHY WOULD A GREAT PROSPECT WANT TO PLAY FOR AN AVERAGE TEAM LIKE GEORGIA?

Otis

April 11th, 2010
9:51 pm

The dwags own Bama and who would want to play for medicated Meyer at Fla

JJ

April 11th, 2010
9:52 pm

It’d also be nice if the Florida fan on here could spell Andre DEBOSE’s name right.

BDAWG

April 11th, 2010
9:58 pm

LUV CMR AS A PERSON, BUT HE DOES NEED TO TIGHTEN THE REIGNS ON THE COACHING AND RECRUITING. I COMMEND HIM ON BEING A RELIGIOUS MAN, BUT WHEN IT COMES TO RECRUITING MOST OF THE RECRUITS WANT TO HEAR ABOUT WINNING NC AND GETTING TO THE NFL. DON’T KNOW HOW TRUE THIS IS, BUT HEARD A RUMOR THAT THE REASON WE ARE LOSING SO MANY TOP RECRUITS IS THAT CMR IS SPENDING MORE TIME TALKING TO THE RECRUITS ABOUT CHURCH THEN TALKING UP THE PROGRAM AND WHAT GREAT THINGS THAT THE RECRUIT CAN ACCOMPLISH. FROM MY UNDERSTANDING, THAT IS WHY TWO OF THE RECRUITS OUT OF COLUMBUS GA. EASED THEIR INTEREST IN UGA. OF COURSE IF SABAN TELLS THEM WHAT THEY WANT TO HEAR THAT IS WHAT THEY WILL FALL FOR. I THINK THAT IF CMR STICKS TO SPEAKING UP THE FOOTBALL TEAM AND FOCUSING ON THE PRIME TARGET OF THESE 16-18 YEAR OLD KIDS, WE WILL NOT LOSE SO MANY RECRUITS TO FLA, UA, FSU, TENN AND CLEMSON. I’M ABOUT 100% SURE THAT IS NOT A MAIN FOCUS FROM COACH MEYER, SABAN, FISHER, SPURRIER, OR MILES. CONCENTRATE ON WINNING AND RECRUITING ON THE FOOTBALL FIELD AND LET THESE KIDS BUILD A FAITH BASED FOUNDATION AT THEIR HOME.

PCDAWG

April 11th, 2010
10:02 pm

I really hope we can get the WR from North paulding,he is a very solid kid he has great size and good hands and is a 4.4 guy

Bo Williams

April 11th, 2010
10:10 pm

C..fly, I believe UNC will challenge Fl soon as the elite program on the SE coast. No disrespect to UGa and SCar, but UNC is a hot program, because it is a hot school.

The Sham

April 11th, 2010
10:31 pm

READY TO COMMIT – I’m 6-0, 245, prematurely balding with a bad back. I am 30+ years old and I have 3 SEC offers from 15 years ago but I’m still waiting on my offer from the DAWGS! Just sign the offer sheet CMR and I’ll be there tomorrow!

Home boy

April 11th, 2010
10:53 pm

BDAWG It really irks me when you atheists keep bringing up the coach’s religious background as if it was a detriment to football. first, no amount of nc talk is going to be half as valuable to these young men as the guidelines given by the coach for a successful way of life as a good human being. I don’t believe any recruits confided in you about anything unless they were devil worshippers like you and your kind and that would make them unwelcome in camp. shame on you hiss hiss

richard cranium

April 11th, 2010
10:55 pm

Crayons and coloring books are provided with each scholarship.

If you can’t go to college – go to UGA.

TampaGator

April 11th, 2010
11:06 pm

Va Beach Dog. I watched the Florida spring game. Hunter was all over the field, sideline to sideline, making plays. He is finally living up to the recruitnic hype. A ton of talent in Gainesville. And Brantley will be a #1 NFL pick at QB in 2 years. Best arm in the SEC for both strength and accuracy….throws the best deep ball I have ever seen.

FJ

April 11th, 2010
11:17 pm

A couple of the guys listed don’t even have offers yet so its hard to call them “headliners”. I don’t have a clue about the two CB’s (Bowman and Swann) but most of the others are likely to sign with UGA when all is said and done.

Pago Flyer

April 11th, 2010
11:44 pm

So what’s new…UGA always has a Top Ten recruiting class…nothing happens!

DawgFan

April 12th, 2010
1:16 am

How about a special teamer? That Brower kid from Mountain View in Lawrenceville can kick some booming kickoffs – consistent PATs and field goals too. He ain’t a half bad QB either. Just watched some of his highlights on youtube.

Reality

April 12th, 2010
2:26 am

Who cares? UGA football has become irrelavent. No one follows an 8 win team….. or a 9 win team. No one wants to go to Shreveport. The school doesn’t even want the fans to attend and bans tail gating.

Pick another team – UGA is dead.

Monroe's first Redcoat

April 12th, 2010
4:03 am

Wait a minute. Urban Meyer kicked a thug off the team?? I thought that being a thug was a prerequisite for signing with the Gaytors!!

Monroe's first Redcoat

April 12th, 2010
4:04 am

@Reality. Why don’t you give up and go back to asking for kissing lessons on Craig’s List???

Dawgbreath

April 12th, 2010
6:56 am

Redcoat. Checked your thug list lately or your coaches record for recruiting them? I wouldn’t be talking about another team’s coach or thugs if I were a Dawg fan dude.

TampaGator

April 12th, 2010
7:07 am

Redcoat. Jeoffery Pagan. 6′4″ and 260. 4.6 speed. One of the best DE recruits in the country. Excellent student. Great family. Those stats ARE the typical prerequisites for signing with the Gators and the typical type of student athlete Meyer recruits and wins with.

His quite: “Florida makes me feel like I am with family.”

Thugs are usually not family oriented individuals.

By the way, how is Marquez Robinson doing?????????

GT

April 12th, 2010
7:31 am

How is a recruit going to tell another recruit about Athens police and their harassment of minorities or of a school that has only a low single digit of minority students. This recruit has not even lived a day in Athens. This is the SEC the whole conference is special. Watch how much publicity an Arkansas or a Mississippi done not get but they will come in here the next few years and beat Georgia, is that special? Is it special to go to a place where so much is expected and when you leave it undone all the fans can talk about is the next year and the poor student athlete if not drafted leaves unemployed. Watch the support of the “Bulldog Nation” when your four years are up and it is job time. They are all broke supporting next year’s crop of “special”.

Come to Tech my man. We ain’t special but when you graduate you get jobs. And while you are there you live in Atlanta, home of minority elites, which really aren’t minority. That seems to hold down the harassment issues. The southeastern media center for sports. The home of pro sports which is the goal of every college athlete. How is a 18 year old recruit going to tell you all that. Check out the facts the only thing special is your life, make the most of it.