Afterglow: Dogs bask in Benedict’s commitment

By DARRYL MAXIE / dmaxie@ajc.com

One “monster pickup” a week and Georgia could redefine the meaning of great recruiting class.

The Bulldogs, and especially assistant Stacy Searels, have reason to bask in the afterglow today after landing a commitment from Bolles School offensive tackle Brent Benedict of Jacksonville. They snatched him away from notable adversaries Florida, Alabama, USC, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Penn State and Clemson. Last week, Bulldogs fans rejoiced over beating the Gators to top receiver Da’Rick Rogers.

Here’s what the experts are saying about the Benedict coup:

“This is a monster pickup for Georgia,” said Jamie Newberg of Rivals. “To go down to the Sunshine State and pull one of the top linemen in the nation is huge. They beat Florida in their own backyard, USC and others. Benedict is an exceptional offensive line prospect that’s nasty, has great size, feet and athleticism. The Dawgs have really picked it up in Florida.”

According to Scout.com South Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons, “Benedict is an aggressive offensive linemen that finishes his blocks, that understands blocking schemes, that can run block, that can pass protect, and that has a high level of intelligence. There are not many faults in his game, but his arm length is a minor concern at tackle. He is one of the best in the country.”

Rivals’ Barry Evrey, one of the sharper analysts in the game, raved about Benedict, who is rated the No. 5 offensive tackle by his organization and the ninth-best by scout.com.

“He’s one of the most athletic big men that I’ve ever seen. Period,” Evrey said. “He’s got a 30-inch vertical jump and off the line of scrimmage he is a legitimate 5.0 or faster. He can fly. Georgia does not have anyone [among the linemen] on the team who is this athletic.”

Benedict told the Sporting News what he learned by playing at Bolles in Jacksonville, what has made him one of the great pickups from the Class of 2010.

“I think I have worked hard and I’ve had the coaching in this program to develop myself,” Benedict said. “I’m pretty well-rounded as a player and as a person in general. A lot of coaches have told me that, that I’m the complete package, that I’m not going to be in trouble off the field. That’s one of my selling points. I’m a straight-forward guy who is looking forward to going to school somewhere, and then I’ll get out there and play a little football on the weekends.”

145 comments Add your comment

Frank

June 16th, 2009
7:08 am

Welcome to UGA Brent. GATA

Dawg stuck in Bham

June 16th, 2009
7:19 am

Great pick up CMR! Let’s hope he sticks to his committment thru signing day.

Diamond Dawg

June 16th, 2009
7:20 am

Welcome aboard

Dawgtime

June 16th, 2009
7:27 am

I have a friend that told me that this kid will be an All-American at UGA. Great kid with talent. Great student with technique. High character with power. This is exactly what UGA needed. A physical OL that dominates the line. I know the needy people will post stupid stuff in hopes of getting attention, but the truth is that this is huge for UGA. Now we need to find a DE that can rush the passer. GO DAWGS

SugarHillDawg=Nerd Tormentor

June 16th, 2009
7:31 am

Gosh, how did we EVER convince him NOT to sign with Tech. This REALLY makes me feel good about us beating the North Avenue Nerds.

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RW

June 16th, 2009
7:49 am

Yaaaaawwwwwwwnnnnnn……same ol’ hype…”Greatest recruiting class ever…National Championship…..” And nothiong to show for it. The mutts still have their annual “arrest season” ahead of them.

tim

June 16th, 2009
7:52 am

blah,blah,blah….you puppies always seem to grab great prospects from florida, so what you think he’s the only 5 star lineman in fl. Seems that even though you get great prospects you still can’t beat the mighty gators–you know who I’m talking about the defending national champs who will once again beat your sorry butts on oct 31 by about 40 or 50. Next year I.E.. post Tebow we will still beat your ass because Brantley is better than anything you’ve got on your also ran team.

Ken

June 16th, 2009
8:01 am

So glad to hear this. We need linemen on both sides of the ball. We seem to be stacked at the glamor positions. Good to get some real football players. GO DAWGS

Bobby Cox is DONE!!!!!!

June 16th, 2009
8:03 am

I am pretty sure that this kid Benedict, is not as athletic as Clint Boling.

And John Brantley is not that good. All hype.

Robert

June 16th, 2009
8:09 am

A bunch of jealous haters on the blog this morning. GO DAWGS!

gatorsam

June 16th, 2009
8:10 am

You can win without GA talent, but you can’t win without FL talent.

South Georgia Dawg

June 16th, 2009
8:20 am

Glad to see Poor Ole Georgia ain’t dead yet! This recruiting class seems to be evolving slowly, but the players we are getting will blend in with the talent we already have and help Georgia. We are so very fortunate to have the caliber of coaches we have at Georgia.

richtfan

June 16th, 2009
8:22 am

you know what they say………you can’t spell gaytor without gay.

Bubba

June 16th, 2009
8:23 am

We ar lucky that Spurrier is just goin g with sleepers this year. I understand that he beat out Furman for a new QB. Yes, we are very lucky this will be one of SOS sleeper years.

weatherdawg

June 16th, 2009
8:28 am

Man–some of you people lead some sad lives. If you are not a UGA fan, why do you spend all of your time on these stories about the DAWGS. I could not care less who commits to Fla or Tech or anyone else. Good for them and good for you. Why don’t you relax and take a deep breath and get on with your life? It is just football people. I love it and I love the Dawgs, but there is more to life. By the way, Mr. Benedict is a great pick-up for the Dawgs! Have a nice day.

MrDawg

June 16th, 2009
8:31 am

This is one huge reason that the GA/FL game should remain in Jax. It’s free advertising in the state of Florida for a full week.

My Stupid Name

June 16th, 2009
8:45 am

At least he has a name that people will not make fun of instead of something like Da’Rick. Stupid parents!

TampaGator

June 16th, 2009
8:52 am

richfan…you spelled Gators wrong…Gators now has an attachement…it reads…”National Champions 2 out of the last 3 years.” Also, the Gators have their OT target for this year (Ian Siberman) and also are looking might fine for Chaz Green, the highly ranked and athletic OT from Tampa. The Gators are getting the OL they want and the OL that fit their system. But, Benedict is a good get for the Dawgs.

D.Lick

June 16th, 2009
9:02 am

Did they smoke a cigarette in the afterglow?

DesertDawg

June 16th, 2009
9:03 am

You can bet that Shaun Chapas helped out with this one, Shaun and Brent both went to the same high school together. Go Dawgs!

DR

June 16th, 2009
9:06 am

Yes! Huge pickup for the Dawgs.

Bitemedawgfans

June 16th, 2009
9:18 am

UGA had to get a smart player to help get the graduation rate up. This Kid is 18 and he thinks he won’t get in trouble, we will see after he discovers beer and women. Good pick up for the Dogs.

bank walker

June 16th, 2009
9:21 am

Great, Great pickup Dawgs!! Has anyone heard 3*WR Michael Bennett out of Alpheretta committing to the Dawgs last night?

Fletch

June 16th, 2009
9:24 am

This is awesome, number 5 tackle in the country???…Huge!

RxDawg

June 16th, 2009
9:27 am

Sweet! We love our lineman.

Otto

June 16th, 2009
9:27 am

Congrats to the kid and the coaching staff. Please keep picking up big time linemen. Bama and LSU continue to be stacked on the lines and with mediocre QB play still win games. It all starts with the big guys up front.

MiltonDawg

June 16th, 2009
9:30 am

nice recruit. keep filling the pipeline.

gatorman770

June 16th, 2009
9:30 am

Congratulations to the Curdawgs for their second 2010 Rivals-100 player pickup!

Oh Darryl you forgot to mention the Gators picking up their 13th 2010 commitment Sunday (7 out of the 2010 Rivals-100).

BigMike

June 16th, 2009
9:35 am

If youuuuu smellllllllllllllllll what the dogs are cooking!

SEC fan

June 16th, 2009
9:40 am

Bennett also committed to UGA this morning.

Jethro Tull

June 16th, 2009
9:40 am

Welcome to the abyss for 4 and 5* recruits!! Yes, some move on to the NFL but they can’t seem to produce too much at the college level. It’ll be fun going back to Fla each year after the annual “World’s Largest Outdoor A$$ Whipping”!!

MiltonDawg

June 16th, 2009
9:43 am

this Benedict guy is 6′4″/ 278 lbs. We need big hosses like this one the line on both sides.

gatorman770

June 16th, 2009
9:46 am

Gators picked up recruit commitment number 14 for 2010 – A 6′5″ 210lb wide receiver with 4.4 speed according to Scout.
I’m sure Darryl will report more details tomorrow.

The Grinch

June 16th, 2009
9:55 am

To Gator fans.

Congrats on 2 of the last 3 NCs – I wish it would have been georgia – but why are you constantly on the UGA blogs? Does UF charge for their blogs and you’re too cheap to pay? Do the Florida newspapers not print anything about the gators? Geez, you guys are now posting about other players that have committed to you. Are you THAT lonely? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

Tider up

June 16th, 2009
10:01 am

Good pickup dogs. That is what builds a team.

Bub

June 16th, 2009
10:03 am

Way to “borrow” premium content from Rivals and Scout, Darryl. Just let them do all the work for you, then give out their premium content for free over your website, without mentioning what you are doing. Of course, it’s been going on for so long now, the AJC obviously doesn’t care. Sure, you say you got the info from Rivals and Scout, but you don’t say that the stories you pilfered the info from were ones you have to be paying members of the sites to read. Lazy thiefs at the AJC, plain and simple..

bank walker

June 16th, 2009
10:12 am

Gatorman-077, LOL, are you serious? I am up to date with all recruiting, and you need to subtract 4″ off his height and 23 pounds off his weight, LOL. The kid’s name is Stephen Alli, and he is from either RI or NH. Both very good football producing states (sigh), LOL. Just kidding, the gators have a very solid recruiting class so far, just a few inches shorter and a few pounds lighter than what gatorman thinks!

Really?

June 16th, 2009
10:14 am

gatorman770- the cool thing about this whole recruiting process is it doesn’t end next month and you don’t get extra points if you have the most verbal’s by the time summer starts. We have until February 2010 to catch up and don’t worry about us we will be just fine come February. If anything you should be worried about how many of your verbal’s are going to flip flop to another team between now and February. How many recruits did UT and other teams steal away from you guys last year?

Tom

June 16th, 2009
10:19 am

Corky Rogers turns out some good ‘uns.

how2fish

June 16th, 2009
10:20 am

Welcome to the Bulldog Nation young man, may you live long and crush bugs for years to come….Bub ” Lazy thiefs at the AJC, plain and simple” really !!!Dude go back to the nerd herd blog…

UGA man

June 16th, 2009
10:22 am

Must be a dummy to have to choose between UGA and Alabama

Uga dog

June 16th, 2009
10:23 am

Must have bad grades, thats why it was between uga and ala.

Jim n Buckhead

June 16th, 2009
10:26 am

Bub is right…….MB openly steals info from ESPN’s insider site which cost money……why dont you guys work the phones and get out on the street and work for stories instead of paying for services and just reporting what they are giving out….i know newspapers are going out the door but at least go out with some dignity…..and when is the AJC going to monitor these postings it is past ridiculous….GIOT and UF fans sure spend alot of time thinking about UGA….

Cobb County Dawg

June 16th, 2009
10:27 am

Stacy Searels is a HUGE credit to this institution!

Watch what his O-line will do for Georgia this fall.

His running game will make the passing game more effective and the defense more rested and productive (at the same time).

Georgia will be twice as good as the skeptics are predicting. And Searels will produce more all SEC linemen in the next 3 years than Georgia has had in the last 12.

Better ask Damon Evans and Matthew Stafford to create an annual raise and promotion for him. He’s a throwback. Silent but deadly. He’s as good as it gets!

HH

June 16th, 2009
10:36 am

You can bet that Searles will bring out the best in him. It’s too bad certain co-ordinators, you know who they are, are not of his ability. Searles deserves to be the highest paid coach on Richt’s staff, and they should spend whatever it takes to keep him.

shards

June 16th, 2009
10:44 am

Where are the All SEC D players that Martinez has recruited? This is the prob at UGA. Martinez does not recruit any kids that play great D. There is no bond with him and the D players ………..look at the lack of production on D. See the Bama, Florida and tech games. The D simply laid down. On Offense for the U of F game, they too laid down with fumbles, ints and the like. Why that game? We choked is why.

If Martinez does not develop a great D THIS YEAR, with his very solid line ……..he needs to take a hike, period. Everybody knows that he needs to leave Athens. I expect it will be in December, as we accept the Outback bid to play Iowa with a very good UG O team but no UGA D. The usual.

Go DAWGS.

Shards, UGA class of 73.

Kendawg

June 16th, 2009
10:45 am

This is incredible- to get that highly regarded a lineman from another state. But why am I surprised? We got Marlon Brown and Austin Long from Tenn last year. I should be used to this from Richt by now.

ReptilesRule

June 16th, 2009
10:46 am

Very good pickup for Georgia. Not totally surprising since his school has been kind of a pipeline for the Bulldogs.