Dogs like Orlando Sentinel’s top 100, land a few

By DARRYL MAXIE / dmaxie@ajc.com

Brent Benedict and Derek Owens represent Georgia recruiting victories in Florida. Judging from the Orlando Sentinel’s top 100 Sunshine State players, the Bulldogs seem to be in contention for a few more blue-chippers from down south.

Benedict, a 6-foot-4, 278-pound offensive tackle is ranked fourth on the Sentinel’s list. Owens, a 6-foot, 185-pound defensive back/athlete, is No. 11.

The Dogs also have made offers to the Sentinel’s No. 1, offensive lineman Brandon Linder (6-5, 290) from Fort Lauderdale, No. 3 pick linebacker Jeff Luc from Port St. Lucie, slender defensive end Lyndon Trail (6-7, 215) from Miami, who ranks No. 7, and defensive back Cody RIggs of Fort Lauderdale, who ranks 10th. A couple of those would be considered a coup.

Including early commitments Marc Deas, B.J. Butler and a more recent one in Demetre Baker, the Dogs have pledges from five players on the Sentinel list.

59 comments Add your comment

Rob Carruthers

June 24th, 2009
7:19 am

you better put a fence up because Richt is back in Florida!

gtforever

June 24th, 2009
7:56 am

Bank Walker, Texas Ranger

June 24th, 2009
8:09 am

better put a fence up to keep the nuts in the asylum

BigDawg-buzzkiller

June 24th, 2009
8:31 am

I wish all these idiot tech fans would go find their own forum. I cant believe that as intelligent as they are “supposed” to be, all they can come up with is last year’s score over and over again and infantile stuff like “BIG S$@T!”. Get over it already and move on. Go build a bridge or something.

Dawgs of War

June 24th, 2009
8:36 am

When was the last time UGA had more recruits verbally committed from Florida than from Georgia????? Strange things are happening here!!!

Dawg=Gator Bait

June 24th, 2009
8:47 am

you might get some of our recruits but we still whip your a__.

Dawg=Gator Bait

June 24th, 2009
8:51 am

Saint Richt in fla what a joke. Hecouldn’t play at Miami and he can’t be the Gators in Jax except once. What joke he is with all of his recruits he should have nc years every year the guy is nothing but smoke and mirrors.

Dawgtime

June 24th, 2009
9:11 am

Some of these boggers need to return to 9th grade and focus on syntax and grammar. I know you consider your 8th grade graduation to be a major event, but you are not ready to be posting on blogs. Again, why are Gator and GT fans reading UGA recruitng blogs? That is pathetic. Even the real Gator fans (fans for more than 5 years) are disgusted by all the wannabe fans that will be wearing a different teams clothing in 3 years.

Dawgtime

June 24th, 2009
9:13 am

Boggers was included in the place of bloggers because you are not at the blogger level yet. If the Gators are not concerned with who UGA recruits, why are you keeping up with it?

dee

June 24th, 2009
9:13 am

I hope this doest back fire. Last year we hurt a few feelings when we passed up on some instate talent. What happened to, “We don’t rebuild, we reload!.” Our defense is struggling! Fire CWM!

Really?

June 24th, 2009
9:15 am

Dawg=Gator Bait- You sound like a true bandwagon Gator fan. You cheer for them but really know nothing about the team. If you were a true fan you would know that Richt has beat the Gators twice not once since being the Head Coach of UGA. If you are going to make comments on here at least do some research before opening your mouth. Thanks!

big Willie

June 24th, 2009
9:27 am

I don’t care where they come from as long as we land the quality players the dawgs need. Let’s not forget that we need BIG bad linemen on both sides of the ball. Receivers, QB’s and RB’s are exciting but the game is won or lost in the trenches.

and yes, I agree most of these blogging tech fans are truly idiots gloating over a 3 point win. Pathetic. GT has always been a second rate sports school.

BurningRedBleedingBlack

June 24th, 2009
9:36 am

DAWGTIME, that was great!!!!! You could not have said it any better!
I really think UF has a ton of bandwagon fans right now, they all love the hero Tim Tebow, defender of the great swamp lizards. Why are Uf and GT tech fans on a UGA blog???? We most really get under they’re skin!

Exley DAWG

June 24th, 2009
9:36 am

EXCELLENT NEWS HERE DAWG NATION! Going after the best, no matter where they are from. Also, the DAWG nation MUST be united this year, enough of the fire Willie crap. He has the support of Richt and that is all that matters. Like I always say……Richt is the
s%@t.

Ringleader

June 24th, 2009
9:39 am

Cherry Pick the state of Florida.

Richt screwed up when he failed to recruit Stafford and Mareno for another year. He should have shut down on those two guys.

BurningRedBleedingBlack

June 24th, 2009
9:45 am

Amen to that!! We need to support each other, save are energy for the rivals. I have a great gut feeling WM and CMR won’t let us down boys. Just think of all the times that no one gave us a chance or picked us to wi and we come out kicking butt. Thats what makes us UGA !!!!!!
keep getting those recruits Coach Richt!!! GO DAWGS

JB

June 24th, 2009
9:48 am

2012: Meyer at Notre Dame……..Paul Johnson at Auburn

Otto

June 24th, 2009
9:52 am

Florida recruiting connections is one of the reasons why CMR and CWM are a good fit at UGA. I agree I don’t care where they played HS ball as long as they win games for UGA. I also agree with BurningRedBleedingBlack as I think ‘09 will be a good year.

Otto

June 24th, 2009
9:56 am

Meyer leave for ND why? So he can try to rebuild a program with ultra high expectations with 70s Big10 Facilites and leave the hottest field of home grown talent?

CPJ at Auburn? CPJ is at GT to stay. He’ll continue with the 9 win seasons and nobody will take him to the next level.

GA Tech Insider

June 24th, 2009
10:13 am

Me thinks everyone should take a closer look at the header of this blog. This ISN’t a UGA recruiting blog. This IS a generic recruiting blog.

Those of you who think that UGA has an exclusive to discussing recruits on this forum need to chill out. You may have gotten here from a UGA link, but we may have gotten here from another one.

Also, I think that it’s fair game that Mark Richt can go into Florida and pick up some key recruits; Urban Meyer has no problem coming into Georgia trying to snatch some of our best away from us. The same can be said for the likes of Alabama, Tennessee, Auburn, South Carolina, North Carolina, etc.

JB

June 24th, 2009
10:16 am

with 3 national titles, maybe four, he will be bored, rich and will need a challenge. That Challenge, and 6 mil will lure him…….( yes, I conceding them the title this year with that pansy schedule and the entire team back) If Johnson does win 8-9 games a year, Tech will not pay the guy the going rate for a guy like that, and it will be 4-5.5 mil. Somebody will, and it won’t be Tech. Free pizza and empty seats would be your first clue why………

JB

June 24th, 2009
10:21 am

PS…..We all know why you don’t sell out and we know it’s not the product…..most Alumni are not from the area and they leave….we get it…..

WTF???

June 24th, 2009
11:04 am

BAAAA BA BA BAAA BAAAAAA!!!!!

GOOOOOOO GEORGIA BULLLLLDAWGS!

Paddy

June 24th, 2009
11:42 am

Ringleader… Please re-post, do not understand what that means? Can anyone out there help me understand what he is trying to say?

6:09

June 24th, 2009
11:51 am

I took a closer look at the blog header and I see DOGS. I even read the blog and it is all about UGA. GT Insider, me thinks you need to put down the pipe and step away.

JMac12203

June 24th, 2009
12:04 pm

The Dawgs have had many top recruits each year for the past several, but that has not helped them win titles. Each year they lose games that A FIRST CLASS QUALITY COACHED TEAM would win. So stock up doggies, and in January when you are playing in another Outback or Capital One Bowl, or worse, don’t cry, because that is just the way it is.

DawgByte

June 24th, 2009
12:36 pm

The more exposure UGA gets nationally – through new scheduling strategy, the more talent is going to come from beyond Georgia’s borders. Tenn. has been doing it for years and it has worked for them in the past. Like some have said on this blog… we shouldn’t care where they’re from as long as they can play lights out football. We are always going to attract top in state talent.

The DAWG

June 24th, 2009
12:47 pm

Hey fellow Dawg fans, you have to stop and realize that these Tech and Gator bloggers on here, are either youngsters, immature or BOTH. They and their opinion are insignificant. The real Tech and FL fans will post an intelligent response or comment.
Just ignore these children (or adults with childrens minds).

Nut Licker

June 24th, 2009
1:08 pm

What happened to the article on Washaun supposed test he passed? It was front page news yesterday. Could it have been the story got out too quick and he really did not pass. Or is there an investigation that he really didn’t take the class himself and some ga at ugay take it for him. That would sound about right. Ugay what a joke.

Gator Growl

June 24th, 2009
1:21 pm

A whole lot of talent in Florida (and in Georgia) this year. Plenty of talent to go around, especially with both Miami and FSU programs down a bit. I would expect both UF and UGA to finish in the top 10 in recruiting, maybe even top 5. Then, it’s what you do with that talent that really matters! With that being said, I like our chances year in and year out with this coaching staff. If there is one thing they do EXCEPTIONALLY well is develop players…

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The Stinger

June 24th, 2009
2:44 pm

GT fans read it so the can explain it to their employees who went to UGA.

DOGGONE

June 24th, 2009
3:12 pm

But can richt & company do anything with’em??!! Get’em to athen’s is one thing winning with’em is another!!!

SC

June 24th, 2009
3:14 pm

Paddy I think I can interpret what ringleader was trying to say. He was saying look at me I’m an idiot.

GA Tech Insider

June 24th, 2009
3:51 pm

6:09; Regardless of what you may think, this is considered a GENERAL RECRUITING BLOG, not a UGA recruiting blog. Therefore, as I pointed out in my post, others, besides, UGA fans, are not only entitled to be here and allowed to post, we are encouraged to do so.

In fact, 6:09, there are links on the AJC sports pages that actually tie into the RECRUITING BLOG from pages OTHER than the UGA site, INCLUDING the GA Tech site.

I would finally add, 6:09, before you start making snide comments, perhaps you need to get off your high horse and re-read my entire comments, including the ones where I supported Coach Richt’s efforts in going into Florida and recruiting.

Otto

June 24th, 2009
3:53 pm

Meyer pulls a Miles and turns down the dream job. He gets to be the next Bear Bryant if he stays in Gainesville. Domination in the SEC makes legends and ND eats up coaches with high expectations, old facilities, and no choice but to recruit nationally. Why do ou think they have hired coaches from Stanford and another in Weis with no college experience? Coaches don’t want the job once you look at the challenge.

GT stays best of the rest in the ACC at GT same as they were under Chan. The phone doesn’t ring just as it didn’t for Chan.

FL DAWG

June 24th, 2009
5:00 pm

Gator Growl was right (I can’t believe I agreed with a Gator), there is plenty of talent to go around in GA and FL. Both UGA and FL should be in the hunt for an SEC title every year. After they are recruited it is how well they are coached. Both Myer and Richt have done great jobs at coaching up players. With two NC you have to give Myer credit where it is deserved, he has done a better job at finishing than Richt. However, as long as he keeps the talent coming in, Richt will continue to grow as a coach and get his NC(s) as well.

JaxDawg

June 24th, 2009
5:07 pm

My opinon is that Meyer will stay for a couple of more years to try and show he can win without Tebow, he has built a pretty good talent base there. But I still think tht soooner or later no matter if it`s Notre Dame or the NFL someone is going to throw him an offer he won`t be able to refuse. I am also glad about seeing UGA being able to get some talented players from down in Fl there are great players throughout the South.

aschre1

June 24th, 2009
5:16 pm

I think this was taken from a post on the Dawg Vault yesterday….excellent work

6:09

June 24th, 2009
5:28 pm

I stand corrected regarding the header. Now take a closer look at the topic of this blog. Thanks for the support of Richt.

NEXT#13

June 24th, 2009
5:46 pm

OTTO,NOT SO FAST MY FRIEND! LET MY GUY GET A GOOD SOLID FOOTING IN T-TOWN(HE’S WORKING ON IT)AND WE’LL SEE WHO’LL BE THE NEXT BRYANT!!

gatorman770

June 24th, 2009
6:29 pm

Dawgtime – Please get somebody with a grasp of the English language to read the title and subtitle of this page…It don’t say “JAWJA Curdawg Rekruting blog Only”

Richt will leave UGA and go back to Florida State before Urban goes to friggin’ Nostra Dame. Have you ever seen the lake side homes Billy and Urban have in one of the top two states for recruiting. It’s a paradise compared to living around Nostra Dame.

dawgone good dawg

June 24th, 2009
8:51 pm

Techies, it’s not just good ole rivalry style hate. I really do hate your guts. Really.

brick

June 24th, 2009
9:44 pm

For all the Gator and tech fans here, thx for coming. Good to know you are worried about our recruiting. As for CPJ going to AU, thats a real possibility, but my guess would be somewhere else, Tech is nuts if they think they can keep him if he does win anything besides our game last year. Meyer probaly doesn’t plan on leaving, but ND will be willing to pay a huge amount of money to get him, if they were willing to pay 10 mil for that clown there now, they will easily go 15 for Meyer. Be hard for a man to turn that kind of money down, would set him and his kids up nicely.

jj

June 24th, 2009
10:05 pm

UGA can just go on into Florida all they want. Coach Johnson is busy building relationships with Georgia coaches this year. We are going to erode UGA’s support in high schools across this state as Mark “spray tan man” Richt shows his love for Florida.

One Win Tech

June 24th, 2009
11:43 pm

Most “Tech” fans have never enrolled in a single class at GT. Folks who call themselves GT “fans” think they are more intelligent that UGA graduates just because they associate themselves with a nerd college. I know a lot of GT fans, and none of them attended GT for a single day.

I know tons of UGA fans that attended UGA and tons that did not.

You GT fans are a joke.

You guys attended colleges like Georgia State, North Georgia, and Kennesaw State, but somehow, someway you think you’re smart because you are self-proclaimed GT “fans”.

dawgfan fan o.d.f.

June 25th, 2009
1:38 am

it’ moreno not mareno ringleader and there is help on the way. SEC is and will always be the best.

Bamafan

June 25th, 2009
4:48 am

The gators are the top dawg in the sunshine state as we speak, but the seminoles and miami have been national powers also. The state of Florida is loaded with great high school talent and Meyer is
one of the very best recruiters and head coaches around. Georgia,Alabama,Auburn and several other
football powers gets several players from Florida and the gators and seminoles get to cherry pick who they want!! ROLL TIDE FOLKS

UGASlobberknocker

June 25th, 2009
7:11 am

I dont go to any other blogs unless a Tech article steers me to theirs…so I am wondering, are the Alabama and Florida blogs full of idiot Georgia fans like this one is full of idiot Gator and Bama fans?.

Other than the wise and objective Bama Stan, neither school has a blogger on this board who contributes anything but insults. And not even clever, funny insults. C’mon Dawg opponents..step up your blogging game or go back to your own blog..

UGASlobberknocker

June 25th, 2009
7:25 am

Re; One Win Tech’s blog:

Although I am a UGA grad 1980, I am glad that the Georgia fan base is not limited to those who attended the school. Since when did school attendance become a requirement for rooting for a certain team? I have a lot of friends who went to places like Ga State , Emory, Samford, Ga College, etc.. They didnt have a D1 team, so they adopted the Dawgs. There are plenty of people who were unable to attend college for one reason or another..are they not allowed to pull for the state team? Schools and their graduate fans should embrace this fan base, not ridicule it.

In Tech’s case, they need fans and they live in a city of over 5 million people. If non Tech attendees show up, and Grant Field sells out, what is the problem?