Dogs land SWD defensive end Stripling

The juggernaut that is Georgia’s 2010 recruiting class continued Wednesday morning as Southwest DeKalb defensive end T.J. Stripling committed to the Bulldogs.

In fact, Stripling told the AJC of his decision Wednesday morning 10 minutes before he was supposed to meet with head coach Mark Richt to make it official.

“I’m about to commit to the University of Georgia right now,” said Stripling, who answered the phone as he sat in the office of a UGA assistant coach in Athens with SWD coach Buck Godfrey. “It was just time to do it. I felt this was the best thing for me. We left about 7 this morning so I could do it in person.”

Stripling, a 6-foot-6, 215-pound rising senior, gives the Bulldogs 18 commitments for the 2010 class, including four from defensive ends. They only have slots for about 21 players.

It also keeps intact a pipeline of talent flowing to Athens from the metro Atlanta area. Stripling is good friends with previous UGA commitments, RB Ken Malcome, a SWD teammate, and DL Garrison Smith of Douglass. He’s also buddies with MLK tailback Mack Brown, whom he wants to bring with him to Athens.

“He hasn’t made up his mind yet but [Atlantans] to want to show the whole world what we can do together,” Stripling said.

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BAM!!

July 22nd, 2009
9:09 am

WOW! The recruiting train is sick right now! This could be one of the best defensive classes of all time.

Halsey

July 22nd, 2009
9:11 am

So how many more players is UGA expected to sign in 2010? They’ve signed numerous guys listed as DE’s by recruiting websites. UGA must be planning to play a couple of them at different positions than DE.

getthepicturenow

July 22nd, 2009
9:14 am

great job by our defensive staff, yes the same Willie that some of us get disgusted with. saw this kid play in person, great first step, has the body to put on 20-30 pounds and keep his explosiveness. lets hope for Mack & Whitt to finish this baby off. Great Class!!

Fletch

July 22nd, 2009
9:17 am

Halsey, we’ve got about 3 scholarships left. Some of those DE’s will be moved inside to tackle or to outside linebacker. This kid is a true DE though. Dude runs a 4.4 at 6′6″!! Rivals compares him to Julius Peppers

Ali Akbar Allah

July 22nd, 2009
9:20 am

Another over-hyped recruit that will lose 4 straight to Georgia Tech and Florida.

Mr. Mang

July 22nd, 2009
9:22 am

Awesome. Now here is your outside pass rush for the next few years. 6′6″ probably bats down a few passes per game.

Robert

July 22nd, 2009
9:23 am

BOOM! The Dawgs getting it done baby!
This class really is shaping up to be sick. All we need now is a little Mack Brown action…

BigTexDawg

July 22nd, 2009
9:23 am

Welcome aboard, TJ! Good luck during the senior year.

We’re all looking forward to seeing these guys in action down the road.

It appears that the UGA recruiting staff is doing another excellent job this year, putting a fine class together. They have created some serious momentum this summer.

Steve in Buford

July 22nd, 2009
9:23 am

Wow, a defense! I just want to see that JunkYard Dog attitude again… It seems like in the good old days… the G men on the D side would make anyone pay… who stepped across the line. But you can’t measure attitude can you? I feel there is more credence given these college ratings services than is meaningful…

UGA

July 22nd, 2009
9:27 am

WELCOME TO DAWG NATION T.J.! We’re happy to have become part of the family!

Bamafan

July 22nd, 2009
9:28 am

The dawgs are smoking hot in recruiting the best players in the southeast this year. Bama was 2nd in Scout recruiting, but the dawgs passed by the crimson tide for 2nd place behind Texas.

gtfanfrom1951

July 22nd, 2009
9:28 am

How many of Georgia’s 2010 class will not get into school?

UGA

July 22nd, 2009
9:28 am

WELCOME TO DAWG NATION T.J.! We’re happy to have you become part of the family!

MiltonDawg

July 22nd, 2009
9:29 am

Congrats TJ..great choice. The D is going be fast and big over the next few years. It’s great to be a GA BULLDOG!!!!

BG

July 22nd, 2009
9:29 am

Yes!!!!!!! GO DAWGS!

dawg fan

July 22nd, 2009
9:29 am

10 recruits from Georgi so far. UGA is on fire with recruiting. Time for another AJC sports editorial about how UGA is losing ground in Georgia and how their recruiting is suffering this year. This class is #2 in the nation behind Texas with 3 more recruits to go.

tenn.DAWG

July 22nd, 2009
9:30 am

WOW! what a haul this has tuned out to be.Here’s that preassure off the edge we needed so bad.Lets go Mack,the train is filling up.

Robert

July 22nd, 2009
9:30 am

All the Techies are cheering about their little commitment today. Of course, UGA didn’t even offer the kid. Pathetic Tech fans.

L-Dawg

July 22nd, 2009
9:31 am

is it possible to go to sleep now, and wake up in August of 2010…. I would like that

Blindog

July 22nd, 2009
9:35 am

The Dawg Nation just keeps on keeping on, gotta love it!!

S.C. DAWGS

July 22nd, 2009
9:35 am

I THINK I SEE US WINNING A NATIONAL TITLE IN THE NEAR FUTURE

SEC1

July 22nd, 2009
9:35 am

let the obsession by the haters continue. The more you talk, the more obvious it becomes.

Keep talking, just keep talking. We love it!

SEC1

July 22nd, 2009
9:36 am

For the final 3 slots, how about Brown, Luc and Ball? I think 2 of 3 is very reasonable…

Fletch

July 22nd, 2009
9:37 am

Old GT Fan, if its anything like the 2009 recruiting class, they’ll all get in

Artie

July 22nd, 2009
9:38 am

Prepare to get your a$$e$ kicked in Game 1 by the ‘Pokes!!!

Ken

July 22nd, 2009
9:38 am

6-6 and 215 lbs. is a bit light for a DE in the SEC. As a swimmer in high school I was 6-6 and 210.

I’m sure this fine young man will put on 20-30 lbs of muscle and make them dad-gum Gators and those lowlife bugs pay !!

Go Dawgs !!

ATLdawg

July 22nd, 2009
9:39 am

hey dawg fan, you must have read a mark bradley article. that’s your first problem.

epic recruiting class so far. I wonder who the last few will be? Hopefully Mack Brown, but who else? Any good OG’s or C’s interested? Also, speaking of ATL players coming to UGA, wasn’t there a middle linebacker from Washington High who was close to committing?

Robert

July 22nd, 2009
9:39 am

What do you give our chances of getting Jeff Luc?

harry dawg 73

July 22nd, 2009
9:41 am

Win lose or tie, UGA fans are real happy with their diplomas. With or W.O. the N.C. Dawg grads attended UGA and it will always be one of the greatest happenings in life. We love UGA w.or w.o CWM.

Most of the anti Dawg bloggers on this site, are GED grads if at all, and letting mama support them. Obamarons I call them. Obabarons, losers. Jealousy is what drives the lil losers. Obamarons.

go Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawgs!!

Harry Dawg -UGA 73

JB

July 22nd, 2009
9:41 am

Great news for us….bad news for Brantly, the heir apparent to Tebow…..will he be able to get a pass off……also, check out Scout.com for a guy named Preston from Plano Texas, Rated the 7 th best player in country and the number 1 DE in Country…….Yes, you guessed it, has Dawgs number 1 on his wish list…..If all the current commits sign and we get Mack Brown, this will be one of the top 2 – classes in country……GATA…..GO DAWGS !!!!!!!!!

JaxDawg

July 22nd, 2009
9:41 am

Wow! What a difference a month or two makes. Not that long ago people were questioning whether or not CMR was slipping in recruiting, guess that question’s been answered.

Now if we can land Mack Brown and Cody Riggs the class will be set!

Red and Black Attack

July 22nd, 2009
9:43 am

Welcome T.J. Get ready to play at the best institution in America!!! Lets go get Luc and Brown and call it a year!! Go Dawgs!!!!!!!

Halberstram

July 22nd, 2009
9:48 am

Congrats to TJ! This is a great pickup, we need all the help we can get at DE in the near future.

Dawg Man

July 22nd, 2009
9:53 am

This will easily be the #1 class in the country. With all this talent, UGA will start winning the SEC in 2010, and be in the BCS title game in 2 years—mark it down! Florida’s run is over! Tech? Georgia will blow them out big time this year and next!!!

Jacket

July 22nd, 2009
9:56 am

I am sure Martinez will coach them up

Long Dawg

July 22nd, 2009
10:00 am

The 2009 class was excellent and this one is better. The coaching staff deserves a lot of credit for bringing in the talent needed to compete at a high level. I believe they were more embarrassed than anyone with the Alabama, Florida and Tech meltdowns last year. I sense a new attitude and a new approach and I think we’ll see it on the field in 2009.

TheItalianDawg

July 22nd, 2009
10:01 am

Wow!!! and WOW!! I just read the news and this class is amazing!!! coach Richt is doing a hell of a job. The junkyeard dawgs are comming.I can feel Georgia is in a mission to get National championship. fear the dawgs!!

LET THE BIG DAWG EAT

July 22nd, 2009
10:09 am

AND THE BIG DAWG RECRUITING TRAIN CONTINUES TO ROLL!!!!!

gt in sc

July 22nd, 2009
10:12 am

i`m sure young mr. stripling will enjoy playing 4 years at BUTT-SMEAR stadium.

Smyrna Man

July 22nd, 2009
10:18 am

Como Se Dice in Espanol… “Overrated”

CPJ Fan

July 22nd, 2009
10:19 am

Good get. Add 40-50 lbs and this dude will be a beast. This state is so loaded with talent, and many of them just want to stay close to home. Also, “…light for a DE in the SEC…” the SEC is changing with more teams running a spread passing offense that he will be fine at DE. Look at how small Jermaine Cunningham was coming out of HS and look at him now.

PS: Beat UF, Go TECH

Hey gtfanfrom1951...

July 22nd, 2009
10:20 am

Shows what you know OLD MAN! Our last two classes fully qualified.

Get your facts straight! Oh, how is recruiting going over on the Flats?? Been kind of quiet…I guess they are afraid they will get mugged on your campus.

NewnanDawg

July 22nd, 2009
10:22 am

Awesome – and in case anyone is wondering why the haters from Gainesville aren’t on here yet today it’s because one of their 4 star recruits (Victor Hampton) just got kicked off of his HS team at Charlotte Independence. Evidently he has had at least his second run in with the law. Let’s see if UM keeps him. I’m soooooo glad that the coaches and team leaders have done what they need to do to keep our team in line this offseason – as much of an embarrassment as last year was, they are a model program this year.

Go Dawgs!

Tech fans have Pen!s envy when it comes to UGA

July 22nd, 2009
10:22 am

I love when Tech nerds get on our articles to talk crap!!! Shows how they are so hung up on the Dawgs…pen!s envy!

Observor

July 22nd, 2009
10:23 am

How about getting some offensive lineman for this class? As far as I can tell, there are only about 2 OL committed to this class. They better start getting more OL so they don’t go through the same absurd depth problems that they have had two different times since Richt has been the head coach. They should be signing 4 or 5 offensive lineman every single class so they have a constant even spacing of lineman read to go. If Richt and staff let the OL become a problem again due to lack of depth in a couple of years, then they are a bunch of fools that don’t learn from past mistakes.

CPJ Fan

July 22nd, 2009
10:23 am

“UGA will start winning the SEC in 2010, and be in the BCS title game in 2 years—mark it down! Florida’s run is over!”

Easy to say knowing that Tebow will be gone and a good bit of that D. Pretty ‘bold’ statement! haha

EW

July 22nd, 2009
10:24 am

GO DAWGS! I think we are being underestimated this year and I can’t WAIT to see these young guys come through after that. I really hope they all keep their word and stick together, sounds like a great unit we are putting together for the future.

FRED

July 22nd, 2009
10:26 am

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JB

July 22nd, 2009
10:26 am

last years class and this year setting up a power surge in Athens for 2010,2011,2012…….
Come on Mack Brown…..Give us that All SEC back to go with all this fire power…..How bout that WR that signed with Tech over us….Think he’s like kilroy peeking over the fence in Athens.
Well, at least he might start for Tech……If he can block….LOL………..

BankerDawg

July 22nd, 2009
10:26 am

Welcome to Athens Mr. Stripling!

Love the momentum we’ve created in the last week or so.

To an earlier comment regarding his weight (~ 215lb), it is a little light, but by all accounts, the kid’s frame can handle the weight our S&C program will add without sacrificing the speed he has off the edge.

Bring on the Fall, please!

GO DAWGS!