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.