Commitments pouring in like it’s almost February

The next national signing day for football is not for another seven months but you’d think it was already February the way commitments have been pouring in this week.

Alabama, Georgia and Georgia Tech each collected commitments on Wednesday alone. The Bulldogs landed four-star defensive end T.J. Stripling of Southwest DeKalb; Georgia Tech got a pledge from Grayson, defensive tackle Shawn Green; and Brian Vogler, the state’s top-rated tight end out of Columbus (Brookstone), announced that he’d be signing with Alabama.

Stripling was the third commitment in the four days for Georgia. He joined Douglass defensive lineman Garrison Smith, who had a commitment announcement party Sunday night at a Midtown restaurant, and speedster Nickell (pronounced Nuh-KELL) Robey of Frostproof, Fla., who made his decision public on Tuesday.

Yet another commitment came down late Wednesday when Alpharetta quarterback Justin Burns went public with his decision to attend Delaware. The 6-foot-6, 205-pound signalcaller has a couple of notable teammates in wide receivers Michael Bennett, who is headed to UGA, and Brandon Terry, who is Wake Forest-bound.

All the early activity adds fuel to the argument of numerous college football coaches who would like to see an early signing period for football in July. To a man, all of the players who announced commitments this week said they were doing so in part because they wanted to get the decision – and the recruiting process – behind them so they could concentrate on getting ready for their senior seasons.

“I feel like I’m stress-free now,” said Smith, considered the No. 2 defensive tackle in the nation by “It’s all good pressure, no doubt. But now I’m hoping I can focus on the season and getting ready to play at the next level.”

Nice idea in theory, but not likely. Certainly in the case of national prospects such as Smith and Vogler, rarely does a commitment shut down the recruiting process altogether. As UGA recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner quipped, “A commitment just lets the other guys know who they have to beat.”

Tech, Georgia filling up

If there was an early signing period, the Dogs and Jackets could pretty much rest on their laurels for the rest of their calendar years. Based on the number of scholarships they will have available for next season, Georgia Tech’s 2010 class is 75 percent complete (nine of 12) and Georgia’s is 85.7 percent complete (18 of 21).

Of course, the numbers game is fluid in college football. Early enrollment, medical disqualifications, academic and disciplinary casualties, transfers and retirements can all open up scholarships.

Carver-Columbus flap goes national

The big news this week was the decision by Carver-Columbus coach Dell McGee to ban all Georgia coaches from his school’s campus because the Bulldogs mishandled a scholarship-withdrawal situation with quarterback Devin Burns. The story got a lot of media attention, drawing nearly 40,000 page views on and getting a mention on ESPN’s national news.

94 comments Add your comment

god and greyhound

July 23rd, 2009
6:44 am

uga lands top 10 classes year after year, yet they never beat uf and routinely struggle with teams like uk, sc, and vandy in their oversated conference. makes you wonder is all


July 23rd, 2009
6:53 am


July 23rd, 2009
7:03 am

seldom do georgia lose to uk,sc or vandy, but do average winning 10 games and usually finish in the top ten except for last year.

they have won two SEC championships in this decade and it is only a matter of time when they win their sixth national championship.


July 23rd, 2009
7:07 am

for your information, god and greyhound, georgia has the series lead with florida so we do beat florida, like everything else it all runs in cycles and now it is florida,but that is subject to change anytime.

uga 6 ncs

July 23rd, 2009
7:14 am

Lol. i think youre selling your team short. ugas next title will be its 13th, surpassing bama

god and greyhound

July 23rd, 2009
7:18 am

Didnt say they lose to those teams. they usually need a lucky bounce or two though, like when vandy fumbled it away two years ago and uga players stomped on the vandy logo like theyd won the super bowl.

Mr. Skynyrd

July 23rd, 2009
7:31 am

6th and 13th?????? That’s rich.

You can always count on Georgia fans to have delusions of grandeur.

Solid program, good coach. But you’re not on the same tier with Bama, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Nebraska, USC, Texas or Florida if you’re talking football history.

H.S. Coach

July 23rd, 2009
7:40 am

If we’re talking football history then you need to take Fla off that list. Their history only goes back 2 decades with a few good seasons before that. Spurrier put that team on the map.


July 23rd, 2009
7:43 am

So, if there’s an early signing day in July or August, will we be hooting and hollering over rising sophomores committing the year before? Will it just move the process back so things focus on even younger guys? That’s progress?

Bank Walker, Texas Ranger

July 23rd, 2009
7:47 am

If your talking history, you have to include Notre Dame. Basically, the conversation begins and ends with the Irish. I agree, Fla is out of that conversation.

In The Trenches

July 23rd, 2009
7:47 am

Back to recruiting? I believe these kids are committing so quickly and teams are filling up so fast, because of so much access to media coverage and scouting web- sites. Everyone who follows these stories knows where kids have been offered, where they are leaning and wwhere their competition lies. The schools are also pulling the trigger on offering much earlier, then in the past, as no one wants to get shut out, recruit or school. To think that none of these kids have even played a down of their senior season.


July 23rd, 2009
7:50 am

God and Greyhound, that sounds exactly like… when Tech accidentally beat UGA last year, pulled the hedges, and then stomped on the G. Yeah, its funny how these things work out. Even a blind squirrel finds a nut every now and then.


July 23rd, 2009
7:51 am

Florida’s “Friday Night Lights” is this weekend and the guest list reads almosts like the Rivals National Top 100. Hopefully, the Champs will be getting some good news from a few of them! I wouldn’t be surprised to see Fla, Bama, Ga, LSU and maybe even a South Car all in the top ten on signing day. The rich get richer…


July 23rd, 2009
8:06 am

BTW, we really need an early signing period in football to put an end to some of this crazyness. That way, kids who are serious about their commitment can sign up and just enjoy their senior years and schools could focus their resources alot better and not have to keep “re-recruiting” some of these kids over and over again. Plus it would encourage kids to “get on the train” and maybe put an end at least some of this de-committing and drawing things out and showboating nonsense. It has gotten way out of control and with the economy and cutbacks at some of these schools, it’s no longer prudent for these schools to be spending the amount of money and resources to recruit.


July 23rd, 2009
8:06 am

Actually, if you’re talking history, you have to include Army among the storied college football programs.


July 23rd, 2009
8:15 am

Reptilerule, Heard that if Florida’s and Coach Urban Meyer’s “Florida Night Lights” is not a big success and they don’t get huge national 5-star recruits from California and Texas it could be Coach Meyer’s “Waterloo”. That would be a catastrophy! Just kidding. Wish you guys good success in the recruiting area. Wwe have had ours this year if all of the commits stay. Keeping top notch competition among all SEC makes us stronger when it comes to bowl time. Good luck.


July 23rd, 2009
8:22 am

MILLIONS of dollars would be saved if we had and early signing period. I am wondering if the national media is mentioning the fact that this bozo out of Carver banned Auburn last year too. He is a tool. Oh, and Crowell, has UGA first after this horrible visit…smoke on that coach.

Ali Akbar Allah

July 23rd, 2009
8:27 am

Georgia Tech is one of the most storied teams in the south with a richer history than Georgia.

Where's my crack pipe?

July 23rd, 2009
8:29 am

Is it too late to sign a defensive coordinator?


July 23rd, 2009
8:35 am

I think its great when recruits commit early. The process can get in the way of a lot of senior things with graduation, prom, sat, etc. Not having that pressure helps. As far as Georgia’s clqass so far, I like the emphasis that was placed on defensive secondary and defensive end and line. This past year gGeorgia got smoked in those areas and now we are recruited studs at those positions. It seems like the coaches are recruiting depth at all of the defensive positions to encourage competition.


July 23rd, 2009
8:49 am

6 AND 13???????? UGA only claims 2 National Championships, typical fan overhyping there team. Try researching facts before you blindly post. If the team doesn’t claim a championship they didn’t win it. They have 12 SEC title the next on of those will make 13. Not 13 national champioships.

He Hate Me

July 23rd, 2009
8:50 am

Georgia Tech….irrelavant in college football…has been and always will be. Their fans are like immature little kids the way they talk about their team and school. Just look at the posts they make everyday on this blog. They definitely have an inferiority complex towards Georgia and always will have.I’d be willing to bet that the majority of them never played a competive sport in their lives and have spent the majority of their lives shut in thier house playing video games.St Simons and m are true examples of how Tech fans really are…pathetic losers.

Exley DAWG

July 23rd, 2009
8:52 am

Like I stated yesturday, we are landing top recruits BECAUSE of the consistency in the coaching staff. This includes Willie Martinez. Bank on it, he knows he has alot to prove and he will have his D ready.


July 23rd, 2009
8:53 am

Saint Simons is a UGA fan acting like a GT fan Dumba$$.


July 23rd, 2009
9:38 am

St. S. lives in MB and He hate Me. You guys are funny. Thanks, for the jagged humor. St. S. is definitely a different bird, or might I say bug(or something else in disguise).

Long Dawg

July 23rd, 2009
9:38 am

Recruiting and all the hoopla around it has become an extension of the season itself. Who won the recruiting game. My recruit is better than yours. It does matter and it is fun to watch. Georgia is now ranked #2 by Scout. What is encouraging is that even after a very dissappointing season UGA is having a really good recruiting season. Says a lot about the coaching staff.


July 23rd, 2009
9:52 am

Hey He Hate Me (I sure he does),

First, I am a GT alum. QB for a 3 time state champion in GA and played all sports. So, stop the moron comments. Second, GT has more history prior to 1970 than UGA. Then UGA had their big run from ‘75 to ‘89 and then GT won the NC in ‘90. Now, the tables are set for the series to be competive, maybe more than ever. Last, let’s list these recruits and see what names we remember in 3 years.


July 23rd, 2009
10:13 am

Hey Ali Akbar Allah, tech “with a richer history than UGA”? you have obviously left the towell wrapped around your head for too long, or you are just plain ignorant. Probably a combination of both.


July 23rd, 2009
10:18 am

SouthJACKET, UGA already had 5 NC’s and 8 Conference championships prior to 1970 as you stated. Yes, GT had a good run in the 50’s, but they didn’t have either of the above.


July 23rd, 2009
10:19 am

Enter your comments hereTo educate the less than Privileged on here. Yes, UGA can claim 6 NC’s if they choose to like some other schools (GT, BAMA). So above using their intelligence, only schools mentioned above would be Bama and USC that would have a lot more NC’s than UGA. But UGA would be comparable to Nebraska and Oklahoma. I believe they both are around 8 or so, respectively. So, BACK TO YOU LARRY, why don’t YOU do some research before you blindly post. :)

Consensus National Champions
•1980 (12-0-0) – Vince Dooley coached the Bulldogs to a perfect 12-0 season, including a 17-10 victory over Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl to win the National Championship. Georgia finished as the only team with no losses and no ties and was declared No. 1 by almost every poll.


Other National Championships
•1968 (8-1-2) – Litkenhous
•1966 (10-1-0) – Massey Ratings
•1946 (11-0-0) – Williamson System
•1942 (11-1-0) – Berryman; DeVold; Houlgate System; Litkenhous; Poling System; Williamson System.
•1927 (9-1-0) – Boand System; Poling System


July 23rd, 2009
10:26 am

Your College football history seems to be a little warped. You said Georgia Tech….irrelavant in college football…has been and always will be. OH mabey you are talking about the past 20 years. In that case UGA 0 NC’s GT 1 NC.GT has no history what? You act like UGA has one of the greatest histories in college football but they are far from it. Get out of you UGA shell for a minute. GT has 15 Confrence titles 5 of which are SEC titles UGA has 12 titles all SEC but UGA has been in the SEC for 76 years GT was in for 30 years. All-time recognized National Championship leaderboard. ND=12, AL=11, USC=10, MICH=7, OKLA=7, MINN=6, PITT=6, MIAMI=5 NEB=5, OS=5, ARMY=4, GT=4, ILL=4, TENN=4, TEX=4, CAL=3, UF=3, LSU=3, MICH St.=3, FSU=2, UGA=2, MARYLAND=2, PENN=2, TEX A&M=2. I count 19 teams with more nationally recognized national championships.


July 23rd, 2009
10:27 am

I’ll just take the 42 and 80 championships. Although we was robbed in 46. Shades of Auburn 04.


July 23rd, 2009
10:35 am

UGA’s current commits –

5 – D.Ends
5 – DB’s/S
2 – OL
2 – WR
2 – LB’s
1 – RB
1 – DT

Q: What should we focus on with these last 3 openings?
Who should be our primary targets?

No doubt therer should be an early signing day – July – if schools are allowed to offer so early and recruits are allowed to verbally commit so early. Problem could be though, what if they do not qualify accidemically when the time comes and all scores/grades are in – Should the school be alowed then to take the commitment back? By Feb. most of these scores and grades are done and known.


July 23rd, 2009
10:36 am

Oh LARRY, please do some research before you post garbage. (I’m still trying to find GT’s 15 championships, please send a link).

1896 – Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association Co-Champions
1920 – Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association Co-Champions
1942 – Southeastern Conference Champions
1946 – Southeastern Conference Co-Champions
1948 – Southeastern Conference Champions
1959 – Southeastern Conference Champions
1966 – Southeastern Conference Co-Champions
1968 – Southeastern Conference Champions
1976 – Southeastern Conference Co-Champions
1980 – Southeastern Conference Champions
1981 – Southeastern Conference Co-Champions
1982 – Southeastern Conference Champions
2002 – Southeastern Conference Champions
2005 – Southeastern Conference Champions


July 23rd, 2009
10:44 am

BTW, since we are discussing history. Just because someone had a good run doesn’t mean they are seen as a national power program for eternity. In other words, anyone know who holds the torch for most national championships? Yep, the powerhouse Princeton at 24 NC’s and Yale in second place at 19 NC’s. Great in their time, not anymore.


July 23rd, 2009
10:46 am

Mack Brown, kicker, and OL


July 23rd, 2009
10:47 am
National Championships
1917 1928 1952 1990

Conference Championships (15)
SIAA (5): 1916, 1917, 1918, 1920, 1921
Southern Conference (3): 1922, 1927, 1928
Southeastern Conference (5): 1939, 1943, 1944, 1951, 1952
Atlantic Coast Conference (2): 1990, 1998


July 23rd, 2009
10:55 am

UGA will end this season at 6-6 , lets see how much noise mutt fans make after that. Tech will beat the mutts by at least 20 as well.


July 23rd, 2009
10:59 am

If we really are gonna talk history, then lets include everything except the present and the future.


July 23rd, 2009
11:00 am

He Hate Me posted at 8:50 am
Georgia Tech….irrelavant in college football…has been and always will be
that is who I was responding to yes currently UGA is a top 10 power. For many reasons like recruting advantages it may not be easier to get into UGA than Tech but kids have a much larger choice af majors at UGA than Tech. Im not trying to make excuses becouse THATS TECHS FAULT. As a realistic Tech fan I expect no worse than 6 or 7 wins 4 out of 10 years confrence title HOPE, 1 out of 10 years national championship HOPE. notice I said hope. With the recruting UGA does if I were a Dog fan I would expect no worse than 10 wins confrece title 2 or 3 every 10 years and HOPE EVERY YEAR, 1 national championship or at least play for 1 or 2 EVERY 10 YEARS and have HOPE at the beginning of the year 5 out of 10 years.


July 23rd, 2009
11:16 am

Players commit early because #1 they know where they want to go and there are only so many that are going to be chosen at their position and #2 they could get injured in there senior year in high school but they will have a scholarship – providing it is UGA which honors it’s commits but some schools don’t.


July 23rd, 2009
11:27 am

I guess I should, in all honesty, bring up the #3 reason players commit early ( but keep it quiet) – some of the major schools that can afford it have nice, tricked out Escalades for the upper tier recruits such as Percy Harvin – but because of the economy only top 100 athletes are being offered Escalades this season – unless it is a real position of desperate need (such as QB at Bama). There are only so many Escalades to go around because the NCAA is forcing schools to carry such “sports” as equestrian events and water polo. Football brings in the money that pays for all this other crap – so unfortunately, many upper tier 4 star recruits are scrambling to get their hands on a ride now while they still have their color available.


July 23rd, 2009
12:06 pm

You Tech fans are losers as usual. If you think tha-t Tech will ever again dominate the series with UGA get real. You guys couldn’t do that even when Ray Goff was coach. What makes you think winning 1 out of the past 8 games means that you will all of a sudden dominate this series? Let’s go back to 1990 in the series. UGA 14 Tech 5, Overall Series 59-37-5. God I am so scared of you losers. Go play D&D with your friend from Shanghai!


July 23rd, 2009
12:26 pm

Didn’t Tech have to give back the 1998 ACC conference championship due to its NCAA probation for the 11 academically ineligible players that participated in games over a 3 year period?

Also, Colorado won the 1990 National Championship.


July 23rd, 2009
12:26 pm

What is the latest on Mack Brown? I think the last three have to be reserved for him, J. Fulton and one of the two DT’s in GA. If we get Brown and two defensive players, this may be the most talented group Richt’s ever brought and last year’s was a heck of a class. GO DAWGS!


July 23rd, 2009
12:41 pm

LSU has 19 commitments and its class was ranked #4 by Rivals recently.

Not Disappointed

July 23rd, 2009
12:44 pm

“GROW UP GUYS!”……. Be happy to know that Football will be back on the air in 6 weeks; moreover In state high school players are giving uga and tech a shot. I’m proud to see our boys playing within the state.

I wish georgia will except in November agaisnt Tech…. Now, go take on the day and get that guy out of my mom’s basement! Okay, a little humor.. ;-)

Ramblin Wreck!


July 23rd, 2009
1:16 pm

The reason is we don’t have Chan to overcome anymore.BTW, you’re gonna be needing the large economy size tube of KY jelly.


July 23rd, 2009
1:44 pm

the 18 to 22 year olds i worry about the most are in Iraq & Afghanistan, fighting our real enemies


July 23rd, 2009
1:50 pm

yada, yada, yada. As usual, the techies get bold after an occasional win over their in state rival that is obviously a MUCH superior program. A blind squirrel will find a nut every once in a while. Reality will set back in come November. get ready for a downtown beatdown geeks!