Georgia adds OL Kenarious Gates to recruiting class

Georgia added their first player since before Christmas on Tuesday as Kenarious Gates, an offensive lineman from Greenville High School, backed out of a commitment from Kentucky in order to accept scholarship offer from the Bulldogs.

The 6-foot-5, 295-pound three-star recruit had been committed to the Wildcats since late December.

Gates could not immediately be reached for comment but Greenville High coach Jeremy Williams confirmed the news.

“It’s definitely confirmed,” said Williams, the legendary coach who led Greenville to an undefeated regular season while battling Lou Gehrig’s disease. “That’s where he wanted to go from Day One so he wasn’t going to pass up the chance.”

The Bulldogs would have offered Gates earlier but they were going to sign only one other offensive linemen in this class and extended that offer to David Beasley of Carver-Columbus. Obviously Beasley has told UGA he plans to sign with Clemson on Wednesday.

Gates gives the Bulldogs 18 commitments heading into national signing day. Georgia officially struck cornerback Nickell Robey from its list after he called coach Mark Richt Monday night to say he was decommitting. That number is expected to be reduced one more when Da’Rick Rogers makes official his decision to flip to Tennessee.

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toph

February 2nd, 2010
3:36 pm

Congrats Mr. Gates, welcome!

morris

February 2nd, 2010
3:39 pm

as i sit in minneapolis freezing and working….i also say congrads and welcome to bulldog nation!

Really?

February 2nd, 2010
3:39 pm

Chip, you left out your normal UGA recruiting sign off. You know the one that goes like this…………The Bulldogs are stumbling down the stretch toward with their Class of 2010. Two other players have reneged on commitments to sign elsewhere in the last month — linebackers B.J. Butler of Kissimmee, Fla. — and Deon Rogers of Port St. Lucie, Fla. — and indications on Monday were that Frostproof, Fla., cornerback Nickell Robey may also flip to another school.

toph

February 2nd, 2010
3:42 pm

Who else are we going to add between now and tomorrow?

Gratefuldawghead

February 2nd, 2010
3:42 pm

Really …Congrats to Gates for becoming a DAWG!!!!

Frankie Frank

February 2nd, 2010
3:42 pm

Welcome big man! Glad to have ya between the hedges!!!

Really?

February 2nd, 2010
3:44 pm

I like how you worded the decommit from UK Chip. “backed out” of a commitment from Kentucky in order to accept scholarship offer from the Bulldogs. Why not say UK was “Jilted” by Kenarious Gates?

Otto

February 2nd, 2010
3:46 pm

Congrats Mr. Gates.

Good to see someone in Athens that always wanted to be there. It is always good to have another big guy on the OL. UGA has been short on them a few seasons.

Russ

February 2nd, 2010
3:47 pm

Mr. Gates, I agree with Otto – welcome to the Bulldog Nation!! Looking forward to seeing you open some big holes for our talented group of RB’s.

bball fan

February 2nd, 2010
3:49 pm

I doubt if any UGA fan will say this guy has “bad character” since he backed out on his Kentucky committed like they do the kids that back out on the Dawgs. Probably not.

Greenman

February 2nd, 2010
3:49 pm

so how come he doesnt catch the same flak that Rogers is getting for backing out of a commitment? double standard if its to your advantage huh GA fans?

Burdell

February 2nd, 2010
3:51 pm

That’s a BIG 18 yr old! Congrats.

UGA Dawgs

February 2nd, 2010
3:52 pm

I am a big believer that the best players are the ones who wanted to Dawgs since day one. He’ll work harder on and off the field than someone like Rogers who is wavering.

thrash223

February 2nd, 2010
3:52 pm

He wasn’t even the mutts first choice as an OL recruit… After their better option chose an ACC school they offered Gates.

Congrats to the young man for getting the better offer, but to see this as a win for UGA is a bit… well, much like most pre-season UGA teams… overrated.

kydawg

February 2nd, 2010
3:53 pm

Congrats young man…welcome to UGA…and I love sticking it to UK seeing that I have to listen to their stuff all the time.

NewnanDawg

February 2nd, 2010
3:54 pm

Glad to see us get a guy that really wants to be a Dawg. I am not a fan of kids changing their commitment, but if they are going to, let this be an example. It has been no secret that UGA was his first choice all along, and when the offer came, he didn’t drag anything out leaving UK hanging any further. Good luck to all of these kids wherever they go.

Note: I put on another blog that I see the UT Rogers/Nance saga ending badly. Nance’s father is the next Craig James and Coach Dooley will be dealing with the same crap as Mike Leach if Nance isn’t good enough to play. This is the classic example of the ugly side of college football and Rogers and Nance are caught in the middle – I don’t fault either kid for being torn between the agendas of the adults in their lives. It’s a shame that these adults seem to care so little for the actual kids and just what makes themselves fell better.

Go Dawgs!

KC

February 2nd, 2010
3:55 pm

Rogers is an instate recruit goofballs. Gates is not. There’s your answer for why he won’t be getting flack about it.

Diamond Dog's Parole Officer

February 2nd, 2010
3:55 pm

Welcome aboard. We always wanted you!!! If you hadn’t committed to us, we would have disavowed any knowledge of ever recruiting you!

sign with clemson?

February 2nd, 2010
3:56 pm

what does he want to be a sharecropper?

NewnanDawg

February 2nd, 2010
3:56 pm

Gratefuldawghead

February 2nd, 2010
3:57 pm

Praise Jesus my team isn’t so lame I have to joke other teams on thier blogs!

GO DAWGS

RT

February 2nd, 2010
3:57 pm

I think Really? really does have a problems. Is he a lion, tiger or bear? Or maybe a bug?

Dawg Fan

February 2nd, 2010
3:57 pm

Again a comment about Nickell Robey not expecting to sign with UGA. Anymore breaking news? LOL

Zuma Dawg

February 2nd, 2010
3:57 pm

BadNews .They are reporting that Rogers is going to UT on the vault and dawgvent.

hmmm......

February 2nd, 2010
3:58 pm

Georgia Truth

February 2nd, 2010
3:58 pm

Hey Really?…go screw yourself. It must be great to be so perfect…you sound like a gator fan!

sign with clemson?

February 2nd, 2010
3:58 pm

the day georgia fans worry about losing a player to a second rate Asheshe program is the day we are really in trouble , obviously he wouldn’t have played at georgia if he chose Clemson

Dog Dawg

February 2nd, 2010
3:59 pm

They are not a Dawg until they ink their name. If Rogers let the coaches know he de-commited, then I think he did all he needed to. At 18 years old you are a man not a kid. You may act like a kid and you may be treated like a kid, but you are a man.

Pago Flyer

February 2nd, 2010
4:00 pm

We all hope that K. Smart sends a very big “thank you” note to UGA for a very big raise at ‘Bama!

AlpharettaBulldog

February 2nd, 2010
4:00 pm

Chip I think you don’t even realize what you sometimes sub-conciously write. “Georgia added their first player since before Christmas on Tuesday”. You might retort with “I am just stating the facts,” or “I am only reporting the truth,” but that does not necessarly need to be written and you know it.

On another note you state that UGA only got this fella after someone else spurred them again. Had Beasely already verbaled to Clemson? Did you include that in your article? This again did not need to be stated in the article as you are taking away from someone who has just changed commitments to something that could have easily been left out and you know it.

I have followed your articles for a long time. You have plenty of readers and you are up to date which is a great service that this newspaper and it’s readers benefit from. But you have plenty of followers and there is no need for some of the comments. Thanks again for the news.

Halsey

February 2nd, 2010
4:01 pm

Offensive lineman are some of the hardest to predict. Clint Boling was a 3 star coming out of high school and has been a stud. Many 4 and 5 star lineman don’t do squat.

Cherokee

February 2nd, 2010
4:01 pm

RT

February 2nd, 2010
3:57 pm

I think Really? really does have a problems. Is he a lion, tiger or bear? Or maybe a bug?

How about just an idiot

thrash223

February 2nd, 2010
4:02 pm

sign with clemson? – So what you’re saying is that Beasley, even with his standing UGA offer, knew he would never see the field between the hedges, so he chose the tigers, THEN georgia offered an even lower rated OL-man and he will see the field because he decommitted from a much lower rated SEC school and chose the offer to play in Athens?

So UGA’s settling is actually a new recruiting advantage… now I understand!

flagboy fan

February 2nd, 2010
4:02 pm

Really blogger is on these things all the time…he’s a flagboy tech fan wondering why no passing quarterback or catching receiver worht a flip wants to play with Paul’s Johnson…lmao…the longest pass Tech throws is 3 yards……in the wrong direction

KC

February 2nd, 2010
4:02 pm

whoops, wrong Rogers

Murray County Indian

February 2nd, 2010
4:02 pm

Another 3 star superstar, take that Tech, Vandy, Kentucky, Duke! We’re on a roll.

DawgBuzz

February 2nd, 2010
4:04 pm

Glad to get a big man on the OL. Welcome Gates. Best of luck to Rogers regardless of where he ends up.

HungryDawg

February 2nd, 2010
4:06 pm

Maybe I’m giving Robey a little too much credit, but at least he called Richt instead of allowing him to find out tomorrow on the news.

nickels

February 2nd, 2010
4:06 pm

trash223 –

As a Tech fan, I’m sure you know all about preseason overrakings thanks to the most overrated basketball and baseball programs in the nation ;)

Really?

February 2nd, 2010
4:07 pm

Actually I am a Dawg and my point is how Chip always takes a shot at UGA. You guys really can’t see the sarcasm in my post?

papadawg

February 2nd, 2010
4:08 pm

I know this young man is not only a good ball player but has high moral standards

Frank

February 2nd, 2010
4:08 pm

Welcome to Kenarious Gates, I am glad things worked out well for you and The Dawgs. GATA!

THWGT!!!

aggie54

February 2nd, 2010
4:08 pm

UGA, fighting Ky.Vandy,ETC,for their committments, a sign of bad times ahead.

Only at UGA

February 2nd, 2010
4:09 pm

When you sign a 5 star they are the best, when you sign a 3 star they are the best, when they have a change of heart you didn’t want ‘em, anyway, when they don’t qualify it proves your high standards (ncaa minimum). Why don’t Vandy or Tech or Duke have people that don’t qualify? Bring your best 3rd grade remarks, come on!

Tim

February 2nd, 2010
4:09 pm

Rogers is officially gone… Will sign with UT tomorrow morning….

collegeballfan

February 2nd, 2010
4:10 pm

Really?

Read the column: “Georgia officially struck cornerback Nickell Robey from its list after he called coach Mark Richt Monday night to say he was decommitting.”

James

February 2nd, 2010
4:10 pm

aggie54 –

How is it “fighting” when they made their first offer to him last night and he accepted today? Tool fans are truly pathetic

Tim

February 2nd, 2010
4:10 pm

Only at UGA – you’re kidding yourself if you think UGA is the only school that makes comments like that. Every single one does.

Penn pal

February 2nd, 2010
4:11 pm

Gates is instate…Greenville Ga. I have seen this kid. He is a big boy and plays well… And is a good kid. He has always wanted to go to Georgia, they talked to him earlier in the season but i guess just now got offer. I have been hoping that UGA would offer him..
Welcome to the DAWG nation Mr Gates.

Johns Creek

February 2nd, 2010
4:12 pm

Why do I read these blog comments? Because, strangely, I can’t look away.