N. Paulding WR Christian Conley commits to Georgia

Christian Conley showing off his his new cap after Friday's announcement. (Special photo)

Christian Conley showing off his new cap after Friday's announcement. (Special photo)

Wide receiver Christian Conley of North Paulding High School committed to the University of Georgia this morning.

According to head coach Heath Webb said, Conley made the announcement to teammates, coaches, friends and family “in an intimate setting at the North Paulding fieldhouse early Friday morning.”

“You know, Chris, he’s one of a kind,” Webb told me. “He’s kind of a low-key kid and that’s the way he wanted to do it. He came to school this morning and we called all his teammates down to the clubhouse and that’s when he told them.”

Conley issued a statement through his coach but has asked to be shielded from interviews until Monday so that his decision can “be a celebration within the Wolfpack family,” Webb said.

Here is Conley’s statement:

“Today my family and I are ending my recruitment. This decision was reached through much traveling and research but ultimately prayer. Through all of this, I have come to decide that I will be attending the University of Georgia.

“Throughout this process I wouldn’t have made it to where I am without a special group of people being around me. Publicly I would like to thank: my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and God the Father, my Dad, Mom, Brother and Sister, my Coaches, my Teammates, the Administration, Faculty, and Staff of North Paulding High School, my Church family at Trinity Chapel Church of God, and the Paulding County Community.

“In keeping with my beliefs, I want my yes to be yes and my no to be no. Therefore, as of today, I will discontinue my contact with all schools other than UGA.

“Now that this step in the process is behind me, my focus will be devoted to my Wolfpack family as we prepare to finish strong this 2010 season on the field and in the classroom.”

Conley, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound athlete, is considered among the top wide receivers in Georgia for the Class of 2011. He had around a dozen scholarship offers, most of them coming late in his junior season when he hauled in 81 passes for 848 yards and six touchdowns for North Paulding. Recruiting interest increased after the New Year when Conley ran a 4.42-second 40-yard dash and had an MVP performance at a Scout.com combine. He is also an “A” student who will graduate early from high school and enroll in college in January.

Webb said Alabama was the runner-up for Conley, who also had offers from Georgia Tech, Clemson, Stanford and Tennessee. But he had long held a special affection for the Bulldogs.

“They offered him way back in June,” Webb said. “So it was one of those deals where he felt like he’d been in the recruiting process long enough. He said he’d come to a decision and he was at peace about it.  He just had a connection with Coach Richt. He’s a Coach Richt kind of kid.”

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212 comments Add your comment

zulucanibal

April 16th, 2010
9:31 am

zulucanibal

April 16th, 2010
9:33 am

that being said……….. GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO DAWGS….the kid has gift, cant wait to see him on saturdays.

CW

April 16th, 2010
9:34 am

Sounds like a TRUE class act! Welcome to the Bulldawg nation young man!

EW

April 16th, 2010
9:37 am

Welcome to the family Mr. Conley. You sound like you have your head on straight and a good group of people supporting you. Add the bulldog nation to those who’ve got your back.

MattDawg

April 16th, 2010
9:39 am

Great young man and a great get for the Dawgs!! Welcome to the family Mr. Conley!

GO JACKETS 21

April 16th, 2010
9:40 am

Good luck to you! Sounds like CMR got a great quality player both inside and out!

Go Jackets!!

UGAFANSTUCKINTEXAS

April 16th, 2010
9:42 am

How Bout Them Dawgs…..

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

April 16th, 2010
9:43 am

6′3″—good stuff. welcome mr.conley!!

getthepicturenow

April 16th, 2010
9:43 am

Welcome Chris Conley to the Bulldog Nation.

HIGHLANDER DAWG

April 16th, 2010
9:46 am

DARN COULD A KID SOUND ANY BETTER AS A PERSON, IM SURE ALL WILL WORK OUT FOR HIM.

ONELOVE GA

scott

April 16th, 2010
9:47 am

I will take him over that Calhoun kid Rogers EVRY DAY of the week, lets compare where they are in 3 years. Congrats Kid, and for all you UGA folks, things worked out just fine!

SB

Bbdawg

April 16th, 2010
9:49 am

This kid is doing it the “RIGHT WAY”. I’ve always believed in not making a commitment until you have taken all of your visits, and not taking any visits after you have committed. Alot of kids could learn from this guy. You are a classy individual Mr. Conley! Go Dawgs!

Will

April 16th, 2010
9:50 am

UGA will pick up 2 or possibly 3 big name receiver’s in 2011. The chance to play immediately in a pro-style offense will be very attractive. Da’Rick made such a poor decision in the 2010 class.

Clint

April 16th, 2010
9:53 am

good addition. Need to add a few more WRs now since we only got one this past go round.

BigTimeTECHFan

April 16th, 2010
9:53 am

Congrats young man, This is huge for Christian, stay safe and play hard.
Good luck at UGA and if you ever need to have a bad game, save it for the Tech games. Go Jackets but well done for both Christian and UGA

Kendawg

April 16th, 2010
9:54 am

Enter your comments here

F D'Prick

April 16th, 2010
9:54 am

Hey Calhoun loser…this is how you do it!

Bbdawg

April 16th, 2010
9:54 am

By the way Mack Brown requires all of his committments to cancel all remaining visits after they have committed to Texas or their offer is taken off the table. Seems to work great for him. They always have a quality recruiting class and gobs of talent year in and year out. I would like to see Coach Richt take that approach. It would eliminate alot of the last day decommitals that are becoming alot more frequent on signing day.

Kendawg

April 16th, 2010
9:54 am

Lokks like the Dawgs got a player who has a lot of class.

Carty

April 16th, 2010
9:55 am

Will, how can you say Da’Rick made a bad decision when neither program (TN or GA) has an established QB or program at the moment. Both programs are obviously in flux and another 4+ loss season could easily land Richt in the hot seat. There were obvious reasons why Da’Rick chose the Vols, let it go. You’re all still chasing Florida anyway!

JB

April 16th, 2010
9:55 am

I feel good about this commit…..I hope he doesn’t have a team mate who is an average player with a rich Daddy………….Welcome to Athens. Good choice to catch a lot of passes in a pro offense and the excitement of SEC football with a lot of National exposure.

wiley

April 16th, 2010
9:55 am

Big loss for tech but its not going to be easy to convince big name WR’s to play in this offense. Oh well….some of our programs best receivers have been three stars. D. Thomas was only a three star receiver and we see how that turned out. Hopefully Tech can land Kasen Williams.

DAWGS

April 16th, 2010
9:56 am

GO GEORGIA! GREAT PICKUP, NOW LETS GET SOME MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

robodawg

April 16th, 2010
9:56 am

Welcome Christian! Glad to have you representing UGA.

JB

April 16th, 2010
9:57 am

classy post from bigtimetechfan……

JD

April 16th, 2010
10:00 am

We better get some Running backs and Offensive lineman to replace what we have. Injuries to OL and RB’s leaving early or injuries always limit the effectiveness of any team.

H.S. Coach

April 16th, 2010
10:01 am

Wow, sounds like a classy kid and he has the physical skills to do well at the next level. I always like the late bloomers because they usually work harder than the kids who have been the best at their position for their entire life. Thanks Christian and Go Dawgs!!

DUDE!!

April 16th, 2010
10:03 am

I watched this kid many times and I just don’t see it? he is afraid to be hit. DUDE COME ON!!!!

#1 BAMA FAN

April 16th, 2010
10:06 am

Sounds like a good commitment from a talented and solid kid. The DAWGS are headed in a good direction. Sounds like my TIDE finished runner-up. RTR

19th Hole Dawg

April 16th, 2010
10:08 am

Well done!!

Classy way to make the announcement. Welcome to the Dawg Nation, Christian. You’re going to have a great time in Athens. We wish you success on and off the field.

Go Dawgs!

Summit Dawg

April 16th, 2010
10:11 am

Praise the Lord!! Go Dawgs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

KD

April 16th, 2010
10:15 am

Hey DUDE, maybe that is why he is so fast, he doesn’t want to be hit.

Marcus Seabolt

April 16th, 2010
10:17 am

Ditto JB, class act by the tech fan, good to know there are a few out there. When Rodgers gilted us last year I was really upset, but after reading Christian’s statement I say good luck Rodgers, we got the class with Christian. Go Dawgs!!!!!!

RxDawg

April 16th, 2010
10:21 am

Welcome aboard Chris. I don’t know too much about him, but he sounds like a mature responsible young man.

Now, Chris, your going to see and hear a lot of doubtful comments from a lot of fans about your “commitment”. People are going to be a little gun shy about believing it thanks to the DaRick escapade last year. Ignore it as it will mean nothing once the pads and straps are on.

Flagboy

April 16th, 2010
10:22 am

DaDick will not qualify…. Junior College bound IMO…

Mike S

April 16th, 2010
10:26 am

Welcome to the Bulldog nation Chris! HOpe your UGA career is a great one, but even more important than that I hope you continue to excel in the classroom and in life. Those two things are much more important than catching a football, but please by all means catch as many footballs as you can in the coming years. ;-)

RxDawg

April 16th, 2010
10:27 am

Will, I agree that it’s too early to make the statement that DaRick made a bad decision. I feel like his personality and ethics might hinder his success down the road. But I wont say he made the wrong decision yet just because he let UGA down and changed his mind to join our rival. Let’s wait and see what happens on the field first.

NPHS FAN

April 16th, 2010
10:29 am

Please dont run this kid down simply on an opinion of your observation. Christian is a great kid and will do well. he has tremendous talent and has the ability to learn the game remember he has not played football that long. his statement states what a true class act he is and the wolfpack family is very proud of this young man and hope for nothing but the best for him and his family.

toph

April 16th, 2010
10:31 am

Welcome to the family Christian! Glad to have you.

calmdawg

April 16th, 2010
10:33 am

DUDE where are you coming from? Must not have been watching same time as me. Not wanting to be hit? More like avoiding the hit which is just plain smart football.

Spike

April 16th, 2010
10:33 am

What nice, and refreshing comments, from this young man. Welcome aboard!! Lets us wait now for the comments from the loser Tech fans on here about what is wrong with this kid in three, two, one…

1eyedJack

April 16th, 2010
10:35 am

Good get. I beleive CMR has stated that he would like to sign 3 WRs in this class. Maybe this will start the dominos falling.

Worm

April 16th, 2010
10:37 am

Kudos to the Tech fans posting here today..That’s classy!

FalconUGAFan

April 16th, 2010
10:47 am

Spike, you might want to look at what the Tech fans have been saying. All classy….

Dawg Tired

April 16th, 2010
10:52 am

While I know nothing about his football skills, I am encouraged that he seems to comprehend what a commitment is.

Bo

April 16th, 2010
10:57 am

BigTimeTECHFan & Go Jackets 21, thanks for the positive comments. Maybe if the intelligent UGA & GT keep our posts civil, we can run the losers off this blog.

DAWGLOVER

April 16th, 2010
10:58 am

It is nice to see the Tech, TN and other fans applaud this young man. Reading a blog of this type is much nicer than the usual, even apart from the fact that UGA has a new commit. This young man is the kind of kid every school wants and I am glad he chose UGA. Obviously humble, well mannered and can be a model for others.
CONGRATULATIONS, and welcome to what we hope will be some great years ahead!

Bo

April 16th, 2010
10:58 am

…intelligent UGA & GT *fans* keep our posts civil…

toph

April 16th, 2010
11:02 am

Has anybody seen this kid play? What are your thoughts from that? I’m just curious.

brucemac

April 16th, 2010
11:04 am

Welcome to BullDawg Nation. Great kid it sounds like. I too am impressed with the very classy Tech posts here. What do you know actual mutual respect!! CPJ will get his as well.