OL Hunter Long becomes Georgia’s 13th commitment (UPDATED)

Hunter Long (R) was wearing Georgia colors back in 2009 when his brother Austin Long first signed with the Bulldogs. (Photo by Memphis Commercial Appeal)

Hunter Long (R) was wearing Georgia colors back in 2009 when his brother Austin Long first signed with the Bulldogs. (Photo by Memphis Commercial Appeal)

Hunter Long has become the Georgia Bulldogs’ 13th commitment.

The 6-foot-3, 293-pound interior offensive lineman from Memphis officially committed to the Bulldogs late Wednesday. He said he initially committed to UGA line coach Stacy Searels when he offered the scholarship on Sunday. But Searels encouraged him “to wait a few days and pray about it and be sure.”

The truth is,  Long has long known Georgia is where he wanted to be. His brother, Austin Long, is a redshirt freshman offensive tackle for the Bulldogs.

“It’s home for me,” Long said. “I go there all the time and I know everybody there. I’ve been going there since Austin first started getting recruited by Georgia.

In fact, Long is scheduled to be in Athens all next week. Not for a camp or a visit. “Just to hang out,” he said.

But Long had to earn his offer. He attended the Mark Richt Camp on June 12th and impressed the coaching staff with his ability not only at center, his primary position at Briarcrest Christian, but also at guard. The Bulldogs already have one commitment from a center in Wesleyan’s David Andrews, so Long may be asked to play both positions.

“Coach Searels said I definitely helped myself [at the camp],” Long said. “We haven’t really talked about [playing guard or center] but it’ll probably be both.”

As for just now getting an offer from the Bulldogs, Long said, “Lately it’s been more of a numbers game. They really need tackles, more than anything else. I guess the numbers just worked out.”

Long’s brother Austin was rated the No. 1 lineman in Tennessee when he came out of Briarcrest. But before Georgia Long’s only other offers were from Memphis, Southern Miss, Arkansas State and Middle Tennessee State.

Long was asked why he thought there was not more major-college interest for him.

“I think a few schools knew I was probably going to go to Georgia,” he said. “And there are a lot good interior offensive linemen this year.”

Long said he’s looking forward to playing again with his brother. Austin Long had to sit out last season at Georgia with a back injury.

“He’s almost 100 percent now,” Long said of his brother. “He’s lifting and running and doing all the drills. He just can’t hit now.

“He’s very excited about us being able to play together again.”

GEORGIA 2011 COMMITMENTS

  1. C David Andrews (6-3, 276), Wesleyan School
  2. DE Sterling Bailey (6-4, 250), East Hall HS
  3. CB Devin Bowman (6-0, 175), Ridgeland HS
  4. WR Chris Conley (6-3, 185), North Paulding HS
  5. OT Watts Dantzler (6-7, 330), Dalton HS
  6. LB Amarlo Herrera (6-2, 215), N. Clayton
  7. QB Christian LeMay (6-3, 188), Matthews, N.C.
  8. OL Hunter Long (6-3, 293), Eads, Tenn.
  9. ATH Nick Marshall (6-2, 190), Wilcox Co. HS
  10. DB Corey Moore (6-1, 185), Griffin
  11. DB Chris Sanders (6-0, 175) Tucker
  12. WR Justin Scott-Wesley (6-1, 190), Mitchell County HS
  13. WR Zack Witchett (6-1, 190), Atlanta-B.T. Washington

* LB Jarvis Jones (6-3, 236) of Carver-Columbus, a transfer from Southern Cal, counts toward the Class of 2010.

120 comments Add your comment

smallville

June 24th, 2010
8:08 am

Chose UGA over Murray State, MTSU, TN-Martin, and a few other small schools? A 0 star now per rivals.

The Dogfather

June 24th, 2010
8:11 am

Go after Mitch Mustin at USC. He still has 2 years of eligibility and would not have to sit the year out. C’mon coach!

Bulldog

June 24th, 2010
8:13 am

“Hunter Long’s recruitment has been less intense.”

Understatement of the year?

dawgno91

June 24th, 2010
8:17 am

The DL from Ok State that killed us was a 0 star from Ga too. Don’t worry about the stars. Worry about whether he can play football or not and what kind of program he comes from. For example; UT has offerred the QB from Charlton Co. Why haven’t we. He is a Ga kid and plays on a CHAMPIONSHIP program in GA. I have seen him play a few times and he is better than Dwight Dasher at Middle Tenn. UGA didn’t recruit Dasher either. We need to stay in GA and get the talent here. If this kid goes to Tenn he will kill us.

BULLDOGMANIAC

June 24th, 2010
8:18 am

we dont want or need M Mustain.
We have our stud of the future!
As far as this new commit…I am sure that he was a “package” deal that was comming because his brother, the # lineman in TN commited in 09.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

June 24th, 2010
8:19 am

congrats to him!! welcome to UGA and an opportunity to play with your brother. not many siblings get that chance, so good for him.

kydawg

June 24th, 2010
8:19 am

“…His only other offers are from Memphis, Southern Miss, Arkansas State and Middle Tennessee State.” It would appear that Coach Searels see something that the others do not see in this young man. Better coach him up!!

I know he wants to be a Dawg and we’ve had too many that thought we owed them something. Welcome!

Dawg House

June 24th, 2010
8:20 am

Welcome to Dawg Nation Hunter!!!! Ignore the idiots on here jealous that you aren’t going to be attending their school.

HATE ON HATERS!!!!

72 days until:

1. 92K FANS fill the seats in Athens
2. 20K “fans” spread out in the stands in Atlanta
3. 20K more “fans” skip the game in Atlanta to go to a sports bar so they can hate on UGA

GO DAWGS!!!!!

dap01

June 24th, 2010
8:25 am

Hunter: Congratulations! You will be a fine Dawg.

Reality Check

June 24th, 2010
8:28 am

GT gets an OL recruit that has no other major offers and everyone talks about what a great job the coaches did finding a diamond in the rough. This is the first committ so far that has not been highly recruited by other SEC schools regardless of the the stars. The coaches must legimately see from the camp potential to be a starter or they would not have offered. I will let the offensive line coach decide if he is worth a scholarship since that is his job, not mine.

Bulldog

June 24th, 2010
8:28 am

While you’re ‘hanging out’ all week in Athens, just remember you’re under more scrutiny now. Have fun, but don’t wreck a scooter, please bring your driver’s license, if you get ’serviced’ by a coed, do so in private, and don’t get in any fights.

Got it, amigo?

1eyedJack

June 24th, 2010
8:29 am

Welcome aboard Hunter. Can you long snap? Seriously though, you have to trust your coaches on a guy like this. With 25 or so ’ships to give you gotta take some chances on a few guys filling out and developing. Go Dawgs!!!

Steve

June 24th, 2010
8:31 am

Southern Miss plays some serious football. He’ll probably be Rsh., not play as a RFr., then begin to contribute as a So. and become solid. You need guys like that in your program.

sowega dog fan

June 24th, 2010
8:35 am

I’d rather have a team full of “0″ stars that want to be bulldogs, than the primadonna “5″ stars that are all about “ME”. Football is still a team spoert no room for egos.

Billy O

June 24th, 2010
8:38 am

Congrats Hunter…..welcome to UGA.

BigTimeTECHFan

June 24th, 2010
8:39 am

He may a good player – rating may have something to do with his back injury and him not being able to work out for a while. no big deal, I would trust Div 1 coaches over ratings and stars.

Congrats Hunter, but hope the Jackets can beat yall a few times.

BDAWG

June 24th, 2010
8:39 am

GLAD TO GET SOME BIG OL, BUT HOW ABOUT RECRUITING THE ENTIRE COUNTRY FOR SOME BETTER OL. WE NEED PEOPLE WHO CAN STEP IN AND PLAY NEXT YEAR. IT SEEMS LIKE INSTEAD OF A TOP RATED DREAM TEAM RECRUITING CLASS, UGA IS RECRUITING A TEAM THAT PLAYS IN THE LEAGUE OF GA. SOUTHERN. WE HAVE MORE 3 STAR PLAYERS THAN ANYTHING. WHY AREN’T WE RECRUITING BIGGER AND BETTER LINEMAN? ARE WE SAYING THAT UGA CAN’T COMPETE WITH THE OTHER BIG TIME RECRUITERS? EVERY SCHOOL RECRUITS FOR THEIR SYSTEM BUT WE NEED TO RECRUIT BETTER PLAYERS FOR OUR SYSTEM. SO, WE DIDN’T GET JAMES VAUGHTERS BUT, BY RIVALS RANKINGS THERE ARE MORE LB OUT THERE RATED BETTER THAN VAUGHTERS. WE ARE NOT OFFERING ENOUGH TOP PLAYERS AND WHEN WE DO, WE ARE NOT STRONGLY PURSUING THEM. WE NEED TO LOCK THESE KIDS IN AND TELL THEM WHAT THEY WANT TO HEAR. THEY WANT TO HEAR WHERE THEY ARE GOING TO PLAY AND HOW YOU ARE GOING TO GET THEM TO THE NFL. THEY WANT TO WIN CHAMPIONSHIPS. WE NEED A MORE AGGRESSIVE RECRUITING COORDINATOR.

rduck

June 24th, 2010
8:42 am

As a Tech fan I wish the kid luck every day but one. Seems to be a good kid with potential. I wouldn’t worry about where Rivals rates him. He wants to be a dawg and that is what you want. Congrats Hunter..

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RxDawg

June 24th, 2010
8:42 am

God bless them big uglies!

I like the sound of this kid. He wants to be a bulldog, he earned the right to be a bulldog. If we fielded 11 men out there with attitudes like this, we would win a lot of football games.

Jim

June 24th, 2010
8:50 am

I WRITE IN ALL CAPS BECAUSE IT MAKES ME SOUND MORE IMPORTANT. I REPEAT THINGS I READ IN OTHER ARTICLES BECAUSE IT MAKES ME SOUND LIKE I AM A FOOTBALL EXPERT. I NAIVELY BELIEVE THAT WEBSITES LIKE RIVALS AND ESPN ARE THE HOLY GRAIL OF TALENT EVALUATION DESPITE THE FACT THAT THEY ARE ROUTINELY PROVEN WRONG AND THEIR RATINGS ARE NOTHING MORE THAN A CRAPSHOOT.

Da'REEK

June 24th, 2010
8:50 am

How about all you idiots calm down about picking up bigger names. Wait for Rome, Drew, Shell, Crowell,etc to be Bulldogs…. The OL is all about working together, not about how many 5* studs you have. If you have guys like David Andrews, Watts Dantzler, and Hunter Long who work well together then the OL will be successful… Now let’s add Shell and Xzavier Ward.

old coach

June 24th, 2010
8:50 am

BDAWG
So that is how recruiting works! I sure hope Richt reads this wealth of information. You were probably one of the ones wanting to build a fence around the state. Have a clue!!! Please!!

Moops

June 24th, 2010
8:51 am

I think a lot of people are hung up on how many “stars” he has or who his offer list is. Things to keep in mind…
-his Brother is at UGA and it has been known for quite some time they wanted to play together; most schools were not pursuing him for this reason. why invest the time in someone when the minute UGA offers, he’s gone
-Coming out of HS, Offensive Guards are a lot more common than prototypical Offensive Tackles, and therefore don’t receive a lot of the rivals/scout “accolades” that others do. That is why his brother had more “stars”. Look at why Watts D. had so many offers. 6′7″ 330lbs. Plus, when there is more projected Guards, that means there is more competition for those spots on the roster.

Not saying he will turn out to be great, no one knows yet. Actually, same can be said about all the HS recruits. Bottomline is, he wanted to come to UGA and the coaches saw enough to offer him. That’s enough for me. I’d rather have someone in the trenches who may not have a lot of “stars”, but has the nastiness and intensity to get the job done…

RxDawg

June 24th, 2010
8:53 am

Jim, type harder. I still can’t hear you!

the TRUTH

June 24th, 2010
8:54 am

LOL who cares about stars…see Matt Stafford…give me someone who wants to be there. I trust the coaches ability to judge potential compared to a NERD sitting at a computer.

How2fish

June 24th, 2010
8:54 am

Welcome to the Bull Dog nation young man, best of luck on the field and in the classroom. GATA! BigTimeTECHFan and rduck very classy comments well done!

RxDawg

June 24th, 2010
8:54 am

I can’t believe someone wants us to recruit Mich Mustain….

Moops

June 24th, 2010
8:55 am

Let’s all take up a fund to get BDAWG a new keyboard. His caplocks key is stuck. And even with the “yelling”, he still doesn’t make any sense.

How much “bigger” lineman do you suggest we recruit? Is 6′7″ not big enough? Would a 7′ be good? I’ll check the list and see how many of those there are. Actually, if you were knowledgable enough, you’d find out that guards/centers are more typically in the 6′3″ – 6′4″ range. Tackles are the ones that much taller. But I guess understanding common football logic would get in the way of complaining about the UGA coaches….

Delbert D.

June 24th, 2010
8:56 am

2011 Scout.com HS Football Rankings (full list):
Pos: C Pos Rank: #17 Pos Rating:3 stars

Insidetennessee.com has him listed at #12 in their Top 30 Countdown of players in the state.

the TRUTH

June 24th, 2010
8:56 am

Delbert D.

June 24th, 2010
9:00 am

Read the column again. It’s his older brother Austin who has the back problems.

Tech Fan

June 24th, 2010
9:02 am

Don’t pay any attention to the “STARS”. If the kid wants it bad enough and works his butt off, he’ll be a good ( maybe great) player. He could be another Sean Bedford type player for the Dawgs. Congratulations to the young man.

JB

June 24th, 2010
9:03 am

Tech and Georgia have juniors and seniors in their programs that will never see the field, that’s just the way it is…..and, so sometimes you get a sluggish high school fullback who ends up as a 3 time all American Defensive end and a number one draft pick….you never know !

SchleyDawg

June 24th, 2010
9:06 am

I agree with the idea of getting those who WANT to be a Dawg instead of prima donnas who want to play everyone like a fiddle thinking they are Terrible Owens. The “hat picking ceremony” by recruits make me sick. Yes, most are valuable additions to their program but they don’t realize what they are receiving from their University (tuition, room and board, athletic department gear, etc.). It should go back to the old days when the Universities were the focus and not these prima donnas. Welcome to the Bulldog Nation Hunter!

Ted Striker

June 24th, 2010
9:10 am

Good pickup for the Dogs.

We_Run_This_Country

June 24th, 2010
9:11 am

A GREAT steal from Murray State!! Go Dawgs! LMAO!

Morrus

June 24th, 2010
9:11 am

Curiously, in a supposed anti-incumbent year, most of the departing are not retiring but seeking higher office. We may recycle more than we replace. The bad news is that a frustrating 114 seats still have but one contestant. Two of them aren’t even incumbents, meaning they will affect state policy without being vetted by voters. And I have to think that we’d be better off if many had run instead for the Legislature — and cut down on the number running unopposed. Georgia’s problems are numerous. They aren’t going away. There’s too much stale thinking at the Capitol, on both sides of the aisle. New voices would be welcome.

track dawg

June 24th, 2010
9:14 am

I watched the tape on him. He is pancaking Dlineman left and right. He can block for me anyday.

Vick=Dog killing Thug

June 24th, 2010
9:22 am

Love to see the big boys sign up !!!!!

destin dawg

June 24th, 2010
9:23 am

everybody likes to hangout in Athens.. one of the best college town in the USA… package deal with his brother…. glad to have you Hunter !! get your grades.. have fun but not too much……

Paddy

June 24th, 2010
9:24 am

bdawg…how much bigger do you want lineman? Our guys are big enough. And forget how many stars a guy has or does not have. Thats just for fun. Players and coaches do not pay any attention to that crap. They put their job on the line by using their own judgement. What college coach is going to put his 6 figure a year job on the line by going to Rivals.com? Thats easy, NONE!! And one more thing. If a recruit asks about how you can help him get to the NFL, tell him to win a job in college first or go recruit someone else. More times than not that kid will never help you win!

Dan

June 24th, 2010
9:27 am

Good for the kid. He’ll probably end up being the best player in y’alls class because he’ll have a chip on his shoulder and out-work everyone else.

SatchelBuzz

June 24th, 2010
9:27 am

Offers from MTSU, Arkansas State, Memphis and Southern Miss,……Dream Team? I think not.

THWG!

Happy Days are Here Again.

June 24th, 2010
9:29 am

I think that you need guys that are willing to come in and work hard. We need the guys with the stars, but sometimes you find a dimond in the rough. He’s got good size and obviously he knows the game of football. I think he will be a dang good dawg. Welcome to the Dawg Nation.

Walker, Texas Ranger

June 24th, 2010
9:34 am

Great to not hear the “Dream Team” BS. We have not gotten that many 4 Star guys so far and no 5 stars. So I would hardly say this is going to be a great class. With that said, Georgia’s best players always seem to be the guys not highly recruited (Pollack, Jones etc.) If the coaches feel the guy can play then he can play but let’s not say another word about Dream Team. I think Alabama and Texas are going to take that title this year in recruiting.

CDAWG

June 24th, 2010
9:38 am

I am going to go out on a limb here and say that the coaches probably know a little more than we do in picking these players. Good luck Hunter and welcome aboard.

Bulldog59

June 24th, 2010
9:39 am

He followed his older brother, Austin, to UGA, no big surprise here. He’ll play interior line, G or C.

FLA DAWG

June 24th, 2010
9:41 am

Good.
We needed more talent with beef up front.

.

June 24th, 2010
9:42 am

Clint boling was a 3 star , and is projected as a first rounder…
Ben Jones was a 3 star, and gets a lot of second team all-sec talk…
Hunter long is a 3 star on scout, and …