Georgia gets 16th commitment from Spalding DT Chris Mayes

At 6-5, 295, Spalding's Chris Mayes is a load for opposing offensive line's to handle. (Special photo)

At 6-5, 295, Spalding's Chris Mayes is a load for opposing offensive line's to handle. (Special photo)

If Chris Mayes had been playing football as a freshman and sophomore and traveling around to compete in combines and camps all the while, he might have earned elite-prospect status and four or five stars like his cross-town buddies Xzavier Dickson and Corey Moore.

As it is, Mayes did not start playing football until last season. But it turns out that was enough time get noticed. The 6-foot-5, 295-pound athlete entered his senior season with around a dozen offers. And this weekend, he finally accepted one.

Mays committed to the Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday night. Word eked out Sunday afternoon.

“I was at home Saturday night and I just sat down and talked with my Mom about the opportunities I had and we just decided Georgia was the best place for me,” said Mayes, who said Miami and Oklahoma State were next on his list. “It’s the in-state school; it’s not far from home so it will be easy for my family to come see me play; and it’s the school I grew up pulling for. Plus they have a great coaching staff.”

Mayes said he was recruited by both defensive line coach Rodney Garner and defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.

“I’m excited about the chance to play for them,” he said.

Mayes becomes commitment No. 16 for the Bulldogs’ Class of 2011 and the second from the city of Griffin. Moore, a safety from rival Griffin High, committed to UGA back in late January.

Mayes and Moore are trying to get Dickson, an AJC Super 11 defensive end for the Bears, to join them in Athens. Dickson has long favored Alabama over the Bulldogs but remains uncommitted.

“We’re working on him,” Mayes said. “But Xzavier’s a lot of work.”

Mayes is friends with most of those players over at the well known football powerhouse that is Griffin. Well, he is for 51 weeks of the year at least.

This happens to be the one week they’re enemies. Spalding and Griffin play their annual rivalry game this Friday. It’s a contest Griffin has dominated.

“There is a whole different attitude this year,” Mayes said. “We’ve had a losing demeanor over the years. But this year is going to be different. We’re a lot better than we’ve been and we want it.”

As for his three-star rating from Rivals and Scout, Mayes just shrugs it off.

“I just think it’s because I don’t have much experience,” he said. “Last year was my first year playing football. I’ve always been a basketball player. But I think my size and athleticism is pretty good for football.”

Georgia, for one, agrees.

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. OT Zach DeBell (6-7, 265), Tarpon Springs, Fla.
  7. LB Amarlo Herrera (6-2, 215), N. Clayton
  8. QB Christian LeMay (6-3, 188), Matthews, N.C.
  9. OL Hunter Long (6-3, 293), Eads, Tenn.
  10. ATH Nick Marshall (6-2, 190), Wilcox Co. HS
  11. DL Chris Mayes (6-5. 295), Spalding HS
  12. DB Corey Moore (6-1, 185), Griffin
  13. DB Chris Sanders (6-0, 175), Tucker
  14. WR Justin Scott-Wesley (6-1, 190), Mitchell County HS
  15. *SN Nathan Theus (6-3, 255), Jacksonville, Fla.
  16. WR Zack Witchett (6-1, 190), Atlanta-B.T. Washington

* Theus will not enroll until January of 2012.

142 comments Add your comment

Topper Cat

August 23rd, 2010
12:52 am

Yay recruits. Yay. Also, I’m probably first. Yay.

Topper Cat

August 23rd, 2010
12:53 am

Chip, you better congratulate me like Mark Bradley does! Yay.

Topper Cat

August 23rd, 2010
12:54 am

I mean look at this, I’m just taking complete control of this blog. Yay. But seriously, sounds like the kid has lots of growing to do in terms of football instincts but apparently has the raw material necessary to produce at the next level. That makes me happy. Yay.

Topper Cat

August 23rd, 2010
12:56 am

Anybody know how many recruits UGA is looking to take in this class?

Bulldog huff

August 23rd, 2010
1:42 am

kids the frist block in the foundation that CTG is laying for the new 3-4.good pick up.we will sign 25 or more.

Bulldog huff

August 23rd, 2010
1:50 am

OH yeah,second!

GT4Life (the Original)

August 23rd, 2010
1:51 am

Egads!!! UGA landed a 3* recruit. Oh my, how funny. I thought the dogs only recruited 4*/5* recruits. Nice cover for the dogs, Chip… “if only he had participated in the elite camps, he would be all-world”. Anyway, congratulations to the young man, he more than likely warrants the offer. He should be forewarned however. The dogs are not known for coaching up players.

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Bulldog huff

August 23rd, 2010
2:21 am

say what you want but, the fact that he has only played one year of football and was still able to secure 12 offers, leads me to believe that his upside is huge.At 6.5 295 lbs he will be the prototype nose for the 3-4. look for him to be 300 plus by next fall .what we dont get i hope tech do.lets close the door on the outside schools go dawgs!!

Meatlake

August 23rd, 2010
2:51 am

Hilarious. “UGA not known for coaching up their players” from a techie, of course. UGA is easily in the top 5 in terms of schools putting players into the NFL. How does such a thing occur when they’re not being “coached up”? Why don’t you ask Stafford or Moreno there GT4life? The ACC blows and UGA is gonna stomp ya’ll again this year. Best of luck in Athens Chris and congrats.

GT4Life (the Original)

August 23rd, 2010
2:54 am

Meatlake, A 4*/5* such as Moreno and Stafford were destined for the NFL before setting foot on the dog’s campus. Coaching up means taking a lesser player and making them a successful pro player…something the dogs are NOT known for…

Jason

August 23rd, 2010
3:38 am

UGA seems to be bringing in a complete class next year. With the rebuilding this year and the experience to be gained, I see UGA on a very good path for years to come. Now, just let the season get here, NOW!

76-Dawg

August 23rd, 2010
4:07 am

I watched some video of Mayes and not only is he fast for being a big guy, I didn’t see one time when this guy was out blocked. Mayes needs to learn how to use his hands better. He is a three star because he has only played football one year . By the end of this year he will be a 4 or 5 star.He is so fast and strong I think he could play defensive end . After this year and a red shirt Freshman year he will be one of the best defensive players at UGA.

Paddy

August 23rd, 2010
4:42 am

NT are hard to find and sign. Just not many Div 1 players to go around. Congrats Mr Mayes, you are joining one fine recruiting class @ UGA. A couple running backs and a couple LB’s and 1 TE and we are about set.

Preston

August 23rd, 2010
4:52 am

GT4Life (the Original nerd), Sure is funny how a group of coaches that you claim can’t coach up players sure does send a lot to the NFL to become young millionaires. Top 5 program in the nation in that respect as a matter of fact. That’s probably why you and many more tech, UF, UT, SC, UA, AU, etc…..fans will be on this UGA blog talking @#$% today. Go to your own blogs…if they even make one for your for you. You see, I wouldn’t know because I don’t go on other teams’ blogs to spew garbage like that. Get a life.

heeldawg

August 23rd, 2010
5:07 am

GT4Life claims that Georgia is not known for coaching up players. Then he claims that many of the 4 and 5 star players Georgia recruits are destined for the NFL in high school. I’ve also seen claims by Tech fans that recruiting rankings mean nothing. So which is it? Seems to be that you are manipulating the facts to suit your argument–the affirmation of Disraeli’s classification of the three kinds of lies (”Lies, damn lies and statistics”).

Here’s the reality: Georgia is in the top five in terms of sending players to the NFL. And many of those players do quite well, thank you. And for all of you Tech fans’ howling about Mark Richt’s “underachievement,” the mere fact that he’s won two SEC titles and 90 games in 9 years in the toughest league in America speaks volumes. Has he won a national title? No. But Paterno didn’t win won for years; neither did Dean Smith. His time is coming.

Congrats to the Dawgs on a big-time commitment. And congrats to Mr. Mayes for joining the best college football program in Georgia. A stellar defensive coaching staff awaits you.

heeldawg

August 23rd, 2010
5:08 am

I meant win one, not “won.” Sorry. It’s early. I just got up.

Payne

August 23rd, 2010
5:51 am

Gt4life, you know tech had a commit last night! How come your more worried about UGA!

rogeriter

August 23rd, 2010
5:51 am

Moreno was a three star recruit coming out of New Jersey.

Destin Dawg

August 23rd, 2010
5:58 am

Great for the Renewed Junkyard Dawgs… played basketball so he’s in shape.. hand/eye coordination… kids that stay in state.. close to friends/family = better retention/school grades etc…..we’ll get Dickson too ?? Go Dawgs !!

The Smartesbulldog

August 23rd, 2010
6:53 am

Mayes is very smart for coming to UGA. You’ll see too. http://www.smartestbulldog.com

lagadawg

August 23rd, 2010
7:13 am

UGA has different defensive coaches this year,so lets see how Ga. coaches up players starting this year.I can’t believe how people dwell on past games to predict future games and events,I thought all games started 0 to 0.

Jealous of Dawgs

August 23rd, 2010
7:41 am

I seem to remember a 3* recruit DL that came to UGA and promptly became the most dominant DL in the league and was 1st team All-American. I think he was “coached up” pretty well. His name? David Pollack!!! I also can see no less than 8 former Dawgs playing on the DL on NFL rosters. GT4life, you are an absolute IDIOT!!!!

FORTY ONE POINTS to your seventeen points

August 23rd, 2010
7:47 am

8/23/10 and still…

((((((((((((((((((((41-17)))))))))))))))))

How Recrootin' works

August 23rd, 2010
7:50 am

If this kid were to sign with Tech he would stay at 3 stars. Sign with Uga or some other large SEC favorite, he will get bumped to 4 or 5 stars. That is simply how the star system works.

30-24 Dawgs - We Run This State!

August 23rd, 2010
7:53 am

Welcome to Athens, Chris! You chose wisely.

papadawg

August 23rd, 2010
7:54 am

Mama wins again keeping her kid close to home

FORTY ONE POINTS to your seventeen points

August 23rd, 2010
7:58 am

Hope you will enjoy your 4 whippin’s by The Mighty Gators.

SCTally1

August 23rd, 2010
8:04 am

What do you expect from someone from Ghetto Yeck? If this lunacy makes our little friend feel better, so be it. The only thing Ghetto Yeck is number one in is drive by shootings, car jackings and
muggings! No wonder you are having difficulty getting recruits!

p-ho

August 23rd, 2010
8:08 am

ESPN has already bumped him up to 4-star, no bad for a kid who has only played 1 year and hasn’t camped.

GeT a Life Nerds

August 23rd, 2010
8:11 am

I guess that dream staff over at the Joke next to Coke really worked wonders in coaching up Dwyer…seems he was rated pretty highly, where did he go in the draft again??

Oh well, all that matters is that UGA RUNS THIS STATE!!! We OWN YOU NERDS!! Always will!!!

BG

August 23rd, 2010
8:16 am

Great pick up! Go DAWGS!

Beast???

August 23rd, 2010
8:20 am

This guy’s measurables – 6′5″ and 295 – are off the charts. Even though he’s only played 1 yr, why is he only ranked #31 at DT?

midland Dog

August 23rd, 2010
8:21 am

Gt4life- Detroit coaches said that Stafford was the BEST prepared QB they had ever seen coming out of college, so explain that!!!

Sport Fan

August 23rd, 2010
8:22 am

Welcome to the Dawg Nation Mr. Mayes!

suwaneedawg

August 23rd, 2010
8:22 am

FORTY ONE POINTS to your seventeen points

August 23rd, 2010
7:58 am
Hope you will enjoy your 4 whippin’s by The Mighty Gators.

Spoken like a true redneck gator fan. You’re livin’ in the past man! You’re hung up on past games. Get with’10 man!

Gatorbait 17-3

August 23rd, 2010
8:23 am

It really doesn’t matter how many good players the dawgs get, they get no coaching.
Spurrier said back in the mid-nineties, Georgia seems to get all the best players,
but we win all the games.

Moreno and Stafford were sucessful inspite of the Georgia coaches. If Richt really
recognized Moreno talent, why did he red-shirt him? And then he has Stafford behind
some guy named Joe T.

Until y’all get rid of Richt, you will be lucky to beat a Florida or Alabama once every ten
years. Sorry but it’s true.

Kareem Abdab Jahoohab

August 23rd, 2010
8:24 am

GT For Life – Get a life… Tech only recruits Jihadists, so what difference does it make to you who we get to play on defense. In the end it won’t matter, because we’ll still beat Tech.

{{{30-24}}} Live it. Breath it. Suck on it.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

August 23rd, 2010
8:24 am

sounds like a solid addition to the 2011 class. CTG is going to be a huge asset for recruiting these types of D players.

Jean Shorts

August 23rd, 2010
8:27 am

Gaytorbait 17-3 -

Let’s see how good you are post Tebow. My guess is you’ll get beat by Bama again. Say hi to Urban Cryer for us.

Gatorbait 17-3

August 23rd, 2010
8:28 am

suwaneedawg

You’ve got to be kidding, what is going to change in 10?
By the time you get to Jacksonville, the dawgs won’t even be rated.
Loses to SC and Arkansas will put UGA in a death spiral.

Hey, How Recrootin' works

August 23rd, 2010
8:29 am

So basically you are saying UGA does a better job of evaluating / signing talent than gt.

Yes UGA is often ahead of the curve on evaluating prospects and the recruiting services make adjustments as they get a closer look.

Hey nerd why the obsession with all things UGA?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEdkLVzHUO4&feature=search

sogadog

August 23rd, 2010
8:30 am

Is it me or is this shaping up to be another mediocre recruiting class?

Gatorbait 17-3

August 23rd, 2010
8:31 am

Jean Shorts

Keep up the smart mouth and the Gators will call times out again with 30 seconds to go
and let what any remaining dawg fans enjoy another thrashing——–18-3 on it’s way.

BirdDog

August 23rd, 2010
8:37 am

Hey GT4Life, your boy Dwyer is about to get cut from the Steelers. I guess that high school offense didn’t really prepare him for the NFL huh?

Gatorbait 17-3

August 23rd, 2010
8:40 am

August 19, 2010

Where are the Georgia recruits???????????

http://footballrecruiting.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1115616

Don’t go here unless you have strong stomach, it’s all about the Florida and Alabama classes, with no mention od the dawgs

Recruiting vs NFL Results

August 23rd, 2010
8:53 am

Gatorbait,

I will admit that the UF hex has been a cloud over the UGA program, but these things go in spellls.
The myth that is Urban Legend is slowly unraveling before our eyes…False 40 yard-Dash times, fake retirements and players quitting the program are not the foundation that builds national titles.

Moreover, the lack of NFL success as pointed out by this article serves as further validation that UGA is just as good if not better in recruiting compared to UF

The fact is, since Richt’s time at UGA only Tenn comes close to putting the number of players in the NFL as UGA

http://collegefootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/03/03/gators-success-doesnt-translate-to-nfl/

Bulldog huff

August 23rd, 2010
8:53 am

runs in circles just ask the real usc.the gaytors will come back to the pack.the last of zooks kids are gone,lets see how ole urbans offense works in the sec with his own recruits not name tebow or harvin.there was a drop off without harvin now both guys are gone,just saying…

Gatorbait 17-3

August 23rd, 2010
9:00 am

Bulldog huff

That post is so bad I won’t try inform a fool.

Rival blog posts....

August 23rd, 2010
9:06 am

Make me laugh….The more you post the better we look!!!! GO DAWGS!!!