Georgia gets first commitment of 2012 after win over Tennessee

Georgia had a good day on the field on Saturday and, as it turns out, off the field as well.

The Bulldogs landed their first commitment from the Class of 2012 just minutes after whipping Tennessee 41-14. C.J. Curry, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound wide receiver from North Hall High School, was still inside Sanford Stadium when he told his recruiting host he wanted to talk to head coach Mark Richt.

“He told me a couple of weeks ago he thought he wanted to commit,” Felix Curry, Curry’s father and his position coach at North Hall sald. “He said, ‘Dad, I don’t think I need to go to through the whole process. I know I want to go to Georgia.’

“At halftime he whispered to me, ‘I thinkI’m going to commit.’ Before I knew it, we were walking out and he told our hostess, Ebony, he wanted to talk to the coaches. Next thing I knew they snatched him up and took him in there. A few minutes later thay came back for the whole family.’”

Said Curry himself: “I feel good about it; I’m happy with my decision. I’m ready to get up there.”

Curry was asked what inspired him to make the decision on Saturday.

“Just hearing Coach Richt talk to the team before the game,” he said. “He was talking about being from Georgia and representing the home state and how special it is to wear the G on your helmet. I feel the same way.”

Curry’s statistics won’t bowl you over. He has 10 catches for 206 yards and four touchdowns, including one on a kickoff return. But he has played all season with a severe groin injury.

“I’ve been telling him all year to take a couple of weeks off to rest it up so he can heal. But he says it can heal after the season. He wants to help his team win,” Felix Curry said.

There’s a chance Curry’s commitment could be a two-for-one deal. His younger brother Darius looks almost like an identical twin. He’s North Hall’s starting cornerback and leads the team in interception.

“That’d be a dream,” Mr Curry said of both deciding to play at Georgia.

Georgia was the only offer for C.J., but others were coming.

“Oklahoma State, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Auburn, they were all on me heavy,” C.J. said.

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The Ole Ball Coach

October 9th, 2010
6:51 pm

ryan

October 9th, 2010
7:07 pm

Awesome CJ Curry Tide is turning a bit Richt is not going no were

Vick=Dog killing Thug

October 9th, 2010
7:12 pm

ahhhhhhhh yessssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

Dawg555

October 9th, 2010
7:20 pm

Look forward to seeing you on the field. Congratulations! Go Dawgs

tim

October 9th, 2010
7:24 pm

this kid is a nothing as far as rivals and espn are concerned….a no star the puppies usual

ryan

October 9th, 2010
7:38 pm

Tim Florida State , GT , Auburn , Oklahoma State you don’t what the your talking about jerk you are just a sore looser because Tech did not get him .

UGA owns you tasty bees..

October 9th, 2010
7:44 pm

We would love to have you in Athens C.J., and I’m sure 5th year senior Murray or very capable Mason or Lemay will get you plenty of touches. UGA football isn’t “back”, it NEVER left.. GOOOO DAWGS!!!!

UGA owns you tasty bees..

October 9th, 2010
7:52 pm

ryan, i think with the amount of in-state talent going to UGA, other SEC schools, and other schools with *meaningful* football programs, tim has been, and will be sore for years to come.. For a techie to comment about stars is very laughable.. especially seeing that their top *prize* recruits are at MOST two stars, if any..

DALTONDAWG706

October 9th, 2010
7:54 pm

This is really awesome and something else awesome the elephants lost today.

BIG DAWG

October 9th, 2010
7:55 pm

Welcome C.J.. We like you receivers with initials for first names! Study hard, work hard, the big bucks will follow one day.

godawgs678

October 9th, 2010
7:55 pm

Looks like tim is an angry GT fan who has nothing better to do than get on UGA message boards. Congrats CJ! Welcome!

DALTONDAWG706

October 9th, 2010
7:55 pm

BTW he isnt ranked yet because alot of players are not ranked from the class of 2012 he will probably be a 4 star recruit before it is all said and done.

ryan

October 9th, 2010
8:08 pm

I will say Tech did get commit as well so that should make that jerk happy .

UGA owns you tasty bees..

October 9th, 2010
8:08 pm

tim

October 9th, 2010
9:48 am
puppies win this one and another win next weel against vandy, but kentucky will kick your ass in lex the following week, and ofcourse the mighty gators will wax you on the 30th….6 beatdowns before nov=no bowl this year

THIS was posted on another blog by “tim” yesterday.. So maybe he is a gator fan instead of a techie, along with being a UGA “blog stalker” Sour grapes that Brantley isn’t as good as the FL boy UGA stole right out from under you losers? What was UF’s record last time Meyer started a “pocket passer”? Not a Tebow year for sure.. Even moreso how bad Meyer wanted Murray’s friend Charles.. Another state of FL prodigy that liked how things looked a little north of the border.. Even sweeter that Orson dropped that crystal football at UF on a recruiting visit…

UGA owns you tasty bees..

October 9th, 2010
8:13 pm

I don’t think tim will come on here lamenting about their recent commit not “having any stars” lol Pay attention to DaltonDawg, his assessment of recruiting tendencies are on point. Hey tim, how many stars does that middle schooler have that every school is after already? None im sure. How about Eric Berry’s younger twin brothers at Creekside? None as well. Seems to be a pattern there, TIM.

ryan

October 9th, 2010
8:14 pm

If Tim is Gator fan Jefferson is giving the Gators a hard time .

Hunker Down

October 9th, 2010
8:44 pm

Welcome CJ to the Dawg Nation!!

hs fan

October 9th, 2010
8:45 pm

it sure would be nice if uga got ss toran davis 5′11 185 , tight end shaq goodwin 6′9 240 of southwest dekalb saw these two kids play last night they are great players that are going to be highly sought after for the class of 2012

Mayo

October 9th, 2010
8:49 pm

Welcome aboard! Always good to see natives sons go to Athens.

And the lurker Techies: go blow. We’ll handle you later. Book it.

Lowndes25

October 9th, 2010
8:50 pm

This is a great pick-up for the Dawgs!! C.J. will definitely be a 4 star WR when the 2012 rankings come out. The UT win was huge in not only helping us land C.J.’s commitment but also in shoring up the confidence level of our current verbal commitments and those sitting on the “fence”. I should hopefully have some more in-depth news on the weekend come Monday afternoon.

Mayo

October 9th, 2010
8:51 pm

NATIVE sons.

ryan

October 9th, 2010
9:13 pm

Lowndes25 with Bama loosing and UGA wins does that give us a boost with Crowell .

Sizemore

October 9th, 2010
9:25 pm

Daltondawg706– I saw another blog (the one about Tech’s DT commitment) and you were getting worked. Make us proud and fight back a bit.

Lowndes25

October 9th, 2010
9:28 pm

ryan, we are sitting fine with Crowell…no worries whatsoever :) He and a few other guys should be in Athens next weekend along with Ray Drew…going to be a BIG weekend for us.

ryan

October 9th, 2010
9:34 pm

Great news great win thanks lowndes25 GO DAWGS .

Lowndes25

October 9th, 2010
9:36 pm

I meant to say “he and a few other guys from Carver should be in Athens next weekend…” Sorry about that…

RxDawg

October 9th, 2010
9:44 pm

My thoughts exactly Lowndes, in regards to restoring some confidence in our visiting recruits. It was good to see our guys put it together. A lot of good today….but not all good either. We still have some work to do in order to compete with the better teams we’ll face this year.

ryan

October 9th, 2010
9:59 pm

CJ was a good pickup because we lack depth in the WR department and if AJ bolts for NFL unless there is a lockout than it was a good day .

delta dawg

October 9th, 2010
11:12 pm

CJ, you’re going to have the best time of your life while in Athens. Enjoy.

dawgster

October 9th, 2010
11:20 pm

Ryan and Lowndes…say the young man place last night at Norht Hall Field. better know as the “Brickyard…although his team lost, he made a couple of nice catches…also, I. Cross had about a 70 yard run for a touchdown..but for most of the night they were shut down pretty good…This will be a nice pickup for the dawgs…Don’t worry about the lack of offers as some are saying…they will be coming;….go dawgs…finally we looked like a football team…I think people need to reevaluate our team based on how SC handled Bama…i know it was Tenn..but they gave LSU all they wanted and should have won the game…and then look what LSU did to the gators in Gainesville…Although the dawgs record is nothing to jump up and down about, i am proud of our players, coaches and fans..what a great atmoshpere today…go dawgs

TXDawg

October 9th, 2010
11:35 pm

Dawgster,

I your are on point with what I was thinking. We really haven’t played that horrible on defense this year overall. We held SC to 17, Ark to 31, and we were in both of those games until we had untimely turn overs by our RBs. Not to dwell on it anymore, but we were also missing our best player in A.J. Green. I think this team will be just fine, they have really grown.

CANTONDAWG

October 9th, 2010
11:51 pm

Thank you lord,

This weekend shut up all of those annoying Tide and Vols fans.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

October 9th, 2010
11:56 pm

Let’s get the recruiting ball rolling again – proud of the Dawgs.

BE3

October 9th, 2010
11:56 pm

Saw CJ in the stands today. Not as tall as AJ but a similar body type. Loved his attitude. He’s the type of young man we need at Georgia. Go Dawgs!

Dear CJ - an athens primer

October 10th, 2010
12:05 am

1 – try not to get arrested
2 – don’t drink too much
3 – don’t mention anything about damon evans or red panties
4 – don’t talk smack to Florida (they pretty much own us)
5 – don’t talk smack to Kentucky, Vandy, Tennessee, or South Carolina. They have fared pretty well against us lately
6 – choose housing as your major (i’ll tell you why later)

enjoy your stay – only 2% of NCAA players make it to the pros for an average 3 year NFL career. study hard!

Boca Baby

October 10th, 2010
12:08 am

Even the defense looked better since the offense didn’t leave them on the field all day.

Boca Baby

October 10th, 2010
12:10 am

Now Derek you can stop in on Milledge Circle and console your mother. Yes, that homestead bought and paid for by UGA.

Boca Baby

October 10th, 2010
12:11 am

Sorry, I really don’t care. My blood will never run orange.

bgdawg

October 10th, 2010
12:25 am

haha this is awesome. i played right by C.J. when me and him were at Greater Atlanta Christian School, same school Caleb King graduated from. he is a beast!!! i was on the field and saw first hand how fast he was when he returned a kick for a TD.even though it was called back (holding) he was really makin moves

bgdawg

October 10th, 2010
12:27 am

and coach curry was a assistant trainer during georgia camp and he was training the running backs, and wide receivers

RichtIsDone

October 10th, 2010
12:28 am

Hope you like playing for Kirby Smart

dawgfan13

October 10th, 2010
1:54 am

I know everyone gets happy when Georgia gets a commitment, but listen this guys is not a game breaker and wont be in college. Get excited about Crowell from Carver. He is the real deal and a play maker. Remember Marlon Brown, this guy havent proved anything! The entire offensive line needs to be retooled and Grantham’s defense cant function until he gets a playmaker stud defensive lineman. I think Grantham is doing a good job, but he dosent have the players he need to make his scheme work! Abry Jones is a huge bust!

P. Bull Terrier

October 10th, 2010
3:00 am

I was at the strip bar after the game and I told my hostess, “Ebony”, that I wanted to commit to a lap dance. Next thing I knew they snatched me up and took me in there. A few minutes later thay came back for… Oops! Wrong blog.

Sounds like UGA learned something from Kiffin.

LagDawg

October 10th, 2010
7:58 am

Uga got a much needed win and hopefully we can build from this. Richt did what he needed to get his team inspired to play a full game. Offense looked a whole lot better, but we must develop a running game. K. Gates did an excellent job for his first game and the change up on the OL worked. This is what we have to do to win. If the players on the field don’t get it done, there is always someone else behind them that want to prove that they can play. Welcome C.J. Curry, we need kids that are dedicated to UGA and not the coach. Now, hopefully we can build from this win and continue the momentum next week against Vanderbilt. Take it one game at a time. Tell all LBs that we need them for the new 3/4 and they could probably come in and get a lot of playing time. The defense played well but, Rambo still missed his assignment on those big pass plays. He does not seem to be a good cover guy and although Grantham likes him, we do have other options, like Alec Ogletree. The defense must continue to put pressure on the other teams QB and I hope that we are in pads again every Monday and hitting a least three days a week, this will carry onto the field and develop a tougher and more physical mentality. GO DAWGS!!!!!!!!!

LagDawg

October 10th, 2010
8:02 am

dawgfan13, I think with a better strength and conditioning program these guy will play better. If you notice, the guys don’t seem to grow much in the offseason and that is due to a sorry strength and conditioning program. Look at Marcel Darius at Alabama and look at all the UA players, they look in shape and built like mack trucks. I hope there will be a lot of changes in the offseason to improve the physicality of the programs players and the mental toughness.

Paddy

October 10th, 2010
8:13 am

tim……Rivals and Scout are for fan ammusment and to get into your pockets for your $. Coaches don’t care about that foolishness. Grow Up!

Chuck

October 10th, 2010
8:24 am

I love when Georgia loses, TV coverage always shows the very sad faces of Bulldog fans. It makes me happy because some people would rather go down with the ship because they like the particular styling of a guy….Mark Richt…David Greene…Mike Lobo-have all sucked and you won nothing with them.

adawgfan

October 10th, 2010
8:45 am

Sorry you were dissapointed yesterday Chuck! As for me, I like Mark Richt’s win – loss styling (92-31 in ten years). The Dawgs are in my blood and if the ship is sinking I’m gonna do my best to bail her out! And unfortunately for you, that’s exactly what CMR will do also. Go Dawgs!

VA DAWG

October 10th, 2010
8:49 am

Welcome to DAWG Nation CJ! We can’t wait to see you don the red and black. Keep up the good work on and off the field. GO DAWGS!

Lowndes25

October 10th, 2010
8:55 am

@dawgfan13, our coaches knew when they were recruiting Marlon Brown that he was going to be a work in progress due to the level of competition he played against on a weekly basis. The coaches had no misgivings that he would come in and contribute right away like AJ did. That being said, Marlon is progressing really well and is hands-down our best blocking WR right now which is a testimony to his progression at the WR position since he was the worst blocking WR we had when he enrolled at UGA. Marlon will only get better as the season progresses. Abry Jones is most definitely not a bust…he is still learning how he fits into the new 3-4 defense and has contributed at both DT and DE this year. He will continue to improve as he gets more playing-time in the 3-4.

@RxDawg, the main thing we needed from today was confidence in ourselves that we are still winners and I think we most definitely got that. Remember, this was the same UT team that almost beat LSU last weekend…the same LSU who went into the Swamp and knocked off the Gators last night. UT is young, but not horrible…this was a good win for us. Plus, the losses to both Arky and USCe don’t look as bad as they once did do they :)

Just as an aside, we had 3 guys in Athens yesterday who came in under the radar….RB/WR Quan Bray, LB Terrance Smith (this ones for you naganole) and LB/DE Lamichael Fanning (hope secbama reads these since he tried so hard to say that Lamichael had no interest in UGA…this was his 2nd visit to us this year). All-in-all a great weekend for us, but next week is going to be huge. Our coaches are going to put the full-court press on Isaiah Crowell and Ray Drew.