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.