2011 University of Georgia commitments

Updated: Signing Day, Feb. 2

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1. David Andrews, OL 6-3, 276 Wesleyan

Comment: Chose Georgia over Michigan and Duke … considered a prototype center … was a self-described “6-foot, 220-pound pudge ball” as a freshman … worked with a special trainer to get into better shape.

Quotable: “He is one of the most dominant offensive and defensive linemen in the state.” – Wesleyan coach Franklin Pridgen.

2. Sterling Bailey, DE 6-4, 250 East Hall

Comment: Chose UGA over Alabama, Florida, Notre Dame, South Carolina and Tennessee … has a brother who is a defensive tackle at Western Kentucky.

Quotable: “When [Todd Grantham] first arrived at Georgia, three days later he was at my high school. That really made an impression on me.” – Bailey

3. Devin Bowman, CB 6-0, 175 Ridgeland

Comment: Bowman chose UGA over Georgia Tech, Clemson, Notre Dame and Oklahoma State … His oldest brother, Adarius, played at Oklahoma State and is in the CFL … Another brother, Michael was a redshirt at Alabama this past season.

Quotable: “He has that burner speed, that ‘next level speed’. Devin is a tremendous athlete (runs 40-yard dash in 4.3 seconds).” – Ridgeland coach Mark Mariakis

4. Chris Conley, WR 6-3, 185 North Paulding

Comment: Caught 81 passes as a junior … timed at 4.42 in the 40 … didn’t play football till his freshman year … already enrolled at UGA.

Quotable: “He has ‘oven-mitt’ hands … big, big hands.” – North Paulding coach Heath Webb

5. Isaiah Crowell, RB 6-0 210

Comment: Crowell had more than 1,700 yards rushing as a senior despite missing four entire games and parts of other with injuries.

Quote: “It was very stressful,” he said. “I had a lot to do and didn’t have a lot of time. I had to make up my mind quick.” — Crowell on his decision

6. Watts Dantzler, OL 6-7, 305 Dalton

Comment: His father, Danny, lettered as an offensive lineman at Georgia from 1971-73, died of ALS and Dantzler committed on Father’s Day in his memory … He took 40 visits and six of those were to Auburn.

Quotable: “One thing my dad taught me when I was a little kid was to say, ‘Go Dawgs, sic ’em, woof, woof, woof!’” – Dantzler.

7. Zach DeBell, OL 6-7, 265 Tarpon Springs, Fla.

Comment: Considered to have quick feet and projects to be a left tackle … wanted to be part of a pro-style offense … had more than 25 offers.

Quotable: “His body is exploding.” – Tarpon Springs coach George Kotis.

8. Ray Drew, DE-OLB 6-5, 250 Thomas County Central

Comment: Will be an outside linebacker/rush linebacker at UGA … ordained as a minister.

Quotable: “I became not only a recruit but a friend to many coaches on the staff.” – Drew on the UGA decision.

9. Quintavius Harrow, DB 6-0, 185 Carver-Columbus

Comment: UGA was Harrow’s only offer and he’ll feel some pressure to prove that he didn’t just get the offer because he is friends with running back Isaiah Crowell, UGA’s No. 1 target.

Quotable: “He’s got a lot of upside and potential that can be nourished and developed at Georgia.” – Carver coach Dell McGee.

10. Amarlo Herrera, LB 6-2, 215 North Clayton

Comment: An early commit just after visiting UGA for junior day … considered stronger against the run and will need to work on pass coverage.

Quotable: “I like the 3-4. We already run it in high school, so it should be an easy transition for me.” – Herrera

11. Christian LeMay, QB 6-3, 188 Matthews, N.C.

Comment: The son of a pastor … bypassed his senior year of football because of an off-field indiscretion that resulted in a significant school suspension. … Led his school to a 15-0 record as a junior and passed for 3,296 yards with 44 touchdowns and two interceptions. … Already enrolled at UGA.

12. Hunter Long, OL 6-3, 293 Eads, Tenn.

Comment: His brother, Austin, is a redshirt freshman offensive tackle for the Bulldogs … will get a look at both guard and center.

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

13. Nick Marshall, Athlete 6-2, 190 Wilcox County

Comment: A quarterback who will make the switch to secondary … also intends to play basketball … threw for a state-record 103 touchdowns … in his final high school game, a loss to Wesleyan, he showed his versatility and athleticism: completing 14 of 23 for 181 yards and three TDs, intercepting two passes, but committing three turnovers.

Quotable: “He’s actually really good at returning punts but we had to let him get a drink of water some time. It’s my understanding he’ll have the opportunity to do that at Georgia.” – Wilcox coach Mark Ledford.

14. Chris Mayes, DL 6-5, 295 Spalding

Comment: Didn’t play football until his junior year … could play in any of the positions along the defensive front, with good quickness and long arms.

Quotable: “I’ve always been a basketball player. But I think my size and athleticism is pretty good for football.” – Mayes.

15. Malcolm Mitchell, WR 6-1, 185 Valdosta

Comment: Mitchell blossomed as an offensive threat under first-year coach Rance Gillespie this past season. A more open offensive attack gave Mitchell the chance to catch 77 passes for 1,419 yards and 13 TDs.

Quotable: “Jay Rome is a fantastic football player. He’ll probably play in the NFL one day. But Malcolm Mitchell is the best athlete I’ve ever coached.” – Gillespie.

16. Corey Moore, DB 6-1, 185 Griffin

Comment: Committed to UGA a full year and three days before he could sign Wednesday.

Quotable: “When I got the chance to go to that campus the first time, I was like, ‘I love this place.’ This is my dream school I always wanted to go to.’ I said, ‘if they offer me I’m gonna take it.’ And they did.” – Moore

17. Jay Rome, TE 6-6, 240 Valdosta

Comment: His father, Stan, was a two-sport athlete at Clemson in the 1980s, and played briefly with Kansas City in the NFL and was drafted in the NBA by Cleveland.

Quotable: “At the end of the day, I wanted to stay home, stay in-state and get all the in-state love.” – Rome

18. Chris Sanders, DB 6-0, 175 Tucker

Comment: In track, competes in 4×100, 4×400, long jump, triple jump … on the football field he has played safety, receiver, punter, punt returner, kick returner and kickoff coverage.

Quotable: “[UGA runs] that 3-4 now and that’s what we run so I feel like I’m familiar with it. I’m more of a center fielder in our defense and can move all over the field to make plays on the ball.” – Sanders

19. Justin Scott-Wesley, WR 6-1, 190 Mitchell County

Comment: Declared his UGA commitment on the day he won two state track titles: winning the Class AA 200 meters in 21.575 and the 100 dash in 10.35 … considered Louisville, South Carolina, Wake Forest and Stanford.

Quotable: “I went to a game when they were playing South Carolina and I saw how the fans were crazy about the Dogs. It’s just a real good atmosphere, more people in the stands than there is in my whole city.” – Scott-Wesley

20. Sanford Seay, WR 6-2, 190 Lee County

Comment: Chosen Class AAAA all-state … caught 68 passes for 1,105 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Quotable: “They said I’m playing a position of need for them and they believe I can come in and help them right away.” – Seay

21. Damian Swann, CB 6-0, 175 Grady

Comment: Played center field and shortstop in baseball and may try both sports at UGA.

Quotable: “My heart is at Georgia. I’m ready to help bring the program back.” – Swann

22. Nathan Theus, OL 6-3, 255 Jacksonville

Comment: Signed more for long-snapping ability … His younger brother, John, a 6-6, 274-pound tackle, is one of a handful of five-star juniors and considered one of the top offensive-line prospects of next year … trained for a decade at the Ray Guy Kicking Academy and has what are considered NFL-quality snap times.

23. Kent Turene, ILB 6-3, 225 Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.

Comment: Longtime Southern Cal commitment and considered seventh-best ILB in the county (ESPN)

24. Xzavier Ward, OL 6-7, 260 Colquitt County

Comment: UGA, Alabama and Auburn all made offers and then pulled them, with Georgia circling back and making a late offer on Jan. 23.

Quotable: “Xzavier is a kid with NFL potential because he has all the raw tools.” – Colquitt County coach Rush Propst.

25. Ramik Wilson, LB 6-3, 225 Tampa

Comment: Led his team with 92 tackles and 18 sacks as an inside linebacker … started at tight end and handled punts and kickoffs … team won the state 3A title.

Quotable: “There’s a lot of great players coming in and we believe we can win right away.” – Wilson

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