Dodge County LB Leonard Floyd commits to UGA over Alabama and Florida

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Dodge County linebacker Leonard Floyd committed to Georgia on Thursday.

The 6-foot-6, 221-pounder picked the Bulldogs over his other two finalists, SEC rivals Alabama and Florida. He is Georgia’s sixth commitment for its 2012 football recruiting class.

“He’s ecstatic about it,” said Dodge County assistant Ricky Collins. “He has been smiling at school all day. Everybody has been congratulating him on choosing Georgia. It really has been a great day for Leonard.”

Floyd made starts at tight end, wide reciever and defensive end at Dodge County last season. He will likely play linebacker at Georgia.

“I haven’t seen him play yet, so I don’t know much about him,” said Dodge County’s Rex Hodges, who started his new job as the team’s head coach last week. “But he’s obviously got good size. And from what I’ve seen, he moves good … those are always two things that colleges are looking for.”

Floyd decided to commit on Thursday because he was ready to direct his attention to his senior year of high school football and academics. “He wanted to get the recruiting process over so he could focus on the things he needs to focus on,” Collins said. “He wanted to get that out of the way. He felt like it was time to go ahead and commit.”

Last season as a junior, Floyd started the first seven games at tight end and shifted to split end for the final three. He caught 29 passes for 549 yards and 3 touchdowns. On defense, Floyd had 81 tackles, 14.5 tackles for losses and 6 sacks.

“There’s a lot that Leonard has got to do before anything comes to reality, but Georgia is a good place — there’s no doubt about that,” Hodges said.

Floyd’s friendship with Georgia’s coaching staff, especially assistant Scott Lakatos, was a deciding factor in picking the Bulldogs over the other two SEC finalists. “He fell in love with all those guys and then met Coach Richt and it went from there,” Collins said. “The whole coaching staff has been great to Leonard and that was important to him.”

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132 comments Add your comment

MikeC

April 28th, 2011
1:42 pm

MikeC

April 28th, 2011
1:43 pm

Welcome to DAWG Nation Leonard, it’s great to have you on board!!!!

Randall "Pink" Floyd

April 28th, 2011
1:47 pm

Stud. Woof!!!

jp

April 28th, 2011
1:48 pm

he needs to add some weight but this is a great pick up. We need a couple of more like him on the DLine and LB.

Dawgsrule

April 28th, 2011
1:49 pm

this is not surprising considering how bama underachieved with the returning heisman trophy winner. still lost 3 games including blowing a 24 point lead to auburn at home.no QB in 2011 for leadership, offensive line looks questionable and now getting outrecruited by UGA.saban won’t last if he keeps on this downward spiral.

DanDawg

April 28th, 2011
1:51 pm

Listed as a DE on Rivals I think.

Dr. Phil

April 28th, 2011
1:52 pm

Dawgsrule, you need to make an appointment; Bama on a downward spiral? Where does that leave the leg humpers?

RRTDawgs

April 28th, 2011
1:57 pm

I hope the haters don’t start bashing this kid he is a stud it has been a bad couple of days for a lot people with the tornado’s no hating today .

Riley

April 28th, 2011
1:58 pm

Grantham said since day 1 he wanted to recruit players around this size. Some will naturally fill out to become DEs and others can play OLB/DE hybrid.

UGAKev

April 28th, 2011
1:59 pm

Dr. Phil, that leaves georgia going back up. They already spiraled down..Bama only got a jolt of energy in their football program for a few seasons with satan. It’s all down hill from there…I know the thought of going back to the times before saban really gives you an anxiety attack. Dont worry it won’t be long!! GO Dawgs!!

defensive end?

April 28th, 2011
1:59 pm

Justin Houston was 2nd in the SEC in sacks last year as an outside linebacker- His height and weight? 6′5″ 270. This kid is quick, explosive, and big. The 3-4 outside linebacker is COMPLETELY different than a 4-3 outside linebacker. Given this kid’s speed, this kid fits Grantham’s system perfectly.

D A DoubleU G

April 28th, 2011
2:07 pm

Great pickup, holding offers from several prestigious football programs!!

Those of you complaining about it weight, keep in mind he, like 99% of recruits are PROJECTS. less than 1 in 100 recruits come in and make impact right, away, or even in their red-shirt frosh year OR their sophomore years…..

This kid will hopefully be 6-6, 265-275 come the 2013 or 2014 season.

Keep in mind, T. King has gained about 45 pounds (at wide receiver no less) from the day he stepped foot on campus.

WELCOME TO DAWG NATION LEONARD!!!
GO DAWGS!!!

defensive end?

April 28th, 2011
2:13 pm

If Floyd gains 20 pounds by the time he reaches campus and I bet he will (he’ll probably be 245 by that time), he’ll already be big enough to step in. Will we need him? That depends on how Drew, Wilson, Stripling, and Bailey develop.

AthensDawg

April 28th, 2011
2:14 pm

Great pickup. Lets keep the momentum going.

DawginLex

April 28th, 2011
2:20 pm

Amen to Dawgsrule. tide Roll can post crap all the time so preach on brotha’!!!!

We got a great prospect who will put on weight and strength before he ever plays for UGA. Probably end up 6′4″ 250 and play Ogletree’s spot at LB.

Where are all the naysayers and complainers now saying our staff is sitting around doing nothing?

It goes both ways.

Congrats to the kid.

1eyedJack

April 28th, 2011
2:21 pm

Excellent. Though…..

“There’s a lot that Leonard has got to do before anything comes to reality”

Does that mean he may not have the grades?

1eyedJack

April 28th, 2011
2:24 pm

Whoaaaa, DawginLex, the article states he’s 6′6″. If he winds up 6′4″ we’re in trouble somehow.

VirginiaDawg

April 28th, 2011
2:24 pm

@defensive end?- couldn’t agree more. The weight will come, the athletic ability this kid has is what excites me. Not only did he play DE and OLB in high school but he played some WR. Runs about a 4.6 40. The kid is a serious athlete, give him a year or two to mature and put on weight and were going to have one heck of a player here. I really like the idea of him and Drew at OLB in a few years.

RRTDawgs

April 28th, 2011
2:28 pm

Welcome Mr. Floyd and also been hearing chatter about Ricky Parks could be next maybe starting get some momentum .

Paul N Destin

April 28th, 2011
2:31 pm

Bama offensive line problems…you dogs are really something. Bama’s 3rd team would take UGA.

D A DoubleU G

April 28th, 2011
2:34 pm

Paul N Destin,

According to Scout.com Alabama has the 11th ranked Offensive Line……

Guess who is ranked #10….. UGA.

ouch!

VirginiaDawg

April 28th, 2011
2:35 pm

@RRTDawgs- I ave heard that same chatter. I think he is definitely ours to lose right now and he plans to pull the trigger fairly soon. It looks like Uga with a slight lead over Bama right now. Barn coming up in third.

Get the hell out of Dodge

April 28th, 2011
2:35 pm

Apparently a good kid too. I really like this pick up (the recruit, not my truck).

rduck

April 28th, 2011
2:36 pm

Sounds like a good prospect pickup for the Dawgs. Congrats to the kid. 1eyedJack… I was wondering the same thing when I read that quote. If that’s the case, then he was smart to get this over with so he can focus on his grades.

RxDawg

April 28th, 2011
2:37 pm

OMG… some good news? Really? I’m speechless. Welcome aboard Floyd!

joe

April 28th, 2011
2:38 pm

Thats ok, we didn’t want him anyway…oh, wait, he actually did commit to UGA? I’m so used to these going the other way, that I just assumed…

rduck

April 28th, 2011
2:38 pm

He must be spending alot of time in the pool if he is going to shrink to 6′4…lol

DawginLex

April 28th, 2011
2:40 pm

1eyedjack,

that drop in height would be a concern……………

The Bama folks can come to a UGA blog and shoot arrows at everything about UGA but turn the tables and they don’t like it too much.

DR PHIL-Why don’t you worry about taking care of whichever of your wives you are working this week. OK?

how2fish

April 28th, 2011
2:43 pm

Welcome to the Bull Dog Nation Mr. Floyd !

Dawgsrule

April 28th, 2011
2:44 pm

has to be concern over in bama over losing recruits to georgia. now their OL is rated #11 in rivals behind georgia. looks like another year of underachieving with LSU and Ark and MSU the favorites in the west and bama likely to finish 4th. 2nd straight year ranked #1 or #2 preseason and end up losing 3 games.saban will be on a short leash.

suwaneedawg

April 28th, 2011
2:45 pm

Weight on a kid in high school is nothing to worry about. The college trainers & nutritionalist know how to put the weight on these kids and do it the right way. Floyd’s playing weight could be around 250 with muscle and speed.
Joe, go back to the tech forum. I hear they just got another commitment from a one star player out of North Dakota.

Cobb Dawg

April 28th, 2011
2:49 pm

Michael, how does this kid compare with some of the other LB prospects in the state?

Ca dawg

April 28th, 2011
2:49 pm

Good to get one staying home. Welcome aboard Leonard!

1eyedJack

April 28th, 2011
2:51 pm

Yeah, I gained about 20 lbs. my freshman year without the help of a nutritionist. ;)

1eyedJack

April 28th, 2011
2:52 pm

Unless you count Wendy’s and Pizza Hut.

Tide Roll

April 28th, 2011
2:54 pm

Sounds like a good prospect. Richt, bobo and Uga simply cannot afford to let in-state offensive line studs like James Carpenter (Augusta/Alabama), Chance Warmack (Atlanta/Alabama), Brandon Greene (Atlanta/Alabama), Rokevious Watkins (Atlanta/S. Carolina), Ed Christian (Valdosta/Auburn), JuWuan James (Atlanta/Tennessee), Trevino Woods (Athens/Kentucky), Jason Peacock (Milledgeville/Arkansas), and A.J. Hawkins (Atlanta/ Ole Miss.) to constantly leave the state. Not only are Richt/ bobo losing the athlete, they’re mindlessly supplying them to the very programs they need to beat to keep their jobs! Those two guys are real pieces of work! It’s Cam Newton (Atlanta/Auburn) all over again, except this time it’s your offensive line rather than QB.

Cecil Newton

April 28th, 2011
2:57 pm

What is his signing bonus?

1eyedJack

April 28th, 2011
2:57 pm

Good to see your manufactured housing made it through alright Tide Roll.

UGASlobberknocker

April 28th, 2011
2:58 pm

@tide roll dont know if you are in Bama but if you are..

are you and your family OK after the storms?

Gamecock

April 28th, 2011
3:02 pm

Yes he needs to gain alot of weight to play in the s.e.c. Hate to say this but the.gamecocks will win the east the next 4 years

Football_365

April 28th, 2011
3:02 pm

Does anybody have any info on that fb we offered I think his last name is hicks. At one point I heard he was ready to commit but then I heard he started drawing more interest from schools so he may look around a bit.

D A DoubleU G

April 28th, 2011
3:02 pm

Glad to hear your “voice” Tide Roll.

Hope you and family are okay.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

April 28th, 2011
3:03 pm

solid pickup, welcome to UGA..keep recruiting Theus’s brother, John the OL..ranked #3 OL by scout

UGASlobberknocker

April 28th, 2011
3:04 pm

I did not know Gamecocks smoked crack until i saw the post above

hahahahahahahahahaha. talk about delirious

Dawgsrule

April 28th, 2011
3:05 pm

tide roll, you must be concerned about the recruiting disaster taking place at bama. another great prospect not going to bama.what is the discussion/concern? will saban survive another underachieving year? #1 or #2 preseason ranking and lose 3 games again with LSU,ARK and MSU as the favorites in the west.you must be concerned.georgia’s trip to bama in 2012 could be ugly for the tide especially since richt has never lost there.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

April 28th, 2011
3:05 pm

gamecock- that’s a funny prediction…garcia’s career is practically over and shaw still needs to develop

Michael Carvell

April 28th, 2011
3:07 pm

@1eyedJack, the coach did not elaborate on that comment any further — whether he was referring to athletics or academics or who knows what … but I can tell you, yes, there was speculation over Floyd’s academic standing during the voting for this past season’s All-State team, as with other players from other schools (it didn’t influence the vote, just was mentioned). However, I do not think it is anything worth worrying about at this point — a year away from finishing high school. There are a lot of 2012 prospects who need to focus in one area or another but will rally to make it, especially when they commit early. That’s one advantage of committing early, to get aligned with that particular college’s admissions office on what a prospective student-athlete needs to achieve to gain admission (specific classes, and specific grades in those classes). Who should be worrying now? The 2011 kids from the state of Georgia that signed with various colleges. We’ll be reporting on that in late May and June.

Gamecock

April 28th, 2011
3:08 pm

Hey dr garcia will be on the field this year. Btw go watch him walk across the stage and get hos degree. In 2 weeks.

1eyedJack

April 28th, 2011
3:09 pm

Sorry Gamecock, it’s back to the wood shed for you fellas.

D A DoubleU G

April 28th, 2011
3:09 pm

How many INT’s did Connor Shaw give up the multiple times Spurrier deemed GArcia too hungover to throw????

Answer: A LOT