Colin Barber commits quickly after UGA football offer from Mark Richt

Cartersville HS punter Collin Barber

Cartersville HS punter Colin Barber

Georgia coach Mark Richt showed off his salesmanship skills on Saturday, both offering and landing a commitment from one of the state’s top punters within minutes.

Cartersville High School’s Colin Barber committed to the Bulldogs after working out in front of Richt and the rest of his staff at UGA camp. It was Barber’s first offer and he quickly accepted it. The day before, Pierce County fullback Quayvon Hicks pledged to Georgia (go here for story).

“Georgia was one of several one-day camps that Colin was going to attend this summer,” Cartersville coach Frank Barden told the AJC.

“He punted very well on Saturday. He had about 25 punts, including about 5-6 with a hang time of 5 seconds or more. He had a good workout. Coach Richt took Colin and his mother off the side afterwards and made the offer.”

The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder averaged around 43 yards per punt last season. He is also Cartersville’s kicker, and placed 80-percent of his kickoffs into the end zone. He set the school record with a 54-yard field goal. He will punt at Georgia.

“I think Coach Richt did an excellent job selling it,” Barden said. “Obviously, with [current Georgia punter] Drew Butler being a senior, Georgia is looking for a punter. It’s a situation where Colin has the opportunity to come in as a freshman and be the punter. Colin is really excited about staying instate and playing for Georgia.”

Barber’s leg is so strong it controls field position in games for Cartersville. “He can change a game easily,” Barden said. “He’s a big-time weapon, I mean big-time.”

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Georgia was the first summer camp for Barber, who was also lined up to go to Clemson, Alabama and Florida State. After Saturday’s commitment to Georgia, Barber canceled those trips.

  • Updated with Barber’s reaction: “Coach Richt was sitting in his office, he said, and saw the ball flying in the air. He was like ‘Is Drew Butler down there [at camp]?’ But he knew Butler wasn’t there so he came down to check me out. He came down there and watched my last six punts … He talked with my coach, who vouched for me. Coach Barden told him I was a good guy, made good grades (3.4 GPA), stayed out of trouble, and don’t party … Coach Richt said ‘Son, I want to offer you a full scholarship to Georgia.’ I committed right there because I’ve always wanted to play for Georgia. Now I don’t have to worry about getting offers from more colleges or worry about colleges getting other punters and stuff like that. It was a great Saturday. I couldn’t have asked for a better one.”

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  • The state’s No. 1 “package deal” committed to UGA (click on story link)
  • Georgia’s top WR has narrowed to Auburn and Ohio State (click on story link)
  • Would you go audition for a UGA football offer if you held 20 offers from other schools? Most elite prospects would not. But one did it, and made it worth the trip, earning a UGA offer (click on story link)
  • Mark Richt offered Cartersville High School punter Colin Barber on Saturday and closed the deal within minutes (click on story link)
  • Most schools recruited Peirce County’s Quayvon Hicks at defensive end or linebacker. Georgia wanted him at fullback and Hicks bought into it (click on story link)
  • One of Georgia’s hottest prospects made a “surprise” commit to Auburn, picking the SEC school over Georgia Tech and Memphis (click on story link)
  • Georgia State’s Bill Curry is aggressively recruiting homegrown kids for 2012 (click on story link)

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113 comments Add your comment

Newnan Dawg Fan

June 11th, 2011
4:10 pm

The Hedge

June 11th, 2011
4:17 pm

always need a punter

TMH

June 11th, 2011
4:17 pm

Good pickup! UGA needs someone to replace Butler. Also does anyone know if Jason Croom is there and is an offer forthcoming?

BobDog

June 11th, 2011
4:18 pm

Good pick up.

Poopdawg

June 11th, 2011
4:20 pm

Congratulations Collin Barber, GO DAWGS!

RRTDawgs

June 11th, 2011
4:22 pm

Good pick up on Barber i heard something on Croom it may be close also i heard rumor that Geno Smith may have commited to the dawgs just a rumor it could be silent a lot top recruits in Athens this weekend .

Unless he changed his name

June 11th, 2011
4:24 pm

His name is Barden not Bearden.

GatorBait

June 11th, 2011
4:29 pm

uga def needs a punter vs. The Gators. Go Gators, Bulldawgs wear jorts!

dawgster

June 11th, 2011
4:30 pm

AJC HEADLINE….BARBER PICKS DAWGS AND CANCELS TRIPS TO BAMA, CLEMSON, AND FORIDA STATE….I know this is petty but I will continue this until the AJC can get some consistency with there leading headlines…another great pickup and its also a positon of “NEED”…

Also, hearing that we are close on some additional commitments…stay tuned…go dawgs

richmondDawg

June 11th, 2011
4:36 pm

Hoping to hear some more good news this weekend….

LagDawg

June 11th, 2011
4:37 pm

Great pick up. Well needed. Now let’s sign a couple of RBs, WRs and some big nasties.

Destin Dawg

June 11th, 2011
4:37 pm

Big kid.. does all kicking too.. punts, kick offs.. and field goals…always need back ups great get for UGA…

how2fish

June 11th, 2011
4:38 pm

Welcome to the Bull Dog nation young man, best of luck in the classroom and on the field!

WDE

June 11th, 2011
4:39 pm

@GatorBait go choke yourself troll.

Indian Dawg

June 11th, 2011
4:43 pm

I like it.
Go Dawgs!

Outside Observer

June 11th, 2011
4:43 pm

The kid picked the best team in the state to attend for his skills. People say that QBs, RBs, and WRs hurt their stock by going to Tech. Truthfully, punters rarely see the field. Good luck to the young man in his career at the next level.

JDawg1785

June 11th, 2011
4:50 pm

Let us all welcome the next Drew Butler to the Dawg Nation! Congrats, Collin!

C'villeDawg

June 11th, 2011
4:50 pm

Kid can definitely boom the ball. Great pick up for the Dawgs. Congrats Collin!

Chris

June 11th, 2011
4:55 pm

Last time I checked, Cartersville’s head coach was Frank BARDEN, not Bearden. Awesome journalism skills AJC…

ValdostaDawg

June 11th, 2011
4:56 pm

I have been hearing on multiple sites that dawg fans should have “a very good weekend”. I am hearing we may land the James DeLoach and Jonathan Taylor package deal. Also, can anyone give anymore information on this Geno silent commit? I saw this somewhere else too.

RRTDawgs

June 11th, 2011
5:06 pm

This was huge weekend for UGA i have been hearing the rumors on Smith as well the Josh Hosley commit to Auburn has given us an advantage on Geno Smith we have had the lead for Taylor and Deloach for a while this class showing signs of life .

ghs class of 2012

June 11th, 2011
5:08 pm

Where do y’all find out about these rumors? Any free websites?

RRTDawgs

June 11th, 2011
5:11 pm

I have gotten my rumors from 247 sports good info .

59bulldawg

June 11th, 2011
5:12 pm

Welcome Collin! Glad you’re aboard!

ghs class of 2012

June 11th, 2011
5:13 pm

RRTDawgs- thank you, so far that site gives the most info for free

RRTDawgs

June 11th, 2011
5:14 pm

Hey dawgster you hearing anything on Geno Smith , John Taylor and James Deloach .

Viking87

June 11th, 2011
5:54 pm

Sounds like a good pickup for the Dawgs. Hope a few others pull the switch fast. Smith, Taylor and DeLoach sound like a good trio to get the ball rolling for 2012. Still need a couple of big boys up front though.

richmondDawg

June 11th, 2011
6:22 pm

Carvell, you slacker..Since you are making that fat cat journalist money, you should be at our beck and call 24-7…How dare you enjoy your Saturday instead of letting us know about a punting commit ASAP! Seriously, dude, enjoy your weekend, and keep the trolls under the bridge, where they belong…

Gamecock s.e.c. East Champs 2010-2015

June 11th, 2011
6:29 pm

A punter??? Lol go uga lol

Destin Dawg

June 11th, 2011
6:41 pm

GameCock.. well see you in Sept. Spurrier is kind of panicked on a QB… wants more of Garcia ????? must be desparate !!!

1eyedJack

June 11th, 2011
6:47 pm

RRTDawgs, glad to see you feeling better about this recruiting thing than last night.

Is there any doubt left that this class is about filling needs and role players. It won’t get high ratings with a couple of specialists and a couple of JUCOs. Nows the time for some linemen.

RRTDawgs

June 11th, 2011
6:48 pm

Having Hershel Walker in Athens i think has been huge for us and with recruits on campus hopefully have good news before the weekend ends .

RRTDawgs

June 11th, 2011
6:51 pm

Felling much better 1eyedJack with huge news with the possibility adding Smith , Taylor and Deloach and we still have dawgnight go dawgs .

trupert

June 11th, 2011
6:51 pm

Collin Barber averaged 43 ypp in 2010.

Drew Butler averaged 44.5 ypp in 2010 and is a all American. Go Dawgs!!!

dawgster

June 11th, 2011
7:40 pm

@RRTDawgs…not aware of any info right now…and you are right, Herschel being in town was no accident, rest assured…go dawgs

dawgster

June 11th, 2011
7:48 pm

Someone please tell me why Kiffin is still a Head football coach anywhere especially in light of the problems he has caused for Tenn…Absolute disgust that this guy gets to coach anywhere and actually gets to lead young men…Its not the world I grew up in or played in and theres not one item about this guy that I respect…..Amazing that USC with the problems they have would have this guy for a HC…doesn’t say much about a program that should have alot of respect….And I know this has nothing to do with recruiting, but just thought it should be mentioned….go dawgs

Still@theBAR

June 11th, 2011
7:48 pm

What kind of Punt do you call on 4 & 1 on the opponents(UCF) 1 yard line?
HAHAH I had to say it.

Stinger2

June 11th, 2011
7:51 pm

Great to see all of the happy post from UGA fans. Please tell CMR to leave the rest of the good punters and place kickers for CPJ to look at before they sign with Furman or Jacksonville State.

VA DAWG

June 11th, 2011
7:54 pm

Correction…Lowndes is still the best source, 247 is the next in line. Welcome aboard and GO DAWGS!

ghs class of 2012

June 11th, 2011
8:00 pm

last i heard, UGA wasn’t in the running for Geno Smith. Did something change drastically?

Lester Miles

June 11th, 2011
8:05 pm

Be Happy Don’t worry. CMRs gonna be alright. Makes for a good weekend. Have a great day.

Dawg gone it!

June 11th, 2011
8:10 pm

Wow! Another great punter to follow D Butler!!

Just think how bad our record (14-12) would’ve been had we not had such a great kicking game the past 2 season!

H*LL, even the high school team down on North Ave had a better record (17-9, ACC Champs) the past 2 and their kicking game is an utter JOKE!

RRTDawgs

June 11th, 2011
8:12 pm

Still@theBar you can obsess about UCF but it still more embarrassing to loose to Kansas and Air Force HA HA we still kick Tech’s but every year if you want trash talk we own your A$$ .

Still@theBAR

June 11th, 2011
8:18 pm

Colorado and UCF ain’t no great shakes either.

Rocket Science here is Pollacks Bio on Awards. He was not a Linebacker according to his awards. look at the 2003 and 04 Award.

Pollack played with the University of Georgia and was a roommate of NFL quarterback David Greene.
He became only the second 3-time All-American in school history (2002, 2003, 2004), next to Heisman winner Herschel Walker. In addition to his All-American honors, Pollack received the:
2002 Southeastern Conference Player of the Year Award,
2004 Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year Award,
2004 Chuck Bednarik Award: given annually to the top collegiate defensive player,
2003 and 2004 Ted Hendricks Award: given annually to the top collegiate defensive end,
2004 Lombardi Award: given annually to the top defensive or offensive collegiate lineman who, in addition to outstanding performance and ability, best exemplifies the discipline of Vince Lombardi, and
2004 Lott Trophy: given annually to a defensive player exemplifying integrity, maturity, performance, academics, community, and tenacity.

Still@theBAR

June 11th, 2011
8:20 pm

RRT
we still kick Tech’s but every year if you want trash talk we own your A$$ .
You still talk trash to Florida and they own your a$$. Please explain the difference.

Still@theBAR

June 11th, 2011
8:23 pm

With BoZo’s play calling UGA needs a good punter. Tech doesn’t use a punter all that much, but we could use a better PKer.

RRTDawgs

June 11th, 2011
8:25 pm

Still@theBar what has Tech done just one ACC title UGA 3 SEC championships 2 Sugar Bowl wins GT no BCS wins .

D.Ellis

June 11th, 2011
8:27 pm

Anyone care to share where they heard there info on Geno Smith. Last time he listed a top 5 publicly UGA was not in it.

No flamin just wonderin

RRTDawgs

June 11th, 2011
8:31 pm

It was only rumor that a few people heard about Smith lot of top prospects in Athens weekend that’s sometimes happen just a rumor people .

D.Ellis

June 11th, 2011
8:35 pm

Gotcha. Would be outstanding if true but doubt it is. Thanks for sharing