Good new, bad news: UGA signs OL recruit, loses 4th commit for 2012

UGA OL recruit Mark Beard

UGA OL recruit Mark Beard

UGA got some good news and bad news on Wednesday.

Junior college OL Mark Beard officially signed his scholarship papers with the Bulldogs and will enroll in January with three years of eligibility. Meanwhile, longtime LB commitment Kent Turene of Atlanta Sports Academy prep school told reporters he did not meet NCAA qualifying requirements and will enroll instead at Marshall in January.

First, more on the good news: Beard, an offensive lineman from Kansas’ Coffeyville junior college, signed a letter-of-intent with UGA on Wednesday. The 6-foot-3, 290-pounder picked the Bulldogs over Arkansas and Mississippi State. Beard is from near Birmingham, Ala., and has a longtime relationship with UGA OL coach Will Friend, who recruited Beard when he was an assistant at Alabama-Birmingham. Georgia’s other OL commitments are 5-star John Theus of Jacksonville, Greg Pyke of Baltimore, Md., and Chester Brown of Hinesville.

Now the bad news: UGA’s drama-filled recruiting journey with Turene is over, with the 4-star LB prospect from Lauderdale Lakes, Fla., headed elsewhere. Flashback: Turene was committed to USC for six months before switching to UGA last February. The Bulldogs had high hopes for Turene, but his admission was held up by the NCAA Clearinghouse. Turene enrolled this fall at Atlanta Sports Academy, a prep school in Dawsonville, while waiting for the situation to be resolved. It never was, with Turene opting to go to Marshall in January as a Prop 48 student. Turene told UGASport.com’s Anthony Dasher that he recently took some night classes that were not approved by the NCAA: “They said my school had a bad history with Internet classes and things like that, so I just came to the decision that I’d go Prop 48.”

Ex-UGA LB commit Kent Turene (247Sports.com)

Ex-UGA LB commit Kent Turene (247Sports.com)

Turene is the fourth commitment UGA has lost in its 2012 recruiting class. Two longtime commitments from Georgia Military junior college, WR Lonnie Outlaw and DE Jalen Fields, have yet to meet transfer requirements and will no longer be attending UGA. Also, Flowery Branch WR CJ Curry, who was UGA’s first commit for the 2012 class, flipped from the Bulldogs to Oklahoma State in August.

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415 comments Add your comment

Destin Dawg.

December 21st, 2011
6:47 pm

Maconbulldog

December 21st, 2011
6:47 pm

FFirst??? And yay !

Maconbulldog

December 21st, 2011
6:48 pm

Destin Dawg.

December 21st, 2011
6:49 pm

Oline just what we need.. good for Will Friend.. go dawgs.. beat Michigan State

Destin Dawg.

December 21st, 2011
6:50 pm

I’m from Macon.. and Yay cost you 1st

Tampa Gator

December 21st, 2011
6:53 pm

Well….he will be blocking Damien Jacobs, the JUCO DT (who orignially signed with FSU), who just signed with the Gators.

Tampa Gator

December 21st, 2011
6:56 pm

Destin Dawg was first…..but he will soon change his personality multiple times…..and be 5th, 8th, 12th, 23rd, 36th, 44th, etc. etc. etc.

Oh…..Destin Dawg…….what is going on in Athens. Coaches cheating. Players leaving. Fans bandwagon jumping. UGA is dead….again…….no dog was to be UGA…..they always die. No hope in Athens…..for anyone….including real dogs who die.

Destin Dawg.

December 21st, 2011
6:57 pm

oh no TampaGator.. a fla. reptile that lives on UGA blog.. always looking for a fight.. Fla. has newspapers and they don’t like Muschamp for sure !!!

Tampa Gator

December 21st, 2011
6:58 pm

…..and 1st, 4th, 5th……

Tampa Gator

December 21st, 2011
7:00 pm

Really…..Florida has newspaper…didn’t know that…..and they don’t like Muschamp….didn’t know newspapers were capable of liking or not liking. Wow. Fresh news for the world to know……straight from Destin, Florida…..newspapers don’t like people.

slydog

December 21st, 2011
7:01 pm

Tampa Gator

That comment is just so feminine. Meaning irrational and emotional. You are just blurting something out just to be heard and to irritate. Dude, it’s still December of 2011. No matter what you say, you can’t find ONE example of anyone else doing it like you. Your comment is #6 or 7 and that’s the comment you make on basically meaningless news. You really need something else better to do. Congratulations Mr. Mark Beard and Damien Jacobs (since Beard can’t have this post to himself). Hope you both finish school with a degree.

Big Dawg.

December 21st, 2011
7:01 pm

TampaGator get a life Florida has newspapers…

Tampa Gator

December 21st, 2011
7:04 pm

and…..Destin Dawg….

The site…..says……COLLEGE RECRUITING. Michael’s previous story on this site has absolutely nothing to so with Georgia football…..but there sure were a lot of Georgia bloggers on that site….that had nothing to do with Georgia football recruiting. Doesn’t Destin have a newspaper you can read?

P.S. You started this by your rude posts directed at me….and by posting as TampaGator (and making insulting comments) multiple times. I asked you to stop…but you didn’t. So……deal with it.

Destin Dawg.

December 21st, 2011
7:05 pm

Will Muschamp is crazy.. glad you got him..

Tampa Gator

December 21st, 2011
7:09 pm

Breaking news from Destin…..

You can post “feminine like” …..didn’t know you could do that. Now I do.

AltamahaDawg

December 21st, 2011
7:09 pm

AltamahaDawg

December 21st, 2011
7:10 pm

AKA, top 10.

Tampa Gator

December 21st, 2011
7:11 pm

News from Destin……

“Muschamp taken to a mental hospital in Destin today”……but it was full up.

Tampa Gator

December 21st, 2011
7:15 pm

Hey….Destin…..

How about them Noles!!! Everyone getting arrested. Everyone getting disqualified academically. No hope in Tallahassee. No future for #2 fans of the Noles. FSU coach is crazy too. But no room from him in Destin either.

Tampa Gator

December 21st, 2011
7:16 pm

Had my fun….got to go. All in fun…..Destin Dawg. But you gotta learn….someday.

Defuniak Springs Dawg

December 21st, 2011
7:16 pm

Urban’s last UF recruiting class (#1 in the nation) sure did suck. All those blue chip, gator, 5 star defensive linemen from California, New York and Georgia etc were so easy to block. Also; Brantley was a legacy fool to go to UF to play in the famous spread. He wound up sucking too.

Tampa Gayturd

December 21st, 2011
7:44 pm

I iz stoopid

chilidawg

December 21st, 2011
7:44 pm

secuga

December 21st, 2011
7:44 pm

Tampa Gator…You read that news from Destin wrong. It is an old news clip from last year and says: ” Muschamp released from a mental hospital in Destin today.”

BigGAdawg

December 21st, 2011
7:47 pm

Welcome to the Bulldawg Nation Mr. Beard. You can see that you have to ignore the ignorant and foolish Gayturds that cannot find a paper in swampy land to spew forth in–so they peddle their puke here.

Nonetheless, we are glad to have you coming to Athens and look forward to seeing you knock heads around between the hedges next spring and fall.
WOOF WOOF WOOF!!!!!

tide roll

December 21st, 2011
7:51 pm

THAT’S A START. Now sign Brandon Greene, Avery Young, and Davin Tomlinson (play him at center), with Chester Brown and Beard at guards. And for God’s sake, SIGN MIKE DAVIS idiots!. Play these guys and within 3 years you’re looking at a National Title. Go the usual “GEORGIA WAY”, play your blubber butt private schoolers, and it ain’t gonna happen. EVER. It will however, make your DINOSAUR ALUMNI on the South Side of Sanford happy. “Oh Honey, Is that Watts Dantzler out there?” “Look at that Pyke kid Harold. Now that’s Georgia Football!” Y’all Suck, you know that. 31 years and counting and that’s fine with y’all, as long as it’s the “Georgia Way!” What a joke.

tide roll

December 21st, 2011
7:52 pm

AthDawg

December 21st, 2011
7:53 pm

Fellow dawg fans: please dont feed the TampaGayter troll. its more embarrassing than this a – hole’s posts.

GaryZ

December 21st, 2011
7:53 pm

Enough with all the fighting. Does anyone know anything relevant about this recruit?

Brainiac(Dawg For Life) / (CMR fan for life)

December 21st, 2011
8:08 pm

Florida has newspapers but sadly Tampa Gator never mastered the art of reading. Also flunked coloring inside the lines.

BigDawg

December 21st, 2011
8:09 pm

Pitiful that other fans have to post on UGA blog. Jealousy?! Most def! Have you seen the campuses and surrounding entertainment at other universities? And what about all the world famous bands coming out of AL?!! Cousin loving is good in AL!!

FreeTextbooksAnyone?

December 21st, 2011
8:11 pm

Just ignore EVERYTHING posted by Nerds, Tree Killers, Jorts Jockeys & this blog is actually pretty good!

BigDawg

December 21st, 2011
8:11 pm

BTW, everyone leaving? Sounds like UF with their OC and others. THWF!!

7576DAWG

December 21st, 2011
8:16 pm

CARVELL
Theus, Beard, and Marshall are going to enroll at Georgia in January. Do you know of any more of the recruit’s that are enrolling early? It would be a huge advantage for any recruit who wanted to start their first year at Georgia to start school in January. Learning the play book and their assignment’s, practicing this spring and having nine month’s of coach T’s strength and conditioning would certainly benefit Georgia and them.

tide roll

December 21st, 2011
8:26 pm

Tampa Gator is RIGHT! Who knows y’all’s pitiful history with offensive lineman better than Will Muschamp? He knows you’ll put this 10th rated offensive line class with 1970(s) UGA offensive lineman Joe “is this guy a certified strength/conditoning coach or not?” Tereshinski to create this master offensive line that only a UGA alumnus could appreciate.. Muschamp knows Georgia. He’s recruiting JUCO defensive lineman that will shut your private schooler offensive line down! Same ole Georgia. Same ole results. Muschamp knows what he’s doing when it comes to the dawgs, I mean DINOSAURS. ROLL TIDE and thank God. It’s must be a living nightmare being a UGA fan. What, is 31 years not enough for y’all,You holding out for 40?

WELL

December 21st, 2011
8:37 pm

Whats the Tide way?
lose and then beg for a rematch?
after LSU steam rolls you Saben might leave and go to the pros again.

or he will be on the field asking for the best out of five……..
roll tide, roll right off a cliff!

WELL what now?

December 21st, 2011
8:38 pm

won’t even be close this time. LSU will have the B team in during the third quarter…..
still wont watch!

now now

December 21st, 2011
8:39 pm

Saban will be on the field while LSu is holding the trophy asking can they share it. ESPN will make Bama the Champions even if they lose!

Roll tire….i meant tide……

Ramo

December 21st, 2011
8:40 pm

tide roll= retard!!

BullDawg Rick

December 21st, 2011
8:52 pm

Welcome to the Dawg Nation to Mark & the Beard family..

Looking forward to watching you contribute mightly in the trenches with the other “Big Uglies”.. OLine is where it starts!

tenn.DAWG

December 21st, 2011
8:55 pm

Tampa Gaytor and roll tide have to be the same idiots and like all idiots,ignore them and they will go away.They have no knowledge of the game and bring zip to this forum.

BobDawg

December 21st, 2011
8:56 pm

Easy Tide Roll… Dooley and Bear got along great and kept Awlbarn awlful for the most part… Academics have gotten super tough in Athens. I was a scholly athlete in the ’70’s and it is much different… Besides at O-line it doesn’t hurt to have some brains with all the signal changes and hurry-up going on in the college game.. Concentrate on your rematch with the Tiggers and watch out for our 2013 class… Already a stud class in the making…

BobDawg

December 21st, 2011
8:57 pm

Good job, Mark Beard and our class is starting to “Close up”… We will have to turn some away by signing day…

BobDawg

December 21st, 2011
9:01 pm

GARYZ… this is the 2nd Juco since we nailed Jenkins last year at Nosetackle… Will play immediately and give us depth as we are losing 3 starters off the O-line this year…

brick

December 21st, 2011
9:04 pm

Gators are such slow learners, on their message boards they are now all in with the rest of the SEC on what a farce and creater of falsehoods Urban Meyer is. When only a year ago he was an upstanding human being, just a little slow catching on to what the rest of the nation new real quick. And now they have Coach “Boom” Muschamp, who is in so far over his head as a head coach at a D1 school its laughable, and tell me your season wasn’t laughable. UF is a runaway train heading for a sharp curve and will be looking for a new coach this time next year. As for as people leaving, since the FSU game you have had 4 members of your football staff bail, 3 for a laterall move, and one for a promotion, if you call being the head coach at Kansas a promotion to being a coordinator at UF. Recruits are looking around, some of them have already bailed.

I realize you being a Gator fan automatically makes you a little slow, but if you feel what Richt did was cheating go ahead, all UGA fans are glad he made the gesture, its good business to keep your employees happy. Enjoy fighting Vandy for 3rd in the SEC next fall, you had your little run, and the longer you keep Coach “Boom” the longer you are down. Enjoy the fall.

Huntsville Dawg

December 21st, 2011
9:08 pm

Roll Tide…spanish for “I’ve got no teeth,everything I own is crimson and our daughters are named Crimson Ann White”

BiggDawgK

December 21st, 2011
9:09 pm

Good pickup and welcome to Bulldog Nation Mark Beard.

Gorilla Biscuit

December 21st, 2011
9:13 pm

Isn’t Marshall supposed to enroll early?

dbc

December 21st, 2011
9:22 pm

Tide Roll, I can’t begin to imagine how sad and insecure you must be in your life. Go wrap a present or hug someone. Maybe have a little eggnog…

BRICKSQUADDAWGS

December 21st, 2011
9:38 pm

TampaGator, listen loser u had a terrible season this year and it isn’t getting any easier. how do u have the #1 recruiting class in history a couple of years ago to only have most of those recruit leave and to suck and play against the coach who turn his back on ya’ll.. u must fill like trash.lol

roll tide, as for u wanting to talk bama has been a grave only to be dug up from nick sabon and put back in the game.. UGA has been with the same coach for 11 seasons.. no title yet but we neva left nobody came & helped us we been and we wont leave ask florida. so b 4 u go running ya mouth learn how to win with one coach instead of hiring ppl back to back