The Big Board: UGA signings

SIGNED

John Atkins, DT, 6-3, 315, Thomson
Comment: Committed to Georgia last summer over Auburn, Florida and Georgia Tech. … Very athletic and plays goalie on high school’s soccer team.
Quotable: “Atkins is another enormous lineman with the ability to use his power to control the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. [He] is also a standout center in basketball and, incredibly enough, stars at goalie for his soccer team, a credit to his overall athleticism. While Atkins showed the ability to play guard at the next level in the Under Armour All-America game, his skill-set should fit nicely on defense, where he can play anywhere on the three-man front.” — ESPN’s Kipp Adams

Collin Barber, P, 6-2, 190, Cartersville
Comment: Averaged 45.6 yards per punt and also handled kickoff duties, booting 90 percent into the end zone. … Earned his first offer at UGA summer camp and committed to the Bulldogs within minutes.
Quotable: “Coach Richt was sitting in his office [during camp], 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. … 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.” — Barber

Faton Bauta, QB, 6-3, 220, West Palm Beach, Fla. (Dwyer)

Comment: One of three UGA commitments that enrolled early, beginning college classes last month. … Played FB and LB in high school until being moved to QB as a senior. … Committed to UGA over Louisville, Kentucky, Maryland, West Virginia and Utah. … Will get the chance to play QB at UGA.
Quotable: “The first thing that stands out on film is his size. He’s 6-3 and 220 pounds legit. He’s a big kid, very physical and plays quarterback. Honestly, being a bigger quarterback from the state of Florida, he is going to get the Tebow comparisons, but that’s unfair to do to any kid at any level after what Tebow did in his collegiate career. … I don’t know how he will project at UGA. I’m sure they will give him a chance to play QB. If it doesn’t work out there, he’s the type of player that can go to another position like fullback, tight end or linebacker and play quickly.” — 247Sports’ Rusty Mansell

Mark Beard, OL, 6-5, 297, Coffeyville, Kan. (Coffeyville JC)
Comment: One of three UGA commitments who enrolled early, beginning college classes last month. … Picked UGA over Mississippi State and Arkansas. … Beard is from near Birmingham and was recruited out of high school by UGA offensive line coach Will Friend when he was an assistant at UAB.
Quotable: “I think Beard gives Georgia immediate depth. Looking at film, he can bend well and has good feet at 295 pounds. Coming in to Georgia in January is a big plus for him because he can learn the system in the spring and fight for starting spot, all at the same time.” — 247Sports’ Rusty Mansell

Josh Dawson, DE, 6-5, 227, Tucker
Comment: Committed to Vanderbilt last summer but flipped to UGA on signing day … Projected to play OLB at UGA
Quotable: “It was the hardest decision I’ve ever made. Both are great schools. Both recruited me hard … I’ve been asking God and waiting on him to tell me where to go. As soon as He gave me the answer, I told my family and they left it up to me.” — Josh Dawson

Sheldon Dawson, ATH, 5-11, 170, Memphis (Ridgeway)
Comment: Committed to UGA on Tuesday over Ole Miss and Arkansas … Originally picked Memphis but de-committed after coach Larry Porter was fired …  Georgia’s biggest selling point was opportunity to play both ways at DB and WR
Quotable: ““Everybody on the team said I remind them of Brandon Boykin” — Sheldon Dawson

James Deloach, DE, 6-3, 265, Jenkins County

Comment: Teammate of DT Jonathan Taylor who also signed with Georgia … Recorded eight sacks while playing in just four games his junior season, missed most games due to a broken arm…Intends to pursue a degree in radiology
Quotable: “Deloach, like [high school teammate Jonathan Taylor], is still undeveloped when it comes to overall technique. He is 6-3, 265 pounds, and should project nicely as a 3-4 defensive end. Deloach does a great job locating the ballcarrier and using his long arms and strength to contain the outside edge. He has a good motor, is very physical at the point of attack, and could develop into a solid, Demarcus Dobbs type contributor for the Bulldogs.” — ESPN’s Kipp Adams

Leonard Floyd, DE, 6-4, 215, Dodge County

Comment: Atlanta Journal-Constitution Class AA All-State Team….As a junior recorded 81 tackles, including 14 for a loss and six sacks, as well as 549 receiving yards and three touchdowns at tight end
Quotable: “Leonard kind of got lost in the shuffle because he committed to UGA early on. He had offers from Alabama, Florida and others before choosing Georgia. He is a legit, 6-5, 220 pounds, and will play OLB at Georgia. I was also impressed with him at TE and how well he moved when I saw him practice.” — 247Sports’ Rusty Mansell

Todd Gurley, RB, 6-0, 210, Tarboro, N.C.
Comment: He’s called “the other RB from North Carolina” after Keith Marshall, but might be more accomplished as a high school football player. … Led his high school to a state championship, rushing for 235 yards and four touchdowns. … Close friends with Marshall and picked UGA over Clemson. … Ran track last summer for Team USA in Europe.
Quotable: “I’ve seen Keith Marshall play, and Keith Marshall is faster. Todd Gurley is fast, too, but more of a guy who pounds it between the tackles. If they wind up being in the backfield at the same time next year, Georgia will have a guy that can get the edge and a guy who can run effectively between the tackles. At the end of the day, Georgia got immediate running back depth [with Marshall and Gurley], and that’s what they were looking for.” — 247Sports’ Rusty Mansell

Josh Harvey-Clemons, LB, 6-5, 200, Lowndes … Comment: Committed to UGA on signing day on ESPN but didn’t turn in letter-of-intent until 24 hours later … Delay was because he was waiting for grandfather (who is also legal guardian) to sign off on UGA letter-of-intent … Ranked as the state’s No. 1 overall prospect by ESPN … Picked UGA over FSU and Florida

Quayvon Hicks, RB, 6-2, 230, Pierce County
Comment: Saw playing time at defensive end, nose tackle, linebacker, tight end and fullback…Also competed on wrestling and track teams … As defensive end, recorded 60 tackles, four sacks, and seven tackles for loss…averaged four yards per carry and scored one TD as RB…lead blocker for seven rushing TDs
Quotable: “He’s a great young man, on and off the field. He is the type of prospect that will be a leader in the weight room. He is strong and explosive with a great motor. He could very easily have played DE for someone, but decided to play FB at Georgia. If he picks up the offense, he could play from Day 1.” — 247sports’ Rusty Mansell

Jordan Jenkins, DE, 6-3, 250, Harris County
Comment: Ranked as the state’s No. 1 overall prospect by 247Sports and Scout. … Had Alabama as his longtime leader before making the surprising decision to commit to UGA. … Big fan of UGA defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, who was pivotal in winning over Jenkins for the Bulldogs in the final weeks before his decision. … Nearly cancelled his official visit to UGA twice because of speculation over Mark Richt’s future.
Quotable: “Jordan Jenkins has NFL talent written all over him. He had to play a lot of different positions in high school, wherever they needed him. In college, he will be able to focus on rushing the passer. That’s his specialty, and people get paid a lot of money to do that in the NFL.” — 247Sports’ Rusty Mansell

Keith Marshall, RB, 6-3, 190, Raleigh (Millbrook)
Comment:  Ranked as No. 1 RB in nation by Scout.com and picked UGA over Clemson … One of three UGA commitments who enrolled early, beginning college classes last month. … Owns Millbrook records for rushing yards in a season and points in a season…Millbrook career-leader in rushing yards with 4,552 and points with 332…as a senior rushed for 1,891 yards and 25 touchdowns on 258 carries, leading Millbrook to a berth in the Class AAAA playoffs.
Quotable: “He’s probably one of the fastest running backs in the country on the football field,” Mansell said. “But he’s not just a track guy. He’s a football guy that I don’t think gets enough credit for running strong. … That was the biggest surprise for me going up there to North Carolina and watching him play in person — was how many tackles he breaks. He’s not just an ‘on the edge’ guy. He can stick it up there between the tackles and get the tough five, six, seven yards that you’re going to need on the college level.” — 247Sports’ Rusty Mansell

Marshall Morgan, K, 6-3, 190, Miami (American Heritage)
Comment: Converted 10 of 12 field goals this season, with a long of 60 yards. … Kicked 98 percent of kickoffs out of the end zone … Committed to UGA over Florida, FSU and Virginia Tech
Quotable: “I was kind of thinking about it after I visited Georgia the first time [in January 2011], but after seeing Florida and Florida State, I knew Georgia was it. I like the people, the academics, the football program, the coaches, and the atmosphere there. Everything is great and that is where I want to be.” — Marshall Morgan to Scout.com’s Chad Simmons

Greg Pyke, OL, 6-6, 310, Baltimore (Boys Latin School)
Comment: Committed to UGA over Virginia Tech, Penn State and Maryland. … Projected to play guard in college.
Quotable: “Very athletic, 6-5, 290-pound prospect who is one of the top lacrosse players in the country. He’s from a very small school in Maryland, but held his own against some top prospects at UGA camp. Very good feet and bend, and could play OG or OT on next level.” — 247Sports’ Rusty Mansell.

Ty Smith, TE, 6-3, 228, Colquitt County
Comment: Region 1-AAAAA Offensive Player of the Year… Helped lead Colquitt County to the state semifinals three-straight years, the only team in Georgia’s highest classification to do so… Recorded 46 catches for 785 yards and five touchdowns in senior year…Caught 2-point conversion to lift team to upset over No. 1 Camden in final seconds … Committed to UGA over Florida last March
Quotable: “Actually I grew up a Georgia fan, so I’ve always been a fan of the Dogs. So when the opportunity came, I was excited about my offer and thought hard about committing right then.” — Ty Smith

Jonathan Taylor, DT, 6-4, 315, Jenkins County
Comment: Played in Under Armour All-American Game … Atlanta Journal-Constitution 2011 Georgia’s Super 11 and Class A All-State honorable mention … Committed to UGA as part of a “package deal” with high school teammate James Deloach …
Quotable: “Taylor has all of the physical tools needed to become a major impact player at the college level. While he may have the potential to play [in the NFL], fundamentally he has a ways to go, and will have to adjust to the big leap in talent he will face in the SEC. But Taylor showed flashes of greatness at the Under Armour All-America game, and has a chance to develop into the prototype nose guard that Todd Grantham needs to build his 3-4 defense around for the next few years.” — ESPN’s Kipp Adams

John Theus, OL, 6-6, 290, Jacksonville (Bolles)
Comment: Ranked as the No. 1 overall prospect in Georgia by Scout.com …. Committed to UGA over Florida and Notre Dame last summer … Brother Nathan Theus signed with UGA last year as a long snapper
Quotable: “Georgia is getting one of the most college-ready prospects in high school today. I truly believe that John could compete for playing time in Athens today. He is both physically and mentally ready to step onto a college football field. … Theus is someone I have said for years has a very good shot at playing [in the NFL]. He has what you look for in a five-star prospect in this business.” — Scout’s Chad Simmons

Blake Tibbs, WR, 6-1, 175, M.L. King
Comment: Committed to UGA over Southern Miss, Kentucky and North Carolina last August … Became a priority after CJ Curry switched his commitment from UGA to Oklahoma State in August …
Quotable: “Coach Richt said he was proud of me for joining the Dawg family. [Richt] told me [the day I committed] was a great day for him because Georgia got a great win and a great wide receiver. It made me smile when he said that.” — Blake Tibbs


352 comments Add your comment

rrich

February 1st, 2012
7:13 am

padre

February 1st, 2012
7:15 am

Big Dawg

February 1st, 2012
7:18 am

First!!!!!!!!

Let’s go Dawgs!!!!!!!

Big Enos Burdette

February 1st, 2012
7:20 am

I’m known as a 5-star at the local Denny’s.

BobDawg

February 1st, 2012
7:21 am

CLOSE STRONG!!!

hipdawg

February 1st, 2012
7:29 am

Where is the beef? Lordy we need the big uglies!!!

bdawg

February 1st, 2012
7:32 am

Welcome to the Bulldog Nation guys!!

bdawg

February 1st, 2012
7:33 am

Enter your comments here

Vampire Bill

February 1st, 2012
7:36 am

Sounds like an impressive bunch of players. GO DAWGS

Jimmy Crack

February 1st, 2012
7:50 am

A lot of DEs…I wonder if they can catch. Some of them look like perfect TE candidates. Every team from now on out will be looking for their own “Gronk” because coaches wants to take advantage of size mismatches using these gigantic athletes against smaller Safeties and CBs, or slower linebackers. It depends on how our present “Gronk”, Artie Lynch, plays this spring. The position is his to lose.

Nom Nom Nom Chuck's Taylor, or Norris if he is avaliable

February 1st, 2012
7:52 am

Without Avery Young, I worry about next year.

MizzouDawg

February 1st, 2012
7:57 am

Georgiadogs.com has video and live chat today..

poopdawg

February 1st, 2012
8:07 am

Keith Marshall has grown 4 inches?

Big Albany Dawg

February 1st, 2012
8:11 am

GATA!!!!!!!!!!

KeepDreaming

February 1st, 2012
8:12 am

Bring on the RING TEAM!!!

Ed

February 1st, 2012
8:14 am

Dawgsig

February 1st, 2012
8:16 am

why is this board so far behind? Lots of signings already ….

The Grinch

February 1st, 2012
8:21 am

Patterson signed with Tennessee. Depth at WR for UGA hurt our chances. Most predict he will be one and done. Who knows?

Nick Saban

February 1st, 2012
8:24 am

BHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Never heard of them.

The Grinch

February 1st, 2012
8:27 am

Nick Saban
February 1st, 2012
8:24 am

How are things at Krystal this morning?

Tom in Marietta

February 1st, 2012
8:29 am

Looks like another solid class of players. Got them where we needed them so I am very excited about next year. It’s awesome how CR gets you excited every year but doesn’t over do it in the press. He’s a truly special coach.

Tim Davis

February 1st, 2012
8:29 am

Go Dawgs !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Grinch

February 1st, 2012
8:31 am

Status so far:

Faton Bauta (ENROLLED)
Mark Beard (ENROLLED)
Keith Marshall (ENROLLED)

Collin Barber (SIGNED)
John Theus (SIGNED)

secdawgs

February 1st, 2012
8:32 am

Grinch, where you get that about Patterson?

The Grinch

February 1st, 2012
8:34 am

Todd Gurley, RB, has signed.

The Grinch

February 1st, 2012
8:35 am

secdawgs
February 1st, 2012
8:32 am

Vols247 and ESPN reporting. Apparently Patterson’s High School QB is at UT.

BullDawg Rick

February 1st, 2012
8:35 am

Welcome to the Bulldawg Nation!! Goooo Dawgs!!

The Grinch

February 1st, 2012
8:36 am

Punter Collin Barber (Cartersville) signed.

SimpleDawg

February 1st, 2012
8:38 am

Looks like an impressive group already……

The Grinch

February 1st, 2012
8:39 am

Chester Brown has signed with UCF. Glad to see he’s comfortable with his decision and best wishes. I do wish he could have made it to UGA.

The Grinch

February 1st, 2012
8:48 am

Greg Pyke, OL, 6-6, 310, Baltimore (Boys Latin School) has signed.

The Grinch

February 1st, 2012
8:49 am

The press conference for jaquay williams has been delayed. :roll:

Eisendawg

February 1st, 2012
8:55 am

I am so excited to read we are getting a kicker who is not only capable of hitting a 60 yarder, but, equally important, kicks 98% of kickoffs out of the endzone. This will do wonders for our special teams.

beanster

February 1st, 2012
8:55 am

Tomlinson is Bama bound.

The Grinch

February 1st, 2012
8:56 am

John Atkins, DT, 6-3, 315, Thomson, has signed.

secdawgs

February 1st, 2012
8:58 am

Eisendawg, I like reading that too, but remember if it goes in the endzone in high school it’s not returnable, so that could be misleading. I hope not. I would give the other team the ball on the 20 everytime and take our chances.

Mountain DAWG

February 1st, 2012
9:00 am

Where can I get live updates, since it is not happening here?

The Grinch

February 1st, 2012
9:00 am

Justin Taylor (Saban casualty) signed with Kentucky.

Mountain DAWG

February 1st, 2012
9:02 am

Eisendawg- The endzone thing is great, but remember that H.S. football doesn’t kick off from the 30 like College. Think they kick from the 40?

Little Enis Burdette

February 1st, 2012
9:14 am

Enis is spelt with a I not an O you stpid some B@#$ch. Remind me when I get home to slap you mama in the mouth.

secdawgs

February 1st, 2012
9:15 am

Mountain dawg, georgiadogs.com

The Grinch

February 1st, 2012
9:19 am

b1gger

February 1st, 2012
9:19 am

JHC picks Dawgs!

Walker, Texas Ranger

February 1st, 2012
9:19 am

Mountain DAWG

February 1st, 2012
9:21 am

Aw- come on _enis, don’t be such a .. nevermind. You already know.

BIGDAWG38

February 1st, 2012
9:23 am

Come on guys!!!! Let’s do this! GO DAWGS!!!

Avery & Josh….SURE WOULD LOOK GOOD IN THAT RED & BLACK!!!

GoDawgs

February 1st, 2012
9:23 am

Grinch, please keep the updates rolling . . . we have so many sites blocked at work, and you are my goto from here out. Appreciate it brother! Go Dawgs

BobDawg

February 1st, 2012
9:24 am

bucket

February 1st, 2012
9:25 am

JHC is a big pickup for the Dawgs. Here’s hoping for more good news from Young and Dawson.

b1gger

February 1st, 2012
9:26 am

@BobDawg
JHC=Josh Harvey-Clemons