DT “Moose” Johnson is commitment No. 7 for UGA

UGA DT commit "Moose" Johnson (Photo courtesy of 247sports.com)

UGA DT commit "Moose" Johnson (Photo courtesy of 247sports.com)

After getting his “dream offer” from UGA about three weeks ago, DT DeAndre “Moose” Johnson didn’t see any reason to wait any longer to commit.

The 6-foot-3, 311-pounder from Northgate High School committed to UGA among his dozen offers, which included Georgia Tech, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Wake Forest, Purdue, Southern Miss and Mississippi State. Georgia Tech was Johnson’s second favorite school.

“I had been thinking about everything my coaches were saying, how Georgia was probably only going to offer a few guys at my position (noseguard),” Johnson told the AJC. “I’ve been wanting to play for Mark Richt for a long time. Now that I had the chance, I didn’t want to take a chance on somebody else taking my spot at Georgia, so I committed.”

Johnson informed Richt during a Tuesday phone conversation. “Coach Richt asked if I was coming up there for [Junior Day] this Saturday and everything. He asked how recruiting was going, and if I had picked a top few schools. I told him I had made my decision already, and I wanted to be a Dawg.

“Coach Richt was really excited when I told him that. He said he couldn’t wait for me to get back up there so he could give me a hug. It made me think that he really wanted me and everything.”

Finally, we had to ask: How did Johnson get the “Moose” nickname? “When I was in the seventh grade, one of my football coaches gave it to me. I really have no idea why. All my friends and family kept calling me that, and it just stuck. I’m fine with it. I like it.”

“Moose” is commitment No. 7 for UGA’s 2013 recruiting class.

UGA commits for 2013

  1. RB Derrick Henry, 6-3, 241, Yulee, Fla.
  2. QB Brice Ramsey, 6-3, 190, Camden County HS
  3. S Tray Matthews, 6-2, 205, Newnan HS
  4. DB Shaq Wiggins, 5-10, 160, Sandy Creek HS
  5. DB Steven Nelson, 6-0, 185, College of Sequoias JC (Northside-WR HS)
  6. DT Chris Mayes, 6-4, 295, Mississippi Gulf Coast JC (Spalding HS)
  7. DT DeAndre “Moose” Johnson, 6-3, 311, Northgate HS

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291 comments Add your comment

Big Crimson 75

February 28th, 2012
6:38 pm

JB — he’s the best in the biz.
You think I liked the guy when he Coached @ LSU? Hell NO!
The man is good at what he does. Alabama is fortunate to have him!
When he leaves, hopefully to Coach the Falcons, it’s on the Administration to find the BEST replacement out there.

Cdpridg

February 28th, 2012
6:38 pm

Crimson..talented 300 lbers dont grow on trees…3/4 defense you have to be able to find them and recruit them…which is just what Todd Grantham is inept at doing this and evaluating talent

Rick James

February 28th, 2012
6:47 pm

@GTBob

Tech is going to lose most of the time when recruiting against the factories. If you are a fan you should probably get used to it. It’s been that way for a long time and probably won’t change
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Tech is going to lose most of time because it’s head coach is a weak recruiter.

Ptc

February 28th, 2012
6:48 pm

The lack of class on these blogs is appalling.

Big Crimson 75

February 28th, 2012
6:50 pm

I like Grantham — He had a good teacher, ya know.

Dawg Haus

February 28th, 2012
6:51 pm

Awesome news! Congrats and welcome to the Bulldog Nation. Moooooooooose!

The Bear

February 28th, 2012
6:52 pm

Unless you are a Bama fan and watch every game you, just don’t realize how deep Alabama is. Bama keeps fresh players on the field most of the game on both sides of the ball. What does this mean? Game time experience for the younger guys in meaningful game time situations. Another point people overlook is the fact that Bama’s 5 stars practice every day against other 5 stars. Sometimes Bama players practice against better players than they are going to face on Saturday.

Can I get a……………….Roll Tide!

The Bear

February 28th, 2012
6:54 pm

I think the “Moose” is a great pick-up for UGA

Tampa Gator

February 28th, 2012
6:55 pm

The kid is going to be a good backup hole filler at NG. No quickness in that video. But Georgia needs big guys in the middle to play NG.

Bad Dawg

February 28th, 2012
7:03 pm

Tampa Gator, How are thinks looking in Gainesville? Muschamp is off to an incredible start in recruiting and he got a one year extension. Any players to watch out for on UF’s team next time the dawgs visit Jacksonville? What are most Gator fans predicting for the upcoming season?

MaxxDawg

February 28th, 2012
7:08 pm

That is a good lookin’ Nose Guard right there!

GTBob

February 28th, 2012
7:12 pm

Tech is going to lose most of time because it’s head coach is a weak recruiter.

Yes. Every coach Tech has had in the past 40 years is just a weak recruiter. It has nothing to do with the school or the team.

Vampire Bill

February 28th, 2012
7:15 pm

Welcome to the dawg Nation Moose ! Glad to have ya

GTBob

February 28th, 2012
7:15 pm

If I were 1-3 against my in-state rival I wouldn’t care too much about them as well. Yeah……that works.

CPJ and most of the players have no emotional stake in the rivalry. Its just another game to most of the team.

Bigdsel

February 28th, 2012
7:15 pm

Moose knows it’s a privilege to play between the hedges. Can’t wait to chant moose in the stands

GTBob

February 28th, 2012
7:18 pm

Johnson let the seniors decide on the rings and they had them made with the Georgia score on them. Look it up. Geez.

No, actually he didnt. The rings were made to celebrate tying for the coastal division. The players did vote on what goes on the ring though, and they did put the UGA score. It was pretty cheesy, but what else were they going to put on there? We didn’t really accomplish anything that year.

Lookatalltheoptions

February 28th, 2012
7:25 pm

Again somebody, please somebody tell me one Georgia prospect bama has gotten under Saban that has come back to haunt UGA? It would be great to get ever top prospect. It will not happen. Bama is hot prospect right now. Won’t last forever, look at the 15 years in college football. Recruiting in the past and this year was and is not UGA problem. Must do a better job coaching. Plain and simple, the staff must do a better job. Guys UGA lost more top prospects under donnan to tenn and auburn that came back to haunt UGA. Hence the reason garner was hired from tenn. UGA will get enough top players in state and cherry pick from others. Must do like Saban and coach the heck out of them or get rid of them, or get rid of the coaches. Bottom line recruiting is not the problem

Kevin

February 28th, 2012
7:25 pm

GTBob,

Your such a complete idiot!! The rivalry is just another game to most of the players. I can understand that your just a football fan with no team to root for but PLEASE quit trying to act like your the know all for GT Football, your just a tool (very delusional I might add but it’s cute). Rings for beating GA hahahahahahahahaha too funny!!

CC

February 28th, 2012
7:27 pm

Welcome Moose. GO DAWGS!!

Typical

February 28th, 2012
7:28 pm

If Saban wants him, he will land him before NSD….just
like Wiggins.

GTBob

February 28th, 2012
7:30 pm

Your such a complete idiot!! The rivalry is just another game to most of the players.

So you think all the players from NC and Virginia are into the rivalry as much as fans? Most don’t care, that should have been obvious after this years game.

Score Check

February 28th, 2012
7:37 pm

Coach Sick Satan = SCUM

Tweak your knee and you are left twisting in the wind.

Randall "Pink" Floyd

February 28th, 2012
7:47 pm

Good motor. Needs to get stronger and definitely needs to get faster off the line.

WillDawg66

February 28th, 2012
7:52 pm

Caravell get another job.

H-Town Dawg

February 28th, 2012
7:58 pm

Welcome to Dawg Nation Moose! GO DAWGS!!

Tampa Gator

February 28th, 2012
8:15 pm

Bad Dawg…..

The Gators are no doubt….at the moment…..trailing both South Carolina and Georgia in the East. But things could change, depending on if Brissett or Driskell can really step up and give the Gators some QB play for the first time in two years. Gator fans are hopeful with Peese in town from Boise. I think the offense has to be better next year….as it could hardly be any worse with Brantley at the helm.

Buzzzed

February 28th, 2012
8:20 pm

Close only counts in horseshoes and hand gernades. Good luck at UGA

realitycheck

February 28th, 2012
8:25 pm

Bulldog fans need to welcome a new HC and regime to Athens if they are serious at all about any NC talk. Rest of SEC chuckling at the fact of an extension for Richt. All I keep hearing is “please sign it asap Mark.”

bitter grassy knoll

February 28th, 2012
9:00 pm

For the last time dope smokers like snoop dogg, 200, yes 200 d-1 recruits out of the state of georgia.

UGA and mark richt can only sign 25, yes for the last time 25—-so stop with the B.S.

Most of the 200 will sign out of state, the only problem is paul at GT not cleaning house and

————–getting the rest of this crop———watch missouri start scalping bodies away

from tech.——-texas tech is now out recruiting texas this year since joining the mighty SEC

————-god bless collage football———saban has to give out 4 year scollies now, he is gone

——after this year, you no that he was against it, he has now been told what to do!!!!!

—————turd roll, yaww be headed back to the trailer park for good—-hahahahahah

Kevin

February 28th, 2012
9:00 pm

Please sign it ASAP!!!!!! We love you in Athens Mark. NC’s isn’t what it’s all about, don’t get me wrong, it’s certainly important and we would love to win one but having your character and integrity is what’s most important!!! Keep up the good work!!!

FLA DAWG

February 28th, 2012
9:18 pm

He’s somewhat quick off the snap but not the fastest guy on the field.
However, he drives to the ball carrier well and he looks tough to block.
He could develop into something special.

I hope The Dawgs train him to be just that.

Glad he’s a Dawg!

Grantham's The Man

February 28th, 2012
9:20 pm

It must feel good for MOOOOOSE to know that when he comitted to Mark Richt, that Mark Richt was comitted to him, and he won’t have his scholarship yanked one week before signing day.

I love how these ”Ga” fans, yeah right, keep talking or could it be dreaming out loud about all the recruits leaving Ga? Mark Richt got the #1 player from Ga, Fla, Tennessee, and NC in last years class.

When you get a Keith Marshall from NC you won’t need the best RB in Ga who is not as good. Ga is simply rolling in the recruits, and it’s only going to get better after the recruits see what kind of team Ga fields in 2012. Go Dawgs!!!

My Bama caps makes me look so cool, like a stud

February 28th, 2012
9:22 pm

I wear the logo cap of any MNC winner. Bama, AU or LSU or Ohio State or West Georgia, cause my cap makes me look like a stud to guys that walk past me at my mall. They respect me with their looks and I feel so good like a stud and I wear my old school logo cap cause I AM a WINNER. I am cool cause I am a stud and I are smart.

Yeah ……………………..right. This attitude is 90% of the punks that blog on this ite.

Go Dogs.

UGA class of & 71 & &3

WnE

February 28th, 2012
9:42 pm

re:
GTBob
February 28th, 2012
7:30 pm

Your such a complete idiot!! The rivalry is just another game to most of the players.

So you think all the players from NC and Virginia are into the rivalry as much as fans? Most don’t care, that should have been obvious after this years game.
________________

If what you wrote above is true and you seem to think it is, then you just made a STRONGER CASE for Coach Fish Fry to be fired than any case that I have made thus far.

If a $2.5 Million HC at GT given their smallish Athl. Budget cannot get his players “up” for” their biggest Rival then that HC needs to be CANNED.

BTW, the same thing that you’re accusing CPJ of, is one of the main reason that Gailey was canned.

Thanks for validating my feelings about CPJ from day one!

kingdaddy

February 28th, 2012
9:45 pm

This article said nothing about Alabama, so why aren’t you rednecks on an Alabama blog. Some Alabama fans are like a homeless cur you feel sorry for and pet on the head, then you can’t get rid of them. You hate UGA getting Moose, so you whine like a babygirl. Find an article about Alabama recruits which at least you may know something about and take your negative comments with you.

GT Man

February 28th, 2012
9:46 pm

Cant PJ get anybody unless MTSU offers?????

kingdaddy

February 28th, 2012
10:06 pm

2012 was a very good class and UGA doesn’t have to hang their heads for anything. What college team didn’t have a few slip away,Ala., Aub. S.C.? It was a great class and 2013 will be one of the best ever. All of you negative bloggers know this too but you just can’t help being a tool.

Sigmund Freud

February 28th, 2012
10:07 pm

Psychological evaluation of WnE

Delusions of grandeur – CHECK – thinks he is an expert talent evaluator
Over sense of self-importance – CHECK – regularly refers to himself in 3rd person as “Ole Wrexy”
Stalker of HS students – CHECK – had to be asked by Vad Lee to stop contacting him
Has a fixed hate object – CHECK – thinks Paul Johnson is the cause of all bad in the world
Dehumanizes people he doesn’t like – CHECK – calls GT coach “Kung Fu Panda” and calls supporters of GT coach “Boot Licking Toadies”
Exhibits self-loathing – CHECK – claims to be a GT grad and claims that all GT grads are ignorant, pompous,
Wants to change reality – CHECK – thinks GT should drop out of the ACC and join the SEC

Prognosis
A hopeless case. Likely to keep posting diatribes against Johnson, GT fans and the ACC as a whole

Possible cure
Come out of the GT closet and become an open UGA fan

RTR2012

February 28th, 2012
10:09 pm

Alabama didn’t offer—if Nick decides he wants this player, he’ll come to alabama to play for titles, not minor bowls at ga.

Snoop Dawg

February 28th, 2012
10:28 pm

You fools are must have the IQ of a dog. You just live in the present don’t you? Moose is a good catch for UGA. Hopefully he can contribute as Grantham seems to be the only coach on the UGA staff who has a clue about how the game of football is played or coached.

Here’s a question for all you geniuses who think that Richt is the reincarnation of some sacred immortal: How many of Richt’s assistants have gone on to be head coaches? Answer: None that I am aware of.
What does that tell you? We are paying millions of dollars a year to Mark Marjoe Richt, a world class imposter scam artist. and Bobo with his brood of children is a UGA mafia welfare case.

Figure it out, please…

LakeDawg

February 28th, 2012
10:31 pm

Looks like the kid can move. Good get.

Chris

February 28th, 2012
10:50 pm

I love college football and the dawgs but fans in general and especially uga fans are just crazy. People were saying in there comments how we get the states leftovers. Just look at the players we have gotten in the last few years. The whole dream team was georgia players. One day a fan is complaining that we have to much talent not enough character and then another day we dont get any talent. One day Isaiah crowell is my hero, the next day Kick him off the team! in the fall we will all be lovin isaiah he will have a big year

kingdaddy

February 28th, 2012
11:08 pm

@Chris
They’re just jealous or stupid. Some people are always unhappy and so is everyone around them. Negative people posting negative blogs. No news here, it’s usually the same losers every time.

The Bear

February 28th, 2012
11:26 pm

@FLA DAWG I thought he looked pretty good coming off the ball, fought off the double teams good. Should be a solid pick-up for UGA

Cdpridg

February 28th, 2012
11:34 pm

Word is there will be a big time athlete commit in Athens this weekend.

clifford jones

February 29th, 2012
12:04 am

BullDawg

February 29th, 2012
12:12 am

I lived in Alabama for 2 years and its a little rough over there. People seem to have a different mindset. You know the best thing that ever came out of Alabama, I-20!

Columbus

February 29th, 2012
12:47 am

Got to love the size at nose guard He is only going to get bigger too. Go Dawgs.

Bama is on the way down. We will see Bama in the SEC Championship…..IF they can make it! That remains to be seen. They cant get past LSU and Arkansas and now they got A&M and an Auburn team that will be getting better the next few years. Sucks to be Bama the next 10 years. Their Saban reign is over, especially the way he treats recruits. You reap what you sow and Bama has reached their peak. They might have one more run in them then they will peter out.

Saban is a D***hole.

Columbus

February 29th, 2012
12:52 am

2013 is the year fo the Dawg and if you want to be a part of the 2nd Dream Team that will take UGA to their second wave of national prominence and a national championship and be a part of what Dream Team 1 is going to deliver the next 2 years, you better come to UGA and be a part of making it happen instead of watching it happen. And it IS going to happen. This is the BEST time to be a Dawg and come to UGA than at any time in history.

The BEST time to get an offer from UGA…EVER!

Crimson Crush

February 29th, 2012
4:09 am

” 2013 is the year fo the Dawg ” “This is the BEST time to be a Dawg and come to UGA than at any time in history”

Well … except for every other “best times ever” and pre-season # 1 year the Dawgs have had since the dawn of time . But other than ALL those now forgetten years … THIS is the best one ever … till it ain’t … then it will be 2014 … rinse and repeat ….