UGA scores 3 commitments in 1 day

OL Aulden Bynum of Valdosta has been attending UGA games since he was four weeks old

OL Aulden Bynum of Valdosta has been attending UGA games since he was four weeks old

UGA scored a hat trick in recruiting on Friday.

The Bulldogs picked up three commitments for their 2013 recruiting class – LB Ryne Rankin of Orlando, OL Aulden Bynum of Valdosta, and WR Kyrin Priester of Snellville.

UGA, which may sign as many as 30 recruits next February, now has 12 commitments for next year’s class.

“I’m hearing I was one of three kids that committed today, and that will make a lot of people believe in Georgia and what they’re coaching over there,” said Rankin, who plays football for his father at Orlando’s East River High School.

The 6-foot-1, 231-pound Rankin picked UGA over Penn State among his 18 football scholarship offers, which also included Texas A&M and Ole Miss.

“It was Georgia because of the atmosphere, and people there,” Rankin said. “They’re also thin at linebacker. I’m going to be an early graduate, enroll there next spring, and work my way up the depth chart.”

Meanwhile, the 6-5, 250-pound Bynum has been attending UGA games since soon after he was born.

“I’ve grown up at Georgia,” Bynum said. “I went to my first Georgia game when I was four weeks old. My dad has had season tickets since 1980. I love everything about the University of Georgia … I grew up a Dawg and want to stay a Dawg.”

Bynum picked UGA over his two other finalists, Auburn and Ole Miss. He said he caught UGA’s coaches by surprise with his commitment on Friday.

“I’ve known for about two weeks but I kept it really quiet … I didn’t even tell my family until last night,” Bynum said. “Well, they knew it was going to happen but they just didn’t know when.”

The 6-2, 185-pound Priester committed to UGA over Vanderbilt and TCU. He transferred last month from the Orlando area to Brookwood High School. You can read more about Priester here.

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
  8. WR Tramel Terry, 6-0, 185, Goose Creek (S.C.)
  9. LB Johnny O’Neal, 6-1, 230, West Laurens HS
  10. WR Kyrin Priester, 6-2, 185, Brookwood HS
  11. OL Aulden Bynum, 6-5, 250, Valwood HS
  12. LB Ryne Rankin, 6-1, 231, Orlando, Fla.
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187 comments Add your comment

James

April 6th, 2012
9:53 pm

250 LB lineman? Gonna need to put on a lot of weight, Aulden.

Dawg Haus

April 6th, 2012
9:55 pm

Congrats to these three young men!

SouthGaBrave

April 6th, 2012
10:01 pm

It was a GOOD Friday, indeed!

Clogged Drain

April 6th, 2012
10:03 pm

Future Bridesmaids!

Bigdsel

April 6th, 2012
10:04 pm

Glad to hear about future bulldogs committing early. Goooo. Dawgs!!!

SouthGaBrave

April 6th, 2012
10:07 pm

Bynum is listed as 270 lbs by 247Sports, and most other places. I believe the article was either a typo, or MC is selling him short.

BigTimeTECHFan

April 6th, 2012
10:08 pm

nice, congrats to all

Hugh Jass

April 6th, 2012
10:09 pm

Grantham will choke the life out of anyone who comes within his parameters.

UGA sux

April 6th, 2012
10:10 pm

Bunch of 3 Stars. Next.

Bobo, Bobo, a Pirate's Life for Me

April 6th, 2012
10:13 pm

I know something you don’t know…

Yo James

April 6th, 2012
10:17 pm

He’s a high school junior for crying out loud.

bitter's back----trolls

April 6th, 2012
10:21 pm

cra–vell its 270, getting late, been a busy day—I know, talk about a pick 3 lotto

———-only time will tell, lotts of crazy pee test and strange things going on in athens

——-still kids line up to be the next ben zembeesea—-hershal —-buck belue

—————-rodney henderson——david pollack——-andra hastins——david green

————————warner, nat hudson, ray donaldson, the guy that put the hob nail boot

—-in tennersay face, the team that blasted bamma in the black-out game—–uh!

——————you get the point—-good luck future dawgs

GEORGIA

April 6th, 2012
10:22 pm

Congrats and Welcome to UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA

Jason

April 6th, 2012
10:32 pm

Who cares about haters…go dawgs! People who hate on this site are DBags! Tell mom hello!

bucket

April 6th, 2012
10:40 pm

These are three solid guys who all want to play @ UGA. Time well tell what a difference these guys can make, but just in case anyone hasn’t been paying attention UGA needs help with their overall team depth and these guys will help with that for sure!

Bull

April 6th, 2012
10:43 pm

Stole another from Vandy!!! Go DAWGS!!!!

Your team does not ROCK like UGA!

April 6th, 2012
10:49 pm

Rankin will be a 4* most tackles in the state of Florida last season. The kid has great foot work.

Your team does not ROCK like UGA!

April 6th, 2012
10:53 pm

Btw, the number 1 recruiting class 2012 had 11 3*’s last season recruiting.

There are hundreds of two and three star high school players in the NFL.

Bunch of guys on hear have no idea!

nh gamecock

April 6th, 2012
10:58 pm

250 OL in the sec???? wow

ATL Sports Fan

April 6th, 2012
11:01 pm

Nh gamecock, that 250 pound linemen has an offer from South Carolina. Would you be on here saying that if he committed to USC Jr? I doubt it.

dandaman

April 6th, 2012
11:02 pm

In other news, I heard that Tech has one commitment for 2013. Not more than one but not less either. Rambling is a dream, but a wreck is not.

dandaman

April 6th, 2012
11:03 pm

Beast from the East

April 6th, 2012
11:10 pm

Nice day for you Dawgs.
Congrats!

Bandwagon Bammer

April 6th, 2012
11:33 pm

12 commits puts Georgia at 11 more than the nerds.

AthensDawg

April 6th, 2012
11:33 pm

Bynum weighs in at 285. Eat your heart out.

Just Saying

April 6th, 2012
11:34 pm

Looking at the picture, Bynum certainly appears closer to 250 than 270, check the neck, arms and those calves. Young man is going to need to do some serious growing. Sorry fellow Dawg fans but this is another “project” who’s light in the britches, plays small private school ball and will surprise if he ever plays meaningful snaps. Dawgs need some “serious” OL talent, certainly don’t have enough currently, and as we all know it all starts up front. Why do we continually struggle to sign quality OL, especially OT’s?

nh gamecock

April 6th, 2012
11:40 pm

lol SC wouldnt offer a lineman that weighs 250 hahahaha

Fan

April 6th, 2012
11:41 pm

“I’ve grown up at Georgia,” Bynum said. “I went to my first Georgia game when I was four weeks old. My dad has had season tickets since 1980. I love everything about the University of Georgia … I grew up a Dawg and want to stay a Dawg.”

— He may not be the highest rated guy out there, but I’d take someone like that in a heart beat. He wants to come to UGA and he’s got the passion to be a great player here. You can teach the position, but you can’t teach that desire. Go Dawgs!

nh gamecock

April 6th, 2012
11:41 pm

just saying you are right about that. he will never see the field lol 250 in the sec that doesnt cut it. I can see him playing LB lol but not OL

nh gamecock

April 6th, 2012
11:43 pm

sounds to me he meant to commit to tech instead only the ACC have lineman that weigh 250 hahahah

SEC is a grown man league.

nh gamecock

April 6th, 2012
11:48 pm

a few of sc lineman

Corey Robinson OT
6-8 337

Brandon Shell OT 78
6-6 331

T.J. Johnson OC 78
6-6 319

AthensDawg

April 6th, 2012
11:49 pm

nh gamecock–Did you read my post? Bynum weighs in a 285. Eat your heart out, gamecock.

bucket

April 6th, 2012
11:50 pm

@ nh gamecock – he HAS an offer from South Carolina! Bynum is 6′5″ which means he has plenty of frame to add weight to over the next couple of years. Bynum has something that a lot of 5* dont have and that is heart! He may or may not turn into a world beater, but he wants to be @ UGA and that makes a big difference. BTW, UGA didn’t get their 12th commitment last year until October, so this year is looking up for the Dawgs!

nh gamecock

April 6th, 2012
11:58 pm

so rivals say he 260 you have he is 280 and the ajc says he is 250 lol get it together yes I see alot of DI schools offer him…. good for hyim but he will ride the pine for a few long years lol. he will be the one thats just proud to be on the team lol.

nh gamecock

April 6th, 2012
11:59 pm

Georgia COMMITTED (04/06/2012) Offered None Mike Bobo
Auburn None Offered None Curtis Luper
Marshall None Offered None Geep Wade
Miami (FL) None Offered None
Mississippi None Offered None
Mississippi St. None Offered None
Nebraska None Offered None
North Carolina None Offered None
South Carolina None Offered None Kirk Botkin
Tennessee None None
Vanderbilt None None

AthensDawg

April 7th, 2012
12:00 am

nh gamecock. Bynum has offers from SC, NC, Auburn, Miami, Ol’ Miss, MState–and he weighs in at 285. Kid grew some since you saw him. He will weigh in at 300 very soon. Your guys are big–wonder if they can run the 40 in 5.1 sec? That’s fast for a 285 # guy.

TIM BUCK

April 7th, 2012
12:01 am

NOT MUCH HEADLINES HERE…MOVE ON AND …………PLEASE JAWGEE FANS WAKE UP AND REALIZE YALL ARE IN A DROUGHT……1980…ROLL WITH TIDE OR GET ROLL OVER……..R O L L-T I D E!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TIM BUCK

April 7th, 2012
12:04 am

THEM BOYZ AT JAWGEE WILL BE CRYIN IN THE MILK WHEN BAMA SLAPS EM AROUND LIKE RED HEADED STEP CHITLIN. BAMA WILL BETEM LIKE A RENTED MULE!!!!!!!!!! DONT BE FOOLED DAWG FANS CUZ THERE WILL BE ANOTHER BIG LET DOWN…1980 DROUGHT.

AthensDawg

April 7th, 2012
12:12 am

TIM BUCK–yep, tides on a roll–like a tsunami, but what rolls in must roll out. Actually, your posts are hilarious! LMAO.

bitter's dawgs fan

April 7th, 2012
12:17 am

@tim buck(teeth)two—–another bammer troll with no life after the power company killed the lights

—–burning candles in your trailer can be hazzardist—-fool

bitter's dawgs fan

April 7th, 2012
12:24 am

cant sleep after that long ride from st. louis today——or maybe its the toothless bammer nation

—–that cant conceed that the dawgs have ruled yet another day on the recruiting front!!!!

——-buckle your trailer straps down tide nation, there expecting winds of 40 mph tonight

sapelodawg

April 7th, 2012
12:56 am

I am sooooo impressed ………………… shame Richt wasn’t with petrino on the motorcycle

real

April 7th, 2012
12:56 am

How big was David Pollack and how many stars? If coaches like him enough to offer, and it takes our coaches some time to offer, sometimes too long, I’m good. We will be competing for the next 4 years! Changes take time and it has only been a year. We will be a very cohesive team come 2014! But don’t sale this team short, got a chance to be special next year. Offensive line might be better. There is a real chemistry with Dantzler, Andrews, the Long’s and big Ken Gates to take down the left Tackle! IC and KM might have some big holes to run through this year! Pick your poison Defenses! Oh and we will probably have the best D in the land. Don’t throw pick 6’s Murray and we will compete for it ALL!

RED DOG 77

April 7th, 2012
1:00 am

@James……….er…..a…..Einstein………….OL in football terminology can mean either “Outside linebacker”………or “Offensive lineman”………….I think they see the kid as an outside linebacker, so no need to add pounds at 250………which ,by the way is about perfect for an “OL”………..But then again, you never know with our Oline problems of the past………..they might want to beef him up 50lbs and make him into the next All American at “Oline”………………RED…………….p.s………..I prefer “OL”………….How bout you?

Old Boy

April 7th, 2012
1:04 am

Not too worried about what their ’star value’ is. Kenarious Gates was a low 3-star coming out of high school and he is now the most important player on our offensive line. Congrats to these three young men for getting the chance to get a free first-rate education.

GT Man

April 7th, 2012
1:09 am

I’ll be glad when someone is offered by MTSU, Memphis or Samford, so PJ can offer and get someone to commit to Tech.

pj

April 7th, 2012
1:20 am

People on this blog parsing over a high school junior’s weight are ansolutely pathetic. PATHETIC. I saw one blogger talking about his “neck and calves”. Really? REALLY?
3 guys in 1 day that Mark Richt wanted said yes – he’s won the division 4 times in 10 years – I trust his judgement. The judgement of a blogger who speaks of “neck size” is just creepy and weird.

kingdaddy

April 7th, 2012
1:25 am

Georgia needed LBs, got a great one. Georgia needed DBs, got a really good one,maybe great (N.G.). Needed WR, he’s 6′2″ in the 10th grade and has hands, so they got a gooden. They needed OLs and they got a stud. Listen to goobe from S.C.. None of these kids are good enough for Spur-eyor. Lol what a hayseed. How many recruits do you have? Who was the kid you just got? What made him so special? You’re a total idiot, not just a half-wit. You get the prize for numb-nuttiest,lol. Get back to your coop before someone tells Col. SANDERS you escaped…

kingdaddy

April 7th, 2012
1:31 am

I waited at the Dew Drop till after 1:00… Didn’t see any haters…

Yawn

April 7th, 2012
1:36 am

ugasux-YOU SUX.
Congrats, welcome to Bulldog nation!