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.”
UGA commits for 2013
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