House call: UGA picks up commitment No. 30 at Mark Richt’s digs

One of UGA’s top recruiting targets had some good news when he visited at Mark Richt’s house on late Saturday night.

Kennar Johnson told the UGA coach and his family that he was committing to the Bulldogs.

The number of UGA commits keeps getting higher and higher and higher. It hit 30 with a JC safety's decision (AP)

The number of UGA commits keeps getting higher and higher and higher. It hit 30 with a JC safety's decision (AP)

Johnson, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound safety from Mississippi Gulf Coast junior college, picked UGA over Ole Miss, South Florida and Mississippi State. He is commitment No. 30 for UGA’s 2013 recruiting class.

“Coach Richt was very excited,” Johnson told the AJC. “He was happy and he hugged me a couple of times. His wife and his brother-in-law and his son … they were happy as well.”

Somewhere, UGA defensive coordinator Todd Grantham had to be happy, too. Johnson is expected to be an immediate contributor next year to a defense that will lose at least 8 out of 11 starters. Johnson graduates from junior college in December and will enroll at UGA in January.

“I just felt it at Georgia,” Johnson said. “I mean, there was just something about Georgia. It was just a lot of little things added up, rather than one big thing.

“Georgia is where I felt like I wanted to commit, so I went ahead and committed.”

Johnson, whose hometown is Miami, pledged during his official visit to Georgia over weekend. He had already told UGASports.com’s Jake Rowe that he planned to announce his college decision after this trip.

UGA now has five players committed who may play safety, including Newnan High School’s Tray Matthews and Kell High School’s Quincy Mauger.

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Rally Caps

November 25th, 2012
1:35 am

Miami here we come!!!!

November 25th, 2012
1:36 am

Our class is getting pretty full now. Wonder how this affects our chances at Adams, Foster, Tunsil, Kamara, and the DT Juco Toby Johnson???

Blackshear Dawg

November 25th, 2012
1:38 am

Nice but wish it was Foster though. GO Dawgs!

Rally Caps

November 25th, 2012
1:39 am

Reuben, the dawg nation will support you if you switch! It’s tough to deal with all those coaching changes. The men in Athens respect you for making a hard decision and will support you. In the long run, tattoos are nothing compared to where your heart and family are. Like Tray said in the ESPN interview, bring it on to Athens with Montravius and Kamara! You guys are the next generation of Bulldogs!

@reubenfoster_FG

November 25th, 2012
2:10 am

After talking it over with my brother and coach, I have decided to decommit from Auburn. Tomorrow, I will be making it official over my twitter account. Go Dawgs!!!

@reubenfoster_FG

November 25th, 2012
2:27 am

Tiger Faithful;
I apologize for my change of heart. However, my heart belongs in Athens with my brother @Trigga_Tray28. Dawgs will rise up and finish #1 in the polls and in recruiting. Laremy, Alvin and Montavious come join us in Athens. Lets RULE the SEC!!!

Dawggie

November 25th, 2012
3:11 am

How many DBs play at a time again? We have 7 commits (8 if Green plays CB) D. Swann returns. I get that we have a need but dang. I’m asking Santa for
1)Tunsil, 2) Adams, 3) Williams, 4)Foster & 5) Kamara in that order….

Pj

November 25th, 2012
3:20 am

Congrats to this young man. Get your degree and prepare for life. If you happen to have a great football career, that’s cool too.
Uga is going to be a top 10 power for many years to come. All these db’s will compete for a select few spots.
All that’s left in this class is a big ugly on the o line and a big ugly on the d line

Dumpster fire

November 25th, 2012
3:58 am

Lets savor that tech beat down a little longer…..ahhhhhhhhh

Paddy

November 25th, 2012
6:21 am

Dawgs were to sign 32-33 so there is still room for a lineman, rb and lb, so come on down.

Seriouly

November 25th, 2012
7:23 am

Welcome to the Dawg Nation.

slydog

November 25th, 2012
7:27 am

Darn, only 5 spots left and we have 5 safeties? Well, that’s just how the ball rolls. Whether have them than be without them. However, they need Tunsil, Adams, T. Johnson, and Kamara for the last 3 spots. At this point, Foster would be a luxury and would take a spot from some other position of need. Watch out, Georgia and CMR might just pull a scholarship or two just to fit everyone in. On a side not, I’m not that impressed by the WR recruits Georgia has received so far. It’s hard to believe that an offense like Georgia’s does not have any top caliber receivers in this class. At least none that can start from day one.

slydog

November 25th, 2012
7:28 am

I meant the last 4 spots.

GT = 10 time loser to Mark Richt

November 25th, 2012
7:40 am

To get the max number of scholarships, the Dawgs have to have a certain # of early enrollees. This is why some guys are getting offers that might not if they were signing in Feb.

SEC Observer

November 25th, 2012
8:05 am

Yeah thats true about the early enrollees, allowing them to sign extra guys. My daugther goes to Newnan with T Matthews and she mentioned that he is graduating in December, so that is 1 of the early enrollees.

Finchdawg

November 25th, 2012
8:12 am

How much room do the Dawgs have left in the ‘13 class, Michael?

RedandBlackDAWG

November 25th, 2012
8:19 am

I don’t think UGA would pull a scholarship they had promised under any normal circumstances. Not a real glaring need for receivers on next years team, so the young ones will have time to develop. I think one of the real hot questions to answer is whether Murray returns or not. My gut feeling tells me he will, and that is good news if he does. If not, I hope that Mason and LeMay are ready to take over the reins. LeMay I worry about, but I think Brice Ramsey, once he gets a year under his belt, will be the QB to go to anyway.

A person SMART enough to know.....

November 25th, 2012
8:40 am

I know UGa is below the 85 scholarship players but I thought the rule was not more than 28 commitments in any given year.

dap01

November 25th, 2012
9:11 am

A Person almost smart: Early enrollees couunt for this year’s total.

Read between the lines

November 25th, 2012
9:14 am

The Dawgs will be able to sign about 37-38 because of underclassmen declaring for the NFL and we are already under the 85 scholarship limit. We will get the other guys on the wish list! Raise them from pups to Dawgs and put it on the Nation!

VA DAWG

November 25th, 2012
9:29 am

Early enrollees actually backcount if you were below in the previous class and once those are filled they start counting to this year’s class. Unless the have early departures to the NFL other than the obvious (JJ and AO), they will be able to sign a max of 36. Another tidbit for thise in the media harping on UGA’s schedule about not playing LSU, UA or A&M….what about Bama not playing any of the top four in the East (UGA, UF, USCe or Vandy)? So tired of hearing about our schedule and nothing about Bama’s. Although I believe they should be favored but give me a break about the schedule. GO DAWGS!

Sandman

November 25th, 2012
9:42 am

@VADAWG The schedule discussion is completely overhyped & biased. They barely even mention that Alabama was on the schedule before expansion. I believe the narrative is still out there because of Spurrier’s sour grapes. Sports announcers are just lazy, no way around it.

Destin Dawg

November 25th, 2012
9:46 am

we’ll take the safeties ( C.B.’s too )… a couple are Jan. enrollees… Jr. college transfer .. etc.. true frosh can be red shirted.. to give them separation… it;s all good… go Dawgs beat Bama !!

just the truth

November 25th, 2012
9:52 am

Academics have no place in football at UGA. It’s sad to see a once proud university of great student athletes stoop so low to underscore the real meaning of an education and the vast majority just don’t care !

Destin Dawg

November 25th, 2012
10:01 am

all Universities have Education Depts.. Sports Mang’t.. Phys. Ed.. diet and nutrition.. business schools…. we can’t all be NERDS !!!!

RedandBlackDAWG

November 25th, 2012
10:03 am

Techfan

November 25th, 2012
8:02 am

Another disappointed Tech. Fan. In NCAA football, academics are almost always secondary when you sign the elite athletes. Most of these kids are not going for a doctorate. They are going for the riches of a big paycheck on Sunday. As far as Tech. goes. please keep in mind that a lot of really good football teams, for example like Standford, has equally as high academic standards and still manage to put together a pretty good football team. You don’t think, by chance, that it has anything to do with, recruiting for an out dated system of football, that Tech. runs right now, do you? Exactly how many of Techs. football players leave with a degree anyway?

just the truth

November 25th, 2012
10:04 am

I counted 17 from 2 years ago in ‘ Housing Degrees”.

P_The_Ricker

November 25th, 2012
10:05 am

3 of 4 secondary starters are graduating and the top reserve is also a senior. swann is a stud and will have pressure to leave after junior yr (next year).

UGA is and should load up on DB talent this recruiting class! it’s smart recruiting. get the guys in now and determine who’s got talent and can play and who doesn’t. don’t want a potential lag in the secondary for years to come.

UGA is doing right with this year’s recruiting!!!

GeoffDawg

November 25th, 2012
10:11 am

Ironic handle you got there “smart enough to know”.

GeoffDawg

November 25th, 2012
10:13 am

If I had my druthers, I’d hope to get Tunsil, Adams, and Foster with the last three selections. Even though Kamara would be a good get, we have a RB this year and it may behoove us to set up some more separation down the road between Gurley and Marshall.

Flo - Ri - Duh

November 25th, 2012
10:15 am

UGA can sign a minimum of 34 and max of 37 IF they get can get 7 – 8 to enroll early (Jan) and count towards last years class. That does seem like an awful lot of safeties. The LB class is pretty full . May take one more IF he is a 5 star – Matthews or Foster. Space left for Toby Johnson, Montravius Adams, Laremy Tunsil and Crowder. Some of these DB’s will be moved to WRs.

P_The_Ricker

November 25th, 2012
10:23 am

flo-ri-du

Who is UGA’s starting secondary next year???

No one can answer. Hence, the overload on db recruits this year. anyone remember that n. marshall and c. sanders got kicked off the team. lost to 2 db spots w/ those bad eggs.

Dawg-Gawn

November 25th, 2012
10:48 am

This Jennar Johnson commitment means UGA is saying good-bye to Mackensie Alexander & Riyahd Jones.

UGA list of 2013 committed recruits qualifying for early enrollment (EE):

CB/S Kennar Johnson
WR Jonathona Rumph
CB Brendan Langley
DT John Atkins
OL Aulden Bynum
DE Leonard Floyd
DB Shaquille Fluker
LB Tim Kimbrough
S Tray Matthews
DB Quincy Mauger
DT Chris Mayes
QB Brice Ramsey
LB Ryne Rankin
WR/APB Tramel Terry

If my math is correct 12 of these 14 recruits will count back against the 2012 recruiting class.

If DL Toby Johnson commits, he will also qualify as an EE

“BELIEVE” in the “G”

Georgia's # 1 Gamecock

November 25th, 2012
10:58 am

Langley called his cousin this am and said that he is now changing his mind and heading back to play for a real DC at South Carolina!

Sorry dog fans!!!!!!!

Rick James

November 25th, 2012
11:07 am

It’s going to ugly at Boddy Dodd stadium the last Saturday of November 2013

SEC FOOTBALL

November 25th, 2012
11:08 am

Michael, what about all of the other recruits that visited on Saturday?

ryan

November 25th, 2012
11:13 am

Kind of scratching my head about this one i think we are set in secondary but like the pick up i agree that we will finish with Adams , Tunsil, Kamara, Foster , and Williams Langley is not flipping with best friend going to UGA poor Florida no shot at NC Bama and UGA what it should be Go Dawgs .

ryan

November 25th, 2012
11:15 am

@Georgia’s #1 Gamecock glad you guys beat Clemson ACC sucks .

Uh Oh

November 25th, 2012
11:23 am

Gamecock, what year did USCjr win a championship?

(I swear I heard crickets chirping.)

GT = 10 time loser to Mark Richt

November 25th, 2012
11:31 am

South Carolina football: All the arrogance of Alabama with the trophy case of Vanderbilt.

kingdaddy

November 25th, 2012
11:33 am

Rack em & Stack em, then Train em and Game em. Love having a strong secondary and I love the Saftey position. They are Head-hunters. The other teams skill players are always looking for them to appear out of thin air and make THE GAMEDAY HIGH-LIGHT REEL HIT OF THE DAY. Real Safteies strike fear into opposing teams players and UGA has had some good ones. I will say that we just picked up a couple of good ones in this class. 2012 IS THE YEAR OF THE DAWG…. It looks like its our turn to shine and this could be our decade. Close the recruiting out strong. Get us two more Olinemen and at least 1 or 2 Dlinemen and we will be complete…

Kramer

November 25th, 2012
11:34 am

Georgia’s # 1 Gamecock

November 25th, 2012
10:58 am

Langley called his cousin this am and said that he is now changing his mind and heading back to play for a real DC at South Carolina!

Sorry dog fans!!!!!!!

And you know this because you were laying next to him when he called? Please son, wishful thinking does not cut it in the SEC. Enjoy your bowl game.

Herschel Pollack

November 25th, 2012
11:41 am

Don,t worry about loading up on great d backs, remember that they are some of the best athletes on the team. They sometimes make great players at other postions. A few to remember are Robert Edwards, Alexander Ogletree, Champ Bailey and Malcolm Mitchell. They also make great special teams players. I DO agree that we need some OFFENSIVE lineMEN!

PR

November 25th, 2012
11:48 am

Dawgs have room for 6 more. Floyd and Atkins will still count toward 2011 along with at least 9 early enrollee’s that will also count toward 2011. The magic number seems to be 36 as long as Floyd and Atkins are included in that total. Otherwise without those two, the number is 34.

Tunsil, Adams, Williams, Kamara, Johnson, Foster

GO DAWGS!

kingdaddy

November 25th, 2012
11:48 am

Ga.s #1 Lamecrock
It’s idiot liars like you who give the Cocks Fans such a bad rap on our blogs. No this is not a UGA blog (like that would matter to you anyway), but it is about A UGA RECRUIT!

You want to make up shiz, then talk about how you have really won the SECe 3 years in a row, lol. What a Lulu..

big daddy

November 25th, 2012
11:53 am

I would like to know how GA can have 30 commits for next year signing class. I saw where they had 21 seniors and if they are all on scholarship, that would leave them with 64 scholarship players. If the limit is 85 scholarship players at any onetime, signing 30 would put them at 94. Please tell me the ins and outs of this.

7576DAWG

November 25th, 2012
11:58 am

I think Georgia is not over signing the Corner Back and Safety positions because we always lose a few to the Linebacker position when these kids grow for a year or two With the new emphasis on Strength and conditioning a few of these recruits will weigh between 220 and 240 , perfect for the inside linebacker position. And if they don’t put on the weight they stay at the Corner or Safety position.

DawgByte

November 25th, 2012
12:04 pm

Richt is 11-1 vs. Tech. I’d day that qualifies as total domination. I was at the game yesterday and it wasn’t as close as the score indicated! LOL!!!

Blackoutanyone?

November 25th, 2012
12:13 pm

Beat out Ole Miss, Miss State and South Florida? Lol impressive! Well the Dwags have worked that joke of a schedule into yet another backdoor entry to the SEC Championship game. Every year you get manhandled by the Gamecocks then embarrass the entire SEC in Atlanta. Well enjoy this week cause it all comes to an end next Saturday.

Bama 31 Jawja 13

Blackoutanyone?

November 25th, 2012
12:20 pm

Big daddy… Your not counting those kicked off the team for legal problems and what not.