Signing Day 2010: UGA Recruiting Bios

Last updated: 4:21 p.m.

Demetre Baker

Ht., Wt.: 6-0, 200

Position: Linebacker

Hometown: Orange Park, Fla.

High School: Orange Park

Highlights: Was a four-star prospect by Rivals.com and was ranked as the 23rd best outside linebacker in the country.

How he’ll fit in: Should be an outside linebacker in defensive coordinator Todd Grantham’s 3-4 defense. He has the speed to be a rush end and should be able to drop back in coverage when necessary. He is still a bit new to the linebacker position, so most do not think he has hit his potential yet.

Brent Benedict

Ht., Wt.: 6-5, 273

Position: Offensive tackle

Hometown: Jacksonville

High School: Bolles School

Highlights: Was considered one of the top 15 players in Florida and the No. 10 offensive lineman in the country by Scout.com.

How he’ll fit in: Benedict, despite coming off an injury, may be as athletic as any offensive line prospect in the country. With Georgia’s tremendous depth on the line, he’ll have to beat out some veterans to earn playing time in his first year on campus. That’s not an unrealistic possibility though. The two-deep line, with exception of Vince Vance, all return, but the play of the line has been substandard at times.

Michael Bennett

Ht., Wt.: 6-3, 186

Position: Wide receiver

Hometown: Alpharetta

High school: Alpharetta

Highlights: Bennett rushed for almost 700 yards and accumulated almost 1,100 all-purpose yards as a senior and was an honorable mention all-state receiver.

How he’ll fit in: Bennett has nice hands and good control of his body as he goes up for the ball. Though not quite as tall as Kris Durham, his game likely will resemble the pre-injury play of Durham. Because he does not have blazing speed, he’ll likely benefit from single coverage, often against a team’s second- or third-best cornerback. His ball skills and toughness should give him a chance to excel in that role.

Brandon Burrows

Ht., Wt.: 6-3, 240

Position: Defensive end

Hometown: Marietta

High school: Walton

Highlights: During his junior year, Burrows had 10 sacks and forced six hurries.

How he’ll fit in: Coming off an injury that kept him off the field during his senior year at Walton, Burrows likely is headed for a redshirt year where he can continue to rehab, add some bulk and be ready to contribute in 2011.

Marc Deas

Ht., Wt.: 6-1, 185

Position: Safety

Hometown: Kissimmee, Fla.

High School: Osceola

Highlights: Deas is a Florida AAAAA all-state player.

How he’ll fit in: Deas played quarterback and linebacker in high school, so he’ll be learning a new position. He’ll be solid against the run from his first practice but will have to learn coverage techniques.

Jalen Fields

Ht., Wt.: 6-5, 250

Position: Defensive end

Hometown: Dalton

High school: Dalton

Highlights: Fields is a Rivals.com top 250 players in the nation, and the No. 18 outside linebacker.

How he’ll fit in: Fields is big and relatively fast, but where he’ll end up playing is a question. Initially it was thought coaches might redshirt Fields and add some weight to him and move him inside. In the new 3-4 defense, Fields might not grow into the single nose tackle. Either way, he’s seen as a raw talent who likely will spend a year developing before finding the field.

Kenarious Gates

Ht., Wt.: 6-5, 300

Position: Offensive tackle

Hometown: Grantville

High school: Greenville High School

Highlights: Gates was a three-star player according to Scout.com and the 90th best offensive tackle in the country. He was a Kentucky commitment until Tuesday afternoon.

How he’ll fit it: Gates is quick on his feet for such a big man, but is still learning to play. That could be a good thing. He is considered a player with a bigger upside than his recruit ranking would indicate.

Jakar Hamilton

Ht., Wt.: 6-2, 196

Position: Safety

Hometown: Edgefield, S.C.

School: Georgia Military College

Highlights: Hamilton is a Rivals.com four-star prospect, who has been timed at 4.4 in the 40-yard dash.

How he’ll fit in: Hamilton might be as game-ready as anyone in this class. As a junior-college transfer, Hamilton has more experience than anyone else in the class, and the safety position is one in which a hard-hitter with good instincts can step right in. With Reshad Jones entering the NFL draft, Georgia needs toughness at the position.

Kolton Houston

Ht., Wt.: 6-5, 270

Position: Offensive lineman

Hometown: Buford

High school: Buford

Highlights: Won three state championships with the Buford Wolves. He was  the No. 6 offensive guard in the nation according to Scout.com

How he’ll fit in: Houston needs to work on his blocking techniques, but his tenacity, strength and footwork position him as one who might contribute early. Houston figures to be a guard, but can play any of the five positions. He comes from Buford, one of the state’s most fertile programs for collegiate players.

Ken Malcome

Ht., Wt.: 6-0, 212

Position: Running back

Hometown: Decatur

High school: Southwest DeKalb

Highlights: Malcome, a four-star prospect, ran the 100 and 200 meters in track.

How he’ll fit in: With a stockpile of tailbacks returning, Malcome isn’t likely to earn playing time as a freshman. Where he ultimately fits in might be one of the more interesting stories of this class. While Malcome doesn’t have tremendous speed, his downhill running style and field vision made him a star in high school. He could play on special teams and might also convert to fullback.

Hutson Mason

Ht., Wt.: 6-3, 190

Position: Quarterback

Hometown: Marietta

High school: Lassiter

Highlights: His senior year was one long highlight reel as Mason set state records in passing yards (4,522) and touchdowns (54).

How he’ll fit in: Mason figures to redshirt in the fall unless he can elevate himself to at least No. 2 on the depth chart. While he has two (perhaps three) quarterbacks ahead of him, none have played meaningful minutes, and the leading candidates to start at quarterback are two redshirt freshmen.

Dexter Morant

Ht., Wt.: 6-7, 240

Position: Defensive end

Hometown: Manning, S.C.

High school: Manning

Highlights: The lanky defensive end was offered scholarships by Florida, Tennessee, Clemson and South Carolina.

How he’ll fit in: If he shows he can be a pass rusher at the end position, Morant could bulk up a little and be a candidate to be on the two-deep depth chart. He needs to get stronger but his height and long reach could bat down many a pass in the near future.

Alec Ogletree

Ht., Wt.: 6-3, 215

Hometown: Newnan

High school: Newnan

Position: Defensive back

Highlights: Considered by some to be the No. 1 prospect in Georgia and the No. 3 safety in America.

How he’ll fit in: He was atop Georgia’s list of “must gets”for some time because of his size, strength and speed. He might look more like the hybrid hard-hitting Thomas Davis than Reshad Jones by the time he has finished at Georgia, and that would be just fine by Georgia. In the new 3-4 defense, Ogletree might get a look at outside linebacker, where his speed would really stand out.

Alexander Ogletree

Ht., Wt.: 5-10, 205

Position: Linebacker

Hometown: Newnan

High school: Newnan

Highlights: Zander, at times, was the best defensive player on his team, and that includes his brother Alec, a much more sought-after prospect.

How he’ll fit in: In the best case scenario, he emulates the play of Rennie Curran, who also was told he wasn’t big enough to play linebacker in the SEC. Don’t rule out that Zander might contribute this year, either on special teams or as a reserve in the new 3-4 defense.

Lonnie Outlaw

Ht., Wt.: 6-5, 180

Position: Wide receiver

Hometown: Rochelle

High school: Wilcox County

Highlights: Outlaw helped lead Wilcox County to the 2009 Georgia Class A State Title Game.
He caught 41 passes for 829 yards and six touchdowns in 2009, and scored 10 touchdowns on 22 catches for 417 yards receiving as a junior.

How he’ll fit in: Outlaw likely will go to Georgia Military College first because he wasn’t taking enough college-prep courses, and then he probably needs to add some muscle to his frame before arriving in Athens.

Derek Owens

Ht., Wt.: 5-9, 180

Position: Cornerback

Hometown: Jacksonville

High school: Andrew Jackson

Highlights: Owens played receiver and defensive back and was considered one the state’s better two-way players.

How he’ll fit in: The Dogs like his size as a cornerback, but Owens lacks lock-down corner speed and still needs work jamming receivers off the line. That doesn’t bode well for him seeing the field soon. He might be a candidate to add some muscle and move to safety in 2011.

Garrison Smith

Ht., Wt.: 6-3, 250

Position: Defensive tackle

Hometown: Atlanta

High school: Douglass

Highlights: Smith was the No. 6 defensive tackle in the country, according to Scout.com and Rivals.com, and chose Georgia over Florida.

How he’ll fit in: Smith should be an ideal middle cog in the new 3-4 defense. He’s a bit undersized, but his frame should be able to add 20 pounds before the 2010 season starts. With Jeff Owens, Geno Atkins and Kade Weston all moving on, the defensive tackle depth chart is waiting for some young players to fill it. Smith could work his way into the rotation early.

T.J. Stripling

Ht., Wt.: 6-6, 215

Hometown: Decatur

High school: Southwest DeKalb

Position: Defensive end

Highlights: He was considered the No. 4 player in Georgia by Rivals.com, and the No. 4 weakside defensive end in the country.

How he’ll fit in: Stripling needs to add some bulk to his frame, which shouldn’t be a problem. He’s built a lot like fellow signee, Dexter Morant, but was rated even higher. As Georgia looks for some pass-rushing ends, Stripling will get his chance immediately. If he performs and gets a little bigger, he likely will earn playing time this year. If not, he might be a redshirt candidate.

Mike Thornton

Ht. Wt.: 6-1, 280

Hometown: Stone Mountain

High school: Stephenson

Position: Defensive tackle

Highlights: Was one of the top three players in Georgia, according to the AJC and was a four-star prospect by both major recruiting services.

How he’ll fit in: Thornton rounds out Georgia’s defensive line class nicely. He’s strong, breaks down protection well and is good against the run. He should compete for playing time quickly.

219 comments Add your comment

collegeballfan

February 3rd, 2010
8:09 am

Morgan Bailey?????????????

Jim

February 3rd, 2010
8:12 am

Check out these pics my friend sent me of Tech’s Signing Day Party
http://www.atlantasportssoup.com/recruiting/yellowjackets/pics/
Things are getting a little out of hand on Peachtree Street

Vince

February 3rd, 2010
8:16 am

I noticed that Bailey thing as well, they got rid of that one quickly.

HUNKER DOWN

February 3rd, 2010
8:17 am

Welcome home to the Dawg Nation!!

Yellow Fuzz

February 3rd, 2010
8:20 am

Cutting georgia and the AH dog nation a break today

AJC Sports

February 3rd, 2010
8:22 am

Sorry, folks. Our mistake on Bailey. It was only a matter of inserting wrong info in wrong blog – no crazy Signing Day shenanigans going on. Apologies. It’s a little crazy around here.

We’re hearing from our Athens correspondent Bill Sanders that the Signing Day turnout from UGA fans isn’t up to usual par — at least by past standards. Ideas on what’s up with that? Do you expect a later, bigger crowd for Richt’s “State of the Dawgs” speech?

JB

February 3rd, 2010
8:23 am

Yellow fuzz…..Isn’t this a big day at the flats…..don’t you need to be over there in your star wars outfit cheering on this class ya’ll are racking up.

Bignow

February 3rd, 2010
8:24 am

Akins to UCF, go Knights

Bling and blang

February 3rd, 2010
8:25 am

Yes I know whats not up and thats UGA’s football program. This dawg and pony show is the same as always and fans are waking up. Dont plan for many to show up and listen to CMR blow smoke up fans rear ends on how this class met UGA needs. same ole same ole !!!!

JB

February 3rd, 2010
8:32 am

AJC Sports……you guys have killed that……We have 10-12 guys coming in Today that ANY program would have wanted, but we’ve had a year because of results on the field last year and a whole new Defensive staff…..I do wonder to myself ( well, not now) if a unmotivated
recruiting Cord. has anything to do with these 4 or 5 guys going elsewhere. also, Because of a good friend of mine in Snellville who’s son is being recruited out of Brookwood, They are really selling Georgia down the river when visiting….If I know Richt, I don’t think he uses those tactics.

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

February 3rd, 2010
8:34 am

AJC, maybe if the media didn’t treat these guys like the second coming with the hats on a table bs and the press conferences to announce a commitment then maybe they could return to being students first and athletes second. Then again maybe I miss the 50’s

H.S. Coach

February 3rd, 2010
8:34 am

I’d imagine that the smaller showing has something to do with a 7-5 season with a touch of the AJC dogging the class every chance it gets. Every article I’ve read about UGA on the AJC has a dig at how poor you guys think this recruiting class is. Even when all services had it as a top 10 you guys made it out like it wasn’t even top 25. Eventually, you guys are going to lose out on more and more customers with all the negative reporting.

TrueDawg

February 3rd, 2010
8:35 am

H.S. Coach

I agree. The AJC is about to force me to pay for one of the insider sites. I can’t get any real news here. Just negative writing.

AJC,
Sensationalism only goes so far….

gomdawg

February 3rd, 2010
8:35 am

THANKS FOR THE TRUE DAWGS THAT ARE SIGNING WE US TODAY.

r2d2

February 3rd, 2010
8:36 am

Low turnout? Probably going 8-5 and the Media needs to try the positive SPIN angle in 2010. Apparently, the negative SPIN angle doesn’t excite and get people hyped. Negative spin suppresses turnout.

Bling and blang

February 3rd, 2010
8:38 am

Comical…. you guys blaming the AJC for low turn out !!!! man what are you idiots smoking ?????

30-24 Dawgs - WE RUN THIS STATE

February 3rd, 2010
8:38 am

Pathe-TECH that you guys would include Bailey on UGA’s list.

Guru

February 3rd, 2010
8:41 am

Too bad UGA came after Bailey and offered him in the past few days before they offered Gates. Bailey said no thanks.

SEC Signees – Round 8:40am | MrSEC.com

February 3rd, 2010
8:41 am

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Eat and Tweet

February 3rd, 2010
8:44 am

Owensjeff @ 8:32am here at the Butts Mehre and Wow they have really put on a spread this year. Nobody here though but Im not complaining because its more food for me! later dreggs…..

JFKDawg

February 3rd, 2010
8:44 am

Hey AJC, not sure if you are aware but there’s a recession on. Not many people can take the day off to root for a signing day process. As far as Da’Dick is concerned, I hope he enjoys the yellow of UT because it will match the big streak down his back.

r2d2

February 3rd, 2010
8:45 am

Like the Bennett WR, had 1100 yards, Da’ Rick had 1200, not much difference. Bennett runs great routes, team player guy, works hard, a lunch pail type of guy.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

February 3rd, 2010
8:46 am

thornton updates??

Nate

February 3rd, 2010
8:47 am

Does anyone know what time Coach Richt is speaking today?

JB

February 3rd, 2010
8:47 am

Al Groh holding a reception for the new signee’s on Defense at The Picadilly on Chesire Bridge
Road today at 4:00 for all who care. Shuttle service available.

What??

February 3rd, 2010
8:48 am

I normally attend signing day in Athens, but chose not to this year. Seems we have lost key recruits the last few weeks and had a circus act when trying to hire a Defensive Coordinator. I’m not sure what Richts agenda is, or how he is implementing his plan, but from the outside looking in it appears that we are quickly headed in the wrong direction.

Almost like fleas jumping off a dead dog!

I sure hope Richt can right the ship and restore respect for thr UGA football program and the desire for these kids to play for Richt and UGA. When I read the reports and see in numerous articles where the kids state that the UGA coaches showed interest in them and then just stopped calling or showing interest leading them to sign with another school, WHAT are the coaches at UGA thinking?? What are they doing??

suwaneedawg

February 3rd, 2010
8:51 am

I am not defending AJC Sports here but, Rivals is also dissing this class and says there is a chance Thorton will go to Kentucky. If that happens according to Rivals, the meltdown will begin in Athens. Point is, their are other media outlets not impressed with our class.

Dawg Fan.

February 3rd, 2010
8:52 am

Hey, What?? instead of being so negative how about supporting the staff and the kids that are coming in. CMR will do a great job just like he has every year. We most have forgotten about the 10 win/SEC championship seasons we have had under him. If you don’t like what he is doing, go pull for someone else.

r2d2

February 3rd, 2010
8:53 am

They say winning shuts up the critics, not true in Richt’s case, he’s the #4 winningest Head Coach, but still getting criticized.

unless he wins the Natl Championship every year, the media will go into the negative spin zone.

ugaman

February 3rd, 2010
8:54 am

relax! take deep cleansing breaths.

mcdaviddawg

February 3rd, 2010
8:56 am

Small crowd for Richt’s last recruiting class. This class started out great and than turned downhill. The program fell apart last year and the recruits and real fans know it. Nobody game to the last home games. Yes the stadium was full for Auburn but not with the regulars. Richt is in a lot more trouble than most realize. It’s what happens when you have poor work ethic. This class may in up the 6th or even seventh best in the SEC while Florida is blowing the top off. Georgia players going everywhere but to the dawgs. I love the dawgs but I don’t accept what’s happening in Athens.

What??

February 3rd, 2010
8:57 am

Dawg Fan.

Stop living in the past. The old saying “What have you done for me lately” is true here. Well lately Richt has failed miserably when hiring the DC. Perception is reality and the the perception that is out there is that Richt could not get the DC’s that he wanted and had to”settle” for the man he got.

The kids are not signing that said they would. Why?? Take a look at ALL issues and you begin to see a pattern that UGA is headed downward fast.

Atticus

February 3rd, 2010
8:57 am

Amazing some of the comments I have read the last 2 days. This class is going to be very good, maybe not great but nobody can tell me what these kids will do the next 4 years. We have had very good classes the last few ears. But next years is going to be HUGE–just wait. This program rises or falls with the new QB (Murray or Mett) and Todd Grantham’s defense. We have a ton of offensive talent and now we have the right D coach. If we have the right QB, the sky is the limit. Gimme a break, get a life. We haven’t lost because of lack players, we lost because of poor defensive and special teams coaching, too young OL and RBs, a backup QB and no defense. We haven’t lost because we didn’t get a TO wannabee.

ugaman

February 3rd, 2010
8:58 am

well said r2d2. uga fans get a rap for being babies. i am not quite there but i am starting to lean that way.

CDAWG

February 3rd, 2010
8:59 am

Aikens is not going to UCF, he will be a dawg, bet on it!

Go Dawgs

February 3rd, 2010
8:59 am

We need some BIG guys………….

r2d2

February 3rd, 2010
8:59 am

Kolton Houston–GREAT PCICK-UP. 3 state championships. #6 at his position. This guys a monster. O-Line will be great in 2010.

Danga

February 3rd, 2010
8:59 am

I think all Dawg fans agree that a change had to be made at d-coordinator. Those guys that were fired had spent a lot of time over the last couple of years developing relationships with recruits, and it is only natural to lose a couple of them when a change like this takes place. It seems that Da’Rick’s situation is a bit different. He decided to follow his best friend to Tennessee. I can’t blame a kid for wanting the opportunity to play with his best friend on the next level even if it is at rocky top.

Dear mcdaviddawg

February 3rd, 2010
9:00 am

You, sir, are an idiot.

ugaman

February 3rd, 2010
9:02 am

the crowds are fine mcdaviddawg.you must be at tech games.

DogFan

February 3rd, 2010
9:02 am

Priceless, Jim …

MDG

February 3rd, 2010
9:03 am

Jim, thanks because that is the first time that I have laughed out loud in a while at work.

Mark Bradley & Jeff Shultz

February 3rd, 2010
9:06 am

We expect UGA recruiting crowd to be down this year because we have gone out of our way in beating on UGA (the program and fans) on a continuous basis. Obviously our efforts have been effective.
BTW-CPJ and Tech are the greatest program to ever play football in the state of GA. (Never mind that little road bump back in late Nov.) Go Jackets!!!!
Let’s get a beer Jeff out job is done here. Ok Mark!

loyaldawg(and an actual alum)

February 3rd, 2010
9:06 am

mcdaviddawg… you are an idiot. Fair weather fans are for the NFL…please trade in next year’s (scalped) tickets for the Falcons tickets. I’ll be cheering on the Dawgs rain or shine…thanks!

As for Da’Rick… let the kid enjoy his moment. I respect him for giving CMR a heads up and making a decision on his own. It sucks that we lost him, but wish him best of luck. At the end of the day, we are pretty deep at WR…let’s get some depth in the buffet buster positions!

Dognation

February 3rd, 2010
9:07 am

Michael Bennett is a joke.. watching him in the other reciever going to wake was amusing.. Lassiter had 4 recievers that i would rather have

DAWGNUTZ

February 3rd, 2010
9:07 am

The DAWGS have the opportunity to “Coach” some young men the next couple of years. That’s something that at least defensively, we’ve been missing. 5 star, 4 star, etc… doesn’t mean diddly if they aren’t coached. DAWGNATION Unite!!

r2d2

February 3rd, 2010
9:08 am

If Georgia has 3 defensive staff members fired, and a defensive guy decommits from Georgia to go to a better school, I still respect that guy.

If Georgia has 3 defensive staff members fired, and a defensive guy decommits Georgia and heads to a lesser school or MUCH lower winning % head coach, like Clemson (Robey, I don’t get that.

If an offensive guy decommits Georgia, when Georgia has no offensive staff or Head Coach turnover, then I don’t respect that guy, like Da’ Rick.

Coach Johnsons Paul

February 3rd, 2010
9:09 am

Da’Rick Rogers has gotten played!!! The joke is going to be on Mr. Nance!!! His son should have gone to Vandy. Seeing as how he never will play a down at 10RC at least at Vandy he would have gotten a great education.

devildawg

February 3rd, 2010
9:09 am

Personally, I’m really excited to get the Ogletree brothers to Athens and see what they can do. I watched Newnan in the playoffs, and both Alec and Zander were beasts. Zander reminded me of Rennie the way he seemed to be in on every tackle, and Alec was just amazing. Remember, tards, its not the stars, its the play on the field. See you in Sept.

suwaneedawg

February 3rd, 2010
9:12 am

Lets face facts, the Rogers thing was about Nash’s dad and stinks to high heaven. We need a sttrong WR recruit next year, not this year.