Georgia lands commitment No. 17 in Memphis athlete Sheldon Dawson

Sheldon Dawson is built in the mode of Brandon Boykin and "did it all" for Ridgeway High in Memphis, according to coach Duron Sutton. (Photo by 247Sports.com)

Sheldon Dawson is built in the mode of Brandon Boykin and "did it all" for Ridgeway High in Memphis, according to coach Duron Sutton. (Photo courtesy of Memphis Commercial Appeal)

Georgia conducted its first successful flip of the recruiting period on Monday as Sheldon Dawson announced his intention to sign with the Bulldogs on Wednesday.

“I have committed to Georgia,” Dawson, a 5-foot-11, 178-pound athlete from Ridgeway High School in Memphis, Tenn, said Monday night. “I did it about an hour ago.”

Dawson had been committed to play for his hometown team, the University of Memphis, since July of last summer. But he re-opened his recruitment after the school fired head coach Larry Porter. He chose UGA over Ole Miss and he also considered Arkansas and Cincinnati.

“It just felt like a better fit for me,” Dawson said. “It was like a do over for me, a place to start over. I started from scratch and that’s the place I wanted to go.”

Dawson becomes commitment No. 17 for the Bulldogs. Georgia hopes to secure at least five recruits more during the national signing period, which begins Wednesday. Several of those targets are currently committed to other schools, including Cedar Grove offensive lineman Brandon Greene (Alabama), Sandy Creek wide receiver JaQuay Williams (Auburn) and Tucker defensive end Josh Dawson (Vanderbilt). They’re also awaiting word from outside linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons of Valdosta, offensive lineman Avery Young of Palm Beach Gardens and wide receiver Codarrelle Patterson of Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College.

Georgia was one of the first teams in after Porter’s dismissal and Dawson took an official visit to Athens in December. The Bulldogs have pretty much led ever since, despite a late push by Ole Miss and new coach Hugh Freeze.

Dawson’s original commitment to Memphis was considered a major coup for the Tigers. He is the consensus No. 1 prospect in Tennessee. 247Sports.com gives him a four-star rating and considers him the No. 8 cornerback in America while Scout.com also has him has as a four-star and considers him No. 11 in the nation at the position. Rivals.com and ESPN both rate him with three stars.  Dawson had well over 20 offers and almost all were from BCS schools such as Ohio State, Tennessee, Louisville, North Carolina, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State and the like.

Georgia’s biggest selling point for Dawson is the opportunity to play both ways. He’s expected to play cornerback or safety for the Bulldogs but has been told he’ll be given the opportunity to return kicks and may also get some snaps on offense. Dawson reportedly has 4.4-second, 40-yard speed and is an almost identical physical match to the recently-departed Brandon Boykin, who won the Hornung Award playing two ways for the Bulldogs.

“Everybody on the team said I remind them of Brandon Boykin,” Dawson said.

“You’ve already seen how they would use him,” Ridgeway coach Duron Sutton said. “You’ve seen the way they use that Boykin kid on offense and defense. I think they feel like he would be a perfect fit for that role.”

Dawson is scheduled to make his formal announcement at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday with teammates at his school.

GEORGIA 2012 COMMITMENTS

  1. DT John Atkins (6-4, 300), Thomson
  2. P Collin Barber (6-2, 191), Cartersville
  3. QB Faton Bauta (6-3, 225), West Palm Beach, Fla.
  4. OL Mark Beard (6-4, 290), Coffeyville (Kan.) CC/Adamsville, Ala.
  5. ATH Sheldon Dawson (5-11, 178), Memphis, Tenn.
  6. DL James Deloach (6-3, 260), Jenkins Co.
  7. DE Leonard Floyd (6-4, 215), Dodge Co.
  8. RB Todd Gurley (6-1, 195), Tarburo, NC
  9. FB Quayvon Hicks (6-2, 245), Pierce Co.
  10. OLB Jordan Jenkins (6-3, 245), Harris Co.
  11. RB Keith Marshall (5-11, 190), Raleigh, N.C.
  12. PK Marshall Morgan (6-3, 195), Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
  13. OL Greg Pyke (6-6, 315), Baltimore, Md.
  14. TE Ty Smith (6-3, 228), Colquitt Co.
  15. DL Jonathan Taylor (6-4, 315), Jenkins Co.
  16. OT John Theus (6-6, 292), Jacksonville, Fla.
  17. WR Blake Tibbs (6-2, 185), M.L. King

140 comments Add your comment

LawDawg

January 30th, 2012
8:52 pm

LawDawg

January 30th, 2012
8:53 pm

First of a few flips I hope

Bad Dawg

January 30th, 2012
8:54 pm

Time for a new head coach to get championship results out of these fine players. Go Dawgs!

WestOfAthens

January 30th, 2012
8:57 pm

Good offer UGA, seems to be a good choice, with his range UGA has got another weapon defensively, presumably.
HBTD

SEC fans for Richt

January 30th, 2012
9:00 pm

5′11″ and 178 lbs? That kid is gonna get broken in half in the SEC. Nice steal………..from Memphis! Laughable!

Bad Dawg

January 30th, 2012
9:00 pm

Dawson has an impressive highlight reel. He looks to be very quick and elusive. You know Bobo and Richt won’t know how to use him on offense or they will wait until his senior year to exploit his talents just like they did with Boykin.

LHarding Dawg

January 30th, 2012
9:01 pm

Took only 3 post for the first moron to show up.

ArkOne

January 30th, 2012
9:02 pm

Wow, this guy’s an athlete, great speed, big time playmaker, he has to work hard to beat out some other great athletes like Marshall and Swann, but if he works hard, makes plays, he’ll be the next Boykin.

bigcalidawg

January 30th, 2012
9:02 pm

We could always use more kids like Brandon Boykin.

Pubert149

January 30th, 2012
9:02 pm

Great job recruiting! Hope we can get a few more flips! If this kid is half as good as Boykin then we should be in good shape. Hope special teams can get better so he can really impress!

Bad Dawg

January 30th, 2012
9:04 pm

SEC, You are an idiot, You do know they have something called a college strength and conditioning program where athletes gain weight and get stronger right? There was a time when Tavarrez King and Branden Smith were about 160 lbs and now they are up 25-30 lbs and they hold up pretty well in the SEC. The Honey Badger is not the most physically imposing prospect either but he made plays.

dawgfan

January 30th, 2012
9:05 pm

a db was much needed. now if we can just get JHC and Avery Young along with the other Dawson…this will be a solid class

JDawg1785

January 30th, 2012
9:05 pm

If Sheldon Dawson is anything like Brandon Boykin, the Dawgs certainly have a winner! Congrats and welcome to UGA, Sheldon!

Dawgwild

January 30th, 2012
9:07 pm

Good Things to Come, Let’s do this dawgs! TECH Blows!

Jeff

January 30th, 2012
9:11 pm

To all the haters bashing this kid because he’s 5′11, 178…Morris Claiborne who is arguably the best cover corner in the country is 6′0, 180. And Tyrann Mathieu isn’t even as big as Claiborne at 5′9, 180 but both those guys were finalist for awards. Don’t judge a guy because of his size. This guy will be a starter for us before it’s said and done. He may not be a 5-star recruit, but neither was Morris Claiborne. As a matter of fact, Claiborne was a receiver coming out of high school, LSU moved him to CB, and look at him now.

Dawg48

January 30th, 2012
9:11 pm

Bad Dawg = fake Dawg!

Bad Dawg

January 30th, 2012
9:12 pm

Dawg48 equals dumb Dawg!, I’m a real dawg!

Bad Dawg

January 30th, 2012
9:13 pm

come at me bro

Jeff

January 30th, 2012
9:13 pm

@ SEC fans for Richt…how big you want him to be? 6′5, 220? I like my corners kind of smallish (weight wise) because they can turn their hips very, very quickly. Darrelle Revis is 5′11 about 190 and he’s the best cover corner on this planet.

Valdosta Cat...

January 30th, 2012
9:14 pm

Nice pick up..

Dawg48

January 30th, 2012
9:15 pm

Bad dawg, who is Tavarrez King? If you were a teal dawg you would know his name!
And no I’m not going to come at you bro!

Columbus

January 30th, 2012
9:17 pm

AVERY…….UGA baby. UGA is the ONLY place for you. EVERYTHING you desire is right in Athens under Mark Richt and the UGA coaches and players. Come to UGA and MAKE it happen for you and them!

To ANY of you talking about Claiborne’s size: Get OUT of your LITTLE box! The #1 player in the state for a reason. You do NOT have to be 6-3 to be a GREAT player! YOU DONT! This guy is phenomenal!

ArkOne

January 30th, 2012
9:17 pm

Bad Dawg

January 30th, 2012
9:20 pm

Well this is not the spelling bee sir but you know who I am referring to WR #12 UGA’s leading receiver this past season. I am a dawg fool, just because I am not a kool-aid drinking homer like some of you does not mean I am a dawg, it just means I keep things and perspective and give my honest opinion. If you don’t like my opinion oh well.

Dawg48

January 30th, 2012
9:21 pm

Bad Dawg has a man crush on Saban!

ArkOne

January 30th, 2012
9:21 pm

Boykin was 5′ 10”, Dawson played WR/RB/CB/Returned kicks, excelled everywhere. Dawgs compared him to Boykin’s size and speed and versatility. Dawson is 5′ 11”.

Boykin is projected to go 2nd round in nfl DRAFT.

jimmyjacket

January 30th, 2012
9:22 pm

This Tech fan says that if he is like Boykin, you have a REAL good one!

Dawg48

January 30th, 2012
9:23 pm

Bad dawg, if you went to the games or watched one on TV you would have spelled it correct!

Commit #18!!!!

January 30th, 2012
9:23 pm

Mike

January 30th, 2012
9:24 pm

#1 player inTennessee… That is laughable

Brainiac(Dawg for life/Richt fan for life)

January 30th, 2012
9:24 pm

@ LHarding Dawg:

Damn god post @9:01 pm.

Thanks man!

BG

January 30th, 2012
9:24 pm

Welcome Mr. Dawson! GO DAWGS!!

Brainiac(Dawg for life/Richt fan for life)

January 30th, 2012
9:26 pm

S. Dawson is a little bigger than Boykin was as a Freshman/

Bad Dawg

January 30th, 2012
9:26 pm

Does it not say King on the back of his jersey? or does it say his first name? Yes I do admire Nick Saban as a head coach, he could actually win a championship around here for crying out loud. Fans like yourself have become complacent with beating Tech every year. Who cares we should beat tech every year, What about beating a great team?

BG

January 30th, 2012
9:26 pm

Don’t hate Mike. GO DAWGS!!!

Dawg'em out!

January 30th, 2012
9:27 pm

seems like a versatile prospect, and the start of the flips richt and company have put together for the best finish yet hopefully!

Rick James

January 30th, 2012
9:27 pm

He’s a good one..

BG

January 30th, 2012
9:28 pm

DAWGS will close very strong.

Jeff

January 30th, 2012
9:30 pm

This guy will be a shutdown corner for the Dawgs. Todd Grantham and his defense loves to play man to man press coverage shutting down receivers forcing the QB to hold ontot he ball long enough for Jarvis Jones to get them.

Dawg48

January 30th, 2012
9:31 pm

Can’t wait to see Greene in a Red jersey!

Jeff

January 30th, 2012
9:33 pm

It’s Miami or bust for this Dawg team. With the schedule we have, the defense we’ll have, all we need is for our O-line to step it up and we should contend for a title. The Big One. Let’s hope we can put an offensive line together that’ll rock some defensive lines. IMHO, if I were Will Friend, I’d put this O-line up against any D-line in the country:

LT: John Theus
LG: Kenarious Gates
C: David Andrews
RG: Chris Burnette
RT: Watts Dantzler

I know that line is young and kind of inexperienced, but when they grow, they’ll be a dominant group. I think Theus is ready to start day 1. Like Sturdivant, he’ll be a Freshman All-American.

A person SMART enough to know......

January 30th, 2012
9:34 pm

Wow a Memphis commit. UGa stole from Ole Miss? Richt is taking a page from Johnson. Hahaha

Vance Duly

January 30th, 2012
9:35 pm

Great!! The only thing left on my wish list is at least 2 more offensive linemen who are mobile and know how to block!! I hope we’re secretly offering more O-Linemen than what has been reported. GO DAWGS!!

Dawg48

January 30th, 2012
9:37 pm

Smart, ranked the #11 corner in the nation!

Bad Dawg

January 30th, 2012
9:38 pm

SMART, Johnson goes after guys with offers from MTSU and Elon. This has much better offers than that. Don’t try and make Tech and UGA seem similar. Even your own fanbase knows this.

Dawg48

January 30th, 2012
9:40 pm

Yea SMART, what my buddy Bad Dawg said!

AFDawg

January 30th, 2012
9:44 pm

Welcome to Dawg Nation Sheldon. Don’t worry about Bad Dawg’s comments — he’s an imposter and very worried UGA is going to close strong recruiting wise. He saw how so many freshman contributed right away this year and he’s afraid you’ll do the same this coming season. I wish you great success at Georgia.

Bad Dawg

January 30th, 2012
9:44 pm

There’s something we can agree on Dawg48. Now about the head coaching position…

Dawg48

January 30th, 2012
9:46 pm

Bad Dawg, don’t take it all personal I was just hacking on you. All in fun, Go Dawgs!
You have your opinions I respect that.

Dawg48

January 30th, 2012
9:47 pm

Smart, drink a jack and coke for me tonight in celebration!