Ten@10: UGA gets first DB in Dawson, now needs more O-linemen

With national signing day bearing down on us and a plethora of UGA news swirling, it seemed like a good time to dust off  . . .

THE TEN AT 10

1. With the commitment of Memphis defensive back Sheldon Dawson on Monday, the Bulldogs now sit at 17 public commitments heading into national signing day. It does not appear that they’ll receive any more announcements before the official letters-of-intent start rolling in at Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall early tomorrow. Meanwhile, don’t let Dawson’s original commitment to Memphis fool you. He committed to the Tigers before last season when he lit it up both offensively and defensively for Ridgeway High and showcased what has been reported as 4.4-second, 40-yard speed. By the end of his recruitment, Dawson claimed more than 20 offers and the majority were from major BCS programs such as Ohio State, Tennessee, and North Carolina.

2. Now Georgia looks to close strong, and it has the opportunity to do that. Probably the most important remaining piece of the puzzle for the Bulldogs is offensive lineman Avery Young of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. It appears to be a Georgia-Auburn battle for Young (6-foot-6, 281 pounds), but he will include the caps of Florida and Miami on the table Wednesday when he makes his decision public at 2 p.m. Young told Rusty Mansell of Dawgs247.com he has made up his mind but that he hasn’t leaked word to anyone. “Even my mom does not know,” he said.

3. Securing Young is particularly important to the Bulldogs since they lost one of their previous offensive line commitments last week in Chester Brown. That left them with just three O-linemen in this class when they originally set out to get five or six. Dawson’s commitment was equally important as he is now Georgia’s only defensive back commitment.

The breakdown of the rest of the class goes like this: 3 outside linebackers/defensive ends, 2 tailbacks 2 defensive tackles, 1 wide receiver, 1 fullback, 1 tight end, 1 quarterback, 1 punter and 1 kicker. By all accounts the Dogs would like to sign five more players. Ideally that would be two more offensive linemen, another wide receiver, an inside linebacker and a defensive lineman or DB.

4. Speaking of Brown, his saga finally has a conclusion. The 6-foot-5, 340-pound lineman from Bradwell Institute, who had to back out of his longtime UGA commitment due to an immigration issue, has decided to sign with Central Florida after all. Brown committed to the Knights over the weekend during an official visit, but had second thoughts upon returning to Hinesville and finding that his school had been flooded with new opportunities for him.

Coach Jim Walsh said he received calls from 29 different schools either inquiring about Brown’s availability or stepping up with actual offers. Among the schools showing late interest were Auburn, Missouri, Miami, North Carolina and Southern Cal, Walsh said.

“We had schools coming in from everywhere,” Walsh said. “It almost became more of a burden. Just overwhlelming is a better way to put it. Up until [Monday] night our intention was to take it past signing day. It got sideways for a minute. But once Chester could clear his head he was able to make up his mind and he’ll sign with Central tomorrow.”

5. Of course, The AJC will be all over national signing day activities at the University of Georgia on Wednesday. I will be at the Butts-Mehre tweeting out the Bulldogs’ signings from @ajcuga at Twitter.com as soon as they become official early in the morning. I’ll also be posting continuous live blogs here and AJC recruiting reporter Michael Carvell will be posting news all day on The AJC’s Recruiting Page. So you should be able to follow all the recruiting day drama — and there figures to be plenty this year — from your computer.

6. Festivities at Georgia will begin about 8 a.m. I get an audience with head coach Mark Richt and recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner around 1 p.m. on Wednesday and will be sharing their thoughts and insights shortly thereafter. Us media types have been told we may get the opportunity to talk to the Bulldogs’ midyear enrollees tomorrow. That’s something I’m looking forward to because five-star running back Keith Marshall, quarterback Faton Bauta and offensive lineman Mark Beard to date have been unavailable for interviews.

7. Speaking of Georgia’s coaches, UGA Athletic Director Greg McGarity told me yesterday that the new contracts for head coach Mark Richt and defensive coordinator Todd Grantham won’t be ready until sometime after national signing day. McGarity reiterated that there is “no rush” as deals have already been agreed upon in principle. A three-year extension for Richt and a new three-year deal (or two -year extension) for Grantham is anticipated. An athletic board meeting is scheduled next week and I suspect something should be forthcoming then. I talked to Grantham recently and he said, “I’m not worried about that. That’s been handled. I’m just trying to find some players.”

8. Another possible delay for getting agreements finalized was the sad news this week regarding President Michael Adams. Hubert Adams, his father, passed away suddenly on Sunday. He was 87. Mr. Adams, who lived near Stone Mountain, was a very spry and vibrant man and ardent Bulldog supporter who often attended UGA sporting events.

9. Read a remarkable story by Jon Solomon of The Birmingham News charting Auburn’s recruiting the last four years. According to him, only 18 percent of the signees from Auburn’s 2008 class are expected to exhaust their eligibility and just 43 percent of the 2009 and 2010 classes are still with the team. The Tigers are also sitting with the fewest commitments so far for 2012 (15). But there is hope. Currently they are 24 of 24 in the Class of 2011.

10. And finally, I read another interesting story at thepostgame.com. UGA’s Anna Watson apparently is “the strongest cheerleader in college football.” Who knew?

101 comments Add your comment

Flip89

January 31st, 2012
10:13 am

Read it and still got first?

Loyal Fan

January 31st, 2012
10:17 am

Go Dawgs! Great news! Now I want Harvey-clemons and/or Avery young!

In future News, here come the haters . . . cue Bama/GT trolls.

coachx

January 31st, 2012
10:21 am

Thanks Chip ! Glad to see you back in the recruiting circle for NSD.

Just Asking

January 31st, 2012
10:22 am

Who will be the first to sign tomorrow morning?

Spanky

January 31st, 2012
10:26 am

Nice! I keep hearing about some “surprise signings”…anybody?….Buhler……Buhler………LOL

Go Dawgs!

BigTimeTechFan

January 31st, 2012
10:26 am

Nice job Chip

We miss you on recruiting blog but like Carvall also. I do miss the 10@10

UGA has very nice class lined up. GT Also has very nice class lined up.

Any word on why UGA did not offer Jonathan Jones who is faster, bigger and stonger then Dawson, yet they did not offer because they did not want CB under 6′1″ or something like that.

Tobias Funke

January 31st, 2012
10:27 am

flo-ri-duh

January 31st, 2012
10:30 am

Most men would not find her physique attractive . I respect her for her beliefs and wish her well.

Van Gorder

January 31st, 2012
10:34 am

Do you really expect to compete with the big boys in the SEC with Conference USA talent? Hate to see the Bulldogs going down the tubes this fast. UGA may have to drop down a level and play Ga. Southern and Furman to have any hope for a championship.

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

January 31st, 2012
10:35 am

Does anybody have Anna Watson’s Phone Number? I like it! I like it a lot!

DawginLex

January 31st, 2012
10:36 am

Don’t have a good feeling about the closing stretch to NSD. Hope I’m wrong. Could be a big embarrassment for Richt if 5 scholarships are still open.

Could the delay in the contract extensions have anythign to do with other staff re-assignments? Is Bobo going to remain as OC?

Thanks for your work Chip.

DawginLex

January 31st, 2012
10:38 am

van gorder, can you not read?

He has offers from all the big schools. He was an early commit to Memphis nad continued to get big time offers. He is not conference USA talent.

BG

January 31st, 2012
10:38 am

The DAWGS will finish strong.

Dap01

January 31st, 2012
10:42 am

What is the latest on Patterson?

Van Gorder

January 31st, 2012
10:43 am

Sheldon Dawson – 5′-11″ 178 lbs. Long time commit to Memphis, a member of Conference USA. Things are looking bad for the Dawgs. So sad. :-(

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

January 31st, 2012
10:46 am

2012 class will turn out fine. Maybe some walk-on OL folks will step it up in practice and get the call up

DawginLex

January 31st, 2012
10:47 am

van gorder

now you just want to be a smartalec.

IGNORE

Van Gorder's Brayne

January 31st, 2012
10:52 am

Me Knot can reed two gud. Sheldon Dawson Konfurince USSR talint.. haha… Ohioioio Staite, Tinnsee, and Norf Carlina are in Konfurince USSR.haha. Two bad four the Doogs. Sew sad.

1eyedJack

January 31st, 2012
10:53 am

As for Anna, I like my women to be a little soft and cuddly. Can she play Tackle or Guard? Sign her up.

DawginLex

January 31st, 2012
10:57 am

Anna was asked out on a date by Chris Rainey but she said no. He kept bothering her and she looked at him and said

“Time to die, boy!”"

Good grief

January 31st, 2012
11:00 am

They’ll still beat the breaks off of auburn……. I know that

Spike 80DF

January 31st, 2012
11:01 am

Dawson is the #1 player in Tennessee according to 247sports and 8th rated athlete in the country.
Go Dawgs!!

TDF

January 31st, 2012
11:01 am

Van Gorder

January 31st, 2012
10:43 am

thanks for showing your stupidity!

TDF

January 31st, 2012
11:03 am

DawginLex

January 31st, 2012
10:36 am

We will close strong.

100% Dawgs- Avery Young, JHC, C. Patterson.

80% Dawgs- Josh Dawson and J. williams

Then the 2 surprises. One of which will have a spot but maybe not a scholly depending on what the big surprise does.

D A DoubleU G

January 31st, 2012
11:04 am

Gawd I miss the 10 at 10 when you were the recruiting beat writer!!

I am thankful you are the UGA writer now, but that Carvell colleague of yours is the biggest click-troll-antagonist outside of Bradley and Schultz.

Great work Chip!!

TDF

January 31st, 2012
11:05 am

D A DoubleU G

January 31st, 2012
11:04 am

Minus the sanders article about the checked box. chip that was just awful, im dissapointed in you.

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

January 31st, 2012
11:11 am

1etedjack..you know I have a farm. Anna could really help around the place. I know you like your women “soft and cuddly” kind of like Chester Brown from Samoa. LOL

Van Gorder

January 31st, 2012
11:12 am

UGA fighting with Memphis and Vandy for recruits? I miss the good old days when the Dawgs could recruit a Dream Team. :-(

TDF

January 31st, 2012
11:15 am

Van Gorder

January 31st, 2012
11:12 am

Run along troll, we know you arent a UGA fan. dont you have something to engineer that wont work right?

Auburn has beaten UGA once since 2005

January 31st, 2012
11:22 am

Van Gorder’s stache:

45 – 7…………Really???!!???!!!

only 18 percent of the signees from Auburn’s 2008 class are expected to exhaust their eligibility and just 43 percent of the 2009 and 2010 classes are still with the team. The Tigers are also sitting with the fewest commitments so far for 2012 (15). But there is hope. Currently they are 24 of 24 in the Class of 2011

McDawg

January 31st, 2012
11:25 am

i thought the surprise was the DB out of Pius

THE Dixie Redcoat Band

January 31st, 2012
11:27 am

That female cheerleader…gross.

1eyedJack

January 31st, 2012
11:40 am

For A person SMART enough to know….you’re as dumb as a box of rocks. Soft and cuddly don’t mean 6′4″ and 340 lbs. When I lay down with a woman in the dark I don’t want to have to jump up and turn on the lights to make sure it’s not a man.

Valdosta Insider

January 31st, 2012
11:45 am

McDawg

January 31st, 2012
11:45 am

this thread is much too difficult to follow

Nom Nom Nom Chucks Taylor, or Norris if he is avaliable

January 31st, 2012
12:01 pm

Fauton Bauta and Anna Watson would have some children with massive guns, just saying.

Van Gorder

January 31st, 2012
12:05 pm

Perennial Conference USA power Memphis received disappointing news when their star recruit, Sheldon Dawson – 5′-11″ 178 lbs, decided to commit to the Georgia Bulldogs. Sources in Memphis say the coaching staff is bewildered as they will occasionally lose a recruit to Arkansas State or Louisiana-Monroe, but never to the Georgia Bulldogs.

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

January 31st, 2012
12:08 pm

1eyedJack easy I think thou doth protest to much. LOL Maybe you like the new Molly Ringwold UGa recruited. You know the Theus kid. LOL

TampaDawg

January 31st, 2012
1:12 pm

Hey 1eyedJack and Dawginlex .. you guys still on here?

TampaDawg

January 31st, 2012
1:13 pm

The Dawgs will finish with AT LEAST JHC, AYoung, Patterson, and at least two flips.

TampaDawg

January 31st, 2012
1:18 pm

Van Gorder

January 31st, 2012
11:12 am

UGA fighting with Memphis and Vandy for recruits? I miss the good old days when the Dawgs could recruit a Dream Team. :-(
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Apparently saying stupid crap is your strong suit. I am MORE than sure that the coaches have a better idea of scouting talent than you.

TDinFL

January 31st, 2012
1:20 pm

The Dawgs will flip at least 2 of the following: Ja’Quay Williams, Brandon Greene, Josh Dawson and one from UF that I will mention after NSD. Deal with it fake Van Gorder.

1eyedJack

January 31st, 2012
1:24 pm

Here I is TampaDawg. :)

Chip Towers

January 31st, 2012
1:25 pm

Van Gorder: Realizing your base attempt is to provoke and ridicule, I have to respond from an objective point of view anyway. I can’t personally vouch for this kid’s talent but he claims more than 30 offers, I can verify 20 myself and he’s the consensus No. 1 prospect in the state of Tennessee. All in all, I wouldn’t say he’s an afterthought.

dmr

January 31st, 2012
1:28 pm

Forget recruiting. Anna Watson is my new hero! Morals, beauty, brains, and a UGA cheerleader! Killer combination! You go girl!

TampaDawg

January 31st, 2012
1:30 pm

1eyed, send me an email to thessg72@rocketmail.com ..

DawginLex

January 31st, 2012
1:31 pm

tampa

I’m checking in every now and again

SMH

January 31st, 2012
1:32 pm

Please stop with all the twitter crap. No one likes twitter, and if you do, you NEED to get a life and stop living through others lives.

RxDawg

January 31st, 2012
1:34 pm

Oh yeh! I’ve missed the 10 @ 10 Chip. It’s great to have you back giving us some recruiting info… and I’ll just leave it at that.

TampaDawg

January 31st, 2012
1:34 pm