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Monday, January 24, 2011

Georgia's commitment list keeps growing

The Georgia football team has received another offensive line commitment - but not the one many were expecting.

Xzavier Ward of Colquitt County High School offered his commitment on Monday, according to various recruiting web sites. (It was first reported by

The bigger story now may be that Georgia is racing to the SEC limit of 28 signed recruits. Ward becomes the 22nd commitment for this class, although two of them (QB Christian LeMay and WR Chris Conley) have already enrolled and thus can count towards last year.

Teams are also limited to 25 enrolled freshman, and the Bulldogs are still hoping to get three more prime prospects: RB Isaiah Crowell, LB-DE Ray Drew and JUCO nose tackle Johnathan Jenkins. If the Bulldogs got all three (not a pipe dream), they'd still have room for two more assuming LeMay and Conley back-count.

Then there's gray-shirting, players not qualifying, all that fun stuff. And the NCAA overall scholarship limit of 85.

Ward is listed at 6-foot-6, 260 pounds, and is rated a three-star prospect by Rivals, Scout and He becomes the sixth offensive lineman in Georgia's class. The Bulldogs had also been recruiting Antonio Richardson - whom most expect to go to Tennessee - and Taylor Gadbois, a Miami commitment from Dallas, Ga.

Gadbois then re-affirmed his commitment to Miami on Monday, according to Chad Simmons of So you can apparently scratch him from Georgia's list. Richardson is so highly-thought of that if he wanted to go to Georgia, I suspect the Bulldogs would make room.

If numbers do become an issue, gray-shirting (the practice of a player sitting out the fall and enrolling in January) could still be an option for Ward.


Josh said...

This class of recruits just keeps getting better and better. The future looks bright at UGA, no matter what they naysayers think! :-)

Anonymous said...

Dagum! Go Dawgs! Welcome Xzavier!

PTC DAWG said...

Nice to have a Moultrie Packer in the fold this year..

Joeski said...

I am satisfied that this demonstrates that our coaching staff have not lost the ability to recruit.

If we just get 2 of the 3 of Crowell, Drew, and Jenkins, we'll have a top-5 class on our hands.

Get all three? Any recruiting service that didn't call it the top class in the nation would be completely forfeiting their credibility.

A-Phiz said...


If I'm not mistaken, I believe that the day of Rome's commitment, recruiting services dropped him from a 5 to a 4 star. Don't put it past them to not give us a Top 3 class....

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Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

"Well Bulldawg does rant but he backs it up with facts. I dont want to be negative passonate fan however Im not burying my head in the sand either. I want my Bulldogs to do well in everything and yes even in underwater Basket Weaving. So I support my dawgs winning or losing and yes I call them out when they are under achieving which is usually the coaches fault."

January 23, 2011 9:37 AM

Exactly. What did our recruiting ranking in 2009 of # 4 in the nation do for us in 2009 or in 2010 at 14-12 ? It's not the talent; and this poster is 100 % correct that it is in fact the coaching.

Seth Emerson yesterday ranked Jay Rome # 2 overall for Georgia based upon he said recruiting for needs and other areas (Cop-out, since if he was ranking based on needs and not just future expectation, 1 would have to say that the 1 position that UGA is best at, it is at TE with now 5 TE on Scholarship with Seth's # 2 best player at TE.) Jay Rome must be redshirted, or are you sitting down Orson Charles to play Jay Rome this 2011 season ?

I have now asked that question twice.

Also, there are the five (5) cornerbacks recruited with commitments including Corey Moore, when we already have Brandon Boykin and Branden Smith.

If Seth ranks them up there in terms of needs, is it because with 5 CB recruits this year alone (and 2 who can play), that we move some of those smaller CB to Strong Safety and Free Safety ? A small guy who is going to be small at CB, is extremely small for SS and FS.

TB ?

Oh, on the OL, looking them over, what ? You figure 2 of them might hit the field ?

LB, waiting for the list of these recruits hitting the field.

2-10 vs teams finishing in the Top 25 the last 3 years, is not going to be improved this season 2011 at positions we have players for with such glaring needs as


So, there you plug in Zander. Great Scott. We need a FB, actually, we have needed to recruit fullbacks each of the last three (3) years in a row and have whiffed all three years now including this one.

I do note, however, that no one says that Caleb King is our great TB for 2011 - since he FLUNKED OFF THE TEAM.


You said we need a Nose Guard. Wouldn't the # 1 recruit for us be this position ?

Or some of these other


we are not addressing.

Entitled athletes have not been working out for us. They need to come in hungry and they need to not be arrested.

Josh said...

'The recruits do not accept it either. The vast majority of the fans and all the recruits do not accept this which has been going on. Blair Walsh doesn't accept it. Thomas Brown does not accept it. Stacy Searels did not accept it. And, then there is you - bringing this # 11 football program all-time in 1-A wins, down.' "And MARK RICHT doesn't accept it either!"

I thought we were not allowed to say that in here Josh ? Only Kool-Aid comments. Certainly, I have been hurting recruiting, right ? I mean look at the recruits and tell me again I cannot say what EVERYONE is saying that it is unacceptable what has been going on here for YEARS NOW.

It's not talent we lack. We do have holes, but it is the coaching that has not done the job at their major responsibility, which is communicating. I have no problems on that front.

Anonymous said...

BuLLdawg you are no fan of Georgia or you would know we don't drink kool-aid, we drink beer! You on the other hand seem like a guy who thinks he can drink his own urine. Hey, bottoms up!

Josh said...

Anon 6:25, AKA buLLdAWG. Honestly I'm really not even sure what point you're trying to make in regards to my past comments. Have a nice life.

Anonymous said...

Isn't this about the time where Seth should be deleting Bulldawg's long rant?

Bulldawg, I have an idea. If you are a true Georgia fan, which you claim to be, you should use your ability to annoy people on opposing teams' blogs. I mean, think about it... you could make opposing fans equally as miserable as you make us if you simply turn your sites on them and criticize their team. I suggest starting with Florida, then Auburn, and then Tennessee. If you wouldn't mind, please keep us in the loop on your progress. Thanks!

Another recommendation... if you want to enjoy a long and healthy life, you should seriously consider watching a different team or picking a professional sport instead. You are going to give yourself a heart attack. Plus, feeling hated all the time (which, I can say with confidence, you are absolutely hated by most people on this blog) can't be good for your self-confidence can it? If you think that one day we'll all wise up and say "You know what Bulldawg, you've been right all along", you are absolutely dreaming.

Anonymous said...

Oh, and you should also consider cutting back on the personal attacks that you take on players. Criticizing Richt and the team is one thing. Criticizing young student athletes is a whole different ball game. I think even Seth would agree with that (please refer to the Strickland incident).

Anonymous said...

For anyone interested in seeing this on paper, here are the specs on those "small CB recruits".

Q. Harlow
6'0" - 190
highlights show very good speed.

Malcom Mitchell
6'1" - 187
4.4 - 40

C. Moore
6'1" - 195
4.6 - 40

C. Sanders
6'1" - 176

D. Swann
6'0" - 175

D. Bowman
6'0" - 175
4.49 - 40

N. Marshall
6'2" - 185

Basically, the first three are obviously Safety Recruits and the other four will likely compete for CB spots. This is, of course, only if Swann, Mitchell, and Marshall remain on Defense. I see at least one moving over or playing both ways. They are all listed at 6' or better, so none are undersized like B. Smith. I think we have 3-4 real game changers in this group, and there could always be a surprise in here somewhere. Gald they will be dawgs. Our secondary was a liability last year. It won't be in the future.

Anonymous said...

My recomendation would be for you (Buldawg) to start a blog of your own, instead of attempting to hijack this one every day. You could post whatever you like and people can choose to read it or not. You can post about football and we can respond with comments about basketball, etc. It will be sooo much fun. Down the road we can compare number of hits to see if anyone give a .....

Anonymous said...

End of the line here - I'll check back in 6 months or so with the hope that the prick (BullDawg / Anonymous) that continues with the same crap is gone or has been banned.

Seth you should have $hitcanned him long ago. I'm afraid you will pay the price for his ranting on and on. Good luck