Georgia Football Recruiting: Johnathon Jenkins Announces He'll Play For Dawgs

Isaiah Crowell and Kent Turene joined Georgia's already impressive class on signing day.

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Johnathan Jenkins Commits To Georgia Football Over Florida, Likely Wrapping Up 2011 Class

Georgia Bulldogs football gained another recruit days after 2011 National Signing Day, with prized JUCO four-star DT Johnathan Jenkins choosing the Dawgs over the Florida Gators. The Auburn Tigers and Miami Hurricanes were also in the running, but only UGA and Florida hats were seen displayed in front of Jenkins as he announced his decision.

Now we just need to figure out whether he goes by John, Johnathon, Johnathan, Jonathon, or Jonathan.

Jenkins, a six-foot-four, 340-pounder from Gulf Coast Community College, should be an excellent fit in Todd Grantham’s 3-4 system. Nose tackle is the most critical position in any 3-4 setup, and the lack of interior line talent was one of the defense's biggest weaknesses last year. Plugging Jenkins in at the middle would take pressure off of formerly out-of-position defensive ends and increase the chances of linebackers running free.

Jenkins was offered by at least 15 FBS schools. While he may not qualify as a “Dream Teamer,” per se, as he’s from Mississippi, he’s still an outstanding pickup and the most likely of Georgia’s 2011 class to contribute from Boise State onward.

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Isaiah Crowell Chooses Georgia Over Alabama On ESPNU's Signing Day Show

Mark Richt has a Dream Team -- Isaiah Crowell, the state of Georgia's No. 3 prospect, announced live on ESPNU from his Columbus high school that he'll play for the Georgia Bulldogs and not the Alabama Crimson Tide. Whether he lives up to the hype or not, Crowell's importance to this class can't be understated. The Dawgs have recruited him literally for years, selling his potential UGA commitment to other Peach State recruits along the way.

That strategy worked, by the way, as the Dawgs have a top-10 class composed largely of in-state talent, a departure from Richt's recent classes that have not only slipped in quality but also looked beyond the state's borders.

Before the announcement a red and black shirt was seen peeking out from under Crowell's jacket, so drama was somewhat muted, but still. This is big. 

Crowell took what felt like hours to remove his Under Armour jacket, revealing ... a shirt and tie. He then dug around for a while, eventually pulling out a black and red hat with a Georgia logo peeking through a silhouette of the state, an appropriate symbol for his effect on this class indeed. Topping it all off, he produced a tiny white bulldog in a red sweater, whose name he did not know.

Via Dan Levy:

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He's a running back, not a public speaker.

Crowell is rated as the No. 4 running back in the nation by Rivals and the No. 23 player overall. He had offers from 12 other schools. Auburn was in the running until late, when Crowell canceled a visit to the Plains. Crowell visited both Alabama and Georgia within the past month, attending a UGA basketball win at Stegeman Coliseum as fans chanted his name.

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Jay Rome, Malcolm Mitchell Lead Georgia Signing Day Lunchtime Rush

Jay Rome and Malcolm Mitchell, two of the bigger names on Georgia's commitment list, have made it official by faxing in their signed letters of intent to Athens. The Valdosta teammates both committed to Georgia on the same day and made it official by faxing their letters within minutes of each other. Both players selected the Bulldogs over Alabama. 

Rome is a member of the AJC Super 11 and is rated as the No. 3 player in the state. The 5-star prospect is regarded as one of the best tight ends in the nation. Mitchell was viewed as a lock down corner prospect early in his recruitment but after totaling 77 catches for 1,419 yards and 13 TDs swayed Georgia to give him the option of playing on either side of the ball. He may be relied upon to help fill some of the gap that was created when A.J. Green left early for the NFL. 

Jay Rome on Georgia:

"Georgia’s a great school, they have great football and it’s known as ‘Tight End U," Rome said. "At the end of the day, I wanted to stay home, stay in-state and get all the in-state love."

Malcolm Mitchell on Alabama and Georgia: 

"It was the last-minute official I took [to UGA]," he said. "I really enjoyed myself up there. I enjoyed myself at Alabama as well. They’re both two great programs, but I had to do what I thought was best for me.

 

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Kent Turene To Georgia Over Texas Tech, Isaiah Crowell Next

UPDATE: If you're looking for Isaiah Crowell news: yes, he signed with the Dawgs, as did his puppy.

Florida ILB Kent Turene, a longtime USC commit who re-opened his recruitment shortly before national signing day, has announced he’ll join the Georgia Bulldogs, not the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Early rumors had him signing with Texas Tech, and he reportedly entered his announcement ceremony wearing a Red Raiders hat, but he pulled out the hurr durr gotcha move by signing with the Dawgs, always a nice stunt to pull on a school that offered a four-year education. /rant

His announcement was supposed to come at 10 am ET, but was significantly delayed. Perhaps he didn’t want to share airtime with Antonio Richardson, who announced Tennessee over Georgia at about 10:15 am.

A three-star with dozens of FBS offers, the six-foot-three, 230-pounder is ranked as the nation’s No. 18 ILB and Florida’s No. 52 player.

That’s one big hit in three swings for Georgia today. Next up for the Dawgs: Isaiah Crowell at 1:30 pm ET on ESPNU. Yes, that means it’s OK to take a lunch break. We’ll find out soon whether the Dream Team is a major success or just a pretty good class, at least in the eyes of the public.

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Damian Swann Joins Georgia's 2011 Class On Signing Day

Damian Swann's commitment last month was the start of a strong run of commitments leading up to signing day for the Bulldogs. Swann has made it official by faxing in his letter of intent this morning. Swann, who told the AJC that he kept his decision to goto Georgia secret for a month, is rated as a four-star cornerback out of Grady High School in Atlanta. Rivals ranks him No. 3 at his position and as the No. 5 player in Georgia. 

Swann had over 18 offers from schools and selected Georgia over the likes of Alabama, Auburn, and Florida. While listed as a DB, Swann possesses the athletic ability to play on either side of the ball and is dangerous with the ball in his hands. Georgia has been looking for bigger cornerbacks and at 6-foot, Swann possesses that size. Adding upper body strength will be a priority for Swann once he arrives in Athens. 

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Corey Moore And Zach DeBell Join Georgia On National Signing Day

Corey Moore is a 6-foot-1, 195-pound defensive back from Griffin Georgia. Rivals rates him as a four-star prospect. He is the No. 5 safety and the No. 9 player in the state. Moore selected Georgia over Auburn and Clemson. During his recruitment, Moore called Georgia his dream school. After committing last January to the Bulldogs, Moore now gets to realize his dream. 

Zach DeBell is a three-star offensive tackle from Tarpon Springs, Florida. DeBell is listed at 6-foot-7, 265-pounds with a frame that offers room to grow. Rivals lists him as a potential red-shirt candidate who needs to add bulk and strength to his long frame. They go on to say that he has the potential to be a three-year starter at his position and maybe even an all-conference player. I think Georgia would be very happy with those results. 

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Devin Bowman, Quintavious Harrow, Xzavier Ward Join Georgia Signing Day Class

Devin Bowman has faxed in his LOI and becomes No. 12 for Georgia. A three-star athlete according to Rivals.com out of Ridgeland High School in Rossville, Georgia. Bowman selected Georgia while also holding offers from Georgia Tech, Clemson, and Notre Dame. Many schools recruited Bowman as a running back but he agreed to play cornerback for the Bulldogs. Bowman is listed at 6-foot, 175-pounds and is ranked as the No. 33 player in the state.  

Bowman comes from a famous family of athletes. His brother Adarius Bowman was a wide receiver at Oklahoma State and is currently in the CFL. His brother, Michael Bowman, is currently a wide receiver at Alabama. 

Georgia also announced the signings offensive tackle Xzavier Ward out of Coquitt County High School and Quintavious Harrow out of Carver Columbus. Both players are rated as three-star prospects by Rivals.com. Ward selects Georgia over Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, and Florida but held offers from over a dozen schools. 

“I feel great about it,” Ward said. “I feel like it’s a great opportunity

Georgia offered Ward early but had to pull the offer back as they waited on roster moves to open up scholarships. They came around and offered again late last week and Ward jumped at the chance to become a Bulldog

“Well, they called and offered me and I decided to take it this time,” Ward said. “I had an offer from them before but they filled up for a while, like Alabama and Auburn did. When Coach[Mike] Bobo called this time I told him I wanted to be a Dog.”

Quintavious Harrow of Carver Columbus makes it official and he will be a Bulldog next season. Georgia made waves with its scholarship offer due to Harrow being the best friend and teammate of highly recruited running back Isaiah Crowell. Harrow told the AJC that Georgia had been recruiting him for a long time but had held off on offering him until he obtained a qualifying ACT score. 

At 6-foot, 185-pounds, Harrow is expected to play defensive back at Georgia. He has been timed with a 4.42 in the 40-yard dash. 

“He’s got a lot of upside and potential that can be nourished and developed at Georgia,” McGee said. “Hopefully, he can develop into a great football player on and off the football field. Most importantly, he can get a free college education.”

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Antonio Richardson To Tennessee Over Georgia On Signing Day

Antonio Richardson, a four-star offensive tackle from Tennessee, has announced his decision to sign with the Tennessee Volunteers over the Georgia Bulldogs from his high school in Nashville. He’s rated as the top prospect in the state, the nation’s No. 7 offensive tackle, and the No. 74 prospect in the nation.

Richardson also listed Auburn and Miami among his finalists alongside Tennessee and UGA. He visited Auburn and Georgia within the past two weeks, with the visit to the Plains the most recent. Six-foot-six and 310 pounds, he’s added to a very strong day for the Vols that also includes Lamar Dawson, the top player from Kentucky.

That’s two misses for Georgia today, after Jeoffrey Pagan surprisingly picked the Alabama Crimson Tide over the Dawgs. Still up are Isaiah Crowell and Kent Turene. Turene is scheduled to announce any minute now, while Crowell won’t announce until 1:30 pm ET, live on ESPNU.

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Amarlo Herrera Joins Georgia Football On National Signing Day

Amarlo Herrera became the 11th player to fax his letter of intent to Georgia this morning. Herrera is a four-star linebacker out of North Clayton High School in Georgia. Herrera selected Georgia over Auburn, Florida, and Georgia Tech while having offers from at least seven other schools. Herrera committed to the Bulldogs last February and stuck with the commitment all the way through his senior season. Rivals ranks Herrera as the No. 17 player in the state of Georgia.

“He already knew I was going to do it so it wasn’t much of a surprise,” “I had made my decision a while ago because I always wanted to go to Georgia. I said if they offered me I was going to go with them. This just made it official.”

The 6-foot-2 215-pound linebacker said that one of the big reasons he selected Georgia was due to defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and the 3-4 defense that is now employed by the team. 

“I like the 3-4,” Herrera said. “We already run it in high school, so it should be an easy transition for me.”

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Jeoffrey Pagan Picks Alabama Over Georgia On National Signing Day

Jeoffrey Pagan became the first recruit to spurn Georgia on signing day announcing that he will play next season at the University of Alabama. While it would have been great to have added Pagan, having Ray Drew and Sterling Bailey already in the fold definitely lessons the sting. 

Pagan is ranked as the No. 4 defensive end in the country and the No. 42 player in the nation. According to Rivals, he is a four-star defensive end who most recently was thought to be going to Clemson before declaring that he wasn't committed anywhere last Thursday. Georgia was recruiting Pagan earlier this year before he abruptly committed to Clemson on Jan. 16th while on official visit there. Pagan originally committed to Florida in April but backed off this November. The Gators, Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia were the schools that have been mentioned the most in regard to Pagan in the last month. 

Pagan is a 6-foot-4, 280 pound defensive end from Asheville North Carolina. Rivals.com describes him as "a skilled athlete with the speed to catch skilled players from behind and destroy immobile quarterbacks". Pagan suffered a season-ending knee injury during his senior season and is still recovering from surgery.

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Sanford Seay & Watts Dantzler Join Georgia's 2011 Football Class

Sanford Seay is a 6-foot-2, 198lbs wide receiver out of Lee County, Georgia. Seay is a top-50 ranked player in the State of Georgia and committed to the Bulldogs back on January 21st . Georgia was by far the biggest program that he received offers from selecting the Dogs over Louisiana Tech, Marshall, and South Alabama. Seay was named Class AAAA all-state this past season at Lee County. He totaled 68 receptions and 1,105 yards with 15 touchdowns this past season. 

Sanford Seay had this to say about his commitment to Georgia:

“They said I’m play a position of need for them and they believe I can come in and helped them right away,” “I was really happy about it because it’s the school I always wanted to go to.”

Georgia also received a letter-of-intent from massive 6-foot-7, 315 lb offensive lineman Watts Dantzler out of Dalton High School. Dantzler is a top-40 rated player in the state of Georgia by Rivals.com and ranks No. 44 at his position nationally. Rivals rates him as a three-star prospect. Dantzler is following in his father's footsteps as his dad, Danny Dantzler was a Georgia offensive lineman from 1971-73.

“One thing my dad taught me when I was a little kid was to say, ‘Go Dawgs, sic ‘em, woof, woof, woof!’”

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Ray Drew, Sterling Bailey, Nick Marshall, and Nathan Theus Sign Georgia Letters Of Intent

The first batch of Georgia letters of intent have rolled off the fax machines at Butts-Mehre in Athens. 

Ray Drew is a five-star 6-foot-5 243lb defensive end out of Thomas County Central. He committed to the Bulldogs on January 28th and has since called out many of his fellow Georgia players to follow suit.Rivals ranks Drew as the No. 1 defensive end in the nation and No. 9 overall.

The sky is the limit for this south Georgia phenomenon. He will most likely see playing time early because of his speed and overall athleticism. He is definitely one of the top players - if not the No. 1 prospect - in Georgia.

Georgia also received a letter of intent from East Hall defensive end Sterling Bailey. Bailey is a four-star rated recruit by Rivals.com. He committed to Georgia in May over teams such as Auburn, Florida, and Tennessee. Rivals rates him as the No. 8 defensive end in the country and the tenth best player in the state of Georgia. 

Nick Marshall is a four-star athlete out of Wilcox County Georgia who can play multiple positions. He is expected to play defensive back for the Bulldogs and is also expected to play Basketball. Marshall chose Georgia over Alabama, Florida State, and Georgia Tech among many others. 

Nathan Theus is a two-star offensive lineman/long snapper from Jacksonville Florida. Rivals lists him at 6-foot-3, 255lbs. Theus is a potential grayshirt candidate which means he may not join the Bulldogs until January of 2012. 

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Christian LeMay, Chris Mayes, David Andrews, Chris Conley Join Georgia Football's 2011 Class

The Georgia Bulldogs are announcing their 2011 national signing day letters of intent en masse, with the second batch including North Carolina QB Christian LeMay, who was at one point the biggest name in the class. Remember this guy, Dawg fans? The nation’s No. 4 pro-style quarterback and the nation’s No. 88 player? They turn out talent outside the Peach State too, you know.

Joining him are DT Chris Mayes, OL David Andrews, and WR Chris Conley. Mayes is rated as a four-star by Rivals, with the other two rated as three-stars. Mayes had nine other offers, including Miami, Michigan State, and Oklahoma State, but chose to stay home.

Conley is the nation’s No. 37 WR, who had offers from Clemson, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, and elsewhere, while Andrews is rated as the nation’s No. 9 center with offers from Michigan, Duke, and Vandy.

Considering all three of these players are from Georgia — and ranked among the state’s top 40 players — their early commits should be remembered as positive “Dream Team” momentum.

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Ray Drew Announces Commitment To Georgia Bulldogs Over LSU, Clemson Days Before National Signing Day

Top recruit Thomas County Central DE Ray Drew will be a member of the 2011 Georgia Bulldogs class, the five-star reverend announced Friday. In a well-attended ceremony at a meeting room near his high school’s gym, in front of Yellow Jackets (his high school's mascot!) banners bearing his name, the six-foot-five, 243-pounder picked UGA over the LSU Tigers, Auburn Tigers, Clemson Tigers, and sundry other tigers.

Guests in the house included David Pollack and Mike Bobo. Leading up to the announcement, the buzz was all but unanimous that he’d end up in Athens. This is a huge validation for Mark Richt’s “Dream Team” pitch. Next up: Isaiah Crowell.

Drew had made a game for himself of his highly publicized recruitment process, sending “War Damn Eagle” and “How bout them Dawgs!” messages with equal measure. He once posted online, “I just farted and it smells like Bulldogs,” then told an Atlanta radio show he didn’t like Georgia’s 3-4 scheme. This sense of audience and suspense will serve him well in his presumable post-football career as a megachurch pastor.

The Dawgs will just have to hope they don’t have a LeBron James on their hands. At least he didn’t go to South Beach to play for the Miami Hurricanes, who were in the running until late in the process.

Rivals considers Drew the nation’s second-best defensive end, the No. 2 player in the Peach State, and the No. 9 player overall nationwide. He had offers from oh gosh like every school you’ve ever heard of.

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Georgia Recruiting: Jay Rome Picks Georgia Over Alabama, Malcolm Mitchell Next?

Valdosta TE Jay Rome, a four-star Rivals prospect, selected the Georgia Bulldogs over the Alabama Crimson Tide during a Thursday evening broadcast of ESPNU’s Recruiting Insider. The No. 4 tight end and No. 4 player in Georgia, he’s the first tight end to join Georgia’s 2011 class, and will join an offense that has led Dawgs fans to lobby for more tight end involvement.

Rome said he made up his mind about a week ago, claiming his mother didn’t know his choice until he put a Dawgs hat on and said he wanted to stay in state.

Georgia has held the No. 1 spot on Rome’s list for some time now, according to Rome himself, though he visited Bama within the past week. He’s been thought of as one of the most critical pieces of Georgia’s 2011 recruiting class. As Dawg Sports put it earlier today:

Other prospects have pointed to him as the “ringleader” of Mark Richt’s Dream Team and he’s being recruited primarily by one of the southeast’s best recruiters (John Lilly) to play a position which Georgia has always recruited and utilized well under Mark Richt.

Fifteen schools offered Rome, but it came down to Bama and the Dawgs, followed by Tennessee. Among his most entertaining offers: Duke and FIU. The six-foot-five, 255-pound pass-catcher has a 3.8 GPA to boot.

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Georgia Recruiting: Sanford Seay Commits To 2011 Bulldogs Class

Lee County High School WR Sanford Seay has committed to joining the Georgia Bulldogs, according to Marc Weiszer. Though he’s not rated by Rivals and his only other offers were from Marshall, Louisiana Tech, South Alabama, and Western Kentucky, Mark Richt has apparently been waiting a while to make sure Seay would be academically eligible.

Seay isn’t the biggest get, but he breaks Georgia’s long recruiting dry spell. The Dawgs haven’t landed a commit since August and missed out on two top targets in Wednesday night’s Under Armour game. Though they still have several game-changers up for grabs, any commit has to feel like a good commit for right now.

Six-foot-two, with 68 catches and a 10.78-second 100-meter dash time, Seay’s academics are still going to be a concern, but according to Weiszer’s report he’s on track. He’ll shore up the wide receiver class that took a hit Thursday with the revocation of Zack Witchett’s scholarship.

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Georgia Recruiting: Zack Witchett Football Scholarship Revoked After Suspension

Booker T. Washington WR/DB Zack Witchett’s scholarship has been revoked by the Georgia Bulldogs, Michael Carvell reports. Witchett was recently suspended for three games by high school coach Stanley Pritchett for violating team rules, which appears to have contributed to the revocation.

The Atlanta athlete has been a Georgia commit since June. He’s rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals, the No. 40 player in the state and No. 58 overall wide receiver.

Witchett had actually been dismissed from his high school team earlier this season before rejoining them later, though it’s not clear whether that was a separate issue. Anybody know?

In light of his recent Fulmer Cup win, Mark Richt really can’t take any more chances on potential troublemakers, both for practical and PR reasons. No word on where Witchett might land, though he was also offered by the Minnesota Golden Gophers, West Virginia Mountaineers, and Toledo Rockets. The loss leaves the Dawgs with two likely wide receivers in their 2011 class.

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