ATHENS, GA - NOVEMBER 12: Head coach Mark Richt of the Georgia Bulldogs celebrates a field goal against the Auburn Tigers at Sanford Stadium on November 12, 2011 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

UGA Football Recruiting: Josh Harvey-Clemons Finally Completes 2012 Class

Mark Richt's "Ring Team" nearly tops 2011's "Dream Team," finishing as a top-10 class according to most outlets.

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Avery Young Commits To Auburn Over Georgia, Florida, Alabama

Palm Beach Gardens' Avery Young, the nation's No. 9 offensive tackle according to Rivals and a consensus five- or four-star prospect, announced his choice of the Auburn Tigers over the Alabama Crimson Tide, Georgia Bulldogs, Florida Gators and Miami Hurricanes on National Signing Day. He would've been the last recruit to announce a commitment to UGA on Wednesday, with no more relevant announcements expected.

Young stands six-foot-six and weighs 273 pounds, boasting offers from much of the SEC, ACC and Big 12. With five-star tackle John Theus officially signed on, this had the chance to turn into a fine offensive line class for the Dawgs, but Auburn swipes another one.

When asked by ESPNU about his college choice, Young said he's enjoyed the process of taking visits with his family. He placed a blue and orange visor over his braids, announcing, "War Eagle, baby."

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This one could sting for a while, as Young had at one point been listed among Georgia's roster bios on its official web site.

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VIDEO: Josh Harvey-Clemons Commits To Georgia Over FSU, Florida

Top outside linebacker recruit Josh Harvey-Clemons was supposed to narrow his list of recruiting candidates down from the Georgia Bulldogs, Florida Gators, Florida St. Seminoles and Miami Hurricanes to only two choices on Tuesday night. Unfortunately, nobody told him he was supposed to be doing that. So at four it remained heading into National Signing Day.

JHC ended the wait early Wednesday morning, choosing UGA. He had his sister hand him an array of hats -- she was wearing a Georgia shirt. #spoileralert

Video from ESPNU:

The Dawgs were believed to be in the final two, while the Canes were seen as the long shot. One contentious issue appeared to be whether he'd be able to get immediate playing time, but Harvey-Clemons has been largely silent throughout recruiting process.

Harvey-Clemons is rated a five-star by recruiting services and ranked as one of the state's best prospects.

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Mark Beard Commits To Georgia Football Over Arkansas, Mississippi State

Offensive tackle Mark Beard, a three-star JUCO, has committed to the Georgia Bulldogs for their 2012 class, Dawgs 247 reports. He's already graduated from Coffeyville Community College in Kansas, and will be eligible to play for the Dawgs next year.

The rest of his finalists: the Arkansas Razorbacks and Mississippi St. Bulldogs, both of whom he'd visited in December. Via Dawgs 247, Beard attributed much of his choice to Georgia offensive line coach Will Friend, with whom he had a previous connection:

Originally from the Birmingham, Ala., area, Beard was previously recruited by Georgia offensive line coach Will Friend, who was on the staff at UAB at the time.

"Coach Friend played a good role in my deciding on Georgia," Beard said.

Beard is the fourth OL commit of Georgia's 2012 class, joining five-star John Theus, four-star Greg Pyke and three-star Chester Brown. The Dawgs have said they'd like to take six offensive linemen total.

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Keith Marshall Announces Georgia Commitment Over Clemson, Florida

Prized Georgia Bulldogs recruit Keith Marshall announced Tuesday he's committed to play for the Dawgs in 2012, not the Clemson Tigers. Also in contention were the Florida Gators, North Carolina Tar Heels, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, and South Carolina Gamecocks, according to Marshall.

UGA entered the day the favorite, but Clemson and Florida were believed to be making up ground, according to ground estimators. Adding to doubts, Georgia offered former Florida running back commit Mike Davis despite telling Marshall they were good to go for 2012 at the position.

Marshall, the top all-purpose back in the nation, could've contended for immediate playing time in Athens. That's the sort of thing everybody says about every recruit ever, but in this case, it's actually true. One-time Dream Team star Isaiah Crowell is surrounded by rumors and assumptions of every sort, and Monday Mark Richt said the starting tailback job for the Outback Bowl is up to an open competition.

Even if Crowell is able to retain his standing, it's not like the depth chart behind him is crowded.

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