Almost ever since he arrived in Athens, Mark Richt's recruiting M.O. has been to start hitting certain choice prospects early and ensure they're locked down well in advance of National Signing Day. It occasionally makes for a less suspenseful NSD, sure, but it's hard to argue with the results it's produced in terms of freshman talent.
Despite 2012's signing day still being more than seven months off, this past weekend was huge for Georgia recruiting, as no fewer than four players committed to joining next year's class:
- Jenkins County's Jonathan Taylor, currently ranked as the state of Georgia's top player by Rivals. He'll be in the mix to follow another Jonathan, i.e. Jenkins, as a run-stuffing nose tackle in Todd Grantham's 3-4.
- Taylor's teammate James Deloach, a defensive end who was also pursued by Auburn, South Carolina and Alabama.
- Fullback Quayvon Hicks, who reportedly helped sway Taylor and Deloach to the Dawgs.
- Punter Collin Barber from Cartersville, and while kickers don't make for especially sexy recruiting updates, keep in mind the Dawgs are going to have to replace Drew Butler after this season.
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