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With the exciting news that the first 5-star recruit verbal commitment in Thomas County Central High School LB Ray Drew, the Class of 2011 is now a top-ten recruiting class on Rivals.com, Scouts.com, and ESPN.COM.

Early Friday afternoon, the number 2 (or 1 in many circles) high school player out of the state of Georgia called to all the other undetermined prep players that Georgia is high on to come and join a “Dream Team” started by Valdosta buddies Malcolm Mitchell and Jay Rome a few weeks ago when they announced their allegiance to the Dawgs. The 6’5, 250 pound “Minister of Defense” (who is an licensed minister at Paradise Missionary Baptist Church & other fine churches in his area, word is the young man has a flock, so Amen to that) for the new millennium is touted to replace recently departed-for-the-NFL outside linebacker (and fellow beast) Justin Houston, to his impact and sightings on the field will be early. It has been said that Drew will be wearing number 47 on his jersey, the number of legendary former Bulldawg David Pollack.  Now, according to ajc.com, The University of Georgia’s football team has now recruited the numbers 2,3,5,6,9,11, and 12 players in the state according to the AJC FAB 50 list from last summer. They await the answer of the #1 player in the state, Carver-Columbus running back Isaiah Crowell, who must decide being “Between the Hedges” or Rolling Tide.

From AJC.COM Chip Towers: Ray Drew (right) with Georgia Greats David Pollack (left) and Randall Godfrey (at podium) at his announcement on Friday.

Me personally, he can’t go wrong either way, but in my opinion, if he wants to play, he would go to Alabama. Every year since I have been in Athens (since 2006), Georgia has recruited a running back, and there are three now (Carlton Thoman, Washaun Ealey, and Caleb King and FIVE OTHER RUNNING BACKS ON THEIR CURRENT ROSTER if you want to check that out here). While it would be a great pick-up for the Dawgs, and I hope we get him. He would be the 9th tailback on a depth chart that needs to get bigger on the offensive line. But with the returns of key veteran players on the offensive line (I.E. Trinton Strurdivant and Cordy Glenn), it might serve Crowell to come on to Georgia where he would get some touches if he can out-perform the remaining running backs (or tailbacks as they are listed on the roster) early on.

Last Monday, the Bulldawgs also got a verbal commitment from offensive lineman Xzavier Ward, an offensive tackle from Colquitt County. 

Now we await the answers to five more key players in this recruiting class that Georgia either wants or needs badly, besides Crowell. Here is the list:

1. Isaiah Crowell, RB, Carver-Columbus
2. Johnathan (or John) Jenkins, a Junior College player from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and from Connecticut, and is the 6th ranked junior college player in the nation.
3. Jeoffry Pagan, who recently de-committed from Clemson, the 4th ranked defensive end in the nation, is a 6’4, 280 pound hoss from North Carolina, and is still recovering from surgery from a knee injury suffered in his senior season. He is being recruited by Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, and Alabama. 
4. Antonio Richardson, a 6’6, 310 pound lineman from Nashville has remained high on Georgia’s list since last summer.
5. (newly re-recruited I guess you can say) Kent Turene, a three-star recruit from Lauderdale Lakes, Florida, who just de-committed from USC (I, too, would run from that all-star brat Lane Kiffin) and is being recruited by Georgia, Nebraska, and Texas Tech. According to AJC.COM, he is 6’3, 225 and loves Georgia. He should definitely come on, then!

48 hours (or a bit less) until National Signing Day is underway for college football fans to stop harassing high school age kids to come to their school, and it’s time for these young men to come up from the prep ranks and either sink or swim.

Statistics and information used from this article are  from AJC.COM and georgiadogs.com

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