Monday, November 26, 2012
Weekend Rewind: Georgia
By Radi Nabulsi
ATHENS, Ga. -- The Georgia coaching staff had a lot to be thankful for this past week as the Bulldogs picked up three commitments in five days. On Tuesday, ESPN 300 athlete Brendan Langley (Marietta, Ga./Kell) announced that he had decommitted from South Carolina and planned to line up at cornerback for the Bulldogs. The next day, junior college wide receiver Jonathon Rumph (Cayce, S.C./Holmes) called the coaching staff to let them know that he also had decided to commit to Georgia. Then late Saturday night, juco defensive back Kennar Johnson (Clermont, Fla./Mississippi Gulf Coast) committed to Mark Richt while on his official visit.
All three will enroll in January which is important for two reasons. First, Georgia is losing four of the starters to graduation in its secondary so having Langley and Johnson go through spring camp will go a long way to preparing them to contribute in an area of need. Rumph, too, will benefit from spring camp as he learns Georgia’s playbook and blocking responsibilities.
Secondly, the Bulldoga have 30 commits already and want to bring in four to six more. The only way Richt can sign so many players is to have around 10 of them enroll early and count backwards towards last year’s small signing class. There is plenty of room on the roster and Georgia will likely suffer more attrition as some players decide to leave early for the NFL.
Georgia’s recruiting momentum might net a couple more commits in the coming weeks. Wide receiver Ja’Quay Williams (Tyrone, Ga./Fork Union) took an official visit over the weekend. He was committed to Auburn while he was in town but with Sunday’s news that Gene Chizik had been fired, Williams decommitted from the Tigers. The situation on the Plains also has top inside linebacker Reuben Foster (Auburn, Ala./Auburn) looking at other options. He is still committed to Auburn, but he took an unofficial visit to Georgia on Saturday to speak with the coaches in Athens.