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Saturday, July 13, 2013
UGA gets third commit of Dawg Night

By Radi Nabulsi

ATHENS, Ga. -- Offensive lineman Dyshon Sims (Valdosta, Ga/Lowndes) joined Georgia’s 2014 crop of commitments on Friday when he verbally pledged to join the Bulldogs at Mark Richt’s Dawg Night camp.

“The reason I decide to do it now was that I was just waiting on my momma,” Sims said. “Coach [Mark] Richt got on the phone with her and they talked for a little while, and she said she felt comfortable with the school. It was later on that night when we were drilling and everybody went to go get water that I decided to let my coach know that I was ready to make my commitment. He told me to go talk to coach [Will] Friend, and I did and they were really excited. Friend said he was happy to have me on board. Coach Richt and I talked for a long time and he was telling me how excited he was, and he gave me a big hug. We talked the rest of the night then went back to his office and talked some more.”

If he signs with the Bulldogs in February, Sims (Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes) will join cousin Josh Harvey-Clemons on Georgia’s football roster. For now, the three-star prospect adds another of Georgia’s leading in-state targets to its growing commitment list for 2014.

“I think I am done taking visits,” Sims said. “I am definitely solid on this commitment.”

The 6-foot-4, 265-pound offensive tackle earned positive reviews from ESPN’s talent evaluators, who liked his potential and athleticism, but added that “perhaps a redshirt year will be necessary to grow physically while polishing technical skills.”

Three of Georgia’s top four offensive tackles on the summer depth chart -- John Theus, Mark Beard and Xzavier Ward -- will remain on the roster in 2014, so it’s unlikely that the Bulldogs would have to press Sims into service.

Georgia already had a commitment from versatile three-star offensive tackle Jake Edwards (Franklin, Ga./Heard County) for 2014, leaving ESPN 300 guard Isaiah Wynn (St. Petersburg, Fla./Lakewood Senior) and ESPN 300 tackle David Sharpe (Jacksonville, Fla./Providence School of Jacksonville) among the Bulldogs’ top remaining offensive line targets. Sims is already working on Wynn.

“I talked to him yesterday and I think he is going to end up committing, too,” Sims said. “I think he is pretty ready to commit. We talked and I know he wants to.”