Georgia Bulldogs: Christian Owens

Georgia picks up big 2015 commit

January, 16, 2014
The addition of Florida State defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt is already paying big dividends for Georgia.

The outstanding recruiter and the Dawgs picked up a commitment from ESPN Jr. 300 defensive back Rico McGraw (Nashville, Tenn./The Ensworth School) on Thursday.

McGraw, the No. 81 ranked prospect in 2015, picked Georgia over offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, LSU and Ohio State, among others.

The 6-foot, 180-pound prospect gives Georgia two ESPN Jr. 300 commits in the 2015 class along with tight end Christian Owens (Griffin, Ga./Griffin).

The commitment also gives Pruitt his first commitment as a Dawg -- likely the first of many to come for the talented coach.

Summer Recruit Wrap: Georgia 

July, 23, 2013

With the camp season over and the fall season rapidly approaching, DawgNation takes a look back at the biggest recruiting news of the summer.

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Davide De Pas/ESPN.comClass of 2014 RB Sony Michel is one of the many big names in Georgia's class.
1. Summer has been very, very good to Georgia
Heading into June, Georgia had five commitments, after going without one in May. Some analysts had pegged the Bulldogs as being off to a slow start for 2014, but with a class of 33 in 2013, Georgia has had to be very selective with this class. Even with a decommitment last week, the Bulldogs have added 12 commitments in June and July, headlined by the additions of five-star defensive tackle Lamont Gaillard (Fayetteville, N.C./Pine Forest) and ESPN 300 athlete Malkom Parrish (Quitman, Ga./Brooks County). As August approaches, Georgia can realistically pick and choose to fill its remaining spots.

2015 ESPN 300 targets: Georgia 

July, 16, 2013
Football offers and commitments are occurring earlier and earlier. To keep in line with this new world of accelerated recruiting, ESPN announced its release of the initial ESPN 300 for the 2015 class on Tuesday.

The list is once again loaded with targets for Georgia. DawgNation takes a look at 10 targets to keep an eye on for 2015, in order of their ranking in the ESPN 300.

1. OL Mitch Hyatt (Suwanee, Ga./North Gwinnett)
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ATHENS, Ga. -- On Day 2 of the Mark Richt 7-on-7 tournament, 14 more high school teams from Georgia, South Carolina and Georgia traveled to Athens, Ga., to compete on the University of Georgia practice fields. Unlike Thursday, the weather held off on Friday and the first offer of the 2013 camp season was issued to a familiar name in the Southeastern Conference. DawgNation was on hand to watch, and here are five things we took from the event.

Dynamic duo dominate

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Georgia gets first commit for 2015

April, 6, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. -- The Georgia Bulldogs kicked off G-Day just moments after kicking off the Class of 2015 commitment list. Wide receiver Christian Owens (Griffin, Ga./Griffin) decided after being offered on Tuesday to go ahead and commit to Georgia while attending the pregame ceremonies.

"I was shocked because I was able to get the offer from Mark Richt himself on the phone Thursday. I am grateful for the offer," Owens said. "They have always been good and ever since I was in the third grade; that is where I wanted to go. A few days ago I did not have an offer and now I have a chance to play for the Bulldogs. This does not even seem real.”

Griffin coach Steve Devoursney confirmed the commitment to DawgNation.

Owens is a 6-foot-5, 203-pound sophomore with a 29.9-inch vertical jump. Owens is friends with Georgia safety Corey Moore, who also attended Griffin.

“I watched practice last week and saw Corey playing,” Owens said. “It was great to see someone from my school at Georgia who serves as a role model for me and inspire me to do better.”

Owens was sold on the pitch by his future position coach during his visit.

“I spoke to wide receivers coach Tony Ball and I just liked everything he had to say,” Owens said. “I told my family about my chance to play for Georgia and they were all very excited about me having an opportunity to go to such a great school. They play in the SEC and for Georgia to decide I was good enough to play for them was really big.”


Peach State: Top Tier Recruiting Ground?
California, Florida and Texas are largely considered the "Big Three" in college football recruiting. But national recruiting analyst Gerry Hamilton joins ESPN's Phil Murphy to explain why Georgia deserves to be in the top tier and has numbers to prove it.