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Post Commitment #21

Wednesday October 3, 2007

Xavier Avery of Cedar Grove has committed, giving the Dawgs 21 verbal pledges. Given that a school may have a maximum of 25 in a recruiting class, there are four spots remaining and four months in which to fill them. (Of course in reality scholarship math is much more of a black art than that, so the Dawgs might sign more than 25.)

It goes without saying that several of those remaining spots are being held for some of Georgia’s top targets still on the board, and many won’t announce until Signing Day. After this recent flurry of activity, it might be a quiet few months on the recruiting front.

Four months to go, and the recruiting class is nearly wrapped up. Less than a decade ago, the Dawgs were only getting their first commitments around September.

Back to Avery – he plays the nebulous “athlete” position, and it’s not certain yet on which side of the ball he’ll play. He also wants to play baseball at Georgia, and Coach Richt doesn’t seem to have a problem with it. He’s an outstanding student with offers from Georgia, Alabama, LSU, North Carolina, Stanford and Florida.

The baseball angle is interesting because it’s also central to the recruitment of WR/DB Sanders Commings of Augusta. Commings is deciding between Georgia and South Carolina.

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  • I read somewhere that Avery was projected as a surefire first round pick in the basenball draft, and we shouldn’t get our hopes up about seeing him in red and black. I hope thats not true…

  • It seems very likely that he will be a top baseball prospect, better than Troupe was a year ago. I’ve seen several theories on why we’d still go after him. There’s a chance (however slim) he might go the college route, and you want him signed just in case. If he doesn’t end up coming, you have that scholarship freed up. There’s also the connection to his teammate Jarboe.