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Thursday April 24, 2008

This should help you sleep well tonight – the Georgia quarterback position is in good hands for the next six years or so.

Tampa QB Aaron Murray has committed to Georgia this morning. He’s rated a four-star prospect and among the top 50 players in the nation by Rivals.com and was the first player invited to this year’s Elite 11 quarterback camp. A lot is going to be made about this commitment because Georgia went into Florida and got a quarterback at the top of Urban Meyer’s list. The decision makes sense though – 6’1", 198 lbs. sounds a lot more like D.J. Shockley than it does Tim Tebow. Florida signed five-star Cam Newton out of Georgia in 2007, but his interest in Georgia was minimal. "Georgia is stacked at the quarterback position and I not going to play anything but quarterback in college," he said in 2006.

Enjoy a few more years (we hope) of Stafford and Cox. Logan Gray looked plenty capable at G-Day. Now Murray and Zach Mettenberger stand ready to battle it out a couple of years down the road. With the quarterback position more or less set, receivers and other offensive recruits won’t need to worry about the quality of leader they’ll have under center.

At this morning’s announcement, Murray thanked the other schools that showed interest in him and said, "I am humbled and honored, honored to know that you thought enough of me to offer me a scholarship to join your team." Not the kind of talk you typically hear from a recruiting press conference, is it? Murray had this to say about Georgia:

"It is a school that every time I left, I just wanted to go back," he said. "I love the coaches, the intensity, and the competitive practices. The academics are top notch and it is a great college town."

The Dawgs are in the mix for Murray’s teammate, standout tight end Orson Charles. Charles of course received notoriety by knocking over Florida’s national championship trophy a few weeks ago. He’d receive a hero’s welcome at Georgia for that reason alone.

Murray is Georgia’s ninth commitment for the class of 2009. With the class expected to be somewhat smallish due to scholarship limits, we might be nearly halfway home.

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