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Tuesday August 12, 2008

First, re: Sturdivant. Anthony Dasher of UGASports.com reported that there was no nerve damage to Sturdivant’s injured knee. Georgiadogs.com added that Sturdivant will “require a 9-12 month rehab. He is expected to fully recover within 12 months.” Given the severity of the injury and the aftermath of other multiple ligament injuries (think Albert Hollis), this was about the best possible news we could get. If all goes well, Sturdivant should be ready to go for the 2009 season.

There’s also good news on the recruiting front. The loss of TE Dwayne Allen to Clemson was one of the few disappointments in a strong 2008 recruiting class. Georgia addressed that tight end position today with a commitment from Arthur Fontaine of Dartmouth, Mass. He’s rated the #4 tight end in the nation by Rivals.com. Fontaine had committed to Boston College back in May, but he “de-committed shortly after when he realized he rushed his decision,” according to Mike Farrell of Rivals.com.

It should be noted that Georgia is still in the running for Rivals.com’s top-rated tight end, Orson Charles.

The Boston Globe has a great read on Fontaine. (You’ll also see his name as “Arthur Lynch-Fontaine” or, increasingly, “Arthur Lynch” as a nod to his mother’s maiden name.) In it he explains his decision to leave the Boston area.

“There’s nothing wrong with [BC],” he said in a phone interview Tuesday night. “They have a great football program, but I was so familiar with the school… Part of college should be about going off to do your own thing for four or five years and mature as a person — academically, physically and mentally. Just do your own thing for a couple years….With BC, I would have got a great education, a great degree and a great football career if it had played out, but I wouldn’t have got the same experience because I was so familiar with it.”

As he told Rivals.com, “This wasn’t as much a football decision as it was a college decision.”

If the idea of a Georgia tight end from Boston sounds familiar, it should. Jermaine Wiggins transferred from Marshall when Jim Donnan took over the Georgia program, and Wiggins played for the Dawgs in 1997 and 1998. Though undrafted out of college, Wiggins has had a productive NFL career and has a Super Bowl ring as a member of the 2001 New England Patriots.

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