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Wednesday July 22, 2009

Talking about whether Georgia really did still have open slots in its 2010 recruiting class, we speculated yesterday that “at this stage that Georgia knows exactly whom they’d like to take those remaining scholarships, and those few know who they are.” Sure enough, not 24 hours have passed and two more commitments have come out of the woodwork. They’re both significant.

The first was Florida athlete Nickell Robey. Robey was one of Georgia’s top cornerback targets, and he got his family’s blessing to commit after visiting last weekend for Dawg Night. He’s the cousin of Bulldog tailback Carlton Thomas and, like Thomas, could be considered on the small side for his position. At 5’8″ and 165 lbs., he’ll draw comparisons to Tim Jennings, but Robey’s offer sheet was much longer than Jennings’. Everyone from Virginia Tech to Florida had offered Robey before he settled on the Bulldogs.

Robey’s commitment was followed this morning by word from SW DeKalb defensive end T.J. Stripling. Stripling, rated the nations #28 player by Rivals.com, stands 6’6″ and had offers from almost all of the area’s top programs. Some had expected a commitment from Stripling a few weeks ago when SWD teammate Kendrun Malcome committed to Georgia, but Stripling chose to wait. In the meantime, Georgia received a commitment from defensive end Dexter Morant, and many assumed that the Bulldogs were finished at the position with four DE commitments. The Dawgs had room though for one of the nation’s top players, and it’s possible that one or two of the five DE commitments could end up at either defensive tackle or even linebacker.

The Dawgs now have 18 commitments, and all but five are on the defensive side of the ball, and there might be more defenders yet to come. If nothing else, the Dawgs should have one hell of an intramural basketball team with defensive end commitments going 6’5″, 6’6″, and 6’7″.

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