Mann: "I always wanted to go to Georgia"

ATHENS – Georgia needed a point guard in the 2012 class – and now they've got one.

Milton point guard Charles Mann has committed to Mark Fox.

"Since I was a freshman I always wanted to go to Georgia," Mann said. "Ever since I got that offer I had them on my mind. They are the school, I think, that fits me best. They have two guards leaving. It's a great opportunity for me to play."

Mann is the first commitment of Georgia's class of 2012. The prep star hopes that his commitment to Georgia will get the Dawgs' ball rolling in recruiting in 2012 – including with another huge in-state prospect.

"I have been talking with Shaq Goodwin and Georgia is in his top three," he said. "Hopefully with my commitment and our relationship that will help with him and Georgia."

For Mann, the lure of playing close to home with a coach who has a reputation of putting players into the NBA was a big draw.

"Coach Fox has put some guys in the league," he said. "Also, I am glad that my family can see me play because of going to Georgia."

The head coach's reaction? Mann said Georgia's third-year head coach was thrilled.

"He was excited," Mann said. "He walked out of a basketball game to talk with me about it. Coach Palmore was very excited."

Stacy Palmore was the lead recruiter according to Mann.

The fight for the 6-5, 190 point guard came down to Georgia and Florida State. But Mann said that Georgia recruited him the hardest of any school.

"It was between Florida State and Georgia from the get go," he said. "Coach Palmore has been on me. He's been at every game I've played. He's spoken with me a lot. We have a great connection."

That connection, Mann hopes, will lead to even bigger things for the Bulldogs – who went to the NCAAs for the first time under Fox in 2011.

"Georgia is a great opportunity. They are on the upswing," he said. "Coach Fox – since he's been there they have been to the NCAAs. If he didn't do all of that – I am not sure what I would have done, but this makes it easier to commit to them because they already have." considers Mann a three-star recruit and the No. 21 point guard in the country.

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