Following Ray Gant of Hargrave (Va.) Military Academy, Golston was the second highly recruited defensive lineman to pick Georgia this week. Gant also was considering Auburn. Georgia's defensive line was lacking in depth last season after the departures of first-round picks Richard Seymour and Marcus Stroud, and the line took another hit when junior David Jacobs suffered a stroke during the season.
Golston (6-5, 285) is still recovering from a broken leg suffered in a car crash. Though the injury shortened his senior season, it did not detract from his status as one of the top recruits in the nation at his position.
Golston announced his decision on the Fox Sports Net's recruiting show, Countdown to Signing Day, Saturday morning. The Sandy Creek High School standout visited Georgia on Jan. 11. Golston recorded 41 tackles, 29 assists and eight sacks in six games before suffering the broken leg.
The addition of Golston gives Georgia 23 verbal commitments as it not awaits decisions from several top offensive linemen. Offensive tackle Derek Morris (6-6, 350) of North Mecklenburg (N.C.) High School, rated by most recruiting services as one of the nation's top three offensive tackles, says Georgia, Ohio State and North Carolina State are his finalists.
Other offensive linemen still considering Georgia are Max Jean-Giles (6-5, 340) of North Miami, Fla., Antonio Mercier (6-5, 335) of Washington-Wilkes and Brandon Jeffries (6-5, 265) of Shelby, N.C. Earlier this week, offensive tackle Daniel Inman of Southview, N.C., said he will sign with Georgia.
Throughout the recruiting process, Coach Mark Richt has ranked the offensive line - especially offensive tackle - as a top priority. Richt also is looking for help at wide receiver, and Mario Raley of Charlotte (N.C.) Independence High told Jamie Newberg of NewbergRecruiting.com this week that Georgia is leading South Carolina in his decision process.
Player Pos Size School
*Josh Brock OL 6-4, 280 Cartersville
High Tyson Browning RB 5-10, 180 Fork Union (Va.) Military
Michael Cooper RB 6-0, 215 Screven County
Dale Dixson DE 6-3, 265 Garland, Texas
Reshard Dudley RB 5-10, 210 Marianna, Fla.
Marquis Elmore LB/DE 6-3, 220 Charlton County
B.J. Fields CB 5-11, 180 Camden County
Ray Gant DT 6-3, 280 Hargrave (Va.) Military
Kedrick Golston DT 6-5, 285 Sandy Creek
Daniel Inman OT 6-7, 300 Southview, N.C.
Bryan McClendon CB/WR 6-1, 180 Mays High
Bartley Miller OL 6-5, 275 Marist High
Martrez Milner TE 6-5, 235 West Hall
Demario Minter CB 5-11, 180 Stephenson High
Quentin Moses DE 6-5, 230 Cedar Shoals
Olaolu Sanni-Osomo S 6-2, 195 LaGrange
*Preston Pannell DE 6-7, 240 Hargrave Military
Leonard Pope TE 6-7, 230 Americus
Randall Swoopes DT 6-4, 280 Clarke Central
*Darrius Swain DL 6-4, 295 Hargrave Military
Tony Taylor LB 6-2, 215 Oconee County
*Joe Tereshinski III QB 6-3, 205 Athens Academy
Michael Turner TE 6-5, 250 Brookwood
*Already enrolled at Georgia.