2006 Spring Football: Day 4 News and Notes

ATHENS - News and notes from Georgia's spring practices.

JOINING GEORGIA: Patience paid off for Georgia, which got a commitment Friday from lineman Clifton Geathers.

Not many major prospects have taken this long to make the decision, but the brother of former Bulldog Robert Geathers made it worth the wait for Georgia.

The 6-foot-7, 280-pound lineman picked the Bulldogs over Florida State and Clemson, after also considering Florida, Virginia, and South Carolina. He made his announcement at a Friday afternoon press conference.

Geathers, who attends Carvers Bay High near Myrtle Beach, may be headed to prep school to improve his academic standing.

He was the Myrtle Beach Sun News' Toast of the Coast player of the year, and earned Parade all-American honors.

A LOVELY DAY: It almost felt like midseason for Friday's afternoon practice, under blue skies with a brisk wind.

"It was great," said head coach Mark Richt, whose team now has a week off. "Today just made me feel better. I saw a lot of good things happen on both sides.

He said safety Tra Battle banged a knee, but it was nothing serious. Wideout Mohamed Massaquoi wore a green "no contact" jersey because of a banged-up shoulder, but Richt expects him to be fine when the Bulldogs return.

That lack of any additional injuries was icing on the cake of a day that had Richt feeling good, especially with the progress on offense.

"It was very, very competitive, and a lot of great things happened on both sides of the ball," Richt said. "A lot more of what spring ball should look like if we're going to be successful around here."

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