Figgens Pledges Georgia

The Georgia Bulldogs got a big pick up on Thursday morning when Columbus TE Bruce Figgens woke up and decided he wanted to be a Georgia Bulldog. Bruce called coach Mark Richt to give him the good news and we've got all the details inside.

"I committed to Georgia. Just talking with my family and coaches, I felt it was the best school," Bruce Figgen's said.

The Shaw standout pulled the trigger shortly after he woke up this morning.

"I actually just did it this morning. I called Coach Richt to tell him and he said he was excited to hear the news and that he thought I had a good future. He told me he was sure the fans would be excited about it as well."

Georgia's tight end tradition is among the strongest in the nation and that was a definite pull for Figgens.

"Starting with Jermaine Wiggins, Randy McMichael, Ben Watson and Leonard Pope, all of them are in the NFL now and that's where I want to be someday. Coach Johnson is a real good coach and a great teacher. They put their tight end's in a position to get to the NFL."

Georgia signed highly regarded Na Derris Ward out of California in the class of 2006 and now with Bruce on board, they appear to have replenished their depth at the TE position.

"I feel good about it. They have good tight ends there. I know they have a guy coming in this year but I'm going to always compete in practice. I love the people in Athens and the opportunity as far as the NFL goes. They have a great tight end tradition and a lot of support for their athletes."

His decision ultimately boiled down to Clemson and Georgia with the Dawgs getting the nod. How hard was it to turn down the Tigers?

"It was hard to turn them down. They had a lot of things to offer and the people were good but I think Georgia is the best fit for me."

Shaw's offense doesn't really utilize the TE in the passing game so Figgens is excited to get more involved in the air attack once he arrives in Athens.

"We run out the wing-t so I do a lot more blocking than pass catching. I think blocking is a big strength for me but I can get out and catch the ball as well as run routes also."

Bruce says his commitment is final.

"Oh my commitment is solid. I'm definitely going to Georgia."

Figgens is Georgia's 9th verbal commitment in the class of 2007…

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