Blaes still committed to Dawgs, for now

ATHENS – Georgia will be stopping at four junior college signees, at least for now.

The Bulldogs signed offensive linemen Scott Haverkamp and Vince Vance and defensive linemen Jarius Wynn and Corvey Irvin on Wednesday and expected to sign Joe Blaes out of Coffeyville this month as well.

However, Georgia learned this week that it will only be able to bring in seven mid-year enrollees because one of the current players it expected to graduate this semester did not. The NCAA only allows schools to bring in one new player at the mid-year for every current player who graduates at the mid-year. (All of Georgia's players are academically eligible to play in the Dec. 30 Chick-fil-A Bowl.)

The Bulldogs are saving their final three spots for high school offensive linemen Tanner Strickland and Trinton Sturdivant and Hargrave Military Academy offensive lineman Justin Anderson, all of whom will enroll in time for spring practice.

Blaes still plans to come to Georgia but admitted Thursday that plan could change. Iowa State and Baylor would be his next two choices.

"It was kind of disappointing. I was ready to go down," he said. "I'm still committed to Georgia, but I just don't know yet."

Blaes thought until three days ago that he would be signing with the Bulldogs on Wednesday, but a Georgia coach called Monday to inform him there wouldn't be room right now.

"I understand it," he said. "I'm not upset about it."

Georgia's coaches made their first comments Thursday about Vance, a 6-foot-8, 310-pounder who is a player in the mold of former Bulldog and current Denver Bronco George Foster, according to offensive line coach Neil Callaway.

Vance has only been playing offensive line for 18 months, but he'll get a crash course during spring practice and have to be ready to contribute in the fall, Coach Mark Richt said.

"He's got the tools, and he's already begun to learn his trade," Richt said. "It's not going to be easy. I just think he's going to be all right, plus we've got one true tackle in the program coming back, Josh Davis, so he may just have to play if he's ready or not."

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