Richard Samuel, Marcus Dowtin, Xavier Avery and Carlton Thomas all line up as the starter or play at least for the bulk of the game at running back. Heard County running back Dontavius Jackson does that, too. But it looks like he is the prototypical running back the Bulldogs like to sign once a year.
Jackson committed to the Bulldogs this morning, giving the Dawgs their 21st commitment from a high schooler this year. Jackson, who is considered by Scout.com as the 12th-best running back in the country, may give Georgia what is needs to slip past UCLA and into second place on the network's football recruiting rankings. Notre Dame has the top class at this moment.
It looks like Samuel and Dowtin are linebackers, Avery is a safety and Thomas is a tweener at the next level. Jackson isn't – he's strictly a running back.
Jackson's decision comes after months of being recruited hard by Clemson, Georgia, LSU, Alabama and Penn State. Jackson dropped Bama and Penn State in the fall, and decided to pull the trigger a week after visiting Clemson.
Some South Carolina media outlets reported earlier in the week that Jackson was headed to the Tigers, but that turned out not to be the case. Jackson was not going to have a press conference, but 24 hours before his decision, high school officials decided they wanted to have a small gathering to honor the senior.
That may have been in part because Jackson has not been able to play in his prep games due to a broken wrist suffered in the first game of the 2007 season. Even though the injury ended his season, that night Jackson rushed 12 times for 246 yards and three touchdowns.
Jackson has said in recent interviews that he is planning on graduating early. It is not clear if Jackson will be able to return to the football field before he gets to Athens for spring practice.
His high school career is not over until Heard County is eliminated, and the Indians are in a three-way tie for second place in Region 5-AA. The earliest Jackson could return to play would be the final game of the season, but that's not what is expected. Should Jackson return to the gridiron at all, he would be forced to wear a cast over his non-ball-carrying hand, and that would likely come in the first or second round of the playoffs – if Heard gets there.
Still, the commitment moves Georgia closer to a complete signing class. Jackson's commitment gives the Bulldogs a commitment at virtually every position save fullback and quarterback – two spots where the Dawgs are young and deep already. However, the most importaint spot Georgia is missing is at offensive tackle, where they have not yet secured a commitment from any player.