"New" Dawgs = Recruiting Excitement

ATHENS – Georgia doesn't need a lot of help to fill out this year's recruiting class.

The group of 22 players who have made verbal commitments to the Bulldogs is ranked second in the country by Scout.com, and Georgia is expected to accept only a few more verbal commitments. Still, recruiting never ends, and the attention the Bulldogs are getting in the last month can only help down the road, said Scout.com recruiting analyst Miller Safrit.

Whether it's for storming the field at Florida or blacking out Sanford Stadium on Saturday, Georgia is getting plenty of positive attention around the nation, Safrit said.

Georgia head coach Mark Richt "has been selling the fun aspect for a long time, and now (recruits) are able to see that on the faces and in the actions of the Georgia players on the field," Safrit said. "They may have been having fun off the field in the past, but now they're doing a lot of that stuff while they're on the field and while the recruits are watching."

Patrick Johnson of Pompano Beach, Fla., the nation's No. 1 cornerback, apparently has noticed the Bulldogs recently. He visited campus last weekend and attended the 45-20 victory over Auburn.

Having a positive buzz in the recruiting world can't hurt a team, Georgia recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner said.

"I don't know that any publicity is good publicity, but if it's positive publicity and you are winning, I definitely think you would like to have that and like to be in the limelight," he said. "I do think that right now Georgia is receiving some recognition and some respect but all that respect can be gone Saturday if you go out and lay an egg."

Garner, obviously, wants the Georgia name to be on the tip of every recruit's tongue, but he wants it to be there for the right reasons, he said.

"You want to have the right reputation," he said. "You want to be able to go out and play with energy and play with emotion but do it in a disciplined, classy manner."


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