09's Burnette commits to Georgia

ATHENS - Chalk another one up to finishing the drill... early.

Georgia got its fourth commitment of the 2009 season when Troup offensive lineman Chris Burnette committed to the Bulldogs last week.

"It's his dream school," said Troup County head coach Bubba Jeter. "Georgia came down last week and talked with him about it, and he committed to them then."

"Chris is an excellent student and football player," Jeter continued. "He's got a 4.0 average and is very smart."

Stacy Searles visited Jeter the week after David Johnson, who had been responsible for scouting that part of the state, accepted the position of offensive line coach at West Virginia. The Bulldogs use a two-coach recruiting style which leads to more stability, Richt said today.

Big and powerful, Burnette measures in at 6-4, 290 pounds. He can power and squat over 500 pounds now. Central Florida also offered the west Georgia prospect, but, as it is early in the recruiting process, he is sure to get more offers as time goes on.

The Bulldogs have been recruiting this week across the state and country. With the class of 2008 all but wrapped up, Georgia has been focusing on getting an early start on the Class of 2009.

"Because we got so far out ahead on the current class – that's allowed us to start taking a look ahead at some of next year's class early," said Georgia head coach Mark Richt earlier this month.

The Bulldogs started releasing more 2009 offers last week. That may start another early commitment trend for the Dawgs, who had seven players committed to them before the end of March last season. Burnette's commitment makes four in this week alone for the class of 2009.

Getting a commitment from an offensive lineman to start the recruiting class has been rare for Georgia. Only once in the last eight years did an offensive lineman verbally commit to the Bulldogs before any other position player did. That happened with the Class of 2007, which ended the year ranked 17th by Scout.com

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