Georgia gets two

The University of Georgia picked up a commitment from one of their top targets in-state and then dipped into Florida to grab one as well on Saturday. Both prospects committed to UGA Saturday morning before UGA's spring game and we break them down here.

Starting in state, Kolton Houston committed to Georgia as an offensive lineman. Houston is a 6-foot-5, 270 pound junior with a lot of versatility. His first offer came from South Carolina in 2008 and the Gamecocks offered him as a defensive lineman.

The Buford (GA) native could end up anywhere along the offensive line in Athens, but may be best at guard. He has very good feet, he can block well on the second level, he does a good job of getting extension, and finishing his blocks.

Houston needs to continue to fill out physically, add strength, and overall balance. Like many linemen on the high school and even college level, Houston does lunge at his opponent and get a little off balance.

Also, in the Buford offense, the passing game in not used a lot, so he will have to improve on his pass pro to get on the field early in Athens. He is an honor student off the field and that intelligence carries over to the game of football too. Houston picks things up quickly, he plays hard at all times, and he is currently the number two offensive lineman in the state of Georgia.

Houston just picked up offer 15 on Friday when FSU offered him. He immediately placed them in his top seven, but he chose UGA in the end. Auburn, Clemson, South Carolina, and Tennessee were some of the other schools he was considering before choosing to stay home.

Moving over to the defensive side of the ball, the Dawgs picked up a commitment from Osceola (FL) athlete Marc Deas.

He plays both sides of the ball for the Kowboys, but will start out in the secondary for the Bulldogs. He splits time at quarterback with highly recruited teammate B.J. Butler and then runs the defense at middle linebacker, so safety will somewhat of a new position for him.

What stands out the most on film about Deas is his reaction to the ball. Once he identifies the football, then he goes into attack mode and sticks his hat in there to make a play.

He plays with good aggressiveness, he moves well to the ball, and he likes to deliver big hits. He is not down field in coverage very often, so he will have to work on that along with reading the quarterbacks when he gets to Athens.

Deas is built like a college safety already at just over 6-feet tall and weighing around 185 pounds. Some schools talked to him about playing linebacker, but most of the schools were recruiting him to line up at safety like Georgia.

Athleticism and aggressive nature are Deas' biggest strengths and that is why he was a target for quite a few schools. Leadership is something else that he brings to the table and we do what he can to help his team win.

Ole Miss, Cincinnati, UCF, and a few other schools were under consideration for Deas, but he had Georgia on top the minute they offered him last month. He has family in Athens and he is now set on being a Georgia Bulldog.

Many things are attractive on the field about commitments two and three for UGA in 2010, but they are just as impressive of even more impressive off the field. Both carry themselves well, both are respected in their communities, and both are high quality student-athletes.

Chad Simmons is the Recruiting Analyst for the South Region and he can be reached at

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