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ATHENS – One of the biggest recruiting nights of the year is here for Georgia.

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The Bulldogs will host a bevy of talent at the program's annual Dawg Night. The program has been on one heck of a tear of late – racking up 11 prospects since Calhoun wide receiver Da' Rick Rogers committed to the Dawgs on June 9th.

Commits visiting: Walton defensive end Brandon Burrows, Newnan safety Alec Ogletree, Bolles (FL) offensive lineman Brent Benedict, Andrew Jackson (FL) Derek Owens, Orange Park (FL) linebacker Demetre Baker, Buford offensive lineman Kolton Houston, Dalton defensive end Jalen Fields and the latest commit – Manning (SC) defensive end Dexter Morant will all be in Sanford Stadium Saturday night for the event.

That's not to say the only prospects participating will be those who are committed – in particular two huge in-state prospects: Douglas defensive tackle Garrison Smith and Martin Luther King running back Mack Brown. That duo, considered two of the top three players in the state of Georgia, are narrowing their recruiting lists and Georgia remains a top player for both. Both could commit some time in the very near future, but no plans have yet been made by either.

Out-of-staters Nickell Robey (Frostproof, FL) and Khairi Fortt (Stamford, CT) will also participate in Dawg Night. Newnan's Zander Ogletree, who is looking for a spot on the Georgia roster with a solid performance Saturday night. Lovejoy wide receiver D.J. Smith has been offered by Georgia's track program, but is looking to impress enough to get a pigskin offer. Carver's (Columbus) Devin Burns and Corey Crawford will also be at Dawg Night.

As most recruiting observers understand Dawg Night and other recruiting events in the summer can be more about the future than the present. That is why the list for 2011 Dawg Night prospects is just as impressive as the 2010. Several of the top juniors in the state highlight the event.

Tucker defensive end James Vaughters might be the most recognizable name in the mix. The rising juniors has offers from a slew of schools including Georgia, Florida and Ohio State. Carver's Gabe Wright, a defensive end, will in attendance, too. Wright's teammate, Isaiah Crowell, a running back, will take part in the camp. He might be the top ball carrier in his class in Georgia. Josh Clemons, whose father Charlie played for the Red and Black, will line up at running back also. The Bulldogs have done well over the last few years with South Carolina prospects – they might hope to do the same with Williston-Elko linebacker Dexter Staley. White County's Ashley Lowery, a safety, will be looking to impress enough to grab an offer from the Dawgs. Massive Dalton offensive lineman Watts Dantzler will be at Dawg Night as will Griffin defensive end Xzavier Dickson and Lovejoy defensive tackle David Washington.

Dawg Night, which did not exist earlier in the Mark Richt Era, has quickly become the premier recruiting event of the Dawgs' program. Stay tuned to Dawg Post for total coverage of Dawg Night.

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