Georgia coaches were doing something close to the Twitter equivalent of backflips on Sunday after Louisville linebacker commitment Detric Dukes from Tucker flipped to Georgia.
“Great day to be a DAWG #CommitToTheG,” inside linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti tweeted.
“I heard THE Good News this morning and then lo and behold I come to find out that there is more good news in the afternoon! GATAgang14,” wrote tight ends coach John Lilly.
That’s a reference to the 2014 recruiting class. Dukes, a three-star prospect, became the 11th member with his commitment to the Bulldogs.
“He really liked Louisville, but he probably committed too early,” Tucker coach Brian Lamar told DawgPost.com’s Dean Legge. “Detric went up to Georgia and hung out, and he really liked it. We kind of knew that Georgia was going to end up offering him.”
Remember, two members of Georgia’s 2012 signing class—cornerback Sheldon Dawson from Memphis and outside linebacker Josh Dawson from Tucker—backed away from commitments before jumping aboard with Georgia. Sheldon Dawson was committed to Memphis and Josh Dawson had pledged to Vanderbilt.
“I just felt like I was more comfortable here at Georgia,” Josh Dawson said last fall. “It’s my home state so I felt more comfortable. My family is an hour away. …I felt the comfort level here, Plus, I knew more people on the team. It just felt like home when I came here instead of Vanderbilt. Not taking anything away from Vanderbilt.”
Another switch that paid off for Georgia: offensive lineman Kenarious Gates from Kentucky to the Bulldogs.
And in the 2013 class, running back Brendan Douglas jumped at a late offer from Georgia and ditched Georgia Tech. Linebacker Davin Bellamy went from a Florida State commitment to eventually signing with Georgia.
Switcheroo’s on commitments came full circle for Louisville.
Georgia lost linebacker Deon Rogers to Louisville right before signing day in 2010. The main reason he cited was the turnover on the coaching staff at the time. Rogers had 12 tackles as a junior last season.
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