National Signing Day 2011

National Signing Day 2012

The University of Georgia looks to sign yet another stellar class, and DogBytesonline.com will be updating its recruiting board throughout the day as future student-athletes complete their paperwork and officially become Georgia Bulldogs.

Refresh this page for up to date information. last updated 4:03pm Today

Collin Barber

Dawg Post

P/6-2, 191 Cartersville

  • Rivals.com rating: (not ranked)
  • Scout.com rating: (not ranked)
  • ESPN.com rating: (No. 400 in Southeast; No. 58 in Georgia; No. 9 kicker.)
  • 247sports.com rating: ()
  • Picked UGA over: Auburn, Florida State, West Virginia

Comments: Barber picked up a scholarship offer - and committed minutes later - over the summer and fell into a near-perfect situation at Georgia. With the graduation of Drew Butler, the Bulldogs are looking for a punter, and Barber’s average of more than 45 yards per punt as a senior show he’s the man for the job.

L.O.I. Signed 02/01/2012

John Theus

Dawg Post

OL/6-6, 292 The Bolles School (Jacksonville, Fla.)

  • Rivals.com rating: (No. 23 nationally; No. 1 in Florida; No. 5)
  • Scout.com rating: (No. 2 offensive tackle.)
  • ESPN.com rating: (No. 28 nationally; No. 13 in Southeast; No. 7 in Florida; No. 5 offensive tackle.)
  • 247sports.com rating: (No. 35 nationally; No. 5 in Florida; No. 3 offensive tackle.)
  • Picked UGA over: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Maryland, Miami, Michigan, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Rutgers, South Carolina, South Florida, Texas.

Comments:Theus is one of Georgia’s top pickups in 2012. The major recruiting websites ranked Theus, the younger brother of Georgia long snapper Nathan Theus, as one of, if not the, top recruit in the talent-laden state of Florida and as a top-25 player nationally. Of all the young linemen looking for playing time on Georgia’s offense this fall, Theus is the most likely to get it. In fact, Scout.com recruiting analyst Chad Simmons said he believes Theus is capable of playing, and possibly starting, right away as recently graduated center and four-year starter Ben Jones did as a freshman.

L.O.I. Signed 02/01/2012

Todd Gurley

Dawg Post

RB/6-1, 210Tarboro (N.C.)

  • Rivals.com rating: (No. 42 nationally; No. 3 in North Carolina; No. 5 running back.)
  • Scout.com rating: (No. 13 running back.)
  • ESPN.com rating: (No. 92 in Southeast; No. in North Carolina; No. 12)
  • 247sports.com rating: (No. 57 nationally; No. 5 in North Carolina; No. 6 running back.)
  • Picked UGA over: Auburn, Clemson, Duke, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Virginia Tech.

Comments:Although he committed after friend and fellow North Carolina running back Keith Marshall, Gurley can have just as big an impact on the already crowded, if not muddled, Georgia backfield. His speed may also be a tick behind that of the elite running backs - he ran a 4.5-second 40-yard dash, according to Scout.com - but analysts have him pegged as someone who will continue to grow and get faster.

L.O.I. Signed 02/01/2012

Gregory Pyke

Dawg Post

ROL/6-5, 310The Boys¹ Latin (Baltimore)

  • Rivals.com rating: (No. 12 in Georgia; No. 29 offensive lineman.)
  • Scout.com rating: (No. 41 offensive guard.)
  • ESPN.com rating: (No. 97 in Atlantic region; No. 16 in Maryland; No. 85 offensive tackle.)
  • 247sports.com rating: (No. 225 nationally; No. 8 in Maryland; No. 23 offensive tackle.)
  • Picked UGA over: Duke, Louisville, Maryland, Michigan State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, South Alabama, Tulane, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, West Virginia, Wisconsin.

Comments:Georgia’s offense line turned some heads this season, even earning the title of nation’s largest from college to the NFL. Pyke should fit right in at 6-foot-5 and 310 pounds, and the high school lacrosse player has impressed recruiting analysts with his athleticism. With a largely depleted offensive line, Pyke should be able to earn playing time if his skills match his size.

L.O.I. Signed 02/01/2012

Blake Tibbs

Dawg Post

WR/6-1, 170, 207 Martin Luther King Jr.

  • Rivals.com rating: (No. 21 in Georgia; No. 65 wide receiver.)
  • Scout.com rating: (No. 52 wide receiver.)
  • ESPN.com rating: (No. 265 in Southeast; No. 62 in Georgia; No. 80 wide receiver.)
  • 247sports.com rating: (No. 29 in Georgia; No. 57 wide receiver.)
  • Picked UGA over: Arkansas, Arkansas State, Kentucky, North Carolina, Southern Miss, UCF, Wake Forest.

Comments:Recruiting analysts have found some room for Tibbs to improve in some nuances in his game, but his speed and hands have impressed. The first-team all-state selection had several multi-touchdown games, including four in the season-opener, and proved to be a weapon as a kick returner. He’ll add more depth to an already young Georgia receiving corps and could make a name for himself with special teams play.

L.O.I. Signed 02/01/2012

Sheldon Dawson

Dawg Post

CB/5-10, 185 Ridgeway (Memphis, Tenn.)

  • Rivals.com rating:
  • Scout.com rating: (No. 11 cornerback.)
  • ESPN.com rating: (No. 518 in Southeast; No. 28 in Tennessee; No. 69 cornerback.)
  • 247sports.com rating: (No. 92 nationally; No. 1 in Tennessee; No. 8 athlete.)
  • Picked UGA over: Arkansas, Cincinnati, Memphis, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt

Comments:Dawson brings a dose of versatility to the Bulldogs that could help fill the void recently graduated senior Brandon Boykin leaves. Dawson is capable of playing cornerback and safety or taking to the other side of the ball as a running back.

L.O.I. Signed 02/01/2012

Josh Dawson

Dawg Post

DE/6-4, 225 Tucker

  • Rivals.com rating: (No. 22 in Georgia; No. 20 weak-side defensive end.)
  • Scout.com rating: (No. 22 in Georgia; No. 20 weak-side defensive end.)
  • ESPN.com rating: (No. 27 defensive end.)
  • 247sports.com rating: (3 stars; No. 30 in Georgia; No. 27 weak-side defensive end.)
  • Picked UGA over: Alabama, Auburn, Duke, Illinois, NC State, Notre Dame, South Carolina, South Florida, UCF, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest.

Comments:Dawson’s change of heart from his longtime commitment to Vanderbilt was a coup for the Bulldogs, even if they raked in an otherwise large class of defensive linemen and linebackers. Dawson has was recruited to play outside linebacker, and Vandy recruited him as a defensive end.

L.O.I. Signed 02/01/2012

Quayvon Hicks

Dawg Post

FB/6-1, 257 Pierce County

  • Rivals.com rating: (No. 45 in Georgia; No. 2 fullback.)
  • Scout.com rating: (No. 2 fullback.)
  • ESPN.com rating: (No. 273 in Southeast; No. 64 in Georgia; No. 57 athlete.)
  • 247sports.com rating: (No. 31 in Georgia; No. 2 fullback.)
  • Picked UGA over: Duke, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Louisville, Miami, Tennessee, Vanderbilt.

Comments:Hicks’ versatility could be his key to playing time. He was a highly rated fullback, was recruited by some schools as a defense end and is ranked the No. 57 athlete in the country by ESPN.com. The Bulldogs lost fullback Bruce Figgins to graduation, and Hicks has said he expects to compete immediately for playing time at the position. However, Hicks has said he would like to return to defense at some point, so don’t be surprised to see him used there one day, too.

L.O.I. Signed 02/01/2012

John Atkins

Dawg Post

DT/6-4, 303 HIGH SCHOOL: Thomson (Ga.)

  • Rivals.com rating: (No. 32 in Georgia; No. 40 defensive tackle.)
  • Scout.com rating: (No. 23 defensive tackle.)
  • ESPN.com rating: (No. 27 in Tennessee, No. 18 center)
  • 247sports.com rating: (No. 195 nationally; No. 16 in Georgia; No. 17 defensive tackle.)
  • Picked UGA over: Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Massachusetts, Tennessee.

Comments:Atkins is likely to play nose guard at Georgia, and there will be some adjusting to do. He played tight end offensive line for much of his high school career, and while athletic and strong, he will have to work on his technique before seeing extensive playing time.

L.O.I. Signed 02/01/2012

Ty Flournoy-Smith

Dawg Post

TE/6-3, 220 HIGH SCHOOL: Colquitt County

  • Rivals.com rating: (No. 32 in Georgia; No. 12 tight end.)
  • Scout.com rating: (No. 18 tight end.)
  • ESPN.com rating: (No. 113 in Southeast; No. 23 in Georgia; No. 10 tight end.)
  • 247sports.com rating: (3 stars; No. 41 in Georgia; No. 22 tight end.)
  • Picked UGA over: Florida.

Comments:The Bulldogs pick up one of the nation’s best tight ends (46 catches, 785 yards in 2011) at just the right time as Aron White has graduated and Orson Charles has left early to enter the NFL Draft. Smith’s build and abilities have drawn comparisons to Charles’, and he’ll be competing for time with Jay Rome.

L.O.I. Signed 02/01/2012

Leonard Floyd

Dawg Post

DE/6-5, 217 HIGH SCHOOL: Dodge County

  • Rivals.com rating: (No. 117 nationally; No. 12 in Georgia; No. 13 defensive end.)
  • Scout.com rating: (No. 18 defensive end.)
  • ESPN.com rating: (No. 124 in Southeast; No. 25 in Georgia; No. 29 defensive end.)
  • 247sports.com rating: ( No. 123 nationally; No. 11 in Georgia; No. 10 outside linebacker.)
  • Picked UGA over:Alabama, Florida, Mississippi State, Purdue.

Comments:Floyd wowed analysts with his knack for chasing down quarterbacks and ballcarriers and will be near the front of the pack of defensive signees when it comes to earning playing time, likely at linebacker.

L.O.I. Signed 02/01/2012

James DeLoach

Dawg Post

DE/6-3, 265 Jenkins County

  • Rivals.com rating: (No. 50 in Georgia.)
  • Scout.com rating: (No. 74 defensive end.)
  • ESPN.com rating: (No. 139 in Southeast; No. 31 in Georgia; No. 36 defensive end.)
  • 247sports.com rating: (No. 46 in Georgia; No. 37 strong-side defensive end.)
  • Picked UGA over: Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Michigan, South Carolina, Tennessee.

Comments:Deloach came to Georgia as part of a package deal with Jenkins County teammate Jonathan Taylor. He’s expected to play either defensive end or linebacker. Analysts say he needs some time to develop his game, but his footwork, speed off the line and strength and have drawn compliments.

L.O.I. Signed 02/01/2012

Jonathan Taylor

Dawg Post

DT/6-3, 303 HIGH SCHOOL: Jenkins County

  • Rivals.com rating: (No. 72 nationally; No. 3 in Georgia; No. 7 defensive tackle.)
  • Scout.com rating: ( No. 9 defensive tackle.)
  • ESPN.com rating: (No. 53 nationally; No. 27 in Southeast; No. 4 in Georgia; No. 6 defensive tackle.)
  • 247sports.com rating: (No. 63 nationally; No. 4 in Georgia; No. 8 defensive tackle.)
  • Picked UGA over: Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech, LSU, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee.

Comments:Taylor was the marquee piece of the package deal that included Jenkins County teammate James DeLoach. He is widely considered one of the state’s and nation’s top defensive lineman, and ESPN.com recruiting analyst Kipp Adams described him as “the most talented defensive tackle to come out of Georgia the last five years.”

L.O.I. Signed 02/01/2012

Marshall Morgan

Dawg Post

K/6-3, 185 American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)

  • Rivals.com rating: (No. 7 kicker.)
  • Scout.com rating: (No. 7 kicker.)
  • ESPN.com rating: (No. 104 in Florida; No. 5 kicker.)
  • 247sports.com rating: (No. 154 in Florida; No. 6 kicker.)
  • Picked UGA over: Florida, Florida State, Virginia Tech.

Comments:Morgan is regarded as one of the strongest kickers in the country and one capable of place kicking, field-goal kicking and punting. He was 15 of 16 on field goals in 2011 with a long of 53 yards and averaged more than 40 yards per punt.

L.O.I. Signed 02/01/2012

Jordan Jenkins

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DE/6-3, 246 HIGH SCHOOL: Harris County

  • Rivals.com rating: (No. 56 nationally; No. 3 in Georgia; No. 6 defensive end.)
  • Scout.com rating: (No. 5 defensive end.)
  • ESPN.com rating: (No. 67 nationally; No. 32 in Southeast; No. 7 in Georgia; No. 8 defensive end.)
  • 247sports.com rating: (No. 28 nationally; No. 1 in Georgia; No. 5 weak-side defensive end.)
  • Picked UGA over:Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech, LSU, Miami, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Tennessee, USC.

Comments:Jenkins has size and skill, but it’s his motor and speed that make him stand out. He was one rated one of the country’s top pass rushers, has consistently stood out at combines and, while at least two recruiting analysts have Jenkins is “raw,” he has all the tools to adapt to SEC play.

L.O.I. Signed 02/01/2012

Faton Bauta

Dawg Post

QB/6-3-220 Dwyer (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.)

  • Rivals.com rating: (No. 79 in Florida; No. 15 quarterback.)
  • Scout.com rating: (No. 24 quarterback.)
  • ESPN.com rating: (No. 172 in Southeast; No. 60 in Florida No. 29 quarterback.)
  • 247sports.com rating: (No. 61 in Florida; No. 7 dual-threat quarterback.)
  • Picked UGA over:Alabama, Boston College, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, West Virginia.

Comments:Maybe the comparisons to former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow are unfair for a freshman yet to play a down of college football, but the lines are easy to draw with his skills and physique, which allowed him to play fullback and linebacker until his senior season. Turns out he’s got a pretty good arm, too. Bauta enrolled in January.

L.O.I. Signed

Keith Marshall

Dawg Post

RB/5-11, 190 Millbrook (Raleigh, N.C.)

  • Rivals.com rating: (No. 48 nationally; No. 4 in North Carolina; No. 2 running back.)
  • Scout.com rating: (No. 1 running back.)
  • ESPN.com rating: (No. 5 nationally; No. 1 in Southeast; No. 1 in North Carolina; No. 2 running back.)
  • 247sports.com rating: (No. 21 nationally; No. 2 in North Carolina; No. 1 all-purpose back.)
  • Picked UGA over:Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Oregon, Penn State, South Carolina, South Florida, Stanford, Syracuse, Tennessee, USC, Virginia Tech.

Comments:Marshall is ranked the No. 1 or No. 2 running back in the country by Scout.com, Rivals.com and ESPN.com for good reason. He is speed (4.35 40-yard dash) and has the moves, too. Marshall, who enrolled early, has already impressed Georgia coach Mark Richt with his study habits. “He’s very focused,” Richt said in January after seeing Marshall studying a playbook. “He was looking over assignments. It just gave me a moment to grin as I was seeing how excited he was about being at Georgia. I’m sure he was a little nervous, too, like a lot of guys that first get going.”

L.O.I. Signed

Mark Beard

Dawg Post

OL/6-4, 290 Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College

  • Rivals.com rating:
  • Scout.com rating:
  • ESPN.com rating: N/A
  • 247sports.com rating:
  • Picked UGA over:Arkansas, Houston, Mississippi State, West Virginia.

Comments:Beard, with his experience, could be a blessing to a Bulldogs team losing three offensive line starters. Beard signed with Troy out of high school but failed to qualify academically. It paid off, however, as he is making the jump to a BCS school with big potential in 2012.

L.O.I. Signed

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