Two UGA targets will announce choices tonight

Georgia’s 2011 recruiting class has been at a virtual standstill since August without any public commitments since then.

Dean Legge/Dawgpost.com Griffin defensive end Xzavier Dickson, rated by Rivals.com as the No. 10 prospect in Georgia, will announce his college choice tonight at the Under Armour All-America game in Florida.
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That could change tonight at the Under Armour All-America game, which airs from St. Petersburg, Fla., at 7 p.m. on ESPN.

Griffin defensive end Xzavier Dickson and Troup County athlete Quan Bray, both rated among the top 10 prospects in Georgia by Rivals.com, say they will announce their college choices during the game.

Dickson said he’s choosing between Alabama and Georgia.

“I do not have my mind made up,” Dickson said Tuesday. “I’ll probably have my mind made up (today) at the game when I get up there to announce.”

Bray said he’s down to Georgia, Auburn, Florida and LSU.

Dickson, the No. 10 prospect in the state, said he likes Georgia’s coaching staff and the recruiting class already lined up for the Bulldogs. Bray likes that it’s the “in-state school, you can’t beat that.”

The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Dickson, who said he had 19 sacks as a senior, said Georgia envisions him as an outside linebacker/rush end in their 3-4 scheme.

The 5-11, 185-pound Bray, rated No. 8 in the state, said Georgia sees him lining up as a slot receiver, running back and in the Wildcat formation.

“You know, a little bit of everything,” Bray said.

Dickson said Alabama, his other finalist, “has a great coaching staff” and the “program is really good and successful. I think it will be a good fit.”

Verbal commitments are non-binding. High school seniors can sign letters of intent beginning on Feb. 2.

Dickson said even after he announces, he still plans to visit Auburn and may take up to two more visits after that.

Bray said he “no doubt” will still take official visits to Florida, Alabama and LSU.

Georgia has 16 known 2011 verbal commitments, but its last came from Spalding defensive lineman Chris Mayes on Aug. 22.

“There’s a lot of early commitments, then all of a sudden it seems like everything dries up for a while for the guys who want to wait until the very end,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said. “Sometimes it’s because they don’t know and sometimes it’s because they are wanting to do it an all-star game or whatever it is.”

“It’s a special time for them and they want it to be a special announcement, and their families do, too.”

Among those also playing in the Under Armour game: Carver Columbus running back Isaiah Crowell, choosing between Georgia and Alabama; Valdosta tight end Jay Rome, considered a likely Georgia commitment; and Georgia receiver commitment Justin Scott-Wesley from Mitchell County.

“A lot of things could change,” Georgia recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner said, “but with all the indications we’ve gotten from a couple of guys that if it falls into place, I think we can have a really outstanding recruiting year.”

Recruits sometimes hint to coaches about announcements made at all-star games.

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is Saturday from San Antonio.

“We get a lot of hints,” Garner said. “Hints and reality are two different things. We’re hoping and praying. We’ve got to finish. We’ll be watching those games to see if it comes true.”

NOTES: In scheduling news, Georgia on Tuesday released a Dec. 15 letter from Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith that specifies terms for the home-and-home football series between the schools in 2020-21. The exact locations and dates of those games will be determined mutually by the school’s athletic directors by June 30, 2012, according to the letter. If not, then “the agreement is canceled” without penalty. “We look forward to the games!” Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith wrote to Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity. … Georgia director of football operations Josh Brooks is likely to leave for a similar position at Florida State, although that school has not announced a hiring yet. Brooks served as a student manager to current Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher at LSU in 2000-2001. Brooks became director of football operations at Georgia before spring practice last year and spent two years before that as assistant director of football operations.

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