October 1, 2009

Dawgs brace for Tigers, recruits

Not only is 18th-ranked Georgia bracing for fourth-ranked LSU Saturday at Sanford Stadium, but also for what's expected to be the largest group of recruits on campus for a game this year.

"There will be a good man, but it's hard to predict," head coach Mark Richt said. "But it will be as big as you would imagine for a game like this. I don't know what would be a fair number to say but I'd say there would be a couple of hundred people coming in as a part of the recruiting process."

Some of the biggest names on Georgia's list are slated to be here.

That list includes Mike Thornton, James Vaughter, Shaq Anthony, Jawuan James, Chris Dunkley, Terrance Mitchell and Cody Riggs. Garrison Smith, Jakar Hamilton, Brent Benedict, Alec Ogletree and T.J. Stripling are among the verbal commitments expected to be here.

Richt said he wasn't sure if Saturday's game was invitation only, although it appears that could be the case.

According to numbers obtained by UGASports, at least 29 top prospects have confirmed they will be attending.

"Certain games will be invitation only games because if you just say any prospect, anybody in the ninth grade and above is a prospect and come one come all, you won't have enough ticket," Richt said. "You don't want people to come and then not have the ability for them to get into the game. There are some games where people can call in and say they're coming so we can have a rough idea, and some games that end up being invitation only games."

Georgia currently has 18 verbal commitments, but Richt it's still much too early to tell how many players the program will eventually sign.

"I don't know. You don't know who might turn pro, so many things that can change," Richt said. "You can say everybody holds on but you don't know if everybody will stay true to their word. You hope they do, so you have those guys, some who might have more academic issues than others. There's just a lot that can still happen."

Commings to stay at corner

Richt said Thursday that he expects redshirt freshman Sanders Commings to remain at cornerback for the rest of the year, giving the Bulldogs something you don't often see at the position - a player over 6-foot tall.

"I'm not saying it's 100 percent sure that's where he's going to stay the rest of his career, but he can be a very good corner for us," Richt said of the 6-foot-2, 214-pounder, who might come in handy working against LSU's taller receivers.

"Sanders at least has more height and weight to him where he might be able to match up better, but it's not always a size thing," Richt said. "We've had Tim Wansley and Timmy Jennings, guys who aren't very tall. We have some corners like that."

The news on Commings wasn't the only update Richt had to offer on the position.

Richt said that sophomore starter Brandon Boykin is expected to play after missing Wednesday's workout with an undisclosed illness.

Junior Vance Cuff (knee) has also been cleared to play.


Geathers all smiles

Freshman Kwame Geathers said he fully expects to redshirt this year, but that hasn't kept him from trying to pushing himself to get in as good a shape as he can.

Geathers, who was late arriving to camp while he awaited word from the NCAA Clearinghouse, told UGASports he's putting his current time with the team to good use.

"I came in struggling a little bit, shape wise but conditioning coach is getting me straight and Coach G (Rodney Garner) is staying on me pretty much," Geathers said. "But I feel I've made a lot of progress. I feel much better on the field. I'm just going hard every day in practice and show what I can do for next year."

Although Geathers said he hasn't been told he will definitely redshirt, he fully expects that to be the case.

But that's fine with him.

"It will be good for me to get in better shape, lift weights and come back strong next year," he said. "They stay on me pretty good here."

Geathers said he's currently playing scout team defense against the No. 1 offense during 11-on-11 drills.

"That's helping me a lot," Geathers said. "It's getting me ready to go."

Richt has no problem with dancing

Former kicker Kevin Butler was one of a handful of individuals who expressed disappointment that some of Georgia's players were dancing to music from Sanford Stadium loudspeakers during timeouts in the fourth quarter.

Richt, however, said he didn't have a problem with the gesture.

" I heard people cheer is what I heard. There's always going to be something who doesn't like something," Richt said. "I know some of our defensive guys were dancing a little bit in the fourth quarter. We had the last three drives of the game and we had three and outs, and I think they had negative yardage in the fourth quarter so I don't think you can say it was a bad thing that affected their play. People are probably making a bigger deal of it than maybe they need to, I don't know. People have a right to their opinion.

"I'd rather them be dancing than crying, you know?"

This and that

Richt said he wasn't sure if Vince Vance or Chris Davis would start at left guard, other than to say both would play. … There will be no blackout for Saturday's game against LSU. " I don't know if we'd even do a black jersey, a black helmet, a black anything , unless it was something that involved the fans," Richt said. "We wouldn't do a blackout unless we got the fans involved with it." … Dawg Walk Saturday is set for 1:30 p.m.


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