Garner pleased with Dawgs' recruiting

Rodney Garner

ATHENS – Georgia can take four or five more verbal commitments for this recruiting class, recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner said Saturday.

"There are some big targets out there, four or five," he said. "Obviously, if we were to hit them, we'd take all five. There are some really, really good players out there that we think will really separate this class. We think it's an outstanding class so far, but obviously if we were able to get two or three of these guys we'd be extremely excited."

The Bulldogs have verbal commitments from 23 high school or junior college players for the Class of 2007, which will sign letters-of-intent in February. Georgia had 24 but is no longer recruiting Hargrave defensive end Clifton Geathers. Perry offensive linemen Ben Harden, who signed with the Bulldogs last year but failed to qualify academically, is committed again but may be derailed again, which would drop the number of commitments to 22.

Teams are allowed only to bring in 25 new players each August, but the Bulldogs will be able to count some of their newcomers back to last year's class so they will sign more than 25 in February. Their only concern, Coach Mark Richt said, is staying under the overall NCAA scholarship limit of 85.

"As we all know, the overall number can fluctuate," Richt said. "It can fluctuate a lot between now and the first day of school in the fall. I just don't know what the future holds with our team. There is attrition for a lot of different reasons."

Another potential Bulldog visited Athens on Saturday. Hargrave Military Academy defensive end Miguel Chavez, 6-foot-4, 260 pounds, was on campus touring the team's practice facilities in the morning. Chavez also is being recruiting by Tennessee, Virginia Tech and Clemson.

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