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Recruiting notebook: 2009 commits already coming in

POSTED: February 12, 2008 5:03 a.m.

The Georgia Bulldogs have already garnered commitments for next year’s signing class.
Emanuel County Institute running back Washaun Ealey along with a teammate, linebacker Dexter Moody, committed to the Bulldogs on Thursday. Chestatee’s Chase Vasser gave his commitment the same day.

Ealey, the player of the year in Georgia, and Moody helped ECI win its first state title last season.
“Georgia will love these two,” ECI coach Milan Turner told Scout.com. “Ealey is a special player. He’s the best running back in high school I’ve ever seen.”

Johnson adding final touches to first class 

Georgia Tech still hadn’t gotten any verbal commitments from any receivers with one week remaining until national signing day on Feb. 6.

But the Yellow Jackets could have nabbed a few players that might be helpful to new coach Paul Johnson’s team, which will probably have a different look than last year’s Chan Gailey-led squad. So far, he has tried to load up with quarterbacks and wingbacks for the wing-T information.

Embry Peeples and Marcus Wright, rated as three-star players by Scout.com, should fit perfectly. Peeples, a 5-foot-10, 170-pounder from Orlando, Fla., is an all-purpose runner and return specialist.
Wright of San Antonio, Texas seems to have the same capabilities as Peeples. At 5-7, 170, he balances his small size with speed, gaining 3,374 yards rushing and 45 touchdowns as a senior.

During his visit to Georgia Tech, Wright said he was impressed by the city.

“I really liked how the campus is set in downtown Atlanta and especially seeing it at night,” he told GoJackets.com “That was an awesome sight seeing all the buildings lit up and giving a great view and scenery from inside the campus. The campus is very, very nice.”

With sophomore quarterback Josh Nesbitt, who is a capable runner, Johnson looks as if he’ll pick up a couple more at the position. Jaybo Shaw of Flowery Branch and Tevin Washington from Wetumpka, Ala. are both smallish — at around the 6-foot, 200-pound mark — but the two should be able to run the option effectively.

Leaving home

Defensive tackle Omar Hunter, receiver Joshua Jarboe, athlete Jarmon Forston and receiver Brice Butler have two things in common: They all rank within the top 10 players in Georgia and each one is venturing out of the state for school.

Hunter of Buford, who is rated the highest, committed to Florida last week. He’ll be joined in Gainesville, Fla. by high school teammate T.J. Pridemore. Jarboe will head to Oklahoma, Forston to Auburn and Butler is going to the West Coast for Southern Cal.
 



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