Georgia Goes for the Beef

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Georgia went for a football signing class that was big on bulk. The Bulldogs landed 12 linemen among their 23 signees Wednesday, addressing major holes on both the offensive and defensive sides.

In a change from past years under coach Mark Richt, Georgia went heavy on junior-college and prep school players, picking up six signees who should be able to move into the lineup more quickly than those straight out of high school. All are linemen -- four on offense, two on defense. Among those who will be counted on provide immediate help are three players from Georgia Military: defensive end Corvey Irvin, defensive tackle Jarius Wynn and 6-foot-8, 310-pound offensive lineman Vince Vance, former Bradwell Institute lineman.

The Bulldogs also signed 320-pound offensive lineman Justin Anderson, who played last season at Hargrave Military in Virginia, and a couple of highly ranked defensive ends from the prep ranks, Neland Ball from Jackson and Justin Houston from Statesboro. Georgia did sign some highly regarded skill position players, most notably running back Caleb King from Greater Atlanta Christian. In addition, the Bulldogs picked up quarterback Logan Gray and tight end Aron White, high school teammates from Columbia, Missouri.

The Bulldogs did most of their work within the state. Eighteen signees are from Georgia, though the school missed out on some of the state's top prospects. Two Statesboro stars, safety John Knox and defensive end Justin Houston cast their lost with the Bulldogs.  They have wanted to be Bulldogs since they were 7 years old.

Creekside cornerback Eric Berry signed with Tennessee, McIntosh County linebacker Allen Bailey picked Miami and Peachtree Ridge defensive lineman Cameron Bailey was expected to go with Ohio State. Richt had hoped to sign Hardaway offensive lineman Antwane Greenlee, but he chose Florida State in a last-minute decision. Georgia filled in nicely with Chris Little, a 6-6, 330-pound offensive lineman from Twiggs County.