Georgia's 'Dawg Night' pays dividends

Mark Richt slept well Friday night. Real well.

The Georgia head coach received very good news on the recruiting front before this past weekend even began, as four players committed at the same time at the team’s “Dawg Night” prospect camp. The most interesting part of the haul was that all four players were from different high schools across three different states, so it wasn’t as if the Bulldogs coach was getting a package deal from a local school in Georgia.

The question now is whether Richt will be in Athens long enough to coach them throughout their college careers. Despite putting together a strong 2011 class and getting off to a good start on his crop of recruits for 2012, Richt enters the fall on one of the warmer coaching seats after a disappointing 2010 campaign.

The star of Friday night's haul is Class of 2012 recruit John Theus, a five-star offensive tackle from Jacksonville, Fla. The 6-6, 292-pound Theus is considered one of the top players in the nation and could make an immediate impact upon arrival. His brother Nate is a freshman long snapper for the Bulldogs.

Three Class of 2013 prospects also pledged to the Bulldogs: Camden County (Georgia) QB Brice Ramsey, WR/DB Tramel Terry of Goose Creek, S.C., and RB Derrick Henry of Yulee, Fla.

A fifth recruit committed later that evening: 2014 Apalachee High School (Georgia) RB Stanley Williams, who was offered a scholarship after running a 4.28 40-yard dash, according to Scout.com’s Chad Simmons.

So in one night, Georgia landed commitments from arguably its top target for 2012, a top quarterback recruit for 2013 and one of the higher-ranked running back recruits for 2014.

Now the Bulldogs just need to translate their recent recruiting success to the field on Saturday afternoons in the fall.

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