ATHENS - Georgia has begun the stretch drive toward signing day by getting a former signee back into the fold.
Receiver Rico Johnson, who signed with Georgia last year but failed to qualify academically, will sign again with the Bulldogs next month. The 5-foot-10, 170-pounder from Swainsboro spent the past year at a prep school.
Johnson announced the news by posting a photo of himself and head coach Mark Richt on his Instagram account, along with the message: "My decision is made this will be my coach for the nxt 4 years and again I wanna thanks to all the college coaches who was willing to offer me but at the end of the day there's no place like home #GoDawgs !"
Johnson is rated as a three-star prospect by the 247Sports Composite. He played at Swainsboro High School.
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That brings Georgia to 17 commitments for the 2014 class, one of whom (QB Jacob Park) is already enrolled. Richt has said the team will probably sign around 20 players this year, a year after signing 33.
Here is the current list of Georgia's commtments for the 2014 class, with vital statistics via Dawgs247.com, and comments from myself:
RB Sony Michel .... 5-11, 205 .... Fort Lauderdale, Fla. ... 5 stars
A potential immediate-impact type of player, even with Gurley and Marshall around.
RB Nick Chubb ... 5-11, 216 ... Cedartown ... 5 stars
Same as Michel.
TE Jeb Blazevich ... 6-4, 230 .... Charlotte, N.C. ..... 4 stars
Georgia has succeeded lately with out-of-state tight ends, (Arom White, Orson Charles, Arthur Lynch), and hopes Blazevich is next.
CB Malkom Parish ... 5-9, 186 ... Quitman ........ 4 stars
Speedy and skilled, rated in the national top 100 and No. 6 overall in the state of Georgia.
DT Lamont Gaillard ... 6-3, 310 ... Fayetteville, N.C. ... 4 stars
Chris Wilson's departure could end up pushing Gaillard to look around, but that probably depends on who Georgia hires to coach the line.
QB Jacob Park ... 6-3, 202 .... Goose Creek, S.C. .... 4 stars
A pro-style quarterback with some mobility, Park chose Georgia over Alabama, Virginia Tech and other elite programs.
OT Dyshon Sims .... 6-4, 278 ...... Valdosta ...... 4 stars
Considered one of the top in-state O-line prospects this year, Sims also had an offer from Alabama, among others.
OLB Keyon Brown .... 6-3, 230 .... Wauchula, Fla. ... 4 stars
Another edge-rushing prospect who can play either defensive end or outside linebacker.
Isaiah Wynn .... 6-2, 272 .... St. Petersburg, Fla. ... 4 stars
A good interior line prospect who will be given a chance to crack the rotation.
WR Shakenneth Williams ... 6-1, 195 ... Macon .... 4 stars
Williams plays at a high school (Rutland) that hasn't had much on-field success, but impressed enough at camps to earn an offer.
S Kendall Gant ......... 6-2, 185 .... Lakeland, Fla. ... 4 stars
The tall safety was another Dawg Night addition.
OT Kendall Baker .... 6-6, 275 .... Atlanta .... 4 stars
He's got the height for tackle, now he has to put on the weight, a la Xzavier Ward.
ILB Detric Dukes .... 6-0, 220 .... Tucker .... 3 stars
Flipped to Georgia after originally committing to Louisville, he may be small and "only" three stars, but so was Reggie Carter last year.
CB Shattle Fenteng ... 6-2, 200 ... Hutchinson C.C. ... 3 stars
A junior college prospect who will have two years of eligibility.
G Jake Edwards .......... 6-4, 270 ...... Franklin .... 3 stars
An interior lineman whom Georgia hopes will continue to grow in the weight room.
WR Gilbert Johnson ...... 6-2, 190 ..... Miami, Fla. ... 3 stars
Actually looked taller than 6-2 at Mark Richt camp.
WR Rico Johnson .... 5-10, 170 .... Swainsboro .... 3 stars
Speedy receiver signed with Georgia in 2013, didn't qualify academically and spent the fall at Georgia Prep Sports Academy in Atlanta.