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Top-rated QB commits to Georgia

Georgia coach Mark Richt has been saying since last season that he expected to sign two quarterbacks in his 2009 recruiting class, after passing on the position in the Bulldogs' most recent crop of recruits.

Nine months away from signing day, the Bulldogs already have their duo.

Aaron Murray, the top-rated quarterback in Florida, has committed to Georgia, joining Oconee County's Zach Mettenberger as the two quarterbacks in Georgia's current group of commitments. He selected the Bulldogs over Florida, UCLA and about 50 other suitors at a press conference Thursday morning at his school.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound rising senior from Tampa's Plant High School is widely considered one of the top quarterbacks in the nation. Rivals.com rates him as the No. 48 overall prospect in the country and the No. 7 quarterback prospect. Scout.com gives him a four-star grade and calls him the No. 8 quarterback in the 2009 class.

Last season, Murray broke Florida's single-season record for touchdown passes, set by former Plant teammate Andrew Marve, now competing to be the starter at Miami.

Murray completed 201 of 329 passes (61 percent) for 4,013 yards, 51 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He is also an effective runner, rushing 98 times for 932 yards and 12 touchdowns out of Plant's spread attack.

Georgia's recruiting class is filling rapidly, as Murray becomes the ninth player to verbally commit. The Bulldogs are expected to sign approximately 15 or 16 players next spring.

Murray is not Georgia's only target from Plant, however. His tight end, Orson Charles, also counts Georgia among the schools that have offered scholarships.