UGA snags another big recruiit; Auburn loses one

Photo by Mike Phillips

Photo by Mike Phillips

ATHENS -- Junior college defensive tackle John Jenkins signed with Georgia on Saturday, providing an important late addition to an impressive class.

The 6-foot-4, 340-pound defender out of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College is expected to start at nose tackle in Georgia's 3-4 defense.

Georgia lacked a massive run-stopper in the middle of its defensive line last season as it made the switch to a three-man front.

Coach Mark Richt has said any junior college player signed by Georgia is expected to contribute immediately.

Jenkins is Georgia's 26th signee. He chose Georgia over Florida and other Southeastern Conference schools in announcing his decision in his hometown of Meriden, Conn.

Jenkins' addition is another boost for Georgia's signing class and follows a 6-7 finish in 2010, Richt's first losing season in 10 seasons.

CHANGE OF HEART: Top offensive line prospect Cyrus Kouandjio opted Saturday to play for Alabama instead of Crimson Tide rival Auburn

Alabama received a faxed letter of intent from Kouandjio on Saturday.

Kouandjio of DeMatha High School in Maryland is regarded as the nation's No. 1 offensive tackle and one of the top five prospects overall. He committed to Auburn on national TV Wednesday but never sent the binding letter of intent.

Kouandjio had posted on his Facebook page earlier that he would play with his older brother Arie, a redshirt freshman offensive lineman, at Alabama followed by "ROOLLLLL TTIIIDDDEEE!!!"

The Facebook post drew hundreds of comments in the first hour.

Alabama's recruiting class was already rated No. 1 nationally by Rivals.com.