Dontavius Russell made it clear this week that UGA is his top choice.
ATHENS — Dontavius Russell, who is a candidate to be the state's No. 1-ranked defensive tackle for 2014, has committed to UGA.
The 6-foot-3, 310-pounder from Carrollton High School announced on Twitter that he intends to sign with UGA. The 4-star recruit reported around a dozen early scholarship offers, including Alabama, Stanford, Georgia Tech, Florida and Auburn.
“I think it had to do with coach (Mark) Richt,” Carrollton coach Rayvan Teague told the AJC. “I think he likes coach Richt and what he stands for. For what Dontavius is looking for with that college experience, it's the perfect match. That's the kind of kid he is. I had a feeling that when he and coach Richt sat down and talked, which they did on Monday, that (a commitment) might be the result.”
Russell is UGA's fourth commit for 2014, and fills a huge need for the Bulldogs after they narrowly missed out on Dooly County High School's Montravius Adams in February.
“I think the sky is the limit for Dontavius,” Teague said. “His best football is still ahead of him. You just don't find guys with that kind of size, and that kind of mobility — and then you put on top of it that he has a 3.6 GPA. They don't come around often. He's a high-character kid.
“He's kind of a homebody and doesn't party. He's nice and quiet. He's a young man who loves football and wants to get a quality education.”
Russell's coach said his program has had a lot of success with sending two former players, Reggie Brown and Jamie Henderson, to UGA and later the NFL.
G-DAY GAME PREPARATIONS CONTINUES: The Georgia football team held its final full pads practice Tuesday afternoon at the Woodruff Practice Fields. The Bulldogs will practice again Thursday and Friday before the G-Day game Saturday at 1 p.m. at Sanford Stadium.
A large contingent of more than 100 faculty members and their families attended Tuesday’s practice as part of the Bulldogs’ annual faculty appreciation.
During a press luncheon earlier in the day, Richt discussed the team’s progress this spring.
“We are moving along very well,” Richt said. “(Tuesday was) practice No. 10 out of 15. Normally, spring ball would end at G-Day, but we decided to go ahead and have a couple of practices after that. The main reason why is because we really enjoy having a day off in between every practice. It’s really been helpful for our coaches to spend the time evaluating what happened in practice and for them to cover that with players on the off day. I’ve been pleased with what’s going on with spring ball to this point.
“We were able to get started relatively early, and that’s just a sign of having the continuity that we have. Because of that, I think the players know what each player expects and the coaches have a very good standard of what we want to get accomplished on a daily basis.”
The UGA Athletic Association will be teaming up with the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia during G-Day to host a canned food drive. Fans are asked to bring in a bag of canned food to be admitted to the game Saturday. Bins will be set up at the Main Gate as well as gates 2, 4, 6 and 9 to accept the canned goods.
Donation stations will also be in place for monetary contributions, as one dollar equals four pounds of food. All canned food and proceeds will go to assisting families in Northeast Georgia.
Information from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the University of Georgia was used in this report