Coming into the season, the Bulldogs had two commitments from the Georgia Military College in defensive end Jalen Fields and wide receiver Lonnie Outlaw. The Georgia coaches were also hot on the trail of linebacker Shannon Brown, who had recently transferred to GMC from East Mississippi Community College. The Bulldogs appeared poised to repeat their success of 2007 -- when defensive linemen Jarius Wynn, Corvey Irvin and offensive lineman Vince Vance all ended up in Athens -- but that will not be the case in 2012. Fields and Outlaw were initially projected to enroll in December in Athens, but word came today from Georgia Military College head coach Bert Williams that one of them is not headed to Georgia.
“Lonnie Outlaw will not attend UGA but will pursue other scholarship opportunities,” Williams said.
Coach Williams said there has been no official change in Fields’ status, but he did acknowledge that Fields would not be a December graduate. Fields’ spot could be filled by others on signing day, as the Bulldogs already have two committed defensive linemen.
The future for Brown, the highly touted linebacker from Cook County, is also clouded with doubt now. Williams confirmed that Brown is no longer with the team.
“Shannon has been dismissed for failing to comply with team rules and procedures,” he said.
Williams said that Oct. 22 was the last day Brown took part in team functions. That was also the day Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham was on campus to evaluate prospects. While Brown is still enrolled in classes, it is likely Georgia will need to look elsewhere to fill its needs at linebacker in the upcoming signing class.
After leaving high school in January to enroll early at East Mississippi CC, Brown transferred a semester later to Georgia Military College, where he played this season until injuring his shoulder. Brown recently told DawgNation he still hoped to arrive at the school of his choice as a 2012 signee, and if he could not he was unlikely to continue at GMC.
“I was told if I took care of business here that I would be able to enroll at a D1 school next summer,” Brown said. “I do not mind playing another year of juco, but I would hate for it to be at GMC.”