Richt talks early commitments

ATHENS, Ga. -- After picking up three verbal commitments on Friday, Georgia already has 12 players publicly lined up for its 2013 signing class.

As of Saturday afternoon, that total was the fourth most in the country, ranking behind only Michigan (16), Texas A&M (13) and Texas (13).

It’s also a significantly larger group of public commitments than Mark Richt’s staff has ever assembled so early, as the program has never had double-digit commitments prior to the G-Day game under Richt.

But that is not a sign of any kind of attitude change toward accepting early commitments, Richt said. The coaching staff is simply hitting at a high success rate on the recruiting trail at the moment.

“Sometimes it hits faster than others. You just don’t know,” Richt said after Saturday’s morning scrimmage. “We’ve done a good job of getting offers out there and pursuing these guys and letting them know we want them and getting them on campus and all those things. So it’s been going good.”

The Bulldogs added verbal pledges from offensive tackle Aulden Bynum (Valdosta, Ga./Valdosta), receiver Kyrin Priester (Snellville, Ga./Brookwood) and linebacker Ryne Rankin (Orlando/East River) on Friday to push their commitment total into double digits.

Six of those commitments are members of the ESPNU 150 Watch List.

After signing only 19 players in February and losing several players to dismissals and transfers, the Bulldogs are in position to sign a class that could number around 30 players next winter, when counting players who could enroll in January 2013 and count backward to the 2012 class.

“It could be a pretty healthy size,” Richt confirmed.