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SEC Headlines – 8/15/11 Part Two

1.  Houston Nutt says Ole Miss still has a long way to go in preseason camp.

2.  This writer wonders why UM is planning to add seats at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium when it’s not currently filling its existing seats.

3.  Dan Mullen says his offense has been lazy and “pathetic” in recent practices.

4.  Florida is still working to develop a pass rush.

5.  Georgia linebacker signee Kent Turene is going to Fork Union Military Academy to get his grades up.

6.  The young guns on UGA’s offensive line are starting to feel some pressure.

7.  Placekicker Blair Walsh wants to go out in style.

8.  A number of SEC teams might have to use multi-quarterback systems this year.

9.  ESPN.com’s Mark Schlabach says Alabama’s come-from-ahead loss to Auburn in the Iron Bowl is motivating the Crimson Tide.

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Ray Drew Chooses Georgia

Ray Drew surprised no one on Friday afternoon when he announced his commitment to Georgia.

The defensive end from Thomasville, Ga., chose the Bulldogs over Auburn, LSU, Clemson and Miami.

The pledge is the latest in an impressive run of commitments for Georgia’s class of 2011. Georgia has recently picked up commitments from in-state prospects Malcolm Mitchell, Jay Rome and Xzavier Ward.

Drew’s commitment to Georgia seemed destined recently when word spread that he was pushing Antonio Richardson to consider the Bulldogs. That news came after defensive tackle prospect John Jenkins said Drew had already chosen his school.

The Bulldogs might not be done on the defensive side. Jenkins and linebacker Kent Turene are giving Georgia serious consideration, and defensive end Jeoffrey Pagan said yesterday that he’s favoring Georgia.

Running back Isaiah Crowell from Columbus, Ga., is another high priority from inside the state of Georgia. Crowell, who canceled a scheduled trip to Auburn, will choose between Georgia and Alabama on Wednesday. Georgia is considered the favorite to land Crowell, whose teammate and close friend, Quintavious Harrow, recently committed to the Bulldogs.

Drew, by the way, made a public plea for several highly-touted players to join him in Athens.

Georgia has 23 commitments for its 2011 class, which entered the day ranked No. 9 in the Rivals.com team rankings. That ranking will surely improve after adding Drew, who’s ranked the nation’s No. 1 weakside defensive end and No. 9 overall prospect by Rivals.

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Was Ray Drew Recruiting Prospect For Georgia?

Offensive lineman Antonio Richardson from Nashville, Tenn., took an official visit to Georgia this weekend.

Richardson, who took an official visit to Tennessee last weekend, came away impressed during his visit.

“It went great,” Richardson told UGASports.com. “I met a lot of players that I never got to meet. I met a few of the guys that played in the Under Armour (All-American) game and few of the recruits in Georgia. I had a good time with some of the players getting to know the city and the environment and everything. This visit is going to be a huge factor in my decision.”

What about the advice of defensive end Ray Drew? The Thomasville, Ga., prospect was visiting Clemson this past weekend, but he’s a high priority for Georgia’s 2011 class. Richardson said he’s heard plenty about Georgia from Drew.

“It’s crazy, the person who’s been pushing me the most wasn’t even here this weekend,” Richardson said. “Ray Drew and I became really good friends at the (U.S.) Army All-American (Bowl). He’s been telling me to take a really good look at Georgia.”

Richardson is considered the nation’s seventh-best offensive tackle and 74th best overall prospect by Rivals.com. He’s expected to visit Southern California this weekend.

Drew will announce his choice on Friday. Georgia, Clemson, Miami, Auburn and LSU are all on his list.

It’s interesting that Drew would be pushing Richardson to look at Georgia. Last week, defensive tackle prospect John Jenkins said Drew had already decided which school he will attend.

“I don’t want to reveal his situation or anything like that,” Jenkins told the Atlanta Journal Constitution, “but (Drew) knows what he’s going to do. He took me aside and told me his thing.”

Georgia’s recruiting took a big turn last week when tight end Jay Rome and defensive back Malcolm Mitchell committed to the Bulldogs. Landing Drew would be another boost to Georgia’s group of in-state prospects for the class of 2011.

Jenkins and linebacker Kent Turene were in Athens this past weekend for official visits. Both prospects are thought to be seriously considering Georgia. Of course, the Bulldogs hope to land in-state prospect Isaiah Crowell, who’s considered one of the nation’s top tailback prospects.

Georgia has 21 commitments for the class of 2011. Georgia’s class currently ranks No. 9 in the Rivals team rankings.

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