Yesterday was the start of the early signing period, which runs through next Wednesday. Here's a brief rundown of the newest Dawgs and a few prospects that are still deciding:
Men's Basketball - Coach Felton signed two players, a big man and a guard. Daniel Miller is a 6-11 center from Loganville. Miller's not only tall, but he's a healthy 240 pounds. He won't start immediately, but he's likely to develop into a nice, consistent presence down low. DeMario Mayfield is an athletic combo guard out of Carnesville. He's not a pure point guard, but can handle the ball well and averaged over 28 points in his junior year. Neither of these guys are real high profile signees, but they are nice players. The big fish remains silent in Atlanta contemplating us and Tech.
Women's Basketball - Andy Landers has taken some heat lately about recruiting. That will happen when UConn steals the best player in women's basketball out of your backyard. There shouldn't be many complaints this year because Andy brought in a nice class. These Dawgs-to-be were ranked in the top 10 in several recruiting services. The crown jewel is Jasmine Hassell from Tennessee, a big post player capable of dominating the paint. All four signees were ranked in the top 100 collegiate prospects overall.
Gymnastics - I'll be honest. I don't know how good this class is or even what most of the credentials of the recruits even mean. But, given Jay Clark's track record as a recruiter, I'll trust him. (UPDATE: Judging by the ABH story, it's a loaded class.)
Men's Tennis - Manuel Diaz hasn't signed anyone yet, but got a big commitment last week when Chattanooga's James Seal committed to the Dawgs over the Big Orange. Seal is a top 15 recruit and has spent most of his high school career at the top of the national rankings. Will Reynolds, another Chattanoogan, is also a UGA verbal. Like Felton, Diaz is waiting on another big recruit, Jarmere Jenkins, who appears to be signing in the spring.
Women's Tennis - The girls signed a fantastic duo last year and they are in the hunt for another superb player this year. Mallory Cecil, a South Carolina native, is the top ranked senior in the country and has an offer from the Dawgs. I don't think UGA has many more offers outstanding, if any.
I don't have reports for any other UGA program.