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August 12, 2014
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College football coaches love to get a little momentum when it comes to recruiting. Trenton Thompson's decision Tuesday night to become a Georgia Bulldog certainly qualifies as that.
The nation's No. 3 player ended months of speculation during a ceremony at his school, selecting Georgia over Auburn, Alabama, Florida State, Clemson, and others.
He becomes the Bulldogs' 17th verbal commitment and second five-star prospect to join the Class of 2015 along with athlete Terry Godwin.
At 6-foot-4 and 294 pounds, Thompson has been on Georgia's radar since the very beginning. The Bulldogs were the first school to offer the Westover standout.
His commitment continues what has been quite the Bulldogs' momentum on the recruiting front.
That was just the beginning.
The very next day, three-star safety Deontai Williams flipped from arch-rival Florida, followed a week later by four-star wide receiver Michael Chigbufrom New Orleans. Three-star JUCO running back Chris Carson and four star offensive lineman Pat Allen joined the fold on August 3rd and 4th, respectively.
No doubt Bulldog defensive line coach Tracy Rocker is a happy man.
Georgia will graduate two players off its current defensive line - seniors Ray Drew and Toby Johnson - and supplementing the position has been one of the Bulldogs' top recruiting goals.
Thompson fills that void.
Blessed with outstanding quickness and strength, Thompson's motor is also a major attribute despite countless double-teams by opposing offensive lines.
So what else does his commitment mean for the Bulldogs? More momentum.His commitment may not be the only big news for Georgia this week. On Saturday, Creekside wide receiver Jayson Stanley 6-2, 205) is scheduled to make his announcement from a list that includes Georgia and Auburn. Stanley currently holds 18 offers, including Alabama, Ohio State and Oregon.
Could others be on the verge of joining?
Five-star safety Rashad Roundtree and five-star defensive end Josh Sweat have Georgia in their final five, while Bulldog coaches have not given up on five-star offensive lineman and USC commit Chuma Edoga while waiting on word whether or not four-star defensive end Jonathan Ledbetter decides to join his brother Joseph in Athens and flips on his commitment from Alabama.