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July 29, 2003

Dawgs Receive Fourth Commitment

Georgia has just landed their fourth commitment for the class of 2004 at the position of quarterback. It may come as a shock to find out which signal caller pulled the trigger and extended his commitment to the Bulldog family.

"I committed to Georgia last night," said Baldwyn, Mississippiís Blake Barnes. "I've been over there a couple of times for camps and stuff and loved it, but wanted to go back on an unofficial and see everything one more time. I felt a couple of weeks ago that it might be the place for me, but I wasn't completely sure, but I am now."

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The 6-foot-3, 218 pounds connected on 103 of 202 passes for 2,438 yards, 37 touchdowns and only nine interceptions. Barnes runs a 4.7 40-yard dash. As a sophomore, Barnes passed for 2,138 yards, 25 touchdowns and six picks.

"I called Coach Bobo and then I called Coach Richt and told him. They told me how excited they were to have me and that I was just the quarterback they were looking for."

Barnes chose the Bulldogs over Michigan, Auburn, Alabama, Ole Miss and Mississippi State.

"My parents and I were discussing it on the way home last night and we all just it agreed it was the place I needed to be. I prayed about it and everything and that was where God was leading me. Coach Richt and the whole staff run such a good, clean program and they are such Godly people and Georgia is where I need to be."

What lead to the commitment?

"I talked with Coach Richt and Coach Bobo a lot yesterday about the things they were interested in doing and it just felt right. Iíve visited a lot of places over the summer and everything, but no place I went felt like Georgia did. I made the right decision and Iím looking forward to being a Bulldog."

Barnes is also solid in the weight room where he bench press 260-pounds and squats 415-pounds, and sports a 4.7 40-yard dash.

With 3.8 GPA and 21 ACT, Barnes projects as a full qualifier. He plans to major in business.

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