August 4, 2007

GA ATH gets a feel for life as a Dawg

One of the visitors in Athens for Georgia's first day of practice was Sanders Commings. The Bulldogs are recruiting Commings as a defensive back, so he trailed the DB's most of the day. He spoke with UGA Head Coach Mark Richt, watched practice and got a feel for life as a Dawg.

"It was my first time watching Georgia practice and it was real cool," said Commings. "I had been to the spring game, but never a practice. I liked how Georgia was so intense and how they were competing out there today."

Commings is a two-sport star at Westside High School in Augusta (Ga.) where he plays centerfield for the baseball team and leads them at quarterback in football. He is getting ready for a big season on the gridiron this fall at Westside and is preparing hard, but he quickly recognized some differences between high school and college practices.

"They practice at a real high pace," he said. "That is a lot different from us. I really liked how intense Georgia was too. They were just in shorts and helmets, but they were very intense and they talked a little trash too."

Georgia is recruiting this 6-foot-1, 195-pound athlete as a safety, but others like him as a receiver. He took a look at both today, but talked to Georgia's secondary coach Willie Martinez before practice ended.

"I was following around the defensive backs and the wide receivers. I watched both of them a lot. I really liked C.J. Byrd at safety and Mikey Henderson at receiver. Both of those guys really stood out to me."

"Coach Martinez is great - I really like how intense he is. He is all about the business and he looks like a really good coach. I like the way he coaches a lot."

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