April 6, 2012

Dawgs hit the trifecta

In regards to recruiting, the Georgia football program is beginning to have a completely new understanding of "Good Friday," as the Bulldogs have grabbed their third commitment of the 2013 class in Valwood offensive lineman Aulden Bynum.

"I committed to Georgia around two o'clock today," said Bynum. "I am a Bulldog."

The decision for Bynum, as it turns out, was one that was not tough at all.

"I just love Athens," said Bynum. "I love every thing about the university. I grew up loving Georgia, I still love Georgia, and I will continue to love Georgia as a player now."

Being the third commitment of the day for UGA has undoubtedly surprised many in Bulldog nation, but Bynum's commitment also came as a shock to Georgia's head man.

"We were sitting in Coach (Mark) Richt's office talking about life and shooting the breeze," said Bynum. "He was talking to us about life, and then I spoke up and said 'While we are sitting here, I am just going to let everyone know that I am committing to the University of Georgia.' He was really surprised."

Another factor in the Valdosta native's decision was his relationship with, not only his future position coach, Will Friend, but the rest of the Georgia staff.

"Coach Friend is a real cool dude, and I like him a lot," said Bynum. "I really like the whole staff a lot. They really seem like they are looking out for the best interest of the players."

The 6-foot-5, 285 pound tackle prospect from Valdosta committed to the Bulldogs over offers from nine other programs including Miami, South Carolina, Auburn, North Carolina, and Nebraska.

Bynum was offered by Georgia on March 1, and told UGASports at that time that he grew up a fan of the Bulldogs, and that his family attends almost every game.

While the Peach State lineman has had a great deal of communication with the UGA staff before and since he was offered, Bynum isn't quite sure where what position he will play for Georgia once he reaches campus.

"We haven't really gone into detail about where they want me up front," said Bynum. "I just know they are short on the offensive line right now, and they need a lot of guys. They told me that I can come in, work hard, and play soon."

The three star prospect gives the Bulldogs their first commitment on the offensive line for 2013, and their 12th commitment overall.

He also has a message for Bulldog fans concerning his pledge to UGA.

I guess I just keep thinking about that old saying, 'I'm Bulldog born, I'm Bulldog bred, and when I die, I'll be Bulldog dead," he said.

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