Georgia’s first piece of good news of the day on Thursday came when Valdosta (Ga.) High School tight end Jay Rome announced his commitment to Georgia.
“Georgia’s a great school, they have great football and it’s known as ‘Tight End U.’” Rome said. “At the end of the day, I wanted to stay home, stay in-state and get all the in-state love.”
Malcolm Mitchell decided he wants that, too. The defensive back from Valdosta announced his commitment to Georgia on Thursday night.
“Jay going there and being a friend had a little bit of influence on me but it was based on what I wanted,” Mitchell said, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “That’s what it came down to. I had to do what I felt was right.”
Both Rome and Mitchell chose Georgia over Alabama. The Crimson Tide were close to landing Mitchell until Georgia swayed his decision last month.
“Alabama led the whole way, the whole way,” Mitchell said. “I thought at one time that’s where I was going to go.”
Georgia has to be glad Mitchell and Rome chose to play for the Bulldogs. Rome is ranked the No. 4 tight end and No. 56 prospect in the nation by Rivals.com. Mitchell is considered the nation’s best cornerback and 30th best prospect by Rivals.
Georgia has 21 commitments for the 2011 class. Sixteen of those 21 commitments are from the state of Georgia. The Bulldogs moved up to the No. 9 spot in the Rivals team rankings thanks to their two new commits.
The Bulldogs are hoping to land more in-state prospects before signing day. Running back Isaiah Crowell and defensive end Ray Drew are two of the top priorities for Georgia, which picked up a commitment from one of Crowell’s teammates on Wednesday.
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