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Tavarres King will have a chance to make big catches in the years to come at Georgia and to get bigger for life in the SEC.

The 6-foot-1 wide receiver from Habersham Central, the state's Gatorade Player of the Year, was listed at 160 pounds when Georgia released the names of its signees Wednesday, but King has an update.

"I weigh 172," he said.

And that's no guesstimate.

"I step on the scale every day," King said.

A.J. Green is the freshman receiver widely expected to make a quick impact at Georgia.

The explosive King would love to make a contribution, too. He set a state-record with 1,632 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns on 99 catches as a senior.

"I'd love to play," he said. "Who wouldn't love to play? I hope I play. I'm going to give it 110 percent. That's not my job to make that decision."

King is an early enrollee just like receiver Kris Durham in 2006. Durham gained some 20 pounds from the time he arrived at Georgia to the fall when he played as a freshman.

King said Georgia sports nutritionist Ruth Taylor has tailored a protein-rich diet for him that includes grilled chicken and eggs.

Coaches plan to line him up at split end, where the now departed Sean Bailey played last season, he said.

"I'm just going to get after it," King said. "If I'm blocking all night, it's all good. If I'm catching three or four passes a game and scoring a TD, that's good, too. I'm just going to bring me to the table."

His father, Anthony King, was a standout tight end at Clemson, but family ties didn't win out over the in-state school

"It came down to the wire," King said of a decision he made in May. "It was a toss-up with Clemson-Georgia and Georgia won."

Running backs to the rescue

Georgia coaches were thrilled to land a commitment from Cass tailback recruit Richard Samuel and get him to enroll early. It was twice as nice for the Bulldogs that Heard County's Dontavius Jackson followed that lead.

"Running back was very much a big need and identifying some kids that could come in at midyear was the next high priority," recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner said. "We were hoping to get one in midyear and we were able to get two. We felt like we were ahead of the curve a little bit."

Jackson and Samuel will lighten the load on Georgia's only two returning scholarship tailbacks - Knowshon Moreno and Caleb King this spring and give running backs coach Tony Ball a chance to gauge if they will be able to help at the position this season. Walk-on Kalvin Daniels is the other returner at the position who will practice this spring.

Jackson rushed for 2,462 yards and 29 touchdowns as a junior, and his senior season started strong. He rushed for 250 yards in the first half of his first game before sustaining a left wrist injury, knocking him out for the season. He is still somewhat limited during mat drills but expects to be ready for spring practice.

"Dontavius is a lot like lot Knowshon and Caleb," Ball said. "I'm not saying from a talent standpoint he's that dynamic but he has that potential to be that type of back. He's that type of style. Richard is just two years into that position. He's more of a downhill type of runner, a big back. I really like his size. I love his speed and the fact that he hasn't played the position for very long and he's young, he's going to be eager to learn. He's got a lot of upside."

This and that

More recruiting rankings: CSTV's Tom Lemming has Georgia No .6and Superprep's Allen Wallace has Georgia No. 5. ... The father of Georgia linebacker signee Christian Robinson was named Thursday as the head coach at Greater Atlanta Christian. Ken Robinson played linebacker at South Carolina and in the NFL with Washington. Georgia already has two former GAC standouts: fullback Brannan Southerland and Caleb King.

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Remarkable (2/9/2008)
Nice read. I can't wait to see who will be contributing as a freshman.

We will have a bunch of redshirt freshman who will contribute like neland ball, israel troupe, walter hill, caleb king, justin houston, charles white, etc.. I count 12 Redshirt freshman who will be contributing next year and IMO we will have 11 True freshman playin some considerable minutes. Last year UGA had 26 freshman who played and was the 5th young team and this year we will have most likely 23 freshman playing. So it will be a bit better, but we still have freshman all over this team playing a bunch of minutes and being vital to whether this team succeeds and gets the big prize.

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