Georgia football lands pair of commitments from Gwinnett

The University of Georgia did not sign a football player from Gwinnett County on National Signing Day in February, ending the Bulldogs' six-year run of inking a Gwinnett player.

The SEC East champions have hit the fertile grounds of Gwinnett hard in recruiting this year. Those efforts paid off this weekend when the Bulldogs landed two commitments from Gwinnett.

Brookwood receiver Kryin Priester committed to Georgia on Friday and South Gwinnett linebacker Reggie Carter committed on Saturday.

"It felt like home and I loved the atmosphere," Carter said. "It was a good vibe and I didn't get that from other schools."

Carter and Priester are the fourth and fifth Gwinnett players to make college commitments, joining Central Gwinnett's Trey Johnson (Auburn), North Gwinnett's Donnie Miles (North Carolina) and Norcross' Shon Akins (California).

"I really liked it. It was my first time up there," Priester said. "They have a need at the receiver position. I like Coach (Mark) Richt a lot, too."

Priester chose Georgia over offers from Vanderbilt and TCU.

"I just started getting offers when I moved up here," Priester said.

Priester went to Lake Mary High School in Orlando, Fla., last year where he lived with his father. He moved to Snellville last month to live with his mother.

At Lake Mary, the 6-foot-2, 185-pound Priester missed the first five games of the season last year when he cracked his fibula during the summer. Once he recovered, he was able to lead Lake Mary to the state playoffs by catching 31 passes for 555 yards and five touchdowns.

"I don't feel it anymore," Priester said of his injury.

Priester, who runs a 4.5-second 40-yard dash, said he's been a Georgia fan ever since A.J. Green played for the Bulldogs. On his visit, he was impressed with head coach Mark Richt.

"He's a really down to Earth guy. He means what he says," Priester said.

Priester maintains a 3.0 GPA and plans to major in kinesiology/sports medicine.

"I know I have a lot of haters out there," Priester said. "I'm ready to show them what I can do at an SEC school."

Carter, who played his sophomore year at Stephenson, missed his junior season at South when he tore his ACL on the 10th play of the season opener.

"I'm 100 percent cleared," Carter said.

The 6-foot-1, 220-pound Carter chose Georgia over Florida State and South Carolina.

"I loved the coaching staff," Carter said. "I always wanted to commit before the summer. They were racking up on linebackers. I wanted to get my spot."

Carter was offered by Georgia on Feb. 10, but spent the last two months researching the Athens school.

"I had to convince my dad and do my research on the school," Carter said. "The linebacker position was slim and I can play right away."

Carter maintains a 3.4 GPA and said he is undecided about his major. He does not plan to take any visits to other schools.

"I'm committed to UGA," Carter said. "Go Dogs."