ATHENS - Four of Georgia's higher-rated committed recruits have signed financial aid agreements that begin in the spring semester.
The agreements, which were made available by UGA after an open records request, are not the same as a letter-of-intent, but certify each player's intention to sign with the school. More importantly, they indicate that the players will be or already have been accepted for enrollment in the spring semester.
The four players who signed the agreements with Georgia:
- Jonathan Ledbetter, a four-star defensive end from Tucker High School. Ledbetter's older brother Joseph joined the Bulldogs as a tight end just before this past season.
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- Jackson Harris, a four-star tight end from Columbia, Tenn.
- Michael Barnett, a four-star defensive end from Dorchester, S.C..
- Natrez Patrick, a four-star defensive end from Mays High School in Atlanta.
In past years a player could sign a financial aid agreement with more than one school, but the NCAA has changed the rules to discourage that. A player could still technically sign with more than one school, but the school itself would face NCAA penalties if a player didn't enroll. Therefore a school is unlikely to have a player sign the financial aid agreement unless it was sure it was a done deal.
They were signed by the prospects, a parent or guardian, head coach Mark Richt and athletics director Greg McGarity.
Georgia currently has 25 commitments for the 2015 signing class. More players are expected to enroll for the spring semester, but the above four are the only ones to put it on paper thus far.