UGA gets more good news on Friday the 13th

Mark Richt (AJC/Michael Carvell)

Mark Richt (AJC/Michael Carvell)

On the same day that UGA landed the nation’s top unsigned senior, the Bulldogs also got a commitment from one of the state’s top juniors.

Aaron Dowdell, a 3-star offensive lineman from Creekside High School, committed to UGA on Friday. He is the fifth early commitment for UGA’s 2016 recruiting class, which is led by 5-stars Jacob Eason and Ben Cleveland.

“Georgia has always been his favorite school,” Creekside coach Olten Downs told the AJC.

The 6-foot-4, 300-pounder is rated as the state’s No. 35 overall prospect, per the 247sports composite rankings.

“He really comes off the ball well, and he’s very athletic,” Downs said. “They (UGA) wanted to get on this one early, since they came in so late on the other OL.”

Two Creekside senior offensive linemen, Marquel Harrell (Auburn) and Venzel Boulware (Tennessee) got last-minute offers before this year’s signing day but decided to stick with their original choices.

Earlier on Friday, Macon County senior linebacker Roquan Smith committed to UGA. He won’t sign a letter of intent but said he’s “100-percent” with the Bulldog and will join the team this summer.

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