ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia was in full spin mode Wednesday, insisting that its signing class was as strong as ever -- even as some fans grumbled about the big ones who got away.
The Bulldogs weren't done, though.
Hitting the jackpot right at the end, Georgia landed one of the nation's top receivers, Marlon Brown, who went on television at mid-afternoon to announce he was picking the Bulldogs over Ohio State, Tennessee and Mississippi.
The signing of 6-foot-5, 205-pound Brown from Harding Academy in Memphis, Tenn., gave Georgia another consensus top 10 class, according to the top recruiting services.
"I'd much rather have everybody committed and done with, but it's fun to nail one the last day," coach Mark Richt said.
"I'm sure the Bulldog fans are enjoying that and we are, too, believe me, because Marlon is a fantastic kid and a great player."
When Brown made his announcement, a roar could be heard throughout the athletic building.
But Richt insisted he was pleased with the class he already had, including a couple of pair of quarterbacks who already have enrolled at Georgia: Aaron Murray, of Tampa, Fla.; and Zach Mettenberger, of Watkinsville, Ga.
Georgia landed a balanced recruiting class that included three offensive linemen, three linebackers, three defensive backs, two quarterbacks, two receivers, two defensive tackles, along with a running back, a tight end and a defensive end. Eleven of the 18 signees are from within the state.
"We feel like we were able to meet all our needs," said Rodney Garner, the recruiting coordinator. "Every position is covered except for the (kicking) specialists. We were able to go out and address the needs of our team."
Football signees announced Wednesday by the University of Georgia, with name, position, height, weight, school and hometown:
Marlon Brown, WR, 6-5, 205, Harding Academy, Memphis, Tenn.
Chris Burnette, OG, 6-2, 300, Troup Co. HS, LaGrange, Ga.
Washaun Ealey, RB, 5-11, 205, Emanuel Co. Institute, Twin City, Ga.
Michael Gilliard, LB, 6-2, 200, Valdosta (Ga.) HS
Abry Jones, DT, 6-3, 273, Northside HS, Warner Robins, Ga.
Dallas Lee, OG, 6-4, 295, Buford (Ga.) HS
Austin Long, OL, 6-5, 268, Briarcrest Christian HS, Memphis, Tenn.
Derrick Lott, DT, 6-4, 270, North Cobb HS, Kennesaw, Ga.
Jordan Love, DB, 6-0, 185, Deep Run HS, Glen Allen, Va.
Arthur Lynch, TE, 6-5, 240, Dartmouth (Mass.) HS
Zach Mettenberger, QB, 6-5, 228, Oconee Co. HS, Watkinsville, Ga.
Dexter Moody, LB, 6-2, 205, Emanuel Co. Institute, Twin City, Ga.
Aaron Murray, QB, 6-1, 205, Plant HS, Tampa, Fla.
Montez Robinson, DE, 6-5, 235, Avon (Ind.) HS
Branden Smith, DB, 5-11, 171, Washington HS, Atlanta
Chase Vasser, LB, 6-3, 208, Chestatee HS, Gainesville, Ga.
Shawn Williams, DB, 6-1, 195, Early Co. HS, Blakely, Ga.
Rantavious Wooten, WR, 5-10, 158, Glades Central HS, Belle Glade, Fla.