Receiver gives back in kind

The Medical College of Georgia's second annual "Night of White" was highlighted with a little red and black Saturday. Members of the Georgia football team made the trip from Athens to visit the MCG Children's Medical Center and attend the dinner and silent auction benefitting the center.

 

"It was a great experience," said wide receiver A.J. Green. "To see what the kids are going through and to put a smile on their face. It was fun."

The benefit took place as the Bulldogs were in the middle of winter weight-training as well as coach Mark Richt's intense mat drills leading into spring practice, which begins in March.

"The entire team's mind-set right now is to go hard," said Green, the 2008 SEC Freshman of the Year.

"Winter workouts is where you win and we've just got to focus to get better."

Earlier in the week, Green learned that he would have a blue-chip receiver lining up with him next season. Marlon Brown, a 6-foot-5, 205-pounder from Memphis, committed to Georgia on Wednesday. Green, who had been in contact with Brown, was tricked trying to get an early hint where Brown -- ranked fifth among receivers by Rivals.com -- was headed.

"He was playing games with me earlier that morning. He texted me and said 'You know where I'm going? Yeah, Ohio State,' " Green said.

The event was also a homecoming for former Westside standout Sanders Commings.

"It means a lot. We're giving back to the community and Augusta people have always supported me, especially now that I play for Georgia, and I just want to show that it's appreciated," Commings said, who played in only three games in 2008, mostly on special teams.

Commings, a two-sport star in high school, hinted that he will attempt to do the same at UGA.

"Because I came to Georgia on a football scholarship, right now I want to focus on football. But I'm going to try to play baseball next year," said Commings, who hit .527 with 15 home runs during his senior season.

Senior safety and North Augusta alum, CJ Byrd, and sophomore linebacker Darryl Gamble also attended the "Night of White."

Reach Joey Jones at christopher.jones@augustachronicle.com.

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