ATHENS - Christmas is till 24 days away but Kirby Smart received a welcomed gift on Thursday when defensive end Malik Herring and wide receiver Jeremiah Holloman announced they were committing to the Bulldogs.

Georgia now stands at 18 verbal commitments.

At 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds, Holloman helps solidify what is certainly a position of need for the Bulldogs – wide receiver.

“Georgia is home. Everyone knows I loved them since I started playing,” the three-star Holloman told

"It’s something that I’ve always wanted ever since I was little,” he said. “I always looked up to Georgia, so now, to actually have the opportunity to become a Bulldog is crazy.”

A three-star performer, Holloman chose the Bulldogs over 40 other schools, including Tennessee, Alabama and Auburn.

Herring’s offer list was just as impressive.

The 6-foot-3, 259-pounder – the 75th-ranked player in the nation according to Rivals – could have chosen any program in the country, but elected to stay home for the Bulldogs, despite some heavy overtures from Alabama.

“It’s a brotherhood," Herring said of Georgia’s commits over the summer. "We’re all close, and I feel like they’re my brothers, because we laugh, joke, and talk about each other. We say some hurtful things, but it’s all love with each other. They’re like my brothers for real.”