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Will Georgia OL pick Auburn or UGA at 3 p.m. Thursday?

  • 12:38 am Thursday, April 24th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Kaleb Kim, who is ranked as the fourth-best offensive linemen in the state of Georgia, will announce between UGA and Auburn at 3 p.m. Thursday.

Here’s the 6-foot-4, 280-pounder from Mill Creek High School on his finalists:

Auburn: “(Offensive line coach) JB Grimes, he’s an awesome man. Just the facilities there at Auburn, and just everything about it feels great. They have a nice atmosphere. Not to say UGA doesn’t, because UGA is nice, too. UGA is really close to home, which is huge.”
UGA: “The big thing with Georgia is stay home and play for the home-state team. It’s just 45 minutes [More]

Georgia Tech could add more to 2014 recruiting class

  • 11:23 am Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Georgia Tech basketball coach Brian Gregory has at least one more available scholarship for this year, but hasn’t decided whether or not to use it.

Last week, the Yellow Jackets added Abdoulaye Gueye, a 6-foot-10 forward from Senegal, as the third member of the 2014 signing class. They’ve also gotten a commitment from South Florida transfer Josh Heath.

“It depends on how everything unfolds,” said Gregory, when asked about using that last scholarship. “We’re obviously active in recruiting. As I always say, there’s a whole other season of recruiting now with transfers and things like that. Recruiting never stops. We have available [More]

State’s No. 1 prospect hasn’t asked for release … yet

  • 2:52 pm Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 by Michael Carvell

The state’s No. 1 college basketball prospect is still waiting to see who Missouri’s new coach will be before deciding whether or not to ask for a release.

Jakeenan Gant, a 4-star forward from Effingham County High School, signed with Missouri in November’s early period. He also transferred from Effingham to a Missouri prep school in early April.

Gant’s family is “still in shock” that Missouri coach Frank Haith accepted the Tulsa job last Thursday.

“It’s a big surprise when a coach tells you that he’s going to be there for the longevity of (Gant’s) career and then all of sudden he [More]

Auburn is loading up on offensive linemen from Georgia

  • 11:59 pm Monday, April 21st, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Auburn is loading up on offensive linemen from the state of Georgia.

Creekside High School’s Marquel Harrell committed to Auburn over Tennessee and Alabama on Monday night, only a couple of days after Sprayberry High School’s Bailey Sharp picked the Tigers over UGA and Clemson.

And Auburn is also the rumored frontrunner for Mill Creek High School’s Kaleb Kim, who will announced between the Tigers and UGA on Thursday.

“Auburn was my top choice because I had been down there four times, and every time I went down there, it stood out more and more,” Harrell said. “It’s a great program and it [More]

Chuma Edoga: 5-star commits to USC over UGA, Tennessee and Stanford

  • 8:02 pm Monday, April 21st, 2014 by Michael Carvell

One of the nation’s top prospects on the offensive line is headed to California for his college football.

5-star Chuma Edoga committed to USC over UGA, Tennessee and Stanford via Twitter on Monday night.

WEST$IDE GET THE MONEY MAN. OFFICIALLY COMMITTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. #TURNTFUPSC !!! ✌️✌️✌️✌️— Chuma Veggies (@edogawd) April 22, 2014

Edoga made an unofficial visit to USC over his spring break, and briefly said the Trojans were his leader before saying all schools were equal before Monday’s announcement.

It was a gigantic recruiting victory for USC in the state of Georgia. The Trojans were [More]

Georgia Southern coaches ‘head butt’ Erk Russell statue in recruiting video

  • 3:00 pm Monday, April 21st, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Not much is known is about Georgia Southern’s new football coach, Willie Fritz.

But he totally “gets it” when it comes to marketing his football program and recruiting efforts.

Fritz, joined by his new staff members which include former Carver-Columbus High School coach Dell McGee, put together this four-minute Vimeo video before all the coaches hit the road for the spring evaluation period.

It’s funny, witty, creative, and informational.

For a program like Georgia Southern, which is starving for publicity among recruits in this talent-loaded state, it’s a grand slam.

I think everybody will agree that the best part of the video is when the [More]

5 Recruiting Stories You Might’ve Missed Over the Weekend

  • 11:36 am Monday, April 21st, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Here are five things you might’ve missed over the weekend:

1. In case it wasn’t already obvious, this has to be the craziest year ever for basketball recruiting in the state of Georgia among the elite prospects. Let’s start with the state’s No. 2 overall prospect, shooting guard Ahmed Hill of Aquinas, who signed early with Marquette but requested a release after coach Buzz Williams was hired away by Virginia Tech. How many times do you hear people say “recruiting is all about the relationships” on these blogs? It’s true. I think Hill would’ve followed Buzz Williams to Valdosta State if [More]

One of nation’s top offensive tackles to commit via Twitter

  • 7:02 am Monday, April 21st, 2014 by Michael Carvell

UPDATE: Edoga committed to USC on Monday night.

One of the nation’s most high-profile recruits will announce his college decision in a low-profile manner on Monday.

Chuma Edoga, a 5-star offensive lineman from McEachern High School, will reveal his college choice at 8 p.m. Monday via Twitter.

No press conference, no live webcast, no ESPN cameras, and no tables of baseball caps.

The 6-foot-4, 280-pound Edoga will simply tweet out the winner between his five finalists of Tennessee, UGA, USC, Stanford and Texas A&M.

“I talked to my coach about (how to announce it),” Edoga told the AJC on Sunday night.

“If I would’ve waited, I [More]

Bailey Sharp and 22 family members commit to Auburn over Clemson and UGA

  • 12:04 pm Saturday, April 19th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Family is important to one of Atlanta’s top offensive linemen. It’s so important that he brought many of them along, including extended family members and cousins, when he made his college decision on Saturday.

Sprayberry High School’s Bailey Sharp was accompanied by 22 family members when he walked into the office of Auburn’s Guz Malzahn and committed to the Tigers over Clemson and UGA. (The total count, including Sharp’s girlfriend and friends of family, was 27).

“When I talked to Coach Malzahn two weeks ago, I told him I wanted my family to be committed with me to the Auburn family,” Sharp [More]

Auburn’s Gus Malzahn and UGA assistants bump into 5-star at the Masters

  • 11:59 pm Friday, April 18th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

While working at the Masters golf tournament last week, 5-star Rashad Roundtree bumped into some celebrities and college football coaches.

Roundtree, who is a rising senior safety at Lakeside-Evans High School, worked as a sales assistant and stock person in the main pro shop at Augusta National for the second year in a row.

Roundtree, who was easily recognizable by his hair, said he heard “Go Dawgs” from around 30 UGA fans.

Among the celebrities Roundtree saw during the week were Johnny Manziel, Alonzo Mourning and Condoleezza Rice.

On Saturday, Roundtree looked up and saw Auburn head football coach Gus Malzahn.

“I think (Malzahn) gets [More]

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