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UGA ‘package deals,’ and are they a good thing?

  • 9:33 am Friday, September 19th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

If you’ve followed my recruiting coverage in the past, you know that I’m a big fan of “package deals.”

Package deals are when a college offers a scholarship to an elite prospect’s brother, sister, buddy or high school teammate in order to gain inside position.

If I’m a college coach, and there’s a player that I just have to have (like a 5-star), I’m doing a package deal every time I get a chance – as long as the other side of the package deal is at least a college prospect in some sport at some level.

The most famous football player in state history [More]

How will South Carolina’s win over UGA impact recruiting?

  • 9:32 am Friday, September 19th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

How will South Carolina’s win over UGA impact recruiting?

And how much does any team’s one particular win or loss impact recruiting?

Not as much as you would think, but there are some differences with South Carolina and UGA because the Gamecocks recruit so heavily in the Atlanta area.

The AJC’s Michael Carvell discusses the topic in the below video:

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Georgia Tech uses LeBron James in sales pitch to nation’s No. 2 basketball prospect

  • 9:58 pm Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Both Georgia Tech and UGA had in-home visits with Jaylen Brown, the nation’s No. 2 college basketball prospect, within the last few days.

And Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory had a creative recruiting pitch that related to the world’s best basketball player, LeBron James.

“Coach Gregory expressed to him the importance of staying home, and he talked about how it affected LeBron,” Brown’s AAU coach, Desmond Eastmond, told the AJC on Wednesday night.

“(Gregory) reminded Jaylen that when LeBron decided to come back to Cleveland, one of the first things he said is that he never should’ve left because the importance of him [More]

UGA offers football scholarship to Evander Holyfield’s son

  • 12:37 am Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

UGA has offered a football scholarship to the son of boxing great Evander Holyfield.

Elijah Holyfield is a junior running back from Woodward Academy who boasts 25 early football scholarship offers. He officially got the word from UGA on Wednesday.

“It was great to get the offer,” Holyfield told the AJC. “Georgia has been my favorite team since I was young. It’s like a dream getting an offer from Georgia.

“It was always a goal. I had goals set in my mind when I started playing football, and one of them was playing football at Georgia one day. It’s cool growing up and [More]

Top recruits and Hollywood celebrities

  • 4:00 pm Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

So the newest recruiting trend is to create a fake magazine cover with a top prospect next to a Hollywood celebrity.

Wake Forest, of all schools, has resorted to this tactic.

One prospect is pictured with Kim Kardashian, while another one is photoshopped alongside Selena Gomez.

Tennessee may have been the trendsetter. The Volunteers started it last month with a magazine cover of an elite recruit and Beyonce.

Is this is a silly idea? Yes. But, most importantly, does it work? Yes, so that makes it a good idea, in my opinion. Anything you can do to make your letters stick out from [More]

Update on nation’s No. 1 all-purpose running back

  • 11:30 pm Monday, September 15th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

McEachern High School’s Taj Griffin, who is rated as the nation’s No. 1 all-purpose running back, is expected to undergo next surgery within the next two weeks.

Griffin, who is committed to Oregon, suffered a torn ACL on one of the final plays of McEachern’s season-opener on Aug. 25.

“He had consultation (last week), and the doctor wanted him to rehab just a little bit more,” his father, Herb Griffin, told the AJC.

“He wanted his leg a little bit straighter than it is right now before he does the surgery. So we go back in this week for another consultation. It is [More]

Top Tennessee recruit will take official visit to Alabama, maybe Auburn

  • 11:29 pm Monday, September 15th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

One of Tennessee’s top recruits said he is planning to take an official visit to Alabama. And he may go see Auburn, too.

Preston Williams is a 5-star wide receiver from Lovejoy High School who has been committed to Tennessee for a year.

However, the early decision hasn’t stopped other schools from trying to lure Williams away from the Volunteers.

The 6-foot-4 senior told the AJC on Sunday night that he will take an official visit to Alabama.

“Bama is talking to me,” Williams said. “They want me to take a visit. I’m going to take one there. I just want to take a [More]

Notebook: Jaylen Brown’s new mixtape is out

  • 11:10 pm Monday, September 15th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Georgia Tech’s Brian Gregory will get an in-home visit on Tuesday with Jaylen Brown, the nation’s No. 2 basketball prospect.

The 6-foot-7 forward from Wheeler High School met with UGA’s Mark Fox on Sunday, along with coaches from Kentucky, Kansas and UCLA last week.

Brown has set up two official visits for next month, to Kentucky and Kansas. He has yet to name a list of top schools, and will likely decide after his senior season at Kentucky.

Check out his new mix tape …

Some other random notes:

Back to football: Stephenson High School safety Desmon Bowles, who had attracted interest from smaller D1 [More]

Georgia Tech and UGA get chance to impress Jaylen Brown

  • 2:42 pm Friday, September 12th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Georgia Tech and UGA will both get a chance within the next few days to make an impression on the state’s top basketball prospect since Derrick Favors.

UGA’s Mark Fox will make an in-home visit on Sunday with Jaylen Brown, the 6-foot-7 forward from Wheeler High School who is rated as the nation’s No. 2 overall recruit for 2015. Favors was No. 1 in 2009.

On Tuesday, Georgia Tech’s Brian Gregory will get a chance to make his sales pitch to Brown. The Yellow Jackets were Brown’s first offer.

Earlier this week, Kentucky coach John Calipari, Bill Self of Kansas, and UCLA’s Steve Alford all [More]

UGA football recruit to undergo surgery

  • 2:08 am Friday, September 12th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

One of UGA’s top recruits will undergo knee surgery on Friday.

Jayson Stanley, a 4-star wide receiver from Creekside High School, tore his ACL in his team’s season-opener on Aug. 27. He committed to UGA over Auburn, among others, last month.

“Jayson is in good spirits,” his mother told the AJC on Thursday evening. “He is ready for the surgery. He’s eager to meet and exceed the challenges of physical therapy.

“His faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, along with family, keeps him looking forward to the future and appreciating the blessings even now.”

The 6-foot-2, 198-pounder is rated as the state’s [More]

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