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UGA target will stay at junior college rather than play in SEC this season

  • 1:36 am Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 by Michael Carvell

The biggest surprise visitor at UGA’s Dawg Night was Justin Evans, a junior college safety who is committed to Texas A&M.

It has been a wild and wacky week for Evans, who is rated as the nation’s No. 1 safety prospect out of the junior college ranks.

And it all started when the 6-foot, 185-pounder showed up seemingly out of the blue last Friday night at UGA.

Evans, who is a rising sophomore attends Mississippi Gulf Coast junior, told GigEm247’s Taylor Hamm that he was visiting his girlfriend in Atlanta and made a last-minute decision to drive over to UGA.

Evans committed to [More]

State’s No. 1 prospect talks about why he likes UGA and Georgia Tech

  • 1:02 am Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Wheeler High School’s Jaylen Brown is the state’s highest-ranked college basketball prospect since Derrick Favors was the nation’s No. 1 recruit in 2009.

The 6-foot-7 Brown is rated as the No. 4 overall prospect in the country for 2015, and he will likely move up after a stellar summer with his AAU team, Game Elite.

I had a chance to closely watch Brown at the UAA Finals this past weekend, and what can I say? He looked as good as advertised.

UGA’s Mark Fox watched Brown’s every move as soon as he entered the building, and Georgia Tech’s Brian Gregory also was there [More]

Mike Horton deciding soon between Florida, Alabama, UGA, Tennessee and Auburn

  • 12:04 am Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 by Michael Carvell

One of the state’s top offensive linemen said he will make his college decision within the next few weeks.

Mike Horton, a 4-star from Lakeside-DeKalb High School, said his finalists are Alabama, UGA, Florida, Tennessee and Auburn.

Will Horton follow in the footsteps of one of his best friends (former Lakeside linebacker Adonis Thomas)? Thomas will pick between Alabama and Florida on Aug. 1.

What about UGA? What does Horton like about them?

The 6-foot-4, 310-pounder talks about all of his finalists in the below video:

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Alabama legacy transfers to North Cobb High School

  • 12:01 am Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 by Michael Carvell

A top sleeper prospect for 2015 to watch this season is Jordan McCray.

He’s a 6-foot-5, 170-pound wide receiver who recently transferred from Walton High School to North Cobb for his senior season. McCray missed almost all of his junior year with a torn ACL.

McCray hails from a famous football family: His father, Curtis Brown, was a top wide receiver on Alabama’s 1992 national championship team. His uncle is former Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Charlie Brown.

McCray doesn’t have any early offers because most scouts are waiting until they can evaluate his recovery from the knee injury. He’d like to get looks from [More]

Will nephew of UGA legend sign with Bulldogs?

  • 12:01 am Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Will the nephew of a UGA football legend sign with the Bulldogs?

Charlie Woerner is a 6-foot-5, 220-pound wide receiver from Rabun County High School. And he’s ranked as the state’s No. 8 overall prospect for 2016.

His uncle is Scott Woerner, the All-America defensive back who clinched UGA’s national championship in 1980 with an interception against Notre Dame in the game’s final minutes.

Charlie already has five early offers, including UGA, Clemson, Tennessee, Duke and UNC. He also has serious interest from Alabama and FSU, among others.

Charlie’s coach at Rabun County is Lee Shaw, who is the father of former South Carolina [More]

Alabama’s Nick Saban comments on scholarship for injured Tucker football star

  • 6:38 pm Monday, July 21st, 2014 by Michael Carvell

One of the feel-good stories from this past year’s signing day was finalized on Monday.

Alabama officially got clearance from the NCAA to award a non-football scholarship to Elisha Shaw, the former Tucker High School standout who suffered a career-ending neck injury at the beginning of his senior season.

Before the injury, Shaw was rated as one of the state’s top 10 overall college football prospects for 2014. He had around 20 scholarship offers, and listed Alabama, UGA and Ole Miss as his leaders.

Shaw won’t count as a regular football scholarship, or against Alabama’s 85-man roster limit.

“We’ve always done this kind [More]

5 questions with Jacob Eason, UGA’s most celebrated QB recruit since Stafford

  • 12:24 am Monday, July 21st, 2014 by Michael Carvell

The day after Dawg Night 2014 may have been the greatest non-signing day for UGA recruiting in the history of the football program.

The Bulldogs landed commitments from a pair of 5-star commitments for 2016, quarterback Jacob Eason of Lake Stevens, Wash., and Stephens County High School offensive lineman Ben Cleveland.

Several longtime observers of Dawg Night said that the 6-foot-5 Eason had the strongest arm on UGA’s practice fields since a kid from Texas named Stafford. But you didn’t have to be a scouting expert to reach that conclusion if you saw Eason on one play during the 7-on-7 [More]

Pair of 5-stars commit to UGA (UPDATED)

  • 9:31 pm Saturday, July 19th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

RELATED: Click here for a complete recap of 2014 Dawg Night

Two of the nation’s top high school juniors committed to UGA on Saturday.

Ben Cleveland, a 5-star offensive tackle from Stephens County High School, and Jacob Eason, a 5-star quarterback from Lake Stevens, Wash., both pledged to UGA after competing together in the Dawg Night prospect camp on Friday.

Cleveland and Eason are both ranked among the nation’s top 22 college football prospects for 2016, per the composite rankings. They are UGA’s first two commitments for its 2016 class.

The 6-foot-7, 320-pound Cleveland is ranked as the state’s No. 2 overall [More]

Florida Gators football recruit flips to UGA

  • 3:30 pm Saturday, July 19th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

After losing three out of four starters in the defensive secondary during a troubled offseason, UGA is quickly adding some manpower to the position.

Deontai Williams, a 3-star safety from Jacksonville, flipped from Florida to UGA on Saturday. It was first reported by’s Rusty Mansell.

The 6-foot, 175-pound Williams had been committed to Florida since last January. And his change of mind leaves the Gators with only nine commitments for 2015.

Meanwhile, UGA now has 16 commitments for 2015. The Bulldogs have added two defensive backs in the last 24 hours, including Friday’s pledge of Shaquery Wilson of Miami at Dawg Night [More]

Tennessee LB commits to Georgia Tech over Vols, others (UPDATED)

  • 2:13 pm Saturday, July 19th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Georgia Tech beat out Tennessee for a football recruit in their own backyard.

Brant Mitchell, a 3-star linebacker from Knoxville, Tenn., said he committed to Georgia Tech over Mississippi State on Saturday.

“Georgia Tech offered me the best combination of academics and athletics that I could find,” Mitchell told the AJC on Sunday. “So that’s the real reason why I choose to play my next four years there.”

The 6-foot-2, 240-pounder is Georgia Tech’s second 2015 commit from the Knoxville area, along with speedster Nathan Cottrell. Cottrell didn’t have a Tennessee offer, but Mitchell confirmed that he did — and it’s rare for [More]

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