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Georgia’s top two basketball prospects could both be free agents soon (UPDATED)

  • 11:59 pm Thursday, April 17th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Both of the state’s top two basketball prospects could be free agents after coaching changes at the colleges they signed with last fall.

One already is. Ahmed Hill, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Aquinas high school, said he has been granted a release from Marquette.

Meanwhile, the coach of JaKeenan Gant, a 6-7 forward from Effingham County High School, is “reviewing his situation” with Missouri upon Thursday’s reports that coach Frank Haith was hired away by Tulsa.

Gant is rated as the state’s No. 1 overall prospect for 2014 in the 247sports.com composite rankings, followed by Hill.

“’Wow’ is all I can say,” Gant’s [More]

UGA offers 2 more players from Georgia HS football powerhouse

  • 11:55 pm Thursday, April 17th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

UGA offered two more players off one of the state’s best high school football programs.

Griffin High School safety Jordan Colbert and wide receiver Keyston Fuller both got the news from the Bulldogs coaches this week. Both are “athlete” prospects who could play multiple positions in college.

That makes a total of four Griffin rising seniors with UGA offers, including wide receivers Christian Owens (who has committed to the Bulldogs) and Trey Willis.

Last December, Griffin rallied from a 14-0 deficit to defeat Carrollton 56-35 for the Class AAAA state championship.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Colbert was one of the state’s most heavily-recruited prospects [More]

Big crowd of recruits expected for Georgia Tech’s spring game

  • 11:45 pm Thursday, April 17th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Georgia Tech will host some of the state’s top football prospects for Friday night’s spring game.

Brandon Sandifer, a 3-star offensive guard from Northside-Warner Robins High School, will be making his first trip to Georgia Tech since attending the Alabama State game last fall.

“I just want to see how it is,” Sandifer told the AJC. “It’s pretty close to home. I’m just getting over there to see what it’s like.”

The 6-foot-4, 335-pound Sandifer has seen his recruiting pick up over the last month after a slow start. He’s up to 10 offers, including Alabama, Ohio State, Vanderbilt and Florida. He claims [More]

Top RB looks closely at both Georgia Tech and UGA

  • 11:45 pm Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Both Georgia Tech and UGA appear to be in the chase for Mikell-Lands Davis, one of the state’s top prospects at running back.

The 5-foot-11, 205-pounder from Alexander High School already has an early scholarship offer from Georgia Tech, and plans to make an unofficial visit with the Yellow Jackets on Friday.

“I like Georgia Tech,” Lands-Davis said. “They treat me really good. They’re like in love with me. They told me that I’m No. 1 on their board, and they show it to me all the time. They say I’m a priority for them, and tell me how I can come [More]

North Gwinnett TE commits to Missouri over Florida and Vandy

  • 11:12 pm Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Missouri has enjoyed success with recruiting the state of Georgia over the last year.

The SEC school signed three Georgia players last February, and added recruit for next year’s class on Wednesday night.

Daniel Imatorbhebhe, a 3-star tight end from North Gwinnett High School, committed to Missouri over Florida and Vanderbilt, among 10 early scholarship offers.

“I picked Missouri because of the people and the family atmosphere,” Imatorbhebhe told the AJC. “They value not just the player, but the person. They are a first-class program.

“It just felt like home, and I knew it would be hard to find better people than at Missouri. [More]

Ahmed Hill gets release, back on free-agent market

  • 11:00 pm Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

The state’s No. 2 basketball prospect is back on the free-agent market.

Ahmed Hill, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Aquinas high school, tweeted on Wednesday night that he has de-committed from Marquette.

Hill signed with Marquette last fall but decided to re-open his recruiting after coach Buzz Williams was recently hired away by Virginia Tech.

The 4-star was granted a release from his letter of intent after talking with new Marquette coach Steve Wojciechowski, according to multiple media outlets.

What about UGA and Georgia Tech? UGA has filled both of its available scholarships for this year when it signed two bigs on Wednesday. Georgia [More]

Top 7 stories: SEC wins appeal, UGA’s biggest surprise in recruiting, and days of Herschel again?

  • 2:56 am Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

It got overlooked with the news that the NCAA is transforming college cafeterias into Golden Corrals, but the SEC won its appeal of a recruiting rule on Tuesday.

The NCAA’s Div. Legislative Council rescinded a controversial rule interpretation that you can read about in detail right here. Basically, we’re back to original interpretation where high school seniors who qualify to enroll early can sign financial aid agreements with multiple colleges – which in turn, gives those colleges recruiting benefits such as “unlimited contact” with the prospect until he signs a binding national letter of intent (NLI).

The NCAA got this [More]

UGA’s Mark Fox cites ‘progress’ in recruiting Atlanta

  • 11:42 pm Monday, April 14th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Mark Fox admits that UGA’s basketball recruiting in Atlanta “hasn’t been perfect” but he also feels it has gone better than some people think.

This past season, UGA’s entire starting lineup was from the Atlanta area. The Bulldogs won 20 games and ended up second in the final SEC standings.

Some UGA fans feel like the Bulldogs should be recruiting much better in Atlanta after missing out on high-profile recruits such as Tony Parker (signed with UCLA), Evan Nolte (Virginia), Nick Jacobs (Alabama), and Isaiah Wilkins (Virginia), among others.

“If Kentavious (Caldwell-Pope) stays in school, we don’t have five starters from Atlanta but we still [More]

Alabama steals Atlanta DB away from Kentucky

  • 10:32 pm Monday, April 14th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Alabama has swiped one of Kentucky’s top football recruits.

Montrell Custis, a 3-star defensive back from Lovejoy High School, switched his commitment from Kentucky to Alabama on Monday night.

Custis, the first cousin of Georgia Tech running back Travis Custis, had been the first commitment of Kentucky’s 2015 recruiting class before changing his mind.

“Even though Kentucky was a great program from top to bottom, me and my family decided to go ahead and de-commit because Alabama has a great feel, and it just fits me the best,” Custis told the AJC.

“They (Alabama) are like the godfathers of college football.”

The 6-foot, 170-pound Custis [More]

SEC’s appeal of NCAA recruiting rule to be heard on Tuesday

  • 8:05 pm Monday, April 14th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

LSU’s Les Miles hopes the SEC is successful with Tuesday’s appeal of the NCAA’s most significant rule for college football recruiting within the last year.

“That’s a bad rule,” Miles recently told the AJC. “Any time you’re going to operate in the dark and the scenario is set up to do so, it’s just a mistake.

The rule has to do with high school seniors (who are approved academically to enroll early in college) being able to sign a financial aid agreement – which, in turn, rewards that college with several recruiting benefits, including “unlimited contact” with the prospect until he [More]

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