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College football recruiting blog from Atlanta and the Southeast from the AJC

Why Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson is having recruiting success

  • 5:05 pm Friday, October 24th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Paul Johnson is having his best year of recruiting – by far – since he was hired as Georgia Tech’s coach in 2007.

The Yellow Jackets have 21 commits, and have risen all the way up to the No. 19 spot in the Rivals rankings.

What are the reasons for it? WSB’s Zach Klein and the AJC’s Michael Carvell discuss the topic in the below video

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Florida’s Will Muschamp loses second recruit in a week

  • 11:56 pm Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 by Michael Carvell

One of Georgia’s top college football prospects has de-committed from the Florida Gators.

And he’s the second commit that Florida coach Will Muschamp has lost this week.

Adonis Thomas, a 4-star linebacker from Central Gwinnett High School, backed off his pledge to Florida via Twitter on Thursday night.

Thomas initially committed to Florida over Alabama last August. His first trip to Florida this season for a game was last weekend’s 42-13 loss to Missouri.

It appeared only a matter of time that Thomas would re-open his recruitment after recently expressing concerns due to rampant speculation about Muschamp’s future at Florida.

Alabama is now the school [More]

Jaylen Brown to visit UGA next month

  • 8:41 am Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Jaylen Brown, the nation’s No. 2 college basketball prospect, will take official visits to UGA and UCLA next month.

The 6-foot-7 forward from Wheeler High School hasn’t finalized the dates for his next two visits, but those are the destinations, his mother confirmed to the AJC on Wednesday.

“Yes, those are the next two; we just haven’t gotten the dates,” Mechalle Brown said. “But that’s what we plan to do.”

The 5-star recruit has taken official visits to Kansas and Kentucky over the last two weeks. So that’s four official visits planned out, leaving him with one more available before he makes his [More]

Evander Holyfield happy about son’s UGA football offer

  • 12:01 am Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Evander Holyfield, the five-time world heavyweight champion, just smiled when asked about his new title: Father of one of Georgia’s top football prospects for next year.

Elijah Holyfield is a 4-star running back from Woodward Academy high school who has nearly 30 early scholarship offers.

Boxing and football are two different sports, but the celebrity father and son have a lot in common with their approach to them.

“Elijah is in good shape,” Evander told the AJC. “He’s one of those kids that does the proper things. He loves working hard. When I was a kid, I loved working hard. He’s the same [More]

5 Questions with top UGA WR recruit

  • 12:01 am Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Christian Owens was the first commitment for UGA’s 2015 football recruiting class, pledging to the Bulldogs more than 18 months ago.

A lot has happened at UGA with the WR position since Owens made his early decision. The Bulldogs now have commitments from at least five prospects who will play wide receiver in college, and they could add a sixth with Greater Atlanta Christian high school’s Darius Slayton.

Christian Owens is a 6-foot-5, 200-pound wide receiver from Griffin High School. Here are five questions with Owens:

What’s the latest with recruiting? “I’m solid with UGA. I really haven’t been hearing anything from any [More]

Jimbo Fisher on Jameis: ‘A kid who has done nothing wrong’

  • 4:42 pm Monday, October 20th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Jimbo Fisher abruptly ended an interview session with reporters on Monday after he was asked questions about Jameis Winston’s off-the-field issues, per

The Florida State coach initially fielded questions while he was in Alabama for a meeting of the Birmingham Quarterback Club.

Fisher clammed up after he was asked a reasonable question – whether it’s fair his reputation has taken a hit defending his quarterback.

“Why is my reputation taking a hit? For backing a kid who has done nothing wrong?” Fisher said. “I don’t want to get into this. The questions weren’t supposed to be asked today. I’m done. I’m done.”

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Ray Goff ‘buries the UGA hatchet’ with sportswriter after 30 years

  • 12:45 am Monday, October 20th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

You want to hear a good recruiting story? Check out “Burying a 30-year-old UGA hatchet” by the Albany Herald’s Carlton Fletcher.

It finishes with an apology – more than three decades later – from former UGA coach Ray Goff.

It started with Tift County High School winning the 1983 state championship and having seven seniors sign D1 scholarships. Surprisingly, none were recruited by UGA. On signing day that year, Fletcher (then with the Tifton Gazette) called the Bulldogs to inquire why no Tift players were recruited.

Goff, who played at a nearby rival (Colquitt County High School), was in charge of UGA’s [More]

RB flips from Louisiana-Lafayette to Georgia Tech

  • 4:12 pm Sunday, October 19th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Quaide Weimerskirch, a 3-star running back from Florida, has switched his committed from Louisiana-Lafayette to Georgia Tech.

“It’s a great school,” Weimerskirch told the AJC. “They’ve got good academics, and a good football team. This was the offer that I had been waiting on. Everything happened pretty quickly because I wanted to go ahead and lock the spot down.”

The 6-foot, 200-pounder committed to Louisiana-Lafayette last July but continued flirting with Georgia Tech. Everything got intense after the Yellow Jackets finally extended a scholarship offer last Thursday.

“I had to do some things with Louisiana-Lafayette before I officially committed and put it out [More]

Double trouble headed to Georgia Tech

  • 11:00 pm Thursday, October 16th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

There’s some double trouble headed to Georgia Tech next season.

Brad and Scott Morgan, fraternal twin offensive linemen from Etowah High School, both committed to Georgia Tech this past summer.

“It was just the fact it was Georgia Tech — You couldn’t turn it down,” Brad told the AJC this week. “It was just 30 minutes from our house. Compared to Minnesota and Marshall, those schools were seven hours or more from our house. Georgia Tech was hard to beat. I think we made a great decision to go there.”

The 3-star twins never considered splitting apart for college ball. They were always [More]

Is UGA target close to making decision?

  • 3:14 am Thursday, October 16th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

UGA was edged out by Tennessee for 4-star defensive back Micah Abernathy, but the Bulldogs still have a good chance at his Greater Atlanta Christian high school teammate who is rated higher by the recruiting experts.

GAC’s Darius Slayton is rated as the state’s No. 16 overall prospect, per the composite rankings. The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder has taken an official visit to UGA. Auburn is considered to be the biggest contender of the Bulldogs, while South Carolina is also in the race.

Slayton, who will most likely play wide receiver in college but could also get looks at defensive back, told [More]