Posted: 3:39 pm Saturday, January 11th, 2014

Top Georgia recruit re-opens his recruitment 

By Michael Carvell

One of the state’s most overlooked 2014 prospects is back on recruiting’s free-agent market.

Kameron Uter, a 6-foot-4, 215-pound wide receiver from Pace Academy, officially de-committed from Vanderbilt on Saturday after head coach James Franklin left the Commodores to accept the same position at Penn State. At least three other Vandy recruits also de-committed on Saturday, according to ESPN.

WR Kameron Uter (6-4, 215) of Pace Academy (Special)

WR Kameron Uter (6-4, 215) of Pace Academy (Special)

“He’s opened things back up, but still wants to go to Vandy,” Pace Academy coach Chris Slade told the AJC. “It’s just going to have to be the right fit. He’s definitely entertaining phone calls from other colleges right now, though.

“My phone has been ringing off the hook the last 24 hours from coaches who want to know where things stand. Vanderbilt is still at the top of his list. He’s just going to wait and see who the new coach is going to be. He obviously wants to make sure it’s a good fit for both sides.”

On Friday, Uter was offered by Kentucky. He has also gotten calls from Notre Dame, Alabama, Iowa, Boston College, Arkansas and Northwestern, among others.

That’s just the beginning, and it is expected get wild and crazy when the NCAA’s dead period ends on Jan. 16. Signing day is less than a month away.

For college scouts, what clearly separates Uter from the rest of the pack of de-commitments this time of year is his raw athleticism and high ceiling of potential. You just don’t find 6-4 kids who can run and hit like him. His new senior highlight film came out (that you can watch HERE), and you don’t have to be a veteran talent evaluator to know he’s something special.

I think Uter could soar into one of the state’s top 25 overall prospects in the final rankings. Currently, he’s rated at No. 62 in the 247sports.com composite rankings.

Why isn’t Uter ranked higher? Why wasn’t he more heavily-recruited before now? How could so many people miss on him earlier?

  • For starters, Uter didn’t take football seriously until this year as a senior. Said Slade, “He has always been a big-time baseball prospect. That has always been his No. 1 love. Last summer before this football started, he just hit a switch. We always told him that he could play D1 football if he wanted to, and he just believed it and started working his butt off. He’s under the radar, but the colleges are catching on. He’s a beast. The thing about Cameron, his upside potential is through the roof. If can get the right coach in college, he can take football pretty far.”
  • Colleges were scared away by baseball. Uter is MLB Draft prospect who will be heavily-scouted in the spring (Here’s one profile). He’s a tall and lanky pitcher who has a fastball clocked at 92mph. He could go in the top 10 rounds.  “That was a big reason people shied away,” Slade said. “We didn’t know if he would go straight to the MLB Draft. But now he wants to college and play football. He wants to do both in college. It’s a win-win for him.” Alabama might’ve been deterred by baseball when they inquired about Uter a couple of months ago. “He got a call from Alabama, and that almost brought tears from his eyes,” Slade said. “(Assistant) Chris Rumph recruits this area for Alabama, and that’s when Kameron knew ‘OK, this thing is for real’ when they called right after the season. He plays baseball. I think it was almost like a Jameis Winston thing, and I’m not putting him in this category. But I don’t think Alabama would really entertain the idea of a guy playing two sports, so it kind of fizzled out really quick. But they were very interested in him, if he only wanted to play football.”
  • Pace Academy is a tiny private school in Atlanta with a relatively new football program (beginning in 2008). There’s not much a football reputation there yet but Slade (in his first year) is working hard to change that. Pace finished 5-5 this year, and just missed the state playoffs, which hurt Uter with recruiters having more opportunities to scout him. However, Pace has a sterling reputation for academics, and grades certainly aren’t an issue for Uter, who has a 3.7 GPA in college prep classes and wants to study engineering. “He could be valedictorian at Pace Academy, if he wants to,” Slade said. “That’s saying a lot when one kid going to Harvard and another one to MIT out of this year’s class. He’s just a good all-around kid.”
  • His senior film just came out (again, watch it HERE), and it’s much better than his junior film when he didn’t take football as serious. Said one college scout about the senior film, “Looks like a linebacker to me. Physical, quicker than fast … (but) he’s a man among boys in that league.” This past season, Uter played wide receiver but also started on defense at cornerback and safety. “He’s physical,” Slade said. “Iv’e got a motto, ‘No block, no rock.’ He took that slogan to heart. He runs (4.4 in 4) and catches the ball well, but it’s more impressive with the way he blocks people down the field.”

What’s next for Uter? He will sit down with his high school coaches on Monday or Tuesday to review his college options. He wants to go a school that has good academics and will let him play both football and baseball.

Uter has tentatively scheduled an official visit to Arkansas next week. He’s also expected to hear back from Notre Dame, which has also maintained serious interest. “Notre Dame has been by here a lot,” Slade said. “They like him a lot. Notre Dame just wants to make sure their (scholarship) numbers are right at his position before they move forward with an official visit or anything. We should probably know something next week.”

What about UGA and Georgia Tech? “I think Georgia flirted with him a little bit. He went to some camps there, but nothing happened. And I’ve never heard from one person at Georgia Tech, even though it has a great engineering program. I was surprised by that but I’m not sure he would’ve been a good fit for that offense so it was probably a blessing in disguise.”

Penn State hasn’t offered Uter yet, but there’s a strong possibility with Franklin taking over the program. At this point, Uter is receptive to any college, according to his coach.

“You know the crazy thing about Kameron with Alabama and Auburn and some of the bigger schools calling him? He’s not a bells and whistles guy,” Slade said.  “That’s why he’s so intrigued by Vandy. Of course, he likes Stanford, too. He’s a different kid, in good way. He even wants to take official visits during the school week rather than the weekends. He’s not interested in going to the parties on the weekends. He really wants to go and examine the academics and athletic programs.

“We’ll see how everything unfolds over the next week. We should know a lot more in the next few days.”

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58 comments
forexbomb
forexbomb

Calling people names....  Usually comes from insecure and/or people who live below the 70 IQ level... I mean really, this is a football blog...  There are other reasons that CPJ would have missed this kid, but if his head recruiter is not all over this now, then we have a bigger problem brewing on the flats...  He wants to be an ENGINEER...  We have the some of the best engineering available...  This is NOT rocket science..  lol

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

With Grantham and Lakatos leaving now all we need to hear is Friend and Ball is going to follow.them. Richt needs to make some good experienced hires to replace the ones that are leaving.

I wonder how Grantham and Petrino will get along.

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

Saban losses 2 games and he changes out or reassigns most of his Coaching staff. Georgia losses 5 games with one being against lower tier Vanderbilt and we change out 1 Coach. That is the difference with a true CEO and one that is pretending to be one.  Saban demanding that his Coaches do their job from the first day or get replaced. Richt avoiding the unpopular jobs of being the boss. I like Richt a lot but he could learn a lot from Saban and I sure hope that the light bulb will eventually turn on for Richt.

If I had been Head Coach I would have put 4 position Coaches on notice that I expected them to pick things up before the end of the season.

Recruits are not stupid they see that changes need to be made at Georgia and the answer is always the same. 

58Supersports
58Supersports

Some need to read, he is a Athlete and can play LB  or where needed. Good luck Kameron,

Hope you play baseball!  What about FSU they have great baseball and football...There National

Champions QB plays both. God Bless.

THEBuckeyes1
THEBuckeyes1

Why would ANY player ever consider tech?


THEBuckeyes1
THEBuckeyes1

Love how these thugs never keep their word.  Does not matter though because we OWN the SEC!

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

If he was in UGA camp, they saw something that made them back off.  Not saying this player will not be a star but UGA did not think that way.  This selection process happens at every Div 1 school and for one reason or another he did not fit their situation.  With 21-22 scholly's to give this year, they are being selective.  It is a solid approach by the Dawgs.  It is one employed by all football schools.  UGA has been very good at picking the right wide-outs in the CMR era.

FrankFraticelli
FrankFraticelli

I will say this - after many years now of being excited about UGA football potential in the off season my hopes are decidedly cool this time. I realize we had a ton of misfortune with injuries this past year but losing to Vanderbilt......simply inexcusable. The talent is there. Everything is in place. But, I am starting to believe what some posters are saying about Richt - there is just a cog missing in that machine somewhere. I love him as a man and I don't think he is a bad coach. He's a good coach. But, there are a few pieces missing somewhere that no one can seem to find to complete that puzzle. I will say this, if I had a child that was inclined to play SEC football, I would be proud to have him under Coach Richt's tutelage. But I say that as a fan that does not see winning as the ultimate goal, any more than making money is the only reason to live. I do not expect to win them all, but I do expect to win the ones we have no business losing. I am rooting for the boys and the coaching staff this year. Go Dawgs!

FrankFraticelli
FrankFraticelli

All of you posters who are busting on CMR and Bobo for passing on this kid obviously have not noticed we have one of the best offenses in the country and that happened because we already had elite skill position players. Players chosen by Richt and company. And someone said we MISSEDD on DaRick? Really? don't make me laugh. He didn't even stay on the team. C'mon. Richt and co. have a lot to answer for but whiffing on skill players is not one of them.

FoSho
FoSho

the dogs need a big wide receiver---they should sign him asap!

RandyHall
RandyHall

1) UGA should be calling soon...they are scrambling to add players....being hard pressed to get 20 commitments this year...having 5 de-comits is unacceptable now 2) Tony Ball is having a terrible time recruiting the top line receivers in the nation...missing out on Ty Montgomery...Sammy Watkins...Josh Malone 3) Tony Ball is having a hard time getting the #1 WR in the state...missing out on 2010: DaRick Rogers...on 2012: JaQuay Wiiliams...2013: DeMarco Robinson...2014: Demarre Kitt 4) Plus his de-commits over the last several years almost equal his commitments,,,,please follow Scott Lakatos...you are lessening the potential product for UGA Football....C'mon CMR it is past your time to win a NC!!!   

DrPhill
DrPhill

If he is smart, he will stick with baseball.

GTMan1949
GTMan1949

  PJ wouldn't be interested, Notre Dame and Alabama are calling him. If Wofford, Elon or Ga. Southern was recruiting him, then PJ would offer.

OldJacketFan
OldJacketFan

Oh and one other thing, liar. I notice you didn't mention a single thing about GA passing on this young man. Is Coach Richt and his staff a bunch of morons as well? Another one from the liar that make you hmmmmmmm

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@ Mike Banning:


Was your statement "beat UGA more FREQUENTLY" a typo??????????????????


JacketMan
JacketMan

GA Tech has plenty of WR's already on scholarship; in fact, they just moved one to defense. People tend to forget that Tech isn't a predominently passing offense, so this isn't a priority for the Jackets, and they're VERY happy with the players coming up from the red shirt, etc.

jacketbacker
jacketbacker

Kid wants to major in engineering and we don't even make a phone call?? Unbelievable..... 

OldJacketFan
OldJacketFan

Well did anybody ever think that if this young man is set on playing baseball that the impediment to him coming to Tech may well be Danny Hall and not CPJ? Nah, that wouldn't fit certain posters agenda.

If you take the time to remember Roddy Jones played baseball while being a key player on the baseball team. Smelter did not come over to the football team until Hall has not further use for him. So maybe, just maybe the problem is not with CPJ despite unfounded speculation to the contrary.

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

@THEBuckeyes1 

Try owning Clemson.

Didn't you end your season with 2 straight losses after winning the first 12 games vs. cupcake city?

Try owning Michigan St. first.

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@DrPhill That's where the long term money usually is.  Longer odds to make it big, though.

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

@Snagglepuss 

We are 1-12 vs. CMR, so yes I would like to beat UGA more frequently than that!

Would you rather I say more OFTEN?

It's a friggin' sports blog for crying out loud!

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

@JacketMan  

BTW, you got any extra money to buy out  an under-performing HC?

Maybe if I start begging for buyout money folks will know that I  am really a GT alum/fan.


MichaelCarvell
MichaelCarvell moderator

I consider @JacketMan to be the authoritative poster about Georgia Tech on this message board. The guy knows his stuff. Sometimes, I wonder if it's CPJ himself posting

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

@JacketMan  

We don't have time for the 6-4 guys that run under 4.5 in the forty, we need more 5-9 LBs and more 5-8 CBs.

There are only so many 6-4 215-pounders out of HS that run that fast, when you get a chance to get one, you get him and then you figure out the rest later.

A CFB program never has enough freakish athletes, 6-4 215 that can run like that is freakish.

Also we have extra schollies for this class because at least 2 guys will graduate that were RS'd and will probably give up their last yr. of FB.

WEAK EXCUSE JacketMan


MikeBanning
MikeBanning

@OldJacketFan 

Your comments are bullcrap and you know it, if this player has the talent to get drafted in the First-10rounds out of HS, then he is good enough for GT's baseball program, PLUS, if he played FB with GT and signed on NSD, his scholly would count towards the FB program and Danny Hall would get a "free player" according to NCAA rules.

Delusional GT fans like you will do anything to defend CPJ's poor performance as GT 's HC.

Meanwhile I will continue to tell the entire truth no matter how painful it is to the CPJ BLTs.

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

@ConfederateFlagBurner 

GT only needs 18-22 recruits each year that can play BCS CFB at a high level and graduate from GT, the scary question is how many of these types of guys locally does CPJ's staff miss out on , and then tells lies to the GT fanbase that the kids in GA. have terrible academics and therefore GT HAS TO recruit players from Maryland and New Jersey and places like that.

I know quite few HS coaches, mainly assts., and I am not lying when I say that the players are right here within a 1-hour drive of GT's campus for us to win the ACC-coastal and beat UGA more frequently.

As you can see CPJ's offense really HURTS GT 's ability to recruit!

OldJacketFan
OldJacketFan

@MikeBanning@OldJacketFan  

But according to you Tech's "crappy" recruiting is a direct result of not recruiting ELITE players? Yet, the young man went to GA's camp and is not being recruited by GA. So maybe he's not the ELITE athlete you'd make him out to be? Or is it just your anti Tech bias coming through yet again.

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@MikeBanning@Snagglepuss


Frequently is defined as "occurring often" and I am just having a little fun. You may notice that most of my stuff is BS.


No offense intended and I am seriously 100% certain you won't get banned if you continue the type of stuff I have read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Good luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

@MichaelCarvell @JacketMan 

That is something to think about, it might explain why GT is so lacking at Recruiting, CPJ (aka JacketMan) is spending too much time on the AJC blogs defending his choice to try trick plays backed up to his own GL.

You might be right MC.

OldJacketFan
OldJacketFan

@MikeBanning@OldJacketFan 

Your personal insult are quite funny liar. Hall just completed his class and I don't recall seeing this young man's name on it. Your agenda is quite obvious and you'll take every opportunity to just jump on anything that can remotely be considered anti Tech.


You've zero proof to back up your constant and ongoing attacks on Tech SAs, staff and anyone who doesn't agree with your skewed and biased views. Oh and as you telling the truth? You wouldn't know the truth if it bit you.


Keep it up liar, you'll be banned, yet again, from the pages of the AJC without anyone calling for it. You just cant help yourself


OldJacketFan
OldJacketFan

@MikeBanning@OldJacketFan

You know, every time I think there is a modicum of sense coming for you, liar, you go right back to your usual warped self. I'm never seen anyone with quite the sense of self righteousness as you, man of multiple, banned, user names. 

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

@OldJacketFan @MikeBanning 

EVERYTHING I post is sensible, just because you don't like it doesn't mean it doesn't make sense or that I am a liar.

BTW, you got any extra money to buy out  an under-performing HC?

Maybe if I start begging for buyout money folks will know that I  am really a GT alum/fan.

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

@OldJacketFan @MikeBanning 

At the end of the day, the pool of players smart enough to graduate in what GT offers is smaller than what other programs can pursue, so when you get a chance to find a big, fast guy, you at least have to go after him with everything you got, especially when he is within driving distance and maybe walking distance to campus.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@MichaelCarvell

I knew that.  Banning's comment was that "he should have his behind out recruiting"

MichaelCarvell
MichaelCarvell moderator

@PaulinNH  Not to defend @MikeBanning but "dead period" only bans in-person contact. Colleges can still call once per week, and have unlimited contact on FBook/Twitter etc. They can still evaluate film, call for references on prospects, make an early offers.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@MikeBanning

Apart from the fact that there are limits on who can recruit (you can't just have anyone who is connected to the GTAA), it is a dead period right now. 

You'd think a self-prolaimed expert on CFB recruiting would know the NCAA rules.

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@MikeBanning @AugustaJacket Nope.  


BTW, You're giving me too much credit for calling them my cronies.  They are all individuals just like me.  It's not my fault you've managed to turn pretty much the entire AJC blogosphere against you.