Posted: 5:37 pm Friday, January 31st, 2014

Good news for South Carolina, bad news for UGA? (UPDATED) 

By Michael Carvell

DB Wesley Green of ML King (AJC)

DB Wesley Green of ML King (AJC)

  • UPDATED: Wesley Green contacted the AJC around 11 p.m. Friday to say “I’m still trying to work out something with UGA. I’m trying to get down there on Saturday or Sunday.”

After Lorenzo Carter, the biggest announcement that UGA fans will be waiting to hear on signing day has to do with Wesley Green.

The 4-star cornerback from M.L. King High School will decide between UGA and South Carolina.

However, UGA may have suffered a setback in this fierce recruiting battle on late Friday.

Green told the AJC that he did not leave for his official visit to UGA on Friday, and may not make the recruiting trip altogether.

“I don’t think I will be able to go to Georgia; I have a family emergency,” Green said. “I wanted to go but something happened with my (family).”

Depending on Green’s family situation, he could go to UGA on Saturday or Sunday, even for a few hours. But it’s definitely a blow to the Bulldogs with having a chance to put the full-court press on Green on the final weekend before signing day.

Green originally committed to South Carolina last summer but backed off because he wasn’t hearing much from the Gamecocks. However, South Carolina defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward has rebuilt a strong relationship, and Green even named the Gamecocks as his leader after taking an official visit there two weeks ago.

Green told the AJC on Friday that he has not committed to South Carolina — and he has not made a final decision between the Gamecocks and UGA. Green said he already knew a lot about the Bulldogs after taking unofficial visits there.

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58 comments
daddydog
daddydog

Well, did he show up or not?

RealProblem
RealProblem

NCDawg, got the troll stuff, but just where am I wrong with us finishing 5th at best in the SEC? Sorry, but I have the bar set higher and frankly Georgia fans deserve more. Just refuse to drink the Kool-Aid....did not mean to disturb your dreams of grandeur.

NCDawg
NCDawg

Looks like the young man really wants to make the trip.  That means he is is still open to some extent.  I'd think a few hours with Coach Pruitt would be enough to make him think about Georgia for sure.

RealProblem
RealProblem

Real Problem is even if we get this kid and Carter we will likely finish no better than 5th or 6th in the SEC in recruiting.....HORRIBLE. Oh, but wait, that is an improvement over last year when we finished 7th, DID I SAY 7TH AND WE BROUGHT IN 35 PLUS KIDS....MUCH WORSE THAN HORRIBLE . FACT IS: we are in trouble, Mark Richt must go and if we are to have a REAL FUTURE Kirby Smart needs to come AND RESTORE ORDER.

maconexpress
maconexpress

Losing those 5 stars(4) last season was a sign that CMR was on the verge of losing most of the state's top players. He need to demonstrate that he can win national championships with high rated players or he will find himself in the same situation as coach Mark Fox(can't recruit ga high rated players).  

WeRunTheEast
WeRunTheEast

Seems to me we have the Dawgs treed. Sure we lost this year in Athens, but we COMPETED in a hostile environment. Dawgs lay down when challenged (Columbia 2012). It's done folks, it's official, Dawgs are no good. You are gum on SC's shoe. Talk to me after UGA does something worth a darn. Plenty of history, plenty of resources and talent. Coaching, not so much. Welcome to reality, doggies.

WeRunTheEast
WeRunTheEast

Green is headed to SC along with everyone's favorite linebacker, Bryson Allen-Williams. #4 in country versus UNRANKED and a bowl loss. Easy choice. SC has clearly passed UGA football program. No whining, or statements about all time records can change that. And instead of addressing the real problem (CMR), UGA put a bandaid on it. Press conference introducing Pruitt with Richt sitting there made me realize nothing will change with UGA. Except now you may get less talented players. I have pity on UGA when things go so bad, but then I read the delusional comments on this post, and it all comes back. Bulldogs are NO GOOD at football, accept it. At SC we can actually look forward to improving over our #4 ranking and blasting the Dawgs out of Columbia! AGAIN!

SlawDawg
SlawDawg

Fellow Dawgsters....we are slowly but shurely becoming the Vandy of the East. In my days at UGA recruits begged to come here. Now Coach Rick is doing everything but smooching their *** on national TV to get them to come to Athens. I say to heck with them if they don't want to wear the Red and Gold. If we had some good coaches we could take 2-3 star athaletes and turn them into 5 star athaletes. But with Rick in charge it won't happen. He is too busy going to the tanning salon and doing Chevy truck commercials.

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

win some, lose some...Kendarious Webster, come on down...go dogs

RandyHall
RandyHall

This was part of the downfall of Todd Grantham (who many said didn't like to get out and see the recruits...had  a hard time adjusting from his NFL days) and Scott Lakatos....who never succeeded on and off the field.....too many in-state misses off the field and too many mistakes on the field....past Asst Coaches under CMR have killed a lot of UGA's potential success....we'll see by SD!!!! 

MoistDawg
MoistDawg

this dont matter we are so loaded he can go be on the 2nd best team in sc for all i care mabey when they come to uga he can look at our trophy case! LOL

gomdawg
gomdawg

First I hope his Aunt is OK after that then comes football. I think a he should look after family first

and then comes football. If he is coming to Georgia that will not stop him. Hope your aunt is doing good.

kerryb
kerryb

So, something happened to his aunt and that means he's not going to UGA ??  I just hope his aunt is okay.

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

Coach Richt needs to develop a dance routine like Nick Saban if he wants to woe recruits.

Charlestondog
Charlestondog

One player...unless that person is Todd Gurley or Herschel Walker is not going to kill UGA's season.  What did Clowney do this year?  Murray beat the jerk who said:  "Murray fears me." 

Charlestondog
Charlestondog

Go to USC and win the SEC East?  I think Richt owns this number on SEC titles from Spurrier since he has coached at USC.  Once Spurrier retires, USC will become a nobody in the SEC. 


Upnorthgc
Upnorthgc

Look at sc depth chart with db"s we need him. He has a chance to come in and start.

Why go to a school where you have 5-6 guys ahead of you??

Bubbatavious
Bubbatavious

Since South Carolina has won 3 out the last 4  it wouldn't surprise me if we lose out on this kid...

HotDawg
HotDawg

Best wishes to you and your family Wesley.

Family first. Take your time. You can always communicate with UGA in other ways.

Kind of a deceiving headline, since the young man still wants to visit UGA.

thebucket
thebucket

@RealProblem The bigger consideration is not where UGA is going to end up in the recruiting rankings, but where are they going to finish in the SEC standings at the end of the football season. If UGA ends up 5th in the SEC in the recruiting rankings that means they will be top 10 in the country and that means that they are getting some really good players. With better defensive coaching the Dawgs should also be better on the field. If you are a real Dawg fan then you know how close that UGA was to winning it all in 2012 and with just a little bit of defensive help they would have won the SECCG and possibly the MNC. I am petty sure most UGA fans could care less if they win a recruiting title as long the Dawgs contend for the SEC.

NCDawg
NCDawg

@RealProblem - what would you know about the real problem... you're a troll and probably don't know any more about the football program than some guy on the street.


You have a real problem and that is the only truth to be had here.

NCDawg
NCDawg

@maconexpress - at least 2 of those 5 stars were stolen with dubious recruiting.  When you play by the rules and do things the right way you sometimes fall prey to underhandedness.  The Tunsil thing didn't break any rules but it was just plain underhanded.  And Garner totally tanked his last 3 years at Georgia.  It is very obvious by the abrupt change in his recruiting efforts.


We will still have as much or more talent than anyone other than Bama in the SEC.  LSU keeps losing guys to the NFL or they would be second.  



thebucket
thebucket

@WeRunTheEast "Hostile Environment"? SCU got to play UGA @ 4 pm as opposed to @ 8 pm. That's a HUGE difference. "Talk to me after UGA does something worth a darn." Then by that criteria what are you doing here? SCU has NEVER done "something worth a darn". NO SEC TITLES and NO BCS BOWLS. SCU has done nothing and nata!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Buzz-Off
Buzz-Off

Dude,

If you "run the east" then why haven't you ever "won the east"?

thebucket
thebucket

@WeRunTheEast So you are saying that SCU lost a "no good" UGA team last year? Way to support your school there buddy!

Ghost13
Ghost13

@WeRunTheEast LOL The most tradition-less  program in the  SEC, Never  played in  a major bowl game , never  won the  SEC probably never will. 

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

@WeRunTheEast  WeRunThatMouth...hey, it's what y'all do...and have always done...and have nothing to show for it...Zero...Nada...Zilch...talk about delusional fan bases...get real man...go dogs

Dawggie
Dawggie

@WeRunTheEast You should REALLY change your commenting name to WeRunSC.  Given your lack of success in the SEC, it makes a lot more sense.

Oh, and 41-30.

And, 47-17-2.

And, SEC Titles - UGA 12, SC 0. 

Now, do you need a bandaid?

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@SlawDawg


SlawDawg   =   Inbred Dumbass of the Century!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


CMR will be HC at UGA for as long as he likes!!!!!!!!!!!


You on the other hand will continue living in your mama's singlewide and marrying your sister. No definite plans beyond that?????????????????

DragginFly
DragginFly

@SlawDawg"I say to heck with them if they don't want to wear the Red and Gold"

Something tells me you aint a "Fellow Dawgster".

SlawDawg
SlawDawg

@gomdawg Hey Gomer...get it right. Its his "auntie" not his "aunt". I just hope his "Uncleie" does not come down with something too.

Upnorthgc
Upnorthgc

Uga won I will say that but first time in 3 years and they didn't best the jerk off them. Remember they come to Columbia this year and you already have one out for WHAT?

I bet you can't guess why he suspended lol!!!!

Every year it happens with uga players!!!

HotDawg
HotDawg

Has carolina ever been a somebody?

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@Charlestondog


It won't be all that bad because ALL oldtimer USCe fans were never used to winning that often!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

thebucket
thebucket

@Upnorthgc That is a great point. I don't thin Pruitt's rotations will be as tight as Grantham's and I do think more guys will see playing time, but there are several guys in line for that playing time already @ UGA.

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@Bubbatavious


BARN(aka Auburn) went 0 - 8 in the SEC in 2012!!!!!!!!!!


I don't believe it has hurt their 2014 recruiting class!!!!!!!!!!!!

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@Bubbatavious  Well if that's the case, your Tech team will never beat UGA for a recruit since we've won 12 of the last 13.

MichaelCarvell
MichaelCarvell moderator

@HotDawg  It's rare but not impossible for a kid to commit to a college where he never took an official visit. Maybe he will make it there by the end of the weekend but if not I would rule UGA out imho

maconexpress
maconexpress

NCDawg, I think Garner contribute to MA leaving the state but CMR hasn't won a nc title during the bcs era other schools are using that against him to lure away our top recruits(5stars). If we lose Lorenzo Carter I'm going to be very disappointed.

I think the hiring of Pruitt will help in the foreseeable future but winning a nc this season will stop the bleeding.

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

@Buzz-Off  they did win the East...one year...the crown jewel in their undistinguished football history...let him have his fun...go dogs

SlawDawg
SlawDawg

@DragginFly Sorry Dragg.....that was a typo. I meant to say Red and White. My bad. I love UGA and I am a proud aluminums. Of course I graduated back in the 70's when you wasn't even borned yet. But that Coach Rick is driving me crazy with all these new hires and going after only African Americans with names like Tavon and Kendarius. Whats wrong with some Randy's, Mark's, and Johnny's.

Bubbatavious
Bubbatavious

@DawgGoneIt  Tech team? nice try kool aid drinker!

HotDawg
HotDawg

True. Hope the kid gets to hear and see every option before he decides.