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

Alabama’s Nick Saban welcomes Georgia kids

  • 3:12 pm Friday, February 28th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Some of the nation’s top prospects from Georgia are expected to attend Alabama’s Junior Day this weekend.

Here’s are some of the biggest names, per and BamaOnline:

DT Trenton Thompson, Westover (Rivals No. 1 prospect for USA)
LB Roquan Smith of Macon County (top UGA target)
TE Jalen Wilkerson of Coffee (offers from Alabama and FSU)
OL Venzell Boulware of Creekside (Offers from Alabama and Florida)
WR Preston Williams, Lovejoy (Tennessee commit)
DB Darius Slayton, GAC (offers from UGA and Tech)
DB Micah Abernathy, GAC (offers from UGA and Tech)
DB Montrell Custis, Lovejoy (committed to Kentucky)
OL Dallas Warmack, Mays (committed to Alabama)

Alabama has seven commits [More]

How does Mark Richt feel about UGA’s 2015 class so far?

  • 12:26 pm Friday, February 28th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

How does Mark Richt feel about UGA’s 2015 recruiting class so far?

The Bulldogs are off to a good start with five commitments of high school juniors, led by 5-star athlete Terry Godwin of Callaway High School. The number is expected to double to 10 or more by the end of April.

Richt couldn’t comment on specific recruits due to NCAA rules, but he gave his general feelings about how things were going with UGA’s start for 2015 in an interview with the AJC.

“I think we’re doing a good job of getting our evaluations done as quickly as possible and as efficiently [More]

Top 10 quotes by college coaches and recruits to each other

  • 12:05 pm Friday, February 28th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Marc Nolan is CEO of, and a former college and NFL punter who has trained kickers and punters for more than 25 years. He said he’s helped more than 50 earn D1 football scholarships, including 11 this year.

Nolan gave the AJC his list of The Top 10 Coaches and Recruiters Quotes to each other.

It’s a candid, insightful and good-humored look into recruiting. “By the way, these quotes and discussion points came from many of the parents and players I had just this year who gave me many of these tidbits along the recruiting trail” Nolan said.

Top 10 Quotes from [More]

Miami weathers the storm of “negative recruiting”

  • 1:48 am Thursday, February 27th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Perhaps no other college football program in the country has had to deal with “negative recruiting” in recent years more than Miami.

Miami’s last three recruiting classes were somehow put together with a highly-publicized NCAA investigation looming over the football program. (It was finally settled last November, with the Hurricanes being stripped of nine scholarships but avoiding more serious penalties due to self-imposed sanctions)

Despite the volatile situation on the recruiting trail, Miami amazingly turned in three straight classes ranked in the top 15. It could’ve been even better if “negative recruiting” hadn’t been used frequently against the Hurricanes in battles [More]

Q&A with Tennessee coach Butch Jones

  • 12:01 am Thursday, February 27th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Since taking over at Tennessee last season, coach Butch Jones has worked to reestablish the state of Georgia as one of the football program’s top recruiting priorities.

Jones has had some early success, signing seven Georgia products in his first two recruiting classes, including four from Atlanta earlier this month.

Jones did a Q&A with the AJC’s Michael Carvell.

Your top-ranked recruit was Jalen Hurd, a 4-star running back from Hendersonville, Tenn. Hurd was vocal in saying that he didn’t feel like a priority when Derek Dooley was Tennessee’s coach. What do you think turned things around your favor with Hurd? “I [More]

Will UGA use “Dream Team” recruiting pitch again?

  • 12:25 am Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Has Mark Richt ever thought about using the “Dream Team” recruiting pitch again?

That was Richt’s own moniker for his most famous recruiting class at UGA, the 2011 group that signed with the Bulldogs.

The concept behind the “Dream Team” was a full-fledged push or marketing effort to get as many of the state of Georgia’s elite prospects from that year to stay home and play for UGA.

At the time, Richt was outspoken on the topic, saying on his radio show in 2010, “When you talk about in-state kids, that’s why I’ve been talking about this Georgia ‘Dream Team’, this team [More]

Notebook: Alabama offers emerging Georgia WR

  • 11:59 pm Monday, February 24th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

What a difference a week has made for Jayson Stanley.

Last weekend, the wide receiver from Creekside High School held early offers from UNC Charlotte and Marshall.

But everyone knew it was just a matter of time before Stanley shoot to the moon in recruiting circles after the way he emerged as one of the best players in the all-star game.

Stanley’s time has finally arrived.

Over the last week, the 6-foot-3, 210-pounder has added offers from Auburn, Kentucky, Cal and Purdue.

On Monday night, Stanley talked over the phone with Alabama coach Nick Saban.

“I had actually called (assistant Lance) Thompson, and he put [More]

Texas A&M expands to Georgia for talent search

  • 11:59 pm Sunday, February 23rd, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Texas A&M is the latest college football powerhouse trying to invade the state’s fertile recruiting grounds.

When Texas A&M visited Atlanta for the Chick-fil-A bowl, the Aggies got really smart and really aggressive on the recruiting trail with Georgia’s top high school juniors.

Texas A&M has already made nearly double the amount of early football offers to the state’s 2015 prospects (13 overall) as it did for the last two recruiting classes combined (8).

During Chick-fil-A week, Texas A&M made the smart decision to have open practices so some of the Georgia’s top 2015 prospects (who recently got offers), including Central Gwinnett High [More]

Notebook: FSU pipeline, 14-year-old QB, and GT Junior Day

  • 11:41 pm Sunday, February 23rd, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Remember that vaunted Lowndes-to-FSU pipeline that sort of died out when Josh Harvey-Clemons put on an UGA baseball camp?

That pipeline is flowing again after Lowndes High School linebacker Brian Bell said he committed to FSU over Clemson and UGA, although he didn’t have an offer yet from the Bulldogs.

Bell said he pledged after FSU coach Jimbo Fisher “was looking at me like he wasn’t going to let me leave until I committed,” according to Noles247’s Chris Nee. “I wanted to (commit). I love this place. Pretty much every kid that went D-I from my high school went here.”

It was a good [More]

Mark Richt on why time was right for new UGA recruiting coordinator

  • 11:40 pm Sunday, February 23rd, 2014 by Michael Carvell

After UGA went more than a year without a Recruiting Coordinator, Bulldogs coach Mark Richt appointed Bryan McClendon to the football position last week.

McClendon, 30, is the son of former UGA running back Willie McClendon and played wide receiver for the Bulldogs from 2002-2005. The younger McClendon has been a UGA assistant (in charge of running backs) since 2009 and will remain in that position, along with taking on his new duties.

UGA had been without a Recruiting Coordinator since December 2012, when Rodney Garner was hired way by Auburn.

In an interview with the AJC, Mark Richt explained his reasons [More]