Posted: 11:02 am Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

AJC’s Signing Day Central 

By Michael Carvell

Welcome to the AJC’s Signing day Day Central. This is the place to be to catch up with all the recruiting information with UGA, Georgia Tech and recruits from the state of Georgia. We will update the news as it happens, and interact on the message board below.

UGA’S TOP TARGETS FOR WEDNESDAY … AND RESULTS

  • Lorenzo Carter, DE, 6-5, 240, Norcross: UGA reeled in the big fish, landing the state’s No.1 overall prospect for the first time since 2011 (Josh Harvey-Clemons).
  • Isaiah McKenzie, WR, 5-8, 175, Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) American Heritage: This was one of two big surprises for UGA to kick off signing day. McKenzie got a last-minute offer from UGA and picked the Bulldogs because of his best buddy and high school teammate, 5-star Sony Michel (signed with UGA).
  • Hunter Atkinson, TE, 6-6, 250, West Hall: The Cincinnati commit got a last-minute call from Mark Richt and flipped to UGA. I’m not going to say we saw it coming, but … Atkinson had grayshirt offers from Alabama, Auburn and UCF.
  • Tavon Ross, S, 6-1, 200, Bleckley County: The Missouri commit took an official visit to UGA but decided to stick with Missouri. He’s signed.
  • Andrew Williams, DE, 6-4, 247, ECLA: He signed with Auburn over Clemson and Auburn. He joked with Auburn’s Gus Malzahn when he called with the news, saying “I’m sorry to inform you….. That I will be attending your school,” according to 247sports.com’s Kipp Adams.
  • Tyre McCants, WR-DB, 5-11, 200, Niceville, Fla.: Turned down late interest from UGA to sign with USF.

UGA COMMITS TO WORRY ABOUT? NOPE

  1. Lamont Gaillard, DT, 6-3, 310, Fayetteville (N.C.) Pine Forest: This was probably the biggest scare on signing day. Gaillard’s coach said he signed with UGA over Miami at 9 a.m but UGA didn’t announce it until 10:35 a.m.
  2. Gilbert Johnson, WR, 6-2, 190, Homestead (Fla.) Senior: Speedster scared UGA after he told Rivals.com on Sunday night that he would sign with Bulldogs, South Florida or Louisville .. and then went MIA. UGA can relax after he was one of team’s first signees.
  3. Kendall Gant, safety, 6-2, 180, Lakeland (Fla.): He flipped from UGA to Marshall on Tuesday due to “academic reasons,” according to his coach, who also claimed his offer “got pulled” by the Bulldogs.

For the rest of UGA’s Big Board for 2014, including a rundown of commitments, go HERE

GEORGIA TECH’S TOP TARGETS FOR WEDNESDAY

  • Myles Autry, ATH, 5-9, 170, Norcross: Georgia Tech fans are always screaming about wanting to have a high-profile recruit commit on signing day on national TV. Autry picked Georgia Tech over FSU on ESPNU cameras. His older brother plays wide receiver for the Yellow Jackets.
  • Mike Sawyers, DT, 6-2, 300, Nashville, Tenn.: He signed with Tennessee after taking an official visit to Volunteers on the final weekend before signing day.

For the rest of Georgia Tech’s Big Board for 2014, including a rundown of commitments, go HERE

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222 comments
BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

Bleachers......You gotta love dwag-vell.

If Shaw were given a free full ride to UGA(as he was to Bama), these clowns would be "creaming" all over themselves with article after article.

UnderTheBleacherstoo
UnderTheBleacherstoo

Question:


Does Carvell also "fax" his Talking Points into the coaches at UGA  prior to going to print like the recruits do their Letters of Intent?



With all of the articles MC has written negatively about Nick Saban over the years one would think he would at least have the courage to write a positive piece about a local Georgia guy who after being injured still had his scholarship honored. 


With MC and not being Georgia he does not have the written authority from the staff at UGA to do such a thing.

DawginNY
DawginNY

The talent at UGA is good, but not as good as the HS talent in the state.  We signed 3 of the top 10 this year and only 1 last year.  Something is wrong if the flagship school can't consistently get at least half of the top local talent.  It's nice to pat ourselves on the back for getting more talent than almost anybody in other conferences, but we compete in the SEC and 5 or 6 teams in our league did better than us because they got their local talent to stay home and then came and plucked some of ours.  I am happy to have most of the guys we got, but I am disgusted that we can't protect our border any better than that.

POAD2013
POAD2013

So UGa will be winning NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS from 2014 until 2017 because lo Carter is a MUTT.....LOL

Richt is Energized NOW? I guess Crowell didn't do it for Richt. I guess Gurley didn't do it for RICHT, but LoCarter is the KEY to make Preacher Man stop Mission trips in the off season to NOW work on actually Winning a NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP? LMMFAO

Congrats LoCarter best of luck.

Richt get a NEW JOB......Preseason national Champs mean NOTHING and that is all you have EVER DELIVERED.

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

FSU had  a dual threat QB flip to Florida, does this open up a scholly for FSU to send a late LOI to Autry?

Was Autry waiting for this sort of thing to shake out so that he could go to FSU all along?

Kinda odd that Autry would schedule his signing so late, was that so that FSU could have time to see if any schollies opened up late?

Kinda curious?

dawgs01
dawgs01

I am glad we got Gilbert Johnson huge get for us with all the wide outs leaving next yr and McKenzie a burner too.

jww-8
jww-8

 Talked to a family friend of Williams and they said they would be shocked if he doesn't go to UGA

dawgs01
dawgs01

number two OLB Evans just picked bama and they got Christian Miller who is the number one OLB and I am telling you Miller is something special.  UGA had chances with both of the and I think if Pruitt had been here all along that we get one of these guys.  So this Yr bama got the number one and two OLB and last yr Foster number one ILB and the got a ILB this yr who is number 7. Gotta love the work that staff puts in to land these type of players.  I great defenses and yall just rebuild.

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

BANG!!!!!!!!!

I knew the Nic-Tator had 1 surprise up that sleeve today.

Big assist to Rueben Foster on that one.

TampGator1
TampGator1

dawgs1......


McKinzie is no Percy Harvin....not even close.  Percy was a 5 star recruit and one of the top 5 recruits in the country.  McKinzie is either rated a 3 or 4 star and is in the 30 something rank of athletes in the country. The Harvin type of player comes around maybe once in a generation.  Not as big. Not as fast.  He is very much like the little RB/WR that played at Ole Miss a few years back and is now with KC in the NFL.  But he is dynamic and will be an impact player in certain downs and on special teams as a returner.

ElemennoP
ElemennoP

Was watching Richt talking to the crowd and a clip was shown of Hunter Atkinson.  He is HUGE and actually played some at QB in the wildcat formation

dawgs01
dawgs01

have seen this Mckenzie kids highlight tape.  it is insane google blecher report uga recruiting and you can find it.  there is some insane plays on there.  kids like a percy harvin type player.  ELECTRIC.  gotta love it

airofmendacity
airofmendacity

prediction - at end of day dawgs have top 5 recruiting class - new defensive coaches a huge plus


ElemennoP
ElemennoP

Richt holding a live press conference right now.


Introduced the new defensive coaches to a loud gathering of Bulldog fans.

PaulFlowers
PaulFlowers

Carter is 100% Dawg- Has been for over two weeks!!

kreedham
kreedham

I know it's the "Atlanta" paper and certainly understand the emphasis on GA Tech, Georgia, KSU and Ga State but how about a little coverage for Ga State's new in conference rival, the real GSU, Georgia Southern.  Several national championships, most alumni in Atlanta area, most current students from the Atlanta area, moving up to FBS, new coach.  I know you can't send a reporter down there but a phone call a few times today could get you the info you need to do a short write up.  These kids want some attention too!  And the alums in Atlanta do too!

Georgia Southern plays in Atlanta twice this fall against Tech and Ga State

dawgs01
dawgs01

how does a kid that is 6ft6 250 running a 4.6 forty having over 700 yds receiving and catching 11 tds get under a radar.  how do they rate these kids.  his stats and measurables are just as impressive as the top 5 rated tight ends.  this is t type of 3 star that gets drafted.  may be the best one in our class.  that is hunter.

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@UnderTheBleacherstoo


That incident apparently is the only one of it's kind so if MC wrote about it y'all Bammians would be raising hell because MC noted it was the first ever for El Sabo!!!!!!!!!!  LMAO

RollingTide
RollingTide

@UnderTheBleacherstoo An article about Elisha Shaw wouldn't get the Puppies all frothed up, now would it?  No, writing a fair and balanced article would mean MC is a "journalist" and not a blogger. 

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@DawginNY


"Did better than us". That means that some team got MORE than 3 of the TOP 10!!!!!


Name that team you DFINO idiot. Please change teams ASAP you dum bass!!!!!!

dawgs01
dawgs01

@jww-8 would be absolute great get for us and goes to show how the new staff will improve the team just from recruiting standpt.  McClendon is a great recruiter for us on offene and ESPN said he is one of the best in the biz when you look at the rbs he has brought in Gurley, Marshal, Chubb, Sony, Crowell.  what is that 4 five stars and gurley who was a 4 star go figure.  With Pruitt on defense recruiting we should have a great recruiting cycle next yr.

dawgs01
dawgs01

@BigCrimson75 yall are freaking killing it.  you gotta be kidding me.  yall got the number one and two OLB this yr to go along with Foster number one ILB from last yr and yall got the number 7 ILB this yr.  as a college football fan you have to be amazed by that effort from yalls staff

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@TampGator1  Talking about Dexter McCluster? I'll take a Dexter McCluster any day of the week! Bobo actually compared McKenzie to Ace Sanders who played for South Carolina a couple seasons ago. Speedy WR/PR/KR..exactly what we need. 

dawgs01
dawgs01

@TampGator1 did you read what I said.  I said he reminds me of a percy harvin when u watch his tape.  He is the 286th overall player in the country.  a 4 star.  I will take a dexter mcCluster all day too.  that would be great.  all I was saying is that is who he reminds me of.  his tape is exciting. 

dawgs01
dawgs01

I meant bleacher report uga recruiting

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@kreedham  You'll beat Georgia Tech. No worries there. If you can beat Florida, you can surely beat Georgia Tech. You both run the option but I think you guys actually do it a little bit better. Plus they lost their starting QB from last year due to a transfer. 

stripesofzebra
stripesofzebra

@dawgs01 West Hall does not get a lot of attention.  Hunter follows the last major signee from WH to UGA, M. Milner, who went on to play with the Falcons.

midtowncowboy
midtowncowboy

@dawgs01  


Johnny Football was a 3*.  The recruiting 'experts' are not experts at anything other than selling subscriptions.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@dawgs01  Scratching my head how that guy went unnoticed as well. Got ourselves a steal. 6'6, 250 and runs a 4.6 at TE. Another Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski sounds like. Georgia has always been RB U and TE U anyway. We get the good TEs and RBs. Got two 5* RBs today and our backfield is going to be SCARY.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@alconnell  Georgia. He informed the Florida coaches yesterday that he wasn't signing with them. That leaves him with UGA, FSU, and LSU. He doesn't wanna play too far from home and here at UGA he seemed comfortable and his mom loved it. I'd be shocked if he went elsewhere.

POAD2014
POAD2014

@GloryBetweenTheHedges

When is the LAST TIME you had GLORY between the hedges? 1982? Richt has been floating on the Talent that just walks in the door and has never won anything more than any other UGa coach.

dawgs01
dawgs01

@TampGator1 it is rare you offer a 4 star player who has over 15 major offers at the last hr an he commits to you.  I think this is a huge steal for us bc we need a freaking punt returner like florida needs a qb.

dawgs01
dawgs01

@alconnell @dawgs01 his change of direction his head and shoulders better than anyone trying to tackle him.  he has that jump cut down that's for sure.  nice spin move too.

dawgs01
dawgs01

@DaltonbywayofBickley @dawgs01 oh yea and I am not saying by any means that is who he is but just saying that is who he reminds me of when you see him escaping  guys and doing two different spin moves and scoring.  It is a great highlight tape that is for sure.  out of all the guys I have watched from our prospects definitely the most impressive.

dawgs01
dawgs01

@midtowncowboy @dawgs01 your right about that.  if you don't go to the mvp camps, nike combine and under armour combines or play in our rising jr game it really hurts you in terms of getting the most exposure to colleges.  I always tell kids to go to every camp you can you never know who is watching and who has connections to coaches.

dawgs01
dawgs01

@DawgGoneIt @dawgs01 oh yea big steal.  a lot of people don't know this but uga is in the top 3 for producing NFL Linebackers since the 2000s and penn state is not anywhere in the top5.  NFL network wrote an article on it last yr talking about the top schools at each position.  we have kids like Kendrell Bell, Boss Bailey, Weatherspoon, Dent, and a few others and the article stated after Tree, jones and Washington  got drafted they would move up in the order.

midtowncowboy
midtowncowboy

@DawgGoneIt @alconnell  


Just remember we were shocked when Tunsil and Adams didn't sign last year after being long time locks.  Those 2 hurt.  I hope Carter signs, even though he will most likely not impact next year.

alconnell
alconnell

@DawgGoneIt @alconnell That's what im hoping for! I heard the same info last night but just wanted to check to make sure I wasn't the only one. Ima die hard Dawg fan and im getting more nervous by the moment! we need carter bad!!

POAD2013
POAD2013

@GloryBetweenTheHedges

you think a SEC Championship is GLORY? Now that is funny because all you dWag fans call your new running backs the Next HERSCHEL and well he won the National Championship and a Heisman. UGa glory these days is beating TECH and hoping not to be embarrassed by UCF, Boise St, Vandy, Clem&Son or Auburn.

GloryBetweenTheHedges
GloryBetweenTheHedges

@hbtdpoad @GloryBetweenTheHedges  Apparently, what constitutes as glory to you is SEC championships so we have been back to glory in 2002 and 2005. Also have played for even more under Richt. Try to make some kind of sense if you respond to me please. You are only going to embarrass yourself coming back at me.  

alconnell
alconnell

@midtowncowboy @DawgGoneIt@alconnell Oh I remember oh so well! Carter will have an impact if signed, maybe not next year but I believe he will be an awesome player with some good coaching in which I feel confident in that this year with all of the new hires!