Posted: 8:53 am Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Notebook: Top junior names UGA in top three (UPDATED) 

By Michael Carvell

2015 OL Chuma Edoga of McEachern (247sports)

2015 OL Chuma Edoga of McEachern (247sports)

The state’s top offensive lineman not named Mitch Hyatt has listed UGA among his three leaders.

Chuma Edoga is a 6-foot-4, 280-pound junior from McEachern High School. He’s rated as a 4-star and the state’s No. 7 overall prospect for 2015. Edoga projects to easily reach the same 5-star status as Hyatt, the North Gwinnett High school standout who is pledged to Clemson.

Edoga revealed this week that Tennessee is his early leader, followed by UGA and USC, as first reported by 247sports.com. Edoga said he will likely announce his college decision by the end of the summer.

Edoga explained to the AJC the reasons behind his three leaders on Wednesday:

Tennessee? “I visited there over the summer, and I really enjoyed being around the players and the coaches. I felt like that was a pretty good place for me, if I decided to go there.”

UGA? “Just the relationship I have with the offensive line coach (Will Friend). I talk to him like every day. That’s what has pushed them ahead.”

USC? “USC is just a school that I’ve grown up liking. Once I got that offer, I was pretty excited. They have a really good engineering program. That’s what I like, too. I want to major in aerospace engineering.”

Edoga has more than 40 scholarship offers. He plans to go to UGA’s Junior Day this weekend(pending weather), to Tennessee on March 1, and to fly out to California over spring break.

UGLY AFTERMATH OF BAMA VS. AUBURN

It has gotten beyond ugly between Alabama signee Rashaan Evans and Auburn fans. Evans is the 5-star linebacker from Auburn High School (located near the Auburn campus), and he picked archrival Alabama over the Tigers on signing day. That did not go over well with fans in his hometown. Evans has been trolled on Twitter with negative comments, and he told Tidesports.com’s Andrew Bone that people are telling others not to go to his family business, and for local restaurants to not serve his family.

His father, former Auburn running back Alan Evans, told al.com, “It’s kind of disturbing to know that it’s such a thin line between love and hate. A couple weeks ago before he made his decision, Auburn was handing him the keys to the kingdom when they thought he was a lock. Now they want to crucify Rashaan and his family because he wanted to do what he thought was best for him and his future.”

In an article that was published at the same time by Auburn’s Rivals website, Carrollton High School defensive tackle Dontavius Russell was quoted on fan reaction when he flipped from UGA to Auburn. “When I said I was going to Georgia, all their fans were happy. As soon as I flipped, I was the worst player ever and I wasn’t good enough for Georgia. My friends and I laughed about it, I never took it seriously. How can you take that seriously? I sure wasn’t going to complain about it on Twitter. It just didn’t matter to me. People cussed me out on Twitter, people called me an idiot, dumb, stuff like that. When I was younger, I was taught not to let others’ actions impact my actions. They didn’t get a reaction from me.”

NEGATIVE RECRUITING?

UGA was accused of “negative recruiting” in an article about how South Carolina’s 2014 recruiting class was put together by GamecockCentral (the Rivals.com website for South Carolina).

One of the most interesting parts of the analysis (and which is a hot topic of discussion on message boards) has to do with Cedar Grove High School linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams, who took last-minute official visits to UGA and Alabama but ended up sticking with his original commitment to South Carolina and signing with the Gamecocks. It was a signature recruiting win for South Carolina.

Wrote GamecockCentral:  “If UGA really intended on having a shot at turning the four-star linebacker, the staff took a bad strategy as a large portion of the visit consisted of trying to confuse him and negative recruiting against (South Carolina defensive coordinator Lorenzo) Ward and South Carolina. It was a bad move …”

What type of negative recruiting? What was said and by who? It’s not specified.

Now Bryson wasn’t quoted in the analysis piece saying that, and I couldn’t find him discussing that allegation elsewhere in my brief Internet research. It could’ve come from other sources, such as South Carolina’s coaches or Bryson’s family/friends. Who knows? Allen-Williams could not be reached by the AJC for comment regarding this matter.

I think it’s important to note that his mother did tweet this out last week: “I loooooove Coach Richt! Adore him. Broke my heart to hear Bryson tell him no. Coach Richt never said ANYTHING bad about anything or anybody.”

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