Posted: 6:06 pm Saturday, February 15th, 2014

UGA flips South Carolina commit on Junior Day 

By Michael Carvell

DE Chauncey Rivers is UGA commit No. 5 for 2015 (Special)

DE Chauncey Rivers is UGA commit No. 5 for 2015 (Special)

One of South Carolina’s top football recruits flipped to UGA on Saturday.

Chauncey Rivers is a 4-star defensive end from Stephenson High School who had been committed to South Carolina since last summer.

Rivers switched to UGA after attending Junior Day on Saturday. He finally got a long-awaited offer from the Bulldogs three weeks ago. Rivers is commit No. 5 for UGA’s Class of 2015.

“Georgia has always been my dream school,” Rivers told the AJC. “I’ve always wanted to go to Georgia, and I really like the new defensive coaches that they brought in.

“I felt comfortable (with making the switch) after talking to everybody. I wanted to end my recruiting today, so I went ahead and committed.”

UGA sophomore defensive Josh Dawson also helped turn the tide red and black with Rivers. They played together at Tucker High School before Rivers transferred to Stephenson last season. Rivers is also friends with UGA signees Detric Dukes and Dominick Sanders of Tucker.

“Ever since Josh went to Georgia, it was something that Chauncey wanted to do, too,” said his mother, Devaunya Rivers. “Josh has always been Chauncey’s mentor. He’s like an older brother.

“Being that Georgia is his home state, it was always where my son’s heart was. It feels like home, and like a big family with Josh, Detric and Dominick there. After talking with Coach Richt today, it just brought everything together.”

Before Rivers officially made the switch, he made the call to South Carolina defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward to deliver the news.

“We raised Chauncey to handle this decision like a man,” his mother said. “He called Coach Ward to let him know that South Carolina was important to him, but his dream has always been to go to Georgia and play with his (high school) teammates in college. They will be able to go on a different journey together and win bowl games and get rings together.”

“I don’t think (the switch) went over well with South Carolina. But they respect his decision, and they understand things like this happen in recruiting.”

Add Chauncey, “Coach Ward said he is still going to recruit me hard. He respected my decision, but he said he’s still going to recruit me hard.”

Rivers speculated that some more of Georgia’s top juniors may be committing soon to UGA.

“I think every kid that grows up in Georgia dreams about getting an offer from the University of Georgia,” he said. “It means a lot to kids from Georgia, and it meant a lot to me. It was a great offer to get a few weeks ago, and I took advantage of it.”

DE-TE Chauncey Rivers of Stephenson HS (12thmanpromotions)

DE-TE Chauncey Rivers of Stephenson HS (12thmanpromotions)

UGA COMMITS FOR 2015

  • Terry Godwin, WR, 6-0, 160, Callaway: He’s already ranked as a 5-star prospect and was one of the state’s top dual-threat prospects last season as a junior. He picked UGA over Auburn. Goodwin will play WR in college but could also get a look at DB and as a returner on special teams.
  • Rico McGraw, S, 6-0, 190, Nashville (Tenn.) Ensworth: McGraw said he had been waiting from UGA for an offer for “a long time,” and committed to the Bulldogs one day after finally getting one. Don’t expect Tennessee to give up on McGraw. He’s ranked as the No. 2 overall prospect for 2015 out of Tennessee
  • Christian Owens, WR, 6-5, 200, Griffin: Big possession-type WR helped his high school win Class AAAA state championship as a junior. Owens committed to UGA over Vanderbilt at the 2013 G-Day game.
  • Chauncey Rivers, DE, 6-3, 225, Stephenson: UGA flips kid who had been committed to South Carolina since last summer.
  • DeVondre Seymour, OL, Hinds (Miss.) junior college, 6-6, 315: The North Gwinnett High School standout is the nephew and adopted son of former UGA and NFL standout Richard Seymour and got a last-minute UGA offer on signing day in 2013. The younger Seymour is very raw and undeveloped but has a high ceiling of potential.

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291 comments
meandog
meandog

WoooooHoooo !  You can bet the ole ball sack spiked his visor over this!!!!

Dawg350
Dawg350

We have reason for optimism....we have a new defensive staff and they're all great recruiters! Loads of talent coming in. 2015 will be Richts best recruiting class ever. The state is full of talent!!!!

festus_haggen
festus_haggen

Meanwhile in Athens our Baseball team gets clobbered by Georgia Southern.... Athens needs a culture change!

Dawg350
Dawg350

I think Chauncey rivers will lead UGA in sacks in his sophomore year. UGA will be back for vengeance in 2014! We will be the front runner for the east crown,

Dawg350
Dawg350

Saban is nothing but a slick snakes oils Salesman who conned kamara in to signing with Bama....knowing very well that kamara would never play a down of football for Bama. Saban just wanted to keep kamara from the rest of the sec. Saban is a con artist and conned poor kamara! I'm glad Richt is not a con artist! Thanks!

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

The East will definitely be a dogfight though...so will the West in the SEC. Whoever makes it out of both divisions alive and play for the SEC title will have definitely earned it. The East has UGA, Missouri, SC, and Florida who I believe will bounce back in a big way...and don't sleep on Tennessee...they're lurking in there somewhere. In the West of course you have Alabama, then LSU, but Auburn actually won the darn thing last year and how will Texas A&M handle losing Johnny Football? Their defense is a mess. Even worse than UGA's was last year. It's going to be a battle for 1st. I just hope these coaching changes make a huge difference and we walk away with the East title for the 3rd time in 4 seasons.

TheOldGuy
TheOldGuy

Colorado won the real 1990 national championship. Go to the AP website and see for yourself.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@Dawg350 Great recruiting classes are not his problem. Its what he does with them.

DIT
DIT

@Bubbatavious - Go buy a life Bubba. You & little Johnnie need to hang out.

DawgWhisperer
DawgWhisperer

Life is good Bubba... you've already got (4) responses in less than a half-hour. Congrats.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@Dawg350  and you have PROOF that Saban knew Kamara would never play a down at BAMA?

Delusionaldog
Delusionaldog

@DawgGoneIt  What do you say we get through freaking February, eh, dog gone it? Talk to me about " whoever make it out" crap in November - 2014.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@TheOldGuy  Why would somebody be stupid enough to look on the AP site when they didn't vote for TECH? Is the AP the ONLY group that had a National Championship poll? I didn't think so.  Why do you goto the UPI Coaches website and see for yourself that TECH was the National Champion and the ONLY UNDEFEATED team in 1990.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@TheOldGuy  And writers are so smart? What a Joke if you think the AP writers matter. Colorado lost a game and should have lost 2.

Dawg350
Dawg350

GT card

Do you ever stop trolling??

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

LOL...that dog 350 is one dirt road sport. He does give all the good Dawg fans a bad name.

ElemennoP
ElemennoP

@POAD2013 @TheOldGuy


Still calling names?


Anyway, about the 1990 season.  You like facts?  Here they are:


Colorado finished the regular season ranked #1 in both polls.

Tech was rated #2 in both polls.


Colorado defeated #6 Notre Dame in the impressive Orange Bowl.

Tech defeated #19 Nebraska in the so-so Citrus Bowl.


So somehow #2 jumped up one spot by defeating #19 while #1 dropped one spot by defeating #6.  Right, tech was the only champ.......




JeffersonDavisHogg
JeffersonDavisHogg

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie Dude, I must say, for a Bammer you're a pretty cool poster at times with some insight but dayyum, have you logged in to AL .com or listened to Finebomb lately? Talk about giving a fan base a bad name! And you say Dawg fans are bad?

Dawg350
Dawg350

Wooly boogera

I give dawg fans a bad name.....gee my feelings are hurt! Not! Lmao! I couldn't care less what you low life's think!

ElemennoP
ElemennoP

@POAD2013 @ElemennoP  


You always ask others for proof yet when you're asked for proof you fire blanks and come up with nothing.  Like I ever expected anything more out of you.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@ElemennoP you say something stupid and you think that is Proof?

Saban wouldn't Waste TIME and MONEY because he values both too much to do that. Maybe you are dumb that way but Saban isn't and neither are Top College coaches.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@ElemennoP

Common Sense is the PROOF you nut case. no coach would WASTE the Money and his Coaches Time to recruit a kids because he doesn't want the kid to be on his team and play football.....I know that is hard to believe since you are a UGa fan and Richt just wants to recruit problem child to save their souls and if they play a little football then all the better.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Poad

Some guys I do think saban signs just to keep them from the competition....I felt like he signed kamara just for emergency playing time! Gee saban over signs every dang year their is no way these some these guys will ever find playing time. That's my opinion and if you don't like go sit on a fork! Lmao!

POAD2013
POAD2013

@ElemennoP Yes because Every Coach wants to spend time and money recruiting a guy they don't want to play.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@ElemennoP  you started calling people names longe before I called you anything.

Lame

Loser

Francis

Empty Mind

Nothing

toad

So yes you started the name.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@ElemennoP

I didn't use Stupid as your name but your thinking.

Ignorance is a Name?

Yes calling you a nutcase was but you have been calling me toad.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@ElemennoP Yes here is where you started with the insults. You started by not using my name.

My name is POAD2013

ElemennoP
ElemennoP

@POAD2013 @ElemennoP  


Just to give you a head start here's a few words you've directed my way:


Stupid

Nut case

Ignorance


But somehow in your universe I'm the one hurling insults.


ElemennoP
ElemennoP

@POAD2013 @ElemennoP  


I started the insults?   Another example of you being in denial.  I'm beginning to believe you're in denial.


Go back to your response to "theoldguy" in this thread and read forward.  Now practice your spinning to support who began hurling insults and posting ANGRY posts.


Rest easy, angry toad, I already know the answer.



POAD2013
POAD2013

@ElemennoP you started with the insults not me. What is there to Defend? TECH has the National Championship Trophy in the trophy case in the Edge Center. You ignorance to the Truth and Facts is too funny.

ElemennoP
ElemennoP

@POAD2013 @ElemennoP  


Continue with the insults, angry toad, because that's all you got.  You can't defend your posts without trying to change the subject.  Your frequent use of ALL CAPS is a true indicator of your anger issues.  I hope you can get it under control.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@ElemennoP Funny you don't think Colorado was given a gift? Your ignorance and envy of Tech's National Championship really is amazing.

Colorado was give more than 1 gift and were proven to be cheating too. I guess that i okay because you just don't like Tech.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@ElemennoP SO What. TECH IS A NATIONAL CHAMPION and has the TROPHY to prove it.....Undeniable & Irrefutable.

ElemennoP
ElemennoP

@POAD2013 @ElemennoP  


Epic fail........again.


I said Colorado was #1 in both polls at the end of the regular season.


They defeated a much higher ranked opponent in a much more relevant bowl game yet dropped one position in one of the polls.


Undeniable.  Irrefutable.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@ElemennoP Fact TECH defeated the #1 team in the nation during the season.

Fact Tech was Undefeated Colorado wasn't

Fact TECH has a national Championship Trophy just like Bama's Auburn's, Tennessee's, LSU's, Florida's FSU's and Texas'. I notice there is no UGa on the list.

ElemennoP
ElemennoP

@POAD2013 @ElemennoP  


One last pearl of wisdom for you, toad.  You are entitled to your own opinion but you're not entitled to your own facts.


Fact 1 - Colorado was ranked #1 at the end of the regular season.


Fact 2 - Colorado defeated a much higher ranked opponent than tech.


Fact 3 - Colorado played in a more prestigious and relevant bowl than did tech.


This is apparently still a bitter pill for you to swallow but these are the facts and you cannot refute them.  Not a single one.



POAD2013
POAD2013

@ElemennoP @POAD2013  what spinning? Colorado was given 5 downs that is no spin. The EDGE CENTER has a Crystal Football Trophy for being National Champions...that is a FACT and No Spinning needed.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@ElemennoP FACT is 1 poll said Colorado and the other poll and the COACHES said TECH was #1.

I've never denied Colorado was voted #1 in a poll.

I say they don't deserve it because of a HUGE MISTAKE giving them another chance to tie a game.

ElemennoP
ElemennoP

@POAD2013 @ElemennoP  


Keep playing coulda shoulda woulda but it won't change the undeniable facts I stated above.


But go ahead and stay angry, toad, and keep on spinning.....

ElemennoP
ElemennoP

@POAD2013 @ElemennoP  


Deny the facts because they don't support your opinion.  Typical.


The fact remains that Colorado was #1 in both polls at the end of the regular season, they played in a better bowl, and they defeated a much higher ranked opponent than tech.  Continue denying and spinning all you want but those are the facts and they are undeniable.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@ElemennoP Facts Colorado should have had 2 losses and would never have been #1. 

5 downs to get a Tie and you think that is a #1 team?  Right Colorado was #1.