Posted: 9:27 pm Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

Georgia DT commits to UGA over Clemson 

By Michael Carvell

UGA continues to make in-roads for recruiting in Gwinnett County, which is considered to be “the SEC for high school football in Georgia.”

Justin Young, a 3-star defensive tackle from Grayson High School, committed to UGA over Clemson. Young, who is commit No. 6 for the Bulldogs for 2015, also had an early offer from Marshall.

“Ain’t nothing like playing for the hometown team,” Young told the AJC. “I grew up a Georgia fan, and I’ve always loved Georgia. They have great players, great coaches, great facilities and they actually care about the players for more than football. They actually care about you, and your family. My family loves Georgia, and I love Georgia, too.”

DT Justin Young of Grayson (12thmanpromotions)

DT Justin Young of Grayson (12thmanpromotions)

The 6-foot-3, 255-pounder committed to UGA on Saturday after visiting with the team for spring practice. He was recruited to the Bulldogs by new defensive line coach Tracy Rocker. Young, who is ranked as the state’s No. 75 overall prospect by 247sports, said he will play defensive end at UGA.

“I sat down and talked to Coach Rocker and I said, ‘Coach, I’m ready to make a commitment, and I’m going to commit to Georgia,’” Young said. “And he was all excited. Then another coach said that Coach Richt wanted to speak to me. I went up to his office and told him the same thing. He got a big smile on his face, and he shook my hand. He shook the hands of my dad, my uncle, my brother and the other people that were up there today. It was really exciting.”

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Gwinnett County might be the state’s top county for producing elite prospects, including Grayson’s Robert Nkemdiche (signed with Ole Miss), Buford’s Dillon Lee (Alabama), North Gwinnett’s Ja’Waun James (Tennessee), Buford’s Korie Rogers (Clemson), Alvin Kamara (Alabama) of Norcross, Buford’s Vadal Alexander (LSU) and North Gwinnett’s Mitch Hyatt (committed to Clemson).

Last month, UGA finally had some luck at Norcross, landing the state’s No. 1 prospect for 2014 – defensive end Lorenzo Carter.

In the same class, UGA also signed a former Grayson standout, defensive back Shattle Fenteng of Hutchinson junior college.

Grayson coach Mickey Conn told the AJC last year that Justin Young was “as good as anybody we’ve ever had,” including Nkemdiche, Georgia’s first-ever No. 1 prospect in the nation.

‘’From what I’ve seen this spring in comparing him to Robert, he’s going to be able to stuff those double teams better, which is something we struggled with across the defensive line last year,’’ Conn said. “He can hold a double team and have the speed to rip loose and get into the backfield.’’

Young said it was an easy decision to commit early to UGA. He got an offer from the Bulldogs around a month ago, and had also visited Clemson and Auburn. “Georgia coaches wanted me to go around and look at another schools before I committed,” Young said. “That was another reason why I liked Georgia. They gave me the opportunity to go see other colleges. Some of these schools, they’ll take their offer away if you look around anywhere. I was like ‘Wow. Georgia might be the one.’ And that’s probably why I made the commitment today.”

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46 comments
BSNBC
BSNBC

Cow Patty toss 101 is what most Clemson players take!

grh0317
grh0317

The young man must not have had the

grades to get into Clemson.

WhiskeyBreath
WhiskeyBreath

Young , give up alcohol for the next four years.

Otherwise you will get busted by the Athens police.

Soon or later , they get everybody. 

Classof98
Classof98

Welcome Mr. Young!!   You'll love Athens!!


GO DOGS

HotDawg
HotDawg

Did Gwinnett go sour? After David Greene and David Pollack? Just asking?

Sure, any given year or two for whatever reasons, other schools grab more talent from a specific area. Are you saying the multitude of high schools in Gwinnett have colluded against UGA? Or somehow UGA just forgot about Gwinnett?

Driving around Gwinnett looks as Bulldog faithful as any county In state.

HotDawg
HotDawg

It would be nice to have early signing period for recruits that have made up their mind, such as Justin Young.

Go Dawgs!

HotDawg
HotDawg

Good choice young man. But again, it is not the "hometown" team unless you're from Athens. It is the "home state" team. The Flagship school.

tomkat1111
tomkat1111

Glad to see we are getting some linemen.

Rick_James
Rick_James

@GTBob

Sorry Bob..No need for anyone to bring up Tech.We all know Paul Johnson's policy as well as Mark Richt's so there's nothing to debate.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

I believe the addition of Pruitt is going to also turn our recruiting around to the tops of the tops every year. It was already top 10 annually but I believe Pruitt could have us top 5 and then they'll coach them up once they get here. He's putting emphasis on the line of scrimmage which is good. You win up front. Now if he'll only convince Will Friend to recruit more quality O-linemen. But I have to admit, he's done a lot with what he's got. Let's not forget John Theus was a 5-star recruit so the cupboard isn't bare. David Andrews was a 2-star/3-star recruit depending on which website you visit and he's one of the best in the SEC. And this O-line has been good enough to help us set school records and score lots of points and help Murray break SEC records and Gurley become one of the best backs if not THE best back in America. So they're doing pretty well. 


GO DAWGS! #FAM15!!!! #COMMITTOTHEG

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

OakieDawg.....CPJ stance on this matter has been explain many times.  It is nothing like how you have interpreted it.  Maybe you missed all those discussions?  Go Dawgs!

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

welcome aboard Justin...go dogs

Rick_James
Rick_James

@GTBob

I dont think he mentioned Paul Johnson..I knew that remark would hit you between the eyes.

BCB
BCB

Welcome young man. GO DAWGS!

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

I believe Mickey Conn was around at Bama at the sametime Pruitt was under Stallings.

ConnieJoneloro
ConnieJoneloro

Time to rebuild relationships in DeKalb. The Michael Grant fiasco is finally forgotten.

RandyHall
RandyHall

With this new group of Coaches...UGA is making in-roads in local schools....too many great misses over the last years (the Rodney Garner effect)....back into Norcross, back into Stephenson, back into Grayson...which local H/S is next??? TIME FOR CMR TO WIN A NC!!!   

Obama_Joke
Obama_Joke

Is he a petty criminal?  Seems to be a UGA requirement.

MoistDawg
MoistDawg

welcome to the family.  i hope you like winning.

RedandBlackDAWG
RedandBlackDAWG

Two defensive ends verbally committed for 2015.  It looks like the defense and Coach Pruitt are going to have some good players to work with. It is hard to say how the 2014 squad will work out, although I feel there will be some improvement for sure. If they keep going hard after defensive players for 2015, I would think  UGA will keep improving on defense and get it up to par. With a good defense to go along with a solid offense, UGA could be a solid team from top to bottom.  It has been a few years since the DAWGS have had both units live up to their potential and be a well rounded team. The offense has stolen the shore the last three years, so now it is time for the defense to step up as well.

Phillipdj
Phillipdj

It feels like if Uga could put a proverbial "wall" around Gwinnett, we wouldn't need to spend much time out of state. We've got South Georgia, the Tampa pipeline, GMC and Hutchinson JUCO and some spots in sc, tn and Texas.

Look at Auburns roster - it has more Ga kids than Al kids

Dawg-Gawn
Dawg-Gawn

“Ain’t nothing like playing for the hometown team,” Young told the AJC. “I grew up a Georgia fan, and I’ve always loved Georgia. They have great players, great coaches, great facilities and they actually care about the players for more than football. They actually care about you, and your family. My family loves Georgia, and I love Georgia, too.”

Thank you, Justin Young for that bold true statement and welcome to the G Nation... pure bred SEC Jawjuh Dawg will be strapping on the G for the D in 2015... best of luck to you during your final season of HS ball... I'm hearing comparison skills to the likes of one Ray Drew...

List of other players visiting UGA today:

S Rashad Roundtree

WR Christian Owens (UGA commit)

WDE Natrez Patrick

DT/SDE Jonathan Ledbetter (Bama commit) 3 days spent in Athens this weekend

OL Dallas Warmack (Bama commit)

WDE Arden Key

SDE Michael Barnett

WR Harland Howell

WR Jayson Stanley

DT Quentez Johnson

ATH J K Britt

2016 WR/S Demetris Robertson

2017 ATH Richard LeCounte

Which ex-UGA coach said LB Davin Bellamy was too skinney... come take a look now!

Two more 4* players are very close to pulling the trigger...

"BELIEVE" in the G

Burdell
Burdell

Congrats to the kid. Always nice to get a chance to play for the home team.

OkieDawg, your reading comprehension skills are lacking. Notice he said "before I committed." No school wants you looking around after committing...troll harder.

Red-Dog
Red-Dog

Gwinnett kids make a lot of sense in Athens they know how to act in a city environment and are as a whole less prone to be influenced by bad choices than the kids from the sticks. 

1942MNC
1942MNC

Welcome to the DawgNation Justin. 

OkieDawg
OkieDawg

"Georgia wanted me to go to other schools to look around before I committed. Some schools won't let you do that". Yeah, like GT...CPJ will revoke a scholly in a heart beat if a player looks at another school. Talk about insecure...

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

@HotDawg  

The reason that phrase is used interchangeably among GA HS recruits is that under CPJ GT FB is not close to being  a viable BCS option for these players, so in their minds UGA is the only serious in-state option, therefore they use hometown school and home state school interchangeably.

It is not the recruits' fault, it is CPJ'S  fault for running such a horrible FB Program at GT and not giving UGA any serious in-state competition.

Coming from a GT Alum, you guys are lucky to have CMR, despite CMR not producing at "the Saban level".

WhiskeyBreath
WhiskeyBreath

@DawgGoneIt Didn 't you mutts say the same thing about Grantham? Brother  has a way of dumbing down coaches too.  Will Friend is one of the better coaches in the SEC but Brother is doing his magic on him too.  

GTBob
GTBob

Rick, I was responding to OkieDawg who did directly mention CPJ.

Dawgilama
Dawgilama

@Phillipdj  Bama  roster  doesn't have more  players from Georgia  than Alabama.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

FAU depends on the  Atlanta area otherwise they're Miss State in orange and blue.

grh0317
grh0317

@Dawg-Gawn  doesn't know a dog gone thing.

Just speculating .. dog gone it all!!

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@Dawg-Gawn Have them go watch the swim team, might motivate them. Congrats to the lWater Dawgs.

Phillipdj
Phillipdj

I don't know how you know all this... But thanks for the 411 man!

GTBob
GTBob

CPJ tells every recruit to look around and make sure before he commits to GT.

FireSomebody
FireSomebody

@OkieDawg  In defense of ol' Fish Fry, his panties only get in a wad after you've committed, not before.

GTBob
GTBob

@MikeBanning Yeah, before CPJ got here UGA was really struggling recruiting against us. We were a recruiting machine pulling in two top 20 classes in the previous 20 years.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Mike...Thanks....like the possible reason, but some kids from central and south Georgia say the same thing. Not just Atlanta area kids.

And I am part of the majority that appreciates Mark Richt as our coach.

Good luck with the CPJ problems.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@WhiskeyBreath @DawgGoneIt  Richt sure didn't dumb down Van Gorder. And if you wanna blame Richt, howcome our offense is so damn potent and can score with the best of em? No Grantham was just an incompetent DC at the college level. Even when we had all those stars on D such as Jarvis Jones, Alec Ogletree, Bacarri Rambo, Shawn Williams, Sanders Commings, Branden Smith, etc we still didn't have  decent defense until they were called out before the Florida game in 2012! Grantham's defenses underachieved with the talent that he had especially last year.  

HotDawg
HotDawg

Not this years clemson game.....Go Dawgs!

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Nick only cherry picks Georgia for good players. FAU depends on the Atlanta area or they're not really good.  If Pruitt can stop that flow to FAU then good for UGA and Bama.