Posted: 11:57 am Friday, April 4th, 2014

Pack of all-star QBs visit UGA 

By Michael Carvell

5-star QB Ricky Town, the former Alabama commit, is the headliner for this weekend's Golden Arm Challenge (247sports)

5-star QB Ricky Town, the former Alabama commit, is the headliner for this weekend’s Golden Arm Challenge. The California QB is now committed to USC (247sports)

UGA, along with possibly Georgia Tech, appears to one of the biggest beneficiaries of a new camp for elite quarterbacks held in the Atlanta area.

More than 40 of the nation’s top high school quarterbacks, including USC commit Ricky Town of Ventura, Calif., and FSU commit De’Andre Johnson of Jacksonville, are participating in this weekend’s Golden Arm Challenge at Centennial High School. Town is ranked as the nation’s No. 2 QB for 2015.

The two-day invitation-only camp kicks off at 4 p.m. Friday. At least three top QB prospects headed to UGA for unofficial visits on Friday morning since they were so close to the SEC campus after arriving early for camp:

  • 2016 QB Keon Howard of Laurel, Miss. The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder has early offers from Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Southern Miss.
  • 2016 QB Jack Allison of Palmetto, Fla. He’s 6-5 and 200 pounds with no early offers.
  • 2017 QB Todd Centeio of West Palm Beach, Fla. He’s 6-1 and 185 pounds with no early offers.
  • 2017 QB Tyler Pardon of Warren, Mich. He’s 5-11 and 162 pounds with no early offers.

“The UGA people are blown away that they can get that much talent at one school at one time,” Golden Arm Challenge director Tony Ballard said. “It’s absolutely crazy.”

UGA has offered four QBs for 2015, including both Town and Johnson, but does not have a commitment at the position yet.

On Thursday, Veterans High School’s Logan Byrd, who is 2016 but may be the state’s No. 1 QB prospect regardless of class, made an unofficial visit to UGA. He has around 10 early offers, including N.C. State and Duke. The 6-3 Byrd is also competing in this weekend’s camp.

Some of the quarterbacks have also expressed interest in seeing Georgia Tech’s campus while in the Atlanta area.

“We’re going to try to set up some kids to go to Georgia Tech on the way out of town on Sunday morning,” Ballard said. “The schedule is packed on Saturday, so they’re going to try for Sunday morning. They’ve already scheduled their flights, and they’ve obviously got to pass Georgia Tech on the way to the airport.”

Some of the top Georgia quarterbacks scheduled to participate in the Golden Arm Challenge are Harrison’s Lorenzo Nunez, Pace’s Kevin Johnson, Northview’s DJ Pearson, Mt. Pisgah’s Aaron Winchester, Woodstock’s Justin Agner, Roswell’s James Whitaker, Walton’s Josh White, and Cartersville’s Miller Forristall.

Saturday’s camp is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Centennial High School, and it’s open to the general public (free admission).

RELATED: UGA WR commit Christian Owens will go watch Auburn’s scrimmage on Saturday with his high school teammate, Griffin linebacker Jordan Colbert. Colbert is a 4-star who has around a dozen offers, including Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida State and Georgia Tech. He is still waiting to hear back from UGA, which is his childhood favorite … Alabama will get its best shot this weekend at Adonis Thomas, the 4-star linebacker from Central Gwinnett High School. Thomas recently named Florida as his leader, and has also been to UGA five times after getting a recent offer from the Bulldogs.

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149 comments
POAD2013
POAD2013

Go GATORS..............LOL makes the dog fans feel better.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@POAD2013 says "I don't care about UGA".   Talk about contradicting yourself. The guy is on every UGA blog and sometimes he's the first one. You can't go to one UGA article without him on it. So tell me how obsessed he is with UGA again?! You can't say you don't care about something and then follow/comment on every single post about that school. I can honestly say I don't even take the effort to head on over to a blog about TECH because in my eyes they aren't relevant whatsoever. They don't even cross my mind unless I see Techies on a Dawg article (which is everyday btw). It's sad and pathetic how  a guy who roots for one team can be so obsessed about a team he "doesn't care about"

HotDawg
HotDawg

Interesting to see how all these recruits pan out.

Not much size on many of the players mentioned. Of course, they still might grow a bit. But usually the 6'5" prototypical qb's are pretty much there, in height, by senior season.

Seems to be such a drawn out subject every year concerning top qb's.

More so with the jump from college to pro than high school to college.

Good luck to them.

Keep us informed MC.

Dawg350
Dawg350

UGA will win the national championship. We are knocking on the door of greatness!

Dawg350
Dawg350

Poad

Who cares about swimming....that's not a real sport...just like baseball and golf isn't a real sport either. I bet you think fishing is a real sport.lmao!

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@POAD2013 @DawgGoneIt  So tell me POAD, why DO you comment on every dawg article and follow the dawgs? To troll? To show your envy? To feel like you're apart of a big time team instead of the little one that you root for every Saturday? WHY troll

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@POAD2013 @Dawg350  As long as you and I both know where Tech's rightful place is then there is nothing left to talk about. You can hate on UGA all you want, but it'll never make your program any better. And for you that must suck

Dawg350
Dawg350

Poad

They will be this year! Book it!

POAD2013
POAD2013

@DawgGoneIt Why would anybody defend that? I responded but they have since removed people's ability to post comments. I guess you didn't get that far to the bottom of the article.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@Dawg350  So type your definition of a what a real sport is or involves.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@DawgGoneIt I reply on many AJC blogs on many subjects. I like college football so i respond on many sports blogs. I KNOW I've said many many many time but I guess you just can't understand it.

The AJC writes 10 time the articles about UGa compared to other sports and teams so yes I will respond to UGa stuff. When the DOG fans get real delusional I enjoy responding.

POAD2013
POAD2013

UGa winning the SEC east but losing to SC kinda makes that a JOKE win to back in the Ga Dome. Right?

Contractor1
Contractor1

They've owned Georgia lately and have more wins in the last five years. So yeah, that proves my point. Georgia has had to wait on Carolina to lose before you could even think SEC Championship game.

Contractor1
Contractor1

I'd say their two championships in the last ten years prove my point. They have more National Championships than Georgia does SEC Championships in the last ten years kiddo. So yeah, they're top tier in my eyes.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@tomkat1111 I've stated my reasons more than once. 

Why do you care why I did not choose to apply at TECH?

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@POAD2013 @DawgGoneIt  At least we didn't go 4-8! And never have under Mark Richt and very rarely have in our entire HISTORY! We've only had 1 losing season under Richt and that was in 2010. Every other season has been 8 WINS or BETTER

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@Contractor1  And SINCE YOU THINK TITLES ARE EVERYTHING, WHY is SOUTH CAROLINA near the top tier? They've NEVER WON AN SEC TITLE. EVER! And only won the EAST once and got smacked 56-10 by Auburn. SC has done nothing in their history but have a string of 11 win seasons the past 3 seasons. Wow! Woopty freakin doo!

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@POAD2013 @DawgGoneIt  Auburn and UGA isn't back and forth IMO. UGA owns it as of late. If not for a fluke Hail Mary play UGA has won the contest 3 straight seasons. The two before last season was by a combined score of 83-7. Do the math. Auburn has beaten us only twice the past 8 seasons. 2010 with Newton and last season on a fluke Hail Mary. 


And you're really going to make the claim that UGA isn't better than Tennessee? REALLY....you need to lay off the alcohol. 


UGA has beaten Florida the past 3 seasons whether you wanna admit it or not. Their defense has been elite for years. Not our fault Driskel is such an awful QB.


UGA is on par with the best of the best in the SEC and can COMPETE with the best of them as evidenced by the 2012 SEC title game where they actually led 21-10 late in the 3rd. 


At least we're not GT

POAD2013
POAD2013

@DawgGoneIt I think as of right now Florida has more 4 & 5 star recruits on their team than any team in the SEC. When Meyer left the Gators are having issues but don't count on that lasting forever. Look what Florida has done in the last 25 years as compared to UGa....So YES Florida is a top tier team in the SEC.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@Contractor1  FLORIDA?! Top tier huh? Yeah last season really showed they are TOP TIER!!!! 

Contractor1
Contractor1

You never even control your own destiny. Georgia is always needing South Carolina or Florida to lose two so they can back their way in. LSU, Alabama, and Florida are top tier teams. South Carolina is close, but I put them with Auburn, Georgia, Texas A&M as mid tier SEC programs at the moment. Auburn and South Carolina are very close to top tier, especially now that Chizik is gone. Georgia has no accomplished anything more than either of those other teams, so yes, mid-tier.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@DawgGoneIt  they will not choose TECH because most are from the pathetic educational system in this state and they can't do simple math if their life depended on it. Winning 8-9 games at UGa is pretty easy. look at who you play most years. Kentucky, Vandy, SC, Tech 3 other easy OoC teams. that is 7 wins on talent ALONE if Tenn & UF can't get it going soon that is 8&9. Auburn is a fun one cause you guys really swap those games back and forth so much.

Out of all those teams I just mentioned only Florida has more higher rated talent on their roster the last few years than UGa.


And STILL HOW MANY NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS and SEC CHAMPIONSHIPS have the DOGS won?

POAD2013
POAD2013

@DawgGoneIt  

UGa v Bama   24-37-3 UGa will never reach BAMA


UGa v Auburn 52-52-6 UGa are even but not in Undefeated seasons and NC during modern football


UGa v Florida 50-40-2 UGa still isn't up to UF since Modern Football and UF has been down for a few years.


UGa v LSU     13-16-1 UGa will not reach LSU for a long time imo


UGa v Tenn    20-20-2 UGa is even but again not as good as Tenn since modern football and Tenn has really been put through the ringer since they fired Fulmer to allow to even the series


POAD2013
POAD2013

@DawgGoneIt the SEC title game isn't compelling when Florida and Tennessee SUCK

POAD2013
POAD2013

@DawgGoneIt yes mid tier teams do compete for sec titles because elite teams have down cycles so a mid tier does get a shot every so often but they don't do anything with it. Elite Teams win NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS or at least play for National Titles.

Auburn has had more Undefeated season in 20 years than UGa has had in 32 years. Why would i want to be on PAR with UGa? I don't care about UGa. Tech Football doesn't define my standing in the world. You seem to be eat up with having to think UGa is an elite football team for your LIFE to be relevant. What is UGa historical record against SEC teams that have National Championships( the real SEC ELITE) do you know? Maybe I will search it up. 

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@POAD2013 @DawgGoneIt  Look at how well UGA recruits. You think if UGA wasn't title worthy these guys would bother signing with UGA? Why don't they go to Tech instead? BECAUSE TECH CANT OFFER THEM A CHANCE AT ANYTHING OTHER THAN 7 WINS AND FISH FRY AND FREE COKES. 


UGA will always be a big time SEC football team competing for SEC titles. Last season wasn't even the SAME without UGA in the SEC title game after being there 2 straight seasons. We recruit the best players, we play the big time opponents, and we win ballgames. An 8 win season is a HUGE letdown at the University of Georgia. We're used to double digit win totals around here. And championships. 


Apparently Georgia Tech doesn't worry about competing with UGA because as your coach says, you have "bigger fish to fry"...like what?! Answer that. 


UGA WILL WIN THE 2014 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP!

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@POAD2013 @DawgGoneIt  "Mid tier SEC teams" don't compete for SEC championships. UGA is always in the hunt to play for that title. There is never a year people think UGA can't win it. That's relevancy and you're in the SEC's Elite when you're able to put yourself in competition every year. UGA is an elite college football program whether you like it or not. And of course you'll never admit it even if we go 14-0 and win a national title you'll still have something to crow about. But everyday you look yourself in the mirror, you gotta know you'll never be on par with UGA and that's gotta sting (no pun intended bug)

POAD2013
POAD2013

@DawgGoneIt we have heard the same thing for decades so DO SOMETHING. UGa is a mid tier SEC team. When the elite SEC put it together they win TITLES. UGa stays at arms length from the ELITE. There always ends up being some excuse why UGa can't reach the PEAK year after year. Optimism is great but a dose of reality is even better. be proud of your team but don't be blind to what historically is the truth. UGa beats up the weaker sisters of the SEC but hasn't ever been the Giant Slayer. 

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@POAD2013 @DawgGoneIt  UGA is a top 10 team every year. UGA is the favorite to win the SEC East for the 3rd time in 4 seasons. UGA has a strong Heisman trophy contender in #3, UGA just hired the DC that led Fla State to a national title. He wouldn't go to a program that isn't on the cusp of greatness. UGA breaks records offensively and owns their in state rival (which is the goal for every team that has an in state rival). UGA was on the doorstep of a national title just 2 short seasons ago and also a few more seasons (2002 and 2007 come to mind) so don't feed me that crap about me thinking "UGA is so much more than it really is" because it's been proven that UGA is one of the top programs in all of college football year after year while Tech is lucky to finish in the top 40 every year!

POAD2013
POAD2013

@DawgGoneIt I know what TECH is You think UGa is so much more than it really is.

WDE
WDE

@POAD2013 @WDE  azzhat this is not Mayberry the police don't arrest the student and then escort them back to campus ...they are adults they stay were they fall. Or do you think they get arrested in Decatur and then get driven to the North Ave trade school and rearrested or booked etc?

POAD2013
POAD2013

@WDE If they go to say Emory 5-points Virginia Highlands there are different cops but they will be returning back to TECH and that is the APD.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@WDE TECH students mostly live on or around campus so most areas OTP really are not worth mentioning. Do you really think TECH students are partying and driving all over Metro Atlanta? If you think that then you are the one being LAME. 

WDE
WDE

@POAD2013 @WDE think it might be a little easier to get arrested in Atlanta area and not be ID'd as a Bug student as opposed to being in the much smaller confines of Athens where there is one PD as opposed to say Atlanta, Doraville,Decatur ,Marietta etc...my God your really lame tonight

WDE
WDE

@POAD2013 @DawgGoneIt   prove that or shut your inflamed pie hole you blow doll loving , light saber waving ,tickle pile dweller. And as far as the swim coach is concerned that is I think a ongoing investigation so once that is all done we can discuss the findings. 

POAD2013
POAD2013

@DawgGoneIt Who ever said that?

Per Capita UGa students get in a lot more trouble.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Poad

Haha! I have a wife and you have nobody but those nerds at tech....so basically you have nothing. I'm blessed! Hallelujah!

Dawg350
Dawg350

Poad

Well you like any sport period just so you can see men.lol. What's so good about baseball? Just a bunch of fat arses like you standing around waiting to hit a ball. Boring!!!

POAD2013
POAD2013

@Dawg350  baseball is as difficult than tennis. You can't even hit a gold ball so i know why you say that isn't a sport. Track is a sport ans swimming isn't. What LOGIC are using on that one?

I think i understand all your homophobic responses to people from what you think a sport is. You really seem to like SPORTS were guys grab on to each other and roll around all hugged up together or slam their bodies against each other. 

Dawg350
Dawg350

Poad

I'm not typing a definition...you meth addict........

POAD2013
POAD2013

@Dawg350  that is not a DEFINITION of what a real sport is.

Can you read?

You type names of sports or Athletic Events not YOUR DEFINITION of what a REAL sport is.

Try again.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Poad

Real sports are football....basketball...track...rugby....tennis....hockey...lacrosse...Olympic wrestling.