Posted: 11:21 am Saturday, April 5th, 2014

UGA makes rare offer to high school freshman 

By Michael Carvell

UGA was the first school to offer a football scholarship to MJ Webb, one of the state’s top high school freshmen.

The 6-foot-5, 250-pounder from Morgan County High School made an unofficial visit to UGA on Saturday, and got some big news while meeting Bulldogs coach Mark Richt.

2017 DE MJ Webb with his Morgan County coaches at UGA (Special)

2017 DE MJ Webb with his Morgan County coaches at UGA (Special)

“We’ve been talking to Georgia here for a little while,” Morgan County coach Bill Malone said. “(Assistant Will) Friend got in touch with us and asked us to come up. Coach Richt called, and wanted to make sure we were coming. We got into the stadium this morning, and (Richt) offered him. MJ was just as excited as he could be. It was a real good thing.”

What was MJ’s reaction to the UGA offer “My mind was blown,” Webb said. “I couldn’t believe I finally got my first offer. I called my grandmother to tell her. She was so proud of me, and she started to cry.”

It was Webb’s second trip to UGA this spring. He has also made visits to Georgia Tech, South Carolina and Clemson, and he will travel to Alabama on Wednesday. Florida State was Webb’s childhood favorite but he said “I don’t think I’m going to have a favorite now.”

UGA will likely be the first of several offers over the next few months.

“They offered MJ because he can play,” Malone said. “He’s 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds at 15 years old. He has great grades. He has got good tape. You know, the sky is the limit for him.”

It’s rare for UGA to offer a high school freshmen. According to Rivals, the Bulldogs have only offered three other 2017 prospects across the country, including two others from Georgia:  Peachtree Ridge High School wide receiver Deangelo Gibbs and Liberty County High School safety Richard LeCounte.

The Bulldogs, which has been criticized in the past for waiting longer than out-of-state schools to offer Georgia’s elite underclassmen, will likely benefit by being first in line for Webb.

“I definitely think it has to play into MJ’s mind with them being the first to offer, the first to believe in him,” Malone said. “We don’t get this kind of thing very often in Morgan County. He’s a great kid, and we’re all happy for him.”

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87 comments
_shaysmajor
_shaysmajor

I am sp proud of little cousin. NEVERMIND what everybody has to say. Keep doing your thing. I'm supporting you 100%. I love you Mj. 

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

Richt should have been offering these young kids all along. For whatever reason, they won't even  know, it is important for some of these kids to get recognition to pump up their ego. Why give a ninth or tenth grade an offer? Because it doesn't matter , ANY, one way or another. So many variables will change by the time they reach their senior year we can't list them all which will help with their decision as to where they will play College Ball. Let them have their day in the spot light because the day they sign that commitment all of that ends. 

Contractor1
Contractor1

Where are all the big mouths trashing Les Miles, Lane Kiffin, and Coach Saban now after their beloved coach offers a young one? The lack of reality and logic from some of you guys is amazing. Simply ok if your guy does it. Eat some crow.

RandyHall
RandyHall

Dawg-Gawn...thanks for the info on Trenton....need a commit from him....UGA isI projected to have 10-12 commits by D Legge by the end of April...sitting @ 6 now....when is Dawg Nite?? Glad we getting in offers early...a fault from the past....need to offer Colbert and Minshaw now (big UGA fans....don't wait too late)...TIME FOR CMR TO WIN A NC!!!

HotDawg
HotDawg

By the way, congratulations young Mr. Webb. Keep working hard. Enjoy the game. Study hard. Stay away from and out of trouble. Respect your elders. Be accountable for your actions. Seek advice from people with a proven successful and ethical track record in all walks of life.

Go Dawgs!

HotDawg
HotDawg

Wow, how big is this kid gonna be by the time he is a h.s. senior? Hopefully he starts a healthy nutrition program in high school, and turns any future fat into muscle. He seems to have his weight in proportion with his height for now. Hard to believe this kid is a freshman.

Putting football aside for a moment, some of these kids are so enormous at such a young age. You can only hope some people are looking out for any health problems that can arise from their size. Make sure all these kids stay healthy first.

I think more colleges are trying to trim many of these linemen down. Not saying they don't want big linemen. Just leaner, quicker, stronger.

It 's just gotten to the point where the 325-350 lb. linemen has become the norm today, instead of the exception. And many bigger than 350. The trend should start reversing for health reasons and their futures.

lowlow
lowlow

This is stupid and needs to be stopped sooner rather than later. Next colleges will be offering 2nd graders scholarships.  You can argue it doesn't hurt anybody but I'm not sure of that.  It sets a bad example that you need to earn what you get, plus wouldn't it be better for the kid to think he needs to work at football to earn a major college scholarship.  Does he need to work now? 

SLR
SLR

Coach Malone---Morgan County HS still plays some good football on occasion. In the early 1960's we were untouchable when Bill Corry was coaching. Look him up---he defined dominance.

Dawg-Gawn
Dawg-Gawn

Congratulations to MJ Webb on his first D-1 offer... long time until you will be able to strap on the G... but plenty of time to get prepared... best of luck with your HS career.

Commit warning...  5* DT #1 national rated college football player in America Trenton Thompson back in Athens early this A.M. (caught the Dawg scrimmage) brought his coach, his Mom, Grandparent and more folks with him for this trip (Trenton's 2nd visit to Athens this week)... Dawg Nation officially on Commit Alert...

2014 5* DE/OLB Lorenzo-Carter also in Athens today to watch the dawg's scrimmage....

"BELIEVE" in the G

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

POAD2013....not sure where all the $ went but the Church is still the largest land owner in the USA.  It sure is not going back into the school system (ie: our esteemed Arch Bishop of Atl and his 2.2 mil mansion)  The good old days were not always great but the education system was to be admired.

TheOldGuy
TheOldGuy

I see the usual Tech trash is clogging a UGA blog. The low lifes have no lifes.

Jerry916
Jerry916

Stop already.  Let these kids enjoy the game and their teenage years. 

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

POAD2013.......you are right, except it was in the Midwest.  Thought you might have guessed Mars!  Doubt many elementary schools are so flushed with cash these days?

Delusionaldog
Delusionaldog

You wrote "offered him." Period


I just wonder what he offered? 


A stick of gum? 

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

POAD2013...mine was not a military school but you would be hard pressed to find a difference.  We had a demerit system that eliminated the un-washed very quickly in HS.  In elementary school they just beat you a little to get your attention.  School had a waiting list, so no money escaped their coffers.  Funny thing about those times, it didn't seem to be out of bounds to have good behavior and get good grades.  All the parents backed the school admin, coaches and teachers 100%.  Can't say I see much of that going on today.  Financing was wacked by today's standards also.  My elementary school forked over 75% of my tuition, 15% from the HS and my parents 10%.  That sure made it affordable to attend my HS.

HotDawg
HotDawg

-shays....notice it's all UGA haters making derogatory comments. Keep that in mind.

UGA is proud of the kid.

_shaysmajor
_shaysmajor

@Delusionaldog  He did VERY well wh you so worried. That's what"s wrong with the world hate to see somebody live their dream. And I bet you he did a whole life better than you with school and with life.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Bucky

I'm pretty sure he did better than you.

Ihateorange
Ihateorange

@C-Kirk Kirk part of the problem (which will not change) that a lot of other schools blanket the state with offers, which if you really look deeper a lot of them are "non-committable" offers.  To the best of my knowledge UGA doesn't do that, if we make an offer it is a committable one so we dont throw them around like candy.

Ihateorange
Ihateorange

@Contractor1 Contractor I have no problem with early offers (OK, maybe a little, but applies to us as well as Miles, Saban, et al). My issue is the "non committable" offers that get thrown around like candy by some schools.  If you are going offer, make it an offer not a "yeah you have an offer unless we find someone better".

RangeRover
RangeRover

@Contractor1  

You are such a typical pork rind, pickled egg, pig's foot eating Alabama in-bred.  Ok, now tell us about that budget law degree your wife has making about $60k/year in her monotonous corporate attorney job (this is the part where he tells us she makes more...LOL).  

Your state is trash, your education is trash and your greatest fantasy is just how low you can wear you seldom changed pants below your even more seldom changed underwear.  Worse, there's absolutely nothing--NOTHING--going on in that downtrodden state that would make anyone desire to live there; people are forced to move to Alabama, never is this a desire.

As for your simple college town football team, everyone know's you've won a hundred mythical national championships; everyone with more than a double-digit IQ also knows that you've won many--not the one under Stallings--well deserved, IMO) of these with your own set standards of flexing and bending the rules.

Yes, you have a great football coach in Saban--the best college football coach, actually, but the farthest from a great man--but in anyone who has a conscience know that some have greatness with character and dignity, while others have success with little regards to character and dignity.  The day you hired Lane Kiffin--a hire that UGA would have never remotely considered--you Saban perfectly exemplified what he stands for...winning without regard to doing the next right thing,

Now STFU before I drive over there and down your dirt driveway and slap that skoals out of your rotten toothed mouth!

WhiskeyBreath
WhiskeyBreath

@Contractor1  Right there with you Contractor. Just about every moral issue Ga accuses Nick Saban of breaking, Brother ends up doing a year later. But just try to find one of those mutts to admit it. . 

Brother generally let's other coaches do the risk taking, then slowly get's into the water. Part of his approach is lazy, be mostly lets the other coaches be the ginny pig. 

Some how these mutts will justify both sides of Brother's actions. 

Thanks for not pausing and throw it right in their face. 


RedandBlackDAWG
RedandBlackDAWG

@Contractor1 Well UGA hasn't quite gotten around to offering any 8th graders or 7th graders yet, but I suppose you think that is a great move as well.  What exactly is it you contracted anyway?


Dewnsav
Dewnsav

@Contractor1  well, we know where the big mouth Bama fan is...on a UGA recruiting story running that big mouth...go dogs

WhiskeyBreath
WhiskeyBreath

@HotDawg  Why don't you let the families of the recruits worry about health problems?

I think I just spoke for them. Who died and made you an expert on future health problems?

Besides, it is personal responsibility issue.  


Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@lowlow You have a point but Dawg Nation has a few clueless inbreds that rant that CMR doesn't offer recruits soon enough thereby letting the top players get drawn to other schools. Natually thy then rant abou the results.


Hopefully CMR ignores such BS and continues to do the right thing like waiting to see if certain recruits will have the grades.

RingtheBell
RingtheBell

@lowlow  It's an offer which can be rescinded, although I agree this needs to stop, No contact until there JRs and can we get an early signing period

Dawg-Gawn
Dawg-Gawn

It's close but no cigar... Trenton to return to Athens next weekend for G-Day...

"BELIEVE" in the G

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@Quackmeyer


Is it possible Old  Arch  B  was in charge of the collection plates?  It still would have taken a zillion collection plates to  finance that little $2.2  million cabi!!!!!!!!!

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@Delusionaldog


Most of us are N O T  surprised that you "just wonder" what a college coach offered a HS athlete.


Some people don't  K N O W  anything!!!!!!!!!!     You don't even S U S P E C T  anything!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

@Delusionaldog  well buckeye, since this is a recruiting blog I'll go out on a limb and say a scholarship...??...troll on bro...go dogs

DawgWhisperer
DawgWhisperer

You should consider hitting pause before posting.

Contractor1
Contractor1

Always making excuses why it's ok for Georgia to do anything and everything. I just love the justification people like you always come up with. Blind loyalist is what I call you.

Just like when a player gets caught smoking pot. "It's only a little pot", but then "we've got the most strict drug policy in the country". It's always whatever benefits your argument. No real stance, just a pathetic wannabe Georgia student/alumni. Sidewalk fan is what we real alumni call you.

What I contract is of no concern to you. Stick to the comments and not running off on rants that have nothing to do with you being called out for being garbage.

Contractor1
Contractor1

I've never hidden who I am or the team I pull for. Scouting your opponents actually shoes intelligence, not jealousy. Just figured I'd call you loudmouth Georgia fans out, and apparently it hit a nerve.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Richard breath...what you said sounds like something a fat assss would say.

RangeRover
RangeRover


@WhiskeyBreath

As your name perfectly exemplifies, whiskey is what one would expect from a pork rind eating bama goober to wash them down...mixed with the Auburn man's load he took in at the waffle house bathroom stall after trolling for a willing participant for hours.

DawgWhisperer
DawgWhisperer

What's a "real" alumnus? Evidently, at Alabama, there is an alternative curriculum for those that don't deserve to be called alumni. While taking a swipe at UGA fans, you also characterized most Alabama fans as "sidewalk fans." You're doing a pretty good job of insulting most everyone. You need a healthy serving of humility.

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

RichardBreath...you prove my point...loser...take your trophies and stiock 'em where the sun don't shine, "Brother"...

WhiskeyBreath
WhiskeyBreath

@Dewnsav  Ego problem? Nobody in NCAA football has biggeer ego's than GA people. Example, Bucky Bulue and Brother Richt . You mutts bring up that 1980 championship for 34 years. Case closed.  

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

and for the record, when posters have bemaoned the fact of Saban "grey shirting", "oversigning" etc., I have always stated as long as it is within the rules, who cares ??...you see, I'm not obsessed with Alabama football like you are with Georgia football...so you hit no nerve with me...you folks have the worst ego problem of anyone...hope Bama keeps winning so you'll have a purpose in life...go dogs

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

@Contractor1  wrong pal...I NEVER troll Bama stories and throw rocks...go to your Webster and look up troll...your pic is there...just tired of mouths like you interjecting your BS on any UGA story...period...go dogs

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