Posted: 9:55 pm Thursday, April 17th, 2014

UGA offers 2 more players from Georgia HS football powerhouse 

By Michael Carvell

4-star Jordan Colbert of Griffin (AJC)

4-star Jordan Colbert of Griffin (AJC)

UGA offered two more players off one of the state’s best high school football programs.

Griffin High School safety Jordan Colbert and wide receiver Keyston Fuller both got the news from the Bulldogs coaches this week. Both are “athlete” prospects who could play multiple positions in college.

That makes a total of four Griffin rising seniors with UGA offers, including wide receivers Christian Owens (who has committed to the Bulldogs) and Trey Willis.

Last December, Griffin rallied from a 14-0 deficit to defeat Carrollton 56-35 for the Class AAAA state championship.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Colbert was one of the state’s most heavily-recruited prospects without an UGA offer — until he talked to new Bulldogs defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt for an hour on Wednesday night.

“It was a game-changer,” Colbert said in a text message about the UGA offer.

At least a half-dozen times or more, Colbert had been scheduled to make unofficial visits, but had to cancel for one reason or another, including twice for track, two other times because of school work, and once because of a makeup basketball game due to the snow.

“They’ve just been waiting on Jordan to come to Athens,” said his father, Marco Colbert. “And Jordan’s schedule just wasn’t feasible for us to get over to Athens when they wanted us to get over there. With him running track and all this other stuff, it didn’t work out. But they finally called us. They wanted him to offer him the day before, but I wouldn’t let them wake up him. He had to get some rest for his region track meet. He was rested for the region track meet, and it paid off. He won the triple jump.”

Colbert is a 4-star with a dozen early offers, including Clemson, Auburn and Alabama. He grew up as a UGA fan, and has Bulldogs gear in his bedroom. There were rumors that UGA had waited too long to offer after the out-of-state competition, but his father said Thursday that the timing was fine.

“Now it’s not the same excitement as if Georgia would’ve offered Jordan a long time ago, but we understand; It is what it is,” Colbert said. “Georgia knows what they are doing, and I like how they are doing it. They’ve got his cousin, Owens. They’ve offered his classmates, Fuller and Willis. And if they hire (DeVoursney), that would make a big, big difference.”

Steve DeVoursney, who resigned as Griffin’s coach last week, may apply for a quality control position at UGA, according to a couple of players.

Back to Colbert: His top five schools are Clemson, Tennessee, Georgia, Auburn and Florida State. It appeared that Clemson was the early frontrunner, but that may no longer be the case.

“You tell me?” his father said. “If you know teenagers, they change their mind like the weather. All I can tell you is that every school that Jordan has visited, he has wanted to commit to. It’s good that he has parents.”

WR-DB Keyston Fuller of Griffin (AJC)

WR-DB Keyston Fuller of Griffin (AJC)

What’s next? Colbert will visit Auburn’s scrimmage on Saturday, and may be joined by Owens. Then he is expected to make his first unofficial visit this spring to UGA next week, as early as Monday.

“I’m happy for Jordan with the Georgia offer,” his father said. “It has been a long time coming. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out. We’ll go down there now, and I look forward to a long conversation with Coach Richt.”

Colbert is projected as a safety or outside linebacker by UGA, while Fuller would get looks at wide receiver or defensive back.

The 6-1, 175-pound Fuller is a 3-star prospect who lists Wake Forest, Duke, Clemson and Nebraska as his other top offers.

“I was just shocked because I’ve always wanted to play at UGA since I was a little kid, seeing the red and black on the field,” Fuller said. “There was just something about it. I was really speechless on the phone when they offered – well, other than saying ‘Thank you.’”

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84 comments
FrankFraticelli
FrankFraticelli

I'm not worried about what kids may commit at this point - it will be what it will be. But has anyone noticed that Pruitt AND Saban are starting to recruit smaller, faster players on D? Saban made the comment last year that because of up tempo, spread offenses, the day of the big, fat, slow defensive uglies was over. Or in Saban's case - having a lot of big, fat slow lineman on the field as your opponent runs 106 yards for the winning score is not a good thing. I think this is the most interesting thing about recruiting right now - a lot of these recruits are "athletes" who are versatile, strong but most importantly - fast. Even Pruitt said our D guys need to lose weight and add muscle - this is not to say they were not conditioned well, but rather that they were a little too slow because of their weight. So, I am kind of enjoying this new approach to recruiting right now. It kind of takes us back to the old days when players were smaller and more versatile - being able to play several positions. I have to give Saban credit - after just one year of seeing how these up tempo and spread offenses were beginning to make headway against his bread and butter defenses, he said "OK, I've got to make some changes and quick". Seeing the writing on the wall and making the necessary changes has never been one of Mark Richt's strong points and don't get me wrong, I think he is the right coach for UGA. But, he does have his blind spots. We all do. Anyway, as you may recall, Boise State was much smaller on D against our offensive line and they managed to clog things up pretty good despite the size difference. Having said that, they were an excellent team despite what we thought at the time - I read they had 18 5th year seniors on that team - those are full grown men with lots of experience. And Boise is a huge university as well - the image that it was some small po dunk farm school that was just gimmicky was a huge miscalculation by most Dawgs fans. Well, I digress ~

Bottom line: I think Pruitt "gets it" and will get the job done. Offenses have evolved and basically said, "Hey, OK - you put all off this immoveable meat in front of us so we can't run AT you - no problem - we'll just run around you and wear you down with a fast tempo that will eventually wear all of your 350 pound guys slap out. There is a reason you don't see 350 pound soccer players - they have to run and run for a long time with no stopping. Defenses need faster players that can catch and tackle smaller, quicker offensive players in open space which is where spread offenses go with the ball. They dump the ball for 5 or 6 yards and then count on the fact that their guy is going to be quicker and faster than your D guy and break loose. For every move their is a counter move....should be a fun year coming up.

RandyHall
RandyHall

TIME FOR CMR TO WIN A NC...and until he does...it is time for Quackmeyer to be relieved of his comments!!!!  The UGA fans would not be having this conversation if CMR had won a NC in the last 4 years....the talent in this state is there....grab it, harvest it, and win!! No excuses or wait till next year over the next 4 years!!!   

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

C-Kirk....if you think putting players in the NFL is the main goal of college footall, I pity you.  Who gives a rat's behind about the pros when you become a true college football fan.  The pros sure don't  Typical of our society these days.  Sad, very sad!

bigmacondawg
bigmacondawg

Colbert is all UGA.  The others are just for show.

2015 already starting to shape up fine.

mrcvsj
mrcvsj

I graduated from Westover, which is the school that Trent Thompson attends, me and the HC at the school grew up together, so I speak to both every other day, Trent wants to commit to UGA, but he wants to see how the season plays out. Another 8-5 season and his fear is CMR will be gone. He doesn't want to be the recruit that commits then de-commits. If UGA wins he goes, subpar season it will be FSU because of proximity (90 minute drive) or Alabama (Nick Saban and just returned from there spring game, they are his #2 team now)

midtowncowboy
midtowncowboy

Dad has it going on.  With a father like that, the kid will be a winner.  Regardless of how he performs on the football field.

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

Guys, leave Bubbatavious along.  He is just like RandyHall, tunnel vision and a one theme commentator.  When they can offer more they may be worthy of a response.

Obama_Joke
Obama_Joke

The bagmen are getting some overtime.

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

And the ice is finally broken. Quincy Vasser DE JUCO player committed tonight. 

I hope that opens the flood gates.

BSNBC
BSNBC

Georgia needs players who can think on their feet and not ones who can just run fast!

HotDawg
HotDawg

Keyston, UGA is happy to make your dreams come true and have you in the Red & Black, playing football for The Georgia Bulldogs!

Congrats and Go Dawgs!

HotDawg
HotDawg

"Georgia knows what they are doing and I like how they are doing it.".....Thank you Mr. Colbert. Good parent.

Also, "The timing was fine." Yes sir, young Jordan can be very excited today. Yesterday doesn't matter any more.

Go Dawgs!

HotDawg
HotDawg

Nice story...Colbert kid seems to be growing into great Safety size. Assuming he can hit like a freight train and tackle, a la Thomas Davis.

Have we offered every Griffin wide receiver??

Go Dawgs!

RandyHall
RandyHall

Pruitt....is pushing the envelope....glad UGA finally offered Colbert....grab the whole and lock up Griffin H/S....finally making in-road w/ local powerhouses...getting past the Garner syndrome...time for Friend and Ball to step up....Friend needs to land @ 2-3 of the top in-state lineman...and Ball needs to close Preston Williams....need to recruit better @ Buford since missing out on D Lee, V Alexander, K Rogers...etc!! TIME FOR CMR TO WIN A NC!!!!   

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Nick better get off his ash and get to work. Bama has out 187 offers already and we haven't had our 1st camp. LOL. Even Bubba got an offer to come to camp and show his talents.

TampGator1
TampGator1

Recruiting stories and debate will keep us connected until "toe meets leather" in September.  Along with the Braves, of course.  

GeorgeJuarez
GeorgeJuarez

I'm glad that he decided to sign up with UGA, too many athletes have left our state and It's about time we landed some of these blue chippers, great job Coach

FireSomebody
FireSomebody

UGA needs safeties in the worst way.  Hope he comes to Athens.

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@Quackmeyer


@Quack:


I have to disagree!!!!!!


Randy Hall is the true definition of "Sad, very Sad"!!!!!!!!!!!!!

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

@Quackmeyer  

That is not the way I think , idiot. It is the only thing that makes sense of what Thompson said. His number 1 School is Georgia but he will go to another School if Richt gets fired or if we go 8- 5 again. Which one?  If we go 8-5 again , Richt is not going to get fired  and Thompson should realize that  the Alabama and Florida State Recruiter would say anything to keep him from committing to Georgia.

My interpretation of what Thompson has said in the past was he liked Georgia. He was not going because Richt was there, he was going because he has always like Georgia. Now he is saying it matters if Richt is fired or that we go 8- 5 again. If that matters then it is obvious his number one reason for picking a School is how will it affect him going to the Pro's some day. All I was pointing out was , IF , IF , IF, that is the reason he would pick another School , Georgia has more former players playing right now than Florida State or Alabama. So now what is his reason for not committing? 

Dawg-Gawn
Dawg-Gawn

@mrcvsj

This is old news and has been cleared up with Trenton, his mom, his grandmother and the rest of his family including the HS coach... 2 weeks ago!

Rumor I heard was the HS coach has been pocketing money from various schools and does not want that do dry up... telling Trenton that if he commits then the college scouts would stop coming by practice to see him... therefore keeping his HS teammate's from being discovered and receiving a scholarship to college....

Mark Richt is not going to retire, not going to get fired, and Trenton Thompson is in the process of deciding how (ESPN) and when he will commit to UGA.

"BELIEVE" in the G

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

@mrcvsj  

He doesn't want to be the Recruit that Commits then de-commits. That sounds  like Kirby Smart's exact words talking Thompson out of committing  to Georgia. My advice to Thompson is , if Georgia is where he wants to go then commit. I hope we go undefeated but if we go 8-5 again  , it is what it is. It won't be because of lack of effort. Georgia has more past Players in Pro Football actually playing  than Alabama and Florida State. Isn't that the main goal.   

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

@mrcvsj  

Thanks for the honest reason he has not already committed but surely Thompson is smart enough to know that Pruitt may need two years to get the Defense conditioned to  play like they should and build the DEPTH Georgia needs to win those close games. These other Programs like Alabama uses that 

kind of mind game against a Recruit like Thompson to get the DEPTH they need but if the Recruit would think for a minute if they had gone to Georgia then Georgia would be winning Championships because they would have the DEPTH. 

Georgia finally has the Recruiters and Coaches it will take to get to the Championships and win. Richt isn't going anywhere and Thompson should stop letting other Recruiters use that against Georgia. 

bigmacondawg
bigmacondawg

@mrcvsj  

WHAT?!!!!

Richt is here for life like Bowden.  That's non-sense and pot stirring by inferior programs in desperate attempts to lure some of recruits away.

I don't know why any recruit from the state of Georgia would even consider another school if they had an offer from us.

GO DAWGS!

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@mrcvsj CMR will not be fired if he goes 8-5, thats what he has averaged for 6 years. And still got a raise.

thebucket
thebucket

@C-Kirk Vasser looks like a good pick-up for the Dawgs. He is a little under the radar right now, but it looks like UGA might have beaten some other big programs to the punch.

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@RandyHall


Time for Randy Hall to take an extended vacation!!!


One way....I'll pay !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@RandyHall For god sake could you finish one damn sentence every now and then. Thanks

TU
TU

@TampGator1  Can't wait for the Florida-Bama showdown. We know the defensive units will be ready to play. Which new OC will have their players best prepared? Kiffen or Roper.


TampGator1
TampGator1

@FireSomebody


Georgia needs safeties that know how to jump and knock a ball to the ground on a last second, desperation pass.....and realize there is no reason to catch it......don't you think? 

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

@mrcvsj  

I think the real problem is Thompson is a kid taught manners and he has an adult Recruiter that is saying anything to keep him from committing. Just wait and lets see how Georgia does. No need to hurry. Richt might even get fired if he has another 8- 5 season. Thompson just doesn't know how to say I'm committing to Georgia because that is the School I have always wanted to go. If Richt gets fired, ZERO % chance , then I will decide then if I will de- commit. This is one of those cases that Richt and Pruitt need to sale Thompson on Georgia because we are Georgia. 

TU
TU

@C-Kirk @mrcvsj  If I play defense, I would want to matriculate under either Stoops, Saban, Muschamp or Strong. The tipping point would be, who would be there for four years.

mrcvsj
mrcvsj

@C-Kirk @mrcvsj It seems as though us UGA fans was saying the same exact things after Richt let go of Willie Martinez and brought in Grantham. If we would have had a better season last year, at least won the bowl game, this wouldn't be a topic of conversation because he would have committed by now. I have no problem with him taking his time and waiting. If he commits and then this season turns out to be bad, then everyone on this site will be unjustly criticizing him. The program direction must be an obvious concern, because when Pruitt was at FSU he was the recruiter on record for Trent and FSU was his #2 school, and UGA was/still his #1 school, Pruitt is at UGA and the deal still isn't closed and FSU is still in it because they're winning and proximity. An Saban hisself has been to the school multiple times (rings on fingers) and so has Malzahn from Auburn who has a puncher's chance with him and because of proximity (little over 2 hours). If we win this year, this entire post will be null and void.


GO DAWGS!!!!!

mrcvsj
mrcvsj

@bigmacondawg @mrcvsj Not pot stirring. Just the facts. If you lose the #1 recruit who has been wanting to go to your school, then you have a perception problem. I don't Nkemdiche because we didn't have a dog in the fight, but this is a perception changing recruit. I don't think Mcgarity will sit idly by on this. Just my opinion. The two other programs that I mentioned, I wouldn't call them inferior. FSU 2014 BCS champs, BAMA 3 in the last 6 years. Numbers don't lie. I am a UGA fan, but I am also honest and objective.

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

@thebucket @C-Kirk  

I think Pruitt is after fast players and Vasser would have never got an offer if Pruitt didn't think he has what it takes to stay on the field and be relentless in his pass rush. At his size he could also be a Linebacker that could stay up with quick receivers. 

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@RandyHall


Please R E F R A I N  from any uncultured words when making your feeble attempts to chastise my man  gtcaryd !!!!!!!!!! 


Thanking you in advance,


The Snag

RandyHall
RandyHall

RandyHalll @gtcaryd...I do not make my comments for you...need to finish each sentence for you w/ ten or less words and use punctuation, so you can understand. BTW: Is that your real pictured profile..ie..Opie Taylor???  

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@Bubbatavious @FireSomebody


May be that you are correct(although that would astound all those who actually know your) but I can't figure what CPJ thinks that UGA needs a lot of............unless he thinks UGA needs to lose their next 10 or 15 GT games to kinda, sorta boost B U N G L E B E E   morale!!!!!!!!!!!!!

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@RandyHall Relax, good lord i was just messing with ya, Snagglepuss will vouch for me. I think.