Posted: 11:36 am Monday, April 21st, 2014

5 Recruiting Stories You Might’ve Missed Over the Weekend 

By Michael Carvell

Here are five things you might’ve missed over the weekend:

Loyal to Buzz Williams ... (AJC)

Loyal to Buzz Williams … (AJC)

1. In case it wasn’t already obvious, this has to be the craziest year ever for basketball recruiting in the state of Georgia among the elite prospects. Let’s start with the state’s No. 2 overall prospect, shooting guard Ahmed Hill of Aquinas, who signed early with Marquette but requested a release after coach Buzz Williams was hired away by Virginia Tech. How many times do you hear people say “recruiting is all about the relationships” on these blogs? It’s true. I think Hill would’ve followed Buzz Williams to Valdosta State if he had been hired there. Hill de-committed from Marquette last Wednesday, and Buzz had him on a plane within 48 hours to Virginia Tech, where he pledged at baggage claim. UGA was heavily interested but never got a sniff. Hill told Roanoke.com he essentially committed to Virginia Tech on the spot because he “fell in love” with the campus. “Virginia Tech is amazing — the campus life, the buildings, the food, the people there.”

2. The bigger circus is Jakeenan Gant, the state’s No. 1 overall basketball prospect from Effingham County High School who signed with Missouri in the early period. Well, Gant was from Effingham until he abruptly transferred to a prep school in Missouri a couple of weeks ago. Who does that six weeks before graduation? I guess that plan was working out OK until Missouri’s coach was hired away (or demoted to) Tulsa. Gant hasn’t done any interviews, but one of his multiple AAU coaches told several reporters over the weekend that Gant is leaning toward sticking with Missouri, but could take looks at Indiana and Louisville. Both UGA and Georgia Tech are heavily interested but it doesn’t seem reciprocal at this point.

What a weekend (AP)

What a weekend (AP)

3. It got overlooked after the entire Rivals100 committed to Alabama over the weekend, but one of Georgia’s top five players will commit at 8 p.m. on Monday night via Twitter. You can read more about it HERE.

4. Committing in front of ESPN cameras on signing day is so “old school.” Props to 5-star Chuma Edoga’s plan to pledge on Twitter. Just as creative and unique was Sprayberry High School offensive lineman Bailey Sharp and 22 family members committing to Auburn over Clemson and UGA on Saturday.

5. It could be as early as Monday, but probably later in the week when we’ll find out whether or not UGA will accept the commitment of Quincy Vasser, a defensive end from a Texas junior college. Vasser committed to the Bulldogs on Twitter last Thursday, but apparently before UGA was ready to accept it. The Bulldogs want to review Vasser’s academic transcript. But more importantly, Vasser has to talk with UGA coach Mark Richt. Memo to all recruits: I would definitely not consider your commitment to any college to be “official” unless you talk to that college’s head coach and he specifically accepts it (I kind of feel that way about scholarship offers, too — that they’re truly legit when they come from or are blessed by the head coach).

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21 comments
BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

What a weekend haul by the Nic-Tator.

We'll be dangerous with any sort of qb production.

96JB
96JB

No surprise here about the best basketball studs totally not interested in UGA, but just as surprising, Tech being in the ACC, THE basketball conference, and not getting a sniff from the cream in this state.

Georgia is as good as they will be picking up looked over 2 and 3 star players. I don't care who they hire unless it's one of the top 3 or 4 coach's in America, and they ain't coming to Athens to play in a 40 year old building holding 8,000 folks shared with bulls and cows.

GSU93
GSU93

It just baffles me that UGA cannot get the top offensive linemen from our own state. If you are a 5-star, you will be starting in your very first game as a freshman on UGA's line.I don't get it..

Coach7
Coach7

It was so nice of you " Ice Cream Man " to omit the complete story of the biggest recruiting day at BAMA, yet you WASTE a story how auburn & uga accidently bund into a prospect at he Masters! DAMM! 

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Roll Tide...4 top 100 players in one day....heck we haven't even started cheating yet..

RandyHall
RandyHall

1) Michael...Hope you had a great Easter 2) Interesting to see if the (2) lineman that are committing this week are sniffing UGA...reports are saying West Coast or TN for Edoga and AU for Kim (he was there this weekend and after his visit he said he knew where he was going...they sounds like writing on the wall)....3) C'mon CMR be proactive and get Vasser....show confidence in your new Coaches...heard his grades are great...VanHalenger should have his transcript already...AL is kicking your butt in recruiting and Pruitt is working his tail off...the rest of the Staff on vacation?? TIME FOR CMR TO WIN A NC!!

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

I think the young man named Hill must think a lot about his Coach, 3 reasons he gave to go to VT was people, buildings and the food. Must have some good chow there.

Charlestondog
Charlestondog

I disagree with you on Vasser -- he was made an offer from one of UGA's asst. coaches -- if he accepts, he should be in and considered a commit.  Richt should have already contacted the player if we were going to offer.

POAD2014
POAD2014

Virginia Tech is a Beautiful Campus and a very nice town. Hill should really enjoy his time there.


Mizzou isn't bad but looking at Indiana & Louisville would be very smart. Night in and night out in the B1G or ACC GANT will face better competition.


Sharp with 22 family members made that very special and I don't think there is a chance he will FLIP.


The VASSER commitment has been interesting to say the least. Does he have a committable offer or not? I hope he gets to go to UGa if he really wants to go.

96JB
96JB

@BigCrimson75 Bama always loads up. Problem is you can't put of 11 of them at a time on the field against 11 other pretty good guys, but I do get the quality depth Bama has which makes a big difference late in a game. My Dawgs having trouble fielding a SEC caliber OL in the starting 5 much less any depth.

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

@96JB  

I have to agree with you that Georgia's refusal to build a modern Stadium , one that would rival any in the country is the biggest reason great Georgia players don't pick UGA to come play Basketball. If I was a 5-Star the second I saw the building it would be a deal breaker. 

When I was going to school in the 70's I thought then it was ugly and just a bunch of concrete. Not homey at all. I went to a lot of concert there and it has the worse acoustic I have ever witnessed.

GTBob
GTBob

@96JB  It should be noted also that we are still significantly in the running for Jaylen Brown. I guess he isn't really part of the cream either. He is only top 10 in the country according to Scout.

GTBob
GTBob

@96JB  Yeah, Tadric Jackson wasn't nearly part of the cream of the state. He was only top 100 in the country.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@96JB Maybe the cream of the state in BB, are not the cream of the state in everyday life and the way they represent themselves and the school they are going to represent, i wonder why you felt the need to take a knock at Gt while you are trying to knock your own School's neglect of a new BB arena.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@GSU93 That does not sound all that inviting to me GSU, and it has nothing to do with UGA. Starting on the offensive line of a SEC team as a true freshman sounds a little intimidating to me.

96JB
96JB

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie ... Yea Willie, the machine is alive over there. Hope this QB from FSU is real if not you guys will be running the ball 80% of the time, which truth be known, would suit Saban.

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@RandyHall


Time for your one-way ticket to anywhere so long as it is O N E - W A Y !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

JB...if Coker ain't it then Bama is Miss State in a little lighter uniform...just saying.

You ever notice how Dan Mullen looks as though he is always standing under a ceiling fan?

POAD2014
POAD2014

@Snagglepuss I'm okay until i'm attacked. I hope all these kids make wise choices and get a good degree. Most think they will see PRO MONEY but the percentages tell a very different story. I also fault the government school system in this and many southern states for not preparing these players for the true rigors of college. IF more kids in this state were prepared for MATH & Science then THE INSTITUTE would be higher on their list of choices because it is a much better BACKUP plan to have a TECH degree than a Housing degree from UGa. You even have to admit that.