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5 Recruiting Stories You Might’ve Missed Over the Weekend

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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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– By Michael Carvell, AJC’s Recruiting Blog

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