Posted: 7:02 am Monday, April 21st, 2014

One of nation’s top offensive tackles to commit via Twitter 

By Michael Carvell

  • UPDATE: Edoga committed to USC on Monday night.

One of the nation’s most high-profile recruits will announce his college decision in a low-profile manner on Monday.

Chuma Edoga, a 5-star offensive lineman from McEachern High School, will reveal his college choice at 8 p.m. Monday via Twitter.

No press conference, no live webcast, no ESPN cameras, and no tables of baseball caps.

The 6-foot-4, 280-pound Edoga will simply tweet out the winner between his five finalists of Tennessee, UGA, USC, Stanford and Texas A&M.

5-star Chuma Edoga of McEachern (AJC/Michael Carvell)

5-star Chuma Edoga of McEachern (AJC/Michael Carvell)

“I talked to my coach about (how to announce it),” Edoga told the AJC on Sunday night.

“If I would’ve waited, I would probably commit at the Army All-America game. But I’m not waiting, so I decided to do in on Twitter. I don’t care about having all that type of attention (by doing it another way). I don’t think it’s necessary.”

And why commit now? “I just feel like I was ready to make my decision, you know? I already know what school I plan on going to. I want to get it over so I can start recruiting other players to where I’m going and have a good recruiting class.”

Here’s the 5-star on his five finalists:

  • Tennessee: “I had a real good visit up there when I visited in the summer. I like the coaches a lot. They are real homey people and real welcoming.” What about Edoga’s comments that his mother didn’t like Tennessee? Have the two sides warmed up to each other? “They’ve been talking. They’ve started to build a good relationship.”
  • UGA: “They are an in-state school. I have a real good relationship with the o-line coach, Coach (Will) Friend.”
  • USC: “I had a great visit over there during spring break. I enjoyed all the coaches.”
  • Stanford: “They have great academics, and a good football team. But they’re a really good academic school.”
  • Texas A&M: “They are a team on the rise. They’re competitive, and they’ve shown that they can win in the SEC. And they produce offensive tackles for the NFL.” Note: Edoga has never visited Texas A&M.

What will be Edoga’s deciding factor? “The most important factor is getting the best of both worlds in academics and athletics,” said Edoga, who wants to study to be an Aeronautic engineer.

Edoga said he has got his mother’s blessing on his choice, even if it means going far away. “She supports me.”

Even though Edoga will commit on Monday night, he still plans to take recruiting trips to other schools. “Yes, I’m going to still take my visits, but it will probably take a lot to swing me to another school. I’ll probably take all five of my official visits during the fall.”

Edoga is rated as the state’s No. 4 overall prospect, along with the No. 4 offensive tackle in the nation, per 247sports composite rankings.

At midnight on Sunday, 51% of the recruiting experts had projected Edoga to USC, followed by Tennessee at 34% and UGA at 11%. The last 12 predictions (including mine) were all for USC. It’s probably not going to be good news for UGA, and probably why they offered FSU commit Cole Minshew of Coffee County High School on Friday.

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98 comments
POAD2014
POAD2014

USC? not the BEST AEROSPACE/AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING school on his list but It is a good school. Be careful when you get off campus. Like ANY college in a big urban city there is DANGER outside the confines of the NON-GUN campus.

Princess_Leia
Princess_Leia

Edoga wanted the best in athletics and academics. It was a no-brainer that he would get neither at UGA, home of the Party School, a team that can't beat Vanderbilt, much less the top tier of the SEC, and whose only major award is a Fulmer Cup.


A wise choice by the young man.

HotDawg
HotDawg

USC has an aero eng. program?

The only degrees I've ever heard from there are film and african-american studies.

And only one of those are somewhat useful to certain employers in the real world (or la la land industry).

HotDawg
HotDawg

We'll find out by the school choice if aeronautic engineering really had anything to do with his decision. Don't let that fool ya. It's all about the pigskin, not the sheepskin for these kids in the immediate moment. Hopefully reality hits them in the head at some point.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Strange....he doesn't care about the attention, yet he sets a stage for an 8 pm twit wit.

He says he knows his choice (at the latest, by the time of this article).

So go ahead and make your decision public at the time you know.

Otherwise you're milking it for attention.

Regardless how large or small the stage.

96JB
96JB

5 star OL.... you can just about rule UGA out based on the last 5 years. Hope not, but just looking at history, Coach Friend usually gets the 2&3 star leftovers.

Dawg-Gawn
Dawg-Gawn

And why commit now? “I just feel like I was ready to make my decision, you know? I already know what school I plan on going to. I want to get it over so I can start recruiting other players to where I’m going and have a good recruiting class.” 

Not a lot of Georgia HS football players can qualify academically for Stanford nor will be looking to attend college 2.500 miles away at USC... so who exactly will Chuma know that he could recruit to the left coast? I guess the Nike camp in Oregon and Army All-American game he will meet other players like himself...

If I am not mistaken Aeronautic engineer was the same degree that 5* DE Lorenzo Carter was flashing around last year... and Zo-Car committed to the G

"BELIEVE" in the G

POAD2014
POAD2014

Can ANYBODY name a single D-1 football recruit that has Actually Graduated with an AERONAUTICAL or AEROSPACE engineering degree?

Please name ONE.

The rigors or that degree are unbeleiveable. You don't see many D-1 football recruits majoring in Architecture either for the same reason. The LAB WORK. The FOOTBALL Education takes so much of their time they find it next to impossible to do the LAB WORK to pass their classes.

Most coaches will tell the kid he can come to school and study what he is interested in but once signed they will push him to an easier major with less requirements on their time away from FOOTBALL.


Aerospace program rankings that play major college football.

#1 Stanford

#4 Georgia Tech

#5 Michigan

#6 Purdue

#7 Illinois

#8 Maryland

#8 Texas

#11 Minnesota

#13 Penn State

#13 Texas A&M

#13 Colorado

#13 Washington

#13 Virginia Tech

#18 UCLA

#20 Iowa state

#22 Arizona State

#22 Ohio State

#22 Florida

#22 Notre Dame

#22 Southern Cal

#27 North carolina State

#27 Arizona

#29 Cincinnati

#33 Rutgers

#34 Auburn

#34 Tennessee

#34 Virginia

#39 Alabama

Rick_James
Rick_James

@POAD2014

". No idea why UGa is even on his list other than he lives in the state."

I think the real question is why he's not interested in Georgia Tech..

NCDawg
NCDawg

He knows what he wants to do and I applaud him for that.  He should go where he can best realize his dreams.  I'd be shocked if he didn't pick Stanford just because of what he has laid out as his criteria.  It seems to be the best fit overall.  I can see where he might go with USC, however.  I guess that it comes down to whether he likes LA better. 

Dawg-Gawn
Dawg-Gawn

I thought the new trending fad to commit to your favorite school of choice was getting tattooed... come on Chuma... you wanna beat Reuben Foster for the best roller-coaster ride ever... then step-up bro... STW... this ride won't be over... till NSD...

"BELIEVE" in the G

FGT
FGT

USC with ten months and playoff birth will turn him. Very close to mama and CA is not close.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Chuma just wants to be one of those Narley Cali dude.....dude what's up! What's going on bodanger dude! Let's go snort some sand!

BigAintheBigA
BigAintheBigA

Guessing Stanford. Seems like education is really high for him and far away has already passed the Mom test.

Raymond101
Raymond101

Who cares? Its a waste of time for these kids to commit when they are going to take visits to other schools.  

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

He's probably not coming to UGA. So I don't really care. But this class coming up definitely needs to be trench heavy. Meaning OL/DL guys. Get it done Will Friend and Tracy Rocker

AlternativeDawg
AlternativeDawg

Thiskid wants to be a space engineer and yet will look at attending USC. Nice.

bigmacondawg
bigmacondawg

I think he's UGA.  But it don't matter.  We will win with or without him.

TampGator1
TampGator1

But the crystal ball seems to be saying........Stanford or USC. 

forexbomb
forexbomb

The Best schools for his degree...  CIT, MIT, Stanford, and GT....  and of course he has NO interest in GT... Imagine that....

UGAGuy
UGAGuy

Anyone who doesn't already know this kid is going to Stanford is delusional.  He said it all in his quotes for this article.  He wants to be an aeronautical engineer.  He wants the best of both worlds in academics and athletics.  He has his mother's blessing even if it means "going far away."


Stanford is currently ranked the #2 school for aeronautical engineering by U.S News tied for CalTech.  They have a pretty good football team.


I'm not even sure why he's waiting to announce.  He practically just did in this article.

thebucket
thebucket

@Princess_Leia And what does that say about your beloved Jackets that a guy like Edoga had no interest? This story says more about the shortcomings of Tech than your neighbors in Athens.

POAD2014
POAD2014

@HotDawg  well you are a UGa fan so we wouldn't expect you to know anything about anything outside of MUTTLANDIA or past 1982 & Herschel.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@96JB  You should do more research. UGA reels in 4 and 5 star O-linemen and we've actually recruited better linemen under Friend than we have under anybody else in the Mark Richt era. Under Stacy Searels it was mostly 3 star guys. 

NCDawg
NCDawg

@96JB Theus.  Just to jog your memory.  He'd be a Bulldog if we had an Aeronautical Engineering program.  He really likes Coach Friend. 

POAD2014
POAD2014

@Dawg-Gawn  He could help recruit if he chose Texas A&M. He has 2 SEC teams on his list that have AE degrees. Of the 2 SEC teams TA&M is higher ranked than Tennessee but he has not visited TA&M.

I have to think Stanford because USC is surrounded by the ghetto once you get off the campus. USC is a Beautiful campus but not so nice just 2 blocks away. Stanford is right close to Silicon Valley so even if he can't do the AE degree he can go some engineering degree and be in the heart of TECHNO world. I was surprised he didn't consider NCSU and the Techno Triangle. I understand TECH hasn't put guys in the draft but if he really wants the AE degree Tech will not try to talk him out of it like many other schools will.

NCDawg
NCDawg

@POAD2014 5 SEC schools. Damn, sociopath, your bias really makes you say stupid things.  How about doing the research before popping off your mouth?  I know, it's just too tempting to just type BS and hope no one catches it.  Just damn.

swong
swong

@POAD2014   Currently, Tenn's QB Joshua Dobbs is studying Aerospace Engineering

POAD2014
POAD2014

@Rick_James did you read what he said? If you did then you should know the answer to your own question. I think you are being a Lawyer and asking a question you know the answer too.

TECH has not had an O-Lineman drafted in a while so that is why TECH is not on his list.

bigmacondawg
bigmacondawg

This will be one of our more outstanding classes because I think we will win the SEC East and Pruitt will put us in the hunt for a NC.  Bottom line, we will get a lot of publicity this year.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

So the fact he's announcing at 8PM is really to  allow his new best friends on the Left Coast time to get home?

POAD2014
POAD2014

@DawgGoneIt I heard he will get sponsorship from a roller-skate company this year, 

NCDawg
NCDawg

@DawgGoneIt @96JBI've noticed a bunch of folks that treat 3 - 4 year old information as if it is current and still pertains to the situation.  All the gripes about the strength program were valid 4 years ago.  They aren't now.  There are alot of people stuck in the funk that followed 2010.  It's as if 2011 and 2012 didn't happen.  So much negativity.  Even as crappy as our defense was, we win the East last year if even 2/3 of those injuries didn't happen.  I wasn't happy but I am not down on the program because of it.  Change happened.  The status quo is no longer.  Move along.

POAD2014
POAD2014

@DawgGoneIt you mean Molly Ringwald with bigger breast and better on roller skates?

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@NCDawg @96JBI dont mean to be ugly but Theus is not a 5 star OL, he might have been ranked 5 but plays more like a 3 or 4.

tomkat1111
tomkat1111

@POAD2014 @Dawg-Gawn  " I have to think Stanford because USC is surrounded by the ghetto once you get off the campus. USC is a Beautiful campus but not so nice just 2 blocks away"

USC is sort of like Tech then,

POAD2014
POAD2014

@NCDawg He didn't have 5 SEC schools in his top 5 did he? He has 2 SEC schools that have AE. He has 2 Pac 12 schools that have AE and then he has the MUTTLANDIA.

POAD2014
POAD2014

@swong @POAD2014  he is a Sophomore so he hasn't started his real AE courses. he is taking the upper level maths and physics classes right now. Those are very difficult courses for damn sure. Those will look like 3 grade math when he gets to Fluid Dynamics. The hours required in the lab will be as much as or more than he will be required in the weight room not to mention the LAB work.

Again I'm not hoping he will fail. I'm hoping he will succeed. I hate that the US under OBAMA disbanded the NASA programs or these young men could go to SPACE for the US. It looks like now they will work for private companies like SPACEX. They can design rocketships but not with the UNLIMITED Budget the US government used to provide.... I will stop my diatribe there for the moment.     

POAD2014
POAD2014

@swong what classes has he taken and what year is he in?

Like I said will he GRADUATE with that degree or if he does will he ever PLAY meaningful time on the team?

Many try and fail but few do and succeed. 

Call back in 4-5 years and tell us if he ever starts games and graduates wit an AE degree. it is more difficult than you can imagine.

I'm not belittling the young man. I do know what it takes to earn that degree but I can't imagine doing it and having to earn a football degree as well. 

Many are called but few are chosen......RANGER UP

POAD2014
POAD2014

@DawgGoneIt no the Aerospace program a florida isn't ranked that high. Surprised Tennessee is ranked in his top 5. No idea why UGa is even on his list other than he lives in the state.

forexbomb
forexbomb

@TampGator1 @forexbomb  Well, I don't believe either have football programs... I could be wrong... But hey, my sky is not as blue as yours.... It would seem...

Dawg-Gawn
Dawg-Gawn

@MichaelCarvell @UGAGuy

Yeah, MC you're crystal for Trenton Thompson is FSU... might want to re-think that one too!!  (*_~)

"BELIEVE" in the G

UGAGuy
UGAGuy

@MichaelCarvell @UGAGuy  I didn't realize USC had an aeronautical engineering program until I posted.  I should have said USC OR Stanford in my original post...


However, I'm still sticking with Stanford.  Their engineering program seems to be superior to USC from what I'm reading.

POAD2014
POAD2014

@Dawgilama there WAS or there WERE multiple fumbles? You make the right choice and I'll answer your question.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@Snagglepuss Slufferin suckatash, mama is going to be crying a lot. Exit stage left COAST!!