Posted: 12:06 pm Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Georgia’s No. 1 prospect for 2016 lists UGA as one of his leaders 

By Michael Carvell

Julian Rochester is the early frontrunner to be the state’s No. 1 college football prospect for 2016.

The 6-foot-5, 280-pound defensive tackle from McEachern High School is rated as Georgia’s top high school sophomore in the 247sports.com composite rankings.

Rochester missed Tuesday’s spring practice at McEachern due to a minor shoulder injury he suffered last week during drills. It’s not believed to be a serious injury but the coaches held him out as a precaution.

Rochester spoke the with AJC about his top four schools, which includes UGA:

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1496419233001?bctid=3561357783001

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23 comments
HotDawg
HotDawg

OMG....only a sophomore??? The kid looks like a grown man in his mid 20's.

What are they feeding these kids?

sportsnut
sportsnut

WOW ! This guy is just maybe 16 years old or maybe 15 if he has a late birthday, my daughter is a soph. at her high school, none of the guys look like they are 18 or even close

DIT
DIT

Someone has to convice me that this guy is a Sophmore. What's that guy been eating?

Gandolph
Gandolph

Odd that no matter who Carvell interviews, he instantly becomes a "must get" for UGA in the blogs.  Forget character, academics, chemistry, coaching evaluations and needs, where he fits on UGA board, etc.


If nothing else, the recent NFL draft told us a couple of things.  Five stars have no guarantees, the evaluation is just a starting point in college, what do they develop into, how hard are they willing to work to make their dream come true, and finally, if you look at the draft, it doesn't seem to matter what college you go to, the NFL will find you if you are good enough.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

He will commit to whoever wins the SEC Championship in 2014, win and he will come.Sounds like he wants to get on the Gus Bus.

FireSomebody
FireSomebody

This is another must-get for UGA.  You can let the intelligent ones get away, and you can't keep all the pure ballers.  But the smart ones who are also great at football have to be your top priorities and this kid is one.

POAD2014
POAD2014

@DIT  he was a triplet but he ate the other 2 in the womb....LOL

Terry1961
Terry1961

@DIT, I believe its all these growth hormones their giving to the live stock, its causing all the kids to get bigger, you did not see this many big kids growing up in the 60's, 70's. or even the 80's. 

WhiskeyBreath
WhiskeyBreath

@Gandolph  What do you expect Mike to say, he would like to keep his job.

Writing 101 states you must come up with a exciting topic.

You're just getting tired on being played by him.

It took you this long to figure this out?

Wait to you figure out the rest of the AJC sports writers.    


Railroadtracgang
Railroadtracgang

Obviously the UGA does their research on players as much as possible. There are many highly ranked kids they didn't go after due to research in the past. If they end up bad UGA has the guts to get rid of them unlike most. Who you played against does usually factor into the draft decisions. They understand the level you went against the best grade they can get. Mostly you need to be at least a 3 star to have a legitimate shot at the NFL. There are exceptions of course.

Nate-the-Great
Nate-the-Great

@Gandolph  Agree with what you are saying, but they tend to take more SEC kids than any other conference.  Numbers show that and if you are a supreme talent, you will be "discovered" by the NFL scouts, but you will go in a higher round if you go to a SEC school.  The higher the draft pick the bigger the contract.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Not sure about it being the hormones in livestock. But HGH (human growth hormones) seems to be the big thing in the news with athletes today.

Apparently very hard to detect.

But risking your life due to unknown long term effects.

Any responsible parent should keep a close eye on their kid and NEVER allow them to put such things in their body. Unless for some medical reason and administered by an ethical doctor.

POAD2014
POAD2014

@Terry1961 very true. you see little girls developing at 9-10 years old now and looking like grown women by 13-14. Every animal we eat now have so many hormones in them and it is scary.

POAD2014
POAD2014

@DawgGoneIt @POAD2014 @Terry1961  STFU...My Niece has been playing school and Travel VOLLEYBALL for years. The BIG SOUTH Tournament at the GA world congress Center will PROVE what I posted. Stop being a PERV. There are girls 9-14 years old that are 5'-10" to 6'-2" tall and have BODIES like WOMEN. I'm not going to say more cause you a..holes want to turn it to something different. The TRUTH is the STUFF in our FOOD is very different than what we ate and there is PROOF in our children. Many of the chemicals also make our kids FAT because they SIT and watch the TV or the Computer. The athletic children look like ADULTS when they still can't legally drive.

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

@POAD2014

Typical JMK comment.

NBC needs      to bring back that show with that Chris guy for pervs like you!

bulldawg14
bulldawg14

@POAD2014 @bulldawg14  Yeah, he worded it funny, but we all know what he was trying to say.


Let's look at it this way... If you were on the clock on draft day and had to pick between two seemingly identical athletes with identical work ethic, intelligence, etc., one from the SEC, the other from any other conference, who would you pick? Given the obvious gap in talent/competition between the SEC and other conferences, the answer ought to be unanimous. So yeah, does being in the SEC mean you're automatically getting drafted higher? Absolutely not, you're right, it would be ridiculous to suggest that. Does coming from the SEC give you a distinct advantage in the draft? For the time being, yes it does. 

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

You're correct but I do think the kids that play in the SEC get the benefit of the doubt in some cases. The Southwest and South are producing numbers and there is no doubt about that.

GTBob
GTBob

@Railroadtracgang  I don't need to do homework. There is nothing conclusive that says having an SEC patch in your jersey automatically improves your draft status. The majority of the players drafted in the first round and every round of this years draft were not SEC players. Are we really supposed to believe that if Clowney had chosen Clemson over South Carolina that he would have been a late draft pick instead of the #1 pick overall? 

Good players frequently go to the SEC and they end up being high draft picks later. None of them were high draft picks simply because of the SEC. The idea that just being from a team in the SEC improves your draft stock automatically is a ridiculous notion that has been proven false about a million times.

POAD2014
POAD2014

@bulldawg14 BOB was saying if you go to the SEC that doesn't mean you will get drafted higher. More SEC players get drafted but if you are a great 1st round talent no matter the conference that is where you will get drafted. Just because a kid in the SEC doesn't mean he will go from a 6th round to a 2nd round.

bulldawg14
bulldawg14

@Railroadtracgang  @GTBob Lol Seriously Bob? That post is so ignorant, I don't even think it will motivate even the most proactive of researchers to provide statistical proof. There's no need for it. It's common knowledge.

Railroadtracgang
Railroadtracgang

There are years of numbers to support that. Do a little homework bob. The NFL isn't biased and the results are the results.