Posted: 1:40 am Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

5 recruiting stories people are talking about 

By Michael Carvell

The best small forward in the nation for next year might be from the Atlanta area.

Wheeler High School’s Jaylen Brown was already rated as nation’s No. 10 overall prospect for 2015, but his stock soared even higher this week after scoring 48 points in an AAU game.

Jaylen Brown (247sports)

Jaylen Brown (247sports)

The 6-foot-7 Brown got an offer from Kentucky a couple of weeks ago, and the Wildcats are predicted to beat out Georgia Tech and UGA for his signature, according to the 247sports.com Crystal Ball Predictions. Brown also hears regularly from UGA, Ohio State, Florida and Kansas, among others.

Brown seems to have a good perspective on the wacky recruiting process. Here’s what he told the Louisville Courier’s Steve Jones about it:

“Sometimes you get tired of hearing the same stuff over and over again,” he said. “Some of them are 40, 50 years old. I’m 17, so what do we really have to talk about for 20 minutes?

“… They want you to come to their school. ‘This is the best school for you. You’ll be an NBA player if you come to this school.’ Da, da, da, stuff like that.”

EX-VOL HEADED TO FSU: Florida State announced the signing of Phil Cofer, the 6-foot-8 forward from Whitewater High School. Cofer abruptly signed with Tennessee without taking an official visit in last November’s early period, and requested a release from his letter of intent after the Volunteers changed coaches last month. Both of Cofer’s parents were athletes at Tennessee, and his father, Michael Cofer, played 10 seasons in the NFL. The younger Cofer was also considering Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech, but only took a recruiting trip to FSU. “We are excited to add Phil to our roster,” FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said in a statement. “He is a strong player who allows us to become a better team. His athleticism, his motor and his ability to score and rebound the basketball will allow him to be successful in our system.” NCAA rules prohibit student-athletes from signing two letters of intent in the same calendar year, so Cofer signed a non-binding grant-in-aid with FSU, meaning he can still visit other colleges and won’t officially be a Seminole signee until he attends his first day of classes. Cofer averaged 19.3 points and 12.8 rebounds this past season at Whitewater.

ACC SUPPORTS EARLY SIGNING PERIOD: It flew under the radar at last week’s ACC spring meetings, but the conference will recommend an early signing period every August for football to the NCAA. “Our feeling is that it would be a healthy thing for the recruits … the student-athletes in a sense that it would give them an opportunity to make their decision and fully commit to it and sign and be able to play and study during their senior season without the distraction of the recruiting process, which can be very significant,” ACC commissioner John Swofford told the Orlando Sentinel. “Our feeling is if a player knows where he wants to go and is ready to make a commitment, then it really enhances the situation for that player first of all and for the institution.” Swofford didn’t offer any more details on the plan, such as if early signees would automatically get a release if the college’s head coach left after the season or if prospects could take official visits during their junior year of high school.

SUMMER TIME: Georgia Southern is taking advantage of NCAA rules to have summer football camps across the state, including two stops in in the Atlanta area – Mt. Vernon Presbyterian on June 9, and Stockbridge High School on June 10. It costs $40 per player at http://www.georgiasouthernfootballcamps.com/

OUT OF STATE: Georgia’s top two running backs are both headed out of state for their college football careers. Sandy Creek High School’s Eric Swinney committed to Ole Miss over Auburn on Friday. Swinney is rated as the No. 12 overall prospect in the 247sports composite rankings. A few weeks ago, McEachern High School’s Taj Griffin tweeted out his commitment to Oregon over Clemson and UGA. He’s rated as the state’s No. 7 prospect and the top all-purpose back in the country. “I picked Oregon because of the way they want to use me, the chance to play early, and there also going to be giving my brother an opportunity,” Griffin said. Griffin’s older brother, quarterback Ty Griffin, recently announced that he is transferring from Georgia Tech after one year. The brothers both made unofficial visits to Oregon’s spring game, and Ty could join the Ducks as a walk-on or scholarship player.

20 comments
Phillipdj
Phillipdj

Id like to see an anonymous survey done with the top 10 bball prospects in the state and ask them to be brutally honest about why they don't even consider their home state University.

Obviously the whole "lack of winning" thing and not having a history are a given, but I wanna hear every little brutal detail so it can begin to be chipped away at.

The past 3 actually talented above normal players that signed with Uga - Thompkins, Leslie and KCP - all got drafted by an NBA team. So it's not as if playing in Athens ruins a career goal. And Fox is widely praised for his teaching basketball - so they players will get the skills they need.

I get losing guys to KU and UK and Carolina... But Memphis? Ohio St?

HotDawg
HotDawg

Jalen...try having a conversation about academics with those adults.

WhiskeyBreath
WhiskeyBreath

Sometimes I wonder if the Ga Southern/Ga games are rigged.

Ga Southern has beaten SEC teams and has given Alabama a hard time.

Yet when they play Ga, they quickly lay down. 

Game is over in the first quarter. 

It is like OK Southern, you have your publicity, now procede to lay down.


Dynasty
Dynasty

Seems to me the biggest recruiting story is that in football UGA only had 2 players drafted- one each in the 5th and 7th rounds. That's downright embarrassing. 

WDE
WDE

Now let the CMR bashing begin he has a stable of young running backs already committed but these two going out of state will set the trolls on fire !

HotDawg
HotDawg

Got other conspiracy theories?

HotDawg
HotDawg

Wow....only a bamard could come up with such stupidity.

RxDawg
RxDawg

@WhiskeyBreath "Ga Southern has beaten SEC teams "   Umm, they beat one.   Florida.  And oh how sweet it was.... In fact, that's the only Div-IA team that GSU has beaten.  As an alumni of both schools, and a fan of both football programs, I assure you GSU doesn't lay down for UGA.   Their history is interconnected as the great Erk Russle founded GSU's football program after running the D for years for UGA.   When I was there (GSU), most of us were fans of UGA football as well.   But we would of loved nothing then to be the David against the Dawgs Goliath.  For a "cupcake" game, it used to bring more people to Athens then some big SEC games.   Dawgs just know how to handle buisness more then Alabama I guess....don't hate.

WhiskeyBreath
WhiskeyBreath

@Dynasty  Ga has the best talent besides Bama.

However, they don't get much better from the day they arrive.  

peachstealth
peachstealth

@Dynasty  Didn't Georgia Southern have players drafted in the 3rd and 7th rounds? 

FireSomebody
FireSomebody

@Dynasty  Nothing like having your facts straight when you come to an internet forum to troll.  LMAO.

rogeriter
rogeriter

@Dynasty They had very few starters graduating. Their best players are sophs and juniors. I suppose the ones with the most drafted players should be declared National Champions...at least in your view.

DawginCO
DawginCO

@WDE  Griffin wasn't ever going to be a Dawg.  He is a scat back and Oregon is a great fit for him.  Same for Swinney.  Richt's offense calls for to many visits between the tackles for these guys to hold up for very long.  Both need space to operate.

DawginCO
DawginCO

@HotDawg  Maybe it's just attitude.  Maybe it's the fact that Georgia respects GSU and doesn't expect to thorw their jocks on the field and beat them by 7 TDs.  I think that has more to do with it than any of the BS spouted above.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Florida State had a ton drafted this year and last and so did Alabama. While numbers drafted isn't everything it's a pretty good indication.

charlestonian77
charlestonian77

@rogeriter @Dynastylmao.  if you say so.

they routinely finish in the top 10 of recruiting EVER year.  they dominate the recruiting  news on the ajc.  how many times have they been picked to finish in the top 5 in the bcs.

like i said. if you say so



HotDawg
HotDawg

Dawginco....I agree. I was just pointing out how insanely, off-the-wall whiskey's comment was.

The bamard is obsessed with georgia.

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

I wouldn't even mention Florida State. If Winston was on UGA's team does anyone really think Richt would have looked past him raping a girl or stealing. If Winston get's a free pass how many more did the Coaches, university and town give a free ride to.

Georgia only had 2 players drafted because so many that would have gone out in February left or were kicked off or have to take a Medical Red shirt. None of those issues were Richt or UGA's fault.