Posted: 11:27 pm Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

UGA picks up commit No. 9 for 2015 

By Michael Carvell

ILB Juwan Taylor (247sports)

ILB Juwan Taylor (247sports)

Soon after Juwan Taylor committed to UGA on Tuesday, the 3-star linebacker was contacted by rival coaches from Tennessee, Miami and Florida Atlantic.

They just wanted to know if he was still interested in their schools.

“No, I’m 100-percent solid with Georgia,” Taylor told the AJC.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder from near Miami has seen his recruiting stock soar over the last month.

In early May, Taylor only held an offer from Western Kentucky, but things picked up after college coaches observed his spring practices at Hallandale High School.

Taylor committed to UGA over Clemson and LSU, among his 10 offers. He’s projected to play inside linebacker.

“What made me pick Georgia is that I knew in my heart that’s where I want to take my talent,” he said. “Plus I have a great amount of support up there. I have lot of family on my mother’s side that stays in Georgia.”

Taylor committed over the telephone to UGA defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt and linebackers coach Mike Ekeler. He got an offer from the Bulldogs less than a month ago (May 8) after being evaluated.

“Georgia was the first big offer for me, and they showed a lot of love,” Taylor said. “They gave me the green light to commit and I felt like I couldn’t pass up this opportunity.”

Taylor has never been to UGA and never talked to Mark Richt. He plans to accomplish both of those things by taking an unofficial visit with the Bulldogs on June 14.

Taylor is commit No. 9 for UGA’s 2015 and some much-needed good news after a rough week which included the dismissal of Tray Matthews and failure of WR signee Gilbert Johnson to academically qualify.

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47 comments
DforDawgs
DforDawgs

Welcome aboard! Glad to have you on the team!

HotDawg
HotDawg

Techies obsessing over UGA again.

You guys are bi-polar.

HotDawg
HotDawg

J. Winston got same type of pre-trial diversion in Florida. This is allowed by state law in GA and FL.

Entry is based on meeting certain requirements.

Talk to a lawyer, a person associated with the court system, and/or a politician concerning the law.

The University has no control in this matter.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Has more of a Safety type size. I guess they plan on significant growth.

reallygroovy
reallygroovy

welcome to uga , young man ,  help us win a nationasl championship  please i am getting old , and i dont have many yrs left so if you can win them alll in 2014 or 2015  thanks .

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

Ramik Wilson also was a 3-star recruit. Last season was 1st team All-SEC and led the SEC in tackles and is being talked about as possibly the best defensive player in the SEC this season. Rack up the defense!!

POAD2014
POAD2014

Judge Ethelyn Simpson presided over the arraignment, during which she informed each athlete that if he completes a pre-trial diversion program, the charges will be dismissed. Matthews, Taylor, DeLoach and LeMay will not be placed on probation, but will be supervised throughout the program. The four football players met with the probation officer following theirarraignment.

Thank God or the Pee test would kill their careers at UGa or whatever school they end up at.

Another slap on the wrist and once again giving special treatment to criminals. Our judicial system has many problems and turning criminal back out on the street without having to feel the consequences of their actions is a huge one.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Great athletes out of the Metro Miami area no doubt. Mario Cristobal  working his home grounds for Nick and Bama. Many of these kids looking to get out of the area. Just saying.

POAD2014
POAD2014

I still don't understanding committing before ever seeing the school in person. Best of luck but the coaches will keep coming at him for a long time.

DawginCO
DawginCO

Another story how recruiting is often about getting there "firstest with the mostest".  Hope he continues to shutdown the late comers.  It's rare.

thebucket
thebucket

Alec Ogletree was 6' 3" and 210 in HS according to his recruiting profile and we know how he turned out @ ILB. If Pruitt thinks he is an ILB I think I will take his word for it.

RandyHall
RandyHall

May have to play Safety.....TIME FOR CMR TO WIN A NC!!!!

TampGator1
TampGator1

6'2" and 200 lbs......and he is projected as an inside linebacker.  Better gain 40 to 50 lbs. in a hurry then.  

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

He committed to a school he has never seen? Don't print the Programs yet. Good luck to the young man, he should try to smile when not playing LB, looks pretty tough.

Nate-the-Great
Nate-the-Great

He's taking his talents FROM South Beach. Sorry couldn't resist.

If he can run and learn the play book, he might be a plug and play safety.

Congratulations on a great decision. Welcome to Athens.

P_The_Ricker
P_The_Ricker

hopefully the young man will have as much good timing on the field.....as he does off it

HotDawg
HotDawg

This is law. Not special treatment. And they will be subject to pee test at probation officers discretion. Fail and go to jail.

DawginCO
DawginCO

@POAD2014 Jerrard Tarrant was charged with rape in 2008 and the charges were dropped.  And you were saying?  Hypocrite.

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@POAD2014 


Volumes upon volumes could be written about things you "don't  understanding"!!!!

GTBob
GTBob

@POAD2014 Somebody pressured him into committing and he did. He will definitely be a kid that the UGA coaches will have to babysit if they decide they want to keep him.

DawginCO
DawginCO

@thebucket if he doesn't he'll probably be a good safety.  You never know if they have a growth spurt left.  Just look at Ray Drew.  Hopefully he just grows into it by then and we don't have to move him around all over the place

Ihateorange
Ihateorange

@thebucket  Well bucket you just answered the thought that was bouncing around in my head after reading the article "is he big enough/will he be able to grow into an ILB ?"

TampGator1
TampGator1

@thebucket 


I believe Alec Ogletree was recruited as a defensive back at that size out of high school.  And 6'3" and 210 is a bit different and bigger in high school than 6'2" and 200. 

Contractor1
Contractor1

How often do you see a college linebacker at 240-250?  Usually it's around 220-230.  Very hard to get that big in college until you start filling out as an adult.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Bob, you got some imaginary, negative, background info on the kid just because he has committed to UGA?

HotDawg
HotDawg

Why babysit Bob?

Prejudging another kid?

Contractor1
Contractor1

You are correct, recruited at Safety where he was All-State and a Super 11 selection.

TampGator1
TampGator1

@Contractor1 


All four of Florida's ILB last year weighted between 230 and 239.  And none of them came to Florida less than 215.  I seriously doubt that a 200 lb. recruit will end up playing inside linebacker in college. 

TampGator1
TampGator1

@Contractor1 


On Alabama's 2013 roster, 9 LBs  weighted between 240 and 265 lbs.  Nine.  And five of those were over 250 lbs.  And some of them were outside LBs. But, as many of us think, they feed their LBs a little differently at Bammer than most college teams. 

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

@Contractor1 Bingo.   This isn't the NFL.   Plus, with offenses becoming more and more pass heavy, the ability to run is becoming more important than the ability to take on guards.

Contractor1
Contractor1

Brandon Spikes, Rolando McClain, and Manti T'eo are more the exception than the rule.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Complain to your politicians if you don't like the laws.

DawginCO
DawginCO

@JMcKnight  Ever heard of first time offenders?  How about mercy?  Well?

DawginCO
DawginCO

@JMcKnight  Do you know that charges weren't dropped because he was a football player?  No.

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@POAD2014 @Snagglepuss  +


That was pretty mild POAD and I appreciate your cutting me some slack although at times I feel unworthy!!!


Just remember, I love you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

thebucket
thebucket

@Contractor1  Ogletree did play safety one year because they couldn't keep him off the field. But he, like a lot of other linebackers, played in the middle in the 220's. That's not a whole lot of weight for a young man to gain if he is eating and working out.

DawginCO
DawginCO

@TampGator1  He still has more than a year to grow before he actually step on the field in college.  It is possible to grow an inch and 15 pounds.  You never know if they have a growth spurt left as well.  

Contractor1
Contractor1

Well our outside linebackers are also considered defensive ends at most schools.  Look at Adrian Hubbard, 6'6 - 252.  He is a defensive end with a linebacker tag solely because of our scheme.

POAD2014
POAD2014

@DawginCO  check again it is not first offender or they would have said so i think. First offender has a lot of requirements not just community service. Diversion is different than 1st offender. 1st offenders are typically on probation, pee in the cup and have to pay some money.

Georgia First Offender Act and Treatment of a 1st Offense

February 12, 2011
Under Georgia Law, a first time offender can enter a guilty plea under the First Offender Act. This is not a 'Get Out of Jail Free Card', but it may help with future opportunities and criminal record.

http://www.gainesvillegalawyer.com/georgia-first-offender-act-and-treatment-of-a-1st-offense/

POAD2014
POAD2014

Matthews spoke to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution immediately after the arraignment, and said he had been notified of the program option before his court date and has nearly completed his community service requirement. The players were accompanied by Bryant Gantt, a program coordinator at UGA who helps advise student-athletes.

RugbyDawg
RugbyDawg

@POAD2014 @DawginCO So how long should they be thrown in jail for in your opinion? It's a non-violent offense that didn't violate or hurt another person's rights in any way. What should their punishment be for such a heinous crime?  You sound like an idiot. Children think in terms of black and white the way people like you do.  Get out of your little bubble you live in and grow up. There are much worse things going on in the world and throwing young men into jail for non-violent crimes does nothing but make more criminals. Educate yourself or just shut your mouth.  There are plenty of other ways to teach these guys a lesson outside of throwing them in a cell like animals.l Maybe thats what you think of them because they are "athletes who get special treatment" which we all know is code for what you really mean.

HotDawg
HotDawg

They are first offenders.