Posted: 5:08 pm Saturday, June 14th, 2014

Familiar face is commit No. 13 for UGA, per coach 

By Michael Carvell

A familiar face is commitment No. 13 for UGA’s 2015 class.

Wide receiver Gilbert Johnson of Miami, who signed with UGA this past year but failed to academically qualify, signed with Georgia Prep Sports Academy on Saturday.

WR Gilbert Johnson (left) with Georgia Prep Sports Academy's Mike Carson after signing on Saturday

WR Gilbert Johnson (left) with Georgia Prep Sports Academy’s Mike Carson after signing on Saturday

Both Johnson and his new coach said that he’s still committed to UGA, that he will attend the Atlanta-based prep school this fall to improve his ACT scores, and that he expects enroll in college with the Bulldogs in January as part of the SEC school’s 2015 class.

“Yeah, I’m committed to Georgia, and I’m supposed to go back there in January,” Johnson told the AJC on Saturday. “They want me. I just have to get my ACT score up.

“I think it’s the best school for me. (UGA wide receivers coach Tony) Ball wants me to come in next January. He recommended Georgia Prep Sports Academy to me.”

This is the same type of path followed by another UGA signee at wide receiver, Rico Johnson. He initially signed with the Bulldogs for 2013 and failed to qualify. Johnson spent last season at Georgia Prep Sports Academy, worked on his academics to get one class credit, and enrolled at UGA last May.

“This is a situation where Georgia has placed Gilbert in our program,” Georgia Prep Sports Academy coach Mike Carson said. “We came very highly recommended as the place for him to be. Usually, when a recruiter recommends a prep school to an athlete, they have the intentions coming back in there to signing that kid again when once he gets his academics together.

“I’ve talked to Coach Ball, and they (Georgia) recommended us an option if things didn’t work out. That indicates to me that Georgia feels very confident in what we’re able to do in terms of trying to assist these guys in terms of improving their test scores. I think we’ve established a relationship with Georgia to the point where they feel comfortable about placing kids within our program.”

Gilbert Johnson’s situation is a little different than Rico Johnson’s in that he needs to improve his test score rather than add a class credit.

“He will basically be spending his time prepping for his ACT. Last year, we had 25 guys in our program who were test-score takers, and 23 of the 25 got qualifying test scores on the first attempt. The test program is basically administered through Kaplan on our campus. They do an outstanding job of prepping these guys for the ACT. They break it down to a level where they understand where they know how to prepare for that test.

“I feel very strong that Gilbert Johnson will be able to do the same thing. He already has the core; he’s just short of the test scores. We feel like we can help him get that done.

“And we’ll look at the possibility of him taking a class with the University of Georgia, if that’s what they want him to do. Basically, we’re working hand-in-hand with the academic people at the University of Georgia as it relates to their athletes. So whatever they advise us to with Gilbert academically, we’re definitely prepared to do it.

The 6-foot-2 Johnson was rated as the No. 112 prospect out of Florida last year, and committed to UGA on the spot last summer after earning a camp offer. He will report to Georgia Prep Sports Academy.

“He reminds me of Kelvin Benjamin (the former FSU wide receiver who was drafted in the first round by the Carolina Panthers),” Carson said. “He’s a big kid who goes up and gets the ball the highest point. We’re really excited about having him as part of our program.”

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33 comments
litterbug
litterbug

this kid is showing GREAT determination.Says a LOT about what kind of person he is.Shack Wiggins could learn something from this kid. Prould to have him as a DOG!!!!!

JimODawg
JimODawg

The problem today in GOVERNMENT schools. is..........  C O M M O N C O R E. 2+2=5. tHE CHILDREN ARE NOT BEING TAUGHT how to reed rite or do maath., uh rithmetec. Well, you get the idear. The bad  spelling to make a point. They are being dumbed down to vote LIBERAL DEMOCRAT. They are not being taught about the Constitution, or the Founding Fathers, except in a negative light.

America NEEDS Charter schools. The children get a good education, not an indoctrination. My nieces attend Charter schools, while my cousin's girls don't, and he says they are being indoctrinated, and when the poorly educated try to take the ACT, they fail.


 HAPPY FATHER's DAY!! To ALL the Fathers. 

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

Oh yea, Happy Fathers Day! Wish i could squeeze mines neck.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

So he is a commit to UGA or the Prep school?  Oh and make sure he doesn't mind playing for AU or Louisville.

keendaddy
keendaddy

I just wanted to say Happy Father's Day, to most of you Mothers!

keendaddy
keendaddy

First off, it's a miracle, some of these kids get any education in our public schools. I commend the scholar athletes for pushing themselves above and beyond, what's expected in the current school system. To excel in academics and on the field is awesome. A lot of kids with low score, aren't dumb. They simply weren't pushed to study. They are allowed to fail and become thought of as substandard. This is not the case for many kids. It would be nice if they were encouraged more at an earlier age, to challenge themselves and see just how smart, they are capable of being. Unfortunately, this isn't important in most Public Schools today!

HotDawg
HotDawg

I'm very skeptical of a "school" called a Prep Sports Academy. I wouldn't think a high academic standard as a parent.

Which priorities are they pushing?

Then again, when these kids can all of a sudden pass classes they couldn't in high school, i'm skeptical. No matter what prep school it is.

Yet many universities accept kids from these schools.

POAD2014
POAD2014

Thank God there is some live American football on TV right now.

Dawg-Gawn
Dawg-Gawn

@JMcKnight

Hey POAD2014 you've messed up again.... posting under the wrong email address or computer... I know it must be hard keeping up with different alias blog names...

"BELIEVE" in the G

POAD2014
POAD2014

Isn't it lovely to have Grant1296's insights? He seems to post only about other posters and never the article. He is a real UGa fans dream. Try reading the article and try to have something relevant to say.

TampGator1
TampGator1

He needs to pull up his ACT score.....and his pants.  But that would be the smart thing to do for a media photo. 

POAD2014
POAD2014

Seems like he or his parents should have done the Kaplin course during his Sr years and he wouldn't be in this situation right now. Good luck on the test.

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

Delusionaldog.......you could solve that by concentrating more when watching college football.  Benjamin was a 1st rounder on all lists prior to the draft.  The #1 receiver on the National Championship team.  I don't like FSU but they do have great players!

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

“This is a situation where Georgia has placed Gilbert in our program,” Georgia Prep Sports Academy coach Mike Carson said.


That doesn't sound legal to me, but I'm no NCAA rules student.  How can UGA place him anywhere, when he has not been admitted at UGA.  Who pays, I am sure this "prestigious" institution needs some moola from someone or some institution. 

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@keendaddy Remember, your mother and my mother were both mothers. Yuk,Yuk,Yuk.

Grant1296
Grant1296

He lives for UGA blogs Dawg Gawn....

Give him a break if he forgets who he's posting as...

Grant1296
Grant1296

Other posters POAD???

Think you mean TROLLS..

Get something right...damn...

Grant1296
Grant1296

I read the article POAD.

You haven't to this point said anything relevant..

As usual just waiting to attack...

Bring it nerd wannabe...

Grant1296
Grant1296

Wow...knower of all things...

You and delusional dog have something in common...

TampGator1
TampGator1

@POAD2014 


It would be the....Kaplan.....course.  But spelling is not part of the course. 

Grant1296
Grant1296

Bouncing from one UGA blog to another POS POAD ...

Talk about pathetic ..

POAD2014
POAD2014

@HotDawg Maryland 24 Penn 21 in the 4th. You can watch the replay on ESPN3 online 


POAD2014
POAD2014

@HotDawg ESPN#...All STars on MARYLAND High Schools vs All Stars from Pennsylvania it is call the the Big 33

HotDawg
HotDawg

Ok. Penn used to be a hotbed for football talent. I don't know if it is as much today. Due to all the regional, demographic changes in the nation. Such as the huge population shift to the south.

Grant1296
Grant1296

Damn.. Your everywhere UGA POAD...

I'm truly impressed..