UGA ‘package deals,’ and are they a good thing?

If you’ve followed my recruiting coverage in the past, you know that I’m a big fan of “package deals.”

Package deals are when a college offers a scholarship to an elite prospect’s brother, sister, buddy or high school teammate in order to gain inside position.

If I’m a college coach, and there’s a player that I just have to have (like a 5-star), I’m doing a package deal every time I get a chance – as long as the other side of the package deal is at least a college prospect in some sport at some level.

The most famous football player in state history was part of a package deal. UGA signed Veronica Walker to the first-ever women’s track scholarship in 1979. She had a little brother you might know.

In this video, the AJC’s Michael Carvell and WSB’s Zach Klein discuss the package deals of:

  • Taj Griffin, the nation’s No. 1 all-purpose running back, who is committed to Oregon (his brother transferred there)
  • Jonathan Ledbetter, the 4-star defensive tackle from Tucker High School who had his older brother try out for UGA’s football team this summer (after two years of playing Div. II basketball) and earn a scholarship
  • Terry Godwin, the 5-star wide receiver from Callaway High School who had an older sister get a last-minute basketball scholarship from UGA. However, Godwin is still looking around at Alabama and Auburn.



Final notes: I think this year’s biggest package deal that people are overlooking are the Imatorbhebhe brothers of North Gwinnett High School. Daniel Imatorbhebhe is a 6-foot-4, 227-pound senior tight end who is very physical, athletic and probably has the frame to play 4-5 different positions in college. His younger brother is Josh Imatorbhebhe, a wide receiver who is rated as one of the state’s top college prospects for next year or 2016. Daniel is committed to Missouri, but you’ve got to figure it’s only a matter of time before other SEC schools get involved and try to pull off a package deal to get the younger brother, too. UPDATE: Not surprisingly, Florida has jumped into the sweepstakes for the Imatorbhebhe brothers. The Gators offered a late scholarship to Daniel, and he took an official visit there last weekend. Expect other big schools to get involved very soon … Some examples of Georgia Tech package deals are the Austin twins who signed with the Yellow Jackets last year. It was a little different type of package deal but they made it clear from the beginning that they were only going to sign with a college that offered both of them, so schools that only offered one were ruled out. Georgia Tech also has a pair of twin offensive linemen in this year’s class under the same arrangement.


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