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Mississippi DB is commit No. 23 for UGA

  • 11:54 pm Friday, October 31st, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Johnathan Abram, a 2-star safety from Mississippi, committed to UGA after his high school football game on Friday.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder from Columbia, Miss., picked UGA over Ole Miss, while also considering offers from Louisville, Kentucky, Arkansas State and Louisiana-Monroe.

Abram told the clarionledger.com’s Riley Blevins that UGA “just always felt like home to me. I knew it was the place I wanted to be.”

Even though Abram isn’t highly rated, it surprised some that he went with UGA over the hometown favorite, Ole Miss. Abram took an official visit with the Rebels last month and witnessed the historic win over Alabama.

“Ole [More]

Georgia Tech picks up 1st basketball commit for 2015

  • 11:06 pm Friday, October 31st, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Georgia Tech picked up its first basketball commitment for 2015.

Sylvester Ogbonda, a 6-foot-10 center from Ft. Washington, Md., announced on Twitter that he had pledged to Georgia Tech during his official visit with the Yellow Jackets this weekend.

Ogbonda is rated as a 3-star by ESPN, and the nation’s No. 37 center. He attends National Christian Academy.

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Which out-of-state college is recruiting Georgia the best?

  • 5:42 pm Friday, October 31st, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Which out-of-state college is doing the best job recruiting the state of Georgia this year?

There are some frustrations among some fans at Tennessee with coach Butch Jones, who has a dismal 8-12 record in two seasons so far. But there’s not much doubt about Jones’ ability to recruit.

Tennessee has the nation’s No. 4 recruiting class with 26 commitments, including six from Georgia.

WSB’s Zach Klein and the AJC’s Michael Carvell discuss the topic in the below video:

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5 Things to Know about Jaylen Brown

  • 2:41 pm Friday, October 31st, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Here are five things to know about Jaylen Brown, the nation’s No. 2 overall basketball prospect. He’s a 6-foot-7 forward from Wheeler High School.

What’s the latest? Brown is taking his third official visit this weekend to UCLA. His first two trips were to Kentucky and Kansas earlier this month. Kentucky appears to be the school to beat with 39 percent of the votes in the 247sports.com Crystal Ball predictions, followed by UCLA at 32 percent. Brown will announce his college decision on April 1.
Is Michigan too late to the party? Within the last few weeks, Michigan made a late entry [More]

One of the state’s most interesting recruiting storylines to follow

  • 11:31 am Thursday, October 30th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

One of the most interesting recruiting storylines to follow over the next three months will be Daniel Imatorbhebhe, the 3-star tight end from North Gwinnett High School.

The 6-foot-4, 227-pounder committed early to Missouri but re-opened his recruitment last month. Imatorbhebhe has taken official visits to Florida and Ohio State within the last few weeks, and several other big schools are lurking.

There’s also an interesting twist: Imatorbhebhe’s younger brother, Josh Imatorbhebhe, is a 4-star wide receiver one of the state’s top prospects in 2016. Obviously, the brothers are a “package deal” and plan to play on the same team in college.

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Opinion: UGA should change recruiting policy for Florida game

  • 1:41 am Thursday, October 30th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

I’m pretty sure that UGA athletics director Greg McGarity knows what I’m calling about when I ask for a few minutes of his time every October. It’s this:

Has he changed his mind about inviting recruits to the annual Georgia-Florida game?

“You could go back to my comments every year that you bring this up,” McGarity told me.

“It’s the same deal. Nothing has really changed. Neither school wants to do it. That’s why we don’t discuss it. It’s just not an issue.”

You see, both the NCAA and SEC amended the rules to allow home teams in football games at neutral locations to [More]

5-star DB commits to FSU over UGA (UPDATED)

  • 10:58 am Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

UPDATE: Tarvarus McFadden committed to FSU over UGA on Friday.

It would be an upset in recruiting, but UGA may get some good news out of the state of Florida before the Bulldogs play the Florida Gators.

Tarvarus McFadden, a 5-star defensive back from Plantation, Fla., will announce his college decision between FSU and UGA on Friday.

McFadden told 247sports this week that it’s still a tie between his two favorite schools.

But FSU appears to have inside position. The Seminoles are the heavy favorite in the 247sports’ Crystal Ball predictions with 79 percent of the votes, with UGA next at 15 percent.

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Ex-UGA football signee plays the waiting game

  • 12:05 am Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Gilbert Johnson, who signed with UGA last year but failed to qualify academically, still considers himself committed to the Bulldogs.

But nobody else is sure if the 3-star wide receiver from Miami will ever play for UGA.

After Johnson fell short of NCAA requirements, he enrolled this summer at Georgia Prep Sports Academy, a prep school in Atlanta.

Johnson had two goals for prep school: To improve his academics and to improve his football skills.

At the end of October, both of Johnson’s goals are still a work in progress.

He’s missed almost the entire football season after aggravating a knee injury from high [More]

Former Georgia Tech football signee and prep school ‘part ways’

  • 12:01 am Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Former Georgia Tech signee Myles Autry is no longer playing football at Georgia Prep Sports Academy.

Autry, who helped Norcross High School win back-to-back state championships in Georgia’s largest classification, has “parted ways” with the prep school, according to the team’s coach.

“I’m in this business to try to help young men, and I’m trying to help them get a second opportunity,” GPSA coach Mike Carson told the AJC. “But when they don’t realize the value of this type of situation — to come in here and focus on the things they need to focus on — it’s just inevitable that [More]

Good news for UGA with state’s top uncommitted football recruit

  • 1:46 am Monday, October 27th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

UGA will get an official visit from Roquan Smith, the state’s top uncommitted football prospect.

The 4-star linebacker from Macon County High School has decided on four of his five official visits, his coach told the AJC on Sunday night.

Smith, who is rated as the state’s No. 7 overall prospect, will take recruiting trips to UGA, Florida, UCLA and LSU. For his fifth visit, Smith is considering several schools, including Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Virginia Tech, USC, and Mississippi State.

“He still hasn’t set up any dates for his official visits yet,” Macon County coach Larry Harold said. “He’s waiting until after [More]