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UGA recruits react to win over Clemson

  • 12:47 am Monday, September 1st, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Here’s reaction from some UGA’s recruits to the 45-21 win over Clemson:

WR Darius Slayton of Greater Atlanta Christian (Auburn and UGA among leaders): “It was a good team win for them (UGA), and over time they just dominated them (Clemson) in the fourth.”
DE Justin Young of Grayson (committed to UGA): “I was excited and was proud the way they went out against Clemson. They won the way they did because of Georgia’s linemen, on both sides of the ball they were able to handle their business and controlled what was going on all night. Also because Georgia was in better [More]

Mitch Hyatt makes prediction

  • 12:40 pm Friday, August 29th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

What’s your prediction for UGA vs. Clemson?

Mitch Hyatt, the state’s No. 2 overall prospect who is committed to Clemson, gave his prediction below. Not surprisingly, the North Gwinnett High School offensive lineman favors Clemson.

What’s your prediction for the score? And why? Please post below

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Georgia 7-footer given a second chance by Auburn

  • 11:44 pm Thursday, August 28th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Auburn has given a second chance to Trayvon Reed, who signed with Maryland out of Shiloh High School but was unable to enroll after getting arrested earlier this month.

The 7-foot-1 center currently attends prep school and is expected to enroll at Auburn in January.

On Thursday, Reed visited with new Auburn coach Bruce Pearl, and school officials won him over with the promise of a second chance.

“That’s what the president of the school and the athletics director told Trayvon — they were like ‘Auburn is the second-chance university,’” Reed’s AAU coach, Winfred Jordan, told the AJC. “They gave Bruce Pearl a [More]

Rashad Roundtree: UGA 5-star target talks recruiting

  • 12:33 am Thursday, August 28th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

One of the hardest recruits to figure out this year is 5-star Rashad Roundtree.

He keeps a low profile in the suburbs of Augusta, where his father is the sheriff.

Roundtree hasn’t really named any leaders, but he has said he will take official visits to UGA and Ohio State. Auburn is also in the mix.

Roundtree is rated as a 5-star by Rivals. He’s also a 4-star and the state’s No. 9 overall college football prospect, per 247sports composite rankings.

In the below video, Roundtree talks about what he likes about UGA. And he also finally gives a “hint” on where he’s going [More]

Roquan Smith: UGA vs. Florida for 4-star LB?

  • 12:05 am Thursday, August 28th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Does UGA and Florida lead for 4-star linebacker Roquan Smith of Macon County High School?

That has been the rumor all along with Smith, who will take an unofficial visit to UGA for this weekend’s Clemson game. Smith officially has UGA, Florida, Miami and UCLA among his leaders.

Smith talks candidly about his recruiting in the below video:

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Top UGA recruit injures knee, out for year (UPDATED)

  • 12:36 am Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

After Jayson Stanley got the news about his season-ending knee injury, one of the first people he called was UGA coach Mark Richt.

The 4-star wide receiver from Creekside High School committed to UGA over Auburn, among others, only a few weeks ago. Stanley tore his ACL in Creekside’s opener last weekend.

“It was a great conversation,” Yvette Stanley told the AJC. “Coach Richt just said he was still looking forward to Jayson being part of UGA. He knew that Jayson would get right back to where he was. We’re just excited.

“We’re excited about being part of the family at UGA. We’re [More]

Beyonce helping Tennessee with football recruiting

  • 11:59 pm Monday, August 25th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

The University of Tennessee is using pop star Beyonce in football recruiting.

The Volunteers sent one of their top targets, defensive tackle Shy Tuttle of Lexington, N.C., a photo-shopped cover of Rolling Stone magazine with him and the pop star walking together.

Tuttle is shown in a black Tennessee t-shirt with the caption, “Beyonce on why she thinks Tuttle belongs at Tennessee.”

There’s another caption about the singer that reads “GameDay trends: Change as Beyonce is spotted in Neyland.”

Who knew Beyonce was a Tennessee fan? And who knew that Tennessee could gain favor with Tuttle by marketing Beyonce?

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Taj Griffin out for the season with knee injury (UPDATED)

  • 6:14 pm Monday, August 25th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Taj Griffin, who is ranked as the nation’s No. 1 all-purpose running back, is out for the season after being diagnosed with a torn ACL on Monday.

The McEachern High School star injured his knee while trying to make a tackle on special teams on one of the final plays of Saturday’s 52-49 loss to North Gwinnett in Saturday’s Corky Kell Classic.

“Yes, he’s going to be out for the year,” Taj’s father, Herb Griffin, told the AJC. “The MRI came back and showed that he tore his ACL.

“But you know, he’s in positive spirits. He’s getting his mind right to go [More]

Son of former Atlanta Falcons star commits to UGA

  • 3:56 pm Monday, August 25th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

UGA added another decorated prospect at its biggest position of need when Van Jefferson committed to the Bulldogs on Monday.

The 4-star wide receiver from Brentwood, Tenn., picked UGA over Ohio State and Tennessee.

The 6-foot-2, 172-pound Jefferson is commit No. 21 for UGA’s 2015 class — and at least the fifth at the critical position of wide receiver.

Jefferson is the son of Shawn Jefferson, the former Atlanta Falcons wide receiver who played 12 seasons in the NFL. Jefferson was an assistant on last year’s Tennessee Titans staff with UGA defensive line coach Tracy Rocker.

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Terry Godwin: UGA 5-star commit explains why he’s visiting other schools

  • 3:04 am Monday, August 25th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

UGA’s top recruit on offense is 5-star athlete Terry Godwin of Callaway High School.

Godwin has made some UGA fans nervous over the last few months by taking visits to other SEC schools, including a trip to Alabama last week.

In the below video, Godwin explains why he is visiting other schools at this time, even though he’s committed to UGA.

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