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Tennessee dismisses freshman RB from Atlanta

  • 1:45 pm Monday, September 22nd, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Tennessee dismissed former Milton High School running back Treyvon Paulk from the football team for a “personal conduct issue” on Monday.

“We hold our players to a very high standard and expectation of being a member of our football family,” Tennessee coach Butch Jones told reporters on Monday. He didn’t go into any details about Paulk’s dismissal.

Paulk is a freshman who didn’t appear in any of Tennessee’s first three games.

Tennessee plays at UGA on Saturday.

Georgia Tech football recruits react to 4-0 start

  • 9:52 pm Sunday, September 21st, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Here’s what Georgia Tech’s recruits think of the 4-0 start by the Yellow Jackets:

RB Nathan Cottrell of Knoxville: “I’ve been able to watch all the games, and they have all been quality wins. Georgia Tech has shown that they are a four-quarter team — seeing that the last two have been won in the final minutes of the game. They play hard the whole game and play through adversity very well. Coach Johnson has put a lot of confidence in his offense letting them go for it on big downs which makes me very excited being that I am an [More]

Nation’s No. 1 prospect suffers knee injury

  • 5:00 pm Saturday, September 20th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Josh Sweat, who is rated as the nation’s No. 1 overall college football prospect and is scheduled to take an official visit to UGA on Oct. 4, suffered a serious knee injury on Friday.

The 5-star defensive end from Chesapeake, Va., was diagnosed with a dislocated knee cap and will be sidelined indefinitely, ESPN reported through unnamed sources.

This past summer, Sweat surpassed Albany’s Trent Thompson (committed to UGA) as the nation’s No. 1 prospect, mainly because Thompson didn’t do the camp circuit.

The 6-foot-5, 240-pound Sweat has scheduled official visits to Ohio State, Virginia Tech, UGA (Oct. 4), FSU (Oct. 18) [More]

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

  • 9:33 am Friday, September 19th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

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 [More]

How will South Carolina’s win over UGA impact recruiting?

  • 9:32 am Friday, September 19th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

How will South Carolina’s win over UGA impact recruiting?

And how much does any team’s one particular win or loss impact recruiting?

Not as much as you would think, but there are some differences with South Carolina and UGA because the Gamecocks recruit so heavily in the Atlanta area.

The AJC’s Michael Carvell discusses the topic in the below video:

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Georgia Tech uses LeBron James in sales pitch to nation’s No. 2 basketball prospect

  • 9:58 pm Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Both Georgia Tech and UGA had in-home visits with Jaylen Brown, the nation’s No. 2 college basketball prospect, within the last few days.

And Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory had a creative recruiting pitch that related to the world’s best basketball player, LeBron James.

“Coach Gregory expressed to him the importance of staying home, and he talked about how it affected LeBron,” Brown’s AAU coach, Desmond Eastmond, told the AJC on Wednesday night.

“(Gregory) reminded Jaylen that when LeBron decided to come back to Cleveland, one of the first things he said is that he never should’ve left because the importance of him [More]

UGA offers football scholarship to Evander Holyfield’s son

  • 12:37 am Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

UGA has offered a football scholarship to the son of boxing great Evander Holyfield.

Elijah Holyfield is a junior running back from Woodward Academy who boasts 25 early football scholarship offers. He officially got the word from UGA on Wednesday.

“It was great to get the offer,” Holyfield told the AJC. “Georgia has been my favorite team since I was young. It’s like a dream getting an offer from Georgia.

“It was always a goal. I had goals set in my mind when I started playing football, and one of them was playing football at Georgia one day. It’s cool growing up and [More]

Top recruits and Hollywood celebrities

  • 4:00 pm Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

So the newest recruiting trend is to create a fake magazine cover with a top prospect next to a Hollywood celebrity.

Wake Forest, of all schools, has resorted to this tactic.

One prospect is pictured with Kim Kardashian, while another one is photoshopped alongside Selena Gomez.

Tennessee may have been the trendsetter. The Volunteers started it last month with a magazine cover of an elite recruit and Beyonce.

Is this is a silly idea? Yes. But, most importantly, does it work? Yes, so that makes it a good idea, in my opinion. Anything you can do to make your letters stick out from [More]

Update on nation’s No. 1 all-purpose running back

  • 11:30 pm Monday, September 15th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

McEachern High School’s Taj Griffin, who is rated as the nation’s No. 1 all-purpose running back, is expected to undergo next surgery within the next two weeks.

Griffin, who is committed to Oregon, suffered a torn ACL on one of the final plays of McEachern’s season-opener on Aug. 25.

“He had consultation (last week), and the doctor wanted him to rehab just a little bit more,” his father, Herb Griffin, told the AJC.

“He wanted his leg a little bit straighter than it is right now before he does the surgery. So we go back in this week for another consultation. It is [More]

Top Tennessee recruit will take official visit to Alabama, maybe Auburn

  • 11:29 pm Monday, September 15th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

One of Tennessee’s top recruits said he is planning to take an official visit to Alabama. And he may go see Auburn, too.

Preston Williams is a 5-star wide receiver from Lovejoy High School who has been committed to Tennessee for a year.

However, the early decision hasn’t stopped other schools from trying to lure Williams away from the Volunteers.

The 6-foot-4 senior told the AJC on Sunday night that he will take an official visit to Alabama.

“Bama is talking to me,” Williams said. “They want me to take a visit. I’m going to take one there. I just want to take a [More]