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Georgia Tech legacy reflects on his commitment

  • 1:42 am Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson is accumulating his best recruiting class since being hired by the Yellow Jackets in 2007.

Georgia Tech is rated No. 19 overall in the Rivals rankings.

One of the reasons the Yellow Jackets are flourishing is because they’ve been able to land guys like Tyler Cooksey. He picked Georgia Tech over 20+ offers because his father played for the Yellow Jackets.

The 3-star linebacker from Greater Atlanta Christian reflected on his recruiting in the below video …

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Is UGA on the verge of getting another commitment?

  • 10:39 am Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Is UGA on the verge of getting another commitment?

That could very well be the situation between the Bulldogs and 4-star defensive back Micah Abernathy, who could reveal his college decision after he returns from this weekend’s official visit to Tennessee.

Then again, it could be good news for Tennessee instead of UGA.

Officially, the senior from Greater Atlanta Christian high school told the AJC this week that all three of his top schools, including Oregon, “are even.” (My guess is that it’s a Georgia-Tennessee battle because Abernathy is so close to his family and Oregon is so far away).

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Trent Thompson: UGA’s top recruit names 5 schools for official visits

  • 6:03 pm Monday, September 29th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Trent Thompson, the nation’s No. 2 overall prospect, has kept a somewhat low-profile for an elite recruit since committing to UGA last month.

The 5-star defensive tackle from Albany’s Westover High School hasn’t done many media interviews while focused on his senior season. But he has found the time to hit the recruiting circuit, making unofficial visits to UGA, Alabama and Auburn this month.

He witnessed UGA’s win over Tennessee on Saturday with his mother.

“It’s always great to be up there around family,” Thompson told the AJC on Monday. “It’s always good to see Coach Mark Richt, Coach Rocker and Coach Bobo. [More]

Darius Slayton: UGA WR target reflects on official visit with Bulldogs

  • 5:50 pm Monday, September 29th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

One of the top remaining targets on UGA’s 2015 board is Darius Slayton, the 4-star wide receiver from Greater Atlanta Christian high school.

Slayton took an official visit to UGA this past weekend, along with his GAC teammate, defensive back Micah Abernathy.

On Monday before football practice, Slayton spoke for the first time about his UGA visit – offering details about his trip, where the Bulldogs stand now, where else he’s going to take official visits, and his timeline on making his highly-anticipated decision.

Click on the video below for Darius Slayton’s interview:

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Top Alabama recruit visits UGA: ‘I could see myself playing there’

  • 11:04 am Monday, September 29th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Remember how three of UGA’s top recruits, including 5-stars Terry Godwin and Trent Thompson, made unofficial visits to Alabama last week?

Well, the Bulldogs got a little payback when one of Alabama’s top recruits attended UGA’s win over Tennessee on Saturday.

The recruit is Ronnie Harrison, a 4-star safety from Tallahassee, Fla. And he projects to have a whirlwind finish to his recruiting process in January and February.

Harrison initially committed to North Carolina in July 2013, and then he flipped to Alabama a couple of months ago. Over the last two weeks, Harrison has taken unofficial visits to Florida State and UGA.

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UGA DB commit reflects on official visit to Wisconsin

  • 10:45 am Monday, September 29th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Shaquery Wilson, who is committed to UGA, took an official visit to Wisconsin over the weekend.

The 3-star athlete from Miami told’s Ryan Bartow that he’s still committed to UGA, with Wisconsin rated as his second favorite school.

Wilson pledged to UGA at last summer’s Dawg Night prospect camp, less than a month after getting an offer from the Bulldogs. He can play wide receiver or defensive back, but said that he was being recruited to play on defense by UGA.

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UGA adds another elite recruit to heralded 2016 class

  • 10:10 am Saturday, September 27th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

UGA added another big name for its heralded 2016 football recruiting class.

Chauncey Manac, a 4-star defensive end from Clinch County High School, tweeted out his commitment to UGA on Saturday morning.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pounded reported around 15 offers, including Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State and South Carolina, among others.

Manac is rated as the state’s No. 6 overall prospect for 2016, which will be in contention for the nation’s top class for next year.

UGA now three commits for 2016, with the other two being 5-star quarterback Jacob Eason and 5-star offensive lineman Ben Cleveland.

Analysis of the state’s top football prospects for next year

  • 11:50 am Friday, September 26th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Most of the recruiting for this year’s class of high school seniors is just about over, with 43 of the state’s top 50 prospects already committed to colleges.

So WSB’s Zach Klein and the AJC’s Michael Carvell take a look at Georgia’s top players for next year, including Evander Holyfield’s son:

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UGA flips one of FSU’s top football recruits (UPDATED)

  • 11:26 am Friday, September 26th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

UGA has flipped one of the top football recruits from reigning national champions, Florida State.

Michael Barnett, a 4-star defensive end from Dorchester, S.C., made the surprising switch at a signing ceremony on Friday at Woodland High School. The 6-foot-5, 250-pounder had been committed to FSU since last June.

“He was committed to Florida State; Everybody else backed off, but Georgia stayed on him,” Woodland coach Mathis Burnette told the AJC. “They went after him and stayed on him. Michael told me Wednesday that he wanted to sign with Georgia instead of FSU because he thought that was a better situation for [More]

Notebook: Auburn and Louisville are recruiting dismissed UGA player

  • 12:28 pm Thursday, September 25th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Jonathan Taylor, who was dismissed from UGA last summer after being charged with aggravated assault/domestic violence, said he is being recruited by Auburn and Louisville, according to’s Keith Niebuhr.

There’s a UGA connection, as both Auburn and Louisville have former Bulldog assistants on staff that have worked previously with Taylor – Auburn defensive line coach Rodney Garner and Louisville defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.

The 6-foot-5, 320-pound defensive lineman is currently enrolled at Mississippi’s Co-Lin junior college.

“It would be pretty cool if I get an offer,” Taylor told 247sports. “Especially since I’m in junior college, it would mean a lot. [More]