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Maryland offers lifetime scholarships in all sports, including football

  • 11:47 am Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

This is the best thing so far to come out of the new NCAA legislation which allows the power conferences to write their own rules:

Maryland is offering lifetime scholarships to student-athletes of all sports, even if he or she is no longer participating in sports.

The initiative was announced on the school’s website, and has gotten overwhelmingly positive reviews.

And you can bet this will be used heavily in recruiting.

Colleges are only required by the NCAA to offer athletic scholarships that are renewable on a one-year basis while the student-athlete is participating in sports. And they can be canceled for any [More]

Jaylen Brown: Nation’s No. 2 basketball prospect to delay college decision

  • 12:26 am Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Jaylen Brown, Georgia’s highest-ranked college basketball prospect in five years, is leaning toward waiting until after his senior season at Wheeler High School to make his college decision.

“I’m probably not going to sign or commit until after basketball season,” Brown told D1Circuit’s Alec Kinsky.

The 6-foot-7 small forward moved up from the nation’s No. 4 overall prospect to the No. 2 spot after a sizzling summer on the AAU circuit, per the composite rankings. has Brown rated at No. 1 nationally.

Which college is the favorite to sign Brown? He hasn’t named any leaders but Kentucky, UGA, Georgia Tech, Kansas [More]

Will Georgia Tech legacy play for archrival UGA? (UPDATED)

  • 11:08 pm Friday, August 15th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

UPDATE: Jayson Stanley committed to UGA

Could a Georgia Tech legacy commit to archrival UGA on Saturday night?

The Bulldogs are one of the finalists for Jayson Stanley, a 4-star wide receiver from Creekside High School.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Stanley is also considering Oregon, Auburn and Miami.

His father is Jimmy Stanley, the former Georgia Tech running back and wide receiver who lettered for the Yellow Jackets in 1980 and 1981 seasons. The younger Stanley got an offer from Georgia Tech, but only briefly considered them because “after visiting there once, it didn’t seem like the greatest place to be.”

Jayson Stanley will reveal his [More]

Georgia Tech rockets to No. 17 in Rivals rankings after DT’s pledge

  • 3:57 pm Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Paul Johnson is poised to have his best recruiting class since being hired as Georgia Tech’s football coach in 2007.

The Yellow Jackets rocketed up to No. 17 overall in the Rivals rankings after Tuesday’s commitment of Brentavious Glanton.

The defensive tackle from Albany’s Monroe High School said he picked Georgia Tech over Tennessee, Cal and N.C. State.

“It was Georgia Tech because they have great academics,” Glanton told the AJC. “I had a great relationship with the coaches, and I’ll be able to have a good impact as a freshman on the defensive side of the ball.”

The 6-foot-2, 255-pound Glanton was attracted [More]

Big 12 football coach: ‘You lie in recruiting a bunch’

  • 5:46 pm Monday, August 11th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

West Virginia football coach Dana Holgorsen, who is known for being candid and brutally honest with his comments, admitted to reporters that “lying” is part of the recruiting process.

Of course, anybody who’s involved in any phase of recruiting already knows this. It’s just rare for a big-time college head coach to actually admit it on the record.

Here’s what Holgorsen said on Monday, according to the’s Stephen Nesbitt:

Dana Holgorsen: "You lie in recruiting a bunch. That's just kind of part of it. You become a salesman."— Stephen J. Nesbitt (@stephenjnesbitt) August 11, 2014

Again, there’s nothing really shocking [More]

‘Big Gus’ talks about his leaders

  • 7:00 am Monday, August 11th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

One of the state’s top sleeper prospects is Gus Cumberlander, a 6-foot-6 senior defensive end from Cedar Grove High School.

Cumberlander is raw and undeveloped but has a high ceiling of potential. He also has an older brother, Gerald Rivers, who plays defensive end for the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars.

“Big Gus” has around 17-18 scholarship offers, including Georgia Tech. He lists Oregon, Mississippi State, Wisconsin and Virginia among his leaders.

Gus talks about his recruiting in the below video:

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Georgia Tech honors football scholarship to badly-injured QB (UPDATED)

  • 1:04 pm Thursday, August 7th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Georgia Tech will honor the football scholarship offer made to Jaylend Ratliffe, the high school quarterback from North Carolina who is recovering from a brain injury.

Ratliffe suffered a fractured skull in an ATV accident last Wednesday. He has undergone several operations and remains in intensive care at a Charlotte hospital.

The 3-star quarterback was one of the first commitments for Georgia Tech’s 2015 recruiting class, pledging the Yellow Jackets last March.

“Georgia Tech has said that they will follow through and support his scholarship, regardless of his condition,” Scotland High School coach Richard Bailey told the AJC on Thursday.

“Their words were ‘Jaylend [More]

Georgia 7-footer released by Maryland after arrest for $5.81 in candy

  • 1:27 pm Monday, August 4th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Trayvon Reed, a 7-foot-1 center from Shiloh High School, won’t be allowed to enroll on a basketball scholarship at Maryland after being arrested last week, according to the Baltimore Sun’s Don Markus.

Reed was charged with second-degree assault, second-degree assault of a police officer, theft under $100 and resisting arrest.

The trouble started when two policemen saw Reed put an ice cream bar and two candy bars in his pocket at a 7-Eleven, per the website:

When the officer confronted Reed and another unnamed male outside the store, Reed “began acting as if he did not understand,” according to charging documents. The [More]

Georgia Tech rises to No. 20 in Rivals rankings after landing RB

  • 10:48 pm Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Georgia Tech moved up to No. 20 overall in the team rankings after Tuesday’s commitment of TaQuon Marshall.

The 5-foot-10, 165-pound athlete from Harris County High School picked the Yellow Jackets over Wake Forest, Duke, Marshall and Cincinnati.

“It’s a great school with great academics,” Marshall told the AJC. “I felt like I fit in at Georgia Tech. They have a great coaching staff. With the other guys already committed, I felt like it would be a great class if I committed there.”

Marshall, who has yet to be rated as a prospect in the 247sports composite rankings, said he is projected [More]

Georgia Tech QB recruit suffers fractured skull in ATV accident (UPDATED)

  • 8:57 pm Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

UPDATE: We’ll post updates on Jaylend Ratlifffe’s medical condition below this blog via Twitter. The tweets will be posted in chronological order so you can follow the progress.

Jaylend Ratliffe, who is committed to play quarterback at Georgia Tech, suffered a serious head injury in an ATV accident on Tuesday, according to multiple reports.

Ratliffe suffered a fractured skull and was flown by helicopter to Charlotte for further medical treatment, per’s Earl Vaughan Jr. “Ratliffe and some other members of the Scotland football team were riding ATVs at an undetermined location in Laurinburg (N.C.), the source said. Reportedly, the driver [More]