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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]

Why Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson is having recruiting success

  • 5:05 pm Friday, October 24th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Paul Johnson is having his best year of recruiting – by far – since he was hired as Georgia Tech’s coach in 2007.

The Yellow Jackets have 21 commits, and have risen all the way up to the No. 19 spot in the Rivals rankings.

What are the reasons for it? WSB’s Zach Klein and the AJC’s Michael Carvell discuss the topic in the below video

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Jaylen Brown to visit UGA next month

  • 8:41 am Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Jaylen Brown, the nation’s No. 2 college basketball prospect, will take official visits to UGA and UCLA next month.

The 6-foot-7 forward from Wheeler High School hasn’t finalized the dates for his next two visits, but those are the destinations, his mother confirmed to the AJC on Wednesday.

“Yes, those are the next two; we just haven’t gotten the dates,” Mechalle Brown said. “But that’s what we plan to do.”

The 5-star recruit has taken official visits to Kansas and Kentucky over the last two weeks. So that’s four official visits planned out, leaving him with one more available before he makes his [More]

Jimbo Fisher on Jameis: ‘A kid who has done nothing wrong’

  • 4:42 pm Monday, October 20th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Jimbo Fisher abruptly ended an interview session with reporters on Monday after he was asked questions about Jameis Winston’s off-the-field issues, per CBSSports.com.

The Florida State coach initially fielded questions while he was in Alabama for a meeting of the Birmingham Quarterback Club.

Fisher clammed up after he was asked a reasonable question – whether it’s fair his reputation has taken a hit defending his quarterback.

“Why is my reputation taking a hit? For backing a kid who has done nothing wrong?” Fisher said. “I don’t want to get into this. The questions weren’t supposed to be asked today. I’m done. I’m done.”

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RB flips from Louisiana-Lafayette to Georgia Tech

  • 4:12 pm Sunday, October 19th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Quaide Weimerskirch, a 3-star running back from Florida, has switched his committed from Louisiana-Lafayette to Georgia Tech.

“It’s a great school,” Weimerskirch told the AJC. “They’ve got good academics, and a good football team. This was the offer that I had been waiting on. Everything happened pretty quickly because I wanted to go ahead and lock the spot down.”

The 6-foot, 200-pounder committed to Louisiana-Lafayette last July but continued flirting with Georgia Tech. Everything got intense after the Yellow Jackets finally extended a scholarship offer last Thursday.

“I had to do some things with Louisiana-Lafayette before I officially committed and put it out [More]

Double trouble headed to Georgia Tech

  • 11:00 pm Thursday, October 16th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

There’s some double trouble headed to Georgia Tech next season.

Brad and Scott Morgan, fraternal twin offensive linemen from Etowah High School, both committed to Georgia Tech this past summer.

“It was just the fact it was Georgia Tech — You couldn’t turn it down,” Brad told the AJC this week. “It was just 30 minutes from our house. Compared to Minnesota and Marshall, those schools were seven hours or more from our house. Georgia Tech was hard to beat. I think we made a great decision to go there.”

The 3-star twins never considered splitting apart for college ball. They were always [More]

Georgia QB picks Clemson

  • 2:13 pm Saturday, October 11th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Clemson, which last year signed the best QB prospect out of Georgia since Cam Newton, had added another one from the Peach State.

Zerrick Cooper, a 4-star junior from Jonesboro High School, committed to Clemson on Saturday. He is rated as the state’s No. 16 overall prospect for 2016.

Last year, Clemson signed Gainesville High School’s Deshaun Watson, who has quickly grabbed the starting QB job for the Tigers this year as a freshman.

Notebook: Jaylen Brown’s World Tour, and 5-star still using iPhone he denied stealing?

  • 11:51 pm Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Remember all the news about the 5-star football recruit accused of felony burglary while he made an unofficial visit to UGA this summer? He is still using the iPhone he has denied stealing, according to a search warrant released by the Clarke County Clerk’s Office last week.

Darnell Salomon is a star wide receiver from Miramar, Fla., who allegedly got into trouble after attending UGA’s Dawg Night prospect camp. According to police, a woman in a UGA dorm woke up in the week hours of the morning with Salomon standing over her watching her sleep. He was charged with stealing an [More]

Top Georgia Tech recruit apologetic about incident, sticking with Jackets

  • 11:30 pm Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

One of Georgia Tech’s top recruits is apologetic about an off-the-field issue that nearly cost him his senior year of high school football and his athletic scholarship with the Yellow Jackets.

Mikell Lands-Davis, a star running back at Alexander High School, was charged with a misdemeanor of marijuana possession of less than one ounce in late August.

Shortly after incident, Lands-Davis had a face-to-face meeting with Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson to discuss his future with the Yellow Jackets.

“We did talk; I accepted responsibility, and I apologized for embarrassing Georgia Tech,” Lands-Davis told the AJC on Wednesday. “I told Coach Johnson the [More]

DB commits to Georgia Tech, now at No. 19 in Rivals rankings

  • 10:17 pm Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson is working on his best recruiting class since he was hired by the ACC school in 2007.

The Yellow Jackets bumped up to No. 19 in the Rivals ranking after landing a commitment from Meiko Dotson, a cornerback from Daytona Beach, Fla.

“I picked Georgia Tech because the coaches are really welcoming,” Dotson told the AJC. “The previous times I’ve been up there, both of my parents and my siblings loved it.”

The 5-foot-10, 175-pounder said he picked Georgia Tech over offers from Middle Tennessee State, Iowa State, Indiana, South Florida and Bowling Green.

One thing that helped out Georgia [More]