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Louisiana WR picks Georgia Tech

  • 11:28 pm Friday, July 25th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Georgia Tech got its third commitment of the day when wide receiver Brandon Singleton pledged to the Yellow Jackets on Friday night.

The 6-foot, 170-pounder is from Boutte, La.

Georgia Tech now has 17 commitments from 2015 after Etowah High School offensive linemen Brad and Scott Morgan (twins) picked the Yellow Jackets earlier in the day.

Singleton has yet to be rated in the 247sports composite rankings, and he also had offers from Grambling State, Louisiana-Monroe, Northwestern State and Southeast Missouri State, according to his 247sports profile.

JacketsOnline.com’s Kelly Quinlan said that Singleton is ranked as a 2-star by Rivals and expects him [More]

Twins commit to Georgia Tech (UPDATED)

  • 6:40 pm Friday, July 25th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson made a pair of twins an offer they couldn’t refuse this week.

Johnson called the parents of Etowah High School offensive linemen Scott and Brad Morgan with a deal: He’d officially give the boys each the offer they’d be waiting on from the Yellow Jackets if they were ready to commit.

Brad was ready to pledge on the spot, while Scott wanted a couple of days to mull things over. By Friday evening, the twins had reached a mutual agreement: They called Johnson, got the official offer, and officially accepted.

“Georgia Tech was the dream offer, the offer we [More]

Could UGA and Georgia Tech both add commitments today?

  • 1:35 pm Thursday, July 24th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Could UGA and Georgia Tech both add commitments today?

Michael Chigbu, a 4-star wide receiver from New Orleans, will announce between UGA and Texas A&M at 8 p.m. Thursday.

According to the 247sports.com Crystal Ball predictions, UGA (58%) is slightly favored over Texas A&M (38%) for the 6-foot-2, 210-pounder who is rated as the state of Louisiana’s No. 10 overall prospect.

Georgia Tech could also get a couple of commitments today: Brad and Scott Morgan, twin offensive linemen from Etowah High School, are considering accepting offers from the Yellow Jackets, according to JacketsOnline.com’s Kelly Quinlan.

The twins got offered personally by Georgia Tech’s [More]

Austin King: NC State QB commit gets looks from Notre Dame and Virginia Tech

  • 10:05 am Thursday, July 24th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

UPDATE: It’s automatic these days for other schools to recruit the top committed prospects all the way until signing day, but news that Notre Dame and Virginia Tech are trying to talk with King upset still upset some N.C. State fans on Thursday. King addressed the situation with the AJC, “Although schools have contacted me, I have not told them I’m free to them. I’m fully committed to N.C. State.”

Notre Dame and Virginia Tech are still taking a look at Alpharetta High School quarterback Austin King.

The 6-foot-4 King committed to N.C. State last month over South Florida, Harvard and West [More]

State’s No. 1 prospect talks about why he likes UGA and Georgia Tech

  • 1:02 am Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Wheeler High School’s Jaylen Brown is the state’s highest-ranked college basketball prospect since Derrick Favors was the nation’s No. 1 recruit in 2009.

The 6-foot-7 Brown is rated as the No. 4 overall prospect in the country for 2015, and he will likely move up after a stellar summer with his AAU team, Game Elite.

I had a chance to closely watch Brown at the UAA Finals this past weekend, and what can I say? He looked as good as advertised.

UGA’s Mark Fox and Georgia Tech’s Brian Gregory watched Brown’s every move as soon as he entered the building.

They weren’t the only ones. [More]

Alabama legacy transfers to North Cobb High School

  • 12:01 am Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 by Michael Carvell

A top sleeper prospect for 2015 to watch this season is Jordan McCray.

He’s a 6-foot-5, 170-pound wide receiver who recently transferred from Walton High School to North Cobb for his senior season. McCray missed almost all of his junior year with a torn ACL.

McCray hails from a famous football family: His father, Curtis Brown, was a top wide receiver on Alabama’s 1992 national championship team. His uncle is former Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Charlie Brown.

McCray doesn’t have any early offers because most scouts are waiting until they can evaluate his recovery from the knee injury. He’d like to get looks from [More]

Alabama’s Nick Saban comments on scholarship for injured Tucker football star

  • 6:38 pm Monday, July 21st, 2014 by Michael Carvell

One of the feel-good stories from this past year’s signing day was finalized on Monday.

Alabama officially got clearance from the NCAA to award a non-football scholarship to Elisha Shaw, the former Tucker High School standout who suffered a career-ending neck injury at the beginning of his senior season.

Before the injury, Shaw was rated as one of the state’s top 10 overall college football prospects for 2014. He had around 20 scholarship offers, and listed Alabama, UGA and Ole Miss as his leaders.

Shaw won’t count as a regular football scholarship, or against Alabama’s 85-man roster limit.

“We’ve always done this kind [More]

Tennessee LB commits to Georgia Tech over Vols, others (UPDATED)

  • 2:13 pm Saturday, July 19th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Georgia Tech beat out Tennessee for a football recruit in their own backyard.

Brant Mitchell, a 3-star linebacker from Knoxville, Tenn., said he committed to Georgia Tech over Mississippi State on Saturday.

“Georgia Tech offered me the best combination of academics and athletics that I could find,” Mitchell told the AJC on Sunday. “So that’s the real reason why I choose to play my next four years there.”

The 6-foot-2, 240-pounder is Georgia Tech’s second 2015 commit from the Knoxville area, along with speedster Nathan Cottrell. Cottrell didn’t have a Tennessee offer, but Mitchell confirmed that he did — and it’s rare for [More]

DB sees Calvin Johnson and Matt Stafford, commits to Georgia Tech

  • 10:16 pm Monday, July 14th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Dante Wigley may have had the best unofficial visit in Georgia Tech football history on Tuesday.

The defensive back from Carrollton High School took a normal tour of Georgia Tech’s campus, and things got surreal when he stopped by the football program’s new toy, the state-of-the-art indoor facility.

Wigley said he observed a private workout which included NFL players Calvin Johnson, Matt Stafford and Demaryius Thomas. Stafford played at archrival UGA but he’s Johnson’s teammate with the Detriot Lions.

“What an experience of a lifetime to see them,” Wigley told the AJC. “I guess I came on the right day. I was happy.”

Wigley [More]

More than 1/3 of South Carolina’s football signees waiting to qualify

  • 8:53 am Friday, July 11th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

More than a third of South Carolina’s 2014 football recruiting class is in jeopardy of not qualifying academically.

South Carolina signed 21 players last February, and eight members have yet to enroll at the SEC school, assistant Steve Spurrier Jr. told The State’s Josh Kendall. 

The start of football practice is only a few weeks away.

Several of the endangered signees are from the Atlanta area, including M.L. King High School cornerback Wesley Green. He’s one of three cornerbacks waiting to get through admissions.

“We would like to hope that least two out of three (cornerbacks) are going to make it,” Spurrier told [More]