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No. 1 WR Preston Williams remains on ‘shutdown’ with Tennessee

  • 3:03 am Monday, August 25th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

When Preston Williams said he was “shutting down” his recruiting this summer, he wasn’t kidding.

Williams is rated as the state’s No. 1 prospect at wide receiver and committed last year to Tennessee.

The senior from Lovejoy High School flirted a little bit with UGA and Florida, among others, in the spring before tiring of the recruiting process.

But is Williams really finished visiting schools?

He talked about the topic in the below video

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Chris Fredrick reflects on committing to Syracuse

  • 12:12 pm Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Christopher Fredrick, a 3-star safety from Cedar Grove High School, reflects on his decision to commit to Syracuse last month.

The 6-foot-1, 172-pounder is rated as the state’s No. 105 overall prospect.

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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]

Sleeper watch: 2016 TE Kris Ballinger of Villa Rica

  • 10:15 pm Monday, July 14th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

One 2016 prospect who has really been impressive at a couple of big 7-on-7 camps this summer is Villa Rica High School tight end Kris Ballinger.

He’s 6-foot-4 and 190 pounds, and passes the eyeball tests with his athleticism and size.

Ballinger doesn’t have any early scholarship offers but that will change soon. He’s attending Auburn’s camp this week and will go to UGA’s Dawg Night on Friday.

He also likes Miami, Notre Dame, Missouri and Oregon, among others.

Ballinger talks about his recruiting in the below video:

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2016 QB Zerrick Cooper has early offers from Clemson, Miami and Ohio St.

  • 12:39 am Monday, July 14th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

This is the third time we’ve caught up with 2016 QB Zerrick Cooper at a 7-on-7 camp this summer.

And to be quite honest, really nothing has changed with recruiting since the first time we talked to Cooper.

The 6-foot-3, 200-pound QB from Jonesboro High School has around 10 early offers, including Miami, Clemson, Ohio State and Kentucky.

Cooper talks about his recruiting in the video:

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2016 DB Jordan Griffin switches Kentucky hat for UNC

  • 12:37 am Monday, July 14th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

You never know which college baseball cap that Jordan Griffin, one of the state’s top 20 overall prospects for 2016, will be wearing this summer at 7-on-7 camps.

At McEachern High School a few weeks ago, Griffin busted out the Kentucky hat.

Kentucky is one of a half-dozen offers for the junior DB at Jonesboro High School. He also has offers from Clemson, N.C. State, Ole Miss, Cincinnati and Wake Forest.

Griffin put on a UNC cap at Lassiter High School over the weekend.

He talked about that and more in the below video:

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Mohamed Barry reflects on decision to commit to Wisconsin

  • 12:35 am Monday, July 14th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Mohamed Barry, an outside linebacker from Grayson High School, committed to Wisconsin over Syracuse last month.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder reflected on his decision in the below video:

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2016 QB Kyle Banks ready to hear from colleges

  • 12:33 am Monday, July 14th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

North Paulding High School’s Kyle Banks is a QB prospect to watch for 2016.

Banks, who was recently invited to play in the Rising Seniors all-star game in December, doesn’t have any early offers but hopes to generate interest soon.

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Arizona coach Rich Rodriquez likes Georgia talent

  • 10:19 pm Monday, June 30th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

The University of Arizona has only one football player from Georgia on its 2014 roster.

But Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez is hoping to add more, he told the AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter at a charity golf event in Greensboro on Monday.

“We still come out here to the Atlanta area a little bit in recruiting,” Rodriguez said. “Our coaching staff has a good bit of experience out here. If we can get guys to visit, that’s the key. If we can get guys from this area to come out to the desert in Tucson, we’ve got a great shot to get [More]

Zerrick Cooper: QB mulls over offers from Clemson, Ohio State and Miami

  • 9:46 am Monday, June 30th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

2016 QB Zerrick Cooper of Jonesboro High School has a dozen early scholarship offers, including Miami, Clemson, Ohio State, Virginia Tech and Kentucky.

The 6-foot-3 Cooper would like to be evaluated by FSU, Alabama, Florida and LSU.

Cooper talked about his recruiting in the below video:

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