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Cam Newton visits Georgia Tech QB recruit who’s recovering from brain injury

  • 1:16 am Thursday, August 21st, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Very cool! @Panthers QB @CameronNewton visited Scotland QB Jaylend Ratliffe at @Carolinas— 910 Preps (@910Preps) August 21, 2014

NFL quarterback Cam Newton went to a Charlotte hospital this week to visit a high school quarterback who is recovering from a serious head injury.

Jaylend Ratliffe, who is committed on a football scholarship to Georgia Tech, suffered a fractured skull in an ATV accident on July 30, shortly before the start of his senior season at Scotland High School.

After some scary moments, including brain surgery and a tracheotomy, Ratliffe’s health status has [More]

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]

UGA 5-star reflects on visit to Alabama

  • 12:01 am Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

UGA’s top recruit on defense is Trent Thompson, the 5-star defensive tackle who committed to the Bulldogs last week.

UGA’s top recruit on offense is Terry Godwin, the 5-star athlete from Callaway High School.

Godwin made some Bulldog fans nervous by taking an unofficial visit to Alabama on Saturday.

“I went to hang out at practice,” Godwin told the AJC on Monday night.

“My visit went great to Alabama. It was a great experience. They told me that I’m a very important guy to them. They told me that they have their three man guys leaving (at wide receiver), and that they need me.

“They [More]

Jonathan Ledbetter’s mom on flip to UGA: ‘Family is very important’

  • 1:36 am Monday, August 18th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Jonathan Ledbetter’s mother told the AJC that star defensive lineman flipped his commitment from Alabama to UGA because “family is very important to him.”

Ledbetter’s older brother, Joseph Ledbetter, recently joined UGA football team on scholarship as a tight end after playing NCAA Div. II basketball the last two seasons.

Jonathan, the 4-star recruit from Tucker High School who had been committed to Alabama since last January, switched to UGA to play with his brother – and also remain in closer proximity to other family members.

“You know, he has been visiting colleges,” Ledbetter’s mother, Teresa Belcher, told the AJC. “He went [More]

UGA flips one of Alabama’s top recruits

  • 9:44 pm Saturday, August 16th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

UGA has flipped one of Alabama’s top football recruits.

Jonathan Ledbetter, a 4-star defensive lineman from Tucker High School, announced his switch via Twitter on Saturday night:

It's official I'm a DAWG for LIFE! 🐶🐾🐾— Big Led (@LedbetterDE15) August 17, 2014

Want to thank all my recruiting coaches and the entire staff at Bama but I've decided to stay home and rep my state. #Dawg4Life #GoDawgs 🐶🐾— Big Led (@LedbetterDE15) August 17, 2014

Jonathan was the second part of a masterful “package deal” by UGA, which both offered and signed Ledbetter’s older brother, Joseph Ledbetter, to [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]

UGA 5-star target talks candidly on his recruiting

  • 2:03 am Friday, August 15th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Rashad Roundtree, the Rivals 5-star from Augusta, has always been a priority for UGA’s 2015 football recruiting class.

Roundtree became even more important for UGA after the Bulldogs saw a longtime safety commit, Rico McGraw, flip to Alabama last week.

Roundtree, who is rated as a 4-star and the No. 9 overall prospect in Georgia via the 247sports composite rankings, hasn’t revealed his leader … but it is believed to be an Auburn-UGA battle.

He did name his top six schools recently, and he talks about what he likes about each one in the below video.

Also, how did McGraw’s flip affect Roundtree’s [More]

Trent Thompson: UGA lands the state’s No. 1 prospect

  • 7:24 pm Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

For the second year in a row, the state’s No. 1 overall prospect will be signing with UGA.

Trent Thompson, the 5-star defensive tackle from Albany’s Westover High School, committed to UGA over Alabama and Auburn on Tuesday.

UGA won the recruiting battle because it was the very first football scholarship offer last year for Thompson, who is rated as the nation’s No. 2 overall prospect via the 247sports composite rankings.

Thompson had always publicly listed the Bulldogs as his leader, and has admitted that he almost committed twice last year.

“He’s the No. 1 player in the state, and that carries a lot [More]

Trent Thompson: State’s No. 1 prospect to pick UGA, Bama or Auburn at 7 tonight

  • 9:17 pm Wednesday, August 6th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Trent Thompson, the state’s No. 1 overall football prospect, is taking the unusual route in announcing his college decision sooner than later.

The 5-star defensive tackle from Albany’s Westover High School will reveal his choice around 7 p.m. Tuesday.

UGA has been the longtime frontrunner for Thompson, who also lists Alabama and Auburn in his top three.

He’s also mentioned Florida State, Clemson and USC at times among his favorites.

“Georgia has been his leader since day one — he really feels comfortable on their campus,” Westover coach Octavia Jones told the AJC. “And he has a great relationship with the coaches at Georgia, [More]

Opinion: Is it time for UGA to invest in an indoor practice facility?

  • 12:07 pm Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

When is UGA athletics director Greg McGarity finally going to buy an indoor practice facility for the football team?

That was a popular topic of conversation at Dawg Night, UGA’s biggest recruiting event of the year. Many of the top high school prospects from around the Southeast showed up for the football camp a few weeks ago.

Unfortunately, for the second year in a row, the outdoors-only Dawg Night was hindered by rainy weather.

And some of the top prospects in attendance, along with their parents, wondered aloud why UGA doesn’t have an indoor practice facility or IPF, like the rest of the [More]