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Opinion: UGA should change recruiting policy for Florida game

  • 1:41 am Thursday, October 30th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

I’m pretty sure that UGA athletics director Greg McGarity knows what I’m calling about when I ask for a few minutes of his time every October. It’s this:

Has he changed his mind about inviting recruits to the annual Georgia-Florida game?

“You could go back to my comments every year that you bring this up,” McGarity told me.

“It’s the same deal. Nothing has really changed. Neither school wants to do it. That’s why we don’t discuss it. It’s just not an issue.”

You see, both the NCAA and SEC amended the rules to allow home teams in football games at neutral locations to [More]

5-star DB to pick FSU or UGA at 11am Friday

  • 10:58 am Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

It would be an upset in recruiting, but UGA may get some good news out of the state of Florida before the Bulldogs play the Florida Gators.

Tarvarus McFadden, a 5-star defensive back from Plantation, Fla., will announce his college decision between FSU and UGA on Friday.

McFadden told 247sports this week that it’s still a tie between his two favorite schools.

But FSU appears to have inside position. The Seminoles are the heavy favorite in the 247sports’ Crystal Ball predictions with 79 percent of the votes, with UGA next at 15 percent.

Even if McFadden picks FSU as expected, UGA may still have [More]

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]

Can UGA overtake Alabama’s for nation’s No. 1 recruiting class?

  • 12:58 am Monday, October 27th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

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Can UGA overtake Alabama for the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class?

The Bulldogs have 22 commitments, including 5-stars Terry Godwin and Trenton Thompson, and are rated No. 2 in the 247sports composite rankings, which combine the four major recruiting services.

Alabama is at the No. 1 with 21 commitments, including four 5-stars.

Can UGA overtake Alabama for the top spot?

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Florida’s Will Muschamp loses second recruit in a week

  • 11:56 pm Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 by Michael Carvell

One of Georgia’s top college football prospects has de-committed from the Florida Gators.

And he’s the second commit that Florida coach Will Muschamp has lost this week.

Adonis Thomas, a 4-star linebacker from Central Gwinnett High School, backed off his pledge to Florida via Twitter on Thursday night.

Thomas initially committed to Florida over Alabama last August. His first trip to Florida this season for a game was last weekend’s 42-13 loss to Missouri.

It appeared only a matter of time that Thomas would re-open his recruitment after recently expressing concerns due to rampant speculation about Muschamp’s future at Florida.

Alabama is now the school [More]

Evander Holyfield happy about son’s UGA football offer

  • 12:01 am Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Evander Holyfield, the five-time world heavyweight champion, just smiled when asked about his new title: Father of one of Georgia’s top football prospects for next year.

Elijah Holyfield is a 4-star running back from Woodward Academy high school who has nearly 30 early scholarship offers.

Boxing and football are two different sports, but the celebrity father and son have a lot in common with their approach to them.

“Elijah is in good shape,” Evander told the AJC. “He’s one of those kids that does the proper things. He loves working hard. When I was a kid, I loved working hard. He’s the same [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]

Top Florida Gators’ recruit will likely visit to UGA

  • 3:13 am Thursday, October 16th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

UGA has officially re-entered the sweepstakes for Adonis Thomas, the 4-star linebacker who is committed to the Florida Gators.

This past summer, the Central Gwinnett High School senior picked Florida over Alabama.

However, due to all the speculation over Florida coach Will Muschamp’s future with the Gators, Thomas is still communicating with other colleges as a precaution.

UGA defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt called Thomas last week.

“He just told me that Coach Pruitt called him and was checking into his situation,” Central Gwinnett coach Todd Wofford told the AJC. “And (Pruitt) basically said that they (UGA) hadn’t heard from him, and they didn’t [More]

Nation’s No. 1 prospect to visit UGA for Auburn game

  • 12:10 pm Monday, October 13th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Josh Sweat, the nation’s No. 1 college football prospect, will indeed take his official visit to UGA.

The 6-foot-5, 240-pound defensive end from Chesapeake, Va., was originally scheduled to take a recruiting trip to UGA a couple of weeks ago. But Sweat postponed after suffering a season-ending knee injury in his high school game.

Sweat has rescheduled his UGA visit for the Nov. 15 game against Auburn, according to 247sports.com’s Rusty Mansell.

The Bulldogs are considered a long shot for Sweat, with Florida State and Virginia Tech as the rumored leaders. He is also looking at UGA, Tennessee and Ohio State.

But you [More]