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How will South Carolina’s win over UGA impact recruiting?

  • 9:32 am Friday, September 19th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

How will South Carolina’s win over UGA impact recruiting?

And how much does any team’s one particular win or loss impact recruiting?

Not as much as you would think, but there are some differences with South Carolina and UGA because the Gamecocks recruit so heavily in the Atlanta area.

The AJC’s Michael Carvell discusses the topic in the below video:

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Georgia Tech uses LeBron James in sales pitch to nation’s No. 2 basketball prospect

  • 9:58 pm Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Both Georgia Tech and UGA had in-home visits with Jaylen Brown, the nation’s No. 2 college basketball prospect, within the last few days.

And Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory had a creative recruiting pitch that related to the world’s best basketball player, LeBron James.

“Coach Gregory expressed to him the importance of staying home, and he talked about how it affected LeBron,” Brown’s AAU coach, Desmond Eastmond, told the AJC on Wednesday night.

“(Gregory) reminded Jaylen that when LeBron decided to come back to Cleveland, one of the first things he said is that he never should’ve left because the importance of him [More]

UGA offers football scholarship to Evander Holyfield’s son

  • 12:37 am Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

UGA has offered a football scholarship to the son of boxing great Evander Holyfield.

Elijah Holyfield is a junior running back from Woodward Academy who boasts 25 early football scholarship offers. He officially got the word from UGA on Wednesday.

“It was great to get the offer,” Holyfield told the AJC. “Georgia has been my favorite team since I was young. It’s like a dream getting an offer from Georgia.

“It was always a goal. I had goals set in my mind when I started playing football, and one of them was playing football at Georgia one day. It’s cool growing up and [More]

Top Tennessee recruit will take official visit to Alabama, maybe Auburn

  • 11:29 pm Monday, September 15th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

One of Tennessee’s top recruits said he is planning to take an official visit to Alabama. And he may go see Auburn, too.

Preston Williams is a 5-star wide receiver from Lovejoy High School who has been committed to Tennessee for a year.

However, the early decision hasn’t stopped other schools from trying to lure Williams away from the Volunteers.

The 6-foot-4 senior told the AJC on Sunday night that he will take an official visit to Alabama.

“Bama is talking to me,” Williams said. “They want me to take a visit. I’m going to take one there. I just want to take a [More]

Where are some of Georgia’s top uncommitted prospects going to college?

  • 2:00 am Friday, September 12th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Where are some of the state’s top uncommitted prospects going to college?

WSB’s Zach Klein and the AJC’s Michael Carvell take a close look at three:

D’Andre Walker, 4-star defensive end from Langston Hughes High School
Quarte Sapp, 4-star linebacker from Milton High School
Micah Abernathy, 4-star defensive back from GAC

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Jacob Eason: UGA 5-star QB commit reflects on his big decision

  • 12:01 am Thursday, September 11th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

It has been nearly two months since UGA landed its highest-rated QB recruit since Matt Stafford.

And Jacob Eason, the 5-star quarterback from Lake Stevens, Wash., feels just as good about his college decision nowadays as he did when abruptly pledged to UGA at July’s Dawg Night prospect camp.

When asked to reflect on the UGA commitment this week, Eason’s father, Tony Eason (not the NFL quarterback), told the AJC this:

“Have you ever looked at his Twitter account? I mean, it’s all UGA.

“I think he’s more excited now than ever, especially after watching that Georgia-Clemson game and with how good they looked. [More]

Change of plans for UGA football legacy?

  • 1:11 am Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

DeVondre Seymour has had a change of plans with his schoolwork this semester, but it shouldn’t affect his arrival at UGA this January.

Seymour is the nephew and adopted son of former UGA and NFL great Richard Seymour.

The younger Seymour, who is a longtime UGA commit, initially planned to finish out this semester at Hinds junior college but has decided to stay in the Atlanta area and complete his two-year degree through the school’s online classes. He is on track to graduate in December.

“I got a little sick when I was down there,” DeVondre told the AJC. “I had to come [More]

South Carolina-turned-UGA commit considers Saturday’s game

  • 12:01 am Monday, September 8th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

South Carolina has invited one of UGA’s top recruits, Chauncey Rivers, to attend this weekend’s home game against the Bulldogs.

While the 4-star linebacker from Stephenson High School would like to see UGA play in person, he’s just not sure it’s the right thing to do.

And there’s a good reason for his hesitation: Rivers flipped his commitment from South Carolina to UGA last February.

“I don’t know yet, I’ve just got to figure out if I want to make my way up to South Carolina or not,” Rivers told the AJC on Sunday night. “I’m not trying to make anybody think I’m [More]

Does UGA still have a chance for 5-star Chuma Edoga?

  • 12:26 am Friday, September 5th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Does UGA still have a chance for Chuma Edoga?

Edoga is the 5-star offensive lineman from McEachern High School who committed to USC over UGA last spring.

However, Edoga has told UGA’s coaches he will take an official visit with the Bulldogs this fall.

Does UGA still have a chance? The AJC’s Michael Carvell and WSB-TV’s Zach Klein discuss the topic in the below video.

There’s also a short analysis of Greater Atlanta Christian’s Darius Slayton, who has UGA and Auburn among his leaders.

Note: You can watch Chuma and McEachern play Buford at 7:30 p.m.. Friday by clicking here

Jaylen Brown: Georgia’s No. 1 prospect sets up first official visit

  • 3:59 pm Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Jaylen Brown, the state’s No. 1 prospect, will take official visits to Kansas and Kentucky next month, his mother confirmed to the AJC.

The 6-foot-7 forward from Wheeler High School is scheduled to take a recruiting trip to Kansas on Oct. 10. Brown is also looking at going to Kentucky on Oct. 17 but nothing has been confirmed yet.

Brown is rated as the nation’s No. 2 overall prospect in the 247sports composite rankings.

Who else in the sweepstakes for the state’s highest-ranked basketball prospect since Derrick Favors was No. 1 in the nation in 2009?

UCLA, Georgia Tech, and UGA are all among [More]