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4-star safety flips from UGA to Alabama

  • 12:09 pm Thursday, July 31st, 2014 by Michael Carvell

One of UGA’s top football recruits has flipped to Alabama, according to multiple reports.

Rico McGraw, a 4-star defensive back from Nashville, Tenn., had committed to UGA last January, one day after getting an offer from new Bulldogs defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt.

McGraw reportedly flipped to Alabama on Thursday morning, but he had yet to publicly confirm the switch or tweet about it. However, reporters from Rivals, Scout, and other recruiting websites confirmed the flip via sources.

McGraw was projected to play safety at UGA, and it’s a position of need after the Bulldogs lost starters Josh Harvey-Clemons and Tray Matthews since the [More]

Georgia Tech QB recruit suffers fractured skull in ATV accident (UPDATED)

  • 8:57 pm Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

UPDATE: We’ll post updates on Jaylend Ratlifffe’s medical condition below this blog via Twitter. The tweets will be posted in chronological order so you can follow the progress.

Jaylend Ratliffe, who is committed to play quarterback at Georgia Tech, suffered a serious head injury in an ATV accident on Tuesday, according to multiple reports.

Ratliffe suffered a fractured skull and was flown by helicopter to Charlotte for further medical treatment, per’s Earl Vaughan Jr. “Ratliffe and some other members of the Scotland football team were riding ATVs at an undetermined location in Laurinburg (N.C.), the source said. Reportedly, the driver [More]

UGA makes late addition to 2014 class, older brother of top Alabama recruit (UPDATED)

  • 6:56 pm Monday, July 28th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

UGA has gotten a commitment from the older brother of one of Alabama’s top football recruits.

Joseph Ledbetter, who has played NCAA Div. II college basketball the last two years, was both offered a football scholarship by UGA and accepted it after trying out for the Bulldogs at Dawg Night prospect camp last week.

Ledbetter, who measured at 6-foot-3 and 239 pounds at camp, will take an official visit to UGA on Tuesday and then start practices with the Bulldogs on Friday. He will have three seasons to play two, but it hasn’t yet been determined yet if he’s eligible to play [More]

Ex-Georgia Tech signee Myles Autry said he talked with UGA’s Mark Richt

  • 11:07 am Saturday, July 26th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

UPDATE: Myles Autry will attend Georgia Prep Sports Academy this fall, GPSA coach Mike Carson told the AJC on Tuesday.

Myles Autry, who signed a football scholarship with Georgia Tech but requested a release from the Yellow Jackets this week, said he talked over the telephone with UGA’s Mark Richt on Friday.

“Coach Richt told me he called Georgia Tech’s compliance to see if I got an official release and to see my restrictions,” Autry told the AJC on Saturday. “He found out that I was a free agent, so we talked yesterday. He basically said that he wants to look into [More]

Louisiana WR commits to UGA over Texas A&M

  • 8:10 pm Thursday, July 24th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

How often does UGA get a player out of the state of Louisiana?

Michael Chigbu, a 4-star wide receiver from New Orleans, committed to UGA over Texas A&M on Thursday night.

The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder made his first visit to UGA before last Friday’s Dawg Night prospect camp. He didn’t have an LSU offer but claims them from more than 15 colleges, including Auburn, Clemson, Notre Dame and UCLA.

Chigbu is commit No. 17 for UGA’s recruiting class.

“Basically, Chigbu is a really good all-around receiver,”’s Jake Rowe said. “He can stretch the field. He makes tough catches. I think one of the things [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 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’s Kelly Quinlan.

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

UGA-bound lineman reflects on committing to Bulldogs

  • 8:02 am Thursday, July 24th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Before a couple of 5-stars committed at Dawg Night, UGA’s biggest recruiting news of the summer was the fast and furious courtship of Sage Hardin.

The 3-star offensive lineman from Marist high school earned an offer from UGA at summer camp, and committed to the Bulldogs a few weeks ago. He was also considering offers from UVA, Tennessee and Georgia Tech, among others.

Hardin’s father played college football at Georgia Tech and UVA.

Sage Hardin reflected on his UGA commitment in the below video:

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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’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]

5 questions with Jacob Eason, UGA’s most celebrated QB recruit since Stafford

  • 12:24 am Monday, July 21st, 2014 by Michael Carvell

The day after Dawg Night 2014 may have been the greatest non-signing day for UGA recruiting in the history of the football program.

The Bulldogs landed commitments from a pair of 5-star commitments for 2016, quarterback Jacob Eason of Lake Stevens, Wash., and Stephens County High School offensive lineman Ben Cleveland.

Several longtime observers of Dawg Night said that the 6-foot-5 Eason had the strongest arm on UGA’s practice fields since a kid from Texas named Stafford. But you didn’t have to be a scouting expert to reach that conclusion if you saw Eason on one play during the 7-on-7 [More]