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UGA recruits react to win over Clemson

  • 12:47 am Monday, September 1st, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Here’s reaction from some UGA’s recruits to the 45-21 win over Clemson:

WR Darius Slayton of Greater Atlanta Christian (Auburn and UGA among leaders): “It was a good team win for them (UGA), and over time they just dominated them (Clemson) in the fourth.”
DE Justin Young of Grayson (committed to UGA): “I was excited and was proud the way they went out against Clemson. They won the way they did because of Georgia’s linemen, on both sides of the ball they were able to handle their business and controlled what was going on all night. Also because Georgia was in better [More]

Mitch Hyatt makes prediction

  • 12:40 pm Friday, August 29th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

What’s your prediction for UGA vs. Clemson?

Mitch Hyatt, the state’s No. 2 overall prospect who is committed to Clemson, gave his prediction below. Not surprisingly, the North Gwinnett High School offensive lineman favors Clemson.

What’s your prediction for the score? And why? Please post below

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Top UGA recruit injures knee, out for year (UPDATED)

  • 12:36 am Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

After Jayson Stanley got the news about his season-ending knee injury, one of the first people he called was UGA coach Mark Richt.

The 4-star wide receiver from Creekside High School committed to UGA over Auburn, among others, only a few weeks ago. Stanley tore his ACL in Creekside’s opener last weekend.

“It was a great conversation,” Yvette Stanley told the AJC. “Coach Richt just said he was still looking forward to Jayson being part of UGA. He knew that Jayson would get right back to where he was. We’re just excited.

“We’re excited about being part of the family at UGA. We’re [More]

Son of former Atlanta Falcons star commits to UGA

  • 3:56 pm Monday, August 25th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

UGA added another decorated prospect at its biggest position of need when Van Jefferson committed to the Bulldogs on Monday.

The 4-star wide receiver from Brentwood, Tenn., picked UGA over Ohio State and Tennessee.

The 6-foot-2, 172-pound Jefferson is commit No. 21 for UGA’s 2015 class — and at least the fifth at the critical position of wide receiver.

Jefferson is the son of Shawn Jefferson, the former Atlanta Falcons wide receiver who played 12 seasons in the NFL. Jefferson was an assistant on last year’s Tennessee Titans staff with UGA defensive line coach Tracy Rocker.

How did UGA seemingly come out of nowhere [More]

Taj Griffin: Oregon commit suffers knee injury

  • 12:36 pm Sunday, August 24th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

UPDATED: Taj Griffin is out for the season after being diagnosed with a torn ACL

There’s some positive news about this weekend’s scary-looking knee injury to Taj Griffin, who is rated as the nation’s No. 1 all-purpose running back.

The McEachern High School standout injured his knee while trying to make a tackle on punt coverage in one of the final plays of 52-49 loss to North Gwinnett in a thrilling Corky Kell Classic game that ended in the wee hours of Sunday morning.

There were some initial fears that Griffin, who committed to Oregon over Clemson and UGA, might’ve experienced some [More]

Could UGA challenge Alabama for nation’s No. 1 recruiting class?

  • 11:48 am Friday, August 22nd, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Could UGA challenge Alabama for the nation’s top recruiting class in 2015?

That was our question for’s Rusty Mansell in the below video.

UGA just bumped up the nation’s No. 5 overall class after a trio of high-profile commits — one of the best seven-day stretches of “non-signing day” football recruiting in recent Bulldogs history.

You usually don’t see fireworks like this until the first week of February. Here’s a recap of UGA’s magical week of commits:

UGA got the big fish with Trent Thompson, the nation’s No. 2 overall prospect. Rather than drag it out to signing day for publicity like most [More]

Jonathan Ledbetter: UGA’s newest commit reflects on flip from Alabama

  • 2:55 pm Thursday, August 21st, 2014 by Michael Carvell

How does Jonathan Ledbetter reflect on his highly-publicized flip from Alabama to UGA?

Ledbetter, who is a media favorite because of his candid comments, opened up about the entire situation in the video below.

What was the deciding factor in the flip?
How tough was it to tell Nick Saban he wasn’t coming to Alabama?
How much did UGA signing his older brother play into it?
What if Alabama had offered his brother, too? How would that have affected everything?

Ledbetter, who is ranked as the state’s No. 10 overall prospect, is still only 16 years old. He skipped a grade. He will enroll early at [More]

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]