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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

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’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.

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Should UGA be worried about its top recruits visiting other colleges?

  • 6:46 pm Friday, October 10th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Should UGA be worried about its top recruits visiting Alabama and other colleges?

There are some concerns among Bulldog fans after 5-stars Trent Thompson and Terry Godwin have been making frequent appearances at Alabama and Auburn. And another UGA commit recently made an official visit to a Big Ten school.

But should UGA really be worried about this?

We dig into this topic in the below video:

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Micah Abernathy: Tennessee edges UGA for 4-star DB

  • 8:39 am Friday, October 10th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Tennessee edged out UGA on Friday for Micah Abernathy, the 4-star cornerback from Greater Atlanta Christina who was one of the state’s top uncommitted prospects.

“It was a tough decision,” his mother, Annette Abernathy, told the AJC. “We discussed it as a family, the five of us: Micah, my husband, his brother, his sister and myself. We weighed all of the pros and cons between the universities. It wasn’t an easy decision until Micah decided that he felt most comfortable with Tennessee.

“And I’ll be honest with you: We did take a huge liking to the University of Georgia family. And that [More]

Is Micah Abernathy on verge of committing to Tennessee over UGA? (UPDATED)

  • 11:31 pm Thursday, October 9th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

UPDATED: Micah Abernathy, as expected, committed to Tennessee over UGA on Friday. Read about it HERE

There are rumblings on Twitter that Micah Abernathy could make his college decision as early as Friday morning.

It wouldn’t be a surprise because both Abernathy and his mother told the AJC that they were hopeful of making a final decision this week.

The 4-star defensive back from Greater Atlanta Christian High School hasn’t officially named any finalists but he has been on official visits to UGA, Tennessee and Oregon.

This is expected to be a head-to-head battle between UGA and Tennessee.

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Top Georgia Tech recruit apologetic about incident, sticking with Jackets

  • 11:30 pm Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

One of Georgia Tech’s top recruits is apologetic about an off-the-field issue that nearly cost him his senior year of high school football and his athletic scholarship with the Yellow Jackets.

Mikell Lands-Davis, a star running back at Alexander High School, was charged with a misdemeanor of marijuana possession of less than one ounce in late August.

Shortly after incident, Lands-Davis had a face-to-face meeting with Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson to discuss his future with the Yellow Jackets.

“We did talk; I accepted responsibility, and I apologized for embarrassing Georgia Tech,” Lands-Davis told the AJC on Wednesday. “I told Coach Johnson the [More]

Does Tennessee have the lead for UGA target?

  • 1:05 am Monday, October 6th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Tennessee had the chance this weekend to make a final impression on Micah Abernathy, the 4-star defensive back from Greater Atlanta Christian high school.

Despite Tennessee’s heartbreaking loss to Florida, the Volunteers had a lot success with entertaining Abernathy and his family on an official visit.

Abernathy is expected to decide between UGA and Tennessee as early as this week after visiting both SEC schools within the last two weeks.

“One thing that stuck out at Tennessee was the family environment,” his mother, Annette Abernathy, told the AJC. “We were very pleased with the association with the coaches and their families. We had [More]