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Jaylen Brown: Nation’s No. 2 basketball prospect to delay college decision

  • 12:26 am Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Jaylen Brown, Georgia’s highest-ranked college basketball prospect in five years, is leaning toward waiting until after his senior season at Wheeler High School to make his college decision.

“I’m probably not going to sign or commit until after basketball season,” Brown told D1Circuit’s Alec Kinsky.

The 6-foot-7 small forward moved up from the nation’s No. 4 overall prospect to the No. 2 spot after a sizzling summer on the AAU circuit, per the 247sports.com composite rankings.

Scout.com has Brown rated at No. 1 nationally.

Which college is the favorite to sign Brown? He hasn’t named any leaders but Kentucky, UGA, Georgia Tech, Kansas [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]

Jonathan Ledbetter’s mom on flip to UGA: ‘Family is very important’

  • 1:36 am Monday, August 18th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Jonathan Ledbetter’s mother told the AJC that star defensive lineman flipped his commitment from Alabama to UGA because “family is very important to him.”

Ledbetter’s older brother, Joseph Ledbetter, recently joined UGA football team on scholarship as a tight end after playing NCAA Div. II basketball the last two seasons.

Jonathan, the 4-star recruit from Tucker High School who had been committed to Alabama since last January, switched to UGA to play with his brother – and also remain in closer proximity to other family members.

“You know, he has been visiting colleges,” Ledbetter’s mother, Teresa Belcher, told the AJC. “He went [More]

UGA gets help in biggest position of need with commit No. 20

  • 11:58 pm Saturday, August 16th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

UGA got some help with its biggest position of need in this year’s recruiting class on Saturday night.

Jayson Stanley, a 4-star wide receiver whose father played football for archrival Georgia Tech, committed to UGA over Auburn, Oregon and Clemson.

“I picked Georgia because it’s where I felt most comfortable,” Stanley told the AJC. “They want to use me as an outside receiver. They told me that I would have a pretty good shot at starting as a freshman.”

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Stanley is UGA’s fourth commitment at wide receiver in its 2015 class, led by 5-star Terry Godwin of Callaway High School.

UGA [More]

UGA flips one of Alabama’s top recruits

  • 9:44 pm Saturday, August 16th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

UGA has flipped one of Alabama’s top football recruits.

Jonathan Ledbetter, a 4-star defensive lineman from Tucker High School, announced his switch via Twitter on Saturday night:

It's official I'm a DAWG for LIFE! 🐶🐾🐾— Big Led (@LedbetterDE15) August 17, 2014

Want to thank all my recruiting coaches and the entire staff at Bama but I've decided to stay home and rep my state. #Dawg4Life #GoDawgs 🐶🐾— Big Led (@LedbetterDE15) August 17, 2014

Jonathan was the second part of a masterful “package deal” by UGA, which both offered and signed Ledbetter’s older brother, Joseph Ledbetter, to [More]

Will Georgia Tech legacy play for archrival UGA? (UPDATED)

  • 11:08 pm Friday, August 15th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

UPDATE: Jayson Stanley committed to UGA

Could a Georgia Tech legacy commit to archrival UGA on Saturday night?

The Bulldogs are one of the finalists for Jayson Stanley, a 4-star wide receiver from Creekside High School.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Stanley is also considering Oregon, Auburn and Miami.

His father is Jimmy Stanley, the former Georgia Tech running back and wide receiver who lettered for the Yellow Jackets in 1980 and 1981 seasons. The younger Stanley got an offer from Georgia Tech, but only briefly considered them because “after visiting there once, it didn’t seem like the greatest place to be.”

Jayson Stanley will reveal his [More]

UGA 5-star target talks candidly on his recruiting

  • 2:03 am Friday, August 15th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Rashad Roundtree, the Rivals 5-star from Augusta, has always been a priority for UGA’s 2015 football recruiting class.

Roundtree became even more important for UGA after the Bulldogs saw a longtime safety commit, Rico McGraw, flip to Alabama last week.

Roundtree, who is rated as a 4-star and the No. 9 overall prospect in Georgia via the 247sports composite rankings, hasn’t revealed his leader … but it is believed to be an Auburn-UGA battle.

He did name his top six schools recently, and he talks about what he likes about each one in the below video.

Also, how did McGraw’s flip affect Roundtree’s [More]

Trent Thompson: UGA lands the state’s No. 1 prospect

  • 7:24 pm Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

For the second year in a row, the state’s No. 1 overall prospect will be signing with UGA.

Trent Thompson, the 5-star defensive tackle from Albany’s Westover High School, committed to UGA over Alabama and Auburn on Tuesday.

UGA won the recruiting battle because it was the very first football scholarship offer last year for Thompson, who is rated as the nation’s No. 2 overall prospect via the 247sports composite rankings.

Thompson had always publicly listed the Bulldogs as his leader, and has admitted that he almost committed twice last year.

“He’s the No. 1 player in the state, and that carries a lot [More]

Ex-UGA commit says football facilities contributed to flip to Alabama

  • 11:44 am Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Rico McGraw revealed this week that Alabama’s superior football facilities were a contributing factor his recent switch from UGA to the Crimson Tide.

The 4-safety had been committed to UGA for six months before flipping to Alabama on July 31.

McGraw told the alabamintel.com that he was impressed with Alabama’s upgraded facilities, including the indoor practice facility (IPF). UGA is expected to present a proposal for an IPF next month.

“Every program in the country wants to win the ‘wow’ factor with recruits,” McGraw told the website. “Certainly as a recruit, Alabama’s facilities catch your eye immediately.”

A couple of other [More]

Big 12 football coach: ‘You lie in recruiting a bunch’

  • 5:46 pm Monday, August 11th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

West Virginia football coach Dana Holgorsen, who is known for being candid and brutally honest with his comments, admitted to reporters that “lying” is part of the recruiting process.

Of course, anybody who’s involved in any phase of recruiting already knows this. It’s just rare for a big-time college head coach to actually admit it on the record.

Here’s what Holgorsen said on Monday, according to the post-gazette.com’s Stephen Nesbitt:

Dana Holgorsen: "You lie in recruiting a bunch. That's just kind of part of it. You become a salesman."— Stephen J. Nesbitt (@stephenjnesbitt) August 11, 2014

Again, there’s nothing really shocking [More]