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Will Jaylen Brown visit Georgia Tech and UGA?

  • 11:50 pm Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Jaylen Brown, the nation’s No. 2 overall basketball prospect, has now officially set up three of his recruiting trips.

The 6-foot-7 forward from Wheeler High School will go on official visits to Kansas on Oct. 10 and Kentucky on Oct. 17. Then the 5-star is tentatively scheduled to tour UCLA on Nov. 15 but told USA Today that “I’m thinking about switching that date.”

What about Georgia Tech and UGA? Brown didn’t mention anything specifically about visiting the two in-state schools, which is obviously not good news for either. However, Brown did say “there will be more” visits than the three [More]

Georgia Tech legacy reflects on his commitment

  • 1:42 am Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson is accumulating his best recruiting class since being hired by the Yellow Jackets in 2007.

Georgia Tech is rated No. 19 overall in the Rivals rankings.

One of the reasons the Yellow Jackets are flourishing is because they’ve been able to land guys like Tyler Cooksey. He picked Georgia Tech over 20+ offers because his father played for the Yellow Jackets.

The 3-star linebacker from Greater Atlanta Christian reflected on his recruiting in the below video …

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Analysis of the state’s top football prospects for next year

  • 11:50 am Friday, September 26th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Most of the recruiting for this year’s class of high school seniors is just about over, with 43 of the state’s top 50 prospects already committed to colleges.

So WSB’s Zach Klein and the AJC’s Michael Carvell take a look at Georgia’s top players for next year, including Evander Holyfield’s son:

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Could Jaylen Brown skip college altogether?

  • 11:56 pm Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Could Jaylen Brown, the nation’s No. 2 college basketball prospect, consider skipping college altogether?

The 6-foot-7 forward from Wheeler High School was asked about the topic, along with several other top-rated seniors from this year’s class, by Scout.com’s Evan Daniels.

It’s a hot topic in basketball circles because last year’s No. 2 prospect, Emmanuel Mudiay, decided to bypass college altogether and will leave next week to play professionally in China this year for an estimated $3 million, including endorsements.

Mudiay will also be eligible for the upcoming NBA draft rather than have to play in college for a year for free.

Here’s what Brown [More]

Georgia Tech football recruits react to 4-0 start

  • 9:52 pm Sunday, September 21st, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Here’s what Georgia Tech’s recruits think of the 4-0 start by the Yellow Jackets:

RB Nathan Cottrell of Knoxville: “I’ve been able to watch all the games, and they have all been quality wins. Georgia Tech has shown that they are a four-quarter team — seeing that the last two have been won in the final minutes of the game. They play hard the whole game and play through adversity very well. Coach Johnson has put a lot of confidence in his offense letting them go for it on big downs which makes me very excited being that I am an [More]

UGA ‘package deals,’ and are they a good thing?

  • 9:33 am Friday, September 19th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

If you’ve followed my recruiting coverage in the past, you know that I’m a big fan of “package deals.”

Package deals are when a college offers a scholarship to an elite prospect’s brother, sister, buddy or high school teammate in order to gain inside position.

If I’m a college coach, and there’s a player that I just have to have (like a 5-star), I’m doing a package deal every time I get a chance – as long as the other side of the package deal is at least a college prospect in some sport at some level.

The most famous football player in state history [More]

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]

Top recruits and Hollywood celebrities

  • 4:00 pm Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

So the newest recruiting trend is to create a fake magazine cover with a top prospect next to a Hollywood celebrity.

Wake Forest, of all schools, has resorted to this tactic.

One prospect is pictured with Kim Kardashian, while another one is photoshopped alongside Selena Gomez.

Tennessee may have been the trendsetter. The Volunteers started it last month with a magazine cover of an elite recruit and Beyonce.

Is this is a silly idea? Yes. But, most importantly, does it work? Yes, so that makes it a good idea, in my opinion. Anything you can do to make your letters stick out from [More]

Notebook: Jaylen Brown’s new mixtape is out

  • 11:10 pm Monday, September 15th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Georgia Tech’s Brian Gregory will get an in-home visit on Tuesday with Jaylen Brown, the nation’s No. 2 basketball prospect.

The 6-foot-7 forward from Wheeler High School met with UGA’s Mark Fox on Sunday, along with coaches from Kentucky, Kansas and UCLA last week.

Brown has set up two official visits for next month, to Kentucky and Kansas. He has yet to name a list of top schools, and will likely decide after his senior season at Kentucky.

Check out his new mix tape …

Some other random notes:

Back to football: Stephenson High School safety Desmon Bowles, who had attracted interest from smaller D1 [More]

Georgia Tech and UGA get chance to impress Jaylen Brown

  • 2:42 pm Friday, September 12th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Georgia Tech and UGA will both get a chance within the next few days to make an impression on the state’s top basketball prospect since Derrick Favors.

UGA’s Mark Fox will make an in-home visit on Sunday with Jaylen Brown, the 6-foot-7 forward from Wheeler High School who is rated as the nation’s No. 2 overall recruit for 2015. Favors was No. 1 in 2009.

On Tuesday, Georgia Tech’s Brian Gregory will get a chance to make his sales pitch to Brown. The Yellow Jackets were Brown’s first offer.

Earlier this week, Kentucky coach John Calipari, Bill Self of Kansas, and UCLA’s Steve Alford all [More]