- 6:14 pm Monday, August 25th, 2014 by Michael Carvell
Taj Griffin, who is ranked as the nation’s No. 1 all-purpose running back, is out for the season after being diagnosed with a torn ACL on Monday.
The McEachern High School star injured his knee while trying to make a tackle on special teams on one of the final plays of Saturday’s 52-49 loss to North Gwinnett in Saturday’s Corky Kell Classic.
“Yes, he’s going to be out for the year,” Taj’s father, Herb Griffin, told the AJC. “The MRI came back and showed that he tore his ACL.
“But you know, he’s in positive spirits. He’s getting his mind right to go [More]
- 3:00 am Monday, August 25th, 2014 by Michael Carvell
If you’re an elite recruit and don’t want to draw a lot of extra attention to yourself during the recruiting process, then you may want to follow the example of Mitch Hyatt.
The 5-star offensive lineman from North Gwinnett High School made his college announcement when it would attract the least amount of attention. He committed to Clemson on last February’s national signing day — the one day out of the year when almost everybody in the world is focused on that current year’s class of seniors (Hyatt was a junior).
Hyatt picked Clemson due to family connections (his uncle played for the [More]
- 12:36 pm Sunday, August 24th, 2014 by Michael Carvell
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]
- 9:36 pm Thursday, August 21st, 2014 by Michael Carvell
One of the Georgia Tech’s top football recruits got into a little trouble on Thursday.
Mikell Lands-Davis, a 3-star running back from Alexander High School, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana possession of less than one ounce, per the Douglas County jail records. He’s the second high-rated member of Georgia Tech’s 19-man football recruiting class for 2015.
Lands-Davis was booked around noon on Thursday, and released four hours later on a $1,000 bond. No further details were available.
- 1:16 am Thursday, August 21st, 2014 by Michael Carvell
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]
- 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]
- 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]
- 11:08 pm Friday, August 15th, 2014 by Michael Carvell
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]
- 3:57 pm Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 by Michael Carvell
Paul Johnson is poised to have his best recruiting class since being hired as Georgia Tech’s football coach in 2007.
The Yellow Jackets rocketed up to No. 17 overall in the Rivals rankings after Tuesday’s commitment of Brentavious Glanton.
The defensive tackle from Albany’s Monroe High School said he picked Georgia Tech over Tennessee, Cal and N.C. State.
“It was Georgia Tech because they have great academics,” Glanton told the AJC. “I had a great relationship with the coaches, and I’ll be able to have a good impact as a freshman on the defensive side of the ball.”
The 6-foot-2, 255-pound Glanton was attracted [More]
- 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]