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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]

Where are some of Georgia’s top uncommitted prospects going to college?

  • 2:00 am Friday, September 12th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Where are some of the state’s top uncommitted prospects going to college?

WSB’s Zach Klein and the AJC’s Michael Carvell take a close look at three:

D’Andre Walker, 4-star defensive end from Langston Hughes High School
Quarte Sapp, 4-star linebacker from Milton High School
Micah Abernathy, 4-star defensive back from GAC

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Georgia Tech legacy ready to return from injury

  • 10:44 am Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Georgia Tech linebacker commit Tyler Cooksey is ready to play after missing his last two games for Greater Atlanta Christian high school with an injury.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder suffered an undisclosed injury in GAC’s season-opening win over Benedictine. Cooksey could’ve played last week, if needed, but his coach decided to go and hold him out until the team’s region schedule kicks off next week.

“He is about ready to be back,” GAC coach Tim Hardy told the AJC. “We’re being conservative on non-region football games, and being wise with that. It’s a long season.

“We make the analogy that if you sprain your [More]

Marietta kicker commits to Auburn over UVA and Georgia Tech (UPDATED)

  • 12:57 am Thursday, September 4th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

One of Georgia’s top punters committed to Auburn on Wednesday night.

Marietta High School’s Ian Shannon picked the SEC school over offers from Georgia Tech and Virginia, among others.

“Auburn was the first school that I visited, and it was love at first sight,” Shannon told the AJC. “The people there are the kind of people I want to associate myself with and I’d be proud to be a part of. The coaches at Auburn have always been very honest with me through my recruiting which made it comforting knowing the people I would be playing for … for the next four [More]

Jaylen Brown: Georgia’s No. 1 prospect sets up first official visit

  • 3:59 pm Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Jaylen Brown, the state’s No. 1 prospect, will take official visits to Kansas and Kentucky next month, his mother confirmed to the AJC.

The 6-foot-7 forward from Wheeler High School is scheduled to take a recruiting trip to Kansas on Oct. 10. Brown is also looking at going to Kentucky on Oct. 17 but nothing has been confirmed yet.

Brown is rated as the nation’s No. 2 overall prospect in the 247sports composite rankings.

Who else in the sweepstakes for the state’s highest-ranked basketball prospect since Derrick Favors was No. 1 in the nation in 2009?

UCLA, Georgia Tech, and UGA are all among [More]

Taj Griffin out for the season with knee injury (UPDATED)

  • 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]