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College football recruiting blog from Atlanta and the Southeast from the AJC

One of the state’s most interesting recruiting storylines to follow

  • 11:31 am Thursday, October 30th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

One of the most interesting recruiting storylines to follow over the next three months will be Daniel Imatorbhebhe, the 3-star tight end from North Gwinnett High School.

The 6-foot-4, 227-pounder committed early to Missouri but re-opened his recruitment last month. Imatorbhebhe has taken official visits to Florida and Ohio State within the last few weeks, and several other big schools are lurking.

There’s also an interesting twist: Imatorbhebhe’s younger brother, Josh Imatorbhebhe, is a 4-star wide receiver one of the state’s top prospects in 2016. Obviously, the brothers are a “package deal” and plan to play on the same team in college.

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Opinion: UGA should change recruiting policy for Florida game

  • 1:41 am Thursday, October 30th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

I’m pretty sure that UGA athletics director Greg McGarity knows what I’m calling about when I ask for a few minutes of his time every October. It’s this:

Has he changed his mind about inviting recruits to the annual Georgia-Florida game?

“You could go back to my comments every year that you bring this up,” McGarity told me.

“It’s the same deal. Nothing has really changed. Neither school wants to do it. That’s why we don’t discuss it. It’s just not an issue.”

You see, both the NCAA and SEC amended the rules to allow home teams in football games at neutral locations to [More]

5-star DB to pick FSU or UGA at 11am Friday

  • 10:58 am Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

It would be an upset in recruiting, but UGA may get some good news out of the state of Florida before the Bulldogs play the Florida Gators.

Tarvarus McFadden, a 5-star defensive back from Plantation, Fla., will announce his college decision between FSU and UGA on Friday.

McFadden told 247sports this week that it’s still a tie between his two favorite schools.

But FSU appears to have inside position. The Seminoles are the heavy favorite in the 247sports’ Crystal Ball predictions with 79 percent of the votes, with UGA next at 15 percent.

Even if McFadden picks FSU as expected, UGA may still have [More]

Ex-UGA football signee plays the waiting game

  • 12:05 am Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Gilbert Johnson, who signed with UGA last year but failed to qualify academically, still considers himself committed to the Bulldogs.

But nobody else is sure if the 3-star wide receiver from Miami will ever play for UGA.

After Johnson fell short of NCAA requirements, he enrolled this summer at Georgia Prep Sports Academy, a prep school in Atlanta.

Johnson had two goals for prep school: To improve his academics and to improve his football skills.

At the end of October, both of Johnson’s goals are still a work in progress.

He’s missed almost the entire football season after aggravating a knee injury from high [More]

Good news for UGA with state’s top uncommitted football recruit

  • 1:46 am Monday, October 27th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

UGA will get an official visit from Roquan Smith, the state’s top uncommitted football prospect.

The 4-star linebacker from Macon County High School has decided on four of his five official visits, his coach told the AJC on Sunday night.

Smith, who is rated as the state’s No. 7 overall prospect, will take recruiting trips to UGA, Florida, UCLA and LSU. For his fifth visit, Smith is considering several schools, including Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Virginia Tech, USC, and Mississippi State.

“He still hasn’t set up any dates for his official visits yet,” Macon County coach Larry Harold said. “He’s waiting until after [More]

Can UGA overtake Alabama’s for nation’s No. 1 recruiting class?

  • 12:58 am Monday, October 27th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

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Can UGA overtake Alabama for the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class?

The Bulldogs have 22 commitments, including 5-stars Terry Godwin and Trenton Thompson, and are rated No. 2 in the 247sports composite rankings, which combine the four major recruiting services.

Alabama is at the No. 1 with 21 commitments, including four 5-stars.

Can UGA overtake Alabama for the top spot?

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Florida’s Will Muschamp loses second recruit in a week

  • 11:56 pm Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 by Michael Carvell

One of Georgia’s top college football prospects has de-committed from the Florida Gators.

And he’s the second commit that Florida coach Will Muschamp has lost this week.

Adonis Thomas, a 4-star linebacker from Central Gwinnett High School, backed off his pledge to Florida via Twitter on Thursday night.

Thomas initially committed to Florida over Alabama last August. His first trip to Florida this season for a game was last weekend’s 42-13 loss to Missouri.

It appeared only a matter of time that Thomas would re-open his recruitment after recently expressing concerns due to rampant speculation about Muschamp’s future at Florida.

Alabama is now the school [More]

Jaylen Brown to visit UGA next month

  • 8:41 am Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Jaylen Brown, the nation’s No. 2 college basketball prospect, will take official visits to UGA and UCLA next month.

The 6-foot-7 forward from Wheeler High School hasn’t finalized the dates for his next two visits, but those are the destinations, his mother confirmed to the AJC on Wednesday.

“Yes, those are the next two; we just haven’t gotten the dates,” Mechalle Brown said. “But that’s what we plan to do.”

The 5-star recruit has taken official visits to Kansas and Kentucky over the last two weeks. So that’s four official visits planned out, leaving him with one more available before he makes his [More]

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]

5 Questions with top UGA WR recruit

  • 12:01 am Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Christian Owens was the first commitment for UGA’s 2015 football recruiting class, pledging to the Bulldogs more than 18 months ago.

A lot has happened at UGA with the WR position since Owens made his early decision. The Bulldogs now have commitments from at least five prospects who will play wide receiver in college, and they could add a sixth with Greater Atlanta Christian high school’s Darius Slayton.

Christian Owens is a 6-foot-5, 200-pound wide receiver from Griffin High School. Here are five questions with Owens:

What’s the latest with recruiting? “I’m solid with UGA. I really haven’t been hearing anything from any [More]