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Could UGA challenge Alabama for nation’s No. 1 recruiting class?

  • 11:48 am Friday, August 22nd, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Could UGA challenge Alabama for the nation’s top recruiting class in 2015?

That was our question for 247sports.com’s Rusty Mansell in the below video.

UGA just bumped up the nation’s No. 5 overall class after a trio of high-profile commits — one of the best seven-day stretches of “non-signing day” football recruiting in recent Bulldogs history.

You usually don’t see fireworks like this until the first week of February. Here’s a recap of UGA’s magical week of commits:

UGA got the big fish with Trent Thompson, the nation’s No. 2 overall prospect. Rather than drag it out to signing day for publicity like most [More]

Will 5-star Chuma Edoga still take an official visit to UGA?

  • 3:31 pm Thursday, August 21st, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Will 5-star offensive tackle Chuma Edoga still take an official visit to UGA?

That’s one of the biggest questions as UGA puts together its 2015 football recruiting class. Edoga was the No. 1 OL prospect on UGA’s board but committed to USC over the Bulldogs last spring.

Despite the commitment, the McEachern High School standout gave UGA a glimmer of hope when he declared that he would visit the Bulldogs for last month’s Dawg Night prospect camp — along with take an official visit to Athens this fall.

HoweverEdoga never made it to Dawg Night (he explains why), and that’s obviously got UGA [More]

Jonathan Ledbetter: UGA’s newest commit reflects on flip from Alabama

  • 2:55 pm Thursday, August 21st, 2014 by Michael Carvell

How does Jonathan Ledbetter reflect on his highly-publicized flip from Alabama to UGA?

Ledbetter, who is a media favorite because of his candid comments, opened up about the entire situation in the video below.

What was the deciding factor in the flip?
How tough was it to tell Nick Saban he wasn’t coming to Alabama?
How much did UGA signing his older brother play into it?
What if Alabama had offered his brother, too? How would that have affected everything?

Ledbetter, who is ranked as the state’s No. 10 overall prospect, is still only 16 years old. He skipped a grade. He will enroll early at [More]

Maryland offers lifetime scholarships in all sports, including football

  • 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]

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]