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Florida makes a run at top UGA recruit

  • 11:59 pm Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 by Michael Carvell

In the wacky world of recruiting, the only “sure” way to know you’re having a bad year in recruiting is if other colleges aren’t trying to poach your commitments right up until signing day.

The Florida Gators are making a run at one of UGA’s top offensive recruits, 4-star wide receiver Van Jefferson of Brentwood, Tenn. His father is former NFL wide receiver Shawn Jefferson, who is now an assistant coach with the Tennessee Titans.

UGA appeared to come out of nowhere to beat out Tennessee for Jefferson a couple of months ago. And one of the main reasons was the friendship [More]

Trent Thompson: UGA’s top recruit names 5 schools for official visits

  • 6:03 pm Monday, September 29th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Trent Thompson, the nation’s No. 2 overall prospect, has kept a somewhat low-profile for an elite recruit since committing to UGA last month.

The 5-star defensive tackle from Albany’s Westover High School hasn’t done many media interviews while focused on his senior season. But he has found the time to hit the recruiting circuit, making unofficial visits to UGA, Alabama and Auburn this month.

He witnessed UGA’s win over Tennessee on Saturday with his mother.

“It’s always great to be up there around family,” Thompson told the AJC on Monday. “It’s always good to see Coach Mark Richt, Coach Rocker and Coach Bobo. [More]

Darius Slayton: UGA WR target reflects on official visit with Bulldogs

  • 5:50 pm Monday, September 29th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

One of the top remaining targets on UGA’s 2015 board is Darius Slayton, the 4-star wide receiver from Greater Atlanta Christian high school.

Slayton took an official visit to UGA this past weekend, along with his GAC teammate, defensive back Micah Abernathy.

On Monday before football practice, Slayton spoke for the first time about his UGA visit – offering details about his trip, where the Bulldogs stand now, where else he’s going to take official visits, and his timeline on making his highly-anticipated decision.

Click on the video below for Darius Slayton’s interview:

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Top Alabama recruit visits UGA: ‘I could see myself playing there’

  • 11:04 am Monday, September 29th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Remember how three of UGA’s top recruits, including 5-stars Terry Godwin and Trent Thompson, made unofficial visits to Alabama last week?

Well, the Bulldogs got a little payback when one of Alabama’s top recruits attended UGA’s win over Tennessee on Saturday.

The recruit is Ronnie Harrison, a 4-star safety from Tallahassee, Fla. And he projects to have a whirlwind finish to his recruiting process in January and February.

Harrison initially committed to North Carolina in July 2013, and then he flipped to Alabama a couple of months ago. Over the last two weeks, Harrison has taken unofficial visits to Florida State and UGA.

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UGA DB commit reflects on official visit to Wisconsin

  • 10:45 am Monday, September 29th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Shaquery Wilson, who is committed to UGA, took an official visit to Wisconsin over the weekend.

The 3-star athlete from Miami told’s Ryan Bartow that he’s still committed to UGA, with Wisconsin rated as his second favorite school.

Wilson pledged to UGA at last summer’s Dawg Night prospect camp, less than a month after getting an offer from the Bulldogs. He can play wide receiver or defensive back, but said that he was being recruited to play on defense by UGA.

One major appeal to Wisconsin is that the Badgers will let him play his preferred position of wide receiver, [More]

UGA adds another elite recruit to heralded 2016 class

  • 10:10 am Saturday, September 27th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

UGA added another big name for its heralded 2016 football recruiting class.

Chauncey Manac, a 4-star defensive end from Clinch County High School, tweeted out his commitment to UGA on Saturday morning.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pounded reported around 15 offers, including Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State and South Carolina, among others.

Manac is rated as the state’s No. 6 overall prospect for 2016, which will be in contention for the nation’s top class for next year.

UGA now three commits for 2016, with the other two being 5-star quarterback Jacob Eason and 5-star offensive lineman Ben Cleveland.

UGA flips one of FSU’s top football recruits (UPDATED)

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

UGA has flipped one of the top football recruits from reigning national champions, Florida State.

Michael Barnett, a 4-star defensive end from Dorchester, S.C., made the surprising switch at a signing ceremony on Friday at Woodland High School. The 6-foot-5, 250-pounder had been committed to FSU since last June.

“He was committed to Florida State; Everybody else backed off, but Georgia stayed on him,” Woodland coach Mathis Burnette told the AJC. “They went after him and stayed on him. Michael told me Wednesday that he wanted to sign with Georgia instead of FSU because he thought that was a better situation for [More]

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’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.

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Does UGA have a few ‘secret commitments’?

  • 12:00 pm Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Does UGA have a few “secret commitments” out there?

Mark Richt seemed to indicate that based on the comments he made on his Monday night radio show, per Dawg247’s Gentry Estes.

“I think there’s a few guys that are pretty much settled on being Bulldogs,” Richt said. “They just haven’t said it yet publicly. But it’s a long season, and a lot of things happen.”

“Secret commitments” are recruits who have privately told a coach that they will be committing to their college but they haven’t revealed that decision publicly yet. They could be holding off because they want to announce on [More]

3 of UGA’s top recruits make visits to Alabama

  • 12:19 am Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Three of UGA’s top football recruits, including 5-stars Terry Godwin and Trent Thompson, made unofficial visits to Alabama this past weekend — even though the Bulldogs had a home game.

For Terry, the two-way star from Callaway High School, it marked the second week in a row he attended an Alabama game.

“It was a great visit,” Terry told the AJC. “I was just down there to get to know the coaches some more, and get the feel of it more and more. I’m just checking out other places, seeing how things are going, and enjoying the recruiting process.”

Terry has a special [More]