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Top 7 stories: SEC wins appeal, UGA’s biggest surprise in recruiting, and days of Herschel again?

  • 2:56 am Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

It got overlooked with the news that the NCAA is transforming college cafeterias into Golden Corrals, but the SEC won its appeal of a recruiting rule on Tuesday.

The NCAA’s Div. Legislative Council rescinded a controversial rule interpretation that you can read about in detail right here. Basically, we’re back to original interpretation where high school seniors who qualify to enroll early can sign financial aid agreements with multiple colleges – which in turn, gives those colleges recruiting benefits such as “unlimited contact” with the prospect until he signs a binding national letter of intent (NLI).

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UGA’s Mark Fox cites ‘progress’ in recruiting Atlanta

  • 11:42 pm Monday, April 14th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Mark Fox admits that UGA’s basketball recruiting in Atlanta “hasn’t been perfect” but he also feels it has gone better than some people think.

This past season, UGA’s entire starting lineup was from the Atlanta area. The Bulldogs won 20 games and ended up second in the final SEC standings.

Some UGA fans feel like the Bulldogs should be recruiting much better in Atlanta after missing out on high-profile recruits such as Tony Parker (signed with UCLA), Evan Nolte (Virginia), Nick Jacobs (Alabama), and Isaiah Wilkins (Virginia), among others.

“If Kentavious (Caldwell-Pope) stays in school, we don’t have five starters from Atlanta but we still [More]

Alabama steals Atlanta DB away from Kentucky

  • 10:32 pm Monday, April 14th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Alabama has swiped one of Kentucky’s top football recruits.

Montrell Custis, a 3-star defensive back from Lovejoy High School, switched his commitment from Kentucky to Alabama on Monday night.

Custis, the first cousin of Georgia Tech running back Travis Custis, had been the first commitment of Kentucky’s 2015 recruiting class before changing his mind.

“Even though Kentucky was a great program from top to bottom, me and my family decided to go ahead and de-commit because Alabama has a great feel, and it just fits me the best,” Custis told the AJC.

“They (Alabama) are like the godfathers of college football.”

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SEC’s appeal of NCAA recruiting rule to be heard on Tuesday

  • 8:05 pm Monday, April 14th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

LSU’s Les Miles hopes the SEC is successful with Tuesday’s appeal of the NCAA’s most significant rule for college football recruiting within the last year.

“That’s a bad rule,” Miles recently told the AJC. “Any time you’re going to operate in the dark and the scenario is set up to do so, it’s just a mistake.

The rule has to do with high school seniors (who are approved academically to enroll early in college) being able to sign a financial aid agreement – which, in turn, rewards that college with several recruiting benefits, including “unlimited contact” with the prospect until he [More]

Top QB reflects on flipping from Alabama to USC

  • 12:10 am Monday, April 14th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

More than two months have passed since Ricky Town, the golden boy from California, caused a rippling effect in recruiting circles from coast to coast after he switched his commitment from Alabama to USC.

The 5-star quarterback with NFL arm strength and body size seemed at peace with his highly-publicized switch while visiting Atlanta recently for a camp.

“It was definitely a tough decision,” said Town, who is rated as the nation’s No. 6 overall prospect for 2015 in the 247sports composite rankings.

“I loved Alabama. I mean, that was my family. Ultimately, I just had to think about it for a while [More]

Notebook: ‘Go Dawgs’ at Masters, UGA updates and Nick Saban’s sweater

  • 11:54 am Thursday, April 10th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

UGA’s top target at safety is at the Masters golf tournament this week.

Rashad Roundtree, who is ranked as a 5-star by Rivals, is from nearby Lakeside-Evans High School. Roundtree works in Augusta National’s pro shop as a sales assistant and stocker.

And Roundtree, with his trademark hairstyle, has been recognized by college football fans at the Masters.

“I’ve had a few random customers come up to me and say ‘Go Dawgs,’” Roundtree said with a laugh. “They told me congratulations on everything. I guess you can tell it’s me with the hair.”

This is Roundtree’s second year in a row working at the [More]

The story behind UGA’s big recruiting victory

  • 11:46 am Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

UGA has to wait exactly one more week to officially claim one of its biggest recruiting victories under basketball coach Mark Fox.

Yante Maten, a 6-foot-8 forward from Bloomfield Hills, Mich., abruptly committed to UGA last Saturday night. He’s only ranked as a 3-star prospect but the pledge was a pretty big deal in recruiting circles because the Bulldogs beat out hometown favorite Michigan State, along with Indiana.

Although Maten been contacted by other colleges this week – and the courtship will likely continue until he officially signs his UGA papers next Wednesday — his mother told the AJC that the Bulldogs [More]

Top Atlanta LB recaps Alabama visit, meeting Nick Saban

  • 11:01 am Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Central Gwinnett High School’s Adonis Thomas is ranked as one of the nation’s top college football prospects for 2105 at outside linebacker. The 6-foot-4, 215-pounder has more than 30 scholarship offers, including UGA and Georgia Tech.

Thomas took an unofficial visit to Alabama this past week with his family – his parents, Marilyn Freeman and Alonzo Thomas, and his 10-year old brother, Josiah Williams. Thomas and his mother shared their experiences at Alabama with the AJC:

5 p.m. Friday: Most unofficial visits for recruits are one-day trips but Thomas did an overnight trip to Alabama because his mother, who works in bank [More]

QB reflects on UGA and Tennessee visits

  • 12:05 am Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

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The early frontrunner to be the state’s top high school prospect at QB for 2016 is Logan Byrd.

The 6-foot-3,215-pounder a sophomore at Veterans High School, a new school located just below Warner Robins.

Byrd has six early offers, including N.C. State, Duke, Marshall and Illinois.

He recently made an unofficial visit to UGA and met with offensive coordinator Mike Bobo (see below). Byrd also made trips last week to Tennessee (his father’s alma mater), UNC and South Carolina.

Byrd talks about UGA in the above video.

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Auburn, Clemson and UGA ‘stand out’ to Atlanta WR

  • 12:04 am Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

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Jayson Stanley may be the state’s best 2015 prospect at wide receiver not named Preston Williams.

The 6-foot-2, 2102-pound Stanley plays at Creekside High School, the defending Class AAAAA state champions. He has 13 early offers, including Auburn, UGA, Alabama and Clemson. He doesn’t have an offer yet from Georgia Tech, where his father played college football.

What’s the latest with Stanley? He has three schools that “are standing out.” In the above video, Stanley talks at length about the trio – Auburn, UGA and Clemson.

Stanley is a 3-star and ranked as the state’s No. 43 overall prospect.

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