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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:

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Jimbo Fisher on Jameis: ‘A kid who has done nothing wrong’

  • 4:42 pm Monday, October 20th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Jimbo Fisher abruptly ended an interview session with reporters on Monday after he was asked questions about Jameis Winston’s off-the-field issues, per

The Florida State coach initially fielded questions while he was in Alabama for a meeting of the Birmingham Quarterback Club.

Fisher clammed up after he was asked a reasonable question – whether it’s fair his reputation has taken a hit defending his quarterback.

“Why is my reputation taking a hit? For backing a kid who has done nothing wrong?” Fisher said. “I don’t want to get into this. The questions weren’t supposed to be asked today. I’m done. I’m done.”

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Ray Goff ‘buries the UGA hatchet’ with sportswriter after 30 years

  • 12:45 am Monday, October 20th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

You want to hear a good recruiting story? Check out “Burying a 30-year-old UGA hatchet” by the Albany Herald’s Carlton Fletcher.

It finishes with an apology – more than three decades later – from former UGA coach Ray Goff.

It started with Tift County High School winning the 1983 state championship and having seven seniors sign D1 scholarships. Surprisingly, none were recruited by UGA. On signing day that year, Fletcher (then with the Tifton Gazette) called the Bulldogs to inquire why no Tift players were recruited.

Goff, who played at a nearby rival (Colquitt County High School), was in charge of UGA’s [More]

Is UGA target close to making decision?

  • 3:14 am Thursday, October 16th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

UGA was edged out by Tennessee for 4-star defensive back Micah Abernathy, but the Bulldogs still have a good chance at his Greater Atlanta Christian high school teammate who is rated higher by the recruiting experts.

GAC’s Darius Slayton is rated as the state’s No. 16 overall prospect, per the composite rankings. The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder has taken an official visit to UGA. Auburn is considered to be the biggest contender of the Bulldogs, while South Carolina is also in the race.

Slayton, who will most likely play wide receiver in college but could also get looks at defensive back, told [More]

Top Florida Gators’ recruit will likely visit to UGA

  • 3:13 am Thursday, October 16th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

UGA has officially re-entered the sweepstakes for Adonis Thomas, the 4-star linebacker who is committed to the Florida Gators.

This past summer, the Central Gwinnett High School senior picked Florida over Alabama.

However, due to all the speculation over Florida coach Will Muschamp’s future with the Gators, Thomas is still communicating with other colleges as a precaution.

UGA defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt called Thomas last week.

“He just told me that Coach Pruitt called him and was checking into his situation,” Central Gwinnett coach Todd Wofford told the AJC. “And (Pruitt) basically said that they (UGA) hadn’t heard from him, and they didn’t [More]

Nation’s No. 1 prospect to visit UGA for Auburn game

  • 12:10 pm Monday, October 13th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Josh Sweat, the nation’s No. 1 college football prospect, will indeed take his official visit to UGA.

The 6-foot-5, 240-pound defensive end from Chesapeake, Va., was originally scheduled to take a recruiting trip to UGA a couple of weeks ago. But Sweat postponed after suffering a season-ending knee injury in his high school game.

Sweat has rescheduled his UGA visit for the Nov. 15 game against Auburn, according to’s Rusty Mansell.

The Bulldogs are considered a long shot for Sweat, with Florida State and Virginia Tech as the rumored leaders. He is also looking at UGA, Tennessee and Ohio State.

But you [More]

UGA gets second basketball commit for 2015

  • 2:52 pm Saturday, October 11th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

E’Torrion Wilridge, a 3-star swingman from Texas, committed to UGA on Saturday.

The 6-foot-6, 170-pound senior from Beaumont, Texas, also had offers from Iowa State, Marquette, Oklahoma and Auburn, per his 247sports profile. He’s rated as the No. 15 overall prospect out of Texas for 2015.

UGA now has two commits for 2015, with the other being William Jackson, a 3-star point guard from Athens Christian. Jackson was originally committed to UConn.

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Who are the most overlooked prospects in UGA’s 2015 class?

  • 11:36 pm Friday, October 10th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

UGA has the nation’s No. 2 recruiting class, with headliners such as 5-stars Trent Thompson and Terry Godwin. Everybody knows about those guys.

But what about some of the lesser-known players?

WSB’s Zach Klein and the AJC’s Michael Carvell take a close look at some members of UGA’s class that may be getting overshadowed in the below video:

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Should UGA be worried about its top recruits visiting other colleges?

  • 6:46 pm Friday, October 10th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Should UGA be worried about its top recruits visiting Alabama and other colleges?

There are some concerns among Bulldog fans after 5-stars Trent Thompson and Terry Godwin have been making frequent appearances at Alabama and Auburn. And another UGA commit recently made an official visit to a Big Ten school.

But should UGA really be worried about this?

We dig into this topic in the below video:

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Micah Abernathy: Tennessee edges UGA for 4-star DB

  • 8:39 am Friday, October 10th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Tennessee edged out UGA on Friday for Micah Abernathy, the 4-star cornerback from Greater Atlanta Christina who was one of the state’s top uncommitted prospects.

“It was a tough decision,” his mother, Annette Abernathy, told the AJC. “We discussed it as a family, the five of us: Micah, my husband, his brother, his sister and myself. We weighed all of the pros and cons between the universities. It wasn’t an easy decision until Micah decided that he felt most comfortable with Tennessee.

“And I’ll be honest with you: We did take a huge liking to the University of Georgia family. And that [More]