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Notebook: Georgia’s Gatorade Player of Year ready to make her decision

  • 12:37 pm Friday, September 5th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Asia Durr, who was named Georgia’s Gatorade Player of the Year as a junior after leading St. Pius to back-to-back state championship in basketball, will make her college decision on Tuesday at 3:15 p.m.

The 5-foot-9 guard will pick between Baylor, Duke, Louisville, Maryland and Notre Dame.

Last season, Durr averaged 24.4 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.5 steals for the Atlanta private school.

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Marietta kicker commits to Auburn over UVA and Georgia Tech (UPDATED)

  • 12:57 am Thursday, September 4th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

One of Georgia’s top punters committed to Auburn on Wednesday night.

Marietta High School’s Ian Shannon picked the SEC school over offers from Georgia Tech and Virginia, among others.

“Auburn was the first school that I visited, and it was love at first sight,” Shannon told the AJC. “The people there are the kind of people I want to associate myself with and I’d be proud to be a part of. The coaches at Auburn have always been very honest with me through my recruiting which made it comforting knowing the people I would be playing for … for the next four [More]

Georgia running back chases bigger football offers

  • 1:14 pm Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 by Michael Carvell

North Oconee High School’s Kawon Bryant was the biggest surprise on this year’s AJC Super 11 — at least from the standpoint of recruiting.

The AJC Super 11 team is compromised of who we think are the state’s best 11 overall players – not prospects (and there’s so many deserving players).

Bryant certainly has the credentials as a player after he was named Class AAA offensive player of the year after rushing for 2,559 yards as a junior.

The 5-foot-8, 185-pounder is rated as a 3-star and the state’s No. 125 overall prospect. He has around 10 early offers, with the biggest so [More]

Does UGA still have a chance with 5-star?

  • 11:59 pm Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Does UGA still have a chance with 5-star Chuma Eodga?

If you recall, he was the top offensive lineman prospect on UGA’s board when he committed to USC earlier this spring.

Now all hope is not lost for UGA with McEachern High School star. The Bulldogs should have at least two more chances to make an impression.

Edoga confirmed to the AJC that he will visit UGA at least two more times before signing day.

He talked about UGA, the status of his USC commitment, and what it would take to change his mind in the below video:

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UGA flirts with top Alabama recruit

  • 7:00 pm Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

If UGA had a list of top prospects that it would like to flip before signing day, Jonathan Ledbetter would probably be at the top.

The 4-star defensive tackle from Tucker High School surprisingly committed to Alabama last January without telling his mother or coach in advance.

The good news for UGA is that Ledbetter has made several unofficial visits in recent month, including a trip to see the Bulldogs last week.

What’s the status of Ledbetter’s commitment to Alabama? What would it take for UGA to flip him? What are UGA’s chances?

Ledbetter talks about that and more in the below video:

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On Father’s Day, Georgia Tech legacy commits to father’s school (UPDATED)

  • 6:00 pm Sunday, June 15th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

On Father’s Day, Tyler Cooksey decided to follow in his father’s footsteps to play football for Georgia Tech.

The 3-star linebacker from Greater Atlanta Christian committed to Georgia Tech on Sunday, picking the Yellow Jackets among 20 offers, including his three other finalists of UNC, Duke and Stanford.

Cooksey’s father, Tom Cooksey, played nose guard at Georgia Tech from 1976-79, and earned a degree in Industrial Management.

“My dad played at Georgia Tech, and that’s one of the main reasons that I’ve been attracted to Georgia Tech from the beginning,” Tyler told the AJC. “At first, I was really into Tech. Then as [More]

Tucker star remains loyal to Auburn

  • 12:37 am Monday, May 19th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Tucker High School linebacker Elijah Sullivan committed to Auburn over Florida last February, and is still talking a little bit to UGA.

The 6-foot-1, 215-pounder talked to the AJC about his recruiting:

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College writes recruiting letter to a cat owned by QB prospect

  • 11:44 pm Thursday, May 15th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Rice University came up with a creative way to catch the attention of a top football prospect.

This week, Rice co-offensive coordinator Billy Lynch, sent a recruiting letter to a … cat.

This is a true story.

The cat is owned by Texas quarterback J.T. Granato, according to the Houston Chronicle’s Joseph Duarte.

So Rice sent a letter addressed to “Kitty” Granato. Here’s what Lynch wrote:

“As you know we’re trying to convince J.T. Rice is the place for him. I know you’d like to keep him close so he can feed you and change the litter box. Please help us to get him [More]

Georgia’s No. 1 prospect for 2016 lists UGA as one of his leaders

  • 12:06 pm Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Julian Rochester is the early frontrunner to be the state’s No. 1 college football prospect for 2016.

The 6-foot-5, 280-pound defensive tackle from McEachern High School is rated as Georgia’s top high school sophomore in the 247sports.com composite rankings.

Rochester missed Tuesday’s spring practice at McEachern due to a minor shoulder injury he suffered last week during drills. It’s not believed to be a serious injury but the coaches held him out as a precaution.

Rochester spoke the with AJC about his top four schools, which includes UGA:

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Former UGA target is transferring from Texas A&M (UPDATED)

  • 1:39 pm Monday, May 12th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

The state’s No. 1 prospect at wide receiver from 2012 is looking for a new school.

Former Sandy Creek High School standout JaQuay Williams is transferring from Texas A&M after one season, his uncle told the AJC.

“Yes, he is transferring,” Kevin Ofchus said. “It was the distance, and standard things that college kids go through. Things just didn’t work out, and that happens sometimes. It’s no big deal. There’s no issues or anything like that.

“He left Texas A&M on good terms and he’s looking forward to moving ahead. He’s just looking for a place to fit in.”

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