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Steve Spurrier gives props to Georgia football talent

  • 11:48 am Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Steve Spurrier gave the state of Georgia a little love during his SEC teleconference on Wednesday.

South Carolina plays host to UGA on Saturday.

The Gamecocks have 27 high school players from the fertile recruiting grounds of Georgia on their current roster.

“As we all know, the state of Georgia plays high school football as well as anybody in the country,” Spurrier said.

South Carolina has several assistants that recruit the Atlanta area, with the highest-profile coach being defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward.

South Carolina has 10 of its 22 starters from Georgia, including All-SEC running back candidate Mike Davis and the entire defensive secondary. Here’s [More]

UGA lands two in-state prospects for basketball

  • 10:40 pm Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

UGA’s basketball team picked up two early commitments for its 2016 class on Tuesday.

The two future Bulldogs are shooting guard Jordan Harris of Seminole County High School and combo guard Tyree Crump of Bainbridge High School.

Both prospects are high school juniors.

The 6-foot-4 Harris is rated as the higher of two, listed as a 4-star prospect in the 247sports composite rankings. He reported offers from Florida State and Michigan State, among others.

The 6-3 Crump is rated as a 3-star and also claimed offers from Florida State, Texas A&M and Wake Forest.

UGA has one commitment for 2015, point guard William Jackson of [More]

Atlanta basketball star commits to Louisville

  • 10:25 pm Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

St. Pius point guard Asia Durr, who is ranked as the nation’s No. 2 overall prospect by ESPN, committed to Louisville on Tuesday.

The 5-foot-10 senior has led St. Pius to back-to-back state championships in basketball, and was named last year’s Georgia Gatorade Player of the Year.

Durr, who averaged 24.4 points and 7.1 rebounds last season, also considered Baylor, Duke, Maryland and Notre Dame.

Note: You can watch the video of Durr’s announcement by clicking here

Georgia Tech legacy ready to return from injury

  • 10:44 am Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Georgia Tech linebacker commit Tyler Cooksey is ready to play after missing his last two games for Greater Atlanta Christian high school with an injury.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder suffered an undisclosed injury in GAC’s season-opening win over Benedictine. Cooksey could’ve played last week, if needed, but his coach decided to go and hold him out until the team’s region schedule kicks off next week.

“He is about ready to be back,” GAC coach Tim Hardy told the AJC. “We’re being conservative on non-region football games, and being wise with that. It’s a long season.

“We make the analogy that if you sprain your [More]

Oregon emerges as serious contender for DB who also likes UGA and Tennessee

  • 10:43 am Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

One of Atlanta’s biggest recruiting mysteries is Micah Abernathy, the 4-star defensive back from Greater Atlanta Christian high school.

Abernathy has been tight-lipped about his recruiting. And he’s kept an especially low-profile after suffering an undisclosed injury in GAC’s season-opener which caused him to miss the next two games.

What’s the latest with his recruiting? It’s rumored to be a Tennessee vs. UGA battle but Oregon has also emerged as a strong contender.

Abernathy made an unofficial visit to UGA for the Clemson game. Last weekend, he took his first official visit, flying to Oregon. He came away impressed with his trip to [More]

Change of plans for UGA football legacy?

  • 1:11 am Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

DeVondre Seymour has had a change of plans with his schoolwork this semester, but it shouldn’t affect his arrival at UGA this January.

Seymour is the nephew and adopted son of former UGA and NFL great Richard Seymour.

The younger Seymour, who is a longtime UGA commit, initially planned to finish out this semester at Hinds junior college but has decided to stay in the Atlanta area and complete his two-year degree through the school’s online classes. He is on track to graduate in December.

“I got a little sick when I was down there,” DeVondre told the AJC. “I had to come [More]

UGA 5-star target sets date for decision

  • 12:13 am Monday, September 8th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

UGA has seemingly come out of nowhere to become a serious contender for Tavarus McFadden, the 5-star cornerback from Florida.

The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder from Plantation, Fla., will announce his college decision on Oct. 31.

Just about everybody thought McFadden was a “lock” for Florida State, but UGA gained some momentum in the last couple of weeks.

Perhaps the biggest indicator about how seriously McFadden is considering UGA is when he made plans to visit UGA for the Clemson game, but missed his flight. Rather than reschedule for another weekend, McFadden got in a car and drove 10+ hours to UGA, per 247sports.com’s [More]

South Carolina-turned-UGA commit considers Saturday’s game

  • 12:01 am Monday, September 8th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

South Carolina has invited one of UGA’s top recruits, Chauncey Rivers, to attend this weekend’s home game against the Bulldogs.

While the 4-star linebacker from Stephenson High School would like to see UGA play in person, he’s just not sure it’s the right thing to do.

And there’s a good reason for his hesitation: Rivers flipped his commitment from South Carolina to UGA last February.

“I don’t know yet, I’ve just got to figure out if I want to make my way up to South Carolina or not,” Rivers told the AJC on Sunday night. “I’m not trying to make anybody think I’m [More]

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.

UGA BASKETBALL TARGET: Tevin Mack, a 6-5 forward from Columbia, S.C., will take official visits to UGA on Sept. 20, VCU on Sept. 20, and Clemson on Oct. 4, per Palmetto Sport’s Phil Kornblut. Mack made an unofficial visit [More]

Does UGA still have a chance for 5-star Chuma Edoga?

  • 12:26 am Friday, September 5th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Does UGA still have a chance for Chuma Edoga?

Edoga is the 5-star offensive lineman from McEachern High School who committed to USC over UGA last spring.

However, Edoga has told UGA’s coaches he will take an official visit with the Bulldogs this fall.

Does UGA still have a chance? The AJC’s Michael Carvell and WSB-TV’s Zach Klein discuss the topic in the below video.

There’s also a short analysis of Greater Atlanta Christian’s Darius Slayton, who has UGA and Auburn among his leaders.

Note: You can watch Chuma and McEachern play Buford at 7:30 p.m.. Friday by clicking here

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