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Alabama’s Nick Saban comments on scholarship for injured Tucker football star

  • 6:38 pm Monday, July 21st, 2014 by Michael Carvell

One of the feel-good stories from this past year’s signing day was finalized on Monday.

Alabama officially got clearance from the NCAA to award a non-football scholarship to Elisha Shaw, the former Tucker High School standout who suffered a career-ending neck injury at the beginning of his senior season.

Before the injury, Shaw was rated as one of the state’s top 10 overall college football prospects for 2014. He had around 20 scholarship offers, and listed Alabama, UGA and Ole Miss as his leaders.

Shaw won’t count as a regular football scholarship, or against Alabama’s 85-man roster limit.

“We’ve always done this kind [More]

5 questions with Jacob Eason, UGA’s most celebrated QB recruit since Stafford

  • 12:24 am Monday, July 21st, 2014 by Michael Carvell

The day after Dawg Night 2014 may have been the greatest non-signing day for UGA recruiting in the history of the football program.

The Bulldogs landed commitments from a pair of 5-star commitments for 2016, quarterback Jacob Eason of Lake Stevens, Wash., and Stephens County High School offensive lineman Ben Cleveland.

Several longtime observers of Dawg Night said that the 6-foot-5 Eason had the strongest arm on UGA’s practice fields since a kid from Texas named Stafford. But you didn’t have to be a scouting expert to reach that conclusion if you saw Eason on one play during the 7-on-7 [More]

Pair of 5-stars commit to UGA (UPDATED)

  • 9:31 pm Saturday, July 19th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

RELATED: Click here for a complete recap of 2014 Dawg Night

Two of the nation’s top high school juniors committed to UGA on Saturday.

Ben Cleveland, a 5-star offensive tackle from Stephens County High School, and Jacob Eason, a 5-star quarterback from Lake Stevens, Wash., both pledged to UGA after competing together in the Dawg Night prospect camp on Friday.

Cleveland and Eason are both ranked among the nation’s top 22 college football prospects for 2016, per the composite rankings. They are UGA’s first two commitments for its 2016 class.

The 6-foot-7, 320-pound Cleveland is ranked as the state’s No. 2 overall [More]

Florida Gators football recruit flips to UGA

  • 3:30 pm Saturday, July 19th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

After losing three out of four starters in the defensive secondary during a troubled offseason, UGA is quickly adding some manpower to the position.

Deontai Williams, a 3-star safety from Jacksonville, flipped from Florida to UGA on Saturday. It was first reported by’s Rusty Mansell.

The 6-foot, 175-pound Williams had been committed to Florida since last January. And his change of mind leaves the Gators with only nine commitments for 2015.

Meanwhile, UGA now has 16 commitments for 2015. The Bulldogs have added two defensive backs in the last 24 hours, including Friday’s pledge of Shaquery Wilson of Miami at Dawg Night [More]

Tennessee LB commits to Georgia Tech over Vols, others (UPDATED)

  • 2:13 pm Saturday, July 19th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Georgia Tech beat out Tennessee for a football recruit in their own backyard.

Brant Mitchell, a 3-star linebacker from Knoxville, Tenn., said he committed to Georgia Tech over Mississippi State on Saturday.

“Georgia Tech offered me the best combination of academics and athletics that I could find,” Mitchell told the AJC on Sunday. “So that’s the real reason why I choose to play my next four years there.”

The 6-foot-2, 240-pounder is Georgia Tech’s second 2015 commit from the Knoxville area, along with speedster Nathan Cottrell. Cottrell didn’t have a Tennessee offer, but Mitchell confirmed that he did — and it’s rare for [More]

Recap of historic 2014 Dawg Night in pictures

  • 2:23 am Saturday, July 19th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Here’s an updated recap of Dawg Night, UGA’s biggest recruiting event of the year (they got four commitments), through the lens of the AJC’s Michael Carvell:

NOTE: We also had a real AJC photographer at the event, and here’s his photo gallery


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Miami athlete is 1st commit of UGA’s Dawg Night (UPDATED)

  • 2:15 pm Friday, July 18th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Shaquery Wilson, a 3-star athlete from Miami, committed to UGA on Friday, per 11Alive’s Radi Nabulsi.

The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder was also strongly considering Miami and Louisville.

Wilson can play safety, cornerback or wide receiver in college. Wilson said he will play DB at UGA.

Wilson is commitment No. 15 for UGA for 2015.

The Bulldogs have at least three commits who could play wide receiver, including Griffin’s Christian Owens, Callaway’s Terry Godwin, and Georgia Prep Sports Academy’s Gilbert Johnson (who signed with UGA last year but failed to qualify). Godwin could also play defense.

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FSU commit cancels plans for UGA camp: ‘I felt like their second option’ (UPDATED)

  • 11:59 pm Thursday, July 17th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

One of the most highly-anticipated visitors for UGA’s Dawg Night prospect camp won’t be making it after all.

Cole Minshew, a 3-star offensive lineman who is committed to Florida State, has canceled his plans to visit UGA on Friday and is no longer considering the Bulldogs. Some had even predicted he would flip at Dawg Night.

“Florida State came onto me first – I felt like I was their first option, whereas with Georgia it was different,” Minshew told the AJC on Friday. “When Georgia found out that the people they wanted were going to Auburn, they offered me. I felt like [More]

2 Auburn commits expected at UGA’s Dawg Night

  • 11:53 pm Thursday, July 17th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

One of Auburn’s commits will be attending UGA’s Dawg Night.

Elijah Sullivan, a 3-star linebacker who committed to Auburn last February, plans to attend Dawg Night prospect camp with several of his Tucker teammates, including top target Jonathan Ledbetter.

What about that Tucker-to-UGA pipeline?

The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Sullivan hopes to earn an offer from UGA.

But what happens if he gets an offer from UGA at Dawg Night?

Sullivan talks about that and more in the below video:

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Note: Another Auburn commit, safety Jordan Colbert of Griffin High School, is also expected to participate in Dawg Night.


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Inside info on UGA recruiting from Chauncey Rivers

  • 11:50 pm Thursday, July 17th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

If you ever want to know what’s really going on behind the scenes in recruiting, all you have to do is ask a top recruit.

Stephenson High School defensive end Chauncy Rivers is one of UGA’s top recruits.

He participated in The Nike Opening last week with many of the nation’s elite college prospects, including Macon County linebacker Roquan Smith and defensive end Josh Sweat, the 5-star defensive end from Chesapeake, Va., who was bumped up to the No. 1 overall spot in the regular rankings on Tuesday.

How does Rivers feel about UGA’s chances for Roquan Smith and Josh Sweat? Who [More]

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