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No. 1 WR Preston Williams remains on ‘shutdown’ with Tennessee

  • 3:03 am Monday, August 25th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

When Preston Williams said he was “shutting down” his recruiting this summer, he wasn’t kidding.

Williams is rated as the state’s No. 1 prospect at wide receiver and committed last year to Tennessee.

The senior from Lovejoy High School flirted a little bit with UGA and Florida, among others, in the spring before tiring of the recruiting process.

But is Williams really finished visiting schools?

He talked about the topic in the below video

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Mitch Hyatt: Clemson 5-star reflects on committing early

  • 3:00 am Monday, August 25th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

If you’re an elite recruit and don’t want to draw a lot of extra attention to yourself during the recruiting process, then you may want to follow the example of Mitch Hyatt.

The 5-star offensive lineman from North Gwinnett High School made his college announcement when it would attract the least amount of attention. He committed to Clemson on last February’s national signing day — the one day out of the year when almost everybody in the world is focused on that current year’s class of seniors (Hyatt was a junior).

Hyatt picked Clemson due to family connections (his uncle played for the [More]

Taj Griffin: Oregon commit suffers knee injury

  • 12:36 pm Sunday, August 24th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

UPDATED: Taj Griffin is out for the season after being diagnosed with a torn ACL

There’s some positive news about this weekend’s scary-looking knee injury to Taj Griffin, who is rated as the nation’s No. 1 all-purpose running back.

The McEachern High School standout injured his knee while trying to make a tackle on punt coverage in one of the final plays of 52-49 loss to North Gwinnett in a thrilling Corky Kell Classic game that ended in the wee hours of Sunday morning.

There were some initial fears that Griffin, who committed to Oregon over Clemson and UGA, might’ve experienced some [More]

Could UGA challenge Alabama for nation’s No. 1 recruiting class?

  • 11:48 am Friday, August 22nd, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Could UGA challenge Alabama for the nation’s top recruiting class in 2015?

That was our question for 247sports.com’s Rusty Mansell in the below video.

UGA just bumped up the nation’s No. 5 overall class after a trio of high-profile commits — one of the best seven-day stretches of “non-signing day” football recruiting in recent Bulldogs history.

You usually don’t see fireworks like this until the first week of February. Here’s a recap of UGA’s magical week of commits:

UGA got the big fish with Trent Thompson, the nation’s No. 2 overall prospect. Rather than drag it out to signing day for publicity like most [More]

Top Georgia Tech recruit arrested

  • 9:36 pm Thursday, August 21st, 2014 by Michael Carvell

One of the Georgia Tech’s top football recruits got into a little trouble on Thursday.

Mikell Lands-Davis, a 3-star running back from Alexander High School, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana possession of less than one ounce, per the Douglas County jail records. He’s the second high-rated member of Georgia Tech’s 19-man football recruiting class for 2015.

Lands-Davis was booked around noon on Thursday, and released four hours later on a $1,000 bond. No further details were available.

The arrest was first reported by JacketsOnline.com’s Kelly Quinlan, who wrote “Georgia Tech has no policy in place that precludes Lands-Davis [More]

Will 5-star Chuma Edoga still take an official visit to UGA?

  • 3:31 pm Thursday, August 21st, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Will 5-star offensive tackle Chuma Edoga still take an official visit to UGA?

That’s one of the biggest questions as UGA puts together its 2015 football recruiting class. Edoga was the No. 1 OL prospect on UGA’s board but committed to USC over the Bulldogs last spring.

Despite the commitment, the McEachern High School standout gave UGA a glimmer of hope when he declared that he would visit the Bulldogs for last month’s Dawg Night prospect camp — along with take an official visit to Athens this fall.

HoweverEdoga never made it to Dawg Night (he explains why), and that’s obviously got UGA [More]

Jonathan Ledbetter: UGA’s newest commit reflects on flip from Alabama

  • 2:55 pm Thursday, August 21st, 2014 by Michael Carvell

How does Jonathan Ledbetter reflect on his highly-publicized flip from Alabama to UGA?

Ledbetter, who is a media favorite because of his candid comments, opened up about the entire situation in the video below.

What was the deciding factor in the flip?
How tough was it to tell Nick Saban he wasn’t coming to Alabama?
How much did UGA signing his older brother play into it?
What if Alabama had offered his brother, too? How would that have affected everything?

Ledbetter, who is ranked as the state’s No. 10 overall prospect, is still only 16 years old. He skipped a grade. He will enroll early at [More]

Cam Newton visits Georgia Tech QB recruit who’s recovering from brain injury

  • 1:16 am Thursday, August 21st, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Very cool! @Panthers QB @CameronNewton visited Scotland QB Jaylend Ratliffe at @Carolinas bit.ly/1v2a2lc http://t.co/m6ZgmGgYBP— 910 Preps (@910Preps) August 21, 2014

NFL quarterback Cam Newton went to a Charlotte hospital this week to visit a high school quarterback who is recovering from a serious head injury.

Jaylend Ratliffe, who is committed on a football scholarship to Georgia Tech, suffered a fractured skull in an ATV accident on July 30, shortly before the start of his senior season at Scotland High School.

After some scary moments, including brain surgery and a tracheotomy, Ratliffe’s health status has [More]

Maryland offers lifetime scholarships in all sports, including football

  • 11:47 am Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

This is the best thing so far to come out of the new NCAA legislation which allows the power conferences to write their own rules:

Maryland is offering lifetime scholarships to student-athletes of all sports, even if he or she is no longer participating in sports.

The initiative was announced on the school’s website, and has gotten overwhelmingly positive reviews.

And you can bet this will be used heavily in recruiting.

Colleges are only required by the NCAA to offer athletic scholarships that are renewable on a one-year basis while the student-athlete is participating in sports. And they can be canceled for any [More]

Jaylen Brown: Nation’s No. 2 basketball prospect to delay college decision

  • 12:26 am Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Jaylen Brown, Georgia’s highest-ranked college basketball prospect in five years, is leaning toward waiting until after his senior season at Wheeler High School to make his college decision.

“I’m probably not going to sign or commit until after basketball season,” Brown told D1Circuit’s Alec Kinsky.

The 6-foot-7 small forward moved up from the nation’s No. 4 overall prospect to the No. 2 spot after a sizzling summer on the AAU circuit, per the 247sports.com composite rankings.

Scout.com has Brown rated at No. 1 nationally.

Which college is the favorite to sign Brown? He hasn’t named any leaders but Kentucky, UGA, Georgia Tech, Kansas [More]

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