The best of the best of AJC recruiting coverage for signing day


Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson

The AJC posted more than 200 recruiting articles, columns, profiles, videos and photo galleries on Wednesday. There was so much at such a dizzying pace that I decided to pick out some of the best ones for you to read in case you missed them:

UGA recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner makes public apology to wife. This revisits what many say is one of the funniest recruiting press conferences they’ve ever seen, and it was all caught on tape.

One Valdosta player signs with Georgia, another with Georgia Tech. Whenever Antonio Foster says “45-42, 45-42, 45-42, 45-42, 45-,42, 45-42″, Mike Gilliard reminds him UGA won seven out of eight meetings.

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson addresses what “commitment means.” Here we go with the philosophical debate. This could get pretty deep with the posts underneath.

Marlon Brown pulls prank on UGA players. That speedy and sneaky Marlon. He had UGA’s players thinking he was headed to Ohio State.

South Carolina reveals its “recruiting secrets”. Talk about turning a negative into a positive, eh?

Paul Johnson tells Stephen Hill that it’s a “40-year decision” Stay tuned for our follow-up story on Hill in the year … 2049

Rodney Garner breaks down the Georgia recruits. If you’re a die-hard follower of Georgia football, this is a “must read.” 

Giff Smith provides perspective on Georgia Tech recruits. Again, you won’t read a better analysis anywhere.

Photo galleries of prospect party at ESPN Zone (Leo Mazzone? Someone from Georgia signed with Notre Dame?), UGA’s Branden Smith, and Tucker’s Jonathan Davis (I know he looks small, well very small, in that second photo behind the trophy, but man can Davis play).

The AJC reviews UGA’s 2009 recruiting class. Don’t forget, the Bulldogs could add two more.

The AJC reviews Georgia Tech 2009 recruiting class. Despite having two early defections (Apalachee linebacker Chaun Gresham and Northside-Columbus lineman John Drew), Tech signs most state players since 1992

Jamal Patterson signs with Stanford. Greg Reid, the AJC’s Player of the Year, said Patterson was the best player from Georgia he played against in high school. Patterson picked Stanford over nearly 50 offers. I’m still shocked, and I want to see the signed scholarship papers.

The mysterious Braxton Lane of Sandy Creek. With so much happening, this story really got overshadowed. Lane skipped his senior year of football, yet signed a football scholarship with … Oregon.

Georgia Tech’s Julian Burnett compared to Ron Simmons. “Faaroog” (Simmons) is one of my favorite all-time professional wrestlers.

Georgia State makes history with first recruiting class. Who will take the first snap at quarterback in 2010, Drew Little or Kelton Hill? Place your bets.

Meet Stephen Hill. This is where Georgia Tech fans can personally thank Hill for staying loyal, rather than flipping to archrival UGA.

Meet Aaron Murray. This UGA superhero returned from a broken leg to lead his high school team to the state championship.

3 comments Add your comment


February 5th, 2009
8:55 pm


Yeoman’s work, bro.

I don’t know what you’ll do for the next eleven months, but thanks for your recent efforts.

SEC fan

February 5th, 2009
1:03 pm

SEC fan

February 5th, 2009
11:03 am

You and the other AJC writers did a great job of coverage on signing day. Thanks for all the time and effort you guys put into it.
Any idea when Charles and Geathers will be making a decision? Either or both sure would top off a great class. Tks.