RB Washaun Ealey making the grades to play for UGA

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UGA signed one RB last year -- Washaun Ealey, who says he's making the grades (AJC)

UGA signed one RB last year -- Washaun Ealey, who is "almost there" with meeting college entrance requirements (AJC)

Washaun Ealey, who some say is the state’s most accomplished tailback since Herschel Walker, has to clear one final hurdle before making it to Georgia.

The record-breaking senior from Emanuel County Institute told the AJC that he is close to meeting college entrance requirements.

“I’m almost there. By the time graduation comes around, I should be fine,” Ealey said Tuesday night. “I’m doing good in all my classes. I’ve got the test scores. If I keep my grades where they are now, then my test scores are good enough for me [to be academically qualified]. It’s really looking good now.”

Ealey’s sprint toward graduation is a major storyline over the next two months for UGA. The Bulldogs lost Knowshon Moreno to the NFL, and only signed one running back in this year’s recruiting class, Ealey. Georgia coach Mark Richt, who rarely talks about recruits before they arrive on campus, has often mentioned Ealey this spring as a strong candidate for the tailback rotation next season. Ealey’s name will appear on the depth chart the day he reports.

“Georgia fans don’t need to worry, I’m good … I’m going to make it,” Ealey said. As a backup plan, Ealey said UGA coaches have told him that Hargrave (Va.) Military Prep or Georgia Military Junior College are emergency plans. “But we really don’t discuss those options, because we’re all confident I’ll be at Georgia.”

Last weekend, Ealey attended G-Day, his first visit to Georgia’s campus since January. “It was great. I got to meet a lot of the recruits I didn’t know.”

The 5-foot-11, 205-pound Ealey said he is at nearly 100-percent after being hindered with back and ankle injuries during football season. “I’m a lot better. I’m playing baseball.” Ealey plays outfield for Emanuel County Institute and bats leadoff. He has been clocked in the 40-yard dash at 4.4 seconds and is a constant threat on the basepaths, stealing as many as four bases in a baseball game.

During his prolific high school career at the Class A football powerhouse, Ealey rushed for nearly 8,000 yards and set state records for career and single-season touchdowns. He is ranked as the country’s No. 11 running back by Rivals.

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UGA 1980

August 2nd, 2009
9:04 pm

To compare Ealy with Herschel Walker is a bad joke. “The Johnson County Flash” was bigger, had World Class speed (just ask Carl Lewis) and gave 100% every play. There will never be another talent like Herschel so let’s don’t even waste time having that debate…..how soon we forget…..and Herschel was also an honors student at his High School………All of these young bloggers need to watch the old films of Walker leading the Bulldogs to a National Championship.

mikeh

June 8th, 2009
10:27 am

Ay yo, richard samuel does not suck. And as far as ealy goes, the dude is going to be great! Watch, in 3 years people are going to be saying that he is better than knowshon moreno.

Future first round pick: washaun ealy

coldog

April 27th, 2009
12:44 am

The biggest hurdle for Ealey will be his attitude. I have watched him play football & Basketball and his behaviour was terrible. My favorite being the Ealey for Heisman towel he pulled out and danced and waved at a WTOC/11 news camera after a touchdown in a close playoff game (A game that should’nt have been close).
He has the potential and I wish him the best but when he gets pushed at GA, we will seperate the men from the boys and so far he has never had to deal with that.
Another great example would be the Brooks co. game of the champ season,he was like school on saturday.

Dawgfan247111

April 21st, 2009
12:53 pm

1. Caleb King is not a good running back. Yes he tore up class AA high school defenders in the state of Georgia, but he is not translating that well to the college game. He has the chance to be in the national spotlight as UGA’s next star RB. However, he is putting forth no effort. He doesn’t run hard and is a terible blocker. In fact if Caleb King starts, UGA will not win 6 games this year. He is going to he a HUGE BUST.
2. Ealy…the verdict is still out. He is not a 4.4 guy, but he is big, strong, and powerful. I’m personally looking forward to seeing what he can do at the next level. Only knock on him is that he racked up all those yards playing class A ball against sub-par defenders.
3. Richard Samuel and Carlton Thomas should be the two guys. Samuel is a big, powerful runner. He runs hard, unlike Caleb King. Samuel also has some speed in the open field. His all-round excellent running ability coupled with Carlton Thomas’ “change of pace” style would be a great combination in the backfield. Plus if we can get some production from Ealy, that would be a pretty stacked backfield. There is a reason Samuel beat out King last year, before the injury, and hopefully he will do the same this year. If Samuel starts and gets the majority of carries with Thomas and Ealy accompanying, UGA will win 10 games again and have a chance to do some pretty good things this year. Lets not forget that Joe Cox is a winner, and with him and Richard Samuel in the backfield, it will be a good season. If King starts, not so much….

beanuga

April 19th, 2009
10:06 am

beanuga

April 18th, 2009
2:02 pm

Why do you think Richard Samuel sucks? He hasn’t had a chance to prove himself, except on kickoffs. He may to work on his ball handling.