Ex-UGA signee winds up at new Atlanta prep school

Rico Johnson, the Georgia football signee who found out this week that he was not cleared academically by the NCAA, signed Thursday to play for the new Georgia Prep Sports Academy in Atlanta.

Georgia coaches will keep in touch but advised Johnson to open up his recruiting, said Michael Carson, Georgia Prep’s head football coach. Carson, formerly coach of M.L. King High School, spoke with Georgia assistant Tony Ball and got the impression that Georgia now was a long shot to resign Johnson because of the Bulldogs’ depth at receiver.

Johnson didn’t sound deterred.

‘’Any school that will give me a chance, it really doesn’t matter,’’ said Johnson, a wide receiver out of Swainsboro. “I just want to prove to them I’m not out of it. Hopefully I’ll get back to Georgia, but if I can’t, I’ll move on.’’

Carson said Johnson is probably the most high-profile player to commit to his school, which is something of a novelty in Georgia.

“’It’s a prep program similar to Hargrave or Fork Union [two military colleges in Virginia],’’ Carson said. “It’s for high school kids that don’t meet the minimum to qualify to get into college. They have a chance to come into our program and get what they need academically with hopes of moving on to a college institution in January .’’

Practice starts Aug. 1, and the team’s opener is Aug. 25 at LaGrange College. The team is scheduled to play 11 games, all on the road.

15 comments Add your comment


July 25th, 2013
5:10 pm

What’s up Todd? It seems like the season never really stopped. I’m glad to be back at it. I trust you have been well. A few questions about this school if you don’t mind. Where is it exactly . Could you give us more about it or is the above all you have at this time?


July 25th, 2013
9:36 pm

He will be at UGA in jan.

Rev Sharpton

July 26th, 2013
8:05 am

I been invited down there by the NAACP (and a love offering) to investigate: smells like a case of racial profiling to me.


July 26th, 2013
8:17 am

And the kicker at UGA gets special treatment, he won’t miss the 1st 2 games.


July 26th, 2013
8:38 am

Todd Holcomb if a kid goes to this type of school, how many years of eligibility do they have remaining

hit a single

July 26th, 2013
8:53 am

I am sick and tired of all this hoopla about all these recruits. The integrity of college athletics is gone. Coaches are making millions and all they do is kiss these guys tells just to keep there jobs.
It is time we get back to the old school way of doing things. Also this country had better too instead of doing and saying what people want to hear. We better start doing what is best for everyone and not worry about hurting somebodies feelings.


July 26th, 2013
9:04 am

Didn’t this kid run a 4.2 forty? I doubt very seriously UGA turns its back on him or turns him down should he want to come.


July 26th, 2013
3:05 pm

UGA shouldn’t have ever recruited this kid…another Ealey!

alonzo wright

July 26th, 2013
8:10 pm



July 27th, 2013
8:47 am

Thanks Coach Carson for being there to assist these football players. I hope these good deeds will help your program/dreams grow!

5150 UOAD

July 27th, 2013
5:19 pm

Dumb as a box of rocks so how did he not get in UGa like all the other UGa morons that get in?


July 28th, 2013
8:43 am

5150…you’re a class act…go dogs

Do What???

July 28th, 2013
11:02 am

5150 UOAD – it might help you avoid making ignorant posts if you took the time to know NCAA eligibility rules. Individual schools do not determine admission, the NCAA does that. To answer your question, the NCAA did not clear him for initial eligibility. Admission requirements for athletes at Georgia are the same as those at GT, if the NCAA certifies them they are admitted. Don’t get on some tangent about Georgia players, GT would have signed them. John Atkins was pursued heavily by GT, but he was initially eligible and went to Hargrave.


July 29th, 2013
1:48 pm

Another academic over-achieving dog


July 31st, 2013
3:42 pm

Hey, hit a single : You are on it, man. Notice how no one picks up on your theme. Our entire society is corroding away, and no one (especially politicians) want to hear or speak of it. Colleg football is just one more little aspect……..imagine if a little integrity were demonstrated – it would be noticed !