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Jefferson County QB Barry Bostic offered by Vanderbilt after visit

While most of the state’s elite players went to Athens on Saturday, Jefferson County defensive back/quarterback Barry Bostic chose to attend Vanderbilt’s Junior Day.

He was rewarded with a scholarship offer from the Commodores.

“I think Vanderbilt is really nice,” said Bostic, who also has offers from Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Maryland and Mississippi State.

“They’re really big on academics there. I like that a lot.”

Bostic received the offer from Vanderbilt coach Bobby Johnson. 

“They told me to stick around [after Junior Day activities] so I could talk to coach Johnson,” said Bostic, who was accompanied to Nashville by his parents. “He told me they’d like to have me at Vanderbilt.”

Georgia Tech remains the early leader for Bostic. His immediate plans are to continue focusing on track. He has scheduled to visit Mississippi State on April 18.

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Union Grove DE Anthony Williams leaves UGA without offer

Union Grove defensive end Anthony Williams knew before arriving in Athens on Saturday Junior Day that he wouldn’t leave town that afternoon with a scholarship offer from Georgia.

But that didn’t prevent the 6-foot-4, 240-pound Williams from enjoying himself.

“It went really well,” said Williams, who was accompanied by his father. “The highlight was getting to watch practice. You could just see different stuff. The intensity was real high and there was a lot of excitement.

“I missed going to the weight room because of when we arrived. But I got to tour the facility and went to the dorms and student center.”

Williams, who holds scholarship offers from programs such as Georgia Tech, Central Florida, East Carolina, Indiana, Oklahoma State, Stanford and West Virginia, isn’t bitter that the Dogs didn’t offer him. He remains optimistic that an offer from Georgia will eventually materialize.

“I had called [Georgia defensive coordinator] coach [Willie] Martinez [last …

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Georgia offers football scholarship to Tucker sophomore LB

 

Tucker sophomore James Vaughters

Tucker sophomore James Vaughters has offers from Georgia Tech, Alabama, Stanford, Central Florida, Clemson, N.C. State, and Georgia.

Note: Scroll to the bottom to see video of the Georgia high school sophomore that is turning heads

It was UGA’s Junior Day on Saturday, but Bulldogs coach Mark Richt also gave some love to one of the state’s 2011 prospects. UGA was the seventh school to offer Tucker sophomore linebacker James Vaughters.

“Actually with the way recruiting is going, with colleges offering kids earlier, I’m not surprised about all of this happening with James,” Tucker coach Franklin Stephens said. “When you watch James on tape, you don’t see a sophomore. When you throw in his academics, you have one of those can’t-miss prospects.”

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Vaughters was one of the top defenders on Tucker’s state championship team, which had five seniors sign with major colleges, including Drayton Calhoun (LSU) and Deion Roberson (N.C. State).

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Recruiting Rewind: Boise State-bound QB Tamburo has no hard feelings toward UGA

North Gwinnett QB Michael Tamburo says Boise State is 'a perfect fit.'

North Gwinnett QB Michael Tamburo says Boise State is

Despite being No. 2 on Georgia’s recruiting board during his junior year, North Gwinnett quarterback Michael Tamburo said he was a little disappointed but holds no hard feelings toward the Bulldogs. He signed with Boise State.

“They were honest with me,” Tamburo said. “I don’t feel slighted. They told me they were going to expand their search nationally and they saw guys like Aaron Murray and AJ McCarron. At that time I was a few inches shorter and 20-25 pounds lighter.”

The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder had 88 career touchdowns for the Bulldogs. Tamburo talks about the recruiting process.

Q. Do you feel you got overlooked by Georgia Tech and UGA?
A. No. They both looked at me. I think with my style of play I’m a better fit at Boise State than UGA or Tech. Tech didn’t recruit me that hard. And UGA told me straight up that they were going to go national and offer guys like Tom Savage, Aaron Murray and AJ McCarron. …

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Gainesville WR Tai-ler Jones finally gets UGA offer from Mark Richt

 

Tai-ler Jones

WR Tai-ler Jones

Gainesville wide receiver Tai-ler Jones was one of the state’s most heavily-recruited prospects without an UGA scholarship offer.

All that changed after speaking on the telephone with Georgia’s Mark Richt on Friday. UGA is offer No. 31 for Jones. All the teasing that Jones was taking from classmates and local Georgia fans can end.

“Coach Richt said they wanted me, and I was like ‘Oh wow’ and I didn’t know what to say back to him,” Jones said. “I wasn’t expecting it at all. It caught me completely off guard.”

Was Jones upset that Georgia took longer than other schools to offer? “No, not at all. Everybody wanted me to be mad at Georgia. But I wasn’t. Georgia told me all along that they were taking their time to evaluate prospects to make sure they offered the right guys. I believed what they said, and I’m excited about the offer. That makes me feel great.”

Georgia had originally told Jones and his Gainesville teammates, junior quarterback Blake Sims and …

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Dalton DE Jalen Fields may be UGA’s first 2010 commitment

Who will be Georgia’s first 2010 commitment? Dalton defensive end Jalen Fields may take the honor.

The 6-foot-5, 245 pound Fields says he is attending Georgia’s Junior Day on Saturday, and there’s a high probability he’ll commit to the Bulldogs.

“I think my chances are high,” Fields told the AJC. “I’d like to commit this year, and not next year. So I think my chances of committing to Georgia on Saturday are high. Pretty high.”

If so, he would be the first junior to give an early pledge to Georgia. Fields has seven offers, with Tennessee coming on strong. But Georgia is first in his heart because they were the first to offer.

“Yes, sir, I’m a hometown fan, I’ve been a Bulldogs fan ever since I was born,” Fields said. “That’s the team I watch on TV, Georgia and Florida State. My high school coach took me to some Tennessee games. But he knows Georgia is my team.”

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    Douglass DL Smith excited about visit to UGA on Saturday

    Douglass defensive lineman Garrison Smith will be among the large contingent of players attending Junior Day at Georgia on Saturday.

    With 21 scholarship offers in his possession from programs such as Georgia, Georgia Tech, Alabama, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Ohio State and Tennessee, the 6-foot-3, 260-pound Smith is becoming one of the state’s most coveted prospects.

    But don’t look for Smith to pull the trigger on a commitment during his visit to Athens this weekend.

    “I’m just planning on going to the school and having a good visit,” Smith said. “I want to see the team, see all the coaches and have a good day at Georgia.”

    When asked where the Dogs rate among the schools that have already offered, Smith said he’s still in the process of evaluating.

    “I haven’t narrowed things down yet,” he said. “I’m looking at all the schools and what they have to offer.”

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    Auburn chasing hard after Stephenson LB Tyrone Cornelius

    Stephenson linebacker Tyrone Cornelius, who has five scholarship offers, said Auburn is recruiting him the hardest. 

    “[Auburn] coach [Gene] Chizik was out when I went down there,” Cornelius said. “They really want me to come back and meet him so I can have a sit down with him.

    “Overall, Auburn was very nice. I really saw a lot that I haven’t seen before when I went to Auburn. I was very surprised that it was so nice because I thought it was in the country. But I came away with a whole different view of Auburn.”

    Cornelius has offers from Georgia Tech, Auburn, Miami, South Carolina and Vanderbilt.

    The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Cornelius had hoped to visit Vanderbilt on Saturday, but a track meet will force him to reschedule his trip to Nashville.

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    Carver QB Devin Burns favors Georgia Tech’s offense

    The offers are slowly starting to roll in for Carver-Columbus junior quarterback Devin Burns. But he is not going to get caught up in the hype. ”I want to take all my visits and keep my options open,” he said.

    The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Burns has offers from Georgia Tech, Arkansas, Maryland, Vanderbilt, Southern Miss, Alabama-Birmingham and Troy. Burns said he could see himself in the option/spread offense similar to the type of system Tech runs. 

    “I like the zone reads,” he said. Burns said he thinks Louisville will be the next to offer.

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    Dalton RB Shaquon Moore thinks Tech could be his first offer

    Dalton junior tailback Shaquon Moore has been in contact with Georgia Tech and thinks the Jackets could be the first to offer.

    “They have been talking to me about the school, academics and the number of kids they graduate,” he said.

    The 6-foot, 190-pound Moore also has been in contact with Central Michigan. He is scheduled to attend Under Armour combine in April. 

    Moore said he wants to wait until Signing Day before making a college decision.

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