Archive for March, 2009

Top recruit Bryce Brown signs with Tennessee

Standout high school running back Bryce Brown has signed a letter of intent with Tennessee.

Brown, who is ranked as the nation’s No. 1 prospect by Rivals, announced his decision from the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in Wichita on Monday.

The Wichita East High School star had narrowed his final choices to Oregon, Miami, Tennessee, Kansas State and LSU. Brown told the Knoxville News-Sentinel that his return trip to Tennessee last weekend made a big difference.

“I asked God before I went down there to reveal it to me,” Brown told the News-Sentinel. “When I first went down there, I really wasn’t feeling it. Before I left, I got the sign. That right then and there told me I would be a Volunteer.”

He committed to Miami a year ago but chose not to accept the school’s scholarship offer before it expired on Feb. 18. His brother is Miami linebacker Arthur Brown.

During his announcement, Bryce Brown first pulled out a Miami hat, then handed it to his brother before pulling out a Tennessee …

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Sandy Creek DB Johnson nearly committed to Georgia Tech

 

Johnson says Tech recruiter Buzz Preston (center) isn't pressuring him to commit. (Johnny Crawford / AJC)

Johnson says Tech recruiter Buzz Preston isn

Sandy Creek safety Isaiah Johnson admits that he nearly committed to Georgia Tech shortly after receiving a scholarship offer from the Jackets during Junior Day on Jan. 31.

“I wanted to commit,” Johnson said. “But my [godfather] said ‘it’s a good school, but wait.’

“He just wants me to get some other looks. He wants me to make sure.”

Johnson, who also has offers from Duke and East Carolina, is aware that the Jackets will sign only 12 to 15 players in the class of 2010.

But Johnson said Tech wide receivers coach, Buzz Preston, hasn’t come out and given him a deadline to commit or move on.

“When Georgia Tech offered me, they said they weren’t going to offer any other safeties,” he said. “They don’t want to rush me into making a decision, but I guess there could be a time distance [to commit].”

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound defensive back is also being recruited Auburn, Central Florida, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt and UCLA.

Jeff …

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Heritage cornerback Peters has 10 offers

Heritage's Garry Peters is racking up college offers. (Scout.com)

Heritage’s Garry Peters is racking up college offers. (Scout.com)

Garry Peters, a cornerback from Heritage High in Conyers, is up to 10 offers after getting invitations from Mississippi State and Ole Miss last week.

Peters hasn’t indicated any favorites, but he is planning to visit Georgia, Alabama, Georgia Tech and Auburn in the new few weeks, according to Heritage defensive coordinator Andy Szatkowski.

Szatkowski said many offers have been made based on video alone.

“Some of the schools have seen his highlight video we posted on YouTube.com and have made offers off that,” Szatkowsi said. ”It makes it easier on everyone instead of having to wait for the film in the mail. … Some schools have said they need some more film to make an offer, and some have said all it took was a few plays to know they wanted him.”

Peters is 6-foot, 175 pounds, with sub-4.5 speed in the 40. He also has offers from Clemson, Maryland, South Carolina, Tennessee, Central Florida and East Carolina. …

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Oklahoma State moves Georgia up on the recruiting priority list

Oklahoma State, which plays UGA in the season-opener, said recruiting the state of Georgia has moved up on the priority list after the Cowboys had so much success this past year. Georgia has rocketed up to third.

Mill Creek DE Ryan Robinson is among Oklahoma State's signees out of Georgia. (Marcus Yam / AJC File)

Mill Creek DE Ryan Robinson is among Oklahoma State’s signees out of Georgia. (Marcus Yam / AJC File)

“Right now, Georgia is third for us,” Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy told the AJC. “Oklahoma, Texas and then Georgia are the states we’re going to work hard on. In the spring, we’re going to put a [couple of assistants] there. We’re actually going to double up our recruiting efforts in the state of Georgia.”

Inside Recruiting Blog: Check out Michael Carvell’s interview with Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy, in which Gundy talks about unexpected recruiting rewards following his 2007 “I’m a man” outburst.

Oklahoma State signed three of the state’s top players last month, including Carver-Columbus linebacker LeRon Furr, Walton fullback David Paulsen and Mill Creek defensive …

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Meet the Signing Day Class of 2010: B.J. Bostic, Jefferson County quarterback / defensive back prospect

B.J. Bostic, of Jefferson County High (Ga.), plays quarterback / defensive back and is among Georgia’s most sought-after rising seniors. Here’s a little bit more about this hot prospect in the recruiting Class of 2010.

B.J. Bostic

B.J. Bostic

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B.J. Bostic Football Factsheet: Bostic is listed at 5-11, 175 pounds and runs a 4.55 in the 40. He currently has offers from Georgia Tech and Mississippi State and his schools of interest include Florida, Georgia, LSU and South Carolina.

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Meet the Signing Day Class of 2010: Ryan Ayers, South Paulding wide receiver / safety prospect

Ryan Ayers, of South Paulding High (Ga.), plays wide receiver / safety and is among Georgia’s most sought-after rising seniors. Here’s a little bit more about this hot prospect in the recruiting Class of 2010.

Ryan Ayers

Ryan Ayers

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Ryan Ayers Football Factsheet: Ayers is listed at 5-10, 178 pounds and runs a 4.43 in the 40. He currently has offers from Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Mississippi, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.

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UGA, Florida catching up with Georgia Tech on South Paulding DB Ryan Ayers

Both Mississippi schools make advances toward South Paulding DB

Florida and Auburn make offers to South …

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Meet the Signing Day Class of 2010: Markeith Ambles, Henry County wide receiver prospect

Markeith Ambles, of Henry County High (Ga.), plays wide receiver and is among Georgia’s most sought-after rising seniors. Here’s a little bit more about this hot prospect in the recruiting Class of 2010.

Markeith Ambles

Markeith Ambles

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Markeith Ambles Football Factsheet: Ambles is listed at 6-3, 185 pounds and runs a 4.62 in the 40. He currently has offers from Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, North Carolina, Tennessee and Southern Cal.

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