Archive for April, 2009

UGA’s Mark Richt should break the rules in the name of academics

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UGA basketball recruit Miller released from letter of intent

Daniel Miller, a 6-foot-11 center, played at Loganville Christian School. (Brant Sanderlin / bsanderlin@ajc.com)  

Daniel Miller, a 6-foot-11 center, played at Loganville Christian School. (Brant Sanderlin / bsanderlin@ajc.com)

 

Daniel Miller, a 6-foot-11, 240-pound center from Loganville Christian Academy, on Tuesday got the release he sought from the letter of intent he signed with Georgia last fall.

“The family of Daniel Miller expressed a desire for Daniel to be released from his letter of intent,” Georgia coach Mark Fox said in a statement. “After meeting with them over the weekend, I have granted Daniel his complete release. I wish him well in the career path he chooses for himself.”

That is the question now: What path will Miller, 17, choose?

When Miller signed with Georgia in November, Dennis Felton was the Bulldogs coach, and the Dogs won a battle with Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Minnesota and Stanford. He now is free to sign with any of them, or somebody else, without having to sit out a season.

A phone message left for Miller at his parents’ house was not returned Tuesday …

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Georgia State holds open football tryouts as part of effort to field inaugural 2010 Panthers team

GSU's John Bond works with would-be players during football tryouts April 20, 2009. (AJC)

GSU’s John Bond works with would-be players during football tryouts April 20, 2009. (AJC)

With a 2010 start date set to field its inaugural football squad, Georgia State University held open tryouts Monday afternoon at Clarkston’s Hallford Stadium, just outside of Atlanta. GSU suits up to begin Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) play, formerly known as Division I-AA, for the first time in school history as part of the Colonial Athletic Association.

PHOTOS: Check out Georgia State’s open football tryouts

About 50 Panthers football hopefuls took part in the workouts, led by GSU head football coach Bill Curry – legendary for his stints at Georgia Tech, Alabama and Kentucky – and assembled staff.

Georgia State signed 26 prospects in February, including highly-touted Henry County QB Drew Little, in its initial recruiting class for the 2010 team.

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Georgia Tech superfan serves as T-Day Game reporter on Twitter

When we asked UGA fans to report back to us on Twitter from their G-Day game, we got lots of feedback. And of course when we asked Tech fans to do the same, we had no worries that we’d get some fine Twitter-based observations from the Yellow Jackets fan base.

Tech fan Jeff Baltes, who attends all Jackets home games and takes in 2-3 road games a season, told us last week that he was headed to the T-Day game to “take notes and report back.” Monday morning, as promised, Jeff hit us up on Twitter with his carefully considered, well thought-out feedback — both the positives and negatives — from Georgia Tech’s spring game where, he notes, “a ton of ex-players in attendance and they were all excited about this upcoming season.”

Here are some things this self-described Jackets superfan took away from Saturday’s T-Day game.

“Dwyer and Burnett are studs. I felt the D-line outplayed the O-line which is encouraging considering how much we lost in the D-Line.”

“Too many fumbles! Also, …

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Mark Richt’s QB son transfers to Mars Hill College after leaving Clemson

Jon Richt (Clemson University)

Jon Richt (Clemson University)

Quarterback Jon Richt, the son of Georgia coach Mark Richt, will continue his football career at Mars Hill College. He played his high school ball at Prince Avenue Christian School in Athens.

Richt had also considered Valdosta State and the upstart Georgia State football programs before deciding on Mars Hill.

GET THE FULL STORY: Check out AJC staff writer Tim Tucker’s complete story here

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Stanford-bound WR Tai-ler Jones says UGA was too late

Gainesville — A little more love might have kept Gainesville High School star Tai-ler Jones a little closer to home as he played his college ball.

The speedy receiver, who ranks as one of the state’s top junior prospects, ended the speculation about his future by choosing Stanford as his college choice during a Thursday afternoon press conference at the school in front of excited friends, family and coaches.

Jones, who boasts a 3.6 GPA and a robust 25 ACT score, chose the Cardinal from among his six finalists, including Georgia, Cal, UCLA, Notre Dame and North Carolina. He totaled 32 scholarship offers overall, including Georgia Tech.

The lifelong UGA fan he said he likely would have chosen the Bulldogs had they made a scholarship offer a little sooner. The Dogs became the 31st school to offer the 6-foot-1, 178-pounder when they did so in late March.

“In the end, their offer did come kind of late,” said Jones, who caught 81 passes for 989 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior to …

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Southern Cal’s Pete Carroll offers Georgia DE prospect

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South Atlanta High basketball standout Derrick Favors officially signs with Georgia Tech

Derrick Favors has officially signed with Tech.

Derrick Favors has officially signed with Tech.

Derrick Favors is a Yellow Jacket. The South Atlanta High standout made his three-month-old commitment to Georgia Tech official today – on the first day of the spring signing period.

READ THE FULL STORY: Click here for AJC staff writer Larry Hartstein’s article on Favors signing with Georgia Tech

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RB Washaun Ealey making the grades to play for UGA

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Westlake LB Michael Taylor gets offer No. 9 from Virginia Tech

Westlake linebacker Michael Taylor, one of the state’s few prospects that holds early scholarship offers from both UGA and Georgia Tech, got another offer. Virginia Tech gave him the news on Tuesday.

It is No. 9 for Taylor, who also holds offers from Miami, LSU and North Carolina State.

“I like Virginia Tech and that’s definitely one school I want to visit before I make my college decision,” Taylor said. “I can go SEC or ACC. I’ve got offers from four SEC schools and four ACC schools, the two biggest conferences in the South. That’s an honor.”

Taylor, who lists UGA as his top choice, is considering visiting LSU on Saturday.

“I’m just taking my time, checking things out,” Taylor said. “I want to take official visits next year to see how the campuses are on game day. I want to see how it would be … to be a Bulldog, or a Tiger, or a Hokie, or a Hurricane.’”

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