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UGA’s basketball coach establishes contact with Derrick Favors’ coach

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Vanderbilt, other schools, flirt with Calhoun linebacker Cody Ralston

Competing schools haven’t given up on Calhoun linebacker Cody Ralston, who committed to Central Florida in February.

Vanderbilt and Purdue are just a few of the schools trying to change the mind of Ralston, who stands 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds. “I’m getting a lot of attention from [other schools], but I’m still strongly committed to Central Florida,” Ralston said.

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    Westside-Macon WR Ronald Carswell commits to Alabama

    For the second time in three days, Alabama landed a commitment from one of Georgia’s top prospects. Wide receiver Ronald Carswell of Macon committed to the Crimson Tide on Tuesday, according to Scout.

    “It’s Alabama,” Carswell told the website. “They are the biggest team in Alabama. They don’t have a pro team. It’s all about the Crimson Tide.” 

    Carswell picked Alabama over East Carolina, and had emerging interest from Florida, Clemson, and many other schools. Carswell will be joined at Alabama by one of the state’s top quarterbacks.

    Gainesville quarterback Blake Sims made the surprising decision to commit to the Crimson Tide on Saturday after meeting with coach Nick Saban. Sims had offers from around 10 schools, including Michigan and Georgia, before quickly committing to Alabama, which had offered only two days earlier. Sims said on Tuesday that he will remain loyal to Saban.

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    Georgia LB Michael Taylor offered by Miami Hurricanes

    Westlake linebacker Michael Taylor, who was offered by Miami on Tuesday, said he plans to attend UGA’s spring game on Saturday.

    The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Taylor is one of UGA’s top targets at linebacker. He has nine offers, including Georgia Tech, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and North Carolina State. Taylor was thrilled to be offered by Miami. “I love it, I’m definitely considering Miami,” Taylor said.

    Taylor is quickly losing his status as “one of the state’s best-kept secrets.” Virginia Tech may be the next to offer. He says UGA is his top choice, followed by Miami, and then Georgia Tech tied with several other schools.

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    Where Rivals, Scout rank Georgia’s top 2010 football prospects

    Denzel McCoy picked Georgia Tech (AJC)

    Denzel McCoy ranks higher on Rivals’ list than Scout’s. (AJC)

    When it comes to ranking the nation’s top college football prospects, Rivals and Scout have established themselves as the authorities in the field. And, like any competing services, they beg to differ on exactly who ranks where.

    A quick glance at both sites reveals some interesting discrepancies among where each recruiting news service ranks Georgia’s Class of 2010 top college football prospects in their polls.

    Update: Thanks to astute AJC Recruiting reader mts315, who sent in a link to the Scout 300, we’ve updated the Scout.com list to include the actual numeric rankings for Georgia prospects among that service’s top 250 players.

    Let’s look at the lists (and the differences)

    THE RIVALS 250 – Ranked Georgia prospects

    23. Markeith Ambles, Henry County High – McDonough. WR, 6-2/182

    31. Alec Ogletree, Newnan High – Newnan. DB, 6-3/210

    46. Mack Brown, M.L. King High – Lithonia. RB, 5-11/185

    74. Garrison Smith, …

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    South Carolina defensive end lists UGA among top five

    Defensive end Brandon Willis of Byrnes (S.C.), who was offered by UGA last summer, has the Bulldogs in his top five, according to GoUpstate.com.

    The 6-foot-4, 250-pounder also lists Florida State, North Carolina, LSU, and California. Willis says he is considering all offers, but does not have hometown favorites South Carolina or Clemson among his current list of finalists.

    Willis visited Tennessee last weekend. “I got to meet the Kiffins (Monte and Lane) and [recruiting coordinator] Ed Orgeron,” Willis told GoUpstate. “They’re really enthusiastic. We saw the team meeting and what the players go through. It was really cool.”

    Byrnes High also has Marcus Lattimore, who is a candidate to be the nation’s top tailback. Lattimore has a UGA offer and made an unofficial visit to Athens last week.

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    Recruiting Rewind: Georgia QB stayed loyal to East Carolina

    Sandy Creek QB Rio Johnson (AJC)

    Sandy Creek QB Rio Johnson (AJC)

    When he committed to East Carolina in August, Sandy Creek quarterback Rio Johnson chose the Pirates over programs such as Memphis, Ohio and UAB.  
     
    Despite committing nearly six months prior to national signing day, Johnson went out of his way to tell other schools that approached him that he planned to remain loyal to ECU.

    He’ll likely be redshirted this fall, but will have an opportunity to become the Pirates’ starting quarterback in 2010.

    Johnson shared his recruiting story with The Atlanta Journal Constitution.

    Q: You committed to East Carolina early and stood by your decision. How confident are you that you made the right choice?  A: “I can’t wait to get to ECU. I’m excited. I start there on June 25. Me and [Heritage tight end and ECU signee] Justin Jones have become pretty good friends over the past few weeks.”

    Q: Did any school make a serious run at you after you committed? A: Not really. In fact, me and [Sandy Creek] coach [Chip] …

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    Gainesville QB tells Nick Saban he’s signing with Alabama

    QB Blake Sims commits to Alabama (Photo by Sims family)

    Gainesville’s Blake Sims, one of UGA’s targets at quarterback, committed to Alabama on Saturday. Sims met in person with Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban.

    “Blake and his dad are fired up,” Gainesville offensive coordinator Todd Wofford said. “Blake said he had no choice but to commit.”

    “It was everything he was looking for. Coach Saban and his staff were really straight forward with Blake. They said he has a legitimate chance to fight for the QB spot. If his heart is at QB, then he would stay at QB.”

    Sims had around 3,400 all-purpose yards and 42 total touchdowns last year for Gainesville. He had around a dozen offers, including UGA, Michigan, West Virginia, Tennessee, Arkansas, Ole Miss, North Carolina State, and Florida State. 

    Sims said all the schools except for Georgia offered him strictly at quarterback. Before the Alabama trip, Sims named his his top three choices as Michigan, West Virginia and UGA. He has yet to meet …

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    Collins Hill LB Zach Davis hoping to catch attention of SEC schools

    Collins Hill linebacker Zach Davis has an early offer from Tulane and is hoping for more.

    The 6-foot, 195-pound Davis plans to watch Georgia Tech’s practice next week. He is also hearing from Mississippi State, Clemson, Okahoma, East Carolina, Central Florida, Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Auburn, Alabama-Birmingham and Michigan State.

    “The [recruiting process] is going well,” Davis said. “It’s definitely exciting. I’m going to try to go to Georgia Tech. They have a great football team and great academics. And my teammate [tailback Charles Perkins] has already committed there.”

    Which school does Davis hope will offer next? “I don’t know. I don’t really have a dream school. I’d probably like to hear from one of those big SEC schools. It might be good to get some interest from one of those.”

    Davis is being recruited at both the linebacker and safety positions. He has been clocked in the 40-yard dash at under 4.5 seconds.

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    Alabama’s Nick Saban offers Gainesville QB Blake Sims

    Gainesville QB Blake Sims says his top three choices are Michigan, West Virginia and UGA (AJC)

    Alabama has offered Blake Sims, one of the state’s top quarterbacks.

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    How excited was Sims about the offer? “My family is trying to work out plans where we can go to Alabama on Saturday to meet with [Nick Saban] in person,” Sims said. “It feels great that they wants me. Alabama is a great school, it’s close to home, and they almost made it to the national championship game last year.”

    The electrifying Sims has around a dozen offers, including UGA, Michigan, West Virginia, Tennessee, Arkansas, Ole Miss, North Carolina State, and Florida State. Other schools that may be close to offers are South Carolina, Oregon, Central Florida and Auburn.

    All the schools except for Georgia have offered Sims strictly at quarterback.

    “Georgia said they like me first at quarterback, but they also like me as an …

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