Ball chooses Gators, Yankey heads west to Stanford

UPDATED WITH NEW INFO AT 8:32 P.M. EST

Jackson defensive end Neiron Ball confirmed Monday that has accepted a scholarship offer from Florida and Roswell-Centennial’s David Yankey committed to Stanford.

Ball, a 6-foot-4, 205-pound rising senior, chose the Gators over Auburn and Georgia. Neiron’s older brother Neland is a redshirt sophomore for the Bulldogs. In the end, that fact might have hurt Georgia more than it helped it.

“He was really skeptical about going to Georgia because he didn’t want to be known as Neland’s little brother,” Jackson coach Mike Parris said. “We talked about that a few times. But it basically came down to the kid really enjoyed Florida.”

Parris said Neiron had long been leaning toward the Gators, even recently buying one of their tags for the front of his car. Then he attended Florida’s Friday Night Lights camp this past Friday “and that was the icing on the cake.”

Said Neiron: “I just had a great time when I went down there. It just felt like home to me.”

Neiron downplayed the effect of his brother’s presence at Georgia on his decision. “I wanted to be there because of him and I didn’t want to be there because of him. It really kind of canceled out.”

Neiron said he made the call to Florida coaches on Monday afternoon. But as of 6:30 p.m. he still hadn’t made THE call — to his brother.

“I haven’t told him yet,” Neiron said of Neland. “I guess I need to. I think he’ll be happy for me.”

Parris said the Gators are “getting a good one, now I’m telling you. He can run like a deer. Ran a 4.43 at Florida’s camp. He’s going to return punts for me. He’s a player.”

Yankey said he chose Stanford over Duke, Wake Forest, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. Clearly the 6-foot-5, 275-pound rising senior is as strong in the academic department as he is in the weightroom. He said he visited the northern California school this past weekend and that was all he needed to see.

“It was definitely the best school I’ve been to by far,” said Yankey, who plans to major in biology and eventually pursue a medical career. “It was beautiful out there and I really liked the sense of community. It seemed like everyone genuinely liked each other. And they’re getting better in football.”

Scout.com reports that Peachtree Ridge wide receiver Bradley Roby committed to Vanderbilt Monday. I’m still checking on that.

119 comments Add your comment

GatorBait

July 27th, 2009
7:45 pm

yawn. getting to be old. we keep getting all the good players out of geogia. go gators.

DAWG

July 27th, 2009
7:47 pm

Of course Ball wasn’t coming to UGA…we’ve signed four already?? Good pickup though!

And gator bait…yawn…

WE keep getting all the good players out of florida

Douglas

July 27th, 2009
7:53 pm

That’s OK GatorBait…you keep getting a few from GA and we will get a few from Florida…I can go for that. The advantage you have is that Strong is a better DC than our DC…and until that changes, UF will continue to dominate UGA.

Island Dawg

July 27th, 2009
7:55 pm

And Bait, we get your in-home talent. No problem. There is only room for two in the SEC East upper echelon, and we’re there together. At least Kiffin isn’t plucking

Taylor S

July 27th, 2009
8:02 pm

Word was UGA wasnt going to accept his commitment. He didnt pick the Gators over the Dawgs. All these kids wait to long and lose there spots in the class.

Alfred Neuman IV,Summa Cum Laude,UGA'90

July 27th, 2009
8:04 pm

Florida & the Eleven Dwarfs.

GatorBait

July 27th, 2009
8:09 pm

you get our talent? not too many. Thus, why we win national championships and UGA fans love those precious SEC championships. Game in Jax this year should be kinda funny.

GatorBait

July 27th, 2009
8:11 pm

and yes UGA is about the only school I would stir things up with. Definitely the most obnoxious fans I have ever come across. Stopped going to game in Jax a few years ago due to their fans.

Island Dawg

July 27th, 2009
8:12 pm

Taylor, I’m with ya. The way things are going I agree with MB that we need a July LOI date. So many of these guys lose out on offers from their preferred programs/schools by holding out

SickandTired

July 27th, 2009
8:12 pm

Yeehaw…another player that picks Florida that now Georgia really didn’t want in the first place. Look DawgFans……wake up and smell the crystal out of Gainesville. It should come as no shcok that a kid might really wanna somehow kinda go to a school that gets the job done. That finishes the drill so to speak. Georgia: The Wisconsin of the SEC.

Island Dawg

July 27th, 2009
8:15 pm

Bait, I can assure you I will be there in JAX. Tebow is sick, and I just hope if Cox doesn’t prove himself by then we do a nice Gray/Murray rotation

GatorBait

July 27th, 2009
8:17 pm

who can blame the kid- he wants to win- what do you think his brother was feeling watching the BCS championship game last year? A no brainer decision. It is like asking someone do you want a ferrari or a hyundai. I am sure he didn’t have to give it much thought.

In the Know

July 27th, 2009
8:18 pm

Gator Bait…I guess you didn’t see the show on ESPN two weeks ago where Florida fans were voted the most obnoxious in the country.Better go wash out your mullett and get those cut off jean shorts out of the cleaners…football season is almost here!

Bullgator

July 27th, 2009
8:21 pm

I obviously don’t like the Dawgs, but they can recruit and they’ve gotten some very good players from Florida over the years. Likewise we’ve gotten some good ones from Georgia, it evens itself out generally. The biggest difference is what happens with these players once they step between the white lines.

Bullgator

July 27th, 2009
8:23 pm

Come on, this is the SEC, having obnoxious fans is a right of passage isn’t!

GatorBait

July 27th, 2009
8:25 pm

in the know not much you can. Come to BHG no mullets or jean shorts. Enjoy driving your pick up truck, shaving your head, and wearing your gas station sunglasses- UGA the fashion boat of the SEC. Bullgator I agree, coaching these guys is one of the main issues. Richt is a good recruiter, average coach. Meyer the top in the business. UGA fans are happy with 10 win seasons, like Richt’s morals etc. so they are happy as well.

sswinfordawg

July 27th, 2009
8:26 pm

I’m not sure if he chose UF over UGA. He may have… but I’m sure UGA taking 5 DEs already and probably yanking his offer had an affect on his decision. Either way good luck kid. Except when you’re playing in Jacksonville in late October.

DAWGPOUND

July 27th, 2009
8:26 pm

anyone know who the five star recruit is that visited ga today?

GatorBait

July 27th, 2009
8:30 pm

UGA has a bye week before UF this year. So how close can they keep it- 55-10?

Marietta Dawg

July 27th, 2009
8:31 pm

I imagine gatorbait will slide back in his hole never to be heard from once Tebow leaves

You should try and drop the smug attitude and go bleach your mullet

Jimmy Payne

July 27th, 2009
8:31 pm

This headline is completely inaccurate. UGA had no room left for this kid. He did not pick Florida over UGA. Get your facts straight Mr. Towers. Just another AJC false headline.

heeldawg

July 27th, 2009
8:32 pm

Look, Chip, I know that headlines sell papers and all, but U.Ga. was full at DE, with four already committed. Ball’s offer was off the table. He didn’t “pick” Florida over Georgia. He was offered by Florida and accepted because the other offer (from Georgia) was already gone.

Now, he may have picked the Gators anyway. At least the spin from Jackson makes it sound that way. But this was no more a selection than me “selecting” my parents.

DAWG

July 27th, 2009
8:33 pm

Jeff Luc was in Athens today

DAWG

July 27th, 2009
8:36 pm

Who cares where Ball went? We are full at DE.

I’m not caught up in ranking but this was no jewel out of GA. A DE that weighs 204lbs?? 3 star, this isn’t a killer.

Good luck though Mr.Ball

GatorBait

July 27th, 2009
8:36 pm

marietta dog- how many years are you guys going to talk about mullets and jean shorts- hasn’t existed anywhere in florida for many years. guess it is easier to talk about than football. scoreboard dude. nothing like national championships. oh and we were kind of good before tebow- ever heard of chris leak or danny wuerffel?

In the Know

July 27th, 2009
8:36 pm

Fish Bait = Gator Bait = Queer Bait….gotta love those mullets and jean shorts Florida fans.

GatorBait

July 27th, 2009
8:37 pm

Jeff Luc is a gator- in all seriousness he was at FNL this past Friday and said” the gators have nothing to worry about”. sorry but he much closer to UF than Athens, GA and why would he possibly want to go to UGA?

GatorBait

July 27th, 2009
8:38 pm

in the know gotta love those national championships. How is the gymnastics team- good luck with those sports.

DAWGPOUND

July 27th, 2009
8:40 pm

jeff luc huh. That is his second visit to uga, must have liked it the first time. Maybe we have a shot of signing him, who knows.

GTDog

July 27th, 2009
8:40 pm

Ohhhhh, not even worth getting in the kiddie pool with Gat-turbator and commenting today, except to say “good luck” to Mr. Ball…

Mr. A

July 27th, 2009
8:41 pm

Gator Bait …. you quit going to Jax because noone can work the drive thru window as good as you!!!
Get off the Dawg sites if you think we are too obnoxious!!! Sounds to me like you must like being aroung Dawgs! I personally would not go to a Gator site! Not good enough for me! Says a lot about you!

DAWGPOUND

July 27th, 2009
8:41 pm

Well it sounds like florida has plenty to worry about if he’s still taking visits

DAWG

July 27th, 2009
8:42 pm

Question was: who was in athens? I answered the question gator…

how about you relax before you start saying who is going where?? Same thing you said about TJ Stripling right?? hahahaha!

GatorBait

July 27th, 2009
8:42 pm

mr. a. the ajc writes more about the gators than UGA. the gator nation is everywhere. The UGA nation is nowhere to be found.

Red and Black Attack

July 27th, 2009
8:44 pm

Gator bait must be worried about us or atleast we are on your mind or you would not even be on this blog. Atleast admit that! Whats that? Another Fla player just got arrested?? What? Another gaytor failed a drug test??

DAWG

July 27th, 2009
8:46 pm

gator…weren’t you just b.i.t.c.h.i.n.g about obnoxious people…look in the mirror mr.classy

TampaGator

July 27th, 2009
8:54 pm

Mr. A…this is a recruiting site, not a Dawg blog site. Gosh, you guys are persistent with that crap. If you want to go to a Dawg site, go to the JunkyardDawg site and stay there. That is a Dawg site and it is the only one on the AJC. Please, give that crap a break would you. It just so happens that most of the AJC sports page readers are Georgia and Florida fans with a little Ole Miss, Bama, and Auburn thrown in.

GatorBait

July 27th, 2009
8:54 pm

I just hope Urban calls a timeout with us leading by 40 again. That was awesome.

long dawg

July 27th, 2009
8:56 pm

Gaitor Bait, Florida is definately on a roll and Meyer is a great coach. Even though I am a big Dawg fan I can’t argue with the success he has had and that Florida has had since Spurrier came. You are probably too young to remember judging by the maturity of your posts but Florida wasn’t very good for about 90 years. I don’t think they even won an SEC title before Spurrier. So good for Florida and their success over the last 19 years. The worm will turn. It always does. When it does you’ll have to find your self esteem out side of Florida football.

GatorBait

July 27th, 2009
9:00 pm

lone dawg not too many people care about the games from 90 years ago. what a bizarre post.

Taylor S

July 27th, 2009
9:00 pm

Apparently Sharrif Floyd was the 5 star kid on campus today. If we are able to land Floyd to go along with Garrison Smith and all the D-end our line will be looking as good as any ones.

Mr. A

July 27th, 2009
9:02 pm

TampaGator ………. you can put my name in your blog when you say something that makes sense. Chip…. please get this nonsense off this site!!!

TampaGator

July 27th, 2009
9:03 pm

Secondly, I think it is so funny when I read blogs from Georgia fans after someone commits to Florida over Georgia. We don’t need him. No room for him. I read all last week how many of you were writing, “Come on Ball, join your buddies and be a Dawg. Now, there was no offer and no room. Well, the last time I checked Georgia had not withdrawn their offer, so that means Georgia would have accepted him if he had chosen the Dawgs, which he didn’t. Georgia proved last week that they pull their offers when they no longer need or want a recruit. Georgia wanted him and they wanted him badly. Plus, Georgia like Florida had and has no plans to play this kid at DE. He will be an outside rush linebacker at Florida or a strong safety. As his HS coach said, the kid can flat out run like a deer. That is why Florida wanted him so bad. He will be running down Dawgs from the outside LB postion in the near future. If he fills out to about 235, then he might play DE. If Luc went to Georgia today, then I would think the choices are probably down to Florida, Florida State, and Georgia for his services. But Florida’s middle linebacker graduates this year (you might of heard of him…a “man” called Spikes) and the Gators will be needing another “man” in the middle soon. I think he will be a Gator, too. I sure hope so because this guy is going to be even better than Spikes real soon…like a year from September.

mdc

July 27th, 2009
9:04 pm

Know from locals there….he is not a player and his brother may be a bust at UGA….probably a non qualifier anyway

Gaytorbait is in love with TeeBLOW !!!!!!!

July 27th, 2009
9:04 pm

Arrogant & Queer = FU fans !!!!!

TampaGator

July 27th, 2009
9:07 pm

Mr. A…it makes plenty of sense but you seem too over emotional and thick skulled to understand the logical thinking process. While you are pleading to Chip, why don’t you ask him if this is Georgia fans blog site only. I think you might be disappointed in his answer since he has responded to my blogs as “Tampa Gator” several time even when he has not agreed with my comment.

GatorBait

July 27th, 2009
9:07 pm

tampa- yep UGA fans on this site- he is only 205 pounds, no room for him, not a player, won’t qualify- did they forget this is july?- kids turn – is this how you talk about potential recruits? UGA fans should no jarvis moss and Derrick Harvey well they put on some weight after high school and were toothpicks in high school. Talk about excuses- it is almost as bad as the “things will turn in the future and UGA will own UF”. Yep keep dreaming.

TampaGator

July 27th, 2009
9:10 pm

Also…I think GatorBait is living up to his name…he has caught a lot of Georgia bloggers on his line tonight.

shane#1

July 27th, 2009
9:11 pm

Nothing on here worth responding to. Ol’ Gator Bait just made UF fans the scum of the earth again. Just when I was about to give the title to UT. Except for you Gen Nyland, no offense meant, Sir. Gator Bait should have something better to do than talk smack on the UGA site, like shine Atlanta Gator’s shoes!

richtfan

July 27th, 2009
9:21 pm

ball missed out, and he didn’t like the depth chart in athens. beating out other all stars can be tough.