Archive for July, 2009

More secondary help on way for Dogs?

By DARRYL MAXIE / dmaxie@ajc.com

Georgia landed some secondary help over the weekend. Another high-profile player could be on the way.

Cornerback Cody Riggs of national powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale told Gridironstuds.com that the Bulldogs are leading on his list of schools to consider. Rivals ranks him No. 3 in the nation at his position; Scout ranks him No. 7.

Click on the link and you can check out what Chad Wilson of Gridironstuds has to say about Riggs and what Riggs had to say about why a school like Miami had no chance with him.

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Alec Ogletree, Charles Perkins speak out about UGA, Georgia Tech recruiting

Collins Hill RB Charles Perkins (AJC)

Collins Hill RB Charles Perkins (AJC)

Collins Hill tailback Charles Perkins has kept a low profile since he was Georgia Tech’s first 2010 football commitment last February. Newnan’s Alec Ogletree, who is ranked as the state’s No. 1 overall prospect by Scout, has been the talk of the town since he made the surprising decision to commit early to Georgia on June 26. We caught up this week with Perkins and Ogletree.Here are four things that you need to know about each:

PERKINS

Loyalty to Tech. As with all top prospects, colleges haven’t given up on Perkins despite his commitment. “The strongest [suitors] are Wake Forest and Vanderbilt. They called during the spring and always send a lot of e-mails. They both tell me I’m the No. 1 tailback on their recruiting board and are hoping I’ll change my mind. I’m respectful to them, and I’ll listen, but I tell everybody I’m 100 percent committed to Georgia Tech.”

Increase in weight. The 6-foot Perkins weighed 195 pounds when he rushed for …

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Hamilton chooses Georgia

By DARRYL MAXIE / dmaxie@ajc.com

The word Georgia fans have been waiting to hear came in a noontime announcement Saturday at an Augusta restaurant: Junior college All-America safety Jakar Hamilton is committing to the Bulldogs, becoming the team’s 14th commitment from the recruiting class of 2010.

Hamilton, 6 feet 1 1/2 and 205 pounds, earned first-team National Junior College Athletic Association All-America honors after recording 50 tackles, four interceptions and eight pass breakups as a freshman last season for Georgia Military College.

A graduate of Strom Thurmond High in Johnston, S.C., Hamilton originally had designs on attending South Carolina. But he failed to qualify academically and was advised to go to the Milledgeville school instead.

Auburn, Illinois, N.C. State and Tulsa also offered Hamilton, but he narrowed his choices to Georgia and Alabama as the recruiting process reached its conclusion. Three weeks ago, he decided it would be Georgia, but waited to make …

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Gators go hard after LaGrange QB

By DARRYL MAXIE / dmaxie@ajc.com

LaGrange coach Steve Pardue says Florida is pushing hard for Grangers quarterback Jamius Gunsby.

“Florida likes him as much as anybody,” Pardue told the AJC. The Gators are contending with Kentucky and Troy, who likewise have offered him — which hardly sounds like a fair fight.

The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Gunsby may look too big to be a QB, but that didn’t stop Kentucky from putting 6-4, 285-pound Jared Lorenzen — nicknamed “The hefty lefty” —  under center from 2000-02. Gunsby is supposed to make an other trip to Florida at the end of the month.

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Scouts keeping an eye on Sandy Creek

By DARRYL MAXIE / dmaxie@ajc.com

All eyes are on Sandy Creek this week.

Defensive end Lacy Coleman committed to Louisville on Thursday. Sandy Creek’s highest-profile remaining prospect, running back prospect Rajion Neal, is considering Mississippi State, Southern Miss and Tulane, among others. Reporters are on stand-by awaiting his commitment news, though no date has been specified.

“He’s looked at several other places and probably will commit before the beginning of the season,” Sandy Creek coach Chip Walker said.

Wide receiver Jarrett Davis, who also has looked at Louisville, Tulane and several MAC schools “might not be far from committing,” Walker said.

One of their newest teammates is starting to get some attention, too. Cedric Byrd, a 5-foot-10, 165-pound safety who has transferred from Clarke Central, is getting some interest. While confessing to “really keeping my options open,” Byrd has paid special attention to the SEC and ACC interest in him. Among …

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Season could clarify standing for Westminster’s Chester

By DARRYL MAXIE / dmaxie@ajc.com

This will be the year that determines what level of prospect Westminster’s Malcolm Chester will be.
A three-year starter on defense, Chester, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound rising senior, figures to be a go-to guy on offense this year for the Wildcats, giving scouts a chance to assess his skills.

“He’d love to play Division I, but we’ll have to see how that goes,” Westminster coach Gerry Romberg told the AJC. “He’s a very intelligent young man — his father played at Duke — and education is going to be a very important consideration. They’re going to look for the best split of football and academics.”

He has been to a one-day camp at Georgia Tech. Romberg said that Central Michigan is “very interested” and is expected to attend the Football University Top Gun camp north of Orlando at the end of the month, a training experience which touts itself as being for the elite players.

“I don’t know if he’s an SEC/ACC-type kid, but he …

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Sandy Creek’s Coleman headed for Louisville

By DARRYL MAXIE / dmaxie@ajc.com

ESPN is reporting that Sandy Creek defensive end Lacy Coleman today committed to Louisville, an item confirmed by pay sites Rivals (Howie Lindsey has that) and Scout (Mike Hughes with the details). You can click on either site name for a more in-depth report, but they are pay sites so subscriptions are required.

The 6-foot-5, 218-pound rising senior is considered raw and in need of additional bulk to be a college defensive end. ESPN says he chose the Cardinals over East Carolina, Western Kentucky, Louisiana-Monroe and Toledo.

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Burrows comments on committing to Dogs

By DARRYL MAXIE / dmaxie@ajc.com

Even an injury that ended Brandon Burrows’ senior season before it began couldn’t scare Georgia away from the Walton defensive end.

After learning that Burrows tore an ACL in spring practice on an innocuous-looking play, Georgia coach Mark Richt was on the phone, reaffirming the Dogs’ interest in the 6-foot-4, 230-pound rising senior.

“Just thinking back to the morning after I got hurt, I was on the phone with Coach Richt and he said I was still good with them,” Burrows said. “That really said a lot.”

Burrows rewarded Richt’s loyalty by committing to the Bulldogs Wednesday. He becomes their 13th commitment, and chose the Dogs over Florida, Oklahoma, Clemson and N.C. State.

“The impact of that [call] was huge; it’s hard to put into words,” Burrows said. “Especially before committing, when something like that happens, you’re never sure. The first 24 hours after I got hurt were pretty hectic, but it was such a relief …

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Georgia lands Walton DE Burrows

By DARRYL MAXIE / dmaxie@ajc.com

Walton defensive end Brandon Burrows was impressed at how quickly Georgia called him after he suffered a season-ending-before-it-even-started injury. His high school coach lauded Bulldogs coach Mark Richt for doing “the right thing.”

On Wednesday, Burrows, a 6-foot-4, 238-pound rising senior who tore an ACL in spring workouts, repaid Georgia for sticking with him, becoming the Bulldogs’ 13th commitment. He chose the Dogs over Florida. Oklahoma, Clemson and N.C. State also were interested in Burrows.

“He’s a special player and a special person — polite, respectful, honest, conscientious, all the things you want your son to be,” Walton first-year coach Rocky Hidalgo told the AJC in May.

Burrows is the 28th-ranked defensive end in the country, according to Rivals, and the 38th nationally, according to Scout.

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Campus, Pac-10 possibilities sell Anderson on Stanford

By DARRYL MAXIE / dmaxie@ajc.com

If you’re going to uproot and re-plant yourself 2,500 miles away, you’d better be sure. Woodward Academy defensive end Henry Anderson is certain, and that’s why he committed to Stanford this week, choosing the Cardinal over Georgia Tech, Virginia, Michigan, Florida State and Clemson.

He was impressed by everything at Stanford — the campus, the alumni who give back to the school, the academics of course, and the passion of head coach Jim Harbaugh and the Cardinal assistants.

“Probably the No. 1 thing was the attitude of the coaches,” Anderson told the AJC. “They want to win more than anything else.”

Anderson, a 6-foot-6, 245-pound rising senior, quickly understood what had sold fellow Georgians Daunte Carr and Tai-ler Jones, both of Gainesville, on the Palo Alto, Calif., school.

“I think Tai-ler and Daunte were very amazed as I was by the campus, all the facilities, everything about California,” Anderson said.

Jones and his father impressed …

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