Stone Mountain LB Markuss Eligwe commits to FSU over UGA and Florida (UPDATED with video)

Stone Mountain’s football coach had his phone ringing off the hook on Wednesday morning after linebacker Markuss Eligwe committed to Florida State over UGA and Florida.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder, who has around 25 early scholarship offers, is considered to be the state’s top linebacker prospect by some.

“Sorry I couldn’t answer a few minutes ago,” Dante Ferguson said. “It was Florida. They wanted to know why Markuss picked Florida State over them. They said they aren’t going to give up on recruiting him.

“We’ll talk later on with [Eligwe]. I’m not going to try to talk him out of anything. If he’s happy with Florida State, then he made the right choice. I’m just going to let him know other schools are going to come after him. It’s not over. In fact, this might make even more schools come after him.”

Along with the football opportunities, Eligwe picked FSU because of its criminology program. He made his college choice on Wednesday because it was his 17th birthday.

“Great education there and I value mine dearly,” Eligwe said.

“I felt great with Jimbo Fisher,” Eligwe said of FSU’s coach. “The defensive roster was broken down for me. They said I have a legit chance with my talent to play early.

The campus is nice, and where I would stay, I could make it feel like home … that pretty much covers it all.”

On Tuesday, Eligwe talked over the phone with UGA’s Mark Richt, who was lobbying for the Bulldogs.

“Florida State is getting a young man who is very smart in the classroom and on the football field,” Ferguson said. “He’s a born leader.  He can take over a football game. He’s going to be 6-4 — and as fast as he is, that’s scary.”

Update: Eligwe told the AJC later on Wednesday that — while he is committed to Florida State, he still plans to take his five official visits to colleges as a senior.

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253 comments Add your comment

SouthSide Dawg

April 27th, 2011
9:48 am

boo dawgs

April 27th, 2011
9:53 am

so we missed out yet again on another top ga product

schmeckdawg

April 27th, 2011
9:55 am

Hmmmmmmmm so we’ve lost another one. I hope CMR knows this is going to be his last season if he doesn’t win at least nine games and beat florida. Maybe that is why he and his staff are off to such a terrible recruiting start for the class of 2012 they know that they are not going to be there next year.

TXDawg

April 27th, 2011
9:56 am

This kid wanted to go out of state. Had nothing to do with what the staff did or didn’t do.

deezcoons

April 27th, 2011
9:56 am

why do we keep missing out on great georgia players. getting real tired of all the things mark richt cant do

RomeDawg

April 27th, 2011
9:56 am

I hate missing on the top LB prospects in the state! (Vaughters last year) Can’t pronounce this kids last name anyways……

Football_365

April 27th, 2011
9:59 am

I read and article about him around signing day and he said back then he loved the state of florida and that is where he wanted to go to college. Uga made up alot of ground with him but we never really had a shot. Im just glad he chose fsu over uf

gcs

April 27th, 2011
10:01 am

It is time to put up a fence at the Georgia-Florida border. It’s bad enough to lose recruits to SEC rivals but Florida State is REALLY getting some recruiting mojo working. They are getting dangerous.

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OnTheMoney

April 27th, 2011
10:01 am

The Gators and Noles are cleaning our clocks in our back yard! They both now have 3 or 4 of our better high school players committed……
Richt, where are you??????????

twest

April 27th, 2011
10:07 am

Good work Carvell! Good work just stay away from Markus Bradley!!

TXDawg

April 27th, 2011
10:08 am

Look the Noles have a great recruiting tool read this:

For those of you wondering the recruiting advantage of FAMU for FSU read this:

http://recruitocosm….eaking-it-down/

“Most importantly, Florida State sits next door to FAMU, a predominantly black college. In the realm of black colleges, FAMU is a premier party school, the FSU players’ social schedule is built around black sorority life at FAMU, and the reason you always hear about brawls, shootings, and stabbings at FAMU with FSU players is because the FSU players pretty much live there. They even have apartments in the FAMU part of town”.

“FAMU has 8,500 females enrolled and the #1 status symbol for a FAMU girl is a FSU football player boyfriend. Do I need to spell it out for you? That’s not even counting the FSU girls”.

As far as UF goes the kids that they got are not our top targets so let them pull our 2nd and 3rd choices as long as we get our top targets. Scholly numbers are tight this year and if we feel we can get out top targets over our 2nd and 3rd choice I’m fine with that.

Dawg fan 79

April 27th, 2011
10:09 am

UGA needs to take care of business on the field vs. Boise State and South Carolina to sure up job security in Richt and program stability for the 2012 recruits.

Smart?

April 27th, 2011
10:09 am

Picking FSU is not exactly “smart”!!! I guess you mean he is smart on the football field? FSU is certainly not noted for any academic prowess unless he is intentionally trying to dumb down his academic curriculum. UGA is a far better school

Football Coach

April 27th, 2011
10:09 am

All Dawg fans understand that some of this kids also look at acadeemics. Great job son and congrats to him and his family for what ever decision he makes in the end.

RxDawg

April 27th, 2011
10:14 am

bummer… speaking of where has naganole been? Wonder if this will bring him out from under his rock? (rock being alternate recruiting sites I’m sure :) )

Seminole

April 27th, 2011
10:14 am

UGA is a far better school? Ummmm exactly how? FSU is a great academic school. Just because some of our football players couldn’t cut in in the classroom,. doesn’t mean our institute is bad. You got to put academics first! They didn’t.

1eyedJack

April 27th, 2011
10:17 am

Josh Harvey-Clemons is the brass ring UGA is trying to grab at OLB this year.

RxDawg

April 27th, 2011
10:17 am

FSU is a fine school. That’s just sour grapes coming out.

Joey

April 27th, 2011
10:20 am

“Eligwe picked FSU because of its criminology program.”
***********************************
Oh, that’s why they are called the “Criminoles.”

Mark Richt

April 27th, 2011
10:23 am

Hey, OnTheMoney (10:01am),

I’m studying cutting-edge football!

joe

April 27th, 2011
10:24 am

Dream team takes another hit…darn it.

wkm

April 27th, 2011
10:28 am

being an fsu grad, i must be honest. if it was about acadeemics the kid would have picked florida. i and many of my friends got accepted to fsu and not uf. florida is ahead of fsu . fsu is way ahead of uga. as much as that pains me to say it. famu is our best recruiting tool. the gates scare me, they are still loaded and i think muschamp is bringing law and order back to that program.

Nole

April 27th, 2011
10:29 am

Enter your comments here

Nole

April 27th, 2011
10:29 am

A trio of Georgia LBs will look good in Garnet and Gold. Eligwe, Lee, and Clemons…..

1eyedJack

April 27th, 2011
10:31 am

What we really need is some earth movers on the OL and DL, WRs, a running back, and a couple of safeties.

Football_365

April 27th, 2011
10:31 am

signing day is feb 2012 and people are already pushing the panic button. Relax folks its only april remember john jenkins was committed to okl st, kent turene (spelling?) Was committed to texas tech. Relax its a long way to go until nsd

Matty D

April 27th, 2011
10:33 am

Man, sure is a lot of bitching on this blog. I seem to remember UGA starting slow in recruiting last year and then finishing strong. Why all of the pessimism? Georgia will be fine, once again, on signing day.

AdamNole

April 27th, 2011
10:33 am

No need to take jabs at FSU’s academics and pretend that this is what most football players go to school for in the first place. Whether UGA, FSU or otherwise, many of these kids look at academics as an afterthought so it’s always good to see when a player actually cares about the program he’s going to major in. Between FSU and UGA, neither of us are The Harvard of the South, so there’s no need to be sour. Florida State does have one of the best criminology/forensic science programs in the country though.

Nolezzz

April 27th, 2011
10:33 am

Hey Joey, as far as I’m concerned, why not compare the # of arrests between UGA and FSU? Think UGA has us beat in the criminal dept. Its probably best you don’t use that as your only valid point cuz UGA fans shouldn’t be talking about criminals.

JacketSteve

April 27th, 2011
10:33 am

Looks like the Noles are building another dynasty with Jimbo. My wife is an FSU grad, and we’ve been down a lot for games. They have a renewed enthusiasm combined with the history of Bobby’s unprecedented run of excellence. The Gators better be satisfied with beating up on uga every year because last year’s beatdown by the Noles is a sign of things to come in the sunshine state. If FSU beats Oklahoma early this year the rest of the nation will notice what’s happening at FSU. I’m just glad my Jackets got to play them before Bobby left.

O-me

April 27th, 2011
10:33 am

Smart?…you’re not to smart with your “stupid opinion” not fact. Do a little reseach then say UGA is better academic…. you might be fooled!

Good luck kid..hope you have a great 4 years with Coach Fisher.

NoleFan

April 27th, 2011
10:36 am

FSU has a criminology program ranked in the top 5 nationally so it’s a great education decision if that’s what you want to major in (which he does). If his goal is to go on to law school FSU has the #1 program in the state and is ranked in the top 50 nationally. As for FAMU, there was ONE fight with some frat kid and football players but ZERO shootings, stabbings etc which some idiot writer implied. If there’s this much anger now the Dillon Lee decision is going to be brutal

AdMan

April 27th, 2011
10:36 am

wkm…are you kidding me? FSU better academically than UGA? What planet have you been living on? Their not even close …..It pains you to say it because you know your wrong…just running your mouth without facts. Are you sure your not a Florida fan…talk about dumbasses!

AdamNole

April 27th, 2011
10:36 am

Also, as a black alum of FSU, the angle of FAMU as a major recruiting tool is grossly overplayed. The social lives of FSU football players are not as deeply affected and entrenched in life of FAMU coeds as some of these comments are making it seem. Granted, it is an added benefit because it populates the area with more students of a similar background and culture, but to play that up as if FSU doesn’t have program/staff/tradition on its side as well is pretty foolish.

swimdawg68

April 27th, 2011
10:38 am

He looked at what we have now in Athens and what we have coming in and he decided his playing time would be limited, don’t blame him.

JB

April 27th, 2011
10:39 am

I don’t mind when Georgia High school players leave the State, there are 200 or so of them. What I HATE is when the elite ones leave. Georgia produces around 20 players a year that every SEC and ACC school wants bad….and I don’t know how many we get, but we lose a lot of them.I know Richt uses a different, more honest mind set. Bama had Four top QB’s offered last year and signed one, the kid from Plant City I believe. What if All four had said yes to Saban. I ‘ll bet my life he wouldn’t have signed all four. I know for a fact Richt doesn’t throw out 20 offers to say LB’s and see’s what sticks.

Get Over It

April 27th, 2011
10:40 am

Oh give me a freaking break. And this is aimed directly at you Schmekdawg…you idiots were the same people patting Coach Richt on the back and praising him for landing the “Dream Team” just a few months ago. We miss out on a prospect (one of dozens and dozens in the state) and you’re proclaiming that this is his last year if he doesn’t meet some arbitrary criteria of success??? Get over yourself, you moron!

ATL Nole

April 27th, 2011
10:40 am

We are doing a good job with recruiting. I can’t wait until we’re back on top again. We do have one of the best schools of criminology in the nation.

JB

April 27th, 2011
10:42 am

FSU is a great place for a criminology program, just say’n

bless u

April 27th, 2011
10:42 am

yea, we all are shak’in in our boots SWIMDAWG68 at what you got coming and going……..lol

JB

April 27th, 2011
10:45 am

Going to Hear Richt tonight at the Augusta Bulldog club meeting. It’ll be interesting.

GTBob

April 27th, 2011
10:45 am

Note to everyone. When a kid says he is considering Florida, UGA, and FSU and claims it has anything to do with academics, then he is probably lying.

AdamNole

April 27th, 2011
10:47 am

Criminal/arrest flames and jokes are weak and foolish seeing as how neither team is full of choir boys and it doesn’t shine a flattering light on either program. Stop with the petty bitter comments, it’s just dumb.

JB

April 27th, 2011
10:47 am

GTBob………..Get over yourself. Lot’s of folks that didn’t go to Tech live in something other than mud huts with no plumbing

bless u

April 27th, 2011
10:48 am

you call that interesting? give me a break….JB

fsu

April 27th, 2011
10:49 am

Welcome to the family Markuss! Going to FSU is one of the best choices you can make!

AdamNole

April 27th, 2011
10:50 am

GTBob, not everyone wants to be a Tech nerd. Believe it or not, people find success in this world without going to Georgia Tech, don’t overestimate the value of your degree, trust me when I say the real world doesn’t care. Between FSU, UGA, GT and UF each school has one or two programs that rank higher than the respective programs at the other schools. Like I said, none of us are Ivy League, give it a rest.

RxDawg

April 27th, 2011
10:50 am

“If there’s this much anger now the Dillon Lee decision is going to be brutal”

? Can you elaborate?

JB

April 27th, 2011
10:54 am

AdamNole…………………….To a Techie, there is no world outside of Tech. That’s what you meet so many of them who are without personality,humorless, boring and womanless.

RxDawg

April 27th, 2011
10:55 am

Never mind (google is your friend). I see that Dillon is another LB recruit. Whom I assume must be an FSU favorite.

ACBrooks

April 27th, 2011
10:58 am

Criminology is FSU’s forte. Always has been. Great place for him if he wants to be in the FBI or CIA. This Stone Mountain coach is a Gator so FSU is definitely the less of the two evils.

JB

April 27th, 2011
10:59 am

As a Dawg fan, I’ll admit FSU is on fire recruiting wise. This last class was stout, and more on the way. Can Fisher do something with them will be the key. I know if I were a FSU alum/fan, I would be glad Bobby was gone. A legend, but stayed 2-3 years to long.

Nolezzz

April 27th, 2011
10:59 am

RxDawg: what he’s saying is, some don’t expect Dillon Lee to wind up at UGA. Some are confident he commits to FSU. If not my Noles, possibly Bama.

AdamNole

April 27th, 2011
10:59 am

JB I can definitely agree with you there. Grew up in Atlanta and know all too well.

GTBob

April 27th, 2011
11:01 am

I didn’t say he should go to Tech, there are other good options out there and he had better options in his offer list. What if he said that football was the most important thing to him so he has selected Vandy, Purdue, and Illinois as his top 3? What would be the reaction on here? He didn’t choose FSU because of academics, regardless of his politically correct statement.

sc5

April 27th, 2011
11:02 am

Jimbo is building something great at FSU. He already has the Valdosta area locked down in recruiting, it is good to see FSU landing major prospects in Metro Atlanta as well.

AdamNole

April 27th, 2011
11:02 am

Sadly I’d say Bowden stayed about 6 years too long. I appreciate the fact that our staff recognizes the high quality talent in Georgia every year now but that’s obviously bad news for you guys. The state of Georgia is touched on every border by schools that will always dip their hands in the jar. Makes the job very difficult for Richt. In my opinion he does a great job recruiting (despite starting slow every year), he just needs better player development.

DawginLex

April 27th, 2011
11:04 am

Good lord people. Each kid being recruited has a different mindset, a different upbringing, different loyalties and different reasons for picking a certain school.

Some kids want to go out of state.
Some kids grew up liking a particular school.
Some kids want to go to the beach.

1eyedJack

April 27th, 2011
11:05 am

UGA has not offered Dillon Lee as per Scout.

Matthews Dawg

April 27th, 2011
11:05 am

“Get over it” at 10:40….. you took the words right out of my mouth!! CMR was great a couple months ago and now he doesn’t know how to recruit, he is just sitting in Athens doing nothing, etc… The problem I believe is he isn’t wrapped up on his contract and some of these guys are not wanting to commit there right now. I see some changing their mind after CMR and the Dawgs have a good year and he is signed long term. Only time will tell if that happens. Oh yes, another one has agreed to go out of state….”the sky is falling, the sky is falling”! Go Dawgs and can’t wait till the Dome in Sept and Dec!!

JB

April 27th, 2011
11:06 am

Thousands of stories( starting now) will be written about Mark Richt’s job Security and more as the season opens and unfolds. He has a chance to make them go away or flame them. This will hurt commits, as coach’s from other schools will tell recruits that a coaching change in Athens may be possible. These are 17 year old kids. Their choice is VERY important to them.
If I’m Richt, I would tell a kid I wanted, to look at the last 10 years in the SEC who has the most players drafted and in the NFL……… That would be Georgia. Go Dawgs

UGASlobberknocker

April 27th, 2011
11:07 am

Id rather lose him to FSU than Florida. UGA needs a strong FSU to counterbalance the Gators, especially with Miami fading

SFNole

April 27th, 2011
11:08 am

Read all about it:

http://www.fsu.com/News-Archive/2011/February/FSU-criminology-is-no.-1-professor-college-both-ranked-nation-s-best

“Criminologist Alex Piquero has won the 2011 Academy Fellow Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), and it’s no wonder. Piquero ranks No. 1 in the nation for scholarly contributions to his field, and so does The Florida State University College of Criminology and Criminal Justice, where he and other top-ranked faculty are bringing research to life.”

So yes, Academics certainly played a role in his decision.

Go Noles!

MDG

April 27th, 2011
11:09 am

Really sc5, Fisher has the Valdosta area locked down in recruiting. I guess he just didn’t want Jay Rome & Malcolm Mitchell on his excellent squad…

I don’t care of UGA signs another recruit until after the season. The coaches know that they are on the hot seat. So I would rather have them busting their tails to make this a great season with the guys that they already have. If you win this year, the recruits will come. We have seen time after time recently that a recruit is not a “solid” commit until NSD or if they enroll in January.

Matthews Dawg

April 27th, 2011
11:09 am

JB…. you always have well thought out comments. They don’t seem to be knee-jerk reactions. I enjoy reading them. Good call on CMR and what he should say to recruits!

JB

April 27th, 2011
11:10 am

MDG………Well said.

AdamNole

April 27th, 2011
11:11 am

GTBob, you’re failing to take into account all information. Academics playing a factor does not mean it is the only factor. That isn’t difficult to understand in the least. You also fail to recognize that he already knows what he wants to major in. None of the schools on his offer list have a criminology program ranked higher than Florida State’s. He’s literally been mentioning our criminology program for three weeks in every interview he’s been asked about FSU. So, considering that Florida State has a consensus top 10 criminology program AND a football program on the rise, and considering that he clearly stated this is what he wants to do if he doesn’t make it to the NFL, he has clearly given himself a chance to learn in a quality academic program and have a shot at playing professional football. Like I said, hop off your academic high horse. It’s not like FSU or UGA or UF are piss poor universities.

JB

April 27th, 2011
11:12 am

Thanks Matthews Dawg……I’ll be speaking to Richt tonight in Augusta at the Bulldog club meeting. I’m going to encourage him. We might surprise some folks this year.

Quit complaining

April 27th, 2011
11:14 am

Enter your comments here

McDawg

April 27th, 2011
11:15 am

look if the kid doesn’t want to compete at the highest level of college football do we really want him?

RRTDawgs

April 27th, 2011
11:17 am

My question is how his FSU going to be able play all DEs and OLBs someone is not going to be happy they so crowded at those positions this was a stupid move by this kid with if Richt still going after him makes you wounder if its a soft verbal .

SFNole

April 27th, 2011
11:19 am

RRTDawgs,

LB is one of the positions where we are not that deep right now…

We’ve had some injuries (Jeff Luc and Holmes Onwukaife) that have limited our ability this Spring.

We also just had two seniors graduate (Kendal Smith and Mister Alexander)

SFNole

Srt

April 27th, 2011
11:20 am

Eligwe picked FSU because of its criminology program
That will bode well for him in the future.

JB

April 27th, 2011
11:20 am

Nobody knows the future. Richt might flounder this year( I hope not) and Georgia makes a big splash hire and get 7 or 8 of these out of state commits to Athens. Then the mashing of teeth and wailing begins.

Haha

April 27th, 2011
11:21 am

Noles are back.
Going into ugas backyard taking their cruits.
Just like we did in the 90’s.
Another nat champ in the next 2 years.

AdamNole

April 27th, 2011
11:25 am

RRTDawgs I don’t follow your comment. By the time Eligwe gets to campus FSU will only have 5 outside linebackers and four of them will be upperclassmen. I don’t know about UGA, but we’d prefer to not rely on a true freshman for major snaps in our base defense. He’ll have an opportunity to compete for a starting job in his sophomore and junior years while providing depth and special teams duty as a true freshman. All teams work on building quality/functional depth if they’re smart.

Also at defensive end right now we only have four that can contribute. Considering the wear and tear that defensive linemen take and the possibility of injuries, it is best for both the team and the individual players that a healthy rotation is available.

GTBob

April 27th, 2011
11:27 am

FSU, UGA, and UF are fine schools if they are your best option. They aren’t this kids best option. If you are this good at football then you can pretty much go where ever you want. I have a hard time believing that this kid really cares about academics yet chose a school that isn’t even ranked in the top 100 nationally. He could have gone to Vandy, or probably even Stanford if he wanted but no, he wants to fulfill his lifelong dream of being a Criminology major at FSU. Yeah, right.

RRTDawgs

April 27th, 2011
11:29 am

UGA just has to win obviously it going to be a small class i was just reading on 247 sports that UGA is visiting Geno Smith and that a Memphis recruit likes UGA could be RB Jovon Robinson .

sc5

April 27th, 2011
11:31 am

Yes, really (MDG)

FSU’s roster has a number of kids from the Valdosta area. Jimbo has gotten commitments from several Lowndes players since he arrived in Tallahassee, players that would normally go to UGA. Richt and UGA benefited from Bowden’s last few years as much as UF did, now that there is a real coaching staff in Tallahassee it provides more competition for recruits in Georgia.

Jamaica Dawg

April 27th, 2011
11:32 am

Given the average college student changes their major several times in a college career, it doesn’t make sense for this 17 year old to base his decision solely on one major. Also, most of Elite talent chooses SEC over ACC for obvious reasons.

Seems that FSU is stacked at LB given current roster and last years big recruiting haul (injuries notwithstanding) so I would love to know what Jimbo really sold him on in terms of early playing time.

Surprised Eligwe would not want to be coached directly by former Redskins coach Olivadotti who everyone is raving about, not to mention Grantham with Cowboys experience….

FRED

April 27th, 2011
11:32 am

Look as i have said before forget about Stone Mountain these kids have no state pride and never will. Look elseware for talent.

Dean

April 27th, 2011
11:33 am

I have argued for years that UGA needs a strong FSU program to be successfull. When FSU has been strong that has driven away top recruits from leaugue competitors Bama, Auburn Florida and most noticeably perhaps LSU. Remember how awfull LSU was in the 90’s when FSU was so strong. We are not going to get all the great ones but if those that don’t come here go out of conference it doesn’t hurt as bad. FSU is a fine academic school, it’s what you take out of it when you get there. Go Dawgs and I hope this young man succeedes no matter what his collegiate choice.

Dean

April 27th, 2011
11:35 am

Heck, does anyone know where criminology ranks at FSU? Perhaps it is a very good program that they have great leadership in and invest in. Every school has it’s top majors. Why is everyone bashing FSU academically? Sure, it’s no Duke but it is completely capable of handing out a fine education.

cantondawg

April 27th, 2011
11:38 am

The state of Florida has more potential college football that Georgia does. I’m sure we’ll be signing a few of those to make up for the in-state talent we lost. Last year, we got two stud LB’s from Florida (Turene and Wilson).

AdamNole

April 27th, 2011
11:40 am

GTBob can you not read? For the program he wants to major in, he chose a good school with a good football program. Give it a rest, you sound like an idiot.

RRTDawgs

April 27th, 2011
11:41 am

Well looks like UGA might get a recruit out of FSU’s backyard Talle dawgs are in real good shape with Travis Blanks you steal one from us we will steal one from FSU this could open the door now for us get Josh Harvey Clemons .

Get a Grip

April 27th, 2011
11:41 am

GTBob — If a kid wants to study, say, interpretive dance and some school like Minnesota offers him, makes him feel at home and has a great interpretive dance program, are you really going to say it’s a bad fit and the kid should go to Harvard just because they’re ranked higher nationally?

In Eligwe’s case, with this field of study, YES one might correctly conclude that FSU is his best option. But it doesn’t matter if we think that or not, because he obviously did.

AdamNole

April 27th, 2011
11:41 am

Dean, FSU’s criminology program is consensus top 10 nationally and ranked top 5 in some cases. I really don’t understand the bashing either. In certain fields, some degrees are held in higher esteem than others. Florida State’s criminology degree holds great weight in that field when applying for grad school. I really don’t get where the hate is coming from.

1953Dawg

April 27th, 2011
11:42 am

Richt and his coaches rested on their haul for 2010, just like they did after the 2006 class, and they got killed by Tech, Tenn, and every school in the area in the 2007 class. Hell even the new A.D. told Richt not to worry about his job, and to take some days off after national signing day. Not sure this new A.D. is the answer either. Needless to say while Richt and his coaches were taking the week off, other coaches were busy evaluating kids and thus the offers were sent out earlier than UGA’s. That is why UGA is always late with offers for instate kids, and that is why this program is in the state it is in. Not only does Richt and his coaches get outworked and outcoached on the field, but they also get outworked as it relates to recruiting. Richt needs to go and take his attitude with him.

Robgator

April 27th, 2011
11:43 am

Ga., Tech is ranked #35 and Florida is #53 in the College rankings. We’ve been in the first tier at 49-50 for the past 10 years, so don’t think your school is light years ahead of Florida and please don’t put us in the same bracket as FSU and Georgia. We have many more students (more hot females), we are so much cheaper than Tech and we have a better football team. Where would you rather go to school? Exactly!

And the FSU talking trash about law schools is wrong – Florida is ranked 2 spots higher than FSU. Nice try “little brother”.

Get a Grip

April 27th, 2011
11:45 am

There’s that Gator insecurity coming out!

AdamNole

April 27th, 2011
11:45 am

GTBob the kid also never said any of the BS about being a criminology major at FSU being a lifelong dream. He wants a chance to play in the NFL, he has an interest in criminology and the program at FSU is one of the best in the nation. Florida State is a sound decision.

AdamNole

April 27th, 2011
11:49 am

RobGator did you really just pound your chest by bragging about UF being 49-50 while FSU is 53? How insecure are you? Not a single FSU poster on this article said anything negative towards UF academically. Also, when it comes to women everyone knows without question that Tallahassee >>> Gainesville. So let’s not play that game.

Why are we talking all this trash about overall University rankings anyway? If a kid knows what he wants to major in, he’s going to pay more attention to the quality of the program each school offers. Florida State is fortunate enough to have a top criminology program. If he wants to major in criminology he isn’t going to care about where other random programs around campus are ranked. It’s irrelevant.

naganole

April 27th, 2011
11:50 am

Ryan, you are not getting Clemons. Sorry dood. But you can have Blanks. We’ll be taking Geno Smith instead. :)

schmeckdawg

April 27th, 2011
11:51 am

OnTheMoney

April 27th, 2011
10:01 am
The Gators and Noles are cleaning our clocks in our back yard! They both now have 3 or 4 of our better high school players committed……
Richt, where are you??????????

And what about Bammer!

Hammond XK

April 27th, 2011
11:52 am

Smart Move Kid

BG

April 27th, 2011
11:54 am

Bad move Markuss you should have picked the DAWGS!! I hope you reconsider and pick the DAWGS!!

1eyedJack

April 27th, 2011
11:55 am

Harvard is over rated. Bunch of egg-head liberals.

AdamNole

April 27th, 2011
11:55 am

Naganole, myyyyyyyy naga (truenole here)

Michael Rawls

April 27th, 2011
11:57 am

I think that Ga fans, have to really take a good look at their recruiting for along time, U guys have been losing to Tennesse an Clemson for a long time now, an Fla an FSU have started to raid your state, its due to you guys losing that its so lets be honest, these kids want to win, an I can’t remember the last time the Bulldogs have been able to hang their hat on anything, the Gators have won 2 titles since the last time you guys won one, an they have 2 even in basketball, The Seminoles have won 2 so when all you have is your great Herschel Walker days that is the Past to alot of these kids in this microwave society.

You have a beautiful campus an a strong academic insitiution but you have to win sooner or later cause LSU, Alabama an Auburn an Tenn an Fla are a legitimate threat to your state, Auburn always raid south Ga an all FSU is doing is following in line.

Tossed Salad

April 27th, 2011
11:57 am

LOL. Jimbo employing the “early playing time” tactic. Dude’s a genius!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

naganole

April 27th, 2011
12:01 pm

schmeckdawg

April 27th, 2011
12:02 pm

Get Over It

April 27th, 2011
10:40 am
Oh give me a freaking break. And this is aimed directly at you Schmekdawg…you idiots were the same people patting Coach Richt on the back and praising him for landing the “Dream Team” just a few months ago. We miss out on a prospect (one of dozens and dozens in the state) and you’re proclaiming that this is his last year if he doesn’t meet some arbitrary criteria of success??? Get over yourself, you moron!

You are right, we were patting him on the back A FEW MONTHS AGO. The key word here is
ago as in PAST. That is over and done with and we need to be moving forward and so far we’re not. We are losing our elite players to Bama, Florida, FSU et al. Now why you want to go and call me a moron is beyond me, but, if that makes you feel better have at it!

RRTDawgs

April 27th, 2011
12:02 pm

Sorry naganole UGA has been after Geno hard from the beginning with FSU loaded at DE we can make the argument to Clemons that he would play early .

naganole

April 27th, 2011
12:04 pm

Ryan, you wanna make a handle bet on that, sir?

Tossed Salad

April 27th, 2011
12:04 pm

If a kid mentions Georgia Tech in a recruiting article and claims going there has anything to do with it being a good football program, he is probably lying.

OldFan

April 27th, 2011
12:07 pm

Coach the players you have. They’ll get the word out. Beat Florida. Win the SEC championship. The recruiting will then take care of itself.

AdamNole

April 27th, 2011
12:08 pm

RRT, Geno just mentioned FSU in his top three this past week.

And FSU is not currently loaded at DE, which is why we’re recruiting 4 this season. I’m not really sure what that argument has to do with Clemons or anyone else though because we are recruiting him as a LB or WR.

RRTDawgs

April 27th, 2011
12:09 pm

Naga they way things are right now with are 2012 class i would not bet on it i was just making the case that he would play early at UGA not FSU .

AdamNole

April 27th, 2011
12:09 pm

Tossed Salad, Eligwe has a legitimate opportunity to get heavy snaps as a true sophomore at FSU.

Dean

April 27th, 2011
12:11 pm

For goodness sakes y’all, it’s April. Relax! Not every kid is going to want to go to UGA and they, nor the UGA coaching staff should be villified for it.

c'mon man

April 27th, 2011
12:11 pm

Maybe we can call “Peggy” and she can talk him out of dadgum FSU????

naganole

April 27th, 2011
12:12 pm

C’mon Ryan, you can’t rebuff me and then get scared. lol I’m just messing with you, you’re my boy. UGA gonna be fine, but FSU is hot right now. And if we’re hot now, wait til you see what happens after the season we’re about to have…

GTBob

April 27th, 2011
12:13 pm

Sorry but you just aren’t going to convince me that a junior football star in high school is really interested in Criminology and that is why he chose FSU over two other football factories. If he was serious about Criminology or academics in general then he had better options and his top three wouldn’t have been the top three he selected. It sounds good to say it, and most recruits say something similar when they commit, but it’s very rarely a factor at all. Don’t be shocked if he is majoring in something completely different after one semester.

RRTDawgs

April 27th, 2011
12:14 pm

OK i will admit things are not looking good at UGA and this 2012 class is not going to a be great class the only thing that will save this class is we just have to win .

naganole

April 27th, 2011
12:16 pm

@GTBob. You might wanna check out how good FSU’s Criminology dept is before you say that. Anyone care to tell him…lol

jsmooth

April 27th, 2011
12:21 pm

Wow, what a bunch of cry babies? What has this young man done to deserve all this lamenting regarding him not going to UGA and going to FSU instead? How do you know this young man will be a superstar in college? Give me a break, many of you have never even played a down of football. CMR knows what he is doing and NOW has the coaches to coach up these young men. If he does not, he will leave, however, he is a brght star for this program and a great example of a Christian coach.

AdamNole

April 27th, 2011
12:22 pm

GTBob, name another school in the nation that offers a legitimate shot at the NFL as well as a top 10 Criminology program. People like you said the same type of thing about Myron Rolle when he committed to FSU. Now he’s a Rhodes Scholar. God forbid this kid actually know what he wants to do, what he’s interested in and have a plan for pursuing it right? Get real, the majority of kids that commit to a school say literally nothing about what they want to major in when they get on campus. If it’s very rarely a factor, fine. But that doesn’t mean never.

Help me understand why you insist on making it seem as though Academics is the ONLY reason he committed to FSU? He didn’t say or even imply that. He said it played a factor. As I’m sure many other things did. If the kid does come to FSU and change his major, who cares? It’s not criminology is the only avenue to pursue a quality education.

GTBob

April 27th, 2011
12:26 pm

naganole, I did check, they are tied for 7th right now behind Maryland, Penn State (who he had an offer from), Cincinnati, and Missouri. All decent football schools. Even Florida is only slightly behind FSU tied for 12th. Do you really think he chose FSU over Florida because of a slightly higher ranked Criminology program? Also, how was UGA in the mix if Criminology was so important? They aren’t anywhere near the rankings.

Football_365

April 27th, 2011
12:27 pm

its funny to me that when uga misses out on an instate prospect people act like the world is about to end but when gatech gets snubbed its business as usual!

poopdawg

April 27th, 2011
12:28 pm

GTbob, a junior in HS is too early to think about a career?

Criminole

April 27th, 2011
12:29 pm

We have more experience with the law than even UGA

RRTDawgs

April 27th, 2011
12:32 pm

Yes it was big to loose Markuss but we have been more focused on Jordan Jenkins , John Taylor, Lenard Floyd i would take Jenkins and Taylor .

Rhall55

April 27th, 2011
12:32 pm

UGA needs to win the first (2) games of the year and have at least a 10 win season!!! So far: Ukeme Eligwe / Mario Edwards to FSU, Matt Jones / Mike Davis / Quinteze Williams / JaFar Mann and Jessemen Dunker to UF, Kenyan Drake, Justin Taylor, Dakota Ball and Brandon Greene to AL, Zeke Pike and Kenno Loyal to AU. and Imani Cross to TN; alot of GA talent and other States goin elsewhere!!! Different positions. different schools, different locations to other Universities; Win big; get early entries and at least (4) top notch JC players or go home!!!

kNOLES

April 27th, 2011
12:35 pm

GTBob

April 27th, 2011
12:36 pm

GTBob, name another school in the nation that offers a legitimate shot at the NFL as well as a top 10 Criminology program.

Sure, no problem.

Penn State – 33 NFL players, ranked 5th in criminology
Missouri – 13 NFL players, 4th in criminology
Maryland – 31 NFL players, 1st in criminology
Michigan St – 25 NFL players, 7th in criminology (tied with FSU)
Cincinnati – 17 NFL players, 3rd in criminology

kNOLES

April 27th, 2011
12:37 pm

Didn’t work the fisrt time but here you go: http://youtu.be/4GJVxFP19Gs.

Dekalb Fan

April 27th, 2011
12:37 pm

This time last year GA. Didn’t have any of the top recruits comitted. Right now there is a lot of hype and players playing games with teams . The closer it gets to signing day reality will hit some recruits and they will make their choice.

AdamNole

April 27th, 2011
12:39 pm

GTBob, like I said you are contending that it was the ONLY factor. You forget that he was actually recruited to play football. And Do you really think someone wants to commit to Joe Paterno right now? Maybe location, climate and atmosphere also played a role? I mean good lord. He is a football player that wants to major in criminology. He chose a top football school with a top criminology program.

RRTDawgs

April 27th, 2011
12:41 pm

UGA and GT are down we just need to win theme of 2012 is to leave the state the only way to close the boarders is have great season .

schmeckdawg

April 27th, 2011
12:42 pm

Rhall55

April 27th, 2011
12:32 pm
UGA needs to win the first (2) games of the year and have at least a 10 win season!!! So far: Ukeme Eligwe / Mario Edwards to FSU, Matt Jones / Mike Davis / Quinteze Williams / JaFar Mann and Jessemen Dunker to UF, Kenyan Drake, Justin Taylor, Dakota Ball and Brandon Greene to AL, Zeke Pike and Kenno Loyal to AU. and Imani Cross to TN; alot of GA talent and other States goin elsewhere!!! Different positions. different schools, different locations to other Universities; Win big; get early entries and at least (4) top notch JC players or go home!!!

Thank you Rhall55! I said the exact same thing and this d-bag “Get Over It,” called me a moron!

kNOLES

April 27th, 2011
12:42 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GJVxFP19Gs <—-This is like telling a joke and messing it up the first two times but I got it now! :)

AdamNole

April 27th, 2011
12:46 pm

Now compare those football programs in their current state to FSU in it’s current state. FSU is clearly in the best position right now.

Penn State – 80+ year old head coach that is often delusional and incoherent. (location not close to home)
Maryland – Breaking in a new head coach that was not recruiting him. (location not close to home)
Cincinnati – Not a good football program that can consistently compete and perform. (location not close to home)
Michigan State – solid program, not recruiting him (location not close to home)
Missouri – not known for defense, not recruiting him (location not close to home).

So . . . like I said, considering that Academics are only one of many factors, why do you insist on discrediting the validity of it being a factor at all?

Also explain to me how/why choosing any of those schools over Florida State would have made you any more convinced that he is sincere in his interest academics?

Shug

April 27th, 2011
12:47 pm

This guy might be the best player out of Stone Mountain since Willie Smith in the early 1970s.

RRTDawgs

April 27th, 2011
12:48 pm

I agree schemeckdawg WIN WIN WIN key word then you will close the boarders recruits are going to were programs are hot .

schmeckdawg

April 27th, 2011
12:50 pm

@RRTDawgs

Thank you kind sir.

59bulldawg

April 27th, 2011
12:50 pm

I don’t like the fact that we seem to be missing out on a lot of Georgia players early either but let’s not jump to any hasty conclusions. If there is one thing Richt and his staff can do . . . that is recruit. So let’s just back away from the ledge and take a deep breath. We’re a long way from the 2012 National Signing Day. If we have a good season, some of these kids may reconsider anyway . . . despite what they say now.

puppydawg

April 27th, 2011
12:54 pm

If a girl mentions Georgia Tech and claims going there has anything to do with meeting studly men, she is definitely lying.

RRTDawgs

April 27th, 2011
12:56 pm

Yes the recruiting process is early the thing that is hurting UGA is what is going happen with Richt we have not given him a long term extension some recruits are to reluctant to commit us early .

Old Dog

April 27th, 2011
1:04 pm

Is he an illegal ?

Dekalb Football

April 27th, 2011
1:05 pm

Fred you sound crazy, its not about State pride, the kid chose the school he saw that fit his needs academically and athletically.

davidraider88

April 27th, 2011
1:06 pm

It might hurt, but UGA fans need to root for FSU successes on the field and the on the recruiting trail. A powerful FSU neutralizes Alabama and UF (notice both had a great last decade while FSU was down). FSU is competing with the Tide and the Gators now in recruiting, the more of these recruits they get, the less of them go to UGA’s rivals.

Dekalb Football

April 27th, 2011
1:08 pm

Stone Mountain HS has a good track record of putting good players out. As mentioned Willie Smith, In the late 90’s you Had Robert Carswell (Clemson), Gary Byrd (Clemson) Matt Bailey (Clemson), Leslie Williams (Alabama), Jatavious Sanders (NC State), JJ Washington (NC State) BJ Edawrds (Memphis), Jamal Muhammed (Ohio State). The talent is there as is it is all throughout Dekalb

chief of smoke

April 27th, 2011
1:15 pm

Great decisions like this bode very well for your future

RxDawg

April 27th, 2011
1:20 pm

Ah, there’s our good naganole ;)

You may be right about Clemons, I have know idea. But I do know you were pretty sure about another south GA DE/LB this time last year. So certain in fact you had to change your handle for a couple of weeks. So we’ll see my friend, we’ll see.

RxDawg

April 27th, 2011
1:21 pm

no* idea. Sometimes I type faster then I think.

naganole

April 27th, 2011
1:29 pm

@RxDawg Biggest difference is that Clemons is a Viking. All Vikings belong to us…muhahahaha lol

puppypoop

April 27th, 2011
1:30 pm

If a girl mentions her boyfriend is a UGA fan, there is a good chance he did not finish high school.

ColoradoDawg

April 27th, 2011
1:32 pm

Maybe it’s the dream team effect. New young talent coming in may not believe they can get on the field right away. Maybe he wants to spread his wings who knows.

See you in Miami in 2013 buddy ;)

CJ

April 27th, 2011
1:35 pm

TXDawg is a ignorant sterotyping racist. Stop knocking the decisions made by 17-18 year old high school kids about their college choice. Not everyone wants to go to your beloved University of Georgia, idiot.

1eyedJack

April 27th, 2011
1:35 pm

This is not Alabama in the 60’s and 70’s. The Bear is dead. We cannot keep every FBS quality player in Georgia. We can only have 85 on scholarship at a time. We had a BIG (great) class last year. We’ll have a much smaller (good) class this year.

RRTDawgs

April 27th, 2011
1:38 pm

That could be one of the reasons is the dream team effect i think its Richt’s future the are some recruits we are good shape with .

ClinchCountyDawg

April 27th, 2011
1:38 pm

It is still very early in the recruiting process for the class of 2012. If UGA starts the season strong, they will have a great recruiting season. Uga cannot sign every top 75 football player in the state. besides, we only have about 15 spots left.

questionable

April 27th, 2011
1:44 pm

I had to post something here because I am sick to death of FSU fans acting like they are once again the National Championship winner of old. You guys haven’t done anything with these recruits yet and until you do, shut up! As a Gator fan I think it’s hilarious that you guys have such a sense of accomplishment with no accomplishments.

Dawghater

April 27th, 2011
1:44 pm

Want some cheese with that Whine, UGA!

GatorAlum

April 27th, 2011
1:45 pm

Per BleacherReport…”Elite Recruit Snubs Gator for Hated Rivals”. I wonder if they are aware that Florida won’t get EVERY recruit they are after…and FSU and Georgia will more than likely get a bunch they are after. What a stupid website.

ColoradoDawg

April 27th, 2011
1:46 pm

I agree with Clinch County. Let’s get these other pups on campus first and evaluate our needs. I am pretty CMR has not created his board of must have recruits outside of that kid in NC.

GT hulk

April 27th, 2011
1:47 pm

I wish Wofford or Ga. Southern had offered, then PJ might have had a chance

gatorboy

April 27th, 2011
1:50 pm

why does georgia “miss out on him” while florida “is snubbed ” by him????

RRTDawgs

April 27th, 2011
1:52 pm

Guys there is good news Markuss will take visits this fall so he is not shutting it down it appears not to be a solid verbal .

susan

April 27th, 2011
1:53 pm

Probably just another trouble maker. Don’t worry about it….

GATA

April 27th, 2011
2:05 pm

@wkm FSU Better academically than UGA??? Are you serious?
1) Learn how to punctuate your writing.
2) look at the USNEWS College Rankings.
Overall Rankings
UF(53), UGA(56), FSU(104)
Best Public Universities
UF (17) UGA (18).
This can probably be attributed to Florida being a more populous state, meaning larger applicant pool to select from and having a much larger institution(I think UF is 55k students compared to UGA’s 35K), which means a bigger budget to do more with.

AdamNole

April 27th, 2011
2:15 pm

BleacherReport is a site that allows anyone to submit a story. You shouldn’t view that as a credible source. That’s why it’s called BleacherReport, random fans write something up and send it in.

Saban

April 27th, 2011
2:16 pm

Athens? Why go there only trailor parks and cess pools.

Kerryb

April 27th, 2011
2:16 pm

I think this kid sees the youth and talent at LB for UGA and knows there is not much playing time there as a Freshman and Sophmore.

Better Dawgs!

April 27th, 2011
2:18 pm

Big Fish, Little Pond! BTW, this website is slOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW!

RRTDawgs

April 27th, 2011
2:22 pm

@Saban Bama is more redneck than Georgia Tuscaloosa i am sure has trailer parks .

1eyedJack

April 27th, 2011
2:24 pm

North Ave. Atlanta? Why go there only crack heads and muggers.

Silly American

April 27th, 2011
2:25 pm

FSU has been getting better while UGA & FL have been stumbling

Better Dawgs!

April 27th, 2011
2:27 pm

sillypuddy: please never ever ever ever compare the ACC to the SEC in FB!!!! Never Ever! You hear me?

RRTDawgs

April 27th, 2011
2:28 pm

The real Nick Saban lives in Georgia in the off season at Lake Burton does not even stay in Bama .

naganole

April 27th, 2011
2:32 pm

@Ryan C’mon man, that’s the same thing y’all said about Terrance Smith. Markuss will be one of the biggest reasons Lee chooses FSU.

@questionable Why you mad though?

AdamNole

April 27th, 2011
2:33 pm

Better Dawgs, despite all the SEC, SEC hype let’s be real here. There’s no question that the SEC is better than the ACC but Florida State is as good a program as any in your conference when operating at full capacity.

Get Over It

April 27th, 2011
2:33 pm

schmeckdawg
April 27th, 2011
12:02 pm

Get Over It

April 27th, 2011
10:40 am
Oh give me a freaking break. And this is aimed directly at you Schmekdawg…you idiots were the same people patting Coach Richt on the back and praising him for landing the “Dream Team” just a few months ago. We miss out on a prospect (one of dozens and dozens in the state) and you’re proclaiming that this is his last year if he doesn’t meet some arbitrary criteria of success??? Get over yourself, you moron!

You are right, we were patting him on the back A FEW MONTHS AGO. The key word here is
ago as in PAST. That is over and done with and we need to be moving forward and so far we’re not. We are losing our elite players to Bama, Florida, FSU et al. Now why you want to go and call me a moron is beyond me, but, if that makes you feel better have at it!

Schmekdawg…the class that was just signed hasn’t even stepped on the field yet. I would hardly call that being in the past. We’re not going to get all the elite players in state, so blabbering on about Coach Richt getting fired if we don’t sign so-and-so and don’t win X amount of games against whoever is pure crap. Of course UGA fans aren’t all that happy about the way things shook out last year, but give the man the opportunity to get these new recruits on the field and see what happens.

And actually, yes, it was refreshing to call you a moron. I’ve personified you as all those lunatic fringe fans who scream for heads to roll because they’re not happy.

Astute Football

April 27th, 2011
2:38 pm

Not surprised – Georgia and Florida are both down, FSU is rising and plays in a less competitive football conference. As was proven in 2009, mediocrity can win the ACC some years… a good to great team can dominate the conference.

RRTDawgs

April 27th, 2011
2:42 pm

Naganole i am just saying he will be taking visits and lets say UGA has good season Markuss could give us another look or another team .

Trojan Man

April 27th, 2011
2:47 pm

I don’t know what You are thinking Bro, but F.S.U, come on now Man. You really want to know where this Guy got to Play at if He wants College Football Superiority, “Thee University Of Southern Killer California”, where the Big Doggs Play at, I’m talking about the Elites of all Elites, where Real Men are always being Tested, The School of Real Champions and Heroes are Made…..

Astute Football

April 27th, 2011
2:54 pm

USC? Are you kidding. Maybe at one time… not the shinny penny they used to be… good to great athletes, major Athletic Program problems…

Better Dawgs!

April 27th, 2011
2:58 pm

Adamnole:Agree
Trojan Man: Learn grammar

Red-N-Black

April 27th, 2011
2:58 pm

Who cares he’s going the ACC. Nuff said.

ClinchCountyDawg

April 27th, 2011
3:08 pm

One of the main reasons that FSU, Bama, Florida, and Auburn are having success recruiting in Georgia is that Tech cannot recruit any of state’s top players.

ckgator

April 27th, 2011
3:10 pm

Any one who goes to FSU “for the education” is kidding themselves. Someone did a heckuva sales job in Tallahassee.

Eligwe is making the mistake of a lifetime.

longdog

April 27th, 2011
3:12 pm

it,s along way to signing day some of these guy’s will flip We just need a good seaSON AND ALOT WILL CHANGE AND ALL THE GOOD PLAYERS ARE FAR FROM GONE . REMEMBER THE STORIES ON MARKEITH AMBLES OUR PEOPLE KNOW WHAY THEIR DOING

Dan

April 27th, 2011
3:14 pm

Free Shoes! Just sayin!

questionable

April 27th, 2011
3:25 pm

@naganole Somebody had to say it and it was me. I like to stir the pot.

My older bro is a NOLE

April 27th, 2011
3:26 pm

Both Atlanta natives, one is a NOLE and one a DOG. We were not striaght A students but we managed to eek out a living in our respective fields. Both retired early, I might add in.

GT? Not for everyone. Great school but narrow education. I wish GT fans ( likely not alumni) would stop with the “GT’s kids are geniuses” stuff because fabulous careers are also found in arts, business, forestry, medicine, law, education, sciences, so stop with the UGA thug stuff. You are showing your jealousy.

I know billions of GT grads and they never pull that crap on me or my brother. They know better.

Congrats to the S Mtn kid going to FSU.
Gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Dogs.

1eyedJack

April 27th, 2011
3:29 pm

My older bro is a NOLE

“I know billions of GT grads….”

Spend a lot of time in Asia I see.

AdamNole

April 27th, 2011
3:30 pm

Dan that’s literally like 15 years old.

AfghanHoundDawg

April 27th, 2011
3:32 pm

FSU and UGa, both academic midgets

ckgator

April 27th, 2011
3:41 pm

Sung to the tune of “If You’re Happy and You Know It.”

IF YOU CAN’T GET INTO COLLEGE GO TO STATE
IF YOU CAN’T GET INTO COLLEGE GO TO STATE
I’D RATHER TAKE IT IN THE HOLE
THAN BE A SEMINOLE
IF YOU CAN’T GET INTO COLLEGE GO TO STATE!

GTBob

April 27th, 2011
3:43 pm

My older bro is a NOLE, name one person in this blog who has even mentioned GT academics. If it is bugging you that much that you have to bring it up in blogs that are not even related to it then quite frankly, it is you showing your jealousy.

ClinchCountyDawg

April 27th, 2011
3:52 pm

GTBob

This is a college football recruiting blog. Under Coach Johnson, Tech has not been able to compete against UGA, Bama, Auburn, Tenn, Florida, and FSU for the top recruits, therefore they are not a big topic of conversation here. They probably get a lot more mention on Division II blogs.

RRTDawgs

April 27th, 2011
3:52 pm

Michael Carver tweets that he think with Markuss taking visits that Gators and the dawgs still have a good shot him that his commitment is not solid .

RxDawg

April 27th, 2011
3:57 pm

:lol: Thanks for that ckgator

GTBob

April 27th, 2011
4:02 pm

ClinchCountyDawg, that really doesn’t have anything to do with what I was commenting on but I will agree, we are terrible at recruiting and always will be.

ClinchCountyDawg

April 27th, 2011
4:06 pm

What is the latest on massive 6′6″ 360 lbs buffet buster Jeremy Daniels from Lanier County?

It Ain't Rocket Science

April 27th, 2011
4:10 pm

Let’s see; This kid was on the radar of 25 schools, and he chose the one that had the course he wanted to pursue. Why is this just about UGA losing out on him and not about 23 others schools losing out as well. UGA will not get everybody they want, nor will any other school. UGA has offered or shown interest in 6 linebackers, that are in the scouts top 300 so I think we will be OK. Some folks just can’t wait to have something to complain about when it comes to UGA.

HD27

April 27th, 2011
4:17 pm

With all these four and five star prospects going to FSU, I hope he doesn’t mind sitting on the bench, last time I checked Mark Stoops runs a 4-3 and they are already stacked at linebacker, Good Luck tho!

RRTDawgs

April 27th, 2011
4:20 pm

I agree i don’t think it had to do with a course it had to be something else it does appear he is going to keep his options open take visits .

King Gator

April 27th, 2011
4:25 pm

“They said I have a legit chance with my talent to play early” – must not be that bright if he bought that line of bull. Every coach at every school tells every prospect that. Good luck at FSU/ACC – or as we in the SEC call it .. playing for 2nd place at best! Go Gators! Go SEC!

JW

April 27th, 2011
4:39 pm

Geeze, some of you are just insane and bitter bullies. Glad he’s going to Tally…best 4 years of my life so far…but I’m only 30 and haven’t had kids yet!

BTW- I am not a huge fan of all this obsessive press about recruiting and these kids. I can’t remember a time where there was this much Hoopla about 17 year olds…make it happen on the field Hotrod.

silverb

April 27th, 2011
4:40 pm

Why use the word snubbed? The trade school is always ’snubbed’ by all of the top in state talent.

AdamNole

April 27th, 2011
4:45 pm

Eligwe is more gifted physically than two of the four players that play his position at FSU currently and has the smarts to pick up the system. He could reasonably contend for a starting job as a true sophomore. We graduate one starting OLB before he gets to campus and the other will be a junior that many believe may leave early by the time he’s a true freshman.

Also, Mark Stoops defense is multiple. 4-3 is our base but we are recruiting the personnel to be able to run a 3-4 in certain situations as well.

Also King Gator, please be reminded that in 2010 FSU was 2-0 against the mighty SEC, including beating your conference runner up in the Peach Bowl. We return 90% of our depth chart, lost only 5 contributing players total in 2011.

beebee

April 27th, 2011
4:45 pm

did I just MISS it, or did any of you simply wish the young man well when he moves on? especially if YOUR team does not have FSU on its football schedule the next four/five years?

Gary

April 27th, 2011
4:45 pm

We would love for you to go to Georgia, but I am glad you made your decision for the right reasons. It should be about your education. Hope you and their last recruiting class can help bring FSU back to where they belong at the top of the ACC. FSU is good people. Never met an FSU fan I didn’t like. Went to a bunch of games there in the 90’s and had a blast. I am glad to see kids get out of the state and see more than Tech and Athens. We need to get more out of state kids to Georgia.

Gary

April 27th, 2011
4:51 pm

Trojan man: You are on the wrong board. No one in the south gives a ratts ass about your cheating disaster. Enjoy probation.

WIN WITH RICHT

April 27th, 2011
5:03 pm

These rankings are not perfect. ESPN had Israel Troupe rated higher than Dez Bryant as high school recruits. Dez Bryant has been a first round draft pick and starter fro the Dallas Cowboys.

kNOLES

April 27th, 2011
5:18 pm

It’s sad you kids are defaulting to the argument about cheering for your conference like this. REALLY? Who cares! If you are a national known team, get to the right bowl games, ranked and can recruit star players then the SEC, ACC, PAC12, etc. debate is beyond pointless. FSU is pulling in great recruits. In recent years we have beat Alabama, UF, and S. Carolina and they (UF) have beat us too over the years but don’t act like we cannot compete because we can and we will. Last year was example number 1 of our progress and it’s only getting better. Eligwe picked a top school with top of the line academics and sports so deal with it.

Nole fan

April 27th, 2011
5:36 pm

great news and be honest Georgia fans you would rather be in Tally than Athens too

RRTDawgs

April 27th, 2011
6:36 pm

As a UGA fan hope everyone at Bama and Tuscaloosa is OK i heard they got hit hard by a Tornado it looks like severe storms are not done so stay safe everybody .

RambleOn84

April 27th, 2011
7:06 pm

good pick up

Bob

April 27th, 2011
7:10 pm

I am sure most SEC schools are very solid in a conference but I do not believe that nagging on the ACC or FSU is a great idea especially considering that Jenkins tested positive for pot the third time in a year. Also, crimes have been a big problem with threatening to kill people. Another thing to do with the “Almighty $EC” might have something to do with paying players. Same old, same old.

Preston

April 27th, 2011
7:27 pm

Good grief people! Didn’t you guys notice what a great job of recruiting they’ve been doing at UGA? There’s no way we can keep em’ all with so much talent in the state. Let’s just hope he regrets his decision after the Dawgs get rolling!

Delbert D.

April 27th, 2011
7:28 pm

It’s only a commitment. I don’t know why college football even bothers with that concept.

Preston

April 27th, 2011
7:28 pm

Bob, if you think the SEC is the only conference with schools that pay for play, you’re living under a rock. Get real.

Tossed Salad

April 27th, 2011
7:40 pm

Good for the kid. If he wants to go ball in that weak-ass conference in front of puny crowds, more power to him.

RRTDawgs

April 27th, 2011
7:47 pm

Those Noles fans keep saying they are week at DE and OlB i don’t think so they just picked Mario Edwards they got Tank last year recently picked up A. Taylor FSU is loaded with LBs i think Markuss will keep his options open Clemons should keep his options open to .

bosshawg

April 27th, 2011
7:59 pm

glad u gone bro u dont bleed red an black we dont need you good ridunce

Preston

April 27th, 2011
8:00 pm

Tossed, I’m not so sure FSU brings small crowds to their football stadium. They were a powerhouse for years and their fans are pretty rabid.

naganole

April 27th, 2011
8:01 pm

Lost in all this is Carvell giving the attention to FSU that my buddy Towers wouldn’t (unless I lobbied for it). Smart writer knows that the largest group of FSU alums outside of the state of FL live here in Atlanta. Kudos to you Mike. Your articles giving FSU attention will receive many hits; we are a very active fanbase online…

Jay Sulkowsky

April 27th, 2011
8:18 pm

The bottom line is this, Boise St. and then South Carolina. If we lose both those games and it is very possible Richt is history no matter what happens after that. 1-1 maybe some hope for him. He needs to win both games to make us alumni happy or we will burn crosses on the Athens campus. Sorry to be so blunt but after last year AND another great recruiting class….what do you expect. I would not like to be the coach right now but that is why he is paid each year what I make in a lifetime and I have a BSA from Georgia

Michael Carvell

April 27th, 2011
8:23 pm

@Naganole: Thanks for your post. If it involves Georgia Tech, UGA, another state college or a high school athlete from Georgia (especially the Atlanta area), we do our best to cover it.

Gcock

April 27th, 2011
8:30 pm

Enter your connemts here.

tide roll

April 27th, 2011
8:32 pm

Why are you guys surprised? Over the past two years you’ve lost two stud offensive lineman to Alabama. Brandon Greene, a 6′6″ 300lb. Under Armour All-American, and Chance Warmack, who will be a 4 yr, starter for the Tide at Offensive Guard. Juwuan James, a freshman All-American offensive lineman at Tennessee, Jason Peacock a Georgia native and Juco All-American who will be a two year starter at Arkansas. There’s something wrong with Richt/Bobo. While all this is going on, they’re looking to cross train some back up to provide depth at offensive tackle! Crazy!

RRTDawgs

April 27th, 2011
8:46 pm

Uh tide roll this a defensive player not a OL get your facts strait we get it UGA needs linemen you keep saying the same over and over i know we good shape with 5 star John Theus and we might get Joe Harris .

Georgia Grad

April 27th, 2011
9:07 pm

Carvell if Florida is Florida and Florida State is Florida State why do you continue to call Georgia UGA?

Michael Carvell

April 27th, 2011
9:10 pm

@Georgia Grad, for clarity. “Georgia’s No. 1 DB prospect” could mean the “state of Georgia” or the “University of Georgia.”

Josephine Bagley

April 27th, 2011
9:36 pm

AdMan

You neeed to repeat English 101 before sharing dumbassed comments!

K-Town Dawg

April 27th, 2011
9:58 pm

He is still going to take his 5 official visits. Alot can change between now and April 2012.

We all know it’s not over until they sign on the dotted line.

Tossed Salad

April 27th, 2011
10:06 pm

Preston, you are correct. Clemson has decent crowds, too. But those are the exceptions. Not the rule. ACC football is an utter snooze-fest when it comes to gameday atmosphere. No way to spin it.

vechan

April 27th, 2011
11:39 pm

Why do you people not understand that UGA can’t sign every player in Georgia. How many scholarships do you think are available? Geez. Good luck at FSU young man.

naganole

April 28th, 2011
12:07 am

@Tossed Salad Just you wait. FSU will be in the SEC soon enough…

bake

April 28th, 2011
12:23 am

i know it’s hard for most of you idiots to understand but a lot of kids grow up closer to fsu or as close to uf as they do to uga. i’m a dawg fan but everyone needs to get over this crap about recruits leaving the state. sure you want most to stay…but get a grip. even ohio state pulls kids from florida and georgia on a regular basis.

Red Dog 77

April 28th, 2011
1:25 am

Relax Bulldog faithful, this kid could easily change his mind depending on what the DOGS do this Fall!………I just simply can’t understand why so many novice fans don’t see we have alot to prove. If we come out of the gates strong this year, get a couple big wins, then coast to a respectable season, you will be dumbfounded how many dissapointed young highschool football players will be told “Sorry kid, we’re already filled up at your position”………The University of Georgia is a proud and indeed National “brand”………If we win on the field, we get just about any 5* player we want, not only in Georgia, but nationally……….Regards to all [including nailbiting, bedwetters]….., RED

PALM TREE

April 28th, 2011
1:33 am

FSU is where alot of U. of Fla. and Dawg “NON ACADEMIC QUALIFIERS” end up, so the choice of FSU for academic reasons IS HILARIOUS !

Nole4life

April 28th, 2011
3:23 am

Love how the Gators come out of the woodwork to knock FSU’s academics. Talk about insecure. As if the name on your degree even matters 99% of the time. You are a public state university. Unless you are the University of Virgina, nobody cares.

Also, if my team was in the SEC East I wouldn’t really be bashing ACC football. I mean the ACC’s second place team only dominated the East’s top two teams. Other than Bama and Auburn the SEC had diddly squat last year.

That said I will always root for any team in the SEC that plays the gates.

UGASlobberknocker sayin Go 'Noles

April 28th, 2011
5:34 am

I’m no Seminole lover. But I do know that when FSU was killing it back in the 90’s, they were a great counterbalance to the Gators…UGA needs FSU to be good to put a dent in the Gator recruiting, especially with Miami fading fast, And since we never play FSU , who cares if they are good?. If we were to be so lucky as to meet them in the championship game one year, we can worry about that then. Plus if FSU is good, that just means they continue to beat Tech every time…so Go Noles!!!!

It Ain't Rocket Science

April 28th, 2011
7:05 am

I have come to a conclusion about a lot of UGA fans. It is evident on this blog and others I read. I am a diehard DAWG fan and proud of this great university. I am not however a dreamer and expect UGA to be nbr 1 each year in recruiting and in the polls. I also do not obsess like some of the other fans and think that football is all there is to life. I believe you support your school, when they are up or down, and keep my expectations within reason. This article is a perfect example. UGA didn’t get this kid as of now, nor any other SEC school, but maybe the kid actually knows what he wants to pursue in life as far as academics and he chose what to him is his best choice. Maybe he is being a little naive but remember, he is 17 years old. What were most of you doing at 17? I say most, because I suspect we have people on these blogs that haven’t made it that far in life yet. Give the kid a break. UGA will get the folks they need, and no, CMR and his staff are doing what is right for the university and their team, not failing or unconcerned. Wish he and the team a good season and a injury free one, instead of trying to find a reason all of the time to complain about them.

01HAWK

April 28th, 2011
7:47 am

UGA should get the majority of recruits they want in the state of Georgia due to Georgia Tech is no competition.

Example: BAMA and AUBARN get the majority of the State of Alabama players. UGA competiton is not GT but the rest of the country that come in and get top recruits. CMR is not doing a good job.

NoGaGator

April 28th, 2011
8:14 am

Hope the kid does well wherever he ultimately goes.

Muschamp already has a great start in recruiting, and he will continue to get to pull in studs.

BigTimePirate

April 28th, 2011
8:45 am

For those who say that Eligwe is a troublemaker, please get a life. He doesn’t have a criminal record. The kid has a 3.3-3.4 GPA. He’s a leader in the building and on the field. Markuss is also surrounded by other great players on his team. They push each other everyday academically and athletically. Don’t be surprised if you see the 2011 Pirates make a deep run in the playoffs.

You people should be happy that this kid based his decision on academics. He’s been talking about being an FBI agent since he was in the 9th grade! And yes…he’s legal. His dad was born in Africa and his mom is from Chicago. He was born right here in America….just like Obama. Dang, people. He’s a kid. Lighten up.

the COACH

April 28th, 2011
10:50 am

the head coach of SMHS is from Fla.that all that need to be said. read between the lines.

Chris

April 28th, 2011
11:46 am

Welcome to Florida State University Markuss! Keep working hard in school and on the field and we will see you in a year in a half.

lakesidegator

April 28th, 2011
12:15 pm

85% of the FSU team are majoring in CRIMEnology. It’s been a top program for decades.

Wwwwhhhhaaatttttt?

April 28th, 2011
12:36 pm

US NEWS Public University rankings for 2011… Florida 17, Georgia 18, FSU 47.

WillMuschampsworstnightmareFSU

April 28th, 2011
1:15 pm

I like UGA, but let me break it down for you in simple chapter and verse. Your program is FSU right around 2005 or so. Its scary to see.

FSU’s recruiting coordinator is being followed around wherever he goes now (Follow Coach Coley on Twitter). Jimbo does not rely on other scouting services and he and his staff know exactly what they want in a player. They dont care about rankings. Also our oldest coach is 63 Rick Trickett.

Jimbo had a plan. Go head to head with Urban Meyer, and chase Randy Shannon out of Florida with the Miami connection. As I see it, Urban quit like a little girl because he is no fool after that massive beatdown where we stopped throwing passes in the 3rd quarter of that UF Massacre. If you dont believe me just ask Edddie Gran.

Will Muschamp tried to go head to head with Jimbo this year on lets say Nick Waisome. Waisome met with Muschamp then INSTANTLY committed to the Noles. The Gators excuse? He is too small to play DB for them…Haha!!! Yeah ok now that Jenoris Jenkins is gone, how would Waisome look in a Gata uniform?

Jimbo once said that he thinks Georgia may be the top 3 states in all of America for talent. FSU has always gotten some from there….Hello Charlie Ward! FSU is gonna get theirs.

It is Muschamp that needs to worry the UGA faithful. He knows that you are FSU 2005 and he will go into your state and take what he wants, just like Urban Meyer did to you and FSU except FSU is now taking what we want. Isnt Muschamp a Dawg Alum??? This was his plan from the beginning. Cam Newton would have looked good in a UGA uniform before we knew Cam was a scam. Will Muschamp is gonna raid Georgia since he cant get Florida like Urban did.

The State of Florida has enough talent for 3 schools to win 10 National Titles the last 30 years. Does Georgia? No………Hell the State of Florida has won 10 NC’s since the last time UGA won a NC…Coincidence?

Also, Jay Rome comment? Yeah good TE, but FSU signed the number one TE in America last year named Nick Oleary. We go to Valdosta and we take what WE want. Not what you let us have.

I think Aaron Murray (tampa) was the best QB in florida and I was hoping to see him at FSU. You are going to love that kid this year, and I enjoyed watching your team and him grow.

The scary thing was last year UGA returned more OL combined starts (155) than any team in the nation. I thought you were going to be a sleeper.

Maybe this is your year? How many combined starts does your OL have all together?

shankit

April 28th, 2011
2:10 pm

Muschamp’sworstnightmare.
Answer to your question, “How many combined OL starts does our OL have all together?
About the same number as the OL had when we last played FSU in the Sugar Bowl,
don’t remember the exact number of OL starts, but I do recall the score. Interested in
this statistic?
Also, Rome, Mitchell, Drew and all the other Valdosta and Thomasville recruits choosing
Georgia said to tell you “Hi.”.

Mr. Johnson

April 28th, 2011
2:12 pm

Wide Receiver Blake Tibbs of Martin Luther King has committed to Florida State as well… Tibbs finished the 2010 season with 60 receptions for 1053 yards and 8tds. Also got word that Dillon Lee out of Buford and Geno Smith of St. Pius X are also expected to commit before the end of the school year.

Cletusdawg

April 28th, 2011
2:30 pm

We cannot land them all but I am getting tired of this top tier talent fleeing this state. Then again I had rather see 4-5 star athletes go to another team and succeed than stay at UGA and have their talent wasted with this non-motivating coaching staff we have. UGA does “less with more” than any other school I’ve ever seen. Coach Richt, you better win big this year, there’s a dark cloud over your head. My advice is to start the season 2-0 fella……

BigTimePirate

April 28th, 2011
2:32 pm

@ the Coach

The head coach at SMHS is also a Vanderbilt graduate. Is there something between those lines that needs to be read?

naganole

April 28th, 2011
7:01 pm

@shankit lol, so you got Drew. We got Greg Reid, Telvin Smith, and Tyler Hunter. I’ll take that everyday of the week. Same Greg Reid voted the best high school player in that state of GA for the past decade by the state’s own coaches. Same Telvin Smith that UGA tried to turn by getting one of his teachers involved in his recruitment at the last minute. Same Tyler Hunter that was a UGA legacy and one of the top 15 players in the state last year. You win some, you lose some, but don’t act like UGA is recruiting South GA better than FSU.

heeldawg

May 1st, 2011
7:23 am

I wish this kid the best. We can’t get all of ‘em, and he seems like a great player who also has his head screwed on straight.

As far as academics goes, I think that this was a minor contributor in this decision. But honestly, if you are comparing academics, Florida and Georgia are much stronger across the board than FSU. I hate to burst your bubble, Seminole fans, but the objective data do not lie. Georgia’s admission SAT and GPA averages are higher than FSU’s. The acceptance rate at Georgia is lower (i.e. it is more competitive). The Honors Program is among the best in the country; there is nothing comparable at FSU. And if you look at the latest U.S. News rankings, there’s Florida at #53 overall, Georgia at # 56…and FSU way down there at #104. That’s a big gap.

And as far as Tech is concerned, the average admission SAT/GPA values for Georgia and Georgia Tech are roughly comparable; Georgia’s GPA average is slightly higher, while Tech’s SAT average is slightly higher. The big difference here is whether a recruit wants to go to a suburban school with strong academics, a broad curriculum and a recent history of winning football in the best conference in the country (Georgia) with an opportunity to play in the NFL (7 draftees this year) OR go to an inner-city school with strong academics, a narrow curriculum, and a history of mediocre performance in a mediocre conference and virtually no attention from the NFL (1 draftee this year). I don’t know about you, but if I’m a decent football player and I’m not going to be an engineer, I’m not looking at playing for Georgia Tech.

heeldawg

May 1st, 2011
7:29 am

Oh, and for all of you worried about Richt’s in-state recruiting, Georgia did sign the # 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 9, 11, 12, 22, 27, 29, 30, 33 and 41-rated recruits in the state this past year. That’s 6 of the top 10, 8 of the top 15 and 14 of the top 50–far more than any other school. I think he’s doing okay in-state.