Archive for May, 2011

Stephenson TE Josh Parris de-commits from South Florida

Joshua Parris (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

Joshua Parris (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

Stephenson High School tight end Joshua Parris has backed off his commitment to South Florida from two weeks ago.

“There was a misunderstanding,” Parris told the AJC. “I committed to South Florida to play tight end, but they told me recently that they recruited me at fullback. I want to play tight end in college.”

The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Parris said he has Ole Miss, Boston College and Vanderbilt as his new leaders, while South Florida “is still in the mix.” He has visited Ole Miss, and will travel to the other schools and announce his college decision by the end of the summer.

Stephenson is a candidate to lead the nation with football prospects signing major-college football scholarships in 2012. The DeKalb County school has 6 players committed to FBS schools (formerly NCAA Div. I-A), with a total of 14-17 projected to sign D1.

RB Mike Davis (Florida)

DT Jafar Mann (Florida)

LB Darreon Herring (Vanderbilt)

DL Carlos Hood (South …

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Georgia basketball star Kevin Ware commits to Louisville over UGA

Kevin Ware committed to Tennessee as a sophomore, and maintained a low profile until the Vols fired Bruce Pearl on March 21 (Photo by adidas)

Kevin Ware committed to Louisville but is technically a "free agent" until he attends his first day of college classes — expected to happen in a couple of weeks (Photo by adidas)

One of college basketball’s most dramatic recruiting journeys of the year likely ended on Monday.

Kevin Ware, who is ranked as the No. 56 player in the nation by Rivals, committed to Louisville coach Rick Pitino on Monday while on an official visit to the school. He was also considering UGA.

“It has been a long journey, with a few twists and turns, and now it’s all done,” Ware’s stepfather, Wesley Junior, told the AJC.

“Kevin is excited about the opportunity to learn the game of basketball from Coach Pitino, who has been successful on every level. Kevin couldn’t pass on that opportunity. Kevin’s excited, we’re excited and Coach Pitino is excited.”

The 6-foot-4 guard from Rockdale County High School committed to Tennessee as a sophomore and signed with the Volunteers last November. He was granted a …

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Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson on oversigning — ‘I don’t see how you can do that to kids’

UGA's Mark Richt (left) said oversigning is "awful" while Georgia Tech's Paul Johnson said "I don't see how you can do that to kids" (AJC photo)

UGA's Mark Richt (left) said oversigning is "awful" while Georgia Tech's Paul Johnson said "I don't see how you can do that to kids" (AJC photo)

Georgia Tech football coach Paul Johnson is against the controversial recruiting practice of “oversigning” — which is when a college signs more football recruits that it has scholarships available.

“We just don’t do it,” Johnson told the AJC. “It makes it hard sometimes to hit your target number but it is what it is. I don’t see how you can do that to kids, weed out guys for whatever reasons. No matter what anybody says, if you’re oversigning, some of that has to happen on occasion.”

UGA coach Mark Richt has called oversigning “an awful thing to do” to kids. (Go here for full article)

The SEC, winner of five straight BCS championships, has developed a reputation for oversigning. SEC commissioner Mike Slive said the controversial issue will be addressed later this week at the conference’s spring meetings.

Johnson, who has coached at …

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DeMarcus Sweat commits to Kentucky; Stephenson HS has 7 players committed to D1 schools

Stephenson High School's No. 6 to the SEC (Photo by Sweat family)

Stephenson High School's No. 5 to the SEC (Photo by Sweat family)

Stephenson High School has seven players committed to major colleges, including five to SEC schools.

Wide receiver DeMarcus Sweat committed to Kentucky on Sunday night after attending camp earlier in the day. He said he picked the Wildcats over offers from Indiana, Purdue and Florida International.

Stephenson projects to have 14-17 players sign FBS (formerly Div. I-A) scholarships in February 2012.

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Sweat pledged to Kentucky right after performing for the Wildcats coaching staff at camp on Sunday. But he didn’t make it “official” with Kentucky coach Joker Phillips until late Sunday night.

“I told Coach Phillips that I wanted to be a Wildcat,” explained Sweat. “I said I really wanted to talk to my parents first about it, but wanted to go ahead and commit because I didn’t want to lose that spot if another wide receiver committed. Coach Phillips was great about it. He said ‘I know what you’re …

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Robert Nkemdiche: The boy who would be king

The boy who would be king (AJC photo)

Robert Nkemdiche: The boy who would be king (AJC photo)

Here are some random items on Grayson defensive end Robert Nkemdiche, who is a candidate to be the nation’s No. overall 1 college football prospect for 2013. We haven’t written that much about 2013 recruits yet, but Robert is something special. Very special. Here goes:

  • UPDATE: UGA coach Mark Richt called on Thursday about Robert’s older brother, Grayson DB Denzel Nkemdiche, according to Denzel — who signed scholarship papers with Ole Miss on Thursday. “Coach Richt called my coach about me, and wanted to bring me up for a visit,” Denzel told the AJC. “My coach told him thanks for calling, but that I had already decided to go with Ole Miss. It was too late.” Denzel said he would’ve taken an official visit to UGA had the Bulldogs scheduled it for earlier, or within the last couple of weeks.  The last time Denzel spoke directly to UGA’s coaches, he said he was invited to take a recruiting trip on Tuesday, May 31 — which is …

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Ryan Harrow picks Kentucky over UGA, others

NC State basketball transfer Ryan Harrow committed to Kentucky over UGA, Louisville, and Texas on Wednesday night, via Twitter.

“I am a Kentucky Wildcat!” said Harrow, who played at Walton High School.

The 6-foot point guard will have to sit out next season and have three years of NCAA eligibility.

As a freshman at NC State last season, Harrow averaged 9.3 points and 3.3 assists. He decided to transfer after the coaching change. At Kentucky, John Calipari has an amazing run of recruiting elite point guards the last two years with John Wall and Brandon Knight.

RELATED

  • One of Indiana’s top basketball prospects committed to Georgia State over ACC and Big Ten schools. What? Go here to read full story
  • Football: Top Georgia DB names leaders, with Notre Dame and Alabama among them (go here to read full story)
  • Football: See video of Creekside DB committing to SEC school (go here for full story)

– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog

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Geno Smith says leaders are Notre Dame, Alabama, Auburn, Texas and Tennessee

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Geno Smith says his leaders are Notre Dame, Alabama, Auburn, Texas and Tennessee (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

After one of Georgia’s top defensive backs committed to Auburn on Tuesday, his next goal was to lure another one to the reigning BCS champions.

Creekside’s Josh Holsey picked up an Auburn hat over UGA, LSU and Virginia Tech on Tuesday and we have it all on video here.

One of Holsey’s buddies is St. Pius cornerback Geno Smith, who is a candidate to be the state’s No. 1 overall prospect. ”I’m going to call Geno today,” Holsey said. “I’m going to see if we can get this recruiting class down so I can go off to college at Auburn and have the best team in the country.”

Geno Smith, who is among the state’s leaders in scholarship offers with nearly 40, confirmed to the AJC that his five leaders (in no order) are:

  • Notre Dame
  • Alabama
  • Auburn
  • Texas
  • Tennessee

Smith said those five are his “leaders and not my five finalists.” He plans to focus on the five over the summer and …

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Indiana basketball star commits to Georgia State over Wake Forest, Iowa and Virginia Tech

RJ Hunter commits to his father over ACC and Big Ten opportunities (Photo by Indy Star)

RJ Hunter commits to his father over ACC and Big Ten opportunities (Photo by Indy Star)

One of Indiana’s top basketball prospects called his dad and revealed his college decision.

The player was RJ Hunter, and his dad was Ron Hunter, the new basketball coach at Georgia State.

The 6-foot-5, 175-pound shooting guard committed to Georgia State over his other finalists of Wake Forest, Iowa and Virginia Tech.

“He was speechless for the first time in his life,” RJ told the AJC. “He was shocked. I think he even hung up on me when I called and told him because it was kind of out of the blue. He was shocked and excited. He really didn’t have anything to say.”

RJ is a rising senior at Pike High School in Indianapolis. He thought about waiting until after taking some official visits in the fall to make his college decision, but changed his mind.

“I think it was just the time to do it,” RJ said. “The recruiting process had started to drain on me. I just wanted to worry about getting …

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VIDEO: Josh Holsey commits to Auburn over UGA, LSU and Virginia Tech (UPDATED)

Creekside’s Josh Holsey, one of Georgia’s top defensive backs for 2012, said Auburn was second to none after committing to the SEC school on Tuesday.

The 5-foot-9, 180-pound cornerback picked Auburn over UGA, LSU and Virginia Tech among his 24 early scholarship offers.

“I just thought it was the right school for me to go to and pursue my future, and do what I want to do in life and be the best person I can be,” Holsey told the AJC. “Auburn is the right place for me to go.”

Who finished runner-up for Holsey? “I really don’t know. I’ve had my mind set on Auburn for a minute so … Auburn was 1-4.”

Josh Holsey with the Auburn baseball cap in front of the Creekside flag (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

Josh Holsey with the Auburn baseball cap in front of the Creekside flag (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

What about UGA? The Bulldogs were his childhood favorite but the last to offer out of 24 schools. “They were serious contenders. I figured they recruited me too late. I wasn’t able to get over there and talk to the coaches as much as I did at Auburn.”

Holsey said he committed early …

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Robert Nkemdiche on his rumored ’secret commitment’ to Alabama (UPDATED)

Grayson HS DE Robert Nkemdiche and coach Mickey Conn (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

Grayson HS DE Robert Nkemdiche and coach Mickey Conn (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

One of the biggest recruiting rumors floating around Georgia is that Robert Nkemdiche has “secretly committed” to Alabama. The 6-foot-5, 263-pound defensive end from Grayson High School is a candidate to be the nation’s No. 1 overall college football prospect for 2013.

You’re not an elite prospect if there aren’t several recruiting rumors following you around.

Here are several reasons why the “Nkemdiche-to-Bama” rumors started:

  • Alabama is one of 20+ schools that told Robert he will have football scholarship papers waiting on him as a senior
  • Robert made an unofficial visit to Alabama last fall and enjoyed it. Robert’s teammates says he often wears an “A” cap
  • Grayson’s high school coach is a former Alabama football player

We stopped by Grayson High School and asked Robert the big question: Are you a “secret commitment” to Alabama?

“No sir, I didn’t secretly commit to Alabama,” Nkemdiche told …

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