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Did Georgia try to make a preemptive strike against Georgia Tech by being the first of archrivals to offer one of the state’s top college prospects for 2012?

“Yes, that’s what I was kind of thinking,” said Charles Mann, the 6-foot-5, 193-pound point guard from Union Grove High School.

“I mean, both schools were recruiting me all along, especially Georgia. But I hadn’t talked to Georgia for about two weeks until last Sunday. And they hadn’t been talking as if they were about to offer very soon … but on Sunday, they did. It definitely caught me off guard in a good way. I was very impressed. Now I don’t know what to think.”

Mann speculates that the timing of UGA’s Mother’s Day offer may have something to do with his impending unofficial visit to Georgia Tech, his childhood favorite. Mann made that recruiting trip to the campus of the Yellow Jackets on Wednesday and was, as expected, offered by coach Brian Gregory.

“He seemed like a good person .. honest and straight forward,” Mann said.

If Georgia Tech is Mann’s childhood favorite, was he ready to commit on the spot? Did Gregory ask if he wanted to go ahead and pledge to the ACC school? “Georgia Tech has always been a school I’ve wanted to go to,” Mann said. “Coach Gregory was like ‘take your time with a decision and let me come and see you play this summer.’ He hasn’t seen me play in person yet, but said there was no doubt they were going to offer me today.”

If Mann had a second favorite school while growing up, it was Georgia. And Georgia’s offer on Sunday has his mind spinning between the two in-state schools.

Brian Gregory salvaged one of two of Tech's 2011 recruiting class (AJC photo)

Brian Gregory has never seen Union Grove PG Charles Mann play in person but went ahead and offered on Wednesday (AJC photo)

“Right now, I’m not sure what I want to do; I might even go out of state,” Mann said. “Georgia Tech feels like I can come in and have a chance to start at point guard my freshman year. Georgia [coach Mark Fox] said they really like big guards like me, and they like the idea of having me in the backcourt with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.”

Of course, what started Mann ascension to the top of the charts among college scouts was an offer from national champion UConn two weeks ago. Florida State joined UGA with offers last Sunday to Mann, who has around 15 total. Mann said Tennessee or Miami may be next.

“With all these offers, it’s getting kind of hard to figure out everything right now,” Mann said.

Mann averaged 22 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists as a junior at Union Grove. He is projected to play both point guard and shooting guard in college.

UPDATED: How hot is Mann? Shortly after returning from Georgia Tech on Wednesday night, he was offered by Miami.

– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog

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58 comments Add your comment

CT_Jacket

May 11th, 2011
8:57 pm

It would be nice for Gregory to get a top in-state prospect to show that he, despite his outsider status, can recruit Georgia. I’m looking forward to seeing what he can do with the program after several seasons of uninspired play.

Sad BUT true

May 11th, 2011
8:59 pm

As much as I hate to say it, there’s no way this kid stays in state. He’s a goner, along with all the other basketball superstars from Metro Atlanta in the 2012 class.

sting'em

May 11th, 2011
9:04 pm

Hope you help start a new era at GT..Looking forward to seeing you play.

Jason

May 11th, 2011
9:05 pm

Georgia Tech bound!

Mike

May 11th, 2011
9:09 pm

100% false Sad BUT true but keep thinking that if you want too.

Sad BUT true

May 11th, 2011
9:17 pm

@Mike, keep thinking? Do you pay attention to recruiting? I am a Georgia guy, but we we lost Malcolm Brogdon to UVA, Dai-Jon Parker to Vanderbilt and Evan Nolte (whose own brother plays for Mark Fox) to UVA. But we did get a 6′10″ 2star center from the backwoods of North Carolina, beating out Davidson, the Citadel, and High Point. Hooray!!!

Mike

May 11th, 2011
9:24 pm

I am not a UGA fan but I was talking about the 2012 class not 2011. Mann is a 2012 recruit.

RambleOn84

May 11th, 2011
9:27 pm

It would be great if he decides to come on down to Tech. Gregory could sure use him.

COL Dawg

May 11th, 2011
9:48 pm

According to ESPN:

And the “cushiest November schedule goes to: UGA”

“The cushiest path in the month of November belongs to Georgia, which never has to leave the state. The Bulldogs get home games against New Mexico State, Auburn and Kentucky and then end the regular season on the road against a Georgia Tech team that’s expected to be down next season after losing several key players. In other words, the Bulldogs could have some smooth November sailing if they take care of their business the first two months of the season.”

Sounds about right to me……

Vick=Dog killing Thug

May 11th, 2011
9:52 pm

Visit tech, catch a whiff, sign with the DAWGS !

Score Check

May 11th, 2011
9:59 pm

gt has put the Zzzzzz back into basketball.

Wake me up when the Zombies versus Aliens Club cranks up.

David

May 11th, 2011
10:02 pm

He is not going to UGA…he will be a Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket in the end!

Hoopster

May 11th, 2011
10:53 pm

Rumor is a heavy Tech lean. HEAVY!

Gt

May 12th, 2011
12:13 am

Ga fans crack me up… First of all your football program chokes & second of all. You basketball program is a joke. True gt has been down in basketball with Hewitt at helm, but ga tech is known for a strong basketball program and a better then avg football program. Heck last I checked ga tech has 5 national titles in football & Uga has 1…. Wow!!

Steve

May 12th, 2011
12:21 am

Hope he stays in state, regardless of which school he chooses to attend. I would be shocked if he didn’t choose Tech if he has been a fan for years. Then again, outside of one glorious run, Tech has done nothing but underachieve for two decades .. so maybe he got fed up as a fan.

Steve

May 12th, 2011
12:26 am

Gt, the UGA football program has more wins in the last decade than all but a handful of other programs, and that is playing in by far the toughest conference in the land.

Meanwhile, GaTech can’t even finish .500 in a basketball conference that is basically the Mountain West of college basketball (two legit teams and a bunch of nothings). Even if you want to try to talk about how great the ACC is, then what is Tech’s excuse for stinking it up in OOC as well.

Oh, and if the UGA basketball program is a joke, what does that say for a team that rarely beats us? Hmmm. As bad as UGA basketball has been, you guys still barely manage to stay at .500 against us. The GaTech basketball team has pulled a FAR bigger choke job over the last decade than UGA football.

BravesFan79

May 12th, 2011
1:11 am

GT will be a NIT team next year, and the year after they will again be Tourney team. Lets face it, Georgia fans know GT always gets the better recruits. Now we have a coach who can mesh all these top 100 players in the nation into a true team. Btw… UGA is my 2nd favorite team in the nation. There just not a hoop school.

P. Bull Terrier

May 12th, 2011
1:31 am

It’s an interesting commentary on the state of the two major in-state basketball programs when one if the primary selling points of Tech over UGA is that at Tech Mann “feels like (he) can come in and have a chance to start at point guard (his) freshman year”.

One way or the other, I hope Mann stays in Georgia, even if that means he goes to Tech. If Tech and UGA could reach the point where the two schools battle over the top basketaball recruits in the state each year, before letting the out of state schools take whatever is left, both schools could be annual championship contenders.

UGA Fans: Don’t be too hard on “Gt” for his comments. It is pretty impressive that a 5 year old is able to figure out how to post on the message board in the first place. It’s even more impressive when you consider the fact that he was able to attempt to string together four or five sentences (depending on how you count the fragments) and correctly spell most of his words. It took me until I was at least 6 or 7 before I could write as well as “Gt”. I doubt he will have any problem learning things like counting (National Championships – UGA 5, Tech 4) when he reaches first grade.

Jason

May 12th, 2011
2:13 am

LOL UGA doesn’t have 5 championships

National Championships
GT – 4
UGA – 1

Final Fours
GT – 2
UGA – 1

GT>>>>UGA

HOOT99

May 12th, 2011
3:12 am

It is really 3.5 National Championships for GT.

RAH3DAWG

May 12th, 2011
3:48 am

I think GT finally beat UGA in something. Yes, it was baseball.

Columbus

May 12th, 2011
4:26 am

At least UGA has a football program….and a better basketball team truth be known….

Football_365

May 12th, 2011
6:40 am

Tech fans love to say uga lives in the past but they are talking about their “4″ nc. You shared a nc in1990 hello that was 21 yrs ago. How many players on your team were alive when you last won? Since 1990 what has tech done? Oh yea they arent supposed to win because the academics are so tough right?

[...] Georgia and Georgia Tech are battling over hoops prospect, reports Michael Carvell of the AJC. [...]

Boobie Bowden

May 12th, 2011
6:58 am

Are the dawgs now gonna be winnin’ pre-season national hoops titles to go along with their annual pre-season national football titles? Wow. What delusion from the least of the east.

jsmooth

May 12th, 2011
7:00 am

GT:

You Guys have “4″ non-consensus National Championships in Football, Remember, 1990 was shared with Colorado. UGA has “5″ National Championships in Football with 2 of them being Consensus National Championships in 1942 and 1980. Both teams have a lot to crow about so please, get your facts straight before you start talking that GT is a better sports program in Football and Bball. Heck, UGA even has a Baseball National Championship (1990) and GT has none. Quite a feat for a program that is not a perinel power like GT!

Buzz 2010

May 12th, 2011
7:08 am

He needs to play for GT, at a real basketball/ACC school.
The Dawgs are high school level at best. Note, same for their Thug football teams..

Buzz 2010

May 12th, 2011
7:12 am

Hey football 365…..The Dawgs are certainly a football power aren’t they? It is strange that a football mill only produced what 6 or 7 wins last year. My gosh man, they should have lost to GT.
If you get 5 wins you will be lucky this year…football 101??

Jealous of Dawgs

May 12th, 2011
7:23 am

Buzz 2010,

Tell me again who won the football game in 2010?

redeagle4

May 12th, 2011
7:49 am

Heard this kid is transferring to Milton?

German Shepherd Dawg

May 12th, 2011
7:56 am

GT – Five national titles? How many in my lifetime (fifty years and counting?)

1/2 if you count the shared title with Colorado in 1990.

And we DAWG fans are rebuked for living in the past…

BYRDDAWG

May 12th, 2011
8:15 am

////no hatin just statin,,,,,CMR is 9-1 vs tech & CMF is 2-0 vs tech!!!!!!

jilted

May 12th, 2011
8:23 am

This kid is ditching Union Grove moving into an apt near Milton and playing his senior year there. No loyalty. Tech can have this kid. Is he that good in the classroom anyway?

Jim 70

May 12th, 2011
8:28 am

P.Bull Terrier – you have it right, but hopefully GT over UGA, but definitely one or the other. Let’s keep Georgia players in all sports in Georgia.

Kendawg

May 12th, 2011
8:38 am

Does anyone remember who won the 2010 football game between Georgia and Georgia Tech?

dap01

May 12th, 2011
8:45 am

UGA’s basketball program is going up. Everyone would agree with that.
Tech’s basketball program is in limbo. Everyone would agree with that.

Football_365

May 12th, 2011
8:48 am

@kendawg everbody in america knows that uga won but if you leave it to tech fans they won since they rushed for 400yds. Nevermind the scoreboard the stat sheet is what matters. Since uf beat us by 3 in ot instead of by 30 I wonder if we can use that gt logic and say that game was a success?

Ryan

May 12th, 2011
8:49 am

come to tech, start as a freshman in the acc and be on sportscenter and then on to the nba. look at all the guards to leave gt and play in the nba. good luck!

Jay

May 12th, 2011
9:16 am

I would love to see Charles & Marcus Hunt in the same backcourt. They could really cause some problems @ the PG & SG spot. So UGA & GT better make that trip to North Clayton also. UGA or GT can’t afford to keep letting the top tier players leave the state…

PureEvil

May 12th, 2011
10:11 am

Visit tech, catch a whiff, sign with the DAWGS

What ever he catches a whiff of at GT it’s bound to be better than the $hiτ from the Chicken houses and goat farms in Athens!

BYRDDAWG

May 12th, 2011
10:31 am

unpureevil, ur tooooooo funny!!!! I went to the Hawks game the other day & I’ve never seen so many people holdin out cups askin for change…. I know it’s not tech’s fault but Athens is a beautiful college town & you’re just a CLOWN!!!! just sayin

Stinger

May 12th, 2011
10:36 am

He is a lock for GT. Look at history – GT NEVER fails to get the players they target.
It’s just sometimes we targeted the wrong players but that will change now the we have Bob Gregary as coach.

Coach Gregary will be just like CPJ except he will be using a round ball instead of a egg shaped one. GT will win the ACC with ease and contend for the final four all the time – take that to the bank mutts.

JM

May 12th, 2011
12:49 pm

I knew Mann would get an offer once he took his visit. Everyone last week was bohooing GT because they hadn’t offered first. Sometimes a face to face and a good handshake in person make all the difference in the world. I expect Mann to seriously consider Ga Tech.

GIVE ME A BREAK

May 12th, 2011
1:13 pm

I like Gregory’s approach by telling him to take his time to decide. You want him to go where he wants to go without him changing his mind later. Hope he stays in Ga.

Gadawgfan0711

May 12th, 2011
1:14 pm

Tech fans keep saying uga doesn’t have a big time football program, but we are in the top ten in wins over the last decade. One bad season doesn’t mean that we are not going to bounce back. If you use that logic, then I guess Texas doesn’t have a powerhouse program either.

BuckheadBill

May 12th, 2011
1:23 pm

I’ll take chicken houses and goat farms anytime over having to be heavily armed to walk down the street.

AthensDawg

May 12th, 2011
2:15 pm

Please come to Georgia.

Jason

May 12th, 2011
3:06 pm

Sorry but UGA basketball is not on its way up. You couldn’t even win a tourney game with Fox’s most talented roster he’ll ever have.

Greenville Yellow Jacket

May 12th, 2011
3:27 pm

Go to Tech and be a leader. You can be the start of somthing GREAT!!!

Stinger

May 12th, 2011
4:07 pm