UGA football recruits CJ Curry and Marshall Morgan transfer high schools (UPDATED)

UGA WR commit CJ Curry (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

UGA WR commit CJ Curry (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

Two members of UGA’s 2012 recruiting class have transferred to another high school for their senior year of football.

WR CJ Curry has transferred from North Hall High School to Flowery Branch, while Florida kicker Marshall Morgan switched schools in the Miami area.

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Curry has looked like maybe the best wide receiver in the state this summer, helping Flowery Branch win at least two passing league tournaments. It will be the fourth school in four years for Curry but there’s a good reason for the moves — he played football where his father accepted a job as an assistant football coach. As a freshman, CJ played for his father at Greater Atlanta Christian; as a sophomore, CJ returned to the public school near his home and played for Loganville (while his father remained at GAC); as a junior, CJ played for his father at North Hall; as a senior, CJ will be playing for his father again at Flowery Branch.

CJ’s younger brother, DB Darius Curry, will be a rising junior at Flowery Branch and has early scholarship offers from Tennessee, N.C. State and Oklahoma State, among others.

“I coach, and lot of times, coaching is like the military — you’re here one day and gone the next,” CJ’s father, Felix Curry, told the AJC. “Flowery Branch seemed to be a good fit for my family, so we jumped on it.”

CJ was UGA’s first commit for 2012, and has remained loyal to the Bulldogs, despite the continued recruiting efforts of Auburn, South Carolina, Stanford, Oklahoma State and North Carolina.

“I know it’s part of recruiting for other schools to stay in contact after you commit, and it’s flattering,” CJ said. “But I’m going to Georgia. I want to represent my home state.”

Back to Marshall Morgan: He and at least four of his teammates decided to transfer from Archbishop McCarthy after his coach stepped down, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

OTHER FOOTBALL TRANSFERS

Here are some of the other high-profile transfers since the end of last football season:

BASKETBALL TRANSFER

  • The state’s No. 1 point guard, Charles Mann, has transferred from Union Grove to Milton for his senior season. The 6-foot-5, 193-pound Mann has been one of the nation’s hottest prospects since being offered by UConn in late April, piling up nearly 20 scholarship offers, including UGA and Georgia Tech. Milton, which has played for the Class AAAAA state championship the last three years, winning in 2010, will be a top contender again. Mann joins a roster that already features swingman Evan Nolte (committed to Virginia) and slam-dunk artist Shaq Johnson (committed to Auburn).

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JAWJeRDAWG

June 23rd, 2011
7:04 pm

Thanks for your loyalty to UGA, CJ and Morgan. Looking forward to watching you play between-the-hedges.

Good luck to you both for a safe and productive senior year on your high school gridiron. .. Go Dawgs!

really???

June 23rd, 2011
7:05 pm

All these kids” all of the sudden” transfer to Stephenson? Really??

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Outside Observer

June 23rd, 2011
7:29 pm

I really thought there were rules in place to prevent people from transferring schools to get to better athletic teams. I guess I imagined that in a dream.

BobDog

June 23rd, 2011
8:19 pm

Bainbridge plays a straight option offense. Bench didn’t get a chance to display his passing abilities very well at QB in that offense. Maybe he will at Cairo? It is unfortunate that he went all the way through spring practice at QB when he probably knew he was leaving.

Scout

June 23rd, 2011
8:23 pm

I’m not for or against Stephenson High School. But I do thing one great thing is coming out of that situation. It is forcing other coaches from high schools close to Stephenson to step up with their efforts to promote their young men for college scholarships. If not, the young men and their families could move a few miles over to Stephenson, where they make an extra effort to help the young men. Who wouldn’t move the family to get $100k scholarship for their child? That’s an easy decision. Stephenson didn’t “invent the wheel” here. Every school has someone who can help make highlight videos and email and call colleges. Step up, DeKalb and Gwinnett Cos.!

just saying

June 23rd, 2011
10:51 pm

where is all the reporters and cameras for the Doctors who fly overseas and volunteer countless hours of their time and perform operations at no cost to those in need and how bout the missionaries from Georgia who devote their lives to helping those in need around the world, where are their stories in the AJC? All I see is some 6 and 7 coach who did not donate one dime of his money yet the reporters and cameras are all over him like he walks on water.

Lester Miles

June 23rd, 2011
11:00 pm

Thanks for the info Michael.

THEHILLISREAL

June 23rd, 2011
11:45 pm

@really…. stay at a school get no or subpar scholarship or go to Stephenson and scholarship.

scdawg

June 24th, 2011
12:01 am

@ just saying, you dont know dont how much money that 6 and 7 coach put in from his own pocket, nor do I, but does it really matter, at least he is putting in his time, and I would be willing to bet that the whole camera thing was not his idea either, so why dont you back off a little there pal. Show some compassion for what the man is doing, cause I bet if the role was reversed you wouldnt do the same.

Red Dog 77

June 24th, 2011
1:20 am

@Ted 6/23…….10:44pm……Sir, it is quite clear to me you never played the game of football in highschool……….or you were not very good. I grew up in the Buckhead area of north Atlanta. I played for the Buckhead Red Devils…….the highest level of Pop Warner, we were so good the year I played, we won the Pop Warner 13yr old 120lb catagory National Championship……then it was on to 9th grade in highschool……….I played well at North Fulton High, but at the time crosstown W.F. Dykes highschool were the winners at the time. I had the oportunity [being on the line where I lived] that I could and did choose to transfer to W.F. Dykes Highschool………..It was the greatest experience of my life, and if I had to do it all over again I would……….education in highschool is pretty much what you make out of it, so I felt I could get just as good an education at the one school as the other………….So there you go, big boy Ted, freedom is a great thing now isn’t it?…………..and my father had nothing to do with it………he thought it would be good for me to make my own choice……..more freedom?…………Ah America is great ! isn’t she?………Regards, RED

monroe

June 24th, 2011
1:46 am

i here kendarius whitehead is going to Stephenson High School thats crazy him and jj on the ends watchout 5A

Michael

June 24th, 2011
6:21 am

Curry isnt the only N Hall player Flowery Branch stole…..also the quarterback.

Paddy

June 24th, 2011
6:47 am

Michael……..maybe you could enlighten us………how does a HS like Flowery Branch steal a player from another school? Is it done at night, at lunch or over the weekend? Let us know it must be quite a story! lol

Walker, Texas Ranger

June 24th, 2011
7:46 am

Curry’s dad took a job at FB. The long and short of it is that North Hall runs an offense from the 60’s. The QB Michael is referring to is Coker. In order for Coker to get any consideration as a college QB, he had to switch to a spread offense. Look at the QB from Flowery Branch last year, Brown. He went from a scholarship to Western Carolina when he was at Habersham to multiple offers at D1 schools at Flowery Branch. He ended up at UAB. Coker had as many ints. last year at tds. I bet this year he throws for 25 tds with 5 ints.

As far as Flowery Branch stealing a player, look in the North Hall backfield. You’ll see a UT signee and former Flowery Branch running back. It’s funny, the guy responsible for getting Cross to North Hall, now has his son at Flowery Branch.

Walker, Texas Ranger

June 24th, 2011
8:02 am

By the way, I heard Cross wanted to transfer back to FB but was told if he did he would play defense.

It Ain't Rocket Science

June 24th, 2011
8:23 am

Just Saying,

Didn’t CMR sell his lake side home, with the intent purpose of being able to give more money to the Honduras mission he participates in? I guess you forgot that little article that mentioned that. CMR is a high visibility person both in Georgia and The USA, so that is why he gets more print, if that is really the case, than some other organizations do. It is unusual for a big time coach to be involved in an endeavor like this, so naturally it is going to be worthy of the print time. Do you think they would report that he took his vacation and rested at his lakeside home for two weeks. Don’t let your hatred of CMR cloud your objective reasoning, assuming you are capable of that.

It Ain't Rocket Science

June 24th, 2011
8:27 am

Can someone tell me if a booster of a high school player or team, is allowed to pay for a players expenses to one of the numerous college camps he attends. I do not know enough about the GHSA to know whether that is legal or not, under their rules.

Gator On The Loose

June 24th, 2011
8:37 am

Glad to see the Pop Warner experts are weighing in – well back to the other board – I hear they are going to post what CMR ate for breakfast soon.

It Ain't Rocket Science

June 24th, 2011
9:12 am

Heard he had gator fritters, with a side of hash browns. Stayed away from the Orange Juice, since he is trying to cut down on ingestion of insecticides.

Question

June 24th, 2011
9:15 am

To the poster who claimed Mark Richt “did not donate one dime of his money.” How do you know this? Do you have access to his money transactions?

I will let the readers decide how credible that accusation is.

Tard Dawg

June 24th, 2011
9:18 am

UGA is the Clemson of the SEC.

AnnapolisDawg

June 24th, 2011
9:37 am

It’s not a comment board until a Gator with nothing better to do shows up. You would think they have better things to do like learn how to count how many “actual” 2nd chances their players get for criminal offenses.
As for breakfast, can I see Charlie Weis’s menu?

The Most Interesting Man alive

June 24th, 2011
9:46 am

AnnapolisDawg, Last time I checked Weis was on Grantham’ diet until he choked.

It Ain't Rocket Science

June 24th, 2011
9:51 am

AnnapolisDawg,

What page of the 14 do you want to look at. Of course that is only on his light eating days. I think he blames his weight problem on an unsuccessful operation he had to staple his stomach, while at Notre Dame. They probably used enough metal in the staples, to revive the rust belt’s economy.

FDawg

June 24th, 2011
10:16 am

Must be an extremely slow news day to be rehashing yesterday’s topic….

The Most Interesting Man alive

June 24th, 2011
10:26 am

Let’s see on one side we have a fatboy named Charlie Weis who failed as a HC at ND although did produce fairly good offenses and 2 top draft choices at QB. This is not to mention the development of a 6th round draft choice from Michigan into a 3 time Superbowl winner as his QB coach. On the other side you have a fatboy named Dave Grantham who was fired from his only Coordinator job while having one of the worst defenses in the NFL not to mention his embarrassing choke caught on film in a game where his sorry D gave up over 30 to the worst Gator offense since 1990.
The moral is Weis is a far better asst coach than Humpty Dumpty Grantham. Of course moron Dawg fans know this and that is why they attack his appearance.

Gator On The Loose

June 24th, 2011
11:00 am

“”It’s not a comment board until a Gator with nothing better to do shows up. You would think they have better things to do like learn how to count”"

Well, gotta count something, I’ve run out of fingers and toes to tally how many times we’ve pasted the dawgs the last 2 decades

MHC Tiger

June 24th, 2011
3:08 pm

A 4* DE transferred from Westlake to Sandy Creek last year the last week of the season and played that week and in the playoffs. Something has to be done.

I personally, have a son playing in a triple option attack. Yet he is a classic drop back qb who has the ability to run. We had options to transfer when he was a frosh and soph yr. He declined. Now out of reverence for the head coach, and all the time he and his staff has put into his development I couldn’t see transferring for personal reasons. If the kid is good enough the scouts will find him. They go to every school. In the case of my son. He is also flying under the radar, but through the camps this summer he has raised his stock. It’s all about the work he puts in and that we put in as parents!

It Ain't Rocket Science

June 24th, 2011
3:08 pm

Gator on the loose,

You probably don’t want to tax what gray matter you have up there anyway. History can be a stressful thing, sometimes. History being something that took place in the past and is not indicative of the future.

It Ain't Rocket Science

June 24th, 2011
3:15 pm

To the most interesting,

Appearances do count my friend. Don’t you think that maybe some of his players that he demands to be in perfect shape, look upon him with a little less awe, since he is around 385 pounds. Added to that fact, is the problem he has in communicating with people, and you have a potential conflict with a younger, more energetic head coach. Good luck with that. I would rather have an assistant fired from the NFL because he did not have the right personnel, verses a head coach let go because he failed to develop the talent at a school like Notre Dame.

Stephenson Supporter

June 24th, 2011
3:20 pm

Monroe Kenderious whitehead is not transferring to stephenson he is going to mlk he is following his position coach, but we would love to have him.

JAWJeRDAWG

June 24th, 2011
3:22 pm

@ Gator On The Loose

June 24th, 2011
11:00 am

“I’ve run out of fingers and toes to tally how many times we’ve pasted the dawgs the last 2 decades.”

Either you were malformed or must have lost some fingers or toes, for I’m quite certain the Gators haven’t beaten the Dawgs twenty times in the past two decades.

Just sayin’. .. Go Dawgs!

jim shoope

June 25th, 2011
6:05 pm

Just a question……How many people really think all these D-1 kids at Stephenson actually live in the school’s district? How many of these transfers actually made a bona fide move from their last school? GHSA and Swearingen need to get off their cans down in Thomaston and enforce their own rules that the majority of the state plays by.

We Aren't Stupid

June 25th, 2011
6:10 pm

The $100 question of the day……….Did Whitehead move into MLK district or are him and the position coach carpooling from Monroe together….HAHAHAHAHAHA

really???

June 26th, 2011
10:48 am

These guys have to actually pick up and move into another house, even if their house is already in stephensons district. Im not upset at all with the kids wanting to move, the issue is are we going to follow the rules that gash has set or not? We need to either follow the rules and have them enforced or follow states like Ohio that gives every kid school choice no matter what. Gash this has been an issue for way too long.

really???

June 26th, 2011
10:55 am

Sorry guys, gash was mean to be ghsa, dang smartphone auto correct.

nobody

July 1st, 2011
10:20 am

You gotta love this kid: “I know it’s part of recruiting for other schools to stay in contact after you commit, and it’s flattering,” CJ said. “But I’m going to Georgia. I want to represent my home state.”

Suevonne

July 2nd, 2011
10:20 am

Holy cocsine data batman. Lol!

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