Archive for June, 2011

WR Jason Croom names 3 leaders, seeks UGA football offer

Norcross WR Jason Croom is a two-sport athlete, also playing basketball. He plans to focus solely on football college, and was observed by UGA coach Mark Richt at 7-on-7 camp recently (AJC photo)

Norcross WR Jason Croom is a two-sport athlete, also playing basketball. He plans to focus solely on football in college, and was observed by UGA coach Mark Richt at 7-on-7 camp recently (AJC photo)

Jason Croom has named three leaders among his 16 football scholarship offers — Tennessee, Miami and Mississippi State.

The 6-foot-4, 200-pound wide receiver from Norcross High School said he may add two more. Croom would like for UGA to be one of the two.

“I like Georgia; they run a good offense and it’s close to home,” Croom told the AJC. Croom said one of his friends is Flowery Branch WR CJ Curry, who has already committed to UGA. (Note: UGA has two commitments at WR for its 2012 recruiting class, Curry and Georgia Military junior college’s Lonnie Outlaw)

“If Georgia offered me and I went there, it would be with someone I know. I would have CJ there, and we would push each other to be better.”

Croom had the opportunity to perform in front …

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Rico McWilliams commits to South Carolina Gamecocks

Rico McWilliams fell in love with South Carolina after a recent unofficial visit (Special)

Rico McWilliams fell in love with South Carolina after a recent unofficial visit (Special)

Rico McWilliams, one of the top defensive backs in Georgia, committed to South Carolina on Thursday night.

McWilliams, a 6-foot, 170-pounder from Lovejoy High School, pick the Gamecocks among his 18 offers. His other finalists were Nebraska, Vanderbilt, Arkansas, South Florida and Purdue.

“It just felt like the timing was right to do it,” said McWilliams, who relayed the news to South Carolina defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward. “Coach Ward knew I loved the school and had been on for me awhile about committing. It’s my school. It was the time to do it.”

McWilliams will likely play cornerback for South Carolina, but may also get a look at safety. McWilliams said he only had limited communication with both Georgia Tech and UGA. He has a 3.26 GPA and plans to study business or education. He wants to coach college or high school football after playing it.

South Carolina has seven commitments …

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Joe Harris has UGA and Georgia Tech offers, attends Alabama camp

Lithonia Joe Haris (right) is one of the state's top OL, while teammate David Johnson is a 2013 prospect with two early offers (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

Lithonia Joe Harris (right) is one of the state's top OL prospects, while teammate DE David Johnson (No. 56) is a 2013 prospect with two early offers (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

One of Georgia’s top offensive lineman said he will likely make his college decision by the end of summer or shortly after the start of his senior year of football.

Joe Harris, a 6-foot-4, 290-pound offensive lineman from Lithonia High School, said he has 13 offers, including Clemson, UGA, Georgia Tech, Florida State, South Carolina, Louisville, and North Carolina.

Harris made an unofficial visit to Clemson and is considering a trip to UGA within the next few weeks. He hasn’t been to as many college camps as other top prospects because he is attending summer school to stay on track to meet NCAA academic requirements. Harris said he has been told that Vanderbilt may be his next offer.

“Everybody has been calling and wants him to come to their camp,” Lithonia coach Marcus Jelks said. “Joe has been …

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JaQuay Williams picks Auburn over Ohio State (UPDATED)

JaQuay Williams

JaQuay Williams puts on the Auburn baseball cap (Photo courtesy of Allyson Merrill)

One of Georgia’s top high school football players committed to Auburn on Wednesday.

JaQuay Williams picked Auburn over his childhood favorite of Ohio State, among other offers. Williams is a 6-foot-3, 200-pound wide reciever from Sandy Creek High School.

“I think Auburn is getting a really talented football player with a huge upside,” Sandy Creek coach Chip Walker told the AJC. “He has a good frame, lots of strength and great hands. There are some things he needs to improve on, like route running, and he knows that. But he’s a kid with a lot of upside.”

Ohio State had inside position but lost momentum with the resignation of coach Jim Tressel. Auburn won out after entertaining Williams and his family last weekend on an unofficial visit. Williams has called Auburn assistant Trooper Taylor, the guy who gave a “chest bump” to the President last week at the White House, the “best wide …

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Trooper Taylor ‘chest bumps’ President, appeals to top WR recruit

Auburn WR coach Trooper Taylor gave the President a "chest bump" during last week's visit to the White House. Taylor may be celebrating again after JaQuay Williams announces

Auburn WR coach Trooper Taylor gave the President a "chest bump" during last week's visit to the White House. Will Trooper be celebrating again after JaQuay Williams announces?

(Breaking: UGA will have to wait until July to see if a Dream Team recruit qualifies go here)

Auburn, the reigning BCS champion, is winning some big-time battles in college football recruiting.

Auburn landed the No. 1 RB in Alabama on Tuesday, and appears to have inside position with Georgia’s No. 1 prospect at WR on Wednesday.

JaQuay Williams, a wide receiver from Sandy Creek High School, will announce his college decision after 4 p.m. today. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Williams told the AJC that he had narrowed down to Auburn and Ohio State, among his 20 offers, on Sunday. (click on story link)

Ohio State was the childhood favorite of Williams, but the Buckeyes may have lost momentum with the resignation of coach Jim Tressel. Meanwhile, Williams took an unofficial visit to Auburn last weekend, and has …

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UGA waiting on ‘Dream Team’ member Devin Bowman

The Bulldogs not only won over Devin Bowman but his mother Tara as well. (Family photo)

"Dream Team" DB Devin Bowman and his mother (Family photo)

UGA is waiting on at least one member of its 2011 “Dream Team” recruiting class to meet academic requirements.

Devin Bowman, a defensive back from Ridgeland High School, still has to pass one part of the Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT)  before he can join Georgia’s heralded recruiting class on campus later this summer.

Bowman will take the test again in July.

“He’s got everything else done,” Ridgeland coach Mark Mariakis told the AJC on Tuesday. “If he had passed with a score last December, then he would’ve enrolled early in January. In fact, Georgia was ready for Devin to enter in January; they had his dorm room and everything ready. He just came up a little bit short. He makes good grades in English and that’s what makes it so frustrating.”

Bowman met NCAA requirements with his core GPA and SAT score a long time ago, according to his coach. The only thing standing in the way is passing the GHSGT’s …

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Khalid Henderson commits to the Tennessee Volunteers

Khalid Henderson (Special)

Khalid Henderson (Special)

Tennessee landed one of Atlanta’s best-kept secrets on Tuesday.

Khalid Henderson, who plays linebacker at Cobb County’s Pebblebrook High School, committed to Tennessee only minutes after being offered by Volunteers coach Derek Dooley. Henderson was an emerging prospect who already had 13 offers, including Louisville, UConn, Troy, Middle Tennessee State, Ball State, and Georgia State.

“Coach Dooley was a little surprised when I committed,” Henderson told the AJC. “It was like he didn’t want to put pressure of me to commit. He asked me ‘What other camps do you plan on attending this summer?’ I told him probably Clemson, Georgia Tech and some others; Then I said ‘Coach, you don’t have to worry about that because you’ve got a Volunteer with me.’ He was really excited to hear that, congratulated me, and welcomed me to the Tennessee family.”

The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder blew away Tennessee’s coaches with his performance at a recent camp, leading up to …

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TE Joshua Parris commits to Syracuse

Stephenson 2012 is arguably the most talented-loaded football team the state of Georgia has never seen (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

Stephenson 2012 is arguably the most talented-loaded high school football team the state of Georgia has ever seen (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

One high school in Georgia now has 10 football players that have committed to major colleges, including seven to SEC schools.

It’s Stephenson High School, located in Stone Mountain. The latest college decision was TE Joshua Parris pledging to Syracuse over Ole Miss and Vanderbilt over the weekend. Parris has family in the area, and liked the way Syracuse uses the tight end in the passing game. He was originally committed to South Florida but switched after being told he was recruited to play fullback.

Stephenson projects to have 14-17 sign D1 scholarships in 2012, which is a candidate to lead the nation. Here’s an updated list of commitments:

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Dream Team II? UGA adds four football recruits for 2012 (UPDATED)

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When it rains, it pours.

Some UGA fans were beginning to panic about football recruiting after the Bulldogs went six weeks without a football commitment.

Things changed a bit over the weekend.

Georgia coach Mark Richt added four commitments to his 2012 recruiting class, including perhaps the No. 1 overall prospect in Georgia with Jenkins County High School defensive tackle Jonathan Taylor. He was part of a “package deal” with teammate James DeLoach, who projects to play linebacker or defensive end for the Bulldogs (click on story link).

The day before, Richt both offered and secured a commitment from Cartersville punter Colin Barber within minutes — and before he went to camps at Clemson, Florida State, Auburn and Alabama (click on story link).

It was Peirce County fullback Quayvon Hicks who got the weekend rolling for UGA with his …

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Georgia’s No. 1 WR narrows to Auburn and Ohio State

It's Auburn or Ohio State for award-winning WR JaQuay Williams (AJC photo by Jason Getz)

It's Auburn or Ohio State for award-winning WR JaQuay Williams (AJC photo by Jason Getz)

Georgia’s No. 1 prospect at WR has narrowed down to Auburn and Ohio State, and will announce his college decision after 4 p.m. Wednesday.

JaQuay Williams, a 6-foot-4, 205-pound wide receiver from Sandy Creek High School, made an unofficial visit to Auburn over the weekend. Williams considered the top WR in Georgia, won the top award at the Atlanta MVP Camp attended by many other of the state’s top college prospects, and is ranked as the nation’s No. 94 overall player by Rivals.com.

“It was good; I met all the coaches, and they took my family around and showed them a nice time,” Williams told the AJC.

Williams had said previously that he was going to pick from Auburn, Ohio State, Alabama, LSU and Tennessee among his 20 offers. On Sunday, he narrowed it to two.

“Really, my top two are Auburn and Ohio State,” Williams told the AJC.

It appears that Auburn may be on the brink of landing its …

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