Jason Croom picks Tennessee over Mississippi State

WR Jason Croom, who will sign with Tennessee, is the featured player on tonight's WSB-TV's "Thursday Night Football." See below for specific TV channels (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

WR Jason Croom, who will sign with Tennessee, is the featured player on tonight's WSB-TV's "Thursday Night Football." See below for specific TV channels (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

Jason Croom, one of Georgia’s top college football prospects at wide receiver, committed to Tennessee on Thursday.

The 6-foot-5, 226-pounder picked the Volunteers over Mississippi State, among his 17 early offers, which also included Auburn, Michigan and Florida State. Croom is the fifth player from Georgia to join Tennessee’s 2012 recruiting class, and No. 2 at wide reciever, along with Columbia High School’s Keithon Redding.

“You know how they say ‘when you visit the right school, you will just know it?’ That’s how it was at Tennessee,” Croom told the AJC. “They think I can develop into a special player for them. They really care about my academics and helping me get a degree. I really like the coaches, the players, the atmosphere — you know, everything about the place.”

Norcross coach Keith Maloof said Croom ranks among the best wide receivers he’s ever coached at the Gwinnett County school, along with Brice Butler (signed with Southern California) and Devonta Bolton (Alabama). Croom showed his enormous potential with 5 catches for 151 yards and two touchdowns in last year’s playoff loss to eventual state champion Brookwood.

“The colleges love his ability,” Norcross coach Keith Maloof said. “He’s big, he’s 200 pounds. He’s 6-foot-5 and he can run. He can get behind the secondary. He can run the possession routes. He can block outside on the corners. Just about everything he does is good.”

Note: How good is Jason Croom? You can watch him yourself on WSB-TV “Thursday Night Football” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. It’s Norcross vs. Dacula on Channel 2.2, WSB-TV ’s second digital channel. You can also watch games live on wsbtv.com and watch the rebroadcast Friday nights at 1:06 a.m. on Channel 2. It can also be found on the follow cable channels:

  • Comcast 248- Metro Atlanta, Calhoun, Rome
    This gives you an idea of Croom's incredible athleticism at 6-5 and 226 pounds. He was a member of Norcross HS's state championship basketball team last season but will focus only on football at Tennessee (AJC)

    This gives you an idea of Croom's incredible athleticism at 6-5 and 226 pounds. He was a member of Norcross HS's state championship basketball team last season but will focus only on football at Tennessee (AJC)

  • Charter 126 – Metro Atlanta, Athens
  • Windstream 871- Dahlonega, Hiawassee, Cornelia, Commerce
  • ETC 190- Ellijay, Cherokee, Pickens, Gilmer & Fannin counties
  • Plantation 601- Green and Putnam Counties; Knology 168- West Point

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100 comments Add your comment

BjohnDawg

August 18th, 2011
3:23 pm

BjohnDawg

August 18th, 2011
3:24 pm

hey did the Dawgs not want him?

J

August 18th, 2011
3:24 pm

Good Luck, If you change your mind the Dawg Nation will welcome you to Starkvegas

Hubie Green

August 18th, 2011
3:27 pm

One of the best athletes in the state. He was the difference in the state championship game against Milton. Best of luck.

P

August 18th, 2011
3:31 pm

J… the DAWG Nation is centered in Athens. MSU is just the Bulldogs.. like Fresno State.

Courtney

August 18th, 2011
3:33 pm

The Words “Tennessee” and “Academics” do not belong in the same sentence.

Bob Loblaw

August 18th, 2011
3:33 pm

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

atlvol55

August 18th, 2011
3:35 pm

Welcome to the Vol nation Jason? Know any big huge DE’s and DL’s that want to come to Knoxville as well??

Go Vols

atlvol55

August 18th, 2011
3:36 pm

Maybe and LB or two as well…lol

RRTDawgs

August 18th, 2011
3:43 pm

Dawgs have good chance now to get the JUCO WR C. Patterson he is a game changer Joel Caleb will be in Athens this weekend congrats to Mr. Croom .

joe

August 18th, 2011
3:44 pm

Neither does “Courtney” and “masculine name.”

dawg with class

August 18th, 2011
3:51 pm

Courtney you are a classless idiot.

Wally My Butts

August 18th, 2011
4:01 pm

UGA has known about him for some time. I can only conclude that they weren’t real high on him or had others in front of him at WR.

Congrats and good luck to Jason.

MS. Bully

August 18th, 2011
4:12 pm

Momma liked Tennessee just like Cecil Newton liked Allbarn. State never catches a break. Good luck to the young man.

MS. Bully

August 18th, 2011
4:13 pm

The Dawg Nation will arrive on Oct.1, 2011. We will give you a replay of last years result. The only remedy is MORE Cowbell!!

1eyedJack

August 18th, 2011
4:35 pm

It is telling that even Saban didn’t offer. How did that happen?

JAWJeRDAWG

August 18th, 2011
4:59 pm

Congratulations, Jason, on your scholarship at UT.

AnnapolisDawg

August 18th, 2011
5:09 pm

Congrats Jason; I hope you have a great career at UT!

tide roll

August 18th, 2011
5:23 pm

Man, Arkansas starts Milledgeville’s Jason Peacock at Left Tackle (6′7″ 330lb.), Alabama starts Atlanta’s Chance Warmack (6′4″ 340lb) at left guard, Ole Miss starts Atlanta’s A. J. Hawkins (6′4″ 330) at center, S. Carolina starts Atlanta’s Rokevious Watkins ( 6′4″ 330lb.) at right guard and Tennessee starts N. Gwinnett’s JuWuan James (6′7″330lb). at Right Tackle. All but Watkins are underclassmen! These are the very athletes that could have started and/or provided SEC caliber depth for Georgia’s offensive line. Instead, they’re starting for your competition. Why can’t Richt/Bobo and all these Uga Kool-Aiders acknowledge that this is where your problem lies. These guys would have been ready for 2012 as well. How long can Richt/Bobo continue to pretend not to see the problem. They’re failing to sign IN-STATE kids that could have provided the depth you need to beat South Carolina ! Instead these athletes are STARTING for your competition. How stupid can you be. Incredible.There’s only one way to explain it. As Richt likes to say : We’re doing it ” The ” Georgia Way”. And he’s right. Ya’ll, as usual, are doing it “The Georgia Way”, and THAT”S A CRIME. These kid’s are deserving and are not being given a chance to shine for their home state team. After all, that’s “The Georgia Way” Shame on you all.

slydog

August 18th, 2011
5:24 pm

Hold up @Hubie Green, I thought the recent Tech basketball signee was? Da’rick Rogers must be a bust…lol. Man, Tennessee now has 3 very tall and talented WR’s…lol Good luck Jason and get your education first. Football will take care of itself. Fellas, this is why you need taller corners, sometimes. It’s all about the matchups.

slydog

August 18th, 2011
5:29 pm

Courtney, do you realize that Tennessee is ranked 47th among Public Universities in the U.S.? I guess he should have went to Stanford to satisfy you?

?

August 18th, 2011
5:32 pm

Man, look at all those Alabama kids starting for Auburn last year when they kicked Saban’s rear. Saban needs to tighten up, oops, he’ll be gone after this year. Maybe this year if the Miami thing that involves 2 Bama coaches and a player dont break right. What happened to that story on Bama players providing signed jerseys and helmets to a Tusky clothing store for favors.

slydog

August 18th, 2011
5:32 pm

Oh Lawd!!! Tide Roll is here

corey

August 18th, 2011
5:33 pm

why cant people just congratulate the kids on their choice? why does it always turn into everyone having to bash the school of choice. any college degree is outstanding; about 1 million extra dollars over a lifetime compared to a high school graduate. congrats to all high school athletes who get the opportunity to get an education for free!

ATL Sports Fan

August 18th, 2011
5:44 pm

Ha Ha HA, I see the Jesse Jackson of recruiting is at it again. Tide Roll, why do not answer peoples questions when they ask you them? Are you like all typical democrats and avoid all questions? I’m going to answer it for you. Are you aware that Jawaun James chose UT and UGA was his second favorite? Are you aware that he had an offer from UGA and went there on an offical visit? Nope, I’m sure you don’t.

Funny South Carolina beat out UAB for his services. UAB was the only other school to offer him a scholarship. AJ Hawkins was a no body in the recruiting world. Jason Peacock, not really recruited out of high school, goes all the way to California to play JUCO football and picks Arkansas over East Carolina and other schools out west. Guess where his mom moved when he was in JUCO? Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Keep bringing your hate. He was a gray shirt at Ole Miss. All you want to do is show that racism is alive in america and its black people like you that keep it alive. Congrats!!

As Fred Sanford used to say ” You big Dummy”!!!!

ATL Sports Fan

August 18th, 2011
5:46 pm

AJ Hawkins was a gray shirt at Ole Miss and was not heavily recruited out of high school. Roke Watkins didn’t have the grades coming out of high school and they were not all that good after GMC, hence the only offers from UAB and South Carolina.

ATL Sports Fan

August 18th, 2011
5:47 pm

Keep believing TIDE ROLL….Fight the Power!!!

RRTDawgs

August 18th, 2011
5:47 pm

Tide roll thinks UGA can just magically land every Georgia kid out there it is impossible sure i would love to get every one them it just does not work that way UGA will get some Georgia kids i here Brandon Greene may open things back up .

Tossed Salad

August 18th, 2011
5:51 pm

4/5 of UGAs offensive line is from Georgia. And the 5th is a guy your midget coach failed to sign out of his home state. choke on that, tired troll…

Sammy ll

August 18th, 2011
5:58 pm

HUH? This player had 17 offers and nada ONE from M Richt??????

That says it all! I have heard this player is a future NFL WR
and UGA misses the bus. Figures.

Best of luck to you Mr. Croom.

slydog

August 18th, 2011
6:00 pm

@ATL Sports Fan It was all good until you said:

“All you want to do is show that racism is alive in america and its black people like you that keep it alive.”

You could have made your point without that last sentence. Racism IS still alive in this country, but it is upheld and exploited by certain elements of ALL races and ethnic groups. Tide Roll has no basis for his arguments, but a reasonable counter-argument is all that is needed to disprove him. Just cause somebody states or identifies something is “racist”, does not absolutely, unequivocally, mean that it isn’t. Can we agree on that? There are plenty of people who employ or work with people of other races and ethnicities out of necessity and law, not because they are color blind. Let’s keep it real and respectful. For instance, isn’t it just as biased when academics, intelligence, and integrity are questionable when it comes to an AA signee but not a White one? I never see that issue come up when a White recruit signs somewhere, but NO ONE brings that up. Let’s agree to let the fools play their part: that of a fool.

?

August 18th, 2011
6:01 pm

Uh for the record their coach is a dwarf not a midget. That is all.

ColoradoDawg

August 18th, 2011
6:03 pm

Calm down doggies! You can’t keep everyone at home. Look at OU’s roster and you will find half of them are from TX. Good majority of Boise States players are from Cali. There’s just that much talent out there to offer everyone. UGA’s top target at cb is from MD, top targets at rb from NC and top ol targets are in FL. I’m not concerned one bit.

ColoradoDawg

August 18th, 2011
6:06 pm

Ohh yeah forgot about the WR Diggs out of MD

RRTDawgs

August 18th, 2011
6:17 pm

We will get a playmaker WR but it will be from out of state i am not going whine and cry and say the sky is falling like some people on here .

BaseballVol13

August 18th, 2011
6:31 pm

Tossed Salad, only problem is that those 4/5 uga linemen couldn’t block a powder puff team!

Bob Loblaw

August 18th, 2011
6:32 pm

tide roll IS A TECH FAN. HE SLIPPED LAST WEEK. Why don’t you talk about YOUR team, the mighty Georgia Tech? Why do you hide behind some other fan base? That is pathetic!!!

Please ignore this fool. He is nothing but a bitter Yech fan.

RRTDawgs

August 18th, 2011
6:42 pm

Vols were not better than we were last year both programs are rebuilding and hope we both come back because it was fun to watch .

cadawg

August 18th, 2011
6:45 pm

@tide roll: atl sports fan just nailed you, but never mind that. just keep race-baiting. weird how richt and bobo (who for some reason you think are in charge of recruiting OL) are only racist when it comes to offensive lineman. why do you think that is?

on a serious note, congrats to mr. croom. i hope he has a great career at UT (btw, how many WR’s have they signed for 2012?!?). come on down, joel caleb and coradelle patterson!

Rhall55

August 18th, 2011
6:58 pm

I felt UGA should have offered J Croom!! He wanted an offer; now time to get Caleb, Patterson, and Nelson A!!! I still think we need to win the recruiting battle in the state / doing very poorly in state this year!! CKO is not doing a good job at all recruiting LB’s: this year, next year and the year’s to come!! Not acceptable!!

Ringleader

August 18th, 2011
7:18 pm

Tide Roll………..
Don’t you need to pay those bookies in T-town.

Wayne

August 18th, 2011
7:29 pm

The name Courtney and intelligent do not belong in the same sentence.

Sammy ll

August 18th, 2011
7:33 pm

Croom had offers from LSU, UT, Michigan, FSU and many other top teams.

That shows how talented he is. Big/Fast guys like this
are very rare. Enough Said.

How credible is tide roll?

August 18th, 2011
7:40 pm

A few days ago he said Bama did not recruit Newton out of JUNIOR COLLEGE (note that distinction) because Saban figured he was a lock for UGA. If he had known UGA was recruiting Newton out of JUNIOR COLLEGE (note that distinction) as a TIGHT END, Bama would have recruited him harder.

I will leave it for the supporters of all schools on here as to whether or not to believe that incredible story. If you do, it makes Saban out to be an ill-informed idiot, and say what you may about the man, he is anything but that.

tide roll

August 18th, 2011
7:44 pm

Look Kool-Aiders. Chance Warmack is a three year starter for us, and a pre-season All SEC. Started as a freshman for our NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP team alongside OT James Carpenter, yet ANOTHER GEORGIAN and NFL 1st round pick I don’t care if A.J. Hawkins is a gray shirt. He is now one of the few juniors named to the Remington watch list as the best center in America, and if you had an OBJECVTIVE bone in your body, would see he’s better than your cut-block artist – Ben Jones. Rokevious Watkins literally pushed you all over Williams Brice Stadium last year in South Caroilina’s beat down of you. Spurrier has moved him to Right Tackle so look for that to happen again. Did you Kool Aiders even see the game! Sheesh. James is a freshman All – American for Tennessee and went to high school 30 minutes from your campus. I don’t know much about Peacocok other than he grew up a huge georgia fan and would have looked awfully good spelling Cordy Glenn on occasion. You guys need to get after your Richt/Bobo brain trust. It’s costing you championships! Sorry to present facts to ya’ll. Acknowledging them is just not the “Georgia Way”.

Tossed Salad

August 18th, 2011
7:47 pm

Right, Vol13, that’s why a couple of them are All-SEC. Because they can’t block. Worry about you own band of misfits.

Rocky Top

August 18th, 2011
7:49 pm

First DA’RICK now CROOM! We get who we want in Georgia.

DayBowBow

August 18th, 2011
7:56 pm

@baseballvol13, have you already forgotten last year’s 41-14 beat down? That game must’ve been a fluke for our lineman because they can’t block…

Warmack

August 18th, 2011
8:03 pm

Warmack is a fine player, tide roll, but he does NOT make up for Bama losing Cam Newton to Auburn.

Blue Phi

August 18th, 2011
8:14 pm

Tide Roll might be a troll, but how can ATL sport fan say blacks are keeping racism alive? Do you actually live in the US? How can roughly 12% of the population of the United States of America set a trend like racism. Pull your head out of your a$$. slydog is correct. Mark Richt is not racist, and I was a freshman at UGA when he was hired. He’s a great coach who missed out on some key recruits. This Croom kid will be a beast.