Chaz Elder postpones college decision between South Carolina and UGA … (UPDATED)

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Chaz Elder, who is ranked as Georgia’s No. 1 college prospect at safety, decided on Friday to postpone his college decision between South Carolina and UGA.

“I do apologize,” Banneker assistant Ryan Andrews said. “I know everyone is waiting on his announcement. I was just informed by Chaz he will not announce today. I am not sure what caused the change of heart. Again, I do apologize for this. I am not sure when or how soon a decision will come. Thank you.”

Even before the postponement, the 6-foot-2, 180-pounder from Banneker High School had decided against calling a press conference on Friday because it wasn’t his style. Elder felt uncomfortable with drawing attention to himself. He and his coaches were just going to let a few people know via Social Media and text messages. Elder is also considering Vanderbilt, but UGA and South Carolina are the frontrunners.

DELAY ON DECISION: Chaz Elder (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

DELAY ON DECISION: Chaz Elder (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

What do I think? I have no idea what happened today, but this can be nothing but good news for UGA fans. From all indications (and we’ve been fooled before), Chaz appeared to be headed to South Carolina. I know Chaz has really developed a close friendship with South Carolina defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward, while his family would prefer he stay closer to home and play for UGA. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out.

I do think Chaz deserves major props for how he handled this: If you’re not 100-percent sure, then there is no reason to commit early. If you do commit early and you’re not 100-percent sure (and I realize kids and, well, everybody changes their minds about things here and there; I’m just talking about those who “know”), you could create a chain events that adversely affect college coaches and, most importantly, other kids being recruited. Picking a college is a life decision, not a race. We commend Chaz, his family and coaches for handling this in a respectful and professional manner.

More news of the day

  • Ex-UGA recruiting target Kevin Ware, who committed to Louisville over UGA after being released by Central Florida and pledging to Central Florida, may be ineligible to play for Rick Pitino until January (click on story link)
  • M.L King WR Blake Tibbs said he was offered a football scholarship by UGA on Friday. He is one of Georgia’s top 2012 college football prospects at WR.
  • After a lackluster preseason, Stephenson tailback Mike Davis (committed to Florida) had a electrifying 79-yard TD run on Friday (click on story link)

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126 comments Add your comment

hugedawgfan

August 26th, 2011
6:57 pm

Cobb Dawg

August 26th, 2011
6:59 pm

Maybe someone finally clued this kid’s parents in on how Spurrier accepts too many commitments every year and lies, cheats, and steals to get out of a few of them before NSD

dirtydozen

August 26th, 2011
7:00 pm

He has been pushed by his HS coach to sign with SC but he knows his heart is with the Dawgs!
UGA vs. S.Carolina 46-15-2

trupert

August 26th, 2011
7:00 pm

Ga should bring him in on an official visit to Sanford stadium for the Ga- SC game.

Ga will be riding the momentum from beating the #5 BSU team and when the dawgs beat the Cocks that will seal the deal. Go dawgs!!!

Happy Warrior

August 26th, 2011
7:01 pm

That’s OK….. This kid knows where he belongs.

man-O-man

August 26th, 2011
7:06 pm

Word is, he has given a silent commit to SC already. He’s just going to make it public in a day or two. Not sure why the delay.

dawgster

August 26th, 2011
7:07 pm

Don’t know all the specifics, but hopefully the young man where do what his heart says and where he feels most comfortable along with his prospects for playing time….Lets wish him well regardless of which team he commits to….I’m sorry but the recruiting madness is a little much and is way overhyped….Puts alot of pressure on everyone but mostly the young people that don’t want to let anyone down…Good Luck in your decision…..

dawgster

August 26th, 2011
7:10 pm

@man-O-man…and where do you get such info…I can’t say whether he is silent commit or not, but my common sense says that he still his struggling with his decision…the ‘Word” is…..

dawgster

August 26th, 2011
7:11 pm

Sorry…above post at 7:07 should say ” will do what his heart says”…not “where”

Lake Oconee Dawg

August 26th, 2011
7:14 pm

Chaz Elder choose Gamecocks and loose! Pick and stick with Dawg and be a winner! Your Mother is “right on” Go Dawgs!!!

RRTDawgs

August 26th, 2011
7:16 pm

Dawgster from what i read his mom wants him to stay home but they are right he does want to play CB and SC said he could play that position and we are recruited him as a safety but we have window to change his mind maybe we tell him he can play S or CB .

RRTDawgs

August 26th, 2011
7:22 pm

The parents will be the key could be good sign for UGA .

Gamecock for life

August 26th, 2011
7:23 pm

Oh well, if he wants to play for UGA while Carolina continues to spank them thats fine with me. Just remember you had the chance to play for us when we keep winning SEC titles.

One Hairy Dude

August 26th, 2011
7:29 pm

Cock For Life-When have you won an SEC title?

slydog

August 26th, 2011
7:30 pm

This seems like a kid whose heart is at UGA but the earlier playing opportunity is at SC. Plain and simple. On top of all that, he doesn’t want to feel like an outsider by having to play the Dawgs every year. It’s an ATL thing to love everything UGA and GT. That’s why they both do much better recruiting in the Metro area than in other parts of the state.

honolulu dawg

August 26th, 2011
7:31 pm

Chicken for life, what SEC championships son?? You don’t have any!

slydog

August 26th, 2011
7:31 pm

This kid could start for UGA at S or CB by his sophomore season easily.

RRTDawgs

August 26th, 2011
7:37 pm

Looks like Jordan Jefferson could be on his way out of LSU man can you believe all the scandals in college football its has been real dark past few days .

nash

August 26th, 2011
8:07 pm

I hate uscjr fans. They win one game at home and think that their team is filled will world beaters that will shock the world from here until eternity. UGA fans know we have to beat Florida, we have a solid chance at beating Tn and, Tech is that little cousin that we take behind the wood shed each year that may get a luck punch in every now and again. But these guys need to stop sniffing that chicken s*&t before they start talking about their team.

c'mon nash

August 26th, 2011
8:17 pm

okay, just let me know when it’s okay for me to cheer for my team. appreciate your permission to speak. for a team who’s coming off a 6-7 effort, it’s awfully bold of you to even show up on these boards anyway. Why don’t you boys worry about that Boise State game? BSU is favored in the Georgia Dome by 3! The boys in Vegas have no confidence in you yet… and they are as objective as it gets.

I hope this kid goes to SC and we pick up a new car for his folks. that’s how they do it at the other USC, OSU and plenty of other places I hear…

Vampire Bill

August 26th, 2011
8:17 pm

Smart kid, Smart family…. No need to hurry… Let it ride for a while… Kudos

K. Conley

August 26th, 2011
8:21 pm

Good for this kid to do what so many have not. He shows common sense by waiting and giving a definitive answer when he does commit. Would have been easy to say anything tonight. Kid obviously has his head in the right place.

Beast from the East

August 26th, 2011
8:53 pm

“Just remember you had the chance to play for us when we keep winning SEC titles.”

Gamecock for life,
He’s not being recruited in baseball.

RRTDawgs

August 26th, 2011
9:10 pm

Just read something interesting UGA is saying that Chaz Elder can play CB maybe the reason for change of heart .

concern

August 26th, 2011
9:10 pm

Dawg Fan

August 26th, 2011
9:16 pm

Good luck with your decision.

I hope to see you wearing the Red & Black between the hedges. You can’t go wrong with the Dawgs!!!

GATA

redd

August 26th, 2011
9:17 pm

Correct me if I’m wrong but SC has NEVER won an SEC Championship so wut is gamecock4life talking about.

Saban

August 26th, 2011
9:26 pm

Steve will just have to come up with 50K more. Dawgs can only offer krispy kreme`s.

Boise State 66 Dawgs 0

More classy dog fans

August 26th, 2011
9:29 pm

If he reads any ajc blogs, he’ll want nothing to do with pathetic and delusional ugh.

RRTDawgs

August 26th, 2011
9:54 pm

Haters can’t stand it we will see who has last laugh they can’t stand when good news comes our way so the haters act like little children with the name calling .

Gamecock for life

August 26th, 2011
9:54 pm

Take a look at the direction of the two programs mutts. Your team is heading for another sub .500 season and the Gamecocks are favored to win the East again and the whole SEC. Who won last years game????

RRTDawgs

August 26th, 2011
10:07 pm

Our defense is going to shock everyone big tree is going impose fear into opposing QB’s with his hard hitting our offense is going to be a surprise Crowell is getting it done in practice SC and everyone else should not sleep on UGA .

1eyedJack

August 26th, 2011
10:18 pm

Western Carolina 66 GT -2 (they tackle their own man in the endzone).

BG

August 26th, 2011
10:20 pm

Chaz, Stay instate and represent Georgia. GO DAWGS!!!

ProudBamaRedNeck

August 26th, 2011
10:40 pm

heard tonight that Tennessee is making a late push

RedandBlackDAWG

August 26th, 2011
10:55 pm

Gamecocks for life,

Don’t you mean, when you win a SEC title? Seems to me, you lost pretty bad to Auburn last year in that title game. Please refresh the memory of folks on here as to when your last SEC title was.

reality

August 26th, 2011
11:12 pm

UGA vs. S.Carolina 46-15-2
NOT EVEN CLOSE

RoyalAir

August 26th, 2011
11:34 pm

It sounds like he was set to go to USC, but he’s gotten pressure from family and friends to go to UGA.

It takes major courage at that age to do what’s right for yourself, but this is probably the first decision where the guy needs to be 100% selfish. Go where *you* want to go, not where anyone else tells you. If that’s UGA, great. If that’s Vanderbilt, great. If that’s USC, great.

Make the best decision for yourself. You can’t live life for other people.

dawggirl

August 27th, 2011
12:10 am

Excuse me? Gamecocks favored to win the whole SEC, Gamecock? Keep smoking whatever it is you’re smoking. It must be some incredibly powerful stuff if you even think you’ll have a shot at getting past Bama even IF you win the East. And yeah, don’t count your chickens and all that. We might have something to say about the East before it’s all said and done. And don’t think Florida or Tennessee is going to just roll over for you either.

Yo Yo

August 27th, 2011
1:30 am

There are, in fact, multiple reasons why a kid might commit early despite not being “100% sure.” You don’t have to like any of them, but don’t preach as if they don’t exist. Report the news. You’re not the morality police.

LAGAMECOCK

August 27th, 2011
3:09 am

Dawg fans are crazy–we will wipe your butts up on Sept 10th..Dawgs wont win 6 games

[...] DELAY: On the brink of announcing his college decision between UGA and South Carolina, Banneker DB Chaz Elder postpones for unknown reasons (click on story link) [...]

Destin Dawg

August 27th, 2011
6:35 am

He’s just a nice young man, lots of pressure…. he should come to the UGA. vs. S.C…. since it’s only 2 weeks… right here in beautiful Athens… if he’s down to these 2 schools……makes sense…. stay in State.. close to support groups… friends and family …. Go Dawgs !!!!!

deep south Dawg

August 27th, 2011
6:41 am

who do you like the best ???? Spurrier or Richt ???? Grantham and Lakatos are great defensive coaches !! where do you like best ???? beautiful Athens or Columbia ??? get all the love… Be a home State hero !!

Dawg D

August 27th, 2011
7:56 am

He’ll start right away at GA—will he announce his decision at a presser with assembled media and with each team’s hats on the table in front of him???

Destin Dawg

August 27th, 2011
8:29 am

Spurrier is too explosive… he won the visor toss just last week when Garcia was drunk again… bought new golf clubs… soon to retire. ???

USC GAMEC0CK

August 27th, 2011
8:45 am

Some Facts:

1. USC whipped Bama when bama was rated number one in the country last year. USC can beat them again in the dome for the SEC Championship….bama does not have cam the scam playing for them.

2. USC will beat georgia – Spurrier has built the best USC team in the history of the school…don’t throw the all time record up because we are talking now ….not then. USC whipped georgia last year and will do it again in athens this year.

3. Just for the record Columbia beats athens 24/7 as a cool place to live work play…athens only has football saturdays…thats it. Columbia has that and so much more…i dont care what the georgia folks say…outside of athens…that town is know as the arm pit of georgia…it only beats starkville because Atlanta is only 65 miles away.

4. Elder will probably pick georgia and stay home…only a stud would pick USC at this point because the school has so much football talent right now.

USC GAMEC0CK

August 27th, 2011
8:58 am

When it comes to recruting

USC has to battle clempson for the in state talent which is a TOUGH situation for a small state.

georgia has to battle a brain school that most kids cant get into and georgia is a huge state.

florida is in a state that is LOADED with talent…plenty to go around for the big 3 and others

LSU is in a state with no instate competition
ARK is in a state with no instate competition
TENN is in a state with no instate competition (sorry vandy)
Kentucky is in a state with no instate competition (sorry louisville) but the state does not have much talent

Now you see why it has been so tough for USC to build a winner in football but the true key to building a WINNER in the SEC is people…the COACH, HIS STAFF, the AD, and PLAYERS…USC has finally gotten the formula right and everyone sees the results….USC will be the SEC CHAMPS in 2011

Spike 80DF

August 27th, 2011
9:04 am

Gamecock for life = Tech fan….try a little harder next time.

Gamecock for life

August 27th, 2011
9:09 am

USC is loaded, we’ll roll all the way through the BCSCG. Bama has nothing on Carolina.