UGA keeps in touch with NC State WR commit

Charlie Hegedus (left, black shirt) with former Lassiter QB Hutson Mason at UGA in 2010

Charlie Hegedus (right, black shirt) with former Lassiter QB Hutson Mason at UGA in 2010

If a D1 cornerback is lucky during his senior season of high school football, he may get to match up once or twice against a wide receiver who has also earned a major-college football offer.

It happens around four times per week for Lassiter cornerback Niles Clark, who has committed to NC State. He goes head-to-head in practice every day against teammate Charlie Hegedus, the Lassiter wide receiver who has also committed to NC State.

Lassiter (7-2) plays Etowah (5-4) at 7 p.m. Thursday in a game that will be broadcast live on WSB-TV digital channel 2.2 and at www.wsbtv.com

“Charlie is fast; he’s the fastest player on our team and could be one of the fastest in the state,” Clark said. “He has a great size at 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds. He runs great routes, he can stop on a dime and has good hands. He’s a really good wide receiver.”

This is a great recruiting story: It was the speed of Hegedus that officially earned the football scholarship from NC State. The Wolfpack’s coaches told him if he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds or faster with their stopwatches at NC State’s camp last summer, they would offer. Hegedus was clocked at 4.45.

“I guess there was a little pressure but not really because I run in the 4.4s pretty consistently so I was confident in being able to make my time,” Hegedus said.

Hegedus committed to NC State over eight early offers, including Purdue and Louisiana Tech. He attended UGA camp last summer and was not offered, although the Bulldogs stay in touch. Hegedus said he talks to UGA assistant Will Friend every few weeks.

“We just keep in touch and that’s about it,” Hegedus said. “I don’t know if they will offer me. I guess it depends on how many spots they have open. Overall, Coach Friend said they want to sign three wide receivers. I think they have one or two spots open now.”

WR Charlie Hegedus (right, maroon jersey) covered by Walton S-LB Daron Blaylock, who is committed to Kentucky (AJC)

WR Charlie Hegedus (right, maroon jersey) covered by Walton S-LB Daron Blaylock, who is committed to Kentucky (AJC)

UGA has two commitments at wide receiver – M.L. King’s Blake Tibbs and former Wilcox County star Lonnie Outlaw, who is still working toward meeting his academic requirements out of Georgia Military Junior College. UGA has offers out to a few uncommitted prospects, including Cordarrelle Patterson of Hutchinson (Kan.) Junior College.

What if UGA makes a late offer to Hegedus? “I would probably visit and go from there. I don’t really know. I’m solid with NC State. It felt like home when I went on my visit there.”

The speedy Hegedus has 37 catches for 702 yards and 9 touchdowns in nine games for Lassiter. “He’s averaging 19 yards per catch,” Lassiter coach Jep Irwin said. “When the ball is up in the air, he goes and gets it. He can beat man coverage with his speed and get over the top of the defense … he’s also made a big difference for our offense because he is willing to block. With as big and strong as he is, he can dominate corners with his blocking when he gets in front of them.”

Every day in practice, Hegedus is matched up against Clark. The two have been best friends since middle school, with Clark committing to NC State last February and convincing Hegedus to join him after the camp offer last summer.

The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Clark is considered one of the metro’s top lockdown corners. “Unfortunately, he doesn’t get tested a lot because of his reputation and because he’s always in good coverage,” Irwin said. “He covers the other team’s best WR each week. They just don’t throw on him a whole lot. They try to pick on our other coverage or throw it over the middle. People just won’t really throw at Niles. He’s great in coverage.”

2013 Lassiter QB Eddie Printz is committed to SMU (AJC)

2013 Lassiter QB Eddie Printz is committed to SMU (AJC)

  • Is Lassiter’s Eddie Printz the best junior quarterback in Georgia? Next year’s crop is the deepest since the 2010 class of Connor Shaw (South Carolina), Hutson Mason (UGA) and Blake Sims (Alabama), among others. Next year’s class is led by Cedar Grove’s Jonathan McCrary, Walton’s Parker McLeod, Camden County’s Brice Ramsey (committed to UGA) and Printz (committed to SMU). Is Printz the best of the batch? “I think he is,” Lassiter’s Irwin said. “There are a lot of good ones but I wouldn’t trade him for anybody else because I’ve worked with him and I know what he can do. There are different types of quarterbacks. If you’re looking for a kid who plays in a spread offense at a high level against the best competition in the state … and want a kid who is a pocket passer that has all the tools – Eddie has a good height, good arm strength and is a good overall athlete – I don’t think you’ll find a better one for what we do. Are there kids who can run the option better or be a dual-threat QB? Well, that’s different. Not all quarterbacks are the same.” The 6-foot-3, 198-pound Printz has made big gains in his accuracy, completing 63-percent of his passes with 20 touchdowns and only 4 interceptions this season.
  • St. Pius senior QB Trey White has committed to The Citadel. “Trey White will go down in history as one of the best quarterbacks in St. Pius football history,”  St. Pius coach Paul Standard said. “His leadership, guts, determination, and competitiveness has been a key factor in the success we have had here over the past 3 years …”  During his career, White has rushed for 1,907 yards on 272 carries; an average of seven yards per carry, and 21 TDs.  He has completed 60.4 percent of his passes, throwing for 1,518 yards on 93 completions in 154 attempts.  White has thrown for 16 TDs in his time at St. Pius, and is tied for first for most passing TDs in a season with 9 in 2009.
  • UGA’s No. 1 target at RB, Keith Marshall of Raleigh, N.C., has picked Clemson for his fifth official visit, and will travel to Clemson in later this month, along with South Carolina, his coach told PalmettoSports.com. Marshall has already made recruiting trips to UGA, Notre Dame and Florida.

– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog

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88 comments Add your comment

G-Dawg

November 3rd, 2011
9:10 am

Good morning Dawg fans!! Hunker Down!!

G-Dawg

November 3rd, 2011
9:11 am

Come on Marshall…we’re all looking forward to you in the UGA backfield next year!!

Mtn Dawg

November 3rd, 2011
9:14 am

DAWGMAN

November 3rd, 2011
9:25 am

C’mon down Marshall and Hegedus! Hope he gets his offer. Bulldog Nation would love to see both of them b/t the hedges!! Go Dawgs!!

k.chubbs

November 3rd, 2011
9:26 am

Crowell and Marshall would be a nice tandem.

Blake Simms fan

November 3rd, 2011
9:49 am

UGA had Blake slated at Safety. Alabama promised a look see at QG. How is the kid doing in Tuscaloosa? is ha at QB or D back?

Go Dogs.

P_The_Ricker

November 3rd, 2011
9:54 am

Regarding Marshall, anyone doubt that some extra competition thrown at Crowell would be a good thing?

Matthews Dawg

November 3rd, 2011
10:02 am

I think Marshall will come here if the CMR haters would be quiet. IMO, he has been close to saying he was coming to UGA, but with all the puke being thrown at CMR, he hasn’t committed. I believe we need to go ahead and sign CMR for 3-5 years. Then watch the players come in. Now….let the comments begin!
Go Dawgs!!

Matthews Dawg

November 3rd, 2011
10:20 am

P….I believe you are spot on about IC. I think a year lifting weights will be good for IC too. He will get better IMO. Go Dawgs!!

JB

November 3rd, 2011
10:26 am

We need TWO RB’s in the class next year, and if they both have to be 3 star types, so be it We need big hearts and great attitudes,,,,and a lot of desire…

Flo-Ri-Duh

November 3rd, 2011
10:28 am

UGA’s 2nd most wanted target should be OT Avery Young. Marshall will have Theus (#2 OT in the nation) blocking and he needs Young (# 8 OT ) on the other side. LeMay (#2 QB in his junipr year & rateed #4 as a senior, though he did not play) will push Murray next year for a starting spot and it should get interesting if he doesn’t get to play).. He is primarily a pocket passer though he runs a 4.6 40. In high school his accuracy and stats, as a junior were unbelievable. Something like 37 TD’s and only 3 interceptions and 2,000 + yards passing. His younger brother is being by UGA as a WR.

JB

November 3rd, 2011
10:28 am

The Poole kid out of Toccoa who is at Tenn. is a perfect example. We passed on him, and he would of loved to have been in Athens…No, he’s not Trent Richardson, but he’s a pretty good back.

Flo-Ri-Duh

November 3rd, 2011
10:30 am

Excuse my spelling above…. just woke up.

JB

November 3rd, 2011
10:31 am

I hope you are right about the QB spot being open to challenge next year….but that IS NOT Richt’s MO. He’ll ride a starter down to the ground if he has eligibility left.

Alabamadawg

November 3rd, 2011
10:31 am

We definitley need a SOLID runningback and a couple more OL in this class.

Throw me a bone

November 3rd, 2011
10:41 am

IM NO RECRUITING EXPERT! however, I want marshall to come to UGA but i’d be more excited to get the gurley kid! Yall can tell me if im crazy but go look at the film. when I look at the you tube highlights gurley just looks more like a real running back with exceptional explosion, almost chris johnson like…. Marshall kinda just reminds me of an old FSU scat back

Matthews Dawg

November 3rd, 2011
10:45 am

JB and Flor… great comments and if we can get 2 RB’s and a couple more OL, that would be perfect. I agree that Christian LeMay will push Murray. I live outside of Charlotte and live in the same high school district where LeMay went to school. He can flat out play/throw the ball. Also, his younger brother Uriah is as good or better as a receiver. He will get playing time. Sorry, to the state of Ga people, LeMay is better than Mason! Give it time and you will see. We are set up nicely in skilled positions, we need the big guys now! Go Dawgs!!

JB

November 3rd, 2011
10:46 am

I would love to see Mason at QB for an entire half this Saturday, most of it with most of the first team.
Maybe he’s got it, maybe he doesn’t. But I’m afraid this staff plays folks by social pecking order, like stars, level of hoopla over recruitment etc. I think Pollack was a 3 star FB when signed.

Brian

November 3rd, 2011
10:59 am

Carvell – In case you already missed it, Lonnie Outlaw ain’t gonna make it to UGA.

Delbert D.

November 3rd, 2011
10:59 am

Speaking of QBs, this year is unusual because only 2 FBS starting QBs are from Georgia. They are Tim Jefferson at Air Force and Bryan Ellis at UAB.

mike

November 3rd, 2011
11:03 am

I’d like to land patterson and Agholor. Outlaw isn’t making it in.

foothills

November 3rd, 2011
11:06 am

Marshall would be a good get for the Dawgs-He can replace Crowell after he’s dismissed from school.

PMC

November 3rd, 2011
11:06 am

Sure would have been nice to have EITHER Darius Hanks or Brice Brown…sigh.

Love Gun

November 3rd, 2011
11:12 am

Crowell will not be dismissed he will be our Heisman Winner the next two years as we win national title!

Augusta bred

November 3rd, 2011
11:18 am

Yeah, i think its time we cut ties with Outlaw! I know a couple of kids at GMC and he just can’t make the grades. This Hegedus kid seems he could be a great addition! I also think we need to add 2 RB’s with this class. Hope R. Gardner steps up!

Matthews Dawg

November 3rd, 2011
11:23 am

Mason does deserve his chance, but I don’t believe CMR or any coach wanting to win, would not play a kid! That is crazy and dumb! i don’t believe that any of our coaches are dumb or stupid. I’m sure someone can and will agrue that point though. Hopefully, we start out strong and can score early and often and he and others get to play a lot. A whole half would be great for him and the others. Go Dawgs!!

Whiskey Breath

November 3rd, 2011
11:27 am

Thanks Mike for reporting the facts. You are easily the most professional writer on the AJC.
You don’t spend a whole lot of time kissing the home team’s backside.
You will probably change, but for right now, you are very good and professional.
Whatever Jeff, Chip or the other guys tell you, do what you were taught in school.
Again, thanks

Muttface

November 3rd, 2011
11:29 am

Love Gun, you cracks me up. Just sitting here LMAO!!!

G-Dawg

November 3rd, 2011
11:30 am

Floriduh and Matthew…agreed…Avery should be a priority. Marshall probably would have committed if all this Richt nonsense would stop. True we have some big inconsistencies with offensive playcalling. But dang i see some young guys stepping up and making big plays. Gonna be a couple of interesting years if we can plug a few big uglies on both sides of the line. Skill position players seem to be plentiful.

Throw me a bone

November 3rd, 2011
11:34 am

Gurley looks better than marshall!!!

DTC

November 3rd, 2011
11:49 am

Crowell will not even be considered as a Heisman candidate, unless, he changes his running tactics. When he heads to the outside, he always heads to the sidelines, he never considers running through one of the defensive players, for extra yardage. If you will watch the FL game again, you will see in one play that he headed out of bounds, at about the 15 or 20 yard line, when 2 FL players were running hard to the sideline, if he had just paused for a split second, and headed back to the inside he would have had a clear shot for a ran of at least 10-20 yards and probably have scored a touchdown. He always takes the easy way to the sidelines. Before you criticize, watch the play again.
We have a QB who is overconfident in himself for this year. I spoke to someone yesterday whose daughter goes to UGA. She said he is one of the most arragant players on campus. As the UGA QB, he has done nothing to have the type of confidence in his position that he presents.
I have been reading this past week about the couple of throws that he missed the last 2 weeks and that he cannot hit the wide open downfield man. He has been doing this all year. Every game. Several times, each game. He cannot hit a man downfield, if the player is over 30 yards downfield. 30 yards or less, he is very accurate. The one pass to Bennett in the FL game was right at 30 yards. I used to say the QB who played for Tennessee a couple of years ago, was the most overrated QB to have ever played in the SEC. Sorry I do not remember his name, he has never been heard from again, but I now think Murray is currently the most overrated QB in the SEC, for this year, and unless he improves, he make displace this guy from Tennessee, and if you knew how little use for TN I have, you would only then understand the insult this is to him. Murray is good in short yardage plays, over 30 he is almost uselss. Before you start criticizing me for this comment, I must say, I have not missed watching one game this year, and I have screamed “SET HIM ON THE BENCH” at my TV more times than I care to admit. Mason needs to be given a chance this year, because he will probably be number 3 next year, behind LeMay. I do hear LeMay is going to be a good one, but he has not played a down in 2 years. Makes one wonder how polished he will be. He should at least be healthy though.

Worm

November 3rd, 2011
11:54 am

Tom O’Brien will be fired at the end of the season..North Carolina and N.C. State will both be looking for head Coaches..

masivatack

November 3rd, 2011
12:00 pm

JB – “I think Pollack was a 3 star FB when signed.”

Did you just prove yourself wrong?

sheepdawg

November 3rd, 2011
12:15 pm

what’s their sat scores? are they true student athletes (hegedus appears so)? do they have a history of being a thug? lets start recruiting kids with some background of character and integrity

ATL Sports Fan

November 3rd, 2011
12:26 pm

Yes, David Pollack was a 3 star fullback. Guess who moved him to defense. That’s right Mark Richt.

tide roll

November 3rd, 2011
12:28 pm

Jonathan McCrary is the best QB in the South and Richt and Booboo know it!. Only one major drawback. Bobo going after Ramsey over this kid ranks up there with his decision to sign Logan Gray over Cam Newton. You guys are a JOKE!

The Truth

November 3rd, 2011
12:30 pm

Blake Sims fan
I recall seeing Blake listed as the #5 TB on the Ala depth chart.

Michael Bennett seems to have been a good get for the Dawgs, perhaps Hegedus fits that mold and would be a fine addition. Dawgs are looking for a big WR who can stretch the field to play opposite of Mitchell. Patterson is a priority and will visit weekend of the GALA, he can enroll in Jan as can Keith Marshall the NC RB. Outlaw won’t be wearing the red and black.

I Crowell

November 3rd, 2011
12:32 pm

Hey maaahhhnn….I be savin some good weed for ya dude…

Stout

November 3rd, 2011
12:32 pm

Tide Roll, go back and do your research. UGA did not sign Gray over Newton.

Invictus mon

November 3rd, 2011
12:37 pm

Gotta get some more talent in there! Suprised we’re out of the top 10, but I’m sure we’ll move later. Of what I’ve seen, Marshall is the biggest must nab recruit out there.

The Truth

November 3rd, 2011
12:41 pm

Tide Roll @12;28
There you go again. Why are you bothering with Georgia recruiting? Why do you care? Ala plays LSU this weekend, one would think a TRUE Ala fan would have more interest in that game than who Georgia is or is not recruiting. Geez buddy.

As for Cam Newton, be reminded, Alabama also passed on Cam Newton as their QB in favor of Star Jackson….. how did that work out for you pal? More schools passed on Cam as their QB than hotly pursued him, but don’t let history and facts get in the way of your argument. You have a tendency to do that with your ongoing misinformation campaign against Georgia’s recruiting of Offensive Linemen where you continually misrepresent the facts.

I have no idea if McCrary is a better QB than Ramsey, I haven’t seen either or them play, HAVE YOU? How is it you know which is the better of the two? My understanding is they are both great young prospects.

Instead of spending hours researching who Georgia is or is not recruiting, why not turn your attention to matters involving Alabama, that is IF you are actually an Alabama fan and not a GT fan.

Tom

November 3rd, 2011
12:48 pm

tide roll, you don’t have a clue. Cam Newton was recruited by UGA but did not want to come. Even tho he was an obvious low character individual, Bobo wanted him. Then Urban threw him out of flarda for stealing a laptop computer out of a girl’s dorm room.

Tom

November 3rd, 2011
12:51 pm

Also, forgot to say that Richt finally offered Newton as a TE and that was the last straw for him.

tide roll

November 3rd, 2011
12:53 pm

McCRARY will be with Under Armour All-American OT BRANDON GREEN this weekend for the LSU game. Thanks again Georgia. We appreciate the “Human Bulldozer”, RB JUSTIN TAYLOR as well! Richt and Bobo have NO IDEA what they’re doing.

Fball fan

November 3rd, 2011
12:53 pm

Hegedus: SAT 1150/1 600. And says his gpa is a 3.8 in AP classes

RRTDawgs

November 3rd, 2011
12:56 pm

Marshall has much better attitude than IC can’t wait to have Marshall , Gurley , Henry in the backfield it would be sweat to get Hegedus to flip NC State is terrible UGA is recruiting McCary also Hegedus or C. Patterson would a perfect fit .

1eyedJack

November 3rd, 2011
1:27 pm

I think it’s quite obvious why tide roll prefers McCrary over Ramsey. As obvious as night and day.

ole dawg

November 3rd, 2011
1:42 pm

DTC… disagree with you on one point. My son is at UGA and he has run into Mr. Crowell more than once. Says he appears to be a nice guy. Look people, he is 18 years old and screwed up. I made mistakes and still do. Not defending what he did but defending him. If I were his Daddy I would beat his a**. Still, don’t pile on and kick the kid when he is down. That is the easy thing to do. CMR is exactly what the kid needs.

ole dawg

November 3rd, 2011
1:44 pm

Tide Roll… what is Coach Richt’s head to haed record against Coach Saban?

tide roll

November 3rd, 2011
2:08 pm

JUSTIN TAYLOR is a MAN! You guys need to look at his tape! And get this. Two of the assistant coaches on his team are former UGA players! GEORGE BREWER and DANNY VERDUN-WHEELER !!. Thank you sooo much UGA. This guy is better than Mike Davis. Only Richt and Booboo could pull this off! Thanks again Georgia, and ROLL TIDE!!!