Good new, bad news: UGA signs OL recruit, loses 4th commit for 2012

UGA OL recruit Mark Beard

UGA OL recruit Mark Beard

UGA got some good news and bad news on Wednesday.

Junior college OL Mark Beard officially signed his scholarship papers with the Bulldogs and will enroll in January with three years of eligibility. Meanwhile, longtime LB commitment Kent Turene of Atlanta Sports Academy prep school told reporters he did not meet NCAA qualifying requirements and will enroll instead at Marshall in January.

First, more on the good news: Beard, an offensive lineman from Kansas’ Coffeyville junior college, signed a letter-of-intent with UGA on Wednesday. The 6-foot-3, 290-pounder picked the Bulldogs over Arkansas and Mississippi State. Beard is from near Birmingham, Ala., and has a longtime relationship with UGA OL coach Will Friend, who recruited Beard when he was an assistant at Alabama-Birmingham. Georgia’s other OL commitments are 5-star John Theus of Jacksonville, Greg Pyke of Baltimore, Md., and Chester Brown of Hinesville.

Now the bad news: UGA’s drama-filled recruiting journey with Turene is over, with the 4-star LB prospect from Lauderdale Lakes, Fla., headed elsewhere. Flashback: Turene was committed to USC for six months before switching to UGA last February. The Bulldogs had high hopes for Turene, but his admission was held up by the NCAA Clearinghouse. Turene enrolled this fall at Atlanta Sports Academy, a prep school in Dawsonville, while waiting for the situation to be resolved. It never was, with Turene opting to go to Marshall in January as a Prop 48 student. Turene told UGASport.com’s Anthony Dasher that he recently took some night classes that were not approved by the NCAA: “They said my school had a bad history with Internet classes and things like that, so I just came to the decision that I’d go Prop 48.”

Ex-UGA LB commit Kent Turene (247Sports.com)

Ex-UGA LB commit Kent Turene (247Sports.com)

Turene is the fourth commitment UGA has lost in its 2012 recruiting class. Two longtime commitments from Georgia Military junior college, WR Lonnie Outlaw and DE Jalen Fields, have yet to meet transfer requirements and will no longer be attending UGA. Also, Flowery Branch WR CJ Curry, who was UGA’s first commit for the 2012 class, flipped from the Bulldogs to Oklahoma State in August.

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milt

December 22nd, 2011
11:59 am

Congratulations on the folks coming to Georgia. We would like to have the others come but if they aren’t making the grade now then it will save us a future problem. et’s get some players to fill these spots that can make the grade.

Tampa Gator

December 22nd, 2011
12:01 pm

JB…..

If I knew you personally, I would lay a big bet on you…..and I seriously doubt you would lay much of a dollar figure on your crystal ball theory.

Reason: 70 percent of Florida roster this year was freshmen and sophs. Next year, they will be jrs. and sophs……and much better. Then, srs and jrs and very, very good.

Also: Currently, Florida’s recruiting class is ranked #4 by ESPN and will soon be ranked even higher. That talent this year…..and a bunch more next year (because Muschamp is a hell of a recruiter)…will make that 70 percent even better in the next 2 years.

Also……read in the Gainesville Sun a good prediction, which I think is an excellent one……

That Kerwin Bell will be hired as the QB coach and be in charge of the passing game….and Brian While will remain RBs coach and in charge of the running game…….and Mushamp will go out and hire one of the top OCs in the country. That will be a hell of an offensive coaching team…..to go with an already terriffic defensive coaching statf.

Gators are going nowhere but up…..quickly and way up.

Dog Warrior

December 22nd, 2011
12:02 pm

For you true Georgia fans: Do not get bent out of shape with Turene. He was a reach with his grades. Saw Curry play and he was not a great wide reciever in high school. Maybe a better FS or SS. The Georgia coaches told him that and he wanted to go to a school who pretended to want him as a wide out. When he gets to OSU they will put him way back in the WR depth chart and he will be more receptive to a switch to DB.

Outlaw just did not have the grades. Fields has not developed like he should have but would make a better OL than a DL guy anyway.

Georgia will close strong in recruiting. I hear that a couple of players are considering flipping to Georgia. Plus we will close on a couple of big names.

BiggDawgK

December 22nd, 2011
12:05 pm

Tampa no one here is judging you so don’t get so upset. Well we are judging you for your moronic comments and wearing jorts every day and your taste in teams but not your personal relationships. Merry Christmas to you and yours and as always GO DAWGS

1eyedJack

December 22nd, 2011
12:06 pm

I generally disregard compliments on my mental capabilities from guys named Bubba with only two teef.

BiggDawgK

December 22nd, 2011
12:11 pm

tampa

Your recruiting class is ranked in the top 10 for now but with the deluge of commits as well as players and coaches fleeing the swamp, that recruiting ranking will fall. I understand why you pretend to be hopeful, but unless you are as delusional as you seem to be there is nothing at all to make you or anyone think uf will be any better than their absymal showing this year.

dawg

December 22nd, 2011
12:14 pm

As a Dawg fan, we can’t do anything but take the crap that everybody throws at us until we win a Championship in this century. When Fla and Bama start running their mouths there’s not one DAMN thing a UGA fan can say to shut it up until we hoist a crystal football which isn’t coming anytime soon with the current regime.

Tampa Gator

December 22nd, 2011
12:16 pm

God I hope we go 7-6 this year!

ADMan

December 22nd, 2011
12:18 pm

Lonnie Outlaw, Jalen Fields and Kent Turene are getting exactally what they deserve….if they can’t cut it in the classroom they don’t need to be at Georgia..and the Dawgs don’t need to waste their time with them….Tampa Gator and tide roll seem to have all the answers to everything having to do with Georgia.They both ought to funnel all their energy in to finding out a way to get out of the trailor park they both live in. I can’t believe that they actually think that any true Dawg fan really gives a sh-t what they think….The gators are in a tail spin that will take them a minimum of five years to recover from and the Tide seem to be doing just fine without the BS offered by tide roll.We laugh our azz off at the ofice reading their posts each day…like their an authority on college football…LOLLOL….most likely a couple of mama’s boys that can’t get a date!LOLOLOL

The Truth

December 22nd, 2011
12:29 pm

There’s a risk with UGA recruits. Because of the marginal academics at UGA, they can recruit academically challenged athletes. UGA expects to lose recruits to to minimal NCAA qualifying standards.

Two teeth bubba

December 22nd, 2011
12:29 pm

One eyed jack, touche

Stinger

December 22nd, 2011
12:31 pm

These recruits that you guys go after couldn never get admitted into Tech. Have fun with your retards.

ADMan

December 22nd, 2011
12:34 pm

The Truth….where do you get you info…its wrong…and you know it or are just too dumb to actually find the truth….Georgia’s academic standards for its athletes are second in the SEC only to Vanderbilt. Everyone else’s are far below Georgia’s minimum standards for admission…if you don’t belive me look it up..or are you just too lazy to seek the truth?

Two teeth bubba

December 22nd, 2011
12:36 pm

Stinger,the retards whipp the nerds 90.9% of the time.this is about football right?Yall suck. Get over it.

ADMan

December 22nd, 2011
12:37 pm

Stinger how old are you?….nine?…ten? What an idiot post you made…your giving your school a bad name…but then again so are all your sports teams….. and idiots like you!

The Truth

December 22nd, 2011
12:38 pm

Adman…you crack me up….Isiah Crowell is no genius…..and the SEC (saved Vandy) is not the Ivy League or ACC academically.

1eyedJack

December 22nd, 2011
12:38 pm

Stinger, we had fun with them to the tune of 31-17.

UGA 11

December 22nd, 2011
12:41 pm

I guess you’re not going to tell us what Prop 48 is? Great journalism…

1eyedJack

December 22nd, 2011
12:43 pm

Prop 48 is special entrance for a non-qualifier. Some schools allow it under NCAA guidelines.

ADMan

December 22nd, 2011
12:46 pm

Hey The Truth…..how’d those Ball brothers work out for Tech or that baseball player you guys had that got caught selling heroin right before he overdosed on it…..keep slinging the sh-t and it’ll come right back to you….98% of the football players at Tech are enrolled in a “special” major created to keep them in school….I believe its called industrial management.lollollol

DIT

December 22nd, 2011
12:46 pm

After reading Stinger’s juvenile comments it makes me drop to a knee and thank the good Lord that I’m not a tekie!

wreckmaniac

December 22nd, 2011
12:48 pm

Wow. This sounds like a Remedial Education Dream Team !

wreckmaniac

December 22nd, 2011
12:50 pm

Could this possibly be a Dream Team where the combined team IQ reaches 120 ?

DIT

December 22nd, 2011
12:50 pm

Thanks wreckmaniac – Case and point proven on my post!

DC

December 22nd, 2011
12:55 pm

I dont care for the Gators but Tampa does have a point…they did start tons of young kids this year. Also, the OC left florida..and it wasn’t like he brought some crazy amazing scheme that tricked kids into coming to FL…Florida will be fine. They have one of the top finances in college football.

War eagle!

5150 UOAD

December 22nd, 2011
12:56 pm

As USUAL at UGa academics ALWAYS come first. Hahahahaha! Sign the Morons and hope they can get in or get them from the JUCO route.

The Truth

December 22nd, 2011
1:02 pm

Ditto 5150 UOAD. The future leaders of our Country LOL!!!!!

1eyedJack

December 22nd, 2011
1:03 pm

And still your “engineers” can’t beat those morons.

Gorilla Biscuit

December 22nd, 2011
1:07 pm

Meanwhile, the University of Georgia discovers a potential cure for cancer and GT can’t even manage to engineer an efficient solar panel.

BigTimeTechFan

December 22nd, 2011
1:08 pm

Georgia need new LB’s like Green Bay Packers need new QB

AJA

December 22nd, 2011
1:09 pm

Reggie Ball thought he could count.

RHall55

December 22nd, 2011
1:11 pm

Tide Roll, like your idea of the OL; UGA does need to get more athletic along the OL in the future; you had Young, Greene, Tomlinson, Beard and Brown; what about Theus???

5150 UOAD

December 22nd, 2011
1:11 pm

3 out of 4 UGa Athletes are special admits so I am sure they had a lot to do with finding that Cancer cure.

Gorilla Biscuit

December 22nd, 2011
1:13 pm

RHall55, to turd roll Theus is a non-entity. He’s white.

Gorilla Biscuit

December 22nd, 2011
1:16 pm

Enter your comments here

tide roll

December 22nd, 2011
1:17 pm

I VOTE that this Site be named the “Site of Champions” and that no one is allowed access unless their team has won a National Title in the last 30 years. That’s a damn long time, and a very reasonable restriction. It would easily accomodate the fans of Alabama, Auburn, Florida, FSU, Miami, Tennessee, LSU, and on and on. They would be allowed access. Who else? There must be some team I’m leaving out. Vandy? No. Kentucky? No. Tulane? No, Uga? What about UGA? Surely UGA has won a National title in the last 30 years. Heck, they’re smack dab in the middle of a State that produces arguably ths best High School Talent in America! And you’re telling me they’ve failed to win a National Title over 30 years! My Bad, I thought surely they would have won at least one. Gee, now that’s just pitiful. Every other program of any consequence has won at least one over that period of time. Just not Uga huh?. Heck, after 30 years who couldn’t win one. And the great thing about this restriction is that it will get rid of a bunch of KOOL AID DRINKING DELUSIONISTS who continue to accept MEDIOCRITY. What do y’all think. Lets input this restriction, and clean this Blog up! Roll Tide.

G-Dawg

December 22nd, 2011
1:29 pm

We can wish in one hand, or crap in another and see which gets filled faster…but if Dawgs can pull Whitehead, Clemons, and Jenkins…that would be an amazing linebacking corp, along with everyone else.

WIN WITH RICHT

December 22nd, 2011
1:33 pm

Tide Roll’s Christmas Wish List

1. A Brain
2. A Personality
3. A Life

5150 UOAD

December 22nd, 2011
1:34 pm

How MUCH is Richt paying for all the recruits? He better get a MNC soon because the NCAA will be watching all the recruits.

is Marshall a community college? similar to LSU?

December 22nd, 2011
1:39 pm

So Marshall allows Prop 48s and UGA doesn’t? Just trying to understand

Lazer Les

December 22nd, 2011
1:39 pm

I’m wondering if Mike Urlacher became eligible and wanted to attend Georgia, Richt would be interested. He has gotten to the point where he recruits only black players. One could argue he is “color blind” but that is not the case. He obviously feels white athletes can’t cut it–which is why it was it somewhat ironic to see Boise St.deliver a beating to his team.

AJA

December 22nd, 2011
1:41 pm

We do know that the NCAA is watching Tech. It’s one of the downsides of being on probation. They should probably invest in a compliance department.

Dawg48

December 22nd, 2011
1:50 pm

Tampa gator said

Also: Currently, Florida’s recruiting class is ranked #4 by ESPN and will soon be ranked even higher. That talent this year…..and a bunch more next year (because Muschamp is a hell of a recruiter)…will make that 70 percent even better in the next 2 years.

The other day he said……

Football games are won on the practice and football fields…..not on recruiting rankings fields. Recruiting rankings and Dream teams are for just that……dreamers.

How many Tampa gators are posting on this blog?

DIT

December 22nd, 2011
1:54 pm

Dawg48 – I would have to say that was a slam! Never the less, I’m sure TampaGator is concocting some kind of wise rebuke

Dawg48

December 22nd, 2011
2:00 pm

DIT

Can’t wait to see it!

Lol

Douglas

December 22nd, 2011
2:01 pm

5150 UOAD: wasn’t Ga. Tech last in academics with its sports programs in the ACC? It seems I recall UGA was also better at meeting the NCAA academic standards than the jocks at Ga. Tech.

UGA Insider

December 22nd, 2011
2:02 pm

All these Gator fans say that things are on the up and up. However, you sold only 7,000 tickets to the Gator Bowl next month????? Are you serious??? Now that is embarrassing for a program who is up and coming.

I say you are in the minority in your thinking and most of the fanbase thinks opposite. Gators are in the toilet for 2-3 years atleast. Driskell is headed to OSU I hear as well. The #1 recruiting class of all-time in 2010 was a complete fraud by Meyer.

Bama Mike

December 22nd, 2011
2:04 pm

We have 22 solid commitments and appears Saban and Smart are going to close strong for possibly 3 more one which Jenkins appears to be a lock. Just picked up the number 1 JUCO defensive back to go along with the 4 top 10 linebackers. T.J whom some recruiting experts is calling the number one running back in the country flipping from Auburn to Alabama was a huge pick up for us. Similar to Crowell but taller and stronger between the tackles.

UGA Insider

December 22nd, 2011
2:17 pm

Bama Mike I have a question and it is serious.

Bama has currently 16 offers still out there… What if on NSD 10 of those decide to sign with Bama plus the 22 commits. I’m not big on recruiting because it’s such a shady business but how will that work if 32 kids want to sign with Bama?

Boca Baby

December 22nd, 2011
2:20 pm

I am SEC through and through but I would not mind a 6-7 Florida squad if that ended up to be the only bowl loss for the conference.