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.”
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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– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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