BREAKING: 8:50 a.m Thursday: Josh Harvey-Clemons’ letter of intent arrived at UGA this morning, according to UGA spokesperson Claude Felton.
Recruiting is considered to be “Soap Operas for Men” — and there’s a good one going on in Georgia.
Josh Harvey-Clemons, ranked the state’s No. 1 overall prospect by ESPN, committed to UGA on national TV but his grandfather – who is also his legal guardian – reportedly won’t sign off on the scholarship papers.
“Everyone has to sign, you know?” Josh’s uncle, Roy Hart, told the AJC around 3 p.m. Wednesday. “But he’s going to sign, from what I understand.”
Josh has to get the approval of 51-year-old Woodrow Clemons, who has become almost as famous as his 5-star grandson throughout the recruiting process. Both of Josh’s parents are deceased. Clemons is a quote machine and has a lot of unique stories to tell, like the time Mark Richt went to jail to recruit. Or when he brought along Will Muschamp and Mark Richt as his church visitors.
More from Hart:
Did Woodrow want Josh to sign somewhere else than UGA? “Oh, I … (long pause) I don’t know. I would be speculating.”
Was the family surprised that Josh picked up the UGA hat? “I think a lot of us were surprised.”
Where did the family think Josh was going? “I don’t really know. Personally, I thought it would be down to Florida and Florida State. I thought it was coming down to those two. I’m saying that because of the drive and closeness to those two schools.”
Do you think Josh will sign somewhere on Wednesday? “I don’t know. I don’t know where his grandfather is. He has kind of been missing in action, so to speak. I can’t get him on the telephone.’
Richt apparently thought it was a “done deal.” Here’s what he said about Harvey-Clemons on ESPNU during its live recruiting broadcast:
“I’m sure glad he became a Bulldog. He’s a great kid and he’s so versatile. He can play inside linebacker, outside linebacker, he can rush the passer and, quite frankly, he’s quite a wide receiver, too.”
Richt may have committed an NCAA secondary violation by commenting on a prospective student-athlete before the college both received and approved his letter-of-intent.
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– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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