IT’S OFFICIAL: Josh Harvey-Clemons signs with UGA on the day after

After Josh Harvey-Clemons committed to UGA on national TV (pictured), his grandfather -- and legal guardian -- isn't ready to sign yet (AP Photo/The Valdosta Daily Times, Ed Hooper)

After Josh Harvey-Clemons committed to UGA on national TV (pictured), his grandfather -- and legal guardian -- isn't ready to sign yet (AP Photo/The Valdosta Daily Times, Ed Hooper)

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.”

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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.

Check back for updates soon.

  • UPDATE at 5:29 p.m. Hart and other family members have been unable to reach Woodrow: “I guess he’s sort of gone AWOL on us. But I know he’s going to support Josh with his decision. I just feel that way. I don’t know. I just feel like it’s a matter of time before Woodrow signs it. I don’t feel like it’s going to be a bombshell, and he’s not going to sign it.”
  • UPDATE at 5:55 p.m.: UGA’s athletic offices have closed for the day. The Bulldogs sent out an official list of 2012 signees – without the name of Josh Harvey-Clemons on the list. UGA spokesperson Claude Felton said he did not know if any more letters-of-intent would be coming over the fax machine on Wednesday. “We’re not going to be just sitting here overnight. If anything was to come up, I’m sure they would call one of the coaches and, in that case, they would come over here and get it. I’m sure they would call me at that point. But, no, there’s not going to be people standing at the fax machine overnight.” Felton declined to speculate on Wednesday on whether Richt had committed an NCAA secondary violation for commenting on a prospective student-athlete before his letter-of-intent had been both received and approved by UGA. “That really would be another area. There’s really nobody here that can make a comment on that. Everybody is gone.”
  • UPDATE at 10:45 p.m. A family member said that Josh and his grandfather were not spotted at Wednesday night’s church services at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church. They’re both regulars. You might have heard of that church before because that’s where both Will Muschamp and Mark Richt were church visitors. “Nothing new.”

Check back for updates on Thursday

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677 comments Add your comment

Eaassyy

February 1st, 2012
3:14 pm

Vintage Woodrow

Beagledawg007

February 1st, 2012
3:17 pm

MikeHumesESPNMike Humes
ESPN’s Kip Adams from Dawg Nation told by Josh Harvey-Clemons he is still 100% committed to Georgia

jarvis

February 1st, 2012
3:17 pm

51? So he became a grandfather at 34?

Hank

February 1st, 2012
3:17 pm

Pretty sad…..for the kid!

shell answer man

February 1st, 2012
3:18 pm

Shouldn’t they have sorted this out by now? This is supposed to be a celebration for the kid, regardless of whether he chooses UGA or FU. I feel for the kid. Granddad needs to get himself out of the spotlight.

N

February 1st, 2012
3:19 pm

Wait… a 51 year old grandfather of an 18 year old?

David Gilleran

February 1st, 2012
3:20 pm

See Auburn and Cyrus K last year. Parents would not sign any papers. Wanted both sons at Alabama.

dawgs01

February 1st, 2012
3:21 pm

Florida has em what a bad day for us and all y’all were talking about we get 4 out 6 we ended up one out of six bad day no surprises like everyone said the only surprise was we had a bad close

TruthSeeker

February 1st, 2012
3:21 pm

Keep in mind, his Grandpa is his “parent”. This happens a lot to kids who pick schools that their parent’s don’t agree with.

cordeleDAWG

February 1st, 2012
3:21 pm

I’ve been saying he’s SOFT and shies away from contact but no one will listen!

Clay

February 1st, 2012
3:21 pm

That is a shame. He should be ashamed of himself. Let josh have his day. Weather he would have picked ga or not, he still deserves his day. Now his grandfather is ruining it for him by acting like a child.

Techman

February 1st, 2012
3:22 pm

Some advice for you UGA fans. I would hesitate on popping off about the grandfather. I’ve read several stories where recruits are put off by the bloggers and it leaves a bad taste in their mouth. Support your team. I’d say the likelihood of your comment making an impact is tiny but why take the chance.

Jocelyn

February 1st, 2012
3:23 pm

Grandpa needs to support and respect Josh’s decision. Instead, he can’t help himself… he wants to be the story. UGA’s Mark Richt is the kind of person that (in the coaching world) has no equal in terms of integrity, he also happens to be a great coach who sends a boatload of talent to the NFL.

Taco Meat

February 1st, 2012
3:23 pm

I hope the grandpa wouldn’t deprive the kid of his moment. If so, shame on him! I hope he ends up at Georgia when it’s all said and done.

therawdawg91

February 1st, 2012
3:25 pm

WDE

February 1st, 2012
3:25 pm

This has to be just about as bad as getting told your going to have to grey shirt on NSD…feel terrible for the young man.

Hank

February 1st, 2012
3:25 pm

Techman….thanks for the advice.

Willie

February 1st, 2012
3:26 pm

I hope this is just a miscommunication…it would be a knockout punch for us if we lose him…

Too tough 44

February 1st, 2012
3:26 pm

Welcome to the Bulldog Nation Mr. Clemons! Go Dawgs!

Spike 80DF

February 1st, 2012
3:27 pm

is an 18 year old not considered an adult? why does a guardian need to sign off on it? i moved off to college at 18 without my folks giving me the ok…..

Nick

February 1st, 2012
3:27 pm

Hope CMR has thought about how much of a constant headache this could become later. I trust his judgement, but I just hope for the Dawgs sake, dealing with this grandfather is worth it.

hello

February 1st, 2012
3:28 pm

thats how they rip us off. keep us hangin on to their last word, when they really dont know. socrates was different i thought..and he was free.and i really like him. still sucks the same.

ryan

February 1st, 2012
3:29 pm

Maybe that why he wants to be a dawg to get away from that pressure .

Sounds Like

February 1st, 2012
3:29 pm

Grandpa gets a payday if JHC goes to FSU – just a little conspiracy theory for thought…..

gadawgs

February 1st, 2012
3:29 pm

Hey Micheal…You called the Grandpa drama this mornng didn’t you?

DC Dawg

February 1st, 2012
3:30 pm

I agree with Techman. Ranting against the parent will not help; it can only hurt. If he relishes his Grandfather’s opinion, and NEEDS his aproval, it may be best he goes to a place where he can grow without the added distaction of feeling as though he let people he loves down.

SomehereinGA

February 1st, 2012
3:30 pm

Enter your comments here

Reggie Ball

February 1st, 2012
3:30 pm

Enter your comments here

Silly Bloggers

February 1st, 2012
3:30 pm

If HT is here, my bad. I thought he had signed. Looks like a debacle in the making. Hopefully we can keep the kid.

dawgs01

February 1st, 2012
3:30 pm

No surprises

SomehereinGA

February 1st, 2012
3:30 pm

I work with Woodrow…..does not surprise me a bit….jerk…

UGA Grad

February 1st, 2012
3:30 pm

Let the kid go where he wants Mr. Clemons, good grief.

Reggie Ball

February 1st, 2012
3:31 pm

Take that you stupid mutts!!!!

Reggie Ball

February 1st, 2012
3:31 pm

Take that you mutts!!!!

Willard Muschamp

February 1st, 2012
3:31 pm

Hey Joshua-Haverty-Lemon,

If you’re grandpa is 51 and you’re 18, you are running out of time to make him a great great grandfather before he passes away.

Come to Gainesville and I will personally make sure you keep the JHC lineage alive and well. Not with me, mind you … we’ll set you up. With a female.

We have it worked out with your grandpa already. Just signed our LOI already.

xo,
Muschampion

andrew

February 1st, 2012
3:31 pm

Jocelyn,
You do realize that UGA and their coaches are not the only ones that put kids into the NFL, right? FSU and UF and their coaches have a pretty good history, if not better, of putting players into into the NFL, so stop with the arrogance. That goes for the rest of you too who continue to use that as a recruiting pitch for JHC.

Tossed Salad

February 1st, 2012
3:32 pm

In other news, how ’bout that stellar NATS signing class? LMFAO….

PMC

February 1st, 2012
3:32 pm

We would all be lucky to have a grandfather like Mr. Clemons. Making sure the i’s are dotted and the t’s are crossed is a good way to live life. He’s obviously tried to instill responsibility in his grandson. I’m sure he’s very proud. Can’t blame him if he’s put off by the drive either. It is a lot farther to Athens.

Congrats to Josh Harvey Clemons on earning a scholarship, hope your dreams come true.

slick

February 1st, 2012
3:32 pm

If he’s 18 why does a legal guardian have to sign? He’s 18. He’s his own guardian. He’s old enough to legally enter into a contract.

hammerhead

February 1st, 2012
3:32 pm

This could be a “knock out punch” if we lose him? Really? Don’t get me wrong, I want JH-C as much as anyone, but a knock out punch if we don’t sign the kid? Come on… enough with the drama.

pk

February 1st, 2012
3:32 pm

DONT MATTER GO NOLES

Tossed Salad

February 1st, 2012
3:33 pm

In other news, how ’bout that stellar NATS signing class? LMAO…..

Stupid People

February 1st, 2012
3:33 pm

Usually when something screws up a kid’s happiness and progression, there’s always some selfish adult trying to influence the outcome to his/her own benefit.

phil

February 1st, 2012
3:33 pm

It’s simple, really.

Sign here, grandpa, or forget seeing a dime once I hit the pros, assuming I do.

End of problem.

JD

February 1st, 2012
3:34 pm

If he is that bad, whoever gets this kid is in for a distraction.

WDE

February 1st, 2012
3:34 pm

@andrew ahh no we won’t stop and you can’t make us…so there!

AFDawg

February 1st, 2012
3:34 pm

Techman, A lot of these bloggers on here are imposters — they are trying to put a negative spin on this to try to sway him at the last minute. I hope he stays a Bulldog — the family will work it out. Everyone just needs to remain calm.

HunkerDown!!!!

February 1st, 2012
3:34 pm

Landon Collins 2.0!!!!! LOL

Reggie Ball calling .....

February 1st, 2012
3:35 pm

someone else stupid – LOL!

gadawgs

February 1st, 2012
3:35 pm

You join the military at 18 without your parents/legal guardian’s consent. Quit high school without your parents/legal guardian’s consent but you cannot sign a scholarship without their consent. Never thought about it. Why is that? Anyone?