Mike Bobo reportedly played a pivotal role in reeling home UGA’s most highly-publicized recruit a day after signing day.
Josh Harvey-Clemons, the 5-star linebacker from Lowndes, committed to UGA in front of a national TV audience at 9 a.m. Wednesday but didn’t turn in his paperwork until around 24 hours later. The delay caused a brief heart attack among UGA fans.
Harvey-Clemons had to get the approval – and signature – of his grandfather, Woodrow Clemons, who is also his legal guardian. Both of Josh’s parents are deceased.
Grandpa had nothing against UGA, the story goes, he just wanted Josh to go to Florida because of convenience and thought it would be a safer commute for everyone. Grandpa liked FSU also but felt the two-lane roads to FSU weren’t as safe as the 100-mile drive on I-75 from Valdosta to Gainesville. Note: FSU is 80 miles away, and UGA is 250.
Before Harvey-Clemons turned in the letter-of-intent, he got some helpful advice from Bobo, the UGA offensive coordinator who is also the Bulldogs’ chief recruiter for South Georgia, according to a person close to the situation:
“Bobo told him UGA would not intervene between Josh and his grandfather, and told Josh his God should always be first in his life, followed by his family, and his school of choice third. He reportedly told Josh hopefully he would choose the college he most wanted to attend, but he had to work that out with his Granddad, and that he and UGA would stand by him and respect whatever decision he made.”
Bobo’s actions may have helped UGA save face on a tumultuous 2-for-9 signing day. The Bulldogs flipped Tucker DE Josh Dawson from Vanderbilt, but watched on TV or live blogs as seven UGA targets holding scholarship papers put on baseball caps from other schools – OL Avery Young (Auburn), WR Cordarrelle Patterson (Tennessee), DE Kenderius Whitehead (NC State), DT Dalvin Tomlinson (Alabama), WR JaQuay Williams (Auburn), OL Brandon Greene (Alabama) and ATH Will Redmond (Mississippi State). Note: Williams, Dawson, Greene, Whitehead and Redmond were all committed to other schools before signing day but each were considering UGA strongly enough that the Bulldogs sent them letters-of-intent to sign. UGA’s coaches had face-to-face meetings with Williams, Dawson, Greene and White the week before signing day. Dawson ended up flipping to UGA while the others did not. RELATED: On Friday, three members of last year’s “Dream Team” recruiting class were dismissed from UGA for rules violations.
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