Mike Bobo to the rescue for UGA

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.

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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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261 comments Add your comment

KB

February 4th, 2012
11:09 am

Bamaguy, You got 3 from Georgia this year UGA actually offered and wanted(greene , smith and lee). 2 in 2011. Not exactly like Sherman. Like everything it all balances out. Bama not the only program that signed a good class. You fail to mention the 4 kids from Bama that Fsu took that Saban wanted. 21 vacated wins , bowl bans, still on NCAA probation till june of this year.

TheMonk

February 4th, 2012
11:09 am

We went for quality, we were #8 in average rank of of recruit on Scout at 3.68

http://recruiting.scout.com/a.z?s=73&p=9&c=14&yr=2012

BamaGuy

February 4th, 2012
11:09 am

We only lost our offensive coordinator To Washington State to become their head coach. We just replace him with Washington offensive coordinator Doug Nussimeir

BamaGuy

February 4th, 2012
11:10 am

KB. Two out of the last three Crystals. Crickets….

The Grinch

February 4th, 2012
11:10 am

TheMonk
February 4th, 2012
11:05 am

I think you answered your own question. It’s an oxymoron. The fact that he doesn’t know much about Mulligan U makes him the ULTIMATE Mulligan U fan.

TheMonk

February 4th, 2012
11:11 am

We averaged 3.68 per recruit, Bama 3.81, we were 3.5% less, #8 in nation, not bad.

TheMonk

February 4th, 2012
11:12 am

Bama guy,

good, that answer only took 4 minutes to look up, getting faster.

BamaGuy

February 4th, 2012
11:13 am

Grinch. You and Richt need to pray more. That is how you think Georgia wins ballgames right?

The Grinch

February 4th, 2012
11:13 am

BamaGuy
February 4th, 2012
11:03 am

“That is why we are Alabama and you are Georgia..”

And thank God for that.

The Grinch

February 4th, 2012
11:15 am

BamaGuy
February 4th, 2012
11:13 am

“You and Richt need to pray more.”

Correct. It’s a great way to live.

“That is how you think Georgia wins ballgames right?”

No. It’s comments like these that are clear indicators of you having a family tree with one branch.

BamaGuy

February 4th, 2012
11:16 am

We are just as good as Alabama except when it comes to winning…..your just a glorified Georgia Tech. Monk- You never lose coaches because no one wants them. Keeps your turnover down

TheMonk

February 4th, 2012
11:17 am

Bamaguy,

2 questions about your coach?

1- How many top 5’s did his teams get to as an asst college coach? Richt had 14 top 5 finishes at FSU.

2- If Saban’s a better coach than Richt, was is Richt’s win % higher than Saban’s?

BamaGuy

February 4th, 2012
11:18 am

Grinch. Your from Georgia. Think about that for a minute. It will set in

BamaGuy

February 4th, 2012
11:19 am

Monk. He has won three BCS Crystals. ARE you serious?

WorkinDawg

February 4th, 2012
11:19 am

“finished higher”. Whatever. Not buying the Hawg love.

BamaGuy

February 4th, 2012
11:22 am

Dawg. You don’t have to buy it. Their record was better and they won their bowl game. The voters put them ahead of you because they are better…..hello reality.

TheMonk

February 4th, 2012
11:22 am

LSU only averaged 3.48 per recruit, UGA 3.68. LSU had 1 Scout top 100 player, UGA had 4.

TheMonk

February 4th, 2012
11:24 am

Saban got lucky this year. He lost to LSU, couldn’t win his division or conference, got a rematch, and studied UGA’s gamefilm to beat LSU in rematch.

The Grinch

February 4th, 2012
11:25 am

BamaGuy
February 4th, 2012
11:18 am

“Your from Georgia.”

Your? BWAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! And “you’re” obviously from Alabama.

JaxDawg

February 4th, 2012
11:26 am

Carver makes it sound like UGA missed out on just about everyone they had targeted this year when in fact the only person that really stung to see put on another hat was Avery Young. If you look at the facts UGA pulled the top 3 players in the state of Georgia, top players in NC and TN. All in all it is a very talented class, everyone wishes they could bring in everyone they set out to get but that’s just not how it works.

The Grinch

February 4th, 2012
11:27 am

JaxDawg
February 4th, 2012
11:26 am

Correct. And I believe one or more services listed Theus as the top player in Florida.

BamaGuy

February 4th, 2012
11:28 am

Monk. Yeah that’s it. It was Richt that won it for us. If it wasn’t for Richt LSU would have crossed the 50 against us as much as they did against Georgia…If he is that good why hasn’t he won one?

WorkinDawg

February 4th, 2012
11:29 am

“reality” because voters put them ahead of us? Really? Typical of what the Alabama educational system puts out. Enjoy “your” crystal footballs….sure you had a lot to do with it. Tide will turn, has for 100 years.

BamaGuy

February 4th, 2012
11:29 am

Just keep thinking about it Grinch. It will set in.

come on over

February 4th, 2012
11:30 am

Attn: All DB’s come to Athens next year

BamaGuy

February 4th, 2012
11:32 am

Dawg. You lost to Michigan State…you do realize that right? That have a final poll to determine the best teams in the country after the bowl games and you were behind Arkansas, lSU and Bama. They were better. Hello, is anyone out there?

BamaGuy

February 4th, 2012
11:33 am

LSU not ISU. Although, that may be true too

The Grinch

February 4th, 2012
11:34 am

BamaGuy
February 4th, 2012
11:29 am

Speaking of setting in, your posts reveal your i n c e s t u a l ancestry.

You and others like you are why people hate bama

February 4th, 2012
11:35 am

BamaGuy, why such an a-hole? Born that way? Raised by harvey updyke?
Try enjoying bama success without demeaning others.
I’ve seen your rude, jackass comments for a while. Why don’t you party on an alabama site with fellow cohorts? Or do other bama fans not even like you?

WorkinDawg

February 4th, 2012
11:36 am

Your (sic) right. The Hawgs are clearly better even though we didnt play. Sorry to have doubted you. Saban’s greatness has spread to all things Bama, we should fold our program for the safety of our players.

The Grinch

February 4th, 2012
11:37 am

BamaGuy

Speaking of recruiting, Mulligan surpasses UGA in another area…….players with criminal records. While UGA is not even listed in the Top 25, Mulligan U proudly sits at #15.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/the_bonus/02/27/cfb.crime/index.html

BamaGuy

February 4th, 2012
11:37 am

Grinch. That is real Christian of you….

01HAWK

February 4th, 2012
11:39 am

Defending national champ Alabama put the finishing touches on what’s considered the consensus top class. Running back T.J. Yeldon and safety Landon Collins are among the top players at their position. The rest of the class is sprinkled with high-rated performers on both sides of the ball.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Before the ink could dry on the University of Alabama’s 2012 signing class, coach Nick Saban already was thinking about the future. Thursday, the hunt begins for the class of 2013, but Wednesday was all about welcoming a new group of players into the Alabama program.

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Brady Fontenot for ESPN The MagazineLandon Collins, the No. 1 safety in the nation, stayed with Alabama on national signing day.
By the time the sun rose on signing day, Saban had his entire commitment board filled out. The rest of the day was spent watching the plan unfold.

“We knew exactly pretty much what we were going to get,” Saban said when he addressed the media Wednesday afternoon. “We didn’t have any surprises. All of those things shook out in the last 24 hours.”

Lifting begins: While the attention has been on potential future Crimson Tide members the last couple weeks, currently Alabama players are getting back to work in advance of the grueling fourth-quarter conditioning program, to be followed by spring practice.

Linebacker Nico Johnson of Andalusia, who will be a senior next season, said after the championship celebration that weight lifting resumed last week. The fourth-quarter program begins around signing day, he said.

Cochran’s notorious Fourth Quarter Program is the Crimson Tide’s offseason conditioning program.

“They’re really hard,” linebacker Dillon Lee said of the daily workouts. “That’s probably been the hardest part, trying to keep up with the pace they demand here.”

What’s the hardest thing about them?

“When you cramp,” he said. “I’d never cramped in a weight room before, but it happens a lot here.”

TUSCALOOSA – While most programs spent the weekend trying to finish harvesting their recruiting class before Wednesday’s National Signing Day, Alabama planted the seeds for a bumper crop in 2013 with its first Junior Day on Saturday.

The results were startling.

Alabama earned three verbal commitments from players who will be seniors in high school this fall, including coveted running back Altee Tenpenny of North Little Rock, Ark.

Later, wide receiver Raheem Falkins of New Orleans announced he would go to school in Tuscaloosa.

Brainiac(Dawg for life/Richt fan for life)

February 4th, 2012
11:41 am

@ Bama Guy:

“we held on to our bad coaches too long”

CMR is still in his first HC job and will likely retire there. You and your ilk spend all this time telling us how to run the UGA Program and compare CMR with your “bad coaches”.

How bout you let us know when your PRESENT coach, a doublewide.trailer dwelling,mental midget. recruit abusing, NFL reject Saban raises his won/lost percentage(among active coaches) to that of CMR. Now don’t let an idiot like several of the statue-polishing, pigeon shooing, mongaloids help with this project. When they responded to the above type subject they included dead, retired(They don’t know the difference in active and dead), unemployed, NFL, etc, They also threw in “record while at LSU or USC etc) but I’m assuming you are MUCH brighter than most of the other statue polishing and washing(in that order) and pigeon shooing horde so have at it.

You also need to understand that we are content with our coach so we will no longer need you and your ilk’s constant advice on UGA coaching and recruiting.

BamaGuy

February 4th, 2012
11:41 am

I will leave you guys with your “wait until next year mentality”. Georgia will start winning more when they demand more from their coaches…until then, you will always lose a game or two or three that will put you on the outside looking in. Hey, you will always have Deliverance

The Grinch

February 4th, 2012
11:45 am

BamaGuy
February 4th, 2012
11:41 am

“you will always have Deliverance”

I heard they’re showing this movie on family night at the Krystal near you.

Brainiac(Dawg for life/Richt fan for life)

February 4th, 2012
11:47 am

@ 01Hawk(11;39 am post)

And all that makes you WHAT?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

01HAWK

February 4th, 2012
11:48 am

Brainiac(Dawg for life/Richt fan for life)……………………………….Just shows BAMA is better………………….That is all I am saying………………………………..LOL

You and others like you are why people hate bama

February 4th, 2012
11:53 am

And bama will have harvey updyke as their hero

The Grinch

February 4th, 2012
11:58 am

You and others like you are why people hate bama
February 4th, 2012
11:53 am

A statue is probably being erected as we speak.

Alabama will always be a red-headed stepchild nobody wants

February 4th, 2012
11:59 am

Wow, a backwards a$$ state like bamalama trying to knock GA….that’s hilarious.
Why are you here?
Millions move to Atlanta (capital of the south) and all over GA all the time…..Millions are trying to get the heck out of bamalama. all the time.
So again, why are you bamards here?

aarh

February 4th, 2012
12:03 pm

2-9- 2 of the 3 players were only 3 *s anyway. The only one that was considered that great was 4* NIck Marshall. I don’t like losing any players, but it happens. Just ask AU, who just lost Michael Dyer, & then B. Trotter left the team as well. Trotter may not be that great, but he played pretty well earlier in the season before their best receiver got hurt, & he pretty much saved them in the bowl game as well. So, it’s not like UGA’s the only team having to deal w/. attrition. People bash Richt for being to nice, but then when he kicks people off the team, then everyone wants to complain, & focus on the losses. We lost a number of players last yr., & that concerned me a lot, but the team went on to have a better season this yr. So, it actually seemed to turn out pretty well.

Best thing ever out of bamalama is I-20

February 4th, 2012
12:04 pm

bamalamans consider Chik-Fil-A fine dining……go ask that Auburn recruit from B’ham!

aarh

February 4th, 2012
12:05 pm

2-9- Oh, & 1 more thing. A lot of the players that UGA went after were late were already committed to other schools., It doesn’t hurt to try, but I don’t think it’s realistic to expect to get many players in those kind of situations.

Best thing ever out of bamalama is I-20

February 4th, 2012
12:10 pm

fugly plaid hats and jackets, and some dead, redneck coach….that’s bama

Dawg man

February 4th, 2012
12:18 pm

If we are not National Champs the next 6 years with these recruits, Richt needs to go !!!!!! We have the greatest dawg teams yet. Going to be hard for anyone to want to play us now, I bet at least 3 schools will forfeit rather than be run off the field by the Dogs !!!! Get the trophies ready !!!!!

anon1

February 4th, 2012
12:22 pm

Looks like Urban took the SEC style of recruiting to the Big 10 and pi**ed the other coaches off. He should win a NC within 3 years.

FRED

February 4th, 2012
12:24 pm

I got a $100 for any of you chowder heads that think any team coached by CMR will end up in the top 10 at the end of the year. He is a looser.

Saban Never Sleeps

February 4th, 2012
12:25 pm

I have to admit that you Leg Humpers are the National Champs every year in between Febuary and August. Then football season starts and reality slaps you in your face. Bama is the elite of the SEC. Always has been and always will be. Bama is the face of Southern Football. The History and the Tradition is in Tuscaloosa. You guys are there to play second fiddle and a back drop to the real deal. Of course that means you win a few but the big picture is that you are just Leg humpers. get back with me when you guys take football seriously again.

01HAWK

February 4th, 2012
12:34 pm

Bobo’s actions may have helped UGA save face on a tumultuous 2-for-9 signing day

After helping the Crimson Tide land yet another highly-touted recruiting class, Alabama assistant coach Jeremy Pruitt has been named the Recruiter of the Year by recruiting service 247Sports, al.com has learned.

Here is another difference between the program. BAMA ASSISTANTS CLOSE THE DEAL.

TUSCALOOSA – While most programs spent the weekend trying to finish harvesting their recruiting class before Wednesday’s National Signing Day, Alabama planted the seeds for a bumper crop in 2013 with its first Junior Day on Saturday.

The results were startling.

Alabama earned three verbal commitments from players who will be seniors in high school this fall, including coveted running back Altee Tenpenny of North Little Rock, Ark.

Later, wide receiver Raheem Falkins of New Orleans announced he would go to school in Tuscaloosa.