Archive for February, 2012

Brice Ramsey: Alabama’s Nick Saban has eyes on UGA’s prized QB recruit

Nick Saban (AP photo)

Nick Saban thinks UGA QB commit Brice Ramsey is "the best QB he's seen so far" for 2013. Saban is considered one of college football's top talent evaluators (AP photo)

Alabama’s Nick Saban has his eyes on UGA’s top football recruit for 2013.

The coach of the BCS champions recently made a personal appearance to let QB Brice Ramsey of Camden County High School know that he’s a priority for the Crimson Tide.

The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Ramsey has been committed to UGA since last summer, since before the start of his junior year. Alabama, along with UGA, Florida, Florida State, Clemson and Notre Dame, had actually offered Ramsey as a sophomore.

Saban is aware that Ramsey is pledged to UGA but isn’t fazed.

“Coach Saban talked to me a while, and then talked to our principal for a while,” Camden County coach Jeff Herron told the AJC. “Then [Alabama] wanted Brice to call over the weekend so they could make the formal scholarship offer from the University of Alabama. I …

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Urban Meyer calls Big Ten’s gentlemen’s agreement for recruiting “nonsense”

Master recruiter Urban Meyer convinced 8 prospects to switch to Ohio State in a two-month span (AP)

Master recruiter Urban Meyer convinced 8 prospects to switch to Ohio State in a two-month span (AP)

Urban Meyer told AJC that the so-called Big Ten “gentlemen’s agreement” to not recruit each other’s commitments was “nonsense” on Wednesday.

“It’s nonsense,” Meyer said. “First of all, there’s no agreement. And then a kid has the right to go to school wherever he wants. If a kid is interested in a school, he has the right to go look at that school — and that will never change.

“I really don’t worry about anybody else. I just worry about our football team and the way we do things. We do it the right way here.”

In the two-month span after being hired at Ohio State, Meyer convinced eight players committed to other schools to change their minds and sign with the Buckeyes, according to CBSSports. Meyer’s aggressive style of recruiting –perfected from his days in the SEC — angered fellow Big Ten coaches.

Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio said it was

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Juwaan Williams: State championship QB offered by Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech QB target Juwaan Williams led Tucker to the 2011 Class AAAA state championship (AJC)

Georgia Tech QB target Juwaan Williams led Tucker to the 2011 Class AAAA state championship (AJC)

Quarterback Juwaan Williams, who led Tucker to the state championship this past season, was offered by Georgia Tech on Wednesday.

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound junior has around 10 early offers, including South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Kentucky, East Carolina and Central Florida. Georgia Tech is the only school recruiting Williams at QB, which he really likes.

“It was a great offer,” Williams told the AJC. “The system they run at Georgia Tech fits me to a ‘T.’ It’s just a little more reading that I have to do at the line of scrimmage. If I went to Georgia Tech to play quarterback, I’d have a chance to be the king of Atlanta. Georgia Tech is in the heart of Atlanta, and they have great fans that support the team.”

The other schools are recruiting Williams to play wide receiver or defensive back. Williams never played QB until he was needed at the position by …

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UGA may add that “mystery” football recruit after all

Speedy Mario Alford (blue shirt) vs. current UGA football player Justin Scott-Wesley (red) in a 100-meter heat at last spring's state championship meet. Could both be teammates at UGA? (AJC)

Speedy Mario Alford (blue shirt) vs. current UGA football player Justin Scott-Wesley (red) in a 100-meter heat at last spring's state championship meet. Could both be teammates at UGA? Alford is already qualified and could enroll this summer (AJC)

Remember all that talk about a UGA “mystery football recruit” that never happened?

It’s probably going to happen now after a gut-wrenching turn of events for UGA over the last week.

On signing day, the Bulldogs went 2 for 9 on targets that held UGA scholarship papers – and could’ve signed with them. However, the devastating news arrived a couple of days later when three members of last year’s “Dream Team” recruiting class were dismissed for team violations (DB Nick Marshall, DB Chris Sanders, and WR Sanford Seay).

All of sudden, UGA has at least seven scholarships to fill – if it chooses – by this summer.

Expect UGA to sign one by then, maybe more. The top candidate would be a junior-college prospect somewhere in …

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Robert Nkemdiche: The circus begins for the nation’s No. 1 overall prospect

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With signing day over for the state’s seniors, the most prolific recruiting sweepstakes that Georgia may ever see has officially kicked off with Robert Nkemdiche.

He’s the 6-foot-5, 270-pound junior DE from Grayson High School who is ranked as the nation’s No. 1 overall prospect for 2013 by several recruiting services — the first Georgia player to ever earn the distinction.

How good is Nkemdiche? He is definitely a better prospect than any of the nearly 200 Georgia seniors that signed last week, and was probably better as a sophomore than any kid that signed last year. His high school coach played on Alabama’s 1992 national championship team that was stocked with future NFL stars and says Robert is more talented. Lowndes coach Randy McPherson pretty much summed it up with this scouting report: “Once-in-a-generation player.”

With the seniors out of the way, the spotlight …

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Dalvin Tomlinson’s connection to Alabama ‘grayshirt scandal’ (UPDATED)

Dalvin Tomlinson, who picked Alabama over Georgia Tech and UGA on signing day, was not connected to the Crimson Tide’s “grayshirting” scandal, according to his coach.

Two longtime Alabama commitments (both recovering from knee injuries) were told only weeks before signing day by Nick Saban that they couldn’t sign with the Crimson Tide this year. Both were given the option to “grayshirt” or delay enrolling at Alabama in 2013.

If you commit to Nick Saban, it’s safe unless you get injured or Alabama has the opportunity to upgrade at your position before you officially sign the paperwork (AP)

What we learned: If you commit to Nick Saban, it’s safe unless you get injured or Alabama has the opportunity to upgrade at your position before you officially sign the paperwork (AP)

Justin Taylor, a running back from North Atlanta High School, was apparently no longer needed after Alabama upgraded at the position when 5-star RB TJ Yeldon flipped from Auburn to the Crimson Tide. Taylor, who missed most of his senior season with a knee injury, ended up signing with Kentucky and had some strong comments for Saban: “[As] far as pulling the …

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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.

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Recruiting experts: Georgia Tech’s class gets some love

Georgia Tech did much better with recruiting than it appeared in the team rankings, according to a couple of national analysts. On Wednesday, the Yellow Jackets signed 17, including 4-star DE Francis Kallon of Central Gwinnett and speedy QB Justin Thomas of Prattville, Ala.

Georgia Tech finished with a No. 58 ranking by Scout.com, and at 58 by 247Sports. The Yellow Jackets didn’t crack the top 25 of ESPN or the top 50 of Rivals.

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson scored a top DE and QB for 2012 (AJC)

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson scored a top DE and QB for 2012 (AJC)

  • Scout.com’s Chad Simmons: “I like their class. A lot of these kids are never as flashy as some others, specifically on the offensive side of the ball. It’s because of the system they run. They’re not always going to get the 6-foot-5. 300-pound offensive tackle and elite running backs in the option, or at quarterback, even though this year was an exception. Even though Francis Kallon gets a lot of the headlines and rightfully so, I’m very impressed with how they pulled …

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UGA’s record-breaking recruiting streak is over (UPDATED)

UPDATED: UGA’s 10-year Rivals streak was both documented and written about by Rivals in this article by Rivals.com from July. Click on story link

Even after a little help from Josh Harvey-Clemons’ grandpa, UGA’s record-breaking streak in recruiting appears to be over.

The Bulldogs are the nation’s only team to finish in the top 10 of the Rivals’ top 10 team rankings every year since 2002. Until this year.

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What about this year? After Harvey-Clemons turned in his paperwork on Thursday, UGA rocketed from No. 19 overall to No. 11 – one spot away. Is that Harvey-Clemons really that good? Good enough to move an entire team up eight spots? Yes, he’s good but not that good. The jump also had to do with Rivals recalculating its rankings with the overnight addition of late signees from colleges across the nation.

“It can’t last forever,” Rivals’ Mike Farrell said. “This …

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Josh Harvey-Clemons has signed with UGA … How will it affect national rankings?

The Josh Harvey-Clemons’ recruiting soap opera is over. He got his grandfather’s signature on Thursday morning and turned in the scholarship papers, one day after committing to UGA in front of a national TV audience.

You can read extensive coverage of Harvey-Clemons, how everything went down, and UGA’s reaction in this blog by the AJC Chip Towers. (Click on story link)

Now let’s get back to the Big Picture for UGA with some of the recruiting experts:

What did it mean for Georgia for Josh Harvey-Clemons to finally sign with them a day later?

  • Scout.com’s Chad Simmons: “It caps it off … I guess the cherry on top today with some drama. Yesterday, it seemed like they were going to get off to a good start at 9 o’clock in the morning [when Harvey-Clemons committed on ESPNU] – and I guess they kind of did with the commitment. But until the LOI is signed, nothing is official, as we all know now. This really caps it off well for Georgia. I’m sure they wish they …

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