JJ Green: UGA offers one of state’s top players

UGA target JJ Green (pictured) is good friends with Camden Co. QB Brice Ramsey, who is committed to UGA (AJC))

UGA target JJ Green (pictured) is good friends with Camden Co. QB Brice Ramsey, who is committed to UGA (AJC))

UGA offered a football scholarship to DB-WR JJ Green on Wednesday, and Georgia Tech may be next to do so.

JJ Green is a 5-foot-9, 190-pounder from the Georgia powerhouse of Camden County High School who some consider to be one of the state’s best overall football players. (Not one of the best college prospect but players. Watch his video below and you decide)

UGA already has a commitment from Green’s good friend and high school teammate, QB Brice Ramsey.

After talking it over the last few days, UGA offered Green on Wednesday. “They were trying to figure out which side of the ball they wanted to recruit him at because JJ can do so many things,” Camden County coach Jeff Herron told the AJC. “Coach [Mark Richt] called and said ‘We don’t know yet whether we’re offering him on offense or defense right now. We like him on both sides. So what we’re saying is, we’re recruiting him as an athlete.’

“JJ got on the phone and talked to Coach Richt for a few minutes, and he was really excited about the Georgia offer. Coach Richt always does a good job with that. With Brice already committed there, and with Brice and JJ being such good friends, that made it even more special for JJ, you know, coming from Georgia.”

UGA is the second school to offer Green, who has a 3.0 GPA and has already met NCAA academic requirements. His first offer was Duke. Green and another high school teammate, OL JP Vonashek, are scheduled to make an unofficial visit to Georgia Tech this weekend, and Green is expected to be offered a football scholarship by coach Paul Johnson.

Green is considered to be one of the state’s best overall football players – not college prospects – by many. His own coach compares his athleticism and game-changing ability to Greg Reid, the former All-American at Lowndes High School (now at FSU). Why hasn’t Green been more heavily recruited by colleges until now? Scouts had concerns over his size and what position he projects to play in college.

“He’s a special player,” Herron said. “First of all, I’ve never had a player start for me at Camden County as a freshman until JJ Green. He started all 15 games as a freshman. In fact, he has started every game of his high school career. He has played against some awful good competition – and has been one of the most dominant players on the field in every game we’ve played.

“He has a lot of special talents, and I’m glad people are starting to realize that.”

OL JP Vonahsek (6-6, 270) may be state's most overlooked prospect right now. We're expecting 10-20 offers by end of spring (AJC)

OL JP Vonashek (6-6, 270) may be state's most overlooked prospect right now. We're expecting tons of offers by end of spring (AJC)

Camden County has at least four seniors that are projected to sign with SEC or ACC schools, including LB Jarrad Davis, who was recently offered by Auburn.

OL J.P. Vonashek, who was offered by North Carolina last week, is expected to generate 10 or 20 offers by the end of spring practice. The 6-foot-6, 270-pounder is a transfer from Glynn Academy.

“If JP Is not a big-time D1 offensive lineman, then I don’t know what one is,” Herron said. “I haven’t seen one that has all the tools he has got.

“He’s 6-6, closer to 6-7, and doesn’t hardly have an ounce of fat on him at 270 pounds. He’s going to be huge. That’s the thing. He has not filled out yet. You’re talking about a kid who I think can handle 300 pounds very well. He has got good feet. He’s a tough and physical kid. He has come over here and worked his tail off.

“JP has all the intangibles that colleges are looking for. I don’t think he’s finished growing height-wise, either. He has such a tremendous upside. When you get a kid at that size, with that agility … he has long arms and such good work habits … that’s just a rare combination.”



– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog

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March 7th, 2012
3:35 pm

some sense

March 7th, 2012
3:41 pm

Let’s hope he’s a better character guy than Greg Reid.

Ole Big Dawg

March 7th, 2012
3:47 pm

Sounds, like a good chance that this young man will be a Dawg as well….lets get him boys!

Charlie Hayes

March 7th, 2012
3:47 pm

Welcome to Athens JJ Green! I can see you returning punts and kickoffs in 2013 as a true frosh! Go Dawgs!

More positions, the merrier

March 7th, 2012
3:47 pm

Noticed UGA is getting a lot of 2 way athletes.
That’s not so surprising for high school players, but Coach Richt’s comments make it seem that there is serious consideration of these guys playing both sides of the ball in college.
That’s great if it helps with the recruiting process and these guys have the talent to do it at the next level without being burnt out.
Worked with Brandon Boykin, Branden Smith and will with Malcolm Mitchell probably.
Now there are more coming! DB’s are needed and most are DB’s and WR’s.

Bright Idea

March 7th, 2012
3:49 pm

“Best Football Player” is better than #1 “prospect.” It means he already has positive on-the-field results in a game against good competition, better than looking good on the hoof in shorts and a t-shirt at some camp but can’t play dead in a western.


March 7th, 2012
3:50 pm

Great but why aren’t we offering the Vonashek guy? That’s who we need. I mean no disrespect to JJ but we have plenty of 5′ 9″ speedsters. If I want to see a bunch of little guys that can run fast I’ll go to a track meet. This is SEC football. We need more beef up front to compete with the elite.



March 7th, 2012
3:50 pm

From AJ Green to JJ Green!! You’re Next!!


March 7th, 2012
3:51 pm

Coach Richt, just offer JJ at … TIGHT END … like you did with Cam Newton

Stanley In Marietta

March 7th, 2012
3:54 pm

JJ Green does not look 5′9 on tv. He looks more like 6′0.
He is fun to watch. GT could really use him at cornerback.


March 7th, 2012
4:02 pm

Looks like we’re starting to recruit better in South Georgia. Remember, Jeff Herron used to coach at Cedar Shoals in Athens and has great Bulldog ties.


March 7th, 2012
4:02 pm

I like this offer. CMR and staff are really on top of it this recruiting season. Good things to come…


Who's #1 player this week?

March 7th, 2012
4:04 pm

I thought alabama already had every #1 from every state in nation this year?
Oh, that would be 50 players and oversigning again by elephants….that’s ok, alabama never scores high on math.


March 7th, 2012
4:05 pm

Looks like someone needs to work on reading comprehension skills… looking at “Who’s the #1 player this week”


March 7th, 2012
4:08 pm

Big difference in “best football player” versus # 1 rated recruit.

Go get the OL too

Charlie Hayes

March 7th, 2012
4:09 pm

I remember watching Camden County play in Ohio this year on ESPN. I saw JJ Green make some really tough catches and make some major blocks on the outside. I wondered then why no one hadn’t offered this kid. He did look small on TV, however he played big. Good pickup by CMR to offer this kid. Now, just let Brice Ramsey finish the recruiting job and bring him on into Athens. Go Dawgs!

Note to Branden Langley: You need to go ahead and commit to Dawg Nation! We want you on the team! Come on and call CMR today!

Destin Dawg

March 7th, 2012
4:09 pm

Go dawgs.. speed kills… can’t coach that !!!


March 7th, 2012
4:23 pm

Will there be an opportunity for wineing and dineing?

Kneel Before THE BEAR

March 7th, 2012
4:24 pm

Clarke County Correctional & State University at Athens could use those images accompanying this article as each player’s eventual (and inevitable) arrest booking photo.

Bama Players win Championships.

Georgia Players win Parole (maybe).

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March 7th, 2012
4:27 pm

That video is impressive….what closing speed


March 7th, 2012
4:29 pm

When UF offers he will be heading to Fla. He grew up a big gator fan watching his family member Jacquez Green star there in the 1990s GO GATORS!!!

Kneel Before THE BEAR

March 7th, 2012
4:30 pm

Speaking of kneeling… if any strapping young men want to get together, I’ll be at the Heretic tonight… my email is oversigning@greyshirts.com


March 7th, 2012
4:30 pm

“JJ Green is a 5-foot-9, 190-pounder”

Last year UGA told Jonathan Jones from Carrollton, they did not want CB’s under 6′1

This is from AJC
Georgia’s ‘fastest football recruit’ visits Auburn and Georgia Tech; Next stops are Tennessee and FSU
5:15 am June 30, 2011, by Michael Carvell

“I don’t really have any leaders right now,” Jones told the AJC. “But once I visit Tennessee and Florida State, and see if they offer me or not, then I will have a better idea about everything. As far as my current offers, I’m really liking Auburn, Mississippi State and Georgia Tech.”

Georgia Tech covets Jones and was one of his first offers. He toured the campus on Monday. “It went really well,” Jones said. “I got to hang out with the coaches and look around. I like how Georgia Tech is not rushing me. They told me they would stick with me until the end. They know I want to check out all my options before I make my decision, and they respect that.”

What about UGA? Said Teague: “My understanding is that the defensive coordinator, being a pro guy, wants bigger corners, the 6-1 and 6-2 guys. Jonathan is too short for them at 5-10 1/2. They just don’t think he’s tall enough. That was their deal.”

I can’t understand why this coaches have to lie, just tell the kid you don’t want him.

Now UGA gets:
Steven Nelson 6′0″
Shaq Wiggins 5′10″
and now offer Green as posible DB


Kneel Before THE BEAR

March 7th, 2012
4:31 pm


Yeah, you would need to be “committed” for throwing your college football career away by going to Athens.

If Coach Mark Richt were Nick Saban’s Offensive Coordinator, he would’ve already been “relieved of his duties.”


March 7th, 2012
4:33 pm

Seems to me that maybe Richt is concerned that Saban is after Brice Ramsey so UGA offered Ramseys good friend to keep a lock on him. Didn’t we copmplain when Tennessee did the same thing to get Darick Rogers?


March 7th, 2012
4:33 pm

“How can he be states best after another IN state has been declared best in nation?
How you guys come up with this stuff is incredible.
You change states best players from week to week depending on who’s recruiting them.”

The article says that he is the best high school football player, not the best college prospect. There is a big difference there. Sometimes high school ability does not translate over to the college level.


March 7th, 2012
4:36 pm

hey dawgfan who are the other 5′9 speedsters?


March 7th, 2012
4:42 pm

Yeas mostest swere dawgs. WEs needes whoeversssssssssd bamers notes wantes.-

Frank Lane

March 7th, 2012
4:45 pm

JJ has a real burst of speed in the hole. As well as recovering on defense. did see him get caught from behind after 60 yards but outruns everyone near the line of scrimmage.

Wiregrass Dawg

March 7th, 2012
4:54 pm

As a Colquitt County fan, I’ve seen a lot of top players over the past few years, and no one player we’ve played has been more scary with their hands on the ball. You’ve got to have those big durable types in the SEC, but I think there’s a place for these lightning fast playmakers too.

border dweller

March 7th, 2012
4:56 pm

Been watching this kid since he was in first grade. You won’t find a more talented football player anywhere. A lot are bigger, one or two might be as fast, one or two might be as quick, but his on-field awareness and football sense are second to none. And he’s a great kid too.

Whiskey Breath

March 7th, 2012
4:58 pm

You have to wonder just how good this kid is if Kirby and Saban aren’t chasing him.
Saban is the king of evaluating players and he doesn’t care for short DB’s.
They are a dime a dozen. He probably is not 5′9″ . Everybody claims they are taller than
they really are. CMR follows Saban and Kirby, not the other way around.
by the way, everybody knows Robert is the best recruit in the nation.


March 7th, 2012
4:59 pm

BigTimeTechFan – How is changing your stance a lie? Give me a break…

2011 Crimson Turd

March 7th, 2012
5:03 pm

Divisional Championships: 0
Conference Championships: 0
Mythical National Championships: 1

…Howddddy Hooooooo

Tweedle Dee

March 7th, 2012
5:12 pm

What a bunch of dumb comments from people who don’t know crap.


March 7th, 2012
5:13 pm

So this kid is better than Nkidemeche?

Michael Carvell

March 7th, 2012
5:14 pm

@?, I would say Robert Nkemdiche and JJ Green are both among the top five high school football “players” in the state of Georgia. Now as far as “college prospects,” Nkemdiche and JJ Greene (along with every other player in the state) are in two different universes.

I need to do a better job explaining this: “Best player” means production or their level of performance right now in high school, regardless of size, stature or if any colleges are looking at them … while “best prospect” means potential or projected future college ability. Colleges recruit mostly off potential. Thanks for your question, and please quit posting under so many different screen names


March 7th, 2012
5:17 pm

He looks good on that OSU field. Urban should go after this player.


March 7th, 2012
5:18 pm

Does anyone remember why Jeff Herron left Athens to go to Lowndes? I went to Cedar Shoals in Athens, but in the late nineties (dont remember a good team). I even remember his wife being my P.E. teacher in Elementary.

Big Dog Dick

March 7th, 2012
5:24 pm

Richt needs the players that can play offense and defense since he can’t maintain his roster due to all the friends of players he signs. UGA football Big Hat and No Cattle.

Mountain Dawg

March 7th, 2012
5:31 pm

Brice Ramsey is the best recriter we have. GO DAWGS!


March 7th, 2012
5:45 pm

Offer the Offensive Lineman also.


March 7th, 2012
5:46 pm

This kid looks like another Greg Reed. Reed was a one man team at lowndes. I hope UGA can get this guy as far as Alabama not offering well it is pretty common. Alabama only offers players who are 5 stars or have at least 20 offers. If you think kirby smart or nick satan are good evaluators of talent you are crazy. They wait until the recruit has been evaluated by the media or scouts and then jump like buzzards.

LOL LOL!!!!!


March 7th, 2012
5:48 pm

JJ come to UGA and bring that big ugly 270 pounder with ya. !!! lol

Teewest and Clyde Boogie

March 7th, 2012
5:50 pm

Coach Richt is having an outstanding recruiting year!!!


March 7th, 2012
5:57 pm

Michael –

one more question re: prospect vs. player, if you will.

Is a top prospect said to be so based on his upside, vs a top player who has both upside AND proven value?

Michael Carvell

March 7th, 2012
5:58 pm

@sammiamm, no, a top “player” is just based on his performance currently at the high school level. It is not at all based on his upside. A top “player” may have no college offers or college interest.


March 7th, 2012
6:03 pm

BigTimeTechFan: You don’t have a “bigtimemind” or you would understand that the written words “busted” don’t affect your rivals coaching staff.


March 7th, 2012
6:08 pm

JJ follow in your uncle’s footsteps by playing in The Swamp…you have O&B in your blood!