Archive for March, 2012

Robert Nkemdiche: Best friend gets another SEC offer

[Posted at 4:01 p.m. Friday]

Another SEC school has entered the sweepstakes for the best friend of Robert Nkemdiche, who is the first-ever Georgian to be ranked as the nation’s No. 1 overall college football prospect.

Nkemdiche’s teammate at Grayson High School, DB David Kamara, told the AJC he was offered by Mississippi State on Friday afternoon.

It was the second football scholarship offer this week for Kamara, who was offered by Ole Miss on Wednesday. Nkemdiche’s older brother also plays at Ole Miss.

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“Mississippi State contacted me on Facebook, and told me to call them to talk about an offer,” Kamara told the AJC. “They think I can come there and play. They’re graduating two cornerbacks this year and stuff. They told me that I should think about where I can play the fastest, and talked to me about how I can play early there.

“I …

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Lane Kiffin on Nick Saban’s recruiting greatness

Mythical national champions in recruiting again in 2013? It's looking that way. Nick Saban (pictured) is off to a fast start for next year, including commitments from two Georgia superstars (AP)

Mythical national champions in recruiting AGAIN in 2013? It's looking that way. Nick Saban is off to a fast start for next year, including commitments from two of Georgia top juniors (AP)

Alabama’s Nick Saban is the greatest combination of head coach, chief recruiter and defensive coordinator in college football.

He’s lifted two BCS crystal balls over his head within the last four years, while also capturing four out of the last five mythical national championships in Rivals.com’s team recruiting rankings.

Recruiting? There hasn’t been somebody as powerful and mighty parade throughout the Southeast (to round up blue-chippers) since General Sherman’s march.

And Nick Saban makes the chaos of recruiting look so controlled. On last month’s signing day, while many of his SEC contemporaries were sweating bullets sitting next to fax machines, Saban was telling reporters how the day was drama-free. He also chatted a little bit about that No. 1-ranked class, which was …

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Who will be Georgia Tech’s first commitment for 2013?

Who will be Georgia Tech’s first commitment for its 2013 recruiting class?

How soon will happen?

It could happen as early as this weekend for the Yellow Jackets, which are entertaining top prospects from across the state and Southeast for a Junior Day this weekend.

Chamblee DE Davin Bellamy

Chamblee DE Davin Bellamy

Some of the state’s top prospects that are scheduled to tour Georgia Tech are North Gwinnett OL Alex Stoehr and a couple of Lovejoy teammates, TE AJ Jackson and WR-DB Jumichael Ramos. They both already have several D1 offers from other schools.

Two highly-regarded teammates from Camden County will also be there – WR-DB JJ Green and OL JP Vonashek. Green was offered a football scholarship earlier this week by UGA, his second offer after Duke. He is expected to add Georgia Tech to his list this weekend.

The 6-foot-6, 270-pound Vonashek has sparked the curiosity of nearly every team in the SEC and ACC. He is a transfer from Glynn Academy, and recently got his first offer from North …

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Peyton Barber: Georgia Tech offers Atlanta RB

RB Peyton Barber is still popular with college scouts despite playing only four games last season

RB Peyton Barber is still popular with college scouts despite playing only four games last season

Even though RB Peyton Barber missed most of last season, the colleges haven’t missed out on him.

Georgia Tech was the latest offer for the 5-foot-11, 220-pound tailback from Milton High School. Barber said he got the news over the phone on Thursday, and will go meet with Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson on Friday.

“I feel really excited and blessed about Georgia Tech,” Barber said. “I was hurt for most of the season. I only played in four games. I really didn’t think I’d get more offers after Clemson. Then they started rolling in. I feel blessed and excited.”

Barber, who sports a 2.9 GPA and wants to major in Business Management or Liberal Arts, also has early offers from Clemson, North Carolina, Vanderbilt, Central Florida, Kentucky and Louisville.

Had Barber not suffered a severe high ankle sprain in a preseason scrimmage last summer, he would likely be one of the …

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Charles Mann: UGA recruit banned from playoffs

UGA signee Charles Mann (AJC)

UGA signee Charles Mann (AJC)

One of UGA’s top basketball recruits won’t get a chance to help his team try to win a state championship because he was ejected from the team’s last playoff game.

Charles Mann signed with UGA in the early period and is the point guard at Milton High School, which plays Harrison at 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the Class AAAAA  semifinals.

Mann is ineligible to play in Milton’s next two games because he was ejected after being assessed two technical fouls in last Saturday’s quarterfinals win against North Gwinnett. Milton’s coach told the AJC on Wednesday night that he tried to get the severe penalty overturned this week by the Georgia High School Association.

“There’s not really a process to appeal to judgment,” Milton coach David Boyd told the AJC on Wednesday night. “We thought it was a bad call but there’s not really an avenue to appeal. You can’t bring up a video to someone, show it and have them change anything.

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Robert Nkemdiche: Ole Miss offers best friend of nation’s No. 1 prospect

Ole Miss scored a lot of points with the nation’s No. 1 overall college prospect by offering a football scholarship his best friend on Wednesday.

Robert Nkemdiche was already high on Ole Miss because his older brother plays football there and he enjoyed a recent unofficial visit with the Rebels.

Ole Miss took it to another level with Nkemdiche on Wednesday when they offered a football scholarship to his best friend since the sixth grade, David Kamara, who plays cornerback at Grayson High School.

“Yes, I like it a lot, and Ole Miss has a great chance of getting both of us to sign there,” Nkemdiche told the AJC on Wednesday. “My brother is at Ole Miss, and now David can go with me … that’s a big, big, big, big, big plus for Ole Miss. I’m really happy about all of this.”

DE Robert Nkemdiche plans to go to Clemson (again), LSU and Vanderbilt the next three weeks (AJC)

Ole Miss is making all the right moves to put itself in prime position to pull off the "recruiting upset of the century" with Robert Nkemdiche (AJC)

Nkemdiche said his top five remains the same: …

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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 …

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Max Garcia: UGA is frontrunner for Maryland OL transfer

UGA is the frontrunner for OL Max Garcia, the former Norcross High School football star who was recently granted a release from Mayland.

The 6-foot-4, 310-pounder told the AJC that he will take official visits to Ole Miss on March 20, UGA on March 23, Florida on March 30 and Clemson at a later date.

“I’d probably say Georgia would be No. 1 because of location … probably Georgia and Florida,” Garcia told the AJC on Tuesday.

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Garcia is an NFL prospect who started all 12 games at left tackle for Maryland last year as a sophomore. He both requested and was granted a release by Maryland in order to play closer to home. Garcia will have to sit out next season under NCAA transfer rules and then have two years of eligibility.

UGA’s sales pitch is simple: They’re the SEC school closest to his home, they have an alarming lack of depth for offensive linemen and they have his …

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Vanderbilt’s “helicopter recruiting” of Atlanta propels success

Best recruiting class in Vanderbilt's history was delivered by James Franklin (AP photo)

Best recruiting class in Vanderbilt's history was delivered last month by James Franklin (AP photo)

No coach recruited the Atlanta area with such a flashy style as Vanderbilt’s James Franklin.

Frankin invaded the city’s fertile grounds in a helicopter, catching two metro high school football games overloaded with college prospects in one night – with the help of air transport.

When we talked to Vanderbilt’s coach about “helicopter recruiting,” he acted like it was no big deal.

“For us, it was more about trying to get as much work done in a limited amount of time,” Franklin told the AJC. “I’ve done this at other schools I’ve coached at. For us to go to two high-profile games in the Atlanta area with traffic and things like that, it makes it difficult to do. So the helicopter afforded us the opportunity to go ahead and do that.”

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Tramel Terry: South Carolina’s No. 1 prospect commits to UGA … again

South Carolina’s No. 1 overall prospect has committed to UGA for a second time, and this time WR Tramel Terry said he’s sticking to it.

The 6-foot, 180-pound wide receiver from Goose Creek (S.C.) High School picked the Bulldogs over South Carolina and Clemson, among his 20 scholarship offers. Terry is UGA’s best import from South Carolina since AJ Green.

Terry originally committed to  UGA on “Dawg Night” last July but backed off the pledge a couple of months later to consider other options. He privately committed again to UGA on a Feb. 24 Junior Day and went public with it on Tuesday.

Mark Richt gave some Biblical wisdom to Terry to handle the recruiting process (AP)

Mark Richt gave some Biblical wisdom to Terry to handle the recruiting process (AP)

“I just felt like home at Georgia,” Terry told the AJC. “I de-committed just to look around and see other places where I could get my degree. I felt like I needed to do the smart thing and take my time, so I …

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