Reggie Carter: LB commits to UGA over FSU and South Carolina

UGA-bound LB Reggie Carter is commit No. 13 for the Bulldogs (AJC photo by Bob Andres)

UGA-bound LB Reggie Carter is commit No. 13 for the Bulldogs (AJC photo by Bob Andres)

UGA is off to a blistering start for its 2013 recruiting class.

On Monday, LB Reggie Carter committed UGA over Florida State and South Carolina, according to his coach. It was commitment No. 13 for UGA, which could sign as many as 30 next February.

“Reggie loves the coaching staff at Georgia and he feels comfortable there,” South Gwinnett High School coach John Small told the AJC. “It’s close to home so all of his family can come see him play, it’s an in-state school, and I just think he feels at home there.”

The 6-foot-1, 220-pound Carter could play several different linebacker positions at UGA.

“I think he fits in well with what Georgia does on defense,” Small said. “He’s a very versatile kid. He can rush the passer, he can put his hand down, he can rush off the edge, he can play inside or outside linebacker … he can help them wherever they need him. He’s very smart, a student of the game. They are getting a tireless worker.”

Carter may not be ranked as high as he should be in the various recruiting rankings because he missed nearly his entire junior season with a knee injury. On the 10th play of South Gwinnett’s season-opener, Carter went down with a torn ACL.

“Reggie has been cleared by doctors, he’s back to 100-percent and stronger than ever,” Small said.

Carter, who transferred from Stephenson to South Gwinnett before the start of his junior season, has a 3.5 GPA. Carter was praised by his coach leadership skills and character.

UGA now has three commitments at linebacker, along with West Lauren’s Johnny O’Neal and Ryne Rankin at Orlando. The Bulldogs are expecting to sign at least one more at the position. They may have an outside chance at Reuben Foster, the Troup star who is ranked as the nation’s No. 2 overall prospect. Foster is committed to Alabama but still flirting with UGA and Auburn.

UGA commits for 2013

  1. RB Derrick Henry, 6-3, 241, Yulee, Fla.
  2. QB Brice Ramsey, 6-3, 190, Camden County HS
  3. S Tray Matthews, 6-2, 205, Newnan HS
  4. DB Shaq Wiggins, 5-10, 160, Sandy Creek HS
  5. DB Steven Nelson, 6-0, 185, College of Sequoias JC (Northside-WR HS)
  6. DT Chris Mayes, 6-4, 295, Mississippi Gulf Coast JC (Spalding HS)
  7. DT DeAndre “Moose” Johnson, 6-3, 311, Northgate HS
  8. WR Tramel Terry, 6-0, 185, Goose Creek (S.C.)
  9. LB Johnny O’Neal, 6-1, 230, West Laurens HS
  10. WR Kyrin Priester, 6-2, 185, Brookwood HS
  11. OL Aulden Bynum, 6-5, 250, Valwood HS
  12. LB Ryne Rankin, 6-1, 231, Orlando, Fla.
  13. LB, Reggie Carter, 6-1, 220, South Gwinnett HS
  14. ATH JJ Green, 5-9, 178, Camden County HS

THIS JUST IN …

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243 comments Add your comment

ATLANTA GA , USA

April 9th, 2012
11:28 am

First- Welcome to UGA

dawgfan

April 9th, 2012
11:29 am

go dawgs. not gonna say first

dawgfan

April 9th, 2012
11:29 am

nevermind…

CAB

April 9th, 2012
11:29 am

RealTalk5

April 9th, 2012
11:31 am

Enter your comments here

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

April 9th, 2012
11:33 am

this class is gaining some great momentum!! hopefully the kids can see a trend here and jump on the wagon. i certainly see UGA signing 30 kids after losing so many this year and when the seniors/juniors leave and or graduate.

DawginLex

April 9th, 2012
11:34 am

Welcome aboard Reggie!

Have a great senior year and get ready to come to Athens!

coachx

April 9th, 2012
11:35 am

Welcome to Dawg Nation !

Playing for you home state university will make your name be remembered forever in GEORGIA.

Not if, but when Coach Mark Richt wins the National Championship for UGA we can all say he did it the right way……and the first thing he will say…..”Give glory to God.”

Bulldoawg born, Bulldawg breed, and when I die I’ll be Bulldawg dead. Then the really fun starts in heaven. A-Men.

Rusty

April 9th, 2012
11:36 am

How many does Tech have?

Paddy

April 9th, 2012
11:39 am

I don’t know what they are telling these players in Athens but keep it up. It is working great!!!!!!!

bucket

April 9th, 2012
11:44 am

Congratulations Reggie Carter! Go Dawgs!

Coach MediocRe

April 9th, 2012
11:52 am

Get ready for great bowl visits to cities like Shreveport, Memphis, and Tampa.

GTBob

April 9th, 2012
11:53 am

How many does Tech have?

Tech didn’t even offer this kid. I will let you guess why.

Italian_29

April 9th, 2012
11:53 am

Congratulation Reggie, welcome to Athens and the Dawgs. I wish you the best is school, on the field, and in life. Go Dawgs and GATA!

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derp

April 9th, 2012
12:00 pm

I think people like Rusty seem to forget that UGA is hoping to sign more than twice (~30) as many recruits as GT this year (~14). derp derp.

LakeDawg

April 9th, 2012
12:01 pm

Two things jump out at me. 1) “Tireless worker” and 2) 3.5 GPA. Carter is just the kind of kid UGA needs to be recruiting. The fact its at a position of need is a bonus.

BigTimeTechFan

April 9th, 2012
12:02 pm

Congrats out to UGA and Reggie Carter
Hope all goes well but GT beats ya 4 times.

Spanky

April 9th, 2012
12:06 pm

“Tech didn’t even offer this kid. I will let you guess why.”

…because he wasn’t offered by The Citadel, Furman, or Jax State???

FL Jacket

April 9th, 2012
12:06 pm

By the way, that’s former Georgia Tech and NFL 1st rounder Derrick Morgan of the Tennessee Tians…

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

April 9th, 2012
12:08 pm

@ BigTimeTechFan, thanks for a classy comment. More attitudes like yours and these blogs would be easier to stomach.

FL Jacket

April 9th, 2012
12:13 pm

“How many does Tech have?”

Rusty…

Congratulations. I think you’ve pretty much made up the kids who won’t be available on the roster for Missouri because of suspension or getting kicked off them team. I certainly wouldn’t be bragging about having 4-5 spots open at each position and moving my fastest position player from offense to defense because you recruited such duds in the secondary.

Have you even asked yourself about the reckless and short-sighted recruiting strategies and disciplinary policies that allow a supposedly “top-tier” SEC program to only have about 50 players on scholarship right now?

Flo-Ri-Duh

April 9th, 2012
12:13 pm

Another success for Grantham. Georgia still needs OL and as expected Outlaw committed out of state.

Dekalb Fan

April 9th, 2012
12:18 pm

It’s just a Dawg Nation! The suspensions will make the BCS Championship more impressive.

TRUE FAN

April 9th, 2012
12:18 pm

50 on scholly right now??? Do some better research Fl Jack off.

Rick James

April 9th, 2012
12:21 pm

@GTBob

Tech didn’t even offer this kid. I will let you guess why.
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Because he didnt have an offer from Middle Tennesee State or Furman?

1eyedJack

April 9th, 2012
12:21 pm

“Tech didn’t even offer this kid. I will let you guess why.”

Ok, I’ll bite.
1. Tech is being really selective.
2. He don’t have the grades and/or test scores.
3. You’re full up at linebacker.
4. Coach Fishfry figured he had no chance so he didn’t bother.
5. Al Groh chased him with his HoverRound.
6. He wants to go where there’s a chance to win something.
7. He hates mustard yellow.

DIT

April 9th, 2012
12:24 pm

Why the digs at tech. Let it rest! Congrats Reggie and good luck your SR year.
I personally hope that tech gets a good recruiting class. I would love both teams coming into the last game of the season with only a loss or two being highly ranked. Imagine what it would do for the rivalry and the state of ga recruiting efforts.

FL Jacket

April 9th, 2012
12:25 pm

“50 on scholly right now??? Do some better research Fl Jack off.”

Very classy. But then again, I should have said for 2013. I can correct that…obviously there are things (like classiness) you can’t.

mike

April 9th, 2012
12:25 pm

GTBob, i will make my guess.. Is it because the Reggie had sevearl D1 offers from the SEC and offering him would be a waste? He is a high character kid, he has a 3.5 GPA so what else can it be?

ryan

April 9th, 2012
12:25 pm

UGA is on roll Bubba Watson now a new commit with Reggie Carter i heard M. Adams stayed all weekend that could be a good sign .

Tiny Tim

April 9th, 2012
12:27 pm

He doesn’t have enough weed connection for Tech.

tide roll

April 9th, 2012
12:27 pm

What, no private school, blubber butt offensive lineman? Where’s Will Friend? Where’s Mike Bobo? We simply must have some more blubber butt, private school offensive lineman. David Andrews, John Theus, Austin Long, Hunter Long, Nate Theus, Greg Pyke, and Alden Bynum from Valwood High School are simply not enough! Plus, the competition at this private school level is incomparable, and easily translates into SEC play. That’s been proven over and over again.Who needs Brandon Greene, and for that matter, Avery Young? They’re only capable of getting us where we deserve to be! Who needs them. Let Bama and Auburn have ‘em. we don’t want ‘em. Know what I mean (wink, wink)? It’s sooo obvious what’s going on here. Shame on the UGA coaching staff and administration that continue allow this to happen. And MOST OF ALL, shame on you, the fan base, that continues to support it

Rick James

April 9th, 2012
12:27 pm

@FL Jacket

April 9th, 2012
12:13 pm

“How many does Tech have?”

Rusty…

Congratulations. I think you’ve pretty much made up the kids who won’t be available on the roster for Missouri because of suspension or getting kicked off them team. I certainly wouldn’t be bragging about having 4-5 spots open at each position and moving my fastest position player from offense to defense because you recruited such duds in the secondary.

Have you even asked yourself about the reckless and short-sighted recruiting strategies and disciplinary policies that allow a supposedly “top-tier” SEC program to only have about 50 players on scholarship right now?
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Right now Tech fans shouldnt throw stones about disciplnary issues..Your serve..

FL Jacket

April 9th, 2012
12:31 pm

“Right now Tech fans shouldnt throw stones about disciplnary issues..Your serve..”

Rick, how many players does uGA have suspended for their opener?

Rick James

April 9th, 2012
12:31 pm

Oops..Disciplinary

Ace

April 9th, 2012
12:34 pm

Time him in the 40 running from campus security.

ryan

April 9th, 2012
12:34 pm

They may not flashy but we putting together a solid class i think will get some big commits soon Brendon Langley , JJ Green possibly and Wilkerson .

Rick James

April 9th, 2012
12:35 pm

@FL Jacket

Rick, how many players does uGA have suspended for their opener?
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Maybe 5 or 6..I should know since its been in the news for the past month.But no coaches have resigned because of rape charges.And dont worry,even if CMR plays the scout team Tech will still lose in Athens next season.

irish dawg

April 9th, 2012
12:35 pm

All these kids with 3.5’s, are they from schools that don’t cheat on tests and scores, or from schools that do? Just something to think about, quality over quantity.

ryan

April 9th, 2012
12:39 pm

We are trying to add depth which is why this class will be much larger than normal .

Rick James

April 9th, 2012
12:42 pm

@irish dawg

All these kids with 3.5’s, are they from schools that don’t cheat on tests and scores, or from schools that do? Just something to think about, quality over quantity
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The cheating was taking place in “City of Atlanta Elementary Schools” smart guy..Before you hit submit comment know what you’re talking about.Just something to think about.

FL Jacket

April 9th, 2012
12:43 pm

“But no coaches have resigned because of rape charges”

Interesting observation. Key word being “charges” not “conviction”…but that’s a technicality. At least he’s gone…

They’ve all been close games (except for the 2nd half this past year)…nice trash-talking even though even you know you’re talking out of your smart end…

Spanky

April 9th, 2012
12:44 pm

Right, FL Jacket, that’s why you’re on a UGA football blog, because you have class!! Pass the Grey Poupon, nerds, and try your own blogs, Copurnicus!!

Rusty

April 9th, 2012
12:46 pm

Look at all the bitter nerds. I love it.

ryan

April 9th, 2012
12:51 pm

Adams , JJ Green and Langley and two or three O- linemen i would happy with class .

GTBob

April 9th, 2012
12:51 pm

GTBob, i will make my guess.. Is it because the Reggie had sevearl D1 offers from the SEC and offering him would be a waste?

Nope. There are plenty of players that we have offered that have SEC offers. Try again.

Dap01

April 9th, 2012
12:51 pm

Tech players need fast 40 yard times due to running from muggers in the parking lots. Good thing there are few female students, they can’t run as fast.

Rick James

April 9th, 2012
12:52 pm

@FL Jacket

But no coaches have resigned because of rape charges”

Interesting observation. Key word being “charges” not “conviction”…but that’s a technicality. At least he’s gone…

They’ve all been close games (except for the 2nd half this past year)…nice trash-talking even though even you know you’re talking out of your smart end…
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What is really interesting is that no Tech fan has reffered to this coach as a “thug” which is a term often used for UGA players charged with less offenses.Charges,conviction whatever you choose to call it. Close only counts in horse shoes and hand grenades..

GTBob

April 9th, 2012
12:54 pm

All these kids with 3.5’s, are they from schools that don’t cheat on tests and scores, or from schools that do?

High school GPA’s are borderline meaningless these days.