JP Vonashek: South Carolina edges UGA for 3-star OL

After signing 12 from Georgia last February, Steve Spurrier has six 2013 commitments (AP)

After signing 12 from Georgia last February, Steve Spurrier has six 2013 commitments from the state (AP)

One of the state’s top offensive linemen, who nearly committed to UGA a couple of months ago, pledged to the South Carolina Gamecocks on Saturday.

JP Vonashek, a 6-foot-6, 280-pounder from Camden County High School, committed to South Carolina after making an unofficial visit on Saturday. Vonashek had 13 offers, including Ohio State, Florida State and Tennessee.

“It was either going to be South Carolina or Georgia, and I felt South Carolina was the best place for me,” Vonashek told the AJC. “I went there for a visit and I really enjoyed it. It’s close to home and I think they are going to have a great program for the next couple of years.”

It was a big recruiting win for South Carolina, which had offered Vonashek a scholarship only 9 days ago. “I talked to my parents after we left, and I told them that I loved it,” he said. “They told me if that’s what I wanted to do, then to go ahead and commit. I said, OK let me think about it, and then called. My parents think South Carolina is a great program and that I’m going to fit in well there. And it’s close to home, so they can come watch me play.”

OL JP Vonashek (AJC)

OL JP Vonashek (AJC)

Back in early April, Vonashek appeared to be on the brink of committing to UGA. What happened? “I just liked South Carolina better. I’ve been to UGA a couple of times, and I went to South Carolina today … Nothing really [went wrong] with UGA. I won’t say anything bad about them. I just liked South Carolina better, to tell you the truth.”

Camden County already has two rising seniors committed to UGA – QB Brice Ramsey and WR-DB-RB JJ Green. Both have been actively trying to recruit Voneshek to UGA with them. “I’m sure they are going to still try to do that, but I’m not worried about it,” Voneshek said. “I’m not going to change my mind, Once I commit somewhere, I’m not going to change my mind.”

South Carolina landed Vonashek despite Steve Spurrier not being around to close the deal on Saturday. “He actually wasn’t there today,” Vonashek said. “I know he’s a great coach by the things he did at Florida. I got to go into his office. I met his son, and I saw his dad’s Heisman Trophy and all of the things.”

How good is Vonashek? Here’s Camden County coach Jeff Herron on the big guy:

“If JP Is not a big-time D1 offensive lineman, then I don’t know what one is. 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.”

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119 comments Add your comment

Ugadawgs

June 9th, 2012
6:59 pm

Ugadawgs

June 9th, 2012
6:59 pm

Wish this kid the best

LakeDawg

June 9th, 2012
7:01 pm

First? But UGA finished second.

Dewnsav

June 9th, 2012
7:02 pm

Dang…now we won’t be treated to another Tide Roll tirade…oh well…good luck JP, go dogs

Hitman

June 9th, 2012
7:03 pm

Don’t for a second believe something didn’t happen to his UGA offer. Commits to SC without ever meeting Spurrier? Right……..

Randall "Pink" Floyd

June 9th, 2012
7:04 pm

Welcome to A-Town, Naim Mustafaa.

nash

June 9th, 2012
7:09 pm

In other news Mustaffa may have committed to UGA today and, Trent Brown the OT from GMC stated the UGA is his currant leader

Bad Dawg

June 9th, 2012
7:10 pm

Nice pick up for the cocks. JP is going to be a good one for Spurrier.

Hugh Jass

June 9th, 2012
7:10 pm

Georgia already has much better commits coming in. Look for Tunsil from the state of Florida to commit to UGA and team up with Theus to form a brick wall for the next several years.

Mudcat's Impala....

June 9th, 2012
7:10 pm

need a update mc…

Mudcat's Impala....

June 9th, 2012
7:11 pm

GT legacy commits to UGA.. lmao…

The Truth

June 9th, 2012
7:12 pm

Congrats Naim…welcome aboard!

Mudcat's Impala....

June 9th, 2012
7:16 pm

Grantham pulls off the upset…he was supposed to commit to GT this weekend…

Destin Dawg

June 9th, 2012
7:18 pm

good kid .. he took his best option.. but I would hate to go to college in Columbia S.C.and Spurrier will retire after this year goes 6 and 5 or so!!

nash

June 9th, 2012
7:19 pm

Congrads to JP and, his family. This young man has a bright future and a year in one of the states toughest classification ahead of him which I am sure he is prepared to handle

Beast from the East

June 9th, 2012
7:23 pm

Spurrier is really heating up on the recruiting front the last several years. Looks like SC will be taking UT’s old spot in the pecking order of the SEC for the time being.

damngooddawg

June 9th, 2012
7:28 pm

Go MUSTAFAA, you will have a much better career under Grantham than you will with the so called coach at Yeck.

cmon man

June 9th, 2012
7:32 pm

Ok tech fans we know whats coming next “he wasnt smart enough for tech” yea, yea, yea!!!!

Alex

June 9th, 2012
7:45 pm

it’s likely that vonashek didn’t take advantage of the offer when he first got it, and then the dawgs cooled on him because they thought some of their other targets were looking good for them. probably respectfully told him to start looking around or something. uga was most definitely this guy’s first choice

kingster

June 9th, 2012
7:52 pm

Congrats to all the kids that commited today and I wish them the best, being a Tech fan, I just don’t know, I really don’t know UGA has so many kids and all have high rating as far as stars (everybody cann’t play)(with all the lower class running backs a couple of people are going to be left out, same with the WR’s) I am not a fan of Rodney Garner, something ain’t right about that dude and one day its going to show up, yep I guess you can call me a sour Tech fan, look at Nigel Bowden, he looks like he’s back to Vandy bound, but I got to give it to Tech in this aspect and holding to their guns, its about the education, something lost in this generation, none of UGA commits speak about getting a great education (but if you are a UGA fan, that means butkus anyway)

Mableton Jacket

June 9th, 2012
7:53 pm

I have not followed recruiting until this year but it seems to me both Tech and Ga are doing well. These guys change their minds all the time so if a player decides to go elsewhere, that’s fine. Tech just got a good lineman who went to Auburn for a year and we have picked up a few players who decided Bama was not for them.
These young guys are so excited about their futures, it is difficult to wish any of them ill.

Joe

June 9th, 2012
7:57 pm

Wow, that kid must be a born loser. Cannot spell Suck without Scu, and they have been doing it worse than anyone for over 120+ years. Get ready to have your bottom spanked for the next 4 years.

Quite honestly, if there is an 18 year old kid on earth who likes Scu better than UGA, you have to question if the kid should be going to college.

Drive By Dawg

June 9th, 2012
8:04 pm

He didn’t have a commitable offer. That ship already sailed.

IT IS WHAT IT IS

June 9th, 2012
8:12 pm

WEIRD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1eyedJack

June 9th, 2012
8:14 pm

I think the Dawgs take 6 to 7 offensive linemen in this class and he was the 8th or 9th man on the board. Good luck in cockland.

A person SMART enough to know......

June 9th, 2012
8:34 pm

Funny the Dawgs are patting themselves on the back over the D player on the blog about losing an O player.

1eyedJack
June 9th, 2012
8:14 pm

Good luck in cockland.

With UGa having a cross dressing Prof arrested for prostitution I would think UGa is cockland. LOL

Smitty

June 9th, 2012
8:35 pm

Sounds like the OL had up side but nut not yet

Smitty

June 9th, 2012
8:36 pm

Never know about these young guys

nh gamecock

June 9th, 2012
8:44 pm

Another ol welcome to Carolina

Smart Enough is Obsessed with the UGA Professsor

June 9th, 2012
8:55 pm

Smart Enough,
You sure are obsessed with the UGA professor. Since this news broke, this is all you have blogged about. You must be hiding something. You sound like you really know this guy. Come clean. Are you one of his clients and upset that you can no longer use him??

JB

June 9th, 2012
9:35 pm

150 D1 players in Georgia THIS year. The other 120 gotta go somewhere.

nh gamecock

June 9th, 2012
9:36 pm

You right JB but UGA need OL

A person SMART enough to know.....

June 9th, 2012
9:40 pm

@Smart Enough: I’ve been trolling in hopes that he might contact me for an Olympic style wrestling match in my Mom’s basement. We do it up nice like they did it back in old Greece…….. naked.

GT = 10 time loser to Mark Richt

June 9th, 2012
9:43 pm

nh gamecock: We’ve got some with more on the way. You guys should be forming a search party to look for Shamier Jeffery. Old Ball Nut Jr can’t seem to find him.

Flo-Ri-Duh

June 9th, 2012
9:52 pm

I saw Vonashek on T.V. last year. He is very stiff and upright and at times appeared to be lost. Long time to signing day and UGA still has about 4 to 5 OL they are targeting that are all rated ahead of Vonashek. I expect them to end up with 5- 6 OL in this class. He was a sure redshirt at UGA and will be a redshirt at the Game Crocks. He’s at least three years away from playing. A project.

Flo-Ri-Duh

June 9th, 2012
9:56 pm

Welcome Naim to UGA. You will learn under one of the best. Look forward to seeing you rushing past Vonashek on your way to the Game Crock QB.

Steve superior

June 9th, 2012
9:57 pm

Typical puppy sour grapes, when they dont come you didn’t want him. One questin I know no one will honestly answer, what was the last good team the puppies beat? Tech in 2009, Fla in 2007? ……..

Skint

June 9th, 2012
10:02 pm

This kid is probably a better prospect than either Bynum or Cordello. Played at a higher classification against tougher competition.

Taylor Wooten

June 9th, 2012
10:04 pm

wow….Ga signs some obscure OL from some po-duck little private school, valwood, who didnt want ANY part of big boy football and region 1aaaaa…..But the Cocks get this guy who MOVED into region 1aaaaa his Senior year so he could play against the best, get better. No doubt the Cocks got the much better OL on all levels

Where's the Meat

June 9th, 2012
10:15 pm

We better sign 3 to 4 more O/L in 2013!! If not,we will always have the same old problem.Please someone tell the coaches that in the SEC you need defense and a solid O/L to win.Got the defense, but years away from a good line.Hell,my mama who is 86 years old says Dawgs have not had a good O/L since 2005.

Lakedawg

June 9th, 2012
10:18 pm

Disappointed, but conrats to the young man for getting the opportunity for a free college education.

Not sure he will enjoy playing against Coach G’s defense the next 4 years.

tenn.DAWG

June 9th, 2012
10:34 pm

As a Camden County Alum,I’m very disappointed that JP could pick a hated rival over his states flagship university.Surely he’s not lived in Georgia long,and if so he’s forgiven,good luck to this young man.

Chuck UGA

June 9th, 2012
10:40 pm

None of this stuff means anything until February. It’s only June people. UGA and SC are going to sign a lot of good players, and UGA isn’t going to be able to sign everyone in Georgia nor everyone they would like to have. But it’s ludicrous to judge ANYONE’S recruiting class in June. Who knows which coaches will still be around come December?

A person SMART enough to know......

June 9th, 2012
11:00 pm

CUCK exactly.. I don’t really care that much about a kid until he gets on campus and starts hitting on the college field.

RHall55

June 9th, 2012
11:38 pm

Coach Will (Gomer) Friend do your job!! C’mon Man!!!

Dawg Haus

June 9th, 2012
11:48 pm

Very surprising and a little disappointing. Oh well, good luck over there, kid.

Jimmy "Jam" Garvin

June 9th, 2012
11:55 pm

3 star lineman ain’t a big loss in my book…

RED DOG 77

June 10th, 2012
12:11 am

With 10 to 12 spots to give for the year, we are looking pretty good……….blue chip Oline prospects have become as important as any RB out there………..We will sign 6 to eight “Big Boys” come Feb. I tell you what people……….If the whole world doesn’t see things looking-up at The University of Georgia about now, I don’t see what they see……………The Bulldogs will be ripping loose the next several years ……………and Me? I’m one happy Geeeeooooorrrgia Buuulllldog…………RED

zbulldawg

June 10th, 2012
12:11 am

All I can say is ALL ABOARD WHO’S GOING ABOARD !! JP you just missed the train. Now your on your on. It’s gonna be some long saturdays against that Defense. Best to you young man. It’s going to take more than LUCK

Dr. Don

June 10th, 2012
12:41 am

Kingster – being a genius Tech fan, I am sure it was just a typo – I am sure you didn’t mean “butkus” – the former Ilinois and Bear linebacker. You probably used phonics to come up with that. The term, from Yiddish, is “bubkis”. meanining noththing/nil/nada etc.