Kenny Anderson, Stephon Marbury, Mark Price and … Solomon Poole?

Mark Richt (AP)

UGA added commit No 19 (AP)

UGA regained some recruiting momentum over the weekend when it picked up commitment No. 19 – little-known WR/DB Rico Johnson of Swainsboro High School. He earned a football scholarship offer from UGA after turning in some blistering 40 times at Saturday’s Mark Richt Camp, and committed on the spot, picking the Bulldogs over Appalachian  State and Marshall. Johnson was off the recruiting radar because he was ineligible to play as a junior after transferring high schools. Go here to read more … The two most important visitors at the camp were a pair of 5-stars – former Troup High School LB Reuben Foster (committed to Alabama) and OL Laremy Tunsil of Lake City, Fla. The good-natured Tunsil appeared in Winnie the Pooh socks at the camp and later named UGA, Florida and Alabama as his three leaders, according to ESPN.

How many Georgia Tech games were decided last season by special teams? To the delight of many Tech fans, the Yellow Jackets picked up a commitment from the state’s No. 1 kicker – Harrison Butker of Westminster. He chose the Yellow Jackets over Auburn and Kentucky and explained why here.

The next great Georgia Tech PG? (247sports)

The next great Georgia Tech PG? (247sports)

Point Guard U? Remember when Kenny Anderson, Mark Price and Stephon Marbury starred at the position at Georgia Tech? The Yellow Jackets landed one of their best recruits at point guard in recent years over the weekend – Solomon Poole of Jacksonville, Fla., over the weekend. He committed to Georgia Tech over UCLA. He’s a 5-star recruit by Rivals, which also ranks him as the nation’s No. 14 overall college basketball prospect. New Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory has quickly built a reputation as a top recruiter. The Yellow Jackets were also helped – helped a lot – that Poole’s other brother, Stacy Poole, transferred from Kentucky to Georgia Tech last year. How does the younger Poole compare to Anderson, Marbury and Price?  Go here to watch the video.

Back to football: Whitefield Academy OL Jacob  Southerland, who intended to play at Navy, has instead decided to attend Virginia’s Fork Union Military Prep this fall … This is one of the state of Georgia’s strongest crops of QBs, with five already committed to BCS conference schools. There’s more, including Dutchtown High School’s Donovahn Jones. He has 19 D1 offers at either QB or WR. The biggest schools that have offered at QB are Colorado State and South Florida … Georgia State picked up its first commitment for 2013, QB DJ Juste of Port St. Lucie, Fla., according to PantherTalk.com.

A night of perfection: Shaq Goodwin (USA Basketball)

A night of perfection: Shaq Goodwin (USA Basketball)

More basketball: Tony Parker swept all the awards and accolades, including Mr. Georgia Basketball, after leading Miller Grove High School to its fourth state championship in four years. But I always thought the best NBA prospect out of Georgia since Derrick Favors was Southwest DeKalb’s Shaq Goodwin, who signed with Memphis . This past weekend, Shaq turned some heads by scoring 30 points in a “perfect performance” for the USA Under-18 team in Brazil. The 6-foot-8 Goodwin was 12-for-12 on field goals and 6-for-6 on foul shots in a 105-42 win over the U.S. Virgin Islands. “I’ve never had a game like that before and I didn’t realize [perfect shooting] it,” Goodwin said. “I was just playing basketball, I don’t know, I was just at the right place at the right time.”  The team is coached by Florida’s Billy Donovan, Gonzaga’s Mark Few and VCU’s Shaka Smart… Norcross point guard Taariq Muhammad signed with Morehead State … Girls: The Bannker duo of Raven Favors and Kenya Wright signed with Andrews College.

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276 comments Add your comment

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

June 18th, 2012
3:02 am

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

June 18th, 2012
3:04 am

Mark Richt made a Kid CRY!

Gregory made the Mutts Cry with the Bballer recruit.

Johnson added another OPTION with a KICKER

What again did GaState do? LMMFAO

Mountain Dawg

June 18th, 2012
3:35 am

If the Wienie Waggers could just find another Reggie Ball.

Hairy Dawg

June 18th, 2012
5:26 am

We should have a good chance to flipping Foster and then we gets Tunstil to. Between them and Rico we got both size and speed to display dominants on SEC.

Go Dawgs!

Hairy Dawg

June 18th, 2012
5:33 am

I mean this year we really loading up the blue chips to wear the Red & Black as Dream Team 3. I cant wait to turn these players loose on SEC to make others pay bad.

GtDawg

June 18th, 2012
6:46 am

LB Nigel Bowden recommitted to Vandy. ????????

bitter "spoiled recruit"

June 18th, 2012
7:04 am

great-more DUMB TOO START WITH—-GO BACK TO YOUR DAY JOB AT THE VARSITY—-

———————-M/C–WERE YOU IN ATHENS?

RedandBlackDAWG

June 18th, 2012
7:08 am

It is a long day until the pen hits the paper and a lot more surprises will occur in the college football world. Fans should maybe take the time to read what some of these kids are saying rather than just predicting or making up facts and then spamming these comments pages. You do a dishonor to your team and generate arguments that you can no more prove than a lot of folks can run for political office. The Georgia schools will get the players they need from the state and surrounding states, so it is time to quit being so negative about about other schools, and fans, and try a little civil discourse. Forget about what has happened in previous years and focus a little on what counts and that is the future. Try being mature and think before you post the same old rhetoric and stupid comments about other schools and commentators. Childish remarks really don’t increase your popularity on this board or amongst your peers.

kingdaddy

June 18th, 2012
7:37 am

RedandBlackDawg
Are you refering to the regular posters, or the new influx of new-named posters who only come on here to slam the UGA? Many of the regular Dawg posters are attacked on a regular basis not because of what we say, but because we stand-up for our school and coaches. If you are refering to the attackers, then your wasting your breath, they just want to bash, nothing more, nothing less…

bitter "spoiled recruit"

June 18th, 2012
7:42 am

DAWGS WILL DO FINE—THE BIG NEWS ALWAYS COMES IN LATE JAN, EARLY FEB

——————————————-MURRY NEEDS TO HAVE A GREAT YEAR

———————-MAYNE HUDSON MASON WILL RULE IN ATHENS???—2 1/2 MONTHS TO GO

RedandBlackDAWG

June 18th, 2012
7:44 am

I understand Kingdaddy,
I was just hoping that maybe they might show some maturity, but maybe that is hoping for too much. The AJC isn’t going to control it, since they seem to be concerned with only web hits, but it would be nice to see some serious discussions on here about the topic mentioned and written about.

GT = 10 time loser to Mark Richt

June 18th, 2012
7:47 am

And the nerds lose a linebacker

Hairy Dawg

June 18th, 2012
7:48 am

Bowden wanted to play for team that has chance to beat rival. Commodes can beat Dooley Boy Orange Pumkins. Bugs got no chance vs Dawgs.

Go Dawgs!

MuttinLex

June 18th, 2012
7:49 am

Can any of the UGA recruits read or write?

kingdaddy

June 18th, 2012
7:50 am

Bitter
I think we’ll see Lemay some this year, especially if Murray jam a finger or something minor. Look for him in the second-half of Buffalo…

collegeballfan

June 18th, 2012
7:51 am

RedandBlackDAWG

Nice thoughts but many of our fellow bloggers are incapable of anything but childish remarks. That is the best they can do.

Childish remarks never bother me as I know the source.

Rico Johnson could be big for UGA. Big for UGA even though he has no stars by any of the rating services. Will he drop UGA out of the top 10? If so, so what? I am sure Richt would rather win games on the field rather than some mythical win in the recruiting wars.

Gregory is off to a really fast start in recruiting. But the “commits” must sign on national signing day. And it is a long way to November.

Burdell

June 18th, 2012
8:03 am

“There two most important visitors at the camp were…”….C’mon man! Proofread…

kingdaddy

June 18th, 2012
8:04 am

By the time Rico’s senior year is through, he will get his stars…

kingdaddy

June 18th, 2012
8:14 am

Young Tunsil needs to trade-in his Whinnie the pooh socks for some SCOOBY-DOO socks…

Tampa Gator

June 18th, 2012
8:15 am

I find it interesting that Tunsil has supposedly eliminated FSU from consideration, and I don’t see him going to Bama or USC. Florida has a bright future at the OT positions with D. J. Humphries (freshman) and Chaz Green (Soph)…..so Georgia might have an edge on “need” at the position. But Lake City is still just 50 miles north of Gainesville….and I see that being a factor unless mom finds a new job and home in Athens over the summer.

DIT

June 18th, 2012
8:15 am

Congrats to both teams. Tech’s basketball coach seems to finally getting that program back on the right track. Little dissapointed in the Dawgs. Maybe I expected too much. Won’t be the first, but I thought There would have been at least one big name to comitt over the weekend.
Still, very happy with the current committs. Still looking for more big men in the trenches on both sides of the ball. That’s where the 4th quarter is won.

kingdaddy

June 18th, 2012
8:19 am

Investigative journalism is dead! What does UGA need position wise, more than anything else? Any OL looking for a great home???

kingdaddy

June 18th, 2012
8:28 am

I think I read that Rico Johnson won a state AA championship at track? Did he have an official time there? I also wonder if CMR asked him to concentrate on offense or defense or told him both???

RedandBlackDAWG

June 18th, 2012
8:28 am

CollegeBallFan,

I agree that Rico Johnson will be a good fit and a really good player for UGA. His rating will rise this year, since he can play once again. His big intangible is his speed. You can’t teach speed and this young man has it to spare. I can see where he could be a real addition to special teams early, and that would surely help out UGA in the future.
I like how he really wants to play for UGA. When you can get players like Mustafaa that want to be DAWGS, and have talent, your team can be pretty cohesive.

Tampa Gator

June 18th, 2012
8:31 am

@Burdell……

He took one too many writing lessons from Hairy Dawg.

bucket

June 18th, 2012
8:52 am

Tunsil’s mom is already sold on UGA, regardless of distance. Tunsil is the one that UGA still has to recruit. I think with kids as highly regarded as Tunsil and Foster the only thing that will seal the deal is for UGA to go out and have the kind of season they have not had in awhile. We fans shouldn’t expect our teams to win big every single year, however, this is a year for UGA and CMR when nothing less than an SEC championship should be satisfactory for the team, fans, or recruits.

McDonut

June 18th, 2012
8:53 am

Picked up steam by getting a commit over App St and Marshall? Mmmmm, okay.

Rip Van Winkle

June 18th, 2012
9:00 am

At least UGA still has Derrick Henry

DawginLex

June 18th, 2012
9:02 am

And Mcdonut gives us more evidence of the following:

1.)He does not read and comprehend
2.)He knows nothing about college recruiting
3.)He is a 100% jealous Tech nerd

kingdaddy

June 18th, 2012
9:03 am

No reason to explain to him again, he wouldn’t care anyway. Just another negative poster not bothered by facts, lol…

RTR22

June 18th, 2012
9:03 am

Where are the 3 wkend recruits for the summertime national champs?

bucket

June 18th, 2012
9:04 am

@ McDonut – Rico had to sit out his junior season due to transferring high schools. He won’t be “little known” after his senior season. He may not get alot more offers because he has already verbally committed, but he will be on the recruiting services radar once he starts playing again. He may also start to get attention from the Alabama staff now that he has an offer from UGA if the pattern of this year is played out again. lol (That was a joke Bama fans!)

Thomas Brown

June 18th, 2012
9:05 am

The Georiga tek kicker looks like he will be excellent.

4.25 and 4.28 with only 2 high school football recruits, according to Scout.com this morning faster than 4.25 and 4.28 – well, I don’t have any confidence in that at all. None. We got a commitment from a high school football player 4.25 or 4.28 when there are only 2 of all high school football players according to my search of Scou.com this morning that fast.

bucket

June 18th, 2012
9:06 am

Remember the big recruiting weekend @ UGA that was deemed a failure by all the haters a couple of months ago and then weeks later the recruits started committing? History is about to repeat itself!

kingdaddy

June 18th, 2012
9:08 am

Don’t waste your time with him. He picks out just the parts he thinks makes UGA look weak and ignores the rest. He’s just seeking attention like most juviniles…

kingdaddy

June 18th, 2012
9:14 am

Bucket,
These guys (trolls) aren’t stupid, they already know your facts. They just don’t care and are taking cheap-shots. Its their game. They do it over and over. They make the same stupid statements and accusations over and over. Just a game…

DIT

June 18th, 2012
9:21 am

Don’t give the negative bloggers on here the time of day.
Stick with the subject at hand.
UGA needs linemen!

bucket

June 18th, 2012
9:23 am

@ kingdaddy – you’re right, but after a week away backpacking through Peru I just couldn’t resist trying to set the record straight before perception becomes reality like it has on another of endless issues regarding UGA.

DawginLex

June 18th, 2012
9:26 am

Glad Tunsil brought momma with him to Athens. They went to UF yesterday but said she liked Georgia better. Distance from home is the biggest threat with Florida. Sounds like a great kid and either school would be lucky to get him.

brick

June 18th, 2012
9:36 am

Smart, I don’t think you made many Dawgs cry, the vast majority look at basketball as something to kill time between football season and spring practice.

kingdaddy

June 18th, 2012
9:45 am

Bucket,
that sounds like an awesome adventure. Peruvians like Dawgs, if you know what I mean, lol… Things still the same here though, if we doñt get a commit from the #1 player in the country, then we failed miserably according to the trolls. Any way they can spin it to make it look bad…

Ramblin Man

June 18th, 2012
9:47 am

Some people worry way to much about stars. If Richt offered the kid I am sure he has potential. If it makes you feel better he will be a three star by weeks end just like the unrated olineman, Brown I think, UGA recruited last year.
Hairy thanks again for showing why both GT and UGA fans think you are stupid.

Blackoutanyone?

June 18th, 2012
9:50 am

Tunsil will come down to UGA and UF. Sounded like he and his mom really enjoyed UGA. If only Richt didn’t have to coach games.

UGA’s only shot with Foster is to promise immediate playing time. I don’t see him flipping.

Blackoutanyone?

June 18th, 2012
9:57 am

Bitter mutt says..”DAWGS WILL DO FINE—THE BIG NEWS ALWAYS COMES IN LATE JAN, EARLY FEB”.

Lol yea never September thru January uh.

NCAA Enforcement Agency

June 18th, 2012
9:57 am

Here is a quick recruiting recap:

Alabama and Auburn boosters give out $50 bills like Chiclets
Florida still believes they can win without Tebow :)
Georgia does things right and their coach actually tells the truth
Georgia Tech recruits kickers and long snappers well
Clemson still has Dabo yet pawns for Danny to quit farming and follow Bama’s lead in passing out $50 bills like Chiclets
South Carolina has hired a maid service for the hotel recruits

We are busy. Please don’t call or e-mail. Driving to Tuscaloosa(again)

sent from my iphone

#wewatchinubouy

RedandBlackDAWG

June 18th, 2012
9:59 am

Ramblin Man,

This kid will prove his worth in his senior year. His potential is pretty high up there.
As a WR, he doesn’t have to be a really tall kid, because once he gets in the open, he is gone and few CB’s will stay with him.
As a DB, he should be able to close on the ball fairly quickly, so he should never really be that far out of position.
If he is on special teams, I would think if you gave him a little open space, he could head down the field fairly quickly.
He will put on some weight and probably another inch in his last year in high school, and once at UGA, I would bet they get him in top physical condition.
He is going to be a real addition to UGA, not only because he really wants to be a DAWG, but also because he has some special skills, with that speed, and he is going to be out to prove the doubters wrong, and the UGA coaches right.

Vampire Bill

June 18th, 2012
10:01 am

I still would like to see more focus on BIG BAD linemen on both sides of the ball. I’m convinced that the reason we cannot hang with Bama and LSU is they both have more talented and better conditioned big uglies in the trenches.

DawginLex

June 18th, 2012
10:02 am

Having a kid who wants to be at UGA who can run the times reported is a welcome addition in my book. The other offers will come. I just hope he remembers his UGA offer was his dream offer and really his 1st bigtime offer

DawginLex

June 18th, 2012
10:06 am

vampire

We have 12 teams to beat before we have to worry about Bama, Lsu or Arkansas

We have 6 OL who are good enough to get it done. 10 others on scholarship of wich probably 5 can contribute in 2012. Theus is now in the mix too.

We gotta win a lot of games to get to Atlanta. If we do that then the OL will have performed well enough to win. If they don’t we won’t be in Atlanta and won’t be playing one of those 3 teams in 2012.

Don’t worry about LSU, Bama or Ark. Worry about Mizzou, UT, SC, UF and Auburn

DIT

June 18th, 2012
10:12 am

Mizzou 1st!
From what I’m hearing the coaches have been pounding 2008 into their heads on what happens when you believe all the hype instead of working hard.
My opinion, Mizzou will be the 1st test mentally on how these kids react to the media & fans expectations. SC will tell us where they are physically, because that is going to be one intense game.