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.
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.
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.
– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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