Georgia State picks up first 2013 commit … again

No. 1 recruit Devonte Washington

No. 1 recruit Devonte Washington

One day after Georgia State lost its first commitment for 2013, another recruit claimed the honor.

Devonte Washington of Jacksonville, Fla., committed to Georgia State over Iowa State and Florida Atlantic on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound wide receiver is Georgia State’s first commitment for this year’s class and he didn’t even realize it until he was informed by a reporter.

“No sir, I wasn’t aware of that but it feels good,” Washington told the AJC. “Well, it’s not really a big deal because I already had my mind up that I was committing to Georgia State today. That’s why I got here early.”

On Tuesday, Washington made his first-ever trip to Georgia State. He had been to Atlanta before, even visiting Georgia Tech, which had showed some interest but has yet to offer. Washington said he missed out on the opportunity to meet with Georgia State coach Bill Curry because he was out of the office but went ahead committed to a couple of assistants.

“I always knew I was going to Georgia State … I just like the city, it’s a nice school, and the academics are pretty good,” Washington said. “They are the first school that showed me a lot of love. I love Atlanta; there are a lot of opportunities here.”

Last year as a junior, Washington caught 22 passes, including three for touchdowns.

Originally, QB DJ Juste was Georgia State’s first 2013 recruit but he de-committed two days later on Monday.

– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog

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19 comments Add your comment

Blake R

June 19th, 2012
10:02 pm

Great article Chip! You’re a hero!

Blake R

June 19th, 2012
10:05 pm

The writer of this article looks like Pat Benatar

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

June 19th, 2012
10:08 pm

FINALLY…………..now maybe you guys can talk crap on the recruiting blogs.

Intersting

June 19th, 2012
10:09 pm

He ill end up some where else if he has a good senior year.

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

June 19th, 2012
10:09 pm

GStateBen where are YOU?

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

June 19th, 2012
10:12 pm

Nice Get GaState………..keep then coming.

I May be wrong, but.....

June 19th, 2012
10:17 pm

If some dudes from around the state, not even super great dudes, just solid football players that are in the Div I scholarship picture, were to get together and commit to GSU, it would be an immediate opportunity to play for a great school, with a great, trustworthy coach, and they would be playing a totally do-able schedule. Of course thats all easier said than done, but seriously, some of these players that can’t quite get to that SEC or ACC level, should head to Georgia State.

Wiseone

June 19th, 2012
10:52 pm

You are not wrong. Georgia State is positioned to become the Boise St. Of the South!

spider

June 19th, 2012
11:26 pm

wow boise state, now your talking, i could handle being the boise st of the south.

North Ave trade school

June 20th, 2012
2:01 am

When does the North Ave trade school play Georgia State University ? I would love to see the 2 play every season, and replace the game then with UGA, so we don’t have to play them any longer. This is a far better game, only the North Ave trade school isn’t about to play them for that very reason.

QUOTE:
A person SMART enough to know……
June 19th, 2012
10:09 am

“I said Tech PLAYERS in the NFL. I didn’t say Ex tech Players PLAYING in the NFL.”
END QUOTE

You also, sir, did not say anything about how many of the Ex North Ave trade school players, actually graduated – since it is a sickly number of them, far less than half of all North Ave trade school players actually graduate from there with a degree. You know, of course, that that is the objective of giving them a scholarship – that they actually graduate. Even adding in coaches in the profession, your trade school has not even half as many in the NFL as UGA has players in the NFL. In fact, UGA is now well over one billion dollars for the aggregate of the current NFL contracts signed by Bulldog football players in the NFL. Why don’t you talk some more about your really smart football players who number less than half of the former Bulldogs’ in the NFL who made it to the NFL today. Way less than half of all the former North Ave trade school football players graduate with a degree. No wonder you don’t talk about that. Oh, yeah, they’re really smart, unable to win any major bowl game in over 50 years, and who cannot beat UGA, nor graduate from college – with way more than half of all North Ave trade school scholarship football players, college drop-outs.

Recruiting analysis

June 20th, 2012
2:39 am

If you look at the serious shortfall 71 scholarships 2012 for UGA of the 85 allotted by the NCAA, you see that we can over-sign a very large number, even with the 4 walk-ons given scholarship because of our attrition.

http://www.shakinthesouthland.com/2012/4/19/2944752/2008-to-2012-recruiting-cycles-clemson-others-select-sec-teams-fsu

These charts show that UGA has an average rank of 3.65 for our recruiting classes over the years, and compares that to all the competitors in the area : AL, LSU, AU, South Carolina, FSU etc.

What it does not show is that this year’s class is an anomaly at 3.11 avg recruit ranking of the commitments for 2013 with more than half our class cemented already. We’re filling up numbers, and it is not a pretty picture. Please click the link.

fan

June 20th, 2012
3:24 am

Maybe a fan thinks it is best to present only the positive. Honest, sincere, genuine, consistent, reality not fluff, and telling it straight is what I wish to be known for. If you’re honest about it, we haven’t beat the top teams, and there are reasons for it. The recruits know this. You’re not fooling them, not with as many influences as they have on this most important decision any of the youngsters have ever made.

We have a wonderful campus, top-notch degree, top-half dozen stadium, huge advantages for the quality of our life and education and sharing among us on campus, and billions of dollars for the recruits to enjoy the fruits of annually here at UGA.

You’re going to graduate, if you come here to UGA to play football. You’re going to be Drafted by the NFL and make millions, if you come here to UGA to play football. If you’re in-state, you know you have competed against the best, and if you win here, you’re going to play the top football teams in the nation – twice more at the end of the season on top of the teams on our regular seasons’ schedule.

This is a fun place to go to college. You’ll love it.

You will be followed and scrutinized, nationally. The World-Class city of Atlanta, alone, will bring you great notoriety for individual awards, if you win here. If you are a trouble-maker, I believe you know you will not get away with it here. This is an UGA policy, not a coach’s decision on discipline.

Yes, we have great loss of signees here; and, yes, we’ve been losing to the top teams. We have a really nice guy as our head coach, and everyone loves the gentleman. We have areas for improvement, unless of course, you’re satisfied being barely even in the top 25 for our won/lost record these current half-dozen years. It’s been on-going. Suspensions, losses to top teams, and players kicked out of the program or encouraged to leave, not the UGA way.

We should be hungry.

We certainly are not where we need to be. The top recruits are speaking to us. The question is, are we listening ? Or, are we trying to fluff over the facts that we aren’t beating the top teams, aren’t recruiting the top recruits 2013 for the 1st time in Mark Richt’s career here so-far with more than half of the recruiting class decided already – way down in average recruit rank, and we face – since we delayed the announcement per Greg McGarity until just before the season starts 2 months from now – a host of suspensions again for this season including some that are going to be long-lasting suspensions. That makes that current news 2 months from now when it finally is ok to tell us who all the players are who are going to be suspended.

That is at the same time, we are going to find because of our 12 regular seasons’ games against 1 team South Carolina who made any top 25 poll, that the polls are going to look at our schedule as we do, and say that we’re going to be the better team than the ones we play. Well, 11 of them are light-weights since I certainly don’t have the expectation that my team # 11 all-time in wins is going to lose to every top 10 team, every top 25 team, and even every SEC team with a winning SEC record.

With 12 seniors who have or will have started for us on defense 2012, we certainly have a 1-year window for the offense and special teams to get fixed.

We need some recruits, some top talent to come in and join this class 2013.

The truth is that I fear that the staff, administration, and some very vocal minority of us as fans, are not being genuine because they feel that it is their job as fan to make flimsy excuses for everything, like the top college football players of 2013 will not find out that we’re not beating the top teams, not getting the top recruits all of a sudden 2013 so-far to-date half done and half-baked, and that the root cause of all of this is not the 38 attrition 2012 already, but the fans who think it best to act like everything is great.

It’s not great. Isn’t that how it is fixed ? Are you really satisfied with Aaron Murray’s career running up stats throwing 5 touchdown passes against Louisiana Lafayette ? Are you really satisfied finally getting ranked in the top 25 as the # 5 team in our own conference ? And, now # 6 of SEC teams in won/lost after 2005 ? Do you seriously, really, believe the top recruits will not find it out if you don’t say it here, where we can discuss this rationally ?

Good Lord.

bitter coach grantham

June 20th, 2012
6:30 am

————————OK

wow

June 20th, 2012
8:46 am

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

June 20th, 2012
9:40 am

north avenue trade school…………Nice job of selective quoting. You totally took that out of context and didn’t include the whole Quote.

GaState……graduates football players?
Name all the GaState football player graduates? Name the Long list of GaState NFL players!
Don’t name the tech transfers as GaState Graduates either. They both Graduated from Tech then attended GaState as grad students to finish their eligibility.

Junior

June 20th, 2012
1:35 pm

We have been playing football for two seasons and we already have 2 nfl players. Jake Muasau and Christo Bilukidi. We’re just getting started!

GStateBen

June 20th, 2012
3:01 pm

Thanks Michael! Welcome to the #PantherFamily Devonte!

BLT

June 20th, 2012
5:22 pm

The first two post are a hoot!

STATEment

June 28th, 2012
9:06 pm

Welcome to GSTATE!