Archive for July, 2012

Ole Miss revokes scholarship offer to Georgia LB because of knee injury

Ole Miss, under the direction of first-year coach Hugh Freeze, pulled the offer of LB commit Mario Mathis (AP)

Ole Miss, under the direction of first-year coach Hugh Freeze, pulled the scholarship offer of LB commit Mario Mathis (AP)

One of Georgia’s top linebackers had his football scholarship revoked by Ole Miss because “they didn’t like progress of his recovery from knee surgery,” according to his father.

Mario Mathis of Thomasville High School had been committed to Ole Miss for nearly three months. He got a big surprise when he showed at Ole Miss for camp this past weekend.

“They told us he was no longer on the commitment list,” said Mario’s father, David Fletcher told the AJC. “They basically pulled the scholarship offer.”

“It was frustrating for that to happen because we thought we were solid with Ole Miss. Mario loves the place, loves the coaches. We thought it was a done deal. It kind of surprised us. Well, it definitely surprised us. But I know college football is business.”

Mathis tore his ACL before his junior season but played through the pain because it was improperly …

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Florida State hires father of nation’s No. 1 football signee

This kind of slipped under the radar a few weeks ago.

At the beginning of July, the father of the nation’s No. 1 recruit for 2012 was hired by Florida State — the same school where his son signed a football scholarship.

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Defensive end Mario Edwards of Denton, Texas, was ranked No. 1 by ESPN and signed with FSU over Texas and Oklahoma last February.

His father, Mario Sr., was announced as FSU’s director of player development earlier this month.

Naturally, the hiring has created speculation that it was a so-called “package deal.” Is it even legal for a college to hire the father of a recruit?

ESPN’s David Hale wrote about the issue in this article, pointing out “This is something of a gray area according to NCAA rules, which officially forbid any direct or indirect financial aid given to players or their family members, including employment, according to article 13.2 of the NCAA’s Division I football …

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Jordan Davis: UGA beats out Florida Gators for TE

UGA-bound TE Jordan Davis (Photo owned and submitted by Davis family. It was not arranged, publicized or submitted by UGA)

UGA-bound TE Jordan Davis (Photo owned and submitted by Davis family. It was not arranged, publicized or distributed by UGA)

UGA’s coaches were excited when Jordan Davis committed to the Bulldogs on Sunday night.

How excited?

Mark Richt jokingly played it off when the 6-foot-4, 220-pound tight end from Thomson High School called to let him know.

“I told Coach Richt that ‘I want to be a Bulldog,’ and he paused for a second,” Davis said with a laugh. “Then he was like ‘No way, get out of here.’ He told me I made his day.”

Then Davis informed UGA tight ends coach John Lilly, who was desperately seeking a top-tier prospect at the position.

“Coach Lilly was so excited that he said he would do a cartwheel, if he could,” Davis said.

Davis is commitment No. 23 for UGA’s 2013 recruiting class. He was discovered by ESPN’s Kipp Adams, who noticed Davis when he was at a Thomson football game to watch his teammate, John Atkins.

Davis was invited to June’s Mark Richt Camp, where he earned a …

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Peyton Barber: Georgia RB commits to Ole Miss over Arizona State and Clemson

One of Georgia’s top running backs committed to Ole Miss on Sunday.

RB Peyton Barber

RB Peyton Barber

Peyton Barber, a 6-foot, 220-pounder from Milton High School, picked Ole Miss over Arizona State, Clemson, and North Carolina, among others. Barber had an early Georgia Tech offer before the spot was filled by another recruit.

“I think Peyton wanted to play in the SEC – he’s a competitor a lot like Carl Lawson,” Milton coach Howie DeCristofaro told the AJC. “Peyton looked at the depth chart, and there won’t be too many kids in front of him. He also likes what Ole Miss is doing on offense.”

Barber, who flew to Arizona State for an unofficial visit last week, is relatively unknown on the recruiting radar because he missed almost his entire junior season with torn ligaments in his ankle. He will be at 100 percent when Milton begins practice this week.

“He’s a big guy who can run,” DeCristofaro told the AJC. “He has good speed, good moves and good vision. He’s also a great kid with no character …

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Recruiting Diary: Sandy Creek WR Kyle Wilson (Vol. 1)

Some of Atlanta’s college football prospects will be writing a weekly diary for the AJC until February’s signing day. They will be sharing their thoughts, opinions, adventures and perspectives on the recruiting journey.

Kyle Wilson is a wide receiver who transferred to Sandy Creek High School from Alpharetta this summer for his senior year. The 6-foot-3, 180-pounder is still waiting on his first football scholarship offer.

    WR Kyle Wilson transferred to Sandy Creek High School from Alpharetta for his senior season. He is waiting on his first D1 offer

    WR Kyle Wilson transferred to Sandy Creek High School from Alpharetta for his senior season. He is waiting on his first D1 offer

    This summer, I visited several big and small schools like Mississippi State, UGA, UT-Chattanooga, Western Kentucky, Kentucky, Florida State, Central Florida, Indiana, and South Florida.  There are more colleges that are interested now, but we haven’t visited yet.  We plan to visit during the upcoming season.

    The best part of the visits I’d have to say was just being able to get to view the campus from a personal standpoint and ask …

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    Derrick Henry: Will 5-star RB pick Alabama, Tennessee or UGA?

    Bama, Vols or UGA? (247sports)

    Bama, Vols or UGA? (247sports)

    Will 5-star RB Derrick Henry pick Alabama, Tennessee or UGA next month?

    The mega-prospect from Yulee, Fla., has moved up his announcement date, according to multiple media reports. After de-committing from UGA earlier this summer, Henry had said that he planned to make his new decision in December (he’s going to enroll early in college).

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    However, Henry has changed his mind and will announce sometime next month.

    Henry lists Alabama as his leader, Tennessee as his second favorite, and UGA at No. 3, according to First Coast News.

    What about UGA? Henry was committed to UGA for nearly a year before backing away from the decision earlier this summer. It was encouraging for UGA fans when Henry attended this year’s “Dawg Night” prospect camp. However, Henry said afterwards that Alabama was still his leader.

    Which school will Henry pick? Which school needs …

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    Lifelong UGA fan commits to archrival Florida Gators

    Antonio Riles, who was a lifelong UGA fan, committed to archrival Florida on Friday.

    The 6-foot-4, 271-pounder from Archer High School said he picked Florida over UGA, while also considering Clemson and Tennessee among his 13 football scholarship offers.

    “After taking some time and really thinking about everything, I just felt like Florida was the best fit for me,” Riles said.

    Florida-bound DL Antonio Riles of Archer HS (247sports)

    Florida-bound DL Antonio Riles of Archer HS (247sports)

    “My runner-up was definitely Georgia. Georgia was always my first love. But Florida kept on me. I really wasn’t hearing from or having any contact from Georgia. Then I finally saw Florida and it’s a great program. So I pulled the trigger and committed.”

    What happened with UGA? Riles said he last talked to UGA assistants Rodney Garner and Bryan McClendon at a team camp in early June. At that time, Riles said he was on the brink of committing to the Bulldogs.

    “I was digging everything about Georgia,” he said.

    Riles said he left messages for UGA’s …

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    4-star DE has FSU and Vandy as finalists after not hearing from UGA

    DE Davin Bellamy is one of Georgia's leaders in scholarship offers with 31

    DE Davin Bellamy is one of Georgia's leaders in scholarship offers with 31

    One of the state’s most-heavily recruited prospects will decide between Florida State and Vanderbilt at the beginning of August.

    And UGA would’ve been the third finalist had they stayed in pursuit, according to Chamblee High School defensive end Davin Bellamy.

    “Definitely, definitely, Georgia would’ve been in there,” Bellamy told the AJC. “Georgia has a great tradition and a great program that speaks for itself, and it’s not far from home. That defensive scheme fits me perfectly. If Jarvis Jones can get 13.5 sacks in that scheme, I feel like I could’ve gotten 15.”

    So what happened with UGA? Bellamy has assumed that the Bulldogs are no longer interested because he hasn’t heard from them since the week before “Dawg Night” prospect camp, when he told them he couldn’t make it because he was supposed to take a recruiting trip to Vanderbilt.

    “Georgia kind of lost contact with me,” he said. “I think they had …

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    Georgia QB will stay at Penn State

    Penn State’s only football signee from the state of Georgia for 2012, QB Steven Bench, has bypassed on the NCAA transfer option and will stick with the Nittany Lions.

    The freshman quarterback from Cairo High School revealed the news on his Facebook page on Wednesday:

    I have decided to stay at Penn State. I promise this team is special and will SHOCK THE WORLD over the next 4 years. #WeAre #PennState

    When asked for his reasons for being loyal to Penn State, Bench told the AJC in a text message, “Since I’m staying at Penn State, freshmen can’t talk to the media. Sorry.”

    Bench was one of the last additions to Penn State’s 2012 class. He didn’t really draw serious interest from college scouts until after his senior season at Cairo. Bench initially pledged to Rice University and then flipped to Penn State a week before signing day after a late scholarship offer.

    Bench’s transfer options were unknown.

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    INSIDER: Clemson goes from worst-to-first with Georgia recruiting

    Last year, no out-of-state school recruited the state of Georgia worse than Clemson.

    This year, no school is recruiting the state better than the Tigers.

    One year after pitching a shutout, Clemson has seven Georgia commitments (and counting), including the grand prize, Grayson defensive end Robert Nkemdiche, the nation’s No. 1 overall prospect.

    Should we go ahead and award Clemson as "best out-of-state school to recruit Georgia in 2013?" (AP)

    Should we go ahead and award Clemson as "best out-of-state school to recruit Georgia in 2013?" (AP)

    “Clemson has traditionally recruited the state of Georgia very well, and last year they just missed out,” Scout.com’s Chad Simmons said. “But obviously Clemson has come back much more aggressively this year. They’re getting back to what they want to do – and that’s recruit strongly in the state of Georgia.”

    No name speaks louder than Nkemdiche. But there’s more than just the 5-star. Elbert County High School’s Tyshon Dye is one of the Southeast’s top running backs, while Lassiter High School’s Ryan Jenkins and Peach County High …

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