UGA and Georgia Tech make the cut for 4-star defensive lineman

Georgia Tech and UGA made the cut for Jay Woods (AJC)

Georgia Tech and UGA made the cut for Jay Woods (AJC)

UGA and Georgia Tech have made the shortlist for one of the state’s top defensive linemen, Jay Woods.

The 6-foot-2, 278-pounder from Jackson High School cut down from 11 to 6 schools on Tuesday. Along with the in-state rivals, also advancing to the next round were Clemson, Vanderbilt, Missouri and Kentucky.

  • Woods on UGA: “I love their defensive scheme, everything they run. Coach McClendon has been recruiting me hard. I just feel like I fit in their defensive scheme as a three-technique defensive end. That would be all right for me. Another thing they have is my major with the School of Pharmacy.”
  • On Georgia Tech: “I’ve been to Georgia Tech around seven times. The visits … I love the atmosphere and the environment. When I talk to Coach McCollum, he would be a good guy to play for if I came there. He told me he sees me mostly as a noseguard if I came there.”
  • On Vanderbilt: “I just love the university and the city of Nashville. The whole coaching staff, not just the head coach [James Franklin], showed me around the whole school.”
  • On Clemson: “I just enjoyed my visit. The campus was good, the coaches treated me well, and they have my major.”
  • On Missouri: “I was there for the spring game … I love the coaches and academic side of things.”
  • On Kentucky: “I went up there for a visit, and everything about Lexington, when you first walk in it, was wonderful. The coaches send me a postcard every few days so that tells me I’m big in their books. I sat down with [Joker Phillips] and he feels like I can come in there as a freshman and make an impact.”

What’s next for Jay Woods? He will make unofficial or official visits to each school during the season. He has not set a decision date. “Just whenever it feels right.”

NOTES

One of UGA’s top targets at safety, Paris Bostick, decided to delay his college announcement on Tuesday. The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder has narrowed down to UGA and Arkansas. He attends Tampa (Fla.) Plant High School, the alma mater of UGA QB Aaron Murray and former TE Orson Charles. Bostick was one of the stars of last week’s “Dawg Night” prospect camp.

UGA has offered a football scholarship to Herschel Walker’s nephew, Milan Richard, according to ESPN’s Radi Nabulsi. The 6-foot-2, 230-pound tight end is a rising junior from Savannah’s Calvary Day. His mother was an All-American in track at UGA.

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Rick James

July 18th, 2012
1:33 pm

@Supersize that order, mutt

already emailed this link to some of you whom I know, but if you want to read what a REAL UGA fan has to say about players who get in trouble, check this link out

This response to Cornelius Washington’s inane post was made by an obviously intelligent man and should serve as a model to many of the UGA fans who post on these blogs. And it should also serve as an example to fans of any school whose players think they are free to do any damn thing they want to.
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This is why I want to see Tech have a top 10 program..Maybe then it’s fans can look forward to upcoming seasons instead of constantly pointing out whats wrong with Georgia..Burning down the house next door(or in Athens) does not make yours look any better..When Tech starts beating Georgia I think then you can tell us how to solve our problems.Until then maybe you should focus on your own.Envy is the ulcer of the soul..

Supersize that order, mutt

July 18th, 2012
1:36 pm

@ Rick James……I’m not exactly sure what your intent was in your response to the link I posted. I think the UGA fan who posted that response to Cornelius Washington is to be commended. And I think what he said holds true for any player at any school in the country. I wasn’t trying to tell anybody how to solve their problems; I was merely posting a very intelligent remark made by an objective UGA fan.

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

July 18th, 2012
1:41 pm

Why did the UGa cheerleader dating David Scully(the Tech kicker) transfer to TECH from UGa? Because she learned she had a better chance to advance her college and professional career at Tech and at UGa. this young man could do the same, but again a STARTING Football Player(other than Specialists) almost never take HARD majors.
I will say Sean bedford was an exception, but he was a walk-on and worked his way to starting as a Junior. Sean is not at UF getting his Law Degree.

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

July 18th, 2012
1:42 pm

Sorry is NOW at UF getting his Law Degree.

Dawglasville

July 18th, 2012
1:50 pm

Will someone please tell me what Quincy Carter was going to major in at Tech? What did John Dewberry major in at Tech after he drank his way out of UGA? What did Tyrone Sorrell’s major in at Tech after he failed out of Georgia? You guys love to use the term “kool aid drinkers” but it sounds to me like you jolly good fellows have all been into the clear whiskey.

Good luck to the kid. Both UGA and Tech would serve him well, both academically and in football. Just stay in state kid.

RxDawg

July 18th, 2012
1:54 pm

“By the way, you don’t go to Pharmacy school until you have a bachelor’s degree. ”

That’s incorrect for the majority of pharmacy schools. It varies from school to school, but most have a prerequesite curriculum that usually takes 2 years at the least to complete. Then you can begin to apply to pharmacy schools. Now, the pharmacy programs have something like 10 applicants to every 1 spot. So having a degree will benefit you compared to the applicants that don’t.

But in regards to Mr. Jay Woods, he could attend UGA (on scholarship) and get the prerequisites out of the way. Around his 3rd year he could apply to the pharmacy school and attend using his football scholarship. Now, after his 5 years of eligibility are up I’m not sure what happens scholarship wise. So if everything worked out for him, he might have to get student loans for his final year in pharmacy school.

We actually have football players now, good ones too, that graduated early and are entering masters programs using thier football scholarship to pay the way. That’s what I like to call good work ethic right there.

Supersize that order, mutt

July 18th, 2012
1:58 pm

@ Dawglesville……regarding Dewberry, read the following —–

Dewberry spent the early years of his life in Virginia before his family moved to Boston and finally Roswell, a northern suburb of Atlanta. He starred at Milton High School in the early 80’s both on the field and in the classroom, drawing the interest of several schools including Georgia Tech.

Note that he made academic all-ACC after his initial struggles at Tech

“I didn’t really grow up as a Tech fan, but Coach [Bill] Curry and I enjoyed a nice recruiting experience,” he recalled. “My father really liked him. Behind the scenes, he was trying to tell Georgia Tech how to recruit me, because he wanted me to go there. He knew it would change my life, and he was right.”

However, the younger Dewberry thought life would be easier at the University of Georgia “handing off to Herschel,” so he accepted a scholarship and headed to Athens. After just one season, he realized it wasn’t the right fit for him.

“I wasn’t happy and I wasn’t developing athletically or academically, but it wasn’t anyone’s fault but my own,” he said. “I needed a change and a new opportunity. I genuinely believe God wanted me to walk that path that led me to Georgia Tech.”

Few, if any, high-profile athletes have transferred from one archrival to the other, and the move created controversy within both fan bases. After sitting out a season per NCAA rules, Dewberry got a chance to answer his critics on the field in 1983.

Though undersized at his position, Dewberry always exceeded expectations on the field. He was a prototypical “gamer,” playing mediocre in practice but spectacular on gamedays.

“I was fortunate to play with the guys I played with,” he said. “Credit Coach Curry for putting together a group that cared about each other.

“We weren’t the best players that ever stepped on the field, but I thought I was, and I had the rest of them convinced they were too. We played like it on Saturdays. We played with a swagger. We fought together, and we won together a lot.”

There were memorable victories over Georgia, Alabama, Clemson and North Carolina, among others. However, his career ended on a sour note when Curry suspended him on the eve of the All-American Bowl for a rules violation.

Despite playing only three seasons, Dewberry’s name is peppered throughout the Tech record books. He was All-ACC in 1984 when he led the conference in total offense, and he still ranks fifth all-time in school history in total offense and passing yardage.

Like most Tech students, Dewberry found the academic side of life difficult. He remembers the shock of getting his first D on a test, but he soon adjusted and became at two-time All-ACC Academic team member.

“The academic experience was life-changing,” he said. “I like a challenge. I like the journey of difficult tasks. It was hard, but it made me a better person, a better man, a better teammate and a better friend. I think that’s true for a lot of folks.”

After graduating with a degree in Management in 1986, Dewberry headed north to the Canadian Football League. After a short, injury-plagued stint with Calgary, he retired from football and focused on career in finance and real estate. Another Tech quarterback-turned-developer, Kim King, took Dewberry under his wing.

In 1989, he formed his own company, Dewberry Capital Corporation, and he has built it into one of top firms in the southeast. The company is involved with many of Atlanta’s premier development projects, and Dewberry has been recognized over and over as one of the city’s leading businessmen.

Through the years, Dewberry has been an ardent Georgia Tech supporter, attending many games. He’s a Life Member of the Alexander-Tharpe Fund, and he is a member of the Alumni Association’s board of trustees. Additionally, he has his own foundation that supports youth education initiatives.

He’s accomplished more than most people do in a lifetime, and sitting in his corner office overlooking Peachtree Street, Dewberry is quite content and has few regrets. It’s been 18 years since his career ended, but he still gets plenty of comments about his time at Georgia Tech.

Note that he was academic all-ACC at Tech

GTBob

July 18th, 2012
1:59 pm

If a recruit visits Tech and expresses in interest in the school and your coach does not have the people or closing skills to sign him then yes he let him get away..

In other words, if GT doesn’t get every kid that they go after then CPJ is a recruiting failure? Those are pretty reasonable standards.

harold

July 18th, 2012
2:05 pm

WHY SIT ON THE BENCH AT UGA?

VANDY IS CLEARLY THE BEST SCHOOL AND NASHVILLE THE BEST CITY IN THE SEC.

HE WOULD START AT VANDY AND THE OTHER SCHOOLS.

Supersize that order, mutt

July 18th, 2012
2:05 pm

RxDawg, the same path could be followed if he went to Tech, except that he wouldn’t be able to enter pharmacy school after his 3rd year, since there isn’t one at Tech. But I would imagine the probability of him doing that in Athens would be rather slim too unless he is one helluva student.

Supersize that order, mutt

July 18th, 2012
2:14 pm

Regarding Tyrone Sorrells, consider the following —-

He played for Buford and signed with UGA. They had him in their pre-Jan Kemp “Developmental Studies” program and when he wanted to get out and into the mainstream curriculum (his grades were fine) the coaching staff made him stay in DS with the idiots. So, he transferred…..in good academic standing.

Looks like it’s a myth that he flunked out of UGA. I couldn’t find what he majored in at Tech though

AlabamaRamblinwreck

July 18th, 2012
2:16 pm

These kids (in general) are NOT going to a Pharmacy School, and they will be majoring in something OTHER than pharmacy for their first 4 years.

I really feel sorry for the youth of this country. Most of them have no idea how it all works ’cause the public education system is failing them miserably. Also, very few of them have family members that really understand how any of this works, so they are left with whatever CRAP they get fed on recruiting visits.

Dawglasville

July 18th, 2012
2:18 pm

Supersize – Well, since Dewberry gave props to the Lord, I’ll stop knocking the guy. I believe it was a Farve type situation. I’ll take my dislike for Dewberry and put it all on Godsey. And the other guys? QC? Sorrells? You get the point.

Dawglasville

July 18th, 2012
2:23 pm

Well it’s the myths that help us sleep at night.

If I’m wrong, I’m wrong. I would like to know the source on Sorrells. Since the source said that Sorrells was in the class with “idiots” it doesn’t sound very nuetral.

Supersize that order, mutt

July 18th, 2012
2:24 pm

Dawglasville, Dewberry obviously had his moments of acting like the kid that he was, but he sure got the job done against UGA while at Tech, and he apparently grew up to be a fine man. Why do you dislike Godsey though? I didn’t remember that Tech recruited QC, so I I have no idea what he would have majored in at Tech. I can’t find a major for Sorrells, but read what I posted at 2:14PM. I know he didn’t have a good rep, but having found what I pasted in that 2:14 post, I’m wondering how much of that rep was valid. Honestly, I have no idea.

UGA would be pleased to have you enter the family

July 18th, 2012
2:27 pm

Young Mr. Woods sounds like he has his head on straight. He is approaching college for academics with his skills as a football player paying the way. Congratulations! Success in both areas are achievable and should be strived for by every student athlete.

G-Dawg

July 18th, 2012
2:36 pm

Again, talking academics on a football blog. Pretty much self explanatory why we all dont get along. Some ppl cant stay on topic.

?

July 18th, 2012
2:38 pm

problem?

July 18th, 2012
2:41 pm

what’s up carville?

GTBob

July 18th, 2012
2:42 pm

Again, talking academics on a football blog. Pretty much self explanatory why we all dont get along. Some ppl cant stay on topic.

Its not a football blog, its a recruiting blog. I know its a shock, but sometimes academics play a role in recruiting.

don't be that guy

July 18th, 2012
2:43 pm

Clemrock players get used to wearing orange jumpsuits.

Dawglasville

July 18th, 2012
2:59 pm

Super – Godsey, that is real simple. Any time you get your picture in the paper with a piece of the hedge you are going to be hated by a Georgia fan. Even a rational one like me. I’m sure he is a good guy, just can’t burn that image out of my head.

Dawglasville

July 18th, 2012
3:03 pm

Super – Tech had QC. I don’t know if it was verbal or on paper. He decided to play baseball, I think it was with the Blue Jays. He then decided to go to UGA. Tech people were pretty pissed. QC was (is) a head case but he did win some pretty big games. I don’t hate him like a lot of fans do.

Supersize that order, mutt

July 18th, 2012
3:08 pm

Dawglesville, I don’t remember a picture of Godsey with a piece of the hedge, but I DO remember a pic of Dewberry and Curry leaving the field arm-in-arm, and Dewberry had a piece of the hedge in his teeth. In fact, I still have that picture somewhere in my stacks of memorabilia.

DIT

July 18th, 2012
3:35 pm

@Dawglasville

John Dewberry is a very intelligent person. I went to HS with him. He was no slouch in the class room. Plus, he has built pretty good empire in Real Estate. I’m a Dawg through and through, but please don’t put John in the same category as Quincy Carter.

Gorilla Biscuit

July 18th, 2012
3:35 pm

I remember Ben Jones with a square of sod in his mouth after the Dawgs stomped a mudhole in the middle of Grant Field. :)

Supersize that order, mutt

July 18th, 2012
3:36 pm

Gorilla, I don’t even remember Ben Jones……LOL

There’s a big difference between sod at Grant Field and the “hallowed” hedges of Sanford Stadium though. I doubt any Tech fans gave a rip about the sod, but I KNOW you UGA fans revere that hedge.

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

July 18th, 2012
3:53 pm

Dawglasville
July 18th, 2012
1:50 pm

Will someone please tell me what Quincy Carter was going to major in at Tech?
________________________________________________
Haha you think that is why he went to Pro baseball? Do you think that is WHY he chose UGa after playing Pro Baseball?

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

July 18th, 2012
3:57 pm

dWagLesstown…………..Despite playing only three seasons, Dewberry’s name is peppered throughout the Tech record books. He was All-ACC in 1984 when he led the conference in total offense, and he still ranks fifth all-time in school history in total offense and passing yardage.

Like most Tech students, Dewberry found the academic side of life difficult. He remembers the shock of getting his first D on a test, but he soon adjusted and became at two-time All-ACC Academic team member.

“The academic experience was life-changing,” he said. “I like a challenge. I like the journey of difficult tasks. It was hard, but it made me a better person, a better man, a better teammate and a better friend. I think that’s true for a lot of folks.”

After graduating with a degree in Management in 1986,
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FL Dawg

July 18th, 2012
4:00 pm

Hollywood,

A couple of things, no one cares who Auburn just received a commitment from because this is a UGA RECRUITING BLOG!!!! Also, Tray Matthews or not, you guys have a lot to prove this year on the field. Two in a row is looking pretty good for my DAWGS if you catch my drift.

Oh and one last thing….45-7

GOOO DAWGS!

Supersize that order, mutt

July 18th, 2012
4:00 pm

SMART, it looks like you cut and pasted from the same link I did. LOL

Supersize that order, mutt

July 18th, 2012
4:02 pm

FL Dawg…..it is NOT a UGA recruiting blog. It is an AJC recruiting blog that just happens to have recruiting info about both Tech and UGA. However, you are correct on one count, it is NOT an Auburn recruiting blog

dawgster

July 18th, 2012
4:03 pm

Good grief.. I thought this was a football blog to discuss recruiting…amazing all the childish behavior from people on here no matter who you support…talk about football and the upcoming.g season, recruiting, but enough of the constant insults about other programs…

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

July 18th, 2012
4:04 pm

Q Carter NEVER signed a LOI with GT. He was NEVER Accepted at GT. Q. Carter was recruited by GT.

Supersize that order, mutt

July 18th, 2012
4:05 pm

@ dawgster, actually for the most part, it’s been friendly banter today, rather than insults. Dawglasville posed some interesting questions and was open to an honest exchange of opinions. Your point is well made, but it really has been pretty much fun back-and-forth’s today

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

July 18th, 2012
4:06 pm

Super I have been grocery shopping so I just read what was still posted. I didn’t see your post before I posted. :)

FL Dawg

July 18th, 2012
4:08 pm

Supersize,

Whatever, you get the point. I just can stand when fans from schools other than the UGA come on this “AJC recruiting blog”, that posts primarily about UGA or Tech(call it what you want), to tell us of a commit that they recently received….Who cares?!?!

chaz

July 18th, 2012
4:10 pm

WE NEED AT LEAST 3 MORE OFENSIVE LINEMAN or else the class will not be a success.

Leave the peach state

July 18th, 2012
4:11 pm

Go to Lexington young man. You will play a lot as true freshman. Also if you go to UGA your chances of getting arrested are pretty good. If you go Tech chances are your going to get robbed at gun point are pretty good. Or go to Vandy.

Supersize that order, mutt

July 18th, 2012
4:12 pm

@ FL Dawg…….I can’t disagree with you there. WOW, who’d a thunk it? A Dawg and a Jacket agreeing on something. LOL

GT Lee

July 18th, 2012
4:27 pm

Dawglasville

July 18th, 2012
4:34 pm

SMART – I’m smart enough to not to correct a man like yourself, so I will let Wikipedia do it:

Carter originally signed a football letter of intent with Georgia Tech in 1996, but opted instead to play minor league baseball after being drafted by the Chicago Cubs as an outfielder 52nd overall in the 1996 amateur draft.

With the Gulf Coast Cubs of the rookie league in 1997, Carter played in 55 games and hit .215 The following year, he was promoted to the Rockford Cubbies of Single-A and hit .211 in 105 games. He appeared in 28 games for Rockford in 1998, hitting .248 in 27 games. His final year in 1999, he went 0-for-3 in one game for the Daytona Cubs of Advanced A ball.

My point is this: We recruit a lot of the same kids. If they go to UGA they are idiots. If they go to Tech they are brainiacs. UGA fans are accused of doing the same things with kids and their talent level. We get them, they will be in the Hall. If we don’t, they suck. Clever thing you did with my blog name. You truly are A person SMART enough to know.

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

July 18th, 2012
4:46 pm

NO we don’t recruit A LOT of the same kids but yes we do recruit many of the same kids.

So Q Carter signed the LOI? I didn’t know that because he signed the Baseball contract real fast. I still don’t think Q Carter would have been accepted in TECH(unless a Special Admit that UGa lives on) if he waited to get clearance from Tech’s Admissions office.

kingdaddy

July 18th, 2012
4:47 pm

Smart
what did you buy, a new pair of gloves so you can have some strange tonight???

kingdaddy

July 18th, 2012
4:49 pm

No OLs yet???

Supersize that order, mutt

July 18th, 2012
5:03 pm

@ GT Lee…..that sounds like a good hire for the baseball team

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

July 18th, 2012
5:12 pm

KingDaddy….no Gloves but I did see a nice Salmon Filet. :)

BS Patrol

July 18th, 2012
5:15 pm

It begins with some doggie taking a cheap shot @ Tech academics. Smart Enough and Supersize blew all that BS out of the water. GTBob too.

kingdaddy

July 18th, 2012
5:28 pm

bspetrol
Your 5:15 is funny. Don’t know what time you started reading todays blog, but it took two to tango. Don’t be a hypocrite…
Smartacus, try apple pie, saw it on a nerd movie…very funny…

dingkaddy

July 18th, 2012
5:31 pm

the biggest hypocrites reside in Athens