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.”


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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July 18th, 2012
1:01 am

Would be awesome if we round out our recruiting class with Jay Woods. We need quality bodies along the D-Line and he fits the bill perfectly.


July 18th, 2012
1:02 am

Is this thing on


July 18th, 2012
1:03 am

Agree SoCal. We need DL like no other spot, I believe.

Dawg Fan

July 18th, 2012
1:11 am

Jay Woods and UGA would be a great fit. I hope to see him Between the Hedges wearing the Red & Black.

He fits perfectly with the Dawgs defensive scheme and he can earn a degree in Pharmacy.


July 18th, 2012
1:19 am

Sounds like he is a leaning more towards UGA than Tech. UGA has one of the best Pharmacy Schools. If you were holding an offer from UGA and Tech that is a no brainer.


July 18th, 2012
1:24 am

Bostick narrowed his choice between UGA and Arkansas. That one surprised me because you couldn’t pick two school that were any more opposite in everything from make up of the student body to the player emphasis on the football team. Arkansas is more big -12 type team , more wide open offense and Georgia is very conservative.
Must be something else like Bostick have relatives that live in Arkansas.


July 18th, 2012
1:31 am

I have a lot of friends that are now pharmacist that went to Georgia . Even though my degree is business, I did all my studying at the Pharmacy library because it was so quite and easy to get there. One of the best Schools or Departments at Georgia. Woods will love it at Georgia if he chooses them because of the Pharmacy major.

Gman 84

July 18th, 2012
1:46 am

Offensive Linemen????


July 18th, 2012
2:20 am

Bostick has already chosen UGA. He had personal matters that kept him from announcing today.

Hairy Dawg

July 18th, 2012
3:07 am

CTG could really develop a player like Jay Woods and help him get to the next level. Not to mention UGA has one of the top Pharmacy Schools in the country.

I hope to see him playing for the Dawgs.

Mountain Dawg

July 18th, 2012
3:24 am

Relax. They’re both All Dawg!

Crimson Crush

July 18th, 2012
3:32 am

Nice to see Lasso stays caught up on his reading assignments at 24/7 :-)

Score Check

July 18th, 2012
3:42 am

Coach Sick Satan = SCUM
Coach Sick Satan = SCUM
Coach Sick Satan = SCUM

Tweak your knee and he leaves you twisting in the wind

Dr. Dawg

July 18th, 2012
6:04 am

Not enough @$$ to play nose in a 3-4. He’d be more miserable than D. Tyson doing the same. This kid is all 3 technique. I am writing an Rx for Grantham-Garner.


July 18th, 2012
6:14 am

UGA already has two DT’s that have given their verbal, so if he decides to go to UGA, they should be set for a couple of years. Coach Grantham likes to move the big guys around so they are familiar with the three line positions. I would be surprised to see one of the three move to DE or NT, if they can put on the weight needed for the NT position. I think the young man is wise to hold up on his verbal until he sees how the position strength ends up for teams. Clemson and UGA are both vying for M. Adams and his commitment could change things around a lot.


July 18th, 2012
6:19 am

at 6:14
Wouldn’t be surprised versus would be surprised. Moose Johnson is already 313 pounds and is 6′3″. Mayes is a JUCO, so he already has a head start at tackle.

Jacket Man

July 18th, 2012
6:20 am

Jay’s teammate, Justin Atkins, has already committed to Tech, but I can’t say one way or another whether that will help with the Jackets or not. My understanding that Clemson has backed off of Jay since they’ve pretty much locked down their D-Line commitments (I think everyone knows why I’m saying this, and if you don’t just look at the recent “surprise” announcement from Atlanta a few weeks back). There’s some question to me about whether Missouri will be too far away from home to play or not, but that’s just a personal guess. Kentucky is an enigma; almost like trying to hug Jell-o, I don’t have a clue why he’s considering them. If Jay’s really interested in Pharmacy School, and UGA has an opening and wants him, then he needs to pull the trigger now before the Bulldogs fill up all their slots because that will be the best place for him, in my humble opinion.

Destin Dawg

July 18th, 2012
6:32 am

UGA a perfect fit for Jay.. Grantham’s junkyard Dawg defense.. and a degree in Pharmacy.. Dawgs will win the SEC this year and have a huge recruiting class.. set for next couple years.. 6 weeks.. can’t wait !!


July 18th, 2012
6:44 am

Even with the 10-15 pounds that the training table and workout room can put on Jay, I don’t see him as a space-eating 4-technique player. Early playing opportunities might be the deciding factor, particularly given the openings at Tech and the already strong D-line recruiting at UGA.


July 18th, 2012
6:45 am

Come to UGA and be an All-American. Get your degree and make your state proud. Wear the Red And Black in front of 90,000 screaming fans. Where ever you go son, I wish you good luck, good life and much happiness…


July 18th, 2012
6:48 am

Bostick will fit right in at saftey on one of the premier Defenses in the country. This young man is all Dawg…


July 18th, 2012
6:49 am

Milan Richard
Your family awaits at UGA…


July 18th, 2012
7:05 am

Rufgss, Ruffs. hims comess to Ugas. Wes can uses hims phamacies and ritings telents. Godes Dagess.

AAAAA Athens Bail Bonds R Us

July 18th, 2012
7:07 am

Any more UGA players arrested today?

bitter troll

July 18th, 2012
7:20 am

hershal’s nephew———————-try to live up to that———impossible

———take a long look at vandy——————–just saying, who could live up to H.W rep


July 18th, 2012
7:23 am

We have GOT to get at least 3 more OL in this class. This is a big number class and 3 OL is unacceptable. We only have 6 slots or so left, and Richt scares me wanting more WR’s,DB’s etc.
Running the ball wins big games in the SEC. We haven’t done it well in 3 years.


July 18th, 2012
7:29 am

has jay scheduled a decision presser yet to make the final announcement or cutdown to 2 schools?? If so, will it be televised?


July 18th, 2012
7:30 am

SEC vs. ACC? Hmm, what to do, what to do…..


July 18th, 2012
7:32 am

UGA has over 10 scholarships left, so if Jay wants to be patient he can. From reading this he sounds like he’s UGA’s to loose.

Where's the Meat

July 18th, 2012
7:35 am

We need 3 more O/L in this class. If we do not sign 6 or more; look out for big trouble in 2014! Always have O/L problems at UGA.


July 18th, 2012
7:36 am

Funny that he mentions UGA’s academics and not techs. But But But But….Sorry nerds, not everyone thinks your school is the best. Shocker to you, I know.


July 18th, 2012
7:37 am

not to sound like a crazy, but we need OL man.what is the deal?but yes I hope we get both guys.defense will be looking good for a while.

Yabber Dabber Doo

July 18th, 2012
7:55 am

Kid will be in Dabo’s Tiger town next fall….. Book it!


July 18th, 2012
8:02 am

Seems like a well-spoken young man…whoever gets him will be lucky to have him in their program. Of course I hope my Jackets get him, but I wish the young man great success wherever he winds up.


July 18th, 2012
8:06 am

Richt’s best hire has been our DC — he brings enthusiasm, passion, and a kick-butt attitude to the program. I like Richt but if I had my choice, I wish our DC was our head coach — I’m sure he would get rid of Bobo and hire a real OC.


July 18th, 2012
8:06 am

If not UGA, I hope he chooses Tech.
I like that UGA is picking up a ton of defensive players. However, I’m a little concerned about the lack of “Big” offensive linemen. Hopefully there are a few out there that are looking strongly at UGA that we are unaware of.


July 18th, 2012
8:12 am

Hope to see them Dawgs. The problem with Dabo and Tiger town is that Dabo want be around Clemson after next season to see his prize recruit (and friends) play. LOL


July 18th, 2012
8:19 am

An Academic Qualifier for GT that plays DL has Mizzou, Vandy, and Kentucky among his final 6 along with GT.

That is called getting out-Recruited if you are GT.

GT FB should NOT be “equal” in the eyes of elite Recruits as those 3 schools listed above.

After UGA & Bama, maybe Florida, GT should be clearly AHEAD of those other “class of schools”, but we are not instead we are loosing “key Recruits” to Vandy & Franklin(HC).

Mizzou & TAMU going to the SEC will end up hurting GT much more than it will hurt UGA recruiting-wise.

It seems that anytime you give a Recruit an option to place AHEAD of GT & CPJ, the Recruit usually takes the bait and places that option AHEAD of GT & CPJ.

Recruits that grow up in the State of GA. have no passion or connection to GT FB, and that is the main reason we/GT recruit so poorly, not Academics as most GT fans will lead you to believe.

Teddy Roosevelt

July 18th, 2012
8:25 am

Jokey,I think you confuse him not mentioning Tech’s academics with MC not mentioning it. That being said, he can go to any of these schools and then get his pharmacy degree, as long as he takes the required pre-pharmacy courses.


July 18th, 2012
8:26 am

For those are worrying about Woods’ size, he projects to be a Garrison Smith type of player if he can’t play NT.

At GT he would be a huge get, at UGA he will simply add Depth for CTG among all the other great DL Recruits that CTG has helped to Recruit.

I wonder where are all the GT fans that LAUGHED at the hire of CTG and thought that GT had out-done UGA when they hired CAG to bring his version of the 3-4 to GT?

Wal-Mart Dawg Retards

July 18th, 2012
8:26 am

WnE – the dope is better everywhere else… as you’ve apparently discovered.

midland Dog

July 18th, 2012
8:30 am

Is Bobo really the problem when our offense is one of the highest in points,every year? Sure, our defense has improved, but give me a couple of signature wins before we marry Grantham. He MAY be the man, but I want some proof, first.

Flo - Ri - Duh

July 18th, 2012
8:32 am

The Pharmacy school at UGA is very hard to get in – practically have an “A” to get in. He must be quite intelligent and a quality young man. Hoping he goes to UGA where my daughter graduated in Pharmacy.


July 18th, 2012
8:35 am

Tech and 4 stars….lol ..yeah right….in the bag for UGA. Follow your heart…suit up in the red n black amongst the storied hedges and represent your state! It dont get no betta than UGA!

Wet Willie...keep on smiling

July 18th, 2012
8:43 am

suit up for the red necks amongst the bushes and represent your state! It dont get no betta than UGA!

1980…1980…everybody sing..patry like it’s 1980


July 18th, 2012
8:44 am

Pharmacy eh? Well good luck young man :)

Moe Dawg

July 18th, 2012
8:46 am

This is a bright young man. He will be successful wherever he goes.


July 18th, 2012
8:47 am

Bama fan calling UGA “redneck”…………..Kettle, meet black. LMAO……Miss 1966. Spend a week in Bama.


July 18th, 2012
8:49 am

Signing more OL is important, but people look at the remaining OL on the board. They are some of the most highly rated recruits and for whatever reason, they are “waiting” to make a decision. You are not seeing the really good linemen signing right now, so for you impatient posters that keep bashing UGA, just put a sock in it. Coach Richt has saved a few spots for them. We will get some more good linemen, just chill-out…


July 18th, 2012
8:57 am

georgia tech needs to add some more non-engineering majors.

a school of pharmacy seems like a good choice.