Longtime UGA recruit DeAndre “Moose” Johnson said the rumors that he will miss his senior season with an injury are not true.
But the 6-foot-3, 311-pounder definitely has a painful injury.
Earlier this summer, Johnson damaged his left wrist while lifting weights. He thought it was something minor and would quickly go away. “All I know was that it started swelling and I couldn’t move it until the swelling went down.
“Moose” is not sure exactly what the injury is, with an X-ray showing that “no bones were out of place.” He is scheduled for an MRI later this month. Before practices, he wraps it up with rolls of bandages that make his left wrist look like a club. But he hasn’t missed any practices.
“I will play through the pain,” he said.
DECISION DAY: One of the state’s most-heavily recruited prospects, Davin Bellamy, will commit to either Florida State or Vanderbilt around noon on Saturday. Georgia Tech was the first to offer (and Bellamy nearly committed on the spot), while he also claims UGA as one of his 33 football scholarship offers. The 6-foot-4, 235-pound defensive end from Chamblee High School recently toured Vanderbilt and FSU with his mother. “From an academic standpoint, Vanderbilt went better. From a football standpoint, FSU … 33 straight years of winning seasons, 27 straight years of NFL first-round draft picks. Once you walk into FSU, you know it’s a football town. It’s ridiculous.”
NKEMDICHE UPDATE: Robert Nkemdiche and Reuben Foster are ranked as the nation’s top two college prospects by a couple of recruiting services. Nkemdiche holds down the top spot across the board, but it’s not a sore point with Foster. “There’s not a rivalry between us,” Foster said recently. “I applaud him. But me hearing things about him is not going to make me stop working hard.” Does Reuben want to be ranked No. 1? “Of course, I would want to beat him out. Who wouldn’t want to be No. 1? And if he [Nkemdiche] was No. 2, he would want to beat me out.” Not much Nkemdiche news this week, other than a tweet by Scout.com’s Laura McKeeman: “Robert Nkemdiche tells me it’s still ‘good, real good’ to be committed to #Clemson but he’s talking to ‘a lot’ of other schools ‘everywhere.’”
UGA AND RUNNING BACK U: What if UGA misses out on Alvin Kamara and current Alabama commit Tyren Jones? Will they go after Keyante Green? Green, who flipped from UCLA to Purdue, recently had contact with UGA. But it was Green who initiated the contact. Green attended UGA’s Dawg Night prospect camp to support a couple of ECLA teammates (he didn’t participate). If you recall, Green claimed he was offered by UGA as a freshman and tried to commit to the Bulldogs earlier this year but it was not accepted. Fast Forward to Dawg Night: Green said he doesn’t think he has a cuurent UGA offer but got to talk with Bulldogs RB coach Bryan McClendon. “He told me they’d go to my games this year to see how I’d do.” And what if UGA offers? Will Green do a triple flip? “Well … I’m set where I want to go. I’m 100-percent with Purdue. I don’t think I’m going to look for any more schools to recruit me. I’m just looking to get Georgia players to go to Indiana with me.”
REUNITED BECAUSE IT FEELS SO GOOD: One of the state’s best QBs, Joshua Dobbs, will be reunited with one of his top wide receivers, Rodney Morris, who transferred from Wesleyan to Alpharetta for his senior season. Dobbs, who has committed to Arizona State, played with Morris at Wesleyan as a freshman and sophomore, then transferred. “It will good for them to be back together,” said his father, Rodney Morris Sr. The younger Morris is 6-3 and 210 pounds and had a stellar junior year at Wesleyan — without Dobbs – catching 26 passes for 600 yards and 11 touchdowns. Morris has early offers from Appalachian State, Western Kentucky and UNC Charlotte. He’s also getting looks from Michigan State, Vanderbilt and North Carolina, among others. “The bigger colleges are wanting to see film from his first few games, now that he’s playing 6A football,” Morris said.
WAITING GAME: Colquitt County’s Cole Segraves, who is legendary for throwing a game-winning touchdown on the last play of the state semifinals to upset Camden County, has decided to audition for bigger offers during his senior season. The 6-4, 210-pounder has early offers from Marshall, Georgia State, Florida International, Florida Atlantic and Miami of Ohio. He had an offer from Central Florida until it lost scholarships due to NCAA troubles, and had spot at Middle Tennessee State until it was filled. He will get looks as a senior from Vanderbilt, Tennessee and N.C. State, among others. “I’m hoping to play well enough into earning one,” he said. “I want to have a big senior year and impress.”
GRANDMA WILL BE HAPPY: Wesleyan DB-WR Charles Mack will announce his college decision on Aug. 17. Why then? “It’s my grandmother’s birthday, and right before our first scrimmage game.” Props to Mack for thinking about his grandmother. The 6-1, 190-pound has a list of finalists that include South Florida, Furman, Buffalo, Navy and Richmond – all schools he has visited. “Right now, I don’t have any leaders. I’m still in the evaluation process.”
MARIO MATHIS UPDATE: What’s the latest with Thomasville LB Mario Mathis? He had been committed to Ole Miss for three months, but parted ways with the Rebels recently due to concerns over his recovery from knee surgery. His father says Mario’s recovery is “ahead of schedule” and that’s he’s “strong and confident.” Mathis is hearing from Tennessee and Samford, and still keeps in touch with Ole Miss. He expects to generate more interest after he gets out tapes from his senior season.
SLEEPER WATCH: One of this year’s sleepers is Douglas County QB Ellis Richardson, whose father played on Clemson’s 1981 national championship team. His brother Chris also played at Clemson. What about Ellis? The 6-4, 225-pounder has interest from Auburn, Florida State, Wake Forest, Kentucky, Oklahoma State, Presbyterian and Western Carolina, among others. Richardson prefers to play QB in college but is willing to play defense. His new coach at Douglas County is former Tennessee football player Jason Respert.
VISIT TO MINNESOTA: Dutchtown’s Donovahn Jones has set up an official visit to Minnesota for Oct. 26, and also has Missouri, Arkansas and Kentucky as his favorites. The 6-3, 188-pounder is being recruited by Minnesota as an “athlete,” by Kentucky and Missouri at WR, and by Arkansas as a safety or WR. “Well, I really don’t have a preference right now [for a position],” he said. “I just want to get to college and compete for a starting spot.”
– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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