INSIDER: UGA football recruit battles back from injury

UGA DT commit "Moose" Johnson (Photo courtesy of 247sports.com)

UGA DT commit "Moose" Johnson (247sports.com)

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.”

DE Robert Nkemdiche (Tweeted by DeMarcus Walker)

DE Robert Nkemdiche (Tweeted by DeMarcus Walker)

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.

QB Cole Segraves (AJC)

QB Cole Segraves (AJC)

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.

QB Donovahn Jones (247sports.com)

QB Donovahn Jones (247sports.com)

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.”

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LakeDawg

August 8th, 2012
12:17 am

Good thing Johnson is committed to UGA and not Bama.

LakeDawg

August 8th, 2012
12:18 am

Oh, and my first 1st.

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

August 8th, 2012
1:36 am

1. DeAndre “Moose” Johnson I think is a Fool for playing through the pain. He can afford to take it easy until he knows what is really wrong instead of making it possibly worse.

2.Davin Bellamy….Tech has beat both those team the last times they met. FSU has a lot of wins to go with arrests and problem players too.

3. Robert Nkemdiche and the rest of the African Americans rocking the NERD LOOK I like it better than holding their junk and pants below their butts.

4.UGA AND RUNNING BACK U???????????? That is so long ago like Penn St was Linebacker U.

5. REUNITED BECAUSE IT FEELS SO GOOD:……Nothing like recruiting in High School. I hope he lived in the Alpharetta district when he was going to Weslyen.

6. Cole Segraves nice size why not play at GaState? They are moving to FBS and the Sunbelt.

7. Charles Mack If you are Smart enough to go to the US Naval Academy you take that opportunity.

8. Mario Mathis learned the Business of college football real quick.

9. Ellis Richardson nice size and would love to see at QB for the Yellow Jackets.

10. Donovahn Jones Minnesota is not for southern boys.

Paddy

August 8th, 2012
7:04 am

A person Smart……..You may be right on Johnson but I am sure the team Dr has looked at this wrist carefully
My Dawgs can still be consided Running Back U if we could just keep them on the roster. We might want to adopt Running Back College for awhile

Just Asking?

August 8th, 2012
7:37 am

Paddy you may be right, but do they have a team Dr. who knows much about sorts medicine and orthopedics? My guess is he’s just a volunteer who may have a kid on the team.

--- Bitter Spoiled Recruits---

August 8th, 2012
7:53 am

I’m geting a T-shirt made with —MOOSE—-on it——

———A true fighter————go dawgs

JB

August 8th, 2012
8:01 am

Richt refuses to load up UGA with quality OL and coaching, thus the results our running game are there for the world to see. Pretty bad. Watching us against Tech 2 years ago on 4th and 2 against a small, tired Tech defense in the 4th quarter ( we had a 50 pound advantage) get stuffed up the middle was all i needed to see.Saban has it figured out. Great defense and a massive OL with big physical running backs. They get 4,5,6 yards on just about every play they run when pounding the ball. The second half the other teams D almost gives up, thus a lot 12,13 win years.

--- Bitter Spoiled Recruits---

August 8th, 2012
8:27 am

@smart—funny stuff—NERD LOOK———right on the money

——–UGA POT SMOKE-IN RULE———–RUN-IN OFF THE TOP[ TEN IN STATE

———PUNKS

Lakedawg

August 8th, 2012
8:36 am

JB—Thought this article was about Moose.

Guess you were in your daily Saban worship and had to include something about the midget?

kingdaddy

August 8th, 2012
8:46 am

Nice article M.C. , could have done without the mention of R.F. or R.N. I for one, could care less what these two dramma queens do until they sign. There’s a lot of deserving recruits out there and it was nice of you to notice several of them in your article, so kudos for that.
I admire Moose for his heart and look forward to seeing him “club” some quarter-backs and running-backs this year. Moose is a DGD…

Wallace Butts

August 8th, 2012
8:58 am

JB-you need to quit using the word “our” when referring to the Dawgs. You are obviously no Dawg fan. Go pull for Bama.

bucket

August 8th, 2012
9:07 am

For once I agree with one of SMART’s comments. I wouldn’t use the word “fool”, but Johnson really should make sure the wrist is ok before practicing IMO. That is one of the things that makes a commitment to CMR and UGA attractive is that he can take his time to make sure his wrist is ok without putting his scholarship offer in jeapardy. Of course, I am sure that there are not a lot of 6′3” 311 lb guys roaming around his HS either, so he probably feels the pressure to help his team prepare for the season.

kingdaddy

August 8th, 2012
9:10 am

Was that a picture of Steve Urkel, or just another Elton John Fan???

1eyedJack

August 8th, 2012
9:28 am

Good article Michael. It reminded me of Chip’s 10 at 10, which was a good idea.

I’m going to see if I can head Tide Roll off at the pass here and give ya’ll his take:

1. DeAndre “Moose” Johnson. If Georgia was smart they would move DeAndre to the OL where he would be a four year starter and an All-American gaurd as a true freshman. But Georgia will move the “Moose” to safety and then to tight end and waste this once in a lifetime talent.

2. Davin Bellamy. This is why Mark Richt and Mike Bobo will never win a championship. They should be all over this kid who is better than chocolate milk. He would make a monster LT.

3. Robert Nkemdiche and Reuben Foster. Georgia let the #1 and #2 prospects in the nation go out of state. Georgia should give the whole Grayson team scholarships. This is why Georgia will never win a championship as long as Mark Richt and Mike Bobo are coaches.

4. Alvin Kamara, Tyren Jones, Keyante Green. None of these future Heisman trophy winners will go to Georgia. Why would they just to sit behind some white walk-on player? This is why Georgia will never win a championship until they fire Mark Richt and Mike Bobo.

5. Joshua Dobbs and Rodney Morris. Dobbs who made everyone forget about Hutson Mason at Alpharetta is already a better QB than Murray, and Rodney Morris can run circles around Michael Bennett. Mark Richt and Mike Bobo should be all over these two, but they’d rather have the great white hope Brice Ramsey who can’t QB his way out of a wet sack.

6. Cole Segraves.

7. Mario Mathis. Rodney Garner never visits Stephenson or Buford even though they are 30 minutes away. This is why Georgia will never win a championship as long as Mark Richt and Mike Bobo continue to steal money from Georgia.

8. Ellis Richardson and Donovahn Jones. I just can’t believe Georgia wouldn’t offer these two all-world QBs. They could back up Christian Lemay while he starts the next 4 years at Georgia. Oh, Lemay will have to back up the midget Aaron Murray and the golden boy Brice Ramsey. Christian should just go ahead and transfer because as long as ya’ll have Mark Richt and Mike Bobo they will never let a QB like Christian play. They will probably go to Alabama or Florida and win a Heisman Trophy and a National Championship.

Captain Obvious

August 8th, 2012
9:30 am

LOL, Kingdaddy!

kingdaddy

August 8th, 2012
9:44 am

1.) Jack
Truely funny bro…

Tdawg

August 8th, 2012
9:48 am

1eyedJack Jeez, I wonder what color your skin is? Your heart is obviously black. Stay with something you know. That being a racist SOB.

1eyedJack

August 8th, 2012
9:57 am

Tdawg, actually read the post for it’s true meaning before making a complete fool of yourself.

kingdaddy

August 8th, 2012
10:05 am

TDawg
I respect your opinion, but I don’t remember you saying anything like that to Tide Roll after one of his rants against Coach Mark Richt or Coach Bobo or The University of Ga. 1 eyed Jack was making fun of a infamous troll who constantly litters the UGA blog with his trashy racist comments. You have the right to your opinion, just hate to see Brother Dawgs at odds. Less than one month till we can unleash on our opponents and focus on the same goal…

juvenal

August 8th, 2012
10:12 am

hope his wrist gets better…JB, some folks don’t appreciate your candid insights like i do…1, some folks take $port$ way too seriuos…

kingdaddy

August 8th, 2012
10:18 am

TDawg
I don’t know what color anyone on this blog’s skin is, and I don’t care. Your previous post are usually very interesting and so are 1 eyed Jacks. I just skip over Tide Rolls rants because they are all the same. He is just trying to devide the Doggies. If 1 eyed Jack had made fun of anyone racially, I would be upset, but T.Roll is a jerk, whatever color he is…

1eyedJack

August 8th, 2012
10:25 am

Thanks kingdaddy, if I were racist I certainly wouldn’t have spent the last 15 years teaching at a traditionally black college.

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

August 8th, 2012
10:30 am

“traditionally black college”

What is that? Do the students wear Dashikis and the Women wear the head dresses and all those traditional tribal colors?
I know what a Historically Black College is. What TRADITIONS do they teach at your school?

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

August 8th, 2012
10:32 am

1eyed jack I had to call your BS out like I called Al saying he was an Army Graduate BS.
People that are members of such groups DO NOT F..up the Wording of said group.
Sorry 1eyedjack I ain’t buying it.

kingdaddy

August 8th, 2012
10:33 am

Nothing racist about you Jack. Comedians always push the envolope. Don’t believe me, watch Comedy Central or most any BET Comedy Special. It’s COMEDY AND THEREFORE GOOD FOR US TO LAUGH AT OURSELVES. If you are offended, then don’t watch, move on. Once again .) Jack, good post…

kingdaddy

August 8th, 2012
10:37 am

Smart
I’m sure that if you and I looked into the mirror, we would see “something” we didn’t like. Be careful throwing stones from your glass house my friend…

1eyedJack

August 8th, 2012
10:38 am

SMART, I really don’t care what you buy, and I really don’t care what you think.

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

August 8th, 2012
10:43 am

1eyed…why would you say Traditionally when the term is Historically?
It is HBCU not TBCU

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

August 8th, 2012
10:46 am

1eyed,,,,just asking?

KingDaddy are all the kids back in school in the Savannah Area? I know it is making traffic bad here already and after next Monday All mero school will be in and traffic in the AM & PM will suck again.

un-biased view

August 8th, 2012
10:53 am

Not sure if the Tech fans have noticed this but Anthony Autry, who is a freshman at Tech now has a brother. I want to preface this next comment by saying I asked a lot of questions when Tech offered Autry last year because I did not think he was THAT good. But, apparently Anthony has a brother named Myles who is one hell of a running back and has early offers from UGA, FSU, GT, Tenn, and PSU already. Perhaps Johnson was making a move to help make a move.

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

August 8th, 2012
11:00 am

Anthony Autry is pretty fast and is looking OK in camp right now, but who knows. CPJ maybe pulled a Herschel Walker deal.

kingdaddy

August 8th, 2012
11:32 am

Smart
They have in surrounding counties. Our local traffic is nothing compared to Atl…

Nick

August 8th, 2012
11:37 am

Nice to hear of a player for once playing through the pain. Shows commitment and I like that. Wish IC woulda learned it. But oh well…

Darius Paige

August 8th, 2012
1:02 pm

I am suprised AJC recruiting has not mentioned the bigest national recruiting story that no one is talking bout….ME. I am going to Foley high school to take care of grades. Thanks to Coach Pruitts guidance I will be in Tuscaloosa soon. Enjoy Dawg fans!

kingdaddy

August 8th, 2012
1:53 pm

Kids start school in the Savannah area on the 27th Smart…

BILLY JACK

August 8th, 2012
2:48 pm

1eyed-You are obviously a stupid jackass that knows nothing about football-a high school boy better than Aaron Murray-stay off the blogs until you are better educated.

1eyedJack

August 8th, 2012
3:00 pm

BILLY JACK, sit on it and spin. You, like Tdawg, obviously have NO reading comprehension. Go back and re-read it. It’s called satire and sarcasm.

BILLY JACK

August 8th, 2012
3:11 pm

Richardson and Jones better than Brice Ramsey I need whatever drugs your on.

1eyedJack

August 8th, 2012
3:25 pm

Forget it peanut head.

1eyedJack

August 8th, 2012
3:27 pm

Re-read the 2nd line doofey.

Nick Saban

August 8th, 2012
3:44 pm

I say he transfer to Foley….become a straight A student.

Brainiac (CMR/UGA Fan For Life)

August 8th, 2012
4:46 pm

@ Smart:

Since “Moose” and apparently his doctor don’t know what is causing his problem why would you feel qualified to analyse and offer advice as to his possibly being a “Fool” for playing with pain???

Just asking!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Brainiac (CMR/UGA Fan For Life)

August 8th, 2012
4:50 pm

@ JB:

So!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bammy gets 5,6,7 or more yds per carry??????

If that was true why would Sabie, the 8th Dwarf, EVER throw the ball??????????????????

Just asking Hutcase!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Brainiac (CMR/UGA Fan For Life)

August 8th, 2012
4:51 pm

You are not only a Hutcase but also a Nutcase!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

August 8th, 2012
4:53 pm

Brainiac….cause IF he has PAIN then WHY risk it?
Come to Atlanta and go to the Orthopedics Doctors across from Northside & St Joseph’s Hospital where MANY NFL players go to get it checked out. Is it worth risking his college future playing hurt right now? NO
NFL players that are hurt a lil don’t play in Preseason games cause the coaches KNOW they are good. MOOSE should do the same.

Reporter Dawg

August 8th, 2012
7:26 pm

Makes it look like Bama, Tennessee and Auburn push their alumni into coaching positions in Georgia so they can work the recruits for said coaches. If not, how do you explain how many UGA-rival alumni occupy so many high school HC positions?

Dawgmess

August 8th, 2012
7:57 pm

1eyedJack, humorous satire and sarcasm is wasted and unappreciated within this group of literary giants (more satire). Personally, I was amused.

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Wooff

August 8th, 2012
10:53 pm

UWG Wolves will soon be the #1 FBS school in this State and Athens will be getting its marching orders from C-town.

dawgster

August 8th, 2012
11:09 pm

Oh Game Changer…where are you…just wanted to let you know that big John Jenkins made the Dean’s List..guess he is still on the team…maybe now you will shut your trap regarding him being eligible….go dawgs