INSIDER: Auburn will take advantage of new SEC rule to entertain recruits at Georgia Dome

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Auburn will take advantage of a new SEC rule to entertain some of the nation’s top college football prospects at Saturday’s Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game.

Reuben Foster, Montravius Adams, AJ Jackson and Trey Johnson are among the celebrity recruits who confirmed with the AJC that they will make an unofficial visit with Auburn to the Georgia Dome on Saturday.

As expected, Auburn will take advantage of a prime opportunity of a new SEC rule by inviting top recruiting targets to Saturday's game at the Georgia Dome (AP)

As expected, Auburn will take advantage of a prime recruiting opportunity under a new SEC rule to invite top prospects to Saturday's game at the Georgia Dome (AP)

Last spring, the SEC passed league rules that finally gave permission to the home team of a game at a neutral site to entertain prospective student-athletes. It was already permitted by the NCAA. Auburn, which traditionally recruits the Atlanta area as well as any out-of-state school, has immediately taken advantage of the new rule as Saturday’s home team versus Clemson.

“It’s really neat [to be able to bring in recruits], to be honest with you,” Auburn coach Gene Chizik said. “I think obviously, to be able to come to a venue of this sort is really going to be neat for the guys that choose to come. We’re excited. We think it’s going to be a great game to watch for any spectator, certainly any recruit. So we’re looking forward to it.”

Foster is the 5-star linebacker who transferred from Troup to Auburn High School for his senior season and is committed to Auburn. Adams, who is from Dooly County, is ranked as the nation’s No. 1 defensive tackle by several recruiting services and has both Auburn and Clemson among his leaders. Johnson is from Central Gwinnett High School, may be the state’s top prospect at linebacker after Foster’s transfer, is committed to Auburn but plans to visit other schools. Lovejoy tight end AJ Jackson has also stated his intention to sign with Auburn. Kell defensive back Brendan Langley, who is pledged to South Carolina, also told the AJC he may go on Saturday.

What about Friday night’s game at the Georgia Dome? NC State is the home team against Tennessee but has decided not to invite recruits. Said NC State spokesperson Annabelle Myers, “Coach … said that the kids they would invite are playing [in high school games] on Friday night.”

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To the surprise of many, UGA decided not to take advantage of the new SEC rule to bring in recruits for its annual showdown with Florida in Jacksonville, Fla. UGA athletic director Greg McGarity said it was due to logistical concerns, including the availability of tickets. The state of Florida produces nearly double the amount of D1 recruits as Georgia, and the Bulldogs have a strong presence in the talent-rich state. It is being viewed in some recruiting circles as a gigantic missed opportunity by the Bulldogs. It is difficult for many Florida recruits to make it to UGA for a Saturday game because of the lengthy travel.

Most other SEC schools are expected to take advantage of the new legislation.

OL Brandon Kublanow (AJC)

The top 3 UGA-bound OL Brandon Kublanow has played against in HS: 1. Reuben Foster, 2. Montravious Adams, 3. Nkemdiche (AJC)

WHO IS THE STATE’S BEST DEFENDER? UGA-bound offensive lineman Brandon Kublanow of Walton High School has squared off against most of the state’s top defensive prospects over the last year, and ranks 5-star linebacker Reuben Foster as the best. “He’s an animal,” Kublanow said. The rest of Kublanow’s top five? In order, Foster and then DE Montravius Adams (undecided), both ahead of Grayson DE Robert Nkemdiche (committed to Clemson) at No. 3. “Robert is pretty good, but I think Reuben and Montravius are better.” Kublanow’s former teammate at Walton High School, DE Koty Allen (signed with The Citadel last season) is at No. 4, with probably Brookwood DE Shaun McGee (committed to UGA) rounding out the shortlist. Kublanow and McGee battled in last Saturday’s Corky Kell Classic at the Georgia Dome, which was won by Walton. “I think Shaun will be a great player at Georgia,” Kublanow said of his future teammate. “He’s got good size, and great speed on the edge.” Kublanow said another elite defender may crack the top five when he plays against Auburn 5-star DE Carl Lawson of Milton later this season.

RING, RING, RING FOR EX-FLORIDA RECRUIT: Since offensive lineman Joshua Outlaw de-committed from Florida a couple of weeks ago, the 6-4, 290-pounder has been contacted by FSU, Clemson, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Miami and Vanderbilt. Outlaw broke it off with the Gators because he wanted to visit other schools and Will Muschamp did not approve. “I’m definitely satisfied where things stand now,” Outlaw told the AJC on Tuesday night. “It feels good to have things clear cut and open. This allows me to fully explore my opportunities.” Outlaw hasn’t had any contact with Florida since de-committing, but says they’re still in the running. He would also like to hear from LSU, USC, Oregon and UGA.

WR Marqui Hawkins is "solid" with the Florida Gators ... but wants to visit other schools (AP)

WR Marqui Hawkins is "solid" with the Florida Gators ... but wants to visit other schools (AP)

FLORIDA RECRUIT WILL VISIT OTHER SCHOOLS: Carver-Columbus WR Marqui Hawkins said he is a “solid” commit to the Florida Gators but will visit other schools. He said he will definitely take official visits to Tennessee and North Carolina, and maybe Clemson and Auburn. What about Florida fans worried about the trips? “I mean, they ain’t got nothing to worry about,” Hawkins said. “I just want to experience some other things, do things on my free time, and get out of Columbus. My commitment is solid to Florida. I’m not going to de-commit. I’m just visiting other places. I’m not going to change my commitment.” The 6-3, 208-pound Hawkins missed Carver’s season-opener with a bruised collarbone. While elevating for a ball in practice, Hawkins got flipped and landed on his shoulder. “I was out for five weeks; the doctors released me, so I will be playing this Friday,” Hawkins said.

QB SCORES SKYMILE POINTS: Juwaan Williams, who was QB on Tucker’s state championship team last year, has finalized three of his official visits: He will go to Notre Dame on Sept. 22 for the Michigan game, to Oregon on Oct. 6 for the Washington game, and to Clemson on Oct. 20 for the Virginia Tech game. He’s in the process of setting up a recruiting trip to Florida State, while Vanderbilt has asked for him to wait until January. Every school is recruiting Williams at wide receiver except for Clemson, which projects him at DB. “At first, I was a little hesitant about DB. But when I started to talk it over with my coaches at Tucker, they said I was a versatile guy and could play corner at the next level.”

THE FOOT IN FOOTBALL: East Paulding’s Kamani Thomas, one of the state’s top running backs, said colleges are anxious to evaluate his senior film. The 5-9, 195-pounder missed 5-6 games as a junior with turf toe. “They want to see what I look like when I’m feeling 100 percent, which I am now,” Thomas said. “My foot is healthy.” Thomas said he has offers from Vanderbilt, Arizona State, Ole Miss, Southern Miss, Ohio, Troy, Middle Tennessee State, South Alabama and Southern Miss.




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59 comments Add your comment

The Man

August 29th, 2012
12:53 am

Whats up with Trenton Brown?

The Truth

August 29th, 2012
1:10 am

Can you just imagine the Governor of NJ and Trump going against Red China at a meeting?!


August 29th, 2012
1:12 am

I agree with kublanow I don’t think that nkemdiche is the best he only had four tackles in the game against mceachern I understand he saw some double teams at times but when you are the number one player in the nation you find a way to get it done. To me he doesn’t have that dog in him that a dominate defensive player has. He doesn’t run threw guys he grabs and slang Reuben foster runs threw you and you feel it, I’m just not sold at all

Dawg Rx

August 29th, 2012
1:16 am

I couldn’t agree more. That was a terrible decision by Greg McGarity. On some things, he is dead right. On others, he is clueless. How can you have a home game in the most loaded state in the Union and not invite prospects? McGarity wants to please the fat cat boosters and make money for the athletic department. But without players, we are nothing. Florida is loaded, and this is a chance for them to make a short trip and see the Bulldog fans out in force every October. I hope McGarity changes his stance here.

SEC Fact Finder

August 29th, 2012
1:28 am

Anytime you can get recruits to a Bowl Type atmosphere in one of these games it makes a difference. The Big Programs spend the money and insure the recruits all know of their importance.

Good Luck to All of Your Teams and Go SEC!


August 29th, 2012
1:35 am

tyren jones was the best thing going at the corky kell classic at the very least on the offensive side of things. His offensive showout makes me again yearn for his time at Bama. I don’t see a redshirt season being needed

Game Changer

August 29th, 2012
7:30 am

Been several months since UGA offered a 2013 white player a scholarship. WHY IS NO MORE WHITE PLAYERS BEING OFFERED BY UGA?

The Antiricht

August 29th, 2012
8:03 am


Well Game Changer… Is it possible that they have reached their quota ?


August 29th, 2012
8:10 am

AUBURN IS CHEATERS!!!! DA CHEATING!!!!! – typical UGA fan.

Just thought I’d get that out of the way before some redneck UGA fan does.


August 29th, 2012
8:21 am

So Game Changer I always thought positions were recruited by what the teams needs are. Tell us how you would give scholarships out? Equal number going to blacks and whites? For every 2 white kids give one to a black kid? What would be the effective recruitment to satisfy you? Maybe with this thinking UGA can go back to the 50s and 60s. Would that satisfy you?


August 29th, 2012
8:28 am

Trooper will be handing out 100 dollar bills at the Georgia dome.


August 29th, 2012
8:38 am

So does Adams not have UGA at the top of his list anymore???


August 29th, 2012
8:46 am

UGA can’t come up with 5 or6 tickets to the GA/FLA game for some highly recruited players?? That is the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard !!!!!!!!!

Montravious Adams

August 29th, 2012
8:55 am

I don’t think Adams has ever had UGA at the top of his list. Once he visits Athens, the Dogs will be in the hunt. I understand Grantham is taking a lead role in his recruitment.


August 29th, 2012
9:10 am

Adams has said he wants to play out of state so i dont think we get him. So UGA had a chance to land Foster, Robert N., Adams, Lawson 4 five star players ranked in the top 10 overall recruits in the country and we will not get one. Cant see that happening in other states. First of all no state has ever had 4 in the top 10 but you would think we could get one of them. I know lawson will probably be nothing but trouble where he goes. He will not make it. I know foster has moved to alabama but during the heart of his recruitment he lived in georgia. You would think we could get one. THis yr we have a lot of recruits but the quality of recruits is down from previous yrs. I dont have a problem with 3 star recruits but almost all 3 star have to redshirt to get stronger and bigger thats why that got a 3 star ranking. 4 and 5 star can contribute if they are needed. We are losing so many players after this yr we are gonna be counting on a few freshmen to play next yr. I know there are some 3 stars that play their freshmen yr but not many. I am just a little disappointed in this yrs class bc the state is loaded with top top top talent and we dont have many of the states top players. WE have to land the majority of the top 10 kids in the state and this yr we have dropped the ball big time on that.


August 29th, 2012
9:15 am

why would Auburn want to bring in these top recruits to watch them get whipped by Clemson


August 29th, 2012
9:19 am

“why would Auburn want to bring in these top recruits to watch them get whipped by Clemson”

UGA fan predictions rarely come true. PRESEASON 2008 CHAMPS!!!

22 SEC Titles

August 29th, 2012
9:39 am

Who cares what the BARN is doing? ..


August 29th, 2012
9:46 am

Liner, Adams, Foster, Johnson, and Lawson will make one outstanding defense in a few years. But they still have Martinez in charge of their secondary.


August 29th, 2012
9:53 am

Outlaw weights 268 lbs. not 290.

Holy Guacamole

August 29th, 2012
10:03 am


Could it possibly be that there are circumstances that the Georgia coaches know that you don’t know ?

I, for one, don’t want Foster. It has been said that Lawson will be trouble; Robert N. may not be that good and even if he is, I wouldn’t want the drama surrounding his recruitment.

UGA just finally got rid of the bad eggs (Dooley) and now the team chemistry is so much better. Why start over to pamper athletes who think they are special?

Holy Guacamole

August 29th, 2012
10:05 am

And, oh, by the way HUH????? They all cheat if they can get away with it. Some just worse than others.


August 29th, 2012
10:10 am

If UGA entertains recruits at Jville, can they still bring them to Athens to see the campus and facilities? If not, then it’s not worth it…

Patrick Romano WAR DAMN EAGLE

August 29th, 2012
10:18 am

Funny to still hear ALL The Leg humpers fixated on AU cheating-It is not cheating when the young men who were NCAA eligible on the field whip your ass. Were ya’ll not watching the same games in that 2009/2010 dream Auburn season with 7 come backs? Come on man, WAR DAMN EAGLE!!!

With regards to the new NCAA ruling, great recruiting tool, and they will NOT see Clemson whips AU ass, The AU Tigers will be ready to play and they seem to like the GA Dome.

Saw them on New Year’s Eve whoop on some UVA Cav’s…

Say What???

August 29th, 2012
10:18 am

Any truth to the rumor that the SEC West will be re-named “Scumbags R’ Us?

Bama-Kicks kids to the curb like stray cats
Barn-cheats, pays players, pays counselors
Miss st-see Auburn(cars)
Ark-Coach banging football assistant

Looks like TAM is the only class in the bunch and that’s because they haven’t been around long enough yet to get corrupted

Patrick Romano WAR DAMN EAGLE

August 29th, 2012
10:23 am

@ Holy Guacamole, Are u trying to say that Vincent Dooley is a bad egg, if so you are sorely mistaken-he has always been a quality guy-he & my dad won hs championship in Mobile, AL McGill Inst. 1949 and he served honorably in USMC and brought tradition and honor to Athens, AU and Mobile, AL..Certainly, you are mistaken or you mis-typed, right?

Ron O

August 29th, 2012
10:42 am

Does the attendence at the Dome game count as the prospective athlete’s official visit? If not, why not.

Holy Guacamole

August 29th, 2012
10:43 am

Patrick Romano WAR DAMN EAGLE or Tiger or whatever AU wants to call themselves (funny that you never hear about the Bama Red Elephants) – I was referring to Vince Dooley who said that IC at UGA was a bag egg.

As far as NCAA eligible players, there are a bunch of them who because they were “eligible” when they played cost their schools vacated wins and championships when it was found out later that they weren’t. Jury is still out on Scam and others in my mind.

Big Crimson 75

August 29th, 2012
10:56 am

Gotta agree with the kid — Ruby & Adams will be better college players than Nkemdiche.

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The Bear

August 29th, 2012
11:31 am

Brandon Kublanow smart kid really like the way he answered his questions.


August 29th, 2012
11:50 am

I’m excited about Theus at RT as a freshman, but really think “The Kub” may a vicious mauler with the attitude this line has lacked for awhile. BTW, it was a Whookie, not a Sasquatch, lol…


August 29th, 2012
12:13 pm

If all I had to show was my Clempson campus without the lake, yeah, I would invite kids to the dome.

The UGA fans who want us to entertain recruits in Jax really don’t have a clue what all goes into it.


August 29th, 2012
1:04 pm

Every SEC fan should be happy with this new rule in the SEC. As for the name calling by the GEORGIA fans—-get real,quit making excuses for not winning the NC. What a lot of people don’t understand, AUBURN recruiters are among the ELITE recruiters.Luper and Trooper,know their jobs, they “think and recruit outside of the box” to stay ahead of other teams. They are not “DUMB FORMER FOOTBALL JOCKS”, in fact Luper has his PHD. With the kids of today, lets face it—they want exposure. Let’s face it—a trip to the GA DOME excites a lot high school kids.

WAR EAGLE from season ticket holder since 1985.


August 29th, 2012
1:22 pm

As much as I hate to admit it every top college has great recruiters other than the Head coach. It is time that Georgia moved into the 21′ST Century and admit that even though Garner was a great recruiter in the 90’s , Georgia needs a younger more current Recruiting Coordinator who can relate to today’s kids. Garner is a very good coach and a DGD but I would like to see a change in the Recruiting Coordinator at Georgia. It certainly couldn’t hurt.


August 29th, 2012
1:59 pm

I believe that both UF and UGA both agreed not to bring in recruits to the game.

check it out

August 29th, 2012
3:26 pm

Umm, didn’t GA and FL both agree to not bring recruits to Jax in alternating years?
That was a very important point left out of article. Of course it was written to make GA look bad.

Nate the Great

August 29th, 2012
3:34 pm

Everyone who understands the first thing about the UGA/UF game is it is a circus and you want to further complicate the issue with hosting recruits? I personally think we would do a lot better with concentrating on winning and less on next year. The kids follow a winning program, so I am willing to bet we get enough good recruiting from the game without having to take recruits to it.

That being said I also think if we can have some “unofficials” in there, then that would be awesome!! It is a unique environment that every kid can appreciate when they experience it.

check it out

August 29th, 2012
3:34 pm

GA and FL mutually agreed for neither to have an advantage in alternating years by bringing recruits to Jax.
That doesn’t mean neither team won’t bring recruits to a different neutral site such as a future chik-fil-a kickoff game.

Whiskey Breath

August 29th, 2012
5:55 pm

Typical Ga. , Because a kid decides he doesn’t want to got to GA, he must
not be that good. You guys are really that dumb aren’t you? Hell yea, he is
that good! He might be the best since Cam. He is a once in a decade player.
Hell we got beat for his services too, but we have enough class to wish the kid
well. Good luck kid. A kid has to be a damn fool to go to Ga. Maybe Robert doesn’t want to be the next inmate of the Athens jail.

Old Boy

August 29th, 2012
7:31 pm

Until UGA starts winning in Jacksonville more regularly, I would avoid taking recruits there like the plague. With the exception of ‘07, I can’t remember a game (even our other victories) that looked like much in the way of a signature game. I would much rather pick an Auburn or GT game, where we often show up well. Heck, I would even take a home game against LSU.

The King

August 29th, 2012
8:38 pm

“On a cold and gray Chicago morn, another lil baby chile is born in the ghetto….in the ghetto”


August 29th, 2012
8:53 pm

Kublanow looks like a real moron. In other words, he’ll fit right in at UGA.

tee oates

August 29th, 2012
9:06 pm

Old Boy you are right UGA has kicked our butts for the last 6 years WDE. You all do play us hard!!!

bitter troll

August 29th, 2012
9:17 pm

boise will once again look in mid-season form when they beat up

—-on a team–(michagan st) that everyone expects to beat boise st

———-8-2 against top 25 teams——–As a dawg fan I aint beating



August 29th, 2012
9:19 pm

Are you a Barbie Doll or a Cabbage Patch Kid? Maybe a Ken doll playing dress-up? Go look in the mirror and then cry about someone else’s looks, lol. Don’t hate on the “Gingers”…He’s smart enough to be one of the top linemen in the 2013 class. You know any linemen who look like Bill Gates??? Oh yeah, its because he’s a Dawg, probably kinda like you except he’s a UGA Dawg. You’re just a dog. A female dog at that, but the female part is still suspect…

Fleischman in Chi Towns Bed

August 29th, 2012
10:12 pm

Auburn will never win again unless Scam Newton comes back to play


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7:23 am

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Game Changer

August 30th, 2012
7:41 am


95% of the stadium will have white fans financially supportin UGA, UGA will display 95% black athletes on scholarship. So yes, I would like to see at least a 50 / 50 type balance on UGA scholarships to whites and blacks.


August 30th, 2012
8:05 am

Is that why no one attends UGA basketball?