Archive for August, 2012

NCAA looking into Mississippi State recruit and car, says report

One of UGA’s top recruiting targets from this past season is under an NCAA investigation at Mississippi State, according to Mississippi’s The Dispatch Newspaper.

Defensive back Will Redmond of Memphis signed with Mississippi State last February, despite a late push from UGA, which was Redmond’s childhood favorite school.

On Thursday night, the Dispatch reported that the NCAA is looking into a “potential recruiting irregularity” involving the Mississippi State football program.

Sources close to the situation have confirmed to The Dispatch MSU Sports Blog the investigation, at least in part, involves an automobile purchased for MSU freshman defensive back Will Redmond. The Ford Mustang was purchased before Redmond signed with MSU this February from a used car dealership in his hometown of Memphis, Tenn.

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ALSO: 5-star linebacker Reuben Foster had a stellar first half in a scrimmage against his former high school, Troup. After the Thursday …

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Robert Nkemdiche: The pressures of being No. 1

Robert Nkemdiche, the nation’s No. 1 overall college prospect, was clearly the star of the Corky Kell luncheon at the Georgia Dome on Wednesday.

When the 6-foot-5, 270-pound defensive end from Grayson High School entered the Dome, he was swarmed by the media, event staff, players from other teams and their parents, and opposing coaches. All in the day’s work for the 5-star defender.

“A lot of my coaches help me stay humble, they do a great job,” Nkemdiche said. “And I practice being humble. Some people try to be humble but I practice being humble. A lot of it also has to do with my spirituality. I’m a big Christian, and I want to glorify God.”

To Robert’s credit, as he was pulled in every which way but loose on Wednesday, he was happy to give everybody who asked a few minutes of his time.

Grayson’s athletics director stood a few feet away as Nkemdiche made the rounds on Wednesday, helping him facilitate through the time demands. Grayson coach Mickey Conn told the AJC …

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INSIDER: UGA DB commit ranks “honesty” as most important in recruiting process

AJC Mark RichtSteven Nelson is not only getting calls from an overzealous “UGA fan” but also recruiters from Texas Tech, Oregon State, Oklahoma, Baylor and Kansas, among the 12 schools that have offered. Nelson, the DB from the California junior college, has been committed to UGA since last February.

He will take an official visit to Oregon State on Oct. 6 and hasn’t ruled out other recruiting trips. Should the Bulldogs be worried? “They have nothing to be worried about unless I feel that the coaches are not being honest with me. I’m looking for complete honesty. I’m still officially committed to Georgia. The only way that would change would be if they were dishonest with me about the opportunity to play right away at boundary corner, and also let me return the ball, because that’s what I do. Whatever school lets me do both, that’s what I’m looking for.” Has UGA agreed to let Nelson do both? “Yes.” Nelson was apparently bothered when he learned that former UGA signee Chris Sanders was …

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Overzealous “UGA fan” calls recruit about his commitment status with Bulldogs

A person claiming to be a UGA fan recently called one of the team’s top football recruits to clarify the status of his commitment to the Bulldogs.

The ill-advised contact between the “fan” and the prospect, and the story behind it, instantly went viral on Twitter, and ignited heated discussions on a UGA team website and Rivals.com’s national message boards.  It also created some speculation that UGA may have to report an NCAA secondary violation — even though UGA appeared to have nothing to do with the phone call, and the unidentified person claiming to be a UGA fan may be a fan of another school.

An NCAA spokesperson told the AJC on Monday that it did not have enough information to “speculate about the situation” and how it applied to the rulebook, and recommended contacting UGA. Jim Booz, who works in compliance at UGA, said Monday he was aware of the situation and said that no NCAA secondary violation had occurred. “Based on the information at this time, there’s not enough …

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UGA adds two more football commitments … up to 28 for 2013 class

How does Mark Richt keep up with them all? UGA has 28 commits -- and counting -- for 2013 (AJC)

How does Mark Richt keep up with them all? UGA has 28 commits — and counting — for 2013 (AJC)

UGA officially picked up two more football commitments for its mammoth 2013 recruiting class on Monday.

But it’s not exactly good news for the Bulldogs.

Both of the new 2013 commitments, DT John Atkins and DE Leonard Floyd, are 2012 UGA signees who failed to meet college entrance requirements.

Both players reported to Virginia’s Hargrave Military prep school on Monday, coach Troy Davis confirmed to the AJC.

And now that both are officially enrolled in prep school, both are officially being counted as members of UGA’s 2013 class.

Atkins and Floyd both plan attend one semester of prep school and then report to UGA in January. Beginning next season, they will have five years of college eligibility to play four. Prep school is like an extra year of high school.

UGA now has an eye-popping 28 commitments, which is the nation’s largest class. The Bulldogs expect to sign around 34 in …

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Florida Gators lose 4th recruit in just over week

Florida lost its fourth recruit in just over a week when Joshua Outlaw backed out of his commitment to the Gators on Sunday.

The Florida Gators and four recruits have parted ways in just over a week (AP)

The Florida Gators and four recruits have parted ways in just over a week (AP)

The 6-foot-4, 290-pound offensive lineman from M.L. King High School had been pledged to Florida since April. Outlaw told the AJC he de-committed because of two reasons, including the fact that Florida’s coaches did not approve of him taking visits to other schools.

“I kind of wanted to re-evaluate things,” Outlaw said. “We weren’t seeing eye to eye on a couple of things. I wanted to take my official visits to other schools, and they weren’t big on that.

“We tried to talk about it and hash things out. It was just best for me to take a step back, reconsider everything and take my time with it.”

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Juwan Parker: UGA beats out Stanford and Memphis for 3-star

UGA picked up its second basketball commitment for 2013 with Juwan Parker this weekend.

The 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Tulsa, Okla., selected UGA over Memphis and Stanford, according to the Tulsa World.

“My family has a good relationship with [UGA assistant Kwanza Johnson] and coach [Mark Fox], and Georgia has one of the best business schools in the country,” Juwan Parker said. “Coach Fox built a winner at Nevada and he’s doing the same thing at Georgia. When I visited there, I felt very comfortable. I felt at home.”

UGA's Mark Fox (AJC)

UGA's Mark Fox (AJC)

Parker is ranked as a 3-star and the nation’s No. 117 overall prospect by Rivals. Last year as a junior, Parker averaged 20.5 points and 9.4 rebounds.

UGA’s other 2013 commitment is JJ Frazier, a 5-10 point guard from Georgia’s Faith Baptist Christian Academy.

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Robert Nkemdiche … superhero? (and more)

Want to see another side of Robert Nkemdiche? Click on the video above.

Nkemdiche leads the 2011 AJC’s Super 11 team, as the first Georgia high school senior to be ranked as the nation’s No. 1 overall college prospect. Not only that, Nkemdiche is the consensus No. 1 (a rarity) with the four major recruiting services – Rivals, Scout, ESPN and 247sports.com.

What’s the latest with Nkemdiche’s recruiting? He’s 100-percent committed to Clemson, will go see his older brother play at least one game for Ole Miss this season, is unsure if he will take official visits to any other schools, and if he does it may be USC and Oregon, according to multiple reports.

Back to the Super 11: It’s one of the AJC’s biggest traditions and events of the year. The list is compromised of the state’s top 11 high school football players – not college prospects. We’ll have our own AJC recruiting rankings out later this fall.

Here’s some of the AJC Super 11 links to read more:

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DT Jay Woods picks Vanderbilt over UGA and Kentucky

How often does Vanderbilt beat UGA for a Georgia kid? Not often (AP photo)

How often does Vanderbilt beat UGA for a Georgia kid? Not often (AP photo)

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Vanderbilt scored one of its biggest recruiting victories in the state of Georgia when defensive tackle Jay Woods committed to Vanderbilt on Thursday.

The 6-foot-3, 280-pounder from Jackson High School picked Vanderbilt over UGA and Kentucky. He’s ranked as a 4-star by Scout.com and 3-star by 247sports.

“I think it’s a little surprising, for sure,” said Chad Simmons, National Recruiting Analyst for Scout.com.

“How many times does that happen where Vanderbilt comes into Georgia and gets a kid that UGA truly targeted? That’s a very big get for [Vanderbilt coach] James Franklin and his staff. You know, Jay grew up as a Bulldogs fan, a lot of his coaching staff at Jackson likes Georgia. They don’t push their kids to Georgia obviously, but they like Georgia. Jay is from town that likes Georgia in Jackson.

“I …

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Recruiting Diary: Georgia Tech-bound OL Shamire DeVine (Vol. I)

Some of Atlanta’s college football prospects will be writing a weekly diary for the AJC until February’s signing day. They will be sharing their thoughts, opinions, adventures and perspectives on the recruiting journey.

Shamire DeVine is the most highly-touted member of Georgia Tech’s 2013 recruiting class. Devine, who is ranked as the state’s No. 1 offensive lineman and a 4-star by Scout.com, committed to Georgia Tech over Florida State, while also considering football scholarship offers from Florida, UGA, Tennessee and USC. He pledged to Georgia Tech in early May.

Georgia Tech secured a "package deal" from Tri-Cities HS -- offensive linemen Jeremi Hall (left) and Shamire Devine

Georgia Tech secured a "package deal" from Tri-Cities HS — offensive linemen Jeremi Hall (left) and Shamire DeVine

It feels good to be committed to Georgia Tech for this long. It feels as though I am slowly getting to know my future football family. I am used to it. It is safe to say, to me, they feel the same as my family at Tri-Cities High School. It isn’t like it’s something new because I have known [Georgia …

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