Archive for September, 2012

Mohamed Camara: South Carolina LB cancels UGA visit … with flat

LB Mohamed Camara (AJC)

LB Mohamed Camara (AJC)

One of South Carolina’s football recruits was scheduled to visit UGA on Saturday, but couldn’t make it because of a flat tire.

Mohamed “Mo” Camara, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound linebacker from West Forsyth High School, had car trouble on the way to Saturday’s UGA-Florida Atlantic game. Camara, who was already running late for kickoff, decided to cancel the trip after the flat.

“It was a bummer, but the game ended up being a blowout,” said Camara, who texted UGA defensive coordinator Todd Grantham to let him know he wasn’t going to make it.

What’s the deal with “Mo” and UGA? “I had interest in them early,” he said. “Right now, I’m not really looking at recruiting that much because I’m committed to South Carolina, and I’m 100 percent with them. I really don’t talk to Georgia that much.”

Camara committed to the first school that offered him, South Carolina. He pledged to the Gamecocks last spring, and has since added football …

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Quinton Stephens: 3-star commits to Georgia Tech over Clemson

Georgia Tech-bound Quinton Stephens with his parents

Georgia Tech-bound Quinton Stephens with his parents

Georgia Tech added a little hometown flavor to its 2013 basketball recruiting class.

Quinton Stephens, a 6-foot-9, 180-pound swingman from Marist high school, committed to Georgia Tech over Clemson, Tennessee and Miami on Sunday. He made the decision at the conclusion of his official visit with the Yellow Jackets on Sunday.

“I went to Clemson the previous week and really enjoyed it,” Stephens told the AJC. “But coming here [to Georgia Tech], it really stood out to me that it was a great place. I fit in really well with the players and coaches. And just the atmosphere and all around … it really was a good fit for all the things I was looking for.”

Stephens liked Georgia Tech so much that he went ahead and immediately canceled his upcoming recruiting trips to Miami and Tennessee.

“I just felt like I had no reason to prolong the process if I really felt like Georgia Tech was the place for me,” Stephens said. “I …

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TE River Bryant is commit No. 6 for Georgia State’s 2013 class

TE River Bryant

TE River Bryant

Georgia State football coach Bill Curry will retire at the end of the season, but it hasn’t stopped the team on the recruiting trail.

River Bryant, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound tight end from Jackson High School, has committed to Georgia State.

Georgia State, which now has six commitments for 2013, was the first offer for Bryant, who also had interest from Auburn, Georgia Tech and a lot of smaller schools.

“I picked Georgia State because they were my first full ride offer,” Bryant told the AJC. “They’re close to home. I’m just down here in Jackson County, near Athens. It’s about 45 minutes to an hour away.

“It’s close to home, and they’re moving up to D1 next year in the Sun Belt conference. I have a great opportunity to play there, My family will be able to come down and watch me play. It was very important for me to play where my family could come watch and see me. And it has been a dream of mine since the eighth grade to play Div. I …

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UGA and Georgia Tech to entertain top prospects this weekend (Updated)

Both Georgia Tech and UGA have home games this weekend, and are able to entertain college football prospects for visits.

Here are where some of the state’s top prospects said they are going this weekend:

  • Harris County DT Jay Woods (undecided) to visit Georgia Tech
  • Kell DB Brendan Langley (committed to South Carolina) to visit UGA
  • West Forsyth LB Mohamed Camara (committed to South Carolina) to visit UGA
  • Tri-Cites OL Jeremi Hall (committed to Georgia Tech) to visit Georgia Tech
  • Westminster K Harrison Butker (Georgia Tech) to visit Georgia Tech
  • Grayson RB Wayne Gallman (Clemson) to visit Clemson
  • Grady DE Darren Dowdell (undecided) to visit Ole Miss
  • Tri-Cities OL Shamire Devine (Georgia Tech) to visit Georgia Tech
  • Dooly County DT Montravius Adams (undecided) canceled an official visit to Michigan State because his mother had to work
  • Newnan DB Tray Matthews (UGA) to likely go to UGA: “It depends how I feel after my game [Friday]
  • Buford OL Josh Cardiello (UGA) to visit …

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Recruiting Diary: Our Lady of Mercy ATH Rashard Fant (Vol. II)

RELATED: Check out where some of the state of Georgia’s top college football prospects are going this weekend by clicking here.  Both UGA and Georgia Tech have home games.

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.

Rashard Fant is considered one of the state’s top sleeper prospects. He has been overlooked by many colleges because he attends the small private school of Our Lady of Mercy. However, he has impressed enough as an “athlete” to earn early college football scholarship offers from Florida State, Utah, Ole Miss and Kentucky, among others. Many other colleges will be evaluating him as a senior.

My team, Our Lady of Mercy, started out the 2012 season 2-0, and we have a big game on Friday. We won our season opener against a good Mt. Paran team 38-7. I had a good game, scoring two …

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QB Eddie Printz says UCLA scholarship offer was withdrawn

Longtime UCLA commit Eddie Printz said he found out on Wednesday that his football scholarship offer from the Bruins was withdrawn.

The Lassiter High School standout had been committed to UCLA since last January. Printz was stunned by the news that the offer “would no longer be honored,” according to his family.

UCLA is coached by Jim Mora Jr., the former coach of the Atlanta Falcons.

Ex-Atlanta Falcons coach Jim Mora has parted ways with 2 Georgia recruits in ways that left both prospects confused (AJC)

Ex-Atlanta Falcons coach Jim Mora has parted ways with 2 Georgia recruits in a manner that left both prospects confused (AJC)

“I feel like a horse kicked me in the stomach,” the quarterback’s father, Ed Printz, told the AJC. “And I feel like I let my son down because I let him commit early. This happens, and I don’t know how I could’ve foreseen it. I believed what Coach Mora was telling us, and now I feel sick in my stomach about it.”

This is the second time within …

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Shaq Wiggins: UGA DB is “100-percent committed” but … will visit Florida, Tennessee, Ole Miss & Vandy

This week, Shaq Wiggins, who is ranked by some as the state’s No. 1 prospect at DB, confirmed that he is “100 percent” committed to UGA.

The 5-foot-9, 161-pounder from Sandy Creek High School also stated that he will take all five official visits and revealed the other schools – Florida, Tennessee, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt.

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“In talking with some players that came before me, one of the things they wish they would’ve done was to visit other schools,” Wiggins told the AJC. “I don’t want to make the same mistake. My parents want me to visit other schools to have something to compare to Georgia. But I don’t think anybody will compare to Georgia.”

Note: You can watch Wiggins, along with another UGA commit from Sandy Creek, WR Demarre Kitt, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in a live webcast by clicking here. There’s also Sandy Creek OL Alan Knott, who …

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INSIDER: Auburn recruits react to 0-2 start

What do Auburn recruits think of the team’s 0-2 start?

They’d like for Auburn to have more wins, of course, but there doesn’t seem to be anywhere near the same type of widespread panic and hotseat rumors like that were swirling around UGA last year after a similar 0-2 start. “We’ll be fine” seems to be general sentiment at Auburn.

Perhaps no out-of-state school recruits the state of Georgia as well as Auburn, which has 17 commits for its 2013 class, including five from the state (without counting 5-star transplant Reuben Foster).

We asked the Auburn recruits simply what they thought about 0-2:

  • LB Jarrad Davis, Camden County: “It’s definitely a rocky start for Auburn, but it is what it is. Every good program, they go through a rough time. They’re struggling at the beginning of the season, but I’m looking forward to them bouncing back and playing some real football. I think they’ll be good.” Davis said he hasn’t talked to any other school and doesn’t have …

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Donovahn Jones: Missouri picks up Georgia QB

Gary Pinkel is activel recruiting Georgia, especially the Atlanta area, for Missouri (AP)

Gary Pinkel is activel recruiting Georgia, especially the Atlanta area, for Missouri (AP)

Missouri, which lost to UGA on Saturday, is winning some recruiting battles in its new SEC recruiting territory.

Donovahn Jones, a quarterback from Dutchtown High School, committed to Missouri over Arkansas, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Minnesota and South Florida. The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder will play WR in college.

“I just fell in love with Missouri when I visited back in July. I really loved the campus and the stability of the program,” Jones said. “The fact that Missouri plays in the SEC was also very important in my decision.

”I know we had a tough lost against Georgia, but the atmosphere at Memorial Stadium was electric. I knew as I was watching the game with my family that Missouri was where I wanted to call home for the next four years.”

Jones, who is originally from the Midwest area (Illinois), is the second Dutchtown senior to commit to a D1 college, following in the footsteps …

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Stephen Hill is toast of New York

Stephen Hill is the toast of New York after becoming the first NFL rookie to catch two touchdowns in his debut since 2005.

An Atlanta product, Cam Newton, was the NFL’s best rookie in 2011. Who will be tops in 2012?

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The former Georgia Tech and Miller Grove High School star finished with five catches for 89 yards and two touchdowns for the New York Jets against Buffalo on Sunday.

Hill also apparently caught a bug, with Deadspin poking a little fun with this headline — “Superlative Jets Rookie Stephen Hill Dominated Yesterday’s Game While Periodically Puking On The Sidelines”

Former Miller Grove coach Jasper Jewell watched it on TV.

“I’m grinning from ear to ear. I couldn’t be more proud.

“He always had the physical skills, but I’ve never coached any athlete that worked harder to be success. He told me when he got drafted that ‘I know I’m going to make it in the NFL.’ I think he’s going …

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