Toby Johnson: UGA flies to Kansas for No. 1-ranked recruit

How big of a priority is JC defensive tackle Toby Johnson for UGA?

With UGA off last weekend, the Bulldogs dispatched recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner to Kansas to personally observe Johnson play for Hutchinson junior college in the 75-0 win over Independence.

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“Coach Garner had said that he wanted to watch me play in person,” Johnson told the AJC. “He told my coaches that I played pretty well and he liked what he saw.

“When I talked to him, we didn’t talk much about how they need me. I already know that for a fact. I’ve looked at the depth chart, and I’ve seen Georgia play this season.”

Johnson is a former standout at Atlanta’s Banneker High School, and he’s currently ranked as the No. 1 overall prospect out of the junior college ranks by

The 6-foot-5, 310-pounder plans to take all five official visits before he picks a college by the end of December. He’s already toured Oklahoma, and has agreed to visit UGA in mid-December. Johnson said Garner has told him that he’s “definitely No. 1 on Georgia’s board at defensive tackle.”

What about his other three trips? He hasn’t decided on them yet, other than that he’s taking them.

As for UGA, there’s a lot of pressure on the Bulldogs to land Johnson or Dooly County High School’s Montravius Adams or both — after turning down the commitment of Mill Creek High School’s Kelsey Griffin, who has since pledged to South Carolina.

Clemson-bound RB Tyshon Dye (AJC)

Clemson-bound RB Tyshon Dye (AJC)

FORMER UGA RB TARGET: UGA is still seeking a commitment at running back for 2013, and one of the guys that the Bulldogs missed on was Elbert County High School’s Tyshon Dye, who is committed to Clemson. “Georgia was recruiting him as a running back, trying to swing him that way, but I really think (UGA defensive coordinator Todd Grantham) had full intentions of moving him to linebacker,” Elbert County coach Sid Fritts said. “This is just my opinion, I think he’s a tremendous linebacker, a guy who can probably get there on Sundays at that position. And that’s not to take anything away from him as a running back. He’s a great running back, the best I’ve ever had. He does have vision and speed. He runs with a linebacker’s mentality. I think he could be a tremendous linebacker for somebody but he wants to play running back in college.” The 6-1, 210-pounder has rushed for nearly 700 yards and 10 touchdowns this season, while also returning a pair of kickoffs for touchdowns. Clemson’s coaches have yet to attend any of Dye’s games this season. “No, I think once they got his commitment, they moved on and started looking at 2014,” Fritts said. “I’m not real sure exactly what Clemson’s mindset is on that but we communicate with the coaches pretty regularly. They haven’t been down to watch a game but I guess they saw what they needed to see last season, and when he has been at their camp.” Dye is still hearing from other schools, including Tennessee and South Carolina.

ROBERT NKEMDICHE UPDATE: This from Palmetto Sports’ Phil Kornblut: “According to a source, Clemson is evaluating some defensive ends because of concern over the possible defection of committed DE Robert Nkemdiche to Ole Miss.”

WILL QUENTIN JAMES COMMIT TO KENTUCKY? Quentin James, who is one of the state’s top 10 senior tailbacks, told the AJC that he has transferred from North Cobb High School and Allatoona, and began classes last week. Coaches from neither school could be reached for comment on Tuesday. James said his family moved to the Allatoona district and he is waiting on GHSA clearance to play for the new school. “It was kind of difficult to leave,” James said. “I love my teammates over there, and we were on a good stretch. I didn’t even really get a chance to say goodbye to everybody. But I think may be in a better situation at Allatoona. We’re undefeated.” What about recruiting? James will visit Georgia Southern in a couple of weeks, and possibly Kentucky as early as next month. “Most likely I see myself as a Kentucky Wildcat right now. They’ve been there for me since my sophomore year, and they’re still here now.” James also had a brief flirtation with Georgia Tech, which has yet to offer. “I don’t think anything is going to happen there. They already have some running backs committed. I think they’re looking for one more A-back, but that decision will come at the end of the year after they see which (prospect) has the most production. It’s kind of difficult to think about because I really like Georgia Tech, but everything happens for a reason. Being a school of Georgia Tech’s quality, they need running backs that can produce and I guess I’m just not what they are looking for. I don’t know.” James looked as good as any of the state’s RB prospects at last December’s junior all-star game.

RB WANTS TO HEAR FROM AUBURN: Yet another one of the state’s top seniors at running back is East Paulding High School’s Kamani Thomas. The 5-9, 195-pounder says he plans to wait until after his season to set up visits. He claims offers from Middle Tennessee State, Ohio, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Troy, Southern Miss, and Arizona State. Who else would he like to hear from? “Auburn, because I feel like I would have a good chance at playing there, and I’ve always liked them.” Thomas said he would also like a little more love from Vanderbilt.

MAKING THE GRADE: A lot of colleges are waiting on the latest report card from Courtney Miggins, the 6-5, 250-pound defensive lineman from Mille Grove High School. He claims offers from Mississippi State, Middle Tennessee State, Iowa State, East Carolina, Central Florida and Louisville. His teammate at Miller Grove, DB-WR Johnquavious McBride, is quietly becoming a hot commodity among colleges. The 6-foot. 155-pounder has offers from East Carolina, Middle Tennessee State, Georgia Southern and Georgia State, according to his coach.

UGA watched film of QB Donovahn Jones, according to his coach (

UGA watched film of QB Donovahn Jones, according to his coach (

SLEEPER ALERT: Keep an eye on Dutchtown High School QB Donovahn Jones, who has committed to Missouri as an “athlete.” UGA assistant Scott Lakatos visited Dutchtown to watch film of Jones last week, and was impressed with “his size, speed, and overall athleticism,” according to Dutchtown assistant Terry Herrod. UGA has yet to offer. Last week, Jones had 506 yards of total offense and threw for six touchdowns in a win over Eagles Landing. The 6-3, 195-pounder has quietly accumulated 22 offers, including five from SEC schools. Missouri and Arkansas will scout him on Friday, and he’s set to take his official visit with Missouri on Nov. 17. “I think he is really comfortable with his commitment to Missouri … He is really flattered by all the attention he is getting from other SEC schools,” Herrod said.

THIS AND THAT: Another prospect to watch is Alpharetta High School’s Rodney Morris. The 6-3, 210-pounder had five catches from 87 yards in last Friday’s win over North Forsyth while switching between WR, TE, LB and DB. He has early offers from Western Kentucky, Charlotte, and other small schools. Morris is also getting looks on defense from NC State, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State and Southern Miss, according to his father … ML King High School OL Joshua Outlaw broke a bone in his foot and will be out for several weeks. Outlaw is a free agent after de-committing from Florida over the summer




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56 comments Add your comment


October 17th, 2012
6:21 am

Let’s all thank Derrick Henry for screwing us over with Tyshon Dye.



October 17th, 2012
6:22 am

Yes – big needs for the DAWGS

Big Daddy

October 17th, 2012
6:51 am

We need some big Uglies on both sides of the ball!

Destin Dawg

October 17th, 2012
7:10 am

Dawgs need linemen !!! early playing time for a winning team !! Go Dawgs !!

Coach Bobo

October 17th, 2012
7:11 am

Donovahn, please come to Georgia and play tight end for me like I tried to get Cam Newton to do!

Pearls before swine

October 17th, 2012
7:16 am

Why send Rodney Garner? The guy is so fat that they would have to buy a whole row of seats to get his tubbiness on a plane.


October 17th, 2012
7:29 am

Get the biggens…


October 17th, 2012
7:32 am

Quentin James what no video on You-Tube?


October 17th, 2012
7:39 am

It doesn’t appear to matter how good our talent is (we place more players in the NFL than any other SEC school) because Richt, Bobo and Grantham cannot coach them to execute plays on gameday.

Great players + UGA coaching staff = losing to ranked teams


October 17th, 2012
8:23 am

Wow another juco product? Why not offer hs players get them in the system and let them develop?

Brian Wilson

October 17th, 2012
8:29 am

Just who have we developed?

Gravy Train

October 17th, 2012
8:45 am

Some of you guys sound just plain ignorant. Undeveloped players don’t get drafted in the NFL. Period. Now, if we were talking about the Hawks, you might have a point. Since some of you are going to bring up the SC game, sure, let’s blame Murray’s father’s illness on Coach Richt too? It was obvious to anyone watching the game that Murray had an uncharacteristically bad game and that hurt the team. Who can blame him? His dad is staring cancer in the face. For me, I’m more concerned with Grantham’s in game adjustment problems.


October 17th, 2012
9:01 am


Well, you’re half right. No one in their right mind would blame Murray’s father for being ill. YOU brought that up. The trashing of Murray’s home after the game was a despicable act.

I don’t blame the players. I blame Richt, Bobo and Grantham.

Remind the readers what our record over the past three years has been vs RANKED TEAMS……….

THAT record is a result of inept coaching and NOT the fault of players.

Lizard King-Dawg

October 17th, 2012
9:33 am

Gravy Train AM did’nt find out about papa until after the game…

Cobb Resident

October 17th, 2012
9:34 am

Why are all these players transferring from North Cobb?


October 17th, 2012
9:36 am

Guys, Guys, Guys…..the problem with UGA is not that they have rucruited less talent, it’s that they have been recruiting guys who are Way too undersized at the LB position…Gilliard, Robinson and Guys like Dowtin who were 210-215 out of HS, but do not have the speed to cover backs or QB’s out of the backfield…Now UGA is bringing in MLB’s who tip the scales at 230-235 out of HS….More guys like Amarlo Herrera…Same thing with the secondary…Poor Branden Smith is out-physicalled every game….Look at SC defense…those guys look like Genetic Experiments…Our guys look like chumps…

UGA Insider

October 17th, 2012
9:49 am

Where in the heck has Ramik WIlson gone?


October 17th, 2012
9:50 am

“When I talked to him, we didn’t talk much about how they need me. I already know that for a fact. I’ve looked at the depth chart, and I’ve seen Georgia play this season.”

LOL! At least the guy is honest. I’m sure the returning defensive players will have a chip on their shoulder though once they read that quote.


October 17th, 2012
10:03 am

Hey Rodney. If you can fly to Kansas, why couldn’t you make the 30 minute drive to Mill Creek High School to tell Kelsey Griffin you wouldn’t take his commitment? Would have been a classy thing to do. But hey, that’s how the dawgs roll I guess.


October 17th, 2012
10:17 am

What do we have, 7-8 schollys left? We need Adams, Johnson, Tunsil, Crowder, a receiver(North?), a running back(Kamara?) and maybe another linemen and a linebacker? Anyone seen any updates in this area?


October 17th, 2012
10:29 am

Any updates on Seymour? Wouldn’t that be a steal? Tunsil, Crowder and Seymour on OL and Adams and Johnson on DL? That would be pulling in the line!!!!


October 17th, 2012
10:48 am

Good move turning down Kelsey Griffin………


October 17th, 2012
10:59 am

Tyshon Dye is making a huge mistake. Being an NFL LB is much better than being an RB. They are not a priority in the draft and have a shorter shelf life.


October 17th, 2012
11:35 am

How did UGA get a plane big enough to fly to Kansas. I am aware of the size of cargo planes but even those could not carry the UGA students and staff to Kansas


October 17th, 2012
12:19 pm

And the Clemson bashing by the AJC continues….

Chick-Fil-A City

October 17th, 2012
12:21 pm

@deebow I swear you Clemson fans are the biggest bunch of babies I’ve ever seen. I see all your message board posts on Tigernet, slamming the AJC for stories about Nkemdiche originally written by ESPN, 247, Rivals or Kornblut. Clemson is a cow pasture. I don’t know why you’re blaming the media for losing Nkemdiche. I’m sure you’ll blame the AJC for losing DeMarcus Robinson, too.

tide roll

October 17th, 2012
12:42 pm

The kid throws 6 touchdown passes and UGA is looking at him as a defensive back. Richt and Bobo are something else aren’t they? Ignore Johnathan McCrary and Anthony Jennings and sell y’all on the Camden County kid, Ramsey. Let me tell you Dawg fans something. If Ramsey was putting up the numbers that Jennings is, and had won the elite 11 regionals like Jennings did, and if Jennings were playing in a wing t offense like Ramsey is, and under these circunstances Richt/Booboo offered Jennings instead of Ramsey, you people would go into full and total MELTDOWN. But turn it around like it is now, and it’s ok with y’all. “No we’re fine with it. We don’t want Jennings.” “We want Ramsey”. What a backwoods fan base. 32 years, and it’s gonna be whole lot more. Can’t wait for LSU to roll back on your schedule. Jennings is gonna Cam Newton y’all’s ass.


October 17th, 2012
1:14 pm

@tide roll… Donovahn Jones just so happens to play at a school that falls under Lakatos’ recruiting area of responsibility, just like BoBo recruits mostly South Georgia. There is nothing in the article that suggests Jones is being recruited as a defensive back just because the secondary coach comes to see you.

@ all other UGA fans… Let’s stop with the whining. Unless a group of us is willing to fork over 2-3 mil annually to the athletic department, then we can’t determine the coaching staff. CMR has been successful overall. He just isn’t the guy to take Georgia Football to the next level. These are facts everyone is well aware of. So there is no need to poopoo the coaching staff, down play their development skills, or how they recruit. Year after year, Georgia brings in a top 10 or 15 class, enough horses so that the program doesn’t totally suck. Let’s get behind these players and these recruits so that we can continue 8,9,10 win seasons and not 4,5, and 6 win seasons. I , like many others, believes Georgia has the makings of a national champion, but that isn’t the current reality. Here is a good analogy: Tony Dungy. Unless we have another Jon Gruden coming in between the hedges, then don’t have a heart attack when we lose to ranked teams. Just STOP buying season tickets and stop buying merchandise. McGarity will get the message soon enough.

Tide Roll's Tutor

October 17th, 2012
1:25 pm

Let’s work on our reading comprehension this week, TR. The kid is committed to Missouri as an “athlete” so he realizes his best chance for playing time is not at QB.

Still on the Jennings dead horse issue. Part two of our tutoring session (after the reading comprehension) is on logical thinking. Both younger and elder Jennings are not angry with UGA and understand the Ramsey deal. Follow the logical progression as I shell it down in simple steps.

1. You are not a Georgia fan, and obviously don’t like UGA.

2. You think Jennings is an outstanding talent (and I agree he possibly is), so why would you want a team you bitterly dislike to get a player like this?

3. You play a Bama fan on the net, and the Tide has two quarterback commits that I assume you think are not as good as Jennings. (If you do think they are better, please post as such).

4. With this assumption that Bama would be better off with Jennings than with the two commits they have, why aren’t you in MELTDOWN over Saban striking out here, or did Bama even offer this great talent? Either way you should be ticked off at the Tide missing out on Jennings.

There are your two tutoring topics for today. Please stay off the blogs until you have thought about the above, or else consider yourself warned about the well-deserved brickbats you will attract for posting that drivel.

You can do better, Tide Roll. Give me reason to hope.


October 17th, 2012
1:29 pm

EXTRA…EXTRA…Rodney Garner makes it out of Athens!!! Talked to one of the Assts @ Norcross…he said he hasn’t seen Garner in 10 years there…that’s why this staff will not win a NC!!! Too many issues on this staff….too much talent to waste!!! Should have had multiple championships over the last years…but missed out on recruits and other issues!!


October 17th, 2012
1:38 pm

Decent fans don’t knock the players on their own team.


October 17th, 2012
2:42 pm


Any word as to whether UGA might go after junior DeShaun Watson, the QB from Gainesville HIgh School ( I am aware he is verbally committed to Clemson)?


October 17th, 2012
2:56 pm

some please tell georgia coaches to go see Justin Artis 6′1 195 lbs 4.3 40 plays rb/lb he is from a small school in Anahuac H.S. in texas..check him out on youtube.little known but a hard runner and has excellent grades


October 17th, 2012
4:18 pm


Red Pants

October 17th, 2012
4:25 pm

I’m over recruiting. We’ll just keep losing to big time programs every year no matter which kids we get until the coaching improves. I’m not even saying a change is necessary in staff, they just need to improve their approach, period.


October 17th, 2012
4:25 pm



October 17th, 2012
4:42 pm

Pppl are knocking the efforts by the coaching staff, and the same excuses…not the players!

Vampire Bill

October 17th, 2012
4:48 pm

This is a fine kettle of fish indeed….

Garner at Norcross

October 17th, 2012
5:22 pm

Some Georgia coaches must be getting to Norcross. Lots of rumors that Kamara has committed to UGA. Time will tell.


October 17th, 2012
5:23 pm

@chik-fil-a….no clemson whining here. I understand where the stories originate. I could care less wether we get some pre-madonna like RN. What I get tired of is UGA fans bashing CU because you are an “SEC Powerhouse”… havent done anything, just like Clemson.( chime in orange bowl loss, “west virginia just scored again”, ACC sucks, etc…)

Tampa Gator

October 17th, 2012
7:32 pm

Just read the names of the recruits in Gainesville for the SC game:

1. Shaq Wiggins – Georgia commit
2. O.J. Howard – Bama commit
3. Demarcus Walker – Bama commit (back yet again…in town last weekend)
4. Trey Johnson – Auburn commit

It also looks like Trenton Brown and Laremy Tunsil are making the trip back to Gainesville…..Tunsil was at the LSU game….also.

5. Ira Denson – FSU commit may be in town as well….wanting a Florida offer that has yet to come.

Tampa Gator

October 17th, 2012
7:34 pm


I do not understand Kamara’s interest in Georgia with Marshall and Gurley and others there. It seems to me that Tennessee would be a better place for him with their all out passing attack and depth issues at RB.


October 17th, 2012
8:13 pm

Just wondering how those Clemson commits that came in on Robert NK’s coatails are feeling right now. Wonder how Clemson is feeling about them? If I were them, I’d be worried.

Brainiac (CMR/UGA Fan For Life))

October 17th, 2012
9:12 pm

@ Tampa gator:

Gurley and Marshall will be gone after 3 years at UGA so if Kamara redshirts next year he could be the starter as a redshirt sophomore.

Brainiac (CMR/UGA Fan For Life))

October 17th, 2012
9:18 pm

@ PTC Dawg:(1:38 pm post)

Excellent post bro but you are dealing with Neanderthols on here!!!!!!!

PTC Dawg = DGD

Brainiac (CMR/UGA Fan For Life))

October 17th, 2012
9:50 pm

@ Gravy Train:

You are fighting a losing battle with people like Fla Dawg and his ilk. Your 8:45 am post is right on the money but they apparently think if a team is not going undefeated every year you fire the coaches.

Nobody wins all their games EVERY year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CMR is the 4th winningest current coach in America and none of the CURRENT SEC coaches are among the 3 above CMR. You could pick a dozen of those Know It Alls and CMR pays more tax each year than the dozen of them gross.

Fortunately they have zero influence on ANY UGA related decisions and CMR will still be the HC at UGA as long as he likes. He is a good coach and a great person who happens to believe that his primary job is HC at UGA but some effort needs to be given towards helping young men get themselves prepared to become productive citizens and hopefully role models(Fla Dawg and his ilk could use a little of that type CMR training)


October 17th, 2012
11:34 pm

Another rumor I just heard was Lattimore and Clowney could miss or be limited for the Florida game.


October 18th, 2012
1:50 am

Recruiting? That’s for wimps. We buy the players we need!

—Auburn boosters


October 18th, 2012
1:54 am

Alvin Kamara is a totally different type of RB than Gurshall and will play as a true freshman… his style fits the play action offensive style of UGA perfectly! Kamara has interest in Oregon, Okie St, FSU, Bama and UGA.

I was listening to an interview of 2014 RB Myles Autry who is a teammate of Kamara’s at Norcross HS and at the very end of the interview, while talking about the various D-1 offers available to Autry he said “of course, he wouldn’t mind following Kamara to UGA.” (he’s looking for an offer from UGA but may unintentionally slipped-up and reviled Kamara’s plan)

New recruits for 2013 class suddenly on the scene that UGA is showing some interest in:

Lamar Robbins CB 6′ 3″ 188lbs Miami, FL 3* (could be plan B if not able to flip Brendan Langley)
UGA is intrigued with the height and cover ability of Robbins

UGA pushing for Jonathon Rumph JUCO WR 6′ 5″ 215lbs 40: 4.5 Goodman, Mississippi (Holmes Community College) originally from Cayce, S.C. (Similar skills as Marlon Brown)

Ashton Shumpert RB/S 6′ 2″ 205lbs 40: 4.5 Fulton Mississippi (Itawamba Agricultural) Shumpert has a very physical type of running style in the mold of Todd Gurley. It will be hard to lure him away from the in state schools Miss State and Ole Miss both are having a good season but Shumpert is giving UGA a long look.

“Stick with Richt”

“BELIEVE” in the “G”


October 18th, 2012
8:37 am

Hey Brainiacm,I just finished cleaning up my own vomit after reading your CRAP about how good a person Richt is. He might be all that BUT he AIN”T gonna take us where we (not counting you) want to be.Let him apply for team chaplain.He’s a second rate coach coaching a first rate program.