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.
“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 247sports.com.
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.
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.
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
WE’RE LESS THAN FOUR MONTHS AWAY FROM SIGNING DAY
– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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