Archive for November, 2012

COMMIT! WR makes the call to UGA to the Bulldogs

How could UGA focus much on recruiting this week while it prepares to play the program’s biggest game in 30 years?

The Bulldogs didn’t really. This one sought out them.

It was Krenwick Sanders who initiated his commitment to UGA on Thursday.

UGA now has 3 commits for 2014 (AJC)

UGA now has 3 commits for 2014 (AJC)

The 6-foot-2, 180-pound wide receiver from Wayne County High School picked UGA over early football scholarship offers from Vanderbilt, South Florida and UNC.

Sanders just felt like Thursday was the right time to pledge to UGA, and went to his high school coaches to get it done.

“It was out of the blue,” Wayne County coach Jody Grooms told the AJC. “He came up to (our strength coach) and said he wanted to commit. I spoke with (UGA wide receivers coach) Tony Ball, and then (Sanders) spoke with Coach Richt. And they went ahead and finished the deal.”

Sanders is a junior, and one of three commits for UGA’s 2014 class. He makes up for the recent loss of Sandy Creek High School junior WR Demarre …

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It’s OFFICIAL: Longtime UGA recruit will visit South Carolina and Florida

One of UGA’s top commitments at defensive back has set up his official visits to other schools.

Two of them are UGA’s biggest SEC East rivals.

UGA has several 2013 commits that will take official visits to other schools (AJC)

UGA has several 2013 commits that say they will take official visits to other schools (AJC)

Shaq Wiggins, who has been pledged to UGA for nearly a year, will take recruiting trips to UGA next weekend, South Carolina on Jan. 11, Florida on Jan. 18, and Ole Miss on Jan. 25.

“Decision time is coming and things are getting REAL,” Wiggins said in a text message to the AJC.

When asked about the status of his UGA commitment, Wiggins replied, “Still committed.”

The 5-foot-9, 160-pounder is a little smaller than the cornerbacks that UGA defensive coordinator Todd Grantham traditionally recruits. However, Wiggins makes up for it with his athleticism and aggressive style of play. Wiggins is ranked as the nation’s No. 87 overall prospect by ESPN.

“I think this whole thing about size is a little overrated,” Sandy Creek coach Chip …

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Will ex-UGA WR recuit Ky Priester get another look from the Bulldogs?

Every year, both UGA and Georgia Tech extend a last-minute scholarship offer to an in-state kid after another target goes elsewhere.

Kyrin Priester, who had a breakout senior season and is now considered by some to be the state’s top prospect at wide receiver, is a name to keep an eye on.

WR Kyrin Priester of Brookwood HS is one of the state's most underrated 2013 prospect (AJC)

WR Kyrin Priester of Brookwood HS is one of the state's most underrated 2013 prospects (AJC)

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound speedster from Brookwood High School was actually committed to UGA for a few months, re-opened his recruiting, and is now pledged to NC State. However, that commitment is kind of shaky after NC State fired coach Tom O’Brien.

“I was kind of upset about it,” Preister told the AJC. “But I’m not going to do anything until I find out if my position coach gets fired. If he gets fired, then I’m not going to NC State.”

Priester quickly picked up an offer from Mississippi State on Monday and has many other colleges wanting to evaluate his senior highlight film, which …

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Georgia Tech signs Top 10 class for baseball

Georgia Tech baseball coach Danny Hall has announced that 16 student-athletes have signed their National Letters of Intent during the early-signing period to play for the ACC Champion Yellow Jackets next season.

This highly-regarded, deep class features 13 players from the state of Georgia, two in the Team USA system and has been ranked in the top-10 by Perfect Game.

The 16-member class that will enroll at Tech in August and play the 2014 season includes: Elliott Barzilli, IF (Los Angeles, Calif./Palisades Charter); Brandon Gold, 3B/RHP (Alpharetta, Ga./Johns Creek); Matthew Gorst, RHP (Alpharetta, Ga./Johns Creek); Josh Hart, OF (Lilburn, Ga./Parkview); Syd Hopkins, RHP (Roswell, Ga./Roswell); Keenan Innis, OF/RHP (Cumming, Ga./Blessed Trinity); Connor Justus, IF (Cartersville, Ga./Cartersville); Eric Knox, OF (Guyton, Ga./Effingham County); Terry McClure, OF (Atlanta, Ga./Riverwood); Arden Pabst, C/IF (Sherman Oaks, Calif./Harvard Westlake); Tanner Shelton, LHP (Woodstock, …

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UGA signs 8 more for baseball

University of Georgia baseball coach David Perno announced the signing of eight additional student-athletes during the early signing period for the 2013-14 academic year. Here is a glance at the latest group of signees that completes this year’s early class.

Michael Carpin: Went 5-2 with a 2.02 ERA for the Wando High School Warriors and coach Dirk Thomas as a junior in 2012…He struck out 54 in 45 innings pitched in helping the team to a 20-6 mark and the district playoffs…Son of Tracey and Dennis Carpin.
“Michael is a solid right-handed pitcher with a plus breaking ball, and he’s got very good command with a bright future as a Bulldog,” said Perno.

Jarrett Freeland: An All-Region left-handed hitting catcher/infielder/pitcher that batted .371 with four home runs and 23 RBI for the national champion Parkview Panthers and coach Chan Brown…Team went 31-6 en route to region and state titles…Also named a Georgia Dugout Club All-Star and to Team Georgia squad…Hit …

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Georgia State signs three for volleyball

The Georgia State volleyball team signed three newcomers during the 2012 fall signing period. Buford, Ga. native Kristina Stinson will join Ohio products Molly Shonk and Cassie Hughes as they begin play in 2013.

“This class fits perfectly with our team dynamic,” said GSU coach Tami Audia.” All three of them are athletic, passionate about volleyball and know how to play the game. At one time or another, they have played positions other than the one we recruited them for, which tells us that they know the game and can adjust when needed. Going in to the Sun Belt Conference with these four freshmen and our returning team is definitely making 2013 bright.”

  • Stinson, a 6-foot middle blocker and outside hitter, earned four varsity letters at North Gwinnett High School. She was named the 2012 Gwinnett County Player of the Year and earned a place on the 2012 Georgia Senior All-Star team. She earned a GVCA All-State nod in 2011 and 2012, two All-Area Region 7 selections, a …

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Nkemdiche on Ole Miss: “To people that do think I am a lock … I will just say you never know”

Robert Nkemdiche (No. 1) and older brother Denzel

Robert Nkemdiche (No. 1) and older brother Denzel

The nation’s undisputed No. 1 prospect, Robert Nkemdiche, did only his second interview since de-committing from Clemson a few weeks ago. He talked to Dawg Nation’s Kipp Adams.

Probably the most interesting thing was Nkemdiche claiming it wasn’t a done deal that he will commit to Ole Miss, where his brother plays.

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“To people that do think I am a lock to Ole Miss, I will just say you never know,” Nkemdiche said. “I could end up falling in love with any other school. If schools give up, they give up, but you never know if I take a visit and fall in love. It could happen.”

What about Ole Miss linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche telling reporters after last Saturday’s game that his baby brother will commit in two weeks? Robert declined to confirm or deny it.

“I do not know about that,” Nkemdiche said. “I will have to see. If I do …

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Auburn loses another high-prized football recruit

Auburn has lost another high-prized commitment from Georgia.

Trey Johnson, a 4-star linebacker from Central Gwinnett High School, de-committed from Auburn on Tuesday, according to his coach.

Urban Meyer has made LB Trey Johnson a recruiting priority (AP)

Urban Meyer has made LB Trey Johnson a recruiting priority (AP)

“In talking with Trey and his dad, they feel like it’s time to de-commit because they don’t even know who Trey is committed to at Auburn (without a new coach hired),” Central Gwinnet coach Todd Wofford told the AJC.

“Trey wanted to be fair to himself, and to be fair to the schools that are recruiting him. It is two months away from signing day, and he’s not in a position where he can wait to see what coach Auburn may hire, what defense they may run, and things like that.

Johnson’s de-commitment doesn’t come as much of a surprise. Ever since Gene Chizik was frequently mentioned as being on the hotseat, Johnson had openly communicated with other colleges.

The 6-foot-2, 225-pounder went on an official visit this …

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Recruiting Wars: Nick Saban vs. Mark Richt

Alabama will likely contend for yet another No. 1-ranked recruiting class (AP)

Alabama will likely contend for yet another No. 1-ranked recruiting class (AP)

Alabama’s Nick Saban and UGA’s Mark Richt haven’t competed against each other on the football field since the infamous 2008 “Blackout” game, won 40-31 by the Crimson Tide.

But the two SEC coaches go head-to-head in recruiting battles all the time, especially in the fertile grounds of the state of Georgia.

Georgia is almost like a second home to Saban.

When a reporter suggested last spring that Saban recruits the state almost as if he lives in it, the coach quickly replied “Well, I still have a home in Georgia” – a reference to the mansion he owns on Lake Burton in northeast Georgia.

Saban talked about the recruiting emphasis he puts on Georgia this week:

“What we try to do in our recruiting is do a really good job in a five-hour radius of our Tuscaloosa area,” Saban said. “We obviously want to do a great job in our own state.  It just happens that a large part of Georgia …

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Georgia Tech signs trio of in-state stars

Georgia Tech softball signed four of the five high school softball players to join the Yellow Jackets in 2014, coach Sharon Perkins announced Tuesday. Of the four student-athletes to commit to Tech, three are from Georgia and one from Florida. The fifth recruit for 2014 will sign her NLI this spring.

The recruiting class includes Jessica Kowalewicz (Stone Mountain, Ga.), Samantha Pierannunzi (Lawrenceville, Ga.), Alexis Jones (Columbus, Ga.) and Colleen Darragh (St. Johns, Fla.).

“Overall, this is a very athletic signing class that can impact a game in many ways,” Perkins said. “I am extremely pleased to continue the Gwinnett County-to-Georgia Tech pipeline. Metro Atlanta is one of the nation’s hotbeds for softball and that is our program’s goal to continually bring in local players.

“All of these student-athletes are great fits for Georgia Tech academically as well. Each one of them fits in well with the tremendous team chemistry that already exists. Each player …

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