Archive for November, 2012

Ja’Quay Williams: Top UGA target officially de-commits from Auburn (UPDATED)

  • UPDATED: South Carolina is “in the mix,” his uncle said on Wednesday.

One of UGA’s top remaining targets, WR Ja’Quay Williams, de-committed from Auburn on Sunday night, his legal guardian told the AJC.

WR Ja'Quay Williams took an official visit this weekend to UGA, which is considered his new frontrunner (AJC)

WR Ja'Quay Williams took an official visit this weekend to UGA, which is considered his new frontrunner (AJC)

The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder from Sandy Creek High School took an official visit to UGA this weekend.

“Texas A&M, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi State are on the current list,” said Kevin Ofchus, his uncle and legal guardian. “And Auburn is still in the mix.”

“Like a lot of kids, we’re just waiting to see how things pan out with which specific coach it is (hired at Auburn). Until things get figured out over there, Ja’Quay needs to do his due diligence and research where he wants to go.”

Last February, Williams signed with Auburn after almost switching to UGA at the last minute.

However, Williams became a free agent again this year after not meeting NCAA academic …

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House call: UGA picks up commitment No. 30 at Mark Richt’s digs

One of UGA’s top recruiting targets had some good news when he visited at Mark Richt’s house on late Saturday night.

Kennar Johnson told the UGA coach and his family that he was committing to the Bulldogs.

The number of UGA commits keeps getting higher and higher and higher. It hit 30 with a JC safety's decision (AP)

The number of UGA commits keeps getting higher and higher and higher. It hit 30 with a JC safety's decision (AP)

Johnson, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound safety from Mississippi Gulf Coast junior college, picked UGA over Ole Miss, South Florida and Mississippi State. He is commitment No. 30 for UGA’s 2013 recruiting class.

“Coach Richt was very excited,” Johnson told the AJC. “He was happy and he hugged me a couple of times. His wife and his brother-in-law and his son … they were happy as well.”

Somewhere, UGA defensive coordinator Todd Grantham had to be happy, too. Johnson is expected to be an immediate contributor next year to a defense that will lose at least 8 out of 11 starters. Johnson graduates from junior college in December and will enroll at UGA in …

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UGA prepares to raid Auburn’s recruits in Georgia after Chizik’s firing

Auburn lost one of its top Georgia recruits after Sunday’s firing of coach Gene Chizik.

And the Tigers may lose some more:

5-star LB Reuben Foster did not flip from Auburn to UGA over the weekend, as some expected. Will he still do it? (AJC)

5-star LB Reuben Foster did not flip from Auburn to UGA over the weekend, as some expected. Will he still do it? (AJC)

  • WR Ja’Quay Williams: He de-committed from Auburn on Sunday night after returning from his official visit to UGA over the weekend. The Bulldogs are now considered the frontrunner for Williams, who is also looking at Florida, Texas A&M, Mississippi State and maybe Auburn again. Williams was the state’s No. 1 prospect at WR last year out of Sandy Creek High School and signed with Auburn after almost flipping to UGA at the last minute. However, Williams is a free agent again after not meeting NCAA entrance requirements. He is spending this fall at a prep school and hopes to enroll at a four-year college in January. CLICK HERE
  • LB Reuben Foster: If UGA could have a draft for Auburn recruits, Foster would be the No. 1 pick. Foster was …

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Robert Nkemdiche will commit in two weeks, says brother

Robert Nkemdiche and his brother hug after the Ole Miss win over Mississippi State (Twitter)

Robert Nkemdiche and his brother hug after the Ole Miss win over Mississippi State (Twitter)

Robert Nkemdiche’s stellar football career at Grayson High School ended up on Friday night.

His recruiting journey may soon be finished as well.

Two weeks ago, the nation’s undisputed No. 1 overall college football prospect de-committed from Clemson.

On Saturday night, Nkemdiche made an unofficial visit to watch Ole Miss, where his brother is a freshman linebacker. After the game, Denzel Nkemdiche was asked by reporters about what his heralded younger brother thought about the Ole Miss win over Mississippi State and the environment for the game:

“Robert told me personally, I don’t know if I’m supposed to say it, but he told me he’s committing in two weeks,” Denzel Nkemdiche told reporters (on Saturday night). “That’s just the honest truth. That’s what he told me and he wouldn’t lie to his brother.” (Click here to read rest of blog by the Clarion-Ledger’s John …

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Two of Auburn’s top football recruits to visit UGA this weekend (UPDATED)

Recruiting never stops for anything, not even holidays.

For Thanksgiving weekend, there is plenty of action going on between recruits and colleges:

Mark Richt has two high-prized Auburn recruits scheduled to visit this weekend (AJC)

Mark Richt has two high-prized Auburn recruits scheduled to visit this weekend (AJC)

  • UGA is expecting Reuben Foster to make an unofficial visit for Saturday’s Georgia Tech game, which Foster confirmed to the AJC. The 4-star linebacker from LaGrange is committed to Auburn but still flirting with UGA. For the Bulldogs, it will be important that Foster does indeed appear at Saturday’s game, with his own team at Auburn (Ala.) High School in a playoff game on late Friday night.
  • Another Auburn commitment, WR Ja’Quay Williams is scheduled to take an official visit to UGA this weekend. Williams signed with Auburn over the Bulldogs after a fierce battle last year, but did not satisfy NCAA requirements and is spending this fall at prep school. Williams was the state’s No. 1 prospect at WR last year and is considered better than any of the …

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Recruiting Diary: New Missouri QB commit Eddie Printz (Vol. V)

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.

Eddie Printz led Lassiter High School to a 10-0 regular season and No. 1 ranking in Class AAAAAA. Lassiter was upset by Brookwood in the first round of the state playoffs. Last month, Printz verbally committed to Missouri while on his official visit. Printz initially committed to SMU more than a year ago, then later switched to UCLA last January. In September, Printz said he was told by UCLA that his scholarship offer would no longer be honored. After being on the open market for around a month, Printz was picked up by Missouri.

Losing stinks. Congratulations Brookwood. That’s all I have to say about the playoff game. I know only one out of 32 teams finishes with a win. I get it but I don’t like it when it happens to my team. I love my Lassiter …

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Robert Nkemdiche vs. DeVondre Seymour at 7:30 pm tonight

Note: You can watch Grayson vs. North Gwinnett live at 7:30 p.m. Friday in an online webcast at http://www.wsbtv.com/thursdaynightfootball

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Robert Nkemdiche vs. the son of NFL All-Pro Richard Seymour.

Two of the state’s top recruits will go head-to-head when Grayson High School plays North Gwinnett at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the second round of the state playoffs.

Nkemdiche is the nation’s undisputed No. 1 prospect as a 6-foot-5, 284-pound defensive end from Grayson. He’s backed off his early commitment to Clemson, and now considering Ole Miss (where his older brother plays), among others.

DeVondre Seymour is a 6-5, 290-pound offensive tackle for North Gwinnett who is the adopted son of the NFL All-Pro for the Oakland Raiders. The younger Seymour claimed early offers from UGA, Alabama, Florida and South Carolina, among others, but has kept a low profile in the recruiting world over the last six months.

North Gwinnett coach on undisputed No. 1 prospect Robert Nkemdiche: (AJC)

North Gwinnett coach on undisputed No. 1 prospect Robert Nkemdiche: …

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UGA’s recruiting prophet … predicts another commit for Bulldogs (UPDATED)

UGA’s recruiting prophet has spoken.

Longtime UGA safety commit Tray Matthews, who predicted a recruit committing to the Bulldogs on Twitter on Tuesday, had another message for his followers on late Wednesday night:

“Another commit coming soon ladies & gentlemen”

When Matthews speaks, people listen. And commits commit – to UGA.

Matthews is a true UGA recruiting insider. He has been pledged to the Bulldogs since two summers ago, communicates with Mark Richt and staff on a regular basis, and chitchats with recruits all the time.

Last Tuesday’s prophecy turned out to be Brendan Langley, the cornerback from Kell High School who flipped from South Carolina to UGA.

Who could the next one be? Matthews’ tweet is cryptic, not revealing who or when.

Tray’s prophecy?

  • Reuben Foster
  • Kennar Johnson
  • Ja’Quay

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The one that would floor UGA fans would be 4-star LB Reuben Foster, who is committed to Auburn but still flirting with the …

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UGA beats out Texas Tech and Ole Miss for 6-foot-5 WR

UGA addressed immediate concerns at wide receiver for next season by landing the commitment of Jonathan Rumph on Wednesday night.

Rumph is 6-foot-5, 210-pounder from Mississippi’s Holmes junior college. He is a native of the Columbia, S.C., area, and he said he picked UGA over Ole Miss, Texas Tech and Florida.

UGA has 29 commitments for 2013 (AP)

UGA has 29 commitments for 2013 (AP)

Rumph is UGA’s second commitment in as many days, and he gives the Bulldogs 29 commitments for the 2013 recruiting class.

“He’s a big red zone target, similar to Marlon Brown,” said Kipp Adams of ESPN’s Dawg Nation.

“He’s going to be a guy that has an advantage over any cornerback because he’s 6-5. He’s going to win the jump ball. When you run a play-action offense, that’s exactly what you want. You want to be able to throw the ball up and have a guy come down with it. And that’s what Jonathan is going to give Georgia.”

Said 247sports national recruiting analyst Rusty Mansell: “He’s a big, tall athletic …

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Could UGA pick up a commitment for second day in a row?

JC WR Jonathan Rumph (247sports)

JC WR Jonathan Rumph (247sports)

Could UGA get a commitment for the second day in a row on Wednesday?

Jonathan Rumph, a 6-foot-5, 200-pound wide receiver from Mississippi’s Holmes junior college, will announce on Wednesday between Mississippi State, UGA, Texas Tech and Florida, according to multiple media reports.

If Rumph picks UGA, it would be commitment No. 29 for the Bulldogs for 2013.

On Tuesday, UGA landed one of the biggest fish in its entire class when DB Brendan Langley switched his commitment from South Carolina to the Bulldogs. Some consider Langley to be the state’s No. 1 prospect at cornerback; and the 6-1 senior from Kell High School has the height that UGA defensive coordinator Todd Grantham covets at cornerback.

What about Rumph? He’s from near Columbia, S.C., and attended Brookland-Cayce High School. At Holmes, Rumph is arguably the team’s best player, hauling in 45 passes for 569 yards and 3 touchdowns.

In an interview with Scout.com’s Steve …

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