Archive for November, 2012

Georgia State serves up 4 for volleyball

Posted at 5pm Saturday

The Georgia State sand volleyball team inked four signees in the fall signing period — Sarah Agnew, Jessica Fourspring, Delaney Rohan, and Natalie Wilson, according to the school’s sports information office:

  • Agnew, a native of Coppell, Texas, joins the Panthers after a standout career at Coppell High School. She is a member of the 692 Beach Volleyball club team where she was invited to the 2012 High Performance National Beach Camp and Championships. She won the 2012 USA Beach Qualifier and earned a silver medal at the USAV U-18 Beach National Championship.
  • Fourspring comes to GSU from Greer, S.C., and Riverside High School. She is a member of the Club South sand volleyball team where she helped the club to a 17-1 record and a 2012 Daytona Beach tournament championship. She was named to the 2012 Battle of the Beach All-Star team and was named one of the Best of the Beach in 2012. While playing indoor volleyball at Riverside High School she earned two …

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State’s No. 1 DB flips from South Carolina to UGA

UGA commits Brendan Langley (left) and Quincy Mauger of Kell High School (AJC)

UGA commits Brendan Langley (left) and Quincy Mauger of Kell High School (AJC)

Longtime UGA football recruit Tray Matthews predicted a commitment for the Bulldogs on Tuesday.

He was right.

Brendan Langley, a highly-regarded cornerback from Kell High School, told the AJC he committed to UGA on Tuesday after backing off his pledge to South Carolina earlier in the day.

“There’s no place like home,” Langley said in a text message.

Langley is a 6-foot-1, 190-pounder who has the height that UGA defensive coordinator Todd Grantham covets at the corner position. Langley is a consensus 4-star and considered by some to be the state’s No. 1 prospect at cornerback.

UGA now has 28 commitments for its 2013 class, including six that will play either cornerback or safety – two positions of need because the Bulldogs will suffer heavy losses at both after this season due to graduation.

Langley has had a hot-cold recruiting relationship with UGA, which was the first school to offer him a …

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Guess what UGA DB commit Tray Matthews said on Twitter?

Could UGA add another commitment on Tuesday?

That is a possibility after UGA DB commit Tray Matthews put this on Twitter on late Monday night:

“Another Uga commit tomorrow! 2k13 we here !!”

Now it may or may not happen, but when Matthews puts something like that on Twitter, you have to consider the possibility.

Who will be commit No. 28 for UGA? And could it happen today, as predicted by Tray Matthews? (AP)

Who will be commit No. 28 for UGA? And could it happen today, as predicted by Tray Matthews? (AP)

After all, Matthews has been committed to UGA for more than a year and is pretty plugged in with the Bulldogs coaches with what’s going on in the recruiting world. Matthews, who is a senior safety at Newnan High School, also is pretty popular among other recruits and communicates with them on a regular basis, particularly those on the defensive side.

Perhaps most importantly, Matthews has made comments like this before on Twitter about impending UGA commitments – and he turned out to be correct a few times. To follow Tray on Twitter (and see if he gives any more hints), …

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DE commits to Georgia State without ever seeing college

DE Will Cunningham

DE Will Cunningham

Georgia State has picked up commitment No. 10, Will Cunningham, despite the fact that he’s never seen the school.

The 6-foot-2, 255-pound defensive end from Cape Coral, Fla., picked Georgia State over football scholarship offers from Ball State, Bowling Green, Western Michigan, Fordham, and Holy Cross.

“I just thought Georgia State was a good school for me,” Cunningham told the AJC. “I talked with my parents about everything, including the education. I thought it would be a good school for me to attend.”

Cunningham, who has a 3.8 GPA and wants to study something in the medical field, projects to play defensive end or defensive tackle at Georgia State.

He will make his official visit to Georgia State on Dec. 8 – and it will be his first trip to the college.

When asked about committing without ever seeing Georgia State, Cunningham replied, “I just thought it was the right choice for me to make after discussing it with my parents. I’m going there in December. I …

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UGA’s chances with 5-star DT could improve after Derek Dooley’s firing

No. 1 JC prospect Toby Johnson might visit UGA this weekend (247sports)

No. 1 JC prospect Toby Johnson might visit UGA this weekend (247sports)

Tennessee’s firing of Derek Dooley could help UGA’s chances of landing the nation’s No. 1-ranked prospect out of junior college.

Tennessee and UGA have been considered the frontrunners for Toby Johnson, a 5-star defensive tackle from Hutchinson junior college in Kansas. Johnson hasn’t officially named any leaders.

The 6-foot-5, 310-pounder from Atlanta’s Banneker High School was unsure how Dooley’s termination would affect his long-term relations with Rocky Top.

“I don’t really know what’s going on at Tennessee, but if they keep everybody else at Tennessee on the coaching staff …” Johnson told the AJC on Sunday night.

“I know about the Derek Dooley situation. That really doesn’t have anything to do with my decision or anything, unless Coach Staley doesn’t stay there. It just depends on who all stays and things like that.

“But I haven’t counted Tennessee out.”

Coach Staley is Brandon Staley, Johnson’s …

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Alabama checks out QB Tyler Harris of Pierce County

Posted at 3:45 pm Monday

Two junior quarterbacks who are leading their teams into the second round of Georgia’s high school football playoffs are getting some recruiting attention:

Burke County’s Donquell Green got his first offer from North Carolina last week. Green has rushed for exactly 1,600 yards and passed for more than 1,000 this season. In last week’s 35-7 playoff win over Perry, Green returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown and intercepted a pass. He’s the leading candidate for Class AAAA offensive player of the year.

Pierce County’s Tyler Harris got a visit from an Alabama coach on Friday beore his team’s 33-27 overtime victory over Central-Carroll. Harris has passed for 2,262 yards and 27 touchdowns this season. He led Pierce on a 60-yard drive in the final minute, completing four of four passes, and his sneak from the 1-yard line tied the game at 27-27 just before overtime. Pierce County coach Sean Pender says Harris (6-3, 205) has no offers but serious …

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Georgia recruits react to Dooley’s firing

Derek Dooley had three 2013 commitments from Georgia before being fired (AP)

Derek Dooley had three 2013 commitments from Georgia before being fired (AP)

There doesn’t appear to be much negative fallout from Derek Dooley’s firing among recruits in Georgia.

Tennessee has three commitments from the state: Jonesboro High School DB Cameron Sutton, LaGrange High School DE Joe Sanders, and Grayson High School LB Zach Barnes.

All three told the AJC that they remain committed to Tennessee despite Dooley’s dismissal.

And the trio hopes – at least for now — to sign with the Volunteers in February.

  • Cameron Sutton is the highest-ranked of the group, rated as the 3-star by Rivals. “I’m not going to de-commit at this minute,” he said. “When the new coaching staff comes in … if they like me, and I’m still on the list, then I will probably stay with Tennessee. If they coaches don’t think I will fit in, then I will probably change.” Why is Sutton …

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Georgia State signs 4 for baseball

Published at 6:46 pm Tuesday

The Georgia State baseball team signed four during the 2012 early signing period — David Mayo, Ryan Blanton, Austin Parrish, and Alex Roberts.

“We are very excited about these four young men that have signed to play for us at GSU,” said Georgia State coach Greg Frady in a press release. “Each one of them brings a unique quality that fits a need for us. All of these guys are impact players and will be asked to contribute right away. Our staff goal was to bring in Sunbelt Conference caliber players and I think we accomplished that.”

Mayo, a shortstop and right-handed pitcher, comes to GSU from Loganville High School in Loganville, Ga. He was named to the Georgia Dugout Club Top 100 list and was named to the Georgia Junior team last season. Mayo led Loganville to a GHSA AAAA state championship last season and has pitched two perfect games in his high school career. He is a versatile athlete who can play any position in the infield and can shut down …

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Recruiting Diary: Sandy Creek WR Kyle Wilson (Vol. IV)

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.

Kyle Wilson is a wide receiver who transferred to Sandy Creek High School from Alpharetta this summer for his senior year. The 6-foot-3, 180-pounder is still waiting on his first football scholarship offer

Things have picked up since my last diary entry.  More schools have expressed interest and are recruiting me, and I’ve gotten a few offers.  I think that this must be the time of the season when recruiting really kicks in because coaches are calling me a lot now.

Sandy Creek WR Kyle Wilson (AJC)

Sandy Creek WR Kyle Wilson (AJC)

I have had contact from a lot of college coaches.  So, that’s been a good thing.  It’s also been a little overwhelming because I am trying to keep up with all of them.

The University of Central Florida has been at the top of my list for a while now as one of my …

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OLB William Tuider commits to Navy over Cincy and FIU

Mountain View High School linebacker William Tuider has committed to Navy.

The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder picked Navy over football scholarship from Cincinnati and Florida International. He’s the first FBS (formerly NCAA Div. I) commitment out of Mountain View.

“William has been a three-year starter for us and consistently one of our best football players,” Mountain View coach Doug Giacone said. “William works hard in every facet of his life, and I am extremely happy that he is going to have a chance to earn a quality education and play Div. I football at the United States Naval Academy.

“We are extremely proud of William’s accomplishments and believe he has truly earned the distinction of becoming the first Div. I football commitment in our school’s brief history.”

Tuider finished the season with 65 tackles, 6 tackles for losses, 3 interceptions, 6 pass breakups and 5 QB hurries.

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