Two of UGA’s football recruits who expected to enroll early will now have to wait until May to join the Bulldogs.
Defensive tackle John Atkins and outside linebacker Leonard Floyd, who both attend Virginia’s Hargrave Military prep school, both have to finish up a little academic work before they can enroll at UGA. They will not be finished in time to start classes with the Bulldogs on Jan. 7.
“I was kind of upset about it at first,” Atkins told the AJC on Wednesday. “But I’ve kind of gotten over it because there’s nothing we can do about it. I’m keeping my head up, and going to keep doing the things I was doing at Hargrave.”
UGA has at least 17 commitments from high school, prep school or junior college who said that they planned to enroll early. After the change of plans with Atkins and Floyd, the Bulldogs are down to 15.
The magic number for UGA is 10 early enrollees, because that’s the maximum amount that can count toward last year’s scholarship numbers and allow the Bulldogs to circumvent the SEC over-signing rules with the annual 25-man limit on recruiting classes. It appears that the Bulldogs already have 11 that have been approved by the school’s admission’s office.
UGA expects to finish with 30-35 recruits this year, the largest class in more than a decade.
Atkins and Floyd both signed with UGA last year but failed to meet NCAA requirements. They enrolled at Hargrave this fall and have done well academically, according to Atkins. He said he’s made straight A’s in classes at prep school, while Floyd has posted A’s and B’s.
Atkins said he could not enroll at UGA on Jan. 7 because he has to finish two more weeks of Hargrave classes so his GPA will be high enough for his ACT score to satisfy UGA’s admission requirements. Atkins said Floyd just had to finish one core class at Hargrave, and that both should be cleared to go in May.
“Coach (Mark Richt) called our coach, and said for us to keep our heads up,” Atkins said. “He wants us to keep doing well in school.”
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