UGA gets some unexpected good news

UGA got some unexpected good news with one of its commitments on Thursday.

John Atkins, a 6-foot-4, 310-pound defensive tackle from Virginia’s Hargrave prep school, was told that the NCAA Clearinghouse had corrected a mistake on his transcript — allowing him to enroll early at UGA.

UGA DT commit John Atkins (hargravesports.com)

UGA DT commit John Atkins (hargravesports.com)

“I feel good, I feel blessed,” Atkins told the AJC on Thursday evening, while making the six-hour trip from Virginia to Georgia.

“I couldn’t believe it when I heard it. They told me ‘You’re going to Georgia, and you will be there by tomorrow.”

Atkins will provide immediate help this spring to a UGA defense that will be depleted by graduation and NFL departures. He will play nose tackle.

Last year, Atkins signed with UGA out of Thomson High School but failed to meet NCAA academic requirements. This year, Atkins went to Hargrave to improve his academics and hoped to enroll at UGA in January but was told he needed to stay at the prep school longer to qualify.

However, when Atkins reported to Hargrave this week, one of his coaches discovered that one of his grades was not reported correctly, paving the way for his early departure to UGA. He is expected to start classes on Monday for the spring semester.

One of Hargrave’s assistants gave Atkins a ride to Charlotte to meet his sister, who will take him the rest of the way.

Atkins will miss out on a face-to-face meeting with UGA coach Mark Richt on Friday morning at Hargrave. Richt will still meet with another UGA recruit at the prep school, outside linebacker Leonard Floyd. “It’s all good,” Atkins said with a laugh, “because I will see Coach Richt when he gets back to Georgia now.”

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[...] UGA gets some … UNEXPECTED good news [...]

FanninDawg

January 3rd, 2013
5:19 pm

Great news on an immediate area of need for this Fall.

OkieDawg

January 3rd, 2013
5:20 pm

I am happy to have him. We need him in the middle.

Felix

January 3rd, 2013
5:20 pm

Nebraska Dawg

January 3rd, 2013
5:21 pm

Enter your comments here
First…. and great news!!! Glad to have this young man in school for the spring… GATA!!!

Felix

January 3rd, 2013
5:21 pm

Oh crap third!!!!

Nebraska Dawg

January 3rd, 2013
5:21 pm

Enter your comments here
Crap, I guess I was 4th.. Oh well..

Stockdog

January 3rd, 2013
5:22 pm

Yeah, a grade was reported incorrectly, right. Keep moving, nothing to see here. Anyway, congratulations to the young man. We really need him on the D-line.

Felix

January 3rd, 2013
5:23 pm

Nebraskadawg your 4th!!!

Fan

January 3rd, 2013
5:23 pm

Good for him. Hope he does well. I still think he’s a little light for Nose, though. I remember seeing him play some OG during the HS all-star games, and he seemed to do ok there. Just hope we find the best area for him to play soon and let him learn it well rather than move him around the rest of his career.

SM09

January 3rd, 2013
5:24 pm

Very good news! This guy will provide UGA with some much needed depth on the D-line.

Bubba J.

January 3rd, 2013
5:25 pm

Chip Towers has at least 2 spelling/grammatical errors in EVERY single article he writes! EVERY ONE!!!! I know this is not Chip’s article, CT has banned me for correcting his spelling in a very polite way.

Felix

January 3rd, 2013
5:28 pm

Ga Dawg we really have to be bored to do this stuff.

straightshooter

January 3rd, 2013
5:30 pm

…and he plans to major in?????

SM09

January 3rd, 2013
5:34 pm

Has anyone heard anything about a D line coach being hired? Or any names being rumored?

A person SMART enough to know.....

January 3rd, 2013
5:46 pm

Magically over the break they found the GRADE was posted wrong. WOW didn’t see that coming. Can we see the Class work to support the GRADE he Earned?

DeeLine

January 3rd, 2013
5:46 pm

…and he plans to major in?????

Kicking azz and taking names

DeeLine

January 3rd, 2013
5:49 pm

Magically over the break they found the GRADE was posted wrong. WOW didn’t see that coming. Can we see the Class work to support the GRADE he Earned?

Why don’t you just worry about Tech.

JB

January 3rd, 2013
5:54 pm

We need help on defense….and depth……and tacklers………..

Holy Guacamole

January 3rd, 2013
5:57 pm

Hey smart tech person – the NCAA doesn’t work for UGA. You are smart, right? Then I guess that you already knew that.

Dewnsav

January 3rd, 2013
6:00 pm

DeeLine, there is nothing for this guy to talk about at Tech…SMART has to constantly come on here and smear UGA anyway he can…jealousy/hate are not a virtues and he should be “A person SMART enough to know”, but alas, apparently not…go dogs

DeeLine

January 3rd, 2013
6:01 pm

@Fan
He may be a little light right now for NG at 310, but by 8/30/13 he’ll be about 330 and stronger. He already benches 390 and squats 500

And this Just In.......

January 3rd, 2013
6:05 pm

Congatulation young man, make the “DAWG NATION” proud to call you “OneDamnGoodDawg” !!!!!!!!!!!!

7576DAWG

January 3rd, 2013
6:09 pm

Atkins is a very good player and will be a great addition to our Defense. I hated when he did not qualify as a Freshman. Great news . It also adds one more recruit that we can sign this year. Instead of 33 now it is at 34. Atkins will be counted on the 2012 recruits.

DeeLine

January 3rd, 2013
6:11 pm

@Dewnsav
I know, I read his never ending whiney azz on here all the time.
.

jan kemp

January 3rd, 2013
6:15 pm

academic ineligible after half qa season …watch it

Holy Guacamole

January 3rd, 2013
6:17 pm

I hope that Geathers stays but if not at least we will have Chris Mays, John Atkins and Jonathan Taylor in the middle and Garrison Smith and Ray Drew/Sterling Bailey on the ends. Not too bad but still could use Montraveous Adams and maybe one more for depth.

BiggDawgK

January 3rd, 2013
6:20 pm

Great news fot Atkins and for Georgia.

It’s sad to see that smart enough is still hanging out her all day every day spreading his hate. Some things never change.

jan kemp

January 3rd, 2013
6:20 pm

The graduation success rate is a statistic invented by the NCAA. Unlike the official federal graduation rate, the success rate also takes into account athletes who transfer in and out of schools.
men’s basketball scored just 50 percent.
The rate for the UGA football team was 69 percent, a vast improvement from five years ago, when the graduation success rate was just 41 percent.Broken down, white players graduated ata 91% rate, black players at 39%.Higher learning indeed

Dawg Patrol

January 3rd, 2013
6:25 pm

6′4″ 310lbs. Yeah Buddy! That’s what I’m talking about. What’s he going to major in ? — BIG. GO BULLDOGS

ryan

January 3rd, 2013
6:28 pm

Congrats to John Atkins glad to have him and if we get Mon. Adams we will be loaded at DT jan kemp screw you no need to bash this kid i hate when haters do this crap anyways its great to have him Go Dawgs .

Destin Dawg

January 3rd, 2013
6:39 pm

Great !!! we need some Linemen who can stop the run up the middle…. we’l be fine on DDEEE next year… and awesome on offense… go dawgs….. we need Alvin and Tunsil to finish a GREAT class..

Destin Dawg

January 3rd, 2013
6:41 pm

hey JAN… about 1/2 the freshmen class in general don ‘t graduate in 4 years….

Destin Dawg

January 3rd, 2013
6:41 pm

hey JAN… about 1/2 the freshmen class in general don ‘t graduate in 4 years….

MattMD

January 3rd, 2013
6:41 pm

Oh wow! A coach “noticed” that one of his grades wasn’t “reported correctly”!

Who could have guessed that?!?!

Enjoy playing for Citrus Bowls.

Seen it before

January 3rd, 2013
6:50 pm

However, when Atkins reported to Hargrave this week, one of his coaches discovered that one of his grades was not reported correctly, paving the way for his early departure to UGA.

And right now a faculty member at Hargrave is enjoying his new BMW.

Tampa Gator

January 3rd, 2013
6:59 pm

Oh wow…..that means Adams is coming to Florida for sure. He has no desire to compete with Atkins.

But….before you troll me to death…..just kidding.

Tampa Gator

January 3rd, 2013
7:01 pm

Seen it before….

I heard it was Mustang Cobra GT….with all the fixins….painted especially for him in red and black with a gold “G” on his tag. Again……just kidding.

01HAWK

January 3rd, 2013
7:08 pm

If you believe what the Coach said then I have some swamp land that you can build a subdivision on.

They made a mistake on his grade…………………………..SURE

TTT

January 3rd, 2013
7:21 pm

Another fine student-athlete for UGA.

Dawglasville

January 3rd, 2013
7:39 pm

He looks mad. That is good.

Man we need some depth. Good news.

Ragamuffin

January 3rd, 2013
7:44 pm

So he will major in “BIG”. Excellent!

Rick James

January 3rd, 2013
7:46 pm

@A person SMART enough to know…..

Magically over the break they found the GRADE was posted wrong. WOW didn’t see that coming. Can we see the Class work to support the GRADE he Earned?
—————————————————————————————————————————
Majically as in how no one saw Rueben Houston running his drug cartel at Tech.

kingdaddy

January 3rd, 2013
7:46 pm

Yeah, nobody has ever made a mistake entering grades, lol. All you haters are like little whiney children who find out they didn’t get invited to a birthday party. Then you get a little older and your so-called “friends”(riiiiiight) tell you about the really great party they went to the night before, but forgot to tell you about, LMAOFF. Now, you’re whineing just like you did then, about this kids good fortune…What a sad group of emotionally challenged immature jerks. No wonder you were never invited to anything unless you were stuck with the Bill…

kingdaddy

January 3rd, 2013
7:50 pm

Big John, just what the Doc ordered…

zbulldawg

January 3rd, 2013
7:50 pm

LET THE BIG DAWG EAT

bitter spoiled recruit

January 3rd, 2013
7:55 pm

HOW BOUT A BURGER —SMART– FRY COOK

bitter spoiled recruit

January 3rd, 2013
7:58 pm

@ SMART—TECH’S XXX–”D” COORDNATOR SAID –PJ SUX—-hahahahahahah

a voice in the wilderness

January 3rd, 2013
8:03 pm

JUST REMEMBER KID, AT ONE TIME CROWELL, EALEY, AND KING WERE CONSIDERED DGD’S BY THESE REDNECKS.

Be Ashamed Tampa Gator

January 3rd, 2013
8:13 pm

Tampa Gator,
I would be ashamed to come on this blog given how your gators played and conducted themselves last night. Muschamp’s antics are a complete embarrassment to UF fans and the university. Not surprisedly, the players actions mimic those of the head coach.

For the record, I am not kidding!!