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Georgia OL Eric Smith commits to Virginia

Columbia High School offensive tackle Eric Smith said he committed to Virginia on Friday.

The 6-foot-6, 275-pounder said he picked Virginia over offers from Alabama State, North Carolina, Florida International, Georgia State and Jacksonville State, among others.

“It was just the overall feeling I got from the coaches, the football program and academics at Virginia,” Smith told the AJC.

Smith was on the radar with a lot of teams, making unofficial visits to North Carolina, Auburn, Georgia and Jacksonville State. He decided to go ahead and commit without taking any official visits.

“The pressure was on me; they (Virginia) didn’t pressure me, though,” Smith said. “The fact is that time was winding down. I knew my spot could be filled by another athlete. I felt like I might as well commit because Virginia was the school I liked the most and had the best vibe about.”

Smith, who is the starting center for Columbia’s basketball team, has a 3.2 GPA.

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5-star DT Montravius Adams will visit UGA on Jan. 25

Mark Richt will have his best shot at 5-star Montravius Adams on Jan. 25 (AP)

Mark Richt will have his best shot at 5-star Montravius Adams on Jan. 25 (AP)

Montravius Adams, who is ranked as the nation’s No. 2 overall prospect by 247sports, will take one of his last recruiting trips before signing day to UGA.

The 6-foot-3, 300-pound defensive tackle from Dooly County High School has selected four of his five official visits, according to his coach Jimmy Hughes. Adams will go to:

  • Florida after the Under Armour game on Jan. 6
  • Clemson on Jan. 11
  • Alabama on Jan. 18
  • UGA on Jan. 25
  • TBA for Feb. 1

What about UGA? “My mom really likes Georgia, and they’re my hometown school,” Adams told the AJC on Wednesday. “I really like the coaches. I know their coaches aren’t about to leave. Their coaches are stable, which means they don’t leave a lot, like some of the other schools. Also, at Georgia, you can get a great education.”

Adams was also asked about a Dawg247 report that Rodney Garner, who is both UGA’s recruiting coordinator and defensive line coach, is a …

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Demarcus Robinson: AJC Super 11 WR switches again, picks Clemson

In recruiting, there’s the initial commitment and flip. The rarest? A double flip.

AJC Super 11 WR Demarcus Robinson of Peach County High School completed the double flip on Monday when he switched his commitment for a second time, this time going from Florida to Clemson after returning from an official visit with the Gators over the weekend, according to his coach.

For the moment, Clemson appears to have won an intense recruiting battle for AJC WR Demarcus Robinson of Peach County HS (AP)

For the moment, Clemson appears to have won an intense recruiting battle for AJC Super 11 WR Demarcus Robinson of Peach County HS (AP)

Robinson, who is considered one of the state’s top prospects at his position, originally committed to Clemson but switched to Florida last week after an in-home visit last week with the Gators coaches, including Will Muschamp.

Despite losing Robinson, Clemson never gave up, dispatching several assistants to meet with the 4-star wide receiver last week.

Florida will have a tough time convincing Robinson to switch for a third time since Sunday night was the end of the NCAA’s …

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Onetime UGA and Georgia Tech OL target … headed to SEC rival

Onetime UGA and Georgia Tech OL target, Delando Crooks, committed to Vanderbilt on Sunday night.

The 6-foot-5, 272-pound offensive tackle from Carver-Atlanta High School picked Vanderbilt over North Carolina and Purdue. Crooks is ranked as a consensus 3-star recruit.

Vanderbilt landed one of Georgia's top offensive lineman (AP)

Vanderbilt landed one of Georgia's top offensive lineman (AP)

“Vanderbilt has always been high on his list,” his uncle, Troy Vaccianna, told the AJC. “He has been to North Carolina and Purdue. They are both pretty good programs … but there was a comfort level with Vanderbilt from day one.”

Crooks decided to go ahead and commit to Vanderbilt before taking an official visit with the Commodores. However, he had checked out the SEC East twice — last summer and then again for the emotional win over Tennessee.

“He’s going on vacation to Jamaica on Monday, and he wanted to go ahead and get it over with,” his uncle said. “That way, he could enjoy his vacation without thinking about football. He’s in a …

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Georgia Tech RB commit Travis Custis collects accolades

Alabama is one of several colleges taking a look at RB Travis Custis, who is committed to Georgia Tech.

The 6-foot, 205-pounder from Lovejoy High School has had a breakout senior season: Custis has rushed for 2,058 yards and 35 touchdowns while leading Lovejoy to the state championship game for the second year in a row.

Nick Saban (AP)

Nick Saban (AP)

How good is Custis? His coach says he is better than Tashard Choice, the former Lovejoy RB who starred at Georgia Tech and now plays for the NFL’s Buffalo Bills.

“We’ve had a lot of good football players at Lovejoy High School, and (Custis) is the best one we’ve had,” Lovejoy’s Al Hughes said. “He broke all of Tashard’s (rushing) records last year, and he’s working on his own records this year.”

How does Custis compare to Tashard? “He’s a better football player overall. First of all he’s bigger and faster. Statistically, he’s broken all of Tashard’s records.”

Like with any elite prospect, Custis will be recruited …

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Isaac Rochell and Keyante Green lead ELCA into finals

Published at 3 p.m. Thursday

Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy will have two of the state’s college football prospects at their respective positions when it plays for the Class A Private School state championship at 2:30 p.m. Friday at the Georgia Dome.

Isaac Rochell is a 6-foot-4, 250-pound defensive end who committed to Notre Dame over Florida State and UGA, among others: “He’s a tremendous athlete in a huge body,” ELCA coach Jonathan Gess told the AJC. “He can do anything. He could probably play quarterback or linebacker. He has that kind of athletic ability. The key thing about him is that he’s such a great leader. He’s just an amazing guy.” Rochell missed four games with an injury. He has 41 tackles, including 8 tackles for losses and 3 sacks. At tight end, Rochell averages 3 pancake blocks per game and has a 93-percent blocking grade.

There are so many good tailbacks in Georgia this year that some forget about Keyante Green, the 5-9, 190-pounder who has …

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AP All-America team loaded with talent from Georgia

How much talent is there in the state of Georgia?

The AP released its All-America teams this week. There were six players from Georgia on them, and not one of them signed with UGA or Georgia Tech out of high school.

Not one — although Jarvis Jones of Carver-Columbus High School later transferred from USC to UGA.

Bradley Roby, the Ohio State All-America CB from Peachtree Ridge High School (AP)

Bradley Roby, the Ohio State All-America CB from Peachtree Ridge High School (AP)

What about the other five?

  • Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama, Westlake High School: Signed with Alabama over Auburn, South Carolina and Rutgers. No offer from UGA or Georgia Tech.
  • David Yankey, OT, Stanford, Centennial High School: He claimed early offers from both UGA and Georgia Tech, but it’s unclear how heavily either school recruited him. Yankey was serious about academics, and ended up picking Stanford over his other finalists of Duke, Wake Forest and South Carolina.
  • Kevin Minter, LB, LSU, Peachtree Ridge: Minter grew up a Georgia Tech fan, and that was the school where he attended his …

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Georgia Tech may add another recruit or two

What’s the latest with Georgia Tech recruiting?

“Right now, we’re trying to get out and see all of our guys that are committed,” Paul Johnson told the AJC this week. “We were kind of late getting out because of the (ACC) championship game. So that’s kind of what we’re doing now.”
Georgia Tech has 15 commitments for 2013. There may not be much recruiting drama over the next couple of months because the Yellow Jackets just about filled all of their scholarship spots early.

Georgia Tech has 15 commitments for 2013, and may another one or two (AJC)

Georgia Tech has 15 commitments for 2013, and may another one or two (AJC)

“I think it’s fairly normal; we’re usually to the point in December where we have only a spot or two,” Johnson said. “That’s been the case most of the time (with our staff). Occasionally, something happens, and you add one here or there. You know, somebody decides they’re not going to play or not coming back. You might pick up one, and that could happen.

“We may still take another guy or two. We’ll just …

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The impact of Notre Dame’s 12-0 season on Georgia recruits

Not everybody thinks it’s a foregone conclusion that Alabama will defeat Notre Dame for the national championship.

“I think Notre Dame is going to win – I do, but obviously I’m biased; If they don’t win, I still see it as an extremely close game,” said Isaac Rochell, the defensive end from Eagles Landing Christian Academy who is committed to the Irish.

How much has Notre Dame's 12-0 season impacted recruiting efforts in Georgia? Not a lot. (AP)

How much has Notre Dame's 12-0 season impacted recruiting efforts in Georgia? Not a lot. (AP)

Notre Dame’s undefeated regular season and appearance in the national championship game has very little of an immediate impact on the Irish’s recruiting efforts in the state of Georgia. The Irish have only one 2013 commitment from the state, Rochell. Within the last few months, Notre Dame entertained both Peach County WR Demarcus Robinson (committed to Clemson) and Tucker QB Juwaan Williams (undecided) for official visits.

If Notre Dame is going to capitalize in Georgia from this year, it will be in future years. The …

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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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