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Davin Bellamy: Will longtime FSU commit flip to UGA?

After UGA lost Naim Mustafaa to Oklahoma State earlier this week, the Bulldogs set their sights on Chamblee High School defensive end Davin Bellamy.

And because former UGA recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner left for Auburn, Bellamy is now seriously considering the Bulldogs.

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The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Bellamy, who is committed to Florida State, has set up an official visit to UGA for Jan. 25.

“I’m really feeling Georgia right now,” Bellamy told the AJC on Tuesday night.

When Bellamy seriously considered UGA the last time, he didn’t have the same positive feelings. He soured on the Bulldogs because of a bad experience, as first reported by ESPN DawgNation’s Kipp Adams.

“Coach Garner invited me down one weekend for an unofficial visit to get a feeling for the campus,” Bellamy said. “When we got down there, nobody knew about the meeting, and Coach Garner wasn’t …

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Robert Nkemdiche will only visit Ole Miss and LSU

What a week for Robert Nkemdiche.

He pretty much won over everybody with his freak athleticism and warm personality at the Under Armour All-America game, including his teammates, his coaches and the recruiting media. And he was treated like a rock star when he attended the Ole Miss bowl game on Saturday to watch his brother play.

Robert Nkemdiche (Chris Hayes/Orlando Sentinel)

Robert Nkemdiche (Chris Hays/Orlando Sentinel)

What’s next for the nation’s undisputed No. 1 prospect? The final stretch of recruiting. This week, he will decide on dates for official visits to his two finalists, Ole Miss and LSU.

That’s not really anything new. What is new is that Nkemdiche said he’s eliminated the possibility of visiting other schools, including Clemson (where he was formerly committed to), Florida, USC, Oregon, etc.

At least that’s the plan at the moment.

“Yes sir, that’s it; it’s just Ole Miss and LSU,” Nkemdiche said. “I don’t want to get it all mixed up with other schools in there. I will figure out when I will visit …

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Montravius Adams: 5-star DT to visit Clemson, Alabama and UGA next

It was a rough week and rough month for Dooly County defensive tackle Montravius Adams.

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The 6-foot-4, 300-pounder injured his ankle on the first day of Under Armour All-America practice and was diagnosed with a stress fracture. Adams, who was in a walking boot for the rest of the week, said it was related to being injured on a “chop block” in the loss to ECI in the Class A state championship game.

After Friday’s Under Armour game in St. Petersburg, Fla., Adams left immediately for an official visit to Florida.

He has also scheduled trips to Clemson, Alabama and Georgia this month.

He is deciding between Auburn, Ole Miss, North Carolina and USC for his fifth and final visit.

Adams had mixed feelings about defensive line coach Rodney Garner being hired away from Georgia. “It didn’t really change things. Well, it affected it a little bit. Me and him were really …

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Alabama and UGA fighting it out for last visit with AJC’s Mr. Football

Alvin Kamara

Whomever RB Alvin Kamara visits on Feb. 1 will likely have inside position (AJC)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLA. — Alvin Kamara, the AJC’s Mr. Football, has two major decisions to make over the next month:

The biggest one is picking a college, with the Norcross High School running back listing Alabama and UGA as his co-leaders, and Oregon somewhere in the mix. He’s got a month to figure that out.

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The other one is a little more pressing: Next week, Kamara will finally decide which college he will visit on Feb. 1, the final recruiting weekend before signing day.

“I’m not certain where I will take that last visit, I’m still trying to figure it out,” Kamara said. “Both Alabama and Georgia want that last visit, so I still got to wait and see.”

Kamara has developed close friendships with the assistants from both of his co-leaders who are in charge of recruiting him, Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby …

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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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UGA’s Tray Matthews on Reuben Foster, Shaq Wiggins, and Mark Richt’s mansion

If Reuben Foster makes an official visit to UGA next month as expected, the Bulldogs will have something big in their favor.

One of Foster’s closest friends, Tray Matthews, will likely be his UGA player host during the January recruiting trip. And Matthews is the main reason that Foster is considering the Bulldogs.

UGA DB commit Tray Matthews and Mark Richt (Note: Photo was owned and submitted by Matthews family. It was not arranged, publicized or distributed by UGA)

UGA DB commit Tray Matthews and Mark Richt (Note: Photo was owned and submitted by Matthews family. It was not arranged, publicized or distributed by UGA)

This weekend, Matthews was one of around 20 prospects to make an official visit to UGA. The safety from Newnan High School is an early enrollee and will be a student at Georgia next month – making him eligible to host recruits.

“I heard that Reuben is supposed to making an official visit, I’m supposed to be his host, and I’m going to show him around,” Matthews told the AJC. “I will be there on Jan. 6, so whenever he takes his official visit, I will be his host.”

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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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UGA’s Big Board

We’re two months away from signing day, and UGA has most of its work completed for the 2013 recruiting class.

The Bulldogs have 30 commitments, and project to sign between 33-35 in February.

Despite the SEC’s new rules on oversigning and a 25-man limit per class, UGA can sign as many 36 — as long as at least 11 enroll early. They will be “back-counted” toward the UGA’s 2012 class, which finished with a tiny group of only 14 signees (19 initially, but two did not qualify and three others enrolled early and counted toward 2011).

Here’s what UGA’s big board may look like (* denotes early enrollee):

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  • S *Tray Matthews, 6-2, 215, Newnan HS
  • S Paris Bostick, 6-2, 220, Tampa, Fla.
  • S Shaquille Fluker, 6-1, 205, East Mississippi JC
  • S *Quincy Mauger, 6-0, 197, Kell HS
  • S *Kennar Johnson, 6-2, 180, Mississippi Gulf Coast JC
  • CB Shaq Wiggins, 5-9, 160, Sandy Creek HS
  • CB *Brendan Langley, 6-1, 190, Kell HS
  • CB *Reggie Wilkerson, 6-0, Citra, Fla.
  • NT *Chris Mayes, 6-4, …

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COMMIT! WR makes the call to UGA to the Bulldogs

How could UGA focus much on recruiting this week while it prepares to play the program’s biggest game in 30 years?

The Bulldogs didn’t really. This one sought out them.

It was Krenwick Sanders who initiated his commitment to UGA on Thursday.

UGA now has 3 commits for 2014 (AJC)

UGA now has 3 commits for 2014 (AJC)

The 6-foot-2, 180-pound wide receiver from Wayne County High School picked UGA over early football scholarship offers from Vanderbilt, South Florida and UNC.

Sanders just felt like Thursday was the right time to pledge to UGA, and went to his high school coaches to get it done.

“It was out of the blue,” Wayne County coach Jody Grooms told the AJC. “He came up to (our strength coach) and said he wanted to commit. I spoke with (UGA wide receivers coach) Tony Ball, and then (Sanders) spoke with Coach Richt. And they went ahead and finished the deal.”

Sanders is a junior, and one of three commits for UGA’s 2014 class. He makes up for the recent loss of Sandy Creek High School junior WR Demarre …

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Recruiting Wars: Nick Saban vs. Mark Richt

Alabama will likely contend for yet another No. 1-ranked recruiting class (AP)

Alabama will likely contend for yet another No. 1-ranked recruiting class (AP)

Alabama’s Nick Saban and UGA’s Mark Richt haven’t competed against each other on the football field since the infamous 2008 “Blackout” game, won 40-31 by the Crimson Tide.

But the two SEC coaches go head-to-head in recruiting battles all the time, especially in the fertile grounds of the state of Georgia.

Georgia is almost like a second home to Saban.

When a reporter suggested last spring that Saban recruits the state almost as if he lives in it, the coach quickly replied “Well, I still have a home in Georgia” – a reference to the mansion he owns on Lake Burton in northeast Georgia.

Saban talked about the recruiting emphasis he puts on Georgia this week:

“What we try to do in our recruiting is do a really good job in a five-hour radius of our Tuscaloosa area,” Saban said. “We obviously want to do a great job in our own state.  It just happens that a large part of Georgia …

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