UPDATED: UGA’s class gets big boost by signing Lowndes OLB Josh Harvey-Clemons

ATHENS – Greetings from Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall, or recruiting central here at UGA, where the Bulldogs just received their biggest news of the day.

Josh Harvey-Clemons, the athletic defensive end/outside linebacker from Lowndes County, announced during an awkward live telecast by ESPNU that he was signing with the Bulldogs. He chose UGA over Florida State, Florida and Miami.

This is a huge acquisition on a couple of fronts. Never mind that he is considered the No. 1 player in the state. The truth is, Georgia would have been fine without his addition as it is well stocked at the position. But it’s more important from the standpoint of the Bulldogs re-establishing themselves in the city of Valdosta and at Lowndes High in particular.

There has been a pipeline that has run between Valdosta and Tallahassee for a number of years now and still gets some pretty good use. But the Bulldogs have secured the best players out of that city the last couple of years, including Malcolm Mitchell and Jay Rome last year.

It’s also an important get from momentum and perception standpoint. The Bulldogs aren’t expected to sign a big class this year, but JHC is the sort of prospect who moves the needle from a respect standpoint.

“I knew when I went there that’s where I wanted to go,” said Harvey-Clemons, who visited UGA on January 13. “It just felt like home and they want to win there.”

Harvey-Clemons said his family liked head coach Mark Richt but that it was his dealings with defensive coordinator Todd Grantham that solidified his decision.

“I would say I had a strong relationship with Coach Grantham,” Harvey-Clemons said. “He’s put a lot of players in the NFL and I wanted to play for him.”

Those concerned about UGA’s wide receiver recruitment might be happy to know coach Mark Richt said Harvey-Clemons could get some looks there, mainly for redzone offense.

“I’m sure glad he became a Bulldog,” Richt told ESPNU during its live recruiting broadcast. “He’s a great kid and he’s so versatile. He can play inside linebacker, outside linebacker, he can rush the passer and, quite frankly, he’s quite a wide receiver, too.”

99 comments Add your comment

Pup Fan

February 1st, 2012
9:44 am

Ryno

February 1st, 2012
9:45 am

Grantham needs a multi-year deal, NOW.
He’s proving to be incredibly valuable on the recruiting trail and he’s a helluva coach.

Get it done!

chilidawg

February 1st, 2012
9:49 am

Preston

February 1st, 2012
9:50 am

Grantham is getting an extension that will be announced shortly after today, along with Richt’s.

chilidawg

February 1st, 2012
9:51 am

So, let’s see if I have this right. Dawgs get the #1 players from Georgia, Florida, North Carolina and Tennessee?

UGA Insider

February 1st, 2012
9:51 am

Grantham is the best recruiter on the staff at this point. WIthout a doubt.

SimpleDawg

February 1st, 2012
9:52 am

Might be helpful…..

Bama Mike

February 1st, 2012
9:54 am

Was trained by the Sabanator.

Blindog

February 1st, 2012
9:55 am

Oh hell yeah….

Tech Sucks

February 1st, 2012
9:55 am

Grantham just rules. Lock him up forever please. We are going to have a top 3 Defense next year.

Destin dawg

February 1st, 2012
9:56 am

Grantham for President.. JunkYard Dawgs are BBBAAAACCCCCCKKKKKKK !!!

Nate the Great

February 1st, 2012
9:58 am

Good Get Dawgs!!

Just need Avery Young and this year will be considered a success in recruiting!!

Dawg Bounty Hunter

February 1st, 2012
9:59 am

Big Day… another DREAM TEAM.. SEC champs 2012 !!

Destin Dawg

February 1st, 2012
10:00 am

Avery Young Yes !! Enter your comments here

Destin Dawg

February 1st, 2012
10:02 am

Yes.. Avery Young and 1 more OL and we’ll have a great class.. Go dawgs !!

Hurt Kurbstreit

February 1st, 2012
10:03 am

Not only can Grantham coach but he can recruit too. He has been a great hire. But lookout, he will be getting head coaching offers in another year or two.

Dawg Fud

February 1st, 2012
10:07 am

Welcome to the Bulldog Nation, Josh. We are thrilled to have you!

Frank Lane

February 1st, 2012
10:16 am

Great news!!!

Seezy

February 1st, 2012
10:18 am

UGA Dawg

February 1st, 2012
10:23 am

Grantham already said he was staying at UGA. He wants to be there for a long time.

Chip Towers

February 1st, 2012
10:26 am

Yes, “upadated,” that’s Italian for updated. ;-)

PapaDawg

February 1st, 2012
10:32 am

You mean they still haven’t signed Grantham to an extension. What is the hold up

BILLY JACK

February 1st, 2012
10:40 am

IF WE DIDNT HAVE BOBO RICHT AND GRANTHEM OUR RECRUITING THE LAST 2 YEARS WOULD BE PITIFUL-RICHT NEEDS TO FIRE GARNER AND MAKE BOBO QB COACH AND RECRUITING COORDINATOR-AND HIRE THE BEST OC WE CAN FIND-THEN THE NATIONAL TITLES WILL COME ROLLING IN.

bruce mac

February 1st, 2012
10:41 am

Keep up people. Grantham will get two year deal, it is all agreed to in principle. He has been recruiting, I assume you know we are in the recruiting period. DUH!!!!!!!!

Southy706

February 1st, 2012
10:44 am

Chip! I miss ya buddy on the recruiting page for the ajc! Read your articles for years.

secone

February 1st, 2012
10:47 am

We will lose to Auburn this year because VanGorder knows Bobo’s ‘vanilla’ offense all too well.We need a top-notch offensive coordinator to go with our world class defensive coordinator. We also need to get a Special Teams coordinator because the “coordinator-by-committee” plan failed last year…horribly!

docdawg

February 1st, 2012
10:51 am

Great young man, will be another all SEC player in a few years, looks like another very solid class!! love to see A Young on board as well

13-1

February 1st, 2012
10:53 am

When is kicker

Marshall Morgan sending his in from Miami ?

LHarding Dawg

February 1st, 2012
10:56 am

Great news for Georgia. I hope he turns into a DGD.

secone – Give it a rest man, it’s recruiting day. We have beaten AU 5 out of 6 years, scored 45 points on them last year all with Bobo.

Spike

February 1st, 2012
10:59 am

Suck it, Gators.

Steve Spurrier

February 1st, 2012
10:59 am

What happens to those players after they get to UGA. Top 10 every single year. Geesh.

13-1

February 1st, 2012
11:00 am

OLB Josh Harvey-Clemons out of Lowndes Valdosta 6′ 4″ OLB & WR ranked # 2 OLB in the nation moved us all the way from # 17 to # 13 by himself in Scout.com Rankings this morning. He has not sent in his FAX yet.

Teacher

February 1st, 2012
11:01 am

usual useless dribble from bruce mac

raymond

February 1st, 2012
11:06 am

So what happened to this mystery recruit?

docdawg

February 1st, 2012
11:10 am

BTW, aint no way Auburn will beat Ga for the next few years running, Van Gorder and his tenure with the team was light years ago in terms of offense dynamics, and these players are totally different from those on offense in his day. Auburn had plenty of time to scheme for GA last year and we saw the results, The offense this year will be much more diverse with the running game non existent last year. Mitchell will be an SEC pick this year with a year under his belt and a good cast of WR with him. King will have a better year as well, his game improved game by game and he`s much stronger. No matter what scheme Van Gorder or any other DC puts together, Ga will put up points, and the D will cause nightmares for everyone they play. will be a fun year!

Cynical dawg

February 1st, 2012
11:13 am

Great commit for us. To bad we are going to undersign and leave ourselves thin at DB and OL

Dawglasville

February 1st, 2012
11:16 am

Chip – Yes, “upadated,” that’s Italian for updated.

Maybe it’s just the good news about Harvey-Clemons talking, but that was pretty dang funny.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

February 1st, 2012
11:17 am

Cynical you do realize we signed 5 DB last year and that does not count Harrow. DB was not a priority this year.

BigGAdawg

February 1st, 2012
11:18 am

PapaDawg
February 1st, 2012
10:32 am
CTG and McGarity have both said that it is a done deal. They are just waiting for the board to meet and approve the agreements that have already been worked out for Grantham and Richt. This is NOT an area for concern. Waiting for Avery Young to make his announcement IS what we want to be caring about right now.

Josh Harvey-Clemons–YEAH BABY!!! Really happy to have him as a dawg. If he has as much class and maturity as he has talent, he is a great young man and will be an asset on off the field.
WOOF WOOF WOOF!!!

aw

February 1st, 2012
11:19 am

Good commitment. Now coach them up and win the big games. Florida will only be down another year or so.

Grantham is Crazy! I can’t wait for the headline “UGA defensive coordinator Grantham beats up own player on sideline for …………..”

how2fish

February 1st, 2012
11:29 am

Josh welcome to the Bull Dog Nation, best of luck on the field and in the classroom…Go Dogs !

beanster

February 1st, 2012
11:37 am

Marshall Morgan’s LOI has been received. Hope this kid can play.

Top Row Dog

February 1st, 2012
11:38 am

Welcome back to Georgia to Valdosta – ‘The Azalea City”

Love to visit the Stephen Foster State Park down there on way to Georgia Florida Game every now and then. Love taking the $20 rented aluminum motor boat for four hours to ride out into the Okefenokee and weave in and out of the Cypress trees and gaze back at at least 50 Gators. Truly a jewell of Georgia, NORTH of the State line.

Love your home state. Love the oldest state chartered University in America. Move from 17 to 9 in Rivals ratings to #4 in ESPN. Take back the Georgia Florida series. Make it back to the Georgia Dome for the SECG.

Dogs Dogs Dogs Valdosta and Lowndes County.

Matt

February 1st, 2012
11:43 am

Did the receiver committed to Auburn flip? Jaquay ???

how2fish

February 1st, 2012
11:43 am

@Top Row Dog well said well said indeed!

dawg dawg dawg

February 1st, 2012
11:46 am

That’s great we got him, but I always get nervous when Richt starts getting excited about things like the Wild Dawg or turning LBs into WRs. It’s pretty simple: recruit WRs. How can you not capitalize on having put AJ Green through the program?

13-1

February 1st, 2012
11:53 am

Why do we have

Josh Dawson LB 6-4 225lbs Tucker

listed on signed in sheet officially ?

DE says he signed at Tucker High School Vandie

Lowcountry Bulldawg

February 1st, 2012
11:54 am

ESPN did mention on air Dawson is a Dawg. Unsure of any other info though.

Humpers never cease to amaze me! Another pre-season NC for Jawja.

February 1st, 2012
12:00 pm

#2 class overall since Richt has been at UGA but not much to show for it. As the Evil Genius once said, “Something must happen to them once they get to Athens”.

13-1

February 1st, 2012
12:05 pm

UGA has officially left us this junk about Josh Dawson LB who signed with Vandie at Tucker High School just a while ago.

Therefore, Scout.com moved us into # 10 and they listed Josh Dawson when he is clearly at Vandie according to their own stories.

And, we leave him up there ?