UPDATED: Harvey-Clemons never wavered on UGA, just had to convince granddad

ATHENS — Josh Harvey-Clemons said he never wavered on his decision to sign with Georgia. He just had to convince his grandfather that it was the best move.

“I just had to sit down with my family and get everybody on the same page,” said Harvey-Clemons, reached by phone Thursday morning in Valdosta. “He was looking at it as Florida was closer. I’ve got a cousin who still plays at Lowndes and my little brother is going to be in high school next year. Florida is only like an hour and 20 minutes away, so he was thinking about going to games on Friday and being able to drive down to Gainesville easy. That’s why he liked Florida.

“Georgia’s a little farther away but I told him that’s where I wanted to go.”

Harvey-Clemons said he sent over the letter-of-intent via fax Thursday morning at 8:05 a.m. He said Georgia’s coaching staff never panicked and helped him through the dilemma.

“They were fine,” he said of the coaching staff. “They were just telling me to let them know what was going on and I kept calling them. They stayed with me through the whole thing.”

Harvey-Clemons, the top-ranked recruiting prospect in Georgia per several ratings, committed to the Bulldogs on national television on Wednesday. But he never sent in his signed letter-of-intent, supposedly because his grandfather, Woodrow Clemons, refused to sign it.

Mr. Clemons, 51, is the legal guardian for Harvey-Clemons’ and his brothers and sisters. Both of their parents are deceased. Mr. Clemons could not be reached for comment.

Harvey-Clemons said he was relieved to have all the recruiting drama behind him. Now he plans on focusing on getting ready to come to UGA in June.

“I plan on just working hard so I can get bigger and get stronger so I can get on the field when I get up there,” he said.

With Harvey-Clemons sealed and delivered, Georgia now has 19 signees in the Class of 2012. The group was ranked as high as No. 5 by ESPN and moved up to No. 11 from 19 on the Rivals.com list. The Bulldogs remained No. 6 by 247Sports and No. 12 by Scout.

Meanwhile, here’s Harvey-Clemons’ bio:

  • Born: February 20, 1994
  • High School: Lowndes
  • Ht., wt: 6-foot-5, 208 pounds
  • Accolades: SuperPrep Elite 50, All-America, and All-Dixie Teams . . . PrepStar Top 150. . . .ESPNU Top 150, 17th ranked prospect nationally . . . Scout.com five-star player, #2 OLB and #36 overall prospect in the country, #2 player in the state . . . Rivals.com five-star player, #31 ranked prospect and #2 Athlete in the country, #1 player in Georgia . . . ESPN four-star player, #1 OLB in the country, #7 Player in the Region, #1 player in the state . . . 247sports.com four-star player, #2 OLB and #32 prospect nationally, #2 Player in Georgia . . . Named to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super 11 and Class AAAAA All-State team . . . Member of the Georgia Sports Writers Association Class AAAAA first-team . . . Participated in the 2011 GHSA All-Star game . . . Participated in the 2012 U.S. Army All-America Bowl Armor All-American game . . . As a senior, recorded 132 total tackles (102 solo) three sacks, five tackles for loss, three interceptions . . . also caught 17 passes for 215 yards and two TDs, rushed for 117 yards and three TDs . . . High School Coach: Randy McPherson.

GEORGIA 2012 SIGNEES

  1. DT John Atkins (6-4, 300), Thomson
  2. P Collin Barber (6-2, 191), Cartersville
  3. QB Faton Bauta (6-3, 225), West Palm Beach, Fla.
  4. OL Mark Beard (6-4, 290), Coffeyville (Kan.) CC/Adamsville, Ala.
  5. OLB Josh Dawson (6-4, 225), Tucker
  6. ATH Sheldon Dawson (5-11, 178), Memphis, Tenn.
  7. DL James Deloach (6-3, 260), Jenkins Co.
  8. DE Leonard Floyd (6-4, 215), Dodge Co.
  9. RB Todd Gurley (6-1, 195), Tarburo, NC
  10. OLB Joshua Harvey-Clemons (6-5, 208), Valdosta
  11. FB Quayvon Hicks (6-2, 245), Pierce Co.
  12. OLB Jordan Jenkins (6-3, 245), Harris Co.
  13. RB Keith Marshall (5-11, 190), Raleigh, N.C.
  14. PK Marshall Morgan (6-3, 195), Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
  15. OL Greg Pyke (6-6, 315), Baltimore, Md.
  16. TE Ty Smith (6-3, 228), Colquitt Co.
  17. DL Jonathan Taylor (6-4, 315), Jenkins Co.
  18. OT John Theus (6-6, 292), Jacksonville, Fla.
  19. WR Blake Tibbs (6-2, 185), M.L. King

237 comments Add your comment

skeeter

February 2nd, 2012
8:59 am

skeeter

February 2nd, 2012
9:00 am

Thanks for doing the right thing Grandpa………….

woodrow

February 2nd, 2012
9:04 am

argh…argh…argh..humpf…no redshirt..give me the damn pen!

Daytona Dawg

February 2nd, 2012
9:04 am

It’s great to have the family all on the same page…that can be hard sometimes with any family!!

Go Dawgs!!!!

JoeFann

February 2nd, 2012
9:05 am

Congrats, and welcome to the Bulldog family! Good luck and work hard. We’ll be cheering all the way.

Go Dawgs!

Jeff

February 2nd, 2012
9:06 am

This guy will be All-SEC

tgueboy

February 2nd, 2012
9:06 am

OkieDawg

February 2nd, 2012
9:07 am

JH-C is in the HOUSE!!!!!!!

DJ

February 2nd, 2012
9:07 am

Add to those stats that he’ll be a major in Magazines, Housing, Family/Child Development, etc. I know, he’s a football player, and that’s all that really matters to you Dwag alums who are doctors/lawyers.

dawginthewest

February 2nd, 2012
9:08 am

JHC, hope you have some great years at UGA… in the classroom… among the campus community…. and on saturdays.

RedandBlackDAWG

February 2nd, 2012
9:08 am

Good move from the Grand father. The young man has chosen where he wants to play and coach Grantham will coach him up. Do not be surprised if he is red shirted this year, though, as UGA is solid at both of his defensive position for 2012, and on the offense, WR is also not a position of need. I hope he gets into his studies, hits the weight room and puts on the mass he will needs and learns the playbook during this time. He upside is full of potential, and he was drafted with that in mind and I am sure CMR told him as such.

GO DAWGS and GATA

Taco Meat

February 2nd, 2012
9:13 am

Awesome! Go DAWGS! Let the trolling begin in 5,4,3,2….

13-1

February 2nd, 2012
9:13 am

7576DAWG

February 2nd, 2012
9:13 am

I know that Grandpa wanted Josh close to home but in 3 or 4 year’s he may get drafted by a Pro team 2000 mile’s away so eventually that bridge was going to have to be crossed one way or the other.
Glad you are officially a Dawg and that staying home in Georgia is important too you. You will love UGA.

Dr.. Don

February 2nd, 2012
9:13 am

DJ – a little arrogance there? Surely you don’t believe that one has to be a doctor or lawyer to have worth, do you? Do you mean to demean folks who don’t have advanced degrees? Need I remind you that most people in the world are not doctors or lawyers or such. That doesnt’make them bad or “less”. Right?

P. Bull Terrier

February 2nd, 2012
9:13 am

DJ is just mad because some kid who majored in Magazines will end up in the NFL making 10 times the annual salary that DJ makes.

Glad to have JHC on board.

13-1

February 2nd, 2012
9:15 am

You continue to do a better job of spelling out the story as the UGA beat-writer than the recruiting control freak here, Chip.

FL Dawg

February 2nd, 2012
9:15 am

I have no doubt he has the talent, skill and ability to play his freshman year, but does anyone else think he needs to put on weight? 6′5″ @ 208, he is pretty slender. He will need to put on at least 40 pounds to have any pop against larger backs and tight ends. Plus, OL would just push him around at that weight.

TJ

February 2nd, 2012
9:15 am

DJ, I can only surmise that you are a gnat based on your pious response, because you folks are the only ones dumb enough to still play the academic card and not see that you have “football player” majors as well AND still have had more recent trouble with academic scandal than at the flagship University in the state. Typical, stupid bug.

Maitlanddawg

February 2nd, 2012
9:16 am

Ill bring grandpa up to Athens when I go through Valdosta

Dawg'em out!

February 2nd, 2012
9:17 am

Welcome to the Bulldawg Nation!

wpww

February 2nd, 2012
9:18 am

Old Grandpa is a SNAKE!

Eisendawg

February 2nd, 2012
9:19 am

Great news! Great potential in our system, and don’t be surprised to see him at red zone receiver some.

Daytona Dawg

February 2nd, 2012
9:19 am

The only upside of signing just 19 scholarship athletes this year is that we can give a scholarship or 2 or 3 to some walk-ons who have been busting their chops every week. Most of these guys are getting their heads knocked off week after week by these 4 star recruits. It’s great to reward them (like Brandon Harton) when you can!!

AugustaDawg

February 2nd, 2012
9:19 am

Kind of selfish on the Grand fathers part. This kid chose where he wanted to go, made the announcement, picked up the hat… and old Woodrow was no where to be found all because he didn’t want to drive so far on game day to watch his grand son play ball. Well I tell you Mr. Woodrow, A) way to steal the spotlight from what was supposed to be one of the greatest days in this young mans life and B) There is no place finer in this landscape to gather on saturday mornings in the fall and watch those guys in red and black play ball.

Woodrow

February 2nd, 2012
9:20 am

Sorrys corch muschump. The boy say he wanna be a Dawg

Cdpridg

February 2nd, 2012
9:20 am

Thanks Gramps…now…Let The Big Dawg Eat!!

SLAWDAWG

February 2nd, 2012
9:20 am

Lets get the party started!!!!

Joey

February 2nd, 2012
9:21 am

And thank you, Todd Grantham.

crusherdawg

February 2nd, 2012
9:21 am

Great news!!!!!!!! How ‘Bout Them Dawgs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TallaDawg

February 2nd, 2012
9:22 am

@Dr.. Don – AMEN! The world needs a wide spectrum of industirous people. I think the intrintic value some professions are at times overrated, and I am in such a profession.

Herschel Talker

February 2nd, 2012
9:22 am

Great job staying persistent, Mark Richt.

Now coach these guys up next year, or you are out on your a$$!

GDawg

February 2nd, 2012
9:22 am

Welcome home glad its over. Go Dawgs

Rationale

February 2nd, 2012
9:22 am

Young man, if you were my grandson, I would be just as proud of you today, as I would have been yesterday. Athletically speaking, you are obviously very talented, but today, remember this day as your first major step forward in becoming a mature man, who can stand on his own. I can only imagine the discussion that was going on the last 24 hours. May God bless you in your life, and in your days as a student/athlete at UGA.

just a fan

February 2nd, 2012
9:23 am

Welcome aboard JHC Go Dawgs!!!!!!! GATA

13-1

February 2nd, 2012
9:24 am

AltamahaDawg February 2nd, 2012 9:14 am

“Must have been those 9 jobs and a decade head start he had.”
____________________________________________________
Admission that Nick Saban since joining The SEC in 2000, the year before Mark Richt, is FAR SUPERIOR in won/loss over a longer period of time ?

Don’t give me this junk that Mark Richt is better than Nick Saban the entire time Nick Saban has been in The SEC, which is LONGER than Mark Richt has been.

Not on ANY front.

FCC

February 2nd, 2012
9:24 am

Breaking News: More Tech coaches to resign due to illegally using Morse code to contact recruits. Paul Johnson threatening to punch out the next coach that breaks a rule.

DC

February 2nd, 2012
9:24 am

FL dawg you are correct…I rarely read any comments about his size or lack thereof. Too light to contribute this yr

dawgman

February 2nd, 2012
9:26 am

That’s the most positive comment I’ve ever heard from you HT. What an enigma

Jeff

February 2nd, 2012
9:26 am

Todd Grantham is a great recruiter. Lucky to have him.

I agree this guy needs to get bigger because at 208, offensive linemen will eat him alive. And even bigger backs in the mold of Marcus Lattimore could tear him up. He definitely needs to get bigger to play OLB in the SEC. Jarvis Jones is 6′3, 241 and he gets it done. Cornelius Washington is 6′4, 260. So those guys are big and ready. JHC will be soon enough.

The guy I’m most excited about is John Theus. Dude could be our starting left tackle game one vs. Buffalo. He has a bright future. Just needs to work hard and get stronger because being a freshman left tackle protecting the blind side of an All-SEC QB is no easy task.

Keith in Warner Robins

February 2nd, 2012
9:26 am

Can you spell forgery? Of course you can’t y’all are DWAGS.

DunwoodyDawg

February 2nd, 2012
9:26 am

What are the chances he gets a look at receiver? I’m guess with the crew we have there now it would be a stretch. Get him to the training table and into the weight room. The kid needs to get more meat on his bones.

SLAWDAWG

February 2nd, 2012
9:28 am

Breaking News: Tech to sign 5 star waterboy! More as the story developes!!

Bogey

February 2nd, 2012
9:28 am

Well said, AugustaDawg

Thanks for finally clarifying...

February 2nd, 2012
9:29 am

…that the kid is still only 17 years old and that that is why his guardian had to sign the letter – yesterday everyone kept saying he was 18 so why should he have to have the guardian sign…

Woodrow

February 2nd, 2012
9:30 am

Hey Corch Muschump,

Wantcome to Mt. Calvary Baptist on Sunday?

Lowcountry Bulldawg

February 2nd, 2012
9:30 am

Richt did mention him possibly playing WR in Red Zone situations describing him as having big strong handles and a incredible leaping ability.

McDawg

February 2nd, 2012
9:31 am

good job grandpa

Jeff

February 2nd, 2012
9:31 am

No place I’d rather be than ATHENS, GEORGIA on a FALL AFTERNOON!

SLAWDAWG

February 2nd, 2012
9:31 am

Keith…..It’s not dwags, it’ spelled DWAGT……Did Win Against Georgia Tech! Please try & get it right next time!