Tag:Mark Richt
Posted on: March 6, 2012 2:25 pm
 

Tramel Terry recommits to Georgia

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Goose Creek (S.C.) wide receiver Tramel Terry has already shown up on Georgia's class of 2013 commitment list. The talented athlete had committed last summer but decided to re-open things in order to make sure about where he would go to college. After a visit to Athens this past weekend however, he has reaffirmed his commitment to the Bulldogs on Tuesday.

“I am going to Georgia, I am a Georgia Bulldog,” Tramel Terry told Scout. “I did commit to Georgia at Dawg Night, but I just wasn’t ready then, and I did that with all the hype that night, and stuff. This time, I know I am committed to Georgia, my family is happy about it, and my decision is made.”

The 5-foot-11, 170-pounder held offers from schools such as Clemson, Florida, South Carolina and others. Terry is considered the top prospect in the state by some and is the first in the last couple of years in such a position to not wind up with the Gamecocks. The feeling he got at Georgia was one of the key factors in choosing to play south of the state line.

“It is really hard to explain and to put into words what I feel when I am there," he said. "I just belong there – I belong around those players, those coaches, and it is the right place for me. They have something there that I want to be a part of.”

Terry becomes the eighth commitment for Georgia's class of 2013, well ahead of Mark Richt's pace with last year's class. The Maxpreps' Top Junior scored 10 touchdowns rushing last season on top of his 833 yards receiving and six touchdowns.


Posted on: February 28, 2012 2:48 pm
Edited on: February 28, 2012 2:54 pm
 

Johnson becomes seventh commit for Georgia

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Georgia has been one of several SEC programs to hit the recruiting trail hard early with the class of 2013. Mark Richt and company added to their group on Tuesday as Newnan (Ga.) defensive lineman DeAndre Johnson committed to the Bulldogs after previously saying he would wait.

"I saw how UGA had offered a few guys at my position, and I decided to go ahead and get on board," Johnson told UGASports.com "I decided to take they spot they were offering me, and I committed."

The defensive tackle also held offers from Tennessee, Georgia Tech and South Carolina among others. Tray Matthews, who is from the same area as Johnson, is one of the headliners in Georgia's upcoming class and both players will be looking to improve the defense upon arriving down in Athens.

"Right now, I'm 6-foot-3, 310 pounds, and the coaches want me to play nose guard," Johnson said. "They want me to lock down the middle, and that is what I am comfortable doing. I will be doing a lot more of that in my senior year here."

With Johnson in the fold, Georgia's class of 2013 stands at seven commits - five of whom are on the defensive side of the ball. The defensive tackle had 36 tackles and two sacks last season as a junior.



Posted on: February 25, 2012 12:01 pm
 

2/25 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Alabama is off to a quick start in the class of 2013.

 Mark Richt says they are always recruiting at Georgia. The Bulldogs picked up a Juco cornerback commit.

 An early look at Washington's recruiting in the class of '13.

 Derek Dooley defended his decision to sign troubled cornerback Deion Bonner.

 Stanford, Michigan could be trying to flip offensive tackle Steve Elmer.

 Stefon Diggs says he is ready to play at Maryland.

 Running back Ryan Green picked up an offer from USC.

 Arizona, Arizona State are out to change the perception of their program among in-state recruits.

 Michigan State is set to host several prospects on their next Junior Day.

 Greg Schiano is happy Rutgers was able to keep the 2012 recruiting class intact.

 Texas commit Ricky Seals-Jones is a top athlete in the state.

 It's a big recruiting weekend for Virginia and Mike London.

Posted on: February 16, 2012 10:06 am
 

2/16 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

  Georgia and Georgia Tech might sign a few more recruits in 2012. Mark Richt has never been a part of one controversey.

  The full, behind the scenes story of how Shaq Thompson signed with Washington.

  Notre Dame is a finalist for the late recruitment of Davonte Neal.

 Offensive lineman Zach Hannon has Arkansas as his top team.

  BYU is slowing down the offer process after a fast start for the 2013 class.

  Quarterback Asiantii Woulard has USF near the top of his list.

  Junior running back Ezekiel Elliott is visiting Nebraska this weekend.

 UConn is already looking at 2013 recruits.

 Michigan offered sophomore offensive lineman Andy Bauer.

Posted on: February 1, 2012 8:48 pm
 

National Signing Day Winners and Losers: SEC

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Breaking down who won and who lost in the SEC on National Signing Day:

 

WINNERS

Mike Slive. Anyone who doubted Missouri's conference cred had to fall silent for at least a day as the Tigers introduced the nation's No. 1 recruit into the SEC East. The rest of the Tigers' class may not be as deep as many of their new league rivals', but when said class also includes a star as overpoweringly bright as Dorial Green-Beckham, it's hard to see any flaws.

Players to watch: WR Dorial Green-Beckham, G Evan Boehm, QB Maty Mauk.  

Alabama. Yawn--just another No. 1-ranked class of 25-plus blue-chips for Nick Saban's perpetual recruiting motion machine, with the surprise signing of highly regarded Virginia defensive tackle Korren Kirven the icing on a cake the Crimson Tide had baked long before Wednesday. By his own admission, Saban said they "didn't have any surprises," for worse or -- this being Alabama -- better. Once Kirven had declared and top safety Landon Collins had finally gotten his mother on board, the drama in Tuscaloosa was over.

In fact, after a big Junior Day haul, Saban and Co. are already off and sprinting for 2013. Come next February, it's likely there won't be any surprises then either. It may not be exciting for anyone hoping for stunning announcements, big rankings swings, and overheated speculation -- the Tide may have used it all up in last year's Cyrus Kouandjio saga -- but it's the same lethally efficient formula that's netted Saban two national championships in three seasons. Nothing much changed for Alabama on Signing Day, but unfortunately for the rest of college football, that means nothing much has changed when it comes to the difficulty of knocking the Tide off their perch, either.

Players to watch: S Landon CollinsRB T.J. YeldonCB Geno SmithVideo: Saban on being No. 1 on the recruiting trail. 



James Franklin. When Franklin's blazingly hot start last summer netted him a commitment from All-American running back Brian Kimbrow, the nation's no. 52 player, the response from many observers around the SEC was "That's impressive. It'll be even more impressive if he actually signs."

Not every one of those early Vanderbilt commitments made it across the finish line. But Kimbrow did, along with 20 other quality players that had the 'Dores in the CBS Sports National Signing Day  Top 25 a week beforehand. Vandy couldn't quite hang on to that lofty ranking, but even having the SEC's eternal doormat in a "top 25" conversation is an achievement for Franklin arguably on par with Saban's in Tuscaloosa. 

Players to watch: RB Brian Kimbrow, DE Caleb AzubikeQB Pat Robinette.

Steve Spurrier's nerves. South Carolina isn't traditionally the first team you'd think of when looking for a comparison to Alabama when it comes to recruiting success. But the Gamecocks might be this year, thanks in part to joining the Tide in the team rankings top 10 (believe it or not, Carolina quietly finished third in the SEC). But like Alabama, the Gamecocks also enjoyed a pleasantly uneventful Signing Day, with 19 of the 25 Gamecocks who signed today having already committed before the 2011 season started. 

“It’s been a peaceful Signing Day today, which was kind of nice,” recruiting coordinator Steve Spurrier Jr. said. And when you peacefully land players like Shaq Roland and Jordan Diggs, doubly so.

Players to watch: WR Shaq Roland, RB Mike DavisDB Jordan Diggs. Video: Spurrier talks recruiting impact. 


LOSERS

Mark Richt's nerves. On the other side of the spectrum from Alabama and South Carolina, there was Georgia's National Signing Day. The day started with the disappointment of missing out on receivers Cordarelle Patterson (Tennessee) and JaQuay Williams (Auburn) (leaving the Bulldogs with just one wideout in the class), then picked up with a commitment from Maxpreps top 100 linebacker/safety Josh Harvey-ClemonsBut that a.m. joy dissolved into p.m. worry as Harvey-Clemons grandfather and legal guardian reportedly refused to sign Harvey-Clemons' letter of intent. Adding insult to injury, Richt's premature public comments on Harvey-Clemons may have even constituted a minor NCAA violation.

With or without Harvey-Clemons, the Bulldogs are still going to boast a star-studded class with nearly as many top 100 recruits (five, or six) as any team in the country. But the potential of losing Harvey-Clemons to hated Florida with the Gators already sitting some 15 spots ahead in the team rankings is likely to cause a restless evening (or evenings) in Athens all the same.

Players to watch: OL John TheusRB Keith MarshallDE Jordan Jenkins. Video: Will Muschamp on Florida's Signing Day.

LSU's in-state clout. There's about 105 FBS teams or so that would gladly trade classes with LSU's, especially after the addition of out-of-state gems like Oxford (Ala.) linebacker Kwon AlexanderBut in a somewhat down year for talent in the Pelican State, the Tigers had to lock down the borders to put together a truly elite class, and that didn't happen--not only did Collins and highly-regarded linebacker Denzel Devall stick with their Alabama commitments, Texas shocked Les Miles by snatching away the Tigers' blue-chip linebacker Torshiro Davis. (Davis rubbed salt in Miles's wound by saying LSU's players "don't seem that happy.")

Those were the top three players in the state by many accounts, and LSU didn't land any of them. It's not the end of the world, but for a program built on an annual harvest of blue-chippers from the bayou, it's a worrying sign all the same.

Players to watch: OL Vadal Alexander, WR Avery Johnson, LB Trey Granier.  

Arkansas. As usual under Bobby Petrino, the Razorbacks signed a respectable-but-not-spectacular class that Petrino will no doubt turn into something far more than the sum of its parts once it comes together in Fayetteville. But to come as close as they reportedly did to signing the player that would have helped cement their status as a national power and come up short has to sting.

Players to watch: LB Otha Peters, OG Jeremy Ward, RB Jonathan Williams.

SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN

Auburn. On the good side: wide receivers JaQuay Williams and Ricardo Louis each stuck with their original commitments to the Tigers, offensive lineman Will Adams flipped from Georgia Tech, and top tackle Avery Young gave Auburn a top-100 cornerstone at Georgia and Florida's expense. On the not so good side: Eddie Goldman, Ronald Darby, Leonard Williams, Alexander and Jordan Moore all had Auburn as one of their finalists and all went in a different direction. Gene Chizik's boom-or-bust Signing Day somehow managed to neither quite boom nor bust.

Players to watch: QB Zeke Pike, RB Jovon Robinson, DB T.J. Davis. And to wrap things up, here's some video of Derek Dooley:


Posted on: February 1, 2012 9:36 am
Edited on: February 1, 2012 3:22 pm
 

Top 100 DB/LB Harvey-Clemons picks Georgia

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Update, 3 p.m. ET: CBSSports.com's Fletcher Page reports that Harvey-Clemons has yet to deliver his letter of intent to Georgia and could still be considering Florida, at the request of his family. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Harvey-Clemons' grandfather -- and legal guardian -- has not signed the letter. Stay tuned.

Despite a recruitment with plenty of drama and twists and turns, Maxpreps top 100 safety Josh Harvey-Clemons has elected to remain in his home state of Georgia and will play for Mark Richt's Georgia Bulldogs.

6'5", 225-pound heavy-hitter from Lowndes High School in Valdosta, Ga., Harvey-Clemons received offers from across the nation, and particularly from the SEC--Florida was widely believed to be the Bulldogs' closest competition, with Florida State, Miami and Alabama also in the mix.

“I knew when I went there I wanted to go after the visit," Harvey-Clemons said. "It felt like home.”  

Harvey-Clemons is ranked as the No. 93 prospect overall in the class of 2012 and the No. 3 outside linebacker by Tom Lemming--an indication of the four-star's versatility and potential to fill out his 6'5" frame. 

His decision is huge boost for a Bulldog class that ranked 22nd in the CBS Sports National Signing Day Top 25 entering Wednesday. He becomes Georgia's 18th commitment of their class of 2012.

For updates on Georgia's new class throughout Signing Day, follow our CBSSports.com Georgia RapidReports.

Keep up with all the latest from National Signing Day at CBSSports.com's NSD Central.
Posted on: January 26, 2012 1:06 pm
 

Mark Richt goes to jail for top 100 recruit

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

No one who follows college football is surprised when coaches go to extraordinary lengths to sign a pivotal recruit. But that doesn't mean it still wasn't something of a shock to see headlines that Georgia's Mark Richt had taken himself to jail Wednesday night to try and land Valdosta (Ga.) linebacker prospect Josh Harvey-Clemons.

Of course, the story's not at all what those headlines would make it appear to be--though that doesn't mean it's not fascinating in its own right. As the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports, Richt's "in-home" visit with Harvey-Clemons was interrupted when the 6'5", 200-pound linebacker had to make a visit to the local prison for the bail bonds company part-owned by his grandfather (and legal guardian).

Thanks to some complications, Richt and Bulldog offensive coordinator Mike Bobo eventually ended up tagging along for what wound up a "bonding" experience in more ways than one.

Positive as the trip wound up being -- Richt was reportedly assured the Bulldogs remain very much in the mix for Harvey-Clemons' signature after the visit -- even Richt knew the trip would wind up becoming fodder for recruiting fans.

“I’m sure this was an experience that Coach Mark Richt will never forget,” Harvey-Clemons' uncle, Roy Hart, told the AJC "with a chuckle. “Coach Richt said ‘I can’t wait to read the headlines about this one.’”

Harvey-Clemons is the No. 93 prospect on the Maxpreps top 100 and will have his choice of some of the nation's top programs. The Bulldogs are one of three reported leaders alongside Florida and Florida State, with Harvey-Clemons set to visit Miami this weekend.

But despite that attention, Harvey-Clemons still has to pay his dues in grandfather Woodrow Clemons' bonds business.

“My kids are at the age where they have to work and do something," Clemons said. "They’ve got to start learning about the real world. And with being bond agents, they can pick up the ‘fear’ of going to jail … Josh understood he had to go do this. I own the business and one day Josh will own part of it, so he knows the responsibilities that come with it. And it definitely beats working at Wal-mart or a hamburger joint.”

This may be true. Though we're wondering if, happy ending and all, Richt wouldn't have minded a trip to pick up a garden hose or a Big Mac instead.

Posted on: January 26, 2012 10:54 am
 

1/26 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Mark Richt went to jail to visit a recruit, but it's not exactly what you're thinking.

 Offensive tackle Vincent Valentine will pick among Florida, Illinois or Nebraska.

 Alabama and Auburn spend a little bit of money to recruit...

 Todd Graham is making progress at Arizona State right before signing his first class.

 A profile of UCLA-bound cornerback Justin Combs.

 Top 100 offensive lineman Jordan Diamond had a great visit to Arkansas.

 Oklahoma early enrollee Taylor McNamara was finally cleared.

 Top Florida cornerback Tracy Howard is giving Miami a chance.

 Washington will host Cedric Dozier on an official visit.

 Chip Kelly is up in the air but, this time, to finish a recruiting class.

Commitments:

 Linebacker Thaddeus LaGrone committed to Houston.

 Nebraska snagged their first 2013 commitment in Tre'vell Dixon.

 Quarterback Steven Bench committed to Penn State.

 
 
 
 
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