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(Georgia’s press release on its 2012 recruiting class.)

JOHN ATKINS
DL, 6-4, 300
Thomson, Ga., Thomson HS
Born: Dec. 21, 1992…High School: Thomson …SuperPrep All-Dixie Team….Scout.com three-star player, #23 DT in the country, #23 player in the state…Rivals.com three-star player, #40 DT in the country, #52 player in Georgia…ESPNU four-star player, #11 DT in the country, #55 player in the region, #12 player in the state, #119 player in the country…#122 in the ESPNU Top 150…247sports.com four-star player, #17 DT in the country, #16 player in Georgia…Participated in the 2012 Under Armour All-American game…High School Coach: Milan Turner.

COLLIN BARBER
P, 6-2, 191
Cartersville, Ga., Cartersville HS
Born: November 11, 1993…High School: Cartersville… Scout.com three-star prospect…Rivals.com twostar player…ESPN.com three-star player…247sports.com twostar player, #6 punter in the country, #153 player in the state…Member of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Class AAA All-State team, Member of the Georgia Sports Writers Association Class AAA First Team…Participated in the 2011 Georgia High School Association All-Star Game…High School Coach: Frank Barden.

FATON BAUTA
QB, 6-3, 225
West Palm Beach, Fla., Dwyer HS
Born: Jan. 2, 1994…High School: North Clayton…SuperPrep All-Dixie Team….Scout.com three-star Player, #24 QB in the country Rivals.com three-star player, #15 dual QB in the country, #79 Player in Florida…ESPN three-star player, #29 QB in the country, #170 player in the Region, #59 player in Florida…247sports.com three-star player, #7 Dual player in the country, #61 player in Florida…Member of the Orlando Sentinel Class 7A Second Team Offense… High School Coach: Jack Daniels.

MARK BEARD
OL, 6-4, 290
Adamsville, Ala., Coffeyville (Kan.) CC
Born: December 1, 1991….Junior College: Coffeyville CC…Honorable mention 2011 NJCAA All-American team…SuperPrep JUCO 100….First team All-Jayhawk Conference 2011…Rivals.com three-star prospect…Scout.com threestar prospect…247Sports.com three-star player, Ranked #50 among JUCO prospects nationally…Coffeyville CC Head Coach: Darian Dulin.High School: Minor HS…Honorable mention Alabama Sports Writers Association All-State Team 2009…Birmingham News All-West Metro Team…Participated in 2009 Alabama Mississippi All-Star Game…Ranked as #12 in the state of Alabama according to Maxpreps.com following his senior season…Originally signed with Troy University before choosing to attend Coffeyville Community College….High School Coach: Randy Cook.

JOSH DAWSON
LB, 6-4, 225
Tucker, Ga., Tucker HS
Born: January 10, 1994…High School: Tucker…SuperPrep All-America and All-Dixie Teams…2011 Offense-Defense All-American Bowl Team Scout.com four-star prospect, #27 DE nationally, #19 prospect in the state… Rivals.com four-star prospect, #20 DE nationally, #20 overall prospect in Georgia…ESPN.com three-star prospect, #44 DE nationally…247Sports three-star prospect, #27 ranked DE nationally, #30 ranked overall player in the state of Georgia… 2011 Atlanta Journal-Constitution Class AAAA All-State Team…2010 and 2011 Georgia Sports Writers Association Class AAAA All-State first team…Helped lead Tucker to 2011 GHSA State Championship…As a junior recorded 45 tackles, including 16 sacks…High School Coach: Franklin Stephens.

SHELDON DAWSON
ATH, 5-11, 180
Memphis, Tenn., Ridgeway HS
Born December 17, 1993…High School: Ridgeway…SuperPrep All-America and All-Dixie Teams…AutoZone Liberty Bowl High School All Star Game Blue Team…Scout.com four-star recruit, #11 ranked cornerback nationally, #1 player in the state …Rivals.com three star recruit, #27 Athlete nationally, #11 overall in Tennessee… ESPN.com three-star recruit, #69 CB nationally, #28 overall in Tennessee…Maxpreps.com #26 overall in Tennessee… 247sports.com fourstar recruit, #8 ranked Athlete nationally, #92 overall prospect nationally, #1 overall in Tennessee…Threat at RB, WR, and CB positions…Helped lead his team to a 9-4 record in 2011 Head Coach: Duron Sutton.

JAMES DeLOACH
LB, 6-3, 260
Millen, Ga., Jenkins County HS
Born: Feb. 13, 1994…High School: Jenkins County…SuperPrep All-Dixie Team…Espn.com four-star prospect…Rivals.com three-star prospect, ranked #50 overall in the state of Georgia…Scout.com three-star prospect, ranked as #74 DE nationally…247Sports three-star prospect, #37 ranked DE nationally, #46 ranked overall player in the state of Georgia… Teammate of DT Jonathan Taylor who also signed with Georgia…Recorded eight sacks while playing in just four games his junior season, missed most games due to a broken arm…Intends to pursue a degree in radiology…High School Coach: Chuck Conley.

TY FLOURNOY-SMITH
TE, 6-3, 228
Moultrie, Ga., Colquitt County HS
BORN: December 17, 1993…High School: Colquitt County…SuperPrep All-Dixie Team…Rivals.com three-star prospect, #12 TE nationally, #32 overall prospect in Georgia…Scout.com three-star prospect, #18 TE prospect nationally…ESPN.com four-star prospect, #10 TE, #22 in Georgia, #112 in the region…24/7sports.com three-star prospect, #22 TE nationally, #41 overall prospect in Georgia…Atlanta JournalConstitution Class AAAAA All-State…Georgia Sports Writers Association Class AAAAA All-State First Team …Selected to Georgia High School Association All-Star game…Region 1-AAAAA Offensive Player of the Year…All-Region 1 AAAAA First Team…Helped lead Colquitt County to the state semifinals three-straight years, the only team in Georgia’s highest classification to do so…Had 42 catches for 576 yards in 2010… Ended the 2010 state championship game with seven catches for 84 yards… Recorded 46 catches for 785 yards and five touchdowns in senior year…Caught two-point conversion to lift team to state semifinals in 2011…High School Coach: Rush Propst.

LEONARD FLOYD
LB, 6-4, 215
Eastman, Ga., Dodge County HS
Born: September 8, 1992…High School: Dodge County …..SuprePrep All-Dixie Team…Scout.com fourstar prospect, #18 DE nationally, #142 overall prospect nationally, #11 player in the state…Rivals.com four-star prospect, #13 DE nationally, #177 overall prospect nationally, #12 overall prospect in Georgia…ESPN.com four-star prospect, #28 DE nationally…247Sports four-star prospect, #123 ranked overall player nationally, #10 ranked OLB nationally, #11 ranked overall player in Georgia …Atlanta Journal-Constitution Class AA AllState Team…Georgia Sports Writers Association Class AA AllState first team…As a junior recorded 81 tackles, including 14 for a loss and six sacks, as well as 549 receiving yards and three touchdowns at tight end…High School Coach: Rex Hodges.

TODD GURLEY
RB, 6-1, 195
Tarboro, N.C., Tarboro HS
Born: August 3, 1994….High School: Tarboro…North Carolina Associated Press Player of the Year for 2011… NCPreps.com 2A Player of the Year for 2011… SuperPrep All-Mid-Atlantic Team…ESPN.com four-star prospect, #11 ranked RB, ranked #10 in state of North Carolina overall…Scout.com four-star prospect, #107 player and #13 ranked RB nationally, #5 player in the state…Rivals.com four-star prospect, #5 ranked RB nationally, #42 ranked overall player, #3 player in state of North Carolina… 247Sports four star prospect, #57 ranked overall player nationally, #6 ranked RB nationally, #5 ranked player overall in the state of North Carolina North Carolina Associated Press First Team All State…ESPNHS North Carolina Magazine First Team All State…Won three consecutive 2A State Championships at Tarboro High School…Rushed for 242 yards and four touchdowns in 2011 State Championship game…As a senior totaled 2,600 yards and 38 touchdowns…Played RB and safety during his Junior season, totaling 1,472 rushing yards and 26 touchdowns, as well as 79 tackles, an interception, and a forced fumble…Named Rocky Mount Telegram All-Area Offensive Player of the Year for the 2010 season…Ran Track for Team USA in Europe during the Spring and Summer of 2011…High School Coach: Jeff Craddock.

QUAYVON HICKS
RB, 6-2, 245
Blackshear, Ga., Pierce County HS
Born: July 17, 1994…High School: Pierce County…SuperPrep All-Dixie Team…Scout.com threestar prospect, #3 FB nationally, #27 player in the state…Rivals.com three-star prospect, #2 FB nationally, #45 overall prospect in Georgia…ESPN.com three-star prospect, #64 ATH nationally 247sports.com #2 ranked FB nationally, #31 overall prospect in Georgia…2011 Georgia Athletic Coaches Association NorthSouth All-Star Team…Participated in 2011 Under Armour All-American Football Combine…Saw playing time at defensive end, nose tackle, linebacker, tight end and fullback…Also competed on wrestling and track teams… As defensive end, recorded 60 tackles, four sacks, and seven tackles for loss….averaged four yards per carry and scored one TD as RB…lead blocker for seven rushing TD¹s…All-Region second team as DL…High School Coach: Sean Pender.

JORDAN JENKINS
LB, 6-3, 245
Hamilton, Ga., Harris County HS
Born: July 1, 1994…High School: Harris County…SuperPrep Elite 50, All-America, and All-Dixie Teams…ESPNU Top 150…PrepStar 150 Scout.com five-star player, #5 DE and #19 overall prospect in the country, #1 ranked prospect in the state.Rivals.com four-star player, #6 DE and #56 prospect in the country, #3 player in the state…ESPNU four-star player, #8 DE in the country, #32 player in the region, #7 player in the state…247sports.com four-star player, #5 DE and #28 overall prospect in the country, #1 player in Georgia,…Named to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super 11 and Class AAAA AllState Team… Georgia Sports Writers Association Class AAAA first-team…Participated in the Under Armor All-American game…High School Coach: Tommy Parks.

KEITH MARSHALL
RB, 5-11, 190
Raleigh, N.C., Millbrook HS
Born: February 16, 1994…High School: Millbrook…SuperPrep Elite 50, All-America, and All-Mid-Atlantic Teams….Rivals.com four star prospect, #2 RB nationally, #4 player in North Carolina, #48 overall prospect nationally…Scout.com five-star prospect, #1 RB and #12 overall player nationally, #2 player in the state …ESPN.com five-star prospect, #2 RB nationally, #1 player in North Carolina, #1 player in Southeast Region, #5 overall prospect nationally…24/7sports.com fivestar prospect, #1 RB nationally, #2 player in North Carolina, #21 overall prospect nationally…ESPNU 150…PrepStar fivestar prospect, #1 RB nationally and Dream Team 150 (#14)…MaxPrep five-star prospect, #4 RB nationally and #26 overall prospect nationally…Athlonsports.com consensus #6 prospect nationally…The Sporting News #6 overall prospect nationally…played in the 2012 Under Armour All-American Game…North Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year…Cap 8 Conference Offensive Player of the Year…HighSchoolOT.com Preseason Player of the Year, 1st team All-State and All-Region…owns Millbrook records for rushing yards in a season and points in a season…Millbrook career-leader in rushing yards with 4,552 and points with 332…as a senior rushed for 1,891 yards and 25 touchdowns on 258 carries, leading Millbrook to a berth in the Class AAAA playoffs…as a junior rushed for 1,539 yards and 17 rushing TDs leading Millbrook to the first round of the Class AAAA playoffs…as a sophomore rushed for 1,165 yards and 11 rushing TDs leading Millbrook to the first round of the Class 4A playoffs…NCHSAA AAAA state 100m champion…High School Coach: Clarence Inscore.

MARSHALL MORGAN
PK, 6-3, 195
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., American Heritage HS
Born: November 28, 1993…High School: American Heritage…Rivals.com three-star prospect, #7 kicker nationally…Scout.com three-star prospect, #7 kicker nationally…ESPN.com three-star prospect, #5 kicker, #104 overall prospect in Florida…24/7sports.com three-star prospect, #6 kicker nationally, #154 overall prospect in Florida… Participated in inaugural Semper Fi Bowl where he hit game-winning 46-yard field goal for the West Team…Four-time All-State selection, including freshman year as a punter… Four-time Sun Sentinel All-County First Team selection…No. 31 on the 2012 Florida Top 100 by Orlando Sentinel…Miami Herald’s No. 25 top recruit from Broward County…No. 10 ranked prospect in Broward County by Sun Sentinel…Hit 15-of-16 field goals and 63-of-64 PATs while averaging 43.7 yards per punt junior year at Archbishop McCarthy…Holds record for longest field goal at Archbishop McCarthy of 53 yards among other multiple records…Tallied 10-of-12 field goals senior year…Kicked field goals of 44, 45 and school-record 59 yards to lead American Heritage to District 15-5A title…59-yard field goal ties record for longest field goal in the county and was longest in Florida for 2011…Voted MVP junior and senior year…High School Coach: Jeff Dellenbach.

GREG PYKE
OL, 6-6, 315
Baltimore, Md., The Boys’ Latin School
Born: June 4, 1993… High School: The Boys’ Latin School…SuperPrep All-Mid-Atlantic Team…2011 Chesapeake Bowl South Roster… 2011 Consensus All-State Football Team…2011 All-MIAA Football Team (B Conference)… 2011 Maryland Crab Bowl All Star Game… 2011 All-Metro First Team Offense…Scout.com three-star prospect, #41 offensive line position player nationally… Rivals.com three-star recruit, #25 offensive guard nationally, #12 overall in Maryland… ESPN.com three-star recruit, #90 offensive line, #16 overall in Maryland… Maxpreps.com #79 overall in Maryland…247sports.com four-star recruit, #23 offensive tackle nationally, #8 overall prospect in Maryland…Has experience at the guard and tackle positions…Highly touted lacrosse recruit…High School Coach: Ritchie Schell.

JONATHAN TAYLOR
DL, 6-4, 315
Millen, Ga.; Jenkins County HS
Born: November 19, 1993…High School Jenkins County…SuperPrep All-America and All-Dixie Teams…Rivals.com four-star prospect, #7 DT nationally, #3 player in Georgia and #72 overall prospect nationally…Scout.com four-star prospect, #9 DT and #76 overall prospect nationally, #4 player in the state…ESPNU four-start prospect, #6 DT nationally, #4 prospect in Georgia, #27 prospect in Southeast Region and #53 overall prospect…24/7sports.com four-star prospect, #63 ranked player nationally, #8 DT nationally, #4 prospect in Georgia and #62 overall prospect nationally…ESPNU 150…PrepStar four-star prospect, #6 DT prospect and Dream Team 150 (#50)…MaxPrep four-and-a-half star prospect, #7 DT prospect and #64 overall prospect…Athlonsports.com consensus #36 overall prospect in the nation…The Sporting News #21 overall prospect nationally…Played in Under Armour All-American Game…Atlanta Journal-Constitution 2011 Georgia’s Super 11 and Class A All-State honorable mention…2011 Super Southeast 120 (#7) by the Mobile (Ala.) Register…MaxPreps.com Lemming Top 100 player and Top 25 DT…High School Coach: Chuck Conley.

JOHN THEUS
OL, 6-6, 292
Jacksonville, Fla., The Bolles School
Born: January 19, 1994…High School: The Bolles School…2011 USA Today All-America first-team offense…Parade Magazine All-America team…2011 Army AllAmerica Team…2011 MaxPreps Top 100…2011 PrepStar Top 150 Dream Team…ESPNU 150….Scout.com five-star prospect, #2 offensive lineman and #7 overall prospect nationally, #1 player in the state…Rivals.com five-star prospect, #5 OT nationally, #3 overall prospect in Florida, #23 overall prospect nationally…ESPNU four-star prospect, #5 OT and #28 overall prospect nationally, #7 ranked player in Florida…247Sports.com four-star prospect, #35 ranked overall player nationally, #3 ranked OT nationally, #5 ranked overall player in the state of Florida…2011 Florida Times-Union Super 11 and Class AAAA All-State first team…Helped lead Bolles to FHSAA state titles in 2009 and 2011, as well as an undefeated regular season and district title in 2010…Competed in shot put and discus on track and field team…High School Coach: Corky Rogers.

BLAKE TIBBS
WR, 6-2, 185
Lithonia, Ga., Martin Luther King, Jr. HS
Born: October 21, 1993… High School: Martin Luther King, Jr. …SuperPrep All-Dixie Team…Class AAAAA All-State Offensive Team… 2011 Georgia Sports Writers Association All-State Class AAAAA First Team Offense… Scout.com three-star recruit, #52 wide receiver nationally, #25 player in the state… Rivals.com three-star recruit, #65 wide receiver, #21 overall in Georgia… ESPN.com three-star recruit, #75 wide receiver, #60 overall in Georgia… Maxpreps.com #47 wide receiver, #13 overall in Georgia… 247sports.com threestar recruit, #57 wide receiver nationally, #29 overall prospect in Georgia…As a junior he caught 60 passes for 1,054 yards and 8 touchdowns… As a senior he caught 63 passes for 1,065 yards and 15 touchdowns… Returned kicks and punts for his team… Led Martin Luther King, Jr. to a 12-1 record in 2011… Head Coach: Michael Carson.

Syracuse makes hiring of D-II Coach of the Year official

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Dino Babers‘ second coaching staff is whole once again.

Following up on reports that first surfaced late last week, Syracuse confirmed in a press release that Justin Lustig (pictured, left) has left his job as the head coach at Div. II Edinboro (Pa.) College to take over as Babers’ running backs coach.  Additionally, Lustig will serve as special teams coordinator for the Orange.

Lustig replaces Mike Hart, who left earlier this month to take the running backs coach job at Indiana.

“The job Justin did as a first-time head coach was fantastic,” Babers said in a statement. “He’s also been a highly-successful assistant coach. The running backs he has coached have performed extremely well, and his special teams units have consistently ranked among the nation’s best. We’re very excited to welcome Justin and his family to Syracuse.”

Hired in January of last year, Lustig took over an Edinboro team that finished 0-11 in 2015 and turned them into a 9-2 squad one year later.  For that turnaround, he was named the Div. II Coach of the Year.

Lustig’s last job at the FBS level came at Ball State, where he served as running backs coach/special teams coordinator from 2011-15.  He also earned the title of assistant head coach prior to the start of the 2015 season.

This will mark Lustig’s first job of any kind at a Power Five program.

“My family and I are excited, honored and grateful for the opportunity to come to Syracuse and join Coach Babers’ staff,” Lustig said. “He is building a championship program there. The future of Syracuse football is very bright and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.”

UNLV ‘very excited’ to share Las Vegas stadium with Raiders

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The biggest news of the day in the NFL has a decidedly college football connection.

By a 31-1 vote, NFL owners approved the Raiders move from Oakland to Las Vegas later this decade.  The new stadium that will eventually serve as the home for the NFL club is expected to be ready for play for the 2020 season.

As expected, it will also serve as the new home for Sin City’s FBS team, a fact that UNLV’s hierarchy was quick to point out and highlight in the hours after the vote was officially confirmed.  Below are the statements from the three main characters involved with the football program.

Len Jessup, UNLV President
UNLV and the entire Rebel family welcome the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas. We look forward to a long-term partnership with the Raiders and the Stadium Authority Board to give UNLV football access to a world-class stadium and accompanying game day experience that will rival the best in college football. We also recognize and thank the numerous stakeholders – including the Adelson family – who invested their time and energy toward this vision. This is an historic day for Nevada and another example of how Las Vegas continues to reinvent itself.

Tina Kunzer-Murphy, UNLV Athletics Director
We are very excited to welcome the Raiders to our great city of Las Vegas. Our community is on the rise and that has clearly been recognized by the NFL owners with today’s vote. We can’t wait for the day our UNLV football program has a new home, sharing the new world-class stadium with the Las Vegas Raiders. What a great day for the NFL, our city and our university.

Tony Sanchez, UNLV Football Head Coach
Today is a huge development for UNLV Football and the city of Las Vegas. Sharing a state-of-the-art stadium with the Raiders is another thing that will allow us to recruit at a high level. The combination of an NFL stadium and our upcoming Fertitta Football Complex brings so much energy to this program and campus. As someone who has lived here for eight years, I’m also excited for this community. This is a great place to live and the pride of being an NFL city will make it an even better place.

In addition to being tenants in a new state-of-the-art stadium, the university will soon begin construction on an on-campus football practice facility.

There are five FBS teams that will share stadiums with NFL teams on at least a part-time basis in 2017 — UMass (New England Patriots, Gillette Stadium), Miami (Miami Dolphins, Sun Life Stadium), Temple (Philadelphia Eagles, Lincoln Financial Field), Pitt (Pittsburgh Steelers, Heinz Field) and USF (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Raymond James Stadium).  Georgia State had shared the Georgia Dome with the Atlanta Falcons but are moving to the new Turner Field this season, while San Diego State will still call Qualcomm Stadium home even as the Chargers have bolted the facility for Los Angeles.

There has been chatter that both Temple (HERE) and USF (HERE) could find themselves in a position to build an on-campus stadium at some point down the road — although the latter could extend its agreement with its current home as it continues to evaluate its long-term plans.

The Los Angles Rams are also temporarily crashing at the home of the USC Trojans, Memorial Coliseum, until their new stadium is completed.

Kaylee Hartung leaves ESPN sidelines for CNN

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ESPN’s roster of college football talent has taken a bath lately. Sean McDonough and Chris Spielman broke up their critically acclaimed team for NFL work at different networks. Brad Nessler left for CBS. Brent Musuberger left for Vegas. Samantha Ponder has joined McDonough on the Worldwide Leader’s NFL team and, now, Kaylee Hartung is leaving the network as well.

Hartung confirmed her departure from ESPN on Monday. Though she did not name her next employer, it’s been an open secret within the industry for nearly a month Hartung will leave for CNN.

“Last night I worked my final event with ESPN,” Hartung announced on her Twitter page. “The decision to leave a job I love and take on a new challenge has been incredibly emotional but the overwhelming feeling I have today is gratitude. I am so grateful for the experience I’ve had within the ESPN family for 5 years. I’m grateful for the people I’ve worked with who have supported me, made me a better reporter, made me a better person and became my friends. I’m grateful for the coaches, athletes, staffers, and university officials who’ve shared their stories with me and let me be a part of their magical moments. I’m grateful for the fans who have embraced me and shared their passion with me. Thank you to everyone who’s been a part of my life during this incredibly fun and exciting chapter. I can’t wait to see what this next chapter has in store… Now I get to be a fan of you all!”

Hartung started with Longhorn Network and since moved to SEC Network and the mothership. Her final event for the network was Sunday night’s Women’s Elite Eight match between Mississippi State and Baylor. Hartung worked in the political media prior to landing with the Longhorn Network as an associate producer for the CBS program Face the Nation.

Final Four forces South Carolina to postpone indoor facility groundbreaking

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File this one under the most first world of all problems: the South Carolina football program is having to adjust its plans because the Gamecocks’ basketball team has been more successful than anticipated.

With Frank Martin‘s hoops headed to Phoenix for this weekend’s Final Four and taking all the Palmetto State’s attention with them, Will Muschamp‘s football program has been forced to alter what had been a big day planned.

The Gamecocks were scheduled to break ground on their announced indoor practice facility; those plans have now been postponed.

With only six days between South Carolina’s clinching of a Final Four berth and the football team’s planned Garnet-White game, the spring game will have to remain slated for Saturday. But it has been bumped forward to a noon kickoff.

Muschamp did not make the trip to Madison Square Garden for Sunday’s Elite Eight win (Florida’s Jim McElwain was in attendance) and Saturday’s spring game will also preclude his attendance, meaning the head football coach must wait until a possible national championship berth to support the basketball team in person.