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2013 Georgia football signees

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(Below are the bios released by Georgia on the new members of its 2013 recruiting class.)

JOHNATHAN ATKINS
DL, 6-4, 305
Thomson, Ga., Thomson HS
Hargrave Military Academy (Va.)

JOHNATHAN ATKINS…Born: December 21, 1992…Enrolled at UGA in January, 2013…Fox Sports NEXT three-star prospect, #23 DT in the country…DawgPost #23 overall prospect in Georgia…Enrolled at UGA in January, 2013…Prep School: Hargrave Military Academy…Finished the 2012 season with 42 total tackles, 2 sacks, 5 tackles for loss and one blocked kick…Hargrave Military Academy Head Coach: Troy Davis.

High School: Thomson…SuperPrep All-Dixie Team…Scout.com three-star player, #23 DT nationally, #23 overall prospect in Georgia…Rivals.com three-star player, #40 DT nationally, #52 overall prospect in Georgia…ESPNU four-star player, #11 DT nationally, #119 overall prospect nationally, #55 overall prospect regionally, #12 overall prospect in Georgia…#122 in the ESPNU Top 150…247sports.com four-star player, #17 DT nationally, #16 overall prospect in Georgia…Participated in the 2012 Under Armour All-American game…High School Coach: Milan Turner.

DAVIN BELLAMY
DL, 6-5, 235
Chamblee, Ga., Chamblee HS

DAVIN BELLAMY… Born: Dec. 27, 1994….High School: Chamblee… PrepStar All-Southeast Region….Fox Sports NEXT four-star prospect, #27 defensive end, #233 overall prospect nationally… Dawg Post rates Bellamy the #4 DE and #20 overall prospect in Georgia… Rivals.com three-star prospect, #25 defensive end in the country and #54 overall in Georgia… ESPN.com four-star recruit, #25 defensive end, #30 overall in Georgia and #299 overall nationally… 247Sports.com three-star recruit, #21 defensive end in the country, #31 overall player in Georgia… As a junior Bellamy recorded 10 tackles for loss and five sacks… Played injured through much of his senior season but managed to post five sacks…High School Coach: Allen Johnson.

PARIS BOSTICK
DB, 6-1, 217
Tampa, Fla., Plant HS

PARIS BOSTICK…Born: July 10, 1995 …High School: Plant…PrepStar All-Southeast Region…Fox Sports NEXT three-star prospect, #34 safety in the country…Rivals.com three-star player, #40 S in the country, #85 player in Florida…ESPN Three-star player, #54 S in the country, #418 player in the Region, #153 player in the state…247sports.com three-star player, #86 player in Florida, #45 safety in the country…Ranked as the 18th best prospect in Tampa Bay by the Tampa Bay Times…averaged 9.1 tackles per game during his senior season…High School Coach: Robert Weiner.

AULDEN BYNUM
OL, 6-5, 270
Valdosta, Ga., Valwood HS

AULDEN BYNUM…Born: September 14, 1994…Graduated early and enrolled at UGA in January, 2013…High School: Valwood…PrepStar All-Southeast Region…Fox Sports NEXT three-star prospect, #65 OT in the country…Dawg Post #7 OT and #69 overall prospect in Georgia …Rivals.com three-star player, #40 OT nationally, #38 overall prospect in Georgia…ESPN.com three-star player, #47 OT nationally, #55 overall prospect in Georgia…247Sports three-star player, #39 OT nationally, #53 overall prospect in Georgia…Helped lead Valwood to a 14-0 record during his senior season…High School Coach: Ashley Henderson.

JOSH CARDIELLO
OL, 6-3, 283
Buford, Ga., Buford HS

JOSH CARDIELLO…Born: March 24, 1995…Graduated early and enrolled at UGA in January, 2013…High School: Buford… PrepStar All-Southeast Region…Fox Sports NEXT three-star prospect, #5 center in the country…Dawg Post #1 C and #30 overall prospect in Georgia…Rivals.com three-star prospect, #22 C nationally, #35 overall prospect in Georgia…ESPN.com four-star prospect, #19 C nationally, #37 overall prospect in Georgia…247sports.com threer-star player, #25 OG in the country, #41 player in Georgia…2012 Atlanta Journal-Constitution Class AAA All-State Team…2012 Georgia Sports Writers Association Class AAA First Team All-State…2011 Georgia Sports Writers Association Class AAA Second Team All-State…Helped lead Buford to three straight GHSA State Championships, winning the title in 2010 and 2012…Also played on defensive line…High School Coach: Jess Simpson.

REGGIE CARTER
LB, 6-1, 225
Snellville, Ga., South Gwinnett HS

REGGIE CARTER…Born: September 20, 1994…Graduated early and enrolled at UGA in January, 2013…High School: South Gwinnett…PrepStar All-Southeast Region…Rivals.com and Scout.com four-star recruit…Named to the 2012 Georgia Sports Writers Association All-State Class AAAAAA first-team defense…Selected to the 2012 Atlanta Journal-Constitution Class AAAAAA All-State defense…Fox Sports NEXT four-star prospect, #9 MLB and #195 overall prospect in the country…Dawg Post #1 MLB and #16 overall prospect in Georgia….Ranked as #15 linebacker in the country and No. 22 overall prospect in the state of Georgia by Rivals.com…247sports.com three-star player, #23 ILB in the country, #33 player in Georgia… ESPN three-star player, #32 ILB in the country, #57 player in the state…High School: Coach: John Small.

JORDAN DAVIS
TE, 6-4, 225
Thomson, Ga., Thomson HS

JORDAN DAVIS…Born: March 10, 1995…High School: Thomson…PrepStar All-Southeast Region…Rivals.com three-star prospect, #19 TE nationally, #33 ranked player in the state of Georgia…Fox Sports NEXT three-star prospect, #15 TE in the country…Dawg Post #1 TE and #32 overall prospect in Georgia …247sports.com three-star prospect, #13 TE nationally, #30 ranked player in the state of Georgia…ESPN.com three-star prospect, #15 TE nationally, #85 ranked player in the state of Georgia …2012 All-CSRA…2011 Augusta Chronicle Second Team All-Area…Helped Thomson to a 12-1 record in 2012, making it to the Class AAA State Quarterfinals where they lost to Cartersville 21-13…Recorded seven catches for 102 yards and a touchdown during his senior season for Thomson…High School Coach: Milan Turner.

REGGIE DAVIS
WR, 6-0, 159
Tallahassee, Fla., Lincoln

REGGIE DAVIS…Born: November 22, 1995…High School: Lincoln…Rivals.com four-star prospect, #27 WR nationally, #36 ranked player in the state of Florida, #230 overall prospect nationally… Fox Sports NEXT three-star prospect, #110 WR in the country…247sports.com three-star prospect, #74 WR nationally, #85 ranked player in the state of Florida…ESPN.com four-star prospect, #45 WR nationally, #52 ranked player in the state of Florida, #293 overall prospect nationally…Nominated for the Army All-American game…Holds Lincoln’s record for most receiving touchdowns in a game with three…Helped lead Lincoln to a 12-2 season in his senior campaign that ended with a 41-25 loss to St. Thomas Aquinas in the Class 7A State Championship…Recorded 32 catches for 486 yards and four touchdowns during his senior season, as well as 13 carries for 85 yards and a touchdown…Also ran track at Lincoln and helped lead the Trojans 4×100 relay team to a State Championship in 2012…High School: Yusuf Shakir.

BRENDAN DOUGLAS
RB, 5-11, 202
Augusta, Ga., Aquinas HS

BRENDAN DOUGLAS…Born: July 14, 1994…High School: Aquinas…Scout.com two-star prospect…Rivals.com three-star prospect, #5 FB nationally…ESPN.com three-star prospect, #4 FB nationally, #148 overall prospect in Georgia…247Sports two-star prospect, #13 FB nationally, #174 overall prospect in Georgia…2011 and 2012 Atlanta Journal-Constitution Class A All-State, 2011 Offensive Player of the Year…2012 Georgia Sports Writers Association Class A First Team All-State…Rushed for 1,424 yards and 22 touchdowns as a senior, following a 1,569-yard, 27-touchdown junior campaign…Also played linebacker on defense…High school coach: Matt LeZotte.

LEONARD FLOYD
LB, 6-4, 220
Eastman, Ga., Dodge County HS
Hargrave Military Academy (VA)

LEONARD FLOYD…Born: September 8, 1992…Prep School: Hargrave Military Academy…Rivals.com four-star prospect…247sports.com four-star prospect, #4 overall prep school prospect nationally, #4 ranked player in the state of Virginia…Fox Sports NEXT four-star prospect, #18 DE and #142 overall prospect in the country…Dawg Post #11 overall prospect in Georgia …Helped lead Hargrave to a 7-3 record in 2012…High School: Dodge County …SuperPrep All-Dixie Team…Scout.com four-star 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 All-State Team…Georgia Sports Writers Association Class AA All-State 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.

SHAQUILLE FLUKER
DB, 6-1, 192
Meridian, Miss., East Mississippi CC

SHAQUILLE FLUKER…Born: February 5, 1992…Junior College: East Mississippi CC… PrepStar All-Southeast Region…247Sports four-star prospect, #28 JUCO prospect nationally, #2 S nationally, #11 overall prospect in Mississippi…ESPN.com four-star prospect, #36 JUCO prospect nationally… Fox Sports NEXT three-star prospect….2012 NJCAA Honorable Mention All-American…Helped lead EMCC to its first-ever NJCAA National Championship in 2011…Recorded 106 tackles and seven interceptions through two seasons for EMCC…Junior College Coach: Buddy Stephens.

High School: Meridian…Rivals.com three-star prospect…MaxPreps #136 prospect nationally, #3 prospect in Mississippi…2010 Mississippi/Alabama All-Star Game selection…2010 Mississippi Association of Coaches 6A First Team All-State…2010 Clarion Ledger Second Team All-State…Helped lead Meridian to 2010 6A State Runner Up finish…High School Coach: Larry Weems.

J.J. GREEN
ATH, 5-8, 171
Kingsland, Ga., Camden County HS

J.J GREEN…Born: June 22, 1995… Graduated early and enrolled at UGA in January, 2013…High School: Camden County… … PrepStar All-Southeast Region…Member of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution 2012 Super 11 and Class AAAAAA All-State first team…Named to 2012 Georgia Sports Writers Association All-State Class AAAAAA First-team offense…Fox Sports NEXT three-star prospect, #72 CB in the country…Dawg Post #5 CB and #80 overall prospect in Georgia…#50 ranked Athlete in the country and #47 prospect in the state of Georgia by Rivals…247sports.com three-star player, #30 CB in the country, #27 player in Georgia…ESPN three-star prospect ranked #32 LB in the country and #57 ranked prospect in Georgia….High School teammate of QB Brice Ramsey…Helped lead Camden County to the quarter-finals of the GHSA play-offs where they lost to eventual state champion Norcross…Recorded 39 tackles, 3 interceptions, 1 sack, 919 rushing yards and 16 total touchdowns his senior season of high school…High School Coach: Jeff Heron.

DE’ANDRE JOHNSON
DL, 6-3, 311
Newnan, Ga., Northgate HS

DE’ANDRE JOHNSON…Born: September 4, 1994…High School: Northgate… PrepStar All-Southeast Region…Fox Sports NEXT three-star prospect, #52 DT in the country…Dawg Post #4 DT and #55 overall prospect in Georgia …Rivals.com three-star prospect, #41 overall prospect in Georgia…ESPN.com three-star prospect, #84 DT nationally, #120 overall prospect in Georgia…247Sports three-star prospect, #31 DT nationally, #38 overall prospect in Georgia…2012 Georgia Sports Writers Association Class 5A Second Team All-State…2012 Score Atlanta Final 50 selection…Also competed on track and field team as shot putter…High School Coach: Tommy Walburn.

KENNAR JOHNSON
DB, 6-2 185
Perkinston, Miss., Gulf Coast (Miss.) C.C.

KENNAR JOHNSON… Born: December 18, 1992… Junior College: Gulf Coast (Miss.) CC…Rivals.com three-star prospect, #94 among JUCO prospects nationally…247sports.com three-star recruit, #133 among JUCO prospects, #10 ranked JUCO CB…Fox Sports NEXT three-star prospect…In 2012 he recorded 34 tackles and three pass break-ups…As a freshman he played for Reedley College in Reedley, Calif., he later transferred to Gulf Coast (Miss.) CC for the 2012 campaign…Gulf Coast (Miss.) CC Head Coach: Steven Campbell.

High School: East Ridge HS…Honorable Mention for Orlando Sentinel’s Central Florida Super60…As a senior he recorded 92 tackles, five interceptions, three forced fumbles, eight pass break-ups and one defensive touchdown…Competed in long jump and 4×100 relay on the track and field team…High School Head Coach: Bud O’Hara.

RICO JOHNSON
WR, 5-11, 172
Swainsboro, Ga., Swainsboro HS

RICO JOHNSON…Born: February 23, 1994…High School: Swainsboro…PrepStar All-Southeast Region… Fox Sports NEXT three-star prospect, #57 WR in the country…Dawg Post #3 WR and #61 overall prospect in Georgia …Rivals.com three-star prospect, #53 overall prospect in Georgia…ESPN.com three-star prospect, #122 WR nationally, #93 overall prospect in Georgia…247Sports four-star prospect, #42 WR nationally, #24 overall prospect in Georgia…2012 Georgia Athletic Coaches Association North-South All-Star Game selection…Also competed as sprinter on track and field team, taking first in the 100-meter dash at the 2012 GHSA State Track Championships…High School Coach: David Johnson.

TIM KIMBROUGH
LB, 6-0, 228
Indianapolis, Ind., Warren Central HS

TIM KIMBROUGH…Born: October 29, 1994…High School: Warren Central…PrepStar All-America Team… Fox Sports NEXT four-star player, #5 ILB and #93 overall prospect in the nation, #2 overall prospect in Indiana…Rivals.com four-star player, #3 overall prospect in Indiana, #150 overall prospect nationally…ESPN.com four-star player, #11 ILB nationally, #5 overall prospect in Indiana, #34 overall prospect regionally…247sports.com four-star player, #10 ILB in the country, #4 player in Indiana, #217 in 247Sports Top247…Selected to participate in the 2013 Army Bowl…Named to the 2012 MaxPreps All-American Football Team…Indianapolis Star Indiana Mr. Football runner-up in 2012…Named the Indianapolis Star Super Team Player of the Year…Had 90 solo tackles, 43 assisted tackles, 12 tackles for loss, four sacks, eight quarterback pressures, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries during his senior season in 2012…Extremely strong and possesses great closing speed…Excellent speed to the sidelines…High School Coach: Steve Tutsie.

BRANDON KUBLANOW
OL, 6-3, 290
Marietta, Ga., Walton HS

BRANDON KUBLANOW…Born: April 5, 1995…High School: Walton…PrepStar All-America Team… Fox Sports NEXT four-star prospect, 11 OG and #256 overall prospect in the country…Dawg Post #1 OG and #21 overall prospect in Georgia…Rivals.com four-star player, #2 center nationally, #15 overall prospect in Georgia, #155 overall prospect nationally…ESPN.com four-star player, #2 center nationally, #15 overall prospect in Georgia, #69 overall prospect regionally…247sports.com four-star player, #5 center in the country, #21 player in Georgia….Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super 11 and Class AAAAAA All-State first team….Georgia Sports Writers Association All-State first team…Also played defensive tackle at Walton…High School Coach: Rocky Hidalgo.

BRENDAN LANGLEY
DB, 6-1, 181
Marietta, Ga., Kell HS

BRENDAN LANGLEY…Born: October 16, 1994…High School: Kell…PrepStar All-America Team…The Marietta Daily Journal Cobb Defensive Player of the Year…2012 Offense-Defense All-American Bowl… Fox Sports NEXT four-star prospect, 19 CB and #173 overall prospect in the country…Dawg Post #2 CB and #14 overall prospect in Georgia… Rivals.com four-star recruit, #22 CB nationally, #227 overall prospect nationally, #17 overall prospect in Georgia…ESPN.com four-star recruit, #24 CB nationally, #26 overall prospect in Georgia…247sports.com four-star player, #15 CB in the country, #16 player in Georgia, #181 in 247Sports Top247…As a senior he had 60 total tackles, four interceptions, and a fumble recovery, he also recorded rushing, receiving, and return yards on offense…Talented athlete with great size for a cornerback…Helped lead Kell HS to a 9-3 record in 2012…Head Coach: Derek Cook.

URIAH LEMAY
WR, 6-2, 197
Matthews, N.C.; Butler HS

URIAH LEMAY…Born: May 8, 1994…High School: Butler … PrepStar All-America Team…2012 Class AAAA All-State Team…2013 Semper Fidelis All-America Bowl…NCPreps.com Top 10 Class of 2013… Fox Sports NEXT three-star prospect, #70 WR in the country…ESPN.com four-star recruit, #48 WR nationally, #26 overall prospect in North Carolina…247sports.com three-star recruit, #101 WR nationally, #15 overall prospect in North Carolina…Maxpreps.com four-star recruit…Had 43 receptions for 842 yards and 14 touchdowns, also rushed for 397 yards on 38 carries and 5 touchdowns in 2011…Tough receiver that can make tough catches in traffic…Head Coach: Brian Hales.

TRAY MATTHEWS
DB, 6-0, 194
Newnan, Ga., Newnan HS

TRAY MATTHEWS…Born: Oct. 18, 1994… Graduated early and enrolled at UGA in January, 2013…High School: Newnan…… PrepStar Dream Team 150…Rivals, Scout.com, 247 Sports and ESPN four-star prospect…Named to 2012 Georgia Sports Writers Association All-State Class AAAAAA First-team defense…Member of the 2012 Atlanta Journal-Constitution All-State Class AAAAAA defense…#6 ranked prospect in Georgia, #7 safety in the nation and #72 ranked prospect in the nation by Rivals.com…#10 ranked safety in the nation in ESPN’s Top 150….247sports.com four-star player, #13 safety in the country, #9 player in Georgia, #99 in 247Sports Top247.… Fox Sports NEXT four-star prospect….#9 safety and #99 overall prospect in the country… Dawg Post #2 safety and #8 overall prospect in Georgia…Recorded 51 tackles including 2.0 tackles for loss, 528 yards receiving and 42 yards rushing in his senior season at Newnan…Participated in the 2013 Army All-American Bowl game…High School Coach: Mike McDonald.

QUINCY MAUGER
DB, 6-0, 197
Marietta, Ga., Kell HS

QUINCY MAUGER…Born: March 4, 1995… Graduated early and enrolled at UGA in January, 2013…High School: Kell… PrepStar All-Southeast Region…Rivals.com three-star prospect, #26 safety nationally, #27 ranked player in the state of Georgia… Fox Sports NEXT three-star prospect, #75 S in the country…Dawg Post #83 overall prospect in Georgia …247sports.com three-star player, #97 safety in the country, #98 player in Georgia…ESPN.com three-star prospect, #42 safety nationally, #77 ranked player in the state of Georgia…2012 Georgia Sports Writers Association Class AAAAA Second Team All-State…2012 Atlanta Journal-Constitution Class AAAAA All-State…Marietta Daily Journal First Team All-County…GHSA Class AAAAA Region 7 First Team All-Region Defense…selected for the Cobb County All-Star Senior Bowl…Played both safety and WR during his senior season, recording 46 total tackles and one interception, and 18 catches for 325 yards and one touchdown…Helped Kell to a 9-1 record and the Class AAAAA Region 7 Championship…Recorded 13 solo tackles and two catches for 69 yards and a touchdown in the Region Championship game — Kell’s second Region Championship in three years…Recorded 108 tackles 5 interceptions, and 5 pass break-ups during his junior season in 2011…Helped Kell win the Class AAAA Region 5 Championship in 2010, and go on to make the GHSA Elite Eight…Enrolled at UGA in January and will participate in 2013 spring practice…High School Coach: Derek Cook.

CHRIS MAYES
DL, 6-4, 330
Griffin, GA
Spalding HS/Mississippi Gulf Coast CC

CHRIS MAYES…Born: September 27, 1991…Graduated JC early and enrolled at UGA in January, 2013…Junior College: PrepStar All-Southeast Region Team…Fox Sports NEXT three-star prospect, #50 DT in the country…247sports.com three-star player, #111 in JUCO prospects nationally….Recorded 17 tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery for Mississippi Gulf Coast CC in 2011…redshirted in 2012…Junior College Coach: Steve Campbell.

High School: Spalding…2010 PrepStar All-Region Team…SuperPrep All-Dixie team…PrepStar All-Southeast Region team…Rivals.com four-star prospect, #26 DT nationally, #22 overall prospect in Georgia…Scout.com three-star prospect, #50 DT nationally…ESPN.com four-star prospect, #23 DT nationally…2010 Griffin Daily News All-Area DL…as a senior recorded 34 total tackles, nine tackles-for-loss, two QB sacks, and two blocked kicks…as a junior recorded 32 total tackles, 18 tackles-for-loss, three QB sacks, 10 QB pressures, and 3 blocked kicks in his first year playing organized football…also lettered in basketball…High School Coach: Clint Ashmore.

SHAUN McGEE
LB, 6’3 233
Snellville, Ga., Brookwood HS

SHAUN McGEE…Born: February 24, 1995…High School: Brookwood…247sports.com four-star player, #30 OLB in the country, #25 player in Georgia…Rivals.com three-star prospect, #26 OLB nationally, #25 prospect in the state… Fox Sports NEXT three-star prospect, #53 DE in the country…Dawg Post #8 DE and #56 overall prospect in Georgia …ESPN.com three-star prospect, #43 DE nationally, #45 overall player in Georgia…As a senior he recorded 60 tackles and 4 sacks…Participated in Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl…Head Coach: Mark Crews.

JOHNNY O’NEAL
LB, 6-2, 225
Dublin, Ga., West Laurens

JOHNNY O’NEAL…Born: March 20, 1995…High School: West Laurens…PrepStar Dream Team 150…Georgia Sports Writers Association Class AAAA All-State team…Atlanta Journal-Constitution Class AAAA All-State team… Fox Sports NEXT four-star prospect, 11 MLB and #249 overall prospect in the country…Dawg Post #2 MLB and #20 overall prospect in Georgia…Rivals.com four-star player, #16 ILB in the country, #12 player in Georgia…ESPN.com four-star player, #5 ILB nationally, #17 overall prospect in Georgia, #72 overall prospect regionally…247Sports.com three-star player, #34 ILB in the country, #58 player in Georgia…Averaged 12.4 tackles a game and recorded three sacks during his seniorseason…High School Coach: Stacy Nables.

BRICE RAMSEY
QB, 6-3, 196
Kingsland, Ga., Camden County HS

BRICE RAMSEY….Born: April 11, 1995…Graduated early and enrolled at UGA in January, 2013…High School: Camden County…PrepStar All-America…Georgia Sports Writers Association Class AAAAAA All-State Team Honorable Mention…Atlanta Journal-Constitution Class AAAAAA All-State Team Honorable Mention…Fox Sports NEXT four-star player, #7 QB in the country, #82 overall prospect in the country…Dawg Post #1 QB and #5 overall prospect in Georgia…Rivals.com four-star player #14 QB in the country, #18 player in Georgia…ESPN four-star player, #115 on the ESPN150, #7 QB in the country, #53 player in the region, #11 player in Georgia…247sports.com four-star player, #3 QB in the country, #5 player in Georgia, #37 in 247Sports Top247… Participated in the Under Armour All-American Game…During his senior season, passed for 1,396 yards and 19 touchdowns while only throwing three interceptions …Also punted and kicked in high school… High School Coach: Jeff Heron.

RYNE RANKIN
LB, 6-1, 230
Orlando, Fla., East River HS

RYNE RANKIN….Born: October 1, 1993… Graduated early and enrolled at UGA in January, 2013…High School: East River…PrepStar All-Southeast Region Team…Ranked as #10 overall player in the Orlando Sentinel’s Central Florida Super60 and #56 in the Florida Top 100.… Fox Sports NEXT three-star prospect, #38 MLB in the country…Rivals.com three-star player #24 ILB in the country, #57 player in Florida…ESPN four-star player, #296 on the ESPN300, #13 ILB in the country, #140 player in the region, #53 player in the state…247sports.com four-star player, #16 ILB in the country, #40 player in Florida…Recorded 189 tackles in 2012…Also punted and kicked in high school… High School Coach: Marc Rankin.

JONATHON RUMPH
WR, 6-5, 215
Cayce, S.C., Brookland-Cayc
Holmes (Miss.) CC

JONATHAN RUMPH…Born: October 24, 1991… Enrolled at UGA in January, 2013…Junior College: Holmes CC… Named First-Team All-State and First-Team All-Region XXIII…ESPN No. 7 JUCO prospect…Rivals .com four-star prospect…Fox Sports NEXT four-star prospect, #2 JUCO WR and #3 overall JUCO prospect in the country…247Sports.com three-star prospect, ranked #57 among JUCO prospects nationally, #10 wide receiver and #14 player in Mississippi…Finished his sophomore season with 45 catches for 569 yards and three touchdowns. Had 42 catches for 778 yards and four touchdowns during his freshman campaign. Holmes CC Head Coach: Jeff Koonz.

High School: Brookland-Cayce…In addition to football, averaged over 18 points and six rebounds a game on the basketball court as a high school senior…High School Coach…Matt Gonzalez.

DEVONDRE SEYMOUR
OL, 6-5, 295
Suwanee, Ga., North Gwinnett HS

DEVONDRE SEYMOUR…Born: January 18, 1995…High School: North Gwinnett…ESPN.com four-star prospect, #14 ranked OT nationally, #27 overall prospect in the state of Georgia, #124 overall player in the Southeast region…ESPN Top 300 prospect, #259 overall prospect nationally…Rivals.com three-star prospect, #42 ranked OT nationally, #45 overall prospect in the state of Georgia…Fox Sports NEXT three-star prospect, #31 OT in the country…Dawg Post #3 OT and #28 overall prospect in Georgia…247sports.com three-star prospect, #31 ranked OT nationally, #46 overall prospect in the state of Georgia…Helped lead North Gwinnett to an 11-2 record his senior season, advanced to the State Quarterfinals but fell to state runner-up Lovejoy 21-6, ended the season as the fourth ranked team in the state of Georgia…Paved the way for a rushing attack that totaled 1,862 yards and 17 touchdowns for the season, the rushing offense averaged 143 yards per game and 5.4 yards per carry in 2012…Played a large role in North Gwinnett’s 10-2 record and a Region 7-AAAAA Championship his junior season…son of former Georgia All-American and NFL All-Pro Richard Seymour…Head Coach: Bob Sphire.

TRAMEL TERRY
ATH, 5-11, 193
Goose Creek, S.C.; Goose Creek HS

TRAMEL TERRY…Born: May 17, 1994… Graduated early and enrolled at UGA in January, 2013…High School: Goose Creek…PrepStar All-America Team…2012 Mr. Football- South Carolina…2012 USA Today All-USA second team…2012 HSSR SCHSL Statewide All-State Football Team…2012 Shrine Bowl selection…Scout.com four-star recruit, #18 WR nationally…Rivals.com four-star recruit, #20 WR nationally, #3 overall prospect in South Carolina…ESPN.com four-star recruit, #9 overall wide receiver, #2 overall prospect in South Carolina….ESPNU 150… 247sports.com four-star recruit, #8 WR nationally, #101 overall prospect nationally, #1 overall prospect in South Carolina… Maxpreps.com five-star recruit…As a junior he caught 44 passes for 833 yards and six touchdowns while rushing for 847 yards on 117 carries and 10 touchdowns…As a senior caught 48 passes for 792 yards and five touchdowns while rushing for 841 yards on 113 carries for 19 touchdowns…Multi-threat athlete…Helped lead Goose Creek HS to a 13-0 record in 2012…Head Coach: Chuck Reedy.

A.J. TURMAN
RB, 6-0, 198
Orlando, Fla., Boone HS

A.J. TURMAN…Born: April 4, 1995…High School: Boone… PrepStar All-America team… Fox Sports NEXT four-star prospect, #41 overall prospect in Florida, #37 RB in the country…Rivals.com four-star player, #260 Player on the ESPN300, #22 RB in the country, #37 player in Florida…ESPN four-star player, #22 RB in the country, #125 player in the region, #47 player in the state…247sports.com four-star player, #13 RB in the country, #26 player in Florida, #185 in 247Sports Top247…Ranked 7th best “Big Back” by MaxPreps…. Rushed for 1,245 yards and 15 touchdowns during his senior year… High School Coach: Phil Ziglar.

SHAQUILLE WIGGINS
DB, 5-10, 165
Tyrone, Ga., Sandy Creek HS

SHAQUILLE WIGGINS…Born: Dec. 16, 1994…High School: Sandy Creek…PrepStar All-Southeast Region…39th ranked prospect on ESPN 150 list…Member of 2012 Georgia Sports Writers Association All-State Class AAAA First Team defense…Four-star rating from ESPN, 247 Sports, Rivals.com and Scout.com…Played in the 2013 Under Armour All-America game…Named to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution All-State Class AAAA defense…#6 rated cornerback and #5 ranked prospect in Georgia by ESPN…247sports.com four-star player, #16 CB in the country, #17 player in Georgia, #186 in 247Sports Top247s…#46 cornerback and #44 prospect in Georgia according to Rivals…Fox Sports NEXT four-star prospect, #15 CB and #150 overall prospect in the country…Dawg Post #1 CB and #12 overall prospect in Georgia…High School Coach: Chip Walker.

REGGIE WILKERSON
DB, 5-11, 162
Citra, Fla., North Marion HS

REGGIE WILKERSON…Born: June 22, 1994… Graduated early and enrolled at UGA in January, 2013…High School: North Marion…PrepStar All-Southeast Region…Orlando Sentinel Super60…Participated in the Florida HS Football Nike 7on7 Competition… Fox Sports NEXT four-star prospect, #34 overall prospect in Florida, #27 CB in the country…Rivals.com four-star recruit, #26 CB nationally, #42 overall prospect in Florida…ESPN.com four-star recruit, #15 CB nationally, #34 overall prospect in Florida…247sports.com four-star recruit, #25 CB nationally, #50 overall prospect in Florida…As a junior had 26 tackles, three pass defenses, one interception, and a fumble recovery…As a senior he had 28 tackles, one interception, and two fumble recoveries…Talented athlete with great ball skills that can play multiple positions…Head Coach: Craig Damon.

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Oklahoma recruit Joe Mixon claims innocence in statement

Mixon

In a statement released by his lawyer, Oklahoma’s five-star running back recruit, Joe Mixon, claims he was merely defending himself during an altercation Friday morning with University of Oklahoma student Amelia Molitor.

The statement, provided by The Oklahoman, reads:

This past Friday morning Joe Mixon found himself in a situation where he was subjected to both verbal and physical attacks from a very intoxicated and troubled young woman.  As a result of these physical attacks, Joe instinctually defended himself against further harm.

As promised, Joe met with investigators from the Norman Police Department this afternoon. Throughout the meeting, Joe continued to be forthcoming and cooperative with their investigation.

We are looking forward to a thorough investigation and are very much looking forward to the truth coming out.  As we have always maintained, Joe has done nothing wrong.

Molitor alleged Mixon punched her in the face, which caused a broken bone.

The Norman Police Department is still reviewing the case, and no charges have been filed against Mixon or Molitor at this time.

The University of Oklahoma is aware of the situation and will likely withhold further comment until the findings of the case are divulged.

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Michigan AD says Brady Hoke isn’t on hot seat

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Michigan head coach Brady Hoke isn’t worried about being on the hot season this season, and he shouldn’t be.

Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon stated Hoke’s job isn’t on the line as the Wolverines prepare for the 2014 campaign.

“It’s not,” Brandon told The Detroit News’ Bob Wojnowski. “Every football coach in America lives under enormous pressure, so I don’t need to apply any more. We’re the winningest program in the history of college football, we know what the expectations of our fan base is. Nobody has to tell Brady that. And I have all the confidence in the world that he’s bringing in the right kids, that he continues to do the right thing in terms of getting his staff lined up. I’m convinced we’re heading to a very, very good place.”

It’s certainly different to make such a claim in July than it will be a few months from now, particularly if the Wolverines struggle through another season.

Brandon expects the Wolverines to improve from last year’s 7-6 record. But he wasn’t willing to provide a benchmark for Hoke to remain off the hot seat. Brandon simply expects to see continued improvement.

“I have a high level of confidence that the pieces are being put together for this program to be what we all want it to be,” Brandon said. “I have to be patient because I know what’s involved. I know what was here when coach Hoke arrived, in terms of how we needed to change.

“We needed to get bigger, we went from one style (the spread offense under Rich Rodriguez) to a different style. You’d like to think you can snap your fingers and make that happen, but it takes time. So on the one hand, I have to be patient because I realistically know it takes some time, but on the other hand, I’m as impatient as anybody.

“I want to win, and my expectations haven’t changed one iota. We want to be in that game in Indianapolis, we want to be competing for that championship. We have unfinished business and that’s to get this program back where we want it. I’m confident that’s going to happen.”

Unfortunately for Michigan, the road to Indianapolis and the Big Ten Championship doesn’t go through Ann Arbor. It goes through Columbus or East Lansing. And a third place finish — or worse — in the Big Ten’s eastern division could finally land Hoke on the hot seat.

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Georgia adds brother of Alabama recruit

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Recruiting is all about relationships, and the Georgia Bulldogs may have pulled a trump card to eventually flip a current Alabama Crimson Tide commit.

The Bulldogs received a commitment from tight end Joseph Ledbetter, according to The Macon Telegraph.

“I’ll be at camp on Friday … and I will be on a full scholarship,” Ledbetter confirmed to Dawgs247.com.

Ledbetter, who played basketball for two years before deciding to transfer from Pfeiffer University, is the older brother of four-star recruit Jonathan Ledbetter.

Rivals.com ranks Johnathan Ledbetter as the third-best defensive end recruit in the nation. The defensive lineman committed to Alabama in January.

Despite his brother’s decision, Jonathan Ledbetter isn’t prepared to change his verbal commitment.

“It doesn’t really affect me,” Jonathan Ledbetter said. “I’m just glad he’s in school and has the opportunity, but we aren’t a package deal or anything.”

There could be some family pressure for Jonathan to eventually join Joseph at UGA, though.

“I would love to have two Georgia Bulldogs as sons, or three – because I have a third son as well,” the mother of Joseph and Jonathan Ledbetter, Teresa Belcher, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “But I try to stay out of it. I try to let them decide what is best for them. Of course, I give my opinion. But Jonathan will make his decision on what is best for him, as far as the type of team that fits his personality. I try not to overwhelm him with questions about that.

“Jonathan is very happy for Joseph. He is very excited for his brother. But I really don’t think it’s going to influence his college decision on way or the other.”

Georgia, meanwhile, will still benefit even if the younger Ledbetter doesn’t change his mind. Joseph Ledbetter will add depth and athleticism to the Bulldogs’ tight end position after Hunter Atkinson decided to leave the program.

The trend at the tight end position is get highly athletic former basketball players and convert them. Georgia now has two with Joseph Ledbetter and starter Jay Rome on the roster.

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B1G commish expects governance model to pass

Jim Delany

College football continues to evolve and one of the game’s primary power players foresees a major change in the game coming in the next few days.

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany fully expects his conference, along with the rest of the “Big 5″ conferences, to be granted more autonomy once the NCAA Division I board of directors votes Aug. 7 on a new governance model.

“I do think it’ll pass and capture the autonomy issues that are important to us in assisting student-athletes in the 21st century in ways that make sense,” Delany said during his speech at Big Ten media days, according to The Columbus Dispatch’s Todd Jones. “I’d be very surprised if it doesn’t pass.”

With more autonomy, the schools within the Big Ten, ACC, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC can address a glaring issues in college football…extra stipends to fully cover the cost of tuition.

The vote will be made with the lingering threat of the power conferences renouncing their NCAA affiliations if it doesn’t pass.

“If we do not achieve a positive outcome under the existing big tent of Division I, we will need to consider the establishment of a venue with similar conferences and institutions where we can enact the desired changes in the best interests of our student‑athletes,” SEC commissioner Mike Slive said during SEC media days.

Delany wasn’t as demonstrative as Slive when asked what the conferences will do if the model isn’t passed, but he didn’t rule out the possibility of a potential mutiny.

“If it doesn’t (pass), I don’t really know what we’d do,” Delany said. “I expect there would probably be conversations within each conference, we’d huddle up, and then see where we’re at.”

When Delany and Slive speak, people listen.

“Mike Slive and Jim Delany don’t make their comments without the support of the individual institutions, which means the presidents have signed off on it,” Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith told The Columbus Dispatch on July 18. “So each conference in the top five has gone through a process to get agreement from the presidents that if these things aren’t in place, at the vote, then we have to look at a different structure.”

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Will OSU QB Braxton Miller run the ball less this season?

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During his first three seasons as a member of the Ohio State Buckeyes, quarterback Braxton Miller ran the ball 557 times for 3,054 yards. Miller is one of the premier dual-threat quarterbacks in the nation, but he’s also suffered numerous injuries caused by his scrambling.

Miller emphasized better conditioning during the off season, and he expects those injuries to be far less problematic this fall.

The Buckeyes can also help Miller by relying less on him as the one of the team’s primary ball carriers. Unfortunately, they may not have that luxury.

Miller is the team’s leading returning rusher despite missing two games last season.

There is plenty of talent in the Buckeyes’ backfield with Ezekiel Elliot, Bri’onte Dunn, and Rod Smith, but it’s largely unproven. The Buckeyes desperately need one of these running backs to take over the role vacated by Carlos Hyde, who led the team with 1,521 rushing yards last season. This year’s backs don’t need to be as productive as Hyde was, but they have to take the pressure off of Miller to prevent the quarterback from becoming the team’s primary rushing threat.

Miller may not get much of a reprieve even when he drops back to pass. Four starters along the offensive line graduated and are no longer on the roster. And Taylor Decker is switching from right tackle to left tackle. This unit is going to need time to gel.

Miller is now physically ready to take the pounding which comes during the Big Ten’s regular season, and he’s going  to need it.

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Urban Meyer: ‘Stefon Diggs is one of best players in the country’

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Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer might be a little jealous of the Maryland Terrapins. The Buckeyes may be favored to win the Big Ten Conference and they’re one of the most talented teams in college football, but they don’t have a wide receiver the caliber of Maryland’s Stefon Diggs.

Meyer was quite complimentary of Diggs when asked about the receiver at the Big Ten’s media days.

“Very athletic. Diggs is one of the best players in the country in my opinion,” Meyer told the Baltimore Sun’s Matt Zenitz.

Meyer went as far as proclaiming the Terrapins could be competitive during the program’s first season in the Big Ten Conference.

If Maryland is going to live up to Meyer’s expectations, Diggs will have to be fully healthy and return to the same explosive player he was prior to breaking his leg Oct. 19 against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. Diggs missed the final six games of the season.

But Diggs says he’s fully healthy and ready for fall camp.

Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown believes Diggs will be the same explosive player seen prior to the injury.

A healthy Diggs is a dangerous player. As a freshman, he finished eighth nationally in all-purpose yards. Diggs averaged 17.3 yards per catch last season and Maryland was 5-1 before the receiver was knocked out of the lineup.

Even though Maryland was picked to finish fifth in the Big Ten’s eastern division, Diggs will be a reason to watch the Terrapins each Saturday.

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Brady Hoke not worried about being on the hot seat at Michigan

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If Brady Hoke is entering a make-or-break season for his tenure at Michigan, he’s not too concerned about it.

Entering his fourth year in Ann Arbor, Hoke has seen Michigan’s success decline since 2011’s 11-win Sugar Bowl season. The Wolverines won eight games in 2012 and then seven in 2013. Another slip toward mediocrity this fall and Hoke’s future could be far from certain.

Hoke, though, said at Big Ten Media Day on Monday in Chicago that he’s not concerned about his job security. Via the Detroit Free Press’ Mark Snyder:

“Believe me, we’re not satisfied with anything,” he said. “But to worry about what other people think? I’ve never worried about what other people think in anything I’ve done.”

Hoke went the diplomatic route and trumpeted Michigan’s graduation rates and said he’s most concerned about the academic success of his players. That’s fine and all, but if Hoke wants to continue to guide his student-athletes to a degree from a prestigious Big Ten school, he’ll probably have to win some more games.

Snyder has a good quote from Devin Gardner in his story on Hoke’s status, so give it a click.

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Injuries end playing career for Rutgers wide receiver

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Injuries have ended the career of Rutgers wide receiver Tejay Johnson, per NJ.com’s Dan Duggan. Rutgers coach Kyle Flood made the announcement at Monday’s Big Ten Media Days in Chicago.

Johnson will have a to-be-determined role with the team in his senior year at Rutgers.

The Egg Harbor Township, N.J., native converted to wide receiver in spring practice after making 35 tackles as a safety in 2013. He was frequently limited by injuries over the course of his career, and according to Duggan his move to wide receiver — his natural position — was made in an effort to limit the wear and tear on his body.

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Bo Pelini continues to be self-aware about his cat and Faux Pelini

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Say what you will about Bo Pelini as a coach, but this is pretty funny:

If you don’t know what Pelini’s getting at, that means you’re not following Faux Pelini on Twitter, which means you’re doing Twitter wrong. This isn’t the first time the real Nebraska coach has engaged the fake Nebraska coach — back in January during the BCS Championship, Pelini asked the parody account if he could have his cat back.

The Nebraska coach also brought his cat to the Huskers’ spring game this year.

Pelini has a reputation of being an incredibly intense coach on the sidelines — which stems from moments like this — but he said at Big Ten Media Days on Monday that he’s trying to show he’s a different person off the field:

And hey, if his cat and a parody Twitter account are the vehicle for showing that, it’s pretty awesome.

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Jimbo Fisher sounds fine with Jameis Winston playing baseball

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Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston admitted earlier this month he’ll eventually have to choose between baseball and football, but wants to continue his two-sport career for as long as he can.

Jimbo Fisher, too, is all for his Heisman-winning quarterback continuing his career on the diamond. From Fisher’s appearance on ESPN’s First Take this morning (h/t to Coaching Search):

“Baseball is a game of failure. Baseball is a much greater game of failure. It’s a whole different mindset. Anytime you’re competing in any sport, I think it’s good, but what baseball teaches you is how to overcome adversity. It teaches you how to fail and fail and fail, and still be able to perform.

“I think as a quarterback, I don’t care how good you are, there are going to be bad moments. … I think baseball slows it down for him and has made him a better (football) player.”

That’s a good take on it, though Winston only had five hits in 39 at-bats with eight walks and nine strikeouts for FSU this spring. Batting involves an awful lot of failure — and even when you don’t fail and hit a ball hard, there’s still a chance you’ll make an out. If Fisher thinks playing baseball is making Winston mentally tougher, then by all means should he continue to play.

Where I’d be worried if I were Fisher is Winston pitching. Winston is a much better pitcher than he is a hitter, posting a 1.08 ERA with 31 strikeouts and seven walks in 33 1/3 innings last season. But every pitch he throws is putting strain on his ulnar collateral ligament, and if one day he feels a pop in his right elbow and needs Tommy John surgery…it could very well wipe out a full season of his football career.

It’s not a huge risk, given Winston doesn’t pitch an awful lot for FSU. But baseball’s rash of Tommy John surgeries this season has created such a panic over any minor elbow discomfort, that if Winston does feel a little twinge one day next spring maybe it’d be best for his football career to shut down his baseball one.

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Auburn WR commit is Rivals No. 1 class of 2016 recruit

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The recruiting class of 2016 is still a year and a half away from its signing day (unless an early signing period materializes), but Rivals released some early ratings for the group and ranked wide receiver Nate Craig as 2016’s top recruit.

That’s good news for Auburn fans, since Craig pledged his verbal commitment to the Tigers on July 21.

Of course, a verbal commitment isn’t really a commitment and 18 months separate us from February 2016. But Craig did commit to Auburn while holding offers from powerhouse programs like Alabama, Florida State, Notre Dame, Ohio State and USC, among many others.

If his rating holds, the Tampa native would join Percy Harvin, Derrick Williams and Dorial Green-Beckham, all of whom were wide receivers ranked as the No. 1 recruit in their respective classes.

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Beavers’ standout center may not be ready to start season

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Oregon State C Isaac Seumalo became an instant starter for the Beavers the day he stepped onto the team’s practice field as a true freshman. Seumalo, however, may not open the season as a starter this fall due to a broken foot he suffered during the Hawaii Bowl.

Seumalo missed all of spring practice due to his recovery, and Oregon State head coach Mike Riley doesn’t have a definitive timetable for the center’s return.

“I think it’s on pretty good schedule to be ready to play, if not at the very first game, early,” Riley told the Oregonian’s Gina Mizell at Pac-12 Media Days. “So we’re going to be very, very careful with that. So that’s why I’m being very careful when I say he’s going to play. But I anticipate him being ready. I would think he might be ready for the first game, but maybe not.”

Oregon State opens the season against against the Portland State Vikings and returns to the islands to play the Hawaii Warriors on Sept. 6. If Seumalo hasn’t returned to the lineup by that point, the Beavers have an open date, which will grant the lineman an extra week to heal.

Seumalo, who was named to the Outland Trophy watch list this summer, is one of the nation’s top interior blockers. He’s already considered the top center prospect for the 2016 NFL draft by ESPN’s draft guru, Mel Kiper Jr.

“Seumalo is another center who could easily move to guard, and is also athletic enough to handle tackle,” Kiper wrote. “He already has 25 starts, but will be coming into the season with a layer rust after missing the spring with a foot injury.”

Riley is considering the possibility of moving Seumalo to guard upon his return. Riley told Mizell that he actually prefers Seumalo to play right guard, while sophomore Grant Bays steps in as the team’s new center.

Either way, the Oregon State offensive line is far better with a healthy Seumalo in the lineup than when he’s not.

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Ohio State AD: B1G expansion ‘is about money’

Gene Smith

Ohio State AD Gene Smith knows how to pander to his audience. Within the course of two days, Smith gave two different spins on the addition of Rutgers (and Maryland) to the Big Ten Conference.

Smith defended the league’s addition of Rutgers Saturday in an interview with NJ.com’s Dan Duggan.

Smith stated Rutgers “will bring a lot to the table.” The Buckeyes’ athletic director complimented Rutgers’ prestigious academic programs. He also mentioned the football team’s success under former head coach Greg Schiano and the money the school put into the program during that period.

The idea Rutgers was chosen to become a member of the Big Ten Conference due to a business decision was merely an after thought.

Smith was far more candid Sunday during an interview with The Columbus Dispatch’s Todd Jones. When Smith was asked directly about the Big Ten’s additions of Rutgers and Maryland, Smith stated the obvious.

“From a business point of view, it makes huge sense,” Smith told Jones. “This is a business deal. This is about money. Everybody wants to dodge that; I don’t. It’s about the stability of our conference for the long term.”

Smith looks at these moves as a way to adjust to the changing landscape of college football and the United States’ shifting population.

“It provides a new geography for us to have a presence in, for a number of reasons: television, recruiting, (and) providing Penn State with some geographical partners,” Smith stated. “The reality is, growth was inevitable for intercollegiate athletic conferences. We needed to be part of that.

“As far as the shifting population, that is reason enough by itself to look at the concept of expansion.”

With the Big Ten’s media days set to commence Monday and Tuesday, a big spectacle will be made of the additions of Rutgers and Maryland. The two programs will be accepted as equals among the likes of Ohio State, Michigan, etc. The reality is these program were merely business acquisitions which proved to be a means to an end for the Big Ten Conference.

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Steve Spurrier expects Mike Davis to turn pro after season

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South Carolina RB Mike Davis rushed for 1,183 yards and 11 touchdowns last season as a sophomore. If he has a similar junior campaign, Davis won’t return to Columbia for his senior season.

“Mike Davis, if he has a big year, he’s going to go pro,” South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier told ESPN.com’s Edward Aschoff after his annual media golf event Thursday. “And we’re going to tell him to go pro, because he should. The lifespan of a running back is only a certain amount of years. If a young man after three years can go, we’re going to shake his hand and let him go. That’s why you keep recruiting more running backs.”

After Spurrier watched former RB Marcus Lattimore suffer two major knee injuries, which put his potential professional career in jeopardy, the coach’s only recourse is to recommend Davis leaves after this season, whether he has an outstanding year or not.

“The thing as a running back is your life expectancy isn’t long in the NFL,” South Carolina running backs coach Everette Sands told Aschoff. “Here in the SEC, it’s probably the closest thing to the NFL.”

South Carolina will help Davis by employing a running back rotation this fall with fellow juniors Brandon Wilds and Shon Carson in the backfield. This will prevent some of the wear and tear other feature backs around the country will experience.

While Davis isn’t considered the top running back prospect potentially available for the 2015 NFL draft — that distinction belongs to Georgia’s Todd Gurley — his size (5-9, 223) coupled with a physical running style projects well to the next level. Early projections rank Davis as a Top 5 prospect at his position prior to the start of the 2014 season.

Davis’ ability to play at a high level and avoid injuries will set him up to make an easy decision after the season.

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Auburn’s Gabe Wright expects to bounce between DT and DE

Gabe Wright, Bo Wallace

While Auburn’s run to the national title game last season was spurred by the team’s innovative offense and overwhelming rushing attack, the Tigers’ defense was led by defensive tackle Gabe Wright. Wright proved to be one of the most disruptive interior defenders in the nation, but his role is expected to expand this fall.

Wright will start the season at defensive tackle, but he’ll also be expected to receive repetitions at defensive end.

Wright was forced to play defensive end during spring practice due to injuries along the defensive line, and the Tigers’ coaching staff came away  impressed with his play.

“(Auburn defensive line coach Rodney Gardner) actually wanted to put me in last year, but he just stated I wasn’t mentally ready,” Wright told al.com’s Brandon Marcello. “I respect and I don’t second-guess his decision. If I’m called upon, I will answer the call. There’s no doubt about that. It just shows his confidence in me.”

Wright also wasn’t physically ready to play defensive end last year. He’s down to 290 pounds with enough the athleticism to set the edge and rush the passer.

“I’ve been wanting to drop down body weight since I’ve been here — and body fat —  which has been done,” Wright said.

Wright’s versatility will provide insurance along the Tigers’ defensive line after losing Dee Ford to the NFL and Carl Lawson to a potential season-ending ACL injury. Wright’s ability to provide depth at defensive end also allows the ultra-talented Montravius Adams to gain more repetitions at defensive tackle.

While Wright remains one of the best interior defenders in college football, his biggest contribution this season may be his ability to play defensive end until Lawson is fully healthy or one of the Tigers’ young pass rushers are ready to take over the spot.

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