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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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Breaking Bad: Brady Hoke likes Michigan’s chemistry

Brady Hoke

Michigan has not been bad since Brady Hoke took over as head coach, but the Wolverines have been traveling on a downward trend as far as wins are concerned. Will the 2014 season see things turn around in Ann Arbor? Hoke seems to like his chances, suggesting the chemistry cooking this spring was something he has not seen in years.

“This team has a chemistry that I think we haven’t had in a while,” Hoke said Wednesday during an interview on SiriusXM Radio, according to MLive.com. “When you look at the different groups and the leadership, we have really a team that’s back-loaded on the freshman and sophomore class. But we’ve got some really good guys in that senior class. Jake Ryan and Frank Clark. Devin Gardner. Desmond Morgan. We’ve got some really good leadership there.”

This is a pretty important year for Hoke. As MLive.com makes note of and as I have said before, this is finally Hoke’s team. Every player who signed with Michigan did so knowing Hoke would be the head coach of the Wolverines. Now it is time to show Hoke can develop that talent — Michigan has signed top three classes in the Big Ten according to Rivals.com in three of the last four years — he has brought in and make Michigan a contender in the Big Ten. Up until now he has fallen short of the high bar he set in his debut season when he took what was left from the Rich Rodriguez all the way to a Sugar Bowl victory. Since then, the Wolverines have stumbled to a mediocre 7-6 season capped with a loss in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.

“We’re better mentally, and that’s a big part of it,” Hoke said earlier this week, according to MLive.com. “We’re not exactly where we want to be yet, but I like the way our team has reacted (to last season) and how we’ve gone about our business.”

If Hoke is right, Michigan could be in the winning business. It’s basic chemistry, yo.

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Northwestern alums say players being pushed to vote against union

Kain Colter

A meeting of former Northwestern football players Wednesday night brought attention to concerns that current players were being pressured to vote no on an upcoming vote to determine if Northwestern football players will form a union. Some Northwestern alums suggested current players on the football team have been receiving phone calls from alumni pushing them to vote no on the union next week.

The biggest problem right now is a state of confusion over the impact of players at Northwestern forming a union could potentially mean. The NCAA and the university will lead you to think it could be the beginning of the dismantling of many other sports at the division one level, but that could just be an extreme worst-case scenario. The biggest push right now by this players union movement is to have a seat at the table with Northwestern leaders and have their voices heard.

“We want the facts to be the facts,” said Kevin Brown, a former Northwestern football player from the 1980s. Brown did not take stance for or against the union vote, at least not in front of the media attending the meeting Wednesday night, but his message seemed pretty clear. Get out as much information as possible so the players can make an informed decision when they cast their ballot.

Some alumni believe the players should voice their concerns directly to the head coach, Pat Fitzgerald.

“They could have taken these issues straight to Coach Fitz and Northwestern,” former Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa said. “It’s frustrating to see your coach and your school come under fire like this.”

Fitzgerald has been on record speaking against the union idea and he has said he wants his players to think long and hard before voting on unionization. If it were up to Fitzgerald, Northwestern players would vote no. There is no indication Fitzgerald is applying pressure on players to vote no, but he will not shy away from voicing his concerns for the best interest of his players.

“We want to make sure that they have all the information, so that’s a process we’re starting to work through right now,” Fitzgerald said earlier this month. “I’m honored to have that opportunity with our guys and we’ll work through it day by day.”

A regional office of the National Labor Relations Board empowered players to hold such a vote, recognizing the football players as employees of Northwestern University. The players are set to vote on forming a union next week, although there are mixed emotions when it comes to whether or not it is a good idea. Now former quarterback Kain Colter has become the face of the union movement at Northwestern but earlier this month it was his replacement under center, Trevor Siemian who voiced his concerns about the formation of a union. Northwestern is prepared to contest the ruling all the way up to the Supreme Court if necessary, which has been expected from the start.

When it comes time to vote on forming a union, will there be enough votes to take the next step?

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Report: Sooners’ leading tackler facing sexual assault accusations

.J. Yeldon, Frank Shannon AP

While no charges have been filed as of yet, an Oklahoma football player is the target of some very serious accusations, the Daily Oklahoman is reporting.

According to the paper, linebacker Frank Shannon has been accused of sexually assaulting a female student at his off-campus apartment Jan. 20.  The accusation comes in the form of a Title IX sexual misconduct allegation report obtained from the university.

From the paper, relating to that report:

…the woman alleges that after a party, she intended to walk home. Shannon offered her a ride, but said he first needed to drop off friends near his apartment.

Shannon allegedly took the woman into his bedroom. According to the complaint, he came up behind her, pulled down her pants and attempted to have sex with her.

The complainant said Shannon became frustrated when she wouldn’t cooperate.

Shannon allegedly asked if she was menstruating, and when she said yes, he went to the bathroom. At that time, she left and met a friend in the parking lot, whom the woman had texted to come get her. The friend called the police.

For those unaware, Title IX is a Federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities. Under Title IX, the U.S. Department of Education website states, “discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual harassment or sexual violence, such as rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion.” All incidents of alleged sexual misconduct involving students must be reported when the university becomes aware of such an allegation.

The Norman Police Department is currently investigating the accusations, but, again, no charges have been filed. It should be noted, however, that the matter is not completely out of the university’s hands as, according to Title IX guidelines, “[a] criminal investigation into allegations of sexual harassment or sexual violence does not relieve the school of its duty under Title IX to resolve complaints promptly and equitably.”

As a redshirt sophomore in 2013, Shannon started all 13 games and led the Sooners in tackles with 92. He neither practiced last Thursday nor played in Saturday’s spring game due to what head coach Bob Stoops described as personal reasons.

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Three Texas A&M Aggies were arrested last week

Howard Matthews, Charles Ross

It has been a whole ten days since the last time we wrote about a Texas A&M player being arrested, so let’s do some catching up. Three Texas A&M players – defensive back Howard Matthews, wide receiver Edward Pope and defensive lineman Gavin Stansbury — were arrested last Thursday according to multiple reports citing police records. All three were suspended by the university from team activities, although Stansbury has since returned.

“We are continuing to gather information,” a Texas A&M statement reads. “Gavin Stansbury was initially suspended from all athletic activities, but has since been reinstated to the team. Howard Matthews and Ed Pope were not suspended and are still members of the football team.”

Matthews was arrested and charged for speeding and failure to provide a driver’s licence after being pulled over for an expired registration. Pope and Stansbury were in the car at the time. Matthews and Pope both face a charge for failure to appear, although Pope’s charge stemmed from an earlier failure to comply on an unrelated incident. Warrants for all three players were discovered once the police officer pulling the car over ran the licenses of the players.

Stansbury is facing a misdemeanor charge for assault after being accused of pouring a can of beer on a person and then struck the person with a closed fist at Rice University.

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Is Chad Kelly’s apology to Clemson too little, too late?

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Former Clemson quarterback Chad Kelly shared his apology to his coaches, teammates and family after being dismissed by the program earlier this week. The nephew of Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly said he let his family down.

”I let down not only my coaches, and teammates, but also Clemson University and all of our fans,” Kelly said. ”Most importantly, I’ve let down myself and my family.”

Kelly was booted from the team following an apparent meltdown during the spring game last weekend, but it was a pattern of poor behavior that ultimately cost him his spot on the Clemson roster. Head coach Dabo Swinney stated a pattern of behavior as the reasoning behind the roster cut after it was reported Kelly was arguing with coaches over play calling in the spring game.

”He has had a pattern of behavior that is not consistent with the values of our program,” Swinney said earlier this week. ”I hope he will mature and grow from this and become the man and player I know he can be. I wish him nothing but the best in the future academically and athletically.”

Kelly understands and agrees with that thought as well.

”I let my emotions get the best of me, culminating in this unfortunate situation with coach Swinney and the Clemson Tigers,” Kelly said. ”What’s most important now is that I use this experience to grow as a student, as an athlete and most importantly, as a man.”

The apology may be too little, too late as far as his position with Clemson is concerned. Clemson named Cole Stoudt as the starting quarterback to replace Tajh Boyd this upcoming season soon after the dismissal of Kelly.

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James Madison will pass on Sun Belt and FBS move

Stony Brook James Madison Football

With a number of programs making the move from the FCS to the FBS in recent years, James Madison will hold firm with their place in the Colonial Athletic Association at the FCS level.

“Consistent with these values and principles and the ongoing issue of conference alignment, JMU will not pursue or accept an invitation from a conference that does not meet our criteria,” James Madison president Jonthan Alger said in a statement released on the school’s athletics website this week. “If we do receive an offer consistent with our established values, we are prepared to review it and make a recommendation to the Board of Visitors. This process is ongoing and will require continued support on the part of the university, students, faculty, staff, coaches, alumni, and fans.”

Sun Belt commissioner Karl Benson told reporters the powerhouse FCS program was under consideration for an invite to join the conference, which will add Appalachian State and Georgia Southern this season.

“We never offered an invitation,“ Benson said, but “[t]hey were under consideration.”

If James Madison was to move up, Conference USA would look to be the most attractive and realistic option for the Dukes. Conference USA has added Old Dominion, another school from Virginia, and is adding Charlotte in football in 2015. There is no indication Conference USA is looking to add any other future members after Charlotte, which makes for a rough spot for James Madison and any FBS plans. As Massachusetts can prove, making the move for the sake of making the move can sometimes backfire on a school. If Conference USA is not coming to James Madison, the best situation for the Dukes may be to sit still, because it is not likely the ACC or SEC will come calling anytime soon.

The Sun Belt has been exploring expansion possibilities for a while now. James Madison may have been removed from the conversation, but that will not stop the conference from looking at all possibilities for future consideration. Liberty appears to be one of the consistent names in the mix to be the next FCS school to make the move up to the FBS ranks, and the Sun Belt Conference would appear to be a good fit with the latest additions to the conference (Appalachian State, Georgia Southern, Georgia State). The Sun Belt will have 12 football members including the additions of Idaho and New Mexico this season, so the football membership is even without any further expansions.

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NCAA approves new roughing the passer penalty for hits below knees

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Hitting a quarterback below the knees in passing situations will result in a 15-yard penalty for roughing the passer according to a new rule approved by the NCAA’s Playing Rules Oversight Panel. The new rule will go into effect this fall around the country.

One of the first questions that may come to mind is just what qualifies as a passing situation in a game where passing has become more and more frequent? Will every pass play by considered a passing situation, or just plays that come on third and long or perhaps even second and long? Fortunately the NCAA laid out the basics for when this penalty will come into play.

According to the NCAA, “the rule specifically covers a scenario in which a quarterback is in a passing posture with one or both feet on the ground.” When in this situation, no defensive player rushing unabated can hit the quarterback at the knees or below the knees. In addition, a defensive player may not roll or lunge and forcibly hit the quarterback in the knee or below. So a defender already on the ground may not roll into the quarterback.

There are exceptions to the rule though. A quarterback who takes off to run, no matter where located on the field, is no longer considered in a passing situation so he would be vulnerable. If a defender is already engaging in wrapping up the quarterback for a tackle, the passing situation is considered over. Any defender blocked into a passer is also in the clear as far as a penalty is concerned, but this means officials will have to keep a close eye on the entire play to determine if a player hitting below the knee was pushed into the passer or if the dive or lunge was initiated by the defender.

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Florida State expresses disappointment in New York Times story

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Florida State University issued a statement in response to a story published by the New York Times on Wednesday. The university expressed disappointment in the story that profiles the timeline of the response taken by the university and Tallahassee police in an investigation for an alleged sexual assault committed by quarterback Jameis Winston.

According to the statement released by Florida State, many of the responses provided during the process of writing the story were not included in the final copy that was released. Among the many points made by the university in an outline of issues with the story include is a statement that Florida State does not tolerate sexual assault, state and federal privacy laws restrict what the university can do on certain student matters, and the university must balance the duty to investigate with the general welfare of the alleged victim. By leaving out information Florida State feels were justified to include in telling what it believes to be the full story, the New York Times has done a disservice to its readers and the Florida State community, the statement says.

“Like all other colleges and universities, FSU is faced with a balancing act when following the “Dear Colleague” letter,” the statement by Florida State opens.

“Given the inherent tension within the “Dear Colleague” letter, FSU seeks to empower victims by giving great weight to their wishes when it comes to counseling, academic accommodations and supporting them through criminal or university proceedings,” the statement continues. “In a great number of cases, the victims make it quite clear that they don’t want to file a police report or pursue a Code of Conduct process.”

You can read the full statement released by Florida State as well as the full outline of points the university feels were missing from the New York Times story.

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‘Cuse confirms Terrel Hunt will remain QB starter

Terrel Hunt AP

Not that there was much mystery involved to begin with, but the question marks surrounding the quarterback position at Syracuse have been answered.

As expected, offensive coordinator George McDonald has confirmed to ESPN.com that Terrell Hunt will remain the Orange’s man under center.  While Hunt ended last season in that position, the competition was open once again this spring.

McDonald said Hunt’s growth throughout the spring locked down the job once again for the player.

“He’s had a really good spring,” McDonald said of the incumbent. “He’s doing a lot of things he wasn’t able to do last spring. For him, the game that made him a lot more comfortable was the Minnesota game. He’s really built off that game. He’s playing at a different level this spring.”

Hunt ultimately started the final 10 games of the 2013 season after Oklahoma transfer Drew Allen, who started the first three, was benched for poor performance.  In addition to throwing for over 1,600 yards and 10 touchdowns, Hunt was also second on the team with 500 yards rushing and seven touchdowns on the ground.

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LSU, ‘Cuse officially set future home-and-home

1965 Sugar Bowl

After a month or more of speculation, the long wait for official word on a future series between programs from the ACC and SEC is finally, thankfully over.

Syracuse confirmed via a release Wednesday that it will play a future home-and-home series against LSU.  The Orange will host the Tigers Sept. 26, 2015, in the Carrier Dome, while ‘Cuse gets the “pleasure” of traveling to Death Valley to face the Bayou Bengals Sept. 9, 2017.

“We are thrilled to enter into this home-and-home agreement with a premiere program like LSU. Student-athletes come to Syracuse to play on the biggest stage possible, and this gives our coaches and young men the chance to battle one of the standard-bearers of the SEC on our home turf,” said athletic director Dr. Daryl Gross in a statement. “It is a complicated process to arrange games of this magnitude, and I couldn’t be happier for our fans and for all who will be involved in this upcoming series.”

The two football programs have never met during the regular season, but have squared off twice in the postseason. The first meeting came in the 1965 Sugar Bowl (LSU, 13-10) and the second and last came in the 1989 Hall of Fame Bowl (Syracuse, 23-10).

And, while I’m here, Syracuse introduced some new uniforms this afternoon as well.  So, instead of wasting any additional space on uniform news, here they are. Enjoy:

Syracuse Unis

(Program photo credit: Allstate Sugar Bowl)

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SMU’s two-way threat, Kevin Pope, granted medical waiver

Central Florida v SMU

After going both ways for the latter portion of the 2013 season, Kevin Pope will get the opportunity for a repeat in 2014.

SMU announced in a press release that the running back/linebacker “has been granted a medical hardship waiver by the American Athletic Conference and will return to the field in 2014.”  Pope played in just one game in 2010 before an injury that originated in high school not only sidelined him for the remainder of that season but for all of 2011 as well.

That one game Pope played in 2010 came as a running back.  He was shifted to linebacker and played in 24 games at the position the past two seasons, including 11 starts in 2013.  The final two games of last season, however, Pope saw action as both a linebacker and running back, carrying the ball 11 times for 89 yards.  He also caught five passes for 61 yards out of the backfield.

Exiting spring practice this year, Pope was listed as the Mustangs’ No. 1 running back.

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Report: four-star 2013 DB bolts Buckeyes

Jayme Thompson

Kentucky was on the wrong end of a transfer earlier today, but the Wildcats could become the beneficiaries of another school’s loss at some point in the not-too-distant future.

While the school has yet to officially announce the move, defensive back Jayme Thompson is expected to transfer out of the Buckeyes football program.  No reason for the impending departure was given.

According to Rivals.com, Thompson will visit the UK spring game, which will be played Sat., April 26.  In addition to the Wildcats, Louisville, Penn State, Rutgers and West Virginia — Thompson verbally committed to WVU before flipping to OSU — are reportedly potential destinations as well.

The Toledo, OH, high schooler was a four-star member of OSU’s 2013 recruiting class, rated as the No. 29 safety in the country and the No. 11 player at any position in the state of Ohio.  He missed all of the 2013 season due to a broken ankle, but had participated in spring practice this year.

(Photo credit: Ohio State athletics)

UPDATED 2:46 p.m. ET: Tidying up a couple of loose ends, Ohio State has confirmed that Thompson has been granted a released from his scholarship.  Additionally, in a statement to Rivals.com, Thompson’s father acknowledged his son’s departure.

“We would like to thank The Ohio State University for the opportunities they have given my son, Jayme, and our family,” the statement from Deon Thompson began. “Jayme is leaving the program in good academic standing, and we look forward to the next chapter of Jayme’s education and football playing career.”

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Tweet leaves TCU as latest to see QB transfer

TCU Football Media Day head shots

Quarterbacks across the country are taking cabin fever to the extreme and fleeing their football homes in relatively large numbers this Wednesday afternoon.

The latest to be hit by attrition at the position is apparently TCU, with Tyler Matthews seeming to confirm via a tweet posted to his personal Twitter account that he has decided to pack up leave the Horned Frogs football program.  It should be noted, though, that the school has not yet addressed, at least publicly, Matthews’ status for the upcoming season and beyond.

It’s unknown why Matthews would decide to leave the program as the sophomore was engaged in a competitive spring battle with last year’s part-time starter, Trevone Boykin, for the starting job.

Despite Boykin’s struggles — when he was the starter — last season that led to the competition this spring, Matthews rarely saw the field in 2013 as a redshirt freshman and did not attempt a pass.  Prior to redshirting as a true freshman in 2012, Matthews was a four-star member of that year’s class and was the No. 6 pro-style quarterback in the country.  He was the No. 1 prospect at any position in the state of Kansas that year, and heading back to his home state is certainly not out of the realm of possibility.

Interestingly, TCU is already a rumored landing spot for Matt Joeckel, who it was announced earlier today was transferring from Texas A&M.

(Tip O’ the Cap: frogsowar.com)

(Photo credit: TCU athletics)

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Losing USC QB battle won’t lead to Max Browne transfer

Max Browne AP

(Writer’s note: For now at least.)

Late last night, Steve Sarkisian did what’s long been expected and officially tapped the incumbent, Cody Kessler, as USC’s starting quarterback.

Because his prime competition for the job, Max Browne was a high-profile recruit — he was Rivals.com’s No. 1 quarterback in the Class of 2013 — who could be in for a second consecutive season of inactivity, the “T” word came front and center when it came to Browne’s future with the Trojans.  According to the player, however, that’s not an option for him — ever.

I’m staying put,” Browne said when asked about a potential transfer. “I’m here for good.”

Sarkisian attempted to soften the sting of losing the battle, telling the media “I think Max is going to be a star.”

That’s all well and good in the here and now, but the future doesn’t look very promising for Browne at USC, at least as far as seeing the playing field goes.  Including 2014, Kessler still has two years of eligibility remaining.  As a redshirt sophomore last season and tasked with the responsibility of replacing longtime starter Matt Barkley, Kessler performed exceptionally well as he completed just over 65 percent of his passes for 20 touchdowns against just seven interceptions.

Another factor that could lead to an about-face from Browne?  Ricky Town, the top quarterback in the Class of 2014, verbally committed to play for the Trojans this past January and is expected to be a part of USC’s recruiting class next year.

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Another SEC QB transfer as Jalen Whitlow leaves Kentucky

Jalen Whitlow AP

‘Tis the season for quarterbacks fleeing SEC football programs en masse, apparently.

Shortly after Texas A&M confirmed that Matt Joeckel, a potential starter in 2014, was leaving the Aggies, Kentucky announced that Jalen Whitlow, a bonafide starter in 2013, has decided to do the same when it comes to the Wildcats.  Whitlow started 15 games the past two seasons, including eight in 2013, and entered spring practice, at least as far as the media and the fans were concerned, as UK’s unquestioned starter under center.

However, at a press conference shortly after the surprising announcement of Whitlow’s impending departure, head coach Mark Stoops confirmed that the decision was made after the player was talked to about changing positions.  Specifically, the coaching staff asked Whitlow to move to wide receiver.  The quarterback declined, instead opting to move on elsewhere for his remaining two seasons of eligibility.

We respect Jalen and his decision as we want the best for him,” Stoops said in a statement released prior to his talk with the media. “I thank Jalen for his contributions to the team. I want everyone to understand how hard he has worked and the effort he has given since our staff has been here.”

The past two seasons, Whitlow has thrown for 1,831 yards and 10 touchdowns.  He also contributed nine touchdowns on the ground.

Coming out of high school in Prattville, Ala., Whitlow was rated as a three-star recruit and listed as an “athlete” by Rivals.com.

I appreciate the University of Kentucky and what the coaching staff and administration have done for me,” the player said in his statement. “I also thank the community and the fan support I have received here. I wish the coaches and my teammates the best of luck.”

With Whitlow no longer a part of the equation, UK’s group at the position will include the veteran but oft-injured Maxwell Smith; Patrick Towles and Drew Barker, four-star members of UK’s 2012 and 2014 recruiting classes, respectively; and redshirt freshman Reece Phillips.

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