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2013 Georgia football signees

Mark Richt AP

(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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After leaving Iowa, John Kenny ‘reunites’ with RichRod in the desert

Henry Krieger Coble, John Kenny AP

In the run-up to National Signing Day in 2013, Rich Rodriguez and Arizona offered John Kenny a scholarship. The potential marriage didn’t work out at the time but, two years later, RichRod’s got his man.

While nothing is officially official, Kenny (pictured, No. 47) announced via Twitter Thursday night that he has decided to continue his collegiate playing career with the Wildcats. A little over two weeks ago, Kenny had confirmed that he would be transferring out of the Iowa football program.

After sitting out the 2015 season, Kenny will have two seasons of eligibility remaining beginning in 2016.

Kenny later added a post to his Instagram account, which contained the following farewell to his former football home:

Excited to continue chasing my dreams at another great program! Thank you Iowa for blessing me with great friends and countless memories that will last a lifetime. A new journey starts shortly in Tucson.

Kenny was signed as a linebacker by the Hawkeyes, but moved to fullback last season. He will move back to linebacker with the Wildcats.

A three-star member of Iowa’s 2013 recruiting class, Kenny was rated as the No. 34 inside linebacker in the country and the No. 8 player at any position in the state of Indiana.

After taking a redshirt as a true freshman, he played in 11 games last season, starting two of those contests. While he had no rushing attempts, he did catch four passes for 27 yards.

Exiting spring practice, he wasn’t listed on the Hawkeyes’ two-deep depth chart at any position.

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About face: Baylor AD plans to beef up non-conference schedules after all

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SMU, Lamar, Rice, Northwestern State, Liberty, UTSA, Duke, Abilene Christian, Incarnate Word, and Lousiana Tech. That’s the full list. The names of schools you just read comprise the entirety of Baylor’s non-conference schedule through 2020. The entire thing. This isn’t the filler in between home-and-homes with Penn State or neutral site games with North Carolina and Oregon – that’s it.

No matter how many times athletics director Ian McCaw and head coach Art Briles denied it, that schedule – this year’s slate included SMU, Northwestern State and Buffalo – and the stigma surrounding it were the reason Baylor played in last season’s Cotton Bowl and not the Sugar Bowl. Trade the road game at Buffalo for a trip to Boston College and the Bears are probably the last team in the inaugural College Football Playoff, not eventual champion Ohio State.

On Thursday, McCaw finally acknowledged that fact. Sort of.

When we’re in the midst of a 14-year bowl drought, our scheduling philosphy is: ‘Let’s try to find six wins,’ because we needed to end that drought. We were scheduling with an eye on let’s try to find a way to get to six,’ McCaw told David Ubben of FoxSportsSouthwest.com. “Obviously, as we’ve won back to back Big 12 championships and our program’s in the national stage and we’re recruiting at an extremely high level and have McLane Stadium in place, we’re able to take on a higher level of competition and that’s what we’re looking to do.”

McCaw said to having “two or three discussions” with fellow Power Five foes about scheduling games between 2016 and 2020, but made no promises the Bears would line up a major-conference foe on a yearly basis. “It’ll vary a little bit from year to year because we have a number of years still fully committed and a number of years still looking to schedule games, but we’re certainly open to playing a Power 5 game in addition to the nine we’re playing,” he said. “Probably not every year, but a good number of years.”

Outside the home-and-home with Duke, Baylor’s lone Power Five foe lined up for upcoming schedules is Utah, with whom the Bears will meet in 2023 and ’24.

 

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Kickoff set for inaugural American championship game

On Wednesday, the American set kick times for its opening-weekend games and a number of contests afterward. And on Thursday the league set the time and date for its inaugural championship game.

The first American championship will be held Saturday, Dec. 5 at noon ET on either ABC or ESPN. Last year, ESPN showed Houston at Cincinnati at noon ET on Championship Saturday, so this isn’t much of a change from years past.

Of note above: the title game will be hosted by the team with the best conference record and not the highest-ranked division championship, which sometimes isn’t necessarily the same thing.

As a refresher, the American divisions are divvied up as follows:

EAST
Connecticut
Temple
Cincinnati
East Carolina
Central Florida
South Florida

WEST
Memphis
Tulane
Houston
SMU
Tulsa
Navy

Yes, Navy is in the West Division. Best get used to it now, people.

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Gary Pinkel inducted into MAC Hall of Fame

Gary Pinkel

Gary Pinkel is about to enter his 15th season as Missouri’s head coach. That’s a long time in any job, and especially long as a head football coach at a Power Five institution. Long enough for Pinkel to pass a pair of College Football Hall of Fame coaches in Don Faurot and Dan Devine as Mizzou’s all-time winningest coach. It’s three coaching lifetimes, really.

But there was a Gary Pinkel before he arrived in Columbia. And, kids, he was pretty darn successful.

From 1991-2000, Pinkel guided Toledo to a 73-37-3 mark. He guided the Rockets to an 11-0-1 mark in 1994, claiming a MAC championship and a top 25 final ranking. Pinkel’s teams also won the MAC West Division in 1997 and 1998, losing to those great Marshall teams in the title game each time, and won a share of the division crown in 2000 before leaving for Mizzou before the 2001 season.

Pinkel won enough to become Toledo’s all-time winningest coach, joining him with Steve Spurrier as the only active coaches to hold the all-time wins mark at two separate schools.

And on Wednesday, Pinkel was inducted into the conference’s hall of fame.

“When I got the call that this happened I had tears in my eyes, that I could be honored like this,” Pinkel told Cleveland.com. “I am very, very appreciative of this award. This (getting to the dinner) was really important to me.”

In addition to his coaching exploits, Pinkel was also honored for his accomplishments as a player. Playing with teammate Nick Saban and for College Football Hall of Fame head coach Don James at Kent State, he earned All-MAC and honorable mention All-America honors as a tight end.

Wednesday night’s honor gave Pinkel the distinction of residing in the Kent State, Toledo and MAC halls of fame.

In perhaps the most interesting anecdote of the story, Pinkel nearly missed the ceremony after his Cleveland-bound plane could not make it out of Destin, Fla., but Kentucky head coaches Mark Stoops and John Calipari, also making their way north from the SEC’s spring meetings, let him bum a ride, even pleading with their pilot to drop Pinkel off in Cleveland before heading to Lexington. “It’s a miracle,” he said. “I really wanted to be here.”

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Arizona State linebacker Davon Durant pleads guilty to assault

Davon Durant

In March, Arizona State juco signee Davon Durant was arrested and suspended for a domestic violence incident. Durant’s accuser officially recanted her claim a day later… and the story didn’t go anywhere in the two months that followed. Until Thursday.

Facing charges of aggravated assault and disorderly conduct for his Tempe arrest, Durant pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, an offense that carries up to six months in jail, supervised probation, up to $2,500 in fines, possible restitution and participation in a domestic violence treatment program.

The Arizona Republic reported that sentencing is set for June 15.

Durant’s attorney Benjamin Taylor called Thursday’s results a win for his side, saying he was “happy to get a positive result in the case.”

David Dow, attorney for Durant’s one-time accuser, argued the judge to drop a moratorium on contact between his client and Durant, saying the two sides would prefer to remain in contact. Dow also said his client would not seek restitution.

Durant was accused of striking the woman once in the face and grabbing her around the neck. Though his accuser dropped her story, a spokesman for the Tempe police department told ESPN multiple witnesses were on the scene.

A five-star prospect out of Butler (Kan.) Community College, Durant has not rejoined the Sun Devils’ roster since his March arrest.

(Photo credit: Tempe police department, Arizona Republic)

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Erstwhile Gator TE appears ticketed for USC

Daniel Imatorbhebhe

It appears that Florida’s loss could soon become USC’s gain.

Earlier this week it was reported that Daniel Imatorbhebhe, a member of Florida’s 2015 recruiting class, had decided to leave the Gators for an unknown destination. Imatorbhebhe’s brother also happens to be a talented football recruit who also just happened to be interested in UF before committing to USC a week prior to his sibling’s decision.

Framed that way, it appears the brothers are angling for a gridiron reunion. And, according to TrojanSports.com, that’s indeed the case as the website reports, citing a source close to the freshman tight end, that Imatorbhebhe is planning to transfer to the Trojans. While there is nothing official from either school, there are reports that Imatorbhebhe has already cleaned out his UF locker.

If Imatorbhebhe does move on from the Gators to the Trojans, he would be compelled to sit out the 2015 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules. Then, beginning in 2016, he would have four seasons of eligibility remaining.

That, though, won’t help with the Trojans’ well-chronicled issues at the tight end position this season.

Imatorbhebhe was a three-star member of UF’s most recent recruiting class, rated as the No. 18 tight end in the country and the No. 26 player at any position at any position in the state of Georgia. He was an early enrollee who participated in spring practice a couple of months ago.

His brother, four-star wide receiver Josh Imatorbhebhe, committed to the Trojans May 18. The younger Imatorbhebhe is rated as the No. 26 receiver in the country.

(Photo credit: Rivals.com)

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Fans’ postgame field rush could prove costly for Big 12 teams

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The SEC confirmed earlier this week that it would be stiffening its penalties against schools whose fans rush the field/storm the court following wins.  Wednesday, another Power Five conference confirmed it will be carrying a bigger stick when it comes to such potentially dangerous activities as well.

According to Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby, one recommendation offered up at the conference’s spring meetings this week that will likely pass is instituting rather significant and stiff penalties for the schools of those field-rushers/court-stormers.  The Dallas Morning NewsChuck Carlton writes that “Bowlsby said the penalties could range from reprimands to fines to the loss of a home game.”

While the potential of sanctions would help fans be protected from themselves, it’s done mostly with the protection of players and coaches and other game personnel in mind.

“We are certainly most interested in the safety of our participants and would include home team, visiting team, officials, table crew and the like,” commissioner Bob Bowlsby said. “And we have pretty good video evidence of all our big events so we can review them.

The impetus for this push seems to be an incident on a basketball court a couple of months ago. From the Sporting News:

This is undoubtedly the league’s response to Bill Self’s rant in February after Kansas State fans rushed the court and were caught on video intentionally bumping into Kansas players. Forward Jamari Traylor was body-checked by a fan and Self was pushed into the scorer’s table as fans flooded onto the court.

“I wasn’t nervous for me,” Self said after the game. “There were several students that hit our players…This (lack of security) has got to stop.”

The home teams, not the conference, are responsible for in-game security, which is why the onus will be on the member institutions to clean up postgame fan behavior. Or pay the price.

Bowlsby added that while he will consult with others in the conferences, the ultimate decision on how much a price there will be to pay will ultimately be up to him alone.

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Everett Golson talks ‘fresh start’ in move to FSU

TEMPE, AZ - NOVEMBER 08:  Quarterback Everett Golson #5 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish reacts as he walks off the field following the college football game against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium on November 8, 2014 in Tempe, Arizona. The Sun Devils defeated the Fighting Irish 55-31. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Getty Images

When it came to the Everett Golson situation, we already knew the who, what, where and when: the quarterback transferred to Florida State earlier this month. What has been unknown is why Golson left Notre Dame to play his final season elsewhere.

Most assumed it had something to do with being behind Malik Zaire in the Irish’s quarterback competition, or clashes with head coach Brian Kelly. Golson would likely never cop to either of those explanations if they were even accurate, and he didn’t in an interview with FOXSports.com‘s Bruce Feldman in which the grad transfer talked of wanting “a fresh start” as his reasoning for leaving South Bend for Tallahassee.

“It’s something that’s pretty crazy right now for me to adjust to (not being a member of the Fighting Irish), but I do think it was best for me,” Golson explained. “I just needed a fresh start. It was me sitting down and thinking, ‘OK, where do I feel the most comfortable?’ It was nothing to knock Notre Dame. I just had to put myself in the best position possible.”

Golson also confirmed that ND blocked any potential transfer to not only 2015 opponent Texas, but also any school on this season’s schedule. While admitting he would’ve been interested in the Longhorns — if you’re a quality quarterback looking for a new home, why wouldn’t you be? — he also allowed that the decision to keep him away from UT wasn’t at all surprising.

“I would’ve definitely entertained [a transfer to UT], but just knowing that I couldn’t, it kinda limited me,” Golson said. “It was pretty awkward, but it was kind of expected. It would’ve been interesting to see Texas. They (Notre Dame) basically limited me to the schools that we wouldn’t play. I wasn’t really surprised by it. …

“The biggest thing for me was I wanted to be somewhere down south, too. They didn’t necessarily block me from something I was strongly considering, except maybe Texas.”

That said, Feldman wrote, Golson “appreciates how ND compliance tried to help him through what was a very nerve-wracking process.”

Finally, Golson confirmed that, as had previously been speculated, he had an interest in multiple SEC schools, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia and LSU. He also confirmed that getting a waiver from one of those schools, which would’ve been required by the SEC because of his previous academic misconduct issue, was proving problematic and took that conference and those schools out of the process.

Earlier this week, FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher talked of having a quarterback competition between Golson and spring front-runner Sean Maguire, not controversy.  Fisher also stated very firmly that nothing was promised to Golson when it came to guaranteeing a starting job.  On that front, the player backed up his new coach’s public stance.

“That wasn’t a worry for me at all,” Golson said of going from a competition in South Bend to one in Tallahassee. “I think that’s what a lot of people misconstrued. I’m not afraid of competition at all. There’s gonna be competition when I go to Florida State as well. It was about where I can most benefit myself.”

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Ex-OSU Cowboy, UA Wildcat QB Daxx Garman to give Terps a try

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Daxx Garman has already been a quarterback in the Pac-12 and Big 12, so now he figures he’ll hit up one more Power Five conference for his final collegiate act.

Thursday afternoon, Maryland announced that the well-traveled quarterback will join the Terrapins football team for his last season of football.  As the strong-armed Garman will be a graduate transfer, he’ll be eligible to play immediately in 2015 and, right away, be thrust knee-deep in his new team’s quarterback competition.

“We are excited that Daxx will be joining our program,” head coach Randy Edsall said in a statement. “He is an experienced quarterback who has proven himself as an accomplished starter in the Big 12, helping to lead his team to a postseason bowl game. Daxx is an outstanding student who has displayed tremendous poise and maturity during his college career. He comes in knowing he is competing for the starting quarterback position and is looking forward to the competition and being part of our football family”

After weeks worth of speculation, Mike Gundy confirmed in early March that Garman would be transferring… again.  He came to OSU after transferring in from Arizona; in high school, he transferred on two separate occasions as well.

Garman will enter the signal-calling mix in College Park this summer, with his main competition likely being Caleb Rowe.  Coming off a torn ACL, Rowe exited spring practice as the favorite to win the starting job even as he didn’t participate in any of the 15 sessions.  The new contender, though, has plenty of experience to be a significant threat to Rowe’s standing.

Garman replaced J.W. Walsh, who sustained a season-ending leg injury in Week 2, and started the next eight games at quarterback last season before going down with a concussion in a Nov. 15 loss to Texas. Freshman Mason Rudolph replaced Walsh against Baylor and, in three starts, led the Cowboys to at least 28 points in going 2-1, including a 30-21 win over Washington in the Cactus Bowl that saw him pass for 299 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Because of that three-game stretch — and because a Garman-led offense failed to score more than 27 points in five of eight starts — Rudolph was widely viewed as the overwhelming favorite to win the starting job heading into spring practice.  In fact, Gundy stated around the time of Garman’s transfer that Rudolph would enter the spring as the unquestioned starter, with Walsh as his backup, meaning it’s essentially the 6-4, 217-pound true sophomore’s job to lose.

Coming out of high school in Southlake, Tex., as a three-star prospect, Garman originally signed with Arizona in 2011.  He announced in December of that year that he would be transferring from the Wildcats to the Cowboys.

“Coach Edsall has done a great job with the football program and he truly cares about his players,” Garman said. “I’m very excited to compete in the Big Ten Conference. Maryland is an outstanding university and I’m excited to further my education and continue playing football. I enjoyed my visit in College Park and I’m excited to have this opportunity.”

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Arkansas-Mizzou lands on Black Friday this year

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With Texas A&M-LSU not a possibility in 2015, the SEC and one of its television partners has (once again) turned to an intradivisional matchup for your Black Friday viewing pleasure.

Amongst the dates and times for its 2015 television schedule announced Thursday, the SEC confirmed that this year’s Arkansas-Missouri game will be played Nov. 27, the day after Thanksgiving.  The game will be played in Fayetteville at 2:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by CBS.

And, for those who have forgotten, this game has an official moniker: the Battle Line Rivalry presented by Shelter Insurance. Just rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it?

The 2015 edition of this “rivalry” will be the second one played since Mizzou joined the SEC in 2012, and the first-ever meeting between the two football programs in Fayetteville. The first conference game between the two also took place on Black Friday, a 21-14 Mizzou win in Columbia last season that officially sent the Tigers to their second consecutive SEC championship game appearance.

All-time, the Tigers lead the series 4-2.

And, for those of you curious as to the current SEC on CBS television slate, click HERE for our buddies over at FBSchedules.com.

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Bowling Green adds Notre Dame transfer Eilar Hardy

Eilar Hardy, Shawn Lynch

After four years in Indiana, Eilar Hardy has decided to move one state over for his final season.

In a press release Thursday, Bowling Green announced that Hardy has decided to transfer into Dino Babers‘ football program and play his final season of college ball with the Falcons.  Hardy comes in as a graduate transfer, having received his degree from Notre Dame earlier this month, and will be eligible immediately.

Hardy announced his transfer intentions back in January.

“We are excited to welcome Eilar Hardy to Bowling Green and our football program,” Babers started. “Having lost so much to graduation last year from our secondary, he will provide experience and leadership for that group. He has played at a high level his whole career and we are excited that he has chosen to become a Falcon.”

The defensive back played in 13 games the past two seasons. The only two starts of his Irish career came in 2013.

Hardy’s most notable claim to fame during his time in South Bend was being one of the five players caught up in an academic fraud investigation.

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Harbaugh acknowledges Sparty as ‘biggest guy’ on state’s block

ANN ARBOR, MI - APRIL 04: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on during the Michigan Football Spring Game on April 4, 2015 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) Getty Images

Sometimes something is so obvious that, regardless of how much it may pain you to let the words roll off your lips, you just have to acknowledge it and move on. Such is the case for Jim Harbaugh when it comes to the current pecking order of Power Five football in the state of Michigan.

From the first time the Michigan-Michigan State rivalry was played in 1898 until 2007, the Wolverines absolutely owned the Spartans, leading the series 67-28-5. That century-long dominance led to the infamous “Little Brother” moniker being slapped on Sparty and hanging around its neck like an 800-pound albatross.

In 2008, Rich Rodriguez‘s first season in Ann Arbor coincidentally enough, the tide quickly began turning in favor of the Spartans. Since a loss in 2007, MSU has ripped off wins in six of the last seven games, with five of those coming by double figures.

MSU is now a Big Ten power, while UM is looking up at not only its in-state rival but its hated rival — and 2014 College Football Playoff champion — Ohio State as well. Speaking to area high school coaches in Detroit Wednesday, Harbaugh took a detour from his usual SOP, tipping his cap in the general direction of East Lansing and the current balance of football power in the state.

“We know we’re not the biggest guy on the block (right now),” Harbaugh said by way of mlive.com. “Michigan State’s the biggest guy on the block.”

“Rightfully so, rightfully so,” the coach added before going into full-blown recruiting mode. “They’ve done a tremendous job and we respect the job that they’ve done. But we want that. We want it. And we ask for your help in doing that. We want Detroit players at the University of Michigan. We’ve got a great history of Detroit players (at Michigan), and not just for football, we want them to get an education. We want to educate your players and we want them to succeed.

“Not just with football, but as great people.”

When it comes to the lifeblood of a football program, the recruiting trail, Harbaugh & Company are gaining momentum. Working on a tight time frame after his January hiring, Harbaugh pulled in the No. 50 recruiting class in the country this past February after that class was ranked 75th exactly a week before National Signing Day. For the 2016 cycle, the Wolverines are somewhere in the neighborhood of 35th(ish) nationally, depending on the recruiting service — the Spartans are Top 10, incidentally, after a Top 25 class in 2015.

That said, it may take a bit of time for the in-season results to catch up with the wildly optimistic — some would say way too wildly optimistic — offseason expectations.

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SEC to join satellite camp craze if no national rule is enacted

Mike Slive

The dreaded “satellite camp” imbroglio percolated again yesterday, with the SEC essentially threatening to join in the recruiting fun if nothing is done on a national basis about the practice.

Earlier this week, incoming SEC commissioner Greg Sankey intimated that, if a national rule banning coaches from working as “guest” coaches at high school football camps outside of a 50-mile radius from their respective campuses wasn’t enacted, his conference could very well join the fray.  Wednesday, outgoing commissioner Mike Slive confirmed that the conference will indeed let their coaches loose if nothing’s done nationally with a rule proposed by his league.

“We are going to make every effort to have our rule adopted nationally,” Slive said Wednesday night at the SEC’s spring meetings. “If the rule isn’t adopted nationally, come next summer, our folks will be free to fan out all over the country and have at it.”

Sankey added that the league’s coaches are prepared to “canvas the nation if we’re in the same circumstance next year.”

Most view that as a threat from the conference as, the line of thinking of some nationally goes, a good many people in Big Ten or Pac-12 or Big 12 country would probably prefer not to see the likes of Nick Saban and Les Miles setting up camp in their own backyard. That, though, is something the SEC wants to avoid with its proposal.

In order for the SEC’s rule, which is also favored by the ACC, to pass, the majority of the 10 FBS conferences will need to vote in favor of it. The votes of the Power Five conferences — ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC — are weighted to count double of those cast by the Group of Five leagues — AAC, Conference USA, MAC, Mountain West, Sun Belt.

It seems highly likely that the Big Ten and Pac-12, and probably the Big 12, will vote against the SEC’s proposal as those three P5 leagues make use of the satellite camps to one degree or another. On the G5 front, they would seemingly want to keep the SEC out of its recruiting footprint — the SBC is already screwed either way as the SEC is already firmly embedded in it — as much as possible, a goal that this rule would certainly accomplish.

Thus, it would stand to reason that the SEC’s proposal would stand a fairly decent chance of passing national muster: SEC (2 votes in favor) + ACC (2) + G5 (5) = 9 > B1G (2 votes against) + B12 (2) + P12 (2) = 6. Even if Notre Dame, a satellite camp proponent that’s a part of the P5 autonomy group, is added to the mix, that wouldn’t be enough to squelch the proposed rule.  Could those who don’t want to the proposal enacted see a couple of the G5s voting against the proposal and tipping the scales in their favor? It’s possible, I guess, but doesn’t seem too likely.

If it’s not passed?

“We’ll do it, I promise you, all summer next year,” Miles said. “Next year, we’ll be in all different locations.”

“Our ADs have heard us try to push this issue nationally, and they’ve tried to push it nationally,” said Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops. “If it doesn’t happen, then we’re all in. Then we’ll be all over the place next year.”

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Former NCAA executive director Walter Byers dies at 93

Walt Byers

Walter Byers, the man who, for better or worse, created the modern NCAA passed away on Wednesday at his home in Emmett, Kan. He was 93. Byers’ son Fritz said the cause was a urinary tract infection that spread to his bloodstream.

Byers famously left his post as an assistant sports information director for the Big Ten to become the NCAA’s first executive director at age 29 in 1951. The next quarter century saw Byers rapidly expand the NCAA – in terms of its membership, the revenue it took in, and its dominion over its athletes. He took what former NCAA employee and eventual Big 8 and Big Ten commissioner Wayne Duke called a “part-time” organization and nearly tripled its membership, from 381 universities upon his hiring to 1,003 upon his exit in 1987. The NCAA’s own rank and file grew as well, as the organization grew from a handful of employees at its Kansas City offices to 150  by the time of his retirement.

“He had to come up with structure for all kinds of athletics, team and individual, at the national level. Before him there was nothing,” Duke told the Associated Press.

Byers saw the value in televising college sports early on, selling a restricted slate of games to NBC for $1.14 million a year in 1952 according to the New York Times. Byers strategy of grouping NCAA football games together got the sport on television, but membership eventually fought to overrule the model he created. In 1984, Oklahoma and Georgia successfully sued the NCAA for control over their television contracts, creating the marketplace that eventually brought Notre Dame its standalone contract with NBC and created individual networks for the Big Ten, SEC, Pac-12 and Texas.

“It is virtually impossible to overstate the degree of our resentment,” Oklahoma president William Banowsky said at the time.

Byers made up that revenue by ramping up the NCAA Tournament, helping turn it into the billion-dollar enterprise it is today. “In my opinion he never received credit for his leadership in building that event,” said former NCAA Tournament administrator Tom Jernstedt. “In my mind he is the father of the NCAA basketball tournament and he doesn’t get the recognition for that.”

Byers was also credited with coining the term “student-athlete,” though he later rejected the amateurism model that to this day serves as the NCAA’s bedrock, admitting in his memoir Unsportsmanlike Conduct that the term was a defense mechanism allowing schools to avoid long-term liability for athletes’ disability benefits. “Whereas the NCAA defends its policies in the name of amateurism and level playing fields, they actually are a device to divert the money elsewhere,” he wrote.

By the end of his tenure, Byers considered the idea of creating an “open” division, similar to the Power Five autonomy legislation the powers that be are working through today. “I’m gradually coming to the conclusion that there has to be a major rearrangement on the part of the institutions of higher learning as to what they want to do with their athletic programs. I think there’s an inherent conflict that has to be resolved,” he said. “I’m not prepared to go into how an open division would work. But we’re in a situation where we, the colleges, say it’s improper for athletes to get, for example, a new car. Well, is that morally wrong? Or is it wrong because we say it’s wrong?”

Forever reluctant of the spotlight, Byers made few public appearances following his 1987 retirement, and even no-showed his National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame induction in 2009.

Byers leaves behind two sons, one daughter, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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After year-long study, Auburn won’t claim any more national championships

Jay Jacobs

For years – heck, eons – Alabama’s practice of claiming some, uh, dubious national championships has driven Auburn fans crazy. So much so, in fact, that last year the school launched a study into whether or not it should start claiming some bygone national championships of its own.

The results are in, and Auburn will keep its national championship total at two.

“We’ve earned what we’ve earned and people can count it different ways, but we’ve earned what we’ve earned,” Jacobs told Brandon Marcello of AL.com. “Those players on those teams, like me in 1983, it doesn’t matter if you hang a banner or not. I know what we did.”

The Tigers claim titles in 1957 and 2010, but the NCAA record books credits Auburn with championships in 1910, 1913, 1914, 1983, 1993 and 2004 as well.

This is the path the school should take. For one thing, Auburn was on probation during its undefeated 1993 regular season. For another, the school and its fans would instantaneously lose any moral high ground it claims over Alabama – whatever that’s worth – by following the Tide into handing itself retroactive titles. And even at that the Tigers would still be only halfway way to Alabama’s total.

No, better stick to the commonly recognized total and leave your rivals to wander in the realms of fantasy.

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