Bulldogs lose two football signees to academics

Two Georgia football signees have failed to qualify academically, and another plans to enroll at the university as a partial qualifier.

Charlton County, GA High linebacker Marquis Elmore and Booker T. Washington, GA High offensive lineman James Redmond plan to enroll at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia this fall. Both are expected to re-sign with the Bulldogs in February.

Jasper County, GA High linebacker Odell Thurman likely will enroll at Georgia as a partial qualifier, making him ineligible to play as a freshman this year. He would be the third partial qualifier admitted to the University of Georgia, joining senior safety Jermaine Phillips and former receiver Durrell Robinson.

Elmore didn't graduate from high school after failing a geometry course. The 6-3, 220-pound Elmore is ranked as the No. 13 linebacker in the nation by the SuperPrep recruiting publication. Three other Georgia signees--running back Tyson Browning of Oconee County, GA High, defensive lineman Darrius Swain of Tucker, GA High and cornerback Reggie McFadden of Shaw, GA High--haven't qualified and are awaiting standardized test scores to determine their academic eligibility.

Swain, who reneged on a commitment to Miami (Fla.) before signing with Georgia, also must pass the science portion of the exit exam and is waiting to learn whether he earned a passing ACT score, which he needs to meet the NCAA's initial eligibility requirements.

It's not likely that Swain will report to preseason practice on time. The exit exam usually takes a week to be graded, and then his transcript must be approved by the NCAA Clearinghouse, which could take as long as another 10 days.

Freshmen are scheduled to report to Georgia on August 1.

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