Dawgs Sympathize, Pull for Harvey-Clemons

ATHENS – Sheldon Dawson has been there before and sympathizes with Josh Harvey-Clemons.

Dawson, who picked Georgia after being committed to his hometown Memphis Tigers for the previous six months, had to smooth things over with his family earlier this week.

"Some of my family members wanted me to stay close to home, too," Dawson said Wednesday night. "But it was Georgia. They had to realize that I had to be the one walking the campus – not them. It didn't take them long to understand that. It didn't take them long to come around."

It remains to be seen if Harvey-Clemons will have the same sort of luck with his family situation.

Josh Harvey-Clemons' day started with his declaration that he would play for Georgia on cable TV. It ended with what can best be described as a confusing family dispute over where the five-star linebacker will go to college.

Harvey-Clemons signed a letter-of-intent form binding him to play for the Bulldogs. But his grandfather, his legal guardian, did not sign the document. That means that while Harvey-Clemons wants to play for the Bulldogs he is unable to without his grandfather's signature.

"That sounds like a tough situation to be in," Georgia signee Greg Pyke admitted. "I know when I committed I was 100%."

But Pyke didn't do so for the entire world to see. Harvey-Clemons' situation is made even more confounding by the fact that he announced his commitment on cable TV Wednesday morning.

"I wish I was able to talk to him and tell him to keep it going," Dawson added. "I feel like I can understand what he's going through."

But Dodge County native Leonard Floyd sums up very well the difficult position Harvey-Clemons is in.

"They are going to have the upper hand because they are your parents," Floyd said. Floyd went on to say that he would find it hard to think of himself being in that position because his mother "would have my back."

"I just hope everything works out for him, and that he ends up as a Dawg at the end of the day," five-star offensive lineman John Theus said. "He's a great player and will be a great edition to our already great class."

Dawson agreed.

"We are going to win at Georgia," Dawson said. "And Josh is going to be a big part of that."

Josh Harvey-Clemons poses for a photo with his sister Ashley Clemons after signing his letter of intent with Georgia (Paul Abell/US Presswire)

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