Recruiting Buzz: Week of January 13th-20th

Check out this week's recruiting buzz from the South's top recruiting expert Jamie Newberg. This page will be updated daily. <br><br> Today's update: Reshard Dudley


Dudley Firm with Dawgs
by Jamie Newberg of NewbergRecruiting.com, January 18, 2002 7:53am ET

Reshard Dudley Profile

Earlier this week, Reshard Dudley stated he would visit Florida (1-18) and Miami (1-25) this month, despite being committed to the Dawgs. Will he still take the visits? "I talked with Georgia this week and they solidified things with me," said Dudley. "I cancelled those visits and I am going to Georgia. They really stressed to me how much they need me as a running back." Dudley is from Marianna, Florida and one of the top running backs in the South.


Watkins Torn
by Jamie Newberg of NewbergRecruiting.com, January 16, 2002 7:43pm ET

Pat Watkins Profile

Rumors are swirling that the top free safety in America has made his decision. So Pat, is the rumor true?

"No... I am torn," said Patrick Watkins. "I will visit Miami (1-18) this weekend, then Southern Cal (1-25) and Georgia (2-1). Last week, I went to FSU. I hung out with Cro (Craphonso Thorpe). I feel real comfortable at Florida State. It is home."

Watkins, from Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln High School, had in-home visits already this week with FSU, Miami and Georgia.


Turner Likes MSU Visit
by Jamie Newberg of NewbergRecruiting.com, January 16, 2002 7:45am ET

Nicholas Turner Profile

"My visit to Mississippi State was fine," said Nick Turner. "Kamau Jackson (former teammate) was my host. He is doing well and he likes it there. I could see myself in Starkville. I like the town and the people. They like their football and I feel comfortable there. Right now, I am open." Turner, from Washington High School in Atlanta, has already visited Georgia and Maryland. He does not have any more visits lined up at this time.


Is Rankins Open?
by Jamie Newberg of NewbergRecruiting.com, January 14, 2002 10:16pm ET

Jejuan Rankins Profile

"The Georgia visit was fine," said Jejuan Rankins. "I really like the coaching staff and facilities. I know there are rumors that I committed to Georgia but right now, I am wide open." Rankins, from Bertie (NC) Windsor High School, will visit Oklahoma (1-18) and Notre Dame (1-25). He is hoping to visit Michigan as well. Rankins is a two-way standout at receiver and cornerback.


Bryan Brown visits Ole Miss
by Scott Kennedy of NewbergRecruiting.com, January 14, 2002 10:00pm ET


Bryan Brown Profile

"My visit to Ole Miss went real well," said Corinth, MS athlete Bryan Brown. "I got to talk with all the coaches, both basketball and football. I visit Mississippi State next weekend, and then Georgia on the 25th. I want the opportunity to play quarterback, but I'm most interested in getting on the field."

Brown is a division one caliber basketball player as well, and has led Corinth to a 12-1 record while scoring 17 points per game.


Athlete Enjoys Trip to the Plains
by Jamie Newberg of NewbergRecruiting.com, January 14, 2002 9:37pm ET

Jemalle Cornelius Profile

"I had a great time at Auburn," said Jemalle Cornelius. "I hung out with the players. I really think they are going to throw the ball more with the new offensive coordinator (Bobby Petrino) from Jacksonville. I will visit Florida (1-18) and Georgia (1-25) before I make a decision." Cornelius is a two-way (WR/DB) standout from Fort Meade, Florida.


Arkansas QB sets up visits
by Scott Kennedy of NewbergRecruiting.com, January 14, 2002 9:36pm ET

Rhett Lashlee Profile

"I went to Tulsa this past weekend," said Shiloh Christian star Rhett Lashlee. "It was a good visit. I have MTSU this weekend, and Arkansas on the 25th. If I haven't made up my mind by then I hope to visit Kansas or Auburn on 2-1."


Crum Visits Dawgs
by Jamie Newberg of NewbergRecruiting.com, January 14, 2002 9:32pm ET

Brian Crum Profile

"I had a good trip to Georgia," said Brian Crum. "Terrence Edwards was my host. I like the players and coach (Mark) Richt seems real down to earth. Right now I am open and I plan on taking all my visits." Crum, Kingsland (Ga.) Camden County, will visit Florida (1-18), Kentucky (1-25) and Tennessee (2-1).


Gamecocks Pick Up Speedster
by Jamie Newberg of NewbergRecruiting.com, January 14, 2002 9:00pm ET

Troy Williamson Profile

"I committed to South Carolina," said Troy Williamson. "Playing at USC has always been a dream of mine. I love coach Holtz and it is close to home so now my parents can see me play."

Williamson is one of the South's fastest prospects from Aiken (SC) Silver Bluff High School. He will officially visit South Carolina this weekend.


Linebacker 'U" Gets Georgia LB
by Jamie Newberg of NewbergRecruiting.com, January 14, 2002 8:42pm ET

Patrick Hall Profile

The Penn State Nittany Lions picked up a verbal commitment from Patrick Hall. Hall, from Canton (Ga.) Seqoyah High School, committed on his official visit. "I went there undecided and just fell in love with the environment," said Hall. "I fit in well with the players. I was in awe of the stadium and Joe Paterno is such a great man. Is there a better place to play linebacker than Linebacker U? It was a perfect visit." Hall, 6-4 and 245 pounds, committed to Penn State over Florida. He will cancel his upcoming visit to Florida.


Dudley to Visit Two Schools
by Jamie Newberg of NewbergRecruiting.com, January 14, 2002 8:04pm ET

Reshard Dudley Profile

Georgia running back commitment Reshard Dudley will take two scheduled visits with the Florida Gators and Miami Hurricanes in the next few weeks. The senior from Marianna, Florida still says he is committed to the Dawgs though.

"I am committed to UGA but I want to take these visits to just make sure I made the right decision. In fact, I was just getting ready to call Florida and let them know I was coming this weekend (1-18). I will visit Miami the weekend (1-25) after."

Dudley is one of the nation's top backs. His senior season was cut short with a broken ankle.

"I am about 60% and the doctors said it is healing better than expected. It feels pretty good."


UNC Picks Up DE
by Jamie Newberg of NewbergRecruiting.com, January 14, 2002 5:36pm ET

Xavier Rainey Profile

"I committed to North Carolina," said Xavier Rainey. "I actually committed to them last Monday. I love their academic and the campus is beautiful." Rainey is a defensive end prospect from Decatur (Ga.) SW Dekalb High School. He committed to UNC over Tulane, Mississippi State, Duke, Georgia Tech and Central Florida. He visited Georgia Tech this past weekend.


UGA Picks Up Another TE
by Jamie Newberg of NewbergRecruiting.com, January 14, 2002 5:28pm ET

Michael Turner Profile

The Georgia Bulldogs picked up a verbal commitment from tight end Michael Turner. Turner is the third tight end prospect to commit to Georgia in the last few days (Leonard Pope and Martrez Milner as well). Turner visited Georgia this past weekend and decided to make his decision this morning. "Coach (Mark) Richt came by the school so I committed," said Turner. "It helped that I got to sleep on it. I really like the guys on the team. It is like a big family, similar to my high school team. I like the school, campus and I think I can get some early playing time."


Bradwell Visits Georgia; FSU Next
by Jamie Newberg of NewbergRecruiting.com, January 13, 2002 8:45pm ET

Chris Bradwell Profile

"I had a real good visit to Georgia," said Chris Bradwell. "I like their facilities and surroundings. I also had a good talk with Coach Richt. They want me as a defensive tackle. Right now, I am open. I am scheduled to visit Florida State (2-1)."

Bradwell, from Alpharetta (Ga.) Chattahoochee High School, has already visited Louisville.


WR Doesn't Make TN Visit
by Jamie Newberg of NewbergRecruiting.com, January 13, 2002 8:19pm ET

Richard Washington Profile

"I didn't make the visit to Tennessee," said Richard Washington. "Tennessee and Ohio State have in-home visits with me tomorrow. I will re-schedule a visit to Tennessee. I will visit Florida this weekend (1-18). Ohio State is still my leader."

Washington is a two-way standout from Fort Myers, Florida.


Jean-Giles Likes Buckeyes & Dawgs Now
by Jamie Newberg of NewbergRecruiting.com, January 13, 2002 8:16pm ET

Max Jean-Gilles Profile

Ohio State hosted big Max Jean-Giles this weekend. What did the All-American think? "I really like the town of Columbus and facilities. The coaches are young but experience. Right now, Georgia and Ohio State are my co-leaders. I will visit Arkansas (1-18) and Miami (1-25) before I make my decision."

Jean-Giles is from North Miami Beach, Florida.


UNC Leads for RB
by Jamie Newberg of NewbergRecruiting.com, January 13, 2002 8:09pm ET

Mahlon Carey Profile

"I really liked North Carolina a lot," said running back Mahlon Carey. "The campus was nice and so were the facilities. The coaches and players were very cool. They also have a great business school. Right now, they are my leader. I told them I needed to take at least one more visit to compare. Right now, they are my favorite."

Carey is a running back from Mabelton, Georgia. He has already visited Louisville. This weekend, he will visit Georgia Tech (1-18) and possibly Georgia (1-25).


TE Loves Weekend Visit
by Jamie Newberg of NewbergRecruiting.com, January 13, 2002 7:48pm ET

Michael Turner Profile

"The Georgia trip was great and they are my leader," said tight end Michael Turner. "They were incredibly nice and Coach Richt is a great guy. The players are all like one big family. I will visit Ole Miss (1-18) and South Carolina (1-25) but UGA is my favorite team right now."

Turner is a tight end from Brookwood High School.


Swoopes Commits
by Jamie Newberg of NewbergRecruiting.com, January 13, 2002 7:35pm ET

Randall Swoopes Profile

"I committed to Georgia," said defensive tackle Randall Swoopes. "Georgia is close to home. It was my decision. My father left it up to me."

Swoopes, from Athens (Ga.) Clarke Central, committed to Georgia over Vandy and several other SEC schools. His father, Ronnie Swoopes, played at Georgia.


Pope Commits to UGA
by Jamie Newberg of NewbergRecruiting.com, January 13, 2002 7:25pm ET

Leonard Pope Profile

"I committed to Georgia on the visit," said Leonard Pope. "It was always Georgia or Florida. I like the coaching staff at UGA and the opportunity for early playing time. They will use the tight end.

With (Steve Spurrier resigning, it was kind of easy. I will still visit Florida (1-18) next weekend just to make sure."

Pope is a super tight end prospect from Americus, Georgia.


WR Leaning to Dawgs
by Jamie Newberg of NewbergRecruiting.com, January 13, 2002 7:11pm ET

Mario Raley Profile

"Right now, Georgia is my leader," said wide receiver Mario Raley. "I like the campus and the facilities. I had a real good talk with Coach Richt about their offense. Robert Brannon was my host. It was a good time."

Raley, from Charlotte, North Carolina, will visit South Carolina (1-18) and Virginia (2-1).


Minter Has a Good Time
by Jamie Newberg of NewbergRecruiting.com, January 13, 2002 6:15pm ET

Demario Minter Profile

"Bruce Thornton was my host and he showed me a good time at Georgia," said cornerback prospect Demario Minter. "The campus was nice and the ladies were on it. Georgia and Maryland are my leaders. I will visit North Carolina next weekend and make a decision shortly after that visit."

Minter is a defensive back from Stone Mountain, Georgia. He has already visited Maryland.


Crowder Has a BIG Leader
by Jamie Newberg of NewbergRecruiting.com, January 13, 2002 5:31pm ET

Channing Crowder Profile

"The Georgia trip was great," said linebacker Channing Crowder. "I loved it. I also had a great talk with Coach Richt. I told him I wanted to take my last two visits just to make sure. Georgia is a big leader. If I had to sign tomorrow, it would be with the Dawgs."

Crowder, from Sandy Springs, Georgia, will visit Penn State (1-18) and Florida (1-25).


Williamson Down to Two
by Jamie Newberg of NewbergRecruiting.com, January 13, 2002 5:24pm ET

Troy Williamson Profile

Outstanding wide receiver Troy Williamson visited Georgia this weekend and had a good visit. "I like the facilities and the coaches," Williamson said. "It's in the middle of Athens so there is lots of stuff to do."

Williamson has narrowed it down to South Carolina and Georgia. "I've been to South Carolina a lot so I already know about them. I will visit them officially on the 18th and then I will probably decide. I might also visit Tennessee (2-1)."


Tommy "TJ: Jackson narrows list to 3:
by Scott Kennedy of NewbergRecruiting.com, January 13, 2002 5:12pm ET

Tommy Jackson Profile

"I had a good time at Alabama," said Opelika, AL defensive tackle Tommy "T.J." Jackson. "Todd Bates was my host up there. The coaches and the players were real nice to me up there, and I liked how cool all the people were."

"I'm about ready to make a decision. I'll have a pres conference at my high school Tuesday, January 22. I've cancelled my visits to Louisville and LSU. I'm going to decde between Auburn Alabama, and Georgia Tech."


McClendon Says It is 50-50
by Jamie Newberg of NewbergRecruiting.com, January 13, 2002 4:41pm ET

Bryan McClendon Profile

"I had a real good visit to Auburn," said Bryan McClendon. "I mean it turned out really well. The best part of the trip was the players. I had a lot of fun being around those guys. I visit Georgia (1-18) next weekend. It will be Auburn or Georgia and this will be a hard decision. Right now, it is 50-50."

McClendon is a wide receiver/cornerback prospect from Atlanta (Ga.) Mays.


Big OL Names Two Leaders
by Jamie Newberg of NewbergRecruiting.com, January 13, 2002 4:07pm ET

Antonio Mercier Profile

"I had a real good visit to Georgia," said OL Antonio Mercier. "I like their academics and facilities. I also got along with the players real well. Right now, I would say that Georgia and Arkansas are my two leaders."

Mercier, from Washington (Ga.) Wilkes, will visit Clemson (1-18), South Carolina (1-25) and Georgia Tech (2-2).


Golston Has Two Favorites
by Jamie Newberg of NewbergRecruiting.com, January 13, 2002 3:22pm ET

Kedrick Golston Profile

"The visit to Georgia was OK," said defensive tackle Kedric Golston. "It was nice. I do not get too high about anything. But I really like the direction the program is headed. They are working towards an SEC Championship and hopefully a National Championship. Right now, I would say Georgia and Tennessee are my leaders. I will visit Auburn next weekend. That will be my last visit."

Golston is a defensive tackle from Tyrone (Ga.) Sandy Creek.


Clemson Picks Up Lineman?
by Jamie Newberg of NewbergRecruiting.com, January 13, 2002 2:55pm ET

Brad Lee Profile

Offensive lineman Brad Lee out of Hephzibah, GA says he has chosen the Clemson Tigers. "I will officially commit on the 21st, the anniversary of my grandfather's 50th wedding anniversary," Lee said. "He always wanted me to go to Clemson."

Lee is 6-4 265 pounds and runs a 4.9 forty. He also benches 300, powercleans 295 and squats 400. "Clemson has great academics. Their coaches are spiritual, and I will have a chance to play as a freshman. The campus is great, it's huge. The players said the coaches really care and they treat you like a son."

Lee said he still plans to take his other visits. He plans to go to Middle Tennessee (1-18), Georgia Southern (1-25), Tennessee (2-1), and Auburn. All have offered according to Lee.



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