Recruiting Buzz: Week of January 20th - 26th

Today's updates include: Mario Raley and Max Jean-Gilles<br><br> Olaolu Sanni-Osomo, Kedric Golston, Kelvin Grant, BJ Fields, Derek Morris, and Pat Watkins (2)<br><br> Also including: Mario Raley, Jerramy Scott, Chris Turner, Travarous Bain, Bryan McClendon, Irvin Brisker, Parys Haralson, Devin Hester, Demario Minter

Does Raley Have a Leader?
by Jamie Newberg of, January 25, 2002 8:09am ET

Mario Raley Profile

 "Right now, Georgia leads South Carolina," said wide receiver Mario Raley. "I will visit Virginia (2-1). I hope to make a decision soon." Raley is a record breaking receiver from Charlotte (NC) Independence.

Jean-Giles Down to Three Schools
by Jamie Newberg of, January 25, 2002 8:04am ET

Max Jean-Gilles Profile

 "Right now, I have narrowed it down to Georgia, Ohio State and Miami," said offensive line prospect Max Jean-Giles. "I will visit Miami this weekend and I am wide open. I hope to have a decision a few days before Signing Day."

Derek Deciding on 5th Visit
by Steve Curry of, January 23, 2002 10:19am ET

Derek Morris Profile
Derek has not yet scheduled a 5th official visit for this weekend.

He will visit either "Oklahoma, Florida or Boston College."

He's decided not to visit Penn State.

"They haven't called in a couple of weeks," Derek said.

The big offensive lineman will make a decision as to which school he will visit after today (Wednesday), when coaches from Boston College and Florida will visit with him at his school.

He also indicated that he will talk with Oklahoma today as well.

Ohio State and Georgia are currently his top two teams, with NC State right behind.

NC Athlete decides to head to the mid-west.
by Tom Perrone of, January 22, 2002 10:37pm ET

Jejuan Rankins Profile

JeJuan Rankins, a 6-foot, 175 pounds athlete out of Bertie High School in Windsor, North Carolina committed to Oklahoma on Friday (1/18/02). With 4.5/40 time, he has tremendous quickness, excellent durability and can play a number of positions. Last season he played the quarterback position and finished with 1218 yards passing, 18 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. He also had 543 yards rushing, scoring 9 touchdowns.

In his junior season, Rankins hauled in 42 receptions for 922 yards and 13 touchdowns as a wide receiver. He also had 506 yards and 5 touchdowns on punt returns and 671 yards on kickoff returns. On the defensive side of the ball, Rankins was just as busy. He made 60 solo tackles and assisted on seven others. He finished his junior season with 15 interceptions and returned three of those for touchdowns.

His coach, Roy Bond told PAR, "Rankins was my best athlete and because of that he was my quarterback this season. I would rather play have played him at wide receiver, but he had the best arm on the team. Rankins has outstanding speed, possesses great hands and gets separation from the wide out position. As a defensive back, don't throw or run his way, because he will pick your pass off or strike you. Then he can take a punt or kickoff for six in a blink of an eye."

Rankins is the younger brother of QB Randall Rankins, who attends North Carolina A&T.

"My focus is to go to a great program," said Rankins. "When I get there I am confident they will place me where they think I can best serve the team." Rankins remains busy in the off season. He plays the small forward position on his school's basketball team and he also runs the 200 & 400 meters for the track team. He recorded the fastest 200 meter in the Big-8 Conference last season with a 22.5 time.

Rankins developed a short list out of a number of scholarship offers he received, which included Georgia 1/11, Maryland 1/25, Michigan (planned to visit, but never did), and North Carolina State 11/30/2001. He committed on his 1/18 visit to Oklahoma .

Golston Raves About Auburn
by Jamie Newberg of, January 22, 2002 8:42pm ET

Kedrick Golston Profile

 "I had the time of my life at Auburn," said defensive tackle Kedric Golston. "It was a super visit. I like the players and the staff. Numbers wise, they have the fewest defensive tackles of any of the schools (TN, UGA, AU)." Golston, from Tyrone (Ga.) Sandy Creek High School, will announce his decision Saturday on Countdown to Signing Day. He has narrowed it down to Tennessee, Auburn and Georgia. "I wish I could sign with all three schools. Right now, they are all still in it. Tennessee came by the school today, Georgia comes by tomorrow and Auburn will come by on Thursday. I will announce on the show." Golston has been rehabbing a broken leg, working out three days a week.

Sanni-Osomo Commits to Georgia
by Jamie Newberg of, January 22, 2002 6:03pm ET

Olaolu Sanni-Osomo Profile

 "Olaolu committed to Georgia on Monday," said LaGrange Head Coach Steve Pardue. "He is a very physical safety that is great in run support." Sanni-Osomo, 6-2 and 195, committed to Georgia over Notre Dame, Stanford, Florida, North Carolina and Auburn.

Grant Has One More Visit
by Jamie Newberg of, January 22, 2002 4:36pm ET

Kelvin Grant Profile

Wideout prospect Kelvin Grant visited South Carolina this weekend. "I had a really good visit to South Carolina," Grant said. "The campus was way better than I thought, and they have great fans." Grant has one trip left to Georgia next weekend. He has already visited Clemson. "I have been to Clemson a lot of times and I know what they have to offer." Grant says he will make a final decision between the three schools after his Georgia visit. He is from Camden, SC.

Fields to Visit Vols?
by Jamie Newberg of, January 22, 2002 3:55pm ET

B.J. Fields Profile

"I am going to visit Tennessee (1-25) this weekend," said defensive back BJ Fields. "I am still committed to Georgia but I just want to make sure." Fields, from Camden County, is teammates with Brian Crum.

Coach Tony Collins denies saying Pat Watkins committed:
by Jamie Newberg of, January 22, 2002 1:26pm ET

Pat Watkins Profile

 Contrary to internet reports, the man that was quoted as saying Pat Watkins is a Miami commitment says that the information is news to him:

"I haven't talked with anyone," said Lincoln High School assistant coach Tony Collins. "I never said that Pat Watkins was a commitment to Miami. He and his parents are visiting Southern Cal this weekend."

Watkins Now With Two Leaders
by Jamie Newberg of, January 21, 2002 9:18pm ET

Pat Watkins Profile

Patrick Watkins just returned home from an official visit to Miami. So what did the All-American think of Coral Gables and the mighty Hurricanes? "It was crazy," said Watkins. "It is a lot different than Tallahassee. The scenery is nice and it is a beautiful campus. They have great weather and South Beach is a lot of fun. Right now, I would say that Miami and Florida State are my two leaders. I will visit Southern Cal this weekend. I am still deciding on whether to visit Georgia and or Florida. I could visit one of those schools, both of those schools or neither and just make a decision. I will try to take at least one more visit and announce the Monday or Tuesday before Signing Day." Watkins is the top rated safety in America.

Derek Morris - Narrows Choices - Names Leader
by Chris Pool of, January 21, 2002 5:11pm ET

Derek Morris Profile

Derek Morris, a 6-foot-6, 342 pound, offensive lineman from Huntersville, North Carolina has named Georgia a slight leader over Ohio State. Morris talks about his favorites and the recruiting process. Derek also eliminated two schools from his short list. Here's the COMPLETE STORY.

Minter Commits
by Jamie Newberg of, January 20, 2002 10:05pm ET

Demario Minter Profile

 "I committed to Georgia tonight," said cornerback DeMario Minter. "It actually came down to Georgia and Maryland. The main difference was that I am a Georgia boy and I felt more comfortable around those coaches and players. I like the system the run at Georgia. Plus, they need corners and I know I can play early. That was big for me." Minter, from Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson High School, visited UNC this past weekend.

Hester Pulls the Trigger
by Jamie Newberg of, January 20, 2002 9:45pm ET

Devin Hester Profile

 Devin Hester is one of the nation's top prospects. The senior from Riveria Beach, Florida, is the country's top cover corner but he prefers to play offense. "I committed to Miami today," said Hester. "They are going to give me a shot playing both ways at receiver and corner. In my heart, I always knew I wanted to be a Hurricane. Plus, I can be close to my older brother now. He plays from FIU. It was hard to walk away from Florida State. But I want to play for Miami."

Parys Haralson narrows list to 3
by Scott Kennedy of, January 20, 2002 8:32pm ET

Parys Haralson Profile

 "I'm just bringing my luggage in the door now," laughed Parys Haralson. "My visit to Tennessee was pretty good. I plan on making a decision when I get back from Ole Miss next week. Right now it's Ole Miss, Tennessee, and Georgia. I don't have a leader."

NC State "Shocks" Derrick Morris
by Jamie Newberg of, January 20, 2002 7:57pm ET

Derek Morris Profile

 "The NC State visit shocked the hell out of me," said OL prospect Derrick Morris, Jr. "I had a great visit. I love their weight training coach, players and coaches. Right now, it is a close call between Ohio State, Georgia and NC State. Tennessee is out. They have been recruiting me as an offensive tackle and now they tell me they want me as a guard. I feel like they lied to me." Morris, from Charlotte, North Carolina, will not take a visit this weekend. However, on the last visit weekend, he will trip to Oklahoma, Florida or BC. Morris was the Bobby Dodd Award winner given to the nation's top lineman.

Cornelius Commits
by Jamie Newberg of, January 20, 2002 4:29pm ET

Jemalle Cornelius Profile

 The Florida Gators continue to pick up offensive prospects. The latest commitment is Jemalle Cornelius. "I committed to the Gators over the weekend," said Cornelius. "They were my team all along. I went there and everything was what I expected and I felt very comfortable with the new staff. They need some young receivers and I think I will have a great chance there." Cornelius, from Fort Meade, Florida, will cancel his visit to Georgia (1-25). He could also play cornerback as well.

Raley Has Super Visit to USC
by Jamie Newberg of, January 20, 2002 4:09pm ET

Mario Raley Profile

 "I had a super visit to South Carolina," said wide receiver Mario Raley. "The players and coaches are very tight and that was nice to see. I also had a good time with the players and I ate more this weekend than I have in a long time. I will visit Virginia (2-1) and then make a decision. Right now, I am wide open." Raley is a record breaking receiver from Charlotte, North Carolina.

Jerramy Scott to reschedule UNC visit
by Scott Kennedy of, January 20, 2002 3:34pm ET

Jerramy Scott Profile

 "I was supposed to go to North Carolina this weekend, but my mother wanted me to study for the SAT," said running back Jerramy Scott. "I definitely plan on rescheduling the visit, but I haven't yet. I've already visited Iowa and Michigan State, and I like Georgia as well. There's a bunch of schools still calling me, so I don't know what I'm going to do. I don't have a favorite right now."

Turner Has Two Visits Remaining
by Jamie Newberg of, January 20, 2002 2:20pm ET

Chris Turner Profile

 Did defensive tackle Chris Turner take an official visit this weekend? "No, I stayed home," said Turner. "I will visit Georgia next weekend (1-25) and Florida (2-1). Right now, FSU and Florida are my two leaders but Georgia is a major player with me too." Turner is a defensive line prospect from Jacksonville (Fla.) Ed White High School.

Who Leads For Bain?
by Jamie Newberg of, January 20, 2002 2:18pm ET

Travarous Bain Profile

 "I was supposed to visit Georgia this weekend but they decided not to bring me up," said cornerback Travarous Bain. "I am supposed to visit Arkansas and Miami in the next two weeks but I am not sure which week I go where. I guess I am open." Bain is a speedy cornerback from Miami (Fla.) Northwestern High School.

Is Brisker Solid with Clemson?
by Jamie Newberg of, January 20, 2002 2:16pm ET

Irvin Brisker Profile

 "I didn't visit Georgia this weekend," said defensive line prospect Irvin Brisker. "I visited Clemson. It was my official visit. I just have a real good time every time I go over there. I like the small town. Everyone is nice and friendly. Plus, I can play early. I am committed to Clemson and I will probably not visit anyone else at all." Brisker is a giant defensive end prospect from Conyers (Ga.) Rockdale County High School.

Carey Down to Two
by Jamie Newberg of, January 20, 2002 2:14pm ET

Mahlon Carey Profile

 "I just got back from Georgia Tech," said running back Mahlon Carey. "They have a new staff and they are getting some new renovations. I like Tech but not as much as North Carolina. They are my leader and I will make a decision on Tuesday or so." Carey, from Mabelton (Ga.) South Cobb High School, visited the Tar Heels last weekend.

McClendon Makes Decision
by Jamie Newberg of, January 20, 2002 2:06pm ET

Bryan McClendon Profile

 "I committed to Georgia," said Bryan McClendon. "It was down to Georgia and Auburn. I just felt more comfortable at UGA than Auburn. I think there is better team chemistry there and the relationship between the coaches and players is great." McClendon, from Atlanta (Ga.) Mays High School, will play cornerback for the Georgia Bulldogs.

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