Recruiting Buzz - Jan 26th - Feb 2nd

The Dawgs pick up a big commitment from WR Mario Raley!<p> Today's updates include: Marcus Jackson<p> Also including Derek Morris, Kedric Golston Channing Crowder, Kelvin Grant, Antonio Mercier, Brandon Jefferies, Chris Hickman, Brian Crum, John Doucette

Did Jackson Cancel the Gators?
by Jamie Newberg of, January 31, 2002 11:05pm ET

Marcus Jackson Profile

 "I will not visit Florida this weekend," said defensive end Marcus Jackson. "I just canceled the visit. It is pretty much even between Georgia and Florida State." Jackson is a defensive end from Norcross, Georgia.

Big Max Down to Two Schools
by Jamie Newberg of, January 30, 2002 8:48pm ET

Max Jean-Gilles Profile

Two teams are going to have to wait until Signing Day to find out what Max Jean-Giles will do and the lucky two are Georgia and Miami. "I have eliminated Ohio State and it is down to Georgia and Miami," said Jean-Giles. "I can get earlier playing time at Georgia while at Miami they play for National Championships. I am torn between the two. I will announce my decision on Signing Day."

Morris to Visit Florida This Weekend?
by Jamie Newberg of, January 29, 2002 4:39pm ET

Derek Morris Profile

Derrick Morris has one more weekend before the big decision. In fact, he is still undecided where he will trip to this week. "It will be Florida or Boston College," said Morris. "But most likely I will go to Florida. Today, the Head Coach, Offensive Coordinator and Offensive Line Coach all came by the school. I met with them and I was impressed with what I heard. Right now though, Georgia, Ohio State and NC State are my leaders." Morris has a scheduled press conference at 12:15 pm at his school Gym on Signing Day.

A Border War For Crum
by Jamie Newberg of, January 28, 2002 10:52pm ET

Brian Crum Profile

"I am down to Florida and Georgia," said Brian Crum. "I had a good in-home visit with Coach Zook tonight. Georgia comes in on Wednesday. I hope to have a decision after that." Crum is a super athlete from Camden County. He could play receiver, tight end, or safety at the next level.

TE De-Commits From Georgia Tech
by Jamie Newberg of, January 28, 2002 10:37pm ET

John Doucette Profile

"Right now, I am looking at Tulane, Memphis and Georgia," said tight end John Doucette. "I am no longer committed to Georgia Tech and I do not want to comment on what happened. "I liek the coaches and players at Tulane. It also feels like home to me. Memphis feels like a home away from home. The coaches are great and very down to earth. I will visit Georgia this weekend. They have all offered me and I will announce on Signing Day. Right now, I am open." Doucette is a tight end prospect from New Orleans, Louisiana. He had been previously committed to Georgia Tech. Doucette has already visited tulane and Memphis.

WR Commits to Dawgs
by Jamie Newberg of, January 28, 2002 8:46pm ET

The Georgia Bulldogs picked up a commitment from Mario Raley. Raley, from Charlotte (NC) Independence, committed to Georgia over South Carolina and Virginia. "I picked Georgia for many reasons," said Raley. "I felt like I can contribute early there and it is the place where I need to be."

Crowder Couldn't Wait; Commits to Florida
by Jamie Newberg of, January 27, 2002 11:22pm ET

Channing Crowder Profile

Channing Crowder was so excited about the Florida visit, he couldn't wait until Wednesday to make the decision. Tonight, he committed to the University of Florida. "I was sitting in my room, lying down in bed and all I could think about was being a Gator," said Crowder. "I just felt so comfortable with Coach Zook and that staff. I just called up Georgia and told them I am going to Florida. I couldn't wait any longer." Crowder, from North Springs (Ga) Sandy Springs, committed to Florida over Georgia. He is a middle linebacker prospect that is very close to the Snell (Ray and Shannon) brothers. They grew up together in Tampa and are God brothers.

Grant Torn Between Three
by Jamie Newberg of, January 27, 2002 10:36pm ET

Kelvin Grant Profile

"The Georgia campus is beautiful," said wide receiver Kelvin Grant, of his official visit to Georgia. "I really like coach Eason (WR coach) because he can get you to the next level. He is also like a father figure. Coach Richt is a passing coach with a passing instinct. I like that. I can see myself being in Athens. But I can say the same for South Carolina and Clemson. I am torn between the three. I am now very confused. I have weighed all the pros and cons. I have it down on paper but nothing is working. It will come down to where my heart leads me." Grant is from Camden, South Carolina. He is one of the South's top wideouts. Grant has already visited South Carolina, Clemson and Georgia.

Crowder to Announce on Wednesday
by Jamie Newberg of, January 27, 2002 9:55pm ET

Channing Crowder Profile

Channing Crowder is one of the top linebackers from the state of Georgia. The senior from Sandy Springs (Ga.) North Springs High School now has a tough decision to make between the home state Bulldogs and the Florida Gators. Crowder, an inside linebacker, just got back from his official visit to Gainesville. "It was amazing," said Crowder. "It is now very tight between Florida and Georgia. There is so much recent history with the Florida program. It was so nice to see Shannan and Ray Snell. They are my God-brothers and they were also my hosts for the weekend. We all grew up together in Tampa. I also like the linebacker coach Jerry Odom. He tells it like it is. And coach Zook is amazing. That guy has a lot of energy. I have to do some soul searching. I will announce my decision on Wednesday."

Antonio Mercier has just said yes to the Gamecocks.
by Max Emfinger of, January 27, 2002 5:57pm ET

Antonio Mercier Profile

Antonio Mercier (6-6, 330, 5.2) of Washington Wilkes County, Georgia has just told the South Carolina coaches that he will become a Gamecock.

Jefferies Visits UNC
by Jamie Newberg of, January 27, 2002 5:25pm ET

Brandon Jefferies Profile

"I had a real good visit to North Carolina," said OL Brandon Jefferies. "They have great academics and you are set up for life with a degree from UNC. I also like the setting of the campus and stadium. I will visit South Carolina (2-1) this next weekend. Right now, I am open between NC State, UNC, Georgia, Tennessee and South Carolina." The South Carolina visit will be Jefferies fifth and final visit.

Dawgs Pick Up Fullback
by Jamie Newberg of, January 27, 2002 2:19pm ET

Chris Hickman Profile

The Georgia Bulldogs picked up a verbal commitment from fullback Chris Hickman. But there is a catch. "I am going to Georgia," said Hickman. "It looks like I will have to walk-on this fall and they will give me a scholarship next January. A scholarship may open up between now and August. Either way, I am going to Georgia." Hickman, 6-0 and 225 pounds, took an official visit to UGA this past weekend. He walked away very impressed. "The Georgia trip was straight. Everything went well. I like the players and how they stick together. I felt welcomed like I was part of the team already." Hickman recently made a qualifying test score on the SAT. He received scholarship offers from West Georgia and Eastern Kentucky.

Jackson to Visit Florida?
by Jamie Newberg of, January 27, 2002 12:44pm ET

Marcus Jackson Profile

"Right now, Georgia and Florida State are my two leaders," said defensive end Marcus Jackson. "I am trying to figure this thing about. I will probably visit Florida (2-1) and make a decision after I get back from Gainesville next weekend." Jackson is a defensive end prospect from Norcross, Georgia.

Jean-Giles Down to Three Schools

by Jamie Newberg of, January 25, 2002 8:04am ET

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."

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.

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