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UGA assistants visit with Branden Smith and Jarvis Jones

10:37 a.m. Monday, December 1, 2008

UGA's top two remaining in-state recruiting targets are Booker T. Washington cornerback Branden Smith and Carver-Columbus linebacker Jarvis Jones. UGA sent six assistant coaches into the homes of both players on Sunday, which was the first day of a three-week NCAA contact period. Smith said actions speak louder than words, and the fact that UGA visited on the opening day meant a lot. "They said they came straight here after talking with Jarvis," Smith said. "They feel like if both of us came to Georgia, that they might have the best recruiting class in the country." Ironically, both Smith and Jones spent the previous day together at Florida State: Smith was making an official visit, while Jones was on an unofficial trip. The two have developed a friendship after making the rounds on the recruiting circuit over the past year. "I asked Jarvis how recruiting was going and he said 'just fine' and that he had 'no idea which college he was going to pick,'" Smith said. "So we're sort of in the same situation. I feel like I have four great colleges to choose from, and I really can't go wrong by picking any of the four." Smith has made official visits to FSU, Florida and Alabama, and will go to UGA on Dec. 12. He plans to make his college announcement on Jan. 4. Smith said he got soaked in the rain while watching FSU's loss to Florida, but still had fun. He met with FSU coach Bobby Bowden. "[Bowden] said all I had to do was to watch the game to see how badly they need some defensive backs," Smith said. "He said they really needed me, and very quickly. He made a point of telling me how many defensive backs Florida State has put into the NFL over the years." Smith again said he has no favorites among his four finalists. Jones has taken only one official visit (USC) and said he will travel to Texas, Florida, Georgia and LSU in January.

FSU expected to offer Starr's Mill LB Stephen Roberts

7:55 p.m. Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Starr's Mill linebacker Stephen Roberts, a member of the AJC's The Georgia 150 who has offers from Mississippi, Troy, Mississippi State, East Carolina, Central Florida, Indiana, Louisville, Akron, Purdue, Middle Tennessee and Minnesota, said he's waiting until after the colleges complete their regular seasons to schedule visits. He's narrowed his choices to Ole Miss, Middle Tennessee, Indiana and Florida State, and intends to visit those schools. The Seminoles haven't offered yet, but they've watched him play and indicated to him that an offer is forthcoming. "I'm going to talk to them and start seeing what we can set up," Roberts said. "I feel pretty good about the options I have.

Florida State requests film of Cairo defensive tackle

3:35 p.m. Thursday, October 23, 2008

Florida State has requested film on Cairo defensive tackle Montavious Williams, who committed to Troy. “FSU didn’t really say anything other than they wanted some senior film on Montavious,” Cairo coach Tom Fallaw said. “FSU hasn’t offered, they just want to take a close look.” The 6-foot-2, 260-pound Williams is known for his hustle and “giving 100-percent” every play, according to Fallaw

Henry County WR Patterson stuns with Stanford decision

10:35 p.m. Monday, August 25, 2008

Henry County’s Jamal Patterson, who was one of the nation’s most-heavily recruited wide receivers with around 50 offers, made the stunning decision to commit to Stanford on Monday night. Patterson picked the Cardinal over offers from Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech, LSU, Michigan, North Carolina, and Oregon, among others. “My senior season is about to start, and I just wanted to get that [college choice] out of the way,” Patterson said. “Stanford had been my favorite since I visited there in June. I kept visiting other schools to check out all my options, but Stanford was No. 1 all along.” How did Stanford lure Patterson away from the surrounding SEC and ACC schools? “It felt like a family atmosphere, and you can’t beat the academics. You can only play football for so long, academics are for the long run in life.” “All the other programs are good, too, but it just came down to which school I felt like was the best fit for me. Stanford is where I want to be.” Patterson said he consulted on Monday afternoon with his parents, who supported the decision. “They loved everything about Stanford. They didn’t put any pressure on me, they told me it was my decision to make, and they were very excited my decision.”

Clemson offers Flowery Branch DE Cross

9:37 p.m. Sunday, August 24, 2008

Just when it appeared that Georgia Tech might have the inside track on scoring a commitment from Flowery Branch’s Izaan Cross, ACC rival Clemson officially threw its hat in the recruiting ring last week after extending a scholarship offer to the talented defensive end. Cross, who also has offers from Arkansas, Florida State, Maryland, Mississippi State, North Carolina, N.C. State, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Central Florida, wasn’t surprised when Clemson’s offer arrived. The Tigers have been recruiting him aggressively for several months. “With Clemson, the recruiting coach has been to my school, but the defensive line coach wanted to see me before they offered me,” said Cross, a member of the AJC’s Georgia Top 150. “But with me not being able to get over there yet, they finally said ‘we’ll go ahead and offer you.’ “And it’s just an hour and-a-half from home. That’s good, and a positive on their side.” Cross will likely take a road trip to Clemson this fall. “I would say so,” he said. “I’m going to try to get up there to one of their games this year, and it possibly might be one of my five [official visits],” he said. “As far as two or three of my other [four official] visits, I’d say Georgia Tech and probably Mississippi State.”

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