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After Tennessee debacle, Michael Taylor ‘blessed’ to be a Gator

4:17 p.m. Wednesday, January 20, 2010

When Michael Taylor revealed that he had decommitted from Tennessee this past Wednesday, it was naturally assumed it was because coach Lane Kiffin pulled an about-face and jettisoned Rocky Top for Southern California. But the truth is the fast-rising linebacker from Atlanta’s Westlake High School had already backed out before the Kiffins bolted. Taylor had silently committed to the Florida Gators a week ago Sunday before leaving his official visit to Gainesville. He went public with the news this past Sunday.

Calhoun’s Da’Rick Rogers, Nash Nance to visit Tennessee

2:45 p.m. Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Georgia fans who thought the storm had blown over for Da’Rick Rogers when Tennessee’s Lane Kiffin and Ed Orgeron blew out of Knoxville are going to have to think again. The Vols, under the direction of new coach Derek Dooley, were back in Calhoun Monday night recruiting both Rogers, a longtime Georgia commitment and the No. 1 player in the AJC’s Top 50, and his quarterback/best friend Nash Nance. Once again, the record-setting duo has agreed to take an official visit to Tennessee. The date was arranged after UT offensive coordinator Jim Chaney, one of the lone holdovers from Kiffin’s staff, visited with the two players in the Nance home Monday night.

Mary Persons OL Hamlin will commit to Florida on Tuesday, if offered

11 a.m. Monday, December 8, 2008

Florida offensive coordinator Dan Mullen is scheduled to visit Mary Persons High School on Tuesday to speak with offensive tackle Jadareius Hamlin. "If Florida offers, I would take it in heartbeat," the member of the AJC's The Georgia 150 said. The 6-foot-3, 248-pound Hamlin has official visits scheduled for Troy State on Dec. 12, Alabama-Birmingham on Jan. 9 and a tentative date for Middle Tennessee State on Jan. 16. "I'm going to wait and take all my visits before committing, unless Florida offers," he said. Both UGA and Georgia Tech have requested film of Hamilin, but yet to offer. Hamlin plays defensive end and offensive tackle for Mary Persons. He said he is primarily being recruited as an offensive lineman.

Alabama recruit Atchison said meeting with Florida is doubtful

5:11 p.m. Sunday, December 7, 2008

Douglass linebacker Jonathan Atchison said that it is doubtful he will meet with Florida assistant coach Charlie Strong. "He hasn't called, so I doubt it is going to happen," the 6-foot-3, 212-pound member of the AJC's The Georgia 150 said late Sunday. However, if Strong shows up at Douglass on Monday, which was the original plan, then Atchison said he would likely hear what Florida had to say. Atchison recently switched his commitment to Alabama from Auburn after the resignation of Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville. Atchison made the change after having a lengthy conversation with Alabama coach Nick Saban. "I spoke with [Saban], and my mom and I felt it was the right thing to do for me," he said. He has an official visit scheduled to Alabama on Jan. 16. Atchison, who had committed to Auburn in August, is the 22nd best linebacker in the nation, according to

Centennial OL Yankey impressed with Florida

1:24 p.m. Sunday, December 7, 2008

You bet Centennial offensive tackle David Yankey, one of the state's top prospects for 2010, was glued to the television during No. 2 Florida's 31-20 win over No. 1 Alabama in Saturday's SEC championship game, especially with a recent offer from Florida. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound junior loved how the Gators put it on the Crimson Tide and earned a likely BCS championship date on Jan. 8, but said the win didn't urge him to commit any sooner to the Gators. He doesn't plan to pledge to anybody - neither to South Carolina or Duke, who have also made early offers - until after his senior season. Yankey just completed his junior year. "All the coaches are saying I have nothing but time," he said, adding of Florida looking attractive, "The way they played against Alabama, putting up 31 points on the no. 1 team, was great."

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