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Road Trip: Northview junior DT McCoy to visit Athens

11:15 p.m. Thursday, September 25, 2008

He didn’t grow up a Georgia fan, but Northview junior defensive tackle Denzel McCoy is still hoping for a scholarship offer from the Bulldogs. “Georgia is a great school and it’s close to home,” said McCoy, who will be at Sanford Stadium Saturday night to watch the Dogs play Alabama. “They offer a great education and have a winning program.” McCoy, who attended Saturday’s Mississippi State-Georgia Tech game in Atlanta, was born in North Carolina. He moved to Georgia during the second grade after calling Florida home for a brief period of time. The 6-foot-4, 270-pound lineman picked up a scholarship offer from Oregon earlier today. He already had offers from Alabama, Duke, Georgia Tech, Memphis, North Carolina, N.C. State, Penn State, Stanford, Vanderbilt and West Virginia. He’s eager to see if the Dogs will make their move this weekend when he attends the highly-anticipated SEC contest along with his parents. “I’d say it’s 50-50 that Georgia will offer me on Saturday,” said McCoy, who is being recruited by Bulldogs assistant coach Rodney Garner. “Hopefully, they will. I’ve been receiving a lot of e-mails and mail from them.”

Stanford-bound Patterson visits Georgia Tech

10:46 p.m. Monday, September 8, 2008

Henry County receiver Jamal Patterson was among the recruits in attendance during Georgia Tech’s season-opening victory over Jacksonville State on Thursday Aug. 28. Patterson, who committed to Stanford last month, originally showed little interest in the Jackets after reasoning that he’d have a minor role in Tech’s new, run-oriented offense. But through two games, coach Paul Johnson’s triple-option offense is averaging 14 pass attempts per contest. “I’ve been keeping up with their games,” said Patterson, who is rated as the 15th-best receiver in the nation by “And I’ve noticed that they’ve been throwing the ball some.” Patterson, one of the headliners of the AJC’s The Georgia Top 150, insists that his heart is still with Stanford. But he’s not prepared to shut off communication with the Jackets. “I already knew a lot of the coaching staff [retained from the Chan Gailey era],” said Patterson, whose Tech recruiting coach is Brian Jean Mary. “It was just a ‘keep in contact’ type thing. “When I talked to the staff, they knew I was committed to Stanford. But just because I’ve committed, we didn’t want to stop and not get used to one another.” Patterson says he’ll attend at least one other game at Bobby Dodd Stadium this fall with friend Roderick Sweeting of Luella, who has committed to the Jackets. The 6-foot-2, 203-pound Patterson plans to attend Saturday’s Western Kentucky-Alabama contest in Tuscaloosa.

Stanford scouting Warner Robins RB Wynes

2:29 a.m. Friday, August 29, 2008

Warner Robins tailback Rashad Wynes, who committed to Alabama-Birmingham, is still being heavily recruited by Ole Miss. Now the 6-foot-1, 210-pound Wynes is being chased hard by yet another school: Stanford. The Cardinal, which are having emerging presence in Georgia, are scouting Wynes but have yet to make an offer. The California school has three Georgia commitments in its 2009 class, most notably Henry County wide receiver Jamal Patterson. He picked Stanford among nearly 50 scholarship offers.

Lassiter's Camden Wentz recruiting for Stanford

4:44 p.m. Thursday, August 28, 2008

Stanford is making its presence felt on the Georgia recruiting front. And it looks like the Cardinal is getting some help locally. &#8220;We&#8217;re trying to turn things around there,&#8221; said Lassiter offensive lineman Camden Wentz, who committed to Stanford in March. &#8220;You want to get as many good recruits as you can. You&#8217;re really recruiting teammates.&#8221; Wentz has taken the extra step in his recruiting process. He isn&#8217;t content to just to sign his letter. He wants other top recruits doing the same. The 6-foot-3, 274 pound lineman spent time talking to Henry County wideout Jamal Patterson before he committed to Stanford on Monday. Patterson became the third Georgia recruit to commit to the California school along with Wentz and Northview tight end Brock Sanders. Patterson a member of the <a href="">AJC's The Super Southern 100</a>. Wentz is on the <a href="">AJC's The Georgia Top 150</a>. &#8220;Like with the whole Jamal thing," Wentz said. &#8220;You wouldn&#8217;t think he&#8217;d be going to Stanford. But because we&#8217;ve been staying on him and he always said that he liked it, we got him convinced.&#8221; Wentz said all of the Stanford recruits spend time talking to other recruits, helping lure the nation&#8217;s top talent to Jim Harbaugh&#8217;s team. He said the job isn&#8217;t a hard sell. &#8220;It&#8217;s a unique place,&#8221; Wentz said. &#8220;It&#8217;s the only place in Division I football where you can get that good of an education and still play BCS football. It&#8217;s a program on the rise with a bunch of young coaches.&#8221; Wentz currently plays tackle for the Trojans but likely will move to center or guard at Stanford. He committed on the Cardinal Junior Day but won&#8217;t be seeing the team again until its road trip to Notre Dame on Oct. 4. The distance is difficult. Wentz would like to take an official visit to Stanford but spend more than just a weekend in Palo Alto. That&#8217;s the challenge Stanford faces when dealing with recruits from the Southeast. But it&#8217;s one the Cardinal seems to be winning. &#8220;I&#8217;m just ready to get there,&#8221; Wentz said. &#8220;It&#8217;s the kind of place you don&#8217;t forget.&#8221;

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.”

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