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    One of UGA's biggest fans warned that the college football season is at risk if more people don't start wearing masks. That fan is Brian Kemp, governor for the state of Georgia. 'If people, especially our young people, don't start wearing a mask when they're going out in public and our numbers keep rising, that's going to be a tall task,' Kemp said of the prospect of a college football season, per Greg Bluestein of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 'But if we all hunker down right now, and dig in the next two or three weeks, we can get this turned in the right direction.' The Bulldogs are approaching this season as if they will play a regular schedule, but it's still up in the air on how exactly things will go down at the start of the season. Within the last couple of weeks, Clemson had 37 football players test positive for COVID-19, while LSU has at least 40 in quarantine. On Wednesday, South Carolina's governor declared that there may be no college or high school football in that state if the citizens don't start taking the safety precautions more seriously. The post Gov. Kemp says people need to hunker down' and wear masks appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Georgia football is the No. 1 topic every day on DawgNation Daily the daily podcast for Georgia Bulldogs fans. Catch up on everything happening with UGA athletics with host Brandon Adams and the DawgNation experts as they break down the latest Georgia football recruiting news and discuss coach Kirby Smart's quest to return the Bulldogs to the top of the SEC. On episode No. 1,228 (July 1, 2020) of the podcast, Georgia fans can hear a discussion about how UGA is seemingly embracing the push to allow players to profit off their names, image and likenesses with its recruiting pitches. Georgia football podcast: UGA seemingly embracing personal branding with recruiting pitches Beginning of the show: A fast-moving trend in college football is the push to allow players to profit off their name, image and likeness in the form of endorsement details. It remains to be seen how these policies will change the shape of the sport, but Georgia seemingly isn't wasting any time in reminding recruits that if there's money to be made off personal brands the prestige of playing for UGA could provide them a valuable boost. 10-minute mark: I react to five-star cornerback Tony Grimes' decision to commit to North Carolina. 15-minute mark: DawgNation recruiting insider Jeff Sentell joins the show. Some of the topics covered include Reaction to Grimes' decision A preview of four-star linebacker Dallas Turner's commitment decision The latest on five-star linebacker Smael Mondon Thoughts on concerns expressed from some UGA fans about the current state of the 2021 class An update on five-star quarterback Brock Vandagriff's performance at the Elite 11 quarterback camp 40-minute mark: I take a look at other SEC headlines including Arkansas coach Sam Pittman's retort to members of the sports media who think the season will be cancelled due to the coronavirus. End of show: I share the Gator Hater Updater. DawgNation Daily Episode 1228: UGA seemingly embracing personal branding with recruiting pitches The post Georgia football podcast: UGA seemingly embracing personal branding with recruiting pitches appeared first on DawgNation.
  • The Sept. 19 contest against Alabama has long been circled by Georgia. It will be the Bulldogs first time back in Tuscaloosa, Ala., since 2007. It will be Kirby Smart's first trip there after serving as Nick Saban's long-time defensive coordinator. It will also be the first time Saban and Smart meet during the regular season and away from Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The first two times these two teams played with Smart as Georgia's head coach, Alabama came up victorious in ways that can only be described as painful for those who root for Georgia. Given no former Saban assistant has ever beaten him while at Alabama, the game is a chance for Smart and his team to make a real statement. That they are just as good as one of the clearly elite teams in college football. It's an opportunity for Smart to show that the program he's built is equal or perhaps superior to the one that Saban has put together. But for all that is at stake in the Sept. 19 contest, ESPN does not see it as Georgia's most important game in 2020. That distinction, in the eyes of ESPN's Alex Scarborough, belongs to the Oct. 31 game against the Florida Gators. 'The Gators have been building since coach Dan Mullen's arrival, and the emergence of quarterback Kyle Trask gives them a real chance of contending in the East,' Scarborough wrote. 'If Georgia doesn't want to let the division flip this season and possibly in the long term, then extending the win streak to four games is a must.' Georgia has beaten Florida in each of the past three seasons, with Mullen being the head coach of the Gators for two of them. Florida was ranked in the top-10 in each of the last two contests and yet the Bulldogs were still able to come away with a victory. Smart's teams, dating back to his time at Alabama, have long flummoxed Mullen's, as Mullen is 1-11 all-time against teams with Smart on staff, including an 0-3 record when both are head coaches. Florida and Georgia both figure to be ranked in the top-10 when the season begins and Florida does have the benefit of bringing back quarterback Kyle Trask. Georgia conversely will be breaking in a whole new offense with new offensive coordinator Todd Monken. Georgia will also likely have a new starting quarterback, with it looking like Wake Forest transfer Jamie Newman being the front-runner for the job. Related: Position Plus/Minus: A detailed look at the Georgia football quarterback position in 2020 While the Gators obviously have an edge on what they bring back on offense, Georgia figures to have the edge on defense. The Bulldogs bring back eight starters from a defense that in 2019 ranked first in the country in both scoring defense and rushing defense. The Bulldogs also seem set to get bigger contributions from sophomores such as Travon Walker, Nakobe Dean and Nolan Smith. Georgia, as has just about every team, been hurt by the loss of spring practice and it will be interesting to see how the offense looks early on in the season. To Scarborough's point about the SEC East, the winner of the annual World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party has represented the SEC East in each of the past five seasons. The Bulldogs have done so in each of the past three years and will look to be doing so again. In the SEC championship game, the Bulldogs could get a second crack at Alabama, as it is favored to win the SEC West. In each of the past three seasons, Georgia has finished the regular season record with an 11-1 record. In the past two, the Bulldogs entered the Florida game with a blemish on the record, and still found a way to win the game and division title. With the early-season contest at Alabama, Smart and company may have to repeat that task for a third-straight season. More Georgia football stories from around DawgNation WATCH: Georgia basketball transfers share surprising stories that led them to Athens Georgia football: Checking the 2021 recruiting options at CB after the Tony Grimes decision UGA pitcher Cole Wilcox hits jackpot with record-breaking $3.3 million bonus Malaki Starks: The 2022 prospect who could be a future class anchor at UGA Position Plus/Minus: A detailed look at Georgia football wide receivers in 2020 Payton Kirkland: 6-foot-7 sophomore OT gushes about dream school' UGA offer Georgia football podcast: Jermaine Johnson's message about physical condition is good news for UGA Andrew Thomas on Jamaree Salyer: You are definitely going to see some pancakes' SEC commissioner Greg Sankey: we are in a time of uncertainty' The post ESPN claims Florida, not Alabama, is Georgia's most important game in 2020 appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Dallas Turner is going to be turning up the heat on quarterbacks in the SEC West going forward. That's the projection for the elite 2021 OLB prospect after he made his college commitment known via a live stream with CBS Sports on Wednesday. Turner chose the Crimson Tide over a final five which also featured Florida, Georgia, Michigan and Oklahoma. The nation's No. 2 weak-side DE prospect per the 247Sports Composite played last fall at American Heritage but has transferred for his senior season to St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale. That slots him as the nation's No. 44 overall prospect. Turner was named the Florida Sun-Sentinel's Broward County Class 1A-5A Defensive Player of the Year after his 2019 season. He finished with 74 tackles and 15 sacks as a junior. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound senior has frequently publicly stated that Alabama and Georgia have been his top two schools. The Crimson Tide have held the slightest of edges in that head-to-head comparison. 'They are just the best schools that fit me,' he said back in May. The reason? Turner discussed that last month with DawgNation. 'Alabama is slightly ahead of Georgia,' Turner said. 'They are very similar but numbers don't lie in the amount of championships and draftees.' It seems like this is a trophy case and NFL pipeline lead for the Tide. When asked if he could put his finger on anything else why the Tide is slightly ahead, he gave an honest answer. 'Nothing in particular,' he said. The 6-foot-4, 235-pound senior is a former basketball player. He has been one of the 'top targets' for 2021 on DawgNation's weekly 'Before the Hedges' program since the debut of the 2021 chart after National Signing Day for the 2020 class back in February. RELATED: Here's a curious piece of off-the-field info. Turner likes to bake and sell cakes in his spare time Turner now becomes the 10th commitment for the 2021 class in this class for the Crimson Tide. Alabama came into the day with the nation's No. 19 recruiting class so far in this cycle on the 247Sports Team Composite rankings. The decision made by Turner marked the second straight day that the Bulldogs lost out on a recruiting race for one of its top targets on the board. 5-star CB Tony Grimes chose the North Carolina Tar Heels on Monday. In both cases, there was certainly the chance for the Bulldogs to improve their standing or even win the recruiting race outright with the benefit of on-campus visits. Those elements are just not in place and will not be restored until at least September 1 according to the most recent NCAA mandates made for such activity. Check out his impressive junior film below. Turner has been one of the 'top targets' for 2021 on DawgNation's weekly 'Before the Hedges' program since the debut of the 2021 chart after National Signing Day for the 2020 class back in February. RELATED: Here's a curious piece of off-the-field info. Turner likes to bake and sell cakes in his spare time SENTELL'S INTEL (the recent reads on DawgNation.com) Where does Georgia turn now at CB after Tony Grimes in the 2021 recruiting class? Class of 2022 ATH Malaki Starks could be a future class anchor at UGA 6-foot-7 sophomore OT Payton Kirkland shares why UGA is his dream school Andrew Thomas says to expect a lot of pancakes from Jamaree Salyer in 2020 Before the Hedges: Sudden change for Georgia football and its 2021 recruiting board Xavier Worthy: Can the speed demon WR be the next link in the California-UGA pipeline? Elite OLB Dallas Turner announces finalists and rapidly-approaching decision day Checking in on the four biggest Georgia football recruiting storylines at this time Why Malcolm 'The Jet' Johnson Jr. and his 10.38 speed is giving UGA a good look Georgia RB commit Lovasea' Carroll shuts down all talk of a Florida flip 5-star ATH James Williams changes things up a bit with his new top 2 Derrick LeBlanc: Georgia extends 'dream school' offer to a sophomore with elite size HEDGES: Who's the best QB on the board in the class of 2022? MJ Morris: New Georgia coordinator Todd Monken has made him a priority WATCH: Georgia commit Chaz Chambliss shows he has a bright future at OLB The post BREAKING: Major 2021 recruiting target Dallas Turner announces his college choice appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Brock Vandagriff, those curls and his cozy ballcap haven been at the well-known Elite 11 national quarterback competition in Tennessee this week. He measured this week at 6 feet, 3 inches and right at 205 pounds. The senior at Prince Avenue Christian comes into the event rated as the nation's No. 2 QB prospect and the nation's No. 13 overall prospect for 2021 on the 247Sports Composite ratings. The three-day event concludes today. Vandagriff, like a lot of Georgia quarterbacks over the years, has turned some heads at the event. The tradition of future Bulldogs and the nation's top quarterback competition now goes back more than 20 years. 2000: D.J. Shockley 2003: A.J. Bryant 2004: Joe Cox 2005: Matt Stafford (MVP) 2006: Logan Gray 2008: Zach Mettenberger 2008: Aaron Murray (MVP) 2013: Jacob Park 2015: Jacob Eason 2016: Jake Fromm 2017: Justin Fields (MVP) 2019: Carson Beck 2020: Brock Vandagriff The Elite 11 is an inexact quarterback measuring tool. It doesn't always indicate or project the top future pro, but it does identify a quality college prospect in all the major areas that will make them a Power Five starter and a potential NFL Draft pick down the road. Andrew Luck and DeShaun Watson didn't win the Elite 11. Neither did Jared Goff, Kyler Murray or Josh Rosen. But guys like Blake Barnett, Justin Fields, Tua Tagovailoa and Asiantii Woulard did. Vandagriff stands at No. 4 overall heading into the final day of competition. He was at No. 3 overall heading into the second day. The Elite 11 this year is sorting its quarterbacks based on a blend of their junior season film and performance and what they do in camp this week. #Elite11 Rankings prior to last workout today *determined by Elite 11 coaching staff 50% junior season film & performance/50% camp eval & traits pic.twitter.com/J01K5kB7DN Elite11 (@Elite11) July 1, 2020 Vandagriff got the chance to take part among the 20 quarterbacks on hand in a 'Pro Day' workout that mimics what a future NFL prospect will be put through when he's auditioning for NFL scouts. It is a gauntlet designed to measure a quarterbacks accuracy, timing, velocity and computer through 19 throws that a professional quarterback will have to make on a regular basis. Check out this Instagram live feed below for Vandagriff's showing. His rep begins at the 9:48 mark of the embedded post below. View this post on Instagram Part 3 A post shared by Elite11 (@elite11) on Jun 30, 2020 at 8:47pm PDT The Elite 11 'Pro Day' record still stands at 50. Ohio State commitment Kyle McCord won this year's 'Pro Day' competition with a score of 45 and leapfrogged Vandagriff into the No. 3 spot. Each QB had 19 throws. They receive a score of 0-1-2-3 on each of 19 throws depending on the placement and velocity of the throw and whether or not it was caught. I've seen in a couple of places where Vandagriff unofficially was scored with a 32 for his effort. Caleb Williams, the nation's top-rated QB prospect for the 2021 cycle, scored a 34 on his 'Pro Day' showing. Big-time performances tonight at the Pro Day workout of the #Elite11 Finals are led by Ohio State commit Kyle McCord out of St. Joseph's (Pa.) pic.twitter.com/oLH3Ws7Mgl Brian Stumpf (@Stumpf_Brian) July 1, 2020 SENTELL'S INTEL (the recent reads on DawgNation.com) Where does Georgia turn now at CB after Tony Grimes in the 2021 recruiting class? Class of 2022 ATH Malaki Starks could be a future class anchor at UGA 6-foot-7 sophomore OT Payton Kirkland shares why UGA is his dream school Andrew Thomas says to expect a lot of pancakes from Jamaree Salyer in 2020 Before the Hedges: Sudden change for Georgia football and its 2021 recruiting board Xavier Worthy: Can the speed demon WR be the next link in the California-UGA pipeline? Elite OLB Dallas Turner announces finalists and rapidly-approaching decision day Checking in on the four biggest Georgia football recruiting storylines at this time Why Malcolm 'The Jet' Johnson Jr. and his 10.38 speed is giving UGA a good look Georgia RB commit Lovasea' Carroll shuts down all talk of a Florida flip 5-star ATH James Williams changes things up a bit with his new top 2 Derrick LeBlanc: Georgia extends 'dream school' offer to a sophomore with elite size HEDGES: Who's the best QB on the board in the class of 2022? MJ Morris: New Georgia coordinator Todd Monken has made him a priority WATCH: Georgia commit Chaz Chambliss shows he has a bright future at OLB The post WATCH: 5-star QB commit Brock Vandagriff has his pro day at the Elite 11 appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Everybody has got a story, no matter the sport or the person it seems. Georgia basketball coach Tom Crean hopes the next chapter for the Bulldogs' three graduate transfers ends with an NCAA tournament appearance. That said, there's a long way to go, as players are just now settling into the concept of the NCAA Division I Council allowing for a July 20 summer access period. Crean realizes he will need this new UGA team to grow up in a hurr,y having had complete roster turnover in two seasons. But basketball is a team game that requires great on-court chemistry and choreography, so piecing together another talented class must involve more than just gathering talent. Particularly when Crean determined he needed to seek out experienced graduate transfers like Andrew Garcia (Stony Brook), Justin Kier (George Mason), and P.J. Horne (Virginia Tech) to provide senior leadership this season. 'We started it with zero, and we've got three right now, we've got three seniors, which I'm excited about,' Crean said during a recent Georgia Game Day production. RELATED: Tom Crean listed among college basketball's 100 most influential 'This whole thing comes down to two things, there are two things mainly that have to happen right now,' the Bulldogs' third-year head coach said. 'We have to build compatibility in players. You may be the same size, but you could be a completely different player.' DawgNation had a chance to interview the three newcomers recently. It was apparent that while the three players were indeed different, they all shared the same goal of self-improvement and team accomplishment in the form of an NCAA tournament berth. As Crean noted, it was by design. 'What we did't want to do was duplicate guys, what we didn't want to do is stockpile guys,' Crean said. 'What we wanted to do was get guys that were compatible with one another.' Georgia Basketball Grad Transfers DawgNation Georgia basketball Bulldogs upset Ole Miss in SEC tourney opener Anthony Edwards takes over final minute, UGA topples Arkansas WATCH: Georgia celebrates like crazy after Vandy win Bulldogs score resounding win over No. 13 Auburn UGA snaps four-game losing streak with Texas A&M win Perplexing loss for Georgia basketball at Missouri Georgia comes up short in hard-fought loss at Kentucky Sahvir Wheeler on clutch game-winner, 'been there a ton of times' Anthony Edwards lights up Michigan State for 37 in 93-85 loss The post WATCH: Georgia basketball transfers share surprising stories that led them to Athens appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Want to attack every day with the latest UGA football recruiting info? That's what the Intel brings. This entry takes a look at the top cornerback options for Georgia after the decision made Tuesday by 5-star cornerback Tony Grimes, Jr. in choosing North Carolina. Tony Grimes is going to be a Tar Heel. Not a Bulldog or a Buckeye or an Aggie. That doesn't mean that UGA still isn't looking for a top-tier replenish of talent at cornerback for the 2021 recruiting cycle. DJ Daniel and Mark Webb Jr. are set to exhaust their eligibility after the 2020 season this fall. Another strong year of tape for draft-eligible juniors Tyson Campbell and Eric Stokes Jr. could vault them both into Day 2 picks (or higher) in the 2021 NFL Draft class. That's four of the team's five top cornerback options from the 2019 season. Former All-American Tyrique Stevenson could be the only holdover. He was certainly impressive during stretches at the 'STAR' positions last fall. With the nation's No. 1 cornerback prospect (247Sports Composite) seemingly off the board, where do the Bulldogs turn now to restock that depth chart with the 2021 recruiting cycle? With that, there are now three names that look to be the top options. DawgNation is also hearing that a fourth option could also be receiving increased consideration, too. Look for Georgia to take up to five defensive backs in this cycle. Georgia signed two elite cornerbacks in the 2020 cycle in 5-star Kelee Ringo and 4-star Jalen Kimber. Both of those were All-Americans and Ringo was also rated as the nation's No.1 cornerback in the last cycle. Defensive backs coach Charlton Warren already has a steadfast commitment from elite in-state safety David Daniel. Georgia will also park a scholarship as long as necessary for transcendent 5-star safety James Williams from South Florida. Look for Georgia to try to sign three highly-adaptable players who could line up on the island at cornerback or in the 'STAR' position to help offset the loss of a veteran like Webb. The first of those names would be another elite option from the junior college ranks like Daniel. He would be the one most ready to play right away. De'Jahn 'Nugget' Warren/4-star CB/Lackawanna Community College/Hyattsville, Md. Hgt./Wgt: 6-0/185 Rankings (247Sports Composite): Nation's No. 1 JUCO cornerback/No. 2 overall JUCO prospect Major contenders: Georgia, Oklahoma, Penn State and Tennessee Need to know: Warren looks to make his decision on Dec. 14. He has already established that he will give UGA his last official visit on Dec. 11 prior to that. Warren has taken notice of what Georgia did in signing D.J. Daniel from the JUCO ranks and quickly installing him as a mainstay starter in Georgia's top-rated defense in 2019. He's had significant twists in his career and he would have been in the 2017 recruiting class had his grades been in order in high school. He will be 21 in December and he actually had to walk-on at Lackawanna before quickly earning a starting position. Warren wasn't a well-known recruiting commodity prior to late last fall. He was going to need this spring and summer to figure out his recruiting process. He will lean heavily on each official visit when the ability to take those are once again permitted by the NCAA in the pandemic. 'I never call myself a goat, i leave that love to the people' -Lil Baby @GeorgiaFootball #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/f5xP5p5uqB De'Jahn 'Nugget' Warren (@Ayoooo_daeee) June 30, 2020 Highlight tape: Isaiah Johnson/4-star CB/Bluefield/Bluefield, WVa. Hgt./Wgt: 6-1/185 Rankings (247Sports Composite): Nation's No. 7 CB/No. 78 overall Major contenders: Georgia, LSU and Tennessee Need to know: Johnson is a terrific prospect in his own right and he has ties to the Atlanta area. He grew up in the Metro Atlanta area before moving away. The West Virginia resident took a big January visit to check out Georgia. He was actually with Grimes on that trip. He has the size and length that Georgia is looking for at the cornerback position. A specific timetable for when Johnson will make his college decision is not known. Johnson is one of those special talents that earned the invitation to compete at the national Opening finals last summer out in Texas prior to his junior season. He has been laser timed at 4.52 seconds in the 40. That was during his sophomore season. Highlight tape (sophomore year): Nyland Green/4-star CB/Newton High School/Covington, Ga. Hgt./Wgt: 6-2.5/190 Rankings (247Sports Composite): Nation's No. 8 CB/No. 88 overall prospect Major contenders: Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia and LSU. Need to know: Green has really improved and changed his body over the last two seasons. He's an impressive athlete with size and the ability to play cornerback. He also does not have a set timetable, but the recruiting industry has been trying its best to chart his preferences during the pandemic. He remains prioritized by Georgia, but he could see an uptick in interest after the Grimes decision. He has a vast upside due to his size and length. 247Sports has Green as the nation's No. 3 CB prospect on its own specific rating. It seems like Clemson was the team to beat a few months ago, but now the online trend seems to be pointing to Auburn. He will always have a high interest in Georgia so it will be interesting to see how this one develops over the next few months. If he waits until visits are restored to make his college commitment, then it seems like a few of the contenders here will still be on a level playing field. The first play on his highlight tape actually shows him taking a quick bubble screen to the house as a receiver. It illustrates the type of athletic ability here. Green is a prospect who could certainly earn fast time at cornerback or the 'STAR' position at UGA. Junior highlight tape: Damarius McGhee/4-star CB/Pensacola Catholic/Pensacola, Fla. Hgt./Wgt: 6-1/170 Rankings (247Sports Composite): Nation's No. 27 CB/No. 377 overall prospect Major contenders: Alabama, Georgia, Ole Miss and Tennessee Need to know: This is a relatively new name for DawgNation fans to get acquainted with. While he's rated a notch lower than the other three guys presented here, he does have some good tape. He's also a name that has only popped up over the last few weeks. The DawgNation message board forum has also brought him up recently as a name to key an eye on, too. McGhee has good tape, but it mostly shows his skills as a cover cornerback and not as a strong run support option. While his ranking isn't the same as the other three prospects presented earlier, his pure 247Sports rating aside from the composite lists him as a top 10 cornerback and among the nation's top 100 prospects. He'll have to put on a lot of weight to contend for early playing time in the SEC. He could also be an early option in the return game as he has good quickness in that role. He can contort his body to change direction without losing speed in space. Junior highlight tape: Looking for an in-state name to keep in the back of your mind? That would have to be Westlake senior Nathaniel Wiggins. Wiggins does have an offer from the Bulldogs, but he hasn't been prioritized by the Bulldogs so far as much as Grimes and the four names presented here. He's taken a hard look at both Oregon and USC as potential college options. Wiggins has great ability and he is in every right as talented as the quartet of names presented above. The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder played both ways last fall at Grady High in Atlanta and certainly has the talent to excel in the SEC. The 247Sports Composite has him as the nation's No. 10 CB prospect and at No. 123 overall, but his pure 247Sports rating pegs him as the nation's No. 7 cornerback for 2021. In my opinion, he seems to be a top 5 cornerback. He's simply that good. There's also the question that lingers about Grimes. There was some back-and-forth last month about whether or not he would reclassify as a 2020 prospect or remain in the 2021 class. That was due to concerns about canceling or even postponing the high school season this fall in Virginia. It now appears likely that Grimes will take the one summer class he needs to graduate early and then join the roster at North Carolina this fall. That would remove the chance for Georgia to try to flip him once visits return as a possibility. His father, Deon Glover, indicates that as the current plan in this tweet below. That's what happens when you put academics ahead of football. All he need is 1 class to graduate high school and he will take that class online and be done. Stanford didn't offer him early just because he can play football He is a stud in the class room as well https://t.co/uSGTrv83RK Coach Glover (@dhglover) July 1, 2020 Glover told DawgNation in the week leading up to his decision that the plan was for him to remain in the Class of 2021 and to take three of his officials after the June 30 commitment. That appears to have changed. The news of that possibility was first reported on Tuesday by Adam Friedman of Rivals.com. BREAKING: 5-star DB Tony Grimes has committed to #UNC and should be suiting up for the #TarHeels this season. Take a look at why he made the decision, the impact he'll make for #UNC, & why it's big for @CoachMackBrown & company https://t.co/PQYwFkWWgR pic.twitter.com/XKU6J224Yl Adam Friedman (@RivalsFriedman) June 30, 2020 Did you know the weekly DawgNation.com 'Before the Hedges' program is now available as an Apple podcast? Click to check it out and download. The post Georgia football: Checking the 2021 recruiting options after the Tony Grimes decision appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Tony Grimes announced his college decision live on several streaming national platforms on Tuesday evening. The nation's No. 1 CB prospect chose North Carolina from a field of four finalists from a commitment party from Virginia. 'The last three months have been interesting but I found out that I wanted to UNC about three months ago,' Grimes said on a live broadcast announcing his commitment. The Tar Heels were able to lean on the long-standing and local relationship established by defensive backs coach Dre' Bly. Bly was from the same Virginia Beach area as Grimes. He went on to become a two-time All-American at North Carolina and then spent 11 years in the NFL. He told him that he could put the nation's No. 1 CB prospect and the nation's No. 7 overall recruit on that same path. That was the pitch and Grimes felt good about that. The 6-foot, 180-pound cornerback chose the Tar Heels from a field of finalists which included Georgia, Ohio State and Texas A&M. Georgia recruited Grimes very hard here. Even to the point prioritizing him just as much as any target in the 2021 class. It must be noted that the 5-star CB does plan to take three of his official visits after the decision he made today. That will be worth noting going forward. The nation's No. 1 CB prospect (247Sports Composite) for 2021 has also recently announced his top 4 schools and that he would be moving up his commitment date some five months from a previously-planned December 1, 2020 date. Grimes becomes the 17th commitment and the highest-rated pledge for the Tar Heels in 2021. That moves Mack Brown's program up to the nation's No. 3 recruiting class for this cycle on the 247Sports Team Composite rankings. The 5-star CB announced on Father's Day morning was set to make the decision he did today. Committing June 30th @dhglover @Bubblesdnf @RivalsFriedman @BrianDohn247 @DemetricDWarren pic.twitter.com/GPNErk07hJ Tony Grimes (@757EliteDB) June 21, 2020 The 5-star recruit was able to take just one visit to Georgia earlier this year before National Signing Day for the 2020 class back in February. It was an impactful trip for the Bulldogs and the Grimes family. Georgia was basically hanging on by a thread as one of his top 12 schools prior to that trip. Grimes shared the reasons why with DawgNation in a lengthy conversation here. The Bulldogs quickly moved up as one of the core teams in his recruitment off that one trip. Texas A&M had the earliest momentum in this recruitment. They were also the first school to secure a future official visit prior to the pandemic. But the Aggies did lose substantial built-up relationship equity when former DBs coach Maurice Linguist took a similar position at the first of the year with the Dallas Cowboys. Ohio State has an impressive track record of sending cornerbacks to the NFL as first-round draft picks, but the staff recently brought Kerry Combs back from the NFL to serve as defensive backs coach and defensive coordinator. Combs returned to Ohio State in late January. Check out his junior highlight reel below. This clip from when he released his previous commitment date this year shows why he holds that ranking as the nation's No. 1 CB prospect for the 2021 cycle. Main Focus Committing December 1st 2020 @dhglover @Bubblesdnf @RivalsFriedman @PAHSCAVS @JBrumage2 @CoachYeager2019 pic.twitter.com/z5hXs6RYEz Tony Grimes (@757EliteDB) January 23, 2020 Tony Grimes: What might have been with UGA This is a decision that might have been different if not for the global pandemic. Grimes had hoped to learn more about Georgia back in mid-March. He had several planned visits prior to the shutdown of all on-campus recruiting activity. The 5-star had already planned an official visit that was going to be earlier this month to UGA. That was the official that Grimes and his father told DawgNation the Bulldogs had earned after that one trip to Athens earlier this year. He was set to take part in a 7-on-7 Tournament in Atlanta the weekend of March 15. There was a trip planned to see Georgia and Georgia Tech on that same weekend with a few of his 7-on-7 teammates. 'Of course we want to visit Georgia more,' his father Deon Glover said back in March. 'We love it. We love the coaches there. We talk to them all the time. I want to visit the program more with Tony to kind of get around the team a little bit. See the camaraderie and see how it all flows with being around them.' That was important back then. Even with that Dec. 1 deadline way down the road. 'We've been to enough schools to say Hey if push came to shove and we need to make a decision now we can make a decision now' and we've been to enough schools multiple times to be able to say that,' Glover said. 'At least with the schools we like. We've been multiple times. With the exception of Georgia.' They were about to do all the due diligence and research necessary to fix that. 'What's going on at Georgia is elite mimic energy that you see in Clemson and some of the other top programs,' Glover said back in March. 'With the program itself. We learned a lot when we were down there the first time and of course, we were going to go back this time in March and go back again in April.' 'We had an official visit set up for June 12. We had put the gas in there with Georgia. Trying to get as much as we can about Georgia in a short period of time. But with those other schools, we have already got enough information on them. For real.' RELATED: What kind of prospect is Tony Grimes? The very first get-to-know DawgNation profile The post BREAKING: Nation's No. 1 CB Tony Grimes has made his commitment appeared first on DawgNation.
  • UGA pitcher Cole Wilcox didn't get selected in the first round of first round of this month's MLB draft. But the right-hander with a fastball clocked at 100 mph sure got paid as if he was drafted that high. On Tuesday, Wilcox broke the MLB record for a signing bonus for a third-round pick by signing for $3.3 million bonus with the San Diego Padres, per multiple reports. Earlier this month, the 6-foot-5, 230-pounder was drafted in third round at No. 80 overall. His 'jackpot' of a bonus was more than four times the recommended bonus of $767,400 for the No. 80 spot, per the San Diego Union-Tribune's Jeff Sanders. Wilcox's payday broke the bonus record for a third-rounder of $3 million, ironically paid by the Padres to another player from last year's draft. Last spring before UGA's baseball season was canceled, Wilcox showed the scouts his all-star potential striking out 32 batters in 23 innings with a 1.57 earned run average. The Bulldogs had arguably the best pitching staff in the NCAA, as fellow Bulldogs pitcher Emerson Hancock was drafted No. 6 overall. Hancock signed for a $5.7 million bonus. The post UGA pitcher Cole Wilcox hits jackpot with record-breaking $3.3 million bonus appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Georgia football is the No. 1 topic every day on DawgNation Daily the daily podcast for Georgia Bulldogs fans. Catch up on everything happening with UGA athletics with host Brandon Adams and the DawgNation experts as they break down the latest Georgia football recruiting news and discuss coach Kirby Smart's quest to return the Bulldogs to the top of the SEC. On episode No. 1,227 (June 30, 2020) of the podcast, Georgia fans can hear a discussion about what could happen if five-star cornerback Tony Grimes chooses a school other than Georgia when he announces his commitment Tuesday night. Georgia football podcast: 'It's never over in recruiting' and that's probably good news for UGA Beginning of the show: Five-star cornerback Tony Grimes is set to announce his commitment Tuesday night, and Georgia is one of the finalists. However, there are plenty of fans and analysts that assume the Bulldogs won't win the battle for Grimes at least for now. Yet one of the most common refrains in recruiting is that the competition for a player's services doesn't end until he's signed his letter of intent. Georgia coach Kirby Smart has made that point before as well. I'll discuss more about Grimes on today's show including what happens next if he chooses a school other than UGA Tuesday night. 10-minute mark: I discuss a betting site's projection for the number of fans inside Sanford Stadium this fall. 15-minute mark: Former UGA wide receiver Sean Bailey joins the show. Some of the topics discussed include Reflections on Bailey's role in the 2005 SEC Championship Game win vs. LSU Thoughts on former UGA quarterback DJ Shockley who patiently waited for his chance at stardom with the Bulldogs The outlook for wide receiver George Pickens this season Wide receiver Dominick Blaylock's ongoing injury recovery And some advice for UGA's incoming freshmen receivers hoping to make a first-year impact 30-minute mark: I discuss where UGA ranked on The Sporting News' list of top programs of the decade. 35-minute mark: I share UGA defensive back Divaad Wilson's fond recollection of his interception last September vs. Notre Dame. End of show: I share the Gator Hater Updater. DawgNation Daily Episode 1227: It's never over in recruiting' and that's good news for UGA The post Georgia football podcast: It's never over in recruiting' and that's probably good for UGA appeared first on DawgNation.

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  • Several college students in Alabama who knew they had tested positive for the coronavirus still attended parties in Tuscaloosa, a city official said. Tuscaloosa Fire Chief Randy Smith said his department discovered the students had been attending parties around the city and in Tuscaloosa County over the past few weeks, WBMA reported. Smith revealed the information before a City Council meeting Tuesday, the television station reported. Smith said his department investigated rumors and confirmed the unnamed students had tested positive through local doctors’ offices and the state health department. “We had seen over the last few weeks parties going on in the county, or throughout the city and county in several locations where students or kids would come in with known positives,” Smith said. “We thought that was kind of a rumor at first. ... we did some additional research. ... not only did the doctor’s offices help confirm it but the state confirmed they also had the same information.” Tuscaloosa City Councilor Sonya McKinstry took it a step further, accusing students of organizing “COVID parties” to intentionally infect one another, ABC News reported. “They put money in a pot and they try to get COVID. Whoever gets COVID first gets the pot. It makes no sense,” McKinstry told the network. “They’re intentionally doing it.” The City Council unanimously passed an ordinance requiring people to wear face coverings while in public, hours after Smith addressed the lawmakers, WBMA reported.
  • Twenty-two years after Terrance Lewis was wrongfully convicted of second-degree murder, the city of Philadelphia awarded him nearly $6.3 million and a formal apology Tuesday. “The settlement can never repair or restore what has occurred in my life — period,” Lewis told WHYY, while also conceding the award left him “speechless” and that had he been standing when he received the news, his knees “would have buckled.” Lewis, now 41, was only 17 when he was sentenced to life in prison, and he spent 21 years fighting to prove his innocence before being released in May 2019 after Common Pleas Judge Barbara McDermott finally threw out the conviction, WPVI reported. Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney told WPVI the $6.25 million settlement can never give Lewis those years back, but it will fund his work to help others who are wrongly convicted. “I know that money alone cannot compensate Mr. Lewis and his family for the 21 years he spent incarcerated. And I know that much more must be done to reform our criminal justice system and to help the families and communities that have been torn apart by instances in which the system didn’t work,” Kenney said. Indeed, Lewis called the settlement a “kind gesture” but told WHYY that missing the funerals of several close family members during his incarceration can never be made right. “Up until this day, there’s still a hole in my heart that I wasn’t able to say my goodbyes,” Lewis said, referring to the 2012 death of his sister from a drug overdose and the 2013 deaths of both his younger brother and stepfather from cancer. In addition to ensuring his son, Zhaire, resumes his formal education, Lewis told WHYY he plans to build up the Terrance Lewis Liberation Foundation, which he founded to help others who have been released from prison after being wrongfully convicted. Read more here.
  • Stoney prevailed over Stonewall in Richmond on Wednesday. Mayor Levar Stoney, using his emergency powers, ordered the removal of the Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson statue from Monument Avenue, WTVR reported. Workers toiled through a thunderstorm to remove the statue of the Confederate general from its pedestal as hundreds of people watched, the television station reported. The dismantling of the statue took about 3 1/2 hours. In a statement, Stoney said he was using his emergency powers for the immediate removal of “multiple monuments in the city, including Confederate statues.” “As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to surge, and protesters attempt to take down Confederate statues themselves or confront others who are doing so, the risk grows for serious illness, injury, or death,” Stoney said. The mayor was going against the advice from Richmond’s city attorney, and gave the order several hours after the City Council delayed a vote on removing the Jackson statues and three others owned by the city, The Washington Post reported. A fifth statue is owned by the state, the newspaper reported. Once the statue was removed from its pedestal, it was loaded onto a flatbed truck and taken to an “undisclosed location,” a worker at the scene told WRIC. The Republican Party of Virginia said a news release that Stoney did not have the legal authority to remove the statue and called the Democratic mayor’s action a “stunt” that fuels the flames of the violent and chaotic protests.” “Richmond is no longer run by the rule of law -- it has devolved into anarchy,” Jack Wilson, chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia, said in the release. “The loudest group of protesters or rioters are in control at any given moment. Caving to mob rule tells the mob that their violence and looting is the way to make change and that law and order is irrelevant.”
  • Enough was just enough for Derick Lancaster. In what has now become a viral tweet, Lancaster, 22, quit his job as a delivery driver for Amazon mid-shift, leaving the keys in the ignition of his van – still loaded with packages – at a gas station in a Detroit suburb and caught a Lyft home. “It was immature and irresponsible on my end. At the same time enough is enough,” Lancaster told WXYZ of the Monday afternoon tweet that, as of Tuesday, had more than 218,000 likes and had been shared more than 25,000 times. reported. Lancaster told WXYZ he was frustrated with the long hours, number of deliveries and pay because he often pulled nearly 12-hour shifts to deliver more than 100 packages for $15.50 per hour. The final straw, he said, was missing his sister’s birthday party. “She was real upset with me,” Lancaster told the TV station. “There is no set schedule.” Lancaster told the Free Press that being late to his sister’s graduation party – coupled with the constant pressure to deliver more packages faster – finally took its toll. “This does not reflect the high standards we have for delivery partners,” Amazon said in an email to the Free Press. “We are taking this matter seriously and have investigated the matter and are taking appropriate action.” Lancaster did return to the Marathon gas station in Lathrup Village several hours after his online tirade to wait for someone from Amazon to pick up the van, he told the newspaper.
  • Authorities in Mexico City said gunmen broke into a drug rehab center and opened fire on Wednesday, killing 24 people and wounding seven others, The Associated Press reported. Police in the state of Guanajuato said the attack occurred in Irapuato. Three of the seven wounded were in serious condition, according to the AP. Guanajuato has been the location of a bloody turf battle between the Jalisco cartel and a local gang, according to the AP. No motive was given for the attack. Check back for more on this developing story.
  • LAKEWAY, Texas — Up to 300 teens in a Texas city may have been exposed to the coronavirus after a traditional “pongfest” party was held last month, officials said. “Pongfest” is a summer tradition enjoyed by many Lakeway high school juniors and seniors, but Mayor Sandy Cox is urging caution after she said several people in attendance at the June 20 party tested positive for COVID-19, KVUE reported. “Unfortunately, our caseload is probably going to increase and it’s because there was a very large party this past Saturday and it was a number of high school students, and some in attendance tested positive for COVID-19,” Cox said in a Facebook video. According to Austin Public Health, 300 teenagers attended the party, and some of the attendees were awaiting testing results, KXAN reported. Health officials said some of the tests came back positive, the television station reported. “Epidemiologists are asking that participation in gatherings be mentioned during their contact tracing investigations to help identify potential clusters,” Austin Public Health officials said in a statement to KVUE. “The virus often hides in the healthy and is given to those who are at grave risk of being hospitalized or dying. While younger people have less risk for complications, they are not immune from severe illness and death from COVID-19.” In an email to CNN on Wednesday, Cox said it is not clear whether the party led to a spike of positive cases in the area. Cox said Lakeway has had 105 positive cases, and 50 are active, the network reported. Cox said the city is working with Baylor Scott & White Health and will set up a testing site for people who attended the party. “We need anyone who went to that party to isolate for 14 days,” Cox said in the Facebook video. “And if you have been in contact with anyone else at that party, they need to isolate for 14 days. If you are symptomatic, go get tested.”