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Dawson Still Considering Georgia, Vanderbilt

Defensive end Josh Dawson from Tucker (Ga.) High School hasn’t made a final decision between Georgia and Vanderbilt.

I’m still 50/50 between two right now,” Dawson told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I’d probably say I’m still in the same place. I know I’m going to be doing a lot of thinking today and tomorrow. Hopefully, I will have my mind set on Tuesday and tell everybody on Wednesday.”

Dawson still considers himself a Vanderbilt “commit” but is very much undecided on his decision. Georgia is selling Dawson in the idea of staying in-state and playing different positions in defensive coordinator Todd Grantham’s defense.

“He talked about how he could use me, putting me in different areas and positions on defense,” Dawson said.

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Vandy Commit Dawson Visits Georgia

Vanderbilt defensive end commit Josh Dawson from Tucker (Ga.) High School was at Georgia this weekend for an official visit.

Dawson would be more suited to play outside linebacker in Georgia’s 3-4 defensive scheme. That means Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham would coach Dawson if he were to choose the Bulldogs.

“I didn’t really to talk to (Grantham) that much until the last few weeks,” Dawson told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Now we talk a lot. He’s a pretty cool guy. He’s very passionate with the way he coaches. It seems to bring out the best in his players. I don’t have any problems with it. I’m just waiting to see which way I go with (my recruiting).”

So is Vanderbilt in danger of losing Dawson, who’s considered the nation’s 20th-best weakside defensive end by Rivals.com?

“I’m still committed to Vanderbilt,” Dawson told the AJC. “They’ve shown me a lot of love for a long time, and that’s why I committed there. Vanderbilt is ahead and … I don’t know … what else to say. I’m leaving everything out on the table for now. I will take my visit to Vanderbilt next weekend and see how things go.”

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Jordan Jenkins Set To Announce

Jordan Jenkins will announce his college decision on Monday night.

The defensive end from Harris County High School in Hamilton, Ga., is considering Alabama, Auburn, Florida and Georgia. His announcement will air live on “The Next Class” on Fox Sports South at 7 p.m. eastern time.

Some have wondered if the timing of the announcement – 90 minutes before the start of the BCS Championship Game – is an indication that Jenkins will choose Alabama. Not so, according to Jenkins’ father.

“Yes, everybody thinks that,” Ronald Jenkins told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “We’ve heard those rumors, too. Actually, we were supposed to do it Tuesday. Then the network wanted to change it to Monday, not us.”

That’s led to different opinions on which school will land Jordan Jenkins, who’s ranked the No. 5 defensive end in the country by Scout.com.

“We’ll see what happens,” Ronald Jenkins said. “I’m his father and I’m telling 100 percent that I don’t know where he’s going right now. I know where he said he’s leaning … I’ve got a funny feeling that it’s going to be interesting.”

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Kentucky Adds Two Commitments To 2012 Class

Kentucky added commitments during the weekend from running back Shadrach Thornton from Hinesville, Ga., and linebacker Kadeem Thomas from Tallahassee, Fla.

Kentucky will still have work to do in its recruitment of Thornton. He told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution he plans to take other visits before he makes a final decision.

“I’m going to take my official visits to Georgia Tech and N.C. State,” Thornton said. “If I feel the same way about Kentucky after all of that, then I will pick those guys.”

The commitment from Thomas appears to be more solid. He told CatsPause.com his recruiting is over now that he’s chosen the Wildcats.

“This ends it,” he told the website. “Not it’s time for me to focus on my team, getting to state and then I’ll be going to Kentucky.”

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Defensive Back Jones Commits To Auburn

Defensive back Jonathan Jones from Carrollton (Ga.) High School committed to Auburn during the weekend.

Jones chose Auburn over Mississippi State and Georgia. Other schools to offer include Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Boston College, Illinois and Stanford.

“I liked everything about Auburn, from the winning tradition to the coaching staff, along with the proximity from home,” Jones told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Coach (Gene Chizik) made it feel like one big family at Auburn, and that’s one thing I really liked.”

Jones is Auburn’s 14th commitment for the class of 2012.

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Jason Croom Set To Announce Decision

Wide receiver Jason Croom from Norcross (Ga.) High School will announce his college this afternoon at 3 eastern time.

Croom, who’s ranked the nation’s 42nd-best wide receiver by ESPN.com, will choose between Mississippi State and Tennessee.

The colleges love his ability,” Norcross coach Keith Maloof told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“He’s big, he’s 200 pounds. He’s 6-foot-5 and he can run. He can get behind the secondary. He can run the possession routes. He can block outside on the corners. Just about everything he does is good.”


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Tight End Freitag Has Decision Date Set

Kurt Freitag has his four finalists.

Now the tight end from Buford (Ga.) High School just has to choose a favorite.

Freitag will choose among Alabama, Florida, Florida State and Miami on Sept. 10, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He had also considered offers from schools such as Auburn, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi State, South Carolina and Georgia Tech.

Freitag is considered the nation’s 19th-best tight end by Rivals.com.

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Georgia Defensive End Nearly Committed To Florida

Defensive end Jhaustin Thomas from Columbia High School in Decatur, Ga., nearly committed to Florida during a visit to Gainesville earlier this month.

At first, I was going to do it,” Thomas told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Then I decided I wanted to visit some other schools to have something to compare with Florida, and to be sure I’m making the right choice. Because once I commit, it’s over.”

It could be over for every school but Florida and South Carolina. Thomas told the AJC the battle for his services is down to the Gators and Gamecocks.

That position could change, of course. Thomas said he plans to visit South Carolina in July and is considering taking trips to Alabama and Clemson.

Thomas said he would like to commit to a school before his senior season begins. Columbia coach Mario Allen believes that’s a good idea.

“I’ve been trying to encourage Jhaustin to consider committing this summer because once football season is over, he goes straight into basketball,” Allen said. “He’s one of the better basketball players in Class AAA. He won’t have time (to take official visits) and see the schools like he really wants to do. We’ll see how it all pans out. He has a lot of upside, a lot of upside.”

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Georgia Defensive Back Chooses South Carolina

Defensive back Rico McWilliams from Lovejoy High School in Hampton, Ga., committed to South Carolina on Thursday.

McWilliams chose the Gamecocks over offers from Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Nebraska, Purdue and South Florida. He gave his commitment to South Carolina defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward.

It just felt like the timing was right to do it,” McWilliams told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Coach Ward knew I loved the school and had been on for me awhile about committing. It’s my school. It was the time to do it.”

Williams is the seventh prospect to commit to South Carolina’s class of 2012. Four of those prospects are from the state of Georgia.

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Williams Becomes Auburn’s 10th Commitment

Wide receiver Ja’Quay Williams from Sandy Creek High School in Tyrone, Ga., committed to Auburn on Thursday.

Williams chose Auburn over Ohio State. Alabama, LSU and Tennessee were also in the mix.

“Auburn has one of the best wide receiver coaches in the country,” Williams said of Trooper Taylor. “It’s a great tradition down there, and I like the offense. They’ve really been on a hot streak with recruiting.”

Williams is considered a four-star prospect by Rivals, Scout and 247Sports. He’s the 10th commitment for Auburn’s class of 2012.

“I think Auburn is getting a really talented football player with a huge upside,” Sandy Creek coach Chip Walker told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “He has a good frame, lots of strength and great hands. There are some things he needs to improve on, like route running, and he knows that. But he’s a kid with a lot of upside.”

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