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Auburn A Finalist To Land Georgia Receiver

Auburn and Ohio State are the final two schools in the running for wide receiver JaQuay Williams from Sandy Creek High School in Tyrone, Ga.

Williams took an unofficial visit to Auburn last weekend.

“It was good,” Williams told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I met all the coaches and they took my family around and showed them a nice time.”

Williams has previously said he would also considered Alabama, LSU and Tennessee. His trip to Auburn helped convince Williams to narrow his list of schools.

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

Auburn has eight commitments for the class of 2012. Two of those prospects – defensive back Josh Holsey and tight end Ricky Parks – are Georgia residents.

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Auburn Lands Georgia Basketball Prospect

Shooting guard Jordan Price from Southwest DeKalb High School in Decatur, Ga., committed to Auburn during the weekend.

Price chose Auburn over scholarship offers from Georgia Tech, Memphis and Ole Miss. He committed to Auburn after taking an unofficial visit during the weekend.

The Auburn coaches were happy, they weren’t expecting it,” Price told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I called 4-5 hours after I left and it caught them by surprise.”

Price is Auburn’s second commitment for the class of 2012, following Shaquille Johnson from Milton High School. Johnson helped push Price to Auburn.

“Shaq was recruiting me for Auburn,” Price said. “It is going to be real fun playing with him in that system at Auburn.”

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Georgia Signee Has Fun Encounter With Country Music Singer

Ray Drew probably didn’t expect anything big to happen when he attended a concert by the Charlie Daniels Band in Valdosta, Ga., earlier this month.

Drew, a Georgia signee from Thomas Country Central High School in Thomasville, Ga., was attending the show with his younger brother. Drew and his brother waited in like many other fans to receive an autograph from Daniels.

While they waited, fans began to recognize Drew.

“There were other people in line that found out that I was going to play football at the University of Georgia,” Drew told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “and they started asking me for autographs while I was waiting for Mr. Daniels.”

Daniels noticed the crowd around Drew and found out he’s a future Georgia player and has a background as an ordained minister. Daniels was impressed and decided to share Drew’s story with the crowd.

“Ray Drew, where are you?” Daniels asked while he was on stage at the concert.

Daniels then invited Drew up on stage.

“Mr. Daniels said he was proud of the fact I was a minister,” Drew said. “He said if I was ever down and needed someone to pray with, just to give him a call.

“(Daniels) asked if he could say a pray for me. He did, and then I said a pray for him and his band ‘for safe travels.’ Then we left. It was a good time and lots of fun.”

Good story. And a refreshing one.

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Former Tennessee Signee Ware Has Plenty Of Options

Basketball prospect Kevin Ware was released from his national letter of intent by Tennessee last week.

That opened up the recruiting for Ware, a shooting guard from Rockdale County High School in Conyers, Ga. His recruiting has since taken off.

“It’s crazy with all the offers I’m getting, with it being this late in the year,” Ware told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I feel so blessed.”

Those offers have come from Georgia, Louisville, Central Florida and UCLA. He told the AJC that Louisville is currently on top of his list.

Ware has also received offers from Georgetown, Florida State, Baylor and Virginia.

Georgia’s recruitment of Ware could benefit from the decision of Trey Thompkins and Travis Leslie to go pro. Both players announced their intentions on Tuesday, although Leslie has left open the possibility of returning to college.

“That’s big for my decision with those guys leaving,” Ware said. “It definitely opens up a scholarship for me, and if (Leslie) sticks with the NBA, then it would give me the opportunity to compete for more playing time next year.”

Tennessee will still have an opportunity to hold on to Ware. New UT coach Cuonzo Martin plans to visit Ware, along with Memphis Melrose High School signee Chris Jones, on Thursday.

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Pagan Favors Georgia After De-Committing From Georgia

Defensive end Jeoffrey Pagan from Asheville (N.C.) High School has de-committed from Clemson, the second time he has done such a thing during the recruiting process.

Pagan, who originally committed to Florida before re-opening his recruitment in November,

I’m not committed anymore,” Pagan told the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee have all been linked to Pagan in the last month. He admitted that Georgia is leading the way.

“Oh yes, I’m excited about Georgia,” Pagan said.

Pagan shot down rumors that he is committed to Georgia. It could be an interesting final few days for Pagan, who earlier this month showed signs that his commitment to Clemson might not stick.

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Lineman Ward Becomes Georgia’s 22nd Commitment

Georgia has received a commitment from offensive lineman Xzavier Ward from Colquitt County High School in Moultrie, Ga.

I feel great about it,” Ward told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “I feel like it’s a great opportunity.”

Ward is Georgia’s 22nd commitment for the class of 2011 and 17th prospect from inside the state to give his pledge to the Bulldogs.

Georgia is trying to build what many are calling a “Dream Team” because of all the in-state talent choosing to play for their state school. Ward wanted to be a part of it.

“I almost waited too long,” Ward said of his offer from Georgia. “But I didn’t want to go too far from home and I liked the idea of playing in-state for the state school. Georgia’s got a lot of great players coming in now with the Dream Team and I wanted to be a part of it.”

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Georgia Offers In-State Receiver

Georgia has offered a scholarship to wide receiver DeMarco Robinson from M.L. King High School in Atlanta.

The offer came on Friday before Robinson scored two touchdowns to help M.L. King win a region championship.

Yeah, it was pretty good day,” Robinson told the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

What does the offer from Georgia mean to Robinson?

“It’s a real big deal to me,” Robinson said. “For the most part they’ve always been my favorite team. But as far as recruiting, it all depends on what they want me to play.”

Robinson would like to play wide receiver, but he could also play defense. He told the AJC he will find out on Monday which position Georgia wants him to play.

Kentucky, Louisville, Minnesota and Marshall have also offered Robinson.

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