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Report: Harvey-Clemons To Join Ex-UGA D-Coordinator Grantham At Louisville

Strong safety Josh Harvey-Clemons (25) (Photo by Perry McIntyre Jr.)This fall, defensive back Josh Harvey-Clemons won’t be playing for the same team he did a year ago.  But he might be working for the same coach.

The grandfather of the former Georgia Bulldgo told InsideTheVille — the 247sports site covering Louisville athletics — that his grandson plans to transfer to Louisville where he will be reunited with former UGA defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.  Harvey-Clemons is on the market after being dismissed by Georgia.  The former five-star recruit had reportedly violated the school’s strict drug policy on more than one occasion, leading first to suspensions and then to his ouster in mid-February.

“He wants to stick with Coach Grantham and his defensive system,” said Woodrow Clemons.  ”That ‘star’ position that he’s able to play safety and outside linebacker and cover the back coming out or able to rush the quarterback.  We kind of like that.”

Harvey-Clemons will have to sit out this season before returning to the field in 2015 with two years of eligibility remaining.

The defensive back recorded one interception for Georgia last season and he recovered one fumble.  He was third on the Dawg defense with 65 tackles.

But he might best be remembered — by Georgia and Auburn fans alike — for being one of the guys who batted a last-second pass into the air which led to this…

 

Auburn Hail Mary Miracle TD Catch vs Georgia

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Richt Confirms UGA Safety Harvey-Clemons Will Miss Opener

mrsec-breaking-newsSpeaking from Destin, Florida and the SEC spring meetings, Mark Richt has confirmed that starting safety Josh Harvey-Clemons will not be on the field for Georgia’s season-opening game at Clemson.  Harvey-Clemons was caught smoking marijuana in a UGA dorm room on May 15th.

Georgia’s drug policy requires a first-offender to miss 10% of his team’s competitions.  Richt addressed the matter today, but he didn’t say much:

 

“Here’s what I’ll say on that: Josh Harvey-Clemons is going to miss the first game of the season.  That’s all I’m going to say.”

 

Harvey-Clemson — a rising sophomore — played in eight of Georgia’s 14 games last season.

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UGA Starting Safety Could Miss Opener Due To Pot Incident; Time For A Uniform SEC Drug Policy

marijuana-leafGeorgia could be without starting safety Josh Harvey-Clemons when the Dawgs open their season at Clemson on August 31st.  According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the sophomore-to-be “was implicated in an incident involving marijuana in a UGA dorm room on May 15.”

Also involved in that incident was tight end Ty Flournoy-Smith who was arrested in a separate incident in February.  Just last week, Mark Richt encouraged Flournoy-Smith to transfer to a junior college.

On the 15th, UGA campus police were called to a residence hall by an RA who smelled marijuana emanating from a dorm room.  Police found Harvey-Clemons and Flournoy-Smith inside.  No wacky weed was found in the room, but the police report said the players “exhibited signs of marijuana ingestion” and that one of the players admitted that the pair had “smoked a blunt.”

Georgia’s drug policy — which is one of the toughest in the SEC — calls for a first-time offender to be suspended for 10% of his team’s competitions.  In this case, neither player was arrested, but the issue was reported and documented.  Therefore, it’s likely Harvey-Clemons will miss at least one game for choosing to smoke that blunt.

We at MrSEC.com have been calling for the SEC to adopt a uniform drug policy since 2010.  The league’s 14 schools currently have different policies ranging from very strict to ridiculously lenient and — at some point — those differences provide a competitive advantage for schools that look the other way more often.

To date, the SEC’s leaders have said that they don’t want to give the league office the power to rule on their athletes’ drug violations.  It’s time for Mike Slive — as in this week during the SEC meetings — to convince the conference’s presidents that a universal plan is in the SEC’s best interest.

SEC revenue is set to boom with the advent of the new College Football Playoff, the new SEC Network, and the new Sugar Bowl.  More than ever, the SEC can afford to hire one company to handle all testing, administering the same number and the same types of tests to each and every school.

The schools would have to be trusted to report all drug violations to the league office, of course.  But assuming they would do so, the league would then hand down a ruling based on a predetermined set of penalties for failed tests or drug-related arrests.  For example:

 

First-offense:  No penalty, enter counseling program

Second-offense:  Miss 10% of games

Third-offense:  Miss 50% of games

Fourth-offense:  Permanent dismissal

 

Based upon SEC schools’ existing policies, some would no doubt say our example is too tough while others would say it’s way too easy.  Either way, such a policy would play the same for everyone and that should be the goal.

Here’s hoping Harvey-Clemons’ decision to spark up a joint two weeks ago will help spark some conversation about a uniform drug policy during the SEC’s meetings this week.

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SEC’s Biggest Catches For 2012

This fall will bring another year with an abundance of talent entering the SEC.

Just look at the national rankings and you’ll see the SEC easily outpaced the rest of the nation. That means we should expect to see immediate results from this year’s group of signees.

Here’s a look at the top get for each team’s class in 2012.

Alabama
DB Landon Collins – Dutchtown, La.
It helps the Crimson Tide stole him away from rival LSU. Alabama is once again reloading on defense with so many players headed to the NFL. Alabama’s list is the toughest to pick just one player, but Collins is a good start. He has star potential.

Auburn
OL Avery Young – Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Auburn picked up Young on Signing Day after beating out the likes of Florida, Georgia and Miami. Young projects to be an elite offensive tackle in the SEC and new offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler is happy to have him.

Arkansas
LB Otha Peters – Covington, La.
The Razorbacks stole Peters away from Tennessee the day before Signing Day. Arkansas needed a strong finish and got that by landing Peters, who should be able to play for the Razorbacks this fall.

Florida
OL D.J. Humphries – Charlotte, N.C.
The Gators have a terrific class and it starts with Humphries, who some consider to be the top offensive tackle in the nation. Florida’s staff did a great job recruiting the state of North Carolina. Humphries is at the top of the list.

Georgia
LB Josh Harvey-Clemons – Valdosta, Ga.
His recruitment brought plenty of drama toward the end, but Harvey-Clemons is a big-time get and should fit in well with Todd Grantham’s defense. Harvey-Clemons could also help Georgia’s future recruiting efforts in Valdosta.

Kentucky
QB Patrick Towles – Ft. Thomas, Ky.
Towles helps fill Kentucky’s most important position of need. He has plenty of size (6-5, 230) and the Wildcats would love to see him help early. He’ll have competition from fellow quarterback signee Jalen Whitlow.

LSU
WR Avery Johnson – Pompano Beach, Fla.
LSU hopes he can be the next in line of what has been a great group of receivers in Baton Rouge. Johnson won’t have to carry the group immediately thanks to Odell Beckham Jr. and Russell Shepard, but look for big things in Johnson’s career.

Ole Miss
DE Channing Ward – Aberdeen, Miss.
Ward helped lead a strong finish for first-year Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze. Ward is one of the top in-state prospects and gives credence to the job many people expect Freeze to do in Oxford. Landing Oxford, Ala., safety Trae Elston helped add to Freeze’s defensive efforts.

Mississippi State
DE Denico Autry – Scooba, Miss.
Mississippi State is expecting an immediate impact from this junior college player. Autry is an early enrollee and will have a chance to start right away. He’s a big defensive end with an ability to rush the passer.

Missouri
WR Dorial Green-Beckham – Springfield, Mo.
This one is without debate. Green-Beckham could be the top prospect in the nation regardless of position and Missouri hopes he can be a game-changer as soon as he arrives on campus. Quarterback James Franklin will be thrilled to have Green-Beckham on his side as the Tigers enter the SEC.

South Carolina
WR Shaq Roland – Lexington, S.C.
Roland has the potential to be the next standout wide receiver in Steve Spurrier’s offense. The Gamecocks need immediate help now that Alshon Jeffery is off to the NFL. Roland and running back signee Mike Davis should keep South Carolina’s offense on track.

Tennessee
WR Cordarrelle Patterson – Hutchinson, Kan.
Landing the nation’s top junior college prospect on Signing Day was a great way to finish for Tennessee. The Vols should have an explosive offense with Patterson and returning wide receivers Justin Hunter and Da’Rick Rogers. The happiest man in Knoxville? Quarterback Tyler Bray.

Texas A&M
RB Trey Williams – Spring, Texas
Williams could be the next big-time running back to make an immediate impact in the SEC. There’s a reason every SEC team wanted Williams even before A&M had decided to enter the league. Let’s see how first-year coach Kevin Sumlin uses Williams in the Aggies’ new offense.

Vanderbilt
RB Brian Kimbrow – Memphis, Tenn.
Kimbrow helped bring early attention to Vanderbilt’s class when he committed to the Commodores in July. Kimbrow is a U.S. Army All-American and could have chosen Tennessee, Ohio State or just about any other school in the SEC. Head coach James Franklin will try immediately to get the ball to Kimbrow.

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Harvey-Clemons Sends LOI To UGA With Gramps’ Signature

The word bouncing around Mark Richt’s noggin this morning: Finally.

Five-star Valdosta linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons finally sent in his signed Letter of Intent to Georgia coaches this morning, almost 24 hours after committing to the school live on ESPNU.

Harvey-Clemons’ grandfather had initially disappeared himself so as not to sign the document until the rest of the family could take one last swing at pushing their loved one to Florida instead of Georgia.  Didn’t happen.  The Peach State’s top-rated player is a Dawg.

The only thing still left to figure out: Did Richt commit a secondary violation by discussing Harvey-Clemons on ESPN after the player committed but before his scholarship papers arrived?  By the letter of the law, seems so.

But in most cases, we lean a lot more toward Andy Taylor than we do Barney Fife here at MrSEC.com.  If UGA has to file paperwork over this bizarre set of circumstances, the NCAA is killing trees for no reason.

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Huh-Oh, UGA Commit’s Grandfather Hasn’t Signed LOI

So much for Georgia having a great finish.  So much for Landon Collins’ mother and Gunner Kiel’s mother competing for “Guardian of the Year” honors.

After committing to the Bulldogs live on ESPNU this morning, Josh Harvey-Clemons still hasn’t sent in his Letter of Intent to UGA.  That’s because the star linebacker’s grandfather hasn’t signed the LOI yet.  And as Harvey-Clemons’ legal guardian, Gramps has to ink the pact to make it all legal-like.

The player’s uncle, Roy Hart, tells the AJC that his nephew’s decision surprised most people in the family.  They expected the Valdosta native to sign with Florida or Florida State.  ESPN reports that the family preferred Florida.

So will 51-year-old Woodrow Clemons eventually sign his grandson’s LOI?  “… he’s going to sign, from what I understand,” said Hart.  Okay, but will that be today?  “I don’t know.  I don’t know where his grandfather is.  He has kind of been missing in action, so to speak.  I can’t get him on the telephone.”

CBSSports.com reports — via a source — that his family is “advising (Harvey-Clemons) to reconsider attending Florida before making a final decision.”

Mark Richt has said he’s not worried about losing Harvey-Clemons.  We’ll see.

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Josh Harvey-Clemons Picks Georgia

Star outside linebacker John Harvey-Clemons from Valdosta, Georgia has made his pick between Florida, Florida State and the home state Bulldogs. 

And the winner is… Georgia.  Big get for Mark Richt.

“It felt like home and they seem like they want to win and compete for championships,” Harvey-Clemons said of UGA.

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Harvey-Clemons Sticks With Four Candidates

Linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons from Lowndes High School in Valdosta, Ga., will have four candidates when he announces his college decision on Wednesday morning.

Harvey-Clemons, who’s scheduled to announce his choice on ESPNU at 9 eastern time, will choose among Florida, Georgia, Florida State and Miami.

There were reports that Harvey-Clemons would trim his list to two schools on Tuesday night but that didn’t happen.

It would have helped the schools who are out of the running to know heading into Wednesday. That would have allowed those schools to know more about their numbers situation with Signing Day fast approaching.

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Harvey-Clemons Is Done Talking

Linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons won’t have anymore contact with the schools he’s considering before he announces his decision on Wednesday.

Harvey-Clemons, who plans to announce his choice at 9:05 eastern time on Wednesday morning, is considering Florida, Georgia, Florida State and Miami.

Miami is considered a “co-leader” with the other three schools but the Hurricanes might be fighting an uphill battle, according to Harvey-Clemons’ grandfather, Woodrow Clemons.

And it will be tough to catch up. Clemons said his grandson won’t have any contact with the schools before he announces his decision.

“The questions have been answered,” Clemons told the AJC. “We have to talk, and then Josh has just got to utter the words out of his mouth on Wednesday morning.”

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Harvey-Clemons Still Considering Four Schools

Linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons from Lowndes High School in Valdosta, Ga., will consider four schools before he announces his college decision on Wednesday.

“I guess we’ll see then,” Harvey-Clemons told ESPN.

He’s seen Florida, Georgia, Florida State and Miami. The first three schools on the list appear to be in the strongest running for Harvey-Clemons.

Rumors have circulated recently that players at Lowndes High School don’t have a good relationship with Georgia. Harvey-Clemons said that isn’t the case, at least for him.

“From my standpoint it’s not,” he said. “I don’t know about the previous players but I have no problem with Georgia.”

Harvey-Clemons shares his thoughts on each school in the video below.


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