Friday, January 4, 2013
Georgia juniors arrive at UA Combine
By Kipp Adams
More than 150 of the top underclassmen prospects in the country were in attendance for registration to the Under Armour All-America Combine, several of which are from Georgia.
Massive OL looking to visit Wolverines
Orlando Brown Jr. is looking forward to visiting Michigan and other northern schools.
ESPN 2014 Watch List prospect Orlando Brown Jr. (Suwanee, Ga./Peachtree Ridge) should have no problem finding a place to play at the next level. At 6-foot-8, 370 pounds, the mammoth offensive lineman boasts offers from 36 programs, although he maintains eight of them are at the top.
“Right now my top eight are still Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio State, Oregon and South Carolina,” Brown Jr. said.
At the Under Armour All-America Combine, Brown Jr. is out to prove he is worthy of his offers by showing out against over 150 other top prospects from throughout the country. After that, Brown Jr. intends to work on setting up some visits to colleges over the next month, including one prominent program in particular.
“I would like to visit Michigan and a couple places up north,” Brown Jr. said.
Although he is a year away from making his decision, Brown Jr. knows what he hopes to find in his future college.
“I want an opportunity to play as a freshman, a place that has good academics and a school with a great head coach,” Brown Jr. said.
Watch list CB enjoys LSU visit, dream offers
Nick Ruffin (Atlanta/St. Pius X) is coming off a junior season in which he made 63 tackles, broke up four passes, had three interceptions, caused three fumbles, and added five tackles for loss. He is hearing from programs such as LSU, South Carolina and Florida State quite often, but two programs have been in constant contact with the 6-foot, 170-pound athlete.
“I talk to Vanderbilt and North Carolina every week,” Ruffin said. “Vandy likes me as a wide receiver and North Carolina likes me as a cornerback.”
Ruffin’s last visit was to check out LSU on Nov. 17 to watch the Tigers take on Ole Miss, where he was impressed with his time in Baton Rouge, La.
“I enjoyed my time in Death Valley,” Ruffin said. “The crowd was second to none and the atmosphere on a Saturday night was unreal.”
Over the next few weeks, Ruffin hopes to visit Michigan State, Ohio State, Florida and Notre Dame if possible as well. Although he already has several options to choose from, the two offers Ruffin still hopes to earn, coincidently enough, are set to play for the BCS National Championship next Monday.
“I would love an offer from Notre Dame or Alabama,” Ruffin said. “Those are two that I am working to get.”
Four standing out for coveted CB Green
Cornerback Wesley Green (Lithonia, Ga./King) says he has offers from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Auburn, LSU, Clemson, USC and South Carolina.
While Clemson had the lead earlier in Green’s recruitment, a coaching change has opened the door for another program to take the top spot for the 5-11, 165-pound cornerback.
“I was getting to know Charlie Harbison before he left for Auburn, so I will have to start over there,” Green said. “Clemson never gives up and they showed that in the Bowl Game.”
The Tigers are still in Green’s top four, along with Alabama, Florida and Georgia. The Bulldogs have made Green a recruiting priority from the beginning.
“Georgia is my home town team and they have been on me hard ever since they were the second school to offer me,” Green said. “I like them a lot because they talk about academics and that is important to me.”
Green said there are three things he is looking for in a future college program right now.
“I want a school with good academics, one that likes to play man-to-man and a coach that is going to work on you getting better without yelling at you all of the time,” Green said.
Two on top for 2014 LB Rogers
Korie Rogers (Buford, Ga./Buford) was a big factor in the Wolves’ path to its fifth state championship in the past six seasons. The 6-2, 220-pound linebacker had 84 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, seven sacks, four interceptions, two passes broken up, two caused fumbles and one fumble recovery through 14 games. Schools such as Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana-Lafayette, UNC and Penn State have offered Rogers so far.
Two programs are lead at the moment.
“Clemson and Georgia are on top right now because I like the atmospheres there and I feel like the entire town supports their program there,” Rogers said.
Tony Elliot is recruiting Rogers for the Tigers and inside linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti is recruiting him for Georgia. Their personality is what stands out to Rogers.
“Both of them are laid back and that fits me,” Rogers said.
Moving forward, Rogers is searching for a chance to play important snaps early.
“I just want to find a place where I can make an impact,” Rogers said.