NCF On The Trail: Tramel Terry

Signee Johnson fails to qualify

July, 22, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. -- Rico Johnson finally learned his fate on Monday.

The three-star receiver from Swainsboro (Ga.) High School announced on his Twitter account that he failed to meet NCAA eligibility standards and will not enroll at Georgia with his fellow 2013 signing classmates.

Johnson completed two online courses this summer in an effort to become eligible, but it was apparently not enough.

“Unfortunately NCAA didn't take my two online classes but I'm still rockin [with] DawgNation to the death of me. See [y’all] at the top!” Johnson tweeted.

Now Johnson will wait to learn whether he can enroll at a prep school this fall and potentially enroll at Georgia or another program next year or whether he must attend junior college.

Johnson was the last member of Georgia's 33-man signing class who was waiting to learn his NCAA fate.

Mark Richt’s coaching staff knew on signing day that Devondre Seymour (Suwanee, Ga./North Gwinnett) was not going to qualify with this class. The four-star offensive lineman has since announced that he will attend Hinds Community College and attempt to enroll at Georgia in 2015.

Receiver Uriah LeMay (Matthews, N.C./Butler) and defensive back Kennar Johnson (Clermont, Fla./Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College) arrived on campus late in the summer -- after the bulk of Georgia’s other signees -- leaving Rico Johnson as the only player with an undetermined status.

He was one of Georgia’s six 2013 receiver signees, led by No. 1 junior college wideout Jonathon Rumph (Cayce, S.C./Holmes Community College) and versatile ESPN 150 selection Tramel Terry (Goose Creek, S.C./Goose Creek) -- both of whom enrolled in January.

2015 ESPN 300 targets: Georgia 

July, 16, 2013
Football offers and commitments are occurring earlier and earlier. To keep in line with this new world of accelerated recruiting, ESPN announced its release of the initial ESPN 300 for the 2015 class on Tuesday.

The list is once again loaded with targets for Georgia. DawgNation takes a look at 10 targets to keep an eye on for 2015, in order of their ranking in the ESPN 300.

1. OL Mitch Hyatt (Suwanee, Ga./North Gwinnett)
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Lilly a key factor in UGA class 

February, 7, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. -- Multiple coaches had a hand in Georgia’s landing another top-10 signing class on Wednesday, but John Lilly might have been the standout in the collaborative effort. The Bulldogs’ tight ends coach played a key role in recruiting at least six of the Bulldogs’ 32 signees, including two of their top early enrollees.

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The One Who Got Away: Da'Rick Rogers 

January, 31, 2013

ATHENS, Ga. -- To this point, no decommitment has resonated more loudly during Mark Richt’s Georgia tenure than when Da’Rick Rogers flipped from the Bulldogs to Tennessee just before national signing day in 2010.

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Signing day primer: Georgia 

January, 23, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. -- With national signing day exactly two weeks from today, DawgNation looks ahead to what Georgia has coming and who the Bulldogs still need, and why.

Team needs: Georgia has a number of holes to fill, considering the defense is losing 10 players who started last season. All-American junior Jarvis Jones and two-year leading tackler Alec Ogletree have declared for the NFL draft, which means the incoming prospects will have to be ready to play early.

Also, consider that Georgia only signed one player for the secondary, one wide receiver and not one inside linebacker in the class of 2012. Those positions are a priority. The secondary is in special need of attention as both starting safeties and two starting cornerbacks were seniors this past season. The Bulldogs have decent depth at the outside linebacker spots but the SEC championship game proved Georgia needs help on the defensive line. Junior nose Kwame Geathers has also opted to leave early for the NFL, so Georgia needs to sign some quality prospects to fill in the defensive trench.

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Weekend Rewind: Southeast 

December, 17, 2012
There were several commitments over the weekend out of the Peach State, but the news that could have the biggest impact on 2013 comes from Palmetto State standout and ESPN 150 athlete Tramel Terry (Goose Creek, S.C./Goose Creek).

After having arguably the most impressive week of practice of any prospect in North or South Carolina for the Shrine Bowl, Terry suffered a knee injury on the opening kickoff of the annual All-Star game on Saturday.

According to Terry, the early prognosis from doctors was a torn ACL, although he will get a more definitive answer today when the results of the MRI come in. The No. 55 prospect in the country, Terry has the talent to potentially make an instant impact for the University of Georgia, where he plans to enroll early in just a few weeks. Whether or not he plays in 2013 or 2014 could depend on the news Terry gets today.

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Georgia commit Terry injures knee 

December, 15, 2012
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Georgia commit Tramel Terry, the 56th-overall prospect and 6th-ranked athlete in the ESPN 150, was carted off the field at The Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas shortly before halftime.

"They tell me I tore my ACL, but I don't know about that," Terry told ESPN RecruitingNation. "It feels fine to me. I'm going to have an MRI on it as soon as I get back to Charleston."

The Goose Creek (S.C.) athlete fumbled and was injured on the opening kickoff.

"I'm disappointed because I really wanted to go to the Under Armour All-America Game and shine there," Terry added. "It's going to kill me to sit on the sidelines and watch."

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Weekend Rewind: Georgia 

December, 3, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. -- After coming within 5 yards of playing for a national championship on Saturday, the Georgia Bulldogs really needed some good news on Sunday. To make matters worse, one of their top targets, wide receiver Ja’Quay Williams chose Texas A&M over Georgia on Sunday night. Missing out on a BCS bowl game did not help the mood in Athens, either.

Just when it seemed the Bulldogs could not catch a break on the field or on the recruiting trail, coach Mark Richt received a phone call. One of Georgia’s top targets, ESPN 150 athlete Tramel Terry (Goose Creek, S.C./Goose Creek) was on the line. Terry had gone quiet after a visit to Clemson, deciding to mull over how he would fit with the in-state Tigers. He had already decommitted from Georgia once and the pressure to remain in South Carolina weighed on him. Terry was torn between the two programs. But during the call to Richt, Terry revealed he had made a decision.

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ATH Terry to Richt: 'Solid' to Georgia 

December, 2, 2012
Next Friday, ESPN 150 athlete Tramel Terry (Goose Creek, S.C./Goose Creek) will celebrate his decision to enroll early at the University of Georgia. Although Terry was also considering Clemson after taking an official visit there in October, he did not intend on it being publicized as an announcement ceremony.

“Friday is a signing day celebration, it was never a press conference,” Terry said. “I am just excited to be a Georgia Bulldog. I am not sure why anyone ever put it out there like that. My guidance counselor just wanted us to have something together for all of us going to college because I am enrolling early.”

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Miller Safrit/ESPN.comTramel Terry on Saturday reaffirmed his plans to enroll early at Georgia and play for the Bulldogs.
Terry originally committed to Georgia last year at Dawg Night, only to reopen his recruitment a few months later. He would recommit to Georgia in March. During the past few weeks, the Tigers made a push for his services. Out of respect for Georgia, Terry chose to keep his thoughts to himself.

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New commit Rumph fills sizable WR need 

November, 21, 2012
The commitment of juco wideout Jonathon Rumph (Cayce, S.C./Holmes Community College) to Georgia is a big addition to the Bulldogs’ receiving corps -- pun intended. Georgia does not have a returning receiver on the team now or committed in the Class of 2013 who resembles the 6-foot-5, 215-pound Rumph. He is a large target -- something this recruiting class was missing.

As it stands, Georgia has commitments from wide receivers Reggie Davis (Tallahassee, Fla./Lincoln), Uriah LeMay (Matthews, N.C./Butler), and Rico Johnson (Swainsboro, Ga./Swainsboro). Athletes Tramel Terry (Goose Creek, S.C./ Goose Creek) and J.J. Green (Kingsland, Ga./Camden County) will play multiple roles on the offense as well, including slot receiver. Aside from LeMay, who stands at 6-2, this group of receivers is not known for size, but rather speed and technique. Rumph will be the wideout who creates the most mismatches with opposing corners. He is not fast like Davis or Terry, but in a red-zone situation he will present a nice option.

Georgia signed only one wide receiver in the Class of 2012, and Blake Tibbs redshirted this season. The coaching staff knew it would have to bring in some playmakers with the next class.

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Juco WR Rumph is UGA commit No. 29

November, 21, 2012
A day after adding a cornerback with the size coveted by secondary coach Scott Lakatos, the Georgia Bulldogs gained a commitment from a wide receiver with the size any college program would love to have. Juco wideout Jonathon Rumph, at 6-foot-5 and 215 pounds, announced his commitment to Georgia tonight at Spires Recreation Center in Cayce, S.C., his childhood stomping grounds.

“I chose Georgia because I love the atmosphere there, the fans, and how the coaching staff is filled with real people,” Rumph said. “They have my best interests at heart for me in regards to my career and my path to becoming a quality young man.”

Rumph chose Georgia over offers from Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Texas Tech, among others. In nine games this season, Rumph caught 44 passes for 575 yards and 3 touchdowns.

With the upcoming graduation of Georgia’s Marlon Brown and Tavarres King, Rumph sees an opportunity to make an impact in Athens.

“The situation at receiver is such that I feel I can come in, work my way up the depth chart, and have a good chance at earning a starting position,” Rumph said. “With my size, the pro-style scheme at Georgia is a perfect fit because it puts me in 1-on-1 matchups where I can be a big help to the offense.”

He also likes the potential for success at Georgia.

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Weekend Rewind: Georgia 

November, 19, 2012
Playing host to Georgia Southern was not quite the marquee matchup that drew a lot of recruits to Athens, Ga., this past Saturday, but two of the prospects that took in Georgia’s 45-14 win wound up being the talk of the town.

South Carolina cornerback commit Brendan Langley (Marietta, Ga./Kell) visited Georgia yet again. For those keeping count, the ESPN 300 defensive back has made the short trek to Athens for four of Georgia’s six home games. After the Ole Miss game on Nov. 3, Langley told DawgNation that he mainly visited because Georgia was close and it “was something to do.” But Langley also went to Auburn last week to see the Tigers host the Bulldogs. That trip raised eyebrows, as he has not mentioned Auburn as a likely destination. Returning to Athens on the heels of cornerback Steven Nelson’s (Warner Robins, Ga./College of Sequoias) decommitment from the Bulldogs last week also seems telling.

Langley’s best friend is teammate and Georgia safety commit Quincy Mauger. Both have spoken extensively about playing together in college. Langley maintains he is still “100 percent committed to South Carolina,” but his actions bear watching. He also plans to take an official visit to Georgia in the future.

The other visitor to Georgia that turned heads on the sideline before the game was ESPN 150 athlete Tramel Terry (Goose Creek, S.C./Gosse Creek). One of Georgia’s highest-rated recruits, Terry has taken a few visits to Clemson in the past month. He shut down communication with the media, and his coach, Chuck Reedy, said Terry was seriously considering the Tigers. Returning to Athens on Saturday with an official visit yet to be taken was a good sign for Georgia’s chances of hanging onto the four-star talent.

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Weekend Rewind: Southeast 

November, 12, 2012
• After decommitting from Clemson, No. 1 prospect Robert Nkemdiche (Loganville, Ga./Grayson) took an unofficial visit to Ole Miss with his parents, older brother and his father’s niece on Saturday. While there had been speculation that Nkemdiche could commit to the Rebels over the weekend, there was no public change in his recruitment. Nkemdiche and his mother have stated that no final decision is imminent, with his mother targeting national signing day and Nkemdiche saying he will probably announce in January but that he could also commit when it feels right. The Rebels are still considered the team to beat, but the longer his recruitment lasts, the more opportunities that programs such as Alabama, Clemson and Georgia will have to convince Nkemdiche that their program is the best fit for him.

• ESPN 150 defensive lineman Montravius Adams (Vienna, Ga./Dooly County) took an unofficial visit to Clemson over the weekend, giving his mother her first look at the Tigers. The visit went well, and Clemson has a chance to secure a coveted official visit from the No. 7 prospect in the country. Next up for Adams is taking in a high school game with ESPN 300 offensive lineman Brandon Kublanow (Marietta, Ga./Walton), a University of Georgia commitment who has become close friends with Adams over the past few months. Adams will take his mom on another unofficial visit to Alabama Nov. 24 for the Iron Bowl against Auburn. Then his official visits will begin, with LSU, Oregon and USC mentioned as three Adams plans to take. Clemson has positioned itself to have a strong chance at being No. 4.

• Another ESPN 150 target on campus at Clemson over the weekend was Tramel Terry (Goose Creek, S.C./Goose Creek), a University of Georgia commitment. Terry took his first official visit to Clemson last month, and returned after visiting Georgia Nov. 3 for the Ole Miss game. Clemson is selling Terry on making an impact in the backfield, while Georgia has mentioned the possibility of playing multiple positions in Athens. He told DawgNation after his official visit that he was solid to the Bulldogs and intended on enrolling early at Georgia, but his recruitment warrants monitoring with the return trip to Clemson. He is expected to take his official to Georgia next month.

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Bulldogs represent with 11 in ESPN 300 

November, 7, 2012

With Wednesday’s update of the ESPN 150 and ESPN 300, the University of Georgia maintains its prominent presence on both lists with four commitments in the ESPN 150 and 11 in the ESPN 300.

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Recruiting Rewind: Terry sticks with UGA 

October, 29, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia’s win over Florida was the Bulldogs’ most significant victory in the last five years. What effects the win will have on the recruiting trail remain to be seen. Some Georgia targets knew that vocal parts the Bulldogs’ fanbase were unhappy with Richt after the loss to South Carolina. Job insecurity is a disease to a recruiting agenda. Saturday’s win means that the Bulldogs’ are the odds-on favorite to win the SEC East for the second year in a row. A mollified fanbase and the chance to play for a championship will make Georgia’s sales pitch more effective.

The first result we might see would be a firming up of the commitments Georgia has. The Bulldogs have had four decommitments in the 2013 class -- not unusual with a class that could grow as large as 34. The Bulldogs have a lot of holes to fill and each commit that takes a visit to a rival program is cause for concern. One recruit that appeared to be wavering was ESPN 150 athlete Tramel Terry (Goose Creek, S.C./Goose Creek).

Terry visited Clemson recently and afterwards stopped giving interviews. His coach, Chuck Reedy, told DawgNation that Clemson had made a major play for Terry and that he would not be surprised if Terry flipped, and even Terry’s father said he had no idea where his son would end up going. Speculation has raged for weeks and Terry’s silence only served to unnerve the Georgia fans.

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