INSIDER: Remember Joe Horn? And UGA back in contention for ex-commit

Remember Joe Horn? The former NFL wide receiver who played for the Atlanta Falcons has a son at Peachtree Ridge High School who is being recruited by D1 schools. The younger Horn, who also plays wide receiver, says he may be on the brink of committing to UCLA … BUT he’d like to get looks from UGA and LSU. How do the father and son, Joe Horn Jr., compare? Check out the video below …


UGA has had three de-commits in its 2013 football recruiting class, which is one of nation’s largest with 28 commitments.

WR Tramel Terry of Goose Creek, S.C., de-committed from UGA but pledged to the Bulldogs for a second time. Derrick Henry, the 5-star RB from Yulee, Fla., backed off his yearlong commitment to UGA in June, and said Tuesday on Twitter that he will announce on Sept. 27 between Alabama, Tennessee and UGA.

Will Kyrin Priester commit to UGA for a second time? (

Will Kyrin Priester commit to UGA for a second time? (

Then there’s Kyrin Priester, the speedy WR from Brookwood High School who committed to UGA only a few months after transferring from the Orlando area in April but opened his recruiting back up over the summer.

The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder was a surprise visitor at UGA’s season-opener last weekend because of his Brookwood teammate, linebacker Shaun McGee, who is committed to the Bulldogs.

“Shaun told me that the Georgia coaches had been asking about me,” Priester told the AJC. “I got tickets to the game and everything, and I liked it when I went up there.”

Priester liked his conversation with UGA wide receivers coach Tony Ball so much that the Bulldogs are now among his leaders, along with South Carolina and NC State.  “They told me there was a place for me if that’s where I want to be. Coach Ball said they still need another wide receiver, and if I got serious about Georgia and put them back on the table, I will have a scholarship there.”

Is Priester serious about UGA? “Yes. I like it at Georgia, and it’s close to home. I’m just looking at everybody right now.”

Priester said he will likely take a few official visits, including a trip to UGA, before making his final decision. He backed off his original commitment because “I just felt like I did it too early, and I just wanted to open things back up, to tell you the truth. I didn’t want to rush the decision.”

One last note: UGA may be on the brink of another de-commit. Trenton Brown, a JC offensive lineman from Georgia Military, is still listed as a UGA commit but named Florida as his leader on Tuesday after returning from an official visit with the Gators, according to’s Luke Stampini. Brown told the website. “I feel like they are being more upfront with me than Georgia, because Georgia didn’t say anything to me about playing guard when I went on my unofficial visit in early June.”

The 6-8, 350-pounder has taken official visits to Texas A&M, Ole Miss and Florida. He plans recruiting trips to Arizona on Oct. 25 and UGA on Nov. 25.

A STORY OF INSPIRATION: Louisville coach Charlie Strong was so inspired by a story on defensive end Lorenzo Mauldin of Atlanta’s Maynard Jackson High School that he tweeted a link to it. The ESPN profile noted Mauldin’s adverse background, including both parents being in jail while he was raised in foster homes. Mauldin committed to South Carolina but was not allowed to sign with the Gamecocks because they had too many commitments and he had not qualified yet. He ended up qualifying late and signed with Louisville. It has been a learning experience for the coaches. Said Cardinals assistant Clint Hurtt, “It was difficult for him to take coaching, difficult to take constructive criticism until he believed that person had his best interests in mind. He had put his trust in so many people and was always let down. He’s been through a lot of things that adults my age have never gone through.” You can read the story by clicking here.

Robert Nkemdiche is beloved by teammates for getting looks for them by colleges (AJC)

Robert Nkemdiche (AJC)

NKEMDICHE UPDATE: Robert Nkemdiche, Georgia’s first-ever prospect to be ranked No. 1 in the nation, will be presented his jersey for the Under Armour All-America high school all-star game at 2:10 p.m. Wednesday at Grayson High School. The other Georgia players selected for the Jan. 4 game which will be televised by ESPN are Milton DE Carl Lawson (committed to Auburn), Dooly County DT Montravius Adams (undecided), Sandy Creek DB Shaq Wiggins (UGA), Norcross RB Alvin Kamara (undecided), Ridgeland DB Vonn Bell (undecided), Camden County QB Brice Ramsey (UGA), Central Gwinnett LB Trey Johnson (Auburn), and Mill Creek DL Kelsey Griffin (undecided).

TO VISIT OR NOT TO VISIT: UGA LB commit Reggie Carter, who registered 19 tackles for South Gwinnett last Friday in his first full game of high school football in two years after recovering from a serious knee injury, is unsure if he will visit other schools than the Bulldogs. “I don’t know. It depends. Right now, I’m solid to Georgia.” What would it depend on? “I’m 100 percent to Georgia. If I visit another school, it will be because my parents or somebody in my family may want to see that school, because this is a once-in-a-lifetime thing, and I’ve got to take advantage of it.”

UGA RB target Alvin Kamara (AJC)

UGA RB target Alvin Kamara (AJC)

THE ALVIN KAMARA SHOW: Thursday’s WSB-TV/Me-TV 2.2 high school game between Norcross and Parkview features a boatload of college prospects Norcross is led by Alvin Kamara, who is mentioned as the state’s No. 1 prospect at RB (along with Walton’s Tyren Jones). Kamara has UGA and Alabama as his leaders. Norcross DB Shon Akins is committed to Cal, while DE Jahmal Jones (6-3, 220) has offers from Colorado State, Southern Miss and Marshall. Norcross also has two of the state’s top juniors in DE Lorenzo Carter (offers from Georgia Tech, Miami, Penn State, Tennessee, Arkansas and Vanderbilt, etc.) and RB Myles Autry (Georgia Tech, UGA, Tennessee, Florida State, Penn State, Miami, etc.). Meanwhile, Parkview is led by RB Chris Carson (offers from Miami, Indiana, South Florida, Colorado State, etc.), LB Kyle Williams (offers from Indiana, Troy, Colorado State and Air Force), DB Shaq Vereen (offers from Air Force, VMI and Northern Colorado), and WR Keanu Mole (offers from Georgia State and Tennessee State). Parkview junior DB Bryce Lewis (6-1, 175) was recently offered by Vanderbilt.





– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog

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