Three-star UGA signee not cleared by NCAA, won’t play in 2013


For the second time since February’s National Signing Day, Georgia has lost a member of its 2013 class.

Rico Johnson confirmed to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he was not cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse and will not play for the Bulldogs in 2013.  The issue arose after two online classes the wide receiver took were not approved by the NCAA.

“t’s upsetting, because I did what I was told within the matter of time it was supposed to be done and within the rules,” Johnson told the Journal-Constitution. “It’s upsetting, but that’s life.”

As for his next step, Johnson told the paper that he will wait to hear from UGA on whether to attend prep school or junior college.

Johnson was a three-star member of UGA’s 2013 recruiting class, rated as the No. 82 receiver in the country by  he was the No. 56 player at any position in the talent-rich state of Georgia.

DeVondre Seymour, the adopted son of former UGA great Richard Seymour, was also a three-star member of the Bulldogs’ latest recruiting class and did not qualify.  The offensive lineman will take the prep school route in the hopes of getting back to Athens.

Utah State player upgraded to fair condition after collapse

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Utah State redshirt freshman wide receiver Josh Davis is in fair condition on Friday, one day after collapsing at spring football practice following sudden cardiac arrest, the university announced.

Davis, initially was listed in critical condition, was breathing on his own. He is in the intensive-care unit at McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden, Utah.

Davis’ parents arrived in Utah on Thursday evening.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Davis, who is from Carlsbad, California, collapsed at Merlin Olsen Field and was immediately treated by the training staff, the university said. He was taken to Logan Regional Hospital.

The university said Davis was stabilized in the Logan hospital before being moved to Ogden.

Alabama suspends freshman defensive back after drug arrest

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama freshman defensive back Tony Mitchell has been suspended from the team following his arrest on a drug charge.

Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said Monday after the first practice of spring that Mitchell was suspended from the team “and all team activities until we gather more information about the situation and what his legal circumstance is.”

The Holmes County Sheriff’s Office arrested Mitchell and another man, Christophere Lewis, last week on a charge of possession of marijuana with the intent to sell or deliver, according to a post on the department’s Facebook page. Lewis also was charged with carrying a concealed gun without a permit.

“Everybody’s got an opportunity to make choices and decisions,” Saban said. “There’s no such thing as being in the wrong place at the wrong time. You’ve gotta be responsible for who you’re with, who you’re around and what you do, who you associate yourself with and the situations that you put yourself in. It is what it is, but there is cause and effect when you make choices and decisions that put you in bad situations.”

Mitchell, who is from Alabaster, Alabama, was a five-star prospect rated the 34th-best player and No. 3 safety in the 247Composite rankings.

Mitchell was driving the vehicle during a traffic stop. After deputies smelled marijuana, Mitchell picked up a baggie of marijuana from the passenger floorboard, according to the department’s Facebook post.

Sheriff’s deputies found “an additional significant amount of marijuana, a set of scales, a loaded handgun between the passenger seat and center console, and a large amount of cash,” according to the department’s Facebook post.