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08:14 AM ET 12.21 | According to Rodney Garner, his leaving Georgia for Auburn had more to do with returning to his alma mater than just about anything else. [Garner's] departure comes at a complicated time for Georgia. The Bulldogs are in the midst of recruiting their biggest class of the restricted-scholarship era -- around 35 in all -- and obviously Garner is the hub of that effort. Best known for attracting great defensive linemen to come play for him, Georgia has been considered a leader for junior college all-star Toby Johnson and 5-star defensive tackle Montravious Adams of Dooly County. Both signings could now be in jeopardy. "I'm kind of surprised, but it helps Auburn," Adams told 247Sports. "We have a great relationship. He's a great guy."

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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December 21, 2012  08:47 AM ET

So UGaly's recruiting class yesterday was touted as going to be #1 in the nation, and now is in deep doodoo?

Can we also say CMR is back on the hot seat too? Please? ;-)

December 21, 2012  08:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Can we also say CMR is back on the hot seat too? Please? ;-)

It wouldn't be the offseason without it.

December 21, 2012  08:58 AM ET

Come on Jones, go get those shaky UGaly recruits.

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December 21, 2012  09:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

So UGaly's recruiting class yesterday was touted as going to be #1 in the nation, and now is in deep doodoo? Can we also say CMR is back on the hot seat too? Please? ;-)

Does this put Tennessee back as the #1 recruting class. LOL. By the way do the Vols have a QB to replace Bray???

December 21, 2012  09:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

It wouldn't be the offseason without it.

True dat. Some things are just annual occurrences and shouldn't even be questioned.

December 21, 2012  09:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Does this put Tennessee back as the #1 recruting class. LOL. By the way do the Vols have a QB to replace Bray???

Yes. There's a 15-year old (BD 12/7) who has qualified for entry to Tennessee. Though he'd long since completed or tested out of the coursework, he was allowed to play football with a middle school team in 2011. In 2012, he was back-up QB for the local high school team. When the starter was injured in October, he entered the game in the second quarter and threw for 312 yards, 4 TDs, and 0 INTs. He finished out the season with 1687 yards, 23 TDs, and no INTs. He wants to begin classes at UTK in January and has petitioned to walk on to the Vols. Besides his age, issues include his current height (5'11&1/2") and weight (158 lbs). Jones and his staff have remained silent about the lad.

December 21, 2012  09:38 AM ET

Eric Berry's brother got to Tennessee yet?

December 21, 2012  09:40 AM ET

This could hurt our chances with the DTs we're recruiting but that's about it.....and foster too bc he's looking for a reason to use that tatoo. Grantham and Bobo are UGA's best recruiters tho.

December 21, 2012  09:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Yes. There's a 15-year old (BD 12/7) who has qualified for entry to Tennessee. Though he'd long since completed or tested out of the coursework, he was allowed to play football with a middle school team in 2011. In 2012, he was back-up QB for the local high school team. When the starter was injured in October, he entered the game in the second quarter and threw for 312 yards, 4 TDs, and 0 INTs. He finished out the season with 1687 yards, 23 TDs, and no INTs. He wants to begin classes at UTK in January and has petitioned to walk on to the Vols. Besides his age, issues include his current height (5'11&1/2") and weight (158 lbs). Jones and his staff have remained silent about the lad.

LOL, okay if you say so, but is he as good as that 13 years old that, LK recruited for USC a couple of years ago!!!! :-)

December 21, 2012  09:44 AM ET

Rodney Garner is a Georgia boy - born, reared & HS ball. He played his college ball at Auburn. At one time, he was Tennessee's recruiting champion, stealing Georgia prospects north to Tennessee, depriving schools in Georgia, Alabama, and SC. Richt wearied of his success against the pull of the Bulldogs and threw then unheard of sums at Garner to get him to come to UGA. Garner has paid dividends to Richt and the Dawgs ever since. Now, he's off to join Gus on the Alabama plains.

December 21, 2012  09:48 AM ET

The thing is, Georgia HS ball produces prodigious numbers of high quality recruits. UGA will get theirs, even as schools from neighboring states siphon off who they can. Predicting doom for Richt and the Dawgs is folly.

December 21, 2012  09:48 AM ET
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LOL, okay if you say so, but is he as good as that 13 years old that, LK recruited for USC a couple of years ago!!!! :-)

Humor, my used Trojan. Humor ;-)

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December 21, 2012  09:56 AM ET
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Neaux..They are 2014 kids....Dont discount Auburn for the twins... Its gonna be Aubie or UTk most likely

Jones and his staff need to make these boys a 2014 priority. But I think their hands are full at the moment trying to do some quick 2013 recruiting magic.

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December 21, 2012  11:23 AM ET
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UTk def has the advantage...for obvious reasons..But they are close to the kid that signed with Aubie, Hosley or sumtin like that

Your right, Josh Holsey are friends with the twins, from same High School.

Auburn is lucky to have Rodney Garner on the coaching staff.

December 21, 2012  11:26 AM ET
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UTk def has the advantage...for obvious reasons..But they are close to the kid that signed with Aubie, Hosley or sumtin like that

Dooley did his best to ruin that advantage, along with trying to ruin the entire foosball program.

With Trooper gone from Aubie that helps UTk though.

December 21, 2012  11:34 AM ET

A single player is the "hub" of an entire recruiting class? What a bunch of BS!! We are not lemmings!!!

I've been seeing this more and more in the media ... and from fans too. Longhorn message boards are full of this kind of BS.

 
December 21, 2012  12:05 PM ET
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A single player is the "hub" of an entire recruiting class? What a bunch of BS!! We are not lemmings!!!I've been seeing this more and more in the media ... and from fans too. Longhorn message boards are full of this kind of BS.

Word.

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