Recruiting: Should Josh Harvey-Clemons' Family Let Him Make His Own Decision?
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When he was Florida's football coach, Urban Meyer once told the assembled media at a Gator fan gathering in Jacksonville that he liked to figure out who the top local prospects are as eighth-graders and who the top state and national prospects are by the time their freshman seasons are complete.
So, knowing he can't be alone in following that philosophy (or one similar), you have to figure elite prospects like Valdosta (Ga.) Lowndes 5-star outside linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons and his family have had a long time to come to a firm decision on where he will play his college ball.
So, what in the heck is going on right now?
Shortly after 9 a.m. EST, Harvey-Clemons grabbed a red and black hat and announced on ESPN that he would be attending Georgia.
No doubt that excited the Bulldogs coaching staff, which knew it was in a Dawgfight, so to speak, with Florida and Florida State for Harvey-Clemons' signature.
There's just one problem.
For recruits who have yet to turn 18 years old, it is a requirement that parents or guardians also sign the national letters of intent. And Harvey-Clemons' grandfather/guardian, Woodrow Clemons, apparently isn't too keen on Josh going to Athens.
According to ESPN, the elder Clemons would like to see his grandson matriculate in Gainesville and might be the reason the signing—once deemed a foregone conclusion following Harvey-Clemons' announcement—has been delayed.
Where should Josh Harvey-Clemons play college football?
Without being a part of family conversations, it is difficult to question Woodrow Clemons in any way.
This is a man who no doubt loves Josh—raising him after his parents both passed away—and only wants what is best for his grandchild. There is no reason to believe otherwise.
But now, there may be an additional problem.
After watching Harvey-Clemons make his announcement, Georgia coach Mark Richt somewhat carelessly told ESPN "I'm sure glad he became a Bulldog. He's a great kid, and he's so versatile. He can play inside linebacker, outside linebacker, he can rush the passer, and, quite frankly, he's quite a wide receiver, too."
The issue there is that commenting on unsigned players is a secondary NCAA violation. That is why you never hear coaches talking about commitments prior to receiving a signed national letter of intent.
That said, Harvey-Clemons has reiterated to ESPN's DawgNation since committing that he wants to be a Bulldog.
What will end up happening?
That should be solved soon. We think...
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