Georgia sports: Comings and goings

semerson@macon.comApril 8, 2013 

ATHENS - Here are a few tidbits to pass along as you start your week:


Is Tony Parker no longer a candidate to transfer to Georgia? That would appear to be the case if you assume his tweet from late Sunday night ("UCLA I'm a Bruin") means a long-term commitment. For what it's worth, Parker told a UCLA beat writer on Saturday he was still undecided. So maybe he changed his mind, maybe he could change it back ... Again, when it comes to recruiting and transfers you never know for sure.


There was a lot of recruiting news over the weekend, which we confess we coouldn't get to because of spring game coverage. So let's catch up:

- Scratch tailback Stanley Williams from Georgia's commitment list for 2014. Williams had been committed since the summer of 2011, before his junior year of high school, but according to various recruiting analysts Georgia had backed off of Williams. The Bulldogs appear to be focusing on several higher-rated tailbacks for the upcoming class, notably Nick Chubb.

- There was a commitment for the 2016 class: Receiver Christian Owens of Griffin High School, who is listed at 6-foot-5 and 205 pounds. Owens is the lone official commitment for Georgia's 2015 class thus far. I suspect that will change.

What's next

- The NCAA deadline for players to commit for the NBA draft is a week from today. So perhaps we'll hear something from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope this week. But the most important deadline for KCP is the NBA deadline in May, because he can let the NCAA deadline pass and then enter the NBA draft later if he wants. At press time, there's no word on a pending Caldwell-Pope decision, and the sense around the building is it could go either way. The reigning SEC player of the year is still attending classes and has not moved out of his dorm.

- The football team has two more practices this week, Tuesday and Thursday. We'll have coverage from each along with updates on the team, as warranted. John Atkins, who left the game with a leg injury, tweeted on Sunday that he just has a sprain, so the defensive lineman apparently will be fine for preseason practice.

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