There was some pretty big hoops news yesterday, as Athens Christian School and Georgia Stars star G Will "Turtle" Jackson shifted his commitment to play basketball at UConn to staying home and playing for Mark Fox. Fox and his staff have been in Jackson's ear for years, and landing the big framed ball handler and shooter who can work at PG or SG is a big one for the struggling recruiters. It is the first commitment of the 2015 class, one both deep and talented in Georgia, and also critical to future success of the program.
Others Fox and staff have been pursuing this summer include Wheeler star Jaylen Brown, and other names like Malik Beasley, Haanif Cheatem, Shawntrez Davis, Noah Dickerson, Tevin Mack, Doral Moore,among others will be see a lot of Fox and assistants Jonas Hayes, Phillip Pearson, and Yasir Rosemond at their games this month in the biggest viewing cycle for college hoops recruiting. Having Jackson already on board to put a good word in the ears of his class mates, particularly with Beasley and Dickerson joining him on the always strong Georgia Stars, doesn't hurt.
Also of note as Georgia athletes continue their summer fun, departing senior golfer Michael Cromie won the longest running amateur golf tourney in the country, an event he won in it's junior version in 2007 and becoming the first person to win both the Junior and Men's North & South Amateur titles (a tournament also won by the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Davis Love, and several other notable names). Meanwhile rising senior Rocio Sanchez Lobato is back home in Spain, where she excelled winning the International Championships of Andalusia in Malaga, Spain.
A future Dawg won two titles at the Apaloosa Youth Show, as Seattle native Eva Marcelis gets accustomed to multiple titles like she will see with coach Meghan Boenig's bunch. Danna Durante will have a member of the Canadian national team suiting up for the Gym Dogs this spring. And track star Kendall Williams continues her excellent form, with the NCAA's reigning pentathlon and heptathlon champion focusing solely on the 100m hurdles, as she set a school and American junior record time at the USATF Junior Championships, breaking a time set by a former Florida Gator in 2007.
On a football front, you've got Macon dissecting the SEC's DLs, linebackers Leonard Floyd, Jordan Jenkins, and Ramik Wilson all in the mix for the Bednarik Award (nation's best defensive player), and Todd Gurley on the list for the Maxwell Award. And georgiadogs has video of the annual football team's visit to Camp Sunshine.
Meanwhile, in the upcoming events around Atlanta part of the news, you can see current tennis star Austin Smith and Herschel Walker on college night of the BB&T Atlanta Open July 22. Smith and Walker will also be joined by former Dawg and top rated American player John Isner at the ATP event held at Atlantic Station July 19-27.