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SportNo. 2 prospect Edwards stays in state, commits to Georgia

00:35  12 february  2019
00:35  12 february  2019 Source:   ap.org

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Edwards is the No . 2 overall player in 2019 and the top uncommitted prospect . The in - state Bulldogs are the projected favorite according to the 247Sports Crystal Ball, but 14 percent of experts He'd become the highest-rated signee to ever join Georgia , too, surpassing former five-stars Louis

But Georgia ’s political middle, long the dominant force behind the state ’s thriving commerce and pragmatic leadership, suddenly finds itself all but abandoned. With both candidates bolstered by huge wins in their primaries, there is no clear indication that either plans to abandon their base-driven

No. 2 prospect Edwards stays in state, commits to Georgia© The Associated Press FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2019, file photo, Holy Spirit Prep's Anthony Edwards (5), center, plays against Long Island Lutheran during a high school basketball game at the Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass. Edwards, rated as the nation's No. 2 prospect, says he will sign with Georgia. Edwards, whose nickname is "Ant Man," made the announcement Monday morning, Feb. 11, 2019, at his school in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan, File) ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia landed a rare top national recruit when shooting guard Anthony Edwards decided to stay close to home.

Edwards made the announcement at Holy Spirit Prep in Atlanta on Monday, noting first-year coach Tom Crean coached his favorite players — Dwyane Wade at Marquette and Victor Oladipo at Indiana.

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No. 1 high school football recruit Justin Fields commits to the University of Georgia as a QB. After signing 13 of the top 24 prospects from inside the state in February, the Bulldogs have gotten off to a slower start this recruiting season, with Fields being just the second ranked verbal for Georgia from

Auburn and Georgia would be the top picks by most of the recruiting industry as the main contenders for Hill. His two most recent official visits included trips to Auburn and Georgia have also popped by the family home over the last week for their in-home visits. Hill, a 4-star recruit, plans to sign with the

"He's a great coach for player development," Edwards said. "They came in not the greatest and they came out really great players. Dwyane Wade has had a really good career, so it weighed on me."

The No. 2 prospect by the 247 Sports composite ranking also considered Kentucky, Florida State and North Carolina. He'll attempt to help Crean turn around a program that's been mired in losing seasons.

The regular signing period begins on April 17. Coaches aren't allowed to comment on commitments before they sign. Without discussing Edwards, Crean said Georgia has much to offer recruits.

"There's no reason if you're in the state of Georgia that you need to go anywhere else," Crean said Monday. "Everything is here and it starts not only with the beauty of this campus but the unreal quality of the education here."

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More Georgia News. Freshman ILB Channing Tindall sees a ‘championship’ future for Georgia How does the nation’s No . 2 prospect Owen Pappoe feel about in - state Georgia ? Jeff Sentell. Pappoe would not be one of those big-namers. But some of his peers like UGA commit Nolan Smith II are

It all came down to Georgia , Florida State , Auburn, LSU, and Alabama, and Kirby Smart came out the winner of the horse race over two months ago. His sister Jaiden has also committed to play softball at Georgia . UGA’s quarterback depth chart will be the deepest in the country, if everybody stays .

Crean referred to his history with such players as Wade and Oladipo when he said top recruits are interested in attending a school where they can improve their NBA outlook.

The 6-foot-5 Edwards, who averages 27 points and 9 rebounds, says having family so close was "a big factor." The Georgia campus in Athens is near his home in Atlanta.

Edwards announced his decision by taking his young nephew into his arms and revealing the boy's red Georgia T-shirt. Edwards then put on a red Georgia cap.

"I want him to see me play and see me grow, and I want to see him grow. So it was a big factor," he said.

Edwards already is projected as a 2020 NBA lottery pick. Even though he's expected to play only one season in Athens, his decision is a big boost to Crean's effort to build a winning team. The Bulldogs are 10-13 overall and 1-9 in the Southeastern Conference.

He's the most heralded player to commit to the Bulldogs since Lou Williams, also a top 10 national recruit, went straight to the NBA after signing with Georgia in 2005. Williams now plays for the Los Angeles Clippers.

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No . 2 QB Jacob Eason stays committed to Georgia (2:08). ESPN recruiting reporter Derek Tyson explains what When Georgia fired coach Mark Richt last month, Eason started showing interest in other schools, which included taking official visits to Florida and in - state school Washington .

The Peach State native visited Georgia five times since mid-July -- including twice in September His sister previously committed to play softball for Georgia , though the Fields family contends that was While there is no such thing as a "sure thing" when it comes to high school prospects translating their

Kentarious Caldwell-Pope, now with the Los Angeles Lakers, was the nation's No. 12 recruit by Rivals.com before signing with Georgia in 2011.

Edwards said his decision was influenced by attending a Georgia game.

"I went to a game on my unofficial visit and I just felt the fans in the gym, everybody showing love, so I just felt like I was home," he said.

On Monday, Crean issued an apology for comments after the Bulldogs' eighth straight conference loss to Mississippi on Saturday. He said he allowed the frustrations of the 80-64 loss in a game attended by former players and coaches on Lettermen's Day to affect his postgame comments. He said the losing season was "all on me because I'm the one that decided to keep these guys."

Crean said Saturday other programs with coaching changes see players "move on. That's what happens in a job change, and I didn't do that. And so I'm not going to complain, and we've just got to keep doing everything we can do to fix it and make it better."

Crean said he apologized to his players in a team meeting on Sunday.

"I looked back at those comments and it was like I was blaming the players," he said. "That was never my intent to do that. If I'd started out by saying I tell them all the time that I believe in them and if I didn't believe in them they wouldn't be here, and I do. But I didn't say that and that was a mistake.

Chosen 25 SG Anthony Edwards commits to Georgia

Chosen 25 SG Anthony Edwards commits to Georgia Chosen 25 shooting guard Anthony Edwards shocked the country, picking the Georgia Bulldogs over Kentucky and Florida State.

Bulldogs commitment and 5-star pass rusher Nolan Smith has found his way — almost — to the top of the 2019 recruiting rankings board. Smith received a small boost to the No . 2 overall prospect in the country in the 247Sports rankings on Wednesday, which were updated following The Opening

Georgia is a state in the Southeastern United States . It began as a British colony in 1733, the last and southernmost of the original Thirteen Colonies to be established.

"We've talked through a lot of things. But I definitely apologize to them and anybody else that I offended because that was never the intent."

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