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Noah Josey: SEC legacy has a ‘redneck gym’ and an eye on Wall Street
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Noah Josey: SEC legacy has a ‘redneck gym’ and an eye on Wall Street

Noah Josey: SEC legacy has a ‘redneck gym’ and an eye on Wall Street

Noah Josey: SEC legacy has a ‘redneck gym’ and an eye on Wall Street

Want to attack every day with the latest UGA football recruiting info? That's what the Intel brings. This entry is about all things Noah Josey as a possible member of the offensive line class for the Bulldogs in 2021.

It is not often we go back to a picture from two summers ago to help inform the DawgNation reader something about a prospect for the current recruiting cycle.

To be honest, we need to workshop that phrase a little bit more.

We've never used a photo of a prospect from two summers prior within the featured image slot of an Intel blog post before.

Yet this one with Noah Josey makes sense. It provides a clear visual image of how big 4-star OL Noah Josey was the summer prior to his sophomore season at Brentwood Academy in Tennessee.

The June 2018 visit checks that box, but it also shows how far the relationship goes back with Georgia line coach Matt Luke. That image is the first recruiting image he shares on his Twitter timeline.

"I've known coach Luke for a long time since I was a freshman," Josey said. "Brentwood Academy is a huge pipeline down to Ole Miss. We have a lot of players who have gone there. The son of one of my o-line coaches played for Matt Luke. That's Bryce Matthews. . He played for him. I've definitely known about coach Luke for a long time. I've obviously heard nothing but great things about him. He's a great guy. Great family man."

"When I heard he was going to Georgia, that definitely spiked my interest a lot because I value his character greatly."

That picture also conveys impressive size for a rising sophomore lineman. Josey will now hit the 6-foot-5 mark on the height chart and weighs just over 300 pounds.

Georgia first offered him in February of 2019, but he couldn't say for sure whether or not Luke formally re-offered him. That point seems moot.

He had a virtual visit with the UGA staff late last month, including head coach Kirby Smart.

"I got to talk to Coach Smart for about an hour with my family that I really appreciated," Josey said. "The day I talked to him was actually on [NFL Draft] day. He had a lot going on, and he had sat apart that time for me which I really appreciated."

"We really just talked about everything. Academics. Football. Where they want to be and about what they need to get there. We talked about how they are going to get there. It was just an all-around great conversation for sure and I really appreciated his time."

Josey believes the number of offensive linemen the Bulldogs will take in 2021 calls for four more names.

"I've heard four or five," Josey said. "They already have Micah [Morris] committed so four [slots] is what I think they have open now."

The quick-hit things to know about Noah Josey

When it comes to the first DawgNation profile we write about a player with a strong interest in UGA, we try to establish a foundation of what this potential Bulldog is all about. With Josey, there are a lot of options.

  • His father, Bryan, was an offensive tackle at Vanderbilt. He lettered during the 1993-1994 seasons.
  • Bryan Josey is still a couple of inches taller than his son.
  • His mother, Shannon, has been on the faculty at Middle Tennessee in the College of Health and Human Performance for more than 20 years.
  • Josey has taken the ACT one time and scored a 27 before his junior year. It was basically a baseline try to figure out what he needed to work on for his actual invested attempt.
  • His academic profile at one of the better private schools in Tennessee tracks a 3.7 grade-point average.
  • The 4-star ranks as the nation's No. 17 OG and the No. 320 overall recruit for 2021 on the 247Sports Composite ratings.
  • Georgia looks at him as a guard/center prospect for the line. He agrees with that evaluation.
  • His decision plan was set to be this summer but feels it will now likely push back to at least a few games into his senior season.
  • He cannot enroll early graduating from Brentwood Academy. The football program at that school has won 14 state championships in its storied history.
  • His faith matters here. It inspired his No. 77 jersey choice. "The first reason I wear number 77 is the number seven is definitely a holy number. I can't be number seven because of the position I play so I tried to get it as close as I could."
  • When you watch his tape, be sure to spy how he finishes his blocks. That's something he places a priority on.

The recruiters he has spoken to share their own scouting report.

"I honestly think of myself as a guard," Josey said. "But I've had many coaches tell me I could play tackle because I have pretty long arms and my feet are pretty quick. A lot of the tackles who are playing really well right now are pretty close to my measurements."

"But I also have no problem playing center. I practice snapping. I go out with our centers every day before practice to snap and get that down. I know at some point in my career I will probably have to play center. Especially with the way the game is going with how huge a lot of the players are getting."

Check out his junior film. There's a screen pass along that reel where he shows off his mobility. There's also a rep where he takes his defender for a ride and dumps them about 10-15 yards downfield, too.

Noah Josey on UGA and Matt Luke

The second reason he will wear that No. 77 jersey is because of Taylor Lewan of the Tennessee Titans. The former first-round pick out of Michigan has been selected to three Pro Bowls.

Lewan was a two-time All-American with the Wolverines.

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Noah Josey: SEC legacy has a ‘redneck gym’ and an eye on Wall Street

"He embodies what I love which is being physical and nasty and basically a jerk on the field," Josey said. "I love it."

Where would he go if he had the ability to visit schools again? He noted the Bulldogs here. His last visit to UGA was back for G-Day in 2019.

"I'd definitely have to go down to Athens," Josey said. "For sure, that would be at the top of the list. I'd probably like to get up to Ohio State one more time. Maybe down to Alabama one more time. I don't really know. I've started to get a little interest in Auburn, too. So maybe down there."

He has visited all of those schools except for Auburn. That G-Day trip remains in his mind.

"It was impressive for sure," Josey said. "The number of fans that showed up for a spring football game and it was raining and stuff. I thought that was really neat."

He understood DawgNation a little better after that.

"It shows how the university and the entire fan base values Georgia football," he said. "It is worshipped like a religion down there. People love it. They go crazy for it."

Georgia is a strong candidate to get an official visit. If those things happen anytime soon.

"The main thing [the Georgia staff] has been telling me is that you don't have to go to the west coast to Stanford or wherever up in the east to get a great education," Josey said. "You can get that right here in Athens and you can also play on the highest level possible."

What's the biggest reason why he is considering UGA?

"Definitely how much they have bought into the program," Josey said. "Everyone is all in on Georgia football and Georgia. Everything is built around the football team. Coach Smart has an incredible staff. They are building up even more incredible facilities right now. It is crazy that it is all donor-funded. A lot of it just shows how passionate the fan base is down there."

Did two former Bulldog offensive linemen getting picked in the first round matter much here?

"I already knew a lot of great players who have gone to Georgia," he said. "I knew the talent level down there was immaculate so it didn't really surprise me that they had two linemen go in the first round."

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How the pandemic will affect the Noah Josey decision

The Under Armour All-American also throws the discus and track for his high school team. He'll throw his shot about 48 feet. His most impressive heave would be the discus. He can hit 150 feet with that effort.

His decision plan has been skewed by the pandemic.

"My plan before was definitely to be done with my recruiting after my officials," Josey said. "I was going to take my officials this summer. Like I knew a lot of people were. I had a couple set up. But because of all this, I am probably going to wait until at least a couple of games in the season."

That's based on feedback from college recruiters.

"What I've heard from a bunch of coaches is that recruiting might not be back until September," Josey said. "So I doubt I will able to take any officials over the summer. I doubt it. I was actually looking forward to that."

Josey said he could possibly make his decision without taking any more officials.

"But if they return in the fall, I'd like to wait for that," he said.

What is he looking for in the right college fit?

"It would definitely be a high-level academic school," he said. "Academics are very important to me. A big football school as well. That's where football is valued greatly, and the fan base is very big."

Location doesn't really matter here.

"I've heard from a lot of guys in college right now that you only get to come home from the football team maybe three or four times a year max," he said. "At the end of the day, how far away from home isn't that too big of a deal."

The best guess at a timeline? It would be when "normalcy" happens. He wants to see open campuses return before he makes a commitment.

"Normalcy is a great way to put it," Josey said. "Where I can go and really be sure about my decision before I make it."

Noah Josey: How he's handling quarantine in Nashville

Josey has wanted to play college football for as long as he can remember. It helped to have a father who played in the Southeastern Conference.

"I went to a bunch of really fun games as a kid and got to see all the roaring crowds and stuff in the SEC," he said. "I've always dreamed of doing that one day. That's obviously a huge driving factor for me."

He said his weight was right around 305 pounds, but he plans to drop down to 290 for his senior season. That doesn't mean his strength and conditioning levels have not been prioritized during the quarantine.

"It really hasn't been that bad," Josey said. "Where I live is really hilly and me and my buddies we all had like one or two weights and different apparatuses so we all came together and built our own little Redneck Gym' together. We've been actually getting after it. I've been a lot sorer some of these days after finishing online school than some days after workouts during a day of regular school."

MacGyver would applaud the ingenuity. There are some support beams and some chiseled-down fence posts that are now used to rack their bars. Hefeels the work they are doing now will pay a dividend once the season comes around.

It is no different than any other season, but the pandemic has created a bigger hurdle for every player to still get that work in.

"We know what we need and go get it," Josey said. "We've got a little makeshift squat rack and stuff and go kill it on some hills. It is no joke. I've been enjoying it and it has also been a really good team-building experience. All of this is without coaches. So all of us are stepping up and getting it done."

He's also used this time to brush up on his future academic goals.

"I want to study business finance or maybe investments," he said. "I'm really big into the stock market which isn't going great right now. But I have a little money in the stock market now that I mess around with."

Remember that part about the investments the Georgia boosters continue to make in the program? That certainly makes an impression on Josey here.

"The biggest thing I've gotten to do during this downtime during quarantine has been to study stocks more," he said. "I've gotten to spend a lot of this time learning a lot of stuff that I didn't know before and kind of learning how the market works. It is kind of hard to do that right now because the market now isn't how it usually is, but definitely just studying the stock market more now for sure."

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If Daniels receives a waiver for immediate eligibility its hard to imagine four quarterbacks getting repetitions as Georgia competes for a national championship this season. Freshman Carson Beck is also expected to be in the mix, along with redshirt junior Stetson Bennett. Mathis was Ohio State's quarterback of choice in the 2019 signing class before Justin Fields jolted Georgia by transferring from the Bulldogs' program following his freshman season. RELATED: D'Wan Mathis shares signing day story, Ohio State denied interest in Justin Fields Mathis determined the Buckeyes were not being forthcoming in December of 2018 when they said they were not recruiting Fields, and he chose to trust in Georgia, signing and enrolling in January of 2019. It remains to be seen how Mathis' future will play out, but the Oak Park, Mich., product is once again healthy and ready to compete full-go on the football field. 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  • ATHENS USC quarterback JT Daniels announced on his Twitter account on Thursday he has committed to play football at Georgia. THANK YOU USC Excited for the future #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/ewfhBG3ved JT Daniels (@jtdaniels06) May 28, 2020 Daniels, a redshirt sophomore, has been in the transfer portal since April 16 and will need to be granted a waiver if he is to have immediate eligibility with the Bulldogs. Georgia football enters the 2020 season with a championship caliber defense but plenty of questions on offense with the departure of three-year starter Jake Fromm, 1,000-yard rusher D'Andre Swift and three starting offensive linemen. Daniels entered last season as the Trojans starting quarterback before suffering a torn ACL in the opening game against Fresno State after opening the contest 25-of-34 passing for 215 yards with a TD and an interception. In a manner similar to how Fromm replaced Jacob Eason in 2017, freshman quarterback Kedon Slovis replaced him and ran away with the job, earning FWAA Freshman All-American honors. Many felt Daniels might return to USC after the NCAA shelved the one-time transfer proposal last week, but the former 6-foot-3, 210-pounder out of Mater Dei High School has apparent chosen a route that will take him through Athens. Smart indicated on Thursday that he's still not settled on the Georgia offense, even with Wake Forest graduate transfer Jamie Newman in the program since January. 'We don't even know the threshold of some of our players,' Smart said on Thursday. 'We didn't get to go through spring ball with some of the positions to see what they can handle.' The Bulldogs figure to find out sooner than later, with players returning to campus to start voluntary workouts on June 8, and football activity expected to start in mid-July. The post BREAKING: Georgia football gets commitment from USC transfer quarterback JT Daniels appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Georgia football coach Kirby Smart provided a detailed look into the new normal for college football on Thursday. The Bulldogs' fifth-year head coach explained how things are going to be 'a lot different' for Georgia players from the time they return to campus on account of the COVID-19 pandemic that has put sports on hold dating back to March 12. The Bulldogs will arrive back on campus at the start of June after the SEC approved a June 8 start date for voluntary workouts. RELATED: 3 things to look for, what's next for college football after return 'We're going to bring them back prior to June 8 so they can get a medical workup,' Smart said, referring to the UGA protocol put in place by director of sports medicine Ron Courson. 'They've got to have an extensive physical, they've got to have COVID tests.' Some players, Smart said, could be screened and tested before they arrive back on campus. The big what if?' Smart acknowledged Georgia obviously has to be prepared in the event a player, or players, test positive for COVID-19 after arriving back on the UGA campus. 'Each guy will have the option of if they want to go back home if they test positive, or we have a quarantine policy that we're able to put guys into should they test positive,' Smart said on the Zoom call. 'We've also got the ability if it happens during a workout period that we'll have contact tracing. Guys that have worked out together, those groups will stay the same, and we'll be aware of those guys.' Smart said players will be educated throughout the resocialization period. 'It's not going to be the normal, where I walk in, and I go to my locker, and I can workout, and then I shower it's going to be completely different,' Smart said, referring to state guidelines that mandate social distancing and restrictions on group gatherings. New normal Georgia football players will notice immediately things have changed drastically since their winter workout sessions concluded. 'They will come in and do a light workout initially, because we want to bring them back slowly,' Smart said. 'They will work out in smaller groups. Twentyor so guys to a group. Then, of the 20 that come in, they'll be subdivided into groups of seven. 'So you're looking at a 7-person rotation in a 12,000 square foot weight room and they will be spaced out.' Smart said a cleaning crew come through after each group session of players. The areas from the indoor football facility and into the weight room will be scoured and disinfected. 'There will be one door in, one door out,' Smart said. 'And we won't be using the locker room.' The Georgia coaching staff has been working in Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall on a rotational basis the past few weeks. 'There's less time in the office, and we've been alternating how many guys are in the office, with offense and defense separated,' Smart said. 'There's a lot of protocol there that's been instituted from our university for a safety standpoint. There has been cleaning crews after and before we're in here.' Safety trumps finances Smart debunked any notion that student-athletes are being brought back on campus prematurely on account of financial pressures. 'I certainly think that fiscally and financially it's going to benefit if there is a football season, but that has nothing to do with the decisions that go into it medically,' Smart said. RELATED: SEC task force provides blue print for safe return to campus 'A lot of people have said, Well, the SEC has had to come back really strong with comeback dates and return to sports, and they've had this protocol to allow us to play football,' he said. 'But every decision that's made at the SEC level, I can assure you, is made by infectious disease people. It's based on information about the safety and well-being of the student-athletes.' Smart said parents and players feel the workout environments UGA can provide are safer than those in the athletes' hometowns. 'Wherever it is they are working out, at a local local high school or a local gym that has opened back up is that environment is any more safe than one that is professionally cleaned, monitored and taken care of by our staff?' he said. 'Most of the kids we talked to, they are more comfortable saying, If I'm going to workout, than I'm gong to do it there.' Smart made it clear his staff will see to it that the Georgia players come into the workouts with both eyes wide open. 'I promise you there's some of our players don't feel vulnerable, they feel like they're not vulnerable because of what they have heard, or because they think they have super powers,' Smart said. 'So we're going to educate our guys to be safe and make good decisions and we're going to have education sessions even when they get back to give us the best opportunity to have a season.' DawgNation College Football Offseason SEC presidents make it official, looking ahead to June 8 return RELATED: 5 keys, NCAA vote on Wednesday includes pivotal provisions College football return takes turn out West NCAA president Mark Emmert discusses issues with return to campus Les Miles says college football set for return, expert says no fans in stands Return of college football critical to fans' psyche, pocketbooks UGA president Jere Morehead employs 9 research groups for optimal return NCAA advances ball on name, image, likeness player compensation States opening equates to flickering light for college football return Greg Sankey hasn't ruled out a CFB season without all conferences Three keys amid college football return process, from Greg Sankey NCAA board of governors unanimously approves NIL compensation The post Kirby Smart: Georgia football workouts new normal completely different' than pre-COVID19 appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS P.J. Horne wasn't looking for promises from Tom Crean when he spoke with him about transferring into the Georgia basketball program. 'We just talked about me coming in and having an opportunity to compete,' Horne, a graduate transfer from Virginia Tech, told DawgNation. 'Right now, I just want to play the game and compete.' The 6-foot-6, 225-pound Horne played post for a Hokies' team that went 16-16 last season. RELATED: How Tom Crean is building another winner at Georgia It's likely UGA will look to Horne to help guard the rim and rebound after junior Rayshaun Hammonds opted to declare himself eligible for the NBA draft. Hammonds was Georgia's leading rebounder with 7.4 per game and second-leading scorer with 12.9 points per outing. Hammonds and Horne faced off in a 2017 Georgia High School State Championship Game in addition to playing AAU basketball together. Horne sheepishly said his Tift County team beat Hammonds' Norcross squad, 'but neither of us played real well in that game.' Rome (Ga.) High School principal Eric Holland, who coached Horne at Tift County, explained why Georgia basketball fans should be excited. 'P.J. is a kid of very few words and a lot of action, you'll see that,' Holland said. 'It's the invisible things that make people great. It's his work ethic, his leadership, the way he treats people, the way he communicates, and he's just the consummate teammate 'It seemed like every coach was calling me about him, we had at least 40 calls.' Horne averaged 7.6 points and 4.2 rebounds per game for the Hokies last season. He also ranked second on his team with 21 blocked shots. Georgia brings back 6-8, 220-pound sophomore Toumani Camara, who averaged 6.6 points and 4.3 rebounds last season, improving as his freshman season progressed. But the Bulldogs have little else in the way of rebounders or rim protectors at this time. Holland said it doesn't matter where Crean wants Horne to play. 'P.J. is very flexible,' Holland said. 'He's adaptable, he doesn't complain about anything.' Horne, whose transfer was triggered by a desire to be closer to home amid the coronavirus pandemic, said he watched film on Georgia before finalizing his decision to play for the Bulldogs. 'I saw a young team that has room for growth and has a lot of talent,' Horne said. 'It's a team that has a lot of guys that can do different things on the floor.' Crean, entering this third year as the Georgia basketball coach, has explained that is by design. 'We want to get this team to the point where you have to guard all five guys past the 3-point line, and if you're not guarding one of them, it's because you can't guard him inside,' Crean said. 'For us to win in this league, there's a lot of different ways, but you've got to stop people on one end, you can't give up easy baskets with your turnovers, and you have to have the combination of getting layups, getting fouled and getting 3-point shots.' Horne improved his shooting range last season. After making 1-of-4 attempts his sophomore season, Horne was 45-of-129 (.349) last season. That would have ranked second on the UGA team among players that attempted more than 20 threes, Hammonds setting the bar at 35 percent on 36-of-103 shooting beyond the 3-point arc. Georgia ranked 322nd out of 350 Division I teams in the nation in 3-point shooting percentage as a team an even 30 percent. Only Missouri and Texas A&M were worse in the SEC. But with a new batch of players coming in Georgia will sign at least six and maybe seven Crean will surely be hoping his team's fortunes will change. Crean's Indiana teams had the best 3-point shooting percent among major college teams during his 10 years leading the Hoosiers. Horne said he likes what he sees coming back on the team. 'They have competitive players,' Horne said. 'I look at it as a huge opportunity. I feel like we have a good chance of competing in the SEC and getting to the NCAA tournament.' Georgia coach Tom Crean DawgNation Georgia basketball WATCH: Tom Crean opens up, tells all on UGA basketball Bulldogs upset Ole Miss in SEC tourney opener Anthony Edwards takes over final minute, UGA topples Arkansas WATCH: Georgia celebrates like crazy after Vandy win Bulldogs score resounding win over No. 13 Auburn UGA snaps four-game losing streak with Texas A&M win Perplexing loss for Georgia basketball at Missouri Georgia comes up short in hard-fought loss at Kentucky Sahvir Wheeler on clutch game-winner, 'been there a ton of times' Anthony Edwards lights up Michigan State for 37 in 93-85 loss The post Transfer center P.J. Horne has NCAA tourney goals for Georgia basketball appeared first on DawgNation.