24 Hours Later JHC Signs with Dawgs
Josh Harvey-Clemons
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Posted Feb 2, 2012


ATHENS - At 8:30 in the morning on Thursday Georgia got the fax they were waiting to receive all day Wednesday.

Josh Harvey-Clemons' letter of intent, which he signed moments after he announced he would be a Bulldog, was finally signed by his legal guardian - making official what many though was a done deal yesterday.

Harvey-Clemons is a five-star linebacker from Valdosta. He needed his grandfather, who is his legal guardian, to sign his letter of intent paper according to NCAA bylaws because he is not 21.

But Woodrow Clemons, Harvey-Clemons' grandfather, didn't sign the letter of intent yesterday. Instead say he left Lowdnes High School just after his grandson signed and went missing for most of the rest of the day. Repeated attempts to contact Clemons by Dawg Post were unsuccessful.

Georgia coach Mark Richt, who had comments on Harvey-Clemons earlier in the day on Wednesday, stopped talking about him as the day went on. NCAA bylaws restrict coaches form discussing prospects who have not signed with their institution.

But several of the players who did sign with Georgia yesterday showed support for their future teammate including Memphis defensive back Sheldon Dawson, who had to convince some members of his family that Georgia was right for him rather than the hometown Tigers.

”Some of my family members wanted me to stay close to home, too," Dawson said Wednesday night. "But it was Georgia. They had to realize that I had to be the one walking the campus – not them. It didn't take them long to understand that. It didn't take them long to come around."

The signed letter of intent from Harvey-Clemons puts to bed one the strangest Signing Day saga of Richt's career at Georgia.


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