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June 13, 2014

Recruiting: Good news for football, bad news for hoops

The Georgia football team hauls in a highly-regarded tight end, but the men's basketball team misses out on a coveted transfer.

ATHENS - Thursday morning, Georgia tight ends coach John Lilly posted a pair of "throwback Thursday" photos of Orson Charles and Arthur Lynch signing to play at Georgia.

Conveniently, that night Jackson Harris, a four-star tight end recruit, was due to announce his choice. And as many recruiting analysts had predicted, Harris picked the Bulldogs. Analysts are high on Harris (6-foot-6, 260 pounds), who is entering his senior year at Tennessee's Columbia Central High School.

Harris became the third Georgia commitment in two days, and the 12th overall for the 2015 class. He will give Lilly yet another option at what the Bulldogs assistant coach likes to call "Tight End U": Jeb Blazevich and Hunter Atkinson enrolled this summer, Jordan Davis will be a redshirt freshman this year, and junior Jay Rome steps into the starting role this year.

Mitchell opts for Yellow Jackets

Georgia's men's basketball team was hoping to get a late and immediate addition in Charles Mitchell, the post player from Marietta who transferred from Maryland after two years. But Mitchell announced Thursday that he was instead signing with Georgia Tech.

Mitchell will apply for a hardship waiver from the NCAA, and if it's granted would be able to suit up against the Bulldogs when the team meet on Nov. 14.

Georgia's staff was optimistic about getting Mitchell after he visited Athens late last week. But then Georgia Tech was able to get Mitchell in for a visit early this week, and the optimism decreased, with good reason.

The Bulldogs can at least console themselves with the signing of incoming freshman Yante Maten, who will have a good chance to start in the post, along with senior Marcus Thornton. But Mitchell, who was Maryland's leading rebounder this past season, would have bolstered the lineup even further.

The news makes it likelier than ever that Georgia will hold its one remaining scholarship until after this season, when it is due to have three open spots. (Thornton and Nemanja Djurisic will be the only seniors on this year's team.)

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