Andre Hastings, the nation's top-ranked high school wide receiver, announced Tuesday he will play college football at Georgia. Hastings, a 6-foot-2, 180-pounder, signed a letter-of-intent to play for the Bulldogs at a news conference at his home in this south Atlanta suburb.
He spurned offers from Notre Dame, Florida State, Miami, Michigan and UCLA.
Hastings made official visits to those schools and unofficial visits to Georgia and Georgia Tech. Although national signing day was last Wednesday, Hastings delayed his decision after his visit to Georgia.
Hastings, who caught 59 passes for 1,038 yards, was named the USA Today Offensive Player of the Year.
Chris Jones spurns Gators for Pitt
GAINESVILLE _ Prep All-American wide receiver Chris Jones became the third football prospect to bypass the University of Florida and opt for another school as he signed with Pittsburgh on Tuesday.
Jones, of West Palm Beach-Cardinal Newman, is regarded as perhaps the top wide receiver prospect in the state. He cited the NCAA's ongoing investigation of Florida athletics as one of reasons he signed with the Panthers.
Jones, who has run the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds, said not only did the investigation weigh heavily in his choice, but Pittsburgh sophomore quarterback Alex Van Pelt's success was a factor as well.
"I wanted to go somewhere that they throw the ball a lot," Jones said Tuesday. "I considered UF but Pittsburgh I feel is a better choice."
Jones' high school coach, Sam Budnyk, said he was shocked at Jones' decision, saying he was sure Jones would either sign with UF or Michigan. Jones took a trip to Pittsburgh early in the recruiting season but had not mentioned the school as a top choice.
UF coach Steve Spurrier could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
Questions remain in steroids case
COLUMBIA, S.C. _ One of the many questions still left unanswered by South Carolina's massive report to the NCAA about its "steroid scandal" is how many football players actually used the muscle-building drugs.
A precise answer probably will never be known, but the report does offer some insight into the different perceptions of the problem among the coaches and players.
Some players said few if any used steroids. But others said 50 percent _ or some 50 players _ used steroids.
_ Time correspondent Ron Kaspriske contributed to this report.