Football recruiting: Georgia’s “fastest football player” lists UGA as No. 1, Georgia Tech falls out of Top 5

The reputed “fastest football player in Georgia” says UGA is his No. 1 choice.

Mitchell County wide receiver Justin Scott-Wesley told the AJC that the Bulldogs are his leader, ahead of Louisville, Wake Forest, South Carolina and Michigan (in that particular order). All but Michigan have offered the 6-foot, 190-pound speedster. He has nine total offers.

“Yes, sir, Georgia is my No. 1,” he said. “With me being from (the state), Georgia Bulldogs football has always been a big thing around where I live. I really like the coaches at Georgia. They are going to be low in numbers with wide receivers, so it’s a good place to come in and play early. Plus, Georgia said they will allow me to run track.”

What about Georgia Tech? Scott-Wesley committed to Stanford last fall, but it was a February offer from Georgia Tech that caused him to de-commit and open up recruiting again. Scott-Wesley is an Honor Student with a 3.5 GPA.

“They didn’t make my top five,” he said. “The offense really killed it for them. Georgia Tech uses a Wing-T offense, and I am a wide receiver, so it really doesn’t match well with me.”

Scott-Wesley said that Georgia Tech’s coaches are trying to change his mind, saying that they will find creative ways to get him the football. “They said they would use me at A-Back, and also at wide receiver. They would get me involved in both the passing and running game … but I don’t know about all of that.”

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Scott-Wesley earned his speedy reputation for his stellar performance in track. Last year, he won the Class AA championship in the 200 meters, while finishing runner-up to his teammate in the 100.

This year, Scott-Wesley is undefeated in both 100 and 200, including significant head-to-head wins against Carver-Columbus High’s Isaiah Crowell (the state’s No. 1-ranked tailback prospect) and Carrollton High junior Broderick Snoody. Scott-Wesley’s fastest time is 10.64 seconds in the 100 and 21.63 seconds in the 200.

In football, Scott-Wesley is called “Mr. Excitement” by Mitchell County’s fans. He primarily lines up at wide receiver, but also may appear in the offensive backfield at quarterback or tailback. He also starts on defense at cornerback. Two weeks ago, he legally had his last name changed from Scott to Scott-Wesley to represent his father’s side of the family.

Wide receiver is a top priority for Georgia’s 2011 recruiting class, with the Bulldogs considering signing as many as three at the position.

Scott-Wesley was scheduled to attend last Saturday’s G-Day game, but had to cancel because of a death in the family.

If Georgia is his clear leader, what is holding up Scott-Wesley from committing? “When I committed to Stanford, I realized I made a rash decision. I needed more time to think things out … and I still do. I’m trying to get out and see more schools before announcing my decision. I really want to take all five official visits next year.”

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e.lo

April 15th, 2010
5:28 am

Enter your comments herefirst!

rick

April 15th, 2010
6:53 am

My son runs track for a Double A school in North GA; and when he runs the 200 meter event in the low 23’s he thinks it is a good time. But a 21.63 200 is smoking; that is if he run that in an official track meet, which i am sure he did.

Meatlake

April 15th, 2010
7:14 am

I would like to see the one that our coaches want the most and the one who wants to wear the red and black the most. I politely refuse to cast a vote. Best of luck to all of them and Hunker Down you Hairy Dawgs.

collegedude

April 15th, 2010
7:42 am

Dude is seriously fast. Can’t wait to see him in a UGA uniform.

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dap01

April 15th, 2010
7:57 am

Go to UGA, be a home state hero.

You are very good and UGA has a need at reciever. UGA plays a pro offense. Good match!

T-Rav and the Eastside Grainger

April 15th, 2010
7:59 am

Wing T offense? What a dumbass.

BadDawg

April 15th, 2010
8:02 am

Not sure we really want a kid that want honor a commitment. His character appears tainted before he even lands on campus.

There was a time when giving someone your word was a VERY important character trait…guess that went away with family values.

Michael Carvell

April 15th, 2010
8:11 am

BadDawg: Thanks for your comment. I respectfully disagree with you. I don’t think Justin’s character “appears tainted” for de-committing to Stanford. We’re 10 months away from signing day. Justin made a rush decision with Stanford, and backed off it when he realized it was a mistake — giving Stanford plenty of time to consider other players. Now if Justin would’ve kept Stanford “stringing along” while remaining committed AND visiting other schools, then I’m not too sure about that.

You talk about “when giving your word was very important.” I agree, but what about these college coaches who give their word to the kids that they will be there for the next four years, and then take the first pay raise to get out of town? I’m just saying, it works both ways in the ruthless world of college football recruiting.

dap01

April 15th, 2010
8:14 am

Another receiver for UGA should be Zach Walker from Wrightsville. He has the best hands that I have ever seen.

Dawgforlife

April 15th, 2010
8:25 am

True, he did give Stanford plenty of time ro recruit other athletes. I mean its not like he stayed committed all the way up to signing day, and then signed with another school that offered his best friend a scholarship just to get him to go back on his word and de-commit at the last posible minute. I sure am glad that would never happen. But, if it did, that would show a serious character flaw for both the recruit and the school.

B Smash

April 15th, 2010
8:30 am

That guy is an idiot regardless of whatever his GPA says. He plays WR so that offense doesn’t do it for him? I guess D. Thomas, one of 16 invited to the NFL draft, didn’t do it for him either. I wouldn’t buy into his hype just because he is a speedster.

Morrus

April 15th, 2010
8:33 am

Vote out the incumbents and start over

Eugene

April 15th, 2010
8:38 am

Does he have hands? What about a few stats?

Joey

April 15th, 2010
8:48 am

You’re right about the coaches leaving, Michael. It’s funny to me that one coach that always seemed to be “on the make” is now getting in deeper and deeper in trouble. Rich Rodriguez is now being investigated by the NCAA at WV and Mich. Also in a bit of trouble regarding a condo scheme. He just seems slimey. Flirted with Alabama and others to get a fat contract, left, then tried to get out of paying WV the buyout. Eventually a judge made him pay it.

BigHairy Dawg

April 15th, 2010
8:51 am

You can be the fastest man on the planet, but if you can’t catch a ball or have route skills, you won’t get the ball thrown your way.

Gator Man

April 15th, 2010
8:52 am

T-Rav take a breath, it IS a variation of the wing-t. And so what if he calls it a wing t? Tech was in the Orange Bowl and the ACC Championship, I’m sure he’s seen it and knows what it is. So what if he calls it a flying supplex? Did you go to UGA?

Hey Dogtards

April 15th, 2010
8:53 am

Wing T? Guess that really high GPA still doesn’t mean he knows a lick about football. Or he listened to someone else who doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Either way, who wants a guy who can’t tell the difference between a flexbone and the wing-t

Some big differences:

TE: Wing T has one, flexbone does not

RBs: Both have a fullback (or B-Back). Wing T has a tailback, who lines up behind the guard, at least five yards behind the line. Also has a wingback, who lines up outside the weak-side tackle but basically on the line. Flexbone has two wingbacks (or A-Backs) and no tailback. What this kid clearly doesn’t understand is the “wingbacks” of the flexbone are only about 2-3 yards away from slot backs in a spread option. If he’s supposedly so fast I’d imagine he could make up the 2-3 yards pretty quickly.

WRs: Wing T has one. Flexbone has mostly 2, but sometimes we put both A-Backs on one side, so two WRs, one slot WR, and one A-Back (although I consider an A-Back to be part RB and part slot receiver really close to the OL).

I don’t mind that the guy wants to go to uga, and he can certainly get a good enough education there (although its no Stanford), but he shouldn’t make big decisions based on the information he currently has – he sounds like Bobby Bowden calling our offense the wishbone. I can understand a WR not wanting to come and play A-Back, but he should at least understand that the position is much more similar to the slot backs at Florida and Mississippi St. than anything a Wing T has to offer.

June Jones

April 15th, 2010
8:54 am

I sure hope he has hands, how else would he catch the ball? Surely we didn’t offer a kid a scholarship if he doesn’t have hands.

Elliot Garcia

April 15th, 2010
8:56 am

Go to UGA! Their offense stinks and needs some playmakers…

Badpuppy

April 15th, 2010
8:56 am

UGA doesn’t want these kids that can’t keep a commitment. That’s why we don’t try to sway kids at the last minute like other schools. The way TN did with Du’rick and Richt did with Stephen Hill and oh wait a minute is that a contradiction? Did I just make myself look dumb and hypocritical?

Mr-Sleeper-34

April 15th, 2010
8:56 am

@BigHairy Dawg – What you said is true. You still got to have skills to go along with speed.

GT Fan...

April 15th, 2010
8:58 am

Football is a T-E-A-M sport Justing Scott-Wesley, and all I hear out your mouth is “ME”.

Exactly Eugene … it says he’s the FASTEST football player. Let’s see some film on beep-beep the road runner and see if he’s actually a FOOTBALL player and not just a track star.

GT has a richer track history than GA (JSW said GA will let him run track), and the last spring football article I read says Stephen Hill – a WR on the football team – will be missing time b/c he’s competing in the long jump at the ACC’s track & field events.

JB

April 15th, 2010
8:58 am

Richt has learned NOT to target say “ONE” wide receiver ( or any position) with a guys word.
We hung on to Da’rick’s word last year, then his rich friends daddy got involved and Delivered his 2 star QB son a Tennessee offer if Da’rick came along with the package. Now, if this kids daddy bought Da’rick a car or something, I don’t know how the NCAA looks at that. It may be fine. But in any case, we need wide receivers nest year. We’ll sign 3, but we’ll probably have 4 commits. Thet really need to change the rule on early commits. Either do away with it or let /make them sign when they commit. The rule as it stands now encourages “funny business”.

Stephen

April 15th, 2010
9:01 am

@ B Smash

(full disclosure, I’m a UGA grad)

Maybe…just MAYBE…that offense doesn’t do it for him b/c he’s 6 ft, 190 lbs, rather than 6′4″ and 230 (like D. Thomas) The entire GT passing offense is ‘lull the DBs to sleep, then drop back and heave it’. When you’re that much physically bigger than the tiny DB’s covering you (like Thomas), that philosophy can work for a receiver. As far as preparing, and showcasing your talents, for the NFL though, that’s not gonna get it done. A more typical WR needs to be in an offense that actually runs pro-style routes, rather than depending on a once-a-quarter bomb that the defense has been numbed into forgetting about.

None of this is meant to denigrate D. Thomas…that kid is gonna be a stud. I just don’t think you can possibly compare THIS receiver to him…way too many physical differences.

Big Earl

April 15th, 2010
9:01 am

Mitchell – your response to BadDawg is valid, but by justifying this kid backing out of his commitment to Stanford when you say “it works both ways in the ruthless world of of college football recruiting”, aren’t you saying TWO WRONGS MAKE A RIGHT?

Monticello Dawg

April 15th, 2010
9:09 am

GT Fan: “GT has a richer track history than GA.” Could be, not sure. What is the evidence for that? I do not think either school has won a bunch of conference titles in track. I also realize Tech had Antonio McKay, but Georgia’s track is named for Spec Towns, who was an Olympic and world record holding hurdler.

Brian in Athens

April 15th, 2010
9:10 am

JB, there is no way to “change the rule on early commits”, what are you going to do prevent coaches from recruiting or tape the mouth shut of players who say to the coach, a friend or the general public that they want to go to a certain school? You can’t keep a kid from saying where he wants to go. Then, because no one is allowed to say where they want to go ahead of time, schools overrecruit a certain position and end up with 6 wr’s when they wanted 3 and the last three to fax over on signing day are then told to go somewhere else?

UGA72

April 15th, 2010
9:11 am

I’m impressed with the fact that he is an honor student with a 3.5 GPA. I am impressed with his blazing speed. But, what kind of stats did he put up last season? Just interested.

T-Rav and the Eastside Grainger

April 15th, 2010
9:17 am

Well Gator Man, there you go. Guess youre a retard too.. I’ll say it again, Wing T? What a dumbass.

Tech fans are slow...

April 15th, 2010
9:23 am

Hey tech fans, ole D. Thomas left early for the draft cause he wasn’t getting enough balls thrown to him. The kid is right on that he would not get thrown to much there because Nesbitt can’t throw anyways. So why waste your time and go play for that school when there are plenty of others out there. The kid already plays in a high school offense, think he wants to go somewhere that has a real offense…

jay

April 15th, 2010
9:23 am

Trav your a ignorant douche bag who probably won’t say it to the kids face cause he would beat your a**. He’s a kid not even a senior in high school and your talking about him on a blog what a low life you are. Come to UGA kid and have fun beating the bees for 4 years. Go Dawgs!

Frank

April 15th, 2010
9:28 am

Any talented WR who realizes what a poor fit gtu is, is a smart kid IMO. gtu may be OK for 1 talented WR on the roster at a time, but who behind DT over the last 3 years had any significant receiving stats? No one. I think gtu may win 7 or 8 games this year, and finish the regular season with another loss. As always, they will lose their bowl game too.

THWGT!!!

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

April 15th, 2010
9:34 am

he makes valid points- we’ll be short at WR next year and as long as he holds true- he’ll make an excellent addition.

JB

April 15th, 2010
9:36 am

Frank….right on………Any div 1 WR prospect will not be high on Tech UNLESS HE WANTS A DEGREE FROM THERE. I bet Stephen Hill looks at the depth chart at WR at UGA and mumbles under his breath, ‘ what was i thinking”. Georgia throws 35 times a game, Tech about 10 times a game, that’s ONLY if they need to loosen the D a little.

Danno

April 15th, 2010
9:40 am

It’s only logical that the fastest players should go to UGA.

They’ll spend a lot of time running from the police. :-)

1eyedJack

April 15th, 2010
9:40 am

Hey Dr. Kenneth Noisewater, how’s your pal James Westfall? I hear you two are tight and hang out a lot.

JB

April 15th, 2010
9:42 am

Danno……..or running for their life on the Tech campus……..

Know Your Offense

April 15th, 2010
9:43 am

It would behoove all of GT fans to know their offense before calling out other people. GT offense is a modified version of the Wing T except GT will option and pass out of it. It’s GA Southern’s “Ham Bone” offense from back in the day. FYI – GT coaches only taught D. Thomas three or four route patterns. Thomas will have to learn how to run other patterns on the fly while he adjusts to the NFL speed and schemes.

JB

April 15th, 2010
9:44 am

What Score did Tech put on their ACC champ rings ?…………..just asking, you never know with them…..

ruebenhoustonknowsanarc

April 15th, 2010
9:48 am

Hey book me Danno, I love running from the NARCS.

sogadog

April 15th, 2010
9:53 am

Did I read the article correctly, UGA did offer Scott-Wesley a scholarship, right? I hope so, he sounds like a great kid and he will fit well into Georgia’s pro style passing attack. Murray and Mettenberger should be peaking when this yound man steps out onto the field at Sanford Stadium. Mettenberger’s arm and Scott-Wesley’s speed should be dangerous combination for opposing teams. He is the perfect recruit, an honor student with great athletic skills.
It is interesting how Tech has to “find creative ways” to get the ball into the hands of a talented receiver. The one dimensional running attack will hurt Tech in the long run. They wont be able to recruit passing quarterbacks or talented receivers. Which is fine with me. All you have to do to beat Tech is defend the run by stacking the line of scrimmage.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

April 15th, 2010
9:55 am

1eyedJack- your are correct sir…we’re hanging out low. Kudos to you!!

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

April 15th, 2010
9:56 am

what was the name of his..”thingy” though, i forgot? or what about Ron Burgundy’s gun show arms?

Jim n Buckhead

April 15th, 2010
9:58 am

LOL… hey dogtards a little defensive?….and he is not a Dog yet….he just doesnt want to play in a joke of an offense ask S Hill if he is happy with his choice…..

ReptilesRule

April 15th, 2010
10:07 am

If he’s got more than just speed going for him, he should think about Florida. Don’t know if he has an offer there, but he could have his own track relay team with Demps, Rainey, and Debose.

GT65

April 15th, 2010
10:08 am

Young Man take your time and make the right decision. Where ever you go I wish you the best.Hope you stay in the State. If Coach Johnson said he would get you the ball”believe him.” Coach Richt also a man on his word.Good luck!

Can’t say that about Paul Hewitt..He’s the Joke at Tech Fire Hewitt !

Michael Carvell

April 15th, 2010
10:13 am

Yes, Scott-Wesley holds UGA and Georgia Tech scholarship offers, among his nine.

Hey Dogtards

April 15th, 2010
10:26 am

@ Know Your Offense – “GT offense is a modified version of the Wing T except GT will option and pass out of it.”

Your username is ironic, because you clearly don’t know squat about offense. The T formation is considered to be the oldest in football, originating around 1880. The single wing developed soon thereafter, and the Wing T developed soon thereafter, but was popularized by Harold “Tubby” Raymond while at Delaware. The whole point of the Wing T is explained by its name – its a T formation but with a Wing Back.

On the other hand, the wishbone developed in the 1950s. Unlike the Wing T or Single Wing, the wishbone was designed to run a triple option offense. Like the Single Wing though, the wishbone evolved off of the T formation, though it moved the fullback closer to the line of scrimmage instead of a halfback.

The flexbone developed off of the wishbone, and recognizes the difficulty of passing the ball. It moves both of the halfbacks in the wishbone closer to the line to compensate. Because it has 2 WRs and 2 other players who are lined up JUST OFF THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE and OUTSIDE ALL OF THE DOWN LINEMEN, it is NOTHING AT ALL LIKE THE WING T. If you can’t understand that, I’m surprised you know how to type.

Ironically, Paul Johnson’s offense evolved from a four WR set. He moved the WRs closer to the down linemen in order to run the ball more effectively. But those are things called “nuances,” something you mutts have trouble understanding.

Hey Dogtards

April 15th, 2010
10:31 am

@ Stephen “Maybe…just MAYBE…that offense doesn’t do it for him b/c he’s 6 ft, 190 lbs, rather than 6′4″ and 230 (like D. Thomas) The entire GT passing offense is ‘lull the DBs to sleep, then drop back and heave it’.”

I think that’s fair. I wouldn’t want to play WR in GT’s offense if I was only 6 ft. A-Back should offer up more of a chance for receiving yards, though, as the only current guys playing the position are running backs. I’d imagine Chris Jackson (WR transfer from Bama) will fit that mold nicely and get up to 400-500 yards receiving by the time he’s a Senior, along with about the same amount of yards rushing. Percy Harvin his senior year? 644 and 659, respectively.

The biggest misconception is that the offense isn’t designed to throw the ball. It is, its just when you have Nesbitt throwing, a bunch of RBs receiving, and a very efficient rushing attack there is no need to throw the ball (unless you run up against Iowa, but that’s another story entirely). Like I said in an earlier post, if you move the A-Backs 2-3 yards to either side they’d become slot WRs, and then you have a four WR set with snaps taken under center. The problem for GT’s passing is primarily personnel, not the system.

Beelzebubba - Demon of the South

April 15th, 2010
10:35 am

Yes Sir, the ‘ol boy runs like a scalded dawg. If he learns to catch the ball he’ll be A-1.