Dogs may learn cornerback’s decision Monday

By DARRYL MAXIE / dmaxie@ajc.com

Pahokee High in Florida is in the news again. One of its cornerbacks appears to be on the brink of making a commitment, and Georgia remains in the mix.

The Bulldogs are one of five finalists in the pursuit of Merrill Noel, a 5-foot-10, 180-pounder rated by rivals.com as the 38th-best player at his position. The other schools Noel is considering are Florida State, Tennessee, Wake Forest and West Virginia.

Georgia is a finalist, Noel told Warchant.com, because “I love the way they play defense. They play the type of defense that I like to play and that is bump-and-run.”

On the down side for Georgia is that Noel says that he and teammate Zachary Allen have a “very high” chance of picking the same school. Georgia isn’t on the list of finalists for Allen, a 6-2, 210-pound outside linebacker.

Both are expected to announce their decisions on Monday. The schools that overlap on Noel’s and Allen’s lists are Wake Forest and West Virginia. Allen also is reported to be considering Michigan and Purdue.

61 comments Add your comment

78 DAWG

May 29th, 2009
3:22 pm

No kid in there right mind would pick Wake Forest or West Virginia over Georgia, must not be that good. Don’t need anymore 3rd string cornerbacks.

Pi$$onaDAWG

May 29th, 2009
3:38 pm

Typical Dawg no good, don’t need him, can’t play blah blah. Wake will get him a good degree and football.

Dawg fan

May 29th, 2009
3:50 pm

Good player but FSU has been the leader for him for weeks now. Don’t think FSU ever offered his buddy though.

No blinders on

May 29th, 2009
5:00 pm

The last CB that came out of Pahokee and went to Wake just got taken in the 2nd round of the NFL draft. If the kid wants an education and wants to improve as a player and a person, he’ll come to Wake. If we wants to have a good shot of getting arrested, Athens is the perfect fit.

BigMike

May 29th, 2009
5:26 pm

NoBlindersOn, Around 75millioin in NFL contracts just got signed out of UGA this year alone, can wake say that in the last two years?

TALK'S CHEAP TOOL BAG

May 29th, 2009
5:37 pm

Enter your comments here

Diamond Dawg

May 29th, 2009
5:57 pm

Are you seriously comparing UGA and Wake Forest??????!!!!! Be serious with yourselves. No need to say more. Go Dawgs!!!

ceph

May 29th, 2009
6:31 pm

What is UGA trying to do, sign all the the two and three star players out of Florida? WE don’t need anymore small corners, hasn’t Richt looked at the size of receivers these days?

45-42

May 29th, 2009
8:13 pm

I wouldn’t compare UGA and WF. WF Hargrave players- 0. UGA Hargrave players – endless. LOL

Jon Clifford

May 29th, 2009
10:12 pm

I want your job. Read the Rivals websites, report what they write about, sometimes give them credit, repeat…

78 Dawg Blows

May 29th, 2009
11:03 pm

Considering WVU beat Georgia the last time they met, why wouldn’t he choose WVU over Georgia?

jim

May 29th, 2009
11:06 pm

Yea , Greg Blue and Asher Allen sure showed Steve Slaton and Pat White what SEC ” speed ” was all about in the Sugar Bowl . WVU can whip UGA any day . Ask Auburn last year this year , then we play LSU the Next 2 years so we’ll soon see .

BUZZ

May 29th, 2009
11:24 pm

Their style of defense is “bump-and-run” alright. Bump em and watch em run all over your a$$. For 408 yards to be exact. 45-42!

Kenny

May 29th, 2009
11:30 pm

Blah Blah Blah!

tyler

May 30th, 2009
2:05 am

Come play for the big orange!

Dan

May 30th, 2009
2:08 am

Georgia? When was the last time the Bulldogs were relevant to winning college football. It sure wasn’t 2006 when West Virginia went up 28-0 on them in the Sugar Bowl before letting up and allowing them to get the score to 35 Gerogia, 38 West Virginia. Since the, WVU is 3-0 against SEC competition. This year against Auburn, ti will be 4-0.

EER Bob

May 30th, 2009
7:52 am

Diamond Dog is a tool! WVU could never with SEC speed?????? – BLAH BLAH BLAH – 28-0 2nd quarter beeeeeetch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Noel & Allen will be mountaineers.

Robbie

May 30th, 2009
7:53 am

Don’t think the kid is a THUG so Georgia is probably out of the running.

wvufan

May 30th, 2009
8:11 am

hell they should come west virgina because georgia coundnt wipe our ass

go dawgs

May 30th, 2009
8:18 am

Soulja Boy

May 30th, 2009
8:45 am

This guy likes the way UGA plays defense? Does he give up 15 yards and celebrate making the tackle?

justwunderin

May 30th, 2009
9:08 am

to wvufan,that your sister’s job

Brock D

May 30th, 2009
9:57 am

38th at his position. Who cares? Why is there even an article on this?

Paddy

May 30th, 2009
10:04 am

wvufan…nice mouth. You must have learned alot while going to that school in the hills. Oh sorry Preacher, I didn’t realize that was you.

UGA72

May 30th, 2009
10:06 am

Buzz,

I’m a Dawg fan, but I got a chuckle from your comment. I love college football. Go Dawgs!

WVU_Forever

May 30th, 2009
10:47 am

Yeah..maybe he can go to Georgia and be completely dissapointed in being on a team that never meets their expectations…38-35!!

Dizzle

May 30th, 2009
12:18 pm

Good job Darryl. Man, I wish someone would pay me to regurgitate what I read on Rivals.

bross

May 30th, 2009
12:26 pm

yeah…WVU is well below UG…lets see…WVU had beat UG, Wake, NC, Oklahoma, GT, Auburn, Miss State..in the last 3 years…Yeah I see your point…WVU is so far below UG..you tool!

mcdawg

May 30th, 2009
3:00 pm

lock down baby

Aj

May 30th, 2009
3:19 pm

Bross, You beat Auburn Wow! So did seven other teams, they only won five games last year! Yes WVU did beat UGA in 06 but WVU is not the same team that it was back then. And looking at your schedule from last year and who you lost to i really don’t think you would do the same thing that you did in 06. And by the way some of the other teams you named are not all that great anyway.

DS

May 30th, 2009
3:59 pm

DAN: Did you just start watching college football???? Year before last we finished #2. Yes, Finished. Guess UGA has not done anything in awhile. Do some research before you open your PieHole. Good day

BUZZ

May 30th, 2009
4:47 pm

Kenny,

“Blah Blah Blah”! You got that right.

1. Blah (UGA gets hyped about possibly signing a multi star recruit)
2. Blah (UGA gets named number 1 and then gets embarrassed by Alabama 31-0, Florida 50 something to under ten, and then Georgia Tech in Athens 45-42)
3. Blah (UGA gets hyped about possibly signing a multi star recruit)

It never ends. You guys used to be good but are now you mediocre at best. Hell, your girls gymnastic and swim teams over shadow your football, basketball and baseball programs and your big bad football stadium with the worst playing field in the NCAA.

vandy man

May 30th, 2009
4:50 pm

UGA was Florida’s, Alabama’s and Georgia Tech’s bitch last year. LOL. Get a defense and do something with all those 5 star players will you? LOL. O I forgot you can’t because you are STUPID (literally).

Vandy is the SEC bitch

May 30th, 2009
6:48 pm

Speaking of bitches, Vandy has been everyones bitch in the SEC for so many years we lost count. When has vandy (with a little v) ever been a contender for the SEC Championship?? As for educational standards, I believe UGA has out performed the other SEC schools in acadimics according to the latest reports issued. Do your research bitch!

BestOF the EAST

May 30th, 2009
7:15 pm

The bulldogs are nothing but overhyped southern hicks!!! Take last year for example….point driven home!!!!!!!! BTW, WVU owns that A*S. 28-0 in first half….hahahahahhaha. SLATON is still running.

Urban Liar

May 30th, 2009
7:53 pm

Hey kid, you better choose us and I guarantee you will be the first of firsts at gayturdland.

First in number of players arrested in a coaches first 4 years at a school.

First to have a coach And his daughter arrested.

First to have a coach that lies to recruits about other teams not wanting them.

First to tell rat out players on bogus SAT results because they signed elsewhere.

First to tell other players that TeBow was being recruited to play linebacker.

First to have their football HC recruit for the ladies gym team.

First to have their Heisman Trophy winner call recruits.

First to send their QB to see other recruits.

First to cry to Silve that CLK correctly calls their coach a cheater.

First to have a “little mermaid principal” pipelining high school kids to FU

Chiefdawg

May 30th, 2009
8:35 pm

This kid is not coming. He is just saying what he thinks someone wants to hear. He said “I love the way the play defense”. There’s your telling statement. Are you kidding me? He knows nothing about UGA.

Crimson Crush

May 30th, 2009
8:42 pm

This guy is obviously too tall to play in the secondary at Jawja . Richt now only wants the finest midgets available ;-)

David M

May 30th, 2009
9:00 pm

West Vagina fans, the game lasts four quarters. D.J. owned you the last 40 minutes. The only chance you had to win was a fake punt inside of two minutes, because your offense was stopped and your defense was confused. Congratulations, but you barely escaped.

Deacfan

May 30th, 2009
9:06 pm

Jim Grobe has proven that he has assembled a staff that are masters in player development. The 2004 class, which was rated in the 80s by Rivals, is going to put about 40% of the class in the NFL.

The guy can coach, and recruits are starting to figure that out.

BestOF the EAST

May 30th, 2009
9:32 pm

David M – That 52 yard td in the 4th quarter by slaton was really stopped….take the red shades off.

JD

May 30th, 2009
9:46 pm

What I hate about these blogs is that it’s always

“My school’s better than your school!”
“Oh yeah?! Well we beat you the last time we played you!”
“Well your school sucks! Remember when they blew it on 4th and goal??”

And nobody ever gets anywhere

DaltonDAWG706

May 31st, 2009
2:51 am

Crimson Crush

May 30th, 2009
8:42 pm
This guy is obviously too tall to play in the secondary at Jawja . Richt now only wants the finest midgets available…

excuse me most of our corners are as tall or taller than this guy so STFHU becuz you seriously do not know jack about Georgia football and if you think that 5′10″ is too short to play corner crimson then you really need to go talk to your coach becuz saban is recruiting the same kids that Georgia is, so just remember that moron.

Dawggirl

May 31st, 2009
3:42 am

We dont need a small 3rd string S. Thanks, and enjoy your time at wake,

Bo Williams

May 31st, 2009
9:58 am

I’m a grad of an ACC school, but not WF. That said, when I consider WF, a small highly-respected school situated on a beautiful campus in a fine mid-size city, a select student body, and outstanding sports programs, I don’t think many schools can compete. If a football player has his head on straight, he would pick WF over both UGA and WVa.

David M

May 31st, 2009
12:01 pm

Get the coal dust out of your eyes beast. Like I said, without the fake punt you lose that game. Far from the dominating performance you remember. Must not have much else to celebrate…

K-Town Dawg

May 31st, 2009
2:23 pm

Why don’t you WVU fans stick with burning couches and we’ll stick to playing football. By the way, I would hardly call an 82-22 record in 8 years “mediocre”! Mediocre is losing your coach to a crappy Michigan program and trying to win football games without Slaton and White.

Denver Dog

May 31st, 2009
3:45 pm

Who cares, the weather is beautiful here in Colorado. West Va fans, your team did win in the sugar bowl that year. Hats off to that. You tech fans, your team did win this year, hats off to that. 3 points each, but a win is a win. It is summer time, get out and enjoy the weather, your family, and life in general. It looks like he is the same size as Champ so I guess that makes him to small to play ball. I think that there is another player that size this year, oh yeah he played offense, his name is Percy Harvin, not too bad of a player either. The next thing you guys will be saying is that Jake Scott was too slow, Terrell Davis was too thin, and Hines Ward was too banged up. They are all MVP’s in the NFL’s big game. Get a life and get off of the kid. He is just making them most of what tools the good lord gave him. That is a lot more than most of you are doing!

AJC messing up big time!

May 31st, 2009
4:11 pm

Maxie, use your UGASports.com account to copy paste that new story about Merrill noel!
Says he has had a change in plans, so use that subscription to feed all of us the news. Money well spent, don’t even have to do any reporting, just wait for them to do the hard work and then retype it up here.

Good thinking and great job of handling the shrinking AJC staff. Only way you can compete with the likely 10-15 people covering GA recruiting over at Rivals.com

Saint Simons.

May 31st, 2009
5:05 pm

My school is better than your school.

We beat you this past year, so that means we MUST be better for all eternity.

By the way, my Dad can kick your Dad’s butt, I’m sure.

Oh – Oh, I just crapped in my pants and dropped my passie.

I’m out, but keep all the intelligent comments flowing….