UCF lands South Georgia TE, and other news and links

Justin Tukes, a 6-foot-5, 225-pound tight end and defensive end at Worth County High School, has committed to UCF.

Tukes had offers from UAB and Georgia State. Coach Scotty Ward thinks BCS schools’ missed on him.

“He’s kind of under the radar, I’d guess you’d say,” Ward said. “I mean, we had a lot of big schools through here in the spring and he went to some camps, so they know about him. I just think Central Florida got one heck of a player.”

Ward also thinks some major schools have overlooked offensive and defensive lineman Sherrod Loud. Loud committed to Georgia State earlier this year.

“Sherrod is the best defensive lineman I’ve ever coached,” he said of the 6-foot-1, 285-pound senior. Ward said more schools are “getting in the mix” with Loud, including Western Michigan and UAB.

Now, for your reading pressure, some of our weekly links:

  • Here’s some good recruiting news for Georgia, which has seemed to have gotten only bad news lately: Remember five-star wide receiver recruit Christian Green of Tampa, Fla. Well, he told WarChant.com, a Florida State fan site, that the Bulldogs are his current leader. Asked this week specifically toward what team was he leaning, Green said: “I would have to say right now, probably Georgia,” he said. “. . . . I like Florida and Florida State, too. I just like Georgia a lot right now.”
  • UGA commitment Derek Owens, a 6-foot, 180-pound cornerback from Andrew Jackson High in Jacksonville, Fla., had to hang up his cleats for the year because he reached the age limit (19 years, 9 months), according to The Florida Times-Union. Owens will remain with the team and continue to practice but cannot participate in games. His finishes his high school career as a 37-game starter and the school’s all-time leader in interceptions with 20.
  • Georgia commitment Demetre Baker is reportedly having a big year as a running back at Orange Park High in Jacksonville. He had  11 carries for 136 yards and two touchdowns in a 40-7 win this past Friday, according to the Times-Union. He’s coming to the Bulldogs as a linebacker.
  • Georgia Tech defensive end target Kareem Martin is playing multiple roles for his Roanoke Rapids team, according to a report by the paysite NorthCarolinaScout.com. In a recent game the 6-foot-6, 250-pound senior played defensive end, defensive tackle, tight end and fullback in goal-line situations reporter. Martin contributed to three of five turnovers by the opposing team, forcing two fumbles, recovering one and tipping a pass that was intercepted by a teammate. Martin is considering North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Duke in addition to the Yellow Jackets.
  • Quarterback Justin Tuggle — a Northview High graduate and son of the linebacker-playing father Jesse — is transferring from Boston College, according to the Boston Herald. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound redshirt freshman started the first three games of the season with the starter injured but hasn’t played since.

14 comments Add your comment

Joe Blow

October 27th, 2009
4:30 pm

45-19 ======= hahahahahaha


October 27th, 2009
4:31 pm

The Green kid would be huge. Part of dawgs problems , is the fact that we dont land big time playmakers every year.

Joe Blow

October 27th, 2009
4:48 pm

I would say the problem is also that you lose 45-19


October 27th, 2009
4:56 pm

Derek Owens is going to be 20 years old before signing day???? Wow.


October 27th, 2009
4:56 pm

Hey Joe Blow….your name really fits you well.

Dawg Fan

October 27th, 2009
5:18 pm

Hey Tom. Richard Samuel was 16 when he enrolled at UGA. WOW! Watch out for assumption. There are a variety of reasons why someone may be older than 18 when he/she graduates from High School.


October 27th, 2009
5:51 pm

Might be he isn’t very bright. A perfect fit for ugag.


October 27th, 2009
6:16 pm

UHH, Peanut. What would you call Marlon Brown and Washaun Ealy? Lots of folks thought they were – are – big time play makers.


October 27th, 2009
6:25 pm

Maybe the kid was sick and had to be held back. You never know the circumstances to all these issues. Age is relative when you are a teenager.. You are super man till 25.


October 27th, 2009
6:29 pm

I sort of agree with peanut. We have lacked big time play makers at the skill positions with the exception of a few players. Consistency and depth with explosive ability at all the positions is needed to remain explosive and not just be hit and miss.

A Bulldog Mom

October 27th, 2009
8:25 pm

Georgia is getting an outstanding class 2010 as they did in 09. These present recruits are banding together and they are planning big things for the Dawgs. Aaron Murray is a truly outstanding QB. Christian Green will be a great addition. Hope we get him. I would like to see us get two really good running backs from somewhere.


October 27th, 2009
9:33 pm

Green would have a great opportunity at Florida to play right away at WR. That position will be of critical need next year, heck it’s of critical need now!!

Wil Walton

October 27th, 2009
9:33 pm

Would be interesting to see a 3 wide, 1 TE set next year: Gray throwing to Green, Brown, Green, and White.


October 28th, 2009
9:25 am

Rogers and Green would be a heck a recruiting coup if we can get Green to sign. Looks like Murray is going to have plenty of weapons for the future…..Charles, AJ, Brown, Wooten, King, White, Rogers and hoepfully C. Green. Now if we could only find a running back…I hope Ealey, King, Thomas, Jackson or a new recruit will emerge into a running threat. At least the stable isn’t empty. GO DAWGS!