As you may or may not know, today (Wednesday, Nov. 11) is the first day of the early signing period in college athletics. Of course, the most notable of the sports to participate in this process is basketball.
So far there hasn’t been much in the way of surprises. Those who had committed before the week-long window in which you can actually sign a scholarship have done so, for the most part.
For instance, Georgia got a letter-of-intent from the one commitment it had gotten for the Class of 2010 — 6-foot-8 power forward Cady Lalanne of Orlando-Oak Ridge High. Lalanne signed early this morning. The Bulldogs did receive some bad news, however. Center Shawn Kemp Jr., who’s at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia but hails from Canton, signed with Auburn earlier today. He was actually an Alabama signee out of high school but did not qualify.
Georgia State has received the paperwork from two of the three commitments it got this fall: point guard DaVonta White of Roswell-Centenniel and shooting guard Javonte Maynor of Snellville-South Gwinnett. Six-foot-6 swingman Harold Doby of Augusta is supposed to sign later this week.
Georgia Tech on Tuesday received a big commitment from a major prospect, 6-foot-4 shooting guard Jason Morris of Augusta by way of The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Conn. Morris, a four-star prospect, told me yesterday he plans to sign the official letter-of-intent eventually but wasn’t sure when he’d do it and wasn’t planning to make a big deal about it. Morris chose the Yellow Jackets over Clemson.
Both Georgia and Georgia Tech are pursuing Wheeler small forward Jelan Kendrick. Unfortunately for them, so is everybody else in the country. The nation’s No. 2-rated player has said he doesn’t plan to sign until the spring period, which begins in mid-April.
Tech is also in the hunt for another five-star prospect. Tobias Harris, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound power forward from Glen Head, N.Y., has the Yellow Jackets in a group that includes Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Syracuse, Tennessee and West Virgina. And how’s this for drama? He plans to sign with the school of his choice on the last day of the early signing period (Nov. 18) bugt not announce his decision publicly until the day after.
I’ll come back in here and update the blog as signing news develops the rest of the day. In the meantime, please be sure to let me know about Atlanta/Georgia kids that are signing somewhere.
Also, please note that we have created a signees’ photo gallery where we’re asking all our local recruits to go and upload their signing-day pictures. You can find it by clicking on the link HERE or you can copy and paste this URL into your browser: http://projects.ajc.com/photos/upload/early-signing-photos/.
Be sure to let me know what you see and hear so we can share it with the world!