Roundup: Two blue-chip CBs now off the market

RECRUITING ROUNDUP

LaMarcus Joyner, generally considered the top cornerback prospect in the country, chose Florida State this week over Florida and Ohio State. His commitment was followed a day later by St. Thomas Aquinas teammate Cody Riggs, who picked Florida over Tennessee on Thursday. Both cornerbacks considered Georgia at one point, Riggs more seriously than Joyner.

Joyner, 5-foot-8, 165-pound cornerback, is a five-star rated recruit that also returned kicks and played wideout for Ft. Lauderdale powerhouse program . He made his commitment rather suddenly after an in-home visit from new Seminoles’ head coach Jimbo Fisher Wednesday night.

“It was in my heart the whole time,” Joyner told Warchant.com. “Just talking to Coach Fisher and looking at the principles of everything and what I want and what I need and what I want to achieve, Coach Fisher has all the tools and mechanics to get me there.”

FSU recruiting is on a roll of late. Joyner is its second five-star commitment of the week, joining Port St. Lucie linebacker Jeff Luc.

Many considered Riggs a silent commitment to Tennessee (OK, well, Vols’ fans anyway) because his brother Gerald Riggs played there. He said earlier this week he was seriously considering the Bulldogs before they fired Willie Martinez. Martinez was recruiting him and going to be his position coach. In the end, though, it was the Gators all the way.

“I figured it was a no-brainer with Florida,” the four-star prospect told GatorBait.net. “I loved it there and my family loved it there. Everything just pointed to Florida. I feel like it is the best decision I could make.”

So much for Orange Pride.

Now for a bunch of quick-hitters. . . .

Stephenson’s four-star defensive tackle Mike Thornton now says he is definitely going to be in Athens for an official visit this weekend. The Bulldogs wanted him in town for their annual awards gala. Thornton is also considering Auburn and Penn State, among others. . . .

According to Scout.com’s Southeast recruiting analyst Chad Simmons, these aree the other visitors to UGA this weekend: Marrietta-Lassiter QB Hutson Mason, Baltimore WR Adrian Coxson, Warner Robins DT Jeffrey Whitaker, Frostproof, Fla., CB Nickell Robey, Kissimmee, Fla., DE B.J. Butler, Kissimmee, Fla., Newnan’s Alec and Zander Ogletree, Georgia Military S Jakar Hamilton, Jacksonville, Fla. CB Derek Owens, Southwest DeKalb DE T.J. Stripling, Southwest DeKalb RB Ken Malcome, Alpharetta WR Michael Bennett, Walton DE Brandon Burrows, Manning, S.C. DE Dexter Morant and Buford OL Kolton Houston. . . .

I haven’t been ignoring the Antonio Goodwin saga, I just can’t get the kid on the phone. But I did finally talk to his coach, Stanley Pritchett, who confirmed that Auburn coaches had been back by to see Goodwin and he had re-affirmed his commitment to them. In fact, Goodwin is heading to the Loveliest Village on an official visit this weekend. But Pritchett also left me with this: “He’s still looking at Georgia.” Alrighty then. . . .

Too bad Georgia Tech can’t sign a full boat of 25 players this year because a lot of good prospects are raising their hands for offers.  The Yellow Jackets maxed out at 13 commitments this week when linebacker Quayshawn Nealy of Lakeland, Fla., accepted their offer. At least two more prospects are holding offers — DE Kareem Martin of Roanoke Rapids, N.C., and LB Justin Parker of Beaufort, S.C. — and Atlanta-Westlake cornerback Darius Robinson said this week he’d probably flip on Clemson if Tech came forth with an offer. Tech is also talking to Camden County senior running back Ean Days, who will play in the Class AAAAA state championship game in the Georgia Dome on Saturday night. Makes you wonder how many of those masterful juniors may be thinking of taking flight. . . .

At least three metro Atlanta players are keeping a close eye on Charlie Strong since he was hired as Louisville’s.  Stephenson’s CB Chris Sharpe and DE Malcom Strong and McEachern RB Rajaan Bennett all had offers from the Cardinals under ousted coach Steve Kragthorpe. . . . Norcross three-star offensive tackle Max Garcia will decide any day now between Clemson, Maryland and Vanderbilt, if he hasn’t already. . . .

Remember the blog I wrote about Jack Nicklaus‘ grandson, Nick O’Leary, a rising tight end prospect down in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.? Well he finally got a scholarship offer from Georgia, where his father Bill O’Leary played from 1983-85. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound junior from Dwyer High also holds offers from Florida, Florida State, Miami, Tennessee and at least a half-dozen other schools. . . .

No, I do not expect North Gwinnett’s JaWuan James to now sign with Georgia. . . . I think the Bulldogs may keep Luc’s Treasure Coast High teammate Deon Rogers after all. Frostproof cornerback Nickell Robey, too. . . .

The Bulldogs are still working hard on another high-profile defensive back from the Sunshine State who can jilt them later. Assistant coach John Lilly reportedly met with Florida five-star commitment Matt Elam this past weekend. . . .

One big-time prospect from Florida that Georgia may actually land is wide receiver Christian Green of Tampa. He reportedly will decide between FSU and Georgia soon. His uncle E.G. Green played wide receiver for the ‘Noles in the 1990s for then-offensive-coordinator Mark Richt. He’d give the Bulldogs eight commitments from Florida. . . .

Texas Longhorns head coach-in-waiting Will Muschamp is going to be waiting a good while longer. Head coach-right-now Mack Brown signed an extension through 2016 that pays him $5 million a year. . . .

Georgia’s Drew Butler was just named a Walter Camp All-American and won the Ray Guy Award as the nation’s best punter. For what it’s worth, he was a two-star recruit. Then again, kickers/punters don’t command many stars.

150 comments Add your comment

keith

December 11th, 2009
6:32 am

Chip,
Is the Blake Sims saga over? Have you heard of any of UGA’s recruits thinking of flipping? Thanks.

keith

December 11th, 2009
6:33 am

Oh Yeah, First!!!!

bhumpdawg

December 11th, 2009
6:37 am

I knew the fallout would cost the dogs recruits, Come on home Muschamp, we need you.

TampaGator

December 11th, 2009
6:42 am

Cody Riggs, at best, will be a nickel back at Florida. I have seen him play, and I was not impressed with his natural cover skills, nor is he a great tackler. I would not have been upset if he had chosen Georgia. Joyner is much better, and I hate it that he is going to FSU. I was wishing for Ohio State. But Jimbo Fisher is now doing of good job recruiting. Jeff Luc would not have beaten out Jon Bostic in the middle at Florida, and Bostic is just a freshman. Still, not good that he went to FSU. As far as punters, I would take Chas Henry over Drew Butler any day. In the last two years, Chas has had only 5 punts returned on him while averaging around 45 yards a kick. No kicks ever blocked in his 4 years at Florida, and the best inside the 20 punter in the SEC. But Butler can kick it 70 yards and Henry can’t. But Henry will be drafted as a punter by the pros, which rarely happens. He hits it towards the sidelines, about 45 yards, and a mile high almost every time…with a fair catch almost every time. He also is great a putting the ball inside the five near the sideline. Great punter. From Georgia.

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December 11th, 2009
6:53 am

Oh yay……the pointless recruiting talk starts early this year. Start calling, texting, and sending love letters, men! And try not to pound your wang into oblivion while thinking about high school boys this year.

MeasleyPeasley

December 11th, 2009
6:54 am

Henry is a great punter, UF got a good’un from right under our nose there, but Drew’s Dad is a pretty good Dawg, so it worked out for the best.

If Jimbo can have a good season next year, look out. FSU will return to being a major force in college footall and be a thorn in UF’s side recruiting wise. I love it.

Jonny J

December 11th, 2009
6:55 am

Is Tenuta sticking around @ ND ?

German Shepherd Dawg

December 11th, 2009
7:03 am

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Got news for you – this stuff never ends. This has been going on since last signing day.

Gene Okerlund

December 11th, 2009
7:06 am

Hilarious. Arguing over punters. Both Georgia boys competing for the award named after the greatest punter ever, another Georgia boy. Michael Koenen is really not having a good year for the Falcons.

Watching Luc play, he looks like a DE. Guess we will see.

I had no idea that Riggs was Gerald Jr’s brother.

Derrick Morgan and Thomas would seem most likely to leave early with Dwyer, and Burnett following in descending order. NFL coaches are going to roll on the floor laughing when ‘Bebe’ is asked to run a curl or in route, and he just sort of gives them a puzzled look.

Chan Gailey cleaned UGA’s clock in the 2007 recruiting class. What ever happened to DJ Donley?

Telvin Smith, featured here a couple of days ago, is the 2nd best player in GA that I have watched this year behind the WR at Calhoun. Smith is every bit of 6′3″ and runs like a deer. I think that he will be better than Ogletree.

Have not gotten to see Camden play this year, so I am looking forward to that. They really are more about the system, putting out few impact collegians, but I would like to look at their players.

Chip or anyone, did the little RB from Grayson ever get any offers?

that game meant everything to tech

December 11th, 2009
7:09 am

morning buggos, hows crime in Johnson City this morning…lmgfao……….up this way its 24 degrees rising to 30 tho…..30 to 24 ..only 351 days til next year!!! just a friendly reminder! later flagboys!

GEORGIA97

December 11th, 2009
7:39 am

Glad to see that the AJC failed to include even a little blurb about Drew Butler winning the Ray Guy award as the nation’s best punter. And they wonder why it’s called the “Atlanta Urinal and Constipation.”

Wow

December 11th, 2009
7:50 am

GA97..you have to read the Athens Banner Herald.com or Macon.com if you really want nothing but UGA news….

hiveredtech

December 11th, 2009
8:07 am

Good Lord Chip….I know you are trying to act like you keep up with GaTech recruiting also…but good grief. I will help you out.

You said we are in it with 2011 QB from Tally Ryan White. He is a 2010 QB….and we had to pass on him a couple months back because his academic standing was not where it needed to be…close…but not quite there. He may go to Auburn, South Carolina, or one of the Mississippi schools at this point…he is also looking at some smaller schools.

Ean Days…Coach Sewak was there to talk about the possibilities of being a preferred walk-on. As you had already stated…we are full at 13 and still have about 3-5 guys we would like to try to get as things open up…another A-back is not one of those things.

Speaking of A-backs…and if you want to talk about guys who would flip. One of the top running backs in the country, Roy Finch, wants to switch his commitment from Oklahoma to Ga Tech…but we have told him we just do not have the space right now.

there you go…hope that help.

dash88

December 11th, 2009
8:16 am

I would imagine that Tech will sign more than 13. Take into account the juniors which may leave but I also would expect a few transfers to Georgia Southern now that Coach Monken has taken over down there. Maybe one of the redshirt QB’s Sims?

J Smurf

December 11th, 2009
8:21 am

I heard DJ Donley is transferring to Georgia State….?

The Grinch

December 11th, 2009
8:23 am

Gee, Chip, I just love your comment, and I’m quoting, “The Bulldogs are still working hard on another high-profile defensive back from the Sunshine State who can jilt them later.” ANY recruit can “jilt” a college since it’s only a verbal commitment. Happens all the time. Jumping on the “trash UGA” bandwagon, are you?

Deputy Dawg

December 11th, 2009
8:23 am

Is they any truth to the rumor that UGA has hired a full-time Parole Officer to work directly with football players?

Can You Dig It

December 11th, 2009
8:25 am

Hey Tampa Gator..nice self serving blog. You covered everything and slanted the blog to make yourself feel good because the Gators are beginning thier slide downward and recruits know it wheather you want to believe it or not. Just read your blog ..every comment you made you criticized recruits for not choosing Florida then instead of congratulating Drew Butler for being named the BEST punter in the nation you slam him. If Henry was deemed to be better than Butler he would have made the All America team…he didn’t…. Butler did. You are a typical Florida fan who thinks the world of college football revolves around the Gators. Have fun getting your a$$ handed to you next year by a lot of teams. Your boy wonder is gone..and the Florida program will feel the effect immediately…so will Urban Cryer who will soon wish he had taken the Notre Dame job..I can’t wait..Can You Dig It?

GA Tech Insider

December 11th, 2009
8:28 am

hiveredtech; you have partial information correct. GA Tech currently has one scholarship available.

However, depending on one player taking a medical hardship and having another scholarship opening up, and there’s even a third possibility opening up for a player leaving early through graduation who hasn’t played much. These two players aren’t even in the group of four being discussed as pro prospects. This isn’t even considering one of the commits who is talking about a potential of coming in as a “gray shirt,” which would mean his scholarship would be applied towards the 2011 class when he actually enrolled in January, 2011.

In other words, there’s a lot of jockeying going on right now, and the GA Tech coaching staff is just trying to be fair to the players who are already on scholarship, the players who have already made commitments, and the players being recruited. Paul Johnson and the staff, are always honest and up front with these kids, staying in the loop, and then and trying to keep them in the loop.

The bottom line is that the dust may not clear until after January 15th, when players have to make their final decisions whether to enter the NFL draft (I think that’s the drop-dead date). Depending on what happens between now and then, there may be a flurry of activity; and if there is, I think a few people will be shocked at what transpires.

The Grinch

December 11th, 2009
8:28 am

Deputy Dawg

December 11th, 2009
8:23 am

Yes, I believe Joe Hamilton has expressed an interest in the position. bWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

sunday

December 11th, 2009
8:35 am

@Can You Dig It,

Floridia is not going anywhere. Wishful thinking, though. The Gators on a “slide downward?” Wow. Maybe you should wait until they play in Shreveport before you say something quite so stupid.

Gene Okerlund

December 11th, 2009
8:36 am

And Reuben Houston will be the inspirational speaker for all of the UGA players who get tickets on their mopeds. He wants to make sure that none of them head down the wrong path of driving down one-way streets on a scooter, because that is what started him on his way to selling hundreds of pounds of reefer.

sunday

December 11th, 2009
8:38 am

@The Grinch,

Are you trying to make fun of Joe Hamilton’s DUI? If so, I don’t think calling him a parole officer is a good way to do that. Kind of counter-intuitive, if you even know what that word means.

Bush League

December 11th, 2009
8:38 am

“The Bulldogs are still working hard on another high-profile defensive back from the Sunshine State who can jilt them later . . . ” What the heck is THAT? Bush league, IMO.

Orange Pride

December 11th, 2009
8:41 am

wATCH US WORK OUR WONDERS ON THESE HIGH SCHOOL BOYS. GO VOLS

drunk dawg

December 11th, 2009
8:45 am

Chip,

Have you heard anything about Marcus Lattimore’s decision?? Thanks.

HardTruth Soldier

December 11th, 2009
8:53 am

That’s what I’m talking about “Can You Dig It”,Everybody who knows football is about to see the dismantling of FLA. People do ya’ll realize you just lose Charlie Strong? The best DC In the SEC, If not the country! Tebow gone, R Cooper gone, B Spikes gone, Cunningham gone, Haden will be an early out to the NFL, FLA will be hurting. CHIP T what you think?

Can You Dig It

December 11th, 2009
8:55 am

Sunday…Apparently you don’t like to project into the future very far…I’ll bet you Florida is not in the SEC Championship game next year or the year after that.You can book it..the Florida program has started its slide downward…no more media love fest…no more CBS announcers spewing sugary BS about Florida when they are on TV. I see Fla State dominating the State of Florida in recruiting and once again becoming the #1 college team in that state….its gonna happen…Florida fans just don’t want to admit it.Have fun in the Sugar bowl…it will be your last BCS bowl for a long while….Can You Dig It?

HardTruth Soldier

December 11th, 2009
9:03 am

While eating Shrimp and Gumbo in Shreveport(which ain’t a bad dish), I’ll be preesing replay on my dvd as I watch Caleb, and Washaun Run! ….Let’s see #4 King, #34 Walker(makes Tech people shiver) #24 Moreno, #24 Ealey, and ya’ll got beat 30-24. Anything with the last #4 isn’t a good sighting FOR y’all!

HardTruth Soldier

December 11th, 2009
9:07 am

Sorry about the mispelling of “pressing”, I had to put that there to prevent the NERDS from trying to attack!

hiveredtech

December 11th, 2009
9:11 am

GaTech Insider

I had it 100% correct…I never said we were done at 13. I said we had 13 which made us full now..but we had 3-5 others we would like to get it. Obviously attrition through transfer, NFL, medical, etc. would have to take place to add to the 13 number.

KD

December 11th, 2009
9:17 am

UGA now should go after Muschamp, what Texas done yesterday was a kick in the face. I mean I don’t think it can hurt if UGA at least would give him a call.

collegeballfan

December 11th, 2009
9:28 am

I had heard that D J Donley had transferred to Purdue, but he is not on their roster. Whoever gets him, move him to linebacker. He is still the best high school linebacker I have ever seen play.

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December 11th, 2009
9:34 am

News Flash from MDPD:

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Goooooooooooooooo Dogs. Woof, woof, woof. Enjoy your second major bowl in 42 years.

Can you dig it is stupid

December 11th, 2009
9:36 am

Can you read stupid? You do realize Brian Kelly got the ND job, right? You exemplify the UGA fanbase well. Stupidity over logic. UF isn’t going anywhere next year. They will once again win the east with UGA breaking in a frosh QB, and UT bringing in Stephens. Brantley will lead a well balanced O next year, and UF will probably finish 11-1 regular season, and contend for yet another title. Enjoy Shreveport dumbass!!!!

Can you dig it is stupid

December 11th, 2009
9:36 am

Enter your comments here

Keith

December 11th, 2009
9:38 am

We don’t need any more short cornerbacks, so who cares? Hopefully we’ll have bigger corners who play more bump and run at the line of scrimmage.

Sir Albert

December 11th, 2009
9:44 am

Florida aint gonna be in the SEC championship huh. Then who is from the East. Sure aint gonna be Ga or Tenn. Too many lousy players. Book it.

Can you dig it is stupid is stupid!

December 11th, 2009
9:45 am

Can you dig it is stupid- Who is the stupid one? He didn’t say Urban will take the Notre Dame job. He said……”Urban Cryer who will soon wish he had taken the Notre Dame job”. You exemplify the UF fanbase! Idiot!

SadDawg

December 11th, 2009
9:48 am

Orange Pride, you mean getting them in a room, then having coaches come in screaming and undressing?

Ohio State fan

December 11th, 2009
9:50 am

Florida has won more games than any other program since 1990 – why on Earth would anyone think that run is over? They have recruited exceptionally well – and continue to do so.

And Urban Meyer still resides in Gainesville.

On an Ohio State note, I was hoping we landed Joyner – oh well.

SadDawg

December 11th, 2009
9:53 am

Yeah, KD, he’s looking at a situation that may get more strung-out than Fisher’s was at FSU. But he will be taking a head-coaching job next. He was on Notre Dame’s list of potential coaches…

KeithB

December 11th, 2009
10:00 am

So what’s the plan with that top 10 recruiting class? 7-5 again, maybe 6-6? Oh, you can put your hopes on beating a talent inferior team like GT and brag, and still have to hold your breath on a last drive. Try beating teams in your conf, heck your side of the conf. You know, teams with like talent. Remeber, beating Tech won’t win you an SEC title. You actually have to beat Florida, Kentucky and Tennessee to accomplish that. Must be frustrating.

Bank Walker, Texas Ranger

December 11th, 2009
10:41 am

If Georgia boosters want Muschamp, then show him the money. I don’t think he is going to stick around 6 years. Now if he and his family are happy in Austin, then it will be tough. As for Smart, I think he knows Saban doesn’t stay anywhere very long. I think he will stick around a while.

LaToya DaHoya

December 11th, 2009
10:51 am

The #1 reason Luc and Joyner are going to Florida State – They will start as freshmen, that would not be the case at the top programs in the country.

Chip Towers

December 11th, 2009
10:57 am

GEORGIA97: You must not have looked too hard for our story on Drew Butler’s fine accomplishment. This story from Tim Tucker has been posted since 8-something last night. . . . And we’re not called theat.

Chip Towers

December 11th, 2009
10:59 am

Keith: I do believe the Blake Sims saga is over. Bama all the way.

UGA 2010

December 11th, 2009
11:05 am

I agree Chip, any word on Marcus Lattimores decision?

The Real SugarHillDawg

December 11th, 2009
11:06 am

Someone PLEASE tell me how can a CB who is 5-8 be a 5 star recruit? Who’s he gonna cover………Mini Me??!!

UGA 2010

December 11th, 2009
11:08 am

Good point SUGARHILL, he better have some kind of abnormal vertical…