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.