Update: Stripling refutes report that he’s visiting GT
UPDATED (YET AGAIN) . . .
Georgia commitment T.J. Stripling refuted a report by JacketsOnline.com that he’s visiting Georgia Tech this weekend.
The 6-foot-6, 220-pound defensive end from Southwest DeKalb confirmed that in a text to me a little while ago. But he’s in school today and couldn’t talk. However, he spoke with UGASports.com’s Kipp Adams at some point today. Ironically, UGASports and JacketsOnline are sister sites, so it’s unusual to see one refute the other.
Said Stripling to ugasports: “That is not true. They said the same about Mike Thornton, too. I’m playing in the DeKalb County All-Star game this weekend.”
More interesting to me was Stripling’s comment that he’s thinking about possibly making an official visit to Tennessee. But, he said, he’s 95 percent committed to the Bulldogs. Better than 94 percent, I guess.
Anyway, T.J. is supposed to call me back later so I’ll get into all that with him.
- JacketsOnline.com also that Thornton, the Stephenson defensive tackle, was going to be on The Flats for an official. But Thornton shot that down in no uncertain terms via text message on Monday: “I’m not going to Georgia Tech this weekend. I never said anything about taking that visit.”. . . .
- Speaking of Thornton, Scout.com’s Southeast recruiting analyst Chad Simmons talked to him about his visit to UGA this weekend. Most revealing to me, however, was Thornton’s news that he and his mom will now take official visits to Auburn and Miami. He has already been to Penn State. . . .
- Probably the most affected by the visit to UGA was Lassiter quarterback Hutson Mason. Based on the account given Kipp Adams of Rivals.com, Mason was positively giddy and on the verge of committing:
“I need to sit down for a couple of days and gather myself because I felt like I was so caught up in the emotions today. Just from being with my future teammates and some of the players, I felt like the bond was so strong that I could definitely see myself playing with these guys. If I have the same feelings as I do right now, then there is no doubt I will be a Bulldog. I hope to have a decision as soon as possible, and when the Georgia coaches asked if I would know by January, me and my family let them know it would not take that long. It will probably be before Christmas break.”
- Interestingly, Hutson told me today he is leaving tomorrow for an impromptu unofficial visit to Clemson. He hadn’t mentioned the Tigers before. . . .
- Macon.com’s David Hale talked to Georgia recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner about how he’s handling recruits’ questions regarding a new defensive coordinator and their suddenly-absent recruiters. . . .
- Rivals.com’s Anthony Dasher had the most revealing update on the UGA D-coordinator search I’ve seen yet. He talked to Kansas State’s Vic Koenning and Koenning did nothing to discourage the notion he might be interested in joining the Bulldogs. Check out his quote:
“Georgia’s a great place and Coach Richt is a fantastic coach, but I don’t think I’m at liberty to say right now. I’ll just say it would be a great honor to be considered for that, but that’s all I can. . . . It’s not my place to say or not say. I learned a long time ago not to say a lot about this type of thing because it can be construed the wrong way.”
- The mass movement among SEC assistant coaches continues. Florida receivers coach/recruiter extraordinaire Billy Gonzales is leaving the Gators for LSU. . . .
- The name everybody is talking about after this past weekend’s GHSA finals at the Georgia Dome is Wilcox County’s Nick Marshall. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound dual-threat quarterback put on a show with 240 yards passing — fourth all-time for passing yards in a title game — and some impressive mobility in the Class A championship game against Savannah Christian. Scout.com’s Rusty Mansell provides a little insight here on Marshall, a 2011 recruit that has generated a lot of interest but no offers. . . .
- Here’s a profile on Marcus Lattimore by The State’s Bob Gillespie. Lattimore is considered one of the top running back prospects in the country. He’s considering Georgia, Auburn, South Carolina, Oregon and Penn State. . . .
- Gainesville cornerback Justin Owens committed today to West Georgia College, according to assistant coach Todd Wofford.