Willis may flip on Vols but Miller 100 percent committed

Time to catch up on what’s going on here, there and everywhere. Some afternoon links and notes . . .

It looks like defensive end Brandon Willis of Duncan, S.C.  — one of the subjects in the Tennessee hostess flap — is considering backing out on the Vols to commit to Miami, according to PalmettoSports.com’s Phil Kornblut. Willis and his teammate Corey Miller were the players the members of the Orange Pride hostess outfit were visiting at a Byrnes game back in September. Meanwhile, teammate and fellow defensive end Corey Miller says he’s still 100 percent committed to the Vols. Miller also told ESPN.com the whole “hostess-gate” thing is overblown.

“All they did was come down for a football game. They got them a little place or whatever and went back to Tennessee the next morning. People are trying to say people can’t come to a football game. It’s the same situation like saying a guy from Byrnes like (Florida State safety) Justin Bright can’t come back. That is the situation. They came and watched the game and went back to Tennessee. People have all their opinions. Yeah we took pictures together and everything, but there was no sign that said come to Tennessee, as the photo showed.”

Lassiter quarterback Hutson Mason has made up his mind on his college choice and he’ll make an announcement tomorrow. That’s the good news. The bad news is the public won’t know until Tuesday night. Mason told me he is informing the coaches of the lucky team tonight (Wednesday). He’ll reveal that choice to Rivals.com’s Jamie Newberg on Thursday afternoon while taping the show “In the Huddle” for CSS-TV. But Mason has made an agreement with Newberg and CSS not to go public with the decision until the show airs Tuesday night. So you can expect to hear the news from me right around the same time. It’s between Georgia, Clemson and Mississippi State. . . .

Georgia Tech recruit Kareem Martin hasn’t answered my calls or texts for a month and, reading a Scout.com spotlight story on him in advance of the Shrine Bowl I see why. It seems he has eliminated the Yellow Jackets and has narrowed it down to Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Duke. Martin, a 6-foot-6, 230-pound defensive end, didn’t say anything specifically about Tech but reporter Don Callahan did in this paragraph: “Martin recently narrowed his list of schools under consideration to three: Duke, North Carolina, and Virginia Tech. Martin officially visited Duke in October and Virginia Tech in November. He also took an official visit to the now-eliminated Georgia Tech.” Oh well. Guess winning ACC championships didn’t entice him much.  . . .

Gainesville wide receiver and Notre Dame commitment Tai-ler Jones is considering the possibility of making yet another switch, according to TigerSportsDigest.com. The one-time Stanford commitment switched to Notre Dame, where his father played ball, late this fall. But Jones hasn’t heard much from the Fighting Irish since Charlie Weis got fired and Brian Kelly hired. Meanwhile, he’s been hearing from LSU a lot and the Tigers say they now have a spot for him if he wants it. Tough call, but good problem. Jones’ 1,394 receiving yards this season were 11th most in state history. . . .

You serious recruitniks probably already know this but for novices that don’t pay as close attention top-rated running back and Tennessee hostess observer Marcus Lattimore eliminated North Carolina and decided to take an official visit to South Carolina in January, even though he has been there many times. Lattimore will visit Georgia on Jan. 29. He has already been to Penn State and will visit Oregon on Jan. 22. Most think he’s a Gamecocks lock. . . .

A lot of junior college news since Wednesday was the first day JUCOs could sign scholarships. Leading the way . . .

  • The Tennessee Volunteers, of course! According to ESPN.com’s Bruce Feldman, coach Lane Kiffin got a signed letter-of-intent from quarterback Matt Simms, better known as the son of former NFL quarterback Phil Simms and the brother of ex-Texas quarterback Chris Simms. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Matt Simms will have  two years of eligibility remaining after two seasons at El Camino (Calif.) Community College. He’ll compete with Nick Stephens for the Vols’ starting job this spring. . . .
  • Of course, Georgia is getting in one junior college transfer in Georgia Military College safety Jakar Hamilton. Hamilton tells UGASports.com’s Anthony Dasher that he’s thrilled to finally be heading to Athens. I’d think so after a year of military school. . . .
  • Auburn picked up a big (literally) JUCO transfer in 6-foot-6, 275-pound offensive lineman Brandon Mosely of Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College, according to the blog WarEagleExtra. He was originally a Bama signee. Add to that midyear high school signees Jessel Curry of Buford, a linebacker/fullback, and defensive end Craig Sanders of Ariton, Ala., and the Tigers are getting a lot of new blood for the spring. They may add a fourth, too, in offensive lineman Roszell Gayden of California’s College of the Sequoias, according to ESPN.com’s Chris Low.
  • South Carolina picked up linebacker Toquavius Gilchrist of Butler County (Kan.) Community College, according to ESPN.com. He’s originally from Abbeville, S.C. . . .
  • Former Stockbridge defensive tackle Randy Salmon signed a scholarship with Louisville on Dec. 15. He originally signed with the Cardinals out of Stockbridge High two years ago but did not qualify for undergraduate admission and has attended Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College. He also graduates from junior college this month. . . .

That’s all for now. There’s much more out there and I’ll add more when I get a chance. As always, check back for breaking news.

64 comments Add your comment

toph

December 16th, 2009
5:22 pm

nice article, thanks for the updates

GT For You And Me

December 16th, 2009
5:23 pm

If Kareem doesn’t want to play for GT,that’s all good. He has his options. Good luck to him….

Youbetcha

December 16th, 2009
5:25 pm

Eat It St. Simons

December 16th, 2009
5:30 pm

((((30-24)))) hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Denver Dog

December 16th, 2009
5:42 pm

Ok, so UT did nothing wrong, and a top comittment as changing sides. Oh yeah we had a couple of girls there in the stands with signs. Lane, what are these girls doing on the field with your recurits? “It is a great compliment to UT that the NCAA is investigating our program”.

Wait til they find the money in the moonshine jar!!!!!

GA Tech Insider

December 16th, 2009
5:45 pm

Perhaps there’s more to the Kareem story than everyone knows? :)

Lame Duck

December 16th, 2009
5:49 pm

Hey, Lame Kiffin, did you notice that Matt Elam told everyone today that all visits and attempts to recruit him are over. He is a solid Gator. I guess your “extras” were not enough to get him to come to Knoxville. And you Dawg fans were dreaming about him, too. Sorry about that. With Major Wright maybe leaving for the NFL, Elam might be the starting free safety for the Gators next year. Not a bad safety combo in Will Hill and Matt Elam…with Dee Finley and Demar Dorsey in the mix and playing a lot, too. Yikes. That is a scary thought for ye Vols and Dawg fans for the next few years! And the Gators have commitments from three of the top CBs in the country as well. Double yikes.

It's Really Sad

December 16th, 2009
5:52 pm

I would not be surprised to see a lot of Vols fans flipping to other teams in the coming weeks. Kiffin is a moron!!! His time at Tennessee is numbered…and it will not be long before the moron runs that program back into the hole and they will wish Fulmer was back.

Dawg1970

December 16th, 2009
5:57 pm

Besides Hamilton, does UGA have any more commits who will be in school in Jan, and eligible for Spring practice?

NastyNate

December 16th, 2009
6:05 pm

Correction…..as of now Willis is still %100 committed to TN. Mr. Willis said his son’s visit to UM has been scheduled for months. Nice try at trying to declare his change in commitment due to the “hostess” situation. V,B.

DawgKnowledge

December 16th, 2009
6:21 pm

The dawgs need to hire some of these hot young hos to get these top recruits, like UT does! It may work.

ExLax Dawg

December 16th, 2009
6:28 pm

@ DawgKnowledge…….why don’t you let your daughter attend UGA. If she gets her missing teeth replaced she can be a UGA Ho Ho Ho. I mean she is already well known around your trailer park anyway….right?

Red Dog 77

December 16th, 2009
6:43 pm

Ive said it before and I will say it again, as a UGA fan good for us ,but purely on college football and the image required to keep national interest peaking, what in tarnation is Monty Kiffen thinking,allowing his son to make a fool of himself,UT,and the SEC. I would never have thought I would say this , But ol Al Davis is looking pretty smart about now

Lord of The Lizards

December 16th, 2009
6:56 pm

Future UT prospects are starting to smell the probation. Only a matter of time.

ROAD TRIP

December 16th, 2009
7:20 pm

“Lets go to Byrne S.C. and watch a highschool football game!!!!!!!!!!!!!,” shouted the Tenesesse female student to her friends. “Road Trip!!!!!,”they all shouted.

Corey Smith for DC!

December 16th, 2009
7:20 pm

@Dawg1970 incoming freshman OL Kolton Houston is enrolling early and will be on campus in January, not sure how many/if there are any other freshman early enrollees, I’ll let you know if I hear anything.

TRAILER HAITERS

December 16th, 2009
7:24 pm

I will talk about people who live in trailer on the internet, just not to their face. Does this make me a coward?

BG

December 16th, 2009
7:35 pm

30 to 24 all year long baby!!!

Mrs. Kiffin

December 16th, 2009
7:36 pm

We are taking our 24 and 22 Bowl record to Atlanta!!!! We have not been to a bowl in three years and we have only won two bowl game in the last ten years!!!!! so we are ready to talk smack!

scott

December 16th, 2009
7:44 pm

Hey LAME DUCK….

Gators need to worry about Cinn. and life after TEBONE (crybaby), stop worrying about 18 yr old freshman recruits that may never pan out. Just a reality check….Thanks!

CBB1

December 16th, 2009
8:00 pm

Hey Lame Duck,
Doesn’t Florida need a defensive coordinator first? I would be more worried about who is going to coach the kids.

bhumpdawg

December 16th, 2009
8:34 pm

hey lame duck, move over your time has expired, we run this state…..coming for the gators in 2010….

Calling all Gator Haters

December 16th, 2009
8:50 pm

mason

December 16th, 2009
8:50 pm

((( He also took an official visit to the now-eliminated Georgia Tech )))
hahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

((( 30-24 )))
hahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

MauiDAWG

December 16th, 2009
8:51 pm

I thought Christian Green (Tampa) was close to committing to GA last week. Any word?

gvillevol

December 16th, 2009
8:52 pm

Richt + Fulmer2, brandon willis’s dad said today this was not true. 45-19.

SouthKnoxvillian

December 16th, 2009
8:53 pm

Willis denied this rumor 6 hours ago! Turn in your ID10T form Atlanta. I’m just kidding, thanks for the press.

techster

December 16th, 2009
8:54 pm

dawg fans are just idiots. reading their flaming about recruits, ut, etc….just idiots. that is how you can tell they are way down in the sec east now. kiffin, meyer, etc will wipe the floor with them again.

romegavol

December 16th, 2009
8:55 pm

45-19….enough said. better worry about finding a defensive coordinator. that is if the puppies can find someone to take it.

SouthKnoxvillian

December 16th, 2009
8:56 pm

Almost forgot… 45-19

techster

December 16th, 2009
8:57 pm

EVERYONE WILL BEAT GEORGIA!!!!!!—-except georgia tech. 30-24 all year long!!!!!!!

Lame Duck

December 16th, 2009
8:59 pm

Hey, “Calling all Gator Haters”….what a crock (sorry the pun, since a lot of people mistake a Gator when they see a crock)…those photos are. You can do anything with a computer these days, and two of those players are not even the players they are identified to be. The photo of Christian does not even look anything like the kid. Give me a break. But you will recognize Brantley next year when he throws about 6 TD passes on your Dawgbones next year….probaly at least to the real TE, Christian, in the photo. You and the creator of that website should be arreasted for slander.

Lame Duck

December 16th, 2009
9:00 pm

Keep the dream alive…some day the Dawgs will beat the Gators again. Not likely.

Dawg26

December 16th, 2009
9:54 pm

Hey Lame Duck,

Does your name refer to a certain soft or lame member of your lower region? Figures you inbreds from Knoxville would get on here and try to bash the Dawgs. Ha, nice try! Wonder what is next for Kriminal Kiffin? :D

tenn.DAWG

December 16th, 2009
10:33 pm

If Kiffin is not still pimpin Lacy Pearl,maybe we can get her on retainer and send her to see Marcus.She already has a relationship with,so why not money talks,ask Lane.

HateIsTheHighestFormofFlattery

December 16th, 2009
10:42 pm

Hate is the Highest Form of Flattery. Go Vols!

Hominid

December 16th, 2009
10:45 pm

LOL -what? Everyday, another UT slam or negative thread in your recruiting column? This just in – we have less secondary violations in the least year than UGA.

K-Town Dawg

December 16th, 2009
11:17 pm

maybe, hominid

but it looks like you have more major violations.
Kiffin’s 15 minutes of fame are alomost up.

Red Dog 77

December 17th, 2009
12:32 am

Tenn. fans ,ok so you beat us this year. I can assure you we will fight like hell to beat you next year. With that said my question is as follows: Are you indeed proud of this little brat you call your head coach? Personally even I thought him a bit novel at first, but damn! I am sure privately most mature Tenn. people cringe when they see his name in the papers now.I am sure they are worried: is he about to poop in his pants again, and thus all over us? And dear old Monty sits back and says nothing? It all makes me pretty dern grateful to be a UGA man that bleeds RED and BLACK ,no matter what the score ,no matter what the record.My guess is you will be singing SLOPPY TOP until he is gone.

Red Dog if it helps....

December 17th, 2009
1:35 am

No, we’re OK with him. What we are tired of is half-truths or non-truths presented as facts by so-called “journalists”. You heard of the “Come to Tennessee” poster the hostesses allegedly held up in SC? Said nothing of the sort, but it made a good story.
The story at top of page about a commit flipping? Written by a Gamecock “journalist” and debunked by the recruit’s father within hours. Let’s see if these AJC boys have the balls to print that part.
Let’s face it, Kiffin is interesting to say the least but the tales about him and what’s going on at UT are becoming no more than a good ole boys fishing story. Right now, any yahoo with an internet connection can make up the wildest things about Kiffin and fans desperate for him to fail will lap it up and not even bother to find out whether it’s true. Unfortunately for all of us, those yahoos work in some of the best known papers in the southeast and the nation.
If UT people cringe about anything, it’s about knowing how we were one healthy kicker short of keeping that damned Bama out of the NC game.

rthomas

December 17th, 2009
3:18 am

haha u sec teams better watch out for the dawgs when they have kirby smart making qb’s cry for their mommas

BuLLdawg

December 17th, 2009
4:24 am

BuLLdawg

December 17th, 2009
4:31 am

I see Georgia Tech only has 71 patrol officers, total. Let’s see Zone 5, Atlanta Budget cut-backs, and Georgia Tech has only 71 patrol officers according to Bud Peterson.

Astounding numbers are being put up against these 71.

2 laptops are stolen per day, every day.

The top 125 arrested all year long, and they according to reports have been arrested 2,500 times. 20 times each has been arrested.

Totally ineffective arrests.

To admit that you arrested 125 guys who you have arrested a cumulative 2,500 times – that is 20 times each was arrested.

What do they keep them overnight ?

VOL Fan

December 17th, 2009
8:22 am

Fire Lane and hire his daddy. He’s all we wanted anyway.

Jan Kemp

December 17th, 2009
8:38 am

Tell Richt and UGA to get GMC ready for a lot more of this years recruits

the APD arrest blotter and the Orange ratings

December 17th, 2009
9:09 am

Um, let us see. A taliban techer terrorist gets about 15 in the big house and your QB Hamilton and um, Reuben Houston, the always HIGH safety of three years back and oh yeah, Eddie Lee Ivory got about 10 in the Wisc big house and there is that kid, what’s his name on the current Tech ( taliban ) squad……….#37. Prizes, all of em. Waffle House execs are proud ……..aren’t they?????

The APD has a temp jail on the GT campus next to GF at HBDS. HAHAHA 30-24 and 1-8 and 4 -14 and the sound of Caleb’s and Waushuan’s cleats as they flew by the head man with man boobs. “hit em in the face” he screamed as the 48,000 red & black fans screamed, with glee.

The tandem of Dwyer and Nesbitt got um, ah 77 ??? and at Home????

How bout the TV ratings for the ACC Champ game and the upcoming Orange bowl??? Worst in TV sports history, i suspect …………sort of like the actual game attendence at all tech games.

HAHAHAHAAH

The General Feeling

December 17th, 2009
9:13 am

Chip, c’mon amigo. A bit of research and double checking sources would help you avoid posting inaccuracies like Brandon Willis decommitting from Tennessee. I know you want to give hope to the USCe fans, it admirable, but it only delays their suffering and self pity.

Preston

December 17th, 2009
9:38 am

This is too funny. Now it’s trick photography and UT did nothing wrong. That idiot (Kiffen) is going to have UT in so much s@#$ that they are going to be on probation AND lose scholarships. It’ll take years to overcome this and Kiffen’s daddy will be back in the pros soon. What an idiot!

KeithB

December 17th, 2009
11:39 am

Good article. War bluechip prospects that can’t win conference divisions!

Comin' Down The Track

December 17th, 2009
11:49 am

Fellow Dawgs,
I think that it is time to stop with the posts that taunt m, St. Simons and the other bugs of their ilk. They’re not here reading them. They’re fair weather bug fans, remember. I realize that it feels really good, but honestly, we own them all time and certainly for the last decade. As the saying goes, we’ve been there before. Let’s act like it and begin to ignore them and their inferiority complex anew. I told them all year that the beatdown was coming. It came. Everything is back to normal. Let’s us get back to normal, as well, and return our focus to beating the real teams on our schedule. Go Dawgs.

~CDTT