GACA North all-star roster loaded with Tech talent

Georgia Tech commitment Charles Perkins, shown here in the midst of gaining 302 yards in a game against Parkview this season, will lead the North squad in today's GACA All-Star Game in Columbus. (AJC photo by Josh D. Weiss)

Georgia Tech commitment Charles Perkins, shown here in the midst of gaining 302 yards in a game against Parkview this season, will lead the North squad in today's GACA All-Star Game in Columbus. (AJC photo by Josh D. Weiss)

While it may be played in the middle of the day, the stars will be out in Columbus today as the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association (GACA) North-South All-Star Classic renews for the 65th time at 2 p.m. this afternoon.

Some big-time players and prospects that were otherwise overlooked by the national games will be competing against each other at Columbus’ Memorial Stadium.

“It’s going to be exciting,” said Lassiter’s Hutson Mason, a Georgia commitment and one of the two quarterbacks for the North squad. “I think the teams are pretty even. It’s a great opportunity to show what you can do against some of the best players in the state. These are guys that you are going to be playing with on the next level so we’re all eager to see how we do.”

The players have been staying at the Hilton Garden Inn in Columbus and practicing and playing together for the past three days.

“Pretty much practice and eat and then get a little chill time at night,” said Mason, who set the state passing and touchdowns record this past season. It’s been good to get to know a lot of these guys. There’s a lot of Georgia and Georgia Tech guys. [Fellow Georgia signee] Michael Bennett and I have been hanging out quite a bit.”

There are five Georgia Tech commitments on the North squad: OL Catlin Alford of Adairsville, WR/DB Jake Skole of Blessed Trinity, RB Charles Perkins of Collins Hill, OL Morgan Bailey of Loganville and DB Isaiah Johnson of Sandy Creek.

Mason will share quarterback duties with South Carolina commitment Connor Shaw of Flowery Branch. Also competing for the North squad are Buford FB/LB Jessel Curry (Auburn), Gainesville DB Daunte Carr (Stanford), Grayson RB Ean Pemberton (Austin Peay) and Grayson LB Terry Williams (East Carolina).

The South team appears to be loaded on defense. It features Lowndes LB Telvin Smith (Florida State), Jackson DE Neiron Ball (Florida), Stephenson DE Tyrone Cornileus (Miami) and Warner Robins DT Jeffrey Whitaker (undecided). On offense the South is led by AJC Super 11 offensive lineman Ed Christian of Lowndes County (Auburn), Stephenson RB Raymond Sanders (Kentucky) and record-setting placekicker Joseph Mansour of LaGrange (Kentucky).

For the complete rosters click here to go to the GACA website.

65 comments Add your comment

toph

December 29th, 2009
12:29 pm

Good deal. Good luck to Mr. Mason. I hope he shows out today!

reality check

December 29th, 2009
12:31 pm

Let’s see…. Under Armor has many GA recruits and GACA has many Tech recruits…. Which one is more of a national game for better players?

Yeah that is right… Under Armor. Go DAWGS 30-24!

Jacket

December 29th, 2009
12:37 pm

Yeah, reality check, what did all those so called “top recruits” get you this year? Let’s see, 7-5 and trip to Independence Bowl. On the other hand, “lesser talent” got Tech to 10-2, ACC Title and Orange Bowl. You do the math.

reality?

December 29th, 2009
12:49 pm

That’s right, you have one of the top 5 recruiting classes in the nation every year, so you should be ranked in the top 5, right?

Bit of underachieving I say. Tech should be run out of the stadium every year with your “top” players. But that doesn’t happen.

UGA has a great program, but this is one area I would be very ashamed of. You get the best talent in the country and you go to Shreveport. Your team should be the best in the country. Look at their losses this year – just dumb stuff (poorly coached I say)

Tech gets a bunch of nobodys and they play some good ball, sending some juniors into the pros.

If you want to get scared, compare four-year classes to each other (2010 to 2006, etc.) Tech is doing a lot now with nothing – that is changing. UGA is not getting anything better than they did four years ago (still good though).

Congrats on the win yesterday. I always like to see an in-state team win.

Golden Rule

December 29th, 2009
1:09 pm

Top 5 recruiting class = Independance Bowl victory…I think even a Ugag grad can figure the math on this one…

Chip Towers

December 29th, 2009
1:16 pm

Golden Rule: Not to defend Georgia but three members of that Top 5 recruiting class — Matthew Stafford, Knowshon Moreno and Asher Allen — are playing in the NFL in what would be their senior seasons. And I think those first two signed contracts worth about $100 million between them after being drafted in the top 12 picks. They played in the Sugar and Capital One before that. I’m just sayin’. . . .

CamdenMom

December 29th, 2009
1:17 pm

Camden County player Dakota Dir has been selected as a semi-finalist for the High School Rudy Award. Dakota is the only player from the State of GA that has made it to the semi-finals. The winner will receive a $10,000 academic scholarship and will be presented the High School Football Rudy Award by Rudy Ruettiger. The two Runners-up will each receive a $5,000 academic scholarship and Runners-up Award.
PLEASE SHOW YOUR SUPPORT AND VOTE FOR DAKOTA @

http://www.highschoolrudyawards.com/Nominees/62/nominee.aspx?pid=62

YoungDawg

December 29th, 2009
1:32 pm

LOL Tech’s commits are in this game because most of the UGA commits are in national All Start Games!

REality

December 29th, 2009
1:36 pm

Thanks Chip. The nerds won’t listen to any real football fans on these blogs, so I’m glad you chipped in there. Maybe the nerds will understand for once. If not, blame it on the acne medicine.

Cuttysark

December 29th, 2009
1:54 pm

Hi Chip, Was DT Shawn Green from Grayson invited to play in this game? Thanks for the excellent coverage on recruiting.

Chip Towers

December 29th, 2009
2:00 pm

Cuttysark: I didn’t notice him on the roster but may have overlooked. I’ll double check.

mike

December 29th, 2009
2:07 pm

Will the GACA North-South All-Star Football Classic be broadcast on any radio or TV stations today?

Chip Towers

December 29th, 2009
2:21 pm

mike: No TV or radio that I know of, unfortunately. . . .

cuttysark: Shawn Green and Denzel McCoy are both playing in the Offense-Defense All-America Bowl Saturday in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

GT Alum

December 29th, 2009
2:24 pm

Chip, you’re “unbiased” reporting is a joke. I think the point Golden Rule is making is what have these top 10 recruiting classes amounted to while at Georgia! Georgia has never had issues in developing stars and sending them to the next level- thats not the point. How many SEC championships did Asher Allen, Matthew Stafford, and Knowshon Moreno win? Thats the point..

The point you make about those 3 in the NFL is a perfect example of how UGA is all about Big ME and little team. Those players got their money but the teams they played on at UGA never lived up to the hype. UGA- Big ME, Little Team.

GT Alum

December 29th, 2009
2:26 pm

“Not to defend Georgia BUT…” give me a freaking break.

juvenal

December 29th, 2009
2:30 pm

point was, what is the average ranking of the classes of the last 5 years? our best class, nowhere near the top 10, could possibly lose 4 jrs, & Calvin made a chunk of $, too…

reality check

December 29th, 2009
2:32 pm

Tech fans just remember back to a few weeks ago…. our high ranked recruits beat the ACC champs 30-24 if I remember correctly.

Thanks CHIP for your honesty and voice of reason!

We had a bad year without a doubt. But our worst year in the last 25 was a year we beat you in your best in the last what 50??????

Scoreboard! 30-24 Go DAWGS!

reality?

December 29th, 2009
2:37 pm

You are totally missing my point.

UGA’s recruiting is top 5 every year (or at least top 10). Every year UGA gets the best talent in the land. They should – they are the largest university in arguably the best football state in the country.

I don’t disagree that Tech gets less than the best talent. That is my point. I believe UGA has some of the poorest player development in the country. The MS, KM, and AAs of the world were just so good that they would have been great in the pros, no matter what program they were involved in (look how well most of them did as freshmen).

However, look at how UGA struggled to have a decent quarterback this year. How can you recruit the best year after year and not have a reliable backup QB?

This has happened countless times.

The “stars” at Tech probably played in these regional all-star games that all on this post are dismissing. Now they are going pro as juniors and for the most part, I do not think they will be missed as much.

My point was that recruiting should not be such a source of pride for UGA until you do something with your talent. You have a lot of things you can be proud of, but this is not one of them.

D(r)ooley

December 29th, 2009
2:37 pm

Its a shame Hutson didn’t have the talent to play in the Under Armour All American Game like so many Gator recruits are………………….there are some Dawgs too, Da’Rick “Big Head” Rogers included. The two top safeties in the country(both coming to Gainesville) will be shutting him down for years to come.

reality check

December 29th, 2009
2:49 pm

Reality we normally are one of the best teams in the country over the last 9 years. Look at Richt’s record listed with Mr. Urban Crier. Richt is listed as 4th best winning percentage.

No doubt we had a bad year this year coming off of an injury filled year of not meeting expectations the year before. Many times talent has to be reloaded and retooled. Leadership coming to the top.

We will be fine next year with a new DC and a more refocused attitude! Go DAWGS!

Cuttysark

December 29th, 2009
2:53 pm

Thank you Chip. Maybe someday all of the Tech and dawg fans will stop their collective complaining and nasty comments so we can all enjoy recruiting without all of the nonsense they constantly insist on writing.

just the truth

December 29th, 2009
2:57 pm

UGA’s top two running backs didn’t even get accepted until the very last day and 17 of their top 28 players are “housing” majors. Give me a break!! No wonder they can recruit so high.

toph

December 29th, 2009
3:05 pm

So much negative junk. Cuttysark, I’m with you! This is crazy!

Ehhhh

December 29th, 2009
3:07 pm

D(r)ooley ,

I agree with you on Rogers. He is pompous, cocky and about as thug as they get. He has unbelievable talent, but his ego will hinder him. One thing you have to remember also is this kid is as dumb as a sack of bricks. He has also threatened violence against teachers and students and argued with the coach on the sidelines on several different occasions. As a resident of Calhoun, I will be glad to get him out of here. As a UGA fan, I believe he will be a huge bust. That’s if he ever even makes there. I think he will end up a Georgia Military, and then possibly some small school. I don’t normally bad mouth high school athletes, but I notice that these articles never speak of mental capacity or character. They are always about talent alone. He will never star at UGA if he can’t get in.

Ehhhh

December 29th, 2009
3:08 pm

Wow, I can’t spell.

reality?

December 29th, 2009
3:15 pm

come on don’t be so harsh jtt. Here is a description of the major from the UGA website:

The Housing major at The University of Georgia gives students expertise in various aspects of housing, including needs assessment, financing, housing legislation, household equipment, energy conservation, and housing alternatives. The major helps students gain a comprehensive understanding of housing as a product, an environment, a service, and a
process for sheltering a diverse and changing population adequately, accessibly, and affordably. Coursework delves into such topics as financial management, mortgages, financing, governmental policies dealing with housing, and social issues related to the field. The opportunity to become a Certified Housing Counselor is available after completing a specialized course and passing a certification examination.

By contrast, here is the description of Sean Bedford’s program:
Graduates will have the necessary understanding of aerodynamics, structures, vehicle dynamics and control, propulsion, and interdisciplinary design to be well prepared for careers in aerospace and related engineering fields.

It is not fair to say that one program is “harder” than the other…

rduck

December 29th, 2009
3:20 pm

I used to like reading the blogs until the useless, pathetic, no job having adolecents took it over. My team is better than your team because of this. Oh yeah, our team is going to this bowl. Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah… Get a life or a job or something. Enough with the petty BS.

Cuttysark

December 29th, 2009
3:24 pm

Hi Toph, It doesn’t matter whether a kid is going to GT, UGA, Florida, or any other school, as soon as the kid commits or chooses to go to any school, the sniping and nastiness immediately starts and quickly becomes an avalanche of garbage. It’s so unnecessary when you consider all of the hard work that these kids put into earning an athletic scholarship. Only to have individuals just tear into them and their school of choice for no reason other than spite. I wish them all well no MATTER WHERE THEY GO!

toph

December 29th, 2009
3:34 pm

Yep, I completely agree Cuttysark. Good words! I appreciate kids that work hard, are gifted and enjoy the sport that they play. Obviously, not everyone can come to UGA but that does not mean that they are not talented and will not turn out to be good players and people. What good does it do to slam the players, their high schools and their college choices?

Alphare

December 29th, 2009
3:38 pm

Tech will have 2 first round picks with their 3-star recruits, while UGA has a couple of 3rd rounders with their 5-star recruits.

Wake up, high schoolers!

Ehhhh

December 29th, 2009
3:45 pm

Let me preface by saying that I am not accusing anyone of making reference to my earlier post…

I only speak the way I do about Rogers, because I have been around him and so have many of my friends, and their kids go to school with him. From knowing him, I can attest too much more than the football side of things, which is the only thing most people on here know. My main point in all this (ESPECIALLY TO CHIP): At least find out about the kids academic status. We all love to hear of the accomplishments of our youth and it boosts these kids confidence to see their names in the paper. But if you are researching an article about someone, at least show some diligence by finding out if the kid even has a chance of getting into the school he chose. And I have read your articles (especially the ones on Rogers), and you only highlight what he does on the field (and half of that is showing his butt). Please don’t turn into a recruiting service. I remember when they used to list the kids SAT/ACT score and GPA as part of their stats. Whatever happened to that???

Duke Blue

December 29th, 2009
4:06 pm

Jacket ……..I think we beat Tech so it got us a victory of you. Just to show who is the superior team in the State.

ArkyTech

December 29th, 2009
4:07 pm

“Not to defend Georgia, but…..”

Come again? All I heard was “Bark Bark Bark Bark Bark”

You doggies can have your recruiting “rankings”. We’ll take the 20 wins and BCS bowl the past 2 seasons.

Shreveport sssssssure looked c-c-c-c-c-c-c-oooooold last night.

UGA 2010

December 29th, 2009
4:19 pm

Well Jacket, seems to me my math is pretty good and 30 – 24 = Tech sucks to a 7-5 team. Face it, its not the players,coaches,fans…. its the fact the GayTech is jus doomed to ALWAYS be second best in Georgia… We’ll see next year, EVERYONE knows UGA will change jus like EVERYONE knows Tech will do nothing but get worse. We’ll kno for sure after Iowa creams y’all!!!!! GO DAWGS ((((30-24))))

UGA 2010

December 29th, 2009
4:23 pm

Tech fans ONLY got the fact that UGA went to Shreveport(for the 1st time in like over a DECADE) and they had their BEST SEASON in history for them. But you all can talk ALLLLLLLLLL you want to, cuz the more you talk bad about us it jus makes you all look SOOOOOOO much worse!!!!hahahahahahahaha, see you nerdy losers in NOV. 2010!!!!

Disappointed

December 29th, 2009
4:23 pm

As usual, too much talent leaving the state next year. I’d much rather see them playing at the trade school than leave the state entirely. Both UGA and Yech need to do a better job keeping these boys at home

ghost of UGA VII

December 29th, 2009
4:35 pm

UGA 2010: It’s rednecks like you that makes where I’m at a better place. This dog might bite yooou if you keep up the dumb a.. remarks.

just the truth

December 29th, 2009
5:00 pm

Nooooo! These kids are suppose to be student/athletes. Now it’s all about how fast can you run or how far can you throw. Nothing about the student part. They are here at a college or a university and somehow people forget that. What are we teaching little Timmy now. You don’t need any grades …… they will make up a major for you. Just practice on the field! What about the kids that that are A B students that have done the right thing in the classroom as well. Where is their scholarship? They don’t get one because another kid who is a step faster or can jump just a little higher gets it. I played div. 1 college ball 40 years ago and back then everyone had to be on a “real” degree meaning you had to have the grades not just to qualify but to stay in school because you were going after a “real” degree.

Baba O'Riley

December 29th, 2009
5:10 pm

Somebody post that picture again of Chip in his UGA polo. You can’t seriously take this guy as objective, can you?

Tech Man

December 29th, 2009
5:33 pm

Uga started at preseason in 2008 at # 1 and that is with all this tallent they had last year and this year.Just because you get good high school players,don’t mean they are going to be stars at the college level.

Tech Man

December 29th, 2009
5:36 pm

UGA 2010..Please spell better!

Pan Handle Gator

December 29th, 2009
5:44 pm

I Lived in Athens for 13 yrs as a Gator fan, and all uga fans due is just cry all the time about the team ever season. Until you can get away from still living in the 1980’s you won’t ever go forward. Ever game day broadcast is about run lindsey run or #34 doing this in the past until you bring home a krystalball stop talking trash Gator Bait

ESPN Ranks Georgia #4 Recruiting Class

December 29th, 2009
8:44 pm

The last time UGA was ranked #4 by ESPN, we finished the next season #2 in the NCAA. 2010 is looking good for Georgia.

ESPN Ranks Georgia #4 Recruiting Class

December 29th, 2009
8:48 pm

GT IS STILL A 4TH RATE HIGH SCHOOL TEAM

December 29th, 2009
9:25 pm

RECRUITS GOING TO THE YELLOW TUCKS LIKES TO STAY IN HIGH SCHOOL. HAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHHA FOREVER AND EVER.

GT IS STILL A 4TH RATE HIGH SCHOOL TEAM

December 29th, 2009
9:26 pm

RECRUITS GOING TO YELLOW TUCKS LIKE TO SEE THEIR IMAGE ATE THE END OF THEIR STREAM ON THOSE WATERLESS URINALS AT THE CALLAWAY GARDENS. HAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHA FORVER AND EVER.

GT IS STILL A 4TH RATE HIGH SCHOOL TEAM

December 29th, 2009
9:27 pm

AND WILL ALWAYS BE FOREVER AND EVER.

Hamlet

December 29th, 2009
9:27 pm

Chip doth protest too much, methinks.
Gimme a freakin break.

Cyndi Lauper

December 29th, 2009
9:40 pm

Chip lets his true colors keep shining through. Chip isn’t afraid to let them show, true colors, true colors, smells like a bulldog.

Porty

December 29th, 2009
9:52 pm

Don’t you dare say one bad word about Da’ Rick Rogers or ole Chip “Bulldog” Towers will ban you from the blogs. He’s Chip’s hero by gosh.