Archive for December, 2009

Norcross DE Adrian Hubbard chooses Alabama

For Adrian Hubbard, his commitment to Alabama on Tuesday had little to do with the Crimson Tide’s resounding defeat of Florida Saturday or the 22nd SEC Championship or the impending shot at a 13th national title.

For him, the decision to commit to Bama was about comfort and the feeling of belonging.

“I just really felt good when I went down there Sunday,” said Hubbard, a 6-foot-7, 227-pound defensive end from Norcross. “I don’t know how to describe it. I just had a good feeling when I went down there. I just felt really at home. I fit in with all the players and coaches and everything and the campus was really nice. I said if I got a good feeling I was going to commit and I did.”

Hubbard made the unusual decision to take his official visit to Tuscaloosa on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday of this week. He didn’t know when he scheduled the trip that the Crimson Tide would be coming back from Atlanta as SEC champions.

“I did that because I’d been there for a game day [Nov. 7 vs. …

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Hutson Mason may reveal college choice on national TV

Hutson Mason might know where he is going to play college football very soon. However, he may not let us know until well into January.

Hutson Mason may wait until Jan. 9 to reveal his college choice on national television as part of the reality show "The Ride." (AJC photo)

Hutson Mason may wait until Jan. 9 to reveal his college choice on national television as part of the reality show "The Ride." (AJC photo)

Mason is scheduled to appear at the U.S. Army All-America Bowl in San Antonio, Texas, on Jan. 9. But Lassiter’s record-setting quarterback will not be there to participate in the high school all-star game. He’ll be there as a guest of the sports reality show “The Ride,” of which he and seven other high school quarterbacks were cast members this past summer. The Survivor-style elimination show is still airing episodes on Comcast Sports Southeast and other cable networks.

“For the last episode they’re wanting to bring us all together at the U.S. Army Game and they’ve asked me if I’d be interested in making my decision on national television,” Mason told me this week. “So I might make a silent commitment and …

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Thornton postpones graduation, plans to visit Georgia

On second thought, Mike Thornton is going to give this recruiting thing a little more time.

The Stephenson defensive lineman, considered one of the top uncommitted prospects in the state of Georgia, had planned on making his college decision about now. He was going to graduate from high school early and enroll in the college of his choice in January. But Thornton told me Monday he has decided to remain in high school for a second semester, which should relieve some of the intense recruiting pressure he has been experiencing the last few weeks.

“I just sat down and decided I needed to take some more time,” said the 6-foot-2, 285-pound tackle. “I didn’t want to rush into anything. My academics are fine. I’m still an A-B student. That’s not it at all. It’s a recruiting decision. I just want to make sure I make the right choice.”

Thornton said he plans to take some more official visits — he has been only to Penn State so far — and set up a personal workout regimen with Stephenson …

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AJC ‘Super 11s’ standing out in GHSA playoffs

Greetings everybody. Sorry just getting a blog out to you this week but I’ve been out of the loop until now.

What a weekend it was, what with the Georgia high school playoffs deciding the 10 finalists that will play in the Georgia Dome this week, the SEC Championship Game deciding Alabama will play in the BCS title game and Georgia Tech beating Clemson in the ACC Championship to land a major bowl berth for the first time since 1967.

Meanwhile, on the recruiting front, the Bulldogs stepped up and offered Newnan linebacker Zander Ogletree. He accepted on the spot to become Georgia’s 19th verbal commitment and join twin brother Alec Ogletree in the Class of 2010.

Alec Ogletree was, of course, an AJC Super 11 selection heading into this season. And he certainly lived up to the billing. Primarily a free safety, the Cougars depended on him increasingly on the offensive side of the ball and he had eight catches for 125 yards in the semifinal loss to Northside-Warner Robins.

With the …

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Dogs get ‘Zander,’ figure 2 Ogletrees better than 1

Alexander Ogletree got an unexpected phone call late Saturday morning.

Alec Ogletree, the bigger and better known of the Ogletree twins that star for Newnan High, was on the horn with Georgia head coach Mark Richt when he summoned his brother into the room.

“Coach Richt wants to talk to you,” Alec told his brother, best known as “Zander.”

“What’s he want?” Zander wondered aloud.

“I don’t know. Talk to him,” Alec replied.

Nobody else in the family had to hear what was said on the other end of the phone to know what happened. All they needed to hear was Zander’s reply.

“I’ll take it,” the Cougars’ linebacker said.

That touched off an impromptu, living-room celebration.

“We were really excited about it,” said Allyson Ogletree, the boys’ mother. “It’s a good day, especially compared to last night.”

Newnan lost to Northside-Warner Robins in the Class AAAAA state semifinals Friday, a game that saw both Ogletrees play both sides of the ball and almost every snap of the game before …

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Gators rank No. 1 in recruiting, too, Georgia 4th

ESPN has updated their Class of 2010 rankings and Georgia is among six SEC teams ranked in the Top 15. The Bulldogs’ group is currently ranked No. 4 in the country behind No. 1 Florida (that’s right, in recruiting, too), No. 3 Alabama and ahead of No. 6 Tennessee, No. 7 LSU, No. 8 Auburn and No. 14 South Carolina.

Of course, these rankings could change dramatically between now and national signing day. Many of nation’s top 50 recruits are still uncommitted, most of whom are looking at all or some of these schools. So, anyway, here’s what ESPN’s Southeast recruiting expert JC Shurburtt had to say:

“There is little doubt that year after year, much of the top talent in the country heads for the SEC. That being said, five of the top 10 states in terms of producing NFL players (based on where they went to high school) are states with SEC programs located in them. Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, South Carolina and Alabama all rank high when it comes to producing NFL players. A sixth …

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Un-banned Bulldogs visit Carver-Columbus, re-offer Burns


Georgia coaches, banned from recruiting Carver-Columbus by coach Dell McGee back in July, visited the high school en force this week.

Assistant coaches Mike Bobo, Jon Fabris (since dismissed), John Lilly and Stacy Searels traveled to Columbus together on a mission of both business and diplomacy. On the first count, they went there to try to woo a pair of recruits to Athens as part of their Class of 2010. On the second part, they intended make good on a public relations gaffe from this past summer.

The Bulldogs re-extended a formal scholarship offer to senior quarterback Devin Burns, who was at the center of this summer’s controversy. Burns and his whole family came to UGA’s “Georgia Night” elite camp in July with the intention of accepting Georgia’s scholarship offer. But it …

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Buckeyes nab Milton PG Shannon Scott for 2011

One of the top basketball prospects in the Class of 2011 plans to leave the state.

Shannon Scott, a 6-foot-2, 170-pound point guard from Alpharetta’s Milton High School, committed to Ohio State at the end of the Thanksgiving week. Scott is rated the No. 12 prospect in America and is a 5-star recruit, according to rates him No. 33 in the nation.

“He’s a five-star guard, make no mistake about it,” said Milton coach David Boyd. “And he’s getting better all the time. He’s probably our most improved player.”

Scott averaged 11 points and 7 assists on a very balanced, talent-laden team as a sophomore last season.

Scott chose the Buckeyes over Georgia, Georgia Tech and Clemson, according to Boyd. Scott’s father, Charlie Scott, was the first black player at North Carolina and played in the NBA, but Scott eliminated the Tar Heels fairly early.

“They’ve recruited a ton of point guards,” Boyd said. “They have three committed right now.”

“I think it was my …

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‘Da’Rick The Freak’ living up to namesake in Calhoun

Touchdown catches like this one over a Jefferson County defender last week is what has everybody abuzz about Calhoun wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers. (Special photo by Lane Bearden)

Touchdown catches like this one over a Jefferson County defender last week is what has everybody abuzz about Calhoun wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers. (Special photo by Lane Bearden)

AJC Super 11 wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers of Calhoun High School may have had the biggest impact of any single player during the high school state playoffs so far.

The Georgia commitment has been a one-man wrecking crew for the Yellow Jackets, who take on Atlanta’s Lovett School in the semifinals tonight in Calhoun. All of Rogers’ considerable skills were on display this past Friday night as they pulled out a harder-than-it-looked 49-35 win over Jefferson County.

Rogers finished the game with only six catches but he scored touchdowns on four of them and racked up 216 yards receiving. One of the biggest catches came on third-and-23 from their own 5 with Calhoun holding a slim seven-point lead. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Rogers caught a pass from quarterback Nash Nance (Vanderbilt commitment), shook off a …

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Washaun Ealey proves me wrong, does Dogs right

In retrospect, Georgia's Washaun Ealey looks pretty good in that No. 24 jersey. (Photo by Brant Sanderlin)

In retrospect, Georgia's Washaun Ealey looks pretty good in that No. 24 jersey. (Photo by Brant Sanderlin)

I was wrong about Washaun Ealey.

I’ve never been afraid to admit a mistake and me writing back in August that I didn’t think Ealey would make an impact as a freshman at Georgia was flat-out wrong. And, believe me, I’ve had a few readers write in to let me know as much, too.

Specifically the headline on my blog from Aug. 10th, 2009, was, “Not likely Dogs will get major contributions from Ealey.”


Here are the contributions the 5-foot-11, 210-pound true freshman from Stillmore made this season:

  • He led the Bulldogs in carries (112).
  • He led them in yards per carry (5.7).
  • He led them in rushing yards (639).
  • He combined with fellow tailback Caleb King to gain more rushing yards than ever in a game under coach Mark Richt with 349 yards in an upset of No. 7 Georgia Tech last Saturday.

All this while playing in only eight of the Bulldogs’ 12 games (hey, I was right the …

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