Michael Taylor decommits to Vols, JaWuan James on hold (updated)

UPDATES WITH QUOTES FROM JAWUAN JAMES AND STATEMENT FROM TENNESSEE AD MIKE HAMILTON REGARDING TRANSFER STATUS OF MIDYEAR SIGNEES (2:15 P.M.) . . .

I finally got JaWuan James on the phone. He’s still in Knoxville as of Wednesday afternoon and still isn’t sure what he’s going to do. He may not have much of a choice.

JaWuan James

JaWuan James

“We’re not saying anything right now,” James said. “My mama’s on her way up here. Well, not today, but she’s coming. And I’ve got to talk to her about everything first.”

James’ mother just dropped him off in Knoxville on Sunday. James would not say if he had attended classes as scheduled Wednesday morning, which reportedly the could affect his eligibility in the case of a transfer.

“The AD [Mike Hamilton] has asked us not to say anything to anybody,” James said. “I want to respect that. Once everything is settled I’ll talk.”

I have requested interpretations from the NCAA and UT’s compliance department of the transfer rules regarding early enrollees such as James and whether class attendance affects their eligibility. I have yet to hear back.

However, at his press conference this afternoon in Knoxville, Hamilton said players such as James are already considered Tennessee student-athletes.

“As of 12:01 a.m. [Wednesday, the early enrollees] have matriculated to the University of Tennessee,” he said. Anybody who told them differently, Hamilton said, referring to a statements allegedly made by outgoing recruiting coordinator Ed Orgeron, “is operating without knowledge of the rules.”

The Vols had eight to 10 midyear signees, most of whom were already in Knoxville and moved into the dorms. If that is interpreted correctly, they will have to sit out a year if they transfer anywhere else.

Here’s what else we know regarding Tennessee’s recruiting in the wake of coach Lane Kiffin’s abrupt departure.

  • Michael Taylor

    Michael Taylor

    Westlake senior linebacker Michael Taylor confirmed to me this morning that he is officially “decommitted from Tennessee” and not committed anywhere else. “I’m open,” he said. Taylor refuted a report he had committed to Florida, where he had an official visit this past weekend.Taylor has offers from at least 17 other BCS schools, including Georgia and Georgia Tech. The weekend before last he was named the White Team’s MVP in the Under Armour All-America Game in St. Petersburg.

  • Gainesville junior linebacker A.J. Johnson also has decommitted to the Vols. He said Clemson has pursued him the most vigorously since he committed to UT back in mid-October. He’s also considering Alabama, LSU and Miami. He said he has not heard much from Georgia Tech or Georgia since he pledged to the Vols.
  • Defensive back Marques Dixon of Southwest DeKalb and defensive end J.C. Copeland of Troup remain committed to the Vols.
  • AJC Super 11 wide receiver Markeith Ambles of McDonough has not decided what he’s going to do.
  • James’s good friend, Corey Miller of Duncan, S.C., has chosen to stay. “I’m 100 percent Vols,” Miller told PalmettoSports.com. “I’m going to class [Wednesday]. I love Knoxville. I love this place, and this is where I’m going to be. [Lane Kiffin's departure] was a letdown, but we’ve got to stick together as a team and pull through it.”
  • Not so for Miller’s high-profile teammate Brandon Willis. Both players were at the center of the “hostess-gate controversy” that prompted an NCAA inquiry. Willis was to drive with his father to Knoxville Tuesday night to begin classes. Instead he was riding with his father Wednesday to Chapel Hill, N.C., to enroll at North Carolina. And both Willis and his dad were peeved that Kiffin tried to get them to follow them to Southern Cal.
  • Hamilton was also peeved that Orgeron and Kiffin allegedly tried to take UT recruits with them. “I consider it unethical,” he said.
  • Athlete Delvin Jones of Miami has also turned his back on the Vols. “Heck no I am not committed [to Tennessee],” he told Rivals.com. “I am opening things back up. Sure I will see what happens at Tennessee but right now they don’t have a coaching staff.”

166 comments Add your comment

juvenal

January 13th, 2010
11:59 am

78

January 13th, 2010
11:59 am

juvenal

January 13th, 2010
12:00 pm

GT now has openings..

07 Alum

January 13th, 2010
12:01 pm

Come to UGA! Athens is the greatest city on earth!

juvenal

January 13th, 2010
12:06 pm

how often are there ties, or do you know the exact second?..is there a prize?

GTman

January 13th, 2010
12:07 pm

With the 4 scholarships we have does GT have a shot at any of these players?

How many scholarships does UGA have left to offer?

Youbetcha

January 13th, 2010
12:10 pm

GTman -UGA has between 5 and 7 left?

Youbetcha

January 13th, 2010
12:11 pm

GTman -UGA has between 5 and 7 left!

Freddy

January 13th, 2010
12:12 pm

UGA has around 5-6

PMC

January 13th, 2010
12:12 pm

Can Tennessee sue Ed Orgeron for using facilities paid for by UT to actively recruit for USC. It is at the very least ethically nebulous then again every one of those guys save Monte Kiffin is a horrible human being so I there you go.

Bodie

January 13th, 2010
12:12 pm

Now, if Lacey Earps left UT, then Corey Miller might change his mind.

'Bama1

January 13th, 2010
12:23 pm

ROLL TIDE! Come to ‘Bama And be champions!

Brandon

January 13th, 2010
12:23 pm

i think she is transferring to usc. i don’t know if she will have to sit out a year or if she can go straight to “hosting” players.

robodawg

January 13th, 2010
12:24 pm

Isn’t this week supposed to be a recruiting dead period? So if Kiffin tried to get Willis to follow him to Southern Cal, isn’t that already a violation? Unless he contacted him before the dead period, meaning he was recruiting for USC while still Tennessee’s coach?!

PDawg

January 13th, 2010
12:32 pm

The SEC may be the best conference if you include chaos.

Jamesr1991

January 13th, 2010
12:35 pm

This is scary. Coaches fired for abuse, quitting for greener pastures. What shall a recruit do?

NCDawg

January 13th, 2010
12:37 pm

Nope, we dont want any of them. that’s what you get when you are an idiot! and we dont want idiots in Athens. All dawg or none that’s how it is supposed to be! add to that JaWuan James is a flip flopper which tells what kind of a shaky personality he has.

Jefferson

January 13th, 2010
12:39 pm

These kids are no different than Kiffin.

Bud Flu

January 13th, 2010
12:43 pm

“The grass is always greener on top of the septic tank”

Vick=Dog killing thug

January 13th, 2010
12:43 pm

Kiffin doing the cut and run is bad enough, but then to try to take committed athletes with him? He was paid to recruit these kids for TN. Man that’s low. Scum bucket…..

Middle

January 13th, 2010
12:43 pm

Middle! You guys that are first are the coolest on the planet. You must get a lot of action when your mom is out of town. Dorks.

Brunswick-Tech

January 13th, 2010
12:44 pm

It would be great if Tech could pick up some highly rated kids. Just remember that they have to be very sharp to get into Tech and to stay there. There is a reason why schools like Tech have a problem finding football players. GRADES….they have got to have them.
It is interesting though that the SEC is having problems in the coaching ranks. Maybe the rest of the US does not think as highly of them as their southern constituents.

NCAA is a joke

January 13th, 2010
12:51 pm

Chip, I just heard you on the radio talking about Ed Orgeron, who has apparently been trying to convince the UT recruits to go with him to USC. As a Memphis Tiger fan, I can tell you that I understand the frustration tha Vols’ fans must be feeling today. If you recall, John “Teflon Don” Calipari left Memphis under a siege of improprieties and took our #1 recruiting class with him. Everytime I see Kentucky playing on television I want to jump through the set and slap that smile off of Calipari’s face.(and Wall and Cousins too for that matter)

I do find it interesting that the world is all of the sudden outraged by what is transpiring at Tennessee, when very little was made of Calipari doing the same thing to Memphis. At the time, it was all about Kentucky being the basketball Utopia and Calipari’s dream job.(which I understand) While very little was made of the fact that Calipari had stolen recruits that he had recruited on Memphis’ dime. I understand these players wanted to play for Calipari, but no one can dispute that he courted them using Memphis money.

You had mentioned on the radio that the “unspoken rule” in recruiting was to not leave a team in the midst of recruiting crunch time and convince your recruits to go with you to the new school. I find it hard to believe that of all the silly rules the NCAA has in place today, that there is nothing written to keep this type of thing from happening. I think its worth asking when you talk to the NCAA, do they have any plans to address this sort of thing? As we say in the south, it just ain’t right!!!

Where's my crack pipe?

January 13th, 2010
12:55 pm

Guess Da’Rick wont be making his official visit

Smoke Rings

January 13th, 2010
1:08 pm

I say leave em out there. They had a chance to be DAWGS and decided not to be. The heck with them especially the James kid. He shot us down twice. Get lost kid

UT Wild Boyz!!....

January 13th, 2010
1:08 pm

So what do I chant now?

Asheville Dawg

January 13th, 2010
1:11 pm

I’m listening to Vols AD attempting to spin this into something semi -positive. It’s hilarious. All i can say is if drank the Jim Jones/ Lame Kitten koolaid watch out. Or is that wash out?

ratherBgambling

January 13th, 2010
1:14 pm

Fire Mike Hamilton!!!!!!

This press conference is a joke.

ClemsonDude

January 13th, 2010
1:14 pm

Clemson will love to have you but you have to read and write on a college level which is hard for any SEC athletes…. Or stay out of prison

flagboy?

January 13th, 2010
1:15 pm

Da’Rick is going to be a Vol baby!

wait. . . . .nevermind.

Blue

January 13th, 2010
1:16 pm

Middle; no, but they get a lot of action when YOUR mom is IN town. NC Dawg…yeah…GA or nothing. Those are the ONLY guys you should ever recruit. Sounds like there is already one idiot there. Or in NC.

Richard Dean Grooms

January 13th, 2010
1:17 pm

As a Volunteer fan, I personally am glad that he and his regime are gone. His lack of class and brashness was not welcome by us long time fans, UT will survive and hopefully will pick a coach that is loyal and has more class than Kiffin. He can be USC’s problem now. By the way, Mike Garrett, be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it.

NCAA Abuse

January 13th, 2010
1:18 pm

Time to address this issue. If a school steals a coach who is under contract years 1 through 4 then the school who gets the coach must compensate that school 4 scholarships in year one, 3 in year two and so on. In addition, 4 weeks prior to Nat’l Signing Day no college can sign an new head coach. The coaches have no rules yet the kids do! Money won’t deter this but giving up scholarships will.

flagboy?

January 13th, 2010
1:20 pm

As stated by many fans, UGA and tech, after the Chick-fil-A bowl, Kiffen is a classless jerk.\

But he might just be overshadowed by Orgeron.

Oh, and Monte pocketed an extra 300K for still being under Tenn. contract after Dec 31st. . . i wonder if he’ll be sending that money back.

whole situation is too heavy with irony. . . when was the last time a college football program brought back a guy who possibly got them in NCAA trouble in the first place. Tenn might look like the fools at the moment, but the real colors of Southern Cal are being shown now.

This Just In

January 13th, 2010
1:21 pm

The Tennessee HO-stesses are shopping for homes (and sugar-daddys) in Los Angeles.

RealDawg

January 13th, 2010
1:22 pm

Govols

January 13th, 2010
1:23 pm

Stay with us not ga or gatech! Paul Johnson is on his way to meet our ad right now decision tonight.

59bulldawg

January 13th, 2010
1:25 pm

The NCAA needs to make a rule that if a coach receives a verbal commitment from an athlete as a representative of a college or university and subsequently changes jobs, he or his new school cannot recruit that same athlete to the new school without penalty.

lane kiffin = bobby petrino

January 13th, 2010
1:27 pm

so no one remembers about 2 years ago a coach for the atlanta falcons dipping out mid-season? at least this time i’m not a fan of the team that go screwed. go dawgs! screw the recruits that passed up on georgia and are now high and dry at tennessee. how much does it suck to like rocky top right now?

Foothills football fan

January 13th, 2010
1:27 pm

Can’t see any of these guys fitting at Tech in light of a switch to the 3-4 unless it would be Johnson-however, Taylor is a MAN and can see him being the next Curran. Meltdown aside-Tenn. will come out of this in better shape longterm. A call to UCONN should have already been made

mrk

January 13th, 2010
1:28 pm

Clemson Dude: You said,” Clemson will love to have you but you have to read and write on a college level which is hard for any SEC athletes…. Or stay out of prison”

Little heads up for you, Florida State and Miami are in the ACC. You should think before you speak. The Criminoles didn’t get their name for being regular church attendees and Miami was built on the backs of drug dealers and gangsters.

Hey "Go Vols"

January 13th, 2010
1:31 pm

CPJ and noone else is on the way to Knoxville aka $hithole except the NCAA infractions committee

tmac

January 13th, 2010
1:33 pm

I don’t like Coach Kiffin, to be clear…
And i think Tenn will be better off in the long run he is gone.

But, i don’t see the difference between a coach leaving for a better job and the athlete leaving early or after 1 year to go pro. It’s the same thing.

So, if you get upset at a coach leaving a program for another… then have the same anger towards the athlete who leaves after 1 or 2 years. Both are using the institution for purposes other than honest intentions.

Blue

January 13th, 2010
1:35 pm

Richard Dean Grooms; just because YOU had good sense/taste does not mean you can speak for others. I know MANY “long term” vol fans, and to a man, they LOVED his arrogance, brash statements, etc. Just like the players. It is NOT accurate that he was not welcome by ‘us long term fans’. Maybe SOME…but still, from what I have seen, you are a minority.

BULLSEYE

January 13th, 2010
1:36 pm

All the Southern Yahoos get worked up over amature athletics. It’s just bush league sports. College football VOTES for it’s so called Champion.HAHAHAHAAHAHAHAAAHAHAHA.

USC=Lame

January 13th, 2010
1:38 pm

Wait till the NCAA sanctions come down on USC. I foresee years of mediocrity at USC.

Blue

January 13th, 2010
1:39 pm

tmac; I think it sucks too, but there is a big difference. The kids have not signed an employment contract and are going from making NO money to being able to take care of them and their families; the coach has signed a contract and is getting paid. That is the primary difference. That being said, losing a player can have SOME impact on a coach, but not much. Losing a coach can have a SERIOUS impact on a player and his whole future. Example: Ryan Mallett was at MI. When they got rid of Carr and hired Rodriguez, Mallett had to transfer because he would have not stood a chance in that offense. Now, at AR, he is going to be a pro. And although that was a different situation as to HOW it happened, the same thing can happen to some of these kids with this.

Alabameetard

January 13th, 2010
1:40 pm

The Vol fans are hurting now since they feel that Kitten gave them the shaft and UGA fans are rubbing salt in an open wound. But what goes around, comes around. Lets see what happens if Kirby Smart ends up as the next UT head coach, talk about a double kick in the nuts for UGA fans since Smart turned them down and then ends up at hated UT.

PWL

January 13th, 2010
1:42 pm

Little Kirby Smart is now talking with Tennessee!
Saban is livid; nevertheless, this would be a Head Coaching position!

Look for another big change!

Big Dawg 97

January 13th, 2010
1:44 pm

Kirby at UT?
Well, it would be a head coaching job so Saban could not really whine about it.

Good luck Kirby…but the Dawg will kick UT next year!