NEWS AND NOTES . . .
With all the Tennessee debris blowing around and coaching searches ongoing at Georgia and Georgia Tech, there has been a lot of other recruiting nuggets getting shoved to the side. So let’s play a little catch-up this morning.
Ohio State has come into the Peach State and plucked away once of her best prospects. Bradley Roby, the No. 12 player in the AJC Top 50, committed to the Buckeyes over Vanderbilt and Auburn on Wednesday. The wide receiver/defensive back had nearly a dozen offers, including Boston College and South Carolina.
“I will be a Buckeye next year, no doubt about it,” Roby told the AJC’s Michael Carvell. “I visited Ohio State last weekend and it was a no-brainer. I knew it was the place for me.”
Roby had been committed to Vanderbilt since this middle of this past summer until he recently decided to open back up his recruitment. He had received overtures from Georgia in early December but the Bulldogs went quiet on him as they entered into the search for three new defensive coaches.
“[Coach Stacy Searels] said they were going to offer me as soon as they found out who he new defensive coordinator was going to be,” Roby said. “But then I never heard back from Georgia again.”
So what if Georgia offers now? “I’m staying with Ohio State,” he said. “That’s the place for me.”
At Ohio State, Roby will join his former Peachtree Ridge teammate Cameron Heyward, ajunior defensive tackle who recently announced he was staying in school. Though Roby earned his reputation as a prospect mainly as a wide receiver, most project him as a cornerback in college. The Buckeyes say they’ll give him a first look on defense but will also consider playing him on offense and/or in the return game.
CONFUSION AT LOUISVILLE
Earlier this week, defensive end Malcom Strong and defensive back Chris Sharpe, both of Stephenson, said they committed to new coach Charlie Strong during an official visit to Louisville this past weekend. But apparently Strong saw it another way and the two players have yet to be acknowledged as commitments. Stephenson assistant Corey Johnson said it remains a fluid situation but clearly is not happy about the way events transpired. Meanwhile, the players are continuing to take visits. Stay tuned. . . .
GA. STATE WELCOMES TRANSFERS
Two transfers enrolled at Georgia State this week. Jocquez Fears is a 5-9, 185-pound defensive back from Northeastern University, which dropped its football program last year. Olufemi Opanubi is a 6-1, 215-pound defensive back from Los Angeles. He attended West Los Angeles Community College last year.
Heritage’s Centennial’s Martin Jenkins. The Tigers have seven commitments from Georgia residents.said it was like a Georgia reunion at this past weekend. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound cornerback took his official visit there along with two other Atlanta-area defensive backs committed to the Tigers — Westlake’s Darius Robinson and
“It’s crazy with so many Georgia players going to Clemson, and a lot of them play the same position as me,” Peters said. “But I’m cool with that. When I get to Clemson, if I need to get home, I can catch a ride with one of them.”
Peters said the highlight of his recruiting trip was hanging out at the home of Clemson coach Dabo Swinney. “Most coaches don’t do things like that. His house was awesome. We all shot pool and talked about football.”
ATLANTANS STAND OUT AT COMBINE
Two Atlantans stood out among some of the nation’s top junior prospects during the U.S. Army National Combine last week in San Antonio.
Union Grove defensive back Avery Walls and South Atlanta quarterback Derrick McQueen distinguished themselves as two of the top prospects coming out of the metro area next year.
Walls, a 5-10, 180-pound safety, said he held in one-on-one and pass skeleton drills against what he called “the best competition I’ve ever seen.” McQueen clocked an impressive time of 4.5 second in the 20-yard shuttle and said he also performed particularly well in the one-on-one passing.
Both players are hoping their performances will bring forth more offers. Walls recently added Connecticut to Oklahoma, East Carolina and Stanford. McQueen is still awaiting his first BCS offer but has gotten letters from Auburn, Colorado and Georgia Tech. Each player hopes to land offers from Tech and Georgia.
“I like Georgia Tech a lot,” McQueen said.
Quarterback Tyler Bass of Stockbridge also attended the combine.