Recruiting news galore: The daily ‘Ten at 10′ is unveiled
We’re heading down the home stretch of recruiting — 13 days and counting — and obviously there are a lot of things happening everywhere every day all over the place. So today we’ll debut what will be a daily feature through National Signing Day.
The daily ‘Ten at 10.’
Each weekday from now until Feb. 3, I’ll provide a list of 10 news items that will hopefully provide a fair representation of what’s going on locally and beyond. The idea is to offer you a light, quick read that will update you on all the pertinent news of the last 24 hours. We’ll continue to provide daily features and analysis as usual and news as it happens and we have some big packages planned as well.
So here’s the first installment:
THE TEN AT 10
- Eric Mack, a top 10-rated offensive guard from St. Matthews, S.C., and a longtime South Carolina commitment, announced Wednesday that he’ll sign instead with Auburn. Mack had been committed to the Gamecocks since the middle of this past summer but said he just decided they weren’t a good fit. He said he preferred the Tigers’ “family atmosphere.”
- If you haven’t noticed, Auburn is putting together a monster recruiting class for 2010. Mack’s pledge gives the Tigers 28 commitments so far, including three five-star prospects. And they’re not done yet. With five early enrollees, they have room for five more players and are in on some good ones, including five-star tailback Marcus Lattimore. Auburn’s competition for Lattimore is South Carolina. The Tigers’ class is currently ranked No. 4 in the nation by Rivals.com.
- Stephenson defensive tackle Mike Thornton told me yesterday he does not plan to take an official visit to Georgia Tech this weekend. Thornton didn’t tell me why, just that he needed to talk to his father about everything and that, as of then, he does not plan to visit anywhere else this coming weekend. Thornton, who has dozens of offers, appears to be getting a little overwhelmed with the recruiting process. He was supposed to go to Auburn last weekend but did not. Earlier this week he brought up Southern Cal as a possibility for the first time. Don’t be surprised if he decides to accompany several teammates to Kentucky this weekend.
- Speaking of Stephenson, defensive end Malcom Strong, who said he had committed to Louisville last weekend, has since committed to Marshall. There was some confusion between the Cardinals and both Strong and Stephenson defensive back Chris Sharpe over whether an actual offer had been made. Sharpe is visiting to Kentucky this weekend and the Jaguars’ coaches are not at all pleased with new Louisville coach Charlie Strong.
- Georgia has a big weekend for official visitors, including Warner Robins defensive tackle Jeff Whitaker. The Bulldogs still need to sign at least one more ready-to-compete interior defensive linemen and they’d very much like to get Whitaker or Thornton or both. Also scheduled to get the red-carpet treatment in Athens are committed defensive linemen Dexter Morant and Garrison Smith and linebacker Telvin Smith of Lowndes, a Florida State commitment.
- One of Georgia Tech’s main recruiting targets will be on The Flats for an official visit this weekend. Jeremiah Attaochu is a 6-3, 225-pound linebacker from the Washington, D.C., area who was coveted by new defensive coordinator Al Groh when he was at Virginia. The three-star prospect from Archbishop Carroll is still considering several other schools, including Kansas State, which he visited last weekend, and Maryland and Illinois, which he visited last month. But he has NFL aspirations and wants to play for championships, so he says Groh and the Yellow Jackets have a good chance. . . . Newly-committed kicker Justin Moore of Marist will also be in for an official visit this weekend.
- On January 29, two more of Tech’s main targets will be in Atlanta: Athlete Dominique Brown of Cincinnati, Ohio, and linebacker Justin Parker of Beaufort, S.C. If the Yellow Jackets can secure Attaochu, Brown and Parker that would complete their 2010 recruiting class. In the meantime the coaching staff has tendered tentative offers to some other prospects in case any of those three fall through. Among them are Deerfield-Windsor (Albany) running back Tony Zenon (5-9, 183), who got an in-home visit this week, and Atlanta safety Qudral Forte.
- One player Tech definitely won’t be getting is Westlake cornerback Darius Robinson. Robinson, a Clemson commitment, had said before he would consider flipping to the Jackets if they ever came forth with an offer. They did that just recently. But Robinson this week re-affirmed his commitment to the Tigers and pronounced his recruitment closed.
- The big news this week was the decision of five-star UGA commitment Da’Rick Rogers to accompany Calhoun teammate Nash Nance on an official visit to Tennessee. They won’t be the only prospects on Rocky Top this weekend. Also scheduled to trip there are Southwest DeKalb’s Marcques Dixon, who is already committed to the Vols, junior college defensive lineman John Brown and tight end Mychal Rivera.
- As for Tennessee and new coach Derek Dooley, he struck his first big blow on Wednesday when he received a commitment from four-star wide receiver Justin Hunter of Virginia Beach, Va. Hunter had been committed to LSU and was recruited there by D.J. McCarthy, the assistant coach that was forced to resign amid an internal investigation for recruiting violations.
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