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

  1. 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.”
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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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Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

January 21st, 2010
10:03 am

Dooley is on a rampage

GT

January 21st, 2010
10:09 am

Boy really seem to struggle at this recruting…

NickZ

January 21st, 2010
10:09 am

What are the chances of Telvin Smith decommitting from Florida State and coming to UGA? I would think the 3-4 defense would be appealing to LBs, especially with Grantham coming from the NFL…

HungryDawg

January 21st, 2010
10:11 am

Thank Chip!!! It’s greatly appreciated!!!

toph

January 21st, 2010
10:11 am

I like it Chip, nice work there. Should be an interesting ride ’till Feb. 3rd.

Boro Dawg

January 21st, 2010
10:11 am

THANK GOD FOR THE TEN AT 10!!! I love this. Great Work Chip!

Cuttysark

January 21st, 2010
10:12 am

Thanks for all of your great work on the recruiting front Chip! Outstanding stuff and really appreciated by us college football fans. Maybe we even have a chance to keep this area devoid of any trash talking for the next 13 days.

As far as Auburn recruiting they are doing an outstanding job. My only question is after the Mississippi situation last year where they offered more recruits than openings available, didn’t the NCAA impose a maximun number of signings that any school can offer to 28? Does that mean that some of their enrollees will have to gray shirt? Thanks.

For more articles on Georgia Tech Football and the hiring of Al Groh go to http://isportsweb.com.

toph

January 21st, 2010
10:15 am

Cutty, it sounded like, from the article, that since Auburn had 5 enroll early, they still have 5 more scholarships to give. Chip, is that right?

RxDawg

January 21st, 2010
10:17 am

Good stuff Chip. Keep it up!

howboutthembraves

January 21st, 2010
10:18 am

bigDawg

January 21st, 2010
10:18 am

love the ten at 10 chip. can’t wait to read tomorrow’s. hope the dawgs can land whitaker, green, and boone. Thornton too, but i think he’s goin somewhere else.

FUGLYDAWG

January 21st, 2010
10:19 am

Give me a 3 star with a mean streak ( Ben Jones ) over a 4 or 5 star head case any day of the week. A.J. Green is an exception – hard to fine 5 star ability with 5 star character like A.J.

William

January 21st, 2010
10:22 am

Chip, Deerfield Windsor is in Albany, not Macon

PTC DAWG

January 21st, 2010
10:24 am

I wish folks would sit back and let the kids decide where they want to play. I’m not sure what all the “worship” is about…

Best of Luck to all of them.

GA Tech Insider

January 21st, 2010
10:26 am

Chip; GA Tech is actively recruiting a lot more players than you mentioned in your blog; I think you might be surprised what happens come February 3rd… ;)

Spike

January 21st, 2010
10:30 am

Nice job, Chip. That Tech ACC crown doesn’t seem to impress many prospects, huh Nerds?

Blindog

January 21st, 2010
10:30 am

3 star,4,5 star recruits,who knows? Once these young men get to their college of choise,how hard they work,study,and how they are coached, will truly define their talent and the player they will become.Some 5 stars never pan out and yet some 3 star guys go on and have steller careers in school and the pros,so really,who knows?

DawginLex

January 21st, 2010
10:35 am

Good for coach Dooley to make a big splash early and land a big time commit. I will now pull for UT except when they play UGA.

The character meter went up 100 fold when they hired him.

Chip Towers

January 21st, 2010
10:37 am

GA Tech Insider: It was not my intention to list everybody Tech is actively recruiting. I know, you’ve long insisted they’ll end up with T.J. Stripling. And Mike Thornton, too, right? . . .

William: Good catch on Deerfield Windsor being in Albany. It’s been fixed. . . .

Cuttysark, toph: Yes, I looked into this because I misspoke about it on 680 The Fan the other day. Because it has five early enrollees (three of them JUCOs) and because it signed only 20 players last year (five NQs, one went baseball), Auburn can sign 33 players in this class. Five count against the class of 2009, 28 (the new SEC-imposted max) toward this year. Of course, it can only enroll 25 between now and next fall. . . .

Nick Z: Yes, I think Georgia has a chance to flip Telvin Smith from Florida State. He already visited the Seminoles last weekend and I think all the recruits are going to be wowed by new DC Todd Grantham when they get a chance to meet him this weekend.

UGA is the NFL Pipeline

January 21st, 2010
10:40 am

I think Whitaker is a great fit for the 3-4. Mike Thornton is a bruiser and would excel at Georgia, I think he’ll decide to come to Athens. Telvin Smith is a valdosta guy, they have great coaching over there, Smith is another immediate impact type of guy.

When Whitaker, Thornton, and Smith really think about getting to the NFL, I think they’ll all choose Georgia. They’d be crazy not to.

Here’s the website to check out to figure out which teams give you the best shot to get to the NFL:

Georgia ranked higher than Florida, Tenn, Bama, FSU, Auburn, Penn St, etc. Georgia has 45 guys active in the NFL right now, #3 in the NCAAS at putting guys into the NFL.

Grantham’s an NFL guy who knows what it takes to get you there. Most teams in the NFL run the 3-4.

Link to 45 Georgia guys active in the NFL:

http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/alumni-tracker/school/5813

shula

January 21st, 2010
10:42 am

5 of AU’s 28 commits are already enrolled-3 JC guys and 2 early high school grads so those 5 count against last years total( we had around 20 actually enroll from that class) thus allowing AU to sign 28 more guys in Feb with a max of 25 of those 28 allowed to enroll in August. Based on our past track record at least 3 of the 28 will fail to qualify or will not be certified by the NCAA clearinghouse so it will all work out in the end.

Cuttysark

January 21st, 2010
10:43 am

Thanks for the information Chip! You do an outstandinig job with the recruiting! Keep it up as I know everyone really appreciates all of your hard work. Almost 45 minutes and not one trash talking post. Must be a record!

Spike

January 21st, 2010
10:43 am

Chip, you da man!! I am available for either an assistant or intern positiom if you need one. Let me know where to fax my resume.

Too Easy

January 21st, 2010
10:50 am

Well, Cutty, there WAS Spike’s at 10:30. But I was good with it.

Spike

January 21st, 2010
10:55 am

Yea, I did some trash talking!! It might not have been good trash talking, but hey, I tried. Come on Cutty, give me some credit.

UGA #1 for Academics in SEC

January 21st, 2010
10:55 am

Georgia beat all the other SEC in the 2009 Academic Progress Report which measures things like retention and graduation rates.

You can read the report here if you’d like, really impressive:

http://www.onlineathens.com/stories/050709/oth_437093908.shtml

1eyedJack

January 21st, 2010
10:59 am

I’ll bet Grantham is just creaming over Jeffrey Whitaker, big nose tackle type.

Scout.com’s eligibility tracker shows Alabama with 122 players on scholarship. How does that happen? I thought the Bear was dead.

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

January 21st, 2010
11:00 am

So is the Rogers guy from Calhoun solid or flippable to Tenn? I want kids that want to be Dawgs. If he doesn’t bleed red and black maybe Ga should look elsewhere for a receiver that does. Ga should not beg for his commitment

Too Easy

January 21st, 2010
11:05 am

What about the idea that Rogers is just going on the UT visit to prop up his buddy Nash?

Cuttysark

January 21st, 2010
11:15 am

Sorry Spike. I missed it. I’m so used to seeing the posts with the extremely nasty and stupid remarks that the milder one’s just don’t hit the radar screen. You flew right under which is actually a good thing as real college football fans can spell and write informative comments. Staying below the radar is a good thing.

Senior Discount

January 21st, 2010
11:16 am

Where is all the outrage over what has happened in Louisville with TWO local commits? Richt was held over an open fire earlier in the year with the Columbus QB situation – why not the same for Charlie Strong?

Spike

January 21st, 2010
11:16 am

If Rogers is as good as advertised, maybe we should beg for his commitment. Sorry, Kam Fong, I love ya man, but I gotta disagree with you on this particular guy.

Spike

January 21st, 2010
11:18 am

Cutty, thanks. Perhaps we are mellowing in our old age, or is it because of the off season?

GA Tech Insider

January 21st, 2010
11:20 am

Chip; I’m not insinuating anything. I’m saying you might be surprised with who ends up signing with the Jackets come February 3rd. I haven’t provided any names, nor will I because we’ve been asked not to.

NE ga gator

January 21st, 2010
11:22 am

UGA is the NFL Pipeline, I wouldn’t brag about having the most NFL players with the poor outcomes in the SEC and against top 25 teams in Richts tenure.

Buzzwax

January 21st, 2010
11:36 am

Wow GT has 9 of the GA Top 50. For a small class this is awesome!! I’d bet we get some late ’star power’ to make this one of GT’s best classes in the last 20 years…..

78 DAWG

January 21st, 2010
11:37 am

3 stars are for Middle Tennesee and Yech. Since the DAWGS get who they want we get 4 & 5 stars. weare the greatest you are all jealous. our academic requirments for recruits is the same as the ivy league. we are gonna beat the gayturds, blah blah blah.
This is a denile blog right, where you pretend that what you wish is really true, right, because we are a top 5 program, right rite?!?!?!

redandblack80

January 21st, 2010
11:37 am

Ne ga gaterd-STFU boy.FOR 4 YEARS GA WAS IN THE TOP 5 FOR 4 STRAIGHT YEARS.IF UF DOESNT COUNT THE FIRST 100 YEARS OF BEING GA’S BIOTCH,then GA DOESNT HAVE TO COUNT OUR LAST TWO YEARS under MARTINEZ.100 years to get a NT it only took GA 30 years(1927).Wally Butts got GA their 1st SEC TITLE,IT TOOK UF 96 YEARS TO GET THEIR FIRST SEC TITLE.GA HAS HAD 4 MVP PLAYERS TO UF’s 1.CHAMP BAILEY WAS VOTED PLAYER OF THE DECADE,AND S.I.SAID HE WAS ONE OF TOP TEN PLAYERS SINCE PRO BALL STARTED.

FDawg

January 21st, 2010
11:37 am

Good job Chip! Looking forward to the daily updates….

toph

January 21st, 2010
11:37 am

Hank Reardon

January 21st, 2010
11:38 am

How in the world does Auburn have so many scholarships to offer? I guess it just works out that way sometimes. They seem to be doing a very good job of recruiting under Chizik. It’s kind of cool since there were plenty of nay sayers after his hiring.

78 DAWG

January 21st, 2010
11:38 am

ne gator, it’s not about winning, it’s about national championships in Feb and April. WE WIN ON SIGNING DAY & DRAFT DAY, that’s what is important. LOOOSER

Da'Truth

January 21st, 2010
11:40 am

Da’Rick Rogers will be a Da’Vol after this weekend. Sorry Doggies….but that the way the Big Orange bounces! Look on the bright side, at least Joe Cox is gone!

NE ga gator

January 21st, 2010
11:42 am

78 DAWG, when was the last championship you won? redandblack80, I dont live in the past like all of the red and black muts, I only go back to my time on this earth and we have the edge since 1955 and if Richt stays another 6 years we will catch you.

redandblack80

January 21st, 2010
11:42 am

Ne ga gator-UF WASNT EVEN RANKED FOR THEIR FIRST 50 YEARS.GEORGIA HAS HERRITAGE,UF DOESNT.You have a fold out table to put your trophies on.GEORGIA HAS A GLASS CAES IN WHICH TO PUT ALL OUR TROPHIES ON.GA shut out UF 75 to ZIPP.UF SHUTOUT GA 32 to ZIPP.GEORGIA SHUTOUT UF 15 TIMES for 492 points…….UF SHUTOUT GA 5 TIMES for 112 points.NUFF SAID.

NE ga gator

January 21st, 2010
11:43 am

Richt vs Zook= 1-2 hahahahaha

Tom Hanks

January 21st, 2010
11:44 am

Hey GT Insider: There are no emoticons in football!

redandblack80

January 21st, 2010
11:44 am

Ne ga gater-COME BACK IN 50 MORE YEARS AND WELL TALK SOME MORE.GO DAWGS/GO MARINES.AAARRRRRTTTTTTT.

NE ga gator

January 21st, 2010
11:45 am

It won’t take 50 years; It’s only going to take 6 more with the sun tanned preacher in charge, I was worried he was going to be fired.

GA Tech Insider

January 21st, 2010
11:46 am

Tom, I don’t know how in the heck that dang thing popped up…