THE TEN AT 10:
1. It appears the last possible defector for Georgia as a result of the defensive coaching changes could be cornerback Nickell Robey. The 5-foot-7, 165-pound speedster from Frostproof, Fla., is scheduled to take an official visit this weekend to West Virginia. He’s being recruited by former Georgia tight ends coach Dave Johnson. Robey will also take an official to Southern Cal next week. Remember, the Kiffins, Lane and Monte, had made some headway with Robey while they were at Tennessee. Robey, who is now listed as a “soft verbal” to Georgia on recruiting sites, is still considering the Vols.
2. Speaking of the Bulldogs, head coach Mark Richt, new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and new secondary coach Scott Lakatos were in Newnan on Thursday to visit with commitments Alec and Xander Ogletree. In an interview on 680 The Fan Thursday morning Grantham said he would be in the homes of only a few strategic recruits this week. Expect Grantham to spend a lot of time with Warner Robins defensive tackle Jeff Whitaker on his official visit to Athens this weekend. Whitaker is the No. 4 player in the AJC Top 50 list.
3. As reported yesterday, the Kiffins — and Ed Orgeron in particular — have also convinced Stephenson defensive tackle Mike Thornton to come out to Los Angeles for a visit. Thornton will also be at USC on the weekend of Jan. 29. Based on recent developments he still has to narrow his choices between Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Penn State and USC. Understandable, he won’t make a final decision until national signing day (Feb. 3) — or after.
4. We’re still trying to get an audience with Henry County wide receiver Markeith Ambles, who has kind of gone underground since ditching his official visit to Tennessee and going instead to North Carolina last weekend. But Ambles’ father, Keith Ambles, told the Knoxville News Sentinel his son no longer intends to take an official vist to Tennessee. However, that does not mean he won’t eventually sign there. “He already knows about Tennessee,” Keith Ambles told the KNS. “He’s seen just about everything. He probably will [visit] somewhere else because he wants to check out other schools and see what they have to offer.”
5. In addition to UT and UNC, Ambles is considering Alabama, LSU and Southern Cal. He still has four visits left and may try to squeeze them all in. Meanwhile, Tennessee is still working hard on the 6-foot-2, 185-pound AJC Super 11 selection. Head coach Derek Dooley, recruiting coordinator Lance Thompson and new wide receivers coach Charlie Baggett were in the Amble’s home earlier this week.
6. Joe Person of The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C., alleges that South Carolina wasn’t too broken up about Eric Mack flipping to Auburn this week. Person writes that Mack apparently tipped the scales at more than 350 pounds on his official visit with the Gamecocks last weekend and some concerns had been voiced to Mack about his size. Guess their loss is Auburn’s gain.
7. Marcus Lattimore, the No. 1-rated tailback in America according to Rivals.com, has set his announcement for Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 9 p.m. at the Silver Hill United Methodist Church in Spartanburg, S.C. It will be open to the public so it should be quite a scene. He’ll choose between Auburn and South Carolina.
8. Florida commitment Demar Dorsey insists it’s no big deal that he canceled his official visit with the Gators this weekend in order to check out Southern Cal. He’s scheduled to visit Florida State next week, too. . . . Meanwhile, DT Leon Orr, one of a whopping 11 early enrollees at Florida, apparently was not eligible for early admission. Reportedly some of his credits did not transfer from high school. He has been in Gainesville for more than two weeks.
9. SI.com’s Andy Staples has a great piece on why recruits might not want to keep their Facebook pages open to the public. He reports three Mississippi State recruits — Jameon Lewis, Robert Johnson and Jay Hughes – posted that they went to “The Pony” while on a recent visit in Starkville. The Pony is, ahem, a gentlemen’s club. The school is reportedly looking into it.
10. The fact that seven of Clemson’s 21 commitments so far are from the state of Georgia is no coincidence. A story in the Spartanburg Herald this week reports that when receivers coach Jeff Scott became the Tigers’ recruiting coordinator last year he noted that they hadn’t been getting enough players from the Peach State. Should they sign on national signing day, the seven Georgia players this year will represent more than the last four years combined (six).
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