The Ten at 10: CB Robey one of last wavering commits for UGA

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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202 comments Add your comment

goldwreck

January 22nd, 2010
10:08 am

If I were Georgia I don’t think I’d worry about losing a 5′7″ cornerback.

toph

January 22nd, 2010
10:11 am

As always Chip, wonderful work my friend

theTruth

January 22nd, 2010
10:11 am

Good work, Chip. Keep up the good work. Any word on how last week’s ‘big weekend’ went at UGA? Any word from the WR’s that visited? Another big one this weekend.

toph

January 22nd, 2010
10:11 am

Although he’s only 5′7″, he can FLY

bama??????

January 22nd, 2010
10:12 am

who is 5′7 guy gonna cover

feverdawg

January 22nd, 2010
10:15 am

Hope CTG can convince a couple of those big DL’s to come to Athens.

Tom

January 22nd, 2010
10:16 am

Chip, has Rodney Garner started admitting to recruits that he won’t be at UGA next season?

cattledawg

January 22nd, 2010
10:17 am

Seems like willie always liked that small corner. I had to laugh at the kids posting about the pony.

toph

January 22nd, 2010
10:18 am

Big Whitaker from Warner Robins would be nice as would Big Mike.

getthepicturenow

January 22nd, 2010
10:21 am

great job Chip, love the 10 @ 10. as for Robey, yeah he’s small but so was Tim Jennings, i think this kid has a bright future. and if we ever stop sending Logan Gray out to fair catch punts, this guy could be a dynamic returner. go dawgs.

FlaDawg

January 22nd, 2010
10:21 am

He can always be a Nickell back!

JB

January 22nd, 2010
10:22 am

all our corners need to be 5′11 to 6′1″ and our safeties need to be be 6′2” or 6′3”. hopefully our new DC will have our 4 linebackers making all the tackles and the DB’s shutting down wideouts.
I think our pass coverage suffered because of all the tackles those guys knew they were going to have to make.

G

January 22nd, 2010
10:22 am

Yeah Prince Miller graduated. Also think the fact that Carlton didnt play much might have a little to do with it as well. Im not worried about this one Grantham and Lack will find a bigger more physical db. I really think Houston, Washington and Robinson could all be a force at outside backer.

Huntergt13

January 22nd, 2010
10:24 am

Any word on Da’rick flipping for UT?

JB

January 22nd, 2010
10:24 am

The new DB coach from UCONN make have the biggest impact of all. Go to you tube and watch the tightness of their coverage……I still laugh at the blogger on here 2-3 month’s ago who said
” if Willie comes back, I need a bigger TV. The Georgia DB’s are never in the picture” LMAO.

BAMA FAN #2

January 22nd, 2010
10:26 am

The Ambles kid is visiting USC this weekend! Bright lights big city Hollywood!! Probation coming in late Feb. for boy blunder and coach O!! RTR

toph

January 22nd, 2010
10:26 am

I found on another site projections for Mike Thornton and Jeff Whitaker. Thornton to UGA by both collaborators and Whitaker was split, UGA/Auburn.

GeoffDawg

January 22nd, 2010
10:27 am

Speaking of wavering commits, was there ever any clarification regarding BJ Butler? Did he decommit or was his offer rescinded due to character issues?

G

January 22nd, 2010
10:28 am

I think its Whitaker to Dawgs Thorton to USC

Eric

January 22nd, 2010
10:29 am

Whitaker to Auburn.

BigDawg

January 22nd, 2010
10:29 am

BigDawg does not need any pee wee dawgs!

BigDawg think this is really “The top 9 at 10:00″ since #5 should be a part of #4 since it deals with the very same recruit. Seems an attempt to make 10 when you had nothing else to post???

BG

January 22nd, 2010
10:31 am

Why would UF take a player that is not eligible?? Funny as hell!!!!!!!!!

GT Insider

January 22nd, 2010
10:31 am

Keep an eye on all state OL Tim Wynn of Mays High School. He is a sleeper who has offers from Wake Forest, Indiana, and Illinois while Georgia Tech and Kentucky have came on strong at the end.

Lake Hartwell Dawg

January 22nd, 2010
10:32 am

Yeah, it would be great to have a bunch of 6′1″ corners, but if they can’t run under 4.4 and they aren’t nimbe enough, they can’t play corner. That’s why you see so many small corners — speed must be the priority. And we’ve had some small corners who played well, including Boykin, Jennings, and Allen. I guess the NFL thinks Jennings and Allen are big enough, and they will think the same of Boykin.

toph

January 22nd, 2010
10:34 am

I’m thinking that Smith and Boykin might be our two fastest corners we’ve had in a while.

G

January 22nd, 2010
10:34 am

Whitaker is bigger and stronger would make a great nt in the 3-4. Coach Grantham will get him this weekend.

toph

January 22nd, 2010
10:35 am

I think so G, you’re right on. I know that Whitaker is the biggest recruit to come out of Warner Robins High school since Willie Reid, who went to Fl. State.

BAMA FAN #2

January 22nd, 2010
10:36 am

Hey Eric, Auburn is having a great recruiting class so far!! RTR

G

January 22nd, 2010
10:37 am

Allen and Boykin are closer to 6 foot than 5-7

Lake Hartwell Dawg

January 22nd, 2010
10:38 am

Acually, Bryan Evans may have been the fastest corner we’ve ever had — but he couldn’t cover a lick.

toph

January 22nd, 2010
10:39 am

So is Smith, I think he’s 5′10 or 5′11. . . something like that. We need another Paul Oliver, with his size and speed.

common sense

January 22nd, 2010
10:40 am

UGA only have 4 corners on the depth chart! why wouldnt robey want to stay committed? it wouldnt make sense to de-commit.

B. smith- soph.
B. boykin- junior
j. love-r.fresh
V. cuff-senior

If he’s any good he has a chance to play as a freshman!

Lake Hartwell Dawg

January 22nd, 2010
10:42 am

Enter your comments here Boykin and Allen both listed at 5″10″, and they certainly don’t appear to be any taller.

CW

January 22nd, 2010
10:42 am

CMR was in Newnan? Wonder if he introduced Grantham to Sprayberry’s. Ole boy looks like he can eat some BBQ

BigTimeTECHFan

January 22nd, 2010
10:43 am

Lattimore may sign with Tech, no I wish.
But it will be USC (south), would not have open press signing in SC to say he’s going to Auburn. Just my guess.

If UGA get Whitaker that will be hugh.

Tech has nice class but so small in numbers, seems like 2nd year in a row we only signed less then 15 players.

G

January 22nd, 2010
10:44 am

Yeah Evans couldnt cut it at corner so Wille moved him to FS what a joke , Rambo got screwed last year. Was at the UT game they went after Evans the whole first quarter then he put Rambo in pick six , still not the starter. Glad thats over!

The General Feeling

January 22nd, 2010
10:44 am

Chip, good work! Now, we expect this type of coverage EVERY DAY until NSD.

You can do it… get on the phones and that www thingy.

toph

January 22nd, 2010
10:45 am

What about S. Commings? Is he a corner? If so, he’s a big one at 6′2″

G

January 22nd, 2010
10:46 am

What about Pugh and Cummings

crank

January 22nd, 2010
10:48 am

Any word on Justin Anderson moving to d-line next year?

The average NFl corner

January 22nd, 2010
10:48 am

The average NFl corner is 5-9. Tim Jennings was one of UGA best cover corner at 5-8.

Coach Yaw Yaw

January 22nd, 2010
10:49 am

Hey der Markeith. We have dem suddern Cal hostesses for you at de USC. Forget dem mountain girls we sent in da UT. We gone high class on dem hostesses for you. Come to de USC.

toph

January 22nd, 2010
10:49 am

Crank, is that supposed to happen? I thought he did a great job last year on the O-Line. To bad V.Vance graduated, he would have been a HUGE d-line man, especially at NT.

SimpleDawg

January 22nd, 2010
10:50 am

Back in the old days, when Clemson football was revelant, their best players usually came from Georgia. Beware, N.E. Georgia is so close to Clemson that it is attractive to players in that area…..and it is a much smaller college town than Athens, although not near as lively.

mgdawg

January 22nd, 2010
10:51 am

While size isn’t everything for a corner it does help, although the main physical attribute is quickness. Speed is good, but a corner doesn’t know where a receiver is going all the time, he needs to be able to cut on a dime if needed. Tech fans don’t start saying that UGA fans are saying this because the corner is bailing on uga, when the story came out about this kid earlier alot of UGA fans questioned it. My personal point of view, if he is as fast as what people say, it will be a nice pick up even if he doesn’t play corner, get the man the ball on offense and let him fly.

JB I totally agree. I still don’t understand why the corners were 10+ yards off of the WR’s and as soon as the ball was snapped would start backing up. What I never understood is when UGA shutdown calvin johnson, grant it the qb’s for him weren’t the best, UGA played tight man to man on him. Somehow this didn’t translate for willie to other wr’s, but that is the past.

Dawg stuck in Bham

January 22nd, 2010
10:51 am

UT boards are rumbling about Garner going to Knox-vegas. I hear that’s completely untrue from Ath. Dept in Athens.
Good riddance on another 5-7 dback.

sogadog

January 22nd, 2010
10:53 am

The good news: UGA’s class is ranked no. 8 and 9 in the nation by Scout and Rivals;

The bad news: UGA’s class is ranked no. 5 in the SEC.

Caveat: Rivals and Scouts rankings dont mean much anyway. Do they?

toph

January 22nd, 2010
10:54 am

Yep mgdawg, you’re right.

Blue

January 22nd, 2010
10:55 am

JB…although size is important, you have to be careful to exclude JUST because of that…even at safety. Two words for you…Bob Sanders. 5′8″, 205 and a BEAST. Sam Mills…5′9″. Occasionally, that rare guy comes along that can ‘just play’.

Baba O'Riley

January 22nd, 2010
10:56 am

Chip- Thanks for your hard work dicussing the Georgis Tech recruits. Oh…nevermind.