THE TEN AT 10:
1. Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson offered Roswell wide receiver Chris Boyd a scholarship over the telephone on Sunday night, and Boyd has agreed to take an official visit with the Yellow Jackets next weekend. “I’ve always had interest in Georgia Tech, with them being right down the street,” Boyd told the AJC’s Michael Carvell. “They had told me that they didn’t plan on signing any wide receivers in this class. Then everything changed when Demaryius Thomas turned pro early. Coach Johnson told me he wants to sign a wide receiver, and that I was the guy he wanted. . . . Right now, I’m still committed to Vanderbilt. I’ll have to wait until I visit Georgia Tech.”
2. Tech got two more commitments on Sunday: Linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu of Washington, D.C., and running back Deon Hill of Phenix City, Ala. That gives the Yellow Jackets 16 commitments so far. But they may be far from done. According to the AJC beat writer Doug Roberson, Tech could have as many three or four more spots available due to the departure of safety Brandon Leslie and the possible early graduation of some other players. The Jackets could close very strong if they manage to secure Cincinnati ATH Dominique Brown and/or Beaufort, S.C., LB Justin Parker.
3. Not sure who else caught this quote from new Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham regarding recruiting but it certainly caught my eye: “If we took the best players in the state of Georgia and within a five-hour radius of our school, and they come to University of Georgia, we can win the SEC championship and compete for a national title,” Grantham told reporters. “And I think you can be better than Florida, you can be better than Texas and you can be better than Southern Cal if those players came to the University of Georgia.”
4. There is a good chance that the Bulldogs will land either Mike Thornton or Jeff Whitaker – or both. The state’s top two defensive tackles are rated as the Nos. 3 and 4 players overall, respectively, in the AJC Top 50 rankings. Whitaker was on his official visit in Athens this weekend. Thornton accompanied four teammates to Kentucky but did not commit. Whitaker is down to Georgia, Auburn and Miami and will visit the Hurricanes this weekend. Thornton is down to Georgia, Auburn, Penn State, Miami, Florida, Florida State and Southern Cal and is scheduled to visit USC this weekend. Stay tuned.
5. AJC Super 11 wide receiver Markeith Ambles spent much of Sunday night stuck in a Nashville airport trying to make his way home from an official visit to Southern Cal. There were numerous flight delays in Atlanta due to storms. So there has been no direct word from Ambles about the trip. But his father, Keith Ambles, spoke to USC.Scout.com. “Markeith had a very good visit,” Mr. Ambles said. “USC is a school Markeith really liked early on but USC stopped calling him for some reason. But that really doesn’t matter now, he has an opportunity to go there if he chooses.” Of course, the Trojans’ interest in Ambles was rekindled when Lane Kiffin got there. “Man, me and coach Kiff are real tight,” Ambles told ESPN West late last week. “He’s a big reason why I committed to UT. We’re very cool with each other and I’m excited for him to get his dream job. I know a lot of people have bashed him but this is his dream job and I don’t see how you can criticize that.”
6. Camden County’s all-star running back Ean Days, who was given a long look by the Yellow Jackets without ever receiving an offer, committed to Illinois over the weekend. Days rushed for more than 1,400 yards this past season and led Camden County to the last two Class AAAAA state titles. He also had offers from Indiana and UCF.
7. Defensive end Corey Simmons of Greater Atlanta Christian committed to South Carolina while on an official visit in Columbia this past weekend. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Simmons is considered a “sleeper” prospect, garnering only two stars from Rivals.com and just one from Scout. But the Gamecocks have been known to pluck some diamonds-in-the-rough out of Atlanta. Remember Eric Norwood?
8. North Gwinnett defensive end Ayo Ojolola accepted a scholarship offer from new Murray State coach Chris Hatcher while on a visit there this weekend. The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder was a two-year starter for the Bulldogs and third-leading tackler this past season. “He’s a great pass-rusher and has a great motor,” coach Bob Sphire said.
9. David McConnell, a 6-foot-5, 265-pound offensive lineman for Gainesville High, accepted a scholarship offer to Gardner-Webb.
10. South Paulding middle linebacker Broderick Sellers has committed to Savannah State and offensive lineman Zach Hemmila has committed to West Georgia.
That’s not everything but that’s all for now. Check back often for updates. I’ll be on the road most of the day Monday but I’ll update with news when it happens.
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