The Ten at 10: Tech, Georgia look to close strong

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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181 comments Add your comment

toph

January 25th, 2010
10:02 am

Nice job Chip

getthepicturenow

January 25th, 2010
10:05 am

go dawgs

January 25th, 2010
10:08 am

third..? as always, georgia will be in the top 10 in recruiting classes, but once again, half those players that helped us get there will probably be busts and turn into joe cox or danny ware reincarnations.

Jones

January 25th, 2010
10:12 am

Reality

January 25th, 2010
10:13 am

Yep. UGA will again have a top 10 recruiting class, yet not finish anywhere near the top 10 for the season. What type of ugly black hole exists in Athens for all of this talent?

BigTimeTECHFan

January 25th, 2010
10:13 am

Boyd is good, seen him play a few time at Roswell. Nice pick up

Youbetcha

January 25th, 2010
10:15 am

go dawgs – Cox wasn’t a bust he was a three star guy and played at a three star level and Danny Ware who plays in the NFL for the NY Giants right now wasn’t much of a bust either. Please do some research before commenting on here. Thanks!

reebok

January 25th, 2010
10:15 am

thanks for the extremely thorough updates

SportsFan

January 25th, 2010
10:16 am

Chip…why is Brandon Leslie leaving?

SportsFan

January 25th, 2010
10:16 am

Chip…why is Brandon Leslie leaving? Does GT have any shot at Kareem Martin from NC?

BigDawg

January 25th, 2010
10:16 am

Grantham obviously can’t be confused as a genius!!! LOL Of course, UGA could win a National Championship if it could get every great player within five hours to sign with us!!!! The problem with that scenario is that Alabama, Auburn, UT, Clemson, FSU, Miami, UF, USC(South), Notre Dame, and every other program of any consequence also comes after those players and thus making getting the whole enchilada all but impossible. UGA already gets the talent to win a National Championship Coach G….it is simply up to you to get their potential to perform. Period.

Vandy Fan

January 25th, 2010
10:17 am

BigTimeTECHFan, not so fast. He’s only taking a visit. For now he’s still a ‘Dore!

Dean

January 25th, 2010
10:18 am

Georgia fans, don’t bash our players. Joe Cox did as much with his talent as was possible and waited patiently. His career is over. He’s a Dawg through and through so back off him. Negativity such as this can only hurt our team.

Chipped Tires

January 25th, 2010
10:18 am

Any news on a hire for 3rd defensive coach ? UGA ,CMR and Damon still struggling in that department?

knoxdawg

January 25th, 2010
10:19 am

I like what Coach Grantham said. I believe it to be very true. We can get everything we need within a 5 hour drive of Athens to win the SEC and a NC. Coach Saban does it at Bama and Meyer does it at UF so we can to. Perhaps Coach Grantham and two new defensive coaches are what we needed to get us back to the top. Only time will tell. The thing you gotta love about the SEC is that every school seems to get better every year.

DawgMAN

January 25th, 2010
10:22 am

Chip – really like the 10 at 10 – good job.

Do you really think UGA will land both Thornton and Whitaker? I see both as more of a long shot. Hopefully – we can land at least one – but I doubt both will come. I would think Auburn has a better shot to land both before UGA – just the vibe I am getting – but who knows?

Auburn is putting together a VERY nice Class – bet they sign Lattimore as well.

Eat and Tweet

January 25th, 2010
10:24 am

Who will tweet this year taking over for the Jeff Owens ?

MR

January 25th, 2010
10:25 am

The new DC at UGA sounds a lot like CLK. You don’t need the rest of Ga and the world. Hey, knoxdawg you buying all that crap. I guess so since you are in tenn.

YOU ARE RIGHT

January 25th, 2010
10:25 am

Coach Grantham is right. And if I could collect every winning lottery ticket within a five-hour radius of Atlanta, I’ll be a millionaire. Since that is not going to happen, I go to work every day. My advice, just coach!!! If your coaching is good enough, you will win. Period.

DawgMAN

January 25th, 2010
10:27 am

go dawgs – I would not call Cox or Ware busts. Cox was a career backup for a reason – and was thrust into the starting position because he was better than Logan Grey. The team around him didn,t help him as the running game did not develop until the end of the season.

As for Danny Ware – he ran very hard for UGA – and was a very good back. Problem is – every UGA fan (including me) compares every talented back we have to Walker or Hearst – and now Moreno. Each was different and unique.

Richt's the Man- 8 Natl Champ Years

January 25th, 2010
10:30 am

Cool pic of El Capitan Mark Richt with one of his three Natl Champ years at Georgia, can’t remember if this one was 2002, 2005, or 2007, there are so many, you start to lose track.

Then you have the 5 Natl Champ’s Richt got FSU in. 8 total Natl Champ years.

Here’s the pic in one of those grand years:

http://images.dawgsports.com/images/admin/2008_Sugar_Bowl_trophy_Richt.jpg

Dap01

January 25th, 2010
10:32 am

If Markief is “tight” with someone like Lane Kiffin, his parents should question his character. Why would anyone follow Kiffin into probation. Markief, look at Kiffins record not the hostesses that he provides!

ATLdawg, ya dig?

January 25th, 2010
10:41 am

yeah, every recruit within 5 hours of athens. That extends through the whole state of SC, up to Charlotte, halfway into Alabama, up to Nashville and down south to Tallahasse. We could beat the Falcons if we got the 25 best players in that radius each year. Regardless, it’s a nice goal.

Meyer--Mr. 5-3 in the SEC, 40% of the time

January 25th, 2010
10:47 am

Florida has the worst Defensive Coordinator, WELL behind Georgia, Alabama, LSU, and South Carolina.

Edwards was a part of a Miami defense in the NFL that ranked #24 in scoring defense, and #18 against the run.

Grantham was a part of Cowboys–#2 ranked in defensive scoring in NFL.

Florida doesn’t have a coach on their team who can help a defense out.

If the Gators can’t beat a top 10 team with 22 starters returning and Charlie Strong, they’ll finish 4th or 5th in the SEC in a rebuilding year with Edwards.

Florida #5 ranked defense in SEC.

KD

January 25th, 2010
10:49 am

To Chipped Tires, they are not struggling to find another defensive coach, he is still coaching and his team won last night so now we have to wait until the Super Bowl is over to find out, I hope they are telling the recruits this is the guy they are going after, and I believe that Lattimore will be going to SC, since Auburn already has a big time recruit running back that is supposely better and ranked higher in some recruiting sources.

In Pollack we trust

January 25th, 2010
10:50 am

David Pollack just tweeted that Brett Favre can’t take a hit.

Les W. Moore

January 25th, 2010
10:50 am

Good work Chip! I hang onto EVERY word from Markeith.

JB

January 25th, 2010
10:51 am

The receiver talking to Tech better be listening to Johnson about being an Engineer and not because he wants to catch footballs. Also, the new DC at UGA ( Grantham) is setting a good tone. Yes, he must back it up, but I’m glad he is NOT using terms like ” We might or I think”.
He is positive. Very telling that one player threw Willie under the bus by saying” To much thinking and formations and Coverages rather than GATA. I believe in Assignment football, but not science.

dc

January 25th, 2010
10:53 am

Meyer—- You speak of Grantham from this year. How was he with the Browns? That’s a very shallow post. How do you know Grantham will be any good as a DC? He may be great, but it’s unfounded to ay that Edwards isn’t near the coach that Grantham is.

JB

January 25th, 2010
10:54 am

I believe Coach Grantham will put some bite back in the D. The days of read and react and back peddling are over………

Spurrdog

January 25th, 2010
10:57 am

I’m sorry, I’m real stupid. forgive me

Spurrdog

January 25th, 2010
10:57 am

Richt’s the Man- 8 Natl Champ Years
Meyer–Mr. 5-3 in the SEC, 40% of the time

I bet Dawg fans are as embarrassed by this jackass as black people are of jesse jackson.

Meyer–Mr. 5-3 in the SEC, 40% of the time

January 25th, 2010
10:58 am

UGA is the most underacheiving program the last 5 years!

Spurrdog

January 25th, 2010
10:59 am

Yep, I’m a loser!!!!!!!!!

Meyer--Mr. 5-3 in the SEC, 40% of the time

January 25th, 2010
11:01 am

Saban offered Grantham the Defensive Coordinator job. Saban knows defense–his defense in ranked #1.

Saban did NOT offer the Defensive Coordinator job to Edwards.

Will Muschamp, the defensive coordinator of the #2 defense for Texas, recommended coach Richt hire Grantham.

Grantham helped the Colts go from 3-13 to 13-3 in one year, helped the Browns go from 4-10 to 10-6 in 1 year, when Grantham left, the Browns went 2-14 without Grantham. Grantham helped the Cowboys finish #2 in defensive scoring, Edwards helped the Gaotrs finish #24 out of 28 teams ind efensive scoring.

john

January 25th, 2010
11:01 am

its not unfounded……i found it right here on this page……..whewwwwwwwwww………..some folks just have to have their ears beat off before they can realize something : )

goldwreck

January 25th, 2010
11:03 am

I’m glad to see Coach Groh paying immediate recruiting dividends.I’m glad he’s not just talking the talk like some other new coaches.

Meyer–Mr. 5-3 in the SEC, 40% of the time

January 25th, 2010
11:03 am

Don’t be mean to meeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Meyer--Mr. 5-3 in the SEC, 40% of the time

January 25th, 2010
11:04 am

Nice try imposter acting like me in the 10:58 post, I would never write anythign like that.

Underachieving? 90 wins in 9 seasons in the SEC? Please.

I will not be posting here again. If someone does, it’s my fake imposted.

ALL ANTI-GEORGIA POSTS HERE ARE BY AN ANTI-GEORGIA PRO-GATOR FAN!!!!

fan

January 25th, 2010
11:04 am

haters, the season hasn’t started so stop hatin. I know its your favorite thing to do and the only thing your good at. Grantham will be the key in the return the junkyard dawgs. GATA

JB

January 25th, 2010
11:07 am

recruiting is a emotional roller coaster and pretty much just something to do between the season. Georgia is loaded with Div 1 talent and will get it’s share. Out of the top 20 prospects in Georgia, Richt will get 12 or so. He also signs needs. People get nervous when they see a couple of WR’s going elsewhere, but if we have 8 on Scholarship, we may only sign ONE good one and let the other’s go elsewhere, by NOT recruiting them. Georgia WILL always lose 25-30 top notch players out of state because of this. Georgia is Fertile ground in recruiting.

fan

January 25th, 2010
11:07 am

goldwreck if you knew anything about football or defense you would know that Grantham KNOWS what he’s talking about. good luck with the few of gailey’s recruits yall still have left, can’t wait til november and 30-24

wood

January 25th, 2010
11:09 am

like the way GT’s class is rounding out . Wanting to know is there a chance thorton or whiticker will sign with the jackets ,they both have had some interest?

JB

January 25th, 2010
11:11 am

Tech and other SEC teams are hoping Grantham is not the guy. I think by cleaning house, Richt is bringing in Fresh eyes and schemes and attitudes and accountability. I know the before mentioned are hoping he fails. GATA.

BigTimeTECHFan

January 25th, 2010
11:12 am

Correction – If we get Boyd, he will be nice pick up. 6′5″ – 4.5 speed. can catch on the fly, not real sure how he is on routes and stuff.

JB

January 25th, 2010
11:12 am

Tech’s D looked pretty bad against UGA and Iowa. Only one way to go…..Tech fans: How many starters coming back on D ?

Vick=Dog killing thug

January 25th, 2010
11:19 am

YEAH but will Farve retire and un-retire again? And someone tell that boy to shave.

Delbert D.

January 25th, 2010
11:21 am

Let’s see…Stafford was from Texas, Moreno was from Middletown, NJ (one of my old home towns), Murray is from Tampa. On the other hand, the current running back duo are from Georgia, and Mettenberger and his UGA-employee mom are from Greater Athens. I don’t have any doubts about Murray, but would Zack or Hutson Mason lead Georgia to fly among the elite again?

FBR

January 25th, 2010
11:22 am

Markeith—–You’re missing the point—-nobody faults “Kiff” for taking his dream job—-The problems are him being Dishonest, a snake in the grass, a liar, a deceitful, egomaniacal A-hole, and generally the last person anyone should trust in any way. What is there about these people that you recruits can’t understand?

Tech Fan

January 25th, 2010
11:23 am

Let’s Go Georgia Tech.