Ten at 10: Georgia State nabs one of its best recruits

THE TEN AT 10:

1. Georgia State got probably its most significant commitment since quarterback Drew Little agreed to sign on when Cole Moon pledged Sunday night to sign with the Panthers. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound fullback from St. Pius is rated a three-star prospect by Rivals.com.  In the end it came down to State and Georgia Southern for Moon, who wanted to play close to home. “I’m really excited about playing there,” Moon said Monday afternoon. “They have a great coaching staff and I know a lot of kids on the team. I had a couple of other offers but this is just a great situation.” Moon garnered recruiting interest from Purdue, Western Kentucky and Southern Miss and had offers from the service academies and Georgia Southern.

2. Four-star defensive end Kareem Martin of Roanoke Rapids, N.C., a longtime main target for Georgia Tech, committed to North Carolina on Monday. In the end, the 6-foot-6, 225-pound athletes chose the Tar Heels over Virginia Tech and Duke in “a real close decision.”

3. In South Carolina they’re calling it one of the most important visits of Steve Spurrier’s tenure. The Gamecocks’ veteran coach has the last in-home visit scheduled this week with Rivals.com’s No. 1-ranked running back Marcus Lattimore. The Duncan, S.C., prep star has narrowed his choices to Auburn and South Carolina and will make his announcement on Tuesday at his church.

4. Georgia commitment Nickell Robey is contradicting the assertions of Frostproof’s athletics director that he won’t end up signing with the Bulldogs. The diminutive cornerbacker told UGAsports.com “that’s not true” when informed what Charles Loveless told the AJC. Robey visited West Virginia last weekend, will visit Southern Cal this weekend and has an in-home visit scheduled with USF’s Skip Holtz. Robey still has not returned messages from the AJC.

5. It’s still a long way off but Georgia was among the top 10 finalists for 2011 quarterback Christian LeMay, according to Scout.com. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound athlete is expected to be one of the top prospects in the nation next year. He says he is also considering Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Oklahoma, Miami, Mississippi State, North Carolina and Virginia Tech.

6. Mike Nance, the father of Calhoun quarterback and Vanderbilt commitment Nash Nance, said his son has not yet decided whether or not to accept the scholarship offer extended last week by Tennessee. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound quarterback visited the Vols along with five-star wide receiver teammate Da’Rick Rogers this weekend. Neither is likely to make an announcement before national signing day, Mike Nance said.

7. A scheduled in-home visit with Georgia Tech coaches was canceled by Beaufort, S.C. linebacker Justin Parker, according to JacketsOnline.com publisher Kelly Quinlan. Quinlan reported that was a bad sign for the Yellow Jackets, who are trying to beat out Clemson, LSU and South Carolina for the 6-foot-3, 230-pound bruiser.

8. One-time Tennessee commitment J.C. Copeland will make his final official visit this weekend to South Carolina. The 6-foot, 273-pound defensive lineman told PalmettoSports.com he was still committed to the Vols but was going into the visit “with an open mind.”

9. Also going to South Carolina this weekend are Southwest DeKalb defensive backs Sharrod Golightly and Jonathan Mincy. Mincy is a longtime Auburn commitment.

10. Rashad Williams, a 6-foot-1, 220-pound linebacker/defensive end from Dunwoody High, committed to Georgia Southern over the weekend.

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dc

January 26th, 2010
10:02 am

ATL Fan

January 26th, 2010
10:02 am

GA Tech Insider

January 26th, 2010
10:05 am

Some really sad news on the Jackets front, my friends…

ckgator

January 26th, 2010
10:06 am

By TOM LUGINBILL/Scouts, Inc.

The SEC East is highlighted by one of the best recruiting classes ever, as well as the recent drama at Tennessee. The Gators might not have won the SEC this past season, but they certainly are No. 1 nationally in recruiting circles. Urban Meyer has reloaded his program on both sides of the ball with some of the best talent in the country. To put this in perspective, Georgia has the No. 4-ranked class in the country with half as many ESPNU 150 prospects as the Gators.

Read more: http://www.gatorcountry.com/football_recruiting/article/east_florida_georgia_separate_selves/8260#ixzz0djOcx8Fl

GA Tech Insider

January 26th, 2010
10:06 am

You’ll hear about it soon…

ATL Fan

January 26th, 2010
10:07 am

Anything on Whitaker?

ATL Fan

January 26th, 2010
10:13 am

Chip,
UGA has another Calhoun WR on it’s team, Kris Durham, he was hurt last year. Will he be playing this season?

K with a K

January 26th, 2010
10:15 am

Have anything to do with Giff Smith or is it about recruiting targets… And if Parker is off the table where do we go now…any other LB options out Tech is looking at?

UGA Alum

January 26th, 2010
10:17 am

Anything on Mike Thornton?

ATLdawg, ya dig?

January 26th, 2010
10:17 am

Dawgs need to lock down Da’Rick. He’s the best athlete in the state and would provide Aaron Murray with the big target he needs. PUT THE FENCE UP, RICHT, AND LOCK IT DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

thrillerdome

January 26th, 2010
10:19 am

what is GA Tech Insider?

Can I Get An Amen!

January 26th, 2010
10:20 am

This last week is gonna be a good weeks guys. Not really many surprises for Georgia, but they will get the guys they want and the class is gonna look good and Dawg fans will be excited about it. Be read for Feb. 1, this will be the fist of a few nice pickups until NSD.

thrillerdome

January 26th, 2010
10:21 am

i meant “what is it GA Tech Insider?”

bdbulldog

January 26th, 2010
10:21 am

Georgia has recruited one of the best classes in Richt’s 9 seasons so far.

ESPN ranks Georgia’s 2010 recruiting class #4, with the possibility of finishing higher,
depending on some recruits.

The last tme Richt had a #4 ranked recruiting ESPN class, he finished #2 in the nation the next season.

http://insider.espn.go.com/ncf/recruiting/classrankings?&action=login&appRedirect=http%3a%2f%2finsider.espn.go.com%2fncf%2frecruiting%2fclassrankings

bdbulldog

January 26th, 2010
10:22 am

Ga Tech Insider:

Wow, we’re all SO impressed wiht your inside scoops.

Name the location where any 5 recruits are right now Ga Tech insider.

Can I Get An Amen!

January 26th, 2010
10:23 am

This ESPN ranking are completely skewed. I would look into them too much.

GA Tech Insider

January 26th, 2010
10:29 am

Yes, regarding Giff. Great for him, but we’ll be sad to see him go; he’s been great for all associated with the Jacket Nation. Also, assume Justin is off the table; he won’t be here on Saturday.

toph

January 26th, 2010
10:30 am

What other top prospects is UGA looking at landing besides Green, Whitaker and Thornton?

Can I Get An Amen!

January 26th, 2010
10:30 am

Oh and UGA is about to pull a player from another school. I think you know who it is, but he has told the UGA coaching staff to be ready within the next couple of days. He is gonna mull it for a few days, he didn’t wanna commit on the visit because he didn’t want to make an emotional decision and he wanted to talk to the coaching staff of the other school before deciding. Things are looking good, though.

BigDawg

January 26th, 2010
10:31 am

ckgator….UGA is not currently 4th on Scout but 10th in recruiting unless it changed mightily from yesterday.

UGA will rise next week though because we will land both of the Defensive linemen we have targeted and both are terrific studs that we’ll probably under utilize. (New Year…New Year….New Year…must keep my skeptical view of Richt in the background!!! New Year = new chance for him to come through!!!)

Ryan

January 26th, 2010
10:32 am

Interesting about the FB with Ga State.

I was thinking GSU already had a pretty good FB from last year’s class. Am I wrong?

Does this mean the offense will be more run-oriented?

GA Tech Insider

January 26th, 2010
10:32 am

bdbulldog – I could care less what you think, you have nothing to do with GA Tech football. In fact, even if you did, it wouldn’t matter to me.

GA Tech Insider

January 26th, 2010
10:35 am

K with a K; this means the only visits we currently have scheduled for this weekend will be Chris Boyd, the wide receiver from Roswell, and with Tony Zenon, the running back from Albany.

bdbulldog

January 26th, 2010
10:37 am

I predict Ga Tech Insider will continue to act like an insider on these forums. Let’s see who’s better at predicting?

GA Tech Insider

January 26th, 2010
10:38 am

HOWEVER, this doesn’t mean we’re through recruiting (we have several irons in the fire)…

Can I Get An Amen!

January 26th, 2010
10:41 am

GA Tch Insider-Is there any chance at all Zenon gets an offer? I’m very confident he won’t, but you’re more “in the know” with GT and I want to hear what you think about it. Honestly, I think he’s heading to Marshall to join on there very hot recruiting class.

GA Tech Insider

January 26th, 2010
10:46 am

Can I Get An Amen! ;Tony didn’t commit to Marshall last weekend on his official visit there; so he’s still hoping for an offer before signing day. With the way things are shaking out, there’s still a possibility of getting the offer, even though Deon Hill committed last weekend.

K with a K

January 26th, 2010
10:46 am

GTI…any word on a couple of names:
Dominique Brown ATH – OH
Pat Swilling LB – LA
Tyler Harris LB – CT
Michael Thorton LB – GA

The Grinch

January 26th, 2010
10:48 am

GA Tech Insider

January 26th, 2010
10:38 am

The timing of losing you recruiting coordinator couldn’t be at a worse time, but I don’t think it will affect tech’s recruiting in a negative way.

Part of the fun of NSD is watching the last minute switches. There is a present UGA commitment who supposedly will switch, but there’s also one or two who may switch to UGA. We’ll see.

GA Tech Insider

January 26th, 2010
10:49 am

Tony’s a different kind of back than Deon, even though they would both be slotted at the A-Back position. Think Orwin Smith versus Marcus Wright.

dc

January 26th, 2010
10:50 am

GTI has definitely scooped the ajc. GTI, where is Giff going?

GA Tech Insider

January 26th, 2010
10:53 am

K with a K:

Dominique Brown ATH – OH Our chances just got much better as Louisville just had an official with another QB that was committed to West Virginia (Barry Brunetti), who really liked Strong and his staff, so he may pull the trigger before Brown. Ohio State is recruiting him as a wide receiver, but Brown wants to play QB, the position GA Tech is recruiting him to play.

Pat Swilling LB – LA I would take this one off of my list.

Tyler Harris LB – CT I wouldn’t hold my breath on this one.

Michael Thorton LB – GA I wouldn’t hold my breath on this one, either.

GA Tech Insider

January 26th, 2010
10:55 am

Ask Chan Gailey.

dc

January 26th, 2010
10:57 am

OK, I was hoping it wasn’t to another college program. Poor timing, but I wish him well.

Can I Get An Amen!

January 26th, 2010
10:57 am

Yeah, you see I know Tony and if he gets an offer from GT before NSD he will will commit on the spot. There’s no doubt in my mind about that. I just don’t think he will get an offer and I have a feeling Marshall will be waiting in the wings to pick him up. He’s a really good RB and he will have a solid future at GT or Marshall.

GA Tech Insider

January 26th, 2010
10:58 am

We should be fine with our recruits; these guys know what’s up – they’ve chosen GA Tech for the place it is and while Giff has been instrumental in recruiting them, he wasn’t their position coach per se, especially with A. Groh now on board. Paul Johnson is on top of everything, I assure you.

Jesse Stone

January 26th, 2010
10:59 am

dc, your Gators are cleaning up this recruiting season.

Savannah Jacket

January 26th, 2010
10:59 am

Any word on where Giff is going? I hope he isn’t taking any recruits with him? Will Groh be asked to step into that roll? I hear he is a great recruiter? Any word on who Justin Parker is leaning towards?

K with a K

January 26th, 2010
11:00 am

Tyler Harris seemed very high on use and we have not offered. You don’t think we will offer or you think he has changed how he feels about Tech? I really like “Little Marcus Wright” I don’t think we need two of them running around!

GA Tech Insider

January 26th, 2010
11:01 am

Can I Get An Amen!; tell Tony to keep the faith; nothing’s over until Paul Johnson tells him it’s over, and this weekend, they’ll look each other in the eyes and things should hopefully clear up a bit more. I know it’s tough on the young man, but I know Paul Johnson has a lot of respect for Tony, and if he didn’t want to try to find a way to get him on campus, he wouldn’t be spending as much time with him.

Coach Johnsons Paul

January 26th, 2010
11:02 am

I hear Coach Baggett @ 10RC was hosting a Gun & Fire Safety class this past weekend (see: Plexico & Rison)

GA Tech Insider

January 26th, 2010
11:05 am

Savannah Jacket – Buffalo Bills; don’t worry about taking recruits with him! Regarding Parker, everyone seems to think it’s down to Clemson and LSU (he was just in Baton Rouge this past weekend), but Steve Spurrier is still in there, lurking around in the background a bit, ready to swoop in, if he can. Florida made a late push, but I think it was too little, too late.

GA Tech Insider

January 26th, 2010
11:07 am

K with a K; Marcus will be a junior next season. If Tony signs and gets a red shirt, then he’ll play as a freshman the same season that Marcus and Embry Peebles would seniors. Does that help

Vandy Fan

January 26th, 2010
11:09 am

Chip looks like you forgot this little note on #9: Sharrod Golightly and Jonathan Mincy. Mincy is a longtime Auburn commitment, Golightly has been a longtime Vanderbilt commitment.

Curious

January 26th, 2010
11:10 am

i thought d. brown was coming in this weekend as well…

K with a K

January 26th, 2010
11:10 am

Sure sign him up…But I still hope we can land a couple more guys on the D side of the ball!

GA Tech Insider

January 26th, 2010
11:11 am

Peeples; jeeze. I should have added that Roddy Jones will also be a senior that season.

bdbulldog

January 26th, 2010
11:13 am

Ga Tech Insider-

Nobody cares about Ga Tech here.

Did you know you’re on the UGA Blog?

Again, name the location of where 5 Ga Tech recurits are right now, or stop posing like an Insider.

Curious

January 26th, 2010
11:16 am

i hope boyd realizes that nash is defecting and there are 3 other wr’s already committed for the c’dores…

layinlow

January 26th, 2010
11:16 am

Chip, in regards to this Nance fellow, why didn’t you ask the burning question everyone wants to know? Is his son’s scholarship contingent on Rodgers signing with TENN? Damn talk about shoddy reporting. At least force him to make a denial.

It will be interesting to see if Nance ends up at TENN with or without Rodgers. If both sign, people will always wonder if Nance’s scholarship happened because of Rodgers. If Nance makes his own way to TENN then his detractors will finally get off his back.