Ten at 10: School makes unexpected play for UGA’s Hutson Mason

THE TEN AT 10:

1. Hutson Mason got an unexpected  sales pitch from East Carolina coaches Tuesday at Lassiter High School. Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Lincoln Riley came to the school to recruit slotback Griffin Rolle, Mason’s go-to guy in the Trojans’ high-powered spread offense. But while they were there Riley asked Mason if he wanted to come and possibly start as a freshman as the triggerman for the offense he and new head coach Ruffin McNeill were bringing over from Texas Tech. “We ran the same offense at Lassiter and they just wanted to see if I had any interest, but I told him right away I was looking forward to being a Dog,” said Mason, who committed to Georgia right before Christmas. “I didn’t even need a second breath.” Mason and Riley also met former Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell, who came along for the ride.

This is me (not pictured) shooting AJC photographer Jason Getz shooting Georgia Tech freshman running back Charles Perkins on the Tech campus early Tuesday afternoon

This is me (not pictured) shooting AJC photographer Jason Getz shooting Georgia Tech freshman running back Charles Perkins on the Tech campus early Tuesday afternoon for this Sunday's recruiting spread in the AJC.

2. I spent some quality time Tuesday with Georgia Tech’s newest running back Charles Perkins on Tuesday. The Yellow Jackets’ coveted signee from Collins Hill is an early enrollee at the Institute and one of four subjects being profiled for a neat little recruiting package running in this Sunday’s print edition (and sometime online just before or after that). Perkins reports that he and fellow early enrollees B.J. Bostic and Isaiah Johnson are really getting a good head start as they’re put through the paces athletically each morning at 6 a.m. and academically each afternoon. Be sure to pick up a copy Sunday and keep an eye out for galleries of all the photo shoots this weekend.

3. Sandy Creek running back Rajion Neal told GoVolsXtra.com he has opened up his recruitment and is now considering Tennessee in addition to Mississippi State, to whom has has been committed for months. Neal had the change of heart after an official visit to Rocky Top this past weekend. “It affected me a lot,” Neal said of his trip to UT. “It’s a place I have always been fond of. Going there was a good experience for me and I enjoyed myself.”

4. Scratch Dominique Brown from Georgia Tech’s wish list. The four-star quarterback/athlete from Cincinnati is no longer being considered by the Yellow Jackets, allegedly due to academic issues.

5. Nickell Robey, who continues to tell Georgia fan pay sites he remains committed to the Bulldogs, took an official visit to the University of South Florida on Tuesday. That came a day after new coach Skip Holtz and some staff members visited the cornerback in Frostproof. Robey took an official visit to West Virginia last weekend, will go to Southern Cal this weekend and remains in close contact with Virginia Tech. Meanwhile, Richt called the school Tuesday to get a rundown on the situation.

6. Christian Green, a five-star athlete from Tampa who is slated to play wide receiver in college, has eliminated Florida and is down to just Florida State and Georgia, according to his father, Hiram Green. Christian visited Florida the weekend before last and will take an official to FSU this weekend, but Mr. Green inferred that it’s a 50-50 heat between the Bulldogs and the Seminoles heading into the weekend. Christian will likely make a decision upon his return from Tallahassee and inform the teams involved then but won’t make it public until national signing day.

7. Rumors swirled late Tuesday that Port St. Lucie, Fla., linebacker Deon Rogers had finally flipped on Georgia to commit to Louisville or Ohio State. Not so, Rogers told me Tuesday evening. “I didn’t commit anywhere,” he said. “I’m still committed to Georgia.” In fact, Rogers said he canceled a scheduled visit to Mississippi State this weekend. But Louisville, he said, is “a place I’m still considering.”

8. As expected Georgia coaches, including head coach Mark Richt, were in Calhoun on Tuesday to visit with five-star wide receiver commitment Da’Rick Rogers. Rogers has been committed to the Bulldogs since early June but took a visit to Tennessee last weekend and is now considering the Vols. No word yet on when the orange-clad coaches are due in. . . . The big talk in chatrooms overnight was that Rogers’ removed the profile pic on his Facebook page of him in a Georgia No. 3 jersey. He would be unable to wear No. 21 at UGA because it was retired for 1940s star Frankie Sinkwich. For what it’s worth, that number is available at Tennessee, Rogers told me this week.

9. Henry County wide receiver Markeith Ambles had Les Miles and members of the LSU coaching staff in his home this week. The Tigers are trying to convince Ambles to take his last visit to Baton Rouge this weekend. But so is Alabama and Auburn and Ambles hasn’t decided yet. Looking increasingly like Tennessee is out of picture.

10. Stephenson defensive tackle Mike Thornton told me last night he has decided not to travel to Los Angeles this weekend for a USC official visit. He has now narrowed his choices to Georgia, Kentucky and Penn State and will make his decision public at a signing ceremony at his school on national signing day.

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280 comments Add your comment

Really?

January 27th, 2010
10:03 am

WHATS IS GOING ON

January 27th, 2010
10:09 am

CHIP,

Its begining to look like Derick Rodgers may swicth , what do u think?

Denver Dog

January 27th, 2010
10:10 am

Interesting! Any rumors of UGA making a run at some stars going elsewhere? Sounds like a solid UGA class, and hopefully they can keep the guys in the flock for another week or so?

I can see it already...

January 27th, 2010
10:10 am

we get burnt by both Roger and Green on signing day…

knoxdawg

January 27th, 2010
10:11 am

Mr. Thornton we need you at UGA. The opportunity to play early is there with the depature of several d-linemen. I am sure you are aware of that. Come play for the Dawgs and make your home state proud. If you decide to go elsewhere just make sure its where you want to be in your heart. Best of luck to you no matter where you decide to attend.

YardDawg

January 27th, 2010
10:12 am

JB

January 27th, 2010
10:12 am

Good luck to all where ever they Sign. Dawgs will get 20+ great players. If Athens ain’t your place, then we wish you the best.

Gene Okerlund

January 27th, 2010
10:13 am

Why has UGA never recruited Ambles? One of the top WR’s in the country, an hour away from a school that desperately needs WR’s? Something seems amiss there. Any light to be shed?

Chip, are there many kids thinking of extending their drama past NSD? I know that that became very popular after Terrell Pryor did it a couple of years ago.

Thanks, I will hang up and listen.

Football Ken

January 27th, 2010
10:13 am

Seen Rajion Neal play alot of ball for Chip Walker and Sandy Creek. UGA, Tech all slipped on this kid. Watch out if he goes to Tenn. This kid will be good and UGA will see him evry year!

knoxdawg

January 27th, 2010
10:14 am

Mr. Rogers your heart told you UGA last summer so stick to your heart and sign with the Dawgs. You will get early playing time if you put in the work during the off season. Best of luck to you wherever you decide to go.

JB

January 27th, 2010
10:15 am

What’s going at Tech with Giff leaving? Where’s that class ranked. I know Johnson will coach’em up, we all saw that in the Georgia & Iowa game.

Gene Okerlund

January 27th, 2010
10:15 am

Yep, Ken, I agree, Neal looks like a heckuva RB. Hard to believe that he did not get a lot of interest from the locals.

howboutthembraves

January 27th, 2010
10:16 am

Alabamadawg, who's never gonna visit the Outback Resturant again !!

January 27th, 2010
10:16 am

If the dawgs got Christian Green to go opposite Da’Rick Rogers, the dawgs would be set at receiver for years to come…especially with the receivers we got last year. Are there any offensive lineman the dawgs are still trying to get ???

bigdawg01

January 27th, 2010
10:22 am

Gene,
There is a reason that UGA never offered him. He has issues. There are other great receivers out there that we want. Rogers and Green all day over Ambles.

We will get Whitaker and Thornton and with that have one of the best and deepest lines in the country, albeit young. Watch out in 2011.

Staff must hold on to Rogers, period.

Marcus

January 27th, 2010
10:22 am

Hey Chip,
If this has any weight for Christian Green (50-50 chance, just like his odds between FSU and UGA) his older brother by 1 year (Brandon) just committed to my alma mater, Florida A&M ( also located in Tallahassee) after a year stint at Hargrave Military Academy.

ATL Fan

January 27th, 2010
10:24 am

How did the meeting with Da’Rick Roger and CMR go?

ATL Fan

January 27th, 2010
10:25 am

Rogers (sorry)

Catfish

January 27th, 2010
10:32 am

Making these high level recruits into superstars before they even set foot on a college campus is foolish. It leads to undisciplined players who lack character and care nothing about getting a degree and winning at the college level. All they’re concerned about is getting to the NFL at the highest draft spot possible. I’d like to see some stats on these high profile recruits and how they actually pan out in college. It seems to me that guys like David Pollack who fly under the radar on recruiting pages always have greater impacts on teams. It wasn’t that Pollock was the biggest or strongest on the field. He simply worked harder than everyone else and inspired leadership through his example. That’s what UGA has been missing on defense for the last 4 years. An actual leader. The only person who came close since Pollack was Kelin Johnson.

Nilo Silvan

January 27th, 2010
10:33 am

Quick question—I thought it was illegal for a former university player to contact recruits to influence their decision—Graham Harrell with Hutson Mason? Chip, is there such a rule or am I making that up?

UbankDawg

January 27th, 2010
10:33 am

I am a Griffin High fan and the Neal kid form Sandy Creek is very very Good. Wish UGA woulda offered him. I am very happy with this years class tho. Great job Dawgs!

KD

January 27th, 2010
10:35 am

If a kid decides not to go to a school just because of a number on his jersey, then that just shows how ignorant he is. Besides, if there was a picture of him wearing the # 3, wasn’t that the number that Ealy ws going to switch to next year(his high school number)

UGA 82

January 27th, 2010
10:35 am

Anyword on Coxson, Boone or B. Roby? Heard we finally offered Roby, will it make any difference? Coxson or Boone would be a nice replacement if Rogers does decide to leave for TN. Here is to hoping that wearing #21 is not the deciding factor. Good luck to all the young men wherever they end up, but I hope to see a kid named Rogers wearing a red and black #3 jersey next year between the hedges!

Savannah Jacket

January 27th, 2010
10:36 am

OK GTI what have you got for us today? Any new word on Boyd? Any other recruits that we are looking to close out with?

The Grinch

January 27th, 2010
10:38 am

Tantalizing headline, but I’m more sure of Mason’s commitment to UGA than I am of anyone else. My brother knows the family and this kid is UGA all the way.

Also, I’ve heard a lot of good things about Charles Perkins. Tech got a good one there.

TY44

January 27th, 2010
10:38 am

Hey , these kids are KIDS….too much catering in the media has made recruiting a joke. I bet some of these kids in the past have regreted some of their decsions they have made by being caught up in the moment! My advice to these high schoolers! “follow your HEART!” if you grew up following a team, shcool, play for that school. If you are a good enough athelete, the NFL will certainly see you wherever you play!
Oh yea,,,,GO DAWGS!

JB

January 27th, 2010
10:40 am

Tech….top 30…………I don’t think so………You’ll land in the usual 45-50 spot. Ole Paul will coach’em up.

The Grinch

January 27th, 2010
10:41 am

Yellow Fuzz

January 27th, 2010
10:36 am

We could lose 2 or 3 and the could go to tech and you STILL wouldn’t be competing with similar athletes. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

The Grinch

January 27th, 2010
10:41 am

Yellow Fuzz

January 27th, 2010
10:38 am

Still crowing about a game in 2008? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! How lame.

UGA 82

January 27th, 2010
10:45 am

Can we please keep this blog about recruiting….I believe there have been plenty of blogs about who is what and scores from past games, its become nauseating.

BigDawg

January 27th, 2010
10:49 am

YEAH!!! I told you weeks ago that Thornton was a DAWG! No way he gets up in front of every Dawg fan at his high school to simply tell everyone he is going somewhere else. HE is revealing his decision in front of the student body to hear everyone cheer him on. Thus….it is now official…Thornton will be in Athens come August.

Dawg Maniac

January 27th, 2010
10:55 am

Hunter Mason, leave an elite program like Georgia to play at a small, low rent school like East Carolina? Get real! At Georgia, he has the best of the best including the university, facilities, hot chicks everywhere, etc. At East Carolina, the school is mediocre and the women are not that hot.

Sorry Guy!

January 27th, 2010
10:56 am

Yellow Fuzz – hey moron , if we were to lose a couple guys we also are going to add 4 or 5. No way we will fall out of the top 15 but as a Tech fan I guess all you can do is hope that happens.

Chip Towers

January 27th, 2010
10:57 am

UGA 82: I was going to include an item on Brad Roby getting a late offer from UGA but simply had too much stuff. I chose to leave him out because he said he’s sticking with Ohio State anyway so it’s kind of a moot point.

rico43

January 27th, 2010
10:58 am

I feel that if Rogers goes to Tennessee it will be because about half of the Georgia posters have spelled his name wrong. Higher education and all that. If you can’t get past “Rogers,” you got no shot at “Da’Rick”.

Sorry Guy!

January 27th, 2010
10:58 am

Yellow Fuzz – I can name you almost 40 UGA players that are currently playing in the NFL which is what these kids goal is. Would that work?

Tech Forever

January 27th, 2010
10:59 am

Give me a break. Does anyone really believe Mike Thornton is going to sit at press conference on signing day at Stephenson High School at put on a Kentucky or Penn State hat?

Chip Towers

January 27th, 2010
11:00 am

Nilo Silvan: Graham Harrell played for Texas Tech and he was with an East Carolina coach, so there’s no violation there. Would have been had he been with Red Raiders coaches.

Godawgs101

January 27th, 2010
11:00 am

WTF? Rogers you suck. We don’t even want you at UGA anymore. We want men not little boys. You would have been burried on our depth chart anyway.

Sorry Guy!

January 27th, 2010
11:01 am

Yellow Fuzz – Yes Da’rick challenge yourself and go to TECH. The big challenge at TECH would be having the ball thrown to you more than twice a game.

Jesse Stone

January 27th, 2010
11:01 am

Why would you call yourself “Sorry Guy”? Don’t be so down on yourself. How about “Below Average Guy’ instead?

Sorry Guy!

January 27th, 2010
11:02 am

Yellow Fuzz – And I would love it if I could play QB in the NFL buddy but it isn’t going to happen.

Burdell

January 27th, 2010
11:04 am

BigDawg and logic.

Mutually exclusive.

Augusta Jacket

January 27th, 2010
11:04 am

Chip, any chance Lance Thompson could become Ga Tech’s new recruiting coordinator and D-line coach?? That would be great if it really happened.

Gene Okerlund

January 27th, 2010
11:05 am

Godawgs101, clearly a Gtu fan posing.

Anyone here actually know who Da’Rick Rogers’ coach is, and if so, do you know who the coach’s father is and what he has been doing for the last 25 years?

Rogers is all Dawg, and has just been trying to help his buddy get a good scholarship.

Sorry Guy!

January 27th, 2010
11:06 am

Yellow Fuzz – The ultimate goal for most these kids is to get to the NFL! They want to go to a school that will help them get to the NFL. And the fact is UGA puts a ton of kids in the NFL. Can’t argue with the facts guy!

The Grinch

January 27th, 2010
11:07 am

Yellow Fuzz

January 27th, 2010
10:57 am

Pleading for the services of a 17 year old football player? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

Gene Okerlund

January 27th, 2010
11:08 am

Look, Yellow Fuzz, Gtu had a nice couple of years with Gailey’s recruits. Now they are gone. Name one Johnson recruit that made an impact last year…still waiting…

Johnson has never recruited against D1 schools, and it is showing with the last 2 classes. Gtu’s talent is regressing before our eyes, and the high school offense will only get easier to stop each successive time an opponent plays against it.

The Grinch

January 27th, 2010
11:09 am

Burdell

January 27th, 2010
11:04 am

Burdell…..a fictitious student at tech for decades. Guess he can’t handle all that tough calculus. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

ATLdawg, ya dig?

January 27th, 2010
11:09 am

Godawgs101, speak for yourself. Da’Rick Rogers is an incredible athlete and an awesome young man. Why does he “suck”? Because he’s 18 and trying to figure out one of the biggest choices he’ll ever make? How many colleges did you apply to? Did you have random strangers in your face telling you that you “suck” while you were trying to decide?

Da’Rick would be a gamechanger at Georgia, particularly opposite Green and with a guy like Murray or Mettenberg distributing the football. Da’Rick, if you’re reading this, we hope we get you but best of luck wherever you go. Don’t listen to haters like Godawgs101, he doesn’t speak for dawg nation.