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.
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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