Ten at 10: Nances deny report that Vanderbilt rescinds scholarship offer

THE TEN AT 10:

1. It looks like the recruiting saga of Calhoun quarterback Nash Nance is about to come to a head. The big news all over the fan recruiting sites overnight was that Vanderbilt has pulled its offer for the big quarterback. Apparently the news was broken on the Rivals’ fan site VandySports.com. I can’t access the story because it’s premium content but Nance is no longer listed on the Commodores’ commitment list. Anyway, Nance’s father, Mike Nance, said in a text this morning, “no, that’s a lie” in regards to Vandy pulling the offer for his son. In any case, it would appear that means Nance will accept Tennessee’s scholarship offer, unless he wants to continue talks with Arkansas and/or Louisville, which have expressed some late interest. How that affects the situation with best buddy Da’Rick Rogers is unknown at this point. Mr. Nance said he’ll have Nash call me when he has a break at school so hopefully I’ll have more on this later today. Stay tuned . . .

2. As for Rogers, I’ve exchanged a couple of emails with him since our visit in Calhoun earlier this week. He thinks it’s pretty crazy all the rumors that are flying around about him and Nance. But he insists that any decision he makes or has made won’t be revealed until national signing day when he makes his announcement at 9:45 a.m. As for Tuesday’s visit from Georgia coaches, he wrote, “it was pretty good. A regular visit.” He also told me that Tennessee coaches are due in on Friday, that he has accepted no other in-home visits from any other coaches and that he is not planning any visits this weekend.

3. Rogers was one of three UGA commitments who were named to the Parade Magazine All-America team Wednesday. Joining Rogers are safety Alec Ogletree and quarterback Hutson Mason. Mason was particularly pleased and surprised to be included. “Who decides that award?,” he asked me in a text. Told they have their own panel, he replied, “dang!.” Follow this link to the Parade Magazine website to see the whole team.

4. Lache Seastrunk, one of the top running back prospects in America, committed to Oregon late Wednesday afternoon during a ceremony at his school in Temple, Texas. Seastrunk (first name pronounced like Lake) didn’t do the multiple-caps-on-a-table bit but he did pull out from under the table an Oregon duckbill and put it on at the moment of truth. As I’ve said before, from what I’ve seen Seastrunk may be the best back of them all. Go to YouTube.com and call up some of his highlights. Pretty spectacular.

5. At this point Georgia Tech is expecting just two official visitors for the final weekend of the 2010 recruiting season. Running back Tony Zenon of the Deerfield Windsor School in Albany and Roswell wide receiver Chris Boyd, a Vanderbilt commitment.

6. Georgia coaches will be in Frostproof, Fla., today to visit with enigmatic commitment Nickell Robey. The four-star cornerback just returned from an official visit to South Florida on Wednesday and is headed to Southern Cal this weekend. The Bulldogs will surely seek to find out whether they should continue to hold a scholarship for Robey or not.

7. Are two Rajaans too many for Tennessee? We may find out soon. Sandy Creek’s Rajion Neal, a longtime Mississippi State commitment, visited Rocky Top last weekend and pronounced his recruitment open upon his return home. Meanwhile, Rajaan Bennett, an extremely productive and somewhat-under-the-radar running back from McEachern High, is set to visit the Vols this weekend. Bennett reportedly has an offer from UT and will accept it over Kentucky and Vanderbilt if the Vols show him what he wants to see. But then what about the other Rajion (pronounced the same, spelled differently).

8. Demar Dorsey, the flambouyant and outspoken safety who has been committed to Florida but openly visiting other schools, apparently is no longer committed to the Gators. You’ll have to follow this link to the Orlando Sentinel’s recruiting site to read all the details. But basically it sounds like Florida, which is pretty much over-committed as it is, may have decided to pull Dorsey’s offer after he took an official visit to Florida State last weekend and plans to take one this weekend to USC. You’re likely to see more of that over the next couple of days.

9. Stephenson’s Chris Sharpe has finally found a home. The defensive back played the entire football season as a Louisville commitment. But Sharpe found himself in limbo after the Cardinals fired coach Steve Kragthorpe. Sharpe thought he was Louisville bound again after being invited there for official visit by new coach Charlie Strong. But after a confusing few days it was determined he was not in the Cardinals’ plans. Then Kentucky invited him up for on an official visit along with four other teammates, three of whom were already committed to be Wildcats. Alas, they did not come forth with an offer. So last night, Sharpe accepted a schoalrship offer from Middle Tennessee State, a program that had stood by him all along with a solid offer. And for the Blue Raiders, Sharpe is considered one of the top players of their class. Congratulations, Chris Sharpe!

10. Auburn looks like an early favorite for North Gwinnett quarterback C.J. Uzomah. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound junior participated in the Tigers’ Junior Day last weekend and raved about the one-on-one session he had with offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn.  “We run a similar offense at my school, so I am sure I would not have to make too much of an adjustment,” he told AuburnUndercover.com.

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192 comments Add your comment

mmgtfan

January 28th, 2010
10:02 am

David

January 28th, 2010
10:05 am

Mike Thornton stole my bike

Kenny Powers

January 28th, 2010
10:06 am

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

January 28th, 2010
10:06 am

Good kuck to all, wherever they may sign

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

January 28th, 2010
10:07 am

good luck…..dang fingers

Kenny Powers

January 28th, 2010
10:07 am

Somebody needs to straighten out Robey’s little whining sessions and remind him that he is a man named Nickell; take the UGA offer wimp.

TXDawg

January 28th, 2010
10:08 am

ga gator

January 28th, 2010
10:10 am

I wonder why UGA doesn’t pull Da Ricks offer like UF pulled Dorsey’s.

Chris Eagle

January 28th, 2010
10:10 am

Congrats to Chris Sharpe. It’s good to have options.

TXDawg

January 28th, 2010
10:11 am

guess my attempt at humor didn’t pay off….i was actually 7th (my lucky number anyway)…..lol.

The General Feeling

January 28th, 2010
10:13 am

Chip, good work. It appears that Tennessee’s Derek Dooley is working the recruiting angle very well even though the team still lacks several critical coaches (mainly the DC). This is mind boggling very good recruiting, don’t you think?

30-24 Dawgs - WE RUN THIS STATE!

January 28th, 2010
10:15 am

Good update Chip, looking forward to Da’Rick being a Dawg come next week.

Lord of the rings

January 28th, 2010
10:17 am

Chip,
ob.
Pay the fee so you can give us more info it’s your job

TXDawg

January 28th, 2010
10:18 am

Is it just me or does Hutson Mason seem like a future star? I mean the comments/quotes about this kid portray him as somewhat humble and level-headed. I mean, he sounded very surprised that he was named a Parade All-American….not expecting of the award at all.

UGA DAWG

January 28th, 2010
10:20 am

Man if UGA loses Rodgers it will be a bad bad signing Day for the Bulldogs! I really don’t understand why these kids even make early statements when they change their minds more than my wife!

TXDawg

January 28th, 2010
10:20 am

Lord of the Rings – somehow, I don’t think that paying fees to give us information from other periodicals is in Chip’s job description.

ga gator dunce

January 28th, 2010
10:21 am

ga gator

January 28th, 2010
10:10 am

I wonder why UGA doesn’t pull Da Ricks offer like UF pulled Dorsey’s.

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’cause Da Ricks is twice the playa that Dorsey is. Any more stupid questions?

Lowcountry Bulldawg

January 28th, 2010
10:21 am

Rodgers looks as if he is gone to UT. Young man just doesn’t want to come out yet and say it. Could be concerned about the UGA coaches coming back in w/ a heavy hand to re-sway him. Which is what any good school would do. This is where like Roby you wish they would at least let the staff no privately so they can move forward.

J Gil Higgins

January 28th, 2010
10:21 am

BAMA IS NUMBER ONE! ROLL TIDE!

Jack

January 28th, 2010
10:22 am

Hey Chip, why don’t you check with the Rivals.com network, they also have confirmation that Nash Nance had his offer from pulled from very reliable sources. You know that network has to check with sources for listed offers or something like taking a kid off a school’s commitment list. Interesting that it would be on their national board, pinned to the top if it was a “lie”?

mind boggie

January 28th, 2010
10:23 am

The General Feeling

January 28th, 2010
10:13 am

Chip, good work. It appears that Tennessee’s Derek Dooley is working the recruiting angle very well even though the team still lacks several critical coaches (mainly the DC). This is mind boggling very good recruiting, don’t you think?

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Not really mind boggling….

With the ESPN/SEC cartel, TN like other big SEC schools can easily attract the best players.

Dawg pounder

January 28th, 2010
10:25 am

ga gator dunce, I thought it was because we aren’t desperate and UGA is dumba$$.

Hand pounder

January 28th, 2010
10:26 am

Dawg pounder, who is we. Are you on the team? Or are you just a trash talker who got cut from the team in Jr. High?

Vandy10Fan

January 28th, 2010
10:28 am

The Nance kid sucked at Vandy fans didn’t want him to begin with. Mike Nance can try to deny whatever he wants but his kid can’t go to Vandy anymore thank god. Also, he’ll be lucky if he can go to Tennessee and he doesn’t have a Louisville offer either, that’s bull.

Les W. Moore

January 28th, 2010
10:28 am

Who cares what Vandy does or does not do? Nash Nance has the size, the skill, and the desire to compete at a higher level than Vandy can offer. It will be fun to follow his career in the SEC.

JB

January 28th, 2010
10:28 am

Relax, out of a 25 player signing class, only about 10-12 really end up helping the team win, although depth is a BIG deal. ASK Tech. they have NONE on defense.

Bubba

January 28th, 2010
10:29 am

I think the ‘lie’ part was about Vandy pulling the offer. Maybe the pulling was done by Nance.

walrus

January 28th, 2010
10:29 am

if you aint first, youre LAST

Dawg pounder

January 28th, 2010
10:30 am

Hand pounder at least you got your handle correct this time.

Diamond Dog's Parole Officer

January 28th, 2010
10:30 am

Dawg pounder:

DOn’t worry buddy. Most of these UGA guys on this blog are about to leave to go to work. Its time for them to start flipping quarter pounders!

ATL Fan

January 28th, 2010
10:31 am

If Da’Rick Rogers would sign with Tennessee in order to play with Nash Nance, wouldn’t it be awkward if he is starting and Nance is not?

Dawg pounder

January 28th, 2010
10:32 am

Diamond Dog’s Parole Officer, after they drop their daddies off at Walmart

alpharettadawg

January 28th, 2010
10:33 am

Any quotes from Telvin Smith about his visit to Athens? I wonder if Grantham was able to sway him away from the ‘noles?

JB

January 28th, 2010
10:33 am

I’ll bet Johnson is fuming about Giff Smith’s timing. Hell, he could of told Gailey that he needed a couple of weeks to wrap this class up to show up for work. It’s January in the NFL for Pete’s sake.
Whoops, I forgot Tech fired Gailey………………..Nice move Gailey.

Jax Dawg

January 28th, 2010
10:34 am

ga gator. Because UGA doesn’t need for Coach Richt to pull a publicity stunt to keep his recruits.

walrus

January 28th, 2010
10:35 am

Generally Vandy is the class act of the SEC so any indignation on their part is understandable. Why would an honest school want a kid who does not understand the word OR concept of commitment? By 18, these players should be young men but they constantly remind us of the serious dearth of maturity in our nation’s youth. It all goes back to bad parenting… and thats NO LIE.

Dawg pounder

January 28th, 2010
10:38 am

Gator Humper how can you be Gator Humper when all you do is hand pound?

UbankDawg

January 28th, 2010
10:38 am

Hey Guys…yall chill on this whole “drop Da’rick’s offer” garbage. He is a kid coming out of high school. He just wants to make sure he is making the right decision for HIS future…not yours. Im a Dawg all the way and hope he signs with us. However, that guy @ Tennessee has worked with Randy Moss, Chris Carter, etc…so its tempting to him. Relax…just lookin for his future…he will be a Dawg tho!!

Dawg pounder

January 28th, 2010
10:39 am

Jax Dawg, no he’s just begs like he is doing right now in Frostprood to a 5-8 DB; priceless.

ga gator

January 28th, 2010
10:43 am

Last I heard Jay Cutler played at Vandy and he’s making a decent living.

Mike Nance wants the spotlight

January 28th, 2010
10:43 am

“Who cares what Vandy does or does not do? Nash Nance has the size, the skill, and the desire to compete at a higher level than Vandy can offer. It will be fun to follow his career in the SEC.”

That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever read in my life. Vanderbilt is in the SEC, nimrod.

Cherokee

January 28th, 2010
10:44 am

JB..If Smith had done that he would have been lying to the kids…sorry he did the right thing

Cartersville Dawg

January 28th, 2010
10:48 am

Alright Chip, in your honest opinion, where do you think Da’Rick will end upat?

TXDawg

January 28th, 2010
10:49 am

And before Jay Cutler, who else was there?

ga gator

January 28th, 2010
10:50 am

Point is TXDawg, this coaching staff can point to Cutler as their success, plus Vandy is not a bad degree to have if the NFL doesn’t work out.

gary

January 28th, 2010
10:51 am

Vandy did take the offer away from Nance and he and darick will be going to Tennesse together it was already set up for them to go to the same school together the reason he committed to georgia is because nance didn’t have an offer from georgia so when they go the offer from the same school it just put a smile on their face with that being said nance is not that good of a quarterback in my opinion seen him play quite a bit when rodgers where covered he struggled to find the open reciever can’t come off of his primary read which was mr. rodgers i hope uga gets green and boone as a nice pick up for losing rodgers to tennesse. And Chip what’s the word on Telvin Smith with his visit to last weekend..

The U

January 28th, 2010
10:52 am

I heard Dorsey’s interview at the all star game. ebonics all the way

McDawg

January 28th, 2010
10:54 am

I hope Da’rick commits to the dawgs so i can be spared the whining and gnashing of teeth for the next 3 months

[...] Has Vandy pulled Nance’s offer? Nance’s father, Mike Nance, said in a text this morning, “no, that’s a lie” in regards to Vandy pulling the offer for his son. In any case, it would appear that means Nance will accept Tennessee’s scholarship offer, unless he wants to continue talks with Arkansas and/or Louisville, which have expressed some late interest. How that affects the situation with best buddy Da’Rick Rogers is unknown at this point. [...]

Mike Nance wants the spotlight

January 28th, 2010
10:56 am

“And before Jay Cutler, who else was there?”

What does that have to do with the price of tea in china?