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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