Tech, Georgia look for finishing touches on Class of 2010

Over the weekend I will be posting here one-by-one the four recruiting profiles that are going to run as part of our big recruiting package in Sunday’s print section.

In the meantime, here’s an early-version of recruiting notes slated to be in the Sunday paper. A lot of it you loyal readers of the recruiting blog have probably already seen. . . .

RECRUITING NOTES

As of Sunday, the NCAA calendar switches from an open contact period to a quiet period. That means in-person recruiting activity is limited to contact on campus, as part of an official or unofficial recruiting visit. After today it goes into a dead period, which means no contact whatsoever between recruiters and prospects.

With that as our backdrop, we’ll quickly review who Georgia and Georgia Tech have remaining on their respective boards.

The Yellow Jackets: There is a chance Tech may have already wrapped up their recruiting for 2010.

The Jackets were heading into the weekend with 16 commitments with only one prospect scheduled to make an official visit over the weekend. After Roswell wide receiver and Vanderbilt commitment Chris Boyd canceled at the last minute a scheduled official visit, only running back Tony Zenon of Deerfield Windsor Academy in Albany was expected to be on The Flats. Zenon is not currently holding an offer from the Jackets but almost certainly would accept one if it was extended. His only other offers are from Georgia Southern, Central Michigan and UAB.

Stephenson defensive tackle Mike Thornton is considered a long shot. But the Tech is prepared to stand pat and carry anywhere from one to four scholarships over to 2011, which is expected to be an extremely strong class in the state of Georgia. Thirteen members of the 2010 class are home grown, a clear recruiting philosophy for coach Paul Johnson.

The Bulldogs: There are some major prospects still in play for UGA, including four-star defensive tackles Jeff Whitaker and Thornton and five-star wide receiver Christian Green of Tampa.

The Bulldogs currently have 19 commitments and may be able to sign as many as 23 or 24 players on national signing day. They would like to sign at least one more wide receiver and one more defensive tackle in this class but, like Tech, would be comfortable carrying over some grants to next year and attempt to get some major 2011 prospects to come in as midyear enrollees.

Also considering offers from Georgia are several players committed elsewhere, including WR Kadron Boone (Texas Tech), OL David Beasley (Clemson) and LB Telvin Smith (FSU). Uncommitted WR Jordan Akins of Union Grove will choose between UGA and UCF after his Orlando visit this weekend.

UT STILL AFTER GEORGIANS

With or without Lane Kiffin, Tennessee is going to continue to recruit Georgia hard. That’s the message being delivered by new coach Derek Dooley, who landed this week two players previously committed elsewhere out of the state.

Shortly after Dooley got Calhoun quarterback Nash Nance to flip from Vanderbilt, he got longtime Mississippi State commitment Rajion Neal to come on board. Neal is major under-the-radar talent who gained over 2,500 all-purpose yards and scored 35 touchdowns for Sandy Creek this past season.

“To me, I don’t think there’s any doubt he’s the best back in Georgia,” Sandy Creek coach Chip Walker said. “I think Rajion is going to be a great back in the SEC.”

COMMITMENTS CONTINUE

Chris Sharpe has finally found a football home. After being jerked around by Louisville and teased by Kentucky, the Stephenson defensive back landed a firm offer from Middle Tennessee State, which sees him as one of the top players in its class.

Other commitments this week: Miles Gooch, a 6-3, 210-pound dual-threat quarterback from Decatur’s Towers High School, de-committed to Toledo and committed to Virginia. . . . Gainesville linebacker Alberto Sanabria has committed to the Air Force Academy. . . . . South Paulding wide receiver and punter Cody Hunt has committed to Olivet Nazarene University, NCCAA school in Illinois.

VAUGHTERS DRAWS CROWD

If what is happening right now is any indication, recruiting is going to be bananas for Tucker linebacker JamesVaughters over the next year.

This past week alone, Vaughters had visits from Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp; North Carolina coach Butch Davis; Alabama coach Nick Saban; Georgia coaches Mark Richt, Rodney Garner and Todd Grantham; and Tech coaches Paul Johnson and Brian Jean-Mary. The previous week coaches stopped by from Stanford, Ohio State, Florida, Clemson, Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt, Maryland and N.C. State among others.

“It’s been a whirlwind two to three weeks,” said James’ father, Johnathan Vaughters.

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146 comments Add your comment

hmmm......

January 29th, 2010
5:46 pm

hmmm......

January 29th, 2010
5:49 pm

You think Rodgers will flip to UT?? And who’s Jordan Adkins?

Can I Get An Amen!

January 29th, 2010
5:52 pm

Zenon also has an offer from Marshall.

Tom

January 29th, 2010
5:53 pm

This may be the most boring article in the history of the ajc.

Can I Get An Amen!

January 29th, 2010
5:54 pm

Jordan Akins is a very under-the-radar prospect. He is a two-sport athlete, playing football and baseball with baseball being his best sport. He is a MLB prospect and will be a Dawg after this weekend. If he is drafted, though, and gets offered a good sum of money he will be playing in the minors by late summer.

toph

January 29th, 2010
6:02 pm

Let’s go Thornton and Whitaker!! The DAWGS are lookin’ forward to having you!

Clint

January 29th, 2010
6:10 pm

7th baby! Suck it nerds!

Georgia's Chances?

January 29th, 2010
6:11 pm

Chip-

What would you say Georgia’s chances are with:
Green? 50%?
Whitaker? 40%?
Thornton 25%?

Glen

January 29th, 2010
6:11 pm

Check out the new Scout article on Deon Rogers. I told you guys, fans were worried about the wrong Rogers

shawn

January 29th, 2010
6:16 pm

I think Rogers will stay if C. Green dosn’t sign with us but gone to UT if Green comes aboard.

Tim

January 29th, 2010
6:17 pm

Not Chip –

But I’d say Green is going to FSU. Just my hunch, and hope I’m wrong.
Whitaker I’d say will most likely end up at AU, but we’ve come on strong. I’d say 30% chance.
Thornton, I’d say we have the strongest shot at of these 3. I’d put him at 70%. I say this b/c I don’t think him and Whit will go to the same school. I’d love to have them both, but I say realistically we only get 1, and of those, I’d say thornton. Kentucky might surprise though, he had several of his teammates go there, and just went to visit there himself. Will be an interesting next few days…

better than chip

January 29th, 2010
6:17 pm

Green 50%
Whitaker 25%
Thornton 67.8 %

Tim

January 29th, 2010
6:20 pm

I’ve not got a good feeling about Da’Rick either. With Nance committing to them, I’d say it’s 50/50 he follows to UT. Hope he stays true to his word and comes here, but got a funny feeling he’s going to flip to UT. It stinks, he’s a great player, but if there was one position we could afford to miss on, it’s WR. Getting Green or Boone would sure help soften the blow though…

Can I Get An Amen!

January 29th, 2010
6:24 pm

I hate to ruin it, but Telvin Smith is all Dawg. He is visting Tally to inform them that he is decommitting and then heading up to Athens to pledge to UGA. He feels he needs to be looking at the coaches eye-to-eye when informing them of his decision. This is good news. Also, Jeffrey Whitaker is really liking UGA. Most think is a a pretty heavy AU lean, which is true. I will say this, though. Mark Richt’s last visit to Warner Robins really impressed him, so impressed that he wanted to commit while Richt was there, but he knew Chizik was coming in the following day to visit him. He held off committing and listened to what Chizik had to say. It’s a lot closer than most people think and honestly I think he will be Dawg by the indications that I’m given. Mike Thornton, enough said, he is a Dawg. He’s already committed, but will not announce until NSD. Jordan Akins is a Dawg as well. He is going down to UCF for the weekend, but he is all but committed to UGA. Kadron Boone will not be a Dawg, Christian Green will be a Nole, Nickell Robey hasn’t decommitted yet, but he has told the coaches that he is really confused and that decommitting is what he thinks he will do. The UGA coaching staff has not pulled the offer yet, but I would not be surprised if they pulled the offer on Monday. The Da’Rick Rogers situation has been blown somewhat out of proportion. As of right now, all indications are that he is all Dawg and will announce it again on Wednesday morning. That is the info that I have right now. I will know more after the weeekend and I will give another update on Monday. Thank you guys for reading my post and I hope everyone has a safe weekend.

Duh George

January 29th, 2010
6:24 pm

Deon is solid for Georgia. LB’s in Grantham’s 3-4 get the glory. Cowboy’s LB led NFL in sacks.

Louisville? No offense or special teams. Can’t win a Championship without great OFFENSE, DEFENSE, AND SPECIAL TEAMS–ask Florida in 2009–

Strong got killed by Bama because Gators couldn’t generate points from offense or special teams.

Georgia against Texas A & M, had ALL 3 going: special teams, defense & offense.

Georgia FINALLY has all three. Nobody else does.

PTC DAWG

January 29th, 2010
6:30 pm

What about Montego Powers? That’s a 5 star who is still available.

Best Recruiting Class This Year UGA?

January 29th, 2010
6:30 pm

If UGA lands Green, Whitaker, AND Thornton, which is a VERY GOOD CHANCE, UGA has an argument for the #1 recruting class.

I still think a lot of guys will de-commit from Florida, just too much uncertainty there.

But, if UGA lands these 3 guys, and keeps everybody else on board, it will be either #1 or #2.

exNFLplayer

January 29th, 2010
6:31 pm

Marlon Brown living up to the hype would ease the pain of losing Rogers, but I haven’t heard anything out of Knoxville (the football guys) that would indicate that they are confident Rogers will flip.

1eyedJack

January 29th, 2010
6:41 pm

Sometimes I think we’re too hard on a guy like Marlon Brown. Highly rated coming in with pressure to produce right away. Kid was 18 and probably hadn’t been out of the state more than a handful of times.

Suddenly he finds himself in Athens, bewildered, confused, trying to adjust to being away from home for the first time, the “college life”, meetings, workouts, classes and the pressure to live up to the hype.

Then Bobo sticks a playbook in his hands that probably had 50 times more plays than he ran in high school with a whole new terminology.

Hopefully he has adjusted and will find success….too many don’t.

godawgs924

January 29th, 2010
6:42 pm

can someone fill me in on what the article on scout says about Deon Rogers? I am a subscriber to rivals but not to scout. can someone copy and paste it or give a brief summary of what the article says?

exNFLplayer

January 29th, 2010
6:48 pm

You made some good points 1eyedJack. Those things are factors. Some develop slower than others. But Marlon has all the tools to eventually pull it together.

1eyedJack

January 29th, 2010
6:51 pm

Unitas, Halas, Lombardi and Al Groh

January 29th, 2010
7:06 pm

Are ANY ???? of tech’s 2010 recruits swayed by Al’s NFL ties dating back to the early 1960s??? I mean, playing against Unitas and Papa Bear Halas and seeing Lombardi across the playing field really ought to send Tech recruits …………..screaming. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

I mean, imagine talking about how Norm van Brocklin hit Tommy McDonald on a fly pattern in the 1960 NFL Championship game s The Packers and Lombardi. WOW! Talk about relating contemporary football news, man, Groh must really be connecting with the kids. HAHAHHAHAHHAHAHA

"Waiting for your time" and Willie McCelndon

January 29th, 2010
7:13 pm

Willie McClendon was to me one of the most exciting and fun to watch TB DAWGS in my lifetime. His total game production? I have not a clue. I do know that he only played maybe two or 2.5 years and at first, he was just ok,FUMBLED and then by his Junior year, he was a major talent and played for awhile in the Chi Bear’s organization.

Many kids take time. Home and family are factors and both of these for Brown are in western TN and that is one long haul from Athens. Other kids have to adjust to all of the greats that surround them. Girls sometimes are in the mix, EVEN IF they are in Athens. If Brown can emerge in late season 010 and then become comfortable for 2011 & 12 …………we will be fine.

Go Dogs.

UGA needs one BIG TIME TB for 2010

January 29th, 2010
7:25 pm

The SW D kid ( UGA commit ) is a big back but can he sprint, once he is in the linebacking coprs? I saw him play vs Marist and he had some nice, tough yds up the middle, and it was a rainy evening but I did not see ANY speed. he DID seem to favor a knee of maybe an ankle. To me, he is in the mould of FBs Chapas and Muntzenmeier.
Time will tell but love to see a coup with some flashy and FASSSSSSSSSST back in 2010 class.

King and Ealey are nice but if hurt, our game will be in the tank. Spooky, this prospect is to me.

Go Dawgs

Gdawg

January 29th, 2010
7:30 pm

Thanks “Can I Get An Amen” for a wonderful post. I hope you are right, especially about the DL prospect that is heavy on Auburn. Are there any OL prospects that UGA has a chance at landing besides what we already have? I would love to pick up some hogs on both sides of the ball.

Vinings Dawg

January 29th, 2010
7:30 pm

Whitaker has already lined up a room mate (Big Ed Christian from Lowndes) in Auburn.

1eyedJack

January 29th, 2010
7:37 pm

Hell, we can find somebody to be his room mate.

blackbee

January 29th, 2010
7:45 pm

Sorry to say this but Paul Johnson blew it! Let me explain, Tech under recruited. All year Tech has been touting how they recruited Ga. kids that led some to believe the Jackets was blowing this state out but in truth the Dawgs were getting most of the in-state cream of the crop. I do understand, Tech should try and recruit it’s own state but they took away one big advantage it has and that is some people from other states want to come to Atlanta, the city is the favorite home destination for many African-Americans -which is why so many pro ball players live here. Tech didn’t use this advantage, mainly recruiting Ga. players. Look at one of the best D-Lines they have had in recent memory. D. Morgan is from Pa. M. Johnson is from Ala. the other 2 were from S.C. and La. in addition Tech didn’t hit Florida hard. Those kids seem to be a natural for CPJ. Florida kids are going all over the place I know Tech could have gotten more then one. Tech is one of only two teams that finished in the TOP 15 who don’t have a top 20 2010 recruiting class. I know Coach Johnson can Coach them up but you need some horses if you are going to be TOP 10 year in, year out!

Glen

January 29th, 2010
7:55 pm

Duh George. Go read the new Scout article on him. You call that solid? He basically said he;s not committed here.

Dawgs

January 29th, 2010
8:00 pm

UGA needs big time rb,

His name is Ken Malcome and he is the sleeper of the class and a great and humble kid. He had offers frow every big school could have gone anywhere. He is big but has great feet and balance and 40 times are way overrated , his ranking is 4 star about the same as Knowshown and the Tide’s Ingram have you ever heard of them?

Dawgs

January 29th, 2010
8:01 pm

he lined up his roomate before he me coach Grantham he’s a dawg

1eyedJack

January 29th, 2010
8:02 pm

If the Dawgs sign Jordan Akins would his scholarship count against the football or baseball team?

Recruitment Ron

January 29th, 2010
8:03 pm

” If UGA lands Green, Whitaker, AND Thornton, which is a VERY GOOD CHANCE, UGA has an argument for the #1 recruting class.

I still think a lot of guys will de-commit from Florida, just too much uncertainty there.”

Another Delusional Dawg Fan. All three of those boys won’t be Dawgs, if two are feel fortunate. Green is going Nole, guarenteed. Apparantly UGA fans aren’t paying much attention to recruiting, Texas landed two 5 stars today and is head and shoulders above UGA so there is no way you will pass them or a few other teams as well. Also keep believing that about Florida if it will make you feel better but it is not happening, all their 25 commits so far are solid and there will be no doubt that they will have the strongest class on paper when all is said and done Wednesday. Its nice to dream though.

Dawgs

January 29th, 2010
8:08 pm

Recruiting rankings are bogus it’s turned into a buisness and some of the top players are 3 and 4 stars. Chris Low had a great article on the SEC blog on espn on recruiting. The heisman trophy winner this year was ranked a 4 star recruit as an athelite not even rb???

Dawgs

January 29th, 2010
8:09 pm

and it was the 17th best ATh

Tampa Dawg

January 29th, 2010
8:10 pm

Recruitment Ron, I want some of what you’re smoking. Florida has far and away the best class. The only one that can compete is Texas with the 2 five stars they got today.

Dawgs

January 29th, 2010
8:13 pm

Your the one smoking Tampa read hos post again!

Chad

January 29th, 2010
8:13 pm

Why would Da’Rick Rogers flip on his commitment to UGA? His best bud Nash is only 2 star QB. I don’t think it would be a wise decision. At least at UGA, he be able to work with better QB’s and work along side AJ Green. It’s amazing the talent that UGA has at WR. If only we could be this deep at other positions.

Dawg 3/20

January 29th, 2010
8:19 pm

“Best Recruiting Class This Year UGA”

Good God this guy is a nut, let me guess you are one of those UGA fans that think ESPN stole the National Title away from the Dawgs in 07′ considering the fact they didn’t even play in the SEC Title that year. Keep drinking that Athens Kool-Aid.

G

January 29th, 2010
8:21 pm

I would be scared of what Kiffin left behind , but the one thing that might be a factor is the Wr coach at UT has coached some big name recievers like Moss etc , and Dooley was a reciever at Virginia.

Tampa Dawg

January 29th, 2010
8:22 pm

Just keepimg it real. Florida has the #1 class on paper. All others are playing for 2nd.

Magic Man

January 29th, 2010
8:26 pm

godawgs924,

It basically said that he had a really good visit with Strong from Louisville and the visit “swayed” him. He will announce Wednesday. The article definitely makes it sound like he will flip, but he said the same thing after UGA visited him last. I have never read anything from the reporter who wrote the article, so I don’t know how credible it is.

Can I get an Amen!,

What are your sources? Do you have sources? How sure are you of those facts?

Magic Man

January 29th, 2010
8:27 pm

Tampa Dawg,

You are correct..if they keep it together. I think they will, unfortunately.

Magic Man

January 29th, 2010
8:29 pm

Dawg 3/20,

ESPN didn’t steal anything away from UGA, but they definitely played a part in helping to influence the voters to not put a team in the National Championship game that didn’t win their conference. Bottom line, if UGA had taken care of business earlier in the season, then it wouldn’t have mattered. I definitely think UGA could have beaten Ohio State though. LSU was probably the worst team to win the National Championship in the BCS era.

Chuck UGA

January 29th, 2010
8:36 pm

If Rogers is going to switch to UT, I think he would have done it by now or by Sunday at the latest. He has enough class to let Mark Richt know a lot sooner than Signing Day. It would obviously be a classless thing to do to wait until Signing Day to tell him. Even if the UT Athletic Administration hates (and is jealous of) the UGA program and tells Rogers to wait until Signing Day, I don’t think he would do it. But you can count on the UT Admin (including Dooley) to try anything and everything to hurt the UGA program since that is the most vulnerable SEC East competitor and the one they fear the most. They realize beating Bama or Florida is not in the cards anytime soon, so a loss to UGA pretty much eliminates them from the race. Sign of things to come since UGA will win three of the next four at minimum.

UGA Will Pull Offers

January 29th, 2010
9:20 pm

I can tell you one thing for sure, if guys like Thornton, Whitaker, and Green, and others don’t sign a lette ron intent in a few days here, Feb 3, UGA will be pulling up offers, and I don’t blame them.

If these guys want to roll the dice on a rebuilding project like Kentuckly, Lousiville, Tenn, etc., more power to them. UGA is for winners. .769 winning %, Richt has won more games and a higher winning %in the SEC than Meyer, Saban, or Miles.

2010 & 2011 Georgia will not lose.

–Best defensive mind (Grantham–the guy Saban tried to hire in Miami).
–Best offensive mind (Richt–5 Natl Champ games at FSU, top 5 offense 5 times at FSU–averages 28-32 points a game 2007-2009). Best WR’s (Green/Brown/Rogers), Best RB(Ealey-Parade All-American AJC High School Player of the Year–Owns Georgia state records), Best TE’s, Best QB (2 parade all-americans–top 50 in high school-Murray and Mason–both threw for over 4000+ yards and 50+ td’s in 1 year, Mason owns Georgia state records)
–Best special teams (best punter & kicker combo in nation)

UGA will start pulling offers for the undecided and uncommitted. They’ll get to try and help a lesser team rebuild.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

January 29th, 2010
9:34 pm

what are the stats on this LB from Tucker..James Vaughters? this kid must be a freak if he’s only a junior and getting visits from all these big name schools.

Rodney Dangerfield

January 29th, 2010
9:52 pm

What do you people know what 18 year old kids and what they want to do? And who are you to criticize a player like Marlon Brown while you sit on your fat rear end with dorito crumbs crusted to your lips posting over and over on some recruiting blog like people really care what you got to say. No one cares, so please stop because you are making the collective IQ of the world trend down with your gibberish.

And what is with all the capital HAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Dude stop your fat gabber jaws pickle juice jelly belly laughing before you cause the Earth’s axis to tilt more and we enter another ice age.

And Da’Rick Rogers has you hanging on his jock so tight it isn’t even funny anymore.

BIG BEE

January 29th, 2010
9:54 pm

UNITAS,HALAS,ETC. Hey Idiot, do you know how old CMR 1ST(FIRST) choice for DC is? Look it up, you may be suprised!!!