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. . . .
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.”
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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