Ten at 10: Tech falls short in attempt to sway Chris Boyd

THE TEN AT 10:

1. Georgia Tech’s 11th-hour attempt to sway Roswell’s Chris Boyd has come up short. The 6-foot-5, 205-pound wide receiver decided to cancel his official visit with the Yellow Jackets for this weekend. “I’ve just been thinking about it a lot,” Boyd told the AJC’s Michael Carvell. “I gave Vanderbilt my word. I had fun on my official visit there, and I really liked the players and coaches. I knew if I went [Tech] this weekend, it would only confuse me. I’m happy with Vanderbilt, and that’s where I want my home to be.”

2. Georgia fans may find a bit unsettling a statement Mike Nance, the father of recent Tennessee commitment Nash Nance,  made to GoVolsXtra.com regarding his son’s relationship with Georgia commitment Da’Rick Rogers: “Surely Nash is going to try to recruit [Rogers]. He’d rather be playing with him than against him,” he said of the five-star wide receiver. Nance, a quarterback, is Rogers’ best friend.

3. Union Grove defensive end Anthony Williams, a longtime commitment for Georgia Tech, told me something pretty interesting the other day. He said given all the changes with the Yellow Jackets’ defensive staff, he may have reopened his recruitment had all this happened at a different time of year. “It definitely makes you think about that,” Williams said. “But it’s so close to signing day it just doesn’t make sense.” Williams went on to say he’s sure everything will turn out fine but all the uncertainty is a bit unsettling.

4. Justin Parker, another recruit the Jackets really coveted, entertained four coaches from South Carolina yesterday, according to PalmettoSports.com, including head coach Steve Spurrier and defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson. It was thought to be between Clemson and LSU now for the 6-foot-3, 223-pound linebacker, but the Gamecocks are making a hard push for the Beaufort, S.C., resident. LSU coach Les Miles and defensive coordinator John Chavis are scheduled to meet with Parker on Saturday, the day this year for in-homes with the Class of 2010

5. Troup defensive end J.C. Copeland, a one-time Tennessee commitment, bagged a scheduled visit for South Carolina this weekend in order to take an official to LSU instead.

6. Georgia has some awfully big wide receiver targets still on its board, including five-star talent Christian Green of Tampa. But there’s a pretty good under-the-radar talent there, too, and it’s a more realistic battle between Georgia and Central Florida for Union Grove’s Jordan Akins, according to Scout.com’s Chad Simmons. The two-sport star — he’s a pro prospect in baseball — has been promised the opportunity to play both sports in college. Akins is visiting UCF this weekend. He was at UGA last weekend.

7. Jeff Davis, an old college friend who publishes “In The Game” magazine down in Valdosta, texted me yesterday to tell me he had Lowndes linebacker Telvin Smith on his radio show. So confused is Smith between Georgia and Florida State, Davis reports, that Smith is taking a second look at both places. He’s driving down to Tallahassee today and up to Athens and UGA tomorrow. “He really has not decided,” Davis said.

8. Gainesville linebacker Alberto Sanabria has committed to the Air Force Academy. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound senior was also considering Harvard, Yale, Furman, Wofford and Western Kentucky.

9. South Paulding wide receiver and punter Cody Hunt has committed to Olivet Nazarene University. I know. I had to look it up. It’s a “denominational university in the Wesleyan tradition” located in Bourbanais, Ill. They compete in the NCCAA (the National Christian College Athletic Association), which is something like NAIA I believe.

10. This is not directly recruiting-related but it kind of is. They’re already erecting a statue of Nick Saban at Alabama and they’re trying to have it ready by this year’s A-Game. And how long did it take for them to put up a statue of Vince Dooley at Georgia?

376 comments Add your comment

renegade#1

January 29th, 2010
10:05 am

nearly bout first

renegade#1

January 29th, 2010
10:07 am

jeez what a thrill! woooooo how orgasmic. If this was the lottery i’d problbly drop dead.

dawgbone

January 29th, 2010
10:07 am

Going to be a rough week for tech , Ga state might have a better class

Vandy Fan

January 29th, 2010
10:08 am

No updates regarding Rajann Bennett, was looking for some VU news Chip after Neal flipped to UT.

Vandy Fan

January 29th, 2010
10:11 am

should’ve been Rajaan

T

January 29th, 2010
10:12 am

Nash will never see the field on game day.

GeoffDawg

January 29th, 2010
10:12 am

I don’t feel comfortable reading about Alabama’s latest erection.

renegade#1

January 29th, 2010
10:12 am

I was first awhile ago did you delete my first

BigTimeTECHFan

January 29th, 2010
10:14 am

Go Tech, Boyd sounds like nice kid “I gave then my word”. good for him, wish him luck. Tech is starting to build up a lot of athletic QB’s, some may move to receiver after awhile, If they way down the depth chart.

alpharettadawg

January 29th, 2010
10:14 am

To elaborate Nash Nance’s Dad also said “it’s not something I’m going to push on Da’Rick, he can make his own decision”. Remember a few years back a kid named Calvin Johnson chose Tech over UGA. He went 0-4 against the Dawgs. Choose wisely my man!

scoundrel

January 29th, 2010
10:16 am

Middle, And who is the top SEC program that you are referring to?

RedandBlack

January 29th, 2010
10:16 am

Anyone who has a chance at a scholarship from Vanderbilt is very smart to follow up and accept it. Well done, Mr. Boyd and an unfortunate decision for Mr. Nance. All the best to all the young student athletes. Go Dogs!!

Middle

January 29th, 2010
10:16 am

Middle near the top…. must be a slow day. I hope Da’Rick see’s a brighter future at UGA. How could you not. Dooley will bring more respect to that program than Kiffin, but you have to expect that UT is several years behind the top SEC program just from all the changes and bad pub.

Any more news on Whitaker?

GeoffDawg

January 29th, 2010
10:16 am

I can only hope that Da’Rick isn’t holding the scholarship hostage when we could be making a late push for Christian Green in his place. Richt and staff have dealt with him fairly and ethically and you just have to keep your fingers crossed that an 18 year old kid can do the same.

jackson

January 29th, 2010
10:16 am

Nash is not gonna play for Tennesee. He should have went to vandy got a great degree and playing now is dad has really pushed him over the top and i think its terrible. I’m a tech fan and i really think this kids dad is now hurting him. Its terrible to watch.

Vandy Fan

January 29th, 2010
10:16 am

We here in Nashville are very excited about Chris Boyd! Much Respect Chris!

RxDawg

January 29th, 2010
10:16 am

J.C. Copeland plays for Troup, not LaGrange.

BigTimeTECHFan

January 29th, 2010
10:17 am

To elaborate Nash Nance’s Dad also said “it’s not something I’m going to push on Da’Rick, he can make his own decision”. Remember a few years back a kid named Matthew Statford chose UGA over Florida. Gators won 2 Nat’l titles. Choose wisely my man!

Buckhead Dawg

January 29th, 2010
10:17 am

Considering Saban’s past, not sure I’d be putting up his statue just yet. Them Bammer folks ain’t real bright.

SABAN: Smart! get me a cup of water!
SMART: (*quivering*) yes sir, anything else sir?

charliedawg

January 29th, 2010
10:18 am

So will the statue of Nick Saban be torn down just as quickly when he jilts Bama for another school?

Jerry

January 29th, 2010
10:18 am

Well after all Saban is a lot better Coach than Vince ever was.

Matt B.

January 29th, 2010
10:18 am

Not a Bama fan, but the brother of a grad. They have a walkway lined with NC coaches. He won one, so he gets one. I guess UGA erects stautes for every NC winning coach, too. That makes one statue right?

scoundrel

January 29th, 2010
10:18 am

BigDawg, how about spurriers “half a hundred” comment.

Gene Okerlund

January 29th, 2010
10:18 am

Congrats to Sanabria! That is a heckuva roster he got to choose from. What a great testament to that young man!

Vandy10Fan

January 29th, 2010
10:19 am

Very glad that Boyd knows what a commitment is. He will be a star at Vandy. Da’Rick Rogers could learn a lot from Boyd and stick with his commit at UGA too, and be a star in Athens.

Roswell FB Fan

January 29th, 2010
10:19 am

Not surprised Chris remained committed to Vandy. Was actually more surprised when I heard he was going to visit Tech. He is a terrific kid and I’m glad to hear he’s honoring his word. Not much of that going on these days!

BigDawg

January 29th, 2010
10:19 am

Parker has not seriously considered Tech for at least two months…but thanks for trying to throw dirt at that institute!!! LOL

Oh MY!!! Chip YOU ARE THE MAN!!! I see you got another dig at Tech with the Williams story. He he he….he did not even re-open his recruitment just made a statement he might have in other situations…and it becomes a story! LOL

Here is one for ya….Coach Paul Johnson stated he may not have gone to Tech to coach if Notre Dame, USC, Texas or Alabama had came with an offer at the same time.

John Heisman stated he would not have scored 222 points against Cumberland if they had not ran the score up in Baseball against his team.

Jimmy Carter stated he would not have attended Tech and later became president of the US if peanut farming had offered a more lucrative livelihood.

Can any Dawg fans give other examples for Chip to publish in the future???

RxDawg

January 29th, 2010
10:20 am

#10 UGA’s integrity > Bama’s integrity

GeoffDawg

January 29th, 2010
10:21 am

Jerry – what makes you say that? If I had three years to turn a mediocre program into a national title contender, I’d agree that Saban would probably be the way to go. However, all that intensity has its drawbacks when he burns out on your school and moves on after five or six years.

Personally, I’d rather have the stability of a top flight program over the long haul than the immediate gratification of hiring a mercenary like Saban.

Gene Okerlund

January 29th, 2010
10:22 am

Good one, Matt B!

Wally Butts would also get a statue, fwiw.

charliedawg

January 29th, 2010
10:22 am

matt b – do some research before typing.

scoundrel

January 29th, 2010
10:24 am

Gene Okerlund, didn’t Wally get in trouble about the same time that Paul Hornung did at Greenbay for gambling or something.

ga gator

January 29th, 2010
10:25 am

RxDawg, I agree with you about Johnson’s personality; he kind of reminds me of Mike Leach.

RxDawg

January 29th, 2010
10:25 am

I’m not a Tech hater, and I’m not trying to bash them. Actually this is about their coach. I happen to be a big Paul Johnson fan. I was a student at GSU when he won a pair of national championships. That said, a head coach is as much a politician for his team as he is an X’s and O’s guy. Paul is a fantastic X’s and O’s guy. When it comes to game time and getting up, there isn’t much better. But I have to wonder if he has the charisma to really run the program. I get the feeling he may be just a little bit to brash to really attract the right people/players. I guess time will tell. I’m just thinking aloud and not accusing or predicting Tech will go down from here on out.

btgt69

January 29th, 2010
10:29 am

statute for Dooley,,,, does it also pay glory to corruption during his tenure?

JB

January 29th, 2010
10:29 am

The WR who is NOT going to Tech is a smart kid. Not bashing, but Tech( Johnson) historically throws 11 passes a game or about 120 times year. The guy throwing it( now and forever) is not a pure passer. He can throw ( hell, I can throw) but I’m talking about a Div 1 passer who can win a game with his arm.
It was almost pitiful watching Tech Against Iowa in their Bowl game and Johnson’s offense was Totally shut down. The Tech offensive team looked as if to say” I got nothing”.

Matt B.

January 29th, 2010
10:29 am

Brain freeze on Wally Butts. Flogging deserved. Apologies to the Dawgs. Two statues it is.

Pickin and Grinnin

January 29th, 2010
10:30 am

Please someone give us an update on Whitaker. He is much more crucial to our 10′ season.

GT fan

January 29th, 2010
10:32 am

One question, why would a WR want to come to GT when Hill will get most of the pass thrown his way for the next few years? Most = 3 per game until Nesbitt proves he can pass the ball on short routes.

Gene Okerlund

January 29th, 2010
10:32 am

Scoundrel…believe the story goes that Butts and Bear Bryant “allegedly” had some conversations about fixing a game, and some snot-nosed punk, young writer by the name of Bisher, wrote an article about it in the Saturday Evening Post…a judge ruled that it was untrue and rewarded Bryant with a large settlement…the settlement bankrupted the Post, and Furman Bisher was relegated to being a hack journalist who penned love stories to Bobby Jones and got his son a scholly to Gtu under Bobby Dodd…only good thing Bisher ever did was launch Lewis Grizzard’s career…

Vols

January 29th, 2010
10:33 am

Just to keep the record straight…

UT has 8 official National Championships. UGA has 1. (UGA likes to count one other from an obscure publication. As far as the Associated Press, United Press International or BCS are concerned the ratio is 8 to 1.

Georgia’s top out of conference win in the Richt era….last year when they defeated #13 ranked Georgia Tech. Before that they beat #18 Hawaii and #18 Michigan State (all rankings based on end of year polls at conclusion of season not when teams were overvalued by only playing weak early schedules). Thus, Richt has never beaten a top ten team from out of conference.

Can you say BUST!!! The very year UGA is loaded with talent (like every year) and ranked #1 in the land…..the get hammered on National TV by a rebuilding program loaded with freshman starters! The freshmen of Alabama were better playing in Athens, Georgia than the upper classmen playing on their home turf with their own fans.

You definitely will face better coaching at UT since even the Atlanta media (UGA supporters) agree the fault with Richt is that he does not have a record of coaching UP his talented roster.

But you will have to study occasionally at UT unlike UGA. Sorry, we can’t offer classes like UGA has a record of (See Jim Harrick’s final exam at UGA or Jan Kemp in Google if you missed out on these academic scandals that UGA is willing to put up with in order to field Special Ed. athletes that can hopefully win on the field. Doesn’t this prove they really do not care about the mission of higher education??

Sam S.

January 29th, 2010
10:33 am

Congratulations Chris Boyd! You are obviously a very bright kid. You know a REAL academic institution that will prepare you for life outside of a dark little cubicle when your playing days are done and you just might get to catch a few more passes than Stephen Hill.

ed

January 29th, 2010
10:35 am

why is CPJ trying to get some kid to visit that has already committed when he wants to yank schollys from guys if they are committed to tech and then want to make visits???
seems like a double standard to me.

French Feller

January 29th, 2010
10:35 am

I’m glad La’Dick has got a best bud but he needs to come to Georgia.

GeoffDawg

January 29th, 2010
10:36 am

Vols – no one’s interested in reading from your dream journal.

GT fan – you make a good point. However, you better hope that Stephen Hill’s hands are as sure as Thomas’ were last year. That’s what you need to keep that offense from bogging down.

ga gator

January 29th, 2010
10:37 am

Gene Okerlund, thanks, I was a young kid in Jax when it happened and I remember my dad talking about it. Did it cause him to be fired or anything?

JB

January 29th, 2010
10:37 am

Vols…….Like Fulmer, the guy ( coach) that was causing us melt downs on defense is gone, as Fulmer is. When you hit our field this year, you will not find a soft,back peddling bend but don’t break
over thinking with assignment uninspired Defense. Bring it.

J Gil Higgins

January 29th, 2010
10:38 am

All Hail the statue of Nick Saban! Nick Saban > Forest Gump.
ROLL TIDE!

Frank Wren

January 29th, 2010
10:38 am

I guess UGA erects stautes for every NC winning coach, too. That makes one statue right?

Actually 5 .

Consensus National Champions

* 1980 (12-0-0) – Vince Dooley coached the Bulldogs to a perfect 12-0 season, including a 17-10 victory over Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl to win the National Championship. Georgia finished as the only team with no losses and no ties and was declared No. 1 by almost every poll.

* 1968 (8-1-2) – Litkenhous
* 1966 (10-1-0) – Massey Ratings
* 1946 (11-0-0) – Williamson System
* 1942 (11-1-0) – Berryman; DeVold; Houlgate System; Litkenhous; Poling System; Williamson System.
* 1927 (9-1-0) – Boand System; Poling System

juvenal

January 29th, 2010
10:39 am

what GT needs is a QB that can throw on the run(the 4th option)when the D stacks the line_any chance that Buford kid could transfer from USNA?