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?