THE TEN AT 10:
1. In case you didn’t get the point on national signing day, new Tennessee coach Derek Dooley reiterated in comments to reporters that, like his predecessor Lane Kiffin, the state of Georgia is going to be a primary recruiting target for the Vols. “One thing that is certain is that we have to do a good job in the state of Georgia, among other states,” Vince Dooley’s youngest son said. “There’s a lot of good football players in that state. In the past in all my years watching this program, when they’ve won, they’ve had some very good players come out of Georgia.” The Vols signed six players from Georgia on Wednesday, including the No. 1-rated prospect, Calhoun wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers.
2. New USC coach Lane Kiffin was being lauded Wednesday for landing the nation’s No. 1 prospect, 6-foot-8, 338-pound offensive lineman Seantrel Henderson of St. Paul, Minn. That vaulted the Trojans in the top 5 in national recruiting rankings. But the latest word on Thursday that Kiffin could still lose Henderson. The New York Times is reporting that Henderson did not sign his letter-of-intent to USC so he can wait to see what happens when the Trojans go before the NCAA committee on infractions Feb. 19-21. Sanctions may not be announced at that time but Henderson’s family believes it will have a better idea where the investigation is heading. Ohio State, Henderson said, is No. 2 on his list.
3. Speaking of USC, when JUCO All-America linebacker Glen Stanley signed with the Trojans on Wednesday, it was third time in a month he’d settled on a college. The Eastern Arizona Community College transfer intended to enroll at Central Florida in early January but was denied admission. Then he committed to Tennessee under Kiffin and remained a Vols’ pledge when Kiffin bolted for USC. Wednesday he signed with the Trojans.
4. One of the more shocking moves on national signing day was four-star safety Demar Dorsey of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., signing with Michigan over Florida State and Southern Cal. He was a longtime Florida commitment but the Gators allegedly pulled his offer. He was expected to announce for the Seminoles on Wednesday when he picked the Wolverines. Dorsey’s cousin, Denard Robinson, is freshman quarterback at Michigan.
5. Beaufort, S.C., linebacker Justin Parker, a Georgia Tech target, ended up choosing Clemson over South Carolina nand LSU. “I just love the family atmosphere that I feel when I visit the school and talk with the coaches,” Parker told the Beaufort Gazette. “I’ve always felt it and it really got me to feel at peace with my decision and playing at the next level.”
6. The Sporting News recruiting expert Brian McLaughlin designated the Bulldogs as the “Biggest Victim” of the 2010 recruiting class. Wrote McLaughlin: “Not all SEC schools had sunny days. Georgia was robbed of two of its best recruits in the 24 hours before national signing day—hurting its team ranking. WR Da’Rick Rogers and DB Nickell Robey were lured away by Tennessee and USC, respectively.
7. Not everybody was panning Georgia’s 2010 recruiting class. ESPN Southeast recruiting analyst JC Shurburtt called the late addition of Kenarious Gates “a strong pickup for Georgia on the offensive line.” He went on to say that along with the signings of Alpharetta wide receiver Michael Bennett and junior college safety Jakar Hamilton that “continued a trend of great evaluations for Mark Richt and company in this class.”
8. Florida coach Urban Meyer credited the Gators’ current players for helping him land the nation’s No. 1-ranked recruiting class. “You can walk in that locker room, and not everybody is going to be 100 percent happy,” Meyer said. “But I tell you what, these kids like going to school here. . . . They’re the best salesmen. I’ve been at places before and you kind of keep [recruits] away from the players because you’re dealing with some unhappy campers. Right now, we’ve got some guys who like to play here.”
9. In the end, Auburn’s pitches to No. 1-rated tailback Marcus Lattimore to come be the next Darren McFadden and run out of Guz Malzahn’s Wild Hog formation and the next ‘Cadillac’ Williams on The Plains backfired. As it turns out, Lattimore told The State newspaper was more interested in becoming “the first Marcus,” which he believes he can become at South Carolina.
10. The recruiting coup of the day Wednesday has to go to Cal, which managed to get top-ranked safety prospect Keenan Allen away from Alabama, where he was committed, and get him come to the West Coast from his home in Greensboro, N.C.
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