Ten at 10: Like Lane Kiffin, Derek Dooley targets Georgia

THE TEN AT 10:

Derek Dooley was all smiles after his first Tennessee recruiting class was inked on Wednesday.

Derek Dooley was all smiles after his first Tennessee recruiting class was inked on Wednesday.

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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Southern Football

February 4th, 2010
10:07 am

Southern Football

February 4th, 2010
10:08 am

And with that i would like to mention that i hope Da’rick Rogers gets hit by a bus.

Greased

February 4th, 2010
10:09 am

Chip, you reek of bias and a lack of objectivity.

Ted

February 4th, 2010
10:14 am

How was Keenan Allen a “coup”? They only got Allen because they agreed to take his half brother (QB transfer from Buffalo). Had Saban been willing he’d have kept Allen. It isn’t a “coup” when getting a player means accepting his conditions and one school does while the other doesn’t.

devildawg

February 4th, 2010
10:15 am

I guess if your not first, your last, huh? I still want to hear what, if anything, is going on with Auburn and Tennessee recruiting violations. Auburn, with their limo, and Tennessee with any number of illegal contacts and payments to Mr. Nance to bring their real target, Da’Prick, to UT. I have a feeling that Southern Cal may find itself with some company soon, on the NCAA Probation list.

OldDawg

February 4th, 2010
10:18 am

UTe always has and always will pluck some very good players from the state of Georgia….they have a lot to offer and UGA never has and never will get them all…simply too many,,,plus more and more the highly rated recruits pay more and more attention to depth charts seeking immediate playing time. As an example of the latter see Juwan James….UGA’s OL…a strength at the end of the year…returns intact, made up of 3 seniors and 2 juniors and hopefully Sturdivant coming back as well as a couple of quality redshirts!

While I am sure he will…to this point Dooley has recruited exactly 0 quality recruits from Georgia…the Ga. kids that signed yesterday were recruited by Lame Kiffin and his snake oil salesman Coach O!

Da’Rick Rogers was not recruited to UTe….he was bought, signed, sealed, and delivered by one Mike Nance!

Douglas O

February 4th, 2010
10:22 am

I thought UGA was supposed to pretty much lock up the state of Georgia as far as recruiting is concerned, but the top skill players(QB, RB, WR) in the state went out of state????

Blindog

February 4th, 2010
10:22 am

Yeah, a bus named Jakar Hamilton!!!!!!!!!!!!

VOL IN BETHLEHEM,GA

February 4th, 2010
10:24 am

LAST YEAR TO MY KNOWLEDGE THE BULLDOGS STOLE MORON BROWN FROM THE VOLS.
DA RICK ROGERS IS THE WAY YOU PAY FOR WHATEVER SINS YOU COMMITED LAST YEAR TO GET BROWN!

Jeans Shorts

February 4th, 2010
10:25 am

Gators win again!!!

Dan

February 4th, 2010
10:25 am

I’m a Tech fan, but UGA didn’t need Rodgers. There will be other WRs. Plus, as long as y’all have #8, I think y’all are gonna be just fine out there. Y’all just need a QB.

Saint Richt

February 4th, 2010
10:26 am

OldDawg, DevilDawg and Ted- Georgia agreed to take Zander Ogletree in a package deal just to make sure they got his brother Alec. So tell me how thats any different from UT taking Nash Nance to get Da’Rick??? Give me a break. Pot, meet kettle.

Blindog

February 4th, 2010
10:27 am

When you have changes in your staff,you have to expect this and move on.It’s just a small bump in the road on our way to the National Championship! GO DAWGS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saint Richt

February 4th, 2010
10:28 am

Agree with Dan. You’ve got too many WR’s already. Same goes for QB’s – the only problem is picking the right one. Georgia will be fine, the talent is and will always be there. Not so sure on the coaching..

CBB1

February 4th, 2010
10:29 am

To all the Dawg fans who came out and wished Derek Dooley the best of luck when he was hired, have you all changed your tune? A bunch of you were wishing him luck every week until they played UGA in October. I am a UGA Grad and I couldn’t believe all the praises for a guy who takes a job for one of UGA’s biggest rivalries. I never pull for TN no matter who they are playing. Why would I want a team from the SEC East other than my Dawgs to do well? Derek Dooley has shown that he is going to stoop to Kiffen’s level by offering signing a QB who is NOT D-1 material to get the #1 player from the state of GA. Derek Dooley fits in great at TN. If Nash Nance was all that, why didn’t Richt offer him instead of Mason? Richt knows his QB’s (2 Heisman Trophy winners and the #1 overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft). Let see how you all feel when Barbara Dooley is seen wearing an ugly orange TN shirt.

JB

February 4th, 2010
10:30 am

Way to many Blue chippers in Georgia to all end up in Athens every year….What’s missing from these blogs is what Mark Richt and Company do to formulate a list of guys to go after.
Position needs, grades, character and what the high school coach tells them like ” he hates Georgia, his sister went to Auburn, he camped at Auburn and went to 3 games last year on his on down there”. There are way to many pieces of the puzzle missing to come to all of OUR conclusions.

RxDawg

February 4th, 2010
10:30 am

Still writing the 10 at 10 huh? Well cool. Personaly, I’m happy with the class we got. We got some great defensive guys and we got some meat for the line which is more important than anything else.

Of course I’m dissapointed in Rogers. Not that UT got him, but that his character turned out to be so inept. Too many rumors going around for me to make a true opinion. But it all looks just too fishy. When guys act like this, they usualy don’t pan out.

CBB1

February 4th, 2010
10:30 am

Hey Greased Ball,
If you don’t like Chip’s articles and info, go somewhere else. I think his articles are VERY objective and informative.

GREAT JOB CHIP, KEEP UP THE GOODWORK!!

SimpleDawg

February 4th, 2010
10:32 am

This recruiting business is an inexact science at best and a wild ass guess in most instances…..only time will tell.

Alabamadawg, who's never gonna visit the Outback Resturant again !!

February 4th, 2010
10:32 am

I’m satisfied with this class…but the dawgs need to repair that fence along the borders !!! and the vols playing in the dome against N.C. isn’t going to help any…

dawgster

February 4th, 2010
10:34 am

Amen olddawg, i can assure you had the dawgs given the Nance kid a scholarship, D. Rogers would be a dawg and we would be in the top ten in all the recruiting services ratings, so understand this dawg nation, one recruit kept us out of the top ten, crying over this is useless and unproductive…Lets show them on the field next year, then we can talk, for now they pulled a good one on us and anyone and i mean anyone who tries to convince you that what happened in Tenn getting Rogers had anything to do with our recruiting efforts, tell them to read the comments from the Calhoun coach(Coach Lamb)…He will set you straight on what happened and that no fault should go to the dawg coaches, unless you think we should have given a scholarship to the Nance kid…He has been in the dawg camps and the coaches did not feel like he could help them, maybe he can help the Vols, time will tell, but from what i’ve read and seen they have some QB prospects in house that i believe will keep the Nance kid on the bench, but hey he did get a scholarship and will get an education so that is a good thing for him…I’m just tired of reading the AJC writers continuing their negative comments of how the dawgs staff lost Rogers, whereever Nance went he was going to go and thats what happened…So with all that, one player essentially cost the dawgs a top ten rating in recruiting…I don’t believe that for a minute, our class is better than one player and we need to let our recruits and fans know that.l..

PMC

February 4th, 2010
10:34 am

I’m thinking maybe we should start burning couches in Athens. That’s what the kids like apparently.

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

February 4th, 2010
10:34 am

St Richt, The biggest difference is that Zander is a legit SEC player, Nance, not so much. Also, there was not a new car in the deal as there is with the Calhoun boys. I also don’t recall seeing Lacey Earls hanging all over the Ogletree twins

What??

February 4th, 2010
10:35 am

Richt should have dominated recruiting this year but fell short as usual.

All of the crap said about Martinez leaving is just that. Crap!

Fl lost their DC and possibly their HC but still managed to take top tallent out of the state of Ga. and had more succes than UGA.

The statements that kids want to play right away is crap!
Look at the tallent at Fl and say that these kids think that they will play immediately??

Richt should be ashamed that he fell on his face the last two seasons and now in recruiting.
What is really going on in Athens??

War Eagle

February 4th, 2010
10:36 am

Auburn got a better WR than DA R. Rogers(Trevon Reed out of La) Rogers want help the Tenn. program. I think he made a mockery of UGA. with his recruiting antics.
Auburn had its best recruiting class, hope they can play??

VOL IN BETHLEHEM,GA

February 4th, 2010
10:36 am

DOG’S IN THE ADVOCARE BOWL ON DEC 27TH 2010. YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST!

GeoffDawg

February 4th, 2010
10:40 am

Teams targeting Georgia talent is nothing new. Just like teams are targeting Florida, Texas, and California talent. When you produce more than the local schools can absorb, it’s going to be ripe for the picking. That being said, UT has historically been especially lucky with evaluating players from Georgia and getting the guys that really have major impacts. Good luck to Da’Rick and Nash in college but I hope they lay in egg against the Dawgs.

DUH

February 4th, 2010
10:40 am

Alec signed before Zander did. Get your facts right SAINT!!!!!!

JB

February 4th, 2010
10:41 am

Vol in Bethleham…….Little more to the story……..Brown was not 100% lock for 6 months as Da’rick was. Da’rick wanted to go take a look at Tennessee. OK, he goes. Don’t think anyone from the Georgia staff got on the phone ( as little Ed Oregan did) and ask” what the MF are you doing taking a trip to Georgia”. Da’rick looked Mark Richt in the eye, shook his hand and said ” I’ll see you in August”. Mark will not accept a commit until they do that with him. I think we’ll be better off without him. Sour grapes? Time will tell. Good luck to ya.

Randy

February 4th, 2010
10:42 am

What makes you so dumb What??

RxDawg

February 4th, 2010
10:45 am

That’s a good question JB. I too would like to know exactly how the process goes for Richt and staff to determine who they go after. That may be a bit much for a blog though.

Dan

February 4th, 2010
10:47 am

Maybe you should be over on the GT blog What?? asking what’s going on with 2 consecutive year end collapses. 63-17 and 10 total offensive points would indicate serious issues when it comes to beating bowl eligible teams. When you can’t beat your 5 loss in-state rival with your best team since 1990 maybe the deeper issues reside with Paul Johson and GT. And btw Paul Johnson has fallen flat on HIS face 3 years running with his recruiting classes. What is really going on over at GT What??

What??

February 4th, 2010
10:48 am

Randy

The truth hurts you??

Richt has to go!

Rival Fans' posts....

February 4th, 2010
10:49 am

Make me proud to be a DAwg FAN…they normally spit out nonsense….just see above…We will be fine….pay attention to the new defensive scheme next year…..

Jeans Shorts

February 4th, 2010
10:49 am

You tell em What???

Spenser

February 4th, 2010
10:49 am

DUH- Neither signed till yesterday. Get your facts straight. Zander is a legit SEC player??????What other SEC school recruited him. He was offered by Savannah State, West Alabama, and Shorter College. Which one of those is an SEC school?

Walter Hill

February 4th, 2010
10:50 am

I would think being the #6 and #8 class in the ACC after a championship year would start the alarm bells ringing. Paul Johnson obviously can’t recruit based on his 3 classes. Tech’s in trouble in 2010 and beyond.

Really What????

February 4th, 2010
10:51 am

Have you really lost your mind or are you just that young….wait, you are right, I want a coach that will sell his own kid just to get a certain player….cmon man..

What??

February 4th, 2010
10:51 am

Dan

I’m not a GT fan. I am a Dawg fan.

However, I am not a blind Dawg fan! If you can’t tell that UGA is headed downward at a rappid rate, you have your head stuck up your A$$!

Richt is not getting better! He has lsot control!

RxDawg

February 4th, 2010
10:52 am

DUH…I hate to sound nitpicky, but Alec commited before Zander did, not signed. There is a difference as a “commitment” doesn’t really mean a whole helluva lot these days.

That said, I agree with you in that when people say we offered Zander just to get Alce is bogus.

JB

February 4th, 2010
10:53 am

I said on a earlier blog that Johnson coming off a year as ACC champs and a BCS bowl should have done somewhat better than mid 40’s. I know they “coach’m up yada yada yada, but Watching Tech at Year end was interesting to say the least. Losing these 5 or 6 skill players of the Gaily era will hurt. Those guys are good. replacing them with as good or better will be a challenge. Looks like Miami,VT and FSU getter stronger.

Spenser

February 4th, 2010
10:54 am

Rx- What other player was offered by Shorter College, West Alabama, Savannah State, and Georgia? If Alec was not his brother would this have happened?

Hawkeye1

February 4th, 2010
10:55 am

Being the #6 class in the SEC trumps being the #6 or #8 class in the ACC quite handily. UGA will continue to dominate Tech no matter what they do in the SEC. GT is proving to be one of the worst offensive teams in this country come bowl time. Iowa players were actually saying that the Iowa scout team was more of a challenge than Tech. Ouch!

Yeah, right

February 4th, 2010
10:56 am

How odd to have an “Iowa” fan on here? Nice try typical UGA fan.

Alphare

February 4th, 2010
10:57 am

If you retroactively re-rank past years based on field results and player development, I don’t think I can rank any of USC or UGA’s past 4 years beyond 10. They should all be ranked around 11 or 12.

RxDawg

February 4th, 2010
11:00 am

Spenser there is such a thing as a “sleeper” recruit. Georgia needs LB’s, they evaluated Zander and saw enough in him to make an offer. I mean he is Alec’s twin brother. He is probably a pretty good athelete. Even people familiar with the Newnan football team have said Zander was indeed a fine football player and in most cases was the most dominant player on their defense (that includes Alec). In a game with very limited scholarships it just doesn’t make sense to waste 2 scholarships on 1 player. Well, unless your UT.

ghost dawg

February 4th, 2010
11:00 am

Vol fans shouldn’t feel so smug over Da’S***, I have a feeling he won’t last long. Something will happen and he won’t be around.. May spend his junior year in jail or something close.

Vols get smack down

February 4th, 2010
11:01 am

Tennessee already got their come uppence. First, Kiffen kicked their teeth in ( what teeth they had left after VATECH ) and BOLTED. Why? He knew that they were going to get NCAA probation and it will be clearer come May. Too bad, as they will give up about 3 -5 scholarships over the next few years. I have a customer in Knoxville and have dealt with him since the mid 70s and he is aware of this all. We chat and he was in fact, the guy that told me that “Kiffen would soon leaving town one way or other,” back in October. I posted that news last fall. Kiffen did split and they will get double,secret triple probation and it will be their SECOND come uppence.
Auburn War Eagles!!

Herm

February 4th, 2010
11:02 am

Chip,

What about the fact that Georgia had the second-highest star rating per recruit in the SEC, behind only Florida? And that was after swapping a 5-star (Rogers) and a 4-star (Robey) for a 3-star (Gates) and a 2-star (Outlaw) in the last 48 hours.

Walter Hill

February 4th, 2010
11:03 am

It doesn’t matter who Hawkeye1 is Yeah, right. He hit the nail squarely on the head when it comes to serious issues that exist at GT. GT has embarrassed itself 2 years running in bowl games and lost to the worst UGA team in 10 years but Paul Johnson gets a pass for being outcoached and appearing to be over is head against quality opposition. Does he still get a pass when he does it again in 2010?