Ten at 10: UGA’s QB recruiting going to be fun to follow

North Gwinnett C.J. Uzomah has a scholarship offer from Georgia, but will he accept it before the other quarterbacks the Bulldogs have offered. (AJC photo by Josh Weiss)

North Gwinnett's C.J. Uzomah has a scholarship offer from Georgia, but will he accept it before the other quarterbacks the Bulldogs have offered. (AJC photo by Josh Weiss)

1. Georgia’s recruitment of quarterbacks for 2011 is going to be very interesting to follow. The Bulldogs, who have four QBs scheduled to return after this season, will sign only one. Currently they have offers extended to four QB prospects — Christian LeMay of Matthews, N.C.; Braxton Miller of Huber Heights, Ohio; Nick Marshall of Wilcox County; and C.J. Uzomah of North Gwinnett — and are actively recruiting several other highly-rated targets, including Miami’s Teddy Bridgewater. Any one of those players accepting Georgia’s offer could set off some dominoes throughout the recruiting landscape.

2. Speaking of Uzomah, recruiting is really cranking up for  the 6-foot-5, 225-pound signal-caller. Recently profiled by Allen Wallace of Scout.com, Uzomah has already attended junior days at Auburn and Georgia and plans to attend similar events at Clemson, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. A strong student, he also plans to visit Northwestern during spring break. The biggest news from Wallace’s piece was that Uzomah plans to make his commitment this summer. Uzomah has about 16 scholarship offers, including one from the Bulldogs. “I really like it there,” he told Wallace of Georgia. “[Offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach] Mike Bobo and [head coach] Mark Richt are great and I’ve known them for a while, so we’ve got a real good relationship.” Another nugget: Uzomah’s mother is from Ohio and her side of the family are big Ohio State fans.

3. Speaking of Nick Marshall, AJC preps reporter Michael Carvell did an extensive interview with the Wilcox County star that delves into his relationship with UGA wide receiver signee and teammate Lonnie Outlaw and some other family members and relations that could also influence his decision on a college choice.

4. A lot of data gets spewed about in recruiting but I found the information Chad Simmons gathered on wide receiver Christian Conley at Scout’s recent showcase combine to be particularly eyepopping. Simmons painstakingly records measurables at these events and reported Conley to be 6-foot-2 barefooted, 185 pounds, and clocked him at 4.42 seconds in the 40. If those are indeed legit numbers then that’s very impressive (the number of sub-4.5s alleged in recruiting is substantially overeported). Methinks Conley, who has offers from both Tech and Georgia, won’t stay a 3-star long.

5. In keeping with Valentine’s Day, offensive line prospect Kaleb Johnson of Ed White High Jacksonville, Fla., this past weekend made it known to Scout.com that Georgia Tech’s consistent show of love has put the Yellow Jackets in the lead for his services. “One of the most important things for me is going to a school that shows me the most attention,” the 6-4, 285-pound  lineman told Simmons. “I am looking for that school that really wants me there and who really recruits me the hardest. Georgia Tech has been recruiting me harder than anyone for a while now and I know they are serious about me.” Johnson said he’s also interested in Georgia and Miami.

6. Pope offensive lineman Thomas O’Reilly, one of the state’s top prospects for 2011, named his top five to JacketsOnline.com. “Right now my top five in no order is Georgia Tech, Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Auburn,” said O’Reilly, who on the Tech campus this past weekend. “I am going to Florida and Georgia Junior Days next month and I know both of those schools are close to offering. Nick Saban and Kirby Smart from Alabama are waiting for me to visit there and then I think they will offer as well. Georgia coach Stacy Searels watched me wrestle two weeks ago, so I guess they are still interested.”

7. I didn’t catch this initially but I found interesting and fun Andy Staples‘ list of the top 15 recruiting classes of all time at SI.com. Spoiler alert: He ranked Georgia’s 1980 class that included tailback Herschel Walker No. 11. You really must heck out the other 14.

8. While football recruiting captures the world’s attention on the first Wednesday of every February, it continues for weeks after that. In South Florida, Larry Blustein of the Miami Herald reports they have created a “recruiting fair” just for those players that were left without a viable when national signing day came and went.

9. There is a good write-up by ESPN.com’s Bruce Feldman on Matt Lubick. Who is Matt Lubick, you ask? He’s the guy credited with discovering Dexter McCluster, a lightly-recruited, 160-pound, 3-star prospect out of Largo, Fla., who wowed the SEC while at Ole Miss and is expected to be a big winner in this year’s NFL draft.

10. Looks like Texas is once again at the forefront of the early-commitment trend. After holding its annual Junior Day this past weekend, the Longhorns collected 13 verbal commitments for 2011, including 10 in a single day. Last year the Horns had 21 by April Fool’s Day and lost only two of those by National Signing Day.

52 comments Add your comment

JoeFann

February 15th, 2010
10:04 am

KEN

February 15th, 2010
10:09 am

Dawg stuck in Bham

February 15th, 2010
10:09 am

Dawg stuck in Bham

February 15th, 2010
10:09 am

dangit….3rd

Dawg stuck in Bham

February 15th, 2010
10:10 am

can i get a 4th?

Dawg stuck in Bham

February 15th, 2010
10:10 am

As a good Presbyterian…you know there’s always a 5th!

JoeFann

February 15th, 2010
10:14 am

Chip–
Any comment from Nick Marshall after UGA signed Mr. Outlaw? I’m guessing the Nance/Rogers twostep may have influenced the offer. Have the Dawgs football coaches agreed to let him play roundball, too? Apparently, since the kids can’t get cash to sign, they’re finding alternative, allowable, demands to jack up the “warm and fuzzy” factor. Keep up the good work.

Go Dawgs!

Gray Dawg

February 15th, 2010
10:14 am

Thanks for the update Chip

UGASlobberknocker

February 15th, 2010
10:15 am

OK now that everyone has determined their posting position; how about some football talk?

Stockdog

February 15th, 2010
10:19 am

Chip Towers

February 15th, 2010
10:21 am

JoeFann: I haven’t talked to Nick Marshall since Lonnie Outlaw signed with Georgia nor have I seen him quoted anywhere about it. But he’s on my list of profiles for the coming weeks so maybe I’ll just move him up to the top!

Stan

February 15th, 2010
10:29 am

11th!!!!! Whoop – de – do!! Who gives a crap when u post. You guys need serious help!!

collegeballfan

February 15th, 2010
11:02 am

Re ranking the recruiting classes, how can one leave out any of Bud Wilkinson’s Oklahoma classes – Wilkinson won gmes 47 in a row. That record still stands.

NC Dawg

February 15th, 2010
11:08 am

12th and I like it!! I hate being first! I’m like Tarheel basketball, bringing up the bottom! Wooo Hooo

jadams

February 15th, 2010
11:13 am

Great job, please keep the Tech recruting updates coming

Asheville Dawg

February 15th, 2010
11:14 am

We all know how solid those early commitments are!

Alabamadawg...who's never going back to the Outback Restaurant again !!!

February 15th, 2010
11:16 am

Great article Chip, thanks. Do you have any idea how many offensive linemen the dawgs are gonna try to land in this next class??

Paddy

February 15th, 2010
11:33 am

Georgia and Tech should be in the same class as Texas as far as keeping in-state recruits. Texas like football crazy Ohio are a different breed of cat. Both of our state schools should be racking them up this comming year with the long list of good players available. 10 verbals in one day!! Now that is some kind of organization at Texas!

TechFan

February 15th, 2010
11:38 am

Great Article Chip! I was wondering if you think Georgia Tech will make a bigger splash with big time, in state, recruits. Don’t get me wrong I trust PJ’s classes he has gotten so far but the core of our team is that highly recruited 2007 class compliments of Chan Gailey. It seems that we are on a bunch of early lists but do you think we can stay on them and compete with the likes of Alabam, Florida, Georgia, etc…

Coach Johnsons Paul

February 15th, 2010
11:41 am

Kaleb, We will show you all the love (and attention) you want. Heck I’ll even fake a stroke (ala Urban) if that what it takes. We at Tech need plenty of O linemen who really enjoy Reach Blocking and won’t be prepared to go to the NFL but heck we have a great Tricycle Race every year.. If that’s what you want then Tech is the place for you.

Look Alive

February 15th, 2010
11:50 am

Texas has a lot of hs football players that have pride in their state. Unfortunately. Georgia has a lot of finks that cross the state line to go to school and then later slink back in state once their shameful term at the out of state school is over. TEXAS PRIDE GEORGIANS RUN AND HIDE (EXCEPT THOSE WITH CLASS).. tink about it and then make some negative comment if you support the slinkers

SEC Fan

February 15th, 2010
11:51 am

Kaleb Johnson, nice 1* recruit for GT.

Urbane Myer

February 15th, 2010
12:05 pm

Wow it took 19 post before the petty jealous juvenille negative dog fans came swarming.
And after a few responses to them, they’ll start crying like they do every year around Halloween, lol.

BDAWG

February 15th, 2010
12:42 pm

Ten verbals in one day is amazing. UGA must step up the recruiting wiht the instate players. Although we do understand how hard it is to keep players once they commit, UGA really needs to learn how to close the deal. The NCAA said that they were entertaing the idea of a early signing period for football and I think personally that is a good idea, but at the same time UGA recruiting has to get better. 2010’s recruiting class is over and it is time to foucs on 2011. UGA is supposed to have 2 top recruiters in Garner and Beilen and they should have more than 2 verbals already. All the top teams at least have 5 quality solid verbals, not soft verbals. We need at least 6 LB’s so all I have to say is STEP UP THE ****! RECRUITING EFFORT!!!!

cantondawg

February 15th, 2010
1:04 pm

Look Alive,

What a stupid comment. OU and other colleges have routinely raided Texas for the best players. UGA even got the best player out of Texas a few years ago (Stafford). To say that the best players stay in TX in ludicrous and leave GA is foolish. Up until this year , UGA has gotten the best players with a few exceptions. The outflow of GA had more to do with UGA’s record and low scholarship numbers this year.

the real Old Gold

February 15th, 2010
1:43 pm

2011 Recruiting means nothing until the first week of Feb. 2011. Job Security… I guess.

Otto

February 15th, 2010
2:15 pm

CantonDawg Agreed. Around half of OU’s team is regularly out of Texas.

Coach M.

February 15th, 2010
2:18 pm

“Thank you state of Georgia for 3 of the top 25 players on the AJC Super 50 list, I will be back for more for the 2011 class.”

http://cdn1.sbnation.com/photo_images/79707/30378_Urban_Meyer.jpg

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

February 15th, 2010
2:26 pm

is this teddy bridgewater considered the #1 prospect in the country?

EC_Baseball

February 15th, 2010
2:37 pm

Chip,

A young man named DJ Hill in Newton County has been offered by Ole Miss already, heard anything on this kid?

GO DAWGS!!

Recrutin' services are overrated

February 15th, 2010
2:49 pm

Chip you know Conley’s star rating will be dependent on who he signs with? If he signs at uga he will be a four star and if he signs at tech he will be a three star. That’s the way it goes and it is what it is.

Tailback U

February 15th, 2010
3:48 pm

I predict a hugely successful recruiting year compared to this past one
provided the team at least finishes in the top 15 to 20 at the
end of the upcoming season. I don’t think losing out at the last
minute will be duplicated as far as seeing highly rated kids going
elsewhere like the 2010 class turned out. BTW Chip I understand
the frustration of Georgia fans because I very much felt it as far
as losing some of those kids. But I don’t think enough has been
said from a positive standpoint that the Dawgs barely missed out
on the aforementioned kids . They were not a distant or third choice
in a lot of these kids who went elsewhere. When put into perspective it makes you realize different circumstances ie no coaching changes,
and better success on the field can translate very easily into the
dominance that CTG expected when he signed on. Thanks for the
good work look forward to reading more about recruitment news
throughout the year and into the next signing date.

Chip Towers

February 15th, 2010
3:49 pm

EC_Baseball: I haven’t heard much about DJ Hill other than he’s supposed to be a good player. I will definitely look into him, however. Thanks. . . .

Recruitin’ services are overrated: You wouldn’t be the first to make such an allegation. I, however, could not verify it. . . .

Techfan: The Jackets always recruit a little differently and don’t necessarily swarm after the top national recruits. But it hasn’t seemed to hold them back. . . .

Alabamadawg: Don’t know exact numbers but I think it’s safe to say the Dawgs will look to sign a bunch of O-linemen in 2011.

PMC

February 15th, 2010
3:51 pm

They had better get Nick Marshall.

Dawg Tired

February 15th, 2010
4:54 pm

I’m depending on regular genius posters BuLLdawg and Correction to tell our coaches whom to offer. It is reasonably clear that these two guys know more about football than Coach Richt and his entire coaching staff. I feel fairly confident that the word of their football acumen will reach the proper folks in Athens any day now. That should make the future of UGA football much brighter. Very comforting.

Chip Towers

February 15th, 2010
5:00 pm

JoeFann: I had forgotten that AJC preps writer Michael Carvell interviewed Nick Marshall not long after national signing day. As it turns out the story did not run until today and it’s answers all of your questions. Follow the LINK RIGHT HERE and you can read all about Marshall, Lonnie Outlaw and other family connections that could influence the quarterback’s school choice.

Hey Dogtards

February 15th, 2010
6:11 pm

Seems like the recent successes of GT’s football program have elevated their prospects for 2011. From the guys above GT is keeping company with Auburn, Miami, Florida, Alabama, Georgia. That’s a long way from the typical group.

I’m pretty sure CPJ is going to do a great job of recruiting and keeping the in-state talent too. uga’s relationships with high school coaches don’t seem like what they were a few years ago. As they have approached being an elite program, their recruiting scope has expanded too.

Look Alive

February 15th, 2010
7:31 pm

Cantondawg Be at peace brother Just because you don’t agree with a comment doesn’t mean it is stupid. TEXAS has many players and ut generally gets first dibs on most of them. Texas has a lot of pride in their state that is not highly reflected in kids from Ga, Look at the rosters of Aub, Tenn, SC and others and see the premium players (Berry for example) that have deserted the state that supported their education and training. Players that could have played for Texas (Stafford.maybe) and left the state deserve the same scorn from Texas as the players that slink across the borders fron Georgia to aid and abet our opponents. Treachery I say. Not being real serious.

RCH

February 15th, 2010
7:41 pm

GT can forget the better QB’s and WRs.

Chuck UGA

February 15th, 2010
11:30 pm

Chip,
C.J. Ozomah from North Gwinnett will likely be pursued non-stop by Tennessee. Fact is, the woman who is in charge of the North Gwinnett Booster Club is quietly a Tennessee booster in disguise. She has everything to do with JuWuan James choosing and eventually sticking with UT. Yeah, yeah, allegedly his family and her family are close. Sure. Whatever. Bottom line, the NCAA knows about it and is investigating the situation. UT will eventually be on probation, it’s just a matter of time. I am aware of a private investigator (hired by alums of Bama, UGA and two other unnamed schools) who is reporting all UT recruiting activities to the NCAA. We’ll see what comes out of it, but UT has a target on their back due to the North Gwinnett situation and then the Rogers switch, not to mention the “orange pride” issue.

Chuck UGA

February 15th, 2010
11:38 pm

To the coward who posted the LIE about Leah Brown and Corey Simon:

I think the word MORON sums it up as far as describing you. Corey Simon met Leah Brown on his recruiting trip to Athens. I cannot confirm whether she took a trip to Pompano, but you must be gay or something if you think there is something wron with a boy meating a girl and each liking the other. He obviously didn;t sign with UGA. Also, she was NOT instructed to visit him. But you are a coward and a pansy since you won’t divulge your name nor the school you represent. Probably you are jealous of the UGA program.

RCH

February 16th, 2010
5:25 am

The Tradition of CHEATING Continues,Now We Have the BAGMAN, you have got to be the biggest imbecile to ever post here. And the biggest coward.

Terd Buster

February 16th, 2010
9:06 am

@ The Tradition
Congragulations on living to what ever age you have attained.
Considering the arse you are that’s quite the accomplishment.

ratherBgambling

February 16th, 2010
12:36 pm

Chip

Teddy Bridgewater? UGA hasn’t offered him a scholarship.

Looks like everyone will be chasing UF again in the sec recruiting. battles

srschirm

February 16th, 2010
1:04 pm

Lonnie Outlaw? Sounds like he was meant to sign with UGA.

Chip Towers

February 16th, 2010
2:07 pm

ratherBgambling: Yes, Teddy Bridgewater, and no UGA hasn’t offered him, hence the line in the blog that reads “and are actively recruiting several other highly-rated targets, including Miami’s Teddy Bridgewater.”

Dawggie

February 16th, 2010
3:13 pm

The Tradition of CHEATING Continues,Now We Have the BAGMAN:

Hello? Everyone in the world knows that while at Alabama, Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant was the first coach to send young ladies to recruit. That is a fact that isn’t debated.

trueUGAfan

February 16th, 2010
9:46 pm

BDAWG, STFU its only February 2010, let the damn coaches do there job and recruit and coach, sounds to me you wanna be a Texas fan, stop wishing for what everyone else has, calm the !@#$ down watch this ship take form, if you are a Dawg be a Dawg…..

trueUGAfan

February 16th, 2010
9:58 pm

BDAWG, do you have any idea of how many kids in the state of texas that dreams of one dal being a Longhorn? and i’m talking D-1 ready. now tell me how many schollys thatoffer Texas has to offer. those kids can not afforfd the chance of passing on their dream school, cause once a scholly is offered its there for the taken, first come first serve

Gators Don't Do Well in the NFL

February 16th, 2010
10:48 pm

UF’s a bust in the NFL. Here’s an article that shows the Gators don’t do well in the NFL:

http://blogs.chron.com/fantasyfootball/2010/02/it_feels_great_to_draft_a_flor.html