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.