Ten at 10: Walls adds 6 offers, but still not the one he covets

THE TEN AT 10:

1. In the last week Avery Walls has added six new offers to his fast-growing list of scholarship opportunities — Ole Miss, Virginia, Cal, Maryland, LSU and Michigan State. But he still hasn’t gotten one from the school atop his wish list. The Union Grove defensive back took a trip to Austin last week to check out the University of Texas, and that validated the Longhorns as his dream team. “They really rolled out the red carpet for me out there,” Walls said. “They gave me a quick little tour of the school, I met a distinguished professor, I talked to some of their academic staff. I had the pleasure of meeting the president of the university, President William Powers, in his office. He was really passionate about the school and about athletics and was just a really great guy. They showed me the dorm rooms and they were bigger than my room at home. And they have a mini-mall at the bottom of the dorm, on the first floor. . . . It was great.” While Walls came away impressed, he did not come away with a UT offer. Coach Mack Brown was out of town tending to his sick mother and he is the only one who can extend offers at Texas.

2. So far, South Carolina is the only school to offer a package deal to Gerald Dixon and his brother Gerald Dixon. That’s not a typo. The two defensive tackles, half-brothers who attend different schools in the Charlotte area, share the name of their father, Gerald Dixon, Sr. The eldest Gerald Dixon played for the Gamecocks and hopes is sons follow in his footsteps. Naturally. Confused? For details follow the link to the very interesting story by esteemed colleague Joseph Person of The State newspaper on GoGamecocks.com.

3. Speaking of the Gamecocks, three Georgians came away from offers from coach Steve Spurrier’s team after attending their junior camp in Columbia this past weekend. Defensive back Kadetrix Marcus of Hillgrove High, offensive lineman Quincy McKinney of Carver-Columbus and defensive back Ra’Chard Pippens of Ola were each tendered scholarships.

4. Another Georgian who attended South Carolina’s junior day was Athens-Clarke Central quarterback Martay Mattox, who was already holding a scholarship offer from the Gamecocks. Before going to Columbia, Mattox spent last Friday on an unofficial at Georgia Tech and made some interesting comments to JacketsOnline.com regarding Georgia. “I went to Athens instead of Tech for their Junior Day and it was a mistake,” Mattox told the Rivals website. “I wasn’t feeling Georgia and I didn’t stay for very long, maybe an hour at most. I don’t think Georgia is very interested in me or Alan Posey, my teammate.” Posey is a 6-foot-6, 310-pound tackle who is considered among the top offensive line prospects in the state. Despite attending high school less than a mile from the UGA campus, Tech apparently is a strong consideration for both recruits. “I know we both like Georgia Tech a lot, so if they offer me, too, that could be really great if we got a chance to play together,” Mattox said.

5. Georgia Tech tendered an offer to athlete Airyn Willis of High Point, N.C., according to a report at JacketsOnline.com. Willis was committed to East Carolina before Skip Holtz left for South Florida. “Georgia Tech offered like a week ago. It was kind of out of the blue. I have not really had a chance to speak with the coaches or anything yet. I know they have talked to my high school coach, but it was very exciting to get an offer from such a great school,” Willis said.  The Yellow Jackets also offered a scholarship to North Carolina quarterback Vad Lee, JacketsOnline reported.

6. North Paulding wide receiver Chris Conley attended junior day at Alabama this past weekend and came away with a personal offer from coach Nick Saban. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound athlete is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after recruits in the state. The Tide was his ninth major offer, including Tech and Georgia. Conley, who has studied guitar the last four years, told BamaOnline.com he plans to major in music, business or engineering and will be an early enrollee in college.

7. Alabama continues to hit the Peach State hard for talent and it’s becomingly increasingly clear that is a recruiting strategy for Saban and his staff. Cook linebacker Shannon Brown, who committed to the Tide while attending their junior camp this past weekend, was the first to sign up with Bama for 2011. Brown, a top 20 prospect in the state, said his pledge to the Tide is solid. “I might go to a couple of Nike combines on some campuses. But as far as visiting other schools, I’m not going to do it.”

8. Excitement among Georgia fans was tempered over the recent commitment of Wesleyan center David Andrews, whose only other offers came last week from Duke and Michigan. But Chad Simmons, South recruiting manager for Scout.com, thinks the Bulldogs snagged a jewel. Simmons calls Andrews a “workout warrior” with near-perfect technique. “He is very explosive off the ball and gets his hands set on the opponent very quickly,” Simmons writes. “He explodes through the defensive lineman and then works his hips and squares his shoulders to drive him away from his running back opening up a hole for him to run through. He holds his blocks well and has the ability to drive them down field totally out of the play. His leverage is another strength.”

9. Speaking of Simmons, he reports this morning that the Bulldogs just offered wide receiver Rashad Greene of St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Greene also has offers from Florida, Auburn and Notre Dame. That’s four offers now for wideouts and still none for Davaris Daniels, the son of UGA letterman Phillip Daniels from Vernon Hills, Ill.

10. Make of it what you will, but Georgia’s basketball recruiting class as it stands so far is ranked 11th in the 12-team SEC, according to Rivals.com college hoops analyst Jerry Meyer. Of course, Georgia signed only one player in the early period — 6-foot-8 forward Cady Lalanne of Orlando — and there is the late signing period still to go (begins April 15). Tennessee, which inked two Georgia kids in the early period and beat out GeorgiaTech for another prospect, is said to have done the best job in the league.

99 comments Add your comment

lowndes25

February 23rd, 2010
10:12 am

lowndes25

February 23rd, 2010
10:13 am

Sweet!! Thanks for these recruiting nuggets/updates Chip…I really look forward to reading them each week.

Dawg26

February 23rd, 2010
10:19 am

How bout some high school soccer recruits this year Chip! Would be great if the AJC wasn’t so biased toward just the popular sports. Soccer is really growing and the Atlanta area has alot of awesome talent!

Mr CVS Jr

February 23rd, 2010
10:21 am

For those who may not know. I am from Albany, Ga. C/O 97 Westove. Rashad Greene actually went to Westover his freshman and sophmore season, but transferred to St. Thomas. He is great talent. He was able to transfer and start for a team who was ranked no.1 for much of the season.

NC Dawg

February 23rd, 2010
10:25 am

2nd Woooo Hooooo!!

Dawg Fan

February 23rd, 2010
10:27 am

Chip do not be deceived by Bumble Bees in Dawg Clothing. True Dawg Fans are thrilled with David Andrews committment.

These nerds think that by slamming our recruits and committments it is somehow gives the Joke by the Coke and advantage. How pathetic!

NC Dawg

February 23rd, 2010
10:30 am

@#$$%*&@, 4th!! Dawg 26, who gives a Rats azz about Soccer!!! If you can’t play football, baseball or basketball, YOU PLAY SOCCER!! No one cares and move to Europe if you want to know more about Soccer!
I believe the Dawgs are doing well in state right now. Keep working the state and pick up a couple great one’s out of state. The Daniels kid will get recruited if we think he is good enough. Chip, you are just trying to stir the pot! We will get a lot of in state kids and we will lose some too. Don’t think that all the “best” prospects are going to Alabama, UF or UT. We will have our share and be back on top of the SEC East. Go Dawgs!!

Blindog

February 23rd, 2010
10:33 am

Thanks for the info,keep it up.

Ponce DeLeon

February 23rd, 2010
10:40 am

Blindog, “be back on top of the SEC East”. Exactly how many times since the SEC went to the playoff formula has UGA been “on top”. Face it, since UGA owns Tech, they own the state and should be able to keep the top players in state. They didn’t do it last year and it already appears they won’t do it again. You are quickly becoming like Vandy or Kentuck; without the academics or basketball.

NC Dawg

February 23rd, 2010
10:47 am

Ponce DeLeon Joke, it’s NC Dawg that made that comment. And yes, we will be back on top. So, PDL, go back to Rocky Top or the Swamp and get off a UGA blog. I guess Oklahoma won’t be any good anymore either? They were not very good this year too. If it is a several year slide then say all you want. Until then, Dawgs back on top!!

Ponce DeLeon is dead!

February 23rd, 2010
10:47 am

Really? UK or Vandy. Now you just sound like an idiot!

Ponce DeLeon is dead!

February 23rd, 2010
10:49 am

Correct, Southern Cal and Oklahoma will also be horrible from now on because like the Dawgs they had one bad season. Makes sense doesn’t it?

#1 BAMA FAN

February 23rd, 2010
10:53 am

Welcome Shannon…..the BAMA Nation looks foward to 2011. RTR

Ponce DeLeon

February 23rd, 2010
10:54 am

These win starved puppies who cannot even consistently beat mediocre teams at home (vandy, ky). The only thing they have going for them is Hershel, Larry Munson and Vince Dooley from the old days and they are in a time warp and think last year was 1980.

Ponce DeLeon

February 23rd, 2010
10:56 am

Ponce DeLeon is dead!, you went 4-4 in the SEC East 2 out of the last 4 years. Not exactly domination UF and Tenn own you consistently. Hell you made Jonathan Crompton all world for a week.

Ponce DeLeon

February 23rd, 2010
10:57 am

Excuse me that was 4-4 in the SEC not the SEC east.

JB

February 23rd, 2010
10:58 am

Martay……… Tech sounds like a good place for you……….If you felt snubbed in Athens, Paul Johnson would welcome you big time……..Don’t worry about passing, but we would like to see you get the crap knocked out of you say 25 times in a 60 minute period and watch you respond to see if really could handle our QB position. Come on over and get a ring.

RxDawg

February 23rd, 2010
11:01 am

Soccer? Bleh. No offense Dawg26. Theres nothing wrong with asking for some soccer recruiting info if that’s what your interested in. But I request it not clutter up our football info. Just make a seperate entry for it.

WK

February 23rd, 2010
11:02 am

NC Dawg: You obviously have no athletic ability, because those that play SOCCER, excel in sports such as basketball and football. Ever heard of Tony Parker, Kobe Bryant, or Steve Nash??????? They are all excellent soccer players and atletes. Please write about topics for which you have knowledge.

Ponce DeLeon

February 23rd, 2010
11:10 am

WK, NC Dawg is the typical redneck you hear on this blog.

dawgbone

February 23rd, 2010
11:19 am

Tony Gilbert was a soccer player and some dude named Suh from Nebraska.

dawgbone

February 23rd, 2010
11:21 am

Ponce plays for the other team in midtown!!

james

February 23rd, 2010
11:23 am

soccer is unamerican

dawgbone

February 23rd, 2010
11:26 am

Soccer is a great sport ton’s of running no pads. Use to love playing soccer after football season and play like a linebacker and run over and through the other team.

Tdawg

February 23rd, 2010
11:35 am

Sounds like Mr Mattox is trying to ride the coat tail of his friend Mr Posey. Got a good idea, you go to the school that you want to and let Mr Posey do the same. Don’t use him like a certain player from Calhoun did.

Martay I do wish you luck in finding a school that would be perfect for you whether that be Tech or Georgia, or where ever. If Mr Posey is as good as advertised then he will most definitely be offered. If you guys don’t end up at Georgia then I would be happy to see you guy’s stay in state and go to Tech. I personally like both schools, but will admit I’m more of a dawg fan than a Tech fan.

Ponce DeLeon

February 23rd, 2010
11:45 am

No dawgbone, I own you.

REDD

February 23rd, 2010
11:50 am

What are we waiting on? We need to hurry up and offer DaVaris Daniels, this kid is very talented. Watch him on youtube. This guy has alot of big time offers and if Richt and co. keep slacking he just might be gone.

CT_Jacket

February 23rd, 2010
12:00 pm

I don’t follow it, but soccer is very American since the rest of the world calls it football…which is sacrilege.

Chip Towers

February 23rd, 2010
12:00 pm

dawgbone: I believe it was Tony Taylor you were thinking about, not Tony Gilbert. Taylor was actually an all-state goalkeeper in high school. Of course, he was a pretty good linebacker, too. So was Gilbert.

cherokee

February 23rd, 2010
12:02 pm

Ponce DeLeon ….Didn’t some middle of the pack Mississippi team beat the Gators in the swamp not to long ago?

Flo-Ri-Duh!

February 23rd, 2010
12:07 pm

Chip Tower is anti- DAWG for whatever reason – that’s fine as long as he is willing to admit it.

Tdawg

February 23rd, 2010
12:08 pm

Man soccer is the greatest sport on this planet. When I die and if I could come back as anything I wanted to be , it would be a world class soccker player. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA, I could almost say that with a straight face. Geeze people soccer is about exciting as watching a three legged turtle race.

Great sport, yea right! What a maroon.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

February 23rd, 2010
12:10 pm

Ponce De Leon is a GaeTor in disguise…… come out of the swamp and show yourself for the lizard that you are.

BigTimeTECHFan

February 23rd, 2010
12:14 pm

Chip dude your the man, you earned a vacation.
Best blog on AJC.

Go Tech, I’ve got a feeling this will be a huge recuiting year.
Like always UGA will get their pick, but this year Tech has a lot going for them, ACC champs, proven recuiters, Al Groh, State has a lot of highly ranked players.

But Johnson’s stresses the commitment to the kids, makes them take time to be sure so I dought we will see any very early.

Ponce DeLeon

February 23rd, 2010
12:14 pm

cherokee, yes Ole Miss did, but now Vandy or Kentucky. Don’t think we have lost to them since at least the 80’s.

Ponce DeLeon

February 23rd, 2010
12:16 pm

Flo-Ri-Duh!, not in disguise. A lizard and proud of it since Ponce DeLeon discovered the fountain of youth in St. Augustine.

BigTimeTECHFan

February 23rd, 2010
12:18 pm

Tdawg – Sports are made to play not watch. Soccer is fun, very rough sport, only shin pads, you take a pounding out there. Soccer a plus sport for any football, bball player, makes you more agile. Why Hakeem, J Kidd, Steve Nash all credit soccer for their skills.

bigdawg2222

February 23rd, 2010
12:22 pm

Chip,

excellent summary of other people’s work.

Looks like you got Mattox on the phone then decided to make an issue about nothing other than UGA not recruiting him. Good work keep it coming!

GOGATOR

February 23rd, 2010
12:23 pm

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February 23rd, 2010
12:25 pm

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NC Dawg

February 23rd, 2010
12:37 pm

GOGATOR….. I like the post at 38th. Soccer is fun, because when the ball comes to me, I can kick it and feel good about myself!! If I miss a shot, swing and miss or get run over by someone, I suck at the real sports! Soccer doesn’t hurt my self esteem! What a load of crap. Yes, the guys like Kobe, Steve Nash, etc… are great basketball players. They don’t play soccer for a reason, they gave it up for a reason… Soccer is just a boring sport! If it was so great in America, the pro soccer team would not fold all the time. Stick with football on here. By the way, not a red neck. Go Dawgs!

poopdawg

February 23rd, 2010
12:38 pm

Ponce DeLeon , you talk like you play for the Gators and if do somebody going to knock that attitude out of you some day! No need for fans to talk crap to other fans, life is too short for that dude. Talking about football in civil manner is great fun , drop the demeaning attitude. Why the obsession over UGA?

bwell

February 23rd, 2010
12:38 pm

WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON WITH GA AND RECRUITING……DO WE NEED ANOTHER RC! WHAT IS UP, WHY H ARE WE LOSING RECRUITS AND WHY WOULDN’T GA OFFER TO CLARKE CENT. KIDS, THE SCHOOL IS SEVERAL BLOCKS AWAY. WE ARE LOSING ALREADY I’M PISSED

schmeckdawg

February 23rd, 2010
12:38 pm

Grantham talked about how if we could get the best players in the state to go to UGA and then grab some other studs in the surrounding areas, we could be better than So. Cal, Fla., Texas etc. Well, since it looks like more and more top notch player are leaving, so I have a suggestion for our new DC…quit talking and start recruiting. Plus I am sure that when that yankee defensive backs coach Lactoseintolerant or whatever his name is gets in to the rurals areas in the South I bet his accent goes over like a f–t in church. We’ve got problems in The Classic City. Oh yeah, one more quick thing, a LB coach from Vanderbilt? Great hire! With that program just wreaking with the tremendous amount of success it has had (joke) I am sure that this guy will go a very long way (not) in curing our woes!

schmeckdawg

February 23rd, 2010
12:42 pm

Good call bwell!

GOGATOR

February 23rd, 2010
12:47 pm

Thanks NC Dawg, see if you can be 100st

Florida Gators = The New Notre Dame

February 23rd, 2010
12:51 pm

Florida’s defensive staff is thin as spaghetti. Brantley is no Aaron Murray, Heater is no Charlie Strong. Florida couldn’t run the ball against Belin or the LB’s could not outackle Belin–Vandy’s LB Coach, now Georgia’s LB Coach.

Tenn–Lane Kiffin disaster will set them back for 2 years.

South Carolina can’t run the ball (#99 ranked), and can’t pass block (37 sacks). Lakotas DB’s shut South Carolina down in the Bowl game to 0 Td’s, less than Charlie Strong did against South Carolina.

Georgia:
#1 Trio of RB’s in SEC (King-Ealey-Branden Smith)
#1 WR’s- Wooten, Green–average 18 ypc
#1 TE- Charles and White both average 16+ pyc
#1 QB- Aarom Murray or Zack Mett
#1 Offensive Line- Averaging 247 yards rushing in last 3 games, only 11 sacks–all returning–3 deep at every position
#1 Punter–All American
#1 Kicker–20 of 22 field goals, 4 out of 5 from 50+ yards
#1 Defensive staff- Grantham, Lakotas, Belin, Garner
#1 Turnaround Head Coaches- Mark Richt & Grantham

NC Dawg

February 23rd, 2010
12:54 pm

bwell and schmeckdawg….we are NOT going to get every player in the state! There are a ton of them in GA this year. No need to lose your mind over it. You either trust the coaches and how they recruit or you don’t. Time will tell if CMR made good hires or not. The kid going to Alabama, the kids from CCHS may not fit what UGA is trying to do and improve on. It’s interesting that several publications (I can’t remember where I read it) have said that UGA hire of the DB coach Lactoseintolerant (classic) was the best hire by a D-1 school. The guy from Vandy has done a great job. Vandy can’t get enough athletes in there because of their academics. It doesn’t mean the guy can’t coach. Let’s see how it all plays out, the “sky is not falling”!! Go Dawgs!

NC Dawg

February 23rd, 2010
12:58 pm

Alabama Jack….was that better? GOGATOR….I’m shooting for 100th!!

schmeckdawg

February 23rd, 2010
12:58 pm

Hey there Florida Gators= The New Notre Dame, I am a DAWG FAN but how do you figure that Murray is better than Brantley? Maybe in the long run but Brantley has taken some snaps albeit mostly meaningless in mop up duty but a little experience beats no experience. As far as the defense goes, I am a show me person. I am pretty sure that Richt knows what is going on, but two of the three defensive hires, I am not getting. Besides one game each, Lactoseintolerant against the lamecocks in the bowl game and Belin vs. the gayturds this past year, tell me what the big whoop is. Believe me, I would be thrilled to hear it!