THE TEN AT 10:
1. Carver-Columbus football stars Isaiah Crowell and Gabriel Wright tend to be talked about as a pair. As a result, they are often thought of as a package deal in recruiting. But that’s not necessarily the case. “They’re separate individuals,” Carver coach Dell McGee said Thursday morning. “I’m not saying they wouldn’t [consider signing with the same school]. But I think they both have different things they’re looking for and they both have different personality types.” Of course, every school would like to sign both of these elite prospects. Both are consensus top 10 prospects in the state of Georgia for the Class of 2011. I have Crowell (6-foot, 204 pounds) No. 1 in my “Tentative Top 10″ and Wright (6-3, 273) No. 5.
2. One of the schools that would like to land both of these players is Georgia. The Bulldogs will get a firsthand opportunity to sell the duo on that notion this weekend. McGee confirmed that both plan to attend UGA’s Junior Day Saturday in Athens. Georgia was one of the first schools to offer both players but other schools are coming in hard. Both list Alabama prominently and they attended Florida State’s junior day together last weekend. And Wright tends to mention more faraway possibilities such as Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Notre Dame, USC and Oregon. But no sense handicapping it right now. This one will likely go very deep into the recruiting season before being resolved.
3. Speaking of UGA’s junior day this weekend, the recruitment of Rossville’s Devin Bowman is about to get real interesting. The star running back/defensive back at Ridgeland High is the younger brother of wide receiver Michael Bowman, who chose Alabama in 2009 after quite the tug-of-war with the Bulldogs. Devin Bowman attended Bama’s junior day last weekend but does not currently have an offer from the Crimson Tide. Meanwhile, he just got an offer from Bulldogs Wednesday and, as of right this minute, he says UGA leads. He also has offers from Georgia Tech, Clemson and Oklahoma State. His older brother Adarius Bowman played for the Cowboys in Stillwater. Stay tuned.
4. Another expected junior day attendee at Georgia this weekend is Athens-Clarke Central offensive lineman Alan Posey. The 6-foot-6, 310-pound tackle does not list the Bulldogs among his favorites — he told JacketsOnline.com that Clemson leads Georgia Tech, Cincinnati and Maryland – and has generally been turned off by the lack of interest shown from the hometown team. But that could change if Georgia decided to offer.
5. This came up in the comments on an earlier blog about Georgia commitment Corey Moore of Griffin so I figured I’d just address it here for all to see. The Bulldogs’ last signee from Griffin was defensive end Toby Jackson, who never made it to Athens. After failing to qualify the AJC Super 11 selection was placed at Hargrave Military Prep School in Virginia but left without meeting qualifications. He was supposed to show up at Georgia Military College in Milledgeville but pulled a switcheroo on the Bulldogs and went instead to Navarro Junior College in Texas. Jackson is scheduled to begin his second season with the Navarro Bulldogs next fall. His plan is to graduate after fall semester and enroll in a major college in January. He visited Alabama in late January and claims offers from Alabama, Baylor and UCF. He lists Georgia as one of his favorites on his recruiting profile.
6. Recruiting is really picking up steam down in Tallahassee where Florida State got its eighth commitment for 2011 Wednesday and second from a defensive tackle in as many days. Derrick Mitchell, a four-star prospect from Jacksonville’s First Coast High, chose the Seminoles over Georgia Tech, Clemson, South Carolina and Alabama. All of FSU’s early commitments have come from Floridians.
7. It’s a long way from Atlanta to Eugene, Ore., but Westlake athlete Ronnie Harris feels close to Oregon and would consider flying off to be a Duck. The 5-foot-10, 160-pound running back/cornerback actually has some serious connections in the Northwest. “I lived in Puyallup, Wash., about four years ago. My brother still lives there in fact,” Harris told DuckTerritory.com. “I became a fan of Oregon when I was back there. My mentor that I talk to at least two to three times a week if not more is [former Oregon DB] Aaron Gipson. He still lives out there and tells me about Oregon all of the time.” Harris currently has offers from South Carolina and Ole Miss and hopes to hear from Tech and Georgia.
8. The Bulldogs this week tendered an offer to Detroit linebacker Lawrence Thomas. Rivals.com ranks him No. 1 in the nation at his position.
9. South Carolina offered two Georgia safeties this week: Avery Walls of Union Grove and Rodney O’Neal of Dublin-West Laurens.
1o. Another prospect the the Gamecocks covet is defensive end Jedaveon Clowney of Rock Hill, S.C. Considered the top defensive end in the country, Clowney did not include Georgia among his most recent top five. He listed Alabama, Clemson, LSU, South Carolina and UCLA. The Bulldogs were one of the first to offer the 6-foot-5, 235-pound athlete.