Vols’ Derek Dooley offers lineman Posey from his alma mater

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There’s a recruiting battle brewing for an offensive tackle who plays ball about a mile from UGA’s Vince Dooley Athletics Complex in Athens. But the Bulldogs aren’t involved in it.

At least not so far.

Alan Posey, a 6-foot-6, 310-pound junior at Clarke Central High School, received an official scholarship offer from Tennessee this past weekend after traveling to Knoxville for the Volunteers’ junior day. That was offer No. 6 for Posey, who also has been tendered invitations to play football at Georgia Tech, Clemson, South Carolina, Maryland, Illinois and Cincinnati.

Getting the offer from UT was particularly pleasing for Posey since the Vols’ head coach (Derek Dooley) and the assistant coach recruiting him (Chuck Smith) are both Clarke Central alums.

“I had never met any of the coaches before, but I had read about those two,” Posey said Sunday. “Being from the same high school, I knew about Coach Smith and Coach Dooley. Their pictures are up on the wall and they’re like legends at Clarke Central. So I was pretty excited to meet them.”

Posey was also impressed with the Vols’ new line coach, Harry Hiestand, who came from the Chicago Bears to serve as assistant head coach.

At this point it appears Georgia Tech might be the team the Vols need to beat for Posey. He said he likes the Yellow Jackets, Tennessee and Clemson.

“Georgia Tech was the first school to offer me,” Posey said. “I talk to Coach [Todd] Spencer a lot. He’s a pretty cool guy and a good o-line coach. They’re definitely in the mix. Being my first offer means something to me. They were the first guys to come up and say ‘we want you to play football for us; we think you have great potential.’ So they’re definitely in the top of the mix.”

Posey also mentioned Maryland prominently. He will have visited all six of the aforementioned campuses by May 4 when he plans to announce a final decision.

Posey originally was planning to attend Georgia’s junior day this past weekend but canceled after the Vols came forth with an invitation late in the week. Having grown up in Athens in the shadows of Sanford Stadium Posey said he is more compelled to go to places he hasn’t seen. He had never been to Knoxville.

But there is clearly some frustration on Posey’s part with the hometown Bulldogs.

“As far as I know they haven’t really attempted to make contact with me or anything,” said Posey, who is considered a top 50 recruit in the state by both Rivals and Scout. “I don’t know if they’re interested or what. I don’t really know what to make of Georgia right now.”

Posey said he grew up a Dogs’ fan and has a closet full of UGA apparel. He estimated he has gone to at least 20 Georgia games, “and I think they’ve only lost like one.” He attended Georgia’s camp last summer and offensive line coach Stacy Searels has been by the school often, so he knows they are aware of him.

“It confuses me,” he said. “I’m like, ‘If you don’t want to talk to me just go ahead and give me a heads up and let me know so I’m not worried about it. If so let me know so we can work it out.’ So I’m not aggravated but it’s kind of a burning question because everybody keeps asking me about it and I don’t really know what to tell them because I don’t know what Georgia wants.  But they’ve let a lot of guys slip out of Athens without ever offering them.”"

One of the reasons Posey said he is attracted to Tech, Tennessee and Clemson is they’ll all play Georgia while he’s in college.

“Coming back to Athens and beating Georgia would be pretty exciting,” Posey said. “It’d nice to say, ‘hey, you missed out on me.’”

But Posey hasn’t ruled out the Bulldogs altogether, or any other school for that matter.

“I don’t know, I might go to Georgia if something happens. I might go check their spring practice,” he said. “Anybody else who wants to come talk to me I’m willing to listen.”

177 comments Add your comment

Phil

March 1st, 2010
5:31 am

Iraq Dawg.... HOOAH!

March 1st, 2010
6:33 am

^^^^ who cares! LOL!

mtc

March 1st, 2010
6:43 am

awww, did UGA hurt your poor feelings. Grow a pair kid.

dawgno91

March 1st, 2010
6:53 am

Why would UGA recruit him? He comes from a winning program and isn’t from metro Atlanta where, according to the UGA coaches, “all the talent in Ga” is located.

Baby

March 1st, 2010
6:55 am

Go god son. Grow up. UGA doesnt owe you an explanation of why they don’t want to recruit you.

Baby

March 1st, 2010
6:56 am

Good god son. Grow up. UGA doesnt owe you an explanation of why they don’t want to recruit you.

H

March 1st, 2010
6:58 am

Yeah, I’d be pretty impressed by Tennessee’s coaching staff, too. Think about all of the coach’s achievements: completely unremarkable player at Virginia, mediocre student in law school, couldn’t cut it as lawyer, uses dad’s connections to get football jobs, goes 4-8 last year at a WAC school, lands the head coaching job at UT. Does this make any sense?

JB

March 1st, 2010
7:07 am

Stacey looking for maybe not bigger fish to fry….but better….also, I’m sure he’s told “enough” people that he wants to “get away’ to play, so why waste time and energy when you’re gonna sign 4-5 lineman and their are 10-12 you’re targeting ?

want to beat uga?

March 1st, 2010
7:32 am

then don’t go to gt. one win every 10 years is not going to give you much bragging rights; although you may get a ring out of it if CPJ is still around.

don’t go to Clemson either. i think you were in elementary school the last time clemson beat uga.

so if you want to beat uga, you may want to go to florida (but they probably don’t want you either).

you sound like a bit of a crier so GT would be a great fit.

GEORGIA97

March 1st, 2010
7:35 am

Awe, poor little Alan. It’s like you balling up and asking Sara St. John to be your girlfriend but she sent you to Buddyville for an extended stay.

Paul From Milton

March 1st, 2010
7:37 am

It seems all the classy (or should I say “klassy”) Georgia fans are early risers.

4tix4dogs4cokes

March 1st, 2010
7:45 am

Unbelievable….”If you don’t want to talk to me just go ahead and give me a heads up and let me know so I’m not worried about it.” Chip, did you clue this kid in on the fact that programs do not contact kids they are not interested so as to make them aware that they will not be recruited? It works the other way around son, if they were recruiting you, they would be RECRUITING YOU. If they are not calling, coming by or offering that is their way of letting you know to seek other options. The arrogance and entitlement of these kids has really gotten out of control. Are there no adults in these kids lives who can provide reasoned and mature counsel?

Gen Neyland

March 1st, 2010
7:47 am

Baby

March 1st, 2010
6:56 am
Good god son. Grow up. UGA doesnt owe you an explanation of why they don’t want to recruit you.

Good point. Kid is probably around 17 years old and wasn’t born in 1924 else he would have had to grow up faster. Geez, some of you Dawgs are killing me with your attitudes regarding kids that aren’t knocking on YOUR door…Now, can we talk about the unborn 5 star that’s gonna jilt you..?

Geez, H...

March 1st, 2010
7:48 am

…it makes as much sense as your idiotic ramblings about what Derek has done…working for King & Spalding prior to going to be a grad assistant is really being a a”mediocre law student” – marrying a ob/gyn is really being a lousy person. Sure, being Vince’s kid opened a lot of doors, and he has done OK being both an A.D. and Head Coach – only time will tell if he has the stuff of which legends are made…

want to beat uga?

March 1st, 2010
7:51 am

neyland, the kid is waiting for a knock. teams recruit kids, not the opposite.

AU Fan

March 1st, 2010
7:59 am

H…I’d be full of sour grapes too if Mark Richt was my coach. You must be a Dawg or Tech fan. Don’t be a hater because Dooley’s pedigree is better than yours…pun intended!!!

CHRIS

March 1st, 2010
7:59 am

ANOTHER GET ARTICLE FROM THE LEGENDARY BLOGGER AND DAWG HATER—CHIP TOWER. WELL CHIP I GUESS WE SCREWED UP WHEN WE DID’NT OFFER WHEN HE WAS IN THE SEVENTH GRADE, RIGHT CHIPPER? MY GOD YOUR AN IDIOT. HOW DO YOU GET AWAY WITH THIS IN THE STATE OF UGA?! YES YOU PRINTED IT.

Mike

March 1st, 2010
8:06 am

Would love to have him as a Yellow Jacket. Paul Johnson is building a powerhouse at GT.

bank walker

March 1st, 2010
8:07 am

AU fan, you make no sense. Fellow Dawg fans, please lighten up! This kid is sweating a GA offer, and feels that it may never come. That is a hard pill to swallow, I know.

delamar2291

March 1st, 2010
8:08 am

ahh lemme see YOU were suppose to go to jr day this weekend , You cancelled to go to UT at the last minute . Lets see seems to me like you want it both ways . sounds to me like if you were invited they are interested in you but YOU brushed them off maybe if you kept your word you see UGA not only has to sell its program to you young man but you have to also sell yourself to them .

Gen Neyland

March 1st, 2010
8:08 am

want to beat UGA : Exactly right. That’s the way it works unless you’re a A-One, Top Notch contender and the film’s in the mailbox daily. I don’t know if the Posey kid or somebody else initialized the above printed conversation, so my point is just leave it alone and quit punk jabbing on him. I think if UGA offer’s, he’s a Dawg. That happens, watch the anti Posey-posters herein become rah-rah Posey posters…A fickle bunch of pups…

slobodan

March 1st, 2010
8:14 am

I don’t know. Is this guy a good player? Or, is he just big? Schools like Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Auburn etc might just want to scout his senior year of high school. Has anyone seen him play?

want to beat uga?

March 1st, 2010
8:15 am

if uga coaches think he would be a good fit at uga, then we’ll gladly take him.

until then, be a man and go play for gt if that’s what you want to do.

also, show up at UGA’s junior day as posted above if you really want an offer.

dawgster

March 1st, 2010
8:17 am

Geez Chip, you make the article sound as if the dawgs are completely blind to this kid or at least according to the kid they are..I can assure you that they kinow all about him and if they feel he can help them i’m sure an offer will come…We cannot offe every junior who likes the dawgs a scholarship, folks we are going to lose some for many reasons, Chip why do you continue spin your articles so it makes the dawgs look bad, I cannot once remember an article towards Tech, Bama, or some other teams that you spin it to make it appear the dawgs don’t have a clue…I don’t know anything about this kid but i have to believe there may be a reason that an offer has not come his way yet and the dawgs may just be evaulating other prospects before just throwing out offers at this time….

Vick=Dog killing thug

March 1st, 2010
8:21 am

Well, I don’t want to bash a kid but I think it’s a bit odd to suggest that you want to come to UGA but then mention how sweet it would be to beat the dawgs.

poopdawg

March 1st, 2010
8:22 am

Why would UGA offer when the kid has that attitude? He wants UGA to offer so he can tell his friends he turned them down. Nothing wrong with getting out of town, it would probably help most kids.

Da Roun Circle

March 1st, 2010
8:23 am

I think this kid will get his chance to play against Georgia, because sounds like he’s not a fit for the red & black. Who knows why UGA isn’t interested: grade, SAT, attitude, work ethic, skills, disloyal, etc. I’m sure there’s a good reason UGA is taking a pass on this kid. From his comments here, looks like he has attitude issues, and maybe even some disloyalty concerns. Didn’t even show for Jr. Day? Come on now.

that game meant nothing to tech or paul johnson

March 1st, 2010
8:28 am

Tech offered him a scholarship? he must be adept at baton twirling!..bring the flagboys over the game after thanksgiving and let them watch them dawgs rip apart Ole alligator Jowls Johnson’s flagboy bunnies!

CC

March 1st, 2010
8:37 am

I’m a source close to Alan. Georgia invited Posey to jr day by mail.. Tennessee by telephone. Would that mean anything to you? Whos more interested? And UGA has let plenty of guys out of Athens (i.e) Dunta Robinson South Carolina (1st Round pick) Trevino Woods (Kentucky) and DeDe Lattimore (South Florida) and alot more.. Something us up with UGA recruting locally..

bruce mac

March 1st, 2010
8:40 am

Hea Chip, did you hear UGA won a BBall game versus UF on Saturday past and oh yea, the US played Canada for the Gold Medal in Hockey yesterday. They were both great games but I guess you were jock sniffing at the local high school. Good grief, do they pay you for these exciting incites? Who the crap cares if DD offered a football player at Clarke Central that is being recruited by every second tier ACC school in the tri state area. Wow, that is earth shattering recruiting news right there.

TommyJack

March 1st, 2010
8:48 am

Typical responses from tiddy baby, loser, dawg fans. You guys should be in BCS every year with the talent surrounding you. And yet….

The General Feeling

March 1st, 2010
8:51 am

Mutt Nation on display. The predictable reactions from the leg humpers makes for great comedy. It’s Gold Chip, Gold!

BAMA STAN

March 1st, 2010
9:06 am

13 NATIONAL TITLES – 22 SEC TITLES!!!

Cool it – this is a 16 – 17 year old kid.

He will figure it out soon enough.

As for Tennessee – this would be a good pickup to snatch yet another kid out of the State of Georgia – there is A LOT of talent in this STATE this year. There is never a lot of BLUE CHIP talent in the Volunteer State.

Tennessee will struggle this year – and prbably 2011. Kiffin was desperate – going after JUCO’s and really trying to stir the pot to get attention so that TENNESSEE would be in the headlines.

He realized their was a lapse of talent in the last few classes – and with injuries and guys like Eric Berry leaving – 2010 will be a tough year – a BOTTOM out year.

I would look for TENNESSEE to battle Vandy for last place in the SEC EAST.

SEC EAST – 2010 – battles and projections:

#1 – FLORIDA – too much talent- Uraban is hands on.
#2/#3 – UGA/SC – the game in Columbia is HUGE!!! IF UGA wins this game – they could have a BIG year.
#4 – KY – decent talent assembled – will be fun to watch this team
#5/#6 – Tennessee and Vandy – TN will bottom out – and start climbing.

As for the SEC WEST:
#1/#2 – Alabama – LSU will duke it out – LSU is well positioned.
#3/#4/#5 – AUBURN/ARL/OLE MISS – this will be real interesting to see who comes out on top
#6 – MS STATE – Dark Horse team – will pull a few upsets.

ROLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL TIDE!!!!

STEINER

March 1st, 2010
9:08 am

Chip has taken a look at this kid and has definitely decided he is a legit SEC offensive lineman…Only problem is Chip works for the AJC and will not have to coach UGA’s offensive line….Coach Searles knows all about this young man, and if they thought he would be their man, they would be all over him….CHIP, YOU TURNING INTO A SPIN DOCTOR….WHILE YOU ARE TALKING TO THE VOLS, ASK COACH DOOLEY WHY HE LEFT HIS LOYAL SOLDIER TOMMY SPANGLER, HIS DC AT LA TECH WHO DID A GREAT JOB FOR HIM, IN LOUISIANA…THINK SPANGLER WAS THE REASON DOOLEY GOT THE JOB…SOME KIND OF THANKS TO COACH SPANGLER….

UGA DID NOT recruit me either

March 1st, 2010
9:09 am

UGA did not recruit me either. I wanted to go there. I first attended a smaller school and then transferred to UGA and earned two diplomas. Such is lfe.

Oh, by the way, as a HS senior, UGA had never heard of me ……….but I wanted UGA and that is what motivated me. I kept my eyes on the ball.

One other thing …………I was not a ball player either. If you want something, you pursue it. I borrowed money to attend UGA and actually PAID IT BACK, in like 4 years, after graduating.

Geeeeeeeeeeez, these kids today want it all handed to them. He lives locally, UGA school loans are out there, plus the HOPE, so young man ………..PURSUE your dreams. GEEEEEEEZ.

Dawg Alum

March 1st, 2010
9:10 am

First and foremost…to the ‘klassy’ poster…in your obvious attempt to throw race into this discussion you’re simply showing who among us is truly hung up on trite racial issues. Get over yourself.

A) Maybe this kid just isn’t THAT good, and that’s why UGA hasn’t offered.

B) All you GT fans should really get a grip…unless winning once every 8 years satisfies you to the point that reasonable, rational thought loses all meaning. In GT’s BEST year (since ‘90, obviously), and UGA’s WORST (under Richt) the Dawgs still put it on you. WE RUN…

C) To all the UGA Wal-Mart alumni on here making us TRUE fans look bad, we’d rather you left the public library computer you’re on, and just climb back into your double-wide for this afternoon’s episodes of Judge Judy and Maury. It’s truly sickening to see all these posts from obviously uneducated morons, that bring down the overall public opinion of UGA. MOST OF US ARE NOT LIKE THE IDIOT FRINGE!!!

that is all.

Bogart Dawg

March 1st, 2010
9:10 am

I am confused, very confused. He wants the job but he canceled the interview (Jr Day) and complained about not getting hired? Wow~ something is not right in this picture.

VolsRule

March 1st, 2010
9:17 am

BamaStan – you are a complete idiot – you have no idea what you are talking about. The VOLS will NOT battle VANDY for last place in the SEC EAST. NEVER underestimate the POWERS of the BIG ORANGE POWER T!!! – Just ask UGA – losers by blow-outs 3 of last 4 years.

Gator Bob

March 1st, 2010
9:24 am

Well – BamaStan has ticked off yet another loyal reader!

I agree with BamaStan on the way too early predictions – FLORIDA whould win – even with the changes in Gainesville that have taken place.

I also agree that UGA could have a very good year – beating the Gamecocks and the HOGS critical for a fast start.

Tennessee will struggle this year – coaching change – a lot of talent eft the program. Tennessee fans will need to be patient in 2010 – take your lumps – and maybe in 2011 as well. 2012 will be when it will be time to judge Tennessee and any progress they have made.

Chip Towers

March 1st, 2010
9:25 am

dawgster: I don’t make the article “sound” like anything and there is no “spin” here. The kid said what he said. If you don’t think it’s pertinent to ask one of the state’s Top 50 recruits who attends high school 1.1 miles from UGA’s practice fields and gets offers from two of the the Bulldogs’ biggest rivals what the level of interest is from both parties then you’re kidding yourself. I don’t make a single editorial comment with regard to this kid’s abilities. The only thing I point out is that he has been offered by Tennessee, Tech and Clemson, among others. . . .

slobodan: You’re right. Ultimately it comes down to Georgia’s evaluation of the young man and we’re not privy to that. We can only read between the lines. Obviously the Dogs have offered Dalton’s Watts Dantzler, a tackle of with similar physical traits, legacy ties to UGA and a higher overall recruiting rating. We can’t be sure how many tackles they may want to sign and if there are others rated higher on their board.

atlfan3000

March 1st, 2010
9:35 am

Chip Towers, all I have to say is STOP CRAPPING ON UGA FOR EVERY SINGLE RECRUIT THAT DOES NOT GET OFFERED OR OTHER WISE RECRUITED BY THE BULLDOGS!!! I s it your life mission to report everything negative about the way they go about recruiting. Do some objective reporting for a change. Talk about how many kids want to go to GA Tech but didn’t get an offer or not invited to Junior Day. Everyday you report whining on the part of these kids concerning UGA. if you do not believe me, go back and read your own material. It is pretty evident you relish in negative recruiting stories about UGA. You sir have just as much to do with the negative recruiting and defections as the other schools.

JB

March 1st, 2010
9:36 am

Maybe the coach at Clark Central told coach Searles that the kid is just big and that’s about it and didn’t want to see him in Red and Black. Who knows, but the coach’s do.

Chip Towers

March 1st, 2010
9:40 am

atlfan3000: Please re-read the blog and tell me where I “crapped” on Georgia. . . . Later this morning I’ll post an interview I had with QB prospect Christian LeMay, who likes the Dogs a lot. Maybe I’ll be back to being a “UGA homer” after that.

H

March 1st, 2010
9:42 am

Geez H,
Get your facts straight. Dooley was not an attorney at a top Atlanta firm, although Tony Barnhart stated that his mom wanted him to be one (that’s why you might be confused).

Marty Funkhauser

March 1st, 2010
9:44 am

So, apparently UGA coaches are now expected to contact all of the kids in HS who long for an offer, but are not on the offer list, to let them know that they will not be recruited? That is a productive and practical use of time and energy. The kid says he just wants a “heads up”, sounds like he needs to pull his head out, so he can connect the dots. It really is pretty simple, unless you get an offer you assume that you need to look to those who do provide an offer.
There is some obvious cognitive dissonance at play with this young man. He is quoted as saying “they haven’t really attempted to make contact with me or anything” and in the same conversation he states “I don’t know if they’re interested or what…It confuses me.” So, they have not attempted to make contact with you, yet you don’t know know if they are interested and you are confused? Pssst….Alan….if they haven’t attempted to contact you, that is because they not all that interested in contacting you. Why is this confusing? Disappointing perhaps, but it should not be confusing you.

JMar

March 1st, 2010
9:45 am

Did Bruce Mac really just come onto the “college recruiting” blog and complain that Chip is reporting on recruiting instead of the winter olympics or UGA basketball? And complain about the quality of the recruiting news… in MARCH?

Dawg Alum

March 1st, 2010
9:46 am

Chip…

I wouldn’t even waste your time trying to reason with the idiots. They are unreasonable, and most of them can barely even comprehend what you’re writing, so just know that those of us that actually DO have common sense think that you’re doing your typically great job, and keeping us well-informed. Thanks.

CHRIS

March 1st, 2010
9:47 am

KINDA TOUGH TRYING TO SAVE FACE CHIP? YOU ALLOWED THE COMMENTS TO BE PRINTED FROM THIS 11TH GRADER. I HEARD THERES A FOURTH GRADER IN KNOXVILLE THATS BEEN OFFERED A FULL RIDE FROM BAMA AND TN. HASNT AS MUCH AS SENT A LETTER.BUT KNOXVILLE NEWSPAPER WOULDNT PRINT ANYTHING ABOUT. WOW! CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT CHIPPER?

papadawg

March 1st, 2010
10:00 am

He’s thinks he’s going to a school who will beat the Dawgs every year. I thought he was offered by Tenn. not the Gators.

BigDawg

March 1st, 2010
10:05 am

If Posey has attended 20 of our games and we only lost one of them….I know he only went to our powderpuff games. We lost to Georgia Tech, LSU, Bama, etc. the last times they were in our house so Posey must have been playing xbox like a true UGA fan rather than attending those heartbreaking losses.