Ten at 10: Kell’s Brian Randolph down to 3, including Tech

THE TEN AT 10:

1. We’re barely into March but Kell defensive back Brian Randolph has already pared down his list of

choices to a final three. The 6-foot, 180-pound safety, who has double-digit offers, told me this week he hopes to decide between Florida, Georgia Tech and Tennessee “sometime before the season starts.” Randolph has always been assumed a heavy Tech lean because his brother, Justin Randolph, is a redshirt freshman A-back for the Jackets. But he insists he is evaluating each option independently on its own merits. He said he likes Tech because “it’s close to home and I have a lot of friends there,” Tennessee for its “nice environment” and Florida because “it’s an elite program.”

2. It was over before it really even started. Lawrence Thomas, generally considered the No. 1 linebacker in the country for 2011, committed to Michigan State over the weekend. Just last week Thomas got an offer from Georgia. That’s a very early commitment from such an elite prospect. “Nobody influenced me at all. Coach [Mark] Dantonio even told me to wait if I wanted to,” Thomas told Rivals.com. “But I knew Michigan State is where I wanted to be. I felt like I’d be wasting other people’s time when deep down I knew I wanted to go to Michigan State.”

3. Quarterback Connor Shaw, who graduated from Flowery Branch in December in order to enroll at South Carolina early, had a bit of rough outing in his spring debut for Gamecocks last week, according to The State. But coach Steve Spurrier was still complimentary of Shaw and said the adjustment to SEC speed always takes time. South Carolina needs Shaw to come through. After Reid McCollum left the program in January, the Gamecocks are without a notable backup for starter Stephen Garcia.

4. Georgia commitment Corey Moore of Griffin earned MVP honors for defensive backs at the National Underclassman Combine in Tri-Cities this past weekend. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound safety is known as a big hitter but reportedly was impressive in one-on-one pass coverage. Also standing out in the event were Booker T. Washington’s Zach Witchett, who was named wide receiver MVP, and Hillgrove’s Jabari Hunt-Days, who was tabbed linebacker MVP. Hunt-Days also stood out with the No. 2 “SPARQ rating” at a Nike combine in Orlando the previous weekend. The overall MVP at the NUC was actually a sophomore. Jordan Jenkins, a 6-3, 230-pound linebacker from Harris County, wowed both scouts and participants with a 4.67 40-yard dash and incredible leaping ability.

5. I was checking out the number of commitments for each SEC school this week and noticed an interesting trend. LSU leads the league with nine commitments so far followed by Georgia and Alabama with four each. The one similarity is all the commitments for each school were from in-state prospects except for Bama’s Shannon Brown. Surprising to see Florida, the school with the best in-state recruiting, lagging with just two pledges. They are both Floridians, however. . . . For what it’s worth, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt were the only teams with zero commitments thus far.

6. DL Jonathan Battle of Americus received his first scholarship offer from Louisville this past weekend, according to Scout.com. The 6-1, 273-pounder, who missed his junior season with a torn ACL, is still hoping to hear from UGA and Tech. He also lists Alabama and Auburn on his wishlist.

7. RB Demetrius Hart of Orlando-Dr. Phillips says it is down to Auburn and Florida for him and he will make a commitment to one or the other very soon. The 5-8, 190-pound speedster visited Auburn last weekend. Any pledge from one of the many blue-chip backs in the South could create a domino effect of commitments. Mike Bellamy, Quan Bray, Isaiah Crowell and others of that ilk are eyeing many of the same schools.

8. Athlete T.J. Thorpe of Durham, N.C., committed to North Carolina over the weekend. He was a Georgia Tech target with an early offer from the Yellow Jackets.

9. Offers galore: Union Grove defensive back Avery Walls is now up to 20 offers after getting tenders last week from Michigan, North Carolina, Louisville, Tulsa, Tennessee, Duke, Vanderbilt and Auburn has graciously offered. Walls also received a invitation to UGA’s junior day on March 20th and plans to attend. . . . North Paulding wide receiver Christian Conley received an offer from Maryland on Monday. That brings him up to 11 overall. . . . Thomasville DE Ray Drew, who has more than 20 offers, tells me he plans to visit Florida on March 27.

10. Tennessee should be thankful today that Jose Jose backed out of his commitment when coach Lane Kiffin left for Southern Cal in January. The 6-foot-3, 340-pound offensive lineman was charged with aggravated assualt and carrying a concealed weapon this past Friday in Dade County, Fla. The Miami Central star is a UCF signee.

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80 comments Add your comment

jason

March 9th, 2010
10:06 am

JB

March 9th, 2010
10:08 am

first……..geez

JB

March 9th, 2010
10:08 am

second, geez

Vick=Dog killing thug

March 9th, 2010
10:12 am

30-24 Still loving it.

JB

March 9th, 2010
10:12 am

There will be many melt downs on here by my Dawg friends in months to come because Georgia is LOADED for next year and more will leave the state than sign with us just because of the pure number. Dawgs will get 15 or so, Tech 10 or so and 25 or so blue chippers will go elsewhere. Take a chill pill. It’ll be OK. We will lose that running back at Carver Columbus to Bama, but there are 2-3 great running backs with a heavy UGA lean, one out of state.

The D

March 9th, 2010
10:17 am

u guys say something meaningful like thanks for the update enjoyed it

Ponce DeLeon

March 9th, 2010
10:19 am

Chip, what are you hearing about a Dual Threat QB out of central Florida by the name of Jeff Driskell?

Jaxdawg

March 9th, 2010
10:21 am

Jose Jose???… really??

JJ

March 9th, 2010
10:23 am

SECSpeed(TM)

Lizard King

March 9th, 2010
10:32 am

Fortunately, UF can take their time and be selective this year with a smaller class to fill. Around a 20 member class, give or take a couple, is where they will probably end up. They already have their big targets identified like James Wilder Jr, Tim Jernigan, James Vaughters, Lonnie Gosha, etc who they want to build their class around. An elite QB is a must this year. OL and WRs also. Look for them to be more deliberate and to have later commitments this year.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

March 9th, 2010
10:34 am

Jose Jose – why would any one hate the guy bad enough to label him with that cartoon of a monicker?

Lizard King

March 9th, 2010
10:39 am

Ponce, my man…Jeff Driskell is also a heavy Gator target. They are also recruiting an elite QB out of California and one out of North Carolina. Good year for QB’s, unlike last year. He who speaks first will wear the jersey.

bama & flariduh...WHO CARES !!!!

March 9th, 2010
10:42 am

A Day Without Tebow is Like a Day Without...

March 9th, 2010
10:45 am

Tough choice there Demetrius…Bowling shirts and stretch Hummers or a Coach that has a hard time telling the truth.

bama & flariduh...WHO CARES !!!!

March 9th, 2010
10:46 am

Chritian LeMay would be a Bulldog !!! count on it crocodille…He likes the pro style offense and loves Coach Richt and UGA. He has been to campus 3 times already.

Lizard King

March 9th, 2010
10:46 am

bama & flariduh...WHO CARES !!!!

March 9th, 2010
10:48 am

Jeff Driskell is a big FSU Lean !!!!

Lizard King

March 9th, 2010
10:48 am

Now that your QB’s are getting arrested, you could be right. More room on the roster.

bama & flariduh...WHO CARES !!!!

March 9th, 2010
10:51 am

Christian LeMay is coming back to UGA sometime this spring and possibly for the G Day game !!!

bama & flariduh...WHO CARES !!!!

March 9th, 2010
10:52 am

Yep !!!….That’s it.

PMC

March 9th, 2010
10:53 am

Randolph is going to Florida.

Lizard King

March 9th, 2010
10:54 am

Driskell is wide open. Had a good little visit last month on Jr Day. Could come in and learn the system then start the next year after Johnnys gone. They are already starting to compare him to Tebow, poor thing. He’d have to sit a couple of years behind that talented back up QB at FSU, can’t think of his name, big kid.

toph

March 9th, 2010
10:56 am

Nice work Chip! Thanks for the updates my man!

cantondawg

March 9th, 2010
11:04 am

As always, Recruiting follows the success on the field. I fully expect UF and AL to be down this year. Sure , they had great recruiting classes but it takes a few years to develop. UGA should be much improved this year. Whether it’s enough to overtake UF and AL i don’t know. But, if UGA has a big year then we should be able to have a great recruiting class. That’s why this is one of the most important years for the program.

dawgster

March 9th, 2010
11:15 am

Cantondawg, agree with your comments, this year and next is huge for the dawgs, i hope the complacement feeing that may have existed with the staff, whether it was realized or not, has been addressed..Our recruiting has been very good, but we need an outstanding year…The top programs will always get superior talent and thus this season is so important if we hope to catch up to some other programs…I believe we are close, but need make some breaks for ourselves this year and beat a team that maybe people dont give us much of a chance of…Do this and we will get some special recruits…

TechFan

March 9th, 2010
11:18 am

Come to Georgia Tech.

Lizard King

March 9th, 2010
11:19 am

cantondawg…I always thought it was the other way around. That success on the field means you’ve recruited great talent. I’m sure it can play both ways though. Neither UF nor Bama will be very far down this year just because of all the talent they have accrued. UGA with a freshman QB and many new D starters and brand new scheme…well, let’s just say I like your optimism.

Joe Terror Shenski

March 9th, 2010
11:19 am

Chip never responds back to you guys questions on here. He post this article and then starts in on a bottle of cheap Ripple and gets totally out of it.

GT fan

March 9th, 2010
11:22 am

love to have you on the flats Mr. Randolph. Good luck to you making your decision. Do what is in the best interest for you and your future.

Porter

March 9th, 2010
11:55 am

When do you expect the Offers to start pouring in for Jabari Hunt Days, the LB out of Hillgrove? He seems to be burning it up?

skydawg

March 9th, 2010
12:00 pm

“Tennessee for its nice enviornment”…translation..the Vol Ho program. Lacey, where are you?

TM

March 9th, 2010
12:11 pm

Come to tech young man. You will not regret learnings under Al Groh.

JAYBO

March 9th, 2010
12:26 pm

Chip, correction—Ray Drew attends Thomas Co Central and not Thomasville High and he is a DE not a DT.

Big Larry

March 9th, 2010
12:46 pm

UGA will get every one of these guys…who would you rather play for Mark Richt who always has awesome recruiting classes and nearly wins the SEC every year or some other loser coach who isn’t nearly as handsome?

Dawg4u2000

March 9th, 2010
12:48 pm

Randolph probably sucks anyway if he’s planning on going to Yech

Dawg4u2000

March 9th, 2010
12:48 pm

Paul Johnson’s gimmicky offense will be completely trashed this year

Chip Towers

March 9th, 2010
12:57 pm

JAYBO: Thomas County Central High School is in Thomasville, which is where Drew lives. I profiled Drew earlier today. My bad on the “T” instead of “E.”

Joe Terror Shenki: How dare you say I’m off drinking ripple. I’m drinking hiccup Scotch. . . . . Nice handle, by the way.

KeithB

March 9th, 2010
12:58 pm

10-24, 13-20, 19-45, 17-41, 27-34….and still loving it!

Dawghater

March 9th, 2010
1:12 pm

Hey “Big Larry” UGA hasn’t sniffed an SEC championship in years. However, you can still smell Shreveport on your uni’s.

Guess those recruiting classes look better on the paper and no so good on the field!

Chip Towers

March 9th, 2010
1:14 pm

Porter: I think you’re about to see Jabari Hunt-Days’ recruitment really take off. But I also think Tech is way out front in the lead. . . .

toph: You’re welcome. . . . See people, not everybody trashes me here. ;-) . . .

Ponce DeLeon: On Jeff Driskel, it’s generally thought this 6-3, 225-pound quarterback from Oviedo, Fla., will remain in the Sunshine State, though he insists he hasn’t even formulated a list of favorites yet. He has offers from Florida, Miami, UCF and USF, as well as Auburn, Clemson, LSU, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and Virginia Tech. It may be worth noting that his instructors at the EA Sports Elite 11 quarterback camp in Orlando last week were Gators John Brantley and Chris Leak. He’s a very impressive pocket passer on video.

Dawghater

March 9th, 2010
1:15 pm

Hey “Dawg4u2000″! That’s what they said about CPJ offense at Navy. Funny, Navy is still winning and so is GT!

Magic Man

March 9th, 2010
1:23 pm

Chip,

FWIW, I think you do a pretty good job. I enjoy reading your 10 at ten. I just think that your statement about Andrew Bone and your thoughts on Bama leading for everyone they have offered in Georgia was not only far-fetched, but also lacking journalistic integrity. Actually, if you would have worded it differently, then it wouldn’t have been nearly as proposterous. I will let it go now.

Chip Towers

March 9th, 2010
1:26 pm

Magic Man: I just call ‘em like I see ‘em. Thanks for hanging out.

Magic Man

March 9th, 2010
1:30 pm

Swann- UGA
Dickson – Bama
Marshall – UGA
Vaughters – nobody
Drew – UGA
Rome – Clemson
Uzomah – Auburn
Tuitt – GT
Wright – no leader – Bama, Auburn, FSU, and UGA
Crowell – Bama or FSU

This is how they should have been called. Success? Yes. Leading for all they have offered? No.

Big Larry

March 9th, 2010
1:36 pm

Yeah, keep on talking…your coach is so ugly that he can’t even recruit players!!! LOLOLOL Richt is always impressive and he turns heads when he walks in the room. Johnson is just gruff and ugly

Tailback U

March 9th, 2010
1:46 pm

Chip
Do you think Zach’s trouble will affect CMR’s plans ss it relates
recruiting QB’s this year ? Would it cause him to try to sign
a player or so more than he had planned initially ,protecting himself
in the event that Zach does not handle his business well from
this point on ?

Dawg 3/20

March 9th, 2010
2:07 pm

“Brian Randolph doesn’t say much but when the Marietta (Ga.) Kell safety said he has a favorite school then people in these parts should listen up closely – because Florida stands out more to him than any other program at this point.” – Adam Gorney

Chip Towers

March 9th, 2010
2:23 pm

Tailback U: I do not think Zach Mettenberg’s situation will affect Georgia’s recruiting of quarterbacks. Generally it is CMR’s philosophy to recruit a quarterback every year. Mett’s not going to be kicked off the team, so they will have at least three on scholarship next year, four if Logan Gray remains at the position. I see the Dogs signing one QB in Class of 2011. . . .

Magic Man, John: It’s a long haul before harvest time on Drew. Not even worth predicting right now IMHO. And FWIW he told me distance was not going to be a factor in choosing a school, though he said he did want to be “considerate of my parents.”

GA Tech Insider

March 9th, 2010
2:25 pm

Once again, all of so called recruiting “experts” are coming out of the woodwork, laying claim to these kids, like they have a personal relationship with them. It would be humorous if it weren’t so predictable.

Rumor Miller

March 9th, 2010
2:35 pm

I’ve heard Christian LeMay is a Gator/Sooner lean.
Quan Bray to GT
Jabari Hunt-Days to GT
Brian Randolph to GT
Ray Drew to UF
Crowell to Alabama
Conley to UGa