THE TEN AT 10:
1. Five-star prospect James Wilder Jr. of Tampa apparently intends to take a serious look at Georgia, according to a Rivals.com report. The running back/linebacker from perennial power Plant High has the Bulldogs in his top five and plans to visit Athens the weekend of the G-Day Game. Said Wilder: “We have a very good connection, I love that school. I have been talking to [current Bulldogs and Plant grads] Orson Charles and Aaron Murray. . . . They talk to me not just to go there, but [say] it is an awesome place. Me and Coach are going to go to the spring game. I like them a lot and the coaches down there. They like me at running back and that is where I want to play at the next level. We are going to get up there and do more talking and they are going to show me around the facilities and how the campus life is.” Wilder listed his other four favorites as Alabama, Florida, Florida State and Miami. He’s also looking at Notre Dame and Southern Cal. He has been considered a Florida lean.
2. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Wilder supposedly is still growing and could play running back, linebacker or defensive end in college. The Orlando Sentinel’s Bill Buchalter actually named him the top defensive end in Florida. Colleges are leaving what position he’ll play to Wilder, who says he prefers running back. Because of his versatility Wilder is an early favorite to be tabbed the No. 1 prospect in the country for 2011. “I haven’t seen everybody yet, but Wilder is going to be tough to beat, because he’s so good on offense and defense,” CBS College Sports recruiting analyst Tom Lemming told the South Bend Tribune.
3. Another Tampa product, linebacker Keith Lewis, was offered this week by Georgia Tech, according to GoJackets.com. It was the 10th offer for the 6-foot-2, 205-pound athlete. His others include Colorado, Ole Miss, Nebraska, North Carolina, Duke and Wake Forest.
4. Brandon Shell of Goose Creek, S.C., one of Georgia’s priorities as an offensive line prospect, plans to make UGA one of his stops on a recruiting tour during his spring break, according to The State’s Phil Kornblut. His other stops will be Clemson, South Carolina and Alabama. Shell is the nephew of former NFL executive and former player and coach Art Shell. . . . After center David Andrews, who has already committed to the Bulldogs, Georgia’s top O-line targets are Shell, Watts Dantzler of Dalton, Xzavier Ward of Moultrie and Antonio Richardson of Nashville.
5. David Hale of the Macon Telegraph has a good Q&A with Georgia wide receiver signee Michael Bennett on his Bulldogs Blog. Bennett ended up being the Dogs’ only wide receiver signee after Da’Rick Rogers left them at the altar the day before signing day. Bennett had some interesting comments about that (and other things). “I believe Georgia wants players who really want to be Bulldogs, who honestly want to be Georgia all the way, and if there’s any doubt in your mind, it’d be better if you don’t go to Georgia,” Bennett told Hale. “I feel that’s what Da’Rick was thinking. Seeing him go, it’s a hurt for our team and our recruiting class, but in the end I think it’s going to be the best for us because it might have been hard getting him on track and stuff at UGA.”
6. When I reported some results from last weekend’s National Underclassman Combine this past weekend I failed to mentioned a couple of standouts from Stephenson High. Willie Davis (5-8, 190) was named running back MVP and Tarik Cook (6-2, 296) was named offensive line co-MVP and also “Strongest Man.” Also, Hillgrove defensive back Kadetrix Marcus was tabbed “Combine King” for best overall performance in all the testing. Word is he has transferred to Stephenson.
7. DB Jared Henry (6-0, 184) of Jacksonville plans to visit Georgia during spring practice. He has offers from South Carolina and Maryland.
8. Lest we forget, the national signing period for the Class of 2010 continues and there was some movement on Wednesday. Latwan Anderson, a four-star cornerback from Cleveland, Ohio, spurned West Virginia — to whom he committed on national television during the U.S. Army All-America Game — to sign with Miami. Could it be a precursor to to the Seantrel Henderson situation? Henderson, a 6-8, 300-pound offensive tackle from Minnesota, committed to Southern Cal on national signing day but did not sign pending the outcome of the Trojans’ NCAA investigation. Henderson is considering Miami and Ohio State as a Plan B.
9. Atlanta-Westlake defensive back Ronnie Harris (5-8, 150) has named South Carolina his leader, according to Chad Simmons, South recruiting manager for Scout.com. Harris, who tells Simmons he wants to be a cardiologist, has an interesting array of offers, including Harvard, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss and Tennessee.
10. In case you didn’t catch it earlier today, the “Running Back Formerly Known as Kendrun Malcome” is going to go by his nickname “Boo” when he gets to Georgia. He’s also going to wear the number 24 jersey made famous by Knowshown Moreno. Washaun Ealey did the number proud as a freshman last year but has opted going back to his high school number 3.
Please follow me on <a href=”http://twitter.com/RecruitingAJC“>Twitter</a>.