Ten at 10: Tech moves in on Stephenson C Tarik Cook

THE TEN AT 10:

1. It looks like Georgia Tech may have identified a possible replacement for center Sean Bedford. Stephenson center Tarik Cook visited The Flats along with teammate Jared Boyd this past week and, while he did not land one, he feels like a scholarship offer is imminent. “I got to spend a lot of time with Coach [Todd] Spencer and Coach [Mike] Sewak and they were pretty cool,” Cook said of the Jackets’ co-offensive line coaches. “We sat down and talked about my highlight film and we talked about their situation at center. Their starter is about to graduate [after 2010 season], so I think I would have an opportunity to play early. [Head coach Paul] Johnson was out of town and he’s the only one that can offer but they said I had a good shot.” Cook (6-foot-2, 294 pounds) currently has offers from Ole Miss and Central Florida and plans to visit both schools. He said he has been to junior days at Alabama, Auburn and Georgia and hopes to get offers from them as well. “Getting an offer from anywhere makes you feel good,” he said.

2. Boyd is a 5-9, 165-pound cornerback who already has offers from Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, UCF and Memphis.

3. On the recruiting timetable now is the time for testing with combines and 7-on-7 tournaments being held somewhere almost every weekend. The highest-profile event of that sort was the Badger Sport Elite 7-on-7 tournament in Tampa this past weekend. Florida commitment A.C. Leonard was the most impressive athlete on hand, according to ESPN’s J.C. Shurburtt, who covered the event. Shurburtt reports that the 6-4, 240-pound tight end from Interlachen, Fla., was “unstoppable” while leading his Pro Impact I team to the tournament championship.

4. Other standouts at the Badger event, according to Shurburtt, were Fort Meade tight end Brandon Fulse, Palm Beach tight end Nick O’Leary, Miami quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, Orlando running back Demetrius Hart and Groveland cornerback Nick Waisome. Fulse, O’Leary and Waisome are being recruited by Georgia. Hart is thought to be a strong Auburn lean.

5. Two of the top performers at the Nike Combine in Clarkston this past Sunday were wide receiver Christian Conley of North Paulding and defensive end Xzavier Dickson of Griffin, according to UGASports.com. Both recorded SPARQ ratings of more than 100, which is exceptional. Dickson ran a 4.7 40 in tennis shoes and had a 101.82, tops among D-linemen. Conley ran a 4.51 and recorded a 100.41. SPARQ stands for speed, power, agility, reaction and quickness and combines the scores of all the tests the athletes run through, including vertical leap, shuttle cones, etc. . . . Speaking of Dickson, he told UGASports’ Radi Nabulsi his top five are Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia and Georgia Tech.

6. Colquitt County’s Xzavier Ward, one of the top offensive line prospects in the state, told TigerIllustrated.com that Georgia and Alabama are his favorites. The 6-foot-7, 260-pound tackle plans to visit Georgia and Florida State this spring.

7. Defensive back Kedetrix Marcus of Hillgrove High in Powder Springs, one of the top performers in the National Underclassman Combine on March 6, recently received offers from Auburn and South Carolina, according to GoJackets.com. The 6-1, 191-pound athlete also hears regularly from Georgia Tech and hopes to get an offer from the Jackets soon. Marcus’ teammate Synjyn Days is a 2010 Tech signee.

8. Tyler Hunter, who accepted a scholarship offer from Florida State last week, is not the only defensive back from Lowndes attracting recruiting interest. Kenneth Durden, a 6-1, 170-pound cornerback, received his first offer last week from Mississippi State, according to Scout.com. He is also hearing from Georgia and Oklahoma State. . . . Speaking of Hunter, he was the 10th commitment for the Seminoles’ 2011 class so far. Half of those are from defensive backs: Lamarcus Brutus, Cortez Davis, Keelin Smith and Karlos Williams, all from Florida.

9. Jeff Heuerman, a 6-5, 230-pound tight end from Naples, Fla., plans to visit Georgia this spring. The Bulldogs have not yet offered but nine teams have including Tennessee, Michigan State, Purdue, Rutgers, South Florida, Maryland, Memphis, Florida Atlantic and Florida International.

10. Southern Cal coach Lane Kiffin leads Natalie Gulbis in Esquire’s Sexiest Woman Alive bracket. Think Tennessee fans might be behind that?

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91 comments Add your comment

mmgtfan

March 16th, 2010
10:01 am

DAWGFOREVER

March 16th, 2010
10:01 am

Da'Rick is GONE

March 16th, 2010
10:06 am

You can’t finish 7-5 and play in the weed whacker bowl, when you spend every penny you can on football, admit recruits with NCAA minimum grades and test scores and have multiple arrest every year. A school that stoops this low to win at football can’t be owned by Florida (17-3) and Tennessee (14-6). Nobody is that pathetic, right?!?!

From payscale dot com

School Starting Median Salary Mid-Career Median Salary
Georgia Institute of Tech $58,900 $105,000
University of Florida $47,100 $87,900
Louisiana State University $46,900 $87,800
Clemson University $48,400 $86,000
University of Georgia $44,100 $86,000

lowndes25

March 16th, 2010
10:06 am

Honestly, after watching both guys play the past few years, Kenneth Durden is a better DB prospect than Hunter and I hope that UGA goes after him hard.

The D

March 16th, 2010
10:11 am

hey we offered someone in Lowndes!!!!!!!!!

JB

March 16th, 2010
10:20 am

If Da’rick ’s heart wasn’t n Athens, we are better off. We wish him nothing but the best

IDIOT SEC DRYWALL/LANDSCAPERS

March 16th, 2010
10:20 am

Da’Rick is Gone – Engineer this! NERD!

EW

March 16th, 2010
10:22 am

wonder how much DaRick is gone makes considering he has enough time to troll the ajc blogs and post this nonsense.

Don't be Hating Maggots !!!!

March 16th, 2010
10:30 am

Remember….. WE STILL ” RUN THIS STATE” !!!…..and ” WE ALWAYS WILL ” …just remember that !!

Don't be Hating Maggots !!!!

March 16th, 2010
10:33 am

Better to win in a bowl game than ” CHOKE IN ONE ” or should i say in your case ” WAY TOO MANY”

Bumble Bee's crack me up !!!!!!

March 16th, 2010
10:35 am

They’re so funny and delusional yet soooooooo annoying !!!!!

IS THE PERFECT OPTION !!!!....the perfect...

March 16th, 2010
10:39 am

option !!! …the perfect option !!!! lol.

1eyedJack

March 16th, 2010
10:39 am

How much can you make if you are not fortunate enough to land one of those Engineering jobs (can’t be enough to go around right?) and you’re overqualified to land any thing else?

I guess you could hire yourself out to the highest bidder in the mideast to work on their peaceful nuclear pursuits?

1eyedJack

March 16th, 2010
10:41 am

Enter your comments here

Ron Mexico

March 16th, 2010
10:47 am

Remember when Michigan was good? What happened to them? And who is Darick?

Wikipedia

March 16th, 2010
11:12 am

More interesting facts…Total Endowments (value of investments and donations of an institution) of each school: Clemson University>$331 Million…University of Georgia>456 million…Louisiana State University>554.8 million..Georgia Institute of Technology>1.237 billion…University of Florida>1.250 billion.

BigTimeTECHFan

March 16th, 2010
11:17 am

Center is a position Tech needs bad, we need big time center to be sucessful, know it the case for all schools but with Tech’s offense holding down the middle is key every play.

hahahahaha!!!!

March 16th, 2010
11:24 am

First off, pay scale is a pay site. I seriously doubt you are forking over the money for their services. Unless of course, you are a typical unemployed Tech M-train grad. Secondly, to seriously put LSU and Clemson ahead of UGA was the icing on the cake for your lie. Thanks for the laugh.

GDawg

March 16th, 2010
11:32 am

We need to start contacting all of those DB’s that are verbal commits to Florida State. You know you could get into their head about how they may never get a chance to play at FSU with all of those commiitments.

ga gator

March 16th, 2010
11:34 am

ga gator

March 16th, 2010
11:35 am

GDawg, that would be a good idea, but I think UGA needs to get to the point where other schools are trying to raid their commits.

mike

March 16th, 2010
11:40 am

Why do they call Tech “the Flats”? Is that a description of the women that attend there?

US News & World Report

March 16th, 2010
11:41 am

Even more interesting facts. School ranking for Public universities/All (including private)…1) Georgia Institute of Technology>7th public/35th all…University of Florida>15th public/47th all…University of Georgia>21st public/58th all…Clemson University>22/61…LSU>64/128. ***Interesting surprising footnote…Although the Bammers like to refer to Auburn University as a “barn” or “tractor” school, they are rated slighty higher in both categories than the University nof Alabama.

Paddy

March 16th, 2010
11:55 am

As for the Esquire poll……..Gulbis #1 Kiffin #2. I just can’t see Kiffin being that much sexier than Gulbis! I predict a “cat fight” between theses two. The final act is LK sending Ed Ogeron out to steal her golf clubs and then blaming Univ. of Florida for the theft. Can’t wait to see these two on “The View”!

Da'Rick is GONE

March 16th, 2010
12:09 pm

EW – you propose that anyone posting here must not make much money, interesting, have you thought about what that means?
Maggots/Bumble Bee – facts aren’t delusional, people are. You actually support my point. To you football is everything, to Tech students it’s 3 hours on Saturday, it doesn’t determine the quality of our school or life, it’s not more important than our jobs and it’s not where we failingly try to get self-esteem.
1 eyed jack – There are actually more jobs than engineers, just not enough people can cut it at the Tech schools, so scarce applicants means jobs pay more.

Are ya’ll out of high school?

Gator Tater

March 16th, 2010
12:10 pm

Da’Rick is gone and US News & World Report prove again FLORIDA OWNS GEORGIA. We may sell ya’ll to Tennessee or Alabama for practice dummies. Man the truth hurts, ooch, lol.

BigNewt

March 16th, 2010
12:24 pm

I have stated it before and will have to state it again, Flordia runs this state. A simple fact.

Cuttysark

March 16th, 2010
12:32 pm

Tarik Cook is the type of aggressive and bigger offensive linemen that Paul Johnson will be fitting into his offense now that he has been recruiting his type of players. Remember, he has only had two (2) recruiting classes and has done a very good job of coaching the players brought in by the prior staff who had no knowledge of his offense when he arrived at Tech. Keep the amusing comments coming as they really are quite entertaining.

For the latest Georgia Tech Football articles go to http://isportsweb.com. Go Jackets!

ArkyTech

March 16th, 2010
12:42 pm

Rats. I was hoping GT was closing in on a basketball center.

Mic'd Up

March 16th, 2010
12:50 pm

Man, don’t see what cats goin to FSU. FSU doesn’t win a lot, lack of exposure ain’t gettin nobody to the pros man.

Georgia Owns Florida 46 Wins to 37 Losses

March 16th, 2010
12:52 pm

UGA will beat the tar feathers out of Florida this year. Of course, so will everybody else.

Frank

March 16th, 2010
1:16 pm

It is absolutely funny with gtu crackin’ on anybody. They had their best season in 2 decades and it was during the most down year the ACC has ever experienced, yet they think they are now world beaters. They somehow think that cpj has yet to install their entire offense, give me a break. If it is that hard to learn, the “scholar” athletes gtu recruits will never learn the entire offense.

THWGT!!!!!

altergator

March 16th, 2010
1:48 pm

Georgia Owns Florida 46 Wins to 37 Losses, just like when the Zooker was at UF.

Decatur Tech Fan

March 16th, 2010
1:50 pm

Moooo Moooo, I mean Go Dawgs…lol whats the difference…..

Dawg 3/20

March 16th, 2010
1:50 pm

“UGA will beat the tar feathers out of Florida this year. Of course, so will everybody else”

Similar things from the Dawg faithful have been said for the last twenty years and they were only right 3 times. Keep believing that though and pop in that 1980 season VHS highlight tape to reminisce.

Paddy

March 16th, 2010
1:50 pm

Mic’d Up…….you are wrong on so many fronts. FSU is turning it around and fast. They have always gotten the top flight players to visit , now they are starting to sign them and get commits for the next season. It is not about getting to the pro’s except for the 1 to 2% that make the grade. It is finding a program that is comfortable and that they can study in their desired field. It is called the college experience. It stays with you for a lifetime and shapes your destiny and your status as a productive citizen in an ordered society.

Decatur Tech Fan

March 16th, 2010
1:51 pm

Enter your comments here

Georgia Owns Florida 46 Wins to 37 Losses

March 16th, 2010
2:33 pm

Come on now, Georgia owns the series, spin it how you want to, doesn’t change your losing record against the champs. What about 46 & 37 is so hard for Florida folks to accept? The truth hurts. They don’t like to talk big picuture, because it shows UGA’d dominance in the series.

Reality

March 16th, 2010
2:34 pm

Great center – I hope his academics are Tech-worthy. That high school isn’t the best prep for a Tech freshman….

Meyer 0-2 Against Auburn

March 16th, 2010
2:34 pm

Since Meyer is WINLESS against his top foe, he can’t coach.

Mic'd Up

March 16th, 2010
2:37 pm

folks goin to FSU are misinformed. Richt better ranked than any top 20 program academically, wins more games than FSU, and gets more guys to the NFL than FSU. richt got a track record, FSU ain’t selling nuttin but a dream.

Past Stats Don't Matter

March 16th, 2010
2:47 pm

Who cares who beat who for the last 70+ years or last 20. It doesn’t matter anymore. With the new staff and new QB, UGA is vastly different and will not likely keep GIVING away games to Florida via turnovers. Florida is MUCH worse with the loss of 13 starters and 5 coaches and Tebow and Strong gone. So UGA, and 4 or 5 other teams, will all whoop up on Fla in 2010. Going to be some beatdowns. Georgia will win by 20+. Gonna be ugly. Might even call 3 timeouts at the end–ha ha ha!

TECH4EVA

March 16th, 2010
2:49 pm

UGA sucks in every sport. The football program hasn’t won a title in 30 years—thats right about the same time that your momma and diddy made you in their two bedroom trailor. All ya’ll have is Hershel Walker–who is now 48 years old and having to fight in a cage to pay bills! So suck it!!!!

A Dawg fan wants to talk big picture?

March 16th, 2010
2:50 pm

4 national titles > 2 national titles. Got a bigger picture than that?

UT football

March 16th, 2010
2:53 pm

Cant wait to stomp the mutts again this year!!!!!!!!! We own you!

mike uf

March 16th, 2010
2:55 pm

UGa runs this state into economic sh__. you are the dumbest breed of people and managed to destroy this state economically. Congrats you can have Ga and everything that goes with it

you are the dumbest group of poeple just look at your SAT score, your highs schools alone are #49 out of 50 in the country.

Again Look at our Trophy Case and you will see things in their that you might not recognize like 3 Football National Championships and 2 Basketball National Championships and that is not counting the ones we lost.

you can have your 7 game series lead but you know you will lose that here shortly. it is only 7 years away and i guarantee you it will not make the pain go away after each loss.

Meyer 0-2 Against New Mexico

March 16th, 2010
2:58 pm

Meyer is also WINLESS against New Mexico for crying out loud.

Georgia Owns Florida 46 Wins to 37 Losses

March 16th, 2010
3:00 pm

Thanks for bring up the series, UGA dominates and owns Florida 46 to 37. Not even close.

Past Stats Don't Matter

March 16th, 2010
3:04 pm

Whose defensive coach in the SEC is better than Georgia’s? Nobody. Smart, Muschamp, Foster all advised Richt to hire him. Saban gets Grantham to train Bama in the off-season and tried to hire him to run HIS defense.

Defense wins championships. No defensive coach in the SEC East was good enough for Saban to offer them a a defensive head coaching position, except Grantham.

As much as you weant to CLING to the PAST, it’s all about the future boy, and it ain’t lookin good for yo gators.

mike uf

March 16th, 2010
3:05 pm

the real series is UGA 46 to UF 39 with 2 ties…you even have to lie to make yourself feel better about the past 20 years

UGA no one likes, you talk sh__ while everybody else wins. you always tell us how next year is going to be the year. We at UF have won thing in common with Alabama, Tennesse, Auburn and LSU.

We don’t like you and we laugh at you when you talk to us about hershel and how glorious 1980 was and you just hired this coach that no one has heard of and has never been a D. Coordinator is going to beat everyone and you overpaid him by 500,000 to be your coach with a 0-0 record.

You get the sense that you guys are really smart.