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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