THE TEN AT 10:
1. Buck Belue writes in one of his recent blogs at BuckBelue.com that Georgia has a very good shot of landing Valdosta tight end Jay Rome. The popular 680 The Fan talk-radio personality and former UGA quarterback grew up in Valdosta and trained with Rome’s father Stan Rome and uncle Roger Rome and remains friends with them today. Belue comes to the conclusion that the Bulldogs are serious contenders after a recent conversation with his old friends. Rome, one of the top three or four prospects in the state, is assumed to be a strong Clemson lean since his father starred there in football and basketball in the 1970s.
2. I’m still trying to figure out the nuances of scoring in all these combine events. Jabari Hunt-Days, who I profiled earlier this week for his impressive performances in combines this spring, actually finished second in Atlanta’s Nike Combine to another linebacker, Troy Gray of Kennesaw. Gray, a 6-foot, 210-pound linebacker from North Cobb High, recorded a SPARQ rating of 122.16 to Hunt-Days’ 121.32, according to ESPNRise’s report on the event. Meanwhile, Hunt-Days’ score of 104.31 at the Nike Combine in Orlando earlier this month was No. 1 in the nation among linebackers, No. 3 overall and qualified him for the national event in Oregon this summer. The difference in the numbers indicates to me there must have been some additional criteria in Atlanta. If anybody knows feel free to educate me in the comments section. In the meantime, I think it’s safe to say both these kids are exceptional athletes.
3. As for Gray, all I can tell you for the moment as he reportedly led Cobb County in tackles last season with 127 and is getting recruiting interest from Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, and South Carolina, among others. I’ll follow up and find out more about him. Check back soon for a profile.
4. I’ll have a little something coming out soon on Synjyn Days, Jabari Hunt-Days’ older brother. Synjyn, a 2010 Georgia Tech signee and he’s extremely motivated about entering the Yellow jackets’ quarterback competition this summer. “I’m working out twice as hard because I know Jaybo Shaw transferred,” Days told me. “So chances are good I could be second string or possibly start. I’m going to try to get the No. 1 spot. So the sky’s the limit right now.”
5. Stone Mountain’s Stephenson High School earned a lot of pub when it had 29 seniors sign national letters-of-intent on national signing day in February. Early indications are coach Ron Gartrell’s Jaguars are reloading again. According to a list provided to me this week by assistant coach Corey Johnson, eight Stephenson players already have scholarship offers in hands. They include ATH Reggis Ball (Memphis, Middle Tennessee), CB Jared Boyd (Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, Memphis, MTSU), C Tarik Cook (Georgia Tech, Kentucky, UCF, MTSU), RB Willie Davis (UConn, Louisville, Memphis), ATH Preston Smith (Florida Atlantic, Southern Miss, UCF), CB David Stevenson (Southern Miss, Troy), QB Jordan Tarver (Memphis, Troy, UAB) and WR Ceyron Willingham (Louisville, Memphis, UCF).
6. Stephenson’s Cook is getting some competition for Georgia Tech’s opening at center next season. The Yellow Jackets on Wednesday extended an official scholarship offer to center Mack Crowder of Bristol, Tenn., according to JacketsOnline.com. The 6-foot-4, 270-pound rising senior also has offers from Duke, Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech.
7. Speaking of the Jackets, Keymira Harrell, a 6-foot-5, 235-pound defensive end from Plantersville, Ala., plans a visit to Georgia Tech this spring, according to Scout.com. Harrell does not currently have an offer from the Yellow Jackets but believes he will get one. He currently has offers from Auburn, Tennessee and Mississippi State. He’s also being recruiting by Alabama, Clemson, Louisville and Illinois.
8. A North Carolina running back that is already committed to Duke is apparently wavering on that commitment due to interest from Georgia Tech. Kaylen Pearson from Hibriten High in Lenoir, N.C., is considering the Yellow Jackets because of their triple-option offense, according to Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer. “We run a lot of triple option stuff, so we get him the ball a lot of different ways,” Hibriten coach Clay Lewis said. “I think he’s an offensive player. He’s a running back or slot receiver type guy.” In other words, he’d be a perfect A-back at Tech.
9. Hope you saw Tim Tucker’s item earlier this week about Georgia basketball coach Mark Fox showing up in Los Angeles the day after the Bulldogs’ loss in the second round of SEC Tournament. He was out there recruiting 6-7 forward Dwayne Polee. Well apparently Fox kept on trucking after that. He was next spotted at the NJCAA (national junior colleges) Championships in Hutchinson, Kan. Not positive who his targets are there but among those they could be are 6-4 guard Marquise Carter of Three Rivers Community College, 6-6 guard Jae Crowder of South Georgia Tech or 6-8 forward Toby Veal of Northwest Florida CC.
10. Cornerback Damian Swann is not the only Division I prospect at Grady High. Running back Marcus Caffey (5-11, 175) received his fourth scholarship offer this week, according to Scout.com’s Chad Simmons. He added Tulane this week to a list of tenders that includes Kentucky, Ole Miss and Minnesota.