Ten at 10: One person thinks Dogs have good shot at Valdosta’s Jay Rome

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.

101 comments Add your comment

go dawgs 2010!!!

March 18th, 2010
10:13 am

toph

March 18th, 2010
10:15 am

Nice work there Chip. I enjoy these articles.

devildawg

March 18th, 2010
10:29 am

devildawg

March 18th, 2010
10:29 am

I mean third! Wow, its as dumb as I thought it would be.

Jacket Backer

March 18th, 2010
10:34 am

nice to see some Tech news…..thanks chip

Tim

March 18th, 2010
10:34 am

I would love to land Rome, he’s a great player. Our TE depth chart would be appealing by the time he gets here, but I just think it’s really hard to beat out a school where your Dad went. Never know though, stranger things have happened, but I think he’ll end up at Clemson. Best of luck either way..

BuddyColtrane

March 18th, 2010
10:36 am

I was wondering why I didn’t see Mr. Veal on any Colorado team pages this year. Glad to see he is still playing ball and not back on the streets of Savannah.

A word of advice to Coach Fox. If you can’t lock up Metro Atlanta in recruiting, give south GA a try. You can get some good players from Savannah, Hinesville, Swainsboro (ALA always seem to have a Swainsboro guy on their roster), as well as Albany, Valdosta, and SW GA. Bottom line, this state has some ballers.

No Chance

March 18th, 2010
10:40 am

Rome will sign with Clemson. Per the usual, Buck Beleu doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

chipperdawg

March 18th, 2010
10:54 am

I got to meet Buck at the C. Mich. game last year. Seems to be a real stand up guy. Took the time to talk with my wife and I and didn’t just brush us off, ya know? And, being from Valdasta, I’m sure he’s still in the loop down there. Hope he’s right, ’cause the Rome kid seems to be a beast! Could be the future next great TE to don the Red and Black!

Coach Johnsons Paul

March 18th, 2010
10:54 am

Jay,
Come to Tech where we will throw you the ball every down(in practice after we have handed it iff so you can run it back to scrimmage again) and you can punch UGA fans in the mouth after losing to them again,

Diamond Dog's Parole Officer

March 18th, 2010
10:57 am

If UGA wants Jay Rome, they’ll get him! They run this state! And Jay doesn’t become a dawg, then they didn’t want him! He was too small. Not fast enough. Character issues would come out of the blue. He’s not a good fit for a pro-style offense…. BLAH, BLAH, BLAH!!!!

Alphadawg

March 18th, 2010
10:58 am

Love these articles

JB

March 18th, 2010
10:59 am

Georgia has 40-50 blue chippers and another 150 or so Div 1 prospects for next year. UGA will get 15-18 out of the class of 25 they will sign. You will read hundreds of stories on here the next 12 month’s why certain players are leaning, going or committed to other schools rather than UGA. Chill out. I would say the board at Georgia only has 30-35 Georgia players on it to “go after’
hard. most of these kids won’t even here from Georgia. Mark will fill the rest from blue chippers out of state who have a more than strong interest. Before it’s over, you will think UGA is asleep at the wheel. That’s hardly the case.

cantondawg

March 18th, 2010
11:01 am

I don’t put too much stock on this kid going to Clemson just because his dad went there. He will go where he feels most comfortable. Brice Hunter’s and Lars Tate sons did not go to UGA. However, i do feel that Swinney will start landing more top notch recruits. He seems to have Clemson on the right track

dawgs01

March 18th, 2010
11:03 am

When Hunt-Days did the combine in Orlando the weather was awful which probably caused his score to be lower. Doing the 5-10-5 if the ground is wet it is nearly impossible not to slip, and one slip in an event that takes anywhere from 4.0-4.4 seconds to do is huge. A wet surface also effects your start on the 40 yard dash. They do the same testing at all the combines. I have worked some of these combines in the past. I have looked at some of the 5-10-5 scores and whoever was timing them had a quick watch kids were getting under 4.0 seconds which is world class change of direction. I think only one player got under 4.0s at the NFL combine. In Atlanta there was like 5 kids under 4.0 seconds there is no way that is correct.

Paul's Johnson

March 18th, 2010
11:10 am

Interesting article.

Even more interesting how Belue managed to reverse himself in just a few days. I’d like to know how Daddy Rome ended up in Clemson way back in the day. I thought Valdosta and south-Georgia was “dawg-central” in the 70’s.

What I love most is that we continue to battle it out with players we want on OUR home ground. That’s the way it should be. I’m just hoping that big brother Days has some influence with little brother Days.

Hoops Dawg

March 18th, 2010
11:14 am

I have said before that I don’t care if Mark Fox has to go to Uranus to recruit quality players. It is unrealistic to expect him to have made serious inroads into the GA AAU culture this soon. 2011 is a more realistic date I think to land 1-2 top GA players (especially after what I believe promises to be an exciting season for the dawgs next year).

Dawg Fan in Grayson

March 18th, 2010
11:17 am

FYI Its Jae Crowder not Joe and he no longer plays at SG Tech. He transferred to Howard JC in Texas this year. He recently committed to Marquette.

dawgs01

March 18th, 2010
11:19 am

I believe the Nike Combine is great for under the radar kids to get noticed. Two years ago i worked with a kid who had a great combine and ended up signing with Bama. With so many great athletes in GA it is hard for everyone to get noticed, but i really believe if you play high school football and really want a scholarship there is a college out there for you. Stephenson does a great job getting their kids looked at 29 of their kids signed scholarships this past year which is amazing. ESPN had a great article on it. Some coaches just dont care about fooling around with recruiting which sucks, but some do a great job like the staff at Stephenson.

Ric Flair

March 18th, 2010
11:23 am

Woo! Lot’s of doggie fans livin in the past. Reminds me of the Free Birds.

BigTimeTECHFan

March 18th, 2010
11:23 am

Hope Tech gets both Days and Gray

cantondawg

March 18th, 2010
11:25 am

Hoops Dawg,

I agree completely. Uga basketball recruiting was in a mess with Felton. It seemed like every good player got kicked off the team by him. I really think GA players are starting to take a look at UGA. Their record wasn’t great but they were very exciting to watch. It would be a great opportunity for one of these kids to step in and start immediately. Plus, you can just see a difference in the fundamentals of these kids.

UGA Faithful

March 18th, 2010
11:29 am

so coach johnson will pull a scholy from a kid if he visits or even thinks of another school after committing to tech but he has no problems persuading a kid already committed to another school…great to see his double standards at work :)

harold

March 18th, 2010
11:29 am

WHY WOULD HE WANT TO ATTEND AN AVERAGE FOOTBALL PROGRAM LIKE GEORGIA WHEN HE COULD PLAY FOR A CHAMPIONSHIP PROGRAM LIKE FLORIDA OR BAMA??

Coprophagia Bulldog

March 18th, 2010
11:36 am

UGA faithful, Thanks God our coach doesn’t go after players that have already signed with another school. Well, maybe if they are needed, but only sometimes , not enough to be called having a double standard.

Larry

March 18th, 2010
11:56 am

If Stephenson has so much talent, why don’t they ever win any State Championships? 29 Seniors signing letters of intent! That’s crazy. That means back-ups on their squad are getting football scholarships.

richard cranium

March 18th, 2010
11:57 am

UGAgers should concentrate on their own recruits…

And maybe consider which one’s are more likely to end up in jail…

Craig

March 18th, 2010
12:02 pm

Wow, chip, thanks for including GT and giving some good info, please keep it up. Buck Belue, that dude is something else, I went to school with Stan Rome, now Buck may have been good friends with him, I can see that because when we were in high school, Buck was playing at the Boys Club, Roger, Stan’s brother was two grades ahead of us, Roger might have met him, be asured Buck doesn’t know that much. Jay is a super player and who ever gets this young man is going to be very blessed and lucky, he can change a program, now that Valdosta has a new coach, I’m sure the world will know this gifted young man.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

March 18th, 2010
12:14 pm

Stan Rome is probably the best athlete to ever come out of Valdosta – All State in football and basketball………… not sure why he didn’t go to UGA.

Seresaa

March 18th, 2010
12:15 pm

…congratulations my son…that’s why I named my oldest son, Synjyn Skky, because I knew then…some 19 years ago that the sky was his limit…as Synjyn quotes “So the sky’s the limit right now.”…It’s amazing that somethings come full circle…I love you my son…XOXOXOXO…

JB

March 18th, 2010
12:26 pm

Harold…..Your an ass…..Here’s why…..yes, Bama and Fla are great football schools and good schools period. They each can sign 25 or so a year. There are 250 div 1 players “ALONE”, just IN FLORIDA ! over 1000 in the Southeast. Now, you are just dumb and don’t do math ….or just a hater….I say you are both……

dawgs01

March 18th, 2010
12:27 pm

yea 29 scholarships is crazy and i wondered the same thing about them not being in the championship. I think 5 or 6 were D1 scholarships then some to Furman, Georgia Southern, and Wofford which are not bad schools. Some where schools i have never heard of but it is an opportunity at an education and you get to play football without having to pay for all that tuition, living, books, and etc at least not all of it.

dawgfan

March 18th, 2010
12:28 pm

Chip, I love to read about Tech’s recruiting battles with the likes of Duke, Vanderbilt, and Central Florida. What an exciting time down on the Flats!!! If they keep recruiting like this they might actually win a bowl game in our lifetimes, as long as its not a big bowl of course.

What a joke. Tech fans are such whiners. Nobody talks about your recruiting because nobody cares about your recruiting. Do the math geniuses. I’ll even let you use your calculator nerds. This isn’t hard.

Thanks.

Cuttysark

March 18th, 2010
12:32 pm

Great job as always Chip. With Joseph Gilbert and Clyde Yandell graduating early and going elsewhere for their graduate school programs, what is the total number of scholarships that Tech will have available for incoming freshman this year? Thank you.

For more Georgia Tech football articles go to http://isportsweb.com. Good luck to the Yellow Jacket basketball team in the NCAA Tournament.

Kay

March 18th, 2010
12:34 pm

I saw Jay Rome play in Valdosta this past Fall.
Reminds me of Calvin Johnson. Even his demeanor on the field.
Would fit in and do well with Paul Johnson.

bitter tennersea fan

March 18th, 2010
12:54 pm

we gonnO get that threr south geoga boy, hot dog get anotherin, seed lane kiffen hill pay the price (check book time)

RambleOn84

March 18th, 2010
1:00 pm

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TE U

March 18th, 2010
1:00 pm

All you have to do is look at the long list of TE’s from UGA in the NFL and you can see why he would be interested. How many Clemson TE’s are their in the NFL?

RambleOn84

March 18th, 2010
1:01 pm

dawgfan sounds like another classy Athens trash-dumper

Cracker Jacket

March 18th, 2010
1:12 pm

Harold….Alabama and Florida are good schools for football and learning the pulpwood trade!

brick

March 18th, 2010
1:22 pm

Tech gets beat by every decent team they played in 09, but they are the real deal right? They could win 5-6 more ACC titles in the next 10 years, but still lose 8 out of 10 to UGA, their bowl game and to any other decent team on their schedule. Tech has always been “little brother” and always will be.

RambleOn84

March 18th, 2010
1:30 pm

VT was decent; so was Clemson and we beat them twice. UNC was also decent.

Why can’t Tech and UGA fans be happy for each other and leave all the trash-talk for the one game a year we actually play each other?

RambleOn84

March 18th, 2010
1:33 pm

I for one am proud of my HOME STATE and I pull for UGA in 11 of their 12 games every year. It would be great if we could meet late in November with both teams being 11-0.

I just don’t get why every single article devolves into a shouting match between dumb Tech fans and dumb UGA fans.

Da'Rick Dooley

March 18th, 2010
1:45 pm

What and where is South Georgia Tech? South Georgia College used to play basketball, but dropped it.

IDIOT SEC DRYWALL/LANDSCAPERS

March 18th, 2010
1:49 pm

I hope Jay ends up in Death Valley in the fall of 2011 and in Littlejohn shortly thereafter. Some kids look at things other than state lines and a TE lineage headlined by NFL flameouts Watson and Pope when determining their college of choice. But i guess if ole Buck says so……

ugaaccountant

March 18th, 2010
1:53 pm

Please explain using facts how Watson is a “flameout”. Seems to me he’s done awfully well for himself.

RambleOn84

March 18th, 2010
1:54 pm

Watson has done well in that he’s played for great teams. But he hasn’t been nearly as good in the pros as I expected him to be given his outstanding college career.

RambleOn84

March 18th, 2010
1:56 pm

Of course, TE is a position that is tough to excel at in the pros. Unless your team has awful WRs, you don’t get many passes thrown your way.

IDIOT SEC DRYWALL/LANDSCAPERS

March 18th, 2010
1:59 pm

Not knocking those guys, they are paid professionals. Just disputing the argument that someone posted about Rome taking into account UGA TE’s in the pros. Rome’s star would shine bright, even in Starkville or Cootlumbia (but hopefully it shines a tad brighter in the Upstate). Maybe he has a Ben Watson jersey in his closet though, who knows.

BigTimeTECHFan

March 18th, 2010
2:14 pm

Tech gets beat by every decent team they played in 09, but they are the real deal right?

No, beat
Va Tech who stomped the same Tenn team that routed UGA
Clemson who stomped the same Kentucy team that beat UGA
Also North Carolina an FSU were bowl teams
2-1 vs SEC – Better SEC record then UGA

Tech had a very good season, only problem on Tech record was weak loss to unranked UGA but they were still a good team that made a bowl. Iowa, Miami were not bad losses, both good teams. So Tech was 5 and 3 verses decent teams (2 vs Clemson)