Ten at 10: Watts Dantzler’s ‘Excellent Adventure’ continues

THE TEN AT 10:

1. Watts Dantzler’s “Excellent Adventure” continues. The massive offensive tackle (6-7, 310) from Dalton took a trip up to Knoxville this past weekend to attend a Tennessee football practice. But just to keep us all guessing (actually it had nothing to do with “us”), he left UT and drove all the way back down to Athens to spend the night and hang out with friends at UGA. “It was good, it was real good,” Dantzler said of the Tennessee visit. “I got to meet all the coaches on the new coaching staff and that went over real well. There were only like two or three other prospects up there so it was real nice.” Dantzler, one of the top-rated offensive linemen in the state’s Class of 2011, has more than 20 scholarship offers and has been outspoken about his enjoyment of the recruiting process.

2. Don’t pencil in Stephon Tuitt on Tech’s list of commitments just yet. The Yellow Jackets do indeed lead for the services of the talented defensive end from Monroe Area, but Tuitt told me this week he’s not close to pulling the trigger on a commitment just yet. “I’m just taking it all in,” said the 6-5, 252-pound rising senior. “Florida, Georgia and Clemson are still recruiting me hard.” Tuitt said he plans to return to each one of those schools. He spent last Friday on the Tech campus with Monroe Area teammate Darius Whitehead. I’ll have a full profile on Tuitt tomorrow.

3. It’s no secret that linebackers are a priority for Georgia Tech as it switches to a 3-4 defense under new defensive coordinator Al Groh. The Yellow Jackets already have a commitment from one linebacker, Chaz Cheeks of East Hall. Meanwhile, Kelly Quinlan of JacketsOnline.com this week put together what he called a “Linebacker Hot Board” of Tech’s remaining targets. Accordingly they are: Gainesville’s A.J. Johnson; Tucker’s James Vaughters; Jabari Hunt-Days of Powder Springs; Tremayne McNair of Jacksonville, N.C.; Clay Burton of Venice, Fla.; Narkeithius Otis of Gastonia, N.C.; Ralph Cooper of Winnsboro, S.C.; Anthony Chikillo of Tampa; Tony Steward of St. Augustine, Fla.;  Marcus Mack of Atlanta; and D.J. Hill of Covington.

4. Speaking of JacketsOnline, the website reported Tuesday that Tech leads for Carver-Columbus offensive lineman Quincy McKinney. I hadn’t heard that before. McKinney (6-4, 295) has held a Jackets’ offer since late January but I generally heard his name associated with Clemson, where teammates David Beasley and Corey Crawford signed earlier this year. Nevertheless, he told Quinlan, “Georgia Tech is really the only school that stands out at this point. I have not been a lot of places yet, so that could change,” he said. “Tech and Florida State are the two schools recruiting me the hardest right now.” McKinney will visit FSU on April 10.

5. DawgPost.com introduced a new name I hadn’t heard as a Georgia prospect for 2011. Jacques Mackeroy is a 6-foot, 200-pound wide receiver from Lakeland, Fla., who is alleged to have run a 4.38-second, 40-yard dash. He was one of more than two dozen prospects that visited the Bulldogs for junior day this past weekend. A Marietta native, Mackeroy currently does not have any offers but claims recruiting interest from Alabama, Boston College, Michigan and South Florida.

6. Georgia extended an official offer to defensive tackle Lonnie Gosha of Lake Butler, Fla., on Tuesday, according to Scout.com. Gosha (6-3, 245) visited the Bulldogs for junior day this past Saturday. Georgia also made an offer to another 2012 prospect: Harris County defensive end Jordan Jenkins, per UGASports.com.

7. Recruiting interest is picking up considerably for South Gwinnett’s Edward Muldrow, who now has 10 offers. That latest for 6he 6-foot-3, 188-pound linebacker came from Florida State, according to Scout.com’s Chad Simmons. Others include Illinois, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, North Carolina, South Carolina, UCF and West Virginia.

8. Seantrel Henderson is finally going to sign with Southern Cal at 3:45 p.m. today. No, really. It’s true this time. Well, at least that’s what the New York Times is reporting. The 6-foot-8, 303-pound offensive tackle, the No. 1 prospect in the nation for the Class of 2010, was reportedly going to sign last Thursday but didn’t. He was also going to sign with the Trojans on National Signing Day back in February but only verbally committed because said he was going to wait for the outcome of an NCAA investigation into the program. But USC’s case actually won’t be decided for at least another month now. Still, Henderson’s father said his son is sticking with his commitment. “It is USC,” Sean Henderson said. “There’s no doubts. A hundred thousand, trillion percent, it’s U.S.C. It’s 100 percent.”

9. McEachern tight end Rory Anderson recently landed a scholarship offer from South Carolina. Anderson, who attended UGA’s junior day this past weekend, also has tenders from Tennessee, N.C. State, Purdue Illinois and Minnesota.

10. South Carolina defensive back Zeph Grimes, who is being recruiting by Tech and Georgia, got his third offer from a Big Ten School this past weekend. Northwestern joined Michigan State and Illinois, according to PalmettoSports.com.

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56 comments Add your comment

Worm

March 23rd, 2010
10:10 am

Worm

March 23rd, 2010
10:16 am

Where is Harrison Co.Should it be Harelson?

Chip Towers

March 23rd, 2010
10:18 am

Worm: It’s Harris County. I goofed. Fixed now.

Diamond Dog's Parole Officer

March 23rd, 2010
10:20 am

Looks like Tech is going to load up on defense this year. I’m curious to see how Al Groh does as an assistant coach. He was great in that capacity in the NFL.

Chip -

How many Georgia high schools will start trying to implement a 3/4 system? I wouldn’t think that they would have enough size to implement that defense.

getthepicturenow

March 23rd, 2010
10:24 am

Thanks Chip, great read as always. good luck with that “hot board” techr’s that list is laughable. much like you’re previous 2 bowl perfomances.

Buckhead Dawg

March 23rd, 2010
10:32 am

Tech needs to recruit cheerleaders…the current crop keeps grazing during halftime.

South Ga Dawg

March 23rd, 2010
10:34 am

Tech will be lucky to land one of those linebackers! lol!!!

BigTimeTECHFan

March 23rd, 2010
10:47 am

Gainesville’s A.J. Johnson; Tucker’s James Vaughters; Jabari Hunt-Days of Powder Springs; Tremayne McNair of Jacksonville, N.C.; Clay Burton of Venice, Fla.; Narkeithius Otis of Gastonia, N.C.; Ralph Cooper of Winnsboro, S.C.; Anthony Chikillo of Tampa; Tony Steward of St. Augustine, Fla.; Marcus Mack of Atlanta; and D.J. Hill of Covington.

All of them would be nice

BigTimeTECHFan

March 23rd, 2010
10:48 am

I’m not spoiled, am I

JB

March 23rd, 2010
10:56 am

Tech will sign enough talent to land them in the mid 40’s on rivals…….I’ll admit they do a good job of coaching them up.

ET

March 23rd, 2010
11:04 am

Hey Bigtime… keep your paws (or what ever bees have) off the South Carolina prospects. We already have to split them with Clemson. South Carolina’s population is the size of Atlanta. USC and Clemson can’t let anyone cross the borders and go to Georgia or Tech. Imagine UGA & Tech both being in Atlanta and trying to win with recruits mainly coming from the Atlanta area…It ain’t easy. Leave the Carolina boys alone!

devildawg

March 23rd, 2010
11:05 am

Buckhead Dawg is right. I saw a shot of Tech’s cheerleaders during the Ohio State game the other night, and damn, those are some ugly girls. I know that nerds all over Atlanta flock to Athens to kick it with the best looking girls in the south, but you couldn’t find 5 or 6 halfway decent looking girls to put in cheerleading uniforms. I mean c’mon, get some of those nice indian and asian girls, because you don’t have any hot white chicks.

IDIOT SEC DRYWALL/LANDSCAPERS

March 23rd, 2010
11:10 am

Buckhead Dawg… HAHAHAH! Worded perfectly!! Stephon Tuitt was the most physically dominating member at one of Clemson’s recent Junior camps. Would be a big pickup for Tech (or anyone for that matter), he can play either side of the line.

Brainiac

March 23rd, 2010
11:14 am

Bigtime TECH fan; No you ain’t spoiled unless you still wake up at night wondering if the 30 – 24 was just a bad dream.

Delbert D.

March 23rd, 2010
11:18 am

“talented defensive end from Monroe Area”

Huh? Winder-Barrow was a miserable 1-9 last season, but they beat Monroe Area 56-48 (score is approximate, my recall is inexact). The WBHS QB passed for over 300 yards. Where was Tuitt? Quadruple-teamed?

J Dog

March 23rd, 2010
11:21 am

Bigtimetechfan, I just hope most of those guys stay in state, period.

Tech fans wanna know their names

March 23rd, 2010
11:39 am

Regarding the two FORMER Navy aviators ……………what are their names? Gee, we were so thrilled to see them over fly GF@BDS. They made us all proud. Tech men ARE the Right Stuff. We were thrilled to the Bone. Get it? Bone? WISHBONE.

Their names?? They have to be Maverick and Cougar? Nope, DUMB and DUMBER.

Word on the street is that they also were math tutors for Reggie Ball.
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHHA

Now? Both are pumping jet fuel in the desert.

Waffle House

March 23rd, 2010
11:42 am

Tech’s cheeleaders eat free at the Waffle House, The Tech Board of D are all W House execs.

Those girls need to be hefty, in order to tote the books for tech’s um, ah scholar athletes, majoring in Recreation.

Chips a Dawg

March 23rd, 2010
11:46 am

It is funny that Chip seems to leave off big time players names when talking about Tech recruiting! There are more big time names from Georgia seriously considering Tech as reported by other sources!!

Chip needs to leave his Jawga Dawg love at home if he is to write an objective, honest article!! Stop trying to recruit for Georgia through your articles Chip! SEC and ACC coaches I know see you for who you are!

bank walker

March 23rd, 2010
11:46 am

ET, are you just joining us on Earth? Clemson and SC wouldn’t have a team if it wasn’t for Georgia kids.

redeployed dawg

March 23rd, 2010
12:05 pm

I think we would happily stay out of SC if South Carolina and Clemson stay out of Georgia. Sounds like a fair trade to me.

GTMike

March 23rd, 2010
12:05 pm

Delbert D., you must be right. Tuitt obviously sucks because good players NEVER play on bad teams. You should probably go tell Urban Meyer that he should stop wasting his time recruiting Tuitt since you clearly know more than he does when it comes to evaluating talent…

Chip Towers

March 23rd, 2010
12:13 pm

Chips a Dawg: Examples please.

flagboy?

March 23rd, 2010
12:28 pm

Diamond Dog’s Parole Officer

March 23rd, 2010
10:20 am
How many Georgia high schools will start trying to implement a 3/4 system? I wouldn’t think that they would have enough size to implement that defense.
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3-4 is too assignment-based and complicated for high school. Not saying it CAN’T be done, but it would be difficult to do.

Recruitnik

March 23rd, 2010
12:43 pm

LOL at kelly quinlan.. most of his lb list tech has no chance with.. lol

R

March 23rd, 2010
12:45 pm

For a minute, I thought this was on that tool Jeff Danzler..Phew!

Chips a Dawg

March 23rd, 2010
12:59 pm

Don Rickles!!

The Sham

March 23rd, 2010
1:08 pm

Chip – Chips a Dawg is telling you the answer to your question… nobody! There aren’t players you are leaving off, nor does he know any of the Coaches he speaks of. He’s just talking out of his unsourced @$$…

IMO – mentioning UGA only 6 out of the 10 times here shows the objectivity this clown is clamoring for… Like I said before – you know who butters your bread don’t worry about the Nerds, they don’t pay the bills!

Gators!

March 23rd, 2010
1:14 pm

James Vaughters, Lonnie Gosha.

The Truth

March 23rd, 2010
1:38 pm

Tech getting AJ Johnson would be huge. He already plays in the 3-4 and would be a great Mike or Will in their scheme. I know for a fact he is their top priority at LB. They will have to work really hard to keep him away from Bama, Clemson and the U.

St Simons Daddy

March 23rd, 2010
2:01 pm

Stephon Tuitt you are one smart kid if you ask me. If you think that gtu is the place for you, you had better get in your visits before you commit. CPJ will send you packing if you want to see what anyone else offers. He is truly a small minded man to make you have to play such a game, and I for one hope it backfires on him many times. A kid making a visit as a commit to another school is usually not courted nearly as hard as a kid who still is uncommitted, that is a fact no matter how you cut it. Even though you occasionally hear of a kid backing out of a committment, the vast majority of the time the kid just gets to meet other players, and see a different school. Like my daddy said, “you can’t go through life scared.”

THWGT!!!!!

Dan

March 23rd, 2010
2:03 pm

It’s not our fault UGA girls can’t keep their hands off us…

Dan

March 23rd, 2010
2:06 pm

I guess St. Simons Daddy doesn’t understand what commitment means. May be I should invite his wife over to my house and see how he takes it…

RambleOn84

March 23rd, 2010
2:14 pm

Just an observation…Tech fans talk about their own team and potential players and several UGA fans have nothing to talk about other than how much they hate Tech…they even talk about our cheerleaders. Worry about your own team…you know, the team that played their postseason game in Shreveport?

RambleOn84

March 23rd, 2010
2:18 pm

I hope Tech goes after Hunt-Days, but I am a little concerned that no major programs are offering him yet…he could just be a workout warrior who is not very good on the field…”looks like Tarzan, plays like Jane.”

Hopefully not.

Cherokee

March 23rd, 2010
3:53 pm

RambleOn84 ……..you talking about the team that manhandled Tech last year and 8 out of the last 9 seasons?

RambleOn84

March 23rd, 2010
4:02 pm

Yep…the same team…your dominance in the series is even more reason not to worry about us lowly Jackets.

Cherokee

March 23rd, 2010
4:12 pm

I personally am not…but both teams have fans who want to talk bad about the others recruits. After a while it gets old to me.But I guess that is why it is called old fashion hate.

Big Dawg on Campus

March 23rd, 2010
4:29 pm

Stephon Tuitt best bet is to go to UGA. I went to a several of Monroe Area’s games last year and Tuitt was not as dominant as he should have been. Coach Garner will mold Tuitt into a 1st Round pick for the NFL.

KD

March 23rd, 2010
4:34 pm

Delbert,the score was 48-44, it was a back and forth game and yes he was doulble teamed alot in that game as well as others. Monroe Area was playing in AAAA, by just 12 students, they will drop down to AAA this year, you will see a difference. If you don’t believe how talented Tuitt is, just watch film of him from Scout.com, especially when he runs down the Rockdale RB from the other side of the field.And you might need to get out the measiring stick on him, he is every bit of 6′7” or taller and probably weighs near 260 or more.

Douglas

March 23rd, 2010
5:03 pm

Sorry guys…didn’t see the GT basketball cheerleaders but if you go out and check out the cheerleaders for GT on their web site, some of them look pretty good. And that is from a UGA guy. But no, nothing is better than driving around UGA campus during the Spring time.

Chips a Dawg

March 23rd, 2010
5:23 pm

You asked for more names? Well check out your “recruiting sources” again which are the recruiting websites which I don’t put a lot of stock in, but in this case they have these names which are correct. Ray Drew, Jeoffrey Pagan, Sterling Bailey, Xzavier Dickson, and Terrance Smith to name a few. There are several big name LB/DE (a LB in 3/4) in the DC area that are commited to coming to the next Junior Day in April. My confirmations come from the coaches who are good friends, not recruiting services! Believe me, there are a lot of big name kids that visit these schools that you never hear about unless you know coaches!

Regarding “The Sham” (what an appropriate name!) he wouldn’t let the facts get in the way of blind loyalty to you the Dawg Master! Have a 3rd party read your articles and give you constructive criticism on your “half full” articles on Jawga and your “half empty” articles on other schools.

I don’t know this Kelly Quinlan nor do I subscribe to his service, but he needs to have better connections or do his homework more throughly. Then again, he may be withholding names for a reason or at a players or coaches request.

I don’t make a habit of reading all of your articles, nor subscribe to recruiting services, but felt obligated to comment this time because I like truthful, objective articles. P.S. I grew up following both Tech and Georgia, and have degrees from 3 other schools, so this is not a hate Georgia article…

LOWNDES COUNTY DAWG

March 23rd, 2010
7:10 pm

GET EM DAWGS!!!!!!!!! SAVE THE CONFEDERATE FLAG

Tokyo jacket

March 23rd, 2010
7:13 pm

Two things Chips a dawg. First, they actually do withhold information on recruiting on the pay sites. If they release information right when they get it, they won’t have anything to consistently report on. I’ll bet you rivals and scout know exactly who’s on Tech’s radar. Second, I normally agree with you that the percentage of Tech’s coverage on the 10 at 10 is subpar. This one was different; we actually got about half of the coverage.

theTruth

March 23rd, 2010
7:19 pm

CHIPSADAWG, I call BS on your PS.

What loser says they have 3 degrees from 3 different school to make a point on a blog? Hmmm, a tech fan or a 13 year old tech wantabe? Why are you trying to ‘justify’ your statement? Hiding something or just hiding in the basement?

yeah c'mone

March 23rd, 2010
8:59 pm

In other news; bama just lost their appeal and has to vacate 21 games for cheating, yet again!

RomeDawg

March 23rd, 2010
10:41 pm

Chip,

Chips a Dawg seems way to sensitive about your articles. In tonights article there are 3 articles about Tech and 2 about UGA and 1 about a recruit offered by UGA among others. What kind of guy needs to brag on a sports blog about 3 degrees anyway?

RomeDawg

March 23rd, 2010
10:43 pm

Here’s another idea for the man with 3 degrees and all of these great connections…..start your own blog or pay site where you can post all the Tech recruiting news you like.

The Sham

March 23rd, 2010
10:58 pm

I love it! 3 degrees from 3 schools! Sorry CHIPS A DAWG, but those “degrees” they gave you for passing elementary & middle school don’t count…

I’ll agree with you on one thing, objectivity is a plus. If you follow my handle (it’s a geographical reference – not a pun based on my comments), you’ll notice I criticize Chip quite often for his lack of objectivity. Not just toward UGA, but how he will paint a kid in an unfair light. Or worse – when he paints UGA in a negative light at the expense of the kid. Not quite blind loyalty, but rose colored for sure! That’s what REAL fans do – especially when they have something to route for as us DAWGS do!

St Simons Daddy

March 24th, 2010
7:38 am

Dan, you sir are an idiot. That is all.

THWGT!!!