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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