Ten at 10: Tech lands 2nd commitment in RB Quartterrio Morgan

THE TEN AT 10:

1. Quartterrio Morgan, a 5-foot-10, 173 pound running back from Mt. Zion High in Jonesboro, committed to Georgia Tech this morning, his coach confirmed. He joins East Hall’s Chaz Cheeks to give the Yellow Jackets two commitments for 2011 so far. “Actually he made the commitment the middle of last week but it’s just now starting to come out,” Mt. Zion coach Jamie Aull said. “In my opinion, Georgia Tech got in on him early and discovered him before anybody. They’re the only ones to offer him so far but I’ll guarantee you he’ll have 10 offers by June. Tech’s lucky to have him.” Morgan had around 1,400 yards and 22 touchdowns rushing last season, according to Aull, and is approaching 3,000 yards for his career. He was taking the state graduation test Thursday morning and could not be reached for comment. Check back for a full story this afternoon.

2. Jabari Hunt-Days finally got the major college offer he has longed for. The Hillgrove linebacker/running back got a scholarship offer from Maryland Wednesday afternoon. “It was right after my track meet,” said the 6-2, 226-pound rising senior. “I got a text and it said they wanted to talk to me. I called and they offered me verbally. They said a written offer is on its way.” It has been a long time coming for Hunt-Days, whose only previous offer was from Toledo. But he’s seen his stock go up considerably with strong combine performances this spring. “They’ve been recruiting me,” he said of Maryland, “but it kind of caught me off guard. I’m hoping I’ll get some more.”

3. There was a strong Georgia presence at Tennessee’s first full-contact practice of the spring earlier this week — and it wasn’t just coach Derek Dooley. Nash Nance and Da’Rick Rogers, a pair of Vols’ signees from Calhoun, looked on from the sidelines. Also in attendance was 2011 prospect Alan Posey, a 6-foot-6, 310-pound offensive tackle from Athens’ Clarke Central High School. But all eyes were on Rogers as usual. Remarked James Bryant of InsideTennessee.com: “In all my years of covering recruiting, I can’t recall seeing a wide receiver that looks more ready to play physically than Rogers. He looks like Terrell Owens now.”

4. It has been kind of under-the-radar over here but over in bayou country the NCAA’s investigation into LSU’s recruiting practices is drawing a lot of scorn. The Tigers this week self-reported several NCAA violations committed under the watch of coach Les Miles. Among the improprieties cited were housing, transportation and improper telephone contact involving former defensive lineman Akiem Hicks. Assistant coach D.J. McCarthy was dismissed as a result of the case. And while the infractions in and of themselves are not earth-shattering, they apparently have turned up the heat on Miles, who has been the subject of increased criticism since the Tigers’ 2007 BCS title.

5. LSU is not the only SEC school feeling the NCAA’s wrath lately. College football’s governing body this week upheld its ruling forcing Alabama to vacate 21 football victories from 2005-07 as a result of a textbook scandal that constitutued improper benefits for athletes. The Crimson Tide was also placed on three years of probation. In all, 201 athletes in 16 sports were involved.

6. Alabama got its sixth commitment from wide receiver Darryl “Pookie” Collins of Gadsden, Ala. Collins chose the Crimson Tide over Collins chose Alabama over Auburn, LSU, Tennessee and Southern Cal, according to TideSports.com.

7. In case you missed it, the AJC’s Ken Sugiura reported this week that Auburn tight end Bailey Woods is transferring to Georgia State. Woods, a Walton High grad, will graduate in May from Auburn after with a degree in public administration. He has two years of eligibility remaining and can play immediately. His father played for Panthers coach Bill Curry when Curry was an offensive line coach at Georgia Tech in the 1970s. The Panthers are holding their first spring football practices this week.

8. Stephenson High assistant coach Corey Johnson said he expects the Jaguars will have at least 20 more Division I signees over the next two years. Wonder how? Johnson just this past weekend took a group of potential prospects up to Tennessee to meet coaches and tour the facilites at Vanderbilt, Middle Tennessee State and Chattanooga. The Jaguars had what’s thought to be a record 29 seniors sign scholarships this past February.

9. One of the Stephenson prospects that’s really catching on is David Stevenson. The 5-foot-8, 165-pound cornerback currently has offers from Southern Miss and Troy but is also getting recruiting interest from Georgia, Georgia Tech and Auburn, according to a recent report at UGASports.com.

10. Christian Lemay, one of the Bulldogs’ main targets at quarterback, has switched up his top 10. Lemay dropped Oklahoma, Mississippi State and Florida State and replaced them with Auburn, Texas A&M and Notre Dame, according to Phil Kornblut of PalmettoSports.com. Georgia remains on Lemay’s list along with Clemson, Florida, Alabama, Virginia Tech, Miami and North Carolina. Lemay plans to attend the Bulldogs’ spring game April 10.

NOTE: Please be sure to check out the update on Loganville tailback Storm Johnson, who has had an impressive spring as an early enrollee for the Miami Hurricanes.

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70 comments Add your comment

mmgtfan

March 25th, 2010
10:15 am

devildawg

March 25th, 2010
10:18 am

mmgtfan

March 25th, 2010
10:18 am

Oh and Chip, scout.com is saying that Quaterrio Morgan just comitted to GT.

devildawg

March 25th, 2010
10:18 am

Oh, no, second, my world is crushed.

alpharettadawg

March 25th, 2010
10:21 am

looks like a lot of cut-n-paste up there Chip. there’s a lot of duplication in your sentences. LSU won an “NCS” title in ‘07? Congratulations, does that go next to the BCS trophy they won in ‘07. Miles will get fired after 2010 season to make room for Muschamp or Smart.

Worm

March 25th, 2010
10:26 am

Christian LeMay is the best QB I’ve seen since Peyton Manning!

BigTimeTECHFan

March 25th, 2010
10:26 am

anyone got any info on Quaterrio Morgan?

BigTimeTECHFan

March 25th, 2010
10:28 am

Christian LeMay is the best QB I’ve seen since Peyton Manning!

You never saw Tebow?

29 Signees???

March 25th, 2010
10:28 am

29 signees for Stephenson and a second round playoff loss? OUCH! They probably will have 20 or more signees again this year. They are presently heavily recruiting the Hillgrove High School senior class.

The Hurt Locker

March 25th, 2010
10:37 am

Alabama….once a cheater….. always a cheater…you don’t think they won all those NC’s running a clean program did you? It’s in the football program and fan base ..they think they are above everyone else and don’t have to follow the rules. It starts at the top with thier athletic director and works its way down through the whole athletic department. Can’t wait to read all the excuses that will be posted on this blog by the Bama fans…they just don’t get it!

Your Daddy

March 25th, 2010
10:52 am

What team doesn’t cheat, Hurt Locker? Get a life–another sore Dawg fan who is still wearing his faded ‘80 championship shirt. Every program bends if not breaks rules year in and year out. Richt can’t keep his team from pawning there own championship rings. Take the plank out of your own eye before you spout off at the mouth.

cantondawg

March 25th, 2010
10:54 am

Alpharettadawg,

I don’t think Muschamp is going anywhere. If he didn’t leave for the UT job last year then i don’t see him jumping for the LSU job.

termigator

March 25th, 2010
11:09 am

Worm, if he’s the best since Peyton Manning, I hope he either goes to UGA or Tenn, cause Peyton was 0-4 against the Gators.

#1 BAMA FAN

March 25th, 2010
11:16 am

Hey Hurt Locker….how about “once a champion, always a champion”. You need to do a little fact check before you speak about “cheating”. The NCAA will investigate and act on anything against BAMA while turning their head when it involves other programs. Like Your Daddy stated that all programs push the envelope and like Ricky Bobby says “if you ain’t first, you’re last”! RTR

Bama09

March 25th, 2010
11:25 am

Hurt Locker, you are so right about us. By the way, Pasadena was awesome. Textbook scams like the one at Bama go on at every school. When Saban found out about it, he suspended all the players and self reported. He would rather lose than cheat. Turns out, Bama is just better.

5IML

March 25th, 2010
11:37 am

Let’s take a poll:

Are the negative BAMA comments fueled mostly by jealously or fear?

Text 1 for jealously or text 2 for fear to 227242677 (that’s “BCSCHAMPS”). Standard messaging charges apply.

Buzzzed

March 25th, 2010
11:45 am

Jabari Hunt-Days – Tech needs to show him some love. Sounds like he has size and speed.

Jackette and nerd nation

March 25th, 2010
11:49 am

maybe he can twirl a baton like the rest of em

Tebow's Old Passing Motion

March 25th, 2010
11:49 am

BigTimeTECHFan

March 25th, 2010
10:28 am

Christian LeMay is the best QB I’ve seen since Peyton Manning!

You never saw Tebow?

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He said quarterback, not fullback….

T.O

March 25th, 2010
11:56 am

I love these guys names. Quartarrio, Da’Rick, Pookie.

termigator

March 25th, 2010
11:57 am

Tebow’s Old Passing Motion , like I previously said Peyton was 0-4 against UF. As a COLLEGE QB, I would take Tebow over Peyton 100 out of 100 times.

Paul's Johnson

March 25th, 2010
11:59 am

Da’Rick Rogers…looks like Terrell Owens…ACTS like Terrell Owens…another narcissist head-case like Bryce Brown. Will Rogers stay out of jail or academic problems at UT? Stay tuned……

Can even the AJC’s hype make Georgia Tech beat UGA more than once every seven or eight years? Unfortunately not. That run of three during the Donnan era was their high point; we won’t see that happen again for a very long time… Tech did have a shot to start a streak last year when their best team beat one of UGA’s worst in a long time…but they blew it. So it goes…

No comments from “Bama Stan” yet? That trailer trash seems to live on these forums. Maybe he’s still drunk…

Berzerk8dawg

March 25th, 2010
12:00 pm

Congrats Tech. He looks to be a pretty good back for Tech’s Offense.

Paul's Johnson

March 25th, 2010
12:02 pm

Oh wait….the much hyped Tech team of 2009 lost to that awful UGA team….oh well… But at least they can still talk about 2008.

jddawg37

March 25th, 2010
12:06 pm

I would argue that Georgia is probably not giving David Stevenson too many looks. After the DC stated that he wants taller corners for his defensive scheme, i don’t see a 5′8″ corner fitting into the game plan.

So...

March 25th, 2010
12:18 pm

Since Bama is now on probation for cheating, and yes you got caught cheating, does that mean they have to take the trophy out of the Wal-Mart? And I don’t seem to see any other schools having 21 wins taken away from them, so NO it does not happen at every school, just the ones that like to cheat.

RTR

March 25th, 2010
12:25 pm

Hurt Locker:

What a sad life you must lead.

Vick=Dog killing Thug

March 25th, 2010
12:27 pm

not much news on the dawgs I noticed ? Da’rick watching practice in TN instead of in school? Wonder how that works ?

BigTimeTECHFan

March 25th, 2010
12:29 pm

Tebow’s Old Passing Motion
nice on that was pretty funny. But I still take Tebow over Manning anyday based on collage play. but close call.

Up Yerz

March 25th, 2010
12:29 pm

What is all this silliness about the NCAA making teams forfeit victories. School records are held by the Universities. The NCAA has no authority over their archives.
Alabama, LSU, FSU and the others should tell the NCAA nazis to go jump in a lake.

Jealousy or hate? Nope, try History.

March 25th, 2010
12:37 pm

What is fueling the hatred toward Bama? This is all very inexpicable to me.

Um, ah, let’s think. Oh yeah, history is fueling this. Bama has always been a cheater school because it is WIN at all costs there by the Bama Profs ( some anyway) most of the $$$ alumni, or at least the several that I have known for 30+ years and anyone else. Win it all, at ANY costs. Bama grads are not ashamed one second about this ……….they have the NC. Ask them.

Now? Oh yeah, um, they are proclaimed a CHEATER once AGAIN by the NCAA and to call out some enforcement officer or enforcement tribunal by alleging their personl bias, it so typical. It is the same old same old with Bama. A winning program but considered a back water program ov er the last 30 years, except for Stallings one big year and this year. See Sugar Bowl in 09.

They could care less ……….THE NC is all that they care about. Fine. Congrats, Bama.

Tech fans ……….lay low. We all know that YOU ALL @ Tech ran a systemically tainted program in B ball and football and other sports. Shhhhhhh, do not try to blather out of this truism. UGA??? Jan Kemp was all about her girlfiend on the UGA B ball team being bared open to the public and so she tried to blow some whistles to get back. UGA lost what? 4 scholarships over 3 years? Maybe it was 5 over 3 years. We did not forefit ANY GAMES like Bama and LIKE TECH had to.

The TRUTH TALKS and BS WALKS.

Not Disappointed

March 25th, 2010
12:45 pm

Thanks for the update Chip!

Bama09

March 25th, 2010
12:49 pm

Alabama was placed on probation because some athletes, not just football players, were selling books that they received free of charge because of their scholarship. A bunch of kids were trying to make a buck. To me, it was idiotic and the athletes all payed a price for their mistakes. This is far from big money alumni paying off players as most of you are insinuating. Saban took action immediately and the University was cooperative. Oh yeah, “try history”, its not like you have a lot of victories to vacate at UGA, atleast you have your black jersey’s.

Proofread It

March 25th, 2010
12:52 pm

Chip…thanks for the update, but you might want to do a little proofreading before you post. For example…”Jabari Hunt-Days finally for the major college offer is has longed for.”

Unbiased Observer

March 25th, 2010
12:52 pm

“Systemically tainted program at Tech….” LOLOLOLOL!!!

Vince Dooley never went more than three years during the entire time he was at UGA as AD or Coach without one athletic program or another on probation or major NCAA investigation.

You would think Jan Kemp and Jim Harrick Jr. would be enough for UGA fans to take their own advice and “lay low”….what a crock…yep when I think “clean program” I think “UGA”…..who the hell are you fooling???

Look it up! UGA is as dirty as they come, and they have chutzpah to point at TECH? HAHAHA

Unbiased Observer

March 25th, 2010
12:55 pm

Also, show me which games Tech had to forfeit or vacate. Those penalties did not hold up on appeal. But hey, if it makes you feel better…

Misleading

March 25th, 2010
12:58 pm

Chip –
Don’t you think the title of this article is slightly misleading? By “snagging” a recruit, you make it out like this was a hard fought competition and Tech came out ahead and won over Morgan, but he had no other offers. Maybe you should use a word like “gets” or “gathers.”

jumbeauxtiger

March 25th, 2010
1:02 pm

“the NCAA’s investigation into LSU’s recruiting practices is drawing a lot of scorn. The Tigers this week self-reported several NCAA violations committed under the watch of coach Les Miles. Among the improprieties cited were housing, transportation and improper telephone contact involving former defensive lineman Akiem Hicks. Assistant coach D.J. McCarthy was dismissed as a result of the case. And while the infractions in and of themselves are not earth-shattering…”

Chip, I am a LSU booster and season ticket holder since 1982. I have heard hardly any concern about the violations. The fans I have talked to think these are minor and in my opinion have not brought any more heat on Miles. He was already under alot of criticism before this happened. To his credit he has run a clean program as evidenced by one arrest of a player in two years.

Geaux Tigers
Go Tigers

Fillin' up @ Juniors

March 25th, 2010
1:02 pm

Where their is money there is pressure, and where there is pressure their is generally corruption. Any or all of our teams will get their hand slapped eventually too.

Welcome to the Flats Morgan! We love our running backs, all 400 of them.

grandpa peckinpah

March 25th, 2010
1:10 pm

yeah we’ve all seen Tebow, but he said QUARTERBACK..

5IML

March 25th, 2010
1:13 pm

The pre-season is usually a time for unbridled optimism but seeming not for most of you self-righteous, hypocritical, jealous, bitter jerks. We didn’t beat UGA for the BCS championship. We didn’t beat UGA for the SEC championship. We didn’t beat UGA for the Western division title. Heck, we didn’t even play UGA last year. But, from your postings, you’d think Saban and Mal Moore slept with all of your wives…at the same time…on national television.

Last year, we won it all. Get over it.

CoolJacket1

March 25th, 2010
1:54 pm

Wow! Another great player headed to GA TECH instead of UGA.
Get used to that…

OldDawg

March 25th, 2010
1:55 pm

I think Morgan jumped the gun…hear he was close to offers from Troy and UAB!

CoolJacket1

March 25th, 2010
1:57 pm

oh, I do wish Rogers had come to Tech. I saw him play 2x and all
I can say is wow!

at least our players go to school

March 25th, 2010
2:07 pm

29 Signees??? you sound threaten. you cant blame stephenson if your guys are not happy with their situation at your school.

GT

March 25th, 2010
2:12 pm

Mt. Zion coach Jamie Aull said. “In my opinion, Georgia Tech got in on him early and discovered him before anybody. They’re the only ones to offer him so far but I’ll guarantee you he’ll have 10 offers by June. Tech’s lucky to have him.”

hehehe

Chip Towers

March 25th, 2010
2:14 pm

Misleading: Good point. I certainly wasn’t trying to mislead but I agree with you on the wording. I think I’ll amend that. . . .

jumbeauxtiger: I guess the concerns are being expressed via columnists and reporters, such as the one I cited with a link. . . .

Chip Towers

March 25th, 2010
2:21 pm

Up Yerz: Actually the NCAA does have the authority to make teams vacate these victories. In fact, they require that the schools note it that why in media guides and wherever else it is listed for public consumption. These schools are members of of the NCAA and must comply to remain so.

Tebow's Old Passing Motion

March 25th, 2010
2:25 pm

Sorry I was mean to Timmy earlier guys. I’m still mad that he dumped me… :(

Da Who?

March 25th, 2010
2:50 pm

Da who? might look ready to play, but he’s not hungry, and he will be a collasal failure. He’s the 5 START SUPERSTAR GUY, who feels entitled, and defenses will eat his lunch.

Marlon Brown looked good, but look at him?