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.
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