THE TEN AT 10:
1. Zach DeBell, 6-foot-6, 260-pound offensive lineman from Tarpon Springs, Fla., made an unofficial visit to Georgia Tech on Monday and was checking Georgia Tuesday morning before heading up I-85 to Clemson. It’s all part of a spring break recruiting tour that began in Miami for the Hurricanes’ spring game and will end Thursday in Chapel Hill, N.C. In between was a Nike Combine in Miami. . . . DeBell and his father Steve have been putting up some serious miles on their white Ford Explorer. After the Miami excursion, they got up before the sun Monday morning in Tarpon Springs to make the 440-mile drive to Atlanta. After attending the Tech practice and touring the campus and facilities, they spent the night with friends in Marietta and rose early again Tuesday to head to Athens and UGA. After Clemson Tuesday afternoon they’ll be off to South Carolina and North Carolina before heading home. . . . “They’re all schools I was interested in and they’re all about two hours from each other,” said DeBell, who said he studies up on each school during the drives. “It’s some good father-son bonding time, too.” . . . DeBell’s stock has risen sharply as he has gotten in front of coaches and scouts. The left tackle who competes in the 100-meter dash for his high school track team currently has offers from Clemson, South Carolina, UCF, Florida International, Iowa State, Minnesota, and South Florida. I’ll have more on DeBell later this week.
2. James Wilder Jr. makes it clear in an Orlando Sentinel story by colleague Chris Hays that he does indeed hope to play running back in college. The dilemma for recruiters is, do you give Wilder what he wants or talk him into what you want? He is considered Florida’s No. 1 overall player but also ranks No. 1 in the state at defensive end and is projected as a potential college All-American at linebacker. And the 6-foot-2, 223-pound athlete is still growing. Georgia has offered Wilder — the son of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ great back of the same name — as a running back. But it will be a battle to get him out of the sunshine state. It will be a battle for Wilder anywhere.
3. Storm Johnson had 15 yards on four carries in Miami’s spring game on Saturday. The 6-foot-1, 216-pound running back from Loganville, an early enrollee at The U,” was singled out as a “reason for excitement” by Sun-Sentinel beat writer Shandel Robinson. Johnson had 104 yards on 10 carries in their previous controlled scrimmage. . . . Also from last Saturday’s spring game in Coral Gables, Stephenson High early-grad Tyrone Cornelius recorded for four tackles and two pass breakups.
4. The Georgia Bulldogs last week got a baseball commitment from Joey Delmonico, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound catcher from Knoxville. Delmonico is the son of former Tennessee coach Rod Delmonico. Joey is in his second season at Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin, Tenn., where he’s batting .375 and is second on the team in RBI. He hit .491 as a senior at Farragut High. Delmonico said it was between the Bulldogs and Florida State, his father’s alma mater. “Georgia needed a guy who could catch and throw [from the catcher's position] and hit,” Delmonico told the Knoxville News-Sentinel. “They wanted to make it a done deal. So I committed.”
5. UGA is working hard to get some players out of Florida’s St. Thomas Aquinas High. The Bulldogs offered wide receiver Phillip Dorsett from the Fort Lauderdale powerhouse over the weekend, according to both Rivals and Scout. The Bulldogs tried hard to nab cornerbacks Lamarcus Joyner and Cody Riggs out of there last year but they signed with FSU and Florida, respectively. Dorsett is a 6-foot, 170-pound prospect with exceptional speed. He has 10 offers but lists Georgia, Florida and North Carolina at the top. He said he plans to visit UGA this summer along with offensive lineman Bobby Hart and wide receiver Rashad Greene, teammates who also have offers from the Bulldogs.
6. Donte Williams, a 6-foot-9 forward from Miller Grove High, took an official visit to UGA this past weekend. He didn’t commit but told DawgPost.com’s Fletcher Page Georgia is now No. 1 on his list, which includes Auburn, Georgia State and UCF.
7. Milton coach Scott Walker told UGASports.com’s Kipp Adams reports that Dai-Jon Parker is no longer considering playing football in college. The 6-foot-3 athlete had multiple offers as a wide receiver but also is a standout shooting guard and backcourt defender in basketball.
8. For a 2012 kid, Dakota Ball sure does have a lot of offers. The latest for Pepperell’s star defensive lineman came from Tennessee on Sunday, according to Scout.com. He also has tenders from Georgia, Alabama, Clemson and Maryland.
9. Add another name to Georgia’s wish list of offensive linemen. Kyler Kerbyson, a 6-foot-5, 290-pound tackle at Catholic High School in Knoxville, Tenn., told the Knoxville News-Sentinel he plans to accept the Bulldogs’ invitation to attend one of their remaining scrimmages this spring.
10. A prospect who would very much like to get an offer from UGA is Dublin-West Laurens cornerback Rodney O’Neal. O’Neal, (5-11, 170) who attended the Bulldogs’ scrimmage this past weekend, told Scout.com’s Chad Simmons he’d commit to Georgia if it offered. “I just love Georgia, my family and friends love Georgia, and I have thought about going there since I was little,” he said. “They are recruiting me in baseball and football too, so that is pretty cool.”
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