Ten at 10: Florida OL hits Tech, UGA on spring recruiting tour

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.

If you want to sign Tampa's James Wilder Jr., you're going to have to offer him as a running back. (Photo by Chris Hays, Orlando-Sentinel)

If you want to sign Tampa's James Wilder Jr., you're going to have to offer him as a running back. (Photo by Chris Hays, Orlando-Sentinel)

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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89 comments Add your comment

roebuck

March 30th, 2010
9:51 am

first!!! finally

roebuck

March 30th, 2010
9:59 am

I hope that the dawgs jump on some of these guys early and go ahead with offers. We have plenty of scholarships to offer and we will have a top ten class after the performance of the team this year.

Head Dawg

March 30th, 2010
10:00 am

A buddy of mine in Florida plays golf with Wilder’s dad and the Sr Wilder is steering his son to either UF, FSU or USF. Time will tell.

Paddy

March 30th, 2010
10:03 am

Time for the Dawgs to load up on linemen again!

Lizard King

March 30th, 2010
10:04 am

Whatever James Wilder Jr wants. If he wants to play wildcat QB here at Florida, so be it. LB, no problem. RB, bring it. DE, line him up. Coach the special teams for Meyer, give him a whistle. Sing a duet with James Vaughters, strike up the band!

BigTimeTECHFan

March 30th, 2010
10:09 am

Lizard King – I here you, saw him play in Florida last year on TV, he was a man among boys against one of the best teams in state of Fl (Northwestern in Bradenton I Think, something like that).

Dap01

March 30th, 2010
10:09 am

Great young men with a lot of great options. Go Dawgs!

SimpleDawg

March 30th, 2010
10:10 am

Liz….should the inmates run the asylum? Might as well with that psycho coach y’all have – Urban the Terrible.

Worm

March 30th, 2010
10:11 am

Chip, That would be Dakota BALL from Pepperell.

HIGHLANDER DAWG

March 30th, 2010
10:17 am

SAVE THE CONFEDERATE FLAG AND PUT THE GAYTORS IN THE DIRT!!!

Lizard King

March 30th, 2010
10:25 am

SimpletonDawg…around here, the coaches support the players and vice versa. Part of the success story, my fiend.

getthepicturenow

March 30th, 2010
10:27 am

thanks for the update Chip. great read.

RambleOn84

March 30th, 2010
10:29 am

That WIlder guy looks like a player…it’ll be hard to pull him out of Florida

Lizard King

March 30th, 2010
10:30 am

Besides, you may refer to him as Urban the UGA killer (the team, not the dog).

WordofMouth

March 30th, 2010
10:35 am

Wilder looks 24, not a high school kid. I know I am being cynical, but it is really hard to believe these kids can look like that at 17!!! I will not suggest anything further, but I cannot be the only person wondering.

Vick=Dog killing thug

March 30th, 2010
10:44 am

Did I read correctly? A left tackle that that runs the 100m dash? Gotta like that !!!

GatorGrowl

March 30th, 2010
10:44 am

You should have seen Wilder’s dad when he played for Tampa Bay! That guy was made out of granite. The Bucs would run him about 40 times a game ’cause that’s all they had on O, but he would just get stronger and stronger. I actually felt sorry for the linebackers who had to tackle that guy. He was vicious! You need to Google him. Like they say, like father like son?

Cat Shabazz

March 30th, 2010
10:50 am

The NCAA needs to pay these players – along with scholarships – that bring in the millions of dollars to the schools and the NCAA.

This could be a part of and overall REPARATIONS package to young Americans – whose parents, grandparents, great grandparents – were subject to Jim Crowe era discriminatory laws, denied rights, and whose ancestors were brought to this country in bondage. Silent discrimination is a live today.

You do not feel it, see it, or recongnize it unless you walk in the shoes of those who are subject to it every day.

Breaking the economic cycle is hard to do when your parents were raised in it, grandparents were raised in it, great grandparents raised in it, etc etc.

More needs to be done – current programs just are not working well enough and creating a much larger problem of entitlement in order to exist…. which is causing repression. The legacy of the Confederate South!!! Oh yea, it was about State’s Rights …. I forgot.

SAVE AMERICA – PAY REPARATIONS AND PUT THE GAYTORS IN THE DIRT!!!

RambleOn84

March 30th, 2010
10:52 am

Cat,
So should the white players not get paid?

Yoda

March 30th, 2010
10:57 am

Again, it appears that Ritch and Company are chasing everything in Florida, again. Hey Ritch you work at UGA not UF, why not try tying up the best talent here every year….hear Saban is kicking your tail on the recruiting line in GEORGIA! AGAIN!!!!

JMLDawg

March 30th, 2010
11:04 am

Go ahead and offer this Rodney O’Neal kid! I want guys from our state who really love UGA and WANT to be Dawgs.

English

March 30th, 2010
11:09 am

“Donte Williams, a 6-foot-9 forward from Miller Grove High, took an UGA visit this past weekend. He didn’t commit but told DawgSports.com’s Fletcher Page Georgia is now No. 1 on his list, which includes Auburn, Georgia State and UCF”

Donte come to State where you’ll make an immediate impact. UGA/Auburn/UCF will only use you sparingly. The choice is yours.

Go State!

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

March 30th, 2010
11:13 am

chip: what is the height/weight for Rodney O’Neal. if he’s got the measurements and wants to play for UGA…i say sign him. lord knows we need more depth in CB.

Gerald

March 30th, 2010
11:15 am

Yoda:

Richt is doing the right thing by going after Florida players. He is an FSU-Miami guy. The talent that he needs to run his schemes is in Florida. Haven’t you Dawgs realized that Richt has been in Athens nearly 10 years and hasn’t had the high powered passing offenses that FSU, Florida and Miami had in the 80s and 90s once? Even during Richt’s best years, 2002-2005, it was mostly because of Van Gorder’s DEFENSE, not because UGA’s offense was rolling over people the way that FSU did when Casey Weldon, Charlie Ward, Danny Kanell and Chris Weinke were there. But you can’t run offenses like that without Florida and California talent. The reason is that Florida and California high school football is mostly about the passing game, so they produce the WRs, QBs, TEs and especially the OLs that you need. Now Texas high school football is moving that way, so they’ll be able to give California and Florida high school ball a run for their money in a few years. But elsewhere, especially SEC country (other than Florida) most high school football is run-oriented. So you don’t get that many dropback passer QBs (quick, name the last great pro-style QB from Georgia, and no don’t say David Greene or Charlie Whitehurst) and the number of polished WRs, OLs and TEs produced by Georgia high school football is almost as small.

If Richt is going to survive, he is going to have to get as many WRs, TEs, OLs and QBs as he can from Florida, Texas and California. (It wouldn’t even be a bad idea to get more RBs from those areas, because those are the ones who actually did pass blocking in high school.) If you UGA fans want a coach to concentrate his coaching efforts on keeping the best in-state players, then you need to hire a coach whose offensive system utilizes the best athletes that Georgia high schools produce, which is RBs, run blocking OLs and TEs, and dual threat QBs. Either that, or start hoping that Georgia high school football embraces the passing game the way that Florida, California and Texas have.

RambleOn84

March 30th, 2010
11:21 am

I call bull, Gerald…you don’t have to have the best players to have a high-powered offense. The coach has the ultimate responsibility in that. Look at Texas Tech…yes they run an unorthodox offense, but the point is a coach has to be creative.

UGA’s offense has been very vanilla since Richt has been there, and it’s not because he hasn’t had the talent. They’ve got loads of talent. Richt needs a more creative offensive coordinator.

Rusty

March 30th, 2010
11:22 am

Doesn’t Wilder attend the same high school as Murray and Orson?

Fillin' up @ Juniors

March 30th, 2010
11:24 am

Wow, that Wilder kid…doesnt look like a kid at all. Freaking crazy, dude looks like a ninja turtle without the shell, holy biceps batman!

Chip Towers

March 30th, 2010
11:28 am

Worm: Oops on the Bell for Ball. I think I had DeBell on DaBrain. Thanks for noticing.

Chip Towers

March 30th, 2010
11:29 am

Rusty: Wilder does indeed attend Plant High and is friends with Orson Charles and Aaron Murray. Hence his interest in UGA.

Chip Towers

March 30th, 2010
11:30 am

Noisewater: Believe he’s 6-foot, 170. I’ll double check after this meeting I’m about to go into and add it to his item.

Hammer22

March 30th, 2010
11:34 am

Donte Williams, give GSU a serious look. We’ll take care of you.

GSU Loves Donte!

March 30th, 2010
11:44 am

Donte, come to Georgia State! We have a monster recruiting class coming in and the last piece of the puzzle we need is a center!

fire Richt now

March 30th, 2010
11:47 am

Doesn’t matter. Mark Richt will waste all the talent he manages to get anyway. Congrats on your SECCG appearance in 2040, UGA!!!

GOGATOR

March 30th, 2010
11:48 am

33st or close

Cuttysark

March 30th, 2010
11:51 am

At 6′ 6″ and 260 lbs. and competing in the 100 meters, now that is an athlete. Smart move multi-tasking and checking in on all of the schools along the way. Sounds like a very mobile player. I’ll have to keep a watch on Mr. DeBell this season

For more Georgia Tech Football articles go to http://isportsweb.com. Go Jackets

Tide Rising

March 30th, 2010
11:53 am

We’re recruiting Wilder also but Saban wants him as a lb. Looks to me like he ends up at one of the big 3 Florida schools with UF probably being the leader. Can’t say we’re recruiting any of the O-lineman mentioned in the article. Looks like at least one of them will probably end up with the dawgs. RTR

So...

March 30th, 2010
11:55 am

Cat Shabazz, you’re a moron, go away.

jaglaw

March 30th, 2010
12:03 pm

Cat,

Wilder’s dad played in the NFL…..I cant imagie that he grew up poor. Get a life!!!!! These kids are getting an education, a degree, and that will help them succeed in life.

I am not in objection to setting up insurance benefits for players/atheletes that get hurt and are permanently injured, thus affecting there lifetime earning potential. I dont know that I would even object to some sort of base payment for all atheletes.

But you reasoning is way off. Did you know that the fastest growing economic group is middle-class minorities……and oh yeh, have you looked at our president?????

270.Mark

March 30th, 2010
12:10 pm

Hey Shabazz, A good education is the quickest way to getting ahead in America and UGA offers one of the best. nuff said.

GEORGIA97

March 30th, 2010
12:18 pm

440 mile drive from Miami to Atlanta? Are you high? It’s 500 miles just to New Smyrna Beach, which is just below Daytona. All this early recruiting is akin to whizzing in the proverbial fan as we won’t even know if these quys qualify academically.

Chip Towers

March 30th, 2010
12:33 pm

GEORGIA97: They drove from Tarpon Springs to Atlanta.

grammar police

March 30th, 2010
12:47 pm

“Donte Williams, a 6-foot-9 forward from Miller Grove High, took an UGA visit this past weekend.”

It should read “took a UGA visit …”

“a + singular noun beginning with a consonant sound: a user (sounds like ‘yoo-zer,’ i.e. begins with a consonant ‘y’ sound, so ‘a’ is used); a university; a unicycle”

Who are these college drop outs editing this back into Chip’s copy?

Tdawg

March 30th, 2010
12:49 pm

Gator Growl I seen his dad play many times. He didn’t impress me at all. Yea he was strong I’ll give you that, but then so are a lot of the pros. He ran straight up like a fence post, had very little lateral movement and would not win very many races. He probably would have made a better linebacker.

Now as far as his son goes. I don’t have the foggiest idea where he should play. He may be a great running back, don’t know. If he runs like dear old dad then he should listen to his coaches and play linebacker. Where ever he ends up at I wish him well, that is unless he’s playing against my dawgs.

collegeballfan

March 30th, 2010
12:52 pm

Do not be surprised if Delmomnico is drafted by a Major League team and signed to a contract.

English

March 30th, 2010
1:03 pm

G-S-U! Donte G-S-U! Donte G-S-U! Donte G-S-U!

RunningBackU

March 30th, 2010
1:15 pm

Forget SEC titles, Natl Titles, these kids look at the depth chart and success in the NFL at their position as primary factors for signing a LOI.

With that being said, if Wilder wants to be a RB, why in the heck is he even giving UF a look

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

March 30th, 2010
1:26 pm

if that’s the case Chip w/ O’neal being 6′, 170lbs as a CB….offer him a scholarship now Richt!!! Thats a great size

Cocky

March 30th, 2010
1:57 pm

One has to remember, Florida, et al, runs this state after all.

Fred

March 30th, 2010
2:52 pm

Donte come to UGA! Do you really want to play in front of 300 fans at Georgia State? They haven’t been relevant in basketball since Lefty Driesel left that place! Mark Fox is building something special here and Rod Barnes is walking on thin ice at State…he could be fired any moment.

If you want to lose around 20 games a year at GSU, that’s up to you. If you want to play in one of the best basketball conferences in the country against Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee etc. come to Georgia! We’d love to have you!

DRC

March 30th, 2010
2:52 pm

Gerald-I believe Charlie Ward came from Thomasville GA.