THE TEN AT 10:
1. The folks over at GoJackets.com, the Scout website that covers Georgia Tech athletics, are having fun with April Fool’s Day. The main story on the home page Thursday is under a headline that proclaims “Yellow Jackets Land Commit No. 3.” The story goes on to say that the Tech has gotten its third commitment Thomas Fulry, a 6-foot-4, 240-pound defensive end of Kecoughtan High School in Hampton, Va. The story says he goes by the name “Tom,” so he’s known as Tom Fulry. Get it? And there is a Kecoughtan High in Hampton, Va., but that’s the only truth in the article. The school nickname is not “Harlequins;” it’s Warriors. And they have neither a Thomas Fulry on the roster nor a Shane Anigans (as in shenanigans), the 6-foot-3, 325-pound defensive tackle who attracted recruiters to Fulry. “This is an annual thing we’ve done,” said Rod McKenzie, a reporter for the website. “We got a good friend of mine a few years ago who actually published a blurb on his website. That guy’s name was Joe Kerr.” As in “joker.”
2. In some real Tech recruiting news, the Yellow Jackets appear to be moving in a couple of a tackle prospects. Two different players were in town this week to attend Tech’s practices and take a look around and both say the Jackets are their leader. Bryan Chamberlain, a 6-foot-4, 280-pound tackle from Albany’s Monroe High, told JacketsOnline.com the Jackets lead Georgia, Clemson and Louisville. And Trey Braun (6-5, 270) of Tallahassee’s Leon High School told the same website he favors Tech over Arkansas and Florida State.
3. It’s well known that quarterback Synjyn Days of Powder Springs’ Hillgrove High has already signed a football scholarship at Georgia Tech and his younger brother, linebacker Jabari Hunt-Days, may also be headed that way in this next recruiting class. Well there could be more Days coming the Jackets’ way. Rod Days, a 6-foot-6 swingman and four-star basketball recruit from Sagemont High School in Miami, is a first cousin of the Powder Springs’ Days. He also lists Georgia Tech as a favorite and plans a trip there later this month. “It would be nice for Jabari, Rod and me to all be at Tech,” Synjyn Days told me this week. “I know I’m going to try to make it happen.” I interviewed Rod Days earlier this week and will have a story up later today.
4. Flowery Branch kicker Will Monday committed to Duke while in Durham for the Blue Devils’ spring game this past weekend, according to the Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer. Monday is regarded as one of the top punters in the nation, rated No. 2 punting Kohlskicking.com. He averaged 41 yards a punt as a junior for the Falcons.
5. Two brothers who would like to play together in college visited Georgia this past weekend, according to Scout.com. Nathan Theus (6-3, 252) is a 2011 offensive lineman who is being recruited primarily as a long snapper. But younger brother John Theus (6-6, 272) is expected to be one of the top offensive tackle prospects of 2012. The brothers both attend The Bolles School in Jacksonville and the Bulldogs recently signed Brent Benedict out of that school. South Carolina is the only school so far to have offered both players. John Theus also has offers from Arkansas and Maryland.
6. South Paulding quarterback Tony Daniel is starting to generate a lot of recruiting interest. Daniel (6-5, 200) is hearing from schools such as East Carolina, Tulsa and Florida Atlantic and was recently invited to a junior day at LSU but couldn’t make it due to a prior engagement, according to assistant coach Tim Glanton. However, he will sttend a ECU’s junior day on April 17 and has been invited to Tulsa’s quarterback academy in June.
7. Defensive end Clay Burton (6-4, 235) of Venice, Fla., will visit Georgia Tech on April 17, according to PalmettoSports.com. He currently has more than 10 scholarship offers, including Clemson, Notre Dame, West Virginia and South Florida. At the moment he lists calls Clemson as his leader right now. “It’s because of the relationship I have with the coaching staff. . . . It’s a place I want to spend my college years,” Burton told Palmetto’s Phil Kornblut.
8. Offensive line prospect Zach DeBell, who made “The Ten” earlier this week after he visited Georgia Tech and Georgia on his Southeast recruiting tour, ended up getting an official offer from Clemson on his visit there Tuesday afternoon. “I talked to [head coach] Dabo Swinney for about 25 minutes and he actually handed me an offer,” DeBell told PalmettoSports.com. “He said that was the professional way to do it. I like that. It signifies that you want to have a good relationship.” DeBell (6-6, 270) also saw Miami, South Carolina and North Carolina on his trip and will stop by Central Florida on Saturday.
9. Talk about an under-the-radar signing. Greg Clark, a defensive lineman from Northside High in Warner Robins, was offered a scholarship by Tennessee on Tuesday and signed a letter-of-intent the same day. The 6-foot-4, 290-pound defensive tackle was thought to be a non-qualifier but recently received the ACT score he needed and the Vols immediately snatched him up. “It seems like a dream,” Clark told VolQuest.com. “Who doesn’t want to play in the SEC? I got the papers around 9:45 a.m. and signed them immediately.” Clark said before UT’s overtures he was planning to attend Valdosta State. He also had an offer from Georgia State.
10. Speaking of Tennessee, the Vols are making sure new coach Derek Dooley doesn’t pull any fast ones on them like former coach Lane Kiffin. According to a story in the Nashville Tennessean, if he were to resign the way Kiffin did to take the Southern Cal job, Dooley will have to pay the school $4 million. But the deal works both ways. If UT were to fire Dooley over the next three years it would owe him $5 million.
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