THE TEN AT 10:
1. Donte Williams, the Class AAAA Player of the Year, will make his commitment to the University of Georgia official when he signs his national letter-of-intent with the Bulldogs during a ceremony at Miller Grove High at 4 p.m. on Wednesday. Wednesday is the first day of the spring signing period, which continues for the next month. The 6-foot-9, 210-pound forward committed to Georgia late last month after taking an official visit there. He chose the Bulldogs over Auburn, Georgia State, UCF, UAB and East Carolina. He averaged 13 points and 10 rebounds for Class AAAA state champion Wolverines, who had one of the most talented teams in the state. “I’m excited about it,” Williams said of the ceremony planned for him in the school’s media center. “I’m just glad to get the whole recruiting process over with. It’s kind of a relief.”
2. Williams is one of three players committed or signed to join the Bulldogs in 2010. Forward Cady Lalanne of Orlando signed back in the fall period and junior college guard Sherrard Brantley of Dublin by way of Northwest Florida College, committed to the Bulldogs on April 2. Brantley said he plans to sign his LOI with UGA Wednesday morning. Georgia would like to sign a fourth player. Dwayne Polee, a 6-foot-7 swingman and four-star prospect from Los Angeles, plans to make a decision between Georgia, UNLV and UTEP perhaps as early as this weekend.
3. Stacy LeMay, the father of bluechip quarterback prospect Christian LeMay of Charlotte, contacted me this week to let me know there is a new 2009 highlight video of his son posted on YouTube. Here’s A LINK but I’ll post the videos below if you want to check them out after reading The 10. LeMay, one of the top few quarterback prospects in the country for 2011, is seriously considering the Bulldogs. His visit to UGA on April 6 for at least his fourth since last summer. “We wanted to a closer look at a weekday practice,” Mr. LeMay said. “It was a nice visit. He really likes it there.” Stacy LeMay was a team chaplain for Urban Meyer at Florida before he founded his own church in Metro Charlotte. They’re considering the Gators but he said his son favors a pro-style offense. They also took in Clemson and Auburn last week. In case you missed it here is a detailed story I did on LeMay in early March.
4. Guess who’s working with the first string at Notre Dame? That’s right, Tai-ler Jones. The AJC Super 11 wide receiver from Gainesville was one of five early enrollees for the Fighting Irish, who are going through their first spring practice under new coach Brian Kelly. Jones has bolted up the depth chart and just this past week moved into the No. 1 spot at slot receiver. “TJ has been very consistent since the first day of practice,” offensive coordinator Charley Molnar told The Observer. “[Jones] very rarely drops the ball, very rarely makes a mistake. Beyond the fact that he’s brand new to football, he certainly possesses the skill set that we’re looking for. We’re going to give him every opportunity to learn and mature and kind of become a redshirt freshman in the fall.” Jones is also getting looks as a kickoff return specialist.
5. A strong candidate for this year’s AJC Super 11 team, Stephon Tuitt, continues to favor Georgia Tech over Georgia. At least that’s the indication from Chad Simmons’ latest update at Scout.com. Tuitt visited Tech and Georgia with his mother on back-to-back days this past week and, while he insists he still has no favorites, his comments to Simmons reveal a pecking order. “My mom really likes Georgia Tech because of their engineering program,” Tuitt told him. “I know Georgia surprised her a little bit with their academics, but she really likes Georgia Tech just because of their academic standards and their engineering program. I like Georgia Tech a little more too. Someone told me before I started the recruiting process that I would just get that feeling for a place when I step on their campus and I get that feeling when I go to Georgia Tech.”
6. Grady cornerback/athlete Damian Swann went to great lengths to make it up to Athens Saturday for Georgia’s G-Day game. He had to first take the ACT test in Atlanta that morning and didn’t get to Sanford Stadium until almost halftime. “I liked it,” Swann told me. “The atmosphere was great even though I didn’t get there until halftime. They showed me a lot of love and it went pretty smoothly.” Swann said he will “more than likely” attend Alabama’s spring game this Saturday.
7. Isaiah Crowell and Gabe Wright generally get the most pub as prospects from Carver-Columbus, but there are several other Carver players that are getting offers from major programs, according to a recent story in the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. Sophomore defensive back Deion Bonner recently received verbal offers from Georgia, Clemson and South Carolina (official written offers can’t go out until September 1 of a prospect’s junior year). And, of course, rising senior offensive lineman Quincy McKinney has a boatload of offers, including Georgia Tech, North Carolina, South Carolina, Duke, Nebraska, Michigan State, South Carolina and Southern Miss.
OK, here’s the two-part documentary on LeMay. It’s a pretty slick production:
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