Ten at 10: Donte Williams to make it official with UGA

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.

9. Stephenson assistant coach Corey Johnson will be taking 25 players — all 2011 and 2012 prospects — up to Knoxville for Tennessee’s spring football game this Saturday. It’s part of the Jaguars’ continuing spring tour to expose their players to college football opportunities. They have also been to Georgia Tech, Miami, Auburn, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, South Carolina, Chattanooga, Middle Tennessee State and UCF this year. Such efforts have resulted in a record number of Stephenson players landing scholarships over the years, including 29 on national signing day this past February.

10. On a personal note, I’d like to say thanks to colleague Michael Carvell for keeping an eye on recruiting last week while I was top-toeing through the azaleas down at Augusta National Golf Club. I got to eyewitness one of the greatest Masters tournaments of all time and you didn’t miss a thing regarding recruiting news with Carvell on watch, so it was a win-win in my opinion. In case you missed them since they were posted on the AJC’s Prep Zone Blog, here are some of the updates Michael provided:


OK, here’s the two-part documentary on LeMay. It’s a pretty slick production:

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110 comments Add your comment

UGA DAG

April 13th, 2010
10:04 am

UGA DAG

April 13th, 2010
10:05 am

wellcome back Towers, we,ve missed your articles very much

Joey

April 13th, 2010
10:13 am

Chip, are you gonna write a column about the Masters?

Pi$$onaDAWG

April 13th, 2010
10:13 am

Lots of good stuff today Chip Thanks for the good work.

Worm

April 13th, 2010
10:17 am

Lemay is the real deal boys..Just remember, “If you’re a woman at Tech-The odds are good, but the goods are ODD!

getthepicturenow

April 13th, 2010
10:17 am

Chip, I had 10 & 10 withdrawls. love the updates, thanks.

steven060907

April 13th, 2010
10:20 am

all Carvel did was talk about the dorks…glad to have you back Chip.

JB

April 13th, 2010
10:22 am

Tough to hear about that kid at Notre Dame. Da’rick really messed up our wide receiver recruiting last year after Da’rick GAVE MARK HIS WORD that he was UGA bound and Richt told him he would be our “high profile signee” at WR. I hope Mark has learned his lesson about putting all your eggs in one basket. This kid at Notre Dame could of/might of been in Athens if Mark would have personally wooed him.

Les W. Moore

April 13th, 2010
10:27 am

Christian LeMay needs to meet fellow Charlotte high school phenom Joe Cox and ask him “how’d it go” at UGA.

Dixie Clear

April 13th, 2010
10:30 am

i want to read more about the jail visits….

Marty Funkhauser

April 13th, 2010
10:46 am

Great advice Les W. Moore, I am sure he will take you on your keen insights. If he is an over achieving kid, of short stature and limited physical gifts he will have a great view into what it is like to be a QB at UGA. However, the more logical sounding board for the young man would be Matthew Stafford, who was a gifted, highly sought after national prospect, much like Christian, who signed with UGA and went on to be the #1 overall pick the 2009 draft.

jb's house

April 13th, 2010
10:49 am

Lemay–like his faith. He needs to be with a Head Coach that’s as for real about his faith as Lemay is. Great family. This is the kind og young man Coach Richt loves to coach. Hope the best for christian, wherever he goes. If he picks the right place, he’ll be on a large stage and have a chance to do some stuff.

Jesup Dawg

April 13th, 2010
10:50 am

Good stuff Chip

BigTimeTECHFan

April 13th, 2010
10:57 am

Not sure about best Masters ever, I like the ones that come down to last hole. But man there were a lot of great shots made.

Tech racked up while you were out, also it seem Stephon Tuitt has a lot of offers other then Tech and UGA, may not be just between those two.

JB

April 13th, 2010
11:00 am

Les W Moore……..Joe Cox was given a whole year to prove himself AFTER SITTING BEHIND THE NUMBER ONE PICK IN THE DRAFT ! Players are different. His interest in Georgia has nothing to do with Joe Cox. He likes a Pro offense. Georgia plays one. You go to Fla, Auburn etc as a QB, you don’t know what the hell you’ll be ask to do as a QB !

Orlando_Dawg

April 13th, 2010
11:05 am

Maybe Christian LeMay can bring along #3 from his team. That kid is spectacular and FAST!

Super Dave Osborn

April 13th, 2010
11:10 am

ACADEMICS AT TECH? If you think you may not make the NFL, you outta go to tech and get an EDUCATION and a JOB! Anybody that prefers tech is not smart enough to be a DAWG! Florida, tech and tennessee are all inferior schools tech grads can’t get a job!

78 DAWG

April 13th, 2010
11:12 am

Lemay will be the next great DAWG qb, just like Aaron Murray if he wins the job and Stafford and Cox!

RambleOn84

April 13th, 2010
11:20 am

Super Dave,
I know plenty of UGA grads who don’t have jobs. Hell, I know plenty of Emory grads who can’t get a job…Tech and UGA are both good schools, and let’s leave it at that. Do you honestly want to have an in-depth conversation over which school is better academically? You won’t like how it ends…

Andrea

April 13th, 2010
11:27 am

“Do you honestly want to have an in-depth conversation over which school is better academically? You won’t like how it ends…”

No you don’t, not if you’re from Athens. RIP Saint Jan Kemp.

JAX DAWG

April 13th, 2010
11:40 am

Hey Chip,

While you were away at the Masters (actually a week ago today) scout.com posted a story about Valdosta TE Jay Rome having a two day trip to Athens and loving it. I am not a member of scout.com (although a member of rivals.com) and cannot read the entire story. Have you heard anything else about it? Or has anyone else kept their ear to the ground and got some info? If so it would be great to hear about how the hometown team is doing recruiting the state’s most sought after player.

KevinM

April 13th, 2010
11:52 am

Congrats to Coach Fox getting an in-state player to Athens.

Can he duplicate it by getting Marcus Thornton? They need players in a big way.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

April 13th, 2010
11:56 am

Dawgs BB program is on the rise- LeMay looks great, hopefully Richt will get him.

RxDawg

April 13th, 2010
12:07 pm

It’s good to have you back Chip.

wiley

April 13th, 2010
12:10 pm

We would love to have you at Georgia Tech Stephon! Its a great place to pursue a professional career…whether it be in professional sports or engineering. Come be apart of what Paul Johnson and Al Groh are building….both coaches can get you to the next level. Look at the draft this year…the first two rounds should have three tech players.

rednecks

April 13th, 2010
12:15 pm

Didn’t Dennis Felton sign kids at about the same talent level as Fox? I really don’t see how signing a few three star players and finishing last in the SEC East means your basketball program is on the rise. Guess I am missing something….

RambleOn84

April 13th, 2010
12:26 pm

rednecks,
Don’t be bitter or unreasonable, man…I’m a Tech fan but it doesn’t hurt to admit the truth…Fox did a pretty good job this year despite a lack of talent…kind of the exact opposite of our “golden contract” coach. I don’t like losing to UGA, but I do pull for them to do well when they’re not playing us. Have some pride for your state

Sven Ottke

April 13th, 2010
12:30 pm

That’s a nice, little 2 star pickup the Bulldogs got over Ga St, UCF, UAB and East Carolina. Fox is on a real tear…….snicker, snicker.

brick

April 13th, 2010
12:33 pm

How can any school that kept the likes of Reggie Ball eligible for 4 years talk about other school’s academeics. Oh yeah, I almost forgot, Tech doesn’t care if they are eligible or not, they still play them.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

April 13th, 2010
12:34 pm

Is the Corey Johnson mentioned in the article the former Bulldog Defensive back?

Tom

April 13th, 2010
12:38 pm

You all tek boys need to check your roster. We don’t want ya to vacate anymore illegitimate “wins”.

TROTTINGHOME

April 13th, 2010
12:38 pm

ANDREA…Do you really want to have a conversation about academics. Riddle me this….

How come our infrastructure is so lousy in this country? Major stuff breaking down after 20 years..or less and everyone crying it’s too expensive to fix. Where are all the great engineers.

Don’t quote me gpa’s or graduate rates…the way u sound one tech grad is close to super hero.

Fact is tech grads are nothing special cause they caught in the same yak we all are.

You can beeshyt a beeshyter, but you can’t snow the snowman.

I bet I don’t get one straight answer on my question.

Academics is irrelevant in the real world

TROTTINGHOME

April 13th, 2010
12:41 pm

And just so you know….

I NEVER PULL FOR GT…NO MATTER WHAT.

Matthews Dawg

April 13th, 2010
12:42 pm

Butler HS is in Matthews, NC. I live in that district and had a daughter go to school there. I do not know Christian, but have several friends that do know him. What you hear him speak about is the way he lives his life! He is an outstanding football player, but better yet…he is an outstanding individual! He should not be someone CMR would ever have to worry about. He is a class kid and I would put him along the same lines as another former Dawg, that being John Kasay (kicker for the Carolina Panthers). John is one of the finest people you could ever be around and I believe Christian LeMay is too. Also,he may be better than what we have right now at UGA. Our 3 QB’s are good, but this kid is possibly the best QB in high school in the nation. That doesn’t always mean they will be great in college, but I’ll be shocked if he isn’t one of the best! He and CMR would work perfect together. He is also the pro-style QB, that CMR and Bobo look for to run their offense. Go Dawgs!!

RambleOn84

April 13th, 2010
12:47 pm

The infrastructure is awful in the country because companies that work for government contracts often perform shoddy work…because the government does not do a good job of holding them accountable.

jarvis

April 13th, 2010
12:51 pm

I think you meant academics are irrelevant.

angs

April 13th, 2010
12:51 pm

Tuitt will end up being a typical 5th year “undecided” at Yech. The trade school is the only one that I’ve seen with 5th year athletes as still being “undecided.”

dex

April 13th, 2010
12:52 pm

hahahahahahhaa!!!! Like this kid can even get into the engineering program at Tech. Heck, the majority of all engineering students end up jumping on the M-train after a year or two anyway.

Gabulldog72

April 13th, 2010
12:53 pm

What has happened to the Marshall kid from Wilcox County? I thought UGA was high on the list.

TROTTINGHOME

April 13th, 2010
12:56 pm

RambleOn…you think any of those companies hired or are owned by GT grads.

You think any of those government officials are GT grads.

TROTTINGHOME

April 13th, 2010
12:56 pm

Yes i did jarvis..thank you.

RambleOn84

April 13th, 2010
12:58 pm

You’re asking if I think there is a possibility that out of all the government works projects conducted over the lifetime of our country, there happens to be a Tech grad involved? Sure, why not? Surely no UGA person has ever been involved, though, right?

The Sham

April 13th, 2010
1:05 pm

TROTTINGHOME: I’m not sure who you are actually a fan of, but I realize you aren’t a Tech fan. For that latter point, I have your back, but man you make the case for why academics “are” relevant…

One other point of contention – Techies are superheros! Just go to their parties any given Saturday night and they are dressed up in costumes of imaginary figure’s or movie characters :) Funny thing though, there is never a Wonderwoman there…

Live Long and Prosper my fellow DAWGS and THWGT!

Glad to have you back Chip!

TROTTINGHOME

April 13th, 2010
1:06 pm

That’s a given on my part..UGA has been a part of all that is good or bad…as all dawg’s are.

My real point is toward Andrea comments about debating the value of GT academics over UGA academics…I went there like no one’s business.

Doubt I’ll get any relevant return on my efforts.

TROTTINGHOME

April 13th, 2010
1:08 pm

You got a legit point “The Sham” thanks

rednecks

April 13th, 2010
1:10 pm

Im not degrading UGA’s progam…I actually pull for them too when they aren’t playing Tech as well. Im just stating the way I see it….Fox has yet to prove anything. I will admit that Techs program is not going anywhere with Paul Hewitt….but UGA wont ever be able to recruit like an ACC school. Its just the truth…sorry.

rednecks

April 13th, 2010
1:11 pm

And yes I realize there is a typo in my post.

Justin

April 13th, 2010
1:15 pm

Yeah the dawgs don’t have anything special going on at Stegman. Just ask Paul Blewitt.

Dawglasville

April 13th, 2010
1:16 pm

Any kid from the south who is blessed with the ability to play Division 1 Football on a free ride and sincerely has an interest in engineering should go to Georgia Tech. Unless you are a pro style quarterback and have realistic aspirations for the NFL. That is not a shot, just the facts as I see it. I would love to have all of them at UGA but the kids should come first.

Dawglasville

April 13th, 2010
1:33 pm

rednecks (can’t we not be so ugly?) I know that Techies say that Fox hasn’t done anything. I said the same thing about Johnson after his first year. He beat UGA (I know that feels good because I know how it feels when we beat Florida). But outside of the UGA game he didn’t do much more than Gailey. Gailey came close to UGA a couple of times, and if he would have won he would have gone to the Peach Bowl and who knows from there. What Johnson gave you after year one was promise of better times to come and a sense that the program has been turned around. That is the same thing Fox has given us. I believe that Fox has a real chance to win at Alexander next year and make the tournament. Time will tell.