Ten at 10: Tech, Georgia make Top 5 cut for James Wilder Jr. (updated)

THE TEN AT 10:

1. Georgia and Georgia Tech both made the cut to the final five  for James Wilder Jr., according to JacketsOnline.com. The Bulldogs and Yellow Jackets will be battling Alabama, Florida and Florida State for this elite athlete from Tampa, who has said he won’t make a decision until national signing day. All but Florida have offered Wilder as a running back, his stated position of preference in college. The Gators want him to play linebacker. The Orlando Sentinel lists him as the top defensive end in the state of Florida. The Yellow Jackets see him in the mold of Jonathan Dwyer and really like the idea of the 6-foot-2, 220-pound Wilder playing their B-back position. Wilder said he likes the way Tech “runs the ball like crazy.”  Check the video below of one run he had at Tampa Plant last season.

2. Speaking of Florida, Jeff Driskell, the No 12 quarterback prospect in the nation per Scout.com, committed to the Gators on Monday. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound athlete from Oviedo, Fla, will be an early enrollee. You can read more about him on the Orlando Sentinel’s recruiting webpage. The local significance of this is it officially closes the door on the Gators’ pursuit of elite prospect Christian LeMay. The Matthews, N.C., quarterback grew up in Gainesville, Fla., where his father once served as football team chaplain for the Gators.  So even though LeMay didn’t include Florida in his top five the Gators were always a threat. LeMay’s father this week told me his son really likes the Bulldogs, who appear to be the team to beat at this early juncture.

3. One of the best offensive linemen in the state of Georgia for the Class of 2011 is Xzavier Ward. The quick-footed, 6-foot-7, 260-pound tackle from Colquitt County was in Atlanta this past weekend to participate in Georgia Tech’s junior day. Kelly Quinlan of JacketsOnline.com reports that the Moultrie resident really liked the downtown setting of the Tech campus. Ward will next visit Clemson this Friday. He’s also Georgia target .

4. Tennessee’s continued interest in recruiting the Peach State was evident at its Orange and White spring game this past Saturday. Among the prospects from Georgia in attendance were Valdosta DB Malcolm Mitchell, Dade County OL Randy Holt, Harris County DE Jordan Jenkins, Athens-Clarke Central OL Alan Posey, Creekside DT Corey Redwine, McEachern LB Marquis Roberts and already-committed LB Christian Harris of Etowah. Many of the Vols’ 2010 signees from Georgia were also in attendance, including Calhoun’s Da’Rick Rogers and Nash Nance. Rogers reportedly stayed busy signing autographs. There’s a list of every recruit that was in attendance at GoVolsXtra.com.

5. Mitchell County wide receiver Justin Scott has now elevated Georgia to a clear No. 1, according to a report in the Albany Herald. “Right now, I would say UGA would be at the top, but I’m not going to rush into anything,” said Scott, a one-time commitment to Stanford. Scott is currently tearing up the track at Mitchell as a sprinter.

6. There was a nice big write-up on Gainesville’s Tai-ler Jones on the front of the sports section in the South Bend Tribune this week.  The 2009 AJC Super 11 wide receiver and early Notre Dame enrollee has been a standout for the Fighting Irish this spring and may end up starting at slotback.

7. Dwayne Polee Jr., one of Georgia’s two remaining targets in basketball, took a surprise visit to St. John’s this past weekend, according to the Los Angeles Times. St. John’s is now coached by former UCLA coach and ESPN analyst Steve Lavin. Polee’s also considering UNLV and UTEP, which is coached by Tim Floyd, to whom Polee was once committed at USC. The 6-foot-7 wing and City Player of the Year in L.A. visited Georgia last fall.

8. Georgia coaches made had an in-home visit this past weekend with Westlake basketball star Marcus Thornton. According to a report at DawgPost.com, Thornton told the Bulldogs they were in his top three along with Kentucky and Memphis. However, in his last interview with the AJC’s Michael Carvell, the 6-foot-7 power forward said his finalists were Georgia, Georgia Tech, Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Kentucky, Michigan and Texas. Thornton was a one-time Clemson signee but re-opened his recruitment after coach Oliver Purnell left for DePaul.

9. Gabe Wright, a highly-recruited defensive tackle from Carver-Columbus, has narrowed his list of 35 offers down to a Top 11: Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Maryland, Michigan, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Southern Cal and Tennessee. He told Scout.com’s Chad Simmons, “if there is a team to beat, it would be Auburn.”

10. THIS AND THAT: Millcreek FB Tyler Cierski (6-1, 240) committed to Maryland over the weekend. The Terrapins were Cierski’s only major offer but he was getting recruiting interest from Georgia, South Carolina and Stanford, according to TerrapinTimes.com. . . .  In basketball recruiting news, Chad Lang, a 6-11 center at Marietta High, signed a letter-of-intent this past week with Belmont University. . . . LeMay recently accepted an invite to play in the Under Armour All-American game.

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go dawgs 2010!!!

April 20th, 2010
10:05 am

First Again…Thanks for the good info. chip

alpharettadawg

April 20th, 2010
10:11 am

Chip, you addressed Jeff Driskell twice. Must be the medication hangover from last week. haha

dowgever

April 20th, 2010
10:27 am

Seams like UGA got the real deal with scott

Chip Towers

April 20th, 2010
10:28 am

alpharettadawg: You’re right. Thanks for noticing. LOL! I had a little copy-and-paste duplication there after a last-minute change. It’s fixed now. I think. . . .

go dawgs 2010!!!: Congrats, and thanks.

Tom

April 20th, 2010
10:31 am

Come to GT, run the ball like that all day and become a first round pick.

Buzzzed

April 20th, 2010
10:35 am

Hewitt couldn’t Marcus Thornton?? Wonder why Marcus dropped Tech off the list of schools he was considering.

Worm

April 20th, 2010
10:38 am

If and when LeMay commits he will really start the train rolling!

Buckhead Dawg

April 20th, 2010
10:49 am

Shocking headline today: “Tech student robbed on campus”

Dwyer needs to pass out his ADD drugs to that defense, they clearly weren’t paying attention in Nov against the Dawgs.

Bdawg

April 20th, 2010
10:49 am

Sounds like a heck of a recruiting class shaping up! Thanks for the great info Chip!

KC in Smyrna

April 20th, 2010
10:49 am

I thought it would be a GT/UGA contest for Marcus Thornton. Chip, was it a mistake to leave GT out of the schools in contention?

BAMA STAN

April 20th, 2010
10:49 am

13 NATIONAL TITLES – 22 SEC TITLES!!!

Wilder kid is a beast.

If you are UGA – and can only take one – who would you take?
Wilder or Crowell????

I personally think Crowell will go to BAMA. We are on a roll while UGA has fallen back into the pack. Not a sense of excitement about UGA football as was the case several years ago. Face it – Richt did not do a good job in keeping UGA on top.

However, I feel that the UGA program is rebounding.
- Really like the fact that Richt brought in the 3-4 and hired Todd Grantham.
- It appears Richt is being more hands on with QB’s and offense.
- IF UGA beats SC – they have a chance to go undefeated until JAX and win 10 games in 2010. The impact on recruiting will be positive – specifically for 2011 – as recruits tend to go with schools on the upswing.

I try to look at all schools candidly – and Florida is just a beast. Even with all the changes in Gainesville – they have recruited exceptionally well – and URBAN is very hands on – this is HIS program. To me, this is the team to beat and the team that represents the biggest challange for Alabama.

Overall – I think Auburn is definately on the Upswing. LSU will be tough – but if they lose to Auburn, Alabama and Florida – I imagine that Les Miles will feel some serious heat.

Wilder or Crowell – which would you choose?

ROLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL TIDE!!!!

GT Bball Fan

April 20th, 2010
10:49 am

Hey Chip – Did Thornton drop Tech/Hewitt or did Clemson release him with the stipulation he couldn’t sign with any other ACC team?

quaildawg

April 20th, 2010
10:51 am

FWIW-Jeff Francour was a hot autograph in the ATL at one time as well. Time will tell.

JB

April 20th, 2010
10:55 am

THE QB LeMay will commit to us and start recruiting. Told he could bring 3 to 4 -5 star guys with him who he’s keeping up with…….Keep your fingers crossed.

BrianGT

April 20th, 2010
10:55 am

Just wait til GT puts three guys in the first round this thursday night and watch the commits start rolling into the flats. Its a great time to be a Jacket!!!!

Coach Johnsons Paul

April 20th, 2010
10:56 am

Young Mr. Ward,
As I have stated all along if you want to learn the fine art of reach and cut blocking that does not translate well to the NFL then Tech is your place. If you want learn how to pass AND run block then I would suggest you choose elsewhere.

Alphare

April 20th, 2010
10:58 am

UGA fans, let me tell you the truth: UGA always have players. most GA players in the countryside are automatic UGA fans. Like Urban Myers said, he recruited almost all those players that end up with UGA.

So, basically, UGA’s got all players Florida wanted.

That being said, I don’t understand why you UGA fans are getting excited with another bunch of players coming to UGA.

Coach Johnsons Paul

April 20th, 2010
10:59 am

Brian GT,
Hold the excitment…Remember that I must reveal to future recruits that it was Chan the Man that brought that talent to GT, not me. Not to mention that my qb recruit left school and I get down on my knees everyday to give thanks to another Chan recruit by the name of Nesbitt. Whew!!!!!

Bobby

April 20th, 2010
11:00 am

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quaildawg

April 20th, 2010
11:02 am

Most UGA fans wish we could “Dismiss” fans like those who refer to themselves as BigDawg.

Jim in Ga

April 20th, 2010
11:03 am

Yep, watch all those guys that Gailey signed go into the draft.

Ron Mexico

April 20th, 2010
11:06 am

Your obviously not reading the articles Bama Stan, Pretty much every top recruit out there is thinking about coming to the Dawgs, and we already got Conley and some other great players. I think your coffee hasn’t kicked in or something dude…

atl xmen

April 20th, 2010
11:06 am

briangt…that wont happen..techs offense is a dead end for guys who want to play in the pros..gailys players are being drafted and not pj…also tech wil only have 1 guy drafted in the first round and thats a big maybe..derrick is tech only hope to be a first rounder..

Chip Towers

April 20th, 2010
11:07 am

GT Bball Fan, KC in Smyrna: I think I had got bad info on Marcus Thornton. I’ve since amended that item to include Tech and rest of the list that Michael Carvell reported a few days ago. I’m going to follow-up on this and have an updated report pronto.

BigTimeTECHFan

April 20th, 2010
11:08 am

I don’t think Thornton is high on Hewitt list, don’t think he visited, last I heard Thornton would have to go and vist Hewitt. Not sure why or if it’s right or wrong.

Wow, Wilder has Tech in his top 5. How sweet would that be, watched one of his games on TV and he’s awesome. But UGA will focus on run game next year so that should go well for them, UGA learned last two games last year that running the ball a lot can be very effective, their best game was against Tech and they had like 300 yards rushing and maybe 70 yards passing. Wilder would like that to. But I think UGA backs are still young, but at Tech both B backs (Allen & Cox) will be seniors, Wilder could play right away.

Iceman

April 20th, 2010
11:10 am

Come to the Dawgs, for a few reasons..

- We run this state
- Your life won’t be in perpetual danger as it would be at Tech.

dawg fan

April 20th, 2010
11:12 am

alpha, your an idiot and I m tired of reading posts by you and the rest of the idiots that come on here just to talk trash. It gets old quick. learn to respect your opponent and hate them at the same time. so many things have to go right to actually win games. stop blaming coaches for players not doing their jobs. fla has had luck on their side everytime they’ve played for a NC as they have NEVER gone undefeated, not once.

Dawg Fan in Grayson

April 20th, 2010
11:13 am

Tom, when was the last time GT had RB selected in the first round?

yeah c'mone

April 20th, 2010
11:14 am

UGA will once again clean up in state this year, after a great season. We will end bama’s little time and also Florida. Since the state’s that surround us can only produce D2 talent, besides Florida, we will bring down the house. Bama will resort to more drastic measures of cheating, like always, and will receive yet another long Sanction. Go Dawgs!

SEC Fan

April 20th, 2010
11:17 am

BAMA STAN

13 Nat’ Title claim again?

Get a dose of reality and learn to count, oh yeah, I forgot you’re from Alabama.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/305944-alabama-claims-12-national-championships-reality-claims-otherwise

fishtales

April 20th, 2010
11:17 am

yeahcmone – You better cling to the false hope of the NCAA or another team to do your dirty work for you…cuz you sure can’t beat Bama or Florida on the field that’s for sure.

fishtales

April 20th, 2010
11:18 am

SECfan – 13, 8, whatever…it’s still far more than what you have.

ugafan4ife

April 20th, 2010
11:19 am

didnt tech have another robbery on campus last night? i wonder how the coaches respond to questions about campus security when they are recruiting players. why dont tech just hire gun carrying reuban houston to head the campus police because we know he isnt afraid to pull his gun out! lol go dogs!!!

gator bait

April 20th, 2010
11:19 am

Mr. Towers..after our run of recruits this year at UF …looking forward…Alabama seems to be the ones landing some big time players early on..do you think this is a trend and will anyone in the south keep up with them like the run we had this past year? 10 commits and signatures are I know different..however some of those guys are 1 or 2’s in their Postions..

RAMBLE ON!!!

April 20th, 2010
11:23 am

Wow, that kid will be a great Yellow Jacket.

Welcome to Atlanta.

Alphare

April 20th, 2010
11:25 am

dawg fan,

Coach Richt has my utmost respect of all coaches, I am not mocking him or UGA for that matter. I am just saying attracting players is not the issue.

Of course, my hometown team Tech will crash your dawgs this year like they did the year before.

dawgdawgdawg

April 20th, 2010
11:26 am

I think Wilder will end up at Florida – even though they’re not really recruiting him as a running back, I think they’ll still get him

padlock

April 20th, 2010
11:28 am

come to GT, run the ball all day, break national rushing records and go to a BCS unlike the dog poops

GT Bball Fan

April 20th, 2010
11:29 am

Buckhead Dawg – Watch your back, Ray Lewis is hangin @ Cobalt. Yes, crime does happen in the city. Not every student or Athlete wants to smell manure on their way to class. I’m talking about the Vet school, not Sanford stadium sewer leakage.

wiley

April 20th, 2010
11:32 am

Wilder already has prototypical B Back size. Come to GT! We will put you in the league and you will help us compete for championships. You are the next Diesel!

GT Bball Fan

April 20th, 2010
11:33 am

ugafan4ife – Even Dawg fans think you should shut up and discuss the article with a little class, not bring up non related BS. Read the GA posts on the Dwyer/ADD disussion to get a clue.

wiley

April 20th, 2010
11:39 am

Umm what does it matter who recruited the kids….the coaching was done by Johnson. Paul Johnson developed Nesbitt and Dwyer for the last few years. Just accept the fact that football at Tech is on the rise since Paul Johnson arrived…period end of discussion. Show some class dog trolls.

jdawg

April 20th, 2010
11:44 am

Seeing Conley from N. Paulding this past weekend….he is the real deal..so guess what…he did not go to Alabama, in state, wants to play here….the issue should be over….will enter early…

wiley

April 20th, 2010
11:53 am

Oh and as I have previously stated on another blog….if your a good player Xavier….you will make it to the next level at almost any BCS school. Don’t let anyone convince you the system really matters because you can have success in any system. Come to Tech…win some games, get a degree if you so choose, and do what Dywer, Morgan, Thomas, and Burnett are doing this year. They are all cashing big checks this year but hey how is that possible? They play for a so called gimmicky offense….lol. I wonder if the Doggies realize that Urban Meyer runs a variant of PJ’s offense….seems like Florida has no problem putting players in the league either. Hmm makes you wonder doesn’t it?

SEC Fan

April 20th, 2010
12:01 pm

fishtales – or BAMA STAN

I agree, 8 nat’l titles is still awesome…just don’t be delusional/naive/arrogant talking about 13 when it’s not true.

EW

April 20th, 2010
12:01 pm

Chip, great info, continually one of the most information packed blogs. Good work, keep it coming.

jaxdawg

April 20th, 2010
12:03 pm

Man I am really tired of reading about the arrests and crime. Except for GT Bball Ray lewis reference, that was funny. Lets keep the posts about recruiting.

This was a great article I hope the Gators new QB commit pushes Lemay a little bit closer to being in red and black he is a great athlete.

C-town

April 20th, 2010
12:08 pm

Its not even close, Crowell is the best RB in the Nation, Wilder is an ATH playing RB….he’s a sam LB or DE in College ……so really both could go to UGA……but I don’t see that happening

Dawghater

April 20th, 2010
12:20 pm

Hey “Buckhead Dawg” shocking headline in the Athens paper. “Another player dismissed from the UGA Football team”!

4 ncs are better than 1

April 20th, 2010
12:22 pm

Don’t go to uga, richt might run you off if he doesn’t like you.