Ten at 10: Tech, UGA look to improve on in-state recruiting (updated)

THE TEN AT 10:

1. If you base it on player rankings, neither Georgia nor Georgia Tech are exactly tearing up in-state basketball recruiting. There are seven players from Georgia on the Rivals 150 list of the nation’s top recruits. Between them the two in-state majors have signed a grand total of — ZERO. And that won’t change if one or the other wins the battle for Marcus Thornton because he’s not among the 150. Who is? By ranking they are: Wheeler’s Jelan Kendrick (No. 8, Memphis); Walton’s Ryan Harrow (24, N.C. State); Liberty County’s Jordan McRae (42, Tennessee); McEachern’s Trae Golden (55, Tennessee); Liberty County’s Rion Brown (61, Miami); Norcross’ Jeremy Lamb (68, Connecticut); and Columbia’s Jershon Cobb (90, Northwestern).

2. Of course, that doesn’t mean they’re flailing around in recruiting. Tech’s one signee so far, guard Jason Morris, is a Georgia native attending the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut and is ranked No. 84 by Rivals. And one of Georgia’s three signees, 6-9 forward Cady Lalanne of Orlando, is rated 142. Another (Sharrard Brantley of Dublin) is a one-year JUCO transfer so he’s not ranked. Donte Williams, a 6-9 forward from Miller Grove, didn’t crack the 150. . . . Both schools’ coaches are trying to do better in 2011. As pointed out on the Prep Zone Blog this morning by our unofficial basketball recruiting reporter, Michael Carvell, Georgia’s Mark Fox and Tech’s Paul Hewitt were both at Milton High School on Wednesday, the last day of the spring contact period (at separate times of course). Each wanted some face time with a trio of elite prospects: 6-foot-9 power forward Julian Royal, 6-3 shooting guard Dai-Jon Parker and 6-1  point guard Shannon Scott (an Ohio State commitment).

3. Remember when I wrote a while back that Dalton’s Watts Dantzler had decided to go out for his school’s tennis team this season? Well, the 6-foot-7, 315-pound offensive lineman did and the season was recently completed. “I went 4-1 on JV, ha ha,” Dantzler told me in a recent e-mail exchange. Dantzler went on to say his whirlwind recruitment has slowed down a little lately — partly because he had his tonsils taken out last Tuesday — and he has no imminent plans to visit anywhere else right now. Dantzler is now up to 20 official scholarship offers after “discovering” one from Memphis recently. I’ll let him explain: “A good friend of mine, Brady Willocks, helped me go through a stack of about 500 letters I hadn’t opened and we found an offer from Memphis in there! So that was the 20th offer, which is awesome. I never knew I’d get that many. I’m truly blessed!” A while back Dantzler named a top five of Auburn, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. His parents are UGA alums.

4. I’ve been trying to track down quarterback Airyn Willis for the last couple of days but haven’t yet reached him. But by all accounts, he could be the next player to commit to Georgia Tech. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound from Southwest Guilford High in Highpoint, N.C., has told recruiting websites that cover the Yellow Jackets that they are his No. 1 team and that he may be “close to” committing to them. He plans to be on hand Saturday for Tech’s spring game so it could happen then if not before or after. Stay tuned.

5. Jamie Newberg, one of Rivals.com’s national recruiting analysts, addresses in his regular “Ask Jamie” feature the notion that Georgia has slipped in its in-state recruiting. There is no room here to get into his lengthy reply so I have provided THE LINK HERE if you want to read it in its entirety. But the “nut graph” of what he wrote is: “People are blowing this way out of proportion, believing the Bulldogs have lost their stranglehold on in-state recruiting. Have they? No.” He goes on to say that the Bulldogs had some bad whiffs this past year losing out on Da’Rick Rogers, JaWuan James and Jeff Whitaker. But he adds that they have made significant strides with their reach out of state and reels off the names of Georgia’s many successes outside its borders.

6. Speaking of Newberg, another interesting item he has this week is a glowing review of 2012 prospect Matt Jones. He’s calls the 6-foot-3, 217-pound running back from Seffner, Fla., “a throwback” and “a pure north-south runner with good speed.” He wrote that the rising junior eventually will have “offers from just about every team in the college game. This kid is that good.” Newberg also wrote of Jones: “Right now he says Georgia is his top dog.”

7. Auburn beat out Alabama this week to land a commitment from offensive lineman Reese Dismukes of Spanish Fort, Ala. As pointed out by ESPN.com’s Chris Low, Dismukes, who is considered one of the top center prospects in the South, is the third ESPNU 150 interior offensive lineman to commit to the Tigers for 2011. The others are Thomas O’Reilly of Marietta’s Pope High and Spencer Region of Cullman, Ala. Coach Gene Chizik’s Tigers finished with a Top 5 class last year and have been going toe-to-toe with the Tide for bluechip prospects. In fact, Stacy LeMay, the father of Scout.com’s No. 2-ranked quarterback Christian LeMay, told me earlier this week that they were “blown away” by the assemblage of talent they found on The Plains while on a recent visit there.

8. Gainesville linebacker A.J. Johnson can add LSU to his growing list of offers. The Tigers made their tender official on Wednesday. That gives the 6-foot-3, 226-pounder 15 offers in all. Johnson attended Alabama’s A-Day game this past Saturday. He was also at Georgia Tech twice during his recent spring break. Bama, Clemson and Florida are leading at this point, according to his coaches.

9. Another player I wasn’t able to track down until late this week was Georgia’s most recent commitment, Devin Bowman. I finally ran down the dynamic two-way athlete from Rossville’s Ridgeland High on Thursday. I asked him about a myriad of things, including how bad he might have wanted to play with his brother Michael Bowman at Alabama. “At the beginning, I really wanted to go to Alabama with my brother,” Bowman said. “But since I’ve been going over to Georgia they’ve made me happy and they really made my mom happy, which was a big plus.” Check back here early Friday morning to read the complete interview.

10. Griffin’s Xzavier Dickson was the latest Georgian to become an Under Armour All-American. The 6-foot-4, 238-pound defensive end accepted an invitation last week to play in the annual all-star game down in Florida. Also accepting invites last week were quarterback Brett Hundley of Chandler, Ariz., and LeMay. You can check out the whole roster on ESPN.com’s recruiting site.

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113 comments Add your comment

p-HO

April 22nd, 2010
10:06 am

go dawgs 2010!!!

April 22nd, 2010
10:08 am

Rock and Roll

April 22nd, 2010
10:09 am

Thanks for the updates Chip!

dowgever

April 22nd, 2010
10:23 am

Thanks for the good update . Mr.Chip whats the latest on Wilcox county boy Nick Marshall, he he Tech lean or GA?

Davey Boy Smith

April 22nd, 2010
10:38 am

If the picture of Dismukes on Rivals.com says anything, he will be a perfect fit at Auburn.

David

April 22nd, 2010
10:39 am

You may want to recheck AJ Johnson’s leaders, lets just say that GT isn’t exactly out of it.

David

April 22nd, 2010
10:46 am

Nick Marshall is going to come down to FSU or GT.

BigTimeTECHFan

April 22nd, 2010
10:49 am

Yea I think A.J. Johnson has Tech in his list.

Matthews Dawg

April 22nd, 2010
10:53 am

78 DAWG

April 22nd, 2010
10:53 am

No body with the skill to play in the NFL has tech on thier list and nobody that wants a job has tech on thier list, loooooosers!

ATL XMAN

April 22nd, 2010
11:01 am

know that ga tech has 3 projected to go 1st rd today and even if they are gailys recruits they still are former ga tech football players so look for only 1 to go 1st rd if he is lucky and that is D Morgan..the rest will be 2nd -5th rounders. gailys recruits were going pro already but PJ offense hurt there chances of going higher..morgan is defense so he wasnt hurt by the high school offense. bey bey is way behind and so is dwyer..nesbitt might be drafted next year but after this year running the high school offense without any of gailys other recruits left, he might lucky to finish the season healthy enough to play football at all in the pros…poor guy…this will not help the future of ga tech getting top players on the offense side of the ball…

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KD

April 22nd, 2010
11:01 am

It depends on what Lemay does at UGA, if he considers UGA or not.

dawgs01

April 22nd, 2010
11:02 am

i hope the dawgs can get Dickson away from Bama the kid is a stud. Matt Jones is a beast to at 6′3″ he will be a big back by time his junior yr of college probabaly about 235-240 by then.

BigDawg

April 22nd, 2010
11:02 am

As long as we keep Richt…why would any recruit want to come here? We might defeat Tech with Johnson ever other year or slightly better but we can’t beat outstanding SEC teams. Last year it was LSU and UF and each year under Richt we have lost to someone even UF when they weren’t very good. Sure we beat the Vandy’s, Ole Miss’, and Miss St.’s of the SEC but we always lose to the truly good SEC teams. Thus…we will never win a title with Richt as an undefeated team unless it is this upcoming season. We do not play Bama, UF is down, UT is down, and we don’t play LSU. We have a soft non-conference schedule and a weak SEC schedule in comparison to years when Bama and LSU are on the schedule. Thus…if we can’t do it this year we never will under Richt.

ATL XMAN

April 22nd, 2010
11:06 am

bigdawg..because richt and company put players in the nfl, thats why recruits come here..they can help these young guys make some big time money. pluse richt has beaten every sec team out there and will do it again many times over..he is a proven winner and treats players how they should be treated..and again can give them a chance to play in the NFL

Heywood Jablome

April 22nd, 2010
11:10 am

Trust me, Nick Marshall will not be coming to Nerdville. Dude can chunk the football. He won’t be doing that at Ghetto Yech.

The General Feeling

April 22nd, 2010
11:10 am

Speaking of Newberg… Matt Jones… The kid is that good… “Right now he says Georgia is his top dog.”

That means UGA is ahead of Connecticut, Miss State, Wofford, and Washington.

Go Jackets!

April 22nd, 2010
11:18 am

hahahahahahahahahahah uconn, miss.st, wofford & washington. What a impressive list!

ATL XMAN

April 22nd, 2010
11:20 am

you forgot UGA which pretty much whipps your teams butt everytime they play..;)

wiley

April 22nd, 2010
11:25 am

78dawg….watch the draft tonight. That will tell you all you need to know about how GT football.

wiley

April 22nd, 2010
11:26 am

Chip Towers

April 22nd, 2010
11:33 am

KD: LeMay is very much considering Georgia. . . .

BigTimeTECHFan, David: It says right there in No. 8 that A.J. Johnson visited Tech twice during his spring break, so obviously the Jackets are in it. For whatever reason his coach I talked to didn’t mention the Jackets as a leader. He said Bama, Clemson, Florida. I’ll be talking to A.J. soon so we’ll see what he says then.

dowgever: I don’t think Nick Marshall is an anybody lean right now. He’s moving very slowly and deliberately with his recruitment.

Rock and Roll

April 22nd, 2010
11:35 am

Christian LeMay would be a great pick-up for the Dawgs. He would definitely make some top prospects look UGA’s way. On top of that, he seems like a very quality young man.

ATL XMAN

April 22nd, 2010
11:35 am

wiley…nothing has changed…even tech has guys go to the NFL every now and again…but as long as PJ will be there look for that to drop aswell as your win totals…div 1aa players cant beat the better teams of college fottball that tech plays year in and year out..

those players getting drafted today out of tech were gailys and would have been drafted anyways but because they were not coached for the NFL properly, look for them to lose out on making some extra cash.

Justafan

April 22nd, 2010
11:36 am

Fire Paul Hewitt………………..

David

April 22nd, 2010
11:37 am

Just saying read Kelly Quinlan’s latest article on AJ. “Georgia Tech is in my top couple of schools,” Johnson said. “Georgia Tech will be one of the schools I keep visiting. Florida, Alabama, Clemson and Auburn are also in that mix.”

wiley

April 22nd, 2010
11:37 am

ATLXman….what are you talking about? what makes you think they will be 2nd-5th round choices? Every analyst and draft mock board has at least two tech players in the first round. While I never put a great amount of stock in espn analysts…they are generally pretty accurate. I think GT will have two or three first round picks…and all four will be drafted today. Morgan Burnett is even a first round possibility….during his pro day he ran a shuttle time that was faster than anyone at the combine and had a broad jump that would have been the best at the combine out of all players. Dallas is rumored to be looking at him for a first round pick as they need a safety…Thomas is a sure first rounder(falcons or ravens on most mocks), as is Morgan(generally a top 10 on most mocks). Dwyer could be a first round pick by San Diego or the Patriots, but if not he will be an early second round pick. In summation your wrong on many different levels.

wiley

April 22nd, 2010
11:39 am

Keep saying that ATLXMan…your words wont stop GT from continuing success under Paul Johnson. There is really no point in arguing with a troll so this is my last response to you. I can tell you are just looking to bash on Tech because you have nothing better to do. That my friend is sad.

ATL XMAN

April 22nd, 2010
11:42 am

i have watched these guys play for one and the other is that better players will be on the board ahead of them…thomas could drop to 2rd easy if the ravens see a better more NFL ready receiver /player on the board..these guys tech have on the board today cant help a team right away other than Derrick morgan..those other guys are not ready to play this year at all…first rounders will be counted on to help right away. look for morgan burnett to drop big time..dwyers 2rd or 3rd same with thomas..

Ryan

April 22nd, 2010
11:43 am

“No body with the skill to play in the NFL has tech on thier list and nobody that wants a job has tech on thier list, loooooosers!”

I am not a Techie but I owuld like to point out that Tech has 2 players that will likely be first round picks tonight and UGA has 0.

ATL XMAN

April 22nd, 2010
11:44 am

im not bashing..just telling the truth and from what some other football guys that are really in with the pros are saying…thomas is not a sure first rounder…he has lots to learn…better value in the later rounds as his upside is pretty good

UGAX

April 22nd, 2010
11:49 am

Chip-

What is the recruiting word on Dickson?. Is he an Alabama lean?. I’ve seen him in high school- he’s a beast.

wiley

April 22nd, 2010
11:51 am

You obviously haven’t seen these guys play as much as I have. D. Thomas is an incredibly gifted receiver who has the skills to play from day one in the NFL. He is a monster and only needs to work on route running, which given his strong work ethic wont be hard. His hands, size, speed, and football smarts are incredibly high in comparison to other WRs in this class…do you know how to read a NFL scouting report? NFL teams sure do and I am pretty sure they know a little more about evaluating a player than you. I will admit that Dwyer and Burnett could fall to the third but no way they ever fall further than that with the weakness of this draft class at RB and Safety positions. I promise this is my last response.

Rock and Roll

April 22nd, 2010
11:52 am

Back to basketball. . . . . . .haha, just kidding.

RxDawg

April 22nd, 2010
11:54 am

1. Well that kinda stinks. It’s too bad our best state players don’t wont to attend our best state universities. Eh, collge basketball has just turned into a farm league for the best players anyways. It’s kind of sad.

2. Well maybe they can both turn it around.

3. An offensive lineman that plays tennis. How can that not put a grin on anyone’s face :)

4. Well good for him and tech. Is he an atheletic type of QB?

5. If you try to recruit someone, there is a pretty good chance that they could go somewhere else. That’s true for any school and any recruit. Were fine….in football at least.

6. Really? Well that’s great, but it’s a long ways off. Recruits opinions can be fickle. That said, were due for a stud RB recruit.

7. Hehe, makes me kind of giggle when Auburn beat’s Bama (and all their national championships!!!) for a recruit. They seem to be getting their act together down on the plains. I’ll like that, till they jump up and beat my dawgs. Then I won’t like it so much.

8. That’s too bad. UGA has missed out on a lot of LB’s for the past few years for some reason. That’s not to knock the great one’s we have picked up.

9. <..>
O.O

10. Grats to him, and good job representing our state.

flip

April 22nd, 2010
12:24 pm

Marshall is a real QB, therefore he will have absolutely nothing to do with the tools from North Ave.

Carnes

April 22nd, 2010
12:26 pm

Ryan –

Those are Gailey’s recruits, not St. Johnson’s. St. Johnson is more comfortable with Gailey’s boy at QB than his own. This speaks volumes.

Atlanta Warrior

April 22nd, 2010
12:38 pm

Chip, two other Georgia natives inked D-1 Hoops scholarships with Marquette. Stone Mountain native Jamail Jones (ranked 53rd in the nation by Scouts.com) is now at Monteverde Prep in Florida. National Junior College Player of the Year Jae Crowder hails from Villa Ricca.

UFGator

April 22nd, 2010
12:50 pm

Carnes -

Gailey’s recruits, yes. Gailey was recruits coach, no.

Paul Johnson was the guy who coached them up and the real reason GT has 4 guys going, possibly 3 in the first round. Latest McShay draft has Dallas taking Morgan Burnett in the first round.

It’s ultimately the coaches job to get the players the skills and position to get all the great recognition those 4 GT guys are getting now. I know you all are bitter UGA fans who have 0 going in the first round and want to believe Paul Johnson won’t be able to recruit, but if this year is any indication you’re in for a serious let down.

Paul Johnson is one of the best coaches in college football and he knows what to do with recruits. Now GT has Al Groh who is 100X’s the 3-4 defensive coach that newbie Todd Grantham is. I say newbie because this is his first DC job in college football, after getting fired from his only other DC job in the NFL. When players are being recruited for GT they will be told that they can play for Al Groh who is known as one of the great 3-4 coaches in all of college football learning from Parcells and Belichick and has put a number of players in the NFL from his defense. IMO, UGA will find themselves trying to keep up with GT on defense until Grantham can show he knows what he’s doing. Al Groh already has a name for himself and when GT named him coach he pulled two defensive players just one week later. How many did Grantham pull after being the 3rd choice for UGA? -0-.

Paul Johnson can coach and that’s what puts players in the NFL along with talent, but it takes two.

GO GATORS!

Buzzzed

April 22nd, 2010
12:53 pm

Scout says Nick Marshall has Bball and football scholarship offers from Tech. He will have a good opportunity go pro early in either sport if he goes to Tech (as compared to other schools).

GT4Ever

April 22nd, 2010
12:58 pm

Carnes

April 22nd, 2010
12:26 pm
Ryan –

Those are Gailey’s recruits, not St. Johnson’s. St. Johnson is more comfortable with Gailey’s boy at QB than his own. This speaks volumes

Carnes,
JN has run this offense for two years and has been great at it so why would CPJ sit him and put in a Sophmore and/or two red shirt freshman?

UFGator = Bitter Yech fan

April 22nd, 2010
1:00 pm

Sad you losers still hide behind the Gay-tors. Those are Gailey’s boys. Johnson’s recruits are forced to leave school since he’s so dependent on Gailey’s boys.

Marcus

April 22nd, 2010
1:00 pm

Enter your comments here

Bates

April 22nd, 2010
1:01 pm

The question is why is Johnson more comfortable with Gailey’s recruits than his own? I thought Johnson was so supposed to be the second coming the Bear?

Flo-Ri-Duh!

April 22nd, 2010
1:02 pm

Heh – “General Feeling” – don’t put down Wofford. They would have kicked Tech’s butt 5 out of the last 6 years. As far as 1st place for Matt Jones goes it is early but you can’t get better than 1st place. I didn’t see Tech on the list and you think they would have already offered him by now.

put down the crack pipe

April 22nd, 2010
1:03 pm

“Scout says Nick Marshall has Bball and football scholarship offers from Tech. He will have a good opportunity go pro early in either sport if he goes to Tech (as compared to other schools).”

Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight. Because the SEC is so horrible and can’t get anyone drafted……..

RollTide

April 22nd, 2010
1:05 pm

carnes,

You are absolutely right. CPJ is the most overrated coach to come along in the past decade. He can’t recruit and was heavily dependent on Gailey’s recruits. He has been exposed.

Had HALF the ACC not been crappy enough last year to finish the regular season .500 or worse, he wouldn’t have even played for the conference title.

Jiff

April 22nd, 2010
1:06 pm

No talented QB is going to go to Yech. Same is true for WR’s. Johnson is going to be stuck recruiting “athletes” or converting guys to these positions.

lol @ trolling UGA fans

April 22nd, 2010
1:10 pm

CPJ has only had 2 full classes of recruits. Of course he is going to use mostly juniors and seniors….for a school that only has football and women’s gymnastics, you guys don’t know a lot about football.

I guess he should use a lot of freshmen and sophomores to appease all of you trolls out there.

BTW the only thing that is stopping Dwyer from being a lock at 1st round is his combine performance due to an injury that impeded his training. His proday results brought his stock back up. It had nothing to do with playing in our offense…nice try though.

I hope the best for our former GT players in this year’s draft! We will probably get 2 1st rounders and 2 2nd rounders but I’m hoping for 3 1st and 1 second.

Roll Turd

April 22nd, 2010
1:16 pm

Are you kidding me redneck? the most overrated coach to come along in a decade? Surely you can’t be serious. Look at his record against your mighty SEC during his FIRST 2 YEARS at Tech! You can’t hide stupid.