Ten at 10: As Gray mulls future, UGA recruits multiple QBs

THE TEN AT 10:

If Logan Gray chooses to leave Georgia, the Bulldogs second-string quarterback is in high school. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

If Logan Gray chooses to leave Georgia, the Bulldogs second-string quarterback is in high school. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

1. Nobody can be sure at this point what quarterback Logan Gray will decide about his future at the University of Georgia, but the Bulldogs have never take for granted his presence under center. The rising junior, buried on the depth chart since arriving at UGA from Columbia, Mo., met with coach Mark Richt Monday morning reportedly to discuss the possibility of transferring. If he chooses to leave, that would leave the Bulldogs dangerously thin at the most important position in football. And even if he stays, Georgia desperately needs to shore up the position thanks to Zach Mettenberger’s dismissal. That’s why the Bulldogs have been so busy recruiting quarterbacks since last fall.

2. Don’t be surprised if Georgia ends up signing more than one quarterback this year. It already had offered five quarterbacks for the Class of 2011 before the latest news regarding Gray. One of them — Scout.com’s No. 2-ranked Christian LeMay of Matthews, N.C. — will choose between the Bulldogs and four other teams on Friday. LeMay and his father, The Rev. Stacy LeMay, have visited UGA five times since last summer and have deemed the situation in Athens “very attractive.” The Bulldogs have also offered Scout’s No. 1-ranked Braxton Miller of Huber Heights, Ohio; Nick Marshall of Wilcox County; C.J. Uzomah of North Gwinnett; and Max Wittek of Santa Ana, Calif. And those are just the quarterbacks with hard-and-fast offers. Several others are being actively recruited, including Miami’s Teddy Bridgewater, another Top 5 prospect.

3. Wittek, a longshot to start with for Georgia, is a really a long shot now. He committed to USC coach Lane Kiffin over the weekend. “I had a checklist of things I wanted in a program and everywhere else had a few of them,” Wittek told ESPN.com. “But every time I thought about it, it came back to USC and it ended up being the school I was always thinking about. Obviously their legacy of quarterbacks in the past few years has been great.”

4. They say dogs work in packs, and that certainly has been the case of the Georgia coaching staff this week. On Monday seven of the Bulldogs’ coaches — the maximum allowed on the road at one time by the NCAA — swept through South Georgia visiting the top prospects in the region. Today they are doing the same thing in North Georgia. It’s the second week of a six-weeks-long evaluation period that continues until May 31. According to DawgPost.com, prospects the Bulldogs evaluated on Monday included tight end Jay Rome and cornerback Malcolm Mitchell of Valdosta; running back Isaiah Crowell and defensive lineman Gabe Wright of Carver-Columbus; wide receiver Justin Scott of Mitchell County; offensive tackle Xzavier Ward of Colquitt County; running back Quan Bray of Callaway (Hogansville); and defensive end Ray Drew of Thomas County Central,

5. Georgia Tech coaches are employing a different tactic. They spread out across the state this week to achieve maximum coverage. One of the first players the Jackets got in to see was Monroe Area defensive end Stephon Tuitt, according to JacketsOnline.com. “[Recruiting coordinator and defensive line] Coach [Andy] McCollum came by the school today to see and he let my coach know it was his first stop,” Tuitt told JacketsOnline’s Kelly Quinlan. “He told him I am his number one priority and it feels really good that they want me so bad at Tech. I like Coach McCollum and I was happy to see him at the school.” The 6-foot-5, 252-pound Tuitt is one of the top prospects in Georgia this year and has multiple offers. Including Tech his top five are Georgia, Notre Dame, Clemson and Tennessee. The Bulldogs are expected to come through Monroe on Tuesday.

6. Team Georgia, a 7-on-7 team comprised mainly of Atlanta-area players, finished third in a recent Badgers Sports tournament in Tuscaloosa, Ala. They will now advance to a national on July 4, also in Tuscaloosa. According to Stephenson assistant coach Corey Johnson, players on the team include Regis Ball, Jordan Mincy, Kadetrix Marcus, David Stevenson, Jared Boyd, Willie Davis, Ceyron Willingham, Jabari Hunt-Days, Amarlo Herrera, Corey Moore, Xzavier Dickson, Rory Anderson, Ronnie Harris, Chris Davis and Bray.

7. One of the few knocks on Florida’s football program is that coach Urban Meyer’s spread offense does not properly prepare players for the NFL. But the selection of quarterback Tim Tebow in the first round along with the fact that the Gators had a national best nine players drafted has instead given Meyer more ammunition for recruits.  “I’m proud of all of our players who now have a chance to fulfill a life-long dream and play in the NFL,” Meyer told The Gainesville Sun. “When we were recruiting them we sat in their living rooms and we talked about graduating, winning championships and going to the NFL. It’s something special to see that happen.”

Gainesville's Tai-ler Jones (7) leaps up to make a TD grab in Notre Dame's spring game. (Marcus Marter/South Bend Tribune)

Gainesville's Tai-ler Jones (7) leaps up to make a TD grab in Notre Dame's spring game. (Marcus Marter/South Bend Tribune)

8. It’s official: Gainesville’s Tai-ler Jones is the biggest surprise of Notre Dame’s recruiting class. The AJC Super 11 wide receiver capped off his impressive spring with another eye-opening performance in the Fighting Irish spring game. He had four catches for 56 yards, including an impressive leaping, over-the-shoulder grab for a touchdown. The early enrollee is expected to start in the slot this fall. “He’s physical, he plays fast, he’s smart,” Notre Dame’s first-year coach Brian Kelly told the South Bend Tribune. Here is another story on Jones from the WSBT-TV website. By the way, the Notre Dame faithful now refer to Jones as simply, “T.J.”

9. Running back Malcom Crockett, known in his hometown of Washington, D.C., as “Crockett the Rocket,” was among the many visitors at Georgia Tech’s T-Day game this past weekend. He spoke very highly of the Yellow Jackets afterward. “I liked the way the coaches embraced me and showed me love,” Crockett told GoJackets.com. “They talked straight to me and showed me where I’d be in the triple option.”

10. Oregon did indeed name Dana Altman its new basketball coach on Monday. And he has wasted little time identifying his main recruiting target. Los Angeles small forward Dwayne Polee, who was scheduled to announce his choice between Georgia, St. Johns and UNLV this past Saturday, postponed that decision in order to take a look at the Ducks. He now has an official visit to Eugene scheduled for Friday.

191 comments Add your comment

dowgever

April 27th, 2010
10:13 am

Saint Simons

April 27th, 2010
10:15 am

UGA = Thug U

ATLANTA

April 27th, 2010
10:25 am

UGA will be a great team this year as ever before. If you look at their 2010 schedule, you have somthing to smile if you are a dowg fun. Dont be suprise if they end the season with 12-1

Saint Simons is a gnat

April 27th, 2010
10:28 am

Better a THUGA than an always getting muGged aT U!

And btw, WE RUN THIS STATE!! 30-24!!!
hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

IL Jacket

April 27th, 2010
10:28 am

Chip,

How about hitting the spellchecker before posting. This is not exactly market-moving news.

Amazing

April 27th, 2010
10:28 am

Saint Simons = Scum

Amazing

April 27th, 2010
10:31 am

If the Braves continue with the present trend, they may catch Tech’s record against UGA.

Um, no...

April 27th, 2010
10:32 am

Tai-ler Jones would have a heck of a spring against Notre Dame defenders. Tavarres King, Marlon Brown, and Israel Troupe could do the same. ND can load up all it wants on offense but when your defense is slow and porous you’re going to have to score a lot of points!

The D

April 27th, 2010
10:32 am

Come to Tech where you can get mugged in between classes, yeah!!!!

Dap

April 27th, 2010
10:32 am

Saint Simons: Until someone can safely walk through GA Tech’s campus, don’t call anyone Thug U.

I bet you did not even go to Tech, I bet you don’t even work.

gomdawg

April 27th, 2010
10:34 am

Nick Williams On Bainbridge is a great QB he led his team to the state play-offs

dawgs01

April 27th, 2010
10:34 am

This could be a long yr for UGA. If Gray leaves, we do not have a someone to come in if murray gets injured. Mason is not a SEC qb. He was recruited to be a backup. When we recruited him we were stacked with qb’s they had no intentions of him seeing the field. He does not have a strong arm and played in an offense that allowed him to rack up stats. Check out game film on him all his throws are like 5 yards when he played colquit he threw like 5 ints. Dont just look at his stats and think he is great check out his film most recruiting agencies do not even have him ranked. I just hope Murray stays healthy bc if Gray could not beat out Joe C. i did not want him starting anyway. Gray could not beat Cox. just think about it

Bdawg

April 27th, 2010
10:37 am

Lemay’s got to be a lock if Gray does indeed leave. I’m going to put stock in Mark Richt’s ability to evaluate QBs over a hack with a computer who sees one scrimmage. There’s a reason Cox was starting over Gray. I hope that he doesn’t leave, but if I’m picking between Lemay and his buddies and Gray, I’m taking Lemay.

M

April 27th, 2010
10:43 am

I don’t read the AJC comment boards very often. Every time I do, Saint Simon has got something to say about UGA. What a loser. I know most Tech fans are a bunch of nerds and dorks, but Saint Simon is the epitome of a tech jackass. Always jealous of the dawgs. Always taking bogus stabs at UGA and fans. I guess he feels that if he can make dawg fans mad, it might equate to the misery he goes through each year as a tech fan. When colleges start competing in Quantum Physics, tech might have some success at something and Saint Simon might be a little bit happier. Until then, Saint Simon, try to accept your team’s inferior abilities and successes.
Ok, I’ll bite on your comment today. If we agree that we are Thug U, will you agree that Tech is Terrorist U ?

Reality

April 27th, 2010
10:45 am

Another dog arrested.

Why would ANY recruit want to go to Athens? Arrests, no 1st round draft picks, no chance at a conference title, no chance at BCS game, etc…..

What must their slogan be? Come to UGA where the chicks are hot until you are in jail and become another man’s bitch?

AT

April 27th, 2010
10:47 am

I need to get a job at the AJC if all I have to do is read other people web site’s and publish the news. Wow you are the man chip you are the biggest pimp since Bishop Don Magic Juan

Reality

April 27th, 2010
10:47 am

@M –

You’ve got to be kidding?!?! Tech not competititve? Let’s see…….. In 2009/10 alone, football conference champs, football BCS game, basketball NCAA tourney, winning baseball team (likely CWS bound), etc….

NONE of those 4 things can UGAg say. So if YOU think GA Tech is inferior, what MUST UGAg be? LOL!

Bishop

April 27th, 2010
10:48 am

Georgia State will welcome you with open arms!

shawn

April 27th, 2010
10:49 am

Sure would be nice to have Devin Burns enrolled as he had planned. Too bad UGA treated him like crap.

Jonas Grumby

April 27th, 2010
10:52 am

Here’s a sleeper QB for you Dog fans. Greg Bingham of Columbus High has committed as an invited walk-on. He played for a really bad team (all magnet school) so he got crushed. But he’s 6-4, has a cannon arm, is really smart and has impeccable character. He’s an all-state goalie in soccer. He has Mettenberger size and arm but very mature.

FearTheNerd

April 27th, 2010
10:53 am

Where’s the hardware M? 30 years and counting, right champ?
Your pores weep inferiority. If you could clarify the terrorist thing as well that would be great.

UGA is not ThugU either. Sometimes dumb kids make dumb mistakes. It happens everywhere. I just think the odds are a little better in Athens due to the always simmering primordial soup.

Ron Mexico

April 27th, 2010
10:55 am

Love the Thug U comments. Also love that those “Thugs” will make more money than the posters calling them thugs LOL. Wonder how many of you have DUI’s on your records right now? Bet its a lot. Hmmmm.

ben

April 27th, 2010
10:55 am

Who cares if Logan leaves…he can go fair catch punts for someone else. We need someone who is ready to play. Logan never will be….period. If Murray goes down it just makes HM a better QB (also means our season is done, but it would also if LG was back there). I hope Logan stays and wish him the best if he leaves but it will not hurt our program regardless of what he decides. CMR is a great coach and all the haters can go to the Tech blog and talk about meaningless stuff like how the Star Trek guy retired.

Chip Towers

April 27th, 2010
10:56 am

IL Jacket: Thanks for noticing. LOL! Was running a little late this morning and had to post this blog kind of raw so it would indeed be the Ten at 10 and not the “Ten at 11.” I’ve gone back through and hopefully caught any typos. I know you’ll let me know if I didn’t.

LOL

April 27th, 2010
10:59 am

Since when is UGA GayTechs Bi*ches. I think they been smoking the wacky tabacky over there in Tech Land this morning. Ole Butterball over there has two years tops before he gets fired. Bet that.

jasont13

April 27th, 2010
11:00 am

So I guess people who drink underage and have a fake id are considered Thugs. With this logic, I guess we are all thugs because I can almost gurantee most of the people on here have drank under age.

BurningRedBleedingBlack

April 27th, 2010
11:00 am

Saint Simons you’d think you would have learned son to watch your mouth after that beat down you girls took at home.

Worm

April 27th, 2010
11:01 am

Dawgs are at Pepperell today to see Dakota Ball and Kyle harris..Also will be in Rossville to see Bowman.

Chip Towers

April 27th, 2010
11:03 am

Jonas Grumby: Good point on Greg Bingham. I believe there are at least two other walk-on QBs coming in, Parker Welch of Wayne County and one other kid whose name escapes me at the moment. Please share if you happen to know for sure.

Ron Mexico

April 27th, 2010
11:04 am

And I think M has a great point there Techies. You were home to a real terrorist, we just have kids that make mistakes. BIG difference there. Course I’d probably want to be a terrorist too if all the women at my school didn’t shave their pits. Woof Woof!

Chip Towers

April 27th, 2010
11:05 am

shawn: You’re right about Devin Burns. It will be interesting to see how he does at Maryland. And how about the situation now facing Hutson Mason? Circumstances can change awfully fast in college football.

Chip Towers

April 27th, 2010
11:08 am

AT: The “Ten at 10″ is what is known as an “aggregation blog.” It’s a collection of news and information of local interest from all over. And it’s not all I do.

naganole

April 27th, 2010
11:09 am

-Bdawg Lemay is a UGA lock. That a monster pull for Richt., He’s going to be able to develop a transition from one good QB to another. Murray to Lemay is sweet for UGA.

-Chip C’mon man, why pump these people up. Neither Wright, Crowell, Rome, Marshall, Miller, Wittek, or Drew are going to be Dawgs. (facepalm)

-GT new QB pledge Willis is a big win for CPJ. He’s getting a stable of QBs that can actually pass in addition to running the TO (unlike Nesbit). Gonna be scary when those QBs can fake a pitch, pull up and throw a strike..Yikes. Luckily they have rotated off FSU’s conference schedule for the next two years…

UGA72

April 27th, 2010
11:13 am

Whatever his decision, I wish Logan the best. If he stays at UGA, he will see time beneath center. And I agree with Fear the Nerd: These kids aren’t thugs. They may be athletes, but they are also young, and they are college students. Duh!

Larry

April 27th, 2010
11:14 am

Reality – the ACC is not a football conference – Just ask Iowa.

red5.ws

April 27th, 2010
11:16 am

PTC DAWG

April 27th, 2010
11:17 am

Nice article, but to those who come here and knock other schools, you just expose your lack of any common sense at all.

AceDawg

April 27th, 2010
11:27 am

ben – I’d think if Murray gets hurt you’d not be happy than we would be down to one true freshman quarterback that didn’t even go through spring practice. getting down to one true freshman would mean Richt would have to call Paul Johnson on how to run an option offense…
Gray looks like a capable player at QB – maybe not consistent like an all-American NFL prospect, but certainly a guy that can move the chains between his throwing and running. Still, yes, if Murray stays healthy, I’d love to have Gray stay with UGA and work on a different position while serving as a backup qb still.

02 & 05 were off years in the SEC

April 27th, 2010
11:29 am

ATTENTION RECRUITS! Have you ever seen a team as poorly managed as the Dogs? Sinking sink. Richt will not survive 2010. Look elsewhere.

STEINER

April 27th, 2010
11:30 am

Saint Simons:
Thought you had gone on an extended fishing trip….Good that you are still around….Was worrying about you after that November 28 win by the Dawgs at “The Little House’….Good to have you back…

Flo-Ri-Duh!

April 27th, 2010
11:32 am

Maybe Logan wil transfer to Tech…. where at QB running is more valued than passing.

Reality Bites

April 27th, 2010
11:32 am

I gets so mad when I think about how much better Georgia Bulldog football is!

BAMA STAN

April 27th, 2010
11:36 am

13 NATIONAL TITLES – 22 SEC TITLES!!!

Interesting QB situation at UGA – but hoestly, UGA will be fine – whether Logan Gray transfers or stays – UGA will be just fine:
– I think Murray is the real deal and will do well at UGA.
– Hutson Mason is a talent – is eager – and will get a crash course on running the base offense.
– LeMay will probably commit to UGA – which may attract some other ELITE players at WR and RB.

On offense – UGA will be fine because:
– the entire O-Line is returning and has depth
– Good stable of RB’s – Caleb King stepped up last year from playing scared to hitting defenders and Ealey is a solid back – not Ingram level – but a solid SEC back.
– WR’s are talented – but UGA needs some depth here as well.

But a key reason why UGA will be fine on offense is defense, Folks – it works hand in hand. and I think UGA will see improvement on defense:
– Will be more agressive
– get some turn overs
– will get some STOPS!!! Too many teams had sustained drives against UGA last year.

Really looking forward to seeing how the 3-4 works in Athens next year -and at TECH as well. Also, looking forward to seeing if AUBURN makes improvement on their defense next year as well.

On Logan Gray:
He has given it his best shot – and wants to start as a QB. A transfer to 1AA school (like Ga Southern, UT Chatt, Furman. etc) would allow him to lead a team. If he indeed transfers – let’s wish him the best.

Gerald

April 27th, 2010
11:37 am

Chip And Shawn:

Devin Burns was never going to play QB for UGA, and he also isn’t going to play QB for Maryland. Burns is not a pro-style passer, and he doesn’t have big time ability for a dual threat QB like Josh Nesbitt. Burns is a WR/DB sort. UGA may have put him at QB as an emergency basis because of Mettenberger and Gray leaving, but he would have been just another Hutson Mason or Joe Tereshenski III, a guy with no potential to help the progam at QB, in that scenario. (I know, Charlie Ward was a guy brought in as an athlete while Richt was at FSU who was moved to the QB depth chart out of need, but Richt, who wasn’t the offensive coordinator back then, had practically nothing to do with Ward, who was recruited by another coach and developed by Bobby Bowden and Brad Scott. Plus Devin Burns is no Charlie Ward, who was the Georgia high school player of the year.) Also, there are other former high school QBs on UGA’s depth chart at WR, DB or whatever.

Sorry, the way UGA treated Devin Burns was bush-league, but he would not have been the solution to the problem that UGA has now. Especially when you consider that had Mettenburger won the job, Murray AND Gray would likely be trying to transfer.

258DAWG

April 27th, 2010
11:37 am

UGA wins the SEC in 2010.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

April 27th, 2010
11:37 am

i’ve got a feeling that things are about to get interesting. me thinks Gray is gone, and we sign LeMay and Marshall for QBs in 2011.

Jeffro Bodeen

April 27th, 2010
11:39 am

Think the Nance kid from Calhoun wishes he’d followed DaRick to Athens as a walk-on? There might be enough QB’s to quit or get injured at UGA for him to actually get to play!!

The Ghost Of Wally Butts

April 27th, 2010
11:41 am

Hey Chip, thanks for allowing us to post comments after your article.

Little Timmy Tucker won’t let people comment after he writes “Geraldo-like” stories of arrests and misdemeanors.

Thanks again, friend-o.

258DAWG

April 27th, 2010
11:42 am

Lemay and Bridgewater will commit to UGA and Lemay will enrole early.
We will be fine! with the best WR-K-P in the nation, experienced line with depth, all SEC TE’s, and a much better Defense this year. It will all pan out and fall into place; just take it one game at a time and we’re good!

Gerald

April 27th, 2010
11:42 am

Larry:

Iowa has also beaten Florida and LSU in recent bowl games. As has Michigan and Penn State, and Northwestern took Auburn to overtime. So, is the SEC not a real conference?