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

Old Dawg

April 27th, 2010
12:42 pm

Chip, you probably need to send an e-mail to “How About Another Arrest in Athens?” His comments are inappropriate.

Saint Simons

April 27th, 2010
12:43 pm

Tech will sweep Thuga in baseball tonight!!!!! hahahahahahahahahahaha

Bulldog59

April 27th, 2010
12:48 pm

Gerald, Simms was a 3-star QB out of high school in 2007, with offers from schools like NC State, Boston College, Arizona State, etc. He wasn’t a steal, brought in under the radar by UT. He is a 3 star QB that couldn’t start at Louisville…. so he, like Logan Gray is looking for an opportunity elsewhere. Best of luck to him, but don’t expect him to lead UT to the SEC East title. Most likely, he will be a transition guy, while DD tries to land a big name for 2011.

How2fish

April 27th, 2010
12:48 pm

AlaMan yeah we will have a team, worry about your state and keeping Saban from heading to Michigan.

Mark

April 27th, 2010
12:52 pm

Gerald, Richt had problems with SEC ref’s not letting UGA run a “hurry up” offense.

Travis Carroll

April 27th, 2010
12:55 pm

AlaMan

April 27th, 2010
12:42 pm
You guys really like to talk about Atlanta and the muggers, big talk considering your team appears to be getting locked up right and left. Question is will there be anyone left on the team to actually play a game in the fall?

If a team cheats and nobody is arrested, does it count? Oh, and give me back the pick-up truck I got when I arrived on campus. You know the one, it was towed away the day before I transferred to Florida.

Deena

April 27th, 2010
1:00 pm

As a public service, it would be a big help if the AJC would have a UGA arrest alert on the front page so that even if you were in a hurry, you could keep up with the latest arrests of players.

There are so many arrests of thug players that it’s hard to keep up.

HBTD

April 27th, 2010
1:01 pm

HOW ABOUT ANOTHER ARREST IN ATHENS?

April 27th, 2010
12:30 pm
I WOULD RATHER PLAY IN A BCS GAME AND LOSE TO A TOP 10 TEAM THEN PLAY IN THE 2ND WORST BOWL THE SEC OFFERS AND BEAT THE 4TH BEST TEAM IN TEXAS!!!

Of course you would, because you’re a LOSER……………………….just like the technical school you cheer for. You’ve obviously been bred to be a LOSER.

Dorsey Hill

April 27th, 2010
1:03 pm

Gerald,

Who was more successful at transitioning from being FSU’s Off. Coordinator to being a SEC head coach: Mark Richt or Brad Scott? Isn’t the obvious answer to that question more important than why Ward went to the shot-gun full time? Afterall Scott and Bobby called the shots and the plays then, not CMR.

Second question: Did FSU crash and burn as a program after Brad Scott left or after CMR left?

Jeffro Bodeen

April 27th, 2010
1:11 pm

Everyone at FSU did such a wonderful job with Charlie Ward’s football career……probably explains why he ended up playing basketball!!!!

Gerald

April 27th, 2010
1:12 pm

Dorsey Hill makes my brain hurt. Stop confusing me with all these facts!

So....

April 27th, 2010
1:12 pm

Is Lemay over 6 feet tall?? We don’t need ANOTHER midget!

Dorsey Hill

April 27th, 2010
1:15 pm

For Deena and the others throwing around the word “thug”:

Since when does drinking an alcoholic beverage either to excess or prior to your 21st birthday make you a “thug?”

Paddy

April 27th, 2010
1:17 pm

Those that commented on Matt Sims at UT being their ans. at QB might need to rethink that position. The word I got was that his potential is scout team qb not much else. Hope not, they saw he is a great kid.

kingster

April 27th, 2010
1:18 pm

“WOW”, this is crazy, M and Saint Simon is a gnat/Saint Simons are really silly, both are talking about each other, neither one does not know each is UGA fan, both are trying to low bridge TECH, that neither can read, I believe Bulldogs fans are just straight hateful, I admit TECH has had a lot of problems with students getting robbed, and thats very bad, but our football team is maintaining the course, can UGA football team say the same, get over Da’Rick Rogers or how ever you spell his name. You got a quarterback that sick of the bench and wants to go play somewhere and another player caught drinking (being under age again) and with false ID, some one up there in Athens has a good business making false ID (cann’t you see it), having 5 starts recruit doesn’t mean everything, what type of person means a lot also, but of course that does not matter to UGA, lets get drunk ya’ll.

longdog

April 27th, 2010
1:20 pm

Not to worry we’ve got one more qb than we had last year

Dawg

April 27th, 2010
1:24 pm

UGA really needs to get Ray Drew he had better not leave this state to go to FSU!

ugaaccountant

April 27th, 2010
1:25 pm

kingster – you’re not going to find a single college graduate that cares about college kids drinking alcohol. It simply isn’t a problem and we’re all ****ed off at the Athens cops for the way they enforce this.

So....

April 27th, 2010
1:29 pm

I’m just sayin’…No Mo’ Midgets! And don’t worry about Ray Drew leaving the state to go to FSU. He’s probably going to leave the state to go to Florida!

The Hand Off

April 27th, 2010
1:44 pm

Pi$$onaDAWG. Should all great quarterbacks go to Tech so they can learn the great art of the hand off?

The rest of us

April 27th, 2010
1:45 pm

How are those sides now Pi$$onaDAWG?

Dawgforlife

April 27th, 2010
1:50 pm

Reality…here we go again…and here I have to repeat myself again…this is the definition of inferior…9 first round draft picks since 1937…UGA has 13 in the last 13 years and two more next year…1 BCS bowl bid in the 2000′ and an overall record of 2-6 in bowls…3 BCS bowl bids and an over all bowl record of 7-2…8 of the last 9 won head to head and 60-39 overall…beating tehc’s best team in 2 decades with our worst team in a decade at home…UGA a number 2 national ranking…a number 3 national ranking in the 2000’s…tech’s best team in 20 years rated 13th…UGA 6 10 win seaons in the Richt era…tech 1 10 win season in the same time period…ya’ll are just two years removed from the blue snurf turf…UGA 3 SEC title games and two championships….tech a championship in the pop warner little league ACC which is going to be swallowed up by the SEC in expansion anyway..now that is reality for you

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

April 27th, 2010
1:52 pm

So, I see Gerald has now become the most ignorant poster on these boards. I would have thought St Simons would have held the crown longer but hat’s off to Gerald (it’s not easy being that stupid)

Dawgforlife

April 27th, 2010
1:54 pm

as far as UGA fans being hateful kingster, hateful is what happened when Rennie Curren was drafted and the tech fans came on to that UGA story. Many of them trashed him on a personal level. He just got the dream of his life fulfilled and they came in to bash on him…now that is hateful

Good Grief

April 27th, 2010
1:55 pm

I dont see how Tech fans think they can bash UGA for their season last year. Check the scoreboard, losers. LOL. We have a right to talk trash, we won the game! Thats just how it works. Go whine on your own blog. haha

So....

April 27th, 2010
1:55 pm

No Mo’ Midgets! No Mo’ Midgets!

Pi$$onaDAWG

April 27th, 2010
1:56 pm

D4L as Hateful as UGAers saying Dwyer is a drug addict. Get over it some fan are just going to be that way.

Attack of the Rothelisberger

April 27th, 2010
1:59 pm

The only issue with the UGA program is conditioning…and lack of assistant/position coaches. The best assistants Richt has had on staff is VanGorder, Searles, and Gardner!! However, all that is about to change with the recent additions to the defensive side of the ball…where championships are won. I’m not saying its going to happen this year…but its all developing. Just need a bonified OC beside Bobo. He’s made his imprint with UGA, as player and coach….but he just doesnt have the creativity to open up the playbook. It still stays the same year after year, not requiring other teams to make significant adjustments during games. Points are being put on the board cause of the talents…but the games are being lost by coaching!!

Napoleon Dynamite

April 27th, 2010
1:59 pm

GOSH, Tech is awesome. They’re pretty much my favorite team.

ehhhhhh

April 27th, 2010
2:03 pm

Why are they (SI) calling A.J. Green “Calvin Johnson-Light.” I agree he is no CJ, but I mean he’s really a totally different type of WR. Just sayin

HANGMAN

April 27th, 2010
2:23 pm

i KWWP ASKING AND WOULD REALLY LIKE TO KNOW….WHAT’S HAPPENED TO JOE COX?

The rest of us

April 27th, 2010
2:24 pm

I can’t believe I thought someone with Pi$$ in their name would actually answer a question. My mistake.

HANGMAN

April 27th, 2010
2:24 pm

Jon

April 27th, 2010
2:28 pm

To all of the losers arguing, get a f’n life. Some of you just need a job. Chip Towers, why doesn’t AJC just ban these idiots arguing? I come here to read about the Dawgs and recruiting, but everyday I find a small group of losers trying to look “supeiror”. I guess it’s true very team has their idiots. Yes, I’m peaking to Tech and my fellow UGA followers. Get a life…

Chip, ban them already this is childish

St. Simons' Daddy

April 27th, 2010
2:29 pm

Junior…. Your mom asked you to take the trash out two hours ago. Go on and get of the pc and quit watching teletubbies. I just wanted to remind you of something. ((((((((((((((30-24)))))))))))))))))
ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

258DAWG

April 27th, 2010
2:31 pm

Naganole – If you have read any recruiting service in the last year OR have been down to south florida and recieved the latest update on Bridgewater it has ALWAYS been the same. He grew up a DAWG fan, He has ALWAYS listed them at the top of his list as colleges to attend and now he finally has an offer. So yea he WILL commit to UGA.

NOLEFAN needs to be worried about who will be carrying the ball for them this year and how to beat VT and MIAMI not about ANYTHING else.

patrick M Sulley

April 27th, 2010
2:33 pm

Gerald???? ummmm the SEC has been the best conference many years before Saban and Meyers.

First let me give you a link so you can look for your self.
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http://cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/rankings/decade_conf_rankings.php?period=2000-2008
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From 2000 to 2008 the SEC was ranked #1,
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From 1990 to 1999 the SEC was ranked #2,
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From 1980 to 1989 the SEC was ranked #1
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From 1970 to 1979 the SEC was ranked #2
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From 1960 to 1969 the SEC was ranked #1,
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From 1950 to 1956 the SEC was ranked #1,
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I dont think Meyers and Saban was coaching from 1950 to 2000 were they?

Pi$$onaDAWG

April 27th, 2010
2:34 pm

“the REST” why should I not answer if I can be on-line. Part of this is give and take right? It is all good.

patrick M Sulley

April 27th, 2010
2:37 pm

Gerald..you dont like Richt?
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under Richt

He is 24-7 against the SEC West.

He is 28-16 against the SEC East.

He is 38-4 against nonconference opponents.

He is 8-1 against Georgia Tech.

He won four of his first five games against Tennessee, but has lost three of the last four against the Vols since then.

He was born the same year as Chuck D of Public Enemy.

Ranks third in winning percentage among active college coaches that have coached for at least five years, now that Pete Carroll left USC for the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks.

He is 90-27, trailing only Urban Meyer (96-18) and Bob Stoops (117-29).

patrick M Sulley

April 27th, 2010
2:38 pm

Gerald………Mark Richt is one of only six coaches to win two SEC football championships in their first five years coaching. He is also one of only five head coaches in SEC history to record four straight 10-win seasons

The Forward Pass

April 27th, 2010
2:38 pm

Dear Georgia Tech,
Please think about using me next year. And not just at the end of games you’re losing either.
Truly,
The Forward Pass

patrick M Sulley

April 27th, 2010
2:39 pm

Gerald…you dont like Richt.
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Coach Richt’s Red and Black outfits have never posted a losing record in conference play and six of his last eight squads have finished 6-2 or better in regular-season SEC contests.

patrick M Sulley

April 27th, 2010
2:40 pm

Gerald how about this…Mark Richt’s overall success in Southeastern Conference action—including two SEC titles, three conference championship game appearances, and four finishes of no worse than tied for first place in the East, with no losing records in the process—is without parallel in Georgia football history.

patrick M Sulley

April 27th, 2010
2:41 pm

Gerald ere you attempt to argue that Coach Richt’s superb out-of-conference ledger is the product of schedules stacked with the likes of

Northwestern State,

Western Kentucky,

Tennessee Tech, and

Hawaii in the 2008 Sugar Bowl,

I should hasten to point out that he is 21-4 against

Arizona State,

Boise State,

Boston College,

Clemson,

Colorado,

Florida State,

Georgia Tech,

Michigan State,

Oklahoma State,

Purdue,

Texas A&M,

Virginia Tech,

West Virginia, and

Wisconsin.

Even if we factor out Division I-AA teams, Sun Belt squads, and similar schedule fodder, Coach Richt is .840 against teams from automatic BCS-qualifying conferences other than the SEC. (Yes, I’m going ahead and counting the Broncos in that category because the Mountain West will get a guaranteed bid as soon as Boise State is invited to join.)

Chip Towers

April 27th, 2010
2:45 pm

Old Dawg: They are and I did. Thanks.

Paul's Johnson

April 27th, 2010
2:51 pm

Saint simon when u coming over?

wow

April 27th, 2010
3:01 pm

Gerald,

I think SOMEBODY forgot to take their medications this morning…..

James T. Kirk

April 27th, 2010
3:07 pm

While the Tech dynasty is reaching new galaxies, the mutts are spiraling ever more rapidly down the toilet. Tech possesses the best coach, the best wideout wide receiver and the best running halfbacks in all the land. Oh yea, a little guy named Joshua Nezbit that will most definitely win the Heisman contest this year.

Ole Bucky St Simons

April 27th, 2010
3:12 pm

BASEBALL IS THE ONLY IMPORTANT SPORT! KISS OFF DAWGS!!

lax

April 27th, 2010
3:14 pm

Actually, the SEC has been dominating for decades, but the Big 10 homers in the media did everything possible to ignore it and to keep voting the better SEC programs down. It wasn’t until the “GREATEST TRAVESTY IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL HISTORY” occurred in 2006, when Ohio St. and Michigan weren’t allowed to play each other again for the national championship, that the myth of the Big 10 was finally destroyed. Both teams were prison-raped in their respective bowl games, forcing ALL the disgustingly biased Big 10 homers in the sports media to eat crow. And even then they couldn’t force themselves to admit their beloved Big 10 teams were outplayed, outcoached or out manned, they simply lost to “speed” and they underestimated the speed in the SEC and at USC. The Big 10 has been a joke for years, but now since they FINALLY had a decent bowl showing last year, I predict that will give the homos in the media enough of a reason to put all 11 teams in the preseason polls for at least the next 5 years.