THE TEN AT 10:
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.”
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.