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

Saint Simons

April 27th, 2010
4:09 pm

My overrated Jackettes got their butts whipped 30-24 by the Dawgs on our own “historic” Grant Field Field in our tiny little Bobby Dodd Stadium that only sells out when UGA. Clemson or FSU comes to town!

My beloved Jackettes were ACC Chumpions but could not even win our own state championship and still haven’t won a major bowl since he 1950s.

It makes me cry and whine that Mark Richt is undefeated in little Bobby Dodd Stadium.

Mr. Spock

April 27th, 2010
4:12 pm

Beam me up Scotty!!! The best way to get a sell out at little bitty Bobby Dodd Stadium is to schedule a Star Trek Convention. That will attract way more Techies than a football game!

I keep hearing some numbers….what is 30-24?

Saint Simons

April 27th, 2010
4:13 pm

Might I whine that 1 out of 9 is probably a fluke? Oh gee, now I have to go cry to my mommy!

Your Boss

April 27th, 2010
4:14 pm

Why do they call Georgia Tech fans “the disciples?”

Answer: Because there are only 12 of them.

James T. Kirk

April 27th, 2010
4:36 pm

There is nothing wrong with Star Trek conventions. Clearly you have never been to one. The women there would put the mutts in Athens you call “ladies” to shame. Trust me, you don’t want to go there Spock.

hmmm....

April 27th, 2010
4:37 pm

I thought the field at yech was called “Historic Mark Richt Field?”

So....

April 27th, 2010
4:43 pm

Was reading this AJC article and the last two paragraths really jumped out at me…You tell me, was CMR, the head Dawg, subtley suggesting that rabid UGA fans (like the ones found on these blogs) need to “get a life”? http://www.ajc.com/sports/uga/on-the-dawg-tour-498685.html

Dostoyevskiy

April 27th, 2010
4:51 pm

UGa would like to be to FB what UNC is to BB. But the fact is, they are more like NC State. They both have 2 NC in the modern era, but otherwise, they play second fiddle to 2 other teams in their league. UGa to Al and Fl; NCState to UNC and Duke.

Mark Twain

April 27th, 2010
4:56 pm

“Lies, damn lies, and (meaningless) statistics”. Notice how all those fancy stats that are repeated over and over and over again don’t include figures like 2-7 or 1-4 or 3-20. Or 0-9. It’s so so easy to just plug in the numbers you like and ignore the ones you don’t in order to make your arguement.

Account Executive

April 27th, 2010
5:01 pm

Anytime I start hearing someone spewing off a gaggle of stats, I start looking for Kiffins fog machine ’cause there’s alot of smoke coming your way. Me, the only stat I need is the scoreboard.

college foot

April 27th, 2010
5:34 pm

saint simons writer= SCUMBAG!

Einsteindawg

April 27th, 2010
6:13 pm

Logan Gray = Joe T. III. Both are fine young men; however, they’re really not suited for SEC football. Joe T was a legacy, and we offered Gray to get Aaron White. Aaron Murray will do just fine. More important is how do we curb arrests, eliminate turnovers, and drastically reduce penalties?

collegeballfan

April 27th, 2010
6:54 pm

From the AJC:

“The University of Georgia has changed its policy on alcohol and drug violations so that students will no longer face an automatic suspension on the second offense, according to rules approved Tuesday.”

Will this new rule allow Richt to keep his players instead of kicking them off the team? Just asking.

Bulldog59

April 27th, 2010
7:40 pm

A valid question among all these childish comments would be: What is the policy for underage drinking at other schools? I ask because, sometime around 2005 UGA changed their policy. Under the old policy, if you were caught for underage drinking ON CAMPUS the policy was something like, you were issued some sort of ticket by the campus police, paid a small fine, had to meet with judiciary, etc. This was all handled INTERNALLY by the UGA. In 2005 or so, the policy changed so that Campus Police turned the offenders over to Clarke County Police for full prosecution.

My question is, do other schools follow our policy, or do they do as we used to and handle it internally? If they handle it internally, their instances of underage drinking could be even more frequent, but it’s not part of public record, etc. So UGA is in the fishbowl, while other schools may have an even worse issue? Sounds like your next article Chip.

Preston

April 27th, 2010
7:51 pm

Saint Simons, you are the biggest douchebag loser to ever post on a blog. Get a life and accept the fact that UGA owns your little trade school in football. Get a life. Maybe try dating women or something because you obviously have too much time on your hands waiting for new UGA blogs to appear so you can talk about how bad you hate them for kicking your ass every year. How pathetic. lol

POGO

April 27th, 2010
8:11 pm

The spellin’ & dicshun on here is jus’ atroshus!

SOUTHGADAWG88

April 27th, 2010
8:25 pm

Bulldog59 you are touching a nerve there!

JOE NAMATH

April 27th, 2010
8:50 pm

I really hope UGA wins the SEC east. Because BAMA will win the west and the SEC championship game in Atlanta will be a cakewalk for the TIDE. Just a practice game for the national championship. So GO DAWGS!

Brainiac(Lifelong Dawg Fan)

April 27th, 2010
8:56 pm

AJC Breaking News: The UGA muggers did perform well in Booby Dudd Stadium mugging of the so-called Bunglebee football team. Get ready for some more of the same every year.

Brainiac(Lifelong Dawg Fan)

April 27th, 2010
8:59 pm

Chip: You don’t have to explain to anybody that this is not your only job. Just tell them to kiss your moneymaking A$$.

Brainiac(Lifelong Dawg Fan)

April 27th, 2010
9:11 pm

So….I read the last two “paragraths” and did not come to your conclusion but that doesn’t mean I am right.

Chip Towers

April 27th, 2010
9:26 pm

Bulldog59: Such a story is no longer in my jurisdiction, but I have written about it before. You’re right, after some ugly incidents on campus and annually in Jacksonville during the Georgia-Florida game, moves were made to make underage drinking and other alcohol arrests jail-able offenses. In the past they were citations. Since they are processed through Athens-Clarke County jail, inmate information is subject to open record and available instantaneously online. So it’s a matter of hours before alert cops reporters and sports writers are aware of an athlete’s arrest. . . . As for school policy, I’m not aware of how it’s handled elsewhere other than at Florida where they adopted the changes in tandem with UGA.

Chip Towers

April 27th, 2010
9:27 pm

collegeballfan: No it won’t. Just how the school handles it internally.

Gdawg

April 27th, 2010
9:53 pm

Gerald you are so stupid that you are funny. Wake up man!! FSU has done absolutely nothing since CMR left!!! YOU DUMB A**!!!

Dr. Dave

April 27th, 2010
9:59 pm

St, Simons, Your postings are weak, and frankly not even creative or funny. If you want to talk some trash, then at least bring some real ammo. Otherwise you should play with your peashooter at home.

After the past couple of weeks, it is obvious that CMR needs to have a chat about simply not drinking, if he hasn’t already. The Athens police are obvously not giving any free passes, and the players need to take heed.

JustAfan

April 27th, 2010
10:07 pm

Keep sleeping on Hutson Mason.. the kids a gamer

Lavin, Salisbury and Mooeny- Tech men

April 27th, 2010
10:10 pm

Most of you on this blog are kids in your late teens to ealry 20s, I am sure. You then are clueless obamarons. IF, however, you are over say 28-34, ask anyone that is close to the tech program
( like a grad over age of 40) about Jim Lavin and Kevin Salisbury and Mike Mooney, three HUGE tech players that beat up a little girl and her skinny boyfriend at the pizza joint, that was at that time, across the street on N Avenue from the dorms at I- 85/75.

The tiny, 5′3″ 112 pound girl “PUSHED” them they said, while all were trying to buy pizzas late one Saturday night in the 90s. They BEAT HER Almost to death. She ahd to have her face REBUILT !!!

Never, ever talk about UGA men again as THUGS ………….TECH MEN ARE the thugs for beating a girl. Don’t believe me, if you know someone that went to tech in the 90s, ask them. If you do not ask them and challenge me, then you are only showing your lack of education and maturity. CLUELESS.

Tdawg

April 27th, 2010
10:19 pm

C-town your head coach does have a big ego. Who the heck is this jerk to tell a kid what school one of Carver’s students should attend. It actually isn’t any of his dang business where a kid goes to school.

With that being said, I do not like the way the Burns kid was treated either. If I’m the parent of one of his player’s Id tell him that he might want to check himself. He wouldn’t be telling my kid anything that has to do with his education at the next level. That obligation goes to me and my kid, not the head coach.

As far as Mr Wright, Mr Crawford and Mr Crowell goes, would love to have them. But guess what? Even if we got them, there is no guarantee that any one of them would amount to anything more than glorified backups. Seen way too many sure things that turned out not to be sure things. Like I said. If we get them great. If not that would be great also. Two players don’t make a team. Georgia will be just fine either way. Like so many people on here post so often. If you don’t want to be a dog, then we don’t want them in Athens. So if they don’t go to Georgia then that’s their lost. Hate to hurt your feeling but you won’t hear me crying about one bit. Who is this Crawford kid any way? Never heard of him.

Reality, I really feel for you my man. I mean it must be scary to have a mind as lost and without any logic as yours seems to have. Reality must be a dark place for you. Go into the light Reality, go into light.

James

April 27th, 2010
10:54 pm

If Gray leaves, the Dogs can be certain of getting at least one top, maybe two QB’s this year.
I agree with all of you that the ACC is not traditionally a football conference, and that the SEC is much tougher. However, I can imagine if Georgia had played Tech’s schedule, they would still have lost several games. Plenty of “could go either way” games in there: Clemson, Miami, VT, Iowa, etc.
And same goes for Tech if they had UGA’s schedule.

Red Dog 77

April 28th, 2010
12:38 am

IMHO, It really doesn’t matter if Logan Gray stays put or he goes, regarding Christian LeMay, or any of the other top three or four QBs CMR has on his radar. Logan Gray will surprise me if he does indeed go, as I believe his latest meeting with CMR, imo, was simply a “power play” to at least assure himself some playing time this fall, at this point, thats all I think he really wants, a chance to prove himself while “live bulletts are flying”……………….Also, I will be stunned if Christian LeMay picks any college other than UGA as his “top” choice. Mr. LeMay will without question have the best QB coach in the nation in CMR, as well as a coach, and part time Father figure that he is in cynch with spiritually………..So BULLDOG NATION, relax, all is “good” as they say, Aaron Murray is a “gamer”……..and contrary to popular myth, is not injury prone. Mr. Murray will have a great R.FR. year, but will be in the fight of his life to keep his job come 2011, and after all, thats a “good” thing………..right?

thwg

April 28th, 2010
3:06 am

“He is the fourth Georgia football player to be arrested this spring. Quarterback Zach Mettenberger was arrested in the South Georgia town of Remerton on March 7 on charges of underage possession/consumption of alcohol, disorderly conduct, obstruction and possession of false ID. Outside linebacker Montez Robinson was arrested in Athens on April 4 on a charge of simple battery/family violence. Walk-on backup punter Trent Dittmer was arrested in Athens on April 20 on a public-intoxication charge. Mettenberger, Robinson and Dittmer have been dismissed from the team.”

Man, Richt run’s such a quality program. I can see why all you redneck bullpuppies love him so much. Plus that stellar record he has in the SEC East – very impressive. Congrats to the dawgs for getting SWEPT by the Jackets last night in baseball – it’s great to be a yellow jacket!

Meatlake

April 28th, 2010
3:57 am

Saint Simons=Flagboy…
…just waiting in front of the computer to proclaim 1st on the UGA blog and finally show all those UGA fans who’s boss. Hilarious and pitiful at the same time. All you got is “Thug U”??? Amid all the crime and horrible things going on at GT you’re gonna go there??? Whatev, dude. Inferiority complex, lil’ bro. Get a life and a football team and we’ll talk rivalry. Caleb and Washaun said it best, We Run This State. Hope you stay Logan, but I’ll understand if you don’t. Thanks for the info Chip.

Topp Dogg

April 28th, 2010
7:35 am

No the reality is go to Tech where the men are men and so are the women.

papadawg

April 28th, 2010
8:38 am

Suck it up Gray and realize you just may not be as good as mommy & daddy tell you.

Reality

April 28th, 2010
9:10 am

@How2fish and other uninformed ugagers….

Yep, there is crime in Atlanta. Atlanta is the capital of GA and is one of the MAJOR cities and most populated in the SE.

Because there is a car jacking in a neighborhood OUTSIDE of GA Tech campus has no bearing on the INSIDE of GA Tech campus. Get a clue!

Because there is a murder on the other side of the connector from GA Tech does NOT mean that there is crime at GA Tech.

You guys need to get a clue.

Besides, there is a MAJOR difference between outside, random people that are NOT associated with Tech committing crimes in surrounding areas and having a FOOTBALL PLAYER commit crimes. But, I guess you ugag folks are too stupid to realize the difference.

Reality

April 28th, 2010
9:17 am

@Topp Dawg,

LOL! You are so 1980s. There is now more women than ever attending GA Tech and most of them are quite nice looking – plus they actually have a personality and a brain. And, if the men at Tech want to, there is the vast City of Atlanta with many places to meet women where the ratio is 7 women to every 1 man.

How is that village you call Athens?

real thugs

April 28th, 2010
10:02 am

Dostoyevskiy

April 28th, 2010
10:42 am

What’s happening w/UGa sports: Baseball, losing record; basketball, losing record. Football, who knows?

CatsFly

April 28th, 2010
10:55 am

UGa players are known to flock to Atlanta each weekend.

The General Feeling

April 28th, 2010
3:00 pm

You guys need to ignore Gerald… like I do Bama Stan.

C-town

April 29th, 2010
1:32 pm

T,Dawg….Corey Crawford is 6-6 DE that UGA awful Defence could use. And would have been a perfect fit in UGA new 3-4 D……Buddy , you are lost….& seem to have the EGO problem. Coach Mcgee was only taking care of his players…..doing his job. UGA has been back on Carver campus since the whole Burns issue….My point was ….The UGA would not have to sell this whole “Dream Team crap if they didn’t drop the ball last summer….Crowell & Wright would be a lock….but now UGA is in a Dawg fight with Bama & Auburn for both…and trust me ….its UGA lost…because both are 2 in state kids