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1. Big Alan Posey, a 6-foot-6, 310-pound tackle from Athens’ Clarke Central High School, chose Tennessee over Clemson, Georgia Tech, Maryland and Cincinnati early this morning. Posey is not the first Clarke Central star to bypass (or get bypassed by) neighboring UGA for out-of-state schools. There was Chuck Smith (the Tennessee assistant who recruited Posey for the Vols), Dunta Robinson (who flourished at South Carolina and now plays cornerback for the Atlanta Falcons), Willie Green (who starred for Ole Miss and played in the NFL) , Jim Bob Harris (who became an All-American at Alabama), Adrian Jarrell (who went from QB to WR at Notre Dame) and Chris Morocco (who played quarterback at Clemson). Of course some real good ones stayed in Athens to play for Georgia, including Fran Tarkenton, Andy Johnson and John Kasay, just to name a few.
2. Posey’s teammate, quarterback Martay Mattox, also plans to announce his college choice in May. He’s down to South Carolina and Maryland, according to PalmettoSports.com, and will make a call around the middle of the month, between May 13-17, he says.
3. Apparently May is the new month of choice for early commitments. East Hall defensive end Sterling Bailey will reveal his secret commitment on May 14 in his high school gym. A day later, wide receiver Justin Scott of Mitchell County is set to make his choice at the state track meet in Jefferson. Scott, a former Stanford commitment, is one of the fastest players in the state. Both players have Tech and Georgia as finalists.
4. I went over to the Fox Sports Grill at Atlantic Station on Monday to attend the U.S. Army All-America nominees luncheon where 22 of the state’s best prospects — including Bailey — were being honored. The event was MC’ed by Fox-5 Sports’ Ken Rodriguez and really was quite enjoyable and informative. Twenty of the state’s nominees were able to attend. Seeing that group gather up front for a group photo made me think again how deep Georgia is in football talent in 2011. The Army folks nominate only 400 players nationwide for consideration to play in their Jan. 8 all-star game in San Antonio and getting 5.5 percent out of our little state is pretty impressive. And that’s with some the Peach State’s elite players having already accepted invitations to the Under Armour All-America Bowl, including Carver-Columbus’ Isaiah Crowell and Gabe Wright and Valdosta’s Malcolm Mitchell and Jay Rome.
5. One U.S. Army nominee I got to spend a little time with was Griffin defensive end Xzavier Dickson. A top 10 recruit in the state, Dickson has reduced his once-massive list to a final three of Alabama, Auburn and Georgia. He said he has a plan for narrowing it down from there: “This summer I’m going to try ot go to football camps at all three schools and see which one I like the best,” Dickson said. “I’ll probably make my decision at one of the All-America games in Janiary.” Dickson is nominated for both the Army and Under Armour games. Meanwhile, he wasn’t wishy-washy about a leader. “Right now I’m leaning toward Alabama,” he said. Dickson made that statement with teammate Corey Moore, a UGA commitment, sitting next to him. “He tries to get me to come to Georgia pretty much every day,” Dickson said.
6. Another player I talked with at the Army luncheon was Kell’s Brian Randolph. The talented safety said he has whittled his decision down to two schools — Georgia Tech and Tennessee — but that doesn’t mean he’ll be making a decision anytime soon. He said he’ll probably wait until the end of summer to make the call. He did see
7. Here’s the whole list of U.S. Army All-America nominees from Georgia: Kennard Blackman, Whitefield Academy; Bailey; Quan Bray, Callaway; Austin Brown, Flowery Branch; Chris Conley, North Paulding; Tarik Cook, Stephenson; Watts Dantzler, Dalton; Dickson; Lamont Hardy, Lovejoy; A.J. Johnson, Gainesville; Marcus Mack, North Atlanta; Ira McCune, Hillgrove; Will Monday, Flowery Branch; Moore; Thomas O’Reilly, Pope; Randolph; Chris Sanders, Tucker; Damian Swann, Grady; Dominique Swope, Sequoyah; Stephon Tuitt, Monroe Area; Uzomah; James Vaughters, Tucker; Avery Walls, Union Grove.
8. Dwayne Polee, a 6-foot-7 wing out of Los Angeles, who postponed his announcement the weekend before last, says now he will make his decision “no later than early next week,” according to Eric Sondheimer of the L.A. Times. Polee appeared set to choose between Georgia, St. Johns and UNLV but postponed his decision in order to take a visit to Oregon at the behest of new coach Dana Altman. Polee returned from that trip on Monday and has not returned calls and messages from the the AJC.
9. Michael Carvell has been following the recruitment of Westlake’s Marcus Thornton for the AJC and he provided AN UPDATE over the weekend. To summarize, Thornton went to Alabama this past weekend and enjoyed it, is heading to Texas sometime this week and hopes to make day-trips to Georgia and Georgia Tech before making his decision.
10. Georgia’s recruiting class got a major boost this past Friday when quarterback Christian LeMay of Matthews, N.C., announced his intention to play for the Bulldogs. A consensus Top 5 prospect at his position, the news was reported in a variety of places. Here’s a story from ESPN national recruiting analyst Craig Haubert, who actually served as MC for the ceremony at LeMay’s church in Pineville, N.C. Here’s a story from Brian McLaughlin of The Sporting News, which has LeMay rated as the top quarterback in the nation. Here’s the report from Langston Wertz of the Charlotte Observer.
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