Ten at 10: Posey is just latest Athens star to go out of state

THE TEN AT 10:

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Clarke Central offensive tackle Alan Posey tells Tennessee coach Derek Dooley has committed to the Vols as his father Michael Posey looks on Tuesday morning. (Photo by Chip Towers)

Clarke Central offensive tackle Alan Posey calls Tennessee coach Derek Dooley on his cell phone to tell him he has committed to the Vols as his father Michael Posey looks on Tuesday morning. (Photo by Chip Towers)

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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106 comments Add your comment

duckey

May 4th, 2010
11:24 am

Vick=Dog killing thug

May 4th, 2010
11:25 am

go Dawgs (30-24) We run this state

Diamond Dave

May 4th, 2010
11:26 am

Also let Jim Bob Harris go make All-American at Alabama and Adrian Jarell start four years and win a NC at Notre Dame…

ManningVols

May 4th, 2010
11:30 am

Lots of future Vols listed in this write up.
GO VOLS!

rduck

May 4th, 2010
11:37 am

Bailey, Scott and Randolph.. Best of luck on your choices. Hope to have you on the flats!

Chip Towers

May 4th, 2010
11:43 am

Diamiond Dave: Good point. I’ll add them.

dawgster

May 4th, 2010
11:47 am

Again folks you can be assured the coaches know about these young men from around athens, but they also have to see what playeres they believe will best fit their needs..Yes there will be some they miss out on that will have very good or great careers at other schools, but anyone and i mean anyone that believes the coaching staff doesn’t know about these kids needs to find another sport to follow…I don’t have the answers why some of these kids didn’t sign with the dawgs or even if they were offered but you can only sign a select few every year and some will get away…I wish all the local talent the best of luck wherever they sign..

TuckDAWG

May 4th, 2010
11:47 am

Good one Chip but a question for you of all these guys from athens leaving how many did the DAWGS really go after? I know they didn’t offer Posey so they really didn’t miss out on him did they

Bulldog59

May 4th, 2010
11:55 am

Chip, awesome 10 at 10. This further illustrates the wealth of football talent in our state. It should also slow the critics of UGA’s recruiting efforts. We simply don’t have enough scholarships to sign them all.

Nevermind, those guys just like to complain, you can’t stop them!

82Dawg

May 4th, 2010
11:56 am

Can’t get them all…..

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

May 4th, 2010
12:10 pm

Off topic, but just read that Nick Rogers, a former GT player died in an auto accident. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. Wish all of these young men the best of success wherever they play collegiately

getthepicturenow

May 4th, 2010
12:11 pm

Damian Gary was a DGD from Athens.

ManningVols

May 4th, 2010
12:13 pm

and it’s cool that “Chuck Smith to Tennessee” continues to
benefit UT. He is going to be a terrific coach for our DL.
Just pop in the tapes of him dominating for the ATL FALCONS!

UGABasketball

May 4th, 2010
12:13 pm

Who has Fox signed so far?

Nilo Silvan

May 4th, 2010
12:19 pm

Chip, on your #7—Dominique Swope is now at school at Buford.

DDPO

May 4th, 2010
12:20 pm

Adrian Jarrell did not start for 4 years at Notre Dame. He was still a great high school player and one of teh very few freshman to play/start at Clarke Central during their glory years in the 80’s

JB

May 4th, 2010
12:22 pm

My prayers first to the Rogers family and the Tech family for their loss today of Nick in a car accident.

Jack Handy

May 4th, 2010
12:22 pm

Or you can pop in some tapes of Chuck Smith eating himself out of the league with the Panthers.

The D

May 4th, 2010
12:22 pm

Hey Chip, I keep hearing that Lemay will influence players to come to GA, who can he influence? Any other players out of NC worth it?

Tdawg

May 4th, 2010
12:22 pm

Polee ain’t coming to Georgia. Can’t be contacted after Oregon visit. Looks like a duck to me.

CCHS Go Glads!!!

May 4th, 2010
12:25 pm

Don’t forget the Hall kid from Clarke Central that played for App State and your home town ATL Falcons. He played safety.

Chip Towers

May 4th, 2010
12:31 pm

The D: The area where LeMay lives is a suburb of Charlotte and located just barely over the South Carolina state line. In particular LeMay has relationships with WR Charone Peake of Spartanburg and OT Brandon Shell of Goose Creek, S.C. Those are the only two I know of specifically. But I’m sure there are others.

Chip Towers

May 4th, 2010
12:32 pm

Thanks Nilo. Will fix.

coachx

May 4th, 2010
12:35 pm

I am also a Clarke Central alumni and coached Alan Posey when he was 11 year sold at the Athens YMCA. I am very close friends with his oldest brother, who Alan looks up to, and who happens to live in Tennessee. Alan is a great kid and a very good student. UT just got a class act.

Coach Dooley is also a Clarke Central alumni who grew up in Athens. So there is a connection there. Dooley was also an excellent student who went to graduate from the U of Virginia’s Law School. The 2 really do have a lot on common.

Posey’s #1 choice was actually Auburn but Auburn signed around 25 players last season and 5 of them were OL. They will only be signing a 15 person class this year and only 2 OL.

Alot of kids who grow up in Athens, or any town with big college, choose to spread their wings and get away from their parents during college. Nothing unusual there.

Good luck Alan !

Corey Hall played for Kentucky, not App State. He was in my HS graduating class of ‘97.

Chip Towers

May 4th, 2010
12:35 pm

UGABasketball: Fox has signed 6-9 F Cady Lalanne of Orlando, 6-9 F Donte Williams of Lithonia and 6-2 G Sherrard Brantley of Dublin.

Worm

May 4th, 2010
12:46 pm

Chip, Just for the record,Chuck Smith couldn’t get into Georgia or Tenn…he was a prop 48 and went to JUCO in Oklahoma.

j dawg

May 4th, 2010
12:54 pm

uga didn’t offer posey great headline got love the sorry writers for ajc

AT

May 4th, 2010
1:03 pm

Yea Chip whats up with the headline the kid wasnt offered to play at uga. I think you just love taking cheap shots at uga. You need to do better research on these players. Its atleast 4 better OT in the state better than him.

JB

May 4th, 2010
1:06 pm

Would like to see the following headline: Posey commits to Tennessee: Georgia down to 148 Division one prospects in state to fill remaining 17 spots.Richt has 40 or so of that group telling him they would like to be Dawgs. Many hearts broken around state on Signing day. Read story below.

Ted Striker

May 4th, 2010
1:08 pm

Nice blog. You do a great job.

Interesting topic and all guys that could have contributed at UGA. However scholarship limits, team needs, academics, and numerous other factors are part of the complicated equation when deciding who to recruit, and who actually comes.

I never get too hung up over who came in from Athens and who didn’t. I’m pretty happy with Matt Stafford leaving the state of Texas, Knowshon Moreno leaving the state of New Jersey, A.J. Green leaving the state of South Carolina, and Ben Jones leaving the state of Alerbamer.

Jim in Ga

May 4th, 2010
1:16 pm

Chip, can you explain why you have to take a shot at UGA recruiting every chance you get? I have never seen you say that someone got away from GT just because he lives in Atlanta. You seemed to show a little promise in an earlier post and then turn around and post this bunk.

Moops

May 4th, 2010
1:24 pm

You seemed to tone it down a little… The headline normally would have read, “Yet another local player scourns UGA and heads to a rival; Further proof Richt is on the hotseat”. Let’s not bother to mention that UGA never offered the kid. I’m sure he’s a great athlete and I wish him luck. As you stated, the state of Georgia is very talented this year, moreso than other years. We can only sign around 25 players each year. Well below the 150+ legit D1 signees. Simple math tells you we can’t sign them all. Besides, some kids just want to get away from home. Others, we just miss out on. Recruiting isn’t an exact science. I’m sure you could go to every major school in the nation and have an impressive list of players they missed out on that went elsewhere. Look at the recent NFL draft… Quite a few players who were 3* or less that got drafted pretty high. *Gasp* How could Rivals and Scout have missed those guys?

Joe Coxs' shadow

May 4th, 2010
1:27 pm

don’t let the door hit you in the ass posey…..Go dawgs!!!

Moops

May 4th, 2010
1:27 pm

With that being said, I do enjoy your blog. Just wish you’d ease up on the digs at UGA. When we sign a kid from Atlanta, I never see an article saying “GT loses yet another one from their own backyard”. A little more down the line would be nice…

DOC REEM

May 4th, 2010
1:28 pm

Hey dawgster, no one is saying that the coaches didn’t know about these kids. The point is that UGA doesn’t recruit these local players with the same tenacity that they recruit elsewhere. They has consistantly missed one more local players than they gotten or even offered for that matter. There’s some reason that UGA does’nt recruit these players consistantly

The D

May 4th, 2010
1:32 pm

Thanks for the coverage Chip, no complaints here! GO DAWGS

washedup

May 4th, 2010
1:32 pm

Is Posey from Athens? Is he going to school out of state? The headline is accurate. Go rag on the pope for wearing funny outfits.

JB

May 4th, 2010
1:36 pm

I love the Dawgs……Some of these kids don’t. Big deal…best of luck to them and welcome to those those who were OFFERED and accept. Go Dawgs. By the way, Tennessee needs 10 OL lineman. Dawgs need to sign about four. Nuff Said. Four of the best out there i might add.

Fred Sanford

May 4th, 2010
1:37 pm

Chip, YOU BIG DUMMY! im glad Terry Hoage did not leave the state. oh yeah he is not from here {IOWA]

Fred Sanford

May 4th, 2010
1:44 pm

aug dawg

May 4th, 2010
1:47 pm

pretty lol – was it that hard to just say that Georgia didnt show interest in this kid? You dont have to mention it either way, but if you are going to use a “just another one to eschew UGA” angle, its pathetic to not be more clear. Of that group, only Jarrell and maybe Smith had offers from UGA. Just a weak story all the way around.

And of course Dickson is “leaning” away from Georgia, but no mention of Scott leaning “to” Georgia.

Lastly, Rob Kamerschen is a great guy, but come on Chip, he wasnt a football player at all. Even he’d tell you that as a football recruit he’d have come in just ahead of Mark Bradley.

Peabo Bryson

May 4th, 2010
1:48 pm

It makes sense that a number of Athens kids wouldn’t want to go to college in their hometown. It’s called growing up, getting out on your own, and becoming you’re own man. What’s significant is that these kids are going out of state instead of choosing Tech.

76-Dawg

May 4th, 2010
2:03 pm

Posey wasn’t quite good enough for what UGA was looking for. I’m sure that UGA had been following this kid for years and was hoping he would get better.CMR didn’t even recruit his own son because he wasn’t what UGA was looking for , they weren’t going to waste a scholarship on him.It’s to bad but Posey should have given all he had on every game in order to impress UGA.. Maybe this will be a wake up call for him in life, not to take anything for granted. If he turns into a great player and ends up hurting UGA then it will be a negative reflection on his character and you wouldn’t want him anyway.But, UGA was probably right and he is no better than a 1 or 2 star or very low 3 star at the position he plays.

Salty

May 4th, 2010
2:05 pm

Adding to the list, there was pretty fair QB by the name of Homer Jordan…did some nice things at Clemson, back in the day.

Barack Dawg

May 4th, 2010
2:18 pm

Damn – can you believe it Georgia Tech missed out on Posey. They actually offered him. UGA did not so they did not miss anything even if he does become a great player. But based on his ratings he is not considered a great player currently so thanks for pointing out what we did not miss.

ManningVols

May 4th, 2010
2:22 pm

LOL! Yes, Posey chose to play for a UT Team that has pounded
UGA 3 out of the last 4.
When the rankings come out….this player will be a 3 or 4 star.
Not that it matters, when you have offers from LSU, UT, Clemson, GT,
etc….you can play some ball.

76-Dawg

May 4th, 2010
2:26 pm

If I was 5 – star from FLA, Texas, or California the first impulse would be to go to FLA, SouthernCal, or University of Texas. These are very large states and will always had a lot of great football players to chose from.The smart player from these states have to determine if it will cut down on their own playing time if they go to one of these 3 schools then it will be better to go somewhere else. Southern Cal had so many 5-star in the last few years they had a lousy 2009. Too many chiefs and not enough Indians isn’t good when you are trying to play as a team and not showcase a bunch of individuals. There has to be a balance .

DirtyDog

May 4th, 2010
2:31 pm

No wonder Posey chose UT, look at how his “own” act on this comment board each & every day. Can’t blame the kid for wanting to leave & go to school out of state. You stay classy Bulldog fans!!!

jaguardawg

May 4th, 2010
2:44 pm

Don’t forget Homer Jordan, who won an national title at Clemson as the starting QB in ‘81, and Quintin Moses who had a great career at UGA. Both guys played for that oft forgotten, but much loved school on the “other side of town”, Cedar Shoals.

VolAlum

May 4th, 2010
3:19 pm

How odd is it to see “Posey going to UT. Calling coach Dooley to let him know his decision”.