Ten at 10: QB Christian LeMay rebuffing continued overtures

THE TEN AT 10:

NOTE TO READERS: Following is what is known as an “aggregation blog.” It’s a roundup of news and information from a variety of sources that is believed to be of interest to AJC readers. Material from sources other than the AJC is attributed.

1. Christian LeMay’s father, The Rev. Stacy LeMay, says his son’s pledge to Georgia last week has pretty much quelled the recruiting onslaught that had gotten so overwhelming the last month or so. For teams that refuse to give up, Mr. LeMay said they have a stock reply: “We thank them all for honoring Christian with a scholarship offer to their school and tell them, ‘as you may have heard, Christian plans to attend UGA.’ We have wished them well in finding the best quarterback that fits their program.” To be clear, Mr. LeMay added: “Christian has all intentions and plans of signing a letter-of-intent with Georgia and being a Bulldog. We love the situation at Georgia.” As for Christian’s comment that he might have second thoughts about UGA if current quarterback Aaron Murray were to win the Heisman Trophy, Mr. LeMay said people need to “let it rest. It was a hypothetical statement that should not be given any more attention than it has already been given.” . . . Meanwhile, Josh Bean, a columnist for the Mobile Press-Register, writes that LeMay’s use of the word “leader” rather than “commitment” reflects honesty and could start a trend in recruiting.

2. Not sure if this is good, bad or indifferent in Georgia’s pursuit of Los Angeles small forward Dwayne Polee Jr., but his father, Dwayne Polee Sr., resigned as Southern Cal’s director of basketball operations this week. At least that is what the Los Angeles Times is reporting, citing sources. The elder Polee was hired by former Trojans coach Tim Floyd in that position in 2007, about the time Polee Jr. committed to USC as a high school freshman. The NCAA now has a rule that forbids teams from hiring prospects’ family members, so we know he’s not going to Georgia, Oregon or St. Johns as a coach or administrator. But could he be planning to move to be closer to his son, whose three finalists are all far away from L.A.? He’s not saying. Meanwhile, the L.A. Times also reported that Polee Jr. will make his decision by no later than “early next week.” Polee Jr. has not answered calls or returned messages from the AJC for two weeks.

3. Speaking of Georgia basketball, Desmond Oliver, an assistant coach for the Bulldogs under head coach Dennis Felton, has accepted a job as an assistant coach at UNC-Charlotte, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Oliver coached at Canisius last season. Not coincidentally, DeMario Mayfield, who was recruited to UGA by Oliver, has decided to transfer to UNC-Charlotte, according to the Athens Banner-Herald.

4. Rod Days Jr., a four-star basketball prospect from Miami, intended to visit Georgia Tech by now but has not been able make it to Atlanta yet due to travel logistics. However, the 6-foot-6 small forward — and cousin of Georgia Tech 2010 football signee Synjyn Days — now has plans to tour The Flats on the weekend of June 11, according to his father, Rod Days Sr.

5. Tucker linebacker James Vaughters, arguably the No. 1 recruit in Georgia this year, recently had surgery on his left wrist. He had surgery on his right wrist before last season. His father, Jonathan Vaughters, said James underwent a bone-graft procedure to reinforce the area around a break to promote healing. “He could have played without the procedure, but if he had not gotten the procedure done now, it could lead to something chronic much later in life, after his playing days are over,” Mr. Vaughters said. “He’ll be ready for summer workouts and definitely ready for the season.” Vaughers (6-2, 233) has more than 30 scholarship offers. He has been nominated for both the U.S. Army and Under Armour All-America Games.

6. I’ve written a good bit about Stephon Tuitt, the terrific defensive end prospect from Monroe Area. But here’s a local-angle story from David Johnson of the Walton Tribune. Tuitt was recently honored as one of 22 nominees from Georgia for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

7. Speaking of All-America games, the Under Armour Game has received five new official acceptances for its Jan. 2 game in St. Petersburg. Among them was Pope offensive lineman and Auburn commitment Thomas O’Reilly, who also was recognized as a U.S. Army nominee. That’s eight Georgians in the game so far, according to the 2011 Under Armour roster. Joining O’Reilly this week were LB Vinnie Sunseri of Northridge (Ala.) High School, S Enrique Florence of Valley (Ala.) HS, RB Savon Huggins of Saint Peter’s Prep (N.J.) and Kiaro Holts of Warren, Ind.

8. North Gwinnett linebacker Brandon McGowan is starting to lock down a lot of mid-major offers. South Alabama, Buffalo, Memphis and Air Force have all raised hands for his services in the last couple of weeks. But don’t expect McGowan to jump on any of those offers any time soon. The 6-2, 220-pound tackler is on the radar of a bunch of ACC and SEC schools, including Georgia Tech and Georgia.

9. Kadetrix Marcus, a defensive back who transferred from Hillgrove High in Powder Springs to DeKalb County power Stephenson in Stone Mountain after last season, has been showered with offers since making the move. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound athlete claims 14 offers, including official invites from Auburn, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, N.C. State, Purdue and South Florida. He’s also getting hard looks from Tech and Georgia.  The main attraction is Marcus’ versatility. While he’ll play safety for the Jaguars, he has the speed to also play cornerback.

10. This & That: Malcolm Mitchell is not the only defensive back from Valdosta attracting recruiting interest from major colleges. Geraldo Orta, a 6-foot, 166-pound cornerback at crosstown rival Lowndes, got scholarship offers from Clemson and South Carolina this past week, according to PalmettoSports.com. . . . North Gwinnett is holding a lift-a-thon Saturday in which part of the proceeds are going to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. The goal is to raise at least $45,000 for the hospital, coach Bob Sphire said.

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DAWGS WIN SEC IN 2010

May 6th, 2010
10:06 am

Toph

May 6th, 2010
10:06 am

Great work as always Chip.

The D

May 6th, 2010
10:14 am

Thanks for that update, makes me feel better about Lemay, and his intentions with the Dawgs, looking forward to watching him, his highlight tapes look real nice!!

JB

May 6th, 2010
10:17 am

Me thinks Dawgs will have a top five class next February. We will sign a nationally ranked WR and maybe two top 10 in country linebackers to go along with the number two QB in the country. I’m going to drive up this season and watch Christian play QB this year in a game. Go Dawgs.

rduck

May 6th, 2010
10:22 am

Good luck to all of these kids. Hope GT can land their share and continue the progress of getting Tech into National Contention…

DOWG

May 6th, 2010
10:34 am

good news for UGA

LawDawg

May 6th, 2010
10:40 am

I just read on a St. Johns’ site that Polee will be committing to the Red Storm tomorrow. Apparently the “source” for the update was Polee.

No One Knows You're a Dawg

May 6th, 2010
10:44 am

There are “internet reports” that Polee has twittered that he has chosen St. Johns. One note of caution: The original source of the info. is a St. Johns fan.

http://twitter.com/PrepHoopsAssist

Stinger

May 6th, 2010
10:47 am

Where are the dawgs ranked? Didn’t think so !!!!!!! LOL

Chris

May 6th, 2010
10:49 am

Thanks for the info Chip. Don’t know if you’ve answered this or not, but why haven’t the in-state schools made offers to Avery Walls?

EW

May 6th, 2010
10:56 am

Great work Chip, thanks for the updates.

Daniel

May 6th, 2010
10:57 am

Lemay is our guy, I couldn’t understand that statement about being worried about Murray, I’m sure we must have missed the full meaning. Leamy ain’t scared of nobody, he whooped the defending state champion on their home turf, beat independ high on their home turf (1st time in over 20 years), and then beat indeped again in the playoffs, then won the state championship by 25 point margin. He’s the rell deel folks. He’s the next guy after Murray.

ATL XMAN

May 6th, 2010
11:05 am

i just looked over techs schedule and they could easily go 4-8 or 5-7 at best. for sure dropping them out of top 25. UGA on the other hand is better talent wise than all of the teams the face this year except fla where its about even. uga could go 10-2 or even 11-1 plus a bowl victory. think they will the expierence on the O line this year,which they havent had for 2 years, to beat fla

just look at the schedules…tech could be 2-4 or 3-3 after the first 6 games with wins aginst south carolina st and Kansas and losses against North Carolina , north carolina st ,wake forest and virgina where they have just as much talent or more at every position than you guys do and with only 1 good player on your high school offense back there and a very weak defense, tech is in deep trouble…the Next 6 games are even harder. tech could finish up the year going 2-4 or 1-5 if duke sneaks a win from you wich they easily could. so that would make your final record 4-8 or 5-7 at best. the reason for the big drop off is that gailys NFL players are gone and thus your team is left with nesbit and about 20 or so div 1aa players to run that high school offense up against some off the better div 1a defenses in the acc…look foward to reading you techies post of how bad you guys need another coach asap about half way into the season..

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Thirty Points to your Twenty-Four Points

May 6th, 2010
11:05 am

Funny how a 2011 QB Commitment for UGA is better than the current starting QB for Georgia Tech.

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ATL XMAN

May 6th, 2010
11:07 am

stinger…will be looking for your post after the first 6 games and i will have an answer for you. also i have a question for you. where will tech be ranked after the only win 2 or 3 out of the first 6 games?

Thirty Points to your Twenty-Four Points

May 6th, 2010
11:08 am

Hey Stinger……

How do you avoid being mugged on Tech’s “campus” on a Thursday night??

Attend the football game!!!

Thirty Points to your Twenty-Four Points

May 6th, 2010
11:09 am

What do Georgia Tech football and Marijuana have in common??

They are both frequently SMOKED in bowls!!

Thirty Points to your Twenty-Four Points

May 6th, 2010
11:10 am

GEORGIA TECH FOOTBALL: Keeping the Thursday Night JV tradition alive.

Thirty Points to your Twenty-Four Points

May 6th, 2010
11:11 am

Willie Martinez Defense > Paul “Manboobs” Johnson Offense

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1eyedJack

May 6th, 2010
11:13 am

Chris

I beleive Avery Walls is a top notch baseball prospect that is expected to get drafted pretty high. Could be a wasted LOI.

ATL XMAN

May 6th, 2010
11:18 am

i think lemay will be a great uga qb once murry is gone..i can see murry leaving early after his jr year and the lemay starting for two years…

Chip Towers

May 6th, 2010
11:30 am

Chris: Avery Walls is in an unusual spot with regard to the two in-state schools. First of all, both signed safeties in the last class. Secondly, Georgia already had two safeties jump on offers for 2011. Thirdly, at 5-10, he’s not the traditional size of a D-1 safety. But with more than 20 offers from all over he’s clearly a legitimate prospect. . . . Haven’t heard the baseball angle but will check into it.

Chris

May 6th, 2010
11:34 am

Thanks for the info Chip! And to you Mr 1eyedJack. Hope you find that other eye…

ugaaccountant

May 6th, 2010
11:37 am

ATL XMAN – Umm, Lemay is currently a junior. He’ll be a HS senior when Murray is a freshman QB, Lemay will redshirt while Murray is a soph, so Lemay’s official freshman season will be Murray’s Junior year. Then Lemay will be a sophmore while Murray is a Senior. So we don’t need Murray to leave early in order for Lemay to have 2 clear #1 years.

Plus Injuries could affect this as well. Or Lemay could even beat Murray out, though with Murray’s talent I doubt it.

Fred Sanford

May 6th, 2010
11:40 am

Chip, YOU BIG DUMMY!

Frank

May 6th, 2010
11:45 am

Stinger, UGA is ranked #1 in the state of Georgia. Hahahaha. The 2008 fluke is now behind and the beatdowns have resumed. Get used to it.

THWGT!!!!!!

Flo-Ri-Duh!

May 6th, 2010
11:45 am

(Atl Axman) Aaron Murray is listed at 6′1″ so he isn’t quite as tall as the NFL prototype. However, Drew Brees, super bowl winning QB, is also 6′1″ and so are several other starters in the NFL.. They are mobile QB’s that can move around to find a lane to throw in. Murray has this skill also and could go to the NFL, theoretically, after his junior year but he hasn’t played a down of college ball yet and saying he will turn pro in 3 years is getting way ahead of yourself.

LeMay I or LeMay I not

May 6th, 2010
11:47 am

Wait til Derek comes callin. Corn fed guys leaving state of Georgia and CMR will lose to Dark Visor. The woes continue….. Bank on it!

Matt

May 6th, 2010
11:49 am

Does the LB from Tucker, Vaughters, have top 5 choices?? Any word if he’s leaning somewhere??

SEC FANATIC

May 6th, 2010
12:15 pm

James Vaughters to the Florida Gators. That is my prediction based on his top choices, location and criteria. I think he will be too smart to fall for Kiffin’s act even at SowCow and will play in the SEC.

30-24 Dawgs - WE RUN THIS STATE!

May 6th, 2010
12:28 pm

Thanks Chip, looking forward to having LeMay under center in Athens!

Chip Towers

May 6th, 2010
12:31 pm

Matt: Vaughters has a top eight. They are (alphabetically) Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Ohio State, Southern Cal and Stanford.

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J.J. Evans

May 6th, 2010
12:52 pm

Have no fear, have no fright, UGA is “DYN-O-MITE!”

Al Sharpton

May 6th, 2010
1:06 pm

Kadetrix Marcus, kind of sounds like an Auburn Football players name.

C tha 1

May 6th, 2010
1:16 pm

Personally I hope the term “leader” does become a trend in college recruiting. It simply is a product of the business since the turnover rate of coaches in D1 football or basketball is so high. Some people argue that the coaches are selling the school, but the truth of the matter is would UGA have gotten Lemay if CMR wasn’t its heach coach? I think not.

Bulldog59

May 6th, 2010
1:42 pm

Lemay I…. you should scan Scout.com and look at the current list of 2011 commits for Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee. Expect that trend to continue. UT is way behind already and the real recruiting season hasn’t even started yet.

If your strategy is to “steal” a few recruits at the end, don’t expect to be very highly ranked.

DD will have one pitch the other 3 schools won’t be able to use…..Come to UT, we only won 5 games in 2010, so you can probably start right away!

Bulldog59

May 6th, 2010
1:44 pm

Forget “Verbal commitment” and “leader” NCAA football needs an early signing period, like basketball, with “outs” like a coaching change, etc.

dagrapevine

May 6th, 2010
2:06 pm

malcolm mitchell of valdosta is being moved to wr.coach gillespie feels he is a much more explosive player there and was playing out of posistion.althought he can play safety,with his speed you want this young man getting the ball out in space.

Jethro Dawg

May 6th, 2010
2:28 pm

With the way Murray is being hyped nobody will have to worry about LeMay because he won’t play for three years. Murray will not be in the NFL after his Junior year regardless of how he plays, he is a 4 year guy.

Paddy

May 6th, 2010
3:10 pm

LeMay I….I believe you are whistling in the graveyard son! It will not be easy for the Vol’s for a while on that recruiting train!

justin

May 6th, 2010
3:37 pm

Lemay will redshirt, then starting rotating in the next year, then it’s his job for 3 years.

Moops

May 6th, 2010
3:39 pm

Lemay I – You are right about one thing, the woes will continue…. for Tennessee that is.

45-19

May 6th, 2010
7:14 pm

or Dooley could just show some very recent scores
in the Tennessee/UGA series….

D-MAN

May 6th, 2010
9:41 pm

Got to get Vaughters baby!

Sleep late lose weight

May 6th, 2010
11:22 pm

Just left stephenson practice,somebodys going to get hurt.Man that defense is crushing players everywhere.Wilie Davis,Kadetrix Marcus,Jordan mincy Regis Ball man this is going to be a wonderful season.

roll tide

May 6th, 2010
11:38 pm

Marcus Mcneil, Duke Robinson, Sergio Render, Chris Scott, James Carpenter, Ray Dominguez, Maurice Hurt,Byron Isom,Darius Mckeller, Chance Warmack, Ed Christian, Jujuan James, AU, OKLA. Va.Tech, UT, ALA. Ark,Fla. AU,ALA. ALA. AU, UT. Thanks from all of us to all of you UGA.We appreciate it!

Red Dog 77

May 7th, 2010
12:01 am

ATL XMAN……….I agree with alot of what you post, my brother, however, I don’t see Aaron Murray leaving early for the NFL draft. I don’t see any possibility that Murray and Le May won’t “bump” into each other during their time at UGA. Unless Hutson Mason shows he is an able back-up for Murray, LeMay is just too dadgum good to redshirt when he arrives in Athens. That would make Murray a rs soph with LeMay being a true FR…….to me, Murray is the second coming of David Green, that means four years. The question is, will LeMay be content, as Shockley was to hold the clip board for three years ?………….My question would be, will coach Richt find a way to use both QBs enough to keep them happy?………..Just my observation, and one that I don’t see as a negative problem, but rather a high quality problem………..Regards, AX, RED

attn: roll tide

May 7th, 2010
6:55 am

Dear Coach Nick Sabin,

Thank you for some fine years at Alabama and thanks so much for the NC. We will miss you in Michigan and will watch your progress there, rebuilding that school. We are sad to know that Mrs. Sabin despises Tuscaloosa and even B’ham, because they lack class and any decent upscale retail fine dining outlets. We were socked to hear that she left about 2 years before you left for Ann Arbor. The University Mall Walmart is really not that bad. Oh well. Outback has two for one rib eye steaks on Weds and that is fantastic. That did not grab her?? Oh well. How about Belk’s???

When we go back to middle of the pack in the SEC like we have been for every year since Bear left, except one due to Gene Stalling’s great year, we will sorely miss you.

Love,

Roll Tide.

Ron Mexico

May 7th, 2010
9:11 am

I am hearing that Sterling Bailey is commiting to the Dawgs this weekend, along with 3 other guys who I didn’t get the names of. One is some fast receiver, and one is a DT, not sure who, but this is apparently coming from Bobo.