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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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