THE TEN AT 10:
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1. Georgia football signee Demetre Baker won Florida Class 4A state titles in the shot put (62-10) and the discus throw (191-4) this past weekend, according to the Florida Times-Union. Both those marks shattered his previous bests. Baker (6-foot-2, 200 pounds) is a 3-star/4-star linebacker prospect from Jacksonville’s Orange Park High who signed with the Bulldogs this past February and will enroll at UGA this summer.
2. The AJC’s Michael Carvell updates us this week on the recruitment of “Mr. Georgia Basketball,” aka Marcus Thornton, who apparently has settled on May 21 as his decision date. The former Clemson-signee-turned-free-agent took a visit to Texas over the weekend and apparently was most recently at Georgia. At least that’s the indication of a Twitter update from UGA star Travis Leslie, who tweeted: “Had dinner at coach house with the recruit @marcust15 . . . Went pretty well.” Thornton, who is down to a final four of Alabama, Texas, Georgia and Georgia Tech, is set to check out The Flats next.
3. Tragic, tragic news over the weekend. Jhacobe Campbell, a 5-foot-7, 160-pound cornerback at DeKalb County’s Towers High School, died in an accidental drowning incident this past Saturday. The graduating senior was to have signed a scholarship with West Alabama on Monday.
4. GoVolsXtra.com reports that OT Alan Posey, who committed to Tennessee last Tuesday, is just the first of several Georgia players the Vols hope to get commitments from before next season. In fact, it lists the four most likely candidates to follow in the path of Posey and linebacker Christian Harris of Etowah: TE Rory Anderson of McEachern, LB Jefferson Ashiru of McEachern, S Brian Randolph of Kell and OG Thomas O’Reilly of Pope. And yes, it notes that O’Reilly is already committed to Auburn.
5. Speaking of Posey, his Clarke Central teammate, quarterback Martay Mattox, is set to pick between Maryland and South Carolina on Monday, according to PalmettoSports.com.
6. Ousted Georgia quarterback Zach Mettenberger told former Bulldog Kelin Johnson last week for his website kelinjohnson.com he has offers from Louisville and Cincinnati and is getting strong recruiting interest from Tennessee, USC, Texas A&M, Kentucky, Troy State, Memphis and Colorado. Mettenberger, who would have been a redshirt freshman this season, was dismissed from UGA last month by coach Mark Richt just before pleading guilty to a sexual battery charge.
7. Georgia, which is searching far and wide for elite wide receiver talent, is in the top five of Fort Lauderdale’s Rashad Greene, another in a long line of stars from St. Thomas Aquinas. However, Greene’s leader is Florida State, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
8. Georgia Tech is on the hunt for wide receiver talent as well. And thanks to their recent success producing NFL first-rounders such as DeMaryius Thomas and Calvin Johnson, they’re in on some good ones.The latest to draw interest from the Yellow Jackets is Curt Evans of Chaminade Madonna Prep in Hollywood, Fla., according to JacketsOnline.com. The competition will be tough for this 6-foot, 178-pound speedster, who has double-figure offers. But the Jackets have an inside line. Kelly Quinlan reports that Evans’ grandmother lives in Stone Mountain.
9. They have an interesting “competition” going on over at ESPN.com. In what they’re calling the “ESPN Pipeline Tournament,” the website is using their analysts to breakdown the college football programs that produce the most NFL talent and determine which are most prolific in that regard. It uses criteria beyond just how many players a given team has put in the NFL. It gives additional weight to Super Bowl appearances, MVP honors and Pro Bowl selections. In a recent installment, No. 8 seed Georgia edged No. 9 Penn State.
10. THIS & THAT: RB Zay Sharpe of Spalding High in Griffin committed to Louisville this past weekend, according to InsideTheVille.com. . . . RB Ralph David Abernathy IV of Westminster is now up to three offers. Air Force is the latest, joining Ole Miss and Cincinnati. . . . Georgia commitment Chris Conley, a wide receiver, was named Overall MVP of the Rome MVP Camp at the Darlington School this past weekend. Fellow UGA commitment David Andrews, an offensive lineman from the Wesleyan School, was named Offensive MVP. Rockdale County defensive lineman Grady Jarrett was named Defensive MVP.
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