Ten at 10: Georgia signee dominates Florida track meet

THE TEN AT 10:

NOTE TO READERS: Following is 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. 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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117 comments Add your comment

DAWGS WIN SEC IN 2010

May 11th, 2010
10:04 am

first yet again, and great article Chip!!

Raidin'Georgia

May 11th, 2010
10:05 am

whoa….looks like Tennessee is going to sign an
entire class of Georgia players. They are everywhere!

Can't raid what we don't want!

May 11th, 2010
10:10 am

Fortunately for UGA and the rest of the SEC, the players that UT is “raiding” are the ones we don’t want. That list of players is like a who’s who of guys that aren’t good enough to get offered/recruited heavily by UGA/Auburn/Bama. I think Dooley is confused about relative talent levels after spending so much time at a lower tier.

Getting a guy like Alan Posey to the Cajuns would be a big deal. Getting him to UT gets your qb sacked 5 times in a rivalry game.

The D

May 11th, 2010
10:14 am

Demetre must be great in the weight room to be state champ, can’t wait to see a 3 star recruit do amazing things for the dawgs!

Dan

May 11th, 2010
10:28 am

So if Rashaad Greene goes to UGA, he gets SEC Speed but if he goes to FSU he doesn’t?

Stay Classy My Friends

May 11th, 2010
10:30 am

I feel priveledged to be a Dawg.

If I was reading recruiting news, and read that “UGA is heavily recruiting a QB who was recently dismissed from Tennessee after being charged with Sexual Battery”, I would be a little concerned.

Stay Classy Tennessee

Dawg Fan

May 11th, 2010
10:31 am

Hey, “Can’t raid what we don’t want” Can we keep this on a higher level?

Thirty Points To Your Twenty-Four Points

May 11th, 2010
10:32 am

College JV Team

May 11th, 2010
10:44 am

Georgia Tech Football: Keeping the Thursday Night JV tradition alive.

ryan

May 11th, 2010
10:45 am

I don’t think UGA gets Greene we WR Peake from S.C. is best friend with LeMay . Just becuase Dooley is some players Georgia

Raidin'Georgia

May 11th, 2010
11:10 am

45-19….3 out of 4.
And Dooley signed a nice WR in February
I “THINK” UGA wanted a little bit!
Guess he’s doink ok…

Big Easy

May 11th, 2010
11:13 am

Brian Randolph is not going to Tennessee. He will end up at the Flats.

Ron Mexico

May 11th, 2010
11:17 am

Can’t wait to hear the comments when UGA gets Bailey this weekend. Go Dawgs!

hammerhead

May 11th, 2010
11:18 am

Dang, I think Ryan has been drinking this morning… And, as for “raiding” Georgia, it’s impossible for Georgia to sign all the talented, well-coached kids in Georgia. Do you think Missouri jumps on Texas blogs and crows about “raiding” Texas? I doubt it. But, the fact of the matter is, Missouri wouldn’t have a football team without Texas talent. Makes it less likely for them to the Big 10/11/now 15? If you ask me. So, just hush about raiding Georgia and hope like hell you can pick up some quality kids from somewhere other than Tennessee. Lord knows any homegrown talent y’all produce is severely undercoached at the high school level.

Ron Mexico

May 11th, 2010
11:20 am

And “Raidin Georgia”, bet your little buddy over there is regretting that decision right about now LOL. Who is gonna throw him the ball? Phil’s kid HAHAHA! You guys need to find some talent at QB or you all are gonna be in trouble.

Mr CVS Jr

May 11th, 2010
11:31 am

Don’t bet against Rashard Greene not signing with UGA. He is from Albany, Ga and went to Westover H.S. his freshman and sophmore year before transferring after his sophmore year of basketball was over with.

Raidin'Georgia

May 11th, 2010
11:47 am

I’s doink thunk thits UGA cans beit usuns thus yuer.
“Gooder Olds Roky Top”
YEEEEE HAWWWWW
Wez luv Dirick Duleys

McDawg

May 11th, 2010
11:48 am

Mettenberger au UT or KY-conflict of interest? do we have any say in that

Raidin'Georgia

May 11th, 2010
11:49 am

UT we always say if you can’t beat’em
Shoot them!
“Where’s my pistol”

GoVols

May 11th, 2010
11:50 am

Why does it always have to be a pissing contest on here? There is plenty of talent in Georgia for schools like UT to come in a grab a few here and there. Everyone knows UT has to recruit more out-of-state kids. It’s always been that way, and more times than not in the series UT has beaten UGA with the kids they have to go out and find. And here lately it has been pretty one-sided. 3 out of 4 with those 3 being blowouts.

Dwight

May 11th, 2010
11:54 am

The Bulldogs will Not beat Florida (as usual) and they certainly would not beat BAMA in the championship. You guys need to get real.

Greg

May 11th, 2010
11:54 am

Raidin’Georgia, as I recall, Georgia took a receiver out of your state the year before last that UT really wanted. I know you don’t want to believe it now, but UGA just underwent a HUGEupgrade in their defensive staff. The days of mediocre Tennessee teams scoring 40+ points or anything close to that on UGA are over. You guys will be lucky to win 4-5 games this year with your schedule and one of them won’t be in Athens.

Dooley has his work cut out for him. If you can’t get the guys from Georgia that UGA doesn’t want for the most part, Dooley can always tap into that “pipeline” he had at Louisiana Tech, battling the likes of UAB and Tulane for recruits.

Ron Mexico

May 11th, 2010
11:55 am

Because of comments like your own there GoVols. Stay Classy.

Raidin'Georgia

May 11th, 2010
11:55 am

At UT we know The state of Tennessee has doesn’t have any good football players so we try to recruit Georgia.
Hell we even went to Georgia to get our Coach.
UGA you got any Pretty RED uniforms we can borrow, cause this Orange SUX!
Hey Big 10 can we join? Maybe then we can recruit another state besides Georgia.

Joey

May 11th, 2010
12:00 pm

Derrick Dooley offering Mett before the ink is dry on his guilty plea for sexual battery? Did Kiffen leave Derrick recruiting instructions before he bolted?

I would have expected respectable coaches to give Mett a year to see if he can keep his nose clean.

Dr. Phil

May 11th, 2010
12:05 pm

Maybe Mett and Montez can sign as a package deal at FSU. Ooops, Montez will be indisposed for the next year.

GTSteve

May 11th, 2010
12:13 pm

Attention all College females, if you are out partying in GA, and a guy offers to buy you a drink, check his ID, if his last name ends in “berger”, put down the shot glass and run!!!!

FantasTECH

May 11th, 2010
12:17 pm

SWEEP (6-5) (25-6 In Athens), and (6-4) at the Ted. We run this state!!!

78 DAWG

May 11th, 2010
12:23 pm

Chip you’re wrong about Tech having 2 wideouts being drafted in the 1st round of the NFL recently. You need to check the comments here to know that that can’t happen with the high school gimmick offense they run. These people could be neither wrong or lie, so you, Chip are mistaken and need to check your facts sir! Good Day to you!

DawgGoneIt

May 11th, 2010
12:34 pm

I really don’t like UT getting georgia talent!
They have been for years and then when the vols
beat us – we never hear the end of it.

Please this has to stop coach Richt

DawgGoneIt

May 11th, 2010
12:38 pm

and lets call Alan Posey!

It’s not too late all we have is an undersize David Andrews

stop the madness

Chip Towers

May 11th, 2010
12:38 pm

Big Easy: I wouldn’t bet against you re: randolph.

Ben

May 11th, 2010
12:38 pm

Raidin GA @11:10 pm: Since 2000 in 9 meetings UGA has won 6 to UT’s 3. Take your 3 out of 4 and that 7-6 record and see where they get you buddy! It does not sound like UT owns anything here!! Let’s look at the records from the last few seasons. 2005 UGA 10-3, UT 5-6. 2006 UGA 9-4, UT 9-4, 2007 UGA 11-2, UT 10-4, 2008 UGA 10-3, UT 5-7, 2009 UGA 8-5, UT 7-6. Over this period the overall records are UGA 48-17 and UT 36-27. Take the WR and his 2nd tier buddy QB! Good luck!!!!!

Paddy

May 11th, 2010
12:41 pm

Mett needs to consider Cincinnati. They score a ton of points and throw the ball all over the lot. A QB’s dream job.

Prof

May 11th, 2010
12:46 pm

WHAT A JOKE.

The lead-in on the front of the AJC.com said: “Recruiting: Update on ex-UGA QB Mettenberger”

There was nooooo update. Just rehashing what everyone knew. Pathetic.

hammerhead

May 11th, 2010
12:49 pm

GoVols, you’re right. This blog always seems to be a pissing contest. Thanks for joining in…

Ace

May 11th, 2010
12:55 pm

In a couple of years UGA might make it back to the top 25.

Pi$$onaDAWG

May 11th, 2010
1:00 pm

If Mett was kicked off the team, then does UGA have to aprove of the next school he attends? Why, if he transfers to another SEC team should he have to sit out? He did not chose to leave. He was forced to leave and he should be able to go anywhere that wants him and play this year.

Pi$$onaDAWG

May 11th, 2010
1:03 pm

Ben when UGA beats UT what do you get? When UT beats uga they get to play for an SEC title as the East rep.

1eyedJack

May 11th, 2010
1:05 pm

Chip, one thing you forgot to mention is that Chan Gailey recruited both those WRs. Chan ain’t recruiting for GT anymore.

Delbert D.

May 11th, 2010
1:10 pm

Would Mettenberger would want to sit out another year? He could start this fall at a school in the FCS. Jacksonville State, for instance. Ryan Perrilloux just finished his 2 years there, and he got a free agent look-and-see contract with the Bears.

bigdawg

May 11th, 2010
1:14 pm

A reminder, it’s “Troy” now, not “Troy State.”

1eyedJack

May 11th, 2010
1:15 pm

Would Louisville and Colorado want Mett if they weren’t coming up on the Dawgs schedule?

Delbert D.

May 11th, 2010
1:16 pm

Jack – Gailey is happily doing his thing in Buffalo for now, but he seems to never last long anywhere. Last year was a record; he didn’t make it through the preseason. He seems destined for someplace in football purgatory.

UGA international

May 11th, 2010
1:17 pm

Zack better move to USC,

Delbert D.

May 11th, 2010
1:22 pm

The PAC 10 has a rule that if a player transfers to another team in the conference he not only has to sit out a year, he loses a year of eligibility. I don’t know what other conferences’ transfer rules are.

1eyedJack

May 11th, 2010
1:28 pm

Hell’s bells Delbert, if I had to live and work in Buffalo I’d quit before I got started.

joe

May 11th, 2010
1:36 pm

Have to laugh at all the UGA comments directed at TN…every year is the same ole same ole…UGA blind loyalists every single summer say they’ll rip TN and win a NC and just about every year (well, at least the last 30) they fall flat on their backsides. Remember, it doesn’t matter how many recruiting battles you win when you under achieve on the field year after year after year. Oh, and any team that loses to KY in any year shouldn’t talk smack to anyone the following year. Keep on barkin’…

NC Dawg

May 11th, 2010
1:38 pm

Delbert, sitting out a year is the same as losing one year of eligibility. That is a NCAA rule, not a PAC-10 one. Since Mettenberger was dismissed from the team, UGA can’t control where he goes. If he had asked for a release from his scholarship (i.e. transferred) then Mark Richt could say that he can’t sign with another SEC team or one that’s on UGA’s schedule.

sportsrealist

May 11th, 2010
1:39 pm

Raidin’Georgia, the real reason Da’Ric Rogers went to Tennessee is so he can spoon with his boy friend Nash Nance. If his performance in the US Army All-American game was any inclination of how he performs against real talent, then we don’t want him. He dropped everything thrown to him.