Ten at 10: Logan Gray news means 2nd 2011 QB less likely for UGA

THE TEN AT 10:

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Logan Gray's decision to work at wide receiver is essentially handing off the starting quarterback duties to freshman Aaron Murray. (AJC photo)

Logan Gray's decision to work at wide receiver is essentially handing off the starting quarterback duties to freshman Aaron Murray. (AJC photo)

1. The likelihood that Georgia will sign another quarterback in its 2011 class decreased with Monday’s news that quarterback Logan Gray has decided to remain with the Bulldogs. Gray, a fourth-year junior, had been contemplating a transfer or full-time position change since redshirt freshman Aaron Murray was tabbed the No. 1 quarterback by the coaching staff after spring practice. On Monday, UGA sent out a news release stating Gray will remain at quarterback while also getting work at wide receiver. However, since Gray will be cross-training this summer, pressure remains on signee Hutson Mason to be ready to play when he reports to campus on May 31. Georgia has already secured a 2011 recruiting pledge from Christian LeMay, a rising senior at Butler High School in Matthews, N.C., and the No. 2 quarterback in the nation according to Scout.com. The reality is, the Bulldogs probably have not determined yet if they’ll take another quarterback or not. It might depend on who remains interested.

2. The Bulldogs also have offers extended to two in-state quarterbacks — Wilcox County’s Nick Marshall and North Gwinnett’s C.J. Uzomah – and at least two other national recruits. Georgia is one of multiple schools to offer consensus No. 1 quarterback Braxton Miller of Huber Heights, Ohio. It also offered California’s Max Wittek, who has since committed to USC. Uzomah has said he’s still considering the Bulldogs. Marshall, also an elite basketball recruit, has declined comment.

3. Meanwhile, LeMay is not the only elite athlete coming out of Matthews, N.C., this year. In fact, at least two of his Butler High teammates are national prospects of their own right and both are drawing intense interest from Georgia Tech. Running back Deion Walker (5-11, 195) just landed an offer from the Yellow Jackets over the weekend, according to JacketsOnline.com. And athlete Kris Frost (6-3, 216), who already holds 11 offers — the latest coming from LSU — also has one from Tech. Both prospects are also hearing from Georgia as well. Frost is a versatile athlete who caught a lot of LeMay’s passes as a junior as a flex tight end and wide receiver but also can play linebacker, defensive end and safety. Butler safety Mark Bridges is also being recruited by the Jackets.

4. Speaking of North Carolina athletes, you can definitely see the influence of first-year recruiting coordinator Andy McCollum on Georgia Tech’s recruiting. Between him and new defensive coordinator Al Groh, the Yellow Jackets have distributed offers up and down Tobacco Road. McCollum, of course, came to Tech from N.C. State. Groh was head coach at Virginia. Among the North Carolina residents to land offers from the Yellow Jackets are LB Norkeithus Otis of Gastonia, QB Vad Lee of Durham, ATH Airyn Willis of High Point (committed), DE Joe Gore of Lake Waccamaw, DE Ben Councell of Asheville, LB Tremayne McNair of Jacksonville and Frost and Walker of Matthews.

5. Marcus Thornton, one of the last remaining major college basketball targets in the country, discussed via email with the AJC’s Michael Carvell yesterday his Sunday-Monday visit to UGA. Thornton got the star treatment while in Athens, getting meetings with President Michael Adams, Athletics Director Damon Evans and senior associate AD Carla Green-Williams. He also had dinner at coach Mark Fox’s house. The 6-foot-7 Westlake star, who was named “Mr. Georgia Basketball” by the AJC this past season, now has only Georgia Tech to visit before making his final decision on or before his graduation date of May 21. He has also visited Alabama and Texas. However, according to Carvell, Thornton is getting a late push from North Carolina. Stay tuned.

6. It’s only mid-May but it promises to be an eventful weekend in football recruiting. DE/OLB Sterling Bailey has planned an announcement for Friday evening at East Hall High School. That will be followed on Saturday with an announcement from Mitchell County WR Justin Scott-Wesley during the state track meet in Jefferson. I plan to be on hand for both events. Both players have offers from Georgia and Tech. . . . Meanwhile, Athens-Clarke Central quarterback Martay Mattox will decide on Monday between Maryland and South Carolina.

7. Miami coach Randy Shannon recently signed a four-year contract extenstion with the Hurricanes, which he believes will bolster recruiting. “I’m here, and it’s going to be for the long term,” Shannon said in an interview last week with The Associated Press. “For recruiting purposes, now people will see that instead of us telling them that.” The Hurricanes are recruiting several Georgia prospects, including Monroe Area’s Stephon Tuitt, a Miami native.

A.J. Johnson

A.J. Johnson

8. Gainesville linebacker A.J. Johnson became the latest Georgia all-star to accept an invitation to play in the Under Armour All-America Game and, therefore, become an Under Armour High School All-American. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound athlete also was nominated for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and was honored last week as one of 23 nominees from Georgia. Johnson becomes the ninth Georgian to commit to the Under Armour event, joining Callaway RB Quan Bray, Carver-Columbus RB Isaiah Crowell, Griffin DE Xzavier Dickson, Valdosta ATH Malcolm Mitchell, Pope OL Thomas O’Reilly, Valdosta TE Jay Rome, Tucker LB James Vaughters and Carver-Columbus DT Gabriel Wright. Joining Johnson on the Under Armour roster this week was Greg Townsend Jr., a linebacker from Beverly Hills, Calif.

9. The Georgians that have accepted invitations to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl are Sterling Bailey, Thomasville County Central DT Ray Drew, Griffin DB Corey Moore, Grady ATH Damian Swann, Stephon Tuitt and Union Grove DB Avery Walls.

10. Several Georgians stood out in a recent Football University (FBU) camp held in Atlanta. Among the players to distinguish themselves during the instructional session were ATH Alexander Morgan of Villa Rica, DB Shayne Carpenter of Collins Hill, RB Zarold Wilder of McEachern, QB Carson Barnett of Landmark Christian, QB Taylor Heinicke of Collins Hill. From the Class of 2012, instructors were impressed with LB Dillon Lee of Buford, RB Michael Hilton of Sandy Creek, DL Joseph Rush of Tucker, OL Michael Clifton of Augusta Christian and DB Ryan Dillard of Buford. Peach County OL Dylan Leach was named Top Freshman of the camp.

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106 comments Add your comment

juvenal

May 13th, 2010
10:11 am

juvenal

May 13th, 2010
10:14 am

you only go to college once, if you are happy, why change?-very few are going to make it in the nfl…

JT Sexton

May 13th, 2010
10:39 am

Buzzzzzzzzzzz! Go Jackets! I wanna be first!! LOL!! Just Kidding you guys!! Luv the article. The yellow jackets is the best!

renegade#1

May 13th, 2010
10:45 am

Is the best what?

TuckDAWG

May 13th, 2010
10:47 am

Im glad Logan is staying but i for one do not think it will hurt us getting another QB simply because after this year there is no doubt he will be a WR with LeMay coming in why would we keep him at QB and oh by the way both guys announcing will be DAWGS GATA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dawg Dominance

May 13th, 2010
10:50 am

Here it is point blank, LOGAN GRAY SUCKS!!!

1eyedJack

May 13th, 2010
10:54 am

If we don’t get Nick Marshall what happens with his cousin Lonnie Outlaw? Do we resign him when he completes JC or does he follow lil Nick wherever he goes

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

May 13th, 2010
10:54 am

Chip- i’ve asked this question in the past, perhaps you answered it or not but Is Nick Marshall related to Lonnie Outlaw (the last minute WR recruit UGA signed this year?). Thought it was maybe some sort of package deal.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

May 13th, 2010
10:54 am

ok, nevermind…1eyedJack answered my question. Thanks!!

Stinger

May 13th, 2010
10:57 am

Who cares!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BigDawg

May 13th, 2010
11:05 am

Tech may be recruiting the East Coast more heavily but with the exception of the LB they got late during this past recruiting season…They have not as yet recouped any benefit. All the current signings are from Georgia I believe.

That is not a dig…Richt has certainly spent far too much time recruiting Florida with all the competition and us coming up with guys that UF did not offer (by and large) rather than concentrating on the top 30 kids in our own state. If UGA could simply keep say 2/3 of the top 30 year in and year out the way LSU, Bama/Auburn, etc. do – then we would not only be winning our share of the SEC but we would actually be a powerhouse nationally.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

May 13th, 2010
11:11 am

Nick Marshall will be a top basketball prospect and has a better chance to make it in the NBA than the NFL – though he also a great QB. Fox should be hard after him as he would fill a big void and make UGA a top 20 team this coming season.

WRUGA Fan

May 13th, 2010
11:16 am

Nick Marshall will commit to FSU. No matter what LeMay did, Marshall was going to FSU!

Moops

May 13th, 2010
11:18 am

Wouldn’t be surprised to see Marshall stick to Basketball. He’s a stud in both, but I think future-wise, Basketball might be the better option.

JB

May 13th, 2010
11:25 am

I agree about UGA recruiting Florida ( leftovers)….Yes, we have gotten a plum or two from there and I hope Murray is the guy, but I remember when 4 star Bryan Evans committed to Georgia and we got all excited. Trust me, at FSU, UF or Miami, he would of never seen the field…if so, short lived…..Georgia is Loadedddddddddddddddddd every year. Sign the best 20 and Bama and Florida will be crying uncle !

Jan Kemp

May 13th, 2010
11:31 am

GT out recruited UGA for WR Stephen Hill. We just put a 1st round WR in the NFL. Apparently a WR can make a huge name for himself by playing in GT offense. Just the facts, man! Get educated Dawgies!

dawg fan

May 13th, 2010
11:34 am

dawg dominance is an idiot. LG got put into the fire against Fla and your ready to say he sucks. the kid wants to stay because he truly loves the university of georgia. I m so tired of the moron dawg fans that don’t have a clue about CFB. all they see is stats. I for one like LG and think he’s a damn good dawg. dawg dominance your disgrace and do all of us a favor and shut the hell up!!!!

How2fish

May 13th, 2010
11:39 am

Jan Kemp I think that the WR that went in the 1st round this year was recruited by Chan Gailey …I haven’t seen him on the flats in a while have you?

dawg fan

May 13th, 2010
11:43 am

jan kemp, congrats to bay bay, he knows how to run a post and maybe a flag route, letting the ball fall into his hands but when he has to run an out route and make a catch with the ball coming fast, he drops the ball you know like on a certain 4th and 10 play last november. until bay bay or CJ becomes the MVP of the Super Bowl, then we’ll talk.

Brutus

May 13th, 2010
11:45 am

I love how you still mention Braxton Miller with the QB updates. He is going to Ohio State…..book it….mark it down…make a note….etc.

chazzo

May 13th, 2010
11:47 am

Maybe it is time to get HUGE, aggressive, rip-your-head-off D-linemen. Just a thought.

JB

May 13th, 2010
11:50 am

WR Stephen Hill cries every night. He say’s ” what was I thinking” ?

How2fish

May 13th, 2010
11:50 am

chazzo perhaps 2 or 3 of those if available…

learn something everyday

May 13th, 2010
11:52 am

Jan Kemp, CPJ had nothing to do with recruiting D Thomas. The days of GT recruiting top WR talent are on hold until CPJ leaves town. the top WR want to play in an offense that passes more than 20% of the time. just the way it is.

As for getting educated. Let me school you on something, the people of this great state have never and never will embrace the yellow jackets. Not going to happen. Dawgs all the way till god wipes us off the map. Yes, we may be loud and obnoxious, but you guys are generally arrogant pricks with a supierority complex that is not deserved.

Enjoy your breif time in the sun while it lasts. But don’t think anyone outside of alumni support you. And i’ve seen your stadium on gameday, the alumni don’t even do much supporting. I guess being in close proximity to other people is disturbing to them… born a nerd, educated to become a pompus nerd…

Dorsey Hill

May 13th, 2010
11:53 am

Jan you ignorant slut,

We didn’t even offer Hill until Marlon Brown started wavering and Hill’s offer was always contigent upon Brown backing out, which he didn’t. To the extent that GT was on what we considered a lesser player earlier than we were, then yes you “out-recruited” UGA.

JB

May 13th, 2010
11:57 am

learn something everyday………………………..so well put……Bravo………

Chip Towers

May 13th, 2010
11:58 am

Brutus: I just said Miller has an offer from Georgia. I have no idea if he even knows where Athens, GA, is. . . .

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater: Yes, Lonnie Outlaw is related to Nick Marshall. They are first cousins. . . .

1eyedjack: Regardless of what Marshall does, Outlaw is free to sign anywhere he chooses after he attends Georgia Military College. His LOI voids as soon as he enrolls in junior college.

learn something everyday

May 13th, 2010
12:03 pm

thanks JB.

sorry for the rant, but tech fans just remind me of child with an inferiorty complex, or a guy with little man syndrome, you know, “look at me look at me, i did something speacrial, rah rah rah rah rah” They just need to realize that they are the red headed step child and nobody loves them, no matter what they do.

JB

May 13th, 2010
12:03 pm

Some kitchen table on a rainy spring night………Deke Williams, a 6′4″235 lb. High School All American WR rising Senior is talking to his dad. Dad, I caught 87 passes last year for 1655 yards and 19 touchdowns……And I think I want to go to Georgia Tech. In a moment , Deke’s dad wakes him up in a cold sweat and Said ” what’s wrong son, a nightmare”? Deke said, ” dad, you wouldn’t believe me if I told you…………Go Dawgs….

Delbert D.

May 13th, 2010
12:10 pm

Logan Gray is not the ‘threat’ to anyone who actually signs the paper for 2011. He should be established by then as backup WR and special teams player. Any incoming freshmen will be competing among themselves, with soph Aaron Murray, and hopefully redshirt freshman Hutson Mason. Of course walkons as well.

Call IT

May 13th, 2010
12:11 pm

Does not matter as GA will not win the East again in 2010!

Enough Said!

learn something everyday

May 13th, 2010
12:12 pm

CPJ line of thought :

Wesly-Scott – WR mitchell county, recruit him as an A-Back, I don’t care if he wants to play WR. (check the AJC article)

Airyn Willis – RB/WR/DB North Carolina, recruit him as a QB, we don’t throw the ball anyway.

So…. yeahhh…. top WR’s are just clamoring over each other trying toget into tech with a QB who has never played QB and being turned into small full back basically… yeah, top WRs with no asperasions of showcasing their skills and going to the NFL will be all over that offer.

Now that Chan Gaileys kids are gone I love having CPJ in town. Its gonna be great.

learn something everyday

May 13th, 2010
12:13 pm

Call IT: maybe they won’t yeah probably they won’t, but they will still get way more love than tech will…

Just take a que from something I am sure you are already well vesrsed in : Nobody loves you like you. Just like your friday + saturday nights.

dawgfacedboy

May 13th, 2010
12:26 pm

Don’t see why you wouldn’t sign one of the other “top qb prospects”. Logan is not a threat to any of those boys for playing time in the future. Lemay will almost surely redshirt as will any other qb that signs.

How2fish

May 13th, 2010
12:28 pm

Call IT you lifeless loser you…Well if the Bugs can repeat as what they did last year we can still be ACC champs again.

harold

May 13th, 2010
12:35 pm

GEORGIA IS AN AVERAGE FOOTBALL PROGRAM WITH AN AVERAGE COACH. ALABAMA AND FLORIDA ARE CHAMPIONSHIP PROGRAMS WITH CHAMPIONSHIP COACHES.

Spike

May 13th, 2010
12:36 pm

Good news for the Dogs. UGA-30. ACC Champs-24. Live with it Tech!!

Rodney Dangerfield

May 13th, 2010
12:39 pm

I think learn something everyday has the “complex”.

How2fish

May 13th, 2010
12:46 pm

harold could you be a bigger cap using tool?

Thirty Points To Your Twenty-Four Points

May 13th, 2010
12:54 pm

learn something everyday

May 13th, 2010
12:55 pm

i do rodney, you are so right, and i forgot my meds for the last six months. but I’m in treatment now, so hopefully things will get better….

AL E. GATOR

May 13th, 2010
12:59 pm

UGA is pretty much done in recruiting as far as nationally elite players withthe exception of a couple of OL – however – they will sign some good in state players – which will put them on par with CLEMSON!!!

Acutally – Clemson is kicking UGA’s butt in recruiting this year. IF SEC expands and Clemson joins – UGA will drop another notch in the SEC EAST! UGA stock is going down – HS players sense this and are flocking to Florida, Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Tennessee and GT.

Of the BIG ELITE Targets left on the board:
– UGA will probably sign OL players Dantzler and X. Ward.
Other in state targets UGA will probably get WR’s Scott and Witchett -and RB Bray.

That’s about it!!!

Players NOT choosing UGA will include:
RB Crowell – AL, AU or FL
WR – C. Peake – Clemson
TE – Jay Rome – Clemson, AL or FL
OL – Shell – AL or Clemson
DT – Gabe Wright – AL or AU
DE – Drew – AL
DE Tuitt – GT, Clem, FL or AL

2011 will wind up being mediocre recruiting class for UGA.

Just my opinion!

GO GATORS!!!

Bobbi Dud

May 13th, 2010
1:00 pm

Alabama’s coach is a job hopper with no loyality to anything but himself and Florida’s coach is a mental ward escapee!

learn something everyday

May 13th, 2010
1:03 pm

Al E, your probably right about crowell, rome, shell, and wright. But i don’t agree with the rest. Peake is showing some strong intrest and most of those kids are not going to declare early… got a long time till february.

JD

May 13th, 2010
1:09 pm

The crazy thing is that AJ Johnson is not even being recruited by Georgia real hard. He palys in a 3-4 defense. Clemson and Alabama wants him bad!! Go figure.

SCAR Fan

May 13th, 2010
1:15 pm

Hey Chip, do you have a feeling one way or the other what the QB Maddox will decide on Monday? Is he a pretty highly regarded target by Spurrier?

Ron Mexico

May 13th, 2010
1:25 pm

Al E Gayfer – We got a better QB recruit than you guys did and he is going to bring a lot of good players with him. Also want to know, do a lot of UGA people get on the Orlando Sentinal or whatever reports on Gayfers football and run their mouths? Cause I for one could care less about your team and I don’t think I’ve ever read an article about your classless schools football team and never will. Hopefully this won’t make you cry like Tebow…

long dog

May 13th, 2010
1:32 pm

who the heck is ajjohnson

Carty

May 13th, 2010
1:32 pm

Man, like the rest of the college football world I’ve been checking my Blackberry every hour regarding the updates on Logan Grays decision to stay or leave the program. What a break for the Dawgs that he’s staying. At least now the Dawgs have a QB that’s actually taken a snap in a college game to back up Murray who’s never taken a snap in college.

How2fish

May 13th, 2010
1:40 pm

AL E. GATOR of course we all know that the Gators have the best recruiting class in the history of college football that’s just a given..what we all are dying to know is if CUM is out of rehab yet and how is he feeling?? And Carty ..pithy much?