Ten at 10: Georgia’s best hoops addition had no signing ceremony


NOTE: 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. By securing on Wednesday the signing of “Mr. Georgia Basketball,” Marcus Thornton,  Georgia basketball coach Mark Fox locked down a pretty good incoming class for his first full year of recruiting. In addition to the 6-foot-8 forward (that’s the height at which the Bulldogs now list him), they signed 6-8 forward Cady Lalanne of Orlando; 6-9 forward Donte Williams of Atlanta; and 6-2 guard Sharrard Brantley of Dublin (via Northwest Florida College). But the biggest addition for Fox’s 2010-11 squad has been on campus for the past year. While Georgia’s rivals might say they didn’t land any four- or five-star talent, the Bulldogs could counter that their most impactful addition didn’t have a signing ceremony. Gerald Robinson Jr., a 6-1 guard from Nashville, transferred to UGA last year from Tennessee State where he averaged 16.6 points over two seasons. Teammates and coaches often said he proved in daily practices to be among the Bulldogs’ top three players right away. . . . In case you missed it, AJC columnist Mark Bradley weighed in last night on Georgia’s acquisition of Thornton.

2. While Georgia was wrapping up its work with Thornton on Wednesday, Georgia Tech was waving goodbye to Justin Knox after a two-day official visit. Knox is a 6-foot-9, 245-pound forward who has graduated from Alabama with a year of eligibility remaining. The Yellow Jackets are going to be in for a fight for Knox, too. He has been offered by North Carolina, which he visited right before coming to Atlanta. . . . And speaking of fighting, Knox has been battling Crimson Tide officials to not put restrictions on his transfer request. Don’t worry, Tech is OK on this one. But an internal University of Alabama panel — surprise — upheld a ruling preventing Knox from transferring to UAB or any SEC school without having to sit out one year. Word is he wanted originally wanted to play for Mike Davis and the Blazers. Knox averaged 6.6 points for the Crimson Tide last season.

3. Here’s one way to get around those pesky transfer rules: After having his transfer requests to South Carolina and Clemson denied by Ole Miss, Murphy Holloway has decided to pay his own tuition and sit out a year with a Gamecocks.

4. In case you missed it, the AJC’s Michael Carvell reports that Georgia Tech could end up missing out on one of its football signees for 2010. Jake Skole is absolutely tearing it up at the plate for Blessed Trinity High in the state baseball playoffs and dozens of pro scouts have been showing up to see it. Carvell writes that Skole, a defensive back and receiver in football, could go high in the June baseball draft.

5. Those of us from “around here” already knew it, but the Wall Street Journal recently wrote a story on the notion that New York Mets outfielder Jeff Franceour might have been an even better prospect in football. Franceour, despite a recent solo home run against the Atlanta Braves, has been in a wicked hitting slump. WSJ reporter Mike Sielski visited Parkview High School and visited with longtime coach Cecil Flowe, who was more than happy to reminisce about Franceour’s prowess on the gridiron, which led to football scholarship from Clemson.

6. Georgia’s football recruiting focus remains on the home state, but it still looks for elite talent outside those borders. The Bulldogs were among three schools to recently offer defensive end Deion Barnes of Philadelphia, Penn, according to Mike Farrell of Rivals.com. Eight of UGA’s nine commitments so far are from Georgia but they continue to work on big-time out-of-state targets, such as quarterback pledge Christian LeMay of Matthews, N.C.

7. Tech is also making some hay outside of the state. According to JacketsOnline.com, the Yellow Jackets lead for defensive back Dominique Noble of Mount Ulla, N.C. Noble (6-2, 187), who list his favorites (in order) as Tech, N.C. State, Penn State, West Virginia and Virginia, was being recruited for UVA by Al Groh before he came to Tech as defensive coordinator.

8. Melvin Robinson, who was director of basketball operations under Dennis Felton at Georgia, has applied for the head basketball coaching job at Athens’ Clarke Central High School. Billy Wade recently resigned as basketball coach after a couple of decades of service. UGA thought enough of Robinson to retain him as facilities operations manager after Felton and the rest of his staff were dismissed in 2009.

9. You knew this couldn’t be long in coming, right? The University of Minnesota has reported a “possible NCAA violation” in its recruitment of all-world offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson, according to ESPN.com. A school spokesman said it’s believed to be “secondary” violation. The worst part for the Gophers? Henderson signed with USC.

10: THIS AND THAT: Hope you saw my report on Tucker’s James Vaughters cutting his extensive list of offers down to a final five. The 6-2, 235-pound linebacker favors Alabama, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Ohio State and Stanford. . . . Valdosta tight end Jay Rome has narrowed his choices to a top three (or four), according to PalmettoSports.com, which quotes Rome’s father. “It’s Clemson, Georgia, and Alabama . . . maybe Florida,” Stan Rome says. . . . Westlake DB Ronnie Harris just landed two new offers from Wake Forest and West Virginia.

74 comments Add your comment


May 20th, 2010
10:17 am

It’s me again.. and first… good article chip!!

The D

May 20th, 2010
10:32 am

Thanks for the updates, Vaughters come to UGA!!!!!!!!


May 20th, 2010
10:33 am

Let the Bama rednecks chime in:

Matthews Dawg

May 20th, 2010
10:37 am

4th and loving it!!

Gravy Train

May 20th, 2010
10:43 am

The recruits seem to be rolling in to Athens town. There is a lot of positive energy up there which should translate to the grid-iron and hardwoods.

Tech added a new major today to go along with Undecided and Remedial Studies. The new major is Armed Robbery Technology. According to the course description, students will identify and learn the proper way to succumb to an armed attacker. These methods will include, but are not limited to, crying, begging and as a last resort urinating one’s own pants.

School officials believe this new program will be an attractive course for potential recruits. They vehemently deny any connection with the armed attackers being a work study program for current athletes.


May 20th, 2010
10:59 am

JUST BEAT THE GAYTORS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


May 20th, 2010
11:05 am

Gravy, it’s not to be confused with the unafiliated ipso facto “Terrorist Training Academy” located just off North Ave on the frontage road.

Rumor has it that ARTA’s clinical trials will be held in the library parking lot.

Sorry, but I couldn’t resist. ;)


May 20th, 2010
11:07 am

Mr. Vaughters we would love to have you play for the Red & Black. But no matter where you go make sure you get your education as football will end one day but an education stays with you for a lifetime. Good luck in whatever you decide.

Mr. Rome, we would also love to have you in Athens playing for the Dawgs. Good luck to you in your decision and get your education as well.

Blanket Statements

May 20th, 2010
11:11 am

Do you really think Tech didn’t know Skole was good enought to get drafted this year.



May 20th, 2010
11:21 am

Georgia is rolling on the recruiting front in football and basketball. A 10 win season would insure Mark Richt a top 5 recruiting class heavy on in state talent.Crowell is the top RB in the country and pairing him with LeMay would give UGA’s opponents more than they could handle behind a very talented and experienced o-line.


May 20th, 2010
11:23 am

I am for Tech returning to the SEC only if they agree to change their name to the Tech Ticks and have a giant Tick mascot running the sidelines.


May 20th, 2010
11:28 am



May 20th, 2010
11:33 am

Jay Rome must be a player. Forget the supposed #1 TE ranking in Scout, look at the list of schools that have made him offers. UGA made the final cut again.

LOOKING TO 2010...

May 20th, 2010
11:34 am

Good stuff Chip. Am I excited about UGA on the hardwood or what! This is really going to be a fun season.

Ron Mexico

May 20th, 2010
11:39 am

The haters are out today! Got to get on here and get their hating fix cause no one cares about their respective teams as usual so they can’t act like children on the sites that talk about their teams. Getting to be mundane now…

The Czar

May 20th, 2010
11:59 am

Ya nothing to do in Athens… except go to school with the most beautiful girls in the southeast. Definitely something you can’t say over there at Taliban headquarters


May 20th, 2010
12:00 pm

Ron, understandable, if I were an alumnus or fan of another school, I’d be worried about UGA too.

I wouldn’t be trashing them like a third-grader that can’t find the SHIFT key (harold) but that’s just me.

Fillin' up @ Juniors

May 20th, 2010
12:22 pm

Anyone who over uses Caps Lock is child, and therefore anything and everything they say can be discounted.


May 20th, 2010
12:24 pm

Great Job Chip Copy and pasting at its best.


May 20th, 2010
12:31 pm

Looks like coach Fox is bringing in some big hardcourt talent for the future. UGA may still be 5th or 6th in the East, but they will still be better than anyone from the West. Once again their will be a battle for East in 2011.


May 20th, 2010
12:42 pm

The Dawgs suck and always will!


May 20th, 2010
12:59 pm

Flo-Ri-Duh, Crowell is going to be a nail-biter to the very end. He says he will announce on signing day and openly says he likes keeping everyone guessing. I agree, Crowell with Lemay along with Ealey, etc., that’s a good looking backfield.


May 20th, 2010
1:05 pm

Vaughters, COME TO UGA PLEASE…………. ALA is going down soon, they will loose their qb and rb next yr, and they won’t repeat as champions. Plus coach Saban is leaving in two years watch and see, going there will be like going to Tenn.


May 20th, 2010
1:27 pm

Thanks for the updates Chip!


May 20th, 2010
1:48 pm

Wow- implying that there isn’t anything to do in Athens is the acme of foolishness. Not to mention that the selection of ladies there is has been known to make Techies cry and/or poop pants. Talk trash all day , but at least make it legit…how about a diatribe about the terrible parking in Athens?

Bruce Mac

May 20th, 2010
1:59 pm

Harold, is it requirement of the players that they do drugs and armed robberies or just a recommendation of the VOL BBall program? I do like your coach bare chested in orange suspenders, that is a good look. If I were you I wouldn’t be commenting about the looks of other coaches in the SEC as long as you have that MORON!

My mama is my sister

May 20th, 2010
2:07 pm

My dawgs are gonna win the SEC this yeer in football. 11-0 and we wil whip UF by 50 points. BCS champinship game and Hiesman winner. I luv Mark richt and Mark Fox!


May 20th, 2010
2:55 pm

Proud to be one of the first that jumped on the Fox bandwagon. Happy to see that we are stepping up in football and shelling out the $ to get and keep top level assistants. We are rocking now, and will be dancing next year and beyond. It is great to be a Georgia Bulldog!


May 20th, 2010
4:08 pm

BruceMac: Yeah, Pearl is such a “moron” that he was a point away from playing in the Final 4 and possibly a NC this past year. Who the hell do you think has been carrying the SEC torch for the last 5 years outside of KY (Only recently) & FL??? Also, doo you really want to start pointing fingers about UT’s arrest record??? Until the boys in Red & Black can go a year without any incidents on the police radar I believe I would hold my comments.


May 20th, 2010
4:58 pm

I guess the separate legal counsels of both Tech and the Thornton family still reviewing the ACC rule as late as Tuesday concluded the likelihood of a waiver on appeal were not good. He did what he felt he had to do…..good for him.

Good luck, Marcus (save one game/season!)….wish it’d worked out the way you’d hoped.


May 20th, 2010
5:15 pm

In two yrs georgia state will have a better football team than tech then they will get beat by two in state teams

RENAME THE ugaLY & Ga Tech recruiting countdoiwn

May 20th, 2010
5:29 pm

Where’s the other SEC & ACC teams info. Come on biased ajc/uga journal.

Georgia's Dream Team for 2011

May 20th, 2010
5:32 pm

Ole Saint Richt comes up with another gimmick to keep from losing his job. It smacks of desperation. Meanwhile Fla & Bama continue to get the best recruits every year without gimmicks.

Delbert D.

May 20th, 2010
7:10 pm

Alabama fears UAB???

Delbert D.

May 20th, 2010
7:42 pm

If Vaughters and his family spent that much time visiting Stanford, that has to be the choice. Great campus, great school, great area.

Delbert D.

May 20th, 2010
7:47 pm

Enter your comments here


May 20th, 2010
11:23 pm

Yeah Yeah Yeah all you Dawg fans can bite me. We have a lot of robberies in Atlanta, dang man…it is Atlanta! Have you ever been? It is place to get robbed if you get in the wrong spot. I guess we would all be better if we went to the “Ben Rothlesberger” Training Academy in Athens. The Dawg’s players rap sheet look like a cross between Nick Nolte and Lindsey Lohan. Darn shame such a good Christian man like CMR has to recruit such scum to win and keep turncoat Dawg fans happy. He me need to quit turning the other cheek and teach some discipline. UGA has had more arrested than Tach has had robbed since the Bowl season….


May 20th, 2010
11:25 pm

Darn my spelling is awful when I am sleepy.


May 20th, 2010
11:31 pm

Taco, you need to go back to the third grade and take spelling and grammar. No wonder 40% of Georgia public school students don’t graduate.


May 21st, 2010
1:02 am

IMHO, Vaughters along with Crowell are the key to UGA signing a truly MONSTEROUS class.

and we need Drew badly, we need Rome badly, we need Wright badly, we need Swann badly, we need Johnson badly, we need Marshall or Uzomah (even w/LeMay in the folds), we need Tuitt badly, we need Bray badly, we need Dickson badly, we need Johnson badly, we need Dantzler badly, we need Ward badly, we need McKinney, we need Garrett, & we need to take back Brown.

ALL of these young men are GA boys. If all (or even just 80%+) of these young men choose to join the Bulldog family & represent THEIR state university, the University of GEORGIA, in front of 92,000+ barking Dawg lovers for the next 4 years of their lives, then I’d say we’ve got ourselves a DREAM TEAM in Athens, GA folks!

I also think that a revamped Red & Black coaching staff (especially Coach Richt) leading a vastly improved defense, complementing a veteran offense with a young but talented QB managing the gameplan ARE gonna make enough noise in the SEC this year to make the UGA dream team a reality.



May 21st, 2010
2:09 am

Jeff Franceour neither looks nor sounds French to me.

I have never liked the French.

He never has had any clue how to hit. He could hit the ball when pitchers didn’t take advantage of his strike zone which is anywhere from the 3rd base line to the 1st base line and anywhere from about 6 inches in front of the plate to over the backstop. That ended when he got out of the stinking ACC.

Frenchy ?


May 21st, 2010
2:11 am

The basketball program at Georgia has MORE momentum than the football program

at Georgia. What does THAT tell you about the state of our football program.


May 21st, 2010
3:35 am

UGA has possiblity of having a really special class in 2011. I think what we have may be just the beggining as lots of high profile athletes like Vaughters, Rome, Barnes and the list goes on are looking hard at the Dawgs. Go Dawgs!


May 21st, 2010
8:04 am

You seem to forget that you ended up hiring about your 4th choice for defensive coordinator. GT got it’s first and will beat your’s any this year. Dream on MUTTS!

Bull Gator

May 21st, 2010
8:24 am

Harold; I am a Gator fan but I couldn’t resist this one. Harold, you without a doubt know nothing about college basketball. Mark Fox is a excellent coach. This past season at Georgia, Coach Fox had average to below average talent at all positions except for two players. Offensively he ran entry sets that got the ball to his best two players ASAP. His team played hard, played together and played with desire. Every opposing coach that was asked about the state of the Dawgs hoops program, said that they were in good hands. He just signed the best player in the state of Georgia. Prior to coming to Georgia, Coach Fox had a five-year tenure as head coach at Nevada, where he won at least 21 games each season, won or shared four straight Western Athletic Conference titles and played in three consecutive NCAA Tournaments. He was named the WAC Don Haskins Coach of the Year three times.
Harold, get a clue.


May 21st, 2010
8:52 am

Bruce already has 2 top guards in the ‘11 class and that includes
Ware from – you guessed it, GA. I also read where UT leads for
UTEP transfer Arnett Moultrie 6′11 230 who has already been projected
as a NBA draft pick.

Ramblin Wrecker

May 21st, 2010
9:49 am

Vaughters seems to be a special kid, both academically and athletically. If education is important as he makes it out to be, he needs to stick with Georgia Tech, Stanford, Ohio State (all AAU schools). Even UGA is going to give him a good education (as much as I like to make fun of UGA as a Tech fan, it’s still a better school than most). All four of those schools are ranked in top 60. But I’m hoping he comes to the flats.


May 21st, 2010
10:29 am

I’m a diehard Dawg, but I honestly feel like Vaughters is going to head to Stanford – he’s obviously an incredible student and will be heading out West for the Stanford education


May 21st, 2010
11:29 am

Robert- Tech didn’t aim very high with it’s first choice. It will be very interesting to see how it plays out.


May 21st, 2010
12:01 pm