Ten at 10: DE Ray Drew ‘not close’ to committing anywhere

THE TEN AT 10:

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Thomas County Central DE Ray Drew is largely unconcerned with recruiting right now. (Photo provided by Ray Drew)

Thomas County Central DE Ray Drew is largely unconcerned with recruiting right now. (Photo provided by Ray Drew)

1. Ray Drew had a pretty good laugh when informed of the latest rumor circulating through recruiting circles over the weekend. No, he said, he’s not committed to Georgia, silently or otherwise. In fact, he said he’s not close to committing to anybody anywhere anytime soon. “I’m going to be a late commit,” said the big defensive end from Thomas County Central. “It may be signing day or even after for me.” As for being secretly betrothed to the Bulldogs, Drew said, “That’s not the first time. I’ve been committed to Georgia. Earlier I had committed to Florida State. They’ve had me committed to Alabama.” Drew said he has too much else going on in life right now to be concerned with recruiting. Having just finished spring practice and completed the school year, he’s back on the preaching circuit. An ordained minister, he spoke to a youth group in Valdosta this past Saturday night, was preaching in Moultrie at Live Oak Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday and will preach at Barnett’s Creek Baptist Church in Thomasville on Wednesday. Of course, he’s a regular at his home church, Paradise Missionary Baptist. The title of his latest sermon, “I Am.” As for recruiting, add “not committed.”

2. James Wilder Jr., the Super Man of a prospect from Plant High in Tampa, was named Linebacker MVP of this past weekend’s star-studded Nike Camp in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Afterward he was planning to remain on the Alabama campus for an unofficial visit. He told several recruiting websites he was planning a late-summer announcement but claimed no favorites at this point. However, he often mentioned Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia and Miami.

3. Several local players had very good showings in the Tuscaloosa event last weekend. Westlake’s Ronnie Harris was named Defensive Back MVP. Stephenson cornerback Jared Boyd was 11th among the “top 12 performers” listed by Rivals.com recruiting analyst Barton Simmons.  And fellow Stephenson defensive back David Stevenson was cited for his excellent technique. Also, Lassiter’s Eddie Printz was singled out as one of the best prospects at his position for 2013.

4. There apparently were some doubts regarding M.L. King’s Mack Brown meeting freshman eligibility requirements at Florida, according to an “academic update” at GatorBait.net (the Rivals site that covers the Gators). But Brown told me Monday there’s nothing to it. “I graduated this past Saturday and, yes, I’m qualified for UF,” Brown said via text message. The state’s top running back prospect in 2009 reports to the Gainesville, Fla., campus on June 21. He also said that the lingering hamstring injury that dogged him last season is “pretty good” now.

4. Quarterback Carson Barnett, a 6-foot-2, 187-pound rising senior at Landmark Christian, was recently selected to compete on the show “The Ride,” the reality/documentary show that ran on CSS last fall and first introduced eventual UGA signee Hutson Mason to the nation as an “under-the-radar” prospect. But Bennett declined the invitation. “I felt it was best that I didn’t participate,” Barnett told me. “I already had a lot of college camps and team commitments during the days of ‘The Ride.’ I’m honored to have had the opportunity and wish it would have worked out.” Barnett passed for 1,328 yards with 12 TDs and 2 INTs in a balanced, I-based offense last season. He currently does not have any scholarship offers but claims recruiting interest from 30 schools, including Georgia, Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Tennessee and Notre Dame. You can bet UGA coach Mark Richt is at least aware of him. Barnett lists Brad Johnson — Richt’s brother-in-law — as a “personal quarterback coach.”

5. Barnett is among the Top 10 quarterbacks in the state this year, according to a list compiled earlier this year by UGASports.com’s Kipp Adams. In order Adams rates a top four of Nick Marshall, Wilcox County; C.J. Uzomah, North Gwinnett; Akil Dan-Fodio, Redan; and Martay Mattox, Clarke Central. Then he includes Barnett in a group of “others to watch,” along with Flowery Branch’s Austin Brown, Sandy Creek’s Ronnie Bell, South Paulding’s Tony Daniel, South Gwinnett’s Kent Rollins and Buford’s Alex Ross.

6. Georgia Tech is in the final two for Clay Burton, a 6-foot-4, 235-pound defensive end from Venice, Fla., according to a report in the Charleston’s postandcourier.com. Yellow Jackets’ defensive coordinator Al Groh was just in to see Burton, according to JacketsOnline.com. Burton, who has numerous offers, also lists Notre Dame as a school of interest and plans to visit there this summer. He also picked up an offer this week from Florida State.

7. South Carolina has been hitting the city of Atlanta hard of late. The Gamecocks recently dished out offers to two local players, according to PalmettoSports.com: DE Lorenzo Mauldin (6-4, 245) of Maynard Jackson High and DE Darrius Caldwell (6-5, 210) of Mays. Mauldin doesn’t currently have any other offers. Caldwell also holds offers from Ole Miss, West Virginia and Memphis.

8. Tucker LB James Vaughters is the top college football prospect in Atlanta for 2011, according to a weekend poll conducted on the AJC Recruiting Blog. Vaughters took 37 percent of the vote to finish ahead of North Paulding WR Chris Conley (28) and Griffin DE Xzavier Dickson (11).

9. Georgia offered 2012 Pompano Beach, Fla., WR/CB Avery Johnson (6-2, 185) on Monday, according to Scout.com’s Chad Simmons. For what it’s worth, Johnson says Alabama, LSU and Miami lead at this point.

10. Class of 2012 ATH Tev’n Hamilton of The Darlington School in Rome received his first major offer Friday from Air Force, according to Rusty Mansell of SuperPrep.com. . . . Mansell also reported three offers for Hillgrove’s Ira McCune (6-3, 240), Illinois and N.C. State as a defensive end and Air Force as a tight end.

111 comments Add your comment

wreckincrew

May 25th, 2010
10:11 am

mdawg

May 25th, 2010
10:11 am

Mightydawg

May 25th, 2010
10:12 am

Any news on Crowell?

JB

May 25th, 2010
10:19 am

Dawgs will have a top five class this year and sign 24-25 players. 10-12 of those will be on everybody’s want list. Word out of Athens is they’ve turned up the recruiting volume to full blast .

Tim Tebow's Tears

May 25th, 2010
10:23 am

Thanks for the update JB…

Flo-Ri-Duh!

May 25th, 2010
10:24 am

Drew is listed by the recruiting services as the highest of the DE prospects in Georgia and one of the top 100 players in the nation. UGA can be patient – an offer is on the table.

Bulldog59

May 25th, 2010
10:38 am

LONG way to go. Kids want to be smoozed, have their 15 minutes of fame, “shown some love,” etc.

The key is, UGA has been going full blast since day 1 this year.

We’ll lose a few, we couldn’t sign them all, even if we wanted to, too much talent in the state.

A good showing by the team this season will sway a lot of recruits our way.

78 DAWG

May 25th, 2010
10:44 am

All the good ones want to come to Athens

Luke

May 25th, 2010
10:46 am

JB,

The University of Georgia has had a top 5 recruiting class every year for the past 6 or 7 now. What’s going to make the difference in getting them back to the top?

The key is to sign them, keep them out of trouble, on a good academic course, and develop them as players. Won’t help if they come in with a selfish, “me first” attitude and end up riding the bench or end up making stupid decisions.

Though I’m sure Mark Richt can help the kids stay on the straight and narrow, eh?

Paddy

May 25th, 2010
10:49 am

JB>>>Did not like to hear that UGA has turned up the volume to full blast on recruiting. If this is true my fears of the past few years are being validated. We have just not been competing. The real great schools never turn the volume down. If this is a message that is being leaked by our coaches, they may want to re-think that policy! Never wise to admit, ok, now I am trying hard. The same faux paux that players say when they are over 30 yrs old; “I am in the best shape of my career” Opp’s don’t think I should say that..

naganole

May 25th, 2010
10:50 am

So sad that Wilder will waste at least a year at the college level being an average RB when he’s the best LB prospect in the country…

DAWGwild

May 25th, 2010
10:51 am

Drew made it clear he is no dawg. Very telling.
Probably FSU bound but Bama and UT are also coming hard
after him.

Long way to go in recruiting but it will be full of ups
and downs just like every year i’m sure.

Chip Towers

May 25th, 2010
10:51 am

Mightydawg: Like Drew, there is not going to be any news on Isaiah Crowell for a lonnnnng time.

Luke

May 25th, 2010
10:53 am

Before I get corrected, I’m going to correct myself. Scouts has the University of Georgia as a top 5 recruiting class 5 out the last 6 years, and a top 10 class 6 out of the last 8.

Where oh where is Avondale's Charlie Dudish?

May 25th, 2010
11:13 am

I have watched local recruting since my senior year in HS ( I had no offers ) which was 1967 and the one recruit’s name out of billions and billions of can’t miss all world players is Charlie Dudish. He signed with GT out of Avondale HS and played a little bit, then blew town. He actually did well vs the REAL USC and led Tech in that game. Not sure if they won it, but he did play well. He might be ther most highly sought after HS kid in Georgia’s history, including Walker.

Another “all world, can’t miss” name is Anthony Flanagna, out of old SW Atlanta’s Therrell HS. He was a b ball player, baseball player and football player and even ended up being great in tennis. I am sure that he (SADLY) has passed away. While at UGA, he made no noise, nothing. I always wondered why he did not do anything at UGA.

There are others. Recruiting is great. Here is another “can’t miss, all world” kid ………Tony Render out of Dekalb’s Columbia HS. Never played a down at UGA. I met him and he seemed (in late 70s?) to be a nice kid. Hurt his spine and never,ever played at UGA and was going to be the greatest safety ever. Not a down did he play.

One more name ………… Sylvester Boler of UGA linebacking fame. He was fabulous as a frosh in the Tech game in Atlanta in early 70s, and the resulting Pech Bowl? for UGA. he left campus quietly for reasons that I will not go into.

Fun stuff is recruiting and where they end up,etc. Kids come and they go, but the solid programs keep on keeping on. I do not get too caught up in all of this stuff. It is fun, however.

Go Dogs.

BAMA STAN

May 25th, 2010
11:14 am

13 NATIONAL TITLES – 22 SEC TITLES!!!

Agree with Bulldog59 10:38 POST – you can’t sign them all. The key is to target several prospects at each position of need – make sure they have all the intangibles for your system – and land what you need. If you need 2 DE’s in 2010 – you probably need to offer 6 to 8 if not more – with the common knowledge – first come – first serve.

2011 class seems much deeper than 2010.

Regarding UGA’s class last year – while the last minute defection of the WR left a sour taste – UGA has a potential very quality class – may not have the quantity – but the quality of what was signed was very good – and very strategic.

Agree that if UGA has a very good year on the football field – this will help close some good recruits for 2011 – but really set up up 2012. This is a big year for UGA football – if they are to catch up to Florida.

And one mo thing……………………………………….

ROLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL TIDE!!!!

handlebarTony

May 25th, 2010
11:15 am

You should check out the most promising football player in the class of 2012, Marcuss Eliguwe at Stone Mountain! UGA might want to check him out soon.

Bulldog59

May 25th, 2010
11:18 am

A new attitude in Athens for sure, regardless of previous recruiting rankings, etc.

If you are like me and saw the broadcast from Butts-Mehre on NSD, you probably agree some new-found fire is needed.

Rodney Garner was very unimpressive in his interview. After UGA underacheived with the 2010 class, RG talked repeatedly about UGA being a great product and how the university sells itself…..

A great product, yes, but it’s not selling itself coach! That’s one of the reasons you make $290K a year, to sell our product. Some retooling and remarketing was probably overdue.

Let’s hope the new plan continues to yield quality results.

brad

May 25th, 2010
11:22 am

Bama Stan…Stop wasting your time. After reading your name, nobody cares what you have to say.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

May 25th, 2010
11:27 am

i still think UGA will recruit another QB- besides walk-ons…you’ll have Murray, Mason, and LeMay. There is such a thing called injuries and you can never have enough depth at QB. Vaughters or Wilder would be a great addition at LB.

newsalsa@hotmail.com

May 25th, 2010
11:34 am

Why is Ray Drew PLANNING not to have his decision ready on Signing Day? He has plenty of time between now and then. Does he just want the extra attention at the end?

Charlie Dudish...

May 25th, 2010
11:34 am

..flopped at Tech, then tried pro baseball and flopped their, too. But he was/is a successfull real estate magnate…

sportsrealist.

May 25th, 2010
11:40 am

I think that great coaches can turn average players into great ones. The quality of the player at the college level is determined by the coaches ability to bring out the best in that player at the position that is most suitable for them…..whether they are 2 stars or 5. This is why 98% of all programs are unsuccessful, and the other 2% compete in BCS bowls year in and year out.

Snellville Dawg

May 25th, 2010
11:45 am

I am about to graduate from South Gwinnett, and Kent Rollins can flat out PLAY! He’s got a gun for an arm, and great mobility. The only downside is that South runs a spread passing offense, so there would be a learning curve should he go to a pro-style offense.

#1 BAMA FAN

May 25th, 2010
11:46 am

Dickson, Vaughters & Crowell to the TIDE….just don’t write it in pen.RTR

sportsrealist.

May 25th, 2010
11:51 am

I’ve read all of the slanted articles written by Alabama “ya hoos” over the last 2 or 3 months, and they all say the same thing. That he is 100% Alabama. But I saw out of his own mouth that Georgia has always been his favorite school since childhood. Granted, he does like Alabama a lot, but the ya hoos that think that he has already made his decision need to read some more subjective reports on his recruiting. He is very much undecided and choosing against his childhood school which he has always dreamed about is going to be very difficult for him to do.

sportsrealist.

May 25th, 2010
11:52 am

Oh yea, that comment is about Isaiah Crowell.

KD

May 25th, 2010
12:06 pm

To Kipp Adams@UGASPORTS, you might to check out the QB at Monroe Area, the same school that Tuitt attends, along with a RB #3,(I think)And th #1BAMA FAN, you are just wishful thinking, I do not think all 3 will go to Bama.

Nota mutt

May 25th, 2010
12:59 pm

Luke…….. “Scouts has the University of Georgia as a top 5 recruiting class 5 out the last 6 years, and a top 10 class 6 out of the last 8.” ……..and what have you done with all these wonderful “TOP CLASSES”?

#1 BAMA FAN

May 25th, 2010
1:05 pm

SPORTSREALIST…..It should be a easy commit if it his childhood dream to play for UGA. I guess even us “ya hoos” can’t quite figure out why his decision is difficult. RTR

Reality Check

May 25th, 2010
1:06 pm

Top talent is not the problem in Athens, it’s developing it once it get’s here. Critical season for Richt!

Nota Bug

May 25th, 2010
1:12 pm

Hey, Nota Mutt, won a lot more than UT, GT, ALABAMMER. tied to UF also. So smoke that with your hot dog and coke!

shalalalaquandra

May 25th, 2010
1:14 pm

GT sux. shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit!

shalalalaquandra

May 25th, 2010
1:15 pm

nota mutt, beat techs a$$ 9 out of 10. thats what

Nota mutt

May 25th, 2010
1:18 pm

Reality Check got it right in the bulls eye! You dreaming mutts…….quote “tied to UF” mutt wantabees.

shalalalaquandra

May 25th, 2010
1:18 pm

but then again, beating tech is nothing to brag about.Uga is supposed to beat a 2nd tier program and when we dont we fire the coach. (Jim)

Reality Check

May 25th, 2010
1:19 pm

Pro-style offense- Just curious, if the pro-style offense is so “golden” to Dawg fans, why did the Dawgs rank: 7th in scoring, 7th in rushing, 7th in passing and 8th in total offense in 2009. Man, you better hope these recruits you’re trying to sign up read a little farther than the “pro-style” offense quips Dawg fans so enjoy throwing out there.

GT harbors terrorists

May 25th, 2010
1:20 pm

Gators fan here: Why is Drew considering waiting until after Nat’l signing day? These kids sure love the attention, while many won’t live up to the hype.

Can someone answer that question?

Go Gators

Dallis04

May 25th, 2010
1:20 pm

That’s what she said…

Pearcy Harvy and corch Meyers

May 25th, 2010
1:21 pm

Go Gator. gradilations to my Gator. 1 2 3 4 5 that dem gator dont take no jive!

Kingsland Born

May 25th, 2010
1:21 pm

Mack Brown may have graduated from High School but that does that mean he has qualified to play football on the next level. He has to get a qualifying score that depends on his GPA and his SAT or ACT scores. Maybe someone needs to educate him on that.

Paul's Johnson

May 25th, 2010
1:24 pm

Iwill be in the SEC in 2011. { LSU }

5 Star Recruit

May 25th, 2010
1:26 pm

Alabama needs to reload some fat white girls. their recruiting is starting to slip.

moehawk

May 25th, 2010
1:27 pm

Make sure ya’ll check out my baby Lorenzo Mauldin his senior year. Last year he had 70 tackles and 5 sacks! one one offer from USC but they will come next year!!!!!!!!!!!!!

He plays for Maynard Jackson High formerly known as Southside high. He is a beast!!!!!! Come out an watch

One or the other .......it has to be

May 25th, 2010
1:29 pm

We are often told here that “Richt recruits, but what does he do with them”. Also, we are told that “CMR cannot recruit and he cannot coach, if he could recruit.” Ok, fine. It has to be one or the other ………or NONE.

UGA right now has about 5 or 6 pre season SEC all star candidates according to Phil Steele, tied with Florida and Alabama. Now, if Richt does not recruit great kids …………WHY are these UGA kids listed? If he cannot coach, then why are these kids listed?

Answer ………in 2009 they showed signs of great things to come, baby. In other words, we did not win anything in 09 BUT our YOUNG kids impressed the world. That is an endorsemtn of CMR AND his system. Use logic now ……….not hatred toward UGA or jealousy of UGA fans and grads.

Look at the facts listed above and this fact …………UGA is the ONLY SCHOOL to WIN 8 or MORE GAMES over the last 13 years. The remarkable fact is that this stat iincludes Donnan and Richt and UGA had that transistion and STILL DID WELL.

UGA is a solid and RICH $$ program and UGA has been a consistent Second Tier program. This status is very, very hard to achieve over 13 years folks. Here is why:First Tier teams come and they go ………..look at Michigan or PN State or Oklahoma or yes, even USC. WHAT have they done lately? They are not First Tier programs right now.

First Tier right now – Alabama, Florida, Ohio State, and I will say Texas. This changes every year with one school not doing anything lately, like LSU. LSU has just been dropped from my First Tier because they have not won anything in a few years now. They won the NC in early 2000s and fell drastically. Great school and great football program ……..just not a First Tier school lately.

Second Tier is a place that 90% -96% of all schools desire to be. ALL ACC schools would love to be CONSISTENTLY in the Second Tier with LSU, UGA and Wisconsin and IOWA and PN State, Texas Tech and maybe Boise State and a couple of others. Ole Miss is getting close to joining the elite Second Tier.

All the talk about First Tier is great ……….but that only lasts one or two years, unless you are Florida. As a Bulldog, I know my stuff. UGA will have to win the SEC and a NC soon to crack the First Tier, otherwise, most of us UGA grads will be very happy with Second Tier. Why? It beats the Third Tier any day. See ACC, Mid America Conf., Big Sky,etc.

Go Dogs.

Matthews Dawg

May 25th, 2010
1:30 pm

Reality Check….the critical season for CMR is 2011, not 2010. He has new coaches, new systems, etc… Yes, it’s important, but it’s not the end all, unless we lose more than we win. Personally, I don’t think that will happen. CMR and the other coaches haven’t forgotten how to coach. If they do fall short, then all of you “football scholars” will be screaming for his head! We’ll be fine! I’m excited about the season and what it holds! Go Dawgs!!

GT harbors terrorists

May 25th, 2010
1:38 pm

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Dawghater

May 25th, 2010
1:47 pm

JB

Recruit all you want, but CMR will undercoach them with his staff and your program will continue to tank. I am sick and tired of hearing about UGA recruiting, because you continue to suck year after year, which is attributed to poor coaching.

It is sort of like having a Lamborghini in your garage, but nobody knows how to handle it. Give Saban, Miles or Meyers these players and you would have 2 or more national titles in your case, but your AD continues to lead you down the path of mediocrity.

GOGATOR

May 25th, 2010
1:49 pm

5 Star Recruit

May 25th, 2010
1:52 pm

dawghater, how funny you put Miles in the conv. maybe tech can have him after LSU fires him