Tech, Georgia on verge of landing commitments

In the past years we would be entering relative wilderness on the recruiting calendar. There was a time when most college coaches would slip off about now and find a nice quiet place, preferably near some water.

And while a few will get a brief respite this Memorial Day weekend, there is still a lot going on and a lot about to happen.

Auburn is hosting its annual “Big Cat Weekend” this weekend and a lot of the state of Georgia’s biggest prospects will be in attendance. Kentucky has a one-day camp on Saturday. Georgia Tech coaches were still on the road Friday and Saturday, the last two days of the NCAA’s evaluation period. The Bulldogs have wrapped up their road work but will host a 7-on-7 camp later this next week. The Yellow Jackets’ first summer camp is the next week.

What’s all that mean? It means that you can expect at least a few more commitments in the next few weeks.

The Dogs and Jackets have been working the road very hard the last several weeks. Now they are entering the period where they hope to reap some of what they have sown.

Generally it’s not a time when you expect Billy Bluechip and Freddy Five-Star to commit. But some very good players are likely to jump on offers they’ve been holding.

Chad Simmons, South recruiting manager for Scout.com, tells the AJC:

“Those guys are probably getting advice, whether it be from their coach or parents or whomever, that you may want to go ahead and take this offer while it’s there. While you have the offer now that doesn’t mean they’ll have the same offer on the table three months from now. Some guys don’t understand that teams offer by numbers. They may be looking to sign two linebackers. They may like you best on their board but they may get two guys before you and can’t take you any longer. I think some guys are starting to understand that and see that’s how it works. The 3-star and high 3-star type players might go ahead and start jumping on some of those offers and commit to a school. They may not be completely done with the recruiting process but they may want to go ahead and put their name on somebody’s list to secure their spot for now.”

Each school typically holds about three camps during the summer. Two are those are what could be considered major-prospect camps. Usually one-day affairs, teams bring in most of their main targets and give them a lot of attention as a group, such as Auburn is doing over on The Plains this weekend. However, some school prefer to bring in their “Big Cats” somewhat under-the-radar on intimate, one-on-one unofficial visits.

Another camp is reserved for bringing in mass amounts of young talent. This is where a lot of prospects are “discovered.” Ocasionally you’ll get a commitment or two out of such camps. A ninth or 10th grader may be so impressive that they’re offered verbally (official written offers aren’t permitted until September of their junior season). Rarely they may accept on the spot.

So who might be first to jump on with our local universities. Washington High wide receiver Zack Witchett has been open about his fondness for the Bulldogs for a while. And Venice, Fla., defensive end Clay Burton is down to the Jackets and Clemson.

But you can never tell. It’s just as likely to come out of right field. We’ll let you know when it happens.

Meanwhile, here’s the 2011 commitments lists so far:

GEORGIA

  • C David Andrews (6-3, 276), Wesleyan School
  • DE Sterling Bailey (6-4, 250), East Hall HS
  • CB Devin Bowman (6-0, 175), Ridgeland HS
  • WR Chris Conley (6-3, 185), North Paulding HS
  • LB Amarlo Herrera (6-2, 215), N. Clayton
  • QB Christian LeMay (6-3, 188), Matthews, N.C.
  • DB Corey Moore (6-1, 185), Griffin
  • DB Chris Sanders (6-0, 175) Tucker
  • WR Justin Scott-Wesley (6-1, 190), Mitchell County HS

GEORGIA TECH

  • OL Trey Braun, (6-5, 275), Tallahassee, Fla.
  • OL Bryan Chamberlain (6-4, 280), Albany-Monroe HS
  • LB Chaz Cheeks (6-3, 220), East Hall HS
  • RB Quartterrio Morgan (5-10, 175), Mt. Zion HS
  • ATH Airyn Willis (6-2, 180), High Point, N.C.

NOTE: Sorry for the lack of updates the last couple of days. Unfortunately I’ve been out of commission. But I’m feeling much better now, thank you very much. There will be no new blogs planned until Tuesday due to the holiday weekend but the recruiting blog WILL be updated if and when news warrants. So be sure to check back. . . .

223 comments Add your comment

Craig

May 28th, 2010
10:18 am

Which of those Georgia commits is going to be this year’s Da’Rick?

Jim in Ga

May 28th, 2010
10:26 am

UT better hope that Da’Rick doesn’t turn into another Nu’Keese. That’s a solid class so far but we still have plenty left to get.

GT

May 28th, 2010
10:27 am

Georgia Tech is setting itself up for a fine recruiting class! Good to see CPJ and CAG doing their homework!

knoxdawg

May 28th, 2010
10:27 am

Glad to see that the recruits are starting to understand the numbers game. If a school only has room for two players at a position they may limit the number they offer but once two committ its full and they must go on. You cant wait on alot of guys to committ on signing day and then loose out and get none.

Sportsrealist

May 28th, 2010
10:36 am

Da’Rick who? GO DAWGS!!!!!!

Gbal

May 28th, 2010
10:44 am

I want to see some OL’s on the UGA list soon.

Worm

May 28th, 2010
10:53 am

I don’t expect the Dawgs to accept too many more 3 star players..We’re reaching higher this year and I hope this “dream class” comes to fruition.

DAWGLOVER

May 28th, 2010
10:57 am

DAWG commits are looking like a real dream so far. Hopefully, by the time this year is over, the “Dream” will be alive and ready to kick!

THWGT!!!

May 28th, 2010
11:05 am

Thanks for the updates. Every year some of the kids wait too late to get to go where they really want. I still endorse the early signing period so they can go ahead and lock in to the school they really want and erase doubt.

THWGT!!!!!!!

wesleywhatwhat

May 28th, 2010
11:16 am

so far, i think georgia tech wins on first names alone.

Trey
Bryan
Chaz
Quartterrio
Airyn

whack hyder

May 28th, 2010
11:17 am

hope uga’s dream turns into a nightmare.

ryan

May 28th, 2010
11:18 am

Da Rick was over rated and glad he went to the Vols we are loading up on WR this year with Conley , Justin Scott Wesley and could land Charone Peake or D. Daniels

Hank Williams Jr

May 28th, 2010
11:19 am

Are you ready for some football?

south africa world cup 2010

May 28th, 2010
11:23 am

are you ready for some futbol?

Preston

May 28th, 2010
11:23 am

Da’Rick will get punched in Da’Mouth come October! Get ready for the sting traitor. LOL!!!

BigTimeTECHFan

May 28th, 2010
11:25 am

Don’t care to much about the stars beside there names, both coaches at UGA and Tech will bring in good football player. It’s all about how they perform at collage level.

Myron Copeland

May 28th, 2010
11:25 am

come on ryan – u know Da’Rick still haunts you.
Yeah, bet you’re glad, lol

ATL XMAN

May 28th, 2010
11:27 am

=) great div 1aa players that tech is bringing in here on offense. how does tech expect to compete with the other teams in the acc and UGA with guys that should be playing at Elon and ga southern. PJ is ruining tech…and i love it.. ;)

south africa world cup 2010

May 28th, 2010
11:29 am

atlxman, 11-3 > 8-5.

done.

next poser, step up with your retarded comments.

IndianaDawg

May 28th, 2010
11:32 am

Should be a great year for the Dawgs! Chip, do you have any updates on WR Charone Peake and what he’s up to? I know that Christian LeMay and Peake are good friends and that LeMay was supposed to be working on him to come to UGA.

redeployed dawg

May 28th, 2010
11:32 am

We need to pick up some O Linemen. If we keep neglecting the O-line, we will run into the same problem we ran into in ‘06. One is no where near enough for this class.

IndianaDawg

May 28th, 2010
11:33 am

11-3 in the ACC bro. Seriously.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

May 28th, 2010
11:35 am

Duh”Rick is old news. Maybe he is over rated – we shall see. Meanwhile, I would like to his buddy at QB for the Tick Hounds so Justin Houston can get in a little sack practice.

Albert the Alligator

May 28th, 2010
11:37 am

I say lets have an early open signing period about this time of the year, maybe July for those early “commits”. Get them out of the way so that the Gators can go get the 4 and 5 stars….

How2fish

May 28th, 2010
11:38 am

whack hyder our worst team in 10 years stomped a mudhole in the ACC Champs this year one of the reasons we are always the Bugs biggest nightmare…!

RambleOn84

May 28th, 2010
11:39 am

Tech has never gotten top 10 (or even top 25) classes; the difference is coaching.

Johnson has won an ACC championship and is 1-1 against “mighty UGA” in his first two years with inferior talent, save for a few skill position players…I think we’ll be just fine.

What has Richt accomplished in ten years with all those Top 10 classes? A pair of SEC championships, and ZERO NCs…

dawgs01

May 28th, 2010
11:39 am

Someone said they wanted to see some linemen for UGA. I know they are after a kid at Spalding high he 6′3″ 290 a good one and likes UGA. I live in Griffin so I watch spalding high and grffin high alot. They are also after Dickson at Griffin but i think Bama has him locked up. That kid will be All SEC if no injuries come along but he wants to play right away that might help us get him bc Bama is so deep at DE. I know Moore is talking to Dickson and Niles (wide receiver) trying to recruit them to UGA. UGA wants both. It is crazy UGA might get 4 players from one little town. Oklahoma state is getting two more boys off Griffin too.

ryan

May 28th, 2010
11:41 am

Hey Myron Da Rick dropped a lot balls in High School and also he did not have good grades i am not haunted buy Da Rick and plus he he was payed buy Nance’s dad to go there.

Glory Glory

May 28th, 2010
11:45 am

***** via tweets, I was successfully able to get the KIND people at AJC to replace that god-awful (no pun intended) picture of Tim Tebow replaced with Aaron Murray!!! ******

THIS is the biggest victory in UGA sports this week!!!!

Glory Glory

May 28th, 2010
11:47 am

on the AJC UGA homepage…….

IndianaDawg

May 28th, 2010
11:49 am

I noticed that. Nice work Glory Glory. I think it was a picture of John Brantley however, not Tim Tebow.

DirtyDog

May 28th, 2010
11:50 am

Dawg fans still butt-hurt over Da’Rick 4 months later, I love it. Honestly he is probably the 3rd or 4th best WR that UT signed in 2010, but I’m glad UGA is still hating. Also, how many violations can we expect Auburn to rack up during their “Big Cat Weekend” this year??? Throwing toilet paper in a tree & being bored to death in the middle of ALABAMA….just how every 17yr. old wants to spend Memorial Day Weekend.

WTF

May 28th, 2010
11:54 am

Hey, south africa world cup 2010:

8-1 30-24 DONE

Glory Glory

May 28th, 2010
11:56 am

Indiana… It was Tearbow… Open the gallery and look at it.

This success is going in my resume!!

theTruth

May 28th, 2010
11:56 am

Uh Ryan, please learn to spell, you are not helping your cause. Yes, Da’rick is ‘rumored’ to have a new vehicle via Nance but he got his buddy a ’ship to UTk. Yes, it is also ‘rumored’ he has been suspended from school. True? IDK. UT just wasted a ’ship on a qb just to get a WR, not smart unless he turns out to be another Green, Highly doubtful.

Da’rick does how the mantra of a WR, he had quite a few unsportsmanlike penalties. He had two in the first half of the first game of the year. For any vol fans, please see Kelly Washington version 2.

Stan

May 28th, 2010
11:57 am

What has Richt accomplished in ten years with all those Top 10 classes? A pair of SEC championships, and ZERO NCs…

How about a 9-1 record against the yellow jackets?

theTruth

May 28th, 2010
11:57 am

lol, uh, have the mantra

pot meet kettle

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

May 28th, 2010
12:03 pm

class looks good so far for 2011, looking forward to seeing the add’l stars come on board for Dawg Nation.

70 Dawg

May 28th, 2010
12:07 pm

I think Chad Simmons article summed the problem with this whole process when he said recruits want to “secure their spot for now.” College football needs an early signing period which guarantee the school and the student-athlete of the commitment. I don’t know why this hasn’t been voted in.

How2fish

May 28th, 2010
12:09 pm

RambleOn84 are you on crack? CMR is 8-1 vs the Bugs and sent the Wattle Neck Goon into complete meltdown mode last year..CPJ has been weighted and measured and he has been found wanting…and now he will be playing with HIS recruits…..LMAO!

RambleOn84

May 28th, 2010
12:11 pm

It’s 8-1, not 9-1 against the Yellow Jackets. 6 of those victories coming against Chan Gailey.

My blind grandmother could have beaten Gailey…not exactly a big accomplishment.

Why do UGA fans base their success off their record against their lowly in-state rivals?

Here is a tough question for most of you .....

May 28th, 2010
12:17 pm

With all of the hatred toward UGA, are ANY of you even in some junior college somewhere? I mean, have any of you ever attended a major university?

I suspect that the vile flows from jealousy of a fabulous school called UGA, that has tons of academic AND ATHLETIC success over many, many year and a school that win or lose, 98% of the fans and alumni LOVE the university.
I’ll go one further ………Auburn grads love their school, as do MSU grads and Ole Miss and KY and Bama and Florida, LSU fans do. This fact is the beauty of cheering for your ala mater …….win or lose. It is also why UGA is ONE RICH SCHOOL BABY !!!

The ” no NCs” stuff …………..that usually comes from some guy that also values the NBA play offs and the Friday night kick boxing and wrestling stuff. UGA is my school and my family’s school and my 2 kid’s school and we just love it and hey, we know that our last NC was in 80. So what?

I load my SUV and head up to most home games and usually one or two away games and a bowl or two in the last 3 or 4 years. No a bad lifestyle ………….supporting the DAWGS.

How2fish

May 28th, 2010
12:18 pm

RambleOn84 you ARE on crack 2X SEC champs and 8-1 vs our hated rival..you wanted to know what CMR had done…read it and weep ! Funny how the Bugs want it both ways we are a powerhouse! er wait we are a lowly in-state rival…for the love of God quit sniveling!

How2fish

May 28th, 2010
12:19 pm

Here is a tough question for most of you …..great post !

RambleOn84

May 28th, 2010
12:21 pm

Explain to me how that’s a “fact,” please. Because UGA happened to beat Tech in a year when Tech won the ACC?

If that makes Tech 7th or 8th best in the SEC, then how do you explain Ole Miss beating Florida in 2008? Does that mean Florida was really only the 7th or 8th best team in the SEC in 2008? What about Wake Forest beating Ole Miss that same year? Does that mean Wake would have won the SEC that year?

Head-to-head matchups don’t mean that much in the larger scheme of things. If they did, then no 1-loss team would ever be able to win a NC.

RambleOn84

May 28th, 2010
12:22 pm

Richt won 6 in a row vs. MIGHTY CHAN GAILEY…somebody make a statue of this man.

RambleOn84

May 28th, 2010
12:23 pm

EDIT: the comment at 12:21 should read “If that makes Tech 7th or 8th best in the SEC,” not ACC…

I will guarantee you

May 28th, 2010
12:27 pm

I will guarantee that either Rantavious Wooten or Tavarres King or even Mavelous Marlon Brown or ALL THREE will outperform DaRick this year as a receiver. DaRick might return punts or kicks but beyond that, he will not do as well as any of these three young men as a wide out. Time will tell.

Next year, UGA has tons and tons and tons of wide outs coming in, so no big deal w. or w.o DaRick. We wish the kid well. Here is some history to support my point:

Reggie Brown ( in HS was the # 1 USA wide out ) blew his knee out returning a punt or a kick some 9 or 10 years back, while at UGA. He now plays or did play for two or three years with the NFL’s Eagles. UGA while he was hurt, simply worked around his great ball in hand skills. UGA W.O. DaRick will do the same thing ……it is what all teams do. Someone else will emerge. Geeeeeeeeeeeeez, get over it gang.

Go Dogs.

Is there ONE? other school

May 28th, 2010
12:33 pm

UGA ia alone as the only school over 13 years and soon to be 14 years to have won 8 or more games. Period. Can anyone name another? Not Florida ( they are tough for sure ) not Bama, not LSU, nor Ohio State, nor Oklahoma and not the REAL USC. Not one other. UGA is the only one to do this.

THAT is what M Richt and Donnan have done at UGA and with two coaches invloved, that is even MORE remarkable.
Gooooooooo DAWGS !!!

Chan is to blame

May 28th, 2010
12:37 pm

Blaming Chan is like Barry Soetero blaming Cheny and Bush and Eisenhower and LBJ for all of his failed initiatiives. Tech hired the guy, so TECH IS to blame.

Now, um, ah, when CPJ’s boys do not perform as well as Chan’s NFL bound boys played ………it will be ugly at THE FLATS.

Go Dogs.