Ten at 10: Dalton OT Watts Dantzler to choose between Auburn, UGA on Sunday

THE TEN AT 10:

Dalton OT Watts Dantzler will announce his choice between Auburn and Georgia on Fathers Day this Sunday. (Photo provided by Watts Dantzler)

Dalton OT Watts Dantzler will announce his choice between Auburn and Georgia on Fathers Day this Sunday. (Photo provided by Watts Dantzler)

1. For months Dalton offensive tackle Watts Dantzler (6-foot-7, 330 pounds) has planned a Nov. 16 announcement for his college decision. That is his birthday and, coming at the end of fall, it just seemed like the right time to do it. But the state’s top-rated offensive tackle changed his mind this week and decided to move up his decision date to this Sunday. The reason? “I just felt Fathers Day was a better day,” Dantzler told me yesterday. His father, Danny Dantzler, passed away 16 months ago after a long battle with ALS and Watts decided this would be a way to honor him. Besides, Dantzler has made up his mind now between a final two of Auburn and Georgia. Danny Dantzler, by the way, was an offensive lineman and football letterman at UGA (1971-73). Watts’ announcement is scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday in the Dalton High School commons.

2. Another decision coming earlier than expected this week is from Tucker linebacker James Vaughters. He will reveal his choice from an offer list that reached 35 schools at 11 a.m. on Thursday at Rock Hard Fitness in Tucker, where he has trained since he was 13 years old. This 6-foot-2, 235-pound athlete just last month cut his list down to a final five of Alabama, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Ohio State and Stanford. At the time, Vaughters said he hoped to have a decision “by the end of summer” but added the caveat “if not sooner.” Meanwhile, Vaughters hasn’t rested on his laurels. He and fellow linebacker prospect Terrance Smith of Southwest DeKalb, an FSU commitment, roomed together and were standouts at the inaugural 360 Football Academy last week on the Georgia Tech campus. There they worked with professional athletes (they got to meet NFL star linebacker Ray Lewis), academic tutors and financial advisers in preparation for their impending football careers.

3. Any doubt whether Georgia is a serious contender for linebacker Jarvis Jones was removed as the Columbus native and Southern Cal transfer visited UGA all day Monday and Tuesday. Carver coach Dell McGee confirmed that Jones met with the Bulldogs’ coaches, toured the school and football facilities and, perhaps most importantly, met with team doctors and medical staff to discuss the neck injury he suffered while starring for the Trojans as a freshman last season. Jones, a former AJC Super 11 selection, is seeking a transfer from USC, which would not give him medical clearance after the  injury sidelined him for the last five games of last season. McGee claims Jones has received second and third medical opinions saying he can continue to play football. However, Jones has to be cleared by doctors at any school for which he hopes to play. The good news is that the 6-foot-3, 236-pound athlete should be immediately eligible wherever he goes. Meanwhile, McGee indicated it might not be just a two-team race between Georgia and Florida State as many have reported. Jones also intends to visit Clemson, North Carolina and possibly Alabama, too, before deciding where to transfer. “I think those two (UGA and FSU) are the front-runners, but he’s exploring all possible avenues and trying to see what is going to be a better fit for him,” McGee said.

Markeith Ambles sticking with USC.

Markeith Ambles sticking with USC.

4. Speaking of USC transfers, there is expected to be a lot after the NCAA infractions committee last week slapped the Trojans with a two-year bowl ban and major scholarship reductions. Upperclassmen and signees have been granted a free out without being subjected to NCAA transfer rules and the required one-year sit-out. However, two USC signees with Georgia connections appear to be staying put.  Markeith Ambles, and AJC Super 11 wide receiver from Henry County,  indicated he intends to stand pat with the Trojans.”It really doesn’t matter because USC is a great school for academics and a great place for football to learn to be a great player one day,” Ambles told ESPN.com’s Jamie Newberg, who wrote a good story on the effect of the NCAA sanctions on USC’s recruiting. “That is why I chose the school in the first place. Plus, [not going to a bowl is] only going to affect me for two years. I love the school and that’s why I will stick with my decision to stay with USC.” Meanwhile, USC cornerback signee Nickell Robey, who was committed to the Georgia Bulldogs until two days before national signing day, also plans to stick with the Trojans. “That’s what he tells me,” said Brad Metheny, Robey’s coach at Frostproof (Fla.) High.

5. For the longest time Georgia Tech led for elite defensive end Stephon Tuitt. Then last week Tuitt sent out a list of his seven favorite teams in order of preference. He had Miami on top. “All my family is down there and I’ve always been a big-time fan of the school,” said Tuitt, who lived in Miami until he was 13. As of last week, the Yellow Jackets were number two. But after attending Tech’s junior-senior camp this past Saturday, Tuitt has the Jackets back on top. “It was wonderful down there, a beautiful day,” Tuitt told me on Sunday. “I like the school and everything really. It has gotten to the point where I had to start thinking about the degree and what it would mean to have it and it’s hard to beat a degree from Tech.” So now Miami is back to number two, followed by Notre Dame, Georgia, Clemson, Auburn and Tennessee. But there is still a long way to go on Tuitt. He said he won’t make a decision until after taking official visits this fall. I’ll have more on Tuitt later.

6. UGA football commitment Justin Scott-Wesley continues to prove he has world-class speed as he took first place in the 100 meters with a time of 10.41 seconds in the prestigious adidas Golden West Invitational track meet in Folsom, Calif., this past weekend. He also finished second in the 200 meters (21.36). The Golden West invites the fastest youth runners in the country to compete against other. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Scott-Wesley, who will play wide receiver for the Bulldogs in 2011, said he was the biggest competitor by far at the meet. He had recorded the fifth-fastest time in the nation with a 10.35 at the state high school track championships in Jefferson last month, at which time he committed to the Bulldogs. Next Scott-Wesley will compete in the USA Track and Field Georgia championships this Thursday in Atlanta. A good performance there will advance him to regionals, then nationals and finally the world championships in Canada later this summer. “My goal is to become the fastest in the United States and then win the Worlds,” Scott-Wesley told me shortly after returning to Camilla on Monday. Oh, that’s all.

7. Georgia Tech had offers going out left and right after its junior-senior elite camp last weekend. The Yellow Jackets extended tenders to Hillgrove running back Kenyan Drake (6-0, 184), North Cobb saftey Darren Waller (6-5, 204), linebacker David Helton (6-4, 224) of Chattanooga, and cornerback Geno Smith (5-11, 165) of St. Pius. In case you missed it, the Jackets also landed two commitments for 2011: linebacker Jabari Hunt-Days (6-3, 226) of Hillgrove High — read the news account HERE — and offensive lineman Shaq Mason (6-2, 305) of Columbia, Tenn. I spoke to Mason late last night and will have an update on him later.

8. Likewise, at least three prospects came away with offers while attending Georgia’s one-day elite prospect camp in Athens this past weekend: Linebacker Ramik Wilson (6-3, 228), a 2011 recruit from Tampa’s Jefferson High School; offensive lineman John Theus (6-6, 275), a 2012 prospect from The Bolles School in Jacksonville, Fla.; and Theus’ brother, Nathan Theus (6-3, 255), an offensive lineman and long-snapping specialist who will sign in 2011.

9. Linebacker Mason Harris of Ridgeland High in Rossville committed to South Carolina while attending a Gamecocks camp this past week. “I toured the campus and talked with coach [Brad] Lawing,” Harris told the Spartanburg Herald. “He wants to use me like [Eric] Norwood, rushing in and dropping back [in coverage]. He wants me to put on about another 40 pounds.” Harris, whose other offers are from Middle Tennessee State and Chattanooga, had 65 tackles and 12 sacks as a junior last season.

10. THIS & THAT: A day after camping at UGA this past Saturday, OT prospect Zach DeBell of Tarpon Springs, Fla., attended a camp at Tennessee. . . . Elite offensive tackle prospect Brandon Shell of Goose Creek, S.C., had an unofficial visit at Georgia last Friday. . . . Alabama offered 2012 kicker/punter Adam Griffith of Calhoun High, according to Rusty Mansell of SuperPrep.com. Griffith is generally considered the state’s top kicker for 2011. . . . Defensive tackle Chris Mayes (6-4, 290) and quarterback Casey Moody (5-10, 170) of Griffin’s Spalding High camped at Oklahoma State this past weekend.

In case you missed it, other recruiting news from this week:

96 comments Add your comment

Worm

June 15th, 2010
10:12 am

good info Chip..Hope Watts follows his dad who I had the pleasure of knowing during my time at UGA>

GOJackets

June 15th, 2010
10:14 am

Goose Creek? Isn’t that where Joe Hamilton was from? Has Tech offered that young man?

Come on Vaughters!!! We really need you!

No doubt Dantzler will choose UGA. Doesn’t UGA get everyone from Dalton that they offer?

GTax

June 15th, 2010
10:15 am

Come on down Stephon!!!!!! The Flats is where its at!

San Francisco Dawg

June 15th, 2010
10:16 am

Great update, Chip…always great to read your posts from San Francisco!

Simba Bop

June 15th, 2010
10:19 am

Guess I shouldnt have taken 20 minutes to read this article, and I couldve been first. Oh well, good article. thanks for the updates.

DOWG

June 15th, 2010
10:21 am

I hope UGA will acquire both James and Watts this week. this could be the biggest turn of events in the UGA football in a long while considering that all these kids are state highly prospects

Brooks

June 15th, 2010
10:28 am

Vaughters is going to Ohio State in my opinion. Family up north will play a major role in his decision. Dantzler will end up in Athens. Tuitt will end up at Tech because he can hit the field right away. Jarvis Jones is a guess. I think the Dawgs get him in the end. Chris Conley looks like a stud in camp films. Need to land Peake to go with him. Wesley and Witchett are not going to be big-time receivers in my opinion. Fast athletes but not national title WR. Hope I am wrong. Swann, Wright, Crowell, and Rome are the bell cows for this class. I think we get at least 2 of them. GO DAWGS

Sven Ottke

June 15th, 2010
10:29 am

Nice use of the word ‘acquire’ DOWG. Confirming what most of us have know about all along. Bag man striking again!

Chip Towers

June 15th, 2010
10:33 am

Brooks: I’d add DE Ray Drew to that list. ESPN thinks he’s the top prospect in the entire state and I’d include him in the top five for sure.

Burdell

June 15th, 2010
10:33 am

Good informative article Chip. Looks like the Bulldogs have a gimme in Dantzler and a speedster in that Scott-Wesley kid. Really hoping Vaughters decides he wants to be Jacket.

Can’t wait until fall.

GoldenDawg

June 15th, 2010
10:34 am

How do these kids going to USC only see this affecting them the first 2 years? Did they forget that they lost 30 scholarships too? With that we are talking 5 or 6 years before USC can make it to a decent bowl game.

cdawg

June 15th, 2010
10:37 am

Get the linemen Dawgs!

dap01

June 15th, 2010
10:40 am

Dantzler, Vaughters and Jones could make it a historical week in Athens.

Be a part of something special, stay at home and be home state heros.

Go Dawgs!

Hmmmm!

June 15th, 2010
10:42 am

Funny how all these USC guys are thinking about transferring and now all of a sudden they are staying and they all have the same comment about how USC is great and so on. Seems like somebody gave them some cash and a script to read.

GeoffDawg

June 15th, 2010
10:43 am

Jarvis Jones would be a heck of an addition given our scheme change and sudden need for more bodies at LB. Here’s hoping.

theTruth

June 15th, 2010
10:47 am

Good write up CHIP. Do you have a feel for which way Jones is leaning?

That is a good way for Dantzler to honor his dad, I hope after he commits that most write ups on him mention his dad who by all accounts was a very good man. We don’t celebrate the lives of good men and women enough, so I hope perhaps he may receive a little honor come Sunday.

I still think Vaughters picks Stanford not OSU. Seems like a bright young kid and good luck to him in his future wherever he may choose.

Calhoun Fan

June 15th, 2010
10:48 am

Chip – Adam Griffith is the class of 2012. He will be a Jr this year. To get an offer from the defending National Champs as a Jr kicker is impressive.

Dawg House

June 15th, 2010
10:48 am

Either way, things are looking real good out in Athens.

81 days until:

1. 92,000 FANS fill the stands in Athens
2. 20,000 “fans” spread out through the stands in Atlanta
3. 15,000 “fans” skip the game in Atlanta and to to a Sports Bar simply to route against the Dawgs

Cheering > Booing!!! GO DAWGS!!!!!!

destin dawg

June 15th, 2010
10:48 am

Watt’s…. things are going up hill in Athens… great class coming, new coaches, etc… join the Dawgs !!!!

booker T

June 15th, 2010
10:49 am

Chip, it’s going around that there is an investigation going on at bama for gifts and special treatment toward the family of Mark Ingram. They are already on probation, and could get ugly. Have you heard anything>?

Hey Sven Ottke

June 15th, 2010
10:51 am

Hey Sven Ottke A.KA. Dawg Hater.

If you have evidence then go to the NCAA. Otherwise keep you mouth shut and mask ignorance.

northgadawg

June 15th, 2010
11:01 am

I heard the same about bama don’t know if it is true

Dawg Fan

June 15th, 2010
11:03 am

It would be great to see all of these recruits joining the Dream Team in Athens

Goooo Dawgs Sic ‘em Woof Woof Woof!!!

Big Dog

June 15th, 2010
11:09 am

Watts hope to see you wearing the Red & Black. The Dawgs will definitely need some more Big Uglies up front.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

June 15th, 2010
11:20 am

thanks for the updates Chip!!! lots of action this week- i prefer it when a recruit makes his decision early (and hopefully sticks to it) rather than drag it out for 9 months like some soap opera.

BG

June 15th, 2010
11:22 am

Watts to UGA baby!!!!!!!!

Coach Lame Kitten

June 15th, 2010
11:26 am

So what if we can’t go to a bowl? You can live in California and have all bills paid. And you get to play for me. And you get to jack-up convenience stores in your off time.

Go west young men.

Dylan

June 15th, 2010
11:26 am

Since Watts wants do it on Father’s Day… and his dad was an offensive lineman at Georgia… Watts is headed to Athens, no doubt. Watts is a really class guy. I hate Dalton with a passion, but he really is a good guy on and off the field.

Mark Richt disciple

June 15th, 2010
11:34 am

Brooks and Chip, In addition to Drew, Wright, Crowell, Rome, and Swann, i’d probably throw Dickson from Griffin in there too. He’s not really the same caliber, but i think he would be a big get as well. I really like this Dantzler kid, watching the film from Scout, he’s a big body, I think Searles can coach him up and he could be a big time addition. The kids that really jumped out in that film to me were Corey Moore, the wide receivers, and Silverberry Mouhon from Norcross, but I see he has no stars, so maybe he’s a raw talent. He burnt Dantzler at one point. Finally, question for Chip or anyone else, it would appear UGA isn’t going to offer AJ Johnson from gainseville, which is fine, I trust Mark Richt. I was just curious as to why? I think I heard at one point there may be character issues, but i may be making that up. Any truth to that?

fishtales

June 15th, 2010
11:34 am

Another day…another blog…another insecure UGA fan accusing Bama of cheating.

RxDawg

June 15th, 2010
11:34 am

I hope our new D coaches can persuade Mr. Vaughters to commit to UGA. We haven’t hit a home run on a potential LB in a while.

Will

June 15th, 2010
11:37 am

All Jarvis needs to do is look at the UGA depth chart at LB and then look at the impressive coaches of Belin and Grantham. This could be one of UGA’s biggest weeks ever for recruiting! If UGA somehow does get JJ, Our defense could be one of the nations best. Forget FSU and please come to UGA!!

Berry29

June 15th, 2010
11:37 am

Debell really likes the Vols…but he’s on a long list
of great OL looking hard at the Vols.

BTW, UT picked up Tom Smith today, a big RB from FL – class 6A…
over numerous offers that included Pitt, Wisconsin, and WVA early on.

Calhoun insider

June 15th, 2010
11:40 am

Watts is wanted by the Dawg Nation!!!!

THWGT!!!

June 15th, 2010
11:42 am

I really like the idea of Watts paying tribute to his dad on father’s day. We would love to see you in red & black, but if that is not your choice, best of luck except against the Dawgs.

THWGT!!!!!

theTruth

June 15th, 2010
11:45 am

Berry29, I would imagine UT should be able to get a lot of OL this year, they can almost guarantee early PT. I read on scout that Debell has UGA on top but haven’t read his comments about UT. Got a link? UT needed to bring in OL guys last year.

ECB

June 15th, 2010
11:55 am

You need to look in at DJ Hill in Newton County. He has at least 4offers that I know of so far. DB/LB 6′2″ 210lbs 2011 Class. He was at Auburn over the weekend. I know Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, Boston College, and Memphis have all offered him so far.

Berry29

June 15th, 2010
11:55 am

no link on Debell – he did visit UT again right after camping @ UGA.
It appears he will wait and take all his visits this fall.
Dooley is looking to add 3 to 4 more OL to go along with Posey.

Delbert D.

June 15th, 2010
11:58 am

Prior to this report, the word on Ambles was that he had been given a release from his scholarship commitment to USC. He had chosen USC over Tennessee, and yet he ended up with Kiffin. This story isn’t over.

Kiffin needs Jarvis Jones’ scholarship. He can’t take a chance on rehab.

sec

June 15th, 2010
12:00 pm

i would find it hard to believe that Watts would not choose UGA on Father’s Day. Any other would be a question mark.

Bad idea

June 15th, 2010
12:01 pm

I have a problem with the USC juniors and seniors being able to transfer without sitting out a year. They knew USC was under investigation and they chose to go there anyway. They wanted all of the glory of playing for a winner (that was cheating) and now the rules don’t apply to them once again.

It sets a bad precedent too. Even if a school is cheating, go there anyway. They’ll either get away with it or you can quickly transfer someplace else.

GoTech

June 15th, 2010
12:03 pm

Good update Chip, would be nice to see GT get someone that chooses Tech over Ga, Bama, or the Gators instead of Wofford, SC State or ETSU

Kiffin will put USC on more probation down the line

June 15th, 2010
12:04 pm

Delbert,

That’s a good point about Kiffin needing Jones’ scholarship. Yet another reason for everyone to think he’s a scumbag.

AT

June 15th, 2010
12:14 pm

Great job chip as always you are a pimp at what you do with your copy and paste skills

Pulpwood Smith

June 15th, 2010
12:16 pm

Athens or Auburn? Gee, that’s a tough call. A cool city with lots to do, or a dump in the middle of eastern Alabama with nothing to do (except maybe a jaunt over to Phenix City for dirt racing at the East Alabama Motor Speed Way).

Ron O

June 15th, 2010
12:20 pm

Vaughters was at the 360 Sports Academy camp last week and my source says he’s going to Stanford.

harold

June 15th, 2010
12:23 pm

AUBURN WILL LIKELY BE A NATIONAL CHAMPION WITHIN TWO YEARS. DANTZLER WILL BE PART OF IT. HE WILL PLAY IMMEDIATELY THERE. GREAT SCHOOL.GREAT FUN.

TXDawg

June 15th, 2010
12:33 pm

I’m sick today! My chance at “1st” and I let the blog sit for a couple of hours while working and when I come back and scroll down, I see there are no comments posted….so after refreshing, there are 48 posts!! Oh well….at least I got my work done.

DOG FAN

June 15th, 2010
12:40 pm

i think we get all 3 wd jv and jj this is what makes a dream team!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Natl. "Tidetle"

June 15th, 2010
12:42 pm

you can have Dantzler. What about the kid from Moultrie, Xzavier Ward? Roll Tide