THE TEN AT 10:
1. I’ve been somewhat surprised to see some of the negative reaction to Georgia’s latest commitment, OT Watts Dantzler of Dalton. While a lot of the negativity is coming from rival fans of the Bulldogs, it seems to be based mostly upon 30 seconds of video somebody posted on here showing Dantzler getting beat a couple of times in pass-protection drills during Georgia’s recent elite-prospect camp in Athens. Here’s the reality: Dantzler is 6-foot-7 (or 6-8, depending on whom you believe) and weighs 330 pounds. That’s breathing some rare air, size wise, for a 17-year-0ld. He had more than 30 scholarship offers from nearly every major program in the South and beyond, including Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, Notre Dame and Miami, among others. And while pass protection is the one area Dantzler needs to improve on most, he’s still a pretty quick guy for his size, as his varsity letters in basketball and tennis will attest. But protecting the blindside is not the main reason the Bulldogs recruited Dantzler. They project him as a smash-mouth right tackle, a dominating run blocker who can seal the flank with size and strength while also providing pass protection. “They may move him to the right side, but he’s a good enough athlete that he can play on the left side,” Dalton line coach Bill Mayo, who played line at Tennessee, told the Chattanooga Times-Free Press. “He’s really a good run blocker, very physical and dominant. In addition, Watts has a lot of football sense. He understands the game, more than just his assignment, but what everybody else is supposed to do. That will help him as he gets into college.” There’s not much to not like here. . . . Meanwhile, Georgia’s offensive line recruitment continues. The Bulldogs have offers out to several other prospects that project as more prototypical left tackles, including Xzavier Ward (6-7, 255) of Colquitt County; Zach DeBell (6-7, 265) of Tarpon Springs, Fla; Antonio Richardson (6-6, 310) of Nashville; and Brandon Shell (6-7, 290) of Goose Creek, S.C.
2. Charlton County quarterback Chris Milton (6-0, 175), who will likely play defensive back in college, hinted he may commit over the 4th of July weekend. “We’re having a family reunion in Virginia that weekend and our whole family is going to be there,” Milton told DeaconSports.com. “I might [make a commitment] then or just wait until the end of the summer.” Milton visited North Carolina and Wake Forest last week. “I’d say I’m looking at three schools,” he said. “Tennessee, Wake Forest and North Carolina. I’d like to visit Tennessee before the end of the summer. If I’m able to do it then I will, if not I won’t.”
3. Miller Grove center Tony Parker (6-9, 250) was selected to compete on the USA U-17 basketball team after a tryout in San Antonio this past weekend, coach Sharman White said. Parker, a rising junior who has helped the Wolverines to back-to-back state championships, average 12 points and 11 rebounds on a very balanced team that included Georgia signee Donte Williams.
4. Columbia linebacker Demarcus Sherod committed to Oklahoma State this past Friday, coach Mario Allen said. The 6-2, 225-pound athlete, who grew up a fan of the Georgia Bulldogs, did not have an offer from either of the state schools. But his offer list of 10 colleges included Auburn, Kentucky, South Carolina and Tennessee. Sherod committed to the Cowboys after visiting the Stillwater campus for a camp last week. “He was just very impressed with the facilities and the coaches at Oklahoma State and felt like they really wanted him up there,” Allen said. Sherod had 122 tackles, including 22 tackles for loss, and four sacks at Columbia last season.
5. South Gwinnett OLB Edward Muldrow (6-4, 188) committed to South Carolina this past weekend. The rangy defender with 4.7 speed becomes the Gamecocks’ fifth commitment for 2011 and third from the state of Georgia. He will join Rossville-Ridgeland DE Mason Harris and Athens-Clarke Central QB Martay Mattox in Columbia.
6. Wide receiver Alex Chisum (6-foot-3, 185-pound) of Sandy Creek committed to Cincinnati last week, coach Chip Walker said. Cincinnati now has five commitments. Chisum had 488 receiving yards and four touchdowns for Class AAAA state champion Sandy Creek last season. He also had offers from Kentucky, Mississippi State, Louisville and Indiana.
7. Another Carver-Columbus player has landed a scholarship. Coach Dell McGee reports that Riyahd Jones committed to Kentucky while attending the Wildcats’ camp in Lexington this past weekend. The 6-0, 163-pound athlete primarily plays wide receiver at Carver but projects as a cornerback in college. Jones is the ninth pledge for the Wildcats’ 2011 class and the first from Georgia.
8. DL Grady Jarrett (6-1, 280) of Conyers’ Rockdale County High committed to Clemson last Thursday. “They liked my quickness off the ball and how I can control my body,” Jarrett, who got the offer while attending a Clemson camp last Wednesday, told PalmettoSports.com. The Tigers are now up to 15 commitments.
9. Union Grove defensive back Avery Walls, who has more than two dozen scholarship, has committed to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Walls said he has taken visits or attended camps at Tennessee, South Carolina, Michigan, Michigan State and Northwestern so far this summer.
10. THIS & THAT: Georgia commitment Justin Scott-Wesley, a wide receiver from Mitchell County, finished what he said was a “disappointing” second in the both the 100- and 200-meter races at the U.S. Track and Field state qualifying meet Sunday in Atlanta. Scott-Wesley was timed at 10.7 and 21.4, respectively. He set the state record with a 10.35 100 meters in the high school state championships last month. “I kind of slipped out of the blocks,” Scott-Wesley said of the 100 race, won by track teammate Roderick Snoody of Carrollton. Nevertheless, Scott-Wesley advances to the regional qualifier in the 100-, 200- and 4×100-meter relays. . . .
WR DaVaris Daniels, the son of Georgia letterman Phillip Daniels, canceled a press conference scheduled for Tuesday in which he was expected to choose between Notre Dame and Michigan, IrishSportsDaily.com reports . . . WR Phillip Dorsett, of St. Thomas Aquinas in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., who had an offer from UGA, committed to Miami. . . . Clay Burton of Venice, Fla., whose brother Trey Burton plays quarterback for the Florida Gators, committed to Notre Dame this past Friday, ESPN.com reported. Burton was a big target for Georgia Tech, which finished as a finalists along with Clemson, FSU and Tennessee. Burton had 80 tackles and 12 sacks as a junior last season. . . . Spalding defensive end Chris Mayes (6-5, 295) has tabbed a top three of Georgia, Miami and Oklahoma, according to Scout.com’s Chad Simmons. . . .WR Ty Montgomery, a Stanford commitment from St. Marks, Texas. WR, stood out at Georgia’s June 12th camp and received an offer from the Bulldogs. . . .
Florida has gotten three commitments in the last week: FB Hunter Long of Tampa; OL Tommy Jordan of Ridgefield, Conn.; and LB Ryan Shazier of Plantation, Fla. That gives the Gators eight commitments. . . . QB Jacob Coker of Mobile, Ala., became commitment No. 13 for FSU on Monday. . . . DB Demar Dorsey of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., is now heading to Louisville after being denied admission to Michigan, ESPN.com reports. Coach Charlie Strong recruited Dorsey for the Gators.