Ten at 10: There are reasons everybody wanted UGA commit Watts Dantzler

THE TEN AT 10:

As evidenced here as he is being interviewed after his UGA announcement Sunday, Watts Dantzler is a huge fellow. (Photo by Chip Towers)

As evidenced here as he is being interviewed after his UGA announcement Sunday, Watts Dantzler is a huge fellow. (Photo by Chip Towers)

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.

108 comments Add your comment

dd

June 22nd, 2010
10:04 am

first. that’s gay though

Vick=Dog killing thug

June 22nd, 2010
10:11 am

That’s correct dd

CFBfan

June 22nd, 2010
10:13 am

Chip, commits to other schools are frequently berated by rival fans of several programs on this very blog. Why do you feel the need to defend Dantzler?

Worm

June 22nd, 2010
10:18 am

Good info as always Chip..BTW-Bill Mayo was a dang good player.

DawginLex

June 22nd, 2010
10:19 am

Chip,

Dantzler is going to UGA so he can’t be any good right? :) :) :)

I’m still amazed at the dorsey kid signing wiht UL. He has been charged with 2 felonies.

Oh well, here’s hoping he gets his act together.

Vick=Dog killing thug

June 22nd, 2010
10:20 am

Good article Chip, lots of good info. I was surprised to see the rap on Dantzler also. Mostly those goofy bug fans with a few other SEC school jealous fans.

Oh, just noticed a typo on Antonio Richardson’s weight….

Any idea where those big linemen you mentioned are leaning to ?

HANGMAN

June 22nd, 2010
10:25 am

what ever happened to Joe Cox? Is he flipping burgers or bagging grocery?

Look Alive

June 22nd, 2010
10:26 am

only 17 and that big wait till he becomes a man and see how he blocks need a few more big uns for the ol and dl. who will be our next commitment

Roll Tide

June 22nd, 2010
10:26 am

Bama won’t miss a beat without him. Because he keeps getting beat in that video.

We_Run_This_Country

June 22nd, 2010
10:27 am

Chip,
Nice and biased “Ten at 10″ this morning….your dog bretheren must be proud! Hunker Down Chip! Hunker Down!

Moops

June 22nd, 2010
10:28 am

I hope we don’t end up with Antonio Richardson. He seems to have a lot of filling out to do. 6′6″, and 30 lbs. Dang, I think he’s definitely headed for redshirt year where ever he ends up… hahaha

Junior Samples

June 22nd, 2010
10:34 am

I don’t care if danzler gets beat in practice. Will he get beat when the band is playing.

BigCaliDawg

June 22nd, 2010
10:36 am

Cox……he’s got a full-time gig working for a Kentucky bookee.

They loved his work in the Wildcat’s game and decided to turn his paid internship into a full-time position.

GT Dog

June 22nd, 2010
10:36 am

Where’s the real Roll Tide at lately? You know the guy who always has good, insightful comments? I believe you’re actually that Tide Roll clown who is, uhm, you know…obsessed with big, young, high school boys…

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

June 22nd, 2010
10:38 am

good stuff Chip- myself, i look forward to having Dantzler on the team next year. would also like to get a few more 6′7″ guys up there as well. only problem would be if murray would be able to see over them. still need to get a few more DEs & LBs though.

thomas

June 22nd, 2010
10:40 am

Went to school with Danny Dantzler – class act. Watts is going to be ALL-SEC before he leaves. What a great kid to get. http://www.wedgeorgia.com

GT Dog

June 22nd, 2010
10:42 am

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June 22nd, 2010
10:42 am

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GT Dog

June 22nd, 2010
10:43 am

Never mind. Computers make me so crazy sometimes.

Da'REEK

June 22nd, 2010
10:44 am

Next will be Damian Swann!

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June 22nd, 2010
10:45 am

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Dawg House

June 22nd, 2010
10:47 am

HATE ON HATERS!!!!

It makes the 7 or 8 times we beat you each decade that much sweeter.

GO DAWGS!!!! 64 days til kickoff!!!!!

Dawg House

June 22nd, 2010
10:49 am

** 74 days til kickoff **

Ted Striker

June 22nd, 2010
10:56 am

Good column, Chip, as always. You provide the facts — something that’s sometimes challenging in the world of recruiting — and give pertinent background.

As for Dantzler, I don’t pay any attention to any “criticism” he might be receiving. The guy is a quality player and a quality guy. It’s a little silly to think a guy is being second-guessed (by folks who never played a down in college) when he had his pick of premium schools.

I’m not a recruitnik but I’m interested to see what happens with Daniels. I wonder if it’s a late entry into the decision process, or if it’s perhaps just vacillation with the team he planned to announce.

Again, Chip, keep up the good work.

Alphare

June 22nd, 2010
11:12 am

I admit I am Tech fan, not UGA fan.

I have to say Dantzler made a good choice.

What pains me is choosing SoCal the last couple of years by some talents, some of who are from Georgia. We all know SoCal will be slapped in one way or another. Why risk your future on the uncertainty in a far away place, while the southeast has great programs?

JB

June 22nd, 2010
11:12 am

Funny to read where some of these guys land and read that Ga. Tech had them as a big target, but you don’t see an entire blog written about it with 200 hits………………………….
That’s the key….hits……..very few on here care about Who shunned Tech……They’ll sign their usual class of 24 or so and end up ranked 34 th……but end up with 5 or 6 very good ball players.

ryan

June 22nd, 2010
11:17 am

I will bet you if he had went with Auburn all the haters would have said he was great player when goes Georgia people say nasty things about him same thing about when Jarvis Jones chosed UGA . CMR needs to get mean this year and prove all his critics wrong. This all about CMR .

Gerald

June 22nd, 2010
11:21 am

Kirby Smart:

Because of the many 4 and 5 star WRs that UGA has recruited under Mark Richt, only a couple (Reggie Brown, Mohammed Massoquai, A.J. Green) have actually had good college careers, and even that is being charitable to Brown and Massoquai, who were only good their senior seasons. FSU, Miami, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Clemson, even Georgia Tech get more out of their WR recruits than UGA does.

As far as Watts Dantzler goes, I wonder if anyone has considered playing him on defense. He appears to be an excellent candidate for a 3-4 DL to me if he is that big and mobile. Marcell Dareus, the guy who wreaked havoc for Alabama in the BCS title game, is a player like that, and so is Terrance Cody.

But as far as OL goes, if he doesn’t cut it at right tackle, he can always play left guard. Again, going back to the Alabama comparison, they have several OLs that are very good straight-ahead run blockers who don’t excel in pass protection. Virginia Tech also makes a living off recruiting guys like that. However, the issue is that if you are going to use OLs like Alabama and Virginia Tech does, you need to run the ball like they do. UGA doesn’t under Mark Richt. They are supposed to be a pro-style passing offense. To run that offense you need smaller, quicker OLs that are better in pass protection. He is not the type of OL that a program who other than one good year from Musa Smith and a couple of very good years from Knoshown Moreno isn’t known for running the football.

I don’t question the player. I question the school that he is going to because of the system that he will be used in. If the guy was going to Virginia Tech, Alabama, Auburn, Wisconsin, Penn State or Ohio State? Great. But at UGA, unless they change their offense, it would be in this kid’s interest if he plays RDE for Grantham and not RT for Bobo.

Gerald

June 22nd, 2010
11:25 am

JB:

Georgia Tech will sign a class ranked #34 and wind up with 5 or 6 good ball players. UGA will sign a class ranked #8 and wind up with 7 or 8 good ball players. So … what’s the difference really? Nothing, except that UGA fans badly need their big wins in recruiting because they get practically no such wins on the field, especially where Tennessee, Alabama, LSU and Florida are concerned. You do a good job beating up on South Carolina, Arkansas, Auburn, Vanderbilt, Kentucky and Georgia Tech though. I guess that’s enough to make you happy.

IDIOT SEC DRYWALL/LANDSCAPERS

June 22nd, 2010
11:25 am

someone needs to get Aaron Murray a step ladder

TampaGator

June 22nd, 2010
11:30 am

Chip…I said the same thing in my post the other day about Danzler and I am a Gator fan. The kid has good potential, but pass protection is going to be a major issue for him unless he makes great strides. P.S. On the right side, he will be lining up in the future against Ronald Powell, the #1 DE prospect in the country last year and a truly special athlete. Good luck with that one, kid!!! And Dominique Easley (not much less talented that Powell) will be on the other side, with Sharieff Floyd and Leon Orr in the middle at DTs. You better have a good line in the future!!!

PKS

June 22nd, 2010
11:32 am

Any news on Lemay? His dad said a ruling should come in “7-10 days” on June 11…

gdawginkalamazoo

June 22nd, 2010
11:34 am

I would like to see some of these “critics” say these things to Dantzler’s face then try to out run him.

Good choice by the kid. He will be fine. Basketball and tennis? The kid can evidently move fast enough to cover the courts. Football should be no problem.

Alphare

June 22nd, 2010
11:35 am

TampaGator:

I said it before and I’ll say it again. In order for UGA to advance, it has to beat the gators, and as such, UGA has to recruit the right guys to match up with the gator players.

If what you said above is true, UGA failed again in recruiting.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

June 22nd, 2010
11:37 am

Alphare/TampaGator- this all be true, however, nobody on here knows exactly how these kids will work out. Powell may be a bust, or suffer an injury. Same goes for UGA recruits. Lets just wait and see how these players develop in the SEC.

TampaGator

June 22nd, 2010
11:43 am

Dr. Ken…I think “smashmouth” was the idea in recruiting Danzler and one of the reasons Danzler picked Georgia. Best approach would be for Georgia to run right at Powell with Danzler. If that works, Georgia landed a great recruit. As you said, lets wait and see…but it is fun to talk college football in the summer.

gdawginkalamazoo

June 22nd, 2010
11:48 am

Somebody needs to let Gerald know that CMR has a winning record against Bama and LSU.

bjohndawg

June 22nd, 2010
12:00 pm

Watched his youtube video. He is a flat out beast as a run blocker. A bulldozer. Ealey should be licking his chops at the future of this guy opening some running lanes for him. Pass protection …he needs some work, but most HS OLinemen need to work on pass protection. I think the guy has a bright future. He will be playing on Sundays if he takes to instruction from coaches.

Sic Em

June 22nd, 2010
12:03 pm

Gerald should also know that CMR has a winning record against Tennessee. Some people would rather hate than look up the facts.

ryan

June 22nd, 2010
12:04 pm

Hey Gerald it not about WR’s those guys don’t win championships it starts with O lines and Defence and that is CMR is putting together .All of those ACC teams were dominated in those bowl games last year except FSU . UGA won there bowl GT got there butt kicked.

JMar

June 22nd, 2010
12:09 pm

It seems like Auburn has offers out to everyone.

Old Dawg

June 22nd, 2010
12:10 pm

Some of the folks critical of Watts Dantzler probably don’t know a lot about playing offensive line. Some high school systems don’t throw the ball a lot, so linemen don’t develop great blocking skills. Those skills can be enhanced with repetitions, something every coach is known to say more than once in a conversation about players. And some programs throw the ball more than they run it, so the players don’t have great run-blocking skills.

It’s easy to watch a video clip and make a decision based on limited knowledge of a player. Example: Brett Favre’s senior year in high school his team didn’t have good receivers but they did have a great run blocking line a good backs. So, even though the team was coached by Favre’s father, the team ran the ball, hurting Favre’s recruiting process and he ended up at Southern Miss where he had an outstanding career and his NFL career hasn’t been to shabby either.

Just a few thoughts on receiving a commitment then ripping the guts out of a 17-year-old when it should be one of the best days of his life.

Amsterdam Sam

June 22nd, 2010
12:18 pm

Motivation is a dangerous weapon to wield, thanks guys, for handing it to a future DAWG with immense potential. Use it well, Watts and never, ever forget those “giving it to you”.

ryan

June 22nd, 2010
12:21 pm

Jmar Auburn is full on how many scholarship recruits they can get they are over the limit.

gdawginkalamazoo

June 22nd, 2010
12:25 pm

TampaGator, I couldn’t imagine being 6′7″ 330 lbs and not being able to play smashmouth football. Being that size I would think that at least 50% of smashmouth is just showing up.

Fillin' up @ Juniors

June 22nd, 2010
12:37 pm

There can be disadvantages to being 6′7″…lack of speed, and high potential injury. To every upside there is a downside. Hopefully the kid will stay healthy develop some foot quickness…except for thanksgiving day weekend…

Bubba

June 22nd, 2010
12:38 pm

Gerald– Uga will beat GT again this year. Like thats big time news like your comment.

Paddy

June 22nd, 2010
12:38 pm

alphare……don’t believe SoCal will be a factor in the South for quite awhile. Couple the hugh probation with the mis-trust of that snake Kiffin and recruiting outside your backyard becomes almost impossible. You don’t see many Georgia players getting offers from Arkansas. Petrino is not going to waist time here where folks consider him a coward. At least he knows better. Kiffin will never learn!

Bubba

June 22nd, 2010
12:39 pm

Gerald- what time does GT play in the CWS.

cantondawg

June 22nd, 2010
12:43 pm

Olddawg,

Agree with you 100%. Most OL are very raw when they come to college. More than any other position they are developed. As long as the player has the size and speed and heart they can be developed into a great offensive lineman. I don’t judge how a player does in these camps.Realtime game situations are alot different. I think he will be a good one with Coach Searels tutelage.