Ten at 10: Valdosta’s Jay Rome, Malcolm Mitchell tackle recruiting together

THE TEN AT 10:

The Ten at 10 appears on the AJC College Recruiting Blog every Tuesday and Thursday. It is an “aggregation blog,” a roundup of news and information from a variety of sources that is believed to be of interest to AJC readers. Material from sources other than the AJC is attributed. . . . Sorry it is posting so late today. I’ll sum up the delay in one word — toddler.

1. Valdosta’s Malcolm Mitchell and Jay Rome make almost all of their recruiting visits together. In fact, just this past week they went together to Alabama and Florida. But that doesn’t mean they’re offering themselves as a package deal. Teaming up for trips, they say, is just a matter of convenience. “We’ve been a lot of places together, but schools aren’t recruiting us together as far as get one to get both,” said Mitchell, a defensive back with about 16 offers. “It’s just that we’re both good players from the same place.” Mitchell (6-foot-1, 185 pounds) said it’s down to Alabama, Florida and Georgia for him. Rome (6-6, 240) is considered by Scout.com to be the No. 1 tight end in the nation. He is approaching 30 scholarship offers but is down to a final four of Alabama, Clemson, Florida and Georgia. Nevertheless, he and his father, Clemson alum Stan Rome, recently decided he wouldn’t be making his decision any time soon. “I’m thinking maybe around Under Armour all-star game,” Rome told me Monday.

2. Dexter Moody would like the chance to come back and play for Georgia. But would — or should — the Bulldogs take him back? Moody (6-2, 210), a linebacker from Emmanuel County Insititute, is entering his second year at Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College, where he was redshirted last season. Moody signed with Georgia in 2009 but had his LOI revoked by UGA after he was dismissed from the school for a serious disciplinary infraction. Moody told HuskersIllustrated.com he’d like to come back to Georgia or at least to the South to complete his college football career. He recently received his first scholarship offer from Nebraska. He plans to graduate after fall semester and will have three years of eligibility remaining.

3. Georgia and Tech have 21 commitments between them here at the end of June. But if a new NCAA proposal is approved, prospects won’t even be able to receive offers until July 1 of the summer between their junior and senior years.  An NCAA committee announced last week that it will back that proposal, which would apply to all sports. Coaches also would have to receive high school transcripts documenting at least five semesters or seven quarters worth of academic work for a young recruit before they can offer a scholarship.

4. Is he a commitment or not? That’s a question even Rahim Cassell could not answer over the weekend. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound linebacker from Lakewood, Calif., told several media outlets he committed to Florida this past week only to find out in subsequent reports from other agencies that the Gators did not accept his commitment, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

5. Speaking of Florida, you can take another wide receiver of Georgia’s board. Ja’Juan Story of Brooksville Fla., committed to the Gators on Monday. The 6-4, 190-pound athlete had narrowed a list of two dozen offers down to the Bulldogs, FSU and Notre Dame and Florida before picking the Gators. Word is, UF has accepted his commitment.

6. OL Errin Joe, an impressive offensive lineman from Lakeland, Fla., visited Georgia Tech last Friday, according to JacketsOnline.com. The nation’s 15th-ranked offensive guard (per Rivals) liked what he saw from the Yellow Jackets. “We talked about the expectations at Georgia Tech as a student-athlete and what I can expect from them as my coaches,” Joe told Kelly Quinlan. “Tech is a place where you can compete for a national championship every year and get one of the best degrees in the country”I liked the layout of the campus and the facilities. . . . I really like Georgia Tech a lot and they are a school I am seriously considering.”

7. LB Ben Councell of Asheville, N.C., committed to Notre Dame over Georgia Tech on Monday, according to IrishEyes.com. Councell, the 12th verbal commitment for the Fighting Irish, is Rivals’ 28th-ranked outside linebacker. He just visited Tech last week.

8. Carver-Columbus running back Isaiah Crowell, one of the state’s top prospects, isn’t going to make a decision for a long while, it seems. He tells SuperPrep.com’s Allen Wallace he likes to “make ‘em wonder.” Crowell is down to Alabama, Clemson, Florida State and Georgia. He said he has visits planned to FSU on July 17 and Georgia on July 30.

9. LB Ramik Wilson (6-3, 221) of Tampa’s Jefferson High was recently offered a scholarship by Georgia.  “Georgia was great,” Wilson told ESPN.com’s Jamie Newberg. “I went up there and got the offer. I like the coaching staff and the defensive scheme. . . . . The main thing I am looking at is playing time. I want to contribute as a freshman.” Wilson has more than 20 scholarship offers, including Texas Tech, USF, Cincinnati, Arkansas and UCF. He had 120 tackles and 14 sacks as a junior last season.

10: THIS & THAT: UGA quarterback pledge Christian LeMay enters Week Three of his wait to learn his disciplinary fate from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. . . . The Seminoles are latest to offer super snapper Nathan Theus of Jacksonville, Fla. Theus and his younger brother, 2012 OT John Theus, received offers from UGA earlier this month. . . .

I’m quoted extensively in this VolQuest.com article about Georgia being a must state in recruiting for Tennessee. So you may not want to read it. . . . OLB Angelo Watley (6-3, 230) 0f Peachtree Ridge committed to South Carolina over the weekend, reports PalmettoSports.com. By the way, four of Gamecocks’ six commitments so far are from Georgia. . . . Stephenson WR CeyRon Willingham (5-8, 165) committed to Middle Tennessee State on Monday. . . . 2012 RB Charles Purnell (5-8, 170, Westlake) picked up his first offer this past week from Kentucky, per Scout.com. . . . RB Tanner Skogen (5-11, 185)  of Woodstock received his first scholarship offer over the weekend. It came from Furman University.

88 comments Add your comment

1eyedJack

June 29th, 2010
11:58 am

How about this?

Nerds Nerds Nerds

June 29th, 2010
11:59 am

Enter your comments here

shawn

June 29th, 2010
12:00 pm

Me

June 29th, 2010
12:04 pm

Rahim Cassell out of California was not accepted as a commitment at Florida because he has never been to the campus or even met the coaching staff. He will be down in Florida this summer for several events and will have a chance to do so then. At that point his commitment may be accepted.

Delbert D.

June 29th, 2010
12:05 pm

“Coaches also would have to receive high school transcripts documenting at least five semesters or seven quarters worth of academic work for a young recruit before they can offer a scholarship.”

I’m glad to see that coaches won’t be able to offer 8th graders anymore.

1eyedJack

June 29th, 2010
12:08 pm

Yeah, Kiffin is going to have to return to stalking the big boys.

Russ

June 29th, 2010
12:22 pm

Make ‘em wonder, huh? Can’t say I love the mentality, but would love the kid’s jets at UGA.

The Sham

June 29th, 2010
12:27 pm

@Chip – a few questions:

What was the “serious disciplinary infraction” that cost Moody his scholly?

How serious of a penalty could Kiffen get when he offers his next QB as he enters pre-K?

What’s the hold up with FLA not accepting the kids commitment? Is Urban being the tool that we all know he is or is there a legitimate reason?

DOG FAN

June 29th, 2010
12:35 pm

this is for the css talking football bunch as well as all other sports writers that have georgia at 20th or worse and you have teams ahead of them that have lost alot more players now i think you people said it was because of a rshrit freshman qb i say bullcrap a 3 senior 1 jr 1 soh line with plenty of depth and every other position is vet. with depth now if that doesnt make up for the qb which is very talented you dont know nothing about football look at 2002 soh. qb with a jr. line 11-1 2001 was a new coach and rsf qb now this offense will be very good if thier is a stumble it will be early so i say georgia should be starting at the very least 15th if they make threw the frist 5 games they will run the table biggest thret aurburn

DOG FAN

June 29th, 2010
12:40 pm

tony barnhardt

Hunker Down

June 29th, 2010
12:41 pm

Me, I like mature athletes that have a love for a University and want to play there. The Rudy type. If you got to keep them guessing and you want to announce at the Under Armour sounds a bit chidlish to me.

Big Albany Dawg

June 29th, 2010
12:46 pm

Yeah, well, you know, that’s just, like, your opinion, man.

Douglas

June 29th, 2010
12:48 pm

I’m starting to wonder if we need to stop recruiting receivers from Florida and look somewhere else….because UF keeps beating us on them. Why waste time and money? Offer one to Philip Daniel’s son..he wants to come here.

Hunker Down

June 29th, 2010
12:50 pm

Chip
Think you meant in regard to Moody like the chance to come back to UGA, instead of the change which would be a NCAA violation.

DawginLex

June 29th, 2010
1:22 pm

No surprise with Moody. Kid was an idiot.
Never deserved an offer.

Why does Richt cotinue to recruit kids that have either
behavior problems, or are severely deficient in grades, or both?

Moody has a behavior problem AND grade problems.

Lonnie Outlaw isnt a bad kid, but is shockingly deficient in grades.
4 years of high school and he’s told he needs 2 years at Ga Military?

Was Moody just bait to land Ealey?

Was Outlaw just bait to land Nick Marshall?

Recruiting is what it is, but this is beginning to smell.

Sleeze

June 29th, 2010
1:35 pm

Again.. Rome to Clemson.. book it..

Chip Towers

June 29th, 2010
1:37 pm

The Sham: The “serious disciplinary infraction” was a confrontation with a school official. . . . Not sure what the ramifications for a too-early offer will be but the NCAA acknowledges it will be difficult to enforce. . . . The problem with the Florida commitment was the kid hadn’t visited the school or met with coaches. He’ll probably end up with them if and when he goes for a visit.

Captain

June 29th, 2010
1:42 pm

Moody wasn’t actually redshirted, not in the normal meaning of redshirted as it has come to be known, he was academically ineligible because he didn’t graduate from High School. Given what took place with him at ECI, then not bothering to attend and graduate from Alternative HS, chances of Georgia signing this guy seem very remote.

DawginLex – Don’t know what you are trying to insinuate bud, but it’s obvious you are not informed. Going to Georgia Military, a 2 year Junior College, is no different than a student attending any community college in this state and then transferring. There are hundreds of students whose grades don’t allow them to enter their chosen four year school, be it The Univ of Georgia, Georgia St, Georgia Southern, Kennesaw St, Georgia Tech, it isn’t unusual for them to attend a 2 yr school then apply to transfer. Is Outlaw any different? His grades may not be where they need to be, but going to Georgia Military isn’t exactly chosing a “sham” school, it’s rigorous in the classroom and with the military demands. What smells are opinions without facts disguised as clever attempts of humor.

Russ

June 29th, 2010
1:43 pm

Sleeze, Clemson already has Eric MacLain committed, the #4 ranked TE (all 6 foot 5 inches of him.) Me thinks you don’t really know what you’re talking about. Good pickup on that stud Punta Gorda RB, But Rome is a Dawg. Sorry bud.

Animal Control Officer

June 29th, 2010
1:47 pm

DOG FAN, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

Animal Control Officer

June 29th, 2010
2:11 pm

You just proved my point

Pup Fan

June 29th, 2010
2:21 pm

ACO and DOG FAN,
Now that’s funny right there…I don’t care who you are!
Please continue with your banter. It never hurts to laugh a little!

How2fish

June 29th, 2010
2:21 pm

DOG FAN = Bug troller.

Otto

June 29th, 2010
2:22 pm

Moody was not bait to get Ealey, he lost the offer due to an incident at school and now it looks like if that did not do it academics would have from the post above. I hope the kid gets/has everything turned around but his chances at UGA are most likely slim.

Outlaw could be a great WR in the making.

DawginLex

June 29th, 2010
2:37 pm

Why is Richt offering Moody, if the kid
didnt even finish high school? Is Richt wasting an offer
on a kid that probably wont make it?

As for Outlaw, kid just finished 4 years of high school,
and STILL needs 2 years at Ga Military, to meet the grades?
Just how bad were his grades?

I know Allbarn has a history of getting JUCO’s.

But my question is still there,
why is Richt recruiting questionable kids?

GT man

June 29th, 2010
2:38 pm

I see GT lost another top prospect to Notre Dame. It would be great to see someone commit to GT over NotreDame, Bama, Florida or LSU instead of ECU, MTSU or Wofford.

BrianGT

June 29th, 2010
2:46 pm

Top Ten at 11:46.

How do you clear out half of Sanford Stadium? Reguire a GED or higher.

JMar

June 29th, 2010
2:47 pm

Davaris Daniels needs to start reading this blog. It’s a simple formula: 1) kid visits UGA, 2) kid impresses coaches, 3) kid receives an offer.

TampaGator

June 29th, 2010
2:48 pm

THE SHAM….you are “the tool”. Meyer and his coaches have not even offered Cassell or even met with the kid. Yet the kid wants to come to Florida just because of the head coach and the outstanding program in Gainesville. Meyer has invited Cassell to come in this summer and prove his is worth an offer and then get his commitment accepted…if he is good enough. Florida already has two LB commitments from the state of Florida with two more highly touted LB leaning to the Gators. So Cassell might end up at USC or UCLA after it is all said and done. Story is an excellent get for the Gators. He is going to play QB this year but will be a WR for the Gators. He is an outstanding athlete…typical recruit for the Gators…and might make an excellent CB as well. Jay Rome, I think, ends up at Clemson. Although the Gators could use another TE. But he will be a Tiger. I think Clemson might end up with the #1 recruiting class this year.

OGATORO

June 29th, 2010
2:54 pm

I’m beginning to wonder!!!

RxDawg

June 29th, 2010
3:02 pm

Good stuff as always Chip. It’s nice to see UGA still in it for some LB’s out there.

ryan

June 29th, 2010
3:06 pm

I think CMR needs stop trying to recruit FL WR’s because its to difficult to get those players to commit out of state. CMR should push more for Jay Rome TE and Crowell RB.

Hunker Down

June 29th, 2010
3:16 pm

Ryan
One of our best receivers, Ratavious Wooten, is out of Belle Glade Fl

Chip Towers

June 29th, 2010
3:17 pm

BrianGT: See note at top of Ten at 10.

Chip Towers

June 29th, 2010
3:21 pm

DawginLex: You’ve got it wrong. The Bulldogs signed Moody in February, he got in trouble in March and UGA pulled his scholly shortly thereafter. And Moody finished high school. He had to do it at an alternative because of aforementioned trouble. Understand now? . . . As for JUCOs, most schools sign a few.

Chip Towers

June 29th, 2010
3:26 pm

DOG FAN and Animal Control Officer were the same person posting under two names. He also crossed the line of good taste with his last comments. He or she is now banned.

J Stephenson

June 29th, 2010
3:34 pm

Funny BrianGT, because 99% of UGA fans know you spell require with a Q not a G.

Hunker Down

June 29th, 2010
3:42 pm

I think the only chance Moody has of coming back to UGA is a personnal phone call or even better visit with CMR. If he could convince CMR that he screwed up, will stay out of trouble, offers his appologizes and would like a second opportunity understanding 2 strikes and you are out, CMR might consider. Still, feel it is a long shot that he plays with the G on his helment. However, wish the young man good luck in life and in football and hope he can keep his nose clean.

Hunker Down

June 29th, 2010
3:43 pm

Looks like another vulgar blogger name has appeared

DawginLex

June 29th, 2010
4:00 pm

Chip

Thanks for clarifying on Moody.

Still dont understand why Richt offers
kids with behavior or grade problems.

longdog

June 29th, 2010
4:01 pm

Dawginlex where are you getting your info on CMR Dexter Moody I think you are deluded I will apoligized if you can prove it

Female Dawg Name

June 29th, 2010
4:21 pm

Those boys are real buddies. How sweet!

Dawggregg

June 29th, 2010
4:25 pm

I heard where Lemay is likely to be suspended and
it is not certain that the uga offer will stand. Is the
dream team falling apart? Where is the recruiting momentum at?

Paddy

June 29th, 2010
4:30 pm

make ‘em wonder. Don’t need that “me”attitude at UGA. See ya down the road. Arkansas is a good place for the “me” attitude!

DawginLex

June 29th, 2010
4:34 pm

longdog

June 29th, 2010
4:48 pm

dawggregg CMR already knows what the problem is. He is okay with it. The question is C Lemay going to stay in that school dist.after this is over or move a very,very short distance to play in SC.

VA DAWG

June 29th, 2010
5:09 pm

Rome, Mitchell, Swann, Crowell, Drew and either Mays or Wright are must gets for this class to really special. It would be nice to get Tuitt and other in-state talents, but we may be trailing too much to make up. The renewed emphasis on in-state kids is great to see, not only for fans of UGA but for the communities these kids come from. Wish we could have every kid go to UGA. Good luck to all and GO DAWGS!

VA DAWG

June 29th, 2010
5:10 pm

Sorry…..meant “to be.” Wish I had spell check on everything.

BC

June 29th, 2010
5:16 pm

You will not meet two finer young men than Malcolm Mitchell and Jay Rome. They are outstanding in every way. They are both gentlemen of high character. They have the academic ability and the desire to be excellent students and good player wherever they decide to go. I hope it is Georgia, but I wish them them the best wherever they go. They are two of the state’s finest,

BC

June 29th, 2010
5:20 pm

Erase one them.