‘AJC Recruiting Mailbag’ is open for business (UPDATED)

We’re barreling headlong into the start of football season. Teams are already heavy into their summer workouts and, before you know it, players will be reporting for preseason camps.

Time now to introduce a new feature for the AJC Recruiting Blog. Starting this Friday, I give you the “AJC Recruiting Mailbag!”

OK, so there’s no cutting-edge new concept here. Numerous sports writers and bloggers I know and follow utilize mailbags. Besides, my good friend, whom I shall refer to only as The Neighbor, absolutely insists I need to “do a mailbag.” So I’m going to do one.

But I do feel it can be particularly useful in recruiting, especially as we get further into the fury that is the football season (does it ever really end in the South?).

Regulars here know I post blogs three or more times a day during the season. Thanks to your continued interest, there are often hundreds of comments for each blog. Among those comments are often questions posed directly to me. But as I continually move on to the next thing, I may not always see those queries and some of the questions may go unanswered.

Well, hopefully that won’t happen anymore. Or at least it shouldn’t. Of course, there will be a reasonableness factor to this equation. Your questions ideally will pertinent and specific and, well, not silly. Once a week — STARTING THIS FRIDAY – I’ll pull out the mailbag and answer the best questions to the best of my ability. Some, I’m sure, will become blogs of their own.

So remember this e-mail address or write it down and put it somewhere you can find it for future reference: AJCrecruiting@yahoo.com.

By the way, if you’re uncomfortable with me using your real name in the blog — I know, admitting you follow recruiting can be shameful — just indicate so and I’ll use whatever handle you would like to go by. Again, only reasonable queries will be considered.

Responses to the best questions will be posted here every Friday starting this week. Initially I wasn’t sure when it’d start but I’ve already received enough good questions to realize we can go ahead and get started.

Hope this is something you will like. As always, thanks for hanging out.

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107 comments Add your comment

JT Sexton

June 30th, 2010
11:40 am

First, first, first!!!!! I AM FIRST!!!

South GA Dawg

June 30th, 2010
11:42 am

Second First

TheTruth

June 30th, 2010
11:42 am

Good to hear Chip, I would still love a Swann update.Keep up the good work.

Maybe an update from Brandon Shell and if his UGA is genuine?

RxDawg

June 30th, 2010
11:43 am

I’m so proud of you JT. We’ve all watched you work so hard to get so far in life. A true congratulations is due for you good sir.

TheTruth

June 30th, 2010
11:43 am

UGA interest * is genuine.

Hmmmm...

June 30th, 2010
11:49 am

Isaiah Crowell seems to not be the Bama lock that everyone thought. Any good gossip? What about Malcom Brown? Does UGA have a legitimate shot at him?

The Sham

June 30th, 2010
11:54 am

Is this really necessary? I mean, the 5 GT fans in the state that always ask… “What about us?” Really don’t bog down the comment sections…

JK – Actually I think it will help get those burning questions answered and give you some idea of the pulse of your readers…

One suggestion though Chipper – put the email address at the end of each blog you do post. That way lazy folks like me can find it easier…

Good luck!

The Sham

June 30th, 2010
11:56 am

Perhaps I should have said better idea of the pulse. Although I’m sure you know quite well how some of us feel.

JB

June 30th, 2010
12:16 pm

I would like to know the inter working of how the coaching staff plans for recruiting . With 7 or 8 coach’s, you don’t let Searles go out and commit to 15 OL…….. I wonder if Richt tells him you get 4. Latkos, you get 5, Ball, you get 3 WR etc……You have to restock ALL postions…..What if we say 4 OL will get signed, and one to good to be true calls late and say’s, I ‘ll accept…….How does the process start and how does it evolve ?

Lizard King

June 30th, 2010
12:17 pm

Chip, gonna assume that this is not just a mailbag for the UGA fan and ask you what Georgia player(s) Florida is on and has a good chance of landing. Seems like UGA has put alot of renewed emphasis on retaining in state players, which I personally think is a smart strategy. Seems like an awful lot of talent in the Peach State recently. Was disappointed that we missed out on James Vaughters recently but respected the choice he made for himself despite the fact that he really fit the Gator mold and I think he could have realized all of his dreams and goals in Gainesville. Good luck to the young man up at Stanford.

Remarkable

June 30th, 2010
12:19 pm

How many scholarships does UGA have to offer for 2011? Who are they most looking for?

The Sham

June 30th, 2010
12:20 pm

JT – I believe kudos is what you are seeking? So kudos!

Oddly enough, there is a weird compulsion to do that FIRST thing when you happen to stumble on to the sites and no one has commented… Even if you’ve silently proclaimed to oneself that “I’d never do that…” Ahhhh but you do and you just can’t seem to help your self.

Chip Towers

June 30th, 2010
12:21 pm

Wow, two questions already! And they’re good ones. We may be able to get this going quicker than I thought. . . .

The Sham: I understand. I plan to do that. . . .

Hmmmm: Isaiah Crowell’s recruitment is a long way from concluding. And, from what I’ve seen, he’s going to entice whomever is doing the asking (ie: rolltide.com, ugasports.com, etc.). I wouldn’t get too caught up in predictions right now. . . .

The Truth: I want to get you an update on Damian Swann, too. And I’ve been trying hard to do so. Been trying to reach him for a solid two weeks now. He claims on his Facebook page to have experienced phone failure and was asking for people to message him their cell numbers. To date, however, I have not heard back. So Damian, consider this an open call: These people want to read about you. Hurry up and give me a call back! Sent you my number on Facebook. . . .

Yes, you are, JT Sexton. Indeed you are.

Chip Towers

June 30th, 2010
12:30 pm

JB: Georgia’s recruiting works like everybody else. That is, who is offered a scholarship ultimately must be approved by the head coach before the offer is extended. As a staff, they determine ahead of time how many players they want at each position. Of course, that has to be flexible according to prospects available and their ability to possibly play more than one position. Again, that is all deferred to the head man. Coaches argue and debate over who they believe should be offered and at what position. Word is those debates can get pretty heated, as you’d expect. Traditionally, Tech and Georgia are among the most frugal with offers. Neither “scattershots” offers only to rescind them later after scholarships are filled as a lot of schools do.

Mark Richt disciple

June 30th, 2010
12:32 pm

chip, whats the scoop on xzavier dickson, im hopin we still got a chance with him? also, why hasnt uga extended offers to kelvin benjamin and aj johnson? I think i heard character issues with johnson, but i might be making that up. and last, what are our chances with brandon shell? any realistic chance with him? thanks for all your updates, love reading the ten at ten

Matthews Dawg

June 30th, 2010
12:33 pm

Lizard King….what has to be determined is this a UGA site/blog, GT, Florida or is this open to any and all schools. Honestly, I want UGA and what is happening on in-state recruits and out of state recruits we are interested in. I don’t mind a little “big news” from other SEC schools. But, I don’t want every school under the sun having questions asked about “their” school. So Chip, clarify that or did I just miss it in your article. Keep up the good work. I really am sick and tired of us losing to UF! Hopefully, it will change this year and amp up the competition again. Go Dawgs!!

ryan

June 30th, 2010
12:40 pm

I think Damian Swann will be a Dawg UGA is only team that recruited him hard. Crowell i think will be Dawg . Hey Towers any news on LeMay i believe the longer it goes it helps LeMay.

Northleaf

June 30th, 2010
12:49 pm

Chip, what are our chances with Mitchell and what position are we recruiting him for. Mitchell

memphisdawg

June 30th, 2010
12:50 pm

A great debate would be what are UGA’s biggest remaining targets and “must get” players. I personally think that Ray Drew and Isiah Crowell are one and two.

Northleaf

June 30th, 2010
12:59 pm

I agree Drew and Crowell being one and two but to truly have the dream team we are seeking in addition to those two we MUST HAVE Rome, Shell, Dickerson, Swann, Mitchell and it would be nice to have Mayes as well. Mitchell can play the WR position if need be.

Ted M

June 30th, 2010
1:02 pm

Chip,

Please let us know what is going on w/James Wilder, Jr.?

Lizard King

June 30th, 2010
1:13 pm

Matthews Dawg…That’s why I kept my Florida question relevant to Georgia instate H.S. players. Not asking about who UF is recruiting in Fla or Alabama or California. However, you could be right, this might be a forum where Chip is only gonna respond to UGA or GT direct questions. Of course, he will have to clarify that himself.

Northleaf

June 30th, 2010
1:18 pm

Tabias Singleton may be the best wr left out there. What are the chances we can get him?

We_Run_This_Country

June 30th, 2010
1:19 pm

Chip,
GT is in serious running on several of the top DEF young men in the country (Curtis Grant, Tony Steward, Stephon Tuitt, etc.) Can you divulge on how UGA’s “Dream Team” will stack up with the elite prospects that GT will be bringing in?

Lowndes25

June 30th, 2010
1:20 pm

Chip, can you offer and updates on Quan Bray? News has been pretty sparse since you did an article on him in March…how hard is UGA going after him? Is it still a UGA/Alabama battle or does he have some other favorites that have not been mentioned.

Bulldog59

June 30th, 2010
1:25 pm

Remarkable…. I’ll answer simply because I happened to wonder the same thing yesterday and found this on the UGA Sports website, along with a breakdown by position of our scholarship athletes:

SCHOLARSHIPS: Currently, there are 84 scholarship players on the roster, which is one under the NCAA limit of 85. That one unused scholarships, along with the 15 freed up by departing seniors following the 2010 season, leaves UGA with 16 scholarships for the Class of 2011. However, as is the case every year, there will be more scholarships freed up due to players with remaining eligibility leaving the team for a variety of reasons.

JB

June 30th, 2010
1:49 pm

How does Saban get 40 commits every year ? He’ll sign 28 or so…..What’s going on over there with those crazy numbers……I know just about every stud in the SE has them listed one or two, but they can only sign 25 or so, lot’s of looking around by these guys…….UGA has 13, probably get 10 more and call it a day……possibly lose 1 or 2 to some lying…..

Chip Towers

June 30th, 2010
1:50 pm

Lowndes25: I haven’t heard much about Quan Bray either. I’ll put him on my update list. . . .

We_Run_This_Country: I’ve been thinking about a contrast/compare on Tech-UGA soon. Suffice it to say, if Tech lands more than one on their wish list of Grant, Steward, Tuitt, Wilder, etc., it could rival whatever Georgia gets out of the “Dream Team.” Way too many ifs right now though. . . .

Lizard King, others: I will not limit the scope just to Georgia and Tech prospects but will ask to limit it to recruits from Georgia. Of course, I’ll weigh in if I feel like I can on how Bama or Florida or Clemson is doing. . . .

TedM: Nothing is going on with Wilder Jr. No imminent decision. . . .

Northleaf: I’d say Georgia’s chances are 33 percent with Malcolm Mitchell. He has Dogs in final three with Alabama and Florida. . . .

Ryan: I don’t necessarily believe no news is good news on LeMay but I have no news to report. I’ve sent regular correspondences but family has kind of shut down on me. Will report as soon as there is some kind of outcome. . . .

MatthewsDawg: This is NOT a UGA site/blog. The Dogs tend to dominate the conversation but this is a state of Georgia/city of Atlanta endeavor. . . .

Mark Richt disciple: There is no scoop on Xzavier Dickson. He is a top-notch recruit and a highly-sought-after prospect who claims Alabama, Auburn and Georgia to be even among his current leaders. See Crowell. Don’t think it’s going to be any time soon. . . .

You guys did understand the concept of the Mailbag, right? E-mail me your questions at AJCrecruiting@yahoo.com.

RxDawg

June 30th, 2010
1:52 pm

Mathews Dawg, this is not a UGA recruiting blog. This is a recruiting blog. Yes, stories are linked on the UGA page but they are also linked on the sports and GT page. I wouldn’t call it a national recruiting blog since we don’t discuss how the Oregon Duck recruiting is going every day. I would call it a state of Georgia recruiting blog though as it seems to revolve around what Georgia high school recruits are doing and who Georgia universities are recruiting.

That’s my best guess to describing this blog, Chip feel free to correct.

RxDawg

June 30th, 2010
1:54 pm

Nevermind you did.

“You guys did understand the concept of the Mailbag, right? E-mail me your questions at AJCrecruiting@yahoo.com.”

LOL

Mister Johnson

June 30th, 2010
2:01 pm

Noone is mentioning MLK high school in anything… They have a WR named Demarco Robinson who has offers from several schools including Louisville and Minnesota.

ATH-Kevin Byard has offers from Clemson, Vanderbilt, and Middle Tennessee State.

LB-Patrick Calloway has been offered by NC State

They have a slew of up and coming juniors who will be all over the place

Don’t forget these names…. Blake Tibbs, Jonquel, Dawson, and Joshua Outlaw

put up a fence around ga

June 30th, 2010
2:08 pm

Chip, How good do you think Stephenson will be this year and do they still have players with all those seniors graduating last year?

Hunker Down

June 30th, 2010
2:14 pm

Are the Dawgs ok with just one qb in this years class? Murray, Hudson and now incoming Lemay the only scholly players at the position if Gray goes to wr right? I know we picked up a couple of walk ons.

Hunker Down

June 30th, 2010
2:15 pm

I am bad Hutson

Chip Towers

June 30th, 2010
2:19 pm

put up a fence around ga: I think Stephenson will be good as always. Talented players such as RB Willie Davis have been waiting in the wings. And they have some pretty good transfers coming in, such as S Kadetrix Marcus. I’d imagine they’ll contend for the region championship at least.

JayDawg

June 30th, 2010
2:20 pm

I’m pretty sure everybody is suppose to email the questions not ask them on the blog.

Chip Towers

June 30th, 2010
2:25 pm

Northleaf: I’d say the odds of UGA landing WR Tobias (note correct spelling of first name) Singleton (6-2, 190, Miss.) get better every time one of these wideouts commits elsewhere.

Old Gold

June 30th, 2010
2:30 pm

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June 30th, 2010
2:31 pm

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Old Gold

June 30th, 2010
2:32 pm

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Paddy

June 30th, 2010
2:36 pm

I have a question! Do we e-mail a question or do we post a question on this blog? Hope it is the latter, my e-mail machine is broken!

Matthews Dawg

June 30th, 2010
2:37 pm

Chip, Lizard King and RxDawg…. I know this will include more than just UGA, but I agree with what Chip said that there are more than 1 school in the state and many of the state of Georgia’s recruits are being recruited out of state. So, I fully expect out of state Univ’s to be involved. I would hope that it would not be run over by out of state schools. In Atlanta alone, there are many schools alums working and living. They want to know about there schools too. I even want to know what GT is doing in and out of state. It is important to know all you can about your rivals too. Just asking the question and getting clarification. Thanks to all who responded. I think this will be a great blog!!

ryan

June 30th, 2010
2:44 pm

One more question Towers does UGA have a shot at Malcom Brown out of Texas I saw on Scout that UGA is in his top 5.

IDIOT SEC DRYWALL/LANDSCAPERS

June 30th, 2010
2:51 pm

Malcolm Brown is going to UT – UGA has all their eggs in the Crowell basket

JAXDAWG

June 30th, 2010
3:12 pm

In your opinion how many of the following players do you think will land at UGA? Who are more likely than others? Also, if not UGA where do you think they will end up? Crowell, Wright, Rome, Swann, Mitchell, Dickson, Wilder, Ray Drew, Shell, and Bray?

JAXDAWG

June 30th, 2010
3:13 pm

atlvol55

June 30th, 2010
3:17 pm

Tennessee just signed the top punter in the county for 2010 (one time USC commit) and the top placekicker in the country from Fort Lauderdale.

Well at least our special teams will be good…unfortunately not much else in 2010 I’m afraid

Chip Towers

June 30th, 2010
3:29 pm

JAXDAWG: I’d say they have a chance to land as many as seven of the players you mentioned. We’ll see. . . .

Ryan: Dogs have a chance with Malcolm Brown but they’re pretty heavily invested in Isaiah Crowell and Quan Bray at this point.

Chip Towers

June 30th, 2010
3:32 pm

Paddy: Please email your question if you want it to be answered on the weekly featured “Mailbag Blog.” It’s set to start this Friday. . . . I don’t mind answering questions here — it’s kind of turned into a chat today, hasn’t it? — but if the question has any depth to it or you expect the answer to be, best email to AJCrecruiting@yahoo.com.

TampaGator

June 30th, 2010
3:35 pm

Chip…..Wilder will be a Gator. It is Meyer’s #1 recruiting goal for this year…and he hasn’t failed yet in getting that goal in previous years…Tim Tebow (away from Bama), John Brantley (away from Texas), Carlos Dunlap (away from South Carolina), Andre Dubose (away from LSU), Matt Elam (away from both Georgia and FSU), and Ronald Powell (away from USC). Meyer gets the recruit he really wants, and Meyer REALLY wants James Wilder…..and is the power back Meyer has always wanted.