Ten at 10: It’s not just Bama-Georgia for Grady star Damian Swann

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Yes, Grady's Damian "Uno" Swann can play quarterback, too.

Yes, Grady's Damian "Uno" Swann can play quarterback, too.

1. Hallelujah! I finally caught up with Damian Swann. His lack of accessibility is understandable, though, I must admit. Never mind that his phone fried (that’s now been fixed). Swann has been spending most of this summer playing baseball with his travel team, the Atlanta All-Stars. And when he hasn’t been playing baseball, he’s been competing in 7-on-7 football with his Grady High teammates (they’ve won championships in three of five tournaments, including one at UGA). Then there’s this whole football recruiting thing, which has had to go on the back burner for this elite cornerback prospect. And now it’s more that just a Bama-Georgia battle. Florida’s now a major player. And Swann hopes to narrow a lis of 20-plus offers to eight or 10 choices in the next week or so. “There’s more to it than people think,” Swann said Wednesday. “I’m looking at the big picture, me getting on the field, the academics, and I haven’t really decided on college baseball.”

2. Ah, there’s that baseball thing again. It’s not a sport this 6-foot, 175-pound athlete takes lightly. He has been playing and his father has been coaching him in baseball since he was 3. “Baseball is my first love,” said Swann, who plays catcher and center field on his travel squad. “If I was getting the attention in baseball that I’m getting in football, then baseball would be my No. 1 sport.” But it’s not. Football is. And Swann is the object of a recruiting battle that, in terms of maximum intensity, now includes Florida and Tennessee as well as Georgia and Alabama. “Everybody’s telling me the same thing,” Swann said. “Sometimes I think it’s time to make my decision then somebody comes along and now I’m not sure anymore. Everything just sounds so good.”

3. Speaking of Grady, another Grey Knight who has been turning heads during this summertime 7-on-7 craze has been running back Marcus Caffey. Caffey (6-0, 180) suddenly finds himself with pretty crowded offer sheet himself and is finding the recruiting process somewhat confusing. “I thought I had narrowed my list but I changed my mind,” he told PalmettoSports.com. “I think I want to visit some schools before I do that. If I am blown away on a visit, I could commit but I think I am going to wait before I decide.” Caffey recently added Illinois to an ever-growing offer list that includes has Arkansas, Kentucky, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Vanderbilt,  Purdue and West Virginia.

4. Speaking of 7-on-7 tournaments, while the rest of us are celebrating the 4th of July weekend, some of the nation’s best football players will be toiling in Tuscaloosa in  the Badger Sport Elite 7-on-7 National Championships. An all-star team of Atlanta-area players known as Team Georgia will be among the 24 teams from all over the U.S. competing on the University of Alabama campus. Team Georgia qualified by finishing third in the regional tournament in Tuscaloosa earlier this year. “This really gives our kids a chance to show their skills,” coach Ed Printz said. “We’ve got some good kids and they’ve really gelled playing together this summer. We’ve had some great practices this week.” Pool play begins with eight games on Saturday, teams will be seeded, then play single-elimination on Sunday. Team Georgia players are Rory Anderson, Regis Ball, Carnell Boyd, Jared Boyd, Niles Clark, Chris Davis, Willie Davis, Xzavier Dickson, Ronnie Harris, Charlie Hegedus, Amarlo Herrera, Jabari Hunt-Days, Malachi Jones, Tyren Jones, Kadetrix Marcus, Jordan Mincy, Corey Moore, Eddie Printz Jr., David Stevenson and Isaiah Willis.

5. In case you missed my update late yesterday afternoon, Colquitt County offensive lineman Xzavier Ward received offer No. 21 from Notre Dame this week. The 6-foot-7, 260-pound athlete was pretty pleased about it and placed the Fighting Irish among his top schools, which include Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida and Georgia. Some commenters on yesterday’s blog wondered why mention a Notre Dame offer? The Irish have been irrelevant for years. My reply is this: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and both Ward and UGA target Zach DeBell called me very excited about their Irish offers.

6. Speaking of left tackles on the Bulldogs’ wish list, Antonio Richardson (6-6, 290) of Nashville, Tenn., doesn’t sound like he’ll be ready to make the call any time soon. Richardson told Scout.com’s Chad Simmons he plans to cut to a top 10 sometime this fall. Tennessee, it sounds, might be his unspoken favorite. “Tennessee will likely make my top 10,” he told Simmons. “I went over there to their camp this summer because they are close and I worked at offensive and defensive line. Their coaches are torn because some of them want me as an offensive tackle and some want me as a defensive tackle. I like Tennessee and the coaches they have.” Simmons predicts Richardson’s top 10 could also include Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, LSU, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Ole Miss and USC.

7. Some Georgia players were among the best performers at the Auburn MVP Camp, attended by more than 200 prospects this past weekend. Alex Barr (6-7, 282) of Fayetteville’s Starr’s Mill High, took home the top offensive lineman award. Stephon Brown (5-8, 172) of Henry County won the award for top wide receiver/tight end, which he also did in the Atlanta event last month. And Cameron Berry (5-7, 167) of South Paulding was named best defensive back The overall MVP of the Auburn MVP Camp was DE Chris Hughes (6-1, 248) of McComb, Miss. . . . . Georgians were also some of the fastest players at the Auburn Camp. Nine of the top 12 40 times came from Peach State residents, including 2012 RB Maricio Askew of Bowdon, who clocked a camp best 4.38 seconds. He was followed by 2011 WR Jevon Watson (4.40) of Lovejoy and 2011 RB Josh Clemons (4.44) of Whitewater.

8. Valdosta’s Geraldo Orta reportedly de-committed from Clemson this week. The 6-foot, 180-pound defensive back from Lowdnes High committed to the Tigers on June 5th. He he told PalmettoSports.com he decided to back out so he can check out South Carolina, Tennessee, Maryland and Louisville with a clean conscience. He likely won’t make up his mind this time until he has take official visits this fall.

9. Recent Georgia Tech commitment Shaq Mason shot down in an interview with JacketsOnline.com a rumor that he had switched his pledge to Tennessee. Mason, a 6-foot-2, 307-pound guard, attended a Vols’ camp last week and apparently was as impressive in Knoxville as he was in Atlanta when he earned the Yellow Jackets’ offer on June 12th. . . . Quinlan also reports that the Yellow Jackets are going to get an official visit from 5-star defensive back Doran Grant of Akron, Ohio.

10. THIS & THAT: Matt Darr of Bakersfield, Calif., the top-rated punter prospect in the country, inked financial aid papers with Tennessee on Wednesday. This will allow him to be eligible for the 2010 season. Darr, who was a USC commitment before Pete Carroll left for the NFL, was released from Fresno State after his position coach there did not have his contract renewed. The Vols also inked the top-rated place-kicker — Michael Palardy of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — in their 2010 class. . . .

Based on this Los Angeles Times article, it sounds as though Southern Cal upperclassmen are mostly staying put despite the NCAA’s offer of immediate eligibility elsewhere. . . . Fitzgerald QB Kaleb Nobles, a rising junior, is receiving recruiting interest from Clemson.

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112 comments Add your comment

First

July 1st, 2010
10:07 am

George P. Burdell

July 1st, 2010
10:09 am

Dawggone

July 1st, 2010
10:17 am

Thx Chip – it’s obvious that UGA is “in” on all relevant recruits. Must be no news on the Tech side huh? Or at least in your opinion.

Simba Bop

July 1st, 2010
10:18 am

Thanks Chip. Good article. Seems like no big announcements planned for the coming weeks.

Blindog

July 1st, 2010
10:19 am

Claiming to be”first”is SO lame! And yes,sadly,I to have been lame in the past.

Worm

July 1st, 2010
10:21 am

Has ga. offered Alex barr?..Also, is the clemones kid Charlie’s son? thanks

Berry29

July 1st, 2010
10:22 am

Good update! Things going well in Knoxville.
An OL class of Posey, Richardson, Kerbyson, Crowder, and Debell
would be nice for the Vols!

First

July 1st, 2010
10:26 am

Hey George P. Burdell, there can only be 1 first on this blog. I am first.

Carolina Dawg

July 1st, 2010
10:30 am

First and George….congrats on being first! It’s not lame, it’s only lame when you can’t be first! So, Blindog you will get there one day again! I wish I were first!

Chip Towers

July 1st, 2010
10:30 am

First: You are indeed first, and not fist! Sorry George P. Burdelll, you were edged out. . . .

Dawggone: Yes, pretty quiet on the Tech front. . . .

Worm: No, Georgia has not offered Alex Barr. Not yet anyway. Nor has Tech. . . . And, yes, Josh Clemons is Charlie Clemons’ boy, and an under-the-radar prospect, IMHO.

Carolina Dawg

July 1st, 2010
10:31 am

Well, you are right First, You should be honored to be the only person first today. My mistake!

JMar

July 1st, 2010
10:31 am

Chip – I’m curious as to your thoughts on why Clemson is on a lot of top southern recruits’ lists. It seems to be not unusual to see a host of SEC schools and then Clemson, with the other ACC schools battling for a lower tier of recruits. I’m speaking of out-of-state recruiting, of course, as FSU, for example, has as good a shot as anybody for top Florida recruits, but it seems like Clemson also has its hands in top players in Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, etc.

ATL

July 1st, 2010
10:33 am

No where in this news GEORGIA TECH is mentioned, funny

Dekalb football fan

July 1st, 2010
10:37 am

This team Georgia thing is not a bad idea but none of these players play on the same team . These players have been getting destroyed while playing for their own high school team. Grady has been doing real well for themselves . Swann is a must get for Georgia Ive seen him several times and he is not overrated like some of the other players that have been

hyped up ( north Cobb) (Stephenson). Mlk just won the 7 on 7 this past weekend .The teams included Grady , North Cobb , Creekside and some other schools in metro Atlanta . They will compete in the NFL competition down in Tampa Fla. July 8-12. I’m not trying to put the other schools down ,it’s just that Mlk was one of the best teams at the Georgia 7 on 7 . They participated on a different day than Grady . The Roddy White tournament was held Two weeks ago at Silver Back Stadium and Mlk finished a second to Grady in the Championship game . These young men are working hard and deserve a little bit of press.

We_Run_This_Country

July 1st, 2010
10:41 am

Chip,
Things are only as quiet on the GT front as you are letting them be……plenty happening with GT recruiting that you aren’t mentioning.

Also, when can we expect another UGA recruit to be arrested like “Christian” LeMay?

GATOR CHOMP

July 1st, 2010
10:45 am

Wake up and stop dreaming mutts Swann will be signing with the MIGHTY GATORS “BOOK iT”

Alphare

July 1st, 2010
10:46 am

Chip,

anything new about LeMay? The guy’s dad did a lot of hype for the kid and seemed he couldn’t zip his mouth. He must be talking something somewhere.

Chip Towers

July 1st, 2010
10:46 am

ATL: Not funny, really, but not much going on re:Tech. I’ve added a note on Shaq Mason. . . .

JMar: Clemson’s strong recruiting presence this year is the result of four factors: (1) Coach Dabo Swinney and his staff; and (2, 3 & 4) opportunity, opportunity, opportunity. . . .

DeKalb Football Fan: 7-on-7 teams have become the AAU of football.

football fan

July 1st, 2010
10:52 am

chip towers watch out for the southwest dekalb panthers they have reloaded ,and have maybe their best teams since the 95 season .

1eyedJack

July 1st, 2010
10:57 am

Isn’t 7 on 7 really just flag football? It’s not like 7 on 7 with the pads on.

Paddy

July 1st, 2010
10:57 am

according to a source, Alex Barr has been offered a scholarship by 7 SEC schools and Ohio St. Don’t know if that is 100% accurate.

Big Albany Dawg

July 1st, 2010
10:59 am

Chip, “Obviously you’re not a golfer.”

UGA Faithful

July 1st, 2010
11:00 am

Swann is Georgia’s to lose. He said many times that hes thought about committing to UGA several times in the past and just wants to make sure of his decision before doing so. And Florida isnt as serious about him as its played out to be…they offered another DB a couple of days after he visited the FL camp.

put up a fence around ga

July 1st, 2010
11:12 am

DeKalb Football Fan are you serious you want to be acknowledged because you won a 7on7 tourney. you mentioned over hyped schools like stephenson. mlk has only scored on stephenson once in 3 years. its great you can win touch football games now try to win the tackle games. we own you and your new coach

Clay

July 1st, 2010
11:15 am

Breaking news!!!! Damon Evans arrested last night for DUI. See ya later Evans

Natl. "Tidetle"

July 1st, 2010
11:18 am

sturdivant is better than Xavier Nixon, Glenn is better than Carl johnson, Pouncey is better than chris Burnette (for now) Bean anderson is better than Hurt, and Josh davis is better than Marcus Gilbert. Boling, on the other hand is not better than Xavier Nixon, Ben Jones is no where close to MikePouncey and there is no way chris Davis is better than Maurice hurt. Yet this is who Richt and Bobo start. It’s insane but that’s UGA..To quote Richt after another Florida debacle: “Well, here we are again.” Well, here’s where yuor going to stay.and deservedly so.Roll tide

Barack Dawg

July 1st, 2010
11:18 am

We_Run_This_Country – dumb ass – LeMay was not arrested so you need to get it straight. Have the caught the mad robber at the North Ave Trade School yet?

Bulldog59

July 1st, 2010
11:23 am

Clay, got the Damon Evans rumor this morning, I’m waiting for more info.

The problem is, the Evans that was arrested was reportedly born in 1959. Damon Evans was born in 1970. Appears either to be the wrong Evans, or a totally bogus report.

When I know, you’ll know.

Huh?

July 1st, 2010
11:24 am

Barack Dawg – In addition to being a liberal (which proves your intelligence is at best questionable), I’m not sure I’d talk about crime at Tech. Hopefully no one you know gets injured in an accident with your drunk AD.

(6-5)..(6-4)..(25-6)..Still own you

July 1st, 2010
11:25 am

Nothing goes well in knoxville accept for getting drunk, screwing your family and the mountains….how boring!!!!

(6-5)..(6-4)..(25-6)..Still own you

July 1st, 2010
11:29 am

barrack dawg are you serious? A trade school huh? well that should make you more sick to your stomach you redneck because last i checked we ran this state in national championships…get a clue and say all you wont, we overlook the rednecks like you that live in athens . You pathetic and everyone in college football makes fun of your team, around the country you rednecks are known as the choke artist….but im on your side on one thing. how can you choke when you can never make a championship game….i think we made the most recient one in the state of ga also…1990 is more recent then 1980…”redneck” Much rather play football in the beautiful bright lights of the city then in the middle of the country.

(6-5)..(6-4)..(25-6)..Still own you

July 1st, 2010
11:30 am

Attention!!!! Another uga player fails class but is able to play football….hahahahahahahaha

Dawggie

July 1st, 2010
11:35 am

Chip,

You really just pointed out a spelling error of someone else?? Check out your 5th paragraph. Just what in sam hell is “irreleant”.

Just sayin…

Berry29

July 1st, 2010
11:37 am

ugh, not the UGA AD getting arrested. That is a PR nightmare!

Jim in Ga

July 1st, 2010
11:42 am

Sorry, for busting your chops about ND. Your responce makes sense but I still stand by that ND is not relevant until Chip Kelly can make them a power again

Bulldog59

July 1st, 2010
11:42 am

The Evans story appears to be true, it’s reported here in the AJC as breaking news….

UGA Athletic Director Damon Evans was arrested for DUI after a Wednesday night traffic stop in Atlanta.

Jim in Ga

July 1st, 2010
11:45 am

(6-5)..(6-4)..(25-6)..Still own you

Really? Didn’t GT more recently get into trouble with playing academically ineligible athletes?

theTruth

July 1st, 2010
11:51 am

CHIP, you da man. Thanks for the Swann update!!! Keep up the work, my good man.

I hope we can get two out of Richardson/DeBell/Ward/Shell, although I will admit I prefer the last two. I don’t know which was Shell is leaning and I noticed we have offered Bobby Hart? Do you have any information about him or even if we get a sniff from him??? Thanks!

The police

July 1st, 2010
11:51 am

Barack Dawg

July 1st, 2010
11:18 am
We_Run_This_Country – dumb ass – LeMay was not arrested so you need to get it straight. Have the caught the mad robber at the North Ave Trade School yet?

Barackdawg,

You are correct! Lemay was not arrested. But Georgia athletic director Damon Evans was. LMAO! BTW, how is that change going for ya? Georgia is at record high unemployment, the world’s largest skimming boat is just now leaving Europe to deploy to the gulf of mexico a full 2 months after the oil spill, and worst of all the country is drowning in debt after Obama quadrupled the debt. Change we can believe in! LMAO!

theTruth

July 1st, 2010
11:52 am

which way Shell is leaning….gheesh, proofread anyone?

theTruth

July 1st, 2010
11:53 am

CHIP, I fault you for my mistake, I was too excited for a Swann update.

CarolinaDawg

July 1st, 2010
11:57 am

UGAsports has a very good Swann story that I found over there yesterday

1eyedJack

July 1st, 2010
12:01 pm

It seems the Atlanta police department has a sense of humor to submit that mug shot. Couldn’t Damon request a re-shoot? On the plus side it looks better than some of those “celebrity mug shots (Nick Nolte)”.

Probably won an arguement with a Tech fan at a Buckhead restaurant who promptly tipped off the cops.

IDIOT SEC DRYWALL/LANDSCAPERS

July 1st, 2010
12:04 pm

JMar… you made my day man. Get used to seeing Dabo/Napier/Harbison/Rumph/J.Scott in GA/ALA/FL as long as they are on Clemson’s staff. Ace recruiting is no longer a deficiency in Death Valley. Obv this board is UGA and Tech biased, but I am surprised that others have not commented on this yet. Imagine if Clemson actually has some significant on-field success? (i.e. ACC title, BCS game victory).. be worried puppies, bees, crocs, indians, tropical depressions, and of course coots (congrats on CWS, nothing but respect for the accomplishment).

Les W. Moore

July 1st, 2010
12:06 pm

Chip, good work. So how does Tennessee sign the #1 ranked high school punter, one week from enrolling, from Bakersfield, CA?

Mutt fans are going to be kicking themselves when Babs Dooley starts signing Rocky Top in October. “Home Sweet Ho-ome to Me!” “Good Ol’ Rocky Top, Rocky Top Tennessee!”

Reality Check

July 1st, 2010
12:09 pm

“Damon Evans” a New Era, doink!

Berry29

July 1st, 2010
12:10 pm

Barbara is great! She’s pretty funny and loves the radio shows
in Tennessee.

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gaytor chomp ia a faaggggggg

July 1st, 2010
12:12 pm

no proven QB. no proven wr’s. no proven tight ends. no proven DC. you have track stars as running backs. you no longer have one of the greatest players of all time. you run a gimmick offense. ur gimmick offense is not productive without a tebow type qb. you lost half you defense. ur head coach almost quit. yeah c u in j-ville douche bags stick to ur own bloggs

Huh?

July 1st, 2010
12:18 pm

Damon Evans, meet George Stein. George Stein, meet Damon Evans.