Ten at 10: Will Damon Evans’ scandal affect UGA recruiting?

THE TEN AT 10:

1. The question I’m beginning to hear most now is how the Damon Evans’ saga might affect Georgia’s recruiting. Best I can tell at this early juncture is very little if at all. I’ll be getting out some calls to recruits and recruiting experts to see if I can find a consensus of opinion. In the meantime, I think the Facebook status of Sterling Bailey, one of the Bulldogs’ prized commitments for the 2011 class, sums up the majority feedback I’ve been getting so far. Wrote Bailey: “Why do people think just because the Athletic Director messed up at UGA that I’m going to decommit from them and go somewhere else? He had nothing to do with my decision so why would I leave?” In the meantime, let’s hear what y’all think.

2. While I was pulled off the recruiting beat to report on the aforementioned drama, Georgia Tech got its ninth commitment of its 2011 class. Kyle Harris, a 6-foot-3, 275-pound offensive lineman from Pepperell High up in Lindale, committed to the Yellow Jackets over the weekend. Harris is a very athletic player for his size and had double-figure offers, including South Carolina, Illinois, Louisville, Maryland, Purdue and Syracuse. He had camped at Georgia, which also showed a lot of interest. He’s expected to play guard for the Yellow Jackets. “He’s a real good athlete who fits in well with what Georgia Tech is doing on offense,” Pepperell coach Jeff Shiflett said. “He’s extremely strong and explosive and has really quick feet. He plays tackle for us but I think he could potentially play all five positions at the next level.” I’ll have much more on Harris later this week.

3. It wasn’t the best of weekends for Team Georgia, which competed in the Badger 7-on-7 National Championship tournament in Tuscaloosa this past weekend. The team failed to advance out of the elimination rounds. The South Florida Express won the championship. “We underachieved,” coach Ed Printz said. “Day one was great; day two was bad. Tough day.”

4. Nevertheless, there were some standouts for Team Georgia. Hillgrove linebacker/running back Jabari Hunt-Days, a Georgia Tech commitment, led the teams with four interceptions and also played well on offense. And Lassiter’s Charlie Hegedus scored six touchdowns and made some spectacular catches, according to Printz.

5. Four-star defensive back Nick Waisome of Groveland, Fla., is going to make a decision on a school this summer after he takes three visits this month, according to Scout.com’s Chad Simmons. The destinations for the 5-foot-10, 170-pound cornerback athlete are Florida, Florida State and Georgia.

6. UGA made the cut for the Final 1o for running back Savon Huggins of Jersey City, N.J. Rutgers is still considered the team to beat for this 6-foot, 190-pound runner, but he is also considering Florida, Miami, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Penn State, Pitt, Stanford and Wisconsin.

7. Four-star linebacker Kent Turene of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., committed to Southern Cal over the weekend. Turene (6-3, 230) was also considering Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Miami and Tennessee.

8. Tennessee got a commitment from quarterback Justin Worley of Northwestern High in Rock Hill, S.C., according to PalmettoSports.com and GoVolsXtra.com. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound signalcaller chose the Vols over Florida, FSU, Kentucky, LSU, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Stanford.

9. Defensive back Ra’Chard Pippens of Ola High School in McDonough committed to Stanford over the weekend. The 6-foot, 170-pound safety chose the Cardinal over Auburn, South Carolina, Wake Forest and Harvard.

10. Lane Kiffin got to feel the sting of Tennessee for once. Malik Jackson, a junior defensive end at Southern Cal, has completed paperwork to transfer to Tennessee, where he will be eligible to play this fall, according to ESPN.com’s Bruce Feldman. Jackson (6-5, 245), a backup pass-rushing specialist for the Trojans, took advantage of the NCAA’s parachute for USC upperclassman. The Trojans were hit with a two-year bowl ban and major scholarship reductions. So he’ll immediately be eligible without penalty.

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180 comments Add your comment

ATL

July 6th, 2010
10:15 am

Bill

July 6th, 2010
10:17 am

Jackets!

July 6th, 2010
10:17 am

Damon Evans should have little impact on recruiting….Richt does the recruiting and they shouldn’t lose anyone over this. As much as I despise UGA…its just your AD.

Jackets!

July 6th, 2010
10:20 am

Oh and that Hunt-Days kid is a star. Way way way underrated. He has been doing very well on the camp circuit placing MVP at several events where 5 and 4 star players were his competition. Glad to see that he will be a Yellow Jacket!

92 UGA Grad

July 6th, 2010
10:25 am

Damon’s issues won’t have any effect on recruiting at UGA at all…it doesn’t affect playing time, depth charts, etc, so no impact to recruiting.

Kyle Harris was a good pickup for Tech…he’ll fit what they do on offense very well. Wish UGA had enough spots available to take more OL this year, but we’re done with interior linemen, so good players like Kyle are going to wind up playing against us for four years.

UGA Freak

July 6th, 2010
10:29 am

It won’t affect recruiting. UGA has become a breeding ground for criminals.

UGA Freak

July 6th, 2010
10:30 am

I see that another UGA player has been arrested…

GTMike

July 6th, 2010
10:32 am

You’re right Jackets!,
Hunts-Days is gonna be a beast. He tears up combines like a blue chipper. I think once his senior season starts the scouts will see that he’s the real deal. I’m just curious as to whether he’ll be playing LB or B-back for us.

George Stein

July 6th, 2010
10:32 am

Call me, Damon!

Dawg House

July 6th, 2010
10:33 am

Players commit to the coaches and team, not the AD.

Bottom line, UGA will still run the state in recruiting and state championships over Thanksgiving 8 times a decade.

Oh, and if you get a chance, go to the GT page and look at their vent. It’s proof of the absolute obsession they have with the Dawgs.

THWGT

Bud

July 6th, 2010
10:34 am

No it will not!

JB

July 6th, 2010
10:34 am

Lot’s of good news for Tech today….but still, go Dawgs….good luck to those men……Dawgs news will come slowly as I feel only 10-12 spots left, and Dawgs will be selective as position needs will need to be met. expect to see high profile guys go elsewhere as Dawgs may be overloaded at certain positions and have needs. This holds true at premier programs such as Bama,Fla.,LSU,FSU etc. Dawgs will pick up another plum or two from Florida just because of the pure numbers in that state. Probably 20+ WR’s in that state, and the 3 major schools can’t sign them all. some will come North, as with other positions. GATA

UGA Freak

July 6th, 2010
10:36 am

I am a mealy mouthed coward that likes to post nonsense on UGA Blogs since I have no life.

The last laugh

July 6th, 2010
10:36 am

I see where UT picked up a great QB prospect. The Nance kid will never see a down on the field as a QB unless daddy really pumps a lot of money in to the program.

RxDawg

July 6th, 2010
10:37 am

I know this isn’t about recruiting exactly but the other article is closed…..

Oh come on! Now Jordan Love arrested? Guys… W T F?

Richt should just lock em all up in their dorm rooms until the season starts. Geesh.

Worm

July 6th, 2010
10:38 am

good info Chip…Kyle Harris will switch to UGA if offered..justin Worley was a good catch for the Vols since both parents graduated from North carolina..Don’t believe his offer was still good at Florida..I’m seen him play and Ga. was very interested before Lemay pledged.

JB

July 6th, 2010
10:38 am

love to read Tech fans on here when they get a player of substance,,,Words like beast, freak
etc………And then read when Dawgs get a 4 or 5 star……Stars don’t mean anything they’ll tell you…………………Of course unless it’s a bumble bee…LOL

Jackets!

July 6th, 2010
10:40 am

JB…come on man. And UGA fans never go over the top with their enthusiasm. This is our school, our program, our money…just like UGA is to you.

JB

July 6th, 2010
10:41 am

all i can say is……….Go Jackets…..

DDPO

July 6th, 2010
10:43 am

JB -

You make a valid point. I also get a kick reading how UGA’s annual 4-5 star recruiting classes are going to bring in multiple conference and national titles. 2 conference championships in 28 years…

RxDawg

July 6th, 2010
10:47 am

1. Agreed 100%. This shouldn’t affect recruiting at all. The players play for Richt, not Damon.

2. Grats on the big ugly.

3. bummer

4. Four int’s for a LB? Nice.

5. Cool. Shooting from memory, I don’t think UGA has gotten a quality CB yet. I know we picked up some safties though, and some WR’s that could possibly play CB.

6. Let’s see, who was the last running back UGA got from Jersey?….

7. Ughh, SoCal? It must be their agents. And why can’t UGA get any LB’s?

8. Good for the young man.

9. Stanford likes to come a long way for their players huh.

10. I don’t care what SEC team you pull for, this can only make you smile.

In other news, Chip are the Dawgs leading in the Fulmer cup yet?

Delbert D.

July 6th, 2010
10:50 am

Derek Dooley is getting players falling from the sky. UT might have some kind of team after all. Hopefully more USC guys will bail on Kiffin.

Jackets!

July 6th, 2010
10:54 am

Delbert D. isn’t is really enjoyable to watch Kiffin have to suffer through these NCAA sanctions…there is a god. This is proof…what goes around comes around.

Leghumper Antivirus

July 6th, 2010
10:55 am

I’m sure that Justin Worley is a good kid, but no in state offers should tell you something. Especially since Clemson and South Carolina are recruiting QB’s. Lack of arm strength and slow release was
what I’ve heard. Haven’t seen he or the Nance kid play, but he may not be an upgrade.

Sogadawg

July 6th, 2010
10:56 am

For all you haters, the arrest was about shooting off fire works.

JB

July 6th, 2010
10:57 am

DDPO…….. I follow the Dawgs close, but you have NEVER read something I’ve written about predictions about us winning anything or having won anything. I know better. Yes, I would like us to win, but I can read history…….I do know we have beaten Tech 8 of 9 times and I have learned from my SEC friends in Florida that in College football terms that is called ” owning somebody”…… So, I feel pretty good about that.

Richham

July 6th, 2010
10:57 am

Yep another player arrested for shooting fireworks, what a bunch of hooligans at UGA!

I’m not going to bad mouth the police, but shooting off fireworks should be a simple take the fireworks and scram order. Arresting a kid because he was scared to give his name because he thought he might get in trouble seems a bit over zealous to me.

First Moron

July 6th, 2010
10:58 am

Yep, you both win today,lol!

Salt-n-Pepper Dawg

July 6th, 2010
10:59 am

How will the Damon Evans scandal affect UGA recruiting?

* Well, the promise to high school recruits of being able to “Keep It Real” are UGA are now over.

* UGA can now forget about V-103 assisting with recruitment.

* The departure of Evans is the perfect opportunity for other uber-liberal universities to place a token Affirmative Action hire as Athletic Director to attract gullible talent.

* The Evans arrest puts a real damper on the notion of being able to get away with drunken adultery at UGA.

* Without a convicted felon with no sense of integrity or morality, there is no leader at UGA who can truly relate to today’s young, self-entitled athletes who are just starting to build their own rap sheets.

* If this were Tuscaloosa, the Evans incident would never have happened…. TO BE REPORTED.

GTMike

July 6th, 2010
11:02 am

JB,
I think it’s appropriate to call Jabari Hunt-Days a beast. He’s torn up every combine he’s gone to and had an MVP performance on both sides of the ball in a competition that is composed of the top players from each state.

Us being excited about getting a good player has absolutely nothing to do with the players you guys get. Obviously you guys get plenty of good talent too… most Tech fans recognize this and wouldn’t argue otherwise. But, that doesn’t change the fact that we got an awesome player that we’re stoked about.

Gerald

July 6th, 2010
11:02 am

Worm:

If Kyle Harris wanted to go to UGA, he would have waited for them to offer before committing to Tech. I wish you UGA folks would stop this nonsense. GT commits rarely switch to UGA and you UGA fans know it. Worry about Florida, whom you’ve beaten twice in the last 20 years plus Alabama, Tennessee, LSU and Auburn, which is your competition. GT got a kid that South Carolina, Illinois, Louisville, Maryland, Purdue, Cincinnati and Syracuse wanted, which makes him a good prospect for that program.

Chip Towers

July 6th, 2010
11:03 am

RxDawg: Not sure about Fulmer Cup ratings but the AD getting arrest may cost Georgia extra points in the accounting. I’ll check to see if that has been updated yet this year.

Jackets!

July 6th, 2010
11:03 am

Honestly I dont think the kid deserved to be arrested. I bet we have all done stuff like that….and it was the day after the 4th of July. Its just some bottle rockets…even my yellow colored classes cant change that. Give the kid a break…

JB

July 6th, 2010
11:05 am

In the Evans case, only one good thing came out of this…..The State Trooper did his job and this did not get covered up……….Talk to anyone who has had a family member or friend killed in an auto Accident by a person drunk, and they would be proud of this trooper. He is the hero in this. This could have gotten buried….but it didn’t……..Proud of the GSP……

Delbert D.

July 6th, 2010
11:06 am

Obviously, Coach Richt needs to institute an “Introduction to Rational Thinking” course for his freshmen. I’m at a loss for what must have been going through Jordan Love’s mind. Maybe this was it:

a) Uh, oh,shooting off fireworks is illegal, and I might get arrested.
b) I’ll just not tell the cops who I am; that way they can’t arrest me.
c) Why didn’t that work???

Jackets!

July 6th, 2010
11:07 am

JB very classy comment. I agree 100% DUI should never be swept under the rug or let off with a warning. It is the same thing as loading a gun and pointing it at someones face….too many people die from “bad decisions” like this. Very proud of the GSP for not sweeping it under the rug. I bet quite a few of them were UGA fans too.

Barney Fife, UGA Campus Police

July 6th, 2010
11:08 am

What we have here men is a clear cut case of a code 401 violation. When subject failed to provide his ID I quickly took control of the situation and apprehended said suspect. My partner was providing backup and we called in SWAT just in case this situation escalated into an all out riot. We also alerted Athens CC police of a possible terroist situation due to the large number of explosives (3) already discharged.
Move along now folks, nothing to see here.

JB

July 6th, 2010
11:09 am

GTmike….fair……..What do you think of the QB Christian Lemay we have committed…. Rated number 2 by most services ( I know that means little for a HS junior). I’m just thinking of some of the Tech fans post the day he committed……..I think it’s a fine pick up For UGA, but Tech folks pretty ruthless that day…..Quincey Carter redux blah blah blah…….I’m happy for your pick up though.

Jacket Backer

July 6th, 2010
11:10 am

welcome Kyle!…

Go Jackets!!

Delbert D.

July 6th, 2010
11:13 am

RxDawg –
“6. Let’s see, who was the last running back UGA got from Jersey?….”

Lets hear it for Middletown, NJ, one of my many former stomping grounds! Knowshon’s parents were kids back in those days, though.

Trey

July 6th, 2010
11:15 am

Another arrest. What a surprise uga.

gatorman770

July 6th, 2010
11:16 am

UGA’s AD firing will result in gazillions of panty jokes for the next few years, but will not effect recruiting.

Four-star linebacker Kent Turene of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., committed to USC – What was he thinking and/or offered. Did Kiffin offer him USC Layla panty leg warmers?

Scott

July 6th, 2010
11:17 am

It will have an impact IF the parents of these recruits care about their children.

HugoStiglitz

July 6th, 2010
11:19 am

I dont think Damon Evans situation by itself will have that much of an impact, especially on already committed recruits. You have to think this UGA offseason in general will sway some parents decisions on where they want their kid to go. Between Evans, Mett, and the other arrests, as well as LeMay possibly getting suspended in high school, it is just an onslaught of bad press for UGA that cant look good to anybody paying attention.

destin dawg

July 6th, 2010
11:19 am

UGA Has a great class so far.. lots of good things happening.. new coaches… Grantham , Belin, Lagatos…. UGA and GSP did the right thing… that might not happen at other schools ???? why all the techies on here… UGA recruiting ????

Alphare

July 6th, 2010
11:21 am

The guy committing to SoCal is just nuts? what was he thinking? They are already loaded so you won’t have much playing time, and they cannot play in bowl games, another minus playing time.

There are so many good programs in the south, why bother go SoCal?

quaildawg

July 6th, 2010
11:21 am

Scott, IF the parents of these recruits cared about their children they wouldn’t abuse them by letting them go to Tech!!!
You sir are such a moralist and obviously are without error or sin in your life. Oh but to be you for one moment.

Delbert D.

July 6th, 2010
11:22 am

Barney Fife – That is hilarious!

Chip Towers

July 6th, 2010
11:22 am

gatorman770: Says he likes the coaching and preparation he’ll get for trying to make the next level.

GTMike

July 6th, 2010
11:24 am

Like I said JB, “most” Tech fans realize that you’re bringing in some good players. I don’t know how you could argue otherwise considering that we were targeting some of the same players. I’m sure some Tech fans were talking some trash, just like so many UGA fans do about our commits.

We look at stars too and get excited about highly rated players. I think the main difference is that we tend to take the star system with a grain of salt because we’ve seen plenty of 3 stars or less become big time players and other highly rated players fall into obscurity. That’s why I think it’s more fitting to look at things like playing stats, combine results, film, and potential to judge a player rather than just looking at a somewhat arbitrary rating.