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.