Ten@10: Tech’s lead for Stephon Tuitt widens, UGA fades

THE TEN AT 10:

1. Stephon Tuitt has not yet eliminated the Georgia Bulldogs from consideration, but they’re definitely fading fast. At least that’s my conclusion after a bit of confusion over the weekend. Tuitt made yet another visit to Georgia Tech, which remains atop the wish list for this highly-touted defensive end from Monroe. The Tech fan sites from both Rivals and Scout interviewed Tuitt afterward and, as usual, asked him to reel off his favorites. He didn’t mention the Bulldogs this time, whereas he had them fourth among his top seven in my last update less than a month ago. Reading this, I took it to mean Tuitt had eliminated Georgia, so I called him Monday to verify. “That’s not accurate,” Tuitt told me. “I have seven schools that stand out for me now and they’re one of them.” But since he mentioned only Tech, Miami, Notre Dame, Clemson, Auburn and Tennessee and not UGA, we have to assume the Bulldogs are now at No. 7. Meanwhile, the 6-foot-5, 252-pound athlete is not close to pulling the trigger on a decision. “I’ve still got a while to go,” he told me. “I want to take my official visits before I make up my mind. I don’t know if I’ll take five or three but I definitely want to take some.” He said he also hopes to make trips to Tennessee and Auburn this summer.

2. Tech and Georgia will go head-to-head over another elite recruit this week. Running back James Wilder Jr. of Tampa, considered by some to be the top college football prospect in America this year, is expected to be at Georgia on Friday night for the annual Dawg Night elite prospect camp, according to several published reports. Somewhere bordering that trip to Athens (either before it or after it), Wilder reportedly plans to come to Atlanta to check out Tech. GatorBait.net, which interviewed Wilder as he worked out in Tampa on Tuesday, said he’s planning to travel to Georgia on Wednesday. But it’s unclear whether that mean the state or the university. Wilder, who is understandably hard to reach with 80-plus scholarship offers, hasn’t returned phone messages seeking comment. But I’ll keep after him. Regardless, there should be some intense comparing and contrasting going on in Wilder’s head this week.

3. Wilder is just one of numerous top-shelf prospects expected to be at Sanford Stadium on Friday night. Most of the players that have already committed to the Bulldogs — including beleaguered quarterback prospect Christian LeMay — are expected to be on hand. Among the uncommitted recruits that may be attending are DE Xzavier Dickson, RB Matt Jones, ATH Chris Milton, WR Tobias Singleton, CB Damian Swann and LB Lateek Townsend.

4. A trio of Carver-Columbus stars definitely plan on attending. RB Isaiah Crowell, the top prospect in the state, DT Gabriel Wright and 2012 DB Deion Bonner, plan to participate. The Bulldogs can only hope things go better with coach Dell McGee’s players this year. It was the misunderstanding with quarterback Devin Burns at this event last year that resulted in the McGee’s brief recruiting ban of UGA.

5. Another elite recruit definitely planning to attend is offensive tackle Zach DeBell of Tarpon Springs, Fla. DeBell (6-7, 265) has been a busy boy this summer. He visited Tennessee last weekend and will check out South Carolina after Dawg Night.

6. Speaking of UT, the police investigation continues into the bar brawl that resulted in the arrests of two Tennessee football players from Georgia, freshman wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers and sophomore safety Darren Myles. More charges could be forthcoming as they continue to interview witnesses, Knoxville police spokesman Darrell DeBusk said Monday. An off-duty police officer remains hospitalized with a head injury suffered after he was allegedly attacked by several UT players. Also, Tennessee is investigating whether an arrangement with Bar Knoxville and UT athletes violates NCAA rules.

7. Georgia Tech basketball coach Paul Hewitt finally landed the big man his team has been missing. According to both JacketsOnline.com and GoJackets.com, Nate Hicks, a 6-foot-10 center from Panama City, Fla., has decided to sign a financial aid agreement with the Yellow Jackets. Hicks originally signed a letter-of-intent with Tulane but asked for and was granted a release after the Green Wave made a coaching change. Hicks gives Tech some sorely needed size in its frontcourt. Hicks is the second signee for the incoming class of 2010, joining 6-5 wing Jason Morris of Connecticut.

8. Speaking of Tech, Jabari-Hunt Days represented the Jackets and Hillgrove High School well when he went out to Beaverton, Ore., last week to compete in the Nike Combine national championships. Hunt-Days (6-3, 226), who committed to the Yellow Jackets as a linebacker last month,  finished No. 2 in the nation with an incredible SPARQ rating of 131.64. You can READ MORE ABOUT IT HERE. Stephenson defensive back Kadetrix Marcus, Hunt-Days’ former teammate at Hillgrove, also competed in the event.

9. Speaking of national competitions, Georgia commitment Justin Scott-Wesley has qualified for the U.S. Junior Track & Field national championships in Sacramento, Calif., in the 100-meter dash and 4×100-meter relay. Scott-Wesley, a wide receiver who set the state record in the 100 meters with a time of 10.35 seconds at the high school state championships earlier this year, finished third in both events at the regional meet in North Carolina this past weekend. “Unfortunately I didn’t make it in the 200,” Scott-Wesley said. “I ran a bad race and didn’t make it past the prelims. I slipped again out of the blocks in the 100. There’s such a small margin for error.” But Scott-Wesley feels like he has a good chance at nationals as the winning time last year was 10.33. “If I can run the race I did at state I think I can win it,” he said.

10. THIS & THAT: Florida self-reported four NCAA secondary violations for its misuse of Facebook in recruiting. . . . DT Thomas Niles of Gainesville has de-committed from N.C. State in order to “explore my options,” according to Rivals.com. . . . Defensive back Cortez Davis (6-3, 200) of Daytona Beach, Fla., has re-committed to Clemson, according to PalmettoSports.com. He de-committed to the Tigers to commit to Florida State earlier this year.

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138 comments Add your comment

Dawggie

July 13th, 2010
10:12 am

First!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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ATL

July 13th, 2010
10:17 am

Dawggie

July 13th, 2010
10:17 am

Wow. Cortez Davis is a 6′3″ 300 lb DB??? God help all of those smaller split ends coming across the middle!

And yes, I was also first.

Proof Read Much?

July 13th, 2010
10:19 am

Wow! Cortez Davis is one monster sized Defensive Back at 6′3″, 300 lbs! He must play safety . . .

theTruth

July 13th, 2010
10:21 am

CHIP, do you know if Malcolm Mitchell or Branden Shell will be attending Friday night?

rduck

July 13th, 2010
10:22 am

hope Stephon keeps Tech at the top of his list. He is a star in the making.. Go Jackets

Tech BiologyGrad

July 13th, 2010
10:22 am

A DB at 6-3, 300lbs?

rduck

July 13th, 2010
10:23 am

Davis is actually 6′3” 200lbs

chipperdawg

July 13th, 2010
10:24 am

Maybewe get some of these kids to commit Friday night. Class is shaping up to be another good one so far.

UGA

July 13th, 2010
10:26 am

If Tech will land Stephon Tuitt then i have no problem with that, I wouldnt like to see him going either UT or Aubarn,

BuddyColtrane

July 13th, 2010
10:27 am

Man, screw Tuitt, UGA didn’t want him anyways, LOL. Just getting that out of the way before someone accuses Dawg fans of downing him. Seriously, PJ needs to get on it and get this guy to commit, this will be a huge one for the Jackets and may help with that LB from VA that likes Tech.

star tech

July 13th, 2010
10:30 am

Wilder will be a Jacket and Days is the man!

Tuitt will probably come down to GT, UT, ND, or Miami.

DeBell sounds like he is down to UGA and UT as any times as he’s
visited those 2. He needs to visit Atlanta.

Big Al

July 13th, 2010
10:30 am

Chip, I thought Brad Sheehan would be back.

RxDawg

July 13th, 2010
10:31 am

1. Well thats too bad, but we can’t get them all. Now who the Dawgs NEED is some top notch LB’s. Were really striking out on them.

2. Well low and behold, it’s too bad this guy wants to play RB because from what I gather he’d be all world at LB. But hey, he can still suit up and run between the tackles for this Dawg fan.

3. Finally, something good to read about the Dawgs. Well, at least it’s not bad anyways. Looking forward to reading some good things from ya Chip about this weekend. Hopefully we’ll get some more commits from this.

4. Whatever happend to Devin anyways? I never took that situation too seriously, that’s recruiting.

5. Good, I like what I see and read about Zach. I hope he likes UGA as well.

6. Messy situation with UT right now. I’m not pleased with our current string of arrests, but I’ll take drinking underage and even DUI’s anyday before actual violent crimes. I don’t want to laugh at the Vols current delima, and I don’t take it lightly….but you have to think that everyone questioning Da’Rick’s character were right to do so.

7. Grats on the B-ball pickup Tech.

8. That was a good article Chip, it sounds like Tech snagged a great one in Jabari.

9. Now thats some speed. Looking forward to watching this great athelete between the hedges. Hopefully he has got some elusiveness to go with that speed.

10. Thing only thing I thought about this is that he is a 6′3 300# defensive back!!!! Holy smokes, some WR’s in the ACC are going to be scared silly for the next few years.

We_Run_This_Country

July 13th, 2010
10:31 am

GT is shaping up to have it’s best recruiting year since 2007. THWG!

GT man

July 13th, 2010
10:33 am

Be nice to see Stephon come to GT. We need someone that chooses GT over Notre Dame, Bama instead of Wofford ,Elon or Samford.

GT man

July 13th, 2010
10:35 am

Does anyone know what happened to the QB out of North Carolina that GT was after?

Worm

July 13th, 2010
10:37 am

Wilder will be a gator and Tuitt will be a good catch for tech..dawgs need OT’s, DL, and a back.

Chip Towers

July 13th, 2010
10:39 am

Cortez Davis is 6-3, 200. He’s not fat. My fingers are. . . . .

theTruth: I think Malcolm Mitchell probably is and Brandon Shell probably isn’t. . . .

RxDawg: Devin Burns signed with Maryland.

wiley

July 13th, 2010
10:41 am

Daniel Miller was a four star player….he was very good in high school. Holsey was also a 4 star player who plays PF…he is 6′8. This tech team is very talented…guard play is the most important part of college basketball. I think Tech will have a better year this year now that our guards are juniors and sophomores. We have 7 four star players on our roster….even after losing 5 to the NBA draft and graduation. Tuitt has a long way to go but I’m glad to see Tech with the early lead…. He will be a NFL draft pick if he comes here.

redeployed dawg

July 13th, 2010
10:45 am

Putting a player of the same position into the first round of the draft is a great recruiting tool. I can understand why Tuitt is considering Tech so strongly. I agree that I would rather see him stay in state than go to TN or Auburn.

JAXDAWG

July 13th, 2010
10:45 am

Haha, Tech fans strike again. Wilder will not be a A Yellowjacket. He won’t even be a UGA Bulldog. I think that he is a UF lock because Urban Creyer has eveidently promised him he cuold have a shot a RB. First, we all know that UF was the only school not to come right out and offer him the chance to play RB. Second, he will be all world on the defensive side of the ball. Have you seen this kid in drills? WOW. Would love to have at UGA but I think this plays out just like Ernie Sims. We offer him to play both ways and he ultimately stays with the hometown school. (Sims to FSU frmo Tally and Wilder from Tampa and UF). I pray that a stroke of luck befalls UGA this weekend and we make a real impression on this kid. (C’mon Aaron and Orson he really looks up to you guys!) CROWELL, SWANN, SHELL, DEBELL, WRIGHT, ROME, & DREW!!!

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

July 13th, 2010
10:47 am

sounds like a busy night for UGA- hopefully we can get a few commits after the event.

RxDawg

July 13th, 2010
10:47 am

“Cortez Davis is 6-3, 200. He’s not fat. My fingers are. . . . .”

That made me laugh.

JAXDAWG

July 13th, 2010
10:50 am

I hope Da’Rick gets kicked off the team. The off-duty officer is STILL in the hospital? These charges should be very eye opening. Also, I echo a few of ya’ll’s thoughts…..I would take a kid drinking a bit underage and even a DUI (c’mon who didn’t kick a few back when you were 19 and hop in the car to ride home or to a friends? and this doesn’t require answering from Tech fans because we all know that no Tech fan would consume alcohol before they reached the legal drinking age….) over a violent crime that has left a law enforcement officer in the hospital for going on 6 days now. Dooley, make your daddy proud of how he raised you and kick these THUGS off the team (and Nash Nance while you are at it).

Bulldog59

July 13th, 2010
10:51 am

Tuitt seems to have favored GT all along. Congrats to GT on him and Days.

Big weekend for the Dawgs. Friday night is huge. Hopefully, Monday or Tuesday, we may hear of another commit or 2.

Dawg man

July 13th, 2010
10:52 am

Dosen’t matter how many recruits uga gets, its how many can stay out of trouble. Must be something for these small town country kids come here, see lights on past 9 pm and they dont know how to act.

Vick=Dog killing thug

July 13th, 2010
10:59 am

No talk of Da’Rick involved in the officer beating. He’s innocent until proven guilty. I do wish he’d pull up his pants….

godawgs678

July 13th, 2010
11:01 am

after everything I see and read I am loving this Debell kid more and more every day. He would be one amazing piece to the recruiting class. It also goes without saying we NEED Crowell, Gabe Wright, Townsend, and the two from Valdosta Rome and Mitchell, and Xzavier would be icing on the cake!

Bulldog59

July 13th, 2010
11:04 am

JAXDAWG, after the week they’ve had, I think it may be time for both Dooley and Richt to do a little house cleaning

A kid that can’t attend summer workouts and is suspended for 6 of 12 games for 2010, has wasted an entire season, and a much needed scholarship for our program. Richt needs to have a LONG talk with Jackson about his future at UGA.

A lot of us are getting REALLY tired of this stuff. There are cabs in Athens that will take you virtually anywhere for $5 a person. I found out after my son graduated in December 2008, he and all his friends had programmed into their cell phones, the number of a local cabbie that had a minivan and would take you anywhere in town for $5. C’mon! It isn’t that hard to stay out of trouble in Athens!

As for UT, Dooley has his hands full with this mess. Let’s see what the police come up with.

Douglas

July 13th, 2010
11:11 am

I wish UGA could get Wilder but I think he is just pulling people’s legs. He will go to UF or FSU. Why waste our time on recruiting him.

Paul in RDU

July 13th, 2010
11:12 am

Chip – Nice column as always.
I do have to take exception to the comment on LeMay being “beleaguered” – a little strong, don’t you think? No matter what happens with his appeal with CMS schools, he’ll still be able to play in 2010 (maybe missing a bunch of games) and will be at Athens in 2011 to back up Murray.

Tosh.No

July 13th, 2010
11:14 am

Last try before I say screw this site.

Tosh.No

July 13th, 2010
11:15 am

OMG I got to make a comment!

Tosh.No

July 13th, 2010
11:16 am

I thought UGA was pretty set on DE’s anyway there Chip. Of course Tuitt would be great to have and a great catch for Tech, but didn’t UGA sign a couple already?

Tosh.No

July 13th, 2010
11:21 am

By “We run this country” do you mean Canada? Just wondering, cause you know that We run this State over at UGA at least! Go Dawgs!

Still Waiting

July 13th, 2010
11:22 am

Still waiting to see the “perp” pictures of
King and Jackson made posted on the AJC-Sports website.

Just like the AJC did for the Tennessee players.

What are Chip and Tim Ticker waiting on?

Just a Thought

July 13th, 2010
11:24 am

I wonder if all of the Bail Bonds business owners
in Athens are big-money boosters to UGA?

Still Waiting...For More Info

July 13th, 2010
11:28 am

Still waiting for Chip to disclose who actually owns the 2010 Chevy Avalanche that Jackson was driving.

I mean, the State of Georgia doesnt grant car titles and
dealerships dont make auto loans to “drivers” with
expried Learners Permits.

Oh well. I guess facts are just too inconvenient sometimes.

Chip Towers

July 13th, 2010
11:40 am

Still Waiting . . . For More Info: As I understand it, the car belongs to Tavarres King and not Dontavius Jackson. But that whole thing will be covered by our capable UGA beat writer, Tim Tucker.

Things that make you go hmmm....

July 13th, 2010
11:41 am

****** NEWSFLASH…..THIS JUST IN ********

Reports are circulating that Daddy Nance visited the busted up cop in the hospital and, after extensive negotiations, and the passing of a briefcase, the cop has admitted that he maliciously and repeatedly slammed his face into the clenched fist and shoe heel of DaRick Rogers. All charges are expected to be dropped and the Vol Nation, and little Nance, are relieved and celebrating.

Things that make you go hmmm....

July 13th, 2010
11:43 am

Still Waiting…For More Info
July 13th, 2010
11:28 am

“Oh well. I guess facts are just too inconvenient sometimes.”

Have you ever heard of Al Gore’s movie, An Inconvenient Truth? British scientists punched holes throughout the “factual” argument he presented but he’s still staying the course.

KD

July 13th, 2010
11:46 am

BuddyColtrane, UGA is still recruiting Tuitt,the coaches are at the school talking to him every chance they get under NCAA rules, it just seems to happen as to where things just don’t click with every school. When you see him around the school, everyday he has on a different hat or shirt from the schools he is still interested in. It will probably come down to Miami or Tech.

VOLSSSS!

July 13th, 2010
11:58 am

Things that make me go HMMMMMM.
uga tries to steal Stephen Hill on the last day, that’s ok.
TN steal Da’rick and Everyone that knows him is a criminal. Classless puppies, that’s why I laugh when we beat you. Knowing all you classless rednecks are crying in your beer right up to the point you passout and pee yourself. Vols 14-6 the last 20 games versus the never weres.

Captain

July 13th, 2010
11:59 am

Daniel Miller was a 4 star recruit? That, friends, is revisionist history. Daniel Miller was, and is, a project. He may have a fine career at GT, however you GT folks need to remember he was ‘released’ from his LOI with Georgia. He was a Felton find and signee. As for Tuitt, whatever makes his Momma happy is what he’s going to do. Before you suit him up in yellow and white, you may want to watch out for The U, that’s where HE wants to play.

For you GT fans worried about a few Georgia players being arrested for underage consumption, we will be fine. I am interested to find out, what is the status of Joe Hamilton’s situation over his arrest on the GT Campus last year. You recall don’t you, fleeing, drunk, pot in the vehicle, asst coach on the Fish Fry staff. Where is Joe in the Criminal Justice system? Maybe he and REuben can share a cell.

For the person wanting to know who owns the Chev Avalanche, why are you waiting on Chip, are you unable to do your own research or do you simply prefer to make suggestions of something improper about the vehicle? According to the police report the vehicle is owned by Tavarres King, that’s been known since the arrest. Jackson was driving King’s vehicle. You happy now? By the way, two non-football players who were in the vehicle were also arrested for underage.

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

July 13th, 2010
12:03 pm

GT IS #1 AND MIAMI IS #2 FOR TUITT….GONNA COME DOWN TO THOSE TWO. AND YES UGA FANS, UGA IS AFTER THIS GUY HARD SO EAT IT UP.

dawgster

July 13th, 2010
12:04 pm

i hope this weekend goes better for the dawgs than last weekend..unfortunately i think Mr. Wilder will be a gator as much as i hate to say that, but who knows…If you read some of the gator posters on here they say it is a lock…may or may not be, but there are still an awful good group of kids that would be wonderful if we can get them to commit…We need a big time running back and top caliber WR this year especially with AJ probably going pro…

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

July 13th, 2010
12:04 pm

CAPTAIN….BUT THERE IS ONE THING YOU FAILED TO MENTION OK……FOR EVERY ONE OF THOSE KIND OF PLAYERS WE GET THAT GET IN TROUBLE, YOU HAVE 10.

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

July 13th, 2010
12:05 pm

DAWGSTER HE WOULD BE A IDIOT TO NOT SIGN WITH FLA OVER GA…FLA IS HEAD AD SHOULDER ABOVE UGA AS A PROGRAM AND AS A SCHOOL.

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

July 13th, 2010
12:07 pm

CHIP TOWERS……COULD YOU FILL ME IN ON SOME OF THE TOP NOTCH PLAYERS THAT ARE TRUELY CONSIDERING GT AT THIS TIME….TY