THE TEN AT 10:
The “Ten at 10″ is an aggregation blog that appears here each Tuesday and Thursday. Material from sources other than the AJC is attributed.
1. By all accounts, Carver-Columbus stars Isaiah Crowell and Gabriel Wright had a great time visiting UGA and watching Georgia’s Dawg Night camp last week. But they spent only a short time with the Bulldogs’ coaches on their separate visits. The majority of their time was spent with former teammate Jarvis Jones, and the big linebacker appears to be the key to getting the elite prospects to Athens. Jones has been living in Athens since transferring to UGA from Southern Cal on June 30. “I’m glad I’m here,” the sophomore said Friday. “The people here are great.” As for his former teammates, Jones said he didn’t spend much time trying to sell them on Georgia. “I don’t event talk to recruits about football,” he said. “I think they get enough of people always asking them where they’re going. Therefore, I just chill. If they want to know something, I let them know what’s real.” According to Crowell, Jones doesn’t need to sell Georgia hard. “Him just being at Georgia, that helps them a lot,” he said Friday. . . . As for Crowell (6-0, 190), after spending a two days at Georgia, the state’s No. 1 running back spent Sunday and Monday in Tuscaloosa at Alabama. It’s increasingly looking like it’s going to be a two-team race between the Bulldogs and Bama for Crowell, though he still includes Clemson and Florida State in his list of favorites. It’s down to Auburn and Georgia for Wright.
2. Jones also spent a lot of time this past weekend with mega-prospect James Wilder Jr. of Tampa. “Cool kid,” Jones said of the running back. “He seems like somebody who’s humble with their head on straight.” The nation’s No. 1 recruit apparently did not make it to Georgia Tech on Saturday as scheduled. JacketsOnline.com reports that he did not want to spend only a couple of hours with the Yellow Jackets and plans to return for a two-day visit like he had at Georgia this past week. The 6-foot-2, 219-pound athlete is expected to be at Florida’s “Friday Night Lights” camp on Friday.
3. Meanwhile, Georgia Tech continues to attract the interest of some of the country’s top defensive talent. The Yellow Jackets have had two elite defensive backs come through campus in the last week. Blake Countess (5-10, 171), a four-star cornerback out of Maryland, was very impressed after a visit this past weekend, according to GoJackets.com. He is slated to check out Tennessee on Tuesday and North Carolina on Friday. Meanwhile, cornerback Dominique Noble of Mount Ulla, N.C., is “very close to committing to Georgia Tech,” according to JacketsOnline.com. Kelly Quinlan reports that Noble (6-2, 187) is scheduled to visit Penn State on Tuesday and then come to Atlanta on the 28th. Tech has also gotten heavy consideration from five-star cornerback Doran Grant of Akron, Ohio. However, recent reports have Grant favoring Ohio State, Michigan and USC.
4. Zach DeBell might not be the last offensive lineman the Bulldogs bring in. It’s between Georgia and South Carolina for Brandon Shell, the elite offensive tackle told multiple outlets at a high school media event in Columbia, S.C., on Sunday. “They are good schools and I really like them,” the nephew of former NFL lineman and head coach Art Shell told reporters. “I like the environment at both places.” Shell, who visited Georgia last month, will attend a South Carolina camp on Friday. However, he said he won’t make a decision until national signing day.
5. As for DeBell, he does NOT plan on attending Friday Night Lights in Gainesville this week. DeBell was already invited to the camp before he committed to Georgia at Dawg Night in Athens. DeBell had long been hoping for an offer from the in-state Gators but they didn’t step up with one until after he had committed to the Bulldogs this past Friday. “That’s great,” DeBell said of finally getting the Florida offer, “but I’m a Dawg.”
6. The court date forTennessee football player Da’Rick Rogers was postponed until later this fall, according to GoVolsXtra.com. Rogers, a five-star wide receiver from Calhoun, was originally scheduled to go before a Knox County judge on Monday but that has now been delayed until Sept. 14. Rogers, 19, is charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest in a July 9 bar brawl in Knoxville. . . . Safety Darren Myles, a sophomore safety from Atlanta, also had his hearing delayed until Aug. 12. Myles is charged with assault, evading arrest and resisting arrest. He was dismissed by UT for his role in the melee. Two other Vols are under indefinite suspension because of the fight, which left an off-duty police officer hospitalized.
7. Lassiter won the Georgia Invitational 7-on-7 tournament it hosted this past weekend, going 11-0 and beating Walton 40-15 in the championship game. Third place went to Kell and Griffin finished fourth. Other teams that participated were Lovejoy, Flowery Branch, Eagles Landing Christian Academy, South Lake, Central Gwinnett, Henry County, Hillgrove, Shiloh, Kennesaw Mountain and South Cobb. Lassiter was led by QB Eddie Printz with 48 touchdowns passes, including 18 to teammate Tyren Jones. The victory earned Lassiter an invitation to the national championship next week in Hoover, Ala. Griffin will also play in that event.
8. There’s a great videotaped interview of Thomas County Central defensive end Ray Drew on YouTube.com. Put together by an outfit called PrimeTimeVideoTV, the interview focuses on Drew’s off-field passion as a licensed minister and has excerpts of one of his recent sermons at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Thomasville.
9. At least four players came out of UGA’s Dawg Night camp with offers from the Bulldogs: CB Travis Blanks of Tallahassee, Fla.; WR C.J. Curry of North Hall; DE Leonard Floyd of Dodge County; and CB Geno Smith of St. Pius.
10. THIS & THAT: No word as of Tuesday morning on whether UGA will have to report a secondary violation because of a photo taken at Dawg Night. . . . Valdosta’s Jay Rome, the South’s top tight end, did not attend Dawg Night but did make an unofficial visit to UGA Thursday and Friday, according to Scout.com. . . . Gainesville linebacker A.J. Johnson, one of the top prospects in Georgia this year, has narrowed his choices down to a final three of Clemson, Florida and Tennessee, according to PalmettoSports.com. He will attend Florida’s “Friday Night Lights” camp this week. . . . Rockdale County safety Neville Hewitt will attend South Carolina’s camp on Friday and could commit to the Gamecocks, his longtime leader, per PalmettoSports.com. . . . Defensive back Thomas Finnie (5-11, 165) of Miami committed to South Carolina on Monday. . . .
Offensive lineman Bobby Hart committed to Florida State over the weekend, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Hart (6-4, 283), a four-star tackle from St. Thomas Aquinas in Ft. Lauderdale, had an offer from Georgia and listed the Bulldogs among his favorites. . . . Ryan Kelly, a highly-touted center from West Chester, Ohio, committed to Alabama during a ceremony on Monday. He is No. 15 for the Crimson Tide. . . . It’s down to Alabama and South Carolina for five-star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney of Rock Hill, S.C., according to The State. Clowney is rated the No. 1 prospect in America by ESPN.