Ten@10: UGA’s pipeline to Carver-Columbus runs through Jarvis Jones

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Carver-Columbus RB Isaiah Crowell (l) watches Dawg Night workouts this past Friday with teammates past and present, CB Deion Bonner and LB Jarvis Jones. (Photo by Chip Towers)

Carver-Columbus RB Isaiah Crowell (L) watches Dawg Night workouts this past Friday with current teammate Deion Bonner (2012 CB) and former teammate Jarvis Jones (R). (Photo by Chip Towers)

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.

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157 comments Add your comment

JT

July 20th, 2010
10:05 am

DOWG

July 20th, 2010
10:07 am

UGA is likely to land the columbus guys with the help of their former team Jones

Guy

July 20th, 2010
10:10 am

Just change the name of these entries to Uga Recruiting!

Guy

July 20th, 2010
10:12 am

Or Georgia’s Ten at 10

Matthews Dawg

July 20th, 2010
10:15 am

5th and loving it!

theTruth

July 20th, 2010
10:17 am

Enter your comments here

Harold

July 20th, 2010
10:22 am

Richt has sent 54 players to the NFL, more than Meyer or Saban.

UGA under Richt is NFL U. No one in the SEC sends more guys into the NFL over the last 9 seasons than Mark Richt.

http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/alumni-tracker/school/5813

JAXDAWG

July 20th, 2010
10:24 am

How about Crowell and Wilder? What a nasty backfield that would be. Unless, of course Widler wants to come to GA to play LB. Also I heard Wilder mentioned a few times at Dawg Night that it was down to UGA and UF and that he keeps flip flopping between the two. I don’t know about you but that sounds encouraging considering our track record with big backs and their lack there of. (heard the rumor on 960 the Ref recruitng show with Radi Nabulsi of ugasports.com). Does anyone know of any truth to this rumor?

GeoffDawg

July 20th, 2010
10:26 am

If Jones plays a hand in getting Crowell and Wright to Athens, I just want to say – thank you USC team doctor.

JAXDAWG

July 20th, 2010
10:26 am

Guy: How do you report on other school’s recruiting when there is nothing going on? Plus this was a HUGE weekend for UGA recruiting and this is the main source for most people’s UGA news. It would be very unintelligent to report on anything but. Remember this is a business.

theTruth

July 20th, 2010
10:26 am

And this time, I’ll actually type something, sheesh.

Chip, I guess there went the Bobby Hart answer. I’m hearing Ward got some bad ‘advice’ and he lost his spot to DeBell. I would have loved to have Ward, is there any chance we might still take him if he does indeed commit?

Guy, sounds like a good idea to me since it is under Georgia sports.

UGA Faithful

July 20th, 2010
10:28 am

what was the rumor JaxDawg that he mentioned? I heard one concerning another recruit.

theTruth

July 20th, 2010
10:28 am

JAX, Wilder said Athens felt like home and he was a UGA lean. But, he will still end up at Fla.

We_Run_This_Country

July 20th, 2010
10:29 am

GT is really stepping up with these DEF guys…CAG is recruiting circles around the Grantham kid in Athens. I guess that’s what happens when a former Super Bowl winning coach is recruiting against an NFL reject.

Great to see all these elite prospects headed to the Flats!

UGA Faithful

July 20th, 2010
10:33 am

@We_Run_This_Country
you and your absurd statements make me laugh. GT isnt even in it with Drew or Wright the top defensive players in the state. ahahahahahahahaha

JAXDAWG

July 20th, 2010
10:34 am

Thanks guys. I still think that is the case too. But the rumor was that Wilder was telling people at Dawg Night that it was down to UGA and UF. Also, that he ws flip flopping the two as his favorite. This would mean (while we all think that he ends up at UF) that GT, Miami, and Florida State are off the table and he would focus solely on UGA and UF.

GeoffDawg

July 20th, 2010
10:36 am

We_Run_This_Country – I’m surprised they allow the psycho ward patients such unfettered interent access. Try to get some rest. Sleep is where you’re a viking!

Chip Towers

July 20th, 2010
10:36 am

theTruth: Yeah, Xzavier Ward didn’t seem too happy at Dawg Night last Friday. But there certainly is a chance Georgia would still take him, provided he doesn’t jump on some of his other impressive offers. CMR told DeBell they had only one spot left for an O-lineman. But if Ward were to call and say he wanted to go there, the UGA coaches would confer and probably open up another spot depending on what’s happening at other positions. Brandon Shell is out there with an offer, too, and has the Dogs in his top two. So it’s starting to get very tight. . . .

JAXdawg: James Wilder
hasn’t done any interviews since Dawg Night so it’s all just hearsay.

DaltonDAWG706

July 20th, 2010
10:39 am

Lol there is my video on there at the ray drew highlights I put that together that was me. Go me i mean uggh Go DAWGS!

What has Groh done?

July 20th, 2010
10:40 am

I stellar athelte drives through Atlanta on his way to Athens or Aubunr or Florida or over to Alabama, and he says ” um, gee I really like the fact that tech is near so many bright lights.” Next day, the Yellow Jackets are proclaiming that AL Groh is the Messiah of Recruiting.

Facts are; No real major committs for Tech as of yet. The one decent 2010 “recruit” split already for Big Boy baseball.

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAH That NFL ring of Groh’s with the 1973 date on it really impresses today’s kids. AAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHA

BigTimeTECHFan

July 20th, 2010
10:40 am

Noble – 6′2″ CB with a 6′5″ saftey already signed would be nice.

GeoffDawg

July 20th, 2010
10:41 am

I don’t see the post from Fake Apology Chip. If he’s referring to “photogate”, I think you can stop responding to those comments. It’s a convoluted and borderline absurd rule and you didn’t do anything wrong by posting a picture of an event you were covering. I would be of the opinion that the Constitution trumps the NCAA.

KD

July 20th, 2010
10:45 am

Since Rogers court date has been put off to Sept.14th, I guess he will still be able play in a couple of games, unless Dooley has already suspended him.

UGA DAWG FOR LIFE

July 20th, 2010
10:45 am

ray drew sounds like a perfect marc richt recruit

Good to be a Bulldog; can't wait for the season to start.

July 20th, 2010
10:46 am

I hear Murray and Charles plan on opening a 7-Eleven in Athens
this fall…Operating hours: 60 minutes each Saturday.

If you look up the term “one-two punch” in the dictionary, you’ll see
a picture of Thing One and Thing Two.

Ealey part Herschel; King part Walker (3)(4)

Advice for Murray: If you do decide to gamble in the passing game,
place your bet on the “Easy Eight”. You’ll come up big more often
than not!

Aaron Murray quote during his college football recruitment: “When I
left Florida with Georgia on my mind, I knew Athens was the place for
me.”

“That’s great,” DeBell said of finally getting the Florida offer, “but I’m a Dawg.”

Destin Dawg

July 20th, 2010
10:48 am

Huge weekend for UGA recruiting… great class coming .. I’d MUCH rather have Grantham than Grand Pa Groh… Hell I’d rather have Belin than Groth !!! Plus Lakatos…. Just watch the new Junkyard Dawgs on Defense !! we’ll get Crowell or Wilder.. come to Athens = best college town in USA !!!

Jim in Ga

July 20th, 2010
10:50 am

I thought Wilder was the #1 prospect in America according to ESPN?

gary

July 20th, 2010
10:52 am

I read on rivals.com that uga lead for crowell and that auburn leads for wright but uga is close …

GaDawg

July 20th, 2010
10:52 am

I doubt you run anything GT but your mouth, but if your talking about DEAF guys an not DEF guys your probably right. You new DC is so old he probably does have hearing loss and once Coach G shows him how to run a defense he’s more than likely to retire. WE RUN THIS STATE GO DAWGS

ignition

July 20th, 2010
10:53 am

GT has to recruit players that are literate and that actually can put together syllables..

UGA TILL THE DEATH OF ME

July 20th, 2010
10:55 am

GO DAWGS! Isiah Crowell and Ken Malcome Would Be A Great Running Back Tandem….Thunder and Lightning! And Gabe Wright Would Be An Excellent 3-4 Defensive End!

The General Feeling

July 20th, 2010
10:56 am

Da’Rick Rogers will have all charges dropped as he was arrested for being immature at the scene of a brawl between football players and general patrons at a college bar. Let’s be glad he wasn’t drunk and driving a lethal vehicle.

VOLSSSS!

July 20th, 2010
10:58 am

Georgia is always great this time of year.

Dawg Tired

July 20th, 2010
10:59 am

The picture violates NCAA Rule 13.10.5.

GeoffDawg

July 20th, 2010
11:03 am

The General Feeling – I doubt Rogers will have all charges dropped. Resisting arrest is still against the law. Immaturity doesn’t give you carte blanche to tussle with the police. Obviously, he got lucky that Barney Fife and with his citizen’s arrest was adamant about not pressing assault charges but he’ll still face some legal discipline.

sea island

July 20th, 2010
11:05 am

get lost ignition, you ever heard joe hamilton try to talk?
vandy and duke are real schools. GT takes the same thugs as everyone else and sends em over to morris brown for classes. Gt also rents their cheerleaders, they are not really tech students.

And tech signed who?

July 20th, 2010
11:09 am

no one, and another 3 star that may commit, those circles are Groh chasing his tail

ATLdawg, ya dig?

July 20th, 2010
11:13 am

ignition -sweet, you can have them. UGA looks for things like agility and 40 times. you’ll find out again in November. Furthermore, James Vaughters is the best combination of brains and braun to come out of this state in years and DIDN’T pick your beloved stingers. So I guess you don’t get the smart kids, either? Not sure who you get.

Tucker- what’s going on b/w UGA and Gainesville High School? It seems that Georgia is not just losing these guys, but is not even in the running. Is there some sort of problem there?

suwaneedawg

July 20th, 2010
11:14 am

Volssss, you best worry about your team’s recruiting or lack there of.

And tech signed who?

July 20th, 2010
11:15 am

and the band is comprised on non tech students
through the Cross-Registration Program in the Georgia Board of Regents, students of other colleges and universities without similar music programs are allowed to march in Georgia Tech’s marching band. Students from Agnes Scott College, Atlanta College of Art, Clark Atlanta University, Clayton College & State University, Columbia Theological Seminary, Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University, Institute of Paper Science & Technology, Interdenominational Theological Center, Kennesaw State University, Mercer University Atlanta, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine, Morris Brown College, Oglethorpe University, Southern Polytechnic State University, and Spelman College are able to march in Georgia Tech’s marching band after a successful audition proces

DC3

July 20th, 2010
11:16 am

i think wright goes where crowell goes hopefully uga! GO DAWGS!!!!

Texas High School Football

July 20th, 2010
11:19 am

Attention brain dead Gators, Friday Night Lights refers to us. You sound second rate when steal it. Have some imagination and come up with your own name.

RxDawg

July 20th, 2010
11:20 am

Great write up, it looks like it was a great weekend for the Dawgs.

Things that make you go hmmm.....

July 20th, 2010
11:23 am

VOLSSSS!
July 20th, 2010
10:58 am

This article is about recruiting. Don’t forget the Volz outstanding recruiting class of 2009 (reprinted from another article):

The Default Setting is “Blame Kiffin” ..which is fun, but it’s also easy. And the easy answers are rarely the right ones.

It is worth pointing out, however, the fate of Kiffin’s February 2009 signing class, which we praised for its excellence at the last minute:
(List sorted by Rivals ranking)

#1 Bryce Brown: transferred from program
#2 Janzen Jackson: involved with robbery at Pilot, but charges dropped; reportedly was present at the Bar Knoxville fight, but walked away
#3 Jerod Askew: redshirt
#4 Nu’Keese Richardson: dismissed from team after robbery at Pilot, making a strong case for worst judgment in a crowded field with this class
#5 Marlon Walls: idefinitely suspended today in relation to Bar Knoxville fight
#6 Eric Gordon: redshirt
#7 James Green: did not qualify
#8 Darren Myles: dismissed from team after second arrest in four months, evaded and resisted arrest before assaulting a police officer after Bar Knoxville fight
#9 David Oku: contributor on special teams and in the mix at RB
#10 JerQuari Schofield: redshirt
#11 Marsalis Teague: contributor at WR
#12 Mike Edwards: dismissed from team after robbery at Pilot
#13 Daniel Hood: redshirt, prior issues
#14 Arthur Jeffery: redshirt
#15 Greg King: indefinitely suspended today in relation to Bar Knoxville fight
#16 Robert Nelson: redshirt
#17 Nyshier Oliver: cited for shoplifting last fall
#18 Zach Rogers: minor contributor at WR
#19 Nigel Mitchell-Thronton: contributor at LB
#20 Kevin Revis: redshirt
#21 Rae Sykes: no signficant contribution
#22 Toney Williams: medical redshirt

Of Kiffin’s 22 signees, six of the top twelve are either not with the team or are on indefinite suspension. Ed Orgeron’s infamous “We’re not angels, and we’re not going to recruit angels” quote was quite right.

But…there’s a reason it’s called the Fulmer Cup and not the Kiffin Cup (not yet, anyway). Discipline problems at Tennessee were not a new thing for Lane Kiffin, nor are they new for Derek Dooley. The difference for Fulmer was, the vast majority of his discipline problems did not involve such large groups of players at once, and did not involve such serious crimes. I don’t know if you can fairly draw a straight line between the group incidents and Kiffin’s recruits, but it is worth pointing out that we’ve seen a third of our 2009 class run into serious problems, and they’ve only played one year.

Bill W.

July 20th, 2010
11:39 am

@UGA TILL THE DEATH OF ME,

“Isiah Crowell and Ken Malcome Would Be A Great Running Back Tandem….Thunder and Lightning! And Gabe Wright Would Be An Excellent 3-4 Defensive End!”

C’mon man. I’m a Dawg fan but lets wait and see what they can do when they step on the field and in Crowell’s case who he signs with. Thunder & Lightning? lol..Geeez.

GT Fan

July 20th, 2010
11:43 am

I like how you dawg fans have nothing to knock Groh on but his age, and a bush league blow at that.

Grantham can’t hold Groh’s jock when it comes to experience and know how. Grantham’s running a 3-4 he knows nothing about and Groh’s running a 3-4 he helped pioneer with Bill Parcells and Bill Belichik.

James Wilder is going to be a gator no matter what he said at Dawg night. He’s always been a gator and that’s just that.

Jarvis Jones is a dumb thug who flunked out of USC, no wonder UGA took him.

GeoffDawg

July 20th, 2010
11:48 am

GT Fan – you’re defensive about Groh’s age and you have a Freudian slip about his jock. Hmmmm….

DC3

July 20th, 2010
11:54 am

GT Fan shut up your just jealous that nobody wants to play at tech and why would they

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

July 20th, 2010
11:54 am

would be great if we could land Crowell/Ward/or Shell. We need at least 2 more WR recruits.

GT Fan

July 20th, 2010
12:00 pm

DC3,

doesn’t this article state that GT has several elite defensive players visiting and one that is about to commit? Yep, nobody wants to play for Tech.

Geoffdawg, and you guys have no other way to compare Groh and Grantham other than age. You guys are as classless as it gets.