Georgia’s stock up with Jay Rome, down with Gabe Wright

Georgia’s stock is up with one of the state’s top recruits and down with another.

Valdosta’s Jay Rome (6-6, 240), the No. 1 tight end in the country according to Scout.com, said he loved his visit to Athens last week  and spoke glowingly of the Bulldogs afterward.

But defensive lineman Gabriel Wright of Columbus came away with a different feeling. The 6-foot-3, 270-pound rising senior from Carver indicated the Bulldogs may have slipped a little in his eyes, especially after a contrasting visit to Alabama a couple of days later.

“I had a great time,” said Rome, who made the trip with teammate Malcolm Mitchell and coach Rance Gillespie last Thursday and Friday. “We came up Thursday night. I hung out with Mike G [Gilliard] and Orson Charles and a few of the other players. The next day we did a few tours. We met with [tight ends] coach [John] Lilly. I got sit in meetings with Coach [Mark] Richt and Coach [Mike] Bobo and they showed me how I’d be utilized in the offense.”

Rome said he enjoyed getting a chance to meet a lot of the current Georgia players and other prospects Georgia is recruiting. He said he hung out a lot with quarterback Christian LeMay, who has already committed to the Bulldogs.

“We just chilled and kicked it all day,” he said. “It was nice.”

Rome said he particularly liked meeting James Wilder Jr., a running back from Tampa rated by some as the No. 1 overall recruit in America. He said Wilder really likes the Bulldogs.

“I was looking at him like, ‘that’s a guy I’m going to be blocking for,’” Rome said.

Rome and Mitchell had to leave before the Dawg Night camp Friday night to return to Valdosta to prepare for a 7-on-7 tournament.

Meanwhile, Wright had a decent enough time at Georgia but his mother did no.

“It didn’t go well as I planned,” Wright said. “It was kind of rough on my mom. It was hot and they had us on our feet a lot. She has diabetes and she didn’t feel too well. So we ended up leaving a little early on Friday.”

Conversely, Wright went to Alabama a couple of days later and he said that went much better.

“Alabama was just so organized,” he said. “They had a golf cart for us to ride around in and the whole day was planned out. And at their camp, they probably had 700 kids there but I still talked to Coach [Nick] Saban at least three or four times. I don’t want to sound arrogant but they spent the most time with me.  I just came away feeling a lot better.”

Despite the impressive trip, Alabama was still not able to overtake Auburn on Wright’s list of favorites.

“Yes, Auburn’s still No. 1, definitely,” Wright said. “But Alabama really showed me something and they’re right up there.”

Wright said Georgia is now behind Alabama in a group that includes Tennessee and Clemson. He hopes to visit Clemson and Auburn again before the summer is out.

Two elite athletes, two visits at about the same time, two different opinions. Such is recruiting.

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114 comments Add your comment

John

July 21st, 2010
4:14 pm

John

July 21st, 2010
4:17 pm

Seventeenth.

John

July 21st, 2010
4:17 pm

Really? Nobody else is reading this?

Flyin' Dawg

July 21st, 2010
4:18 pm

WHat about Crowell? He is the one that we want to know about.

ugakev

July 21st, 2010
4:23 pm

Living here and columbus i def can say we can afford to lose wright. . . It will be nice to add rome and wilder the train is goin to get rolling guys . Go dawgs

SMH

July 21st, 2010
4:24 pm

I suggest not worrying about big Gabe. He’s blowing smoke, he’ll be a Dawg.

ugakev

July 21st, 2010
4:24 pm

shane#1

July 21st, 2010
4:27 pm

What, no pictures? Just pulling your leg Chip. Rome would be quite a get, I like the way this class is shaping up, all those big old linemen!

Freddy

July 21st, 2010
4:28 pm

word to yo mother

Dawg Fan

July 21st, 2010
4:28 pm

Who knows what is true and what is not true with Wright. He clearly loves playing the recruiting game and his list changes daily.

I do not know if it is true or not but I have heard that Gabe did not tell the whole story of what happened, that his mom mught have enjoyed herself more than he is letting on, and that he might be having a little fun whipping different teams internet recruiting message boards into a frenzy.

Chip Towers

July 21st, 2010
4:29 pm

Flyin’ Dawg: I haven’t been able to catch up with Mr. Crowell. He spoke highly of Georgia in a recent update I read from Chad Simmons at Scout.com. Crowell also went to Alabama on Sunday and Monday.

RJM Dawg

July 21st, 2010
4:30 pm

Can’t get em all…

kydawg

July 21st, 2010
4:30 pm

I was looking at him like, ‘that’s a guy I’m going to be blocking for,’” Rome said.
That sounds real good to me!!! I hope he’s basing that off a conversation with JWJ and not speculation.

BigTimeTECHFan

July 21st, 2010
4:36 pm

That’s 2nd off the record comment that James Wilder really liked UGA, oh man and I was hoping he would sign with Tech. Saw him play last year in Fl and he was awesome.

Got to give Coach Johnson credit, at one time all these schools were looking at Wilder as LB, Johnson was one of the few wanting him at RB.

Destin Dawg

July 21st, 2010
4:39 pm

Good class getting Great !!! … I’m pumped… new coaching attitude.. Athens = great college town …major State University = football, education & career opportunities.. go Dawgs !!!!

IndianaDawg

July 21st, 2010
4:41 pm

Let’s go DAWGS!!!!

UGA (STUPID REDNECK FANS, 7-5, 1980)

July 21st, 2010
4:43 pm

HE’S COMPLAINING ABOUT THE HEAT? I UNDERSTAND THE WHOLE MOM THING, BUT FOR HIM TO ACT LIKE A LITTLE PRE-MADONA IS CRAZY. THESE KIDS TRIP ME OUT SOMETIMES…..OH YEAH, THWG!

WHY WOULD ANY OF THESE KIDS WANT TO GO TO A SCHOOL WHO PLAY THEIR BOWL IN SHEREVEPORT? HAHAHAH

Destin Dawg

July 21st, 2010
4:46 pm

Hey , We had a bad year… still WON OUR Bowl Game ??!!!!

spell check for the red neck

July 21st, 2010
4:51 pm

prima donna, not pre-madona.

Waycross Dawg

July 21st, 2010
4:52 pm

He doesn’t like Georgia because we didn’t have a golf cart for him? A freaking golf cart? Good luck.

npgator

July 21st, 2010
4:56 pm

If Rome is going to be blocking for Wilder then I guess he is going to be a Gator!

Lowndes25

July 21st, 2010
4:58 pm

Chip, as always, I thoroughly enjoy reading your recruiting posts. I know I asked the other day about Quan Bray and you said that you were going to try and catch up with him (thanks), but I thought I would also ask about another recruit who is really flying low under the radar: Justin Garrett out of Tucker. I am pretty sure the lack of recruiting info on Justin is due to James Vaughters, but do you think you can catch up with him and give us an update on his recruitment. Thanks!

GoldenDawg

July 21st, 2010
4:59 pm

I think Wright wants to stay close to home. Auburn is only about an 45 minutes from Columbus. Wright would really have a ball in Peachtree City if he likes golf carts that much. I would really like to see Crowell become a Dawg. If we get him, Rome and Drew that would make this a number one class in my view.

Football Fan

July 21st, 2010
5:00 pm

If he has to ride in a golf cart I hate to see him at a 3 hour practice in the heat.

DOWG

July 21st, 2010
5:00 pm

UGA is shaping up good, from defense to offense, things are pretty looking good so far. Pre-season ranking is ou and UGA is 22 despite having a bad year 2009. But hold on after week three in the season UGA will be back to top 10. Hey Chip have u had a chance to check on Texas guy the no one prospect i know he listed UGA as his fevourite but how serious is this?

DOWG

July 21st, 2010
5:01 pm

Chip iam talking about the QB from Texas

CONFEDERATE DAWG

July 21st, 2010
5:06 pm

Dawgs4ev

July 21st, 2010
5:12 pm

Wilder was just caught up in the hype of the day, he will prob end up a gator. Looks good for Rome and Wright just loves playing games like this who knows where he will be at until signing day. Says something when Wilder was planning on checking out Tech but didnt…lol. Lets hope we can get these good instate kids to stay home

Jaxdawg

July 21st, 2010
5:15 pm

I think Rome is ours to lose. My scary scenario is that Wilder committs to Florida because he thinks Crowell will go to Georgia and conversely, Crowell might head to Bama if he thinks Wilder is the man. I guess time will tell.

Remarkable

July 21st, 2010
5:17 pm

How about James Wilder Jr. Any ideas where he is leaning? Inquiring minds want to know.

TampaGator

July 21st, 2010
5:21 pm

Wilder will be a Gator by this weekend

….and if Mr. Rome wants to block for him….he needs to head south down I-75….

….and hey, Mr. Rome….imagine….Hunter Joyer right behind you as the two of you open another big hole on the right side of the Dawg 3-4 for Wilder to blast for yet another first down….and then, on the next play, Brantley or Driskell play action and hit you in the far left hand corner of the endzone for the 6th TD against the Dawgs that day (the Florida D scored 2 previously by the way).

Tom

July 21st, 2010
5:23 pm

I’d take Rome and Wilder. Looks like Lemay actually has a LOT of leadership, he’s putting together some kind of recuiting class. That’s leadership. Wow, this guy’s impressive. Wilder is the man, Rome is amazing.

The TE is a critical position, usually determines who wins the Georgia-Florida game.

Love to see Wilder come on down to NFLU–UGA.

TampaGator

July 21st, 2010
5:23 pm

…..and you all know that Chris Martin announced he was transferring to the Gators from Cal….only 11 sacks and 5 forced fumbles as a freshman for the Bears last year….and the former #1 DE prospect in the country. He will fit right in with the athletic Gator D in 2011. Jones to GA….Martin to FLA…..GATORS WIN AGAIN!

BDAWG

July 21st, 2010
5:26 pm

Wright wants to be catered to. Everyone understands that recruiting is hectic and he and his mother should make preparations for the weather and her diabetes. No one is going to cater to their beck and call. If he doesn’t want to sign with UGA, move on and focus on someone that does. It is good to keep instate kids at home but, if they don’t want to commit and drag on the recruiting, move on to some one that wants to play. Mayes from Griffin sounds like he’s ready. Focus on Wilder and some more RBs before we get left out in the cold. Chip how is the recruiting going for Tobias Singleton?

Casey

July 21st, 2010
5:26 pm

Murray & Olson will bring in Wilder from Plant in Tampa. The guy’s the key to Plant’s state championship, a winner, and could play OLB, or DE or even RB for Georgia.

BDAWG

July 21st, 2010
5:27 pm

Casey, he told Richt he wants to play RB.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

July 21st, 2010
5:27 pm

Wright never was seriously interested any way. He is a 4-3 DT and would have to move to DE in UGA’s system. I just hope that doesn’t effect Isaiah Crowell. I don’t think it will.

Tom

July 21st, 2010
5:29 pm

Georgia’s on the rise up, Florida’s on the way down.

Excellent article about all the reasons why Georgia iwll dominate for the next several years, and Florida will struggle by most accurate guy in college football, Phil Steele.

Look for the two June, 2010 articles, especially June 29, 2010.

http://www.philsteele.com/Blogs/Individual_Team_blogs/Georgia_Blog.html

TampaGator

July 21st, 2010
5:31 pm

sorry….those sacks and forced fumbles for Martin were during his senior year in high school. He has never played for the Bears as a recruit from last year….but he and Powell are gong to make life miserable for SEC QBs from the DE positions for years to come (starting in 2011 for Martin).

…….and stop dreaming Dawg fans….Wilder will be a Gator very soon.

CONFEDERATE DAWG

July 21st, 2010
5:32 pm

I JUST CANT BELIEVE HOW MANY GAYTORS ARE IN THESE BLOGS. ARE YALL KIDDING ME? WHAT A JOKE. GA TEC IS ONE THING BUT WOW.

Tom

July 21st, 2010
5:34 pm

Wright doesn’t impress me. Just think he likes to collect offers. He’s probably not going to live up to the hype, sure he’s a fine young man, just doesn’t seem to have the “it” factor.

TampaGator

July 21st, 2010
5:37 pm

CONFEDERATE DAWG….the blog title is “College Recruiting” and NOT “Dawg Recruiting”. The blog covers all SEC schools….and Gator fans are into following football recruitng….so get used to it.

Chuy Dawg

July 21st, 2010
5:47 pm

Hey Tampa Gator,

I read about Mr. Martin wanting to transfer but did not know where. Do you have a source that states he is heading to UF? That is insane if its true. UF will have a bench full of second stringers that could easily start at anyother school.

1eyedJack

July 21st, 2010
6:00 pm

Like to get Jay Rome, Isaiah Crowell, Ray Drew, Malcom Mitchell, Damian Swann, Xzavier Dickson, Justin Garrett, Quan Bray, Brandon Shell and maybe a flip from Vaughters and a surprise or two.

Now there’s a “Dream Team”.

Auburn can have Wright if he’s not interested. He seems a little undersized for the nose anyway. We’ll take Dakota Ball next year. Can’t play but one tackle at a time in the 3-4.

Anybody seriously predicting the downfall of the Gators hasn’t been paying attention. Their recruiting on the defensive side of the ball has been very good the last couple of classes. If they all pan out… ;)

ryan

July 21st, 2010
6:06 pm

I am not to impressed with Wright but a guy to keep an eye on Stephone Anthony and think i in the end Crowell and Rome will be Dawgs.

tampadawg

July 21st, 2010
6:09 pm

sounds like tampagator is a little weary of 10/30/10 if ur down here in tampa reading blogs on the Atlanta journal constitution.

76-Dawg

July 21st, 2010
6:17 pm

Wright came to Athens trying to find something to help eliminate the Dawgs and it seems he found it. When you grow up only a few miles from Auburn and you have been told for years how great Auburn, UGA didn’t have a chance. If Wright had told someone at UGA of his mothers medical condition I’m sure UGA would have been more than glad to make her more comfortable and accommodate her in any way she wanted. This is on Wright not UGA. Unless he want to come to Athens and be a Dawg real bad and on his on I don’t want him at UGA anyway. There is no way this guy will sign with Alabama either. He was a War Eagle years ago

ryan

July 21st, 2010
6:25 pm

people who are bashing UGA better be careful we are much better team this year there is no Joe Cox for you to trash Murray has be clicking with Charles are defence is going to be more aggressive under Graham.

college is forever

July 21st, 2010
6:35 pm

http://collegelunchboxes.com Heres hoping that Rome is right about Wilder that would be the crown jewel in this years class. The UGA classic tin lunchbox is on sale at Kroger for only 8.99 It makes a great gift for Dawgs fans of all ages. Go Dawgs!!!

Hunker Down

July 21st, 2010
6:36 pm

It will be ashame that you will have to forfeit the win tampa due to one of your players accepting money from an agent