THE TEN AT 10:
1. Sources at University of Georgia tell me that Christian LeMay’s academic and disciplinary situations have been thoroughly reviewed and he will be admitted to the school in January. Some details on the incident that resulted LeMay incurring a 40-day suspension from Butler High and some of the political fallout that resulted are revealed in this report in the Charlotte Observer. LeMay, a Georgia commitment since April, has decided instead not to return to Butler or play football his senior season. Instead he will complete his high school education in a “private setting” and enroll at UGA in January as planned, according to his father.
2. At least one columnist believes LeMay skipping his senior season was the right decision. Scott Fowler of the Charlotte Observer writes that transferring to another program to avoid the suspension and compete for another team would have made LeMay an “athletic mercenary.” And returning to Butler was not a reasonable option since it would have derailed his early-graduation plans because the classes he needed to take were not available at the alternative school he would have to attend for 30 to 40 days.
3. Move over LeBron James. James Wilder Jr.’s regionally-televised announcement late this afternoon in Tampa will be preceded by a 30-minute show produced by Bright House Sports Network entitled “James Wilder Jr.: The Decision.” The Tampa-based cable station will also carry Wilder’s announcement live.
4. Don’t forget Nick Waisome, generally considered the top cornerback prospect in Florida, will also choose between Florida, FSU and Georgia on Wednesday. At one point there was talk that the four-star prospect from Groveland, Fla., and Wilder might make their announcement together in Tampa.
5. Georgia Tech missed out on Salisbury, N.C., running back Romar Morris, who committed to North Carolina over the Yellow Jackets earlier this week. But they hope to make good on Thursday at 4 p.m. when Durham, N.C., quarterback Vad Lee announces his decision between Tech, N.C. State and Wake Forest.
6. Georgia basketball coach Mark Fox told me they didn’t see Cady Lalanne’s enrollment problems coming and were extremely disappointed the 6-foot-8 forward failed to clear the NCAA Clearinghouse. At that time last Friday, Fox didn’t know what Lalanne was going to do. Apparently Lalanne plans to enroll at UMass as a Prop 48 signee. That means Lalanne will be required to sit out his first year to acclimate academically, then will have four years eligibility remaining provided he is on track to graduate in the fourth year. UGA no longer accepts Prop 48 signees. Lalanne was unable to be reached for comment.
7. Georgia commitment Sterling Bailey of Gainesville’s East Hall High has accepted an invitation to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January. Baily (6-5, 252) had 13 tackles and two sacks while playing defensive end, defensive tackle and outside linebacker in East’s exhibition game against Chestatee this past weekend.
8. Rivals.com came out with its new national 100 list this week. It includes seven Georgians. The top-ranked player from the state is Thomas County Central DE Ray Drew at No. 18. The others are Carver-Columbus RB Isaiah Crowell (21), Monroe Area DE Stephon Tuitt (22), Valdosta TE Jay Rome (44), Grady ATH Damian Swann (50), East Hall DE Sterling Bailey (89) and Carver Columbus DT Gabriel Wright (96). Georgia commitment LeMay is at 71.
9. An elite recruit says Florida turned on him when he visited Florida State rather than attend the Gators’ Friday Night Lights camp as originally planned. Giorgio Newberry, a four-star defensive lineman from Ft. Pierce, Fla., said Florida coaching staff quit talking to him after he skipped their camp. “Urban Meyer and everyone and the whole coaching staff took offense,” Newberry told PBGamtime.com. “I couldn’t really do anything because I had an injury at the time so I just ended up only going to Florida State. They took it the wrong way. I’m still interested but they just stopped talking to me.”
10. THIS & THAT: Craig Haubert, a recruiting analyst for Scouts Inc. and ESPNU, ranks Georgia’s recruiting class so far No. 1 in the SEC’s Eastern Division. Haubert points out that the class features five ESPNU 150 prospects, a top-notch quarterback and addresses offensive line needs. Haubert ranks the rest of the East: Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee, South Carolina and Vanderbilt. . . .
Southwest DeKalb graduate Marcques Dixon failed to qualify for admission at Tennessee. Dixon could not be reached for comment but he is telling friends on his Facebook page he will make it to Knoxville in January. . . . Four-star safety Pat Martin of Greenville, S.C., committed this week to Tennessee over LSU, South Carolina and Oklahoma. . . . Linebacker Jordan Montgomery of Southlake High in Groveland, Fla., committed to South Carolina this week. . . . The Florida Gators got a commitment for their 2012 class from WR/DB Latroy Pittman of Marion, Fla., according to Scout.com.