Ten@10: Could Stephon Tuitt be next for white-hot Georgia Tech?

Monroe Area DE Stephon Tuitt likes Tech but plans to take some trips this fall. (Special photo)

Monroe Area DE Stephon Tuitt likes Tech but plans to take some trips this fall. (Special photo)

THE TEN AT 10:

1. Georgia Tech has been on an absolute roll lately. In a relative snap of the fingers, the Yellow Jackets have shot up to 13 commitments for 2011, landing four players in five days from Thursday to Monday. And all four are high-quality prospects at their respective positions: QB Vad Lee of Durham, N.C.; OLB Darius Caldwell of Atlanta’s Mays High; LB Tremayne McNair of Jacksonville, N.C.; and DB Dominique Noble of Mount Ulla, N.C. Credit first-year recruiting coordinator Andy McCollum for the Tobacco Road Raid. All three of the new North Carolinians said they knew “Coach Mac” since last year when he was recruiting them for N.C. State.

2. The main question everybody has been asking while the Jackets have been on this run is if they are going to land their top prospect — Monroe Area defensive end Stephon Tuitt. The good news? The country’s No. 22-ranked player (per Rivals) still has Tech on top. The bad news? He’s not going to commit any time soon. In fact, Tuitt spent this past Saturday up at Clemson and he raved to TigerIllustrated.com about his visit there. Meanwhile, Tuitt definitely wants to take some official visits this fall, with a trip to South Bend, Ind., foremost on his list. “He wants to go to Notre Dame on an official visit,” Monroe Area coach Matt Fligg said. “I’m going to send him up there early, probably for the Michigan game (Sept. 11).” Nevertheless, Fligg feels like Tech is still in good shape. “I think deep down he really wants to commit,” he said. “I think he’s tired of it. He’s not going to drag this thing out too long.”

3. Tuitt’s top five, in order, remain Tech, Auburn, Clemson, Notre Dame and Miami. Whatever happened to Georgia? Fligg wonders, too.  “He never crossed out Georgia,” Fligg said. “Monroe is Georgia territory. He hears about it every day around here. But he hasn’t heard from them all summer.” Translation: The Bulldogs have read the writing on the wall and have moved on.

4. Speaking of Tech,  wide receiver target Kasen Williams (6-2, 192), a five-star prospect from Sammamish, Wash., is set to announce his college choice on Friday.  However, most reports from out west say he’ll choose from among Washington, California, Florida, LSU and Notre Dame. Williams was the main target of highly-touted quarterback prospect Jake Heaps, who is now a freshman at BYU. Williams caught 74 passes for 1,209 yards and 20 TDs.

5. Speaking of top-notch recruits, Carver-Columbus running back Isaiah Crowell — arguably the top prospect in the state — had an impressive 2010 debit in the Tigers’ scrimmage against Central of Phenix City, Ala., this past weekend. The 6-foot, 210-pound athlete had 123 yards on nine carries in the 17-15 loss. Carver opens the regular season against Spencer on Friday.

6. Speaking of impressive performances, Colquitt County coach Rush Propst was plenty impressed with the play of Cook linebacker Shannon Brown and said he was basically the difference in the Packers’ 15-9 upset loss. Brown, who is committed to Alabama, dominated on both sides of the ball, scoring a touchdown as a running back and making tackles from sideline-to-sideline. “How many tackles do you think he had?,” Propst told the Moultrie Observer. “He must have had 25. If he’s not on the field we score six, seven touchdowns.”

7. Georgia State, which opens its inaugural football season against Shorter on Sept. 2, landed a nice addition to its 2011 class with a commitment Monday from DE Roderick Thompson of Mays High. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound athlete plays on the end opposite the Tech commitment Caldwell, giving the Raiders’ one of the more formidable defensive fronts in Atlanta. “He’s my right-hand man,” Thompson said of Caldwell. “We’ve been hanging out since we were kids. We’re trying to be the best in the state.” Thompson chose the Panthers over a number of FCS offers, plus Grambling, Army and William & Mary. “[Georgia State is] just starting off and I feel like I can help them get better,” Thompson said. “Plus, they’re right here at home.”

8. Speaking of Georgia State, there’s a good story in the Charlotte Observer about how UNC-Charlotte is closely monitoring Georgia State’s foray into college football under coach Bill Curry. The 49ers are set to start a football program in 2013.

9. Storm Johnson, a 2009 AJC Super 11 running back out of Atlanta, is making a name for himself down at Miami. In a recent scrimmage the Loganville High graduate recovered a blocked punt, returned a kickoff 41 yards and delivered a down-field block on Alonzo Highsmith’s 23-yard touchdown run, according to the Miami Herald. “He’s getting better, a lot better than he was in January,” coach Randy Shannon said Sunday. “He’s working on kickoff returns and all phases of special teams. But the running back position is very competitive right now.” It will be a major accomplishment for Johnson to get on the field as a tailback. The Hurricanes are loaded at the position. In addition to Highsmith and Johnson, they have Graig Cooper, Damien Berry, Mike James, Lamar Miller, Lee Chambers, Darion Hall and Eduardo Clements.

10. This & That: DT Jeffrey Whitaker (Warner Robins), WR Antonio Goodwin (Atlanta) and DB Jonathan Mincy (Atlanta) are all expected to earn playing time as true freshmen at Auburn, according to this report in the Decatur Daily News.  . . . One of the best senior basketball players in the state is off the board. Malcolm Brogdon, a 6-foot-5 wing player from Greater Atlanta Christian, committed to Virginia after taking a visit there this past weekend.  Brogdon chose the Cavaliers over Georgia, Clemson and Vanderbilt, according to the AJC’s Michael Carvell. . . . RB Brandon Wilds (6-1, 220) of Blythewood, S.C., committed to South Carolina late last week. . . . Zach West (6-5, 305), a four-star offensive lineman from Lexington, Ky., will choose between Kentucky, Penn State and Tennessee.

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208 comments Add your comment

Glory Glory

August 24th, 2010
10:17 am

Honey Bees are cooler than Yellow Jackets

August 24th, 2010
10:20 am

I wonder at what point Vad Lee woke up, and thought to himself “God has put me on Earth for a reason, and one reason only. To run the unstoppable Triple Option”

What a joke.

Johnny Canada

August 24th, 2010
10:21 am

You need to get another way of opening your paragraphs. You used “Speaking of” 5 times. I swear i think a chimp with a typewriter could do a better job than anyone on staff at the ajc. I mean take a writing class ffs.

VIDEO GAME CLUB!!!!

August 24th, 2010
10:22 am

I honestly think S. Carolina State wil make it a close game against Tech.

I am also fairly certain that Middle Tennessee State is going to beat Tech.

That’s all.

GeoffDawg

August 24th, 2010
10:22 am

Great stats from Crowell. Georgia needs to close this guy.

Mightydawg

August 24th, 2010
10:22 am

Slow news day.

ANIME CLUB!!!!!!!

August 24th, 2010
10:23 am

I know for a fact that Virginia Tech will beat Tech by 30+ on….wait for it…. a THURSDAY night (just like all when all the other JV teams play)

STATE

August 24th, 2010
10:29 am

there you go Tech

Vick=Dog killing thug

August 24th, 2010
10:29 am

Hope the dawgs aren’t making a mistake but not going after Tuitt? But if he wants to be a bug.. so be it

Brian

August 24th, 2010
10:29 am

Love the ten at ten. Let’s keep the momentum up with this Tech class, go jackets.

Brian

August 24th, 2010
10:31 am

Chip do you know who the running back targets, if there are any, are for GT? Seems like we have missed out on a few these last couple of weeks. You can save this for a mailbag if you want.

#2 Bama Fan

August 24th, 2010
10:31 am

Georgia will get Crowell with all the pressure on him from the local folks and coaches he will commit
to the dawgs. Good news about Shannon Brown for us bama fans says like a stud middle linebacker.
RTR

Glory Glory

August 24th, 2010
10:32 am

Tuitt sounds like another prima donna kid. He acts surprised and shocked that UGA has stopped talking to him, when he shows absoolutely no interest when we do attempt.

This is the kind of kid the Tech fans despise when UGA lands one, but look now, when the shoe is on the other foot, how much they love him.

hypocrites

wes

August 24th, 2010
10:34 am

LOL @ “Johnny Canada”….

I noticed that too.

Speaking of noticing things…Georgia Tech recruiting is looking up!

VIDEO GAME CLUB!!!!

August 24th, 2010
10:35 am

Brian…..

Are you blind?? Have you not read about how your beloved Johnny Dwyer cannot make a NFL play to save his life??

NO RBs out there desire to play for Tech. So few College Recruits worry about an education like you Techies believe. Good players, want to use college as a stepping stone to the glitz and glamor of the NFL. And that road goes nowhere near the campus of Georgia Tech.

That Triple Option will KILL you in the long run. Bank on it.

ECB

August 24th, 2010
10:37 am

Unstoppable if your defense works on it for a week…very stoppable if you are preparing for a bowl game. GT 0-2 in Bowl games under CPJ

Burdell

August 24th, 2010
10:37 am

Isn’t USCe playing in the first Thursday night ESPN game this season?

The same USCe team that all the UGA fans are so worried about? An SEC team playing on Thursday night…welcome to your ESPN contract big boys.

Rumor has it the Bulldogs will be playing on the road next season in an SEC Thursday night match up…

55,000 seat "stadium" with 30,000 empty seats....in the Ghetto

August 24th, 2010
10:38 am

How are those season ticket sales coming at Tech??

55,000 seat "stadium" with 30,000 empty seats....in the Ghetto

August 24th, 2010
10:40 am

Tech should consider playing at the newly renovated (and looking nice) Grady Stadium at 10th and Monroe. That way they can play in front of a full house.

Most Tech “fans” skip the game on the Flats to go to a sports bar to root against the Dawgs anyway.

Burdell

August 24th, 2010
10:41 am

And Week 2:

Auburn @ Mississippi State….ESPN Thursday, September 9….

Burdell

August 24th, 2010
10:41 am

Averaged 51K+ in that 55K stadium last year…nice try though.

#2 Bama Fan

August 24th, 2010
10:42 am

What is the saying 4 cokes, 4 hotdogs, 4 tickets at a tech game and half of the middle east in the
students section!!

JB

August 24th, 2010
10:43 am

I am behaving on the blogs now, but most ” real Tech fans, realistic ones” would tell you life after Nesbit will be scary. The guy is good and makes it work. I just don’t see Tech putting that talent under center again.

gt45

August 24th, 2010
10:43 am

Glory, Stephon is a fine young man-very well rounded, and knows what he is and is not looking for in a school. If he chooses not to go to the circus in Athens, who can blame him. Don’t slam what you know nothing about!

pigmons

August 24th, 2010
10:45 am

there is nothing to bank on

WHAT ABOUT BAY BAY, HE IS THE NFL AS IS D MOOR AND BURNETTE VIDEO GAME CLUB, let’s face your ideas don’t pan out and there is no reason to believe south carolina state will be close

schmeckdawg

August 24th, 2010
10:45 am

We have to have Crowell. All of the other decent RB’s have committed.

ANIME CLUB!!!!!!!

August 24th, 2010
10:45 am

Burdell….

and all those teams you just mentioned are JV teams. I said NOTHING about conferences…. wow, you are quick to act like somebody took a stab at the ACC. You muct know the ACC sucks.

Wake Forrest, Duke, Virginia, Maryland, Boston College, UNC (most years), Georgia Tech (9 seasons a decade)…….. Stop trying to fool yourself into thinking the ACC is a great conference.

Winning the ACC is like being crowned the skinniest kid at fat camp.

JB

August 24th, 2010
10:47 am

If we don’t get Crowell, Dawgs will be starting a true freshman tailback in 2012. Scary.

GATERTATER

August 24th, 2010
10:47 am

As an outside observer, it looks to me like there are alot of scared Uga fans posting on here!

Burdell

August 24th, 2010
10:47 am

Indeed JB…it will be scary

But 2008 was scary for the first half of the season…we lost like 4-5 fumbles every game. Post-Nesbitt, at least our QB will have been practicing the system for a couple of years before they start. Whoever it will be probably won’t be as tough a runner as Nesbitt but I’ll bet the passing game will improve along with pass blocking now that CPJ has his type of guys on the OL.

That’s the beauty…we’ll just have to wait and see. Kinda like Aaron Murray…

Burdell

August 24th, 2010
10:48 am

Auburn is a JV team….wtf?

rduck

August 24th, 2010
10:48 am

Hoping Tech is able to lock up Tuitt pretty soon but can’t blame the kid for wanting to takr his visits around the country. He is probably well aware of CPJ’s stance on visits after a commitment. Hope to see him on the flats on Saturdays next year. Good luck to him with whatever decision he makes…

VIDEO GAME CLUB!!!!

August 24th, 2010
10:49 am

Pigmons you simply don’t get it……..

Those players WERE NOT RECRUITED BY PAUL JOHNSON!!!!!! Even Manboobs himself doesn;t understand that. They were forced to play in that gimmick scheme.

Had Manboobs tried to recruit any of them, knowing they would be playing in that gimmick scheme….they WOULD NOT HAVE GONE TO GT. Bank on it!

JB

August 24th, 2010
10:49 am

Hey Tater, we actually feel better about our program than we have in 2 years, and part of that is the upcoming decline of the Gator program.

Dawgie= Douche Bag

August 24th, 2010
10:49 am

VIDEO GAME: How about the play DWYER made right after half time in athens =D Your right, the triple option will KILL YOU.

pigmons

August 24th, 2010
10:49 am

don’t think so jb and the reason is simple pj does not need that level of talent to win and tevin washington is going to have three years of practice as a back up

ANIME CLUB!!!!!!!

August 24th, 2010
10:50 am

Auburn is the JV team of Alabama,

just like Tech is the JV team of Georgia

pigmons

August 24th, 2010
10:52 am

you lose video game club, pj didn’t recruit them but most players won’t be looking at that, they played under pj and a wr that half as many catches and yards as his closest competitor in a run oriented offense is the second wr taken, you have no point

@WreckBuZZ

August 24th, 2010
10:53 am

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SILLY UGA FANS

August 24th, 2010
10:53 am

Chip,
I know this is off target, but is there any word on McCoy? I was told he was not there for classes and was just wondering if there was more to the injury than reported.

sea island

August 24th, 2010
10:54 am

all of tech recent recruits sound like they will fit in real good taking classes at morris brown.

Glory Glory

August 24th, 2010
10:55 am

Techies are the most blind fan base I have ever seen.

A true embarrassment to Southern College Football.

5 years from now, Georgia State will be the program in Atlanta. Techies will never admit it, but having them right next door, is very very scary for the future of Atlanta College Football.

GATERTATER

August 24th, 2010
10:56 am

Reading what you guys have posted on our websites the last two years, looked like you had a pretty good feeling then, too! I’m just saying it looks like the old sheriff has come back to town, and you Dawg fans can see it!

Cuttysark

August 24th, 2010
10:56 am

Great updates Chip! The Yellow Jackets are doing quite well on the recruiting front, and I can’t blame Mr. Tuitt for wanting to take some trips and see some great college football games this fall while the opportunity is there. I am hopeful that he will still come to to the Flats for his college education after kicking the tires on a few more college campuses. For more Georgia Tech Football articles go to http://isportsweb.com. Go Jackets!

Joe

August 24th, 2010
10:57 am

55,000 seat………..in the ghetto.

That’s not true. Some of us stay at home and root against the dawgs.

John

August 24th, 2010
10:59 am

Teck fans are morons. Just ignore them and they’ll eventually go back upstairs with their moms.

pigmons

August 24th, 2010
11:00 am

a wr that had half as many receptions at most and many doubters amongst the experts like kiper and mcshay gets picked second despite being in an offense that many like you claim hurt a wr chances, despite all the supposed disadvantages he had, he still gets picked second at his position, yes SECOND, and Gailey has next to nothing to do with it.

NOTSO FAST

August 24th, 2010
11:01 am

just a great time of the year to dream about the season and recruiting. I think that regardless of you favorite team, you have to admit that Coach Johnson is starting to get better players to look at his program.

schmeckdawg

August 24th, 2010
11:01 am

#2 Bama Fan @ 10:42 a.m.

That is beautiful!!!!!!!

pigmons

August 24th, 2010
11:02 am

no glory glory that would you guys that say your going to win a national championship every year