THE TEN AT 10:
1. A lot of people saw and/or heard about Isaiah Crowell’s 90-yard touchdown run in Carver-Columbus’ 14-0 win over Buford this past weekend. What they probably didn’t see was what happened at the end of Crowell’s scoring jaunt. As he celebrated his way back down the sideline, he stopped and spontaneously hugged Georgia coach Mark Richt, according to several eyewitness accounts. Richt was attending the game along with UGA running backs coach Bryan McClendon (and coaches from Auburn, Tennessee and several other schools). Even though Crowell initiated the “contact,” it’s unclear if the hug constituted some sort of NCAA secondary violation. The general rule is only a handshake is permitted. But given the sometimes illogical reasoning in the NCAA manual, you never know.
2. Crowell, who ended up with 188 yards in that game, told numerous outlets afterward that he plans to visit Alabama this weekend for the Penn State game and will be in Athens for the Georgia-Arkansas game on Sept. 18. Arguably to top running back prospect in America, Crowell has upward of 50 offers and claims his recruitment is still open. However, most expect him to choose between the Crimson Tide and the Bulldogs some time after the season.
3. Don’t be surprised to see running back Romar Morris reconsider his recent commitment to North Carolina. Morris committed to the Tar Heels over Georgia Tech last month. But that was before the NCAA’s investigation of UNC reached a boiling point. Since then, more than a dozen players were suspended for the Tar Heels’ opener against LSU in the Georgia Dome last weekend. Then John Blake, their recruiting coordinator and defensive line coach, resigned on Sunday. The 5-10, 175-pound Morris is one of the top senior running backs in North Carolina and a two-time state champion sprinter.
4. Tennessee coach Derek Dooley said Monday Zach Rogers, not Da’Rick Rogers, will start at wide receiver against Oregon this week. Zach is a sophomore from Nashville; Da’Rick is a freshman from Calhoun. The Vols’ regular starter at that split end, Gerald Jones, is expected to miss the game with a broken hand. Da’Rick, the top prospect in Georgia last year, had one catch for nine yards in the 50-0 win over Tennessee-Martin last Saturday. “Da’Rick made a lot of strides the last couple weeks,” Dooley told reporters in Knoxville on Monday. “He struggled a little bit early in camp. . . . Da’Rick has done well the last couple of weeks, so we expect him to get better every week.”
5. Tight end Nick O’Leary of Dwyer High in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., had a fantastic game against Glenville of Cleveland, Ohio, in the nationally-televised Kirk Herbstreit National Kickoff Classic at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Rated by Rivals.com and ESPNU as the nation’s No. 1 tight end, Jack Nicklaus’ grandson finished with 152 yards on nine receptions and a touchdown. But that’s not what he will be remembered for in this game. ESPN cameras caught O’Leary throwing his helmet in disgust and giving referees an obscene gesture at the end of the contest, controversially won by Glenville 26-22. Despite video evidence to the contrary, referees twice ruled against Dwyer on what appeared to be game-winning touchdown plays in the final seconds. Nevertheless, O’Leary made nothing but positive statements during the game, which was attended by his famous grandfather. In addition to tight end, the 6-foot-3, 240-pound athlete played defensive end, running back, wide receiver, punter and holder. As for recruiting, Miami and Florida State are thought to lead Georgia, Alabama and North Carolina in O’Leary’s final five. His father, Bill O’Leary, played football for the Bulldogs in the 1980s.
6. Monroe Area’s Stephon Tuitt, the No. 2-rated defensive end in Georgia, is heading up to South Bend, Ind., this weekend to take in the Notre Dame-Michigan game as an official visitor with Fighting Irish. Tuitt (6-5, 260) has Notre Dame in his final five along with Georgia Tech, Auburn, Clemson and Miami. Most expect him to sign with the Yellow Jackets and coach Matt Fligg said he’s “getting very close” to announcing a commitment. Meanwhile, Tuitt’s helping Monroe Area conduct one of the bigger turnarounds in the state. Winless the previous two seasons, the Purple Hurricanes are 2-0 this year after moving down a classification. So far Tuitt has 13 tackles and four sacks.
7. AJC Super 11 linebacker A.J. Johnson of Gainesville made a visit to Clemson this past weekend, according to PalmettoSports.com. Recent reports have the Tigers trailing Florida and Tennessee for Johnson.
8. The recruitment of Milton basketball star Julian Royal seems to be moving swift conclusion. The 6-foot-9 power forward made an official visit to Georgia this past weekend and plans trips to Georgia Tech (Oct. 1) and Wake Forest (Oct. 3) in the next month.
9. Hope you got to see the report on a new emerging talent out of Central Gwinnett, running back/slotback George Morris. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound junior accounted for 417 yards in the Black Knights’ 34-31 win over Chapel Hill Friday night. Morris’ feat — which included 216 yards receiving and 160 rushing — was one of the items in the AJC Recruiting Blog’s new weekly feature, “Monday Morning Rewind.”
10. THIS & THAT: Alabama picked up a commitment from Jesse Williams (6-3, 330), a four-star defensive tackle from Yuma, Ariz. A native of Australia, Williams chose the Tide over LSU, Ole Miss, Oklahoma State and Oregon State. . . . Brett Hundley (6-3, 210) of Chandler, Ariz., one of the nation’s top quarterback prospects, committed to UCLA, according to ESPN.com.