Ten@10: UGA O-line recruit gets coveted fifth star from Scout

John Theus has been a dominating force at The Bolles School in Jacksonville, Fla. (Special photo)

John Theus has been a dominating force at The Bolles School in Jacksonville, Fla. (Special photo)

THE TEN AT 10:

1. Offensive lineman John Theus of The Bolles School in Jacksonville was one of three juniors to have a coveted 5-star rating bestowed upon them by Scout.com on Monday. The other two were LB Kwon Alexander of Oxford, Ala., and RB Keith Marshall of Millbrook, N.C. Theus, a 6-foot-6, 292-pound tackle, was still glowing from the news after practice Monday night.

“I was stoked. Very honored,” Theus said of being informed that morning. “It wasn’t necessarily a goal in my life but it’s something I’ve worked hard for. They don’t give out very many of them. So it’s definitely humbling.”

It can also be life-changing. To date, Theus has a somewhat modest nine scholarship offers (including Auburn, Florida, Florda State, Georgia, Miami and South Carolina). That number will surely double or triple before season’s end.

“I haven’t really noticed a difference yet but it just happened,” Theus said of his recruitment. “I’m still open for everything right now. I haven’t really sat down and decided where I’ll go. But I’ll probably make my decision before next season.”

2. Of course, John’s older brother Nathan Theus (6-3, 252) has already made up his mind. A two-star prospect as a long snapper — he also plays center, guard and tackle on the Bolles offensive line — the senior has already accepted a scholarship offer from Georgia. But that doesn’t necessarily mean the Bulldogs have the inside track for “Little Bro,” he said.

“I know where I’m going; I’m going to Georgia,” Nathan said. “Now I’m just going to go everywhere with John and try to help him make up his mind. He has a lot of great opportunities.”

It just so happens they’ll both be in Athens this Saturday for the Georgia-Arkansas game.

3. Recruiting slowed down for AJC Super 11 linebacker James Vaughters after he committed to Stanford this summer. But it didn’t stop altogether. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound athlete from Tucker still gets a call every week from Georgia Tech coaches, according to his father, Jonathan Vaughters. He also continues to receive mail regularly from the Yellow Jackets as well as Georgia, Ohio State, Southern Cal and others.  But at this point nobody else has been able to convince Vaughters to give them an official visit. Right now he plans an unofficial visit to Stanford on Oct. 23 and an official visit sometime in January. “At this point, he doesn’t think it would be fair to take official visits to other schools,” Mr. Vaughers said.

4. Coach Jess Simpson, whose Buford team was run over by Carver-Columbus tailback Isaiah Crowell to the tune of 188 yards two weeks ago, believes Crowell may be the best he has ever faced at the position. He reeled off names of other great ones his teams have faced, such as Greater Atlanta Christian’s Caleb King, Parkview’s Brad Lester and Commerce’s Monte Williams.

“I can honestly tell you, and no disrespect to any of those other guys, that the Crowell kid is better than any of them,” Simpson told the AJC preps reporter Michael Carvell. “You can’t look at him and say ‘He’s got this and doesn’t have that.’ Crowell has it all. He’s a special talent on a good football team. Isaiah is an unique back in that he has great vision. Not only does he have the speed to run by you and hit the homerun ball from anywhere on the field, he’s also a tough runner. He finishes runs, and runs behind his pads very well.

“Could I see him as a freshman next year lining up and playing in the SEC? I wouldn’t say this about many guys but I think Isaiah Crowell can.”

It will be a while before we see where Crowell ends up in college. He claims Alabama and Georgia as his favorites — he visited Bama last weekeen and will be at UGA this one — but says he won’t decide until National Signing Day next February.

5. Georgia Tech has made the final three for one of the best junior defensive ends in the state. Harris County’s Jordan Jenkins (6-3, 230) has the Yellow Jackets even with Alabama and Florida. “They are all tied for number one,” he told Eric Thompson of JacketsOnline.com. “Those schools stand out because just the feeling I get when I am there and I had a great time at each of the camps.” The four-star prospect went on to say he thought Tech had the superior academics while Bama and Florida get the edge as overall football programs.

6. Another Georgia basketball prospect is heading out of state for college. Norcross High’s Josiah Moore chose Nebraska over Georgia State and Auburn, Carvell reports.

7. Meanwhile, two other in-state hoops prospects will be in Athens on official visits this weekend. Five-star shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell (6-6, 185) of Greenville, who is already committed to Georgia, will try to convince 6-9 center Nick Jacobs of South Atlanta to do the same. Jacobs, who also plans to sign in November, recently named Clemson his favorite. Tim Dixon, a 6-9 center from Oldsmar, Fla., will also be visiting the Bulldogs.

8. I traded texts with Stacy LeMay over the weekend and he assured me that his son, five-star quarterback prospect Christian LeMay, is still on track to graduate from high school. “He remains excited about enrolling at UGA in January,” Mr. LeMay wrote. Christian LeMay, the top quarterback prospect in the country, according to The Sporting News (No. 3 per Scout), chose to forego his senior season at Butler High near Charlotte rather than serve what his family believes was an unjust 40-day suspension.

9. Kenno Loyal, junior running back at Columbia High, had 20 carries for 320 yards and four touchdowns in a 34-19 win over Langston Hughes. Coach Mario Allen said his star back, who he believes isn’t getting nearly the recruiting attention he deserves, would have had nearly 400 yards had penalties not nullified runs. . . .

10. THIS & THAT: Garrett Clark, a 6-4, 287-pound offensive lineman from Suwanee, committed to Southern Miss on Thursday, North Gwinnett coach Bob Sphire confirmed. . . . Thomas County Central DE Ray Drew has set up his first official visit of the fall. He’s planning to go to LSU on the weekend of Oct. 1-3, according to TigerBait.com. The Tigers play Tennessee that Saturday. . . . Wayne County junior QB Greyson Lambert (6-5, 185) received a scholarship offer from Alabama while in Tuscaloosa last weekend. He’ll be Athens this weekend. He also has a Clemson offer. . . .

Tampa-Alonso DE Anthony Chickillo committed to Miami late last week. The 6-3, 240-pounder camped at Georgia this summer but had Alabama, Florida, Florida State and Tennessee as finalists. . . . Vanderbilt offered Starr’s Mill senior OT Alex Barr this week, 247Sports.com reports. . . . FSU got a commitment from junior DT Dalvon Stuckey (6-3, 295) of De Funiak Springs, Fla., according to the Orlando Sentinel.

67 comments Add your comment

Atwork

September 14th, 2010
10:09 am

Hope the Jackets get some of the big defensive recruits…we need bodies that like to hit and wrap up to tackle…not just try and bounce off of them…

Hit’em, wrap up, and finish the play defense!

Go Jackets!!!

Chris Eagle

September 14th, 2010
10:12 am

Great Blog. That Kenno Loyal sounds exciting…

Sleeze

September 14th, 2010
10:12 am

1st? Chip, wondering what the latest you’ve heard on Jay Rome?

chi-town dawg

September 14th, 2010
10:12 am

As much as I want to see Crowell a Dawg, he’s going to Bama…

Worm

September 14th, 2010
10:13 am

Thanks Chip.

Sleeze

September 14th, 2010
10:13 am

I’m good with being 3rd. Cause it just doesn’t matter.. it just doesn’t matter..

SylvieDAWG

September 14th, 2010
10:19 am

Whopee! 2 star snapper for Richt. Sounds about right after laying
an egg against lowly south carolina (depressing)

1eyedJack

September 14th, 2010
10:19 am

The Dawgs obviously need some big-mean-uglies. ;)

Theus…Jenkins…were you watching the game Saturday? The opportunity is there.

1eyedJack

September 14th, 2010
10:21 am

That 2 star snapper could turn into a 5 star OT next year.

Davey Boy Smith

September 14th, 2010
10:21 am

Kenno Loyal sounds like a beast…is he over 5′10″? How about grades?

If UGA gave a scholarship to a LONG SNAPPER just to get his brother, it would be like losing 2 scholarships if the brother does not come to UGA.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

September 14th, 2010
10:25 am

UGA has talent on the OL – at least as far as stars go but they haven’t shown that they can run block effectively. They have to show these guys that they can coach and win or they will go elsewhere. This OL is experienced and there is no excuse for them not to be able to run block. To win in the SEC you have to be able to RUN the ball.

But

September 14th, 2010
10:32 am

Where do they all go when they get there?

Topper Cat

September 14th, 2010
10:34 am

People have already forgotten about why Richt wanted Nathan Theus. Yes, his brother is a positive, but Nathan also snaps the ball back on the long snaps at “NFL times”. Nathan is the first long snapper to receive a scholarship offer under Richt for that reason. That said, yes, his brother would be of great benefit but even if the Dawgs don’t get him, but Nathan will still be a great pickup.

Topper Cat

September 14th, 2010
10:35 am

Ignore my little type-o at the end there……

twest

September 14th, 2010
10:36 am

Chip never mind stars UGA needs (desperately) some guys who play with fire. This program is getting softer and softer right before our eyes. A player can be a half a star for all i care if he plays with a mean streak. We need high effort guys not this twitter loving, facebook eating, myspace wearing group that is fouling up the “JUNKYARD DAWG” legacy we love at UGA. you seen the commercial with Betty White for snickers….well we need about 95 snicker bars.

Lowndes25

September 14th, 2010
10:40 am

The Theus brothers want to play together (and their parents want them to play together as well), and I have no doubt that John will join his brother Nathan in Athens when it is all said and done. However, even if he doesn’t, Nathan is one of the best long-snappers in the nation and worthy of a scholarship (he is greyshirting anyways, meaning he won’t count against this year’s scholarship number…our coaches offered him a scholarship contingent on the fact that he grayshirt this year and join his brother in next year’s class…hint, hint)…and before anyway tries to bust UGA about being the only college to give a scholarship to a long-snapper, the University of Southern Cal has a long-snapper committed to them as well.

Jordan Jenkins is a big-time DE prospect and would be a huge-get for GT if they can steal him away from UF and AL.

Ray Drew is scheduled to take his Official Visit to UGA for the Vanderbilt game.

RB Isaiah Crowell, CB Damian Swann, WR Ty Montgomery, OL John and Nathan Theus, CB Riyad Jones, OL Watts Dantzler (verbal commit), WR Justin Scott-Wesley (verbal commit), DT Tre Jackson, DE Leonard Floyd, QB Greyson Lambert, WR Marquis Hawkins, DB Marcus Roberson, and WR/CB Quan Bray are all scheduled to be in Athens this weekend for the Arkansas game. There will probably be a few more names added to that list in the coming few days, but needless to say it is going to be a big weekend for UGA recruiting.

twest

September 14th, 2010
10:42 am

Correction Chip on the snickers commercial we look more like the one with Abe Vigoda where he gets trucked and goes oooohh. and i am not a Fla, Ala or Aub fan sneaking over here i bleed red and black!!!

Dig Deeper

September 14th, 2010
10:46 am

The Theus Boys have class and would help offset some of the thugs if we can get them. Crowell has academic issues and will likely end up at Jax State.

Paul in RDU

September 14th, 2010
10:47 am

John Theus was just “upgraded” from 4 stars to 5 stars by Scout.com and so now he is going to get more scholarship offers??
What a crazy way to decide which players you’ll go after. He didn’t get better – just got a higher grade from a service – and so now schools are going to give him offers? Are the schools who will be coming in late looking to recruit a player for their team or are they looking to beat their chests about how many 4 and 5 star players they are going after? Nuts!

murray county mystic

September 14th, 2010
10:49 am

two things to think about, dogtards:
1. 5 star, 6 star, a galaxie of stars, it don’t matter…they become ordinary in Athens
2. hope you enjoy getting in bed with the LeMays, because daddy will be calling the shots during Crissy’s stay in Athens (1, maybe 2 seasons max)

Sanford Drive

September 14th, 2010
11:03 am

“Time to die”, texted University of Florida WR Chris Rainey as his ex girlfriend left the house.

http://www.ajc.com/sports/floridas-rainey-arrested-charged-613159.html

WOW. And you call UGA’s players “Thugs” for underage drinking and suspended driver’s license’s

RxDawg

September 14th, 2010
11:16 am

Great stuff Chip.

I hate UGA missed on Vaughters, he sounds like a great one. Stanford should enjoy his on and off field abilities.

Grats the younger Theus brother. I hope he likes what UGA has to offer.

I see the Crowell hype is in full effect. I hope it’s true (only if he comes to UGA lol). It seems like every year the next great running back is coming though. I tend to take these kind of things with a grain of salt.

That’s good to hear about LeMay. I’m still pretty proud about the way he and his family handled all of that. Maybe one day, the complete story will come out.

Pete

September 14th, 2010
11:17 am

Crowell will be a Dawg-No doubt.

Lilburn Dawg

September 14th, 2010
11:17 am

So where is LeMay in school?

Barry Saggitarius

September 14th, 2010
11:22 am

Sanford drive, thats not a big deal. He won’t even get suspended. Remember, its Florida you are talking about. They had a couple of guys get caught for underage drinking too over the summer, still played on opening day though.

Barry Saggitarius

September 14th, 2010
11:25 am

Murray County Douche – Lemays daddy would probably call better plays than Bobo, so hurry up and get to Athens Christian.

Seachange

September 14th, 2010
11:32 am

All 5-stars convert to 2-stars once they get to UGA!!!!!!

Long Gator

September 14th, 2010
11:33 am

Crowell may go to UGA. Having someone to block for him????

Get ready for your annual beatdown in JAX

Double Rainbow Guy

September 14th, 2010
11:34 am

The NFL is packed full of 2 and 3 star prospects coming out of high school.

Layla Kiffin

September 14th, 2010
11:35 am

Long Gator- stop stalking me! I have a restraining order!

Gator Bob

September 14th, 2010
11:36 am

Pete – I think Crowell will go to BAMA.

Here’s why:
1. UGA has lost national respect – and has slid back into the SEC PACK.
2. 10-11 last 21 SEC East games.
3. UGA could lose more momentum if they lose to Arkansas – this will have a negative affect on recruiting.
4. UGA / unlike Auburn, MS ST., ARK. – is not “benefitting” from a coaching change and seen as building – but seen as stagnent. No sense of excitement and building – more of a sense of hanging on and losing ground.
5. NO national limelight – only negative publicity surrounding arrests and yet another SEC loss.
6. Playing to regain position to catch up to Florida, Alabama, LSU and now – South Carolina!!!!

Alabama:
1. Just won a National Title
2. Won last two SEC WEST titles
3. Obvious that SABAN did not build for one glorius season – but built with long range in mind.
4. Will share with Trent Richardson Richardson/Crowell – like Ingram/Richardson.
5. National limelight and respect galore
6. Playing for Championships.

Who would you go to – playing for a proven coach that has won two National Titles – a program that is incredibly strong – playing for championshipo.

OR

Playing for a coach that has seen his program slide – considered potentially on the HOT SEAT – is 10-11 in last 21 SEC EAST games – Sense of losing ground, lost national respect and limelight is now on negtives such as arrests losing games.

If you are Crowell – which program would you chose?

Matthews Dawg

September 14th, 2010
11:38 am

All you DOOM and GLOOMer’s!! It’s the 2nd game of the year and we act like we’ve lost 6 or 7 games! It’s NOT a trend and those who think CMR is soft I have one question for you…Have you ever been at practice or in the locker room after practice or a game? Just what I thought, you haven’t! Neither have I, but I know many who have and just because he is a Christian man, doesn’t mean he is soft! Our faith doesn’t teach that at all! Was Christ passive with the money changers? Read if you don’t know that answer, it may surprise you! We will have our good times and bad times this year. If we struggle again next year, then CMR will be on a very hot seat! I’m not just taking up for CMR and the other coaches and not recognizing that we have to improve, that is a given. The coaches realize what they have to do and if they don’t they get replaced. You don’t have to be an egotistical, obnoxious jerk, like Saban, Spurrier, Meyer, etc… to be a great football coach. We have a HC who is in the company of only a handful of coaches EVER in wins in their first 9 season as a HC. Other schools would love us to get rid of CMR, because they know he can coach and they come on here acting like UGA fans and they really aren’t doing anything but stirring the pot! If it is “true” UGA fans blogging, I get sick and tired of all the crying we UGA fans do then! Just as the defense, OL and running backs need to “man up”, so do a lot of you, who do nothing but whine!! Let’s get after Arkansas and let’s see what the coaches do to get them ready to play! I will hold final judgment until the end of the season. We have a looooong way to go!! Go Dawgs!

Brian in Raleigh

September 14th, 2010
11:39 am

Chip,
You should check in with Keith Marshall, the word here is that he is all over UGA, has told many people Georgia is where he wants to play.

Matthews Dawg

September 14th, 2010
11:45 am

Gator Bob….maybe Crowell likes UGA and wants to go there, period. But, if you know him personally and can share inside knowledge then great! Don’t act like you know what an 17/18 year old kid is thinking! I’ve got one and I’m with them every day and it’s hard to know what they are thinking! You may be right, but you may be wrong. He may want to go where he thinks he can start quicker. You never know what they are going to do. Look at last year on signing day! Need I say more?

Matthews Dawg

September 14th, 2010
11:53 am

Also Gator Bob…. I should have said good points, but we still don’t know what is going on inside a kid’s head!

Chris

September 14th, 2010
12:14 pm

Thanks Chip for the great info. Does Richt plan on recruiting another qb considering the youth of the position and the uncertainty surrounding a redshirt-fr qb, true fr qb and 2 non-scholarship qb’s on the roster?

naganole

September 14th, 2010
12:24 pm

John Theus is all Dawg.

ryan

September 14th, 2010
12:28 pm

Crowell will do same thing Lattimore did and stay instate CMR is not going to let him leave the state CMR want him more than Saban does .

dawgster

September 14th, 2010
12:33 pm

Mathews Dawg…good points, also Bama’s depth chart at RB is better than the dawgs and i think that will play into it for Crowell…but again who really knows…The dawg’s season and how we use our RB’s will give this young man some insight on where he decides…This is why this weekend is so important for a number of reasons…We can make a lasting impression on the young man..We need the Bulldog nation to be excited i really think you will see a different team out there than you did last Sat…I think the fact that we have Jones from Carver-Columbus on our team now is a bigger plus than people realize…at least that’s what i’m hearing in the recruiting rumor mill..but we will see..

ryan

September 14th, 2010
12:36 pm

Don’t forget if there is a lock out in the NFL Ingram will come back one more year my opinion .

Juggles

September 14th, 2010
12:37 pm

hello!

My Dawgs JUST lost to lowly South Carolina…..
Richt won’t be able to make any recruit do anything.
He needs to be worried about his JOB.

Juggles

September 14th, 2010
12:44 pm

BTW,
Richt needs to win. I am tired of excuses!

ryan

September 14th, 2010
12:44 pm

Hey Towers are the chances Crowell stays in intsate much higher with Jarvis Jones at UGA and CMR is recruiting him more aggressive than Saban .

BDAWG

September 14th, 2010
1:09 pm

All I can say is that UGA better right the ship for the rest of the season if they plan on have a better recruiting class. With the horrific play of the OL and the lack of production from the RBs, there is no way Crowell will become a bulldog. UA says what they need to say to get the top players and it shows every game. All the talking UGA does and not showing it on the field is going to reflect on the recruiting trail. Grantham will get the defense going, it’s a new system but, the offense continues to be a problem with Bobo’s bad play calling. If the result is the same for the game Sat., then it’s time for Bobo to go and Richt assume the offensive duties until they find a highly qualified replacement. Juggles I agree with you. The excuses have gotten old and we need to win now not later. We are being out recruited because we are not making a strong effort to pursue top players all over the country and that was proven to us by Lane Kiffin and his staff. Say what you want to about Kiffin, but he could recruit and they put up Ws. We are not getting the job done. When he fired the 3 defensive coaches last year, he should have fired some of the offensive coaches also. Richt will shoulder the burden for this season and it will probably be his last if we don’t show up quickly to play some ball.

JayDawg

September 14th, 2010
1:13 pm

I’m tired of these so called dawg fans who come on here a bad mouth everything uga does and the coach and everything else if you people don’t like it get a new team and quit bit**ing. The team doesn’t need your negative bs

Jordan Jenkins's Advisor

September 14th, 2010
1:22 pm

If you got to gt don’t let them stick you in the Industrial Management program. Talk about a vast wasteland to nowhere.

C-Town

September 14th, 2010
1:23 pm

For all the Haters…..I.Crowell has a score of 17 on the ACT…..So grades are not a problem with this Kid….Its listed on his profile on Scout.com……haters……This week he will put on a show for the nation ON ESPN2 7pm Friday

Amsterdam Sam

September 14th, 2010
1:30 pm

After noticing how many of Soth Carolina’s players were from Georgia, I have one thing to say. To all of you Georgia high school players considering/going to out of state universities, I wish to know where your loyalty is? Both UGA and GT lost this past weekend and neither would have had the best home-grown boys stayed in state. I am a dawg, but I also want Tech to be the best when we whip them, for it drives our ranking up and makes me proud of where I am from. If you narcissistic prmadonnas would just stay home, our state would not only rival the likes of Alabama and Florida, we would surpass them and you could be proud of both your school and the state in which you were born, It would also help your employment opportunities should you wish to raise a family near your loved ones. Believe me, for I know – there is no place like home.

TheTaxJacket

September 14th, 2010
1:52 pm

*** Nesbitt for Heismen ***

(((( 45 – 42 ))))

private plane watching

September 14th, 2010
1:55 pm

Once again, GA fans debating about the next recruiting class. Why don’t you worry about winning games NOW and less about the next 4 or 5 star teenager…