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.