Ten@10: UGA commit Justin Scott-Wesley planning visit to Clemson

THE TEN AT 10:

Justin Scott-Wesley insist he's still 'solid with Georgia' despite plans to take an official visit to Clemson. (AJC photo by Phil Skinner)

Justin Scott-Wesley insist he's still 'solid with Georgia' despite plans to take an official visit to Clemson. (AJC photo by Phil Skinner)

1. Georgia’s poor start to the season has at least one of its recruits a little concerned. UGA commitment Justin Scott-Wesley, a wide receiver from Mitchell County, said he has been talking to Clemson coaches recently. “They want me to take a visit,” Scott-Wesley said. “I told them I will and they said they will get back to me on a date.” The two-time state sprint champion and 100-meter record-holder, a one-time Stanford commitment, insists that shouldn’t be seen as a sign he is wavering on the Bulldogs. “I am still a solid commit to UGA,” he said, “unless there’s a major coaching change.”

2. That said, recruiting still appears to be going well for the Bulldogs. Several major prospects were visiting for the game, which the Bulldogs lost to Arkansas 31-24 to drop to 1-2 on the season. But blue-chippers such Griffin defensive end Xzavier Dickson and Cullman, Ala., offensive lineman Spencer Region spoke glowingly of their experience at Sanford Stadium. Region told Scout.com’s Chad Simmons he was “blown away” on his unofficial visit. And Dickson said he “really liked the atmosphere” and thinks Georgia “could be a great fit for me.” . . . Head coach Mark Richt, recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner and defensive coordinator Todd Grantham visited Dickson in Griffin last week.

3. Meanwhile, Marcus Roberson, a four-star cornerback out of St. Thomas Aquinas in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., was in Athens on an official visit and told UGASports.com on Sunday that Georgia is now in the lead for him. But Roberson backed off that claim when he spoke with a Scout.com reporter a day later. “Here is the truth: I loved my visit at Georgia and I’m so glad I got to go there and they will definitely be on my mind a lot now. But I don’t think they are my leader,” Roberson told Scout’s Laura McKeeman. “I probably was a little quick to say that. I’m actually thinking that Auburn, Florida and Georgia are about even in my eyes. Auburn sort of has an edge and then it’s Florida and Georgia.” So take it for what it’s worth. But clearly it’s not always about wins and losses for these guys.

4. Not every visitor was moved by their experience, however. Ty Montgomery, a four-star wide receiver from Dallas who is committed to Stanford, was also an official visitor. “I like Georgia and I have interest in them,” Montgomery told Scout. “But I am a man of my word and I am still committed to Stanford. I like Georgia a lot and I had a good visit, but I am still with Stanford.”

5. Georgia’s recruiting this past weekend appeared to go very well from a basketball standpoint as well. The Bulldogs got a commitment from 6-foot-10 center Tim Dixon of Oldsmar, Fla., who was on an official visit and attended the football game. Also attending as an official visitor was South Atlanta 6-foot-9 forward Nick Jacobs. South Atlanta coach Michael Reddick discussed Jacobs’ visit with the AJC’s Michael Carvell.

6. Isaiah Johnson wasn’t the highest-touted member of Georgia Tech’s recruiting class but, so far at least, he’s having the greatest impact. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound true freshman has started every game for the Yellow Jackets and is currently second on the team with 18 tackles. Nine of those tackles — and one sack — came in the Kansas game.

7. Former Lovett quarterback Jonathan Carkhuff got his first start at Davidson last week against Campbell University, and it was a memorable one. Down 27-14 in the fourth quarter, Carkhuff helped lead Davidson back to win 28-27. Carkhuff went 3-for-3 passing on the final drive to set up Davidson’s winning score with 13 seconds remaining. Carkhuff was 14-of-26 passing for 140 yards in the game. . . . Carkhuff is best known for leading Lovett to a stunning 28-21 upset win over Buford last season. The two teams face off in a rematch this Friday at Lovett. It’s the Channel 2 Sports Zone High School Game of the Week.

8. Former Georgia quarterback Zach Mettenberger will be taking an official visit to LSU on the weekend of Nov. 19-21, according to the Baton Rouge Morning Advocate. Mettenberger (6-5, 240) has been excelling for Butler Community College in Kansas since his dismissal from UGA last May.

9. AJC Super 11 tight end Jay Rome of Valdosta is planning an official visit to Tennessee, according to GoVolsXtra.com. However, he still favors Georgia and Alabama. Rome had five catches for 88 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner in an overtime victory over Brunswick, this past Friday.

10. THIS & THAT: Tucker linebacker James Vaughters, an AJC Super 11 selection, received his official acceptance from Stanford this past Friday. Vaughters committed to the Cardinal this past summer. . . . Hillgrove power forward Dominic Early committed to Furman, the AJC reports. . . .  There is a call in Knoxville for Da’Rick Rogers to start returning kicks for Tennessee. No answer so far from coach Derek Dooley. . . .

DE Deoin Barnes of Philadelphia has Georgia  in his top five along with Pitt, Penn State, Michigan and South Carolina, according to PalmettoSports.com. AJC Super 11 defensive end Ray Drew of Thomas County Central plans an official visit to LSU the weekend of the Tigers’ Oct. 2 game against Tennessee. He was also quoted recently saying he wants to visit Michigan, Notre Dame and UCLA.

228 comments Add your comment

shawn

September 21st, 2010
10:18 am

USMCDAWG

September 21st, 2010
10:19 am

10:00 At 10:00 not 10:14 CARRY ON!!!

Thank You for the info Chip!

BigTimeTECHFan

September 21st, 2010
10:19 am

Sweet 10@10 still rolling

BigTimeTECHFan

September 21st, 2010
10:21 am

Isaiah Johnson – looks like he’s going to be good but he missed some faily easy tackles against UNC

theTruth

September 21st, 2010
10:25 am

CHIP, good stuff. Do you know when X Dickson is going to announce?

Chip Towers

September 21st, 2010
10:33 am

theTruth: Dickson is not going to announce until the Under Armour All-Star Game in January.

Matthews Dawg

September 21st, 2010
10:34 am

If Montgomery keeps his word and stay’s at Stanford, good for him to do the honorable thing! But, if he wants to come to UGA, I’m sure we will accept him gladly! To me, this is why these kids should not commit and then go on visits. The temptation is to great for them, not to change their mind. But, they are 17, 18 and 19 yr old kids, they do have the right to change their minds. It just becomes a mess when they do.Good luck to him, at whatever school he decides to go to.

Chip Towers

September 21st, 2010
10:34 am

USMCDAWG: “Sir, yes, sir!”

GT Sambo

September 21st, 2010
10:39 am

“I am still a solid commit to UGA,” he said, “unless there’s a major coaching change.”

Ha! Unfortunately Mike Bobo probably doesn’t count as a major coaching change, since he’s barely a major coach at this point. (I mean he’s already been fired by Dawg Nation, after all)

joe

September 21st, 2010
10:43 am

JSW will be first of many to jump ship once the dogs fall to 0-3 in the SEC on Saturday…

GoldenDawg

September 21st, 2010
10:46 am

Alabama and Lsu already have full classes and they are still trying to recruit. This is something the NCAA needs to look into. I guess mediocore coaches need to get as much talent in as they can so they can weed out the ones that don’t live up to the 5 star rating.

RxDawg

September 21st, 2010
10:47 am

lol USMCDAWG…nice.

Thanks for the info Chip. I’ve been looking forward to seeing how this weekend went with the recruits…escpecialy since we lost. It’s good to see that the recruits enjoyed themselves and liked what UGA has to offer.

GT Sambo

September 21st, 2010
10:49 am

GoldenDawg,
What school has underachieved the most over the last five years with perennial top 5 recruiting classes? Oh that’s right, UGA!

Lowndes25

September 21st, 2010
10:51 am

Chip, I think your comments about Justin Scott-Wesley sums things up pretty well…it is not so much the winning and the losing that affects recruits, but all of the hot-seat comments about coaches that will cause kids to waiver in their commitment to a school.

Burdell

September 21st, 2010
10:57 am

UGA will be fine. They are still putting the pieces together from a change in defensive scheme/coaches and a new QB. And both of the losses were to ranked opponents. UGA fans are not used to losing but there are going to be some growing pains. With that said…GO JACKETS!!

Chip Towers

September 21st, 2010
10:57 am

BigTimeTECHFan: He’s still young. But I think he’s going to be a great one.

Go Dogs

September 21st, 2010
10:58 am

joe

September 21st, 2010
11:00 am

I talked to justin and he is defintely coming to UGA!!

Slippery when wet & 5150

September 21st, 2010
11:00 am

I think UGA fans might not hold their breath on the the Commits just yet. See they can say anything, but can’t sign until after the season. Some of the commits don’t want to have the Shake-up in coaching that is headed to Athens or being thrown under the bus by their own coaches. Bobo is Gone so who will be their coach?

ryan

September 21st, 2010
11:04 am

CMR i think will be coach next year i do think if we loose to MSU there could be some cordinaters who loose there job McGarity is not stupid if we fire the head coach this class is thrown out the window .

Glory, Glory

September 21st, 2010
11:04 am

Nobody over recruits like THE DAWGS! How many “gray shirts” did we try to get last year?

Lowndes25

September 21st, 2010
11:05 am

Burdell, you are spot on in your post. New defensive scheme and coaches, new QB, no AJ Green, banged up O-Line, etc. have more to do with our record at this point than Bobo’s play-calling. Honestly, growing pains is the best way to describe the situations at both Tech and UGA…that is why I tried to caution Tech fans about the loss to KU…that loss wasn’t an indictment as to how bad Tech is, but it was a result of players still adapting to a brand-new defensive scheme and heavy losses of talent on both sides of the ball (i.e. D. Thomas, Morgan and Burnette).

BullS....

September 21st, 2010
11:10 am

Glory, Glory, please name one kid UGA has used a gray shirt on?

REALLY!

September 21st, 2010
11:11 am

Why would a TE come to UGA? Oh yea so he can block!!!!!!!!

ryan

September 21st, 2010
11:13 am

Clemson and Auburn did not look impressive either i think the two complete teams so far has been Bama and Ohio State although the Buckeyes has not been challenged yet .

dawgdawgdawg

September 21st, 2010
11:16 am

I have a feeling that Justin Scott-Wesley will end up just running track somewhere….he’s a pretty good high school football player, but not sure how that will transfer into college.

ryan

September 21st, 2010
11:16 am

Really UGA has produce some best TE to go to the NFL Ben Watson and Lenard Pope . Watson was 3 time Super Bowl champion .

BullS....

September 21st, 2010
11:16 am

REALLY!, you’re full of it as well this morning. Does the name Orson Charles or even Aaron White ring a bell. Two of the best pass catching TE’s int he nation.

ACC Report Card

September 21st, 2010
11:22 am

Week 1 … F-
Week 2 … F-
Week 3 … F-

gt has put the ZZZzzz back into football. Wake me up once the Diamond Jackets have taken the field.

Hey, GT Sambo

September 21st, 2010
11:25 am

Fans of which school still post a score from two years ago? (How pathetic)

The ACC is a joke and winning it is no big deal.

How have those bowl games worked out for you under coach man-boobs?

ryan

September 21st, 2010
11:35 am

I know the Nesbitt for Heisman 45-42 happened what 2 seasons ago and Tech won only by 3 points i don’t see whats to brag about .

Matthews Dawg

September 21st, 2010
11:40 am

Burdell….thank you for the comments! You don’t seem to act like the other Tech knuckleheads on here. I’m sure there are some UGA people on the GT blogs that are knuckleheads too. Your comments are right on the money in my opinion. We at UGA get rid of CMR, then the recruits will go elsewhere! Things will get better and the Dawgs will be back on top where we ALL want them to be! Go Dawgs!

hairydawg07

September 21st, 2010
11:45 am

It is a scary time at UGA. This is a really good article I read, not sure who the author is, but very interesting. http://pricezack.wordpress.com/2010/09/14/can-georgia-win-a-championship-with-mark-richt/

Gator Bob

September 21st, 2010
11:51 am

UGA is not maximizing its talent – this team just simply was not prepared for good competition.

– 10-11 in last 21 SEC East games?
– 1-3 vs Florida last 4 games
– 1-3 vs Tennessee last 4 games
– 2-2 vs KY last 4 games
– 2-2 vs SC last 4 games
– recently defeated by SC and Arkansas?
– Florida, Alabama, LSU all winning national titles since UGA’s last SEC title?

Here is why there is hope in Athens:
-Alabama went 6-6 it’s first year running the 3-4. UGA’s defense will make some stupid mistakes this year.
- UGA playing with a RF QB – who is looking pretty good
- There is some talent at UGA – but need to recruit better RB’s that can block and better OL. Need bigger DL as well.

I thought UGA could be undefeated going into JAX – way over estimated this program. Will NOT make that same mistake – personally – I think this is the begginning of the end of the Richt era – and will be gone at the end of 2012 season.

Ranking the SEC to date:
1. Alabama
2. Florida
3. South Carolina
4. LSU
5. Auburn
6. Arkansas
7. Kentucky (beat UGA last year – playing good ball so far this year)
8. Tennessee (beat UGA last year in a blow out)
9. Georgia
10. Vandy
11. Mississippi State
12. Ole Miss

Kentucky, Tennessee and Georgia could easily swith.

Bottom line – it is way too early to bury UGA. Arkansas and SC have passed UGA this year – but UGA is in transition – apparently more this year than last year. But luckily – UGA does not play LSU or Alabama.

Lose to Mississippi State – UGA will lose momentum in recruiting and be the laughing stock.

At this point – here is thge projection for UGA for the rest of the season:
Wins: Colorado, Vandy, ID STATE
50/50: Mississippi State, Tennessee, Kentucky
Losses: Florida, Auburn and GT

The beginning of the end!

GT GRAD

September 21st, 2010
11:53 am

Potential UGA recruits will be looking at other schools and some (maybe even several) will jump ship.

Offensive coordinator BOBO will be replaced after this year & the brand new defensive coordinator GRANTHAM looks shakey to say the least. Coach Richt will be at UGA for one more year (IF UGA finds a way to win 7 games this season); however, the UGA faithful will continue to bark and growl for the next 12-16 months and Richt will be fired after next season. He is as good as gone. Informed recruits who have not been drinking the UGA Koolaid are already aware of these facts.

BTW……..why would 4 and 5 star recuits want to go to a school where 4 and 5 star recruits go to fizzle out (history essentially proves that VERY few improve while at UGA; most regress and end up the same or worse than when they entered college!). Also, why would these star football players sign with UGA when the coaching staff will almost definitely change over the next two years??????

The truth hurts………..UGA faithful are about to learn that there are consequences to bashing your coaches and not being supportive fans (even when times are tough).

Go GT! {I mean I sure hope some of the players that jump ship from UGA end up Going to GT!!}

REALLY!

September 21st, 2010
11:55 am

AND HOW MANY BALLS HAVE THEY COUGHT THIS YEAR???????????? 5 TOTAL IN 3 GAMES!!!! MY POINT IS THEY AINT GETTIN ANY BALLS THROWN THERE WAY!!!!

TXDawg (The Real TXDawg)

September 21st, 2010
11:58 am

I think I’ll have to start going to Montgomery’s football games and doing a little recruiting for the DAWGS. You guys can thank me once I get him to flip on that committment to Stanford…..and just remember, I don’t drink often, but when I do I prefer Dos Equis (XX)!!

TXDawg (The Real TXDawg)

September 21st, 2010
12:01 pm

A GT fan on our blog criticizing our D-Coord?? I guess he thinks Al Groh is the best D-Coord in the land too….what a joke (by the Coke)!

Sam

September 21st, 2010
12:01 pm

UGAs trouble boils down to ……Blocking and tackling both of which we haven’t done a good job of in the last 2 games

McDawg

September 21st, 2010
12:08 pm

we need to offer the P. Daniels kid-need some receivers

nolabigdawg

September 21st, 2010
12:11 pm

Gator Bob,

Really, is that your UNBIASED, opinion????

Thanks for the laugh though. Maybe you should spend more time opining about the Gators. Seems like they are going to need your vital support this year.

HoonDog

September 21st, 2010
12:11 pm

Great. More great recruits that don’t get any better after coming here. Bobo is a pure genius. And Searells sure coaches the sh%t out of an offensive line. Our guys looked like a bunch of highschoolers next to SC.

Barack Dawg

September 21st, 2010
12:12 pm

All the TECH fans commenting on the UGA defense – we don’t really need your input. You should concern yourself with your own defense. You should worry about why you got beat by Kansas, who is 1 – 2 and did not lose to SEC teams.

Our defense as so many are concerned about is not the issue. The issue is primarily offense. If we score a TD against USC then that is a different game. Just like last year – your defense can’t play the whole game and bail you out every single time. At some point the offense has to score. They did finally catch on at Arkansas but to fall short.

Yes the game ended with the defense giving up the game winning TD but the offense had a chance to win the game before that and it would have been a mute point.

The strengths at the start of the year – OL, running game, special teams have all been let downs to this point.

The defense has given up fewer points than last year to Arkansas and they stiffled USC when that could have gotten out of hand as well. I would say the defense is on course.

I think we are finally seeing some off field distractions with AJ and Ealey that had an impact on the performance. AJ will be back after this week and I am sure he is eager to redeem himself. Ealey is the same but needs to step up and the line needs to step up. The OL has not been wonderful but if you look at the film, you will see the running backs are not getting any yards after the hit. They go down. Crowell has to be licking his chops to come to UGA and start immediately. But the issue there is in our system – the RB has to be able to run block effectively. Ealey learned that lesson quickly on Saturday on the last play of the day.

All the band wagon fans – get the hell off the wagon and stay the hell off the wagon. PERIOD.

TXDawg (The Real TXDawg)

September 21st, 2010
12:12 pm

GT Grad, what was your degree in….dumbness??
“BTW……..why would 4 and 5 star recuits want to go to a school where 4 and 5 star recruits go to fizzle out (history essentially proves that VERY few improve while at UGA; most regress and end up the same or worse than when they entered college!). Also, why would these star football players sign with UGA when the coaching staff will almost definitely change over the next two years??????”

Answer:
Georgia (for the 2009 season)
Chester Adams (72) Chicago Bears G
Asher Allen (21) Minnesota Vikings CB
Geno Atkins (97) Cincinnati Bengals DT
Champ Bailey (24) Denver Broncos CB
Chris Clemons (91) Seattle Seahawks DE
Rennie Curran (53) Tennessee Titans LB
Phillip Daniels (93) Washington Redskins DE
Thomas Davis (58) Carolina Panthers LB
Dannell Ellerbe (59) Baltimore Ravens ILB
Demetric Evans (93) San Francisco 49ers DE
Robert Geathers (91) Cincinnati Bengals DE
Kedric Golston (64) Washington Redskins DE
Arnold Harrison (97) Pittsburgh Steelers LB
Marcus Howard Tennessee Titans LB
Corvey Irvin (60) Carolina Panthers DT
Max Jean-Gilles (62) Philadelphia Eagles G
Tim Jennings (26) Chicago Bears DB
Charles Johnson (95) Carolina Panthers DE
Reshad Jones (20) Miami Dolphins DB
Sean Jones (26) Tampa Bay Buccaneers SS
John Kasay (4) Carolina Panthers K
Kregg Lumpkin (28) Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB
Mohamed Massaquoi (11) Cleveland Browns WR
Randy McMichael (81) San Diego Chargers TE
Prince Miller (30) Baltimore Ravens DB
Michael Moore (17) Detroit Lions WR
Knowshon Moreno (27) Denver Broncos RB
Quentin Moses (93) Miami Dolphins LB
Paul Oliver (27) San Diego Chargers SS
Jeff Owens (64) Philadelphia Eagles DT
Leonard Pope (45) Kansas City Chiefs TE
Dennis Roland (74) Cincinnati Bengals T
Richard Seymour (92) Oakland Raiders DT
Matthew Stafford (9) Detroit Lions QB
Jonathan Stinchcomb (78) New Orleans Saints T
Marcus Stroud (99) Buffalo Bills DE
Fernando Velasco (61) Tennessee Titans C
Hines Ward (86) Pittsburgh Steelers WR
Danny Ware (28) New York Giants RB
Benjamin Watson (82) Cleveland Browns TE
Kade Weston (66) New England Patriots DT
Will Witherspoon (92) Tennessee Titans OLB
Jarius Wynn Green Bay Packers DE

nolabigdawg

September 21st, 2010
12:12 pm

Lowndes25,

Do you post a blog somewhere? You seem very knowledgeable and I appreciate your sanity in this cess pool of immaturity.

BullGator12

September 21st, 2010
12:14 pm

Dawg fans are drinking the Richt Koolaid for sure….
Make excuses all you want if that helps you avoid reality!
The GATORS have 4 new coaches,a new D-scheme,new Qb,new O-scheme,12 players drafted into the NFL last yr & 8 of those were underclassmen. 70% of the GATOR 2 deep is fr & sophs. 28 fr are playing this yr–16 true fr & 12 red shirt fr. Everyone in the country is asking what’s wrong with the GATORS and they don’t look that good. Well, good enough to be 3-0, working through all their growing pains and getting ready to get into the meat of their schedule–Kentucky,Bama,LSU,the Dawgs, South Carolina and FSU.
NO EXCUSES coming from Gainseville. The D is looking GREAT as well as special teams. The O is a work in progress but the D keeps us in games.
10 interceptions with a young aggressive secondary helps as well. Say what you want but the GATORS stay focused to the job at hand. that is due to good coaching of a “very” young team.
The Dawgs had 8 arrests in what, a month…..we have our probs as well but these 27 athletes arrested were all recruited by the Dawgs, Bama, UM,USC,Texas,Notre Dame Ohio St…etc. If they weren’t playing in the Swamp they would be between the Hedges or in Tuscaloosa or Baton Rouge.
You can’t tell me any Dawg fan wouldn’t trade 30 arrests(hell you all aren’t far behind anyway)in 5yrs+ for 3 SEC championships & 2 National championships.
The Dawgs coaching staff is inconsistent, not very cohesive and coaching scared—bite the bullet and get rid of them. You now have a good AD and he should be looking at Harbaugh/Stanford, Kyle Whittingham/Utah or Boise coach Chris Peterson. Coaches that have built/rebuilt programs quickly, with good athletes and relatively clean programs. Utah may go undefeated this yr and noone even pays attention to them. If Utah beats TCU & Notre Dame Kyle Whittingham will be the hottest coach hire in the country. Georgia needs to clean house rather than keep changing coordinators as they have no cohesiveness and the effects are playing out. This is an 8-4 season at the very best and more likely a 7-5 season that could slip to 6-6 as the players “get used to losing”. Gator Nation wants the Dawgs to be a National Power–it means more when we beat you all….Good Luck

robodawg

September 21st, 2010
12:14 pm

It was a great game in Athens, great atmosphere, and the team showed a lot of heart. I can see why it would make an impression on recruits. Probably nothing on that sideline indicated this could be a team going in the wrong direction. As Scott-Wesley says, the only thing that would make him waver is if these silly calls to fire Richt came true. For recruiting purposes, I bet that’s a fire our rivals will pour plenty of fuel on.

papadawg

September 21st, 2010
12:14 pm

Should help recruiting with the sign outside Coach Richts door. HELP NEEDED AT ALL POSITIONS, START IMMEDIATELY

HoonDog

September 21st, 2010
12:15 pm

Gator Bob is right. I think that is fair. Although LSU coaching is almost as bad as ours and Auburn isn’t that good. I think Auburn could be put in the UGA, KY, TN category.

ryan

September 21st, 2010
12:15 pm

I think JSW is safe god for bid CMR does get fired then JSW would jump ship .