THE TEN AT 10:
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.