Ten@10: QB Vad Lee shows off for Tech’s Paul Johnson

THE TEN AT 10 (sharp, for USMCDAWG):

Tech commitment Vad Lee scored five TDs and had 259 yards for Hillside this past weekend.

Tech commitment Vad Lee scored five TDs and had 259 yards for Hillside this past weekend.

1. Vad Lee put on a show for Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson last Friday in Durham. N.C. Now the Yellow Jackets plan to return the favor as Lee comes to The Flats to watch them take on N.C. State on Saturday.

Johnson was among several coaches on the sidelines watching Lee last weekend as he put on a dazzling display while leading his Hillside High team to  33-8 win over Greensboro-Dudley. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound quarterback, who committed to the Jackets on Aug. 19th, scored five rushing touchdowns and racked up 259 total yards (141 passing, 118 rushing) as the Hornetsundefeated at 5-0.

“I just came out here and played my game,” Lee told NewsObserver.com. “My offensive line did it again, and we just played a tremendous game. I have weapons all around me and the best offensive line in the state.”

Lee is one of several Tech commitments expected to be at Bobby Dodd Stadium for Saturday’s game. Others include Hillgrove LB Jabari Hunt-Days, Pepperell OL Kyle Harris and Starr’s Mill WR Jeff Greene.

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson liked what he saw. (Photos by Mark Dolejs/NewsObserver.com)

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson liked what he saw. (Photos by Mark Dolejs/NewsObserver.com)

2. Another Georgia Tech pledge who is having an exceptional senior season is Dominique Noble. The defensive back from Mount Ulla, N.C., had yet another interception for West Rowan in a 32-0 win this past weekend. With the victory, West Rowan improved to 4-0 and has yet to be scored upon in 2010, out-scoring its opponents 156-0.

3. Offensive lineman Bryan Chamberlain, a Tech commitment from Albany, was recently named to the WALB-TV Top 10 team and was the subject of a short feature on the WALB newscast. Chamberlain, a 6-foot-4, 285-pound tackle, is a three-star prospect from Monroe High and was one of the Yellow Jackets’ earliest commitments, pledging them back in early April.

4. One Atlanta prospect who will take particular interest in Saturday’s game between Georgia Tech and North Carolina State is Lithonia’s Dave Mann. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound senior defensive end already holds a scholarship offer from the Wolfpack but has seen an increase in interest and activity from both the Yellow Jackets and Clemson this season. He reportedly wants to major in engineering.

5. Official U.S. Army All-American Bowl invitations are expected to go out in the coming days around Georgia. As is that game’s tradition, Army officers will be dispatched to the respective schools to extend formal invites in public ceremonies.  Among the Georgians known to have accepted invitations to play in this year’s game in San Antonio are East Hall OLB/DE Sterling Bailey (Georgia commitment), Griffin DB Corey Moore (Georgia), Grady ATH Damian Swann (uncommitted), Monroe Area DE Stephon Tuitt (Notre Dame) and Eagles Landing Christian School DB Avery Walls (uncommitted).

6. Tucker linebacker James Vaughters, an AJC Super 11 selection and 4.0 student, on recently gaining academic admission to Stanford: “Coach Jim Harbaugh talked to my dad Friday night to let us know. As you know, Stanford is very difficult to get in to, even for scholar-athletes, so it made it extra special to find out I was admitted. Despite the coaching staff’s assurances, I was still a little worried, since it was Stanford. So I was very careful about everything that I put in the application becauise I wanted to make sure it was perfect. That made it a little time-consuming, but I was relieved when I received the news. It was a very reassuring feeling.”

Must have been. Vaughters went out for Friday night and had two interceptions — including one that he returned for a touchdown — to help Tucker on its way to a 68-0 win over Chamblee.

7. True freshman JaWuan James has apparently played terrific in his three starts at right tackle for Tennessee. The North Gwinnett graduate has been whistled for only one penalty so far, but that was not the stat that most impresses quarterback Matt Simms.  “I’ve been very impressed because, from what I see, his guy isn’t hitting me very much. That’s kind of how I judge it.” There’s much more from James in THIS ARTICLE from the Knoxville News Sentinel and GoVolsXtra.com.

8. The fallout behind South Carolina’s true freshman tailback Marcus Lattimore has begun. Jarvis Giles, a sophomore from Tampa, was granted an unconditional release by the Gamecocks. The four-star prospect rushed for 277 yards and a touchdown on 52 carries as a freshman last season.

9. Interesting story at DawgPost.com on Georgia’s Class of 2006. I’d forgotten until reporter Fletcher Page reminded us that class included four five-star prospects per Scout.com: LB Darius Dewberry, LB Akeem Hebron, QB Matt Stafford and DT Brandon Wood. That doesn’t include S Reshad Jones, who got five stars from Rivals.com.

10. THIS & THAT: Here’s a nice little roundup of basketball recruiting from AJC high schools reporter Michael Carvell. . . . Walton High twins Daron and Zack Blaylock have received schoarship offers from Louisville. . . . As it turns out, it was Clemson that turned in Tennessee for sending recruiting hostesses to a game in Duncan, S.C. . . . Colquitt County OT Xzavier Ward has set up an official visit with Alabama for the weekend of Oct. 1-3. The Tide plays Florida on Oct. 2.

131 comments Add your comment

dON

September 23rd, 2010
10:01 am

taking away the rights for anyone to claim first

USMCDAWG

September 23rd, 2010
10:05 am

Good Job keep it up!

Bud

September 23rd, 2010
10:20 am

GO DAWGS…..A long winning streak will shut-up the naysayers up! Bandwagon fans discuss me!!!

Burdell

September 23rd, 2010
10:25 am

Thanks for the updates on the Tech commits, Chip.

GO JACKETS!!! Beat the ‘Pack!

Worm

September 23rd, 2010
10:28 am

Dawgs could’ve sure used James..Our 4-5 stars haven’t panned out well lately..Samuel and Brandon Wood are just more examples..I’m starting to believe we need to evaluate talent better…Then I see recruits like Demetre Baker and the other Florida kid who seem to be players.

Matthews Dawg

September 23rd, 2010
10:30 am

Bud…I agree, but look at your spelling. Go Dawgs

AlabamaRamblinwreck

September 23rd, 2010
10:40 am

Thanks for the great updates, Chip. They are appreciated.

turkeyneck

September 23rd, 2010
10:48 am

CPJ sure likes those low fitting shirts around his neck.

Barry Saggitarius

September 23rd, 2010
10:48 am

Thanks Chip, but we can’t read that story by Fletcher Page without subscribing…

GT Sambo

September 23rd, 2010
10:51 am

Good stuff, Chip, thanks! Good to hear that Tech committments are looking good. Maybe this will quiet the crowd that says Tech and CPJ can’t recruit. Also heard Jabari Hunt-Days averaged nearly 20 tackles a game in his first few games.

rduck

September 23rd, 2010
10:54 am

good to see Vad Lee doing very well and can’t wait to see him suit up for the Jackets. Let’s put on a great performance against the pack! Congrats to Mr. Vaughters on his acceptance to Stanford. Would have loved to have him on the flats, but wish him much success for all of his hard work..

Gerald

September 23rd, 2010
10:55 am

Dave Mann obviously won’t be going to UGA then I guess. Look, I am as big a GT fan as the next guy, but this is all the more reason why UGA should offer engineering! By the way, please allow a south Georgia school, like Georgia Southern or Valdosta State, to offer engineering too! Georgia is the ONLY SOUTHERN STATE that has only one public engineering school, and it has only TWO engineering schools, Tech and Mercer. Sorry “engineering technology” programs like DeVry and Southern Tech … you don’t count. In other states, even the state HBCUs like FAMU, Alabama State, Jackson State, Tennessee State, North Carolina A&T etc. offer engineering. I know that this isn’t the education blog, but how many good football players has UGA lost out on because UGA doesn’t offer engineering?

DogFan

September 23rd, 2010
10:56 am

Chip, You now write like Jeff and Mark. Most of your writings are negative as it pertains to Georgia and CMR. Also, most of your information on the Georgia web page is about other schools. Spare us and write about Georgia or print your news on the other schools’ web page.

rduck

September 23rd, 2010
10:56 am

Turkey neck: better than that noose tightening around Mark Richt’s neck!

MikeP

September 23rd, 2010
10:57 am

Why would bandwagon fans want to discuss Bud? By now DAWG fans should be discussing Bud Light. Over lots of Bud Light. Lots and lots of Bud Light. Although the terms “Dawg fans” and “light” are seldom seen in the same sentence, it applies here.

GT12

September 23rd, 2010
11:10 am

Gerald.

Uh.. SPSU?

erdrnick

September 23rd, 2010
11:11 am

Hey Gerald–not to worry–Tech may have an engineering program and higher academic standing but UGA has red panties and “get out of jail free” cards and look who gets all the 4 and 5 star recruits.Tells you a little bit about life’s goals that a lot of these players may have.

dawgster

September 23rd, 2010
11:11 am

Dogfan..you are way off base on your comments..lets try to keep this civil…it can be done..good example was yesterday’s blog with a lot of very, very good input…and very little negative and program bashing…go dawgs…

JM

September 23rd, 2010
11:13 am

any idea where Jarvis Giles is looking to transfer?

ryan

September 23rd, 2010
11:15 am

Its not worth responding to the haters because all you do is repeat the same thing over and over it so old ok UGA is not good team we get it dude the red panties is getting old to .

michael

September 23rd, 2010
11:16 am

i think bud wants people to discuss him.

66DAWGnNC

September 23rd, 2010
11:19 am

I agree with both Bud and Matthews Dawg. This season could very well turn out to be 2007 all over again. Early losses, then run the table. To all my true DAWG fans out there, understand that mathmatically we are not out of the SEC race just yet. Now before the naysayers and immature posters on these blogs begin to make their asinine comments, consider these possibilities. The way the division champion is determined is by first, overall SEC record, and second, head-to-head competition. Right now the only Eastern Div team that owns the tie-breaker over us is South Carolina. Yet, look at their schedule. They play Alabama, Arkansas, and Auburn from the West, right now the 3 best teams in that division. They will also play all of their Eastern division rivals, including UF and UT, who may not be as bad as folks think. Historically UGA has gotten better throughout the season while South Carolina has faded to the back of the pack. Not saying this will happen this year, but before everyone hits the panick button or writes the DAWGS off, remember there is a lot of football left to be played. Obviously we will have to win out in the SEC while hoping South Carolina loses at least 3. As CMR stated earlier in the week, it is not like we have been getting blown out in the 2 losses. As poorly as we played in Columbia, we were still in the game until the end. If you look at the film we had Lattimore and co. bottled up in the backfield on 90% of his touches, yet whiffed on the tackle. Last week 3 blown coverages resulted in 3 quick scores, hence the difference in the game. So, maybe the DAWGS are not as bad as the record indicates, but then again, if we were all that good the tackles would have been made and the receivers would have been covered. What I am saying is, be patient true DAWG fans. A loss, in Starkville, however, will begin to wear the patience thin and point to a 6-6 or 5-7 record. Then we can all jump off the bandwagon or off a cliff. Your choice.

BTW- Chip, what is the point of #9? Do you really think Richt and co. consult Rivals or Scout or whatever recruiting service to determine if a kid has enought “star” power before they recruit him? If my understanding is correct, Wood and Hebron (only 2 still on team), have been hampered with nagging injuries as was the case with Dewberry. Stafford and Jones played as true freshmen, had decent careers, and jumped ship early for the NFL. So, again I ask, what’s your point? Just curious on that one. Thanks for the info even if it is mostly about Tech.

dawgster

September 23rd, 2010
11:29 am

ryan..good point ryan…what do you think about Anderson being out for the season…i’m a little worried about NT for this year at least…

ryan

September 23rd, 2010
11:31 am

This about recruiting if want to say all that trash go on Shultz blog .

BigTimeTECHFan

September 23rd, 2010
11:34 am

Chip – How’s Jeff Greene’s leg, getting better?

ryan

September 23rd, 2010
11:35 am

Yea dawgster thats not good about Anderson i think if something is going to change we have to find a real good strength and conditioning coach because that i think is the problem .

dawgster

September 23rd, 2010
11:41 am

ryan…can’t say that i’m pleased with our overall strength and conditioning…i don’t want to fault how he conditions our players he had always done a good job at FSU…but i do agree we seem to be overmatched physically at many postions at times…I know the players have to want to get stronger to so some of this can be attributed to their atttitude…when we bring in these recruits they need to be getting much stronger especially our interior lineman and i’m with you that seems to be where it all starts…

Gerald

September 23rd, 2010
11:44 am

GT12:

SPSU is Southern Tech. They don’t offer actual engineering there, just engineeering technology like DeVry. If you want a Bachelor of Science in electrical, chemical, mechanical, civil etc. engineering, not engineering technology which is is a lower level degree with far fewer options for employment or graduate school (because it does not emphasize design or theory) then Georgia Tech and Mercer are it.

Again, this is not the education blog, but it is a major reason why North Carolina and Florida have made so many strides economically in recent years while Georgia is basically in a standstill. Both states have multiple engineering schools, produce far more engineers, no one engineering school has a monopoly on resources, etc. Result: Florida and North Carolina have high tech corridors like I-4 and Research Triangle Park. By contrast, Tech produces a ton of engineers who mostly leave the state to work in the high tech corridors in Florida and North Carolina (and in California, Texas and New Jersey). It’s idiotic. Which makes more sense, having only one engineering school, or having only one law school? Well Georgia has one state engineering school but multiple law schools and you see the result.

ryan

September 23rd, 2010
11:46 am

Hopefully with Ray Drew and Baily and Swann things will be better next year also Crowell .

Lowndes25

September 23rd, 2010
11:49 am

dawgster, trust me when I tell you, there is nothing wrong with our Strength and Conditioning program…absolutely nothing. That is an urban legend that has caught fire on message boards…our S&C program is top-notch…trust me…

ryan

September 23rd, 2010
11:54 am

Loswndes25 if its not S&C were do think the problem is it that we just don’t have the size or something else .

James

September 23rd, 2010
11:58 am

dawgster

September 23rd, 2010
12:08 pm

your right Lowndes25…i didn’t really want to go there either, but there does seem to be alot made of..mostly by commentators but once it gets traction it takes off.. i will say though, and wonder if you would agree it seems we have been physically manhandled(that may be a little too harsh), but then again against Tech last year we looked pretty physical…I think alot of it is relative in that when we lose as we have against the likes of Bama, gators like we have then people want to say we cant match up physicallly..that may be a little of it but for the most part you have to have the talent to compete with teams and we maybe lacking in depth at some key positions…I am excited about this years recruiting class that from all indications is going to be a good one…Any new info on recruiting you have would be great…

Lowndes25

September 23rd, 2010
12:09 pm

ryan, playing on the Line is more about technique than it is strength. Our Defensive coaches are teaching our guys to keep their bodies/pads low to the ground and to get inside leverage on the OL. The bigger you are the harder it is to get your pads lower to the ground and the easier it is for an O-Lineman to get his hands inside of your pads and push you out of the play. Does strength have something to do with it? Yes. However, it is not the biggest key. Proper technique is the biggest key to being successful on both the Offensive and Defensive Lines.

Glory, Glory

September 23rd, 2010
12:14 pm

I for one would like to thank all those 5 star recruits (and our coaching staff) for turning things around against Florida and putting us back in the National Championship hunt every year. Oh and the Blackout beatdown of Saban.

Glory, Glory

September 23rd, 2010
12:14 pm

and the Fulmer Cup

ryan

September 23rd, 2010
12:15 pm

Do think there will be some changes with Defense and O line Lowndes25 .

Lowndes25

September 23rd, 2010
12:19 pm

ryan, what kind of changes are you talking about?

dawgster, are you wondering about anyone specifically?

UGA REDNECKS

September 23rd, 2010
12:34 pm

Go dawgs??????? Wow!!!! Thats brave.

Delbert D.

September 23rd, 2010
12:38 pm

Congratulations again to James Vaughters. With a Stanford education, your potential is sky-high.

Cuttysark

September 23rd, 2010
12:44 pm

You do the best job covering college recruiting for the local players Chip! Keep up the great work! Looks like the players being recruited by Paul Johnson are doing very well in their senior seasons. Looking forward to getting a few more recruits on the Flats between now and national signing day. For more Georgia Tech Football articles go to http://isportsweb.com. Go Jackets!

GTMustang

September 23rd, 2010
12:44 pm

Vad Lee > Christian LeMay, and it ain’t even close.

JSS

September 23rd, 2010
12:44 pm

Tech has the capacity to expand and cover the degree needs of the State. What most don’t know is that Regents (the REAL joke) should be offering the ability for any student in the USG to earn degrees via credit at any sister institution. Yes there needs to be two more true engineering degree conferring institutions. The logical places are not UGA or Valdosta. VSU is and was the logical program for the 2nd medical school. South GA needs a public teaching hospital. Mercer is private. Fort Valley or Albany State could the perfect place for the next engineering degree schools. They have the room, and the programs fit with demographics and logistics needs of the State (Robins ALC and Moody). The other would be Armstrong in Savannah because it allows SSU and Ga. Southern to create cooperative programs.

Ramblin Man

September 23rd, 2010
12:47 pm

bigtimetechfan,
Unless there was something I missed there is nothing wrong with Greens leg. He injured his hand and is currently in physical therapy due to a lack of feeling in that hand, which has me concerned for his future as a WR.
It’s great to see a GT QB recruit doing well in his senior season. For those who were not aware Days is lighting it up with double digit tackles so far. Noble and Chamberlian keep up the hard work.This years group is looking to be a really good bunch for GT and I can’t wait to see them on the flats.

ryan

September 23rd, 2010
12:49 pm

Athens is a liberal town voted for Obama you call us rednecks there a lot of Asians and Latin people here yes i will say we some rednecks .

Mark Richt disciple

September 23rd, 2010
12:50 pm

lowndes25, if no one else is going to ask questions about recruits, i sure will, I have tons. Like you, i enjoy recruiting, but and try to keep up with it, but you know way more than i could ever hope to. You mentioned yesterday about the dogs getting xzavier dickson, i thought and still think from what ive read that he is an alabama lean. But i could be wrong, you think otherwise? In addition, what do you think our chances are with brandon shell. I know hes down to us and usc, but i would think hes leaning there. And vad lee better than christian lemay…sounds like someone is trying to stir up controversy…

Ramblin Man

September 23rd, 2010
12:50 pm

JSS,
Armstrong would really have to expand. I graduated from there 14 years ago and they barely had room for the degrees offered then. Granted I have not been back on campus since graduating and they may have expanded since.

Atlantan

September 23rd, 2010
12:50 pm

Too bad Ugag’s haul in Feb doesn’t amount to much come December.

Paddy

September 23rd, 2010
12:52 pm

DogFan…..You really swung and missed on your comments. AJC is fair and balanced. We as Dawg fans have nothing to complain about. You must know our squad is not very good right now. Taking shots at the ajc is putting your head in the sand. Go Dawgs!

SideWalk_Fan

September 23rd, 2010
12:52 pm

Did You all hear about that one guy named BUD that posts on the AJC Blog? He is really something else, boy lemme tell ya..