THE TEN AT 10 (sharp, for USMCDAWG):
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.
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.”
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.