Ten@10: Letterman Phillip Daniels disappointed UGA never offered his son

THE TEN AT 10:

1. Wide receiver DaVaris Daniels, the top prospect in Illinois and the son of Georgia football letterman Phillip Daniels, committed to Notre Dame this week without receiving a scholarship offer from his father’s alma mater.

“Yeah, I’m a little disappointed they didn’t offer, but at the same time, it’s life,” Daniels told the website TBD.com. “I realize, too, that Georgia’s never been a receiver school. And my son figured that out. We talked about it a lot. They didn’t offer, and that was kind of sad with me being a 15-year guy [in the NFL], and my son being one of the top receivers in the nation.

“But you know what, I still love Georgia,” said Daniels, a defensive end with the Washington Redskins. “I played there, they gave me my opportunity. My son made his decision. I told him all along it was his decision and whatever he decides, that’s where he’s going. So, no hard feelings. I wish them the best. But, if my son ever plays Georgia, whether it be championship game, or any game during the season, I’m pulling for Notre Dame while he’s there.”

Georgia corresponded with the Daniels but could never get DaVaris to come to campus for an in-person evaluation.

The 6-2, 190-pound athlete is expected to play wide receiver in college but does a little bit of everything at Vernon Hills High (5-0), which has outscored its opponents 240-0 this season. He has 10 catches for 277 yards and four touchdowns, 203 rushing yards and five touchdowns, has thrown a TD pass, returned a punt for a touchdown, has three interceptions and one defensive touchdown.

Daniels had 17 offers and chose the Irish over Miami and Oklahoma.

2. Most of the top prospects in the South are flocking to Alabama this weekend for the No. 1-ranked Crimson Tide’s game against No. 7 Florida, including five-star prospects Isaiah Crowell of Carver-Columbus; LB Tony Steward of St. Augustine, Fla.; and DT Tim Jernigan of Lake City, Fla., according to TideSports.com. Georgia will be well represented, too, including RB Quan Bray, DE Xzavier Dickson, OT Xzavier Ward, DE Jordan Jenkins and  DT Dakota Ball. The nation’s top prospect — DE Jadaveon Clowney of Rock Hill, S.C. — is apparently NOT going to be in Tuscaloosa. He has chosen instead to attend the Clemson-Miami game.

3. A lot of elite prospects are visiting LSU, too, including AJC Super 11 DE Ray Drew of Thomasville. Earlier this week Drew told me LSU was actually one of his favorite SEC teams growing up. Other prospects in Baton Rouge on Saturday include Greg Robinson, Marquise Williams, Odell Beckham, La’El Collins, Mickey Johnson, Anthony Johnson, Jeremy Hill, Jarvis Landry and Kenny Hilliard, according to 247sports.com.

4. Dalton OT Watts Dantzler said he will “probably” take an unofficial visit to Auburn, his self-proclaimed No. 2 choice when he committed to Georgia this past summer. Asked how much should be read into that, Dantzler laughed. “I don’t know. I love Georgia and it would have to have some bad things happen for me not to go there.”

5. Meanwhile, some of Georgia’s 2011 commitments are fighting to keep the Bulldogs’ next recruiting class together. UGA has 16 commitments lined to sign scholarships for next season, including quarterback Christian LeMay of Matthews, N.C. “He is talking to recruits daily and reminding them of the impact the class of 2011 will have on this team,” said Stacy LeMay, Christian’s father. “They all appear strong in their commitments  given there are no wholesale coaching changes.”

6. Georgia Tech recently offered 2012 RB Ronald Darby of Oxon Hill, Md., according to Rivals.com. . . . The Yellow Jackets are still in the running for five-star prospects Curtis Grant, a linebacker from Richmond, Va., and Doran Grant, a cornerback from Akron, Ohio. They’re not related.

7. The Wall Street Journal looked into claims that Alabama misuses medical hardships to open up scholarships for better players and found some validity to it.  Two of the 12 players that have accepted medical hardships under coach Nick Saban said they felt they could still play but were encouraged not to by the head coach. Saban says the medical staff makes all decisions on medical hardships without his input.

8. AJC high schools reporter Michael Carvell catches up with Northview 6-foot-10 junior center Kyle Meyer and finds out how he feels about Georgia and Georgia Tech and what schools are showing him the most interest.

9. Donald Heath of the Savannah Morning News examines the many contributions being made by true freshman at Georgia Southern under first-year head coach Jeff Monken. The Eagles have played 11 of their 23 freshman signees so far, including quarterback/slotback Jack McKinnon (Sprayberry HS) and defensive lineman Josh Gebhardt (Landmark Christian). Fullback Robert Brown of Westside-Macon is the team’s leading rusher.

10. THIS & THAT: Monroe Area DE Stephon Tuitt accepted his official invitation to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Wednesday at his school. He is the fourth Georgian to receive the honor in the last week, joining Griffin’s Corey Moore and Eagles Landing Christian Academy’s Avery Walls, Grady’s Damian Swann. East Hall’s Sterling Bailey will be feted by the all-star game’s selection committee on Friday. Thomas County Central’s Drew has also accepted an invite. . . .

Speaking of Tuitt, he was named Lineman of the Week by the Touchdown Club of Atlanta. He had 11 tackles and a sack in the Purple Hurricanes’ win over Chestatee. Newton running back Akeem Hunt was named Back of the Week after rushing for 133 yards and returning a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown in a 35-32 victory over Newnan. . . . Knoxville RB Devrin Young committed to Tennessee this week. The 5-7, 160-pound athlete has 1,006 yards and 15 TDs already this season. He is the Vols’ 15th commitment. . . . Kentucky received a commitment from OL Shaq Love of Harriman, Tenn. Love chose the Wildcats over Vanderbilt, Duke, Memphis, Kansas and Middle Tennessee State.

129 comments Add your comment

USMCDAWG

September 30th, 2010
10:01 am

10:00 Sharp making me proud!!!

Just a warning

September 30th, 2010
10:11 am

If Richt still takes Christian LeMay after all his problems the past 3 years, he is either stupid, desperate or both.

hmmm

September 30th, 2010
10:11 am

UGA asked more than once for Daniels to come to Athens, who is to fault they never came? But yet Daniels ‘has no hard feelings’, yeah, it sure sounds like it.

HP Dawg

September 30th, 2010
10:12 am

All Davaris had to do was make a simple trip to Athens. He never did. His family has spent more time arguing on message boards than seriously considering UGA. They just ought to give it a rest.

USMCDAWG

September 30th, 2010
10:14 am

LeMay broke a rule not the law there is a difference.

UGA Dawgs

September 30th, 2010
10:18 am

Dawg Man

September 30th, 2010
10:18 am

As soon as all our players get out of jail, we’ll run all the teams off the field.

sunny purdue

September 30th, 2010
10:19 am

He should be thankful. What kid would want to spend 4 years at a second tier program wondering which position coach is the next to be fired?

Lower level

September 30th, 2010
10:24 am

Are you kidding me! Davaris stat are avg. Zay howard had those # in the Duluth game alone check out the kidd from collins hill.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

September 30th, 2010
10:25 am

UGA should have offered Daniels a scholarship.. If he is a 4 star and Miami, Notre Dame offered he obviously has talent and UGA is short on numbers at the WR position. Richt screwed up this time. Dawg Man – you suck.

GStateBen

September 30th, 2010
10:26 am

And Georgia State has played 25 total RS Freshman or True Freshman this year. Think those guys will be really good in the next 2-3 years? I do!

steven060907

September 30th, 2010
10:26 am

Jermauria Rasco must be pretty fast. He is going to be in Baton Rouge and Tuscaloosa on the same day.

steven060907

September 30th, 2010
10:30 am

The whole Daniels thing is a joke…tired of hearing about it. If he really wanted him to come UGA he would have got him down here. UGA may have been turned off by him b/c he goes to a small private school and plays against inferior competition-See Marlon Brown.

joe

September 30th, 2010
10:32 am

“If Richt still takes Christian LeMay after all his problems the past 3 years, he is either stupid, desperate or both.”

All his problems? He only had one problem dumb@ass.

Lowndes25

September 30th, 2010
10:32 am

USMCDAWG, you are exactly right about Lemay.

HP Dawg, you are spot-on as well with your post about DaVaris Daniels. I would like to ask AJ Green about Phillip Daniels comments that UGA has never been a receiver school…I think he and MoMass (to name a few) would disagree with that statement.

Chip Towers

September 30th, 2010
10:38 am

Good catch, steven060907! I didn’t notice that. Going to take him out ’til I figure where he’ll actually be.

Rodney Dangerfield

September 30th, 2010
10:45 am

So anything happening on the Tech front?

Rodney Dangerfield

September 30th, 2010
10:46 am

Lord knows Tech needs some talented outside linebackers and DT’s.

Matthews Dawg

September 30th, 2010
10:46 am

“Just a warning”….LeMay is a good kid who made a bad decision. He is a very talented player and will push Murray for the starting job! It looks to me that if we don’t keep CMR, we will lose a ton of these recruits. I believe we keep CMR, he deserves the right to get us going the right direction. Get after CU and get us going in the right direction. Go Dawgs

tide roll

September 30th, 2010
10:52 am

Heck Philip, they didn’t offer Cam Newton either! Also, has their been a Rodney Garner sighting!? Rocker is kicking his butt! Have you seen Jeff Whitaker from Warner Robins or the two studs out of Banneker. Throw in Cam “Bam” Newton and Auburn owes UGA at least a Christmas card. And The amazing thing is Georgia has a history with each of the high schools these players attended , especially Westlake,( Newton’s old high school} with Sean Jones and Kiante Tripp. The way uga treats some of these kids {especially Tripp} once they’re up there may be a factor. I almost forgot another Westlake alum – Chance Warmack, who starts at offensive guard next to another georgia product Big James Carpenter.out of Augusta. Look for the tide to land another athletic offensive tackle from Moultrie – Big Xzavier Ward ,and for Rocker to beat Garner again for big Gabe Wright out of Columbus. Richt fiddles (or hits the Lake house) while Rome, I mean Athens burns. It’s got to be tough being a Dawg.

Northleaf

September 30th, 2010
10:58 am

Dawg Man, who’s in jail? No one to my knowledge and such posting don’t make sense.

Tanktown

September 30th, 2010
11:08 am

“Georgia has never been a WR school”. That’s laughable. Hines Ward is a borderline HOF, AJ Green will be Top-5 pick, Reggie Brown was a 1st rounder. Bryce Hunter, Andre Hastings played in NFL for a long time. Terrence Edwards was SEC all-time receiving yards leader.

MoDawg

September 30th, 2010
11:08 am

tide roll, the toughest part about being a Dawg is reading the garbage you and others like you who are obsessed with UGA write on these message boards.

Arkansas gave you a good scare, huh?!?? Most of you dolts figured that would be a route by ‘bama prior to the game. You may have won, but Mallett sure as heck served it up on a silver platter.

Northleaf

September 30th, 2010
11:12 am

USMCDAWG, you are right on and most people don’t know the difference. The kid did what most every male on this board would have done if given the opportunity. He didn’t break the law, he’s coming to UGA, CMR will remain at UGA, the recruits that WANT to be a DAWG will come. We WILL be good…..next year and GO DAWGS!

Northleaf

September 30th, 2010
11:16 am

just a warning, you just trying to see yourself post are do you really have something worth while to say.

naganole

September 30th, 2010
11:21 am

Just found out O’Leary is all but a Nole. Best info I’ve been privy to this week. EJ Manuel will have a ton of weapons around him in 2011…

gomdawg

September 30th, 2010
11:21 am

all i can say is if they dont come we didn’t need them, tired of kissing this players butts and when they get here play half/azz ball. PLAYERS 2,3 STARS THAT DONT MATTER , WE WANT PLAYER WITH THE HEART TO PLAY BALL. COME TO GEORGIA TO PLAY GEORGIA FOOTBALL. If they turn on us now , then to HELL with them.

OnTheMoney

September 30th, 2010
11:22 am

Bama got away last week on the road but this week at home the GATORS will get their sweettttt revenge….

*** GATORS 28 *** Bama 20 ***
*** Dawgs 35 *** Colorado 14 ***
*** Clemson 24 *** Miami 21 ***

robodawg

September 30th, 2010
11:24 am

“Never been a receiver school.” Yeah, right. Was he offended that Georgia would want to evaluate him before making an offer? You can’t just blindly offer b/c Notre Dame did and some recruiting service gave so many stars!

He may turn out to be a great college player — hope he does. But if he was serious about UGA, I think he would’ve made a visit. Sounds like he just wanted the offer to post on his bulletin board.

bill

September 30th, 2010
11:29 am

Yeah, we didn’t have room for Daniels with all of the other “great” underachieving recruits that Garner is bringing to Athens…

robodawg

September 30th, 2010
11:31 am

I have yet to hear a Tide fan say anything about how Saban maxes out his scholarships (like the medical hardships). A little shady, no?

ryan

September 30th, 2010
11:36 am

Daniels sounds like another TO/ Da Thug character UGA we don’t need to through that again .

OnTheMoney

September 30th, 2010
11:37 am

Saban says “Rules, I play within the rules. just like that old song,
Bend me, shape me, any way you want me. I pride myself on being able to work the rules to MY benefit. Morals are for LOSERS!”

Jim Bob

September 30th, 2010
11:39 am

“I realize, too, that Georgia’s never been a receiver school. And my son figured that out.” hahahahaha

mcdaviddawg

September 30th, 2010
11:46 am

Just amazing the many mis-steps by the Georgia recruiting. Could it be because is just too much trouble for our head coach? Looks like the work ethic problem again shows it head in recruiting that we see in every game from the coaching.

The General Feeling

September 30th, 2010
11:47 am

Bammar fans expect their coach to bend rules to the breaking point. A few years of probation is business as usual and necessary to bring status and validation to the poor and ignorant fanbase.

SOUTHGADAWG88

September 30th, 2010
11:48 am

They should have offered the kid without him having to come to a camp.We signed Bryce Roos.We haven’t done much in WR recruiting since AJ and he wanted to be a DAWG as a soph.

RxDawg

September 30th, 2010
11:49 am

“So, no hard feelings. I wish them the best.”

Geesh, by reading some of those comments I’d say that there is some hard feelings. Sour grapes anyone? UGA isn’t a receiver school? Yeh, whatever. We all know the story. Your boy was invited to come down and be evaluated, he declined, the end. Why is UGA even being discussed? UGA didn’t offer and DaVaris is attending another school. Good grief talk about mountains out of mole hills…

dawghater

September 30th, 2010
11:55 am

The kids right, UGA isn’t a receivers school and the receiver they have can’t read the rules fo the NCAA. Nice move UGA! And I love the article about McGarity pulling all the real non conference games from future schedules. Enjoy play Ga State, Idaho State, New Mexico State. Big matchups coming in the future. Maybe somehow you can figure out how to schedule all your games at home too!

BigTimeTECHFan

September 30th, 2010
11:57 am

Smart of UGA not to offer till after their own evaluation.
He would not or could not go when UGA invited him so it not like it’s UGA’s fault.
That the way it should be done.
Stupid to offer a kid just because Rivals ranks him high.

RxDawg

September 30th, 2010
12:04 pm

“Sounds like he just wanted the offer to post on his bulletin board.”

I agree 100% robodawg. It does sound like there was never any intention on actually going to UGA. They just wanted the offer like some kind of achievement or award to show off. Not exactly the type of people we are looking for to become Dawgs.

ryan

September 30th, 2010
12:05 pm

Do any you people remember Hines Ward 3 time Super Champ MVP Pro Bowler does he ring a bell .

cattledawg

September 30th, 2010
12:07 pm

Hey tech, any word on how happy giff Smith is in Buffalo? I wish the dawgs would fire garner an hire him. He is a good recruiter.

SOUTHGADAWG88

September 30th, 2010
12:07 pm

We practically begged for three WR’s last year and only signed Benett.At least 5 top notch prospects INSTATE turned us down.I’m not sure what the issue is ..but something is not working in our approach to recruiting wideouts.

Pat

September 30th, 2010
12:11 pm

Maybe if his son didn’t suck we would have offered him.

SOUTH GA DAWG

September 30th, 2010
12:11 pm

NEVER BEEN A RECEIVER SCHOOL??????? WHAT A MORON!

McDawg

September 30th, 2010
12:21 pm

UGA wants to evaluate in person before making an offer-case closed-didn’t sound like the kids was interested-great pickup for ND

BigDawg

September 30th, 2010
12:31 pm

Fire Richt now. He will certainly not get through next season even if the new AD lacks the ability the pull the trigger. He is simply a subpar coach that recruits character problem players. LeMay is simply the next problem in line.

SickandTired

September 30th, 2010
12:34 pm

Georgia: The Wisconsin of the SEC
Georgia deserves better.

Mark Richt a great recruiter? He’s either a lousy recruiter or a lousy coach. Either way, it’s not what Georgia deserves.

hornblowermg

September 30th, 2010
12:39 pm

most people don’t realize that a lot of recruits are pursued according to how they fit in with various satchel accommodations, and their abilities for keeping their mouths shut.