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.