Ten@10: Early kickoffs hinder Georgia’s recruiting efforts

THE TEN AT 10:

1. Georgia’s game against Tennessee on Saturday will kickoff a little after noon, same as the last home game against Arkansas and the next one against Vanderbilt. The early starts create more than a few logistical problems for recruiting. Some recruiting activities begin as early as 8:30 a.m. and it can be difficult for prospects from South Georgia and out of state who played Friday night games to get there in time.

“Honestly, it’s a hindrance,” recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner said. “But it’s still self-inflicted. If you don’t want to play at 12 o’clock you should be 4-1 and you’ll be on at 3:30 or 5 o’clock. It is what it is. We’re just glad to be on TV and to get some exposure. It definitely beats the alternative.”

2. While Georgia’s 1-4 start has not exactly bolstered recruiting, Garner does not believe it will derail it. “I still think people appreciate the body of work that has been done here,” he said. “Trust me, this thing is going to get corrected. Georgia’s still Georgia. It’s a great product. It is. Right now we’re having a little setback. We’ve had some recalls. We’ve got to go back to work and get people’s confidence back up in our product. But it’s still a great product. It’s still a great place to go to school and get a good education. It’s a great town. It has a great fan base. You’ve got great facilities. We’ve just got to build up consumer confidence again. You do that on the field.”

3. Georgia Tech is in the top five for Greenville, S.C., wide receiver Hakeem Flowers. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound athlete told Wolverine.com this week he likes the Yellow Jackets along with LSU, Michigan, Oregon and UCLA. Meanwhile, it appears that Flowers has developed a friendship with Eagles Landing Christian star Avery Walls, who is encouraging Flowers to go up to Ann Arbor to give Michigan a hard look. “The main one I have been talking to who has been up there is Avery Walls,” Flowers told Wolverine.com. “Me and him are really good friends. We actually met each other at the Army All-American Combine. Avery’s been up there and he likes it. He said if I go up there I’m going to fall in love, so I want to see it if that is the case. Now it’s just a matter of getting up there and seeing if I fall in love like he says I will.”

4. Alabama moved to the top of the list for another Georgia recruit this week. Dakota Ball, a junior defensive tackle from Pepperell High in Lindale, attended this past Saturday’s game in against Florida in Tuscaloosa told Andrew Bone of Scout.com he’s almost ready to commit to the Crimson Tide. “Alabama is my favorite school,” he said. “I like everything about them. I like the coaches. I like where the program is at. I really like Coach Saban a lot.  I have thought about an early decision. My parents have said I need to go ahead and start thinking about it now. I may take a little bit of time though. It’s pretty much just Alabama though.”

5. It looks like Alabama will also land Orlando running back Dee Hart. The 2011 prospect was supposed to announce his decision between the Crimson Tide and Michigan at a press conference at his school on Friday. But he told the Orlando Sentinel in this story by Chris Hays he’s leaning heavily toward Alabama and thinking of scrapping the whole announcement deal. What’s unclear is how, if at all, Hart’s decision might affect Isaiah Crowell. The Carver-Columbus five-star tailback said earlier this week Alabama now leads Georgia in his recruitment.

6. According to TideSports.com, other UGA targets who attended the Alabama-Florida game included Troup RB Quan Bray, Jacksonville-Bolles OT John Theus, Griffin DE Xzavier Dickson, Colquitt County OT Xzavier Ward, Carver-Columbus DB Deion Bonner, Wayne County QB Greyson Lambert, Buford OT Vadal Alexander, Harris County DE Jordan Jenkins and Calhoun K Adam Griffith.

7. As Tennessee prepares to come to Sanford Stadium, it’s freshman receiver Justin Hunter — not Da’Rick Rogers — who is creating a buzz around Knoxville. Rogers is a five-star prospect from Calhoun who spurned his Georgia commitment to sign with Tennessee. He’s getting some playing time but has only two runs (for 13 yards) and three catches (for 25) to his credit. Hunter, from Virginia Beach, Va., has proven to be one of the Vols’ few offensive weapons. He’s averaging 21 yards on six catches and has developed a reputation for catching anything near him.

8. There’s a possibility two true freshmen could get more than a little playing time for Georgia on Saturday. Offensive guard Kenarious Gates of Greenville has been getting work with the No. 1 offense in practice this week and defensive back Alec Ogletree of Newnan has been getting extra reps at strong safety.

9. Mark down Oct. 14 as a big date in the state for basketball. A week from today is when Milton’s Julian Royal will announce his choice between Georgia and Georgia Tech. The 6-foot-9 power forward, a four-star prospect, had dozens of offers but has narrowed his choices down to the two state schools. He’ll make his choice known during a ceremony at his school, according to AJC high schools reporter Michael Carvell.

10. THIS & THAT: East Hall DE Sterling Bailey was named lineman of the week by the Touchdown Club of Atlanta. The Georgia commitment and U.S. Army All-American had 14 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and a pass deflection in a 41-26 win over Rabun County. . . . The TD Club’s Back of the Week is Brookwood linebacker Cameron Lynch, a Syracuse commitment. Lynch, who is averaging 14.3 tackles and has a 3.7 GPA, was a key player in the Bronco’s win over South Gwinnett. . . . Georgia is supposed to have a couple of dozen recruits in town for the Tennessee game. Headlining the group is five-star junior OT John Theus from Jacksonville. . . . South Carolina is thought to lead for Grady RB Marcus Caffey (6-0, 180), according to PalmettoSports.com. Caffey’s top five includes Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky and Purdue.

145 comments Add your comment

UGA Forester

October 7th, 2010
10:08 am

bwell

October 7th, 2010
10:17 am

Any word from CMR on Isaiah Crowell leaning towards Ala instead of Ga.

Stiff competition

October 7th, 2010
10:18 am

Glad to see some shuffeling around being done on the offensive line…..Why did it take so long?…..Ogletree should have been playing from day one!

John

October 7th, 2010
10:18 am

Pup Fan

October 7th, 2010
10:19 am

Ball’s family are all DAWGS! Think winning matters? Dad-gum-it.

Montgomery Burns

October 7th, 2010
10:19 am

Don’t see why recruits would come to UGA when our player development is so lousy.

Go Jackets 88

October 7th, 2010
10:24 am

UGA needs to get things together. They might not even make a bowl game this year. I pray we dont lose to them after this terrible year. I hope uga gets it together. It is good for the rivalry and I want the state of georgia to do well. Bobo needs to go

Lowndes25

October 7th, 2010
10:27 am

bwell, Coaches are not allowed to comment on prospective recruits…it is an NCAA violation.

Pup Fan, Ball has been a heavy lean to Bama for a while now so this is not a surprising development. Would hate to see him go there b/c he is a special player, but our coaches have been after him as hard as they can.

Stiff competition, Ogletree and Kenarius Gates still needed to learn the playbook some more before they could contribute on a more frequent basis (it was the same reason why Garrison Smith didn’t play until last week). The coaches did the right thing by giving them time to learn things in practice…now they feel like they are ready to contribute and I can’t wait to see what they do on the field!

Jeff

October 7th, 2010
10:28 am

Chip,
Good information on recruiting.
Thanks

Upstate Jacket

October 7th, 2010
10:29 am

Montgomery Burns,
Even as a Tech fan I am calling you out as a non-UGa fan. Don’t use words like “our” unless you are truly a fan of that school. I know people do it all the time but acting like a fan of one school so you can throw it under the bus is classless. Again, I hope recruits don’t read this garbage anyways.

leroy

October 7th, 2010
10:32 am

Montgomery Burns—why do you say OUR when it is obvious that you are not a true UGA supporter. OUR real supporters don’t belittle the Dawgs. How re things going over on North Ave Mr Tech fan?

Worm

October 7th, 2010
10:34 am

looks like Gates was a good last minute pick-up!

Gator Bob

October 7th, 2010
10:35 am

Put a fork in them Dawgs – not only are they done – but they are burnt.

Updated Predictions:
Wins – Vandy & ID STATE
50/50 – KY (picking KY)
Losses – Tennessee, Florida, Auburn, GT

Never – I mean NEVER would I have thought to see UGA finish out 3-9 – but this is a real possiblity

I was HOPING UGA would be undefeated coming into JAX this year. This game will be like the last two – HUGE BLOW CITY!!!

UGA needs a new direction.

Richt is a very good man – and did a great job – but a change of scenery is needed for both parties.

joe

October 7th, 2010
10:37 am

Nothing like eggs, waffles and mimosas at a UGA tailgate…losing succs…

MikeP

October 7th, 2010
10:38 am

Please don’t discredit your column by quoting Andrew Bone. The guy is notorious for publishing false information concerning any recruit in America if said information favors his beloved Cringin’ Tide. Really, the only thing Andrew Bone’s information is good for is the occasional laugh.

Pup Fan

October 7th, 2010
10:38 am

Lowndes25,
Yeah, I had heard that he’s been a Bama lean for a while too. I don’t know the kid but he comes from a solid family. I still can’t help but think UGA winning might have at least given us a stronger foothold with him. Anyway, can’t get ‘em all!
BTW, everyone in my office enjoys your comments. Keep ‘em coming!!!!

Left to Right

October 7th, 2010
10:38 am

You’ll fit in great at UGA Julian! Nothing but love!

5150 P.O.A.D

October 7th, 2010
10:46 am

Avery Wall talk to me after a winter in Ann Arbor and a new coach within the next 2 years. Southern Boys in the Cold north? Winters up north are not for me.

Lowndes25

October 7th, 2010
10:47 am

MikeP, you are spot-on with your post about Andrew Bone…not a very good source to site at all.

Pup Fan, thank you for your kind words, they really do mean a lot (please tell everyone in your office that I said the same thing). I am totally with you about Ball…he would be a huge pickup for us but he has been sold on Bama for months. The same thing goes for 2012 QB Greyson Lambert out of Wayne County whom most of the Bulldog nation wants us to offer…the kid is a great QB but he is a strong Bama lean and has been for a while.

john

October 7th, 2010
10:52 am

what an epic fail of journalistic integrity. the O-Sen stated that dee hart is “leaning” towards alabama. you’ve misconstrued that into “leaning HEAVILY” towards alabama. what a joke.

john

October 7th, 2010
10:57 am

pup fan is right about Ball’s family being Georgia fans; but there is a strong Alabama presence now in the Lindale community. That coupled with Georgia’s slide this year is complicating things. Hopefully we can turn this around and get Dakota’s attention.

NWGA Dawg

October 7th, 2010
10:58 am

thank you Upstate Jacket…

Middle

October 7th, 2010
11:00 am

Any news out of Brandon Shell the OT out of SC? I had heard he was split between UGA and SC.

JRW7

October 7th, 2010
11:04 am

UGA football is sinking fast. 5 star recruits talking about going elsewhere, both Ray Drew and Isaiah Crowell are backing out on going to UGA, Richt or BOBO has to go, maybe both.

Lowndes25

October 7th, 2010
11:07 am

Middle, the last that thing I heard about Brandon Shell he said that UGA and USC were tied for his services (this was about two weeks ago). It will come down to official visits for Brandon services.

ryan

October 7th, 2010
11:10 am

I’m not going to talk about recruiting until we win a game thats the most important thing right now if we win on Sat were back in the game i like what i am hearing Richt that he going to coach is ass off .

Will

October 7th, 2010
11:10 am

I never would have thought that a freshman could have broken the lineup on the UGA O line this season. Shocking! Strickland and Davis have been terrible however and Sturdivant has been the only one that impresses.

RxDawg

October 7th, 2010
11:15 am

Josh Davis and Jakar Hamilton played had really bad games against Colorado. Whoever is behind them, Gates and Ogletree apparently, deserve to get a shot this week.

78 DAWG

October 7th, 2010
11:20 am

CBS is replacing the DAWGS and gayturds game, can the game be picked up by a local station?
We’re not even in HD anymore!

ryan

October 7th, 2010
11:22 am

Hey Lowndes25 what do you know about Julian Royal were he his leaning .

UGAVIII

October 7th, 2010
11:30 am

Man, I really hate to say this but I really do not care about who we get until we get a coaching staff that can get the most of their talent. In fact, I would recommend the recruits to go elsewhere. Why play for a lameduck coach that has proven for three consecutive years he will underperform against the current coaches in the SEC.

Lowndes25

October 7th, 2010
11:33 am

ryan, no one but Julian (and possibly his parents) knows which school he is going to pick on the 14th. He has kept his recruitment extremely close to his vest and has not shown his hand to anyone.

ryan

October 7th, 2010
11:40 am

Its sounds like Richt may be taking over the plays from Bobo maybe he had enough of the poor play calling what do you think Lowndes25 .

LOL

October 7th, 2010
11:40 am

Nobody gives a crap what you have to say Gator bob, and for that matter any gator fan on this site. Get lives morons, no one wants to hear your crap. Go get killed by Bama again next year and talk amongst yourselves on the Orlando Sentinel.

Lowndes25

October 7th, 2010
11:50 am

ryan, Coach Richt is definitely going to have a more “active” role in the play-calling, but Bobo is still the OC right now and will call the majority of the plays unless Richt decides to override him (which I suspect he will do on a few occassions).

RxDawg

October 7th, 2010
12:00 pm

Guys, I don’t think the play calling is as big of a problem. Fact is, until we can run the football we will have a bad offense. However, since we can’t run the football we do not seem to have the creativity on the coaching staff to find ways around this. And to that end, I’ll say Bobo is a problem. Richt/Bobo’s system works well, but only when your team can run the football.

truth

October 7th, 2010
12:05 pm

Go Jackets 88, its fans like you that keep this a good, clean rivalry. Don’t get me wrong, I like to despise Georgia Tech, but some people forget this is only football.

dawgster

October 7th, 2010
12:14 pm

Lowndes25…hey, saw where you responded to my earilier post on the recruiting blog…i posted a comment over there…but in case you don’t get back there…i wanted to clarify something..the LB that i was talking about the dawgs taking was Vasser who played at another Hall County School, not East Hall, as Bailey does…I aw him play alot, but i’m not sure if he will be an everyday player, plays with alot of heart and could develop, but he loves the dawgs and that will go along ways…As far as Bailey, he basically was a Basketball standout and alot attention was being given to him, but he grew into a football player and the dawgs are getting a good athelete in him…Probably will redshirt and get stronger once he gets to UGA, but should be a very good player in our 3-4..His problem has been that he has unfortunaltely played for a team that has had very little success the last few seasons…had they been a ranked team, you would have heard more about Bailey..

dawgster

October 7th, 2010
12:25 pm

If Dee Hart commits to Bama, i think that improves our chances with Crowell..as Lowndes has said and i concur..If Richt stays..and folks he is going to stay…he has earned that right even if the season gets worse…i think Crowell will commit to the dawgs, in my opinion…The best think that the dawg nation can do for this team is support them as if they were 5-0 and let the players and coaches and recruits know they are with this team for the bad and for the good…I don’t know if the players read these comments or how much they hear, ok, i do know a few that do, but i won’t mention by name…anyway, if you think they don’t know that everyone is down on them, they do…they want to make us proud and represent our university out on that field more than you can know…do they make mistakes on and off the field, yes they do, but i know they love the dawgs and our fan base has always supported our dawgs…I will say this, i can’t guarantee success for the rest of the season due to our support, but what possibly could it hurt if give this team 100% from here on out, because i rruly expect that the players and coaches giving it a 100% and thenb some…go dawgs

GT Sambo

October 7th, 2010
12:25 pm

GT all the way, Julian Royal. More success, better pipeline to the NBA, and a good coach (despite what some might say). I know many think UGA is an up and coming bball program, and maybe they are, but they haven’t proven anything yet on the court.

Don4654

October 7th, 2010
12:27 pm

Actually Andrew Bone is more balnced than you think.In past weeks he has said that Crowell was a Georgia lean and that Damian Swann was a Georgia lean.He also stated that Rome was a Georgia lean instead of Bama.

BDAWG

October 7th, 2010
12:33 pm

Just start winning and put some discipline in the players and the recruiting will be all right.

ryan

October 7th, 2010
12:39 pm

Dawgster i agree i am not focused on recruiting right now we need to win on sat if we win then we can get back on track .

Lowndes25

October 7th, 2010
12:41 pm

Don4654, I sure hope Andrew is getting more balanced. Some of the recruiting predictions he has made in the past are borderline laughable.

GT Sambo, UGA is most definitely an up-and-coming basketball program and kids REALLY like Coach Fox. I think you are going to be surprised with just how good of a recruiting class we are going to put together this year. As far as Julian is concerned, even the GT guys that I have read are not convinced that he is coming there…they are taking a wait-and-see approach until next Thursday.

valyboy32

October 7th, 2010
1:07 pm

FIRE GARNER FROM RECRUITING

Go Jackets 88

October 7th, 2010
1:09 pm

I doubt Royal is coming to Tech..I would love for him to come. But I think he is worried that PH wont be there. PH is a great recruiter….

Lowndes25

October 7th, 2010
1:32 pm

GT Sambo/Go Jackets 88, here is a pretty good write-up on WR commit Jeff Greene…thought you might like to read it.

http://georgiatech.247sports.com/Article/Jeff-Greene-is-a-66-200-pound-wide-receiver-who-has-vebally-comm-2384

Nick Hyder Boyz' c/o 96'

October 7th, 2010
1:32 pm

Anyword on Malcom Mitchell… Last I heard it was between Bama and UGA?

BIG BEE

October 7th, 2010
1:32 pm

Don’t see many folks on here that say how bad UGA will beat GT this year. Maybe they have too many other teams on their mind, however, from what I see they have a good shot at winning the last game. When you have two teams that are not up to par, anything can happen, but I don’t think it will be a 10 to 3 game.

Lowndes25

October 7th, 2010
1:38 pm

Nick Hyder Boyz’ c/o 96′, it is shaping up to definitely be a UGA/Bama fight with UF on the outside looking in. Mitchell was all UGA going into the season, but with our recent performance on the field I think he is going to do like most of the other recruits not publicly committed to us and that is to take a wait-and-see approach…he wants to make sure that Coach Richt will still be here next year (same with Jay Rome).