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.