Rewind: Tech, Georgia win over commitments

THE MONDAY MORNING REWIND

Looking back at the players, plays and games that caught our attention over the weekend. Let is know what you saw and heard.

“Just win, baby. That’s the slogan. Winning solves a lot of problems.”

That’s what Georgia recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner said last week when asked about the problems that the Bulldogs 1-4 start had caused the Bulldogs in recruiting. It’s nothing, he said, that a few victories couldn’t solve.

Both Georgia and Georgia Tech saw that adage come to fruition this past weekend as the Bulldogs throttled Tennessee 41-14 and the Yellow Jackets rolled over Virginia 33-21. Both teams came away with commitments. Tech landed 2011 lineman Tre Jackson of Wayne County. UGA got a pledge from C.J. Curry, a 2012 wide receiver from North Hall High School.

A quick synopsis on each player:

  • Jackson (6-4, 290) could play either side of the ball for the Yellow Jackets. He’s generally considered a defensive line prospect but Tech may give him his first look on the offense. That’s where Chad Simmons, South recruiting manager for Scout.com and FoxSports.com, likes him. “He’s a versatile lineman that is pretty mobile and athletic for a guy 6-4, 300 and coming off a torn ACL,”Simmons told me. “He is a strong drive blocker who uses his legs well. He is a good fit for Georgia Tech where he could play tackle or guard.”
  • Curry (6-2, 190) is also a two-way player for the Trojans but is expected to play wide receiver at UGA. His statistics — unofficially 12 catches for 248 yards and four touchdowns — won’t blow you away. But he has played all season with a groin injury on a run-first team. “I’ve been telling him he needs to rest it for at least a couple of weeks,” said Felix Curry, C.J.’s dad, who coaches North Hall’s secondary. “But he says he can rest it after the season. He wants to help his team win right now.”

RB Dee Hart chooses Michigan over Alabama

Running back Demetrius “Dee” Hart postponed his college announcement until after Dr. Phillips High’s game against Boone on Friday night. About 270 yards and four touchdowns later, Hart surprised the crowd that had gathered to hear his choice when he picked Michigan over Alabama.

“They had everything that I wanted,” the 5-foot-9, 190-pound runner told the Orlando Sentinel. “Academics, family and love.”

Last week, Hart had told the Sentinel that he was “real high on Alabama” following an official visit the previous weekend. As it turns out that was an intentional tease. Hart revealed he told Michigan coaches three weeks ago he was coming to Ann Arbor.

Recruiting attention sharpens Carver-Columbus RB Isaiah Crowell

Hart’s decision doesn’t do Georgia any favors. The Bulldogs are in an intense battle with Alabama for Carver-Columbus five-star running back Isaiah Crowell. Last week, Crowell said the Crimson Tide is now in the lead in his recruitment. But the Bulldogs are hoping to get him on campus this weekend for Saturday’s homecoming tilt against Vanderbilt. That decision has not yet been made, according to Carver coach Dell McGee.

Meanwhile, Crowell continues to impress despite limited work due to several minor injuries. Crowell is playing with a sprained ankle and an injured toe, among other ailments. Nonetheless, he had nine carries for 139 yards — including a 76-yard touchdown run — while playing less than full three quarters in a Carver’s 39-6 win over Manchester, according to a report in the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer.

On the season, the 5-foot-11, 190-pound AJC Super 11 back now has 1,025 yards rushing on just 80 carries. That’s 12.8 yards per rush. He has scored 10 touchdowns.

Nick Marshall, Wilcox County win battle with Chris Milton, Charlton County

One of the most anticipated matchups of the past weekend was the one between Chris Milton-led Charlton County and Nick Marshall-led Wilcox County. Milton is a Georgia Tech commitment while Marshall has already given his pledge to Georgia.

Marshall gets the nod in the latest of what promises to be many more years of competition between these two exceptional athletes. Marshall passed for 292 yards and three touchdowns, had an 18-yard TD run and also intercepted a pass as the Class A No. 5-ranked Patriots (6-1) knocked off previous No. 1-ranked Charlton County (6-1) 32-12.

Milton had two TD runs and rushed for 142 yards on 16 carries but was intercepted twice as he went 12-of-23 for 127 yards passing the ball.

While both players play quarterback in high school, neither is expected to play the position at the next level. Marshall will play defensive back at Georgia, where he also plans to play basketball. Milton will play A-back and/or receiver for the Yellow Jackets.

Etc. . . .

Trey Wesley continues to display his versatility for Hiram. The senior running back/defensive back recorded 117 yards offense and scored two touchdowns as the Hornets dispatched Sprayberry 45-22 in a critical Region 5-AAAA matchup that was the Channel 2 Sports Zone Game of the Week. Wesley had 86 yards on 11 carries running the football and three catches for 31 yards  as a receiver. . . . Valdosta WR Malcolm Mitchell caught 12 passes for 143 yards but the Wildcats lost to Lowndes County for the seventh time in a row, , according to the Valdosta Daily Times. Mitchell, generally considered a defensive back in college, now has 42 catches for 765 yards on the season. . . . Chris Johnson, a 5-10, 195-pound safety from Ocala, Fla., committed to the Florida Gators, Scout reports. . . . Shon Carson, a 5-10-195-pound running back from Lake City, S.C., committed to South Carolina, Scout reports. He also plans to play baseball for the Gamecocks.

154 comments Add your comment

txdawg

October 11th, 2010
9:26 am

naganole

October 11th, 2010
9:29 am

Miami had a huge recruiting weekend planned. A handful of recruits that they are battling FSU for were there. LOL

matthews dawg

October 11th, 2010
9:34 am

first? nope, but great win this weekend!

maybe caleb king can do some

October 11th, 2010
9:37 am

recruiting while in jail. those inmates are mostly 5 star recruits in ugag’s eyes.

there has been a rumor running rampant that the cops raided caleb kings house last week for either drugs or stolen property.

could be that his arrest over another charge is NO co incidence. now that he is in police custody they can interrogate him.

wonder what richt is going to do now. zero tolerance? lmao.

zero tolerance for a bunch of zero’s,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

matthews dawg

October 11th, 2010
9:38 am

King arrested for not showing up to traffic court! That is what I have been told

Lowndes25

October 11th, 2010
9:39 am

Here is what Caleb was arrested for:

Chief deputy Bruce Wright of the Walton County Police has confirmed that King’s arrest this morning was a charge of failing to appear or pay a June 20 speeding ticket.

A warrant was issued for King’s arrest in Walton County after he failed to appear on his assigned court date. Athens-Clarke County Police made the arrest this morning, though King could be released in Athens if he pays off the charges there.

“If he pays it, it goes away,” Wright said. “It’s just a fine as it would be with anyone.”

matthews dawg

October 11th, 2010
9:45 am

Thanks Lowndes25, I’m sure “others” will make it more than it really is and slam us! I’m glad it is what I heard too!

Lowndes25

October 11th, 2010
9:48 am

@matthews dawg, Caleb will get a one-game suspension at most for this (it was stupid of him not to pay the fine). Coach Richt has adopted a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to alcohol related arrests (i.e. Demetre Baker), but not a zero-tolerance policy for arrests in general.

matthews dawg

October 11th, 2010
9:57 am

Thanks for the update! I’m not sure it deserves a 1 game suspension, but CMR should do something to show this isn’t tolerated! Great interview with CMR and his wife on Fellowship of Christian Athletes! Great man and great coach! Check it out!

RxDawg

October 11th, 2010
9:58 am

Posted this on the last UGA thread, so I thought I’d move it to the new post….

Ah, thought it was zero-tolerance policy for anything getting you arrested. Thanks for the clarification. Maybe Ealy can hang on to the ball this week? Looks like Carlton will get another shot to show what he can do as well.

Ya know, I saw a poster somewhere say they should move Brandon Boykin to RB. He is a baller at CB, and possibly our best one so I know we would miss him there. But man I bet he’d quickly become our best RB if they did move him. Maybe they could at least make a couple of plays for him similar to Branden Smith.

Gerald

October 11th, 2010
9:58 am

A commitment from a 6′4′ 290 lb. guy who will likely add an inch and 30 lbs! And they want to put him on the offensive line? Please. This guy HAS to play DE. GT has enough o-line recruits in this class in Braun, Chamberlain, Harris and Mason. Leave this kid for DL!

Mac

October 11th, 2010
9:58 am

The more I hear about Isaiah Crowell, the les simpressed I am. How injury prone is the kid? He’s not dominating the rushing stats in his conference. Looks like over-hype. Look for Georgia to go with a more talented, and produtive running back, that’s less injury prone. Crowell seems to be better at hyping himself, than he is at running the ball, and staying healthy.

real story here...

October 11th, 2010
9:59 am

RxDawg

October 11th, 2010
10:00 am

“…As it turns out that was an intentional tease…”

Hmph, usually guys that like to pull out tricks like that don’t usualy pan out. I don’t think I’d cry too much if I was a Bama fan.

Mac

October 11th, 2010
10:02 am

The word on Crowell is he can’t pass Pro either.

1eyedJack

October 11th, 2010
10:02 am

Never played football, huh Mac?

TXDawg

October 11th, 2010
10:04 am

Lowndes25,

Will we see the red shirt come off of Malcome this week?

1eyedJack

October 11th, 2010
10:05 am

Lowndes25, do you see any big commitment announcements for UGA for 2011 before the All-Star games?

Mac

October 11th, 2010
10:07 am

Look for guys like Bray, or Mason to commit to Georgia, and lock Crowell out of Georgia.

RxDawg

October 11th, 2010
10:08 am

I’m still amazed that a playmaking QB on the caliber of Nick Marshal isn’t going to play QB in college. It just seems like you want that guy with the ball in his hands. But hey, I’m sure glad he’s coming to play for UGA.

Chip Towers

October 11th, 2010
10:09 am

Mac: Crowell is playing with a toe nail torn off, a sprained ankle and abrasions on his arms and legs from playing on turf. I wouldn’t say that’s a negative. His team is also undefeated and ranked No. 1 in Class AA and steamrolling opponents, allowing him to play about half of each game. You’ll see more of him in the playoffs. . . .

As for Caleb King, it’s not so much the nature of his infraction as it is the fact that he had an unresolved legal dilemma. CMR called out the entire team after Washaun Ealey’s run-in to step up and confess any problems they may have so they could get them resolved without further embarrassment. Extremely had timing on King’s part.

1eyedJack

October 11th, 2010
10:12 am

Mac, I think that if CMR thinks he has any shot at Crowell and there is only one scholarship available at RB then he will get it. I think UGA is recruiting Bray as an athlete. Coaches make offers contingent on other offers not being accepted.

LagDawg

October 11th, 2010
10:13 am

I think the Dawgs need to not put all their chips on Crowell. There are other top rated RBs still not committed and I think we need to also focus on them. Savon Huggins is a talented back and UGA not only needs to bring in one RB, but maybe two or three if they can. We need to build depth a that position and we need to recruit better RBs. Crowell seems to be a little injury prone and then there is still Quan Bray from Troup High School. With all the focus going to Crowell we will lose out on other needed RBs. If we only bring in one RB, we definately need to bring in at least 3 in the 2012 class and we need to go hard to get their commitment asap. Matt Jones is the top focus but we need to tender more offers and get in on the talent early and the same goes for LBs and WRs. We are going to have to recruit nationally to bring in the talent we need at LB and across the DL. We need to start being more aggressive on recruiting and securing early commitments. Revamping the offensive staff in the off season will help tremendously and improving the strength and conditioning program will also help out greatly.

collegeballfan

October 11th, 2010
10:14 am

“Marshall will play defensive back at Georgia,…”

I disagree. He will play QB at UGA. Once Richt sees him on the UGA practice field he goes to QB. “Its Charlie Ward all over again”.

there is more to the king story.....

October 11th, 2010
10:17 am

South GA Dawg

October 11th, 2010
10:19 am

Someone should keep an eye on the QB for Tift Co. They got murdered this week by Colquit Co. but he is a true freshmen with a strong arm and fast legs. He also plays basketball which may hurt the chance for him to play football. This kid is a basketball star.If he stays healthy he will go to a big division 1 school somewhere.

Lowndes25

October 11th, 2010
10:23 am

@Mac, Chip is spot-on about his post concerning Crowell. Crowell is legitimately the #1 RB in the nation…you need to watch the Carver vs. Lagrange game to see just how awesome Crowell really is…the guy is a game-changer!

@Gerald, there is no doubt in my mind that Tre will be playing on the DL. He was a great pickup by GT.

@TXDawg, if Carlton’s hamstring continues to bother him, then I think you will definitely see the reshirt come off of Malcome (which I think is a good thing).

@1eyedJack, Isaiah Crowell has talked about committing after the State Championship game (which would be in December)…but I guess that is subject to the fact that Carver makes it to the Championship game (not sure what his plans are if they don’t). CB Damian Swann is another guy I see committing before the All Star Games…I think he is ready to be done with the whole recruiting process and has just been waiting to see if UGA can turn things around on the field before committing. I am sure that there will be others, but only time will tell.

JB

October 11th, 2010
10:25 am

If Murray keeps improving, he will be hard to take out…….AND, he brings the running dimension as good as anybody I’ve seen in he SEC this year….my BIGGEST question, with AJ and Durham gone, who will catch the Ball…..We’ve got 3 studs coming in….hopefully we have a FRESHMAN SENSATION …..

schmeckdawg

October 11th, 2010
10:27 am

Another arrest, and possibly the dumbest one of them all. I mean the one cop even said that his speeding was not excessive, and I am sure if he was able to attend a private school his senior year, a family member could have loaned him the money for the fine. Are you freaking kidding me!!!!!!!!!

Bama Guy

October 11th, 2010
10:30 am

Funny that King wasn’t arrested on this charge, until AFTER the UT game! LOL. As for Mr. Richt, looks like he cares more about winning, than developing the character of these young men… kick him off the team, along with all the other thugs!!! PERIOD!

TG

October 11th, 2010
10:31 am

South GA Dawg,
You must be from Moultrie, and not know the whole story.

JB

October 11th, 2010
10:33 am

Bama Guy……. several Georgia Bloggers got attacked this AM on another blog for “STICKING OUR NOSE IN BAMA’S BUSINESS……………I read your blog and have to laugh……

TG

October 11th, 2010
10:33 am

Whatever became of Tift County having to forfeit games because of their ineligible players? More of a stink would be made, if they won more. And to think Tift failed with their full press to recruit the Wilcox football and basketball players out of Rochelle.

Lowndes25

October 11th, 2010
10:35 am

@LagDawg, Crowell is most definitely our #1 priority at RB, but we do not have all of our “chips” just on him. We have RB Josh Clemons (son of former UGA player Charlie Clemmons) coming up for a visit this weekend, and we are still looking at offering RB Tre Mason (out of Florida). In next year’s class we have made Matt Jones and 5-star Keith Marshall our top priorities and we lead for both. As to your point about getting on guys early, we had a number of 2012 prospects in town this weekend for the game against UT (DL Quayvon Hicks, OL John Theus and CB Geno Smith to name a few). Our coaches are already looking to shore up the 2012 class since the 2011 class is on track to finish strong.

JB

October 11th, 2010
10:35 am

Also Bama guy, speaking of developing Character, Name the last time Georgia was put on NCAA probation and lost Scholarships…..and the last time BAMA did…… you only have to name ONE of Ya’lls…..LOL

BjohnDawg

October 11th, 2010
10:40 am

Why would Walton County have Clarke County arrest him over a traffic ticket.
I am not in law enforcement, so dont know what the procedure is, but seems a little wacked to me.

I mean if the guy robbed a bank, raped some girl, sold drugs etc. I could see it, but over a non super speeder traffic ticket? I thought they would just suspend the license and then arrest him if he were caught driving with a suspended license.

What the hell, doest change the wasted promise of this season, or the stupidity of it( not showing up in court or paying the ticket).

Bill W.

October 11th, 2010
10:46 am

Gatorbait

October 11th, 2010
10:49 am

When is Richt going to kick some criminals off the team?

reservoirDAWG

October 11th, 2010
10:49 am

Bama Guy, Shut up moron.

Bama Guy

October 11th, 2010
10:51 am

Our coach doesn’t run around claiming to be this awesome Christian man, either. You can deny all you want, but UGA is nothing but thugs… 5 star recruits go to UGA, they get arrested, under achieve, and you never hear from hem again. @ Bama… Saban would kick Ingram off the team in a heart beat, if he acted like HALF the thug, these UGA guys do… and THAT is why we keep winning

reservoirDAWG

October 11th, 2010
10:51 am

and that goes for you too Gatorbait.

ryan

October 11th, 2010
10:53 am

If you really look at it all UGA’s crimes are petty crimes they are just over blown by AJC i am not condoning there arrest it was stupid that he did not show up for court i do think Ken Malcome will see some playing time

Gatorbait

October 11th, 2010
10:54 am

Just asking a honest question ? Well the gators will get the last laugh in November.

Bama Guy

October 11th, 2010
10:55 am

Uh oh… reservoirDAWG is getting angry! He not likey when we diss dem dere bull dogs! HAHAHAHAHAHA

Red

October 11th, 2010
10:56 am

Strange that a warrant floating around does not get served until after the UT game. From August 6th and just now being served? Looks like Richt has trust issues here with players who cannot come clean on shady behavior and a local law enforcement that caters to them. Zero tolerance my Democrat. Sweep it under the rug until it becomes public in order to get as much play out of the guys. St Mark is turning into Mark-iavelli.

reservoirDAWG

October 11th, 2010
10:57 am

I’m not getting angry, you’re just stupid.

reservoirDAWG

October 11th, 2010
10:58 am

I’m sure the police were real concerned about the UT game.

Bama Guy

October 11th, 2010
11:01 am

I’m stupid, lol… no moron, i’m RIGHT! These guys at UGA are SUCH morons, they think they can get away with anything! They show up on campus and parade around like God’s gift, and daddy Richt let’s them get way with it… over and over again. And that is why UGA wll get it handed to them this year by Kentucky, Florida, Auburn, and even Tech, and will be watching at home, or jail cell, while other teams fulfill their potential!

Red

October 11th, 2010
11:03 am

Well do the math genius. August 6th until now. Strange it is well after the UT game. Joe Chapman is very much aware of who Caleb King is and knows where he is. What came of the apartment raid as well?

ryan

October 11th, 2010
11:04 am

Its funny how the Bama and Gator fans come out of hiding after they got embarrassed Sat when police report comes up .