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:
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.
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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.