THE TEN AT 10:
1. Some good news for Jeff Greene this week means bad news for Starr’s Mill’s opponents. The 6-foot-6, 200-pound wide receiver, who is committed to Georgia Tech, had the cast removed from his right hand earlier this week. Greene has been playing with cast for the last four weeks after dislocating his thumb in the first game of the season.
“It feels good,” Greene said. “I feel a lot more confident now. I feel like I can catch anything thrown my way.”
Greene hasn’t done too badly one-handed. After initially missing two games, he caught seven passes with the cast on his dominant right hand. Included in that total was 62-yarder for a touchdown in last week’s 48-0 win over McIntosh. That victory improved the Panthers to 7-0 on the season and they’ve won by an average of 28 points per game. They’re at Northgate this Friday.
Greene said he is continuing to get recruited by Mississippi State, Tennessee and Cincinnati, teams that were in on him before he pledged the Yellow Jackets in late July. But he said he remains loyal to the Yellow Jackets, who sold him on the big-play capabilities of playing wideout in coach Paul Johnson’s spread-option offense.
“People are always trying to down Tech for running the football a lot,” Greene said. “But it’s like Coach Johnson told me: ‘If you’re a play-maker, we’ll get the ball to you.’ You saw that with Bay-Bay (Demaryius Thomas). In that offense, you’re going to get a lot of one-on-one coverage and there’s a chance to make a lot of big plays.”
2. Speaking of the Yellow Jackets, there is a big game in Cobb County this Friday between North Cobb and Hillgrove that should garner a lot of interest from Tech fans. Two Georgia Tech commitments will be in action in North Cobb defensive back Darren Waller and Hillgrove linebacker Jabari Hunt-Days. And several other Tech targets will be playing, including WR Max Mason (6-6, 205) and LB Troy Gray (6-1, 215) of North Cobb and TE Ira McCune (6-3, 240) and RB Kenyan Drake (6-0, 185) of Hillgrove.
3. AJC Super 11 defensive end Xzavier Dickson of Griffin said he plans to visit Georgia for the Bulldogs’ homegaming game against Vanderbilt on Saturday. “I just decided to go with [teammate] Corey [Moore] earlier this week,” he said Wednesday. Asked where the Bulldogs rated in his recruitment, Dickson said, “they’re at the top. They’re not No. 1, but they’re up there.” Pressed on the issue, Dickson said Alabama still has “a slight edge” over the Bulldogs, Auburn and Florida. Eventually he hopes to take official visits to all four schools. But he won’t announce a final decision until the day of the Under Armour All-American Game in St. Petersburg, Fla., in early January.
4. An AJC Super 11 defensive end who will NOT be in Athens is Thomas County Central’s Ray Drew. Drew originally intended to be on campus for the Vanderbilt game but canceled due to the early kickoff. Drew isn’t sure whether he will make it to UGA before the end of the season but he does plan on attending the Georgia-Florida game in Jacksonville on Oct. 30. “I can’t wait to get there,” the 6-foot-5, 250-pound athlete said. “I have a teacher that goes there every year and he says there’s nothing like it. It’s one of the biggest games in college football.”
5. Drew still has not designated a leader in his recruitment. He said his favorites are Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU and Tennessee. The only official visit he has take so far was to LSU two weeks ago. “It went very well,” he said of the trip to Baton Rouge for the LSU-Tennessee game. “The fed me well. That was great. And the game; I’ve never seen a game end the way that one did. The fanbase out there is ridiculous.”
6. Rusty Mansell of 247Sports.com went down at Wayne County High School in Jesup earlier this week to evaluate junior quarterback Greyson Lambert. The 6-foot-5. 185-pound signalcaller already has verbal offers from Alabama and Clemson. He attended Georgia’s Dawg Night camp but hasn’t received an offer. “He reminds me of Zach Mettenberger,” Mansell said. “He’s a big kid with a cannon of an arm. I know he likes Alabama. His whole family likes Alabama.” Mansell uploaded some 2010 highlight video of Lambert to YouTube.com.
7. Milton basketball star Julian Royal wasn’t offering any hints as to which way he might be leaning on the eve of his big announcement. The 6-foot-9 power forward is scheduled to go public with his choice between Georgia and Georgia Tech this afternoon at the school. AJC high schools reporter Michael Carvell will be at Milton this afternoon and will bring you the news as soon as it happens. It’ll be posted first on the AJC’s Prep Zone Blog.
8. Four-star running back Mike Blakely of Bradenton, Fla., is set to announce his decision on Friday. The 5-foot-9, 194-pound athlete has a final three of Auburn, Florida and South Carolina. He eliminated Georgia last month.
9. Krista Donald, a 5-foot-11, guard/forward from Lake, Miss., has committed to Georgia, according to the Jackson Clarion-Ledger. Donald averaged 19 points and 11 rebounds as a junior. She chose the Bulldogs over Auburn and Florida.
10. THIS & THAT: AJC Super 11 RB Isaiah Crowell of Carver-Columbus still has not decided if he’ll visit UGA on Saturday, coach Dell McGee said Thursday morning. . . . Power forward Nick Jones (6-9) of South Atlanta will make an official visit to Clemson this weekend. . . . The Bulldogs are on the verge of offering DT Dalvin Tomlinson (6-3, 278) of McDonough, according to Chad Simmons of Scout.com. . . . Five-star OT Cyrus Kouandjio (6-7, 325) of Hyattsville, Md., has accepted an invitation to the Under Armour All-America Game. He lists Georgia among 11 finalists, according to ESPN.com. . . .
CB Devin Gaulden (5-10, 175) of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., has de-committed from Auburn, according to ESPN.com. He’s now considering Boston College, West Virginia and Wisconsin. . . . A.C. Leonard, a 6-foot-3, 235-pound tight end from University Christian School in Jacksonville, has decommitted from Florida and re-opened his recruitment. A Gators’ commit since last November, he reportedly wants to take a hard look at Alabama, Miami and Nebraska. . . . Three-star DE Jordan Williams of Gainesville, Fla., committed to Tennessee this week.