Ten@10: Tech commit Jeff Greene ready to shine with cast removed

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.

140 comments Add your comment

ncin2012

October 14th, 2010
10:03 am

GT Sambo

October 14th, 2010
10:06 am

Wow, leading with Tech recruiting news, thanks Chip… Unfortunately, this post probably won’t get nearly as many comments as the last one on this blog.

GTMustang

October 14th, 2010
10:10 am

I really like that Jeff Greene is 6-6! That is HUGE!

Vad Lee to Jeff Greene is going to be a popular play.

We run this state

October 14th, 2010
10:11 am

Just another overrated Tech prospect no surprise

Flag Boy

October 14th, 2010
10:14 am

Heisman Watch

October 14th, 2010
10:15 am

How is the Nesbitt for Heisman campaign going?

UGA

October 14th, 2010
10:15 am

Go Bulldogs!!!

RambleOn84

October 14th, 2010
10:15 am

Greene sounds like a good player, and playing with one hand (not his dominant one to boot!) should prepare him for adversity in his future.

Hope he stays true to his commitment, as I’ll look forward to watching him on Saturdays.

GO JACKETS!

Ooops

October 14th, 2010
10:16 am

Another Nesbitt fumble

RambleOn84

October 14th, 2010
10:17 am

Since you asked, Nesbitt is leading the ACC in rushing and passing better than he did last year. The stats on his passing are misleading due to numerous drops and poor pass-blocking at times.

Nesbitt has had a great year; hopefully his offensive teammates will continue to come around.

RambleOn84

October 14th, 2010
10:18 am

Winners support their own team; losers ridicule others.

Ooops

October 14th, 2010
10:19 am

Another turnover by Nesbitt vs Virginia

We run this state

October 14th, 2010
10:20 am

Chip,

Who exactly has Tech played? Overrated soft ACC teams

RambleOn84

October 14th, 2010
10:21 am

Yes, Nesbitt had his worst game of the year against UVA. Fortunately, Anthony Allen picked him up.

Still, Nesbitt’s worst game of the year still included 109 rushing yards on 19 carries, 5.2 yards per carry. Good numbers even on a bad day.

UGA Rules

October 14th, 2010
10:22 am

Nesbitt stats are flawed, How good did he play against NC State?

Worm

October 14th, 2010
10:23 am

I’ll be in the club level checking on those guys Sat..Sterling Bailey is a beast!

RambleOn84

October 14th, 2010
10:23 am

Soft teams like LA Lafayette, Miss State, Colorado, Tennessee?

Worry about your own team.

Davey Boy Smith

October 14th, 2010
10:23 am

Why is Gtu’s offense being referred to as a “spread option.” It could not be further from the spread option. It is the Wing-T. Quit trying to sex it up.

Turnover

October 14th, 2010
10:24 am

RambleOn84

October 14th, 2010
10:25 am

A lot of supposed “Dawg” fans are mighty concerned with Tech…could it be that misery wants company?

erdrnick

October 14th, 2010
10:25 am

Hey Heisman watch-How is the Caleb King & Wooshun Ealy for FBI suspect of the week going?By the way,do you have any extra red panties or get out of jail free cards left.Just kidding-go on back to your cashier job @ BK

Burdell

October 14th, 2010
10:26 am

All these kids have left is making fun of Tech…I love it!!

Keep up the good work, Chip. GO JACKETS!!

We run this state

October 14th, 2010
10:27 am

RambleOn84

October 14th, 2010
10:23 am
Soft teams like LA Lafayette, Miss State, Colorado, Tennessee?

Worry about your own team

Samford, Kansas, North Carolina 2nd Team, overrated NC State, and Virginia? Soft cupcakes Tech plays

Ooops

October 14th, 2010
10:28 am

Another Tech Fumble by Nesbitt

Davey Boy Smith

October 14th, 2010
10:29 am

When our team is at its absolute worst, there is comfort in knowing that Gtu will always be there for us to kick around. It’s a small comfort, but a comfort nonetheless.

RambleOn84

October 14th, 2010
10:29 am

Don’t wrestle with a pig…you’ll just ended up getting dirty and the pig likes it.

GA Dawg

October 14th, 2010
10:29 am

Nobody is worried about the great almighty softie Tech, have fun playing ACC teams

Paul Johnson

October 14th, 2010
10:30 am

Hey Dog Fans, When you beat me again I will punch you in your face.

We run this state

October 14th, 2010
10:31 am

Nesbitt stats against virginia still sucks, what are his stats from the NC State game

FirePaulJohnson.com

October 14th, 2010
10:32 am

Let the dirtbag go

RxDawg

October 14th, 2010
10:33 am

That’s the first I’ve heard of that 5* OT listed.

Ga Dawg

October 14th, 2010
10:34 am

Chip,

Besides Nc State who has Tech played?

Mark Richt

October 14th, 2010
10:36 am

If we played Colorado 10 more times, I’m sure we would beat them at least twice.

UGA Rules

October 14th, 2010
10:37 am

Nesbitt is overrated

sisters of the Lafayette

October 14th, 2010
10:37 am

hahahahah, the dog poops want GT fans to give them an account on Nesbitt, blank off, how bout you giving us an account of your sorry lives and your sorry team, my guess, you downed yourself with krispy kreme this morning or biscuits smothered in gravy and butter, lard behinds, treadmill is probably against your religion but coming on this blog to demand an account of Nesbitt, hahahahahahahahahahahahahha

Paul Johnson

October 14th, 2010
10:38 am

How could we lose to Kansas, man we suck

Mark Richt

October 14th, 2010
10:40 am

Yes, Nevada is about 68 points better than us. We lost to Colorado by 2, Colorado was beaten by Cal by 45, and Nevada beat Cal by 21.

But that’s not something awful that we need to be ashamed of.

Lowndes25

October 14th, 2010
10:40 am

@RxDawg, we have no shot at Cyrus Kouandijo…his brother plays for Bama and they are the team to beat for his services. Put it this way, if you are not in a recruits top 2 or 3 then you have no realistic shot at landing him…the other teams a kid lists are his top 3 are just for show and give recruiting sites something to post. The 3 OL that we legitimately have shots at are Brandon Shell (USCe or UGA), Xavier Ward and Spencer Region. We are going to take one more OL in this class and it is first come, first serve to whoever wants the scholarship first.

Burdell

October 14th, 2010
10:41 am

Chip, how many of these commenters are posting from the same IP address? Let me guess….at least 90% of them.

Lowndes25

October 14th, 2010
10:41 am

Sorry, my post should have read: “Put it this way, if you are not in a recruits top 2 or 3 teams then you have no realistic shot at landing him…the other teams a kid lists AFTER his top 3 are just for show…”

Paul Johnson

October 14th, 2010
10:42 am

How we lose to an overrated NC State team that lost to Virginia Tech who also lost to JAMES MADISON.That means James Madison is better than us, dang we suck

Big Stick of Butter

October 14th, 2010
10:43 am

I’ve brought one for the whole UGA team

Mark Richt

October 14th, 2010
10:44 am

I wonder if we would be 68 point underdogs to James Madison, like we would be to Nevada.

Get a Life 101

October 14th, 2010
10:45 am

Something you tech nerds need

Big Stick of Butter

October 14th, 2010
10:45 am

I love to be UNDERDAWGS

Mark Richt

October 14th, 2010
10:46 am

That’s too much thinking for me…I’m headed to the tanning salon and then the wig shoppe before swinging back by Clarke County Penitentiary.

Paul Johnson

October 14th, 2010
10:46 am

We almost lost to North Carolina’s 2nd Team, wow then 30-24 to georgia also from last year, we still suck

Club Hands

October 14th, 2010
10:47 am

Mark Richt said i could carry the ball my first year, and its okay to fumble on the goal line, the whole team does it

juvenal

October 14th, 2010
10:48 am

have not seen them run anywhere lately EXCEPT Atlanta…great column, a lot of info…we’ll know when it’s close when Paul stats commenting…..

Get a Life 101

October 14th, 2010
10:48 am

Don’t you guys have a nerd comic book sale to attend