Rewind: Griffin DE Xzavier Dickson puts on show in TV game

THE MONDAY MORNING REWIND:

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

There were at least a half-dozen major college prospects on the field Friday when Griffin and Union Grove did battle in the Channel 2 Sports Zone Friday Game of the Week. But one stood out more than any other.

Defensive end Xzavier Dickson was all over the place for the Class AAAA No. 5-ranked Bears. The AJC Super 11 selection had three sacks, batted down a pass and registered eight tackles in all as Griffin rolled to a 24-0 victory.

Meanwhile, coach Steve DeVoursney is utilizing Dickson a lot more on offense this season. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound athlete actually starts at wide receiver for Griffin. And while he didn’t catch a pass on this night — the Bears didn’t need to throw it very often — Dickson’s exceptional speed and athleticism were evident as he ran routes, cracked back on linebackers and blocked down field.

“I think I played pretty good,” Dickson said. “I could have played a little better but the important thing is we got the win.”

Georgia recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner was on the sidelines at Memorial Stadium for the game. On Saturday, Dickson was in Athens to take in the Bulldogs’ 43-0 Homecoming win over Vanderbilt.

“It was fun,” said Dickson, who attended the game with teammate Corey Moore, a UGA commitment. “I enjoyed it. Georgia played some good football and that was good to see.”

Dickson said he got to talk to head coach Mark Richt and defensive coordinator Todd Grantham on the visit, his second to UGA this fall.

“They said they’d like to have me up there,” Dickson said.

Dickson said Alabama still leads in his recruitment. The Crimson Tide have been atop Dickson’s list since becoming the first team to offer him last year. Georgia is just behind in a group that includes Auburn and Florida.

Dickson is a long way away from making a decision. He plans to announce during the Under Armour All-America Game Jan. 5 in St. Petersburg, Fla.

A.J. Johnson leads Gainesville past Monroe Area

Speaking of AJC Super 11 players, Gainesville linebacker A.J. Johnson had another monumental night as the Red Elephants steamrolled Monroe Area 49-17 in a big region mathcup.

Johnson wreaked his normal havoc with numerous tackles out of his inside linebacker position. But once once again he proved an unstoppable force on offense. Playing selected snaps in Gainesville’s “Wild Elephant” shotgun formation, usually in goal-line and short-yardage situations, Johnson rushed for 42 yards and three touchdowns against the Purple Hurricanes. Monroe Area, led by Notre Dame commitment Stephon Tuitt, came into the game allowing just 4.8 points per game.

Carver-Columbus continues to limit work of RB Isaiah Crowell

Carver-Columbus coach Dell McGee continues to protect star tailback Isaiah Crowell, who is nursing toe and ankle injuries and other bumps and bruises. Playing less than one half of football, Crowell finished with 81 yards on nine carries in the Tigers’ 39-17 win over Callaway on Friday. Sixty-four of those yards came on one carry as Crowell busted loose for a touchdown on Carver’s second play from scrimmage. It’s unlikely Crowell will get a lot of work this week either. The Class AA No. 1-ranked Tigers (7-0) play 0-7 Kendrick on Thursday.

Etc . . .

It was more of the same from Westlake High graduate Cameron “War Cam Eagle” Newton for Auburn this week. The 6-foot-6, 250-pound quarterback continued his on-field Heisman Tropy campaign by accounting for 384 yards in the Tigers’ 65-43 win over Arkansas. Newton scored three touchdowns on 188 yards rushing and was 10-of-14 passing for another 140 yards and a touchdown. For the season, the junior college transfer is averaging 305 yards total offense, has rushed for 12 TDs and passed for 13. . . .

Stephenson High graduate Raymond Sanders is starting to get more work as a kick returner for Kentucky. The 5-foot-8, 185-pound freshman returned two kickoffs for 46 yards in the Wildcats’ stunning 31-28 victory over No. 10-ranked South Carolina on Saturday. He also had a 25-yard return the previous week against Auburn. As a tailback, Sanders has 88 yards on 18 carries and three touchdowns heading into Saturday’s game against Georgia. . . .

Georgia Tech commitment Chris Milton threw three touchdowns on 13-of-22 passing for 196 yards and added three more TDs on 83 yards rushing in Charlton County’s 59-7 win over Telfair County. . . . WR/DB Malcolm Mitchell had eight catches for 102 yards, scored two touchdowns and recorded an interception in Valdosta’s 42-24 win over Coffee County. AJC Super 11 tight end Jay Rome also had a 22-yard TD catch in the game. . . . AJC Super 11 quarterback and UGA commitment Nick Marshall, had 141 yards passing, threw two TD passes and had a 48-yard punt return for a touchdown in a 49-0 win over Toombs. . . . Auburn commitment C.J. Uzomah was 5-of-5 passing for 92 yards and two touchdowns, rushed for 59 yards and had two receptions playing quarterback and wide receiver in North Gwinnett’s 56-10 win over Mountain View. . . . South Carolina commitment Martay Mattox had two touchdowns on 181 yards passing, rushed for 107 yards and recorded an interception in Clarke Central’s 42-21 win over Apalachee.

134 comments Add your comment

snoopybirddog

October 18th, 2010
11:16 am

chip is early again!!!!!!!!!!!!good to have recruiting news at this time. juvies not listed as first.

wesleywhatwhat

October 18th, 2010
11:24 am

let’s go JACKETS!

85dawg

October 18th, 2010
11:26 am

Carrollton fullback, Broderick Snoddy, State Track Champ at 100m & 200m visited Athens this past weekend. He has over 500 yards rushing so far this season.

dawgster

October 18th, 2010
11:29 am

as much as i know we need him to be a dawg, i think Bama will be hard to beat for his services…i know he has friends committed to uga, but Bama was on him first according to his comments…i do know that the early game times are killing us in the recruiting for some of these guys..it looks like the best chance to get alot of top notch recruits on campus and to be able to enjoy the entire experience is the Tech game…of course you have the dawgs-gators in jax, but it can be used as a recruiting weekend…i still believe that the kids that truly want to be dawgs will commit….i still counting on some other highly touted recruits becoming dawgs, so i think this class will be a very good one…and next year with this new defensive coaching staff we should be able to identify the kids earlier that will fit coach Grantham’s 3-4….

Matthews Dawg

October 18th, 2010
11:33 am

Dawgster…thanks for the update. Did anyone commit this weekend or is anyone close? Chip, do you know what is going on from this past weekend. Maybe, Lowndes will know something. Go Dawgs!!

ryan

October 18th, 2010
11:43 am

Hey dawster from what Lowndes25 said that Dickson was very impressed and UGA showed a lot of love the way Bama played did look good against Ole Miss even tho they won we are great shape with Dickson .

GT Sambo

October 18th, 2010
11:46 am

Good stuff Chip, thanks! Is there anyway you can find out more info about recruits that attended these games for both Tech and UGA. I know I saw several recruits at GT vs. UVA a couple of weeks ago (they were talking about committing to the GT program so I know they were recruits, but I didn’t recognize them). I heard this week elsewhere that there a couple of recruits at this week’s GT vs. MTSU game. I know on the UGA side there was a lot of talk about who WASN’T coming to that game this week, but only a little talk about who was there. Seems like it wouldn’t be too hard to track down what recruits were at a particular game.

Lowndes25

October 18th, 2010
11:47 am

@Matthews Dawg, the guys who visited this past weekend had a great time! Xavier Dickson was in Athens again (second game he has been to this year…he would have already been in Athens for 3 different games but he had a school function one weekend that hindered him from coming). I don’t care what Xavier is saying publicly (it’s what he says privately that matters), he loves UGA and has always wanted to play their. You can quote me on this, but I am not worried about landing Xavier at all. LB/DE Terrance Smith was back in Athens for the 2nd weekend in a row and most people (including FSU insiders) now feel like he is ours to lose…he loves the 3-4 defense and he also loves both Coach Grantham and Coach Richt…this would be a huge pickup for us as he is the perfect fit for the 3-4. As far as 2012 recruits go, we had a couple of big-time targets on campus in DE/TE Leonard Floyd and DT Jonathan Taylor…both guys are ours to lose. All-in-all, it was a great weekend for us where we put most of our concentration on guys like Dickson, Floyd, Taylor and Smith and that is going to pay huge dividends for us.

Lowndes25

October 18th, 2010
11:50 am

Guys, here is a brief list of who was on campus for the UGA/Vandy game:

RB DJ Goodman- Greenwood SC (2nd weekend in a row visiting Athens)
Jordan Washington- North Gwinnett
Taveres Washington – Burke Co
Charlie Hegedus- Lassiter
QB Eddie Printz Jr- Lassiter
Tyren Jones- Lassiter
DE Leonard Floyd- Dodge Co
DT Jonathan Taylor
LB Terrance Smith
LB Xavier Dickson
CB/S Avery Walls

Commits:
Watts Dantzler
Zach Debell
Corey Moore
David Andrews
Sterling Bailey
Christian Conley
Christian LeMay

Lowndes25

October 18th, 2010
11:56 am

Also, as an FYI, we just offered 2013 WR Uriah Lemay a scholarship…of course most of you can figure out that he is Christian Lemay’s brother by his last name, but the kid is an extremely talented WR.

RxDawg

October 18th, 2010
11:58 am

Thanks for the great article Chip.

Also, I caught up with the comments on the Dakota Ball blog… Thanks for all the updates Lowndes. Those were some great insights into how the visits went as well as some of those future recruits.

P.S. If you and Naga ever manage to get your email accounts I sure will miss all of your back and forth bantering on here ;)

P.S.S. For what it’s worth, I have exchanged emails openly on these blogs with other bloggers before. We have an off the blog email list we call the TGC (The Gentleman’s Club, and yes the “the” is redundant) where we discuss college football when the blogs get out of hand. Anyays, we had no trouble posting our emails. If your worried about having your name in the email, you could always just make up quick bogus email on a free site and then exchange real emails. Just a tip!

dawgster

October 18th, 2010
11:58 am

good morning guys…lowndes, i hope that is the way that Dickerson feels and i think if we finish strong then i think he would see positive progress we are making with this defense…i like what i’m hearing on Smith….2012 is looking good so far, i hope we can get Crowell up for a visit, maybe the Tech game…these early startiing times are really hurting some of our recruiting efforts and making it tough on these families to get here after a Friday night ball game, especially when you live in South Georgia…back to Dickerson, i know that Coach Garner is working hard on him…Bams still will be tough to beat, but i like what you are hearing Lowndes…I think Mathews dawg had asked if we had anybody that committed this weekend…don’t believe we did, but i think we are close with some…

Lowndes25

October 18th, 2010
12:04 pm

@dawgster, like I said in my previous post, I am not worried about landing Dickson at all and (nothing personal) but I don’t care if Chip posts a 100 articles on Dickson between now and NSD where Dickson says that Bama is in the lead…it still won’t change my mind that he is going to be wearing Red and Black next year in Athens barring anything happening to Coach Richt (which I don’t expect). As far as commits go, I can’t say one way or the other…all I can say is that it was a very good weekend for us again ;)

dawgster

October 18th, 2010
12:05 pm

hey Lowndes…any word or updates on Jay Rome..i like it that we have been using our TE’s more and getting them involved in the gameplan..that should help when these recruits see that…If we are taking 2 RB’s this year, and if we can get them, would you say Crowell and Bray or what other combination do you see…of course alot of these decisions will be made where Crowell goes…on another subject, i thought that Smith might be back for Kentucky, but i also think kudos should be given to our trainers, doctors and coaching staff who are doing the right thing and not rushing this guy back onto the field…i can say without hesitation that this would not be the case with some programs and i will leave at that…this a recruiting site so i’ll stick with that for nowl…go dawgs

Lowndes25

October 18th, 2010
12:14 pm

@dawgster, everything is still status quo on Jay…he is ours to lose but he and Malcom Mitchell have pretty much put their recruitment’s on hold until after the season. Mitchell is definitely a Bama lean right now, but his recruitment is far from over. Bray is taking a wait-and-see approach as to where Crowell ends up since his number one desire is to play RB. Not sure if landing both guys is a possibility or not at this point. As far as Branden Smith is concerned, our medical staff/coaching staff is going to be very cautious with him…two concussions pretty much back-to-back is nothing to joke about…I don’t expect to see him back for a while.

garrian parks

October 18th, 2010
12:32 pm

@ lowndes25 i was reading about ty montgomery out of texas on a site and he said if something happened he would switch his committment from stanford to the dawgs do you know what that is ?

Doc Reem

October 18th, 2010
12:34 pm

Hey Chip, Martay Mattox for Clarke Central actually had 3 passing TD’s and 1 running TD for a total of 4TD’s.

dawgster

October 18th, 2010
12:50 pm

Hey lowndes…thanks for the info and also chip kudos to you also…what kind of RB is Goodman, speed or power back or a combination…and great to hear that about Lemay…i’ve heard good things about him…

Snoop Dawg

October 18th, 2010
1:03 pm

Saw Ray Drew play this past weekend against Northside Warner Robins. Not very impressed. Pretty much got manhandled by a Junior OT the whole game. He has the measurables…but didnt see any dominance. Hard to tell if thats from the lack of coaching…or field discipline. But it was obvious TCC doesnt have a good team this year. Dawgs need to look into some players from this Northside team…OL and a freshman kicker already knocking some FGs from 50 yards.

Scott

October 18th, 2010
1:33 pm

Lowndes, My top two targets for the Dawgs this year are Crowell and Mitchell. Other than AJ (who of course is likely gone), we have ZERO playmakers on this offense. Zero. No home run threats at wide receiver or running back. Maurice Mitchell is a MUST get as far as I’m concerned for Mark Richt. Knowing how we struck out last year with Rogers, if he can’t get Mitchell with our obvious lack of talent at receiver than I feel Richt’s time has truly come to an end. I know he’s leaning to Bama, but who’s recruiting him for UGA – you honestly think we can turn him considering how badly we need him?

Lowndes25

October 18th, 2010
1:34 pm

@naganole, I took RxDawg’s good advice and created a fictitious email address…hit me up there when you get a sec. Lowndes25@gmail.com

Lowndes25

October 18th, 2010
1:44 pm

@garrian parks, yes I know what Ty Montgomery was talking about…he was talking about if he didn’t get accepted into Stanford (which is no guarantee) then he would commit to UGA. The problem is that Ty might not find anything out until January and there is no guarantee that we are going to hold a spot open for him that long. It is going to be interesting to see how our coaches handle this.

@Snoop Dawg, I watched film of Ray Drew’s scrimmage against Lowndes earlier this year b/c I wasn’t able to attend and he was in the backfield all game long. He is a big bodied kid who, with the right coaching, can excel at the next level. Honestly, TCC’s defense was not that impressive as a whole, and I think that is part of the problem. I will take him all day long at UGA…no question about it.

@Scott, yes, we can turn Malcom Mitchell from Valdosta…he was all Dawg this summer but has since turned into a slight Bama lean. Will we turn him? That is hard to say, but it is definitely in the realm of possibilities…we just have to keep winning and get him back on campus for a visit (which will happen). I have seen Mitchell in person and he is a better WR prospect than CB prospect in my opinion…he runs a 4.2 forty yard dash and is a threat to take it to the house anytime he touches the ball. As far as losing Rogers, that was not really Coach Richt’s fault…you can thank Nash Nance’s dad for that…and I won’t say anything else about that subject.

ryan

October 18th, 2010
2:00 pm

Slight lean means its basically with in the margin of era and Bama has not looked good the past couple of weeks so yes i agree UGA is still recruiting those guys hard .

Redneck Dawg

October 18th, 2010
2:04 pm

You failed to mention where AJ Johnson is committed to.

kacee

October 18th, 2010
2:05 pm

any recruit at the ga-vandy game is maybe. the good uns were at Auburn.Is our recroiter doing his work at the same bars as Evans was .Garner was last seen in south georgia WHEN?

Blackoutanyone?

October 18th, 2010
2:13 pm

Everyone on here is wanting to know what the spinn doctor Lowndes25 has to say. Why not read the quotes from the kids? Dickson has stated from the beginning that Bama was his leader and that has not changed. Crowell has stated that Bama is his leader and doesn’t want to play for a program where everyone is going to jail and there is no discipline. Well never mind any of that because Lowndes25 will be on here shortly to set things straight. Last week life long UGA fan and 2012 stud Dakota Ball committed to Bama. You people are blind. Saban is cherry picking your state and instead of demanding Richt’s head your listening to some joker with a rivals account.

naganole

October 18th, 2010
2:13 pm

@Lowndes25 Most FSU insiders do not believe that Terrence Smith is UGA’s to lose. We feel the same way we feel about every recruit that has a good visit elsewhere. UGA gave him something to thing about. During his official to Tallahassee we’ll remind him why he wanted to come to FSU in the first place. If he leaves that visit w/o reaffirming his verbal commitment, then we’ll be concerned…

@RxDawg We’ll still banter here. I gotta provide the non homer/non troll view on your recruits for y’all… :)

@Snoop Dawg Drew has never been considered the most polished player, but his talent and potential with DJ Elliott’s coaching is going to give us another Andre Wadsworth. I’m so happy…

Blackoutanyone?

October 18th, 2010
2:18 pm

@ryan… Bama has not looked good the past couple of weeks? You need to check out the latest BCS standings. Georgia has played two of the worst teams in the SEC and now you are critiquing the defending national champions?

USMCDAWG

October 18th, 2010
2:19 pm

Chip and Lowndes25 Good stuff as usual. I watched Xzavier Dickson on friday and he is a man among boys.

Lowndes25

October 18th, 2010
2:26 pm

@Blackoutanyone?, glad that you were able to make it back to the board…was beginning to wonder where you had gone to. How is that “Lamichael Fanning is not interested in UGA at all” thing working out for you?!?! Two visits to Athens already, and more to come…goes to show you that you can’t take what these kids say to “Recruiting Sites” at face-value…there is usually more to the story. If you have the contacts like you say you do why don’t you go and ask them why Bama was in the lead for Dickson’s services in the first place…they lead b/c UGA didn’t offer Dickson until 6 months after Bama did and Dickson’s dad didn’t want him anywhere near UGA since we failed to recognize his son’s talent. We have since apologized for our error (since it was the fault of our previous defensive coaching staff) and Xavier’s dad has given his full blessing for Xavier to go to UGA (his “dream school”). I honestly don’t care if you believe me or not, since I know what I am saying is true and you are more than welcome to come back on this blog in February and call me a liar if Dickson does not sign with UGA (provided Coach Richt is still here).

@naganole, that is not what I heard about your FSU insiders, but that is fine. We are in great position for Smith…two visits back-to-back is a nice thing to get this late in the recruiting process. Hit me up on my email when you get the chance. Lowndes25@gmail.com

DawginGainsville

October 18th, 2010
2:34 pm

http://pricezack.wordpress.com/2010/10/18/the-bcs-who-will-raise-the-crystal-ball/ check out this article on the BCS, it is very informative and brings up some very interesting points

naganole

October 18th, 2010
2:37 pm

@Lowndes25 So two good visits from Terrence Smith to UGA makes him a UGA lean, but 2 good visits to FSU with two more scheduled doesn’t make you worry about Nate Theus???

Lowndes25

October 18th, 2010
2:40 pm

@naganole, nope….as long as Coach Richt and Coach Searels are in Athens we have nothing to worry about with the Theus Brothers.

naganole

October 18th, 2010
2:41 pm

@Lowndes25 And there in lies the problem…I’ll email you now…

RxDawg

October 18th, 2010
2:43 pm

Lol Naga, that’s good to hear. This place wouldn’t be the same without ya.

Awe, poor whittle blackout has to hate on UGA. Why worry about little ol’ UGA blackout? Were nothing to your Alabama mountain of football prowess. I mean what else can anyone in the nation do but watch Saban will his superiority on the rest of the SEC? Heck, I bet the Carolina game was just farce in Saban’s grand plan to win the national championship the next 20 years in a row.

naganole

October 18th, 2010
2:54 pm

@Blackoutanyone? Saban gonna look good coaching the Cowboys next year. Tell Kirby Smart congrats on the raise and new job title…

secbama

October 18th, 2010
2:55 pm

Crowell, Dickson, and Mitchell to Bama.

Gabe Wright to Vols, and Ray Drew chooses between Auburn/Georgia on signing day.

Lowdnes25…here is hoping UGA and Bama win out so we can expose you in the SEC Championship. Then all these UGA recruits will be ours. Roll Tide!

cattledawg

October 18th, 2010
2:56 pm

Anyone else wondering about Lemay? After watching Murray so far this year Im starting to think Lemay might go elsewhere. Honestly, I like Nick Marshall better than Lemay.

naganole

October 18th, 2010
2:57 pm

Ray Drew chooses between Auburn and UGA? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA Wait, he’s a UCLA lock…

cattledawg

October 18th, 2010
2:58 pm

As a cowboys fan I would love Saban as coach. Anyone , besides Wade Phillips. Hes like a marshmallow with a headset.

Lowndes25

October 18th, 2010
2:59 pm

@secbama, I would welcome a UGA/Bama game in the SEC Championship but we both have long roads ahead before that is going to happen. You guys better concentrate on UT, LSU and Auburn before thinking about playing in the SECCG. Gabe Wright to UT?!?! Lol…you might want to get better sources if that is where you think he is going…

Lowndes25

October 18th, 2010
3:00 pm

@naganole, I thought Drew was a Notre Dame lock?!?! His good friend, Stephon Tuitt, is going there or didn’t you hear :)

@cattledawg, not worried about Lemay one bit…he is all Dawg.

naganole

October 18th, 2010
3:01 pm

@Lowndes25. I think we’re all wrong. The only official he’s taken has been to LSU. Geaux Tigers….

cattledawg

October 18th, 2010
3:08 pm

Well thats good, I hope he will take a redshirt.

ryan

October 18th, 2010
3:18 pm

SecBama you should not be saying that Bama is lock for Crowell , Dickson , or Mitchell you should be worried Saban not looking at another job

ryan

October 18th, 2010
3:30 pm

Hey Lowndes25 is UGA still safe with Ray Drew .

Blackoutanyone?

October 18th, 2010
3:50 pm

@Lowndes25 I only post on here when it relates to a Bama prospect. I wouldn’t waist any more time concerning yourself as to wether I believe you or not… your full of it. I truly have no ill feelings toward the UGA program. I just think its hilarious how all these kids are telling your UGA homer beat writers one thing but you so easily discredit what they say. As for last Saturday lets just say and I’m willing to concede that any recruit that was swayed by the noon kickoff beat down of VANDERBILT in front of a less than capacity crowd was already going to UGA anyway ohh and I didn’t notice Crowell on your list of visitors. As for Dickson’s “dream school” Dakota Ball claimed he was a life long UGA fan as well. As for Fanning….lol LaMichael I know you visited Georgia soo where exactly do things stand right now? The kids response “I’m committed to Alabama and that tells it all”. Now read into that what you will.

naganole

October 18th, 2010
3:57 pm

@ryan lolwut? :D

Blackoutanyone?

October 18th, 2010
3:58 pm

@ryan… why would saban leave? I understand his history of leaving one job for a better job is well documented… but where would he go? He took a pay cut to get out of the NFL. If you could take off the UGA blinders you would see that your program deserves better. I feel your pain cause that was me during the Shula years. Georgia is a sleeping giant with all the High School talent. If you people ever wake up and hire a real coach…. well never mind… juss keep buying what Lowndes25 is selling.

Lowndes25

October 18th, 2010
4:04 pm

Blackoutanyone?, Lamichael gave that interview weeks ago, prior to his most recent visit to Athens…might want to request another interview to see if he still feels the same way ;) The noon kickoffs have definitely hampered recruiting, but we have no one to blame but ourselves…win ball-games and you don’t get scheduled for noon kickoffs. Crowell was not on our visitor list b/c he had an away game on Friday night and his mom had to work this weekend…that is life…not a big deal and it means nothing in his longtime recruitment (you should know that). Also, you need to read more of Dakota’s interviews to understand why he chose Bama over UGA…good pickup for you guys but Dakota was not a kid we were hard after in next year’s class. Our focus has been primarily on DT Jonathan Taylor from the get-go and he was indeed in Athens this past weekend for our noon kickoff against Vandy as well as DE Leonard Floyd who Bama really wants (but will not get).