THE TEN AT 10:
1. Tennessee landed its sixth commitment from the state of Georgia this past weekend. Vincent Dallas, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound wide receiver/defensive back from Cedar Grove High School, pledged the Vols during a pep rally at the school this past Friday. The three-star prospect is expected to play wide receiver in college.
In the end, Dallas said he chose Tennessee over Florida. But he had offers from about 20 schools, including Georgia Tech, Auburn, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and West Virginia. Georgia did not offer him.
Heading into Friday’s game, Dallas had 28 catches for 562 yards and seven touchdowns despite missing the first three games with a foot injury. He had about 800 yards receiving and five interceptions as a junior, coach Ray Bonner said. Bonner believes Dallas may be even better at defensive back at UT.
Dallas joins five other Peach Staters on the Vols’ 2011 commitment list. The others are DB Justin Coleman of Brunswick, LB Christian Harris of Etowah, LB A.J. Johnson of Gainesville, OT Alan Posey of Clarke Central and DB Brian Randolph of Kell.
“We’re starting a connection with the Georgia boys,” Dallas told the Knoxville News-Sentinel. “We’re going to help turn the program around.”
Johnson and Randolph are AJC Super 11 selections. Georgia Tech has offered each of UT commitments except for Harris. Georgia offered only Randolph.
Dallas will travel to Knoxville this weekend to attend the Vols’ game against Alabama.
2. The Vols are after several other top-notch Georgia products, including AJC Super 11 designees Ray Drew of Thomas County Central, Isaiah Crowell of Carver-Columbus and Jay Rome of Valdosta. In an article last week, the News-Sentinel reported that Crowell would be accompanying teammate Gabe Wright to Knoxville for the Alabama game this weekend. Neither player returned messages seeking confirmation of that report and coach Dell McGee said he did not know. Wright, a 6-foot-3, 280-pound defensive tackle, reportedly is down to Auburn and Tennessee.
3. Georgia Tech this past weekend offered junior defensive end Jordan Watkins (6-4, 236) of Woodward Academy. Watkins received the offer from head coach Paul Johnson before the Middle Tennessee State this past Saturday.
“He told me they would love to have me be a Yellow Jacket,” Watkins told JacketsOnline.com. “It was really exciting for me and my family. Getting an offer from the school you grew up rooting for is a big deal to me and it is a really special day.”
4. Georgia offered 2013 WR Uriah LeMay when he visited the Bulldogs this past weekend, according to Scout.com’s Chad Simmons. LeMay is the younger brother of current UGA commitment Christian LeMay, who was also at the game. Christian LeMay’s father, Stacy LeMay, declined to discuss Christian LeMay’s progress toward graduation other than to say his son is “staying focused on finishing strong right now.” Christian LeMay transferred out of Butler High School in Matthews, N.C., rather than serve what his family believed was an undeserved 30-day suspension. He plans to enroll at Georgia in January.
5. While it appears the Bulldogs may be falling behind Alabama in their pursuit of Crowell, Georgia continues to recruit the running back position for 2011. Troup running back Quan Bray visited Athens for the Vanderbilt this past weekend. And the Bulldogs are starting to show a lot of interest in Andrew Buie of Jacksonville, Fla. The 5-foot-9, 190-pound four-star prospect has multiple offers but reportedly is favoring Auburn and Ole Miss. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs have requested game video of Grady RB Marcus Caffey according to 247Sports.com’s Rusty Mansell. Here’s some video of Caffey’s highlights from YouTube.com. And keep an eye on Elbert County’s Valdon Cooper, too.
6. Five-star offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio (6-7, 320) of DeMatha High in Maryland was one of four players added to the roster for the Under Armour All-America game. The others were WR Amir Carlisle of Sunnyvale, Calif.; DB Marqise Lee of Gardena, Calif.; and LB Lawrence Thomas of Detroit. Kouandjio continues to list Georgia among his top five. However, most expect he’ll eventually sign with Alabama. His older brother Arie Kouandjio is a freshman offensive lineman for the Crimson Tide.
7. Four-star RB Mike Blakely of Bradenton, Fla., did not announce his choice between Florida and Auburn last Friday after all. It had been reported in several publications that he would. However, the 5-foot-9, 190-pound athlete did say after his game that night that “Florida leads . . . but it is not a big lead.”
8. One of the best quarterbacks you haven’t heard of is Tate O’Connor of Savannah Country Day School. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound senior has quietly been having a huge year down on the coast. This past Friday, he accounted for five touchdowns (three passing, two rushing) and passed for 258 yards in a 37-14 win over Claxton. For the season, he has completed 66 percent of his passes for 1,556 yards and 17 touchdowns with just four interceptions. That leads the “Coastal Empire,” according to the Savannah Morning News. O’Connor is getting recruited but still does not have any scholarship offers. Here’s some video from this season.
9. It has been a busy time in basketball recruiting as the fall signing period draws closer. Last week Georgia Tech landed a commitment from one of the top prospects in the state in Milton power forward Julian Royal. On Monday, Georgia got a commitment from John Florveus, a 7-foot center from Hillsborough Community College in Tampa. And South Atlanta’s Nick Jacobs recently returned from an official visit to Clemson. The 6-foot-9 forward had already visited Georgia, Alabama and Florida. He is expected to make an announcement sometime this week. “Clemson is my leader,” Jacobs told TigerIllustrated.com. “Clemson, Alabama, Florida and then Georgia is the order.”
10. THIS & THAT: Jordan Jenkins, a 2012 standout defensive end from Harris County, told Scout.com he plans to visit UGA for the Georgia Tech game on Nov. 27. He also plans visits to FSU (Nov. 6), Tennessee (Nov. 13) and Mississippi State (Nov. 20). . . . Maurice Couch, a defensive lineman from Garden City (Kan.) Community College, committed to Tennessee then de-committed on the same day. He’s trying to decide between the Vols and South Carolina and now plans to visit both schools before making a final decision. . . . Lowndes defensive back Geraldo Orta told PalmettoSports.com Tennessee now leads in his recruitment. He, too, is also considering South Carolina. . . . TE A.C. Leonard of Jacksonville, Fla. recommitted to Florida after de-committing just last week. It’s the third time he has committed to the Gators.