Ten@10: Cedar Grove’s Vincent Dallas becomes Vols’ 6th commit from Georgia

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.

171 comments Add your comment

ECB

October 19th, 2010
10:04 am

Who cares if I'm

October 19th, 2010
10:05 am

Brad

October 19th, 2010
10:06 am

Brad

October 19th, 2010
10:06 am

First to actually say First

Huntsville Dog

October 19th, 2010
10:17 am

I’d like to know if Quan Bray wants to play RB in college?

Davey Boy Smith

October 19th, 2010
10:18 am

Don’t want to give Paul Johnson too much advice, but even in the Wing-T, a 250 lb offensive lineman cannot consistently compete in college football, even in the weak ACC. As everyone witnessed last year against UGA, those undersized OL got thrown around like rag dolls by UGA’s and Miami’s defensive tackles.

Scheming is fun, but you have to have some grown hosses too.

ROLL TIDE

October 19th, 2010
10:19 am

Tide looking good for class of 2012

Newnan Dawg

October 19th, 2010
10:19 am

Lowndes25 -
Is UGA really falling behind in the recruitment of Crowell, like Chip states? If so why is this and how can UGA make up the ground?

Davey Boy Smith

October 19th, 2010
10:20 am

Even if they are employing that disgusting cheap method of chop blocking for which Johnson has become so famous around college football.

dawgster

October 19th, 2010
10:20 am

Chip..what leads you to think we are losing ground on Crowell…are basing this on his comments after the Bama game or that he hasn’t been able to get to Athens due to the early kick-offs…do you have some new info…I too, though am getting an uneasy feeling based on the recent comments and the negativity towards our program…i’m sure that the other programs are reminding the recruits about our arrests…in my opinion, if he wants to be a dawg, then that would be fantastic…we need him and would love him, but if Bama is where he wants to go, then the best of luck to him…we will wish him well and the dawgs will survive..i can promise you that…what saddens me though is that there will be so many dawg fans and others saying…see..Coach Richt can’t keep the best in state…well, next year we may get the best that the state of Fla has to offer, so it works both ways…go dawgs..

Davey Boy Smith

October 19th, 2010
10:22 am

Ummmm, Newnan, do you really need someone to explain that to you?

Even though Alabama is not close to UGA academically, I keep hearing from non-football playing, high school seniors that they would rather go to Alabama right now, just for the football games.

UGA has been mediocre for 2+ years, and Alabama just lost for the 1st time in 2+ years. Bama just had their first Heisman Trophy winner, a RB on the current squad. Bama just expanded their stadium to 100k +.

It’s not really hard to figure out.

JB

October 19th, 2010
10:24 am

Dawgs are thin at RB going forward in numbers and talent. Word is with the small class last year, 15 seniors this year and 3-4 other players leaving the program, we’ll sign a big class, maybe 28 or so. We better get 3-4 RB’s in this class….I believe Malcomb was our only RB last year

Chip Towers

October 19th, 2010
10:27 am

JB: The maximum anybody can sign in 2011 is 28 per new NCAA rule. Of course, no more than 25 can actually be admitted in any given year.

JB

October 19th, 2010
10:27 am

Davey boy smith………………….The good news for the “rest” of us”, Bama can only have 85 scholarship players on campus, so come signing day, according to Bama fans, there will be a lot of hurt feelings when only 25 or so of their 60-70 commits can sign. Just say’n.

Newnan Dawg

October 19th, 2010
10:28 am

Davey Boy Smith -
Alabama has been relevant for all of two years. I do remember not too along ago Alabama was 7-6 and losing to unkown Louisiana Monroe. Every program has its down years and yes Georgia is experiencing that right now, but Georgia will get back to being in the top tier no doubt, and Alabama’s run will end. Look at USC, Fla. St., Miamia, and even Florida. They were all at the top for three four years then look what has happened now. So run your mouth now but see what happens.

JB

October 19th, 2010
10:28 am

Davey Boy…..see above post from Chip…..

Chip Towers

October 19th, 2010
10:30 am

dawgster: I’m basing it on what Isaiah Crowell told me in an interview earlier this month.

rooferdawg

October 19th, 2010
10:32 am

I really think it would be hard for an 18 year olds to try and make up their minds, when paid professional salesmen (college recruiters), keep pounding them will sales pitches about committing to a certain school. I was never any good at sports, so I never had that problem. When I was 18 I could not decide where I wanted to go eat that night, much less a decision on my next 4 years. Good luck to all those students, and I hope that what ever decision they make will be the right one for them. Good article Chip!

The "G" is for GANGSTER

October 19th, 2010
10:33 am

Davey boy tisk tisk, there is no school UGA is in front of academically, when it comes to athletes. They accept anyone the NCAA allows them to and if necessary they can take remedial classes for a year to get ready to start college.

JB

October 19th, 2010
10:34 am

Chip, I hope Richt is looking everywhere for a RB, I believe Crowell is Bama bound. Now, He could just be laying low, but we can’t afford to sit around and only sign ONE second or third choice Back. I do believe King and Ealey will be around all four years, because they are not jumping off the charts as far as the NFL is concerned, but our depth scares me at RB.

Will

October 19th, 2010
10:34 am

If you are a top-tier rb why in the hell would you go to UF?

SmyrnaMan

October 19th, 2010
10:35 am

Welcome to Rocky Top Vincent! Those are some smoking hot numbers you are putting up

True DAWG fan

October 19th, 2010
10:36 am

Just wondering how we are doing in the recruitment of Drew,Crowell,and Rome?

JB

October 19th, 2010
10:37 am

Gangster, do a little research about the SEC…..Due to the Kemp era, UGA probably has higher standards than any except Vandy.

Herschels Gone

October 19th, 2010
10:37 am

The only time ugag was in the top tier was when Herschel was there and he’s been gone 28 years. How many NC have your “rivals” won since you won one? Florida, Bama, Tennessee, LSU, even Tech. And yes it’s still counts as 28 years even if you’ve been drunk for all of them.

Chip Towers

October 19th, 2010
10:39 am

True DAWG fan: If you compared their recruitment to a stock report, Georgia’s value with Crowell, Drew and Rome would be down at the moment. The good news is their stock won’t be issued until sometime after the season, and we all know how volatile the market is!

ccrider

October 19th, 2010
10:41 am

Davey Boy Smith; I am sure Paul Johnson has been following your every word on how to coach. He wants to know when your through tutoring Nick Saban, Bill Bellichek and Sean Payton, if you could spare some time to enlighten Him and his coaches!

dawgster

October 19th, 2010
10:41 am

Chip…do you feel that our ship has sailed with Crowell and if i’m correct, that interview came right after the Bama visit…so alot of things that he said as far as kids getting in trouble and that, came after the Bama visit and i’m sure that was mentioned to him several times, although i guess he didn’t need to have Bama tell him what has been reported…Is there something else that he said that might not have been reported that leads you to believe we are out of it with him…i still believe him being a dawg fan for years will play a part in his decision, and i know he has a good relationship with Coach Richt, but i don’t know if that is enough, right now Bama seems to be the “hot program”…but they cannot sign everyone, although i know Coach Saban tries…thanks Chip…

True DAWG fan

October 19th, 2010
10:42 am

Also from what I hear we are looking good on getting the top running back in Florida in 2012,a big back 6′2 or 6′3 with speed,does anyone have an solid facts if this is true?

Chip Towers

October 19th, 2010
10:43 am

Yeah, Lowndes25, never mind what I reported. Like Newnan Dawg asks, where do you think Georgia stands with Crowell?

Chip Towers

October 19th, 2010
10:45 am

True DAWG fan: Georgia is among the leaders for 2012 four-star RB Matt Jones (6-3, 210) of Armwood, Fla.

True DAWG fan

October 19th, 2010
10:47 am

Chip have you heard any info on Xavier Dickson and where he stands with Georgia? and also have you heard anything about the Florida back in 2012 and where he stands with Ga.heard he was high on Georgia?

JB

October 19th, 2010
10:48 am

Herschel’s Gone…………….please tell us how many titles “your” team has won ?

Chip Towers

October 19th, 2010
10:48 am

dawgster: No, I don’t believe Georgia’s ship has sailed on Crowell. For one, the Bulldogs are going to be relentless in their pursuit of him. But the battle with Bama is going to be long and bloody. And the Crimson Tide is going to be ruthless about it. I’m not saying it has anything to do with it at all in this case, but if you watch Bama in recruiting, once it gets a lead on someone in recruiting, it seems to take an act of Congress to get that prospect on another campus for a visit. That’s not a fact, just an observation.

wesleywhatwhat

October 19th, 2010
10:49 am

“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.”

lol. not a good year to be a florida fan.

dawgster

October 19th, 2010
10:49 am

JB..unfortunately, i have to agree…i think we will get a good running back this year, maybe not an enlite, but if we lose Crowell, the dawg fans will be in an uproar, and especially if we don’t finish strong…whick would give us the boost we may need…but next year there are two elite backs that i am aware of we high on, one is ours to lose right now, in my opinion and from some other info…i think we will a very, very good recruiting class this year, but alot of people will see it as a failure if we don’t get Crowell…There has been so much negativity toward our program, and alot of it by our own fans, not saying some of it hasn’t been deserved, but it along with these early kick-offs have killed us in recruiting..I agree with Chip…right now our stock is down…i think the kids that love the dawsg no matter what we will be fine with and maybe thats what we need, kids that truly want to wear the Red and Black and take pride in representing the university…anyway long time before NSD..so going to try and stay positive and support the dawgs and this coaching staff..go dawgs

Chip Towers

October 19th, 2010
10:50 am

True DAWG fan: Dickson discusses his UGA visit HERE.

True DAWG fan

October 19th, 2010
10:51 am

Thanks Chip,my passion for Georgia Football is hugh and I just want them to get back to the top and make a run at a N.Championship and I know it starts with recruiting.Myself I feel like they have the QB in place they just need that homerun hitter at tailback.

JB

October 19th, 2010
10:53 am

Chip……. You hit it nail on the head….Bama’s hot and these are 16-17 year old kids and saying Bama is in the lead is COOL…….. If you read Rivals ans some recruiting mags, you would think Bama has 80 commits……They don’t….Yes, they can be selective, but these players have to start wondering when ole Kirby Smart doesn’t return their call like he “used” to.
Having Bama number one on your list is a big deal for these kids, but mostly not a reality.

Lowndes25

October 19th, 2010
10:53 am

First off, nobody needs to worry about Crowell visiting UT (including Bama fans)…this is a Bama/UGA battle and always has been. Secondly, Crowell and Wright are not as close as Wright tries to make it seem…Crowell is a lot closer to Jarvis Jones than he is with Wright…a lot. Thirdly, Bama is a major player for Crowell’s services…always has been and always will be until Crowell signs on the dotted line in February. Fourthly, all of the UGA fans need to step back from the ledge and breathe…it is true that Crowell has not been back to Athens since he made those comments, but he is going to take at least one, more than likely two, more visits to Athens (as well as at least one more visit to Bama) before he makes a final decision. The best thing we can continue to do is win ballgames and hope that when we get him back on campus for his visits that he feels the same way about UGA that he felt this summer…his biggest concern is will Coach Richt be here for the duration of his college career (same thing with Ray Drew)…and the answer is a resounding YES. Look, you have to give kudos to Nick Saban and Kirby Smart…not only are they great coaches but they are great recruiters.

Burdell

October 19th, 2010
10:54 am

Davey Boy—- Not sure where you get your facts but Paul Johnson does not recruit 250 lb offensive lineman…more like 270-300….and then they put on a few more once they get to campus and redshirt.

Pup Fan

October 19th, 2010
10:56 am

Where is Lowndes25?????????

Chip, don’t be upset that we value Lowndes25 opinion! Your a journalist….Lowndes25 is an INSIDER!!!!

Football players want to play .... football

October 19th, 2010
10:56 am

UGA grad here, class of 71 & 73. Most big time HS southern kids are football players first. They all think that they are the next Ray Lewis. Rarely are they strategic in their long termcareer thinking ………..Alabama fits that football bill. It is a fine school too. They are winning big and their coach is very secure and high profile and they are THE team now in the deep south. For a kid, what is not to like. My son was first accepted Bama, as he too applied there for these reasons but went to school in Georgia and graduated.

UGA has allowed the football program to slow down. Richt has a divided attention span with his Honduras faith based endeavors, and he has not gone after the Georgia born BLUE CHIP kids. He lacks that fire that a CUM or a NS or even a SS has. This is why UGA does not have top quality D linemen and running backs. This has taken place over like 3 or 5 years. It has to stop.

UGA has to make a change. Whether we do it this year or next …………it has to happen. IF ………… IF ……CMR can run the table this year …………… then he obviously deserves another year. Sadly, recruiting for the class of 2011 is about done. We still will NOT have a top notch ( we need two ) running back. If Ealey flunks out of school and King has exahausted his eligibility, in 2011 for UGA, will be very ugly.

Go Dogs.

True DAWG fan

October 19th, 2010
10:56 am

dawgster do you think or have you heard who coach granthom is got his eyes on next year 2012 to fit his 3-4 scheme?

Pup Fan

October 19th, 2010
10:56 am

There he is!!!!

True DAWG fan

October 19th, 2010
10:57 am

Chip who do you feel will be the DAWGS next commitment? and do you think it’ll happen soon?

J-H

October 19th, 2010
11:00 am

Glad to see Tate O’Connor getting some pub. That kid is for real. Easily the best true QB I’ve seen in South GA in a LONG time.

Pup Fan

October 19th, 2010
11:01 am

Lowndes25 = MAN CRUSH!!!!!

Lowndes25

October 19th, 2010
11:01 am

@Pup Fan, sorry, I had a meeting this morning and then had to run some errands so it has taken me a while to get up and going this morning…I will try and do better next week I promise :)

DawginGainsville

October 19th, 2010
11:02 am

http://pricezack.wordpress.com/2010/10/18/the-bcs-who-will-raise-the-crystal-ball/ this is a great article about the current bcs rankings, it is a great read for college football fans