THE TEN AT 10:
1. Georgia Tech didn’t waste any time moving on after the de-commitment of Kyle Harris this week. Just a day after getting that news from the Pepperell offensive lineman, coach Paul Johnson was on the phone with East Paulding’s Taylor Gadbois extending an offer.
Gadbois, a 6-foot-7, 275-pound tackle, got the call Tuesday night. “Coach Johnson called and said they liked what they had seen and that they thought I could help them,” he said. “I told him that I was honored and I appreciate it.”
Tech is the best opportunity Gadbois has had so far. His previous offers have come from Illinois State, Indiana, Middle Tennessee State and Troy. Why, Gadbois was asked, hadn’t a prospect of his size playing on a good team not attracted more recruiting interest to this point?
“I definitely have to say because I didn’t play my junior year,” he said. “Nobody had any tape on me.”
Gadbois said he played as a freshman and sophomore but sat out his junior season, “because Coach [John Reid] told me I had to mature and become a man. And that’s exactly what I did.”
Reid recently sent out some senior-season video on Gadbois and expects even more offers to come as a result. “When they see the film they call right back,” he said. “He’s a great kid and a great player.”
Gadbois resisted the urge to commit to Tech right away. “I’m just playing high school football right now,” who has been to two Tech games so far and plans to attend the Miamia game on Nov. 13. “I’m just going to get a few more weeks into the season and see what happens.”
2. The Savannah Morning News has a story on Herschel Walker’s nephew Milan Richards, who is turning heads as a freshman on the football field at Calvary Day School in Savannah. Richards (6-3, 200) plays tight end and defensive end in high school. He is the son of Walker’s sister, Veronica, and brother-in-law Bill Richards, who were All-Americans in track at UGA. Despite the inevitable comparisons, Walker says he wants Milan to go to Georgia. “As I have said publicly, I don’t want to see the best kids in Georgia go to Auburn, Clemson or Alabama,” he said.
3. South Gwinnett QB Kent Rollins finally landed his first scholarship offer. It came from the Air Force Academy. Rollins (6-0, 170) was the preseason choice for Class AAAAA all-state QB in Class AAAAA by Georgia High School Football Daily. Last week, he completed 12 of 19 passes for 176 yards and a touchdown in a win over Dacula. For the season, he has completed 57 percent of his passes for 1,425 yards and 14 touchdowns with just one interception. Rollins is also a standout baseball prospect.
4. Wilcox County quarterback Nick Marshall, a UGA commitment, is closing in on the state record for touchdown passes in a career. Marshall threw two touchdown passes last week in a 49-0 victory over Turner County to push his career total to 86, which ranks fourth all-time in Georgia, one ahead of Lassiter’s Hutson Mason, according to GHSF Daily. The record of 92 is held by Jeremy Privett (2000-03) of Charlton County and Cedric Johnson (2001-04) of Americus. Marshall, who is slated to played defensive back and basketball at Georgia, has 24 TD passes in eight games this season.
5. Spencer Region, a 6-foot-5, 330-pound offensive lineman from Cullman, Ala., spoke highly of Georgia in a recent interview with Scout.com’s Allen Wallace. The senior has the Bulldogs in a top five that includes Alabama, LSU, Louisville and Wisconsin. The three-star prospect has scheduled an official visit with Georgia on Dec. 10.
“I feel like they are rebuilding and it’s gonna get better,” said Region, who says the Bulldogs are recruiting him the hardest. “I think I can help them out and make an impact there. Georgia isn’t going to be down too long.”
6. There’s a good story in the Charlotte Observer on Georgia Tech commitment Dominique Noble. In addition to starring on a team that has won a national best 39 games in a row, the article points out that Noble is an aspiring nuclear engineer who has a 3.54 GPA while taking honors courses.
7.Georgia commitment Justin Scott-Wesley intends to visit Georgia on Nov. 27, the weekend of the Georgia Tech game. But the three-star wide receiver is making good on his plan to check out other schools in the meantime. Scott-Wesley had to cancel a recent unofficial visit to Clemson “due to a family emergency,” according to PalmettoSports.com. But he plans to reschedule with the Tigers and said he might also take a trip to Columbia to check out South Carolina. He also has an official visit planned to Louisville on Nov. 13.
8. Colquitt County offensive tackle Xzavier Ward said this week he’s down to a final five of Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida and Georgia. But it does not appear the 6-7, 260-pound athlete will be making a decision any time soon. He says he plans to take official visits with all of his finalists after the season and so far has planned only a January trip to Alabama.
9. Georgia, which lost out to Georgia Tech in the battle for Milton’s all-star power forward Julian Royal, is in the hunt for Royal’s Milton teammate Dai-Jon Parker, the AJC’s Michael Carvell reports. The 6-foot-3 guard is supposed to announce a decision between Georgia, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, Rhode Island and Vanderbilt on Nov. 5. . . . Forward Nick Jacobs (6-9) of South Atlanta plans to decide between Alabama, Clemson, Florida and Georgia sometime next week.
10. THIS & THAT: David Washington, a 6-foot-2, 280-pound defensive tackle from Lovejoy committed to Kentucky. He also had offers from Mississippi State and Virginia. He’s commitment No. 21 for the Wildcats. . . . The saga that has been the recruitment of Jacksonville tight end A.C. Leonard continues. After committing to Florida for a third time — he decommitted twice — this past week, Leonard was suspended from his high school team for the rest of the season by the Florida High School Athletics Association for violating the organization’s sportsmanship/conduct codes. . . .
WR Damiere Byrd of Sicklerville, N.J., committed to South Carolina on Wednesday afternoon. The 5-9, 180-pound athlete picked the Gamecocks over Iowa, Ole Miss and Florida. . . ESPNU/Scouts Inc. updated its team recruiting rankings for 2011 Thursday morning. Georgia stayed at No. 9 while FSU made a jump up to No. 4 and Tennessee debuted on the list at No. 24. Texas and Alabama are 1 and 2. Georgia Tech was unranked.