Ten@10: Tech wastes no time in offering East Paulding OT Taylor Gadbois

THE TEN AT 10:

Tackle Taylor Gadbois (6-7, 275) has been a dominating force on East Paulding offensive line this season. (Photo by Chad Simmons/Scout.com)

Tackle Taylor Gadbois (6-7, 275) has been a dominating force on East Paulding offensive line this season. (Photo by Chad Simmons/Scout.com)

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.

90 comments Add your comment

BigTimeTECHFan

October 21st, 2010
10:09 am

sweet, sounds like he’s not to excited about offer

llf

October 21st, 2010
10:12 am

good report.

Nerds! Nerds! Nerds!

October 21st, 2010
10:22 am

My God, a Freshman!

Davey Boy Smith

October 21st, 2010
10:29 am

Can someone explain to me why Americus-Sumter has been such a trainwreck of a team since they consolidated?

Americus was one of the blue-chip programs in the state for years and years, but since they joined up with Sumter, they have been below mediocre. Anyone got the skinny on that situation?

Chris

October 21st, 2010
10:31 am

Chip. you’re a good man Sir. Question: What is the status of Avery Walls’ recruitment? He’s been silent lately…

juvenal

October 21st, 2010
10:33 am

instead of their hands..

juvenal

October 21st, 2010
10:35 am

uga wants Noble so bad they want an engineering school(better to put a branch of Tech at Albany or Valdosta)

Roaddawg80

October 21st, 2010
10:36 am

If the Dawgs can beat kentucky and Florida our recruiting will pick right up where it left off. Although, I think a couple of recruits have talked about the Dawgs being down I don’t think it has killed us.

Also, note how Florida State is starting to get back on the map. Watch and see if this doesn’t kill Florida. UF went on a run about the time FSU went way down. Now that they are starting to get back. Watch for Florida to take a small nose dive. This will help UGA!

GT Sambo

October 21st, 2010
10:57 am

Good to hear the coaching staff at GT is keeping tabs of guys who might fly under the radar. Hopefully this young man will come to Tech and be a rock on our offensive line. The whole sitting out his junior year thing it very interesting, though. Sounds like there is obviously more to that story!

Seachange

October 21st, 2010
11:00 am

I’m not sure.

Re: collegeballfan

October 21st, 2010
11:01 am

Now that he’s suspended from his high school team for the rest of the season by the Florida High School Athletics Association, uga should go after A.C. Leonard. He sounds like the perfect recruit for Mark Richt.

Re: collegeballfan

October 21st, 2010
11:02 am

PS: would fit in perfectly with the other pound puppies there now.

Chip Towers

October 21st, 2010
11:04 am

Chris: Actually I haven’t had a chance to talk to Avery since he took an official to Oregon a couple of weeks ago. I know after that long trip he planned to settle in and focus on helping Eagles Landing Christian Academy win some games, which it has done. I’ll try to check in with Avery and get you an update.

Amsterdam Sam

October 21st, 2010
11:08 am

To all of you in-state high school football players – listen to what Herschel Walker said about in-state talent going to out of state schools. I am a bulldog, but if you must go to another school besides UGA (maybe to be an engineer), go to Tech. Keep it in-state. When UGA plays Tech I want them to be a worthy opponent, for it will only help our rankings should we beat them. If the best stay in Georgia, Georgia will be the best – it is as simple as that. Show some loyalty to those who know and love you, listen to them cheer for you like no other fan base would and you, like Herschel, will be remembered and loved for the rest of your life. Play elsewhere and you will be forgotten. It also helps when looking for a job should you not go pro, for many potential employers also will know and remember you within this state. Enough said – stay home, play home, bring home the championships.

Outside Observer

October 21st, 2010
11:20 am

I guess CPJ isn’t looking at adding many more guys to the D-line. I know we have some depth in the secondary to replace some of the seniors we will lose, and we have about six guys that have had some time playing MLB. But as bad as the D-line has looked at times, I would figure CPJ and Groh would try and add some depth there. Although on a side note, JC Lanier did get a little bit of playing time as nose tackle against Mid Tenn and he looked good out there. Emmanuel Dieke also got a few reps at DE and seemed to hold his own. Maybe those guys are the future of the Tech D-line.

GTBob

October 21st, 2010
11:32 am

I’m glad to see guys like Dominique Noble coming to Tech. He sounds like a good kid.

Nerds own the world

October 21st, 2010
11:34 am

Nerd – (noun) 1)referring to someone more intelligent than the speaker. 2)An intended slur of someone of higher intellectual capacity by someone with low self-esteem 4) someone that does not have their ego tied to a college football team 3) owners of the world, see Bill Gates, Warren Buffet……………….
5-2 or 3-4?

LagDawg

October 21st, 2010
11:35 am

Maybe UGA should hire Walker for the Recruiting Coordinator. He’s very passionate about UGA and would be a great recruiting weapon. He has always been the epitome of what a football player should be on and off the field. I also agree that if not UGA, then go to GT, just stay instate. Both of these programs will be fine with the HC that they have. Over time every coach has to make changes to the staff and make them in a timely manner. I do agree with keeping the top recruits instate but, I also know that we still need to venture out into other parts of the country to find the top talent. Right now we still need to recuit more LBs and i still don’t see many offers going out and I also know that the state of Ga. does not have the many top recuits at the LB position. I hope these kids listen to Walker and make the right choice.

Burdell

October 21st, 2010
11:37 am

Tech has some good young d-lineman stored away for the future…namely Shawn Green and Denzel McCoy. With JC Lanier taking a bigger roll next season and if we can get TJ Barnes in full game shape we’ll be looking pretty good on the line…fingers crossed.

seabass

October 21st, 2010
11:49 am

Why did FSU move up? Two of there 5 stars got bumped to 4 stars.

2 and 3 star tech

October 21st, 2010
11:52 am

I’m sure Tech will offer some 2 or 3 star defensive lineman who’s only other offers are from some directional school when they need to fill out there d-line after they realize the top recruits have passed on them yet another time.

Come on man

October 21st, 2010
12:03 pm

Go to Georgia? Herschel they will go where they are being called to go. Where they like the coaches, facilities, and courses. Not because it’s UGA and it’s Georgia. Don’t give me that loyalty garbage. Come on man.

1eyedJack

October 21st, 2010
12:10 pm

Some kids are just “frontrunners”. They like the flavor of the month. When Jordan was hot they all had to have a Michael Jordan jersey…then a Kobe jersey..then a LaBron jersey. They have no loyalty to the state university. “Sho me da bling!” For some it comes down to which school’s colors match my new Nikes.

RambleOn84

October 21st, 2010
12:15 pm

I am excited to hear Lanier was playing against MTSU…did not get to see the game, but I have been looking forward to seeing him play for a long time.

He is a big side of beef; I hope he has the skills and desire to become an impact player.

Einsteindawg

October 21st, 2010
12:27 pm

How big is Nick Marshall? And, is he under 4.7 in the 40?

wolfman

October 21st, 2010
12:38 pm

We’ve all seen what the high recruiting classes at UGA have produced this year!

Barack Dawg

October 21st, 2010
12:49 pm

Nerds own the world – Would they rather be 8 – 1 or 1 – 8?

GT Sambo

October 21st, 2010
12:50 pm

I’ll take Tech recruits over UGA’s recruits anyday. They seem to be the right ones for our school. Read the article about Dominique Noble. Good football player and a good student with a good head on his shoulders. These are the kind of football players I want at GT, because we are not typically going to attract the five star recruits here anyway given our position as a research-focused institute in the ACC. I am ok letting UGA go after the much more highly recruited Zack Witchetts or Christian LeMays of the world. I am not saying they are bad guys, I am just saying they don’t fit at Tech.

GT Sambo

October 21st, 2010
12:53 pm

Barack Dawg,
We are 5-2 this year, how about y’all. The good news is that UGA and GT play on november 27th so we get to find out who is better on the field. Maybe you’ll be able to talk all kinds of trash on that day and maybe you won’t. See you in november!

Nate

October 21st, 2010
1:01 pm

Amsterdam Sam, as a Jacket I 100% agree with your statement. Tech and Georgia recruit different types of players and I’m fine with that. Good luck to both teams to hopefully (better) represent this state.

dawgster

October 21st, 2010
1:02 pm

GTSambo…i know your aren’t calling Witchetts or Lemay bad guys, but it hinted at the fact they may not be good students or good enough for your school…i don’t know how these guys will do when they get here, but if you are judging them because they had some issues in hight school seems a little unfair…i believe that Tech has had issues with players in the past also…If you are basing them not fitting in based on their football talents and how your system is diffeent than the dawgs, then thats fair, but if you are saying they don’t fit in because they had some incidents that happened in high school, so they are not good enough for Tech, then to me thats going a little too farl…there is nothing that will guarantee that these players also would not be not only good football players and good students…i assuming that you were just giving Kudos to the young man Noble who does seem like a fine young man…Georgia has plenty of them also…..I guess the comment “they don’t fit at Tech bothers me a little…but thats just my opinion…
they don’t fit at Tech” seemed

JB

October 21st, 2010
1:05 pm

If Richt and Bobo don’t put in 7 or 8 wildcat plays with Nick Marshall at QB rolling out to pass or run, they need to be run out of town…..That kid is for real and would really give DC’s fits, because he is a real threat to pass it…..or take off for big yardage if it’s open……….We’ll see.

alpharettabetta

October 21st, 2010
1:05 pm

@GT Sambo Honest prediction for the UGA/GT game. I have not watched Tech play once this year and want to know what a true Tech fan thinks about that game.

The Lineman that Tech just offered seems pretty big for a Tech lineman in that system? Can that guy move like they need him to be able to?

ryan

October 21st, 2010
1:09 pm

Hey GT Sambo you maybe 5-2 but Tech has not been challanged ether UGA has played 3 tough opponents already SC , AR , and CO yea we lost those games but helped us find out were strengths and weaknesses were .

GT Sambo

October 21st, 2010
1:13 pm

alpharettabetta,
That’s a good question. I want to believe that we are recruiting better lineman for our system which means that they are bigger (bigger than what we have now but not as big as some of the pro style linemen) and faster. But I just don’t know.
As far as the GT/UGA game, predictions are tough. Two years ago UGA was heavily favored and GT won on the road. Last year Tech was heavily faavored and UGA won on the road. Seems like this year the teams will be more evenly matched, at least going into the game. UGA will probably have the advantage since it is at home.

RambleOn84

October 21st, 2010
1:15 pm

ryan,
You really think Colorado was a “tough opponent?”

alpharettabetta

October 21st, 2010
1:19 pm

Yeah you guys need quick, smart, very mobile linemen in your system just wanted to get your feelings on it. Has Tech had many lineman taken recently in the draft since Johnson has been there? I ask because mainly I am confused why the guy they originally had decomitted in the first place.

GT Sambo

October 21st, 2010
1:19 pm

dawgster,
We didn’t offer either one of the players I mentioned, so take that how you will. Yes, those two happened to get into trouble in HS, and it might not have been possible for UGA to have predicted that that would occur prior to offering them a scholarship. I guess what I am saying is that it seems to me that GT focuses on certain guys who we know have academics as a high priority (because that is an advantage our school has over most others), whereas I have never heard of UGA focusing on an athlete for any other reason than his football ability. Don’t misunderstand me, I know not all of our football recruits want to be nuclear engineers like Dominique Noble.

GT Sambo

October 21st, 2010
1:25 pm

alpharettabetta,
Obviously, none of CPJ’s recruits have been at Tech long enough to get drafted. But Cord Howard who played OL for GT the last two years under Paul Johnson is going to be starting for the Bills on Sunday, after being signed as an undrafted fee agent.

GT Sambo

October 21st, 2010
1:33 pm

alpharettabetta,
This does bring up an interesting analysis regarding Paul Johnson’s offense and recruiting. UGA fans continue to say that GT has won with Chan Gailey’s recruits and that CPJ can’t recruit. The recruiting ranking over the last ten years don’t really bear this out, however, b/c Paul Johnson’s two recruiting classes (2009 and 2010) were better ranked than all of Chan Gailey’s classes except 2007. Also, it is clear looking at recruiting rankings, that CPJ has much higher ranked recruits at GT than he did at Navy. What that will do in terms of on-field performance, we will see.

GT Sambo

October 21st, 2010
1:36 pm

alpharettabetta,
As far as the guy who originally committed, it looked like he basically used GT. We were his first major college offer, so he committed so that he could lock down his scholarship. Then a few SEC schools came calling, so he decided to keep looking around.

alpharettabetta

October 21st, 2010
1:37 pm

Right sorry meant to say Tech oline who had been recently drafted…thanks for the info.

valyboy32

October 21st, 2010
1:39 pm

PLEASE PEOPLE WHO KNOW ELITE TALENT THAT MIGHT GO ESLE WHERE BESIDES UGA OR TECH DO WHAT YOU CAN TO PERSAUE THEM TO STAY IN STATE ITS A BLOODY SHAME WE MAKE AUBURN, FLA. FLA STATE S.C TENSSE, NOW ALA, AND OTHERS LOOK GOOD I KNOW WE CANT KEEP’EM ALL BUT D@@@@@@@@@@**

alpharettabetta

October 21st, 2010
1:45 pm

What does that even mean…

GTBob

October 21st, 2010
2:10 pm

alpharettabetta, I was curious so I looked it up for you. In the 2009 draft Andrew Gardner (OT) was drafted by the Dolphins. Thats the only OL drafted for Tech since 2007. It doesn’t really appear to be a Paul Johnson thing though, only 3 OL’s were drafted from Tech last decade, and not many before that either. Tech has never exactly been a hotbed for the position.

alpharettabetta

October 21st, 2010
2:13 pm

Appreciate it GTBob. That’s fairly surprising to me.

ryan

October 21st, 2010
2:23 pm

I not going to get in who was drafted were I will just say both Tech and UGA has put great players in the NFL i am focus on UK right now .

dawgster

October 21st, 2010
2:30 pm

Ok GT Sambo..i’ll give you that we don’t probably focus on student part over the athlete, buu Coach Richt has improved our graduation rates in football and i believe we may be just behind Vandy, in that and as far as our progress towards graduation, so that is an area that has greatly improved…but you are correct, you probably have to be more selective in the players that you guys go after…i believe uga has more degree opportunities where tech is limited…i guess what i was trying to say was i don’t think the dawgs try and find kids that have issues, but you are right, some that we target and other SEC schools also, focus on their talent and skill level foremost, and when you do that you are probably going to have a little more issues with grades and maybe even some additional off field issues due to having concentrated more on their athletic careers…but georgia has alot of those good students also…go dawgs…

Ramblin Man

October 21st, 2010
2:41 pm

I am just glad that CPJ is looking at some bigger o-lineman. That has to be the biggest weaknes when it comes to recruiting for this offense. You need a kid to be big and strong to face these huge defenders, but you also need them to be fast so they can hit the secondary. Honestly how many other teams ask a tackle to break to the outside and take out the CB before a running back gets there? Recruiting as a whole looks better than it has in years for GT and I just hope that means better seasons, but as we all know this years prize recruit could end up running a scout team for the next 4 years.

valleyboy23

October 21st, 2010
2:50 pm

i hope saban go to the cowboys