Ten@10: DE Ray Drew ’shutting it down,’ heading to Georgia-Florida (updated)

THE TEN AT 10:

1. AJC Super 11 defensive end Ray Drew of Thomas County Central is “shutting it down.” The 6-foot-5, 250-pound prospect — who gets a five-star rating from ESPNU/Scouts Inc. — told me this week he is not going to grant any more media interviews, at least not for a short while. Drew said he simply has too much on his plate at the moment, what with playing football, attending high school, taking college courses at night and preaching on Sunday mornings. He said he simply needs to cut down the number of calls coming to his phone.

Of course, the recruiting process will continue. And, to date, that’s something Drew also has let get a little out of hand. Drew, who has fielded upward of 40 offers, still listed as many as 10 possible finalists as late as last week. He hopes to narrow his scope over the next few weeks as well.

Meanwhile, Drew told me he plans to attend the Georgia-Florida game on Saturday in Jacksonville and the Florida-FSU game on Nov. 27. “I’m going with some friends that go every year,” he said. “I’m excited. They say there’s nothing like it.”

It looks like Drew is not going to make it back up to Athens this season, however. At one time he thought he might go there for the Idaho State game on Nov. 6 or the Georgia Tech game on Nov. 27.

“I’m not sure if I will make it to a UGA game,” said Drew, who took an official visit to LSU on Oct. 2. “I hope I can but I’m not sure. I don’t have any other officials set up yet but do plan to take some more. As far as everything else goes, nothing is set in stone.”

Drew said he won’t take any more official visits until after the season. His final decision won’t likely come until after the New Year.

2. Another major college basketball prospect from Atlanta will make his decision public today. Nick Jacobs, a 6-foot-9 power forward and four-star prospect from South Atlanta High, will choose a school from among his four finalists — Alabama, Clemson, Florida and Georgia — this afternoon around lunchtime at the high school. Jacobs has taken official visits to all four schools over the last few weeks. AJC high schools reporter and resident basketball recruiting expert Michael Carvell will bring you the news here and over at the Prep Zone Blog as soon as it happens.

Georgia has been among the finalists ofthe last two major prospects to come out of Atlanta. The Bulldogs lost out to Georgia Tech on Milton forward Julian Royal on Oct. 14. They edged out the Yellow Jackets for Westlake forward and 2010 Mr. Georgia Basketball designee Marcus Thornton last May.

3. AJC Super 11 linebacker James Vaughters of Tucker was recently named one of 12 semifinalists for the Butkus Award for high school athletes. Vaughters, who committed to Stanford, was one of two Georgians to make that list. He joins Cook’s Shannon Brown, an Alabama commitment.

4. Vaughters’ teammate and friend at Tucker High, Bashr Coles, visited Central Florida last weekend and apparently has the Knights high on his list, according to a story in the Orlando Sentinel. It’s one of the most attractive offers for Coles, who also has invitations from Maryland, Middle Tennessee State  and Illinois State and has talked to Georgia Southern and Chattanooga. Coles is averaging 9.8 yards per carry for the Tigers (8-0), who are ranked No. 3 in Class AAAA.

5. Buford running back Seon Jones, who established a school record when he rushed for 319 yards in a game against Lovett that I covered earlier this season, finally landed his first offer this week. It came from Georgia Southern and head coach Jeff Monken. Jones is closing in on 1,000 yards this season for the Wolves (8-1), who are ranked No. 2 in Class AA.

6. AJC Super 11 wide receiver Chris Conley of North Paulding High School recently accepted an invitation to the Offense-Defense All-American Game in Charlotte. The 6-foot-3, 185-pound senior has managed to overcome a mid-season knee injury — which never managed to sideline him — to record 52 catches for 814 yds and 13 TDs so far. The Wolfpack (5-4) had a huge offensive game this past Friday despite losing to Kell 55-30. North Paulding quarterback Cain Campbell passed for 523 yards and three touchdowns. Catching those passes were wide receivers Joel Brooks (11 for 225, 1 TD), Joey Eliezer (6-106) and Conley (8-83-2).

7. I’ve had a lot of people asking me about Grady running back Marcus Caffey since he has emerged as a major college prospect this fall. The 6-foot, 190-pound athlete now has offers from more than a dozen FBS schools, including Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Ole Miss, Purdue and South Carolina. Meanhile, Georgia and Georgia Tech are both hovering close by. Caffey’s star has risen as teams of swooped in to get a look at AJC Super 11 selection Damian Swann, then noticed Caffey running the ball all over the place. After eight games he leads the Grey Knights (7-1) with 911 yards on 78 carries.

I interviewed Caffey on Monday and will post a recruiting profile on him later this week. In the meantime, to whet your appetite, our friend over at Dawgs247.com, Rusty Mansell, has uploaded Caffey’s 2010 highlight video to YouTube.com. You can also check out some cut-ups of Friday’s game between Grady and St. Pius, in which Caffey went off for a 153 yards and a 70-yard touchdown and Swann went toe-to-toe with 2012 star defensive back Geno Smith of St. Pius.

8. Georgia has extended a new offer to a 2011 prospect to a junior college wide receiver from California. Rahsaan Vaughn attends the College of San Mateo, allegedly runs a 4.37-second 40-yard dash and is either 6-foot or 6-foot-2, depending on what recruiting service to which one subscribes. Neither Vaughn nor coach Bret Pollack returned phone messages from me yesterday but Chad Simmons of Scout.com and Dawgpost.com was able to catch up with Vaughn.

“I first heard from Georgia last week,” Vaughn told Simmons. “I had only talked to them one time before they offered me.  Coach [Tony] Ball is the coach that offered. He told me that he watched my highlight tape and that he enjoyed it.  He said watching my film led to them offering me. . . . I don’t really know much about Georgia yet.  I have heard about them and I have heard about A.J. Green, but I have not had the opportunity to really watch them or anything.”

Vaughn has an official visit set to Oregon in November and has offers from the Ducks, Arizona, Utah and several other West Coast schools. However, he said distance is not a factor for him and that he’ll take a serious look at the Bulldogs if he feels they will “make me the most successful and get me to where I want to be.”

9. Norcross basketball star Alonzo Nelson-Ododa picked loyalty over prestige when he chose Richmond over N.C. State and Wake Forest on Monday. . . . Also on Monday, Nelson-Odoba’s junior teammate, shooting guard Chris Bolden –  a Top 100 prospect in 2012 — chose Miami over Clemson, Marquette, Nebraska and Louisville.

10. THIS & THAT: Georgia Tech is showing increased interest in Stephen Williams, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound athlete at Savannah Country Day School. Williams already has offers from Auburn, North Carolina State and Middle Tennessee State, according to Scout. . . . Clay Burton, the brother of Florida freshman Trey Burton, committed to the Gators on Monday. The Venice, Fla., linebacker was previously committed to Notre Dame but changed his mind this fall and decided to follow his brother to UF.  “It’s easier on my family and [I wanted] the experience to play with my brother,” Burton told the Gainesville Sun. Burton, who also considered Georgia Tech, is the 17th commitment of the 2011 class.  . . . Florida also got a second commitment from Venice on Monday. Junior offensive lineman Omari Phillips (6-6, 270) also pledged the Gators. . . .

Washington High WR Zack Witchett was reinstated to the team last week, coach Stanley Pritchett confirmed. The UGA commitment was indefinitely suspended two weeks ago due to attitude issues. . . . Pepperell OL Kyle Harris, a former Georgia Tech commitment, will make his second unofficial visit to South Carolina on Nov. 6th for the Arkansas game, according to PalmettoSports.com. Savannah Country Day quarterback Tate O’Connor continues his impressive work down on the Georgia coast. This past Friday, O’Connor was 13-of-19 passing for 302 yards and four touchdowns in a win over Metter. Three of those TDs and eight receptions overall went to teammate Kevin Blackburne, who also is gaining recruiting interest. For the season, Tate has completed 66 percent of his passes for 1,868 yds and 21 TDs. He also has four rushing TDs.

56 comments Add your comment

Tim

October 26th, 2010
10:09 am

Chris Rainey

October 26th, 2010
10:18 am

wesleywhatwhat

October 26th, 2010
10:20 am

how many commits are expected in this year’s georgia tech class?

drew

October 26th, 2010
10:32 am

tech? haha they will get about 20 1 and 2 star commits.

Jimbo Fisher

October 26th, 2010
10:36 am

I’m pretty confident Ray Drew is mine. I’m on the uptick and Richt and Urban are playing 2-hand touch this weekend. I win, you lose, Go Noles…

GTee Time

October 26th, 2010
10:38 am

Nobody wants to come to Tech. Why would they? We have been exposed too often. All these recruits hear is how this offense is a joke at our level. It may have worked with Georgia Southern and Navy’s opponents, but not here. We MUST get rid of CPJ. We WILL lose to Va Tech and Miami, and UGA. All embarrassingly.

You think we are bad now. Close your eyes and imagine this offense WITHOUT Nesbitt and Allen next year……

Come recruits….. be a part of the biggest joke in the Southeast.

GeezusDawg

October 26th, 2010
10:47 am

Drew should go to Shorter … a Baptist college with a good theology program.

RambleOn84

October 26th, 2010
10:49 am

Nice try, “GTee Time.”

I love how all you Dawg lovers bash Nesbitt, and then warn us about the impending doom for when he leaves.

RambleOn84

October 26th, 2010
10:50 am

Johnson has been recruiting quite well in comparison to past Tech coaches.

We are not on par with UGA’s recruiting, but we also can’t hold a candle to them in the arrest numbers either.

Vick=Dog killing thug

October 26th, 2010
10:52 am

Hard nosed running with a potent passing attack combined with an aggressive hard hitting D wins games.

How many of the above do the bugs possess?

Nesbitt throws the ball behind his head as the receiver does a back flip kicking the ball to the pulling guard ….. FUMBLE…..

Be happy with your one win against UGA a couple of years ago little yellar fellars !

Vick=Dog killing thug

October 26th, 2010
10:54 am

Ramble…. Why would any Dawg fan want Nesbitt to leave? The next guy might be able to pass???

5 star recuit

October 26th, 2010
10:57 am

I like jail, Been dar twice! When I attend UGA next fall I plan on going back a few times to see all my boyz. Yeah! See dis is how you get steet cred. UGA is THug Life

RambleOn84

October 26th, 2010
10:57 am

My point exactly, PETA member…the offense will look mighty different next year. Whether that is a good thing or a bad thing for us remains to be seen.

UGA Insider

October 26th, 2010
11:00 am

All Ray Drew need to do is watch Justin Houston and see how he is used in the Grantham 3-4. Oh by the way, Houston will win SEC Defensive Player of the Year. I guarantee it.

ryan

October 26th, 2010
11:02 am

Drew will be a Dawg because him and LeMay are close friends they talk every other day .

michael

October 26th, 2010
11:04 am

tech will win three of the four. have faith and go to church. bench stephen hill, that guy should stick to track. oh, whose a better passer ball or nesbitt? our team is just simply not as good and i am concerned about the quality of players we have.

michael

October 26th, 2010
11:05 am

why didn’t cpj suggest to cooper to switch to receiver?????????????????

We hit and run this state, with red underwear in our pocket

October 26th, 2010
11:07 am

If UGA doesn’t turn the ball over they could win their 4th game against UF since the 80s, lol

dawgster

October 26th, 2010
11:15 am

UGA insider…i think you make an excellent point regarding Houston and the 3-4…i think the 3-4 only intensifies his talent…Drew would fit very well in this scheme….We need to perform well in the ga-fla game on sat…lots of people will be looking at our program and a good showing will only help in the recruiting…not to mention our chances in the SEC…go dawgs

ryan

October 26th, 2010
11:31 am

Also keep an eye on Akeem Dent who has been a force in the 3-4 .

bulldogmaniac

October 26th, 2010
11:48 am

Ramble On ……….OR IN WINS!

redhairpimplefacetechnerd

October 26th, 2010
11:54 am

I think CPJ is cute

twest

October 26th, 2010
12:04 pm

Chip the critical issue for Dawgs is evaluation…evaluation and more evaluation these 5 star misses have them with no room to spare! Take our DB’s for instance bad…very bad…really bad. Evans did not and Cuff can not stay on Television screen with recievers much less on field. R Jones never fully developed. Brandon Smith if anyone forgot was getting smoked in SC and one other game Thank God For Shawn Williams!!! You heard it here Chipster… He will be one of the VERY BEST to wear the Red and Black. forget stars get players!!! Noooo more bad evaluations! It won’t matter whose is coaching this season will be the…norm…sheesh!!!

ViningsDawg

October 26th, 2010
12:04 pm

All this talk about Drew being a Dawg or Nole better pay attention to Auburn. He spent last weekend there and talks with several of players regularly. Auburn has a few players that are very involved in some religious organizations. Also Drew and Gabe Wright are great friends and Wright is going to Auburn.

JailedDawg

October 26th, 2010
12:06 pm

I heard LeMay was lookng around due to Murray playing well.

alpharettabetta

October 26th, 2010
12:28 pm

@JailedDawg no you didnt

ryan

October 26th, 2010
12:52 pm

LeMay is all Dawg as long is Richt is the coach and he will be he going to enroll early as well .

Dawgy Style

October 26th, 2010
1:28 pm

UGA needs Drew, he will likely start immediately if he comes to Athens.

As for LeMay, IMO he is not coming to UGA. Why would he want to sit behind Murray for 3 years? Look out for Clemson.

And tech signed who?

October 26th, 2010
1:50 pm

If Tech were in the Sunbelt or CUSA PJ would be recruiting well.

naganole

October 26th, 2010
1:58 pm

ryan

October 26th, 2010
11:02 am

Drew will be a Dawg because him and LeMay are close friends they talk every other day .

@ryan We respond to each other on this blog almost every day. Are you a Nole yet? lol

naganole

October 26th, 2010
2:02 pm

Drew will fit very good in the 3-4? What, as the “jack” Lb? You must be kidding me, He’s 17 and weighs 250. He’s a DE the whole way.

ryan

October 26th, 2010
2:08 pm

Dawgy Style we have no depth at QB and the way Murray gets hit LeMay may start sooner than you think .

SideWalk_Fan

October 26th, 2010
2:08 pm

Akeem Dent is a beast plain and simple and Houston could prolly play anywhere on the field. I believe we are going to whip the gators this weekend. We have alot of good talent and murray is the best freshman in the whole NCAA. Things are going to be bright for us in the near future. Keep the faith and Go DAWGS!!

Uriah Lemay

October 26th, 2010
2:11 pm

Yeah sorry all you dawg haters out there, but my Brother is all Georgia and all dawg, so take that to the bank wit ya. God bless.

Lowndes25

October 26th, 2010
2:15 pm

@ViningsDawg, just as an FYI, Drew did not make it to Auburn this past weekend, and he is not as great of friends with Gabe Wright as people are reporting. Also, Gabe and Isaiah Crowell are not as good of friends as Gabe tries to make them out to be…Crowell is much closer to Jarvis Jones than he is to Gabe. And, fwiw, Drew and Christian Lemay talk to each other at least every other day…they are VERY good friends and close confidants.

Also, Christian Lemay is 100% Dawg, and has been the main guy verbally committed to us calling other recruits to get them to come and play with him in Athens. He is not going anywhere and is in no way scared of competing with Murray…it will only make both of them better in the end and Lemay knows that. He has not wavered at all and will be in Athens as long as Richt is their.

ryan

October 26th, 2010
2:17 pm

Hey naganole speaking depth UGA needs DEs bad and Drew can start right away i am sure Lowndes25 can back me up on this as well .

WreckIt

October 26th, 2010
2:26 pm

Next year we’ll have a more traditional option quarterback or two. His YPC will be a little less. However, he’ll be quicker to start his option sprints to the edge, and have a better touch on the ball.

Nesbitt deserves the support of the team, he’s earned it. However, I’m confident that spring and fall practice will reveal a successor to Nesbitt who will make better use of the WRs we have.

However, it’s incumbent on the WRs to stop sucking, or we’ll be up the creek.

Bradley’s article is correct that the lack of a passing game has hurt the jackets at the highest level. What surprises me is that some see this as unexpected or a weakness in the offense Tech runs. What modern offense doesn’t leverage the pass? I don’t think anyone would be shocked to hear that without a credible passing game, UGA lost games this year… Where are the people saying that the Pro style offense is crap because without a good wide receiver, you can’t win games at the highest level?

DekalbFB1

October 26th, 2010
2:29 pm

I would to commend Coach Stanley Pritchett for the handling the situation with Zack Witchett. We need more coaches like him. He did not put wins before discipline!!! Hats off to you Coach….

naganole

October 26th, 2010
2:30 pm

@ryan FSU is hurting at DE much more than UGA. After this year we’ll have only 3 scholarship DEs, and non rated above a 3* coming out of hs.

Vick=Dog killing thug

October 26th, 2010
2:33 pm

Peta Member.. That’s pretty funny Ramble…

Lowndes25

October 26th, 2010
2:34 pm

@naganole, you guys can keep hurting for all I care :) Drew will be in Athens next year…but I will be sure to remind him to send Jimbo a postcard thanking him for the free games that he allowed him to attend this year :P

naganole

October 26th, 2010
2:37 pm

@Lowndes25 You must be mistaken. FSU doesn’t play in Athens next year, but I’ll be sure to include lots of pics with him posing in his G&G #99 jersey…

San Francisco Dawg

October 26th, 2010
2:38 pm

Drew has already made up his mind…he loves Richt and his moral compass…and he can start right away in the 3-4…

We should be concentrating on Crowell…that’s the missing piece…

Vick=Dog killing thug

October 26th, 2010
2:38 pm

Lowndes25, Your 2:15pm post is music to my ears. Let’s hope it all pans out !

Lowndes25

October 26th, 2010
3:06 pm

@naganole, was that the same photographer you guys had lined up for when Nick Marshall and Jarvis Jones were DEFINITELY going to FSU :P

naganole

October 26th, 2010
3:23 pm

@Lowndes25 Naw man, that guy was a temp photographer. Our normal guy was taking pictures of the best GA high school football player in the past decade in Greg Reid, and his buddy Telvin Smith in their Garnet and Gold. Tyler Hunter was there goofing around, making sure his #15 jersey was all pressed and ready for his arrival next summer. Hunter looked over at me and said “Man, Naga, you know that them Wilcox County boys and those Carver boys are too far north. FSU territory starts at Hwy 82 through Tifton and the rest of the state south belongs to FSU. But Vikings and YellowJackets, them boys are Noles, believe that…” See, just a misunderstanding on my part…

ryan

October 26th, 2010
3:26 pm

Drew wants to play in the SEC against the best competition not in the weak ACC .

naganole

October 26th, 2010
3:29 pm

@ryan Yeah, because Drew grew up thinking about playing powerhouses like Vandy and Ole Miss and those mighty 2-5 UTenn Volunteers that took 2 OTs to beat UAB. lolwrongnumber

alpharettabetta

October 26th, 2010
3:36 pm

@naganole-just because some one is 4-4 or 4-3 in the SEC East, do not think for a second that the ACC is a better conference. Please don’t. It makes you sound foolish.

UT is obviously rebuilding. Please give me an argument where you think the ACC is better top to bottom then the SEC. Please.

naganole

October 26th, 2010
3:44 pm

@alpharettabetta Just because you play in the SEC doesn’t make you a good team. That makes you sound foolish. LSU has one loss and their QB play is terrible. To dominate the SEC all you need is a mobile QB. Hello Cam Newton…