Damian Swann to Marcus Caffey: ‘I’ll go to Georgia if you do’

When you say Grady Grey Knights these days, the first name that probably comes to mind is Damian Swann, the AJC Super 11 defensive back who is attracting recruiting attention from all over.

But there is a new name emerging from the old Atlanta high school. Marcus Caffey, a 6-foot, 190-pound running back, leads the Grey Knights with 911 yards on 78 carries (11.7 ypc). He, too, is attracting recruiters to Grady by the dozens. And along with Swann, Caffey is a big reason Grady is 7-1 and ranked No. 9 in Class AAA.

It will probably come as no surprise that these two elite athletes are also close friends.

“I’ve known him since I was 4,” Caffey said of Swann. “He played on my first basketball team. We’ve been playing on the same teams ever since.”

Asked if he and Swann ever discussed attending the same college, Caffey said: “Damian told me if I go to Georgia, he’s going to Georgia.”

Swann, as has been well-documented for quite some time now, has been the subject of an intense tug-of-war between the Bulldogs and Alabama since this past summer. Caffey, however, doesn’t currently have an offer from either school.

But Caffey said he thinks Georgia may be close to possibly extending one.

“They haven’t contacted me but they contacted my coaches,” Caffey said. “And, of course, they’ve been in contact with Damian and asked about me. Being from Georgia, that’d be huge if I got [an offer]. I feel like if they see me play I’ll get an offer.”

The Bulldogs’ main target at running back is Isaiah Crowell of Columbus. But all indications are they will sign at least two ball-carriers in this class.

Nevertheless, it’s not like it’s “Dogs or Bust” for Caffey. He has plenty of other scholarship opportunities. In fact he has at least 12 major college offers, including several from ACC, SEC and Big Ten schools. Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Ole Miss, Purdue, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest and West Virginia are his primary pursuers at this point.

“I have a lot more than are listed on Rivals or Scout,” Caffey said. “Those are just the main ones. Some schools are a little more interested than others.”

And Caffey has a little more interest in others than some.

For instance, Ole Miss was the first major-conference team to offer Caffey. But after Caffey didn’t immediately pounce on the offer, he has barely heard from the Rebels since.

Kentucky and Purdue, he said, are recruiting him the hardest. And Arkansas and South Carolina have also been pretty persistent.

Caffey said Purdue is the one place he knows for certain right now he will be traveling to for an official visit. “They have a couple of senior running backs and need some playmakers,” he said. “They’re saying I can come in and play a lot.”

At one time South Carolina appeared a likely destination.

“Growing up I always wanted to go to South Carolina,” he said. “I’m not sure why. I just always really liked South Carolina and Clemson for some reason and I just always thought I’d go to South Carolina.”

But recent developments have dampened Caffey’s enthusiasm for the Gamecocks. “[Marcus] Lattimore is obviously going to get a lot of carries. And they have the No. 1 and No. 2 running backs in South Carolina committed,” he said.

So Caffey said he is basically wide open. But instead of worrying about recruiting, he said he is focused on trying to win a championship for Grady.

That tact has served him well so far. Just last week, Caffey was the main difference in a 7-6 win over rival St. Pius. He had 153 yards on 19 carries and busted loose for 70 yards and the game-winning touchdown.

While Caffey said he “kind of snuck up on people” in recruiting, he feels like he’s no longer a secret. That is evidenced by the stack of mail and phone calls he’s receiving every day.

“At times [the recruiting] is kind of stressful,” he said. “But it’s good to have these opportunities. I know I’m going to play football in college. That’s been a good experience.”

Here’s some video of Caffey in action:

129 comments Add your comment

JDF

October 27th, 2010
10:05 am

That would be sweet.

Trey B.

October 27th, 2010
10:06 am

Typical Choad

October 27th, 2010
10:07 am

VA DAWG

October 27th, 2010
10:11 am

If he is truly as good as I’ve heard (similar to Raymond Sanders), an offer should be on the way. It we great to see more kids stay close to home and play between the hedges. Good luck Marcus wherever you end up. GO DAWGS!

Bama Baby

October 27th, 2010
10:21 am

Both of those guys and Crowell will look good in Crimson and White.
ROLL TIDE!!!!

gomdawg

October 27th, 2010
10:22 am

I can see him at 6′ 1″ 205 lbs. maybe 210 WOW he’s good. Dawgs need to get him.We need 2 backs in this class.

KerryB

October 27th, 2010
10:25 am

The kid looks good. Offer him already, what are you waiting for?

Nate

October 27th, 2010
10:27 am

Who cares if he doesn’t have great top-end speed? We already have a guy like Branden Smith who can run 100mph straight with little football ability.

From the looks of this video, this kid has great football speed. He’s got quickness, vision, and what I like most of all…he always falls forward. And better yet, he comes with a four star DB.

Uh…sign him. Now, please. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush…we have no idea what Crowell is gonna do.

Hankie Aron

October 27th, 2010
10:30 am

Sign this kid Richt. Bama Baby-go get on a Tide blog, Why are you even on here? Answer that questions please

zeeeee Nachos aka the 'Living Legend"

October 27th, 2010
10:31 am

Hankie Aron… why are you such a douche?

Answer THAT question please.

Nate

October 27th, 2010
10:36 am

Great, glad the immature comments are starting. Love how well we stay on topic.

blake

October 27th, 2010
10:40 am

From the tapes. who cares if DS signs. this kid looks like a ball player to me

Sanford Drive

October 27th, 2010
10:46 am

WAKE UP UGA RECRUITMENT COORDINATORS!!!!

You were just gifted a plan to get 2 VERY good recruits…. don’t waste it.

I have watched Damian Swann play, and the kid looks like a young Champ Bailey. He will be a “Branden Smith like” muti-use player….but honestly better. It is worth the 2 scholarships no matter how Caffey ends up.

We are no starnger to deals like this that have worked out in our favor either! Look at Zander Ogletree, brother of prized recruit Alec Ogletree, whom we offered to cement Alec’s commitment. Now Zander is getting high praise as a diamond in the rough.

WAKE UP UGA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RxDawg

October 27th, 2010
10:50 am

Well cool! I’d say welcome aboard guys =D

blake

October 27th, 2010
10:50 am

also didn’t they just offer a longsnapper, so that they could have a chance at his younger brother.

Sanford Drive

October 27th, 2010
10:51 am

Offer him TODAY, and inform Isaiah Crowell that he was offered the second you do so.

Maybe that will light a fire under Isaiah’s butt to go ahead and commit to UGA, the team he has loved since a kid, and sports stickers of on his car. Make him feel like it’s a “hurry up and commit or we don’t really need you” situation.

Bryan G.

October 27th, 2010
10:52 am

I bet this kid is better than Carlton Thomas.

Rip Van Winkle

October 27th, 2010
10:53 am

Yea Wake up UGA. You have been in a 30 year dream. Hershel is gone, wake up and realize it.

JaxDawg

October 27th, 2010
11:00 am

Let’s get Caffey! I’m all for talented players who truly want to be Dawgs! They work harder than the others.

bwell

October 27th, 2010
11:09 am

two for the price of one………… COACH GARDNER!!!!!!!! COACH RICHT MAKE A MOVE BEFORE WE LOOSE MORE TALENT TO OUT OF STATE SCHOOLS!!!!!!!

poopdawg

October 27th, 2010
11:14 am

Impressive runner. How is he doing is school? What does he plan on doing after football?

Newnan Dawg

October 27th, 2010
11:16 am

Chip or Lowndes25 – Do either one of you know how close UGA is to offering this kid? I mean watching his video this kid can play and with some added weight he could be a heck of running back at UGA!

Nick Saban plays pocket pool

October 27th, 2010
11:20 am

Saban will get them if he can, then he’ll just screw over some poor kid who already committed and make him grayshirt or run him off.

AJC is a joke.

October 27th, 2010
11:21 am

Problem is………

Unless Chip Towers (a UGA grad and I’m sure a fan when not writing for AJC) has informed Coach Gardner or Coach Richt of this scenario….. they will not know.

See, the AJC LOVES LOVES LOVES LOVES to bash UGA and attempt to bring disgrace and a negative light to UGA so much and often, that I am sure the coaching staff at UGA has discarded the AJC as a prefered source of news. So they are not reading this, and they do not care about an Atlanta based newspaper that feels the need to bash the University and town of Athens every chance they get.

If you were to visit the newspaper websites for: Birmingham, they have NOTHING but love for their Tide. Dallas, they have NOTHING but love for their Longhorns. New Orleans, they have NOTHING but love for their Tigers. Orlando, they have NOTHING but love for their Gators. Cleveland, they have NOTHING but love for their Buckeyes. Los Angeles, they have NOTHING but love for their Trojans…………………… get the point yet???

But go to the 8th largest DMA in the United States, Atlanta, GA….. and try and find somebody trying to support the cash cow that is UGA athletics.

Dawgstyle

October 27th, 2010
11:21 am

PLEASE offer these guys now !!! BoBo, Garner, Mclendon…somebody get on this !!!!!!!!!!

South GA Dawg

October 27th, 2010
11:25 am

I think we need to fire the recruiting staff. UGA should be hot on both of these kids tails. There is a lot of good talent out there and UGA needs to land some. I am tired of hearing GA boys going to SC, AL ,FL, Clemson where is your state pride. You are raised and trained in GA and leave to help other states beat your state team. Just plain sickening. Florida, SC or AL wouldnt be crap with out GA talent.

South GA Dawg

October 27th, 2010
11:30 am

AJC is a joke, I support you 100%. The AJC is nothing but GA Tech supporters that would love to create negative feed back on UGA. This paper has hurt the UGA program more than the 4 loses. Some of the recruits actually believe the crap they write.

ryan

October 27th, 2010
11:34 am

These Bama fans think they are going to get everyone when they only have a few schollys left hey Chip do think the commit of Mike Blakley assures is that UGA will lock up Matt Jones .

Lowndes25

October 27th, 2010
11:36 am

@Newnan Dawg, hit me up on my email and I will explain the situation in more detail to you. Lowndes25@gmail.com

twest

October 27th, 2010
11:39 am

Hey Chipster what we really, really REALLY need are 2 cover corners With body control. IF… our guys DO… happen to stay with recievers they do not get their hands up!!! Chip can you order me 2 for christmas? Please Chip…please…I’m begging…Please? Help a Brother Out!!!

GradyDad

October 27th, 2010
11:39 am

GK! GK! We all we got!

SimpleDawg

October 27th, 2010
11:40 am

Looks like UGA better offer this kid quickly.

He looks pretty good…..with or without his friend.

SimpleDawg

October 27th, 2010
11:40 am

Besides, Crowell is going to pick Bama.

rduck

October 27th, 2010
11:44 am

@ AJC is a joke… WWWWAAAAHHHH!!!!! Cry me a fricken river you poor little baby. Not everybody drinks the Athens koolais like you do. I have read numerous articles that have shed a good light on your beloved dawgs even when they were not doing a damn thing to deserve it. Every team has it’s negatives and the paper has every right to tell that side of the story as well. I have seen many negative stories about Tech this year also and guess what.. They were deserved. If you can’t take the criticism, then don’t read it. They are not in the business of having to coddle little whiney babies like yourself. Grow up!

1eyedJack

October 27th, 2010
11:49 am

I don’t know. Most of those runs he goes untouched. Maybe we should be recruiting some of his offensive linemen. A lot of average backs could run through those holes.

Midtown Dawg

October 27th, 2010
11:55 am

I can’t talk about Caffey on the football field because I am a football fan but not a football expert. However, I have taught him in class and he is a wonderful and respectful young man who worked hard in my class and who I think highly of. I wish him and all the capable and humble kids like him a lot of success in life.

rduck

October 27th, 2010
11:56 am

agreed 1eyedjack… Does look to be a good back but not alot of RAC footage there to go on…

joe

October 27th, 2010
12:07 pm

Well isn’t that just the sweetest thing ever…brings to mind the old Tom Hank’s TV show Bosom Buddies.

Bama Baby

October 27th, 2010
12:10 pm

ryan

October 27th, 2010
11:34 am
These Bama fans think they are going to get everyone when they only have a few schollys left hey Chip do think the commit of Mike Blakley assures is that UGA will lock up Matt Jones

If Nick Saban can make it happen then he will, nobody wants to play for UGA or Tech anyway. Recruits wanna be winners and win SEC Championships and NC’S

G-Lion

October 27th, 2010
12:10 pm

Marcus Caffey is 10-times the ballplayer that Swann is. Caffey won the game against St. Pius; Swann wasn’t even a factor.

And, the writer that noticed the Grady offensive linework is right on target. Those guys are big, strong, and fast. But they still required Caffey’s abilities to carry the day against Pius.

north ga dawg

October 27th, 2010
12:15 pm

Twest. Uga has got a really good corner in devin bowman he’s probably 6′1 6′2 and still growing everyone will be surprised when he gets to uga

Newnan Dawg

October 27th, 2010
12:17 pm

Bama Baby – if everyone wanted to play for Bama then why would the recruits just not go ahead and commit once they get the offer from Bama? I mean if Alabama is so great and everyone wants to play for a team that has been winning for all of three years, then your class should already be full and UGA, Florida, LSU, and Auburn just step aside and know they compete with Bama. What a joke! Its funny how Bama fans have this sense of entitlement because they have been relevant for all of three years! Do us all a favor and just keep your mouth shut dude!

ryan

October 27th, 2010
12:17 pm

Bama Baby Bama has not even offered this kid and UGA is close Swann will be a Dawg and don’t get to confident on Crowell .

TXDawg (The Real TXDawg)

October 27th, 2010
12:19 pm

Hey Lowndes25, you feeling tired today? Can’t you share more with the rest of us?

I mean, I already got the word that Swann would commit but what’s the deal with the UGA coaches and Caffey?

SCAR Fan

October 27th, 2010
12:23 pm

Not going to South Carolina because there is too much competition at his position. Apparently doesn’t have a lot of heart or desire to compete. Just wants to be handed his position. Have a great time in Athens and smile for your mug shot because you know it’s coming…

Jason

October 27th, 2010
12:24 pm

Who cars about Bama anyway? In 2 years (or less) they will have no Julio, no Ingram and no chance at being relevant anymore.

Bama Baby

October 27th, 2010
12:25 pm

Bama will get Crowell because he has already said georgia is a bad program right now. Newnan Dawg as long as we get the number 1 recruit in Georgia that is enough to rub in your face loser. Don’t get mad because your school gets overrated talent and we get the future star you loser

Vick=Dog killing thug

October 27th, 2010
12:31 pm

I have to laugh at the suggestion that the UGA coaching staff looks to the AJC (or should) for their recruiting tips. :)

While I enjoy and contribute to this nonsense, its not a viable tool for any major or mid major program. Even GT has better intel then the good ole AJC

I’m sure UGA knows all about two fine young men and will react accordingly to their plan what ever it may be.

ryan

October 27th, 2010
12:32 pm

Bama Baba don’t count on Saban staying long term there will be some couple of big schools will have job openings .

Bama Baby

October 27th, 2010
12:32 pm

Who cares about Georgia? No AJ after this year and that sorry offense will be back to field goal u again