THE TEN AT 10:
1. Washington High WR/DB Zack Witchett, who was dismissed from the team by head coach Stanley Pritchett for an attitude issue two weeks ago, was reinstated last week. In fact, the UGA commitment actually played in the Bulldogs’ 35-28, double-overtime win over Druid Hills this past Friday.
“Zack did all the things he had to do to get back on the team as far as apologizing and discipline and such,” Pritchett said. “He actually played in our game last Friday but got hurt. His shoulder popped out making a tackle from his safety position. Hopefully we’ll be able to get him back this week because we’re going to need him.”
The Bulldogs (6-2) play St. Pius (6-2) in a critical region game.
Witchett committed to Georgia way back in June. Pritchett, who has been in touch with UGA coaches, does not believe the indefinite suspension — which turned out to be one week — will affect Witchett’s scholarship offer from the Bulldogs.
“I don’t think so,” Pritchett said. “He’s a good kid; he’s a quiet guy. Teen-agers do things sometimes. It’s part of growing and maturing. But he did what he had to do to get back in our good graces and now it’s over.”
2. Harris County defensive end LaMichael Fanning, an Alabama commitment, apparently just up quit on his team this week, according to ESPN.com. Neither Fanning nor coach Tommy Parks have returned phone messages so far. But based on what I’ve been able to piece together, Fanning was suspended for the Tigers’ game against Upson-Lee this past Friday and was instructed to return to practice on Monday. He did not and later informed the coaching staff that he had quit the team. How this affects Fanning’s scholarship offer from Alabama is not yet known. Georgia and several other football programs have continued to recruit the four-star prospect.
3. Markeith Ambles, a 2009 AJC Super 11 wide receiver, was indefinitely suspended by Southern Cal this week, several media outlets are reporting. Head coach Lane Kiffin has yet to comment on the move but Ambles had been disciplined earlier this season for tardiness. Linebacker Simione Vehikite, also a freshman, was also suspended. Ambles played three plays in the Trojans’ season opener against Hawaii but has not played since. The 6-2, 215-pound play-maker had 104 catches for 1,791 yards his last two seasons at Henry County.
4. Zach Mettenberger has picked up offers this week from Alabama and Louisville and he’s expected to pick up another one from Texas A&M when he makes an official visit there this weekend. So for those keeping count, that’s six offers in all for the former Georgia quarterback, who was dismissed after pleading guilty to a sexual battery charge last May. Mettenberger (6-5, 240) was already holding offers from Arizona, Cincinnati and LSU.
Mettenberger has been impressive since transferring to Butler Community College in Kansas this summer. He led the nation’s No. 1-ranked junior college team to a 28-0 win over No. 2 Hutchinson this past weekend. For the season, he has completed 55 percent of his passes for 1,907 yards with 24 TDs and just three interceptions.
LSU is thought to be the team to beat for his services. He will have three years of eligibility remaining.
“The coaches say that I can come in and compete against those guys next year for playing time, and from there I would have a couple of seasons after they graduate,” Mettenberger told TigerSportsDigest.com. “LSU was the first school to offer me a scholarship after I came out here to Butler. That was big for me. It showed me that I could get back into the SEC, and that was the conference I grew up wanting to be a part of.”
5. The Nebraska Cornhuskers snared a major running back prospect out of Texas this week. Aaron Green, a five-star recruit from San Antonio, chose the Huskers over California, Florida State and Texas. His brother Andrew Green is a redshirt freshman cornerback at Nebraska.
6. Brandon Shell, a 6-7, 290-pound tackle from Goose Creek, S.C., recently moved South Carolina ahead of Georgia, according to a story at TigerIllustrated.com this week. “I want to go to all of my final four – South Carolina, Clemson, Georgia and Alabama for official visits,” Shell told the website. “I’d put South Carolina one, Clemson and Georgia tied at two and Alabama three. The people are great at South Carolina and I like the atmosphere.”
7. Georgia Tech offered junior James Deloach earlier this week. Deloach (6-2, 242) plays defensive end at Jenkins County but projects as a linebacker in college. Tennessee, which did so this past summer, is his only other offer so far. But most every ACC and SEC team is in contact with Deloach, so others are surely to come.
Tech, Tennessee, Auburn, LSU and Georgia have all also offered Deloach’s junior teammate, DT Jonathan Taylor (6-4, 315).
8. Junior Josh Clemons, a 6-4, 200-pound outside linebacker at Lowndes, recently told Scout.com’s Chad Simmons that Georgia is currently the team to beat
“I would have to put Georgia at the top right now because I feel I fit in there the best,” Clemons said. “They like me as a linebacker and I think I am better on defense. I went up to their camp and I liked it at Georgia and I am getting to know their coaches too. I hope to get up there for one of their games this season.”
9. North Cobb LB Troy Gray is taking an official visit to Virginia this weekend and will likely make a final decision sometime in the next week or so. Gray (6-1, 215) has the Cavaliers as finalists along with Arkansas and Kentucky.
10. THIS & THAT: St. Pius junior Geno Smith, who had two interceptions in a game against Grady last weekend, was offered a scholarship by Florida on Tuesday. That’s at least eight now for Smith, who is already holding offers from Georgia and Georgia Tech. . . . Dillon Lee of Buford and Charlie Hegedus of Lassiter were selected to RisingSeniors.com Junior All Star game, according to 247Sports.com. . . . McEachern LB Marquis Roberts and TE Rory Anderson will visit South Carolina for the Arkansas game next week, according to PalmettoSports.com. . . . Four-star offensive tackle Antonio Richardson of Nashville, Tenn., cannot play football the rest of this season after transferring from The Ensworth School to Pearl-Cohn, the Nashville Tennessean is reporting. Richardson has offers from Georgia, Tennessee and just about every other SEC school.