Ten@10: UGA commit Zack Witchett ‘back in good graces’ of his team

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.

98 comments Add your comment

Davey Boy Smith

October 28th, 2010
10:04 am

No mention of Jalen Kendrick getting suspended at Memphis?

thom

October 28th, 2010
10:11 am

Wow – sounds like “America’s Most Wanted” rather than a story about high school athletes!

Chip Towers

October 28th, 2010
10:12 am

Davey Boy Smith: Memphis freshman and McDonald’s All-American Jalen Kendrick of Marietta has been suspended indefinitely by the team while school officials investigate a verbal threat the player made to a teammate, according to CBSSports.com.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

October 28th, 2010
10:15 am

Some times these guys get to full of themselves because so much attention is given to them. Witchett will be o.k. Georgia needs Brandon Shell but Georgia getting shellacked by S.C. did not help any. Still Shell would be better off at UGA because Spurrier will be gone in two years if not one. He’s getting tired of losing.

McDawg

October 28th, 2010
10:21 am

sexual battery? sure come on and join the team BAMA, UF, LSU there is room for you there

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

October 28th, 2010
10:24 am

If they’re not in jail on Saturday afternoon CMR, doesn’t care, if we’re winning, arrest and “academic progress” don’t matter and the 3 plus million keeps rolling in, boys!

McDawgs nemesis

October 28th, 2010
10:27 am

Great comment McDumb, I guess Christian LeMay is the suntanned preachers poster boy!

No Surprise

October 28th, 2010
10:27 am

McDawg, your surprised other SEC schools are going after Mettenroethlisrapehamburger? Seriously, you can make death threats at florida and be back on the field in less than a month, why would they care if a kid has any class or morals before they sign them. Georgia doesn’t have much better players, but at least they are more than willing to assign the correct punsihment when problems do happen.

McDawg

October 28th, 2010
10:30 am

suntanned?? oh i get it –and i guess LeMay is a thug and Mettenberg is just a college kid

DawgnAub

October 28th, 2010
10:34 am

Josh Clemons, from Lowndes, is a stud. He’s got the frame to put on weight for lb and he’ll need to, but his instincts and speed are impressive for a lb.

GT Sambo

October 28th, 2010
10:38 am

Wow, I didn’t realize that recruiting for HS juniors is so hot and heavy already. That’s pretty amazing. Most of the guys talked about here won’t even be enrolling until August 2012 and probably won’t see playing time until Fall 2013. That seems like so far into the future!

dON

October 28th, 2010
10:47 am

@McDawg – Mettenberger won’t start right away at UF. They still have to teach him the protocol of texting “Time to Die B!tch!”

FOOTBALL FAN

October 28th, 2010
10:55 am

toran davis lb southwest dekalb #25 is the best player in the state

Hypocrite

October 28th, 2010
10:57 am

So the SAME Bama fans who bashed Mett after his SEXUAL BATTERY charge, callinghim a predator and a thig, will now embrace him if he does indeed don the ugly crimson and white???

hypocrites.

Hypocrite

October 28th, 2010
10:58 am

ryan

October 28th, 2010
11:04 am

To bad about Fanning football is not for everyone i hope the kid focus on getting an education .

Skitty Fritty

October 28th, 2010
11:07 am

Cam Newton leaves UF because of theft and ends up at Auburn and everyone loves him.
Rainey gets arrested for threatening assualt and battery on a woman and gets reinstated right before the UGA game.
Metzenberger has offers from everyone even though he was arrested for fondling/assualting a woman.
These are not boys but grown men. If you can be sent to Afghanistan to fight for your country at the same age then you are a man in my book. When are the colleges going to quit allowing these type of students to enroll at ANY college?

naganole

October 28th, 2010
11:09 am

A year ago Tyler Hunter said Alabama was his clear leader. Vikings are Noles. Why even get their hopes up, Chip?? :D

Dawg Tired

October 28th, 2010
11:16 am

Surely LaMichael Fanning’s quitting on his football team does not lessen Nick Saban’s respect for him. In fact, I would assume it only increases Saban’s respect for Fanning. Afterall, isn’t that exactly what Nick “I will not be the football coach at the University of Alabama” Saban did to the Miami Dolphins? Being a quitter makes Fanning sort of a kindred spirit with Saban.

In addition, it seems clear that Mettenberger would be a good fit at Bamer as well. This is true eventhough some Bamer fan’s lamblasted UGA for having such a thug on its team and constantly accuse CMR of putting up with behavior they find unacceptable for their team. Well. apparently being drunk and sexually assaulting a girl is behavior that gets you dismissed from a CMR team and gets you an inivtation to play for a Nick “I will not be the football coaach at the University of Alabama” Saban team. I guess it is better to be consistently foolish than foolishly consistent.

MikeP

October 28th, 2010
11:19 am

From an article in the Birmingham News: “Based on recruiting alone, Georgia should be an elite team. In fact, the past four recruiting classes were all ranked in Rivals’ Top 10. ” (Average #6)

See. there’s no reason for UGA fans to worry about recruiting. It doesn’t matter when 5* high school players get coached down to mediocre college players.

Interesting story, if you care to read it. Link: http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2010/10/sometimes_numbers_lie_recruiti.html

RxDawg

October 28th, 2010
11:24 am

1. Unfortunetly, Zack will now have to get into good graces with the fans. We probably wont forget about this incident and the slightest sniff of discipline problems will be akin to sharks sniffing blood. BUT, the good news is it’s easy to get in good graces with the fans. Do right on and off the field, that’s it.

ryan

October 28th, 2010
11:28 am

Yea that what makes me mad about all the heat UGA gets everyone says UF and Bama are these model programs Bama was on 2 years probation for cheating and Florida has all those thugs to .

Football Expert

October 28th, 2010
11:30 am

Upset Alert: Florida State Loses to NC State Tonight!!! You heard it here first!

Go Jackets

October 28th, 2010
11:35 am

It is too bad Zach M. is a drop back guy. It would be awesome to have him come to Tech and rack up a couple of wins against Georgia.

dON

October 28th, 2010
11:48 am

@Go Jackets- Yeah, forget about the groping of a girl. The only bad thing about him is he can’t run the option…

RxDawg

October 28th, 2010
11:53 am

2. WTH? We go from one knucklehead to another?

3. Rumor was that Ambles was a bit of a head case. Good grief these kids and their craptastic attitudes these days.

4. Well well well, looks like Mett might get to face his former team. Good for him. According to the printed story it didn’t sound deserving of all the pub and punishment he got. I always figured there had to be a little bit more to it.

5. Oh nice pick up for Nebraska. I’ve seen that guys film and he looks good.

6. Yeh, I knew that guy was always wishful thinking for us. Who knows though, maybe Richt can pull off the coup. You know Spurrier won’t be there too much longer.

7. K… I hear good things about his teamate Taylor.

8. Well cool! We need to get some LB’s, we’ve had a lot of give and take at that position as of late.

9. K…

10. K…

TuckDAWG

October 28th, 2010
11:54 am

hey go jackets if he ended up at tech them that would automatically make him a loser so you still couldn’t beat us. 9-10 insects GATA!!!!!!

ryan

October 28th, 2010
11:55 am

Its funny how they sad he should be kicked off the team Zack Mettenburger was a thug now there greeting him with open arms you guys are hypocrites

saban

October 28th, 2010
11:57 am

Always thought that Georgia sobered up for a game or two each year, but Georgis is a place to send a 5 star player and he becomes a 3 star player.

Great point about Boise State.

Richham

October 28th, 2010
12:01 pm

How about doing a piece on the parenting here in Georgia. A lot of these kids must run the show at home. I don’t keep up with other states, but it sure does seem like kids from the state of Georgia are getting in trouble left and right. How many kids in the past two years from this state have been suspended by their high school team or college team because of discipline or off the field issues????

ryan

October 28th, 2010
12:11 pm

Richham its happening in other states to don’t just noc the state of Georgia get your facts strait .

RxDawg

October 28th, 2010
12:21 pm

Richham, that problem isn’t just limited to Georgia. There is a crop of kids growing up that have parents that have not taught them how to respect the rules, laws, and elders of society. They think everything should be handed to them without working for it. They feel entitled and overestimate their importance to the world. It’s been ongoing for years. It’s not just atheletes. And it probably will lead to the downfall of our nation if it continues to esculate.

There now, don’t you just feel all better inside?

robodawg

October 28th, 2010
12:25 pm

With a sexual battery charge, Georgia did the right thing by kicking Mettenberger off the team. Now, with SEC rivals like Bama and LSU seeking his services, doesn’t that seem a little unfair? Who’s getting punished for his offense, Mettenberger or UGA? Why doesn’t the league have a policy that kids kicked off one team for disciplinary reasons will not play anywhere else in the league?

McDawg

October 28th, 2010
12:28 pm

alot of these kids don’t have parents

gatorman770

October 28th, 2010
12:28 pm

The Curdawgs should push to pick him up to give Christian La’Sexoffender some company next year!

Johnny DangerDawg

October 28th, 2010
12:29 pm

Fanning sounds like a real piece of work. He quits on his own team rather than face discipline because all he cares about now is the next level (college football). When he’s in college, he’ll probably play well enough to get into some NFL mock drafts, at which point he’ll start doing whatever the hell he wants off the field because he won’t be afraid of suspensions once he hears the NFL wants him. Remember when Carlos Dunlap got in trouble the week before the SEC Championship? Fanning sounds like the same type of guy.

Don4654

October 28th, 2010
12:36 pm

Bama fan here.Don’t know why we would recruit mettenbeger.We have 2 good young quarterbacks waiting in the wings.I am all for second chances for people but we don’t need him.

ryan

October 28th, 2010
12:38 pm

The people who said they wanted kicked off the team and now saying they would like to have him there team you can’t have it both ways .

Rodney Dangerfield

October 28th, 2010
12:38 pm

I played high school football. If you are a star on your high school football team and you get suspended or kicked off the team:

A: you did something REALLY bad
B: you made the coach look like a fool in front of other players.

Notso Fast

October 28th, 2010
12:40 pm

Some times it just hard to understand what colleges will do in order to win. Auburn #1 this year clearly is due to their new quaterback. He was kicked off for the Florida team for stealng. Now he is the pride of the SEC. All is forgotten as long as you win. Mettenberger may well end up opposing Ga. and if he wins, some will wonder why Coach R released him. Clearly it time for some rules and quidelines that apply to the SEC. If a player does something to be kicked off any team then he should not be allowed to play for any team in the SEC.

1eyedJack

October 28th, 2010
12:44 pm

Coach Richt and Coach Garner, please stop recruiting LaMichael Fanning immediately! He obviously has a problem with authority and we obviously don’t need anymore of that!

dawgster

October 28th, 2010
1:08 pm

Ryan..agree…everyone called Zach a thug…i’m not judge or jury on whether he is basically a good kid or not…he made a stupid, serious mistake, and even though he was very intoxicated..and the truth be known, propabaly would not have done that in normal circumstances…but he did and
Coach Richt had no choice based on the seriousness of the incident…i hope the young lady has been able to put the incident behind her also..but you never know how that can affect a person…I don’t think Zach was a thug, maybe for a brief period he acted like one and it cost him dearley..should he have another chance…yes…but he wasn’t going to get that a UGA…even if the girl should forgive him…many fans would never..and that i find is sad..the same thing in my opinion applies to Rainey at Fla…i don’t know about any physical details, but when you threaten someones life, whether you mean it or not or whether you are forgiven by the young lady….you should not be allowed to be playing for the university of Fla..yes, you should get a second chance, but i think Meyer should have done what Coach Richt did and dismiss him from the team…his second chance should come at another school…i think Meyer will face the same challenges that Coach Richt would have faced had he not dismissed Zach…i would think that gator fans, especially those with young daughters would have a hard time forgiving him for this…but thats just my opinion, for what its worth…go dawgs…

ryan

October 28th, 2010
1:37 pm

I agree with 1eyedjack i hope Richt has stopped recruiting Fanning if the reports are true on why he quit on his team .

RxDawg

October 28th, 2010
1:40 pm

“Coach Richt had no choice based on the seriousness of the incident”

Actually rumor is that Zach lied right to Richt’s face about something to do with his arrest. That’s what lead to him being removed from the team rather than the sexual battery charge in itself.

bulldogmaniac

October 28th, 2010
1:44 pm

So…….MANY of you Alabama, GT and other fans where saying things like, “Mett is a thug”, “he shouldnt be allowed to play football”, he shouldnt get to have a scholly, “Georgia recruits thugs”…and on…..and on……..and on!
Now, how do you feel that YOUR school is recruiting him???? Do you welcome him with open arms??? Seems hypocritical!

South ATL

October 28th, 2010
1:47 pm

You could also do a story on lack of morals of high school coaches in our state. The players can do whatever they want as long as they win games. Then they lie to the college recruiters, and the colleges have no idea what they’re “actually” getting until they are on campus and in trouble.

OKAY!

October 28th, 2010
1:50 pm

men who respond with “K” are Gay…OKAY!!

GT Sambo

October 28th, 2010
1:56 pm

Pretty sure that GT is not recruiting Mett. Not exactly a good fit for CPJ’s offense.

greg

October 28th, 2010
2:00 pm

chip not doubting your info, but everything I’ve read on recruiting sites has had Shell with SCe in the lead all along. Did I miss an article where he had moved us ahead? I’d read he was pretty much a lock for SCe…

ryan

October 28th, 2010
2:09 pm

At least Wichett is a man he admitted his mistake and apologized i am glad to see him back on the field .