Kadetrix Marcus joins parade of Georgians to S. Carolina

One of the best defensive backs in Atlanta is off the market.

Kadetrix “J.J.” Marcus committed to South Carolina on Sunday. The 6-foot-1, 187-pound athlete plays safety for Stephenson High.

“It’s great. It feels good,” Marcus told me on Monday. “It’s something I don’t have to worry about any more.”

Recruiting had gotten to be a fairly big ordeal for Marcus. Although he never landed an offer from in-state schools Georgia and Georgia Tech, he ended up with more than a dozen from ACC, SEC, Big East and Big Ten teams. He said he ended up choosing the Gamecocks over Tennessee and South Florida.

South Carolina were among Marcus’ top choices from the beginning.

“They were the first school that offered me,” said Marcus, who went to Gamecocks’ junior day last spring. “They kept pushing toward me and they never swayed away. That was the main reason I went with them. They stuck with me.”

Marcus is just one of a contingent of players heading east to South Carolina. He is commitment number eight from the state of Georgia.

“I know a lot of the guys over there,” Marcus said. “I noticed that [Pepperell offensive lineman] Kyle Harris committed over the weekend. We’re the ‘Georgia Boys’ and we have to represent.”

Other Peach Staters planning to sign with the Gamecocks include Carver-Columbus OL Quincy McKinney, Maynard Jackson DE Lorenzo Mauldin, Peachtree Ridge TE Angelo Watley, South Gwinnett OLB Edward Muldrow, Ridgeland DE Mason Harris and Clarke Central QB Martay Mattox.

With recruiting out of the way, Marcus can focus on trying to help Stephenson win its first state championship. The Jaguars (9-1) open the playoffs Saturday as the No. 2 seed from Region 2-AAAAA and take on Hillgrove, the school from which Marcus transferred this summer.

“I think it’s great,” Marcus said of playing his former teammates. “It’s going to be fun. It was probably going to happen sooner or later anyway. I know they’re a good team and we’re going to have to be at our best.”

58 comments Add your comment

FLADAWG

November 10th, 2010
5:52 pm

No more 10 @ 10?

Lonnie Donnegan

November 10th, 2010
6:03 pm

UGA & GT can’t sign EVERY prospect in the state. It’s just not possible. You know that, Chip (or at least I hope you do). There’s no need to use a misleading and sensationalized headline like that.

Worm

November 10th, 2010
6:15 pm

South Carolina is not a recruiting hotbed..Spurrier has done well with others that UGA and Tech couldn’t or didn’t offer…Kenny McKinley,Ladi Adjaboy(sp)etc…He has been able to capture the in-state talent lately(Lattimore,Jeffrey,Gilmore) which has resulted in their better on field performance…

5150 P.O.A.D

November 10th, 2010
6:25 pm

Congrats young man. USC is a good school and I hope you make the best of it. Talk to Spurrior to get Ga Tech on your schedule. I loved going to Columbia in the 70’s.

The Fighting Hockmans

November 10th, 2010
6:30 pm

I’m pretty sure that Tim doesn’t write the headlines. Some jerk writes them so they’ll get a ton of hits.

The Fighting Hockmans

November 10th, 2010
6:31 pm

Eh, should have said Chip. Sorry

GT man

November 10th, 2010
6:33 pm

Its amazing GT will go after somebody that only has offers from Elom, Wofford or ECU but not Tennesee or S.C.. .

Davey Boy Smith

November 10th, 2010
6:34 pm

Scu, Clemson, Tennessee and Auburn will always have lots of Georgia boys on their rosters, it’s just the nature of geography. Good luck to the kid.

I was looking at some recruiting rankings today and Texas has the consensus #1 class in the country. Oklahoma has 2 of the top 8 players in the country, both of whom are from the state of Texas. Funny how recruiting goes.

Dawg House

November 10th, 2010
6:40 pm

Paul in RDU

November 10th, 2010
6:41 pm

Certainly a difference between recruiting stories in ATL and in RDU.
Today is the first day of the early signing period for b’ball and the recruiting story in ATL is about football. Raleigh N&O didn’t have a single article on college football this morning – unless you count the Duke tailgating problems. They did have 2 on Duke B’ball, 1 on NC State (who looked good last night) and 2 on ACC b’ball recruits. For what it is worth Duke and Carolina are loading up again, and State and Wake have some good ones coming in.

South GA Dawg

November 10th, 2010
7:08 pm

neither instate school offered? Sounds like he’s got some sort of issues then. Well we look forward to working you over the next four years big guy!!!

twest

November 10th, 2010
7:12 pm

Chip next year I see no playmaking WR for UGA. Can you give some info of what you think we can do to get a head start on what will be a major concern for this team next season

Chip Towers

November 10th, 2010
7:20 pm

twest: Georgia has not addressed well at all its needs at WR, IMO. . . .

Paul in RDU: Milton PF Julian Royal signed with Georgia Tech as expected. Feel better? . . .

Lonnie Donnegan: Nothing misleading about headline. Just means a lot of Georgia players going that way. Eight is an extremely high number of commitments from here for S. Carolina. But they’re not beating UGA or Tech for many of them. Dogs offered very few of their commits, in fact. . . .

FLADAWG: Ten@10 runs Tuesdays and Thursdays. No Ten@10 this past Tuesday because I was out. Will resume tomorrow.

Davey Boy Smith

November 10th, 2010
8:05 pm

Chip, I had no idea today was signing day. Any news on Kentavious Caldwell or UGA’s other couple of commits?

Chip Towers

November 10th, 2010
8:25 pm

Davey Boy Smith: Just got news that he did indeed sign with Bulldogs. So they got their 5-star shooting guard.

Glenn

November 10th, 2010
8:33 pm

Chip, I am glad you cleared that up…I was in panic mode.

1eyedJack

November 10th, 2010
8:39 pm

Chip, would you know which recruits will/may be attending the UGA/Tech game on behalf of the Dawgs?

Terry

November 10th, 2010
8:59 pm

UGA nor GT offered him according to rivals and scout.com, which both have him a three star recruit.

Mat"T"

November 10th, 2010
9:20 pm

I would think the instability of Mark Richt’s future is not doing UGA any favors.

ryan

November 10th, 2010
9:22 pm

Hey 1eyedJack Lowndes25 and Chip have reported that Crowell and his mom will be at UGA ’s home game vs Tech plus Ray Drew will try and make it also a few other big recruits will be there .

ryan

November 10th, 2010
9:25 pm

Mat T Richt will be the coach next year and that is why UGA will have a top ten class .

pound 4 pound

November 10th, 2010
10:24 pm

UGA count stars and i dont know what GT is doing but the local schools lost a good player in JJ.Beating the home team is becoming whats popular so GA and GT get ready for some pain.

Nub

November 10th, 2010
10:31 pm

Who cares….. Bye …..

The Fighting Hockmans

November 10th, 2010
10:48 pm

Chip, the Dawgs have the top 3 WR prospects in Ga and you’re saying that’s not addressing the issue very well? Interesting view.

Bitter ho

November 10th, 2010
10:51 pm

im the best secret recruiting tool not being used at uga, why?

tide roll

November 10th, 2010
11:06 pm

Chip, Quincy McKinney, OT is good enough for USC, who kicked Georgia all over the field, but he’s not good enough for Uga to offer!? And we’re after the Crowell kid that’s run behind him at Carver for three years? Based on these facts Chip, how incredibly stupid is it for Georgia not to sign the kid !? Anyway, another stud OL leaves the state. Uga has to start signing this type of lineman if for nothing more than to stop empowering their rivals!

gawgaman

November 10th, 2010
11:10 pm

kadetrix marcus: Anyone that signs with S. Carolina is NOT a TRUE GA boy. You and all the other 7
dudes are “TRAITORS”. See ya on the field if you happen to be lucky and make it.

SEC

November 10th, 2010
11:23 pm

gawgaman, dig a hole and get in it.

gawgaman

November 10th, 2010
11:23 pm

A lot of the 4*s and 5*s are not going to committ until Christian LeMay signs his letter of intent. He is bringing
10 to 12 of those guys with him to uga. All of them are going to sign their LOIs on the same day.
All the guys concerned have been working out under the guidance of a certified trainer and some of them are working out with a coach for their specialty. It’s going to be one of the biggest signing days
in the history of college football. All of these guys have been highly recreuited by many other colleges and all of them are coming to UGA. GO DAWGS/////

gawgaman

November 10th, 2010
11:28 pm

sec: i would but I don’t want to be in a hole with you. LOW LIFE. You’ve already dug your hole by
committing to SC. Shame on you. You probably will never play in a game with SC.. But’s it’s your
choice. Loser.

college foot

November 10th, 2010
11:53 pm

didn’t that news make you happy chippie techie!

Saint Simons

November 10th, 2010
11:59 pm

(((( 34 – 31 ))))

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Paul in RDU

November 11th, 2010
12:39 am

Chip – Why the “feel better” remark about the GT recruit? On the first day of the early signing period for basketball, when players actually sign with schools as opposed to making “promises” of where they might go to school, I would have thought that the recruiting blog would have said something about the players actually signing on that day – as opposed to news from a couple of days ago about a kid promising to go to SC (along with some others who did the same thing days and weeks ago). Point?

59bulldawg

November 11th, 2010
4:18 am

Yeah where’s the 10@10? I racked my brain on Tuesday looking for it. Wonder if it’ll be out today!

wombat

November 11th, 2010
6:54 am

OK. That’s just about the silliest name I’ve heard in a while. Sounds like a pharmaceutical drug.

“…That’s when my doctor told me about Kadetrix…”

Paddy

November 11th, 2010
6:56 am

gawgaman…..after reading your posts, my guess you did not graduate from any institution of higher learning. A true southern gentleman would have said congrats to these kids and moved on. You sir, do not represent my Georgia Bulldogs in any respect.

SickandTired

November 11th, 2010
7:02 am

Chip, how about the Wimberly kid at South Gwinnett. I have seen him play and honestly from someone that watches a lot of high school football all across the state, I haven’t seen a better back than him in quite some time, regardless of the stars put on them by some “experts”.

JD

November 11th, 2010
8:06 am

Congrats!!! He is a player!

Chuck Allison

November 11th, 2010
8:31 am

Chip Towers articles appear on the AJC GT web page every day, but they never have anything to do with Georgia Tech. Would you folks at the AJC please move his articles from out GT page and put them somewhere else? They are not bad articles except they have nothing to do with GT.

Chip Towers

November 11th, 2010
8:34 am

wombat: That’s funny! . . . Maybe that’s why his friends and family call him “J.J.” . . .

Sickandtired: I haven’t seen Aaron Wimberly play but I have certainly read of his accomplishments. He’ll get a shot somewhere. . . .

59bulldawg: Was out the first of this week. Ten@10 resumes this morning!

yea

November 11th, 2010
8:37 am

Is this the same kid that got beat up and down the field against MLK? LOL

Anyway congrats kid.

BiGame

November 11th, 2010
8:58 am

Good thing he didn’t get an offer from UGA!! He would have forgotten how to tackle if he went to UGA.

UGA has many more 4-STAR and 5-STAR players than USC but haven’t figured out how to coach them up not down. What a waste!

UGA fans – Truth hurts doesn’t it! 17-6

NOVAJacket

November 11th, 2010
9:20 am

If either UGA or GT offer him between now and NSD, he would switch his committment in a heartbeat, but it ain’t going to happen.

1eyedJack

November 11th, 2010
9:25 am

@BiGame

You can count the number of 5 star players UGA has on your fingers. You won’t even need to take your shoes off.

tide roll

November 11th, 2010
9:29 am

Chip, Don’t you think it makes sense to sign Mckenney? He’s obviously a D-1 prospect and a teammate of Crowell’s. Uga must have Crowell wrapped up to not take advantage of this.

schmeckdawg

November 11th, 2010
9:31 am

Way to go Richt keep losing our stud players to out of state schools. Some freaking “Dream Team” you are putting together. If you don’t get Crowell, Drew etal., you’re toast at the end of next year! This is a freaking joke. I guess this is what happens when you have been sucking as of late!

Lowndes25

November 11th, 2010
9:48 am

@tide roll, McKinney doesn’t have an offer from UGA for the same reason he doesn’t have an offer from Bama who has seen him in person multiple times like we have…

BiGame

November 11th, 2010
9:51 am

From Rivals site (between 2007-2010 recruiting yrs):
UGA 4-STAR & 5-STAR players = 54 players
SCAR 4-STAR & 5-STAR players = 41 players

12 more studs for UGA is enough for a FIRST TEAM squad. Plus, over 15 of 41 SCAR players didn’t make it on campus…

UGA has the talent. I wonder what the problem is??

HenryCountyGT

November 11th, 2010
9:53 am

@ wombat
Who said:
“…That’s when my doctor told me about Kadetrix…”

Funny stuff. I almost spit my coffee out on that one.
The way Tech/UGA are playing this year, sounds to me like the need a dose of Kadetrix.

HenryCountyGT

November 11th, 2010
9:54 am