THE TEN AT 10:
1. Carver-Columbus coach Dell McGee said his five-star running back Isaiah Crowell “definitely” plans on visiting Georgia for the Georgia Tech game on Nov. 27. Crowell, an AJC Super 11 selection and the top running back prospect in the state, visited Auburn with teammates Gabe Wright and Deoin Bonner this past weekend and “really enjoyed it”. It was thought to be a two-team battle between Alabama and Georgia for Crowell but now he’s also looking hard at the Tigers.
Meanwhile, Carver-Columbus fans are hoping to see more of Crowell on the football field this Friday. Crowell has missed most of the last four games with leg injuries. He managed to get into a game for the first time in a month this past week, finishing with two carries for 12 yards in a 35-0 playoff win over Pepperell. But he’ll play more this Friday as Class AA No. 1-ranked Tigers (11-0) take on Greater Atlanta Christian in the second round of the state playoffs.
“He’s still day-to-day,” McGee said of Crowell, who is battle knee and ankle injuries as well as turf toe. “We’re trying to work him back in slowly.”
Crowell said he will make his announcement on the eve of Carver’s state championship victory in the Georgia Dome should it win out.
2. JacketsOnline.com reports that this past Saturday was “the biggest recruiting day of the 2010 season” for Georgia Tech. Among the recruits the Yellow Jackets hosted were WR Hakeem Flowers of Greenville, S.C.; OT Taylor Gadbois of East Paulding; DE Alvin Dupree of Wilkinson County; linebackers Marcquis Roberts and Jefferson Ashiru of McEachern and LB Michael Peek of Grayson. The biggest surprise of the group was Flowers, a 6-foot-2, 175-pound, 3-star prospect who is also considering LSU, Oregon, UCLA and Michigan.
3. Gadbois, a 6-7, 270-pound offensive tackle, has become the hottest previous under-the-radar prospect in the state all of the sudden. After not playing as a junior, schools from all over are starting to come forth with scholarship offers. Georgia Tech was one of the first, and he told JacketsOnline the Yellow Jackets are now putting on a full-court press. “I am feeling some pressure from Georgia Tech to go ahead and commit, but I kind of want to see what happens over the next few weeks,” who most recently landed an offer from Kentucky. “They are giving me the squeeze right now.”
4. Georgia commitment Watts Dantzler is getting ready to begin his third season as a starter on the Dalton High varsity basketball team. It’s actually the favorite sport for the 6-foot-7, 315-pound offensive tackle. Well, at least when they get around to the actual games. “Right now we’re going through conditioning, which I just love,” Dantzler said sarcastically. “Twenty minutes of running on a treadmill every day. Sprints, suicides, we do it all.” Dantzler said he began last season at 330 pounds and finished at 305. This year he’s starting at 314, “so maybe I won’t lose as much.” A double-figure scorer each of the past two seasons, Dantzler earned all-region honors last year as a center.
5. Dante Bichette Jr., the son of the famous former major league ball player of the same name, has signed a baseball scholarship with Georgia. Bichette, whose father his 274 big-league home runs, was one of six prospects to ink with coach David Perno’s Bulldogs. The others were: outfielder Justin Bryan (Lavonia), outfielder Zach Freeman (Lake Park), outfielder/pitcher Heath Holder (Loganville), pitcher Reggie McClain (Johns Creek) and infielder Tyler Palmer (Odum)
6. Georgia State this past week signed Jervon Pressley, a highly-touted 6-foot-8 forward from Charlotte, N.C.
“I think it is a really big signing for us,” Panthers coach Rod Barnes said on the school’s website. “He is talented high school player who is a great defender and a great rebounder. Overall, he is a very good athlete. One of the things that we wanted to focus on was bringing in a young high school player who we thought could contribute immediately and we definitely think that he is the guy.”
7. Tennessee landed its second commitment from a four-star prospect in a week when defensive tackle Maurice Couch of Garden City (Kan.) Community College chose the Vols, GoVolsXtra.com reports. Couch (6-2, 295), rated the No. 11 JUCO prospect in the nation by Rivals, made the decision on Sunday after visiting UT for the Ole Miss game this past weekend. Tennessee got a commitment from WR DeAnthony Arnett of Saginaw, Mich., late last week.
8. Notre Dame’s loss is Florida State’s gain, so it seems. The Seminoles this week landed a pair of ESPNU 150 recruits from Florida that were previously committed to the Fighting Irish. ESPN.com reports that the Seminoles landed four-star offensive lineman Jordan Prestwood of Plant City, Fla. The 6-foot-6, 265-pound prospectchose FSU over Florida. The Seminoles also got a commitment from defensive lineman Aaron Lynch of Cape Coral, Fla. The 6-5, 250-pound athlete chose FSU over Miami, Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Ohio State and Tennessee.
9. Carlos Gray, a 6-foot-4, 320-pound defensive lineman who was considering both Georgia and Georgia Tech, committed to North Carolina State this week, according to ESPN.com. Gray, who is from Pinson, Ala., originally signed with North Carolina in 2010 but did not qualify and has been attending Oak Ridge Academy in North Carolina. He is commitment No. 9 for North Carolina State.
10. THIS & THAT: LB Cedrick Cooper (6-2 205) of Lithonia plans to visit Clemson on November 26th and Arkansas on December 10th, according to PalmettoSports.com. Cooper is also considering South Carolina, which he visited for the Tennessee game on Oct. 30. . . . Georgia commitment Zach DeBell (6-7, 265) tells Scout.com he is still “100 percent solid” with the Bulldogs. He will be taking his official visit to UGA on the weekend of Dec. 11.