THE TEN AT 10:
1. DeMarco Robinson may eventually sign with the Georgia, but don’t expect M.L. King’s record-breaking wide receiver to wait around on the Bulldogs. As of right now Kentucky, which recently offered this 5-foot-10, 170-pound speedster, leads for his services. He also has offers from Louisville, Minnesota and Marshall, with more letters and phone calls coming every day.
All the interest is understandable. Robinson recently established a new DeKalb County receiving record with 1,408 yards so far this season. He plans to add to that this weekend as the Lions (8-3) play host to Colquitt County (6-5) in a Class AAAAA second-round playoff game.
2. That said, Robinson still likes the Bulldogs a lot. The problem is he doesn’t actually have a scholarship offer from him. Robinson told the AJC last week that he did. However, he had misinterpreted some information relayed to him by his coach.
“Rodney Garner and Bryan McClendon came down for the Stephenson game,” M.L. King coach Michael “Pop” Carson explained. “They asked for some additional film on him and told us Coach [Mark] Richt likes him a lot, which I told DeMarco. But they didn’t actually offer him.
“The problem is they don’t have any offers left out there to give him. The way I understand it, if they have a decommit or something I think they probably will offer him then. They’ll have to see what happens with these other kids.”
The Bulldogs currently have commitments from three wide receivers: North Paulding’s Chris Conley, Mitchell County’s Justin Scott-Wesley and Washington’s Zack Witchett. They also have offers extended to five-star prospect Sammy Watkins, four stars Tobias Singleton, Rashad Greene and Ty Montgomery, and junior college All-American Rahsaan Vaughn.
3. Don’t be surprised if former Georgia quarterback Zach Mettenberger commits to LSU over the weekend. The 6-foot-5, 247-pound signalcaller is making his official visit to Baton Rouge this weekend for the Ole Miss game. Mettenberger has hinted that the Tigers lead for his services. He also has offers from Alabama and Texas A&M, among many others.
Mettenberger transferred to Butler County (Kan.) Community College after being dismissed from Georgia last spring. He has completed 159 of 271 passes for 2,512 yards with 31 touchdowns and three interceptions for Butler (11-0), which to play for the NJCAA national championship Dec. 5 in Pittsburgh.
Mettenberger will be a mid-year signee and have three years of eligibility remaining.
4. A running back who has come on fast in recruiting late this season is Carrollton’s Broderick Snoddy. The 5-foot-9, 190-pound athlete has rushed for more than 1,100 yards and 18 touchdowns for Carrollton, including 201 yards in three TDs in the opening-round of the state playoffs last week. The next day, Snoddy landed a scholarship offer from Georgia Tech.
“They offered me as a B-back and kick returner,” Snoddy told JacketsOnline.com. “Coach [Paul] Johnson told me he liked my highlights a lot and he asked me if I liked their offense, which I do, and then he gave me the scholarship offer. “I really like how Tech runs their offense and it is a lot like the Wing-T that we run at our school.”
Snoddy also holds offers from Delaware, Georgia Southern, Jacksonville State and Middle Tennessee State but is drawing increased interest from ACC and SEC schools.
5. Snoddy was one among dozens of visitors to The Flats last weekend for Tech’s game against Miami, including a real Who’s Who of 2012 prospects. Among the in-state juniors to take in the Yellow Jackets’ game were DB Raahmil Brantley of North Gwinnett, DL Patrick Gamble of Central Carrollton, OL Alex Jauregui of Peachtree Ridge, RB George Morris of Central Gwinnett, DL Jonathan Taylor of Jenkins County, DL Dalvin Tomlinson of Henry County and DE Jordan Watkins of Woodward Academy.
6. Auburn commitment Justin Garrett had to sit out Tucker’s first-round playoff game last week because of an undisclosed disciplinary matter at the school. However, he is back in good standing and will start for the Tigers at linebacker in their second-round playoff game Friday night against Hiram. “It was his first infraction ever,” coach Franklin Stephens said. “He made a mistake, he paid for it and he’ll be back this week.”
7. Recruiting is starting to crank up considerably for Colquitt County offensive tackle Xzavier Ward. One of the top uncommitted prospects in the state, the 6-foot-7, 260-pound athlete was at Auburn last weekend and is considering a trip to Athens for the Tech-Georgia game next week. He is not planning to travel anywhere this weekend.
“I really liked the atmosphere,” Ward said of his visit to the Plains. “I like both teams, so I just enjoyed the game.”
Ward said his five favorites remain Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida and Georgia. But he is in no hurry to come to a decision. He plans to visit at least three of those schools after his senior season is completed.
8. Georgia outside linebacker commitment Sterling Bailey of East Hall High is going to play basketball this year. Why is this significant, you may ask? Because Bailey broke the same bone in the same foot playing basketball his freshman and sophomore seasons. Understandably, he did not play hoops as a junior. But Bailey decided he wanted to hit the hardwood again as a senior and he was granted permission.
“He said, ‘Daddy, I want to play basketball’,” said Kevin Bailey, Sterling’s father. “We talked about it and prayed about it and had the doctor take a look at [Bailey's foot] and we all decided he could go.”
So what did Georgia think about Bailey’s decision?
“Coach [Todd] Grantham said great; he wanted to come see him play,” Mr. Bailey said. “Coach [Mark] Richt said, ‘fine. Stay healthy, stay in shape and don’t get hurt.’”
Bailey, a power forward, was eased into his first action Tuesday night against Winder. He did not start but finished with six points and 15 rebounds.
9. Did you catch the collegiate debut of Georgia State freshman basketball player Harold Doby? He had 19 points in his first game with the Panthers, who unfortunately lost 68-62 loss at McNeese State. Doby, a native of Augusta, came off the bench to go 7-of-10 from the field, 5-of-7 from the foul line, collect five rebounds and record a pair of steals in 30 minutes of play.
“Harold Doby is a very good freshman,” coach Rod Barnes said. “He played really well tonight and made good adjustments when he needed to, really helping us out tonight.”
10. THIS & THAT: McEachern LB Marcquis Roberts told PalmettoSports.com that South Carolina currently leads in his recruitment. The Gamecocks already have commitments from eight players from Georgia. Roberts also is planning to take a visit to West Virginia. . . . Clemson (5-5) has been a huge disappoint on the field this fall, but that hasn’t put a damper on the Tigers’ recruiting. Coach Dabo Swinney’s Class of 2011 is filling up fast. They landed No. 22 on Wednesday from wide receiver Stanton Seckinger of Charleston. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound play-maker has 1,660 yards receiving and 24 touchdowns, according to the Charleston Post-Courier. . . . Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt has indefinitely suspended true freshmen Tony Grimes , a defensive back, and Delvin Jones, a defensive lineman, for a violation of team rules, according to the Jackson Clarion-Ledger.