Ten@10: Justin Scott-Wesley’s commitment to UGA shaky

THE TEN AT 10:

1. Justin Scott-Wesley, who has been committed to Georgia since May, measured the strength of that commitment this week at “about 50 percent.” The reduction came after the Mitchell County wide receiver took an official visit to Louisville this past weekend. Scott-Wesley said he thoroughly enjoyed the trip, which included him having dinner with head coach Charlie Strong Saturday night and breakfast Sunday morning.

“I enjoyed myself,” said Scott (6-1, 210), who set the state record in the 100-meter dash at 10.35 seconds the day he committed to UGA last spring. “I just liked the overall city, being such a big city and me being from a small town. And I was impressed with the football program. It was a fun trip.”

It’s not likely to be Scott-Wesley’s last trip outside Georgia. He’s officially looking around.  “I’m kind of considering other schools right now,” said Scott-Wesley, who landed a new offer from Miami just Monday night.

Scott-Wesley has often expressed concern about head coach Mark Richt’s job security. But, in this case, he said, “It’s not about that. It’s just about me weighing my options. Before the trip to Louisville I had never been out of Georgia. My only [recruiting] trips had been to Georgia and Georgia Tech. I just want make sure I’ve considered all the possibilities.”

Meanwhile, Scott-Wesley said he hasn’t spoken to the Bulldogs recently. “I’m sure I’ll hear from them. I tried to call Coach [Tony] Ball [Tuesday] but he didn’t answer. I’m sure they’re concerned about it,” he said.

2. If any college football programs are hoping to land Robert Nkemdiche in their recruiting Class of 2013 — and believe me, dozens are already lining up to do just that — then they would be well advised to go ahead and add Denzel Nkemdiche to their Class of 2011.

Right now, the Nkemdiche brothers (pronounced kim-DEECH-ee) are playing for Grayson High School. Denzel, a 6-foot, 205-pound senior who plays linebacker and running back for the Rams, is a moderately-recruited prospect who has gotten some looks from Georgia, Georgia Tech and Auburn but so far only holds an offer from Louisiana Tech. Robert is a 6-4, 250-pound defensive end who may end up being the top prospect in the state by the time he is a senior. He leads the Rams with 13 sacks as they take on Valdosta in the Class AAAAA quarterfinals this Friday. He already has offers from Georgia and BYU with many more on the way.

After Grayson knocked off No. 2-ranked North Gwinnett 23-19 this past Friday, the Nkemdiche brothers made it clear it is their intention to play together in college.

“Oh, yeah, we’re going together,” said Denzel, with Robert standing beside him. “Yes, sir, it’s a done deal.”

I’ll have more on the Nkemdiche brothers later today.

3. Georgia Tech has tabbed its quarterback of the future. Matt Dobson, a 6-foot, 186-pound junior from North Florida Christian School in Tallahassee, received a scholarship offer from the Yellow Jackets during a visit to the Flats this past weekend, JacketsOnline.com reports. It was the first offer for Dobson, who has also made two recruiting trips to Auburn. Dobson told the website he has rushed for about 600 yards in his school’s spread-option offense. Tech has already offered one of Dobson’s teammates, defensive back Travis Blanks, and is also recruiting NFC linebacker Dallas Griffiths.

4. Georgia Tech’s quarterback for the more immediate future — 2011 commitment Vad Lee — is having a storybook season for his Hillside High team in Durham, N.C. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound senior has rushed for 1,098 yards and passed for 2,249 yards while leading the Hornets to a 13-0 record so far, according to this story at NewsObserver.com. Meanwhile, he has played the fourth quarter in only two games all season. Not surprisingly, he’s the odds-on favorite to be named the North Carolina player of the year.

5. Georgia has also been busy tracking down quarterbacks on the recruiting trail. The Bulldogs have offered two signal-callers in the last week, according to separate reports by Chad Simmons of Scout.com and FoxSports.com. UGA offered juniors Zeke Pike (6-5, 220) of Edgewood, Ky., and Gunner Kiel (6-4, 220) of Columbus, Ind. Pike is a four-star prospect who already has more than 20 offers. Keil is also considered a four-star recruit who has about 10 offers so far.

6. Meanwhile, the next-in-line quarterback for the the Bulldogs, Christian LeMay, will be among the dozens of visitors in Athens for the Georgia Tech game on Saturday. LeMay, who will enroll at UGA in January, will be coming to the game with his younger brothers Uriah and Benjamin. Their father, Stacy LeMay, reports that Uriah, a 6-1, 185-pound sophomore wide receiver, had 150 yards receiving and two TDs in Butler High’s second-round playoff win last week. Meanwhile, Benjamin is playing in the American Youth Football League national championship the second week of December. “All the LeMay recruits will be there,” Stacy LeMay said of Saturday’s game.

7. Right now, Georgia is not planning to play Nick Marshall at quarterback. But the Bulldogs’ all-star commitment from Wilcox County is giving them a lot to think about. Last week the 6-2, 190-pound athlete accounted for eight touchdowns in a 60-39 playoff victory over Johnson County. He passed 256 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 176 yards and four more scores. That gives Marshall a state-record 100 touchdown passes in his career. Marshall, an AJC Super 11 selection who is slated to play cornerback for UGA, also had an interception in past Friday’s game and had a pick-six that was nullified by penalty. Yeah, he’s pretty good.

8. Speaking of record-setting performances, M.L. King wide receiver DeMarco Robinson broke the state’s single-season record for receiving yards this past weekend after logging 10 receptions for 246 yards and five touchdowns in a 48-47 playoff loss to Colquitt County. That gave Robinson 1,655 yards (on 73 receptions with 27 touchdowns), which just edges Da’Rick Rogers’ 1,647 yards at Calhoun last season. Robinson’s record came in 12 games while Rogers’ total was in 15.

9. Records were going down in flames in that track meet of a playoff game between M.L. King and Colquitt County last weekend. After for 522 yards and six touchdowns in the game, MLK Jonquel Dawson upped his season totals are 3,606 yards passing and 41 touchdowns, which are both DeKalb County recrods and fourth and third in state history, respectively. And running RB Tevin King rushed for 376 yards and five touchdowns for Colquitt County.

10. THIS & THAT: According to 247Sports.com, pretty much the whole Carver-Columbus prospect contingent is going to be at the Tech-Georgia game, including AJC Super 11 running back Isaiah Crowell, projected all-state defensive lineman Gabe Wright, 2012 defensive back Deion Bonner and 2013 wide receiver Marqui Hawkins. . . . There’s a new offensive lineman on Georgia’s radar. Joesue Matias (6-5, 300) is visiting UGA for the Tech game, according to DawgPost.com. He is a 2011 recruit from Union, N.J., who currently favors North Carolina. . . . Ft. Myers’ Sammy Watkins, a UGA target as one of the top receiver prospects in the country, committed to Clemson on Monday, according to multiple Internet reports.

210 comments Add your comment

Jeff

November 23rd, 2010
10:05 am

Thanks Chip.

USMCDAWG

November 23rd, 2010
10:06 am

Good Job Chip!!!

Mightydawg

November 23rd, 2010
10:11 am

If JSW is shopping around, the Dawgs need to shop around also and see if it can find a better receiver.

ECB

November 23rd, 2010
10:15 am

Why commit if you are still going to other schools? When you asked your wife to marry you, you commited to her. Did you continue to go out with other women that were showing you interest? I guess that is asked to the honest people out there. If you are not 100% certain that you want to play ball at a school, then DO NOT say I am coming!!

Pup Fan

November 23rd, 2010
10:15 am

Hey Lowndes25….should we be concerned?

Pup Fan

November 23rd, 2010
10:16 am

@ECB, EXACTLY!

78 DAWG

November 23rd, 2010
10:18 am

Why would Watkins go to Clemson, they have a mediocre record, thier players are always in trouble, they’re the 3rd or 4th best team in thier DIVISON, they are about to fire thier coach, the degree ain’t worth anything and it’s in a little nowhere town! He should come to UGA and…………..
uh never mind.

DawginLex

November 23rd, 2010
10:18 am

If JSW thinks Louisville is a top flight city, God love the kid. He truly has never been out of his backyard.

Don’t go downtown son. Or by the river for that matter.

I bet charlie won’t take you to either place.

Trust me son, Louisville is a craphole. It makes Athens look like the Mecca.

RambleOn84

November 23rd, 2010
10:18 am

I like that Johnson tells guys not to “commit” until they’re positive, then stop taking visits.

It hurts a team to think they have a guy then the guy just waffle on them.

If the coach is willing to give you a scholarship spot for you, then he deserves your word that you will play for him.

I hope for UGA’s sake that these guys don’t waffle on their “commits.”

Sharpsburg Dawg

November 23rd, 2010
10:19 am

Hey Lowndes25,

Should we be worried about Wesley? Also, do we have an other receivers on the radar that can come in and help replace AJ Green?

Any word on us getting some commitments from any JUCO players on the defensive side of the ball? I was looking at one of the recruiting sites, and there are a couple of guys who look like they would do well on the line in the 3-4.

jarvis

November 23rd, 2010
10:21 am

For those counting, Louisville is the 41st largest market in America just barely trailing the likes of Virginia Beach and Providence, RI.

How can Athens possible compete with the likes of that?

greg

November 23rd, 2010
10:22 am

Lowndes25 can speak to this better than I can, however reading between the lines (the fact that no coach from UGA has talked to him or returned his call) sounds to me like the Dawgs are moving in a different direction and may be cutting ties with Wesley.

Question for Lowndes…does the fact that the WR from FL commitied to Clemson (really???) mean that the WR from SC is opening his recruitment back up?

baloney

November 23rd, 2010
10:24 am

So Chip, continuing with the theme of DaRick Rogers isn’t all that good. Good thing he didn’t go to UGA. It took him 15 games to set a record.The other fella only needed 12.

Steve

November 23rd, 2010
10:28 am

Our coaches should have the …backbone to do what Johnson did, if you’re still looking, we’re still looking and we ain’t saving a spot for you!

CDAWG

November 23rd, 2010
10:29 am

I just don’t understand why so many of these in state kids would not jump all over the chance to be at UGA. Great school, great tradition, great town; what is it that we need to fix to get these kids here?

Roaddawg80

November 23rd, 2010
10:29 am

Calling out all Dawg fans this weekend…. Would be great to be loud and show the recruits we need them. Huge recruiting weekend for us.

We need to start a chant for Isiah Crowell or something. Does anyone know the students on the front row in the student section. Maybe we could get them to paint their chest with Crowell on it. We need him bad. Let’s show them Athens is the place to be.

jarvis

November 23rd, 2010
10:30 am

baloney…if Rogers is so good, why isn’t he catching any balls?

Oh that’s right, 10 games into his college career, and according to his coaches he still can’t properly run routes or run block.

“Go deep” and “you’ve got the post” don’t work quite as well in the SEC as they did in Calhoun.

Mightydawg

November 23rd, 2010
10:30 am

Kids commit too early these days because they want to reserve themselves a spot somewhere. There have been too many instances of coaches telling kids we are only going to take 2 at your position and two others swoop in and commit the kid does not go to his first choice. In reaction to that, kids commit early to get “their spot” but continue to visit to make sure that said school is really where they want to attend.

RxDawg

November 23rd, 2010
10:30 am

A QB named “Gunner” is pretty damn cool.

gadawgs

November 23rd, 2010
10:32 am

If that is the stance this kid wants to take then I say if we get a comittment from another top wr prospect pull the scholarship offer and let him play somewhere else.

jarvis

November 23rd, 2010
10:32 am

I don’t know CDAWG, maybe back to back 5+ loss seasons with top 10 talent. Losing is one hell of a deterrent.

RxDawg

November 23rd, 2010
10:33 am

“Sammy Watkins, a UGA target as one of the top receiver prospects in the country, committed to Clemson on Monday, according to multiple Internet reports.”

Man, they picked up that other good receiver (can’t remember his name at the moment) we were fighting for ealier. What’s up with Clemson and all these receivers?

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MURPHY

November 23rd, 2010
10:36 am

ECB,

Why commit if you are going to change your mind? I will tell you-I coach in High School and I cant tell you how many times I have seen a kid wait to commit and then be without any offer at the end.It is a very competative situation.A kid will commit to make sure he has a definite offer.He then might change his mind and commit elsewhere. This is for sure a flawed system that makes kids select schools maybe they really do not want to attend.

TXDawg

November 23rd, 2010
10:37 am

Charone Peake is his name

* Ht:6′3″
* Wt:200 lbs
* 40:4.4 secs
* GPA:3.5
* Class:2011 (High School)

RxDawg

November 23rd, 2010
10:38 am

That’s him, thanks TXDawg

hilarious 78 dawg

November 23rd, 2010
10:39 am

coin flip between UGA and Clemson these days…

Sanford Drive

November 23rd, 2010
10:39 am

It is going to be ABSOLUTELY HILLARIOUS when Paul Johnson is either fired or leaves in the next 2 years. Then, Tech will be left with a bunch of NO NAME recruits brought in to run a high school option.

You know how you Techies boasted over Gailey’s recruits in Johnson’s style….. it’s going to be a living hell when your new coach only has Johnson recruits to run a real style offense.

It’s the little things in life I look forward to.

BreakingNews

November 23rd, 2010
10:42 am

For what it’s worth, I’m friends with Justin Scott-Wesley on Facebook, and based on a lot of his status updates, it almost seems like he is wanting to pursue track & field over football. I know he has a lot more track offers than he does football. He has also hinted around for a few months now that he might be going somewhere other than UGA

DollarDawg43

November 23rd, 2010
10:43 am

I wouldn’t get too fired up about it either way just yet. Commitments fall through regularly and the ones that stick don’t always pan out. You can’t judge a recruiting class until it has cycled completely through 4-5 years. A lot of kids you think you just have to have never really contribute and others on the fringe wind up being the kind you build a program around. I’m not gonna lose any sleep over a kid who is not even on campus yet.

Mr. Holmes

November 23rd, 2010
10:43 am

If a “committed” recruit describes that commitment as “about 50 percent” and says himself he’s “looking around at other schools” … how is that person still a commitment?

Not that I blame the kid for looking around–it’s his life. But how can this individual still be listed as a commitment?

Mightydawg

November 23rd, 2010
10:43 am

Notice how CPJ has not been as successful with his own recruits. His system worked great with Gailey’s recruits but is starting to slip now that his own guys are running the show.

DawginLex

November 23rd, 2010
10:44 am

I still wonder about nick Marshall not playing QB at UGA.

That kid is amazing.

Why are we not on Demarco Robinson?

November 23rd, 2010
10:46 am

UGA needs to look to get D help and Wideout help? Why are we not on this guy? I want football players not stars.

Mightydawg

November 23rd, 2010
10:46 am

Nick Marshall will get a shot at QB if the dawgs need him. The real issue is that he is going to play basketball for the Dawgs and will not have the time during the off season to study the playbook and watch film.

Worm

November 23rd, 2010
10:47 am

Chip, Vad Lee is having a great year, But I’ll bet dinner at your favorite place that Marquise Williams of Mallard Creek is NC player of the year..UNC is trying to hold onto him!..If there’s another Cam Newton-He’s it!

lazydawg

November 23rd, 2010
10:50 am

Who give a dang, you never know what you have till it’s there anyway.

DollarDawg43

November 23rd, 2010
10:50 am

Mightydawg I agree with you. In a few years the Tech people are going to be saying, “I can’t believe we bought into that crap.”

That said I am concerned about Saturday. The wishbone may be a bit gimmicky but I wonder how the 3-4 is gonna handle it. I’m hoping we move a linebacker up close to give us some flexibility with the dive and let the DE’s be responsible for turning plays headed to the corner back inside.

I do think we can rotate the defense consistently and create confusion relative to his reads for Tech’s new QB.

MURPHY

November 23rd, 2010
10:51 am

Mr.Holmes,

That’s where the phrase soft-verbal comes from. When a kid is ranked 3-5 stars a college team keeps them listed as a soft verbal to maybe deter another college from showing interest. It’s a big game on what coach can get the last bit of time with the recruit before signing day.Shula from Bama spent the entire day(1 day prior to signing day) at Tim Tebow;s house thinking he had him convienced to come and play at Alabama.Late that night Urban phoned Tebow and had about a 2 hour discussion with him.Next day he signed with UF.

"Whatchagot Loran?"

November 23rd, 2010
10:52 am

@ Sharpsburg Dawg,

AJ Green is IMO the best WR that has ever played @ UGA. If he has a healthy career in the NFL, I think he will do amazing things there. One more year AJ! That’s what we should be chanting this Saturday. I like your wording, “help replace A.J. Green.” I don’t think he can be replaced. Don’t forget we lose Durham too. He has been a very good go to guy for us this year. If the other WR’s don’t step up, I expect we will be using our talented TE’s more.

Thanks Chip, good stuff!

RambleOn84

November 23rd, 2010
10:52 am

Sanford Drive,
I bet all of the people you went to high school with looked forward to the day you had to live on your own so they could see what a miserable failure you would become.

Now they have their wish, because your greatest pleasure in life is the chance of watching a group of young amateur athletes lose.

UGA Insider

November 23rd, 2010
10:53 am

UGA can sadly scratch Wesley from the commit list. He is long gone and looking for greener pastures. I am honestly scratching my head wondering why UGA cannot reel in 2 or 3 top level receiver’s. We had Mo Mass who is starting with Cleveland and AJ who is about to become a multi-millionaire. We run a pro-style offense and throw the ball a ton. We also are losing are 2 most productive players at that position. I am shocked we can’t sign some very big names.

RambleOn84

November 23rd, 2010
10:53 am

Mightydawg,
Gailey’s recruits, by and large, sucked. He had a handful of star players in 2007, but even most of the players from that year sucked.

But don’t let truth get in the way of a good story.

RambleOn84

November 23rd, 2010
10:56 am

It’s always amazing to see just how obsessed most UGA fans are with Tech football.

CDAWG

November 23rd, 2010
10:56 am

MURPHY, flawed indeed it is but you know everything happens for a reason. We were all in an uproar after Rogers did us the way that he did last year. Now I for one am glad that he didn’t come to UGA.

JB

November 23rd, 2010
10:57 am

Richt’s situation in Athens is the 800 pound gorilla in the room whether we like it or not, and every blue chip we have committed is being told that by other teams, and using that whether we believe it or not. All these teams are trying to “round out” their class , and what better way than to pick off one of our elite commits. It’s obvious Richt tenure in Athens is on a countdown by season, and finishing 6-6 this year and about the same next does not bode well for him, unless the powers to be have decided that keeping the status quo is OK with everyone because Mark is just such a nice guy. I know our competitors are hoping wqe keep him.

CDAWG

November 23rd, 2010
10:57 am

Ramble, Tech, who is that?

MURPHY

November 23rd, 2010
11:00 am

CDAWG,

It’s a huge roll of the dice with recruits.Forrest Gump said it best: Its like a box of chocolates-you never know what you will get. lol

DollarDawg43

November 23rd, 2010
11:00 am

Speaking of AJ Green leaving early, does the potential labor unrest in the NFL have any potential or real effect on kids in the next draft? If there is a lock-out, will they be able to even negotiate contracts, etc? I’m just wondering if this will be the rare circumstance where it is better to play another year in college instead of grabbing the sure money immediately.

JB

November 23rd, 2010
11:00 am

Ramble, my friend….you have that backwards…….Tech folks are obsessed with everything UGA.