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.