THE TEN AT 10:
1. Still no word from former Georgia quarterback Zach Mettenberger as to where he will end up after this season. A 6-5, 250-pounder freshman at Butler County (Kan.) Community College, the Watkinsville native is focused on preparing for this weekend’’s junior college national championship game against Navarro in the Citizens Bank Bowl in Pittsburg, Kan. LSU is thought to lead for Mettenberger’s services, but he has kept his thoughts to himself since taking an official visit to Baton Rouge on Nov. 20. Mettenberger, who has thrown for more than 3,000 yards and 31 touchdowns this season, also has visited Texas A&M and has offers from Alabama, Arizona, Cincinnati, Louisville, Ole Miss and Troy. He’s scheduled to make an official visit with the Rebels on Dec. 10, according to Scout.com.
2. AJC Super 11 DE Ray Drew of Thomas County Central High in Thomasville is one of six finalists for the U.S. Army All-American Player of the Year Award. As such, he’ll be going to New York City with a couple of other finalists Dec. 12-14 for a media tour. While in New York, Drew will attend a New York Jets game and attend the Heisman Trophy Awards Dinner.
Drew’s co-finalists are George Farmer (Junipero Serra High School, Gardena, Calif.); Curtis Grant (Hermitage High School, Richmond, Va.); Demetrius Hart (Dr. Phillips High School, Orlando, Fla.); Cody Kessler (Centennial High School, Bakersfield, Calif.); and Trey Metoyer (Whitehouse High School, Whitehouse, Texas). The actual U.S. Army Player of the Year Award will be presented on Jan. 7 during all-star game festivities in San Antonio.
3. In case you missed it, Collins Hill QB Taylor Heinicki was voted out on the first episode of “The Ride” on Nov. 13. Like Lassiter’s Hutson Mason last year, Heinicki was one of eight “under-the-radar” quarterback prospects competing on the reality TV show for a spot in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. And like Mason, Heinicki has had an extremely successful senior season despite his lack of success on the show, shot this past summer. Heinicki’s Collins Hill team is in the state semifinals against Brookwood on Friday and he has established Gwinnett County records for passing yards (3,903) and touchdowns (43). I’ll have more on Heinicke tomorrow.
4. For me, one of the best individual matchups of the playoffs this weekend will be Grayson sophomore DL Robert Nkemdiche versus Colquitt County OT Xzavier Ward. One of the biggest stories in the GHSA playoffs this year, in my opinion, is the impact Nkemdiche (6-4, 250) and his older brother Denzel Nkemdiche (6-0, 205) have made for the Rams in the playoffs. The team has been particularly good since coach Mickey Conn’s decision to employ them both of offense in what they’re now calling “The Deechie Package.” Meanwhile, Robert, who has 15 sacks, is the best looking defensive lineman I’ve seen all season, regardless of class.
5. Former Georgia signee Dexter Moody, a linebacker out of Emmanuel County Institute, is taking an official visit to Cincinnati this weekend, reports Rusty Mansell of 247Sports.com. Moody, who’s letter-of-intent was rescinded by UGA in March of 2009, also has an offer from Nebraska. He is currently attending Fort Scott Community College in Kansas.
6. Mansell also tells me that coaches from Georgia Tech and Alabama will be in Carrollton today to visit with a few prospects. Of course, RB Broderick Snoddy committed to the Yellow Jackets two weeks ago. But both teams are interested in some of the Trojans’ juniors, including TE Zach Gordon (6-4, 240) and CB Jonathan Jones (5-10, 165).
7. Georgia Tech was one of several programs making headway with three-star OLB Nick Menocal when he committed to Miami earlier this fall. As of Wednesday, Menocal remains committed to the Hurricanes but makes it clear he’s open to considering other options.
“I have not backed out of my Miami commitment but I will keep my options open,” Menocal told ESPN.com’s Jamie Newberg. “Stanford has already e-mailed me saying they are interested in me. I am sure a few other schools will contact me.”
Meanwhile, the Hurricanes got another de-commitment on Wednesday, this one from Albert Louis-Jean of Brockon, Mass.
8. Another couple of players that visited UGA for the Georgia Tech game last weekend were running backs Andrew Buie of Trinity Christian in Jacksonville and Keith Marshall of Raleigh, N.C.
9. AJC Super 11 DE/OLB Xzavier Dickson of Griffin will make an official visit to Alabama this weekend, according to Scout.com.
10. THIS & THAT: OT Derrick Fletcher (6-4, 250) of Neptune Beach, Fla., has Georgia Tech in his final three along with Arkansas and South Florida, according to the Florida Times Union. . . . Wilkinson County TE/DE Alvin Dupree had an in-home visit with Georgia State earlier this week, according to Ben Moore of PantherTalk.com. . . . Alabama coach Nick Saban met with DE Jadeveon Clowney and his family Wednesdsay night, according to PalmettoSports.com. Clowney (6-6, 250), of Rock Hill, S.C., is generally considered the top overall prospect in the nation. His team will play for the state title on Saturday. . . . Here’s some impressive highlight video of Chattahooche WR/DB Kane Whitehurst.