Ten@10: Destination still unknown for former UGA QB Zach Mettenberger

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.

107 comments Add your comment

Trojan4Life

December 2nd, 2010
10:06 am

Wanna talk about recruiting? What about Tift County? They got the best team money can buy. Go on, take the money and dribble. WOO HOO

Chris

December 2nd, 2010
10:11 am

Thanks Chip for the info. In your opinion, which high school is the best in the state this year? I’d have to go with Tucker. Great info as always…

Trojan4Life

December 2nd, 2010
10:12 am

How the other schools are keeping any players in South Georgia I do not know?

Cook Hornet

December 2nd, 2010
10:13 am

Trojan, I have to agree with ya. Chip, what’s the latest with Shannon Brown? Is he still strong to Alabama?

30344

December 2nd, 2010
10:19 am

Chip,

The rumor is Crowell has decided to wait to sign…

Chip Towers

December 2nd, 2010
10:22 am

Cook Hornet: Yes, the last information I had on Shannon Brown is he remains solid with the Crimson Tide.

Chip Towers

December 2nd, 2010
10:22 am

Chris: I’d have to say Tucker or Carver-Columbus. Love to see those two play!

RxDawg

December 2nd, 2010
10:22 am

Thanks for the info Chip.

Looks like everyone is on the 3 Cam Newton blogs…

@ Lowndes, just wondering if any announcements are still on the horizon? You had hinted to look out during the week after the Tech game for some big news from the UGA program.

J-Dawg

December 2nd, 2010
10:24 am

30344,

it’s not a rumor, Crowell will wait until Nat’l SD

Michael

December 2nd, 2010
10:25 am

Zach if Cam can get $180,000 then hold out for at least $250,000.

Sanford Drive

December 2nd, 2010
10:25 am

Chad Simmons is reporting that Isaiah Crowell will now wait until Signing Day, as opposed to announcing at the State Championship game next week.

collegeballfan

December 2nd, 2010
10:27 am

“The rumor is Crowell has decided to wait to sign…”

He cannot sign until February, just like everyone else.

Sandman053

December 2nd, 2010
10:27 am

@RxDawg: Lordie after this season, we certainly NEED some big news! I’m tired of the Cam Newton saga and I really hope Darth Visor can gameplan him into irrelevance this season (although he IS going to be playing on Sundays)

Sandman053

December 2nd, 2010
10:28 am

What day is NSD? I know February, but not sure what day.

Cook Hornet

December 2nd, 2010
10:29 am

Thanks Chip. Sandman, it’s usually Feb. 1st.

bruce mac

December 2nd, 2010
10:30 am

According to all the Tech, Gator and Auburn fans on here noone other than UGA would recruit a THUG like Mettenburger. Just goes to show you what a bunch of idiots post on here. Everyone in the SEC wants him now that UGA had the guts to do the right thing. Who is THUG U now morons?

Sandman053

December 2nd, 2010
10:30 am

Thanks Hornet. Anything new on the JUCO/DL search, Chip?

1eyedJack

December 2nd, 2010
10:32 am

I believe signing day always falls on the first Tuesday in February.

Brian Richardson

December 2nd, 2010
10:38 am

Isaiah told Kipp Adams of UGASports.com in a story he had last night that he was waiting until Signing Day to sign.

Cook Hornet

December 2nd, 2010
10:40 am

Chip, what’s the latest on the QB from Fitzgerald, Caleb Knobles? I heard Clemson was a possibility a while back.

Reader of Morons

December 2nd, 2010
10:44 am

bruce mac

Everyone in the SEC wants him now that UGA had the guts to do the right thing. Who is THUG U now morons?

bruce mac, that is the funniest thing I have read today. Richt the leader for the Fulmer Cup doing the right thing. LMAO!!!

South GA Dawg

December 2nd, 2010
10:46 am

What is the rumor about Tift Co.?

Bo

December 2nd, 2010
10:48 am

Sandman053, I just emailed for news on John Jenkins. He could be UGA’s version of Mt. Cody.

Sandman053

December 2nd, 2010
10:49 am

Awesome Bo….God (and CMR) knows we need him.

Dawg Fan

December 2nd, 2010
10:56 am

Any news on UGA recruiting WRs for the this class ?

I can’t believe that 1 kid is backing away to play for Lousiville in the Big East. UGA has a stud QB who is only a sophmore next year with plenty of playing time. Why are the big named WRs not coming to UGA ?

RAID

December 2nd, 2010
10:57 am

Who are some of the JUCO linemen we are looking at?

bill

December 2nd, 2010
10:59 am

South GA Dawg- What have you heard about Tift Co.?

RxDawg

December 2nd, 2010
11:00 am

Agreed Sandman, Auburn has managed to allienate itself from the rest of the college football world with this fiasco. I’d dare say the most hated team in sports right now.

Sandman053

December 2nd, 2010
11:00 am

Must be tons of folks over on the Cam Newton blogs.

cheez1

December 2nd, 2010
11:00 am

Signing day is always on the first Wednesday of February.

Go Grove

December 2nd, 2010
11:00 am

South GA Dawg,
There was rumors about some eligibility concerns regarding some of their players. I know Locust Grove played them in football and lost, and we kept hearing that the GHSA would rule the game a victory for Locust Grove due to rules violations.

Photos that provide warm, lasting memories

December 2nd, 2010
11:01 am

Pulled out my UGA/GT game photos from the 2009 game and just about spilled my coffee giggling at the pics of CPJ then, when Caleb and Washuan blew by him time and time again. Slap em, slap em in their UGa mouths he screamed.

I thought they were the funniest pics in history until I reviewed the 2010 pics of CPJ and saw his face right after the Blair Witch Shank PAT. Oh boy is that hillarious. Also, his face when UGA AGAIN stopped their lil funky passing attack with a pick off. GAME OVER ……………..AGAIN !!!

I have decided that losing to CMR and the fact that with the nation’s NUMBER 1 rushing attack and he went to the pass, that CPJ is the DUMBEST coach in the land. He also thinks that losing by 8 makes him smarter than losing by 1.

This is almost as funny as the Reggie Ball throw out of bounds on 4th down vs UGA. Poor guy, he must have thought that GT got 5 or 6 downs. AAAAAAAAAAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA

UGA fans look forward to playing GT in our second most favorite venue …………..Grant Field in front of 32,000 fans all clad and red & black, baby!!!

Sandman053

December 2nd, 2010
11:03 am

@RxDawg: yeah I am a firm believer in “where there’s smoke, etc.” but that is all water under the bridge. If we wanted to do something about it, then we should have manned up and blocked, tackled, covered, and ran. Then there wouldn’t be a huge deal going on now. And the man has mad football skills for sure.
Don’t get me wrong, I think it was a stretch to say AJ “knew” the guy was an agent, but Cam did not “know” daddy was shopping him around, but again, let the game speak for itself. We played a heck of a 49 minutes game, except that other 11 minutes whipped us. Could be S and C, or poor coaching…who knows? All I know is I never thought I would pull for the Old Ball Coach, but Go Chickens!
And whenever we get our bowl opponent, Go Dawgs!

JB

December 2nd, 2010
11:05 am

Dawgs need a impact WR and Nose tackle.We need to look at JC’s and find a big WR who can come in and help next year. 6′5″ 230 pound type and TWO nose tackles to rotate. Those big fellows get tired in a hurray playing the whole game…..

this is all nonsense

December 2nd, 2010
11:05 am

I’m shocked!!! An illiterate drama queen high school football player has decided to keep all of you in suspense. I can’t stand any of this commitment garbage, just wait until signing day to make everything official. The worst thing that ever happened to recruiting was all of this news coverage and fawning over these high school children. Of course the immature ones will “play the game” as long as possible to keep their name in the headlines. Did any of you really think this drama queen was going to declare in early december and ruin his narcissitic delusion to be needed? Half of these kids never amount to anything on the football field. I can still remember all of the fuss stirred up about AJ Harmon and what ever happened to that guy? I pull for the University of Georgia but most of our fans worry more about recruiting wars than actual results on the field. I’m sick of hearing about recruiting if it doesn’t translate to winning. It’s always just wait until we get so and so, wait til next year, blah blah blah. UGA needs coaching a heck of a lot worse than recruits. If we get some coaching and discipline then maybe we can focus a little attention on recruits. But like spurrier said Georgia gets all of these recruits but what happened to them? Good question.

JB

December 2nd, 2010
11:07 am

that’s “hurry”

Sandman053

December 2nd, 2010
11:08 am

Anything else to the rumor I heard somewhere about Van Hellenger stepping aside or taking a less active role for health reasons?

Haters ........... you cannot have it both ways

December 2nd, 2010
11:10 am

Zack Mettenberge was yet “another dumb Bobo or CMR” fiasco when UGA signed him. All the UGA haters said that “UGA cannot attract big boy QBs”. Right? Remember that??? ZM was an unknown and was all that CMR could attact. The kid did a dumb thing and got gone. GT still has their DE on campus Robert Hall, as one crummy example of their tainted program, that was filled with the likes of GT’s # 37, Joey Hamilton , Reuben Houston,etc.

Now? Well, um the entire sports world wants to watch ZM playQB on Saturday. All of the SEC schools and others are begging him to come play for them. Richt knows his stuff and DEVELOPED THAT KID.

You cannot have it both ways, haters. Yet again, CMR has shown that he knows how to develop talent. Look at the fabulous programs begging him to sign.

Three of four kids next year sign with UGA, then we will be a 10-2 or 10-1 squad for years to come.

GT? They are looking to get a solid safety somewhere that might otherwise play for U of Chattanooga or Furman or Samford and make him into a thriple bone QB. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAHAH

1eyedJack

December 2nd, 2010
11:17 am

this is all nonsense, my advice would be to stay off the recruiting blogs if they upset you so much. A lot of us enjoy them.

GT Sambo

December 2nd, 2010
11:18 am

In the preseaon, UGA is always going to win the SEC and possibly even an NC. Newsflash, next year your defense will still be swiss cheese, just maybe with slightly smaller holes (so will Tech’s by the way, not trying to bash, just stating facts). UGA will be missing its top two receivers. Maybe someone will step up at WR, or maybe Murray will suffer a sophmore slump. You’ve got to admit that AJ has made Murray look like a much better QB since he has been back. Realistically, UGA fans should be very happy with 8-4 next year.

Sandman053

December 2nd, 2010
11:19 am

Yeah I looked up John Jenkins and he is Mt. Cody but with more athleticism….very scary. One website said he was leaning to OSU though. (of course that was cowpokes.com…go figure)

Outside Observer

December 2nd, 2010
11:20 am

Haters… I believe Mettenberger was a top ten quarterback prospect that year wasn’t he? To say he was an unknown is probably untrue. And I’m sure Mark Richt was able to teach him a few things in his year in Athens, I personally think Richt is a solid coach. But come on, stop calling out players. The fact is, these kids are treating like superstars when really, they are just kids playing a game against lesser talented people. They think they are above the law, and sometimes they need a reality check. I know other fans are going to say some crap to you about this. But lets just leave off the field issues out of the discussion, and keep this about recruiting and results on the field.

UGA Insider

December 2nd, 2010
11:24 am

UGA needs more quality players at every position I hate to say. We are paper thin which is why CMR did not have many contact practices this summer. Which is why we lost 4 out of our first 5 games. I could see as many as 6 or 7 true freshman playing next fall. UGA is truly rebuilding so this would be a great time to haul in some awesome recruits.

Outside Observer

December 2nd, 2010
11:25 am

FYI, Scout has jenkins committed to Oklahoma State….

the sports media is a JOKE

December 2nd, 2010
11:28 am

Why is that the same schools are always taking these players that get kicked out of other programs and they aren’t scrutinized for it? The school that kicks the player out is blasted more. How much more hypocritical does it get?

Oh yeah, forgot we were talking about the sports media…the dumbest type of media.

1eyedJack

December 2nd, 2010
11:29 am

Sandman053, Scout has Jenkins committed to OSU.

Sandman053

December 2nd, 2010
11:30 am

Outside Observer, I just saw that. There are several committed to Bama too, but there are also several uncommitted that we haven’t offered yet either. Or at least we aren’t listed as having offered. There was one guy who wasn’t ranked at all, who had decent stats. Not sure how much stock to put into “stars”. That guy was 6′4″ 330lbs and ran a decent 40. Again with good coaching he could be a monster, but it goes back to coaching. I think we have it in Athens and I’m looking forward to next year.

Sandman053

December 2nd, 2010
11:31 am

Enter your comments here

Sandman053

December 2nd, 2010
11:31 am

Sorry about that last remark…my finger forgot to move.

Will

December 2nd, 2010
11:32 am

GT Sambo,

I hate to admit that you are right but 8-4 would be very lucky. On a terrible defense we are going to lose the few good ones we have in Dent, Houston, Gamble, Boykin and Kianta Tripp. We have no depth and no playmakers on that side of the ball next year.

Offense is even uglier when we lose AJ and Durham and several on the Oline. Bobo will have to be more creative without AJ- please see the USCe, Arky, Miss St games for reference of what we are going to look like. You guys better do some heavy recruiting.