Ten@10: ‘Dream Team’ prospects making official visits to UGA this weekend

THE TEN AT 10:

1. Georgia’s attempt to assemble its “Dream Team” recruiting class for 2011 begins in earnest this weekend as four of the five uncommitted members of the AJC Super 11 will make their official visits to Athens this weekend.

DE/OLB Xzavier Dickson of Griffin, DE/OLB Ray Drew of Thomas County Central, TE Jay Rome and CB Damian Swann all have confirmed their plans to make their one expenses-paid visit to Georgia this weekend. It just so happens to coincide with the Bulldogs’ annual black-tie Senior Gala postseason banquet on Saturday night.

Five-star RB Isaiah Crowell of Carver-Columbus, the only other uncommitted AJC Super 11 member will not be attendance, according to coach Dell McGee. But Crowell saw seven UGA assistant coaches at his team’s playoff game last Friday in Calhoun and had most of them them back at his school on Monday.

Georgia already has two members of the AJC Super 11 committed in North Paulding WR Chris Conley and QB/DB Nick Marshall. Conley will also be in Athens while Marshall will not.

Drew’s attendance is particularly critical considering he will be departing on Sunday for New York City as part of a promotional tour for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Drew (6-5, 250) is one of six finalists for U.S. Army Player of the Year award.

2. Numerous other major prospects will be making their UGA officials this weekend, including most of the Bulldogs’ 16 commitments. Most notable among the uncommitted attendees is DE Jeoffrey Pagan of Asheville, N.C., who told Scout.com’s Jason Higdon he will be there. Pagan is a recent de-commitment from Florida who blew out a knee late in this season.

Four-star ATH Quan Bray of Troup decided on Tuesday morning that he, too, planned to make his official visit to UGA this weekend. “Yes, he’s definitely going,” Troup coach Charles Flowers confirmed. “He just hadn’t made up his mind until now.”

3. Nathan Theus, an offensive lineman and long snapper from Jacksonville, was told Monday night his scholarship offer from Georgia is now good in 2011. Theus, a 6-3, 260-pound senior at The Bolles School, originally committed to the Bulldogs last summer under the agreement he would “greyshirt” until January of 2012. He had fielded several 2011 offers since then.

“I’m excited. I’m definitely 100 percent a Dawg,” Theus told me. “For me that is just as official as signing day. I wanted to come on time and the coaches made it happen.”

Theus said he and his whole family will be in Athens for his official visit this weekend. That includes Theus’ younger brother, John Theus is a five-star offensive line prospect for 2012.

4. Speaking of postseason banquets, Georgia Tech held its annual event this past weekend and several of the Yellow Jackets’ 2011 commitments were in attendance. OL Trey Braun, DT Tre Jackson, LB Tremayne McNair and DB Darren Waller were among the pledged recruits who coordinated their official visits with the end-of-season celebration, according to JacketsOnline.com.

“It was awesome,” Waller, a free safety from North Cobb High told the website. “I love being around the coaches and my host Synjyn Days showed me a great time. I got to know a bunch of the players who are all real cool so it was a great experience.”

The Yellow Jackets will welcome another official visitor this weekend. Hillgrove LB Jabari Hunt-Days, a four-star prospect and their highest-rated commitment, confirmed that this morning.

5. Georgia Tech and Wake Forest coaches have requested video on Darlington senior safety Tev’n Hamilton, according to 247Sports.com. Some of the highlights they will see can be found at YouTube.com.

6. Roswell ATH Nick Henderson became commitment No. 2 for the Georgia State’s Class of 2011 on Monday, Ben Moore of PantherTalk.com tells me. Henderson led the run-oriented Hornets as a wide receiver with 26 catches for 332 yards and 2 TDs. But he projects as a free safety for the Panthers, Moore said.

Georgia State’s only other commitment so far is DE Roderick Thompson of Mays. The Panthers can sign only about eight players in this class. They have at least three offers currently extended: OG Dontre Stephen of M.L. King,  WR Robbie Anderson of South Plantation (Fla.), and WR Zach Walker of Johnson County.

7. Three Georgia State coaches were in attendance at the Brookwood-Collins Hill Class AAAAA playoff game Friday in Snellville. Who they were there to see is unclear, but there were plenty of prospects to choose from. One who impressed me was Collins Hill wide receiver Jeffrey Glover. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound athlete was unstoppable in the early going and finished with well over 100 yards receiving in the 26-7 loss to Brookwood. He finished with just under 1,000 yards for the season despite missing five games with a broken arm.

8. South Carolina assistant coach G.A. Mangus met with McEachern teammates Rory Anderson, a tight end, and Marcquis Roberts, a defensive back, Monday night in Powder Springs, according to PalmettoSports.com. Should they both decide to commit to the Gamecocks, as the website predicts, that would give South Carolina 10 commitments from the state of Georgia. The Gamecocks currently already have 25 pledges overall.

9. Speaking of South Carolina, it remains to be seen what is going to happen to one of its commitments from Atlanta. Edward Muldrow, a linebacker from South Gwinnett High in Snellville who committed to the Gamecocks back in June, was arrested and jailed in Gwinnett County on Nov. 23. Muldrow, 18, was charged with possession/sale/distribution of a drug, driving on a suspended license and an expired tag.

South Gwinnett footbal coach John Small said he and the school were aware of the charges and that Muldrow currently remains in good standing with the team and school. He did not know how, if at all, the arrest might affect Muldrow’s scholarship offer.

10. THIS & THAT: Cook LB Shannon Brown, an Alabama commitment, may take an official visit to FSU this weekend, Scout.com’s Chad Simmons reports. He may visit UGA in January. . . . NW Whitfield OL Synjyn Herren has committed to Tennessee-Chattanooga, Scout reports. . . . East Paulding OL Taylor Gadbois has added offers from Michigan State and N.C. State, Scout says. That puts him up to six. . . .

Here’s an odd one: According to an interview with Chris Hays of the Orlando Sentinel, four-star RB Dee Hart says he will remain committed to Michigan as long as Rich Rodriguez is not fired but will switch to Florida — not Alabama — if Rodriguez is out. . . . It’s official. Four-star QB Teddy Bridgewater has de-committed from Miami. . . . Also, four-star RB Jeremy Hill has de-committed from LSU. . . . Junior DE Dante Fowler Jr., of St. Petersburg, Fla., committed to FSU this past weekend, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

226 comments Add your comment

drew

December 7th, 2010
10:12 am

ECB

December 7th, 2010
10:12 am

USMCDAWG

December 7th, 2010
10:23 am

Ten@10 @ 10:10 my favorite part of Tuesday morning. Good Job, Chip

Chip Towers

December 7th, 2010
10:27 am

ECB, Drew: That’s a straight-up tie. You must split the glory! . . .

USMCDAWG: I’m doing 10 minutes of “up-downs” for the tardiness.

Chip Towers

December 7th, 2010
10:27 am

If you’re not Bill King, the “junkyard blawger,” please don’t use his name.

DawginLex

December 7th, 2010
10:30 am

This whole Dream Team thing is great if these kids sign.

It will be a big embarrassment if they go elsewhere.

I would have avoided this talk like the plague.

Just go recruit the best players and fill needs.

The alumni and fans of UGA would rather a coach have a clear plan for filling needs and communicated those plans without violating NCAA rules by discussing specific players.

VA DAWG

December 7th, 2010
10:32 am

According to sources, Crowell has another engagement and will be visiting in Jan. Hope he ends up wearing red & black. GO DAWGS!

Lowndes25

December 7th, 2010
10:32 am

It was a mutual decision between our coaches and Crowell…we want his last official visit so that we can spend one-on-one time with him. Again, I am not worried about landing Crowell in this class…Bama fans think they have him locked up, but the Bama coaches not so much…they are out and about talking to other RB’s (Dee Hart and Jeremy Hill being two of them…Jeremy actually took an official visit to Bama this past weekend and then decides to decommit from LSU, a place where he has been committed for a very long time).

Worm

December 7th, 2010
10:33 am

Dawgs need to flip Peake..Clemson doesn’t have anyone to throw the ball and he would start here next season..He would make a greater impact as a dawg.

the truth hurts

December 7th, 2010
10:34 am

2 official visits for a “committed” recruit.

GATA

December 7th, 2010
10:34 am

Chip, have you gotten any word on why Crowell is now de-committed to the Senior Gala. Wasn’t the play after the Ga/Ga Tech game for him to come?

Fire Paul Johnson

December 7th, 2010
10:36 am

I can’t believe they’re still pushing that “‘Dream Team” nonsense after their pathetic season. Of course any class they assemble is going to look like an All-Pro team compared to what Coach Paul Johnson has been hauling in.

more at firepauljohnson.blogspot.com

rduck

December 7th, 2010
10:37 am

That Hamilton kid is a hitter on that video. Great instincts and solid form. GT needs to give him a serious look if the video is true to his playing ability..

the truth hurts

December 7th, 2010
10:37 am

What if he’s Bill King, the King of Bills?
You shouldn’t deny a man his title.

Worm

December 7th, 2010
10:37 am

Chip, we were both wrong about NC player of the year..It wasn’t Vlad Lee or Marquise Williams..Stephen Anthony who visited the dawgs recently was the Gatorade Player of the year.

VA DAWG

December 7th, 2010
10:38 am

Lowndes25, do we have chance with Deion Barnes and what happened with Toby…heard he has ill will towards UGA now? Keep up the good work and GO DAWGS!

GATA

December 7th, 2010
10:39 am

Chip, nevermind my last post. I think I got my answer

RxDawg

December 7th, 2010
10:39 am

This is a test post

RxDawg

December 7th, 2010
10:40 am

This is a test post…

Gbal

December 7th, 2010
10:41 am

These de-committs have always bothered me.

Why is is that the NCAA does not allow an early signing period in the summer for these verbal commits? The one signing date in February really makes all this early recruiting activity useless in many cases for the staffs and schools.

Wouldn’t it make sense to let committed recruits officially sign in July or August? Those that are unsure can wait to the end of the HS senior season if they like.

I’d really rather see it OK to officially sign whenever the College and the Athelete is ready to make the commitment to one another. Sure would seem to simplify things for all involved.

Lowndes25

December 7th, 2010
10:42 am

@VA DAWG, Toby has no one to be upset about but himself…he is acting like he had no interest in coming back to UGA and that is not true…he really wanted to come back here but there were some things that prevented that. Again, it was not our coaches fault…only Toby’s. We have a very slim chance with Barnes as of this moment, but anything is possible once you get a kid on campus. Lakatos had a good in-home visit with Barnes the other day and he wants to take an official visit to UGA…only time will tell.

Sleeze

December 7th, 2010
10:44 am

Chip, just rename this blog to the “UGA Ten at Ten”. That way, the rest of us don’t have to waste time sifting through this for something meaningful.

? Mysterion ?

December 7th, 2010
10:46 am

The Dream Team? Does that mean Richt is admitting the previous UGA recruiting classes have been failures and his last hope is assembling a “Dream Team” to save his butt?

That staff has practically ruined Richard Samuel. He should already be in his second year starting at LB for GT. I hope he can overcome the failings of UGA’s coaching staff and salvage a good college career – even if he isn’t a “Dream Team” golden boy.

Brandon Miller sure did suffer over in Athens.

UGA Student

December 7th, 2010
10:46 am

Shannon Brown is not visiting FSU this weekend

Sandman053

December 7th, 2010
10:50 am

Has UGA looked at any tape on the kid from Collins Hill? Those #’s look pretty good but I’ve not heard his name before?

The Dream team is a better gimmick than wearing Grambling Uniforms

December 7th, 2010
10:51 am

Richt must be desperate to save his Preachers salary.

Roaddawg80

December 7th, 2010
10:57 am

Lowndes

What do you think our chances are with Peake? It seems him and Crowell should be our main priority!

damn good dawg

December 7th, 2010
10:57 am

lowndes, buddy, good to see on the blogs today, always love reading your posts getting uga info…quick question for chip or lowndes, about three recruits…what do you think our chances are with anthony, pagan, and peake? Ive heard before that we arent in it for anthony, but all these visits to uga are throwing me off. And lastly what do you think about jonathan jenkins? The big JUCO DT…looks like someone we could use to me. Thanks guys

Chip Towers

December 7th, 2010
11:00 am

damn good dawg: I’d say less than 50-50 with each.

Lowndes25

December 7th, 2010
11:01 am

@Roaddawg80 and DGD, we have a very slim shot at Peak, Pagan and Anthony…very slim…I will not post the reason why on this site. We have to win over momma in order to get Jenkins…we have an in-home scheduled with Jenkins and his mom tomorrow.

RRTDawgs

December 7th, 2010
11:01 am

Hey Lowndes25 what do think are chances with Jeffrey Pagan and do have any info on Johnathan Jenkins JUCO player .

Chip Towers

December 7th, 2010
11:01 am

Sleeze: Nice handle, by the way. Did you not read the items on Georgia Tech, Georgia State and South Carolina?

Chip Towers

December 7th, 2010
11:03 am

Gbal: I am wholeheartedly in favor of an early signing period for football for late July/early August.

Gray Dawg

December 7th, 2010
11:03 am

Hey Sleeze #4 thru #9 are about other schools besides UGA.

RxDawg

December 7th, 2010
11:04 am

This is a second test

Chip Towers

December 7th, 2010
11:06 am

Worm: Thanks for the info on Stephone Anthony as NC’s Gatorade Player of the Year. I’m still betting Vad Lee lands the other POY awards if Hillside wins the state championship this weekend.

Sandman053

December 7th, 2010
11:07 am

Chip, what was the # of GA players going out of state to the Cocks? Darth Visor must be feeding them the kool-aide.

Chip Towers

December 7th, 2010
11:09 am

Sandman053: It’s in the 10. Item #8. Eight so far with the possibility of rising to 10.

? Mysterion ?

December 7th, 2010
11:09 am

Burying a few tidbits about GT while constantly banner headlining UGA’s “Dream Team” efforts is not what I’d call decent coverage.

I am beginning to think AJC’s beat writers have man crushes on Crowell as hard as y’all are putting the UGA blitz on him.

Poster on the Heinrich Himmler Blog

December 7th, 2010
11:10 am

Chip…there are 31 William Kings with an Atlanta address alone…just imagine the number in the Metro area. Ease up on the policing brother!

Sandman053

December 7th, 2010
11:11 am

Thanks Chip..I overlooked it. Dang we need to keep some of these boys at home. I’d rather them wear that blue and yellow on the North Ave. than play for the Evil Genius.

gcs

December 7th, 2010
11:12 am

Jeremy Hill was in Tuscaloosa this past weekend. Could this be the reason for his de-commitment from LSU?

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Chip Towers

December 7th, 2010
11:14 am

Roaddawg80: I’m not Lowndes but I don’t think Georgia’s chances are good with Charone Peake. They had him on campus this past summer and Peake seemed disinterested then and committed to Clemson shortly thereafter. You have to wonder about the logic, though. Here sits Clemson with two 5-star WRs committed (also Sammy Watkins). But they don’t know who their QB is going to be next year. Meanwhile, Georgia is losing its top two receivers in A.J. Green and Kris Durham and knows it has All-SEC Freshman Aaron Murray coming back under center. Yet the Dogs lost out to Clemson on both of those wideouts.

Chip Towers

December 7th, 2010
11:18 am

? Mysterion ? : Readership interest plays a big part in what we write, believe it or not.

Sandman053

December 7th, 2010
11:18 am

Chip I think this summer the only folks who knew what they had at QB was Bobo and CMR and I’m not sure THEY even knew (see the anemic offense against S.C.). I think that will be a huge selling point to go get a top notch WR this season..maybe we will pull one from somewhere.

Outside Observer

December 7th, 2010
11:19 am

Chip, Random tidbit of information. Bobby Rainey, from Griffin, was in a race for the leading rusher and most total yards in college football. Plays for Western Kentucky. Not sure if he was able to hold on, but it was a successful college career for another Georgia kid.

Chip Towers

December 7th, 2010
11:21 am

Sandman053: Good point. And they may before it’s over. They need to.

NENWNANDAWG

December 7th, 2010
11:22 am

I agree chip how can you have 5* WR commiting to a school without a QB and here we sit, not only with an all SEC QB but one of the best QB recuits in the country headed our way? CMR and BOBO need to really jump this and get these guys introduced to guys like AJ who are getting ready )(unfortunately early) to make big money in the NFL, let these guys know that we do develop talent at the WR position, Mo Mass, etc..

Roaddawg80

December 7th, 2010
11:23 am

Thanks for the info Chip. It does seem weird. You would think they could make some head way. Maybe they can get in his head a little with this in home visit.

Pull My Finger

December 7th, 2010
11:26 am

Chip, great work, man! I enjoy reading this stuff…….you’re doing a great job.