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.
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.