THE TEN AT 10:
1. Georgia Tech commitment Vad Lee does not deny recent reports by InsideCarolina.com that he plans to take some other visits after the season. But he downplays the significance therein.
“I may take a couple of visits,” Lee confirmed to the AJC in a text message Thursday morning. “That’s not really my main focus at the moment, though, as I prepare for the state championship. I’m a GT commit and plan on competing in Atlanta next fall!”
Visiting other schools might not sit well with the Yellow Jackets, however. In the past it has been the policy of Tech coach Paul Johnson to rescind commitments’ scholarship offers if they take other visits.
Lee told InsideCarolina he is considering taking official visits to UNC and N.C. State.
“I think I’ll probably visit other schools just to weigh my options and to compare to make sure I’m making the right choice in Georgia Tech,” Lee told the website, which covers North Carolina for the Scout.com network.
North Carolina currently has one quarterback commitment — Marquise Williams (6-3, 218) of Charlotte. A second commitment, Everett Golson (5-11, 170) of Myrtle Beach, S.C., de-committed last week.
“They let up for a while, but they’ve been keeping in contact with me,” Lee said of the Tar Heels. “I haven’t done too much thinking about [UNC] since I’m in my football season right now. But it’s an intriguing situation.”
Meanwhile, the Jackets’ prized quarterback recruit will lead his Durham-Hillside High team into the North Carolina 4A championship the Saturday. Lee (6-2, 200) has had a phenomenal senior season, completing 60 percent of his passes for 2,969 yards and 23 touchdowns while also rushing for more than 1,000 yards and several more scores while leading the Hornets to a 15-0 record. He was recently named the PAC-6 Back of the Year.
Right now Lee’s only official visit is scheduled for the weekend of Jan. 7 at Georgia Tech. Lee has been committed to the Jackets since August.
2. The big winner in the Urban Meyer resignation decision at Florida is clearly Florida State. The Seminoles, who beat the Gators head-to-head in the regular-season finale last month, also beat Miami this season to win the mythical state championship for the first time since 1999. And with the Hurricanes also in the midst of a head coaching search, FSU finds itself in a position to cherry pick from among Florida’s best prospects.
The problem for FSU first-year coach Jimbo Fisher is the Seminoles are already sitting on 19 commitments. Because they are already a young team that’s not expected to graduate many players, the ‘Noles were were expected to sign well under the NCAA maximum of 25 recruits this season. So how much FSU can take advantage of its fortuitous situation remains to be seen.
3. One Florida player that one would think has to be on the Seminoles’ radar is Tampa, Fla., defensive end Anthony Chickillo. Chickillo, a four-star prospect, was committed to the Hurricanes before Randy Shannon got fired. He was planning to take an official visit to Florida this weekend, then Meyer resigned. So now he says he’s not going there. In a story this morning at TampaBay.com, Georgia and Georgia Tech are listed as possible destinations for Chickillo, along with Auburn, FSU and Notre Dame.
4. Carver-Columbus defensive lineman Gabe Wright now intends to give Georgia an official visit, according to a report in 247Sports.com. The story claims the 6-foot-3, 275-pound has “re-opened things” in his recruitment and will take an official visit to UGA next Wednesday.
“Things are pretty interesting,” Wright told the website. “I was so close to closing the deal and being done with it. It’s still a pretty good percentage of me choosing Auburn, but definitely have some schools opening up my eyes.”
Georgia is, of course, hot and heavy after Wrights AJC Super 11 teammate, RB Isaiah Crowell. Crowell plans to take his official visit to Georgia on Jan. 21. He also has officials scheduled at Alabama on Jan. 14 and Clemson on Jan. 28, according to Scout.com.
5. Add the name Demarcus James to the list of Georgia State offers for its class of 2011. The 5-foot-10, 217-pound running back recently de-committed to Washington State and is considering offers from the Panthers, UAB, Troy and South Alabama, according to Ben Moore of PantherTalk.com. James rushed for 1,828 yards this year after piling up 2,523 yards and 19 TDs as a junior.
6. As of Thursday morning, neither Ray Drew nor Damian Swann have heard from Florida coaches in the wake of Meyer’s resignation. The two AJC Super 11 selections were targets of the Gators and seriously considering Florida at one time. AJC Super 11 tight end Jay Rome of Valdosta also was considering the Gators but said he dropped them well before Meyer resigned on Wednesday.
7. I already told you that Hillgrove four-star linebacker Jabari Hunt-Days will be taking his official visit to Georgia Tech this weekend. But he won’t be the only one. Joining the Yellow Jackets’ highest-rated commit are OG Marcus Jackson of Vero Beach, Fla.; CB Blake Countess of Owings Mill, Md.; and DT Darian Cooper of Hyattsville, Md.; according to JacketsOnline.com publisher Kelly Quinlan. All three are four-star prospects.
Quinlan also writes that Tech is still trying to get an official visit from 5-star linebacker Curtis Grant of Richmond, Va., who is apparently a cousin of 2011 commitment Darren Waller.
8. Here’s an update in the Asheville Citizen-Times on four-star defensive end prospect Jeoffrey Pagan, who is making an official visit to Georgia this weekend. Pagan is a former Florida commitment.
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10. THIS & THAT: Defensive lineman Cornelius Carradine is was on an official visit to UGA as of Thursday morning, according to 247Sports.com. . . . . Georgia coaches visited WR JaJuan Story of Brooksville, Fla., Wednesday morning, according to 247Sports. That was several hours before news broke that Meyer was resigning at Florida. Story is currently committed to the Gators.