There was a lot of recruiting activity over the weekend, with both Georgia and Georgia Tech hosting large groups of official visitors and coaching changes happening all around. I didn’t get home until late Sunday night, so I wasn’t able to do any reporting yet. But here’s a quick rundown of things I’ll be following up on today:
(1) AJC Super 11 TE Jay Rome of Valdosta reportedly loved his official visit to Georgia and may be close to committing to the Bulldogs, according to Scout.com’s Chad Simmons. Rome was one of 18 official visitors in Athens. We’ll catch up with at least a few of them.
(2) Likewise, four-star DL Darian Cooper of Hyattsville, Md., apparently really liked what he saw on an OV to Georgia Tech, according to JacketsOnline.com. He’s still going to take visits but raved about what he saw and heard in Atlanta. Tech had about 15 visitors in town.
(3) JacketsOnline also reports that coach Paul Johnson offered a 2011 scholarship to Chattahoochee PK Ammon Lakip, who made a 50-yarder Friday night in the Class AAAA championship game at the Georgia Dome. They weren’t initially going to offer a kicker so that’s a significant development.
(4) Scout reports that two Georgia players committed to Cincinnati over the weekend: RB Ralph David Abernathy IV of Westminster and DE Silverberry Mouhon of Norcross.
(5) 5-star DE Ray Drew of Thomas County Central went from his OV at UGA to NYC where he’s doing a media tour as part of the U.S. Army All-America game. I’ll be talking to Ray while he’s in the Big Apple so check back for that report.
Also, we’ll be discussing the recruiting ramifications of the coaching carousel, which kicked into full gear over the weekend with Will Muschamp going to Florida, now possibly taking Kirby Smart with him, and Al Golden leaving Temple to become Miami’s new head coach.
Let me know what you’ve seen and heard over the weekend and what you’d like to find out this week.