TE Jay Rome loves Georgia visit, 4-star likes GT and RDA4 finds a home

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.

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December 13th, 2010
5:37 am

Bama Fan #2

December 13th, 2010
5:39 am

The gators made a great hire in Muschamp and if they get Kirby Smart watch out!!! RTR


December 13th, 2010
6:08 am

THe SEC is changing again. Lots of new coaches on the sidelines. You won’t stay the “dean” long in this league.


December 13th, 2010
6:14 am

I think Fla. hiring Will Muschamp is not that bad for UGA. I was extremely worried what Dan Mullen could do at Fla. with the Talent there.

Tokyo jacket

December 13th, 2010
6:15 am

That kicker is AMAZING. He could go a long way to help heal our sp teams issues.


December 13th, 2010
6:19 am

We’ll take Rome, Drew, and Crowell to finish out this class!

Tokyo jacket

December 13th, 2010
6:20 am

Cooper would also be a nice pickup. Apparently, Hunt-Days was working him pretty hard on his visit. If we can land Hunt-Days, Cooper, and Countess, they would headline what is already looking like a solid defensive class.

Old Gold

December 13th, 2010
6:32 am

Gator program going down!


December 13th, 2010
6:44 am

Are any of the Tech recruits forbidden by CPJ from visiting other schools?


December 13th, 2010
6:47 am

Why is anyone worried about Mushchump being the coach at Florida? He could hand pick the talent out of Texas and his defenses still were average until last year when they were as bad or worse than Georgia. I’m glad they hired Mush over Mullen or Petrino.

Brance from Macon( Sic em)

December 13th, 2010
6:48 am

Are we actually getting players from out own state now????? This is good. I do not thing I will hate Will Muschamp as much as CUM.

Not impressed

December 13th, 2010
7:00 am

TennesseeDawg said it. It seems like since Muschamp has been at the other UT their defense has gotten worse. It’s not like there isn’t loads of talent to pick from in Texas. Zero head coaching experience? Seems like such a “prestigious” job could’ve pulled out a better hire than Will the Thrill(less).


December 13th, 2010
7:06 am

I agree with Tennessee Dawg, I think Mushchamp was a terrible hire for Florida. I am glad Mullen is still there, and It is my guess that Mullen will be between the hedges after next year. I hope Mark Richt turns it around, but I do not see it happening. Lets have this great recruiting class this year, and get ready for our next coach.


December 13th, 2010
7:12 am

Lotta Auburn folks didn’t mind when Muschamp left there..


December 13th, 2010
7:15 am

I don’t think Kirby goes to UF…..Saban is leaky and Kirby might just step in…..Going to Gainsville just puts off HIS dream. Muschamp will do well at UF…..He’ll wax us next year and put Mark closer to a ACC job……..We might end up with Kirby….


December 13th, 2010
7:19 am

Will brings a lot of energy to the Florida sideline……We’ll find out if he can coach.


December 13th, 2010
7:28 am

I agree that Kirby won’t go to FL. Why would he make a lateral move to a school he has no ties to? He loves GA, but wouldn’t take the same move last year because he wants a HC job. I just don’t see him taking another DC job this year.


December 13th, 2010
7:31 am

Doesn’t matter who UF hires. Heck they could hire Dumbo and Goofy and they would still beat UGA. I am so sick of the curse.


December 13th, 2010
7:31 am

good man but a bad hire for fl, something bad must be going on at texas.


December 13th, 2010
7:32 am


Usually you name the sources, both Cooper and Lakippupdates were from Rivals yesterday. Anyway, Lakip also has offers from Auburn, Utah, and Maryland…and will host the Auburn coaches in home tonight…but GT looks good. Lakip was named the top kicker in the country by prokicker.com. Cooper is pretty much down to Georgia Tech, Penn State, and Michigan State…he has eliminated Iowa, Michigan, and Maryland.


December 13th, 2010
7:33 am

…and you did mention source on Cooper update…just not the Lakip. : – )


December 13th, 2010
7:47 am

Chip, how about a story on Vad Lee the GT QB soon to be? He won a state title in dominating fashion the other day. His team won 40-0 and he had nearly 300 yards passing and 70 yards rushing with most of all that in the 1st half. This kid will be pat white all over again and deadly in PJ offense! I think we could hang 400 yards on anyone with forrest gump running our offense but this kid will make this offense unstoppable.

Johnny Too Good

December 13th, 2010
7:51 am


December 13th, 2010
8:05 am

Chip,it’s been a long time since Ga. got a recruit,besides Rome do you see any other committments soon?


December 13th, 2010
8:17 am

Hope Jay Rome likes to pass block and run block, because Bobo doesn’t use his TE’s in the passing game as receivers.


December 13th, 2010
8:23 am


chip’s last column was mostly about vad lee.

voice of reason

December 13th, 2010
8:28 am

I don’t buy this Muschamp was our only target and the only one we offered the job too business that Foley is trying to sell. Really? You didn’t do your due diligence and call to see Harbaugh’s interst in the job? The man who took Stanford to a 13-1 season, orange bowl berth, and currently has the 6th ranked recruiting class. Even the legendary Bill Walsh couldn’t work that kind of magic at Stanford. And were supposed to believe that Foley didn’t call Harbaugh to gauge his interest?

I think Foley called several high profile coaches and was rebuffed and Muschamp was the backup plan if all else failed. If he didn’t call Harbaugh then he is an idiot. Gator fans are in denial if they believe that Muschamp was the #1 target. I’m not buying that BS.

Like some others have said Muschamp may turn out to be a pretty good head coach but at the moment he scares me a lot less than a proven guy like Harbaugh, Peterson, or even Petrino. Florida brags that he can really recruit, but what Florida coach hasn’t been able to recruit? Ron Zook was the best recruiter they probably ever had down there in Gainesville.

Pago Pago Dawg

December 13th, 2010
8:33 am

We’re still scared to death of going down to JAX again in 2011-2020.

Vick=Dog killing thug

December 13th, 2010
8:37 am

Good news on Jay Rome, a nice addition to the dream team. Still looking for some big linemen.


December 13th, 2010
8:39 am

Hey mac, get a clue Orson charles has over 400 yards receiving this year.


December 13th, 2010
8:43 am

Hey Chip,

Great work as always.

I wanted to get your take on Gabe Wright’s comments.

Gabe stated on an interview that his mom absolutely hates Auburn. You think that really means anything or is he still playing out the recruiting process.


December 13th, 2010
8:46 am

Muschamp = Zook v2.0
Al Golden is going to be be worse than Randy Shannon.


December 13th, 2010
8:47 am

I don’t see Kirby taking a lateral move — he is waiting for a HC position. I hope UGA eventually gets him or one of the other top coaches out there.

Fire Paul Johnson

December 13th, 2010
8:57 am

At this point I’d rather have the kicker than the DL. Coach Johnson has proven he doesn’t know shinola about coaching defense or special teams, but If that kid can get the kickoff to the end zone, it would help immensely to hide our deficiencies. The problems on special teams are clearly a combination of poor coaching and diminishing talent level, and are squarely on the shoulders of the bungling Coach Paul Johnson.



December 13th, 2010
8:58 am

Word down here in Dosta, from reliable sources
is Kirby is going with Muschamp, and Major
Appleby will be his offensive coordinator.
Don’t want to get in a chess game with Foley.
He has checkmated a lot of interested programs
with his selection of Muschamp. Former Georgia
player, think about the recruiting, new blood in
the Gator program. Didn’t ruffle any body’s feathers
with the rumors of Mullin, Petrino, etc.


December 13th, 2010
9:04 am

Georgia fans.

UGA VII went to the other side because he saw all that is to come.

Florida will remain your daddy forever. Tech is your new daddy in waiting. Once PJ gets a defense your days of infamy will begin.

Richt will open a bar and hairdresser salon in Athens, and Grantham will retail red panties and little choak dolls.

Of course Clark County Correctional will need to add a new wing for the dream team.


December 13th, 2010
9:05 am

any guys out there need a date for the night? i need to slurp someone soon and i prefer GT football players.

warning – I’m obsessed with CPJ so expect a lot of angry hate sex.


Ramblin Man

December 13th, 2010
9:07 am

Glad to see CPJ going after a kicker and really hope Days convinced cooper and some of these other kids to sign. If GT really can get some of these kids the defense has the potentiol to be really good in 2012.


December 13th, 2010
9:09 am

hmmm, i certainly managed to screw that comment up. supposed to be from “fire paul johnson” but either way the point stands. uga fans posing as gt fans who want to fire CPJ should get a life.

GT Sambo

December 13th, 2010
9:09 am

Darian Cooper quotes (per scout.com)
“My weekend was fantastic.”
“All in all this trip was amazing.”
“I also loved getting a look at his (Coach Groh’s) Super Bowl ring.”
“My mom is moving back to Florida so I really can’t say distance will be a factor in my decision.”


December 13th, 2010
9:12 am

I think everyone’s figured out by now that FPJ is a nadlicker poser.


December 13th, 2010
9:16 am

There will plenty of interest in the Georgia job when and if it comes open….I’m with most that believe Muschamp was not the first and ONLY call. Not buying it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s one of the top 5 jobs in the country.


December 13th, 2010
9:20 am

I will be offered $1 million to be defensive coordinator at Florida, Bama will match, Muschamp is a great friend. But, I like to keep it on a business level which Coach Saban does, I would not want a job at Florida get in the way of my friend Coach Miscahamp. Besides, I am the coach in waiting at Bama….


December 13th, 2010
9:22 am

Let’s slow down with a little reality check. At Auburn, Muschamp got tons of publicity in these parts. At Texas, not so much here. However, his defenses had so-so results at both places, therefore he is not perfect. I would attach more value to his name than to his game. He will enjoy good recruiting, and depending on his hires, can have much success with the right pieces to the puzzle.
Once again, it all boils down to UGA closing the borders and getting Georgia’s best athletes, refining our offense since Bobo is going to be in place next year, mixing it up more with a more comprehensive game plan. Bobo seems to get stuck in a rut when things get tense in game situations. He can be gaining yards running, then starts throwing. Vice versa. A panic attack? Loss of focus? I don’t know, but maybe a different way of game planning.
Let’s hope UGA turns it around and what happens in Gainesville won’t matter!


December 13th, 2010
9:22 am

For those that think Muschamp was a bad hire, you’re all going to be shocked. Foley hit a home run, much like he did with Meyer. Nothing can be done about the QB situation next year. It’ll take a year to get a new offensive system in place. The defense will become elite again almost overnight. The talent on UF’s roster is still the best in the nation. ‘11 UF will be like ‘10 LSU. ‘12 UF will be right back to the ‘08 UF level…


December 13th, 2010
9:23 am

Chip, Marquise Williams was named NC player of the year..Vol signee Justin Worley was named the Gatorade National player of the year but was beaten out by teammate Jadevon Clowney for SC P.O.Y…On the coaching front Muschamp and kirby always had a pact which was the first to be a head coach would hire the other as DC..However, things change and that was discussed years ago…Kirby is the leading replacement for Saban should he step aside anytime soon….On a related matter Kirby,Muschamp and Grantham are all good friends and talk by phone often…Muschamp and Kirby actually get alot of their blitz packages from Todd…Gonna’ be hard to hate on Florida as Kirby and Will are friends of mine.

Ol' Wrecks.aka.WrecksNEffect

December 13th, 2010
9:24 am

Fire Paul Johnson
December 13th, 2010
8:57 am
Good insight.

But once again CPJ shows that he doesn’t know anything about how to Recruit at the BCS Level, he gave out a scholly to a PK last yr. (kid from Marist), and with our GT Team having a pressing need at DL, LB, B-Back, WR, and OL, rather than give out another scholly to a PK for the 2nd-yr.-in-a-row, he should use that scholly for a “reach” or a “developmental player” than might pan out at one of those other positions where they might be able to help the Team even more.

The Efficient way to give out schollies for PKs is to sign one every other yr. or every 3rd yr. and then try to get walk-ons to fill in as needed if one of your scholly guys don’t work out.

What this shows is that CPJ doesn’t have FAITH in the PK he gave a scholly to last season.

If he has seen his T-Fr. PK for 12 Games and a yr. worth of practice and thinks he needs to burn another scholly on another PK for a 2nd straight yr., then that tells us how much faith he has in that PK.

Because of the appointment process, Service Academies can sign a very large number of “Recruits” and maybe this is the reason that CPJ is “rough around the edges” when it comes to using his schollies “efficiently” now that he is limited to 25 per yr. and 85 overall.

If that PK from Chatt. accepts CPJ’s offer, GT Fans will wish that that scholly went to bolster another position like LB, DL, WR, etc.

Yet another mistake by CPJ, our so-called “Genius of North Ave.”


December 13th, 2010
9:26 am

Geori…maybe you should do a little research about Temple’s coach Golden before poping off. Great hire for Miami and I hate Miami. Golden is the real deal just like Urban Meyer was when he took the Utah job ,after leaving Bowling Green. Truth be known, I wish he would have waited for a better job. Recruiting has been more difficult for the Canes because of poor facilities, tight budget constraints and lackluster fan support. It is not the same high profile job it was in the 90’s. So many teams have shot right by them and kids know it!!

Indian Mike

December 13th, 2010
9:33 am

It won’t be hard for me. When you work the enemy, you become the enemy! Sorry that is just the way it is. I am not saying that I blame him for taking the job. I am just simply saying that the Gators are the number 1 rival and I cannot wish them success.

Sanford Drive

December 13th, 2010
9:34 am

(((((42-34))))) hahahaha!!!

My Lord, it’s no doubt that Rech DESPERATELY needs a kicker!!!!!

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