Star DE Cornelius Carradine to choose between UGA, FSU and Ohio State today

Cornelius "Tank" Carradine (R) starred along with former Georgia player Zach Mettenberger at Butler County Community College this past season (Photo reprinted with permission by Butler CC/Dewey Price)

Cornelius "Tank" Carradine (R) starred along with former Georgia player Zach Mettenberger at Butler County Community College this past season (Photo reprinted with permission by Butler CC/Dewey Price)

Cornelius “Tank” Carradine will announce his decision between Georgia, Florida State and Ohio State this afternoon.

That’s the word from his high school coach, who will be meeting with the star defensive end from Butler County (Kan.) Community College to discuss those options over the next few hours. Carradine is a 6-foot-5, 265 pound defensive end who is the No. 2-ranked junior college player in America, according Rivals.com.

“Everyone is wanting to know what he’s going to do,” said Mike Martin, Carradine’s coach at Taft High in Cincinnati. “He’s a hot commodity. He’s a defense end who wreaks havoc when he gets to the quarterback and everybody wants that.”

Carradine led the National Junior College Athletic Association with 16 quarterback sacks as a sophomore this season. He recorded 109 tackles — including 20 for loss — for Butler, which finished No. 2 in the nation after losing to Navarro in the junior college national championship on Dec. 5.

Carradine took at official visit to Georgia late last week. He also took an official to FSU a couple of weeks ago. He did not take an official to Ohio State “but he has been there so many times,” Martin said.

“From what I gather, I think Ohio State is in third right now, which means it’s a tie between Florida State and Georgia,” said Martin, who said he’d just hung up with Alabama making a last-ditch pitch. “But that’s just from what he’s been saying. It’s his decision and he could do anything. What we’re doing today is sitting down and going over everything so he can make the decision that’s best for him.”

Carradine, who signed with Illinois out of high school but did not qualify, will be a midyear enrollee. So wherever he chooses he will be on their campus in January.

Georgia would appear to present a prime opportunuty for Carradine. The Bulldogs are expected to lose junior Justin Houston, the SEC’s sack leader, to the NFL when underclassmen have to declare next month They’re also losing Demarcus Dobbs, Kiante Tripp and Brandon Woods to graduation.

“He called me from his visit down there to check in with me and said it was good and he liked everything he saw,” Martin said. “But he said that everywhere he went. He’s been all over the place with this decision. It’s been a little bit overwhelming for him because he wants to play in the NFL and he knows it’s a big decision.”

Sometime this afternoon, we’ll all find out which way he goes.

227 comments Add your comment

RxDawg

December 15th, 2010
10:39 am

Well, sounds good. I hope he’s a Dawg!

RxDawg

December 15th, 2010
10:41 am

Oooo, Im first! Yay, all that hard work has finally paid off! I can now die a contempt man. This is the best Christmas ever!

I’d like to thank all my fans for your support. I couldn’t of done it without you. You mean the world to me… really.

Then I’d like to thank my parents. They always believed in me.

Life is good on top.

Sanford Drive

December 15th, 2010
10:42 am

(((((42-34))))) hahahahahahahaha

Johnny Too Good

December 15th, 2010
10:43 am

UGA would be the place to go if he wants to see the field immediately, but would he fit the 3-4 defense?
FSU and OSU play a base 4-3 right?

http://www.youtube.com/user/ThatsJohnAnderson

BigTimeTECHFan

December 15th, 2010
10:43 am

Rx – That was my Christmas gift to you, I held back so you would enjoy the 1st.

DDPO

December 15th, 2010
10:44 am

He’ll pick FSU

BigTimeTECHFan

December 15th, 2010
10:45 am

FSU or UGA, GT amy have to deal with this dude one way or the other. plus plau OSU for National Championship next year.

BigTimeTECHFan

December 15th, 2010
10:46 am

FSU or UGA, GT may have to deal with this dude one way or the other. plus play OSU for National Championship next year.

Vick=Dog killing thug

December 15th, 2010
10:47 am

Got to think the dawgs have a good shot at this guy?

Bryan G.

December 15th, 2010
10:50 am

UGA needs this guy and basically everyone else they’ve targeted. A huge recruiting year is a must

SEC fan

December 15th, 2010
10:50 am

If he can only “weak” havoc I sure wouldn’t want him. Just saying…

Georgia Tech 4EVR

December 15th, 2010
10:51 am

What!!!!!! This kid didn’t qualify for Illinois!!!

Glad he doesn’t want to come to Tech, because we ONLY recruit the top STUDENT-Athletes!!! *SNORT* ALl our football players have a tough decision when they graduate, to play in the NFL, or make more money with thei Engineering Degrees!! *SNORT* This kid will fit right in at UGA, where all they do is party!! *SNORT*

WORLD OF WARCRAFT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sounds like UGA material

December 15th, 2010
10:51 am

JUCO player….Can always tell where the quality schools are by whom gets accepted. First, “Housing Majors” and now JUCO player…and you call yourself a quality education. LOL

RxDawg

December 15th, 2010
10:51 am

Thanks BigTime.

And good luck with the Buckeye’s next year.

naganole

December 15th, 2010
10:57 am

Was a big FSU lean, but UGA made some headway last weekend. Gonna be close…

swimdawg68

December 15th, 2010
10:57 am

This kid wants to play in the NFL, the best place for him is UGA under Gratham, a veteran NFL coach who knows what it takes to get to and play in the next level. Most of the NFL defenses are a 3-4 not a 4-3 as played by FSU and OSU. The big question, get we get him in school?

Georgia Tech 4EVR

December 15th, 2010
10:58 am

OMG!!!! *SNORT* I bet this kid doesn’t even know Calculus!!!!!! *SNORT*

TWILIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Matthews Dawg

December 15th, 2010
10:58 am

That a baby RXDawg!! It’s always great to be #1!! Go Dawgs

Kirby Smart, UGA turned me down, on my way to Gators!

December 15th, 2010
10:59 am

At this point who cares if he comes to UGA, it’s still Mark Richt coaching him, yes, sad but true!

Sanford Drive

December 15th, 2010
10:59 am

Naganole……

you think EVERYBODY is a “major” FSU lean.

How did running the option in the ACC championship game work out for you?

BigTimeTECHFan

December 15th, 2010
10:59 am

Small Town Friday Night – see photo with post, He and Zac are on same team at Butler.

AltamahaDawg

December 15th, 2010
11:00 am

Life is pretty good looking slightly up at the top, too. Hang in there buddy!

UGA Indsider

December 15th, 2010
11:00 am

Did anyone see the cheap shot Will Muschamp took at my UGA Bulldawgs yesterday? He said he must have had “temporary insanity” while at UGA, LSU and Auburn. Nice one Will!! I was your frat brother and the guy who stood up for you at 3am at 5 points Waffle House while everyone else in their was heckling you and threatening you. Chris Doering lit you up that afternoon for about 50+ points and you stunk up the field. For some reason me and a few others had your back. Now this…..You owe UGA everything you have because no one else in the SEC would give you a shot. I hung out with you, Whit Marshall and Eric Zeier on many occasions and you used to love UGA more than life itself. Don’t get too comfy down there…. They may love you now down there but if don’t win 10 or 11 next season….watch out!

Kirby Smart, UGA turned me down, on my way to Gators!

December 15th, 2010
11:01 am

Grantham? Didn’t his “D” choke vs Gators? NOT THE KICKER! I’m gonna bring a D to G’ville likes ya’ll never seen, cancel your trip to Jacksonville next year, no need to go when it will be 19-3 last 22!

Gerald

December 15th, 2010
11:01 am

Don’t know why UGA is even offering this guy. 265 lbs. is too small for DE in the 3-4, and he almost certainly doesn’t run well enough to be an OLB. It would be one thing if he were straight out of high school at 265 lbs. because you’d have a year or three to redshirt him and get him up to at least 275 so he could rotate in at LDE. But a JUCO … he is probably as big as he is going to get.
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Marcel Dareus is 305 lbs. That is what you want at DE in the 3-4.

AltamahaDawg

December 15th, 2010
11:02 am

Ha (didn’t see you were da man) yes, contempt.

BigTimeTECHFan

December 15th, 2010
11:02 am

UGA Indsider – Dude it was a joke, he was trying to break in with the Florida fans. was not a dig on the other teams.

naganole

December 15th, 2010
11:03 am

@swimdawg68 lol

@Sanford Drive Felt better than losing to UF. How’d that game go for y’all?

Mr. Webster

December 15th, 2010
11:03 am

RxDawg

December 15th, 2010
10:41 am
Oooo, Im first! Yay, all that hard work has finally paid off! I can now die a contempt man. This is the best Christmas ever!
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contempt???

Kirby Smart, UGA turned me down, on my way to Gators!

December 15th, 2010
11:04 am

Frat brother fighting in a Waffle House? Do tell, embellish us morons with more of your propensity for proclimations oh Insider one!

Gerald

December 15th, 2010
11:06 am

Sanford Drive:
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You won’t be laughing next season when FSU has an entire offseason to put in an offense that fits E.J. Manuel’s skills. Had it not been for the Bobby Bowden mess, Manuel would have been FSU’s QB a long time ago.

Sanford Drive

December 15th, 2010
11:06 am

Gerald,

the same thing could have been said about Rnnie Curran. And how did that work out??

Kirby Smart, UGA turned me down, on my way to Gators!

December 15th, 2010
11:06 am

Tell Jan Kemp I’ forgot to return my coloring books to the school library, how much is the overdue fine?

Jesse Stone

December 15th, 2010
11:06 am

From the picture, it looks like they play their games on a baseball field.

bass stringerfish

December 15th, 2010
11:06 am

Insider…WELL said.

Sanford Drive

December 15th, 2010
11:09 am

OK, since we are taking that approach,

Just wait and see the offense UGA will install to meet the capabilities of Aaron Murray. Dud e can scramble his tail off. If Isaiah Crowell comes in, just wait and see the hybrid Pro/Spread sets that will take place.

Of course, you forget Mark Richt was the reason FSU had such great offenses in the past, and they have downward spiraled since he left. Look for Richt to takemore ownership of the offense this spring/summer.

FSU is not the only team capable of making improvements to fit their QB

kennesawjoe

December 15th, 2010
11:09 am

Thanks for the info naganole. Naganole usually gives accurate insight so cut him some slack Sanford.

Gerald

December 15th, 2010
11:10 am

UGA Indsider:
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Oh please. It is not all about you or your team, ok? Muschamp has been at LSU, Auburn, Texas and is now at Florida … you know programs that actually contend for and win titles. UGA is the furthest thing from his mind right now, primarily because he knows that so long as Richt is the coach, he can basically beat UGA just by showing up. Look, Sly Croom at Mississippi State had a better record against RON ZOOK at Florida than Richt does.
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Muschamp is thinking about getting by teams like FSU, Auburn, Alabama, LSU, Tennessee, Arkansas and South Carolina. No reason to even bother with worrying about UGA, Kentucky, Vanderbilt and similar.

RxDawg

December 15th, 2010
11:12 am

Mr. Webster
December 15th, 2010
11:03 am

lol, sorry Webster. I ment content.

DiggityDawgDawg

December 15th, 2010
11:14 am

@naganole FSU is irrelevant, and you play in an irrelevant conference. FSU has 93 wins since 2000. UGA has 104. UGA is 4th all time with 26 bowl wins, FSU is 9th with 22. Move it along.

KimZ'spackage

December 15th, 2010
11:16 am

Great another HOUSING major. Maybe he will try Magazines, Consumer Economics, or really push himself and go for Health Promotion.

RRTDawgs

December 15th, 2010
11:17 am

Hey naganole with FSU just about full do think Tank will most likely choose the dawgs as several players leave for the NFL like Justin Houston .

Gerald

December 15th, 2010
11:17 am

Sanford Drive:
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Ummmm … no. Different ballpark. 4-3 defenses, especially the version that Willie Martinez was trying to run, use undersized middle linebackers all the time. In that defense, you only need your MLB to go from sideline to sideline, not to rush the passer or to do much in coverage. Plus Curran actually is a good athlete. Not a great one, but a good one.
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That is nothing like putting a 265 lb. DE in a 3-4 defense. In Martinez’s defense, the job of the DLs was to keep the OLs off Curran, so Curran can run around and make plays. In a 3-4 defense, it would be Carradine’s job to occupy those 320 lb. OGs and OTs that you guys have in the SEC so the LBs can make plays.
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Look, if this guy was considering Georgia Tech, maybe, because you could have the argument that he is such a good athlete that perhaps he can overpower the smaller and lesser talented OLs in the ACC, and if that doesn’t work, maybe he can drop a few pounds and play OLB in the ACC. But in the SEC? And particularly in an SEC where everyone has gotten acclimated to going against Nick Saban 3-4 defenses for the past 10 years? Sorry, the guy doesn’t have a chance as a 265 lb. 3-4 DE in the SEC. ACC? Maybe. Pac-10? Maybe. Big 12? Maybe. Big East? Maybe. Mid-major? Definitely. But in the Big 10 or the SEC, the conferences that send the most OLs to the NFL? Not a chance.

naganole

December 15th, 2010
11:19 am

@Sanford Drive lol @ Richt having to do with out success. Our defense made us great. Heck, the offense he ran was designed for us by Brad Scott. Try again…

@DiggityDawgDawg I’m sorry, but taking about FSU prior to Jimbo becoming a head coach is irrelevant. Nice you brought up bowl wins. Did you know UGA has been playing football for 50 more years than FSU? 4 more wins over 50 years. I’m impressed…

Sign of a desperate program

December 15th, 2010
11:20 am

Times must be desperate when you need a JUCO reprobate to save a coaches butt.

naganole

December 15th, 2010
11:20 am

@RRTDawgs I still expect Carradine to choose FSU…

JaxDawg

December 15th, 2010
11:22 am

He is going to FSU but I would rather have Jenkins anyway and I think we will get him. We need a beg NT for the 3-4.

1eyedJack

December 15th, 2010
11:24 am

Waffle House at 3 a.m. is where you go after getting lit up all afternoon and then getting lit in the evening. Where else does one get a hardy breakfast at that hour?

We must all have waffles and think, each and every one of us to the very best of his ability!

Big Harry Thompson

December 15th, 2010
11:24 am

We better get this big boy…we sure need him.

And all yall Tech boys talkin bad about us taking JUCO kids dont know nothin…JUCO is a great way of preparin kids for college and this guy is probably really smart now after all his JUCO time.

Paul in RDU

December 15th, 2010
11:27 am

Chip – How common is it for UGA or GT to sign JUCO transfers?