Ten@10: Quan Bray, Xzavier Dickson uncertain on eve of announcements

Troup RB Quan Bray has been displaying his versatility by also playing wide receiver and returning kicks during Under Armour practices this week. (AJC photo by Alex Menendez/alexmenendez@mac.com)

Troup RB Quan Bray has been displaying his versatility by also playing wide receiver and returning kicks during Under Armour practices this week. (AJC photo by Alex Menendez/alexmenendez@mac.com)

THE TEN AT 10:

1. At least two of the 10 members of the Georgia contingent here in Orlando practicing for the Under Armour All-American Game plan to make their college announcements during Wednesday night’s contest at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. Quan Bray, a running back from Troup High in LaGrange, and Xzavier Dickson, a defensive end/outside linebacker from Griffin, both claim they don’t know who their choice will be on the eve of those announcements.

“I honestly don’t know right now,” said Bray, who claims he’s still considering Alabama, Auburn, Florida Georgia and LSU. “I’m still thinking about it.” Most believe it has come down to Auburn and Georgia for Bray. Those are the only two schools he has visited. Bray (5-foot-11, 180 pounds) said it will come down to “where I see myself getting on the field and playing the fastest.”

Dickson also lists Auburn among his finalists, but it appears to be an Alabama-Georgia battle for the 6-4, 240-pound AJC Super 11 selection. Alternately he hollered “Roll Tide” and “Go Dawgs” during media interviews on Monday, all the while wearing his now-familiar Georgia toboggan cap. “There’s a lot of Georgia guys down here and they’re putting their work in on us. They’re trying to get everybody.”

2. Technically Mitchell County WR Justin Scott-Wesley is the only Under Armour All-American who has committed to Georgia. But Dickson claims several others are silently committed to the Bulldogs, or at least heavy leans. “I think a good bit of them already have their minds made up and are trying to coax other guys in with them,” he said.

Leading that effort, Dickson said, is five-star tight end Jay Rome of Valdosta. Rome admits that Georgia leads and that he’s “really close” to making a decision. In fact, Rome said he considered making an announcement in Orlando. “I thought about it while I have been here and I prayed about it a couple of times,” he said. “I might, but more than likely I won’t.” Rome said he plans to still make an official visit to Clemson and possibly Tennessee.

3. Bray played quarterback at Callaway High before transferring to Troup this past season, where he played running back. But at the Under Armour All-American Game this week he’s playing a lot of wide receiver. In fact, he made one of the best catches of the day with a diving over-the-shoulder grab for a touchdown in one-on-one passing drills. “I can play wide receiver,” Bray said. “But I’m still a running back.”

4. There is a lot of speculation that Isaiah Crowell is a heavy Georgia lean, especially now that four-star RB Dee Hart of Orlando switched his commitment from Michigan to Alabama recently. While that may indeed be true, Crowell made it clear he still intends to make three official visits and won’t make a decision before national signing day. Crowell said he’ll take officials to Alabama on the 14th, Georgia on the 21st and Auburn on the 28th. “I expect them to be crazy,” Crowell said of those visits. “But I’ve just got to be humbled and be focused and stay on the right track.”

5. Georgia Tech commitment Vad Lee continues to be one of the most impressive recruits I’ve followed this season. The Durham, N.C., quarterback, who led his Hillside High team to a 16-0 record and state championship this past season, continued to stand out in the Offense-Defense All-America Bowl last weekend in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Lee (6-2, 200) completed 10-of-14 passes for 213 yards and also rushed six times for 86 yards and two scores, including a 58-yard jaunt. One of his scoring throws went for 51 yards to UGA commitment and AJC Super 11 selection Chris Conley.

“The school I’m going to knows what I can do,” Lee told 247Sports.com. “, I just came out here and played my game. I’m excited. All I have to do is get bigger, stronger and faster for the ACC. I showed my running ability and my passing skills and what we’re going to be doing at Georgia Tech in the future.”

6. A.J. Johnson earned Super 11 recognition at Gainesville as a middle linebacker and the plan if for him play that position at Tennessee. But he’s playing some at defensive end in the Under Armour Game this week and it’s long been speculated that could be an ideal position for this 6-3, 235-pound athlete. “One of the defensive ends here got hurt, so they’ve been playing me out there a little bit,” Johnson said. “I don’t mind helping out but I love playing middle linebacker. You’ve got the two best in Georgia playing on the same team in me and James [Vaughters].”

7. One “sleeper” recruit to keep an eye on might be Camden County lineman D.J. Glover. He has been linked to Georgia Southern and Southern University (visiting Jan. 14) recently and has offers from Southern Louisiana, Missouri State, Valdosta State and Albany State. But one is left to wonder if this 6-foot-4, 340-pound athlete might be able to play at an even higher level. He was named first-team Class AAAAA all-state by both The AJC and The Associated Press and was the best lineman on a team that put up 42 points on both Central Miami and St. Thomas Aquinas this season. Middle Tennessee is reportedly inquiring. Stay tuned.

8. Starr’s Mill offensive lineman Alex Barr committed to N.C. State over the holidays, coach Chad Phillips confirmed. Barr (6-7, 280) at one time was committed to Vanderbilt. “He was,” Phillips said. “But when coach [Robbie] Caldwell wasn’t retained and that staff was fired, they recommended him to N.C. State. They invited him up there for an official visit the weekend before Christmas, offered him right away and he jumped on it.”

9. Georgia State received its fourth commitment of the 2011 class recently from place-kicker Christian Benvenuto of Palm Coast, Fla., the Daytona Beach News Journal reports. Benvenuto (6-2, 190), who also punts, was 5-of-8 on field goals and 25 of 26 on extra points, according to the newspaper. Benvenuto was also getting recruiting interest from Auburn and Georiga Southern. He is the fourth commitment for the Panthers’ class of 2011.

10. THIS & THAT: Mitchell will reveal his choice between Georgia and Alabama on Jan. 13 at Valdosta High. He is making an official visit to Alabama this weekend. . . . Mitchell, who is playing wide receiver at the Under Armour, sat out much of Monday’s practice due to a mild ankle sprain, but says he’s going to be able to play Wednesday. . . . UGA offered Lee County senior WR Sanford Seay over the weekend, according to the Albany Herald. Seay (6-2, 190) was named Class AAAA all-state after logging 68 receptions and 1,105 yards and 15 touchdowns this past season. . . .

The annual Under Armour Skills Challenge was conducted Monday after at the the Wide World of Sports but  it won’t be shown on television until tonight at 9 on ESPN2. Spoiler alert — here’s who won, but you’ll have to watch to see what they did: “Pass Attack” — Brett Hundley (Chandler, Ariz./UCLA); “Obstacle Course” — Travis Hughes (Virginia Beach, Va./N. Carolina); “Lineman Strength Challenge” — Cyrus Kouandjio (Hyattsville, Md./Undecided); “Hands Competition”– Eli Rogers (Miami, Fla./Louisville). . . . . . . Keyshawn Johnson was scheduled to be an assistant coach for Mike Ditka and the White team at the Under Armour but withdrew late due to a “scheduling conflict,” organizers said. . . .

Practices for Saturday’s first annual Rising Seniors Bowl at Hallford Stadium commence this week. . . . The Metro Atlanta All-Star Game between Fulton County and Atlanta Public Schools will be played Saturday. Among the participants will be Georgia Tech commitment Darrius Caldwell, a defensive end from Mays.

College Recruiting By Chip Towers

160 comments Add your comment

jarvis

January 4th, 2011
10:08 am

Come to Georgia. We’ll have a new coach before you leave…I promise.

johnny too good

January 4th, 2011
10:14 am

Camden’s Glover is legit, scouts are definitely sleeping on him

http://www.youtube.com/user/ThatsJohnAnderson <<< other players overlooked by scouts

ATLANTA

January 4th, 2011
10:15 am

johnny too good

January 4th, 2011
10:16 am

also I think alot of guys are just waiting to see what the others are gonna do, their might even be some collaboration like how lebron, wade, and bosh set up the miami decision

http://www.youtube.com/user/ThatsJohnAnderson <<< other players overlooked by scouts

Brooksdawg

January 4th, 2011
10:16 am

The biggest recruit for Ga is===offensive cord===offensive line coach===running back coach==receiver coach.

Joe

January 4th, 2011
10:17 am

Quan Bray will announce Auburn tomorrow night. Mark it down.

bigtime

January 4th, 2011
10:17 am

Good Job Chip

ROLL TIDE Xzavier Dickson and Malcolm Mitchell

CPJ speaks from the heart

January 4th, 2011
10:17 am

Enter your comments here

Frank

January 4th, 2011
10:18 am

Excellent read, hoping all of the kids realize that UGA may be down right now, but we will rise again and it will be sooner rather than later.

THWGT

Joe Mayo

January 4th, 2011
10:20 am

Chip,

WALB in Albany is reporting that Sanford Seay, a WR from Leesburg is committing to UGA.

http://www.walb.com/Global/story.asp?S=13776408

Hankie Aron

January 4th, 2011
10:20 am

Thanks Chip nice job. Always look forward to the Ten @ 10

Hankie Aron

January 4th, 2011
10:23 am

Thanks Joe Mayo. Appreciate that

Score Check

January 4th, 2011
10:24 am

I truly believe if these prospects come to UGA they can be difference makers. And will see early playing time (Boise State)

D A Double U G

January 4th, 2011
10:27 am

I think this “Dream Team” is a bit more of a reality than all the haters realize.

Good News Chip.

GO DAWGS!!!

Joe Mayo

January 4th, 2011
10:28 am

Chip, do you have an idea what the number of schollys UGA has left (total – current commits)?

D A Double U G

January 4th, 2011
10:30 am

Chip,

What time is the game and on what channel?? ESPNU is not showing anything on their guide until Friday at 1pm????

NFL futures end in Athens

January 4th, 2011
10:33 am

Any player that commits to UGA is virtually insuring himself that he will never wear a ring with “National Champions” on it.

bigtime

January 4th, 2011
10:33 am

It’s on ESPN at 7

bigtime

January 4th, 2011
10:34 am

ESPN @ 7 pm tomorrow

D A Double U G

January 4th, 2011
10:34 am

Never mind, Chip.

Game is carried by ESPN, not the U, tomorrow at 7pm.

Honest Abe

January 4th, 2011
10:35 am

Let’s be totally objective–the best place for most of these highly rated recuits is Georgia. Seriously. If you are a talented recruit, you will get your best opportunity to play immediately, play in the SEC and be credited with a huge turnaround at UGA. This certainly will enhance one’s chances of playing in the NFL. The Bulldogs need immediate help at RB, WR, DL (nose guard), OL, DE and LB. Contrary to current opinion, UGA is not that far away from an upward surge. A few key players, a little confidence and resulting swagger, a good Spring in the weight room, and UGA could be challenging for the SEC championship.

D A Double U G

January 4th, 2011
10:36 am

NFL futures,

You’re right son. UGA has NEVER sent players to the NFL, nor will they ever.

Dekalb football fan

January 4th, 2011
10:36 am

Alabama will slip back down next year due to the NFL draft. The recrcruits have to realize that before Ingram , Julio and some of the players that are leaving stepped up and played well Alabama was a laughing stock. These Ga. Boys need to represent the home state and sign with Ga. If you are a top player and you play to your 4or 5 star rating then things at Ga. Can change in a hurry. The main thing That needs to happen is Mark Richt showing more fire for the game or get out.

bigtime

January 4th, 2011
10:37 am

Joe Mayo…. Not Chip but Scout, Rivals, and ESPNU showing 16 UGA commitments but that is without the wide receiver referred to earlier in the comments.

Richie

January 4th, 2011
10:37 am

Javas
R u going to write a big ck. to get another coach?I dont think so big boy!!!!!

South GA Dawg

January 4th, 2011
10:39 am

If UGA offered Seay then it could meen Mitchel is Bama bound. I watched Mitchell play this year and he did not impress me at all. I think there are alot of better recievers available this year. He may be overrated, could be wrong.

johnny too good

January 4th, 2011
10:41 am

@bigtime…. and he’s relatively unknown, did he make all-state or all region?

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

jarvis

January 4th, 2011
10:41 am

Richie, I write a big check every year. I won’t be taking lip from the armchair fans about donating.

BullDawgRick

January 4th, 2011
10:41 am

I have to believe that if these young men want to get on the field ASAP, UGA is the place..

I also have to belive that this Spring CMR will open EVERY position for competition..

SO – UGA is the Place for these young men…

Just Sayin!

BufordKing

January 4th, 2011
10:42 am

I hope UGA can land a great class …. lord knows we need some positive news after the season of a arrests – including our former morally corrupt AD – under-achieving, under-motivated and under-coached team.

I think I am ready for a new wave of bulldogs to root for – including a new staff. The fall of this program is inexcusable.

I friend told me that UGA fans are unrealistic – they think they should win a NC every year! My response is NO – our fans have the same expectations as Florida fans, LSU fans, Auburn fans, Tennessee fans and Alabama fans.

What are those expectations?
1. To be relevant in both league and national play.
2. When the chips fall our way – to be in the hunt for National Title – knowing that it takes some luck and it happens only once in a while (see Florida, LSU, Auburn I hope Auburn wins this year) and Alabama.
3. To have players that are serious and proud of wearing a red helment with the Georgia forward G on it’s sides.
4. To have disciplined players on and OFF the field – that represent UGA in fine fashion.
5. To have a coaching staff that coaches up it’s players – deals out tough love when needed – and focusses on excellence on and off the field.

Now I ask you a question – If you are a recruit – and you just watched UGA march 95 yards down the field against UCF – and have 4th and inches on the 3 yard line – and the coach calls for a field goal:
1. What does that say about a coach?
2. Playing to win? Playing not to lose?
3. What message does that send to the O-Line?
4. Even if you do not get the first down – you leave UCF in horrible field position!!! Is this the type of program you want to commit to?

I hate to say it – as frustrating and the season has been – this bowl game left me totally AMBIVALENT about the leadership of UGA football and it’s players. To me – it was the final straw – Time for a change.

1eyedJack

January 4th, 2011
10:42 am

I’m thinking Seay is like Lonnie Outlaw, Ga. Military bound.

bigdsel

January 4th, 2011
10:43 am

That’s right recruits, Roll over the tide and come straight to UGA and Play right away. We’ll have fun in the Chick fila kick off game.

bigtime

January 4th, 2011
10:44 am

Dekalb football fan…… You do realize that Mike Shula was the coach before those players got to Bama. Those players were in Saban’s 1st true recruiting class ( he was hire a month before signing day the year before) Bama will be just fine next year. I would not be worried about another team if I were you.

RRTDawgs

January 4th, 2011
10:44 am

I hear that Seay could go JUCO i think Mitchell joins his teammate Rome and joins the master plan Corey Moore has secrets and knows were his friend and teammate is going go dawgs .

RxDawg

January 4th, 2011
10:46 am

Should be fun.

Some of our big recruits have some official visits to other schools right before signing day. That makes me a little nervous. Never the less, looks like UGA is going to have a pretty good class this year.

dawgs85

January 4th, 2011
10:49 am

D A Double U G

January 4th, 2011
10:50 am

Sounds to me like it frustrates the daylights out of Tech fans that we UGA fans are still optimistic about the future in Athens.

In a year where ALL UGA has to brag about is beating Tech, the only thing Tech has to brag about is the fact that the only thing UGA has to brag about is beating Tech…… follow that??

Techie nerds truly are like a bull, who fume with rage and jealousy when they see the color Red. And unfortunately for them, it’s not going away like they think it should.

DawginLex

January 4th, 2011
10:50 am

Anybody have a list they could post of redshirted players that we could see on the field next year?

Malcome-RB
Thornton-DE

Those two I know of. Any others that could realistically help us?

RxDawg

January 4th, 2011
10:53 am

“In a year where ALL UGA has to brag about is beating Tech, the only thing Tech has to brag about is the fact that the only thing UGA has to brag about is beating Tech…… follow that??”

LOL D A. That’s good stuff =D

tide roll

January 4th, 2011
10:54 am

Great work Chip, Thanks.

RxDawg

January 4th, 2011
10:55 am

Lex, I would of added TJ Stripling to that list but since his injury I’m not sure if he’ll be game ready by next year or not. I guess we’ll have to see.

Another name I’d watch for is Garrison Smith (I think that’s right). He actually isn’t a redshirt and played sparingly this year. I think he’ll be a force pretty soon.

Man, If we could just get a big nose tackle to plug up that middle I think our D would be right where we need it. We also need to replace a few secondary guys as well.

Joe Mayo

January 4th, 2011
10:56 am

Who is Corey Moore?

bigtime

January 4th, 2011
10:56 am

RRTDawgs…We’ll see how Malcom Mitchell’s official visit to Bama goes this weekend before his decision next Thursday. Remember he is not from Georgia but from the Tampa Fl area so he isn’t as attached to DAWGS as his teammate. He will be in Bama next year with Xzavier Dickson. Roll Tide

RRTDawgs

January 4th, 2011
10:58 am

Hey Chip do have any info on Ja’ Juan Story i know he started looking around is UGA still recruiting him .

NFL futures end in Athens

January 4th, 2011
10:58 am

Lets just call it like it is, In the past the UGA program signed players who have gone on to NFL careers, but now the talent level is subpar, the coaching is subpar, the facilities are subpar, the program is in total disarray, and more than 50% chance either the Head Coach and his staff or part of the staff in place today will not be in place this time next year. Every other school in the SEC with the exception of Vanderbilt has better coaching staffs than the one currently at Georgia( Grantham excluded from that statement).

The off the field issues have made their way onto the field and have a direct correlation to wins, losses and issues suffered by the program as it stands.

Be smart and sign with anyother SEC school and your fortunes will greatly improved in the long term.

1eyedJack

January 4th, 2011
10:58 am

DawginLex;

Brent Benedict OT
Michael Bennett SE
Brandon Burrows DE
Dexter Morant DE

Though not redshirted I think T.J. Stripling OLB could help if recovered from the knee injury.

Fed Up with the UGA

January 4th, 2011
11:00 am

Dawg Lex,

We do not have a list of redshirts but we do have a list of the arrests this past year. This has been the worst year I can remember for the UGA program in my lifetime of over 50 years, including the Jan Kemp days.

Fed Up with the UGA

January 4th, 2011
11:04 am

Chip,

There is no other program whose future is so dependent on what players sign on National Signing Day than our beloved Bulldogs. When your future is tied to 18 and 19 years olds making critical decisions you can guarantee the program has reached critical state. We are treading water and if these kids do not throw us a life jacket we will sink.

DawginLex

January 4th, 2011
11:07 am

Fed up,

We are all upset with going 6-7. Worst year in 50+ years?

I’d debate that. 1990? 4-7

How about the year we went to the bowl and lost to Miami of OHIO?

I’m not saying the heat is not on Richt but Dooley had his share of crap too.

Goff too.
Donnan too.

How about 2000?

“I’ve waited all my life to coach a team like this one.” Really Jim?

Sanford Drives Drunk

January 4th, 2011
11:07 am

BREY
How bout a school where you don’t have to take class any harder than 8th grade earth science.
Please all you guy say you are going to be Dawgs. I will wait to see who is really a dawg when pen meets paper. All these georgia kids know richt is on his last leg abd bobo is gone with him.