Under Armour update: Quan Bray (Auburn), Xzavier Dickson (Bama) say no to UGA’s ‘Dream’

Xzavier Dickson (foreground) listens to White Team coach Mike Ditka before the Under Armour All-Star Game on Wednesday. Apparently Dickson heard "choose Alabama."

Xzavier Dickson (foreground) listens to White Team coach Mike Ditka before the Under Armour All-Star Game on Wednesday. Apparently Dickson heard "choose Alabama."

St. Petersburg, Fla. – Georgia’s attempts at building a Dream Team recruiting class for 2011 got off to a bad start here at the Under Armour All-America Game Wednesday night at Tropicana Field.

Xzavier Dickson, one of the Bulldogs’ main targets in achieving that stated goal, decided to go in another direction. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound defensive end from Griffin chose Alabama over Georgia. The AJC Super 11 made the announcement during the first quarter of this national-televised high school all-star game.

Troup running back Quan Bray, another member of the projected “Dream Team,” chose Auburn over Georgia, Alabama, Florida and LSU.

“I just felt like it was the best fit for me,” Bray told me. “I was comfortable there and I have a real good relationship with all the coaches.”

Dickson and Bray were two of the 10 players from Georgia chosen to play in the Under Armour Game but the only ones from the Peach State to agree to make their college decisions public during the telecast.

Six other Under Armour All-Americans are announcing their choices during the game. The others were wide receiver Devon Blackmon of Fontana, Calif.; WR Jabari Gorman of Mirimar, Fla. (Florida); CB Doran Grant of Akron, Ohio; defensive end Greg Townsend of Los Angeles; and Robenson Therezie of Miami.

Early notes:

  • Valdosta TE Jay Rome was named a captain of the White Team;
  • Rome is also one of six starters from the Peach State. The others are: Carver-Columbus RB Isaiah Crowell, Pope OG Thomas O’Reilly and Carver-Columbus DT Gabe Wright for the Red Team; and Gainesville LB A.J. Johnson and Tucker LB James Vaughters for the White Team.
  • Another NFL legend is participating in the game. Former Atlanta Falcons cornerback Deion Sanders is helping coach the Red Team as a member of coach Steve Mariucci’s staff. Sanders, an Under Armour representative, said he’s been having a blast. He also said he still loves Atlanta and is planning two events there this summer. He’s sponsoring a camp for his youth football organization, “Truth,” for sometime in mid-July. Information can be found at ptasports.org. . . . Around the same time he’s planning what he called a “Thank You, Atlanta” party. Sanders is, of course, up for the Hall of Fame this year. Maybe he knows something.
  • In attempt to get the offenses on track in this year’s game, Under Armour organizers decided to allow G-angle blocking. Essentially that means that guards will be allowed to pull this year and linemen will be able to do more than simply zone block. Defenses – and defensive linemen in particular – have dominated play in the previous three all-star games here. Coaches and organizers are hopeful the new rule will open more running lanes for backs in the game. That’s good news for Crowell, who is splitting carries with Savon Huggins of New Jersey in the Red Team backfield.
  • Stay tuned here all night for news and updates.

And this from Mike Ditka:

NFL legend Mike Ditka, who is serving as head coach of the White Team here at the Under Armour All-America Game, insists he was leaving the coaching to “the real coaches” Wednesday night. But he certainly wasn’t acting like it before the game.

Ditka gave a rousing pregame speech to his 45-player squad of national high school all-stars in the pregame locker room here at Tropicana Field. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution was granted access into the locker room to witness the moment.

Ditka kept it mostly serious and inspirational as he spoke to the group for more than five minutes. Here’s some of what he said:

“You guys are 17- and 18-years-old and you’re playing in front of a national TV audience. Do you understand that? Do you realize how many kids play high school football in America? And you have 45 guys here in this room that are going to play on national TV on ESPN. Only in America. That’s unbelievable. When I was coming up years ago, bnobody would have believed that. So you have a unique opportunity here. Make the best of it.”

He wrapped up by telling them, “I don’t know that much about football but I know this: If you whip your man most of the time you’ll win the battle, and if you win the battle you’ll eventually win the war. So go out there, have fun and win.”

996 comments Add your comment

haters are skaters

January 5th, 2011
6:13 pm

haters are skaters

January 5th, 2011
6:15 pm

chip,

noticed the tweets earlier that rome may announce. anything finalized on that front?

Joshua

January 5th, 2011
6:16 pm

hey chip, plz do keep us posted! So I presume Rome has decided to NOT announce tonight? any news on Ray Drew from the other all american game? and also what a great back at ya to “Ramblor” on the other blog. Go DAWGS!

CBB1

January 5th, 2011
6:23 pm

Ramblor will be at home tonight watching the Thrashers take on FL since no recruits for GA Tech will be on TV tonight. I have a feeling Alabama is going to get all the players from GA though.

GO DAWGS!!!

bwell

January 5th, 2011
6:31 pm

If we can get 4 out the six to come to ga it would be good.

Bitter coin flip

January 5th, 2011
6:39 pm

its heads, im a dawg, just saying

Dion

January 5th, 2011
6:40 pm

I would love for these guys to come to UGA but if Bobo is still calling plays it’s like having Tom Brady playing for the Buffalo Bills. All the talent in the world no good play calling. We have talent now, I would love to add to it, but change has to happen immediately. Muschamp & Weis are already salivating!!

RRTDawgs

January 5th, 2011
6:42 pm

Hey Chip it looks like UGA pulls Zack Wichett scholarship and is no longer committed to the dawgs hope you have some info on this breaking story .

bigtime

January 5th, 2011
6:46 pm

I guess the coin flip is tied at 2 since X Dickson is only flipping once on TV. I’m hungry, heads I get a burger, tails I get pizza.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

January 5th, 2011
6:50 pm

thanks chip for the update on lonnie outlaw in the earlier blog..good to know he’s gotten stronger and is on track.

bigtime

January 5th, 2011
6:53 pm

X Dickson flipping a coin, I feel like I’m gambling

still@the bar

January 5th, 2011
7:03 pm

Ready to see the young kids hit the field.

still@the bar

January 5th, 2011
7:07 pm

I love the UNDER ARMOUR stuff. If you play basketball then be Nike, but Under Armour is the deal for FOOTBALL.

still@the bar

January 5th, 2011
7:09 pm

OK return for Bray.

still@the bar

January 5th, 2011
7:10 pm

This Wittekis supposed to be real good. Want to see what he has.

bigtime

January 5th, 2011
7:12 pm

All the D-line on the red team will benefit from Clowney. Get ready for the flip !

bigtime

January 5th, 2011
7:14 pm

1eyedJack

January 5th, 2011
7:14 pm

Well, that sucked.

naganole

January 5th, 2011
7:14 pm

Sorry guys, it’s about to get worse…

still@the bar

January 5th, 2011
7:15 pm

1st up Dickson. Where does he have that coin? He sounds like an academic all american for sure. RTR Roll Tide Roll. No DAWG leaving the state again. Stacey is doing a GREAT JOB for sure.

UGA What What

January 5th, 2011
7:15 pm

Alabama..Imagine that. Bray will go to Auburn

5IML

January 5th, 2011
7:17 pm

Roll Tide!

It was kinda funny when he said he planned to flip a coin but couldn’t take the chance (that it would land on UGA).

bigtime

January 5th, 2011
7:17 pm

We proudly welcome you to T-Town Xzavier. We are honored to have you put on the crimson jersey and represent The University of Alabama. Roll Tide Lowndes 25, RRTDawgs, and all the nay sayers. Looks like the first domino fell towards Tuscaloosa.

william cranman

January 5th, 2011
7:18 pm

Is it just me or has Rodney Garner lost his touch. You never even hear recruits mention his name anymore. He’s gone from the best recruiter in the SEC to off the radar. Man, ANOTHER one leaves the stste.

william cranman

January 5th, 2011
7:18 pm

RRTDawgs

January 5th, 2011
7:19 pm

I have had it so much for the dream team this is a nightmare first Wichett now this Richt is should be fired and Gander UGA can not seal the deal Bray is going to Auburn i just can not take it any more UGA is a looser .

william cranman

January 5th, 2011
7:19 pm

No committments in 4 months?! Wow.

Fan of the Game

January 5th, 2011
7:19 pm

This game is a circus. I could care less about it. By the way what is the graduation rate of the kids that play in this game?

still@the bar

January 5th, 2011
7:20 pm

He will be playing football at BAMA for a few years then on the mopping sauce on ribs at Dreamland soon enough.

gcs

January 5th, 2011
7:20 pm

Mark Richt’s dream of a “Dream Team” just took it’s first hit.

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5IML

January 5th, 2011
7:21 pm

UGA Dream Team = UGA Pipe Dream

Ramguy

January 5th, 2011
7:21 pm

Some guy using Cam Newton in his display name gives props to NIck Saban. Man that is rich!! You’re not from Ala.

Fan of the Game

January 5th, 2011
7:21 pm

Cam you must be the racist. We don’t need comments like that.

dawgfan

January 5th, 2011
7:22 pm

Are we in some kind of tail spin or what? Unbelievable.

Go Vols!

January 5th, 2011
7:22 pm

People that get wrapped up in recruiting are creepy. How many times have bigtime, CAM…, etc. met Chris Hansen from “Dateline NBC”?

MDAWG24

January 5th, 2011
7:23 pm

Pow! That’s the first shot in the foot with Dickson choosing Bama…

5IML

January 5th, 2011
7:23 pm

I don’t know if Cam is a racist but we all know he’s a capitalist.

bigtime

January 5th, 2011
7:23 pm

RRTDawgs…. Keep your chin up bro it’s going to be ok . UGA needs Jenkins the most just remember that.

saban

January 5th, 2011
7:23 pm

Sorry Puppies, I have decided to take them all.

I will farm the ones I can`t use out to Florida.

1eyedJack

January 5th, 2011
7:24 pm

RRTDawgs, calm down. Wait until the third act is over before you pluck out your hair.

Fan of the Game

January 5th, 2011
7:24 pm

Recruiting Services are nothing but money making outfits.

bigtime

January 5th, 2011
7:25 pm

Go Vols …. Is that how y’all roll in Tennessee bro ? This is a recruiting blog idiot.

Rocky Mountain Bulldog

January 5th, 2011
7:25 pm

Dixson choose Bama. Sadly

still@the bar

January 5th, 2011
7:26 pm

That UGA receiver looks like he will fit right in. Droping passes for first downs.

still@the bar

January 5th, 2011
7:27 pm

Crowell this ain’t no AA GHSA football now is it?

RRTDawgs

January 5th, 2011
7:27 pm

Bigtime i just think the loosing record and Richt future is spooking these kids it is not looking good i agree with dawgster we need some major changes now because its going to get worst .

UpsetDawg

January 5th, 2011
7:27 pm

Did I hear Dickson say that UGA was to big of a risk. Wow!

J Clay

January 5th, 2011
7:27 pm

He must have heard Richt speak today and that was the kicker for him. Richt’s close “I’m going to study more” Saban’s close “We are going to win titles and you will have every chance to play and we will coach you up”

I graduated from UGA and bleed red and black but enough is enough. Perhaps after all these top names still decide against UGA, McGarity will evaluate coaching staff one more time…

still@the bar

January 5th, 2011
7:30 pm

Crowell you better hope some of these teams don’t pull you scholly after watching this game so far.

naganole

January 5th, 2011
7:30 pm

Not getting Dickson or Bray still doesn’t diminish the fact that UGA is getting Rome, Crowell, Drew, or Swann…