Ten@10: Valdosta’s Jay Rome, Malcolm Mitchell to announce choices on Jan. 20 (updated)

THE TEN AT 10:

1. AJC Super 11 tight end Jay Rome of Valdosta plans to announce his college decision next Thursday. That just happens to be the same day that teammate Malcolm Mitchell is also making his decision.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll be announcing together and certainly is no assurance they’ll end up in the same place.

Mitchell, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound wide receiver who is No. 6 in the recent AJC Fab 50 rankings, confirmed to the AJC that he will make his announcement at 7 p.m. next Thursday at the Hibachi Grill and Buffet in Valdosta.  Rome (6-6, 240), who is No. 3 in the AJC rankings, is unsure of the time and place for his announcement. He’s agreed to have it televised by ESPNU and the details haven’t yet been worked out. ESPNU has also reached out to Mitchell about joining Rome for an on-air announcement. But Mitchell tells me he doesn’t want to change his current plans.

In the meantime, both players are scheduled to make official visits to Alabama this weekend. But they’re also not doing that together. Mitchell will be there Friday through Sunday while Rome is going Saturday through Monday.

Both players told me nothing should be read into the fact they are making the same final visit or the announcing on the same day.

“Nah,” Rome said. “It doesn’t mean anything.”

Rome, who is also considering Clemson, Georgia and Tennessee, told me in Orlando last week that UGA was his leader. Alabama and Georgia are both in play for Mitchell.

2. It’s less than three weeks until signing day but the accusations of oversigning are already starting to be directed at Alabama again. According to the website Oversigning.com, the Crimson Tide are already over their scholarship limit by 12 based on commitments to this point. They have 23 players currently committed — including two “greyshirts” from last year’s signing class — but only 11 current openings on the roster, according to the website. Of course, there can never be more than 85 players on grants-in-aid at any school at any time. So that means Alabama will have to find some creative ways to open up scholarships for the new players coming in. That’s something the Crimson Tide has been criticized for in articles by the Wall Street Journal and other media outlets.

3. One of those greyshirts that enrolled at Alabama just this week is Macon-Westside wide receiver Ronald Carswell. That means he did not attend college anywhere after signing with the Crimson Tide last February and delayed his enrollment until now. Carswell (6-0, 185) had 714 yards receiving and 7 TDs as a senior in 2009. He is one of eight new players to enroll at Alabama this month.

4. In case you missed it, East Paulding offensive lineman Taylor Gadbois committed to Miami last weekend. The 6-foot-7, 285-pound tackle pledged the Hurricanes while on his official visit to Coral Gables.

“I knew I was going to do it while I was down there,” Gadbois said. “Me and my parents had talked and we decided I was going to go ahead and commit. So when I got a chance to meet with Coach [Al] Golden, I told him I wanted to be a Hurricane. I’ve always been a really big fan of Miami.”

Gadbois was a late bloomer in terms of recruiting interest after sitting out his junior season. Georgia Tech was one of the first teams to step up when it offered him last October. Since then Gadbois entertained close to 10 offers, including the Hurricanes, who finally came forth with a scholarship on Dec. 22.

“I was really excited about it when UM called,” Gadbois said. “I love Coach Golden. He’s a great guy. He’s intense 24-7.”

As we dig out from one of the biggest winter storms in years, it should come as no surprise that the weather was one of factors favoring Miami. “It was just beautiful down there,” he said. “Seventy-five degrees, a nice breeze, just gorgeous.”

5. Don’t be surprised to see Demontevious Smith commit to Georgia Tech over the weekend. The 6-1, 185-pound quarterback, who is taking an official visit to Tech this weekend, told JacketsOnline.com he’s down to Virginia Tech and the Yellow Jackets for his final. Georgia Tech hasn’t offered yet but they are No. 1 on his wish list. Meanwhile, while the Hokies are interested in Smith as a cornerback, Tech likes his as a quarterback. Only Tevin Washington and Synjyn Days return at quarterback next season and Vad Lee is the only commitment expected to play the position next fall. Commitment Airyn Willis played quarterback in high school, however.

6. Ricky Parks stars at quarterback for Callaway but doesn’t seem that interested in playing the position in college. “UGA, Clemson and South Carolina are recruiting me as a tight end, but Florida likes me at quarterback,” the 6-foot-5, 210-pound junior told the AJC’s S. Thomas Coleman. “I prefer tight end. But I like the things [Florida] did with Trey Burton. He lined up in a lot of positions. I could see myself doing that.”

Parks was one of the standout players in the inaugural AT&T/Rising Seniors Dot-com Georgia Junior Bowl played last weekend at Hallford Memorial Stadium in Clarkston. Coleman, who covered the game, says to also keep an eye on Parks’ little brother. Ricktez Parks is a ninth grader who backed up Ricky this past season at Callaway. When Ricky went to TE, Ricktez stepped in at quarterback.

7. A few other highlights reported by Coleman from the Junior Bowl: Westlake RB Charles Purnell (5-10, 180) had a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. He has offers from Virginia Tech, Kentucky and Western Kentucky. . . . TE Zach Gordon (6-4, 235) of Carrollton played H-back in the offense implemented by West coach Randy McPherson of Lowndes and “loved it.” He says now he may ask Carrollton coach Rayvan Teague if he can at B-back in Carrollton’s wing-T offense next season. . . . Peachtree Ridge RB DiAndre Atwater caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from M.L. King QB Jonquel Dawson. . . . Stephenson RB Mike Davis had an eight-yard TD run.

8. Georgia Tech is showing a lot of interest in 2012 CB Chris Bivins of Gainesville, Fla., one of several highly-regarded juniors who attended the Under Armour All-America combine in Orlando last week. “Georgia Tech is definitely sending me the most information so far,” Bivins told ESPN’s Corey Long. “They haven’t offered yet but they are very interested.” FSU, Ole Miss, USF, Arkansas, LSU, Miami are also showing interest.

9. ESPN recruiting analyst Jamie Newberg tells the Palm Beach Post that Central Florida is having its best recruiting class ever, thanks in part to its win over Georgia in the Liberty Bowl, which capped an 11-3 season and Conference USA championship.

10. THIS & THAT: AJC Super 11 DE Ray Drew of Thomasville is visiting Miami this weekend, Scout reports. . . .  Chad Simmons reports that Deion Barnes (6-5, 220) a four-star defensive end/outside linebacker from Philadelphia, is taking an official visit to UGA this weekend and is down to Penn State and the Bulldogs. . . . Georgia remained No. 8 in the latest ESPN national recruiting rankings, released this week. . . . Four-star defensive end Lonnie Gosha of Lake Butler, Fla., committed to Arkansas over FSU and Miami, according to ESPN. He was once committed to the Seminoles. . . . Alabama commitments Demetrius Hart and Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix, both of Dr. Phillips High in Orlando, are taking official visits to Southern Cal this weekend, according to ESPN. . . . No. 1 prospect Jadeveon Clowney will be taking his official at Alabama this weekend, according to numerous Internet reports. He’s still scheduled to visit FSU on Jan. 28 but that trip appears tenuous at best.

421 comments Add your comment

Joe Mayo

January 13th, 2011
10:11 am

C’mon Chip, you’re 10 minutes late. Just kidding. Thanks.

Matthews Dawg

January 13th, 2011
10:19 am

2nd! We can use both of them to be a Dawg!! Go Dawgs

GoldenDawg

January 13th, 2011
10:24 am

That is a lot of room for Alabama to have to open up.

johnny too good

January 13th, 2011
10:26 am

Some of those guys @ Bama may qualify for academic scholarships, federal pell grant and the Alabama version of our Hope(if they have it)

http://www.youtube.com/thatsjohnanderson

Roaddawg80

January 13th, 2011
10:26 am

If the Dawgs can get Rome, Mithcell and Ray Drew to go along with JUCO Jenkins. On top of Boykin and Glenn returning with a late Christmas present of Houston staying. Wow what a job richt and company have done. That will be a top 5 class and they have closed the deals.

hot carl spackler

January 13th, 2011
10:27 am

“Dr. Pepper High”?

Matthews Dawg

January 13th, 2011
10:27 am

dawgster, naganole, Lowndes25 and a couple of others…do you all have any “inside” information on these guys or any others? Where has Lowndes25 been lately?
Chip, you do a great job, but just checking to see who has inside info!
Go Dawgs!!

BigTimeTECHFan

January 13th, 2011
10:28 am

Nick Claytor is leaving for NFL draft, Hope Errin Joe fills his spot.

Tech also has a walk-on QB Darryl Dickey, played in Locus Grove.

German Shepherd Dawg

January 13th, 2011
10:29 am

I thought Mitchell’s announcement was today. Bummer.

He looked GREAT at the Under Armor Game. The speed we need at WR. Alabama is way over committed already. Go DAWGS! Woof woof!

jaxdawg

January 13th, 2011
10:29 am

Ha, Demetrius Hart and Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix, both of “Dr. Pepper High” in Orlando. Now that’s funny. It’s actually Dr. Phillips, Chip.

hot carl spackler

January 13th, 2011
10:29 am

I heard there’s a 4 star RB out of Diet Shasta Academy.

Chase

January 13th, 2011
10:31 am

Does anyone know anything of Deion Barnes?

Nerds! Nerds! Nerds!

January 13th, 2011
10:34 am

RxDawg

January 13th, 2011
10:35 am

As always, thanks for the info Chip

patience

January 13th, 2011
10:36 am

Roaddawg80

January 13th, 2011
10:37 am

Chip

Do you expect any information on Houston today? Have you heard of a announcement time?

Sounds like Richt and Grantham must be putting the full court press on him……

VinceVanGo

January 13th, 2011
10:38 am

Getting another highly rated recruiting class would be great but then come the questions. Are they coach able? Will they be coached properly? And will they stay in class, perform to their expectations on the field, and stay out of trouble?

Dawg exiled in Bagdad

January 13th, 2011
10:39 am

Armed Forces TV telivised the Under Armor Game here in Iraq last week and I really liked what I saw out of Mitchell in the game. He is a burner and might really make up for the losses we had on the two widouts that commited to Clemson. Chip, if Rome signs with Ga, is there any possibility of either Rome or Charles playing wide reciever or of both of them lining up at the same time. Good job of reporting Chip. You deal with the facts and don’t sling the mud, good job. Go Dawgs!!!

jim

January 13th, 2011
10:40 am

i believe it is Dr. Phillips High

JB

January 13th, 2011
10:42 am

One groups opinion, But rivals gave all the coach’s a letter grade for the season. Mark Richt. F.

jasont13

January 13th, 2011
10:42 am

There has been a lot of talk about Orson moving into the slot. I’ve heard the offense will look a lot different next year, with Murray lining up in the shotgun and with two receivers on one side and one back in the backfield. They will be moving to a version of the spread.

bdawg

January 13th, 2011
10:43 am

Drew and Jenkins are huge for UGA…We need those two desperately

Corey

January 13th, 2011
10:44 am

Lowndes 25 aint coming out after he told everyone we are getting Dickson, and Mitchell.

Nerds! Nerds! Nerds!

January 13th, 2011
10:44 am

I saw Dee Hart light up cross-town rival Mr. Pibb High School for 280 yards.

Barry

January 13th, 2011
10:44 am

How can bama get away with this? There really needs to be an NCAA investigation.

Oh wait, I forgot how useless that would be.

UGA Forester

January 13th, 2011
10:44 am

Good idea putting the Alabama oversigning paragraph behind the Rome and Mitchell article. Every little bit helps.

Roaddawg80

January 13th, 2011
10:46 am

jasont13

I don’t understand what happen to that. In David Greene tenure we ran that with no huddle and were unpredictable. I am not going to get on Bobo’s soap box here but it seems like for the last 2 years we have been running nothing but the I formation with play action. Not what we ran in the early part of the decade.

JMar

January 13th, 2011
10:47 am

Ricky and Ricktez? Want to bet what their father’s name is?

DawginLex

January 13th, 2011
10:47 am

The best recruiting job we can hope for is for Les Miles to recruit Mike bobo to be his new OC since Gary Crowton just left.

Dawg555

January 13th, 2011
10:51 am

Makes me uneasy that they are both going to Bama this weekend. If they were both sold on UGA, why would they go there right before their announcements?

bushnet

January 13th, 2011
10:52 am

Dr. Phillips High in Orlando

dawgster

January 13th, 2011
10:53 am

Hey Matthews Dawg…don’t have much news today, still checking around..I haven’t seen Lowndnes either in a while…Him or someone claiming to be him popped on yesterday and said Crowell was ours and that was it…not sure that was him, however..However, the word on Houston is that he is being projected as late 2nd round or possible 3rd round pick from the NFL advisory board…that may be why he has not declared..the coaches are working on him, with the feeling that if he stays and has the kind of year next season that you would expect, it would push him up to the first round…Right now with the possible NFL lockout, and being possibly going 3rd round, well, the money would not be as attractive if he were first round…In my opinion he could serve himself well by coming back and improving his status, but i don”t know his family situation and that would be most important if i were him…hope he stays, but good luck…go dawgs…

dawgster

January 13th, 2011
10:58 am

As far as Bama..if what is being reported is true as far as available scholarships, and Bama/Saban can pull it off and still get all these guys, then the other SEC schools had better find out how its being done…This is not a bash on Bama, but it is interesting…Its hard to believe that many would be asked to not return…I would think at some point many would start talking to reporters and others as far as what the deal is…Again…I’m sure alot of this goes on at other schools, but right now there seems to be a huge issue with Bama…anyway, i’ll continue to worry about the dawgs…

just sayin

January 13th, 2011
10:59 am

We see the corrupt Saban is up to his old tricks. This guy is like a cancer is NCAA football. Always pushing the rules to the limit, daring the NCAA to do something all the while ESPN washing his jock. A sickening man and program. Anything to win.

boog

January 13th, 2011
11:00 am

c’mon chip…why don’t you engage in some hard hitting investigative journalism and expose this farce called …student athletes at Alabama. what is going on over there every year in “creatively” making room for more recruits is unethical to say the least. Why does every one just wink at this even after Wall Street and oversigning.com had put it plainly in view. If Bama (as well as others) are going to continue to do this at the very least it should be publicized so recruits can know they are signing with Bama at their own risk. Also the nation should know what is going on with this rogue “win at any cost” program. But no… we will just keep lauding the great Nick Saban as he gets away with this behavior and justifies it as a winning mentality.

What happened to Nash Nance's College Career?

January 13th, 2011
11:01 am

Chirp Chirp
Chirp Chirp

RRTDawgs

January 13th, 2011
11:03 am

Rome and Mitchell are announcing at the same time it might be good sign for UGA because most recruiting experts have Rome going to UGA we have to wait see Rome looks like a lock but Michell is hard to figure out go dawgs .

jasont13

January 13th, 2011
11:03 am

Roaddawg, Greene and company ran out of the I, from time to time. UGA has not recruited full backs the past couple of years for a reason. LeMay if he puts on weight will be a good spread QB. I believe you will see more one back sets with possibly Crowell along side Murray, T-King on one side and Marlon Brown, Wooten, Bennett or Troupe on the other with Orson in the slot and either Jay Rome or Arthur Lynch at TE.

dawgster

January 13th, 2011
11:03 am

@Jason13…You are correct, that is something that is being talked about, not neccessarily a permanent move, but more of a hybrid situation…O. Charles has the talent to play either…go dawgs

gadawgs

January 13th, 2011
11:05 am

Maybe we should try this oversigning thing.

jasont13

January 13th, 2011
11:06 am

Scholarship’s are renewed on a yearly basis. This is how Nick Saban and others get away with this stuff. Is it wrong-yes, against the rules-no. However you get a 2 or a 3 star recruit that is a sophmore or junior has the chance of loosing his scholarship in order to get a 4 star in that has done nothing on the college level.

Eddie

January 13th, 2011
11:06 am

Agree with boog

jasont13

January 13th, 2011
11:07 am

If Orson has a good year, I see him being a first round pick in the 2012 draft.

GT Insider

January 13th, 2011
11:07 am

Tech is recruiting for speed this year.
Not for games, but to be able to make it to Grant Field without getting mugged.

dawg in shamecock state

January 13th, 2011
11:09 am

where is lowndes at

dawgster

January 13th, 2011
11:10 am

@Dawg555…you bring up a great point…I think we are safe with Rome…and i’m not so sure we don’t get Mitchell, but its going down to the wire..but i agree it would be nice to get the last visit, for that last impression on a recruit…If i had to go out on a limb and pick, and of course, i don’t, i would say we might just pull a sweep….However, i’m sure i’ll be blasted by some who will let me know how wrong i was…Its just my opinion right now…can’t really explain it but just a feeling, for whatever that is worth…go dawgs…

RRTDawgs

January 13th, 2011
11:10 am

Todd Grantham no longer a candidate for the Cowboys defense cord job so should squash any more rumors that he is leaving .

atltiger15

January 13th, 2011
11:12 am

Bama always does that..A lot of schools do that..I agree with it. If a player currently isn’t playing up to expectations and he has the least bit of issues, he’s extra baggage..We alumni, throw money to our schools like its candy, we want to win. Recruiting is the pulse of being good…Div 1 baseball players can have their scholly taken away or reduced on a yearly basis, whats the difference

MSU Dawg

January 13th, 2011
11:12 am

Saban actually doesn’t take away the scholarship he just reclassifies it as a ‘medical scholarship’. However Les Miles just took one away a week before Fall semester. He thought Zac Lee was coming in so he scratched Chris Garrett of the 85.

Oops Zac Lee went to the major Leagues!

D A DoubleU G

January 13th, 2011
11:13 am

Every Bama fan on here finds ways to justify Nick Saban and his shady practices.

But If it were not happening in that craphole known as Tuscaloosa, and was going on in Athens, or anywhere else, they would be the first ones to scream “fou!”

Bammer Jammers are the true cancer to college football.