Grady RB Marcus Caffey switches commitment to Kentucky

Grady RB Marcus Caffey decided to take his speed and power to the SEC. (AJC photo by Collin C. Chappelle)

Grady RB Marcus Caffey decided to take his speed and power to the SEC. (AJC photo by Collin C. Chappelle)

When Marcus Caffey committed to Purdue on January 2, he spoke joyfully and confidently about his choice. He was certain it was the place for him.

But Kentucky coach Joker Phillips kept working on him and, less than two weeks later, he broke through. Caffey, the No. 26 player in the state, switched his commitment from the Boilermakers to the Wildcats on Thursday.

“I feel like I’m pretty close to Coach Phillips and all the Kentucky coaches,” Grady’s star running back explained. “I’ve gotten to know them well during the recruiting process. Plus, a lot of guys from Atlanta go to Kentucky. It’s a place that feels more like Georgia, more like home.”

Caffey is the seventh Georgian to commit to the Wildcats and the fourth member of the AJC Fab 50. He joins M.L. King WR Demarco Robinson, Whitewater RB Josh Clemons, White County RB/LB/DB Ashely Lowry, Griffin WR Nile Daniel, Carver-Columbus DB Riyahd Jones and Lovejoy DE David Washington.

Caffey already knew Robinson and he was on his official visit with Clemons, who committed to Kentucky on Christmas.

“That was my first time meeting him,” Caffey said of his Dec. 15 official visit in Lexington. “He’s a good running back. It’s good that he’s going to be on the roster, too, because we need more than one running back.”

It appears the Wildcats got two good ones. Caffey rushed for 1,611 yards and 18 touchdowns in leading Grady to a 12-2 record this past season. Clemons established school records with 2,003 yards rushing and 25 touchdowns for the Wildcats (9-3) this past season and also established the school’s career rushing record with 3,585 yards.

With his commitment to Kentucky, Caffey also canceled an official visit to Arkansas this weekend. He said he is shutting down his recruitment at this point and plans to sign with the Wildcats on Feb. 2.

Now that he is betrothed to an SEC school, Caffey knows he’ll be competing against his teammate and best friend Damian Swann the next three or four years. He and Swann, an AJC Super 11 defensive back, have been buddies since they were 4 years old. Swann committed to Georgia last Saturday.

That means the two will literally be running into each other the next few years.

“Yeah, that’ll be interesting,” Caffey said. “He’s happy for me. But I had to talk a little trash when I told him about it.”

College Recruiting By Chip Towers

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Big Daddy

January 14th, 2011
11:01 am

Hankie Aron

January 14th, 2011
11:03 am

Good for him. If for some reason UGA doesn’t get Crowell, Caffey may come back to haunt them

jsmith

January 14th, 2011
11:08 am

i think bama is gonna sign around 37 kids this class and by august saban will have weeded out the dead wood. for all the kids looking to sign with bama , this is what saban does. if you dont perform he runs you out of the program

Chip Towers

January 14th, 2011
11:08 am

Big Daddy: Good job!

FuzzyDawg

January 14th, 2011
11:10 am

We should start recruiting Bama’s leftovers. Surely, it would be more affective than recruiting last minute 0 stars to fill our roster spots.

Johnny Too Good

January 14th, 2011
11:14 am

another “commitment” retracted and altered…… I guess nothin really matters until signing day…… maybe some kids use that first “commitment” as kinda like a place holder or making sure theres a seat saved for them, a plan B if you will

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junkman's daughter's brother

January 14th, 2011
11:16 am

Chip can you give a top 10 list of who is still in play for UGA and their main competition for that player?

jelousy is a mental disorder

January 14th, 2011
11:19 am

Congrats Kentucky, you got aa good kid.

Why bash others jsmith? We need to get our act together.

Dawgs will get the ones we want.

Will

January 14th, 2011
11:24 am

Way to recruit CMR…We need atleast 30 or 35 in this year’s class and we now have 17 or 18. Kentucky has come into our back yard and got 4 top 50 AJC players.

Fran T said it all earlier this week.

RRTDawgs

January 14th, 2011
11:31 am

Hey Chip i hear that UGA is still recruiting Demarco Robinson do have any info on that with Green gone .

Davey Boy Smith

January 14th, 2011
11:32 am

UGA is missing the boat, big time…not saying that Caffey is as good as Jamal Lewis, but it’s eerily similar….UGA putting all their eggs in the basket of a malcontent “savior” RB from Carver Columbus, while letting a kid from an in-town Atlanta school go to another SEC team without putting up a fight…bad news and pitiful recruiting by UGA…Rodney Garner is an effing joke…

Nate

January 14th, 2011
11:38 am

Will, give it a rest.

naganole

January 14th, 2011
11:40 am

Next Wed gonna be a huge one for UGA

On another note, I love all the hate at Tony B’s early #4 ranking for the Noles. FSU is taking back it’s throne and everybody hates it. Their incredulity is a nice appetizer, but their disappointment when FSU out performs that will be a filling main course. Their tears will be a decadent dessert…

>>>—Fear-the-spear—>

Nate

January 14th, 2011
11:40 am

That is a great comparison Davey. I hadn’t really thought about that, but still have been a little cautious with the Crowell thing. I hope you’re wrong tho. I really do.

valyboy32

January 14th, 2011
11:41 am

i feel you davey boy i dont know what has gotten into garner probally got to comfortable and lost the killer instinct i just wish they’ll start doing like bama and bill shanks for our new coach

#3

January 14th, 2011
11:41 am

Will, your an idiot. You know nothing about recruiting. If UGA wanted this guy they could have had him. We have better recruits to go after…

#3

January 14th, 2011
11:43 am

sorry, “you’re”

RRTDawgs

January 14th, 2011
11:44 am

UGA offers another teammate of Crowell’s out Carver Columbus Q . Harrow S/ LB . which will seal the deal .

#3

January 14th, 2011
11:44 am

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Nate

January 14th, 2011
11:44 am

I will add to the Sanks comparison one thought…

UGA fans were absolutely sure that Sanks would come in and take Robert Edwards job. And although that never happened Robert Edwards emerged into a stud. One of my all-time UGA favorites. Maybe there will be a similarity there also with Washaun Ealey. Here’s to blinded optimism!

Davey Boy Smith

January 14th, 2011
11:47 am

Yep, Nate, but unlike Ealey and Caleb King, Robert Edwards wasn’t lazy as hell, he was a beast who worked his butt off at DB, then RB and then to come back and play football at all after that knee injury. He was a man of character, something that is sorely lacking at UGA right now.

collegeballfan

January 14th, 2011
11:47 am

Georgia keeps getting raided by outside schools. Kentucky with 7, Tenn has about that many and then there is Auburn and Alabama with about a half dozen each.

Scout.com has the current GT commitments ranked 45 in the nation. Rivals has GT ranked 49th. If the rankings have any validity, evidence is about 50-50, then GT will have a difficult time being a top 20 team.

Just saying.

bigDAWGS

January 14th, 2011
11:47 am

@naganole

Talk to me bud, tell me why its gonna be a big day for the dogs

collegeballfan

January 14th, 2011
11:50 am

Here is a news story on one GT committment. Committed as a DB, which seems strange to me.

BIRMINGHAM-Wetumpka High School quarterback Jamal Golden was named the 29th recipient of the Alabama Sports Writers Association Mr. Football Award Wednesday at a luncheon hosted by the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex. Golden, a 6-foot, 185-pound quarterback, was a three-year starter for the Indians. Also chosen the Class 6A Back of the Year by the ASWA, Golden guided Wetumpka to a 10-2 record this past season and the Region 4 championship. Golden was honored in December as the Gatorade Player of the Year for Alabama as well.

Golden, currently a Georgia Tech commitment, accounted for 3,477 yards total offense and 37 touchdowns as a senior and compiled more than 6,200 yards and 63 touchdowns in the last two seasons. He rushed for 1,148 yards and 14 touchdowns in 12 games while passing for 2,351 yards and 23 touchdowns this season.

Davey Boy Smith

January 14th, 2011
11:55 am

Honestly, nobody cares about Gtu. They had a nice season with Gailey’s NFL players, but Johnson cannot recruit and they will never have a good defense there because their scout team practices against guys who are practicing the mesh all summer instead of learning to throw darts into Cover 2.

Johnson benefited from having arguably the greatest RB in 1-AA history, who could not play at UF with his brother because of a speech impediment, and then from playing a rotating schedule at Navy where they were able to pick and choose different teams to play each year who had no or little familiarity with the wishbone.

Vad Lee looks like a great player, but after 4 years there his career will likely look like Calvin Johnson’s and AJ Green’s, lots of stats with nothing tangible to show for it.

RRTDawgs

January 14th, 2011
11:58 am

I hear that Ray Drew will be apart of the announcements next week with Jay Rome and Malcolm Mitchell mmmmmm interesting go dawgs .

Robert

January 14th, 2011
11:59 am

If I remember correctly, UGA only signed 1 RB last year. This kid seems like a great option, especially now that Bray is going to Auburn. With him and Swann being best friends, think UGA should jump in the game and offer the kid. Then tell Swann to work on him and get him to UGA. Him, the kid from SW Dekalb from last year and hopefully Crowell would be a nice group of backs for the next 4 years.

TXDawg

January 14th, 2011
11:59 am

The four star running back is no longer considering Alabama. It is down to Auburn and Georgia for his services.

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January 14th, 2011
12:00 pm

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Nate

January 14th, 2011
12:01 pm

Davey,

I’m leaning towards agreeing with you, but maybe thats just our hindsight of Robert Edwards. (And to be clear, I am only comparing to Ealey…not King.)

I remember him not making the grades which meant he had to go to a junior college or something and then come back to UGA. I may be wrong, but if not I bet some UGA fans thought that might have been due to laziness or something similar. Just a thought.

D A DoubleU G

January 14th, 2011
12:07 pm

When FSU is good, it’s GREAT for UGA.

When FSU is up, they tend to get an edge on recruiting amongst UF.

WHen FSU is up, it only means Tech will get smacked down when they play, and be kept out of ACC titles if they ever compete for one again.

FSU and UGA have a lot in common when it comes to teams they dislike with a passion. When one is good, it’s also good for the other.

GO NOLES…. and much more importantly…. GO DAWGS!!!!!!!

Dogpoop

January 14th, 2011
12:11 pm

TXDawg could you give us the website where you saw this?

bighairyDAWGS

January 14th, 2011
12:13 pm

chip or anyone else,

anyone big target off the radar people we might end up getting? I read last week that Pagan was recruiting the big O-line prospect Richardson to come to UGA. Both of those would be surprises to me. In addition, Stephone Anthony, Rasco, or Barnes? Any of those guys would be big pick ups that i didnt see the dogs getting? Thanks Chip, love your updates, big few weeks ahead for us dawg fans

Nate

January 14th, 2011
12:14 pm

I think we should stop labeling people a bust b/c they don’t perform as sophomores. Sophomores used to play on a separate team…JV. Obviously some guys are ready to play from day one, but many others just need time to grow. When I think , Marlon Brown…I want to compare him to Reggie Brown(who UGA fans hated for 2 years.) or Sean Bailey who still doesn’t get the credit he deserves for his last 2 eligible years b/c people hold onto his first two mediocre years. And when i think Washaun…I’m comparing to Robert Edwards and Musa Smith.

dawgster

January 14th, 2011
12:19 pm

Well…I had been saying forever now that we should try to go hard after Caffey…He would have been all dawg and if for some reason we get left holding an empty bag, then at least we would have pulled in a very good back…I don’t understand the reasoning there, i get it that they wanted Bray, Crowell, but they should have seen the writing on the wall with Bray a long time back…Don’t get me wrong the chances are good we get Crowell, but Caffey would have done very well…and…he wanted to be a dawg….Two Rb’s needed in this class, we might get one now, maybe the coaches know something we don’t, i have to hope that’s the case…and i understand we are looking good for RB’s next season, so maybe it will all work out…go dawgs

Newnan Dawg

January 14th, 2011
12:27 pm

dawgster – After seeing the film on Caffey I also felt the GA coaches should have offerred this kid, but I would like to believe the coaches know what they are doing. If I had to guess, I would say they feel Malcome is going to be the real deal, a punishing runner like Crowell. With those two likely in the backfield, that should be a nice one two punch, and then you have Ealey as a finess back which would be better than sticking Carlton Thomas in there. Also like you mentioned, I think the Dawgs are looking real good with running backs in next years class, so maybe that is part of the reasoning as well. Maybe the coaches have something in the works but we shall see come Feb. 2. GO DAWGS!!!

bwkdawg

January 14th, 2011
12:33 pm

@ dawgster I don’t think bray was being recruited as and running back anyway. I really don’t think they felt like they needed two backs in this class, from what Im hearing Ken Malcome is really stating to turn some heads if we get Crowell we’ll have five backs on the depth chart and right now we lead for Matt jones and stand real well with Kenyan Drake for C/O 2012.

RRTDawgs

January 14th, 2011
12:34 pm

I agree with dawgster and Newnan we should have at least offered Caffey even if we were not going to get him but it looks much better now than few weeks ago that we get Crowell and if it is between Auburn and UGA thats a plus to because they have Bray and Newton is gone .

CvilleDawg

January 14th, 2011
12:39 pm

All im worried about is the o-line. We expected alot from them last season and they didnt meet our expectations.

Virgil Flowers

January 14th, 2011
12:43 pm

Wrex- when did you start typing “UGA.y”? Why would you say that about the team of which you are a fan? You keep referring to Georgia Tech as “they” in your first 2 paragraphs, but then you claim to be a GT alum. Not that anyone is buying your act.

Good golly

January 14th, 2011
12:44 pm

bwkdawg

January 14th, 2011
12:45 pm

@CvilleDawg I agree but i think our new S&C dept will pay big dividens in that area.

Good golly

January 14th, 2011
12:46 pm

O, and good to know that we are going to focus on increasing the strength of the team…God knows that we need it. Branden Smith still looks like he’s in high school with those skinny arms

annonymous

January 14th, 2011
12:48 pm

I wish Wrex would stop posting here. He is the reason I am getting stalked in real life.

dawgster

January 14th, 2011
12:50 pm

@bwkdawg…you may be correct, it was my understanding from several people that the dawgs would take two RB’s in this years recruiting…and i believe they put their efforts into Bray and Crowell, although Bray could be used in some other situations….I thought Caffey would have been a great addition along with Crowell, and you are correct we are after Matt Jones from Fla and from what i hear and read he is ours to lose…Drake also is very high on our list as we are him…go dawgs

On another note…Fairley of Au has declared for the NFL draft according to reports……no word on Houston yet…not sure what that means…go dawgs

CvilleDawg

January 14th, 2011
12:50 pm

I sure hope so. Im tired of murray getting killed and so many tfl’s.

rincon dawg

January 14th, 2011
12:55 pm

I sure hope the 20th is a good day

rincon dawg

January 14th, 2011
12:56 pm

and Feb. 2 and Feb.3

bwkdawg

January 14th, 2011
1:00 pm

I think Houston coming back would be hugh for our defense. Im feeling a lot better about Jenkins which would move Tyson back to DE where he would have more of and impact and with RS and JJ coming in a ILB. I expect our secoundary to be much better Boykin coming back was huge, and cummings had a very good year at the other corner. Hopefully he gives us one more year.

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January 14th, 2011
1:02 pm

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