Ten@10: Georgia Tech offers Callaway’s Ricky Parks as quarterback


1. Ricky Parks prides himself on being able to play pretty much any position on the football field. But the 6-foot-4, 225-pound athlete from Hogansville admits to being more than a little pleased that Georgia Tech wants him to play quarterback in college.

Ricky Parks played tight end, wide receiver, outside linebacker, free safety and quarterback at Callaway, but Georgia Tech wants him under center. (Photo provided by 247Sports.com)

Ricky Parks has played tight end, wide receiver, outside linebacker, free safety and quarterback at Callaway, but Georgia Tech wants him under center. (Photo provided by 247Sports.com)

That is Parks’ primary position at Callaway High School. The Yellow Jackets offered him a scholarship to play quarterback for them early Wednesday morning.

“It elevates them a little bit knowing they want me to play quarterback,” said Parks, who is projected mostly to play tight end on the next level. “We run the option at my school, but not the triple option like they do. But I believe it’s something I could do.”

Clearly Tech believes so, too. It is the first school to offer Parks purely as a quarterback.

Parks, who I included among my “Tentative Top 10″ prospects for 2012, also has offers from Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. Only the Gators have discussed with him the possibility of playing some quarterback.

“Florida offered me but not purely as a quarterback,” Parks said. “They’re thinking of me more  as a hybrid like Trey Burton.”

Despite Tech’s welcomed overture, the Jackets don’t immediately shoot to the top of Parks’ list. Alabama holds that spot

“So far I’d say Bama is my leader,” Parks said. “They have probably one of the coolest coaching staffs around and their fans are great and really know how to make you feel at home.”

Nevertheless, Parks in no rush to make a decision. He doesn’t expect to choose a school at least until the national all-stars next January. He has been invited to both the U.S. Army and Under Armour All-America games.

2. Neiron Ball’s football career may or may not be over at Florida. But that’s the last thing coach Mike Parris is worried about right now. “He’s going to live; he’s going to be all right. So we’ll worry about that football stuff later,” said Parris, who coached Ball at Jackson High.

Ball, a rising sophomore linebacker for the Gators, dropped out of an off-season conditioning drill in Gainesville on Monday because of severe headaches. When the headaches persisted, Ball was taken to Shands HealthCare hospital where it was determined he was suffered from bleeding in his brain. Doctors eventually diagnosed him with a congenital vascular condition.

“The last update I had is he’s stable,” Parris said Thursday morning. “He’s still in ICU but they’re going to let him out Friday maybe.”

Ball (6-2, 222) was a four-star prospect when he signed with the Gators out of Jackson. He appeared in eight games as a true freshman last season and finished with 10 tackles. He was expected to compete for a starting position this season.

“I wouldn’t assume football’s over for him right now,” Parris said. “They have not even discussed it yet. He’s definitely out for spring, which is fine. The important thing right now is it looks like he’s going to be all right.”

3. Georgia followed the latest trend in college football coaching when it went to the NFL to make its latest hire. The Bulldogs on Wednesday tabbed Washington Redskins’ assistant Kirk Olivadotti to coach linebackers. Increasingly college teams are turning to NFL coaches to join their staffs as their pro experience is attractive to recruiting prospects hoping to one day play in the league.

Olivadotti’s selection was hardily endorsed by at least one UGA letterman. “UGA you just got one hell of a coach in Kirk Olivadotti,” Redskins defensive end Phillip Daniels posted on Twitter.  “The defense just got a whole lot better. One of the smartest coaches I have ever known. Enjoy success with him on board. Congrats K.O.”

4. Remember Josh Jarboe, the can’t-miss wide receiver prospect out of  Atlanta’s Cedar Grove High School? Well the 2008 Oklahoma signee just landed at Arkansas State.

Jarboe (AJC)

Jarboe (AJC)

The 6-3, 195-pound Jarboe was dismissed from Oklahoma before ever playing a game after he was arrested on felony gun charges (later reduced to a misdemeanor via first-offender laws) and followed that by posting a controversial rap video on YouTube. Jarboe transferred to Troy, where he was also dismissed (for undisclosed team rules violations) after sitting out a year. He ended up at Northeast Mississippi Community College before signing with Arkansas State during the ongoing national signing period.

“I am just convinced that he has matured and wants to put that past him,” Arkansas State coach Hugh Freeze told The Jonesboro Sun. “I’ve never had a recruiting meeting like that before where a kid is as emotional, breaking down and crying just thinking that somebody is willing to listen to his story. We all have a past. He made a mistake, and he is the first to confess ‘I made a mistake.’ . . . It’s up to him to rewrite his story, and we want to help alongside of that.”

Interestingly, Freeze also recently hired Lane Kiffin’s younger brother Chris Kiffin, who also is overcoming past run-ins with the law.

5. Speaking for one-time signees landing elsewhere, former Georgia Tech safety Brandon Leslie signed with Hawaii this week. Leslie signed with the Yellow Jackets out of Edison High in Fresno, Calif., in 2008. But after redshirting and playing one year at Tech, he returned to California to take care of an ailing father. He played for the College of the Sequoias junior college last season before settling on the Warriors this past Monday.

Leslie said he had no hard feelings about things not working out at Georgia Tech. “I had good relationships there,” he told the Honolulu Star Advertiser.

6. After writing a recruiting profile on Stephenson running back Mike Davis on Wednesday, I had a lot of readers ask me about where he stood with Georgia. Davis — who received his 16th scholarship offer on Wednesday from Auburn — told me the Bulldogs have not offered him and he’s a little bummed about it.

“When I started getting offers like every other day I was wondering, this is my home state, Georgia,” Davis said. “Colleges from out of state are offering me but Georgia is the only team that has not. It’s made me wonder, what is the hold up? I’m left to think they just don’t have much interest in me. I still wonder if and when they’ll offer me. I guess I just have to be patient and wait.”

Asked if a UGA offer was something he covets, Davis laughed and said, “It’s Georgia. Yes sir.”

7. One local running back both the Bulldogs and Georgia Tech have offered is Columbia’s Kenno Loyal. Loyal, who’s first name is pronounced KEEN-o, is a 5-11, 230-pound bruiser. He led DeKalb County in rushing with just under 1,500 yards and scored 17 TDs in only nine games as a junior last season.

Coach Mario Allen said he didn’t even know until recently that UGA had offered his star back. “It must’ve been right before signing day when Coach [Mark] Richt and Coach [Rodney] Garner came by the school,” Allen said. “Kenno said Georgia, Georgia Tech, Auburn, Tennessee, North Carolina and Florida have offered. Alabama, Clemson, Kentucky, LSU, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State haven’t yet but probably will soon.”

Despite Loyal’s big frame, Allen said all his suitors are projecting him as a tailback and not as a fullback. “He’s extremely fast for his size,” he said. “He’s a pure tailback. Georgia Tech likes him at their B-back position.”

Here is 11 minutes of video of Loyal in action last season.

8. Stephenson assistant coach Corey Johnson, who handles a lot of the Jaguars’ college recruiting responsibilities for head coach Ron Gartrell, tells me CBS College Sports Network recruiting analyst Tom Lemming is planning to come to the school Friday to do a story on all the Football Bowl Subdivision talent the school is producing. The Jaguars are expected to have as many as 15 players ink scholarships with major colleges in 2012. Lemming seems to think that might be the most in the country this year.

Stephenson has sent more than 20 seniors to college football each of the past two seasons. Georgia High School Football Daily publisher Todd Holcomb points out that at least three this year’s expected recipients are first-year transfers into the school. Linebacker Raphael Kirby, who has moved in from Parkview, has offers from Auburn, Florida, South Florida and Southern Miss. Tight end Joshua Parris, who came from Shiloh, has an offer from South Florida. Running back T.J. Moon, who came from Union Grove, has an offer from Memphis and is being recruited by Notre Dame.

9. Former South Carolina assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Shane Beamer recently joined his father Frank Beamer’s staff at Virginia Tech. I found this Q&A with Beamer in the Virginian-Pilot an interesting read. Beamer, a former Georgia Tech assistant, was given a lot of credit for the Gamecocks’ recent recruiting successes. In this interview, he talks about how he has made recruiting Georgia a cornerstone of his talent-acquisition philosphy and he intends to continue to recruit the area for Virginia Tech. South Carolina signed 11 players out of the Peach State on national signing day.

10. THIS & THAT: Central Gwinnett sophomore linebacker Trey Johnson is expected to be one of the most heavily-recruited prospects in the Class of 2013, along with Grayson defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche. Johnson just received an offer from Illinois, which is his sixth so far, according to head coach Todd Wofford. Georgia Tech, Auburn, FSU, Southern Cal and Cincinnati have already offered, Wofford said. . . . Illinois also offered Central Gwinnett running back George Morris. . . . Maryland offered Marist OL Nick Brigham (6-4, 281), according to Scout.com’s Chad Simmons.

By Chip Towers, The College Recruiting Blog

186 comments Add your comment

Dawg Consultant

February 17th, 2011
10:15 am

Good to hear the Ball is doing well. Chip, didn’t he have a brother that played at Georgia. Whatever happended to him?

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

February 17th, 2011
10:18 am

think it was neland ball dawg consultant, i believe still with the team

Johnny Too Good

February 17th, 2011
10:26 am

8. How are kids able to transfer into Stephenson from other counties and districts?


Dawg Consultant

February 17th, 2011
10:29 am

Thanks Dr. Buddy of mine just texted me saying that Neland may have recieved a medical disqualification from UGA. Still on scholarhsip, but no longer counted against the scholarship limit. Does that sound right?

Dawg Consultant

February 17th, 2011
10:30 am

Johnny, to answer your question: there are plenty of apartments for rent near Stephenson. The real answer is that these kids want exposure, so high school is starting to look like college. Everyone is angling to get to the next level.

Davey Boy Smith

February 17th, 2011
10:33 am

Man, those Kiffins are some real pieces of work. Hope things finally work out for Jarboe.

Kids are able to transfer into Stephenson, just like Buford recruits the entire county of Gwinnett and buses the kids in.

It’s funny when people talk about the kids getting recruited by colleges as being “overwhelmed by the process,” when, for most of those kids living in Metro areas, they have been recruited since they were in 6th or 7th grade.

I believe Neiland Ball had some sort of medical condition too. It’s a shame for those kids, but hopefully they finish their educations.


February 17th, 2011
10:34 am

Thanks Chip!

I’m not complaining, but how is point #3 recruiting news? ;)

The first question that poped in my mind about Kenno was is this guy a FB? But you answered that one toward the end. Kid sounds like punishment for opposing defenses. Albiet, it’s a lot easier to punish high school defenses than it is SEC defenses. Sometimes, the punisher becomes the punishee in the SEC.

I’ll have to keep an eye on the Callaway kid, that’s not too far from me.

A little off topic, but in regards to position switches I still can’t help but wonder if Justin Scott Wesely doesn’t end up seeing a little time at RB. With his speed and body frame it just seems like such a match to me. Also given all the attrition UGA is getting from it’s two top backs it might be a spotlight posistion with a huge need soon.

Chip Towers

February 17th, 2011
10:35 am

Johnny Too Good: Kids are able to transfer into Stephenson like they are anywhere else. Their parents move into the district.

Chip Towers

February 17th, 2011
10:42 am

DawgConsultant: Neiron Ball is the younger brother of UGA letterman Neland Ball, a 2007 signee who received a medical DQ in 2009 due to knee and back injuries.

Johnny Too Good

February 17th, 2011
10:47 am

but here in Savannah and much of the nation, there are parents who use family or friends’ addresses just to get in the school they want.
I dont know if ya’ll have heard, but a woman in Ohio was arrested for it recently.
And for the record I’m definitely not accusing anybody. Just wondering


Chip Towers

February 17th, 2011
10:48 am

RxDawg: I’ve amended Item #3 to address your question.


February 17th, 2011
10:55 am

So…….Stephenson starts running the Wing T and kids (2 on the offensive side) are now transferring into play for them. Who woulda thunk it.


February 17th, 2011
11:00 am

I heard something about TJ switching to TB but UGA does need go hard after Kenno Loyal and Mike Davis stud backs good thing UGA did not go after Jabroe but you what these haters will say .


February 17th, 2011
11:02 am

The parents don’t “move” into the area in many cases, they use an address in the area of a relative or friend.


February 17th, 2011
11:02 am

lol nice Chip =D


February 17th, 2011
11:06 am

Its falling apart over at Auburn they did catch person who poisoned the tress they lost Rocker and now NCAA hanging over that program .


February 17th, 2011
11:09 am

WHOSE first name is pronounced Keen-O.


February 17th, 2011
11:10 am

This tree thing in Auburn is way over the line and top…Hate to say it, but the guy ought to get 10 years hard time to prevent future acts like this. At the End of the day, we’re all Americans and SEC football fans. Go Dawgs and War Eagle.


February 17th, 2011
11:20 am

I heard they caught the guy that poinsoned the tree. Of course the would, the moron called a national radio show to gloat about it.

I keep thinking about those oriental lotery commercials KEENO!

Paul N Destin

February 17th, 2011
11:32 am

Nick Saban never sleeps…..You can see this weekend will see many Ga players in T-town

Junior Day Visitors – February 19

2012 Commits
Reggie Ragland – LB, Madison, AL
Justin Thomas – QB, Prattville, AL
Tyler Hayes – LB/RB, Thomasville, AL
Kenyan Drake – RB/WR, Powder Springs, GA

2012 Prospects – In-State
Jameis Winston – QB, Hueytown, AL
Justin Shanks – DL, Prattville, AL
Derrick Moncrief – S, Prattville, AL
T.J. Yeldon – RB/WR/DB, Daphne, AL
Beniquez Brown – LB/RB, Florence, AL
Devonta Staples – S, Valley, AL

2012 Prospects – Out-of-State
T.J. Davis – Ath, Tallahassee, FL
Kadeem Thomas – Ath, Tallahassee, FL
Greyson Lambert – QB, Jesup, GA
Dillon Lee – LB, Buford, GA
Kurt Freitag – TE, Buford, GA
Zach Gordon – TE, Carrollton, GA
Ricky Parks – Ath, Hogansville, GA
Brandon Greene – OL, Cedarwood, GA
James Deloach – DE, Millen, GA
Jonathan Taylor – DT, Millen, GA
Jordan Jenkins – DE/LB, Hamilton, GA
Jordan Watkins – DL, College Park, GA
Geno Smith – DB, St. Pius-Atlanta, GA
Jacoby Briscoe – DT, Lafayette, LA
Barry Sanders Jr. – RB, Oklahoma City, OK
D.J. Goodman – Ath, Greenwood, SC

2013 Prospects
Jeremy Johnson – QB, Montgomery, AL
Josh Matthews, RB, Decatur, AL
Adrian Kirkland – Ath, Dothan, AL
Kamyrn Melton – Ath, Dothan, AL
Eddie Prinz – QB, Lassiter, GA



February 17th, 2011
11:36 am

UGA needs to step up their timely offers; this was one reason Xavier Dickson chose AL over UGA; AL offered first!! Plenty of these guys want to be offered by UGA, but somebody is dragging their feet!!!!! CRG, step it up!!!

Dawg Man

February 17th, 2011
11:40 am

Yeah Yeah Paul, wasted typing


February 17th, 2011
11:41 am

Kenno Loyal is a stud if you havent seen him play treat yourself. Physical SEC type RB.

Paul N Destin

February 17th, 2011
11:57 am

Just showing you that Nick is still working your good state players. Thanks for playing.


February 17th, 2011
12:00 pm

UGA does need more LBs, DEs, OL i hope we get Loyal .

Loyal GT Fan

February 17th, 2011
12:28 pm

We’d love to see you playing QB on the Flats, Ricky Parks!!


February 17th, 2011
12:43 pm

I wonder how Vad Lee feels?

Nesbitt = big & physical

Days = big & physical

Vad = skinny & frail

Ricky Parks = big & physical

I think this Offer just goes to show how much CPJ cares about passing the ball, it seems to me that he is trying to re-create another Nesbitt rather than changing the Offense for Vad Lee.

Kinda amazing how HCs change their stripes AFTER YOU SIGN in Feb. and you are forced to sit out if you need to transfer.

See Vad this is WHY you have to be selfish and look out for yourself and not worry about slick sales pitches from “used-car salesmen HCs”.

CPJ told you what YOU WANTED TO HEAR, and now he’s looking for another Nesbitt and not worried about developing the “first Vad Lee”, in his mind the SECOND NESBITT is more important than you.

Too bad kid.

Ramblin Man

February 17th, 2011
12:46 pm

604 225 that is one big kid for a junior QB. Interesting to see how this kid develops physically and were he ends up. Sadly I see him going anywhere but GT as other coaches will tell him his talent and future pro prospects will lay at a different position.


February 17th, 2011
12:51 pm

i love it when the uga rednecks whine and cry after a loss…like the one against vandy last night. heck yall should be use to choking…your football team is known as choke city in the ncaa football world

headley lamar

February 17th, 2011
12:58 pm

your football team is known as choke city in the ncaa football world

We dont choke the last regular season game do we?

Hard to even call that a game anymore. More like a scrimmage.

Jacket Man

February 17th, 2011
1:00 pm

WnE; you’re an idiot and everyone knows it. Take your blabbering back to your crazy Twitter accounts and let real AJC recruiting bloggers show you how it’s done.

Dekalb football fan

February 17th, 2011
1:01 pm

The best duo in the state for the class of 2012 is QB Jonquel Dawson and WR Blake Tibbs both from MLK . They are like Montana and Rice , not that good but real nice. The teams that played them can tell you better than I can.


February 17th, 2011
1:04 pm

Seems no kids want to play for Paul Johnson…but who would?


February 17th, 2011
1:04 pm

WnE I’m willing to bet that if Vad Lee moves the sticks better than the big physical guys, he plays. I bet that’s what PJ is worried about.


February 17th, 2011
1:08 pm

gt…know one from Georgia Tech can call another school’s football team choke city. What is Tech’s bowl record under CPJ? What is their record against UGA? My friend, to have choked you had to have taken a breath and Tech’s athletics have been breathless for decades. Tech is irrelevant.

it's a game, people

February 17th, 2011
1:09 pm

@headley….talk about scrimmages..that thing in Jacksonsville? UF 17 of the last 20? Now that’s domination and not a rivalry at all!

it's a game, people

February 17th, 2011
1:10 pm

@RomeDawg…it’s NO one, not Know one. Put your UGA diploma back on the toilet paper roll.


February 17th, 2011
1:28 pm

Don’t listen to WnE Vad. This guy is an idiot. I wouldn’t be surprised to see you taking the first snap in the Western Carolina game come Sept. 1st.

Go Jackets and LeeeeGooooo!

Gravy Train

February 17th, 2011
1:31 pm

We can’t even read about high school kids without the Nerd Herd coming with the inferiority complex. Don’t worry, none of them will go to Tech. Mainly because Turkey Neck doesn’t care about it. He thinks he’s still at Navy. Turns out High school kids these days aren’t big on the fish fry.


February 17th, 2011
1:32 pm

Well, with all these football factory schools in the mix the kid may not pick us, but I like that we’ve at least offered him. I think if we do this on a consistent basis we’ll be surprised by one or two highly-touted kids every now and then who decide Tech is for them. And in reality, Atlanta is for everyone. There is no one I can think of who cannot find someplace they love in this city. We oughta play that up to recruits – I’m sure we try.

Go Jackets!

Gravy Train

February 17th, 2011
1:33 pm

Thousands of gorgeous co-eds is always better than man boobs and Turkey Neck.


February 17th, 2011
1:37 pm

More and more colleges are recruiting the state of Ga. UGA got lucky with last years recruiting class but, if we continue to be late offering, we will continue to lose top players to AU, Ala. and other schools. Even Will Muschamp has started recruiting the state of Ga. Richt and Garner need to get off their butts and get to work. New hire for the defensive staff. My question is, can he recruit? UGA needs to get to work on bringing in at least 2 more RBs and better WRs and bigger and meaner linemen.

Mtn Dawg

February 17th, 2011
1:43 pm

Chip – A little something on basketball recruiting would be nice.


February 17th, 2011
1:45 pm

Who’s going to be catching balls at WR this year for Tech? Notice I said “catching” not “dropping”.

W who?

February 17th, 2011
1:46 pm

WnE, I’m just curious but why do you hate Tech so much? It’s not like they are the Gators who beat you guys every year. Where’s the love mane?


February 17th, 2011
1:47 pm


Maybe Johnson offered cause he’s a stud athlete and bring something to this offense, which has nothing to do with Vad Lee not playing.

Get a clue.

Vad Lee Show Forthcoming

February 17th, 2011
1:48 pm


I couldn’t agree with you more. If Vad moves the chains, CPJ is going to play him. Check out his highlight reel. My man runs like a deer!



February 17th, 2011
1:52 pm

Richt needs to pay more attention to South Ga in recruiting. Homerville, Waycross, Folkston, Brunswick, Valdosta, Thomasville, and Moultrie produce a lot of talent. This year the Dawgs got Drew, Mitchell, Rome, Ward, and Seay from here. FSU has been getting a lot of good ones from here.


February 17th, 2011
1:57 pm

Speaking of recruiting – a gem we got 2 years ago that is coming out of red shirt this fall is Charles Perkins. This guy is the real deal! He’ll put up numbers like Dwyer at B Back. I can’t wait to see his career begin this Fall.


February 17th, 2011
1:57 pm

Gravy Train, I’m sure you think you’re original, but comparing coeds to a football coach is alwasy a losing proposition and one that recruits don’t make. They compare coeds to coeds and coaches to coaches, obviously. That said, if anyone thinks Tech is still without a nice female population, they have not partied there in the last ten years. Sororities are huge at Tech and more have had to be added in the last five years with more on the way in the next few. Of course, the overall population at Tech is still 70% male, but it’s not like it used to be with the College of Management and the liberal arts programs taking off. No one’s denying the nerds. We love them, and they’re fun to watch, but they are by no means the sole student population at Tech. GT Greeks are fun people and the 70/30 split falls off dramatically at frat parties (many of which football players attend often.) Also, football players go to clubs in ATL – there are coeds from Ga State, Spelman, and Clark Atlanta there. Tech men (not the nerdy ones) do NOT have a problem finding women…if they do they’re not doing it right. A football player at Tech has it pretty easy socially speaking. Just sayin.

Go Jackets!