Ten@10: Boise State QB Mike Tamburo of North Gwinnett to transfer ‘closer to home’

THE TEN AT 10:

1. Mike Tamburo is coming home. Where he is going to play football remains a mystery, however.

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Tamburo, a redshirt sophomore quarterback at Boise State, confirmed to me that he plans to transfer “closer to home.”  But the North Gwinnett High graduate wasn’t ready to say exactly where that will be.

“I am planning on transferring but, at this point, I don’t really want to talk about it until it is official,” said Tamburo, who accounted for 8,476 total yards and 90 touchdowns while playing for Bob Sphire at North Gwinnett. “I probably should know in the next week or two what I’m doing. But I am planning on transferring somewhere closer to home. I’d rather not get into specifics because I just want to make sure everything works out first.”

Things haven’t worked out for Tamburo at Boise State. He has never played a live down for the Broncos and now he finds himself buried behind three other players on the depth chart. There was some discussion of Tamburo changing positions, possibly to wide receiver, but ultimately he would like to remain under center.

“That’s the goal,” he said of sticking at quarterback. “I was helping out on the scout team some doing some receiver duty and doing what I could. But we just switched quarterback coaches and I was going to stay at quarterback. It just wasn’t working out for me there. I wanted to try somewhere else and get a fresh start.”

The hot rumor on the Internet this week is his destination is UGA. The Bulldogs, of course, open the 2011 season against Boise State in September in the Georgia Dome. One would think the Broncos might have some reservations about releasing Tamburo to a school they’ll play in that season’s opening game.

“I don’t think they’re too worried if I did want to go to Georgia,” said Tamburo, who’s not saying that’s where he’s heading. “It’s not like I’d be there during fall camp where I’d know the gameplan.”

Of course, the Bulldogs are also pretty well set at quarterback. Starter Aaron Murray is just entering his sophomore season and Georgia has sophomore Hutson Mason, freshman Christian LeMay and two invited walkons to back him up.

2. A more likely destination for Tamburo might be Georgia State of Georgia Southern. He would be immediately eligible at the FCS school. Meanwhile, the Panthers have incurred some quarterback attrition recently.

The AJC’s Ken Sugiura reports that returning starter Drew Little has been suspended for spring practice and the first four games of next season and Star Jackson has left the program. That leaves the Panthers with only Kelton Hill and quarterback-turned-receiver-turned-quarterback Bo Schlechter to play the position. They signed Ben McLane (6-1, 215) from Class AAAAA state champion Brookwood on national signing day.

Tamburo said he’ll let me know where he’s heading as soon as his transfer paperwork is complete. In the meantime, he said he will be leaving Boise State without hard feelings.

“I would say that Boise State has been super cooperative and Coach Pete (head coach Chris Peterson) is a great coach,” he said.

3. Speaking of accomplished quarterbacks, Georgia Tech is position to land another one in its 2011 class. Jerrard Randall (6-2, 190), a four-star prospect out of Chaminade Madonna College Preparatory High in Hollywood, Fla., was originally committed to sign with Oregon. But the Ducks abanadoned him when it appeared he was not going to meet freshman eligibility requirements. As it turns out, Randall recently qualified and he has reopened his recruitment. And now he lists the Yellow Jackets among his three favorites, including LSU and Miami.

“I am going to take a couple of visits and Georgia Tech will be the first school I look at,” Randall told Kelly Quinlan of JacketsOnline.com. “I want to play somewhere I feel wanted and I don’t feel that from Oregon,” he said. “I have talked with the coaches at Georgia Tech and my coach has spoken with coaches from LSU and Miami and we are setting up visits and I am trying to find the best option for me. Georgia Tech has a lot of interest in me and I have a lot of interest in them,” he said. “The coaches love the way I run and throw the ball and Coach Johnson told me if I throw like I do on film he can build his offense around that. Georgia Tech is in front for me right now.”

If Randall does choose the Yellow Jackets he’ll face some competition. Tech returns junior starter Tevin Washington and has sophomore David Sims and redshirt freshmen Synjyn Days already on the roster. They also signed the highly-touted signalcaller Vad Lee out of Durham, N.C., in February.

3. Kudos to my pal Seth Emerson of the Macon Telegraph for being the first to get some local information on the use of scouting services for recruiting. I mentioned in “Tuesday’s 10″ that the use of such services had become a national topic after it was reported that Oregon had paid more than $25,000 to one such service in Texas.

I vowed to look into such usage by the two in-state programs but Emerson beat me to the punch. He was able to get an open records request into Georgia — I’ve since received the same documents — and reported that the Bulldogs have paid three such services for recruiting information since October of 2009. Georgia cut checks totaling $33,155 to LRS Sports of Springfield, Ill.; Elite Scouting Services of Hollywood, Fla.; and Bluechip Athletic Solutions of Atlanta.

I still have to get Georgia Tech’s information on this and do some reporting about what they actually get for these services. But, eventually, I plan to bring you a full, detailed report on the subject. So stay tuned.

4. Jontavious Carter, a 6-4, 190-pound wide receiver from Crisp County down in Cordele, committed to Miami on Wednesday. What makes Carter’s story particularly interesting is, in this age of paid scouting services and combines, etc., he handled his recruitment all on his own. According to this story by Scout.com analyst Chad Simmons, Carter put together his own highlight video, mailed it to Miami himself and called to make sure they had received it and watched it.

“I called [assistant] Coach [Brennan] Carroll to make sure they got it and he told me they saw it and that they wanted to offer me a full ride to Miami,” Carter, who grew up wanting to be a Hurricane, told Simmons. “Then I talked to [head coach Al] Golden and told him I wanted to be part of ‘The U.’ He told me to go talk to my family and then call him back. I talked to my grandma, told her what happened and then I called Coach Golden back and committed to him. I told him that I wanted to be a Hurricane, I wanted to be part of the family, and that I was ready to be part of Miami.”

Carter was getting interest from Georgia and other SEC schools but Miami was his only offer so far. He caught 49 passes for 650 yards and 7 TDs as a junior last season.

5. You may have seen where I reported Wednesday that Georgia had to report five NCAA rules violations as a result of five-star defensive end Ray Drew’s commitment ceremony at Thomas County Central in January. Well, there’s an interesting follow-up story to read in the Thomasville Times Enterprise. They talked to Thomas County Central’s athletics director and head football coach, both of whom expressed surprise and disappointment that anything that was done there could be considered illegal by the NCAA. A lot of folks agree.

6. Speaking of Drew, I thought one of things he said in the story was being unfairly characterized by some commenters on The Blog. While it’s highly likely these people were fans of Georgia rivals, they were critical of Drew’s comments that he “had no regrets” over the way he handled his announcement. I didnt see that as a negative comment at all. Drew is adamant that he didn’t do anything wrong and that his intentions were anything but to bring trouble to the school he chose to attend.

I think the following quote, which I was unable to fit into the original story, may be a better characterization of how Drew feels about the whole situation:

“My take on it is you have to take the good with the bad,” said the licensed minister. “If you come out with a class that is highly ranked as this one was, people are going to ask, ‘why did you choose this and why did you go about doing things this way or that way?’ As long as you have all your ducks in a row and you know you’ve done nothing wrong, you can walk around with a smile on your face and not let it worry you, which is what I’m doing right now.”

7. Lorenzo Mauldin, another talented defensive end, may be drawing closer to making a final decision on a school choice. The Maynard Jackson High senior has cut off all interviews while his complicated recruitment is getting worked out. But, in the meantime, he appears to be offering some hints as to its conclusion on his Facebook page.

Above a picture of some University of Louisville football players celebrating on the field last season, Mauldin posted “My Boys.” Later, he posted the picture of a maroon Cardinals’ No. 26 jersey, above which he wrote, “my numba goin in.”

Mauldin, (6-4, 233) had been committed to South Carolina since last July but was left in limbo after the Gamecocks overcommitted their scholarship allotment. Currently a non-qualifier, Mauldin has been given the opportunity to eventually sign with Gamecocks. But Louisville has offered him the alternative of possibly signing and coming in as a non-qualifier. And Mauldin continues to get tutoring and take college entrance exams.

8. A quick programming note: I will be heading down to Florida on a brief vacation with the family on Friday and won’t be back at work until next Wednesday. So that means there will be no “Ten @ 10″ next Tuesday. However, the AJC Recruiting Blog will resume business as usual next Wednesday. In the meantime, AJC high schools reporter Michael Carvell will be keeping an eye on all things recruiting and will update the blog if there is some news to report.

9. One other programming note: I’d like to resume”The Mailbag” as soon as possible. But to do that, I’ll need your help. So please send recruiting questions you would like for me to answer to The Mailbag’s special email address: ajcrecruiting@yahoo.com. If I receive enough (reasonable) inquiries the once-weekly feature will resume next week. Thanks in advance.

10. THIS & THAT: Vadal Alexander, in my opinion the top offensive line prospect in the state this year, told me in an interview this week that Alabama, Auburn and LSU are his favorites at this point. The 6-6, 310-pound tackle from Buford is a native of Louisiana. I’ll have more on Alexander later. . . .

Georgia recently entered the sweepstakes for Sandy Creek defensive tackle Quinteze Williams. The Bulldogs offered the 6-5, 244-pounder late last week. “Georgia is the home-state school, they are the home-town school, and it feels good to know that Georgia took the time to evaluate me and that they have the confidence to offer me a scholarship,” Williams told Scout.com. . . .

Talk about a diamond-in-the-rough prospect! Brian Stumpf of ESPN Rise reports that LB Justin Horton (6-2, 201) of Clermont, Fla., recently recorded a SPARQ rating of 122.73 at a Nike Combine in Florida. That’s the best mark in the nation so far. The SPARQ rating is a combination of a prospect’s abilities in four disciplines: the 40-yard-dash, the shuttle run, vertical leap and the five-pound ball toss. Horton’s numbers were sparking — 4.61, 4.00, 37.6 inches and 37.5 feet, respectively. Horton, a 2012 recruit, has no offers so far.

216 comments Add your comment

patience

March 10th, 2011
10:09 am

juvenal

March 10th, 2011
10:11 am

almost got my 1st(2nd?) 1

martin the calvinist

March 10th, 2011
10:11 am

martin the calvinist

March 10th, 2011
10:12 am

juvenal

March 10th, 2011
10:13 am

uga should grab him, for obvious reasons…..

Outside Observer

March 10th, 2011
10:13 am

Randall sounds like a solid football player. But his struggles to qualify academically worry me. If he should happen to choose Tech, I hope he makes it. It definitely won’t be easy.

martin the calvinist

March 10th, 2011
10:14 am

Always enjoy the blog, Chip. If that kid from N. Gwinnett was smart, he’d go to Georgia St. where he might find some playing time right away.

Crap

March 10th, 2011
10:17 am

Buckeye

March 10th, 2011
10:18 am

My team is innocent!!!!!

G-State

March 10th, 2011
10:23 am

GSU is the only option, it’s even the right shade of blue for him.

BigTimeTECHFan

March 10th, 2011
10:24 am

Jerrard Randall would be nice pickup for Tech, offers from:
Oregon
Florida State
Georgia
Georgia Tech
LSU
Michigan
Mississippi
Notre Dame
Ohio State
West Virginia

GTJason

March 10th, 2011
10:24 am

Randall will offer Lee and opportunity to redshirt. He won’t last longer than a year academically then Lee will come out knowing the offense like the back of his hand. I hate being one of those “we’re going to be great after this year” kind of fans though. With as much as the quarterback gets hit in our offense we might need to split up the snaps 50%… thats half for one and half for the other to the UGA fans reading :) … sorry had to

gsu01

March 10th, 2011
10:26 am

Come on down to GSU and play in the Dome!

reebok

March 10th, 2011
10:27 am

would be nice to see tamburo go to Georgia State where he can play immediately. G Tech doesn’t need another QB, we are set for the next 4 years or more, we need linemen on both sides of the ball. happy thursday to all!

GT Loyal

March 10th, 2011
10:28 am

Jerrard, we’d love to see you play for Tech!

The QB job is yours if you want it!

Worm

March 10th, 2011
10:33 am

Looks like Tech might pick up another borderline student..Higher standards my rear.

gtParty

March 10th, 2011
10:34 am

@reebok:

Are you serious, we don’t need another QB? You mean, we don’t need another mediocre QB right? How about one that has crazy talent like Jerrard Randall?

GSU WHO??

March 10th, 2011
10:47 am

GSU is not Georgia State. It the the Blue and White at GEORGIA SOUTHERN! GState is not even close to the same level as GSU.

PDX Dawg

March 10th, 2011
10:47 am

lol GT recruting a player that didnt qualify at UO. Please let this shut up the Tech fans about their so-called tougher admission standards for thier athletes (we all know it wont)……it’s simply not true. If it were, why would they waste their time with this kid?

PDX Dawg

March 10th, 2011
10:48 am

GSUGrad06

March 10th, 2011
10:54 am

GSU WHO: Seriously? Do you guys always have to ruin coversation. Again… http://www.gsu.edu. Now go away.

P. Bull Terrier

March 10th, 2011
10:57 am

It sounds like Jontavious Carter is the type of player that would help almost any team. I don’t know anything about his athletic ability (other than it appears he has enough of it to interest Div. I schools), but I’m impressed with his initiative and apparent work ethic. He may or may not be the kind of star athlete everyone will notice on the field in college, but I bet he’ll be one of those guys who becomes the backbone of his team. UGA needs more guys like him. Wherever he goes, I’ll be happy to see him succeed.

Tamburo did a great job at North Gwinnett. Running Sphire’s spread offense, he was very accurate on the short and medium distance passes, but I didn’t see him air it out very often. He could pick up yardage running the ball when he needed to, but didn’t seem exceptionally quick or elusive. I don’t remember him having the height that you would like to see in a pro style offense QB. His physical skills seem like a better fit for Georgia State, but I suppose it’s possible that his accuracy, football IQ, and leadership skills are strong enough that UGA might be interested.

1eyedJack

March 10th, 2011
10:58 am

Tamburo would be 4th on UGA’s depth chart too. He don’t look nerdy or stupid enough to play for the gnats and Coach Fish Fry. Guess it will have to be Ga. State.

D A DoubleU G

March 10th, 2011
11:02 am

PDX Dawg…..

The Techies will tell you “read the story! He ended up qualifying!”…..

But I am with you. This makes a kid who was in question of qualifying who would have NO CHANCE to enter GT without an athletic scholly. Add this kid with the one who was academically ineligible to enter Auburn(?!?!?!), and you are about to have a really, really dumb class of jacket.

RomeDawg

March 10th, 2011
11:02 am

Hmmmmmm……now how can a kid who barely meets NCAA freshman eligibility standards supposed to get into a school like Tech?

thebull35

March 10th, 2011
11:02 am

@PDX…Please do a little research on the kid and the situation before you start going all diarrhea of the mouth. The kid is from the inner-most terrible parts of Miami and was hanging around with the wrong crowds. His entire family pitched in and shipped him off to a private school where he raised his grade point average about 6/7 tenths of a point higher, in only a little more than a year. I think this would bode well as a testament of the type of work ethic that this young man has and his abilities once he is put into the conditions for him to do better for himself.

1eyedJack

March 10th, 2011
11:02 am

Good to see a fellow alumnus from Crisp Co., Jontavious Carter, get a scholarship from a BCS school. We’ve had few and far between.

RomeDawg

March 10th, 2011
11:04 am

After reading the story on Randall maybe Mauldin should look at Tech….

Delbert D.

March 10th, 2011
11:06 am

There must FBS opportunities out there, as opposed to going to Ga. State. What are the QB situations at Richmond, Furman, Appalachian St., just to name a few?

Tech Man

March 10th, 2011
11:08 am

My God, why is Johnson recruiting another quarterback. We already have a house full. Is that all he wants to go after. No wonder we can’t compete-all we have are quarterbacks.

Go Jackets!!

March 10th, 2011
11:10 am

According to ESPN, Randall has the strongest arm for a QB in the 2011 class. We’ll take him with open arms!

Delbert D.

March 10th, 2011
11:14 am

FCS, not FBS. Div.1aa.

Tamburo will not last long at GSU...

March 10th, 2011
11:17 am

…he will get kicked off the team early on – he should have been kicked out of his HS team when his FATHER served alcohol to his entire team at an end of the year party at his home – obviously, Curry will not put up with his antics…

In Response to Tech Man

March 10th, 2011
11:20 am

Tech Man – you are an idiot.

Regarding Justin Horton...

March 10th, 2011
11:20 am

…he has no offers because he cannot play! Just because he is athletic does not translate into any sort of “sport” based skill(i.e. football, basketball, soccer, etc)

thebull35

March 10th, 2011
11:26 am

CPJ is recruiting all of these quarterbacks for the following reasons:

1. Alot of times these are some of the best athletes on their high school football team and we definately need better athletes at the skill positions (WR, FS, SS, CB) also at A-back. The only person that I saw that was a threat to take it the distance last season was Smith.

2. Our QB takes a TON of hits (with/without the ball).

3. NOTHING better than competition

Animal Control Officer

March 10th, 2011
11:26 am

Always good to have another good qb on the team, luallen was supposed to be an awesome one and look how that worked out. If they both end up being beasts can you imagine the possibilities of one lining up under center and one at B back

Ramblin Man

March 10th, 2011
11:26 am

I am concerned with this recruitment of Randall just like I was of Kitchen. Atleast with Kitchen he took a year to grow up and meet all the requirements, but he still has a long road ahead and hopefully makes it academically. It seems to me that there had to be soemthing else going on with Oregon since he did get the qualifying ACT score and they still gave him the cold shoulder. The coaches obviously know more about this kid than we do and it’s not like GT is the only school after him. It’s always nice to have QB competition, but if this kid is going to be a risk I am perfectly happy with Washington and Days battleing it out this year with Lee thrown in the mix next year.

GT Fan Nation

March 10th, 2011
11:26 am

We want J.R. !!
We want J.R. !!
We want J.R. !!
We want J.R. !!
We want J.R. !!

juvenal

March 10th, 2011
11:28 am

last time anybody checked, 10% of Tech’s FB’s were special admits-vs. 94% at uga…….can’t say they are all scholars….

rduck

March 10th, 2011
11:29 am

I would love to see Jarrard Randall come to Tech and bring his skill and abilities to the Flats. You can never have enough talented QB’s in this offense and competition breeds performance. It would be a fun competition to watch with Washington, Days, Lee and Randall all competing for the top spot. Hopefully he has his academics in line and has the determination to excell at the institute. As far as Vadal Alexander, I thought the doggies said he was a lock to come to the cesspool in Athens?

juvenal

March 10th, 2011
11:30 am

4th string qb-who knows your openers O…….

GT Season Ticket Holder

March 10th, 2011
11:34 am

Ramblin Man –

Let me get this straight. You are calling Randall a risk and you’d prefer to watch Washington play an entire season? Open your eyes man – Washington is the risk.

Ramblin Man

March 10th, 2011
11:36 am

thebull35,
Thanks for the info I was looking for information on Randall but did not find much other than highlight tape.
techman,
I think this was already answered but the other highschool QBs CPJ recruited are not being recruited as QBs like Randall is. Golden and Demon are both slated to be DBs in college and if you look at many succesful DBs you will see they played QB in Highschool since that is usually the best, or one of the best, athletes on the team. With Sims being moved to BB Randall will give GT 4 QBs which is average for most teams and would mean that GT could shoot for the stars for a QB next year and if it does not work out oh well.

GTBob

March 10th, 2011
11:36 am

The Jerrard Randall story is actually a pretty good one. He fell into a bad crowd in HS and lived in a pretty bad area. His parents got him out of there, he started working hard and raised his grades and test scores enough to qualify pretty much anywhere. The kid has earned his chance at a big school. I’m not really too concerned if he goes to GT or somewhere else. GT is in good shape with or without him. It’s just good to see that he will get a shot.

Ramblin Man

March 10th, 2011
11:39 am

I am saying he could be a risk academically, if there is a problem at all, and why try and develop a QB that might never play. If there are factors that we do not know about, and I am sure there are, then I hope he comes to GT and excells. For the record I do not think Washington will be the starter I think it will be Days with Washington as a dependeble backup.

Let's see...

March 10th, 2011
11:42 am

…Jontavious Carter SAYS he sent tapes himself to the U and that the Miami staff immediately offered him a ’ship after viewing them – and you just accept this as gospel and print it without any further comment so as to authenticate what he says? I have some swamp land in south GA to sell…

jp

March 10th, 2011
11:43 am

Why is UGA not going hard after Vadal Alexander?

GT Season Ticket Holder

March 10th, 2011
11:46 am

Ramblin Man –

Please defend why you think Days is better than Washington?

If you have no real evidence, then don’t you think we should take the “risk” (as you put it) in bringing the nation’s 10th ranked dual threat QB to Tech?

itsmeagain

March 10th, 2011
11:59 am

@GSU who – Clearly both nobody cares nor does anyone agree