Ten@10: Georgia Tech among many to show sudden in interest in Nick Tompkins

THE TEN AT 10:

Nick Tompkins gained nearly 1,900 yards rushing for Class AAAAA state champion Brookwood last season. (AJC photo by Jason Getz)

Nick Tompkins gained nearly 1,900 yards rushing for Class AAAAA state champion Brookwood last season. (AJC photo by Jason Getz)

1. Nick Tompkins was beginning to wonder what he had to do to get some attention. As a junior, the Brookwood running back (5-10, 175) rushed for 1,890 yards and 22 touchdowns while also playing some more-than-occasional defense to help the Broncos on their way to the 2010 Class AAAAA state championship. Yet as far as recruiting went, other than an occasional form letter in the mail, he was hearing crickets.

All that’s changed now. As winter thaws into spring, Tompkins suddenly finds himself with six major-college offers — the latest from Georgia Tech — and more are on the way.

“I’d been getting a lot letters but, that last couple of weeks, I’ve been getting hand-written letters from schools,” Tompkins told me this week. “After I finally got my first offer, before I knew it I had like five or six. So it’s all happening pretty fast now and continues to grow.”

Tompkins’ first offer came from Virginia the first of March. He has since gotten invitations from Arkansas, Army, Boston College, Tech and Wisconsin. Like most recruits, getting that initial offer was a thrill.

“Actually it was the first time I’d ever talked to them,” Tompkins said of the Cavaliers. “I hadn’t even received any letters from them. Coach [Vincent] Brown sent me an email and told me to call him. So I did and he was telling me about the school and offered me right there on the phone. I was really shocked because I wasn’t expecting it. I had been waiting for that first offer for a long time, so I was pretty excited about it.”

Now it’s becoming old hat. Penn State invited him up to State College this weekend, where an offer is expected to be forthcoming. Visits to West Virginia and Clemson are in the works. He has been to a junior day at Michigan State and Mississippi State and Central Florida are trying to get him on campus.

“I’m thinking I may pick up a couple more [offers] soon,” Tompkins said.

2. Tompkins’ film has been the key. He didn’t get any out until November, which is relatively late in today’s hurry-up world of recruiting. But once teams got a look at Tompkins’ big-play ability competing in the state’s highest classification, interest piqued.

Here’s a look at Tompkins’ highlight video, one of the more impressive ones you’ll see:

3. Tompkins is hesitant to name a favorite, but clearly Tech is a school that he likes. He made a trip down to The Flats this past weekend and came away extremely impressed with the Yellow Jackets.

“It actually went great,” he said. “It was basically an unofficial visit. They had a schedule for me. I met all the coaches, shook all their hands. I talked to the recruiting coordinator Andy McCollum, talked to the academic people, saw a couple of classrooms, they  showed me around campus. I spent about four hours doing that. At the very end I went up and had personal time with Coach Paul Johnson. Me and my dad went into his office and talked for about 45 minutes. He said he wanted to offer me. He told me I’m a very special player and a perfect fit for the A-back position. He said I could have a big impact for them next year.”

Tompkins resisted the urge to commit on the spot.

“I mean, I was really happy. I really like Tech,” he said. “But [Johnson]  even told me to think about it a while. He said they really want me there but he’s not going to rush me. I’m just going to take my time and make the best decision for the future.”

Tompkins said he intends to make up his mind by the end of summer. He wants the decision out of the way before embarking on his senior season and the Broncos’ defense of the state title.

4. They’ve had to close registration for the  annual Atlanta MVP Camp, which will be held March 26 at Lovejoy High. Among the many prospects committed to participate at that event — known for putting players through the paces of a real football workout and not a bunch of combine tests — are several of the “elite” variety. They include St. Pius DB Geno Smith, one of the most heavily-recruited prospects in Atlanta; RB Beniquez Brown of Florence, Ala., who recently got an offer from Georgia; and Norcross WR Jason Croom. Representing the class of 2013 will be LB Reuben Foster of Troup, LB Johnny O’Neal of West Laurens and WR Uriah LeMay of Matthews, N.C., the younger brother of UGA QB Christian LeMay.

5. You may have seen the update I wrote Wednesday on DE Sterling Bailey, the UGA signee from East Hall who recently underwent shoulder surgery. Well, his big brother Korentheus Bailey, recently made a move. In January, Korentheus transferred from Western Kentucky, where he has played the last two seasons, to Georgia Southern, where he will play the next two.

Korentheus is a very good get for the Eagles. He’s a 6-foot-4, 315-pound defensive tackle. And the best part for Kevin Bailey, the boys’ father, is Georgia and Georgia Southern will play each other in 2012 in Athens

6. Lorenzo Mauldin is still not talking to the media, but he continues to offer hints to his eventual destination via his Facebook page. On Wednesday he posted the following message as his status: “BIG EAST! #ENUF SAID.” The big defensive end from Atlanta’s Maynard Jackson High, a Class of 2011 recruit, has been seriously considering an offer from Louisville. He had been committed to South Carolina since last July but was unable to sign with the Gamecocks on national signing day.

7. Quarterback Mike Tamburo, who announced last Friday his intention to transfer to UGA from Boise State, will not be the only invited walkon to join the Bulldogs this fall.  Two players from Gwinnett’s Wesleyan School have also accepted invitations from Georgia: Running back Kyle Karempelis and linebacker Merritt Hall. Karempelis rushed for a Gwinnett County-best 1,918 yards and 26 touchdowns last season. Hall overcame several injuries to record 106 tackles in 10 games. Karempelis and Hall are teammates of UGA signee David Andrews, who will play center for the Bulldogs.

8. The reputed Texas street agent at the center of an investigation at Oregon, Will Lyles, has had numerous dealings with LSU, according to a Gannett news report by Glenn Guilbeau. The Tigers say their relationship with Lyles’ company, Complete Scouting Services, to which the school paid $6,000 in December, was permissible.

9. Florida LB Neiron Ball, a rising sophomore from Jackson, is recovering well in Gainesville following a hospital stay for ruptured blood vessel in his brain last month, according to the Palm Beach Post. It was determined Ball has an ateriorvenus malformation in his brain. Family and friends initially feared for Ball’s life when he fell out during an offseason workout last month. But he was released on Feb. 19 after six days in intensive care at Shands hospital. It has not yet been determined whether Ball can continue his football career.

10. THIS & THAT: Mario Edwards, a 6-4, 275-pound defensive end from Denton, Texas, committed to Florida State on Tuesday. Georgia was one of the main schools he was considering. . . . OL Jessamen Dunker (6-6, 315) is scheduled to visit Georgia this weekend. . . .  Troup LB Reuben Foster, a 2013 prospect, is scheduled to visit the University of Florida this weekend. . . . Shadrach Thornton, a 6-1, 190-pound running back from Liberty County, recently received his first two major offers. They came from Kentucky and N.C. State. . . . North Carolina on Thursday offered RB Mike Davis, DE Jarontay Jones and DT Jafar Mann of Stephenson. . . . Ohio State offered Buford OLB/TE Dillon Lee this week.

105 comments Add your comment

Who cares

March 17th, 2011
10:06 am

if i’m 1st

patience

March 17th, 2011
10:09 am

D A DoubleU G

March 17th, 2011
10:10 am

Good work chip.

However, this is the “Ten@10″, NOT the “Ten@10:04″.

Not happy right now, Chip. What are we going to do to see that this does not take place next time??

Chip Towers

March 17th, 2011
10:13 am

Who cares: I care! It was important to me that you were first and it should be to you, too!

Who cares

March 17th, 2011
10:13 am

Thompkins looks alot faster than he did in the playoffs. He played well, but with better athelets going against him his speed was neutralized not sure how he will hold up at his size. He has to put on some weight.

Who cares

March 17th, 2011
10:14 am

Hey I do care. Just a play on words.

The Bees Nees

March 17th, 2011
10:19 am

Come on to the flats Nick!!!

Old Dawg

March 17th, 2011
10:19 am

Hey, Chip, thanks for your recruiting stories. They’re a great way to keep track of things, and all sports writers need a pats on their backs from time to time.

Chip Towers

March 17th, 2011
10:19 am

RRTDawgs: Hopefully that impostor/troll won’t bother you any more.

Axlrodes

March 17th, 2011
10:20 am

i feel like Georgia is taking a relaxed position in regards to recruiting for 2012. Bobo and the boys did a great job this year, but you can’t take time off. Florida and Alabama are eating up hot prospects left and right. We need to repeat our efforts from last year and let everyone know that 2011 was no fluke and the Dawgs are on the prowl!

Who cares

March 17th, 2011
10:21 am

DA Just be happy you are getting any updates period. The last week with no new postings was brutal.

Atwork

March 17th, 2011
10:28 am

Chip,
Anymore word on Randall, the Oregon commit shunned away coming to Tech?

Barkin'Dog

March 17th, 2011
10:29 am

DANG! This kid is the real deal! He hit’s the hole hard, makes great cuts, dynamic speed, outstanding field of vision, catches the ball (all sorts of ways, even over the head), breaks tackles, returns punts… what else do you need. Wish he was coming to Georgia. But, if he doesn’t, I hope he stays in state at Tech. Would hate to play against him, but look forward to watching his progress in college. Keep your nose clean, kid… you’ll go far.

UGA's needs going forward

March 17th, 2011
10:34 am

UGA needs a punter and FG kicker with two current Dogs turning pro after graduating, upcoming.

UGA needs two more really good to great running backs to complement Ken Boo Malcome and Crowley.

UGA always needs big boy O and D linemen. UGA has been lacking in signing really name brand O linemen. They ( good linemen) can be coached up however, if they are smart and IF they hit the S&C program hard. Prefer 300lbs +.

UGA always needs corner backs and safeties. Need two to three ea. per year …… every year.

UGA needs L backers and more interior nose linemen to groom behind the new guy. If he is good, he will be gone next winter to the NFL.

Receivers are always needed.

Other than that UGA is set to make a nice run for 2011 and beyond.

Go Dogs.

signing day blues

March 17th, 2011
10:34 am

I Hope the dawgs get some committs soon i know we have limited spots but they need to get sum1 to committ. do any1 who would be the first

wrecked

March 17th, 2011
10:41 am

Since PJ has missed on every other prospect hes offered maybe we get another A back .

Is it football season yet?

March 17th, 2011
10:45 am

Nick Tompkins looks like he will be a good back, but before getting TOO excited notice that a ton of those highlights were against Shiloh. As a former Shiloh student that watched Caleb King run all over us, we can make any RB look like Barry Sanders.

mags

March 17th, 2011
10:49 am

Dawgs have a kicker committ for 2012. Kicker Marshall Morgan of Miami, Florida has committed to the Dawgs. Marshall (6-3, 195) plays for Archbishop McCarthy in Miami, Florida. As a junior, he made 15-of-16 field goals (long of 53 yards) and converted eight over 43 yards. He committed to UGA over offers from Florida, Florida State and Virginia Tech.

Marshall also handles the punting and averaged 43 yards per kick. Georgia coaches have told him that he will have the opportunity to punt and kick for the Dawgs.

Great student, too.

1eyedJack

March 17th, 2011
10:50 am

I don’t know Chip, devoting one, two, and three to one player, I think that’s cheating. Tompkins looks like a player.

Korentheus…what a name.

Spurrier thumbs his nose at the SEC and the NCAA….what are they going to do, send him another memo? File 13.

Korentheus Karempelis…now that would be a good name.

Might Shadrach be the Kwisatz Haderach?

RRTDawgs

March 17th, 2011
10:59 am

Thanks Chip for the back up its not your fault that sometimes you some immature on here good work on the info .

RxDawg

March 17th, 2011
11:02 am

“Karempelis rushed for a Gwinnett County-best 1,918 yards and 26 touchdowns last season.”

Good grief, this guy didn’t have any scholy offers? Well welcome aboard the dog nation sir. They things have gone recently for us at RB, you might get some quality PT one day.

RRTDawgs

March 17th, 2011
11:13 am

I hope we get Jessamen Dunker he has a lot of beef would be a tough fight with Gators though more likely to get Theus RB is not a big need but the 2 RBs UGA is likely to get is Kieth Marshall or Jovon Robinson which i have no problem in getting .

dawgster

March 17th, 2011
11:31 am

@RRTDawgs…its probably going to be awhile before Marshall or Robinson will commit….Hope the dawg nation will be patient…Also there will be a lot of rumors, especially regarding Marshall between now and NSD…Haven’t heard any updates with Marshall’s recruitment recently, have you?…go dawgs

RRTDawgs

March 17th, 2011
11:40 am

Dawgster have not heard a lot about Marshall that is why i think more RBs have been offered from UGA this year than last year we just offered Beniguez Brown we not putting all of our eggs in one basket like we did with Crowell this time .

DAWGFAN

March 17th, 2011
12:04 pm

Please tell me that UGA is looking at Thompkins? Anyone who knows Nick Thompkins knows this kid is a QUALITY CHARACTER KID FROM A TOP QUALITY CHARACTER FAMILY. I don’t care if he is undersized, etc. He is the type of kid UGA needs in its program. Please UGA at least invite him over for a visit

gt Loyal

March 17th, 2011
12:07 pm

Chip, any word on Jerrard Russell? It’s been sort of quiet over the air waves lately on that front. Just wondering?

Alan

March 17th, 2011
12:10 pm

Us Techies would love to have Tompkins, but we’d love to have his O line along with him – the holes they were creating were huge, but clearly his instincts, quickness and speed were what made those holes worthwhile. I’m sure if he comes to the Flats, our O line would create some pretty big holes for him also.

On another subject, is there any indication from CPJ that he’s got any intention of doing anything to keep the opposing teams’ linebackers honest, like screen passes or quick crossing patterns just across the line of scrimmage? If he keeps coming with the same old triple option, we’re gonna get the same results – we just do not have the speed on the O line or the backfield to contend with the other teams’ linebackers once they come across the LOS.

Dawg Consultant

March 17th, 2011
12:12 pm

Chip!!?? Quick Question. I know that UGA is now famous (or infamous) for being slow to offer, but it does seem that we are amazingly quiet compared to our rivals at Alabama, Auburn, and Florida. Why do you think that is. I know its early, but what are they doing that we are not?

gt Loyal

March 17th, 2011
12:18 pm

Alan, I agree with you on the screen passes and quick crossing routes. CPJ indicates he needs to pass to win, but with the QB situation I’m not sure. In a recent press interview, he mentioned Tevin Washington being in the clear lead for QB. This seems sort of contradictory b/c Tevin threw many passes out of bounds and into the ground last year. Not sure about Days, there is no film on this kid to judge and if Days had been a phenom in high school he’d have serious national attention.

gt Loyal

March 17th, 2011
12:20 pm

As a GT grad, I will be so embarrassed if we see the same ol’ thing with play calling next year. I’m sure I join many other Alum.

Randall "Pink" Floyd

March 17th, 2011
12:23 pm

Let’s see, would I rather be named Korentheus or Sterling? Hmmmn…

Flatwods Dawg

March 17th, 2011
12:30 pm

Last year, it seems there was only one RB in Georgia. This year it looks like atleast 10 could sign with ACC or SEC schools. UGA cannot sign them all.

GT Fan Nation

March 17th, 2011
12:32 pm

We want Nick! You’ll put up some insane numbers in the Triple Option!

dawgster

March 17th, 2011
12:35 pm

@Dawg Consultant….I have wondered that at times also, but last year we did quiet well…I think it is a philosophy that Coach Richt brought with him from Fla State…They always, for years closed extremely strong the last couple of weeks in recruiting…Not sure if today if thats the best avenue, but we have alot of offers out there, more than what you see reported on some of the sites, but the dawgs are very selective in there approach. It probably does hurt them with some kids as they may commit to another school feeling that the dawgs are not that interested. But your concerns are valid, of course its very early, so i’m not too worried. What bothers me is that the perception is that these other schools, Bama, Fla, Au, Tenn are coming into our state and taking our kids…Well they are going to get their share, too many kids with talent in the state that we will not be able to sign…Many of these that have committed to other schools were not at the top of our list, for whatever reason, maybe they should have been, but our coaches are looking at specific needs and players that fit our system. I think we will catch up to some of the others pretty soon as far as numbers, but the dawgs will probably always be behind in the recruiting numbers at this time of year…go dawgs

Alan

March 17th, 2011
12:46 pm

Thanks for the love, gtLoyal – I, too, am a GT grad, and will be embarrassed if we see the same old play calling this year. I went to only one game last year, the Miami game, and was totally embarrassed by our performance – we just have no team speed on offense or defense, so that’s why we need to counter the other teams’ speed with something out of the ordinary to keep the linebackers and secondary from putting 8 in the box against us so much of the time. Tompkins would get us a long way towards improving our team speed – just hope he could hold up to the pounding he’d take if CPJ doesn’t switch things up a little.

Atwork

March 17th, 2011
12:51 pm

@ gt loyal and @ alan.

The same ol thing is top three in the nation in rushing. If we didn’t have so many dropped passes we could have done better. To the same tune…we need more accuracy from our QBs as well. If you watch CPJ’s play calling…he is keeping the LB’s honest with the dive and the toss sweep. A lot of his play calling is seeing how they defend the option, is the linebacker bailing to the inside and finally what are the DB’s doing…he then makes adjustments.

Dawg Consultant

March 17th, 2011
12:51 pm

dawgster, Thanks for the response. I agree recruiting is a marathon and not a sprint. My only concern is that there are many truly talented preps that do commit early (i.e., look at Alabama’s list). While I am sure that we will do well when all is said and done (just look at last years class), we do seem to be missing something early in the recruiting process. I don’t think that it is merely preception that we play catch up with a lot of kids.

At any rate I am not truly “worried”, but I am curious as to the inside scoop on why that is the case.

Go Dawgs!

Alan

March 17th, 2011
1:11 pm

@ atwork:

With all due respect, top three in the nation in rushing is meaningless if it doesn’t translate into enough wins, which it hasn’t the last two years. And dives and toss sweeps are still running plays, which do nothing to give the linebackers anything different to think about before committing to pursue the run instead of hesitating to see if it might be a passing play. Making adjustments to what the defense is doing is purely reactionary, and our offense needs to be more proactive – we need to dictate what the defense does instead of letting the defense dictate what our offense does all the time

Flatwods Dawg

March 17th, 2011
1:11 pm

Dawg Consultant

I think a lot of the top prospects are waiting to see how the Dawgs do in 2011 before they decide. A lot of Richt bashers are calling for his firing, but if the Dawgs start off strong and Richt’s position is solid, all the top prospects will sign on.

GT Loyal

March 17th, 2011
1:12 pm

Atwork:

You are right. Last year we were 1st in the nation in rushing; yet, we had a losing season. Don’t get me wrong, I love the rushing game. I’m just saying if we don’t start changing it up and passing effectively, we won’t have a chance to win the big one. CPJ admits this frequently.

GIVE ME A BREAK

March 17th, 2011
1:36 pm

Every opponent knew GT was having trouble completing a pass. I believe CPJ wants to change that and he will when the receivers start catching the ball.

Atwork

March 17th, 2011
1:45 pm

I don’t think we really need shorter routes in Tech’s passing game. We Tech needs is to complete at a higher % is its long to medium range pass. We had quite a few over thrown and more dropped. The opportunities were there this past year. When you have one that works and one that doesn’t…you go with the one that works.

Both of you are correct Tech needs take advantage of their run game. Too many DB’s are beaten with safeties running up to help. I think the mid range routes can be Tech’s best bet…

GT45

March 17th, 2011
1:57 pm

Alan, before we get to critical of anything, maybe we should show our support by attending a few more games!

GT45

March 17th, 2011
2:01 pm

Oh, yeah. Chip, what are the numbers on this kid? He looks fast as greased lightn’.

RRTDawgs

March 17th, 2011
2:09 pm

UNC cuts ties with Delvon Simmons does anyone have any info why this happened must be something going on with that program .

1eyedJack

March 17th, 2011
2:15 pm

You Techies are ignoring the 800 lb. gorilla in the room. Your defense is what’s killing you.

Elliot Garcia

March 17th, 2011
2:15 pm

all those stephenson kids are going to Florida!

Flatwods Dawg

March 17th, 2011
2:24 pm

1eyedJack

What is killing the Techies is they have a coach who cannot recruit. When is the last time Tech signed one of the top ten recruits in the state of Georgia.That is one reason Alabama and Auburn are having such success in recruiting Georgia.

DawgByte

March 17th, 2011
2:28 pm

Hey Chip -

Did Mark Richt lose out on any midget golfers this week? I’be heard Clemson is making a run at them. Richt better get on the ball, we don’t want to lose out on any more midgets from the great state of South Carolina. LOL!

1eyedJack

March 17th, 2011
2:33 pm

Flatwods Dawg, that is true too. Just wait ’til Coach Fishfry gets his recruits in place. What?