Ten@10: WR JaQuay Williams succeeding in goal to ‘become known’

WR JaQuay Williams is obviously pleased with his hardware haul from the Atlanta MVP Camp, which included trophies for Top Overall Performer and Top Wide Receiver. (AJC photo by Jason Getz)

WR JaQuay Williams is obviously pleased with his hardware haul from the Atlanta MVP Camp, which included trophies for Top Overall Performer and Top Wide Receiver. (AJC photo by Jason Getz)

THE TEN AT 10:

1. I went down to Hampton this past weekend to catch the Atlanta MVP Camp being conducted at Lovejoy High and came away extremely impressed on a lot of levels. Mainly there was just an awesome amount of talent there. Nearly 360 players showed up, most of them rising seniors and juniors, from all over the state and beyond. Fortunately the rain stayed away long enough to let this big group get in all their work. Here’s A PHOTO GALLERY by the AJC’s Jason Getz to get an idea of what it was like.

A name you’re surely going to hear much more of in the coming months is JaQuay Williams. The 6-foot-2 (and change), 200-pound wide receiver from Sandy Creek High (by way of Heard County, more on that later) walked away with some significant hardware following the four-hour camp. He was named the camp’s top overall performer and top wide receiver. Taking into account the talent that was there at the wideout position, that’s particularly impressive. Among the receivers were Miami commitment Jontavious Carter of Crisp County, Jason Crooms of Norcross, Lassiter’s Charlie Hegedus and Marqui Hawkins and Artimus Samuel of Carver-Columbus, to name a few.

“I knew I was capable of it, but didn’t really expect it,” said Williams, who was pretty much unstoppable during one-on-one drills. “I just competed. I came out here and had fun. I’m trying to get everybody in the country to know who I am.”

A lot of folks already have an idea. Williams has at least one dozen offers so far, including Auburn, Clemson, Ohio State, Tennessee, South Carolina and Georgia Tech. He said Auburn and Ohio State are generally giving him the most attention but he also likes Georgia and Tennessee a lot.

It sounds like Williams may be leaning slightly toward the Buckeyes, a team he said he has liked “since I was a little kid.” He’s taking a trip to Ohio State on April 5.

“I’m just trying to see how the wide receiver coaches coach and all that,” said Williams, who had 85 catches for 1,570 yards and 19 TDs over three seasons at Heard County. “I grew up liking Ohio State and Georgia. But that doesn’t mean anything when I’m trying to decide what to do with the rest of my life.”

The Bulldogs have not offered, Williams said. “But I hear from them all of the time. I talk to them every week. They have a lot of interest in me.”

2. Williams wasn’t the only one to walk away a winner Saturday. Others to leave with “Top Performer” trophies included Troup linebacker Reuben Foster, Sandy Creek running back Mike Hilton, Tri-Cities offensive lineman Shamire DeVine, defensive lineman Henry McClendon of Cleveland, Tenn.; quarterback Jonathan Wallace of Phenix City, Ala.; and defensive back Shaq Wiggins of Sandy Creek. Williams, a rising junior who played last season at Westlake, also was tabbed Top Overall Underclassman.

Also, four players earned automatic invites into the RisingSeniors.com’s Georgia Junior Bowl next January. They were Buford offensive lineman Josh Cardiello, Darlington quarterback Brad Butler, DeVine and Foster.

There were several other players that made their presence known but didn’t earn special recognition afterward, in my opinion. Among them were outside linebacker Kenderius Whitehead of Monroe Area, defensive and offensive lineman Quinteze Williams of Sandy Creek and defensive lineman Jordan Watkins of Woodward Academy, who had to leave before the elite competition commenced.

Also, I thought Croom might have been the best receiver out there, an offensive tackle named Freddie Burden of Statesboro did a great job, tackle Preston Mobley of Colquitt County did well, a quarterback named Steven Bench of Bainbridge was impressive as was North Gwinnett’s Scotty Hosch. And Quinteze Williams is as good an athlete you’ll find. He could start on either side of the line at the next level.

Some notables that came out of the testing portion of the camp: Hegedus and Hilton each ran 4.4s; big Columbia running back Kenno Loyal recorded a 4.52; and the fastest 40 time of the day came from a freshman. Adam Choice of Thomas County Central ran a 4.37. He is the younger brother of former Tech star Tashard Choice.

3. Here’s another interesting side note: Sandy Creek, which won the Class AAAA state title in 2009 and Class AAA last year,  is going to be tough to knock off next season. The Fighting Patriots can boast the day’s top overall performer and top receiver in JaQuay Williams, top defensive back and top underclassman in Wiggins and top running back in Hilton. Both Williams (Heard County) and Wiggins (Westlake) just recently transferred into Sandy Creek. Quinteze Williams moved to Tyrone in the middle of last season and word is a couple more elite athletes are coming in as well. Seems some of the best players around are wanting to play for coach Chip Walker and his staff.

4. So the MVP Camp moves on. Its next stop is in Prattville, Ala., on April 23. Registration for that event has already opened at theMVPcamp.com. Another one is tentatively planned for South Carolina, likely in June.

5. Of course, it’s the time of year for camps and combines and the like. I ran into former Georgia and NFL star Robert Edwards down in Hampton and he was telling me about a camp that he and a couple of his friends are conducting in early April. Edwards’ STAR Training Academy will be holding “mini-camps” April 4-7 at Tri-Cities High and April 9-10 and 16-17 at Roswell High. Among the folks helping out Edwards with his camps are former Auburn and NFL star linebacker Takeo Spikes and “Dancing with the Stars” celebrity (and part-time NFL player) Hines Ward. “I’ve got to get onto him for those suspenders,” Edwards cracked about Ward’s first outfit on the popular TV show.

Incidentally Edwards, who had to retire from football after suffering a devastating knee injury during Pro Bowl festivities in 1999, actually hurt his other knee playing pick-up basketball recently and was wearing a brace. He may have to have surgery. Meanwhile, as you’ve probably read, he’s now the head football coach at Arlington Christian School in Fairburn. So he’s pretty busy. . . . Also caught up with Edwards’ younger brother and fellow former Bulldog Terrance Edwards, who was also at Lovejoy. He’s still playing professional football as a wide receiver in the Canadian Football League.

6. Rivals.com is holding its VTO Georgia Elite 100 Camp on April 9 at Marietta High School. According to Kipp Adams of UGASports.com, practically every elite prospect in the state is going to be in attendance (hence the name), including several that participated in the MVP Camp. Among the top prospects who have already committed to participate are: Pepperell DT Dakota Ball, C.J. and Darius Curry of North Hall, Jarontay Jones and Jafar Mann of Stephenson, Jonathan Taylor of Jenkins County and Justin Taylor of Booker T. Washington.

7. Georgia signee Justin Scott-Wesley recently lost a race in a track meet for the first time since 2009. The two-time defending Class AA state champion in both the 100- and 200-meter dash lost in the 200 to Shawn Samuels of Bainbridge by one-hundredth of a second, 22.14 to 22.15. Scott-Wesley said Samuels, a UAB signee as a cornerback, also posted a better time in the 100 meters, though they ran in different heats.

Overall, Scott-Wesley’s times are down from last season, when he set the all-classification state record in the 100 meters (10.35) and the also won the state 200 in 21.575. But Scott-Wesley isn’t too shaken up about it. He said he somewhat expected it since dedicating himself to a football training regimen in preparation for reporting to Georgia as a wide receiver in the June.

“Hitting the weight room has put a few pounds on me,” Scott-Wesley said. “I’m weighing in at 215 right now. I’m off my averages a little bit.”

Nevertheless, Scott-Wesley pointed out that the real races will be run in May at the state track and field championships in Jefferson.

8. Is there a football-basketball battle brewing at South Carolina? It would seem so. Freshman Bruce Ellington, a point guard and the leading scorer (12.8 ppg/3 apg) for basketball coach Darrin Horn, has decided to also play football. Ellington was a terrific football player in Moncks Corner, S.C., and wants to play both sports.

Apparently that spurred a local columnist to write that coach Steve Spurrier was poaching Horn’s best player. That, as you might imagine, didn’t sit well with Spurrier, who called the notion “totally incorrect” and “a fabrication” in this Charleston Post and Courier article.

Horn also downplayed the situation. “It’s not a football-basketball thing,” he said. “I know people are going to try to make it that.”

In any case, the 5-foot-9 Ellington sounds to be every bit as good a football player as he is a basketball player. He starred at quarterback in high school but is likely to contribute in college as a defensive back and possibly receiver or kick returner. Ellington’s Berkely High coach, Jerry Brown, called Ellington the best football player he’s ever coached.

9. Obviously there has been a lot of basketball news this week, with Georgia Tech and Tennessee both hiring new head coaches. In case you missed I wrote a piece Monday on the recruiting reputation of new Yellow Jackets’ coach Brian Gregory. And AJC high schools reporter Michael Carvell filed reports on Tech signee Julian Royal waiting to meet Gregory before deciding his future and Tennessee signee Kevin Ware’s intentions to continue to seek a scholarship release despite the Vols’ acquisition of Cuonzo Martin as coach. Earlier this week Carvell also wrote a nice piece on the travails of Miller Grove’s Henry Brooks, who suffered a late-season knee injury but is going to end up landing on his feet due to his strong academic foundation.

10. THIS & THAT: Remember, you can tune in to watch Georgia hoops stars Kentavious Caldwell-Pope of Greenville and Shannon Scott of Milton as they participate in the 2011 McDonald’s All-American Game tomorrow night in Chicago. The game tips at 7:30 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN. Caldwell-Pope is a Georgia signee and Scott inked with Ohio State. . . . LB Joseph Jackson (6-1, 205) of First Coast in Jacksonville, Fla., committed to West Virginia last week. He had an offer from Georgia Tech. . . . For what it’s worth, Georgia defensive end Jeremy Longo, who was recently forced to give up football due to shoulder and knee injuries, was ranked No. 24 in the nation at his position coming out of high school in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. . . .

Among the visitors for Georgia’s Junior Day this past weekend were St. Pius athlete Geno Smith and Raleigh running back Keith Marshall. I will have updates on both prospects in the coming day. . . . I’m not officially counting Jalen Fields and Lonnie Outlaw as 2012 commitments for UGA just yet. But Georgia Military College coach Bert Williams said “they’re supposed to be heading there.” The school is currently on spring break but more on that later in the week. . . . Stephenson DB Kyle Fleetwood added offers from Southern Miss and South Florida this week. Teammate Darreon Herring landed an opportunity from Wake Forest. . . . FSU has offered Columbia’s Loyal and Jhaustin Thomas. . . . Another camp scheduled for later this summer is the Fellowship Football camp June 23-26 at Riverwood High School in Sandy Spring. You can register at fellowshipsports.org.

129 comments Add your comment

ECB

March 29th, 2011
10:10 am

I have no life 1st…..

Who cares (the original)

March 29th, 2011
10:11 am

Can I be 1st again?????

juvenal

March 29th, 2011
10:17 am

just call it 10@10(sort of)-makes it tougher to get the coveted(by the doer)1st…….

Who cares (the original)

March 29th, 2011
10:20 am

Who cares (the original)

March 29th, 2011
10:21 am

Well it can’t be said that CPJ isn’t going after GA talent.

Victoriuous Sakrete

March 29th, 2011
10:38 am

Chip, my pal, this is what you get when you let Cynthia Tucker borrow your computer.

Mtn Dawg

March 29th, 2011
10:43 am

I believe that would be one 100th of a second, not one tenth, that Scott-Wesley lost by.

bigtime

March 29th, 2011
10:57 am

Thanks Chip , keep up the good work. 8-)

Midtown Dawg

March 29th, 2011
11:02 am

Chip, if you had one scholarship to offer a wide receiver would you offer it to Curry, Croom or JaQuay Williams based on what you have seen?

DS

March 29th, 2011
11:02 am

So Scott-Wesley has gotten BIGGER (which he should)… and he still is running at those great speeds? Fine by me.
GATA

Atl Sports Fan

March 29th, 2011
11:09 am

Midtown Dawg, Curry has already been offered a scholarship. Richt is not going to pull the offer unless something major happens.

Tide Roll

March 29th, 2011
11:11 am

Thanks Chip. There is a great article on the Alabama board regarding Cedar Grove’s offensive tackle and Bama commit, Brandon Greene entitled “The Sky’s the Limit”. Can’t believe the Dawgs didn’t go after this kid. In the past two years,the best young offensive tackles from Georgia are this kid, now going to Bama, and Jujuan James, a freshman All-American at Tenneesee. It’s not like thry’re going to West Va. or UNC. Richt keeps stockpiling the very teams he needs to beat!

UGA Insider

March 29th, 2011
11:22 am

My understanding is that UGA signees will for the most part show up in shape and ready to compete. In years past there was no diet or work out plans for the signees to do while they were still in high school. They were told to prepare on their own. However, now they are given a strict diet and given a work out regimen that the big boys are doing. Which is why many of the signees are tweeting how badly it sucks but are getting stronger.

Look out… more than a few of these kids will come in this summer and will be ready to compete for starting jobs. Especially at safety, cb, rb and reciever. I hope our linebackers who are signees come into camp in shape because we are paper thin at lb.

Old Flatulent Dawg

March 29th, 2011
11:29 am

Is it my imagination or what, but it sure appears that CMR and staff are fiddling around again….1 good yr don’t save a program

CMS

March 29th, 2011
11:30 am

Alot of people are doom and gloom about UGA’s chances next fall. I honestly believe they will be fine with a new mindset of discipline on and off the field, and rededication to a new strength and conditioning program. GO DAWGS!!

Hooch

March 29th, 2011
11:31 am

Isn’t the difference in the JSW race a hundreth not a tenth?

MaconKnight

March 29th, 2011
11:34 am

Hey washing powder aka tide roll… The state of GA is second only to FLA when comes producing D-1 talent, we can’t sign them all there is this such thing as an 85 scholarship limit… If ala produced D-1 talent like GA, st.nick wouldnt have to drive cross the border to get high school talent.

Well said

March 29th, 2011
11:35 am

@Tide Roll, can you provide me the lottery numbers for Friday. You seem to be able to predict the future very well since you say that Greene is the “best offensive tackles from Georgia” and has not even played college football much less his senior year of high school.

I know that was being ugly. But give it a break. I truly hope Greene does well, nothing against the kid. But you seem to dwell on him. As for James, Georgia did recruit him, but he wanted to go to Tenn. Can’t get them all. We are still living high off some “average” center from Alabama. I guess Saban missed on him.

RRTDawgs

March 29th, 2011
11:46 am

Hey Chip i hear dawgs lead for 2013 RB Derrek Henry and Geno Smith felt like he was wanted in Athens looks very good right now for Smith and Marshall to be dawgs .

Chip Towers

March 29th, 2011
12:20 pm

RRTDawgs: I’ve heard that about Henry as well but I’m not focusing much time or energy on 2013 kids right now. As for Geno, I interviewed him Monday and will have a story later this week. As for him and Marshall, Georgia is definitely in the hunt but I’m not sure I’d say it looks “very good” for either.

Chip Towers

March 29th, 2011
12:21 pm

One-hundredth of a second!!! My bad. Sorry.

The Dream Team will fail miserably

March 29th, 2011
12:25 pm

see 1981 – 2010…

asa

March 29th, 2011
12:34 pm

CURRY KID WASTED SCHLORSHIP JUST LIKE HE ONE THIS YEAR FOR BAILEY JUST LIKE VASSER FROM 2008 KIDS FROM HALL CO CAN.T PLAY

The Dawg

March 29th, 2011
12:40 pm

Well said- Tide Roll and Chris told everyone on here that Crowell to Bama was a done deal 6 months ago, in their words “book it”. We seen how that turned out

Tide Roll

March 29th, 2011
12:41 pm

Trolllllllllll Tide!

WIN WITH RICHT

March 29th, 2011
12:44 pm

Tide Roll

We would like to thank the state of Alabama for producing a great center and Dawg in Ben Jones. Thank You!!

ClinchCountyDawg

March 29th, 2011
12:50 pm

Tide Roll

Most of the O linemen on UGA’s roster were offered by Saban. Why did they snub Saban to play for Richt? They liked the school, progam, and the coach better at UGA!!

Tide Roll

March 29th, 2011
12:56 pm

I frequent this blog because there are not enough people in Alabama that can read, so we don’t have forums like this. Sad, I know.

VININGSDAWG

March 29th, 2011
1:01 pm

Marshall was in Auburn this past weekend. Did he visit both places?

Chip Towers

March 29th, 2011
1:06 pm

ViningsDawg: Yes, Marshall hit both places.

1eyedJack

March 29th, 2011
1:10 pm

Come September last year will be yellowing in the scrapbook.

Tide Roll

March 29th, 2011
1:28 pm

Dawg Fans. Last year Spurrier, along with everyone else, was aware of Uga’s losses across their defensive line (Geno Atkins, Kade Weston, and Jeff Owens.) This, coupled with Georgia’s switch to a 3-4, made it obvious the way to beat Georgia was to run the ball, preferably right up the middle. Equipped with this knowledge, what does Spurrier do? He recruits former Creekside star. Rontavious Watkins, a 6′4″ 340lb.earth mover, enrolls him in the spring, starts him at right guard against his home state team, and proceeds to push Uga’s defense all over Williams Brice Stadium! Richt and Bobo are being paid big bucks to anticipate Spurrier doing this and take steps to counteract it, namely by signing Watkins themselves! As we all know, that didn’t happen, and the rest is history. Can you imagine what James Carpenter and Chance Warmack would have done to Georgia’s defense if ya’ll had to play the Tide. It would have been uglier than South Carolina. Thanks again for Brandon Greene. Roll Tide!

GT is a 4th rate high school team

March 29th, 2011
1:31 pm

@Tide Roll- You should just call in to you favorite radio showman Finebaum. Buma’s know how to speak don’t they. LOL

dawgster

March 29th, 2011
1:32 pm

@Chip just to clarify what you said about Marshall and Smith..were you saying that although we are in the hunt, saying it “looks good” is off base…I think we are in good shape for either one from what i hear, but i know we have a long ways to go before either one of them commit. Just trying to get your take…you hinted that it may not look that good for either, if i read your comments correctly…thanks again…go dawgs

Johnny Too Good

March 29th, 2011
1:33 pm

I agree with DS, if Scott-Wesley is 215 running a 10.3 in the 100m thats still good, i’m sure UGA isnt complaining

http://www.youtube.com/thatsjohnanderson

RRTDawgs

March 29th, 2011
1:33 pm

There is a good story about Ben Jones he going to wear is late father’s number viningsdawg i heard Marshall did not enjoy his visit in Auburn .

ClinchCountyDawg

March 29th, 2011
1:44 pm

Tide Roll

UGA leads for monster 6′6″ 360 lbs Jeremy “Dozer” Daniels. This gigantic buffet busting lineman scares the heck out every chicken in the southeast. He likes his gamecocks battered and fried.

RRTDawgs

March 29th, 2011
1:49 pm

Justin Scott Wesley sound like the Flash real fast glad we got him .

Spotter

March 29th, 2011
1:50 pm

Chip

Take a hard look at Sandy Creek. Those kids are clearly being recruited. The GHSA will not do a thing when a kid influences another kid to leave their program for Sandy Creek. Sandy Creek is clearly moving some of these kids in their district. Chip Walker, his staff, boosters and kids need to be investigated. It’s widely known in South Metro that Sandy Creek is recruiting. If not, why are so many top notch kids going to school there?

Put your investigative team on this one.

ClinchCountyDawg

March 29th, 2011
2:06 pm

Chip

What happened to the Mailbag?

Ed (The Original)

March 29th, 2011
2:14 pm

“see 1981 – 2010…”

OK, I saw all of it, some of it live. Granted, there were a lot of mediocre years during that stretch. But Georgia won championships in 4 of those years (’81, ‘82, ‘02, and ‘05) and went to major bowls in two others (’83 and ‘07), so it wasn’t all bad. If you’re pointing to championship droughts, it’s 1983-2001. Work on your history.

Dawglasville

March 29th, 2011
2:21 pm

When healthy, Robert Edwards was one of the very best tailbacks to ever play at UGA. Played with a broken foot for a portion of a game in Knoxville and UT still couldn’t stop him. Years later he still had the UT fans talking about how good he was that game. The win against UF was pretty unreal as well.

K Conley

March 29th, 2011
2:27 pm

@ Tide Roll, That game had zero to do with USC’s O-Line pushing UGA around. It was all Lattimore, and I mean all Lattimore. He ran over our LB’s who were in position. The bottom line is the team that had the best player on the field by far that day, won that game. That being said, USC scored 17 points. I would think a so-called dominating O-Line performance would garner more than 17. Especially when you consider UGA was 3-and-out all day in Murray’s first SEC game which happened to be a road game. No earth moving happened that day. Have facts about which you speak or don’t speak at all.

Class of 71 & 73, UGA

March 29th, 2011
2:30 pm

Finally, we UGA fans are at THE crossroads. Richt either wins vs Florida and goes say, 9-3 and ends up in the Outback Bowl or he goes 10-2 with a win over Florida and we challenge in The East. No more talk about this player or that. They ALL have jobs to do and so do ALL the coaches. Lets get her done.

This is the way it should have been two years ago. Evans is gone and we now have an AD that will implement change as needed. No more speculation. We do it or we do not.

Speaking of change at UGA, Landers and Perno need to be gone. UGA getting blown out by 41 points to A&M should not happen. Landers has not done anything in 15-20-25 years.

Robert Edwards was great

March 29th, 2011
2:34 pm

Edwards scored 5 TDs vs SC and then played wonderfully vs UT but we lost because Goof had no D. He was truly a stud running back in his brief time.

Go Dogs. Edwards family are great Bulldogs.

MarkLG

March 29th, 2011
2:46 pm

I went to Tennessee to visit friends, and I had some trouble with the law. It never got reported because the cops were Tennessee fans, and they saw how bad a shape I was in. It was so bad that I don’t even want to talk about it. I was cuffed, but instead of busting me, the cops called somebody in town that knew me. Erik Ainge on how former and present TN football players are treated by the Knoxville PD

GHSA Real Estate Informant

March 29th, 2011
2:51 pm

Please tell the parents of these just recent transfers to Sandy Creek that housing in this area is not cheap. There are a few apartments in this area. Oh, I’m sorry, it dosen’t matter when you are not paying.

No Love

March 29th, 2011
3:00 pm

I really liked the format of the fellowshipsports.org camp last summer. They split the kids into teams that are coached by a college’s staff. The whole weekend they compete in 7 on 7’s running that particular schools passing offense and defense. The Qb’s are under a pass rush with a limited area in which to work in the pocket. The coaches not only evaluate them on the field but also off as they stay at the hotel with the kids. It was by far the most entertaining camp to watch as a parent.

GTechsta

March 29th, 2011
3:02 pm

Chip, can we get some information on GT’s football signee out of Carrolton, Broderick Snoddy? Rumor has it he ran the nation’s fastest time in the Men’s 100m at the “Bullet” Bob Hayes Invitational, but I haven’t seen anything in the AJC on it. Lots of track coverage for Scott-Wesley but nothing on Snoddy. Hook us up!

Sandy Creek will go down!

March 29th, 2011
3:06 pm

Chip what is your honest opinion of these camps? Me personally they are money grabs. It’s tough to evaluate a kid one a few reps at any position. As for the QB, if receivers are dropping balls and slipping due to conditions, they too cannot be evaluated fairly. In addition the kids are killing themselves at these combines if they don’t test well. There getting duped into participating because of the exposure but if you know your 40 is bad your killing yourself. For example, at the Nike SPARQ camp last year it was 30 degree’s and wet, everyone had horrible times. Those scores are posted on the internet and you can’t do a thing about them until the following year. I advised my kid don’t run the 40 at NUC but then he can’t get an award even if he is the better player because of points. I know no one is putting a gun to these kids but someone has to educate and advise them.
Your thoughts?