Ten@10: GAC OL Chase Roberts becomes commitment No. 2 for Georgia Tech (UPDATED)

THE TEN AT 10:

1. Georgia Tech picked up its second football commitment of the year on Wednesday from Chase Roberts, a 6-foot-3, 285-pound offensive lineman from Greater Atlanta Christian. Roberts, a lifelong Yellow Jackets fan whose father graduated from The Institute, committed in person to head coach Paul Johnson after Tech’s spring practice Wednesday.

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“That was one of the biggest parts for me,” Roberts said of committing right there on Rose Bowl Field. “I talked to Coach Johnson for about 30 minutes there at the end and I just asked for a couple minutes of his time after practice. I went up to him and said I felt like I’d been a Yellow Jacket my whole life and I wanted to make it official right there. So that’s kind of how that went down.”

In Roberts, the Yellow Jackets are landing an extremely intelligent and versatile prospect. Roberts has a 3.8 grade-point average and plans to study to become a lawyer in Tech’s public policy school. And while he plays left tackle in high school, he could play center, guard or tackle for the Jackets. He’s been working on the side to learn the center position.

“That’s one of the things they said was kind of helpful for me is I could play anywhere on the line in their system,” he said.

Roberts joins Junior Gnonkonde as a member of the Class of 2012. He gets a three-star rating from Scout.com but is not currently rated by Rivals.com. Tech was his only offer to date but he was getting strong recruiting interest from Duke, FSU, Mississippi State, South Carolina and Vanderbilt. He also considered some of the Ivy League schools.

“Tech just had that X factor you look for as a player,” Roberts said. “I fit in with the offense real well. The academic side of it was great. I love the environment there. I love the coaches and everything about it. I’m an indecisive person by nature so I’m lucky they made it such an easy decision.”

Roberts said he is looking into becoming an early enrollee at Tech but won’t know if it’s possible until he meets with GAC counselors. As for his early decision, Roberts said he’s happy to have it over with and be able to focus on other things. He said he intends to recruit other prospects to follow him to The Flats.

“I’m 110 percent in for the Jackets and I’ll talk to anybody who will listen to me about it,” Roberts said. “Hopefully they will see what I see in the program and where it’s headed under Coach Johnson.”

2. I met another impressive under-the-radar offensive line prospect at the Atlanta MVP Camp this past weekend. His name is Shamire DeVine and he won the “Top Offensive Lineman” award for the camp (so it’s doubtful he’ll remain under the radar long).

Nevertheless, DeVine is a 6-foot-6, 320-pound rising junior at Tri-Cities High School and he came to the camp feeling he had a lot to prove.

“What I took away from this is it’s not just a game,” DeVine told me. “There are a lot of people out there that want to be in my position, who want my stats, who want my size, who want my power and all that. So I’ve got to work hard and keep getting better. That’s what I took away from this.”

DeVine held his own more than any other O-lineman in the near-impossible task of stopping a blue-chip defensive lineman from reaching a dummy seven yards deep while wearing nothing but shorts, cleats and a flimsy, cheap T-shirt. But Devine relished the challenge.

“It just feels natural going up against somebody like that,” he said shortly after dueling recent Florida commitment Quinteze Williams to a draw during the elite competition. “It feels natural and I liked it.”

Currently DeVine does not have any offers, but he said he has been drawing recruiting interest from Oregon and UGA. A Pennsylvania native, he said he didn’t grow up following one college team in particular. “I grew up being a fan of the Philadelphia Eagles,” he said.

As for being tabbed MVP of the offensive lineman, DeVine said he was surprised by it, but not for the reasons you might think. “I was expecting to perform a little bit better, to tell you the truth,” he said.

3. Eddie Printz Jr. turned some heads down in Miami last week when he walked away with top quarterback honors for 2013 prospects at the annual Nike Football Training Camp. Printz (6-3, 205), a rising junior at Lassiter High, still doesn’t have an official offer yet, but his recruitment has really picked up steam in recent weeks. He visited Miami last weeked, is visiting Tennessee this weekend, is at Florida April 7-9 and goes to South Carolina the weekend after that. Printz passed for 2,152 yards and 21 touchdowns as a sophomore last season.

Speaking of 2013, it is shaping up to be a particularly good year in the state for quarterbacks. In addition to Printz,  Brad Butler of Darlington, Brice Ramsey of Camden County, Cole Segraves of Colquitt County and Jonathan McCrary of Cedar Grove all project as major prospects.

4. Just to the west of our border is another pretty good quarterback for 2012. Jonathan Wallace of Phenix City, Ala., came away with the Top QB award at the Atlanta MVP Camp, which was attended by many of the aforementioned quarterbacks.

“There were a lot of QBs out here with a lot of talent,” said Wallace, who plays for Central High. “I was just blessed to come out of here with the MVP trophy. I was surprised. I had the possibility in mind, but mainly I just wanted to get better and see where I am right now as far as getting ready for other camps.”

Currently Wallace (6-2, 185) has only one offer from Arkansas State. But Georgia Tech is among the schools starting to show some interest. “I have a couple of other schools looking at me in the South,” Wallace said. “I’m getting stuff in the mail from Oregon and UCLA, too, so things are starting to heat up. I believe things will really start rolling before the end of spring.”

Camp performances like the one he had this past Saturday will help.

5. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope of Greenville High and Shannon Scott of Milton played in the McDonald’s All-American Game last night in Chicago. Caldwell-Pope, a five-star prospect and Georgia signee, finished with six points on 2-of-6 shooting. Scott, a guard who’s heading to Ohio State, had four points on 2-of-3 shooting and a couple of steals.

“He started the game and I think he finished with six or seven points,” Greenville coach Richard Carter said of the five-star prospect. “He had two slam dunks and a couple of steals. But it was an all-star game and, as those things go, everybody was trying to shine.”

During practices earlier in the week, Rivals.com’s Jerry Myer labeled the 6-5 Caldwell-Pope, a Georgia signee, the team’s best pure shooter. Conversely, he called Scott, an Ohio State pledge, the most reluctant shooter.

In the meantime, I was able to determine that the East boys beat the West 111-96. Florida signee Brad Beal led the East with 17 points and 4 assists and UK signee Michael Gilchrist (16 points) and North Carolina signee James McAdoo (17 points) shared MVP honors.

In the girls game, the East won 78-66 and Fayette County’s Brianna Banks, a UConn signee, led the West with 17 points.

6. All indications are that Milton basketball star Julian Royal is likely to stick with Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets’ signee was extremely impressed with new coach Brian Gregory. Gregory called the 6-foot-8 forward within an hour of being appointed to the position on Monday and had a two-hour, in-home visit with Royal and his Tuesday night, according to the AJC’s Michael Carvell. Nonetheless, Royal still has not made up his mind but is expected to within the next few days or so.

7. St. Pius defensive back Geno Smith was the highest-rated player from Georgia in Tom Lemming’s Top 100 national prospect rankings released this week. Smith was No. 19 on the list, which included eight Georgians. The others were Lowndes LB Josh Clemons (52), Buford OL Vadal Alexander (55), Woodward Academy DL Jordan Watkins (55), Jenkins County DL Jonathan Taylor (64), Buford LB Dillon Lee (83), Callaway QB/TE Ricky Parks (89) and Harris County DE Jordan Jenkins (97).

Georgia’s representation in the rankings was third among states. Florida was first with 16, followed by Texas (10) and then California (7).

8. Speaking of Lemming, the Junior Rank Diamond Flight Camp — scheduled for April 8-10 at Walton High School — had their plan to allow the first 100 junior and senior prospects attend free nixed by the NCAA. Turns out that would be a violation of NCAA rules because the fee for fifth through 10th graders at the camp is $99. The rising juniors and seniors cannot be given the “extra benefit” of attending the camp for free.

Now they all will be charged $99 to participate in the three-day camp, that will give them to opportunity to be evaluated by Lemming. Rising juniors and seniors can register by contacting camp director Oscar Dillard at 404-626-1264, or email at coachdillard@oscardillardallsportsacademy.com. Fifth through 10th graders should register at the Junior Rank website www.juniorrank.com.

9. Georgia State added two more signees to its 2011 football recruiting class this past week. The Panthers signed Mark Young, a 6-5, 205-pound wide receiver from the Providence Day School in Charlotte, N.C., and Lynquez Blair, a 5-10, 175-pound athletic from Swainsboro. The signing period for football expires at the end of this week. State reportedly has room to sign a few more recruits.

10. THIS & THAT: Maynard Jackson HS DE Lorenzo Mauldin announced via his Facebook page that he made the SAT score he needed to gain his freshman eligibility at  at Louisville. Mauldin (6-4, 240) was a longtime South Carolina commitment but was spurned by the Gamecocks on national signing day after they over-committed their scholarship allotment. . . .

A Red Bull 7-on-7 tournament is scheduled for June 14 at Lovejoy High. The field will be capped at 16 teams. If interesting in entering a team contact Eddie Printz Sr. via email at coachprintz@aol.com. . . .  Ole Miss offered Stephenson DB Kyle Fleetwood on Wednesday. . . . The SEC issued a statement Wednesday saying it would investigate the claims of cash payments made to players at Auburn and LSU. The allegations were revealed in a report on HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel on Wednesday night.

93 comments Add your comment

Who cares (the original)

March 31st, 2011
10:49 am

10:49 and still 1st. What??

josh

March 31st, 2011
10:53 am

JB

March 31st, 2011
10:55 am

Good for Tech. One of those 3 or 4 plums they get every year. problem is, they need 12 every year. Depth will always be a problem at Tech. Big drop off on 2nd team. Johnson does a pretty good job with whats he got, but he is going to settle in to 8 win a year Johnson.

Who cares (the original)

March 31st, 2011
10:59 am

FYI. I think that more college atheltes should enroll early. Adjusting to college would be easier (specifically football) if the full boar of the football seasong didn’t come at the same time.

Chip Towers

March 31st, 2011
10:59 am

Who cares: Technical difficulties.

JB

March 31st, 2011
11:00 am

Boy, the mud continues to be slung at Auburn. Does anyone really think those players would say that stuff on National TV if it wasn’t true?. And why would they lie about it. What terms did they leave the program? Were they Starters? Do they feel jilted and want some pay back? Most of College football has this problem, But the mud seems to fly around Auburn a lot.

RRTDawgs

March 31st, 2011
11:03 am

Caldwell Pope sounds like he will be awesome shooter can’t wait to see him in Athens hey Chip i hear some big names will be in Athens this weekend one them K. Whitehead .

DawgDog

March 31st, 2011
11:11 am

Hey Chip, Any chance that UGA will sign another player in this years recruiting class? Could use a point guard.

Beast from the East

March 31st, 2011
11:11 am

JB,
I would be able to believe the alleagations if they could find someone that did not leave the program on bad terms. The story was pretty one-sided.

1eyedJack

March 31st, 2011
11:16 am

Where you see smoke there will be a fire. Wouldn’t it be a shame if the NCAA had to march into Walmart and confiscate the crystal ball? Not.

Chris

March 31st, 2011
11:19 am

Impressive and thorough again Mr Chip. Thank you! With the lockout still looming, I suspect more people will turn to college football to get their “fix”. Question: Any updates on where GT stands with running backs? Loyal claims to have committed to Auburn, but rivals nor scout has him listed as committed. Any updates on that?? Thanks again Chip.

Brown Dog

March 31st, 2011
11:22 am

Beast, I agree. But it’s easy to understand why kids on good terms with the coaches or under pressure to clam up wouldn’t acknowledge the inconvenient truth.

The Bees Nees

March 31st, 2011
11:23 am

Congrats Chase! Welcome aboard.

GTBob

March 31st, 2011
11:23 am

A big talented offensive lineman who also has a 3.8 GPA and cares about academics? Nice. These are the kind of guys we need at Tech.

Harry

March 31st, 2011
11:24 am

There happen to be technical difficulties every time. I do love how it is time stamped at 10 everytime even though it really hits the information super highway about ten till 11. I’m not sure about the rest of you, but I have deadlines and if I were late or dare not get everyting done I needed to I would be reading these from the public library. Not sure why it got to me this time, but it did.

Jacketbacker

March 31st, 2011
11:26 am

Welcoma aboard Chase!

Go Jackets!!

dawgster

March 31st, 2011
11:32 am

@chip…Chip I addressed your reply comment to me on your previous blog…I hope that clarified my remarks somewhat….As I said it was my opinion based on many feedbacks regarding some of the “headline grabbers” regarding the dawgs recruiting…Only offering my opinion on why people comment on the articles as they do at times…go dawgs

Buzz

March 31st, 2011
11:33 am

Harry lay of Chip!!!!!!!!! Chip you the man!!!!!!!!!

Harry

March 31st, 2011
11:37 am

They are always a good read, not doubt there at all. All I’m saying is if it isn’t posted at 10, dont time stamp it then… I work in IT.

Harry

March 31st, 2011
11:38 am

I would love a chance to take over for one update and see what type of feedback I received.

John

March 31st, 2011
11:40 am

Congrats Chase, Welcome to GT!!

RRTDawgs

March 31st, 2011
11:42 am

Jenkins Co. duo in Athens this weekend hey Chip do you have any info who else is visiting .

Gordo1

March 31st, 2011
11:48 am

Welcome Aboard, Chase! Excellent, excellent get for GT!!!

Chase was recently tabbed as one of the top 10 OGs in the entire SE (USA, not State)!

Huge pickup!

Chip Towers

March 31st, 2011
11:48 am

Chris: Actually I keep meaning to address the Kenno Loyal situation. I talked to Loyal at the MVP Camp and he admitted that he has some academic issues he needs to get cleared up. However, he insists he’s still an Auburn verbal. So stay tuned.

Why Not?

March 31st, 2011
11:49 am

Congratualtions to the young man. Now go out and have a great Senior Season, get your academics in order and go on to graduate with a degree from a one our many fine institutions in the state of Georgia.

On to the Auburn fiasco. Everyone knows that boosters are corrupt, and schools cheat knowingly and unknowingly. Those are the fact of life as we know it. But anyone who thinks that programs like Auburn have not been doing this for years with the administration, coaches and boosters as part of a rogue system please think again. Anyone with a ounce of unbiased thinking can look back into the history of Auburn to the days of Pat Dye till today have seen the school pay players for playing football and putting the education of players second. Please go to Google and type in ” Terry Bowden spills beans on Auburn Football” and you will be educated on how the system works at Auburn.

Charles Goldberg and the folks over there who write pro propaganda pieces for Auburn can line up any 10 players they want to say they were not paid, but is known by coaches around the south that Auburn raised the bar on recruiting and paying players to a whole new level in recent years. And folks it is all tied to the one man in charge at Auburn, Mr, Bobby Lowder and whether you like it or not there is where Auburn’s troubles begin and end.

GT Hulk

March 31st, 2011
11:54 am

Wallace will be a GT signee, because Arkansas State wants him. Soon as Wofford and Troy and Ga. Southern offer some of these players then PJ will have a shot.

Dawg fan 79

March 31st, 2011
11:59 am

Thanks for the GSU nugget.

Also interested in hearing Caldwell’s Pope’s box score.

The Dawgs sure could have used a shooter like him this past year. He would have been that missing link t ospread the floor.

Brian

March 31st, 2011
12:04 pm

This was not posted at 10 I was here at 10:05 and nada.

ormewood

March 31st, 2011
12:05 pm

I think Caldwell-Pope had six points. Means nothing actually. In the past, guys that have done well in the Mickey D’s game have not panned out and vice versa. The honor is just getting selected to participate in the game. Kudos to him for that.

RRTDawgs

March 31st, 2011
12:13 pm

Ormewood Caldwell will be a stud in the SEC scored 40 points in a game maybe its jealousy in why your bashing him i bet if he went your school you be saying something different .

sogadog

March 31st, 2011
12:13 pm

Congratulations Lorenzo Mauldin for making the score and signing on with Louisville. This young man has overcome challenges many of us never dreamed of and is on track to lead a successful life if he keeps the faith and continues to work hard.

Spike

March 31st, 2011
12:25 pm

Where is Tony Barnhart??

DawginLex

March 31st, 2011
12:31 pm

Congrats on the scholly to Tech.

glad UGA didn’t sign him because tide roll would have said he is too white to be any good

DawginLex

March 31st, 2011
12:31 pm

spike,

TB works for CBS Sportsline now. He is no longer at the AJC

joe

March 31st, 2011
12:39 pm

So Auburn and LSU pay players to attend their schools…SHOCKING!! But what’s even more unbelievable is how the NCAA will respond, or should I say not respond, and let these claims fall by the wayside. Same thing will likely happen with Tressle at OSU.

JB

March 31st, 2011
12:45 pm

Barnhart would never answer Bloggers. I enjoyed reading him though. AJC hurting for money? The Cox women who own it are gazillionaires, So I wonder what’s the deal.

Why Not?

March 31st, 2011
12:56 pm

Billy Packer is right. There should be 60 or so schools that along with a scholarship give month allowances to players in football and basketball and the rest of these schools who cannot afford it stay under the current scholarship agreement. The system is broken and these street agents, AAU, 7 on 7 coaches and recruiting services have turned this all into a joke.

gt4ever

March 31st, 2011
1:02 pm

Top 10 in the country…… Please, I’m not going to criticize this kid because he is probably a good kid, but top 10 at GAC….. NOWAY! Coach Johnson continues to recruit academy talent, and he can’t even beat the academy teams…….. Pitiful!

WIN WITH RICHT

March 31st, 2011
1:04 pm

That is a shocker for Tech to get a highly rated prospect like Chase Roberts. He will probably pull a Tuitt.

Delbert D.

March 31st, 2011
1:07 pm

I don’t think the punchline to the joke is for colleges to pay the players. Let the NBA and NFL pay for extended minor league systems as baseball does.

Why Not?

March 31st, 2011
1:10 pm

Delbert,

I see your point, but the system is so far gone now under its current form that unless the schools are not broken down in smaller tiers the cheating among the top schools will continue to revolve around who can pay under the table and offer these “agents” the best deal. The NFL and NBA will never set up another league for development because it will water down their product.

ormewood

March 31st, 2011
1:20 pm

RRT, I was not bashing Caldwell-Pope. Far from it. I was saying that individual stats in the Mcdonald’s game mean nothing

Delbert D.

March 31st, 2011
1:39 pm

Why Not? – I agree with the problem definition, but the simple solution angers me. An extreme analogy I’ll admit, but it’s akin to paying the criminal enterprise instead of fighting the crimes. Giving the top 60 schools permission to pay $500 a month simply sets the bar from zero to $500. The “handshakes” will be much greater, that’s all.

Spivedog

March 31st, 2011
1:48 pm

Great, 2 more years of hearing about Eddie Printz’ Dad. That guy is really having his day in the sun.

Terry

March 31st, 2011
1:52 pm

JB, Scouts.com has Chase Roberts rated as a 3 star OG, Rivals.com hasn’t even rated him, and Tech was the only one listed that offer, also his father graduated from Georgia Tech. I don’t think he qualifies as one of those 3 or 4 plums.

FBI agent in Opelika

March 31st, 2011
2:00 pm

Anyone view the HBO bomb shell broadcast of last night? Brian Gumble interviewed some AU players, now all out of eligibility. They claim that AU gave them money and favors and stuff. Duh ………….. Chizk is ticked off and he called it a garbage broadcast. Yeah, right.

FBI is closing in all the Victoryland / AU revelations soon to be announced. The drag net is being deployed on AU football.

It will not be good for AU and their fans ………….all in denial like Obamarons.

Dense

March 31st, 2011
2:23 pm

WIN WITH RITCH

Another Dense UGA fan. Dude is not going to pull a Tuitt. His dad is an alumn.

Good luck with winning with Ritch and another top 5 recruiting class that is sure to be another wah wah.

Worm

March 31st, 2011
2:30 pm

That Roberts kid looks really young…Brad Butler’s brother9Chase) plays baseball at Tech, but he’s always at UGA games with his parents.

WIN WITH RICHT

March 31st, 2011
2:30 pm

Dense

Richt is 9-1 against Tech. I am sure Richt and UGA will field a great team that will contend for the SEC title in 2011. If Roberts’ dad was not an alum of Tech, they would stand zero chance of signing him.

Well

March 31st, 2011
2:36 pm

Hey, where’s the part where the player says that UGA entered to late and didn’t give them enough love? I thought that was mandatory for every article.