THE TEN AT 10:
1. Go ahead and add two more names to Georgia’s list of football commitments for the Class of 2012. That’s five in all if you’re keeping count.
Jalen Fields and Lonnie Outlaw haven’t held any press conferences or issued any kind of announcements or anything like that. But the rising sophomores at Georgia Military College confirmed this week that the offers they accepted with the Bulldogs in 2010 still stand. And they intend make good on their ends of the deal.
“Yes, I’m planning on re-signing with the University of Georgia,” said Fields, a 6-5, 250-pound defensive end from Dalton.
“I’m keeping my commitment with Georgia,” said Outlaw, a 6-7, 210-pound wide receiver from Wilcox County. “There’s not going to be a change unless something comes up.”
Both players added that caveat to their pledges. Each said he would have to re-think his recruitment if Bulldogs coach Mark Richt had to leave after next season.
Said Fields: “I know there’s been a lot of that in the press. . . . I don’t really believe that, but my main reason for coming to the University of Georgia was Coach Richt. So, as honest as I can be, if Coach Richt were to leave, I’d have to sit down and think about it and probably re-open my options and look at other schools.”
Outlaw was interviewed separately but had the same sentiments. Both prospects brought up the scenario unprompted.
“I probably would think about it a little bit,” Outlaw said of . “But as long as they wouldn’t pull my scholarship or anything like that, I’d probably stick with it.”
Both players fell short of NCAA academic requirements after signing with UGA 14 months ago. They’ve been attending GMC, a military school in Milledgeville, and playing junior college football since August of 2010.
Fields had 11 tackles, four tackles for loss and two sacks as a freshman last season. Outlaw had 19 catches for 290 yards and two touchdowns in nine games.
Both players also said they are currently on track to graduate from GMC in December, which mean they could possibly enroll at UGA in January.
2. I’ll have more on Fields and Outlaw and their military school experiences later this week. In the meantime, there is one tidbit on Outlaw I wanted to go ahead and share.
He’s still growing. In fact, he told me he has grown well over an inch since he’s been in Milledgeville.
“I was 6-7 and 7/8ths the last time I measured, which was right before I left to go home [for spring break last week],” said Outlaw, who was 6-foot-6 when he signed with the Bulldogs out of Wilcox County. He’s also up to 210 pounds from 200.
To that end, Outlaw said he would consider “trying out” for Georgia’s basketball team when he comes to Athens. “If [the football coaches] allow me,” he said. Outlaw was an outstanding basketball player at Wilcox County, which made the finals of the Class AA state championship tournament his senior year. But it’s been hard to improve much on his hoops game while at GMC.
“They don’t have a basketball team; that’s the sad thing about it,” Outlaw said with a laugh “I played intramurals, you know, just playing against each other. But other than that I don’t have a basketball team.”
3. Lassiter quarterback Eddie Printz Jr. has scholarship offers. This much we know. How many and from whom? Well, that’s another question.
Vague is the way Printz’s father, Ed Printz Sr., wants it. I found that out this week when I called Mr. Printz to confirm an apparent offer from Miami. After much cajoling, Mr. Printz finally admitted that the Hurricanes had indeed extended the rising junior a verbal offer. But he didn’t want to make a big fuss about it.
“Here’s the deal,” Printz Sr. told me. “We want Eddie to concentrate on off-season training and things he can control and not get all caught up with how many offers he has and things like that. He’s still young, you know. He doesn’t need to worry about all that stuff.”
That’s going to become increasingly difficult going forward for the Printz’s as young Eddie is commanding quite a bit of recruiting notice. He was already getting a lot of attention before winning top quarterback honors for 2013 prospects at a Nike camp in Miami two weeks ago.
Printz visited Tennessee last weekend, will be at Georgia Tech on Wednesday and travels to see the University of Florida on Thursday. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound slinger has already been to Georgia, South Carolina, Clemson and several other ACC and SEC schools.
Some have offered; some have not. Of course, we can’t be sure which has done what.
4. Speaking of Miami, Printz is not the only Georgia quarterback on the Hurricanes’ radar. Wayne County’s Greyson Lambert, one of the state’s top prospects for 2012, got an offer from “The U” last week.
It’s offer No. 5 for the 6-5, 205-pound quarterback. He also holds invites from Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and N.C. State. Lambert plans to visit Miami over spring break.
The Canes already have a commitment from quarterback Gary Crow (6-4, 220) of Clearwater, Fla.. But that doesn’t seem to matter to Lambert.
“I don’t care about the two quarterback thing,” he told Scout.com’s Chad Simmons. “There will be competition older and younger every year, so I am not worried about that.”
5. Speaking of Scout, the national recruiting service released its national rankings for the Class of 2012 on Monday and the state of Georgia was well-represented as usual.
Scout ranked more than 500 prospects nationwide and released the names of its top 300 prospects. Of those, 22 were from Georgia, including 15 in the Top 200 and five in the Top 100.
The highest ranked Georgian according to Scout was Harris County defensive end Jordan Jenkins at No. 43. St. Pius DB Geno Smith (54), Buford OT Vadal Alexander (73), Callaway ATH Ricky Parks (77) and Jenkins County DT Jonathan Taylor (81). The rankings are fluid and will change several times between now and national signing day.
6. So far Rivals.com has released only its top 12 overall prospects – all five stars — for 2012 and no Georgians were among them. But that recruiting network is currently in the midst of its most intense evaluation period.
The Georgia Elite 100 Camp is being this Saturday at Marietta High School. Actually the full title is the VTO Sports Georgia Elite 100 Powered by Rivals. It’s one of dozens of Rivals-run camps being held nationwide.
And there are going to be more than 100 prospects at the camp. In all, 230 players — all Georgians — have registered.
“It’s kind of morphed into something bigger,” said Mike Farrell, national recruiting analyst for Rivals.com, who will be one of the evaluators at the camp.”It has been so popular. Response to this camp was amazing.”
How the invited prospects do in the camp will do a long way toward determining where they may end up in Rivals’ rankings and may also determine whether they will receive an invitations to the U.S. Army All-America Game. So there is a lot on the line.
Indeed, some of the best of the best have signed on to participate, including 46 player who already have D-1 offers. Among them are tops in the state at their positions, including running backs Mike Davis of Stephenson and Kenyan Drake of Hillgrove, DT Jonathan Taylor of Stephenson, CB Geno Smith of St. Pius, DE Quinteze Williams of Sandy Creek and QB/ATH Ricky Parks of Callaway..
“There so many kids I want to see,” Farrell said. “I want to see Ricky Parks play tight end and linebacker, because that’s where he projects on the next level. I talked to his coach about that and they were fine with it.”
I’ll have more on this camp and its participants later this week.
7. This past Friday represented the end of the signing period for football, so the final numbers are in. According to Steve Slay, who tracks the state’s high school senior football players for the AJC, 190 Georgians signed FBS (or Division 1) scholarships this year. Overall, 798 players signed up to play college football somewhere on one level or another.
I’m still searching to find out how that stacks up nationally. Suffice to say, it’s pretty darn good.
“A hundred and ninety? That’s high; that’s higher than usual,” Farrell said. “As far as traditional numbers, it has always been the Big Three (Florida, Texas, California), then the next biggest has usually been Georgia or Ohio. It varies from year to year, but over the last decade an extremely high number have been coming out of Georgia.”
Farrell said a lot more schools from the Midwest and beyond are now recruiting Georgia and the Atlanta area in particular.
“There’s just a lot more talent in the area and the kids are extremely competitive and well-coached,” Farrell said.
I’ll keep looking for numbers from the Big Three this year so we can compare.
8. Brookwood running back Nick Tompkins is now up to 11 scholarship offers after getting invites recently from Cincinnati and Ole Miss. The 5-11, 185-pound athlete spent last weekend up at Virginia, which was one of the first schools to offer him. He’s trying to decide whether to visit Clemson next weekend or take another trip down to Georgia Tech, which has offered him as an A-back.
Georgia invited Tompkins to their spring game but Tompkins had to decline. He had already accepted an invitation to attend Arkansas’ spring game on the same weekend. The Razorbacks were also one of the first schools to step up for Tompkins.
9. Construction on the John and Mary Brock Indoor Practice Facility at Georgia Tech is progressing rapidly. I recently pulled up a cool video graphic of what the building is supposed to look like. CLICK HERE to check it out yourself.
10. THIS & THAT: Defensive lineman John Atkins (6-4, 310) of Thomson received a scholarship offer from Georgia this past weekend, according to Scout.com. . . . The latest in the ever-growing list of offers for Stephenson players came from Nebraska for linebackers Darreon Herring and Raphael Kirby. The Jaguars should be closing in on 100 total major college offers for their 2012 seniors. . . . ATH Germone Hopper (5-11, 175) of Charlotte committed to Clemson, ESPN reports. . . .
It was a big day for a couple of Gerogians at Tennessee’s first spring scrimmage this past Saturday. Sandy Creek graduate Rajion Neal ran the ball 14 times for 152 yards and scored three touchdowns, including a 63-yard scamper. And wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers of Calhoun had two catches for 79 yards, both of which went for TDs, one of them for about 70 yards. There’s a full report on the Knoxville News-Sentinel’s website. . . . LSU’s Patrick Peterson and his family deny being shopped to Texas A&M for $80,000 by Willie Lyles, according to this report by Gannett News. . . .
Another Atlanta basketball recruit could be back on the market. Chris Bolden, a 6-3 guard from Norcross who is committed to Miami, told CaneSport.com he is considering re-opening his recruitment after Frank Haith left to coach at Missouri. He told CaneSport he would only consider sticking with the Canes if assistant coach Jorge Fernandez is retained. Stay tuned. Bolden, a 2012 prospect, averaged 15 points, 3 assists and 3 rebounds a game for the Class AAAAA state champion Norcross Blue Devils.