Ten@10: Add two more to Georgia’s list of 2012 commitments

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.

Former Dalton DE Jalen Fields says he can't wait to graduate from Georgia Military College and enroll at UGA. (Special photo provided by Jalen Fields)

Former Dalton DE Jalen Fields says he can't wait to graduate from Georgia Military College and enroll at UGA. (Special photo provided by Jalen Fields)

“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.

Wide receiver Lonnie Outlaw (6-8, 210) of Georgia Military College said he still plans to attend Georgia on a football scholarship. (Special photo provided by Lonnie Outlaw).

Former Wilcox Co. WR Lonnie Outlaw, who was 6-6 when he signed with Georgia in 2010, says he is now closer to 6-8 than 6-7. (Special photo provided by Lonnie Outlaw).

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.

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141 comments Add your comment

patience

April 5th, 2011
10:08 am

Outside Observer

April 5th, 2011
10:13 am

The new indoor practice facility looks phenomenal. I can’t wait to see it completed. Hopefully it will be impressive to recruits and be a huge benefit for the team.

Who cares (the original)

April 5th, 2011
10:17 am

if i’m 3rd

Who cares (the original)

April 5th, 2011
10:22 am

The indoor practice facility looks like it’s going to be real nice.

Go Jackets

Goldtimer

April 5th, 2011
10:31 am

What the heck are “Gerogians?”

npgator

April 5th, 2011
10:33 am

5th! Same place Georgia will finish next season in the SEC East.

mike

April 5th, 2011
10:36 am

Goldtimer, Its Georgians. It was a misprint. Are you too stupid to figure it out?

01HAWK

April 5th, 2011
10:38 am

Top notch facility. I think GT could do better than Paul Johnson as a coach. You lose alot of recruits due to that weird offense, A + on the facility. Congrats !!!

npgator

April 5th, 2011
10:40 am

D A DoubleU G

April 5th, 2011
10:41 am

6-7, 210 lbs………

seems a little loose in the britches.

However, if he is coordinated enough, that makes for a great fade route target in the red zone.

151 days.

D A DoubleU G

April 5th, 2011
10:44 am

And yes, facility does look fancy at Tech.

I am still puzzled as to why UGA spent so much money on a 20 yard “walk through” indoor facility. Thunderstorms are prevalent in August, when practices are the most important.

78 DAWG

April 5th, 2011
10:47 am

I looked up Bosise State on Rivals recruiting for the last 5 years, nothing but 2 and some 3 stars, they got no chance agaisnt the DAWGS. If we don’t slip up vs SC and FL, who knows………………

rduck

April 5th, 2011
11:02 am

Really 78 DAWG? No chance just because of the number of stars the players have coming out of last years recruiting class? That is a huge statement based on little intelligence my friend… GT indoor facility is very impressive. Hope the recruits take notice. It can’t help but make a great difference to high school kids coming down the road… Would love to have Nick Tompkins come to the Flats. Seemed he was a little overlooked early, but interest is definately picking up on him.

GT Hulk

April 5th, 2011
11:03 am

Why would the “slinger” Printz even consider visiting GT? Only ones we can get now are the ones Troy, UAB, Wofford or Ga. Southern want—-PJ is hurting us

joe

April 5th, 2011
11:04 am

@78…ya and if you base your financial decisions on par with those recruiting rankings, I’ve got some land I’d like to sell you down in FL…a little damp, but the sun will take care of that in due time. Keep drinking the kool aid. LOL.

DAWG Man

April 5th, 2011
11:06 am

78 DAWG, I agree with you, Dawgs will be National Champs next 5 years!!!!Get the trophies ready, I bet our opponents are trembling now—-even heard 3 schools are going to forfeit than be run off the field by the dawgs!!!!

BigTimeTECHFan

April 5th, 2011
11:11 am

I am still puzzled as to why UGA spent so much money on a 20 yard “walk through” indoor facility

UGA player don’t need practice, they are 5 star and 4 star recruits.

Blackoutanyone?

April 5th, 2011
11:15 am

78dawg….agreed. if uga gets off to a good start it could be a special season.

Sounds like the state of Georgia has a shot to produce the top two overall prospects in the nation for 2013. DL Robert Nkemdiche and LB Rueben Foster. Sources say Bama leads for Nkemdiche and in top two (UGA) for Foster. ROLL TIDE!!

RRTDawgs

April 5th, 2011
11:16 am

Hey Chip a little basketball news it appears Trey Thompkins has hired an agent and entering the draft that will open a spot clear the way for Kevin Ware .

Blackoutanyone?

April 5th, 2011
11:19 am

78… I didn’t see your comment about boise. Lol uhh now i don’t agree.

Buzz

April 5th, 2011
11:23 am

Way to go RAJION!!! Go Creek!!!!!!!

T-O-P-L-E-S-S

April 5th, 2011
11:45 am

78 Dawg…

UGA did not do to well with all those 4 and 5 star recruits last year against Colorado, UCF, Mississippi St., South Carolina, Florida, Auburn and Arkansas. What makes you think UGA will score more than 6 points against anyone without AJ, Durham making big plays?

If UGA does get by Boise St, and USC then the Bulldawg Nation can start to stand up and make claims, but lose those two games and the confidence level of the players, staff, and fans will turn on Richt faster than Kirstey Alley tumble.

With the talent level around the state and the number of players committed, signed and delivered to UGA over the past 5 years there is no excuse, none, nada for the level of play and outcome for the past 3 years.

Chip Towers

April 5th, 2011
11:56 am

RRTDawgs: Thompkins leaving still leaves them at 13. Leslie will have to also go or they’ll have to not renew Nolte or Bucklin to make room.

RRTDawgs

April 5th, 2011
11:57 am

T O P L E SS that was last year the defense was trying to learn the 3-4 we will have better players this year Crowell , Jay Rome , Malcolm Mitchell , John Jenkins and Ray Drew and defense knows the 3-4 this year more energy this year and there having fun so you can live in the past dude and will see who has the last laugh .

Chip Towers

April 5th, 2011
11:59 am

BigTimeTECHfan: There’s a lot more to Georgia’s facility than the “20-yard walk-through” facility. That addition was more about coaches offices, meeting rooms, training and weightlifting areas, etc. CMR preferred that to a pure indoor facility.

1eyedJack

April 5th, 2011
12:10 pm

Kirstie Alley….a beautiful woman hiding inside a fat girl.

Before Outlaw gets on campus he could be 7 foot tall. His football britches would come to about mid-thigh.

Chip, has there ever been a 7 foot tall football player before to your knowledge?

T-O-P-L-E-S-S

April 5th, 2011
12:13 pm

RRT Dawg,

Relying on Freshmen in the SEC is like putting a half of tank of gas in your car and going on a long road trip. Conserving your resources while trying to keep moving forward. Look at Lattimore late last year, he was a non factor the last 5 weeks of the season and they had to rest him up for two weeks prior to the Florida game just to have him fresh. They will all look good early, but unless their bodies are well equipped for the punishment ( especially at the skill positions) they slowly take tolls on their performance. Jenkins will help, but just do not see Crowell, Mitchell, and Drew being the difference makers. Losing Huston and your linebacker( leading tackler) will leave a void and moving Ogletree is the domino effect of players learning new positions. But good luck and 150 days from now we will get an idea if the off season program changes have made a difference. But more than anything else it will depend if the cancers that existed in the lockeroom have been removed or handled correctly.

RRTDawgs

April 5th, 2011
12:16 pm

I think Outlaw might be a steal from what i have heard about him not only tall but fast and will be a huge target for Murray i like that name to Outlaw .

Outside Observer

April 5th, 2011
12:16 pm

1eyedJack, this according to rivals: Richard Sligh, a 1967 draftee of the Raiders who was an even 7-0; and Bob Bobinghanger, who was 7-7 and played for a number of teams when pro football was in its infancy in the ’40s. Morris Stroud, who played for the Chiefs in 1970-74 is often recognized as the tallest player in the modern era at 6-10.

T-O-P-L-E-S-S

April 5th, 2011
12:18 pm

RRT…

Just saw your last snide remark about living in the past. 31 YEARS since your last Title, Hershel, Scott, and so on and talk about living in the past. I am just a realist and being a realist means living in the real time not wishing and hoping. But you have your right to your opinion and I hope all SEC teams do well, that is what a true SEC fan does, is wish we beat every outer conference opponent and keep the streak alive.

RRTDawgs

April 5th, 2011
12:20 pm

T O P L E SS you can live in the past all you want and hate UGA all you want but the team is more loose and having fun those teams that one 2 Sugar Bowls and SEC championships were having and loose so can hate all day .

1eyedJack

April 5th, 2011
12:28 pm

Bob Bobinghanger. Great name for a giant.

Cassandra

April 5th, 2011
12:42 pm

Boise coaches ‘em up. Richt coaches ‘em down. Boise wins easily.

Walker, Texas Ranger

April 5th, 2011
12:43 pm

Is it necessary to write Eddie Printz Jr father, Eddie Printz Sr? Isn’t his father’s name, Eddie Printz Sr a given since his son’s name is Eddie Printz Jr. Well you get the idea.

dawgster

April 5th, 2011
12:44 pm

Well, lets see are all of my comments being deleted, I’m trying to figure out what I said that would not be posted, based on some of the other stuff that is allowed..I believe mine were posted with all due respect…go dawgs

Walker, Texas Ranger

April 5th, 2011
12:46 pm

Patrick Peterson would be a steal at $80,000

dawgster

April 5th, 2011
12:48 pm

@RRTDawgs…great comments and reply posts…also, I agree, Outlaw is going to be an asset in my opinion to WR corps…go dawgs..

Walker, Texas Ranger

April 5th, 2011
12:50 pm

Does Outlaw play baseketball?

mystikal

April 5th, 2011
12:53 pm

Chip, How can stephenson have over 100 offers they have not had spring practice yet? Thats sounds suspect.

RRTDawgs

April 5th, 2011
12:58 pm

247 sports is reporting top targets in Athens today just came off huge recruiting weekend thing are starting pick up could see a few commits next few weeks go dawgs .

dawgster

April 5th, 2011
1:00 pm

@Walker, TR..yes Walker does play basketball but not currently, other than intramuaral…I believe he might have an interest in playing at UGA, but porbably would have to bulk up some more….go dawgs

dawgster

April 5th, 2011
1:01 pm

sorry, meant to say Yes, Outlaw does play basketball, also….

dawgster

April 5th, 2011
1:02 pm

@RRTDawgs…I think you will see Theus commit soon, just my opinion, but I believe he will be a dawg….

RRTDawgs

April 5th, 2011
1:07 pm

I agree dawgster Theus is close we are good shape with John Taylor and James Deloach who appeared at practice Taylor seen wearing UGA hat while visiting he did not commit but interesting .

DawginLex

April 5th, 2011
1:07 pm

does Nick Marshall count in the basketball total or just football since that is where his scholly is?

Pago Pago Dawg

April 5th, 2011
1:15 pm

Did you notice that Eddie Printz Sr., never mentioned academics/classroom studies for Jr.?!

DawginLex

April 5th, 2011
1:17 pm

2005 team had a 6′10″ offensive linemen. I think he is still in the NFL.
Name escapes me.

DawginLex

April 5th, 2011
1:17 pm

Dennis Roland

T-O-P-L-E-S-S

April 5th, 2011
1:27 pm

RRT Dawg….

Will you please translate that last post directed toward me? That was pure gibberish. Living in the past? No one is saying that UGA cannot win, it is more about the leadership in place and the lack of leadership, discipline and team concepts used by the current staff than it is the players ability.
Look at FSU, Jimbo Fisher is holding his players accountable and you read of very very very few incidents since he has taken over. It is more about the “system” in place and how you handle the players under your direction.

Based on RECENT past performances, it is understandable that most of have doubts about the prognosis for the 2011 season in regards to the University of Georgia Football Bulldogs.

By the way, here is an interesting link about Auburn by FORBES Magazine:

http://blogs.forbes.com/walterpavlo/2011/04/04/taylor-bean-chairman-on-trial-along-with-colonial-bank-and-auburn-university/

1eyedJack

April 5th, 2011
1:33 pm

I’d like to see Outlaw going up against a 5′9″ cornerback. I can just see them running down the field….Mutt&Jeff-like, with Outlaw taking long strides and the corner nipping at his heels.