Charlie Weis shows off Super Bowl ring, LB Raphael Kirby commits to Miami Hurricances eventually

Florida offensive coordinator Charlie Weis may have a higher Q Rating than some SEC head coaches, including his own with the Gators (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

Florida offensive coordinator Charlie Weis may have a higher Q Rating than some SEC head coaches, including his own with the Gators (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

Stephenson High School, showcasing 14 prospects with D1 offers, had its spring football scrimmage on Tuesday.

There was so much going on that we’re just going to hit the high points:

  • The star of the scrimmage was Florida offensive coordinator Charlie Weis, one of around 20 college coaches to make an appearance. Either everybody was looking at Weis or his Super Bowl ring, which appeared to weigh 100 pounds. Not sure how he carries that ring around. Charlie didn’t show much interest in the scrimmage, spending most of the time chatting on his cell or telling football war stories to younger college assistants eager to listen. Stephenson has two 2012 prospects committed to Florida, tailback Mike Davis and defensive lineman Jafar Mann. Charlie left the building right after halftime of the scrimmage. On his way out, Charlie posed for pictures with a few fans wearing “Florida” shirts, and even let one kid wear his Super Bowl ring.
  • Stephenson linebacker Raphael Kirby initially planned to announce his college decision at halftime but maybe he didn’t play well enough in the first half because that plan got vetoed. We’re not sure what really happened, but Kirby — and the entire defense — got an earful at halftime from the team’s defensive assistants (although the defense and team was praised at the end by the coach). After the scrimmage, Kirby committed to Miami over Florida, with LSU and North Carolina tied for third out of his 26 early offers. “It’s a great school, a great academic school as well as football,” Kirby said. “I’ve always been a Miami fan and once I got offered by them, they jumped to the top. And once I did more studying on Miami, then I said I’ve got to go there.”
  • Kirby was the fifth Stephenson player to commit, following Davis, Mann, DT Carlos Hood (South Carolina) and TE Joshua Parris (South Florida). Kirby said UGA was in his initial top 5 but dropped because “they didn’t recruit me as hard as other schools.” What about Georgia Tech? “I don’t think they offered me,” said Kirby, who transferred from Parkview High School last January.
  • Stephenson may have the most D1 prospects out of any high school in the USA, but there were more D1 prospects in the crowd. There were players from rival schools that were finished with spring ball and attended the scrimmage, including Stone Mountain linebacker Markuss Eligwe, who committed to FSU over UGA and Florida last month. We’re not sure on final attendance, anywhere between 500 and 1,000 — more than some other DeKalb schools draw for a regular-season game.
  • Stephenson defensive tackle Jafar Mann, who has committed to Florida, was not permitted to participate in the scrimmage after violating undisclosed team rules.
The college announcement was "delayed" but LB Ralphael Kirby eventually got around to committing to "The U" (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

The college announcement was "delayed" but LB Raphael Kirby eventually got around to committing to "The U" (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

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76 comments Add your comment

Dawg Nightshift

May 18th, 2011
2:12 am

1st! Hate Notre dame and Florida but I want to try on CCW’s SB ring! Woof!

Boo Hoo

May 18th, 2011
2:16 am

Here come the Dawg fans complaining about losing YET ANOTHER 2012 RECRUIT in … 3 … 2 … 1 ..

Chris D

May 18th, 2011
2:25 am

It is shocking that Georgia Tech did not offer this young man a schollie? Paul Johnson was waiting for Samford, UAB, Furman, Air Force and Navy to offer before manning up

Warrior285

May 18th, 2011
5:37 am

Who at Stephenson really wanted to stay in-state…seriously. You should be wishing them and all GA kids, much success where ever they may go play as I do and many others. UGA can’t get everybody because everyone feels they need to, but let me enlighten you to something that’s not a secret to UGA…2013 is a better collection of LBs in GA…HATER

Shawn

May 18th, 2011
6:34 am

The Dawgs don’t have as many scholly’s to offer next year so they are a little more choosy this year. We are going to get big talent with the few we have to offer tho:))

Shawn

May 18th, 2011
6:38 am

Although, with recent departures we have 2 more than we expect!

Spike

May 18th, 2011
6:41 am

Charlie must shop at the same store as Al Sharpton. Look at that sweat suit! Sharp.

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 18th, 2011
7:21 am

Bet he was scoping out the BBQ joints more than anything. LOL. Does sound more like he is trying to impress coaches and players with the finger merchandise than actually look seriously at the talent available. Maybe it was just a get to know the coaches and area visit. I got an idea. If he has any eligibility left, could we recruit him for UGA’s offensive line since we just got a little thinner, LOL. If nothing else, with all that body, he should be able to plug up a hole or two or three, LOL.

'76Dawg

May 18th, 2011
7:27 am

Are we (UGA) on our way to losing the state again? It doesn’t seem UGA has been in the running for any of these recent commitments.

Saban

May 18th, 2011
7:36 am

Puppies, Athens attracts recruits like you know attracts flies.

Think I will win another national championship.

Coastal Carolina for homecoming. Must be a lot of fear at Georgia.

Dawgs26

May 18th, 2011
7:42 am

Will Stephenson still be playing in December with “the most D1 prospects in the nation”???

Nope…..

GaDawg

May 18th, 2011
7:54 am

Saban, your comments are full of you know, attracts flies. I see bammy’s still upset over our 2011 recruits, well cry me a river cause the Dawg’s are back sabby

82Dawg

May 18th, 2011
8:10 am

@Saban….yea Kent State, North Texas and Ga. Southern is a tough schedule…a lot to brag about.

gt4ever

May 18th, 2011
8:23 am

GaDawg,

The Dawg’s are back…….? It looks like their falling apart… Can’t talk too loud, our program is in shambles, and we are not on any of these kids radar’s ….

JB

May 18th, 2011
8:25 am

Charlie is in Georgia looking for kids because FSU is cleaning their clock in Florida.

JB

May 18th, 2011
8:29 am

How many calories would you have to eat a day to get that way…and stay that way? 5,000?

Bob Loblaw

May 18th, 2011
9:08 am

I heard Weis ended up eating his cell phone.

GeoffDawg

May 18th, 2011
9:13 am

If he can hike around with that gut, I’m sure the ring is just an afterthought.

Bronco Billy

May 18th, 2011
9:24 am

Will Stephenson make it past the second round of the playoffs with all this “talent”? There is a reason the Gwinnett and South Georgia TEAMS do better, they are well coached and play as a team rather than a collection of me-first athletes. Congrats on all the D-1 offers, but you all will be sitting and watching the third round of the playoffs on your tv.

DawginLex

May 18th, 2011
9:32 am

Shocking that Mr “All About Me” would ignore the game, insist on telling stories and showing off his ring.

Shocking.

sogadog

May 18th, 2011
9:36 am

Did Charlie show off his BCS National Championship ring from his days as Notre Dame’s head coach?

DawginLex

May 18th, 2011
9:51 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehnd0seZyRg

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I wonder if he included this in his story telling?

GaDawg

May 18th, 2011
10:06 am

gt the Dawgs are not falling apart, if anything, thing’s are better than ever. Have you seen the kid’s we have comming in, the Dawg’s are in good shape. Sorry to hear about your program in shambles and all

True blue

May 18th, 2011
10:24 am

They might be sitting at home in December , but come June they are on their way to college to get an education and play football. Then your well coached team is sitting home wondering of their coach going to help him get in school some where after winning state. Which a lot coaches don’t in Gwinnett and South Georgia. The coach have a nice resume , but what does the players get after winning state. A ring

Bronco Billy

May 18th, 2011
10:38 am

Don’t worry True Blue, most of our players still go to college and GRADUATE. Can the same be said of your players?

1eyedJack

May 18th, 2011
10:39 am

“Either everybody was looking at Weis or his Super Bowl ring, which appeared to weigh 100 pounds. Not sure how he carries that ring around.”

Just balast to balance out that big butt so the weeble won’t wobble.

GT Hulk

May 18th, 2011
11:03 am

GT wont offer unless Wofford, Troy or Ga. Southern offers!!!!! PJ has to go–he’s hurting us

RRTDawgs

May 18th, 2011
11:15 am

UGA’s top priority is O Line we need go hard after John Theus , Vadal Alexander , Joe Harris also take a look a some JUCO players as well .

1eyedJack

May 18th, 2011
11:17 am

Several guys at Georgia Military we could look at.

BobinBuford

May 18th, 2011
11:32 am

GT Hulk:

You are obviously NOT a GT fan with that statement. Go troll the pages of whatever team you cheer for (probably UGA)and leave the GT comments to the REAL fans of the Yellow Jackets.

Dean

May 18th, 2011
11:47 am

Hey, don’t lump him in with us UGA fans. We have enough garbage to take out without adding more.

Stinger

May 18th, 2011
11:54 am

GT doesn’t need to sign the top recruits as long as CPJ can coach them up. Look how he has taken a bunch of no-names and won the ACC and killed the mutts. GT ran over the mutts at will.

I have a man crush on CP’s Johnson.

Vampire Bill

May 18th, 2011
12:20 pm

That’s quite an extra chin ole Charlie has. I bet he got the double Nachos at the game?

ATL Sports Fan

May 18th, 2011
12:40 pm

Stinger-PJ killed the mutts….HA HA…..Three points…thats being killed? If that is the case, then what do you say about loosing by 6 and 8 in recent years???? From your logic, UGA has killed/blown out Tech 9 out of the last 10 years.

DogLoverUGAmuttHater

May 18th, 2011
12:59 pm

Who from Stephenson has really been a good college player. i hear how many kids they send to colleges, but how many are any good at the College level?

Michael Carvell

May 18th, 2011
1:00 pm

@DogLoverUGAmuttHater, surely you are kidding with that question about good college and NFL players from Stephenson HS?

Jag Alum

May 18th, 2011
1:03 pm

Bronco Billy, I am a football-student athlete alum of Stephenson, and we actually do get our degrees when we go to college. I got mine, played in the CFL, and am currently a federal agent. There are some of us who didnt, but majority of us do. No we haven’t won a state championship, but our coaches are great people who look out for their athletes, and the kids ultimately end up being bigger winners than a state championship can bring them, because a state championship only gives you bragging rights for a year, but a chance for a college degree can give you bragging rights for a lifetime. Majority of our kids wouldnt have a chance to go to college, because their families cant afford it. Our coaching staff does a great job helping our student athletes. Kirby knows Parkview’s rich football tradition, so I gaurantee you he didnt come to Stephenson because we win multiple championships, because we dont. But he has bought into the program, and their goal every year is to win a championship. That also says alot about Cecil Flowe at PARKVIEW, Kirby didnt have a single offer when he arrived at Stephenson in January, now he has 26 and a commitment to Miami. Those championships Parkview have means nothing after those kids help Flowe pad his resume.

Jag Alum

May 18th, 2011
1:04 pm

And also DogLoverUGAmuttHater many of them are great college players. Kelvin Sheppard drafted by Buffalo, third round this year from LSU. Jermaine Cunningham, Drafted Second round by New England last year from Florida. Perry Riley, drafted by the Redskins, last year from LSU. Sean Lucas, Currently CFL, Byron Parker, Currently CFL, and are arguably the two best DBs in Canada as they are two of the highest paid. Anthony Cannon, Former Detroit Lion, Roderick Rogers, former Denver Bronco. Kregg Lumpkin, now with the Buccaneers, Tony Tiller, former Chiefs, Falcons, CFL……the list could keep going but theres no need to. Not to mention, two lawyers, an engineer, and a federal agent. We are winners at more than just football

Tucker Tiger

May 18th, 2011
1:36 pm

Excuses are for losers. All those great players and ZERO state championships mean your coach is an idiot when it comes to X’s and O’s. You can have both, championships and scholarships – it’s not an either/or affair.

GeoffDawg

May 18th, 2011
1:40 pm

“Brothers in Pork Rinds” – the Paul Johnson and Charlie Weis story.

Ellen Degenerate

May 18th, 2011
1:40 pm

1eyedJack,

I happen to think most lesbians are more attractive than Charlie Widearse

Captain's Mama

May 18th, 2011
1:43 pm

• Stephenson defensive tackle Jafar Mann, who has committed to Florida, was not permitted to participate in the scrimmage after violating undisclosed team rules.

NICE! Already “violating” rules … gettin’em started early. And the “slap on the wrist” punishment … can’t participate in the SPRING game. When in the H*LL is our soft-arse society going to start really punishing these miscreants!? Kid violated a team rule … depending on the severity, sit him for AT LEAST 3 games. You want to put an end to this punk behavior then start REALLY punishing for it!

GeoffDawg

May 18th, 2011
1:44 pm

He does kind of remind me of Marla Hooch – what a hitter!

DogLoverUGAmuttHater

May 18th, 2011
2:22 pm

Jag Alum thanks I didn’t know what most of the kids from Stephenson did in college.

fat boy

May 18th, 2011
2:29 pm

stephenson can you win with your own kids ? stop getting parkveiw kids union grove kids and shiloh kids and etc.

True blue

May 18th, 2011
2:48 pm

You know it amazing how so many people are jealous of what one school does for it’s athletes. Stephenson coaching staff might knows x and o but they know something that most parent buy into helping their son go to school free

True blue

May 18th, 2011
3:00 pm

I meant Stephenson Coaches might not x’s and o’s ,but know how to prepare kids for the next level

harold

May 18th, 2011
3:08 pm

GEORGIA NEEDS TO QUIT DREAMING AND START WINNING. ALL BARK. THE RECORD SHOWS NO BITE!

Wildgator

May 18th, 2011
3:30 pm

Something isn’t right with the coaches at Stephenson. Coach Gattrell and them have all these kids that go to college (WHICH IS A GREAT THING), but yet they haven’t won or played for a single state football championship.

King Gator

May 18th, 2011
3:41 pm

Why does UGA not get any of the kids from Stephenson (or very few)? Charlie might be an odd duck, but I think he might be little better of an OC than Bobo at this point in thier careers. Go Gators!