Decision Day! DB Chaz Elder to pick UGA, South Carolina or Vandy

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Chaz Elder, who is considered by many to be Georgia’s No. 1 college football prospect at safety, will make his college decision after 6 p.m. Friday.

The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder from Banneker High School will choose between his three finalists — UGA, South Carolina and Vanderbilt.

Elder has won rave reviews as a safety prospect, but decided a few months ago that he would prefer to play cornerback in college because it would give him a “better chance” of reaching his NFL dreams. UGA, South Carolina and Vanderbilt have all agreed to let him play cornerback. Here’s more on the three finalists:

  • Vanderbilt: “Chaz has the opportunity to be the first guy to do a lot of things at that school that hasn’t been done before,” Banneker assistant Ryan Andrews. “Vanderbilt doesn’t have the football history as the other schools, so he has the opportunity to come in, start something there and be the first to do a lot of things.”
  • UGA: “Georgia is the home school, and Chaz has grown up being a Georgia fan. They have a big-time defensive coorindator in [Todd Grantham] who can teach him a lot and prepare him for life after football. He has a great relationship with [Mark Richt].”
Banneker DB Chaz Elder (right, No. 15) will pick between UGA, South Carolina and Vandy. TE Larry Jefferson (No. 11) is 6-foot-6 after a growth spurt over the summer and committed early to Louisville. Also pictured is Banneker coach Marquis Slaton (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

Banneker DB Chaz Elder (right, No. 15) will pick between UGA, South Carolina and Vandy. TE Larry Jefferson (No. 11) is 6-foot-6 after a growth spurt over the summer and committed early to Louisville. Also pictured is Banneker coach Marquis Slaton (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

  • South Carolina: “He loves [defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward]. Coach Ward has a proven track record with DBs, especially corners like Chaz. He has done it with Jimmy Williams at Virginia Tech, and even Stephon Gilmore at South Carolina would be considered a big corner. He has a great relationship with Coach Ward.”

Elder has alternated on favorites throughout the recruiting process. “Clemson was the school to beat, they just happened to fill up their DB spots first,” Andrews said. “Once that happened, Georgia was the school to beat. Then South Carolina came in and … they always talked about Chaz playing corner and then eventually maybe moving to safety. But his freshman year, if he went there, he would be playing corner … we’ll just have to see which school Chaz feels like is the best fit for him.

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126 comments Add your comment

JAWJeRDAWG

August 26th, 2011
7:45 am

I have no idea where he’s really leaning, but I hope he chooses UGA. We could really use him. .. Go Dawgs!

canes

August 26th, 2011
7:46 am

Cam Newton

August 26th, 2011
7:46 am

UGA will put him at TE

redd

August 26th, 2011
7:49 am

UGA secondary is really crowded right now with young talent. I think he picks the cocks. Good luck to him in whateva decision he makes. GO DAWGS!!!

FLA DAWG

August 26th, 2011
7:53 am

Having an NFL DC in Grantham and a home state location gives The Dawgs the edge. Though our depth there is strong this kid could rise to the top quickly.

dap01

August 26th, 2011
8:00 am

Be a hero in your home state! Go Dawgs!

Destin Dawg

August 26th, 2011
8:05 am

Parade magazine says ” UGA #2 large State University education, plus big time sports ” in a great college town… Athens, Ga… kids that stay in state… close to support groups… friends and family do better in school and life after football… Go Dawgs !!

Old Dawg

August 26th, 2011
8:09 am

Chaz… come be part of Todd Grantham’s rejuvenated ” Junk Yard Dawgs “

JAWJeRDAWG

August 26th, 2011
8:10 am

Michael:

I went back and read your July 5th blog included in above prompt in this article.

Unless alot has changed since then from your report that “The Gamecocks will take heavy hits in the defensive secondary after this season, and Elder said he was told that could start as a true freshman. They (SC) are losing some seniors, and they think that Stephon Gilmore may leave early for the NFL,” Elder said. “I like the defense they run. And, added Elder’s Coach Andrews, “South Carolina has always wanted Chaz at cornerback.”

Since our defensive secondary has some depth, unless Chaz Elder WANTS to be a Dawg and isn’t really looking for early playing time (which most do), I’d be surprised if he doesn’t chose South Carolina.

I hope not. We definitely could use his talents. .. Go Dawgs!

GT techie

August 26th, 2011
8:11 am

Stay in State… love to see you play in Athens !!!

Destin Dawg

August 26th, 2011
8:16 am

Steve Spurrier soon th retire.. then S.C. goes back to S.E.C. doormat

Lowcountry Bulldawg

August 26th, 2011
8:17 am

JJDawg,

Very good assertions about Elder. With the depth at CB especially from this last recruiting class I think it may be hard to land someone this talented. Congrats either way on his choice and GOOOO DAWGS!!!!

Destin Dawg

August 26th, 2011
8:23 am

his talents would be lost at Vandy for sure… D backs need helpers !

Proud-Dawg

August 26th, 2011
8:23 am

If I was betting man, I would say he is headed to USCe…The defensive back depth chart in Columbia is not as a deep as it is in Athens.

Old Dawg

August 26th, 2011
8:27 am

Columbia, S.C. is just not the great college town that Athens is.. Go Dawgs !!

Ogeechee Dawg

August 26th, 2011
8:34 am

USCe – count on it.

USCe is more consistent and they have a huge need for DB’s this year and next = playing time. Also, the coaching staff is better now than years past.

NOT a Gamecock fan – but I will say this – and I really respect the loyalty of their fans. They will flat support the team and sell out – even in the days they were losing all their games. Yep – they can bring SEC level obnoxious behaviour to the table as well.

Best of luck to this kid and hopes that he has a great experience that serves him well!

RxDawg

August 26th, 2011
8:43 am

He’s going to USC. They told him he could play corner…when it’s probably a lie and he really shouldn’t be playing corner anyways. Just be prepared for the AJC spin machine of how much he abandons UGA. Meh, good luck to ya Chaz.

Huntsville Dog

August 26th, 2011
8:45 am

People don’t think for a second this kid is coming to UGA. I don’t think they are recruiting him hard at all anymore. Too much young talent for him to come to Georgia.

BMDPD

August 26th, 2011
8:50 am

Yep, he’s a chicken. I would like to see him at UGA, but….

7576DAWG

August 26th, 2011
8:51 am

Didn’t I read somewhere that Spurrier was going to coach for 2 more years and then retire ?
If Elder doesn’t have very much confidence in himself and must be given a starting job in order to commit to a school then he will chose South Carolina. Grantham is going to play his best defensive back’s. If he can’t come in and win a position he probably want make it to Pro ball anyway and he is not as good as advertised. Because of these things if he still isn’t sure Georgia is the place for him , he’s probably better off at South Carolina. I hope he comes to Georgia because we can always use another defensive back but he must realize that the best people are going to play at Georgia. He will have to earn playing time.

ArmyRangerDawg

August 26th, 2011
8:54 am

ENOUGH already with the “fast guys”… How about concentrating on some of the talent in this state that are “BIG and TOUGH”!!!! We need LINEMAN!!!! DAWGS need to step up recruiting of “hosses” up front… Win or lose in the trenches!!! Just sayin….

VA DAWG

August 26th, 2011
8:54 am

It’s UCSe….don’t bother getting your hopes up because it’s been that way for awhile now. Lakatos has targeted Yuri Wright as possibly the only corner in this years class due to how many we brought in last year (Swann, Marshall, Bowman, etc.). Go luck to the kid, hope he does well except for the first SEC game of the year. GO DAWGS!

coachx

August 26th, 2011
8:57 am

There is no secret that Grantham wants big CBs. This young man at 6′2” certainly fits the bill of the ideal CB for Grantham’s system.

With Boykins graduating there will be playing time next year for a freshman UGA CB who is proven ready.

coachx

August 26th, 2011
8:59 am

Words of widom for all 18 year olds.

You can trust what Mark Richt tells you as true………Steve Spurrier on the other hand, not so much.

coachx

August 26th, 2011
9:01 am

One more bit of factual info.

Visit Athens, GA. and Columbus, SC.
There is an obvious difference in the quality of life in those two towns. Its not even close as to which is better.

blake

August 26th, 2011
9:02 am

Ogeechee Dawg last i heard USCe still had 20,000 tickets to see in there 1st game this year. Are their fans really that loyal? This kid is a dawg. Bank on it!

Dawgmess

August 26th, 2011
9:03 am

Guess we’d better cancel next seasons games and release all the players. Ray Drew’s not purchasing his tickets next year.

Old Dawg

August 26th, 2011
9:15 am

things going up hill in Athens !! can’t wait… ” Project Dome to Dome ” we’ll win 3 in Atlanta this year !! go Dawgs !!

Dawgs97

August 26th, 2011
9:18 am

Blake, based on Ogeechee Dawg’s comments, I seriously DOUBT he’s actually a Dawg fan at all. No Dawg fan would make comments like that and even remotely think South Carolina’s a better program. They don’t have a smidge of our history or tradition and we have generally owned them in the series. And as has been pointed out, Spurrier is likely retiring in a year or two.

If he chooses Carolina, fine, that’s about immediate playing time and nothing else.

footballfan365

August 26th, 2011
9:20 am

I hope the coach from s.carolina does not develop him the same way he did jimmy williams if you are a falcons fan you know that jimmy williams was TERRIBLE!

Douglas

August 26th, 2011
9:21 am

I live near Charleston, SC and they think he is going to be a Gamecock.

timothy burley

August 26th, 2011
9:35 am

He should come to vandy. One because he will probably start as soon as he gets there and he gets to play SEC schools which will improve him as a player.

GeoffDawg

August 26th, 2011
9:36 am

They picked the wrong city to brag about the development of Jimmy Williams.

GeoffDawg

August 26th, 2011
9:41 am

Wait a minute…..that’s not Ray Drew!

AJC Sports

August 26th, 2011
9:41 am

No, it’s not. People, please do not post under another person’s name or you will be banned.

SouthSide Dawg

August 26th, 2011
9:50 am

Shouldn’t the Poll list “Dawgs, Gamecocks, Commodores”?

Dr. Phil

August 26th, 2011
9:59 am

Last season Grantham was a doughnut chomping moron who shouted obscenities at opposing players and couldn’t stop anemic offenses like Colorado and Central FL. During the off season, he has become a defensive genius. Perhaps we should withhold our praise until after the first two games.

Destin Dawg

August 26th, 2011
10:07 am

Mark Richt is a class guy… he’s got things turned around… Todd Grantham’s defense…. positive mental attitudes… conditioning… kicking game… favorable schedule…. Dream team frosh pushing fror playing time… can’t wait… Go dawgs !!!

JAWJeRDAWG

August 26th, 2011
10:08 am

Good grief, ‘Ray Drew’. As a season ticket holder, that’s your right.

But, if I had the chance to, I’d gladly buy them from you, and GIVE them to some of my son’s friends who can’t afford them, and would LOVE to be able to see the Bulldogs play Between-the-Hedges! .. Go Dawgs!

Destin Dawg

August 26th, 2011
10:10 am

Dr Phil… ( techie ) we’ll see you on the Flats !!!! wtf ever that is ???

BjohnDawg

August 26th, 2011
10:11 am

Chaz,

Good Luck no matter where you decide to go.

Go Dawgs!

bill

August 26th, 2011
10:18 am

It would be a shocker if he ends up anywhere but Columbia.

Several comments are right on track. Lot of young talent in the defensive backfield already and many folks are hoping (and expecting) to see Yuri in Athens in 2012.

Yuri is the tall corner that our coach likes. Elder is a safety who wants to play corner.

someone please provide a link to Spurrier news

August 26th, 2011
10:23 am

i’d like to see someone other than a bunch of message board yahoos confirm that the OBC is going to retire in 2 years.

thanks

someone please provide a link to Spurrier news

August 26th, 2011
10:24 am

dr phil gets my vote for post of the day!

RoyalAir

August 26th, 2011
10:36 am

You Dog fans are kinda funny. From 6-7 last year with an overweight maniac as your d-coordinator to the next great SEC powerhouse, right?

At any rate, if the kid seriously wants to play in the NFL, he should go to Carolina. They have a much longer track record of producing NFL DBs, such as Terry Cousin, Jonathon Joseph, Dunta Robinson, Ko Simpson, Chris Culliver, Captain Munnerlyn, Sheldon Brown, etc. Now, if he were a linebacker, I’d say UGA is a better fit.

Ghost13

August 26th, 2011
10:39 am

Drew , by the way I am sure most Georgia fans are very glad you aren’t attending any games.Pretty sure you’ll be changing your handle when the season starts, if you think with this schedule georgia will be piling up losses , you’re either physic or a fool, I ‘ll be on the later.

Football Fan

August 26th, 2011
10:40 am

Again fans, Its great that you love your school… Can you discipline yourself not to bad mouth a kid that you know absolutely nothing about. You don’t know what type of kid he is, his family, or his coaches or the people that have helped raise him. Its his right to go where he wants to go and if that is UGA great, if its SC great, If its Vandy, that fine too. But do not talk about a kid that you do not know. His coaches, family and him as an individual probably read these post.

moops

August 26th, 2011
10:48 am

He’s going to USCe. It’s been the worst kept secret. It’s been known for a long time, he’s just making it public today.

Mr. SEC

August 26th, 2011
10:49 am

If this kid has a clue, he will decide on UGA, door is wide open for his freshman year, he will have a better chance at playing time at UGA than ny other school. As far as a position coach, Nobody has got anything on UGA’s DB’s coaching staff.

Destin Dawg

August 26th, 2011
10:54 am

yes Lakatos and Grantham = great defensive minds .. you will see THIS year… Go Dawgs !!!