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Did UGA commit NCAA violations at ‘Dawg Night’?

Georgia head coach Mark Richt and assistant Warren Belin talk to linebacker prospect Stephone Anthony (white shirt) of North Carolina "Dawg Night" on Friday. (Photo by Chip Towers)

Georgia head coach Mark Richt and assistant Warren Belin talk to linebacker prospect Stephone Anthony (white shirt) of North Carolina during "Dawg Night" on Friday. (Photo by Chip Towers)

The Georgia Bulldogs may have inadvertently committed NCAA rules violations at “Dawg Night” this past Friday and I might have had a hand in it.

If so, it may change the way Southeastern Conference teams conduct their recruiting business.

As reported here Friday, the Bulldogs landed a couple of verbal commitments at their annual “Dawg Night” prospect camp. Offensive tackle Zach DeBell of Tarpon Springs, Fla., and long snapper Nathan Theus of Jacksonville each told Georgia coaches during the couple-hours-long workout that they intend to sign with UGA on national signing day next February. I covered the event and reported the news of the commitments on the AJC Recruiting Blog, as did numerous other media outlets on various Web sites.

After the camp, coaches, players and parents mixed and mingled …

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DeBell, Theus become UGA commitments 14 & 15 at ‘Dawg Night’ (UPDATED)

OT Zach DeBell poses with Georgia offensive line coach Stacy Searels after committing to the Bulldogs at 'Dawg Night' Friday night in Athens. (Photo by Chip Towers)

OT Zach DeBell poses with Georgia offensive line coach Stacy Searels after committing to the Bulldogs at 'Dawg Night' Friday night in Athens. (Photo by Chip Towers)

ATHENS – Zach DeBell said he did not plan to commit to Georgia when he drove to Athens with his family for the Dawg Night camp on Friday. But he should have seen the signs.

The first one came when he stopped at a Wal-Mart just outside of town with his Mom, Dad and younger sister Samantha. He decided, for no particular reason, to buy a bathing suit. And the one he grabbed was red and black and emblazoned with a Georgia G.

“I actually bought a pair of Georgia swim trunks,” he said with a laugh. “I didn’t think about it at the time. I was like, you know what, I need a bathing suit; I’m going to buy a bathing suit.”

A couple of hours later DeBell committed Georgia head coach Mark Richt on the spot. He did it even before he and 100 or so college prospects took the field at the Woodruff Practice facility.

Swim trunks …

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James Wilder Jr. checking out the scene at UGA, Tech

Tampa's James Wilder Jr. will get a close-up look at Georgia and Georgia Tech this week. (Photo by Chris Hays/Orlando Sentinel)

Tampa's James Wilder Jr. will get a close-up look at Georgia and Georgia Tech this week. (Photo by Chris Hays/Orlando Sentinel)

Of blue-chip recruits, college coaches often say, “if you can just get them on campus, anything can happen.”

Well, Georgia and Georgia Tech will have that chance with the top recruiting prospect in America, who’s coming to town this week. Running back James Wilder Jr. of Tampa is in Athens today and Friday to check out UGA and will visit Georgia Tech on Saturday, his coach at Plant High confirmed.

Wilder made the drive up to Athens with teammate Tate Rogers, a fullback, and Rogers’ mother, Plant coach Robert Weiner said. Wilder intends to attend Georgia’s annual “Dawg Night” elite prospect camp on Friday but will not necessarily participate in drills.

“Yep, James is at Georgia today and tomorrow and he’s going to Georgia Tech on Saturday,” said Weiner, who was about to board a plane with Plant’s Phillip Ely to fly to California for the Elite 11 …

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UT arrests: Darren Myles dismissed, no action on Da’Rick Rogers

Were the Tennessee football and basketball players that frequented Bar Knoxville receiving extra benefits from the food-and-drink establishment? The NCAA is probably going to want to know.

Darren Myles of Columbus

S Darren Myles of Atlanta

Sandy Morton, who co-owns the popular nightclub on “The Strip” in downtown Knoxville with her husband, admits in an on-camera interview that she “gives VIP status to the football players” and “always tries to cater to the UT guys.” Morton said “VIP status” means they pay no cover at the door.

The NCAA defines an extra benefit as any special gift or arrangement provided to an enrolled student-athlete or a student-athlete’s relative or friend which is not available to the general student body of that institution.

That special treatment came back to bite Bar Knoxville as an early-Friday-morning melee shut down her business, left two police officers hospitalized and resulted in at least two Tennessee football players being arrested.

“It bothers me that they think …

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UGA pledge Christian LeMay gets 30-day suspension, plans appeal

Butler High quarterback Christian LeMay will transfer to a private school if his disciplinary appeal is unsuccessful.

Butler High quarterback Christian LeMay may be forced to transfer to a private school if his disciplinary appeal is unsuccessful.

University of Georgia-bound quarterback Christian LeMay has been suspended from North Carolina’s Butler High School for 30 days for an undisclosed school system rules infraction allegedly committed toward the end of spring semester.

However, the LeMay family is appealing the recent ruling by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) and his father insists the eventual outcome will not impact his son’s ability enroll at UGA and play football for the Bulldogs.

If LeMay’s appeal is unsuccessful he may transfer to a private school to complete high school, his father said.

“The original ruling has him reassigned to a CMS alternative school for 30 days,” Pastor Stacy LeMay said late Tuesday. “We are hoping for a more favorable outcome with the hopes of attending Butler, along with his brother [Uriah] and teammates. . . . However, if the ruling is not overturned …

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WR DaVaris Daniels still hopes for offer from Dad’s Dogs

ATH DaVaris Daniels, here returning an interception, played multiple positions for Vernon Hills High last season.

DaVaris Daniels, here returning an interception, played multiple positions for Vernon Hills High in Illinois last season (Photo by Sun-Times Media)

Should Georgia make legacy prospects a recruiting priority?

Phillip Daniels thinks so. And that’s the core question surrounding the curious case that is the recruitment of his son, wide receiver prospect DaVaris Daniels of Vernon Hills, Ill.

Phillip Daniels is a Georgia letterman (1992-1995) and a defensive end about to enter his 15th season in the NFL (with the Washington Redskins). His son, by all accounts, is a pretty decent football prospect himself.

DaVaris Daniels, a 6-foot-3, 180-pound play-maker, gets a four-star rating from both Rivals and Scout, is the No. 90 prospect overall and the No. 15 receiver in the ESPNU 150 rankings, and has a pretty impressive offer sheet of about a dozen schools (only two below the Mason-Dixon line, for what that’s worth).

Last week I wrote about DaVaris Daniels abruptly canceling a press …

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Notre Dame latest to offer LT Zach DeBell; UGA among faves

zachDeBellGeorgia Tech and UGA target Zach DeBell, once a relative unknown commodity in recruiting, is anything but these days.

The 6-foot-7, 265-pound offensive tackle from Tarpon Springs, Fla., just roped in offer number 24 this past weekend. This one came from the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

DeBell adds that tender to a list that includes most of the Southeast, excluding the big three in his home state, Florida, Florida State and Miami. And they are all acutely aware of DeBell, so it’s probably just a matter of time before one or all pulls the trigger.

But the outspoken and gregarious DeBell is not worried right now about who hasn’t offered. He was just excited to know that Notre Dame could be an option, especially considering he has never visited or camped there.

“I guess they’ve just heard about me through the grapevine during recruiting,” said DeBell, who attended a South Florida camp this past weekend. “My basketball coach, Coach [Jerry] Woodka, went there. And they’ve been …

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Ten at 10: Georgia Tech getting serious about linebackers

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NOTE: The Ten at 10 appears on the AJC College Recruiting Blog every Tuesday and Thursday. It is an “aggregation blog,” a roundup of news and information from a variety of sources that is believed to be of interest to AJC readers. Material from sources other than the AJC is attributed.

Richmond, Va.'s, Curtis Grant, one of the top linebackers in the country, really likes the Jackets.

Richmond, Va.'s, Curtis Grant, one of the top linebackers in the country, really likes the Yellow Jackets.

1. You have to be impressed with the linebacker talent that has been parading through The Flats of late. Last week,  St. Augustine’s Tony Steward — the No. 1-rated outside linebacker in the nation per Rivals.com –  came to Georgia Tech for a brief visit. That was followed this Wednesday by a visit from Curtis Grant of Richmond, Va., — the No. 1-rated inside linebacker in the country, according to Rivals. Both prospects came away from their tours very impressed with the Yellow Jackets and say the locals are seriously in the mix for their services. “It was a really nice …

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OL Hunter Long becomes Georgia’s 13th commitment (UPDATED)

Hunter Long (R) was wearing Georgia colors back in 2009 when his brother Austin Long first signed with the Bulldogs. (Photo by Memphis Commercial Appeal)

Hunter Long (R) was wearing Georgia colors back in 2009 when his brother Austin Long first signed with the Bulldogs. (Photo by Memphis Commercial Appeal)

Hunter Long has become the Georgia Bulldogs’ 13th commitment.

The 6-foot-3, 293-pound interior offensive lineman from Memphis officially committed to the Bulldogs late Wednesday. He said he initially committed to UGA line coach Stacy Searels when he offered the scholarship on Sunday. But Searels encouraged him “to wait a few days and pray about it and be sure.”

The truth is,  Long has long known Georgia is where he wanted to be. His brother, Austin Long, is a redshirt freshman offensive tackle for the Bulldogs.

“It’s home for me,” Long said. “I go there all the time and I know everybody there. I’ve been going there since Austin first started getting recruited by Georgia.

In fact, Long is scheduled to be in Athens all next week. Not for a camp or a visit. “Just to hang out,” he said.

But Long had to earn his offer. He …

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Report: Deliberation to continue over Christian LeMay’s fate

It looks like the deliberation over Christian LeMay’s fate may carry on a while longer.

A decision might not come for another seven to 10 days, according to a report by Rivals.com senior high schools analyst Dallas Jackson, who did not cite sources.

That was the original time frame given after LeMay went before a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools disciplinary committee on June 14 for an alleged violation of the school system’s code of conduct.

I contacted LeMay’s father this week for an update on his son’s case. “I would encourage you to be patient,” The Rev. Stacy LeMay said via text message. “We are not interested in this being a multiple-article drama.”

The nature of LeMay’s offense has not been made public. He reportedly faces an out-of-school suspension of as many as 30 days.

LeMay, the No. 2-rated quarterback in the nation, according to Scout.com, announced on April 30 he intends to play football at Georgia and plans to enroll there in January.

LeMay led Butler High to an …

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