Telvin Smith picks FSU
Whitaker to announce today at 2:00 It’s Auburn
Rumors swirled into the wee hours of Monday morning about where Warner Robins defensive tackle Jeff Whitaker is going end up. He’s making his announcement today at a 2 p.m. news conference in his school’s media center. Whitaker, No. 4 on the AJC Top 50 list, confirmed Sunday he’d choose between Auburn, Georgia and Miami but wouldn’t let on as to which one.
With Christian sitting there in the car with him, Mr. Green said they had a very good time on their official visit to FSU and his son was able to get a lot of questions answered. However, Mr. Green said, anyone reporting it as a foregone conclusion that Christian is going to sign with the Seminoles is off base. As of Sunday evening, he said, it was pretty much a toss-up between Georgia and FSU .
To anyone that has not been following the situation here is what has happened. Rogers committed to UGA on 06/09/2009. Rogers did not waiver from his commitment for a year and a half. Within the past two weeks Rogers along with former Vanderbilt commit Nash Nance, Rogers unofficial brother, have started to take visits to Tennessee. Upon hearing of Nance’s visit to Tennessee, Vanderbilt withdrew their scholarship to Nance. In the background, Nance’s father is the ring leader of all this. He is wanting his son to play for a major D-1 program and has stopped at nothing to make sure that this happens. There have been rumors that Mr. Nance bought a car for Rogers, which has not yet been verified. Rivals and Scout have switched Rogers commitment status from Solid Verbal to Soft Verbal.
“I’m a firm believer in things happen for a reason,” Mason said. “Whatever you want to say about it I didn’t have the offers. But there’s a reason I wasn’t committed back in September or August. There’s a reason I wasn’t committed back in the summer. There’s a reason I’m going to Georgia now.. I believe it worked out the way it was planned to work out.”
Rogers said the main factor in his decision was the change in linebackers coaches at Georgia. Former Bulldogs assistant John Jancek recruited Rogers. “I was kind of upset and it felt a little weird that they fired Coach Jancek because I had a relationship with him,” Rogers said. “I really liked him. I felt like the next person in place that I felt most comfortable with was Louisville. I already had a relationship with (new coach) Charlie Strong. I think I’ll probably progress a lot better.”
Mark Richt and the Georgia coaching staff did not put up much of fight for Rogers when he switched today. I believe this is because they are pretty sure that they will be getting Telvin Smith to sign a letter of intent on Wednesday. Smith is a ESPN 150 recruit while Rogers was not.
Georgia picked up its first 2011 football commitment Saturday from Tucker junior Chris Sanders, he confirmed through a text message. The 6-foot 180-pound Sanders plays free safety for Tucker and Georgia recruited him to play in the secondary, Tucker coach Franklin Stephens said.
Moore admitted that he’d been thinking about the Georgia offer and everything that went along with it for the entire week. The Bulldogs offered the Griffin product on Thursday, and it has been at the front of him mind since. “I thought it was possible that I would commit,” he said. “It was dream to me. I always thought that I would go that. I am at home. I love the environment. I always wanted to play there. To me Georgia is a great place to play football and get my education. It fits for me.”
One more wild card to keep an eye on is Kadron Boone, another Florida receiver, who is currently listed as a Texas Tech “soft verbal.” He committed assuming he’s play in Mike Leach’s Air Raid and while Tuberville claims that offense isn’t going anywhere Boone has taken the chance to look around recently.
…rival recruiters figured if Rogers would reconsider his long-standing pledge to Georgia for Tennessee, then why wouldn’t he reconsider it for them? So that resulted dozens more college coaches calling into the Calhoun coach Hal Lamb to see if they might be able to get in front of this bluechip prospect.“The whole thing has been driving me crazy,” said Lamb, whose recommendation was for both players to stick with their original commitments.
The SEC is still the place to be. According to Rivals the conference currently has 6 of the top 10 classes in the country. Curiously, none of the other 6 SEC teams is currently ranked in the top 25, demonstrating the divide between the conferences current haves (Florida, LSU, Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee and Georgia) and the rest of the group.
Zeb McKinzey, a tackle from Parkview in Lilburn, Ga., who in 2002 became the only lineman ever to be named Georgia’s all-classification player of the year, had an uneventful career at the University of Georgia that was ended by injuries. Jeff Francoeur, McKinzey’s teammate during Parkview’s state-record 46-game winning streak of the early 2000s, didn’t play college football. He became a major leaguer with the Braves and Mets.