City: Chapel Hill, NC
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|Name||Rating||Ht./Wt.||High School||Position||Colleges Considering|
|Donavan Tate||A||6'3"/200||Cartersville High School||Athlete||North Carolina|
|Donte Moss||No Rating||6'4"/225||Northside High School (NC)||Defensive end||North Carolina|
|Hawatha Bell||No Rating||6'1"/225||Butler High School (NC)||Linebacker||North Carolina|
|Jeremy McGahee||B-||5'10"/168||Thomson High School||Running back||East Carolina, Georgia Southern, North Carolina and Oklahoma State|
|Jheranie Boyd||A||6'3"/185||Ashbrook High School (NC)||Wide receiver||North Carolina|
|Johnnie Farms||A+||6'3"/306||Perry High School||Offensive guard||North Carolina|
|Jonathan Holland||B||6'1"/210||Henry County High School||Linebacker||Akron, Clemson, Connecticut, Mississippi and North Carolina|
|Shane Mularkey||No Rating||6'3"/215||Greater Atlanta Christian School||Linebacker||North Carolina|
|Terry Shankle||No Rating||5'10"/170||South Stanly High School (NC)||Defensive back||North Carolina|
It will take a few years to assess the damage Lane Kiffin caused the Tennessee football program with this selfish antics. But the initial blast to recruiting seems to be over and certainly wasn’t as devastating as it could have been. But thanks to the quick hiring of new coach Derek Dooley, UT has managed to talk some high-profile prospects off the ledge and gotten them to stick . . . for now at least. Several major prospects have elected to stay on, including North Gwinnett offensive tackle JaWuan James. James left Knoxville last Thursday to return home to Suwanee to counsel with his family and gather his bearings. According to his high school coach, Bob Sphire, James returned to UT over the weekend and he began classes Monday (James has not answered multiple messages since last Wednesday)
Centennial's Euclid Cummings was a popular player with college coaches today. He received visits from Georgia offensive line coach Stacy Searels, Georgia Tech receivers coach Buzz Preston and Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin. The new Volunteers coach made a favorable impression on the 6-foot-4, 230-pound defensive end. "I like [Kiffin]," Cummings said. "He seemed to be an honest person. He kept it real with me." In recent weeks, Cummings has said he's considering scholarship offers from Georgia Tech, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. So is Cummings now interested in Georgia? "I would be if they offer me," he said.
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier was not happy when Perry offensive lineman Johnnie Farms recently switched his commitment from South Carolina to North Carolina. And you could almost visualize "The Old Ball Coach" throwing down his visor when Farms told the AJC that part of the reason for his change was because "the education is a little better [at UNC] than South Carolina." What did Spurrier do about it? He traveled to Perry, which is located 105 miles south of Atlanta, on Tuesday in an attempt to convince Farms to take an official visit to South Carolina next weekend. And Spurrier brought his own academic research for the AJC Super 11 selection. "[He] compared the graduation rates between the two schools," Farms told the AJC's Phil Giltman. "He said South Carolina is No. 6, and North Carolina is No. 15." Where did Spurrier get his research? Farms said he doesn't quite remember. Many but not all coaches go by the NCAA's Graduation Success Rate or Academic Progress Rate, and North Carolina finished higher than South Carolina in both 2008 reports for football. Nevetheless, Spurrier also gave Farms a long talk about the advantages of playing in the SEC over the ACC. "He said the SEC is by far the toughest conference in college football," Farms said. Spurrier also told Farms that the NFL "recruits more players from the SEC than the ACC." Did Spurrier's speech work? Farms said "there is a good chance I'll go [on the visit], but I'm not sure" and confirmed that he remains committed to UNC. Farms also added that Spurrier's strong words supporting South Carolina and the SEC were not surprising. Farms said that every college coach speaks of his school, football program, and football conference in the most favorable conditions as possible during the recruiting process.
North Carolina coach Butch Davis saw his cell phone ringing only minutes after making an in-home visit with Cartersville's Donavan Tate on Tuesday night. It was Tate on the other end of the phone: "So sorry, but my mom forgot to show you something really important," Tate said. "Can you come back for a second?" Davis turned his car around. When he knocked on Tate's door this time, he was greeted with a big hug. Tate had decided to end the recruiting process and commit to North Carolina. What had happened? After meeting with Davis for nearly three hours, Tate's strong feelings about the Tar Heels were confirmed. As soon the coach left, Tate told his mom, "UNC is where I feel like I belong. It is a feeling that I really cannot explain, but I know [Davis and baseball coach Mike Fox] are the coaches I want to play for." The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Tate picked North Carolina over Southern Cal, Michigan, Georgia and Alabama. Tate is the son of former UGA standout Lars Tate and will play football and baseball if he ever shows up at college. He is ranked as one of the nation's top prospects for the June baseball draft, possibly a No. 1 pick. North Carolina was a surprising choice, considering that Tate was injured in a playoff game on Nov. 21, forcing him to cancel an official visit the next day with the Tar Heels. Tate, who suffered a rib injury and is expected to make a full recovery within five weeks, decided not to make up the recruiting trip to North Carolina. He announced that he was no longer going to take official visits. Tate said he had acquired enough information from long conversations with coaches and taking unofficial visits with his finalists. After committing to North Carolina, Tate said he felt a "sense of excitement, relief and peace" after Davis left for the second time on Tuesday night. Tate said on Wednesday that he has scheduled an official visit to North Carolina on Dec. 12.
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier met with Perry offensive lineman Johnnie Farms on Tuesday to try to convince him to take an official visit to Columbia, S.C., next weekend. "There is a good chance I'll go, but I'm not sure yet," Farms told the AJC. The 6-foot-3, 306-pound Farms said he and Spurrier spoke for about 20 minutes in the coaches' office at Perry High School, and Spurrier explained to him the difference between playing in the SEC and ACC. "He also compared the graduation rate between the two schools," said Farms. "He said South Carolina is No. 6 and North Carolina is No. 15." He said Spurrier also spoke with his mother and grandfather for more than an hour about the program. "He wants me to go to South Carolina and see what they have to offer," he said. "I'm thinking about it, but I'm still committed to North Carolina." Farms de-committed from South Carolina on Nov. 23, then committed to North Carolina after his official visit to Chapel Hill.