Address: 1920 Hamilton Road
City: LaGrange, GA
Web site: http://ths.troup.k12.ga.us/
|Name||Rating||Ht./Wt.||High School||Position||Colleges Considering|
|Chris Burnette||A+||6'3"/290||Troup County High School||Offensive guard||Georgia|
|Tay Irvin||B+||6'0"/310||Troup County High School||Defensive tackle||Central Florida|
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)
Chris Burnette has know for a lifetime where he wanted to go to college, . So when an offer came from Georgia it didn't take long for the Troup offensive lineman to say yes. "It's been a little crazy down here with all this, " said Troup coach Bubba Jeter. "[Alabama coach Nick] Saban was here the other day. Florida was in here today. But he grew up a Bulldog fan, and that is where he always wanted to go." Because of a limited class size, Georgia might take only 15 recruits in the 2009 class. Georgia coach Mark Richt also said that because the 2008 class has been wrapped up for some time, coaches have evaluated and offered 2009 prospects earlier than usual. Burnette, who carries a 4.0 GPA, could be in line to enroll early for Georgia. Several offensive linemen have taken that route in the past two years. And one, left tackle Trinton Sturdivant, was able to make an impact as a true freshman.