Posted: 11:30 pm Saturday, January 25th, 2014

Notebook: Alabama loses top QB, and Mark Richt hits the road 

By Michael Carvell

Alabama's Nick Saban loses very few recruits (AP)

Alabama’s Nick Saban loses very few recruits (AP)

Even the presence of Lane Kiffin, Alabama’s new and heralded offensive coordinator, couldn’t help the Crimson Tide keep the one of the best quarterbacks the school has ever recruited.

Ricky Town, who is ranked as the nation’s No. 2 pro-style QB for 2015, announced on Twitter on Saturday that he had de-committed from Alabama.

The 6-foot-4 quarterback from Ventura, Calif., had committed to Alabama last summer, and the Crimson Tide became nervous when he made an unofficial visit last week to USC (Kiffin’s former employer).

Alabama’s Nick Saban tried to salvage Town’s commitment last week, making a recruiting trip to St. Bonaventure high school. It didn’t work (but don’t worry Alabama fans, the Crimson Tide will still probably have another No. 1 class in 2015).

Even though Town is just a high school junior, his de-commitment is a bigger deal than normal because almost all elite quarterbacks commit to colleges by the end of their junior year of school. UPDATE: Town pledged to USC on Saturday night.

Other random recruiting info:

UGA's Mark Richt (Hyosub Shin/AJC)

UGA’s Mark Richt (Hyosub Shin/AJC)

Former Grayson High School safety Shattle Fenteng told the AJC that UGA’s Mark Richt was going to do an in-home visit on Saturday with him at Hutchinson junior college in Kansas. Fenteng is committed to UGA, and will not take an official visit to Ole Miss this weekend. On Friday, Richt went to Fayetteville, N.C., for an in-home visit with defensive tackle Lamont Gaillard, who is committed to UGA and has decided against official visits to Louisville and Miami.

Busy week for Richt: The UGA coach has an in-home visit on Monday with Lorenzo Carter, the defensive end from Norcross High School who is ranked as the state’s No. 1 overall prospect. Carter is taking an official visit to Florida State this weekend, and will finish out with a trip to UGA next Friday. One interesting note is that Florida’s Will Muschamp has an in-home visit with Carter next Thursday, the day before Carter travels to UGA. Muschamp will make his final plea on behalf of the Gators. Florida and UGA are considered the frontrunners. On Tuesday, Richt will make an in-home visit with Cedar Grove High School linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams, who is committed to South Carolina, according to 247sports.com’s Rusty Mansell. Allen-Williams is on a visit to Alabama this weekend, and will go to UGA on Friday. New UGA defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt has let it be known that Allen-Williams and ECLA defensive lineman Andrew Williams (undecided, with Auburn and Clemson as the rumored frontrunners) are “his guys.”

UGA shipped out a last-minute offer to safety T.J. Harrell of Tampa, and he hopped on a plane in a hurry for an official visit with the Bulldogs this weekend. Harrell also has an offer from Louisville and could commit by the end of the weekend if allowed. He looked like he was enjoying his UGA trip, based on his tweets.

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132 comments
AlternativeDawg
AlternativeDawg

Uhhh TideDawg...I was at UGA during the Donnan years. I am a huge dawg fan that unliker most dawgs is critical of the team to try and fix the problems.

I also see bama as the reason we dont have another ring and its sad because you hear all the pay for play stories coming out of there and wonder how if they didnt have the Fluker's and Stinsons if we would have beaten them that night.

As for Alternative....you know what is means and am proud of it as well as the countless others like me at UGA.

TideDawg
TideDawg

AlternativeDawg.....Alternative to what??


AlternativeDawg...I can't seem to locate where you posted anything good about The Dawgs, only negative things about Bama. I suspect you are an Auburn fan in disguise. And further, racists always try to stir up race issues where there are none. They try to keep the fire burning.


Morally void people tend to attract other morally void people.......That's an impressively worded post for someone that fits the same profile.

AlternativeDawg
AlternativeDawg

Kiffen is a perfect fit for Bama. Morally void people tend to attract other morally void people.

djbillyd
djbillyd

Kiffin...., this guy is starting to really scare me. This kid is from Ventura California, and preferred the Tide over Kiffin last summer. Now that we have this tramp at Alabama, this kid decides to leave and go with USC..., where Kiffin WAS, when he originally committed to Alabama. Does anyone else not see that there Is some "Kiffin" dung involved here?

What, on earth, have we done?

AlternativeDawg
AlternativeDawg

Who got more opportunity to start at bama when not injured? Watts or Zow? Who was significantly better?

Another close minded bama with the light in loafers comment.

Yes Alabama officials were dying to integrate. Real open minded people the bama nation.

WhiskeyBreath
WhiskeyBreath

Hey light in the slippers dog,

Andrew Zow beat Auburn and didn't play back seat to nobody.


That is maybe the biggest cheap shot ever toward Bama.

So Walter Lewis and Andrew Zow don't count?

Just for the record, watch the Showtime special

about Alabama and you will find we led the conference in integration.


RTR 

AlternativeDawg
AlternativeDawg

Walter lewis was decades ago. Andrew Zow was the backup unless Tyler Watts was injured or it was glaringly apparent Zow was better at the end. I am suprised any black kids go to the school that Gov Wllace so loved.

TideDawg
TideDawg

Football is the money maker for major universities. Gymnastics championships are prestigious but put very little money in the coffers.

TideDawg
TideDawg

Alabama will play the QB that can run their offense the best. If Blake Sims can do it he will be the man. However, with a new OC coming in(Kiffin) his offense is going to be different and Sims may not fit. I have a feeling the transfer was recruited because he fits Kiffin's offense better. We'll see in the spring. I didn't like Kiffin at Tenn. and I didn't like him at USC, and maybe I won't like him at Bama, but I trust Saban's judgement on the selection. Bama has all of the horses.....they just need someone to ride them. Kiffin bailed on Tenn....he got fired at USC....and he could be buried at Bama. I hope Bama has an OC in waiting because the Tide fans will run Kiffn out of town if he doesn't perform to their expectations.


How long do you think Paul Johnson would last at LSU, Auburn, Ala., Fla., S.C. etc.????

AlternativeDawg
AlternativeDawg

Anyone else notice Bama has brought in a transfer white QB as their back up this year was black?

WhiskeyBreath
WhiskeyBreath

What is amazing is Brother is actually going to leave the state to recruit. He is not used to that amount of work.

Knowing him, he will come back braggng about how hard he has to work.  Sound about right?

WhiskeyBreath
WhiskeyBreath

AJC , you do realize that is old news concerning Bama don't you ?  If you are going to take shots at Bama,

shouldn't you're cheap shots be newer than 4 days old?. Besides, the lates news is they got  Coker from Florida State that could provide  immediate help at QB this fall. How dare I questioned the AJC reporters? Shove it humps!

Tampa2
Tampa2

Hey Contractor 1,


12 of 13 you imposter!

MUSCLECAR
MUSCLECAR

1980




BELL  BOTTOMS

AFROS

FLAT FORM SHOES

GOLD CHAINS

JIMMY CARTER

DR. J

ALL STAR CONVERSE



And a UGA Championships......................................Those were the days

MUSCLECAR
MUSCLECAR

Sorry PUPPIES.........................................Ricky Town committed to USC.



If he was not going to BAMA, what made you believe he was going to UGA.



OH.....................................You did offer TOWN a scholly.



And, this is a BAMA BLOG.

goldeneye
goldeneye

Town better watch out for Saban and the bama mafia.  They are heavy handed and very persuasive!

MUSCLECAR
MUSCLECAR

To the PUPPIES



4 - National Championships for BAMA  since you won your last in 1980. Most of you were not even born.



And you say the sky is falling in T-TOWN while you go 8-4 or 8-5.



Just got an experienced QB from FSU. Will end up with a better recruiting class than UGA once again.



CMR was in panic mode trying to get as many EX-BAMA coaches as he could locate,



But the X-FACTOR is SABAN.......................................CMR can not even compare to SABAN.



Win some Championships, then we can talk.





Contractor1
Contractor1

Yeah MoistDawg, Snagglepuss, DawgWhisperer,

Yeah we're an afterthought and everything is falling in Tuscaloosa.  Just got us another 6'5 - 230 pound quaterback as one decommits.  It's like clockwork.  We're going to sign recruits and be in better position to win, whether you like it or not.  If you want to try and knock it, take a look at what his coaches at Florida State had to say about him.  You know, the National Champion Florida State Seminoles?

"I've never had anybody w his size who throws it as well as he does," FSU QB coach RandySanders on Jacob Coker:

"Bottom line-Jimbo went w/ Jameis last yr because he's special, but told me numerous times that Coker was the real deal.Ridiculous arm talent" (Kirk Herbstreit)


"People forget when Jimbo picked Jameis over Coker, Jimbo said it was hardest choice he ever had to make. Both so good.” (Kirk Herbstreit twiiter feed and Jimbo Fisher)

RangeRover
RangeRover

Current SEC schools by the total combined number of NCAA recognized national championships each school has won:

Georgia:  27

Alabama:  10

Source:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Southeastern_Conference_National_Championships


National University Academic Rankings:

Georgia:  60

Alabama:  86

Source:  http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/rankings/national-universities/page+6


SEC Football Graduation Rates:

Georgia:  #1

Alabama:  #7

Auburn #8

Source:  http://www.saturdaydownsouth.com/2013/sec-football-graduation-rate-2013/


Verdict:  Georgia is academically superior, enforces class attendance and performance, yet nearly triples Alabama in athletic championships. 

If I were a dumb football player, I'd probably pick Alabama too!


RandyHall
RandyHall

Looks like the hiring of J Pruitt has lit a fire under some of UGA's staff....this was needed years ago when CRG took a 3 year sabatical @ UGA's expense and CMR's negligence....and CRG in the last year finally decided to do his job @ UGA's expense again: getting C Lawson, M Adams, and D Russell (all outstanding DL) @ AU....but Mr Garner, watch out for Mr Rocker....now, you will be chasing his coat tails!! And Musclecar...give CTR a chance w/ Ledbetter...don't hold your breath!!! 

MUSCLECAR
MUSCLECAR

@MoistDawg



1980 was a long time ago,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Were you even born yet ?


SEC Championship .............................MAYBE.........................................NC...........................NOT

MUSCLECAR
MUSCLECAR

Alabama picked up its fifth commitment for the 2015 recruiting class on Saturday as Tucker, Georgia defensive tackle Jonathan Ledbetter pledged his commitment to the Crimson Tide. The commitment was first reported by BamaOnline and later confirmed by Ledbetter on Twitter.

BrownDog
BrownDog

Dawg Whisperer, if this is a Georgia blog it speaks elegantly to the gap between our teams. Or do all UGA blogs spend so much time on a rival school? Happy Sunday morning, and Roll Tide.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Bama don't play Black QB's.....didn't you know that Barner? Nick needs to do  a better job of recruting the thugs kicked out of other SEC schools to play QB at Bama.

Nick Marshall says....that's not my money

Scam Newton says...that's not my laptop

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

@MUSCLECAR you're so predictable...you sound like the so called UGA fans you are lecturing...go kill a tree...go dogs

Contractor1
Contractor1

@RangeRover  

Well, you actually got a few people to believe your statistics, but us that actually read the links you posted can poke 100 holes in your bogus research.  The graduation rates aren't even current, they're from 2003-2006.  A 2012 report shows where Alabam hsa a higher graduation rate than Georgia.

2007 - Georgia = 41%, Alabama = 44%

2008 - Georgia = 48%, Alabama = 55%

2009 - Georgia = 50%, Alabama = 58%

2010 - Georgia = 57%, Alabama = 67%

2011 - Georgia = 68%, Alabama = 67%

2012 - Georgia = 65%, Alabama = 69%

2013 - Georgia = 69%, Alabama = 75%


Found all on the same page, actual real time results.  http://stanford.scout.com/2/1273612.html


So this proves Nick Saban has not only increased the ability of our guys on the field, but also in the classroom where it truly matters.  There, proved your BS statistics old and out of date to what we're talking here.


Your championships links clearly states it excludes football and a number of other sporting events, so those numbers don't even give a true story of that either!


The education link did not even pull up any data, but I can admit that Georgia is ranked about 10-15 spots higher in a general education ranking than Alabama, but Alabama is catching up quickly.  The degree I earned in Accounting is only three spots behind Georgia in the rankings, and my wife's law degree at Alabama is over 15 spots better in the law school rankings.


So you may be able to gain the attention of your fellow Dawg fans, but true scholars and people with a half doe of intelligence can prove your cherry picking ways to be wrong and not true!  Please, try again.

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@RangeRover


BRAVO, BRAVO, BRAVO, BRAVO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


You duh man RR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


RR  =  DGD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BrownDog
BrownDog

Here's some math those dumb football players -- and even intellectually superior Dawg fans yourself -- can fully appreciate:

3 out of the last 5

Contractor1
Contractor1

He didn't even go to Georgia, fact. I'm betting he's never been inside a building in Athens, nor has he ever gone to anything other than a football game. These are the fans that come on these boards thumping their chest from behind a keyboard, but have absolutely no connection to the school and make real fans look bad with their delusional comments.

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@MUSCLECAR


Bammy can't even hold on to it's 2014 recruits!!!!!!  Why you getting excited over 2015 recruits????

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie 

Actually Walter Lewis played QB at Bama in the early 80s and was an Electrical Engineering major to boot (or maybe it was another type of Engr.).

Kinda strange that Bama's back-up has been in the program for 3+ years as the back up and they feel that this new guy can come in July after missing spring practice and give them a chance to win.

He'll have to split snaps just to win the job, and that right  there will make him less effective should he go on to start.

Tampa2
Tampa2

@Contractor1@RangeRover 

So, by this logic.  UGA finishes above  @ 69% in graduation rates verses Tech's 55% for 2013.  Maybe this means UGA standards are tougher then Bama's?

I guess you didn't count on anyone searching the link you provided? 


You can search the internet to support any idiotic argument you try to make.  Nice try you AJC GT blogger.....how pathetic!   I thought you guys were supposed to be smart?

Tampa2
Tampa2

@Contractor1@RangeRover 

WOW, what an informative comment!  Ok, now google some of GT's impressive facts and stats.


BTW, how much does it pay to be a "professional" blogger for the AJC?

RangeRover
RangeRover

@Contractor1 @RangeRover  

My stats are spot on, Mr. Pocket Protector!

The graduation rate study is the most recent published in October 2013 specifies those were the years of starting freshman, dummy!  Are you this poor at taxes?

Mythical Championships were not considered by Wikipedia, only those proven on the field, court or area, not sportswriters.  UGA is more well rounded that Bammer.

"The education link did not even pull up any data, but I can admit that Georgia is ranked about 10-15 spots higher in a general education ranking than Alabama, but Alabama is catching up quickly."

Here's you're link, Goober:

National University Rankings | Top National Universities ...

26 is greater than 10-15, bean counter.

I wouldn't hire you...you'd cost me too much money!

MoistDawg
MoistDawg

@Contractor1 whatever steven segal #1 fan.  im thinking your just jelous that you couldnt even get into uga so you went to bama. theyll take anybody just like auburn. lol!

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

@Snagg....Bama is #1 in ALL recruiting rankings. From the UGA spot in the rankings just look up as far as you can and you might be able to see Bama from your spot.

Tampa2
Tampa2

@Contractor1@RangeRover 

How do I know you're GAY?  Because you have a pic of yourself on football blog?

Any luck picking any eligible young phudge packers???

Nice try you AJC techie!  LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   

Contractor1
Contractor1

@RangeRover@Contractor1 

I guess all your name calling just makes you right?  Ha Ha, you're a complete fool.  Those are not the most recently updated statistics because I proved and provided the actual up to date statistics.

You couldn't hire me anyways because I know with the attempted intelligence you just laid out there's no way you're in a hiring position.  Who in the world would want a guy picking employees for their company that uses old data and data that doesn't comprise the entire study?  Keep dreaming in that delusional world you're living in, because the reality of the matter is that Georgia lacks in the classroom and on the field.  Alabama is more well rounded as I have just proven.  Independent studies prove me right, and you wrong.  But hey, Georgia fans live their lives like they're 1980 anyways, so I completely understand you using age old data.  Give me $50 on this guy's company going under with that type of education and intelligence.  Range Rover's are garbage anyways, worse resale value of any premium vehicle and pieces of crap in the mind of all dealers and mechanics.  Guess that name fits you well when you think about it.

Contractor1
Contractor1

@Snagglepuss@Contractor1 

A real fan is one that actually went to the school they pull for or gives donations to the school to benefit academia and student athletes.  I'm guessing you and MoistDawg are neither and ndon't have two pennies to rub together.

Contractor1
Contractor1

@MoistDawg@Contractor1 

See, that's where you're wrong again MoistDawg, I did get into Georgia, but decided to head to Tuscaloosa where we own a house and more money is actually being put into academia.  You just make a habit out of being wrong? I guess I'm another one Georgia let get away and taken out of state.  Georgia tends to do that a lot to Alabama.