September 20, 2007

Georgia Notebook: West Coast trip

One of the top prospects in Georgia is heading across the country for an official visit this weekend. Chase Thomas, a 6-foot-4, 210-pound athlete, is visiting Stanford.

"I am hoping I will return a little closer to making my decision," Thomas said.

More than 20 schools have offered scholarships to the Walton High School defensive end, but Thomas will likely change positions in college.

"I am being recruited at all the linebacker positions, and some like me as a hybrid type, too," Thomas said. "Some want me to rush the passer from that position instead of at defensive end."

Thomas has five sacks through three games. His athleticism, combined with his size and potential growth, has attracted a number of schools. However, he has narrowed his list to five finalists.

"Stanford, Auburn, Georgia Tech, LSU and Tennessee are the schools I am still looking at," he admitted. "I am really down to those schools now."

In addition to the Stanford visit, Thomas is set to see LSU on the weekend of Oct. 6 - when the Tigers welcome the Florida Gators.

The No. 20 player in Georgia isn't setting a firm timetable for his decision.

"It is just going to happens when it happens," he said. "It is going to be about where I feel most comfortable. I want to get out and see a couple of campuses I have not seen yet to see how I feel, and then that will help me decide."

Georgia commit visits Auburn

Four-star defensive end out Toby Jackson of Griffin remains committed to Georgia, but how solid is that pledge?

Jackson was at Auburn for the Tigers' game versus Mississippi State last Saturday. Jackson has openly stated that he plans to visit other schools even though he is committed to Georgia. It looks like another school in Alabama will get an official visit.

"I know I am going back to Auburn for the Iron Bowl in November," said Jackson. "That is the only visit I have set up right now, but I am working on setting visits up with Alabama and Georgia right now, too."

Alabama and Georgia actually play each other this weekend in Tuscaloosa, Ala., but Jackson will not be able to make it.

"My schedule will not allow me to be there, but I wanted to be there," he said. "We have a game Saturday night, so I will not be able to make it."

The other two visits are open at this time, but schools like Miami, Tennessee, Florida State and Florida are still being considered. More than likely Jackson will take all five of his visits before signing day, but at this time he still says he is a Bulldog.

"Georgia is still my leader and I am still committed to them," he said. "I am not closing the door completely. I am still allowing schools to recruit me, but I feel at home with Georgia."

Georgia athlete could be nearing a decision

Sanders Commings out of Westside in Augusta recently visited South Carolina and Georgia. It sounds like he is close to making his college decision.

"I am feeling better about things and I think I am almost ready to commit," Commings said. "I have looked at the schools, taken some visits and thought about things. I know I am closer now than I was before."

The schools on Commings' list are Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech and South Carolina. Only three of those schools have offered him, but he says the other two stay in close contact.

"Georgia Tech and Florida have not sent me offers, but they are recruiting me hard and they have talked about me playing there," he said.

This 6-foot-1, 195-pound athlete is being recruited as a safety and wide receiver. He also is a star on the baseball diamond, and he wants to play both sports in college.

"I really would like to get it out of the way and make a decision soon," he said. "I have to talk things over with my parents and think about things and make sure before I do it. It could be soon, though."

Samuel is off to a great start

Four-star Rivals100 running back Richard Samuel of Cass is off to a great start. He starts at running back and linebacker for coach Rick Casko, and Samuel is putting up big-time numbers after only two games.

"Richard had 200 yards on 16 carries and 106 yards receiving in our first game," said Casko. "He scored a total of four touchdowns in that game and he also had close to 10 tackles and two sacks on defense.

"In the second game he had 148 yards rushing and four more touchdowns at running back."

Cass is 2-0 after posting back-to-back 42-0 wins, so Samuel hasn't played much into the second half this season. He has eight touchdowns on just 29 carries.

As impressive as the 6-foot-2, 207-pounder is on offense, Casko thinks this Georgia commitment will be lining up on defense in Athens.

"Richard is just 16 years old and he has so much room to grow," he said. "I think he is going to be an amazing linebacker at Georgia and playing around 6-2, 240 pounds. He is so lean now and he has the potential to be big-time there.

"I am not sure how good he is going to be. Richard is a special athlete that will be 16 years old when he enrolls at Georgia. He has so much talent, I think he could play on Sundays."

Quick notes on juniors picking up offers

Rivals100 to watch offensive lineman Andre Harris reports he picked up an offer from Georgia Tech last week.

Talented Carver Columbus junior Jarvis Jones has pulled in an offer from Clemson.

Darren Myles picked up an offer in writing from Kentucky recently. He also has a verbal offer from Central Florida.

Washington County linebacker Brandon Watts was offered by Georgia Tech recently.

Oconee quarterback Zach Mettenberger says offers from Boston College and Ole Miss have arrived. His coach, Nick Saltaformaggio, says Michigan, Clemson and Stanford have also offered.


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