Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Football Recruiting

The Jackets land another commit today in Offensive Tackle Heath Batchelor. If you like size on the line how about this - 6'7", 280lb? He comes from the state of Alabama, which has been a good state for Coach Gailey, particularly in the trenches. Heath is a "3-star" by Scout.com and a "2-star" by Rivals if all that star crap means anything to you. Heath plays on both sides on the line in high school, but will be exclusive on the O-Line in college. As a junior he had 66 tackles and 7 sacks from the defensive side. He's actually a very mobile guy, has a huge frame, and is a state discuss champion as well (and tosses javelin and shot put as well). While he only had one other offical 'ship offer from Troy, he was getting interest from 'Bama, Auburn, Stanford,Ark, Tenn, Louisville and Vandy. So certainly a heavy SEC flavor. He's also a good student (no surprise there). He's been to both the Auburn and GT summer camp, so our coaches got a good chance to see him in person. He put up some very solid 40-times and shuttle numbers, so it seems that it was only a matter of time before he was going to get offers from other major programs.

On the negative side, one of the few head-to-head recruiting battles with UGAg was apparently lost today, as DL Demarcus Dobbs is going to be a mutt...........

UGAg is now up to I think 23 committments when you count 2 guys that didn't make it academically last season, which means they will probably only take about 4 more. This bodes well for some of the uncommitted talent in the state. The next few months should be interesting for sure.