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Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Recruiting notes: Georgia state track meet

By Radi Nabulsi

JEFFERSON, Ga. -- The Georgia state track meet is almost always populated with top football prospects competing in their second sport of the year. This year did not disappoint, as a number of Peach State recruits descended on the track and field events to try and win a state title.

Bulldogs’ signees compete in last prep events

Tight end Jordan Davis competed in the 110-meter high hurdles and 300-meter intermediate hurdles. He finished second in the 110-meter race, beating out several much smaller and quicker competitors.

“These little guys are faster than me,” Davis said. “I can’t catch them in a sprint. But I gain a foot on them on each hurdle.”

Davis will report in June with the Bulldogs' other signees, including Rico Johnson, who was at the meet trying to defend his 100-meter title.

Johnson, whose thigh was heavily taped in the preliminaries, finished fourth in the finals due to a nagging injury.

“I hurt my hamstring two weeks ago,” Johnson said. “I am just trying to get past it. I’ll be good to go in June.”

Georgia checks in on junior cornerback

Marquice Dye is used to being overshadowed by his older brother and teammate Tyshon Dye, the running back who will report to Clemson in July. The younger Dye is making a name for himself now, especially after finishing third in the 100-meter finals Saturday. Folks are even learning to correctly say his name.

“It is pronounced 'Mar-qwez,' ” Dye said. “But I am used to being called 'Mar-keese.' ”

College scouts are learning the correct pronunciation in person.

“Georgia, Tennessee and UT-Chattanooga came by to see me,” he said. “Georgia likes my size and they want me to come to camp. The same at Tennessee. They are looking at me as a cornerback and nickelback. I have never played nickel yet. To be honest with you I will play ball at any position but I would like to play cornerback in college.”

With his older brother having gone through the recruiting process, Dye gets first-hand advice he can use.

“Tyshon tells me to just go hard,” Dye said. “He helps me but he isn’t telling me where to go. Over the summer I will go to camps at Georgia and Tennessee. And probably Clemson.”

Berry twins to play together

While it is not surprising that twins Evan Berry and Elliot Berry (Fairburn, Ga./Creekside) want to play together, where they will play on the field might be. Younger brothers of Tennessee All-American safety Eric Berry, the conventional wisdom is that they would man the defense, but Evan, who plays quarterback for Creekside, doesn’t see his future there.

“I am being looked at as a defensive back because of my brother, but eventually I tell them I don’t even want to play defense,” Evan said. “I’d prefer to play receiver, like a Percy Harvin running back/wide receiver. I mean, with all the new rules in the NFL, football is kind of one-sided now. It is killing my brother right now. He is worried about being fined.”

Evan balks at the notion that he is a lock to go to Tennessee like his older brother.

“I mean I grew up around Tennessee but I am still open to any school,” he said. “I have not been exploring like I should have. I will later and then narrow my choices down and go from there. A lot of guys decide before their senior year and most of the time it changes. I want a school that is going to offer my major, kinesiology, and that is going to win championships.”

Speaking of championships, Evan and his 4x100 team won the Class AAAAA state title. And he said he has a strategy in place to find that perfect fit of collegiate title chances and academics.

“I want to experience schools in each region of the United States,” he said. “So I want to go out to the West Coast, maybe UCLA or Cal. Go up north for Ohio State. Wisconsin is recruiting me pretty hard, too. I want to go the Midwest, and of course see the SEC schools.”

Seward on verge of taking off

Athlete Cameron Seward (Atlanta/Westminster) has seven offers so far but that list could double considering all the coaches dropping in on him.

“Lately, I have been hearing from Boston College and Cal-Berkley,” Seward said. “Those are my top two schools. Tennessee and Arkansas stopped by last week as well as some other schools. I actually missed a couple schools by coming out to the state meet today. Sometimes you just have to prioritize.”

Seward was absent from school as he competed in the long jumps and 4x100 meter relay race.

“Wisconsin, NC State and Wake Forest and some other ACC schools are coming by next week,” Seward said. “Georgia Tech has been talking to me recently as well. Most schools are recruiting me as an outside linebacker or a safety.”

The 6-foot, 189-pound junior isn’t pushing for more offers, but he won’t turn them down, either.

“Right now I am pretty happy with where my list is at,” Seward said. “Anything else would just be a bonus. I like Tennessee a lot. They are putting together a really good class right now as you can see from the last commitments they have gotten. So that would be a nice offer as would one from any of the other SEC schools.”