Georgia Tech and UGA lining up to battle over state’s top prospects

Paul Johnson already has two in-state prospects committed to sign with Georgia Tech next year (AJC)

Paul Johnson already has two in-state prospects committed to sign with Georgia Tech next year (AJC)

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson and UGA’s Mark Richt say they expect to battle it out more this year over the state’s top prospects.

Westlake linebacker Michael Taylor is the latest homegrown talent to be recruited by the archrivals. Georgia Tech offered Taylor on Thursday; UGA extended the scholarship papers on his 17th birthday in February.

“It means a lot to get offered by both Georgia and Georgia Tech,” Taylor said. “Both are great schools. Georgia is one of the top teams in the SEC, while Georgia Tech is one of the best in the ACC. It doesn’t seem to happen a lot, when [an in-state] player gets offered by both of them.”

It’s still early in recruiting for the 2010 prospects, but at least a dozen of the state’s top names have dual offers from the rivals. Some of the headliners are M.L. King tailback Mack Brown, Booker T. Washington wide receiver Antonio Goodwin, Gainesville wide receiver Tai-ler Jones, North Gwinnett offensive lineman JaWuan James, Douglass defensive lineman Garrison Smith, South Paulding cornerback Ryan Ayers, Newnan safety Alec Ogletree, Warner Robins defensive tackle Jeffrey Whitaker and Buford lineman Kolton Houston.

“It’s special to have offers from both because it’s one of the greatest rivalries in college football,” Garrison Smith said. “It is just an honor to have the opportunity to play for both of those great programs. It’s not the type of thing that happens every day.”

Smith has special insight into UGA and Georgia Tech. He has yet to announce his college decision, but appears to be favoring Georgia among his 24 offers. His older brother, Greg Smith, played for Georgia Tech.

Getting an offer from Georgia Tech and UGA is very important for the in-state recruits. It cements the player’s status as being one of the nation’s top college prospects. You can expect a flood of scholarship offers from out-of-state schools to follow. Just look at the elite names above.

The state of Georgia produces around 200 Div. I prospects every year, and only a tiny percentage are offered by either UGA or Georgia Tech. Even a smaller number of recruits are heavily pursued by both. There are exceptions to the rule, but you have to be good. Very good.

“It feels like a privilege,” JaWuan James said. “Georgia Tech is great, while Georgia is a powerhouse. If you decide to stay around home to play college football, you can’t go wrong with either of them.”

Douglass DL Garrison Smith likes UGA among his 24 offers, while his older brother played for archrival Georgia Tech (AJC)

Douglass DL Garrison Smith likes UGA among his 24 offers, while his older brother played for archrival Georgia Tech (AJC)

Back to Michael Taylor: The 6-foot-1, 200-pound linebacker also has early offers from Ole Miss, Mississippi State and North Carolina State, and many other schools are interested. He was thrilled to get the news from Georgia Tech.

“They have great academics, and if I was to go there, I could see myself playing very soon,” he said. “It would also be a chance to stay close to home and play in front of my family in Atlanta.”

What about Georgia? “If I had to sign today, then it would be Georgia. The Bulldogs are my No. 1 choice right now. I’m just waiting until the right time to commit to a school because this is one of the biggest decisions in the last 17 years of my life.”

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  • 248 comments Add your comment

    GeoffDawg

    April 3rd, 2009
    12:10 pm

    Really? Interesting.

    Supersize that order, mutt

    April 3rd, 2009
    12:08 pm

    Mabye Give me, or whatever his name is, would talk football or whatever, if anybody else did. You gotta admit, there sure hasn’t been any real sports talk going on in here. LOL

    Supersize that order, mutt

    April 3rd, 2009
    12:06 pm

    GeoffDawg, the Dukies call their field house Cameron Indoor Stadium. GET IT???

    GeoffDawg

    April 3rd, 2009
    12:02 pm

    Give me a break – your post doesn’t mention much about football either. BTW – basketball isn’t typically played in a stadium.

    Kenny Powers

    April 3rd, 2009
    12:01 pm

    I’m starting to think Give me a break has nothing to say about football either. 30 minutes later and you’re still whining. GO AWAY!!!

    You would not struggle so much if you had 101mph rocket heat like me and John Rocker and did not play catcher with so many burmese python man organs.

    Supersize that order, mutt

    April 3rd, 2009
    11:58 am

    Billy Jack, let’s hear one of the lies that you have heard this morning. And then tell me something true—not perceived, not just your opinion, but TRUE.

    Give me a break

    April 3rd, 2009
    11:56 am

    I guess, actually, that means that you don’t know anything about football. All any of you know anything about is trashing each other. If the two of you who claimed to own your own company are really telling the truth, then there sure must not be much job security there. Who would want to work for a boss who can’t say anything intelligent?

    BILLY JACK

    April 3rd, 2009
    11:54 am

    DDT-My apologies for the spacing and capitol letters but you get the point.If I mispelled any words I will slow down my typing.I think you were trying to insinuate I was not using proper english maybe you need to read my post again.It is much easier for techies to get on blogs and lie, so you seem typical.You being obsessed with everything Georgia is very funny to Georgia people.Techies are constantly on Georgia blogs not the other way around.I was not a english major but will proofread better if you and your tech friends will state facts on blogs and not lie.I again ask you to read my blogs carefully and answer the question I asked.Are you and your fellow techies not liars and lowlifes?I have found 33 lies by techies just this morning and by midnight that number will triple……..probably.

    Give me a break

    April 3rd, 2009
    11:54 am

    And still 30 minutes later, NOT ONE SINGLE POST concerning football. You’re all a bunch of losers.

    MChammer

    April 3rd, 2009
    11:44 am

    Gant

    April 3rd, 2009
    11:19 am
    I went to one game at Georgia Tech several years ago and the handicap access at the stadium was atrocious. I saw a girl in a wheel chair having to be picked up to help her get through crowd. Tech should really do something about that. Don’t they teach architectrual engineering over there? If so, you may want to study IDEA Law as well. Maybe hire a UGA law student to help you out!

    Gant they have Civil Engineering over there too and most of those guys wind up over at DOT. Now seeing how screwed up Atlanta traffic is, does that shed some light on that stadium thing. Not to mention they also were the culprits in those defective tiles on the space shuttle. There’s a lot of talk minus walk that comes out of that North Avenue Trade Schoo.