Denzel McCoy picks Georgia Tech over FSU, Auburn, UNC, Notre Dame and Tennessee

DT Denzel McCoy committed to Georgia Tech

DT Denzel McCoy committed to Georgia Tech (AJC)

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson said he felt like he could recruit against any school in the nation for the state’s top prospects.

Northview defensive tackle Denzel McCoy committed to Georgia Tech over 34 offers on Saturday. McCoy picked the Yellow Jackets because “they felt like home and they were close to home, along with great academics.”

The 6-foot-4, 270-pound McCoy said his second choice was Florida State, while he was also heavily considering Auburn, Notre Dame, North Carolina and Tennessee.

“Georgia Tech really cares about you as a football player and a person, they want to get you suited up for life,” McCoy said. “A lot of colleges talk about only ‘football, football and football.’ Georgia Tech talks about academics first, and then football.”

McCoy attended Georgia Tech’s spring practice on Saturday. He had been thinking about holding off with his college decision, but changed his mind after meeting with school officials about academics. “I have good grades, and they showed me that I could be admitted with the grades and test scores that I currently have. They showed me all the paperwork for admissions. That was great, I’d never seen anybody do that.” McCoy will major in computer science.

Northview coach Jim Showfety gave rave reviews to his prized prospect. “Denzel is a young man filled with character. He has been a leader for us. He is going to make Georgia Tech very proud with the way he handles himself. Now he can relax and focus on his senior season of football.”

McCoy also said that Georgia Tech indicated they were planning to sign only one defensive tackle this year, and he wanted to fill the spot. Some of McCoy’s other offers were Alabama, Auburn, Penn State, North Carolina, Duke, N.C. State, Oklahoma State, Miami, LSU, Stanford, Michigan State, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, South Carolina, Florida State, Central Florida, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Maryland, Notre Dame, Memphis, Louisville, and West Virginia. McCoy said he was also hearing from Southern Cal, Oklahoma and UGA.

Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson told the AJC last month that he felt good about his chances recruiting against any schools for the state’s top prospects.

“I think recruiting is recruiting, no matter where you’re at,” Johnson said. “You’re recruiting against different people, but it doesn’t change the way you recruit. It’s all about building relationships, and being honest and trustworthy, guys knowing where you are coming from. They can see the plan you have for them.”

“It doesn’t matter if you’re Army or Navy recruiting against Air Force, or Georgia Tech recruiting against anybody. It’s still the same, it’s just a different type of kid. We’re recruiting different people, but the actual recruiting part is still the same.”

Northview’s Showfety has been impressed by Johnson, who was previously at Navy. “I think he is great at recruiting. It goes without saying, after what he was able to do in his first year at Georgia Tech …. He realizes that the state of Georgia is very important to his recruiting, and it appears he’s making every effort to make as many [of the state's prospects] as possible go to Georgia Tech.”

McCoy is Georgia Tech’s third commitment for next year, following Collins Hill tailback Charles Perkins and Thomasville defensive back Fred Holton. All three are from Georgia. Johnson hinted to the AJC that Georgia Tech’s recruiting class for next year may be entirely comprised of in-state prospects.

“Georgia Tech may have a little bit more a challenge than other schools recruiting players because of academics,” Showfety said. “But I think they have made it very clear that they plan to get a lot of guys from this state, and be very successful at doing it.”

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    April 4th, 2009
    9:24 pm

    P.S. Reason Dawgs didn’t offer McCoy – 5.8 recruit, which is outstanding, but DT’s at UGA tend to be premium offers, because of Gardner’s recruiting and our history of NFL DT’s. Gardner has a couple of bigger fish he is trying to land, but this young man is a 4 star recruit = to Tech’s highest rated recruit this year (also a DT by the way).


    April 4th, 2009
    9:14 pm

    As a major Dawg fan, I still say great decision by the young man, and very impressed by the way Coach Johnson recruits. Seems like the real deal – remember, he was coming to Georgia with Erk, with the understanding it was his team when Erk retired in 5 years. Dooley said last year he still felt he would be a great winner playing in the SEC. Congrats! And lets keep it civil – it can still be a war and civil at the same time in the South.


    April 4th, 2009
    9:11 pm

    Good for you Techmites! Now sign about 5 or 6 guys like this cat and maybe y’all can talk trash!

    PTC Jacket

    April 4th, 2009
    8:51 pm

    Let’s keep politics off of this board, please.

    Congrats McCoy! We’re excited to see you play in 2010!


    April 4th, 2009
    8:45 pm

    It’s been known for many months that McCoy had no interest in UGA. Why would they waste their time?


    April 4th, 2009
    8:39 pm

    Congrats to this kid.
    And Obama is leading us into the NWO. Vote RON PAUL 2012!!


    April 4th, 2009
    8:33 pm

    ANOTHER OBAMA.. Congrats Tech!!!


    April 4th, 2009
    7:23 pm

    Congrats kid and congrats PJ and Tech. This is a great pickup for yall. I wish UGA would have offered him. We may have seen a different outcome. So I guess PJ can recruit defensive players. But can PJ recruit players on the other side of the ball? Can he get them to buy into the triple option? only time will tell. Once again, congrats Denzel, PJ, and Tech.

    Tech Student

    April 4th, 2009
    7:21 pm

    Yeah, UGA didn’t seriously pursue him, that must mean he is not an “elite” prospect, so go tell that to LSU, Miami, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Alabama, Michigan State, Minnesota, North Carolina, N.C. State, Notre Dame, Oregon, Penn State, Purdue, South Carolina, Stanford, Tennessee, Wisconsin, UCF, East Carolina, Auburn, Cal, Duke, and Florida State…all who did.

    Hmm I wonder who’s on the wrong side of this argument.


    April 4th, 2009
    7:20 pm

    Very classy, Ford. And, it is hilarious that UGA did not pursue this kid. I imagine that LSU, Alabama and Notre Dame are just not able to get the kids UGA does. Grow some common sense, pal. There could be plenty of reasons UGA did not offer, at least one of them could be McCoy saying that if he chose to stay in state he would choose Tech b/c of its academics. Not as a slight to UGA, but he wants to major in computer science and GT is stronger than UGA in that particular area.