One more (and perhaps final) recruiting post for you. I spoke with offensive coordinator John Bond late last week as he battled a flu that caused him to miss work for the first time in 26 years, he said. He gave me a few insights into the two signees on his side of the ball that hopefully you’ll find interesting.
- First, Brookwood High quarterback Ben McLane. Bond said he went to watch McLane play in the Class AAAAA state semifinals and over time grew more and more impressed with him.
“He’s a coach’s kid, he’s a state champion, he’s a 4.0 student,” Bond said. “You want those guys around you.”
The plan is for McLane to redshirt this season, though Bond said that he was confident that he could step in this fall if he had to do so.
Said Bond, “He’s the type of kid that’ll learn it in a hurry as quickly as he could.”
- Offensive tackle David Huey, Bond admitted, was a stroke of fortune. Georgia State wasn’t recruiting him until assistant coach Anthony Midget happened to meet Huey’s high school coach at a national coaches convention in Dallas in January. Huey’s coach showed him video clips of Huey playing basketball on his phone dunking and going behind the back.
“As soon as you see that from an offensive lineman, you start doing your research,” Bond said.
They got film of Huey actually playing football, were impressed and started making a strong pitch for him. He’s a pretty big get for Bond in that he beat out an FBS school, Western Kentucky. Bond loves his athletic ability. Huey also plays first base and hits cleanup on the baseball team.
“A very athletic guy, which in my heart of hearts is what I like more than anything up front,” he said. “If I could choose that or size, I would take athleticism virtually every time. He’s a perfect fit for what we like to do.”
- The team didn’t sign any running backs or receivers because of their depth at those spots. There were two receivers that at one time appeared to be transferring into GSU – Trey Smith from Western Michigan (and Perry High) and Chris Jackson from Georgia Tech (and Henry County High). Bond said he’d only heard rumors about Smith, who was recruited by GSU coming out of high school. (Update: GState Ben, seen below, provides intel that he is walking on at Jacksonville State.) If he does come, he’d likely have to walk on. I e-mailed a PR person at Western Michigan who said he didn’t know where Smith had ended up.
Jackson is apparently going to stay at Tech and try to get his grades up. It’s possible he may try to transfer later.
- Given the way four FCS players transferred in over the summer, Bond said he would be surprised if something similar doesn’t happen again if GSU had the scholarship room, and he’d also be surprised if there wasn’t a departure from the roster, either through a transfer or a situation with academic eligibility. No players have transferred out, but a lot could happen with that or grades between now and the end of the semester.
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Ken Sugiura, Georgia State beat