Special guest blog from Nick Claytor

A few days after three of my best friends and teammates announced that they are heading to the NFL reality has set in.

If you haven’t read or heard about this recruiting class here’s the scoop: We’re close.

So as a bevy of my teammates and I watched Derrick Morgan, Jonathan Dwyer, and Morgan Burnett declare for the draft emotions swirled in the room. These are our brothers; no one outside of the GT family can understand how proud we are of their accomplishments and how excited we are to watch them take their talents to the NFL.

Families and newscasters were present. During the press conference inside jokes and sly smiles were shared between teammates.

“We are all family,” Derrick Morgan said. “I’m not leaving them behind I’m just paving the way forward.”

This sentiment was true as this year’s team barreled its way to an ACC Championship and a BCS berth.

There has always been an emphasis on the ‘07 class and how important it is for us to be successful. We are only part of a way there.

As the first part of the class leaves the rest of us are beginning to become leaders. We have yet to win a bowl game. That has to change.

To answer any questions if there’s a lack of players left, we have strong talent on both sides of the ball and the classes under us are filled with solid players. We have a bonafide leader in Josh Nesbitt and you better believe he has what it takes for us to be successful.

So as our friends and brothers move onto their dreams we will remember them and stay in contact.

Gone are the days of loud locker room arguments over who had the best high school football team. Gone are the spontaneous freestyle rap sessions. But we know that these guys can’t stay away for too long. All the great ones always come back!

– Nick Claytor

62 comments Add your comment

Lunatic Fringe

January 14th, 2010
6:02 am

Thanks for Sharing and for the exccitment this past year!!!! And best of luck for next year–though I think you have enough talent that you won’t need the luck!

gt47

January 14th, 2010
6:43 am

Great job Nick, well put. Did you know you have the talent and phsical abilities to bethe next Tech all american,and the next first rounder to go. Work hard and be a leader next year. We need you. gojackets

superDawg

January 14th, 2010
7:53 am

Special ed engineering.

Go GT

January 14th, 2010
7:59 am

Nice blog Nick, thanks for the insight. Good luck next year!

Alabama Jack

January 14th, 2010
7:59 am

dawgs are irrelevant and stinky.

rainman

January 14th, 2010
8:11 am

Hey Nick, we all are looking forward to you becoming one of the leaders on the O-line. Can you clarify the balance between the need for size and strength vs. the need for quickness and downfield blocking in this offense? I understand that if one player misses his assignment it can blow the whole play, but what happens if players on the D-line are so big, strong, and fast that they can manhandle smaller O-linemen? It seems like we struggle when they take away the dive play and their DE’s penetrate to get between the QB and the pitch man.

GTville

January 14th, 2010
8:17 am

Thank you for sharing Nick. Well written. Congrats on this season. Sounds like you, Brad, and Josh will lead the 2010 team, so get to work and get all the younger guys prepared. We are confident in you and excited about next season.

RAMBLE ON!!!

January 14th, 2010
8:24 am

Nick, you da man!!!

Can you coach Basketball?

Buzzwax

January 14th, 2010
8:32 am

Good read! Enjoy the offseason, time to get stronger, faster, meaner and smarter!!!!

Tech Fan

January 14th, 2010
8:44 am

In Josh, Nick, Brad, and Roddy we Trust! Let’s get a BCS bowl win next year.

Scholarships?

January 14th, 2010
8:59 am

How many Scholarships does Tech have left to offer? Also, Groh would be a huge mistake..

Upwith the White and Gold

January 14th, 2010
8:59 am

Great blog Nick. Believe me I hate to see them go as well – hope you all can stay close. Congrats on a great season Jackets!

jacketbacker

January 14th, 2010
9:07 am

thanks nick….looking for great things in 2010!!!

collegeballfan

January 14th, 2010
9:10 am

Good blog. Work hard this winter!

Reality

January 14th, 2010
9:17 am

Thanks Nick!

For this new senior class, it is just as important for you guys to take the leadership role to mentor the underclassmen. Pass along your insight, work ethic, and so on.

We win as a team, and we lose as a team. Hopefully not too much of the later!

Go Jackets!!!

Ashley

January 14th, 2010
9:41 am

Thanks for the insight, Nick. Good luck this year and in the upcoming season. You guys have been a blast to watch. I’ve never been this excited about Tech football!

Saint Simon

January 14th, 2010
10:02 am

UGA 30 – gt 24!!!! HHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHHA!!!!

Men’s Hoops UGA 73 – gt 66!!!! HAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

WE RUN THIS STATE!!!! GO DAWGS!!!

Todd

January 14th, 2010
10:03 am

Nick, can you play basketball? Or better yet, how are your basketball coaching skills? :-O

Kentucky

January 14th, 2010
10:08 am

Nick – I remember when all your class signed, you all were so fired up as a group. That why I thought all would stay, but NFL is huge oppertunity and I gan’t blame anyone for making that option while they have a chance.
Oh, great job this year – tell the whole team they made us Tech fans proud. 13th in the country is huge. I say you pancake that UGA player, sweet block.

GT45

January 14th, 2010
10:11 am

Thanks, Nick. You carry and pass on the tradition! Go Jackets-

BamaJack

January 14th, 2010
10:16 am

UGA fans are hilarious. GT has as much winning tradition as you do. Go spew on your own blawgs.

BamaJeff

January 14th, 2010
10:17 am

UGA fans are hilarious. GT has as much winning tradition as you do. Go spew on your own blawgs.

superDawg

January 14th, 2010
10:33 am

gt fans are hilarious.They are experts on excuses.Go spew some more idiotic crap.

Okeefe/Bob

January 14th, 2010
10:35 am

Saint Simon Go back to your pen.Great job Nick.

ga_tech_92

January 14th, 2010
10:38 am

Nick, you tell the team we are proud as hell out of all of you! Keep up the hard work! Go Jackets!

Randy Rhino

January 14th, 2010
10:43 am

Hey! Full Steam Ahead, right? You guys are drivin’ this train now. Great season Nick, looking forward to Spring when we can open another chapter in “Clean Old-Fashioned Hate”…THWG!

GGBUZZ

January 14th, 2010
10:49 am

Nick,Thanks for sharing. Here’s hoping for you having a healthy and great season next fall.

You Georgie fans should at least try to show some class.

Dan

January 14th, 2010
10:50 am

Saint Simon, you don’t run anything. Except may be the local Burger King drive thru. Way to keep it classy…

Go get em Jackets

January 14th, 2010
10:56 am

Nick, you guys are going to have a great year in 2010. How do you think CPJ will utilize Anthony Allen? I see the team winning big games on the road..yep the road warriors in 2010..at Clemson, at VT, at UNC, at Kansas and at UGA! The fans will love it, go Jackets!

Cousin T

January 14th, 2010
11:10 am

Well said Cousin!
We’re looking forward to watching Morgan, Dwyer and Burnett on Sundays next year….also looking forward to the all the great things you and your fellow GT Yellow Jackets have to offer! 2010 WILL be a great year to be a Yellow Jacket fan!

Lewis Buzzard

January 14th, 2010
11:16 am

You guys make us Tech fans proud. Thanks for all the hard work and dedication.

JMac12203

January 14th, 2010
12:11 pm

Hey superDawg, You are a fine one to talk about excuses. To listen to/read you puppy fans, your fine team has not lost a game in 2 years. Each loss has been punctuated by dozens of comments about how the refs are against your undercoached pitiful pups. In fact, they say it is backlash from the Florida debacle a couple years ago. According to you puppy dog fans, the refs are highly biased AGAINST you guys. TALKING ABOUT MAKING EXCUSES…. It won’t hurt to admit the fact that you are just not as good as the competition.

What do you mean you lost my resume %$#

January 14th, 2010
12:23 pm

CPJ is constantly calling UT about his now lost ( for the 5oth time ) resume and screaming “slap me um, I mean slap UGA in the face, i am too a great triple option coach, look what I done in the SEC, um, I mean ACC. I coach in Bobby Dodd Stadium and he is a UT grad, i am too qualified for Blame’s old job” as the dial tone plays zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

Sad, he will soon join Meyer, UT’s Mike Hamilton in rehab.

droberson

January 14th, 2010
12:29 pm

From Nick:

On the O-line size vs. speed question: Its going to be give and take when it comes to the size of an o-lineman. Smaller faster lineman can get out on the edge and cut down those second-level guys and bigger linemen usually do better at the point of attack. But the way they coach us they try fix that by preaching being lower and going harder than the opposition.

On his basketball coaching skills: I’m OK at basketball, i feel like I’m too short for these kids nowadays! But my dad won a national championship at Kentucky so he can coach a lot better than I could. :)

On Anthony Allen: Knowing coach Johnson he will use Ant effectively.

Wreckmaniac

January 14th, 2010
12:31 pm

Nick, thanks for the comments. I would like to see something like this from all of the team’s players. We are super-proud of what the Jackets have accomplished under coach Johnson and we know a “re-load” system is being built. While we will certainly miss all of next years NFL talent from Tech we know others are coming along. Calvin Johnson and Teshard Choice have proven that Tech trains for the NFL.. Best wishes to you on the gridiron and in the classroom.

Not Disappointed

January 14th, 2010
12:47 pm

Thanks Nick and keep up the good work! God Bless.

Ramblin Wreck!

john

January 14th, 2010
12:55 pm

Go Red Elephants! I hope you follow in Cord’s footsteps. You played in the ACC conf game well, look forward to more good things. oh, yeah Go Jackets too

thwg

January 14th, 2010
1:20 pm

Thanks for the endorcement BamaJack and congrats on the national championship – well deserved. You guys were tremendous all year – just wish you were playing the mutts this year so you could show them your SEC dominance.

And glad Peek has worked out for you guys.

thwg

January 14th, 2010
1:23 pm

Nick – you and your teammates are a class act. Don’t underestimate how proud the entire GT community is not only of your on field success but for how you carry yourselves and represent the Institute off the field. I was in Miami and had a chance to mingle with Jonathan, Morgan, Derrick Josh and more (missed you, where were you?) and I was very proud.

Techfanplus

January 14th, 2010
1:42 pm

Nick Claytor, my kind of GT man. You make us proud!

BuzzThePlumber

January 14th, 2010
2:11 pm

Thanks for writing that, Nick! Makes me look forward to next season even more knowing that the rest of y’all are ready to step up!

vamosjackets

January 14th, 2010
3:08 pm

Nick’s got a great potential future in journalism.

Vince Dooley

January 14th, 2010
3:19 pm

wish I could of coached in a high school stadium named after me that had seen 4 national championship teams…….

Flowery Branch Yellow Jacket

January 14th, 2010
4:10 pm

Hey Nick. Nice write-up. Perhaps after you finish your football career (ever how many years from now that might be), you can become a sports writer.

We thoroughly enjoyed watching you guys this year. If anyone had asked me before the season whether I would be satisfied to finish 11-3, with a conference title and a berth in the Orange Bowl, the answer would have been a resounding “YES”. I love seeing that the team is making progress each year, and I’m looking forward to next year’s edition.

On the other hand, I was really disappointed in your high school team in 2009 … after all, they beat my Falcons TWICE! LOL!

Best of luck in the future, both academically and athletically. You’ve made the Gainesville and Hall County community proud.

Chad

January 14th, 2010
4:38 pm

you know, as i read these comments bellow articles on the GT side of the AJC i see many UGAG fans, ok, you guys beat us, get a F**king life and do something with it, we dont make excuses but just get tired of you guys being idiots and having nothing further than a 2nd grade “edumacation” Saint Simons, retard, iv been observing your post and it seems you have nothing better to do than rant us for beating us in a game of football, go back to the UGAG side of this website and type trash with all your banjo playing, wife beater wearing friends……seriously………get a life……this article here has no relevance to you and doesn’t pertain to UGA in anyway…..you have a lot more things to worry about, like who will be your DC next year, considering anyone wants to coach for Mark spray tan Richt or however you spell his name. WE UNDERSTAND THAT WE GOT BEAT, YOU DONT HAVE TO EXPLAIN TO US LIKE WE ARE YOUR PALS IN ATHENS, WE GET THINGS THE FIRST TIME. go get a girlfriend, go get a job, wow just go get friends period to talk with because you are obviously the most frequent commenter on GT articles, more so than yellow jacket fans ourselves, and talk with them on it, your voice or opinion doesn’t matter to us so your completely pointless in life…………go play in traffic

macrotech

January 14th, 2010
5:23 pm

superDawg, we understand how precious the special ed department is for you….afterall, the mutts ARE in the Special Ed Conference!

GT_THWG

January 14th, 2010
5:24 pm

Nice write up Nick! We’re looking forward to the 2010 season and I’m especially anxious to see who steps up. We wish the NFL bound Jackets well in the future! Thanks for everything you do for GT! GO JACKETS AND THWG!

macrotech

January 14th, 2010
5:30 pm

superDawg, “gt fans are hilarious.They are experts on excuses.Go spew some more idiotic crap.”; PLEASE remind me WHY uga, a preseasoned #1 team two seasons ago lost to 3 teams…..one of which was to Tech in their own pound?

chuck allison

January 14th, 2010
5:33 pm

Thanks, Nick. It is really wonderful to hear that the rap sessions are gone. We hate to lose these talented players, but it is great to hear that the rap sessions are going with them. I am sure that will help the team focus better.

GT For You And Me

January 14th, 2010
5:41 pm

Nick:Great job. Hate to see the quad players go,but I understand. From Josh Nesbitt’s turf. Go Jackets…………