Signing Day…check for updates…18 (that’s it) letters in…10:45 a.m.

I’m in the waiting room at Georgia Tech with a few dozen other folks.

As the letters of intent come in, I’ll post a bio of the player whose commitment just became official. Hopefully, we will be able to talk to some of Tech’s assistant coaches throughout the day to help add some context to the bios.

I’m going to keep adding to this blog as they come in, so check back often. I will also tweet at @ajcgatech, so please sign up there.

Coach Paul Johnson said he hopes to hire a defensive line coach soon to replace Giff Smith. He said reports that he knows who he’s going to hire are wrong, but that he has some guys in mind. He and defensive coordinator Al Groh first met to talk about the position on Sunday. He said he’s not sure who the recruiting coordinator will be. He likes the balance of the class.

Also, check these out:

AJC Player tracker for Tech,

AJC Player tracker for UGA,


NOTE: I’m headed over to Fox Sports Grill in a bit to try and talk to players, I hope to get back to the blog around 3 or so to answer questions, so check back then.


First letter is in….

Quayshawn Nealy

Ht., Wt.: 6-1, 220

Position: Linebacker

Hometown: Lakeland

High school: Lakeland

Highlights: A three-star recruit, he turned down offers from Georgia, Michigan and Nebraska, among others.

How he’ll fit in: Nealy has the speed (4.7 in the 40)  to play outside linebacker, but analysts say he needs to add weight to take on offensive tackle. He also needs to improve his pass coverage skills, which is a necessity in a 3-4 scheme.

Tech linebackers coach Brian Jean-Mary said he’s going to be a “big-time asset. Has a chance to be a reallly good player. His upside is unbelievable.”

Jean-Mary said he’s big enough to play either outside or inside.

He also played point guard on the basketball team…an honor student, as well.

Morgan Bailey

Ht., Wt.: 6-4, 298

Position: Offensive lineman

Hometown: Loganville

High school: Loganville

Highlights: A three-star recruit, Bailey was a top-50 recruit at guard. He turned down offers from Florida State and Clemson, among others.

How he’ll fit in: Strong blocking for the run, with work needed in pass-protection, according to analysts. As long as Tech’s offensive line isn’t hit by injuries, Bailey will likely redshirt in 2010. Could eventually form a solid front with Ray Beno and Will Jackson, who redshirted last year, and Alford.

Co-offensive line coach Mike Sewak says he’s “a big-time kid….start him out at a guard position.  Good lateral quickness.”

Jake Skole

Ht., Wt.: 6-1, 175

Position: Athlete

Hometown: Roswell

High school: Blessed Trinity

Highlights: A three-star recruit, Skole runs the 40 in 4.48 seconds. He turned down offers from Auburn and Georgia, among others.

How he’ll fit in: Skole is tabbed by various analysts as a playmaker who needs to improve his coverage skills. He also played quarterback in high school and returned punts. He will join older brother Matt on Tech’s baseball team.

Coach Al “Buzz” Preston said Skole will start out in the secondary, but can also play A-back or wide receiver. .. Still could be drafted by MLB team. Preston said he’s a good student.

Anthony Williams

Ht., Wt.: 6-4, 221

Position: Defensive end

Hometown: McDonough

High school: Union Grove

Highlights: A four-star recruit, Williams had nine sacks his senior season. He turned down offers from Auburn and LSU, among others. He’s rated the 13th-best weak-side defensive end by

How he’ll fit in: He’s tall and lean, fitting the mold of past great Michael Johnson and Emmanuel Dieke, who redshirted last season. Williams can surely put in some weight if he has a redshirt season. Dieke put on more than 30 pounds, for example. Williams may move to outside linebacker.

Jean-Mary said he’s as good a kid as a football player…developed into a dominant defensive lineman as a senior…said he has a chance to be a “special, special player”… said he’s grown by at least two inches since they started recruiting him…will fill out more in college…Steven Sylvester and Kyle Jackson also from Union Grove…will have opportunity to be stand-up olb at first but could move to DE as he puts on weight.

Tony Zenon

Ht., Wt.: 5-8, 174

Position: A-back

Hometown: Albany

High school: Deerfield Windsor

Highlights: A two-star recruit, he runs a 4.4-second 40-yard dash. He wasn’t heavily recruited by BCS schools, despite scoring 27 touchdowns and averaging more than 9 yards a carry as a senior.

How he’ll fit in: Like Marcus Wright, another smallish running back with plenty of speed. Zenon will be an A-back.

New A-backs coach  Lamar Owens says Owens is a “highlight factory” type of guy…Zenon is originally from New Orleans…ended up on Albany because after his family left the city, the first reservation they could find was in Albany…

Synjyn Days

Ht., Wt.: 6-1, 205

Position: Quarterback

Hometown: Powder Springs

High school: Hillgrove

Highlights: A three-star recruit, Days turned down offers from Oklahoma State and Indiana, among others. He runs a 4.45 40.

How he’ll fit in: Days has the size and speed to play almost any skill position except B-back, so there’s no telling where he will end up. However, he said he will start off at quarterback. Hillgrove also runs the option offense, so Days is used to making the reads that are needed.

Coach Brian Bohannon said he’s a great leader, great character guy. Said he looks as big as his size…appreciates his experience at quarterback in high school…wants him to keep the speed, rather than getting bigger…great arm strength…lot of similarities to Josh Nesbitt, and may be a step faster…could work on decision-making, but understands the terminology…will also work to improve his fundamentals…

Justin Moore

Ht., Wt.: 5-10, 160

Position: Kicker

Hometown: Atlanta

High school: Marist

Highlights: A two-star recruit, Moore had 48 touchbacks last season and hit 3-of-5 field goal attempts, all 39 point-afters. He was previously committed to Miami (Ohio), but switched when Tech made an offer  in January.

How he’ll fit in: He likely will  be expected to immediately compete for kicking duties with Scott Blair. Tech coach Paul Johnson didn’t hide his displeasure with his kicker’s results last season. Blair missed important field goals against Georgia and Iowa that forced Tech to change its strategy.

Sewak said he’s got an explosive leg…Sewak said he went to one game with a stopwatch and didn’t like the numbers he was seeing. As he was leaving he walked behind the end zone and one of Moore’s kicks almost hit him. That changed his mind…Gets good heights on kicks…impressed coaches at Tech’s camp…

Denzel McCoy

Ht., Wt.: 6-3, 268

Position: Defensive tackle

Hometown: Lawrenceville

High school: Northview

Highlights: A four-star recruit, McCoy is rated the 18th-best defensive tackle by He turned down offers from Alabama, Florida State and Miami, among others.

How he’ll fit in: He is possibly Tech’s best signing. Athletic and shifty, McCoy is physically similar to a high-school version of Derrick Morgan. Though he doesn’t have the same initial burst that Morgan had, McCoy is described as being disruptive between the tackles with an innate ability to slip between blockers.

Preston said he was Tech’s No. 1 recruit because he did a great job helping them recruit other players, very similar to last year’s juniors, who all recruited each other… will play on the edge at DE more than likely… Preston said McCoy has a shot at playing as a freshman because of his aptitude for the game.

Fred Holton

Ht., Wt.: 6-1, 198

Position: Safety

Hometown: Thomasville

High school: Thomasville

Highlights: A three-star recruit, Holton runs a 4.55-second 40-yard dash. He turned down offers from Kansas State and Louisville, among others. He’s rated the 44th-best cornerback by

How he’ll fit in: Projected as either a safety or cornerback, Holton is an aggressive player whom various sites say can intimidate with his physical play. Physically similar to the high school-version of Morgan Burnett.

Coach Todd Spencer said Holton is a GT guy…Calvin Johnson is his favorite player.

Jeremiah Attaochu

Ht., Wt.: 6-3, 223

Position: Linebacker

Hometown: Washington, D.C.

High school: Archbishop Carroll

Highlights: A three-star recruit, Attaochu runs a 4.6-second 40-yard dash. He was offered by more than a dozen schools.

How he’ll fit in: Attaochu will eventually be one of the outside linebackers in new defensive coordinator’s Al Groh’s 3-4 defense. When he was coach at Virginia, Groh recruited Attaochu and secured his commitment to GT soon after he was hired. Attaochu had 14 sacks his senior season.

Groh said he’s similar to many of his OLB in the past…a high motor who is very intense…said he’s goal-oriented…was on top of Groh’s list for a long time…Groh said he would like for him to be at 245 range…

B.J. Bostic

Ht., Wt.: 5-11, 165

Position: Cornerback

Hometown: Louisville

High school: Jefferson County

Highlights: A four-star recruit, Bostic runs a 4.56-second 40-yard dash.  He turned down offers from UCLA and West Virginia, among others.

How he’ll fit in: Though a quarterback in high school, Bostic is projected to be a defensive back in college, though he has the size and speed to play A-back or wide receiver in the spread-option. Either way, he will likely redshirt unless he wins kick-return or punt-return duties.

Charles Kelly said Bostic is a great athlete..early enrollee…Kelly said Bostic is one of those guys who wanted to be in Tech’s program and on Tech’s campus…Kelly said Johnson will decide where Bostic will play…Bostic has long arms, which Kelly likes to see.

Catlin Alford

Ht., Wt.: 6-3, 275

Position: Offensive lineman

Hometown: Adairsville

High school: Adairsville

Highlights: A three-star recruit, rated the No. 49 guard in the country by, and one of two (Morgan Bailey) among the top 50 that Tech signed.

How he’ll fit in: Because all of last year’s offensive line signings who were redshirted this season, Alford likely will do so as well as he adds strength and learns the blocking techniques and assignments in the spread-option base. Analysts say he is strong blocking the run and is athletic for his size. He can also play defensive tackle.

Spencer said Alford is a barrel-chested player that has a zeal for excellence…is a guy they are really excited about. … his athleticism is good enough that he can play center, guard or tackle.

Shawn Green

Ht., Wt.: 6-0, 270

Position: Defensive tackle

Hometown: Grayson

High school: Grayson

Highlights: A four-star recruit, Green turned down offers from Florida State, Oklahoma State and Wisconsin, among others. He’s rated the 58th-best defensive tackle by

How he’ll fit in: Along with fellow signee Denzel McCoy, and current Tech players J.C. Lanier (who redshirted this season) and T.J. Barnes, Green will eventually give Tech a wealth of size inside. A player with a great motor, by adding a few more pounds he could eventually become the “disruptor” that Groh has said he wants to see from his nose tackle.

Jean-Mary said if he was taller he would be considered one of the best in the state…really fits with what they want to do…can play all three defensive line spots…h.s. coaches say Green was the best defensive player they faced this season…said his quickness sets him apart.

Isaiah Johnson

Ht., Wt.: 6-2, 175

Position: Safety

Hometown: Tyrone

High school: Sandy Creek

Highlights: A three-star recruit, Johnson runs the 40 in 4.6 seconds. He turned down offers from Georgia and Miami, among others. He’s rated the 28th-best safety by

How he’ll fit in: Tabbed as being strong against the run and capable of covering wide receivers stride-for-stride, sideline to sideline. He may redshirt a year to add strength and weight.

Johnson is an early enrollee…Kelly likes his size and athleticism…can make plays all over the field…Kelly said he’s a good-looking athlete who will play safety.

Deon Hill

Ht., Wt.: 6-0, 205

Position: A-back

Hometown: Phenix City, Ala.

High school: Central

Highlights: A three-star recruit, Hill runs a 4.5-second 40-yard dash. Not heavily recruited by BCS schools. He played on the Alabama All-State football team.

How he’ll fit in: Hill has the size and speed to play a variety of positions, though A-back will be his natural home.

Owens points out that he’s from same high school as Cord Howard and Orwin Smith…likes his speed on the perimeter…18 TDs last year…

Charles Perkins

Ht., Wt.: 6-0, 205

Position: B-back

Hometown: Lawrenceville

High school: Collins Hill

Highlights: A three-star recruit, Perkins was the first in the Class of 2010 to commit. He turned down offers from Kentucky and Wisconsin, among others.

How he’ll fit in: Perkins likely will redshirt to put on weight and then compete for snaps at B-back. Already strong, Perkins is tabbed as a solid one-cut runner who may not have blazing speed, but identifies and gets through holes quickly.

An early enrollee, Perkins is a mature guy, according to Bohannon. … He’s not as fast as Dwyer, but he’s not slow, Bohannon said…Comparable to Anthony Allen.

Ryan Ayers

Ht., Wt.: 5-10, 178

Position: Cornerback

Hometown: Douglasville

High school: South Paulding

Highlights: A four-star recruit, Ayers runs a 4.4-second 40-yard dash. He turned down offers from Alabama, Auburn and Georgia, among others. He is rated the No. 25 cornerback by

How he’ll fit in: Considering the issues Tech’s pass defense had last season, Ayers could compete for playing time at either cornerback position. Various recruiting sites say he plays bigger than his size, and is not afraid to make contact.

Kelly says Ayers is a speed, cover corner who has great anticipation.

Louis Young

Ht., Wt.: 6-1, 190

Position: Cornerback

Hometown: Washington, D.C.

High school: Our Lady of Good Counsel

Highlights: A four-star recruit, Young de-committed from Stanford. He also had offers from more than a dozen schools, including Miami and Nebraska. He’s rated the 15th-best cornerback by

How he’ll fit in: Described as a smooth athlete, Young is also smart and could compete for a cornerback spot immediately. Analysts say he doesn’t have burner speed, but uses his instincts to take good angles to make up steps. He has the size to support the run, as well.

Groh said getting Young is a nice surprise…Groh said he crossed paths with Young while in area to visit Attaochu…Groh said Young was out this morning shoveling snow, so his mom faxed his papers in from his mom’s work…great coverage skills…Groh said Young likes being a corner….good ball skills who can jump on the run.

124 comments Add your comment


February 3rd, 2010
7:29 am

Question: what analysts? Who said more weight to take on tackles?
There is not a tackle on the planet who can handle a guy going at a 4.7 40 rate.


February 3rd, 2010
7:34 am

Thanks Doug – Keep ‘em coming!

Welcome to Georgia Tech all new recruits!


February 3rd, 2010
7:48 am

Alabama Jack

February 3rd, 2010
7:49 am

Welcome to all the new Jackets.

Braves #17 fan

February 3rd, 2010
7:49 am

Thanks for the posts! Looking forward to a great season.


February 3rd, 2010
7:50 am

Wow, headline news here.


February 3rd, 2010
7:51 am

You’re right collegeballfan – I’m sure you know more about it than the football experts. Unless he blitzes every play, from 20 yards away, he won’t be running full speed into an offensive tackle.


February 3rd, 2010
7:55 am

Thanks for the updates Doug! Woo hooo I’m getting ready for some footballlllll!!!


February 3rd, 2010
7:56 am

Just curious, but how many times to guys get a 40-yard head start on an offensive tackle in order to use that 4.7 speed? When you are only a couple of yards away from an OT, that 4.7 doesn’t mean jack. Quickness, now that’s another story.


February 3rd, 2010
8:00 am

Not a bad start. Three 3-stars and a 4-star, mostly on defense.


February 3rd, 2010
8:02 am

those first few signees are big-time players…that running back is supposed to be the proverbial ‘diamond in the rough,’ but man he is SMALL (actually goes about 158, from what I heard)…Anyway…welcome to The Flats, men!

That Guy

February 3rd, 2010
8:05 am

Stars don’t mean *^%& unless you’re trying to win football games via message board posts. Develop the guys that chose to come to GT and everything else will take care of itself.


February 3rd, 2010
8:12 am

Sure is nice to read about all the players coming to Tech, as opposed to all those players jumping ship on UGA. Speaking of which, it was also nice to read about Nealy and Skole turning down UGA. But as all those UGA fans say, if they turn down the Dawgs, it’s because they are either no good, or they didn’t want them anyway. Look at their posts about Da’Rick Rogers now.

Go check out Chip Towers column for the latest BuLLdawg post – he is actually complaining about UGA instead of Tech!!

this guy

February 3rd, 2010
8:12 am

I agree with that guy. Stars do not mean a thing. What matters is how hard the kids are going to work once they get to school. Ive known a lot of players that develop a lot later after they graduate high school and become NFL players.


February 3rd, 2010
8:12 am

Thanks for the coverage Doug!


February 3rd, 2010
8:17 am

Check out these pictures a friend sent me from UGA’s Signing Day Party
It’s getting out of hand over there


February 3rd, 2010
8:22 am

Good point, Observer. I have talked to a number of coaches over the years, HS and small college, who don’t give a flip about time in the 40, except for defensive backs and wide receivers. As long as it is reasonable, and the player has quickness and explosiveness — as one said, “The most important statistic, if you can time it, is how many steps does it take a player to get to top speed?” Never played defensive line, but I have to believe that a 285-pound tackle has the advantage over a 215 pound linebacker.


February 3rd, 2010
8:31 am

Come on Doug, get real! These kids are turning down offers from the likes of UGA, Michigan, Nebraska, FSU, Clemson, Auburn, LSU…to play at Georgia Tech? Give me a break.
This gimmicky offense and old man’s defense don’t stand a chance…

20 wins…in its first 2 seasons? An ACC Title? Really? Hmm… ;)


February 3rd, 2010
8:36 am

Your smallish defensive backs at Buford handled Da’decommitt with no problem in the State Championship game…He is no AJ Greene, really not close….He has an agent who has shopped him around in hopes of getting his son a better package….It looks like the agent has been successful in arranging the package deal…but at Tennessee the son will have to play and make the throws, and dad can’t play for him….reminds me a bunch of the player and dad combo at Texas Tech who cost Coach Leach his job….Sure the head coach at Calhoun is glad signing day is finally here and he can put an end to this charade…..


February 3rd, 2010
8:38 am

Synjyn also set a world record in the 400 yard dash when he was 9. His father played for Florida State.


February 3rd, 2010
8:42 am

The only stars that count are those that are awarded after the college games on Saturday….All this pre-college jazz gets fans all torn up, and it really about nothing….Stars are only given after the college game on Saturday as to who showed up, played well, and had an impact…. All of this hype on recruiting is nothing but a gadget some entrpreneuring dudes came up with to bilk a dumb public out of some money….Really, what is the difference is a 3 star and a 4 star???? Who reads talent well enough to set up a system like this???

Doug Roberson

February 3rd, 2010
8:43 am

I really have no idea what the stars or rankings mean. I know CPJ doesn’t much care for them.


February 3rd, 2010
8:46 am

Doug, word is that UGA tried TWICE to get Morgan Bailey to flip before they called and offered Gates (the former Kentucky commit).

A Rob

February 3rd, 2010
8:52 am

Days seems to have the same skill set as Nesbitt, with a little more quickness and length. Hope he can translate to QB in the ACC but this certainly looks like a great commit for us, as he is really dominant on tape.
And YES, A KICKER WHO CAN PUT IT IN THE ENDZONE!!!!!!! That could have made a huge difference last year!


February 3rd, 2010
8:52 am

Having a lot of stars is a pretty decent indicator that a kid is pretty good but not having a lot of stars is NOT an indicator that a kid won’t be a good football player.


February 3rd, 2010
8:54 am

Sour grapes, eh. lake oconee.

VT Yellow Jacket

February 3rd, 2010
8:57 am

Hey, LAKE OCONEE DAWG, thanks for the insight. It means a lot coming from a Dog fan whose team has had to deal with disappointing results from highly-touted recruiting classes.

Best of luck to CPJ’s new recruiting class!


February 3rd, 2010
8:58 am

…congratulations to my eldest son…Synjyn Skky Days…you will continue to do great things…

Joshua Barlowe

February 3rd, 2010
9:01 am

Any idea on when Thornton will announce? I’ve got a feeling he may pull a fast one on everybody and end up at Michigan or somewhere like that. Who knows…


February 3rd, 2010
9:08 am

Welcome aboard, guys! Good luck and Gooooo Jackets!


February 3rd, 2010
9:18 am

I’m hear, checking in. So far so good.


February 3rd, 2010
9:18 am


February 3rd, 2010
9:19 am

I’m hear, checking in. So far so good.


February 3rd, 2010
9:20 am

More GT Records……ooh and don’t do as coach Johnson says..”punch a Georgia fan in the mouth”

Why? Are you afraid you’ll get your tooth knocked out?


February 3rd, 2010
9:31 am

Those knocking the little guy,. every heard of a RB named Trindon Holliday …

Yeah, that’s what I’m sayin.


February 3rd, 2010
9:51 am

LAKE OCONEE DAWG-Thanks for a civil and reasonable comment on the boards. I get so sick of the other trash (and both school’s have fans who sling trash).

GT Fan...

February 3rd, 2010
9:54 am

Nice … TWO O-linemen rated in the nation’s top 50! I know, what do these dadgum ratings systems really mean, but by making them it must mean they are doing something right to get these high rankings.


February 3rd, 2010
10:07 am

I think stars are based on:
1. How many and what level football programs are recuiting the play.
2. Camps invied to and how they were graded at that camp
3. HS team performance

5 stars are player who really stand out in all the above
But yes a 3 star who’s not invited to the camps may turn out to be better, maybe they just didn’t get the invites to camps.

Coaches know best. HS coaches promote their good players to NCAA, overall the ratings have panned out ok, but football is team game, requires a lot of charactor, play must fit into system. I think the no 1 rated QB is going to do well at BYU, but a team like Tech would have no use for him.


February 3rd, 2010
10:18 am

Glad to see Tech and UGA are getting talent for their programs. Talent, like recruiting, is over-rated. Remember Coach Spurrier at Florida? He used to smile after beating the Dogs with their “No.1 rated recruiting classes,” and wonder aloud how Florida could win those games against such superior talent. Kinda miss the ol’ ball coach being front and center…


February 3rd, 2010
10:18 am

As someone that has kept up with Tech recruiting for 4 decades….this is certainly a pretty good group. The only reason we are in the 40’s by the recruiting services is sheer numbers. If we had signed 28 players like Miami, Auburn, etc. we would certainly be top 20 with athletes of a similar mold. It is very rare for GT to have 25 scholarships available simply because most of our athletes stay in school rather than drop out or wind up in jail. Next year will likely be our first class in four years that actually tips the scales over 20.

Great job coaches and keep up the emphasis on Georgia high schools! Several current players and even this year recruits were swayed because of friends currently on the roster. Georgia has had that advantage for years but apparently Richt just loves Florida kids….so with the door wide open…keep it up!!!


February 3rd, 2010
10:20 am

Any news on Young kid?? Is he a go for tech or sticking with Stanford??

Luke D

February 3rd, 2010
10:26 am

Young goes to Good Counsel high school and they were supposed to have a group signing event this morning at 8:00 a.m.. Unfortunately it snowed last night and the school is closed today. So they are probably scrambling to get a place for their kids to sign their letters.


February 3rd, 2010
10:26 am

Disregard the stars and take a look at the other offers. When FSU, Alabama, UGA, UF and many other top notch programs make offers, it will tell you more than the amount of stars by the kid’s name.

As much as I hate UGA, I think it sucks that these kids commit and then change their minds the week before signing day. Coaches can’t make up for the loss this far into recruiting. I know we picked up a couple, but that was because they followed Al Groh to the program. According to a couple of articles, Rogers high school coach hadn’t even seen him the last couple of days because he wasn’t at school. This may indicate as issue already. Let Tennessee deal with that problem.

GT all the way

February 3rd, 2010
10:28 am

Crack, why the accolades for UGA and Spurrier on a Tech blog? CPJ is getting it done and it keeps getting better and better! congrats to all the GT signees, let’s play some football and keep on winning the ACC championship and a National Championship as well!


February 3rd, 2010
10:30 am

thanks for the update on young hope he lands on the flats

X's and O's

February 3rd, 2010
10:30 am

Thanks Luke D for the info, now that’s an Insider!

All Yellow Jackets

February 3rd, 2010
10:32 am

Anyone know the latest on georgia committ louis young? He has not signed his letter yet.

All Yellow Jackets

February 3rd, 2010
10:33 am

(Sorry) georgia tech committ louis young


February 3rd, 2010
10:33 am

Sounds like a crop of great men. Welcome to the Flats! Working harder than the other guy WILL give you the results you want! GO JACKETS!!


February 3rd, 2010
10:34 am

Dana: Young has committed to us, but his paperwork has not yet arrived due to the snowstorm in VA/MARY this morning.