Johnson wishes Luallen well — updated

Jordan Luallen, a backup quarterback on Georgia Tech’s football team, has decided to transfer.

“Since I got here I wasn’t sure it was the right fit,” Luallen, a redshirt freshman, said. “I could feel in my heart that God was telling me it wasn’t the right place for me.”

Luallen said he and his father told coach Paul Johnson of his decision on Thursday. Luallen said he hasn’t decided where he’s going to go. Because classes start on Monday, he had to make a decision soon. He said his transfer paperwork is complete and he has had a discussion with Cincinnati, which is closer to his home of Greenwood, Ind. He said he plans on visiting the Bearcats soon.

“I wish Jordan well,” Johnson said. “It wasn’t working out for him. I think he was disgruntled with where he was on the depth chart. I know he wants to play. I wish him nothing but the best. He’s a good kid.”

Luallen is the second quarterback to leave Georgia Tech this year, following Jaybo Shaw’s exodus earlier to Georgia Southern. Senior Joshua Nesbitt’s back-ups are very inexperienced: only redshirt sophomore Tevin Washington has game experience, completing one pass and rushing six times for 40 yards last season. The others are redshirt freshman David Sims and true freshman Synjyn Days. Tech has two commitments who are quarterbacks in the 2011 signing class: Vad Lee, who announced on Thursday that he is going to sign with Tech in February, and Airyn Willis, who committed in April.

Johnson said he wasn’t concerned with the team’s depth at quarterback for this season.

Luallen seemingly had the pedigree to run the option offense. He was a four-star recruit out of Center Grove High School who was rated the No. 26 quarterback in the nation by Scout.com and a top-10 dual threat by Scout and Rivals. But he was unable to move up the depth chart during the spring or the first weeks of the August camp. Johnson said Luallen would have likely started this season on the scout team for the second consecutive year.

“I’ve got nothing but love and respect for Georgia Tech and my teammates,” Luallen said. “I hope they achieve all the goals they want to.

“I just think that this was best for both of us.”

152 comments Add your comment

GTPhenom

August 19th, 2010
2:13 pm

Well, first of all, first, and second of all, big news. I was hopeful that he could be the QB of the future for GT. However, many of the reports about him being more of a pocket passer were starting to worry me, and he didn’t look great during practices or during scrimmages. Washington is our next starter, and should be a good backup, so I’m not too worried

Todd

August 19th, 2010
2:15 pm

Bummer – I think he was the best passer we have of all the backups. I think he would have run the offense just fine when he actually has 1st string blockers in front of him…

Steady GT Fan

August 19th, 2010
2:20 pm

I wish all the best for the young man and thank him for being a part of our program.

JJ

August 19th, 2010
2:20 pm

This was inevitable. Obviously, Washington is a solid backup and Sims and Days will be pushing hard for the QB position going forward. I wish Luallen the best of luck, but this is not a big surprise.

AMG

August 19th, 2010
2:25 pm

Our QB of the future maybe making his commitment today at 4. Luallen was 4th string, so I wish him all the best, but I think he is making the right decision to leave, he was not tough enough or a strong enough runner. I also did not see him as our best passer. Best wishes and I am glad to have the room on the team to add another player.

Tim Tebow's Tears

August 19th, 2010
2:25 pm

I think he didn’t excel like most of us thought he would. Much slower than we thought. Wish him the best

ManUp...

August 19th, 2010
2:26 pm

Ya know, they used to say it at Convocation – “look to your left, look to your right…only one of you will graduate.”

Guess it applies even to the football team some years…ah well…we have some transfers at other positions coming in. So spins the carousel…

HugoStiglitz

August 19th, 2010
2:27 pm

Yeah, not real surprising now that Tevin Washington has basically secured the backup spot. Im sure the kid wants to play and it probably wasnt going to happen much at Tech. Best of luck to him though.

RambleOn84

August 19th, 2010
2:28 pm

Good luck to Jordan…too much competition I guess.

Buzzzed

August 19th, 2010
2:31 pm

I thought Luallen would be moved to receiver as he looked to be losing ground in the QB race. IMO Days should be #1 QB next year.

GT Fan

August 19th, 2010
2:33 pm

I’m sorry that he’s going. He’s a great kid and I wish nothing but the best for him going forward. Thanks for being a great ambassador for Georgia Tech!

James John

August 19th, 2010
2:33 pm

reading between the lines, I’m wondering if he didn’t like CPJ.

RambleOn84

August 19th, 2010
2:36 pm

James John,
More likely he just wasn’t happy being far away from home.

I have heard nothing but positive things about Johnson from the players. He has a gruff exterior, but appears to be really care about the players.

gt45

August 19th, 2010
2:36 pm

GT

August 19th, 2010
2:43 pm

UGA fans could learn something here. Notice that every post has been classy… something you know NOTHING about.

If a kid left UGA (or committed elsewhere), you all would crucify him. It’s no wonder UGA is the laughing stock of the nation.

hello

August 19th, 2010
2:47 pm

Well good luck to him. Our QB situation was starting to look very crowded. He was not really a fast qb but he would have been a good passing threat in this offense. I had a feeling one of our QBs would transfer.

JBisEpic

August 19th, 2010
2:48 pm

Jordan is a great kid. I hope he is successful wherever he chooses to go. Thanks for your time at Georgia Tech, you will be missed.

ManUp...

August 19th, 2010
2:48 pm

GT, doesn’t your post strike you as ironic? Calling out the vitriolic with vitriol. Not that your point is wrong, though. I just calls it like I sees it.

T3

August 19th, 2010
2:51 pm

Luallen is a VERY high character young man.

CPJ had followed Luallen’s high school career while CPJ was at Navy.

Tough to lose such a sharp kid from the Institute, on and off the field.

Best of luck to him.

GT1

August 19th, 2010
2:51 pm

Good luck to Jordan. I hope things work out for the best for him and he can find a place where he can really shine!

SILLY UGA FANS

August 19th, 2010
2:56 pm

I hope everything works out for the kid. I had high hopes when CPJ recruited Jordan, but as many have stated he did not seem to be making the push for the #2 backup as many of us thought he would. Maybe this will help with Vad Lee making his decision later knowing it’s one less QB to contend with for playing time.

wesleywhatwhat

August 19th, 2010
3:01 pm

good luck to jordan.

but from what little i can tell from the outside looking in, the young man wasn’t going to be playing anytime soon and probably is better off transferring to another school where he will get to see the field.

The Truth

August 19th, 2010
3:03 pm

GT is not for everybody and our offense is not for everybody. Seems like Jordan gave it a great effort, but is probably right that he fits better elsewhere. It’s probably much better to do this now than a year or two down the road. Hate to lose him though, he is a great kid from a great family.

BigTimeTechFan

August 19th, 2010
3:05 pm

Tech has already signed a QB from NC ranked higher then Vad Lee in Airyn(sp?) Willis. He may get a shot at QB.

Robert

August 19th, 2010
3:06 pm

Guess he got tired of all the crime, pollution, concrete, ugly girls, losing to UGA, warcraft, etc. at Tech. Oh yeah, and he didn’t want to be a NERD.

BigTimeTechFan

August 19th, 2010
3:06 pm

Tech has already signed a QB from NC ranked higher then Vad Lee in Airyn(sp?) Willis. He may get a shot at QB.

Correction: signed = Commitment

IndyGT

August 19th, 2010
3:07 pm

Good luck to Luallen.. I’ve been following this kid since before he commited to GT. He played pretty close to my home, and was always a winner. According to a co-worker whose son went to school with him, he used to wear GT shirts as far back as his freshman year. I was hoping to see him more, but was a bit concerned when I saw him fall further down the depth chart. He was highly recruited, but must not have fit in. Good luck to him wherever he ends up.

GA Tech Fan

August 19th, 2010
3:08 pm

I liked him a lot! I wish him the best of luck with he’s future.

GIVE ME A BREAK

August 19th, 2010
3:10 pm

I don’t blame him for leaving. He wants to play and that probably wasn’t going to happen at Tech. Glad to have you at Tech even for a short time.

Wow, GT wrote...

August 19th, 2010
3:11 pm

…”UGA fans could learn something here. Notice that every post has been classy… something you know NOTHING about”.

And he is bringing up UGA for no apparant reason other than to show HIS classless side – typical obsession and UGA envy…

And, oh yeah. this is a good representation of the “typical” GT student, and possibly graduates, too…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEdkLVzHUO4

gobees

August 19th, 2010
3:14 pm

A classy young man and a classy family. Good luck, Jordan.

joe schmoe

August 19th, 2010
3:14 pm

I likes him, but I think he was coming to realize that his playing time would be limited in future years because of Sinjay Days, BJ Bostic, and Vad Lee. Sad to see him go but Tech is luckly stacked at that position.

EEJacket05

August 19th, 2010
3:15 pm

We don’t want you if you don’t want us. Good riddance!

Robert

August 19th, 2010
3:15 pm

Wow, GT wrote,

Incredible video. Typical GT student/alum. Nerds, the whole lot of them.

Jacket Backer

August 19th, 2010
3:16 pm

Wish the kid the best. Unfortunately, I didn’t see him getting much playing time. Not sure he was a good fit for this offense. Hope he finds a home and has much success.

Go Jackets!!

POAJacket

August 19th, 2010
3:17 pm

The words “classy” and “tech” just don’t go together. That’s called an oxymoron.

Burdell

August 19th, 2010
3:23 pm

Good luck to Jordan. Hope he finds happinessl wherever he ends up.

He was stuck at 3rd string at best…I’d have probably done the same thing if I really wanted to play.

atl xmen

August 19th, 2010
3:26 pm

looks like the guy is serious about going pro as a qb. very smart move. and wish him the best of luck. i think that leaves tech with all running backs and corners as potential qbs.

Native

August 19th, 2010
3:26 pm

Hi GT, You really have it wrong. I am a 5th generation Atlantan and my parents had season tickets to GT for as long as they were alive. First I am not a Bulldog alum, fan or otherwise. GT fans and alum are the most ego centric, elitist snobs I have ever been around. That goes for players, grads or some old Atlantan that went to Emory and had no body to root for but Tech. I have never seen a more consistent bunch of classless people. You look down your nose at others, when you should really take a look in the mirror. Especially when it comes to CLASS.

Stinger

August 19th, 2010
3:26 pm

We’re going to suck this year.

StingerSplash

August 19th, 2010
3:26 pm

BigTimeTechFan,

Nobody signs until February. Tech has a commitment (and schools are expressly prohibited from talking about commitments … publicly) from Airyn Willis but that commitment is worth the paper it’s written on. Which is none.
And you typing classy is the only time that word will be associated with you, POAJacket. Surprised you know what an oxymoron is. You must be one of the few Dogs fans that also has all his teeth.

LESD

August 19th, 2010
3:28 pm

Looks like Jordan finally figured out who runs this state.

Classy?

August 19th, 2010
3:29 pm

Really, GT, if this had been about a UGA kid all the comments, from tech fans, would have been along the lines of “must not like red panties” and “Thuga lost another one” and more ignorant ramblings. You’re probably one of the main ones too I’m guessing. Good luck to this kid, I can see why he would want to leave that craphole though.

DaveDawg96

August 19th, 2010
3:31 pm

God told him to leave Tech. I agree with God. More proof that God is a DAWG fan.

former player

August 19th, 2010
3:33 pm

High school “wing-t” or option qbs are the ones that will fit in at Tech. Ga. Techs offense is so simple it is beautiful. You don’t need a big name kid to run it. Josh Nesbitt is perfect for that deal. Not much of a passer, but adequate, who is a bull.

hello

August 19th, 2010
3:35 pm

atlxmen…you are so slow. This kid was 3rd or 4th on our depth chart depending on how these last few practices shake out. He realized he would not face a good chance of ever starting with Tevin Washington having two more years of eligibility after this season. You know nothing about GT football so dont try arguing on here or you will be put in your place in the same way that you always are on these blogs. I dont think he wanted to be like Joe Cox and wait till his RS senior season to play….

Yellow Fuzzy

August 19th, 2010
3:35 pm

Quitter

You don’t quit just because something isn’t immediately comfortable. You stick it out and make your commitments work.

If I left somewhere every time I felt uncomfortable, I wouldn’t be where I am today, which is bound and blindfolded under our bed.

I typed this with my feet.

gt4ever

August 19th, 2010
3:38 pm

Native,

There is a LOT of truth to what you are saying. That’s part of the problem that GT has with filling the stadium. The average fan feels and sees this arrogance that seems to only come from GT people. Let’s face it, we haven’t been a top tier program since the 50’s. We have nothing to be arrogant about.

I for one hate to see this kid leave. It speaks volumes about what kind of football player we can expect to recruit at GT. I am a fan and have always been. I will continue to support our team win or lose. I wish we were back in the SEC where we belong, but hey, I can dream……

Savannah Jacket

August 19th, 2010
3:39 pm

Jordan – Good Luck in the Future. You have to make choices that are best for you. As a Tech Fan, I would love to see you stay and see what you have to offer, I have heard nothing but good about you on and off the field. Follow your heart and you will do great things.

Classy?

August 19th, 2010
3:39 pm

Must not like playing World of Warcraft every Friday night, and not getting laid. There, you made me do it GT. Enjoy.