Tarrant leaving Tech for NFL

Safety Jerrard Tarrant will skip his senior season at Georgia Tech and instead make himself eligible for the NFL draft. Underclassmen had until Jan. 15 to make themselves eligible.

Tarrant, a 6-foot-1, 205-pound native of Carrollton has been a versatile player for the Yellow Jackets. Recruited as a safety, he played cornerback in 2009 before defensive coordinator Al Groh moved him back to safety for the 2010 season because he liked his play-making abilities. Tarrant intercepted five passes and made 113 tackles in 26 games. He started 18 games. He caused and recovered three fumbles in 2010 and broke up two passes.

However, it’s Tarrant’s skill as a punt-returner that may help him get selected by an NFL team. He returned two punts for touchdowns in 2009. He averaged 10 yards on 41 returns. He also returned an interception and a fumble for touchdowns in 2009.

Tarrant only played two years at Tech because was suspended for the 2008 season after he was charged with rape. After the charges were dropped, he was reinstated by coach Paul Johnson. Tarrant redshirted the 2007 season.

He is the second player in as many days to announce he is leaving, joining offensive tackle Nick Claytor.

Like Claytor, Tarrant has yet to appear on ESPN’s draft board.

His decision means Tech will enter 2011 season needing four starters in the secondary. Cornerbacks Mario Butler and Dominique Reese, along with safety Mario Edwards, have used up their eligibility.

Tech has now had six players, including Tarrant and Claytor, become early entrants in the draft in the past two years: Derrick Morgan, Demaryius Thomas, Morgan Burnett and Jonathan Dwyer are the others after the 2009 season. Morgan and Thomas were selected in the first round, Burnett the third and Dwyer the sixth.

– Doug Roberson, AJC

189 comments Add your comment

JMB

January 13th, 2011
7:56 pm

docsbro

January 13th, 2011
7:57 pm

Sad really, I guess he was tired of classes. Good luck to him!!

TDone

January 13th, 2011
8:03 pm

Good luck to Tarrant and Claytor, but IMHO and who am I to say otherwise, both need to stay in school. It seems someone has these guys’ ear, but if you won’t get drafted, you need to stay.

Lt Taylor- APD

January 13th, 2011
8:08 pm

We will keep an eye on him too. Another proud GT man he is, um, ah was.

DoakBoyFreshGT

January 13th, 2011
8:08 pm

DANGIT!!!! Good luck to him

huh?

January 13th, 2011
8:10 pm

Who is advising these kids?….But if a ship is sinking you only have two options. The triple option is a death knell for a major college program.

George Stein

January 13th, 2011
8:12 pm

What does the style of offense have to do with a safety leaving, huh??

Ozzy

January 13th, 2011
8:18 pm

Meh, we lost with him. We can lose without him. I can’t believe anybody from Tech’s defensive backfield has a realistic shot in the NFL. They were pitiful, every one of them.

He’s an OK returner, but OK returners are a dime a dozen in the NFL.

Good luck to him, I think he’s going to need it.

huh?

January 13th, 2011
8:19 pm

Practice is where you prep for the NFL……and when you go against a scout team passing attack all the time well….figure that out. THe offense does affect defensive recruiting as well if you want proof look at the recruiting classes JOhnson has brought in.

some sense

January 13th, 2011
8:20 pm

“Suspended” for rape…rape.

fan of Tech football

January 13th, 2011
8:20 pm

not to worry….Tech has a guy to catch punts!

Leave early. Tell me again about red-shirting…

George Stein

January 13th, 2011
8:21 pm

Ummmm, you do understand that they don’t run the option against the first team defense in practice, right?

And actually, if you believe the recruiting people, he’s done a pretty nice job getting defensive players. We’ll see if they pan out.

Bigdawg

January 13th, 2011
8:23 pm

Have anyone wonder maybe Clayton nor Tarrant wanna play for CPJ anymore so there going to take there chances in the NFL.

Uga dean

January 13th, 2011
8:27 pm

were so prowd of bigdog

ManUp...

January 13th, 2011
8:29 pm

We’ll be fine. Go Jackets!

Eagle Eyrie

January 13th, 2011
8:32 pm

Cannot believe Claytor or Tarrant is leaving. They cannot stay off the injured list long enough to play a complete season at GT. Why do they think they can stay well in the NFL? They are making a mistake leaving early.

General Jack Ripper

January 13th, 2011
8:34 pm

Rats doing what rats do.

George Stein

January 13th, 2011
8:35 pm

He may dislike the coach, bigdawg. But if he and Claytor think it’s going to be different in the NFL, I’m afraid they’ll both be hugely disappointed. Does anyone think folks that work 110 hours a week are ever pleasant to be around? I mean, seriously…

General Jack Ripper

January 13th, 2011
8:37 pm

I thought all your players were smart.

Worm

January 13th, 2011
8:39 pm

George Stein, Do you think they have anybody at Tech that Tarrant is actually practicing pass defense against..Who would be throwing and who would be catching?

The key

January 13th, 2011
8:42 pm

will be for McKayhan to practice HARD!

George Stein

January 13th, 2011
8:46 pm

Actually a fair question, Worm. I guess if your sample size is this season, probably not many guys on the team can throw or catch particularly well (at least when it counts).

But, he’s been there for more than this season and the last two years I would have to say going against the first WR taken in the draft didn’t hurt him.

GTechsta

January 13th, 2011
8:49 pm

Good grief, guys. Are you familiar with the phrase “scout team?” You know the group that runs the offense of the team you are preparing for? Do you even follow football?

George Stein

January 13th, 2011
8:51 pm

One other point, Worm, is that they don’t do a tremendous amount of 11 on 11 during the season simply because their bodies can’t take that. And to the extent that the starters are going against the scout team, I can’t imagine there being a tremendous difference between the scout team talent at Tech or almost anywhere else.

messin with sasquatch

January 13th, 2011
8:51 pm

doboi’s, your posts are not even crayola quality. I should kick your dogbutts.

General Jack Ripper

January 13th, 2011
8:54 pm

Another recruiting “opportunity” for Fish Fry. Another A-Back perhaps?

St. richt

January 13th, 2011
8:55 pm

Claytor and tar rant = dumb and dumber. Best of luck in making a Canadian roster ! Tar rant

WrexNFx aka Ol' Wrex

January 13th, 2011
8:57 pm

re:
GTechsta
January 13th, 2011
8:49 pm
__________________
What you refuse to understand is that the crappy Recruits that CPJ is bringing in at QB are such horrible passers that even if they are Scout Team QBs, they don’t have the talent to simulate a “normal College QB” running a Pro-Style Offense, so Defensive guys at GT don’t get any better, since they are facing weak-armed QBs that CPJ Reccuits.

GT has no one that can pass effectively for the FIRST TEAM, there’s no way in the he!! that they will have a decent passer for their SCOUT TEAM.

Once again, CPJ’s Recruiting is rearing its ugly head once more!

CPJ’s triple SLOPtion Offense, the “gift” that keeps on giving…………..

Ramblinwreck

January 13th, 2011
8:58 pm

Some sense, he was suspended for an accusation of rape, but then all charges were dropped. He was not proven guilty.

George Stein

January 13th, 2011
9:00 pm

Most schools don’t run a pro-style offense, Wrex. But I’m sure you know that.

And why do you keep capitalizing random words in the middle of the sentence when they’re not proper nouns!

Bigdawg

January 13th, 2011
9:01 pm

@ St. Richt what’s wrong with making a Canadian roster? I played in the CFL and earned a great living.

St. richt

January 13th, 2011
9:01 pm

Sorry, iPad is having a senior moment. But tar rant has no business declaring for the draft. He took a major step backward this year and was a non-factor as a DB or punt returner. I say out with the old chan recruits and let’s see what CPJ can do with his. For all the talk about CPJ winning with galleys guys, I think it’s only fair to see what the man can do with his own recruits. God knows Bailey couldn’t do it with his guys.

Whoever is advising these kids is a complete idiot. They must not watch much football..

Ramblinwreck

January 13th, 2011
9:02 pm

And wrex,the scout team qb isn’t supposed to be any good. If he was then he would be on the real team.

St. richt

January 13th, 2011
9:03 pm

Bigdawg, sure you did. Not sure these guys could even make the roster for the Winnipeg blue bombers.

chan gailey was noted for running a slack ship

January 13th, 2011
9:04 pm

most of the guys leaving are chan gailey players, you know… the nfl guy that was a great closer during recruiting.

bad apples./ not team players/ nfl interest/ chan gailey players……… seems to fit well.

addition by subrtaction can be a good thing sometimes.

if they didnt want to play for gt more power to em. we will be better off with players like golden who said he was happy to do whatever benefited the team.

i think what we are seeing is that the players in question are necessarily bad apples but just not givin 100%.

we will do better without them. imo.

St. richt

January 13th, 2011
9:08 pm

Amen. CPJ is no Sham Gailey.

St. richt

January 13th, 2011
9:12 pm

These guys figure they might as well leave while scam gailey still has a job in buffalo. Pretty much their only hope.

dawgfan

January 13th, 2011
9:19 pm

Claytor and Tarrant just don’t want to lose in Shreveport again.

BG

January 13th, 2011
9:20 pm

This guy was charged with rape and Paul Johnson let him back on the team? Wow!!!

George Stein

January 13th, 2011
9:24 pm

Charged and convicted are two very different things, BG.

Who could blame them if that’s their reason, dawgfan?

Cmon man

January 13th, 2011
10:10 pm

Wow tech players have been drug kingpins, accused of rape, accused of domestic violence but let a uga player get a traffic ticket or miss a court date he is labled a thug look at the pot calling the kettle black!

MariettaGator

January 13th, 2011
10:17 pm

I hope the best Tarrant and Claytor. I have seen both of these kids play. They are extreme longshots to make an NFL roster. They could play in the UFL or another minor league. In the UFL or CFL, if you make a roster, you can make $50K for 6 months work. However, even the best players in these leagues rarely play the next year. The turnover rate in the minor leagues is very high. These kids should get their degree. A former NCAA football player without a degree looking for a job is going to be unemployed for a long, long, long time.

buzzingMadly

January 13th, 2011
10:28 pm

These kids have no business leaving early, and CPJ is clearly losing control of the program at Tech. The loss of these guys is a blow to the program, and we seem to have no consistent success bringing people to Atlanta. The only one worse at keeping them in school is Hewitt. Where is the AD leadership??? What are we paying for and when will we see the national championships we have been repeatedly promised?

buzzwax

January 13th, 2011
10:35 pm

I thought UGA has a law school? ACUSED and charges DROPPED for the GT players is NOT breaking the law. NOT SHOWING UP TO COURT IS BOTH AGAINST THE LAW AND JUST PLAIN STUPID…..CONVICTED of DUI and driving on a suspended liscense IS AGAINST THE LAW. Being the ATHLETIC DIRECTOR ‘preaching’ to not drive drunk and THEN GETTING PULLED OVER FOR DUI WHILE CHEATING ON YOUR WIFE WHILE TRYING TO BRIBE YOUR WAY OUT OF IT……..

Durka Dawg

January 13th, 2011
10:43 pm

Jarrad Tarrant is THE best player we have seen in a while. He is by far one of the best athletes we have seen. The kid can down right fly! He goes under the radar, but he was in on nearly every play this year in one way or another. His punt return threat lead to a ton of pooch kicks from opponents. He was the ONLY player who could consistantly catch the ball on either side of the field, which is sad. Whether he picked up the stat or not, he was a huge factor in the way opponents played against us. He was my favorite GT player in a long time! I’m sad! I predict Tarrant will go VERY far in the NFL. This is a terrible loss to the GT 2011 defense. Hopefully we will pick up these couple of big time recruits we have and round out an already fantastic class.

Go Jackets!

Walt Disney's Fox and the Hound

January 13th, 2011
10:44 pm

I wonder what Tech fans(sic) would call a UGA player who was accused of, then dropped of rape charges??

I am pretty sure we’d be hearing a “where there’s smoke there’s usually fire” cliche.

Hypocrites.

Durka Dawg

January 13th, 2011
10:46 pm

BG,

the kid was ACCUSED of rape. He was dismissed INDEFINITELY and lost an entire year of school. The little hood rat that claimed these charges was found to be a little liar and all the charges were dropped, so then he was allowed back on the team. You my foe are and fool. Get your facts straight or just shut up. CPJ handles his team with WAY more class than CMR and actually has real and forceful punishment that is consistant for each player regardless of who he is. That is how you run a team and that my foe is how you prevent 12 arrests in a single year.

Durka Dawg

January 13th, 2011
10:46 pm

entire year of play**

Chester

January 13th, 2011
10:56 pm

Durka…..

Would you mind giving an example of the situational punishment handed to any player and what it was based on??

I look forward to your response.

Also, if you have an example of a player who got in trouble who was not punished, throw that in.

And finally, if yo can come up with something a player did that was worthy of more punishment than what the player received, tell us what that “crime” was and what punishment you would have imposed if you were Mark Richt.

Mark Richt: 9-1 against Tech, 2-1 against CPJ…. Mark Richt = YOUR DADDY.

GTBuzz85

January 13th, 2011
11:02 pm

JMB – Ditto!