Tech picks up another football signee

Jimmie Kitchen, a former standout at Lithonia, signed a letter of intent with Georgia Tech. He is the team’s 23rd signee.
According to jacketsonline.com, Kitchen was going to be in Auburn’s 2009 class, but there were questions about his academic eligibility.
He then signed with Tennessee State, but the NCAA Clearinghouse had an issue with an online English class he took. He never enrolled.
He began working to improve his transcript and the Clearinghouse recently cleared him.
Tech assistant Joe Speed was recruiting some other players when a coach suggested he look at Kitchens, a 265-pound defensive end.
Kitchen visited Tech, was offered and signed.
He will add more depth to Tech’s defensive line. He is the first signee in the class who is a defensive lineman.
– Doug Roberson, AJC

255 comments Add your comment

jacket

February 24th, 2011
12:14 pm

hopefully he has grown up academically and can handle it at Tech.

Glad to get a quality DL.

BigTimeTECHFan

February 24th, 2011
12:18 pm

Congrats Jimmy. good job.

Outside Observer

February 24th, 2011
12:23 pm

I hope he can step it up in the classroom and on the field. Good luck to him!

Yep

February 24th, 2011
12:25 pm

What is that I continually hear about Tech’s immense academic requirements as the reason for sub par athletes recruited? This guys looks like he will be piloting the space shuttle in a few years, huh?

5150 UOAD

February 24th, 2011
12:26 pm

Still need a HUGE NT in the middle of the 3-4. Get the Boy a lil fatter and still be fast.

wolfman

February 24th, 2011
12:28 pm

@ Yep: No, but Sean Bedford might!

Ramblin Man

February 24th, 2011
12:29 pm

The academic part is concerning. Hopefully the kid woke up sitting out two years. Will be interesting to see if he actually makes it.

BYRDDAWG

February 24th, 2011
12:39 pm

If that mathmatical wonder Reggie ball can make it 4yrs……just sayin

Dacula Jacket

February 24th, 2011
12:41 pm

Actually, Reggie didn’t make it four years. He was delcared academically inelegible for his last bowl game. Just sayin…

ace0018

February 24th, 2011
12:42 pm

You got to like his dedication to stick with it to achieve what I assume is a dream to play college football. But if this was Richt giving him his 3rd chance after not getting eligible at Auburn ( w/their high standards lol and Tenn state) the tech fans would be laughing their butts off. They’d also be trying to point out how high there entrance requirements are. Although getting into the management program especially for athletes is not that high.

the real Old Gold

February 24th, 2011
12:44 pm

He’ll be all the better for his struggles and hard work.

Dacula Jacket

February 24th, 2011
12:45 pm

Tech’s management school is rated higher than UGA’s. I wonder if Terry feels like he got ripped off.

Dacula Jacket

February 24th, 2011
12:48 pm

Although Tech’s entrance requirements are fairly stringent, actually graduating from that place is the hard part. Tech’s football team has the highest SAT scores of any team in the country.

Straight Jacket

February 24th, 2011
12:49 pm

Another engineer? Yeah..right! Most tech football players never graduate!

Jacket Man

February 24th, 2011
12:54 pm

Instead of some of your morons recognizing this young man stepped back and put his head to the grindstone academically so diligently that he cleared all of the hurdles he was facing even being considered for a smaller program, much less one of the major conference programs (there were several SEC hot on Jimmie’s trail after he finally qualified), you find a reason to mock him.

For the record, what Jimmie just proved is that he has the drive, determination, and self discipline most kids lack coming out of high school. Jimmie realized he had the ability to play in big-time programs but hadn’t put forth the same effort in the classroom and did something about it.

Jimmie’s a young man from a terrific family and is a tremendous addition to this year’s incoming class. I think all Jacket fans will enjoy watching Jimmie on Grant Field and spending time with his family and friends in Bobby Dodd Stadium.

dawgy

February 24th, 2011
1:00 pm

Dacula – I didn’t realize that about the SAT scores. Can you cite that claim, or is that just more excrement you’re flinging against the wall with the hopes that some of it will stick?

Flatulent Dawg

February 24th, 2011
1:01 pm

Evidently Tech has some real high academic standards…accepting a footballer, who was unable to get into either Auburn or Tennessee State!
YIKES….Hey Boys, I don’t wanna hear anymore horse manure about how hard it is to get into Tech after this!!!!!!!

Flatulent Dawg

February 24th, 2011
1:05 pm

Hey Boys…didn’t old Pepper Rodgers recruit a QB to Tech that flunked out after 1 Quarter and then got into Tennessee State! Yikes!!!

statistician

February 24th, 2011
1:06 pm

Didn’t Tyrone Robertson flunk out of Georgia and then transfer to Tech? They probably gave him an academic scholarship lol

Truth

February 24th, 2011
1:07 pm

Tech’s MBA program is ranked number 16 in the country. Put that in your bowl and smoke it.

Alabama Jack

February 24th, 2011
1:08 pm

Dam delusion dawgs. Great post Jacket Man. Maybe someone can read it to these athens AWOLS or else translate it into words of one syllable or less that they can understand. Guess they can only see the negative in everything because they spend their miserable lives lickin’ nads and sniffin’ butts.

Flatulent Dawg

February 24th, 2011
1:09 pm

Truth…that would be the Executive MBA right?

ManUp...

February 24th, 2011
1:11 pm

Ignore the haters. Mr. Kitchens appears to have had a tough and valuable two year learning experience, and no one – Dawg or otherwise – can belittle someone growing up. Welcome to The Flats, Jimmie. Work hard and have fun!

GO JACKETS!

Wreck

February 24th, 2011
1:13 pm

Welcome to the Flats, Jimmie! Don’t mind the flame throwing UGA fans, we are happy to have you and I’m sure that your struggle will be an experience that will only help you in everything you do at Georgia Tech.

Go Jackets!!

@Dacula Jacket

February 24th, 2011
1:14 pm

Don’t believe it, provide a link or its total BS.

General Jack Ripper

February 24th, 2011
1:15 pm

Coach Fish Fry finds a leftover hushpuppie.

iptay98

February 24th, 2011
1:16 pm

why is it that when tech signs an idiot it is considered a good thing, as in the kid is finally realizing his academic potential, but when any other school does it, that school has “low standards” and is a “football factory”?

Can’t have it both ways, techies. Obviously you can admit low quality students, Mr. Kitchens has proven that. So that argument is out the window. Maybe the issue is that nobody wants to go to your school. Ever thought of that? The blue-chippers can get the equivalent of a “History of Technology” degree at a more attractive locale.

Deal with it.

LAKE OCONEE JACKET

February 24th, 2011
1:17 pm

JUST SHOWS HOW BAD WE NEED SOME DEF. LINEMEN….THIS GUY SEEMS TO HAVE ALL THE CHARACTERISTICS OF AN AEROSPACE ENGINEER….DON’T HOLD HIM BACK BY NOT ALLOWING HIM IN THE AEROSPACE PROGRAM, THINK AFTER TENNESSEE STATE HE IS DEFINITELY READY….

ace0018

February 24th, 2011
1:17 pm

The MBA program ( masters of business administraton ) maybe ranked that high. But gaining admission to the MBA program is not the same as gaining admission to the undergraduate management program at tech. Out of high school I gained admission to the management program but failed to get into the architecture program. They told me to enter management get my grades up and apply gor transfer to architecture.

4th and Long Gone

February 24th, 2011
1:18 pm

@dawgy, here is the link … strangely enough it was an AJC investigation that was picked up by many other newspapers. I actually found the link in the Louisville, KY paper.

Here’s the link:
http://blogs.ajc.com/georgia-tech-sports/2011/02/24/tech-picks-up-another-football-signee/?cp=1#comment-79990

Here’s the main part of the article:

Georgia Tech’s football players had the nation’s best average SAT score, 1028 of a possible 1600, and best average high school GPA, 3.39 of a possible 4.0 in the core curriculum. But Tech’s football players still scored 315 SAT points lower on average than their classmates.

At the University of Georgia, the average football SAT was 949, which is 239 points behind the average for an undergraduate student at Georgia — and 79 points behind Tech’s football average. The Bulldogs’ average high school GPA was 2.77, or 45th out of 53 teams for which football GPAs were available. Their SAT average ranked them 22nd.

UGASlobberknocker

February 24th, 2011
1:20 pm

4th and Long Gone

February 24th, 2011
1:20 pm

ManUp...

February 24th, 2011
1:20 pm

Rest assured, Mongrel Nation, it is still a prouder and more noble thing to have graduated from Georgia Tech in any field be it a science, engineering, design, architecture or, yes, even Management than to have followed the path of least resistence through places like Athens, Tuscaloosa, Knoxville, Columbia, Tallahassee, etc.

We all know it works differently for athletes. For the average student, it is quite a feat being accepted to Tech. The REAL doozy, however, is graduating. Going to Tech or cheering for Tech is something Dawgs will bark about all your life, but if you make it all the way through Georgia Tech and come out on the other side with a degree you never have to listen to them again.

GO JACKETS!

BYRDDAWG

February 24th, 2011
1:20 pm

Alabama Crack…I mean jack , wuz u da pervert that poisioned those trees @ Auburn ???? MAN UP!

question

February 24th, 2011
1:21 pm

How tall is he?

4th and Long Gone

February 24th, 2011
1:21 pm

“Georgia Tech’s football players had the nation’s best average SAT score, 1028 of a possible 1600, and best average high school GPA, 3.39 of a possible 4.0 in the core curriculum. But Tech’s football players still scored 315 SAT points lower on average than their classmates.”

question

February 24th, 2011
1:24 pm

ace0018

As the MBA program goes, so does the BBA program. Tech’s BBA program will continue to rise in the rankings and will eventually be as difficult to gain admission into as the MBA program. Dean Salbu has stated that as a goal of his that he would like to see happen.

4th and Long Gone

February 24th, 2011
1:24 pm

And quoted by the The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics on their website.

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dawgy

February 24th, 2011
1:25 pm

Like i said, i didn’t realize that. That just shows you the quality of the walk-ons that tech has been snagging.

Now this is rich

February 24th, 2011
1:26 pm

You guys just signed a guy who couldnt get into Auburn.

What was that again about your academics? What a bunch of hypocrite losers you guys are.

Flatulent Dawg

February 24th, 2011
1:26 pm

question….Tech’s MBA is not even the best in the city is it Boys….I do believe I got my MBA at GSU and they are what 9 or 10…eh, boys!!!

Danny

February 24th, 2011
1:27 pm

Good luck Jimmie. Work hard and you will suceed on and off the field.

space shuttle crew

February 24th, 2011
1:27 pm

Oh good, another potential astronaut enrolls at Tech.

Worm

February 24th, 2011
1:28 pm

That would have been Tyrone SORRELLS from Buford..believe he made the Dean’s list at Tech after flunking out at UGA.

Tenn State dropout

February 24th, 2011
1:29 pm

wait a minute, this guy was in my basket weaving class at TSU..and made a D.

Tom

February 24th, 2011
1:30 pm

statistician

February 24th, 2011
1:30 pm

ah, of course. Mr. Sorrells probably wasn’t interested in academics whilst at Georgia. But, once he entered the “Public Policy” program at tech – he was all business. I mean, if watered-down PoliSci doesn’t get your wheels turning, NOTHING WILL!!!

question

February 24th, 2011
1:30 pm

Flatulent Dawg

Think again…GSU’s PART-TIME program is ranked

GSU’s full-time MBA program is considered third tier

In Atlanta, the pecking order according to USnews.com is GT, Emory, UGA……far….far….far down the line GSU

Now thats funny, I dont care who you are

February 24th, 2011
1:32 pm

Dont worry students who couldnt get into Auburn..you still have a home on the flats.