Tech’s 2007 class plays its last

Greetings-

Hope you’re well. I am working on a story about the ballyhooed 2007 recruiting class, which will play its final game Saturday. The lone remaining members of that class are A-back Roddy Jones, cornerback Michael Peterson, wide receiver Tyler Melton, defensive end Jason Peters and defensive tackle Logan Walls.

“We’re the last of the Mohicans,” Jones said Tuesday. “There’s not too many of us left. This is our swan song, this is our last one, so we want to go out on a high note.”

The class, you likely know, was considered one of the best in school history, if not the best. During recruitment, members of the class developed a camaraderie and decided to enroll at Tech together. I was looking through the paper’s electronic archives and found this quote from then-coach Chan Gailey just before signing day in Feb. 2007.

“What the guys in this recruiting class have talked about, and what we’ve tried to sell them is we are taking the next step to go compete at the highest level, for the championship, ” Gailey said. “They have taken that to heart. They believe that we can get there.”

He was right about the part about competing for championships. It just turned out to not be with him in charge.

“We came in here and we wanted to win a championship and we did that,” Jones said. “We wanted to put guys in the NFL and we’ve done that. Certainly, we are a class who also pride ourselves on graduating and the majority of us have done that as well. … We definitely have accomplished what we set out to.”

The class has spread wide. Defensive end Derrick Morgan, who turned down Ohio State and Penn State to play for Tech, was a first-round pick in the 2010 draft. Steven Threet, a quarterback, transferred to Michigan after Paul Johnson’s hiring, transferred again, to Arizona State, after Rich Rodriguez‘ hiring, and was a student assistant this season after concussions forced him out of the game. Linebacker Albert Rocker gave up his final year of eligibility to take a job with Microsoft. Safety Morgan Burnett won a Super Bowl last year with the Green Bay Packers. Wide receiver Willie White transferred to a junior college in Kansas and played his final two years at Missouri State. Saturday, Jones will leave Tech with the most starts in school history (it’ll be 52 Saturday), has begun work on his MBA and will see if he has a future in the NFL.

Counting the 2007 season, when several of the class members played as true freshmen, and extending through this year, they are 41-24. They’ll finish 1-4 against Virginia Tech and Georgia but 5-1 against Clemson and 4-1 against North Carolina. They won the 2009 ACC title. The one last item on the list is winning a bowl game. The class is 0-4 in bowl games.

Said Melton, “Put that cherry on top, and we’ll have our sundae.”

Links

El Paso Times stories on Paul Johnson and Utah coach Kyle Whittingham and notebooks from Georgia Tech and Utah.

Deseret News story on Tech’s run game vs. Utah’s run defense and notes.

Salt Lake Tribune feature on Utah wide receiver DeVonte Christopher and notes.

78 comments Add your comment

WnE

December 28th, 2011
12:21 pm

First!

Now if only Coach Kung Fu Panda could recruit a class like the 2007 class!

yeller bug

December 28th, 2011
12:31 pm

Try something new: Throw a bunch of passes—the air is thinner so maybe they won’t float so bad.

macrotech

December 28th, 2011
12:33 pm

I CONTINUE to have faith in our coach and his offense. I ALSO think that Groh will give us a defense that will prove effective! The ‘07 class was a good one and they’ve been GREAT ambassadors of GT…their success story began the day they became members of Tech’s student body…what they did on the field is appreciated by every Tech fan!!! I look forward to them going out with a win!!!

Jacket Man

December 28th, 2011
12:55 pm

WnE, crawl back under your rock and/or get a job. You aren’t clever or funny and it’s high time you grow up and start acting like a man instead of some thirteen year old. Have a spirited conversation or go play a video game.

Dallas Jacket

December 28th, 2011
12:58 pm

Saw picture today of Tech practicing out of the shotgun….. ? Please Ken, inform us what that is about?

goldwhitey

December 28th, 2011
1:02 pm

That class also had Jonathan dwyer, nesbitt and that dunlap receiver that transfered did it not?

dawgfan

December 28th, 2011
1:07 pm

LOL. The best Tech recruiting class ever but still 2-12 vs. UGA, VT, and in bowl games. Talk about UNDERACHEIVING.

Techies made a big mistake hiring the big mouthed Paul Johnson. They’ll never see a recruiting class like this again as long as he’s at the helm. Its becoming increasingly obvious that the triple option is good for padding the rushing stats but not so much winning the big games. Nobody is in awe of it anymore. Just stop the dive and watch Paul Johnson make a bonehead call because he’s getting nervous. And the defense will always be a complete disaster of course. Tech will be good for 8 wins a year in the ACC and nothing more. Tech fans are happy with that though. Ignorance is bliss.

Thanks.

Tech Troll 13

December 28th, 2011
1:16 pm

A good class on the field and off. We will miss Roddy. He has been a great spokesman for us and I am sure he will go far in life.

I like what CPJ has done this year with a young team and CAG is goin to continue to improve the defense. I believe the future is bright.

dawgfan

Don’t drop that Magic 8 Ball.

BobinBuford

December 28th, 2011
1:22 pm

Dawgfan:

I’ll take an 8 win ACC season every year – means that GT has gone 8-0 in the conference.

And let’s line up what CPJ has done with his 2 and 3 star recruits vs. what St.Richt has done with his 4 and 5 stars. You won a basically lousy SEC East because you did not have to play Alabama, Arkansas and LSU. And knowing Richt, he would gladly substitute Missouri so that he won’t have to play Alabama again next year.

dawgfan

December 28th, 2011
1:25 pm

“And let’s line up what CPJ has done with his 2 and 3 star recruits vs. what St.Richt has done with his 4 and 5 stars.”

Okay, let’s do that.

Richt 3 Johnson 1

Congrats on all the big moral victories though. Very impressive.

Georgia Tech=JOKE.

jarvis

December 28th, 2011
1:32 pm

dawgfan, that wasn’t necessary.

Jacket Man

December 28th, 2011
1:34 pm

My comment goes to all posters immature enough to waste the rest of our time with you juvenile banter. Grow up and act like mature adults or play elsewhere. All you’re doing is showing your ignorance and demonstrating the fact you can play the part of thirteen year old kids.

dawgfan

December 28th, 2011
1:41 pm

It was very necessary if you think the scoreboard actually means anything. If you think this is pee wee league where you get a trophy for trying then it probably wasn’t necessary, but this is grown man football. Tech fans always want a trophy for trying but there is no such thing at this level. I’m sorry.

Go support your local pop warner team if competition and results are too much for you to handle.

Thanks.

PLAYMAKER

December 28th, 2011
1:45 pm

I wish McCollum would turn up RECRUITING!

Coach Johnson

December 28th, 2011
1:48 pm

I look so good in a sombrero…matches my manoobies and pointless pre-New Year’s bowl game.

Too bad I cheated them out of their 2009 championship by being a jerk to the NCAA, oops.

hey WnE

December 28th, 2011
1:50 pm

i just figured out why you have such hatred for cpj.

your man love for the guy went unrequited. it was right in front of our faces all this time. love and hate go together and your love for the guy turned to hate when he spurned you.

speaking for all the gt fans on this blog… it is time for you to move on. their are other fish in the sea. maybe dawgfan would be interested in you. heck you both have so much in common.

start the new year fresh. make a change in your life. you will feel much better about yourself than you do. guaranteed.

gt4ever

December 28th, 2011
1:59 pm

dawgfan,

Not all of us are satisfied with CPJ.. Personally, I hate the fact that we have beat UGA 1 out of 10 times. I hate that we can’t compete in recruiting because of this SILLY stupid offensive system. I am in hopes of the Alumni and AD come to their senses and replace this egomaniac. Time will tell…

GT Anchorage

December 28th, 2011
2:11 pm

dawgfan, how exactly is it a big mistake if the hire cause our record to improve. Paul Johnson was a great hire and still is. He is building a class for 2012 that may well be better than the 2007 one…

WnE

December 28th, 2011
2:13 pm

re:
BobinBuford
December 28th, 2011
1:22 pm

Dawgfan:

I’ll take an 8 win ACC season every year – means that GT has gone 8-0 in the conference.

And let’s line up what CPJ has done with his 2 and 3 star recruits vs. what St.Richt has done with his 4 and 5 stars. You won a basically lousy SEC East because you did not have to play Alabama, Arkansas and LSU. And knowing Richt, he would gladly substitute Missouri so that he won’t have to play Alabama again next year.
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This is a big time CFB we’re talking about, NOT GOLF, there are no handicaps in BCS-level CFB like there are in a sport like golf.

If CPJ can’t land the 4* & 5* Recruits then that is HIS FAULT, Georgia HS FB has the 3rd most 4* and higher ranked Recruits in the USA, and yet CPJ is the “king of the 2* & 3* recruit”.

I don’t wanna hear lame excuses about what CPJ does with his 2* & 3* guys vs. someone else’s 4* guys.

He gets paid $2.5million to be a complete HC, and that includes RECRUITING, instead he’s a glorified OC that hates to Recruit and hates to interact with the MEDIA, both of which are necessary components to being a COMPLETE HC, in addition to STs & defense.

BTW in 2011 GT had the 71st toughest schedule while muttville had the 27th toughest schedule, had GT played Muttville’s schedule they would have likely been 6-6 or 5-7.

CPJ has been getting by the last 2 yrs. playing a horribly WEAK OOC schedule while also playing in a crappy ACC, that has been as down as it has ever been.

Homer

December 28th, 2011
2:22 pm

Threet transferred during the summer of ‘07, after enrolling early in the spring. This was before Gailey was fired and replaced by Johnson. Taylor Bennet transferred to LaTech after the hiring of Johnson.

macrotech

December 28th, 2011
2:27 pm

WnE…CPJ doesn’t hate recruiting OR interacting with the media…did you wipe after you pulled that one out?! ANYBODY outside of mutt nation recognizes the difference between recruiting for a school like Tech and uga…I appreciate that uga offers a good educational opportunity…Tech is more specialized and we’re going to lose potential players because of this. HOW tough can this concept be?!

AugustaBuzz

December 28th, 2011
2:30 pm

Ken, Threet transferred before Gailey’s last season.

gt4ever

December 28th, 2011
2:33 pm

macrotech,,,,

HORSECRAP…… There is NO difference in the recruits we offer and UGA’s…. or anybody else for that matter… The concept that GT is more specialized, which handicaps recruiting, is just an EXCUSE. Period.

old dog

December 28th, 2011
2:40 pm

Gimmick offense + NO defense = whoopin’ by UGA. I know we did not have the toughest schedule, but we’re whoopin’ ya’ll and we ain’t really too good ourselves! The rivalry will return one day, but as for now, the game may be up. The gimmick has been figured out, and it ain’t gonna attract better recruits. Even though we are NOT (admittedly) in the cream-of-the-crop in the SEC yet, the rivalry will not return ’till you change your offense, and then that will help your defensive recruiting. The best defensive players ain’t coming to a place they feel like won’t win a bowl game or SOMETHING! GET AS MAD AS YOU WANT, AND DOG (NO PUN INTENDED) US OUT, but until you play big-boy football the rivalry will not return! Don’t talk about our conference, either….you are in the ACC and wouldn’t have won 5 games this year with your pick any of the teams in the SEC. However, DON’T give up. Get a real QB, not an athlete playing the position, and run some “normal” plays occasionally, and you will get better. (Never thought I’d pull for Tech to do better, but gotta save the rivalry, man!)

gt4ever

December 28th, 2011
2:46 pm

Thanks Old Dog,

You almost sound like you care…… :)

WnE is plain dumb

December 28th, 2011
2:49 pm

WnE, the best players on the team are NOT from Gailey’s ‘07 class, they are PJ recruits. YES, Roddy’s a great ambassador for the GT program, but he’s NOT the best A-Back. Same goes for Peters…great ambassador, NOT the best DL’man. Get over the great Gailey class that he (CG) did nothing with!

So really man, try and fix your broken record drivle

collegeballfan

December 28th, 2011
2:59 pm

GT is not losing to VT, UGA and anyone else because of their offense. They are losing because of their lousy defense. And except for a pretty good year here and there they have had lousy defenses for almost 50 years.

Old Dog is plain dumb too

December 28th, 2011
3:01 pm

OD just refuses to see that the GT-GA rivalry under PJ could easily be 3-1 in favor of PJ.

TOs and getting breaks have been a huge factor in EVERY game so far with PJ.

GT:
Won in ‘08 b/c of TOs
Lost in ‘09 b/c of TOs, a UNRECOVERED GA fumble (that went out of bounds), and “The Drop”
Lost in ‘10 b/c of TOs
Probably weren’t going to win in ‘11 b/c the D is horrible against 3rd down passing, but the 1st play of the game, the long KO return by GA to start the 3rd, and the 2 Ints inside their own 30 yd line certainly didn’t help the Jackets.

And this is a team you are claiming has high school talent running an offense that has been “figured out” Try fixing your broken record too. Geez.

If your Dawgs don’t win the SEC East again in 2012 then you should start the “Fire Mark Richt.com” movement b/c GA’s 2012 schedule is going to be as easy, if not easier, than 2011. I’m still flabbergasted at how weak GA’s SEC slate was this season.

wrecked

December 28th, 2011
3:01 pm

Pj offers the same recruits as everyone else, he doesn’t close on them. He built ZERO recruiting momentum from winning the ACC in 2009, unlike Gailey who signed a terrific class and kept momentum going after playing in the ACC championship game.

BuzzBelle

December 28th, 2011
3:12 pm

I stand firmly behind CPJ. This next recruiting class will make a HUGE difference. I would rather have CPJ making men out of boys instead of CMR making mistakes out of thugs. GT football is exciting to watch and the future looks great!

BigTimeTechFan

December 28th, 2011
3:13 pm

I like CPJ and he’s done a fine job recruiting
I liked Gailey also, I don’t think he was a sbad as some Tech fans make him out to be, but I don’t think he was as good as Johnson.

The 2011 class will be better then the 2007 class

BigTimeTechFan

December 28th, 2011
3:16 pm

Jabari Hunt-Days
Errin Joe
Tremayne McNair
Vad Lee
Nick Menocal
Bryan Chamberlain
Domonique Noble
Trey Braun
Shaquille Mason
Jamal Golden
Tyler Marcordes

Will be awesome

BigTimeTechFan

December 28th, 2011
3:16 pm

oh and Broderick Snoddy

GTJason

December 28th, 2011
3:21 pm

How about the current recruiting class? Don’t get me wrong the ‘07 class was great, but this years might just shape out to equal or better that class. We have some insane speed coming in, and quality defensive players. Last year was pretty good too especially in the QB department

Chris

December 28th, 2011
3:25 pm

What ever happened to the Donley kid that came in with the 07 class?

gt45

December 28th, 2011
3:28 pm

Thanks fellows! I appreciate all you have done for us. Goodluck with where ever God takes you!

gt45

December 28th, 2011
3:29 pm

Chris, he was a player! He was suppose to go to Perdue, but I never saw him on their roster.

old dog

December 28th, 2011
3:30 pm

@ old dog is plain dumb too
Nobody said anything about high school talent….You Techies can build a rocket-ship but can’t friggin’ read! (Sorry Techies, just the nut mentioned above.) Just talkin’ about the offense and lack of defense. And the excuses, please………..ya’ll got whipped 9 out of 10…end of story! You can’t win a bowl game, and no matter how bad we are, the record shows you are still worse! Get some players, get a QB (or at least play one if you already have him) and maybe you will come back. But if you want this rivalry to continue, and chances are you do, quit belly-achin’ and making excuses. Get players, run at least SOME real football plays and REALLY go after defensive players, something ya’ll used to be known for!

NOVAJacket

December 28th, 2011
3:30 pm

Threet took one look at Nesbitt and transferred before Gailey’s last season. Actually, may have been about a girl… :)

gtfanfrom1951

December 28th, 2011
3:33 pm

Dawgfan = do you want fries with that
What shift do you work at Mickey D’s

wrecked wrecks

December 28th, 2011
3:39 pm

Big time, Seriously 2007 was loaded, this class will be ranked in the high 40’s. With this staff coaching propensity for not developing talent wouldn’t hold my breath on any future all acc coming from your list.

GT ATW

December 28th, 2011
3:46 pm

Some of these comments really make my head hurt. GT fans, stick with the program for God’s sake. CPJ is going to put some very good teams on the field and we are going to win a lot of games. The future is bright, it will happen!! Rome took time to build also.

gt4ever

December 28th, 2011
3:52 pm

So How much time do we give him GTATW? This team is young, but they are all his players… With a few exceptions CPJ has his team… And what has he shown us…? He can’t beat a good team, hell, he can’t even beat an average UGA team…. IMHO…

WUZZADAWG

December 28th, 2011
3:53 pm

Just read the UGA blogs and you can see why Uga and Fans are the most hated in the south. Not because of their poweress in FB but because they are such buttholes. And if you want to talk under acheiving, look at the top ten recruiting seasons and all their 5 star guys. What have they done?

GTJason

December 28th, 2011
3:53 pm

Wrecked, we absolutely develop talent. BayBay Thomas is my argument for that. As a tech fan I understand that we must do more with less. We don’t have cool uniforms, girls, huge fan base and school is hard and not fun. The football factories getting major talent and waste a lot of it. Alabama is basically an all star team of players from the southeast and I don’t think anyone would disagree. Since we have to do more with less, our “gimmick” offense is the only way we can compete. The same gimmick offense who lured our best offensive recruit away from Alabama this year. There are no more excuses next year, we have our recruits, we have talent. CPJ has recruited far better than Gailey did with the exception of the ‘07 class. The offense has worked with good talent, now that talent (or close to it) is back.

macrotech

December 28th, 2011
4:05 pm

Okay…everybody outside of uga and gt4never gets it…my bad!

crackbaby

December 28th, 2011
4:05 pm

Roddy, Michael, Tyler, Jason & Logan:

Best of luck in the Sun Bowl. Leave it all out there on the field. We are proud of your effort and accomplishments at Georgia Tech. Damn good Jackets! Fine young men.

old dog

December 28th, 2011
4:07 pm

GT Jason,
Thats the biggest crock ever put on a GT blog. Tech has always been harder to get in to than some schools, true, but ya’ll have put powerhouses on the field in the past! Don’t tell me all your ball players would have gotten in like regular students have to…..I know we have Crowell, but ya’ll got some not-quite-Einsteins, too! And yes I’m glad the kid came back fom ‘Bama, which MAY mean he, too, is more of an athlete (albeit a good one) than a QB. To believe that a gimmick offense is required due to your having to do more with less is proof you don’t know your history! Tech used to recruit as good as anyone and did not make excuses! They just ain’t doing it now. So, if UGA is as bad with our “weak” eastern SEC schedule, how bad do ya’ll look with 9 out of 10 lost to such a sorry lot!

Uhhh....

December 28th, 2011
4:09 pm

If your Dawgs don’t win the SEC East again in 2012 then you should start the “Fire Mark Richt.com” movement b/c GA’s 2012 schedule is going to be as easy, if not easier, than 2011. I’m still flabbergasted at how weak GA’s SEC slate was this season.

I wouldn’t be surprised if UGA goes undefeated… until the SEC championship.

macrotech

December 28th, 2011
4:10 pm

STILL don’t get the ‘gimmick’ offense bit….it’s JUST an option….been around since the beginning of football.