O’Reilly transfer ‘not done deal’

The father of Pope grad and now former Auburn guard Thomas O’Reilly said Tuesday that a transfer to Georgia Tech is “not a done deal yet. We think it’s an option, but it’s not a done deal at this point.” Shaun O’Reilly said that there has been conversation between his son and Tech since he decided to transfer, but asserted that no decision had been made.

“We’ve talked,” he said. “We know the school very well from when he was recruited as a [high-school prospect]. It’s a great school and it has a ton to offer.”

During his high school recruitment, Tech was the first school to offer O’Reilly, listed in his Auburn bio at 6-foot-3, 325 pounds, and he made multiple visits to the school during his recruitment.

O’Reilly redshirted this past season and, assuming he transfers to another FBS-level school, will have to sit out another year and would have three years of eligibility. A highly-regarded high school prospect, ESPN ranked him the No. 145 player nationally in the class of 2011 and Rivals named him the No. 19 offensive guard.

Shaun O’Reilly said the decision to transfer was based on opportunities to play and the Tigers’ scheme change, as well as academics. Coach Gene Chizik hired Scot Loeffler to replace Gus Malzahn as offensive coordinator in January after Malzahn left to become head coach at Arkansas State.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

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Wet Willie...keep on smiling

May 9th, 2012
10:23 am

Paul will not offer the guy a scholly.

5150 UOAD

May 9th, 2012
10:23 am

Only time will tell. Kid needs to do what is best for him.

Ramblin Man

May 9th, 2012
10:37 am

If he does come it will be a nice trade off for the one we lost to auburn. I could see him going FCS so he would not have to sit out another year. Two years is as long time to wait to see the field.

Supersize that order, mutt

May 9th, 2012
10:41 am

Ken…….glad you are back. You have been missed. I know it’s a slow time of year sports-wise in the college world, but check in from time to time and at least let us know you are still alive

[...] Updated: Auburn lineman to Georgia Tech ‘not a done deal’ yet Posted by Ben Kercheval on May 8, 2012, 9:33 PM EDT UPDATED 5/9 @ 10:45 a.m. ET: The father of Thomas O’Reilly told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that a transfer to Georgia Tech is “not a done deal at this point.” [...]

GTVegas

May 9th, 2012
10:47 am

Anyone want to make a wager that WnE, whinnie, weenie tries to spin this as a negative for CPJ even though the article does not mention him at all.

I wonder if he’s on twitter to the young man right now making his “anti-pitch”…

Good luck to the young man wherever he finds himself.

George Stein

May 9th, 2012
10:48 am

ESPN ranked him the No. 145 player nationally in the class of 2011

ELITE RECRUIT!

HighTech

May 9th, 2012
10:59 am

GTVegas…Gollum has already spun this negatively (see Carvell’s blog) as wasting a scholarship on a 3 year player instead of “hand selecting” (remember now, CPJ can’t recruit) a 4 year player. This is also the same person who suggested recruiting JUCO’s.

Billy

May 9th, 2012
11:14 am

Welcome kid! come on over..Go GT!

5150 UOAD

May 9th, 2012
11:30 am

KEN you going to run a LIVE Blog for the Baseball game tonight?
7pm on CSS

Fix my computer, Geek Squad

May 9th, 2012
12:07 pm

I’d want to be a OL in your system over Auburn’s any day. Maybe he had a crush on Malzhan’s crazy wife, long way to Arky.

Wet Willie...keep on smiling

May 9th, 2012
12:09 pm

Recruiting is about talent and not about stars. This guy doesn’t have the talent that matches his ranking. He is a big Miss and that is the deal.

GT ATW

May 9th, 2012
12:09 pm

If he can help us win, bring him on over!

DawginLex

May 9th, 2012
12:10 pm

Did Auburn run the check back through that originally bounced?

:) :) :)

SoCal_GT_Fan

May 9th, 2012
12:17 pm

Hope we get him. Always good to stock up on guys along the trench. Will be coming in at the right time since he will have a chance to replace Uzzi after this season.

Paddy

May 9th, 2012
12:22 pm

Wet Willie…..maybe you would like to tell that comment to the boy and or his father, face to face. I really hate cowards like you!

GTPhenom

May 9th, 2012
12:38 pm

Say what you will Wet Willie. Care to give reasons why he is such a miss as a prospect. He got injured. It happens to a lot of players. And he cites academics as another issue.

The Truth

May 9th, 2012
12:42 pm

Academics? If he is struggling at Auburn how in the real world could he make it at such an academic giant as GT? How?

Ken – have you filed an Open Records request recently? No telling what kind of misdeeds may be going on at GT. Where does the NCAA stand as regards the hundreds of illegal text messages sent by the former asst coach? There must be some kind of sanction forthcoming, or self imposed. Why don’t you look into it.

Technically Correct

May 9th, 2012
12:48 pm

Maybe the O’Reillys are waiting on Coach Johnson to “show them some love.” Of course, Coach Johnson got stiff-armed once before on this kid, so that interaction would be fun to watch!

Birmingham Jacket

May 9th, 2012
12:48 pm

One thing’s for sure. If it has anything to do with recruiting, Johnson will screw it up.

Jmonty

May 9th, 2012
12:53 pm

Have to agree with The Truth. GT on an academic scale is a bit higher than Auburn. If he had trouble there, not sure what make him think GT is easier.

revrichtisajoke

May 9th, 2012
1:10 pm

What makes you guys think he had trouble academically at AU? Maybe he wants to be in a more challenging academic environment. I know that concept is unimaginable to you mouth breathing leg humpers, but some folks like being challenged in the classroom and would like to have a degree from a globally recognized institute.

Jacket fu

May 9th, 2012
1:10 pm

The nature of his academic challenges is important here. If it is the inability to learn then he’s going to have some big problems at Tech. If it is a matter of motivation, interest, or academic support, he may be OK. It seems wrong that a redshirted freshman who has not played would have to sit out a year by NCAA standards—yet more hypocrisy from the sport that allows coaches to jump jobs without penalty or cost.

5150 UOAD

May 9th, 2012
1:13 pm

It doesn’t say he had BAD academics/grades.

Maybe the Choice to transfer TOO Tech is because of Tech’s academics not poor grades at Auburn.

GTfan 2012

May 9th, 2012
1:13 pm

Right, O’Reilly’s a total miss. Because you should always judge an O-linemen after 1 year of sitting the bench. Morons who are ignorant should be banned from posting stupid things that they say just to hear themselves talk.

WnE

May 9th, 2012
1:24 pm

re:
HighTech
May 9th, 2012
10:59 am

GTVegas……….. has already spun this negatively (see Carvell’s blog) as wasting a scholarship on a 3 year player instead of “hand selecting” (remember now, CPJ can’t recruit) a 4 year player. This is also the same person who suggested recruiting JUCO’s.
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You are a liar because you tell only half the story.

I said recruit a JUCO where there is a pressing need like B-back or NT, OL is no longer a pressing need and with limited schollies rather than take a transfer that will not have played in a game for 2 years you can go out and recruit another Shaq Mason.

It is not like the guy was starter like the OT from Md. that is going to UF.

BTW, CPJ was pursuing a JUCO RB that was 6-2 220lbs that could serve as a legit feature back for his Offense to make up for all his Recruiting misses at B-back.

I don’t subscribe to the name-calling moratorium when folks like you tell only half the story.

Burdell

May 9th, 2012
1:26 pm

Unfortunately, GTfan2012, that would pretty much shut these boards down. Interested to see how this one plays out…GO JACKETS!

Burdell

May 9th, 2012
1:27 pm

But WnE…Shaq Mason was not an ELITE RECRUIT.?.? What gives?

WnE

May 9th, 2012
1:37 pm

re:
Shaun O’Reilly said that there has been conversation between his son and Tech since he decided to transfer, but asserted that no decision had been made.

“We’ve talked,” he said. “We know the school very well from when he was recruited as a [high-school prospect]. It’s a great school and it has a ton to offer.”

During his high school recruitment, Tech was the first school to offer O’Reilly, listed in his Auburn bio at 6-foot-3, 325 pounds, and he made multiple visits to the school during his recruitment.
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My theory is that the Dad/Son are ONCE AGAIN using GT as a fall-back option.

Coming out of HS GT was the first school to offer him, but he waited and balked at GT, and then proclaimed Auburn as his “dream school” and that he always wanted to play in the SEC.

Now he’s looking to transfer, and once again he & his father are using GT to try and shake the trees for another offer from another BCS-level school that can give him the opportunity to play in a “somewhat pro-style offense” so that he can increase his chances to play in the NFL.

My theory is that he & his father don’t feel that CPJ’s offense will give them the chances to show they can pass block “enough” that would appeal to NFL scouts.

At this point with all the INFORMATION they have about GT, they should already know whether or not they want to transfer to GT.

For the father to come out and say “its not a done deal” means that they are looking for a “better deal” than GT and if none materialize, then they will go with GT.

If I were CPJ I’d be looking to Recruit the next Shaq Mason rather than playing footsie with a “me first opportunist & his father/agent”.

Just one man’s opinion.

WnE

May 9th, 2012
1:44 pm

re:
Burdell
May 9th, 2012
1:27 pm

But WnE…Shaq Mason was not an ELITE RECRUIT.?.? What gives?
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Shaq Mason was highly regarded as a NT/DT coming out of HS.

The only problem is that CPJ is too selfish to move him over to the CAG’s Def. and help the team, instead he’d rather prove to the world that HIS SYSTEM works, but that’s another discussion.

BTW, once they play an do PAN OUT, then that is all that’s important, the problem with CPJ’s off-the-radar Recruiting Strategy is that too many of his players do not pan out like Mason has.

FL Jacket

May 9th, 2012
1:47 pm

“Where does the NCAA stand as regards the hundreds of illegal text messages sent by the former asst coach? There must be some kind of sanction forthcoming, or self imposed. Why don’t you look into it.”

Truth…

You are obviously too lazy to do a Google search, so let me help you. The infraction you speak of was caught by the school and immediately reported to the NCAA. In most cases, this is a secondary violation which carries no more a penalty than the same that Mark Richt got for paying his coaching buddies whom the University made him fire out of his own pocket…which results simply in a “don’t do that again” from the NCAA.

The school actually went above and beyond in the Todd Spencer case by jumping straight to termination (instead of suspension) when it happened a second time.

Since you are obviously the expert…what sanctions are in order for a team that commits a secondary violation? And when Mark Richt, or pretty much every single other CFB coach commits them, what sanctions do you suggest?

FL Jacket

May 9th, 2012
1:50 pm

“BTW, once they play an do PAN OUT, then that is all that’s important, the problem with CPJ’s off-the-radar Recruiting Strategy is that too many of his players do not pan out like Mason has.”

I’m sorry WnE…were Denzel McCoy, J.C. Lanier, and Shawn Green “off the radar” recruits that happened to be 4-star recruits? Or maybe you don’t know what the heck you’re talking about…

Hunting Dawg

May 9th, 2012
2:06 pm

Hope GT gets him. Any team always need space eaters up front.

Go Dawgs!

5 star recruits, 2 star results

May 9th, 2012
2:09 pm

Truth,

The school reported that to the NCAA, fired the coach in question and accepted a penalty of not being able to have any contatct with the recruit for a month. Case closed to my understanding.

George Stein

May 9th, 2012
2:48 pm

My theory is that the Dad/Son are ONCE AGAIN using GT as a fall-back option.

Of course that’s your theory; you’re completely unencumbered by facts.

Mk

May 9th, 2012
2:54 pm

LOL So he’s stinking at making good grades at auburn because he’s just not challenged. LMAO. Only in the world of a techtard.

Buzzzed

May 9th, 2012
3:01 pm

“For the father to come out and say “its not a done deal” means that they are looking for a “better deal” than GT and if none materialize, then they will go with GT.”

If it is not a done deal, I would hope it is b/c of something on the GT side, not b/c father and son are shopping.

Burdell

May 9th, 2012
3:06 pm

“he’s stinking at making good grades at auburn”…if that is supposed to imply that he has poor grades at Auburn please show me where that is stated in either article.

5150 UOAD

May 9th, 2012
3:14 pm

Super he played at AUBURN not Bama

5150 UOAD

May 9th, 2012
3:33 pm

you are not Supersize then cause Supersize lives in Augusta.. The Kid isn’t a Crimson Tide leftover. He is/was at AUBURN.

HighTech

May 9th, 2012
3:44 pm

Imposters are lame.

5150 UOAD

May 9th, 2012
3:48 pm

You are not the Real SUPERSIZE!

5150 UOAD

May 9th, 2012
3:50 pm

HT i hate when people steal a name. don’t they have imagination?

GTfan 2012

May 9th, 2012
3:50 pm

WnE’s fallback theory doesn’t even make sense. Why would the fact that GT is looking at him “shake the trees” for another BCS offer? You think other coaches are so dumb that they only want this guy if GT wants him? If he wants to go to another school, let him go to those other schools and speak to those coaches about a possible transfer. This isn’t like signing day where there is a timing issue or a deadline that most scholarships will be given out. If a school has a scholarship to give out, O’Reilly has plenty of time to go speak to those coaches and see if they will give him the scholarship. Sadly, its another example of a serial poster on the GT blogs that has his own anti-CPJ agenda that is devoid of reality.

NOVAJacket

May 9th, 2012
3:59 pm

His transcript has to pass the Hill….

George Stein

May 9th, 2012
4:02 pm

What would be the big deal if the kid was shopping around? Why is that offensive to anyone?

FL Jacket

May 9th, 2012
4:04 pm

Why would his impending transfer even be publicized if his transcript wasn’t going to pass the Hill’s muster?

carolinajacket

May 9th, 2012
4:08 pm

Those who steal other’s name should be banned. This is the weakness of the blog system as compared to letters to the editor where you have go give identifying information.

1 4 GT

May 9th, 2012
4:16 pm

George Stein—thanks for the tip on ghostery.com the other day. No more meebo bar, no more drop down adds. It created a few minor differences, but I have been able to work thru/around them.

OldOldOl

May 9th, 2012
4:22 pm

Kid’s old man is poison — ask anyone who know him from Pope HS. Unfortunately, his son listens to him and worse yet believes what he tells him. Predict that his son will quit again, wherever he ends up.