McCoy tells Sporting News his commitment is firm

By DARRYL MAXIE / dmaxie@ajc.com

Denzel McCoy says don’t even try it. For schools who think they can talk the Northview defensive tackle out of his commitment to Georgia Tech — and there are a few — McCoy says they have a better chance of blasting his 6-foot-4, 273-pound frame off the line of scrimmage than they do of changing his mind.

“I just tell the other schools I’m done with my decision and I won’t be taking other visits,” McCoy told Sporting News. “The only thing that I’m going to be wearing that’s football affiliated is Georgia Tech stuff. You can tell me whatever you want. A lot of schools are still after me pretty hard, preaching the same thing, trying to just get me to come on visits.”

Obviously, coaches who try to get recruits to waffle on commitments — and there isn’t a school that doesn’t try it — know that they have nothing to lose and everything to gain. For every 50 McCoys, there’s the occasional Nu’Keese Richardson, the wide receiver Tennessee snagged from Florida.

Ethical? Not ethical? Fans can make their own minds about that. But the NCAA says commitments aren’t binding until a prospect signs on the line that is dotted, and at the end of the day, that’s the only thing a coach must follow.

76 comments Add your comment

Brewer for GT President

June 23rd, 2009
3:20 pm

Good to hear.

SavannahJacket

June 23rd, 2009
3:20 pm

Good to hear. Denzel you have made a good choice and we wish you a long a healthy career as a Jacket!

Good choice

June 23rd, 2009
3:41 pm

Great decision, Denzel.

He is going to be a heck of a player down the stretch for GT football in a couple of years. He is a highly rated DT for espn, but not so much with scout and a couple of other recruiting databases. Regardless, a lot of bigtime schools have offered him. Great pickup for CPJ this year along a couple of other studs, ex. Ryan Ayers, Fred Holton, Morgan Bailey. Cant wait to see if any other bigtime players commit and add to this great year of recruiting!

Guys, please don't tell my mom I'm blogging and not studying for my Tech exam; she won't cut the crust off my sandwich

June 23rd, 2009
3:43 pm

The thing that is not football affiliated that you need to wear is a bulletproof vest. Welcome to GA Tech, Denzel!!!

Denver Dog

June 23rd, 2009
3:43 pm

I am sure that will disappoint Wofford and Gardner Webb

Good choice

June 23rd, 2009
3:50 pm

McCoy had offers from Bama, FSU, LSU, Miami, UNC, and Notre Dame… so I dont think Wofford and Gardner Webb were really in the race. Nice try, though

Herschel Talker

June 23rd, 2009
3:52 pm

All Tech fans like men

Tom

June 23rd, 2009
3:52 pm

Denzel’s gonna be a GOOD one!

Don't Tase Me Bro

June 23rd, 2009
3:53 pm

Hey Maxie,
I guess your Rivals subscription is up so now you have to steal your articles from Sporting News? What happened? Is the AJC so broke they can’t afford to pay the $7 a month so that you can “report” the latest recruiting news? What’s next, stealing an article from the recruits high school newspaper?

Not Disappointed

June 23rd, 2009
3:56 pm

Denver Dog, I bet you don’t sleep good at night thinking “Gardner Webb slowed Georgia Tech down on the field, but the pups couldn’t!” Get over it!
Glad to have you on board Denzel McCoy. Ramblin Wreck!

quaildawg

June 23rd, 2009
4:17 pm

Jon & Kate Tell TLC Their Getting Divorced.
Taliban Tells Newsweek It Has Sleeper Cell On GA Tech Campus.
Hooded Gun Men Tell AJC That Tech Campus Is “Easy Money”
UGA Tells Tech Faithful (and Bandwagon’s) “All Tech Merchandise Will Be Drastically Reduced in Price November 29th”

spartacus

June 23rd, 2009
4:20 pm

In your face, denver.

Diamond Dawg

June 23rd, 2009
4:27 pm

If he has committed to Tech this early I’m sure hes a scrub. Nice job buddy you just moved Tech up to #50 recruiting class. LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

RAMBLE ON!!!

June 23rd, 2009
4:49 pm

Enter your comments here

RAMBLE ON!!!

June 23rd, 2009
4:51 pm

Diamond Dawg and quaildawg must be auditioning for Dumb and Dumber.

I mean seriously, those post were just stupid and lame. Are ya’ll are the same idiot?

Rob

June 23rd, 2009
5:42 pm

You stay classy UGA fans.

Corrine Brown

June 23rd, 2009
5:57 pm

GRADULATIONS to you Denzel are you still gonna be making movies?

GO GATOR!!

jacketnation

June 23rd, 2009
6:02 pm

The economy is so bad; Georgia boosters may not be able to manipulate recruits by offering them money and a Cadillac Escalade. However they can remind them that Athens has 52 bars within staggering distance of the campus.

Mom, don't lock the door

June 23rd, 2009
6:16 pm

Enter your comments here

pensacola dawg

June 23rd, 2009
6:20 pm

Please pray that he stays in his room at night while on campus, otherwise he might become another victim of the ghetto streets where tech is located.Don’t you think to be fair tech should be required to include a hold harmless agreements for all athletes signing scholarships at Ghetto U in the liklely event of being mugged or killed on this terrifying campus?

Joe Paterno

June 23rd, 2009
6:32 pm

how about bullet proof pocket protectors

WTF

June 23rd, 2009
6:35 pm

Um, didn’t a professor up in Athens go on a shooting spree recently before killing himself in a shallow grave? Denzel, you will be safe from the faculty at least here at Tech.
THWG!

Ben

June 23rd, 2009
6:49 pm

better not take anymore visits….your scholly will be pulled!!!!

pensacola dawg

June 23rd, 2009
7:04 pm

WTF yes he did and it was over a woman, something yall never have to worry about at geek U.

Supersize that order, mutt

June 23rd, 2009
7:11 pm

WTF, you are assuming that these mutts even know what a professor is. I doubt a single one of those posting here today have ever even been in a school where they had professors….trainers, maybe, professors, no. I just hope all their trainers got them properly paper trained, otherwise, I guess they’ll be eating their own s***, like most dogs do.

Supersize that order, mutt

June 23rd, 2009
7:12 pm

BTW, pensacola, I’ll have fries with that order, thanks.

thom

June 23rd, 2009
7:24 pm

Really, nobody cares.

Ramble On

June 23rd, 2009
8:40 pm

Anyone here got some tips on how to pick up a hooker? I’m looking for a little hand action tonight. My eyes are tired from watching porn on my computer…

haha

June 23rd, 2009
8:49 pm

Supersize, I didn’t know Chinese people ate fast food….

Robert

June 23rd, 2009
9:03 pm

Great for him. Would have preferred to see him in Red and Black (will need DTs with Owens and Atkins being seniors) but great to see the young man true to his commitment.

Elizabeth

June 23rd, 2009
9:18 pm

Do we really think all those coaches are after him????? This is part of the tech propaganda acting like Georgia is after all their recruits. They try to stage the commitments so it looks like tech is beating Georgia. Very few of the boys Georgia recruits are interested in tech. Georgia is ranked # 9 and tech is # 22 so far this recruiting season. It is amazing that tech made the top 25.

Joe Schmoe

June 23rd, 2009
9:35 pm

Ohhh Elizabeth, the great Redneck conspiracy! The Man(GT) is out on a million dollar PR campaign against UGA huh? Your stupidity shows through and through.

What?

June 23rd, 2009
9:59 pm

Elizabeth – or may I say Dumbolina- please check his offers on the Scout website and see a shrink anytime soon. Shudder.

Supersize that order, mutt

June 23rd, 2009
10:07 pm

Dumbolina??? OMG, I LOVE that !!! Thanks for the laugh of the day, What? Well, maybe the second best laugh after what Dumbolina posted to begin with.

Big Bee

June 23rd, 2009
10:43 pm

Joe Schmoe, no one has to spend a million bucks to finace a PR campaign againstUGA. All that is necessary is to collect yours and your pals blogs and publish them. Yor have done our job for us. Stupid is as stupid is and buddy you are!!!

Joe Schmoe

June 23rd, 2009
11:08 pm

You prove my point exactly Big “UGA” Bee. Stick to UGA blogs please. You sir are not educated, nor a gentlemen! Of course stupid is as stupid is, that is what is stated, or did I just confuse your feble brain?

Tech is a Fine Math and Science School

June 23rd, 2009
11:10 pm

Are ya’ll are the same idiot? Do they teach English 101 at Tech, Ramble On? “All ya’ll are…,” would have been correct. Perhaps, “Are you both?” I am glad Mr. McCoy is going to get a fine education at a good school, and hope he does not get mugged while walking to the English class that Ramble On did not attend!

GT fan ...

June 24th, 2009
1:18 am

Elizabeth … your comments, here and one I saw on another blog, are reasons why you and many women like yourself should stick to shopping, dropping the kids off at soccer practice, cooking, cleaning, and whatever else that will keep you away from sports, and trying to “talk” sports.

gtfanfrom1951

June 24th, 2009
7:09 am

Gardner Webb had a defense which is more than you can say about the dawgs. Maybe UGA should hire Gardner Webb defensive coach.

ThaMan

June 24th, 2009
7:16 am

Just want to offer congrats to the fleabags defense again for holding Tech to under 500 yards rushing.

ThaMan

June 24th, 2009
7:52 am

Elizabeth must have swallowed her “dip”.

Elizabeth

June 24th, 2009
7:53 am

I guess I must have hit a nerve with you tech fans.

Joe Schmoe

June 24th, 2009
8:09 am

Not really, just your ignorance is sickening.

Reality Check...

June 24th, 2009
8:32 am

Good pick up boys…he needs to add about 30 pounds of muscle to compete though…He will probably redshirt, CPJ is smart enough to do that…

BLAZER

June 24th, 2009
9:28 am

AS LONG AS IT STAYS LIKE 45-42 WHO CARES WHAT RANKING PEOPLE ARE
IN RECRUITING? FIVE STARS STILL HAVE TROUBLE IN JAX EVERY YEAR TOO. 49-10

GT fan ...

June 24th, 2009
9:43 am

Liz’beth …. I think Joe Schmoe (8:09am post) summed it up best.
BTW, if you were a dude, I’d bet the Uncle Rico character from Napolean Dynamite is a carbon copy of your athletic prowess.

D&D fan

June 24th, 2009
10:27 am

We GT grads are afraid of females; that’s why we’re all booger eating virgins.

AMG

June 24th, 2009
10:38 am

Good decision and shows commitment to his word. That will only lead to good things. This young man has a very bright future.

Tony

June 24th, 2009
11:02 am

quaildawg, uga professors kill people needlessly. It could be a student next if they can’t control the professors.

yellerjacket

June 24th, 2009
11:06 am

“Booger eating virgins” That’s funny, I don’t care who you are. I think we can all agree that a player like this who was offered by so many excellent football programs is a big pick up for the Wreck. Not sure why UGA didn’t offer, but even the most delusional UGA fan can see that he is good. Booger eating virgins…holy crap.