Georgia Tech making its living in state

Georgia Tech is relying on more in-state players now, such as Jonathan Dwyer (21, right). (Johnny Crawford / AJC)

Georgia Tech is relying on more in-state players now, such as Jonathan Dwyer (21, right). (Johnny Crawford / AJC)

Perusing Georgia Tech’s list of commitments for the 2010 signing class, it doesn’t take long for a trend to jump out at you. The Yellow Jackets have eight pledges so far. Every single one is from the state of Georgia.

In fact, coach Paul Johnson has said more than once he wouldn’t be surprised their entire allotment of scholarships — the Jackets currently have only 12 available this year– goes to Georgia residents. He’d just as soon they would.

Tech added yet another player from Georgia on Monday. Former Henry County star Chris Jackson announced his plans to transfer from Alabama, where he played mostly special teams as a freshman last season, to The Flats.

That’s somewhat of a break with tradition. In the past it was believed that Georgia Tech, due to its unique academic environment and urban setting, needed to search far and wide for players to fit its criteria. Clearly Johnson and his staff don’t think so.

“We really put an emphasis on Georgia,” Tech recruiting coordinator Giff Smith told me this week. “We believe there are players we can win with right here.”

That was certainly was the case last November in Athens. Georgia’s offensive stars that day were quarterback Matthew Stafford (Texas), tailback Knowshon Moreno (New Jersey) and flanker A.J. Green (South Carolina). Tech’s were quarterback Josh Nesbitt (Greensboro), running back Jonathan Dwyer (Marietta) and wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (Dublin). The Jackets, in case anyone needs to be reminded, won 45-42.

Georgia, which has seen its national profile rise under coach Mark Richt, continues to attract a lot of out-of-state talent. Of the Bulldogs’ 16 commitments so far, seven — nearly half — are from outside the state’s borders. At one point they had more commitments from Florida (6) than they did the home state.

That’s OK with Tech. It has six players from within an hour’s drive of its campus.

“It’s like an Atlanta all-star team, ” Centennial defensive tackle Denzel McCoy told the AJC’s Michael Carvell recently. “I’m loving it. All of us are from Georgia and we’re going to show people that you don’t have to reach across the nation to get talent. It’s in our backyard.”

TECH’S COMMITMENTS

  1. OL Catlin Alford, Adairsville
  2. DB Ryan Ayers, S. Paulding
  3. OL Morgan Bailey, Loganville
  4. DB Barry Bostic, Jefferson Co.
  5. DB Fred Holton, Thomasville
  6. DB Isaiah Johnson, Sandy Creek
  7. DT Denzel McCoy, Centennial
  8. RB Charles Perkins, Collins Hill

134 comments Add your comment

Joe Schmoe

July 21st, 2009
8:12 am

Good pcik up with Chris Jackson from Bama. Looks like Paul Johnson wants him to possibly play a back. Anyone familiar with this kid out of high school?

Chuck

July 21st, 2009
8:32 am

It’s great to get in-state talent, but it’s not like UGA isn’t still gettin their usual 4 and 5 star recruits. Don’t forget about Roddy Jones; he’s from Chamblee. As usual, GO JACKETS!

Fan

July 21st, 2009
8:32 am

GA Tech Insider

July 21st, 2009
8:40 am

Chris was a 4 Star that played mainly Wide Receiver, but also some out of the backfield and some DB. Chris also did some returning in High School. Chris was also a devastating blocker so at about 6′1″ and 210 lbs, he should be a great fit at the A-Back position now that GA Tech’s run ‘n shoot component has been added to the Tech Offense.

As a transfer, Chris will have to sit out a year, so depending on what happens with D. Thomas, Chris could also move outside, across from from S. Hill when the time comes.

Chris is a quality young man who was originally a GA Tech commit before the Chan Gailey to Paul Johnson switch. He was swayed to Bama; convinced that the new Offense wasn’t going to work in this high caliber of Collegiate Football setting. Chris was always a great Tech ambassador, and it’s great to have him back in the “family”.

Another great thing to have Chris back at GA Tech is that he can speak to all other recruits considering GA Tech and tell them from personal experience what it’s like to be on an SEC “powerhouse,” and to explain that this High School Offense can really work. Chris can also explain why he came to GA Tech out of Alabama.

george patterson

July 21st, 2009
8:45 am

Good Luck, I am glad it work out.Warhawk

GOTech610

July 21st, 2009
8:46 am

Good points GA Tech Insider. Chris can let them know that it “ain’t all that” in the SEC.

GT will win with GA players. I never though about what Denzel said about it being like an Atlanta All Star team. That is actually pretty exciting to hear. Also, a great way to entice new recruits who may have played in the HS State Champ game.

Exciting…just exciting.

jacketbacker

July 21st, 2009
8:48 am

welcome back chris!….i like the fact that we are finding in state talent to come to our program…..that will only help increase local interest and the local fan base…..Go Jackets and THWG!!!

45-42!!!!!

Geori

July 21st, 2009
8:49 am

It’s nice to have the transfer thing working our way. Paul Johnson has given us a ton of good karma and it’s about time good things are happening to Tech.

RFP

July 21st, 2009
9:10 am

It would probably be a good idea for CPJ to search for some out of state kids. Most of the parents of these HS Student-Athletes will watch the news and see that their kids are pretty likely to be robbed at GT’s wonderful campus. However, Chris Jackson should be able to explain to the new recruits his stance with his “If you can’t cut it in the SEC, play in the ACC” speech.

Ahhh Tech, where the ladies say “The odds are good, but the goods are odd”. Look it up on YouTube.

Bamafan

July 21st, 2009
9:18 am

Good luck to Chris Jackson and hope he catches a few touchdowns.

mike

July 21st, 2009
9:47 am

Have you yellow jackets totally forgot about the absolute dismantling LSU did to you all in the bowl(in your hometown)? Do you even care? All I read is how great you are, how great things are. How great PJ is etc. A legitimate program and team would have been embarassed by that whipping and you all seem to be in denial and forgot about it.

Glenn

July 21st, 2009
9:50 am

RFP = Redneck Farmboy Preteen

flapjacket

July 21st, 2009
9:51 am

RFP, the only transfers UGA, or whatever SEC school you didn’t go to, can get are from community colleges. We’ve had several transfers from other D1 schools (Tashard Choice, to name one) becuase they realize the value that Georgia Tech, football and otherwise, brings to the table.

aztec

July 21st, 2009
9:58 am

great news..as long as we dont start winning all those national championships that the dawgs keep winning between jan and aug..lol

Chuck

July 21st, 2009
9:59 am

For decades we’ve heard the Tech fans whine about how they can’t recruit all the in-state players they want because their curriculum is soooooo haaaaaard.

So in summary, Paul Johnson has either (Everybody vote!)…

(1) … made all the in-state players smarter overnight, allowing Tech to sign a class dominated by in-state players.

(2) … changed the curriculum to allow the signing of such a class, or

(3) … exposed that tired old excuse for what it is: elitist whining

RFP

July 21st, 2009
10:03 am

Flap, you’re right. Many D1 players do not transfer to the SEC because they will continue to be back ups. They can thrive at Tech and the ACC schedule. EX. I think Chris Rainey transferred from USC to UF. He is currently splitting time in the UF backfield. He would be ahead of Dwyer if he went to Tech.

Glenn, you only wish I was a preteen so you could come over and hold my hand when my parents are out of town. I think I’ve seen you on “To Catch a Predator”.

flapjacket

July 21st, 2009
10:04 am

I’ve got another vote:

Who thinks Chuck could pass Calculus (a course that everyone at Tech has to take)?

Glenn

July 21st, 2009
10:06 am

Mike – Check the LSU stats against GA Tech. Tech had about the same Offensive numbers as LSU, including yards and Time of Possession. The difference? Tech 3 Turnovers to LSU’s 0; GA Tech’s penalties compared to LSU’s, and Special Teams.

It was the same issues that GA Tech had against North Carolina. In fact, had GA tech hit some early passes (they were open, just like they were against Miami), the game may have been totally different. The way LSU’s Offense had to play, and the way LSU’s Defense had to watch out for Tech’s Offense may have change everyone’s strategy. GA Tech beat GA Tech as much as LSU beat GA Tech.

I would also make mention that GA Tech ended the year with one of the youngest Teams in the Country last year (I believe 18 of their starters were Freshmen and Sophomores and there will only be 6 Scholarship Seniors on the Team this coming Season). Due to injuries and Scholarship limitations at the end of the year, Tech had several Linemen playing out of position (i.e. TE’s moved to A-Back and then to O-Line).

Also, because of the loss of Scholarships, GA tech had a major limitations of Scholarship Offensive Linemen, so when they were decimated with injuries towards the end of the Season, rather than burning Red Shirts, Paul Johnson decided to play Scout Team players; moving them into the Two Deep.

These guys had been playing against the First and Second Team Defenses, playing the role of the opposing Team Offenses, which meant they hadn’t even practiced the GA Tech Spread/Triple Option. At the end of the Season, it was like several of Tech’s Offensive Linemen were just learning the Offense for the first time.

This coming Season, the injured O-Line starters (the ones that came in and played the second half of the Season so well) are back at full strength, and all of the Scholarship Red Shirt Linemen, who have had a full year of learning the Spread/Triple Option, are now able to play, adding much needed depth to the Offensive line of scrimmage.

Defensively, people seem to forget that GA Tech also had a new D-Coordinator last year as well. This gives GA tech another full year to become acclimated to learn the new schemes, and become comfortable with all of the new assignments. With the strength of the Defense being the LB’s and DB’s, there should be ample support for the new Defensive Linemen to earn their stripes as the Season progresses. I would also suggest that there were several rotations on the D-Line last year, so don’t sell these guys short.

In a nutshell, Mike, no one is forgetting about LSU. In fact, I’m quite sure the Jackets are using that game for motivation for the coming Season.

Blindog

July 21st, 2009
10:06 am

The Dawgs take what they want here in Ga. and then they take what they want in other states. Tech can have all the 2 and 3 star recruits they want.

Glenn

July 21st, 2009
10:08 am

Uh, RFP, you want me to “come hold your hand”? Now whose the pervert?

aztec

July 21st, 2009
10:09 am

thats right blindog and our 2 and 3 star recruits beat your 4 and 5 recruits last year

RFP

July 21st, 2009
10:17 am

Glenn, I guess that makes me the pervert. Although if I was trying to guess someone’s screen name / acronym that contained a P, it would probably take quite some time for me to get around to Preteen. I guess we now know how the mind of a Techie works.

Glenn

July 21st, 2009
10:23 am

Actually, RFP, your comments spoke for themselves. They were those of a juvenile. It wasn’t a far leap.

Glenn

July 21st, 2009
10:41 am

RFP; Your comments were juvenile. It wasn’t a far leap.

Chip Towers

July 21st, 2009
10:52 am

Will have a new blog soon on Carver-Columbus coach “banning” UGA coaches from recruiting his players.

Glenn

July 21st, 2009
10:55 am

Sorry for the double post; for some reason, the first one didn’t show up a second time (after it did the first, I guess there was some maintenance or something going on).

Chris Medeiros

July 21st, 2009
10:56 am

Yes, Tech beat UGA last year. but what is the typical trend? Do you really think that will continue? Those four and five star recruits will actually step and play this year.

RFP

July 21st, 2009
11:07 am

“RFP = Redneck Farmboy Preteen” isn’t juvenile?

Not Disappointed

July 21st, 2009
11:11 am

Great News at the Flats! I really am excited about the up coming year. There’s alot of great talent in the state of Georgia. “Ramblin Wreck!”

Also, look forward to reading the blog “Chip Towers.”

macrotech

July 21st, 2009
11:24 am

Chris Medeiros, yes…..we do!

Reality Check

July 21st, 2009
11:25 am

You tech fans crack me up. You are correct that more of your recruits are from GA but UGA had only offered 2 of your 8 commitments and really only wanted 1 of them. Tech will be fine because CPJ is a great coach but don’t try to play this as now you are all of a sudden getting the bluechips from the state because you aren’t. Most of them aren’t even in the top 20 recruits in the state.

Glenn

July 21st, 2009
11:26 am

RFP; When I attributed the letters of your “handle” to associated words, that was “akin” to a “definition” of your “abbreviation”.

Would you like me to define the words: association, akin, definition, and abbreviation for you? You seem to be having trouble following logical word progressions.

macrotech

July 21st, 2009
11:29 am

mike, we haven’t forgotten about the loss to lsu…..heaven knows that you mutt fans won’t let us! IT’S the ONLY thing you pups have to throw at us from this past season! Tech was 2-1 against they sec. CPJ is just getting started….Tech has not forgotten about lsu…. we won’t lose to an sec team this year!

gtfanfrom1951

July 21st, 2009
11:30 am

Fla 51
LSU 21
Ga 52
LSU 38
Ala 27
LSU 21
Miss 31
LSU 13
Ark 31
LSU 30
Come on Mike LSU biggest wins were Troy, Tulane. So which beat down do want to talk about? You barely beat Troy!!!

U Gotta B Kidding Me

July 21st, 2009
11:31 am

What’s the big deal about having to take a calculus class? I aced 2 of them as part of my curriculum for my BBA from UGA.

BankerDawg

July 21st, 2009
11:35 am

You guys are fortunate to have Chris coming back to Tech. He’s a great all around kid, and I know he did not take decommitting and heading to Alabama lightly.

A lot of not so flattering comments from some Dawg fans here, but, don’t kid yourself…Saban is not playing a freshman, even on special teams, if he doesn’t have serious skills.

He was highly regarded coming out of high school and was part of Alabama’s #1 recruiting class.

Will be interested to see if Paul Johnson uses him at A-back or leaves him at wide receiver, but I’m sure we’ll see him on the field after he sits out his NCAA mandated year.

GOOOOOOO DAWGS!

macrotech

July 21st, 2009
11:38 am

RFP, the ACC matched up pretty well against your sec. I like your “EX”, gonna assume you’re making reference to an example; “I think….”?! Who in hell starts off an ‘EX’ with, “I think…”?! You could have googled this info before you started spouting off at the keyboard… Too funny! You cannot, however, google anything that would support your weak assertion that Chris Rainey would start over any of our talented backfield…much less Dwyer!

jacketFan

July 21st, 2009
11:40 am

I find it funny that Dawg fans continue to call Tech fans “nerds.” I have never understood why someone would admit that they were morons, let alone revel in it. It might have hurt our feelings when we were 10 years old, but now it just makes you look sad, pathetic, and dumb. But, hell, if it works for you, go for it and yes, I would like to super size my value meal.

Mister T

July 21st, 2009
11:40 am

Mike,
Have the Dawgs forgotten about the absolute dismantling that Jackets did to the dawgs in the second half of the Nov 29, 2008 game?

Prepare for a full games worth this November.

THWg!

macrotech

July 21st, 2009
11:43 am

Reality Check, Tech is moving in the right direction on recruiting…..it’s that simple. Paired with the genius of CPJ…things are looking up at the flats!

TechsNightmare

July 21st, 2009
11:45 am

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA THIS IS A JOKE.

TITLE SHOULD BE: Georgia Tech Making its Living on Mopping Up Uga’s non/unwanted Recruits.

Give me a break, if anyone should have an entire article dedicated to securing the in state recruits. It HAS to be UGA. Uga is vacuuming in big time recruit after big time recruit while GT gets these unwanted no-names. Garrison Smith, JAkar Hamilton, Da Rick Rogers, Alec Ogletree, Ken Malcolm….NOW THIS IS THE CRIM_DALA CRIM of Georgia. And soon to be Mack Brown. Give me a break this article is garbage

Mister T

July 21st, 2009
11:50 am

u gotta b,
Trust me on this one thing. That is not the same calculus class that is part of the core class of an engineering major. They offer a different calculus, or did when I was at Tech, for Management majors. My guess is that the Cal at uga could be even more watered down. I am quite sure if you tried to transfer to Tech, the calc hours you have would not transfer for the 1st & 2nd Engineering calculus. I am not knocking your acheivement. It was good, but trust me, it ain’t the same stuff.

THWg!

carver high says f the dogs

July 21st, 2009
11:55 am

welcome aboard carver fans and coaches. we jackets would love to have your players play for us.

we certainly would not do anything low rent like the reverend richt. it is obvious that wins and losses are the only thing on the reverend’s mind. not education. not character (11 arrests in a single year). just plain ol wins and losses. sounds just like his mentor bobby free shoes bowden. the guy who never met a convict he didnt like.

carver fans and coaches…. say these words and feel em

‘to hell with georgia’

what a low rent thing to do to a young player. but hey low rent and ugag go together.

http://blogs.onlineathens.com/node/1200

could this be the real reason why the reverend is going outside of the state for players? he is slowly wearing out his welcome at the in state high schools?????

Tech Fan = Delousional

July 21st, 2009
11:57 am

Tech has 8 recruits from the state the school is located in and that’s news? Holy smoke!! What will the next tech headline be… “Team earns much deserved rings for 9 win season and bowl beatdown?” Or maybe, “tech sell 200 season tickets for 2009 season.” Or maybe “After four straight bowl losses tech gives up bowl games.” Or maybe “first win over Dawgs in 8 years and 5th in 20 years helps temporarily relieve inferority complex.” tech is nothing without Georgia. They live for one game ecvery year and it defines their whole program.

Jim

July 21st, 2009
12:00 pm

Reality Check-

Absolutely no arguments!!!

Of course, you are right. UGA will always get the players they want from the state of Georgia. You are also probably right that UGA seldom wants any of the young men Georgia Tech signs- either from within the state of Georgia or elsewhere. And you are spot on that UGA should be favored to destroy Georgia Tech every single year!

So what?! It didn’t work out that way in 2008. Nothing you can say makes any difference for the outcome in 2009. That will be determined on the field. You should be favored and you will probably win- we will all just have to wait and see!

dawes

July 21st, 2009
12:01 pm

don,t worry tech we georgia bulldog fan take anyone alone they wear that buulldog uniform

JACKETfan

July 21st, 2009
12:01 pm

Outside of all the childish comments back and forth with the UGA fans:

I think Chris will be an excellent weapon in a year. If he plays at reciever, it will just give more depth and he could possibly earn a starting job right out of the gate. If he plays at A-back, that will give tech an excellent threat in a run/catch combo back. He would be perfect for little slant routes coming out of the slot to catch teams off guard. Tech has so many dangerous playmakers its unbelievable. UGA fans can say that these ‘playmakers’ are only 2 and 3 star recruits all they want. Dwyer (4 stars) Chris Jackson (4 stars) and then Roddy Jones is only a 3 star, but we all remember what he did in Athens last year. Then you throw in Anthony Allen, Marcus Wright, Bebe, and Stephen Hill. Tech has so many playmakers. Future is bright. GO JACKETS

Correction

July 21st, 2009
12:12 pm

Denzel McCoy attends Northview High School, not Centennial.

Brent Cunningham

July 21st, 2009
12:19 pm

dog fans – aren’t you ashamed that your only good win last year was by LSU? And, why do you flock to every Tech story like it’s a chitlin? I’m half cheering for ya’ll this year so nobody kills themselves. It’s only college football brainiac.

hey chuck....

July 21st, 2009
12:20 pm

in your reasons why we are able to get more instate kids you left out one….

could it be that georgia high schools have upped the anti on thier graduation requirements? from what i have heard and read that is true. the players coming out of high school are better prepared for college.

the state of georgia is trying to compete with the rest of the country (finally) in acedemics and it shows.

duhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh to you.