Georgia Tech gets high marks for 2010 class so far

Continuing with my breakdowns of the local recruiting classes, today we’ll be focusing on Georgia Tech’s class of 2010.

Tech is not going light up any of the national recruiting rankings chiefly because this will be such a small class. The Jackets currently have 13 scholarships to give. That’s up from 12 due to the recent departure from the team of defensive back Kamaron Riley. Most of Tech’s work is done as, with the commitment of defensive end Anthony Williams on Monday, it  already has 10 commitments.

There are two main areas of focus in the 2010 class: defensive line and defensive backfield. And Tech appears to have made some serious hay in both areas.

The Jackets’ recruiting in the secondary has been particularly impressive. They have four commitments, two cornerbacks and two safeties. Ryan Ayers (5-10, 175, South Paulding High) is a 4-star recruit and is generally considered the top cornerback in the state. B.J Bostic, a 5-10, 161-pound quarterback at Jefferson County, projects as a cornerback at the next level. He grades out at 77 — a solid 3-star rating — by ESPN’s analysts.

Isaiah Johnson (6-2, 175, Sandy Creek) is rated a 4-star safety by Rivals.com and rivals Newnan’s Alec Ogletree (Georgia commit) as the state’s top player at that position. With no guarantees junior All-America candidate Morgan Burnett will return for a senior season, Johnson could be pressed into duty quickly. Fred Holton (6-1, 196, Thomasville), a 3-star safety, rounds out an impressive group.

Williams’ commitment earlier this week put the Jackets over the top with regard to filling needs on the D-line. The 6-foot-4, 230-pounder from Union Grove High is a 4-star end along the lines of current Tech star Derrick Morgan. Both Morgan and Robert Hall are juniors, so the Jackets are getting “old” at that position. Ideally Tech would like to sign another D-end. Kareem Martin (6-6, 222, Roanoke Rapids, N.C) is one it has an eye on. Denzel McCoy (6-4, 275 Duluth-Northview), a 4-star-rated defensive tackle according to Rvials.com, and Shawn Green (6-2, 275, Grayson) address needs in the interior line.

The Jackets will lose at least two seniors off the offensive line after this season. Three-star commitments Morgan Bailey (6-4, 285, Loganville) and Catlin Alford (6-3, 275, Adairsville) are set to fill the void. Collins Hill’s Charles Perkins, rated one of the state’s top five running backs by Georgia High School Football Daily, completes an all-Georgia recruiting class.

Ideally the Jackets would like to add a linebacker or two, a defensive end and you can never have enough offensive linemen. But other than Martin they’ll like wait to see what prospects develop over the course of the high school football season. Regardless, recruiting coordinator Giff Smith is getting high fives in the conference room. . . .

Be sure to check out Tim Tucker’s UGA blog this morning for an assessment of the freshmen by Mark Richt. The Bulldogs’ coach is very impressed so far with one particular group.

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Saint Simons

August 6th, 2009
9:27 am

45 -42 !!!!!!!!! hahahahahahahahahahahaha

rduck

August 6th, 2009
9:47 am

Solid class coach Johnson and staff are putting together. Filling the needs of the roster is going to pay off for the jackets in the long run. CPJ and staff are doing a solid job of adding depth at all positions on the field. Still would like to see some added depth at the kicker/punter slots to improve on the special teams. Other than that, GT has done an excellent job with so few scholarships available to use this year. Future is BRIGHT on North AVE.

CMulkgt

August 6th, 2009
9:58 am

Rivals 4* DE Kony Ealy(MO) has GT at the top of his list! Do not for get this great young talent!

JBTs

August 6th, 2009
10:10 am

UGA fan here. This class is what Ga Tech needed this year. Great job by the coaching staff.

TampaGator

August 6th, 2009
10:19 am

Nothing would be better than Florida, Georgia, and Georgia Tech being the best teams in America…not necessarily in that order every year. Johnson is a great coach and Tech is going to be really good for a while. I just hope Tech can keep him there. No one else has stayed for very long. If they do, Tech has the kind of tradition to become a national power again…if they aren’t already.

cpj

August 6th, 2009
10:52 am

i like tubesteak

bob

August 6th, 2009
11:12 am

AtlantaTruth

August 6th, 2009
11:20 am

Only 113 days till the Tech beat down in Atlanta. Its posted in the locker room at Georgia…beware Tech fans its gonna hurt so bad you won’t be able to show your faces. Tech always has been and will continue to be a second tier college football program.I’ll bet you that there will be more Dawg fans at Grant Field than Tech fans for the game. Isn’t it amazing that Tech consistantly is out recruited by not only Georgia but also Clemson, Tenn, S. Carolina, Auburn and more recently Alabama in its own state. That fact alone should tell you that the Tech program is not thought of very highly throughout the South.Have your childish fun now Tech fans posting on this blog cause after this years game Tech will be back in its rightful place….irrelavant in college football!

78 DAWG

August 6th, 2009
11:29 am

Shut up Atlant Truth! You make DAWG fans look bad! If they are second tier and can’t recruit how did they score 45 on Willie’s boys, AT HOME! We got some work to do and with Willie still there and a new qb & rb, you should stop the yackin’ unless your gonna change your screen name after every loss this year. I’ve learned my lesson.

Burdell

August 6th, 2009
11:35 am

I love these blog posts because of the lack of any spellcheck feature. You get a good feel for a person’s intelligence. Nice job Atlanta Truth.

Big Dan

August 6th, 2009
11:35 am

I’m a huge dog fan but with that said Tec is getting the kind of players that win games. Not huge ego driven kids. I would just question the thought of any legit wide out ever going to play for CPJ>

Burdell

August 6th, 2009
11:37 am

Especially one that chose the Jackets over the Bulldogs, right Big Dan? Last name Hill ring a bell?

Brent Cunningham

August 6th, 2009
11:46 am

Honestly, I agree with Dan. If I were a fast 210 pounder, I’d sprint to Tech, but if I was a 180 pound receiver………
Recruiting on the flats is different now, it should help at some spots and hurt at others.

joe

August 6th, 2009
11:55 am

AtlantaTruth:
GT is now and will be the top tier college football program in the state. (And of course it was years back.) But UGA’s reign is over.
And GT is, was, and will be the top school in the state. And that’s what colleges are supposed to be about. It is going to be so nice to know that not only are GT’s academics superior, but so are the major sports programs.

Not Disappointed

August 6th, 2009
11:56 am

Great News on the Flats. Keep up the good work Coach Johnson and Giff. I agree with Tampa Gator. It would be nice to see Tech, Georgia and Florida represent strong in the Nation. “Mighty South!” Kudos 78 Dawg.

Ramblin Wreck!

TampaGator

August 6th, 2009
12:01 pm

Atlanta Truth…when were you born…2009? Georgia Tech has a very deep, rich tradition (even the Heisman Trophy is named after a former Georgia Tech coach for crying out loud). Don’t come on a site and spout a bunch of nonsense. It makes you look very stupid. Georgia Tech is and has always been very relevant in college football…both in history and tradition. By the way, the last Georgia team to win a National Title resides in Atlanta, not Athens. How is that for relavance?

SAINT SIMONE

August 6th, 2009
12:01 pm

But what about the pedophilia charges? Will they be dropped in lieu of the higher manslaughter charge?

TampaGator

August 6th, 2009
12:04 pm

Joe…I don’t know if I would say that Ga. Tech is academically superior to Georgia. Only if you want an engineering degree. Georgia is a fine school academically. My sister received an excellent education there and is a very bright person. You can’t just go by some of the eggheads that post at Dawg fans…many of which probably didn’t even gradutate from Georgia.

Brent Cunningham

August 6th, 2009
12:05 pm

Thanks Saint Simone, I sometimes forget why Roddy jogging toward the endzone brought me so much pleasure. Do ya’ll remember his last touchdown, he was so alone and the stadium was so quiet I thought he was gonna fall asleep before he scored.

TampaGator

August 6th, 2009
12:10 pm

Burdell…by the way, I know that “rel…e…vance is spelled with an “e” after the “l”…just a play on the use of the word by Atlanta Truth…as related to the quality of his post.

Not Disappointed

August 6th, 2009
12:11 pm

TampaGator can have a beer over at my house any day! It would be an interesting evening too with my brother being a true PUP fan. You too DawginLex. “The brother pup will keep the conversation going. Oy!

I remain “Ramblin Wreck and a Helluva Engineer!”

joe

August 6th, 2009
12:17 pm

There may be some good programs at UGA, but every ranking I see has UGA many slots behind GT (regardless of degree) or even in the “second tier” schools list.

the real Old Gold

August 6th, 2009
12:19 pm

Looking better every day.

Boss Hogg

August 6th, 2009
12:20 pm

Atlanta Truth: Didn’t we hear this same dribble last year?

TampaGator

August 6th, 2009
12:22 pm

Joe….I still bet there are a ton of top professionals all over the country in many different professions….just like Tech grads. I would not put down a Georgia degree or a Tech degree…just saying. Also, “NOT DISAPPOINTED”….I could use a cold one about now…be over in five.

BankerDawg

August 6th, 2009
12:24 pm

Actually, Dan and others, your big wide receiver, Thomas, is a Pre-Season All ACC selection at wideout. Given that, it would be hard to argue that a receiver cannot be successful in this form of the spread option.

By all accounts, young Stephen Hill has looked very good early on in camp as well.

I wouldn’t be worried if I were you.

GO DAWGS!

Flo-Ri-Duh!

August 6th, 2009
12:33 pm

Why did Kamaron Riley leave Tech? He was a two time all-state DB on the Hawkinsville state championship teams and he recorded at least 20 interceptions in his high school career. Tech has lost a good one.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

August 6th, 2009
12:38 pm

Beware if some STRANGE guy invites you over to his house for a beer! Gaydar is in effect.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

August 6th, 2009
12:39 pm

Saint Simon is a PERVERT

BLAZER

August 6th, 2009
12:44 pm

are you the real putnam cty “JACKRABBIT”?

RUN RODDY RUN!

Cuttysark

August 6th, 2009
12:46 pm

I really enjoy reading all of the bantering that goes on between everyone on this site. Looking forward to another round of “Clean old fashioned hate” come November.” Remember, this is the Paul Johnson era, and if you look at his record in rivalry games at Navy, he knows how to win them. The recruiting class is quite impressive, and don’t forget to add in Chris Jackson at receiver who just transferred in from Alabama.

Go to isportsweb.com for more Georgia Tech Football posts. THWG!

Reality Check...

August 6th, 2009
1:24 pm

Posters on here need a reality check…You guys are pathetic…

GA Tech Insider

August 6th, 2009
1:47 pm

It’s nice to finally see some guys acting like adults on these blogs; kudos to you guys, and thanks.

I second the sentiment that it it would be great to have another powerhouse here in the SE, and that it would be GA Tech.

No one seems to complain while Florida sits atop of the heap while UGA and Alabama are trying to knock them off of their perch. And these are just two of the closest rivals in the area; let’s not forget LSU and some other “powerhouses” that have been around recently.

No, there’s plenty of room for another “big boy” in these parts, and to be honest, boys, the hype that it would bring to the renewed rivalry of the GA/GA Tech game every season. There would be a National TV audience, once again, and if either team was in a position to play for a national title, this game could help cement it for either team, assuming they win their conference championship too.

This would be great for the state of Georgia and the entire southeast.

AtlantaTruth

August 6th, 2009
1:57 pm

Keep dreaming Tech fans…The Tech football program hasn’t been relative to the college football world since leather helments were used.We all sit here in the office and laugh at your posts on this blog….like anyone is really taking you seriously. No one will EVER take the Tech football program seriously until they consistantly post double digit win seasons and play in a BCS bowl that means something. When’s the last time you even won the ACC? Keep dreaming cause that’s all you’ve got…dreams……why don’t you Tech fans start putting your money where your mouths are and buy up your season tickets. The only time you sell out your stadium is when teams from good programs visit Grant field.Until then, why would any good athlete want to attend Tech to play football when the fan base won’t even support the program.

Paddy

August 6th, 2009
2:11 pm

flo ri dah think riley had academic issues.

atlanta truth… does the office manager know that the cleaning crew is using the office computer? I’d keep that on the down low.

AMG

August 6th, 2009
2:15 pm

ATLANTA Truth needs to sit back and watch the next three or four years of GT being a National Power year in and year out. You may not like it , but Tech will be way better than UGA the next several years, and in all reality has a shot this year to contend for a National Championship. NEXT YEAR, they will RULE! Watch out and keep flapping that mouth, because the truth is coming very soon.

AtlantaTruth

August 6th, 2009
2:30 pm

AMG and Paddy…….stop…. please stop…we’re laughing so hard at your blogs we just can’t stand it. Tech…playing for the NC…a national power…what are you guys smoking.I love how you talk about running for 400 yards aganist Georgia……did you for get that you gave up 407 yards passing to Georgia and only won the game by three points because of an over thrown pass run back for a TD. Wake up..Tech is not that good and far from a national power….please I’m laughing to hard!

1Jacket7

August 6th, 2009
2:32 pm

I often wonder why people don’t quit get CPJ’s coaching style. He coaches to WIN. So, If the best QB’s and WR’s and OL players choose TECH. You will see more of the Run and Shoot mixed in the the Spread offense. Fans and any potential prospects listen up. Stephen Hill made the best decision of his life. He and BeyBey Thomas are going to be putting up some crazy numbers and people will finally understand how potent this offense is. All of the hoopla about not being able to pass will go away and the winners that want to win will choose TECH. At then end of there careers they will also have one of the most respected degrees in the world. Keep talking about RUN RUN RUN. Because we will be a powerful running team. But as the talented few start to realize that they can shine at TECH in the passing game, the full CPJ offensive package will be realized and TECH will return to national prominence. Again, to summarize. CPJ has a Spread Option offense that includes an expansive Run and Shoot package. All we need is the players to make it work. And as the posts above suggest, the talent is Ah Comin!!!!

Reality Check

August 6th, 2009
2:35 pm

Even though this time last year I said the Dawgs would go undeafeted and win the Natonal Championship and the Knowshon was the best college player ever and that the Dawgs would never loose another game. You Tech fans are pathetic and need a reality check!

juvenal

August 6th, 2009
2:36 pm

for academics, us news & world report-after last year, uga prophecies are not bankable-st. simon, zoloft is good for OCD

Reality Check

August 6th, 2009
2:39 pm

You nerds thank your so smart I hate you! And you didn’t beat us last year we felt sorry for you pathetic bugs and let you win with your 2 star recruits and your fat ugly coach and your tiny field and your stupid gold and your stupid degree thinking you can get a good job and the whole world knows your school is easy and a joke! And shut up you pathetic nerd! NERD!

1Jacket7

August 6th, 2009
2:42 pm

Atlanta False Truth,
TECH has 4 NC and You have 1. You have a program that does a great job year in and out of winning 10 games. TECH has shown that when the talent meets the great coaching, we win Titles. You have not show this, ie 2008 and many years before. So, realize your rhetoric is palaver: loud and confused and empty talk; “mere rhetoric”. I thought I print the definition for you. I think that UGA has done a great job marketing and promoting and Branding its name, but the only National Titles with UGA’s name on it, is earned by Gymnastics not Football. Enough said.

AtlantaTruth

August 6th, 2009
3:14 pm

Hey 1Jacket7…when was the last time Tech had a great coach? the fifties?….When was the last time you had great talent…Reggie Ball…please stop I’m laughing again…..Please don’t forget our golf team and equestrian teams winning NC’s…How about our 02′and 05′ SEC Championships…… you know as long as were counting.When was the last time Tech won the mighty ACC? ….keep dreaming and posting on this blog….I need a good laugh everyday.

Another day in paradise

August 6th, 2009
3:28 pm

Joe. I hate to break the news to you, but Tech unfortunately is nothing but a “feel good story” about a bunch of good kids who are not highly recruited (with the exception of players like JD)that come together every now and then and find a way to win 9 games and beat the State’s big boy 1 or 2 times every decade. Tech is simply just not the kind of program that can sustain any winning consistency against quality competition as evidenced last year against a narrow come from behind win over UGA and then a failure to show against LSU. Furhermore, as long as they continue to compete in the ACC, they’ll never gain any national attention and or respect. You simply can’t play teams weekend and week out like Wake, Duke and other mediocre ACC teams and then put a nonconference schedule together that includes the likes of Vandy, Miss. St and Jacksonville St. Seriously, Wake and Tech in a championship game in front of 20,000 people. That ought to tell you a lot about the importance and interest in your program and in your league. Enjoy your season!

Alabama Jack

August 6th, 2009
3:31 pm

Atlanta Turth, your momma called. Get off the computer, go home, eat your sandwich and milk and start doing your homework. You know you can’t get into Junior High unless you pass summer school.

TampaGator

August 6th, 2009
3:54 pm

Atlanta Truth (NOT)….how about the best WR in the nation a couple of years ago (Johnson, now with the Lions…I bet Stafford is happy to have him on board up there). How about the RB, Choice, 2 years ago and now with the Cowboys. I can name a several more outstanding Tech players from the recent past (including a running back on the team now that was just nominated for the Doak Walker Trophy, which is a trophy for the best college running back in the country (Georgia has no one nominated for that award…even Florida has a running back nominated for the award…Jeff Demps). All you do is run your mouth (with your posts) and show what you don’t know and seemingly can’t comprehend…and you give Georgia bloggers a real bad name when you do post something.

TampaGator

August 6th, 2009
3:59 pm

Plus…Truth…you might be getting a good laugh with your posts, but you are making the rest of us recall the “truth” of the bumper sticker that reads… “It is a shame that ignorance doesn’t hurt.”

Chip Towers

August 6th, 2009
5:07 pm

Ahem, the blog was about Tech’s 2010 recruiting class thus far

GTSteve

August 6th, 2009
5:08 pm

Yeah everybody needs to get a “reality check”, after all you got yours last Nov.

juvenal

August 6th, 2009
5:25 pm

reatity check-PayScale.com-Tech is so bad we cry all the way to the bank