Personnel losses result in scholarship gains for Tech, Georgia

Hated to see where Georgia’s Bryce Ros had to give up football recently. The big tight end from Kennesaw, who’s the son of former Bulldog great Frank Ros, suffers from a chronic, degenerative condition in his right big toe. It developed from an injury he suffered in high school and simply got worse with each passing year.

Anyway, Ros is expected to receive a medical disqualification from the NCAA once all the proper paperwork is filed. A lot of people have asked so I figured I’d just make it clear right here: Yes, this opens up another scholarship for the Bulldogs next season.

As a medical DQ, Ros will be allowed to remain on scholarship but will not count against the NCAA-mandated limit of 85. So that gives Georgia one more scholly for the 2010 class and that’s good news since the Dogs are almost tapped out for 2010 here in August of 2009. They have 18 commitments so far and, even with this new development, they currently have room to sign no more than 22. Of course, these numbers are always fluid and dependent upon the actual number of players on scholarship next fall.

Similarly, Georgia Tech’s number for 2010 has risen slightly since this summer. Jake Skole’s commitment on Monday gave the Yellow Jackets 11 so far and they’re in line to get a 12th on Friday (Powder Springs’ athlete Synjyn Days). They had only 12 scholarships to give originally but that went up to 13 when Kamaron Riley quit the team right before camp.

Georgia Tech has to account in recruiting for the possibility that star running back Jonathan Dwyer could bolt for the NFL before next season. (AJC Photo)

Georgia Tech has to account in recruiting for the possibility that star running back Jonathan Dwyer could bolt for the NFL before next season. (AJC Photo)

Don’t be surprised if Tech — which normally has very little attrition — ends up with as many as 15 commitments before national signing day next February. There’s no way of knowing now what might happen but, based on early NFL draft projections, running back Jonathan Dwyer and/or defensive back Morgan Burnett may have decisions to make regarding the NFL draft.

Georgia also must be prepared for early departures. Linebacker Rennie Curran and safety Reshad Jones certainly would appear to be candidates. And redshirt sophomore offensive tackle Trinton Sturdivant will be eligible to be drafted if he comes back from his knee injury and has a big season.

So just for the fun of it, how many players do you think Tech and Georgia will sign come national signing day next February?

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GeoffDawg

August 26th, 2009
4:28 pm

I’d be interested in seeing what the NFL advisory committee says about Curran. I think I read the other day that what’s his name (hair helmet guy) didn’t have him in his top 25 potential prospects for the 2010 draft. I think he would make for a stud middle LB in the pros but he may be more of a consensus first rounder with one more year.

GeoffDawg

August 26th, 2009
4:31 pm

Mel Kiper! That was driving me crazy.

Dkchap

August 26th, 2009
4:54 pm

Size will be Curran’s issue. He’s got all the other tools but middle backers in the NFL have all those tools plus size to go with it. I wish him the best cause he’s fun to watch.

JR

August 26th, 2009
4:56 pm

I think Tech signs 13. Days and one more. Chip, when was the last time Tech signed an entire class of only in-state guys? It had to be awhile ago.

CantwaitDawgFan

August 26th, 2009
5:04 pm

A very close source to Curran told me that after last season he was projected as 2nd ILB taken by NFL scouts in the 2010 draft. That makes him late 1st or early to mid 2nd round guy. I agree with the above that with another stellar year he could move up to solid 1st rounder. Don’t be surprised if he doesn’t move up b/c of the ever present “Zach Thomas effect” NFL scouts often put on prospects.

Ali Akbar Allah

August 26th, 2009
5:26 pm

Curry is too small to play LB on Sundays – meaning he won’t be drafted before the 5th round.

Chip Towers

August 26th, 2009
5:33 pm

Can’twaitDawgFan: I don’t know when was the last time Tech went all-Georgia in recruiting but methinks it’s been a long time if at all. I’ll check into it. . . . They do have a couple of out-of-state offers now that could spoil it. In any case, the Jackets have made a resounding statement regarding their presence in state under Paul Johnson.

Tech Insider

August 26th, 2009
6:53 pm

GT will still take 3 star DE Kareem Martin from North Carolina and 4 star DE/Ath Kony Ealy from Missouri no matter what. Currently Tech leads for both.

Rampdawg

August 26th, 2009
8:17 pm

Ali Akbar Curran to small eh? You probably never heard of this guy i’ll bet.
http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/M/MillSa00.htm

Chip Towers

August 26th, 2009
8:40 pm

Tech Insider knows what he’s talking about.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

August 26th, 2009
9:11 pm

The only thing that Tech leads in is being ranked the #75 recruiting class.

Just curious

August 26th, 2009
9:15 pm

What are the rules involving a sixth year of eligibility? I’ve ehard you can use two medical redshirts w/ clearance from the NCAA gustapo, correct?? Then someone told me that if you just use a normal redshirt your frosh year, and say injure yourself your senior year you can’t take a med RS and get a sixth year. Is this true?

Ali Akbar Allah

August 26th, 2009
9:27 pm

Rampdawg, so one standout midget LB is the rule rather than the exception? Fact: He is too small to be an effective LB in the league.

Chip Towers

August 26th, 2009
9:42 pm

Just Curious: I’ll have to double check this but I think the first scenario is the correct one. A sixth year of eligibility has to be specially approved and won’t be approved if a player simply took the first year to get bigger, stronger and/or better off academically. I’ll make a call tomorrow to be sure.

mike

August 26th, 2009
9:59 pm

if dwyer and burnett are 1/2 as good as tech people think what decision will there be to make? sure fire 1st rounders just like michael johnson, ha ha

(45-42) wORLD TOUr

August 26th, 2009
10:03 pm

Mine eyes have seen the glory
of the stomping of the dawgs.
We will make those poor, dumb farm boys
Wish they’d stuck to slopping hogs.
When our team is victorious
We will sing a mighty cheer:
“We’ll do the same next year!”

To Hell, to Hell, to Hell with Georgia!
To Hell, to Hell, to Hell with Georgia!
To Hell, to Hell, to Hell with Georgia!
The cess pool of the South!

GradyGrad96

August 26th, 2009
10:14 pm

Ali Akbar Allah, actually, you are incorrect about size of linebackers in the NFL. Jessie Tuggle was not a very tall guy, but was a very stout linebacker. Also, the saints and panthers had a guy, don’t remember the name, that was 5′10″ and played for years. I think he eventually died of cancer or had to retire because of it. There are others as well. Curran will be able to play LB in the NFL. He will most likely be an outside LB. He has too much speed and instinct. He is a solid tackler. But the guy who said he would be a great MLB is just off base. Curran is just not big enough to play MLB in the NFL.

JMar

August 26th, 2009
10:30 pm

Question about scholarships, Chip: if a guy like Chris Burnette is a valedictorian of his high school, can UGA not give him an academic scholarship or a HOPE scholarship and use the football scholarship for another player? What’s to prevent universities from awarding academic scholarships to great student-athletes, and similarly, from abusing the system?

JMar

August 26th, 2009
10:35 pm

By the way, when a guy is “too small for the NFL”, that doesn’t change between junior and senior year. So if that’s the primary knock on a guy, it’s actually incentive to leave early – if size is your biggest problem, an extra year likely won’t make much difference in where you’re drafted or what your rookie salary is, so you’re better off earning that paycheck a year earlier. Worst case, that’s one extra year earning money (and getting closer to a pension) playing special teams. Just my two cents.

wardalucci

August 26th, 2009
10:39 pm

I can’t help but laugh when I read UGA and great student athletes in the same sentence. Just sounds funny. Jan Kemp has got to be smiling!

mano17

August 26th, 2009
10:43 pm

mcnairs head coach and the entire staff were let go today . the reason for this was insubordination which is some bulls#t. they replaced a great man with a spineless coward of a coach named john april who in two yeard as head basketball coach won a …total of 4 games. also ever since he came to mcnair he had it in for coach mo and wanted his job.

82dawg

August 26th, 2009
10:49 pm

I always thought Curran was a little small for an NFL middle linebacker

Flor-uh-duh-derrr

August 26th, 2009
10:56 pm

75th ranked recruiting class? http://www.rivals.com/, dumbass.

Flor-uh-duh-derrr

August 26th, 2009
10:57 pm

Try 20th. A little off 75. durrr

Recruitnik

August 27th, 2009
12:48 am

Chip,
Nice article BTW. As you said UGA will most likely take 22. I really see UGA taking another lb. We have Deon and Demetre, but UGA really would like to add another LB. I think we get either Fortt or Mosley. UGA will take Meline if he can show he is healthy. If he can I see him a dawg shortly after his visit for the Auburn game. Then we have 2 more spots for the right two players and one will be a CB. With UF dropping Hampton and with Dorsey most likely not in the class come signing day, they are going hard after Riggs. UGA will have to fight pretty hard to get Riggs or Grimes. Then we go DT and hopefully pick up Thornton. I know Eduardo is out there, but at this point WR, LB, DT, and CB would be a great ending to this already terrific class. Keep up the great work Chip.

Tokyo jacket

August 27th, 2009
12:49 am

I agree with the insider. I hear that we’ll get Martin and Kony Ealy. Here’s the cool part: they’re telling Ealy that they’ll play him at LB. At 6′6″ 225 he’d be an impressive LB. With two years in the weightroom at 6′6″ 255, he’ll be a legitimate NFL prospect for LB.

JMar: if a player is on the football team and on a scholarship, he has to be on a football scholarship. It’s a rule. That’s one of the reasons Skole won’t be on a baseball scholly.

Just Curious: I’m pretty sure that it just has to be a second medical, not two medicals. Although, it is a pretty hard thing to be granted and I think they are a little more lenient if you have back to back medical redshirts like the Auburn guy this year.

World Tour: That was hilarious.

Recruitnik

August 27th, 2009
12:54 am

Just Curious, Chip will call and verify, but if you took a redshirt your freshman year that was not injury related then you get injured your senior year you would have to apply for a redshirt and it’s up in the air if the ncaa would give it to you. We have seen examples where they do and where they don’t. You would also need to make sure you were under the % of playing time as well for any redshirt for that given year. However if your true freshman year’s redshirt was due to an injury you would be able to get an additional year of eligibility without much question.

takedowndawg

August 27th, 2009
6:45 am

I believe you’re right in your accessment of Sturdivant, Jones, Dwyer and Burnett. Solid 2009 season by all will result in being NFL bound by all. Injury possibilities are always motivating factors. Curran might stay though. By staying, he would continue to add to his value and increase in draft selection as he racks up awards to his trophy case. His size will then matter even less and he most likely will end up at the outside LB position at the next level. Great players all.

Big time?? Not

August 27th, 2009
7:06 am

Four tickets, four hot dogs, four cokes

chazzo

August 27th, 2009
7:39 am

Since UGA has the best O-line coach in the nation, it would probably be in Hendersons’s best interest to come be a dawg.

emdawg

August 27th, 2009
8:01 am

Enter your comments here

emdawg

August 27th, 2009
8:09 am

Chip,

I hardly consider Tech’s current recruiting class a resounding instate statement. There are a few players nice players that UGA offered but the vast majority were not offered by the Dawgs. Mainly leftovers.

ForTheRecord

August 27th, 2009
8:10 am

Tech may lose four to the NFL! Dwyer and Burnett are both projected first rounders. Thomas at wide receiver forcast 2nd round and Derrick Morgan is projected third round at DE. Dare say 3rd round and up leads to these gents leaving Tech. But who knows…loyalty as proven by the OU QB could strike the Flats and everyone returns…

jborodave

August 27th, 2009
8:11 am

Worldtour – have to admit, that’s funny.

Wardaluce – UGA has more combined recipients of the NCAA and Ntl Football Foundation Post-Graduate Scholarship, NCAA Top Eight Award, and Academic All-America honors than any university in the South. UGA has had 21 Rhodes Scholars, 6 since 1996.

What are Tech’s numbers?

Dawg Pound

August 27th, 2009
8:24 am

TECH RECEIVER GOING PRO??????????????? BAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAH

Dawg Fan 4 Life

August 27th, 2009
8:41 am

Hey nerds, what do you think of those stats by my man jborodave? Has that got your propellers spinning? LMAO!!!

ComputerNut

August 27th, 2009
8:50 am

“TECH RECEIVER GOING PRO???????????????”

Let’s see. Tech Receiver. NFL. Calvin Johnson comes to mind.

GA Tech Insider

August 27th, 2009
9:07 am

As an FYI, the Jackets are also looking at and Offensive Lineman out of Alabama, Chase Hughes. Chase is around 6-3, 295-pounds and is the 2009 Alabama Power Lifting State Champion. He should be in Atlanta for the game against Jacksonville State.

YellowandBlackAttack

August 27th, 2009
9:25 am

Would be a big blow if Dwyer and Burnett left early, as would Sturdivant and Curran for the dawgs. Your looking at possibly our best O & D players and IMO Sturdivant and Curran are two of the best athletes and leaders UGA has as well. Had Sturdivant (and Owens) not got hurt last season, your guy’s season could have went alot different, not that 10 wins is something to be terribly ashamed about. As for us, I knew all alone that Dwyer was special and I hope the kid hangs around. That’s the kind of talent PJ is going to have to snatch up regularly if we are going to get to the next level. I was hoping we would have a shot at Ken Malcome, the RB out of Decatur. He’s big and strong, reminds me alot of Dwyer….but alas, he will be wearing red & black next season….sigh.

Not Disappointed

August 27th, 2009
9:33 am

Great article Chip. I appears Curran from Georgia may go pro. I also feel BeBe Thomas of Georgia Tech may go pro this year. He has has and is rated in the top 5 of the available WR.

Tokyo Jacket you answered my question. I too wondered if Skol would be on a baseball Scholarship. Thanks.

Ramblin Wreck!

Not Disappointed

August 27th, 2009
9:34 am

excuse the typo!

WTF???

August 27th, 2009
10:10 am

Wow, they’re bringing recruits down for visits when they play Jack State?

BWAHAHAHAHAH!! Too funny, should really impress the kid with the crowd of 8,000…..

Richt?

August 27th, 2009
12:39 pm

Computer nut that’s whey they are who they are, and why we laugh at them. Some half wit dog fan yesterday said, in part, that georgia was better than Tech because Tech’s NC was in the 50’s and georgia’s in 1980, lol! It’s like the media guide, to hell with the facts, they are what I want’em to be, lol! Like last years NC season and Moreno’s Heisman.

Richt?

August 27th, 2009
12:43 pm

WTF? how did that pathetic school, score 33 second half points against you last year? Who’s pathetic? They only draw 8,000 play in a joke, nerds, oh and whupped our butts in our house. How dumb can you be? Oh, never mind you’re a dog fan!

GA Tech Insider

August 27th, 2009
1:48 pm

WTF???, if you think that’s a classy name, and classy comment, I have a little story to tell you.

These kids have to coordinate visits when both their schedules, and the coaching staffs’ schedules, permit, and, believe it or not, sometimes it ends up so that the players have to show up on campus when football games aren’t even being played; imagine that.

In this particular case, about the only time Chase could make it to Atlanta with his parents is that weekend, so they have been invited to the game.

This isn’t rocket science son; even a Georgia Bulldog fan should be able to follow this part of recruiting logic out. This happens with every program, even your beloved “dawgs”.

Get a life, and try to show some class. You’re disrespecting the University you pretend to be supporting.

jborodave

August 28th, 2009
9:01 am

GT Insider; well put. Even UGA has recruits visit on weekends when we play Vandy and Tenn Tech. (Even tho Vandy isn’t the homecoming team they used to be – eg giving us fits lately.)

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November 26th, 2009
12:31 pm

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