Akins’ Tech offer wraps up this week’s recruiting news

Jordan Akins, early on one of the best kept recruiting secrets in Atlanta, received a scholarship offer this week from Georgia Tech, according to Union Grove coach Steven Collins.

The 6-foot-3, 180-pound Akins is a multi-skilled, two-sport athlete who plays wide receiver, quarterback, defensive back and kick returner for Union Grove. Also a pro baseball prospect, he remained under recruiting radar at Strong Rock Christian before transferring to the Henry County public school for his senior season. He also has offers from Connecticut and UCF and is being considered as a two-sport player by LSU.

Grayson now has 3 D-1 defenders

Terry Williams became the third member of Grayson’s defense to land a Division I scholarship this week and there will likely be a fourth before the year is over.

Williams, a 6-foot-260-pound middle linebacker, accepted an offer from East Carolina on Thursday. He now joins defensive tackle Shawn Green (Georgia Tech) and safety Kori Gaines (BYU) in the ranked of the Football Bowl Subdivision, formerly known as Division I.

The Rams will likely end up with a fourth defensive player in D-1. Defensive end Joseph Champaign has several mid-level offers, including the military service academies and Marshall.

“Four Division I signees on one side of the ball, that doesn’t happen very often,” Grayson coach Mickey Conn said.

Major injury for UGA commit

Brent Benedict, one of the top offensive line prospects in the country and a longtime Georgia commitment, suffered a major knee injury this past weekend. The 6-foot-6, 290-pound tackle from The Bolles School in Jacksonville tore his anterior cruciate ligament, his posterior cruciate ligament, meniscus and hamstring. Benedict and his family met with noted orthopedist James Andrews in Pensacola on Thursday and was advised it will take two surgeries to repair the damage. He will be out of action for 12 to 18 months.

The Bulldogs will honor their scholarship commitment to Benedict.

“They called and told us not to worry, that his scholarship was still good,” Benedict’s father, Ed Benedict, told the Florida Times-Union. “They said it’s not even a consideration, so don’t give it any thought.”

Lady Dogs get Atlanta guard

Khaalida[cq] Miller, one of the highest-ranked basketball prospects in Georgia, committed to the Georgia Lady Dogs this past week. The 5-foot-9 shooting guard from Atlanta’s Douglass High, is rated the No. 10 shooting guard and No. 36 prospect overall by ESPNU. She stars in AAU ball for the Georgia Metros, a team coached by her father.

Miller continues a stellar recruiting effort for coach Andy Landers, who has also gotten commitments from five-star, 6-foot-5 center Ariel Johnson of Oak Hill Academy and four-star point guard Ronika Ransford of Washington D.C.

Georgia State adds 2 commitments

Georgia State football program got its fourth and fifth commitments of the 2010 recruiting class. Joining the Panthers were Etowah tight end Joey Gilkey (6-2, 240) and defensive back Justin Hughes (5-9, 160) of Treasure Coast High in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Those two players join LB Blake James (6-1, 220) of Little Rock (Ark.) Christian, L Sherrod Loud (6-2, 280) of Worth County and L Tyler Pitt (6-6, 275) of Telfair County in the Panthers’ signing class of 2010.

Etc. . . .

Georgia coach Mark Richt has turned up the recruiting heat on Gainesville quarterback Blake Sims, an AJC Super 11 selection who has been committed to Alabama since April. . . . AJC Super 11 wide receiver Tai-ler Jones of Gainesville switched his commitment from Stanford to Notre Dame this week. Jones’ father Andre Jones played for the Fighting Irish from 1988-91. . . . AJC Super 11 offensive tackle Ed Christian committed to Auburn this past week. The 6-foot-5, 285-pound senior initially committed to Florida State. . . . Georgia Tech commitment Denzel McCoy of Northview declined an invitation from Tennessee to make an official visit and remains “solid” with the Yellow Jackets. . . . Georgia commitment Nickell Robey, a cornerback from Frostproof, Fla., is now planning to visit Tennessee and South Florida.

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Saint Simons

October 23rd, 2009
1:13 pm

((((( 45 42 ))))) hahahahahahahaha

Joe Blow

October 23rd, 2009
1:29 pm

As a Vol fan, nothing bring me more joy than reading Saint Simons rib dawg fans about last year’s loss every day. And just think dawg fans, when you lose to them again this year (and you know you will), you’ll have to read that every day for another 365 days. Keep it up SS!

Captain

October 23rd, 2009
1:44 pm

Hey Joe, is that last name referencing something in which you have a specialization or particular affinity? Instead of worrying about GT and Georgia, you might want to turn your attention to Ala this weekend, assuming you aren’t so busy ‘blowing’ you’ve forgotten the game. I suspect Nick Saban’s Tide will put a hurtin’ on the UT’s whirley bird coach. It’s a real shame so many Fla players had the flu when the Big Urnge played them. BTW-beating Georgia, not the big deal it once was dude, even GT has figured it out. We’ll be looking for you in Athens next Oct, whirley bird and all.

Hey Dogtards

October 23rd, 2009
1:45 pm

Mr. Benedict, on behalf of Tech fans everywhere I wish you the best of luck in recovery. Just remember when you to get back on the field that you should take the weekend after thanksgiving off.

Also, Mr. Akins, none of the schools you are looking at offer a similar experience to GT or Atlanta. Sure, LSU puts more fannys in the seats, but you’ll have better stats at Tech as a QB (see Nesbitt), WR (see Bey Bey Thomas), or a DB (see All American Morgan Burnett). We’d love to have you.

chuck

October 23rd, 2009
2:02 pm

Don’t forget the beast Derrick Morgan and surprise mid-season all-american OL Cord Howard

Gerald

October 23rd, 2009
2:23 pm

Does Georgia Tech’s offering Jordan Akins (man, Tech is practically becoming the Henry County all star team!) mean that they are no longer in the running for Kareem Martin? It does look like Akins is a perfect prospect for the rover position in Tech’s 4-2-5! Still want to see more OLs and DLs in this class though.

Paddy

October 23rd, 2009
2:58 pm

Gerald, if Adkins signs with Tech or anyone else signs with Tech for that matter, their 2010 recruiting season is complete. I believe they only planned to sign 12 players this year.

GT GRAD

October 23rd, 2009
3:31 pm

I would imagine GT will sign more than 12 this year IF the players are exceptional. They wanted to limit the class to 12 in a effort to establish a little balance over the 4 year recruiting period, but I am sure they would alter this plan for certain players they covet.

I wonder how many recruits UGA will lose since the program is obviously heading in a downward direction. I imagine they will miss out on defensive players for sure and might even lose some of the “committed” players they have lined up since Martinez and company are struggling and on the verge of being replaced. Also, I wonder why the various AJC writers have not posted any stories regarding this subject…….they made a consistent habit of this sort of negative spin in a effort to hurt GT recruiting efforts when Chan Gailey was under pressure from GT fans. Oh yeah, I forgot most of the AJC writers are UGA supporters……..they refrain from any stories which might hurt UGA recruiting efforts! Does not really matter because GT is on the rise and UGA is fading fast.

I am proud to be a GT Fan & GT Graduate!

Go GT!!!!

Chip Towers

October 23rd, 2009
4:06 pm

Gerald: I agree with GT Grad that Tech will probably sign more than 12 players. At this moment they have 13 scholarships to give but that could change if an underclassman turns pro or there is some other kind of attrition. . . . As for Kareem Martin, he hasn’t answered my calls for a little while now so I’m not 100 percent sure of his status. But I know he said he was simply going to take his other visits and make a decision after the season. GT commitment Denzel McCoy talks to him twice a week; maybe I’ll just call him and ask him what he thinks.

A Bulldog Mom

October 23rd, 2009
4:34 pm

What if is Big Time Football school comes calling for CPJ????????? You know it could happen.

chad

October 23rd, 2009
5:51 pm

I will ask “a bulldog mom” one question. Name one thing CPJ can’t do at Tech that he could do at some other school. If memory serves me correctly, the muts haven’t won a NC in TWENTY NINE years. Yeah that is Big Boy football right. Stay in the kitchen, you know nothing about football lady.

AlabamaRamblinwreck

October 23rd, 2009
5:52 pm

You mean like UGAG, Bulldog Mom??? LOL

GT is a big-time football school. Although our fanbase is not as large, we have a wonderful, storied tradition in football at BDS and HGF.

Go Jackets!!

Mr Me

October 23rd, 2009
6:03 pm

Good to see Richt assuring the scholly is still good. Its crazy how one bad, rebuilding year and people call for his head. He’s a great coach in need of a defensive overhaul. If you look around the league not too many teams do well after losing their starting QB, RB, left tackle and top flight reciever. Usually the defense could protect the offense in a rebuilding year but they continue to underachieve.

As for Akins he does fit the mold of a triple option qb- big, fast and has a decent arm. Though he might not be as good of a passer as Nesbitt and thats not saying much. It does seem that Union Grove is becoming a pipe line for GT.

Mr Me

October 23rd, 2009
6:16 pm

Wow jumping on bulldog mom for posing a question? She did not even mention Ga but you assume that she is pissing on the nest. Its an interesting question but easy answer, it was a stretch for a higher tier team such as GT to bring in the triple option in this day and age. So I wouldnt see another BCS conference team bringing it in until GT shows sustained success. At least another year or two. Johnson wouldn’t leave the hotbed of Georgia anyways that would be insane.
GT fans are sooo sensitive, ease up you have a good team

Clint Castleberry

October 23rd, 2009
7:16 pm

Well, before Paul Johnson is called elsewhere, it’s likely to happen to Mark Richt first. He’s a good man, but will go to FSU, to be belated heir apparent to Bowden, or else howling Dawgs will get him fired from UGA.
GO JACKETS !!!

Gerald

October 23rd, 2009
7:58 pm

Bulldog Mom:

No big time school is going to call for Paul Johnson. The big time schools have all bought into the nonsense of the pro-style passing game. Everyone wants to use the 6′5″ pro-style passer who is going to be the Heisman Trophy winner and #1 draft pick to sell tickets, get ratings and raise money, to do what their program what Peyton Manning did for Tennessee.

Take Nebraska in the 1990s. They won 3 national titles, destroyed everybody, and were clearly the best team of the decade, one of the best ever. Did anyone hire a Nebraska assistant and try to emulate their system? Nope. Folks would rather try to copy FSU, Miami and USC, knowing full well that they won’t be able to get those 4 and 5 star QBs and WRs year after year, and fail. Michigan finally abandoned that nonsense and hired Rich Rodriguez, but only because everyone else, including Les Miles, said no.

You see the same thing in the NFL, really. It isn’t that a team can’t win with a running QB in the NFL, it’s that they don’t want to. (Although Tim Tebow might change that.) Everyone knows that unless you have a Manning, Brady or Roethlisberger you have no real shot. But NFL teams would rather keep falling up short than try something else that gives them a chance.

So Paul Johnson is going to be at Georgia Tech for a long time.

just the truth

October 23rd, 2009
7:59 pm

I’ll answer it for you Chip. Martin is Tech’s #1 target, bar none right now, although he’s still shopping. Anyone else will be because of attrition of some sorts.

not only is atkins in the wings

October 23rd, 2009
8:08 pm

for gt but there are 4-5 other 4* players who have shown great interest in gt as well.

cpj is still making up his mind

NC Dawg

October 23rd, 2009
9:26 pm

CMR will not go to FSU. Jimbo Fisher has a huge buyout…they will not replace Jimbo. I would hate to see CMR ever leave. If he ever does I would love them to get Brian Kelly. CMR better get a popular DC to keep the recruits. Kirby Smart!!

Red Dog 77

October 24th, 2009
12:59 am

Ok, Get the picture: 1966 or there abouts GT is rooling along with the unstopable Kim King@ qb Lenny Snow toting the rock . Goes into the UGA game 9- 0 , Only 10 games back then, ranked in the top 5, and a wounded but proud BullDog squad beats the crap out of the bees@ Grant field! Next game the sputtering bugs are in the Orange Bowl to face Steve Spurrier and UF and SPLAT!!! the bees end on a losing note. Boy, What a year! See there bees I can say ugly things about you too. This was cowritten by Jekyl Island

Not Disappointed

October 25th, 2009
6:34 pm

Mr. Adkins we would love to have you on the Flats. Nevertheless, good luck and Ramblin Wreck!

just the truth

October 25th, 2009
8:53 pm

Red Dog 77, everything you said was true but you didn’t finish the story. Tech finished #8 in the country that year! Are you suggesting that Tech again will finish at #8 or will it be UGA? Actually the story you told sounded like last years game except UGA was ranked #1.

WTH

October 26th, 2009
9:26 am

Boy, it just keeps getting better, Dog fans are now dreaming about 1966. I though they just dreamed about 1980 and HW.Things must really be getting bad for them.

WTH

October 26th, 2009
9:27 am

Before one of you idiots corrects it. thought

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Marietta Bob

November 6th, 2009
6:41 pm

“Georgia Tech commitment Denzel McCoy of Northview declined an invitation from Tennessee to make an official visit and remains “solid” with the Yellow Jackets. ”
Remember that recruit that wanted to make just one more trip to AU after committing to Tech? Bet he feels like #$%^ now. PJ is smarter than them all. He knows how to hookem’ and keep them hooked. That way you don’t have to sellem’ and resellem’.