Tech coaches hand-deliver offer to Pope’s O’Reilly

Pope offensive lineman Thomas O’Reilly received an official scholarship offer from Georgia Tech on Friday. And the Yellow Jackets made quite a splash in doing so.

Tech didn’t simply mail O’Reilly an offer letter. It was hand-delivered by assistant coaches Brian Bohannon and Todd Spencer.

“They came in and gave me a letter which I then gave to Thomas O’Reilly offering him a scholarship,” Pope coach Matt Kemper said. “They hand-delivered it but they followed all the channels and did the right things.”

It was just the first of what promises to be dozens of offers for this 2011 prospect. The 6-foot-3, 313-pound O’Reilly also is being recruited by Georgia, Alabama and Vanderbilt, among others.

“Thomas is a heck of a player and a good kid and he’s going to have decisions to make,” Kemper said. “I’m sure this is the first of a lot of offers. Everybody in the country will probably end up offering this kid.”

You’d have to say the Yellow Jackets have the inside track.

“He’s been going down there for games and other things and certainly seems to like it down there,” Kemper said. “They’ve sure got a lot of great things happening down there. Coach Johnson really has it going on and Thomas is excited about the opportunity.”

Kemper can only hope his star lineman is not distracted for tonight’s game against Milton.

“He seemed very happy,” Kemper said.  “Hopefully he’ll be focused on the game. You’re happy for the kid. You hope that maybe it gives him a little extra spring in his step tonight and knock a couple of folks off the football.”

This was his first one.

52 comments Add your comment

dogcrap

October 30th, 2009
4:20 pm

dogcrap

October 30th, 2009
4:21 pm

I hope to be seeing this kid at the flats someday soon!!

Burdell

October 30th, 2009
4:23 pm

Hope this kid stays healthy and keeps playing well. It’s a long time until Summer 2011 when he’ll finally make it to a college campus…hopefully it will be Tech. He must be quick for a big man…that is a lot bigger than CPJ usually recruits for the OL.

GO JACKETS!!!

GT GRAD

October 30th, 2009
4:25 pm

Impressive, classy & impactful approach by the GT coaching staff!

I hope Thomas makes the best decision for him & his family. It would be GREAT if GT is the right place for him; if not, I still wish him well.

Go GT!

Jacketnation

October 30th, 2009
4:30 pm

Metal Jacket

October 30th, 2009
4:35 pm

Good job GT. That’s how you show a guy some respect. GO JACKETS!!!!!

GT For You And Me

October 30th, 2009
5:02 pm

He won’t play for GA. They will only be a .500 team in 2011………

Tom

October 30th, 2009
6:19 pm

Based on the comments various sources have made on Thomas’ strengths and technique, he’d be a PERFECT fit for PJ’s offense!!

Would love to see him in the White and Gold!

BravesFan79

October 30th, 2009
6:20 pm

Go GT… i think next year we go undefeated (if everyone comes back and we get more talent on D) and play for the title. Im excited the most about the Basketball season…. Im telling everyone now, we have the best frontcourt in the nation! Final 4 bound.. as long as the guards play well also. Great time to be a GT hoops and football fan.

Clint Castleberry

October 30th, 2009
7:31 pm

This would be just right for this young man, and for Georgia Tech. In my mind’s eye, I can see him opening the way for the multi-touchdowns Tech is going to score next season.

misterwax

October 30th, 2009
8:05 pm

He can join my daughter as a Pope Class of 2011 who will also be going to GT…..smart kids know how and when to do the right thing….BZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!!!

Flo-Ri-Duh!

October 30th, 2009
8:52 pm

Until he signs on the dotted line he is fair game and when Saban, Meyer and Kiffin and Miles come calling he will listen.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

October 30th, 2009
8:53 pm

Usually a guy that big doesn’t like to go down and cut block at the knees like Tech teaches.

G Man

October 30th, 2009
9:43 pm

Go Jackets; sting ‘em. Hoping he signs with Tech and pancakes the dogettes

YoMama

October 30th, 2009
11:08 pm

He must like run blocking since GT never passes the football.

TechDan

October 30th, 2009
11:33 pm

Flo-Ri-Duh, Our O-Lineman rarely actually cut block. Cut blocks are primarily used by our wide receivers and A-Backs.

db

October 31st, 2009
1:18 am

CPJ is trying to build *his* team and I hope Thomas O’Reilly will be part of the movement.
Go Jackets!

Cuz

October 31st, 2009
6:41 am

Kid probably has a nasty streak. He will be injuring knees all across the southeast using PJ’s chop blocking techniques!!

DAP01

October 31st, 2009
7:11 am

Come to Tech! We have 39,000 fans ready to great you at every game.

Sorry Dogs

October 31st, 2009
7:20 am

Yeah Cuz, and we hope he starts with some players from the Athens School for Remedial College Students.

You better get to the liquor store and get stocked up so you’ll be ready to drown your sorrows today.

Here’s hoping the Gators hang a 50 spot on the poodles and dance in your end zone today.

Go Jackets! And as always THWG!

Paddy

October 31st, 2009
7:59 am

Flo-ri-da… Believe it is time for you to back off a little. You are starting to become exposed. Sometimes a small amount of knowledge is dangerous. You have reached that point.

what are you stupid?

October 31st, 2009
8:14 am

Come to tech, get robbed, get called stupid by your coach, date nerds, play video games, meet Ruben Houston and head to the buffet.
If this young man is that good than the SEC will be calling.

Matt

October 31st, 2009
8:16 am

DAP01-And EVERY one of those fans knows how to spell!! Another fine example of the Puppy Fan educational level you are.

collegeballfan

October 31st, 2009
8:34 am

Yeah, he is bigger than most Johnson recruits for the OL.

I trust he is a good student.

DRC

October 31st, 2009
8:52 am

Wish they would deliver a scholly to a good field goal kicker. Actually know where there is one. He kicks for Northside-Warner Robins. Made a 50 yarder last night.

YoMama

October 31st, 2009
8:56 am

If this fellow or any prospect has even a remote chance of playing in the NFL, they will avoid playing in a gimmicky offense like GT’s.

Cuz

October 31st, 2009
9:01 am

This kid will probably end up choosing between Tech, Florida Atlantic,and Furman. He will dominate at the division II level, or in the ACC.

AlabamaRamblinwreck

October 31st, 2009
9:13 am

Some truly frightened UGAG fans…this is getting really good!

Go CPJ! Go Jackets!!

Gt4ever

October 31st, 2009
9:19 am

Cuz
You sure are BITTER… and for the last time. Chop blocks are illegal. GT does not chop block!

Chop Block U

October 31st, 2009
9:24 am

rduck

October 31st, 2009
10:08 am

Make the best decision for you and your future young man. I really hope to see you on the flats in the future. Sounds like a great young man and a heck of a ball player. Good luck to you wherever you decide to go. For all those who wish to put down the so-called gimmeky offense… Sounds like fear to me. Keep on with your useless jabs. CPJ and Tech will just continue to win games.

Tom

October 31st, 2009
10:10 am

I hear the slobbering sounds of scared, desperate, drooling mutts.

Frank

October 31st, 2009
10:23 am

Say what you wish techies, you will always be an underling to UGA. You are the ones obsessed with UGA, even to the point that you acknowledge it with your tacky score board message at the end of your home games.

THWGT!!!!

DRC

October 31st, 2009
10:45 am

Frank, I think it just may be the opposite. For some reason you buttlickers will not stay off the Tech message boards.

Not Disappointed

October 31st, 2009
11:08 am

Morning All! Thomas should study hard and concentrate on high school. We would love to have him on the flats; nevertheless his education is important.

Ramblin Wreck. “Also, a safe Halloween to All the parents with kids.”

Lewis Skolnick

October 31st, 2009
11:38 am

isn’t this a jacket blog? but we love the doggs when they get mad at their coaching staff.

RxDawg

October 31st, 2009
1:08 pm

I think it’s funny that a Ga Tech blogger calls themselves dogcrap.

Independent Thinker

October 31st, 2009
2:25 pm

I think it’s funny UGA has the “dawgpound” in their vernacular….isn’t that where dogs go to be euthanized? For UGA people, that means the dogs are executed, killed, and other similar terms. Stay off the GT blog are we will start saying you are obsessed with everything GT…or is that logic way over your head? Oh yeah, and can I have some fries with that, Rx Dawg??

Independent Thinker

October 31st, 2009
2:25 pm

Sorry, not “are” but “or”

Mrs. Claytor

October 31st, 2009
9:44 pm

Really impressive and a great place to go if your want to spend four years and not know how to pass block (hint NFL). Not to mention I am still waiting for the freeloading Tech fans to pay me back for my sons signing party!!!! I’m not kidding!!!!

Jacketnation

October 31st, 2009
11:20 pm

now that it is all over but the crying do you think Mr. College Football and Mark Bradley can take a look at GT’s Johnathon Dwyer as a Heisman candidate? 180 yds rushing tonight against Vandy, but nooooooooo all Barnhart can talk about is Spiller of Clemson..how bout getting your head out of Georgia’s behind and give Dwyer some favor..The ESPN announcers of the game said they felt GT was the best one loss team in the country, funny that natinal media starting to see it but not Mr. College Football blind as a goat in a hailstorm

Rodney Dangerfield

November 1st, 2009
12:46 am

Lets not get the Dwyer for Heismen rolling. I want him back next year.

Alabama Jack

November 1st, 2009
12:03 pm

Chop Block U – why didn’t they call defensive holding?

Brian Jones Tech Fan

November 1st, 2009
1:00 pm

yomama and cuz yall are idiots learn what a chop block is befreo you start talking. And if tech never passes the ball why is #8 #1 in acc in rfecieving and #7 in nation. Before you talk know what you arfe talking about i’ll take an 8-1 so called gimmcky offense than a 4-4 no offense. Also if you didnt know the NFL is a running league you idiot. Bobby Dodd once said “the passing team loses” it is so true

richard cranium

November 2nd, 2009
2:29 am

This kid has a great family – CAN”T WAIT to see him in GT gold and white!!!!!

Pope Alum

November 2nd, 2009
3:06 am

As a Pope alum and a soon to be GT alum, I can tell this kid that this would be a great decision for him…Tech is the perfect distance from home where you feel far away but it’s close by if you ever want to go back…plus there’s bound to be some of your friends coming here too…I’ve loved my years here and hope to be cheering for this kid from the alumni section in a couple years

Jeff

November 2nd, 2009
9:27 am

Hey Flo-Ri-Duh one thing to say to you,LOWEST SAT SCORES OF ANYONE!!

WTH

November 2nd, 2009
1:01 pm

Good Luck to this young man wherever he goes.

Some of you “grown ups” on this blog are way out of line.

Old Gold Britches

November 2nd, 2009
1:11 pm

Flo-Ri-Duh! ……He doesn’t like his eyes clawed out either as the flo-ri-dah! coaches seem to teach.

Simply a dawg

November 3rd, 2009
10:22 am

Despite UGA’s recent and hopefully temporary decline, I have to think that most quality players would rather play in the SEC than the ACC. You do have to wonder how long Coach “hey your stupid” will stay at Tech??