Stripling says nothing to Tech rumor, ’still solid’ with UGA

T.J. Stripling knew what the question was even before it was delivered. So he was laughing when he answered.

Georgia Tech came hard after Southwest DeKalb defensive end T.J. Stripling recently but the longtime Georgia commitment said he intends to stick with the Bulldogs. (Photo by me)

Georgia Tech came hard after Southwest DeKalb defensive end T.J. Stripling recently but the longtime Georgia commitment said he intends to stick with the Bulldogs. (Photo by me)

“Nah, I’m still Georgia,” said the 6-foot-6, 215-pound defensive end from Southwest DeKalb.

Rumor had run rampant over the last few days that Stripling not only was wavering on his commitment to the Bulldogs but that he was leaning toward flipping to Georgia Tech, which had just come forth with an official offer.

Stripling said neither was true. But he thinks he knows how the rumor started.

“Georgia Tech coaches came to the school last Friday and offered me [a scholarship],” Stripling said Tuesday night. “They said they wanted me to come down there [to The Flats] Saturday and I told them I’d try to but that I was committed to go to Tennessee Tech game up at Georgia and that’s what I did. I guess it just got blown up from there.”

Message boards on Tech and Georgia fan sites lit up over the possibility of a Georgia-to-Tech flip from the No. 2 prospect in the state (according to Rivals.com). Stripling said he doesn’t frequent the recruiting chatrooms but that he’d heard from his father and several friends about the “all the fuss” it created.

While Stripling does not plan on taking up Georgia Tech on its offer, he told me “may take one or two” visits between now and national signing day. He said he is considering trips to Florida, Ohio State, Tennessee or Miami.

Even so, Stripling insisted he is not considering backing off his commitment to the Bulldogs.

“Oh, no, there’s no way,” he said. “I’m still solid.”

So there you go.

By the way, Stripling is having a great year for the Panthers (9-1), who are ranked No. 2 in Class AAAA and open the playoffs Friday against Northwest Whitfield at Panthersville Stadium. Stripling currently has 20 quarterback sacks on the season and is eyeing the record of 27 set by former Stephenson star Jermaine Cunningham, who’s now at Florida.

153 comments Add your comment

Jaywan Riley

November 11th, 2009
11:09 am

Good inside sources say he will be with GT sometime later. He is definetly considering Tech.

Pi$$onaDawg

November 11th, 2009
11:17 am

Your word is just that YOUR WORD. I would like to see you at TECH, but you have been a Dawg from the start. All that being said just do what is best for you and that in the end is all that matters.

Gary

November 11th, 2009
11:17 am

Yeah Jaywan……those inside sources certainly know more than the kid himself don’t they? If he was wavering, he would say so. No sense in lying about it. Plus, why go to UGA-Tenn Tech when he could have went over to Tech-Wake? If he was really thinking about changing, then he would have went to the Tech game.

Lewis Buzzard

November 11th, 2009
11:18 am

PJ please do not recruit this kid if he is not solidly buying into our program and the upside at Tech. I love the commitment the team and coaches appear to have for one another. We do not need kids in the program that don’t share in “commitment”.

Gary

November 11th, 2009
11:18 am

Though I can’t stand him, I agree with Pi$$onaDawg. The kid should go where he is most happy and where you can attain the future he wants. Whether it be UGA or Tech.

PDawg

November 11th, 2009
11:25 am

Funny how coach PJ will go after a kid who has made a commitment but will yank a scholarship who commits and then takes a official visit to another school.

Gator Hater

November 11th, 2009
11:30 am

To all you Tech Necks……your bubble is about to bust!!!!And after the sucess you’ve had in the last YEAR…..it’s going to be a long fall…

GO DAWGS!!!!

dap01

November 11th, 2009
11:33 am

Why would he not want to play at Tech? He could get to wear yellow and play in front of 40,000 screaming fans each week.

alpharettadawg

November 11th, 2009
11:36 am

i agree with PDawg. How can CPJ invite a kid already committed down to Tech for visit, but yank a scholly for a kid who is committed to Tech but takes a visit to another school?

Mutts iz Nutts

November 11th, 2009
11:37 am

What are all these recruits gonna do when Willie Martinez is fired on November 29th?

hotbobby

November 11th, 2009
11:38 am

Dadgum! There is a new sheriff in town. Can’t blame the boy for wanting a look-

UGA grad/fan

November 11th, 2009
11:41 am

oh geeks/terrorists, sucks for you, even big fat Paul Johnson can’t convince him to change his mind.

GT

November 11th, 2009
11:46 am

Any of this sound familiar. I think after a few years AJC just leaves the names blank and keeps the story. They fill in whomever. When a Calvin Johnson or a Dwyer goes to Tech they make headlines from the day they walk on campus until the draft. When a King or whomever the hot prospect is at Georgia shows up that is his draft day, it doesn’t get any better than that, he is usually downhill from that day on. Also their are unknowns showing up at Tech just happy they are getting a chance and they are drafted when the guy they were pick over to go to Georgia is no longer playing.

EW

November 11th, 2009
11:49 am

damn Pi$$onaDawg, that’s almost a civil comment from a Tech fan. Can you please educate your cronies?

sunday

November 11th, 2009
11:50 am

I’m a Tech fan, but I believe once you make a commitment, you stick to it. Go to UGA, buddy.

GA Tech Insider

November 11th, 2009
11:53 am

All that I will say is that there is a whole lot more to this story than is being reported.

T.J. is a great kid and will be a fine addition to whatever program he eventually ends up playing for. I wish him well, and will leave my comments at that.

GO TECH

November 11th, 2009
11:55 am

Probably dosen’t have the grades for GT anyway, that’s why the early commitment to GA, no real study time involved.

Burdell

November 11th, 2009
11:57 am

Whether he picks UGA or Tech…I just hope he stays in the state of Georgia. Good luck to him wherever he decides to go…

GO JACKETS!! BEAT DUKE!!! WIN THE COASTAL!!

GT

November 11th, 2009
12:05 pm

Come to GT if you want to win a national championship, play in the NFL, and get a prestigious degree.

Go to UGA if you want to play in the Music City Bowl, Lose to Florida and GT every year, go to NFL Europe, and draw the ire of all their white racist redneck confederate-flag flying fans.

Go Tech610

November 11th, 2009
12:05 pm

Whatever he chooses as long as he is happy. TJ just an FYI, GT sent 3 defensive guys to the NFL last year, Derrick Morgan will go this year, and Gary Guyton is playing for New England as a starter.

UGA has Champ Bailey who is getting ready to retire because he is so old.

Think about it….

Jefferson

November 11th, 2009
12:08 pm

You UGA fans are acting the way that make GT fans smile and laugh, please keep it up as your insecurity is priceless.

macrotech

November 11th, 2009
12:15 pm

Integrity will carry you farther than athletic ability….stick with your initial committment!!! At Six foot Six, we’re going to have to use every inch from side line to side line!!! Big kid! Either way…GO TECH!!!

Woodstock Jacket

November 11th, 2009
12:23 pm

Famous quote “Can’t we all just get along”. CPJ never said a kid can’t change his mind. Recruits get offers all the time from other schools once they have committed. It must be tough on these 17 & 18 year old kids to play the recruiting game. Heck, were trying to decide where my kid will go and it’s complicated without any scholorship offers.

I believe in the thoery of abundance. There is plenty of talent to be had by all the major schools. I hope the kid goes where he will be happy.

To DAWG MAX

November 11th, 2009
12:24 pm

Enter your comments here

cantondawg

November 11th, 2009
12:28 pm

I think it’s great that a kid is honoring his commitment but i think he should do what’s best for him. Both Georgia and GT are great institutions. I think it depends on what his Major is. If he wants to be an engineer, he should go to Tech. If he wants to do something else then UGA is the place. Both schools also have storied traditions in Football and Great head football coaches. He really can’t go wrong in either place.

GADAWG

November 11th, 2009
12:28 pm

Go TEch610, UGA defensive players in the NFL are:

Champ Bailey DB
Boss Bailey LB
Kendrell Bell LB
Greg Blue S
Thomas Davis LB
Demetric Evans DE
Jason Ferguson DT
Robert Geathers DE
Tony Gilbert LB
Randall Godfrey LB
Kedric Golston DT
Charles Grant DE
Arnold Harrison LB
Tim Jennings CB
Kawika Mitchell LB
Jermaine Phillips S
Richard Seymour DE
Marcus Stroud DT
Johnathan Sullivan DT
Will Witherspoon LB

I think that makes more than Champ Bailey, don’t you think?

JB

November 11th, 2009
12:30 pm

The Dawgs have 15 or commits, and 6 or 8 of those are wanted by everybody. The lies will be poured on thick because of our disappointing season. These guys will be told that Richt is on the way out and Georgia will never even get to a bowl game for awhile. don’t believe it recruits. We will be back….and BIG.

cantondawg

November 11th, 2009
12:35 pm

I’ve never understand how some fans denigrate and insult these young kids when they choose a school different than the one that they support. Sure, i would like all of the great players to come to UGA but i realize that it’s not the best fit for everyone. As adults, we need to congratulate these kids and wish them the best of luck whatever school they choose. My hope is that they concentrate as much or more on academics than they do in football. Football is a sport that can be taken away from you by injury at any minute but no one can ever take your education away from you.

slimpickens

November 11th, 2009
12:36 pm

Go Tech 610 – FYI, Georgia has the second most players behind Miami in the NFL.

JB

November 11th, 2009
12:38 pm

Tech can talk about Johnson all they want and their return to winning, but nothing, and I mean nothing compares to running out on that field, under the lights, a big SEC showdown on National TV with the entire country watching. Compare that to Tech/Duke at 12:30 at Grant Field in front of 45,000, 35,000 who are in Starch shirts and wool pants who look and act like mannequins. There is NO comparison.

MiamiJacket

November 11th, 2009
12:40 pm

This is just a little payback by CPJ for UGA chasing after Stephen Hill last year after he had already commited to Tech. Remember that it is a two way street! Does Stripling like helicopters? Because I’m sure Kiffin has already planned on landing a chopper in his back yard before signing day.

Woodstock Jacket

November 11th, 2009
12:45 pm

Cantondawg. Couldn’t agree with you more. Great comments and much respect for your position.

Dawg on it

November 11th, 2009
12:46 pm

Sean Jones is a pretty good safety playing in Philly. I think he cracked a few heads at UGA too.

JB

November 11th, 2009
12:47 pm

Listen to Kiffen and he’ll tell you he has 68 commits and 25 or so to go and we’re getting them all………………………………………………………………………wrong……..He’ll sign 22 or so…..He can’t sign 8 wide outs and 5 QB’s and 5 RB’s………………………………..Can’t/ won’t do it. There are 150 Div 1 prospects in Georgia ALONE……………………………250 in Florida…………………………….He’ll sign 22…maybe 24…………………don’t believe the hype. Pollack came to Georgia as a FULLBACK prospect, 3 stars……………………………………. crap and hype out of Knoxville.

RealBlue

November 11th, 2009
12:47 pm

This is all just a smoke screen. THE REAL SWITCH IS COMING! My super reliable never wrong inside source tells me that Stripling has already made a super secret committment to another program. In the coming week he will make it public that he is switching to Georgia State to play for Bill Curry. Mark it down in permenent marker. It is going to happen!

Not Disappointed

November 11th, 2009
12:53 pm

JB, you & the dawgs haven’t been under those lights lately on National TV. Have you? More like Peachtree TV and Pay for view! You should think before you speak.

Ramblin Wreck!

indianman

November 11th, 2009
12:54 pm

is paul johnson stuiped why would you go to school like tech when you can go to georgia at tech you don.t how what sportmanship is at georgia you do

Gordy

November 11th, 2009
12:57 pm

The above post requires no comment.

Not Disappointed

November 11th, 2009
12:58 pm

I agree with you Cantondawg. TJ Stripling should stick to his commitment; moreover be happy with where you want to go. Regardless, get your education and stay in the state of Georgia. Best of luck to you TJ.

Ramblin Wreck!

Hey Dogtards

November 11th, 2009
1:00 pm

JB said – “Compare that to Tech/Duke at 12:30 at Grant Field in front of 45,000, 35,000 who are in Starch shirts and wool pants who look and act like mannequins.”

JB my friend, that is a stupid comparison. First the game is at Duke, second its against Duke – the team with the worst fan base in the ACC. A fitting comparison for that game would be UGA v. Vandy this year. Kickoff at 12:21 pm. Announced attendance (i.e. tickets sold): 38,340. Wow, that sure must be fun playing in front of all of those fans.

If you are going to use the top SEC matchups for comparison, you might as well pick the right games. Tech has big time matchups against VT, Miami, and Clemson every year. Is it the same as the SEC? No, of course not. But taking in a game under the lights of Bobby Dodd with the city of Atlanta (where you probably live or will live upon graduation) as a backdrop is amazing.

I’d also think you’d be surprised by the atmosphere at Tech this year. Multiple teams, including VT and Clemson, have remarked how loud the crowd is this year. You will see come the 28th!!!

Either way this guy can’t go wrong. I hope he comes to the flats though!!!!!!

unbiased volfan

November 11th, 2009
1:00 pm

Hey Chip, I like how you have to pull the JuJuan article…

That’s weak tot action. Did Pastor Richt call and beg you to pull it??

Carson

November 11th, 2009
1:01 pm

Come to UGA…we like to surprise folks with what color pants and helmets we wear. It gives us that “edge” to almost cover point spreads. We will be a solid #3 in our division for the forseeable future behind Rocky Top and Swampland. Maybe you can teach us some new dance moves. Coach Richt will carpet your mother’s home and Tony Ball will give you any uniform number you want.

George P Burdell

November 11th, 2009
1:02 pm

This is Paul Johnson’s philosophy on commitment. Don’t commit until you are ready to. I want you to look every where and make sure of your decision. When they commit, he asks them- “Are you sure”. When they say yes- then tells them the visits are over.

This kid has said he is committed but still looking around. If he wasn’t going to Florida, Ohio State, Tennessee or Miami for visits I would understand the outrage about Tech courting him.

I do hope the kid ends up where he will be happiest.

JaxDawg

November 11th, 2009
1:12 pm

Hey Go Tech610- you really don’t want to go there with the defensive players in the NFL do you?
Here’s a list of CURRENT NFL’ers from Georgia on the DEFFENSIVE side of the ball alone:
Asher Allen, Chris Clemons, Phillip Daniels, Dannell Ellerbe, Demetric Evans, Jason Ferguson, Robert Geathers, Tony Gilbert, Kedric Golston, Corey Irvin, Charles Johnson, Sean Jones, Arnold Harrison, Quentin Moses, Paul Oliver, Jermaine Phillips, Richard Seymour, Jarius Wynn, and Will Witherspoon. (19 in all)

BTW- GT has 21 players TOTAL both offense and defense. UGA has a TOTAL of 39. But don’t take my word for it

http://espn.go.com/nfl/college/_/letter/g

Go Dawgs!!

Bob

November 11th, 2009
1:12 pm

Haven’t seen many recent UGA defensive players making it to the NFL, only the Jim Donnan recruits.

JaxDawg

November 11th, 2009
1:15 pm

Sorry 20 including Champ

Carson

November 11th, 2009
1:16 pm

I saw Randall Godfrey on an earlier list. Didn’t he retire a while back?

ratherBgambling

November 11th, 2009
1:19 pm

Good luck at UGA, disappointments and second tier bowl games await you.

Oh and beat downs by UF

War Jacket

November 11th, 2009
1:20 pm

We don’t want a kid at Tech that can’t recognize a ship that is sinking right before his very eyes.

Villa Rica DAWG

November 11th, 2009
1:21 pm

He obviously hasn’t experienced Tech’s beautiful campus up close and personally. My guess is that he’ll easily change his mind once he sees first hand how lovely the atmosphere at BEAUTIFUL GEORGIA TECH is like!

By the way, does Tech offer complimentary bullet proof vests when their “recruits” come on an official visit???