B.J. Bostic making Tech fans out of mid-Georgians

Ask Georgia Tech commitment Barry “B.J.” Bostic to describe the small town of Louisville (pronounced Lewis-vill) from which he hails and you can feel the smile come through the telephone.

“Not too many big places around here,” Bostic said of Jefferson County’s seat, population 2,700. “There aren’t many towns that don’t have a Wal-Mart. Well, we don’t. We have a couple of grocery stores, a couple of dollar stores, that’s it. Lots of trees and woods.”

They also have their football. Thanks in part to Bostic, an AJC Super 11 selection, Louisville has a powerhouse of a program in the Jefferson County Warriors. The four-time Region 3 champions are 11-0 and ranked No. 4 in Class AA this season.

Bostic has had more than a little to do with that. Playing primarily quarterback but also running back and wide receiver, the 5-foot-10, 170-pound athlete has amassed 2,544 total yards and 32 touchdowns, including 1,054 yards rushing and 983 passing. His scores have come on 12 runs, 15 passes, four receptions and one kickoff return.

And Tech wants him to play defense?

“Yeah, but a lot of people say once Paul Johnson sees me move around and sees what I can do with a ball in my hands they’ll eventually find a spot for me somewhere on offense,” Bostic says playfully. “Coach Johnson always jokes around with the defensive coaches about how he’s going to move me to quarterback.”

Perhaps Bostic could eventually become a two-way player. But the immediate plans are to make him a cornerback. He comes to The Flats as one quarter of star-studded, ready-made secondary the Jackets have committed, joining four-star cornerback Ryan Ayers of South Forsyth and safeties Fred Holton of Thomasville and Isaiah Johnson of Sandy Creek.

In fact, Bostic and Holton will face off tonight in Louisville in a Class AA second-round playoff game between Jefferson County and Thomasville.

“I’m looking forward to it,” said Bostic, who has become friends with Holton since the two committed to Tech this summer. “He’ll definitely be on defense. He plays all over the field for them, quarterback, running back, cornerback. Sometimes he plays D-line; sometimes he plays safety. He’s all over the field for them. Watch number 15.”

Bostic comes to Tech via a newly-constructed pipeline into Jefferson County. He follows to Atlanta his second cousin Chris Crenshaw, now a freshman defensive end for the Yellow Jackets.

“When he committed to Tech (in July of 2008), that’s when I started hitting the camp circuit,” Bostic said. “The day I went to a Georgia camp he went to the Tech camp the same day. He got an offer from them and he committed on the spot. That’s when he started telling me about Georgia Tech. They came to a Swainsboro game my junior year to see Chris and that’s when I first got to meet Coach [Giff] Smith. He told me right there I was a kid they were going to offer. Later on, as we progressed through the season, they came forth with the offer. They were the first team to offer me and they have kept their promise.”

So has Bostic, though he said it has been at times difficult. Several schools have continued to recruit him hard. Playing offense is the lure that they’re dangling.

Kentucky is telling Bostic he’s perfect for their Wildcat formation. Dan Mullen of Mississippi State says he can be their version of Percy Harvin. West Virginia says he’ll make a perfect slot receiver along the lines of Jock Sanders.

“I’m solid on Tech but sometimes I do think about that,” he said. “You know, basically I’ve played offense my whole high school career. . . . I do think about that but I’m committed to Tech right now.”

Early enrollment should help. Bostic will graduate from high school next month.

“I’ve got a lot of hard work ahead of me but that’s why I’m coming in early in January, so I can get accustomed to the defense and learn the defensive philosophy,” he said.

Jefferson County, located between Interstates 20 and 16 southwest of Atlanta, has always been known as Bulldog Country. In fact, Bostic said he grew up of playing between the hedges.

“My room was all Bulldogs,” Bostic said. “Now I’ve got my room changed out. It’s all Yellow Jackets now. Got me a new Tech bed spread. So everything in here is Georgia Tech now.”

Bostic’s aim is to convert the masses.

“Down here there was nothing but Bulldog fans,” he said. A lot of people still question me now. ‘Why not Georgia? Why Georgia Tech?’ But I’m starting to turn them around. We have a lot of people at my school that are Georgia Tech fans now. A lot of people are starting to jump on the bandwagon. That’s a good thing.”

Bostic and a couple more ACC championships should help.

124 comments Add your comment

Tom

November 20th, 2009
10:13 am

Can’t wait to see Mr. Bostic in the White and Gold!! Incredible athlete and fine young man!

ZamBonE

November 20th, 2009
10:16 am

Finally an article all about a Tech recruit. He seems to be a tremendous athlete and CPJ will find a position for him that will best help the team win. Best of luck in the state playoffs and see you in the spring.

Go Jackets

Buzzfan®

November 20th, 2009
10:18 am

GREAT STUFF!! The future is definitely looking bright down on The Flats!!

Wreckrider

November 20th, 2009
10:24 am

Sounds like a great student, a great athlete and a great person. We’re happy to have you at Tech BJ.

LizellaJacket

November 20th, 2009
10:24 am

Way to slip in a Teck reference there a$$hat. Otherwise good article.

thrash223

November 20th, 2009
10:27 am

CPJ isn’t stupid… if this kid can contribute on offense, he’ll be on offense. If he is made to be a start defensive back, he’ll make him a start db.

That’s CPJ is going to do for Tech recruiting. Take great young athletes and put them in the best situation to showcase their talent.

Yellow Fuzz

November 20th, 2009
10:39 am

“ Wes Bunting of NationalFootballPost.com lists Dwyer, a junior, as the best running back on the board and the No. 8 overall NFL prospect. Bunting called Dwyer “a violent runner who exhibits good vision between the tackles and has the initial burst to separate from defenders at the second level.”

There must be some mistake. Dwyer plays in that “gimmick”, “high school”, “triple option” system that no blue chip recruit with aspirations of playing in the NFL would ever consider………………Hahahaha. Some dog nation bloggers on here are wrong about absolutely everything. See you azzholes on the 28th and bring all those top 5 recruiting classes with you! LOL.

45-42

The D

November 20th, 2009
10:54 am

5′10 170 wow what a scary cornerback, you can have a AA standout

juvenal

November 20th, 2009
11:01 am

i wish you would ban patches of any source, esp. bd & yf

Nasty Nate

November 20th, 2009
11:07 am

And Tech still can’t sell out a home game. Thank goodness the UGA game is in ATL.

Teck

November 20th, 2009
11:08 am

Chip,
Was it really just the usual typo or did you really slip in the “Teck”?

Credibility of the AJC continues to decline.

John

November 20th, 2009
11:09 am

Hate to burst everyone’s bubble, but the only reason he’s at GT is because UGA NEVER offered him. I just love it how the nerds love to brag now, where was all this 7 years ago? Win 7 in a row and then you can say something, until then you’ll always be UGA’s stepchild.

DRC

November 20th, 2009
11:13 am

B.J., I promise you, if you are that good of an offensive player, CPJ will have you playing there. He knows how best to utilize your skills. Welcome to GT.

Ty

November 20th, 2009
11:16 am

45-42, u r only as good as your last game.

DRC

November 20th, 2009
11:18 am

Hey D—I think your great rb eealy came from little class a emanuel co.

Herschel Talker

November 20th, 2009
11:19 am

63-59!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hahahahahahahahahahaha!!!

Dawgs forever!

November 20th, 2009
11:21 am

Good luck to him! But, that part of the state will ALWAYS be Dawg Country!!

blord

November 20th, 2009
11:27 am

john when you win 8 in a row you can brag.

Ga Tech Old Timer

November 20th, 2009
11:32 am

I’m looking forward to watching this kid be transformed from a high school all star to a college all American over the next few years. It sounds to me like he has committed to the Tech program for both athletics and academics. He will be an outstanding student and athlete for Tech. Welcome Mr. Bostic!

blord

November 20th, 2009
11:32 am

herschel talker which personality is that talking did you forget bout wofford

GTD

November 20th, 2009
11:34 am

Since he’s posted on every GT sports article, Herschel Talker has evidently forgotten UGag’s stellar 60-57 men’s basketball loss to WOFFORD, in front of 4,600 rabid fans at the Stegesaurus. Yawn.

Buddy El

November 20th, 2009
11:34 am

Jefferson County is located Southeast of Atlanta(Mostly east) and joins the south side of Richmond County (Augusta).

GT1987

November 20th, 2009
11:39 am

Herschel, you were close…the score was actually 60-57 with mighty Wofford on top. I’m impressed that you could hang with such a powerhouse.

Delbert D.

November 20th, 2009
11:42 am

Mr. Bostic, I think you will do just fine as a corner or as an A back on offense. Best of luck to you.

Hey John...

November 20th, 2009
11:42 am

How long will you continue to live in the past?

RAMBLINWRECK

November 20th, 2009
11:45 am

I LOVE ALL THE GT HATERS..”THEY STILL CANT SELL OUT THERE STADIUM” BLAH!! BLAH!! BLAH!! WHO CARES…ALL I KNOW IS WE ARE 10-1 AND GOING TO THE ACC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME AND GEORGIA GETS 90K AND IS GOING TO THE TOILET BOWL….I’LL TAKE IT. ATLEAST GT IS BETTER IN MAJORITY

Hey Dogtards

November 20th, 2009
11:45 am

I didn’t know losing to a ranked team on a neutral court was that funny. I guess its much worse than losing at home by three points to Wofford.

Hey Dogtards

November 20th, 2009
11:45 am

Plus, we may not be able to sell out a 55k person stadium, but Georgia basketball can’t even sell FIVE THOUSAND tickets.

RAMBLINWRECK

November 20th, 2009
11:46 am

BLA BLA ABOUT GT NOT SELLING OUT THERE STADIUM….YES WE DO YOU GOOBER…LOOK AT THE ATTENDANCE GOOBERS…GT HATERS…WE LOVE YOU BECAUSE WE GET 62K AND YALL AT UGA GET 90K AND WERE STILL BETTER AND HAVE MORE NATIONAL TITLES

Jefferson

November 20th, 2009
11:47 am

Hey John, win 8 in a row then you can talk about records.

2 good seasons in a row for the Jackets, play your country music loud in Nashville.

RAMBLINWRECK

November 20th, 2009
11:47 am

2009 ACC CHAMPIONS…4 TIME NATIONAL CHAMPIONS…6 SEC CHAMPIONSHIPS….EAT YOUR HEART OUT. YES WE USE TO BE IN THE SEC

RAMBLINWRECK

November 20th, 2009
11:49 am

GREAT JOB JEFFERSON…HOW ARE YA? GOT MY TICKETS TO THE ACC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME ALREADY……..GONNA BE IN ATLANTA TO WHEN THE JACKETS BEAT THE FLEABAGS AGAIN. THIS GAME WILL BE CLOSE FOR A HALF BUT A BLOWOUT IN THE END. THEN WE GET TO HEAR THE EXCUSES ABOUT WELL…AJ GREEN WAS HURT …THIS AND THAT

RAMBLINWRECK

November 20th, 2009
11:58 am

OK JOHN YALL WIN 8 IN A ROW THEN TALK OK…WE GOT THE RECORD IN THE SERIES WITH THE LONGEST STREAK AGAINST YALL AND I NEVE HEARD ANYTHING OUTTA YALLS MOUTH THEN…GET A CLUE HATER….BUT WE STILL LOVE YA AND YES GEORGIA DID OFFER BJ BOSTIC YOU GOOBER. GO BACK TO REDNECKVILL ATHENS AND CHEW ON MORE HAY

Burdell

November 20th, 2009
11:59 am

Looking forward to getting the kid on campus and seeing what he is all about. Nevermind Kentucky, Miss. State or West Virginia…he wants to be a winner.

GO JACKETS!!!

RAMBLINWRECK

November 20th, 2009
12:00 pm

WHERE WERE THESE UGA FANS WHEN TECH WON 8 IN A ROW AGAINST THE PUPPIES? AND YES GEORGIA DID RECRUIT BJ BOSTIC….LOOK AT SCOUTS.COM

RAMBLINWRECK

November 20th, 2009
12:01 pm

GREAT JOB BURDELL

RAMBLINWRECK

November 20th, 2009
12:05 pm

Oh yeah….just read a artical on here. Did you know uga’s fight song is not even original? They stole it from a ivey league school in the early 1900’s. This is a fact…research it and you will see. Be original you rednecks. Gt’s fight song was voted the #4 ranked fight song in college football

Sweet Home Alabama

November 20th, 2009
12:07 pm

Son i would you recommend you to walk on at alabama.i dont think we can offer you a full ride at this time.IT would pay off in the future as we can guarantee you a pro offer.

BravesFan79

November 20th, 2009
12:12 pm

Im excited about all the top defensive prospects GT has picked up. Once our defensive talent matches our offensive talent, we will be a VERY tough team to beat!
And like Bostic, im a GT and UGA fan…. but clearly GT is the hot program right now.
And just think… if people put HALF the effort into boycotting the BCS, and demanding a playoff system…. that they put into arguing with other fans, then perhaps CF could join the NFL as a real sport, with a real champion.

hey john

November 20th, 2009
12:18 pm

if the criteria for shutting up is 7 wins or more in a row than stfu.

since your enamored with past history we won 8 in a row back in the 50’s which is STILL the record. you do know that 8 is MORE than 7 right?????

i guess that means that all you frawgs should stay off our blogs eh? dont you have enough to worry about with your crappy team? besides shouldnt you be looking for the guy who poisoned ugga by givin him his used chew.

Herschel Talker double talker

November 20th, 2009
12:23 pm

Tech lost to a top 20 divison 1 school, not a divison 3 school lol, you’d be a hypocrite if you weren’t a tard.

as far as AA players go....

November 20th, 2009
12:27 pm

the nfl is chock full of players that played at small schools like jerry rice for instance.

we would be happy to take all those small town stars. AND still kick your a$$e$.

i am sure that all those people in small towns are happy to hear that the dawgs dont think much of their players.

we would be happy to have all those folks as fans as well.

UGA VIII Will Die Too

November 20th, 2009
12:35 pm

Hey UGA fans, you keep counting fans if that makes you happy. I’ll keep counting the points we roll up on your wet paper bag defense. You get no points for getting 90,000 self-esteem deprived uneducated rednecks and preppy wannabbes to converge in your toilet bowl, NONE!

collegeballfan

November 20th, 2009
12:35 pm

It appears Johnson puts his best people on offense. If Bostic is one of the best, he will be on offense.

WPinAZ

November 20th, 2009
12:53 pm

“as far as AA players go….” I got your back! Last time I checked, WALTER PAYTON came from a little bitty school too! He seemed to fair pretty well! Thing about TALENT is….if you’ve got it, scouts will find you, no matter where you live. THWG!!! POAD!!!!

Not Disappointed

November 20th, 2009
12:57 pm

Glad to have you on the Flats Mr. Bostic. Study hard and make the most of your time at Georgia Tech.

Ramblin Wreck!

Metal Jacket

November 20th, 2009
1:01 pm

The best dawg in the state just died. Get over yourselves. You’re “HISTORY.” Congrats B.J., you’re a smart guy, great choice.

GIVE ME A BREAK

November 20th, 2009
1:03 pm

It’s just an animal, bury the dog and get over it. Wildcats whip pups on Saturday.

LMSEagle

November 20th, 2009
1:06 pm

I’ve known Barry for 6&1/2 years. That’s 7 ftball seasons and he has grown and improved every year. He’s fast, smooth, quick, and smart. He’s finishing HS in 3&1/2 years. Did I mention he’s smart? Guess I may have to put my red and black hat away for a few years and get me a Tech cap to wear around Jefferson County!!! Go Barry!!!!!!!!!

GIVE ME A BREAK

November 20th, 2009
1:09 pm

You uga fans keep talking about the number of people it takes to trash your stadium. Tech’s focus is quality not quantity. THWG!!! THWSEC!!!