Tech-Georgia recruits react to Dogs’ victory

Depending on which side of the rivalry one sits, there has been a lot of horn-tooting and rationalizing going on since the Georgia-Georgia Tech ended Saturday night. That’s only natural after a rivalry game nicknamed “Clean Old Fashioned Hate.” But the perspective is decidedly different for prospects being recruited by both schools.

Tucker linebacker James Vaughters and Kell safety Brian Randolph fall into that category. Both are high school juniors and coveted recruits for the class of 2011 and both have Tech and Georgia atop their lists.

Randolph, who attended Saturday’s game at Bobby Dodd Stadium as an unofficial visitor, insists he is giving the Bulldogs due consideration even though his brother Justin Randolph is a freshman A-back for the Yellow Jackets. Vaughters has been to both Tech and Georgia many times this season but stayed at home and watched the game on television since he had family in town for Thanksgiving.

Unlike the rabid fans that lived and died with every play in the dramatic contest — Georgia held on to win 30-24 –  these guys watched through a decidedly different lens.

“I didn’t root for either team since I have met and gotten to know both coaching staffs and some of the players as well,” said Vaughters, responding to queries via email. “It is a little strange to watch a game when you want to see guys on both sides of the ball do well. For example, I’ve met Rennie Curran, the linebacker at Georgia, on a couple of occasions and I really like the way he plays and carries himself, so I pull for him. At the same time, I know Roddy Jones, the running back at Tech, because we played in the same youth football league in Tucker, so I pull for him too.”

Said Randolph, reached by telephone on Sunday: “It was a tough, physical game and I liked that.” As for his emotions throughout, he said, “I stayed pretty chill.”

Their reactions corroborate what both Georgia coach Mark Richt and Tech coach Paul Johnson theorized last week, that the outcome of the game in a given year is not pivotal for a recruit to make up his mind.

Randolph stated it flatly: “No, it doesn’t really matter that much.”

Vaughters liked what he saw on both sides of the field Saturday night.

“I still consider both Georgia and Georgia Tech to both be great options, although they are very different,” he said. “What I like is that both coaching staffs have great coaches that seem to care about the players and building character, as well as making sure we succeed academically. It also helps that both programs do a great job of getting players . . . ready to play at the next level.”

But neither player is anywhere close to making up his mind, Saturday’s results notwithstanding.

“It’s too early to tell where the best opportunity for me to fit in depth chart-wise will be,” Vaughters said. “That will be a determining factor, as well, when it is time to make a commitment.”

Said Randolph: “I’m just handling school right now.”

Now, back to horn-tooting and rationalizing.

168 comments Add your comment


November 30th, 2009
5:25 am


November 30th, 2009
5:26 am

The Dawgs would love to have both of you Gentlemen

Palm City Dawg

November 30th, 2009
6:25 am

Dawgs will dominae the state for 8 years more AT THE VERY LEAST. Great to see St. Smions vanish. GO DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


November 30th, 2009
6:29 am

Sounds good. Glad these guys don’t let one game decide their future. Take you time, make your choice and good luck at the school that you choose.

Joe Coxs' shadow

November 30th, 2009
6:31 am

Come on to Georgia the future is so bright you gotta wear shades, ask CMR.


November 30th, 2009
6:51 am

Funny that the Georgia-Georgia Tech game does not mean much to recruits. Boy, look at the recruits that attended the FSU/Florida game. Some things really matter with recruits looking at a top program. Another example of the difference between the Florida and Georgia football programs. Winning matters to the recruits who want to go to Florida!!!!


November 30th, 2009
7:00 am

30-24 Hah!!!!!!!! This will feel so good for the next year. Can someone please co-sign with me.


November 30th, 2009
7:05 am

If GT loses to UGA on a Down Dawg Year imagine what the score will be when we improve.

We’re 8 – 1 against GT.

I’m proud to be a Dawg!


November 30th, 2009
7:26 am



November 30th, 2009
7:35 am

Hey guys — both programs are good, although GT’s offense (which wouldn’t affect you) is more than a little quirky and does not appeal to the NFL. But UGA’s fan base is much larger, as is its stadium. Google the largest college stadiums and the SEC has about half of the top 15 in the country. Contrast visiting LSU or UT with ACC venues like Wake Forest and Maryland. Different experiences entirely. Go Dawgs!


November 30th, 2009
7:52 am

Recruiting related.I think there should be a fan push to get Rodney Garner the defensive coordinator position,I think our recruiting could take off to new hights.

Big time?? Not

November 30th, 2009
7:57 am

Go to a school where you only sell out a rinky dink stadium once a year….and compete for 5th in the SEC East……or to a real SEC school and compete for championships.


November 30th, 2009
7:59 am

If these recruits are smart enough to go to Georgia Tech, then why are they going to Georgia Tech?

Hey, St. Simons

November 30th, 2009
8:03 am

30-24 hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha


November 30th, 2009
8:03 am

Congratulations. Please go to Tech. Sometimes we are on TV. Sometimes we even play in front of 40,000 (if we are playing a big school). Tickets are not expensive. Playing on Thursdays are fun also. Yellow is a great color.

Simply a dawg

November 30th, 2009
8:07 am

oHHHHH its feels so good. Now Richt and the boys need to get back to work. Fix the many many many problems and get back to being the top one or two teams in the nation.

Come on CMR Do what you have to do for UGA football. It feels soo good to play well and win.

william cranman

November 30th, 2009
8:14 am

Chip, I find it astounding that the ajc did/does not have even a single picture of Russ, the replacement dog for the game. Why is this? Please respond. Thanks.


November 30th, 2009
8:17 am

Saint Simons is probably drowning his sorrows in a 6-pack of Zima right now.


((((((((((30-24)))))))))) hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha


November 30th, 2009
8:29 am

Shreveport, here we come! Dadgum-

Bulldog Mom

November 30th, 2009
8:44 am

Georgia is bringing an outstanding class in this year to go with last years’ class. It is exciting to see what the coaches are putting together. We are looking at exciting times. I know all the negative blogging didn’t help Georgia in recruiting, but the Tech win erased all that. I believe most of the negative stuff was from our opposition pretending to be Bulldog fans. Things have a way of working out when good people are in charge. Go Dogs.


November 30th, 2009
8:47 am

i agree with the pics on RUSS. i was at the game so didn’t get to see him…..

The Other St. Simons

November 30th, 2009
8:52 am

(((((((((30-24)))))))))) Hahahahahahahahaha!!!

Dear recruits,

Normally I wouldn’t give a hoot about this game (because Dawgs own GT and it is out of conference), but a certain Tech fan from my island annoyed many of us all year, repeating the “ringworthy” score of the 2008 meeting.

As such, I intend to help the Tech Fans a.k.a “nerds” remember the score of the most recent game.

St. Simons is a lovely place. We have very few Tech fans here. I think I know who “St. Simons” is.

GO Dawgs,

The Other St. Simons


November 30th, 2009
8:54 am

Saint Simon…….where are you???????????


300+ yards of rushing. Boy, CMR and CMB showed who had the bigger set of grapefruits. They tested Tech’s manhood. Gotta go, got to go to the store and stock up on some clemson juice


November 30th, 2009
8:58 am

Nice to see these kids have good heads on their shoulders and aren’t dissillusioned in either direction like most of the posters here.

Keep putting on those dog colored glasses. Your program is still in decline and is at best a third tier team in a division with one stud. If it makes you feel better to ridicule GT while they are still on the rise, go for it. Whatever makes you feel better. More billboard material for next year. Have fun in Shreveport!

Congrats on the win though!


November 30th, 2009
9:07 am

DAWG fans lets try to remember that DAWGNATION “loses with class, wins with class.” We’ve been doing it for long enough that we shouldn’t get too excited about beating Tech (it is Tech after all). I know how we can get caught up in reminding “m” and “saint simons” that we still are “The Program” in the state, but lets remember that this isn’t Florida or Auburn. We should expect to win this game year in and year out. Plus it bugs the heck the heck out of them we don’t make that big of deal about beating them. GO DAWGS!


November 30th, 2009
9:08 am

Sorry…should be “the heck out of them when we…..”


November 30th, 2009
9:18 am

I’d like to see a linebacking tandem of Richard Samuel and James Vaughters; I’d also like to see a safety tandem of Alec Ogletree and Brian Randolph. That is if all these players commit to excellence in football and the classroom and demand their teammates do the same.

Saint Simons is my caddy

November 30th, 2009
9:23 am



November 30th, 2009
9:26 am

Think about this guys; Georgia has one of the best recruiting classes in the country every year and always ends up a mediocre team. Georgia tech typically doesn’t get great recruits but has managed two great seasons (despite a poor showing, and a well played game by Georgia last weekend). What does that say about coaching and player development at the two schools? And sure Tech’s offense is “quirky”, but I don’t think any good defensive players are having trouble getting into the NFL (e.g. Derrick Morgan). If anything, with fewer high level recruits, you’ll have more opportunities to prove yourself at Tech. Finally, read the comments from the average UGA fan above. Sure there are a lot of them, but they are the most ignorant, most arrogant, and most obnoxious fanbase in all of college football.

SEC fan

November 30th, 2009
9:39 am

Hey Nerds. That offensive line for UGA that rolled over the GT defense, the whole UGA offensive line will be back next year along with the backs that ran over you.

Monticello Dawg

November 30th, 2009
9:43 am

Bulldog Mom, you are exactly right about these being exciting times in Athens. To me, the negative blogging about Georgia confirms the fact that our opponents realize the Dogs are loading up for some title runs, and reveals a level of anxiety about that.


November 30th, 2009
9:45 am


It says that we play in a REAL conference…

Just look at your top 2 teams in the ACC and how they faired against 2 mediocre SEC Teams this past Saturday!!!!!!!

Go DAWGS!!!!

Johnny Test

November 30th, 2009
9:49 am

Tech… if you are going to post here please try to be factual…
Last year UGA was 10 and 3 and finished #10 in the country… is that a mediocre team? Tech finished 9 and 4 last year and that was a great year. Those are your words… UGA has had 6 10 win seasons out of the last 9 years and 6 top 10 ( with a #2 and #3 finish) finishes and two SEC Championships and 3 BCS bowl wins.. You call that mediocre?

You don’t what you are talking about. And speaking of UGA fans… have you read what St Simmons, M, Yellow fuzz, Stinger, TSJ and those model citizens had to say. Get off your high horse pal. Tech fans are no better there is just fewer of them.


November 30th, 2009
9:53 am

Just a little GT Trivea for ya…..Did ya know that GT graduates less than 50% of it’s football players????Things that make ya go “hhhuuummm”


November 30th, 2009
9:57 am

Go to UGA and you’ll have “NO CLASS.”


November 30th, 2009
10:01 am

GEORGIA still can’t find the 5 star players they recruited last year.

Saint Simons

November 30th, 2009
10:13 am

I said I was sorry! I’ve been a Dawgs fan for awhile now, I was just trying to get the fans pumped up. We all know GT is UGA’s little brother, so let’s move on. Here’s to Clemson, the other team that got dominated by an SEC opponent on Saturday. SEC >>>> ACC


November 30th, 2009
10:14 am

You’re right. Mediocre was too strong of a word. What I meant was that UGA tends to under achieve and Tech to over achieve given the recruits and money available to them. I haven’t read what St. Simmons, Yellow fuzz, Stinger, TSJ, or others have posted. They sound like jerks based on what I’ve read here, and I assure you they don’t represent the majority of Tech fans. On the other hand, I’m basing my statement about GA fans on what I’ve seen on countless blogs and heard in person many times; look at NorthGaDawg’s response to me.

Which brings me to another point, I think it is funny that UGA fans immediately conclude that a win over tech proves that both the SEC is a superior conference and UGA is a better team than Tech (btw, everyone knows that overall SEC is a stronger conference). I will admit that the Bulldogs were a better team than Tech last year, but Tech won the rivalry game because they were the underdog and wanted it more. They had more to prove and played harder. That’s exactly what happened this year, just the other way around. Why do you have to read so much into it? Georgia showed up with a great gameplan, played clean football, exploited Tech’s weakness, and had a little luck. That doesn’t mean that Georgia is a better team.

Joe Blow

November 30th, 2009
10:15 am

Too bad I’m still around. Feels good to not only have beated UGA but to have beaten Kentucky (who beat UGA). 45-19!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fort Worth Dawg

November 30th, 2009
10:18 am

If UGA goes to the Peach Bowl (’cause I’m never certain I’m spelling Chick-Fil-A correctly) then the person who makes the red & black “We Run This State” t-shirts stands to make some decent money this year.

Pee Pee on a dawg

November 30th, 2009
10:19 am

I wish tech would go ahead and burn a scholarship on a kicker. I really hate Scott Blair.

Fort Worth Dawg

November 30th, 2009
10:20 am

Oh, and Chip – journalist questions for you: (i) who came up with “I Run This State?”, and (ii) what are Vince Dooley’s comments on the game (did he feel nostalgic?).


November 30th, 2009
10:22 am

GT is a great choice for a college education and the future of the Football program is very bright.

UGA is VERY VERY close to losing the Defensive Coordinator (Martinez) and possibly many more of the current coaching staff…………if UGA had lost to GT (very close game that could have gone either way), the UGA fan base would be going crazy in an attempt to gid rid of the current coaching staff (especially on the defensive side of the ball)!

For potential recruits (defensive players in particular), GT is a much more stable team with a great chance to be a part of a team on the rise!

Congratulations to UGA on a close victory, but I am bothered by one specific incident. I personally would like to know how the game would have turned out if Nesbit was simply tackled and not twisted in an attempt to take him out of the game. The three series played with Jaybo Shaw at QB really helped UGA and hurt the GT chances for a victory. What would UGA fans have thought (and can you imagine the posted commets) if GT had twisted Matt Stafford they same way early in the first quarter last year resulting in an injured Matt Stafford? The results of both games might have been the same; I am just stating I wish we could have witnessed the game with Nesbit playing the entire game. Anything to win I suppose, but integrity and character should be more important in my personal opnion.

gotech 610

November 30th, 2009
10:26 am

Go to UGA where you can play in the toilet bowl and upset the rival, or you can go to GT and play for championships and be on a top 10 team…think about it.


November 30th, 2009
10:32 am

Tech- whatever you have to tell yourself to make you feel better about getting man handled by one of our worst teams in 10+ seasons! It won’t be long before every team figures out how to stop that high school offense oy yours!


November 30th, 2009
10:34 am

GT GRAD: You are so deluded. Talk about arrogance !! From CPJ(I actually thought he had more class than that)to the players and the fans.We beat your asses this year so live with it. I’m a UGa grad and doing nicely in the professional arena. GT MOM-Where are my milk and cookies?


November 30th, 2009
10:35 am

GT GRAD – Who wants to play for a team that has a pop warner offense? That offense doesn’t prepare them for the NFL. Also pretty sure Nesbitt couldn’t have helped stop Ealey and King! They are still running up and down your field!


November 30th, 2009
10:36 am

Go to UGA so we can say remember him when he played at Kell? What the heck happened to him? Although you will play like the star you are one game out of the year. But that is good enough around here.


November 30th, 2009
10:39 am

I would think the recruits would want to play in the best conference. In 2009 the the SEC was 5-2 against the ACC teams with the 2 ACC divison champions being defeated by Georgia and South Carolina. These numbers are pretty much the same or better for the SEC every year. MS State and Vandy were the only SEC teams to lose to an ACC team in 2009. Also, the NFL has far more players from the SEC than from the ACC. If the recruits have any desire to go pro, that must be a consideration.

Topp Dogg

November 30th, 2009
10:43 am

Go to GT where the girls are ugly as a bucket of buttholes and the boys are fags.