Update: Stripling refutes report that he’s visiting GT



Georgia commitment T.J. Stripling refuted a report by JacketsOnline.com that he’s visiting Georgia Tech this weekend.

The 6-foot-6, 220-pound defensive end from Southwest DeKalb confirmed that in a text to me a little while ago. But he’s in school today and couldn’t talk. However, he spoke with UGASports.com’s Kipp Adams at some point today. Ironically, UGASports and JacketsOnline are sister sites, so it’s unusual to see one refute the other.

Said Stripling to ugasports: “That is not true. They said the same about Mike Thornton, too. I’m playing in the DeKalb County All-Star game this weekend.”

More interesting to me was Stripling’s comment that he’s thinking about possibly making an official visit to Tennessee. But, he said, he’s 95 percent committed to the Bulldogs. Better than 94 percent, I guess.

Anyway, T.J. is supposed to call me back later so I’ll get into all that with him.

Some links:

  • JacketsOnline.com also that Thornton, the Stephenson defensive tackle, was going to be on The Flats for an official. But Thornton shot that down in no uncertain terms via text message on Monday: “I’m not going to Georgia Tech this weekend. I never said anything about taking that visit.”. . . .
  • Speaking of Thornton, Scout.com’s Southeast recruiting analyst Chad Simmons talked to him about his visit to UGA this weekend. Most revealing to me, however, was Thornton’s news that he and his mom will now take official visits to Auburn and Miami. He has already been to Penn State. . . .
  • Probably the most affected by the visit to UGA was Lassiter quarterback Hutson Mason. Based on the account given Kipp Adams of Rivals.com, Mason was positively giddy and on the verge of committing:

“I need to sit down for a couple of days and gather myself because I felt like I was so caught up in the emotions today. Just from being with my future teammates and some of the players, I felt like the bond was so strong that I could definitely see myself playing with these guys. If I have the same feelings as I do right now, then there is no doubt I will be a Bulldog. I hope to have a decision as soon as possible, and when the Georgia coaches asked if I would know by January, me and my family let them know it would not take that long. It will probably be before Christmas break.”

  • Interestingly, Hutson told me today he is leaving tomorrow for an impromptu unofficial visit to Clemson. He hadn’t mentioned the Tigers before. . . .
  • Macon.com’s David Hale talked to Georgia recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner about how he’s handling recruits’ questions regarding a new defensive coordinator and their suddenly-absent recruiters. . . .
  • Rivals.com’s Anthony Dasher had the most revealing update on the UGA D-coordinator search I’ve seen yet. He talked to Kansas State’s Vic Koenning and Koenning did nothing to discourage the notion he might be interested in joining the Bulldogs. Check out his quote:

“Georgia’s a great place and Coach Richt is a fantastic coach, but I don’t think I’m at liberty to say right now. I’ll just say it would be a great honor to be considered for that, but that’s all I can. . . . It’s not my place to say or not say. I learned a long time ago not to say a lot about this type of thing because it can be construed the wrong way.”

  • The mass movement among SEC assistant coaches continues. Florida receivers coach/recruiter extraordinaire Billy Gonzales is leaving the Gators for LSU. . . .
  • The name everybody is talking about after this past weekend’s GHSA finals at the Georgia Dome is Wilcox County’s Nick Marshall. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound dual-threat quarterback put on a show with 240 yards passing — fourth all-time for passing yards in a title game — and some impressive mobility in the Class A championship game against Savannah Christian. Scout.com’s Rusty Mansell provides a little insight here on Marshall, a 2011 recruit that has generated a lot of interest but no offers. . . .
  • Here’s a profile on Marcus Lattimore by The State’s Bob Gillespie. Lattimore is considered one of the top running back prospects in the country. He’s considering Georgia, Auburn, South Carolina, Oregon and Penn State. . . .
  • Gainesville cornerback Justin Owens committed today to West Georgia College, according to assistant coach Todd Wofford.

128 comments Add your comment


December 14th, 2009
3:30 pm

Word to being #1


December 14th, 2009
3:32 pm

Herschel Talker

December 14th, 2009
3:33 pm

Freddy – you’re a tool.

Herschel Talker

December 14th, 2009
3:34 pm

KEN – you’re slightly less of a tool. But not by much.


December 14th, 2009
3:35 pm

As I’ve been saying……..


Just Mike

December 14th, 2009
3:36 pm

I hate being #2

Just Mike

December 14th, 2009
3:39 pm

Word on the street is that Mark Richt has selected the new DC and we’ll probably know by Wednesday. He can’t announce who it is until the job position has been posted on the UGA website for 5days.


December 14th, 2009
3:41 pm

Just Mike: Are you a Tech graduate?


December 14th, 2009
3:41 pm

Hey Chip I usually agree that no news ever comes from the post visit interview, but last year UGA hosted Dre Kirkpatrick for the Bama game, and he came away less than impressed and he let the interviewer know it. I don’t remember his exact quotes but he made it clear that he was not going to attend UGA. But that is the exception to the rule of course.


December 14th, 2009
3:50 pm

Interesting to see the coaches leaving UF…Will be more interesting to see if they maintain the level of play they had with Jesu…uh I mean Tebow playing QB


December 14th, 2009
3:55 pm

Mr. Stripling (like the name-wink wink) come up to UT and our hostesses can rub ehh… shoulders with you go to Tech and you can rub ehhh well you can figure that one out

Bawney Fwank

December 14th, 2009
4:10 pm

EW – Urban Meyer has had 7 coaches leave for head coach positions so far, since he became a head coach. Now the weak minded might take that as a negative, but I doubt the 7 coaches that obtained the head coach positions after working under Urban consider it a big negative.

Jean Luc Picard

December 14th, 2009
4:14 pm

I sure hope the Jackets offer Wesley Crusher a scholarship out of Starfleet Academy. That boy can bring it.

GA Tech Insider

December 14th, 2009
4:14 pm

It’s no wonder none of these kids want to speak to the media as things get posted on these blogs and the morons start all of there nonsense.

All I have to say is that you’d be surprised what’s going on right there on North Avenue with all kinds of recruits. It could make for a really interesting next several weeks.


December 14th, 2009
4:15 pm

Stripling is not going to GT. Quit bringing it up.

GA Tech Insider

December 14th, 2009
4:15 pm

That should be “their” nonsense…Freudian slip.

GA Tech Insider

December 14th, 2009
4:17 pm

Nooga, repeat that three times really fast – maybe they’ll stop bringing it up, and maybe you’ll be right.

Eat It St. Simons

December 14th, 2009
4:18 pm

((((30-24)))) hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Henry Grady

December 14th, 2009
4:26 pm

If Stripling did visit Tech, wouldn’t Coach Johnson have to pull his offer since Stripling would clearly not have the level of commitment that Tech is looking for in its recruits? That guy is a hypocrite. If he is going to tell his commits they can’t take official visits after they commit, shouldn’t he not accept players for officials if they have committed somewhere else?


December 14th, 2009
4:30 pm

Are we ever going to find out anything about high school basketball here – or is this a football only blog ?


December 14th, 2009
4:30 pm

I wouldn’t read anything into these recruits taking official visits to other places while committed. These guys and their families are treated like royalty on official visits, so why not enjoy the perks of being a top notch player – since they can’t get actually paid at this level, this is as good as it gets. If I were a parent, I would also like to see a few other schools to make sure I felt my son’s commitment was a good decision. Having been at the gala this weekend in Athens and seeing many of the committed recruits there and at the hotel, they all seemed excited about becoming a Dawg.

Another note from the gala, aside from it being an all around great time – I was very impressed with the prevailing attitude amongst the players regarding the bowl game. They seem very united in wanting to finish strong, but are also strongly committed to doing whatever it takes to make sure that they never go to Shreveport (or any other lower tier bowl) again. A lot of smiles were all around, but very serious looks when on that subject. Hopefully they can translate that attitude on to the field…..

Go Dawgs!

Ramblin Wreck

December 14th, 2009
4:47 pm

Henry Grady –

It’s not hypocrisy on Paul Johnson’s part because he lets them know up front what the commitment is for both Tech and the player. He encourages players to take all their visits, but to do so before committing. Other coaches don’t have the same policy. If they don’t, the players are free to visit other places. It’s all about setting the expectations.

Is Johnson’s policy wise? That’s a different conversation. Is he a hypocrite? No.


December 14th, 2009
4:51 pm

GA Tech Insider – I don’t think anyone is “surprised” by what’s going on at North Avenue. It’s on the news every day about students getting robbed everyday.


December 14th, 2009
4:57 pm

All of this recruiting talk is what keeps college football going through the winter time period. You never fully know until the ink is dry and the letter of intent is faxed or e-mailed the first week of February, but the intrigue is always interesting. Thanks for the updates Chip.

The latest article on Georgia Tech Football as they get ready for their BCS Orange Bowl appearance is now available for viewing on http://isportsweb.com. Go Jackets!


December 14th, 2009
4:58 pm

Great add in article about Marcus Lattimore. After reading that it makes it sound like UGA will be his choice of SEC schools. Auburn just signed a top ranked running back and USC has “the ol ball coach” who is as classless as they come.

You’d look real good running over a few yellowjackets while wearing the red and black Marcus!!


December 14th, 2009
5:06 pm


Meyer personally recruits most of the big name players UF goes after (M Brown, Elam, Powell) which helps when coaches bolt. Losing Gonzales hurts but does not kill.

As for UF’s level after Tebow, time will tell but there is a ton of talent in g-ville. I don’t expect the drop of the UGA had this year when they lost Stafford and Moreno.

Just Mike

December 14th, 2009
5:09 pm

@dap01: Just Mike: Are you a Tech graduate?

Come on dap01, please don’t associate me with the Rambling Nerds…..HECK NO I’m not a Geek graduate. I’m a Dawg fan. Gooooooooooo Dawgs, Sic Em!!!


December 14th, 2009
5:37 pm

7-5 + Shivport = Losers


December 14th, 2009
5:38 pm

Folks, don’t get excited/concerned about anything these recruits are doing. They are kids and subject to change their minds 50 times between now and signing day. Besides, go back and see how many “can’t miss”, 4 & 5 star high school recruits either do miss, or never get into school. The better rating system would be to rank them 3 years after they leave high school. As a Dawg, I just want good character young men who want to play for UGA, and have the ability to be coached up. (Whether we can coach them up might be debatable.) Anyway, just my opinion.


December 14th, 2009
5:39 pm

I doubt Nick Marshall and Wilcox County played Savannah(state) in the Championship. If they had, he would have thrown for 340 instead of 240…lol


December 14th, 2009
5:41 pm

Chip, I know you aren’t the beat writer any longer but could you ask Tucker to find out if we have indeed offered Foster.

I would love for Bud Foster to be headed to UGA. This story is picking up speed quickly. It has been confirmed that we have been granted permission to talk with him. This would be HUGE if he accepts.


December 14th, 2009
5:48 pm

we need d tackles,o linemen,corners that are 5′11 or better and a defensive co.the rest i could care less about.we want tj stripling,but if he like tech then fine good luck we shall survive.go dawgs!

william cranman

December 14th, 2009
5:48 pm

Hey Chip, it’s Savannah Christian in the class A final not Savannah State (Savannah State is a college). Also, what did the photo editors say was the reason not ONE pictue of Russ the temporary UGA was ever taken or shown. This is amazing to me. Please respond. Thanks.


December 14th, 2009
6:01 pm

So sorry you are still hurting about tech’s loss to UGA. Maybe next year, buddy….Then again, maybe not. 30-24!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ha ha ha ha ha ha. Swallow harder, maybe you’ll get it down. Its a tough pill to swallow isn’t it? You should be used to it by now.


December 14th, 2009
6:05 pm

eric = jealous nerd!

eric = guy who’s willing to say anything to devalue UGA’s dominance over tech.


December 14th, 2009
6:11 pm

eric is a garden variety tech geek. You nerds are all the same! Oh, and no comments about my job either, because:

Naval Aviator > your nerd job in a 5 x 5 cubicle. You build the planes; I’ll fly em’ and get all the babes.

Nerd-Central @ North Ave

December 14th, 2009
6:16 pm

Anyone want to talk about Calculus?


December 14th, 2009
6:17 pm

No thanks, Nerd-Central from North Ave. Let’s keep the discussion to Georgia football. Is that OK with you?

FL Dawg

December 14th, 2009
6:22 pm

I can’t blame Stripling for looking elsewhere right now. He has no idea who the DC is going to be or his position coach. Put yourself in his shoes, your considering a huge decision in life and the man you tied your anchor to, just got fired and you don’t know who is going to replace him…additionally, a number of his assistants got the boot as well.

Why would you not look elsewhere and consider other options. Especially since you have almost two months before you have the opportunity to sign the dotted line. There is nothing to say he can’t wait until March.

I would do the same thing at this point. I would also not decommit to UGA, let the coaching staff get announced, go visit them, try to build a relationship with them and see how things work out with UGA over the next month or so. Heck, the kid is actually using his brain a little bit imo. That just intensifies my interest in the kid, and increases my hope that he ends up a dawg.

This is just the natural progression of things when you release coaches from your staff and don’t announce their replacements for two weeks.


December 14th, 2009
6:24 pm

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December 14th, 2009
6:25 pm

Chip, I read where Nick Marshall had been offered a football and basketball scholarship to FSU.


December 14th, 2009
6:28 pm

yellow + jerket + eric = Nerd



December 14th, 2009
6:33 pm

GT could really use Thornton. DT is a place that needs help.
Auburn, Miami & Penn State are solid there.


December 14th, 2009
6:37 pm

You’d better be a 3-star to commit to Tech so that they can turn you to a 1st rounder. I am not sure what CPJ can turn you into if you are 4-star or 5-star. Out-of-roof rounder?

Show some love to the hometown team!

Paul in RDU

December 14th, 2009
6:41 pm

NewnanDawg is correct. I made sure my son went to several schools when deciding on college – and that’s with me paying.

If I were the father of a highly rated senior, I’d make sure that he took all 5 official visits.

Vick=Dog killing Thug

December 14th, 2009
6:49 pm

Stripling to Tech is no story.. Hey why not go and visit? Look the place over and hang with your buddie. Hang with the tech nerds knowing all the while you’ll be smashing them the next 3 or 4 years.

What’s not to like ???


December 14th, 2009
7:04 pm

Your pathetic pathetic program is going to Shreveport. You fools lost to Can-Tuck-E


December 14th, 2009
7:11 pm

Lattimore would be a perfect fit for the DAWGS. He would love UGA and UGA would love him!! Go ahead and commit and be done with it already!!

We (UF) own UGA

December 14th, 2009
8:12 pm

Pay attention UGA fans for once in your lives! As a UF fan it took me two minutes to research and find something interesting about Paul Johnson’s recruiting philosophy. All he asks of kids is NOT to make a commitment until you know for sure that GT is where you want to go. Like most coaches he encourages kids to visit schools, his only rule is, don’t do it after you’ve committed to GT. That’s not really hard to understand.

Oh wait….I’m talking to UGA fans, nevermind! Idiots!

all uf fans no nothing

December 14th, 2009
8:29 pm

uf fans know nothing about football or the team they support
uf fans dont even know about their team much less anything else to do with football
so til uf fans can have a conversation about football and half way know whats going on it will not matter what they say, atleast tech fans(for the most part) know who their players are
hey “We(UF) own UGA” your a class act @!#$