‘GTI’ is right, Mike Thornton is on visit to Kentucky

“GA Tech Insider” was right and I was wrong. Mike Thornton did in fact go to Kentucky for an official visit this weekend.

A qualifier first.

I was right for a while at least. In fact, I was right twice. I was right when I wrote early in the week “don’t be surprised if Thornton ends up taking a visit to Kentucky this weekend;” and I was right last night when I wrote that Thornton didn’t plan to go anywhere this weekend. That was after I talked to the big defensive tackle from Stephenson after supper about the Southern Cal trip he plans to take Jan. 29.  He told me straight out then he didn’t plan on going anywhere this weekend.

But like they say about recruiting, things can change fast.

Thornton accompanied four Stephenson teammates on a flight to Lexington Friday. Three Jaguars are already committed to the Wildcats — linebacker Jabari Johnson, running back Raymond Sanders and tight end Ronnie Shields. A fourth will likely join them if coach Joker Phillips comes forth with an offer this weekend. Defensive back Chris Sharpe, a one-time Louisville commit, is also made the trip. And I guess now they could get a fifth if they wow the AJC Top 50’s No. 3 player enough this weekend.

Corey Johnson, an assistant coach for the Jaguars who handles the majority of their considerable recruiting logistics, told me Friday night Thornton simply changed his mind.

“At the last minute he decided to go up there [to Lxington] with his friends,” Johnson said. “[Kentucky coaches] were down here Tuesday and they talked to him about coming up there then.”

Which meshes perfect with what “GA Tech Insider” kept insisting in the comments section of the Thornton blog late this morning.

“You might want to check your sources on that,” GTI wrote.

“I don’t know who your source is but mine is Mike Thornton,” I retorted.

About 3 Friday afternoon GTI came back with, “Have you talked to Mike since this morning?”

I didn’t see that comment until much later in the day. And I thought to myself, no I haven’t.

I tried unsuccessfully to reach Mike. Then I texted Johnson.

“Did Mike take the trip to Kentucky?” I rapped out quickly.

“Yes,” was the almost instantaneous reply.

Oops.

And, yes, I made sure Coach Johnson was not “GA Tech Insider.” He’s not. But I’m starting to have an idea who might be.

Ladies and gentlemen, college football recruiting season is at full boil!

157 comments Add your comment

D.Ellis

January 22nd, 2010
9:51 pm

D.Ellis

January 22nd, 2010
9:53 pm

Yes finally………..So many times…..so many losses…….but tonight I am a winner!

Chip-THanks for the great work…and the new top 10 thing….very cool

GA Tech Insider

January 22nd, 2010
10:05 pm

Try to get some rest while you have a chance, Chip. It’s going to be a crazy few weeks. Have a great weekend.

GTI

Savannah Jacket

January 22nd, 2010
10:09 pm

GTI since you are so close to the situation…. what are GT’s chances with Mr. Thornton?

Coach G.

January 22nd, 2010
10:23 pm

Slim to none Savannah Jacket. You don’t have to be an insider to know the answer to that one.

Sam

January 22nd, 2010
10:26 pm

GA Tech Insider is Reggie Ball.

HA

January 22nd, 2010
10:30 pm

Hey Chip,
Big Tech fan here and big fan of your work. Loving the 10 at 10 thing you’ve started, please keep it up. Have a good weekend everyone….

Not Disappointed!

January 22nd, 2010
10:45 pm

Keep up the good work Chip!

Ramblin Wreck!

GA Tech Insider

January 22nd, 2010
10:46 pm

Savannah Jacket – Can’t/won’t discuss probabilities about who might or might not be signing on with the Jackets in February. It’s like I’ve been saying for a while now, though, at this point, it looks like there may be a surprise or two that will be coming in late and make the fans very happy.

Sam

January 22nd, 2010
10:58 pm

So you’re 1 for what “insider”? Even a blind squirrel gets a nut from time to time.

Stinger Envy

January 22nd, 2010
10:58 pm

((((30-24))))

John 8:32

January 22nd, 2010
11:03 pm

Sam his being right percentage is not that bad. He’s at about 10%. Just like GT against UGA this decade. Cut the guy some slack. Being a strap hanger is all he has to keep his self esteem elevated.

John 8:32

January 22nd, 2010
11:06 pm

WOW “Insider”. “There might be a surprise or two”. That’s really going out on a limb when there’s always “a surprise or two” every year. Way to go Nostradamus.

Sam

January 22nd, 2010
11:07 pm

Nostradumbazz is more like it John.

Buzzed Driving

January 22nd, 2010
11:26 pm

Score for GTI. Saw GTI taking some heat on the blog earlier today. I appreciate the GTI info.

ACC Football

January 22nd, 2010
11:32 pm

Stop hating you uga rednecks, its gt and we have 4 national titles unlike the puppies…get over it! you will never catch us in titles…next!!

ACC Football

January 22nd, 2010
11:33 pm

Oh yeah even though you beat us in hoops this year uga, we still dominate yalls asses in basketball…too

rduck

January 22nd, 2010
11:42 pm

i don’t know who GT insider is, but I will be following his posts from here on out more than anyone else.

il5

January 22nd, 2010
11:48 pm

Chip-

He used YOUR information to make a simple guess. You reported first here about his teammates heading to Kentucky. He thought Thornton would go along due to peer pressure. That’s it. He got lucky. No proof of any insider information.

Ask him to predict the whereabouts of about 5 GT recruits tomorrow.

End of game for the clown.

rduck

January 22nd, 2010
11:50 pm

All you UGA panzy a$$ UF, ALA, TEX, USC wannabes can suck on it. You guys are nothing more than a bunch of overhyped, premadonnas who take 5 stars and make them into no stars. Sorry Hershel and V. Dooley are not coming back any time soon losers. Please wake me from my hybernation when you actually win something worth all the BS you are spouting about. You may be able to recruit, but what happens to these so-called studs you have. Nothing to show for it. Suck on that baby…

GTland03

January 22nd, 2010
11:51 pm

Another Dawg

January 22nd, 2010
11:52 pm

Yeah, I’m not seeing the great accomplishment here, either. il5 hit the nail on the head.

jack bull

January 22nd, 2010
11:55 pm

GTI is kinda like Tech in itself, they get lucky once in a blue moon. even a blind squirrel will find a nut every once in a while.. but i’ll say this, who on here really thinks UK has a chance of landing him??

good call GTI, i’ll give credit where credit is due…

Josh

January 22nd, 2010
11:59 pm

GTI just gets all his info from Rivals and Scouts GT premium boards. Thats all, you can tell if you watch what he puts on here most times. He’s not actually getting the info first hand.

rob

January 23rd, 2010
12:00 am

Cool column, Chip. Nice job.

Thornton Seems Flaky

January 23rd, 2010
12:05 am

I say forget Thornton, too flaky, he says he’s interested in this school, then this one, then this one. He’s too indecisive.

Georgia wants guy that are GEORGIA guys. If he’s taking this long to decide, he could be just as indecisive on the field.

Send that kid to our competition—Kentucky.

Cuttysark

January 23rd, 2010
3:28 am

Thanks for your recruiting work Chip. The reactions evoked by everyone reading the information provided, along with their opinions and distortions are quite entertaining. But this is just part of what makes college football the best sport to follow all year long. Kudos to you for acknowledging that apparently GTI did provide an accurate prediction. Which in turn has provided more amusing posts to read. Can’t wait to see the gloves come off after February 3, 2010. The censors will be working overtime that day.

For more articles on Georgia Tech football go to http://isportsweb.com.

benadawg

January 23rd, 2010
6:13 am

RDUCK you must be the guy with the pocket protector that works as the custodial engineer at Lane Kiffen Sewerage treatment plant in Tennessee. How miserable you must be after we kicked your azz in Football and Basketball this year..Excuse me while i go send you a “floater” to examine…Suck on that…..bwhahahahaha

GA Tech Insider

January 23rd, 2010
6:24 am

Josh – Have you ever thought it might be the other way around?

atl-xmen

January 23rd, 2010
6:29 am

acc football..uga will lap you guys in NC..tech wont see another NC in football for at least 20 years. pj will set your team back 4 years for every year he coaches. plus as long as you guys are in the acc you wont even get a sniff to play in that game. your conf is almost the worst in football. all uga has to do is win the sec, which richt has done 2 times already, and they will play for a national title. thanks to the other teams in the sec for taking care of buisness in the NC games.

so have fun going 7-5 every year that pj is there…

GA Tech Insider

January 23rd, 2010
6:45 am

And one more thing, Josh; go back and check the AJC archives. If you could figure out how to do that, you’d see that I’m the one who broke the story about GA Tech hiring Paul Johnson before any of the “premium services,” or other media outlets for that matter. I knew the hire was being announced withing a couple of days and who it would be. But that’s okay, I don’t know what I’m talking about.

Insider

January 23rd, 2010
6:46 am

Some times when private information(whether it is correct or not) is posted for the public to see, the Athlete in question hears about it, doesn’t like it and goes somewhere else. It has happened before and it will happen again.

Art

January 23rd, 2010
7:05 am

Josh is right. GTI parrots info on the pay sites. I think he once was outed here as a college student that is some kind of male groupie or straphanger on the peripheral of a couple of player’s circle of friends.

Art

January 23rd, 2010
7:07 am

ACC Football

January 22nd, 2010
11:32 pm

Stop hating you uga rednecks, its gt and we have 4 national titles unlike the puppies…get over it! you will never catch us in titles…next!!

How many AP consensus NCs does GT have?

Plain Truth

January 23rd, 2010
7:15 am

The Georgia alunmni may be Georgia Rednecks but that beats the Tech alumni of mostly Pakistan, India and Asian grads!

teckhomer

January 23rd, 2010
7:19 am

Chip…I hear that GT is looking to offer and pry away 6′5 200 lb wr from roswell who had committed to vandy several months ago. I hope we can get him from vandy if its true as we need another big receiver opposite Stephen Hill.

1 John 4:7

January 23rd, 2010
7:23 am

Hey, “John 8:32″! Love the reference to the words of Jesus in your moniker, and I especially love the strap hanger reference in your comment to the “Insider”.

TechSpanker

January 23rd, 2010
7:56 am

teckhomer,

I’m sure ALL 6′5 200 lb wide recievers can’t wait to come to a school to get the ball thrown to them 1 or 2 times a game!

Plain Truth- You are so right, I would rather be a Georgia Redneck than a towel headed slurpy sucker from GT!!

Burdell

January 23rd, 2010
8:08 am

Way to stay classy UGA fans.

TO=2bowls10pts

January 23rd, 2010
8:14 am

It can’t be disputed that PJ hasn’t performed in bowls or against even mediocre ooc teams. He has lost 2 bowls by a score of 63-17. He lost 1 of them to a 5 loss team 38-3 with his 3 loss team. This year he finished the regular season with a loss against another mediocre ooc 5 loss team with his 1 loss team, barely beat a 5 loss team in the ACC title game and then his offense got literally stoned in the Orange Bowl. 155 TOTAL yards. That’s pitiful. The above are facts and very disturbing. All Paul Johnson is doing is beating cupcake ACC opponents and getting exposed outside his conference. You GT fans see it but somehow think your eyes are lying to you. Johnson hasn’t even proven he can win without Chan Gailey’s recruits. How will all his #45 – 50 recruiting classes play out even in the ACC. There’s a very good possibility Tech will finish 3rd in their division in 2010. If that happens it will be all downhill for Tech from there and whether GT fans will admit it, they know it is possible and what the consequences are. It will tell recruits that it’s same old same old at GT. That success is always short lived at Tech and if you even think you have the smallest hope for an NFL career, stay away from Georgia Tech. 2010 is the make or break year for Paul Johnson at Tech. If he continues to lose outside the ACC again in 2010 and does the big GT end of season choke, even Tech fans will have to admit that Johnson can’t get it done when it matters the most. Another loss to UGA with all these false hopes and out come the long knives.

secondguesser

January 23rd, 2010
8:17 am

Well well, seems your enthusiasm as a homer “self” licking dawg got the best of you while trying to discredit, shame, embarrass, a rival fan who obviously knows more about this particular situation than you do. Your response was less than gracious when proven without a doubt to be wrong. Trying to save face it was this instead, “But I was right on this…………I was right on that”. You must be one of those SOB (Stooges of Bush) rethuglicons. Can’t apologize with class even with so much they were wrong about. Meanwhile, how bout that terrible fallout from the Urban Myer saga. Seems that in spite of the almost prayerful wishes of the pup (and others) faithful, that a great coach, who after deciding to look out after his health and simply reconsidering to do the thing he loves most, steers the dynasty and continues on a roll of historical note! It’s great to be a Florida Gator!

TO=2bowls10pts

January 23rd, 2010
8:18 am

teckhomer do you think that receiver doesn’t know that Steven Hill caught 6 passes total in 2009? Thomas was a great receiver but his strength was his 235lbs that allowed him to break tackles and get the big yards. These high school receivers will have too many coaches telling them to stay away from Tech. Go anywhere but Tech.

heyberto

January 23rd, 2010
8:21 am

Gotta love blogs that do nothing but defend the author’s no longer accurate information. The ego on this guy evident in this blog is annoying.

GTengineer89

January 23rd, 2010
8:26 am

I agree TO=2bowls10pts that 2010 is the year that will either tell us if PJ is for real or just another good coach. Anything short of the ACC title AND a BCS bowl win and Paul loses that savior tag that some of you less introspective Tech fans have hung on him.

Ramblor

January 23rd, 2010
8:31 am

Wow, Chip, you’re getting into a pissing match on a blog. Kind of pathetic don’t you think.

Miller Grove HomeBoi

January 23rd, 2010
8:38 am

That Roswell WR need to talk to my boi Stephen Hill before he even think about tech. I run with Stephen from 5 years old and he ain’t happy. My boi claims Johnson lie to him about put in the pass plays. He say that in practise all that coach care about is run. My homey wishes he went to another school and talk about transfer all the time.

collegeballfan

January 23rd, 2010
8:43 am

I say again that Thornton needs to settle down and carefully pick a college to attend. He should not let who the coach is today be a factor. Coaches leave. Pick a school where you are comfortable.

shannon1776

January 23rd, 2010
9:00 am

My prediction: My sources are telling me the sun will come up tomorrow.

shannon1776

January 23rd, 2010
9:01 am

GTI: You are bringing a Handy Manny tool kit to a Power Tool world.

Translated: You have no inside knowledge.

Rabid Bulldawgs are Vermin

January 23rd, 2010
9:08 am

When was the last time UGA ever fulfilled their so-called potential based on their incoming class draft rank or talent on their roster? They will once again fall short in the SEC, and to be honest, no one outside the state of Georgia will give a s**t.

The UGA Football program is a Legend Only In Its Own (small) Mind!!