Andy McCollum pumped about recruiting for Georgia Tech

New Georgia Tech recruiting coordinator Andy McCollum has been recruiting Greater Atlanta and the state of Georgia for years for N.C. State and Middle Tennessee State. (AP photo)

New Georgia Tech recruiting coordinator Andy McCollum has been recruiting Greater Atlanta and the state of Georgia for years for N.C. State and Middle Tennessee State. (AP photo)

Our Georgia Tech beat writer Doug Roberson had a chance to talk to the Yellow Jackets’ new recruiting coordinator and defensive line coach Andy McCollum yesterday as McCollum made the long drive down from Raleigh to Atlanta. Doug had a write-up on McCollum in today’s paper but saved McCollum’s recruiting commentary for us.

McCollum is leaving N.C. State to take over for former Tech assistant Giff Smith, who left to join Chan Gailey with the Buffalo Bills. Those of us who have known McCollum since he was head coach at Middle Tennessee State University know the Marietta native for his down-home sense of humor and sharp wit. He’s long been known in college football circles for his bright football mind and recruiting acumen. He has always recruited the Greater Atlanta area, especially at MTSU when he brought Atlantans up to Murfreesboro by the bus load.

Being able to recruit the area now for Georgia Tech rather than for MTSU or N.C. State has McCollum fired up.

“I’ve walked into high schools with different logos on my shirt and knew it was going to be a fight,” McCollum said. “When I walk in high schools with GT on my shirt, in your own state, that’s exciting.”

McCollum believes he has a much better product to sell with the Jackets.

“Georgia Tech sells itself for a kid who wants a great education and play the top football in the country,” he said. “That all starts with the head coach. The great thing about coming to Georgia Tech is No. 1, the state that you are in. As good of high school football as there is in the country, as good of high school coaches in the country. You ain’t got to go far.

“Then you find the kids that are serious about going to school, serious about an education and serious about football. You want character.”

In terms of the actual recruiting process, McCollum said he approaches prospects on a personal level.

“Recruiting is all about relationships and all about caring,” he said.

Interestingly, N.C. State coach Tom O’Brien on Thursday replaced McCollum with another coach with Georgia Tech ties. Jon Tenuta, who a defensive coordinator at Tech before joining Charlie Weis at Notre Dame, takes over McCollum’s job as linebackers coach for the Wolfpack.

89 comments Add your comment

BigTimeTECHFan

February 12th, 2010
9:47 am

1st – oh please

BigTimeTECHFan

February 12th, 2010
9:49 am

1st time 1st for me.
Anyway, we shall see, this should be loaded year for recruiting.
!st I heared Coach JT was hired by NC State, very nice pickup for them

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

February 12th, 2010
10:18 am

He should be pumped, defending Acc Champs, great recruiting base, Ga native, what’s not to like. Best of luck ’til the “good old fashioned hate” game in Nov

Go Jackets!

February 12th, 2010
10:19 am

JT was a great pick up for the wolf pack…good job guys. blitzing will help the wolfpack

Go Jackets!

February 12th, 2010
10:20 am

Look georgia looks at georgia tech as there national championship game. its just another game to georgia tech

NC Dawg

February 12th, 2010
10:21 am

Good luck to him and crap I finished 2nd to a bug!! Well, maybe in blogging, but not in Football, Basketball, Baseball, etc…. We RUN THIS STATE!! Woooo Hoooo!

Oh yea, NC State struggles!!

Tech75

February 12th, 2010
10:21 am

This guy is obviously respected in the ACC; he had to get past both CPJ and Groh.

Should do well for the Jackets; give him 2 years to spool-up and hit his stride.

GT51

February 12th, 2010
10:22 am

i think i was the only one glad to see Tenuta gone from GT. Hope NCSU enjoys the long pass plays for tds or the methodical dinks and dunks down the field until your defense is worn out, both as a result from blitzing every play.

Kim Z's Package

February 12th, 2010
10:23 am

Why would A player go to Tech and have to go to class when they can go to UGA and learn to cut Grass and Class?

NC Dawg

February 12th, 2010
10:27 am

Go Jackets…..are you smoking crack again!! Our NC game!! Don’t make me/us laugh!! Who has won the last 8 out of 9? It is you all who look at it as a NC game! Ask all the nerds who go on UGA sites and make comments. So you know, I did NOT go on a GT site, this is on the UGA site from the AJC or Yellow Jacket Sporting News Paper. Good luck and we will see you in Nov.!! Win 2 or 3 in a row, then pop off! Go Dawgs!

I did finish 4th! Maybe, I can quit my real job and then finish 1st like the Trade Schoolers!!

Bitter tech FAN

February 12th, 2010
10:34 am

our computer say were better than anyone because we learn everything in front of a da—m–n computer, stop hateing punks

GT Fan...

February 12th, 2010
10:37 am

You are correct “Go Jackets” …. though ga fans adamantly deny it, all of us GT fans know they view the GT game as thier NC game. They are dog fans … they talk out of both sides of thier mouths, and are as delusional as the day is long. Just the fact DDFs (Delusional Dog Fans), your lives revolve around needing to beat GT, but talking about how the Yellow Jackets don’t matter.

GeoffDawg

February 12th, 2010
10:41 am

And so begins the long slide into oblivion for Jon Tenuta.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

February 12th, 2010
10:52 am

Hilaroius GT Fan @ 10:37am- “your lives revolve around needing to beat GT”-ummmm, we already do that pal. are you just now watching football? UF is a much more bigger game to us that vs GT. again funny!!!
with McCollum’s marietta roots- should be able to recruit well with the schools in the area. agreed on tenuta’s career slowly disappearing.

David

February 12th, 2010
11:05 am

Tenuta replaces McCollum for NCST. A coach that is great at recruiting replaced by a guy that hates recruiting. And he isn’t even the DC there, he is just coaching LBs.

German Shepherd Dawg

February 12th, 2010
11:08 am

Kam,

I was about to commend you for kind words for the Yellow Jackets (only hate ‘em once a year) and then I read Go Jackets’ post, and laughed because he or she doesn’t know the difference between their and there, not to mention the delusional remark about the game being our NC. We (most but not all) reserve those kinds of feelings for Florida due to the current state of imbalance we hope to cure with the presence of Todd Grantham as our new DC.

I’m excited, but it’s easy before we see what happens in the spring. But I just read in another article we have potentially 250 lb linebackers (C. Washington). The thought is frightening and exhilarating. Rolando McClain comes to mind.

Bitter tenn FAN

February 12th, 2010
11:09 am

dr.keeny wipe my bu–tt please have a hard time doing this am in my 3rd year at tennesee and cant figurre it all out hurts to think for long periods help doc

German Shepherd Dawg

February 12th, 2010
11:10 am

Bitter Tech fan – it’s spelled “hating”. That’s why spell check puts the red underline below the word when you type it.

German Shepherd Dawg

February 12th, 2010
11:11 am

Who’s posting next? Dr. Peter Bendover?

Coach

February 12th, 2010
11:26 am

“Thank you state of Georgia for 3 of the top 25 players on AJC’s Super 50 list. I will be back next year for more.” – Urban

St Simons Daddy

February 12th, 2010
11:31 am

Kim Z’s Package – why would a player want to go to tech and be the #2 team in the state 70% of the time? Havaing said that…..

It is funny to me how the gtu fans have replaced scu fans as the most delusional in college football. I must admit that scu has had more success against UGA during the last 19years (with out cheating as per the NCAA) than has gtu. I really don’t hate tech, it goes much deeper than that.

THWGT!!!!

rex

February 12th, 2010
11:33 am

this one is not who he says he is or who the GT staff believes him to be..so go ahead and slap each other on the back and celebrate about this hiring but at some point the $hit will hit the fan on this one..

nc dawg u typical puppy crybaby

February 12th, 2010
11:36 am

Keeping the tradition alive! lol.
Tech is just as likely to win a national championship as the crypups were last year lol!
Things like this is why we are better than ya’ll. 1) our lives aren’t defined by college football (we haven’t and never will have a Jan Kemp scandal or a test about how many points is a 3 pointer worth) (again lol), 2) we aren’t delusional hypocrits.
Ya’ll never seem to get the fact that, we are superior no matter who wins the football game.

st simmons daddy u typical puppy crybaby

February 12th, 2010
11:38 am

You don’t hate us you want to be us. But, you may grow out of it by the 8th grade.

gt

February 12th, 2010
11:40 am

You notice Tech doesn’t take long to find replacements. Most experts will tell you this is an excellent one, better than what left which wasn’t bad. Mario Williams, Tank Tyler, Stephen Tulloch, DeMario Pressley, John McCargo, Manny Lawson all practically from the same class, all recruited by this man. Tech wanted Tech went out and got, a sign that someone thinks this program is on the way up, that knows the game. No second or third or 15th pick as a coach. Working in Atlanta not only the heart of recruiting country but the heart of college football media, you do well you get noticed. Check the list of assistant coaches that came through Tech at one time or another, compare it to other schools, including the one in Athens. That use not to be a big deal when schools were getting cattle cars full of players but in parity this is huge.

Urbane Myer

February 12th, 2010
11:49 am

I don’t care about Tech football, but I have to come on the Tech articles to find the Dog fans, they’re hiding from us on our articles (17 – 3, how can any school dominate another like that, oh and the timeouts) and the dog articles as well. Come out puppy and look at our recruiting class, don’t be afraid, Steves gone, come on out. WHACK! take that you mutt (18 -3).

Dan

February 12th, 2010
12:11 pm

Can we not go down the UGA-GT road for one blog?

Look, he better be jacked up because this is, we’re told, going to a crazy year for recruiting in this state. We better get our share of players and it’s his job to set us up to do so. I hope he does his job well so we’ll be good for another 3 year run in 2012-14.

GT GRAD

February 12th, 2010
12:27 pm

Three questions:

Why do sooo many UGA fans use GT nicknames and pose as true GT fans on these blogs (childish attempt to make GT fans look bad I imagine)?

Has anyone else noticed the HUGE number of UGA fans that post negative useless comments on the GT blogs (& then they claim that GT does not matter…………wow)??

Do these UGA fans even realize why they are considered the absolute worst and most obnoxious fans in all of college football (If there was a poll, the UGA fan base would no doubt be voted #1 and the really sad part is most of the really absurd UGA fans would be proud to claim the crown)???

UGA football program is sliding and will be in rebuilding mode within 2-3 years (probably with a new head coach).

GT football program is on the rise with a VERY bright future!!

P.S. Many UGA fans truly believe the GT football program is a joke…………….guess what guys, most Florida fans truly believe the UGA football program is a joke! The only real difference is most of the Florida fans have a little class because they do not consistently bash UGA, they just laugh inside whenever they read about, think about or talk to an absurd UGA fan. Huh……does the truth hurt just a little bitt? (OK I guess I actually had 4 questions!)

As long as I am on a roll………many UGA fans also truly believe the UGA football program is a national power; the problem is that they are the only people on the planet who think this is even remotely the case; most college football fans and TV pundits do NOT even include UGA in the Top 10 when ranking the NCAA fotball programs. UGA falls in the 10-20 range, but many of the absurd UGA fans think they are a Top 5 program………what a joke!

I am certain that I have stirred up the hornets nest………..let the baseless attacks and the slanted UGA statistics commence:

I sincerely hope everyone enjoys the Georgia snow today!

Chip Towers

February 12th, 2010
12:28 pm

Keep it clean, folks.

gt

February 12th, 2010
12:57 pm

The problem with Georgia is we Tech people own part of it. Our hard earn taxes go to build a school that plugs one hole and that is the game of football. UGA have what has to be one of the poorest alumni association per average grad, in the entire nation, supporting a super battle ship of a football team with private funds, while the state of Georgia subsidizes an education of litterbugs and exhibitionist. The same dimwit that has isolated his existance to the results of a football team, is the same guy that complains about welfare and give away programs. The only thing that keeps the doors open and football being played is welfare from the citizens of this state from income tax. And most of that income does not come from that idiot dressed in red dumping in the parking lot of a government own property and having again our hard earn taxes having to clean it up. This same government who protects a coach from being sued by a former player because he is a “state employee” when not a penny of that money comes from the state but from the manic fan living large off our tax donations.

bitter tenn fan

February 12th, 2010
1:00 pm

jan kemp rules, we just gave her a job here at tennesee based on a recommendation from vince dooley. his son our lord and new couch said mrs/mr kemp is a sure thing, hire before florida hires, evan if she/he has been out of work for well since 1985 sorry dawgs had to steal another from goega got the last laugh ha ha

collegeballfan

February 12th, 2010
1:00 pm

GT51 – I was also glad to see Tenuta go. Notice the great job he did at ND?

Vick=Dog killing thug

February 12th, 2010
1:02 pm

HAHAHHAA

Sorry but I have to laugh. The top football in the country? HAHAHAAHAHA

The bugs say that Dawgs fans are delusional ???

bitter tenn fan

February 12th, 2010
1:06 pm

da’rick just scored again, love xbox, looser’s, haha we got the trickester

Vick=Dog killing thug

February 12th, 2010
1:09 pm

Hey GT

Let’s discuss spelling and sentence structure sometime? Geez…

Care to validate the following sentence ?

The same dimwit that has isolated his existance to the results of a football team, is the same guy that complains about welfare and give away programs

or this one ??

The only thing that keeps the doors open and football being played is welfare from the citizens of this state from income tax. And most of that income does not come from that idiot dressed in red dumping in the parking lot of a government own property and having again our hard earn taxes having to clean it up.

huh ????

bitter tenn fan

February 12th, 2010
1:13 pm

shut up vick (dog killer) we turned you down at tenn, you could not make the grade
got any tips to help da’trick get buy. stop hatting go to rocky topp for 2010 n.c.

bitter goega fan (dressed in red dumping)

February 12th, 2010
1:21 pm

gt only fills the stands with grants to pakistan and india punks payed with us tax money, go figure, tech rules not!!! stick with building again in haiti! first time around your high I.Q. could not keep the buildings standing. nice job figuring how much steel is needed per building. engineers right. ha ha

gt

February 12th, 2010
1:26 pm

Vick=Dog killing thug, your “huh???” explains it all.

RICKY

February 12th, 2010
1:35 pm

Chip,

Long fall for Tenuta…Ga Tech, LSU for a minute, Notre Dame and now LB’s coach at NC State… WOW

Paddy

February 12th, 2010
1:41 pm

David…..good call on JT. A football coaches job is 50% recruiting and JT hates it 100% of the time. He is not what you would call warm and fuzzy.

bitter va tech fan

February 12th, 2010
1:41 pm

stop hatting on me i grad from uva i think you can still find me on xbox scoring td’s

dan reeves

February 12th, 2010
1:45 pm

love xbox still have mike in control, score 50yard run, see i was right

Paddy

February 12th, 2010
1:46 pm

gt…you may want to re-write that above tax and football essay. It was had to pull the meat out of that comment. It is too late for me to go back to college, so give me the Cliff Notes version.

Packman

February 12th, 2010
2:10 pm

Andy is a good recruiter however Mario Williams, Tank Tyler, Stephen Tulloch, DeMario Pressley, John McCargo, and Manny Lawson all came before him at NCSU. Chuck Amato was a good recruiter of defensive linemen but just a poor head coach. Check your facts before posting.

walrus

February 12th, 2010
2:13 pm

Go Jackets!, hold on a second… Did you say that Georgia views Ol’ Fashioned Hate as their national championship?

When was the last time that Georgia ever minted rings to commemorate a win against Tech?

Don’t get me wrong, Tech is a good program and should be on the rise. I myself don’t even hate Tech, but your previous statement causes me concern that you DONE SMOKED YOURSELF RETARDED (thank you but no thank you Mrs. Palin).

Plus, if we considered the Tech game as our national title, we should be ESTATIC! To win 8 of 9 of what we consider national titles is UNPRECEDENTED. Too bad your logic isn’t legitimate. If it was Willie Martinez would have been given a raise and elected governor!

walrus

February 12th, 2010
2:18 pm

gt

February 12th, 2010
12:57 pm
The problem with Georgia is we Tech people own part of it. Our hard earn taxes go to build a school that plugs one hole and that is the game of football.

It is hard earnED… Before you criticize folks for being dumb, spell check your own accusations.

gt

February 12th, 2010
2:21 pm

Paddy, the south, particular the SEC part, or deep south is a very poor, the poorest area of the country. In polar opposite the ACC area of the country is one of the wealthiest. The SEC schools remind me of the old communistic countries that spent all their GNP on defense and the citizens went hungry. Tons of money is spent on football in Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana, Arkansas and Georgia while those states rank in the bottom of the country in education and wealth. Looking at that Georgia parking lots the Sunday after the LSU game is every indication of the direction of this respect for a college education our state and others hold.

gt

February 12th, 2010
2:40 pm

Walrus, I too, am a victim of the Atlanta school system.

ga gator

February 12th, 2010
2:46 pm

UGA needs to worry about a coach who thinks Tech is the #1 school in the state of Georgia.

Paddy

February 12th, 2010
2:53 pm

OK gt thanks for cleaning up your thoughts for me. A noval approach and well thought out. Don’t know how much luck you will have on defense spending and the hungry but well said.