Tech and Georgia battle over state’s bluechippers

It’s early yet but indications are that Georgia and Georgia Tech could be headed toward some vicious head-to-head recruiting battles on some of the state’s top football prospects.

Initially it appeared that the Bulldogs had established precedence with Wilcox County two-sport star Nick Marshall, a quarterback who already has offers from Georgia in both football and basketball. Signing his wide receiver teammate (and cousin) Lonnie Outlaw to a last-minute scholarship on Feb. 3 could not have hurt.

But then the Yellow Jackets had Marshall in on an unofficial this past Tuesday and he got more than a little air time sitting next to head coach Paul Johnson during the television broadcast of the Tech-North Carolina basketball game.

Marshall is one of several top prospects the Bulldogs covet who were on the Tech campus this week. That same night the Jackets also hosted East Hall defensive lineman Sterling Bailey, Griffin defensive end Xzavier Dixon and Pope offensive lineman Thomas O’Reilly. Later in the week Johnson had Monroe Area defensive end Stephon Tuitt of Monroe Area for a one-on-one unofficial visit. Tech is also has offers out to wide receiver running back Quan Bray, wide receiver Christian Conley, offensive linemen Watts Dantzler and Alan Posey, linebacker James Vaughters and many others that are high on the Dogs’ board.

Clearly Georgia is on the minds of the Jackets.

“Paul Johnson showed that by signing the 14 Georgia kids in the 2010 class,” said Chad Simmons, South recruiting manager for Scout.com. “He’s made the statement that he’s not going to spend a lot of time looking in New York and Louisiana looking for his top guys. He’s going to recruit Georgia first. The top 15 or so players in Georgia all have offers from both Tech and UGA.”

The good news, Simmons said, is there is plenty of talent to go around. The 2011 class is going to be particularly rich.

“There are a lot of what I call no-brainer offers this year,” Simmons said. “You have a lot of good kids that are strong athletes that you know are going to qualify. Guys that have 4.0s and 3.5s and already have their SATs and ACTs. There’s a lot of those kinds of guys in this next class.”

292 comments Add your comment

virudie

February 19th, 2010
8:10 pm

i would love to see the homestate kids stay in state

joe

February 19th, 2010
8:12 pm

first….so lame

Mightydawg

February 19th, 2010
8:12 pm

Why would any true bluechip want to go to Tech? Most of these guys are going to UGA or out of state. Tech will take the 3 star guys.

joe

February 19th, 2010
8:12 pm

Rodney Garner

February 19th, 2010
8:27 pm

Enter your comments here

4-2

February 19th, 2010
8:31 pm

mightydawg, maybe they don’t like Shreveport!

ITP Jacket

February 19th, 2010
8:44 pm

MIghtyleghumper – maybe they want something better than the Athens-Clarke County Jail.

Dawgs House

February 19th, 2010
8:45 pm

Everybody knows real football is played in the SEC. Don’t be silly!!!!!

South GA Dawg

February 19th, 2010
8:47 pm

LETS BE SERIOUS FOR A SECOND….. NOW WHY WOULD ANY BLUECHIPPER PICK TECH OVER UGA????? AND DONT GIVE ME THE WHOLE ACADEMIC B.S. BOTH SCHOOLS GIVE OUT MEANINGFUL DEGREES.

mcgdawg

February 19th, 2010
8:48 pm

LET THE BIG DAWG EAT! 2011 is the year to stock up!!

CHARLOTTE DAWG

February 19th, 2010
8:53 pm

This is like reading the Georgia Tech newsletter or something. “Clearly Georgia Tech is on Georgia’s mind” or something like that. Are you kidding me? I almost threw up.

Dawgs!

J Dawg

February 19th, 2010
9:00 pm

Seriously, why would any QB with any pro potential go play for Tech, how many triple option QBs have made it, zero.

Because of this I think Tech may get the ocasional Dwyer at RB but QBs they will never ever get over UGA. I keep hearing from Tech people, “wait till Johnson gets his players” in this offense but can he really get anything better than what he had this year don’t think so. Sorry techies this was as good as it will ever be in this high school offense

Paul's Johnson

February 19th, 2010
9:10 pm

One thing is obvious.

Mutts don’t like the competition.

Too bad.

Davey Boy Smith

February 19th, 2010
9:13 pm

There are no battles. UGA gets who they wants. Gtu gets the leftovers.

Nesbitt cannot stay healthy, and will never play in the league. Could have come to UGA, played safety and been getting ready to be a draft pick. Bebe and Dwyer will see their stock drop significantly once the film comes on.

Gtu had their nice little run with Gailey’s talent. It’s over.

Asheville Dawg

February 19th, 2010
9:13 pm

Let’s see UGA 30,000 students, Tech 8,000.
More contacts by going to UGA for after football……

Then let’s talk about the UGA women vs, Tech’s mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

only the deadbrained don’t go to Athens

Nick678

February 19th, 2010
9:20 pm

As an outsider looking into the in-state battles for recruiting in the state of Georgia…I do not think it is even close when it comes to UGA and Tech. A degree from UGA is nothing to be scoffed at. UGA is not like Auburn, Ole Miss, or Alabama where you pretty much have to have apulse to be admitted. It is an excellent academic institution. Combine that with better facilities, playing in a league that puts more players in the NFL than any other conference, and a fan base that is always in the top ten nationally in revenue. Going against a team that can’t even sell out their own stadium? I just don’t see how anyone would pick Tech over UGA.

J Dawg

February 19th, 2010
9:24 pm

competition would be nice. Our worst D in fourty years shut your gimmick O down. You did win in 08 but gave up 42. Our D will be back up to par next year, and hopefully the unexplained turnovers (3 in a row against yall in 08) will never happen again. good luck

gte268p

February 19th, 2010
9:31 pm

Well apparently you geniuses can read minds and know exactly what every high school football player looks for in a college. Absolutely amazing.

Urbane Meyer

February 19th, 2010
9:33 pm

Puppies your low self-esteem always shows through, lol! Why would they choose Tech over Georgia? Some of them might actually have to get a job that’s not a Walmart if they don’t make the NFL. Or, you could ask Calvin Johnson or Derrick Morgan, how going to Tech limits your NFL chances. Or, maybe they don’t want to lose 17 out of 20 to me, or have to stand on the sideline down 30 as I call timeouts in the 4th quarter! It’ll be a LONG time till classless Richt has his jailbirds charge the field again, lol! LOOOOOOOSERS always win in February, oh and did you see my recruiting class! lol!

Tech drinking game

February 19th, 2010
9:36 pm

Take a shot everytime the camera catches Richt picking his nose! I dare you! Even Georgia students will be drunk by halftime. Start crying, but you know it’s true.

foothills

February 19th, 2010
9:39 pm

Davey Boy Smith- Did you get Da’rick? Did you get Ayers? What about Morgan Bailey? Gee… You guys make it so easy to hate on UGAG.

Nick the outsider LOL

February 19th, 2010
9:39 pm

Nick you silly boy, EVERYONE outside Georgia respects Tech, not so much for Georgia. Jan Kemp, how many points is a 3 pointer……….
Saying you’re an outsider doesn’t fool anyone! Taking poorly thought out shots at Auburn and Tech is a dumb dog game. BUSTED!

harold

February 19th, 2010
9:39 pm

Great news for Tennessee. Split the talent. Saban gets who he wants in Georgia. So does Meyer. And watch out for Trooper Taylor at Auburn and Dooley at Tennessee. Georgia is under seige! This isnt 2205 anymore and Georgia is average as usual!

Cherokee

February 19th, 2010
9:49 pm

Urbane Meyer….Had anymore players slap co-eds at parties lately? Real men you have down there slapping girls…

AlabamaRamblinwreck

February 19th, 2010
9:50 pm

Well, playing for a winner, a national championship winner, like Coach Johnson will appeal to many 4 and 5 star athletes. I am confident that if Coach Johnson has a special passing talent choose Tech, the offense will be adjusted to compensate for this strength. Coach Johnson is first and foremost a winner, and a winner of championships. If a student has a desire to get a Technology-based education, one that is respected world-wide, and play for a real winner, then GT is a great choice.

Cherokee

February 19th, 2010
9:51 pm

ITP Jacket ….they could go to Tech and worry about getting mugged or stabbed every time they left the dorm.

Cherokee

February 19th, 2010
9:53 pm

AlabamaRamblinwreck………When CPJ win a BCSCG much less a BCS game?

ILikeYourEarLobe

February 19th, 2010
9:53 pm

people still use “lol?” isnt that what 12 year old girls say on instant messenger? Face it nerds, you are known for having ugly girls, being in a terrible conference, not being able to sell out your football games, and running an offense that does not project anyone to the nfl except the running back position. It’s ok. Maybe you can go party by the science lab tonight.

You're Just Brilliant, Dogs

February 19th, 2010
9:56 pm

There is a difference between and “meaningful degree” and a meaningful education. A degree can be had from anywhere, but there are very few universities that provide an education that is challenging and competitive. Georgia is not in that set of very few universities.

Ashville, what do you mean by 30,000 vs 8,000 contacts for after football? That must be 30,000 opportunites to get a former Dawg to slip you a free Big Mac when his boss isn’t looking.

How about giving these kids a little more credit to base their college decision on more than your petty little “outsider looking in” ideas of how people pick a school. Clearly you were never in a position to pick a school to attend, like 95% of the Bulldog nation.

The Grinch

February 19th, 2010
10:00 pm

The truth is that Tech will get some of the best players and UGA will get most of the best players. It has happened that way for decades; why would it be different now? Johnson might put more emphasis on in-state players but the tradition is likely to continue. However, to those that keep asking why would ANYONE want to go to Tech instead of UGA are simply being delusional. BOTH schools offer unique opportunities for student athletes and some recruits will choose one over the other, as they should. Being a blind homer is fine, but logic should dictate some common sense also.

AlabamaRamblinwreck

February 19th, 2010
10:03 pm

cherokee: Are you a real indian? Did you attend a public school? Just “wow”!!

Cherokee

February 19th, 2010
10:04 pm

The Grinch ………Well said!!

AlabamaRamblinwreck

February 19th, 2010
10:04 pm

Well said, Grinch.

AlabamaRamblinwreck

February 19th, 2010
10:04 pm

We agree on one thing.

AlabamaRamblinwreck

February 19th, 2010
10:05 pm

Enter your comments here

Cherokee

February 19th, 2010
10:06 pm

AlabamaRamblinwreck…..no government school for me. Private school all the way and proud of it. How about you? “WOW”

Obvious

February 19th, 2010
10:07 pm

ILikeYourEarLobe,

Female students make up nearly two thirds of the UGA student population. UGA is a great girls school so I would hope that there are many good looking girls just as a matter of the sheer number of them. In contrast, men make up nearly two thirds of the student population at Tech. I’m a Tech alum and my wife is a UGA alum – that’s pretty common by the way. This “ugly girl” myth that you Dawgs promote is laughable.

EisenDawg

February 19th, 2010
10:10 pm

I wonder if Paul Johnson is trying to convince these guys, if they will just come to Tech, then maybe Tech can finally win a bowl game.

Technophobia

February 19th, 2010
10:18 pm

In 2006 Tech went to the ACC championship and lost. In 2007 we signed our best class in a LONG time. The fact is, these kids want to play for championships. Realistically that means conference championships and the hope of a BCS game or championship. Tech is expected to be a frequent contender for the ACC championship with Johnson leading the team. UGa shows no signs of doing anything but losing to UF every year and being an “also ran”. THAT is why these talented players will want to play for Tech! (That and a much more highly regarded education) Go Jackets!

GT Fan

February 19th, 2010
10:22 pm

Grinch ..good blog as always. I also like to read your Braves comments on DOB.

Its great when kids have two great school to pick from.

Vol Fan

February 19th, 2010
10:26 pm

Anyone with half a brain would rather have a degree from GT then UGA.

Jacket Backer

February 19th, 2010
10:32 pm

The Jackets are definately on Georgia’s mind!!!!!….Think CPJ might have reignited the rivalry???

GO JACKETS!!!!

GKK

February 19th, 2010
10:33 pm

UGA leads series over Tech 60-39-5

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February 19th, 2010
10:34 pm

Eisendawg what grade you in? DA comments.

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February 19th, 2010
10:39 pm

GKK forget the past before Johnson…its now 1 & 1 so get ready for some whip a@@! Its coming…..

Tokyo jacket

February 19th, 2010
10:39 pm

J Dawg, why would any blue chip QB play for UGA? You have one QB that has seen any significant playing time in the NFL over the past thirty years. Yet, you’ve signed about 6 or 7 4-star or better QBs in the Mark Richt era. I’d look at that as a failure to develop talent.

Obvious

February 19th, 2010
10:42 pm

Vol Fan… my UGA wife would agree with you! Her Interior Design degree from the Lamar Dodd School of Art at UGA netted her no offers upon graduation. In contrast, the Ajax Placement Center provided me 6 offers out of 6 interviews on the Tech campus. I earn the money and she stays home and takes care of the kids. We get along fine until football season when she dons the red and black and makes fun of Tech. She changes her tune when she goes shopping though… she loves pulling out that Tech affinity credit card and appreciates what her husband’s Tech education provides for our kids and herself.

Dawgforlife

February 19th, 2010
10:44 pm

harold…its Tn who is in trouble…with its 3 or 4 D-1 recruits in state..with Richt and Johnson shutting down Ga…Meyer, Shannon, Fisher in Fla…LSU always gets the Louisanna guys…USC and Clemson in South Carolina….Butch Davis in NC…Petrino in Ark…rejuvinated Ole Miss and MSU in Miss…Saban and Auburn in Ala…who are ya’ll gonna “leech” to stay competitive? maybe ya’ll can go to Cal. to get another overrated Clausen,,,wait, ND got the last one of those

Tokyo jacket

February 19th, 2010
10:46 pm

Our tripe option offense will also produce a first round pick at WR, second round worst case scenario. That’s two 1st rounders in three years. Of course, I guess why would any blue chip WR want to come to Tech?

EisenDawg

February 19th, 2010
10:47 pm

Sorry if I offended or confused you. It was meant to be humor. I mean, if you look at Tech’s record against UGA, or their bowl record, it’s really not such a DA comment. Keep in mind, that you will probably continue to get alot of DA comments, thanks to the posts from St. Simons, Yellow fuzz, etc. We had to listen to that DA crap all last year, so what goes around, comes around. Have a wonderful day!