Tech gets first commitment from East Hall’s Chaz Cheeks

UPDATED THROUGHOUT . . .

Chaz Cheeks became Georgia Tech’s first verbal commitment for the 2011 class on Tuesday.

“I feel happy, excited, filled with joy,” said Cheeks, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound defensive end from East Hall High School in Gainesville.

Recruiting momentum was just really picking up for Cheeks, who also had offers from Ole Miss and N.C. State. But he didn’t see any reason to prolong the process.

“I just sat down with the family, my coaches and friends whose opinion I value and just really started thinking about Georgia Tech,” he said. “Number one school in the ACC; you graduate from Tech you’re going to have a good job. I didn’t see anything better so I was like, ‘Let’s go for it!’”

Cheeks is expected to play outside linebacker for the Yellow Jackets. At East Hall he has played his entire career with his hand on the ground.

“I did, but actually this year the coaches are going to work me a little bit at outside linebacker. So I’ll have a year under my belt before I go,” Cheeks said.

As a junior last season Cheeks had 58 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 16 hurries and eight sacks from his weakside defensive end position.

Cheeks’ teammate is Sterling Bailey, another defensive end who has also been offered by the Yellow Jackets and just about every other team in the South. Any chance they’ll both end up on The Flats?

“You never know what Sterling’s going to do so I can’t really say,” Cheeks said. “We’ve talked about it but right now we’re trying to figure out what’s best for each other. If the best thing is for him to come to Georgia Tech I’d love for him to come.”

Cheeks and East Hall coach Bryan Gray made the call to coach Paul Johnson Tuesday morning.

“Actually I didn’t even know I was the first commitment until someone told me not too long ago,” Cheeks said. “I don’t even really know what to say about it. I was just talking to Coach Gray about it and just said, ‘let’s quit talking about it and go ahead and do it.’”

123 comments Add your comment

Jose C-seco

March 16th, 2010
4:25 pm

juvenal

March 16th, 2010
4:26 pm

juvenal

March 16th, 2010
4:27 pm

not…people that really don’t care don’t post..

Tech Fan

March 16th, 2010
4:31 pm

Welcome to the flats Chaz!!

Flo-Ri-Duh!

March 16th, 2010
4:32 pm

Another situation where you offer a player to get an advantage to sign another player…. doesn’t mean that he is not good however.

Da Bee

March 16th, 2010
4:40 pm

Wow I’m pumped – yet another 1 Star recruit headed our way.

WELCOME CHAZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

March 16th, 2010
4:43 pm

WELCOME TO THE FLATS CHAZZ!!!!

HOPE YOU FEEL AT HOME!!!!!!

Tru Mutt

March 16th, 2010
4:45 pm

Wow I’m pumped-yet another 1 Star recruit that will turn out to be a great player thanks to Coach Johnson and beat the Dogs.

BigTimeTECHFan

March 16th, 2010
4:48 pm

Nice – sounds like maybe hybrid DE/LB that will fit outside LB role in 3-4 defense.

Hope he’s good, anybody seen him play?

Da Bee

March 16th, 2010
4:55 pm

Ah Tru Mutt how is CPJ going to help a defensive player – just wondering.

Think Before You Speak

March 16th, 2010
5:01 pm

1 star just means the player hasn’t been rated yet. With almost a full year till signing day, this is not uncommon.

Jacket Backer

March 16th, 2010
5:08 pm

welcome chaz!…..Go Jackets

San Francisco Dawg

March 16th, 2010
5:14 pm

BS, one star means one star! He has been rated and he gets one star…so what? Tech will get many one star players…Tech will get a beat down against the Dawgs and life goes on….One Stars are good for tech….

jackets1

March 16th, 2010
5:15 pm

Not 1 star, 1 stars have not been evaluated yet, early in the process. Ignorance is bliss, wait and see he will be att least 3 star.

hiveredtech

March 16th, 2010
5:29 pm

Chip

Your journalism skills need some work…too much bias glaring through.

If he had committed to UGA you would have said: Chaz Cheeks also had offers from Ole Miss and NCState….with heavy interest from other SEC and ACC schools.

Because he committed to GT you said: Chaz Cheeks ONLY other offers were Ole Miss and NCState.

Good grief Chip…no sense in using the word ONLY there.

Alphare

March 16th, 2010
5:32 pm

Yes, if you go to Tech, you will likely contribute 8-times as much to the endowment as a UGA graduate does. That’s how much valuable a Tech education is worth.

BTW, 4 out of Tech’s seven 4-star signing class of 2007 will be round 1&2 draft picks this year. 4 out of 7. In the same year UGA signed 12 4-stars, how many will be in round 1&2 you may ask? most likely zero.

Tech deploys triple option offense, but the star receiver will be high draftee this year. It’s mind bugling to think about the success the recruits are enjoying at Tech.

termigator

March 16th, 2010
5:32 pm

Pretty funny reading this stuff. UGA thinks Chip writed negative about them; and Tech says the same.

Tru Mutt

March 16th, 2010
5:38 pm

Does the phrase Head Coach ring a bell to you Da Bee? Just wondering

dawgfan

March 16th, 2010
5:44 pm

This kid staying a one star prospect is highly unlikely. Looks to me as if the recruiting sites do not have enough information on him to even give a rating yet. Sounds like a good kid who truly wants to be a yellow jacket. Nice commitment.

Ga Tech who?

March 16th, 2010
5:44 pm

This state is about UGA. Nobody cares about Ga Tech’s high school offense.

AlabamaRamblinwreck

March 16th, 2010
5:49 pm

Welcome to Georgia Tech, young man. We are so excited to have you a part of the family.

Go Jackets!!

Alphare

March 16th, 2010
5:52 pm

Ga Tech who?

are you sure this state is about UGA? tell us why Auburn/Bama have better recruiting ranking this year than a small-town college called UGA in a recruit-rich state then?

LizellaJacket

March 16th, 2010
6:05 pm

Chip,

Nice bias there. You are so pathetic. That Journalism degree is really paying off for you. Just come out and say you hate Tech.

LawDawg

March 16th, 2010
6:07 pm

“Number one school in the ACC”? What a freakin’ joke. Does this clown even know what college football is? “Graduate from Tech and have a job”? Yeah, right kid, most former athletes from Tech have jobs alright- at freakin Burger King. Or you could over achieve and think big like Rueben Houston and lead a gigantic drug ring in the city. I hear other Tech Fball players are trying to emulate RH.

Selah…..30-24!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Flagboy

March 16th, 2010
6:07 pm

Chaz Cheeks…. the name just makes me giddy…I love you Chaz, can i see your Cheeks. Hee,hee,hee… tickle pile time.. Flagboy says Grrrrrrrrr….

LawDawg

March 16th, 2010
6:13 pm

Alphare,

you are a truely pathetic sole if you think your little ASSUMPTION of draft picks is true. Johnson is not tough enough, Dwyer is too fat and slow, and BAY BAY has a broken foot and is thinking about a possible rap career (BTW, he is not talented, like most rappers). Your jealousy of UGA shines thru that Piss gold and whiye exterior you show. If it weren’t for UGA you’d be nobody. Hell, even your fight song is based on UGA!!

Jugdish

March 16th, 2010
6:14 pm

yeah…a little boy named Chaz Cheeks for us to drool over here at the Eagle…YUM YUM, CHEEKS!!!!

Techster

March 16th, 2010
6:28 pm

GT fan

March 16th, 2010
6:51 pm

San Francisco Dawg you an idiot. 1 star means he has not been rated. Show some respect. LawDawg same goes for you! F’ing moron. I bet your a UGA homer!

GT fan

March 16th, 2010
6:53 pm

Chip stop posting this stuff. This way the UGA homers dont have a place to come show how classless they are.

Delbert D.

March 16th, 2010
6:54 pm

What would be a nonverbal commitment? A kiss?

killerJ

March 16th, 2010
6:54 pm

Another Ga. recruit,eat,um up paul leave them nothing to pick from except illiterate crct scandle schools,” theys alls deserves it!!!” THWG!

GT fan

March 16th, 2010
6:55 pm

a reach around

ECB

March 16th, 2010
7:03 pm

I wonder how many stars Al Bundy had? Hell he scored 4 touchdowns in a single game!

pensacola dawg

March 16th, 2010
7:03 pm

Higher acedemic standards….yeah right…East Hall is the trailer park high of Hall county!

What ever happen to those Nerds....

March 16th, 2010
7:04 pm

Pumping their chest singin…. THE PERFECT OPTION !!…..IS DA PERFECT OPTION !!!..the perfectttt option !!!! LOL ” …..Men !!!…..Those Clowns crack me up ” ( U SO GOOFY BAY-BAY).

Cuttysark

March 16th, 2010
7:04 pm

Thanks for all of your updates Chip. By the way, the banter on your posts is better than anything on the comedy channel. However, I’m not sure why everyone is bagging on you for just providing timely information on recruiting.

For more Georgia Tech Football articles go to http://isportsweb.com. Go Jackets!

GT Fan...

March 16th, 2010
7:05 pm

Chaz? His name is Chaz?? … Sounds like someone’s going to get “num-chucked”

Ma, THE MEATLOAF!!!!!!!!!!! F*CK!!

"WE MUST PROTECT THIS HOUSE"

March 16th, 2010
7:07 pm

Yeahhh Boooyyy !!!

BIGTIMEGTFAN !!!!

March 16th, 2010
7:11 pm

That’s great news guys !!! Welcome to the Flats. I cannot believe we pull this guy away from Charleston southern,Elon,Western Car and MTSU !! ((( OWESOME )) !!

PI$$onaJacket

March 16th, 2010
7:12 pm

Hey GT (boy) Fan, You nerds are on our site, so I guess that makes you nerd’s classless too right. You trade school nerds can dish it out but can’t take it. Oh and we run this state. (ACC champs, what a joke, more like chumps) Woof Woof

Numesh

March 16th, 2010
7:14 pm

Welcome to Tech Chaz!

You’re gonna love the Mini 500! The winner gets all the chicks!

UGA IS A JOKE!!! HAHAHAHAHA

March 16th, 2010
7:19 pm

LOOK PLEASE DONT TALK CRAP WHEN THE RIVAL SCHOOL IN THE SAME STATE HAS MORE NATIONAL TITLES THEN YOUR POOR CHOKING SCHOOL. IT’S HILARIOUS IF YOU ASK ME

UGA IS A JOKE!!! HAHAHAHAHA

March 16th, 2010
7:20 pm

THE MINI 500 IS A JOKE IF YOU WATCH THE COMMERCIAL CLOSELY GOOBER…..AND YOUR REDNECK SCHOOL IS NOT EVEN CLOSE TO GEORGIA TECH…SORRY

T-Bag-a-Jacket

March 16th, 2010
7:20 pm

Yeah Chaz (such a manley name) your going to love the tickle piles.

UGA IS A JOKE!!! HAHAHAHAHA

March 16th, 2010
7:21 pm

WOULD RATHER BE A NERD THEN A REDNECK LIKE ATHENS

UGA IS A JOKE!!! HAHAHAHAHA

March 16th, 2010
7:22 pm

BUT BETTER THEN THE REDNECK PILE…HEHEHEHE

T-Bag-a-Jacket

March 16th, 2010
7:22 pm

yo mama likes rednecks.

UGA IS A JOKE!!! HAHAHAHAHA

March 16th, 2010
7:23 pm

I KNOW THAT’S WHY I BANGED YO MAMA,,,REDNECK!!! HAHAHAHAHA

Tag Team a Bullfrog!!!

March 16th, 2010
7:24 pm

what a joke the muts are…choke city!! get use to it