Ten at 10: Tech gets 3rd commit from ‘Tom Fulry’ (April Fools!)


1. The folks over at GoJackets.com, the Scout website that covers Georgia Tech athletics, are having fun with April Fool’s Day. The main story on the home page Thursday is under a headline that proclaims “Yellow Jackets Land Commit No. 3.” The story goes on to say that the Tech has gotten its third commitment Thomas Fulry, a 6-foot-4, 240-pound defensive end of Kecoughtan High School in Hampton, Va. The story says he goes by the name “Tom,” so he’s known as Tom Fulry. Get it? And there is a Kecoughtan High in Hampton, Va., but that’s the only truth in the article. The school nickname is not “Harlequins;” it’s Warriors. And they have neither a Thomas Fulry on the roster nor a Shane Anigans (as in shenanigans), the 6-foot-3, 325-pound defensive tackle who attracted recruiters to Fulry. “This is an annual thing we’ve done,” said Rod McKenzie, a reporter for the website. “We got a good friend of mine a few years ago who actually published a blurb on his website. That guy’s name was Joe Kerr.” As in “joker.”

2. In some real Tech recruiting news, the Yellow Jackets appear to be moving in a couple of a tackle prospects. Two different players were in town this week to attend Tech’s practices and take a look around and both say the Jackets are their leader. Bryan Chamberlain, a 6-foot-4, 280-pound tackle from Albany’s Monroe High, told JacketsOnline.com the Jackets lead Georgia, Clemson and Louisville. And Trey Braun (6-5, 270) of Tallahassee’s Leon High School told the same website he favors Tech over Arkansas and Florida State.

3. It’s well known that quarterback Synjyn Days of Powder Springs’ Hillgrove High has already signed a football scholarship at Georgia Tech and his younger brother, linebacker Jabari Hunt-Days, may also be headed that way in this next recruiting class. Well there could be more Days coming the Jackets’ way. Rod Days, a 6-foot-6 swingman and four-star basketball recruit from Sagemont High School in Miami, is a first cousin of the Powder Springs’ Days. He also lists Georgia Tech as a favorite and plans a trip there later this month. “It would be nice for Jabari, Rod and me to all be at Tech,” Synjyn Days told me this week. “I know I’m going to try to make it happen.” I interviewed Rod Days earlier this week and will have a story up later today.

4. Flowery Branch kicker Will Monday committed to Duke while in Durham for the Blue Devils’ spring game this past weekend, according to the Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer. Monday is regarded as one of the top punters in the nation, rated No. 2 punting Kohlskicking.com. He averaged 41 yards a punt as a junior for the Falcons.

5. Two brothers who would like to play together in college visited Georgia this past weekend, according to Scout.com. Nathan Theus (6-3, 252) is a 2011 offensive lineman who is being recruited primarily as a long snapper. But younger brother John Theus (6-6, 272) is expected to be one of the top offensive tackle prospects of 2012. The brothers both attend The Bolles School in Jacksonville and the Bulldogs recently signed Brent Benedict out of that school. South Carolina is the only school so far to have offered both players. John Theus also has offers from Arkansas and Maryland.

6. South Paulding quarterback Tony Daniel is starting to generate a lot of recruiting interest. Daniel (6-5, 200) is hearing from schools such as East Carolina, Tulsa and Florida Atlantic and was recently invited to a junior day at LSU but couldn’t make it due to a prior engagement, according to assistant coach Tim Glanton. However, he will sttend a ECU’s junior day on April 17 and has been invited to Tulsa’s quarterback academy in June.

7. Defensive end Clay Burton (6-4, 235) of Venice, Fla., will visit Georgia Tech on April 17, according to PalmettoSports.com. He currently has more than 10 scholarship offers, including Clemson, Notre Dame, West Virginia and South Florida. At the moment he lists calls Clemson as his leader right now. “It’s because of the relationship I have with the coaching staff. . . . It’s a place I want to spend my college years,” Burton told Palmetto’s Phil Kornblut.

8. Offensive line prospect Zach DeBell, who made “The Ten” earlier this week after he visited Georgia Tech and Georgia on his Southeast recruiting tour, ended up getting an official offer from Clemson on his visit there Tuesday afternoon. “I talked to [head coach] Dabo Swinney for about 25 minutes and he actually handed me an offer,” DeBell told PalmettoSports.com. “He said that was the professional way to do it. I like that. It signifies that you want to have a good relationship.” DeBell (6-6, 270) also saw Miami, South Carolina and North Carolina on his trip and will stop by Central Florida on Saturday.

9. Talk about an under-the-radar signing. Greg Clark, a defensive lineman from Northside High in Warner Robins, was offered a scholarship by Tennessee on Tuesday and signed a letter-of-intent the same day. The 6-foot-4, 290-pound defensive tackle was thought to be a non-qualifier but recently received the ACT score he needed and the Vols immediately snatched him up. “It seems like a dream,” Clark told VolQuest.com. “Who doesn’t want to play in the SEC? I got the papers around 9:45 a.m. and signed them immediately.” Clark said before UT’s overtures he was planning to attend Valdosta State. He also had an offer from Georgia State.

10. Speaking of Tennessee, the Vols are making sure new coach Derek Dooley doesn’t pull any fast ones on them like former coach Lane Kiffin. According to a story in the Nashville Tennessean, if he were to resign the way Kiffin did to take the Southern Cal job, Dooley will have to pay the school $4 million. But the deal works both ways. If UT were to fire Dooley over the next three years it would owe him $5 million.

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57 comments Add your comment

Head Dawg

April 1st, 2010
10:17 am

1st, but who cares?


April 1st, 2010
10:24 am

north ga dawg

April 1st, 2010
10:28 am

I seen that saban is fixn to sign a contract with the falcons I hope they get it done!

Head Dawg

April 1st, 2010
10:38 am

I know you are joking no ga dawg, but I believe with him having a house on Lake Burton, that the Falcons would be the only job he would leave Bama for.


April 1st, 2010
10:39 am

By “good friend”, Rod means the AJC… he’s just too kind to rub it in. Remember this? http://ncaafootball.fanhouse.com/2008/04/02/the-atlanta-journal-constitution-got-fooled-on-april-fools/


April 1st, 2010
11:00 am

Signing Jabari Hunt and Rod would make my day


April 1st, 2010
11:40 am

It’s obvious that his Fulry guy isn’t any good – he didn’t get an offer from UGA. But right now, the recruiters in Athens are looking up Fulry and Anigans.

Unfortunately, while the Days brothers will be coached up at GT, the cousin won’t with CPH as coach.

Delbert D.

April 1st, 2010
11:46 am

Regarding the John Theus recruitment, shouldn’t that fall under NCAA scrutiny? Recruiting a “long snapper” to lure his top prospect brother?


April 1st, 2010
11:47 am

I will say this Chip, the other site can go ahead with their April 1, 2010 (Fools edition every year) spoof, but you provide much better coverage on the recruiting front in my opinion. Thanks for all of your hard work and constant updates in this area. CPJ keeps bringing in bigger linemen every year to fit into this triple option offense. Can’t wait to see this offense operate in a year or two with some beef upfront.

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


April 1st, 2010
11:52 am

Schools are really handing out scholarships to a long snapper? They are important, but I just didn’t think it was done. He is not a good enough prospect on the oline for a BCS D1 school?

Tippy Toe

April 1st, 2010
12:02 pm

#9 is funny to me. Everyone knows that if you have to try and try again to meet the (EXTREMELY ATTAINABLE) standards of an NCAA athlete, you are in line for one of two things: 1) Probable academic ineligability or 2) Outright flunking out. When will these schools learn. I mean if Forrest Gump can qualify, everyone should be able to qualify.

Too Easy

April 1st, 2010
12:02 pm

Why those nerdy little imps!


April 1st, 2010
12:07 pm

James Carpenter, Chance Warmack, Darius Mckeller, Byrom Isom, Ed Christian, Maurice Hurt, Jujuan James, Ray Dominguez, Sergio Render, No more coaches from South Ga. at Uga.


April 1st, 2010
12:10 pm

waiting for Gen. Neyland & rocky top to tell us how good Greg Clark is & how Richt is losing his grip in-state for not offering. come on fella’s, humor me!!


April 1st, 2010
12:19 pm

Rocky top scored huge with this kid from georgia, we pick and chose whoever we like, tennersee rules georgia recruit;s ask darick?


April 1st, 2010
12:22 pm

how fast is this georgia boy tom fullery? 4.4 maybe? we will sign him in a heart beat!!

Head Dawg

April 1st, 2010
12:26 pm

If they dont want to go to jawja, blank em!


April 1st, 2010
12:27 pm

Well boys, if your going to go to Gay Tech, bring your bulletproof jacket, even Tech employees shoot at kids. Just for playing basketball! You boys might want to think again about going to a top level, NFL system with a great campus in a beautiful town and amazing coeds. None of which is at Ga. Tech. Eat it nerds, your school is full of criminals and red dots, who wants that?

Matthews Dawg

April 1st, 2010
12:29 pm

Delbert D. any school can offer a kid a scholarship to sit the bench! There needs to be no scrutiny over that.


April 1st, 2010
12:33 pm

OUR D NEEDS MORE GREG BLUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HOW BOUT THEM DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!!!


April 1st, 2010
12:33 pm

Delbert D, what’s to stop him from becoming a first class center or guard? Nothing keeping him from becoming at the very least a very good player. Sometimes role players make the biggest plays.


April 1st, 2010
12:49 pm

They shouldn’t play cruel jokes on the Techies like that…they’ve had to put up with cruel jokes all their lives.

The General Feeling

April 1st, 2010
12:59 pm

6′4″ 290 lbs. DT and three-year starter for Northside Warner Robbins. … and you don’t want anyone to say that Richt was, once again, asleep at the wheel? Well okay. The kid had academic concerns, non-qualitying SAT, until a few days ago. It appears that Tennessee was the only school to keep in touch with him.


April 1st, 2010
1:06 pm

Just to let my Bulldog brethren like “getthepicturenow” know, the Vols did get a diamond in the rough in signing Greg Clark. I wish that we had signed him!

I watched this kid develp his skills from when he played middle school ball with my son and saw almost all of his games at Northside. Ask anyone that keeps up with high school football in middle Georgia and they would tell you that he is much more athletic and dominant than the Whitaker kid from Warner Robins that signed with Auburn. His so-so grades & ACT score was the big concern. If he makes the grades in Knoxville, he has the potential to be a great SEC DT.


April 1st, 2010
1:09 pm

Before you any of you Techies comment, “develp” was just a typo. It is spelled “develop”.

Diamond Dog's Parole Officer

April 1st, 2010
1:18 pm

A great campus in a beautiful town… Surely he’s not talking about UGA. M. Adams won’t even let their fans tailgate on that campus anymore. I’m sure that the parking lot at Walmart is beautiful on a Saturday afternoon in Athens!

Dawgs Fan

April 1st, 2010
1:20 pm

Gen Neyland, To bad you picked Lane Kiffin and he chose USC. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!


April 1st, 2010
1:32 pm

In regards to the older brother of John Theus, he is rated the #1 Longnapper (class of 2011) in the nation by Ray Guy. i also research him on Scout.Com and he has a video, and he is very good, so why not offer him, he can snap for 4 years and you get his “little” brother


April 1st, 2010
1:40 pm

We usually wind up giving a scholly to a walk-on long snapper anyway.

And I bet that Chip gets on the loud speaker...

April 1st, 2010
1:42 pm

…and asks if anyone has seen Mike Hunt…

Delbert D.

April 1st, 2010
1:45 pm

Mathews Dawg and Tdawg. You’re right about unranked players stepping up big. Sean Bedford, All-ACC center was a walkon at Tech (and Aerospace Eng. major). I’m just wondering if Georgia scholarships his brother and the next year gets the guy that is the hot prospect in these days of paranoia by the NCAA, they may question that. With the Theus brothers, if it was the other way around, there probably wouldn’t be a question.

Delbert D.

April 1st, 2010
1:48 pm

Shrek – I just read your post. Was “longnapper” a typo? Or maybe a Rivals.com April fools joke?

Julian Calendar

April 1st, 2010
2:08 pm

Fulry ran a 4.1 40 at the 7-on-7 senior prom.

Jax Dawg

April 1st, 2010
2:11 pm

Should the NCAA be looking in Clemson? How exactly do you professionally hand out a scholarship for an amateur sport? I smell an inquiry.


April 1st, 2010
2:18 pm

What you’re smelling, Jax Dawg, is your upper lip. And it’s bad..


April 1st, 2010
2:21 pm

Delbert, sorry I did mean Long or I think college calls them Deep Snappers.

If we are going to scholar a “walk on” Long snapper. why not just recruit one, and then you dont have to worry about depending on a “walk on” . I also saw South Carolina offered both of them and they are being recruited by Florida. If the older one is good enough to snap (and it looks like he is) than why not sign him and then u get his brother. I see that they are 6′3 255 and 6′6 275, that is a big snapper and a big O Lineman


April 1st, 2010
2:42 pm

Oooh, alliteration for the headline.

Thirty Points To Your Twenty-Four Points

April 1st, 2010
3:21 pm

oh, those silly little Nerds.

I have another April Fools joke: The ACC is a great fotball conference!!! hahahahahaha!!!


Big OR

April 1st, 2010
3:32 pm

UGA actually educates its students. Especially the student athletes!!!

April Fools! Can anyone really see a UGA student coming up with the JOE KERR idea?


April 1st, 2010
3:56 pm

I thought they were going to say the April Fools Day Joke was that Tech fans were heterosexual.


April 1st, 2010
4:10 pm

devildawg-…..”your school is full of criminals and red dots….”

Thanks for being a racist.


April 1st, 2010
4:20 pm

Nice article about Tech football, only reasonable they should be in an April Fool Day joke. Tech is the Joke by Coke everyday.


April 1st, 2010
4:26 pm

To follow up on Brock’s recently posted comment, I am
reasonably sure that criminals come in all colors & creeds,
so I don’t really see whats racist when commenting about
a high crime zone in downtown Atlanta.
While we’re at it, check the dictionary for the definition of
the word “rascist”, and you just might learn something

Poindexter Jugdish

April 1st, 2010
6:11 pm

Too bad the Tom Fulry guy was a joke…..sounds like he would have been the best recruit we get this year.

Decatur Tech Fan

April 1st, 2010
7:36 pm

Bob in Buford………Man r U dumb.

4 ncs are better than 1

April 1st, 2010
7:56 pm

Here’s an April Fool’s Day joke for you. Mark Richt is a good coach!


April 1st, 2010
8:28 pm

Tokyo jacket

April 1st, 2010
10:21 pm

It would be nice to start rolling in a few more commitments. But, I think CPJ’s strategy (recruit locally very hard, and close recruiting once committed) will generally lead to strong numbers in June instead of January. I think it will also prevent us from losing recruits in December and January too.


April 1st, 2010
10:40 pm

Is anyone else shocked that some UGA players had a run in with the law and scared another student and slapped his wife in the back of the head? This has thrown me for a loop. Stunned silence. Ricky Martin is gay? Mark McGwire is on the juice? Some Hatian building may not have been up to code before the earthquake? UGA players running afowl of the law? When will the shockers cease.

On a serious note…..was Ricky Martin truly the last to know?


April 2nd, 2010
7:49 am