Commitment of Kyle Harris should help Tech with Dakota Ball

Kyle Harris is a good football player in his own right. But with his recent commitment, Georgia Tech may have also helped themselves in the recruitment of one of the state’s top prospects in 2012.

Harris is a 6-foot-3, 275-pound offensive lineman from Pepperell High School in Lindale (near Rome). The three-star prospect committed to the Yellow Jackets over 11 other offers this past weekend.

And while it had nothing to do with Tech’s decision to go after Harris, he just happens to be one of Dakota Ball’s best friends. Ball (6-2, 285) is considered one of Georgia’s top defensive linemen in the Class of 2012. Ball already has an offer from Tech along with  Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee, among others.

“I’m going to try to get Dakota to go there, too,” said Harris, who became the ninth member of Georgia Tech’s Class of 2012. “Me and him have talked about it for a while, about going to the same school. He’s said he’d like to play wherever I play. So hopefully he’ll go there, too. I know he’s going to go to some games with me this fall.”

Harris said he can personally attest to Ball’s tremendous power and ability as a linemen. The two have literally met head on in many a “board drill.” That’s when offensive and defensive linemen line up face-to-face straddling a two-by-12 wooden board and collide on the coach’s whistle.

“I got him one time but he’s won all the other times,” Harris said. “The very first time I went against him in board drills I got him good. The second time he was mad and really came hard. I held my ground and we kind of had a stand off. He’s big and he’s good.”

So is Harris, who plays on both the offensive and defensive lines for Pepperell. He’s known for his quick feet and explosiveness at the point of attack. That is also manifested in his third- and second-place finishes in the Class AA discus state championship the last two years, respectively.

“He’s a real good athlete who fits in well with what Georgia Tech is doing on offense,” Pepperell coach Jeff Shiflett said. “He’s extremely strong and explosive and has really quick feet. He plays tackle for us but I think he could potentially play all five positions at the next level.”

Harris said he ended up with 12 scholarship offers by the time he pulled the trigger on Tech this past Friday. He said the Yellow Jackets made an impression on him early on and that feeling stayed with him.

“When I went to Georgia Tech the very first time I didn’t have an offer from them,” Harris said. “I remember wondering why I didn’t have an offer from them because I really wanted one, for some reason. When I finally got it I was really happy about it. But I didn’t commit right away. I waited to be sure.”

As the summer has motored along, Harris became more and more convinced this was the move for him. A recent return visit solidified the deal for him.

“The whole recruiting thing, I wanted to get it done before the season just in case I got hurt or something during my senior season,” Harris said. “That way I know I will still have this opportunity. Also, I wanted them to know that I was firmly committed and I want to help them any way I can. Early playing time was a factor, too. I know if I go in and prepare the way I’m supposed to I should be able to compete for playing time.”

Harris said he looks forward to playing the smash-mouth style of offensive football the Jackets’ employ in coach Paul Johnson’s spread-option attack.

“I love it,” he said. “People talk about Tech not being able to get offensive linemen to the NFL. That is just not true. If you can play, the NFL will find you. And Tech’s coaches are as good as any at  making you the best player you can be.”

Meanwhile, you might want to pencil in Pepperell as a Class AA championship contrender this fall. Ball also plays some offense as a tackle and tight end and is among several other starters on that side of the ball.

“We should have a great team,” Harris said. “It should be the best offensive line Pepperell’s ever had.”

GEORGIA TECH 2011 COMMITMENTS

  1. OL Trey Braun, (6-5, 275), Tallahassee, Fla.
  2. OL Bryan Chamberlain (6-4, 280), Albany-Monroe HS
  3. LB Chaz Cheeks (6-3, 220), East Hall HS
  4. OL Kyle Harris (6-3, 275), Pepperell HS
  5. LB Jabari Hunt-Days, (6-3, 226), Hillgrove HS
  6. OL Shaquille Mason (6-2, 305), Columbia, Tenn.
  7. RB Quartterrio Morgan (5-10, 175), Mt. Zion HS
  8. S Darren Waller (6-5, 204), North Cobb HS
  9. ATH Airyn Willis (6-2, 180), High Point, N.C.

78 comments Add your comment

Jacket Backer

July 6th, 2010
6:10 pm

welcome Kyle!…bring your buddy with you!

Go Jackets!!!

Worm

July 6th, 2010
6:10 pm

Chip, The Ball family are Bulldawg fans and there’s the year difference in ages..Only way they play together is at UGA or Bama..Kyle’s saying the right things, but if he gets bigger offers…..good chance he accepts those…searles and Kirby are still in touch.

GT71

July 6th, 2010
6:16 pm

Welcome to the Flats, young man. But you absolutely must lose that ‘me and him’ stuff. Doesn’t go…it wouldn’t even at UGA.

Tech Fan

July 6th, 2010
6:27 pm

Paul in RDU

July 6th, 2010
6:28 pm

GT has 9 commits from the class of 2012??? Isn’t it a bit early for offering them?

THWGT!!!

July 6th, 2010
6:29 pm

Congrats to Harris on being at the school that is best for you, but don’t count on your friend Ball coming too.

THWGT!!!

AlabamaRamblinwreck

July 6th, 2010
6:33 pm

Go Jackets!! and Go Dragons!!

Welcome young man to the flats. Keep working your academics and athletics.

OzzyBraves

July 6th, 2010
6:40 pm

Worm,

You just can’t stand it can you? What part of his quote of “let them know I am FIRMLY committed” did you now understand?

GT is recruiting on a bigger scale with PJ at the helm and especially with Al Groh on defense. Dakota Ball likes Al Groh as well.

Sounds like the Dawgs just may have to miss on one if GT plays their cards right.

Thanks Kyle! Keep working real hard and like anything you’ll get your dues. Can’t wait to see you on the flats. Andrew Gardner is in the NFL after playing in PJ offense, you will too. Cord Howard is also in a NFL camp too. Good choice! You’ll get to pave the way for a lot of rushing yards at GT!

Go Jackets!

Chuy Dawg

July 6th, 2010
7:00 pm

Congrats to the kid for his decision.

I like this kid, sounds like a grounded and very smart kid overall.

One line in particular really stood out to me;

“The whole recruiting thing, I wanted to get it done before the season just in case I got hurt or something during my senior season,”

I really don’t understand why some kids risk losing schollys simply to try to hold on until national signing day for a ceremony and all kinds of other crap. Most of these kids know where they are going, yet they will keep everybody in suspense until signing day. Attention is nice and all but if you get a serious injury, watch how many programs will stop calling. Ask Aaron Murray and others about it. I know you have to know where you want to go, but I would make all my trips in the spring and summer of my junior year. Then commit to where you feel comfortable before the senior season to secure a spot and in case you have an injury.

Just a thought.

GO DAWGS

dagnabit

July 6th, 2010
7:02 pm

Damon Evans is the best line man at JawJa. He can actually TALK the pants off of the opposition ’til he met the officer.

collegeballfan

July 6th, 2010
7:03 pm

Four OL guys so far. That is my kind of recruiting.

Now for a couple of DL types.

Worm

July 6th, 2010
7:05 pm

Ozzy, I have friends on the staff at Pepperell and also have friends who are still showing kyle interest from the bigger schools..ga. Al. etc..Kyle is locking down a spot in case of injury or lack of bigger offer…Simple as that..

Jim in Ga

July 6th, 2010
7:13 pm

Congrats to Tech on a solid pick up. Kid should fit right in CPJs system.

TrammelAV

July 6th, 2010
7:30 pm

NOTE:
Dooley & Tennessee is kicking @ on the recruiting trail!
Ga. Tech is looking better by the minute.
Not much goings on with uga other than the a.d hoopla.

Applaud

July 6th, 2010
7:30 pm

Thanks for all the classy post from our Athens neighbors.

19th Hole Dawg

July 6th, 2010
7:55 pm

Good luck to the young man and congrats on the commit. Sounds like he’s got a good head on his shoulders. He’s saying all the right things.

From what I’ve heard, he ought to be a solid OL at the next level.

Hopefully Dakota Ball will stay in state. And even more hopefully, he will be a Dawg.

Best of Atlanta

July 6th, 2010
8:06 pm

.
Nesbitt for Heisman
.

Jacket Backer

July 6th, 2010
8:17 pm

I have a half cousin who knows his half cousin’s best friend’s third cousin who says this kid is all Jacket! Come on man, CPJ does not lose commits.

Wreckmaniac

July 6th, 2010
8:31 pm

Who cares where Ball goes ? As usual, all big names will go to UGA and underperform. This record is like all records, it sounds the same every time you play it. But we will go through all of this recruiting hype once again as if it’s “dramatic”. Tell us what Harris ( who did commit) might do for Tech rather than what
someone who hasn’t committed to Tech might do.

Andrew

July 6th, 2010
8:40 pm

Tech fans are funny

Uncontrollable Crying

July 6th, 2010
9:35 pm

Not as funny as your AD

Billy O

July 6th, 2010
9:35 pm

Congrats Kyle!!!!

Tech Man

July 6th, 2010
9:52 pm

Congrats Kyle! You made a 40 year decision that you will never regret. Tech men run everything from NASA to WalMart. Congrats to you…well done!

Old Gold

July 6th, 2010
10:05 pm

gt has put the ZZzzzzzz back into football. Wake me up once the baseball season cranks back up

Gotta love those diamond jackets

Tech Man

July 6th, 2010
10:06 pm

Where would the GA DOT be without all of those IM majors.

LOL

Davey Boy Smith

July 6th, 2010
10:06 pm

Dude, it’s not a “spread-option” attack. It is the Ham-bone, 1950’s Wing-T offense. Quit trying to make it into something more glamorous.

Jackets!

July 6th, 2010
10:07 pm

Worm your a retard. A liar…im calling you out.

Delbert D.

July 6th, 2010
10:08 pm

Kyle Harris is going to get some serious early playing time like Phil Smith did last year.

Jackets!

July 6th, 2010
10:10 pm

Anybody can beat their chest on this recruiting board….Harris is a Jacket and several other big time players are looking at Tech. GT is not simply a backup plan. Mindless dribble as usual by Worm.

Delbert D.

July 6th, 2010
10:11 pm

By the way *another* Kiffin recruit at USC is back on the market. Big, big lineman. Got the official release from the LOI.

David

July 6th, 2010
10:11 pm

Chip you left out Darren Waller on GT’s commit list.

Wreckmaniac

July 6th, 2010
10:12 pm

((((30-24))))
((((8 out of 9))))
((((gt’s best team in 20 years lost to UGA’s worst team in 20 years))))
((((gt was 5th place in the S.EC. East))))

But we still won the mighty ACC!!!

And boy did we shine int our BCS Bowl. Boo-hoo. I want my mommy.

BuzztheKiller

July 6th, 2010
10:20 pm

I just love “insiders” such as wormie who think they something. If you had read the article, you would have seen he already has offers from “bigger” schools. He chose a better school over a bigger school. Simple as that. Not hard to imagine him wanting to play for a conference champ with what will be the nations leading rushing attack.

wiley

July 6th, 2010
10:23 pm

or the program that has won the most MNCs in the state. 4>1 and DRad>D(bag)evans

Chip Towers

July 6th, 2010
10:34 pm

Sorry for originally omitting Darren Waller. Grabbed the wrong list. He’s there now.

Chip Towers

July 6th, 2010
10:40 pm

Davey Boy Smith: Tech calls it a “spread option.”

GT man

July 6th, 2010
10:59 pm

We finally got someone that had offers from MTSU, ECU or Wofford.

one tech fan not drinking the kool aid

July 6th, 2010
11:06 pm

Hope he is a good one, take a look at who has actually offered him .

The Truth

July 6th, 2010
11:08 pm

Kyle, make sure you work on unethical and illegal chop and cut blocks. That’s what Paul Johnson’s offense uses. His offense will not help you or anyone else get to the next level. You may want to rethink your decision. If not, you are screwed. Sorry dude. But it’s the truth.

one tech fan not drinking the kool aid

July 6th, 2010
11:08 pm

Howard and Gardner were recruited by Chan. PJS recruiting not impressive.

jdog

July 6th, 2010
11:26 pm

When I think of any type of “spread offense” I think of a balanced attack like Florida who had 3100 on the ground and 3300 yards through the air, or Utah, who had 2100 yards rushing and 3000 yards passing. Tech had 4100 yards rushing and 1800 yards passing. Air Force, a true wishbone or option, had 3700 yards rushing & 1200 yards passing. Florida and Utah are similar in production and style, likewise Tech and Air Force are similar.
Call it what you want, but Tech’s offense is fundmentally more like a triple option, or wishbone offense and I think true fans of the game will call it for what it actually is.
Tech doesn’t have to try to hide this fact, the NT has been won many times by teams running the option.
It’s just been a while.

AND Kyle Harris is a very good pickup for Tech. Good luck to the young man. We’ll worry about Dakota Ball next year.

gtfanfrom1951

July 6th, 2010
11:29 pm

UGA has top ten classes every year but can not even win the east. Georgia gets its butt kicked by Fla. 17 out of 20 times and they still they want to talk trash. Their top recruit is kicked out of high school.

The Actual Truth

July 6th, 2010
11:32 pm

Kyle if you really plan on going to the next level it doesn’t really matter where you play. If your good enough for the next level…you will get there. Plenty of kids get missed by BCS programs only to have star careers in the NFL….an equal amount go to football factories and end up flipping burgers with the joke of degrees they offer….cough cough turf management at UGA! Tech will give you a valuable degree from a 30 ranked business school, while also giving you a shot to prove your NFL worth at the highest level. Get serious and just play football no matter what scheme or other non trivial concerns others may convince you to consider. Don’t listen to those who put emphasis on the scheme because look at all the Gators and Jackets that have entered the NFL recently. We both run a spread variant….Florida out of the Shotgun…Tech from Center…thats really the main difference. UGA fans who call this offense a high school offense just show ignorance…this offense has been dominating the Dogs for the last few years in Jacksonville. In fact you can thank PJ for the advice he gave and continues to give to Coach Meyer. Its ironic that PJ is well respected by those who know the game, coaches, but hated by those who know very little, most fans. Knowledge is truly power…learn something doggies.

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The Actual Truth

July 6th, 2010
11:36 pm

J dog…if Tech had a QB who can complete 50 percent of passes and players like Dempsey, Harvin, and other legitimate passing threats at RB…Tech would probably be a little more balanced also. PJ will also run more but I think eventually the offense will be 65% run 35% pass. If we complete long passes the yardage may very well be close to the UF numbers. I dont think we will ever have a passing game like that though…its just not PJs style. Like I said though…PJ knows how to coach…thats why a multiple national champion was asking for advice.

Uncle M

July 7th, 2010
1:49 am

Trust me, I know Kyle better then anyone on this board. I was in the room when he committed and trust me when I say, he is ALL Georgia Tech. He loves coach Spencer and Coach Bohannan. So I am not sure who this “worm” character is talking to at Pepperell but he is getting bad info. For Dakota, it will come down to Tech and Bama. Sorry “Dawg” fans.

macrotech

July 7th, 2010
2:31 am

Uncle M, please pass onto Kyle that we’re estatic to have him! He’ll be an asset to the Jackets efforts!

UGA owns you tasty bees..

July 7th, 2010
4:17 am

He’s still gonna get run over by UGA’s defensive linemen. We’re bigger, faster, stronger, and whoever the idiot who posted that they have better degrees at tech, look at what your players are taking ONE is in engineering, ONE in some advanced physics class. The rest? Management. Almost thirty of them. EVERY SCHOOL offers these *easy* classes, so get off of your high horse.

UGA owns you tasty bees..

July 7th, 2010
4:19 am

You do have us beat in baseball, and degrees given to eventual terrorists tho.. If that gets you through the day..

TheTaxJacket

July 7th, 2010
6:40 am

The tide is finally turning in this state in recruiting!!! If CPJ wants em, CPJ gets em. Watch for more 4 and 5 stars to start announcing for GT.

Let’s go get em Jackets!!!

(((( 45 – 42 ))))