Georgia Tech lands No. 12 from LB Tremayne McNair (UPDATED)

Linebacker Tremayne McNair (6-2, 225) possesses tremendous quickness and is known for his bone-jarring tackles. (Special photo)

Linebacker Tremayne McNair (6-2, 225) possesses tremendous quickness and is known for his bone-jarring tackles. (Special photo)

(UPDATED THROUGHOUT. VIDEO BELOW)

For Tremayne McNair, strong academics and playing time were factors in his decision to commit to Georgia Tech on Sunday. But neither was the main reason he chose the Yellow Jackets.

“I just love the city of Atlanta,” said the 6-foot-2, 225-pound linebacker from Jacksonville, N.C., said Monday. “I just like the way it’s located right in the middle of a big city. I didn’t think I’d like that at first but, after going down there and seeing it in person, that’s one of the things I like most about it.”

There’s not many places like Atlanta where McNair comes from. The closest major city to Jacksonville, where McNair stars for White Oak High School, is Wilmington, N.C.

Those factors — and others — contributed to McNair’s decision to choose the Jackets over Clemson and North Carolina. He committed to Tech Sunday night after a lenghty discussion with his family.

He cited a strong relationship with recruiting coordinator Andy McCollum — or Coach Mac, as he calls him — who was recruiting him for N.C. State before moving to Tech earlier this year. He also said he said he plans for a career in sports management and likes Tech’s management program. Then there’s the Jackets’ new 3-4 defense under defensive coordinator Al Groh. He said they want him to play outside linebacker and use his speed to supply a pass rush off the end.

Then there’s McNair’s connection to two other North Carolinians, quarterback Vad Lee of Durham and defensive back Dominique Noble of Mount Ulla.

“We’ve all been talking to each other a little bit,” McNair said. “I met Vad at a photo shoot for Tom Lemming one time and I met Dominique at the Shrine Game combine and playing basketball. So we’ve been texting each other about everything.”

McNair’s commitment comes on the heels of two others this past week: Outside linebacker Darius Caldwell of Atlanta and quarterback Vad Lee of Durham, N.C.

Suddenly the Jackets are filling up fast at linebacker. McNair is the fourth, joining Caldwell, Chaz Cheeks and Jabari Hunt-Days. Their top remaining target is four-star DE/OLB prospect Stephon Tuitt of Monroe Area.

GEORGIA TECH 2011 COMMITMENTS

  1. OL Trey Braun, (6-5, 275), Tallahassee, Fla.
  2. OLB Darius Caldwell (6-5, 210), Mays HS
  3. OL Bryan Chamberlain (6-4, 280), Albany-Monroe HS
  4. LB Chaz Cheeks (6-3, 220), East Hall HS
  5. WR Jeff Greene (6-6, 200), Starr’s Mill HS
  6. OL Kyle Harris (6-3, 260), Pepperell HS
  7. LB Jabari Hunt-Days, (6-3, 226), Hillgrove HS
  8. QB Vad Lee (6-2, 200), Durham, N.C.
  9. LB Tremayne McNair (6-2, 225) Jacksonville, N.C.
  10. OL Shaquille Mason (6-2, 305), Columbia, Tenn.
  11. S Darren Waller (6-5, 204), North Cobb HS
  12. ATH Airyn Willis (6-2, 180), High Point, N.C.

103 comments Add your comment

Hunker Down

August 23rd, 2010
12:04 am

good luck and stay healthy!

Payne

August 23rd, 2010
12:39 am

Good luck young man! Hope you have a healthy and productive career at tech!
GO DAWGS!

Payne

August 23rd, 2010
12:43 am

What happened to the story about Chris Mayes?

Chip Towers

August 23rd, 2010
12:47 am

Payne: Had some technical difficulties and ended up having to re-post the story all over again. Sorry about that. Here’s the link to the it — GEORGIA GETS 16TH COMMITMENT FROM SPALDING DT CHRIS MAYS

JACKETfan12

August 23rd, 2010
12:49 am

Chip, Stephon Tuitt is a defensive end prospect

Destin Dawg

August 23rd, 2010
6:02 am

Tech and UGA both have good classes.. getting better.. Braves and Falcons improving too ! Georgia =winnersville !!!

Jacket Backer

August 23rd, 2010
6:48 am

Welcome Tremayne and Go JACKETS!!!!

G

August 23rd, 2010
6:58 am

Gomer Gailey is just a faded memory, thank goodness. I can never recall having this many commitments this early in the process. Thank you Dan Radakovich for bringing CPJ to the flats. I He’s a throwback to the 60’s style of coaching.

BUZZ ME

August 23rd, 2010
7:11 am

Hey Doug,

Great pun…McNair’s commitment comes on the HEELS of 2 others last week from NC. LOL

Old Gold Britches

August 23rd, 2010
7:55 am

Welcome to the Flats Tremayne! Let the games begin!! This new recruiting class is taking shape.
Yellow ………….Jackets!

the bees nees

August 23rd, 2010
8:10 am

Welcome aboard and bring your friends as well.

the bees nees

August 23rd, 2010
8:11 am

Enter your comments here

gt45

August 23rd, 2010
8:17 am

Good luck, young man!

Honest and Frank Discussion

August 23rd, 2010
8:35 am

Tuitt is a DE

jacketamongstowls

August 23rd, 2010
8:37 am

so much for Alt Xman’s prediction of tech being unable to recruit

ATL XMAN

August 23rd, 2010
8:54 am

Former Tech star Dwyer struggling with Steelers
ShareThisPrint E-mail By Larry Hartstein

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Eight months after his late touchdown run gave Georgia Tech the ACC championship, Jonathan Dwyer is in danger of not making the Pittsburgh Steelers roster.

not good for tech as other top running backs will see this and avoid PJ offense.

ATL XMAN

August 23rd, 2010
8:57 am

jacketman…this guy is on defense , not offense. tech every now and again will land a few good recruits on defense. most of the time its because UGA didnt offer but still good for tech that UGA doesn’t have room for every recruit.

GT_Fever

August 23rd, 2010
9:13 am

Jonathan Dwyer is his own worst enemy…..

might as well start a thread about how Quincy Carter PROVES that UGA’s top athletes can’t cut it in the NFL!

David Green Sells Avon Products

August 23rd, 2010
9:16 am

Only a fool would sign with UGA as the NCAA Death Penalty will end football in that cow town for five long years!

Cuttysark

August 23rd, 2010
9:16 am

The Yellow Jackets are getting some real good players on both sides of the ball, especially at the linebacker position for the new 3/4 defense under Al Groh. Welcome to the Flats! The recruiting is just starting and this will be a stellar class for Paul Johnson. Thanks for the updates Chip. For more Georgia Tech Football articles go to http://isportsweb.com. Go Jackets!

TechGrad

August 23rd, 2010
9:16 am

Chip, you must have been sleepy. He chose GT over UNC and Clemson (not USCe), and Stephon Tuitt is a defensive end prospect. Nice article, otherwise. Thanks.

ATL XMAN

August 23rd, 2010
9:17 am

quincy wasnt here during the richt era but at least he was a starting qb for the Dallas Cowboys. plus that just proves my point even a screw up like carter can get paid. all that because he played at UGA.

TechGrad

August 23rd, 2010
9:18 am

Vad Lee is still working on Romar Morris for us, too. Hope we can flip him. That guy’s got jets.

ATL XMAN

August 23rd, 2010
9:20 am

not sure if he is a real good player just yet. have to wait and see. going tech doesnt prove anything

ATL XMAN

August 23rd, 2010
9:23 am

tech grad..romar is gone. he got a better offer from UNC. get used to losing half way decent running backs to pro style offenses.

the situation with JD and the steelers sure doesnt help recruiting. i can see him now telling running back like him to avoid ga tech

ATL XMAN IS AN IDIOT

August 23rd, 2010
9:27 am

Is it me or does the stuff ATL XMAN says so asinine it doesn’t need a response. JD is 20 lbs overweight when he reported to fall camp that’s his problem idiot not the offense he ran in college. Get off the GT blog you troll. I would be willing to bet you never went to UGA or any college for that matter.

ATL XMAN

August 23rd, 2010
9:32 am

20 lbs over weight because PJ had him add 20lbs to play bowling ball in his offense. when JD played for chan he was like 215- 220 mamybe. johnson had him add weight so he could withstand the beating a running back takes in johnson offense.

im willing to bet you never played football much less know how to throw one.

Turnt_Up!

August 23rd, 2010
9:41 am

XMAN – I do believe that in Dwyer’s last year, CPJ was all over him about his weight. I wondered if he would be one of those athletes where that would always be a constant struggle. I have faith in JD in long run, he is definitely a baller. He will get it together, but got to heal real quick

ATL XMAN

August 23rd, 2010
9:41 am

jd was 197 his first year at tech. most guys want to put on 15 to 20 pounds the first year. PJ had JD playing around 235 or 240.

he weighed in at 229 ,which is not that bad, at camp.

pj offense didnt do him any favors thats for sure. he took big hit after big hit with or without the ball most plays . the shelf life of a running back in the nfl is not that long.

GT Sambo

August 23rd, 2010
9:42 am

Others already made this comment, but Tuitt is most likely being recruited as a DE, given his size. As far as Romar Morris is concerned, I hope TechGrad is right and that Vad Lee has a good relationship with Romar Morris. I would love to see him as an A-back at GT, because from what I’ve read the main reason he picked UNC (besides location) was because they promised him he’d get to play RB after initially working him out as receiver. He is slightly undersized to play RB in a pro style offense, so there is a chance that UNC would end up only using him as a 3rd down back.

RambleOn84

August 23rd, 2010
9:43 am

Wait, so which is it? One day the haters say that Techis only good under Paul Johnson because of the “stars” that Gailey brought in like Dwyer…

Then the next day Dwyer sucks and it’s Johnson’s fault?

If Dwyer really sucks that bad, then maybe Johnson can do well with any old running back, huh?

ATL XMAN

August 23rd, 2010
9:44 am

i hope he does turn it around as i like him as a running back but he took a ton of hits in his two years under PJ watch . he might not ever get healthy

ATL XMAN

August 23rd, 2010
9:47 am

never said dwyer sucked. i said Pj offense is not a good fit for guys who want to go pro and learn how to play running back in the NFL. and this helps prove my point. and when you sit around asking why didnt romar morris choose tech and other decent running backs, you guys have your reason. glad i could help out. haha

ATL XMAN

August 23rd, 2010
9:49 am

dwyer doesnt suck as a college running back but as an NFL running back we dont know yet. all i know is that he wasnt prepared well for it and that is PJ fault.

RambleOn84

August 23rd, 2010
9:50 am

Did you read that article? Dwyer is struggling because of injuries and weight issues…has nothing to do with the offense he played in…why am I even arguing with you?

ATL XMAN

August 23rd, 2010
9:52 am

if dwyer went to uga there is noway he doesnt get drafted before the end of the 3rd round. his talent alone should of got him drafted 4th rd. pj offense actually hurt his draft stock.

RambleOn84

August 23rd, 2010
9:55 am

Yeah, it had nothing to do with his poor showing at the Combine…but Johnson made him gain weight, right?

Yeah, that makes a lot of sense…Stafford would have been a Pro Bowler last year if he hadn’t played for Richt, who taught him to throw a minimum 20 interceptions every year

ATL XMAN

August 23rd, 2010
9:56 am

ramble how big was bettis? and his shoulder getting pounded every play in PJ offense, with or without the ball i might add, sure didnt help him stay healthy. at least in a pro style offense your getting hit when you have the ball. but in pj dumbdown offense you get hit for acting like you have the ball and you have no way of protecting your self.

RambleOn84

August 23rd, 2010
9:57 am

Other offenses run play action, don’t they?

RambleOn84

August 23rd, 2010
9:57 am

You are a buffoon…I am done arguing.

GT Sambo

August 23rd, 2010
9:59 am

Hey Romar Morris, you can play in a pro style offense with UNC (assuming they even give you a look as the primary RB), take a pounding carrying the ball 250 times a year and average 4.5 yds per carry.
OR
You can come to GT get the ball in space, utilize your best weapon, your speed, carry the ball 100-125 times a year and average 8 yeards a carry. Plus, you’ll get a lot more opportunities to catch the ball downfield than in a pro style offense.

ATL XMAN

August 23rd, 2010
10:00 am

84, stafford was STARTING in the NFL when he was supposed to be playing his senior year in college. he wasnt holding a clipboard he was starting and he did it with a bunch of nothing around him. playing for UGA and bobo and richt only helped do that. his numbers last year close to mannings his first year in INTs if not better

BigTimeTECHFan

August 23rd, 2010
10:02 am

Also read the story, it says Dwyer did well in camps before getting hurt, project as no 2 RB on team. He will turn it around when he gets better. Problem is he may not have time to get better.

ATL XMAN

August 23rd, 2010
10:03 am

gt sambo..that is some funny stuff.

84 ,play action is not ran every play and the running back can protect himself because he knows that he isn’t running the ball.

god almighty

August 23rd, 2010
10:04 am

ATL Xman – you are focking stupid. Just ignore the fact that PJ said he needed to lose weight. Ignore that PJ has publicly said he NEVER asked JD to gain that much weight. Ignore JD’s combine results. Ignore the fact that he was projected as a 1-2 round pick when he was STILL in PJ offense.

Then form your own dumbass opinion. Idiot

BigTimeTECHFan

August 23rd, 2010
10:04 am

Looking forward to seeing Tremayne McNair play.
Tech is bring in sme nice DE/LB’s. Nice class so far. I hear Vad Lee was a show Friday night against on of the top team in NC.

ATL XMAN

August 23rd, 2010
10:05 am

84, im not arguing with you, just helping you understand the game of football since you never played other than on a video game.

ATL XMAN

August 23rd, 2010
10:08 am

PJ never said that jd needed to lose weight until he gained more than what PJ asked him to put on for his offense.

Dawgtards ruin this state

August 23rd, 2010
10:15 am

atl xman is a serious idiot that doesn’t understand any basic football principals

Stafford started for the freakin Detroit Lions, give us a break. Stafford would have been all world had he played and been coached up at Florida.

ATL XMAN

August 23rd, 2010
10:17 am

here is my proof…where is yours?

NFL scouts want to know if straight-line runner Jonathan Dwyer has some wiggle and pass catching ability. (Johnny Crawford, jcrawford@ajc.com)

Indianapolis — Georgia Tech running back Jonathan Dwyer has already started interviewing with teams and is set to meet with the New England Patriots later on Saturday.

Dwyer weighed-in at 229 pounds and measured 5-foot-11 1/2.

He has interviewed with St. Louis, San Diego and Denver.

Here’s took some questions at the NFL scouting combine:

Q: I’ve been hearing about your workouts and that you’ve dropped a lot of weight?

A: Coach wanted me to gain some weight when the option offense came in. I realized after the season that my comfortable weight was between 225 and 230. I worked hard and lost some weight. I got down to 225 before I got here and everything. . . I weighed in at a good weight that I wanted to weigh in at.

Q: What was that?

A: 229.

Q: How has the process been for you so far?

A: Actually it’s gone pretty good. A lot of teams have showed some interests. I’m just taking it all in stride and having

some fun with it. I’m enjoying the moment and having some fun.

Q: How are you dealing with the questions about making the transition from Georgia Tech’s offense to a pro styled offense?

A: That’s just a question that is going to continuously be asked. But if they go back to the 2007 season when I was a true freshmen and played behind Tashard Choice. . . It’s nothing new for me to be able to play seven yards deep. I’m just going out there to show them that I’m an athlete and I have the ability to adjust to any kind of offense they throw at