Pepperell OL Kyle Harris ‘de-commits’ from Ga. Tech (updated)

For a long time, Kyle Harris said knew he wanted to back out of his commitment to Georgia Tech. Finally this week he got up the nerve to call the Yellow Jackets’ coaches and tell them what he’d been thinking.

Harris, a 6-foot-3, 283-pound offensive lineman from Pepperell, officially de-committed from Georgia Tech on Monday morning.

“The reason I de-committed is I just didn’t feel like Tech was the place for me,” Harris said shortly after leaving Pepperell’s practice Tuesday evening. “I talked to my family about it and my whole family said I needed to do what’s best for me. There were just a lot of things that didn’t fit.

“I want a degree in teaching. At Georgia Tech, I was going to have to do something else, then go to Georgia State to get my teaching certificate. And I’m smart. I do well in school. But the valedictorians at my school go to Georgia Tech. I just didn’t feel like it was me.”

Harris was asked why, then, did he commit to the Yellow Jackets back in June?

“They already [had committed] three offensive linemen and they said they were only going to sign three or four. I wanted to grab a spot somewhere close to home while I had a chance.”

Harris made up his mind to de-commit after visiting the University of South Carolina on Sunday. He discussed it with his family on the ride home and called Tech coaches when he woke up Monday morning. He said than phone call was among the toughest things he has ever done.

“They tried to talk me out of it but I told them I’d made up my mind,” Harris said. “Tech didn’t do anything wrong. I just decided to go in another direction.”

Meanwhile, the Gamecocks emerge as Harris’ early leader. He also plans to take a look at Tennessee and Ole Miss before the end of the season.

“I just like the idea of playing in the SEC,” he said. “That’s where the best football is played. I’m really interested in South Carolina. We went up there and checked out the place and they have everything we need and they win.”

Georgia Tech still has 14 commitments remaining in its 2011 class. It will sign in the neighborhood of 20 players in February.

156 comments Add your comment

Dawggie

October 19th, 2010
4:42 pm

12 minutes after the post and no responses….last one out at GT please turn out the lights

Hankie Aron

October 19th, 2010
4:44 pm

NOT MUCH INTEREST I GUESS DAWGGIE

TechMan

October 19th, 2010
4:46 pm

Hwy Dawggie, Tech students are all studying so you UGA grads have somebody to work for in the future. There is a new program being tested, hiring UGA ex cons.

JMar

October 19th, 2010
4:48 pm

IMO, their top (former) recruit for 2011.

Lowndes25

October 19th, 2010
4:49 pm

To add to Chip’s post, this had more to do with the fact that GT didn’t offer the major that Kyle wanted than it did with the fact that he no longer liked GT. Kyle wants to be a teacher/coach after his playing days are over and GT just does not offer that major.

college foot

October 19th, 2010
4:55 pm

Great dicision Mr. Harris,no need to play for a loser…the south is full of better schools.

ManUp...

October 19th, 2010
4:57 pm

Dawggie, who cares if someone didn’t think Tech was for them? It’s for me and I’d never trade it in. People at party schools see that Tech is in a city and academic and assume a guy like me (raised “country” in Texas and Georgia, very social, outdoorsy, etc.) wouldn’t like Tech, but they’re not informed. Tech is a great social experience if you’re in a fraternity. That plus academics made it perfect for me. Why anyone wouldn’t choose Tech is their own business. But they lose respect in my book.

TechMan, I hired a Dawg one time a couple years ago. I will NEVER do it again. Kid was an engineering graduate of UGA and was TERRIBLE! Kids from Southern Poly who were glorified mechanics were better than him!

db

October 19th, 2010
4:57 pm

Watch it dawggie.. One more loss and they’ll be firing you too as their PR rep! Oh those poor fickle dog fans.

And tech signed who?

October 19th, 2010
5:01 pm

PJ whiffs again.

BjohnDawg

October 19th, 2010
5:01 pm

Hey…kids change their minds for a number of reasons. No shame here.
Sure CPJ thinks if the kid does not want to be at Tech, then it is better to find out now and get someone who does what to play for him.

This is played out every year at every school.

GTFan

October 19th, 2010
5:05 pm

It is odd that GT and USCe are polar opposite schools, but are consistently battling for the same recruits. GT isn’t for everyone so it is better that the kid make a decision now than get to the school and not like it. People come people go…

Dawg Face

October 19th, 2010
5:07 pm

I can’t believe that kid decommitted this soon. We teach at UGA to wait until national signing day.

seabass

October 19th, 2010
5:11 pm

I don’t care where you commit to, just pick one an stick to it. Loyalty plays big part in recruiting. And decommitments are always on your resume.

Andy

October 19th, 2010
5:13 pm

That’s funny Dawg Face. I don’t think missing out on D. Rogers is going to hurt you, btw.

Yellow Baguette

October 19th, 2010
5:14 pm

ManUp, we all know you are lying about hiring a UGA grad because UGA doesnt even have an engineering program. Good try though.

Hairless dog

October 19th, 2010
5:16 pm

It is only interesting to dog fans.

JUST SAY NO!!!!!!

October 19th, 2010
5:19 pm

Good decision Kyle. Now you can cancel that gun class and get your money back on the gun permit. You wont need that now that u de-committed from Tech. You wont have to walk the streets of down-town Atl to change classes.

Cobby's Box

October 19th, 2010
5:20 pm

NOT A BIG DEAL

GT92-UGA98

October 19th, 2010
5:23 pm

Yellow Baguette, you need to get your facts straight. From a recent AJC article about UGA expanding its engineering programs:

UGA established a school of engineering in 1866, but after the Great Depression, state leaders decided most of the training would take place at Tech.

Over the past decade, UGA has rebuilt an engineering program. It established the Faculty of Engineering in 2001. The university offers degrees in agricultural, biological, biochemical, environmental and computer systems engineering.

bob

October 19th, 2010
5:25 pm

He must have realized the Paul Johnson’s smoke & mirror show doesn’t work without Chan Gailey’s talent scout ability. Maybe he will be available in a couple of years to hire as recruiting coordinator. No, Jerry Jones will probably hire him back after Buffalo fires him. What was the subject again?

1eyedJack

October 19th, 2010
5:25 pm

Just wait ’til Coach Fish Fry gets his recruits on campus. There’s a new sheriff in town. National Championship. Yadda…yadda…yadda. ;)

BCS buster

October 19th, 2010
5:28 pm

Damon Evans

October 19th, 2010
5:29 pm

And there are red panties falling from the sky!!!! Look at them Loran!

johngaltjkt

October 19th, 2010
5:39 pm

Guess he decided to play for a major program in a major conference and not for second tier program that runs a gimmick offense

Einsteindawg

October 19th, 2010
5:42 pm

Hey Dawggie, kinda feels like you got bi$ch slapped with a bunch of slide rules with clearasil residue on them.

Hairless dog

October 19th, 2010
5:48 pm

The young man wants to be a teacher/coach upon graduating from college. Looks as though no georgia colleges had what it takes to prepare one for a degree.

JJ

October 19th, 2010
5:54 pm

Hey Harris – Mr. big D1 player – explain how you and Alabama’s new DL commit Dakota Ball managed to get your butts handed to you 35-0 by Calhoun. Is getting pushed around what you are going to offer USuCk?

Neither guy is going to be a great D1 player. Both were absolutely DOMINATED by the Calhoun Yellow Jackets.

GT75

October 19th, 2010
5:56 pm

As soon as he heard about the new UGA facial hair inspiration policy he couldn’t wait to decommit and go to UGA where commitments means nothing. Heck you don’t even need driver’s license much less a gun permit.

RAMBLINWRECK

October 19th, 2010
6:03 pm

Best of luck kyle, however you should do your homework before you give your word! We have the bulk of talent of our class in offensive lineman. I’m not worried about him, our offense will score points. I’m worried about DEFENSE! We need to recruit players for this 3-4 scheme plain and simple. We have some good offensive players coming in already. Please recruit defense CPJ!!!

karegg

October 19th, 2010
6:09 pm

Georgia fans really dont have a life. Just think what they could do if they really did have a good football team.

Cuttysark

October 19th, 2010
6:18 pm

I wish Mr. Harris the best of success at South Carolina. You have to respect the fact that he informed the coaching staff of his decision this early in the recruiting process as opposed to leading everyone on until the week before national signing day.

This is nothing new for the Yellow Jackets as we lost a big OT out of Alabama back in 2006 who committed to us then also decided to go to South Carolina; Heath Batchelor (6′ 7″ 280 Lbs.). He is no longer on the Gamecock roster. Thanks for the update Chip even though it wasn’t great news. For more Georgia Tech Football articles go to http://isportsweb.com. Go Jackets!

Leebo

October 19th, 2010
6:19 pm

Wasn’t that Jaybo’s excuse, Lowndes?????

SEC Fact Finder

October 19th, 2010
6:19 pm

Tim,

Check out this article on the 2010 UF Gators signed class and how they are doing now….they were the top class last year according to Scout AND 2nd according to Rivals.

http://recruiting.blogs.gatorsports.com/10704/re-evaluating-the-2010-uf-class/comment-page-1/#comment-5118

OldSchoolTechFanatic

October 19th, 2010
6:19 pm

If he didn’t feel comfortable with his commitment to GT he did the right thing. Good luck young man and I hope everything works out for you !!!

SEC Fact Finder

October 19th, 2010
6:20 pm

SORRY CHIP…

I meant “Chip not Tim”

GT Sambo

October 19th, 2010
6:24 pm

It is unfortunate Kyle decommitted, but hey we are talking about 17-18 year olds, so lots can change in their minds throughout the recruiting process. I find it ironic that UGA fans are saying that we lost such a great recruit, even though they have been saying for months that we can’t recruit any real talent. I guess he wasn’t talented when he was committed, but now that he’s gone he is a great player.

Delbert D.

October 19th, 2010
6:33 pm

According to his coach, he was 6-4 265 in April on an ajc blog. The coach said he projected to be 280-290 in college. (Michael Carvell post on April 5th.)

At the time Georgia Tech offered, he had offers from Maryland, Louisville and Cincinnati, with serious interest from FSU, Clemson and Georgia. His High School GPA acccording to Rivals/Jacketsonline.com was 2.9.

dawgster

October 19th, 2010
6:34 pm

Hey GT Sambo..do worry about what some so called dawg fans say…we know pretty much their agenda…basically complain about everything from coaches to players, to whatever…according to lowndes he possibly change his mind due to academic reasons…you are always going to have people on here that are not going to give credit to tech or the dawgs based on who they pull for..i am by no means a tech fan, but i respect the program and can give them there due…i’m not sure why that is so harf for some…but anyway, you are right, its a long ways till NSD,,,

dawgster

October 19th, 2010
6:35 pm

sorry..GT Sambo…should have said “dont worry about what some so called dawg fans say”…

Carson Thompson, III

October 19th, 2010
6:39 pm

wesleywhatwhat

October 19th, 2010
6:41 pm

tech isn’t for everyone. if he wanted a teaching degree, usc probably IS a better fit for him.

i have to wonder why he isn’t interested in uga, however…

Ric Flair

October 19th, 2010
6:43 pm

At least we didn’t lose him to jail, junior college, Hargrave, etc… Usually 3 – 4 UGA committs don’t even get accepted to school.

GT

October 19th, 2010
6:46 pm

Lowdnes25 thanks for a realistic update. This happens to every school atleast once a year. Good Luck to the young man.

Lowndes25

October 19th, 2010
6:49 pm

@Leebo, you are correct…

GT Sambo

October 19th, 2010
6:50 pm

wesleywhatwhat,
Jaybo said the same thing about the teaching degree, but I know plenty of GT grads who got teaching degrees through a joint program with G-State. Do they not offer that anymore?

Go Jackets 88

October 19th, 2010
7:06 pm

that sucks..He could have played center

wesleywhatwhat

October 19th, 2010
7:07 pm

Habersham Dawg

October 19th, 2010
7:15 pm

You know, if the NCAA would institute a rule that no high school player could commit until their senior season is completed, that would help prevent a lot of these commit/de-commit situations.

Habersham Dawg

October 19th, 2010
7:16 pm

And if they’d institute an automatic one year suspension for doing the school hat shuffle, that would also make me very happy.

AMG

October 19th, 2010
7:29 pm

Tech has 3 other offensive linemen commited in this class, so no big deal.