Georgia Tech lands commitment No. 16 in Starr’s Mill RB Zach Laskey

Georgia Tech's latest commitment Zach Laskey starred at running back at Starr's Mill but could play defense for the Yellow Jackets. (AJC photo by Hyosub Shin)

Georgia Tech's latest commitment Zach Laskey starred at running back at Starr's Mill but could play defense for the Yellow Jackets. (AJC photo by Hyosub Shin)

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Patience paid off for Zach Laskey.

The big back from Starr’s Mill High School in Fayetteville landed a scholarship offer from Georgia Tech on Thursday. It was the one he’d been waiting for and he accepted it on the spot. He becomes commitment No. 16 for the Yellow Jackets’ Class of 2011.

“He had his heart set on Tech and they did a great job of recruiting him,” said Starr’s Mill coach Chad Phillips. “They just kept telling him, ‘be patient, be patient,’ and they finally came through for him. In the end they got themselves one heck of a ball player.”

That they did. Laskey (6-2, 210) rushed for 1,5,15 yards and 22 touchdowns and set 11 school records while leading the Panthers to a 14-1 record and runner-up finish in the Class AAAA state playoffs. Laskey also played linebacker and defensive back on defense.

“He’s a great kid, high character, tremendous player,” Phillips said. “He’s a stallion in the weight room, runs track, plays basketball. He’s just a great athlete and a tremendous hard worker.”

Laskey would have had an even bigger season but he got hurt early in the state semifinals against Tucker. As a result he was largely ineffective against Chattahoochee in the the finals the next week. He was held to 19 yards on 10 carries.

At Tech, Laskey would play B-back on offense. But he won’t necessarily play that side of the ball. The Yellow Jackets recruited him as the proverbial “athlete.”

“Coach [Paul] Johnson said he could definitely see me as a B-back but that I also could play defense at outside linebacker or safety,” Laskey said. “I don’t really care. I just want to do whatever helps the team.”

Said Phillips: “He’s just a football player and he’ll do whatever they want. He’ll get up there and they’ll put 20-25 pounds on him.”

Laskey’s only other FBS offers were from Air Force and Navy and he was being recruited hard by Middle Tennessee State and Furman, Georgia Southern and Wofford from the FCS ranks. But ACC and SEC teams were coming around with increasing frequency after Laskey’s monumental senior year.

But Tech is where Laskey and his family hoped he’d end up.

“I started talking to them a while ago when they started recruited my teammate Jeff Greene,” Laskey said. “I really wanted to play with him and it’s just nice that it’s close to home and my parents can come see me play anytime.”

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. LB Jabari Hunt-Days, (6-3, 226), Hillgrove HS
  7. DT Tre Jackson (6-5, 295), Wayne County
  8. RB Zach Laskey (6-2, 210), Starr’s Mill HS
  9. QB Vad Lee (6-2, 200), Durham, N.C.
  10. LB Tremayne McNair (6-2, 225) Jacksonville, N.C.
  11. OL Shaquille Mason (6-2, 305), Columbia, Tenn.
  12. ATH Chris Milton (6-0, 175), Charlton Co. HS
  13. DB Dominique Noble (6-2, 187), Mount Ulla, N.C.
  14. RB Broderick Snoddy (5-9, 190), Carrollton HS
  15. S Darren Waller (6-5, 204), North Cobb HS
  16. ATH Airyn Willis (6-2, 180), High Point, N.C.

College Recruiting By Chip Towers

172 comments Add your comment

wesleywhatwhat

December 17th, 2010
9:49 am

let’s go jackets!

wesleywhatwhat

December 17th, 2010
9:52 am

only 2 of 16 recruits UNDER 6′2″?

i’m liking the height of this year’s recruiting class across the board.

ATL XMAN

December 17th, 2010
9:52 am

congrats zach

Sanford Drive

December 17th, 2010
10:01 am

Sanford Drive

December 17th, 2010
10:01 am

WHO???????????????????

wesleywhatwhat

December 17th, 2010
10:03 am

^ a very sad example of what jealousy, a lack of a job and being raised a sh*tty person by sorry parents will do to a man.

Sanford Drive

December 17th, 2010
10:05 am

9 out of 10 = “jealousy”???? Georgia Tech Math is just bizzarre.

42-34
9-1
61-39-5

wesleywhatwhat

December 17th, 2010
10:07 am

so very very pathetic. i can only imagine how sad the guy’s home life is.

Sanford Drive

December 17th, 2010
10:09 am

Congrats to the kid, honestly. A Scholarship to a fine Institute of learning, like that of Georgia Tech is admirable.

However, this is not an academic blog. Not in anyway. Therefore, I would like to remind the kid that he just signed on to lose to UGA 4 or 5 times, depending on if he redshirts. Paul Johnson will likely not be there after next season, when he has another 6-6 or 5-7 season with Tevin running the show. I hope he enjoys cut blocking, because that’s all he is going to do in that Mickey Mouse offense run on North Ave.

THWGT
42-34

Techie for life

December 17th, 2010
10:10 am

Sanford, it’s too bad your life is summed up by what 18-22 year old young men do on a football field. Apparently you are way too ignorant to understand the jealousy comment. Has really nothing to do with football, but more with the overall quality of life and priorities as well as basic intelligence. I am sure you will have some cute comment to make, but suffice it to say, in a battle of wits, you are an unarmed opponent.

johnny too good

December 17th, 2010
10:18 am

http://www.youtube.com/user/ThatsJohnAnderson

sounds like a good pick up for tech, they need another good big back like dwyer

Congrats

December 17th, 2010
10:20 am

Congrats to this kid. Getting an athletic scholarship to any school is a great accomplishment. Glad he finally got an offer from a D1 program, even if it’s a low level one. From his offers, it seems a number of recruiters see him as a good fit for service academy level sports. Paul Johnson’s system will help him “play up” a bit and compensate for part of the talent gap. All the best for a healthy and happy career.

Buzz

December 17th, 2010
10:22 am

Congrats Zach!! Hey Sanford Dr why are you even on this blog?? Perhaps you should go back to beating your wife and besides that..I THINK YOUR METH IS DONE COOKING!

Footballrules

December 17th, 2010
10:23 am

Sanford Drive comes on here to bash the kid. Course, SD has a right…after all, Sanford Drive was a bluechipper out of high school, the likes of which have NEVER been seen in the Peach State. He had offers from UGA, Tech, Auburn, Michigan, Ohio State, Notre Dame, and Texas, just to name a few (44 offers in all, plus an invite to the White House to lunch with the President and First Lady and a request to address the United Nations). Sanford Drive was rated a five star by both Scout & Rivals, and the head man at Rivals was quoted as saying it was a shame they couldn’t list him as six stars. In the end, Sanford Drive wound up signing with…..wound up signing with….wound up signing with….(crickets).

Davey Boy Smith

December 17th, 2010
10:24 am

Paul Johnson looked a lot better with Chan Gailey’s recruits.

This isn’t Navy anymore, where you can cherry pick the schedule and face teams who don’t see the Wishbone every year. It’s the ACC, which is not great, but there are a lot of NFL athletes on both sides of the ball and well-paid coaches who will have seen the Wishbone for 4 consecutive years.

Even with the Wishbone, Tech is just not going to win without some NFL talent, of which there is barely any currently on the roster, and this recruiting class is not going to add much to that.

Say what you will about Gailey’s gameday acumen, but he went head-to-head with the big boys and reeled in Morgan, Dwyer, Nesbitt and Burnett. Tech only sustains good runs on the field when they are beating UGA for big-name, in-state guys, and Paul Johnson is not doing that.

2012 may see new football coaches at both major colleges in Georgia.

gt4ever

December 17th, 2010
10:27 am

Sanford,
It pains me to write this, but I share your thoughts on our offense…. Just think how many yards of offense we would have racked up if we were running a REAL offense….. Y

Macon Jacket

December 17th, 2010
10:28 am

Wow… A Rival NR, whose only other offers are Air Force and Navy.

I’m telling you Jacket fans, if Paul Johnson doesn’t start signing better talent, better get used to 6-6 and losing 51-7 to UGA.

PAUL JOHNSON IS KILLING US WITH POOR RECRUITING!!!!!!!!!!!

Ozzy

December 17th, 2010
10:30 am

Nah Footballrules, I’m thinking Sanford Drive was the last kid picked on the playground.

I’m thinking an Orville Redenbacher kind of guy, only on long term unemployment and worried Obama might discontinue his benefits one of these days.

Proud-Dawg

December 17th, 2010
10:32 am

Nice pick-up for the Jackets, hope the kid does good things on and off the field…

@Sanford Drive, you’re an embarrassment! You obviously didn’t attend UGA. Get a f’n life already

gt4ever

December 17th, 2010
10:32 am

In other words, YOUR DEFENSE is TERRIBLE. You just hired a D coach who has NO clue! You are 6 and 6, possibly going to 6 and 7….. I picked you to beat UCF, but anything can happen in a bowl game….. We are terrible, but we don’t recruit in the top 10 most every year… Your program is in shambles, so I would worry about all that talent being wasted……and a HEAD coach who is afraid to discipline his football players… So, shove off LOSER!

THWG!

BigTimeTechFan

December 17th, 2010
10:34 am

Nice,

Sounds like a Football player, he sounds like very nice pickup, saw him in finals but he was playing hurt. Jeff Greene looked awesome.

Best play I liked in state playoffs was WR Alex Chisum, wish he would go to Tech.

Davey boy dummy

December 17th, 2010
10:35 am

Okay… You are dumb – almost as bad as the vomit eaters on here

? Mysterion ?

December 17th, 2010
10:36 am

Congrats to Laskey on a great year and an awesome opportunity at GT.

ATL XMAN

December 17th, 2010
10:37 am

gt4ever..your team doesnt have the players to run a real offense . your only hope is to run the armed forces offense as it helps negate the fact that PJ players are mostly div 1aa players when playing against better and more talented players. this is why PJ is the perfect coach for tech and should stay around for at least his contract. he wont win much against the better teams he faces but he will sometime get that upset win over a team like air force from time to time. also he will put a whuppin on teams that have less talent or close to the talent level of tech.

atl gator

December 17th, 2010
10:37 am

Georgia fans commenting on a Tech Recruit = PATHETIC.

How bad is your program? You out-recruit Tech and most SEC teams by a landslide every year. What do you have to show for it: 6 and 6 !!! You barely squeak by Tech (missed Xpoint) and you get pounded by UF and now you are no better than Miss State, and South Carolina.

UGA= Program in Reverse. No wonder why you pick on Tech fans. You can’t beat anyone else. At least you can still win recruiting. But what good is that when the coaches don’t know how to coach.

Tech and Gator fans laugh at you. Come try that crap on a gator board little doggie.

BG

December 17th, 2010
10:37 am

Wow, Tech beat out Airforce and Navy for a recruit!

Sanford Drive

December 17th, 2010
10:40 am

HAHA!!!!

I really do enjoy busting you Techie’s chops. I find it amusing that on EVERY UGA blog you Nerds are there, calling our players Thugs, calling our fanbase Rednecks, insulting the University itself (non-sports related), reminding us we have been bottom feeders of the SEC for the last 2 years, etc, etc, etc.

So I come on any blog I can and remind you of the score from our RIVALRY game (in which you would do the same had Tech won), and that makes me a “classless, disrespectful, low-life fool”. I am a current student at UGA, so for those who say I have nothing better to do with my time, you are currently correct sice Finals have wrapped up.

You can simply thank Saint Simons from late November 2008 until late November 2009 for doing the EXACT same thing I am doing. It’s only mid December, Nerds. You are going to see a LOT of me from now until late November 2011, and in all likelihood beyond that.

Quit being hypocrites, and enjoy a NICE, BIG, HOT OFF THE STOVE bowl of…..

42-34 :) ha :) ha :) ha :) ha :) ha :)

ATL XMAN

December 17th, 2010
10:42 am

gt4ever..you wich the uga program is ion shambles..haha..its UGA for crying out loud. we have everything we need to win a title and are in the hunt 7 out of 10 years richt has been at UGA. with all the great players styill coming in we have a better shot at getting 11 wins next year than losing 6 again. it might be another 10 years when UGA and richt lose 6 again. the future looks really good. programs will always have down years but programs like UGA will also have 11 plus wins a year again thanks to richt and all the great recruits he brings in.

GT-98'

December 17th, 2010
10:44 am

GOOD GRIEF…

A NO RANK, WHOSE ONLY OTHER OFFERS ARE ARMY AND NAVY.

IF JOHNSON SIGNS ANOTHER DUD CLASS, TIME TO START THE FIREPAULJOHNSON.COM SITE.

ATL XMAN

December 17th, 2010
10:44 am

i for one like sandford drives comments, they are funny and keeps your tech fans that bash UGA for winning, in check.

GTman

December 17th, 2010
10:46 am

Only a UGA fan would say that a football scholarship has nothing to do with academics. Sanford Drive – we still call them STUDENT-athletes at GT. I realize at UGA you guys recruit THUG-athletes.

Hey, we will be playing for our conference championship next year and you guys will again be relegated to fighting it out for 3rd or 4th place in the SEC East! I realize the SEC is the better conference, it’s just too bad that UGA can’t compete anymore in the SEC.

South GA Dawg

December 17th, 2010
10:47 am

Nice pick up. I think he will ge a good one.

GTfan2011

December 17th, 2010
10:48 am

Again, look at this guy’s stats for jr and sr year and you will see that he was definitely an under the radar player. He played offense, defense and returned kicks, so perhaps that lack of focus on one position limited him from receiving “stars”. I would note that he has run a 40 in the 4.5-4.6 range and posted a decent short shuttle time. Now, I am not saying that Zack Laskey comes in next year and has an all-ACC season, but from everything I’ve read he is an all-around athlete that really could develop into a big time contributor on special teams and maybe as a B-Back in a few years.

Old Gold Britches

December 17th, 2010
10:48 am

Welcome to the Flats Zach Laskey!

I know you will contribute in a big way. Bring it on!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GO JACKETS

Sanford Drive

December 17th, 2010
10:49 am

You really thing Tevin Washington is going to lead Tech to the Tallest Midget game next year in Charlotte??

Funny.

I am so glad Tech harbors so much hatred for UGA. It REALLY makes beating them that much sweeter….. 9. Times. A. Decade.

ATL XMAN

December 17th, 2010
10:49 am

UGA is number 2 in the east behind fla right now. a few down years doesnt hurt UGA as they have the coaching and the players to claim the number 1 spot in the east. look for UGA and Fla to battle it out again next year and years to come. south carolina and miss st cant keep up with UGA and FLA as UGA and FLA simply have better players most years. it could be another 30 years before south carolina wins the east. spurrier is getting older and richt will be at UGA for at least another 10 years and we already know what richt can do in 10 years.

Sanford Drive

December 17th, 2010
10:51 am

Also funny how NOBODY has heard of this kid until this ver article. Just th fact he will have a GT on his helmet makes all you Nerds think he is an “amazing” pickup.

Like i said earlier, congrats to the kid. But he is not and will not ever be a difference maker Tech so desperately needs.

Enjoy the Shreveport Fish Fry.

42-34

wesleywhatwhat

December 17th, 2010
10:52 am

sad. uga fans REALLY don’t see the slide their program is in, but they know something isn’t quite right so they waste a lot of time on georgia tech blogs trying to feel better about themselves.

uga’s program is definitely in shambles. no need to go down the list. uga recruits know.

but here’s a quick programming note: uga’s finest had to postpone his court appearance yet again. keep in mind this guy was the brain trust behind all of the moves uga has made in football from 2004-2010.

too funny.no wonder uga has fans like atl xman and sanford drive. the rot started at the top, and it started early.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2010-11-30/damon-evans-dui-case-set-wed?v=1291095536

gt4ever

December 17th, 2010
10:55 am

ATL XMAN,

We can compete, when we find the right coach. We can recruit and admit anybody UGA has recruited, so this is not an excuse.

Admit it, your players have little or NO respect for authority, need I list the on and off season escapades that your football players are involved in every year…. Please, Richt has NO handle on the players on his team, and it is OBVIOUS!

ATL XMAN

December 17th, 2010
10:57 am

gt man..the days of ga tech playing for a acc title has come to an end. your team has div 1aa players on there that VA tech and FLA st and MIA will smack around for years. uga will be having another 10 top recruiting class this year to go along with a top 15 last year. uga will go to 3 sec championships in the next 5 years while tech beats out wake forest and duke for the worst Acc record.

Sanford Drive

December 17th, 2010
10:57 am

“mmmmmm….. catfish, blackfish, swordfish, mudfish, trout, salmon, whiting, shellfish, zebra fish, redfish, bonefish, blowfish, sheephead, angelfish, seabass, crappie, mangofish, snapperfish, rodfin picklefish, yellow perch fish, little fish, big fish, red fish, blue fish……

ALL are bigger fish than UGA!!!!

And ALL will be served at the Fish Fry in SHREVEPORT!!!!!!!!

-Paul Johnson

70 Dawg

December 17th, 2010
10:57 am

Congrats to GT on a nice sign and to Zach on realizing his dream. Sometimes the under-recruited guys surprise everyone because they play “all out, 100% committed” football and they aren’t looking to go pro in 3 yrs. Some of the 3-yr wonders play to avoid injury and get drafted early without a lot of team concern.

ATL XMAN

December 17th, 2010
11:00 am

richt has handle and will have his players doing the right thing sooner than later. i can live with dumb kid mistakes that they have made as long as they learn from it. now if they were shooting people and selling drugs then that a whole different ball game. but richt knows what to do and i have faith in him. its worked out so far the 10 years he has been here.

ATL XMAN

December 17th, 2010
11:02 am

im happy for zach. he seems like a nice kid and playing div 1 ball is awesome, even though it is tech, its still considered div 1a. but saying that, i dont see tech competing year in and year out with div 1aa talent that PJ is bringing in.

wesleywhatwhat

December 17th, 2010
11:02 am

LOL @ atlxmen: “richt has a handle”

REALLY? does the Fulmer Cup have a handle?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fulmer_Cup

John

December 17th, 2010
11:04 am

WOW, many of the best players at the college level were not highly recruited. This kid is obviously a project. He grades out very well as a B-back style runner, and ohh look at that, all the d-1A schools that run the tripple option want him. Sure, the kid does not grade well into a pro style or traditional spread offense, but give the guy a break. You guys act like all our recruits are this caliber, but this is the only 2 star guy we have taken a chance on so far this year. Everyone also like to think Chan GAinly was a great recruiter, but the truth is he only ever pulled in ONE great class, On average CPJ has done a better job of pulling in the 3 and 4 star talent.

Anyway, I look forward to a guy like this because you know he will work hard and make an impact, even if it is only on special teams. plain and simple, he wanted tech over all other schools.

ATL XMAN

December 17th, 2010
11:06 am

wesleywhat…blah blah blah. your team still is bad and and only getting worse. uga has richt and is its only going to get better. you can try and tell yourself that UGA is in shambles but we know otherwise. uga will finish 7-6. that was the exact record saben and ala finished 3 years ago. something to think about my friend. it only gets better when you play in the sec and have the better players in the south to recruit from.

GT ATW

December 17th, 2010
11:07 am

You guys are killing me. This is a great kid who will be a great player for us and I’m glad we got him. Get off the CPJ bashing wagon and be very careful about underestimating him as the best is yet to come. Go Tech!!

ATL XMAN

December 17th, 2010
11:08 am

i like how zach plays the game. all out every play and will look for him to play defense for tech as he likes contact.

GTfan2011

December 17th, 2010
11:08 am

No reason to attack UGA on here. They’ve put together a fine recruiting class, with a chance to have a top 5 class if they get a majority of the uncommiteds they are still pursuing… good for them. GT has also put together a solid class, whether the “haters” see that or not. We have some solid talent upgrads already on campus in the LB corps and in the defensive backfield. Jabari Hunt Days is going to be a beast at linebacker (I know, I’ve seen him play in person), and he is possibly looking to come in early. If he comes in early, I believe he will be the a starting ILB in the fall.