Georgia Tech enjoyed a fruitful weekend of recruiting as it hosted a number of recruits on the The Flats. The Yellow Jackets welcomed three more members to their rapidly-growing Class of 2011 on Sunday.
Athlete Corey Dennis of Troy, Ala.; offensive lineman Errin Joe of Lakeland, Fla.; and athlete Demontevious Smith of Monroe each committed after official visits on the Tech campus. That gives Georgia Tech a total of 21 commitments. Thanks to some attrition, the Yellow Jackets are expected to sign the NCAA maximum of 25 players in this class.
“I actually wasn’t expecting to commit this weekend,” said Smith, who chose the Jackets over Virginia Tech. “I was just expecting a good experience. I definitely got that and more. It was even better than I expected. So I went ahead and committed.”
Smith goes by the shortened first name of Demon, which is pronounced duh-MONN. Tech is hopeful his pledge will lead to at least one more commitment.
Smith is the Monroe Area High School teammate of four-star defensive end Stephon Tuitt. Tuitt is currently committed to Notre Dame but decided to visit Tech this weekend after his basketball game was canceled.
Tuitt could not immediately reached for comment.
“I don’t know what he’s going to do,” Smith said. “I didn’t get any kind of answer from him. As soon as I saw him I started teasing him and saying, ‘you gonna come with me?’ I know he’s feeling pressure both ways.”
Regardless, Monroe Area coach Matt Fligg said Smith is a good get for the Jackets.
“I have been on [Tech recruiting coordinator Andy McCollum] about Demontevious since last year,” Fligg said. “He has the ability to make the big play anytime he touches the ball. His character and attitude is the best I’ve coached and I’m old.”
As the Purple Hurricanes’ quarterback this past season, Smith (6-foot-1, 185 pounds) led them to an 11-2 record and first playoff appearance in years. He paced their option attack with 1,795 yards rushing and 25 TDs — including 13 runs of more than 50 yards — and added 431 yards passing and another five scores.
Initially, Tuitt was not going visit Tech this weekend because of a conflict with a basketball game. But Monroe Area ended up canceling all of their games due to weather problems and schedule backups.
Joe (6-4, 285), highly-touted offensive guard out of Lake Gibson High. He was the first of the three to commit this weekend. The three-star prospect had at least dozen offers, including Florida State and Miami in-state and Stanford and Duke outside the state.
Dennis (6-2, 205) played quarterback at Troy’s Henderson High School. He is expected to play either quarterback or wide receiver for Tech, according to JacketsOnline.com. The only other offers for this under-the-radar prospect were from Troy and UAB, according to Rivals.com.
I’ll have more updates on Tech recruiting as details become available today.
GEORGIA TECH 2011 COMMITMENTS