Chattahoochee’s Ammon Lakip commits to Clemson over Georgia Tech

Clemson is No. 1 over Georgia Tech with Lakip (Photo courtesy of Lakip family)

Clemson is No. 1 over Georgia Tech with Lakip (Photo courtesy of Lakip family)

Chattahoochee All-State kicker Ammon Lakip committed to Clemson over Georgia Tech on Sunday night.

Lakip, whose father graduated from Georgia Tech, made the decision after taking an official visit to Clemson this weekend.

“Clemson felt like home, it was the right place for me,” Lakip said. “My father was real supportive.  He wanted it to be my choice, and it was.”

The strong-legged kicker became a hot commodity late during the recruiting process. His first offer was from Georgia Tech in mid-December, followed by Clemson only a couple of weeks ago.

BCS champion Auburn also entered the sweepstakes, making a “grayshirt” offer that would delay Lakip’s college enrollment until January 2012, so his scholarship would count toward next year’s recruiting class.

Lakip nearly considered committing to Clemson earlier in the recruiting process, but held off after talking with Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson. The two talked after Lakip moved up his Clemson visit up to this weekend, rather than go to Georgia Tech as previously scheduled.

Johnson eventually convinced Lakip to take a one-day visit to Georgia Tech last Tuesday.

“I was not going to visit Georgia Tech at all and Coach Johnson got on the phone,” Lakip recalled. “[Johnson] said ‘I’m not going to try to convince you [to keep your original visit date to Georgia Tech] but I think you’re making a rash decision. All I would want would be for you to visit us and see how you like it here. There is no reason for you not to visit us. It won’t hurt you. If Clemson is still your choice after you visit, then it’s still your choice.’”

Lakip said his brief visit to Georgia Tech went well but Clemson sealed his services this weekend. Lakip had a long history with the Tigers, as they also recruited him in soccer. He turned down a partial Clemson soccer scholarship last year, hoping to earn a full ride in football at any school.

Lakip led Chattahoochee to the Class AAAA state championship, kicking two game-winning field goals during the playoffs. He converted 64 of 65 PATs, along with 14 of 20 field goal attempts, including a long of 51 yards. He booted 82-percent of his kickoffs out of the end zone.

– By Michael Carvell, AJC College Recruiting

170 comments Add your comment

Matthews Dawg

January 23rd, 2011
8:33 pm

1st!!! Sweet!!! Sorry Tech, we need in state to stay in state!

George Stein

January 23rd, 2011
8:36 pm

Let me guess. This has something to do with the offense.

Ahmed

January 23rd, 2011
8:42 pm

Can’t blame the kid for wanting to go to a school that has female students and where he won’t need an armed guard to walk to class

trey

January 23rd, 2011
8:49 pm

Congratulations Clemson!

You made a very smart move Ammon. You won’t regret it.

Does anyone know?

January 23rd, 2011
8:55 pm

Did the crowd at UGA’s basketball game start a cheer for Isiah Crowell? I heard that they did and just wanted to know for sure.

The Truth

January 23rd, 2011
8:55 pm

This young man made a very smart choice. Congratulations to him and his father. I would never allow a son of mine to attend GA Tech.

Davey Boy Smith

January 23rd, 2011
8:56 pm

That kid has a cannon for a leg, sounds like a cannon going off when he hits it. Also heard that Kane Whitehurst from there is going to Arkansas? Anyone know where Byerly is going to wind up?

WareDawg

January 23rd, 2011
8:58 pm

@Chip Towers, do you know if Kent Turene enjoyed his UGA visit and also is it possible he could switch commitment to UGA?

JMar

January 23rd, 2011
8:58 pm

Who is Nick Menocal, and did he commit to GT over the weekend?

LUDATRIPP

January 23rd, 2011
8:59 pm

Y’all remember when Tech lost all those football games to Georgia?

LUDATRIPP

January 23rd, 2011
8:59 pm

Enter your comments here

Bull

January 23rd, 2011
8:59 pm

Chip and others tweeted that students were chanting for Isaiah. We sure do need him, Jenkins and Drew. Go Dawgs!

Feel sorry for Tech, tough year recruiting…

state

January 23rd, 2011
9:00 pm

Well not all instate kids will go to GA tech or UGA, some will have to go elsewhere. Good luck on your college career boi.

kingster

January 23rd, 2011
9:03 pm

Wow, whats going on, sure we got this kid out of Florida, but just like that Illinois got us with Caldwell from Mays, I had heard so many good things about this kids, but thats the real deal, KIDS, who knows, I wish them all well. Coach Johnson, we don’t need a bad patten, lets get that offense in geat, you got to throw it, you got to get better and bigger kids, it can be done!

Anonymous 'Cos

January 23rd, 2011
9:04 pm

@ Does Anyone Know

I was not there myself, yet many people who were there have reported that is indeed true. Both Isaiah and Jenkins had chants going at various times. 247sports confirmed this as well. Must have been quite the atmosphere yesterday…

Does Anyone Know

January 23rd, 2011
9:06 pm

That’s very good news and very smart of the UGA fans!!!! Go Dawgs!

Anonymous 'Cos

January 23rd, 2011
9:10 pm

Yup, i agree. Apparently people saw them and the ‘crowd of Dawgs’ last night after the game, and said they were all smiles and looked to be “having an incredible time. Like they were ALL best of friends!” If this is true, maybe a team is truly forming, not just a bunch of highly talented players. I like it. It can only mean good things ahead. Go Dawgs…

2011 =year of the dawg

January 23rd, 2011
9:18 pm

hold on you mean to tell me that “almighty georgia tech” has lost yet another prospect i thought tech graduates become millionaires after college and that tech had a top notch football program! tech has lost 3 prospects in the last 5 days first tuitt, then caldwell, now this kicker! so which program is headed in the wrong direction again?

Long overdue exposure

January 23rd, 2011
9:24 pm

Looks like we may FINALLY know who “Saint Simons” is….

Go look at Chip Towers facebook post announcing this blog, a few mins ago. Then look at the bitter Techie calling Chip out for being a UGA homer in the comments. Open his profile and look at his “interests”……..

Hahahaha!!!! Loser.

The Truth

January 23rd, 2011
9:30 pm

Tuitt’s mom is very smart too. Why would any intelligent parent allow their child to play for GA Tech?

Dawg1

January 23rd, 2011
9:30 pm

Sounds like Clemson had the kid locked up from the beginning. Not fair to really call the kid a ‘loss’. Saw this kid in the dome against Starrs Mill. What a foot…

Nice pick up for Clemson.

D A DoubleU G

January 23rd, 2011
9:32 pm

UGA got commits from the nation’s #1 TE, #1 CB, and are likely getting the #1 RB………

Tech was just shafted by a kicker.

You make this way too easy Techies. Way too easy.

9-1

dagnabit

January 23rd, 2011
9:39 pm

Lakip doesn’t think he’ll have many punting opportunitys with Tech. Or field goal attempts.

RAID

January 23rd, 2011
9:41 pm

Surprized that CPJ did’nt try to punch him in the face!…..Seems as though he might have tried to put too much pressure on this young man by the way the comments read to me…….Anyway, Tech seems to be putting a pretty good class together this year without this guy….Don’t sweat it Yechies, you’ve got the best class youve had since CPJ has been there and better yet CMR may have assembled the best class he’s ever put together……Too bad he may not be around to reap the benefits of it!…….Well, lets put a knife in the back of each other when we can and still have fun with it just for the sake of entertainment,………GO DAWGS……Hopefully one day we can sit back and when we meat in Nov. it’ll mean sumething one of these days………..An I’m gone!

RAID

January 23rd, 2011
9:42 pm

OOOOPS, meet!

1962 DAWG

January 23rd, 2011
9:44 pm

Looks like a good player for Klempsun.
Wish he could have stayed in-state though.
Smart of his father for letting him go where he wanted.
Coach Richt let his son go to Klempsun as a qb when Bowden was there.
Good school, and coaching, just don’t get much kicking in, at Ga. Tech, except for xtra points.

NerdCentral@NorthAve

January 23rd, 2011
9:48 pm

Don’t worry, bullpups…Tech will still beat you on the Flats this year. You always get the superior talent, there’s no argument there. But what makes you think you’ll be able to do something with it “this” time? Face it, you are middle-tier in the SEC at best.

JMar

January 23rd, 2011
9:51 pm

Georgia Tech added their 22nd commitment for 2011 on Sunday when South Forsyth jumbo athlete Kyle Travis committed to Georgia Tech. The versatile two-way player picked the Jackets over Georgia Southern.

Over Georgia Southern. Just let that sink in.

WnE

January 23rd, 2011
9:57 pm

Geez, GT under CPJ’s tenure is so undesirable that even former GRADUATES SONS (Kooper Taylor, Lakip) don’t want to be at GT under CPJ, which is why we are beating out schools like Colorado St. & W. Illinois for Recruits.

Had Miami’s new HC, Golden, not tried to change positions for Menocal then he NEVER would have given GT a 2nd look, it seems like the only way CPJ can get decent Recruits is by accident, some other schools accident, not his own accident.

Drdawgfan

January 23rd, 2011
10:00 pm

@NerdCentral – Middle-tier in the SEC will ALWAYS be superior to whatever GT has to offer

RAID

January 23rd, 2011
10:01 pm

Nerd central, u have’nt beaten the Dawgs on the so called “flats” in years!….What makes u think u have any kind of home field advantage this year anyway there…….Afterall, the Dawg fans out number u there……roflmao!….
Hopefully u will come back with something better than false hopes

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GT fan

January 23rd, 2011
10:04 pm

Best of luck young man…….the sky is not falling. GT will be ok!

Love the class from uga fans….what goes around comes around. God Bless both schools!

gtfanfrom1951

January 23rd, 2011
10:09 pm

Georgia Southern used to beat UCFwhen we played them ….UGA can not say that……we sign one of the better kickers last year.

dawgfan0711

January 23rd, 2011
10:10 pm

Chip–Any word on how the visits at UGA went this weekend, any commitments going to be announced? To bad this kid is going out of state, best of luck at Clemson. GO DAWGS!!!

hot carl spackler

January 23rd, 2011
10:11 pm

field goals or extra points? Paul Johnson doesn’t need no stinking field goals or extra points. Instead, he would rather show off his coaching “genius” by letting the other team score a late touchdown in order to get the ball back so that his non passing offense can then lead a non existent 2 minute drill down the field to either turn the ball over on downs, or throw an INT. That guy’s a genius…just ask him.

NGAfan

January 23rd, 2011
10:13 pm

Looks like Tech’s recruiter blew it again, letting a top quality in state player get away, the son of an alum no less! guess he didn’t see the state championship game at the dome. But if he had, he wouldn’t have let that Chattahoochie QB Byerly get away without a scholorship, either. Some recruiters are too fixed on the stupid “stars” that are attached to players, and by who? reporters? even the reporters are not consistant. Wasn’t Byerly named the POY for all classifications? But he’s not on the AJC top 50 recruit list? what’s up with that? the kid is huge, strong and fast not to mention a smart player that can lead. Maybe his parents should have named him Tim-tavious

Kevin Everett

January 23rd, 2011
10:14 pm

Paul “triple chins” Johnson is a hypocrit, if that kid had commited to tek, then visited Clemson, he would have rescinded his offer – BUT – since he’s committed to Clemson, he can visit tek and it’s ok. Whatever PJ – how’s that fish fry going?

tide roll

January 23rd, 2011
10:14 pm

What are you talking about Uga fans. You’ve managed to assemble arguably the worst group of offensive line prospects in the history of college football. One in particular dropped an incredible 150 spots based on his performance at the U/A game. In the meantime you give the very teams Richt needs to beat to salvage his job, in state talent such as Xzavier Ward (AU), Chance Warmack (ALA), Jujuan James (TENN.). You need to look at each position before you annoint your class as a “Dream Team”.

Johnny

January 23rd, 2011
10:15 pm

UGA is a real class act. A real cut above.

RAID

January 23rd, 2011
10:17 pm

GT fan, I hear ya bro!……Hopefully we both get it turned around……..It’s been a pretty sad year for all parties involved………Let’s both hope for better days ahead!,,,,,,,,,,,

Anonymous 'Cos

January 23rd, 2011
10:23 pm

Tech Fans,

Sorry for the week you’ve had. Still 2 more weeks to go, hopefully you all can make the most of it. I would love to have my Dawgs play you next year with some talent in front of them. I mean that sincerely. Good luck the rest of the way from here on out.

at b-ball game

January 23rd, 2011
10:27 pm

was at the game yesterday and never heard any chants for either crowell or jenkins. the student section DID chant “bucklin” for the rarely used matt bucklin to get into the game, after it was all but over.

Anonymous 'Cos

January 23rd, 2011
10:27 pm

By the way, i have heard of some “big news” coming Monday for U.G.A. Anyone have any inside info as to what this might be? OC or recruiting? I’m a bit antsy is all.

Anonymous 'Cos

January 23rd, 2011
10:31 pm

@ Long Overdue,
That’s funny stuff. Almost as funny as Da’Rick’s picture, and the fact he calls himself ‘prettyboy’.

Pulled scholarship

January 23rd, 2011
10:31 pm

Has CPJ “pulled” his scholarship offer?

Pulled scholarship

January 23rd, 2011
10:34 pm

NerdCentral@NorthAve
January 23rd, 2011
9:48 pm

Middle tier of the SEC = the highest tier in the A She She

Pulled scholarship

January 23rd, 2011
10:36 pm

Let’s see…..the latest tech recruiting news involves LOSING a local kicker. CPJ continues to work his magic. A dynasty is definitely in the making.

Pulled scholarship

January 23rd, 2011
10:40 pm

Wait a minute…..I think I see the CPJ subtle genius at work. Here’s the sentence that says it all:

“Johnson eventually convinced Lakip to take a one-day visit to Georgia Tech last Tuesday.”

Yes, that says it all. Only a shrewd genius like CPJ would think to schedule an important recruiting visit on a Tuesday.

original old yeller

January 23rd, 2011
10:42 pm

It’s the kids decision, but let me think here. The recruiters at G.T. could not sell this kid on an education at Tech over Clemson? Something is wrong here. Graduate from Tech and you are in a good position to earn a lot of money and security, or graduate from Clemson and go back to the farm. It appears that Tech does not have recruiters that can sell value to the school.