Patience pays off for new Tech commitment Kyle Travis

A jack-of-all trades at South Forsyth, Kyle Travis is expected to play outside linebacker at Georgia Tech. (Family photo)

A jack-of-all trades at South Forsyth, Kyle Travis is expected to play outside linebacker at Georgia Tech. (Family photo)

By all accounts, Kyle Travis is a pretty laid back guy. He always believed he could play college football at the highest level. But he wasn’t tossing and turning in angst when the calendar flipped to 2011 and he still didn’t have an FBS offer.

“I wasn’t really worried about it,” said the 6-foot-3, 235-pound linebacker. “I knew I could play. I just thought somebody would come along eventually.”

That somebody ended up being Georgia Tech, and Travis couldn’t be happier about it. Travis accepted a scholarship offer from the Yellow Jackets after taking an official visit this past weekend. He was one of three recruits to jump on board with Tech this week.

“I had been talking to Tech for a while,” said Travis, who also played offensive line, defensive line and fullback for the War Eagles (6-5). “Coach [Paul] Johnson told me if they had the numbers they’d offer me. Then nothing really happened. A couple of nights ago Coach Johnson called me and asked me if I’d take an official visit. I said ‘absolutely.’ About three days before I went I’d gotten word they were probably going to offer me, so it wasn’t really unexpected. But I was really excited when it finally happened. I committed right away.”

Before Tech stepped up, Travis was holding only an offer from Georgia Southern. But he said he was OK with following that path if it was the only one for him.

“The previous year, I wasn’t really marketed as a college prospect,” who played then under former coach Wendell Early. “Then Coach [Jeff] Arnette came to [South Forsyth] and he really helped me out a lot. He did everything for me.  He knows a lot of college coaches and he let them know about me and got my film out there and stuff like that. I can’t thank him enough.”

While Travis spent the majority of his time playing fullback and defensive end for South Forsyth, he’s expected to play outside linebacker in defensive coordinator Al Groh’s 3-4 defense. It’s one of the more demanding positions on the field.

“I’ll be able to handle it,” he said. “I played fullback in high school and they like that. I’m looking forward to playing it. My coach says I’m a prototypical outside linebacker. We’ll see.”

Travis is excited just to find out.

By Chip Towers, The College Recruiting Blog

83 comments Add your comment

hmmmm

January 25th, 2011
4:24 pm

From Ga Southern to Ga Tech…good for the kid, bad for GT

WnE

January 25th, 2011
4:31 pm

Good luck at GT young man, remember former GT players like Brooking and Vance Walker as guys that were under the radar and developed into very good Coolege players that went on to the NFL.

Stay focused and work hard hard.

WnE

January 25th, 2011
4:32 pm

coolege = college

BigTimeTECHFan

January 25th, 2011
4:32 pm

Great news for Tech, but not so great news:
I hear other teams did not offer because he hits to hard, refs call personal fouls just because he tackles so hard. plus all other Div 1 coaches did not want their offensive player hurt in practice.

Great for Kyle Travis and Tech, just save the hits for the game. Another play R Garner never found because he was not listed on web recruiting services. I had him as 4 star recruit on my service but now give him 5 for committing to TECH.

Go Jackets

GTBob

January 25th, 2011
4:35 pm

Good for him. Must have been a great feeling to wait so long and finally get an offer from a major program. Hopefully he takes advantage of it and turns into a quality player and student.

www

January 25th, 2011
4:36 pm

6′3″ and 235 in high school?

if the kid can hit and shed blockers as OLB in college, he sounds like a potential beast.

D A DoubleU G

January 25th, 2011
4:37 pm

Congrats young man. Tech is a fine institution of higher learning.

It sounds like this is what Tech (and the Dawgs) need. Somebody who WANTS to be in the system.

Look forward to beating this kid 4-5 times though.

PTC DAWG

January 25th, 2011
4:37 pm

Sometimes you get a sleeper that was on nobody’s radar….sometime you get a dud.

Good luck to the kid, get your degree.

BigTimeTECHFan

January 25th, 2011
4:47 pm

I’m going to guess CPJ uses this recuiting class ranking stuff to motivate his players, I would.

Tech has fine player now, what we need most of all is leaders on the field. missed that with Burnett, Morgan, Thomas, Dwyer gone last season.

JAWJeRDAWG

January 25th, 2011
4:52 pm

Congratulations, young man. Make the best of your football career and educational opportunity.

Paul N Destin

January 25th, 2011
5:01 pm

Sounds like a very humble and appreciative young man. All the best at Ga Tech.

sandman053

January 25th, 2011
5:02 pm

Congrats Mr. Travis. You’ll be a great addition to North Ave.

Paddy

January 25th, 2011
5:03 pm

Success stories are always fun to read! Congrats!!!!

GT45

January 25th, 2011
5:09 pm

Welcome, Kyle. Bust some heads!

college foot

January 25th, 2011
5:14 pm

what an idiot

HVL Dawg

January 25th, 2011
5:16 pm

Get’ em Kyle. Study hard. You’ve got a great educational opportunity at GT. Win at life – lose at football.

Best of luck to you.

GTBob

January 25th, 2011
5:21 pm

Thanks for pointing out the oversigning article by Andy Staples also Chip. It is a very informative article. I never really knew of the differences in philosophy between the Big 10 and SEC when it came to things like that. With articles like that, and the one by Schultz, and oversigning.com, maybe enough pressure will build up and things will change.

techman78

January 25th, 2011
5:22 pm

Good luck kid!! Everyone makes so much of how many stars are beside your name but that dont mean squat! If you work hard and buy into what CPJ and CAG are teaching you will do just fine. You have the body for it. Just go out and prove all the doubters and recruiting services wrong. Looking forward to seeing you rattle some heads in the upcoming seasons!!

RAID

January 25th, 2011
5:23 pm

Sounds like a solid pickup Tech fans…….As I said before 6′3″ and 235 equates to about a 255 to 260 lb outside linebacker……These are the athletes that both schools need to run the 3-4…….Go dawgs

flagboy....

January 25th, 2011
5:24 pm

congrats *snicker* tech…

Tech Fan Since 1950

January 25th, 2011
5:25 pm

I’m giving Kyle 5 stars right now for being qualified to enter Georgia Tech and I’m giving him 4 stars for four outstanding years of eligibility ahead of him. Georgia Tech and Georgia Southern are on the same radar pattern these days and if the rest of the folks want to go in another direction, that is ok with me. Congratulations Kyle!

FDawg

January 25th, 2011
5:30 pm

Congrats to Kyle and to Tech!

flagboy.....

January 25th, 2011
5:33 pm

Im a doucher from UGA.

Worm

January 25th, 2011
5:36 pm

Sounds like a fine young man..Could be another Ron Rogers.

SansWorld

January 25th, 2011
5:36 pm

Congrats Kyle. Best wishes on the Flats.

It is kind of nice that most of the posters are wishing good luck to this young man, who likely made the most important decision thus far in his life.

Posters that aren’t so inclined, and insist on questioning the quality Mr. Travis or the university he just committed to, you guys need to get a life. Or at least give the break on what must be one of the most exciting days in his young life.

Joe Pierce

January 25th, 2011
5:39 pm

Hey Chip, can you confirm that Crowell has cancelled his OV to Auburn?

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Score Check

January 25th, 2011
5:49 pm

For safety sake please always travel the streets of Atlanta in large groups

DawgPolice

January 25th, 2011
5:52 pm

Hey Kyle…glad you got what you wanted. Georgia Southern’s loss though. IMHO that would have been a better life style choice.

Destin Dawg

January 25th, 2011
6:03 pm

Johnson did really well at Ga. Southern… fun school with prettygirls.. yes Dawg police.. great life style !!

gtfanfrom1951

January 25th, 2011
6:03 pm

Sometimes you find some one who has heart to play football. This young man sounds that way to me! Go Jackets

saban

January 25th, 2011
6:04 pm

Does anyone know how many arrest warrents are out of the Georgia recruits?

Seems Richt has a don`t ask don`t tell policy on this issue.

Pulled scholarship

January 25th, 2011
6:08 pm

BigTimeTECHFan
January 25th, 2011
4:32 pm

“I hear other teams did not offer because he hits too hard, refs call personal fouls just because he tackles so hard. plus all other Div 1 coaches did not want their offensive player hurt in practice.”

Are you serious?

BAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! Yeah, right……..whew, good one.

Pulled scholarship

January 25th, 2011
6:09 pm

saban
January 25th, 2011
6:04 pm

“warrents”?

I guess you have a don’t ask, don’t spell policy.

BravesFan79

January 25th, 2011
6:09 pm

ScoreCheck: As a former cable man who worked the hoods of Atlanta.. a person can do just fine by themselves. But you gotta be streetsmart, and realize who you can and cant trust! Profiling really comes in handy sometimes. Don’t be a stupid overly trusting liberal like the cancer researcher in Midtown who’s last words were “its ok, i dont need a escort to my room, i don’t want him to think i dont trust him because hes black”.

D A DoubleU G

January 25th, 2011
6:11 pm

oh saban,

It’s funny how far you have to dig to talk smack when the recruiting tides have turned…… no pun intended.

I am excited to hear your comments when Xzavier Dickson flip flops next week!!

D A DoubleU G

January 25th, 2011
6:13 pm

BravesFan,

Out of respect for the lady you mention, please never bring her up on these blogs again.

I get your point, but come on man. People’s families read things.

Pulled scholarship

January 25th, 2011
6:14 pm

BigTimeTECHFan
January 25th, 2011
4:47 pm

Yes, those Chan Gailey recruits were leaders and great players. Wonder if we’ll be able to say the same about CPJ recruits in about 3 years.

OldSchoolTechFanatic

January 25th, 2011
6:15 pm

Well maybe we got someone that really wants to hit. Seems like we could have used him the last few years. CONGRATS and Welcome !!!

kc

January 25th, 2011
6:23 pm

this kid reminds me of Sean Bedford who walked on and ended up on the all ACC team not to mention all academic center with a 3.9 gpa in aerospace engineering. With the right coaching, this one is going to produce

Pulled scholarship

January 25th, 2011
6:26 pm

kc
January 25th, 2011
6:23 pm

I think he’s a good pick for Tech up as well. It may be his Junior year before he starts making an impact, but he’s definitely worth a shot.

Dawg Fan80

January 25th, 2011
6:30 pm

People that say stars don’t matter are wrong.It is not a 100 percent but a top 15 class will have more talented players then a 30-50 class.

Bitter vince dooly in south beach

January 25th, 2011
6:37 pm

cool, just beat V/Tech and the world will turn

George Stein

January 25th, 2011
6:39 pm

It depends on what your definition of success is, Dawg Fan80. The article that was posted on Yahoo! used All-American as the measure. I tend to think that’s a bit high.

jsmith

January 25th, 2011
6:50 pm

good for tech , sounds like a good kid

poopdawg

January 25th, 2011
6:53 pm

Its amazing some of the athletes that go unnoticed by major college programs. Congratulations Kyle.

kingster

January 25th, 2011
6:57 pm

UGA fans, you should be happy the way your recruiting is going, so why in the He_L are you talking all kinds of crap on TECH’S blog, silly ass Country Bunkins!!

Leedawg

January 25th, 2011
6:57 pm

BigTimeTECHFan: “I hear other teams did not offer because he hits to hard”. Really. Running your own scouting service? Really. You need to get out of mama’s basement more often.

BostonDawg

January 25th, 2011
7:28 pm

Wow BravesFan79. Thanks for bringing some good ol’ fashion racism to the blog.

GT Fan

January 25th, 2011
7:29 pm

Could this kid be the Football program’s Matt Harpring??? Sounds like the young is going play with “something to prove” … 6′3″ 235 lbs. – he’s DEFINITELY got the physical tools. Good luck to the young man! Welcome to the Jacket family!