Georgia Tech flirts with N.C. State commitment Dave Mann of Lithonia High

Georgia Tech made a pass at Lithonia defensive end Dave Mann, a longtime commitment to N.C. State.

The Yellow Jackets allegedly extended a scholarship offer last weekend to Mann, according to Lithonia coach Marcus Jelks. But whether it was a hard offer from Tech or just an attempt to gauge interest remains unclear.

“Dave was kind of excited about the [Tech] offer, and said he was going to consider it,” Jelks said. “However, N.C. State came to the school [on Tuesday] and spent a lot of time with him. I’m pretty sure that Dave will stay with N.C. State.”

The 6-foot-4, 235-pound Mann said he met with Georgia Tech assistant Joe Speed last Thursday — and he was informed that a scholarship had come open at his position.  Mays defensive end Darrius Caldwell, who was previously committed to Georgia Tech, switched to Illinois on Sunday after taking an official visit to the Big 10 school (academic issues reportedly played a factor in Caldwell’s decision to part with the Jackets).

“Coach Speed said that Darrius was gone and I could fill that spot,” he said. However, Mann said he understood it to be  a “verbal” offer from Georgia Tech and not scholarship papers, therefore he doesn’t consider any to be official until he sees the papers.

Mann says he remains committed to N.C. State but is intrigued by the Yellow Jackets.

“All of this happened so fast, it’s kind of hard to say how I feel about [Tech],” Mann said. “It’s a great school and close to home. But it’s so close to [next Wednesday's] signing day. I don’t want to get in trouble with N.C. State and say anything wrong. . . . So while I appreciate Georgia Tech’s attention, I would probably not be interested.”

However, Mann did not rule out talking over the phone with Georgia Tech’s coaches within the next few days.

Georgia Tech has always had Mann on its recruiting radar, with him attending a couple of games this past season. However, the two parties hadn’t had much contact since Mann committed to N.C. State over West Virginia in October.

At the time, Mann didn’t hold an offer from Georgia Tech.

– By Michael Carvell, AJC College Recruiting

72 comments Add your comment

saban

January 26th, 2011
7:24 pm

Go for it Techsters.

Keep Richt. I need another national championship.

Blaze

January 26th, 2011
7:26 pm

Mann Up and pick our Tech! First!

Ramblin Man

January 26th, 2011
7:30 pm

Chip,
I am confused here. This offer was made before Flowers gave a verbal so is it still out there or do you think GT coaches are hedging thier bets with with the Tre Jackson FSU/Miami thing? Also is it true that Cooper opened his recruitment to another school because if so GT cannot really still be to high on his list. And last but not least with only one scholarship left should that not be held for Tuitt. I heard from his cousin’s best friends next door neighbors gardner that he was leaning back to GT.

GT man

January 26th, 2011
7:36 pm

Anybody that Troy or UAB or Wofford or Ga. Southern after that GT could go after? Thats been the case lately

Chip Towers

January 26th, 2011
7:37 pm

Ramblin Man: We have been unable to reach Tre Jackson despite numerous attempts today. So I don’t know if that’s good news or bad for Tech.

Tokyo jacket

January 26th, 2011
7:43 pm

According to rivals, Jackson’s going to either flip or re-commit tonight.

Dufus dawg

January 26th, 2011
7:48 pm

I understant Tre has ruled out UM, will not visit and GT will be his destination. FSU is pushing but it’s to late.

GT

January 26th, 2011
7:51 pm

Another poor recruting class AGAIN!!! Tuit flips on us and now a possiblity of Tre Jackson flippin? This owuld be TERRIBLE!!

We need to find a staff who can recruit….point blank no body decent want to play here..

jsmith

January 26th, 2011
7:53 pm

they will be serving Ham & Eggs down at tech on signing day

Ramblin Man

January 26th, 2011
7:53 pm

Tokyo Jacket,
Do you mean confirm his commitment? I was not aware that he decommited, but I also do not subscribe to any of the recruiting sites. As you may have seen above I get my info elsewhere.

ECB

January 26th, 2011
7:53 pm

Tuitt rejects them and they offer every DE in the Southeast!! I wonder if CPJ yanked the DE from Mays offer after he visited Illinois?

Tokyo jacket

January 26th, 2011
7:54 pm

Chip, think CPJ would offer a 26th schollie? Generally, I think this is unethical, but since we’ve got 25 spots open and I’ve never seen every player that signs on signing day show up on campus in June, I’d be okay with it. It’d be nice to solidify w/ Tre, flip Mann, and reflipp Tuitt.

Ramblin, I heard from my best friend’s boyfriend’s brother’s girlfriend knows this kid who knows a guy who saw Tuitt wearing a GT hat last night. I guess it’s pretty serious!

Tokyo jacket

January 26th, 2011
7:55 pm

Ramblin, I mean that he would reconfirm his commitment yes. He’s not a decommit yet, but has downgraded himself to a soft verbal.

Ramblin Man

January 26th, 2011
8:00 pm

GT,
Do you really not like any of these recruits? I admit that some are questionable to me, but who knows as I pointed out before Vance Walker was a 2 star nobody with his only other offer coming from East Carolina and that worked out well for both parties. There are plenty of good looking players in this class and the LB position looks good and was heavily needed. The line and secondary got good commits last year so the defense has the potentiol to be good. The offense got some good recruits as well and it will be a tough start while replacing a center, QB, and BB while also looking for another good WR to stretch the field and keep opposing Ds honest, but hey it’s only football. Would you rather we discuss the national debt and state of the economy?

state

January 26th, 2011
8:02 pm

•2011 AJC Top 50

Ramblin Man

January 26th, 2011
8:02 pm

Oooooooooh snap

Ramblin Man

January 26th, 2011
8:09 pm

I wish some of these coach firings had happened last year. I am still not sold on Groh and would have loved it if GT could have snagged Shannon as the DC. I just worry with Groh that he has problems relating to these kids due to the age factor. I guess only time will tell. he does seemed really involved and the players appear to respect him.

Caniac

January 26th, 2011
8:11 pm

Decent class for Tech…but sorry you won’t be winning the conference any time soon!

Ramblin Man

January 26th, 2011
8:11 pm

Chip,
I know you were busy laughing at me and probably just forgot to answer. Do you have any confirmation on Cooper dropping a school and adding another?

Rodney Dangerfield

January 26th, 2011
8:12 pm

I’m just glad this will be over on Wednesday. What a fiasco pinning my hopes on the decision process of 17-18 year old kids. When Tuitt flipped it hurt me inside and made it harder to fall asleep that night. That is when I knew that I was taking this crap way too seriously. I like the good ole days when I didn’t pay attention to the incoming class until they walked on campus in the summer.

Either you want to go to Tech or you don’t. I really don’t care who you are if you don’t.

Ramblin Man

January 26th, 2011
8:12 pm

Caniac if Wake Forest can win the ACCCG then GT has a chance every year.

Ramblin Man

January 26th, 2011
8:15 pm

Rodney I agree I took stock after the Tuitt fiasco and though the Ipad is stuck on this site I take a much more laid back approach and remember that this is something to take my mind off my stressers not add to them.

WOLLEY STEKCAJ

January 26th, 2011
8:16 pm

Johnson tells his commitments that they cannot make visits to other schools or entertain offers after they commit to Tech, however he has no problem offering to kids that have committed to other schools. I want the best players possible at Tech, but I also want integrity in the coach. Just seems a little hypocrital to me, just a thought, but honestly you must know, I cannot stand Johnson.

Caniac

January 26th, 2011
8:20 pm

That’s true Ramblin Man, but to win you need talent. We got loads of it down here and finally got the right head cocah.

Ramblin Man

January 26th, 2011
8:26 pm

You hope you have the right head coach and it’s not like Miami was hurting before in the talent area. It would be nice to have them reclaim some national power though becuase the ACC really needs some teams to dominate badly. Now I do not want to see this at GTs expense but I think you get my point.

Jacket Man

January 26th, 2011
8:34 pm

Chip, better check your sources in house…

Regarding Tre, Miami’s out, just contemplating FSU with Mom for a bit with Mom but looks pretty good for Tech right now.

Jacket Man

January 26th, 2011
8:37 pm

Sorry, Michael, saw Chip’s header!

incognito

January 26th, 2011
8:44 pm

Saban = Saint Simons

Paddy

January 26th, 2011
9:00 pm

I am not a Tech fan, so I hope you do convince the powers to fire him. To me, the man can flat out coach his players! So, Yes, by all means, fire him!

George Stein

January 26th, 2011
9:02 pm

Then you don’t know what hypocritical means, WOLLEY.

SuperB

January 26th, 2011
9:08 pm

N. c. State is a program on the rise and could be a Top 20 team next season– higher if Russell wilson returns at QB.
Mann would do well to go there. Their stadium is the best in the ACC and their fans are the best.

D A DoubleU G

January 26th, 2011
9:19 pm

CHIP TOWERS!!!!!!!!

Rest my friend. Rest. You have done enough work for the day. I do not want to hear a word written by you any earlier than 1pm tomorrow. Go buy a couple beers, send me the tab.

Great work, sir. And thank you for it.

UGA REALLY STANDS FOR JOE DIRT

January 26th, 2011
9:20 pm

According to a GT website tonight, mann claims GT has not offered.

Noles Rule!

January 26th, 2011
9:20 pm

Super B…NC St is at best 2nd in the Atlantic next year with Wilson. Without him you drop to just above Wake.

Too many UGA folks on here with GT usernames….just saying…

UGA REALLY STANDS FOR JOE DIRT

January 26th, 2011
9:22 pm

Tre, 100 percent not going to miami. Fsu is in the picture but his mom wants him at GT and she just moved into the city. I bet he remains a jacket.

Tokyo jacket

January 26th, 2011
9:48 pm

Ramblin, when I posted that from Ferris Bueler’s Day Off, I thought you were joking. Were you serious about the cousin?

Paul in RDU

January 26th, 2011
9:50 pm

@SuperB
Carter-Finley isn’t even the best football stadium in the Triangle, let alone in the ACC.
They do have the best policy on stadium re-entry though. It’s nice to go back to the parking lot at half time to restock.

BigTimeTECHFan

January 26th, 2011
9:50 pm

offer last weekend to Mann:
Wonder if there was just one opening for Mann or Flowers, and Flowers took it.
Worried about all Tech commits, as the big name recuits like Drew, Clowney, Crowell start falling in place, teams that missed out start to go after other teams recuits.

BigTimeTECHFan

January 26th, 2011
9:54 pm

Cooper visting Mich this weekend., I say he and his teammate (no 1 OL in country) go to Iowa together.

Bitter vince dooly in south beach

January 26th, 2011
10:00 pm

early bird catches —well you get the point, hershal suntan lotion

Reality

January 26th, 2011
10:05 pm

Stay in State!

Chip Towers

January 26th, 2011
10:09 pm

Tokyo Jacket: You can sign as many as 28 as long as three are January enrollees that can count against the previous year’s total. And you can’t be over 85 — ever!

wesley

January 26th, 2011
10:32 pm

Incorrect information Chip. You can be over 85, my Grandmother is 87!!

wesley

January 26th, 2011
10:34 pm

never say never, just ask saban!! sign as many as you please!!!

WDE

January 26th, 2011
10:39 pm

Hope we can close strong… get some impact players on D any way we can.

5150 P.O.A.D

January 26th, 2011
11:04 pm

Jackets are desperate for any recruits! Got to be the worst recruiting year in decades! These kids just don’t want to play for Paul Johnson!

NC State Guy

January 26th, 2011
11:11 pm

Mann is going to NC State! I know him on a personal level. He has given them his word and he will stick to it. They are a great school and a perfect fit for him.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

January 26th, 2011
11:14 pm

way to go wolley

still@the bar

January 26th, 2011
11:19 pm

Just Talked to Mann and he said right now he is all NC STATE. Tech just came too late when things changed.

UGA REALLY STANDS FOR JOE DIRT

January 26th, 2011
11:21 pm

Tuitt will flip to GT on NSD. You heard it here folks!!! Bank on it!! Cooper not going to iowa either. It is between GT and michigan st not michigan for your information. Cooper said yesterday and i quote ” I want to play some place warm”. Anyone check the temps up in michigan or iowa lately? Just sayin