Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson revokes scholarship of longtime DT commitment Tre Jackson (UPDATED)

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson and longtime commitment Tre Jackson of Wayne County parted ways on Thursday.

Jackson confirmed via text message to the AJC that he no longer had his Georgia Tech scholarship offer because he had agreed to take an official visit to Florida State this weekend.

The 6-foot-4, 290-pound defensive tackle had been committed to Georgia Tech since last October. Jackson was approached within the last couple of weeks by FSU, among other schools.

Historically, it has been Johnson’s policy at Georgia Tech to rescind the scholarship offers of commitments who visit other schools after pledging to the Yellow Jackets. Asked by text message whether that was the case here, Jackson replied, “yes.”

There were warning signals of the pending breakup. In recent days, Georgia Tech had been unable to reach Jackson over the telephone to discuss the situation. On Thursday, Johnson talked with Wayne County’s coaches, and both parties decided it was best to go in different directions with Jackson’s recruiting.

When contacted on late Thursday evening by the AJC, Johnson declined to discuss Jackson, citing NCAA rules that prevent college coaches from commenting on prospective student-athletes. However, Johnson did make a short statement about his general recruiting policy.

“If you say you’re committed to Georgia Tech and you’re still visiting people, then in my mind, you’re not committed to Georgia Tech,” Johnson said. “Now that also clarifies the other aspect of it. If people who are committed to other schools are visiting here, then in my mind they really aren’t committed to other schools.”

Two years ago, Johnson talked in depth about “what commitment means” when Dontae Aycock of Tampa committed to Georgia Tech and then had his scholarship rescinded after taking an official visit to Auburn on the final weekend before 2009’s signing day. Here’s a flashback of Johnson’s comments:

“We tell kids all the time in our office ‘Look around and make sure this is what you want to do,’” Johnson said. “I am not trying to keep kids from looking around. I think they need to look around. But when you decide and commit, then you’re giving people your word that you’re coming. It’s not a game. It’s not ‘Ok, I’ll take this one unless I can find something better. Or let me lock this down there so I can shop around for some other spots.’ If you’re doing that, you’re not committing.”

“Why don’t you say this school is leading? Or this school is way out in front? It’s the same thing with Dontae. Had Dontae not committed, we would’ve continued to recruit him probably up to a point where we would’ve said something like ‘Hey we’ve got to know something or we have to move on.’”

“There’s this fallacy out there that everybody is going to take five visits and decide on signing day. We know that’s not going to happen. That’s all it is. Commitment to me means if they tell me they are coming, then I expect that they are coming. If they tell you you’re coming, then why are they taking more visits?”

“I view anybody that’s still visiting [other] schools as not committed. That’s just me. That’s just the way I do it. Well, people say ‘That’s a double standard because you let other kids visit [Tech] who are committed [to other schools]. That’s not my problem. Maybe it’s a soft commitment. There may be a [college] coach somewhere else saying ‘Give me a soft commitment and go ahead take your visits.’”

What’s your opinion on Georgia Tech’s actions? What do you think about committed players visiting other schools? Please post below.

– By Michael Carvell, AJC College Recruiting

1,035 comments Add your comment

DC

January 27th, 2011
2:03 pm

Wow, that’s pathetic

DC

January 27th, 2011
2:03 pm

Drago

January 27th, 2011
2:05 pm

He must have taken the last doughnut.

Regrets Mcgee

January 27th, 2011
2:05 pm

He will regret it. Too bad!

Regrets Mcgee

January 27th, 2011
2:06 pm

By ‘he’ I mean Tre.

Joe

January 27th, 2011
2:10 pm

Maybe he went to F$U because he didn’t want to be a part of all of the lying and cheating that goes on at Georgia Tech?

state

January 27th, 2011
2:10 pm

there you go coach i like your approach, these kids have a tendancy of not honouring they words. Its a lesson to others

Bremen Dawg

January 27th, 2011
2:11 pm

Maybe these schools are tired of recruits jerking them around. Would be funny in he doesn’t get a offer from FSU and only from a small school now.

Dawgs97

January 27th, 2011
2:13 pm

Like the rest of us, he realized Paul Johnson was an a–hole & was creeped out by Johnson’s man-boobs.

BigTimeTECHFan

January 27th, 2011
2:13 pm

He’s a good player, hope all works out for him.

Atlantan

January 27th, 2011
2:13 pm

Heard he won’t be playing at FSU… Unfortunate to see a kid make such a bad choice. Good luck to him – he just learned the term consequences.

CPJ

January 27th, 2011
2:14 pm

Do as I say, not as I do.

Dumbo

January 27th, 2011
2:14 pm

CPJ is a jerk, he’ll call a kid after he has committed pleading for the kid to change his mind and commit to Tech, but he goes nuts if a kid commits and then decides to look around…..Man Boobs has a double standard I’d say!

GT FAN

January 27th, 2011
2:14 pm

FSU can not and will not offer him!
How crazy is that.

naganole

January 27th, 2011
2:14 pm

Hahahaha, CPJ revoked his scholly after he decommitted. “I QUIT” “No, YOU’RE FIRED”.

@Joe F$U? Really? Y U Mad?

@Breman Dawg Not only does he have a written offer from FSU, but also UM, UF, and NC St. All offers he has received in the last week. He’s going to be fine…

Kevin

January 27th, 2011
2:14 pm

Let me get this straight, Paul Johnson will revoke a scholarship if a kid looks around a bit but he has no problem trying to poach other schools kids, aka the Tuitt situation.

Ted Striker

January 27th, 2011
2:15 pm

It’s interesting how some Tech commitments can go on a trip without an offer being revoked and how other Tech commitments can’t.

Viva GwinneXico

January 27th, 2011
2:15 pm

This guy Paul “manboobs” johnson has turned into a POS. You don’t want your kids to take other visits but you go after kids that have decided to go to a different school.

GT FAN

January 27th, 2011
2:16 pm

Dumbo and CPJ – if you can not add anything to the conversation please do not post. You only make yourself look like an idiot.

GT FAN

January 27th, 2011
2:17 pm

Naganole their is no offer.

wrecked

January 27th, 2011
2:17 pm

I guess this means no holding a scholarship for Tuitt . Pj is setting GT football back years.

ATL Nole

January 27th, 2011
2:17 pm

rduck

January 27th, 2011
2:17 pm

you could smell this from a mile away. i was hoping the kid would stay true to his committment but i guess he thought there were greener pastuers ahead. could be a big mistake on his part. glad to see CPJ staying true to his policy. And Joe.. really dude? what evidence of lying and cheating do you have on GT? OR ARE YOU JUST ANOTHER IN A LONG LINE OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE NOTHING OF SUBSTANCE TO BRING TO A TOPIC?

Down South Jacket

January 27th, 2011
2:17 pm

I like it CPJ. WnE, where are you today? You doubted that CPJ would have the character to yank this kid’s scholly. I don’t know if this kid was a soft verbal or a de-commit as the above FSU poster has stated, but I like what CPJ is doing.

naganole

January 27th, 2011
2:17 pm

@GT Fan Yes, there is.

What?!?!

January 27th, 2011
2:17 pm

I like Johnson’s approach. If you want to visit other schools, then don’t commit. But if you commit, then you are committed. It’s stupid to me how these kids will “commit” and then say that their commitment is “50-50″. What the h$ll does that mean? If you want to take one of the slots, then there needs to be some accountability.

Lee

January 27th, 2011
2:18 pm

Maybe Auburn can jump on this kid

CPJ

January 27th, 2011
2:18 pm

I expect you to honor your commitment. Unless it is to a school other than mine. In that case, screw your commitment.

JoJo

January 27th, 2011
2:18 pm

Didn’t seem to bother CPJ when Stephon Tuitt made his visit and then committed to GT while a ND commitment. Hypocrite.

Dumbo

January 27th, 2011
2:18 pm

GT FAN…….BITE ME!!!! You telling me CPJ ain’t got a little DOUBLE STANDARD issue????

Frank

January 27th, 2011
2:19 pm

Well that is interesting. Coach Johnson sure didn’t mind an already committed Stephen Tuitt visiting his school a couple of weeks ago.

collegeballfan

January 27th, 2011
2:19 pm

Good for the coach.

It is very hard to recruit when you tell 4 guys no because you have a committment from player A. Then player A goes elsewhere and you have no one to recruit because the other 4 who expressed interest have since gone elsewhere. Then you end up signing a body just to have the numbers on the team.

This has happened to UGA to often in recent years. Hopefully UGA will avoid that problem this year.

Johnny Too Good

January 27th, 2011
2:19 pm

I like Ga Tech’s approach……….. you cant commit if you’re still visiting other schools

http://www.youtube.com/thatsjohnanderson

Loganville Tech Fan

January 27th, 2011
2:19 pm

I don’t mind the policy of coach Johnson’s. I’m sure that the players have been told about how he thinks about this issue.
All the kids have to do is look around and go on as many trips as they want then make their decision. Many of these kids have been treated special their whole life because of their sports ability.
They are still just children. They don’t know very much about honoring a commitment. Hopefully it will be the first of many lessons they will learn in life.

gtu lies & cheats

January 27th, 2011
2:20 pm

Ted Striker is correct, some can take visits if CPJ really wants them, but most others can’t. Hyocrite to the core. gtu always lie & cheats. Pathetic.

Johnny Too Good

January 27th, 2011
2:20 pm

And Frank……….. you’re right as well, make Ga Tech look hypocritical……..

http://www.youtube.com/thatsjohnanderson

Down South Jacket

January 27th, 2011
2:20 pm

Dumbo- Other coaches’ policies are up to them. CPJ says that if you commit to his school, your recruitment is over. He stays true to his policy.

GT FAN

January 27th, 2011
2:22 pm

I like how all these dawg fans come on here talking about how Paul Johnson is a hypocrite and dont understand why he would pull an offer.
Think of what the word Commited means. To some it means nothing and that is why his scholarship got yanked. No other GT commits have visited any other school while commited.

CPJ

January 27th, 2011
2:22 pm

I am teaching young men that their word is their bond. Unless, of course, they gave that word to someone other than me.

82Dawg

January 27th, 2011
2:22 pm

Where are all of the people that gave me H3ll yesterday when I asked about CPJ’s stance on this ? Looks like he does this after all…..maybe I also knew this was going to happen. Nice to know people in right places. Jackson you are to good to play for Tech…

Dumbo

January 27th, 2011
2:23 pm

Down South Jacket….I agree 100%, but he (CPJ) should never ever call a recruit whom has committed to another school, right?

JB

January 27th, 2011
2:24 pm

It’s an 18 year old. It’s 15 minutes of fame. It’s an attitude that will sink Tech. You gotta play the game.
The 4 and 5 star guys play this game. This stuff and beating out Georgia Southern for a player will kill Tech with Johnson PROVING his point. Good luck over there Tech.

Down South Jacket

January 27th, 2011
2:24 pm

Dumbo- CPJ doesn’t work for other schools. He works for GT.

It could happen

January 27th, 2011
2:25 pm

I’m a Georgia fan who admires CPJ for this. At least he’s sticking to his word.

Commitment should mean commitment.

Joke

January 27th, 2011
2:25 pm

GT FAN, ask yourself the same question? What does “committed” mean to your coach. After you answer it, please discuss why he is recruiting already-committed players.

rduck

January 27th, 2011
2:25 pm

Ted Striker.. I could have missed something but do you have the names of the players that committed to Tech and then went on visits and kept their scholly from CPJ? I can’t seem to remember any…

Jeremy

January 27th, 2011
2:26 pm

The kid has offers from FSU, Miami, Georgia Southern, Middle Tennessee State, Rutgers, and Southern University. Anyone who says he has not been offered by these schools is either a liar or cannot or will not do a little research.

We

January 27th, 2011
2:26 pm

Seriously? So let me get this straight. Every kid in America that is good enough to have multiple schools want to talk have leave to do so except for tek???? That is too hilarious. Johnson is just too pompous and prideful for that I guess. I guess he forgets that he coaches at tek and there are slim pickings for him. Imagine if any of the big time schools, like any SEC, Big 10 etc.. schools, had the same pompous attitude.
The techies that are on here standing up for Johnson are fools! He is killing your football program. Going to check out other schools is a privilege giving to these kids if they are lucky enough to be invited. I think poor baby Johnson just hates the competition.
Congrats FSU, it looks like you have yourself a new OT…
“I back CPJ up on this” Too funny!

.....

January 27th, 2011
2:26 pm

I am seeing that he has been offered by FSU, Miami and a few other schools. The 18 year old kid gets to decide where he wants to play and it obviously was not Georgia Tech. Case closed. Move on.

GStateBen

January 27th, 2011
2:26 pm

Florida State is recruiting Jackson as an OT, not on D Line. Florida State has the #1 recruiting class in every outlet except Scout.com. Florida State won 10 games in 2010 and returns 8 starters on O and D in 2011. Jackson can be coached by one of the best OL coaches in the country in Rick Trickett and play in a BCS Bowl next year. If their coaching staff comes calling I’d listen too. If they asked to take a visit, I would too.

Florida State is better than Georgia Tech. This year, next year and the following. Why in the world would he not take a look?