Surprise! UGA makes last-second offer to ex-Georgia Tech recruit Tre Jackson

Is UGA coach Mark Richt looking for a lineman or 2012 QB? Or both? (AP photo)

Is UGA coach Mark Richt looking for another lineman or 2012 QB? Or both? (AP photo)

Need some good recruiting drama?

UGA has made a last-second scholarship offer to one of Georgia Tech’s former commitments.

If you remember from last week, Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson rescinded the scholarship offer to Wayne County lineman Tre Jackson after he agreed to take an official visit to Florida State this past weekend. The 6-foot-4, 300-pound Jackson had been committed to Georgia Tech since October.

On Tuesday, UGA extended the last-second offer to Jackson.

“Yes, it’s true about Georgia but I still don’t know what I’m going to do,” Jackson confirmed to the AJC on late Tuesday night, with signing day only hours away. Jackson is also looking at some other options. He said would call back after the high school basketball game he attended but could not be reached for further comment.

Last week, Georgia Tech’s coaches became concerned after not being able to make contact with Jackson for several days (never a good sign a week away from signing day). On Thursday, Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson talked directly with Wayne County’s coaches, and both sides agreed to go in different directions.

Jackson did take his recruiting trip to Florida State but was offered a grayshirt scholarship, according to UGASports.com. As a grayshirt recruit, Jackson would have to wait until January 2012 to enroll in college and would count toward next year’s recruiting class. Jackson prefers to start this fall.

On Tuesday night, Jackson said he was unsure if he would sign with UGA or any school on Wednesday. He has only taken two official visits, Georgia Tech and Florida State. He may take another recruiting trip or two after signing day and make a late decision.

Could UGA be going after a “package deal” at Wayne County? Greyson Lambert is considered Georgia’s No. 1 QB prospect for 2012 and already holds around five early scholarship offers, including UGA. It’s not out of the realm of possibility. Last year on signing day, UGA both offered and signed Wilcox County WR Lonnie Outlaw within the span of about an hour to gain inside position on his best friend and cousin, then-junior quarterback Nick Marshall. Marshall will sign with Georgia on Wednesday.

– By Michael Carvell, AJC College Recruiting

175 comments Add your comment

Chase

February 1st, 2011
10:28 pm

@Tdawg I’m sorry I misunderstood, and no I guess people do it just to mess around, it was coincidence I was checking one of the previous blog posts and this new one came up, so I figured I mine as well post first, nothing serious though, just joking around. Sorry again, ha!

The Insider

February 1st, 2011
10:28 pm

My sources tell me that Crowell, Pagan, Turene, Jenkins are locks to UGA barring any last minute changes. Richardson will commit to Tenn. Tra Jackson has been offered but will not make decision tom.Dawgs put a full court press on C.Peake today, but all signs indicate he will sign with Clemson.A nugget for 2012.Grayson Lambert will commit to UGA in the next couple of weeks. It does not look like Freigden will be coming to UGA. New OL coach to be named in two weeks.

sandman053

February 1st, 2011
10:28 pm

DA It IS a stressful year for sure. I didn’t get this excited when we had a recruiting class of AJ, or Stafford or Moreno or anything.

D A DoubleU G

February 1st, 2011
10:29 pm

51st!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

D A DoubleU G

February 1st, 2011
10:30 pm

D A DoubleU G

February 1st, 2011
10:31 pm

I have a class from 1-2:15pm….. laptops/phones not allowed…. it’s going to be painful waiting to get out to see the Crowell announcement.

Rut Roh

February 1st, 2011
10:32 pm

Lambert’s got perfect size but his arm strenght worries me.

Chase

February 1st, 2011
10:32 pm

Good stuff Insider, hope you’re right. Except with the Fridge
: P

sandman053

February 1st, 2011
10:33 pm

Yeah I think we are missing a perfect opportunity with Fridge

sandman053

February 1st, 2011
10:33 pm

Round peg in a round hole….I mean REALLY round peg

dcbl

February 1st, 2011
10:34 pm

I’d rather have Friedgen as OC with responsibility for OL than ANY of those recruits…

K Conley

February 1st, 2011
10:35 pm

The kid should jump on the offer tonight or be prepared to lose it. (Lindsay Scott is from Jesup and WCHS) Got a little bit of good history on boys from Jesup.

Hoopster

February 1st, 2011
10:38 pm

This report is so bogus, it could spin on GGervin’s finger. Where is your credibility AJC?

Tdawg

February 1st, 2011
10:38 pm

D A DoubleU G I did not say that we would catch flack if he doesn’t sign with us. I said that we would catch he!! if he does sigh with the dawgs. I know that we catch flack from Tech. I probably am on this site as much as you are, maybe even more, I just don’t post as often as a lot of venters on this site do. What I was saying was the Tech fans are really going to talk smack tomorrow if does sign Georgia. You know the old, we didn’t want him anyway and he just wasn’t techie material. We’ll catch more flack than usual is all I was saying.

K Conley

February 1st, 2011
10:39 pm

@ Rut Roh, I agree with you on Greyson Lambert. All of the big schools seem to be hot on the kid’s trail, but I have many friends in Jesup and they don’t see it either. He looks like Ryan Mallett size-wise, but he doesn’t have the arm and his mobility is just absent. Ryan actually moves better than he does and Ryan can’t move at all. Size is the only plus thing I see for the kid.

JESUP

February 1st, 2011
10:40 pm

I should have went to the hoops game tonight….I am afraid that this is a lil too late, I think he was impressed with FSU…..His coach said yesterday morning on the radio that his decision would likely be after Signing day,Maybe he will get a chance to visit Athens and meet potential teammates..i watched this kid all year and although he is not the best prospect i have ever seen, He has tremendous potential and looks like he is not finished growing yet…..the Last Grat Dawg from Jesup yep…….LINDSAY SCOTT…..RUN LINDSAY RUN…..GO DAWGS.

GT GRAD

February 1st, 2011
10:41 pm

I hope Tre Jackson contacts Paul Johnson to request a second chance to play for GT………as long as he is committed to once and for all to playing football at GT; I would imagine Paul Johnson would honor the scholarship.

D A DoubleU G

February 1st, 2011
10:43 pm

Tdawg,

That is true. When a Tech commit backs out, he “wasn’t academically ready” or “wasn’t the type of character we require under Paul Johnson”……..

If he signs with UGA, he will instantly be labeled a “Thug” by the idiots on these boards.

JESUP

February 1st, 2011
10:43 pm

@KCONLEY I coached against Lamberts team all through Rec ball, and watched him all year and he is SLOW SLOW SLOW……Great arm and size and that it IT….Lemay is way better and his Daddy is ALL Bama…

my dog digs the Jackets!

February 1st, 2011
10:44 pm

Like to see Tre/Johnson kiss and make up….

D A DoubleU G

February 1st, 2011
10:45 pm

GT Grad……

I am pretty sure Tre thinks Paul Johnson is a d-bag right now. If you are hoping he comes crawling back, that says a lot about your sheer panic on “the mighty flats”.

Tdawg

February 1st, 2011
10:46 pm

Chase I figured that it was some kind of friendly compatition between venters, but was never sure.

JESUP

February 1st, 2011
10:49 pm

@ The Insider…….. Greyson Lamberts family are ALL about Bama…. and trust me i am from Wayne County and Coach rec and know a lil Football, and Georgia can get better…..Lambert refuses to look of LBrs and Reads are not good……i watched a lot of film on Joe Cox and Lambert is a taller Joe cox…..Sad but true cause he is a Hometown KId..

Gator On The Loose

February 1st, 2011
10:49 pm

Interesting, this guy was said to be over-rated when GT was looking at him – now that he might go to UGA, he is an All-American.

Dawg555

February 1st, 2011
10:51 pm

Somebody help me here. 85 is the max any school can have….right? How many do we have now…I think it was 61 before Gray decided to leave…so 60? Does that not leave 25?

south

February 1st, 2011
10:52 pm

anyone know what Pagan’s plans are for announcment? Is he signing somewhere tomorrow?

JESUP

February 1st, 2011
10:52 pm

the one reason He might go to UGA (Lambert) is because of Parker Welch his friend, a Wayne county QB walkon at Georgia who was 3rd string this year

D A DoubleU G

February 1st, 2011
10:54 pm

south,

I think i saw something about a 10:30am Pagen announcement……

don’t quote me though.

GTBob

February 1st, 2011
10:55 pm

Chip, have you heard anything about Anthony Harrell? A LB that looks like he flipped from Wake to GT?

bigtime

February 1st, 2011
10:55 pm

JHopkins247 Tweet- I’m hearing whispers that Isiah Crowell to #Georgia is not the lock everyone thinks. Stay tuned! #Bama

sandman053

February 1st, 2011
10:56 pm

bigtime that is just mean this late on signing day eve

Hoopster

February 1st, 2011
10:57 pm

Curious Chip, where is the Harrell commit to Tech? Take of that Green Bay Packer hat and do your job.

K Conley

February 1st, 2011
10:57 pm

@ JESUP… I am from the area as well and I heard pretty much everything you just stated. I don’t have the inside info. you have, but I did read that the kid’s Dad has some sort of Bama connection and has been a big Bama fan for a long time. I know one thing’s for sure, we don’t need a taller Joe Cox.

HWJ

February 1st, 2011
10:57 pm

Bigtime it wouldnt surprise me one bit if he went to BAMA.

mattugafan

February 1st, 2011
10:59 pm

I heard Pagan is 9am, Turene is 10am, and Crowell is 1:35pm. No idea on Richardson. Is this right?

K Conley

February 1st, 2011
10:59 pm

@ bigtime go to bed.

south

February 1st, 2011
11:00 pm

me either Bigtime…to say he’s a lock for UGA is far fetched…

K Conley

February 1st, 2011
11:01 pm

@ All Dawg Fans, Jenkins, Turene, and Crowell are UGA LOCKS. Pagan, I’m not quite as sure on. Richardson probably going to the Vols.

Dawg555

February 1st, 2011
11:02 pm

I read it too bigtime. Dang

davidinloganville

February 1st, 2011
11:05 pm

I would rather have Fulmer than Fridg for the OL coach if he’s available.

JESUP

February 1st, 2011
11:08 pm

@ K Conley Lambert might have a heck of a Senior year, I hope so, his #1 go to receiver is a kid i have coached since peewee, and the freshmen WR Krenwick Height will be way better as a receiver and he is around 6′4 with blazing speed…..AJ like.. just needs to learn the body control AJ has….If that is possible, Saban, Richt,and Fisher have all talked to the Freshman, so i heard…the Hudson kid I coached will be a Senior but is undersized for WR but runs 4.6, and I think he could be an A back maybe at Southern.

Jacket Man

February 1st, 2011
11:10 pm

UGA’s going after GA Tech’s rejects? Now THAT’s funny!

D A DoubleU G

February 1st, 2011
11:10 pm

Anthony Harrell just flipped from Wake Forrest to Georgia Tech.

bigtime

February 1st, 2011
11:13 pm

9AM Jeoffrey Pagan #4 Defensive end Georgia, Alabama, Clemson

JESUP

February 1st, 2011
11:15 pm

jcshurburtt has projected Jenkins, Turene, Pagan and Crowell to Georgia on Twitter..

Jeff Rutledge

February 1st, 2011
11:16 pm

Keep barking about your great recruits and how your gonna do great things. Football is king in Bama and queen in Georgia. Get my meaning losers. Georgia football is irrelevant.

JESUP

February 1st, 2011
11:22 pm

ALOT of Rumors now Saying Saban to Titans is just a matter of time…I guess Kirby will take over….no way this will be confirmed until after signing day.

K Conley

February 1st, 2011
11:22 pm

@ Jeff Rutledge, everyone here is speaking their opinion and doing so as adults and not as children for the most part. Be a part of the adult conversation. Many Bama fans on here who have opinions that I respect. Try to be one of them.

K Conley

February 1st, 2011
11:23 pm

@ Jesup, I wish Saban would go to the Titans, but I don’t see that happening.

Dawg1

February 1st, 2011
11:28 pm

Ah and the classless continue to represent their school so well.

Makes it easy to understand why the Auburn folks are enjoying their NCS so much.