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If you remember from last week, Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson rescinded the scholarship offer to Wayne County lineman Tre Jackson after he agreed to take an official visit to Florida State this past weekend.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