2011 Georgia Tech commitments

Updated Signing Day, Feb. 2

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SIGNINGS

1. Trey Braun, OL 6-5, 275 Tallahassee

Comment: One of Florida’s best wrestlers, he was 29-1 in heavyweight division … both parents are West Point graduates … has a 3.8 GPA.

Quotable: “He’s the best lineman I’ve coached.” – Leon coach Bill Ragans.

2. Bryan Chamberlain, OL 6-4, 280 Albany-Monroe

Comment: Quickness and agility fits well with Tech’s need from an offensive lineman … known for unrelenting desire.

Quotable: “In the last three years total, he might’ve given up three sacks, and we throw the ball 50-percent of the time.” – Albany-Monroe coach Charles Truitt.

3. Chaz Cheeks, LB 6-3, 220 East Hall

Comment: As a junior, he had 58 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 16 hurries and eight sacks from his weak-side defensive end position. … will switch from defensive line to playing outside linebacker … was Tech’s first commitment in this class.

Quotable: “Number one school in the ACC; you graduate from Tech you’re going to have a good job.” – Cheeks

4. Corey Dennis, Athlete 6-2, 205 Troy, Ala.

Comment: Has a 35-inch vertical jump … has played quarterback, wide receiver and might play on defense.

Quotable: “Knowing the academics and the football history of Georgia Tech, I knew that I had found my home.” – Dennis

5. Jamal Golden, Athlete 6-0, 180 Wetumpka, Ala.

Comment: A former teammate of Tevin Washington … is the player of the year in Alabama high school football … a quarterback who gained 1,148 yards rushing and 2,351 yards passing … a total of 37 TDs … expected to play defensive back and return kicks, a Tech weakness.

Quotable: “I think I’ll fit in pretty good with what they want me to do.” – Golden

6. Jeff Greene, WR 6-6, 200 Starr’s Mill

Comment: Chose Jackets over Duke, Mississippi State, South Florida, Cincinnati, East Carolina and Middle Tennessee State … dislocated a thumb on his dominant right hand and played four weeks with a cast this past fall, catching seven passes despite the cast.

Quotable: “Coach Johnson is a winner, and has won everywhere he has coached. It’s first-come, first-serve. I didn’t want to pass up on a good opportunity.” – Greene

7. Anthony Harrell, LB 6-2, 220 Tampa

Comment: Harrell , a three-star prospect according to Rivals.com, switched to Tech late Tuesday evening. He had been committed to Wake Forest since mid-December.

Quotable: “Georgia Tech was No. 1 on our list but he didn’t have an offer from them until now. So the opportunity to go to Georgia Tech is a dream come true. It affords Anthony the best opportunity to get on the football field, Tech has had great success and it’s better access for us from Tampa. So it’s just a great opportunity all the way around.” — James Harrell, Anthony’s father and head football coach at Jesuit High.

8. Jabari Hunt-Days, LB 6-3, 226 Hillgrove

Comment: He was second in the nation at a Nike event that measures speed, power, agility, reaction and quickness …joins brother Synjyn on team, and is recruiting cousin Rod, who is a basketball prospect.

Quotable: “[My parents are] happy it’s going to one-stop shopping in football season.” – Days

9. Errin Joe, OL 6-4, 285 Lakeland, Fla.

Comment: Turned down South Carolina, Florida State and Stanford as well as 17 or 18 more … projects as an offensive guard and run blocker … school’s homecoming king and class president.

Quotable: “I had a dream that I was playing in a game for Georgia Tech and I pancaked a guy. When I looked up, I saw the running back score a touchdown.” – Joe

10. Zach Laskey, RB 6-2, 210 Starr’s Mill

Comment: He rushed for 1,515 yards and 22 touchdowns and set 11 school records … also played linebacker and secondary on a swarming defensive unit.

Quotable: “He had his heart set on Tech and they did a great job of recruiting him.” – Coach Chad Phillips

11. Vad Lee, QB 6-2, 200 Durham, N.C.

Comment: First name is Lavaedeay … completed 60 percent of his passes and gained 2,969 yards passing with 23 TDs, rushed for more than 1,000 yards as a senior and 600 as a junior … the N.C. player of the year.

Quotable: “What they do really fits me well and I feel like I can go down there and compete for the job.” – Lee

12. Tyler Marcordes, LB 6-4, 231 Normal, Ill.

Comment: He was all-conference as both a quarterback and safety at Normal West High School. But at Tech he’s expected to play outside linebacker … was the conference player of the year on offense with 1,240 yards and 20 TDs rushing and 629 yards and another six TDs passing.

Quotable: “They like my size and my speed on defense.” – Marcordes

13. Tremayne McNair, LB 6-2, 225 Jacksonville, N.C.

Comment: Planning a career in sports management … is friends with Vad Lee and Domonique Noble … plays nasty and is a hard hitter, and is expected to become outside linebacker.

Quotable: “I just love the city of Atlanta. I just like the way [Georgia Tech is] located right in the middle of a big city.” – McNair

14. Shaquille Mason, OL 6-2, 305 Columbia, Tenn.

Comment: Has a 3.5 GPA and scored well on his SAT … has played both guard and tackle but likely will be a guard at Tech … grew 1 ½ inches as a senior.

Quotable: “They didn’t worry about who else had offered him or how many stars he had. I liked the way they went about it.” – Columbia Central coach Vance Bellew

15. Nick Menocal, OLB 6-3, 235 Miami

Comment: Originally committed to Miami but the coaching change led the new UM staff to change its mind and he was told he’d have to switch to offense … had double-figure scholarship offers including North Carolina, Virginia and Stanford.

Quotable: “I wanted to go somewhere where I was wanted.” – Menocal

16. Chris Milton, Athlete 6-0, 175 Charlton County

Comment: As a junior, he became the first player in the school’s storied history to rush for 2,000 yards and pass for 1,000 … has brothers at Clark Atlanta, one as a coach and one as a player.

Quotable: “Being our best athlete we put him at quarterback and that’s worked out best for us. He also plays defensive and he’s a dangerous punt returner. I could see him playing wide receiver or defensive back at Tech.” – Charlton County coach Rich McWhorter

17. Domonique Noble, DB 6-2, 187 Mount Ulla, N.C.

Comment: Chose Tech over Notre Dame, Arkansas, North Carolina, N.C. State, Penn State, Virginia, Wake Forest, West Virginia and Wisconsin … has frame that appears to leave room for growth … can play wide receiver or secondary, probably more of a safety than cornerback … played varsity basketball as a freshman.

Quotable: “Academically they have one of the best engineering programs in the country. And they win games.” – Noble

18. Demontevious Smith, Athlete 6-2, 187 Monroe Area

Comment: Chose Tech over Virginia Tech … teammate Stephon Tuitt briefly switched from Notre Dame to Tech and then switched back at the same time Smith was making commitment, leading to a belief that Tuitt was trying to help his buddy get a Tech scholarship … goes by name Demon (duh-MONN).

Quotable: “He has the ability to make the big play any time he touches the ball. His character and attitude is the best I’ve coached and I’m old.” – Monroe Area coach Matt Fligg

19. Broderick Snoddy, RB 5-9, 190 Carrollton

Comment: He won Class AAA state championships in both the 100-meter (10.76 seconds) and 200 (21.91) dashes … likely will be an A back in Tech offense … was still being recruited hard by Kentucky late in the process.

Quotable: “It was hard to turn down Georgia Tech. You know it’s one of the best schools as far as academics and education. And their fans show them a lot of love.” – Snoddy

20. Sean Tobin, SN/LB 6-3, 220 Holmdel, N.J.

Comment: Abilities as a long snapper make him a prized recruit … cancelled visit to Virginia Tech and committed to Jackets … a 3.5 GPA.

21. Kyle Travis, LB 6-3, 225 South Forsyth

Comment: Played offensive and defensive lines and some fullback … may get first shot at outside linebacker.

Quotable: “I wasn’t really marketed as a college prospect [as a junior].Then coach Jeff Arnette came to [South Forsyth] and he really helped me out a lot.” – Travis

22. Darren Waller, S 6-5, 204 North Cobb

Comment: Committed to Tech early and stuck with it … has a sister who attends UGA.

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