Tyler Stargel commits to Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Tyler Stargel is Georgia Tech 3rd commit for 2012

Tyler Stargel is Georgia Tech 3rd commit for 2012

Tyler Stargel liked his first visit to Georgia Tech’s campus so much on Saturday that he decided to commit.

The 6-foot-3, 250-pound linebacker from Gulf Shores, Ala., picked the Yellow Jackets over offers from Memphis, Troy, South Alabama and Arkansas State. Stargel was also being evaluated by Mississippi State and Auburn, among others.

“I’ve always seen Georgia Tech from the highway while passing through Atlanta,” Stargel told the AJC. “I had never been there until today. I’ve been talking to Georgia Tech’s coaches and developed a relationship. They invited me to tour the campus and meet everyone, and I didn’t realize what a great place it was until today. I like the facilities, the people, the area and, most importantly, the academics — because that’s a very important part in my upbringing.

“I’m proud to be a Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket.”

Stargel was offered by Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson on Saturday afternoon. “[Johnson] said he just finished watching my film and they wanted an inside linebacker. I know a lot of people are recruiting me as a defensive end. When he said ‘inside linebacker,’ my ears perked up. That’s my favorite position.

“When they said that [Georgia Tech defensive coordinator Al Groh] would be my coach, it was a no brainer. Coach Groh was in the NFL and has so much knowledge of the game. He is one of the masterminds of the 3-4 defense. I’m excited about playing under him.”

Stargel said that Johnson didn’t try to encourage him to commit on the spot. “Coach Johnson and my family talked a long time about the scholarship offer. He was very upfront about everything. He said ‘We like you, the scholarship is there and you don’t have to worry about us pulling away.’ I liked what he said. I didn’t commit there but after talking with my parents on the drive back home, I decided to call back and commit.”

Tyler Stargel is from Jasper, Ga. (Special)

Tyler Stargel lived in Jasper, Ga., before moving to Alabama two years ago (Special)

Stargel is a Georgia native, originally from Jasper, which is located an hour north of Atlanta. He started both ways on the varsity for Pickens High School as a freshman before his family moved to Gulf Shores.

“My roots are in Georgia, and that played a big part in my decision,” Stargel said. “It’s a short trip for my friends and family to see the games, and I know a lot of people will be there to support me and the team.”

Stargel said he attended UGA’s Junior Day and spring football game but hadn’t had much contact with the Bulldogs since. “Growing up, I always liked Georgia Tech’s football team better.”

Georgia Tech now has three commitments for its 2012 recruiting class, including Lanier County DE-OLB Junior Gnonkonde and Greater Atlanta Christian OL Chase Roberts.

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174 comments Add your comment

ken

June 4th, 2011
8:47 pm

Welcome to GT. Best of luck young man

BigMac Attack

June 4th, 2011
8:48 pm

First for the first time

gtfanfrom1951

June 4th, 2011
8:50 pm

welcome to GT

BigMac Attack

June 4th, 2011
8:50 pm

So glad that we beat out Troy, South Alabama and Memphis for this kid. Is that who we are competing with for players. Really CPJ! See you back at Georgia Southern.

VRTECHFAN

June 4th, 2011
9:09 pm

BigMac Attack, would you like to have those “studs” like Terrell Pryor and the other idiots at Ohio State tarnishing their schools reputation or maybe finding a solid student athlete who will work real hard academically and on the football field. Everyone knows Tech won’t land many 5 star “idiot” recruits, but I am fine with that. I’d rather have 3 star recruits with heart and passion for the game than some of these 5 star recruits who are just waiting for the NFL lottery ticket. You are probably a UGA fan anyways that has forgotten some of Georgia’s idiotic players in the past trying to sell their rings on ebay. classy….

A Bulldog

June 4th, 2011
9:14 pm

Best wishes for you at GA Tech. When either of our two great Universities wins we all win. I grew up sitting on the player bench with Bobby Dodd then chose UGA for my college years. They have a great rivalry.

GT Hulk

June 4th, 2011
9:33 pm

Another superstar that Troy, Memphis and Arkansas State wanted—–any chance of someone turning down Alabama, Notre Dame, Stanford or Georgia to play for Tech? Any players that Wofford or Elon are recruiting so PJ will have a shot? Come on PJ get real!!! get a Young Defensive Coordinator that didnt come over on the Mayflower, so we can get some superstars!!!

GT Hulk

June 4th, 2011
9:36 pm

Big Mac Attack, I agree with you, with these stars that we are staeling from Troy, Ga. Southern and Wofford, we might win 5 games in the future seasons. We did get a long-snapper last year, so PJ plans on punting alot—just hope the other team fumbles a ” fair-catch” like our player did twice against Air Force. O’leary would have had him on the bus after the first drop.

Dr. Nick

June 4th, 2011
9:38 pm

Big Mac Attack–Is that what you use for “brain food” or is that the highest place of employment that your obvious low IQ could get you? Be happy for the young man and keep your derogatory remarks on the UGA blog where it belongs.Oh by the way,be sure and supersize that Big Mac !!

RabidDawgFan

June 4th, 2011
9:47 pm

He’ll be 0-4 vs. UGA in his career at GT. Just stating a fact.

GT Hulk

June 4th, 2011
9:48 pm

Dr. Nick, I’m sorry, but I am a GT grad, I.M. 77, but Big Mac Attack is right—PJ went up against Troy, Ga. Southern, MTSU and UAB last year for kids, this season its Memphis and Arkansas State, maybe PJ is stocking up his team for when we play SE Louisiana in 2012, Elon in 2013 and Wofford in 2014. If they play for us then they cant beat us.

Reality

June 4th, 2011
9:49 pm

GA Tech has always, and I mean always, been able to find gems that those supposedly “big schools” over look. GA Tech won a NC in 1990 with those types of players. GA Tech develops those types of players. And, many of those players go on to an NFL career. Hey UGAY fans – this sounds like Bosie State who will whip your boys first game this season!

I don’t give a flip about other schools, who they recruit, and why a player picks one team over another. All that matters is the result on the field. PJ has done a great job so far at Tech and I look forward to many more great football seasons at Tech.

Groh knows the game. He has coached at every level (with success). He has a super bowl ring. He is HIGHLY respected by all other coaches.

Any and all remarks negative on here are from pretenders, those that are jealous, or both.

JDawg1447

June 4th, 2011
9:51 pm

I’ve known Tyler since middle school, and even though I’m an avid Bulldogs fan, I’m so excited that he’s heading to Tech. He is an outstanding student and great athlete, and I expect big things out of him. I never thought I would say this, but go Tech!

GTBob

June 4th, 2011
9:56 pm

He’ll be 0-4 vs. UGA in his career at GT. Just stating a fact.

I’m not sure that you know what a fact is.

Jacket Man

June 4th, 2011
9:58 pm

Tyler; Welcome to the Flats and the Yellow Jacket family. Just a special note to you, and your family, just in case you happen to read these blogs, most of the “negative” ones you happen to peruse are from the same one or two malcreants who use multiple “handles,” pretending to be several different people, including supposed GA Tech fans. They attempt to lure fans into childish games that hijack these blogs from people who actually try to enjoy them. My suggestion is to just ignore them and know that true Jacket fans are excited to have you with us.

Dawg 1

June 4th, 2011
9:59 pm

Congrats to the young man. Fine school, hope he has great success in the classroom and on the the field (except for four particular games).

BigMac Attack

June 4th, 2011
9:59 pm

@ Dr. St. Nick thanks I will supersize this thought for you as long as you really think about what I am about to say. You and I both know that we are not getting the same caliber of players that we used to get in the past. I am a fan that would like to see more of the best kids in state sign with Tech. Sorry, but why have we not signed some of the talent from Atlanta and the burbs. We are not getting the best players in the state! I am always happy for the kids… I hope this kid turns out to be a star, but once again who are competing with in term of recruiting? Is it UGA, Miami, Florida, Florida St. Why are we competing with Troy and Memphis, thus the Georgia Southern comment? Are we on the same level? Ask yourself or is your IQ limiting your ability to answer. Maybe you need to supersize as well. Hey, have a happy meal kid and stay on the political blogs. Good night little buddy!

the real Old Gold

June 4th, 2011
10:00 pm

“I’ve always seen Georgia Tech from the highway while passing through Atlanta,”

Another reason I wish they’d get a new electronic sign.. I’m being serious.. that old video board with the bulbs is ridiculous looking.

Jason

June 4th, 2011
10:11 pm

BigMac Attack, you need to calm down. Its still very early in the recruiting season. You fail to note that the article also stated that he was being evaluated by Auburn, Mississippi St., and others. As time goes on, he may just see one of those large schools attempt to steal him away. Who knows?

And by the way, Tech has never competed with UGA, Miami, Florida, or Fl. State in recruiting. If you think that they have, then you’re smoking some good stuff. Yes, Tech has had some great athletes over the years, but so have all schools.

You strike me as a person that is over-reacting to one bad year, much like people over-reacted the year before to one good year.

Mr Charlie

June 4th, 2011
10:14 pm

Another superstar that Troy, Memphis and Arkansas State wanted….Hulk, who recruited you?

Coach D

June 4th, 2011
10:15 pm

For some reason I get a Keith Brooking comparison going here. Hopefully he’ll be able to help the D. It definitely needs it!

Chant

June 4th, 2011
10:19 pm

Alright kiddo ….

Saban/Chizik Slips

June 4th, 2011
10:20 pm

Seriously?? ANOTHER in state player that Saban and Chizik let get across the borders into GEorgia…. The jackets and dawgs are raiding that state and just raping its borders… FIRE THEM NOW before it gets any worse!!!!!!

GT GRAD

June 4th, 2011
10:26 pm

I say welcome and I look forward to watching Tyler play inside linebacker for GT!

He is already 6′3 and 250lbs……wow!

84Wreck

June 4th, 2011
10:27 pm

You GT naysayers (if you’re indeed real Tech Folks) don’t have a clue about coaching or athletics. You have no understanding of the value of work ethic, you just look at the headlines and pass judgement. Take Tech’s “recruiting ranking” out of the picture, and look at UGA as an example vs. the rest of the SEC. By your measure they would be in the BCS Title Game every year. What separates UGA (negatively) from the rest of the pack?… NO DISCIPLINE (neither imposed by the coaches nor self imposed by their own work ethic) and and ENTITLEMENT ATTITUDE. Give me a kid who comes out of HS as at “3 Star” and let him work his tail off and he will be superior to the “5 Star” coming out of HS whose sole concern is whether he can get enough (personal) accolades by the end of his Jr year that he can jump to the NFL, screw his teammates and screw the school. Sure we lost to UGA this year but “by the recruiting rankings” there was no way we should have even been competitive, one break goes our way and we’re 2 out of 3 against the Mutts. Shut your yaps, how easily you forget that we won the ACC in 2009 and can do it again in 2011!!

wrecked

June 4th, 2011
10:28 pm

Good luck to the Kid , but PJ hasn’t shown a knack for recruiting or developing talent.

wes durham's gigantic bottom

June 4th, 2011
10:30 pm

I can understand CPJ recruiting guys for his offense who are not sought after by the big schools, but that should not be true for defensive recruits. Talent which is being recruited by Memphis, Troy, South Alabama and Arkansas State is beneath GT and even ACC defensive standards……not encouraging for Tech’s future.

Jacket Backer

June 4th, 2011
10:32 pm

Welcome aboard Tyler!

Go Jackets!

Roll Tide

June 4th, 2011
10:33 pm

C’mon guys, if South Alabama AND Arkansas State both offer him the kid must be able to play. Sounds like another perfect fit for ACC football.

84Wreck

June 4th, 2011
10:40 pm

Have you naysayers also thought about the fact that kids develop at different rates, that many “bloom” later than others? I’d love to see who was competing to sign Joe Hamilton…

BigMac Attack

June 4th, 2011
10:46 pm

@Jason

I am being objective. I am calm. I am a Georgia Tech and Georgia fan. I root for both home teams and enjoy a good game when they play each other. I love to see both schools get the best talent in state first and then go get other people. CPJ stated that he would not be in the same living rooms as CMR for offensive players because of their styles. I accept that fact. Why are we making excuses for both schools. I really feel like most of the kids in the city and burbs don’t consider the home teams enough. Yes, this includes basketball. We have to take care of home first. Am I wrong. By the way, you must be smoking the bad stuff if I must be smoking the good stuff. Good night Mr. Doobie from Mr. Blunt!

Coach Jay

June 4th, 2011
11:06 pm

A few important concepts:
1. Tech will not recruit the same as many ‘big name’ schools, Tech is a different type of school.
2. CPJ has been successful everywhere, even winning an ACC title in his second year, with many holdover players.
3. Tech has standards, we lost them some under Gailey, but they are back.
4. Tech is simply not a football factory, since recruiting is so big to so many, look at UGA, how many national titles have they won, even with selling their souls for athletes less than ready for college? For that matter, look at Youngstown’s pride, Tressell, gotta love what he had done at OSU, oops.
CPJ has the program on the right track, Coach Gregory will get the basketball program back on track, what is not to like.
5. UGA fans, and other big name SEC and other school fans are fair weather. We shouldn’t look to any of them as models. Just keep on keeping on, because ulitmately it is about the school, not the athletic program, and I am damn proud of Tech.

AZTEC

June 4th, 2011
11:15 pm

i wonder why the kid didnt consider SDSU, the weather out here in san diego is perfect for practicing.

T-Dawg

June 4th, 2011
11:16 pm

“Congratulations, welcome to The Flats (what the hell is that?)” blah, blah, blah. Do you morons really think these kids read this or give a damn about our delusional comments? Let’s all get out into some new underwear, out of our mothers’ basements, and get a life! All except for Tide Loaf.

BigMac Attack

June 4th, 2011
11:20 pm

If GT has such high standards of its student athletes, then why do they lag behind the ACC and UGA in graduating its student athletes. If you are truly recruiting different players… you should perhaps see different results. Yes a degree from UGA and GT are different and academic rigors are different, but you should have better results. This isn’t about CPJ. I am just saying there are a lot of good, smart players in the state of Georgia that could easily play for GT. Why are we not getting them? If you are passionate about seeing the best play for the best to compete against the best… how can you disagree with BigMac and GT Hulk?

nash

June 4th, 2011
11:39 pm

Congrads to the young man and, his family. I hope to see him on the flat raining terror on all those that dare enter the mighty Bobby Dobbs stadium. Three down many more to go

Football_365

June 4th, 2011
11:40 pm

Tech fans cut the crap cpj recruits the same players as uga, uf,fsu etc but the problem at tech is the staff cant close with these top athletes. I agree that with the t.o offense its tough to find top notch athletes but its no excuse for defensive players. Please dont use the “academics” excuse because we all know that tech CAN and WILL lower the standards to sign a player. there is no reason a big time school in a bcs conference should compete with fcs schools for the majority of their players.

GT ATW

June 4th, 2011
11:55 pm

BigMac Attack, there is no way you are a GT fan. At least not with that pacifier stuck in your mouth. You know nothing about college football. Listen to what 84Wreck is saying and try to learn something. GO JACKETS!!

Coach Jay

June 5th, 2011
12:09 am

to @Coach Jay, last I checked, GT’s graduation rate among student athletes is rising. Next, you make an irrelevant point, as CPJ has only been here a few years now. You even admit the rigors of a Tech degree are “different” than Georgia, and by the way, most every one of my closest friends graduated from UGA, and they all know about the ‘classes’ taken by UGA players. I could even go into arrest records to illustrate my point, but I won’t. Truth be told, recruiting only matters to certain gurus, and to PlayStation and XBox ‘coaches.’ I will stand by Coach PJ, who has won everywhere he has coached, a point you can’t dispute, and the fact that he knows who will best fit in the system there. Let’s be honest, a kid over 6 feet, over 250, fits perfectly in the 3-4 scheme at the ilb position. Research the program, know what we are looking for, and then comment. As for recruiting, the gurus would have missed out on Jerry Rice and Walter Payton, both of whom never played for a D1 school. There are a lot of great guys in Georgia playing football, hell, I know a lot of great Georgia guys myself, but that doesn’t mean I would trust them to coach with me.

Vulture

June 5th, 2011
12:11 am

Evaluating players only by who has offered scholarships is simple minded. Players that wait to commit often have their rating go up as more offers come in.

Andrew

June 5th, 2011
12:17 am

It was a hard fought fight with Troy, but we got him.

Football_365

June 5th, 2011
12:18 am

I know this is a bit off topic from the article but can somebody please tell me why 3 tech students decided to break into a d&@n elem. school a few days ago? And you tech fans really have the nerve to talk trash about uga. If traffic violations make people from uga thugs, what do you call people who break into schools?

Andrew

June 5th, 2011
12:21 am

Elon and Wofford were closing in too.

Coach Jay

June 5th, 2011
12:35 am

@Football 365, do you really want to talk criminal activity? This is the kind of unreasonable post that makes the point hard to reach. With UGA’s problems, and how about that one traffic violation that has led to one ’superstar’ being gone from UGA? Please. I would be glad to put Tech’s blotter up against UGA anytime. How about the recruit being arrested this year? Quality stuff, man.

Smirk Smigler

June 5th, 2011
12:45 am

Here is what you have to look forward to as a Tech student Taylor….

http://projects.ajc.com/search/?term=Georgia+Tech+Students&x=0&y=0

Stay inside and lock your doors at sunset!!!

THWGT

The Blair Miss Project

June 5th, 2011
12:50 am

All you teenagers can have tour pee pee contest about who is better at football based on academic and other non football related hoopla….

I will let the head to head final scores (not stats, FINAL SCORES) speak for themselves. Any Tech nerds want to talk that with me??

Thought so.

Goodnight.

Football_365

June 5th, 2011
1:08 am

its ok coach jay we understand tech students have first hand knowledge in the robbery department. Too bad when tech students get robbed the bad guys never get caught, but when tech students try it they make the newspaper! But seriously why break into a school during summer vacation? They say smart people have no common sense and its true!

Coach Jay

June 5th, 2011
2:02 am

@football 365, good one, you got me. I know you have so much more to be proud of. you are right, Tech football players are satan, they are horrible. funny. you got me, good job. Tech is the only school that has such problems, maybe the ncaa should give us the death penalty. @blair witch, good one, although unreadable. you guys are all awesome, must have gotten an sec degree. keep on keeping on. good job. great reason. plato and aristotle are shaking in their graves. last i checked, this strand was about one guy signing with tech, and i said it was a good signing. great job, folks, education rules.

Coach Jay

June 5th, 2011
2:03 am

some of you must be republicans, ignore truth, and spout crap. bwahhahhh. onward sec, keep on nearly graduating all of those great athletes, bwahhhaahhhh.

@Coach Jay

June 5th, 2011
2:19 am

You still did not answer my question-If GT recruits academic ready student athletes, then why are they not at the top of the ACC (it’s not the Ivy League) as far as graduation rates? Please check these rates, which I am not putting on CPJ until his first class graduates. I played for CPJ at GSU and love him to death. To play in his system it takes the right type of players on offense. He still needs the elite athletes on defense too. GT is not getting these players recently. I agree with you on a lot of what you said-college recruiters also missed out on Jerry Rice and Walter Payton. I am a frustrated fan who wants to see some of the best talent stay in the state. We can’t sign them all, but I would like to see more kids stay in state.