Pat Gamble commits to Georgia Tech over Stanford and UGA, others

Pat Gamble was recruited at both DT and DE by Georgia Tech

Pat Gamble was recruited at both DT and DE by Georgia Tech

One day, Pat Gamble wants to be a doctor so he can help invent medicines, improve vaccines and find cures for medical diseases and illnesses.

He will play a little football before then.

Gamble committed to Georgia Tech on Tuesday, becoming the ACC school’s third commitment in four days. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound defensive lineman from Central Carroll High School said he picked Georgia Tech over scholarship offers from Stanford, UGA, South Florida, Virginia and Ole Miss, among others.

“I felt comfortable at Georgia Tech; I knew it was the place for me to go,” Gamble told the AJC. “I have a good relationship with the coaches and I liked the environment and the coaches. It’s not too far from home. I felt like it was a good place for me to go.”

He called Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson to give him the news on Tuesday. “Coach Johnson said he was very excited. He was happy about me coming there and being part of the Georgia Tech family.”

What made Gamble commit on Tuesday? “Georgia Tech is where I wanted to go. Instead of holding it in, I thought I should go ahead and tell everybody. Now that I made that decision, I can focus on my last season of high school football. I can focus on making myself the best player mentally and physically, and help my team be the best it can be.”

Central Carroll DL Pat Gamble (Special)

Central Carroll DL Pat Gamble (Special)

Gamble has a 3.9 GPA and said he plans to major in Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech, then attend medical school. “One of my family members is in that medical field. I visited with them, they showed me the lab, and they explained how they help people in so many ways. I really liked everything about it. I want to help people, too.”

Georgia Tech now has 5 commitments for its 2012 football recruiting class — all 5 with Georgia connections. Here are the two latest:

DE Francis Kallon, from London, England, via Central Gwinnett HS (go here for full story)

LB Tyler Stargel, native of Jasper, Ga. (go here for full story)

– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog Got a recruiting item? mcarvell@ajc.com

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GTJoe

June 7th, 2011
11:40 am

Wow!! OVER UGA?!?!

That can’t be possible….I am sure someone will come up with an explanation…..

Awesome

June 7th, 2011
11:47 am

Well PJ can recruit after all. How bout that.

lucky21

June 7th, 2011
11:47 am

wow gatech and PJ are on a recruiting hotstreak right now

MJC

June 7th, 2011
11:54 am

Waiting for the Dawgs inevitable, “We didn’t want him anyways” argument.

Rhall55

June 7th, 2011
11:59 am

UGA is tearing up the recruiting trail!!! Last commit was Leonard Floyd over a month ago; we have a big 7 on 7 camp and what resulted: 0 commits; while during the same time GaTech picked up (3), SC picked up another Stephenson kid and UNC picked up (2) two highly rated TE’s; somebody, please check and see if Rodney Garner is still @ the Cracker Barrel!!!!!!!!!

gtfanfrom1951

June 7th, 2011
12:00 pm

Offense line last year and defense line this year. Thats where the game is won with the lineman. GO jackets

RRTDawgs

June 7th, 2011
12:04 pm

@MJC i am dawg fan i would loved have this kid i am very nervous with way UGA ’s recruiting is going right now we have not had commit in weeks there is dawg night coming up but we don’t to get anyone between now and July something is wrong with UGA’s recruiting class .

Michael Carvell

June 7th, 2011
12:05 pm

@RRTDawgs, yes, a lot of prospects will be at Georgia’s camp on Saturday. Always a good chance for a commitment at camp day for any college.

Chuck Allison

June 7th, 2011
12:05 pm

Offensive line has to be EVERY year with the attrition we have. We should sign a minimum of 5 per year.

Nerds Nerds Nerds!!!!

June 7th, 2011
12:06 pm

WOW!!!!!

Now maybe you guys can beat Georgia!!!!!

Doubt it.

just the truth

June 7th, 2011
12:07 pm

Actually he is 6′4″ 274 lbs. and is rated the 27 best DT in the country. He has a very fast first step and is coming in as a DE to Tech.

Dawglasville

June 7th, 2011
12:07 pm

Good luck young man. Enjoy your time playing football and hit the books. The world needs more people committed to the betterment of humankind than it needs people to tackle someone.

wild one 13

June 7th, 2011
12:08 pm

This is good news for GT. Miami is going to be a good team this year and FSU is well on their way back to relevance.
If GT is going to compete PJ knows that he has to make major strides in the recruiting war.

MoeDawg

June 7th, 2011
12:09 pm

Why would we even be interested in this guy? We prefer kids who aren’t just good football players, but who also have marginal grades. That way, we can spend part of the Summer after we sign them monitoring the UGA online directory every day to see if they’ve actually gotten into school! Good times!

GT Dad

June 7th, 2011
12:11 pm

Awesome news! Sounds like a great young man with a great future. GT fans are excited to have you on the team!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RRTDawgs

June 7th, 2011
12:12 pm

Thanks Mr. Carvell for the update hopefully UGA can get something going in the next few weeks with DawgNight coming up to .

T-Dawg

June 7th, 2011
12:13 pm

I want UGA to beat Tech in double OT, on the way to the national championship game, every year. So good job, PJ…

TechMate

June 7th, 2011
12:19 pm

Big Kudos to the young man for his choice of a fine academic institution and to the coaching staff for continuing to get great student athletes.

rduck

June 7th, 2011
12:20 pm

Congrats to you Pat on your decision. We Tech fans look forward to seeing you play on the Flats. Solid pickups this week for the Jackets. Lookin good so far. Keep up the good work PJ and co.

UGA_2001

June 7th, 2011
12:21 pm

LOL, if he played at Central, then he is used to being dominated by his arch rival.

Probably doesn’t know what its like to win a rivalry game, which is why he went to tech.

JD

June 7th, 2011
12:22 pm

Makes sense to go to GT, regarding career goals

RAMBLE ON!!!

June 7th, 2011
12:25 pm

That’s right UGA_2001.

UF is not your rival, just your daddy, huh?

GT ATW

June 7th, 2011
12:28 pm

Like I said yesterday, momentum is a key component to having a successful recruiting class. If this continues, the Jackets may put together a very good 2012 class. Gotta love comments like: “I love the school, l like the coaches, it’s the place for me, my parents like the school, academics are important to me.” Keep the faith Tech fans!

AJC Sports

June 7th, 2011
12:28 pm

Inappropriate remarks and personal attacks will NOT be tolerated

DawginLex

June 7th, 2011
12:29 pm

Doesn’t UGA have only 15 scholarship spots for next year?

We need offensive linemen in a big way along with a couple of running backs and a fullback.

Good get for Tech but Georgia needs offensive linemen as a priority.

wild one 13

June 7th, 2011
12:32 pm

HOW REFRESHING, no hats, no drama on signing day, just a young man that wants to play football and then go on to help people by working in the medical field. This is the kind of player that i can pull for no matter what team he plays for. Best of luck to you young man and RTR.

GT Fan

June 7th, 2011
12:35 pm

Wow! 3.9 GPA? And he is a great athlete? We’ve landed something special here.

Pat, welcome to the Georgia Tech Family!

Go Jackets!!!

Go Jackets 88

June 7th, 2011
12:35 pm

I appreciate the civil comments and congrats from the Dog fans! I am really excited with this first group of guys that we have picked up! They are awesome on and off the field!

GT Hulk

June 7th, 2011
12:43 pm

Yes, CPJ signed another player who only got offers from Wofford, Elon, and Air Force…what?! UGA?! My life’s work, ruined!! I have no purpose…

(sob)

Old Gold

June 7th, 2011
12:45 pm

DID SOMEONE TELL THE KID THAT THIS WILL BE JOHNSON’S LAST YEAR AT TECH? Another losing season and he’s gone!

juvenal

June 7th, 2011
12:53 pm

hulk, look at athlon’s “where the top 40 are now” from ‘06…..the top city for African-American professionals is the ATL….everyone pre-med my class got in….

Stumpknocker

June 7th, 2011
12:54 pm

Thank you Mr Carvell for the note about inappropriate comments…….maybe this will help keep the dawg homers on their own blog……as for Mr Gamble; well done young man, may you make your mark in the world in football and medicine.

Proud-Dawg

June 7th, 2011
12:57 pm

In today’s age, it is rare to have a real student-athlete who looks at life beyond football. Good luck to Pat Gamble at Tech, degree first, football second.

Old Gold

June 7th, 2011
1:08 pm

Don’t look elsewhere young man or cpj will punch you in the nose a pull your scholarship offer.

Seriously welcome to the jacketnation. Click the link below to see how one of your future classmates is prospering at gt.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEdkLVzHUO4

John

June 7th, 2011
1:09 pm

I love it when it snows in June. Lets keep the snowball rolling. I am talking to you Jonathan Taylor, James DeLoach :)

Tokyo jacket

June 7th, 2011
1:10 pm

VERY excited about Mr. Gamble. I really like the way our recruits look like they’ll be fitting into the system this year. They all seem to pass the eye test getting off the bus. Mr. Gamble is no different. All five genuinely seem to be good guys. Hopefully we can get some more players that fit the system w/ good other offers coming in. It looks like Mr. Gamble and Mr. Kallon will be 4-stars come spring. Hopefully they live up to that rating and more at HBDS@GF.

GTJason

June 7th, 2011
1:15 pm

All these recruits are Groh recruits. Our defense will be good in the coming years and our offense will make the most out of average talent. CPJ is set to bring home another ACC title in the next few years.

Taco

June 7th, 2011
1:16 pm

Great Choice Young Man! Football is great but an eductaion is the key to success. Old Gold don’t be such a loser. If you ain’t got anything good to say then you don’t know what the Old Gold truly is all about. being part of the Tech Family is a pride thing whether you are student, an athelete or just a good fan.

get the picture

June 7th, 2011
1:19 pm

Good pick up for Tech. Don’t worry about UGA already 2 4 star recruits at DE committed to this class.

GTJACKETS

June 7th, 2011
1:23 pm

Sounds like a great kid! Just like the kid from London. A great last week of recruiting for AL GROH! He needs some love for this. Keep em coming. And btw can we get a couple recruits on offense? lol.

GTJACKETS

June 7th, 2011
1:25 pm

Also majoring in biomedical engineering…reminds me of Sean Bedford another great recruit and excellent kid!

JD

June 7th, 2011
1:29 pm

There are alot of very good high school athletes out there and you can’t sign them all, no matter which school you pull for. The important thing is making them better after they arrive in your school.

icallbs

June 7th, 2011
1:29 pm

Awesome “get” for TECH. I wish there were a lot more out there like this kid (I’m sure TECH does too!).

AZTEC

June 7th, 2011
1:31 pm

there it is, a comment from a UGA fan, we already had 2 4 stars DE’S

Yawn

June 7th, 2011
1:33 pm

congrats to the kid but he’s a dime a dozen. Last I checked UGA is fine at D-line. Just means this kid will get to see Crowell run by him in a blurr instead of shaking his hand on the bench.

GT75

June 7th, 2011
1:35 pm

Biomedical Engineering is the fastest growing and most difficult major to get into. GT’s program is ranked 3rd in the country ahead of all the Ivy’s, MIT, Stanford, and Berkeley. It’s a program that is a joint venture with Emory Medical School and is a great way to get into medical school. Looks like this young man did his homework and made a great choice. Good luck to a great future at GT.

Dawgtards ruin this state

June 7th, 2011
1:36 pm

Gamble has a 3.9 GPA and said he plans to major in Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech – Good luck kid, you’ve made the right choice.

south georgia jacket

June 7th, 2011
1:48 pm

He cant have an offer from UGA, they get everyone they want…I know this because some doggy tool posted that already on a different blog.

GT 94

June 7th, 2011
1:49 pm

Dawginlex, thanks for the classy comments as always. We have our RC in his 2nd year and 1 of our top recruiters (joe speed) is really coming along nicely. Kids really seem to be high on him. Hopefully we can add some beef on both sides of the line so we can get back to better football. We struggle a bit vs bigger lines so we just need to snag a few more solid players like this. We are in it for some other big time players in GA, so we will see what shakes out!

GTJason

June 7th, 2011
1:52 pm

As a BME from Tech, BME is not a good way to get into medical school because you’re lucky to get out of that program with a 3.0 and they tell you that at orientation. Good medical schools want a 3.8 or higher. That being said if he wants to work on vaccines and the like BME is perfect, he’ll just need to get a PhD in tissue engineering or something like that.