WR Micheal Summers picks Georgia Tech over Florida, others

Statesboro ATH Micheal Summers committed to Georgia Tech after a recent offer from the Florida Gators (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

Statesboro ATH Micheal Summers Jr. committed to Georgia Tech after a recent offer from the Florida Gators (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

Georgia Tech landed the most highly-regarded member of its 2012 recruiting class — so far — when Micheal Summers Jr. committed to the ACC school on Sunday.

Summers, who is a multi-purpose athlete from Statesboro High School, picked Georgia Tech among his 10 offers, which also included Florida, Pitt, N.C. State, Duke and Vanderbilt. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder is projected to play wide receiver for the Yellow Jackets, but may also get a look at running back.

“Georgia Tech was the offer I was waiting on, and once I got it, I decided to commit,” Summers told the AJC. He added that Georgia Tech was only going to sign one WR, and he wanted to be that one.

A longtime friendship between Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson and Summers’ family was a deciding factor in the decision. When Johnson was an assistant at Georgia Southern, he recruited Micheal Summers Sr., a star running back from Jenkins County High School in 1984. The elder Summers opted to play at South Carolina State but maintained a lasting friendship with Johnson.

Johnson has known the younger Summers since he was a toddler.

“I’ve been around Coach Johnson forever,” Summers said. “Being from Statesboro, I knew all about what he did at Georgia Southern and winning those national championships. We’ve always had a good relationship. I was extremely happy when he got the job at Georgia Tech. I went there for camp as a freshman and fell in love with the program, and college itself. From then on, I’ve always wanted to go there.”

Added Summers’ father: “Coach Johnson is definitely someone I wanted my son to play for as a football coach, but also to be around as a man. He has got a lot of character and integrity, and is someone I trust my son being around. When he gives you his word about something, you can count on it.”

The elder Summers is longtime friends with Georgia Southern football legend Tracy Ham, who sung the praises of Johnson as a football coach.  The younger Summers also has a cousin who graduated from Georgia Tech and a family residing in the Atlanta area.

Over the last month, Summers has been one of the state’s hottest prospects. He recently picked up an offer from Florida coach Will Muschamp after impressing the coaches at camp with a 4.39 in the 40-yard dash and 38-inch vertical jump. Summers was expected to pick up several more offers within the next month after attending other SEC/ACC camps, but canceled the trips after committing to Georgia Tech. Summers, who has a 3.5 GPA, wants to major in Public Policy and work as a scout in college football or the NFL.

“Florida is a great school, and I was blessed with the offer,” Summers said. “But it was all about getting that degree from Georgia Tech. You can’t play football forever, and that Georgia Tech degree will really help me out for the rest of my life.”

Summers is Georgia Tech’s second commitment in two days, following Saturday’s announcement by QB Dennis Andrews of Tallahassee, Fla. (click on story link).

Georgia Tech has seven commitments for its 2012 recruiting class.

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133 comments Add your comment

How Bout them BEES!!!

June 19th, 2011
7:32 pm

Great!!! Welcome to the flats!

GTBob

June 19th, 2011
7:37 pm

Very nice pickup. Tech is on a roll. Another recruit with a good GPA also. I like what CPJ is doing this offseason.

OldSchoolTechFanatic

June 19th, 2011
7:37 pm

Welcome Micheal !!! Looks like we are getting some great student-atheletes. We need about 8 or 9 wins to keep these recruits. Somebody has got to step up and be a leader this year !!! Would be nice to have several leaders.

GTGreg

June 19th, 2011
7:40 pm

Awesome! Great to have athletes coming in who know the value of the degree! Looking forward to seeing you catch TD’s on the flats!

GT Jason

June 19th, 2011
7:42 pm

Welcome Michael, can’t wait to watch you show DBs the back of your jersey

Jacket Man

June 19th, 2011
7:43 pm

6′2″, 190 lbs and runs a 4.43 forty.

DogLoverUGAmuttHater

June 19th, 2011
7:54 pm

Happy to have you. Nice Father’s Day Present.
I guess he knows Johnson will throw the ball.

DogLoverUGAmuttHater

June 19th, 2011
7:55 pm

I guess the Dawg fans are not on their computers yet. You know the crappy comments will be coming soon.

DawginLexx

June 19th, 2011
7:58 pm

we ain’t on our computers today… cuz it’s the most confusing day of the year

Not Disappointed!

June 19th, 2011
8:02 pm

Great news on the Flats! Dude has has moves and speed! Ramblin Wreck!

Hewitt Fan

June 19th, 2011
8:02 pm

Congrats, but Be careful, CPJ is a great coach, but if Mark Bradley decides it is time for a change, GT fans will stop coming to the games and run CPJ out of town quickly..They have already started complaining despite 2 trips to the ACC championship game in 3 years!..GT has a very bad fan base!

222-0

June 19th, 2011
8:05 pm

and here we go ….

JD2774

June 19th, 2011
8:05 pm

good to see this guy going to Tech. Looks like CPJ has some lifetime connections to bring in talent.

Who cares (the original)

June 19th, 2011
8:09 pm

CPJ is on a roll. I don’t care about stars, as long as they fit the system and want to be at the school.

Go Jackets!!!

Tubby

June 19th, 2011
8:18 pm

Great pick up!!! I wish I was as mature as some of these guys when I was their age, it was all about Malls & Arcades. Am I dating myself? LOL!
Go Jackets!!!

StingerSplash

June 19th, 2011
8:20 pm

Good heavens, Hewitt Fan, your lack of knowledge of basketball is only surpassed by the lack of knowledge of football you possess.
Tech has been to one ACC title game in PJ’s tenure so far. One, not two.
And Tech fans pay far less attention to Mark Bradley then you would mistakenly believe.

Stink Bomber

June 19th, 2011
8:20 pm

HAS CPJ TOLD THIS BUNCH HE MAY NOT BR FOR LONG????

Jacket Man

June 19th, 2011
8:24 pm

Ran a 4.39 forty at Florida? Hadn’t heard about that yet…I do know Michael has good hands, is a good blocker, and will remind Jacket fans of someone who used to be affectionatly known as “Bay Bay”. Exceptional young man from an unbelievable family. Terrific pickup for GA Tech.

DogLoverUGAmuttHater

June 19th, 2011
8:30 pm

Hewitt Fan
They have already started complaining despite 2 trips to the ACC championship game in 3 years!..GT has a very bad fan base!

Gailey took a team to the ACC Championship and Johnson did too. Johnson has not been to 2 ACC CGs.
Please go to the Madison blogs and keep your head up Hewitt’s butt. You are just stupid.

ROZEMAN13

June 19th, 2011
8:33 pm

Great job tech fans. Im a dawg fan but good luck to you. I think you got a big time player Happy Father Day to you guys.

Hewitt Fan

June 19th, 2011
8:34 pm

@StingerSplash

Yeah you are right, GT did finish 1st in 08, but VT had the tie breaker..I think Gt should keep this guy around… if Lee is good as advertised, Gt should win a ACC title very soon!

Saban

June 19th, 2011
8:38 pm

Good catch for the jackets.

Easier for us and Georgia to recruit. We only require our recruits to partially read. Tech requires them to actually go to class.

Real handicap for the Jackets.

Ramblin Man

June 19th, 2011
8:39 pm

Welcome to the flats Summers you are a welcome site as GT needs a dominate WR. Now hopefully the coaching staff can land Aiken and Watkins.

Buzz ME

June 19th, 2011
8:43 pm

your tech degree will serve you well. welcome to the flats. You seem like a bright young man. Looking forward to watching you play

TechRedNeck

June 19th, 2011
8:43 pm

Michael sounds like a smart young man. He’s right when he said you can’t play football forever. That education can carry you a long way in life. Best of luck young man I don’t beleive you will ever regret your choice.

Dawgman

June 19th, 2011
8:45 pm

I don’t believe it. Georgia Tech got a recruit before Wofford, Elon, UAB, Air Force, Navy, and Samford had the chance to offer.

Gold

June 19th, 2011
8:47 pm

Good pickup for sure. Nice young man with room to grow, great speed, and athletic. Say what you want about CPJ’s recruiting…but the man does recruit speed!

does that mean we have a

June 19th, 2011
8:47 pm

dream team going too?

hey if ugag can have 2 3 star players recruit in a weekend and bark out dream team 2 than why not us?

woof woof woof woof….

you frawgs are tooo funny

bitter all-burn bound

June 19th, 2011
8:56 pm

gpa —1.0——–6′3//290———-dont require much luv——–hahahah—–pay for play

———————–go tech—————PJ——–scores

skydawg

June 19th, 2011
8:58 pm

@Saban…Ummmm, perhaps at Bama Saban, but you might want to do your homework on the academics of the football team and graduation rates. 2nd only to Vandy in the SEC. So don’t go lumping the Dawgs into it with not recruiting student/athletes. As a matter of fact, it’s harder for kids to get into UGA now than Tech. Do your homework on that too. Bama and the like in the SEC go by the SEC minimum standards. UGA does not. The entry standards are equal to Florida and just below Vandy.

perkins

June 19th, 2011
9:02 pm

congrats CPJ, this is awesome

HelluvaEngineer

June 19th, 2011
9:06 pm

Welcome to Tech young man! A solid multi-faceted athlete who clearly has a good head on his shoulders is someone who will thrive in CPJ’s system. Being someone big on character, we won’t have to worry about off the field issues unlike the football factories. Lee to Summers has a marvelous ring to it.

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Jacket Backer

June 19th, 2011
9:16 pm

Welcome Michae!l Great pick up for the Jackets. This is the type of young man I’m proud to have representing our school and football program. He certainly seems to have his priorities in order. He will NEVER regret that Tech degree.

Go Jackets!!

Make It Up As I Go

June 19th, 2011
9:18 pm

Skydawg, care to back up that claim with sources? I am of course talking about the whole “UGA harder to get into than Tech” comment. Everything I can find puts Tech as being more difficult than UGA still (certainly more difficult to stay in). I’d really like to see a good source telling the opposite.

Worm

June 19th, 2011
9:24 pm

Pitt, N.C.State,Vandy,Duke were the other offers besides Florida…Good pick-up for Tech as opposed to the guys who had offers from Memphis, South Florida,Troy,Ball St.

GT 1

June 19th, 2011
9:26 pm

Can it really be ? These stars are now noticing Tech ? Great to get someone that picked GT over Florida instead of the ones that are offered by Ball State, Troy, MTSU, Ga. Southern and Wofford. !!!

GT GRAD

June 19th, 2011
9:28 pm

Very impressed with his speed on the video………great decision to attend GT!

Good luck and welcome to the GT family!

gtfanfrom1951

June 19th, 2011
9:30 pm

Thing are falling in place for good team in a couple of years!

coach

June 19th, 2011
9:58 pm

GT ATW

June 19th, 2011
10:01 pm

I’ve been telling the naysayers on this blog, which is about half of you, to stick with the program and CPJ would get this thing cracked up where GT will be very good every year. It takes a little time to move forward for God’s sake!

gt45

June 19th, 2011
10:03 pm

Cool. Welcome to the flats,boys!

You're my Boy Blue

June 19th, 2011
10:04 pm

Michael, Any word on how he can block? Because if he lines up at WR that’s all he will be doing. Good luck on catching more than 10 balls all year long.

hind tit

June 19th, 2011
10:06 pm

What’s Public Policy?

ugakev

June 19th, 2011
10:08 pm

well i decided to swing by because i hear this talk about all these dawg fans thats come on tech blogs picking at tech fans… well i would like to know where they are at? i know this dawg fan feels no need to come in here running down your football team because no offense, but i honestly just dont feel like your a threat to our program. to any dawg fan that comes in here to pick on tech i would not understand what satisfaction you can get for talking smack to.an inferior opponent your suppose to own. with that said of course i hate tech and hope we dominate them year after year but they do have the right to be hopeful for their team just as we always are for our dawgs.

dream team du

June 19th, 2011
10:14 pm

hey....

June 19th, 2011
10:17 pm

ugakev….Did you graduate from high school?

GT93

June 19th, 2011
10:18 pm

About GT School of Public Policy:

“We are an interdisciplinary, collaborative, research intensive, globally engaged school oriented to the future of public policy. We offer BS, MS and PhD degrees to those intrigued by complex problem-solving in the public interest around issues of research and technology, the environment, economic development and governance of information technology.”

There you go, “hind tit”. And hey “ugakev” … thanks for the visitation. I urge you, however, to re-take 7th grade English.

JAWJeRDAWG

June 19th, 2011
10:19 pm

Good commitment for Tech. Seemingly a good student-athlete who chose his in-state college of choice when offered. Pretty good weekend for the Yellow Jackets. .. Go Dawgs!

collegeballfan

June 19th, 2011
10:21 pm

You cannot coach 4.39 in the 40. Speed is an ingredient that GT has never had an abundance.

Now if they can hold him until February.