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.
– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog Got a recruiting item? firstname.lastname@example.org
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