‘Relationships’ help Georgia Tech recruiting, Vanderbilt talks SEC championships

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Just like in the business world, building and nurturing relationships is extremely important in college football recruiting.

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson was the benefactor of maintaining a longtime friendship with a former player he recruited while as an assistant at Georgia Southern. Statesboro High School WR Micheal Summers Jr. committed to the Yellow Jackets over Florida, Pitt, Duke and Vanderbilt, among others — citing the connection with Johnson as a contributing factor in his college decision.

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Summers was clocked in the 40-yard dash at 4.39 seconds and has a 38-inch vertical jump. He had 10 early offers and would’ve likely doubled them within the next few months, but said his recruiting is over after the commitment to Georgia Tech (click on story link).

  • Georgia Tech has landed its QB of the future from Florida. He is the son of former Florida State fullback Dennis Andrews, and his uncle played safety at Alabama  (click on story link)
  • What is going on at Vanderbilt? The Commodores are talking SEC and BCS Championships, and have launched an all-out invasion on the state of Georgia for football talent. Vanderbilt has seven 2012 commitments for 2012, including 6 from Georgia. The most recent is Tucker DE-OLB Josh Dawson, who committed to Vanderbilt out of 22 early offers, including Notre Dame, UGA and Virginia Tech (click on story link)
  • Banneker safety Chaz Elder has named his Top 3 — UGA, South Carolina and Vanderbilt. He will likely commit by August.
  • Carver-Columbus DT Derious Bennett (6-1, 280) was recently offered by Wake Forest. He also holds offers from Houston, Marshall, Southern Miss and Georgia State, among others.
  • BASKETBALL: Former Central Gwinnett basketball star Jordan Adams is scheduled to commit live on www.CourtCred.com around 6:15 p.m. Monday. Adams, who is a 6-5 shooting guard and now plays at Oak Hill (Va.) prep school, has offers from Memphis, UCLA, UGA and Memphis.
DE Jordan Jenkins, a candidate to be Georgia's No. 1 prospect, was a special guest at Georgia Tech camp. He will visit Alabama, UGA and Florida next month (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

DE Jordan Jenkins, a candidate to be Georgia's No. 1 prospect, was a special guest at Georgia Tech camp. He will visit Alabama, UGA and Florida next month (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

More Georgia Tech football camp from Saturday:

  • Jordan Jenkins, who is a candidate to be the state’s No. 1 overall prospect, made an unofficial visit to Georgia Tech on Saturday. “I spent a lot of time with the coaches, checking out the campus, and meeting other Georgia Tech people,” he said. “It was nothing how I thought it would be. I was very impressed. It is making me rethink some things.” The 6-foot-4, 250-pound defensive end from Harris County High School has listed Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Florida and Tennessee as his leaders. Jenkins has been clocked at 4.53 in the 40, has a vertical jump of 39.5 inches, can power clean nearly 400 pounds, and has around a 86-inch wingspan. Jenkins will attend camps at UGA, Alabama and Florida next month. Jenkins’ teammate at Harris County, 2013 defensive lineman Jay Ellison (6-1, 280), earned an offer at Georgia Tech camp on Saturday.
  • It was hard not to notice Central Gwinnett defensive end Francis Kallon, who has already committed to Georgia Tech. He’s the kid from London, England, who picked up 12 quick D1 offers after participating in only two weeks of spring football. Kallon may actually be a little bigger than his listed size of 6-5, 245. He still has a lot to learn about football, but has enormous potential. He showed up with tennis shoes instead of cleats at Saturday’s camp and still displayed above-average quickness and agility in the drills. There were a lot of people looking forward to see Kallon in the one-on-one drills later on Saturday evening but camp was called early due to rain. Want to read more about Kallon? Go here

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81 comments Add your comment

Tech Fan

June 20th, 2011
10:44 am

Keep up the solid recruiting, Coach Johnson — our time is coming.

Worm

June 20th, 2011
10:50 am

I thought Vad Lee was the QB of the future.

DogLoverUGAmuttHater

June 20th, 2011
10:54 am

Ready for Football to start playing games NOW.
Recruiting is so Iffy, but It sounds like CPJ is doing well.

Jacket Backer

June 20th, 2011
10:55 am

Give CPJ some time and he will build a very solid program…..He has won everywhere he has been….We can already see improvement in recruiting and facilities. Looking forward to the future of the GT football program.

Go Jackets!

Paddy

June 20th, 2011
10:56 am

Solid story lines coming out of both UGA and Tech this summer. Keeping our own in state is so very important. Vandy making noise is a welcome story also. It has been along time since they created a ripple in this state or in any state for that matter. Not a Vandy fan but them getting better helps all in the SEC!

DogLoverUGAmuttHater

June 20th, 2011
10:56 am

Worm it will be Synjyn this year and who knows from there.
I guess UGA will have the first ever 3 time Heisman winner in Murray.

who-me?

June 20th, 2011
10:58 am

Just another sub par class so far…when are we gonna win a bowl game??

bigtime

June 20th, 2011
10:59 am

Roll Tide Jordan Jenkins, Roll Tide. BTW, nice touch turning the UGA shirt inside out for the photo… 8-)

Paddy

June 20th, 2011
11:00 am

Worm….Vad Lee is the QB of the future. Do you stop recruiting good QB’s just because you already have one? You have a rather narrow view of college recruiting! Don’t believe any college coach shares your idea of roster make up!

juvenal

June 20th, 2011
11:02 am

need time to evaluate these things, hard in our eye-blink society………

twest

June 20th, 2011
11:08 am

Good Job Carvell!!! You are getting much better grasshopper! Master Chipson has taught you well. ps my cat Clyde Boogie likes your picture he keeps putting his paw on your pic, I think you are his favorite AJC writer!!!

bgdawg

June 20th, 2011
11:32 am

lol bigtime good catch… btw who do you think is bama’s top target this year? just wondering.

db

June 20th, 2011
11:33 am

To be honest, I was a little concerned of late however it appears things are picking up in a positive way! Go Jackets!

Un-Tank

June 20th, 2011
11:40 am

LOL at those who think Johnson’s recruiting is going well. Last year’s class was an utter disaster and this year’s class is anchored by a kid who’s played so little football he shows up at camp in tennis shoes. Oh, yeah, and a speedy WR who’ll be the fastest full-time blocker on the team.

Tech Fan

June 20th, 2011
11:47 am

Un-Tank,

Explain how last years class was an utter disaster? GT had one of the best linebacking classes put together in the country as far as numbers and talent. Better than UGA did at recruiting linebackers.

GT also got a better QB commit. LeMay is a grade A bust already.

GT also did very well on the OLine, again, better than UGA. So, I fail to see how GT had a disasterous class.

UGA got more high name players and another top 10 class, but as far as linebacker and Oline, GT did better.

DawginLex

June 20th, 2011
11:50 am

How is Lemay a Grade A bust when he hasn’t even played yet?

George Stein

June 20th, 2011
12:06 pm

He isn’t, Lex.

Can we just ignore the dumb comments going forward?

Un-Tank

June 20th, 2011
12:09 pm

Put down the pipe, Tech Fan. Your class sucked and everybody knows it, including the more knowledgeable fans of your program who are VERY concerned about the way Johnson recruits.

1eyedJack

June 20th, 2011
12:16 pm

Tech Fan, those are obviously YOUR opinions…and you know what everybody says about opinions….and let me further add, your’s are stupid.

George Stein

June 20th, 2011
12:18 pm

Im pretty knowledgeable, Un-Tank, and I have no idea how well Johnson recruited last year. I do know your dogs haven’t stopped his high school offense in three years, though.

Anyone who says they know last year’s class sucked can join Tech Fan in the idiot section of the blog. The kids have never played a down of college ball. Grow up already.

Remarkable

June 20th, 2011
12:19 pm

Ga. State is the best team in Atlanta. Georgia Tech might not even be the second best team in the city. Recruiting may give hope but hope doesn’t win games. Expect a losing season and don’t expect a turnaround anytime soon.

Nerds Nerds Nerds!!!!

June 20th, 2011
12:21 pm

Tech has lost 5 of its last 6 football games, only beating Duke.

George Stein

June 20th, 2011
12:22 pm

Thanks, Remarkable. Care to put your money where your keyboard is?

George Stein

June 20th, 2011
12:23 pm

Prtty sure those games don’t count anymore, Nerds.

Be a little.more creative with your name, tool.

Stats

June 20th, 2011
12:27 pm

Paul Johnson only has a .333 winning percentage against UGA.

Stats

June 20th, 2011
12:28 pm

42 points > 500 yards.

George Stein

June 20th, 2011
12:31 pm

Then make fun of the defense, Stats. Heck, I’d join you if you did. Sheesh

GT Fan

June 20th, 2011
12:34 pm

Tech Fan … It’s just “un-tank’s” opinion that GT had a bad recruiting class. Until last years recruits PROVE they suck at football then it’s just an opinion from some know-it-all.

Worm….. “QB of the future” are Carvell’s words, not GT’s. This kid could end up at any of the skill positions (i.e. Qb, a-b, wr, cb, s). Amazing how simple-minded so many of you “experts” tend to be.

DogLoverUGAmuttHater

June 20th, 2011
12:38 pm

UGA fan call Tech fans NERDS? UGA is having a Quidich(?) game. Quidich is a game played in the Harry Potter Books/movies. Now, tell me again how the UGA students are not NERDS too then?

George Stein

June 20th, 2011
12:38 pm

Bingo, GT Fan. Unfortunately, asking people to think then type appears to be an unreasonable request for many here.

George Stein

June 20th, 2011
12:40 pm

Just don’t get into it with them, DogLover.

juvenal

June 20th, 2011
12:49 pm

actually know some nerds that went to uga……

GT Fan

June 20th, 2011
12:54 pm

Stats… .333 might mean something if GT/UGA had 10+ games played with PJ as HC.

Im with You Stein, PJ’s high school offense has racked up some nice “Stats” vs UGA. Just stinks that the Jackets only have 1 W in the 3 games. But then again GT won’t commit 4 TOs every year vs UGA so expect more Ws to fall on the Jackets side!

And I too love seeing so many people comment, positively or negatively, on HIGH SCHOOL kids that have never played a snap at the NEXT LEVEL!

Techie

June 20th, 2011
12:54 pm

I rather be a nerd than a redneck any day. Future employee, yes you are ;)

GT Fan

June 20th, 2011
1:04 pm

Joe Cox & Reggie Ball, people …… Both were much better HS players than college – JC was even a 5-star recruit if I remember correctly.

David Greene & Joe Hamilton …… Both saw more college accollades than HS, but what happened at their NEXT LEVEL?? NADA! Both “had a cup of coffe” in the pros

Terrell Davis & Keith Brooking …… Best years of football were not until each made it to the NFL (especially TD)

BOSS GATOR

June 20th, 2011
1:12 pm

YO RED PANTIES…..I’m thinking silver bonnets, pink blouses and red tutu’s…..What another splendid fashion statement…..Oct. 29, 2011…..Jacksonville….And we’ll make it 22-3…….Wobble on down….We’re waiting….YOUR BOSS

Willie Martinez

June 20th, 2011
1:30 pm

I out coached PJ in 2009!!! No big stats in 2009 another GT loss and no moral victory. Pj coached teams have rarely beaten better teams.

Hold up

June 20th, 2011
1:36 pm

VT was a better team in 09. FSU was a better team in 08. UGA was a better team in 08. PREASEASON #1 remember? Uga fans are dumb.

Willie Martinez

June 20th, 2011
1:44 pm

Hold up do you understand the word rarely? How many really good teams has he beaten in his career?
Notre Dame was a nine loss team in his only victory over them at Navy. FSU was barely ranked in 08,

gt4ever

June 20th, 2011
1:45 pm

TECHFAN are you serious….

George Stein

June 20th, 2011
1:50 pm

The starting QB was hurt for much of the first half, Willie. He came back in the second half and hung 21 points on your defense. But don’t let facts get in your way.

gt45

June 20th, 2011
1:55 pm

Wow. Anybody want to talk recruiting? Would love to see JJ in old gold lined up opposite of this Kallon kid!

Willie Martinez

June 20th, 2011
2:02 pm

George, Nesbitt 19 carries 41 yards, Dwyer 14 carrries 33 yards, PJ excuse making for losing is contagious. Nesbitt missed what 3 series? AJ Green didn’t play at all. Another Tech loss.Please keep
PJ , he is a one dimensional coach. He has a rushing attack. Poor defense, poor special teams, no passing attack.poor recruiting.

DogLoverUGAmuttHater

June 20th, 2011
2:04 pm

I love it!
The VOTE count on Tech’s recruiting class shows 114 hits, but the comments are only at 42 with many of the same people posting. Sounds like a political vote. People vote knowing nothing but can’t post a comment to prove why they voted.

DogLoverUGAmuttHater

June 20th, 2011
2:08 pm

Willie
Please keep
PJ , he is a one dimensional coach. He has a rushing attack.
You have not watched CPJ’s teams over the years if you think he has no passing attack. PLEASE PLEASE keep that mind set(the one that got you fired from UGA) and think Richt & Bobo are smarter than Johnson and Grohb.

George Stein

June 20th, 2011
2:11 pm

Thanks for your feedback, Willie. I think we’ll roll with him for the foreseeable future.

Nesbitt was hurt (obviously) and UGA made a decision to take away Dwyer. It’s. Not excuse making by stating facts. The most important player on the team got hurt. If Murray gets hurt – and I hope he doesn’t – you will pretend the game never happened.

Willie Martinez

June 20th, 2011
2:13 pm

You mean those offensive powers houses from the WAC,Div 1aa, and Navy? Minor league coach, that got lucky and landed in the ACC when its traditional powers were down.

GT Vandy

June 20th, 2011
2:13 pm

2014 national championship game. ROFL

Paul

June 20th, 2011
2:16 pm

gt will surprise this year. The schedule sets up nice. I see another 10 win season and the recruits coming in will have us competing for a nat champ in 2-3 years.

BigTimeTechFan

June 20th, 2011
2:23 pm

CPJ doing an outstanding job, I really like last years class and this year recuits are looking real good. Already got 2 of the top 5 players in the state.