‘Relationships’ help Georgia Tech recruiting, Vanderbilt talks SEC championships
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)
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
– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog Got a recruiting item? firstname.lastname@example.org
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