Georgia State picks up 3 football commitments

Georgia State has picked up its first three football commitments for 2012. All three are from out of state.

A pair from Alabama’s Dothan High School, linebacker Joseph Peterson and offensive lineman Aaron Thomas, will be following an assistant to Georgia State. Eldrick Hill, who was Dothan’s defensive coordinator the past three years, will be joining Georgia State as a graduate assistant or intern, according to Dothan head coach Kelvis White.

“They had a lot to do with it; [Hill] has a great relationship with both players and their families,” White told the AJC on Sunday.

The 6-foot, 210-pound Peterson picked Georgia State over Western Kentucky. He also had an early offer from Southern Miss, called to commit, and was told that the school had already filled up at the linebacker position with three commitments. Peterson, who has a 3.0 GPA and plans study to be a physical therapist, said his coach’s presence at Georgia State made it an easy choice.

Miramar LB Bryan Williams committed to Georgia State

Miramar LB Bryan Williams committed to Georgia State

“It had a lot of impact on my decision,” Peterson said. “I loved playing under him in high school with the way he coaches. I wanted to play a few more years with Coach Hill in college. I talked with my family and prayed about everything; Georgia State was the right place for me.”

Thomas, a 6-3, 300-pounder who projects to play offensive guard in college, opted to join his coach and  teammate at Georgia State. Thomas, who has a 2.8 GPA and wants to study to be a surgeon or something related in the medical field, picked Georgia State over South Alabama.

“Georgia State is not too close to home, but it’s also not too far away,” Thomas said. “I like the football team, the coaches and city of Atlanta. Joseph and I have been talking for a while about playing together at Georgia State, so we went ahead and made it happen. Coach Hill will be there, too, which is good because I’ll know some people when I get there.”

Said White, “Joseph is a high motor guy who goes all out on every play. Aaron is a big, strong and physical kid … Georgia State is getting two outstanding young men who can step in right away and play.”

Also, Miramar (Fla.) linebacker Bryan Williams committed to Georgia State, which was his only offer. The 6-3, 200-pounder said he had interest from numerous other schools, including South Florida, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Middle Tennessee State, Florida Atlantic, and Central Florida.

Williams led his team in tackles last year and has been clocked in the 40-yard dash at 4.69 seconds. He has a 2.9 GPA and plans to be in law enforcement. “I want to take crime off the street and make the world better.”

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

CLICK HERE to catch up on ALL of the LATEST RECRUITING NEWS

Note: Inappropriate BLOG comments and personal attacks will NOT be tolerated. We love the lively discussions but hate-filled, harassing and irresponsible comments are unacceptable.

Follow me on Twitter @RecruitingAJC

211 comments Add your comment

JAWJeRDAWG

July 3rd, 2011
5:30 pm

Seems Georgia State has three good recruits in these players. .. Go Dawgs!

Panama

July 3rd, 2011
5:44 pm

It has been an awesome couple of weeks for GSU football. Unusual for a non BCS AQ to be picking up 3 commits before July, especially in FCS.

National Champs

July 3rd, 2011
6:12 pm

Will the AJC please quit referring to Georgia State as “GSU”? There is only one GSU or “real” GSU and that would be Georgia Southern University …

ajg

July 3rd, 2011
6:16 pm

Good report. Nice to see Coach Curry stocking up on Defensive talent. Peterson, in particular should be a big asset. GSU football is shaping up into something pretty special.

Vampire Bill

July 3rd, 2011
6:47 pm

good pickup’s go panthers

The REAL GSU

July 3rd, 2011
6:59 pm

National Champs do me a favor. Go to (www.gsu.edu). Great recruits for GSU keep them coming!!!

Panama

July 3rd, 2011
7:01 pm

Loving how this turning out GSU. 61 Days until the return of GSU Football. Go Panthers

Panama

July 3rd, 2011
7:01 pm

@The REAL GSU

Dont bother man. No accounting for nutso.

Paddy

July 3rd, 2011
7:17 pm

Panama…you are corrrect. Early commits to a new school and Div 1-AA is unususl. CBC and his staff seem to be working not only hard but effective.

GSU = Georgia State University, www.gsu.edu

July 3rd, 2011
7:21 pm

GSU = the next big thing in college football!

bamaguy

July 3rd, 2011
7:32 pm

The “real” GSU is going to play Alabama at Bryant-Denny Stadium in November. I wouldn’t do too much “crowing” about being the real GSU until after then.

bamaguy

July 3rd, 2011
7:34 pm

Bill Curry is a class act, I still am ashamed of how badly Alabama treated him. The “other” GSU couldn’t have a better man in charge.

Panama

July 3rd, 2011
7:56 pm

Would just love to see one blog on here not get hijacked by this crap. Unbelievable how many people in this state cannot read. Georgia Southern Identity Standards state they are Georgia Southern or GS and to NOT refer to them as GSU so as to not confuse them with any other institution. Wow!

Panama

July 3rd, 2011
7:57 pm

Is this the Savannah Morning News????

ill pass on the surgeon

July 3rd, 2011
8:11 pm

with the gpa of 2.8 thank you very much. male nurse…. maybe but certainly not surgeon unless he learns to speak mexican.

Panama

July 3rd, 2011
8:22 pm

What is wrong with this place? Speak Mexican? Seriously?

Gsooner

July 3rd, 2011
9:06 pm

@Panama: Hey, man we are in the south. Did you really expect anything less? lol

AgentOrange

July 3rd, 2011
9:24 pm

Beast mode. Just wish we could start get any of the high talent that washes out of UGA.

Panama

July 3rd, 2011
9:30 pm

There is enough Div I talent leaving this state annually that we dont even have to sorry about UGA scraps.

GStateBen

July 3rd, 2011
9:41 pm

As Tweeted by Rivals.com, from 2002-2010 the state of Georgia has averaged 92.2 FBS recruits per year. Big time talent and I’m glad we are a part of the big 3.

Welcome to the family Joseph, Aaron and Bryan!

Fake apology

July 3rd, 2011
10:08 pm

If Thomas can’t take his 2..8 GPA in HS and be a surgeon, maybe he can be a rocket scientist. Or maybe he can be a janitor at a hospital.

Mr. SEC

July 3rd, 2011
10:25 pm

Good news for Ga. State; I hope Williams will be a great addition to the Panthers! Also, as I have stated before; there goes Tenn. again extending their hand to everybody in the nation. Glad to see this kid go a place where he will play instead of being a number; to bad many kids from Georgia will turn into a number because of promices that can”t be backup from 2 SEC schools west of this state. This kid got some great advice and choose a school where he has a chance to make a difference and not fill a roster like some OTHER schools!

Mr. SEC

July 3rd, 2011
10:51 pm

To: National Champs
Georgia Southern University was granted university status in 1990!
Georgia State University was granted university status in 1969!
So who is the real GSU? Georgia State, rightly so because of being granted university status first.
I like both schools by the way, they are 2 different conferences just so you will know!
Get your facts straight before you make irrelevant stupid statements!

Dawg @Beach

July 3rd, 2011
10:55 pm

GStateBen: What does 92.2 BCS recruits from Georgia have to do with the “fake GSU”? None of them will sign with your oversized commuter concrete cage of a campus. You may get a few stale crumbs from us, such as Dexter Moody or Washaun Ealey.

That’s just sad that Georgia produces all of this homegrown talent and the “fake GSU” signs three recruits all NOT from Georgia. wth? That’s “fake recruiting” by the “fake GSU”

Delbert D.

July 3rd, 2011
11:34 pm

I was on an assignment in Dothan several years ago, and I had no idea where I was, either. They had this big circular road from nowhere to nowhere. When in doubt, go clockwise, and maybe it will come to you.

Rodney Dangerfield

July 3rd, 2011
11:42 pm

2.8 GPA is probably better than half the people on this board. So much hate in this world.

Panama

July 4th, 2011
12:41 am

What does UGA or GS care about GSU recruiting????Just scary

@ Dawg@Beach
GStateBen never mentioned GS. You did! We’re talking about recruiting and all the Division I players that leave the state annually. As for commuter campuses, we will have 4000 students on campus this fall. Will have 10,000 on campus in the next 6 years. Its not 1991.

Learn to read

July 4th, 2011
1:33 am

@Dawg @ Beach – do you understand the difference between “state of Georgia” and the University of Georgia? I mean WOW!

GStateBen

July 4th, 2011
7:03 am

Dawg fans have trouble with facts. The reason for the posting was a response to quality players in the state is overwhelming. Georgia State continues to grab kids who had offers from FBS schools. It’s a trend that had happens for the last 3 recruiting cycles.

JD

July 4th, 2011
7:38 am

GSU will be the largest school in the state in two years (sorry, UGA!). Kids play football here because they’ll graduate from college, not prison!

atlfan

July 4th, 2011
7:40 am

Sounds like pretty good gets for State. Things moving right along.

1980 was so long ago

July 4th, 2011
8:06 am

“”As for commuter campuses, we will have 4000 students on campus this fall. Will have 10,000 on campus in the next 6 years. Its not 1991.”"

And it sure isn’t 1980 anymore!

Panther Prowler!

July 4th, 2011
8:14 am

The game against Old Dominion will be telling. These recruits will come in handy against Colonial competition next year (unless we join a different conference…)

@bamaguy: the real GSU played at Alabama LAST November.

ajg

July 4th, 2011
8:34 am

@Panther Prowler! You are right that ODU will be the first big test. Southern Alabama will be a big one too.

Bitter "ROUGE BOOSTER"

July 4th, 2011
8:35 am

hard to believe coach curry would ever think of a recruiting mission to alabamma———–good luck

———————————-tree killers stink——–pay for play———-loosser’s———hahahahahah

Bitter "ROUGE BOOSTER"

July 4th, 2011
8:38 am

chip ban ‘tar and feathers————-he speak with fork tounge

EagleDawg

July 4th, 2011
9:23 am

Happy 4th of July to everyone!

Panama

July 4th, 2011
9:46 am

Sept 10th through Sept. 24th (Old Dominion, @Jacksonville State, @Houston) will be the true test of our season. Absolutely brutal

Panama

July 4th, 2011
9:46 am

Tony Chang

July 4th, 2011
10:28 am

Congratulation GSU!!! You are the best.
Your alumni in Asia supporting you!! Go panther.

Itsmeagain

July 4th, 2011
11:17 am

Hijacked again by Georgia southern? Come on guys, now Its just getting sad. Doesn’t statesboro have a newspaper for you to be in?

gtfanfrom1951

July 4th, 2011
11:20 am

Georgia State is behind Georgia Southern by six NC. And those UGLY blue uni……..GO Eagles!!!!!!

Honduras Dawg

July 4th, 2011
12:05 pm

If you boys want to play for Coach Richt at Georgia, I’m sure you all could as “preferred” walkons.

PMAP21

July 4th, 2011
12:09 pm

Wow..I love it! Football Fireworks on the 4th..It is enough to say the Panthers had a great 1st (I went to every home game and the Alabama game) but Georgia Southern is a great program but Georgia State is sexy to root for..I would love the day when there is a intra-state bowl but we are really talking apples and oranges here UGA..GTech,..GSU and GS the only comparison is location other than that its fun to root for..Nice shout out from China I was just there in May..looking forward to CBC building a good program I believe we win our conference in 3 years. Coach Curry goes out on a high note..Alabama’s treatment notwithstanding

GSU'80

July 4th, 2011
2:58 pm

“National Champs” just has dem Statesboro Blues.

Itsmeagain

July 4th, 2011
3:10 pm

I dont know that GSU will win an FCS national chapionship, mostly because I don’t think they’ll be FCS long enough

PMAP21

July 4th, 2011
3:48 pm

I believe we start playing in the CAA next year.

REAL GSU?

July 4th, 2011
4:41 pm

The real GSU? There are only four national research universities in the state of Georgia: UGA, Ga Tech, Emory, and Georgia State University. All the other colleges are essentially local/community colleges.

Georgia Southern is a fine school if your goal is to party for four years and you can’t get into a research university. But you can’t get a Ph.D. there. Their degrees only go up to a masters (although now they’re conferring some of those Ed.Ds, i.e. fake doctorates). Georgia State confers about 200 Ph.D.s per yer in a wide variety of fields.

Other things you might not know about Georgia State: It has at least two large observatories and the one it has in California was one of the first observatories to discover a planet outside our solar system a few years ago. A Georgia State history professor recently procured a document written by hand by Galileo (yes, that Galileo) and is now translating it. Georgia State shares an fMRI machine with Georgia Tech that it uses for scientific studies on the brain and regularly conducts research in conjunction with Emory. (I don’t think you’ll find much research getting published out of Georgia Southern).

Those are traits that very few top tier national research universities can boast. I don’t think there’s much question about who the real GSU is.

Covers Dixie like the Dew

July 4th, 2011
5:05 pm

Panther Power on the field and off.

VSU Alumnus

July 4th, 2011
5:14 pm

I love this blog.Just for argument’s sake where does GRAMBLING State University fall into this real GSU debate? For that matter is there another VSU? Is there a Vermont State? I’ll be quiet now and crawl back to my side of the state and polish our two NC trophies won this century. Go Panthers,Blazers and anyone else who may be reading.