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Georgia Tech is looking for a few good men along the offensive and defensive line when it has summer camp on Friday and Saturday.

Yellow Jackets coach Paul Johnson has seven commitments for Georgia Tech’s 2012 recruiting class, and he wants more.

Some of the top college football prospects expected to attend this weekend’s camp are Sandy Creek OL Will Adams, DE Alex McCalister of West Forsyth, N.C., and LB Abner Logan of Dexter, Mass. Johnson will also get an early look at a pair of 2013 prospects with LB Gerald Turner of Goose Creek, S.C., and Demarcus Walker of Sandalwood, Fla.

Will Adams – OL – Sandy Creek HS, GA
Alex McCalister – DE – West Forsyth HS, NC
Francis Kallon – DE – Central Gwinnett HS, GA
Abner Logan – LB – Dexter, MA
Gerald Turner – LB – Goose Creek HS, SC
Demarcus Walker – DE – Sandalwood HS, FL

Here are four questions with’s Kelly Quinlan about Georgia Tech camp:

1. What are realistic expectations for Georgia Tech for this weekend? “Typically at these type of camps the Georgia Tech coaching staff is looking for one or two players who might be ‘borderline offer’ guys to perform well enough to get an offer either that day or later in the recruiting year. At the June, camp Micheal Summers from Statesboro High School picked up an offer and committed the next morning. That is fairly common and sometimes guys impress the staff to get an offer later in the year after the scholarship numbers improve through attrition. Deon Hill and Tony Zenon both camp at Tech in 2010 and got late offers when scholarship opened.”

Paul Johnson will be having his first July camp for college prospects since becoming Georgia Tech's head coach. He traditionally holds them earlier in the summer (AJC photo)

Paul Johnson will be having his first July camp for college prospects since becoming Georgia Tech's head coach. He traditionally holds them earlier in the summer (AJC photo)

2. Who are the top 3-4 recruiting targets (2012 or 2013) expected to attend? “The two biggest players visiting this week are linebacker/defensive end Alex McCalister from West Forsyth (N.C.), offensive guard/nose tackle D.J. Reader from Grimsley (N.C.), and 4-star linebacker Abner Logan from Dexter (Mass.). Both Reader and McCalister are being recruited for the defensive side of the ball at Tech, and both will be visiting Georgia Tech’s campus for the first time. Logan is a very impressive player, and a visit from him signals he is seriously interested in the Yellow Jackets.”

3. What is Georgia Tech’s biggest position need with the remainder of its recruiting class? “Right now, the most glaring areas of concern are offensive line and nose tackle. Georgia Tech has one offensive line commitment from 3-star Greater Atlanta Christian lineman Chase Roberts, but they need two more players in the 2012 class. At the nose tackle position, the Yellow Jackets lose Logan Walls after this season, leaving them with junior T.J. Barnes and redshirt freshman Shawn Green. Barnes will be a senior so they need at least one nose tackle to help with depth and to provide competition for the two incumbents in 2012.”

4. It will be a good weekend for Georgia Tech if what happens? “If they land one of the three major visitors like a Reader or McCalister or find two or three talented “under the radar” type guys that they offer and have that player commit on the spot. In 2010, they landed Catlin Alford and Morgan Bailey at the biggest summer camp, and last year they offered and landed Shaq Mason on the spot at this camp. Currently they only have one serious offensive line offer out to Derrick Nelson, so this is a big weekend for offensive line recruiting.”


Central Gwinnett DE Francis Kallon has already committed to Georgia Tech but is scheduled to attend camp this weekend. Kallon moved from London, England, last year (AJC photo)

Central Gwinnett DE Francis Kallon has already committed to Georgia Tech but is scheduled to attend camp this weekend. Kallon moved from London, England, to the Atlanta area last year (AJC photo)

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42 comments Add your comment

King Dawg IV

July 14th, 2011
2:11 am

Will anybody show up at Georgia Tech on Friday? Because all the “real” football players will be in Athens for Dawg Night! Maybe we’ll give permission for ones not good enough to play at Georgia permission to come over there to that tiny stadium on Saturday???? Go Dawgs! Woof woof WOOF

Honolulu Dawg

July 14th, 2011
2:22 am

King Dawg, that’s not a nice thing to say. Trolls like you give UGA a bad name. We got our own problems to worry about.


July 14th, 2011
6:14 am

Tech’s class has been pretty darn good so far compared to what we’re used to. I am extremely excited about both Kallon and Gnonkonde, who are both guys that were/are “under the radar” but are now attracting more and more attention.


July 14th, 2011
6:38 am

King Dawg….we should tend to our own knitting, don’t you think? Popping off after going 6-7 is not the smartest thing to do.

Bitter spoiled recruit

July 14th, 2011
6:45 am

great stuff cravell—-tech seems smarter not dealing with 5 star brats—–my big toe hurts


July 14th, 2011
7:12 am

Lol go cocks

Who cares (the original)

July 14th, 2011
7:19 am

I am sure the CPJ will get the right players for the O and D systems, so I don’t care if anyone commits this weekend.

@King Dawg IV. UGA can have all the 4 and 5 star players they want this weekend. Over the last 10 years UGA gets over 10 of them a year. Can you name a year that more the 2 players from the same class made an impact. I can when it comes to our 3 stars.

BTW David Pollack and Tim Jennings were 3 star recruits

Go Jackets!!!

Vampire Bill

July 14th, 2011
7:41 am

Yah, fellow dawgs fans….. It’s really not much fun bashing GT lately. Both programs need a up shift although the bugs seem to be sinking faster and deeper. Opps.. sorry


July 14th, 2011
7:57 am

Just in. Richt is planning a pink out for the Boise State game. He indicated he was breathless after looking at the Boise State colors and wanted to wear something appropriate for the Georgia beatdown.

He said in an interview that pink was the color this year. His inspiration came from the pretty flowers choakdawg picked in Honduras.


July 14th, 2011
8:07 am

LOL, Vamp Bill…I laughed in spite of myself. Regarding Tech & UGA, altho we might go after many simlar players on defense, with both teams running the 3-4, there is not going to be any overlap in the players recruited by the 2 programs on the offensive side of the ball.


July 14th, 2011
8:34 am

It’s strange that UGA and GT have their camps on the same night. Any insight into this?


July 14th, 2011
8:51 am

Sweet, Hope Tech continues to get players like the last 2 classes.


July 14th, 2011
8:51 am

RxDawg Tech wants it on the same night so the kids that go UGA’s camp want be at Tech trying to steal I-phones and MP3 players from Tech players.


July 14th, 2011
9:20 am

Tech, like my dawgs, seem to be letting some of the States best get away. I know Tech has a certain academic threshold not found at some other schools, but appear to over come that when need be, just looking at a few players from the recent past, in basketball also. I would think that defense would be easier to recruit top notch players rather than the limited scope of Johnson’s offense in the mind of some skill players from the high school ranks. Good luck anyway. I think we all benefit when Tech and Georgia have good teams.

Jacket Man

July 14th, 2011
9:25 am

The Jackets have an interesting mix of players in/coming in for the weekend. I’m not sure if we’ll get any commitments or not, although I know some of the kids would do so if we offered this weekend. The issue is whether we will or not. The other issue is we have several kids who are 2013 prospects in camp, so they won’t be signing with anyone, and Paul Johnson doesn’t like to offer kids too early knowing they’ll have so long before they can sign.


July 14th, 2011
9:27 am

King Dawg

You really need to calm down. Woofing after a 6-7 season makes us look pathetic.

I can tell you as I have told other Dawgs, you better hope Johnson doesn’t get any top notch recruits.

I have said it before and it makes all my friends go “Huh”?, but if you put Johnson at Georgia with 4 and 5 star recruits, it is lights out. Think 1980’s Oklahoma.

At Tech he is faced with the academic rigors of GT and it limits the recruiting base somewhat.

People forget that Johnson would have been OUR coach if Dooley had left, Erk had taken over and Johnson would have been OC under Erk.
GSU titles would have never happened though but it sure makes for some interesting conversation. Ray Goff would still have an alma mater.


July 14th, 2011
9:27 am

totally agree JB… Tech and UGA need to both come back on the national stage to keep the top instate kids at home. I hate seeing these homegrown talents take their game to another state. Hopefully both will get back to being relevent soon and make the game on Thanksgiving even bigger.

Football Insider

July 14th, 2011
9:37 am

Good comments and way to stay classy DawginLex, not always easy for the rival across the state.

For GT, they stand a really good chance of landing athletic freak Abner Logan with an offer this weekend. Abner will have to bring his A-game, but Tech could catch him by surprise with an offer and may induce a commitment.

DJ Reader would be an excellent pick up for the Jackets. He can really blow up here late in the game with interest picking up from Texas, Alabama, Florida, and other bigger schools. He’s an OG 340 lbs. Can’t believe UGA is showing no interest. Tech will put him on defense most likely though. Could be a clincher if Tech plays their cards right.


July 14th, 2011
9:44 am


So what your saying is Tech hands out I Phones and MP3 players at camp? That’s interesting… :P


July 14th, 2011
9:59 am


given the recent announcement that the NCAA is sniffing around Tech, it might not be too far fetched???

:) :) :)


July 14th, 2011
10:12 am

“Can’t believe UGA is showing no interest”

Probably just a simple matter of UGA identifying the ones they want and knowing that they will get them. There’s a lot more O-linemen recruits than there are scholys to offer.

Similar situation to that Athens OG last year that wanted a UGA offer, but wound up going to UT instead.


July 14th, 2011
10:15 am

“given the recent announcement that the NCAA is sniffing around Tech”

Are they really? That’s news to me. I guess it just got over shadowed by all the major OSU, Oregon, LSU, and Auburn news.


July 14th, 2011
10:16 am

Yeah the findings will be announced at 3 today


July 14th, 2011
10:28 am

Seems like bad timing…No bowl this year and 2 years probation…Loss of 6 more schollys is rumored.

You're my Boy Blue

July 14th, 2011
10:37 am

Wow Tech is going to lose 6 spots on the roster??? I bet all the fans of GA Southern, Middle Tennessee St, and Elon are happy at that news since that is who Tech goes against for recruits.

Eastside Eagles

July 14th, 2011
10:59 am

Shaquille Huff Eastside High School in Covington, Ga., would be a great pick for them!!


July 14th, 2011
12:15 pm

Wow!…talk about timing!

Randall "Pink" Floyd

July 14th, 2011
12:59 pm

How dumb do you have to be to schedule a camp at the same time as perhaps the premier prospect camp in the country?

Michael Carvell

July 14th, 2011
1:35 pm

UGA’s camp is Friday; Georgia Tech is both Friday and Saturday


July 14th, 2011
2:16 pm

Never heard of any of them fellas.


July 14th, 2011
4:07 pm

Gonna be tough to get recruits to show up this weekend now that the NCAA is done with GT


July 14th, 2011
4:18 pm

Wow, what a great weekend to be a prospect at a tech camp.

Vampire Bill

July 14th, 2011
5:01 pm

I can just imagine the echo in the room when CPJ addresses the recruits… Hellooooooooo ????????


July 14th, 2011
5:04 pm

It appears at first light that the punishment being given to Tech will not have any effect on recruits and their choices. But maybe the NCAA has more up its sleeve?

31 years and counting

July 15th, 2011
1:51 pm

guarantee you Carvell GT will stop paying Hewitt at some point, you do not have any legal authority to answer that twitter question…especially with everything going on in the court system today..down is up and up is down…remember I said this

all dawg

July 15th, 2011
4:14 pm

Just shut your football program down already. Your embarrassing the State! Well…you and the coaching staff at UGA.


July 15th, 2011
4:22 pm

the real players finished 6-7 last year!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jacket Man

July 15th, 2011
10:23 pm

With approximately 200 kids at camp and all of the commits firmly in place, I guess you can enjoy some crow will all of your bravado.

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Thomas Brown

July 17th, 2011
7:15 am

Georgia tek does not do any recruiting anyway, not in football. Who cares if Georgia tek is on PROBATION for the next 4 years, again now ? How is that going to affect Georgia tek’s recruiting in football, other than Paul Johnson certainly should have been told that any employer should have to show cause.

ACC Champs: Tee shirts don't lie!

July 17th, 2011
10:07 am

It’s Sunday AM…where is the update?

Super Scout

July 17th, 2011
11:52 am

Dropped by the GT camp to get a feel for the kids they are recruiting. Pretty impressive group. I have never seen that many 5′ 9″ OL prospects in one place.