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Georgia Tech’s pipeline to one of Georgia’s most successful high school programs is alive and well.

Will Adams, a 6-foot-6, 280-pound offensive tackle from Sandy Creek High School, committed to Georgia Tech over Kentucky among his 10 scholarship offers.

“It was down to Georgia Tech and Kentucky, and I kept thinking what does Kentucky have that Georgia Tech doesn’t have?” Adams told the AJC.

“There is a ton of tradition in my family with Georgia Tech. My grandfather went there, my uncle went there, my brother goes there, my best friend goes there, and my other best friend is going to go there. It’s a very prestigious school. No matter what I major in, it’s going to be a degree from Georgia Tech, which is going to give me the upper hand.

“Georgia Tech has won national championships and ACC championships. I don’t care what the NCAA says, they won the ACC championship in 2009. It’s a prestigious school in academics but also in athletics. It’s close to home where I can come see my folks when I want to but it’s far enough that they are not breathing down my neck. I can do the ‘go off to college’ thing which is extremely important to me.”

Sandy Creek is a two-time defending state champion in football. Georgia Tech has had a lot of success recruiting out of  the Fayette County school over the years, reeling in talents such as NFL Pro Bowl WR Calvin Johnson, Cincinnati Bengals offensive lineman Andrew Gardner and current Tech safety Isaiah Johnson.

Sandy Creek OL Will Adams is a lifelong UGA fan but will be switching sides in college to play for Georgia Tech (Photo courtesy of Allyson Merrill)

Sandy Creek OL Will Adams is a lifelong UGA fan but will be switching sides in college to play for Georgia Tech (Photo courtesy of Allyson Merrill)

“I think the big thing for Will was the staff at Georgia Tech — he really hit it off with them,” Sandy Creek coach Chip Walker said. “Georgia Tech does a great job of recruiting our school. We’ve had a lot of success with our young men going to Georgia Tech and being successful there and beyond there. We’re real excited about him going to Georgia Tech.”

Adams deserves to be considered among the top offensive linemen in the state, according to his coach. Walker pointed out that his star lineman has gone against many of the state’s most highly-regarded defensive linemen over the past two years, including Thomas County Central’s Ray Drew (signed with UGA), Monroe Area’s Stephon Tuitt (Notre Dame) and Griffin’s Xzavier Dickson (Alabama). Adams has also squared off against some of state’s top 2012 recruits, including Henry County’s Dalvin Tomlinson (undecided) and Eastside-Covington’s Sheldon Rankins (undecided).

“Will has played against some big-time defensive players and more than held his own,” Walker said. “We were fortunate to win all those games. You can’t win all those games if your offensive tackle is getting whipped. He has done really, really well against some great competition. I think Will is the total package as an offensive lineman and can play for any school in the country. We’ve had some really good college prospects come through our school, and Will is right up there with the best of them.”

Ironically, Adams will be playing for the archrival of his childhood favorite, UGA. Adams is a lifelong Georgia fan and said he always had dreams about playing for the Bulldogs. He had interest from UGA but was never offered. Adams took the pragmatic approach to switching sides.

“When scholarship offers start rolling in, as a recruit, you have to take the fan side completely out of the picture,” Adams explained. “The fan in me wanted to play for Georgia. But the rest of me wanted to go to a school and play football where I was wanted. I could say some things about Georgia, but they got who they needed on the offensive line. You know, that’s fine how everything worked out. I just realized maybe that Georgia was not the place for me. Once I had that thought in my head, I realized that it wasn’t the place for me. Then my decision for Georgia Tech got so much easier for me.”

Adams had a whirlwind courtship with Georgia Tech. Adams recently suffered a non-football injury which required 10 stitches in his leg. It caused him to miss participating in UGA’s “Dawg Night” football camp on July 15. Adams said he called UGA to see if he could attend anyways, but never heard back. He then called Georgia Tech to see if he could observe their camp the next day, and was told to come on down. After the camp, much to the surprise of Adams, he got a long-awaited offer from Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson.

Seeking homegrown talent: 8 of 9 football recruits for Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson's (right) 2012 football recruiting class have Georgia connections (AJC photo)

Seeking HOMEGROWN talent! 8 of 9 football recruits in Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson's (right) 2012 football recruiting class have Georgia connections. Meanwhile, Mark Richt (left) has 10 of 12 local products. (AJC photo)

“When he offered me, I was blown away,” Adams said. “I was not expecting it at all. He wanted me to make a decision right then, and I said ‘Coach, I can’t make a decision right now. Can you give me a day to go home and talk about it to my parents?’ Then I still could not decide and asked if I could have until the middle of the week. He told me ‘That was fine but after that I’m going to have to send out other offers.’ I spent three sleepless nights trying to think and I woke up one morning and it just hit me. I knew what I was going to do. I knew Georgia Tech was for me.”

Adams actually committed to Johnson last Wednesday but waited until Monday to go public with it because his parents wanted his friends and family members to be able to gather for the special occasion.

“I think Georgia Tech is getting the ideal offensive tackle for their system,” Walker said. “He has got great size, he’s very athletic and he moves well. He comes from our system where we run the football a lot, so he can fire off the ball and knock people back. He also has the skill set to be a great pass blocker, which is maybe not something that Georgia Tech does a ton but it’s something important.

“I’m speaking for myself and not Georgia Tech. I would think they would their offensive linemen to be in the mold of Will — long, athletic guys who can move but can do both run blocking and pass blocking. And he’s very intelligent.”

While Adams is headed to Georgia Tech, the state’s top two OL prospects appear headed out of state. Lithonia’s Joe Harris will announce between South Carolina, Clemson, Mississippi State and Alabama on July 27, while Buford’s Vadal Alexander confirmed that LSU, Alabama and Auburn are his favorites.

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262 comments Add your comment

JYD

July 25th, 2011
11:24 am

rduck

July 25th, 2011
11:32 am

nice. welcome to the flats young man. looking forward to great things from you….

BigTimeTechFan

July 25th, 2011
11:32 am

UGA didn’t want him because he has a history of pancaking their 5 star recruits and making them look bad. Can’t have that in practice.

Mtn Dawg

July 25th, 2011
11:32 am

WOW!. They’re getting away. First?

Oh yea!

July 25th, 2011
11:33 am

I’m digging this kid and the 2012 class. Go Jackets

coachx

July 25th, 2011
11:37 am

Good luck………..even though I’m a Dawg fan.

Honduras Dawg

July 25th, 2011
11:38 am

I don’t get it. This big boy dominated Ray Drew. Maybe coach Richt is looking for another o lineman to appear out of nowhere like the Somoan kid. Well I guess Ga. State and So. Alabama knew about ol’ Chester. Maybe the next obscure UGA OL signee can be from Canada? Or France?

Mr. Dawg

July 25th, 2011
11:38 am

Breaking news! Another player that Georgia isn’t recruiting doesn’t commit to them!!!

2BT

July 25th, 2011
11:39 am

Congratulations to the young man. Great opportunity to play in-state at a very high level.

insulting comment from UGA fan(s) in 3, 2, 1 ………….

GT Fan

July 25th, 2011
11:39 am

Welcome to the GT family Mr. Adams! Can’t wait to see you in the White and Gold, playing on the Flats!!

Go Jackets!!

Dawginit.

July 25th, 2011
11:40 am

Congrats with your decision. Good luck to you except when you play UGA.

DawgFan

July 25th, 2011
11:40 am

I know this kid and this family…Tech is getting a solid character person plus a great football player…his dad played in the USFL..no worries about him backing out of his commitment either…very, very solid individual…kudos to CPJ and Tech, you’ve gotten a good one for sure

Red

July 25th, 2011
11:41 am

Adams is doing the same thing Keith Brooking did – a lifelong UGA fan who then goes to Tech because the Dawgs never offered. Here’s to Adams being as successful as Brooking.

Lowcountry bulldawg is a d---he

July 25th, 2011
11:42 am

What a low blow to the fleabag nation.

UCF 10 UGA 6

Un-Tank

July 25th, 2011
11:43 am

Richt: Here’s your offer. Take your time and make sure UGA is the place for you.
Johnson: Here’s your offer. I need your answer. Now.

Good luck to Will.

Breaking Out In Hives

July 25th, 2011
11:45 am

Will is a great recruit for us! We are in for some exciting years of football. Will Adams along with the other big, quick footed offensive lineman will provide great protection for Vad to pass those 50 yard bombs into the endzone. I cannot wait!!!!!

old timer

July 25th, 2011
11:45 am

Richt don;t want white ol.

Mr. SEC

July 25th, 2011
11:45 am

Not a top tier OL, he did the best he could right now! Should had waited. Good luck kid!

UGA Hulk

July 25th, 2011
11:47 am

UGA was waiting for Georgia State and South Alabama to offer before recruiting Will

Beast from the East

July 25th, 2011
11:48 am

Congrats and best of luck, young man!

Breaking Out In Hives

July 25th, 2011
11:48 am

And, for those as excited as me, perhaps this highlight video will satisfy your appetite until September.

Vad Lee Passing Video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Q2k95TtTdk&feature=related

kickslidered

July 25th, 2011
11:49 am

Congratulations Will! Everyone is proud of you and really happy for you. It’s hard to believe the criticism here from UGA “fans”. It’s ironic that UGA “fans” disparage you for supporting UGA.

mp

July 25th, 2011
11:50 am

well reported piece, carvell. IMHO, will is THE prototypical lineman for tech’s option offense at the FBS level. great commit who’s found a home in tech.

as for the mutt fans thinking this kid’s gonna be swept off his feet by st. richt in some grand scheme to screw tech, forget it. this kid’s no fool. he’s spelled it out to you in black-and-gold that’s he’s going where he’s wanted and he couldn’t be more at peace.

TechMate

July 25th, 2011
11:50 am

SWEET! Congratulation young Mr. Adams. Great choice as the Tech Nation are happy for both you and your family as they can now watch you mature as a student athlete.

Nate the Great

July 25th, 2011
11:50 am

@2BT: There is no hate from us uga fans. We wish him and GT the best unless we are playing each other then we just hope he doesn’t get hurt. Good luck and congratulations on keeping great talent in state!! Do wish we recruited him though sounds like a high character kid with his head on straight. Every program can use kids like him

GeoffDawg

July 25th, 2011
11:52 am

Sounds like a good kid. Wonder why he grew up a Georgia fan with so many family members at tech? Good luck to him.

@Beast from the East

July 25th, 2011
11:54 am

“Uga fans don’t be upset should have offer this kid” — Don’t kid yourself….no one is upset that a kid who UGA didn’t recruit and did not provider offer chose to attend a school who actually gave him an offer…..good for him.

@Beast from the East

July 25th, 2011
11:56 am

Sorry, the post was meant for @gamecock

Nate the Great

July 25th, 2011
11:58 am

After reading some of the gt comments either your fan base has a severe inferiority complex or are a bunch of negative nancy’s. Some of you need to be positive polly’s. The power of positive thinking, look into it. Be happy you got a great recruit and celebrate him don’t use the opportunity to bash another team that didn’t even offer the kid (although it sounds like we should have)

Andrew

July 25th, 2011
11:59 am

Do you have any idea how stupid that “gt” hat looks on you? You will say to myself later today and everyday….”what have I done?”. You would be much better off walking on at GEORGIA. People laugh at people who go to tech. You will never be invited to parties anymore. You would have gotten a better education at Kentucky than tech. I hope you rethink your decision. It’s dangerous to walk the streets in Atlanta. Tech is on probation. Their school has become an embarrassment to both the education world and the sports world.

gt4ever

July 25th, 2011
11:59 am

Mr. SEC,,

You have NO clue!

JRW7

July 25th, 2011
12:01 pm

UGA should have called ADAMS back. Instead we offered a OL that is not even rated, CMR wake up!!!!!

YellowJacket

July 25th, 2011
12:01 pm

UGA’s arch rival is an IQ test. They haven’t won one yet.
Ain’t that right Billy Bob?

BigTimeTechFan

July 25th, 2011
12:03 pm

Nate The Great @ Right on, thanks, the more talent on bost sides of the ball during the UGA/TEch game the better, Like the games better when both team are good going into it.

Seems odd that CPJ would need answer right away, every other time I read he tells kids to hold off and really make sure he making the right choice, even more so then other coaches. He must be locked in on OL for 2011 class.

Chase Roberts and now Will Adams add to last years class Errin Joe, Shaq Mason, B Chamberlain, Trey Braun, looking real nice.

Randall "Pink" Floyd

July 25th, 2011
12:03 pm

Richt and Co. know what they’re looking for at OL. They don’t always get the guys they’re after but they rarely make a mistake in evaluation. How soon folks forget Nick Claytor, Mr. 4* all-world in-state OL whom UGA didn’t offer and got ridiculed for not doing so.

Good luck to Mr. Adams. I’m sorry you didn’t get the offer you really wanted. Perhaps you can use it as motivation like 3/4 of the Auburn team tries to do every year.

Kentucky fan says...

July 25th, 2011
12:05 pm

Tech got a good one. Wish him luck but also wished he was coming to Lexington. At least he did not loserville.

Moron Tech Fans

July 25th, 2011
12:05 pm

We didnt offer bc he isnt good enough for UGA

Tealsauce

July 25th, 2011
12:05 pm

Welcome to Tech, Will!
He’s joining an ever-growing list of Sandy Creek-to-Tech players. Coach Walker is running an excellent program, and I’m glad Tech is reaping rewards of it.

Go Creek and go Jackets!

Charlie Hayes

July 25th, 2011
12:06 pm

Dont get to comfortable with Mr. Adams you little buzzy bees…..If Vadal Alexander and Joe Harris commit to out of state schools, then UGA will offer this ‘Life-Long UGA Fan’ a full ride.

how2fish

July 25th, 2011
12:07 pm

Good luck young man..well except when you play UGA…Bugs looks like you got a good one congrats.

Kentucky fan says...

July 25th, 2011
12:08 pm

meant to say… At least he did not pick loserville.”

Moron Tech Fans

July 25th, 2011
12:08 pm

And if UGA does decide to offer him, you know you cant hold on to him. He will be out of there in a hurry.

Charlie Hayes

July 25th, 2011
12:08 pm

Hey Will, Dont let Paul Johnson bully you into making a decision and pressuring you! Just sit back and wait for the offers to come in and then pick where you want to go instead of playing for a prick like CPJ!

NorthAvenueRules

July 25th, 2011
12:09 pm

Awesome! Will will help us get where we want to go!

His high school team has won State 2 years in a row? Oh yeah, baby!!

Welcome to Tech and Go Jackets!!!!

Dawginit.

July 25th, 2011
12:10 pm

JRW7, have you even seen UGA’s new OL commit play? He’s not rated because Dawgnight is the first camp he went to.

Tealsauce

July 25th, 2011
12:10 pm

I was also confused by that, BigTimeTechFan.

Seems we usually read about too…I remember reading a few times that a guy wanted to commit to Tech and Johnson specifically told them to wait and make sure that’s what they wanted to do.

I’m not sure why this case is different.

Moron Tech Fans

July 25th, 2011
12:11 pm

Im rolling on the floor over here that someone posted a passing video for GT QB. hahahahaha you throw it 35 times a year. It wont change under CPJ you a one dimensional threat, hence why you suck so bad. Get a clue techies, no recruit will get you over the hump especially not a OL that we didnt even offer.

Yellow Fever

July 25th, 2011
12:12 pm

Will, welcome to the Hive! Have fun and good luck to you playing your senior year. Hope you guys can make it happen 3 years in a row!!

Moron Tech Fans

July 25th, 2011
12:14 pm

yea have fun in high school, because you wont be having any of it at Tech unless your into dudes or have Asian Fever.

Dawg Smart

July 25th, 2011
12:15 pm

Boy Genius St. Mark Richt recruited Cam Newton to play …. TE