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Roderick Chungong

Roderick Chungong

Roderick Chungong, a defensive end from Maryland, committed to Georgia Tech on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-3, 255-pounder picked Georgia Tech over Michigan State, Virginia and Pitt, among his 15 offers. The coach of Maryland’s Our Lady of Good Counsel High School, Bob Milloy, said, “He’s a good football player, good student, and just an all-around good kid.”

Chungong made a name for himself with college recruiters after his head-to-head performance last season against 5-star offensive lineman Cyrus Kouandjio, who famously committed to Auburn on national TV on signing day but later signed with archrival Alabama. The 6-7, 300-pound Cyrus played at DeMatha High School.

“Roderick went at it all game with the Cyrus kid who signed with Alabama, and Roderick got the better of him,” Milloy said. “When the colleges came through and saw film of that game, that’s what really set things off with Roderick with recruiting and scholarship offers.”

Strangely, Maryland has proven to be fertile recruiting grounds for Georgia Tech and UGA over the last week. On Friday, UGA landed a commitment from Baltimore — Boys’ Latin offensive lineman Greg Pyke, who committed to the Bulldogs over Virginia Tech, Penn State and Maryland.

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Luke

August 9th, 2011
3:04 pm

JMar

August 9th, 2011
3:06 pm

I wonder if people in Maryland are freaking out over losing talent to UGA and GT like people in Georgia do every time a prospect leaves the state.

PerimeterCenterJacket

August 9th, 2011
3:07 pm

They call this play “the annexation of Maryland.” It’s so complicated it takes two teams to execute it!

Dawg68

August 9th, 2011
3:10 pm

Great pick-up for the Jackets! Best of luck to this young man on all that he does (unless it’s against UGA)

Go Dawgs!

Jacket Backer

August 9th, 2011
3:16 pm

Welcome aboard Roderick!

Go Jackets!

BigTimeTechFan

August 9th, 2011
3:17 pm

3 big time DL pickup for TEch 2012 class, very nice, add to 2 outstanding OL and 2 LB’s, very nice.

Congrats to Tech and Roderick.

Head to head he was better then last year no 2 recruit in the country, very nice.

Tom

August 9th, 2011
3:30 pm

Knew Carvell wouldn’t be able to do a write-up on a GT commit without mentioning the cesspool. Soooooo predictable.

mwh6767

August 9th, 2011
3:35 pm

Good pick up. Think you are starting to see the fruits of Groh and the defensive staffs labor. I believe the level of recruits on the defensive side of the ball will get better and better. CPJ will always bring in a certain type of guy on offensive and because of the system its a little harder to judge the players talent coming in but no reason that tech can’t be in the hunt for some of the bigger 3-4 type linebackers and d-ends around the southeast. Just imagine if CPJ can keep the offense operating at a 25-30 point per game average and the defense starts producing as well. IMO the keys for this year are: 1- Find a quarterback the can manage the offense. Doesn’t have make spectacular plays, just run the offense effectively.
2- Hold on to the m$ther f$^#ing football.
3- Get a pass rush. Way too many opposing team QB’s sat back and picked the secondary apart last year.
4- Develop a reliable passing package. Doesn’t have to be many plays but Tech has got to have a passing package to go to that will keep defenses honest and something to go to at end of games when you have got to pass the ball.

reebok

August 9th, 2011
3:38 pm

thx for the classy comment Dawg68. so tech beat out mich state…i wonder who Chungong’s other offers were from?

1Jacket7

August 9th, 2011
3:40 pm

Congratulations Roderick. You have made the best decision of your life. Going to a place that will need your services right away. You will have a chance to make a name for yourself right away. And in three years the NFL will be looking to sign you right away. For the life of me I don’t understand why more DL players don’t see this low lying fruit on fertile ground on the Flats of GT. They go to a school with a lot of hype only to never be heard of again. You are going places my man and it starts in 2012 in the ATL. Congratulations to you and your Family.

JB

August 9th, 2011
3:41 pm

Good job Tech. You’re kind of guy. Smart as a whip I bet. Things picking up on the flats. Go Dawgs

Bob Loblaw

August 9th, 2011
3:46 pm

Its a good pick up for the Buggz.

old timer

August 9th, 2011
3:46 pm

Tom, it must be nice getting beat by the “CESSPOOL”.Carvell also mentioned Alabama.Auburn, Michigan State. stuff it Tom.

rduck

August 9th, 2011
3:47 pm

reebok- just off the top of my head I believe there was UVA, Louisville, Miss St and many other good programs. Great pickup for Groh and the Jackets. Welcome aboard Roderick. See if you can’t persuade Ryan Watson to come with you. Saw some of his video. Great motor and very physical. Plays to the whistle and just plain hits people.

rduck

August 9th, 2011
3:50 pm

old timer- i believe the reference to Ala and AU was in regards to the big tackle that was the #2 rated player in the country. Thanks JB for the kind words and congrats on the big OL commit this week.

Destin Dawg

August 9th, 2011
3:50 pm

Good for GT… good luck in all of ‘em but one !! we’re going to be great this season… can’t wait.. Go Dawgs !!

rduck

August 9th, 2011
3:52 pm

the video I referenced was of Roderick Chungong. Sorry if there was any confusion.

GT Fan

August 9th, 2011
3:56 pm

He comes from a great high school, Our Lady Good Counsel. Ryan Watson is from the same school. If he commits, he’ll be our first 4 star recruit. Oh baby, this class is looking good!!

GTKurt80

August 9th, 2011
3:56 pm

Welcome to the Flats Roderick! Sounds like you’re going to be a lot of fun to watch.

We’re really picking up some “players” on the D. Wouldn’t mind a super-stud LB or two. Looking forward to watching Jabari Hunt-Days, I think he’s going to be big time. Though young, I think our DBs are going to get some picks this year, I like what I’m hearing about them.

Ready for “toe meets leather.”

kevin

August 9th, 2011
3:57 pm

Nice pickup for GT! Good luck to you this season–except for that final regular season game. :)

GT Fan

August 9th, 2011
3:57 pm

And, of course, welcome to the hive Rod!!!!!

Go Jackets!!!!

GT Fan

August 9th, 2011
4:00 pm

I think Ryan Watson is listed as an Offensive Guard, so we should be getting some help on that side of the ball. Can’t imagine him blocking for Vad Lee. Lord, I can’t wait for football season to start!!!!

Vad Lee Passing Video:

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

Supersize that order, mutt

August 9th, 2011
4:10 pm

I bet Randy Edsall hates CPJ even more now. LOL

PaulPaul

August 9th, 2011
4:10 pm

Congratulations on a good recruit from a die hard Bulldawg. Hope you guys pick it up and get back to the point where you can compete with us again. Series is always more fun when when we both have good seasons. Grew up in Atlanta during the Dodd era and was a Tech fan til I went to UGA. One of the best games ever was the one Tech beat Alabama the year after Darwin Holt destroyed Chick Grannings face on a dirty hit. Some of the hardest hitting I have ever seen in a game. Tech beat Mr. Namath and company that day and got revenge on the Tide.
God luck on the rest of your class.

Supersize that order, mutt

August 9th, 2011
4:11 pm

Hey, GT Fan, my tickets were just delivered. Did you get yours today?

Supersize that order, mutt

August 9th, 2011
4:13 pm

PaulPaul, that WAS an awesome game, wasn’t it? I was a freshman at Tech in ‘62, and that game will forever live in my memory. I don’t think I have ever seen such intensity, both on and off the field. As a side note, you said you became a Georgia fan after going there; my brother-in-law was a DIE-HARD Tech fan who went to Georgia and remained a DIE-HARD Tech fan till the day he died.

Damon Evans

August 9th, 2011
4:15 pm

Red panties are falling from the sky.

Ramblin Man

August 9th, 2011
4:27 pm

I really hope that he can convince Ryan Watson to come along with him, that would be a nice package deal.
Bigtime,
Who is the secong LB? Stargal is one and I assume you mean Allen, but GT recruited him as a RB. Not that he can’t switch as most teams recruited him as a LB, but he chose GT because he was offered a chance as a RB.
This class would end real nice if GT can close on Atkins, Shumate, Watson, Fuller, Robinson, Peterson and Thornton. There are others that I like I just feel GT has a legit shot at these guys.

Skitty Fritty

August 9th, 2011
4:30 pm

Cheech & Chungong

GT 1

August 9th, 2011
4:33 pm

Welcome Jacket, glad to see GT get someone that chose GT over a big school instead of Memphis, UAB or Wofford—thanks young man.

Reggie Ball

August 9th, 2011
4:36 pm

Congrats, you will learn how to count to 3 at Tech like me,

BIG BEE

August 9th, 2011
4:43 pm

Paul Paul, thought I was about the only one who remembered the Holt/Graning incident. Chick later recruited my son to East Tn. State, where he coached for several years. That is another story though.

WONDERING

August 9th, 2011
4:45 pm

How do idiots like REGGIE BALL get on here? Just wondering.

NYC Jacket

August 9th, 2011
4:45 pm

I think Roderick was sold on the coaching staff (especially Al Groh.) I don’t blame him. Win or lose, Al Groh is a class act! Check out this video of him after he left Virginia. His players love him.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-WjGROPz24

BigTimeTechFan

August 9th, 2011
4:48 pm

Ramblin Man

I was talking Junior Gnonkonde, Tech’s 1st 2012 commit, 6′4″ 215 and very strong and fast. My bet is he will be about 230/235 by the time he get to Tech

Rueben Houston

August 9th, 2011
4:51 pm

If you need a off-campus job, LMK.

Flag Boy

August 9th, 2011
4:53 pm

Can I be your number one fan?

BigTimeTechFan

August 9th, 2011
4:53 pm

Ramblin Man

Watson and Shumate would be huge gets for Tech.

Wonder if Chungong commit ends chance for Dalvin Tomlinson and John Atkins?

Supersize that order, mutt

August 9th, 2011
5:02 pm

Big Bee, you and PaulPaul are not the only ones who remember the Holt/Granning incident. Bear’s refusal to even acknowledge that it was an illegal VICIOUS hit probably did more than any other single thing to lead Dodd to withdraw Tech from the SEC. There were other reasons, of course, but I believe that incident was the spark that lit the fire.

[...] Maryland DE Roderick Chungong selects Georgia Tech over Michigan State (click on story link) [...]

1Jacket7

August 9th, 2011
5:28 pm

Worth seeing again if you haven’t already. Look to see big things out of Tony Zenon. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CauzjEn7tKU

Tyler

August 9th, 2011
5:53 pm

Welcome to GT roderick!

Adam

August 9th, 2011
5:56 pm

Tony Z reminds me of Warrick Dunn

@bigtimetechfan

August 9th, 2011
6:02 pm

you consider the kid who’s never played a down of football big time recruit? pretty big reach.lot more upside with this kid.

[...] Maryland DE Roderick Chungong selects Georgia Tech over Michigan State (click on story link) [...]

shoes

August 9th, 2011
6:10 pm

you are telling me John Smoltz who signed for 5.5 million in 2009 has to foreclose on Wyoming property owing 1.6 million. Bet he is not going to be held accountable in anyway. But just you and me try it on our homes worth nothing and see what happens.

ESPN.com 2009 read below

“Smoltz will earn a $5.5 million base salary with the Red Sox, and can earn up to $5 million in an incentive clause. The incentives include $125,000 for his first day on the active roster, $500,000 if he is on the active roster on the last day of the season, and up to $4.375 million for the number of days he is on the major league roster during the season.”

wrecks wreck

August 9th, 2011
6:13 pm

Another 3 star recruit that will be under coached by this staff. Guess means no hope of getting Jordan Jenkins.

Ramblin Man

August 9th, 2011
6:16 pm

BigTime,
Junior fell right out of my head, My apoligies. I would not see this detering either Atkins or Tomlinson as they are projected DTs, in fact it should strengthen thier decision that GT is tryng to build a strong line and wants them to be part of it. I would welcome both I have just heard that GT has a better shot with Atkins. Who knows, some of these kids are probably looking to take officials first and see how teams are playing.

HUH?

August 9th, 2011
6:23 pm

One of the best defensive players last year was a 2 star and you think the guys are under coached wrecks wreck? Why would that mean no Jordan Jenkins? Can’t imagine he would be afraid of a little competiton and I think the coaching staff will make room if it means getting him and going over the d-line number they projected to get. Also why am I wasting my time responding?

buzzer

August 9th, 2011
6:59 pm

Good to have Roderick on board! I hope he can get stronger and faster though….275lb bench press? 4.8 40 is not so bad but a little quicker would be nice.