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Georgia Tech took its best shot at landing one of the state’s “Big Three” basketball prospects over the weekend.

Robert Carter, a 6-foot-9, 250-pound power forward from Shiloh High School, made an official visit to Georgia Tech over the weekend after taking a recruiting trip to UGA last week. Carter is one member of the “Big Three” — three Atlanta area seniors ranked among the nation’s top 25 overall prospects, a special group which also includes Southwest DeKalb’s Shaq Goodwin and Miller Grove’s Tony Parker.

When asked to rate his Georgia Tech trip on a scale of 1-10, Carter said, “I had a good time at Georgia Tech. I enjoyed spending time with the coaches and players, and I like the direction that coach [Brian Gregory] is taking the program. I don’t know if I could really rate it, though.” After pausing for a few seconds, Carter said, “I’d probably give it a 9.”

First-year coach Brian Gregory would have one of Georgia Tech's most impressive recruiting classes in years if he's able to land one of the "Big Three" -- and he has a good shot at Robert Carter (AJC)

First-year coach Brian Gregory would have one of Georgia Tech's most impressive recruiting classes in years if he's able to land one of the "Big Three" -- and he has a good shot at Robert Carter (AJC)

Georgia Tech organized a big-time effort to recruit Carter during his visit. Georgia Tech had both of its 2012 commitments, North Gwinnett guard Chris Bolden and North Clayton swingman Marcus Hunt, also take their official visits at the same time as Carter.

“We’ve been planning take our official visits together a Georgia Tech for a while,” Carter said. “We keep it touch through Facebook and text messages. I’ve been friends with Chris and Marcus through basketball, and we’ve talked about playing together in college for a while. It definitely makes me like Georgia Tech more because they are going there. I’d have some people there that I know.”

Carter also addressed the rumors that he is part of a “package deal” to Georgia Tech with the son of his AAU coach, Winfrey Jordan of the Atlanta Express. Jordan’s son, Pierre Jordan, graduated early from Florida State and transferred in August to Georgia Tech, where the point guard will be immediately eligible to play. Winfrey’s other son, Kierre Jordan, is one of Carter’s trainers.

“I’ve known the Jordan family forever, and they are good people,” Carter said. “They’ve mentioned it to me a few times about playing at Georgia Tech … We’re not a ‘package deal’ or anything. I’ve got to make whatever decision is best for me, and Coach Jordan and his sons support me in doing that.”

What about UGA? How did Carter’s Georgia Tech compare to his UGA visit a week earlier? Which was better? “I haven’t really had time to sit down and talk to my coaches and parents about both of the visits,” Carter said. “I’d say they were both good. Both schools have their advantages. I don’t have a leader.”

Robert Carter (pictured) already has a few friends that will be playing at Georgia Tech

Robert Carter (pictured) already has a few friends that will be playing at Georgia Tech (Photo by CourtCred.com)

What’s next? Carter will go to Florida and Florida State the next two weeks, and is deciding between Kentucky and Maryland for his fifth and final official visit.

Both Georgia Tech and UGA have a had a strong start with their 2012 recruiting classes, especially with homegrown players. If either local school was to land one of the “Big Three” — and Carter appears to be the best candidate – then it would put either school’s recruiting class over the top.

What about the rest of the “Big Three”?

  • Tony Parker did not make an official visit to Georgetown over the weekend, according to his coach. It is not known why Parker did not make it nor if he will reschedule the trip. Parker, who has already traveled to Ohio State, UCLA and Memphis, will make his highly-anticipated trip to Duke this weekend. Parker is reportedly favoring Duke and Ohio State.
  • Shaq Goodwin has only taken one official visit, traveling to Memphis two weeks ago. He also has UGA, UCLA, Florida and Arizona in his top five. He is in the process of setting up more trips. UCLA and Memphis are considered to be his frontrunners.

– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog

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29 comments Add your comment

Mr.BeegDawg

October 23rd, 2011
8:48 pm

Oh yeah, first???

CT_Jacket

October 23rd, 2011
8:49 pm

It would be nice for Gregory to make a statement in recruiting with his first class landing some of the top players from Georgia.

Techie

October 23rd, 2011
8:52 pm

I have been very impressed with Coach Gregory and his recruiting so far. I was against the hire at first because nobody had ever heard of the guy, but if he can recruit like this, I’m all for him. I love the package deal thing because it made a lot of sense. Jordan gives us immediate depth in the backcourt, and Carter is an elite player. I hope Carter comes to The Flats, too. Go Jackets!

Saban

October 23rd, 2011
8:56 pm

Florida 66 Dawg Cannibals 3

Muffin

October 23rd, 2011
9:21 pm

saban=gtgeek

DID YOU NOT SEE YACKETS GET PUNKED BY MIAMI ..

DAWGS ROLL IN JAX, BOY.

Joe Blow

October 23rd, 2011
9:33 pm

It would be nice to see two of the big three decide to attend UGA. We have some talented young perimeter players. Two quality big men would make us a force to be reckoned with.

Delbert D.

October 23rd, 2011
10:27 pm

If the AAU coach Winfrey Jordan’s son graduated early from FSU, that is a good sign that Gregory is connecting with the right AAU organization.

bitter----thrown under the bus

October 23rd, 2011
10:35 pm

fire richt————–o—sixth

Hoopster

October 23rd, 2011
10:44 pm

Tech’s to lose is the rumor.

GT Jason

October 23rd, 2011
10:51 pm

I think we’ll get him

GT Jason

October 23rd, 2011
11:07 pm

UGA could land Shaq if they let him play football too, but no coach in their right mind would let their star power forward play SEC football. He’d be better off playing sub-par football at Memphis and decent basketball (queue the trolls talking about how GT football is sub-par.) Parker is a lock out of state, so i think Carter to GT is the best chance at one staying in state.

marco polo

October 24th, 2011
6:16 am

Winfred Jordan is crook,he sales his players to the highest bidder. He does not promote them,believe me my son plays for his AAU team.

Luke

October 24th, 2011
7:19 am

@marco polo,

Then why do you sign up for his team? Doesn’t really make any sense at all…

Proud-Dawg

October 24th, 2011
7:42 am

UGA & GT needs to keep these kids in state. Where is that Georgia boy mentality at?

GTAAA 77

October 24th, 2011
8:01 am

Cremins and Hewitt were also good recruiters. Cremins ran his horses into the ground, won a lot of exciting games, but never reached GT’s full potential by developing a bench and rotation. Hewitt coached like an AAU novice, making sure that everyone hit the court equal time and not allowing his stars the freedom to play.

Gregory looks like another great recruiter. His background suggest that he may also become an exceptional coach. I promise 3 years of support until the verdict is in.

Hal

October 24th, 2011
8:14 am

I really don’t think Georgia is a geat source for college basketball talent. They have great players but when you add college to the mix they are not like players from the northeast. Tech used to do well out of state in New York for example. Once we got away from that we haven’t been to good.

[...] highly-anticipated trip to Duke this weekend. Parker is reportedly favoring Duke and Ohio State. http://blogs.ajc.com/recruiting/2011…-georgia-tech/ Tony (along with UCLA commit Anderson) won tourney title this weekend… [...]

Just Saying

October 24th, 2011
9:06 am

The fact this is a rumor, smoke, means there is some validity, fire. GT signs a son of Jordan’s in August, a son who got no playing time at FSU yet is worthy of a scholarship to GT? The other son is a “trainer” for Carter. “Theyve mentioned to me a few times about playing for GT”, really, what an admission, surprising. This is a clear quid pro quo if ever there was one. You can call it whatever you choose, but as they say in farming country “the hay is in the barn”. Why did Carter move from his hometown of Thomasville for his senior year? Did his family move? Where is Robert Carter living? Is he living with the Jordan family?

harold

October 24th, 2011
12:02 pm

HE WILL GO TO A CHAMPIONSHIP PROGRAM WITH A CHAMPIONSHIP COACH. UGA IS NEITHER OF THESE. PLUS RICHT WILL LIKELY BE FIRED IF HE ISN’T IN THAT SEC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME AFTER SIX YEARS!

poof!!!

October 24th, 2011
12:14 pm

Hal, Georgia is a great state for college bb recruiting. Everybody comes to recruit here. You talking about the Northeast, one of the better players in the state got away and will be the man at UConn. I’m talking about the Lamb kid. If GT and UGA can keep get the pick of the litter in this state they will become top ten programs.

coachx

October 24th, 2011
1:46 pm

Carter would look great in red and black as the inside threat with Caldwell-Pope as the outside threat. Coach Fox’s triangle offense would do wonders with those two and prepare them for the NBA.

They would probably be better then the Thomkins / Leslie duo who just left for the NBA and are now playing in LA.

Tdawg

October 24th, 2011
2:16 pm

Saban a saw buck say’s you don’t have the guts to back up that little score. You’re nothing more than some blowheart who’s ranting is nothing more than attempt to garner attention. What wrong? Mamma didn’t give you enough titty when you was growing up. You poor little baby. Heard that bamma milk was most often spoiled. Don’t get mad at Georgia folk because mamma wouldn’t let you feed. Take your bioaching to her for crying out loud. She’s the one that raised your pathetic arse.

Tdawg

October 24th, 2011
2:23 pm

Hey Harold, you idiot. What the he!! does Richt have to do with the basketball team? You really just showed your IQ. Wouldn’t be giving up that wal-mart job just yet. Geez, what a loon.

Froggie the Gremlin

October 25th, 2011
9:27 pm

You see, a basketball is round and ……nevermind.

Bean Counter

October 25th, 2011
11:48 pm

During recruiting you are told how great it is to have a degree from Ga. Tech. Maybe the recruiters should also tell that Tech is at the bottom of the ACC in student athletes graduating. This way the student can make a more informed choice about where to go and the schoolastic support you will receive while there.

hey Bean

October 26th, 2011
10:26 am

Graduating is not something you are entitled to if you attend a good university. You actually have to earn it. You would understand this if you actually graduated from a decent university.

[...] Kyle Anderson chose UCLA, and Twymond Howard chose UTEP. Tony Parker scheduled a Georgetown visit, but then skipped it, continuing a head-spinning recruitment, while Devonta Pollard won’t decide until the spring. [...]

[...] At one time, there was rumors that five star big man Robert Carter would be Kentucky’s first commit in 2012, but that never materialized.  Now there are rumors that he is headed to Georgia Tech as part of a “package deal” which he is refuting, although he seems to like Georgia Tech a good bit.   Carter has already visited Georgia Tech and Georgia and has trips planned to Florida and Florida State the next two weeks.  Kentucky is still in the running, although Carter will decide between Kentucky and Maryland as to what team will make up his fifth official vis…  [...]

49-25-2 glad I ain't a redneck from athens

November 1st, 2011
2:50 am

The word out is he will comitte to the yellow jackets after his fsu visit…. He has been seen at Georgia tech practices and is very good friends with 2 recruits from the 2012 class…. Headed to Atlanta it looks like. Go Jackets!!!!