Georgia Tech entertains all-star cast of recruits for Clemson game

AJC Super 11 DE Dalvin Tomlinson of Henry County HS (AJC photo by Phil Skinner)

AJC Super 11 DE Dalvin Tomlinson

Georgia Tech will have an all-star cast of college prospects attending Saturday’s game against Clemson.

Shadrach Thornton, a running back from Liberty County High School, will be on his official visit to Georgia Tech. Thornton is a “soft verball commitment” to Kentucky, but still considering the Yellow Jackets.

AJC Super 11 defensive end Dalvin Tomlinson of Henry County High School is also expected to attend. He’s one of Georgia’s top uncommitted prospects, and considering Georgia Tech, Alabama, Indiana, UGA, Clemson and Tennessee, among others.

At least eight Georgia Tech commitments are scheduled to be the game: Central Gwinnett defensive end Francis Kallon, Greater Atlanta Christian offensive lineman Chase Roberts, Sandy Creek offensive lineman Will Adams, Statesboro wide receiver Micheal Summers, Carrollton defensive tackle Pat Gamble, running back Marcus Allen of Hilliard, Fla., quarterback Dennis Andrews of Tallahassee, Fla., and linebacker Tyler Stargel of Gulf Shores, Ala.

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Other senior prospects expected to attend are McEachern kicker Nick St. Germain, Allatoona running back Miles Jones, defensive back Trae Elston of Oxford, Ala., offensive lineman Mike Flint of Oxford, Ala.

There will also be some of the Southeast’s top juniors – Tri-Cities offensive lineman Shamire Devine, Eagles Landing Christian Academy defensive end Isaac Rochell, South Gwinnett linebacker Reginald Carter, Tucker wide receiver Juwaan Williams, Stephens County running back Chaz Thornton, Tri-Cities offensive lineman Jeremi Hall, Central-Macon linebacker Nigel Bowden, and Sandy Creek cornerback Shaquille Wiggins, among others.

– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog

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92 comments Add your comment

OldSchoolTechFanatic

October 29th, 2011
2:21 am

I aint gonna say it !

OldSchoolTechFanatic

October 29th, 2011
2:23 am

Talk about needing an upset !!! Looks like some very good talent coming to visit.

DTC

October 29th, 2011
5:04 am

Going to be one ugly game, for the home crowd.

GT9

October 29th, 2011
6:43 am

49-25-2

October 29th, 2011
6:51 am

49-25-2 says GT Fans shouldn’t be scared of Clem’s Son. Shock the World. Dawg Fans getting ready to have their heart broken in the Annual Gator nightmare game!

Gr8 2B aFuzzyB

October 29th, 2011
7:23 am

Can we suit up that kicker recruit and play him tonight?

BB

October 29th, 2011
8:07 am

Why would any big time recruit want to go play for that 5th grade offense?? And if your a defensive player, going against that junk in practice everyday does not get you ready for the next level. Gimmicks and smoke a mirrors……..

PJ = Mighty Casey

October 29th, 2011
8:14 am

Strikes out on elite recruits , he hosts them , they sign with someone else.

dap01

October 29th, 2011
8:28 am

If there is a sellout to see Clemson, the season average attendance will be push up to 26,000. Wow the excitement builds!

A DAWG UP A JACKET'S ... U KNOW....

October 29th, 2011
8:31 am

He may be on geeks sideline, but he is overwhelmed by Clemson tonight, now want’s a trip to Clemson and UGA.

1eyedJack

October 29th, 2011
8:42 am

That kicker is wasting his time, unless he’s considering Clemson.

1eyedJack

October 29th, 2011
8:43 am

Or he can play A-back?

Mason

October 29th, 2011
8:43 am

Recruiting stars are a joke anyway.

Paul N Destin

October 29th, 2011
8:52 am

I have to admit…that is not a very impressive list Jackets. Paul does a great job with what he can recruit. You can deny if you wish and make fun as well but Johnson does a good job with the talent he convince to come to Tech. Have a safe and great day sportsfans.

GT

October 29th, 2011
8:55 am

If you are a recruit coming to Tech all I say is notice the crowd. It is an Atlanta crowd, not a bunch of country people making noise and leaving to go back to the woods. You can see CNN from the parking lot, ESPN keeps cameras in Atlanta, people passing through town come to the games like rap stars, movie stars, pro athletics.. And for all this you get one of the top educations in the world, and Mama can sleep in her own bed after watching the news on her own television set. With the price of gas do Mama a favor and come to Tech.

CarolinaJacket

October 29th, 2011
9:08 am

Quoting myself from another blog. Now, I will say look out for the big play. Clemson and Tech lead the nation in big plays, but they have continued to have them and we’ve missed ours the last two games. Lets turn that pattern around and cut out the “bonehead” plays and we might just have ourselves a “W”. We need one in front of these recruits.

Paddy

October 29th, 2011
9:16 am

Looks like a good list to me. GT will get their share. UGA will get more. But it is what you do with them once they are on campus that really counts. Isn’t college football great?

Have not heard about the NBA! Have they started camp yet or played games? Heard there are many good season tickets left for ‘dem Hawks. Don’t worry about the ASG. They have your back!

1eyedJack

October 29th, 2011
9:29 am

Who are the Hawks?

NickJacket

October 29th, 2011
9:47 am

Good luck to these guys in making their college decision. Lot of pressure on them. Hopefully they make their own decision and consider what’s best for them.

dry dirt road

October 29th, 2011
9:51 am

OK, list sounds great. We got Will from Sandy Creek, we got Gamble, a name that fits in with the ramblinwreck song’s “ramblin, gamblin, helluva engineer”, we got a qb from Tallahassee, Dennis, who chose Tech over FSU. Now with all that youth, is CPJ going to be jealous of them and refuse to allow them to use shotguns, blitzes, or tight ends in favor of his triple option attack with it’s fake handoffs only or run to the bench to warm it up toward the sidelines instead of run downfield toward the goalline attack? Tech has an Athletic Accociation that fires coaches. It is composed of profs, various coaches from other Tech sports and Tech admin personnel such as Bud Peterson and Ratikovich. They decide if a coach needs to be fired, if he just doesn’t cut it at Tech, doesn’t have Tech’s best interests in mind. CPJ has proven he doesn’t have Tech’s best interests in mind, only his own best interests. Making the team were pink, powder puff, female football socks when he was not wearing pink on the sidelines is an example of his jealousy of the youth playing for Tech. I am a Tech grad of ‘73, and these are my suspicions about CPJ. He’s hurting Tech. People are gonna have to catch on to that. His lining up the qb at the los is not competitive with shotgun offenses. When the qb drops back to pass and stops, his blood pressure has to adjust then, in addition to him finding a receiver reducing accuracy. That’s an unrealistic demand for the qb to do two things physically. Kinda like getting double teamed playing on the defensive line.

BankerDawg

October 29th, 2011
9:53 am

Good luck tonight GT. Should be a great atmosphere for the recruits to experience…BDS is a pretty sweet venue for a night game, I must admit.

Headed to my tailgate in Jax….hoping for good thing this afternoon.

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO DAWGS! SIC ‘EM! WOOF WOOF WOOF WOOF!

reebok

October 29th, 2011
10:08 am

Gonna be a GREAT atmosphere at Bobby Dodd tonite…a full house, night game against an undefeated conference rival…Tech better step up and play some inspired ball tonite! Travel carefully and enjoy your game, BankerD.

Jacket Man

October 29th, 2011
10:12 am

I find it quite amusing seeing all of these Bulldog “fans” over on the GA Tech recruiting blog, insulting the young men who will be attending tonight’s game against Clemson. The Jackets are very proud, and excited, about every recruit who considers coming to the Flats, and it’s quite evident that Paul Johnson is able to produce much better results with his “rated” recruits than Mark Richt does with his on a consistent basis. He does it because Paul Johnson and his staff coach their players better, and Paul Johsnon is a better in game strategist than Mark Richt.

So feel free to pan the Ramblin Wreck recruits all you want. These young men know the value of a GA Tech education (such a large percentage of Tech graduates become millionaires) and the fact they realize there’s life after football, and a degree from this University is one of the most respected in the world.

GT Man

October 29th, 2011
10:20 am

If Nick ST.Germain can kick field goals and put kickoffs into end zone, then please give him a scholarship PJ !!!!!!!

1eyedJack

October 29th, 2011
10:20 am

(such a large percentage of Tech graduates become millionaires)

Jacket Man, what do you consider a “large percentage”?

OCCUPY NORTH AVENUE!!!! :)

YELLOW BRITCHES

October 29th, 2011
10:59 am

I think it was Bobby Ross’ third year when we played Clemson up there. Dad and I drove up with the sense that this was going to be a turn around game. We were going to whip those guys in their own backyard. Man, what a great game. A statement game. Tech, these bright men of engineering bent could play “smash mouth” football. Hey, let’s hope.

Paddy

October 29th, 2011
11:02 am

1eyedJack……the Hawks play in that indoor soccer league. They say soccer is about to be America’s #1 sport. Of course they said that back in 1971!!!!!!

Stinger2

October 29th, 2011
12:03 pm

Too bad these recruits are coming for the Clemson game.
We would have had a better chance of signing some of them if they had attended the UNC game. Its been all downhill since then.

NiquePhotog

October 29th, 2011
12:05 pm

Last statistic I heard concerning this (a few years back), 1 in 6 GT grads go on to be millionaires. Not too shabby….

Supersize that order, mutt

October 29th, 2011
12:11 pm

I guess that puts me in the other 5. LOL

Ramblin Man

October 29th, 2011
12:47 pm

Hoping for a great game tonight. Hopefully the coaches and players can show these guys a brother hood and make them see that GT is a family and great place to be. Hopefully these guys will see where they can help and make this team even better. I would love to see Kallon, Gamble, and Tomlinson on the same line. Looking for the upset in a big way.

Come on over to UGA

October 29th, 2011
1:13 pm

Thanks for preheating the oven technerds…..we’ll take over and finish cooking the meal for these recruits when you’re done with your scrimmage.

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

October 29th, 2011
1:37 pm

We run the ball on the bad, bad, bad Clemson defense and bring home a victory….Goo Jackets!!!! Sorry rednecks, but the gators keep on owning you.

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

October 29th, 2011
1:38 pm

Sorry uga rednecks…. Your easy entry to your school keeps the thugs at home. Hahahahaha

collegeballfan

October 29th, 2011
1:57 pm

I suspect that any recruit at the game tonight will realize that he can start next year for the Jackets.

buzzarmy

October 29th, 2011
1:58 pm

If PJ was the coach at UGA with their tallent he would win a Nat. Champ in 2 years .. If MR were the coach at Tech 7-5 just like Chan…

Rock of Ages

October 29th, 2011
3:43 pm

Thanks Banker dawg. UGA in a close one 27-20. Tech needs you recruits desperately. Come and help Tech win the ACC and kick some dawg butt. Sorry Banker Dawg I pull for you guys except when you play Tech. Sorry to say Clemson 34-17. Just to many horses for Clemson. Please prove me wrong Tech.

GT Bob

October 29th, 2011
8:29 pm

Oh great, they see a rival kick our a**.

Rock of Ages

October 29th, 2011
11:42 pm

Hit on the UGA game and thank the good Lord I was wrong about Tech getting beat. Defense,Defense,Defense, great defensive effort by the Tech defense. Groth you had a great game plan on stopping Clemson. And how about the offense. Finally started getting outside with the pitch. Seemed as if that play had disappeared from the play book. Great blocking by all just a fantastic game. Congrats to all the Tech players for a great victory and showing me that you still have the ability and heart to beat anyone. Thanks again for proving me wrong. GOOOOOOOOO TECH.

tp jones

October 30th, 2011
12:09 am

Glad Tech won in front of a sold out crowd. Come to ATL to play football. Doesn’t get any better than that skyline. Go Tech!!!!!

AUGUSTAJACKET

October 30th, 2011
12:22 am

Tech look the best i have seen them in a very long time great win.

Keeping It Real

October 30th, 2011
9:39 am

In Tech’s two loses, they were missing 3 of their starting LBs. Tech runs a 3-4 defense, LBs are the key, duh… Obviously, all the naysayers didn’t review the injured list (GT finally healthy) or the history between GT and Clemson this week. If this game didn’t close the deal on any of those recruits, CPJ and staff should not waste any more time with them. By the way, T. Boyd of Clemson has better numbers that Luck at Stanford…Too bad Boyd is not getting equivalent recognition on the national stage.

GT9

October 30th, 2011
9:47 am

I disagree with dry dirt road. Beating the #5 team in the nation is in the best interest of Georgia Tech football. I really believe that all the recruits at the game were impressed with all the love shown to the team after filling up the field after the game. We might not land all those recruits, but we definitely gave them a memory to keep for a lifetime.
Congrats on your win, BankerDawg.
WOW! We knocked off number FIVE in the nation.

JD

October 30th, 2011
11:03 am

Well I guess the recruits on the sidelines had a great time last night. Nationally televised game, sellout and a sound beating of the number 5 team. Fans on the field after the game. Could not have asked for much more for Tech.
Go Jackets.
Those of you that say you are Tech alums and are criticizing CPJ, remember the years when they were lucky to win 5 or 6 games and the coach was ok with it. CPJ will never be ok with that kind of season. When it happens, he works harder to correct it. That’s what makes a good football coach and there are alot in the SEC and other conferences too.

JD

October 30th, 2011
11:11 am

The Ga vs Tech game could be between two teams with two losses. It won’t have any bearing in the conference races that both find themselves in or whether or not either team is bowl eligible, but success by both makes recruits stay in the state when deciding where they want to go to college. It should be a great game.

5150 UOAD

October 30th, 2011
11:46 am

Please no more talk about lifting Vad Lee’s redshirt.

Robert Barron

October 30th, 2011
11:52 am

Agreed JD.
Bill Curry for example.
A great guy with good morals but he was not ready to be head coach.
For one thing, you need to have been around – working your way up as an assistance at a number of colleges – to have a good idea who to hire as your coordinators.
Tech lost to Duke 4 years in a row under Curry including to home losses and he only won 2 or 3 games in his first two years.
Pepper did not leave the cupboard that bare and should not have been fired.
Friends of Homer argue with me about the job both did.
Hiring the young grad is a cop-out that usually fails. (Spurrier proved himself at Duke before Florida chanced him.)
Occasionally the AJC builds up CPJ too much but he’s a good coach; our best since Dodd.
Our secondary is capable of being our best ever and the rest of the D could be filled out to make a very good D.
Anyone else shut down Clemson?

Robert Barron

October 30th, 2011
11:53 am

BTW, those season tickets holders who sold to Clemson fans, u r POND SCUM.
Prosecution rests.

A DAWG UP A gayturs ... U KNOW ....

October 30th, 2011
12:19 pm

geeks will maybe get to see Clemson down the road……….

Clemson will rebound and go UNDEFEATED the rest of the season, including ACCC hampionship.

bugs

October 30th, 2011
12:54 pm

Nick St. Germain is the best kicker I have ever seen.If he has the grades,SIGN hin.