Will Georgia Tech offer Allatoona RB Miles Jones?

Paul Johnson scored points with recruits with Georgia Tech's upset over Clemson on Saturday (AJC)

Paul Johnson scored points with recruits with Georgia Tech's upset over Clemson on Saturday (AJC)

Georgia Tech had its biggest and best recruiting turnout of the year for Saturday’s upset over Clemson.

More than two dozen of the state’s top college prospects turned out for the game, including Allatoona High School running back Miles Jones.

“It was a pretty lively atmosphere for college football,” Jones told the AJC. “Everybody was pretty excited. There were a lot of people there. The place was packed, and it was loud. I liked it a lot. It made you want to go out on the field and play yourself.”

Around 10 Georgia Tech commitments for 2012 showed up on Saturday, including Central Gwinnett defensive end Francis Kallon, Sandy Creek offensive lineman Will Adams, and running back Marcus Allen of Hilliard, Fla.

Sandy Creek cornerback Shaquille Wiggins and Tri-Cities offensive lineman Shamire Devine were among a select group of the state’s top juniors who attended the game. There were also some big-time uncommitted seniors, including AJC Super 11 defensive end Dalvin Tomlinson of Henry County and Liberty County running back Shadrach Thornton.

Back to Miles Jones: Georgia Tech is looking to sign at least two running backs for 2012, and already has one commitment in Allen. Thornton, who made an official visit to Georgia Tech this past weekend, appears to be another top target. Thornton is a “soft” commitment to Kentucky, but now is reportedly torn between Vanderbilt and Georgia Tech.

What about Jones? He does not have an offer from Georgia Tech, but he said the Yellow Jackets may be close. “They said I’m at the top of their recruiting board,” Jones said. “Right now, they are trying to get their numbers together before they can give out any more scholarships. But they said I’m next in line, right at the top.”

The 5-foot-10, 203-pound Jones said an offer from Georgia Tech may depend on Thornton’s decision. Thornton told the AJC last week that he expects to finalize his college decision within the next couple of weeks.

Allatoona RB Miles Jones

Allatoona RB Miles Jones

“That’s what I’ve been hearing, but I’m not sure,” Jones said. “I saw [Thornton] at the game on Saturday. I have heard some stuff — that if they don’t get him, then I may be the next they offer. But I mean I don’t know how all of that will work out. Hopefully, it will all work out in my favor, of course. I’m going to keep focusing on my senior season at Allatoona and let this recruiting situation play itself out. There’s really nothing more I can do.”

There’s also rampant speculation that if Georgia Tech offered Jones, he would commit faster than he runs the 40-yard dash in 4.47 seconds.

“I’d definitely consider committing,” Jones said. “I want to take an official visit there first … but yes, an offer would be good news for me. I would really consider Georgia Tech. I could see myself going there. But I can’t say that when they offer me, if it happens, that I would commit right then.”

Jones has intrigued college scouts with his strong performance as a senior, rushing for 1,470 yards and 21 touchdowns in the first nine games for playoff-bound Allatoona. He’s also had feelers from UGA, Duke, Tennessee, N.C. State, and Middle Tennessee State, among others. He has been to three Georgia Tech games this season, along with one at UGA. “They [UGA} told me they are still looking for running backs, and I’m on their board, too.” Jones said he was offered by Kentucky as a sophomore but hasn't had much recent contact with the Wildcats.

RELATED: From Todd Holcomb of Georgia High School Football Daily: Frederick Walker, a 6-3, 325-pound noseguard for undefeated Lamar County, has picked up offers from Mississippi State and Kansas the past two weeks and could be swayed to change his about South Alabama, where he is committed, if the right school came calling. That would be Auburn, said his coach, Jason Strickland. Auburn coaches are planning a visit to the school this week, Strickland said. ''I think he's solid with South Alabama, but if Auburn offers, he'll change his mind,'' Strickland said. ''His family are big Auburn folks. That's his childhood dream. I don't know if those guys will offer or not. Outside of that, he's firmly committed.'' Walker also has a close relationship to former Auburn player Craig Ogletree, the only Lamar County player ever to play in the NFL. Strickland is the top defensive player on a 9-0 team that clinched Region 4-AA last week with a 51-15 victory over Greene County. He had three tackles for losses in that game. Central Florida, Georgia State and Georgia Southern also have made offers.

-- By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog

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76 comments Add your comment

Truth

October 31st, 2011
4:24 am

not going to say it!

early riser

October 31st, 2011
4:33 am

I’l; take credit….. Second!

TechFan

October 31st, 2011
4:52 am

I wish him luck wherever he lands, sounds like a good kid. Unless it’s UGA, then I wish him a so-so career…

Wrecker

October 31st, 2011
6:11 am

Good game for the recruits to see! Hopefully, Mr. Kallon will continue his commitment. Defensive ends with size and speed like him are game-changers. I miss MIchael Johnson.

Ramblin Man

October 31st, 2011
6:47 am

Wrecker he has said many times he is 100% and I would think a game like that only made GT look better. That said he is only a kid so I try not to get to excited about any recruit until February.

Da'Rick is 0 for 2!

October 31st, 2011
6:50 am

If this were an article about a potential UGA recruit, everyone would be saying “UGA is always late to offer.”. I appreciate that Tech is classy enough to see how things shake out before making an offer they can’t keep.

[...] Georgia Tech impresses significant turnout of recruits RB waits on scholarship offer Georgia Tech had its biggest and very best recruiting turnout of the calendar year for Saturday&#39s upset over Clemson. More than two dozen of the state&#39s top school prospective customers turned out for the recreation, which includes Allatoona Higher College jogging again Miles Jones. … Read much more on Atlanta Journal Constitution (website) [...]

V.P. Joe Biden

October 31st, 2011
7:03 am

The stimulus is working!

Willie Coyote

October 31st, 2011
7:30 am

6′3″ 325 lb noseguard? The local schools aren’t after this guy?

"Son" of St. Simons

October 31st, 2011
8:01 am

What a great game Clemson was to impress our best recruit candidates.

Georgia Tech needs to improve our talent base and get more of our current young players in the weight room for another year or two. That will help yeild long term football program improvement.

So now we have a bye week, as does VT, to get ready for our next big game on Thursday night national TV. Let’s not let expectations get out ahead of our team that is erratic from week to week. We are capable of playing big on a big stage. We are also capable of stinking it up on the road. But we get Virginia Tech at home and have the prospect of improving our ranking if we win yet again. The Clemson game should help Tevin Washington’s temperment and confidence. He passed well on the few attempts that were tried. The triple option NEEDS passing production to keep opponent defenses from loading up the box. So the Clemson experience should be doubly good for the confidence of the entire team.

The defense should be given credit also for the week-to-week improvement they have shown. Al Groh and his staff have been doing their job steadily with the promise of more advancement as the future games become increasingly challenging and meaningful. So let’s take it one game at at time with all focus on VT.

Frank Lane

October 31st, 2011
8:22 am

Dawg Fan here but congratulations to Tech on an awesome win.

Reality

October 31st, 2011
8:35 am

Let’s now refocus and get after VA Tech!

SavannahJacket

October 31st, 2011
8:51 am

Great Game! Great Atmosphere! Eventhough there were some more than questionable calls, what a great win for the Jackets.

Lets keep the momentum going. If we win the next two, GT is Charlotte Bound! Go Jackets!

Flowery Branch Yellow Jacket

October 31st, 2011
9:10 am

@SavannahJacket … you’re forgetting one thing, we still need some help before we can claim a ticket to Charlotte. UVA must lose one of their remaining conference games; otherwise we’ll end up tied with them … and they hold the tie-breaker. I certainly don’t expect the Cavs to win out, but I can’t forget that the possibility exists.

coachx

October 31st, 2011
9:11 am

I hope UGA is picking up some recruiting momentum with their hot streak. Coach Richt’s jobs security is secure.

Taco

October 31st, 2011
9:22 am

This kid has a great motor and wonderful stiff arm. He positions the ball very well on every run. Never seems to quit driving those feet.

CarolinaJacket

October 31st, 2011
9:23 am

Thank you Truth. along with the GatorAid on the coach thing, this “tradition” should be put to rest. I really can’t believe that adults actually get that excited over being FIRST. Or maybe we have some 10-12 year olds on the blog.

Police Blotter

October 31st, 2011
10:16 am

Recruits impressed with the opportunity to rob and create mayhem on and around the campus? Another student robbed near Tech campus in the AJC today. Why don’t you guys actually hire some extra police to try and stop some of this ridiculous mess? Who wants to be in that environment?

Police Blotter

October 31st, 2011
10:33 am

Were the recruits impressed with another robbery on campus as reported in the AJC today? Might look it as a good opportunity to pick up some walking around cash.

JM

October 31st, 2011
10:35 am

I’m glad to hear the recruits were impressed. GT fans packed the stadium and it was an awesome crowd. Good Luck to all these young men finishing their HS careers.

Rodney Dangerfield

October 31st, 2011
10:37 am

It sounds like the Jackets are holding the last offer for Thornton. I wonder how long they will hold it before they offer it to Jones. I’d hate for Tech to miss out on both. If Jones is really 5′10 and 203lb high school senior and runs the 40 in 4.47 then he does have the size and speed. Tech needs another big back to replace Orwin Smith after Orwin’s eligibility is spent.

5150 UOAD

October 31st, 2011
10:42 am

Police Blotter………………..you are Stupid or you don’t know what campus is. It was around campus but not on campus. What City doesn’t have crime? The issue is that students are not ALLOWED to ARM themselves. Students need to be STREET SMART when walking around downtown.

Ridgelandpanthers07

October 31st, 2011
10:57 am

Jones is a decent back. But there is a reason why he has not been evaluated by Rivals..etc..He is not a BCS caliber back IMO.

South GA Dawg

October 31st, 2011
11:11 am

Damn good good Congrats. GT played with a lot of heart. The in state game is setting up to be a great one.
Go Dawgs

South GA Dawg

October 31st, 2011
11:12 am

Damn good Game.
Sorry about the that

buzzwax

October 31st, 2011
11:14 am

With Perkins, Sims, Watson and Laskey back at B Back and Zenon, Bostic, D. Hill, Snoddy, O. Smith, Godhigh and Milton back at A back, why is GT taking TWO RB’s in a class with so few schollies? We have ELEVEN schollies at RB for 2012, do we really need THIRTEEN? (Looking at Marcus Allens offer list he is a PLAYER and could play OLB as well) CPJ has proven that A backs can play as T FR, Peeples and Wright played a ton as TFR in 2008. IMO need more OL/DL. Does Lanier go back to NG next year?

NOSE GUARD is the NEED!!! Yes GT has two DT’s committed but are they NG material in the 3-4? I HOPE SO!!!!

bruce mac

October 31st, 2011
11:23 am

I don’t like the Jackets too much but love that stadium. Cannot wait to be there Saturday after Thanksgiving. Go Dawgs, should be a barn burner and great atmosphere!!!

collegeballfan

October 31st, 2011
11:25 am

Police Blotter

You are stating an untruth – the crimes against Tech students recently are not on campus but are off campus.

Samething happens in Athens, just does not make the Atlanta press.

Also same thing happens around every university in the country. And has for decades.

5150 UOAD

October 31st, 2011
11:46 am

If Colleges didn’t make Unconstitutional rules and deny Students their right to carry a gun this would not be nearly the issue it is.

Delbert D.

October 31st, 2011
11:48 am

Allen has a big frame with room to add weight and power. All of his other offers are as LB.

Da'Rick is 0-2

October 31st, 2011
11:49 am

collegeballfan,

The only one stating an untruth is you. Look at the crime rates of Athens or Clarke County compared to Atlanta and whichever hell hole county they are in.

According to Morgan Quinto, Atlanta is the 3rd most DANGEROUS city in America. Surprisingly Athens didn’t make the top 250. lol

GIVE ME A BREAK

October 31st, 2011
11:54 am

I watched my grandson’s Gilmer Co. team play Allatoona Friday night in the rain.When an Allatoona back broke a long run for a touchdown, I asked my son where he was going to college and he said Kentucky. Little did I know that I was watching possibly a future Yellow Jacket.

Delbert D.

October 31st, 2011
11:54 am

An interactive map site (using Google Maps) shows crime incidents. It is spotcrime.com
Enter the city, state in the search box. Mouse over and click on the map icons for a description of the crime.

Delbert D.

October 31st, 2011
11:58 am

Google maps allow you to zoom in on the Georgia Tech and Georgia campuses and surrounding areas.

phil

October 31st, 2011
11:59 am

NG is a glaring need.Search the country and find two NGs.Also cant have enough fast cover DBs since to post up with the Clemsons and FSUs.Once PJ gets the talent level upgraded he will get it roling.Andy McCollum is our ace recruiter.Go get em Andy!!!

Jacket Man

October 31st, 2011
12:35 pm

“buzzwax,” the Coaches are already aware of extra scholarships opening up due to players graduating early or players like Marcus Wright not coming back next season, so there are, in reality, more available than you know. However, they are being offered based on certain criteria and, as always, several will be held back for Non-Scholarship players who are on 2-Deep Varsity Squad, and for future seasons as well. Therefore, the ones which have already been offered, which are on a first come basis by position, will be held as a courtesy for a designated amount of time agreed to between the coaching staff and player(s), then the scholarship will be offered to the next player in line.

Delbert D.

October 31st, 2011
12:38 pm

Walls and Barnes were pretty effective against inside runs, which had been a problem in the 3 previous games. Barnes had a sack for -17 yards, and on one play chased Boyd out of the pocket and pursued him laterally to within 5 yards of the sidelines and forced a throw-away.

kickslidegold

October 31st, 2011
12:42 pm

glad to see Will Adams at the game – he’s been getting the same old crap from SEC teams – “you’re not going to develop into an NFL caliber OT at Tech” listening to Arkansas and Auburn say that GT is not the place for him. Cant wait to see that 6′8″ frame in a #74 Jacket Gold!

CarolinaJacket

October 31st, 2011
12:44 pm

Barnes chasing Boyd was fun to watch.

IL Jacket

October 31st, 2011
12:53 pm

Buzzwax, you know more about our depth than I do (if they are not on the field, I don’t really know them), but at 203 and running a 4.47 with a desire to attend the Institute why wouldn’t we want to lock up Jones with a schollie. Is Thornton that much better a back? I don’t know-looking for info.

Delbert D.

October 31st, 2011
1:03 pm

Albert Rocker graduated early and accepted a full-time job offer from Microsoft this summer after initially applying for an internship. Another alum moving to where the job is (Microsoft’s Irvine, California office.)

Delbert D.

October 31st, 2011
1:44 pm

The O-line for Georgia Tech looks pretty good for a few years. All of the starters are back, and 3 2011 signees are being redshirted (Braun 6-5 297, Joe 6-5 295 and Chamberlain 6-3 295). The only juniors on the line are Smith and McRae, and both have started. Soph starters are Finch, Jackson, Beno and Kidney; Lanier played against UVA, and Bailey played in the 1st game. Freshmen who have significant playing time are Mason, T-Fr and Catlin Alford, Rs-Fr. Mason played most of the Clemson game at LG.

wreckmaniac

October 31st, 2011
1:46 pm

North GA/Upstate SC fans: Tune in to 104.9 at 3 if you want to hear a real analysis of the game.

wreckmaniac

October 31st, 2011
1:54 pm

My two current grudges and they don’t involve UGA. 1. Can we sue Chan Gailey for wasting Calvin Johnson ? 2. Is Tuitt’s momma still happy ?

GTfan2011

October 31st, 2011
1:54 pm

Delbert,
That spotcrime.com website you mentioned is fantastic. I am citing that one everytime UGA fans mention the crime around GT. UGA actually has had significantly more crime on its campus over the last month.

Police Blotter

October 31st, 2011
1:57 pm

Have to be street smart to attend Georgia Tech? Now that is funny. I thought it was book smarts that were required to attend Tech. Sounds like they should just let the projects enroll at Tech and put an end to the mayhem. That logic is just too well thought out. LOL

why do we even argue with

October 31st, 2011
2:18 pm

uga trolls re crime.

yes atlanta has crime as most cities do (as one poster pointed out).

the big difference between uga an gt is…..

many of the crimes committed in athens ARE by the football players on the uga team.

it would not surprise me in the least to find out that we have uga thugs committing crimes in and around the gt campus too.

and yes gt has had a few bad apples but 3 or 4 bad apples in 10 years at gt vs 10+ a year at uga speaks for itself.

uga is not only a reigning partay school but they have also won multiple fulmer cups under coach saint richt.

Oldtimer

October 31st, 2011
2:41 pm

I am sure the recruits were impressed with the Tickle Pile which broke out after the game. In fact, rumor has it that even a few joined in.

GT Man

October 31st, 2011
2:45 pm

I still like the kicker–Nick St. Germaine, would be a nice addition if he can put kickoffs into endzone and kick the field goals.

Real Dawg

October 31st, 2011
2:47 pm

“WHY DO WE EVEN ARGUE WITH “: For a school that is on probation for the second time in 4 years, has played athletes who have (a)sold pot, and (b)been accused of Rape, had a player OD, and had a player beat up his girlfriend, played inelgible academic players and on and on, I would not be throwing stones at UGA. Perhaps you can cite crimes other than driving under the influence ore underage drinking that UGA players have committed in the recent past like I just did about Tech and its players.