5-star picks Georgia Tech over UGA (UPDATED)

Robert Carter's signing caps off a stunning recruiting effort by Georgia Tech first-year coach Brian Gregory, who had very little name recognition and almost zero Georgia recruiting connections when he was first hired by the ACC school (AJC)

Robert Carter's signing caps off a stunning recruiting effort by Georgia Tech first-year coach Brian Gregory, who had very little name recognition and almost zero Georgia recruiting connections when he was first hired by the ACC school (AJC)

Georgia Tech landed one of the big fish, or “Big Three.”

Robert Carter, a 5-star power forward from Shiloh High School, committed to the Yellow Jackets over UGA and Florida on Thursday evening.

The 6-foot-9, 250-pound Carter is one of three Georgia basketall stars ranked among the nation’s top 25 overall college prospects, and is the star attraction for a Georgia Tech recruiting class that also includes North Gwinnett guard Chris Bolden and North Clayton swingman Marcus Hunt.

Carter’s Thursday announcement was originally scheduled to be televised nationally on ESPNU but it was pre-empted by Penn State coverage. However, Carter’s commitment was still big news for Georgia Tech fans.

He’s the most prolific recruit since Derrick Favors signed with the Yellow Jackets in 2009.

Here’s what Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory had to say about his star recruit:

“Robert is a versatile big forward. With the way we play, he’s going to have a lot of opportunities to utilize that versatility. I love the fact he can step out and make plays on the perimeter. He’s got a really great soft shooting touch, and great feet, in terms of being light on his feet. The one thing that goes unnoticed is that he is a tremendous passer. I saw him making the winning pass in two different games this summer where he threw it on time and on target to a streaking guy who had to make the shot at the buzzer. But the pass was just as good as the shot. Robert is one of those guys that has the perimeter skills but doesn’t feel he needs to live on the perimeter. He’s also got a ‘lunch pail approach’ inside and he’s got a knack to finish plays around the basket. He’s not afraid to mix it up on the glass. He’s a tremendous offensive rebounder. He’s going to be really able to fit in well with the way we play. He can really run the court. We want to get to the point where we are playing at a very fast pace. So I like all the things he brings to the table.”

Carter took official visits (in order) to UGA, Georgia Tech and Florida, and it was a good sign for the Yellow Jackets when he returned to campus on an unofficial visit to watch the school’s football team against Clemson. Carter, who moved to Shiloh from Thomasville High School before his senior season, also had a few connections at Georgia Tech: He scheduled his official visit at the same time as the two other Georgia Tech recruits, Bolden and Hunt. Carter is also close friends with Pierre Jordan, the point guard who transferred from Florida State to Georgia Tech this summer. Jordan’s father is Carter’s AAU basketball coach.

Last year as a junior, Carter averaged 20.3 points, 14 rebounds and 2.5 blocks at Thomasville High School.

“Carter is a big man with a huge skill package, arguably the most skilled big man in the class of 2012,” said CourtCred.com’s Kerry Willis. “Carter can beat you on the block with an array of low-post moves with his nibble feet, or face up out to 20 feet and knock down jumpers. When he’s not scoring, he is a terrific position rebounder and a good passer, which will benefit [Georgia Tech] when teams decide to press them.”

What about the other members of the “Big Three”?

  • Miller Grove power forward Tony Parker, who is rumored to have Duke and Ohio State as his frontrunners, will likely wait to sign until April’s late period. You can watch Parker’s Miller Grove team scrimmage against Milton on www.CourtCred.com at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
  • Southwest DeKalb power forward Shaq Goodwin committed to Memphis earlier this week but may wait unitl April, too. “I don’t know what’s going to happen,” Goodwin told the AJC.

Check back for updates

106 comments Add your comment

GT Alum

November 10th, 2011
5:12 pm

Who says Gregory can’t recruit?

Stanley In Marietta

November 10th, 2011
5:12 pm

yesssssssss!

Jacket Man

November 10th, 2011
5:15 pm

bgiles

November 10th, 2011
5:15 pm

ignition

November 10th, 2011
5:16 pm

I stand corrected with Gregory’s recruiting…
He signed (early at that) an exciting class so far…

b.g

November 10th, 2011
5:16 pm

Tech Forever

November 10th, 2011
5:17 pm

I see the headlines and for a fleeting moment I think to myself “YES!!!!!” and then as the link is opening I think to myself “basketball”. Wish we could see these headlines and it actually be a football player or two.

Welcome to Tech Carter!!! Sorry to be a bit of a downer but I’m a football fan 1st baby!!!

GT Jason

November 10th, 2011
5:18 pm

Here comes the perpetual “can’t wait till next season” talk. At least now the NBA sucks and we should be able to keep some of these players. Thrillerdome 2.0 should be pretty rocking especially if we can do alright with what we have this year.

Justin Case

November 10th, 2011
5:18 pm

Enter your comments here

kingofsooners

November 10th, 2011
5:19 pm

Gregory owes dinner to CPJ for that Clemson game. Put the kid over the top!

SoGA

November 10th, 2011
5:19 pm

AAU corruption makes u sick. starts with that joker of an aau coach steering to a 2nd class (within) the acc program with a 3rd tier coach.
shld be balling in tville this yr….instead collusion means shiloh now this.

Justin Case

November 10th, 2011
5:21 pm

The future is looking bright at GT!

GT Man

November 10th, 2011
5:21 pm

GT Alum, Cremins and Hewitt could recruit, but they couldnt coach, we should have been National Champs in 1990, had Cremins let the Lethal 3 play their game against UNLV

ignition

November 10th, 2011
5:23 pm

GT Man I agree both Cremins & Hewitt had no problem recruiting, it was the coaching that was a problem for them..
GT could/should have 2 titles for 90′ & 04′.

Bill Stanfill

November 10th, 2011
5:24 pm

Great signee for Tech. It’ll be interesting to watch Carter develop.

SoGA

November 10th, 2011
5:26 pm

“Carter is also close friends with Pierre Jordan, the point guard who transferred from Florida State to Georgia Tech this summer. Jordan’s father is Carter’s AAU basketball coach.”

Good reporting. Was an FSU lean to a Gtech commitment. Shocker! HOw much does winifred get paid for the assist???

coachx

November 10th, 2011
5:27 pm

Wish you came to UGA but I still wish the young man the best of luck.

El Gordo in AZ

November 10th, 2011
5:29 pm

SWEEEEET!!!!!!!! Off to a great start for the new arena. So glad we paid Hewitt to go away!!!! Bockers Rulle!!

SoGA

November 10th, 2011
5:30 pm

I guess it backfired on FSU since they got Chris Singleton with Pierre Jordan (d 2 recruit). Now, he transfers and here u go.

System is so corrupt that you win and lose unless ur UK.

Tech Master

November 10th, 2011
5:30 pm

The Coliseum will be Rockin and it will become a place where all ACC schools will dread to play. Great to be a GT Fan.

SansWorld

November 10th, 2011
5:31 pm

SoGA, you are a gifted and elequent writer.

collegeballfan

November 10th, 2011
5:32 pm

Carvell,

Question! Is it a committ or did he actually sign the LOI?

Huge difference.

ATLER

November 10th, 2011
5:33 pm

Good job recruiting, let’s keep it going!!!!!

GTAAA 77

November 10th, 2011
5:33 pm

I agree and disagree GT Man. Cremins could coach X&Os. He wouldn’t develop his bench and ran his starters into the ground. Hewitt had good schemes but coached like he was in AAU and everybody had to play every game. The players were rotated so much they couldn’t develop a rythm and anytime something worked he had to call timeout to explain why, thus allowing the opponents to regroup and counter. If Gregory can get half the production he got at Dayton we should be seriously back in the ACC/NCAA hunt by 2014! GO TECH

GT Alum

November 10th, 2011
5:33 pm

GT Man -

I just said that because one of the knocks on Gregory, esp from the Hewitt supporters, was that Gregory couldn’t recruit. Doesn’t mean he’ll be a good coach, but he’s passed his first test. Don’t know how much we’ll be able to tell from this season, but we asked for a change and we got it, so I’m going to support him until he proves unworthy of our support.

Pago Pago DAWG

November 10th, 2011
5:34 pm

Word on the street…UGA was backing off this kid earlier this week.

SoGA

November 10th, 2011
5:36 pm

of course they were as did FSU one month ago…He was signed sealed and delivered to Tech on the Shiloh transfer!

what kind of new car is the AAU coach driving? Nike cant pay for everything!

ATLER(RAMBLIN WRECK)

November 10th, 2011
5:36 pm

Pago Pago DAWG

November 10th, 2011
5:34 pm

Word on the street…UGA was backing off this kid earlier this week.

Of course they backed off because they knew they had no shot at signing him Pago dawg.

Worm

November 10th, 2011
5:37 pm

AAU programs need to be abolished..Too much corruption and folks job hunting..Good luck Mr. Carter…Tech got a good one, but let’s hope he produces better results than Favors

Casey

November 10th, 2011
5:38 pm

Great pickup! Now if we can just get through this season… However, I don’t think it’ll be as bad as some of the ‘experts’ predict.

SoGA

November 10th, 2011
5:40 pm

Move the kid from a Tallahassee suburb (Tville high school) to Gtech backyard. strike a deal, get UGA out of the picture and there you go!

not complicated, well executed and corrupt like most AAU transactions.

Beast from the East

November 10th, 2011
5:41 pm

Congrats, Tech. We sure could have used him in Gainesville but you can’t get ‘em all. Best of luck to the young man.

coondawg69

November 10th, 2011
5:46 pm

wow, 3 BIG time recruits that are big men from the State of Georgia. This is Fox’s 2.5 to 3′rd recruiting class. And, Fox apparently has missed on all three blue chips. This is a very somber day for UGA hoops.

Fox is articulate, engaging, and personable. This will buy some time and some down years, however it’s not all about the X’s and the O’s, it’s about the Jimmy’s and Joe’s.

TCC

November 10th, 2011
5:48 pm

The City School of Thomasville are glad for you. Bump SoGA. He hating out of the ville. Congrats to you and the family. TCC has them GT roots!

nerds

November 10th, 2011
5:51 pm

footballfan365

November 10th, 2011
5:53 pm

Tech basketball has no problems signing 4 &5 star players but the football team is never in the running for those types of players! Let me guess the course load for football players is just so unbearable compared to bball

ormewood

November 10th, 2011
5:53 pm

This is a great get. This kid could play for anybody. Gregory is off to an outstanding start on the recruiting trail.

Habersham Dawg

November 10th, 2011
5:57 pm

Wow. Looks like Tech is putting together a talented, ready to play class next year. Congratulations, Bugs, from everything I’ve read, Gregory is a class act and is attracting top talent to your program.

GT Alum

November 10th, 2011
5:59 pm

footballfan365 -

Well, Hewitt was great at getting major recruits who didn’t really have to worry about course load because they didn’t plan on sticking around long. You can’t go one and done in football. That does make a difference. We’ll see if this is mre /of the same.

Da'Rick is 0-2

November 10th, 2011
5:59 pm

Dang! Hate we missed him! Good luck at Tech!

footballfan 365 may be on to something. Hmm…….

SoGA

November 10th, 2011
6:01 pm

must be tough for engineers to master both sides of the brain, “bump.”

at least we share “them” Tville roots! huh?

Veteran Observer

November 10th, 2011
6:01 pm

Rumor out there is that Parker may join the group at GT. Tech could go big or small and run teams off the floor.

CHUCK UGA

November 10th, 2011
6:03 pm

Tech was due to begin to improve. What is surprising is how many Georgia kids are declining Florida, a program WAY better than Georgia Tech’s. Mark Fox is doing OK, but not in Georgia where he is up against an AAU program that has been (and is) very anti-UGA. Dennis Felton damaged that relationship severely, and Fox has done nothing to reverse it. Until Fox hires a good assistant who is a recruiting dynamo, Georgia will continue to get shut out of top players in Georgia. Greg McGarity is watching, but he is probably too much like Dooley. Just win 16 or 17 games, make the NCAA Torunament once every three years and we’ll leave you alone. Georgia is not and never has been committed to a consistent, winning backetball program.

ATLER(RAMBLIN WRECK)

November 10th, 2011
6:20 pm

@ Veteran Observer

Where did you get that rumor from? I’m loving it.

tally

November 10th, 2011
6:31 pm

follow the money. NCAA needs to look at this process of carter landing at Tech. AU coach got his kid to FSU with singleton and now gets his kid to tech and delviers carter. AJC needs to look into this story.

kevdawg`

November 10th, 2011
6:31 pm

Conratulations Robert Carter and a nice pick up for Tech.

bulldog steve

November 10th, 2011
6:34 pm

And I am sure he will make a fine engineer when he graduates from Tech.

Americus Jacket

November 10th, 2011
6:42 pm

He could have majored in Consumer Economics and balanced his checkbook at UGA.

GT Alum

November 10th, 2011
6:43 pm

Bulldog steve -

Just like Leslie and Thompkins will make fine, well, whatever you become with a UGA education.

Upstate Dawg

November 10th, 2011
6:47 pm

Congratulations on signing Robert Carter. Coach Gregory seems to be off to a good start. That being said, here’s to three in a row come Dec 7th. Go Dawgs.