Will Georgia Tech now offer another Georgia RB after Shadrach Thornton’s surprising commitment to NC State?

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After one of Georgia’s top running backs, Liberty County High School’s Shadrach Thornton, made a surprising commitment to NC State over Georgia Tech, the next recruiting question is this:

Will Georgia Tech now offer a football scholarship to Allatoona running back Miles Jones?

There has been a lot of speculation that if Thornton committed elsewhere, then Georgia Tech would offer Jones. Thornton told the AJC that Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson explained that exact scenario to him during his official visit with the Yellow Jackets, while Jones said he had heard rumors about the same domino-effect situation involving him.

Thornton made the surprising commitment to NC State on late Friday night, but Jones had to hear about when he talked to a reporter over the phone while making an official visit to UGA for Saturday’s game against Auburn.

“Wow, I didn’t hear that,” Jones told the AJC. “That might be good news for me. I heard it was between me and Thornton for that scholarship at running back. That’s what I’ve heard but I don’t know for sure, so I can’t really say what Georgia Tech will do now.

“I hope Georgia Tech offers me. It would be a dream to play there. I’ll be watching my phone to see if they call. This is really exciting.”

What if Georgia Tech offers Jones? “I don’t think I would commit on the spot but I could definitely see myself playing there. I would want to go on an official visit, bring my family and let them spend time with everybody over there. Georgia Tech is a great school.”

Allatoona RB Miles Jones has been waiting for his "dream offer" from Georgia Tech. Will he now get it?

Allatoona RB Miles Jones has been waiting for his "dream offer" from Georgia Tech. Will he now get it?

The 5-foot-10, 203-pound Jones is still waiting on his first D1 offer. He has serious interest from Georgia Tech, TCU and Middle Tennessee State, and moderate interest from dozens of other schools, including UGA.

Back to Thornton: He has had a whirlwind recruiting journey, first giving a “soft” committment to Kentucky after taking a recruiting trip there. Then he listed Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt as his leaders after taking official visits to both schools, and was expected to choose between the two.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound had also visited NC State, but never really talked about them publicly as a serious contender. Obviously, things changed.

“When I told NC State that Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt were my leaders, they refused to give up on me and move on,” Thornton said. “That showed how much they wanted me because I’m sure if I had told the same thing to Georgia Tech or Vanderbilt, they would’ve moved on to other players.”

What won it for NC State? “I sat down and wrote a list of pros and cons about the four schools I visited, and NC State was the best overall fit for me. That where I felt like I need to be going.”

Like with any top prospect, Thornton knows other schools will continue to recruit him until February’s signing day. He said he is “100 percent committed” to NC State.

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56 comments Add your comment

Chris Goltermann

November 12th, 2011
4:19 pm

Michael, Tech needs to make an offer to Northgate senior Alex Lakes. 1,166 yards this year, 18 touchdowns and an outstanding blocker. Not to mention a smart kid who could handle that offense.

Jacket Man

November 12th, 2011
4:36 pm

A lot more to the story than has been written…

K

November 12th, 2011
4:38 pm

What’s with these so-called “super” kids going to out of state schools?
What can these out of state schools offer the state of Ga schools cannot?

K

November 12th, 2011
4:39 pm

It cannot be an education!

NOVAJacket

November 12th, 2011
5:03 pm

Hope Tom O’Brien is still there in February…..

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

November 12th, 2011
5:04 pm

I hope he has a bodyguard, walking through that campus is straight up dangerous. He’s safer on the football field. Especially since he won’t be seeing many tough teams in the ACC. STAY AWAY FROM DOWNTOWN ATLANTA, and especially GA TECH CAMPUS. ASSAULT CENTRAL!!!!!!

slydog

November 12th, 2011
5:19 pm

Don’t worry, this thornton kid will change his mind again come signing day. He just wants someone to hug him and give him a certificate of appreciation. The sad part is, since he screwed Tech and Vandy over, no one else worth playing football for will want him.

Scratchy

November 12th, 2011
5:26 pm

6′7″, 300 lbs. OL offered by CMR today…Hint…same colors as UGA; hint…dad played at UGA…hint…still in 5A playoffs…c’mon Carvell…get to work!

Supersize that order, mutt

November 12th, 2011
5:42 pm

Sounds like Thornton doesn’t know what he wants and is easily swayed. I bet he changes his mind several more times before signing day. No telling where he will end up

Scratchy

November 12th, 2011
5:52 pm

Going to post my comment or not?

Scratchy

November 12th, 2011
5:53 pm

6′7″, 300 lb OL offered by CMR today…Hint…Dad played at UGA….still in 5A playoffs!

Scratchy

November 12th, 2011
5:55 pm

waitingonUGAYSupdyke

November 12th, 2011
6:01 pm

HAHAHAHA….heed your own warnings. Stay in the trailer park with your cousin/wife and out of ATL.

GIVE ME A BREAK

November 12th, 2011
6:14 pm

These athletes that leave Ga. to go to other schools may be putting some distance between themselves and their families. Miles Jones sounds like a better fit, we’ll take him.

Tarzan Apeman

November 12th, 2011
7:52 pm

What is a Shadrach ?

WnE

November 12th, 2011
7:59 pm

I wonder how all those Recruits that left the State (both uga and GT) high & dry, feel now since the Programs that they chose are going nowhere fast?

I bet there’s a lot of regret from Ga. HS players that signed with Tenn., Aubie, Florida, USCe; had more of those players stayed in-state, then both GT and uga would be having better seasons.

GT might be playing for an ACC title and uga might be undefeated closing in on a spot in the BCS 1 vs. 2 Game.

Doyle Hargraves

November 12th, 2011
8:30 pm

DAwGs wun a biggun…guess ahll bE whUPPin it uP at th TraiLer PArk tanIte…whhooooohooo. MAbe C.O.p.S. will show agin. ThEy alWays FiLmin out here aftER DAwG gameS

Tech Forever

November 12th, 2011
8:43 pm

I GUARANTEE you he put “academic ease” under pros for State and something like “too tough” under cons for Tech and Vandy.

RedandBlackDAWG

November 12th, 2011
8:55 pm

WoW,

Says a lot about Techs. coach if that kid got the impression that if he said he was commited to another school, Tech. would give up on him. Somebody needs to learn a little about kids that play football I think. Sometimes these kids say things like that to guage the real interest in a coach , but if he already felt that way, I think Tech. wasn’t going to be his choice anyway. Don’t suppose do you, it has anything to do with the fact, that CPJ thinks, once you verbally commit, you can’t take visits to other schools now, do you? Maybe CPJ’s rigid stance is back firing in his face. Humble pie is better than an empty plate sometimes coach.

WnE

November 12th, 2011
9:44 pm

re:
Tech Forever

November 12th, 2011
8:43 pm

I GUARANTEE you he put “academic ease” under pros for State and something like “too tough” under cons for Tech and Vandy.
______________________________________

Condescending, douche-bag commentary like that above is why GT cannot Recruit better in this State and it is also why GT can cultivate more “sidewalk fans” to choose GT as their favorite CFB Team.

Every time a SA chooses another college it is asinine to assume that he is “scared” of GT’s Elite academics.

Last yr. we lost Vaughters & Tuitt to Stanford and Notre Dame and we lost another guy this yr. from Woodward Acad. to Stanford, guys that go to schools like that are not sacred of anyone’s academics.

GT’s problem isn’t academics, GT’s problem is that we have a terrible “close rate” on those that are big-time prospects and ALSO have the Academics for GT.

Thanks again for making the GT fanbase look like elitist douche-bag, nerds!

WnE

November 12th, 2011
9:45 pm

re:
Tech Forever

November 12th, 2011
8:43 pm

I GUARANTEE you he put “academic ease” under pros for State and something like “too tough” under cons for Tech and Vandy.
______________________________________

Condescending, d-bag commentary like that above is why GT cannot Recruit better in this State and it is also why GT can cultivate more “sidewalk fans” to choose GT as their favorite CFB Team.

Every time a SA chooses another college it is asinine to assume that he is “scared” of GT’s Elite academics.

Last yr. we lost Vaughters & Tuitt to Stanford and Notre Dame and we lost another guy this yr. from Woodward Acad. to Stanford, guys that go to schools like that are not sacred of anyone’s academics.

GT’s problem isn’t academics, GT’s problem is that we have a terrible “close rate” on those that are big-time prospects and ALSO have the Academics for GT.

Thanks again for making the GT fanbase look like elitist d-bag, nerds!

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mike

November 12th, 2011
10:27 pm

Good comment WnE. These are high school kids who try to make the best decision for themselves. It is always interesting how some local yokel attempts to determine or spin the decisions these kids make into something negative.

Hahahahahaha

November 12th, 2011
10:51 pm

Don’t get mad and upset ga fans…. There is plenty of dope left for you running backs

foothills

November 12th, 2011
11:06 pm

Never saw Thornton play but Allatoonas’ Jones is the real deal. When he plays 4 quarters he seems to end up with video-game-like stats. Runs like Roddy Jones.

Tech82

November 12th, 2011
11:35 pm

Miles Jones had another 256 yards rushing last night to bring him over 1,900 for the season. Not only is he a great running back, he’s a great kid. I hope Tech offers him. He’ll be a very good addition.

roughrider

November 13th, 2011
8:31 am

It would be nice to read a GA Tech article where some nerd wasn’t downing UGA.

ToeMeetsLeather

November 13th, 2011
8:31 am

Where are the parents in these decisions? Let’s see, a diploma from Vandy( probably a $200K scholarship) or GaTech and you suddenly change to NC State because the wind changes direction.
I say offer the kid that knows he wants to be a Jacket!

Worm

November 13th, 2011
8:45 am

O’Brien will be fired at N.C. State after the season…Mark it down.

WnE

November 13th, 2011
9:02 am

He’s the typical Coach Moobs Recruit, very few D1-A BCS Caliber schools that are willing to pull the trigger on this Player, yet GT is ready to “bail the kid out” and offer him a BCs Scholly.

50% of our roster is made of of such “diamond in the rough Recruits”, which is the main reason we always have “depth issues” and are perpetually “young team”.

The Top-5 RBs in Ga. that committed to big time SEC Schools all had the academics for GT
,and yet all of them spurned Coach Fish Fry, and now Coach Moobs is back to his usual antics of beating out MTSU or E.Carolina just to fill-out GT’s allotment of schollys.

Someone needs to tell DRad and the GT Administration that RECRUITING is an important component of being a BCS-Level HC and not just running a gimmicky offense and having players dive at Defender’s kneecaps.

Coach Kung Fu Panda is failing miserably as a Recruiter, especially since this has been a down era for both uga and Tenn and Klimpson and F$U.

With all those schools being “down”(that Recruit Ga. HS FB heavily) at the same time GT/CPJ should have had MUCH BETTER Recruiting classes over the past 4 yrs.

A. Murrey

November 13th, 2011
9:06 am

You Tech geeks see what i have been doing with my flanker home boys? Hmm? I will pick up around 225 yds with 5 TDs vs the jackets and my itty, bitty, tail backs plus, my man Isaiah Crowell will gain another 245 yds.

Say what? You try to cover my flanker boys and my man Bruce Figgins ( # 89) will peel off the line and head for the ZONE and I will pump fake to Orson, then hit Bruce….. TD!!

UGA stomped AU and notice that money bag toating Scam Newton and that FAT BOY Nick The Hat Trick Farley were gone bye bye. Besides, last year, our ole Alpharetta boy Clint Boling whupped up on Farley anyway.

You goin need nesbitt and dwyer but they gone too with no degrees, either.

UGA 47-16 GT

Your turkey jowled coach is sending his resume to Ole Miss and to PN State and anywhere just to escape the flats.

Wrecker

November 13th, 2011
9:29 am

Vaughters and Tuitt would not survive academically at Tech, even in Mgt. They will have a much better experience at Stanford with a diverse curriculum (i.e., easy majors like AA or women’s studies).

Hello Mrs. Jones

November 13th, 2011
10:22 am

Miles Jones was at the UGA game last night. I saw her and Miles, we were walking down Lumpkin St. together and I noticed she was talking to somebody on the phone regarding her son and taking school visits. Hopefully Miles gets the offer.

ToeMeetsLeather

November 13th, 2011
10:43 am

AMurrey, if the LegHumper Dream team can stay away from the left handed cigs they may be able to live up to the hype.

ToeMeetsLeather

November 13th, 2011
11:00 am

I like it Jason, “The Dream Doobie Brothers Team”.

ToeMeetsLeather

November 13th, 2011
11:07 am

Hey Tide Roll, go help Saban run some players off to free up some scollys and get off the TECH blog.

tp jones

November 13th, 2011
11:10 am

The funny part is UGA with clearly superior talent, had the same record at Tech. In fact, UGA had to beat tech just to become bowl eligible last year and gain the privilege of playing Central Florida (whom they lost to). You mean to tell me Central Florida has better players than Georgia?

So typical

November 13th, 2011
11:43 am

Techies rave on and on about a kid when it looks like he may sign then when the kid goes elsewhere they pile on and throw the “Academic Card”.

The fact is CPJ is not a very good recruiter. He is an OK coach but……………….

Hey TP Jones

November 13th, 2011
11:46 am

Do you realize you just knocked your own team? UGA had to (and did) beat Tech. Evidently Central Florida has better players than GT. What a tool……………………………

ML

November 13th, 2011
11:50 am

Dear Shad,

We wish you well. Good luck at NC State. Yes, you’re correct in saying we would move along if you went elsewhere…. that’s what we do in the recruiting process when we need a player. Having said that, we’ll aggressively began recruiting elsewhere for an equally good back as yourself. We sincerely hope there’s not a crack in your 100% commitment, because again, we’ve moved on. Like you.

Sincerely,

Coach PJ and Coach JF

Let's be Realistic

November 13th, 2011
11:54 am

Shad,

When Tech beats NC State every year of your college experience, please remember your home state. Georgia on my mind…

davidinloganville

November 13th, 2011
12:31 pm

ToeMeetsLeather

November 13th, 2011
10:43 am

AMurrey, if the LegHumper Dream team can stay away from the left handed cigs they may be able to live up to the hype.

i would rather have a player that failed a drug test that one that was arrested for having over a lb of pot. The only reason to have that much pot is to sell it.

IL Jacket

November 13th, 2011
7:34 pm

I was a big fan of Miles Jones earlier in the process. Liked his desire to be a Yellow Jacket. I would offer him immediately if I were CPJ. I know Jones is not going to be a multi-star recruit because he is nit on the radar of the top programs, but I believe that star system leads to a sense of entitlement and discipline problems. Would rather have kids with a little chip on their shoulder.

GO JACKETS!!!

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Hey GT.....................shhhhhhhhhhhhh.........It is coming

November 13th, 2011
10:32 pm

GT is going to be in for one whupping of their long, inglorious football history. I know, I know, that GT was very good in 1951,52, 55 and & 56, when Elvis was singing Blue Suede Shoes.

Long time with nothing to write about after like 1956 or 57, then the 67 Orange Bowl where Florida STOMPED GT. Nothing else until the 2009 Urange in which slow, German American farm boys stomped Nesbitt and Bay Bay Thomas and that punk fat boy Dwyer and company. How embarassing for the ACC too. Was it 24,000 or 23, 000 at that game??? Hmmmmmm??

Now UGA IS BACK and you GT folks saw that aggressive UGA D line rush and you now know that your FB belly series in the middle will not work and UGA will kill y’all on the corners and you PUNKS then will have to throw and gulp ……………..pass rush city and GT will lose like 49-16.

GT ………………………get ready for a stomping. GA will have around 550 yds and GT will have their pathetic 245 yds and one TD and two FGs. AAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHA

bb

November 14th, 2011
4:41 am

the mutts win some games , and all of a sudden the creep and crawl out of the woodwork, and start bragging on how great they are, just a few weeks ago they were crying, complaning and saying their coach needed to go. Now, their true bandwagon colors shine.They are great, they will stomp gt, bla bla what a bunch of retards……

Panther Dad

November 14th, 2011
7:16 am

Georgia Tech need to offer Clinch County RB Rashad Grant an “A” Back position. He’s has great speed (4.35) and he comes from a program that knows how to win. Also it would great for Rashad Grant to play of Grant Field at Bobby Dodd Stadium

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SmyrnaGuy

November 14th, 2011
7:30 am

bb, i think most UGA fans were complaining about the coaching about 9 weeks ago, before the 8 game winning streak, but that may be symantics. I’m a dawg, but do admit we seem to have way to many fans with the brains of a goldfish. most seem to be distracted by the wins, albeit against hardly anyone with a winning record. look back at the 3 wins Richt has against UF…. UF was having a down season. Same thing in the years UGA won SEC championships…. none of the real programs were good, save LSU one year. I’m pulling for a win every saturday, but UGA will never compete for the BCS(BS) championship with Richt.

Hal

November 14th, 2011
8:23 am

The problem with Tech recruiting is that no one except Groh on the staff has recruited for a Division one program. They are all from division 2 so when they get a 3 star they think their doing great. Don’t forget all CPJ had to worry about at Navy was beating Army and Air Force and both of them had the same restrictions and basic talent pool to draw from. He must think he is in heaven at Tech. But the killer is I really think CPJ has a thing for his offense that implies I can compete with anybody no matter who I have playing playing as long as they execute the the offense properly.