Georgia Tech contacts Atlanta RB about official visit

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?

One of the Atlanta area’s top running backs got some good news from Georgia Tech on late Monday night.

Allatoona High School’s Miles Jones said he talked over the phone with Georgia Tech assistant Brian Bohannon. The Yellow Jackets didn’t offer Jones but invited him to make an official visit in early December.

The 5-foot-11, 203-pound Jones sparked serious interest from Georgia Tech after Liberty County High School running back Shadrach Thornton committed to NC State last weekend.

“Coach Bohannon said they really liked me, mentioned that the other recruit committed to NC State, and said they wanted to get things rolling with me and do it the right way,” Jones told the AJC. “They want to get me over there on an official visit for the weekend to sit down with Paul Johnson and the other coaches so they can get to know me better.”

What was Jones’ reaction to the invite? “I’m thrilled. It would be a dream to get an offer from Georgia Tech. It’s a great school with great academics.”

Jones is waiting for his first D1 offer but has serious interest from TCU and Middle Tennessee State, and made an unofficial visit to UGA last weekend.

– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog

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62 comments Add your comment

lowdownjj

November 15th, 2011
2:11 am

1st D1 offer? Hope he’s a diamond in the rough. GO JACKETS!

Tech86

November 15th, 2011
4:50 am

Golden White

November 15th, 2011
6:17 am

The way this recruitment has played out in the media…
Mr Jones has a right to feel offended.Hopefully he is
not .It sounds like he wants to be a Yellow Jacket and
that is good . If the offers start rolling in, I would
understand him dumping us on Feb. 1st .
Too much drool wasted on Shadrach.

placekicker 98

November 15th, 2011
6:28 am

Jones should be offered from GT. Does Kenno Loyal have an offer from them?saw this kid play last week. He plays offense, defense, kicker, and punter for his team and does all of them well. We could use both him and Jones.

GT fan

November 15th, 2011
8:19 am

Welcome Miles to GT for official visit. Hope everything goes great. I’m sure you will like the Coaches and hope you join us.

IL Jacket

November 15th, 2011
8:19 am

Finally!! Enjoy your visit to the Flats, Mr. Jones. Look forward to seeing you in Old Gold & White next year.

Technically Correct

November 15th, 2011
8:34 am

Good size. Does anyone know his time in the 40?

That Guy

November 15th, 2011
8:38 am

I just cant understand the whole recruiting process, Does coaches watch film anymore. This kid has been putting up big numbers for the last 3 years, so you know he’s no fluke, so why want any schools offer. Is there something we dont know about him? Could someone help me understand this. All the recruiting services are going crazy over the Mike Davis’s and the Kenyan Drake’s, which are very good backs, But this is the best Pure runner i have seen.

Jacket man

November 15th, 2011
8:39 am

Has Ball State, Memphis or Wofford offered yet? Why do we go after the non-div 1 players? Only reason Thornton would choose NCST would be because of academics.

That Guy

November 15th, 2011
8:40 am

@ Technically correct, I saw where he ran a 4.4 @ Miss State, and 4.5 @ UGA.

That Guy

November 15th, 2011
8:42 am

@ Jacket man, so are you saying the kid is not D1?

Reality

November 15th, 2011
8:44 am

Offended? Why would he be offended?

GA Tech told him that he was in the mix for a scholarship. He was told that if the “other recruit” didn’t work out Tech would contact him. They did.

Everything was been above board. So, why would he be offended?

CloudmanJacket

November 15th, 2011
8:51 am

It is nice to know we are competing for players that are only being offered by teams like Middle Tennessee State. Nobody wants to play in the high school system CPJ runs…what a joke we are becoming

Tech Forever

November 15th, 2011
8:52 am

That Guy,

Recruiting these days is all about camp. Coaches do 90% of their recruiting during their summer camps and through the recruiting services….who help run and control the camps. So if a kid doesn’t go to a camp or doesn’t have a good camp he doesn’t get a lot of “looks”.

Recruiting off of camps has truly divided the haves from the have-nots in college football. It makes it easier it easier to identify the 5 and 4 star athletes because you’re watching them in a vacuum without any distractions (esp, RB, LB, DL, and OL). And since the big school with big money put on the biggest camps that’s where the kids go now. It’s why parity started to die in the late 90s.

Remember when you were a kid and football camp was filled with kids wanting instruction, staying in the dorms, doing drills, eating in the cafeteria? Those days are gone…..now it’s about recruiting. It is footballs answer to AAU.

Tokyo jacket

November 15th, 2011
8:56 am

That guy, there’s a lot of intangibles other than big numbers. Little Marcus Wright (no longer wearing a Tech uniform) set many state records in Texas at that 5A level. He didn’t pan out. It was a gamble. Obscene HS stats don’t always translate to a successful college career. It’s the same type of thing as to why Tim Couch had a horrible NFL career and Terell Davis had a stellar one – stats don’t tell the whole story.

Durty

November 15th, 2011
9:00 am

I just saw his video and he looks good. Good runner and holds the ball in the right position while running.

Sarge1

November 15th, 2011
9:02 am

I hope Jones chooses Tech. He will be a stud there and in CPJ’s system will excel.

That Guy

November 15th, 2011
9:06 am

@ Tech Forever, So now Schools are depending on the recruiting services to tell them if a kid can play or not? So you get people like Chad Simmons that hasn’t played running back a day in his life saying this kid or that kid is not a good back?

@ Tokyo Jacket, So if you watch this kids film what would you say is missing about his game? Im just not understanding whats the problem with his recruiting, is it grades, is he a bad kid? Im not just saying Tech, but it just seems crazy that nobody has offered.

IL Jacket

November 15th, 2011
9:15 am

Two things impress me about Jones, his speed for a man his size and his desire to play for Tech. I had much rather have someone who is fired up to be a Jacket than someone just collecting offers to do the February hat dance. I believe he has put up big numbers this year, so he has the toughness to be a B back. I think Tech’s scheme being different gives us the chance to pick up recruits maybe other programs pass on. Finally, he doesn’t have an offer yet, and I have confidence in our coaches that they will make the right decision, although this player looks good to me.

Tokyo Jacket, good to hear you again. Not to be disagreeable, however, I think the reason Terrell Davis had such a good career is the Denver scheme Shanahan ran. Seemed like everyone they put back there had good numbers, although Terrell was the best. As I recall, when Terrell wanted big money, they let him go and moved on to the next guy.

SansWorld

November 15th, 2011
9:21 am

“whats the problem with his recruiting,”

Tech had one RB spot, and wanted Shadrach Thornton first. Not sure why other schools didn’t want him.
Seems like a good kid that wants to play on the Flats. Will he be a starter? will he be better than Shadrach Thornton? Who knows.

Lets getting, and if he is not a stud now, Bohannon and CPJ system will make him one.

JM

November 15th, 2011
9:36 am

I hope the GT coaches like what they hear when he takes his visit. We’ve seen the best college players are usually the ones who are willing to work hard, listen to the coaches and get their work done. I hear Jones is a hard worker, hope its true.

Ramblin Man

November 15th, 2011
9:41 am

Guys relax GT offered something close to 20 RBs and many were an extreme long shot but the offer is still out there and you can only offer so many and hope that you get say 5 serious hard looks. I believe the Staff really wanted Thornton and Coleman out of IL. and once the list got shortened they were trying to hold those spots as they can only take so many. Coleman still looks good and has GT listed as a top choice and now the staff will start looking hard for a second RB to try and recruit. Remember they already landed Allen who is being recruited as a RB, but could move to LB if it does not work out. I would like to see a nice BB looking recruit, but let’s not forget Snoody and Milton redshirted, O. Smith returns, Bostic will be back next season (healthy and bigger), Zenon will have a year under his belt, and maybe Sims and Perkins emerge as a dominant BB next year. Sims has not done a bad job all things considered he just needs to get a few big ones. I am more concerned with the O and D lines than RBs right now.

cobbfootball

November 15th, 2011
9:53 am

Miles Jones is a durable back with speed in the 4.4 range. He will go over 2,000 for the season on Friday and has 26 touchdowns. Last year he gained more than 1,900 yards but he carried the ball 320 times. This year he has done it in 100 fewer carries.

annapolisdawg

November 15th, 2011
9:58 am

Best of luck Miles! I’m not a CPJ fan but I do admire his professionalism with not offering this kid until he knew he had a spot available for him. Yes, Miles might feel like he was 2nd best in the recruiting process, but isn’t it better to know that the offer is legit if it comes? Also, feeling slighted might just be the edge this kid needs to show Shadrach who should have been recruited higher. Again, best of luck Miles and I think you’re going to start seeing a few more offers in the coming weeks.

True Tech

November 15th, 2011
10:08 am

Tech needs another Dwyer. Just Sayin :/

61-39-5

November 15th, 2011
10:15 am

Hahaha another 1-2 or 3 star recruit for the ghetto jackets….. This is exactly the reason y’all lose to us most of the time. Talent wins in the end. Go Dawgs!!

GT

November 15th, 2011
10:23 am

What tech needs more then anything is some big big studs on that defensive line. To run the 3-4 you need that big nose guard and we don’t have him. Jc laner got injured in the beginning of the season and that hurt tech’s defense. Al Groh needs to get some beef on that line …

Recruiting Follower

November 15th, 2011
10:43 am

We were Tony Zenon’s only D-1 offer too and he’s electric…just not experienced enough yet to replace R. Jones, Peeples, or Orwin. Deon Hill also a late offer who will do well for us in the near future…not heavily recruited/overlooked in AL b/c Auburn & Bamba filled early and Hill didn’t break out until his senior year.

One of the advantages of PJ’s system is it has specialized niches that can be recruited to. PJ knows what kind of guys are likely to make good A backs and he gets ‘em, regardless of other offers. If they offer Miles it’s because they think he’ll be a good A back…otherwise they would hold out…it’s still early for A back recruiting. Owing to being able to take a smaller-sized guy here it’s an easy position to get what you need.

I like Miles’ film, size, toughness, and speed, and he’s a Georgia kid. If the coaches take him after the OV I’m happy…they’ve shown a track record of getting the right guys to play this position.

Clarke County Corrections Officer

November 15th, 2011
11:02 am

Inmate 61-39-5,

‘Freetime’ is over. Back to your cell.

PROBATION Nation

November 15th, 2011
11:11 am

We must not ever forget it is hard to get recruits to come to a school that is on PROBATION.

ToeMeetsLeather

November 15th, 2011
11:24 am

annapolisdawg, thanks for the mature comments about our program and CPJ’s recruiting process.

61-39, please get off the boss’s computer and get back out in the plant.

I think Miles would be a great fit in GT’s backfield.

Upstate Jacket

November 15th, 2011
12:01 pm

Either a lot of UGA posters pretending to be Tech fans the last few weeks or our fan base is delusional. Do you realize how many teams win every game? – not many. After every loss there are numerous posts acting as if the sky is falling. GT has been relevant ever since CPJ has been here. We rarely competed with the big boys for 5 star backs before Johnson got here so why would we now. Offense is not our problem. Every team has its bad offensive games but more often than not we score plenty of points to win. We need some beef on the DL and unfortunately injuries and a couple close misses have us thin not only now but for the next couple yrs as well. Good thing we have a couple DT commits this coming class but they won’t be ready to play until 2013. If you want to focus on an area to criticize you can start with DL depth and strength. GT tries to recruit the good ones but they are few and far between and most want to go somewhere they don’t have to study.

We have 3 losses – 2 of which we were in it til the 4th quarter. Does anyone remember the games during the Gailey and even a few in the O’Leary years where the game got out of hand before your seat was even warm?
Support your team. Realize we are not going to be a program like Alabama any time soon. Keep winning games and hopefully the stars will align and we have that magical season every few years. Even Bobby Ross lost a few games at Tech. Good thing there weren’t delusional bloggers then.

techrulze

November 15th, 2011
1:18 pm

maybe this is tech next big qb?http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHUR85MInrY

techrulze

November 15th, 2011
1:20 pm

atl xmen

November 15th, 2011
1:22 pm

tech plays keep away thats why your in most games until the 4th qt. sad thing is that when a team gets up 10-14 points in the 2nd half ,tech is toast.

Walker, Texas Ranger

November 15th, 2011
1:30 pm

What is the deal on the Flowery Branch RB, his is much better than the one that transferred with the commitment to Tennessee

slydog

November 15th, 2011
1:53 pm

Does this guy really have 4.4 speed are are you guys hyping up a so-called ‘under the radar’ player? How many RB’s in GA do you think are under the radar when every major school in the south is looking for one? I can barely find a profile on this guy yet 10 people know for a fact he ran a 4.4 here, and a 4.5 there, and a 4.4 somewhere else. Face it folks, this kid is a back up plan recruit, who isn’t as good as the one he is replacing for this scholarship. Yet another Paul Johnson type of player.

slydog

November 15th, 2011
1:55 pm

Oh and BTW, less talented players HAVE to work harder than anyone else. So he doesn’t get points for being a hard worker either.

Gorilla Biscuit

November 15th, 2011
1:56 pm

What you need is some big uglies. In all your losses your OL and DL have gotten pushed around. Georgia’s got huge lines and it’s going to cause Tech major problems in that game.

You also need a big, strong and fast QB who can throw.

Ramblin Man

November 15th, 2011
2:14 pm

Gorilla I agree and CPJ is recruiting bigger o-lineman. Last years class Braun at 299, Chamberlain 280, Joe 305, and Mason 305. In the 2012 class Adams and Roberts are both in the 280-290 range. I would expect them to get bigger and stronger in the weight program. The guys he is aiming at so far in 2013 are all over 300 as juniors. Problem is for the scceme it is hard to find big guys with the kind of motor needed for this system. I think we have some good DEs just not a stand out DT yet. Hopefully the QB issue is fixed with Vad Lee and the incoming kid Andrews also looks promising. We will see what the future brings. I was not expecting the season they have had and makes me think there is a promising future.

Ramblin Man

November 15th, 2011
2:16 pm

Gorilla also if GT can get the ball rolling and establish the run those big guys on UGAs d-line are going to have hand on hips and sucking wind hard. Hiopefully both teams take care of business this weekend and we see a good game come 11/26.

Gorilla Biscuit

November 15th, 2011
2:31 pm

Them big boy fill gaps. We got 4 big fast LBs to clean up.

Delbert D.

November 15th, 2011
2:53 pm

IL Jacket – “the reason Terrell Davis had such a good career is the Denver scheme Shanahan ran.”

Especially the technique that OL Coach Alex Gibbs employed. Same as when he was with the Falcons..cut blocking.

Delbert D.

November 15th, 2011
2:58 pm

Scout lists Jones as 5-8 196 with a 4.6 40. They don’t have much info on him this year except from gojackets.com.

IL Jacket

November 15th, 2011
3:50 pm

That’s right, Delbert, but there is no problem with that, right? It is a legal technique as opposed to the “chop block.” I know DLs don’t like it but it is legal.

@xmen, I don’t know if it is “keep away”-I prefer to think of it as a ball control offense, no different in strategy than what Saban does. Fortunately for Alabama, their defense is so dominating they never get behind. I think you would see some real struggles for Alabama if they found themselves down 14 at half, IMO.

EagleDawg

November 15th, 2011
4:40 pm

the problem with Tech is Paul Johnson’s option will never get the program to a national championship!! i went to GSU when they were winning national championships…the option works there…it doesn’t work vs the big boys though!! the defenses at major schools are too fast and strong!! also you can’t get the elite athletes …theres way to many powerhouses surrounding the state of Georgia that pluck the top talent away from GT…i mean no athlete in the right mind would like to play for an ACC team that runs the option, when they can go to Alabama, LSU, UGA, etc and play in a real conference and have a real shot at actually winning a BCS title!!!

EagleDawg

November 15th, 2011
4:46 pm

this according to Rivals.com
2011…#41 in overall recruiting..0 5 star and 1 4 star player
2010…#43 in overall recruiting…0 5 star and 5 4 star players

and that is why you are a middle of the pack university that can not and will not be elite!!

Nice try...

November 15th, 2011
4:48 pm

I see what you did there, EagleDawg.

Lumping UGA with Alabama and LSU. HA!

UGA has played ONE really good and complete game of football this season. Alabama and LSU have done that the entire season. Nice try…

IL Jacket

November 15th, 2011
4:53 pm

I hear what you are saying EagleDawg, but how do you explain these recruiting classes generally resulting in a top 25 team(I am going back further than last year and the year before-this recruiting rank is about where Tech has been for the last several years), when you have top 10 recruiting classes resulting in teams that fail to finish in the top 25. Is it coaching or the scheme?

EagleDawg

November 15th, 2011
4:55 pm

you like that…good…you will also like the fact we are about to play for the SEC championship and are a top 15 team…you on the other hand have 3 bad losses to fellow middle of the road ACC weaklings, except Clemson…anywho, you also have FSU, USC, Clemson and other powerhouses…. oh and did i mention UGA is the #7 overall defense in the nation…nice try, nice try