If Georgia Tech offers Atlanta RB this weekend, he ‘would commit’

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson wants a RB in this year's class (AJC)

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson wants a RB in this year's class (AJC)

One of the Atlanta area’s top running backs will likely find out this weekend if Georgia Tech will offer a scholarship.

And if they do?

“If they offer me, I would commit,” said Miles Jones of Allatoona High School. “It would be like a dream to play football for Georgia Tech. It’s a great school for academics, and it’s close to home, so my friends and family would get to come to all the games.”

The 5-foot-10, 203-pound Jones will make an official visit to Georgia Tech this weekend. On Wednesday, Jones was visited at school by Brian Bohannon, who coaches Georgia Tech’s running backs.

“Coach Bohannon said that Georgia Tech really liked me,” Jones said. “He said he’s not the guy who will make the final decision about a scholarship offer; that would come from the head coach, Paul Johnson. I’ll get to spend some time with Coach Johnson this weekend, and I guess we’ll see what he says.

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“Coach Bohannon said that they want a running back in this recruiting class. He asked me if Coach Johnson offered me, what would I say? He told me to go ahead and think about that because they might want a quicker decision than normal because it’s getting late in the recruiting process. But yes … if they offer me, I would commit.”

Jones is waiting for his first offer after a breakout senior year at Allatoona, rushing for 2,142 yards and 30 touchdowns. He got a call from Maryland on Tuesday night, and also has serious interest from Middle Tennessee State and Elon, among others.

  • The quarterback on Chattahoochee High School’s state championship team from last year has decided to transfer from Middle Tennessee State. Timmy Byerly, who was red-shirted this past season, told the AJC that he both requested and was granted a release from MTSU. “Overall, it was not a good fit for me,” Byerly said. The 6-foot, 216-pounder still wants to play QB and will enroll in another school in January. He will take an official visit to Georgetown next weekend, and also has interest in Villanova.

– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog

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Remarkable

November 30th, 2011
11:19 pm

First, Go Dawgs!

tp jones

November 30th, 2011
11:23 pm

Dadgummit. I’m always 2nd. Just like when I tag Jmar’s mom.

BigTimeTECHfan

November 30th, 2011
11:29 pm

Hope he gets offer, he’s a mix between Tim Worley, Rodney Hampton, but better then both. Best back in the country

Stan the QB

November 30th, 2011
11:34 pm

GTI better offer quick…If Ga State offers then he will definetly pick the Panthers over the geeks.

Hayseed Dixie

November 30th, 2011
11:34 pm

Welcome to the flats, son.

Hope you get a spot on the first team. Hope that WR gets the block and I’ll be cheering you for six.

Steverino

November 30th, 2011
11:43 pm

Pretty sure that Miles will get the offer from GT. Highlights indicate good vision, and he looks fairly elusive. Switches the ball over to avoid the flow of oncoming tacklers. I won’t say he is a Worley or Hampton, BigTimeTECHfan…but give him time. Looks like a player!

Dawg1

November 30th, 2011
11:48 pm

Respectfully, if this kid was better than Worley and Hampton, he would have 30 plus offers.

With that said – he put great numbers up and if he is a good fit for Tech – then God bless him – wish him a nice career on the flats..

Ramblin Man

November 30th, 2011
11:48 pm

The kid looks good and I like the fact that he wants to be at GT. I do have to wonder though about Tevin Coleman and the fact that Smith backed out of his official visit this weekend to go on a visit to Cincinnati. I hope some of the top recruits left on GTs radar will take into account what CPJ and staff have done with some talent and what they could accomplish with a lot of it. Hopefully one day GT can or will add some liberal art programs that will make recruiting easier.
Mr. Carver what information do you have on the DT Deangelo Brown?

BeatDown

November 30th, 2011
11:53 pm

or maybe they could have the BCS of DragoCon…..Yech would win hands down each year.

C.Y.I.C.

November 30th, 2011
11:55 pm

LOL Big TIme Tech Fan…’toona wears the UGA unis so he does make you think of Worley and Hampton. Dude can play that’s for sure. He’s put that team on his back and carried them deep into the playoffs. Dude keep your grades up and go for it.

C.Y.I.C.

November 30th, 2011
11:57 pm

Beat down…don’t you guys have some A and AA 5′7″ backs from another state to go after?

5150 UOAD

December 1st, 2011
12:03 am

Don’t you dawgs need to be worried about LSU and if Crowell can play better when he is Hi?

GIVE ME A BREAK

December 1st, 2011
12:57 am

I saw him play my grandson’s Gilmer Co. team. He broke a long touchdown run and you could tell that he was better than most of the players on the field. He’ll enjoy Tech just fine.

Wojoe

December 1st, 2011
1:07 am

This kid looks good in Red, really could use him at the Big House!! Go Dawgs!!

Wojoe

December 1st, 2011
1:09 am

and Tech SUCKS!!

230gr Full Metal Jacket

December 1st, 2011
1:34 am

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm………….The kid appears to have good vision and overall situational awareness on the field. Him and Zenon at the A-back spots could be quite interesting. Tech might want to go ahead and lock this one in, because with numbers like he has had this season, the southern Div-1 powers will be contacting him shortly if he is uncommitted (and probably even if he is).
Regardless of where he goes, best of luck to him!!!

slydog

December 1st, 2011
2:33 am

@BigTimeTECHfan

“Hope he gets offer, he’s a mix between Tim Worley, Rodney Hampton, but better then both. Best back in the country”

What are you smoking? And to think folks believe UGA fans are delusional. If this guy were that good, then UGA would offer him. Here is a question? Why won’t CPJ offer Keith Marshall, Todd Gurley, Kenyon Drake or the RB from Washington High?

Michael Carvell

December 1st, 2011
2:34 am

@Slydog, a player from Georgia doesn’t have to get an offer from UGA to validate how good he is. UGA — and Georgia Tech, for that matter — have missed out on plenty of Georgia players that go elsewhere and have good careers. Also, with the state producing nearly 200 D1 prospects per year, both UGA and Georgia Tech can’t offer or sign them all.

slydog

December 1st, 2011
2:35 am

@5150 UOAD

Crowell is more talented on the bench than any player on your roster.

c3033

December 1st, 2011
3:19 am

@slydog….more talented doing what on the bench? Smoking a peace pipe? For god sakes, I hope so.

On a serious football note, Crowell has talent, but so did Ealey, Sanks, Davis, etc. Remind me when the last time UGA has had even close to a Heisman caliber running back? Had some good QB’s that’s for sure, however, your team is good at having 5 star RB’s turn into mediocre college players. If I am wrong, then please let me know who I missed.

Stinger2

December 1st, 2011
3:27 am

slydog: That is why he is so talented. He has gained a lot of experience being on the bench after taking himself out so much.

slydog

December 1st, 2011
3:33 am

@c3033

The only point I was making was Crowell is more talented than any player on Tech’s roster today. Period. Case Closed. All that HEE HAW you are spitting is a ‘red herring’ and a slippery slope. It’s off the subject. Although I am a UGA alum, I am a Georgian first, so I want Tech to be successful. Your coach and your program need to get higher caliber players and they can. However, let me entertain your off-base comment: CMR is a finesse offensive coach, so unless you are Barry Sanders or something, RB’s will struggle in his offense. Every back CMR has ever recruited has had to create his own yards. CPJ is a run-first, run at all times coach. Yet how many All-ACC RB’s have you had in 4 seasons? 1 And did you have the nerve to put Ealey and Sanks in the same category as Terrell Davis? Stop yourself.

slydog

December 1st, 2011
3:39 am

I say again for the thousandth time: Crowell is an 18 year old true freshman playing RB in a conference that, by far, has the best collection of front 7 defensive personnel, regardless of school. Even Vanderbilt and Miss. St. have guys drafted in the 1st- 3rd round almost every year. The #1 reason the SEC dominates BCS games is their defensive and offensive lines. Fact. How many true freshman RB’s are starting this year on any level, D1, D2, or D3, FBS or FCS? ….. Thought so. Now who’s next?

slydog

December 1st, 2011
4:10 am

Mr. Carvell, I am fully aware that schools miss out on players every year. I was using rational logic. The above poster compared this guy to former UGA RB’s. Since UGA is dying for RB’s, and this guy is so good, then where are his other major offers? It wasn’t like BigTimeTECHfan chose to compare Shawn Mays or Jonathan Dwyer.

Michael Carvell

December 1st, 2011
4:32 am

@Slydog, it certainly looks like UGA — like last year with Isaiah Crowell — is placing all of its bets on a pair of RBs from North Carolina (most importantly, Keith Marshall, and also Todd Gurley).

lewisbuzzard

December 1st, 2011
5:21 am

We should offer this kid ASAP. I can’t understand why there is any hesitation. Also Tech should try to convince Byrly to come to Tech. I watched him is some games in high school and he could definitely add another dimension to our option attack.

Esaun

December 1st, 2011
5:34 am

Gurley is needed much more than Marshall. SEC no place for 185lb back built like a receiver unless Meyer coaching.

TechRon

December 1st, 2011
5:48 am

Same old story. Tech keenly interested in a player also wanted by Maryland, Middle Tenn and Elon. Obviously Johnson is not in contention for the real talent that is out there. Tech will never beat really good competition with average players. This goes double on defense, which has sucked since O’Leary left town.

Reico

December 1st, 2011
6:43 am

BigTimeTECHfan, I agree with you. When I first saw the video, the kid reminded me of Tim Worley also, but not Rodney Hampton. I would not play him at “A” back. I think he would be better used as “B” back. Look how good he runs behind his passed, especially when he his about to take on contact.

K From Da Wood

December 1st, 2011
7:04 am

What has taken so long for the D1 schools to offer? It’s clear that he can play. He has the size and his numbers have been ridiculous. What is the evaluation process of theses schools?

Spike

December 1st, 2011
7:08 am

Wow. Tech is winning out over Maryland, Elon and MTSU. Great going, guys!

Billyboy

December 1st, 2011
7:14 am

Tech has a simple philosophy and will be consistent in this. CPJ has designed his program to win 7 games a year (on average) and go to a minor to mid bowl game. In order to win 10 games and be in the top 10, Tech has to add to its curriculum a number of “easy majors” and recruit solid defensive players. Tech will not do this. Tech will beat UGA once every 15 years, just think only a few more years to go.

10 of 11

December 1st, 2011
7:14 am

Saw him play at Burke county last weekend in the playoffs. Tech better grab this guy. He’s a load, a good kid and WANTS TO GO TO TECH……….Good luck there kid.

collegefball

December 1st, 2011
7:30 am

@slydog “CPJ is a run-first, run at all times coach. Yet how many All-ACC RB’s have you had in 4 seasons? 1″

2008: Dwyer – 1st Team All ACC, ACC POY
2009: Dwyer – 1st Team All ACC
2010: Allen – 1st Team All ACC
2011: No All ACC backs.

Make that 3.

hiveredtech

December 1st, 2011
7:30 am

Serious question….

Why in the world are UGA posters always on the GT blog ripping kids and ripping GT? I do not like them, just as they do not like us, but I never spend one millisecond of time on any UGA blog, website, etc. because they are not the school I graduated from and I could care less about what is going on there. I just do not have the time to spend tracking other schools…particularly my rival.

I just do not understand the use of time.

WnE

December 1st, 2011
7:34 am

He’s too small to play I-formation TB like he played in HS, at the BCS-level he’s what you would call a “tweener”.

GT should NOT offer this kid a schollie, I do wish him luck and I do hope that he gets a great schollie to a BCS School somewhere.

The REASON that GT should not offer this SA is that CPJ has recruited poorly in past years and already has TOO MANY tweeners on schollie and also too many A-Backs on schollie ( this recruit’s likely position) , had Coach fish Fry Recruited better in the past then he might be able to take a chance on a tweener, but GT cannot afford anymore tweeners because our DEPTH is horrible mainly due to tweeners that cannot get on the field and help with STs, back-up roles etc.

If GT offers this SA it will be a huge mistake, and I have been more correct on these things than I have been incorrect.

slydog

December 1st, 2011
7:37 am

Gee, what is so hard about a business administration degree? In that degree program, can’t you hold off on Calculus until close to the end? I don’t believe adding easy majors will make it any better. It’s all about Calculus or Survey of Calculus. All one has to do is improve their algebra skills. 3 years should be enough. Besides, most of these ‘elite’ prospects have NFL dreams anyway. One class isn’t going to make or break their decision. If schools actually focused on the ’student’ portion of student-athlete, this would not be a problem.

GTAlum!

December 1st, 2011
7:40 am

Typical CPJ recruiting, picking up bones left after everyone else has their choice. I think CPJ had better start putting a lot more effort into recruiting. Tech is going downhill in the player talent area and that is the bottom line. This kid is a preferred walk-on.

10 of 11

December 1st, 2011
7:41 am

post from 7:30 from a Tech guy….THIS IS A RECRUITING BLOG, not a TECH blog.

10 of 11

December 1st, 2011
7:47 am

GTAlum………….glad to see a TECH guy admit that. Johnson’s recruiting has fallen off. Gee, just look at the Tech/Ga game last week. I am a Dawg fan, but I like to see Tech do well. Johnson will get a gem or two in every class, but rivals rates these guys on potential and Tech does horrible in these rankings. Yes, my Dawgs have plenty of 4 & 5 stars who are bust….all schools do. Beating out Mars Hill, Elon and Western Carolina for players will NOT HELP TECH. Tech has some kool aide drinkers on here that think recruiting has improved under Johnson. I have one question for them. After watching last weeks Tech/Ga game, do you really believe that?

10 of 11

December 1st, 2011
7:49 am

GTAlum….I did see this kid play at Burke county last week. He will be great at Tech. Big,tough, quick and looked like a man among boys.

Moral Victory

December 1st, 2011
7:50 am

Slydog-

You couldnt be more wrong about coach richt being a finesse offense coach, and especially about running backs having to get their own yards. Musa Smith didn’t have an ounce of wiggle. all his yards were credited to blocking.

bad brad

December 1st, 2011
7:58 am

@ hiveredtech…serious answer. This is a recruiting blog. Don’t flatter yourself that Dawg fans would look at a Tech blog. You need to obtain some sort of relevance first. Does that explain “our” use of time a little better?

slydog

December 1st, 2011
8:02 am

@hiveredtech

Because of all the other infiltrators to the UGA blog. However, this isn’t a GT Blog, this is a “recruiting” blog.

@collegefball

Thanks for proving me wrong one one item. I give credit when it’s due.

@Moral Victory

Really? UGA is supposed to be Tailback U. How many studs at RB has UGA had in 11 years? Knowshon Moreno? Thomas Brown? Who else? UGA under CMR has never been a very physical football team, but there are a few games that are the exception ( the last game with Auburn).

slydog

December 1st, 2011
8:05 am

BTW, Dwyer and Allen were not recruited by CPJ, so add an asterisk to that stat

collegefball

December 1st, 2011
8:26 am

CPJ 34-17 at GT in 4 years – compare that to the last 20 years. And he’s coaching players he recruited now. You’ll start to see his ‘09 and ‘10 recruits (solid classes) playing prominent roles and winning 8-10 games a year from this point forward. Which is significantly more than Chan condidtioned us to expect.

The point you’re missing is that a certain QB from NC last class that you only read as a 3* and overlook might be a 5* in this offense.

UGA91

December 1st, 2011
8:27 am

The level of talent in this state is ridiculous!!! Kid rushes for 2,000 and we are just now hearing about him. I am a UGA grad but I hope he stays instate. If believe Georgia can be viewed like Florida in the 90’s if both UGA and Tech are highly rated. UGA looks to be heading in the right direction but Tech needs to recruit more and better instate talent…no reason they shouldn’t play for the ACC every year with all the talent within a 20 mile radius of their campus.

BigTimeTECHfan

December 1st, 2011
8:28 am

GT has many RB’s that would start ahead of Cowell.
O Smith
D Sims
C Perkins
T Zenon
BJ Bostic
R Jones
B Snoddy

UGA91

December 1st, 2011
8:30 am

Btw, I see the comparison to Hampton. I was in school with Worley and Hamp, this kid is good but Hampton was special. Too bad he seems to have been forgotten.

CT_Jacket

December 1st, 2011
8:31 am

Yes, Dwyer and Allen may not have been recruited by CPJ, but they performed well within his offense and were both drafted. Why wouldn’t any other big, physical HS RBs be interested in playing at Tech? I think we all hoping Perkins (RS-Fr) would fit the bill. He seems to need a little more maturity.

I think CPJ has recruited okay. He doesn’t have as many 1-2 stars as Gailey but he doesn’t seem to get many 4 stars either. A 3-star average class is better than a lot of higher ranked recruiting classes though. Also, we always seem to have fewer recruiting class points because we routinely sign 18-22 players and not 25-28 players like the top classes.