Two football standouts from the Atlanta area, Union Grove DB DJ White and Norcross WR/DB Anthony Autry, committed to Georgia Tech on Sunday.
DJ White is considered one of the state’s top defensive backs. He won DB MVP honors at last spring’s Nike camp which featured many of the Southeast’s top prospects. He also made the surprising decision last spring to commit early South Florida, spurning offers from Auburn, Cal, South Carolina, Ole Miss, Texas Tech and Mississippi State, among others.
The 6-foot-180-pound White de-committed from South Florida last week and picked Georgia Tech over Vanderbilt. He gave Yellow Jackets coach Paul Johnson the news before leaving campus on Sunday.
“When I first walked into the room, Coach Johnson said that they really, really wanted me and that I was high on their board … and if they could get me, they wanted me,” White told the AJC. “I just kind of told him that ‘I wanted to be a Yellow Jacket.’ Coach Johnson was really excited to hear that. He even gave me a hug after I said that.”
White’s player host at Georgia Tech was Anthony Williams, who was his former teammate at Union Grove. White said he picked Georgia Tech because “they have great academics and a football team that consistently wins.”
What happened with South Florida? “The program seemed a little unstable, so I decided to step back and re-evaluate some things,” White said. “Georgia Tech had kind of been keeping in touch with me, saying they had a spot for me if anything changed. After I thought about everything, Georgia Tech seemed like the best fit for me.”
Meanwhile, Anthony Autry is a late bloomer on the recruiting radar. He was offered by Georgia Tech during this weekend’s official visit and committed on the spot to the Yellow Jackets. Autry also had offers from Indiana, Samford, Jacksonville State, Appalachian State and Tennessee-Chattanooga, while Arkansas, Kentucky and Maryland were also beginning to show interest.
“Georgia Tech offered Anthony as an athlete and they will figure it out when he gets there,” Norcross assistant Reggie Stancil said. “It depends on what their needs are; he can play both sides of the ball.
“He’s perfect for that offense because he’s a big-play wide receiver who is very physical and loves to block. He will fit right in with the type outside wide receivers they already have. Defensively, Anthony can play cornerback or free safety because he’s a pretty good cover guy with great ball skills.”
“Anthony can definitely play at the high D1 level. We’ve been blessed to have a lot of top college prospects come through here at Norcross High School, and Anthony belongs in that group. Georgia Tech got an outstanding football player and young man.”
The 6-3, 185-pound Autry said he had a good idea that he would be offered during his visit but was not planning on committing. However, he changed his mind before finishing his recruiting trip. “I liked the coaches a lot; they reminded me a lot of my high school coaches,” Autry said.
Autry has a 2.7 GPA and plans to major in Mechanical Engineering, while White has a 3.2 GPA and will study Business Management.
Georgia Tech now has 13 commitments for its 2012 recruiting class and will likely sign around 17 total.
Meanwhile, UGA had its biggest recruiting weekend of the year but didn’t have any reported commitments by late Sunday night. However, there are rumors that AJC Super 11 LB Markuss Eligwe of Stone Mountain High School may flip his longtime FSU commitment to UGA. Eligwe made an official visit with the Bulldogs over the weekend. On Sunday night, as rumors circulated, Eligwe said on Twitter, “I’m holding off on [media] interviews now.” On Friday, Eligwe tweeted that he was about to beat Mark Richt and UGA recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner in cards.
RELATED: Savannah Christian defensive tackle DeAngelo Brown committed to Louisville on Saturday after leading his team to the GHSA Class A state championship at the Georgia Dome. The 6-foot-1, 285-pounder Brown said he picked Louisville over Georgia Tech and South Florida. (Click on story link)
– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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