DJ White and Anthony Autry commit to Georgia Tech

Union Grove DB DJ White proudly wears his Georgia Tech hat on Sunday night

Union Grove DB DJ White proudly wears his Georgia Tech hat on Sunday night

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.

Norcross WR/DB Anthony Autry

Norcross WR/DB Anthony Autry

“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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537 comments Add your comment

Paulie J.

December 11th, 2011
9:57 pm

OkieDawg

December 11th, 2011
10:08 pm

Scout lists DJ White at 5′10″ 175lbs. and runs a 4.56 40. Autry is not in the database of either Rivals or Scout. That should shut down the Dawgs wide receivers. Glad to see GT’s class filling out nicely! But who wants to play for CPJ and that silly scheme he runs? GT’s program is really beginning to become laughable.

Upstate Jacket

December 11th, 2011
10:09 pm

Welcome to Tech! Good luck on the field and in the classroom. Go Jackets!

Michael Carvell

December 11th, 2011
10:10 pm

@OkieDawg, DJ White is as good as any DB prospect in Georgia. He dominated the Nike camp which had many of the Southeast’s top DBs and WRs. If he hadn’t committed early to South Florida — which surprised many, including myself — he would be sitting on a stack of offers right now. And, considering he only de-committed from South Florida last week, he still might. Georgia Tech moved quickly and got his commitment.

GT Insider

December 11th, 2011
10:10 pm

When was the last time UGA played in a BCS bowl OkieDawg? If I am not mistaken GT played in one more recently. Shut up.

Upstate Jacket

December 11th, 2011
10:11 pm

Okie – they both are projected as DB’s. That silly defensive scheme we run is the same one your dogs run. It’s called a 3-4.

GT Insider

December 11th, 2011
10:12 pm

Okiedawg, also, DJ White’s offer list comprised of Auburn, Mississippi and Mississippi St, South Carolina and he was being recruiting by UGA’s own Bryan McClendon and Oklahoma.

You know nothing.

Taco

December 11th, 2011
10:14 pm

Good job boys and you will get a great education. Tune out the haters and grab the brass ring. Football is not life like some fanatic fans would like to make it out to be. I am certain you will excel on the field and now you also will be armed to excel in life.

5150 UOAD

December 11th, 2011
10:15 pm

Good weekend for the Jackets. Nice but need more.

Taco

December 11th, 2011
10:15 pm

BTW Okie’s mom sent him to bed. Jiffy Lube opens early.

TechRedNeck

December 11th, 2011
10:16 pm

Speed, Speed, Speed, we need speed and hard nose players. But you guys gotta study also. I hope they both work out. Its such good news they didn’t go to JAWJA. “Its great not to be a JAWJA BULLDOG”. Where the beer and liquor flow and all the duffeses go. TO HELL WITH JAWJA.

Dreamteam 2.0

December 11th, 2011
10:17 pm

I hate that my suppose fellow dawg fans try to knock down any young talent that goes anywhere else. Goodluck young men. Go Dawgs.

bulldog steve

December 11th, 2011
10:19 pm

Come on GT Insider, please don’t consider playing in a BCS game because you won the ACC an accomplishment. Maybe if you had won, but wait, Tech does not win bowl games.

Marietta Buzz

December 11th, 2011
10:20 pm

Welcome men.

GT Fan

December 11th, 2011
10:21 pm

Looking forward to reading your write up, Carvell. Do your best to try and not mention that these guys weren’t recruited by UGA. I know you’ll want to point out quickly that UGA wasn’t interested in someone that Tech got. Good luck to these two young men.

OkieDawg

December 11th, 2011
10:24 pm

Yeah, the ACC conference title has also been vacated because of NCAA violations that resulted in PROBATION.

LizellaJacket

December 11th, 2011
10:25 pm

Autry was voted Gwinnett Defensive Back of the Year

GT Insider

December 11th, 2011
10:27 pm

bulldog steve,

Going to a BCS is an accomplishment because it means at that time you are a top 10 team and you actually won your conference, something UGA hasn’t done in a long, long time. In fact, UGA just got WAXED in their conference championship game, so I wouldn’t talk. At least GT has been to one. Don’t talk about losing bowls either, does UCF ring a bell?

5150 UOAD

December 11th, 2011
10:28 pm

Okie…………..the NCAA is a JOKE. Ohio St gets away with Murder and now get 2 coaching staffs. That has never happened before. What the hell is that all about. We won the game on the field and i could careless what the NCAA says anymore. They are so inconsistent they make no sense at all.

GT Insider

December 11th, 2011
10:28 pm

LOL okiadawg, GT still won and everyone saw it. The conference game wasn’t in question, it was the game before the UGA game where the “infraction” occured. GT still beat Clemson and everyone knows it.

Win your conference and then talk.

SuperB

December 11th, 2011
10:30 pm

Hey GT Insider: What is GT’s record vs. UGA the last 10 years? The last 20? the last 30?

GET THE PICTURE!

Ogeechee Dawg

December 11th, 2011
10:30 pm

Congratulations to these two young men! GT is an incredible school and I hope they realize a great eduction while playing for CPJ at the flats. Best of luck to both!

And one more thing – loved how GT destroyed Clemson this year – just a great game for GT.

Say What

December 11th, 2011
10:32 pm

Georgia Tech gets the crap kicked out of them every year by Georgia– then runs their mouth off a few weeks later.
Real classy!

SuperB

December 11th, 2011
10:33 pm

Beat Clemson– big whoop! N. C. State and South Carolina kicked their tails the last two games– and neitehr was remotely close.

suwanee dawg

December 11th, 2011
10:34 pm

GT insider, nice try. You can spend your time crafting many other arguments, which is what one must do when 1-10 against your hated rival.

BUCCADAWG

December 11th, 2011
10:39 pm

1-11 we own this state

GT Fan

December 11th, 2011
10:40 pm

MC, do your best to try and not mention that these guys weren’t recruited by UGA. I know you’ll want to point out quickly that UGA wasn’t interested in someone that Tech got. Good luck to these two young men.

Merciless

December 11th, 2011
10:40 pm

Demaryius Thomas, a 3 star recruit, kicked more butt in the NFL today. These guys will too. Go Jackets and welcome Anthony and DJ!

GT Fan

December 11th, 2011
10:41 pm

Great pick up for the Jackets. I’m sure MC will mention that UGA didn’t recruit them.

5150 UOAD

December 11th, 2011
10:42 pm

BUCCADAWG….1-11= -10………I guess you do math about as well as UGa football & basketball players do.

Ogeechee Dawg

December 11th, 2011
10:42 pm

5150 UOAD – I totally agree with you – the NCAA is very inconsistent.

Look at AJ Green getting 4 game suspension for selling his bowl jersy – while an ALABAMA linebacker gets 2 games suspension after getting caught with two paid trips to Miami with agents involved.

Ohio State is allowed to play their stars on a bowl game with suspensions the following season?????? WTF is that all about? And now allowed the incoming staff to recruit while the current staff is preparing for a bowl??????? This is an advantage for Urban and Ohio State. All teams going to bowl games can’t hire an additional staff to recruit while they are preparing for their bowl. This is wrong – NCAA needs to be challanged.

Merciless

December 11th, 2011
10:44 pm

Thanks Ogeechee Dawg. You’re a class act.

BUCCADAWG, suwanee dawg & SuperB should go back to your own boards and beat down your own recruits. You did such a good job on Crowell. I wouldn’t be surprised if he transfers to Tech.

FL Jacket

December 11th, 2011
10:49 pm

DJ White is the 28th ranked DB according to ESPN…Autry is a late bloomer who didn’t rank because the ranking lists are compiled before the season. Autry’s a player.

Just Saying

December 11th, 2011
10:52 pm

GT insider – going to a BCS bowl is an accomplishment? Dang dude, GT represented the ACC which has a “guaranteed” BCS bowl game, it doesn’t mean you are a Top 10 team, in the case of GT and the Orange Bowl it meant you were the contractual representative. The Big East representative last year and this year isn’t a Top 10 team, the acc’s representative in the Orange Bowl isn’t a Top 10 ranked team. Back to GT, a mediocre Georgia team kicked 7th ranked and eventual Orange Bowl rep GT’s butt, just like Big 10 runner-up Iowa did.

Of course GT’s cheating cost you that precious ACC title. That FishFry is cunning, a genius, but his deceptive efforts to circumvent the NCAA investigation didn’t work and he couldn’t beat Georgia with illegal players.

GT Insider – the young man does NOT have a scholarship offer from Georgia. Auburn took other commitments and had no offer.

FL Jacket

December 11th, 2011
10:58 pm

Just saying…you mean the efforts of Dan Radakovich right? I’d hate to think you’re just popping off without having ANY grasp of the facts…

Supersize that order, mutt

December 11th, 2011
11:02 pm

FL Jacket, you should know that mutts don’t accept facts that dispute what their narrow little minds believe

marseilles mutt

December 11th, 2011
11:03 pm

Congrats to both of these young men. If they stay the course, they will never regret their decision. Even a Dawg knows 40 years beats 4 hands down. And, sadly, we still cannot say 8 in a row…but I hope I live to see the day. Doubtful, but I can still hope.

Unfortunately, times a’runnin’ out, In the meantime, congratulations once again, and

Go Dawgs!

GTBob

December 11th, 2011
11:04 pm

Beat Clemson– big whoop! N. C. State and South Carolina kicked their tails the last two games– and neitehr was remotely close.

Better then beating no one which is what UGA accomplished this year.

D. Ellis

December 11th, 2011
11:09 pm

congrats Tech guys….nice pick ups

Ramblin Man

December 11th, 2011
11:15 pm

Wow this got highjacked by an UGA fan quick. White will be a welcome addition to the secondary as Groh is adding some nice depth. Autry is obviously a wait and see, but I am thinking WR after a redshirt and some weight/muscle is added. Welcome to the flats guys. Was hoping I would see McCalister commit. With only 4-5 slots left I hope GT rounds this out with some nice recruits like McCalister, Tomlinson, Fuller, and Shumate.

Carvell or anybody else that knows please answer this. A Bama fan buddy of mine told me that Justin Taylor was looking to open his recruitment back up and had GT on his list and I am looking for some type of confirmation.

68-56

December 11th, 2011
11:15 pm

5 national titles to the rednecks 1….. Who ownes this state? Oh yeah this should ring a bell…68-56

1 4 GT

December 11th, 2011
11:18 pm

As is usual the Georgie folk just can’t help coming over here onto our blog about our football team and making up lies about our school and ragging on these nice young fellows that want to come to our school and play football for GT. You know, I have a full time job taking care of my little worries and my life’s business without sticking my nose into someone else’ business too. I guess these dummies that call themselves men and fans of Georgie never had parents that loved them enough or were smart enough to teach these Georgie guys that fact of life. By my count when I started composing this comment, there was 1 UGA Dawg here and 9 leg humping butt sniffing mutt trolls sticking their big, ugly faces into my business. PLEASE GO AWAY!!!!!

Ramblin Man

December 11th, 2011
11:20 pm

Why do my comments always disappear?
Welcome to the flats guys.
Carvell or anybody else that knows please answer this. A Bama fan friend of mine told me that Justin Taylor was looking to open his recruitment back up and had GT on his list. Just wondering if there is any truth to this.

superDawg

December 11th, 2011
11:20 pm

He said your coaches reminded him of his high school coaches and he was right.High school program all the way.

Ramblin Man

December 11th, 2011
11:20 pm

Mama Says

December 11th, 2011
11:21 pm

Hey Super B,

You ever heard of Nevada ? They beat Bosie St. the team that destroyed you guys. I guess by your standards The Dawgs really suck.

Steve

December 11th, 2011
11:23 pm

Congrats on the scholly guys. Looking forward to watching you play for the Jackets!

Supersize that order, mutt

December 11th, 2011
11:23 pm

1 4 GT, I think the count of mutts has increased by one, but unfortunately the count of dawgs is still holding at one

1 4 GT

December 11th, 2011
11:24 pm

“Mama Said there’d be days like this my Mama Said”. I think TCU beat Boise St this year too.

superDawg

December 11th, 2011
11:26 pm

You nerds crack me up.A legend in your own minds.