Holiday wishlist: 5 of Georgia Tech’s top recruiting targets

Georgia Tech will put the finishing touches on its 2012 recruiting class over the next four weeks.

The Yellow Jackets have 14 commitments so far, and expect to sign between 17-19 players by February’s national signing day.

Georgia Tech’s top commitment may be Francis Kallon, a 6-foot-6, 250-pound defensive end from Central Gwinnett High School. He’s ranked as a 4-star recruit by both ESPN and Scout. Kallon, who just finished his first season of organized football after moving from England, spurned offers from Auburn and Tennessee, among many others, to stick with the Yellow Jackets.

There’s also quarterback Justin Thomas, a 5-foot-11, 175-pounder from Alabama’s Prattville High School who is ranked as a 4-star prospect and the No. 19 all-purpose athlete in the country by Rivals. He was committed to Alabama for a year but switched to Georgia Tech because of the opportunity to play quarterback.

Here are five of the top remaining targets on Georgia Tech’s recruiting board:

Dalvin-Tomlinson

DE Dalvin Tomlinson (AJC)

Dalvin Tomlinson, DE, Henry County: The 6-3, 270-pounder is an AJC Super 11 selection and one of the state’s top five seniors who have yet to make their college decision. Alabama and Georgia Tech have been the longtime frontrunners for Tomlinson, who has a 3.9 GPA and is also being recruited by Harvard and other Ivy League schools. After making a recruiting trip to Georgia Tech a few weeks ago, he rated it as “an 8 or 9.” There’s a theory he may want to stay closer to home after the death of his mother last summer. Who else is involved? Tomlinson made an official visit to Alabama, also had Florida, Tennessee, Indiana and Georgia on his shortlist. Tomlinson has handled his recruiting in mysterious and unpredictable ways, so it should be an exciting finish.

Elijah Shumate

S Elijah Shumate (247sports)

Elijah Shumate, DB, Ramsey, N.J.: The 6-1, 205-pound from Ramsey, N.J., is ranked as the nation’s No. 7 safety by Rivals.com. He is scheduled to visit Georgia Tech on Jan. 13, and is also considering Notre Dame, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Rutgers and Michigan State. “He’s a very physical kid that is a sure tackler in space,” said Rusty Mansell, National Recruiting Analyst for 247Sports. “Elijah comes from one of the top programs in the country in Don Bosco Prep. Shumate is the type of prospect that will play early where ever he ends up. Has a great nose for the football and his film is impressive.”

RB Miles Jones

RB Miles Jones

Miles Jones, RB, Allatoona: When the 5-11, 205-pounder made an official visit to Georgia Tech earlier this month, there were rumors that Jones would both be offered and commit on the spot. Neither happened, but it still could. He is still in the mix for an offer. Said Jones, “Georgia Tech said that I’m the No. 1 running back they are recruiting. They may have a few transfers coming in, so they have to see how it’s going to go.” In the meantime, Jones is talking to Maryland, Middle Tennessee State, Georgia Southern and Jacksonville State. “I still like Georgia Tech but I’m not sitting around waiting for them. Who knows? An offer may never come. I’m looking around.” Jones rushed for 2,142 yards and 30 TDs as a senior.

K Nicholas St. Germain

K Nicholas St. Germain (247Sports)

Nicholas St. Germain, K, McEachern: Georgia Tech appears destined to sign a kicker this year, and St. Germain may be next in line for an offer. Illinois commit Ryan Frain made an official visit to Georgia Tech a few weeks ago, but later decided to stick with Illinois. Both Georgia Tech and South Carolina may be close to offering St. Germain, who already holds offers from Georgia Southern, Middle Tennessee State and South Alabama. This past season, St. Germain kicked 59 of 74 kickoffs out of the end zone, converted all 52 extra points, and made 11 of 17 field goals, including a long of 49 yards. Georgia Tech is also looking at a couple of other kicking candidates.

DE Alex McCalister (247Sports)

DE Alex McCalister (247Sports)

Alex McCalister, DE, Clemmons, N.C.: The 6-6, 210-pounder is ranked as the No. 27 weakside defensive end in the country by Rivals but may be able to play several different positions in college, depending on how he grows and develops. He took an official visit to Georgia Tech a few weeks ago and seemed to enjoy it but wants to see some other schools before making a final decision. “Alex is a kid that is a legit 6-foot-6 with long arms,” Mansell said. “Anytime you can get a prospect like him coming off the edge, it can make you better in a hurry. At his height he does not have to get a sack to cause problems, he just needs to get up-field pressure to force a quarterback out of the pocket and knock a ball down. He is around 225 pounds now and I can see him playing at 245 pounds before college is over with.

  • What about UGA’s recruiting wishlist? Go here

RELATED: Chattahoochee defensive back Will Johnson said he committed to Tennessee-Chattanooga over Middle Tennessee State, UNC-Charlotte, Samford and Appalachian State, among others. “It was just the fact I went up there and I became very close with the players immediately, and its educational and campus life is outstanding,” Johnson said. “The football program is one that I feel like I fit into very well and I have an opportunity to compete for early playing time. Everything just felt right about UTC and I know it is somewhere that I can be happy for the next four years of my life.”

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167 comments Add your comment

goldwreck

December 26th, 2011
12:08 pm

It’d be great to get all of them.Go Jackets!

Marine Jacket

December 26th, 2011
12:10 pm

Nice to get some info on the Jackets, it has be scarce lately

WRECKED

December 26th, 2011
12:37 pm

Is this a serious list?

collegeballfan

December 26th, 2011
12:39 pm

If Tomlinson gets a chance at Harvard he might want to give it a lot of thought. With a 3.9 GPA he should make a decision based on education for a lifetime rather than just football for a few years.

And if it really is between Alabama and Georgia Tech, then it is between football and academics.
Alabama is a member of the SEC, a football matter. Georgia Tech is a member of the Association of American Universities, an academic matter.

Nick

December 26th, 2011
12:50 pm

Nice write-up, Michael.

How kids look at academics

December 26th, 2011
12:56 pm

“My M.E. degree from Tech will for sure get me a job at Coca Cola or say Ga Power or Scana Energy ( NASA was killed by Obama so forget that career path) for around $59,000-$70,000 starting pay” is what they think, when they hear a recruiting pitch from Al Groh or CPJ.

“Now, if I go to the the LEAGUE after three years from a HIGH PROFILE PROGRAM OR MAJOR COLLEGE FOOTBALL CONFERENCE, like the SEC, my starting pay will be around $750,00 per year with a sign on bonus for $225,000.”

See?? All of this GPA and career path and top notch contact networking stuff after football is total fluff. Kids toda( 80% of them do) want to play in the NFL. End of story. Most Tech guys end up in a mid level manager’s job at Waffle House anyway. Place is run by Techers.

Degrees can be wrappped up later, like the young UGA man did after 8 years in the NFL and while at UGA …………………he sat on the becn but STILL MADE THE BIGS. His sgtory was just out last week. Went back he did , and earned his degree AFTER NFL. See?

Look at it this way, and you will know why Tech cannot recruit big time kids and why kids could care less about playing at tech.

Supersize that order, mutt

December 26th, 2011
12:59 pm

If a kid is good enough to go to the pros, then he will go, no matter what college team he plays for.

Techster

December 26th, 2011
1:04 pm

In the piece, MIles Jones reportedly mentioned the possibilitiy of some players “transferring in” and, if he is the No. 1 back that Tech is recruiting, does that mean that Tech may not sign a RB, if those transfers come in? Does it mean that Tech may get an RB transfer? Does anyone know the players to whom he was referring?

Jacket Man

December 26th, 2011
1:28 pm

There is a potential transfer whose name can’t be released, yet. However, I can tell you that coming out of High School, he was rated extremely high by all of the scouting services. Nothing is guaranteed it will happen, though, so that’s why the name isn’t being released.

Dalvin and McAlister are supposed to be visiting Florida, but it’s highly doubtful either are seriously considering them as options. Alabama is basically filled up, so I think it’s a pretty good bet Dalvin won’t be signing with them, either. Alex is down to GA Tech and North Carolina.

Shumate is down to South Carolina, GA Tech, and Notre Dame. South Carolina was confident they were going to sign him, however, after his recent official visit to South Bend, they may now be in the driver’s seat. The Yellow Jackets get the final shot at him with his last official visit, assuming he still decides to take it.

Because the scholarships are getting tight, I’m not sure a kicker will get an offer until Paul Johnson finds out about the attrition on the current roster. Once that’s determined, then the additional offers will go out.

General Wood

December 26th, 2011
1:42 pm

@ the 12:56 pm post, well put…you must be a UGA graduate and teach english for the Atlanta Public School system.

General Wood

December 26th, 2011
1:43 pm

“$750,00 per year” sure, why not?

General Wood

December 26th, 2011
1:45 pm

What is a “stgory”?

Recruiting

December 26th, 2011
1:47 pm

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General Wood

December 26th, 2011
1:48 pm

What about a Petro-chemical Engineer? “will for sure”

slydog

December 26th, 2011
1:53 pm

So I guess if you received a degree from Alabama, it’s just a piece of paper and not worth spit? Let’s look at it this way; You live only once, so why not live it up. Play college football on scholarship, something the majority of the world doesn’t get a chance to do. Get your degree and get the best grades possible in a degree that means something to you. Last, and certainly not least, plan a life “after” football. This could be right after college or after a pro career. Whether you go to Alabama, GT, or Harvard, who the hell are we to determine what;s a football decision, and academic decision, or a life decision. It’s his life, not yours. For a vast majority of men who went to schools for academic reasons and watch sports religiously, I bet they all wish they were on the field when they had the opportunity to do it. Work will always be there.

5150 UOAD

December 26th, 2011
1:59 pm

slydog WORK WILL ALWAYS BE THERE? Have you seen the economy? How many jobs are being created in the US?

slydog

December 26th, 2011
2:05 pm

@5150 UOAD

Good then, just play football while the game is still being played. Is that better? Or are you waiting on Dec. 21, 2012. Geez, you’ll argue about anything if you didn’t come up with it. Yeah work will always be there. Remember, when we all stayed in small villages and among tribes, you had to hunt for your own food, chop your own wood, build your own house, etc. So YEAH WORK WILL ALWAYS BE THERE!!!

General Wood

December 26th, 2011
2:14 pm

Slydog, how do you interpret the 12:56 pm post? I believe that person just wants to trash Georgia Tech. That’s fine but it would nice to actually understand his rant. Or better yet, that person could post on the dog blog. He could be a hero over there.

jacket fan

December 26th, 2011
2:20 pm

bitter QB

December 26th, 2011
2:24 pm

alot of tallent in state CPJ——start throwing more and open up to more like all-burn did with scam newton

———————then the recruits will come pooring in

Joe 12-Pack

December 26th, 2011
2:25 pm

@Supersize “If a kid is good enough to go to the pros, then he will go, no matter what college team he plays for.” – NOT TRUE

If someone is really smart at engineering and goes to, say, Georgia State, do you think that prepares him for the best engineering jobs?

If you want a career in football, you are better off going to a school like Alabama that is going to prepare you instead of playing with Biff and the other eggheads in the Ivy League.

There is a good reason why Bama has around 25 guys in the NFL and Harvard only has a couple.

IHATEUGA1990

December 26th, 2011
2:35 pm

Word on the street in CPJ has more year and left to improve recruitng and beat UGA.

kusch

December 26th, 2011
2:42 pm

Joe 12-Pack you are a moron. Alabama isn’t giving out football degrees. They just line up the best players in the south and let ‘em rip. Trent Richardson was 2nd string last year. Do you think ‘Bama “coached him up”? Where are all the other 5-star recruits who didn’t pan out?
Georgia Tech, on the other hand, really is developing and putting out the best engineers in the land. Even their management degree is highly rated, yet an afterthought on the GT campus in comparison to is other programs. I’m sure you don’t believe this, though. A degree from GT is worth its weight in gold.

mwh6767

December 26th, 2011
2:47 pm

For all the negatives on here hate to tell you but supersize IS right. If you are good enough to get to the pros you WILL go. Don’t believe me, well do you believe history? Jerry Rice, Shannon Sharpe and you can go on and on. Your arguement doesn’t apply to tech , esp. recently as they have sent a good number of player to the league. Everyone in america has seen Tebow throw to Bay-Bay Thomas here lately! These kids are savy enough to know they will get seen at Tech or anywhere else. One thing Tech has going for them with the d-line players is they can offer playing time right away where at Bama you may have to wait two years and if you get hurt in practice you know Saban will revoke that scholly in a heartbeat!!

HUH?

December 26th, 2011
2:50 pm

How did Miles Jones make their “Wish List” when they haven’t even offered him? I think if you want someone, then the first step would be to offer a scholarship….or is CPJ just playing hard to get?

WnE

December 26th, 2011
2:52 pm

I’m not sure what Miles Jones was talking about, but the only way that a transfer can play next yr. is if they graduate with eligibility left over like the QB Russell Wilson up at Wisconsin OR they have to transfer UP FROM A LOWER LEVEL.

I don’t see many guys with eligibility left over transferring IN to GT to play in CPJ’s gimmicky offense, when guys do things like Russell Wilson it is usually to showcase themselves one last time for the NFL, CPJ’s offense doesn’t give an Offensive player the “best film” for an NFL shot.

At this point in CPJ’s tenure GT/we should not be looking at guys that are transferring UP from a lower level to help our FB Program.

Finally, if you look at the 5-guys on this wish list and compare it to the 5-guys on uga’s wish list then you’ll see WHY the gap between uga & GT has gotten WIDER since Coach Kung Fu Panda has started at GT.

79

December 26th, 2011
2:55 pm

“Word on the street in CPJ has more year …….”

Where is this “street”? I know Johnson isn’t Dodd, but this is not 1962….sure, he should have beaten UGa at least once in the past three years and lost four other games where we had the better team…. but he is not going anywhere…unless he decides he’s had enough of GT…..and there is no way we beat GA in Athens in ‘12…..not with Tevin or Days at QB….good tough guys just can’t throw a lick….

bradrey3d

December 26th, 2011
2:57 pm

Joe, I think Supersize is right. Name a GT player that you think deserved to go to the NFL who did not. It’s not like truly gifted players on the flats were shafted or anything. Calvin, Nesbitt, Morgan, Thomas, and others all showed their ability at Tech and came out on top.

It’s even possible that because of the stiff competition at bama that Dalvin might not get the playing time and praise as he would at Tech (though not likely – kids a beast). Bama winning is a side effect of the talent they get and that’s why more of their players go to the NFL…because the players are good! not necessarily because of the school. Do you honestly think those players from bama that play in the NFL would not have made it if they played at Tech instead?

WnE

December 26th, 2011
2:57 pm

re:
mwh6767
December 26th, 2011
2:47 pm

Please stop using the “Bey-Bey argument” to try and validate what Coach Fish Fry is doing at GT.

D. Thomas was 6-3 236 lbs and ran a friggin’ 4.38 forty, that is WHY he was 1st round draft pick, CPJ’s gimmicky offense had NOTHING to do with Bay-Bay getting drafted that high.

If Bay-Bay put up the same game stats and was 6-1 190 pounds with the SAME time in the forty, he would have gone MUCH later in the NFL Draft.

You guys are giving CPJ wayyyyyy too much credit for Bay-Bay getting drafted that high.

Wait until S. Hill uses up his eligibility and THEN judge how well CPJ gets Offensive players ready for the NFL.

Stinger2

December 26th, 2011
3:06 pm

My guess is less than 10 percent of those who post opinions about recruiting have any real knowledge about what the process is all about. I admit I certainly do not.
However it is fun to read these expert opinions. Does anyone have facts to prove that CPJ is not a good recruiter?
If so what are they?

Supersize that order, mutt

December 26th, 2011
3:15 pm

Joe 12-Pack, of course a GSU grad is not going to be hired for a hig-paying engineering job. But you are trying to compare quality of education at different schools with the “level” of football played at different schools. A kid’s talent on the football field is OBVIOUS no matter who he plays for, although he probably would get drafted earlier from a so-called high-profile football program. But the talent will be evaluated and confirmed at the combines, and there are PLENTY of kids from low-profile schools who end up making it big in the pros. Although Tech is no Alabama, it certainly does not have a low-profile football program, despite the recruiting lies told to kids coming out of HS. A kid playing football at Tech will have plenty of opportunity to show his talent and, if he helps make Tech a better over-all team, then he will be noticed even more. Remember, UGA hasn’t been exactly a barn-burner in football over the past 5 or 6 years, and they still attract good HS players and still send the best of them to the pros. Tech actually should have an advantage because we HAVE, and still will, send players to the pros AND we give them the opportunity for an education which can provide them a pretty lucrative backup to a continuing life in football.

Hmmm?

December 26th, 2011
3:16 pm

“Does anyone have facts to prove that CPJ is not a good recruiter?
If so what are they?”

True. He seems to be getting better…Rivals 2009 – 49th, 2010 – 43rd, 2011 – 41st. Should be in the Top 40 this year. :-)

Stinger2

December 26th, 2011
3:26 pm

Hmmm: I accept your rankings from Rival. However, this does not prove CPJ is not a good recruiter given the circumstances he is under compared with the coaches who can sign players with lower GPA`s and use lower recruiting standards. Also, after 3 years, his overall record is better than any previous GT coach.

GT Man

December 26th, 2011
3:29 pm

Would love to get St. Germaine and Tomlinson, but with Techs past recruiting years, they will lose them to other programs. Miles Jones seems like a winner, Ga Southern and Jax. State are after him, soon as Elon or Wofford offers, then PJ will get him. Get ready for some more 2-star player offers and commitments. Hopefully this will be the near end of PJ and Groh.

GT Man

December 26th, 2011
3:31 pm

Hmmm? At this rate 30 more years and PJ hits the Top-30 charts. PJ recruits like he’s still at Navy and Ga Southern, he needs to realize, he’s playing against better competition.

Reality Bites

December 26th, 2011
3:37 pm

What about Imani Cross now that he has decommitted from UT?

Hmmm?

December 26th, 2011
3:46 pm

Actually, given CPJ’s steady improvement in recruiting, we should have the 17th ranked class in 2020.

Supersize that order, mutt

December 26th, 2011
3:50 pm

Hmmm? What good has it done so far for CMR to have highly ranked recruiting classes? That ranking doesn’t really mean all that much.

Dawg48

December 26th, 2011
3:55 pm

Good luck bugs on picking up these kids, hope y’all do and they turn out to be good players.

bulldog steve

December 26th, 2011
3:56 pm

Stinger2 – Seriously, CPJ has a recruiting disadvantage because he can’t sign the lower SAT players? Do you really believe that Tech has higher standards that the NCAA requirements, and therefore does not recruit the lower SAT students? Tech has the same minimum requirements as everybody. They offer the same prospects as everybody, they just cannot sign them. Now do they have a disadvantage due to the limited number of degree’s available than a lot of schools? Sure, but don’t pull that won’t recruit the academically challenged students. Heck they offered Crowell.

Hmmm?

December 26th, 2011
3:57 pm

Super, I don’t really think classes in the 40s are “highly ranked.” My point was that at least in this highly subjective (ranking) system, he seems to be getting better as opposed to moving the other way.

However, you are correct in that, regardless of how good the players are you recruit, if you can’t coach them up to Div. I, they’re worthless. I’ve seen great recruits who are a bust and walk-ons who become All Americans. While raw talent is important, coaching is key.

Ozzy

December 26th, 2011
3:58 pm

Just curious, what’s the percentage of UGA football players that make it to an NFL roster with a guaranteed contract and a signing bonus? And what’s the percentage of GT players that do the same?

Not hating, just curious what the real chances are. I think they’re slim to none. So, which school would you rather have your degree from, UGA or Tech?

ATLER(RAMBLIN WRECK)

December 26th, 2011
4:07 pm

Nice looking wish list. Hope we can get them to sign in a few weeks.

Old Gold Britches

December 26th, 2011
4:09 pm

Dalvin Tomlinson is a beast of a player.Come on down to the Flats at GT. We want you! We need you!
Elijah Shumate come on down and play early at Georgia Tech!
Alex McCalister will be a great player as well. Miles Jones, Nicholas St. Germain hold tight for an offer!

Hmmm?

December 26th, 2011
4:11 pm

If you are a football player and have the talent and NFL aspirations, obviously you’d be better off at UGA since they run pro-style offenses and defenses and get more national media exposure.

If you are looking for an education, it comes down to what kind of career you want. Georgia Tech is a top-notch engineering school, top 5 nationally. If you want something like a law degree or to become a vet, then you’re better off in Athens. No need to hate, the schools just have different academic focuses and were set up to be that way.

CaptainDave

December 26th, 2011
4:22 pm

Steve @ 3:56:

We read your opinion. Now learn the facts:

It was just revealed THIS WEEK that three players UGA signed could not meet the NCAA minimum requirements…first out of high school, then again after prep school.

GT has not had one fail to qualify THIS CENTURY.

The 2008 AJC study revealed that nearly 80% of UGA football players are special admits.

That tells you all you need to know about the academic requirements to play football at each school. Spread your mis-information elsewhere.

Chris

December 26th, 2011
4:28 pm

I want tomilson to go to uga but i think its between gt and alabama. I bet he goes to Gt. yall are lucky to have him he seems likea great kid and player. Best of luck getting these 5 guys and i hope uga gets there five too. Someone made a good point to know why uga is techs big brother just look at gt’s wishlist and then georgias. we get all the talent. But to cpj credit he makes the most out of his players and yall would be crazy to fire him like some gt fans have been saying on this blog. Merry christmas, GO DAWGS, and best of luck in yalls bowl game

Chris

December 26th, 2011
4:29 pm

Captain dave
Who are the 3 players??? I know kent turene but who else? And don’t act like everyone who goes to tech is getting an engineering degree

Chris

December 26th, 2011
4:30 pm

great post hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm?

Stinger 84

December 26th, 2011
4:34 pm

Looks like the Jackets are battling UT Chattanooga and Weber State for Marion Castro. I have heard reports he is leaning to Weber State, but CPJ has an in-home visit set for next week. We really need this kid. Also, Kim Lee Sung is supposed to announce next Wednesday. The fact that he is a two-sport athlete and we also have a strong ping-pong team bodes well for the Yellow Jackets. Go Jackets!