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.”

– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog

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167 comments Add your comment

IHATEUGA1990

December 26th, 2011
6:33 pm

@WnE-You somed up everything! I dont have to say anything back because you just said it.Thats alright my friend after the bowl loss i hope they fire him which GT cant afford to do right now because of the bs with the last basketball coach. BUT IM LIKE YOU these other tech fans dont what to hear the hard facts about his sorry ass.

bigguy

December 26th, 2011
6:43 pm

@ Steve – 3:56 – No colleges around here have a football team that even closely resembles their respective student body…except maybe Vanderbilt. Your thoughts?

BigTimeTECHFan

December 26th, 2011
6:44 pm

I would add Ryan Watson OL from Our Lady Good Counsel HS in MD, 4 star, Chungong working on getting him to come to Tech and he’s a little more interested now then a couple of weeks ago

Tampa Gator

December 26th, 2011
6:45 pm

Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas season…….82 degrees on the beach. Santa came by for a sun tan…..a stoggie….and a brew. Nice fellow…..needs to go on a diet……and get some some new, styling threads.

Good luck, Tech, hope you get several of them and more talent for the future.

My top 5 wish list for Florida:

1. Nelson Agholor – Gators vs. Notre Dame
2. Stefon Diggs – Gators, I believe
3. Darius Hamilton – Long shot
4. Jonathan Bullard – Gators vs. Clemson
5. Tracy Howard – Gators vs. FSU (although I can’t see mom letting him become a stinking Nole….and he has plenty of shoes already)

Is January 2nd here already?

Techmate

December 26th, 2011
6:48 pm

Carvell – I owe you an apology. Thanks for the Tech write-up.

Tampa Gator

December 26th, 2011
6:49 pm

If this was a top 5 wish list for Georgia recuits……..Dawg fans would be on here telling Tech (and Gator) fans to go to their own blog in their own city…..funny…..all AJC blogs seem to be Dawg blogs even though Tech is in Atlanta and Georgia is in Athens. Aren’t there any newspapers in Athens?

what a nit wit ....

December 26th, 2011
6:50 pm

obama didnt kill nasa get your facts straight.

obama changed direction and put nasa and the us space program in a position to explore the solar system. nothing like revisionist history from a jacket who watches too much fox news,.

we had flat worn out the space shuttle program. going to the moon? btdt. read the following article and it is apparent that obama looked beyond the moon.

conquer the solar system an the moon falls into place. we need to start mining the asteroid belt and beyond and obama’s plans helps us prepare for that.

gt bme 1981 with 15 years in the space program. you need to stick to making toasters. your knowledge of the facts is embarrassing. and your goals underwhelming!!!!!!!!!

http://mediamatters.org/research/201101310015.

Tampa Gator

December 26th, 2011
6:55 pm

nit wit…..

He or she is not interested in facts. Facts will mess up his “thought” process.

Tampa Gator

December 26th, 2011
6:56 pm

Anyway……

Just stopped in for a second…….to stir up the Dawg fans……get them ready for the summer. Have a nice New Year’s Eve celebration….and do it safely.

Stinger95

December 26th, 2011
6:58 pm

@Tampon Gator
This is a GT blog. Get off our blog. btw, Does Santa go to Florida during the summer to deal with the extreme heat and mosquitos?

hey 'please keep pj'

December 26th, 2011
7:01 pm

WnE must be your daddy or you are his…

you are mixing up chan gailey issues with cpj issues. than again nobody on these blogs mentions intelligence and WnE in the same sentence,.

what an embarrassment to gt WnE is. i suspect he is really a dawg in between gigs at the McDonald’s french fry station,

Jacket Man

December 26th, 2011
7:04 pm

Paul Johnson isn’t going anywhere. This year’s recruiting class is shaping up to be one of the best in years, according to the “scouting” services, however our coaches go after players who fit our systems so we have been very happy with our previous classes regardless of what the “pundits” thought.

Even though the prognosticators projected the Jackets to win 6 games this season, we see they’ve exceeded that number prior to the bowl game, and this is with the second youngest team in the NCAA lining up on the field. The seasons have been better than many have expected, and as more of Paul Johnson’s players get integrated into the program, will only get better.

I have to say that I’m amused with the “person” who thinks he’s “clever” by posting under several different names and having conversations with himself, agreeing with his own comments. If you think any of us are buying what you are trying to sell, then you really are as dillusional as you seem to be on these blogs. You may as well just stick with your own handle and “man up”.

gatechfan

December 26th, 2011
7:09 pm

Looks like Tech discriminates against whites.

cmon man

December 26th, 2011
7:51 pm

well it looks like some folks will need a new “inside source” for information. no crowell did not flunk off of the team and he is not planning to transfer. i just thought i would pass that info along to you guys so you have enough time to make up your next rumor, i mean spread information given to you from your “inside source”

Please keep PJ

December 26th, 2011
7:54 pm

“this is with the second youngest team in the NCAA lining up on the field.” Not exactly a good thing if most of the youth should be playing on FCS level.

Don

December 26th, 2011
8:05 pm

We already landed one bama commit. And he will be lighting up teams in a couple of years

SugarfreeSailor

December 26th, 2011
8:39 pm

Some top notch recruits for a top notch program. You guys will make a great decision in more areas than just football if you choose Tech.

Good luck with the rest of your senior years and the rest of the recruiting process.

gt45

December 26th, 2011
9:00 pm

Come on, Dalv! The D would look very well stocked with these guys coming in.

CPJ 2K11

December 26th, 2011
9:23 pm

WnE

December 26th, 2011
5:49 pm
re:
You can’t fix stupid
December 26th, 2011
5:24 pm

While you thought you had a “aha I gotcha Wrecks” moment, what you have merely done is show the world that you don’t know squat about CFB, instead of making me look bad, you make yourself look like an idiot.

Ok, Wrecks. I read your profile and with your degree in psychology from Coastal Carolina and your love of fragrance, you are probably more than qualified to teach the rest of us the intricacies of CFB. Please continue.

http://www.okcupid.com/profile/srschirm

Wow.

bitter QB

December 26th, 2011
11:06 pm

lots of tallented high schooooll recruits——-very few quility collage head coach’s

——————————————-fact———boise st head coach and 2 star players–win

———————just saying trolls

Tech dropout

December 26th, 2011
11:08 pm

IHATEUGA1990 sounds exactly like a troll of WnE…

Anyway if your sole reason to watch GT is because you hate UGA, you are just a sad person. Go be a UF fan and leave the board because I’m tired of you and Sexy Rexxy and your negative comments about GT. Never a freaking compliment, go rent a room and have negative, rough love with each other and be all ticked off together and leave all of us out of it.

bitter QB

December 26th, 2011
11:10 pm

tampa ga-yturd and turd roll are 2 peas in a pod—-hahahahah—trailer trash

bitter QB

December 26th, 2011
11:15 pm

good luck tech—-have a great bowl game.—worry about your next foe, not the next –recruit

bitter QB

December 26th, 2011
11:30 pm

0-12 vs top 25 teams, who am i ???????????jaw-ger QB

BS Patrol

December 26th, 2011
11:33 pm

Any recruit would be stupid not to sign with an SEC school if offered. It’s a well known documented fact that 99% of SEC signees go straight to the NFL after 3 years even they never actually played in a game and rode the pine during college. It’s a cool mil right out of high school. You don’t even have to know your ABC’s. Just make your mark on the piece of paper and all the hot chicks will fall at your feet.

BigTimeTECHfan

December 27th, 2011
12:10 am

Tech highest avg GPA entrance in NCAA
Same time very low on grade rates

shows how hard a school tech is, that just show NCAA rule for required graduation % are not fair. what do they want the schools to do? dumb down their standards?

Yakety Yak

December 27th, 2011
1:27 am

Take out the papers and the trash
Or you don’t get no spendin’ cash
If you don’t scrub that kitchen floor
You ain’t gonna rock and roll no more
Yakety yak (don’t talk back)

Wrecker

December 27th, 2011
6:41 am

Thanks for the update, Michael!

Wal-Mart Dawg Retards

December 27th, 2011
8:07 am

What kinda recruiting class is this? No convicts? C’mon man! The Dawgs got at least 3 5-star convicts.

Techster

December 27th, 2011
8:26 am

Question: Are football scholarships still good for only one year and then are renewable each year thereafter at the election of the institution? I am baffled by how many powerhouse schools sign more players than they have slots to fill on Natioanl Signing Day, unless they show the less-talented players on their rosters the door…

DLink

December 27th, 2011
8:43 am

Go, go GT! Sue me, I’m partial, I’d also a Democrat, if you want to hold that against me, as well. They’re all black, call me racist, if you must. Damn fine school and I’ll back up the team any day of the week. Black, white, orange, or green… it’s gold and white coming out the wash.

I’ve lost faith in a few things in life, GA Tech will never be one of them. If there’s a problem, yo, I’ll solve it… Nobody ever went to school there just to play football. There are bigger dreams in life, than that, say what you will, don’t ask me to come back…. I’m comfy. You’ve got to play harder than me to be “WINNING”… Go. Jackets.

Play harder than me to Win.

Craig

December 27th, 2011
8:50 am

It’s sad when a kicker is on the top 5 wish list…pathetic

DLink

December 27th, 2011
8:54 am

Did I do that on purpose? GT. I’ll make you wonder about it. Welcome to the new year all.

Jerry

December 27th, 2011
9:19 am

Very poorly researched and written article. How can a guy Tech has not evern offered a scholarship be on their top 5 wish list? You should get a subscription to Rivals or Scout and at least get a list of the guys Tech has offered so you can see who are the highest rated players they have offered. Your lack of insight and interest into Georgia Tech football is pathetic.

Go back to your UGA worship!

Go Jackets!

Tech dropout

December 27th, 2011
10:02 am

I have to agree with Jerry, pretty poor update on GT. Two out of the five don’t even have offers from GT currently. Thus I don’t think they are on the wishlist.

RxDawg

December 27th, 2011
10:18 am

I don’t understand the Mike Jones situation. If he’s the number 1 running back Tech is after, why doesn’t he have an offer? The clock is ticking nerds…

RxDawg

December 27th, 2011
10:19 am

correction: Miles Jones

Delbert D.

December 27th, 2011
10:37 am

Part of the college football scene actually has a reasonably-level playing field for admissions. Here is some infomation that I condensed from an article by Bill Pennington on the NY Times web site on Dec. 24, 2011 titled “Before Recruiting in the Ivy League, Applying Some Math.” A version of the story was in print on Dec. 25th.

The Ivy League does not offer athletic scholarships. In order to evaluate prospective student-athletes for academic scholarships, the Ivy League has a formula called the Academic Index. All prospective Ivy League student athletes for 280 teams in 35 sports are evaluated by it. Each school has varying academic standards, so what works for Brown doesn’t necessarily work for Harvard; The A.I. requirements are several points higher at Harvard. The A.I. process is aimed at student-athletes in all sports fitting into the standard deviation of all students.

The minimum A.I. for any Ivy league school is 176 (up from 171 in previous years), which roughly translates to a B student (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) with a score of 1140 on the old two-part SAT. However, there are other factor for admission. Student athletes have been rejected with an A.I. of 210, which translates to a 4.0 GPA with roughly a 1,300 on the 2-part SAT for a variety of reasons including the interview performance, a poor essay or lack of advanced placement courses. To put this in perspective, the the average student atendding college in the U.S. would have an A.I. of about 150.

Ivy league football teams are allowed to support an average of 30 recruits a year, with the evaluation of prospective student-athletes in four A.I. bands spaced 10 points apart. Last year Penn was given 2 spots in the lowest band, 8 in the 2nd band, 12 in the 3rd and 8 in the highest. for all sports the low end last year was Brown, with 7 teams with average A.I.’s of less than 200. Yale had 1, and Harvard and Princeton had none.

Gorilla Biscuit

December 27th, 2011
11:21 am

“How can a guy Tech has not evern offered a scholarship be on their top 5 wish list?”

It’s called getting waxed in recruiting and desperation.

BigTimeTechFan

December 27th, 2011
12:21 pm

GT Wish list

1. Dalvin Tomlinson, DE, Henry County: 6-3, 270
2. Elijah Shumate, DB, Ramsey, N.J.: 6-1, 205
3. Alex McCalister, DE, Clemmons, N.C.: 6-6, 210
4. R.J. Robinson, RB, Berkeley HS SC (JCO Georgia Military), 6-2, 225 4.4 40
5. Ryan Watson, OG, Olney, MD (Our Lady Good Counsel HS), 6-3, 265

Sven Ottke

December 27th, 2011
12:32 pm

Great points Jerry. That and that fact that Georgia has never been on Dalvin Tomlinson’s short list shows what shoddy journalism appears in this “on-line” rag.

to "duh"

December 27th, 2011
12:55 pm

How kids look at academics

December 26th, 2011
12:56 pm

What? No heat in your metal mansion today?

Delbert D.

December 27th, 2011
3:18 pm

“How can a guy Tech has not evern offered a scholarship be on their top 5 wish list?”

To avoid over-signing. That doesn’t matter to some schools, though.

WnE

December 27th, 2011
3:26 pm

re:
BigTimeTechFan
December 27th, 2011
12:21 pm

GT Wish list

1. Dalvin Tomlinson, DE, Henry County: 6-3, 270
2. Elijah Shumate, DB, Ramsey, N.J.: 6-1, 205
3. Alex McCalister, DE, Clemmons, N.C.: 6-6, 210
4. R.J. Robinson, RB, Berkeley HS SC (JCO Georgia Military), 6-2, 225 4.4 40
5. Ryan Watson, OG, Olney, MD (Our Lady Good Counsel HS), 6-3, 265

__________________

What happened to all that holier-than-thou bullcrap about GT doesn’t go after JUCOs?

What happened to all that bullcrap about GT doesn’t take recruits from GMC & Hargrave like uga does?

Last yr. it was Jimmy Kitchens that couldn’t get qualified out of HS for Auburn & TENN. STATE (D1-AA school), and now we’re looking at JUCOs.

One-by-one all the MYTHS of Academic Eliteness & Snobbery are being debunked under Coach Fish Fry’s Tenure!

What happened to anybody I put at B-Back is gonna get 1,000 yards?

After getting only 698 yds. out of a former QB vs. the 71st toughest schedule, I guess that’s enough to send CPJ to the JUCO ranks looking for a real recruit at B-Back, I guess that also means that C. Perkins is now officially “a bust”, and this was the guy that everyone said was better than Dwyer and that the Recruiting services were WRONG to rank him as a 3* recruit .

I guess trying to get former QBs to play B-back just ain’t working for the SMUG HC so arrogant that he said that ANYBODY could get 1,000 playing B-Back in HIS SYSTEM!

I guess that OLB from Florida (Marcus Allen) that everyone is Recruiting as a LB and not A RB ain’t the answer either, so off to the JUCOs goes CPJ in desperation trying to save his gimmicky offense!

As time goes by Ol’ Wrecks looks more and more like a genius and the boot-licking-toadies that support CPJ are being let down repeatedly!

Wake up putzes, we’re after JUCOs just like EVERYBODY ELSE!

GTpak

December 27th, 2011
3:35 pm

I hope Tomlinson and others stay home and help the Jackets build a dream team!! We need you badly, you all will be stars at Tech.

SuperB

December 27th, 2011
3:37 pm

tTomlinson has a choice:

1. Go to a team that has the weapons to win a national championship– in the next two years; or
2. Go to an Ivy League school and get one hell of an education?

The answers are: 1. Georgia and 2. Harvard.

ignition

December 27th, 2011
3:53 pm

Tomlinson has said that education is a huge priority for him in deciding where he goes so I can’t see him going to a dumb redneck SEC school like UGA or Alabama. I can’t understand why any Black athlete would go to those racist duchebag colleges other than in some attempt to go to the league.

Jeffro

December 27th, 2011
4:04 pm

I hope GT lands most of these guys instead of South Carolina.

Go Tigers!

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wreckmaniac

December 27th, 2011
5:30 pm

Ozzy: You nailed it. Chances are slim to none for any of these kids who think they will ever see an NFL contract. The unfortunate ones are those who are so certain they plan for nothing else.