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, 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, 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.”
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.
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.
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.
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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