Georgia Tech gears up for biggest recruiting weekend of year

With around two weeks away from signing day, Georgia Tech only has a few spots to fill for its 2012 football recruiting class.

Georgia Tech has 14 commitments, and is projected to sign around 18 on Feb. 1.

By securing the majority of its targets early, Georgia Tech will likely avoid the same type of recruiting drama facing other schools scrambling to round up talent at the last minute.

Paul Johnson likes to get most of his class complete fairly early and then keep a few spots open at the end to go after certain needs,” said Kelly Quinlan, publisher of Georgia Tech’s Rivals website, JacketsOnline.com. “They’ve gotten so much done early, that a lot of the Georgia Tech assistants were on the road this week to visit players already committed, to make sure everything was cool.”

QB Justin Thomas (247Sports.com)

QB Justin Thomas (247Sports.com)

Georgia Tech is having its biggest recruiting weekend of the year, as 10 prospects are scheduled to make official visits. Eight of the visitors are high school stars already committed to the Yellow Jackets, including running back Marcus Allen of Hilliard, Fla., quarterback Justin Thomas of Prattville, Ala., Statesboro wide receiver Micheal  Summers, Greater Atlanta Christian offensive lineman Chase Roberts, Sandy Creek offensive lineman Will Adams, cornerback Antonio Crawford of Tampa, Fla., Lanier County defensive end Junior Gnonkonde and defensive end Rod Chungong of Olney, Md.

Georgia Tech also will entertain Statesboro offensive lineman Freddie Burden, who said he would “commit on the spot” to the Yellow Jackets if offered by the end of the weekend.  The 6-foot-3, 300-pounder is scheduled to take an official visit to Florida next Friday.

What about the remaining scholarships? Georgia Tech will save one for Henry County defensive lineman Dalvin Tomlinson, who has already taken recruiting trips with the Yellow Jackets and Alabama, and will visit Georgia on Monday. Tomlinson, an AJC Super 11 selection, attended nearly all of Georgia Tech’s home games this past season.

Also, defensive end Alex McCalister of Clemmons, N.C., will decide between Georgia Tech, Florida and North Carolina on Jan. 17. McCalister has a lot of family that lives in Georgia.

DE Alex McCalister (247Sports.com)

DE Alex McCalister (247Sports.com)

“After that, it gets kind of interesting because they are recruiting a lot of guys at different positions for the final few spots,” Quinlan said. “They got into the same situation last year, where they were looking at a lot of different positions late and ended up taking the best available option.”

Georgia Tech could offer Allatoona running back Miles Jones, who took a recruiting trip with the Yellow Jackets last month, or make a run at safety Lynn Griffin of Jacksonville during his visit next weekend. Georgia Tech is also looking at candidates at wide receiver and all special teams positions.

“They would like to take kicker, punter or a kickoff guy,” Quinlan said. “They’ve had trouble finding one that they’d like to offer. They missed on the kicker from Indiana [Ryan Frain, committed to Illinois] that they got in on late, and they haven’t found another guy that they are willing to offer a scholarship to yet.”

A few notes …

Rod Chungong told the AJC he was working as hard as could to convince his high school teammate, Our Lady of Good Counsel DE Ryan Watson, to take an official visit with him this weekend to Georgia Tech. Watson committed to Purdue over Pitt and Georgia Tech last month. “He’s never been to Georgia Tech, and if I could get him down there with me, I know Ryan would fall  in love with the place like I did.”

RB Marcus Allen

RB Marcus Allen

One of the stars of Georgia Tech’s recruiting class is Marcus Allen, who committed to Georgia Tech among 25 offers, including Florida State. He is the cousin of NFL DB Champ Bailey. Allen is from Hilliard, Fla., and was attracted to Georgia Tech for many reasons. “They will let me play running back, I like the coaches, I can get a great education, and Atlanta is a great city,” Allen said. “I think going there will be prosperous for my future.” Like with all elite prospects, Allen is still being pursued by other schools. “It’s mostly Vanderbilt and Miami. They’ve tried talking me into taking a visit there.” Will he? “I’m not entirely sure on that.” This weekend’s visit to Georgia Tech will be his first since attending the UGA game. “I’m still pretty solid with my commitment to Georgia Tech.”

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193 comments Add your comment

Derock

January 13th, 2012
6:50 am

The recruiting is getting better yearly. His first class was not great but it shows you don’t need to be a pro offense to succeed in the nfl. Bebe for example. Still waiting for Dwyer to break out but he gives me the impression that he lacks professional commitment to football.

RedandBlackDawg

January 13th, 2012
6:51 am

Hope tech. gets the guys they need on defense. Just my opinion but they look pretty stocked on the O side of the ball.

mp

January 13th, 2012
6:54 am

enjoy your weekend, boys! maybe a monster NT will appear on the radar screen we can gobble up.

mp

January 13th, 2012
6:57 am

@redandblackdawg–the biggest problem is the DL. as you well know since the dawgs are running the 3-4 as well, you’ve gotta have the big uglies up front to make the whole system work. we’ve gotta have at least one major headache on the DL that keeps the opposing OC up at night. else, our improvement on D is going to be very incremental.

Jim 70

January 13th, 2012
7:06 am

To run a 3-4, we needca lot of meat on the there, especially nose tackle. Lol what Logan Thomas, vt, did to us last year – differencin the game. But I like what cpj is doing with recruiting.

reebok

January 13th, 2012
7:45 am

We won’t have anywhere near a Top-10 class, but it appears that CPJ’s recruiting is getting slightly better each year. We need some monsters for that D-line!

GT = Dumpster Fire

January 13th, 2012
7:46 am

Good luck signing third tier players. Make sure you give each signee a can of pepper spray and sign them up for self defense classes.

Jacket Man

January 13th, 2012
7:50 am

Watson isn’t coming to Atlanta.

Jacket Man

January 13th, 2012
7:51 am

I also highly doubt, at this point, Tomlinson, is an option for the Jackets.

Jacket Man

January 13th, 2012
7:52 am

I could be wrong, but I doubt it.

GT FANatic

January 13th, 2012
7:55 am

Dalvin Tomlinson will be the big fish!! We need him on the line disrupting opposing offenses right now!!!

Hal

January 13th, 2012
8:00 am

Can’t imagine a young man not wanting to play on a stage in Atlanta, the greatest city in the south for one of the greatest schools in the country. The south is the hot bed of college football and within 300 miles of Atlanta you have UGA, Alabama, Clemson, South Carolinia, Tennessee, Auburn, FSU , Florida, and right smack in the middle is Georgia Tech. What a future to look foward to.

Ed

January 13th, 2012
8:05 am

Dav Thomp is going to be a jacket. jacket man is a typical uga retard posting as a tech fan. he went to almost every home game. doesn’t get any more obvious than that.

Birmingham Jacket

January 13th, 2012
8:10 am

“Paul Johnson” and “recruiting” just don’t go together.

Pompus, arrogant jackwagon thinks he can win with Div-II talent…. And he can against Duke, Kansas, etc.

Time to start thinking about a successor to lead the White and Gold.

lucky21

January 13th, 2012
8:22 am

Birmingham jacket = troll
Dav Thomp = Jacket

Lets Go Tech!

gt45

January 13th, 2012
8:34 am

Can Freddie play nose?

Tech dropout

January 13th, 2012
8:53 am

Birmingham Jacket is a sad sack of a man. Always crying about something or another. Hey Birmingham Jacket, since you are in Birmingham already, go like Bama and cry on their blogs.

Hunting Dawg

January 13th, 2012
8:57 am

I hope this weekend goes well for GT on the recruiting side. MP and R & B hit it on the head as far as the D goes. You do need some big bodies for the 3-4 to be effective. A lot of UGA fans would love it if GT just stunk it up but I want GT to be successful so that the rivalry has meaning. It would also help us keep the homegrown talent in State instead of heading to the borders.

GT = Dumpster Fire

January 13th, 2012
9:13 am

Consistently attracting top tier talent, coaching it up and winning is not sustainable at the crime infested campus in downtown atlanta. Second rate coaching, second rate facilities, second rate conference = results that will land you in the range of being ranked somewhere between 25 and 75. Every once in a while climb up and sniff the top 10 when you play Western Carolina, MTSU, Kansas, and the ACC dregs such as NC State, Maryland, Duke, Virginia. Then get thumped when you play the “cream of the ACC” such as Clemson and VA Tech (who in turn get dismantled when they play real teams from other conferences). Drop back down to the 25 to 75 range.

juvenal

January 13th, 2012
9:16 am

bj, lighten up-makes a good new year’s resolution-drad’s web address well known……

juvenal

January 13th, 2012
9:19 am

dumpster, just as dangerous at redneck bars at midnight…….

Yellowjacked

January 13th, 2012
9:20 am

Where is Jordan Jenkins, Keith Marshall, Jordan Watkins, Josh Clemons, Ricky Parks, Josh Dawson,Dakota Ball, Geno Smith ect. We need to sign real talent. Not save kids from going to 1-AA schools. This is why UGA will always dominate us. We have to sign the top guys in state. We settle for what UGA, Bama, Auburn, FSU, UF, Miami,Clemson, and now S. Carolina/Vandy have left behind. I am sick of it as a Jacket fan. CPJ must step his game up.

Yellowjacked

January 13th, 2012
9:21 am

Enter your comments here

Charlie

January 13th, 2012
9:22 am

Michael,

Who is the tenth scheduled visitor this weekend? Unless I missed something, I counted the eight current commits and Freddie B.

UGA = Cesspool

January 13th, 2012
9:27 am

The trashing of campus on football game days is nothing new.

But with 70 tons of waste disposed of last weekend amid instances of public urination and defecation, University President Michael Adams said he’s had enough.

“I don’t want to start a process where we’re going around arresting people,” Adams said during the monthly Cabinet meeting and media briefing Thursday. “But there was urination, there was defecation, there were 70 tons of trash.”

UGA = Cesspool

January 13th, 2012
9:28 am

Adams said the fact that the main library and Law School are now closed during game days is no excuse for fans to publicly urinate and defecate on the University’s campus.

“There’s some things that are just totally inappropriate that adults can handle, and sometimes these are people that are not in a condition where they’re thinking completely straight,” he said. “And that, too, is an issue.”

south georgia jacket

January 13th, 2012
9:30 am

Hey dumpster diver..what second rate facilities are you referring to? Ours are better than UGAGS in every way.

Taco

January 13th, 2012
9:41 am

Dawg recruits get a free scooter helmet with every offer. They also get run out of town on rail if they don’t live up to the “5 Star” hype. UGA has more washouts on 4-5 star guys than any other program. Someone needs to do a chart and show these kids. You want to be a 4-5 star person when you leave campus and maybe a football star. Not a hard core thug.

G-Dawg

January 13th, 2012
9:42 am

Get rid of that high school offense, then maybe recruits will start to seriously look at ya’ll.

G-Dawg

January 13th, 2012
9:43 am

I’d rather have a scooter helmet..than mugged downtown!!

Ga Tech Old Timer

January 13th, 2012
9:44 am

Hunting Dawg – Thanks for the classy comment. I think there are a great many Tech fans feel the same about UGA and wanting to keep “our kids” in state. We all wish each other success in all areas of every sports program offered by both institutions – until the game between us – of course. Both schools have had success in the past in terms of recruitment, wins and placement of NFL talent – UGA more so than Tech – but the winner the athlete who receives a good education and recognition for the state of Georgia no matter which program is chosen.

There will always be a “forced” competitiveness between the programs which is mostly generated and perpetuated by those whose only goal is to be able to brag with a grammer school mentality – make crude remarks about an opposing school or individuals – and in general turn a blog site into a running commentary of who can have the last word on any number of topics that are not remotely relevent to the written article.

So, my thanks to you – and others like you – who read the opposition blog and limit your comments to the specifics of the article – and in a positive manner – with thought – and without degrading the other program / coaches / athletes / recruits just because this is a public platform and we can remain anonymous.

G-Dawg

January 13th, 2012
9:53 am

Old Timer…if some of the Techies on UGA blogs would spin comments in a positive manner…i’m sure the effort would be reciprocated. I gave up rooting for Tech because of their piss poor attitude towards a fellow institution. We should all support our instate universities…but all we ever hear and read about from techies is “our school is better than your school (academically)”…which is far from the topic of conversation. And gets old quickly!!

Ramblin Man

January 13th, 2012
10:10 am

Scout has Watson listed as attending this weekend and it would be great if he flipped. Not sure I like Allen’s statement about being “pretty solid” as we would have no running back commits if he flipped. Crawford is also rumored to be looking. McCalister will be a great get and I hope he commits next week. Still have a shot at Darion Monroe as well if his visit does not go well at Texas A&M this weekend. I just hope GT can finish strong. Hint hint GT needs Tomlinson.

wes

January 13th, 2012
10:14 am

Paul Johnson’s first class was a “transitional year” class so it wasn’t that great.

Heck, look at Chan Gailey’s “transitional year” class that included I-Perfection Harris. Now THAT class was a complete disaster.

Jacket Man

January 13th, 2012
10:32 am

Ed; I’m a Tech guy 100%. Watson is NOT coming to Atlanta this weekend, trust me. Regarding Dalvin, the chances of him signing with the Jackets at this time are now very slim. We are basically a fallback.

Jacket Man

January 13th, 2012
10:35 am

Ed, I should have said, Watson DID NOT come this weekend with his teammate when he left Maryland, and is not going to come.

DS_CE

January 13th, 2012
10:57 am

Enter your comments here

SansWorld

January 13th, 2012
10:58 am

Hunting Dawg is right, Nothing would help UGA more than and improved rivalry with an improved GT. 2011 was a better year for UGA, but for the last few years the only thing they have had to hang their hat on was beating GT. And by their own admission, that does not mean much if GT is down. Now that FLA and the rest of the east is down they are in a wilderness. Two to 10 GT and UGA teams playing each other each Thanksgiving would bring much good national attention and help get them out of their current funk.

JACKETman12

January 13th, 2012
11:03 am

Jacket Man-

What makes the facts that you have stated credible? From reports I have read thus far, GT is Tomlinson’s top choice. You might be a troll yourself.

DS_CE

January 13th, 2012
11:03 am

mp at 6:57 am – “you’ve got to have the big uglies up front….”

I always thought the same regarding the 3-4 defense, but evidently there are ways to use the scheme and make it effective in run defense without having a 350+ NT. Boise State seems to make it work:

http://www.obnug.com/2011/9/12/2420122/breaking-down-boise-states-new-defensive-looks

I thought this was pretty interesting. We can likely get more athletic 260 lb folks to use in the “heavy 3-4″ discussed in the link above.

Gorilla Biscuit

January 13th, 2012
11:17 am

Techies should wear scooter helmets at all times. Them pistol whippings hurt.

Techster

January 13th, 2012
11:18 am

It is a difficult task to compete with UGA and others for football recruits. It is even more difficult when we are only signing 18 recruits, while others are signing 25 – 28!

Public Safety Concerns

January 13th, 2012
11:19 am

Tech’s top concern should be public safety of these young men.

Will CPJ issue them nunchucks, a mace or a morning star? I know they used to issue “Chinese throwing stars” but these are now deemed unacceptable & offensive by the powerful Chinese Student Union at Tech.

Reggie Ball Hater

January 13th, 2012
11:19 am

Fact is, I love to hear that we are at least close to signing these guys. A couple of years ago, we would have never been in the top 3 for a DE that was one of the top 11 prospects in the state. This blog is about recruiting, not about UGA. The two have very little to do with one another. CPJ does a great job to target the kids that will work for us. I like the Marcus Allen kid and I think Miles Jones might be a good fit at B-back. A stout NT would be great!

nash

January 13th, 2012
11:31 am

Dalvin will sign with because if Bama was really after him they would have had him by now. Also they have like five kids committed to play on the d-line in this class and, are really waiting to see if Goldman signs with them or another school. The rest of the players that they are recruiting I couldn’t tell you about. I think they have a strong chance to get the guy from North Carolina because they have been on him for a while now

GT

January 13th, 2012
11:36 am

This really could be one of Tech’s better classes. Not being in the country, IT education, one of the most exposed places on the planet for sport’s news coverage, a socially mobile city for blacks, and lots of women, should trump more of these guys than it does. But every year they get a few more that understand this.

Jacket Man

January 13th, 2012
11:59 am

You guys can believe me or not. Just track my record and see for yourselves if I’m a “blowhard” or not.

SansWorld

January 13th, 2012
11:59 am

It really hurts my feelings UGA talk about crime in Atlanta. Makes me cry. I know that many UGA hillbillies have never crossed over the perimeter, so they have a legitimate fear of the unknown, but i doubt it deters many recruits.

Jackets for Hire

January 13th, 2012
12:00 pm

Hope he lands some good recruits for the next coach that replaces CPJ next year.

gtfanfrom1951

January 13th, 2012
12:04 pm

How many top ten classes has VT had in last ten years? How many has UGA had? How many SEC Champs has UGA? UGA play’s in the weakest division and can’t even win it! Recruiting classes are something for thug U to brags about because its the only time they can. How long before Auburn, and Fla will be back and lets not forget that team across the Savannah River has own UGA as of late. So bulldog fans run back to your own blog and do drink the Kool-Aid so the roads will be safer.