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.”
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.
“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.”
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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– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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