OL Freddie Burden is commitment No. 15 for Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech's newest commit, OL Freddie Burden (Special)

Georgia Tech's newest commit, OL Freddie Burden (Photo submitted by Burden family)

OL Freddie Burden committed to Georgia Tech on Sunday as the Yellow Jackets finished their biggest recruiting weekend of the year.

The 6-foot-3, 290-pounder from Statesboro High School picked Georgia Tech over Middle Tennessee State. Burden also had serious interest from Florida and was invited to make an official visit with the Gators next weekend with the hint of an impending offer. However, Burden has decided to cancel it after committing to Georgia Tech.

Georgia Tech now has 15 commitments and is expected to sign 18-19 on Feb. 1. Paul Johnson gave Burden a little advance notice about the offer.

“Coach Johnson actually told me on Saturday that he was going  to offer,” Burden told the AJC. “He told me to think about it, and to make sure how I felt about when we talked on Sunday. I was 100-percent sure about it, so I went ahead and committed.”

Why Georgia Tech? “It’s one of the best combinations of college football and education you can get.”

Burden will start out at center at Georgia Tech, and may eventually be moved to offensive guard or even tackle. After Burden committed, he said he was told by Johnson, “I’m glad to get you on board. You can help our team win an ACC championship.”

Burden said the topic of visiting Florida did not come up in conversation with Johnson over the weekend. “He didn’t say anything about it at all. I decided on my own not to go to Florida. I’m committed to Georgia Tech. My recruiting is over.”

At Georgia Tech, Burden will be reunited with another commitment, Statesboro WR Micheal Summers. They are best friends and have played football together since they were five years old. “Mike was excited about the opportunity for us to play football  together in college; that situation doesn’t happen very often,” Burden said.

Georgia Tech entertained nine prospects over the weekend, including eight that were previously committed to the Yellow Jackets: 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.

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229 comments Add your comment

Gorilla Biscuit

January 15th, 2012
5:23 pm

Good for Tech. I think Georgia had his phone number in case of emergency.

Brad

January 15th, 2012
5:23 pm

Wow, who cares? And first!

Brad

January 15th, 2012
5:25 pm

Why would a serious ball player actually want to go to Tech? I could not handle paying for CPJ. Sources say he is not a nice guy.

Dollar Bill

January 15th, 2012
5:27 pm

Brad… typical… Day late and based on your school allegiance – 2$ short

5150

January 15th, 2012
5:27 pm

It’s always great to beat out MiddleTenn St. wow

IHATEUGA1990

January 15th, 2012
5:27 pm

@brad i agree!

George Stein

January 15th, 2012
5:29 pm

Classy, Brad. But apparently you care enough to read the post, think of something witty, come up blank (shocker!), and post a useless comment anyway.

We’re all waiting on WnE to tell us the flaws of a player he’s never seen. Anyone want to take a stab at writing his post for him? I’m pretty sure we could get get pretty close.

George Stein

January 15th, 2012
5:31 pm

Does Brad think Nick Saban is nice? Also, I love these unnamed sources. Seems everyone has them.

Truth

January 15th, 2012
5:33 pm

Happy for this kid ! I have a feeling I will wish my Dawgs had gotten him. I will take a 3 star kid who has a heart & drive like this kid over a 4-5 star who thinks the world owes him.

ATLANTA GEORGIA, USA

January 15th, 2012
5:33 pm

Coach please throw the ball more to win games. look at your team did on bowl game. They did very very well because QB Washungton throw more than he usually does. Good luck on the 2012 season

Saban

January 15th, 2012
5:34 pm

Good Catch. He seems like a fine young man.

Such a shame Georgia ducked out on playing us next year. My b team could have used the work and I told Richt we would not beat the dawgs by more than 30.

Imagine Georgia will lie down against South Carolina so at least it will be a game for a half or so. So many national championships so little time.

I read in the record book that Choakdawg at 650 krispy kremes at the LSU beatdown.

dougmo2

January 15th, 2012
5:34 pm

Brad @ 5:25 : Why would a serious ball player actually want to go to Tech? I could not handle paying for CPJ. Sources say he is not a nice guy

1. He is not paid to be a nice guy, he is paid to be a football coach.

2. It’s called playing, not paying. Consider using spellcheck.

Tech Insider

January 15th, 2012
5:35 pm

Funny how UGA fans mock offers, when UGA has commits with the following offers:

JUCO OL Mark Beard – Houston, South Alabama, Troy, UAB.
OL Chester Brown – Georgia State, South Alabama

OL’s are a dime a dozen and fit the needs of the systems they are recruited to play in. Fact is, Burden was close to being offered by UF, and was on the radar of UGA among others.

Joe

January 15th, 2012
5:35 pm

Congrats to Burden for getting a great education at a quality instiution. Neither he nor Summers will ever make much of an impact, but they will be great kids for the program.

ATL

January 15th, 2012
5:35 pm

Another deliberate slam on Tech by the AJC. I’m not saying this guy is super legit, but per rivals he has an offer from Florida and doesn’t even have one from MTSU. Tech doesn’t have stellar recruiting, but the AJC loves to publish articles saying the recruits are picking Tech over MTSU, Southern, etc. when they have SEC and ACC offers as well.

Michael Carvell

January 15th, 2012
5:35 pm

@ATL, per Freddie Burden, he did NOT have an offer from Florida. If Florida had offered, Freddie would know. Now were the Gators going to offer if Freddie had visited next weekend? Yes, that was a likely possibility and you can read that here … http://blogs.ajc.com/recruiting/2012/01/11/georgia-tech-vs-florida-gators-may-battle-for-ol-recruit/?cxntfid=blogs_recruiting

ATLER(RAMBLIN WRECK)

January 15th, 2012
5:36 pm

Good for Tech, but we need defensive linemen!!!!!

Tech Insider

January 15th, 2012
5:37 pm

Brad – It’s a known fact that Nick Saban is the biggest jerk in college football, and tough as hell on his players. Yet kids are on a waiting list to sign with Bama, because even though he is slime, he wins championships.

Eric

January 15th, 2012
5:38 pm

I thought it was a NCAA violation to publish pictures of recruits on their official visits.

George Stein

January 15th, 2012
5:39 pm

Only if the picture is taken by the media, Eric. Not sure why there’s a difference, but that’s the rule.

George Stein

January 15th, 2012
5:39 pm

He’s right about one thing, dougmo2. He couldn’t handle playing for Johnson.

Michael Carvell

January 15th, 2012
5:40 pm

@Eric, good question. It’s against NCAA rules for a college to publicize a recruit’s visit to the media and/or take pictures for the purposes of releasing it to the media. This was neither. This was a photo taken by a prospective student-athlete’s family, and they can do with it whatever they want.

Truth

January 15th, 2012
5:42 pm

@Saban

You are a true DA’s! Obviously, you did not go to Bama to know enough that the SEC schedule rotates for all teams in the SEC. Mizzou had to break in somewhere and Bama and UUGA were about to rotate into a new two year home and home series. So, to the SEC office, not UGA, it made sense to fill in Mizzou.
Many a NC are won when the schedule sets up right. Just as SCal during the time the Pac Ten sucked from top to bottom and UF when Bama, LSU and UGA were down ( and SC and Ark weren’t much of a factor)

WnE

January 15th, 2012
5:45 pm

It’s not my fault I have never been laid before.

tony

January 15th, 2012
5:46 pm

the talent level at tech has dropped every year since gailey left and it keeps getting worse.

OL recruit for GT

January 15th, 2012
5:46 pm

Nice kid, likely a good hard working student and the kind any school would love to sign. Good luck to this young man. A Georgian staying in state too !! Good !

UGA class of 71 & 73

George Stein

January 15th, 2012
5:47 pm

You mean like the season USC be Auburn or Arkansas by about six touchdowns each, Truth?

We know UGA had nothing to do with not playing Bama next year. No reason to apologize for that.

Gorilla Biscuit

January 15th, 2012
5:47 pm

Does Al Groh still recruit?

George Stein

January 15th, 2012
5:47 pm

slydog

January 15th, 2012
5:47 pm

You can take pictures of them on campus as long as their is no one associated with the university, including reporters, in the picture or taking the picture. Reporters, however, can at least take pictures but not be in them.

Ramblin Man

January 15th, 2012
5:48 pm

Hopefully he adds needed depth at the oline and usually a kid that really wants to play for a school works that much harder.

slydog

January 15th, 2012
5:50 pm

Freddie Burden, good luck to you. Get your degree, put a hat on your willie, and take full advantage of this opportunity.

Tech Insider

January 15th, 2012
5:54 pm

Tony – False. You have no clue what you’re talking about. The average star ranking under CPJ has been over 3 in each class. Gailey only had 1 class that even came close to cracking the Top 50 (2007).

CPJ has yet to sign a full 25 in a recruiting year. The recruiting sites are based on points, meaning the more you sign = more points. You want proof?

Alabama has the #1 recruiting class with an average star ranking of 3.63 at 27 commits. The real USC has the #18 recruiting class with an average star ranking of 3.92 at 12 commits.

Truth

January 15th, 2012
5:54 pm

Like I said, the Pac Ten sucked and they played two semi average teams from the SEC at that time. Will never apologize for an SEC schedule. It’s the season long grind of playing consistantly better than average teams every week. Perhaps not you, but the press is hamering UGA already about next years schedule. Even in a down year, an SEC schedule is tougher than any Big Ten, Big 12, Pac Ten or ACC.

George Stein

January 15th, 2012
5:54 pm

That made me laugh, slydog. Excellent advice.

George Stein

January 15th, 2012
5:56 pm

You shouldn’t apologize because you can’t control it, Truth.

Arkansas won the SEC West the year they got hammered by USC at home!

George Stein

January 15th, 2012
6:00 pm

By the way, Truth, Auburn preseason top 5 the year they got housed by a USC team that couldn’t handle the heat and humidity.

Saban

January 15th, 2012
6:04 pm

I run the SEC. I let Richt out of the game because he threw his purse at me.

Tampa Gator

January 15th, 2012
6:06 pm

For a lot of you Dawg fans….

You go balistic when any non-Dawg fan says the slightest negative things about a Dawg commitment, and you tell those who do so to get of “Dawg” sites. But here you are, on a “Tech” site…..blowing tons of negative crap about this kid. Obviously, if Florida had started to show interest in him, he was coming on as a potential player. He will fit in just fine at Tech and probably will be knocking down Dawgs in the near future.

Now….go post on an Athens newspaper blog site.

Truth

January 15th, 2012
6:09 pm

Didn’t remember Auburn being rated that high. Will take your word. SCal was VERY good and the rest Pac Ten was terrible that year. Didn’t the Dawgs pound Ark that year too in the SEC Champ game? think they did…

Tampa Gator

January 15th, 2012
6:09 pm

I do hear Johnson has taken up fishing and going to church so he can do some “fishing stories” and “Bible stories” with recruits.

Truth

January 15th, 2012
6:11 pm

Tampa gator, I went to UGA and wish we had gotten this kid. He is a 3 star with a ton of heart. I will take that any day because he will work his ass off.

Wet Willie...keep on smiling

January 15th, 2012
6:16 pm

Best of luck to the new Jacket. Nick Saban’s ash would make Richt and his staff a good Sunday face.

Tampa Gator

January 15th, 2012
6:17 pm

Hey Dawg fans…..

I thought Harvey-Clemons was a silent commit to Georgia, was recruiting players for Georgia at the Army AS game, and was going to commit this weekend. Maybe he has……any news?

Outside Observer

January 15th, 2012
6:18 pm

The guy is a 3 star who wants to be at Tech. I will gladly welcome him to the Flats. For Dawg fans that forget so quickly, Ben Jones was a three star center who wanted to go to Athens. Things turned out well for him. Things could turn out well for Mr. Burden as well.

DesignerJacket

January 15th, 2012
6:19 pm

In the last article from this site mentioning young Mr. Burden he was 6-3, 300 lbs and on his way to Florida for an OV. He commits to Tech and is magically ten pounds lighter and “Tech beat out MTSU” for him.

I’m thinking with AJC Recruiting the “emPHAsis” changes depending on what you want to “emphaSIZE” in the story. And here we’re clearly trying to make the story about “Hey guys Tech got another one from MTSU…pay no attention to the interest of other AQ-Conf teams!”

Michael Carvell

January 15th, 2012
6:20 pm

@DesignerJacket. Please re-read the article. We addressed the Florida situation. As far as being 290 or 300 pounds, I’d seen Burden listed at both and asked him to clarify today. What’s the difference between 10 pounds anyways? He’s more than big enough to play D1

dougmo2

January 15th, 2012
6:20 pm

Brad come out to play.

VaTech91

January 15th, 2012
6:21 pm

Good luck Freddie, you are going to good program. I wish you the best of luck. You are going to need it in Blacksburg.

DesignerJacket

January 15th, 2012
6:21 pm

Anyway, hopefully he can “Burden” some DL’s….

/crickets
//it had to be said