The Big Board: Georgia Tech signings

SIGNINGS

Micheal Summers, WR, 6-1, 190, Statesboro

Comment: Picked Tech over Florida and Vanderbilt, others. … Projected to play WR, but may also get a look at RB. … Tech coach Paul Johnson has known Summers since he was a toddler, having recruited his father to play for Georgia Southern (he played at South Carolina State). … Clocked at 4.39 seconds in the 40-yard dash and measured with 38-inch vertical jump at Florida camp last summer.

Quotable: “I’ve been around Coach Johnson forever. Being from Statesboro, I knew all about what he did at Georgia Southern and winning those national championships. We’ve always had a good relationship. I was extremely happy when he got the job at Georgia Tech. I went there for camp as a freshman and fell in love with the program, and college itself. From then on, I’ve always wanted to go there.” — Summers

Freddie Burden, OL, 6-3, 290, Statesboro

Comment: Has been on Tech’s radar since last summer’s camp. … Finally got an offer during December visit and committed on the spot. … Picked Tech over Middle Tennessee State. … May have gotten an offer from Florida, but canceled a visit to the Gators after committing to Tech. … Best friends with fellow Tech commitment Micheal Summers, as they have played football together since they were toddlers. … Son of Willie Burden, who was star RB at N.C. State and in the Canadian Football League and is a professor at Georgia Southern. … Will begin at center and could move to guard or tackle.

Quotable: “[Tech is] one of the best combinations of college football and education you can get.” — Burden

Dennis Andrews, QB-ATH, 6-1, 185, Tallahassee (Godby)

Comment: Only member of this year’s class to enroll early. … Son of former Florida State fullback Dennis Andrews, and uncle played at Auburn. … Committed to Tech among 14 early offers, including Vanderbilt, South Carolina and Arkansas. … Was recruited by other schools at DB and WR, and picked Tech for the opportunity to play QB.

Quotable: “[Quarterback is] my natural position and I’ve been playing it since the sixth grade. Georgia Tech has been recruiting me at quarterback since last year. They want me to play quarterback there and I’ve already learned a couple of plays from [Tech camp].” — Andrews

Marcus Allen, RB, 6-2, 220, Hilliard, Fla.

Comment: One of the stars of Tech’s recruiting class. … Committed to the Yellow Jackets last summer among 30 early offers, including Florida State, Nebraska and Tennessee. … Related to NFL All-Pro DB Champ Bailey. … Recruited by most schools at linebacker, but will get the opportunity to play RB at Tech.

Quotable: “Some of the other schools, they would have a really good football team but the difference between academics and athletics would be greater than I would like. I’m not saying there were any bad schools or anything, because they are great schools. It’s just the I wanted a closer combination of athletics and academics, and Georgia Tech was the best for me for that.” — Allen

Francis Kallon, DE, 6-6, 240, Central Gwinnett

Comment: Considered to be the No. 1 recruit of Tech’s class … Played only one year of organized football after moving from England. … Offered by a dozen schools after only two weeks of spring practice last May. … As senior, earned offers from Auburn and Tennessee, along with serious interest from Notre Dame, Georgia and Alabama, but decided to stick with Yellow Jackets.

Quotable: “He’s a real intelligent kid, he does exactly what you ask him to do, and he does it as good as he can. He’s gained 20 pounds of muscle since the spring. … You take a kid with that size and that athleticism, then you add his motor and his desire to be dominant, that’s how he got where he’s at right now.” — Central Gwinnett coach Todd Wofford

D.J. White, DB, 6-0, 180, Union Grove

Comment: Backed out of a commitment to South Florida in December and quickly committed to Tech over Vanderbilt. … Won DB MVP honors at last spring’s Nike camp, which featured many of the Southeast’s top DBs. … Tech’s Anthony Williams is a former high school teammate.

Quotable: “The program seemed a little unstable, so I decided to step back and re-evaluate some things. Georgia Tech had kind of been keeping in touch with me, saying they had a spot for me if anything changed. After I thought about everything, Georgia Tech seemed like the best fit for me.” — White

Chase Roberts, OL, 6-3, 285, Greater Atlanta Christian

Comment: He’s technically the first commit of Tech’s 2012 class after Junior Gnonkonde’s scholarship offer was withdrawn. … Lifelong Tech fan, and his father graduated from there. … Could play center, guard or tackle.

Quotable: “Tech just had that X-factor you look for as a player. I fit in with the offense real well. The academic side of it was great. I love the environment there. I love the coaches and everything about it. I’m an indecisive person by nature, so I’m lucky they made it such an easy decision [by being the first school to offer].” — Roberts

Anthony Autry, WR-FS, 6-3, 185, Norcross

Comment: Late bloomer on the recruiting radar after stellar senior year. … Got a surprise offer in early December from Tech and committed on the spot. … Also had offers from Indiana, Samford and Jacksonville State, among others.

Quotable: “Georgia Tech offered Anthony as an athlete and they will figure it out when he gets there. It depends on what their needs are; he can play both sides of the ball. He’s perfect for that offense because he’s a big-play wide receiver who is very physical and loves to block. He will fit right in with the type outside wide receivers they already have. Defensively, Anthony can play cornerback or free safety because he’s a pretty good cover guy with great ball skills.” — Norcross assistant Reggie Stancil

Pat Gamble, DT, 6-5, 260, Central-Carrollton

Comment: Recruited to play DT or DE, depending on team needs and how he develops. … Committed to Tech last summer over Stanford, Georgia and Virginia, among others.

Quotable: “When I saw Pat Gamble as a sophomore, the first thing I noticed was his size, and even moreso how well he carries that weight. … Gamble has the frame to play offensive guard in any scheme, but right now I see him as a great fit as a run-stuffing DL in a three-man front.” ESPN’s Kipp Adams

Adam Gotsis, DT, 6-5, 295, Melbourne, Australia

Comment: “Top secret” recruit who visited in January and committed on the spot. … He was recommended to Tech by Paul Manera, who played for Paul Johnson and Yellow Jackets assistant Mike Sewak when they were both assistants at Hawaii. … Will play defensive tackle. … Selected to play in the 2012 International Bowl on Feb. 1.

Quotable: “Adam is a good athlete. He has good flexibility and coordination for football. Adam has also played basketball and Australian-rules football, so through this process, this has enabled him to do a variety of movement patterns. Adam has good size … and he has a big frame to carry it, as he does not look 295. Adam has a good nervous system, and he will adapt very well to the strength-and-conditioning program at Georgia Tech.” — Paul Manera, Australian football advisor

Travin Henry, WR, 6-3, 228, Cook

Comment: Approached a couple of weeks before signing day by Tech. … Cancelled trip to Memphis to visit Jackets and ended up committing. … Prefers to play WR but may end up at LB.

Quotable: “He is a bigger type of receiver that is not stiff. I thought he used his body well in tight coverage and was able to create separation from defensive backs. He is more athletic than people are giving him credit for. I see him in the same mold as Jason Croom at Norcross as 6-3 hybrid-type WR.” — 247Sports’ Rusty Mansell

Ryan Rodwell, P, 6-1, 220, DeLand, Fla.

Comment: After a nationwide search for a punter, Tech offered Rodwell in January. The Yellow Jackets began to show serious interest only two weeks before his visit. … Picked Tech over The Citadel, while also being invited to walk-on at Miami and Marshall. … Averaged 43.6 yards per punt as a senior.

Quotable: “As far as expectations, they want me to be more consistent at punter than they had this past season. Consistency is very important to them. They want me to come in, earn the starting position, and perform.”

Lynn Griffin, DB, 6-0, 206, Jacksonville (Trinity Christian)

Comment: Was committed to Southern Miss, but changed his mind after a coaching change. … Tech liked Griffin at camp and waited until checking on first-semester grades before offering. … Picked Tech over Wake Forest, Southern Miss and Troy. … Related to NFL WR Shawn Jefferson. … Projected to play safety.

Quotable: “It’s a good combination of academics and athletics. I think a degree from Georgia Tech will carry a lot of weight. And the networking will be outstanding, as far as having connections after college, in case football at the next level does not work out.” — Lynn Griffin

Tyler Stargel, LB, 6-3, 250, Gulf Shores, Ala.

Comment: Native of Jasper who moved to Alabama after freshman year. … Committed to Tech over Memphis and Troy last summer. … Evaluated by most schools at DE, but projected to play LB at Tech.

Quotable: “My roots are in Georgia, and that played a big part in my decision. It’s a short trip for my friends and family to see the games, and I know a lot of people will be there to support me and the team.” — Stargel

Roderick Chungong, DE, 6-3, 255, Olney, Md. (Our Lady of Good Counsel)

Comment: Committed to Tech over 15 offers, including Michigan State, Virginia and Pittsburgh. … Chungong made a name for himself with college recruiters after his head-to-head performance as a junior against five-star offensive lineman Cyrus Kouandjio, who famously committed to Auburn on national TV on signing day but later signed with rival Alabama. … Teammate of Tech DB Louis Young in high school.

Quotable: ““He’s a good football player, good student, and just an all-around good kid.” — Our Lady of Good Counsel coach Bob Milloy

Justin Thomas, QB, 5-11, 175, Prattville, Ala.

Comment: Longtime Alabama commit flipped to Tech because of the opportunity to play QB. … Ranked as four-star prospect and the nation’s No. 19 all-purpose athlete by Rivals. … Guided his high school team to Alabama’s Class AAAAAA state championship, winning MVP honors after registering more than 300 all-purpose yards in the game. For the season, Thomas finished with 1,652 passing yards, 896 rushing yards and 20 total touchdowns. … Clocked consistently at 4.3 seconds in the 40-yard dash

Quotable: “The coaches told me they’ve been looking for a QB and that I happen to be that guy. They said my skill-set is a perfect fit for their offense. After hearing all of that, I felt like I couldn’t go wrong with Georgia Tech. There are other reasons than football. It’s close to the house, and the campus will be a nice place to be for the next four years. Even if I don’t go to the next level in football [the NFL], Atlanta seems like a nice place to live and find job opportunities. It was a win-win situation for me.” — Thomas

Beau Hankins, LB, 6-2, 223, Birmingham

Comment: The only surprise signee of the day. He led his team in tackles and was a three-year starter at Jackson-Olin High School. He visited Georgia Tech over the weekend and also had visited Wake Forest, among others.

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560 comments Add your comment

Jordan

February 1st, 2012
7:04 am

steverino

February 1st, 2012
7:04 am

Keep ‘em coming! And FIRST.

Jordan

February 1st, 2012
7:05 am

Not so fast my friend!

WnE

February 1st, 2012
7:09 am

First, and since I’m at it, if you want to know where your FB Program is, simply look at that list above and see how many of those Recruits project out to have a good shot at the NFL.

You don’t play CFB to get to the NFL per se, but it is a good indicator of the overall FB-talent that you’re bringing into your FB Program.

CPJ just isn’t bringing in enough talent, this is his FIFTH Recruiting class and he can only get a B-Back Recruit that was recruited by EVERYONE ELSE to play LB.

That should tell you something………….

WnE

February 1st, 2012
7:10 am

oops!

I was too slow on the trigger!

Sam

February 1st, 2012
7:21 am

Maybe by the time we recruit enough big d linemen up front we can fire Al Groh

Eric

February 1st, 2012
7:25 am

if davlin goes on good day atl and picks bama, that is wrong!

steverino

February 1st, 2012
7:49 am

FL Jacket

February 1st, 2012
8:05 am

WnE…go away

Golden White

February 1st, 2012
8:16 am

Congratulations men !
Hit the book’s, hit the weight room, and when you hit the field, make your Mama proud.

Jacket Attack

February 1st, 2012
8:18 am

Alright Tomlinson, Kallon and Justin Thomas, sign on the dotted line and let’s start kicking some butt next year!!

WnE

February 1st, 2012
8:19 am

re:
FL Jacket
February 1st, 2012
8:05 am

WnE…go away
_________________

CPJ has had 4 Recruiting Classes, with this being his FIFTH, please show me ONE STARTER AT B-B-Back ( the featured back) that CPJ Recruited for that position out of HS?

Former QBs that run for 698 yds vs. the 76th toughest schedule is NOT what I would call good recruiting at B-back.

How can a HC that RUNS THE BALL so much not be able to find a feature back for his offense such that he is left to Recruit a B-back (feature Back) that everyone else sees as a LB, do you really think that CPJ is that much smarter than the rest of the HCs in CFB?

WnE

February 1st, 2012
8:19 am

re:
FL Jacket
February 1st, 2012
8:05 am

WnE…go away
_________________

CPJ has had 4 Recruiting Classes, with this being his FIFTH, please show me ONE STARTER AT B-B-Back ( the featured back) that CPJ Recruited for that position out of HS?

Former QBs that run for 698 yds vs. the 76th toughest schedule is NOT what I would call good recruiting at B-back.

How can a HC that RUNS THE BALL so much not be able to find a feature back for his offense such that he is left to Recruit a B-back (feature Back) that everyone else sees as a LB, do you really think that CPJ is that much smarter than the rest of the HCs in CFB?

FL Jacket

February 1st, 2012
8:22 am

He’s smart enough to post things once…

WnE

February 1st, 2012
8:24 am

bad mouse hence the double posts

WnE

February 1st, 2012
8:25 am

Bill

February 1st, 2012
8:26 am

Where did kens page go that showed who had signed?

FL Jacket

February 1st, 2012
8:29 am

WnE…apparently you think the job of coaches end after this morning. The guys CPJ has put into the B-Back position are Athletes. David Sims and Marcus Allen were athletes. Charles Perkins was the 39th rated RB in 2010, as well as Broderick Snoddy (2010 state of GA 110 hurdle champ I think). He recruits RBs if they fit, but he gets athletes at that spot.

El Gordo in AZ

February 1st, 2012
8:33 am

Come on Dalvin, come to GT and be “The Man”! Go to ‘Bama and be one of 25, get lost in shuffle and waste that fine 3.9 GPA. Step for GT Football and Step up for Life!!

Big Macon DAWG

February 1st, 2012
8:33 am

Pickens County Georgia sucks.

E

February 1st, 2012
8:34 am

Kallon and Dalvin together? What a combo

WnE

February 1st, 2012
8:34 am

re:
WnE…apparently you think the job of coaches end after this morning. The guys CPJ has put into the B-Back position are Athletes. David Sims and Marcus Allen were athletes. Charles Perkins was the 39th rated RB in 2010, as well as Broderick Snoddy (2010 state of GA 110 hurdle champ I think). He recruits RBs if they fit, but he gets athletes at that spot.

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Those Athletes are not producing at the same level that Dwyer & Allen did, 1,300 yds. per season.

Teams no longer fear the B-back position and it slows down our entire Offense.

The last 2 seasons we’re 1-11 vs. Top-50 Defenses, and that 1 we did win was like the #43 ranked defense.

CPJ is doing something terribly wrong, and many GT Fans are so hung up on the mythology of CPJ, that they fail to look at REALITY!

CarolinaJacket

February 1st, 2012
8:34 am

We still have a couple of slots left. Any chance there may be some surprises?

IL Jacket

February 1st, 2012
8:36 am

FL Jacket, it is up to you how you spend your time, but it is wasted on WnE.

Go Jackets!!!

FL Jacket

February 1st, 2012
8:37 am

WnE you’re single aren’t you? Hard to imagine anyone wouldn’t enjoy your cheery disposition…

WnE

February 1st, 2012
8:40 am

WnE you’re single aren’t you? Hard to imagine anyone wouldn’t enjoy your cheery disposition…

________________

Would you rather honestly analyze GT FB or would you rather LIE to yourself?

BigTimeTechFan

February 1st, 2012
8:40 am

@WnE

Chill a little, why dwell on any negitive you can find.
M Allen rushed for 800+ yards and avg over 7 yards a carry. He’s very nice RB. He’s 6′1 210 which is nice size for B-Back and a very tough player.

Keeping It Real

February 1st, 2012
8:41 am

Three wide outs that averabe 6′3″, 200lbs, and 4.4 sec in 40
Two possible three (Tomlinson) bookend DE’s that “everebody” wanted
Several ESPN highly ranked players
Two top QB’s that were headed to programs such as Alabama to support Tevin and Vad
Stud RB to challenge existing group
Top DB’s to support an already deep group
Finally, some beef and athleticism at DT to help control the line of scrimmage

This is a great class for GT. Given the redshirts that will be playing this year along with the 16 returning starters, Don’t be surprised at 10-2 mark for Tech if not better. VT, Clemson, and UGA will be the most challenging games.

BigTimeTechFan

February 1st, 2012
8:43 am

Welcome D.J. White, you the man

Jacket Attack

February 1st, 2012
8:43 am

Welcome, sir Francis! We expect you to dominate those nasty Dawgs!!!!!!!!

Ol'JacketFan

February 1st, 2012
8:44 am

This class is shaping up quite nicely. Go Jackets!

E

February 1st, 2012
8:44 am

If Kallon had signed with fsu or nd or stanford, he’d be 5 stars.

Sooca

February 1st, 2012
8:44 am

gtnate

February 1st, 2012
8:46 am

When will we know about Davlin?

E

February 1st, 2012
8:46 am

Dalvin coming up next on fox 5. Please be a jacket.

Tokyo jacket

February 1st, 2012
8:47 am

Don’t live in atlanta and work doesn’t stream video on their PCs. Anybody watching Fox5?

Ol'JacketFan

February 1st, 2012
8:48 am

Chase Roberts and Pat Gamble in the fold!

E

February 1st, 2012
8:50 am

Well dalvin wants to study accounting so it’s not gt

BigTimeTechFan

February 1st, 2012
8:51 am

Pat Gamble, so Glad Tech beat UGA out for him. very nice player

E

February 1st, 2012
8:51 am

Dalvin picks bama

Rick

February 1st, 2012
8:53 am

So wrong to go on tv here and pick an out of state school

lucky21

February 1st, 2012
8:53 am

WNE CPJ recruited Anthony Allen by getting him to transfer to Tech from Louisville, and he turned out very well

George Stein

February 1st, 2012
8:54 am

Why don’t we play a game, WnE?

Why don’t YOU TELL US which players will make it to the NFL (as though that were the measure of collegiate success) and then find a bookie in Vegas and put your effing money where your effing mouth is? How ’bout that?

BigTimeTechFan

February 1st, 2012
8:57 am

Very happy with Francis Kallon and Gamble on D-Line, Delvin would have been nice add but you can’t get them all. He will do well at Bama, seems like real good kid

Will

February 1st, 2012
8:57 am

I see adam is playing in the intl bowl today? Is that on tv?

George Stein

February 1st, 2012
9:00 am

Wonder who got booted for Dalvin to get his spot.

Will

February 1st, 2012
9:02 am

Found it on channel 213 on dtv. It’s on at 6 pm tonight for those that want to watch Adam.
Channel is cbs sn

FL Jacket

February 1st, 2012
9:02 am

George…hopefully they were informed before this morning…but then again considering its Saban – maybe not.

BigTimeTechFan

February 1st, 2012
9:03 am

@Will

CBCSports network

lucky21

February 1st, 2012
9:03 am

boo to Nick Satan