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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.”
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
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
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
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.
– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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