RB Kamani Thomas hopes for offer from Tech

RB Kamani Thomas has five offers,  including Vanderbilt, and is hoping for one from Georgia Tech this spring (AJC)

RB Kamani Thomas has five offers, including Vanderbilt, and is hoping for one from Georgia Tech this spring (AJC)

Georgia Tech hopes to sign two running backs for next year.

Lovejoy’s Travis Custis has already committed to the Yellow Jackets, which are looking at numerous candidates for the other scholarship spot.

One of the other candidates is East Paulding’s Kamani Thomas, who has early football scholarship offers from Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Troy and Southern Miss.

The 5-foot-9, 190-pounder was one of several top prospects that attended Georgia Tech’s spring game on Friday.

Some of the others in attendance on Friday were ELCA DE Isaac Rochell, Alpharetta DE-LB Naim Mustafaa, Chamblee DE Davin Bellamy, Tucker QB-WR Juwaan Williams, Norcross RB Alvin Kamara, Tri-Cities OL Shamire Devine, Jonesboro WR Cam Sutton, Northgate WR-DB Brandon Facyson, Jonesboro WR-DB Cam Sutton and Jackson DT Jay Woods.

Thomas feels good about his chances of getting an offer from Georgia Tech after talking with assistant Brian Bohannon on Friday.

“I’m pretty sure they will offer, after talking with [Bohannon],” Thomas said. “They’re going to come by my school for spring practice and re-evaluate me. They want to see if I’m still the same player I was as a sophomore.”

Last year as a junior, Thomas was hindered the entire season with a turf toe injury, missing 5-6 games and sitting out parts of other games. He is healthy for East Paulding’s spring practice, which begins May 2.

“Georgia Tech told me that I’m one of the top players on their list,” Thomas said. “Yes, I would love to have an offer from Georgia Tech. It’s a good school, it’s not a far drive, and my family can come to all the games. It’s a city school in downtown Atlanta, where there’s a lot of fun things going on.”

Thomas said Georgia Tech couldn’t say whether he projects to play A-Back or B-Back for them because it depends on his growth over the next year.

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A person SMART enough to know......

April 23rd, 2012
1:03 am

Good Luck young man

SoCal_GT_Fan

April 23rd, 2012
4:18 am

If we offer, we’ll get blasted for going after “substandard” prospects (i.e. guys not yet rated by recruiting services) since this guy isn’t recruited by the “big boys”. Also, these readers would note the fact that all this guy has gotten are offers from “Troy and Southern Miss” and perhaps omit noting any of the SEC teams that have already offered.

Its interesting that the Tech staff have seen this kid’s sophomore year tapes. Since I live no where near Georgia and will admit I have no knowledge of Georgia high school football (I was also an out-of-state student so I didn’t grow up in the state), did this kid light it up as a sophomore and had a so-so junior year since he was hurt? Anyone with info on that? I’m assuming that’s the case and would assume that he would be more highly rated if he had a decent junior year.

FL Jacket

April 23rd, 2012
6:48 am

So_Cal…

I don’t see how GT would get ripped for offering a kid that 1/4 of the SEC has to this point. And fear not when idiots make the “Troy and Elon” comments…they’re usually speechless when their schools come in at the last minute and try to steal our prospects…

WnE

April 23rd, 2012
7:09 am

Yet another example that CPJ doesn’t know what he’s doing as a HC/Recruiter at a BCS-level school.

He’s working AGAINST HIMSELF, and this Recruit waiting on a GT offer proves it.

During the most recent Spring Practices, CPJ has moved/cross-trained Synjin Days & Charles Perkins to A-Back to get more size at the A-Back position.

As a reminder to the CPJ apologists, GT’s offense was more dynamic with bigger A-backs earlier in CPJ’s tenure when he had 230lb A.Allen at A-Back along with Cox being rotated in at 230+lbs. also.

If you spend precious Practice Time trying to get bigger players in at A-back to cover for YOUR PAST RECRUITING MISTAKES (i.e. undersized A-Backs), then WHY waste time & contact resources on YET ANOTHER undersized (5-9) “Pony-Back” as the older GT FB fans like to call them?

Based on your efforts in Spring Practice, you don’t go and make contact with more 5-9 A-Backs, theoretically you can wait until the “last second” and find plenty of good “tweener RBs” that are 5ft-9in tall LATE in the recruiting process that are hoping for a scholly from a BCS-level school.

If you are going to USE PRACTICE TIME to get bigger at A-back, then your Recruiting Efforts should have that same synergy, your contacts & time are limited by the NCAA, so your staff should be working as efficiently as possible.

The little “details” like in the example above show how OVER-MATCHED CPJ is at the BCS-level, at the crappy D1-AA level or the crappy Service Academy level, any 5-9 guy that doesn’t pan out at one position you can just throw him out there in the 2ndary and not care because at the D1-AA level most of the games are shootouts and most teams load-up on offense with very little emphasis on Defense.

At the Naval Academy CPJ never emphasized Defense, his goal was to outscore the opposition.

At the BCS level you strive for perfection and try to win every FACET (Off., Def., STs ) as often as possible.

CPJ still has not learned that lesson; small-time, bush-league CFB is too ingrained into his DNA for him to run GT’s FB program like a big-time BCS-level HC should.

Going into his 6th Recruiting class, he’s still recruiting 5ft.-9in. A-backs candidates, that no matter how dominant they are will never average more than 6 touches per game.

As good as Orwin is, he only averages about 6 touches per game.

CPJ’s stubborn nature is leading him to try and prove that his “system” with undersized A-Backs will work at the BCS-Level when the PAST has already shown him, that it will work better with players NOT suited for his system (230lb A-Backs).

I’m just wondering how the BLT, CPJ apologists will try to explain their way out of this one?

Paddy

April 23rd, 2012
7:31 am

WnE…………though I don’t agree with all you posted, it was a well presented offer of your thoughts. You almost had me till the ill advised comment about the “crappy Naval Acadamy”. NOTHING the Service Acadamy does deserves that reference.

Destin Dawg

April 23rd, 2012
7:40 am

CPJ is outstanding at schools like Ga. Southern !!

FL Jacket

April 23rd, 2012
7:49 am

“I’m just wondering how the BLT, CPJ apologists will try to explain their way out of this one?”

Simple WnE. He’s only 16, he’s not going to stay 5′9″ 190 for long…

doodoolee

April 23rd, 2012
8:19 am

5 ft 8 Marcus Wright was pretty effective scoring against VT FSU and other schools..not to mention he came up with the ball in Athens to win in 08 oh but I am not your usual know it all on this blog so guess what I say doesn’t matter

Paddy

April 23rd, 2012
8:53 am

Fl Jacket……..there is a good chance that Thomas will remain at around 5′9″ but by 19 he should be around 210 lbs. There is a long list of great backs at that size in Div 1 and the NFL. If he can play, he can play. At that point his hieght and weight are never an issue.

HighTech

April 23rd, 2012
8:54 am

Kamani Thomas will put on some weight. Roddy Jones didn’t do too bad at 5′-9″ and 202 lbs.

Marine Jacket

April 23rd, 2012
9:03 am

Did I miss something. When did cross training prove that a coach or player is a failure. You cross train to have players prepared if needed. It has been done and will continue to be done in all sports. Most people who played sports in their life understand that.

Go Jackets

FL Jacket

April 23rd, 2012
9:08 am

Marine…

There are professional “haterzzz” around here like WnE who run their mouth without having the slightest clue of what they’re talking about…

WnE

April 23rd, 2012
9:12 am

re:
Marine Jacket

April 23rd, 2012
9:03 am

Did I miss something. When did cross training prove that a coach or player is a failure. You cross train to have players prepared if needed. It has been done and will continue to be done in all sports. Most people who played sports in their life understand that.

Go Jackets
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If you’re recruiting the “right level” of FB player, then cross-training only HURTS your team.

Would you really want Louis Young, Jabari H-Days, or Attaochou “wasting” their time cross-training”, OR would you rather have them working to get better at their primary position, the position they were RECRUITED for?

If your Recruiting is at the right level, then you won’t be signing many tweeners NOR will you be “missing” on very many Recruits so the cross-training will be at a bare minimum.

CPJ has Recruited poorly at A-back, his best A-back has been A. Allen a transfer that was expecting to play for Chan, but stayed after CPJ got hired and was essentially a B-back that was waiting for Dwyer to go Pro.

CPJ’s spotty results at Recruiting A-Backs makes me wonder is he adept at judging BCS-level talent, after all, the Offense is his baby, and if he can’t identify what big-time A-backs look like, will GT’s offense ever reach its potential.

GTFan2012

April 23rd, 2012
9:17 am

WnE didn’t present one well-thought-out thought in his enitre rant. His points were actually contradictory. It appears that he was chastising CPJ for NOT yet offering this prospect, and then also chastised CPJ for offering too many 5′9″ 190lb RBs. He chastised CPJ for cross training some of his better, bigger athletes at A-back, then chastised CPJ for having too many small A-backs. He claims that CPJ’s system works better with 230 lb A-backs who are not designed for his system, while also claiming that CPJ is stubborn and not willing to change his system. How would we know that 230 lb A-backs are successful if he hadn’t tried them? That whole post from WnE was filled with so many logical holes, its borders on ludicrious.

WnE

April 23rd, 2012
9:19 am

re:
Paddy
April 23rd, 2012
7:31 am

WnE…………though I don’t agree with all you posted, it was a well presented offer of your thoughts. You almost had me till the ill advised comment about the “crappy Naval Acadamy”. NOTHING the Service Acadamy does deserves that reference.
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I have the utmost RESPECT for the young men & women that attend our Service Academies!

But, this is COLLEGE FOOTBALL BLOG, it is not a Military themed Blog.

When it comes to college FB, I’d rather watch pain dry than watch crappy Service Academy FB.

It is possible to be GOOD at one thing and be crappy at another.

Those that attend our Service Academies are GOOD at being professional soldiers that keep our way of life in place, but they are crappy at College FB.

On a CFB Blog comments on their FB-playing-ability is fair game.

I have never commented on their Military Service in any way, only on their FB skills.

WnE

April 23rd, 2012
9:20 am

pain dry = paint dry

SansWorld

April 23rd, 2012
9:20 am

WnE, You have way too much unstructured time on your hands. I bet your friends, family and employer are jealous of all the time you spend on this blog.

FL Jacket

April 23rd, 2012
9:27 am

I am fairly certain WnE won’t say a peep about Alabama sending 105 recruiting letters to an undersized Alvin Kamara, who’s also 5′9″ 190

WnE

April 23rd, 2012
9:28 am

re:
GTFan2012

April 23rd, 2012
9:17 am

WnE didn’t present one well-thought-out thought in his enitre rant. His points were actually contradictory. It appears that he was chastising CPJ for NOT yet offering this prospect, and then also chastised CPJ for offering too many 5′9″ 190lb RBs. He chastised CPJ for cross training some of his better, bigger athletes at A-back, then chastised CPJ for having too many small A-backs. He claims that CPJ’s system works better with 230 lb A-backs who are not designed for his system, while also claiming that CPJ is stubborn and not willing to change his system. How would we know that 230 lb A-backs are successful if he hadn’t tried them? That whole post from WnE was filled with so many logical holes, its borders on ludicrious.
____________

You’re still missing the point!

When CPJ first got to GT, he had “no control” over the roster, so he was forced to do things that he would NOT normally do (put 230lb guys at A-Back).

As soon as he had “control over the roster” and started bringing in “his Recruits”, he went back to his old bad Recruiting habits from the crappy D1-AA level and the crappy Service Academy level.

Fast-forward to today, and now we have roster of undersized A-backs with CPJ trying to cross-train bigger guys at A-back while continuing to Recruit 5-9 runts to play A-back at the BCS-level.

If you’re going to go through the trouble to cross-train BIGGER guys at a-Backs, then common sense says you don’t work against yourself by continuing to recruit SMALL A-Backs.

If you can’t understand that, then you’re beyond anyone’s help.

Paddy

April 23rd, 2012
9:29 am

WnE…….by your post @ 9:12, you prove to all that you have never stepped on any playing field in any sport! There is no organized team that does not prepare its players to play other positions. Case in point; the Braves would have never found out that Dale Murphy was an All-Star center fielder had they not played him at both catcher/1st base and center field. Though he never moved back to his former positions, he could have. In doing so, he makes his team more competitive.

WnE

April 23rd, 2012
9:31 am

re:
FL Jacket

April 23rd, 2012
9:27 am

I am fairly certain WnE won’t say a peep about Alabama sending 105 recruiting letters to an undersized Alvin Kamara, who’s also 5′9″ 190
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Bama under Saban is still operating in an Era of 105 schollies, the only problem is that the rest of the country only gets 85 schollies, Bama can get away with it we can’t!

WnE

April 23rd, 2012
9:33 am

re:
Paddy

April 23rd, 2012
9:29 am

WnE…….by your post @ 9:12, you prove to all that you have never stepped on any playing field in any sport! There is no organized team that does not prepare its players to play other positions. Case in point; the Braves would have never found out that Dale Murphy was an All-Star center fielder had they not played him at both catcher/1st base and center field. Though he never moved back to his former positions, he could have. In doing so, he makes his team more competitive.
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Geez!

Baseball and CFB are 2 different sports!

How much time do you think that Andrew Luck and RG-III spent cross-training at other positions?

WnE

April 23rd, 2012
9:37 am

re:
HighTech

April 23rd, 2012
8:54 am

Kamani Thomas will put on some weight. Roddy Jones didn’t do too bad at 5′-9″ and 202 lbs.
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Go and pull up Roddy Jones’ career stats.

GTBob

April 23rd, 2012
9:41 am

Go and pull up Roddy Jones’ career stats.

Wow, a supposed GT fan that is bashing Roddy Jones. Incredible. If we can find someone who is half the player and leader Jones was we should sign them immediately.

Joe

April 23rd, 2012
9:43 am

WnE….being a troll and working at Wal-Mart shouldn’t get cross-trained either, but you seem to manage it well.

Joe

April 23rd, 2012
9:44 am

That Roddy comment seals it – WnE is not a GT fan and should be banned.

Serious question – why do people on here who want to intelligently discuss sports not spend their time on sites like StingTalk/From the Rumble Seat instead of dealing with trolls like this here on a blog that doesn’t police its comments?

WnE

April 23rd, 2012
9:46 am

re:
Joe

April 23rd, 2012
9:43 am

WnE….being a troll and working at Wal-Mart shouldn’t get cross-trained either, but you seem to manage it well.
__________________

There it is!

Whenever the time comes to talk CFB and get down to brass tacks, out comes the name-calling and mis-direction.

It’s obvious that CPJ wants bigger guys at A-back, yet he keeps recruiting small-ish guys to play A-back.

Is that not worthy of discussion on a Recruiting Blog?

WnE

April 23rd, 2012
9:48 am

re:
Joe

April 23rd, 2012
9:44 am

That Roddy comment seals it – WnE is not a GT fan and should be banned.

Serious question – why do people on here who want to intelligently discuss sports not spend their time on sites like StingTalk/From the Rumble Seat instead of dealing with trolls like this here on a blog that doesn’t police its comments?
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You’re full-o-crap Joe!

Asking to pull a player’s career stats is NOT bashing a player!

You’re too friggin’ thin-skinned to even discuss CFB!

Paddy

April 23rd, 2012
9:51 am

WnE……..you would be better served not saying anything derogatory about the Service Acadamy, even though you do have the right to do so. It’s called adult behavior, good taste and respect.

I could have chosen a football reference as opposed to a baseball reference to proved the effectiveness of cross training. Don’t be nit-picking. Everyone else seems to have gotten my point!!

FL Jacket

April 23rd, 2012
9:53 am

“Go and pull up Roddy Jones’ career stats.”

WnE…TEAM me.

If you’d have every played football or any other organized sport, you would have learned this concept a long time ago…

WnE

April 23rd, 2012
9:56 am

Oh RODDY Jones. I MISREAD your comment! I thought you said aaron MURRAY and I was EXCITED about him getting MENTIONED. CPJ #fishfry should have RECRUITED HIM to run the FOURTH option if he knew what he was doing.

WnE

April 23rd, 2012
9:58 am

RODDY Jones is the best blocking A-Back in GT HISTORY, I would never want to BASH such a great player, and even BETTER person and REPRESENTATIVE of Georgia Tech.

HighTech

April 23rd, 2012
9:59 am

Nit-picking is also known as SEMANTICS and MINUTIAE.

WnE

April 23rd, 2012
10:07 am

What purpose is served by “stealing” another person’s screen-name?

WnE

April 23rd, 2012
10:08 am

“Stealing” another person’s screen name on this blog just doesn’t make sense. I’m trying to have INTELLIGENT commentary about well-thought out YELLING.

Paddy

April 23rd, 2012
10:13 am

Hh Tech…….thanks, I think?

George Stein

April 23rd, 2012
10:33 am

If you’re recruiting the “right level” of FB player, then cross-training only HURTS your team.

Noted Kung-Fu Panda head coach Bill Belichick agrees strongly. Wait, what?

George Stein

April 23rd, 2012
10:33 am

I’m trying to have INTELLIGENT commentary about well-thought out YELLING.

Try harder.

robert

April 23rd, 2012
10:56 am

must not be that good if he’s considering the north avenue trade school

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A person SMART enough to know......

April 23rd, 2012
11:28 am

WnE is a POS whimp. He didn’t have the guts to even come to the T-Day game. Stop responding to the POS.

Paddy

April 23rd, 2012
11:33 am

A person Smart……good idea, WnE is way off the charts and not worthy of serious discussion.

Supersize that order, mutt

April 23rd, 2012
11:33 am

It really takes a lot of gall for WnE to complain about people calling him names, when from the start, he has thrived on calling CPJ, and anybody who supports him, silly names. What a hypocrite!!!

Supersize that order, mutt

April 23rd, 2012
11:34 am

SMART, WnE CLAIMS that he was there……just like he CLAIMS to have a Tech class ring. Gollum loves his precioussssss

Prime Time

April 23rd, 2012
11:42 am

Trust me. The Thomas kid is legit. He had an lingering injury all of his junior year. Should have an explosive senior year. Google some of his highlights.

Supersize that order, mutt

April 23rd, 2012
11:51 am

@ Prime, what are you talking about? Thomas has already had his senior year of playing HS ball. He enters Tech in the Fall.

Supersize that order, mutt

April 23rd, 2012
11:53 am

OOPS……Sorry !!! I was confusing Justin Thomas with Kamani Thomas…….DUHHHH!!! lol

Paddy

April 23rd, 2012
11:56 am

Supersize……does the article not say Tech will sign 2 rb’s for next year? Thomas could be one of them for the 2013 class of recruits. Where did I go wrong here?

A person SMART enough to know......

April 23rd, 2012
11:56 am

WnE was not. I repeat WAS NOT at the T-Day Game.

Supersize that order, mutt

April 23rd, 2012
12:00 pm

@ Paddy, yes, you are right. But what’s your point? I didn’t question that, I just got screwed up and confused Kamani Thomas (possible 2013 RB recruit) with Justin Thomas (2012 QB signee)