Micheal Summers was one of Georgia Tech’s top in-state recruits, signing the Yellow Jackets over Florida, among other scholarship offers. Summers had a longtime family connection to Paul Johnson, who tried to recruit Micheal’s father out of high school when he was an assistant at Georgia Southern.
The younger Summers played running back at Statesboro High School and will switch to wide receiver in college. He will report to Georgia Tech around June 20. Summers spoke to the AJC about the recruiting process:
What school came in second? “I would say Florida.” What could they have done a little better? “I think if Florida would’ve shown me more interest earlier in the process, then possibly … well … I was so set on Georgia Tech, that it didn’t matter.”
Which coach was it the hardest to inform that you were signing with Georgia Tech? “Duke, because they had been on me since my freshman year in high school.”
What is the funniest thing any coach said to you during the entire recruiting process? “It was actually a coach from Grambling State. He said some funny stuff. He left me a message on my voice mail that was pretty funny. He was basically talking about some of the girls on campus. He was joking that he walked out of his office and had four different crooks in his neck from looking at four different girls on campus walk by.”
What was the most creative thing a school or coach did to get your attention? “I can’t think of anything off the top of my head. At Georgia Tech, I went and sat in Coach Paul Johnson’s office. He said he was going to offer me a scholarship. That was about it.”
What was the funniest story that happened on one of your recruiting trips? “At Georgia Tech, when we were going back to the player’s dorm after going out to eat, Errin Joe and Anthony Harrell were making jokes about each other. That was pretty funny.”
Which school disappointed you the most during recruiting? “Honestly, the school that disappointed me the most was the University of Kentucky. They had been on top of me toward the end of my sophomore year and the beginning of my junior year. They were sending me hand-written letters and all that, but they never pulled the trigger with an offer.”
Which non-Georgia Tech coach was the nicest? “Probably [David Cutcliffe] at Duke. He was very straight forward. Not saying that coaches at other schools weren’t straight forward, because they were. But he is very straight forward and very genuine. He was just a nice guy.” Which coach was not the nicest? “Honestly, I can’t say that about any of them. There weren’t any coaches that weren’t nice. Of course, they are all going to be nice to you because they want you to come to their school. I’m sure when you get on the field, it will be different. That’s usually how it is.”
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