Rewind: Georgia Tech WR Michael Summers on Florida Gators, recruiting memories

WR Micheal Summers picked Georgia Tech over the Florida Gators (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

WR Micheal Summers picked Georgia Tech over the Florida Gators (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

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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243 comments Add your comment

G-Dawg

May 18th, 2012
1:32 pm

HighTech

May 18th, 2012
1:50 pm

Glad to have Michael Summers at Wide Receiver U.

Running Offense

May 18th, 2012
1:50 pm

All the triple option plays that we run, only give us the option of running on ONE half of the field because the dive is up the middle and then the QB and A-Back run to one side of the field that has been determined pre-snap.

We do run counter plays, but this play does NOT give us the option after the snap to run the play on either side of the field.

Just trying to give suggestions with the Oregon tape, but I don’t remember seeing anything out of our playbook in the past 2 or 3 years that give the triple option to either edge of the field like Oregon.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvM2KDn5yCo&feature=g-vrec&context=G24fb193RVAAAAAAAAAg

Having the OPTION to take either the left edge of the field or the right edge of the field would spread the defense opening HUGE running lanes!

south georgia jacket

May 18th, 2012
2:00 pm

Hey running Offense…keep posting that and I am sure PJ will read it and give you a call!

Wet Willie...keep on smiling

May 18th, 2012
2:05 pm

I hope the wife of the Grambling State coach doesn’t read with us! Mike some of this stuff you should cut really just saying. I would think 99% of the coaches wouldn’t think their personal conversations would be used in a public forum and they shouldn’t.

On the other hand it appears the recruitment of Rueben Foster has gone into the gutter since the move to Auburn. His former coach is now the HC at Smith Stations just up the road from Auburn High and rumor has him moving on to that school. Once he was thought by the folks within the Bama organization to be solid but no longer is that the case. It appears both Bama and UGA might be stepping back due to the sleaze. There comes a time when the risk isn’t worth the reward for a player. It really would be a blessing if the thugs that run that place were finally caught by the NCAA. The only way they can compete is to cheat and they’re very good at and have been since 81.

old dog

May 18th, 2012
2:22 pm

How y’all do it with that offense I don’t know, but y’all always manage to get a good receiver………..

P_The_Ricker

May 18th, 2012
2:34 pm

Wet willy,

Regarding your comment on foster, who/where are you referring to?

AltamahaDawg

May 18th, 2012
2:55 pm

“while at Ga Tech, my favorite college football team with be Florida anyway, so it wasn’t really a tough choice”.

TIM FROM TOCCOA

May 18th, 2012
3:02 pm

Why the long face?

Gorilla Biscuit

May 18th, 2012
3:06 pm

TennesseeDawg

May 18th, 2012
3:08 pm

Yeah, but the important part of being a WR at Tech is blocking.

GT Anchorage

May 18th, 2012
3:20 pm

old dog, I think that it is partly because a good wide receiver is a major part of this offense. The potential for huge passing plays is there, the QBs need to just be more accurate with them. Our top WRs have been ranked pretty highly in yards per catch since CPJ got here which looks great on their resume (if they had one!).

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

May 18th, 2012
3:26 pm

TenndWag…and what is important to UGa WRs? Selling jerseys? Wondering if Murray is still upright in the pocket?

old dog

May 18th, 2012
3:27 pm

@GT;
I reckon so….look at the super-star at Detroit! A Dawg and a Jacket making one of tthe best tandems in the NFL for Detroit. Now, if we can get an offensive lineman or two we will be better. If not, LSU, ‘Bama will continue to hand our butts to us!!

Wet Willie...keep on smiling

May 18th, 2012
3:28 pm

@ricker…this info has no link but you will see it within days if not today.I can tell the big guy at UA has stated he has never in his years had to deal with the methods used by a certain school. I was told the Bama folks really think Foster will not be at Bama. Once the old drunk is gone over there then it might change but it’s been going on since 57 and it’s documented however the folks in charge now are the same as the 80’s and they’re topshelf at what they do.

GT fan

May 18th, 2012
3:29 pm

It goes without saying, but the NFL is a physical league. GT’s WR must be physical or else they don’t play.

IF, and that’s a big IF, Stephen Hill makes some noise for the NY Jets, GT will catch the eye of most high school WR recruits.

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

May 18th, 2012
3:38 pm

GT fan the thing TENNdWag forgets is all the MUTTS calling to get Hines Ward as a WR coach. Well what the hell does he think made Hines Ward a Great WR in the NFL. Hines is called one of the Dirtiest Players in the NFL or The Best Blocking WR in the NFL cause he could take out LBs and DBs. If Hines was to work at UGa he would teach the WRs to BLOCK just like Tech WRs.

Why should it matter humpers

May 18th, 2012
3:39 pm

How smart of a decision is it to choose an offence that runs 95% of the time over an offense that has Boise Sts. OC calling the shots at UF?

See Rock City

May 18th, 2012
3:51 pm

Alabama and WVU were just selected today to play in the Chik Filet opening classic in 2014, at the GA Dome, and we are talking about this?

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

May 18th, 2012
3:57 pm

Rock City it is Chick-fil-A. I will care about Who Bama plays when they move the Bama v GT into the next few years instead of the late 20teens.

BLT

May 18th, 2012
4:02 pm

AltamahaDawg

May 18th, 2012
2:55 pm

“while at Ga Tech, my favorite college football team with be Florida anyway, so it wasn’t really a tough choice.”

I did not read that in the article. Must be an attempt at humor. Try again and good luck.

ToeMeetsLeather

May 18th, 2012
4:05 pm

“Why”, not sure what an “offence” is, but the TECH offense is probably more like 70/30.And on those three out of ten plays the wideouts are wide a** open. Just got to catch and sprint as the safeties try to catch back up to the play. Hopefully we will see a higher percentage of completions in the very near future. And as someone has already stated, the NFL knows our guys will knock you in the dirt on the other seven plays. The fact that TECH prepares the kids to ace the “wonderlic test” is also a big plus. That’s why.

FL Jacket

May 18th, 2012
4:10 pm

TML…

I love your enthusiasm about Tech…but you can’t prepare or study for the Wunderlic test. It’s a behavioral aptitude test given to understand a person’s ability to reason and make choices on their own.

BLT

May 18th, 2012
4:13 pm

“See Rock City” sounds like a good name for a blog so there you go.

Wet Willie, sounds like you don’t like Auburn.

Delbert D.

May 18th, 2012
4:19 pm

Here’s what ESPN says on the deal: “The location has not been set. The Sugar Bowl (SEC) and Fiesta Bowl (Big 12) already have a dog in this fight, but expect bids to come from Jerry Jones and his deluxe Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, as well as a play from Atlanta. “

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

May 18th, 2012
4:21 pm

Delbert D they need to just rotate it every year between Arlington and Atlanta.

ToeMeetsLeather

May 18th, 2012
4:21 pm

FL Jacket, I agree to a point. But you just described how MaTech PREPARES a person to “reason and make choices on their own”.

Delbert D.

May 18th, 2012
4:22 pm

Sorry, wrong blog. I was posting about the SEC – Big 12 champions bowl contract.

See Rock City

May 18th, 2012
4:32 pm

Dumb dumb, I didn’t use their correct name because of trademark rules, nice to see a GA cracker let that bird fly on over…

GT vs Bama has a nice ring since UGA ducked us this year and ran under the porch.

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

May 18th, 2012
4:35 pm

UGa didn’t Duck anybody the SEC set that deal up. Bama actually Saban had the bama vTech game moved from 14-15 to 19-20.

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

May 18th, 2012
4:38 pm

Trademark rules? You use trademarked football team names on here all the time. The Bowl Game trademarked name the trademarked Superbowl name. You just didn’t know how it is spelled. Bama education at it best.

BLT

May 18th, 2012
4:43 pm

“Georgia Crackers” now that’s a whole new blog and possibly a trademark violation. LOL

GT Lee

May 18th, 2012
4:43 pm

Hey Smart Enough you gonna be on this blog for the baseball game tonite?

Thomas Brown

May 18th, 2012
4:45 pm

Finally a Georgia tek thread, so we can do like them all the other threads, and change the topic to about us like they do to about them.

The SEC has won 6 NC in a row – when we haven’t beat any top teams – when to win the 6 NC Alabama just beat 2 teams achieving top 10, year before Auburn beat 3 teams achieving top 10, year before that Alabama beat 3 teams achieving top 10, year before that Florida beat 2 teams achieving top 10, year before that LSU beat 2 teams achieving top 10, year before that Florida beat 3 teams achieving top 10

…and, Georgia ? When do we beat a team achieving top 10 ? 15 teams achieving top 10 The SEC has beat to be NC this 6-year stretch, while we haven’t beat any

someone please....

May 18th, 2012
4:47 pm

…get Thomas Brown some hash browns and a pot brownie

BLT

May 18th, 2012
4:49 pm

Thomas do you have an imposter?

T. Cathy

May 18th, 2012
4:54 pm

I got you now SMART. That there is a registered corporate trademark! LMFAO!

old dog

May 18th, 2012
4:56 pm

The wonderlic…………LSU player scored lower than ANYBODY! Tech, UGA, or Pot-Head State, the DB from LSU underscored them all!

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

May 18th, 2012
4:56 pm

Lee which ever one people are on for the Game. The Girls are playing too.

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

May 18th, 2012
4:59 pm

Thomas Brown & WnE announce their pending nuptials.

They will join in a Civil Union the Friday after Thanksgiving and Honeymoon will follow the GT v UGa game.

They will be a prefect match. It will be History’s first ever Self-Loathing Interracial Homosexual GT UGA marriage. WnE is a Tech fan that hates Tech like Thomas Brown is a Dwag fan that hates UGa. They should live happily ever after.

GT Lee

May 18th, 2012
5:00 pm

Smart, what’s the score girls’ game?

Beast from the East

May 18th, 2012
5:00 pm

old dog,
He admitted he didn’t even try on the test. Said he basically “Christmas treed” it. Didn’t hurt him at all in the draft, either.

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

May 18th, 2012
5:02 pm

GT LEE………..Can’t follow the Girls Softball game. No Radio cause the Boys will be on WREK tonight. Girls started at 4:30 at Bama against South Alabama.

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

May 18th, 2012
5:13 pm

GT Lee you still here? I think I have my Nephew’s Lil League Game tonight At 7:00. It is the Double Elimination Tourney.

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

May 18th, 2012
5:17 pm

GT Lee I found the girls on CBSSports.com.

If you are at work

http://ulive.cbssports.com/index-ncaa.html?media=319387

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

May 18th, 2012
5:19 pm

So Bama 0
Tech 1
Top of the 3rd.

GT Lee

May 18th, 2012
5:19 pm

Thx Smart I’m watching the game online already! Tech 1-0 end 2

old dog

May 18th, 2012
5:19 pm

@Beast,
I really wanna believe ya, and he did well in the draft, but when he couldn’t pour the p*ss out of the boot with the directions on the heel, I became convinced he might have a little cerebral incapacitation issue………..the same thing that tripped up Jamarcus Russell, another LSU product.

wet willie = typical gump

May 18th, 2012
5:25 pm

superiority complex (check)

arrogance (check)

inability to see faults in self (check)

always has the “inside” info (check)

egocentrism (check)

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

May 18th, 2012
5:27 pm

HOPE is in trouble and the UMP is not calling some pitches that are STRIKES.