Archive for May, 2012

How are FSU-Big 12 rumors affecting ACC recruiting?

How is all the talk about Florida State and the Big 12 affecting ACC recruiting? It’s a dominating topic in world of college football, but are any recruits listening just yet? And if something was to happen with FSU, how would that affect Georgia Tech?

Here’s my opinion. What’s yours? Please post below.

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Maryland DT commits to Georgia Tech

DT Darius Commissiong (Photo courtesy of 247sports.com)

DT Darius Commissiong (Photo courtesy of 247sports.com)

One of Maryland’s top college prospects committed to Georgia Tech on Wednesday.

Darius Commissiong, a 6-foot-2, 295-pound defensive tackle from Forestville, Md., picked Georgia Tech over North Carolina and Maryland, among his 20 offers.

Commissiong, a 3-star who is ranked as the nation’s No. 38 defensive tackle by 247sports.com, was convinced after meeting with Georgia Tech defensive coordinator Al Groh last week and talking to him again over the telephone on Wednesday.

“He told me everything I need to hear to make me want to go there – it’s a good school academically and I fit in well with the defensive scheme there,” Commissiong told the AJC.

“I also talked with Coach [Paul Johnson]. You could tell he was really excited and somewhat surprised when I committed. It was his tone of voice. He had a lot of pep in it. He kind of shouted when I told him the news.”

Commissiong has a 3.0 and will likely study …

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Brandon Kublanow: UGA lands OL for commitment No. 17

The offensive lineman nicknamed “The Finisher” committed to UGA on Wednesday.

Brandon Kublanow, a 6-foot-3, 290-pounder from Walton High School, picked UGA over Vanderbilt, North Carolina and Clemson, among his 20 offers. Kublanow earned his nickname because of his punishing style of play.

"The Finisher" will sign with UGA (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

"The Finisher" will sign with UGA (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

“Georgia is the best fit for me,” Kublanow told the AJC. “They have a great combination of academics and football. The program is headed in the right direction.

Why commit now? “I’ve just been thinking about it. I talked to my family about it. I was up there on Saturday. I took a little secret visit to Georgia, and it just felt right.”

Kublanow is commitment No. 17 for UGA’s 2013 recruiting class – and the third for the offensive line.  He will play offensive guard or center for the Bulldogs, which may sign around 30 recruits next February.

“Coach Richt was really fired up when I told him I was coming to …

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Derrick Henry: Will Alabama flip UGA’s top recruit?

UGA’s top football recruit is being courted by Alabama.

And he’s listening.

The marquee recruit is Derrick Henry, the 5-star running back from Yulee, Fla., who committed to UGA last summer. He is ranked as one of the top three players out of Florida.

Alabama dispatched assistant Burton Burns to Henry’s high school on Monday. It went so well that Henry sent a tweet out later that day that ignited a frenzy in the Bulldog nation:

Had a good time with Coach Burns today from Alabama. Really liked him . Excited to get over there June 8th #Tide

If that didn’t cause widespread panic among UGA fans, Henry had this to say the next day to Scout.com’s Andrew Bone (click here to read full article):

“I started talking to my coach. We had a serious talk. We talked about the positives of Alabama. We feel like Alabama is the place to go … I am not saying my coaches are swaying me to go to Alabama. They are not doing that at all. We are just laying out everything. The fact Alabama …

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Uriah LeMay: UGA QB’s younger brother ready to commit

The younger brother of UGA quarterback Christian LeMay has set a date for his college decision.

WR Uriah LeMay (Photo courtesy of 247sports.com)

WR Uriah LeMay (Photo courtesy of 247sports.com)

Uriah LeMay, a 4-star wide receiver from Matthews, N.C., will announce on June 1. Due to the family connection, UGA is considered one of the schools to beat for LeMay, who has been poker-faced about his leaders and the recruiting process. On Tuesday, his father sent out this text message to the media:

Uriah LeMay has been nominated to 4 All American games thus far as he approaches his senior season. He has over 30 D1 offers and is now at a point where he is ready to announce his college school of choice. This announcement will take place at Champion Christian Center on June 1st @ 6pm.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound LeMay attended last month’s G-Day game to watch his brother, Christian, who is a red-shirt freshman.

“Obviously with his brother at Georgia, they have as good of a shot as anybody,” said Rusty Mansell, National Recruiting …

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REWIND: DT was lifelong Tech fan, almost picked UGA

This longtime Georgia Tech fan signed with Stanford over UGA (Photo courtesy of Woodward Academy's Marci Mitchell)

This longtime Georgia Tech fan signed with Stanford over UGA (Photo courtesy of Woodward Academy's Marci Mitchell)

Jordan Watkins had an interesting recruiting journey: He grew up a Georgia Tech fan, listed UGA as a co-finalist, and ended up signing with Stanford.

The 6-foot-5, 280-pound defensive tackle from Woodward Academy will report to Stanford on June 21. He reflected on his recruiting journey with the AJC:

What was the most creative thing a college did to get your attention? “I remember the first day I ever got a hand-written letter from Georgia Tech. Pretty much everyone on the defensive staff, along with Coach [Paul] Johnson, sent a hand-written letter and that was pretty neat.”

UGA was your runner-up. What could they have done better? “I think the only thing they could’ve done better was to keep me away from Stanford because there was definitely nothing that was a knock against Georgia. When I went on my visit to Stanford last July, I fell in love with …

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UGA’s Mark Richt and Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson on Twitter and Facebook

UGA’s Mark Richt and Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson have about the same viewpoint on Social Media: They’re not on it … but they realize that it has an ever-growing importance in recruiting.

“I’ve heard that there’s a few people impersonating me on Twitter but I’m not doing it,” joked Richt to the AJC.

“There’s a lot of other ways to communicate with guys. I would just as soon talk to the man, quite frankly. Our coaching staff does a great job of keeping up with them [on Facebook and Twitter].”

Johnson is also not on Twitter. “I just haven’t done it. You never say never about anything but I haven’t seen the need yet to do it for me … I don’t think Twitter matters that much.”

A strong presence on Social Media is a necessary for a colleges to stay on the cutting edge of New Age recruiting – simply because nearly every top football prospect is on Facebook, Twitter, or both.

“It plays a role in recruiting, because that’s what kids are on all the …

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How big of a role does Social Media play in football recruiting?

How big of a role does Social Media play in college football recruiting?

Just about every top prospect is on either Facebook, Twitter or both.

We asked some of the nation’s top coaches how big of a role does Social Media play in their current recruiting efforts:

Urban Meyer (AP)

Urban Meyer on Social Media: "Its huge." (AP)

Virginia’s Mike London: “I’m on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and you name it. We’re Skyping and doing all those things. If it’s allowable by the NCAA, then you can use every Social Network means necessary to get your messages across … You will find out more  about guys on Facebook and Twitter sometimes than you will having a 10-minute conversation with them because a lot of times they will let their guard down and show a side maybe you haven’t thought about before. Social Media networks are now something that are very prevalent in recruiting.”

UGA’s Mark Richt: Click  here

Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher: “I think it’s huge in recruiting. It all is. …

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Josh Cardiello: UGA lands second OL for 2013 class

UGA OL commit Josh Cardiello of Buford HS (AJC)

UGA OL commit Josh Cardiello of Buford HS (AJC)

After secretly committing to UGA several weeks ago, one of the state’s top interior linemen made it official on Saturday.

Josh Cardiello, a 6-foot-4, 280-pounder from Buford High School, committed to UGA over Florida State on Saturday. He also had football scholarship offers from Florida, Nebraska, South Carolina and North Carolina.

“I told Georgia a while back that I was coming there,” Cardiello told the AJC. “I just wanted to get my whole family over there [to Georgia] to do it. It’s official now: I’m a Georgia Bulldog.”

Cardiello took an unofficial visit to Georgia on Saturday with his family, including his parents and grandparents. He met with UGA’s Mark Richt and let him know he was ready to go public.

“I told Coach Richt ‘Let’s do this, let’s make it official,’” Cardiello said. “He was pumped up and excited, as were all of the other Georgia coaches.”

Why UGA over FSU? “I just had that feeling about Georgia that it was the …

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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 …

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