How would you rank Georgia Tech’s 2013 recruiting class so far?



Three months ago, Georgia Tech didn’t have any commitments for its 2013 football recruiting class.

While some Tech fans were panicking, coach Paul Johnson maintained his cool — saying he “wasn’t too concerned” because it was so early in the process.

Fast forward three months and Georgia Tech has eight commitments. The Yellow Jackets were briefly ranked in the top 25 of the Rivals.com team rankings.

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“It’s the same now as I told you before: I felt like we were in pretty good shape,” Johnson told the AJC. “I wasn’t too worried about it. These things [commitments] don’t mean anything until they are signed. It’s just like anything else. I don’t get too hung up on them. There’s a long time between now and February.”

Does Johnson feel better now with eight commitments than when he had zero a few months ago? “I wasn’t feeling bad about how things were going before. That was all you guys on the Internet and in the paper. I know where we were going. I have a chance to talk to the kids all the time, so I know where we are.”

“We’ll see how it ends up. I never care about recruiting rankings. I think we have some good players. But I think we signed some good players last year, and the year before that. We wouldn’t recruit them and sign them if we didn’t think they were good players.”

The nation’s No. 1 kicker, Harrison Butker, committed to Georgia Tech over Auburn last week. Georgia Tech’s top overall commitment – by far – is Shamire DeVine, who is considered by some to be the state’s top prospect along the offensive line.

The Yellow Jackets may already be more than halfway finished with this year’s recruiting class, as they are only expected to sign 14-15 because of low attrition.

GEORGIA TECH’S CLASS OF 2013

  1. RB Travis Custis,6-0, 212 Lovejoy HS
  2. RB Donovan Wilson, 6-0, 215, Dublin, Ohio
  3. OL Shamire Devine, 6-7, 331, Tri-Cities HS
  4. DT Darius Commissiong, 6-2, 295, Forestville, Md.
  5. OG Jeremi Hall, 6-5, 350, Tri-Cities HS
  6. DE-OLB Kevin Robbins, 6-4, 240, Forestville, Md.
  7. OL Chris Griffin, 6-6, 265, Crawfordville, Fla.
  8. K Harrison Butker, 6-3, 185, Westminster

– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog

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353 comments Add your comment

db/qb

June 21st, 2012
2:16 am

That is the problem, CPJ is not worried about recruiting. UGA always have been a problem and always will practically able to get most kids they want but now you have Vanderbilt, Stanford, Notre Dame, Kentucky etc. coming into Georgia getting players GT should be getting. Besides Kelly there is no great recruiter on his Staff. CPJ is a GREAT COACH but he hasn’t put together the type of Staff or made a few changes to the recruiting program to make it successful. As a result he is left to out Coach every other Coach. Why? No way GT should finish near the bottom of ACC in recruiting with all the talent in Georgia and touching Florida and Alabama.

GT4Life (the Original)

June 21st, 2012
2:17 am

First!

Nigel Bowden would have been nice but like with Tuitt, he’ll be regretting it soon.

GT4Life (the Original)

June 21st, 2012
2:19 am

Alas…2nd!

@db/qb – the recruiting class is shaping up nicely…let’s see what the second half of the season holds before we bemoan CPJ’s recruiting prowess

TVFan

June 21st, 2012
6:25 am

It looks like recruiting is going well and the coach makes some good points about recruiting. The “I wasn’t too worried about it” comment concerns me. Not sure if that was meant to be humor or not. To run with the likes of Alabama, Ohio State, etc, those recruiting ranking do mean something. This year’s team will be CPJ’s recruits. I want to see how well they do.

FUCPJ

June 21st, 2012
6:45 am

CPJ sucks at recruting! Wow he is finally getting some high profiled kids after 5 years at GT. He better find a way to win in athens this year. If GT loses that game he will be fired! Mark my words people.

Jacket Man

June 21st, 2012
6:53 am

db/qb; crawl back under your rock. This is already shaping up to be one of the Jacket’s best classes in years. We also have a big camp coming up, some huge recruits coming in soon; we are also waiting for some transcripts to arrive. In other words, there are several other players who are lining up that I can guarantee will make our coaches very happy to have join this group as well. In other words, with having the ability to only sign a small class this year, Paul Johnson and his coaching staff is doing one heck of a job.

Jacket Man

June 21st, 2012
6:54 am

FUCPJ – Your English teacher should have been fired.

jim 70

June 21st, 2012
7:05 am

quality over quantity. tech won’t get the big star recruits, but if you check, the ones they do get play and get drafted. and most of the ones that don’t get drafted, graduate and get good jobs, even in this economy.

go cpj and tech

Hal

June 21st, 2012
7:32 am

You can sure tell the running backs who are football players from the ones who are position players . How could you not want to play running back in CPJ’s offense. I guess they don’t want to learn how to block and don’t give me that NFL crap. Earl Campbell ran in this type of offense at Texas and he didn’t do to shabby in the NFL.

ramblingbuzz

June 21st, 2012
7:45 am

“The Yellow Jackets may already be more than halfway finished with this year’s recruiting class, as they are only expected to sign 14-15 because of low attrition.”

Sounds as if the players who come to GT want to stay and play for CPJ.

Hold on!!!!

June 21st, 2012
7:56 am

Coming from a UGA fan, I think yalls recruiting class is pretty nice so far. Yall have some huge OL commits. I am not sure how their size will effect yalls running game, but yalls pass protection should be a lot better. I believe that was the only problem with yalls smaller more athletic OLs in the past, in which, they could not hold a block very long in passing situations. Other than yalls OL commits, I do not know much about the rest of yalls commits. Best of luck to yall.

www

June 21st, 2012
8:02 am

looking good so far. keep it up.

gt45

June 21st, 2012
8:11 am

We are looking really good, and have a good chance to be even better. We still need some DT;s, though, imo!

uga dawg

June 21st, 2012
8:19 am

I rate them like crap. They might well quit football. They better stick to baseball and basketball. This is a mans sport.UGA owns this state!!!!!!

FAN

June 21st, 2012
8:23 am

CPJ WILL BE FIRED THIS YEAR. HE IS A JOKE LIKE THE TECH FOOTBALL TEAM. REAL LOSERS!

kingdaddy

June 21st, 2012
8:26 am

Looks good so far. It’s going to be a small class so CPJ needs to be selective and cautious. As long as you’re filling your needs with quality kids, then you’re in good shape. I wish there was some real recruiting news…

GT Rich

June 21st, 2012
8:27 am

We also have a highly rated OL transfer coming in. Do D1 transfers not count in the rankings or do only JC transfers count? And agreed with the lack of concern in CPJ’s remarks. He would be foolish to think that the recruits aren’t looking at the rankings and it having an influence on their decisions…

kingster

June 21st, 2012
8:36 am

I think the class is getting into good shape, hopefully a few more large defensive linemen and a running back here and there, I think Tech will do fine, people are going to be surprise with the players coming in from their Redshirt year.

Byron Farmer

June 21st, 2012
8:44 am

Our players and coaches for the most part becone productive members of society after graduation. We will win with Paul Johnson. We might not win the national championship this year but out players and coaches are champions. We are going to suprise a lot of people this year.

C'MON Man

June 21st, 2012
8:59 am

I have to say CPJ is doing a better job of recruiting every year. If you look at the recruits from the Gailey years and Johnson, (Rivals or Scouts), Johnson is actually doing a better job besides 2007.So these people that are saying Johnson can’t recruit need to shut up. Just saying.

Like the Man Said

June 21st, 2012
9:11 am

Listen to THE MAN, he isn’t concerned. What we read here is speculation and UGA garbage. This time of year in the football world all we do is banter back and forth about recruiting and agonize when we’re not reading about any big name committments. I trust CPJ and his staff will vet the players, choose those that will not only remain eligible academically eligible but will also be model young men and students. That is what the Georgia Institute of Technology is all about.

R U Kidding Me?

June 21st, 2012
9:12 am

Byron Farmer:

“We might not win the national championship this year but out players and coaches are champions”

That one line sums up the GT athletic program. I bet all of the players on the team will get a trophy for coming in 8th in the ACC, just like they did when they were playing Pee-Wee football. “Everybody gets a trophy for being such a good sport.” Geez! As long as the GT fans accept the attitude that winning is not important, that just giving your best effort is all you need to do, then your program will continue to be on par with a mediocre high school team. And you will continue to have about 30,000 fans show up on Saturday afternoon.

Buzzzed

June 21st, 2012
9:17 am

“Georgia Tech’s top overall commitment – by far – is Shamire DeVine”

Not so sure about the “by far” comment. DeVine is great but Hall is very close second. I wouldn’t write off Hall.

Blake R

June 21st, 2012
9:50 am

This class looks about as good on paper as MC’s face looks in his profile picture… awful at best

HighTech

June 21st, 2012
9:51 am

One point. One question.

1. The recruiting class so far is encouraging. I will be more excited when it holds through signing day.

2. How does one give more than their best effort? If it’s your best effort, it’s all you can do.

GTBob

June 21st, 2012
9:57 am

R U Kidding Me?, so GT usually finishes 8th in the ACC and only has 30k at home games? You might want to do a little research. You sound like a little kid who claims he can dunk a basketball when he is only 8 years old.

HighTech

June 21st, 2012
9:58 am

“That one line sums up the GT athletic program. I bet all of the players on the team will get a trophy for coming in 8th in the ACC, just like they did when they were playing Pee-Wee football. “Everybody gets a trophy for being such a good sport.” Geez! As long as the GT fans accept the attitude that winning is not important, that just giving your best effort is all you need to do, then your program will continue to be on par with a mediocre high school team. And you will continue to have about 30,000 fans show up on Saturday afternoon.”

Not meant to be factual.

Looking Good

June 21st, 2012
10:00 am

New coaches can take a while to establish their recruiting base, especialy if there are major changes in the offense and defensive style. Even Coach Gailey learned to recruit at Tech after a few years.
CPJ had more detractors than most new coaches, and has overcome them, such BS as “Tech only wants small offensive lineman; Tech wide receivers cannot get the the NFL, Tech does not want a QB who can pass, Tech will make you go to class and study, etc.”
Good to see CPJ has debunked the myths. These are the largest linemen recuits in Tech history and there is lots of speed at the skill positions. Watch out when CPJ gets his OL working with these guys.
Heck, might even be able to field a kicking threat.
THWG

Looking Good

June 21st, 2012
10:02 am

Correction: Tech will make you study, go to real classes and make good grades.

That is no myth!

nate from detroit

June 21st, 2012
10:04 am

If Moobs is doing better every year in recruiting, then why was his best yr at Tech the year most of his starters were leftover from C Gailey (the man you Tech people love to hate). I don’t think Coach fish fry will ever get highly ranked recruits at Tech because if he did and Tech won, it would erode away the myth that he is such a genius as a coach.
I do agree with some of you Techies that do not blindly believe that Moobs is the greatest thing since sliced bread, if Tech loses 4-5 games this year with a loss to UGA, then PJ is going to be in very hot water maybe even seeking new employment.

nigel bowden didnt have many

June 21st, 2012
10:06 am

did not have many offers in spite of being a 4 star player. hmmm.

couple of the recruiting insiders for gt have said while he would have been nice he was not a player to ring your hands over. they have a greater need for d linemen than they do undersized linebackers.

like i said …. he is a good player but not a difference maker.

as far as how well cpj is recruiting goes lets not forget that chan gailey has his greatest class after 7 years. this is no 5 for cpj.

it takes awhile for a coach to create relationships with the recruits. it does not happen over nite. a coach has to convince the player his family and his coaches that gt would be a good fit for him. anybody who thinks otherwise is just not being realistic.

hey nate good to see you posting guy

June 21st, 2012
10:07 am

have to ask though… what is your fetish for man boobs all about?

Ramblin Man

June 21st, 2012
10:16 am

I really like the class so far and rumor is GT will pick a great DB real soon. Like CPJ said he is talking with these kids all the time and knows way more than we as fans or writers know. Hopefully the class stys in tact for signing day, but we are talking about kids here.
For those that think CPJ will be fired after this season you need to seriously wake up. The AD is behind him and no alumni are calling for his head. Sure he has lost three in a row to UGA and the bowl game fiascos but he has a ACC crown, finished top in the coastal twice, and beat undefeated and highly ranked teams our previous coach could not. The UGA game means a lot but if he can continue to be competitive in our division he will be fine.

Coach Paul Johnson's Recruting Pitch

June 21st, 2012
10:17 am

“Son, we’d love to have you here at Georgia Tech. Atlanta is full of things like the High Museum of Art, an aquarium, the World of Coke, and the Fox Theater. I know you kids these days love museums and seeing plays at a theater. I hear its all the rage.”

“No, I’m not out of touch. I was sitting around watching Happy Days reruns and all the kids there seemed like they would like that stuff. What would you say if I offered you a scholarship”

“Well I hate to hear that. If you decide that you don’t want to go to Middle Tennessee, we would still love to have you here at Georgia Tech”

ToeMeetsLeather

June 21st, 2012
10:20 am

Hey, most 4 and 5 star recruits are looking to play early, chase tail, eat browines with special ingredients, and don’t give a hoot about an education. That eliminates TECH for most of these youngsters. I’ll take the 3 star that works his can off and up the depth chart, and represents The Institute with class any day of the week. With that said, I think CPJ is putting together a fine group for 13′.

Coach Paul Johnson's Recruting Pitch

June 21st, 2012
10:22 am

Sure he has lost three in a row to UGA and the bowl game fiascos but he has a ACC crown

The ACC “Crown” was stripped so now he has lost three in a row to UGA, the Bowl Game fiascos and a tarnished season that has been wiped from the record books. Sounds like a real winner to me

imo i think that the dawg trolls

June 21st, 2012
10:24 am

like recruiting pitch should be more concentrated on fulmer cup trophy’s and police blotters and non qualifiers eh?

never mind that the only thing the dawgs have won lately has been the woulda coulda shoulda’s.

Pitbull

June 21st, 2012
10:25 am

Today’s headline: Tech linebacker arrested in Athens.

You must be so proud after all of your mudslinging.

PS: Paul Johnson only won big with Chan Gailey’s recruits. Watch the program decline even further now that they are all gone.

Be honest, how many victories over Division 1 opponents have you won over the last two years?

FL Jacket

June 21st, 2012
10:28 am

Ramblin’ Man…

Facyson?

tech fan

June 21st, 2012
10:31 am

what about the qb position for the future.whats up with juwaan williams and jalan reeves-maybin wonder where we fit in with those guys

Ramblin Man

June 21st, 2012
10:32 am

I would also add that some of you that harp on the fact that he only did well with Gailey’s recruits think about something. Several of those players from the 07 class never took the field at GT and would Nesbitt have stood out so well in a pro-style scheme? Gailey also left several holes on the roster that took more than one class to fill. Add in the fact that talking heads and other coaches fill these kids heads with myths and lies about the system and then add a new style D and of course it will take time. Not to mention the fact that this is GT, I don’t care if Saban came in today at GT recruiting would still be hard because not many kids want to deal with the rigors at GT, the lack of majors, and what it takes to get past the Hill. CPJ is not god to us GT fans but he is a great coach who gets his players to play hard and by our current APR do well in class.

Titanic = Tech

June 21st, 2012
10:32 am

Tech’s football program is like a sinking ship with that drunken linebacker Daniel Drummond driving the boat

Jacket Man

June 21st, 2012
10:33 am

I love how this large number of losers are here on the Tech blog making fun of the kids who just earned scholarships that have a monetary value in excess of $100,000 apiece, to one of the top Universities in the Country. They’ll all be getting free educations, which will lead them to great jobs for the rest of their lives, a free place to live, and free meals, for the next several years while you go about your miserable lives. Who gets the last laugh?

RTR

June 21st, 2012
10:36 am

I don’t care if Saban came in today at GT recruiting would still be hard because not many kids want to deal with the rigors at GT, the lack of majors, and what it takes to get past the Hill.

A typical weak copout to excuse sorry recruiting classes. Saban would turn Tech into a national power in 2 years. Roll Damn Tide

Ramblin Man

June 21st, 2012
10:38 am

FL Jacket don’t want to jinx it but I hear he could be a Jacket any day now. Kid is smart and really wants to be sure and likes what both GT and VT have to offer.

I am aware the NCAA stole the trophy back, but everybody knows he won it and outside of haters for all things GT people know the NCAA over reached and flexed on that one. That case was so weak it would only hold up in the confines it did with no real checks and balance system. In a court of low that would never make it past prelims.

RTR

June 21st, 2012
10:39 am

For some reason, I usually end up hating people that user the word “haters”

Ramblin Man

June 21st, 2012
10:42 am

RTR you are delusional if you really believe that. First half of the Bama roster would never get accepted at GT, second the oversigning would not be allowed, and third if Bobby Dodd had trouble recruiting at GT then Saban would do no better. Saban could attract them and get a verbal but they could never sign and GT RARELY takes JUCO.

Ramblin Man

June 21st, 2012
10:46 am

RTR Saban would struggle at GT just like he did in the pros. The only places he has done well are schools that allow him to play games with the kids and recruit anything with a pulse.
Trent Richardson Jr. at Alabama “We are gooder than LSU”. Great football player but I’m guessing not to much time in a classroom.

GTBob

June 21st, 2012
10:50 am

A typical weak copout to excuse sorry recruiting classes. Saban would turn Tech into a national power in 2 years. Roll Damn Tide

Saban is a good coach but the best he would be able to do at GT is maybe a top 20 recruiting class every once in a while. He wouldn’t come close to turning them into a national power. In his 10 seasons before going to Bama he only had two 10 win seasons. He isn’t a miracle worker, he is just a good coach who is blessed with one of the top programs in college football history.

HighTech

June 21st, 2012
10:52 am

Did Saban turn Michigan State into a national power? I must have missed that.