Georgia Tech prospect camp: What’s in a name?

UGA has “Dawg Night” camp.

Florida has “Friday Night Lights.”

Georgia Tech? Like many of the colleges across the Southeast, it has a camp nickname that is simple and to the point – “Yellow Jackets Football Camp.”

Georgia Tech has 10 commitments for 2013 (AJC)

Georgia Tech has 10 commitments for 2013 (AJC)

But should the Yellow Jackets come up with a more creative or memorable nickname for its camp?

You see, kids remember camp nicknames, even if they are cheesy and really not that creative. It’s all about the marketing with the young ones. It’s hard to find any top D1 prospect in the state of Georgia that doesn’t know or hasn’t heard about “Dawg Night” – which will be Friday in Athens, Ga.

Yellow Jackets Football Camp will be Friday and Saturday. For more information about the camp (registration and fees), please click here.

Do you like Georgia Tech’s camp name as it is? Or do you have something better to suggest? If so, please make your suggestion below.

We asked coach Paul Johnson about a catchy nickname for the camp. Surprisingly, Johnson wasn’t opposed to the idea.

“The guys [our coaches] may have a talked about it, but that’s not my [thing] … that’s not me,” Johnson told the AJC. “If [Liam Klein, Georgia Tech’s Director of Personnel] or somebody comes up with something, that would be fine with me. I could care less about that kind of stuff. My focus is looking at the kids.”

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One kid that Johnson got a good look at last month’s camp was John Marvin, a defensive back from Fort Walton Beach, Fla. Marvin earned a football scholarship offer on the spot, thought about it for a couple of weeks, and eventually committed to the Yellow Jackets over South Florida and Louisville.

Georgia Tech has 10 commitments for its 2013 football recruiting class, and will likely sign around 14-15. Some of the remaining spots could be filled after this weekend’s camp.

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51 comments Add your comment

Eastside Jacket

July 10th, 2012
7:13 am

I’m with CPJ. Who cares? It’s just a name. Just get them out there and find out who can play and who can’t.

Jacket Man

July 10th, 2012
7:19 am

This one is called their Elite (Prospect) Camp.

Bryan

July 10th, 2012
7:50 am

Sven Ottke

July 10th, 2012
8:04 am

Most people, including the players, laugh at the UGa gimmics. Dawg Night, Black Out, Coach Richt Hug It Out Night, Coach Richt Singing Me Happy Birfday Night, Coach Richt Off the High Dive Night, Coach Richt Impersonating Helen Hunt Again Night, Coach Richt Spray On Tan Night, Coach Richt “Great Clips” Butt Cut Night. What a joke.

Techster

July 10th, 2012
8:06 am

Wreck-um! Camp!
Wreck-um week.

Let’s go to the Wreck-um Camp.

SmyrnaGuy

July 10th, 2012
8:10 am

Bees (on their) Knees

HighTech

July 10th, 2012
8:27 am

Call it the To Hell With Georgia camp.

Ga Tech Old Timer

July 10th, 2012
8:32 am

Stinger Camp
GT Combine

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

July 10th, 2012
8:42 am

The Ramblin Rumble….

Tracker Jacker

July 10th, 2012
8:56 am

Hilarious that Tech is holding a camp this Friday night.

Seemingly every prospect in the southeast will be at Dawg Night, and they are all very much excited for it.

I bet Johnson shows his players this tape to get his prospects pumped up, and get some commitments over Elon, Troy, and Middle Tennessee…….. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4toEuDiWvM&feature=plcp

Tokyo jacket

July 10th, 2012
8:59 am

So, really, if you want to make it a big deal, make it a big deal. Don’t just add a catchy name. If you want to really make it a carnival like Friday Night Lights, make it a carnival. Get Calvin Johnson, Stephen Hill, and Baybay to come back and the DBs can try to tackle/cover them and the WRs can learn how to stiff arm. Advertise sprint races and jumping competitions, etc. Have a concert, I don’t know. But, don’t just give it a cool name, make a product that is desirable to 17/18 year old kids. That’s what marketing is.

Bryan, good job with Jacket Jam.

How about Sting Time?

Holy Guacamole

July 10th, 2012
9:05 am

Holy Guacamole

July 10th, 2012
9:07 am

Actually, I like Brian’s name and Tokyo’s comments.

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

July 10th, 2012
9:09 am

Tracker Jacker
July 10th, 2012
8:56 am

Seemingly every prospect in the southeast will be at Dawg Night, and they are all very much excited for it.
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Of course they are. They will be getting Drunk and Stoned in Party Town Athens, Ga.
When the Players are not around they will be stealing phones and MP3 players.

Wet Willie...keep on smiling

July 10th, 2012
9:10 am

Paul not into gimmicks it appears. He really does a great job with his scheme but I think GT has reached their ceiling at 8-4. The biggest reason for the 8 is nobody else runs this offense so the opposition has a week to prepare and that just can’t be done to defend the triple. As good a defense as Bama had in 2011 you could see Ga So had Bama so confused and playing on their heels for 60 minutes. It would interesting to know what the AD complex at GT had in mind for the program going forward and by that do you accept 8-4 or maybe 9-3 or pull the plug on Paul and try a young gun to help with recruiting this day and time. Big gamble I know. If you were the AD what would you do?

JB

July 10th, 2012
9:11 am

How bout” Paul Johnson’s dazzling personality expo night”.

Jesse Myers

July 10th, 2012
9:11 am

How about ” flight night, come fly with the jackets”

GTFan2012

July 10th, 2012
9:12 am

Hey Tracker Jacker,
Many of GT’s top prospects will be at this camp. No, they aren’t the same prospects that will be at UGA’s camp. But I don’t have a problem with that. UGA and GT actually don’t go head to head for all that many prospects. UGA will typically win more of those battles, and that’s ok. But GT is building a solid class and all of its current commits had other BCS level offers. That’s good enough for me.

JB

July 10th, 2012
9:14 am

jesse, you misspelled a word. It’s fright.

GTFan2012

July 10th, 2012
9:14 am

Wet Willie,
GT won 11 games in 2009, so I’m not sure how you came up with 8 wins as our ceiling. If 8 wins is our ceiling, then in 3 out of 4 years, CPJ has had GT reach or exceed its ceiling. That’s a pretty good percentage if indeed 8 wins is our ceiling.

JB

July 10th, 2012
9:17 am

As a Dawg fan, all kidding aside, if Tech could find a defense, they would close to unbeatable. That’s the best compliment I can give. Go Dawgs.

A person SMART enough to know .....

July 10th, 2012
9:17 am

Crimson Crush

July 10th, 2012
9:22 am

The Hive Jive

Crimson Crush

July 10th, 2012
9:25 am

“The Bobby Dodd Weekend Memorial”

Camp motto ” Run first … ask questions later “

JB

July 10th, 2012
9:29 am

The ” Reggie Ball football and life success Bee Hive swarm”

Little Johnny

July 10th, 2012
9:41 am

Wreck-um? Dang near killed um!

Jesse Myers

July 10th, 2012
9:41 am

JB, as John Wayne said “lifes hard but a lot harder if you’re stupid !!!!

Teddy Roosevelt

July 10th, 2012
9:47 am

Heisman’s Heroes Camp

Vampire Bill

July 10th, 2012
9:47 am

Crimson Crush

July 10th, 2012
9:51 am

“The Georgia Tech Rubik’s Cube Challenge”

Camp motto : “Because there are more important things in life than football”

Atlanta Fish Market

July 10th, 2012
9:54 am

Tech has a camp?

Crimson Crush

July 10th, 2012
10:06 am

“The Georgia Tech Science Fair And Star Trek Convention ”

Camp motto ” In Korea engineers are worshipped like rock stars”

Rick James

July 10th, 2012
10:11 am

Fresh Prince

July 10th, 2012
10:15 am

How about the “Well it’s either us or Middle Tennessee. Your choice” Night

JadedJacket

July 10th, 2012
10:18 am

Techster

July 10th, 2012
10:29 am

Jacket Junket?

Teddy Roosevelt

July 10th, 2012
10:33 am

Don’t get robbed at gunpoint by former uga tailbacks

Crap

July 10th, 2012
10:34 am

Shouldn’t it be on a Thursday night?

Crap

July 10th, 2012
10:35 am

Jacket Jack—f

GTBob

July 10th, 2012
10:37 am

do you accept 8-4 or maybe 9-3 or pull the plug on Paul and try a young gun to help with recruiting this day and time.

If GT averages 8-9 wins a year then CPJ will be here for as long as he wants to be. We aren’t Alabama. 8-9 wins for us is actually a pretty good season. Throw in a few double digit win seasons and most would say he is doing an amazing job.

Mudcat's Impala....

July 10th, 2012
1:46 pm

tickle pile night…

GSUStud

July 10th, 2012
1:58 pm

Still laughing. Who cares what Ga Tech would call their “camp”. No top recruits in their right mind really care.

Savo

July 10th, 2012
6:16 pm

wait…you are telling me after all these years this wasn’t the point of dragoncon? crap.

GT = 10 time loser to Mark Richt

July 10th, 2012
6:20 pm

Hobbits and Helmets

ken

July 10th, 2012
7:15 pm

Suggested name for GT Camp is “Swarm Time.”
Swarm time is a time when we gather together to attack!

Spike 80DF

July 10th, 2012
7:26 pm

Shouldn’t the Dawgs name it since they own Tech?

Chef

July 10th, 2012
7:52 pm

I still can’t get over the fact that someone wrote an entire article about whether or not Tech should name their camp.

SavannahJacket

July 10th, 2012
7:54 pm

BLT

July 10th, 2012
8:16 pm

Opened it back up for the dwags. Genius, pure genius! You will get the hits from every dwag twit semi-literate enough to peck on a keyboard. Get after it dwags! Can’t wait to see what the Georgia educational system produces. Should be a hoot!

Ghost

July 10th, 2012
8:34 pm

GTfan 2012, You are correct in one aspect few tech commits that have Georgia offers, but there are multiple offers from Tech to Georgia commits,this year and every year.