WR gets first offer from Georgia Tech, quickly accepts

WR Antonio Messick earned his first scholarship offer at Georgia Tech on Saturday.

And he accepted on the spot.

Georgia Tech now has 13 commitments for its 2013 football recruiting class after QB Damon Mitchell committed earlier in the day.

Messick is a 6-foot-3, 195-pounder from Fayette County High School. He was virtually unknown on the recruiting radar because he had only attended two camps prior to Saturday – Virginia Tech as a freshman and Georgia Tech last year.

Georgia Tech liked what it saw the second time around on Saturday.

“They told me to come meet with [Paul Johnson],” Messick told the AJC. “Coach Johnson said he would offer me, but I would have to get my GPA up. I need to do better in two classes. I’m eligible for the NCAA, but I’ve got to buckle down on my grades this year for Georgia Tech … nothing but A’s and B’s.”

Messick said he was clocked at 4.65 seconds in the 40-yard dash at Georgia Tech on Saturday, and his fastest-ever time was 4.49.

“I committed to Georgia Tech because I like their football team, their facilities, their campus and being downtown. I’m excited. I was ready for the offer, and ready to commit. I’m ready to play at Georgia Tech.”

Fayette County coach Mike Davis talked to Georgia Tech’s coaches about the commitment. “Antonio’s abilities are unlimited. He big, tall, and rangy. He looks like another Julio Jones out there.”

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
  9. DB John Marvin, 6-1, 190, Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
  10. DE Justin Akins, 6-4, 245, Jackson HS
  11. DB Tolando Cleveland, 6-0, 180, Hillgrove HS
  12. QB Damon Mitchell, 6-3, 205, Egg Harbor Township, N.J.
  13. WR Antonio Messick, 6-3, 195, Fayette County HS

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49 comments Add your comment

Marine Jacket

July 14th, 2012
9:26 pm

Little worried about the grades

Go Jackets!!!

BLT

July 14th, 2012
9:33 pm

Good news…
Do the classroom work and you’ll be fine. Congratulations Antonio!

Yo

July 14th, 2012
9:48 pm

Bring it baby! Go jackets

Why?

July 14th, 2012
10:30 pm

Why give a scholarship to a no name who doesn’t even have the grades to get in? It’s just begging to be another denied admission story.

wrjacket

July 14th, 2012
10:39 pm

To Why? How many denied admissions has our ootball team had over the past years? This isn’t UGa…..

Stumpknocker

July 14th, 2012
10:43 pm

Maybe so “why?”, but just how many of those denied admission stories are you talking about? That’s a common thing at UGA but not a Tech.

Why?

July 14th, 2012
10:53 pm

Junior Gnonkonde and Darrius Caldwell for starters. Instead of denied admissions would decided to go elsewhere after committing because they were going to be denied sound better?

Tech dropout

July 15th, 2012
12:13 am

Why do you care so much?

Jacket Man

July 15th, 2012
6:03 am

Don’t jump on “Why?” so hard because he mentioned two great names in his point; Junior and Darrius. What the quote from this article does, however, is reflect that the recruit, and his coach, knows right up front what he has to do from the very beginning to stay on track to maintain his offer with GA Tech (this is the same thing told to Junior), and he will be monitored up until a point that it becomes apparent he will be successful, or unsuccessful, in meeting those requirements. THIS is what makes GA Tech’s coaching staff different; they give the kid the opportunity to earn the scholarship showing faith in him, letting him know what it will take to keep it, and then before it’s too late to get another offer, if it becomes apparent they won’t meet GA Tech’s entrance requirements (which are higher than most other programs), then they let them know…but they work with them along the way to try to help them get in first by staying on top of things.

GT Sid

July 15th, 2012
7:11 am

So we now have 13 recruits, last I heard the class would be 14/15 in size. Has this number changed? We got off to a slow start then 9 solid recruits and a kicker (solid also). I had anticipated with the size of this year’s class and after a solid 9/10, that we would be very selective and pull in a few highly touted recruits to finish off, but 2 of these last 3 do not match. Hopefully the coaches have truly found some under radar players. Anyone seen Tolando or Messick play?

ToeMeetsLeather

July 15th, 2012
7:50 am

“Sid”, it appears the recruiting process has changed to the point where just about all D1 spots will start to be filled before any of these kids play their senior seasons. Early player evaluation by the staffs are becoming much more important it seems. These kids are probably 3-4 years away from seeing the field. As CPJ has said, he pays no attention to the star system. He has been right on some lower rated recruits so far while at TECH: Orwin Smith, Ray Beno, Julian Burnett, Deion Hill, Tony Zenon, are a few of the guys that never got above a two star rating and have been or will be key contributors.

Plus, at TECH you have to make sure the kids can stay in school and he appears to be getting that right with only 14 spots open.(see UGA with 30 spots, that’s a lot of 4-5 star guys that are history)

Paddy

July 15th, 2012
7:58 am

GT Sid…….don’t get caught up in the star system it is for ammusement purpose only. If you are a GT grad you should have leaned to think more “outside the box”. Try to avoid the herd mentalty that is ever presnt in these blog responses. No sure, but I believe GT can sign 15 this year.

Go Dawgs

Needs

July 15th, 2012
8:07 am

Needs to add 2 more from the defensive side of the ball before NSD. Hopefully 2 Defensive linemen. Then maybe 1 more offensive lineman.

01HAWK

July 15th, 2012
8:21 am

Why offer this guy who is not even rated. Slow with his last 40 yard times. Grades are suspect. Curious offer hrom Georgia Tech.

life time gt fan

July 15th, 2012
9:52 am

Hawk,
Its because he already plays in the triple option. Not saying he is a good pickup, but I guess thats what lead to the offer. Not real happy with this one though, there was a lot of talent at WR that was considering at tech. Bigger, faster, and stronger players.

22sunny

July 15th, 2012
9:56 am

THE Dixie Redcoat Band

July 15th, 2012
9:57 am

And so Mrs. Sandusky didn’t know a thing about her husband, interesting.

Jessica

July 15th, 2012
11:00 am

Georgia sucks and so do i……

Stumpknocker

July 15th, 2012
11:00 am

@Why; Wasn;t J Gnonkondes’ coach also his legal guardian ?……..and didn’t he get caught misrepresenting Junior’s academic records ? That wasn’t PJ or Tech’s fault .

Old Man from South ATL

July 15th, 2012
11:20 am

I like how his HS coach compared his looks to Julio, all the while running a 4.65/40

flabuzz

July 15th, 2012
11:21 am

Lifetime GT is correct. Merrick is an excellent blocker and is 6-3 with a super vertical measurement. That is the protoype WR for this offense……….also, technically GT only has 14 schollys this year, there wil be attrition… always has been. Look for some players to graduate early and leave the program. The next ship will go to a DL.

collegeballfan

July 15th, 2012
12:40 pm

“Little worried about the grades.”

Yep, me too.

Would be a shame. Word on the street is that he had a heck of a camp. If he is 6-3 and about 200 with a 4.5 40 and can catch the ball, he can play.

But can he get in school. We will know after his fall semester grades are in the book.

WnE

July 15th, 2012
12:59 pm

re:
Messick said he was clocked at 4.65 seconds in the 40-yard dash at Georgia Tech on Saturday, and his fastest-ever time was 4.49.
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If a 4.65 in front of the GT Coaching Staff is good enough to get him an offer, it makes me wonder what level of Athlete that CPJ is recruiting.

Are GT’s coaches actually “wowed” by a 4.65 from a 6-3 195 pound kid, that sounds like D1-AA material, which is probably WHY CPJ offered on the spot?

I hope he get the grades, then CPJ is “stuck” with him til he graduates!

redneck DawggiDawg

July 15th, 2012
1:05 pm

why would any recieve play for Johnson’s crappy offense… I quessing the kid cant catch..lol likely hood of having one thrown at u with Tech outdated offense would be like winning the Ga lottery..

redneck DawggiDawg

July 15th, 2012
1:13 pm

even if the kid ran a 4.2 in the 40… his goal will be to block… boringgggg….. he accepted the only offer he had… because Tech can’t cut it when it comes to Elite players… Tech nerds get recruit what they can get….. 1 stars……. And a nerd cant even go to class with out getting mugged… maybe I. Crowell should have went to tech… that hot 9mm would have come in handy….

Ramblin Man

July 15th, 2012
1:55 pm

For all those worried about the ratings you really need to relax. There is no way every high school player can really be evaluated and ranked. Yes most of the 4 and 5 star players are really good players but there is no way one can honestly say a kid is the # anything at his position or in his state. Look at Hall he is ranked different on every site.
I will trust the coaches on this one. They know better than us were they stand with recruits anecdote what they are looking for. Don’t focus solely on speed. It could also mean the coaches are confident with what is on campus now and feels confident in this kid taking two or three years to develop.

Isaiah.....

July 15th, 2012
2:10 pm

Hey redneck…..i just zipped up so you can get up off your knees…..Isaiah

Isaiah.....

July 15th, 2012
2:17 pm

Hey WnE…..I just zipped up so you can get up off your knees……Me and Washaun

J

July 15th, 2012
7:17 pm

WnE Brian Quick from 1AA was the 1st pick in the 2nd round this yr ahead of D1 Steven Hill.

J

July 15th, 2012
7:21 pm

The post from 22 sunny is about Quentin Sims a transfer from tech looks like he will be draft early also from 1AA

Barker Classics

July 15th, 2012
7:55 pm

“I need to do better in two classes. I’m eligible for the NCAA, but I’ve got to buckle down on my grades this year for Georgia Tech … nothing but A’s and B’s.”

I don’t think his grades are a problem. If he’s eligible now and he says Tech only wants A’s and B’s, then it means he has two C’s. No big deal.

Him saying his fastest 40 time was a 4.49 does worry me. Hope he has a good vertical.

Hardhat

July 15th, 2012
8:13 pm

ok so this is a blocking WR at 4.65 not the one that will be featured catching the ball Ok that makes sense.

Score Check

July 15th, 2012
9:05 pm

How can these student athletes compete both on the gridiron and in the class room? Outside of the student-athlete GT only brings in the top minds in the country. These athletes spend so much time in preparation for their sport how can they possibly keep up with all of the Einstein’s in their classes.

Well there is always Industrial Management I suppose. But that’s a lot like going to the Prom with your sister.

gt4ever

July 15th, 2012
9:06 pm

4.65 is slow for a WR…..

gt4ever

July 15th, 2012
9:28 pm

course it could have just been a bad run….. I am sure CPJ knows what he is doing….

RTR22

July 16th, 2012
8:51 am

Julio Jones, give me a break lol…..

GTFan2012

July 16th, 2012
10:34 am

The person who suggested that Darrius Caldwell and Gnondonke were “denied” admissions at GT is an idiot. Yes, Darius committed to GT, yes allegedly his grades were an issue. That’s why he was encouraged to look elsewhere WELL BEFORE signing day. In Gnondonke’s case, the same thing occurred, it just happened much closer to signing day, so it wasn’t handled quite as well. But BOTH of these situations were handled BEFORE signing day so that the student athlete had the opportunity to look elsewhere.

And by the way, Gnondonke actually didn’t get accepted into to UNC after singing with them in February.

GTFan2012

July 16th, 2012
10:36 am

gt4ever, track in practice facility at GT is slow. Apparently less than 10 campers (out of 300) ran better than 4.5.

WnE

July 16th, 2012
11:32 am

re:
GTFan2012
July 16th, 2012
10:36 am

gt4ever, track in practice facility at GT is slow. Apparently less than 10 campers (out of 300) ran better than 4.5.

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Sorry GTfan2012, that doesn’t mean that the “facility” is slow, it merely means that CPJ’s invitees are slow.

Probably because CPJ isn’t inviting the elite Recruits to go to GT’s Camp, or the Elite Recruits decided to go to other camps that were held the same weekend.

In summary, it is a personnel issue and NOT a facility issue!

Some of you guys will come up with anything to deflect any & all blame AWAY from CPJ!

“CPJ doesn’t invite slow Recruits therefore the FACILITY must be slow”……….

re : Gnondonke

July 16th, 2012
11:46 am

Gnondonke is still having issues. last thing i read was they were still trying to get his admissions straightened out.

Ghost

July 16th, 2012
1:17 pm

Why is PJ reaching so early in the process?

reeebok

July 16th, 2012
2:45 pm

4.65…that’s slow, unless he was running on sand. I would have rather seen us use the slot for a 365-lb nose tackle.

Upstate Jacket

July 16th, 2012
4:54 pm

Do I wish he was faster? Definitely. But I think you all would be surprised by the number of BCS conference WRs that run in the 4.6’s. Not to mention this is a real time, not what he tells a recruiting service he can run. He’s only a rising senior for crying out loud. If he can go get the ball I’ll trust the coaches on this one.

RU Kidding Me

July 16th, 2012
9:34 pm

“like another Julio Jones…” Seriously??? BWAHAHAHA, thats rich

RU Kidding Me

July 16th, 2012
9:35 pm

…verbals are non-binding.

Jason

July 17th, 2012
9:11 am

To all of those fretting and fussing over a 4.65 forty yard dash…

1) Some receivers that get drafted in the NFL run in this range at the combine.

2) The kid is still only 18 years old. With some strength conditioning, a 40 time could be improved over the next 2 to 4 years.

3) How many of you whined and complained about how Steven Hill or other GT receivers had the speed and physical tools, but had too many drops or couldn’t run their routes properly, etc.

Its just plain silly to think that you can make a decision on how good this kid is or is not because you read an article that tells you about one single stat. Lighten up, and let the kid enjoy his commitment. Here’s to hoping that he proves to be a great route runner who can out leap all the defenders and consistently make the tough catches (and the easy ones that speedy Stephen Hill so often dropped).

Nick

July 18th, 2012
3:38 pm

Hey Redneck, remember Demaryius Thomas? He plays in the NFL now. Stick to things you know… like nascar, dippin’ and shootin’ deer.

Nick

July 18th, 2012
3:40 pm

ah yeah… and Redneck… Steven Hill is in the NFL too. Man you’re stupid!

jimmy

July 23rd, 2012
11:22 pm

Ratings and stars are for selling magazines. UGA gets plenty of them but are only an average
team at their best. Staying in school , commitment , and determination are not measurable by an chart. I believe CPJ is laying the ground work for taking GT to levels its has not been in a while.
Go GT