Delando Crooks: Onetime Georgia Tech & UGA target playing the waiting game

Georgia Tech has made two serious runs at Delando Crooks since the summer. But the 6-foot-5, 270-pound offensive lineman from Carver-Atlanta High School hasn’t been ready to make his college decision, according to his coach.

Where will OL Delando Crooks go? (AJC)

Where will OL Delando Crooks go? (AJC)

Crooks is one of the state’s top uncommitted prospects on the offensive line. At one time or another, he held offers from both Georgia Tech and UGA. He is still being heavily recruited by Stanford, Vanderbilt, Purdue and North Carolina, among others.

“Delando is not like some of these other kids who get carried away with recruiting and want to hold a special press conference to tell everybody where he’s going to college,” Carver-Atlanta coach Darren Myles told the AJC. “He just wants to take his visits so he can evaluate the schools evenly. He loves football but he’s serious about finding the right academic school as well.”

Georgia Tech has 13 commits for 2013, including three offensive linemen. The Yellow Jackets made their first run at Crooks after a pair of offensive linemen from Tri-Cities, Shamire DeVine and Jeremi Hall, pledged to the ACC school last June.

“Georgia Tech got the two big boys from Tri-Cities, said they only had one spot available, and said they needed to know from Delando if he was interested in that spot,” Myles said. “He wasn’t ready to commit, and Georgia Tech decided to move forward with somebody else.”

Flash forward to about three weeks ago: Out of the blue, the Carver coach said he was approached again by Georgia Tech: “(Assistant Buzz Preston) called and said they had another scholarship that came available. They wanted to know again if Delando was interested. At that point, Delando elected to decline.”

Why not commit to Georgia Tech? “Well I guess the main reason is that he wasn’t ready to make a decision. It wasn’t so much not liking Georgia Tech because Georgia Tech is a great institution. He loves the coaching staff and they’ve been real cordial. I guess Delando kind of felt pressured by Georgia Tech to make a decision, and he’s just not ready.”

Myles isn’t sure if Geogria Tech will keep recruiting Crooks, or if UGA will make another run. There were rumors that last spring that Crooks was on the verge of committing to the Bulldogs before they got other commitments along the offensive line.

“I don’t know what happened with Georgia,” Myles said. “I haven’t heard from (recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner) in a while. He stopped calling and stopped coming around. My guess is it may be the same situation as Georgia Tech – they got the people they wanted and didn’t have anything else to offer Delando.

“I’m only presuming this because I haven’t heard from Rodney or anybody else at UGA to tell me otherwise. I know Georgia had a bye week last week and no one came by our school. That’s a sign they’ve decided to move on.”

Crooks, who has a 3.5 GPA and 18 hours of college credit, has only taken one official visit, touring Purdue during his team’s bye week. He will wait until after the season before setting up other recruiting trips.

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36 comments Add your comment

T-Dawg

October 23rd, 2012
3:02 pm

Say Whut

October 23rd, 2012
3:15 pm

As if Georgia needs more proof– especially in recruiting linemen– one more f***-up by Rodney Garner. UGA has as good a skill players as any team in the USA, better than 99%; but lacks the linemen that Alabama, LSU, USC, and Florida have. WAKE UP RICHT!

Nhgamecock

October 23rd, 2012
3:16 pm

The Georgia Way

October 23rd, 2012
3:17 pm

Delando come play tight end for me at Georgia! Cam Newton missed his opportunity!!!

Coach Bobo XOXOXOX

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October 23rd, 2012
3:22 pm

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slydog

October 23rd, 2012
3:24 pm

This guy has 18 college credits already? Sounds like a winner to me. OH WHERE, OH WHERE, is Garner and the rest of the UGA coaching baffoons? Out of state kissing Tunsils arse because they looked horrible these past two games. You see, players like Crooks and Griffin care more about the school than the results. Proof is in the pudding. Why does Georgia continue to recruit pre-madonnas when that kind of personality does not fit it’s coaching style or methods? SMH

Every parent needs to read this

October 23rd, 2012
3:36 pm

When the AJC and Cox Media Group-Atlanta upgraded the look and feel of the AJC.com website, they decided to postpone the really crucial part: changing the blogging interface so that real log-ins would be required. That was not done because of “priorities” and “reallocation of funds.” Oh, the ad revenue will probably increase because of the pretty new look, but you, the end user are apparently less important than the window dressing.

By deferring the upgrade to the blogging environment they made the choice that certain features are going to continue as before. This means that somebody with Cox Media Group-Atlanta will have to manually remove offending posts when requested by users.

That means that

- racist
- misogonistic
- obscene
- homophobic
- threatening
- name calling

posts, as well as trolling creeps posing as other users, particularly on the sports blogs,
will be allowed to continue.

This is business-as-usual for Cox Media Group-Atlanta
and the AJC.com, I guess. That promise of enhanced customer experience falls real short for end users, doesn’t it?

In order to protect your children from this trash content, I suggest that you set up individual user accounts in your operating system. For example, in Windows you keep the Admin account for yourself only, with a secret login name and password. Then, set up login accounts for the kids. As Admin, you can then enable PARENTAL CONTROLS to block offensive sites on the web. For your kids, I think that http://www.ajc.com web site should be blocked, because the content is certainly offensive. You don’t want your children to be engaged in posting with these creeps, do you?

If you are concerned about the Cox Media Group-Atlanta’s wrong-headed priorities, let them know via e-mail or phone call. You are the customer, and their senior management claim to want to be sensitive to your customer experience.

Just Saying

October 23rd, 2012
3:45 pm

You idiots….you total and absolute idiots!!! Quit making the UGa recruiters out to be fools. This guy is at best “marginal” to play in the SEC…..so why would UGa be screwing-up for not recruiting him?Vandy is the only SEC team looking at him. The guys we are trying to recruit with our last few available scholarships ALL have offers from Bama, LSU, FL, etc. Man, give it a break….. you critics are total nut cases and don’t have a clue as to what you are talking about. You just criticize for the sake of criticizing!!!

WnE

October 23rd, 2012
3:58 pm

re:
Flash forward to about three weeks ago: Out of the blue, the Carver coach said he was approached again by Georgia Tech: “(Assistant Buzz Preston) called and said they had another scholarship that came available. They wanted to know again if Delando was interested. At that point, Delando elected to decline.”

Why not commit to Georgia Tech? “Well I guess the main reason is that he wasn’t ready to make a decision. It wasn’t so much not liking Georgia Tech because Georgia Tech is a great institution. He loves the coaching staff and they’ve been real cordial. I guess Delando kind of felt pressured by Georgia Tech to make a decision, and he’s just not ready.”
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This Recruit isn’t stoopid, he wants to to go to program that will throw 30 times per games so he can show the NFL scouts that he deserves a shot at that level.

He wants to go to a school where he can RS, hopefully put on 40+ pounds and then try to make it to the NFL.

At GT under CPJ even if he is a standout like Uzzi, he will still go late because GT’s OLs don’t get developed as pass-blockers.

The part about the scholly opening up is intriguing, I wonder if Shamire Devine is wanting to go to a Pro-style Offense to enhance his chances at the NFL?

It sounds like GT/CPJ has someone that wants to transfer or they are going to lose a commit.

Clay Gasy

October 23rd, 2012
4:23 pm

^Stop looking at porn in the public library

Not a homer fan

October 23rd, 2012
4:23 pm

The Georgia Way blogger seems to be the same person a few years that would always post the score of last the time tech beat.

Gerald

October 23rd, 2012
4:43 pm

WnE:

“This Recruit isn’t stoopid, he wants to to go to program that will throw 30 times per games so he can show the NFL scouts that he deserves a shot at that level.”

Wrong. If this fellow has a 3.5 GPA and 18 hours of college credit, he knows that he has a better chance of striking gold in Dahlonega than making enough money to support himself for the rest of his life in the NFL (which means not merely getting drafted and making an NFL roster for 2-3 years, but getting that “big contract” either as a high first round pick, or as a free agent). Rivals has him 263 lbs and a 3 star recruit, Scout has him as a 4 star recruit but only 253 lbs. Either way, the kid is far more likely to make upper management at an software company than the Pro Bowl, and knows it. Which is why he is taking his time and looking at schools like Purdue (great engineering school), Vanderbilt (ditto) instead of leaping at the chance to go to UGA (fledgling engineering school) or Georgia Tech (great engineering school, but terrible graduation rates for black male athletes).

People who claim that Georgia Tech’s offense is costing them recruits are totally absurd. Georgia Tech wasn’t getting 4 and 5 star recruits left and right to begin with. Can any of you name the last big time pro-style QB recruit Georgia Tech has ever landed, for instance? Georgia doesn’t produce practically any pro-style QBs with the arm strength and accuracy to play major college football. That’s why you can go down the list of all 26 ACC and SEC schools and you won’t find any starting dropback passing QBs from Georgia but Zach Mettenberger, and the same is true if you expand it to the Big 12, Big 10 and Big East. So, Georgia Tech would have to recruit passing QBs from out of state. Fine, but who would come to Georgia Tech and why? Chan Gailey tried for years to recruit dropback passers to Tech, and all he got was one 4 star recruit who transferred to Michigan and Arizona State and was a career backup at both.

Georgia Tech can either run an offense that helps them win with the athletes that they can get to Tech, or they can chase the same athletes as everybody else and be mediocre. They aren’t going to get better passing game players than Clemson, FSU, North Carolina, Miami, Virginia Tech, Virginia or N.C. State. The folks who want Georgia Tech to go back to a passing offense only want Tech to pretend as if they are competing with those schools for talent when they aren’t.

Also, if you look at this season, except for (oddly enough) the Middle Tennessee State and Virginia Tech games, Tech has done fine on offense. (They’ll be even better on that side of the ball next year when Tevin Washington is gone.) Their problems have been on DEFENSE. If they were running a 4-3 or 4-2-5 defense with a good coordinator right now, they are 5-2 instead of 3-4. Tech’s problems aren’t due to their offense. If merely running a pro-style offense was the way to succeed in college football, Boston College would have won a conference title by now. (They never have, not in the Big East or the ACC).

Rick James

October 23rd, 2012
5:32 pm

@Gerald

Name the last offensive lineman recruited by Paul Johnson who was high to mid draft coice in the NFL..In fact name any player at any position.

Bob

October 23rd, 2012
5:34 pm

I wish this young man good luck with whatever school he chooses. Gerald metions Mettenberger…another poor QB recruit (along with Murray and Lemay) that we have made. Richt needs to move into the 21th century and recruit QBs that are not one-dimensional, stiff, and average prospects…but super high school players. No wonder Bobo can’t coach.

Gman 84

October 23rd, 2012
6:16 pm

Understandable that UGA has dropped out of sight.

It’s not like we need O lineman or anything

hind tit

October 23rd, 2012
6:33 pm

Newton should have played tight end. There is no place in pro football for a running QB.

dmr

October 23rd, 2012
6:39 pm

Georgia must sign 6 – 10 OL and DL in the upcoming 2013 class. They have the skill players, now time to provide them with protection. The reason Alabama and LSU are always at the top of the BCS is because they are ALWAYS STACKED on the line of scrimmage.

Dawg-Gawn

October 23rd, 2012
7:39 pm

Coach Myles must not know UGA is dealing with OT Laremy Tunsil & OG Tyrone Crowder with OT DeVondre Seymour, OT Trenton Brown, OL Joshua Outlaw and OG Alan Knott in waiting.

Sounds like with Delando Crooks GPA that Vanderbilt would be a pretty good fit… best academics in the SEC!

Good luck to Delando Crooks in his quest to find his dream school!

“Stick with Richt”

“BELIEVE” in the “G”

Tdawg

October 23rd, 2012
7:49 pm

Garner, look at the man for crying out loud. He!! he looks like he’s ready to tare somebodyes head off. Get off your lazy arse and get this kid. Geez! What the he!! is wrong with you people?

Just Saying

October 23rd, 2012
7:51 pm

I think S. Williams’ critique of his fellow defensive players was awesome and right on. Go Dawgs!!!!

Just Saying

October 23rd, 2012
7:58 pm

@GMan 84
We don’t need 3-star OL who are 250-260 lbs per several blogs. Get your head on straight my friend.

Just Saying

October 23rd, 2012
8:01 pm

@hind tit
Isn’t Newton 1-6 this season?
I wouldn’t blow too much smoke if I were you.

SoCal_GT_Fan

October 23rd, 2012
8:02 pm

Rick James: O-line, none. Stephen Hill, 2nd round pick. Of course, its only one thus far.

Uzzi might get picked this up coming draft. He will be seen as a “project” but then again, Stephen Hill was seen as a “project” and he went into the 2nd round. Uzzi has the size and athleticism that will make some coach pick him relatively early.

SoCal_GT_Fan

October 23rd, 2012
8:02 pm

Rick James: O-line, none. Stephen Hill, 2nd round pick. Of course, its only one thus far.

Uzzi might get picked this up coming draft. He will be seen as a “project” but then again, Stephen Hill was seen as a “project” and he went into the 2nd round. Uzzi has the size and athleticism that will make some coach pick him relatively early.

Bitter grassy knoll

October 23rd, 2012
9:26 pm

Like JFK getting shot at-list 6 times and shot at at-list 12 to 20 times

—-you trolls cry foul every time a recruit decides on

———-another TEAM other than UGA—YOU FOOLS–revoult

—From the beginning —-There are 185 D-1 kids available

—this year—–UGA will sign 20 from the state of georgia

———-now shut the F—up cry babies

waterunderbridge

October 24th, 2012
12:56 am

Actually Eric Smith from Columbia is the most under rated OT in the state.

RHall55

October 24th, 2012
7:48 am

Tdawg…is correct is assessing Garner….not calling these guys Coaches anymore…to me the word lazy should not be associated w/ the word Coach!!! Many of these recruits are seeing the faults in the Coaching staff….Garner’s laziness…Friend being a country bumpkin…and Richt’s lack of leadership….time for a change..IF UGA HAD SNIFFED A NC IN THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS, THEY COULD HAVE CREATED A DYNASTY WITH THE AMOUNT OF TALENT WITHIN THE STATE AND SURROUNDING STATES…tired of being a 2nd tier program!!!…

yellowfever

October 24th, 2012
9:08 am

Please don’t argue with the WnE, he always speaks of nothing he knows about.

G-Dawg

October 24th, 2012
9:51 am

Seems to be common ground with several recruits regarding Gardner!!

dawgs01

October 24th, 2012
11:20 am

THis is the type of guy that tech cant miss on. i look at the few guys that stanford has taken from the state of georgia the past two yrs like the linebacker james vaughters and the receiver they got and the tuitt kid that is starting at notre dame just like the two kids at stanford and the couple of guys that vandy got that were four stars out of ga. Those are the kids that tech has to get. There are a ton of kids that have the grades to go to tech. Vaughters and Tuitt are studs at their schools and have great grades both will play in the NFL. Both of those guys would probably have saved Al Grohs job but i am sure the tech fans are glad he is gone but he is not the whole problem and i am not even gonna start on uga’s problems. I dont know what it is with these two universities bc both should be in the top 10 each yr if they could just keep the very best in state but the problem is if you look at the top 10 kids each yr coming out of georgia more than half go out of state. Those top 10 are the type of kids that bring sustained success.

dawgs01

October 24th, 2012
11:38 am

Cam Newton (Georgia boy)-Panthers, The back up for the Texans last yr that took over and led them in the playoffs from cobb county cant think of his name but obviously has an NFL arm or he would not be there. Mettenberger-LSU-georgia boy, Connor Shaw-South Carolina-georgia boy, hutson mason-Georgia-homegrown. This coming recruiting cycle you 5 or 6 georgia qbs going to big time programs all over the country like LSU, Georgia, UCLA then switched, Virginia Tech just a few examples of future sites for georgia boys playing qb. I am forgetting a few that are in college now or back ups in the nfl or guys that played qb in college and then switched to receiver like hines ward did and you got dj shockley who had the arm strength for the nfl that was not his problem. This is in response to the guy that said the state of georgia does not produce enough qb talent for tech to recruit a passing qb in state.

Mr. SEC

October 24th, 2012
1:28 pm

To: Carver-Atlanta coach Darren Myles
It is not UGA’s fault that you haven’t seen any recruiting from UGA lately, he had an offer and did not take advantage of it, what do you want UGA to do? UGA needs to recruit and get solid commitments now, ain”t got time to wait on another drama queen. Maybe your advice to him to wait has not planned out, another good example of high school coaches screwing up a good offer from a good school!
It’s on you coach, not UGA!

idiot above

October 24th, 2012
1:33 pm

^ idiot above thinks dude with high GPA and ivy leauge schollys is being a drama queen. I think the young man will do quite ok without uga, just saying…

Michael Carvell

October 24th, 2012
2:30 pm

@Mr. SEC, I’m not sure you read the story before commenting because the coach did not blame UGA or Georgia Tech. He said repeatedly that the kid is not ready to make a decision.

roughrider

October 26th, 2012
12:21 pm

The offensive line is not a top priority at UGA for some reason.

Coach

October 30th, 2012
8:12 pm

Sounds like a good fit for Georgia Tech, but he needs to make up his mind for himself. Go Jackets!