RB is commit No. 15 for Georgia Tech after getting call from Paul Johnson

When offered a second chance to commit to Georgia Tech, Aquinas RB Brendan Douglas moved quickly (Courtesy of Douglas family)

When offered a second chance to commit to Georgia Tech, Aquinas RB Brendan Douglas moved quickly (courtesy of Douglas family)

One of the state’s top sleeper prospects committed to Georgia Tech on late Tuesday night.

Brendan Douglas, a 6-foot, 220-pound running back from Augusta’s Aquinas high school, committed on the spot after getting a phone call from Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson.

“Coach Johnson just told me ‘Are you ready to commit? We’ve got a scholarship for you,’” Douglas told the AJC. “I said ‘Yes, sir. I’m ready to do it.’ It was exciting.”

Douglas had football scholarship offers from smaller schools, such as Georgia Southern, Wofford, The Citadel and Samford. He also got looks from bigger schools, such as Auburn (where his older brother signed) and UGA.

This was Brendan’s second opportunity to commit to Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets offered Douglas early last spring, but filled the scholarship spots before he reached a decision.

“I got one early, something happened, and they (Georgia Tech) were not able to leave it out there for me,” Douglas said. “I kind of wanted a little more time to think about it and make sure I was making the right decision.”

“I was real disappointed when the (spot got taken). But Georgia Tech’s coaches kept me pretty positive. They just kept saying that something would open up, and it did.”

“This time, I was ready to go. Yes sir, I liked Georgia Tech before and was probably going to commit to them anyways. I’m glad it all worked out in the end.”

Douglas, who has been clocked in the 40-yard dash at 4.46 seconds, is projected to play B-Back at Georgia Tech.

At Aquinas, Douglas has rushed for 1,369 yards and 22 touchdowns this season. Aquinas is a Class A private school located in Augusta. Douglas has an older brother, John Douglas, who signed to play fullback at Auburn and later transferred to Georgia Southern. Their father both played football and coached at Georgia Southern.

Douglas is commitment No. 15 for Georgia Tech.

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David

November 13th, 2012
11:33 pm

First. Bulldozer

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November 13th, 2012
11:38 pm

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Evan

November 13th, 2012
11:41 pm

Boy another top player with FCS offers. There’s a reason why GT has struggled folks.

SM9

November 13th, 2012
11:46 pm

Good luck except for when you play UGA.

ignition

November 14th, 2012
12:14 am

That’s 2 BB commits..
GT sure could use help and NT and outside linebacker though.

GIVE ME A BREAK

November 14th, 2012
12:38 am

He’ll run over quite a few dogs.

If do right, no can defense

November 14th, 2012
1:48 am

Getting a Zach Laskey vibe from him, except that this one’s bigger and faster. Good pickup for BB.

Ramblnwrek

November 14th, 2012
6:29 am

Does anyone know if the Recruiting Gods update or re-evaluate some of these kids before the National Signing day? Seems like they would do this after their Senior season, but I know thats hard to do for the sheer number of HS players but just wondering if we can expect an actual star ranking out of this kid and then be worried he gets poached.

Personally I like this one, I have said for a while we need a bruiser/fullback type as the BB. Between this kid and Curtis. I think we have it. So welcome to the Flats my good man you are going to really love the next stage of your life. Go Jackets!

The Dawg Consultant

November 14th, 2012
6:34 am

Seems like a good football prospect and a good student. I don’t rate players based on what other schools are recruiting them. That’s reputation; not play making ability. While this kid is a “good” player, I would like to see Tech recruit more difference makers. Personally even as a Dawg fan, I like to see Tech shine also. Mark my words, when Paul Johnson is let go it will be because he failed to recruit enough elite athletes. His system can and has worked. Just look at what he did with Gailey’s NFL quality players.

What GT is seeing now is the effect or mediocre recruiting.

Nick

November 14th, 2012
7:11 am

Watching the film he is perfect for GT’s system.

ptjackets

November 14th, 2012
7:40 am

Running the football is running the football. Two things that can’t be coached is 1. Speed 2. Ballance after the hit and this kid seems to have both. As to the comment of Evan, Next time you watch an NFL game and they say what college they came from notice how many NFL players came from small schools that often you have never heard from. More often than not these 5 star players get to college and are never heard from again. It’s just a guess at this age.
Good luck to Douglas and Welcome to the Flats! Go Jackets

TechApp fan

November 14th, 2012
7:49 am

now need Thornton from Stephens County at A back. Fast and a workhorse/scorer.

Tech have any more ships available?

JUNKYARD DAWG

November 14th, 2012
8:36 am

techfan14

November 14th, 2012
8:37 am

It does seem like or class would be full. Unless CPJ already knows there are a few not coming back next year.

just me

November 14th, 2012
8:49 am

At least he is faster than Michael Turner, who is slower than most guards in NFL.

A person SMART enough to know.....

November 14th, 2012
9:08 am

Zack Laskey might be moving back to DB with his Speed and Height.

Stank Wren

November 14th, 2012
9:15 am

Good luck to the young man but this pretty much says it all “Douglas had football scholarship offers from smaller schools, such as Georgia Southern, Wofford, The Citadel and Samford”

A person SMART enough to know.....

November 14th, 2012
9:17 am

techfan14…………..who will not come back? I don’t see any players leaving early for the NFL but grades maybe.

A person SMART enough to know.....

November 14th, 2012
9:19 am

Stank Wren………I. Crowell had offers from all the big schools and is now at a school smaller than the ones that offered Douglas…..Better to be SMALL and play BIG than to be Big and play small.

C'mon Man

November 14th, 2012
9:23 am

If this kid runs a 4.46 my daughter runs a 4.3! Stop with all this 4.4 stuff the kid is 4.7 at best. People say these times but don’t really undstand how fast that is. Let’s compare AJ Green who ran like 4.48 at the combine, so do you really think this kid is faster than AJ Green? Be real

Re: 40 times

November 14th, 2012
9:29 am

Good observation, C’mon Man. High school 40 yard dash times are about as reliable as a poliician’s promises.

A person SMART enough to know.....

November 14th, 2012
9:37 am

Re: 40 times…………and heights too…..6′-6″ is more like 6′-4 1/2″

re:re: 40 times

November 14th, 2012
9:44 am

he ran the 4.46 at dawg night….I was there….he is fast….and really strong….400# bench, well over 500# squat and a 36″ vertical leap……he just doesn’t fit they typical running back profile if you know what I mean. Great pick-up for Tech, he will make them better.

A person SMART enough to know.....

November 14th, 2012
9:58 am

re:re: 40 times
November 14th, 2012
9:44 am

he ran the 4.46 at dawg night….I was there….he is fast….and really strong
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He does look like he could Bench Press a F-150 truck with all of Richt’s stuff in the back on moving day.

Burdell

November 14th, 2012
9:59 am

“If this kid runs a 4.46 my daughter runs a 4.3!”

I hope your daughter is not 6′ 200#…

Great pickup for Tech. Excited about this kid and I don’t care where his other offers were from…he’s a stud.

Destin Dawg

November 14th, 2012
10:07 am

What !!!! Ga. Southern, Wofford, and Samford ???? that’s where Paul Johnson belongs !!!!

SC

November 14th, 2012
10:07 am

ww3 has begun in the middle east and u worry about a high school kids 40 time. unbelievable.

re:re: 40 times

November 14th, 2012
10:09 am

actually the coaches at UGA didn’t believe he ran that fast on his first try and made him do it again, so he ran it twice same time both times…..I’m not saying he runs a 4.46 in the fourth quarter on his 32nd carry of the game after making 21 tackles, I’m just saying he ran a 4.46 at dawg night….twice.

aquinassupporter

November 14th, 2012
10:20 am

Great job Brendan, wish you were going UGA. To all you non-believers, come watch him next friday night or just watch this video. He ran for 300 yards, and had 19 tackles.

http://www.13wmaz.com/video/default.aspx?bctid=1959611842001&odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|featured

C'mon Man

November 14th, 2012
10:23 am

Hand Held times are bogus!!!!!!

PR

November 14th, 2012
10:27 am

Kid looks big! Good luck to him… and Go Dawgs!

Buzzzed

November 14th, 2012
10:28 am

The reason he wasn’t more sought after is because his highlight video did not have background music. :^)

He looks like a player to me. I saw speed, in-your-face blocking, hands, tackle breaking runs, and good cuts while running in the highlight video. Robbie Godhigh was a walk-on as he didn’t have any (decent) offers and that dude is a flat-out player.

PR

November 14th, 2012
10:29 am

SMART – Crowell never had issues getting it done on the field. Hence his SEC Offensive Freshman of the year last year. His issues were all off the field and that’s why he’s now at AL State…

Ga Tech Old Timer

November 14th, 2012
10:46 am

Evans and other dog fans posting negative comments on this site – I’d like for you to know that I appreciate your responses here. No really! Actually, not only here but on any of the Tech sport blogs. And let me explain why. For you to use your time to actually read and respond to ANYTHING related to Ga Tech gives validation to the fact that Tech has relevancy – meaning and purpose in your life – enough so as to want to make it a point to read and respond – positively or negatively – and I think that’s great. It’s nice to know Tech is in your thoughts daily. It also points out the fact that while most UGA fans claim to have no interest whatsoever in Tech – your actions speak volumes otherwise. Actually, it really doesn’t matter what you have to say because Tech fans understand your shallowness and inability to comprehend ideas and notions that aren’t your original thoughts but are put into your mind by the SEC pack mentality – so while we appreciate your thinking about us – we really don’t listen to what you have to say. I hope this clears up any hard feelings – percieved or otherwise – and we look forward to more of your diatribe. It allows us to scroll past your comments while scanning for the positive Tech / UGA fans responses. Y’all have a blessed day – and write again soon.

Jon Koncak

November 14th, 2012
10:49 am

Yawn. This class of 15 looks like it will be the backbone of another few of years of mediocrity at best (mediocrity in an awful conference mind you) during their peak playing time between sophmore and senior years. Load up on a few others that pick between Wofford, Savannah College of Art Design and Georgia Perimeter College and it’ll be good to go…..

Ga Tech Old Timer

November 14th, 2012
10:51 am

By the way – Great get for Tech – the kid looks like he carried his whole team – offensively and defensively. CPJ has a way of finding the good players that other coaches ignore because of the numbers of stars beside the name or the hype in the news.

GTBuzz

November 14th, 2012
11:18 am

Star watchers. Vance Walker has played for the Falcons three seasons now and has started 3 games this season. Pretty good for a 2 star recruit with only one other offer than Tech. You just never know.

Rome Jacket

November 14th, 2012
11:24 am

just what we need, another blocking back that will carry the ball maybe two times a game. we need big bodies on both sides of the line & defensive help!

ignition

November 14th, 2012
11:33 am

Vance Walker is the reason why Ray Edwards had to kick rocks..
If kid is a player he’s a player.. I’m sure he’ll be a great student as well..

ignition

November 14th, 2012
11:35 am

Johnny Football was a 3* recruit and he is putting up Mike Vick numbers in the SEC..

Ramblin Man

November 14th, 2012
11:49 am

NOT sure where that 40 time came from. He ran a 4.5 at camp. Kid is a bruiser who got little attention because he plays for a small private school. The scholarships are coming from 2 juniors leaving after graduating and some walk-on scholarships that are not being renewed. Look for 2-3 more commits

Ramblin Man

November 14th, 2012
11:55 am

Also Marcus Allen is being moved to OLB so that opened a RB slot. For those worried about the d-line remember GT signed some pretty good ones last year and has hopes of landing either Ellison, Thomas, and/or a committed kid to another school.

ylojkt

November 14th, 2012
12:45 pm

This kid looks great! Welcome Brendan!

GTMAN

November 14th, 2012
12:56 pm

Great pick up and great fit at B-back. Not too many other positions he could play in college and get the number of carries he could get at GT B-back.

Michael – is GT pursuing Nkemdiche/Kamara?

ann ribock

November 14th, 2012
1:01 pm

ga tech will be very happy they signed brennen douglas he is going to shine under paul johnson great child good for ga tech and brennen

10per

November 14th, 2012
1:19 pm

I hope this kid is ready to play next fall. We really need a B-Back that can be a breakaway threat.

Ramblin Man

November 14th, 2012
1:40 pm

GTMAN please tell me you are kidding.

UGAFAN

November 14th, 2012
1:48 pm

Bump all this geogia georgia tech bull crap. This young man is a straight up stud, I’ve seen him play over the past 2 years and he is great. His work ethic and determination will get him far, and i cant wait too see him play next fall, even if it is at GT

Buzzzed

November 14th, 2012
1:50 pm

They should free up some scholarships from a couple of the kickers as well.

wreckbuzz

November 14th, 2012
2:07 pm

Always take highlight videos with a grain of salt. That being said though, this kid looks pretty good for what GT will have him doing. He looks tough and hard to tackle and if that speed is true, he could have some break away runs up the middle. I was really impressed with the blocking because it tells me something about effort and attitude that you don’t get by watching a kid run 70 yards away from inferior players.

I could see Douglas busting some runs on a dive, leading Vad Lee off tackle on a QB follow or draw, leading an A-Back up the middle on a midline option or protecting Lee on a pass play.