Georgia Tech RB commit Travis Custis collects accolades

Alabama is one of several colleges taking a look at RB Travis Custis, who is committed to Georgia Tech.

The 6-foot, 205-pounder from Lovejoy High School has had a breakout senior season: Custis has rushed for 2,058 yards and 35 touchdowns while leading Lovejoy to the state championship game for the second year in a row.

Nick Saban (AP)

Nick Saban (AP)

How good is Custis? His coach says he is better than Tashard Choice, the former Lovejoy RB who starred at Georgia Tech and now plays for the NFL’s Buffalo Bills.

“We’ve had a lot of good football players at Lovejoy High School, and (Custis) is the best one we’ve had,” Lovejoy’s Al Hughes said. “He broke all of Tashard’s (rushing) records last year, and he’s working on his own records this year.”

How does Custis compare to Tashard? “He’s a better football player overall. First of all he’s bigger and faster. Statistically, he’s broken all of Tashard’s records.”

Like with any elite prospect, Custis will be recruited by other colleges until February’s signing day.

“There has been interest from the East to the West; you just take your pick,” Hughes said. “People like Wisconsin are in here constantly. They’re a tailback-oriented team. They think he would do a great job dotting their I-formation. You go throughout the Southeast: You’ve got Mississippi State, and Arkansas … all those guys are recruiting. He’s hearing from UCLA, he’s got Michigan.

“Late last summer, he committed to Georgia Tech. He’s going to stay solid to his commitment. I don’t know what everybody else thinks. But I think he’s going to Georgia Tech.”

What about Alabama? The Crimson Tide already have three commitments at running back, including Walton High School’s Tyren Jones. Alabama hopes to land a fourth with Norcross High School’s Alvin Kamara, who has the Crimson Tide and UGA as his co-leaders, with Oregon in the mix.

RB Travis Custis is a schoolboy legend at Lovejoy HS (AJC)

RB Travis Custis is a schoolboy legend at Lovejoy HS (AJC)

There’s a connection between Alabama and Lovejoy: Former Lovejoy assistant Paul Gonella is the new Director of Player Personnel at Alabama. “He has known Travis the whole time,” Hughes said. “When he was at Purdue, they were recruiting Travis like crazy. When he got to Alabama, I guess he brought Travis’ name into the mix down there.

“They’ve got a lot of great players at Alabama. I know they are recruiting the heck out of Kamara. I imagine Travis is a a guy they’ve heard a little bit about, and want to hear more about.”

Will Custis visit other schools? “As far as I know, he’s committed to Georgia Tech and has done what he’s going to do.”

Custis and Tri-Cities OL Shamire DeVine are considered the top prospects in Georgia Tech’s 2013 class.

Lovejoy plays against Norcross for the Class AAAAAA state championship at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Here are some of Lovejoy’s other prospects:

  • AJ Jackson, TE, Lovejoy: The 6-6, 240-pounder lines up at tight end, slot receiver, and wide receiver – causing all kinds of headaches and mismatch problems for opposing defenses. Jackson, who constantly draws double-coverage, has 28 catches for 379 yards and 7 touchdowns. He is committed to Auburn but plans to visit Florida State, Ole Miss and Mississippi State.
  • Jumichael Ramos, WR, Lovejoy: The 6-3, 190-pounder is a basketball-turned-football star who would’ve been more highly recruited had he dedicated himself to football much earlier. “He’s got great speed, and he takes the top off the defense, which gives us the ability to stretch the field,” Hughes said. “He’s one of those homerun hitters.” Ramos is averaging nearly a whopping 20 yards per reception. He’s committed to Georgia Tech.

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77 comments Add your comment

GIVE ME A BREAK

December 12th, 2012
1:52 am

Great choice, Travis and Jumichael. Can’t wait to you two dressed out in white and gold. ” GO JACKETS “

ylojkt

December 12th, 2012
1:53 am

Embarassing is right. If he was a Uga prospect, he’d be heralded as the next Herschel Walker, the next best running back in the state. It’s sad that so many of these kids get downgraded because they choose early, this guy is the real deal.

ylojkt

December 12th, 2012
1:54 am

Also, Welcome to the Flats, Travis!

The Auditor

December 12th, 2012
2:38 am

As long as he’s ready for his daddy from Athens to own him for the next four years

Mountain Dawg

December 12th, 2012
2:49 am

Travis wants to continue his high school career in the nerds’ high school offense.

Blackoutanyone?

December 12th, 2012
3:27 am

Interesting…. thanks for the article MC.

BAMA Bound

December 12th, 2012
6:01 am

Roll Tide — Travis is BAMA Bound

WTF?

December 12th, 2012
8:11 am

Why would ANY wide receiver commit to Tech, who hardly ever throws the ball??

Bobby Dodd Jr.

December 12th, 2012
8:19 am

This young man is going to look good in the Old Gold and White!

Wishbone

December 12th, 2012
8:20 am

Why don’t you ask Demarious Thomas and Stephen Hill that WTF ;)

Hold on!!!!

December 12th, 2012
8:23 am

Travis is a hell of a RB…..I think he is highly underrated. If he would of had a Junior season like his Senior season, he would of been more highly recruited and higher in the State rankings. With all of these big time schools now getting in on him, it will be hard for Tech to keep him. Play for an SEC team or another nationally known school or play for Tech and run the dive 10 times a game for 4 ypc?

Tech Fan

December 12th, 2012
8:27 am

Why do UGA trolls continue to show up on GT blogs? Don’t they have enough to do on their own? Incredible …..

Hold on!!!!

December 12th, 2012
8:27 am

Same reason Tech trolls show up on UGA blogs, I guess….

just j

December 12th, 2012
8:37 am

@holdon sorry but he did have a great junior season. People did not give him his props like he deserved.

The Necromancer

December 12th, 2012
8:47 am

GA Tech must be the most negatively recruited school in the history of college athletics based on what I read here every single day. It is the same old stuff every day about receivers and RBs. Funny thing is that there are two receivers that went in the top two rounds and an RB that is playing for the Steelers in the NFL RIGHT NOW! They came from this offense believe it or not.

Stan

December 12th, 2012
8:49 am

People on here must get how dominant dwyer was. Yes the rb for the pittsburgh steelers. This kid is even better. This is what gt football has been lacking. A strong leader at rb. Now with vad and justin thom and a beefed up oline, gt will be much improved next year. And with the dwags suffering from all the departures, i see a butt whipping.

WTF (the real one)

December 12th, 2012
8:56 am

Stealing names and making inane comments. Kinda goes together. Where the young man goes only he knows, but if he starts talking to anyone else seriously, PJ will revoke his offer in a heartbeat. We at Tech hold honor and commitment above the wooing of 18 year old ditherers.
I’d rather have good people than one-dimensional players.

JUNKYARD DAWG

December 12th, 2012
9:01 am

Stan stop dreaming son.

JB

December 12th, 2012
9:03 am

CPJ policy of offer pulled after committing if someone takes a visit. Gonna happen Here?

Ben

December 12th, 2012
9:06 am

I don’t know why anyone would be surprised a top running back would want to go to a local school that happens to end up in the top 5 of number of rushing yards in the NCAA every year. Guess there’s some idiots out there.

CMR Master Recruiter

December 12th, 2012
9:08 am

We could use him as a TE.

Cdpridg

December 12th, 2012
9:10 am

Bama will take the tech recruit….Kamara will be a Dawg. Bama..and UGA are the big fish here…they get who they want..when they want!

Watch Out

December 12th, 2012
9:15 am

This is a recruiting blog not a “Tech” blog!!

Iluvnutella

December 12th, 2012
9:15 am

Bama has enuff former D line GT recruits on their roster, I dont think they will get our rb’s. At least our O can recruit some players….:-P

TIDE ROLL

December 12th, 2012
9:19 am

When Richt sees Tech’s top recruit is Shamire Devine, why doesn’t he go after the kid. It’s the same thing with Richt year after year after year! Ignoring IN=State offensive line studs while allowing the very teams he needs to beat to load up on them! It’s just dumb. If it’s not Shamire Devine, it’s his teammate Jeremi Hall, also headed to Tech. If it’s not James Carpenter, it’s Chance Warmack and Brandon Greene at BAMA, of all places. Warmack absolutely killed Richt and the Dogs. The same way Rokevious Watkins did for South Carolina last year! If it’s not JuJuan James at Tennessee, it’s Vadal Alexander at LSU. Incredibly, Richt now stands by while Will Muschamp commits Max Garcia, Octavious Jackson, AND Trent Brown. As if the guy needed anymore help down at Florida!. No wonder it’s been 32, no wait, now 33 years! Jeepers.

collegeballfan

December 12th, 2012
9:20 am

Interesting to see if he sticks to his GT commitment.

JB

December 12th, 2012
9:22 am

TIDE ROLL….. Shouldn’t you be on line checking on Cleveland Brown season tickets.

Paddy

December 12th, 2012
9:38 am

As much as GT gets bashed for its recruiting philosophy, it might be time to have an open mind and say’ good going’ on these 2 players. It is hard to root for Tech, but I don’t want to get stupid about this when they do something positive. Just trying to stay real!

JUNKYARD DAWG

December 12th, 2012
9:46 am

TIDE ROLL it’s time for some new material son. And by the way alot of the guys you named actually did receive UGA offers. We don’t put a gun to a recruits head and make him sign. Either you want to be a Dawg or you don’t simple as that. I’ll hang up now and listen.

Delbert D.

December 12th, 2012
9:47 am

Rivals and Scout have Travis Custis still as a 3-star. That’s my issue with the recruiting sites, the national class rankings for colleges, etc. They can’t account for development during the senior year.

Rick James

December 12th, 2012
10:08 am

I saw his recent 5 touchdown game.He’s a really good back.CPJ may sweat bullets trying to hang on to this one.

JM

December 12th, 2012
10:14 am

Big recruit for the Jackets. I want to see Custis play for a school in his home state. Hope he sticks with Tech.

A person SMART enough to know.....

December 12th, 2012
11:10 am

It seems like he was the High School Geek and all the Pretty girls turned him down when he asked them to go to the Dance. He finally finds a Great Date to the Dance and all the Pretty girls finally see him Dance and now they want to Dance with him. Tell the Pretty girls to FO and Dance with the girl that wanted to go with you from the start.

Billyho55

December 12th, 2012
11:26 am

THIS YOUNG MAN IS GOING TO BE VERY SPECIAL, IF WE CAN KEEP HIM! MR CUSTIS IS NOT FLASHY AND LOOKING FOR ATTENTION FROM EVERY TOM, DICK, AND TRICKY NICK! THIS IS A HARD WORKING, NO NONSENSE TYPE OF PLAYER WE NEED! GONNA REALLY ENJOY WATCHING THIS YOUNG MAN ON THE FLATS IN THE COMING YEARS! GO BACK HOME TRICKY NICKY!

Rick James

December 12th, 2012
11:33 am

@The Necromancer

GA Tech must be the most negatively recruited school in the history of college athletics based on what I read here every single day. It is the same old stuff every day about receivers and RBs. Funny thing is that there are two receivers that went in the top two rounds and an RB that is playing for the Steelers in the NFL RIGHT NOW! They came from this offense believe it or not
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Three players since 2008 is not much to hang your hat on..

gt4ever

December 12th, 2012
11:45 am

@Rick James

CPJ can hang on to him.. Cpj needs to hire an offensive coordinator that will take us out of the 19th century… It’s pretty simple… Will it happen, probably not… This is GT football.. Maybe the kid will stick to his word.. Time will tell..

A person SMART enough to know.....

December 12th, 2012
11:51 am

Rick James you need to count better.

Anthony Allen……………RB
Morgan Burnett
Tachard Choice……….RB
Kevin Cone……………..WR
Jonathan Dwyer……….RB
Andrew Gardner
Stephen Hill……………..WR
Michael Johnson
Derrick Morgan
Demaryius Thomas…..WR
Vance Walker
All are in the NFL since 2008 and played for CJP.
That would be 6 players since 2008 3 Running Backs and 3 Wide Receivers.

gt4ever

December 12th, 2012
12:09 pm

@A person SMART

They may have played for CPJ, but he didn’t recruit any of them…. Why don’t you at least be honest with your self and pull up the players that CPJ recruited from the start and then made the NFL.. It wont take you long and the list will not be very big…

A person SMART enough to know.....

December 12th, 2012
12:16 pm

Doesn’t matter if he recruited them. The Head Coach doesn’t do as much recruiting as you think. He closes the deals but other coaches do most of the recruiting. They Played in CPJ’s TO and they are all in the NFL.

bat082994

December 12th, 2012
12:16 pm

@gt4ever

Actually CPJ did recruit Stephen Hill. Hill was High School class of 09. CPJ got here in 08

gt4ever

December 12th, 2012
12:22 pm

OK 1 then… Thanks bat082994.. Like I said the list is short… and getting shorter… We may have 1 senior(Uzzi) that will be drafted in the latter rounds…. Who knows… IMHO no other NFL talent as seniors that is on the roster and was CPJ’s recruit.. I could be wrong, I have been wrong many times before.. :)

wrecked

December 12th, 2012
12:23 pm

Smart, Hill is the only true PJ recruit, Pj 20-19 record for the past 3 seasons playing against weak schedules.What great coach..

JB

December 12th, 2012
12:27 pm

Recruiting is killing Tech. If you support Tech and went there and don’t believe this….then I have to wonder how you got in Tech. Every fool with a Journalism degree writing Sports knows it. The current Tech defense is the worst I’ve seen in my 40 years of adulthood watching Tech play. I do believe this current Norcross high school team in the playoffs right now could score at will on Tech.

Do What's Best

December 12th, 2012
12:30 pm

Being a Tech fan but still having PJ as head coach,I hope he goes somewhere like Bama were he can showcase his talent.PJ sucks.

JB

December 12th, 2012
12:35 pm

Tech any closer to hiring the person who will eventually Fire Johnson.

GTBOB

December 12th, 2012
12:38 pm

It’s Gaily’s players who are in the NFL not Johnson’s!!

Unbiased Sometimes

December 12th, 2012
12:42 pm

Recruiting and putting a player in the NFL are two different things. The point is that these players developed in the TO and made it big time. This is a fact and should shut up the hatters. The said thing is that is all of this negative press that is killing out recruiting, NOT PJ’s OFFENCE. Just like the extra week to prepare myth, it’s an easy thing for bloggers to write about when they are too lazy to look up facts.

PS: If Travis Curtis commits to Bama the recruiting sites will bump him up to a 4 or 5 star. Hope that doesn’t happen. Don’t listen to the haters Curtis!

JB

December 12th, 2012
12:43 pm

It’ll be a little awkward When Johnson meets the new AD full well knowing this is the person that’s gonna fire me the year after next and take this 2.2 mil per year away from me. The con is over then. He’ll have two seasons left to eat of what’s left of contract as the new AD won’t fire him year one. He’ll get the ole vote of confidence line for all next year. He’s toast.

Paul in NH

December 12th, 2012
1:06 pm

One thing you can guarantee on a recruiting blog about GT – someone is going to bring up all the great players Gailey produced. Gailey’s “first class” would have been in the 2007 draft
2007 – 2 GT players drafted (incl. some guy named Calvin)
2008 – 3 (including a punter)
2009 – 4
2010 – 4 (Dwyer, Thomas, Morgan, Burnett)
2011 – 1 (Anthony Allen, who transferred to GT while Johnson was coach)
Yep – Under Gailey, GT was recruiting like Pete Carroll at USC

Rick James

December 12th, 2012
1:40 pm

@A person SMART enough to know…..
Rick James you need to count better.

Anthony Allen……………RB
Morgan Burnett
Tachard Choice……….RB
Kevin Cone……………..WR
Jonathan Dwyer……….RB
Andrew Gardner
Stephen Hill……………..WR
Michael Johnson
Derrick Morgan
Demaryius Thomas…..WR
Vance Walker
All are in the NFL since 2008 and played for CJP.
That would be 6 players since 2008 3 Running Backs and 3 Wide Receivers.
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How many of those guys were signed by Paul Johnson? List the players in the NFL whe were recruited and signed by CPJ at Tech. If you read the entire train of comments you would have seen that I was not counting but responding to another comment..