Georgia State beats out some big boys for ex-South Carolina LB commit

Georgia State beat out some of the big boys for Kight Dallas, who was committed to South Carolina until last week.

The 6-foot-2, 228-pounder linebacker from Stephenson High School pledged to Georgia State on Tuesday. Dallas also claims current offers from Purdue, Cal, Arkansas and Troy.

“Really, the reason I had picked South Carolina before is because it was close to home,” Dallas said. “Georgia State is close to home, too. They did a great job of recruiting me, and they really wanted me.”

What about turning down bigger schools to play at Georgia State? “Hey, hopefully this will change some other people’s minds. I think Georgia State can be something big, and I can be part of something new.”

Dallas committed to South Carolina last April but officially parted ways with the Gamecocks last week. South Carolina defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward withdrew the scholarship offer after scouting Dallas in a “performance-based decision,” according to Palmetto Sports.

Dallas told the AJC that it had to do with other factors. “It was a depth issue. They had a lot of linebackers committed at South Carolina, and I didn’t want to go to a school that had a lot of linebackers committed. That’s why I took an official visit to Cal in October. They didn’t like that. You could sense when people don’t like your actions.

“We just didn’t have a good relationship, me and the South Carolina coaches. But there are no hard feelings. I know recruiting is a business.”

While Dallas is committed to Georgia State, he still plans to take official visits to Purdue, Arkansas and Louisville next month. None of them are scheduled, though. “I’m going to take some officials but I really think Georgia State is where I want to be,” Dallas said.

Georgia State has around a dozen 2013 commitments, including four under new coach Trent Miles.

On Sunday, Trenton Hill, a 5-11, 180-pound safety from M.L. King High School committed to Georgia State over Alabama State and Presbyterian.

“I picked Georgia State because it’s close to home and a new up-and-coming program,” Hill said. “I like the coaching staff a lot. They are very nice people.”

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39 comments Add your comment

Vinny Dooley

December 18th, 2012
6:29 am

The State of Georgia = Where College Football Careers Go to Die

REAL Football Players reside in Tuscaloosa.

Roll Tied!

slydog

December 18th, 2012
6:47 am

@Vinny Dooley

How is this possible without ONE professional team within Alabaster state borders? How is this possible when there are barely enough football players of any quality in Alabaster? Just askin…..lmao

Panama

December 18th, 2012
7:13 am

Best get yet. Way to go CTM and Co.

STATE of Atlanta

Paddy

December 18th, 2012
7:16 am

Slydog……folks from Alabama don’t always say the smartess things, I have come to learn.

RNB

December 18th, 2012
7:49 am

VINNY DOOLEY, LOOK AT THE NUMBER OF PRO PLAYERS IN THE NFL OUT OF UGA.
YES THERE ARE MORE THAN BAMA HAS.YOU REALLY HAVE NO IDEA WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT. AGREE WITH YOU, THE ISSUE IS GETTING THEM TO REACH THEIR POTENTIAL WHILE IN COLLEGE.

Burdell

December 18th, 2012
7:49 am

Why do all the trees on the GA-AL border lean to the West?

Because Alabama sucks.

Big Bad Pachyderm

December 18th, 2012
8:04 am

Vinny, you are literally too dumb to insult!! Roll Tied?? Do you not even know how to use spell check and proof read before you hit the submit comment button. Other Bammers must be so proud of your intelligence.

Danny

December 18th, 2012
8:18 am

Because Alabama sucks?? Wow, I thought people from Georgia had some ounce of intelligence?

It's spelled Dogs, not Dawgs

December 18th, 2012
8:20 am

Georgia Fans are the only ones on this planet that think their teams is the best in country every year, even when they suck. Most be something in the water?

Billy

December 18th, 2012
8:23 am

How close is Miami to Athens? 5 yards

Hairy

December 18th, 2012
8:27 am

I don’t think the other Bammers are smart enough to realize how to spell their own slogan, BBP.

23 SEC Titles

December 18th, 2012
8:39 am

Hairy we can count to 23 lol….. How about Jawja? 13 maybe

Genius

December 18th, 2012
9:03 am

This is a GA STATE blog. Why does everything shift so quickly to stupid comments from Bammers and Dawgs alike. This should be about the COCKS pulling a scholly because they decided they didn’t like the kids porgress. It’s not a depth issue as they only have 3 LBs currently in this class. This time the school is the one that committed too early. Typical COCKS

Heisenberg

December 18th, 2012
9:23 am

Roll Tied!

T I E D. That is funny right there. No matter who you are.

askanyone

December 18th, 2012
9:26 am

Genius – Get over it. Just cause UGA keeps losing to SCAR doesn’t mean you need to get all jealous!

CMR is putting together another fantastic recruiting class and he’ll end up in the top 5 in recruiting rankings. Too bad when these players get on the field, they can’t put it together to beat SCAR. Sucks that game management lost you the SEC championship. UGA will always be PAPER CHAMPS!!!

Tuscon

December 18th, 2012
9:33 am

Moving on up in the world! Bama and UGA trolls instead of GS and GT!

Tuscon

December 18th, 2012
9:34 am

Also, holy Christ, Trent Miles. You’re doing a fantastic job already. I can’t wait to see what you put together on the field.

coachx

December 18th, 2012
9:34 am

Tide fans are classless.

Let these young men have their day without another tide fan showing their azz.

Crimson Tied

December 18th, 2012
9:55 am

What are we going to do when Saban leaves us for Cleveland. Is Shula still available?

GSU_MEX_ALUM

December 18th, 2012
10:04 am

I hope Kight sticks with GSU.

Go Panthers!

GSU_MEX_ALUM

December 18th, 2012
10:04 am

I hope Kight sticks with GSU.

Go Panthers!

trueblueeagle

December 18th, 2012
10:06 am

must be a very slow day at Bama and UGA for those fans to be on this blog…

Taylor

December 18th, 2012
11:22 am

Ga-State didn’t out recruit anybody. South Carolina rescinded his offer after further evaluation of multiple characteristics of the player. I will not list any because some are not exactly what you want in a player but at least he found a school, so good for him. Wish him well.

Panther

December 18th, 2012
11:45 am

Would make sense, Taylor, if no other schools were after him. But they are. Therefore your comment doesn’t make sense

suwanee dawg

December 18th, 2012
12:17 pm

Askanyone – UGA will always be paper champs… as opposed to SC being real SEC champs?

suwanee dawg

December 18th, 2012
12:17 pm

Askanyone – UGA will always be paper champs… as opposed to SC being real SEC champs?

Give it time

December 18th, 2012
12:18 pm

Georgia State will soon be the #2 program in the state – currently we have

#1 UGA
#2 Valdosta State
#3 Georgia Southern
#4 All the rest
# Whatever GT

VSU Alumnus

December 18th, 2012
1:18 pm

Why is Valdosta State getting drug into this? We stay on the other end of the state and just do our own thing while wishing others no ill will. Peace be with you.

glsjunior

December 18th, 2012
1:34 pm

3 star QB in Clay Chastain, 3 star LB in Kight Dallas and 3 star S Jeremy Fulcher. CTM and staff are cleaning up!

MontanaTrace

December 18th, 2012
3:28 pm

Good for GS. Let’s hope other top players follow this lead. A quality education deserves to earn the respect of quality athletes. Knight Dallas. We’re pullin’ for you. Play heard, win and get that degree.

Mark (another one)

December 18th, 2012
4:17 pm

I know some people can’t decide when to be competitive. The fact is a young man has made a life changing decision and it’s time to celebrate his decision. I don’t care if he picks Georgia State or somewhere else. He is going to get a college education for playing a sport he loves.

I wish him the best and urge him to become a well educated football player because the football won’t last (even if he makes the NFL) while the college education is for the rest of his life. If anything, I’m jealous because I was only offered the chance to be an invited walk-on in my sport.

GT = 11 time loser to Mark Richt

December 18th, 2012
5:13 pm

South Carolina hasn’t won diddly squat since 1953

USCGAMECOCKBOY

December 18th, 2012
6:32 pm

wish u dallas nothing but the best.

lol some of these uga fans r scared of my fighting gamecocks and u should be. we coming back for more talent and going to put another W on u in athens. lol hahaha

GOOO USC FIGHTING GAMECOCKS !!

A person SMART enough to know.....

December 18th, 2012
7:10 pm

GaState Ben just blew his wad for sure.

SECGRAD

December 18th, 2012
9:07 pm

The Coots had to be real proud of this article about USC Jr. pulling a scholly after it was offered and accepted. Everyday I am more proud of Mark Richt and the team he leads. It is not always about wins and losses but the integrity of the program. Clearly there is no integrity in Columbia, S.C.

Fourth Down Alabamie!

December 18th, 2012
9:34 pm

FL Jacket

December 19th, 2012
8:10 am

MC…where’s the balanced coverage that holds South Carolina coaches Lorenzo Ward and Steve Spurrier to the same standard for pulling a scholarship as you do in your coverage on CPJ?

nhgamecock

December 19th, 2012
9:41 am

this paper is all about uga and what other schools in the area doesnt do. I always thought this about the ajc thats why I barely read it now. Its just goes toshow that the hometown Jackets doesnt get any love from the ajc. What a shame!

hornblowermg

December 20th, 2012
1:03 pm

what’s this recruit going to say when he discovers that Georgia State is not the Georgia Bulldogs?