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Georgia Tech signs trio of in-state stars

Georgia Tech softball signed four of the five high school softball players to join the Yellow Jackets in 2014, coach Sharon Perkins announced Tuesday. Of the four student-athletes to commit to Tech, three are from Georgia and one from Florida. The fifth recruit for 2014 will sign her NLI this spring.

The recruiting class includes Jessica Kowalewicz (Stone Mountain, Ga.), Samantha Pierannunzi (Lawrenceville, Ga.), Alexis Jones (Columbus, Ga.) and Colleen Darragh (St. Johns, Fla.).

“Overall, this is a very athletic signing class that can impact a game in many ways,” Perkins said. “I am extremely pleased to continue the Gwinnett County-to-Georgia Tech pipeline. Metro Atlanta is one of the nation’s hotbeds for softball and that is our program’s goal to continually bring in local players.

“All of these student-athletes are great fits for Georgia Tech academically as well. Each one of them fits in well with the tremendous team chemistry that already exists. Each player has competed …

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Recruiting Diary: New Missouri QB commit Eddie Printz (Vol. V)

Some of Atlanta’s college football prospects will be writing a weekly diary for the AJC until February’s signing day. They will be sharing their thoughts, opinions, adventures and perspectives on the recruiting journey.

Eddie Printz led Lassiter High School to a 10-0 regular season and No. 1 ranking in Class AAAAAA. Lassiter was upset by Brookwood in the first round of the state playoffs. Last month, Printz verbally committed to Missouri while on his official visit. Printz initially committed to SMU more than a year ago, then later switched to UCLA last January. In September, Printz said he was told by UCLA that his scholarship offer would no longer be honored. After being on the open market for around a month, Printz was picked up by Missouri.

Losing stinks. Congratulations Brookwood. That’s all I have to say about the playoff game. I know only one out of 32 teams finishes with a win. I get it but I don’t like it when it happens to my team. I love my Lassiter teammates …

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Nation’s No. 2-ranked recruit signs with Georgia Tech

Kaela Davis of Buford, Ga., the nation’s No. 2-ranked girls basketball prospect by ESPN, headlines Georgia Tech’s recruiting class.

Along with Davis, Donnaizha Fountain of Cambridge, Mass., and Gabrielle Holston of Birmingham, Ala., make up the Yellow Jackets’  2013 recruiting class. The trio gives Georgia Tech a top-20 recruiting class for the third straight year.

“This class is the most athletic class we have ever signed,” Georgia Tech coach MaChelle Joseph said in a press release. “All three of these unique players have the ability to impact our program.”

Kaela Davis: She is a 6-2 guard, is ranked No. 1 overall by Peach State Basketball and JumpOffPlus.com. She was named to the 2012-13 Preseason American Family Insurance ALL-USA Girls Team by USA Today Sports. Davis helped lead Norcross to the Class AAAAA state title as a freshman before transferring to Buford. At Buford, Davis led her team to the Class AA state title in 2011 and the state runner-up in 2012. During her …

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Georgia Tech signs 5-star prospect

Posted at 2:29 p.m. Wednesday

The next great Georgia Tech guard? (247sports)

The next great Georgia Tech guard? (247sports)

Georgia Tech signed two basketball players on Wednesday, the first day of the NCAA’s early period:  6-foot-1 guard Solomon Poole of Jacksonville, Fla., and 6-8 forward Quinton Stephens of Marist high school.

“I’m very excited about the addition of these two highly-regarded prospects,” Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory said in a press release. “Both Solomon and Quinton will be great additions to the Georgia Tech program because they bring the qualities that we are looking for as we continue to build. They both come from great basketball families. Their fathers played at the collegiate and professional levels, and they were taught the importance of academics from an early age.” Here’s more info on both:

  • Solomon Poole: An all-state guard last season at Terry Parker High School in Jacksonville, where he averaged 21 points a game, will join his older brother, sophomore Stacey, Jr., on the Yellow Jackets’ …

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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 …

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Georgia Tech picks up commitment No. 14

Georgia Tech picked up commitment No. 14 on late Friday night.

After finishing his game for Lovejoy High School, wide receiver Jumichael Ramos committed to Georgia Tech over football scholarship offers from Cincinnati, South Florida and Middle Tennessee State.

WR Jumichael Ramos of Lovejoy HS (247sports)

WR Jumichael Ramos of Lovejoy HS (247sports)

“Well, I just played a good game tonight (Friday), and I just felt like Georgia Tech would be the best fit for me,” Ramos told the AJC.

Why is Georgia Tech the best fit? “I know I can block, and I can make big plays when needed. I feel like that’s what they do with wide receivers in their offensive scheme, and I’m a good fit for that.”

The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Ramos is the second Lovejoy senior to commit to Georgia Tech, following in the footsteps of 4-star tailback Travis Custis. Ramos is a raw and undeveloped football prospect with a high ceiling of potential. He’s an established star in basketball, where he played every position but point guard for Lovejoy last year while …

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Georgia Tech eyeballing a homegrown talent for WR spot

Georgia Tech only has a few spots remaining for its 2013 recruiting class, with Jumichael Ramos recently turning into a top priority.

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson is shopping local for one of his few remaining scholarship spots for 2013 (AP)

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson is shopping locally for one of his few remaining scholarship spots for 2013 (AP)

The 6-foot-3, 190-pound wide receiver from Lovejoy High School was recently offered a football scholarship by Georgia Tech. Ramos, a basketball star who has decided to focus on football, also has offers from Cincinnati, South Florida and Middle Tennessee State.

“Georgia Tech didn’t know if (Ramos) had a burst of speed at first; they liked his height and weight and all of that but he has shown some signs of brilliance lately with some big games,” Lovejoy coach Al Hughes said.

“He has been putting up some big numbers, and beating several people deep. I guess they saw that burst, along with his ability to block. Being a good kid, he’s probably what Georgia Tech needs at wide receiver.”

Ramos has only been to one Georgia Tech game this …

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No. 2 recruit picks Georgia Tech over Tennessee and UGA

Daughter of former NBA All-Star, Kaela Davis (AJC)

Daughter of former NBA All-Star, Kaela Davis (AJC)

Georgia Tech has landed the most celebrated recruit in history of the women’s basketball program.

Kaela Davis, the daughter of former NBA All-Star Antonio Davis, committed to Georgia Tech over Tennessee and UGA, among others.

The 6-foot-2 Davis is a guard from Buford High School and ranked as the nation’s No. 2 overall prospect by ESPNU.

“For Kaela being a Georgia girl and staying in the state, I think that’s a great thing,” Buford coach Gene Durden told the AJC. “No doubt about it, Kaela is an impact player. I think she will do really well for Georgia Tech.”

Davis originally committed to Tennessee, but decided to reopen her recruiting after the sudden retirement of Volunteers coach Pat Summitt. Georgia Tech beat out some of the biggest names in college basketball for Davis.

“From talking with Kaela, it was a combination of the program, the academics, and also wanting to go to a program where she thought she could make a huge …

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Herschel’s nephew offered football scholarship by Georgia Tech

The nephew of the most decorated player in UGA history, Herschel Walker, has been offered a football scholarship by archrival Georgia Tech.

Milan Richard is a 6-foot-2, 223-pound tight end from Savannah’s Calvary Day high school. His parents both ran track at UGA, and his mother Veronica is Herschel’s sister.

The 1982 Heisman Trophy winner is not pushing his nephew to play football at UGA (AP)

The 1982 Heisman Trophy winner is not pushing his nephew to play football at UGA (AP)

Georgia Tech is offer No. 9 for Richard, following UGA, South Carolina, NC State, UCLA, Vanderbilt, and Ole Miss, among others. Richard is a junior and considered one of the state’s top 20 prospects for 2014.

Calvary Day coach Mark Stroud was informed of the offer by Georgia Tech assistant Lamar Owens. Richard, who will likely talk directly to Georgia Tech early this week, is interested in what position he is projected to play, since the Yellow Jackets don’t employ a tight end in the triple-option offensive formation. His coach said it didn’t really matter.

“I don’t know what position …

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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 …

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