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Michael Carvell

Grant Haley: Georgia Tech pursuing Vandy commit?

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Georgia Tech appears to be taking aim at Grant Haley, the 3-star cornerback who officially remains committed to Vanderbilt but is looking at options after the coaching change.

Lovett Lions' (Atlanta) #10 Grant Haley tries to find an opening in the Lamar County Trojans' (Barnesville) defense during the GHSA Class AA Football Championship game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Saturday, December 14, 2013. Lovett won 14-7. (AJC Photo by Phil Skinner)

Lovett Lions’ (Atlanta) #10 Grant Haley tries to find an opening in the Lamar County Trojans’ (Barnesville) defense during the GHSA Class AA Football Championship game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Saturday, December 14, 2013. Lovett won 14-7. (AJC Photo by Phil Skinner)

The 5-foot-10, 170-pounder from Lovett (private school in Atlanta) told the AJC that he will have an in-home visit with Georgia Tech assistant Lamar Owens on Thursday, the first day after the end of the NCAA’s dead period.

“I’ve stayed in touch with Georgia Tech throughout the whole process,” Haley said on Sunday night. “It’s always been a thing if Vandy didn’t work out.”

Haley, who committed to Vanderbilt last July, has had an offer from Georgia Tech since last spring.

“Georgia Tech’s academic reputation speaks for itself,” Haley said. “They’ve always kind of had a good football program. I mean, they’ve had their ups and downs. It’s a school that has always played in ACC Championship games, and that’s always good.”

Haley said he was contacted over Twitter by Georgia Tech defensive coordinator Ted Roof on Sunday. The Yellow Jackets are recruiting Haley as an “athlete” prospect.

Who else is in the running for Haley? There’s Arkansas, Wisconsin and South Carolina. He got an offer from Duke last week. And Vanderbilt’s former head coach, James Franklin, offered him from Penn State over the weekend.

“It was a shock to a lot of the Vanderbilt commitments and players that he left, but it was a good opportunity for him and I’m glad he got it,” Haley said. “He told me to come to Penn State and hop on board.”

Haley is considering an official visit to Duke for next weekend, and is working on dates with Wisconsin and Penn State.

Who else? Haley said he’d like to hear from UCLA and Washington, and would also consider UGA. “I’ve visited Georgia before; they know me,” Haley said. “I would definitely give them consideration if they got into contact.”

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