Posted: 3:22 pm Saturday, January 25th, 2014

Georgia Tech recruit on ‘secret’ visit to other school (UPDATED) 

By Michael Carvell

  • UPDATED: Miles Taylor confirmed to the AJC on Sunday that he made these comments to Eric Thompson of the independent website GTswarm.com: “Just let people know that from a players standpoint this is all a business to the coaches. GT was my 1st choice don’t get that wrong. Why go on this visit then? Well when it’s all a business to the coaches they forget about what they have and try to obtain more. Long story short don’t know if I was one of those guys come early fall. No communication for months what so ever. No coaches coming during open period to see you and you’re teammates. No relationship was formed. Like I said when I first committed I’m as committed to GT as long as they are committed to me. and I didn’t feel like it was there the commitment between the both of us. many people just look at the kids and put them at fault for decommitting and some of that is true but some of that is not true and it goes back to the coaches. Sorry for the news, I still have love for all the GT players and fans out there! stay blessed!”

One of Georgia Tech’s 2014 football recruits is on a “secret” visit to Iowa this weekend, according to multiple reports.

Miles Taylor, a 3-star safety from Washington, D.C., was Georgia Tech’s first commit for its 2014 football recruiting class. He picked the Yellow Jackets over Iowa, Temple and UMass last March.

Earlier this week, there was rampant speculation about Taylor’s status after one of Iowa’s top recruits tweeted that “We are going to have another Hawkeye on board soon!” Taylor denied the rumors to VoiceOfTheHawkeyes.com.

On Saturday, several websites reported that Taylor was indeed on an official visit to Iowa, less than two weeks before signing day.

JacketsOnline.com posted a story with the headline of “Miles of Trouble.” 

It’s common for every college to both lose and gain a few recruits over the final couple of weeks before signing day.

Last year, Georgia Tech had a total of five de-commits, including four in the last couple of weeks. On the positive side, the Yellow Jackets also added two in the last week last year.

For 2014, the Yellow Jackets have only lost one, RB Caleb Kinlaw, who flipped to Wisconsin.

UGA has five de-commits for its 2014 class.

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127 comments
odellgtpt
odellgtpt

I wonder whether most 17-18 year olds even understand what the word commitment means. It's your word , both from the SA AND THE SCHOOL. Everyone seems to forget that a commit works both ways. The school is also committing to the SA. In this instance , had Tech pulled the scholarship offer to him ? If they had , shame on them. When a school like Tech, or UGA, or Clemson , or Iowa, ND, etc make an offer to a kid, they should understand what the school is " committing " to. A full ride to a major university with all the perks : tutors, meals, travel with the team. Things that most of the rest of us only dream about. Yet, the SA, through his own immaturity, or with poor advice, treats the process as if he is dealing with a used car dealer. They would give more consideration to breaking their word to their high school coaches, teammates or friends. As CPJ always has said : " If you are not sure, then don't commit . Keep looking until you are sure ". I , for one believe him when he says that. Best of luck to the young man. Next prospect, please !

tomkat1111
tomkat1111

One has to admit that a coach is a hypocrite if he tries to flip athletes already committed to another school then turns around and drops an athlete who visits another school.

charlestonian77
charlestonian77

i-perfectrion harris says hello.  he is tweeting that he was given the schollie that cpj pulled up from under miles with only 2 weeks left before signing day.

dang our coach is a real ahole to do that. i hear that i-perfection can cover almost as good as deon and has a 4.4 forty to go along with a 3.8 average in the classroom. can anybody really blame cpj for pulling a saban?

welcome aboard i-perfection. i cant wait to see to see you on the field.

RedandBlackDAWG
RedandBlackDAWG

With CPJ's mind set concerning a kid committing to tech. he probably feels he doesn't have to reassure them that they are still wanted. If a kid dares to visit another school, or even show any interest in another school, CPJ somehow considers him a traitor and feels he doesn't want him anymore.

CPJ doesn't have any problem though, signing a kid that switched from another school to Tech. I guess he feels that the kid just made a mistake and really wanted to be at Tech. all along. Something just seems wrong with this picture.

In a lot of instances when a kid changes schools, it is connected to the fact that the school has also recruited another kid for the same position and the kid doesn't want the competition. It could be he doubts his ability to succeed because of this, or it could be that the gaining school's coach, talked a better line or something similar to that.

In the case of this young man, his options were a little limited as far as his demand amongst college teams, so he should make sure he is at the right place before the pen hits the paper.

D-Sheets
D-Sheets

"No communication for months what so ever. No coaches coming during open period to see you and you’re teammates. No relationship was formed …”

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Okay, so is MT saying he committed to GT before any sort of "love/relationship" had been shown/formed? And needed that in order to feel secure with his commitment?  What's the deal with so many "soft" kids these days? 

Iluvnutella
Iluvnutella

Two more years of this fish-fry nonsense....I see light @  the end of the tunnel. Nice try on positive spin though. BUUUT lose 5 gain 2 1 stars AINT good guys and gals. In any event, this kid is GONE to Iowa.........

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@JacketMan

Hopefully he had the testosterone to phone the Edge himself.

Good luck to him in Iowa.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@JacketMan Kelly Quinlan has not reported that yet. where did you hear it?


Miles hasn't Tweeted anything yet either

POAD2013
POAD2013

@JacketMan Oh well. I  hope he finds the LOVE he is looking for. I hope he enjoys the weather.

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

@tomkat1111No, one doesn't.  What would make him a hypocrite would be if he required that a kid remain committed and yet he (the coach) didn't remain committed.  Johnson never drops his commitment to a recruit, as long as the recruit remains committed to Tech.  Visiting other schools indicates that a kid is not committed.  Johnson's recruiting kids previously committed to other schools is totally irrelevant.

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

@tomkat1111 No, one doesn't.   One must read the dictionary and learn the definition of hypocrite.

Gandolph
Gandolph

@charlestonian77  Isn't he a little old.  Class of 2002?  Oh, I get it. "I-Perfection, You-not so much".  lol

Gandolph
Gandolph

@RedandBlackDAWG If you assume that recruiting is a business (which it is) and that you have to field a team for the university for which you are coaching, you have to know who you can count on.  If a kid is looking around after committing to your program, can you really count on him?  Or, will you be left standing at the altar on NSD?  That has happened to Richt on a number of occasions where he was let down by kids who committed either publically or privately and the opening goes unfilled until the coaches scramble on the last day for leftovers (think Tunsil and Adams).  Logically speaking, I really don't blame Johnson.  This is a business, after all.  And no, I am not a GT fan.

charlestonian77
charlestonian77

@RedandBlackDAWGlets get this right.  per eric....

-no gt coaches paid him an in home visit.
-he hasnt been on an official visit to gt
-last time i looked cpj has repeatedly said ' no recruit has an offer until i meet him and his family on an official visit.!'

add in the FACT that coaches can not comment publicly about a recruit in no shape form of fashion without being flagged for an ncaa violation.

years ago we had a recruit with an unusual name 'commit'. his name was 'i-perfection harris' i believe and he was from nj.  for months we considered him a commit on all the blogs because he said he was. told everybody he knew including the recruiting services that he had an offer and he committed.

from what i remember it didnt come out that he was not a commit and had no offer from gt  until signing day.

i suspect that is the same scenario here.

now if you wanna go am make stuff up red an black dwag than ill tell everybody your dating weenie. you two would be a perfect fit.  cause he loves sanford i mean sTanford,


SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

@RedandBlackDAWG    If Johnson said that once a kid commits to Tech, then no other coach can approach that kid, or if, after a kid had committed to Tech, Johnson dropped HIS commitment to that kid, then, and only then, would you have a point.  All he is doing, as any GOOD "business man" would do, is saying that a commitment is a commitment, and it should be honored by both parties.

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

@RedandBlackDAWG  CPJ doesn't have any problem though, signing a kid that switched from another school to Tech. I guess he feels that the kid just made a mistake and really wanted to be at Tech. all along. Something just seems wrong with this picture.


Elaborate, please.

charlestonian77
charlestonian77

@Iluvnutella can i call you 'nut for short?  you have issues bud.  first off NOBODY has anybody locked up. even bama. you just show your ignorance with your whining and crying over recruits that have not signed anything.

you cant claim something as yours if you never had it to begin with. if this kid was really a commit as far as our coaches go and if he quit at the last minute as he claims to have done. i say good riddens. too many players at his level WANT to be at gt than waste a schollie on a drama queen.


didnt we just have a qb cause havoc with our season all because he really didnt want to be here?

grow a pair and stop whining for cris sakes.,

Gandolph
Gandolph

@Iluvnutella I am not a big Johnson fan (no pun intended) but Johnson's problem is not coaching, it is recruiting.  If he gets better players and starts winning big, all of the "fish-fry nonsense" will go away very quickly.  The recruiting emphasis is better this year than any since Johnson arrived and I don't blame him for trying to put a decent class together.  After all, his paycheck depends on it.  There are enough good players in the Southeast to field a competitive team at GT.  You just have to go get them.

JacketMan
JacketMan

Let's see who gets the last laugh on this one.

Perhaps someone can keep a tab on this comment, and after signing day they can repost this comment to show the player lost and then the players signed after the fact. Then check the supposed "stars" or rankings of all of these players.

Than, maybe in a few years, they can, once again, remind someone where all of these players are in their respective careers.

What a maroon.

D-Sheets
D-Sheets

@Iluvnutella

2013's class had 14 total signees...11 3* and 3 NR (not rated), Paul Davis (saw quite a bit of PT as a true FR) being one of the NR, i.e. no 1*s

2014's class has 19 commits/signees (including Miles Taylor) .... 3 4*s and 16 3*s, i.e. no 1*s


Who are the 1*s you're talking about? 

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

@PaulinNH @JacketMan 

Instead of CPJ having the friggin' stones to just pull the scholly and say we found a better player,  they (CPJ & Staff) gave this recruit the cold shoulder knowing that  a BCS level recruit doesn't want to end up left out in the cold without an LOI to fax in on NSD, so in effect it "forces" the recruit to look around and then Pajamas and crew have enough wiggle room to lay the blame on the recruit.

I doubt the recruit would tell an outright lie that the Staff stopped contacting him.

With 3 extra schollies opening up, if CPJ really wanted this recruit he could have easily stayed in contact.

The 3 extra schollies that opened up since the season ended are Vad, Morgan Bailey, and A.Williams.

I tend to believe the Recruit on this one, had he been a Crowell-type character guy then I would not take his word, but so far he has been a good Student and a good kid since GT first made contact with him, no reason for the recruit to change this late in the game.

RedandBlackDAWG
RedandBlackDAWG

@charlestonian77Did this article not say that this kid was GT's first commitment for 2014? So I guess, the AJC writer and the Swarm site are both wrong?

charlestonian77
charlestonian77

btw some say he  WAS at the uga game but not as an invited recruit,

Gandolph
Gandolph

I don't get it. Why are you calling people purple?

RedandBlackDAWG
RedandBlackDAWG

@SupersizeThatOrder-muttLooks like he made up his own mind Sunday doesn't it? GT has five other secondary recruits so it probably will not kill them, but I would have thought CPJ would keep in his contact with the folks he has a verbal from unless he no longer wished to have that verbal. In that case he should just pull the offer from the kid and tell him so.

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

@PaulinNH @MikeBanning 

What this recruit is talking about is how Recruiting coordinators and coaches stay in constant contact with their commits, remember the NCAA allows unlimited twitter messages or face book or something similar.

Just because they allowed him to take his OV doesn't mean they have stayed in contact with him at the same levels they do for the recruits  they really value.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@MikeBanning

I don't know whether GT stopped contacting him - although I read a post below by some guy name MikeBanning who claimed that Miles Taylor made an OV to GT last weekend.  You don't just show up on campus from DC for an OV so I assume that they kept in contact.

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

@MikeBanning@PaulinNH@JacketMan

Apparently HE had a reason, regardless of what you might think.  Naturally, you are going to twist anything and everything to fit your agenda.  Just STFU and let the kid make up his own mind, whatever that might be, and for whatever reason.  It's HIS business, anyway, not YOURS

POAD2013
POAD2013

@tomkat1111 that would be true if you are allowed 25 wives and you already had your 25 wives then went to mess with other men's wives. See it is not a 1 on 1 issue. It is a 1 on how many recruits need for that years and how many are needed at a position.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@tomkat1111

Most coaches have said they don't see anything wrong with the way CPJ does his recruiting. There was a AJC article saying as much. Even Richt holds similar beliefs as Paul Johnson on recruiting and Commitments.

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

@tomkat1111 Did I miss the part where Johnson said other coaches couldn't recruit his committed players?   Because, y'know, that would be hypocrisy.   Or did I miss the part where he didn't hold the offer for the committed players who met their end of the bargain?  Because, y'know, that would be a double standard.


You can get a dictionary for free online.   Since you have access to the web, I suggest you do some homework.

charlestonian77
charlestonian77

@Gandolph@charlestonian77 well my memory may not as good as it once was but there WAS a recruit that was listed as a commit from nj i believe a few years back.   everybody had him down as a recruit until AFTER signing day when it was discovered that not even the coaching staff had heard of him.

my whole point was many of you put it on the coaches especially those of you who have a hate filled gt agenda.  all the bashing going on of gt coaches about a recruit they can not even mention even if they wanted to.

far as my sense of humor goes i missed your smiley faces on all your jabs at gt. they must be in invisible ink.

see i do have a sense of humor. invisible ink. that is a riot. har har. ;o)


Gandolph
Gandolph

@charlestonian77 BTW, I also know that he got a last minute offer from Tech and committed (and subsequently played).

Gandolph
Gandolph

@charlestonian77 I got your drift. I was just poking fun at you.  But, like most Tekkies, you seem to lack a sense of humor.

charlestonian77
charlestonian77

@Gandolph@charlestonian77shame you guys dont check your 'facts' as well you do mine.

there was a point there and where he was from was not it. but hey...fans who write like the two of you cant be expected to be whizzes at reading comprehension.