Posted: 6:05 pm Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Georgia Tech’s Big Board for 2014 (UPDATED) 

By Michael Carvell

GEORGIA TECH’S SIGNEES FOR 2014

  1. Lance Austin, DB, 5-8, 178, Lamar County: Will shift to defense after quarterbacking team to state title appearance
  2. Lawrence Austin, DB, 5-8, 178, Lamar County: The twin brothers were always “package deal” to same college
  3. Myles Autry, ATH, 5-9, 170, Norcross: Many Georgia Tech fans were clamoring for a high-profile recruit to commit in front of national TV cameras on signing day, and Autry did just that by picking GT over FSU on ESPNU. His older brother plays for the Yellow Jackets.
  4. Gary Brown, OL, 6-2, 280, Tampa (Fla.) Alonso: Draws a lot of comparisons to Shaq Mason, Tech’s left offensive guard
  5. Travis Custis, RB, 6-0, 210, Lovejoy: Signed with Georgia Tech last year but did not academically qualify. Could’ve re-opened recruitment but stuck with Yellow Jackets.
  6. Step Durham, DB, 5-11, 185, Jacksonville (Fla.) Atlantic Coast: After enrolling early, could push for starting job in spring
  7. KeShun Freeman, DE, 6-1, 230, Callaway: Counted upon to contribute immediately as a pass rusher
  8. Tre Jackson, LB, 5-9, 225, Lowndes: Big-time playmaker is underrated due to height
  9. Jalen Johnson, S, 6-3, 195, Oneonta (Ala.): Missed senior season after tearing ACL and PCL in scrimmage
  10. Matthew Jordan, QB, 6-2, 190, Jackson (Ala.): Could be most important recruit of class with Vad Lee transfer
  11. Trey Klock, TE, 6-4, 265, Hummelstown (Pa.) Lower Dauphin: Recruited as “jumbo athlete” and could play four different positions
  12. CJ Leggett, RB, 5-9, 200, North Gwinnett: May be Georgia Tech’s best recruit at RB since Dwyer
  13. Clinton Lynch, WR, 6-0, 185, Norcross: Flipped from Georgia State to Georgia Tech after getting last-minute offer.
  14. Terrell Lewis, LB, 6-2, 215, Ocoee (Fla.): Committed to Georgia Tech over LSU and Miami, among others
  15. Andrew Marshall, OL, 6-4, 265, West Forsyth: Could fill a huge void Tech has lacked at center under Paul Johnson
  16. Tyler Merriweather, DE, 6-3, 230, Demopolis (Ala.) Demopolis Academy: High-motor pass rusher who could play either defensive end spot
  17. Michael Preddy, OL, 6-5, 250, Charleston (S.C.) Porter-Gaud: Raw and undeveloped but has high ceiling of potential
  18. Qua Searcy, WR-DB, 5-11, 165, Lamar County: Could end up on either side of ball depending on depth needs
  19. Antonio Simmons, DE, 6-4, 200, Jacksonville (Fla.) University Christian: Lots of comparisons to Jeremiah Attaochu with pass-rushing skills
  20. Jake Stickler, OL, 6-6, 280, Bradenton (Fla.) Manatee: Tall, lean and athletic kid who could play guard or tackle
  21. Kenderius Whitehead, DE, 6-5, 200, Georgia Military JC: Former N.C. State player committed to GT on InstagramWhitehead played at Georgia Military junior college this past season.
  22. Jake Whitley, OL, 6-3, 310, North Augusta (S.C.): Torn ACL as a senior but avoided knee surgery

GEORGIA TECH TARGETS THAT WENT ELSEWHERE

  • Mike Sawyers, DT, 6-2, 300, Nashville, Tenn.: He signed with Tennessee after taking an official visit to Volunteers on the final weekend before signing day. This was Georgia Tech’s big fish that got away. He was originally committed to Vanderbilt.
  • Mike Rogers, ATH, 6-0, 185, Campbell (committed to UCF): It was Georgia Tech vs. UCF down the stretch but Rogers stuck with his commitment to UCF.
  • Grant Haley, DB, 5-10, 170, Lovett (committed to Penn State): Ex-Vanderbilt commit flirted with Georgia Tech but never visited, opting to follow coach James Franklin to Penn State — where Haley’s mother graduated from college

GEORGIA TECH’S DE-COMMITS FROM 2014 CLASS

  • Caleb Kinlaw, RB, 5-10, 185, Goose Creek: Cousin of Georgia Tech great Joe Hamilton flipped to Wisconsin. No doubt, this hurt but GT rebounded with a couple of RB commits to compensate for the loss. He signed with Wisconsin.
  • Miles Taylor, S, 6-0, 185, Washington DC: Georgia Tech’s 1st commit for 2014 switched to Iowa after “secret” visit. He signed with the Hawkeyes.

Want to see UGA’s Big Board for 2014? Then CLICK HERE

107 comments
wreckmaniac
wreckmaniac

Thls sounds like a good Tech class to me.  It seems as if Roof was very closely involved as I expected.

Our attention can now switch to making a quarterback decision.

Just remember that the coaching staffs of all those teams ranked above Tech are working today on next years class and many have already been working on it.

wreckmaniac
wreckmaniac

How can anyone turn down Stanford for Ok State ?    I just don't get it but the young man is entitled to his own decision and I hope its the best one for him.

wreckmaniac
wreckmaniac

Please explain how anyone can turn down Stanford for Ok State ?  I just don't get it but the young man is entitiled to his own decision and I hope it is the best one for him. 

GTMan1949
GTMan1949

 No last minute offers to FIU, Memphis, The Citadel or Wofford commitments to get to flip to GT from PJ ?. Didn't at one time PJ stated he planned on signing 23-25 players this season?

RambleOn84
RambleOn84

I'm quite pleased with Tech's class overall.


I would always like to get more quality linemen, but I think we have some good ones in that category as well.

inoto20
inoto20

Stanford signs 25th ranked prospect. Solomon, no 4 de. 

Gt might get the 75th best de.

-sting-
-sting-

This looks like a great recruiting class for APPY STATE maybe.

Really? not one but three defensive players under 6 ft by inches! A de at 230 expected to come in and make an impact as a freshman? No wonder defense sucks.

glsjunior
glsjunior

Is Tech flipping GSU recruits a good sign for State or a bad one for Tech?

wreckmaniac
wreckmaniac

UGA proves every year that 5 stars do not win championships.

drydirtroad
drydirtroad

1) fire the coach, he's terrible, then hire a normal shotgun coach, the triple option is abnormal and uncompetitive; 2)discontinue synchronizing "Buzz" with all other yj use at Tech such as clothing, vehickle stickers, "Buzz" is a phony, and it's approval was never voted on by anybody other than a small Admin group; all other schools do not synchronize their on field mascot, the one that entertains the young kids in the stands near the field, with the rest of their merchandise; Clemson has an on field tiger mascot, but they have the tiger paw vehickle stickers and clothing; Virginia has an on field mascot and no mascot for vehickle stickers, same for many other colleges; Tech laces childish entertainment with adult and Tech student age, near adult entertainment, and their Freshman pi mile tricycle race is another example of regression back to childhood, regression being a pathological ego defense mechanism; I never entered that race as a Freshman there in 1969; I went over to one of those races, but sure as hell didn't stay there and watch but for a few seconds, not getting into it at all; Tech needs to grow up in more ways if they are going to use their young recruits and not misuse them; Tech also needs to drop female powder puff pink unis at breast cancer awareness time, only using painted pink ribbons on the field along with the GTs

leefrommeeks
leefrommeeks

Let see if I got this right GT classes are no good but UGA classes are NC class but UGA lost to BS, UCF, Vandy, and Neb. All these have classes out of the top 30 or top 50. When a player talks to UGA he's a 4 or 5 star recruit but if he commits to another "school" he's drops to  3 or 2. Georgia Southern class is going to be in 80's or 70's but we did beat FLA. 

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

Looks like GT will get JUCO DE  to sign with GT:

Here is a photo of him and his mom during his OV this past weekend:

http://cdn.fansided.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/295/files/2014/02/1601257_10152217047169919_660944133_n.jpg

To have been in a College level weight program for almost 2 full years, he sure does seem to be really skinny to be a DE, I am curious as to why he hasn't played OLB  due what seems to be his lack of size to play DE.

I honestly thought he'd be bigger after almost 2 full years out of HS.

JacketMan
JacketMan

Michael; Great synopsis of Tech's class. As far as I know, here are the latest updates:

Kenderius is on the Tech campus and seems to be enjoying himself. I'm cautiously optimistic about getting his LoI.

Myles was finally able to make it Tallahassee Saturday morning, but it really sounds more like a fun trip for him that his Mother okayed him to take, so, once again, I'm cautiously optimistic about getting his LoI.

Mike Rogers deciding to have an announcement on signing day whether he'll flip or not is curious as he's not the type of a kid whose sought out attention, and since he's been committed to UCF for a while, it would make more logical sense that he would have just had a "signing ceremony" than a "committment announcement". Also, I believe he's letting Tech's coaches have the last visit, so it may be a good sign for the Jackets. This one's hard to read, though.

Mike Sawyers is also an interesting prospect. He is now down to (apparently) GA Tech and Tennessee, and is making his official to to Vols this weekend with his Mother. She likes the Jackets a lot, she really values an education (that was one of the main reasons he originally committed to Vandy), and Tennessee already has four defensive ends and four defensive tackles among their nearly forty commits (which is also very disturbing to her). So unless Tennessee can do a heck of a sales job this weekend, I'm starting to warm up about thinking we actually may have a real shot at him now, too.

So, it's entirely possible, if everything shakes out right, the Jackets could close out with all four of these outstanding kids. On the other hand, realistically, even getting two of them would be a real coup for this recruiting class.

ThomasBrown
ThomasBrown

Georgie tek is ranked # 56 in Scout.com rankings today, when just in 2007, Georgie tek was # 15 best in the nation in recruiting, according to Scout.com.


18 Georgie tek recruits average ranking at their position is # 84.


16 are 3-star and 2 are 2-star.


"Travis Custis, RB, 6-0, 210, Lovejoy: Signed with Georgia Tech last year but did not qualify" is not listed at Scout.com this morning.


Paul Johnson is not a good recruiter.


BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

Wonder what Trey Klock ends up playing at Tech.

A "Jumbo athlete"!! 4 different positions!!

Perfect ht/wt to be an All-ACC TE. Is PJ even interested incorporating a position he hates into his offense? This kids got too much potential to be jerked around by PJ.

dawgs01
dawgs01

tre Jackson flat out balls. forget his ht he is built like brick sheet house and will peel your cap back.  this kid will be all acc after his 2nd full season in college.  kid runs sideline to sideline relentlessly and his ht helps him get under the fat boys and find the ball.

dawgs01
dawgs01

cant wait to watch Custis tote the rock and tre Jackson is a monster a LB.  Custis should be a great one and Legget was a great get.  I think this is Coach Johnson's best recruiting cycle.

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

If we can get either Sawyers or Whitehead, I'll be ecstatic.  I think/hope Rogers will flip.  Autry is another story.  I think he comes to GT for two reasons.  1.  Carter goes to uga, and 2. Momma wants him here.  


I think this is a great class for us.

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

On paper this is PJ's most impressive Class -- too little too late, I'm afraid. :(

Although maybe he gets lucky.

Tech has a cakewalk schedule next year, plus this Jordan kid is the best QB PJ has landed.

He's good enough to contribute right away. He's a little smarter than JT, therefore it won't take him 3 years to learn the playbook.

Also Tre Jackson & CJ Legett are legit.

We're all well aware PJ can't win with sub-standard talent i.e., the last 4 yrs. He's gotta start recruiting better if he wants his job.

He's simply not a good enough HC to win w/o better talent.

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

@inoto20  

That's Solomon Thomas a 5* DE and the 25th overall prospect in the country.

GTMan1949
GTMan1949

Sting, I agree completely. So far we are ranked ahead of Appalachian State and Samford.

SvenOttke
SvenOttke

@glsjunior That young man is flying under the radar due to the 12 D1's on that team.  He's got great hands, good speed, great academics.  He will be a surprise as he's under-rated right now.

jerunamo
jerunamo

WTH are you bitchin about???!!!!

ToddE
ToddE

@MikeBanning  

I honestly thought you'd be less-stupid after 2 full years of trolling

ConfederateFlagBurner
ConfederateFlagBurner

Lol at using Scouts ranking, they are horrible.

If you going to use the pay sites uses Rivals and 247.

EmoryEagles
EmoryEagles

@ThomasBrown That was Gailey's one good year though.  The rest of his recruiting classes were not ranked especially high.  He did get a number of solid players during those years, but overall not the quality of that 2007 class.


That said, overall, Johnson has not been the best recruiter.  This years class seems to offer more promise though.  Solid 3 star guys with a few 4 stars instead of a mix of 2 and 3 star players like past years.  


If Tech's class is in the top 50 or even higher, that's a significant upgrade over being in the 70s or so. 

GoGeorgiaTech
GoGeorgiaTech

It's spelled "Tech". Not "tek".

Also not sure what your point is about Custis, given that he signed last year and has been on campus in class for a few weeks now.

ToeMeetsLeather
ToeMeetsLeather

Thanks for the research TB, looks like CPJ did a pretty good job taking our 2.5 star STUDENT athletes to OT with your 4.5 star athletes. Let us know how we finish up when you find time.

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@dawgs01 I went to high school with his dad.  His dad was built the same way.  He'll be a great player for us.

wrecked
wrecked

@dawgs01 jackson is  a bit on the  slow side. Wouldn't hold my breathe on this staff  developing  all acc players they have  been few  and  far between with PJ  recuits.

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@dawgs01 Custis is the one I am keen to see play this year.  Leggett will be good, but Custis could very well be special before it's all over.

Yellerbug
Yellerbug

@BigCrimson75 Jordan is a good QB---tough runner.  However, he ran his offense from the pistol so it depends on his coordination and ability to do the reads/mesh from under center.  Nesbitt picked it up rather quickly.  Vad however, did not.  You never know.  Maybe the guy should take a class over the summer in ballet or line dancing to improve his rhythm, timing and coordination. CPJ will try to keep a red-shirt on him, but I think we'll need 3 QBs in 2014.  I think JT will do well for us this year, but keeping him healthy through all the pounding may be a challenge.

D-Sheets
D-Sheets

@BigCrimson75

He's simply not a good enough HC to win w/o better talent.

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PJ's got 123 other D1 HCs in this "club" with him, BC75.  


6-5-1 (lost Independence Bowl)

6-6  (lost Sun Bowl)

7-5  (lost Aloha Bowl)

6-6

9-2 (and resigned before the Citrus Bowl)


These were Nick Saban's records as HC at Michigan St. 

JacketMan
JacketMan

Couple of things in response to this comment. First, Jordan was an early entry (enrolled this month) so he's already working on the playbook and in the weight room; he'll also be playing this Spring. I would add, however, no one should forget about Tim Byerly, who will be coming in as the backup QB. He has varsity D1 experience, knows our offense, and has played well when given the chance.

Regarding Justin Thomas, any inference he's not intelligent enough to run PJ's offense is not only absurd, but offensive. Justin not only knows the playbook, but Paul Johnson will actually OPEN UP the playbook to accommodate the exception skill set he brings to the table. For those who don't recall, Justin came out of High School as the fastest player from Alabama that year, and decommitted from Alabama to sign with GA Tech. When he has the ball in his hands, he's nothing less than "electric".

Anyone who thinks Paul Johnson isn't prepared to take advantage of the abilities of his QB needs look no further than the new formations he installed for Vad Lee; Tech ran out of the diamond, pistol, and shotgun formations where they were basically non-existent prior to him taking over as QB. With Justin as starter, I wouldn't be surprised to see a variation that would look like when Dennard Robinson was QB at Michigan, but having the A-Back motion still running from the formation.

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@BigCrimson75 Techs schedule this year is easier than last.  2015's schedule is a beast.  (Sadly. most of the best games are road games)


You're dead on about Jackson and Leggett, but don't forget about Custis and Step Durham. Trey Klock is going to be a beast as well. There's a lot of talent in this class.  Hopefully enough to make a difference by 2015, which will probably make or break CPJ's career at GT.  

bigGTfan
bigGTfan

@BigCrimson75  "We're all well aware PJ can't win with sub-standard talent"  Seems like this would be true of all coaches. None are good enough HC's to win without better talent.

Ghost13
Ghost13

@ToeMeetsLeather Would  be  great to see PJ get a contract  extension.Having  PJ on the  sidelines is  better than having  Reggie  Ball at Qb.

Ghost13
Ghost13

@ToeMeetsLeather LOL , went into overtime is  the  new  moral victory for  GT. Playing  against a  bunch of  backups  and  freshmen. 

dawgs01
dawgs01

@AugustaJacket@dawgs01 oh yea.  I mean 5'9" 225 good lord that's like hitting a freaking fire hydrant.  kids with that type of build usually don't have many injuries to deal with either bc of that compact build. I like watching our homegrown talent.

dawgs01
dawgs01

@wrecked@dawgs01 I just like this kid a lot.  I don't worry about ht with inside backers.  that usually gives them extra motivation.  yea I don't know a thing about the defensive staff at tech but this kid pops off the video when you watch game film of his team.

dawgs01
dawgs01

@AugustaJacket@dawgs01 at lovejoy this kid was a monster carried them to the state championship.  I thought he was very underrated as a prospect and will fit yalls scheme brilliantly.  I think he definitely has a nfl career ahead of him if everything goes right and no bad injuries to the legs.

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@Yellerbug @BigCrimson75 We have Ty Griffin as a RS-Fr QB as well as Synjyn Days, should multiple injuries occur.  No real reason to burn the redshirt on Jordan unless it absolutely becomes necessary..

inoto20
inoto20

@D-Sheets @BigCrimson75 

Oh I;m sorry. I didn't realize this was Paul Johnson's first head coaching job here at gt. Moron.


I''m sure he will do much better back at division d1aa.

inoto20
inoto20

@JacketMan Thought "opening" the playbook was suppose to occur last season

inoto20
inoto20

@JacketMan Yet he wasn't the starter this year on a team that went 7-6. 


ToeMeetsLeather
ToeMeetsLeather

Amen JMan, I can't wait to see J. Thomas in on every snap. We will not look like a team playing in slow motion in 14'. Loved Vad the person, but...  We will certainly miss Godhigh, but Andrews is going to be special in his spot. The young guys coming off redshirts on the OLine need to step up. If so, look out.

If JT can stay healthy and we find an edge rusher on D, we'll win more games in 14' than this past year, and set the stage for a big 15'.

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

AJ......I like this Class.

No question PJ got a wake-up call from Bobinski concerning his lackluster recruiting to start his career at GT.

Finally PJ looks like he's gonna deliver a Class with some solid athletes on defense, a good QB & a couple of nice looking options for the backfield.

Tre Jackson is gonna be a superstar.

Too bad that kid de-committed in favor of Whiskey, or this woulda been a top 25 Class.

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

A frequent defense of PJ has been his offense would allow Tech to compete against the more talented teams of CFB.

This simply hasn't been the case. His record against UGA/VT/theU/Clemson etc., has gone from bad to worse.

Ghost13
Ghost13

@ToeMeetsLeather huge  difference in the  quality of players . One  A back? Pj has  how many on the  roster  was he a starter ?  One  wideout Autry that caught 3 passes the previous season LOL compare  losing  him to losing  quality players like M. Mitchell, Justin Scott Wesley, Jay Rome, Keith Marshall. Aaron Murray. 

ToeMeetsLeather
ToeMeetsLeather

Yea Ghost, we didn't have any injuries at all in 13'. Unless you count the three OLineman, one wideout, one Aback, starting LBacker, and three DB's. Only UGA has to deal with injuries, we all know that since 680 and 790 both lick the Dawgs b**** all day long.

ThomasBrown
ThomasBrown

Actually, Trey Klock, might be the best at his position on this commitment list.  That is a blocking position for Paul Johnson, not a pass catching position, as in the NFL, as the # 41 Scout.com Tight End.

wrecked
wrecked

@ToeMeetsLeather defense  was  good against poor offenses , JT is  unproven and  will have the  same  problem as  Lee  , not  enough skill surrounding him.

D-Sheets
D-Sheets

@ToeMeetsLeather

Nesbitt was PJ's best runner.

Vad, when he wasn't backpeddling from contact & throwing off his back foot, was PJ' best passer. 


Sure hope PJ gets one in there who can do both!

ToeMeetsLeather
ToeMeetsLeather

@wrecked, CPJ's biggest issue is the fact that he has missed on every one of his QB recruits to this point. Nesbitt fell in his lap. But after that, the Luellen kid, Sims, and Lee just have not worked out. Washington was used out of necessity and was solid but not talented enough to get TECH to the next level. JT can.

If Roof can keep the D at last year's level, this staff will do fine developing the rest of the talent on the team.

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@MikeBanning @GTBob @BigCrimson75  

Yet another LIE, the NCAA didn't approve of the extra recruiting guys, when they were approved by the NCAA MBob hired them/

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Check your facts.  NCAA rules regarding recruiting staff sizes changed as of Jan 1st, 2013.  Unfortunately, we were at that time without an AD to approve the hiring of said extra staff.  Upon MBob's arrival, it was one of the first things he did.


You should get your facts straight before calling other people liars, troll.

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

@BigCrimson75 

For every Tre Jackson  at 5-9, you can find a Key Fox that is 6-3 or 6-4 or a Philip Wheeler that is 6-2 or 6-3.

No one said the Job was EASY!

Anyone can recruit small fast guys, the guys that earn their paychecks are the guys that can find the BIG and fast guys.

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

@GTBob @BigCrimson75 

Yet another LIE, the NCAA didn't approve of the extra recruiting guys, when they were approved by the NCAA MBob hired them/

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

@BigCrimson75 

When Bama starts recruiting  5-9 LBs like Tre Jackson, you'll find yourself back to the Shula days and you won't be happy.

It must be quite a luxury to sit back and enjoy every fall because mainly because Saban's system of rarely straying outside of his size profiles when it come to recruiting.

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@BigCrimson75 Tre Jackson has some serious football DNA.  His father played football at my high school.  Was a superb player.  IIRC, he played some at Valdosta State, where he met Tre's mother.  

GTBob
GTBob

@BigCrimson75 A wake up call? He provided him more recruiting staff that DRad wouldn't provide. He didn't lay the law down, he tried to actually help him. Something new for an AD or president at GT.

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

Banning......Good friend of mine living in Valdosta raves about this kid.

Height probably cost the kid 1 star in the recruiting process.

I'd be happy to have this guy at Bama.

Whether or not PJ & Roof can do anything with this Class is another story all together.

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

@BigCrimson75 

Be honest BC75, if Tre were headed to the Capstone, would you be predicting stardom for him on the FB field?