Posted: 11:00 pm Thursday, February 13th, 2014
By Michael Carvell
TECH COMMITS FOR 2015
- Will Bryan, OL, 6-3, 270, Franklin County: How about some “Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate?” Bryan committed early to Georgia Tech, despite the fact that his father played football for UGA and his brother played for the Bulldogs’ baseball team. It has certainly made for a lot of jokes around the family. “I’ve got to admit, it was interesting putting on a Georgia Tech hat for the first time,” said his father, who also added, “I’m going to support him 100 percent.” Bryan has a 4.0 and projects to play guard or tackle.
- Christian Campbell, QB, 6-1, 195, Ponchatoula, La.: Campbell is Georgia Tech’s second commit at QB in this class, picking the Yellow Jackets over Louisiana-LaFayette, Arizona State and Arkansas State. Campbell was being scouted by some SEC schools at wide receiver or defensive back but preferred to play QB in college. His high school coach called him, “one of the best option quarterbacks I’ve ever been around.” Campbell operates almost the same offense as Georgia Tech in high school, and racked up around 3,000 all-purpose yards as a junior.
- Tyler Cooksey, ILB, 6-3, 230, Greater Atlanta Christian: He’s a Georgia Tech legacy who decided to follow in his father’s footsteps to play football for Georgia Tech. The 3-star linebacker from Greater Atlanta Christian committed to the Yellow Jackets among 20 reported offers, which also included UNC, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Boston College, Mississippi State and Duke. Cooksey’s father, Tom Cooksey, played football at Georgia Tech from 1976 to 1980.
- Nathan Cottrell, RB, 5-10, 185, Knoxville (Tenn.) West Knox: The speedster earned an offer at Georgia Tech’s camp after running the 40-yard dash in 4.33 seconds and committed the next day. He also had early offers from Princeton, Wofford and West Carolina. Cottrell may turn out to be the fastest player that Paul Johnson has coached at Georgia Tech, and he’ll start off playing A-Back.
- AJ Gray, DB, 6-1, 190, Washington County: He’s one of the state’s best high school quarterbacks, and was named GHSA Class AAA Offensive Player of the Year after helping his team reach the 2013 state finals (they lost to Lovett). “The thing Tech likes about him is that he’s a safety-athlete who can probably be a big safety or he could grow into an outside linebacker,” Washington County coach Joel Ingram said. It was a big recruiting win for Georgia Tech over North Carolina because Gray’s older sister plays basketball for the Tar Heels.
- Kyle Henderson, DT, 6-2, 280, Tampa (Fla.) Plant: Georgia Tech landed a player out of the same Florida High School that sent Aaron Murray and Orson Charles to UGA. Henderson committed to Georgia Tech over Wake Forest, among 20 offers. “I think he’s a steal of a recruit,” Plant coach Robert Weiner said. “Some people have shied away from him a little bit because he’s not (a) 6-3 kid. Some are worried about the size. For me, I like interior linemen who play the game lower. They are just stronger in the interior. I like the tall defensive ends that can get their hands up.
- Harland Howell, WR, 6-3, 200, Wheeler: The hometown talent committed to Georgia Tech over Boston College, Memphis and Marshall. ““He (Paul Johnson) said my commitment was a big weight off his shoulders,” Howell said. “He was waiting on it. I brought my parents along in his office for the commitment, and he was waiting for it. You could just tell that he was anxious and ready for me to do it.” Howell, who has a 3.8 GPA, plans to enroll early at Georgia Tech in January.
- Omarhi Jarrett, RB, 5-9 174, New Manchester: Jarrett committed to Georgia Tech less than 24 hours after getting an offer, picking the Yellow Jackets over Northern Illinois, Middle Tennessee State and Southern Miss. He is projected to play A-Back in college.
- Mikell Lands-Davis, RB, 5-11, 205, Alexander: He committed Georgia Tech over UNC, N.C. State and Clemson. He will play B-Back at Georgia Tech. “They’ve got Zach Laskey, and another other guy on the roster who is a senior,” Lands-Davis said. “They’ve got a freshman coming in who can play either B-Back or A-Back. They told me right away that I could start, if I go in there and earn it … They said how they use B-Back depends a lot on the tools of the players there. They said after Anthony Allen, they haven’t really had the talent there to do things that they want to do at B-Back.”
- Christian Philpott, WR, 6-3, 200, Tallahassee (Fla.) North Florida Christian: Georgia Tech beat out some fierce competition for the 3-star, including Penn State, UCF and Louisville. “The offense is perfect for what I want to do … Their offense really sets you up as a wide receiver to get open for big plays,” Philpott told the AJC.
- Jaylend Ratliffe, QB, 6-1, 195, Laurinburg, N.C. He committed to Georgia Tech over North Carolina, while also considering N.C. State. “I told my coach I want to make money when I grow up. I want to make money and win championships; Georgia Tech wins a lot of championships, and wins a lot of bowl games. And if I get a degree from Georgia Tech, I can work anywhere in the world …” As a junior at Scotland County High School, Ratliff scored 52 total touchdowns, while rushing for 2,074 yards and passing for 1,838 yards, on the way to an appearance in the Class AAAA state championship game. Ratliffe is a left-handed QB.
- Trent Sellers, DE, 6-3, 230, Sandy Creek: He is raw and undeveloped but has good potential. His father played football at Auburn. Sandy Creek has been a pipeline of football players over the years to Georgia Tech, including Calvin Johnson.
- Dante Wigley, DB, 6-1, 183, Carrollton: Wigley might’ve had the greatest unofficial visit in Georgia Tech history. He happened to visit the campus on a random day in July, catching NFL stars Calvin Johnson, Matt Stafford and Demaryius Thomas in a private workout at Georgia Tech’s indoor facility. “What an experience of a lifetime to see them,” he said. “I guess I came on the right day. I was happy.” He picked the Yellow Jackets over Boston College, Mississippi State, Troy and Marshall.
*TOP TECH TARGETS FOR 2015
- Irvin Charles, WR, 6-4, 205, Haddonfield, N.J. (undecided): Charles told Rivals.com he loves Georgia Tech’s tradition at wide receiver with guys like Calvin Johnson and Demaryius Thomas. Charles also has Michigan, Penn State, UCLA and West Virginia among his leaders.
- Nekyle Lundie, WR, 6-0, 190, Tucker (undecided): Lundie was one of the biggest surprises at the Elite Junior Classic, making a couple of acrobatic catches at the junior all-star game.
- Riley Gessner, TE, 6-4, 240, Dunwoody (undecided): Georgia Tech was the first offer for Gessner, who told JacketsOnline that the Yellow Jackets want him to gain 20 pounds and play offensive tackle.
- Nick Polino, OL, 6-4, 270, Buford (committed to UNC): Georgia Tech was the first offer for Polino, who said he and his family grew up fans as the Yellow Jackets.
- Darius Fullwood, DE, 6-4, 229, Olney (Md.) Good Counsel (undecided): Georgia Tech could make the top five for Fullwood, who also likes Alabama and Florida State. The Yellow Jackets have a pipeline to Good Counsel, including current players Louis Young and Roderick Rook-Chungong.
- Christian Irving, OLB, 5-11, 190, Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) American Heritage (undecided): The linebacker position my be Georgia Tech’s biggest need in this class. Irving has early offers from Georgia Tech and South Florida.
- Arrington Farrar, S, 6-2, 195, Woodward Academy (committed to Stanford): Almost perfectly fits the profile of the student-athlete that Georgia Tech yearns for.
*This list will radically change through the spring and summer
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TECH FLIPS FOR 2015 CLASS
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