Posted: 3:52 pm Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

All-State QB commits to Georgia Tech 

By Michael Carvell

The younger brother of one of the best basketball players in state history turned down the opportunity to join his sister at North Carolina in order to play football at Georgia Tech.

AJ Gray, a 3-star athlete from Washington County High School, committed to Georgia Tech over North Carolina after making an unofficial visit with the Yellow Jackets on Tuesday. Gray is Georgia Tech’s second commitment for its 2015 football recruiting class.

QB-S AJ Gray (Special)

QB-S AJ Gray (Special)

“It’s a good football team; they have a great campus and great coaches,” Gray told the AJC.

The 6-foot-1, 196-pound Gray is an All-State quarterback who was named Georgia Sportswriters Class AAA Player of the Year after leading his team to the Class AAA state championship game. He will play safety at Georgia Tech.

His older sister is Allisha Gray, the 2012 Georgia Gatorade Player of the Year who now plays at North Carolina. Their father is Dr. Allen Gray, principal at Washington County.

“My sister told me that she’s happy for me as long as I’m happy,” AJ said. “She just wanted the best for me.”

Gray was won over by Georgia Tech because he was aggressively recruited by the Yellow Jackets and made to feel like a top priority.

“Everyone kind of thought he would go to North Carolina, but he just got a good vibe about Georgia Tech,” Washington County coach Joel Ingram said. “He really likes (assistant) Andy McCollum, and (assistant) Mike Sewak did a really good job of recruiting him.

“AJ’s family, they know the business. They went through the recruiting process with his sister. They know when schools are trying to buy time or genuinely interested. They felt genuine interest from Georgia Tech. Tech wanted AJ now.

“We’re excited. Georgia Tech is a top-notch education, and they’re recruiting him as a safety. He has always kind of liked Georgia Tech. When they put the offer on the table, he realized that’s what he wanted. And he’ll stick to it.”

This past year as a junior, Gray rushed for 1,324 yards and 18 touchdowns, while passing for 1,913 yards and 16 touchdowns with only four interceptions. Gray also started on defense, registering 75 tackles and five interceptions.

“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,” Ingram said. “He’s an outstanding safety. He’s a very intelligent. He’s one of the best basketball players in Class AAA, too.

“He’s smooth and deceptive. He’s not going to wow you with his speed but it’s just like basketball – he’s smoothing along, and all of sudden you look up and see him dunking. It’s the same way in football. He’s got that ‘game gear’ and ‘game speed.’ He seems to make plays in games that count the most.

Gray said he hasn’t decided whether or not he will try to walk-on Georgia Tech’s basketball team. One of his football teammates at Washington County, linebacker Logan Hunt, also has an offer from the Yellow Jackets.

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44 comments
MikeBanning
MikeBanning

For those that want to take cheap shots at Stanford's Academic Requirements for their FB recruits:

http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/story/17516277/stringent-standards-help-stanford-elevate-itself-in-recruiting

"As for the speculation the Cardinal football program can now get admissions to look the other way on an elite talent or two?

"That's all conjecture," says Sanford, who came to Palo Alto after having coached at Yale. "Stanford's not going to make exemptions. They're going to bring in the best group of people they can bring into this place. They're looking at the whole applicant. We don't have, say, two special exceptions a year. Nothing like that will ever happen. There's just too much pride in this place.""

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/ncaaf--david-shaw-building-stanford-into-a-perennial-power-with-unconventional-recruiting-mandate-044557382.html

"Shaw became convinced that there is more to it than just strong academics, although a 3.5 GPA, advanced placement classes and a strong standardized score are essentially required."


http://thehuskyhaul.com/2012/05/16/comparing-the-acceptance-rates-of-athletes-to-the-general-public/

"Some universities are known for not making any exceptions to their high academic standings. Stanford for instance actually takes advantage of that by only recruiting athletes who would have already made it through the admissions process (or at least would have been competitive) without sports. Perhaps there is a little bit of rule bending, benefit of the doubt, or advantage to being a star recruit, but for the most part, the players who are on the field for Stanford were straight-A high school students with high SAT scores. "

And finally the ice cream to top off the cake:

Stanford is the alma matter of 30 living billionaires.

  1. Stanford is one of the leading producers of members of the United States Congress.

  2. Companies founded by Stanford alumni generate more than $2.7 trillion in annual revenue, equivalent to the 10th-largest economy in the world.

  3. Stanford endowment: 18.7 billion (17 billion greater than GT’s)

Source: Wikipedia, citing various articles.

1942MNC
1942MNC

Congrats to young Mr Gray, I believe he will do well at Tech.  Looks like he will be a great get for y'all.

HarveyPooka
HarveyPooka

That's right, just take a top QB and make him play Safety.   The smart money says, if you need a Safety, you recruit and sign a Safety.  He may be a fine athlete and adapt very well, but this is not the way I'd be building a team if I were in charge.  Perhaps this was one of those "sign him to keep him away from an opponent" deals.

NotDisappointed
NotDisappointed

Welcome to Georgia Tech AJ Gray! We cant wait to see you on the Flats!

BigTimeTECHFan
BigTimeTECHFan

My understanding is Tech will look at AJ at both QB and Safety, 

Great player, wish him the best his senior year in HS.

Really smooth player, Watch him against Buford, the game is still on the GPB website

Logan Hunt would be great get to, hope he picks Tech.

Woofer
Woofer

I've been waiting for the second coming of Reggie Ball.  Could this be him?


TheNecromancer
TheNecromancer

There has been a lot of smoke coming from UNC football and mens basketball over the past couple of years.  Where there is smoke, there is usually fire.  His dad is a principal so I am sure he has instilled the importance of a good education in the young man.  Come to Tech and get an education or go to UNC and major in "african american studies".

SnoopyDawg
SnoopyDawg

AJ is a very good player..  Followed this past season knowing the WACO team would be playing my Wolves in the finals...

Good luck at  the Trade school

Jim70
Jim70

6'1" is not an nfl qb. However, is an nfl safety. They aren't small. Cornerbacks are usually shorter and quicker.

GTMan1949
GTMan1949

  Why does an all-state Qb commit to GT and with his rushing an passing stats and being 6-1 , Johnson wants to make him a safety? 

POAD2013
POAD2013

Nice to have you young man.

I'm surprised he didn't pick UNC. It is a beautiful Town & Campus plus his sis was there. I think TECH showed him the Education, Coaches and what The Institute can do for him.

Good recruiting job Coaches.

glsjunior
glsjunior

No QB worth his salt would go to GT to play QB.

Jim70
Jim70

The qb at  most high school is usually the best athlete.  so not surprising he will play safety.

ElemennoP
ElemennoP

Good pick up for tech, but why in the world would you have the headline read that tech picks up an all-state QB when you later state he will play safety?

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Congrats to GT and the young QB. That early signing period article doing work for Paul already.

ConfederateFlagBurner
ConfederateFlagBurner

Great for the Yellow Kings ...

Now that the President is allowing CPJ to recruit with autonomy Tech should pick up the pace with recruiting. 

thebucket
thebucket

Looks like the Jackets got a good player. Congratulations to the Jackets and to AJ.

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

Good pickup for the Jackets.  I look forward to seeing you on the Flats Mr. Gray.

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

@AugustaJacket  

You're the spammer and you're the scumbag that encouraged others to start spamming my posts weeks ago!

GTMan1949
GTMan1949

 HarveyPooka,

   I agree 100%. If he is a 6-1 allstate Qb with stats as he has and the way Johnson needs a QB----duh!!!!!

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

@GTMan1949 Didn't Justin Thomas originally commit to Bama knowing he was not going to be used at QB?  That's why he flipped to Tech.  The same thing might happen hear, or he might be happy being a safety.  That happens quite frequently in college recruiting.

POAD2013
POAD2013

March 11, 2014

THE FLATS - Senior pitcher Alex Cruz has been dismissed from the Georgia Tech baseball team due to a violation of the Athletic Association's student-athletepolicy.

Cruz, an All-America selection by College Baseball Insider as a sophomore, had made six appearances on the mound in 2014 with a 2.30 ERA and one save. Over his career, the Woodstock, Ga., native posted a 10-6 record as a pitcher, four saves and a 3.44 ERA.

Cruz will remain enrolled at Tech through the spring semester.

via RamblinWreck.com

POAD2013
POAD2013

@glsjunior  You can't read? He is going to The INSTITUTE as a D player and a SAFETY.


You must be one of those Brite UGa Road Scholars right? 

MichaelCarvell
MichaelCarvell moderator

@ElemennoP  Because he's one of the best high school quaterbacks in Georgia, won Class AAA Offensive Player of the Year at QB, and will be a candidate next year for Mr. Georgia Football at QB

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

@AugustaJacket

It's obvious that our paltry little Trade School

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OUR?


You never went to GT nor have you graduated from GT, I thought were a Coast Guard Alum?

OUR?

No one is denigrating GT, I  am merely showing what GT can aspire to become by pointing out what another GREAT ACADEMIC SCHOOL did by thinking outside the box.

But you take your typical, weasely, whiny position and assume that everything is an attack on GT FB.

Hard to believe that someone as thin-skinned as you are was ever a military officer.

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@MikeBanning @AugustaJacket I never encouraged anyone to spam your posts.  I laughed about it and said it SHOULD show you what people think of you.  ut alas, you are too dense to notice....

Buzz-Off
Buzz-Off

Love it POAD!!! Rhode........not Road!!!

GTMan1949
GTMan1949

  MikeBanning,  Good answer.  Where are the Swillings, Jeff Fords, Bubba Hoats---the player that intercepted 3 passes against Dooley in 69, that we beat 6-0, and the Rhinos ? We need defensive backs that played defensive backs in high school.

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

@MikeBanning It's not that secretive, because it's a public school.   Also, if it was so secretive, how would you know about it?

GTRanj
GTRanj

I've contributed to loads of his comments being deleted.

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

Never deleted a single post of yours, though I don't begrudge anyone who does.