Posted: 2:05 am Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

5 reasons Georgia Tech has a chance for nation’s No. 1 football prospect 

By Michael Carvell

No. 1 Trenton Thompson of Albany (247sports)

No. 1 Trenton Thompson of Albany (247sports)

The No. 1-ranked college football prospect for 2015 spent an entire day on an unofficial visit to Georgia Tech’s campus on Wednesday.

Trenton Thompson is a 6-foot-4, 300-pound defensive lineman from Albany’s Westover High School.

Here are five reasons that Georgia Tech has a chance of signing the nation’s top prospect:

1. Because he said so. After finishing the visit, Thompson told the AJC that he is considering adding Georgia Tech to his list of favorite schools. “I’m going to change up my top schools in a little bit. I want to do a top seven. Georgia Tech has got a good chance. They’re a home state school. I might do a top seven next week or really soon. I know they (Georgia Tech) are really going to be up there.” UGA has been Thompson’s longtime leader, and he recently admitted to 247sports that he almost committed to the Bulldogs twice. But he hasn’t committed anywhere yet. Thompson has Alabama and Auburn rounding out his top three, with Clemson and Georgia Tech, among others, gaining ground.

 2. If you can get a kid on your campus, you’ve always got a chance. That’s one of the golden rules of recruiting. And that’s why Georgia Tech had been trying to get Thompson to visit for months. He was finally able to make it during his spring break this week. Thompson and his high school coach, Octavia Jones, traveled to Clemson on early Tuesday, and then stopped by the end of UGA’s practice in the late afternoon while on the way to Atlanta. On Wednesday, the two reported to Georgia Tech at 10:30 a.m. and stayed for seven long hours. They toured the campus, met with the coaches, sat in on a defensive meeting, observed practice and visited the academic center. It’s fair to say Georgia Tech is a long shot, at least at this point. But anything can and does happen in recruiting, and your chances increase after getting a kid on campus.

Georgia Tech's Paul Johnson (AJC)

Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson (AJC)

3.Pep talks from Paul Johnson that make sense. Said Thompson’s coach, “(Johnson) talked about having the best of both worlds, with Georgia Tech being a great academic school and being a good football school. The players that come there have a chance to flourish on both sides, academically and athletically.” It made a big impression on Thompson. “I liked Georgia Tech a lot,” he said. “It’s an engineering school, but if I do go to school there, I will probably study Business. They’ve got connections to AT&T, Coca-Cola and a lot of big businesses in Atlanta. I had a good view of downtown from the campus. And in each one of those big buildings, there’s a Georgia Tech graduate up in there making millions.”

4. A new perspective. Both Thompson and his coach have a different view of the ACC school after spending a lengthy amount of time there. “We got to see the campus for the first time,” Jones said. “It was a lot different from seeing it while passing by it on I-75. So we got to see what Georgia Tech was all about. We thought it was a smaller campus. I didn’t realize they had more than 400 acres. I didn’t realize it was that big. Trenton’s eyes were opened to some things, and he now has a different perspective of Georgia Tech.”

5. He could be Tech’s all-time BMOC. If the nation’s No. 1 football recruit signed with Georgia Tech, he could be the school’s all-time Big Man on Campus. Nothing like that has ever happened at the ACC school — and probably the closest thing to it would be Calvin Johnson (No. 37 in the nation) signing with the Yellow Jackets in 2003. However, even Megatron held nowhere the near the same star power as Thompson does coming out of high school. On Wednesday, Thompson walked around campus like a rock star, with many of Georgia Tech’s current players stealing glances at the 5-star in between practice reps. Thompson, known for his humbleness, is used to attention but hasn’t let it go to his head. “A lot of people know who he is,” his coach said. “When he showed up on campus, they definitely wanted to learn more about him and get an opportunity to talk to him. His personality is so infectious that people gravitate toward him and want to be around him. It was really good visit, and he had a chance to meet some of the players.”

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405 comments
TheTrain
TheTrain

Supersize that order Mutt

Oh yeah and I have some dope I want to sell you.  Tech has NO CHANCE!

Andrew12355124
Andrew12355124

Why?  He was promised he wouldn't have to take math.

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

Why would he want to come to Tech when he can go to Georgia and get passing grades in classes he never even registered for?  Sheesh, no wonder they call the place the cesspool of the south.  SIX major violations by the athletics department since 1978 and they haven't received the death penalty yet?  It's time to shut down the entire operation in Athens.

JacketMan
JacketMan

Looks like I may you that apology after all; he didn't make it to campus yesterday; now the coaches aren't not sure if he'll make it today (Saturday) because of everything else going on.

JacketMan
JacketMan

The last I heard (this morning), Trenton and his Mom were still scheduled to visit GA Tech this weekend (in fact, I believe they are scheduled to arrive Friday). Michael, have you gotten any updates?

Hunk
Hunk

Why not Georgia Tech? It's a school in is home state. Does he think that the pros are not going to notice him at Tech an ACC school? Look at Clowney at South Carolina he's getting looked at and questioned about everything and he played in the SEC. The pros don't care where you played. If you got it they will find it.

Tech should have a few players like this.  

HonestInformed
HonestInformed

I spent some serious thought and time on the comments/post and I am rather bothered that it was deleted with no justifiable cause.

HonestInformed
HonestInformed

Mr. Carvel: My comment from yesterday was replaced with "This comment has been deleted".


Why??


Please reinstate the comment.


There was absolutely nothing wrong with my comments and it was very thought provoking as to why a Top tier (5 star) prospect should consider playing for a team like GT.


Anyone who read the comment is probably confused as to why it was deleted???????


Thanks in advance.

gt-40
gt-40

Great academic school and a G o o d Football school.

For our coach to say this very telling.......

RedandBlackDAWG
RedandBlackDAWG

The UGA/Tech. game is mandated by law from the Georgia senate. It has to be played each year.

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

@GTBob

Please stop saying the GT/UGA game should be cancelled. Georgia has and always will edge Tech most years, but the games are like last year mostly competitive, despite our recruiting disadvantage.

If we are going to throw in the towel against UGA, maybe we should do the same against VT, Miami and BYU, and go FCS.

Richt has given GT fits. But Georgia has had unusually good teams under Richt. He's arguably the best coach ever to run their program, and would be undisputed if he had a NC.

With Clemson and FSU surging, I don't understand how any Tech fan can hope that GT compete for ACC championships, but be non-competitive against UGA.

Georgia's run of success will eventually go cold, just like Miami, Tennessee, UF, USC and even Bama prior to Saban.

What are your goals for GT football? 7 win seasons and a trip to a meaningless bowl game?

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

I can't believe Calvin Johnson was ranked the 37th best player out of high school. There aren't 36 players that had better college and pro careers than he did in that class.

If we even had an average coach and QB we would have won at least 1 ACC Championship.

We could have lined him up in The Wildcat and averaged over 5 yds a play with that guy carrying the football.

gt51
gt51

stupid article.  sounds like something a 16 yr old kid would write in a high school paper.  pep talks and big man on campus.  why not mention he likes the varsity or that gold and white are his favorite colors.  waist of a mouse clike

ATL95
ATL95

@Dawg350 Please tell the last time the mutts won an SEC Championship or National Title?

Because last time I checked Tech has won each of them more recently than the mutts.

Realisticfan
Realisticfan

I am now under the impression that all you people who have posted on here with this crap have not yet reached puberty, or are so old you are senile.  Your like little kids. 

Dawg350
Dawg350

Poad

Anyways the akc would disagree with you. That's your problem you think you know everything! You only wish you did bro.

GTBob
GTBob

@RedandBlackDAWG  No its not, but yes there would probably be some legislative action if someone tried to end it.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Haha! We owned y'all with wally butts...Vince Dooley and Ray goff and mark Richt. Our success will never grow cold because we will always have a top 10-15 recruiting class. You techies are pure comedy mustard! Lol

GTBob
GTBob

@Birmingham__Jacket  I won't. One of two things needs to happen. We either need to drop that game or make some effort to compete in it. We aren't dropping VT or Miami or dropping out of the ACC. It would basically be the end of our athletic department. UGA though we have more control over. Your notion that we are losing because Richt is an amazing coach is a false one. We lost to UGA 70% of the time before Richt got there. That has trended worse every decade since before Bobby Dodd left. Dodd himself said that he would be lucky to beat UGA once every three games. In today's college football landscape that is just going to get worse, even if Richt leaves. 

It is frustrating that the best coach in our history had to say something like that and the school didn't care at all to try and improve anything. Not much has changed these days. It's actually worse. If we want to compete with UGA then we need major institutional changes. Otherwise we are a yearly free win for them and our program will continue to be ridiculed by the media and bashed by high school coaches whose kids we are trying to recruit. Personally, I don't see the point in taking a yearly beating and pushing our team even further into the depths of irrelevancy.

Right now we have easily the most lopsided 'rivalry' in college football. We need to either do something about it or end the charade.

BleedingGold
BleedingGold

@Birmingham__Jacket

Ironic how the one game he played with Taylor Bennett (Gator Bowl 07) he had his best college game.  Bennett wasn't even an average QB.  Just shows how bad Ball was and how stupid Chan was for not ever benching him.

gt51
gt51

mouse click

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

@ATL95  ...fact is it doesn't matter....both happened a long, long time ago...in a galaxy far away...but the truth is, UGA will have a shot at some point, just missed being in the conversation in 2102...tek will never sniff another....my opinion...go dogs 

POAD2013
POAD2013

@HelluvanEngineer  

humbleness

noun

the absence of any feelings of being better than others <in a display of true humbleness he gave much of the credit for his discovery to others>

BleedingGold
BleedingGold

@HonestInformed

I agree that it does make sense in that prospective.  However, I believe that ultimately he's going to get caught up into all the bull that teams like Alabama, UGA, Florida, etc. feed him.  "Come play at UGA........tradition, big stadium, SEC, hot girls, beer pong."  Other coaches will probably try to convince him that he won't receive as much exposure as Tech or some crap like that, even though one of the best LBs in the draft this year is coming out of Buffalo, a MAC school.


Would love for him to chose Tech, but don't think he will.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@HonestInformed Yea, he could get all that media attention at UGA after he hammer's his stipend check 4 times and CMR draws a portrait of him.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@Dawg350  it is pretty much common knowledge among all biologists that all dogs came from the domestication of wolves and through selective breeding by HUMANS that the breeds were developed.

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

I agree. Chan seemingly bet his entire coaching career at GT on Ball, and it cost him. His other choices were Bennett and Bilbo (who I thought had a great arm).

It always seemed to me Reggie might have been a little jealous of the attention Johnson got, and was reluctant to get him the ball.

Granted, CJ was double teamed most of the time. But as you point out, that was obviously no issue for even Taylor Bennett in the W Va. game.

Calvin was just a man playing against boys. He was good for at least 5-10 yards after the catch.

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

@gt51  agreed...it's a moot point anyway...he's all UGA...go dogs

Terry1961
Terry1961

If you were Trenton Thompson which coach would you choose as a positon coach Mike Pelton , or Tracy Rocker?

POAD2013
POAD2013

@Dawg350  The origin of the domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris) began with the domestication of the Grey Wolf (Canis lupus) several tens of thousands of years ago. Genetic and archaeological evidence shows that humans domesticated wolves on more than one occasion, with the present lineage ofC. l. familiaris arising at the latest 15,000 years ago as evidenced by the Bonn-Oberkassel site and possibly as early as 33,000 years ago as evidenced by the mtDNA testing on a paleolithic dog's remains from the Razboinichya Cave (Altai Mountains).

Domesticated dogs provided early humans with a guard animal, a source of food, fur, and a beast of burden. The process continues to this day, with the intentional artificial selection and cross-breeding of dogs to create new breeds of dogs.

Terry1961
Terry1961

Birmingham_Jacket,  If I'm not mistaken Tracy Rocker would be his position coach, not Pruitt, and Saban teaches defensive backs, not line backers, I would rather have Tracy as a position coach, than Saban at that position.

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

UGA will sign another great class. GT not so much.

But I seriously doubt he winds up a Dawg. I'll bet he goes Bama.

Pruitt is still largely an unknown, and certainly not even in the same league as Saban.

If he's serious about learning how to become a better defensive player, Saban is the master teacher. And he's much more likely to get more publicity from playing kin SEC championship games and NCs.

BleedingGold
BleedingGold

@Dewnsav  

That's funny considering we've had a more recent National Championship, conference championship, and BCS appearance than your "dominant" program has had.  It's comical that you find "being in the hunt" (a phrase that really only applies to MLB) as an okay standard.  What happened the year after you were "in the hunt?"  You lost 5 games!  LOL Keep drinking the cool aid.  I'm sure that "dream team" will bring all the preseason hype you guys can handle.

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

@BleedingGold  you guys can't even hunt anymore...for whatever reason you want to come up with...there is the standard bearer, academics...just reality...go dogs

BleedingGold
BleedingGold

@Dewnsav  

2102 probably isn't a bad estimate.  Some at large conference team will win one before the dwags do.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@gtcaryd why would your daughter care if i had a UGa Tattoo on my ankle? You should teach your children not to bite visitors.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@POAD2013 I told Bella that and she said come over here and she will pretend your ankle has a UGA tatoo on it. Seriously man, sometimes you can talk to much. This is one of those times. So STFU about dogs.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@gtcaryd I guess you never took a biology class? Read about dogs and you will find there were basically 3 or 4 basic types and sizes of Canis that humans selectively breed to get the dogs of today. If you think God made all these different breeds you are crazy. DNA prove it. There is no such thing as a true PURE BREED. They all came from a few breeds of Wolf and Fox. 

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@POAD2013 @Dawg350POAD, thats the biggest pile of manure i've heard in 350 posts. Where do you come up with this crap? I think you insulted my shitzu and Japanese chin.