Posted: 11:45 pm Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Big crowd of recruits expected for Georgia Tech’s spring game 

By Michael Carvell

OL Brandon Sandifer of Northside (JDM Photos)

OL Brandon Sandifer of Northside (JDM Photos)

Georgia Tech will host some of the state’s top football prospects for Friday night’s spring game.

Brandon Sandifer, a 3-star offensive guard from Northside-Warner Robins High School, will be making his first trip to Georgia Tech since attending the Alabama State game last fall.

“I just want to see how it is,” Sandifer told the AJC. “It’s pretty close to home. I’m just getting over there to see what it’s like.”

The 6-foot-4, 335-pound Sandifer has seen his recruiting pick up over the last month after a slow start. He’s up to 10 offers, including Alabama, Ohio State, Vanderbilt and Florida. He claims no favorites.

Georgia Tech was one of the first to offer him.

“I guess they liked my film,” Sandifer said. “I haven’t really talked to any coaches. They talk to my dad. I have no idea what position they want me at; probably guard.

“I like Georgia Tech because of the offense they run. It’s pretty unique and different. And it’s pretty successful.”

Some other top 2015 prospects who have confirmed that they will be at Georgia Tech:

  • RB Kawon Bryant, North Oconee
  • DB Arrington Farrar, Woodward (committed to Stanford)
  • OL Will Bryant, Franklin County (committed to Georgia Tech)
  • RB Josh Thomas, Buford
  • WR Harland Howell, Wheeler
  • RB Mikell Lands-Davis, Alexander
  • OL Nick Polino, Buford
  • K Ian Shannon, Marietta
  • LB Daniel Fennell, Grayson
  • TE Sam Dobbs, Landmark Christian
  • OLB Nick Dawson, ELCA
  • OL Randy Robinson, Lovejoy
  • QB Jaylend Ratliffe, Scotland, N.C. (committed to Georgia Tech)

Most of the 2014 signees will be there. Some who have confirmed are OL Andrew Marshall, DE Tyler Merriweather, OL Jake Whitley, OL Jake Stickler, OL-DL Michael Preddy, DB Lance Austin, DB Lawrence Austin, and WR Qua Searcy.

13 comments
ConfederateFlagBurner
ConfederateFlagBurner

Good luck young man. Hope you play for GT on the flats, could always use OLineman. 

JM64
JM64

Hope the rain moves on.

I can't wait to see the new players in action.

GTQBdefender
GTQBdefender

Someone please debate me about "Dodd's Luck".

Unlike 99% of the population, I actually read books.

GTQBdefender
GTQBdefender

As long as we use the academic excuse, coaches do not have to produce.

Ross did pretty good in 1990 (and should have been offered a ridiculously huge raise, was he?) and Freigen got great quarterbacking from the Goose (saving another mediocre Tech hire O'Leary). Just as Dodd was the brains in the outfit during the last years of Alexander (unknown to some Tech alums who wanted Dodd fired after his first year - source "Dodd's Luck"), Freigen was the brains that produced the Munson comment "Tech coming down the field like we are Wake Forest".

Unlike some Tech critics who are doubtful fans, I complemented Danny Hall in the comments after the Tech/Uga baseball game and also Ken's clever writing.

The 2009 Tech football season was a lot of fun but disappointingly the young Tech fans next to me sold, to my amazement, both the Wake and Uga games.

How could u sellout our best year in decades?

I think we should research what tactics produce out above average recruiting years unless, as some seem to think, we just stumble on a good year like the proverbial blind squirrel finding an acorn.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

Come on down to the Institute young man!

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

The rain is about stopped here in Bham. Hope you guys get a break and have a great crowd!

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

@Radar123  Dude, you kill me.   You gripe that we signed Johnson to a contract extension and gripe that we didn't sign Ross (without mentioning that he has a say in the matter).   It must be nice to be able to operate with the benefit of hindsight all the time.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Cary how in the world can Paul get some of these really good metro Atlanta players to start selecting GT over the Barn!!!! The rise of auburn as a big player in the SEC goes back to the fall of GT. If GT got half of those 12 players auburn gets every cycle then GT is in great shape and the cow college is Miss State in orange and blue.

I will hangup and listen to your process. The current plan you have as Dirty Harry said.."ain't making it".

GTBob
GTBob

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie  Willie, as much as you want to blame it on CPJ, it isn't really a CPJ problem. We weren't out recruiting Auburn before CPJ got here. They have some significant advantages in recruiting that we will never overcome, just like many other schools. Here are the recruiting rankings for the previous coach compared to Auburn:

2002: AU-6, GT-63
2003: AU-11, GT 50
2004:  AU-37, GT-79
2005: AU-13, GT-62
2006: AU-10, GT-57
2007: AU-7, GT-18

Even in GT's magical recruiting year of 2007 we were still out recruited significantly by Auburn.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

I would like for you and the Jackets to get back in the race. Then again I am still made about 1962 and you beating Joe Willie and Bama 7-6 in the rain. Not to mention Bill Curry using Ken Whisenhunt to beat Bama in Bham in the early 80's. We couldn't cover the guy.

GTBob
GTBob

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie  Yes, there is a reason and it's the same reason that CPJ was hired at GT. It was basically acceptance of the reality that we are never going to be able to recruit at the same level as the powerhouse programs surrounding us. It was worth a shot at something different just to try and even the playing field a little. 

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

GTBobby....Paul is just tasked with the issue as of now but this goes back to after Coach Dodd. I am not blaming Paul for 40 years and nobody else should as well. There is a REASON the military academy's run the Bone and that is you can get more out of less.