Posted: 1:14 pm Sunday, June 8th, 2014

Georgia Tech picks up two football commits (UPDATED) 

By Michael Carvell

Georgia Tech’s football team picked up a pair of commitments this weekend.

The Yellow Jackets got pledges from Christian Campbell, a 3-star athlete from Ponchatoula, La., who will play quarterback in college, and Trent Sellers, a defensive end from Sandy Creek High School.

Option QB Christian Campbell (247sports)

Option QB Christian Campbell (247sports)

The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Campbell is rated as the No. 20 overall prospect out of the state of Louisiana, according to the 247sports composite rankings. He said he picked Georgia Tech over Louisiana-LaFayette, Arizona State and Arkansas State, among others.

“It’s great football in a good conference, even better education,” Campbell told the AJC. “I run a very similar offense now (in high school) and the city of Atlanta is amazing. I like the staff, and I wouldn’t mind spending four years there.”

“Georgia Tech really got a good player with Christian,” Ponchatoula coach Hank Tierney said. “I don’t know what these rankings and stuff mean, but he was ranked as high as the No. 12 player in the state of Louisiana — and it’s because of his versatility. He is being recruited by SEC schools as a wide receiver and defensive back.

“But we run Georgia Tech’s offense. He is one of the best option quarterbacks that I’ve ever been around, and I’ve been coaching 35 years. I’ve had a lot of option quarterbacks over the years that went to some really good schools. He’s just like they are: Tremendous athlete, and underrated as a thrower because we don’t throw. He was the District MVP in one of the best districts in Louisiana.

“We play in Louisiana’s highest classification. He accounted for almost 3,000 yards of total offense last year in 12 games. And he averaged about eight yards per carry. Georgia Tech is getting a good one.”

Tierney felt like Mississippi was close to offering after Campbell was clocked at 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash at summer camp. Campbell also worked out for Alabama, which has expressed interest. Both schools liked Campbell as an athlete, while Georgia Tech recruited him at quarterback.

“That’s why he picked Georgia Tech,” Tierney said. “He was being recruited as a quarterback by a couple of different schools that run that option, but he was being recruited by more schools that wanted him as an athlete. And I’m sure Georgia Tech runs into this type of situation all the time with the offense that they run. He’s definitely being recruited there at quarterback.”

Campbell is Georgia Tech’s second 2015 commit at QB, along with Jaylend Ratliffe of Scotland County, N.C.

Sandy Creek has been a pipeline for Georgia Tech players over the years, including Calvin Johnson and Isaiah Johnson. The 6-3, 230-pound Sellers is unranked at this time. His father played football at Auburn.

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27 comments
Tallcarl
Tallcarl

Man, this guy looks like a natural leader and you can't teach speed. His arm strength is medium but he has some accuracy. He has great vision and outstanding acceleration after the cut-back. Very Dangerous and tough. As a Georgia die hard I enjoy seeing Tech do well (not against UGA) and I hope he wins some ACC crowns.

Sleepy Dawg
Sleepy Dawg

It doesn't matter Tech is garbage only clowns that cannot compete go to this joke of a program.  We suck abd will still bend them over like Sam gets

LongBeachJacket
LongBeachJacket

Three good recruits for the Jackets.  Nice work!  Hope (expect) they are firm in their decisions and will hold the line in the event other "interlopers" come poaching...  GO JACKETS!!!

TrevorSamms
TrevorSamms

Hell yeah!  This Campbell will be starting as a red-shirt Freshman.  


OldJacketFan
OldJacketFan

Add #7 to Tech's commitments! Christian Philpott 6'2" 200lbs WR out of Tallahassee! Weclome aboard Christian!

58Supersports
58Supersports

Welcome Campbell and  Sellers... looking forward to watching you play.

POAD2014
POAD2014

Happy to have you young men. Best of Luck and waiting to see you on the flats.

FBYJ
FBYJ

Congrats to both players.  Glad to have you as part of the Georgia Tech family.

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

Don't know the last time GT had a player from La?  Tech fans, help me out here.

gatechclassof95
gatechclassof95

Tech recruiting surprisingly well for a program with some instability in coaching staff.  Johnson obviously on the hot seat now.  These two players should do fine at Tech regardless.  Congratulations.  

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

Keep them coming, welcome to the Flats! You'll never regret being a Jacket.

dawgs01
dawgs01

Way to go Trent. Hard work pays off. I hate that it is with tech but u deserve it and I know u will have a great career. Here is what Trent can do obviously play defensive end by also play linebacker. He is a big kid with great hips. Just got a few offers the past month. This kid will get more offers he is rising. We will see if tech holds on to him. In January he had no offers after spring where he had a couple of sacks and a couple of great camps he has picked up some offers. Congrats. Tech just got a great leader, great young man, and a great football player who is very versatile.

Smithenator
Smithenator

Congratulations to both young men, and best of luck to your respective teams this upcoming Fall!

TechTroll13
TechTroll13

Stupid and classless in just two sentences.  You are at the top of the mutt class. 

BigTimeJacketFan
BigTimeJacketFan

@Quackmeyer Guessing Darryl Richard, DL a few years back that got drafted by New England.  Great student, had his MBA in five years at Tech.

Ramblnwrek
Ramblnwrek

Isn't this one of the first off seasons where one our assistants was not hired away?

GaTechOldTimer
GaTechOldTimer

@dawgs01 Thanks - Rare proof that some Dawg fans can stick to the topic at hand and have the class to post positive comments about prospective players on a web site other than their own. 


ConfederateFlagBurner
ConfederateFlagBurner

@bigmacondawg I know right. 4 National Championships. One in 1990 and a ACC title in 09' how could that be legitimate? When was the last time the Dawgs won the NC again? 

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@bigmacondawg Man you sounded like you were describing the Dawgs, mediocre football program, random luck, and not a contender. Yep bigmouthdawg you described your team.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@GT1971 Well excuse me to hell, sorry if i have misrepresented the school i love. Guess making light of a fellow fan makes your stinger peck out. Not worth my time junior.