Posted: 9:48 pm Monday, June 9th, 2014

Georgia Tech gets 5th football commit in 5 days (UPDATED) 

By Michael Carvell

Nathan Cottrell (247sports)

Nathan Cottrell (247sports)

Speedster Nathan Cottrell committed to Georgia Tech on Monday, one day after earning an offer at summer camp.

The 5-foot-10, 185-pounder is only ranked as a 2-star but he has been obliterating the camp circuit with his 40-yard times. The running back from Knoxville, Tenn., committed to Georgia Tech in a hurry.

“Well the situation I’m in with them being the first big school to offer, it put them in a situation where we are committed to you if you are committed to them,” Cottrell told the AJC.

“I thought and prayed about it for nearly three hours, and I feel like when I line up Georgia Tech with many other schools that are possible offers, I still love it here and there is not really any other school I would consider over Georgia Tech.”

This summer, Cottrell has been turning heads with his blazing speed. He was clocked at 4.36 seconds at Middle Tennessee State and 4.36 at Duke. Cottrell was timed at 4.33 by Georgia Tech, which generated an immediate offer.

“I ran a 4.33, and (Paul Johnson) said we have some 4.4 type guys but it’s very rare we see a consistent 4.3 guy,” Cottrell said.

Cottrell had around a dozen early offers, including Princeton, Wofford, Air Force and Western Carolina. His name was getting out fast to other colleges after his blazing 40 times.

“Well I really believe that I fit the offense (at Georgia Tech) very well because we run a very similar type of offense at my school. The education speaks for itself. I love the city. It’s awesome getting to play at the highest keel of football and get an amazing education.”

Georgia Tech now has eight commitments for 2015, including five within the last week.

Cottrell’s commitment was first reported by JacketsOnline.com’s Kelly Quinlan.

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35 comments
thebucket
thebucket

Congrats to the young man Cottrell on picking up a good offer from Tech and congrats to the Jackets for finding what appears to be a really good football player.

inoto20
inoto20

incuding Princeton, Wofford, Air Force and Western Carolina

lol that'll get it done against the top teams.

DallasJack
DallasJack

Seems fast with a good field of vision. Nice pick up. I think he will stick with his commit. Nathan, best of luck in the classroom and on the field.

Go Jackets!

JacketMan
JacketMan

Thanks to "mrnuttle" on JacketsOnline; hope you don't mind but I wanted to share something fantastic I saw you just posted:

We have all heard he was number 1 in ATL with a 132.72 (beating out Taj Griffin in almost every category). But, I did some digging and right now, he has the second best score in the nation. Out of 20 or so combine results I sifted through, only one other player beat him our (Kirk Merritt -WR - w/ 138.84 - 4 star #161). Also, Cottrell has recorded the second fastest 40 time in the nation of 4.35, only beaten by Bryce Love's -RB 4.30 (number 5 Rb in nation, rivals #44 - scored a 122.43 SPARQ). Remember these things have been held all across the nation, and he is number 2.

After seeing his film, looking at his stats, and looking at his combine scores, I am not sure how he does not jump up into 4-star category. I think this kid will be the steal of the year if we can keep him committed.

Main results page - http://www.studentsports.com/blog/tag/results/

ATL results page - http://www.studentsports.com/blog/2014/03/27/atlanta-nfsc-results-h-s/

hpt84
hpt84

131 carries for 1,922 yards, which equal 14.7 ypc. That is sick even for high school competition.

bigmacondawg
bigmacondawg

Paul Johnson really reeling them in.  Athlon will pick Tech to win your almost competitive conference next year, I bet.

dawgs01
dawgs01

Great speed with excellent size for a high schooler with that speed. Usually the blazers in high school weigh like 160-170.

OldJacketFan
OldJacketFan

This young man plays against some of the best competition in eastern TN. The numbers he's putting up speak for themselves! Great pickup for the Jackets! Welcome aboard Nathan!


P.S. nice comments about Nathan from Wes Rucker 

GTBob
GTBob

The kid not only had speed but football speed. He is very comfortable turning on the burners in cleats. Really nice pickup for us. His recruiting is probably going to pickup with the camp numbers he is putting up so I hope we can hang on to him.

ConfederateFlagBurner
ConfederateFlagBurner

Final junior stats: 131 carries for 1,922 yards (14.7 ypc) & 22 TDs, 16 catches for 289 yards & 4 TDs, 13 KO returns for 601 yards & 3 TDs, 1 punt return for a TD.


Like the 2 Aback pickups. 


hpt84
hpt84

He is smoking fast. Great vision too.

POAD2014
POAD2014

Luck follows SPEED the faster we get the lucky plays seem to happen more often.

jacketbacker
jacketbacker

4.33!!....Wow, that's fast.....Speed kills!


Go Jackets!! 

JacketMan
JacketMan

And Nathan Cottrell also had the top SPARQ score in ATL this spring; even higher than Taj Griffin.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

Looks like another good get for CPJ, welcome to the Flats. Looks like a hard worker.

RedandBlackDAWG
RedandBlackDAWG

@JacketMan  I think he plays at a smaller high school, and that hurts the star rating according to the people making them up. In their minds small school=small opponents.

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@WhiskeyBreath The WR we got last night is the Florida state champ in the 200 & 400 meter races.  Two legitimate track stars i this class so far.  Can't coach speed. 

GTBob
GTBob

@GTMan1949 So you think CPJ's recruiting strategy should be to wait until all of the recruits on our board have offers from many major programs and then swoop in and steal them at the end? Yeah, what could go wrong?

hpt84
hpt84

@bigmacondawg ACC won two BCS bowls last year. I believe one of them is against the SEC. Kinda silly to bash a whole conference.

WhiskeyBreath
WhiskeyBreath

@OldJacketFan Competition in eastern Tn is so so.

However, if he can run that fast, Tech has them a football player. 

I am looking forward to seeing him.  

GTBob
GTBob

@GTMan1949 If CPJ is losing early commitments to major programs then it should show that CPJ was right to recruit them in the first place, right? That would be the logic if you truly believe offers from major programs are what makes a recruit good or not.

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

@GTMan1949 If you're referring to Brendan Douglas, he committed about a week or two before signing day.   Not exactly early, genius.

BleedingGold
BleedingGold

@GTMan1949 

I'm assuming you're referring to Brendan Douglas who had a habit of fumbling the football, especially during tight games.

MichaelCarvell
MichaelCarvell moderator

@OldJacketFan @WhiskeyBreath I'm not an expert on the quality of HS football in Tennessee but from speaking from college recruiters over the year's ... it's pretty bad with a few exceptions, mostly the Memphis area. That's why the University of Tennessee recruits so heavily in Atlanta and out of state. But that has nothing to do with Nathan. He's vastly under-rated imho

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

@GTBob It would also suggest that he has a good eye for talent, as he would be recruiting those players earlier.

ARDawg2000
ARDawg2000

Brendan Douglas committed to Georgia Tech about two and a half months before signing day.

OldJacketFan
OldJacketFan

@MichaelCarvell

MC, I reside in TN and follow high school football closely. Yes for the most part W TN (Memphis) has he best overall quality for the large schools with Rutherford/Sumner County areas in Middle TN close behind. But the East TN schools I mentioned have been consistent contenders for State titles for the last several years. Maryville, in particular, I would put up against most schools. Nathan team lost in the State semis last year.