Posted: 8:00 am Friday, June 27th, 2014

Georgia Tech commit on Calvin Johnson comparisons, teasing from UGA fans 

By Michael Carvell

Georgia Tech’s most recent commitment is Harland Howell, the 6-foot-3 wide receiver from Wheeler High School.

Howell discussed his recruitment, the teasing he’s getting from UGA fans, and the comparisons to Calvin Johnson in the below video:

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1496419233001?bctid=3642495301001

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30 comments
grh0317
grh0317

the dogs know the trouble they are in. They could very well

finish 4th in their division. They should be worried...

ScoreCheck
ScoreCheck

Congrats!!!

It will be interesting to see if CPJ really changes his offense to match the new players coming in as Howell has suggested.

GT_Falcons_Fan_GT500
GT_Falcons_Fan_GT500

Some of you on here don't know anything about the WR position. It isn't about getting a guy to just catch balls. Stephen Hill was selected by Rex Ryan and crew not for his hands, but because of his ability to block. NFL teams do have systems where they demand their WR to block. SF, Seahawks are heavier on it and every other team require it of their WR's and they scout for that as much as they do their hands. 


Look, it doesn't matter where you go. The NFL finds talent. If you have the size and will power to work and make good decisions, the NFL will pick you up. Whether you get 8 balls and game or 25. 


Using some of your guy's logic, let's go opposite end of the spectrum. How have any of Mike Leach's receivers have done well in the NFL. I can't think of one. They ran all kinds of routes. Got all kinds of catches. Where are they now?

FireSomebody
FireSomebody

Good kid.  He doesn't really believe Tech's offense is going to change.  He's just trying to give Carvell a sound bite.  He's going to Tech to block, and he knows it.  His tape shows that he's clearly not afraid to do this, either.  He's going to be a good asset for Tech's offense.  Congrats to him.

DIT
DIT

Seems like a stand up kid. Good luck at tech. I hope Johnson realizes that he needs to utilize his receivers more to open up his running offense. This kid would be a good start. Good luck except for one game a year.

JM64
JM64

He seems like a great young man. I hope he has a great senior year!

Go Jackets.

inoto20
inoto20

beause as a Wide Receiver, he's hardly ever going to see the ball

That assumes pj is the coach after the 2014 season which is likely not to be the case if a likely 5-6 win season happens with 3 creampuffs on the schedule

Saldiven
Saldiven

I assume he wants to major in a degree where GATech offers a strong program and stay until he gets his degree, because as a Wide Receiver, he's hardly ever going to see the ball. Hope he likes blocking downfield.

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

good luck on the Flats,,,except Thanksgiving weekend...go dogs

ToddE
ToddE

@ScoreCheck We saw him try with Vad Lee early last season - the coaches even visited Nevada before that season to add "wrinkles".  But CPJ seemed to revert everything back before the VT game and I don't think we'll see much new this season either.

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

Depends on whether we have a QB that can throw and just as important and more unknown, an OL that can pass block. The latter has been the issue past 3 years. Blocking for the option and pass blocking two completely different concepts.

mikeyc22
mikeyc22

Maybe you've heard of a guy named Wes welker, or Danny amendola?

ToeMeetsLeather
ToeMeetsLeather

@TheAuditor, I appreciate the hard work and the keen eye that caught the kids "double dipping" on their UGA checks. Keep up the good work big man.

JacketMan
JacketMan

Let's see; it seems to me that former GA Tech Wide Receiver Demaryius Thomas, ended up being recognized by the NFL as pretty good option as a draft choice when he came. In fact, he was the very FIRST Wide Receiver drafted that season, and it's turned out that Bay Bay has turned out to become one of the top five Wide Receivers in the entire NFL (statistically speaking), meaning 40% of the top NFL Receivers come from GA Tech (Calvin Johnson).

And before you say anything, yes, I know Calvin didn't play under Paul Johnson, but Thomas DID, as did Hill and Cone, who are also playing in the NFL.

So it seems to me that if you want to play Wide Receiver in the NFL, it appears Paul Johnson actually has a good track record of helping you meet that goal.

To put things in perspective; Mark Richt currently has five WR's in the NFL in his 13+ years as head coach at UGA while Paul Johnson has three in his 5+ years as head coach at GA Tech.

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@Saldiven Actually, if you look at his HUDL video, he showcases hos downfield blocking as well as his pass catching abilities.  A good WR can do very well in GT's offense.  

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

@Birmingham__Jacket my opinion, Johnson won't change anything...right or wrong, the triple option is his game...go dogs

Dawgilama
Dawgilama

@JacketMan Georgia also has had  6  TE drafted  during  the  Richt  era, and  other  WR 's that  made  rosters  as  Free agents. You really think Thomas  would've  gone to Gt had PJ  been recruiting him?  Very doubtful.

Railroadtracgang
Railroadtracgang

He just wont have the same teaching or practice experience at gt. 

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@JacketMan Really? Kevin Cone? What exactly is he doing in the NFL right now? And Hill is a BUST. Thomas had already established himself as a great receiver before Paul Johnson got there. Johnson didn't recruit Thomas. 

WhiskeyBreath
WhiskeyBreath

@JacketMan I have given up on PJ.  But to be honest, not sure Nick Saban could be succesful. The power people at Tech don't care about sports.

GTBob
GTBob

@Dawgilama Thomas wasn't that big of a recruit at the time. He was a mid level 3 star recruit who turned out to be much better than expected. CPJ has recruited WR's rated higher than him, including one in this years class. Im not so sure Thomas wouldn't have come to GT.

BleedingGold
BleedingGold

I didn't know being 176th in the country in receiving yards was considered already being well established. I'm sure it was that season and not the 09 season where he was 13th in the country in receiving that got him on everyone's radar. Thanks for clearing that up for me.

NativeAtlantan
NativeAtlantan

"The power people at Tech don't care about sports."


WINNER WINNER WINNER 


The fact that Tech can compete as successfully as it does in Div I-A football is mind boggling. The academic rigor required, even of scholarship athletes, is something that those who have attended UGA, Auburn, Alabama, LSU, etc...simply cannot fathom. It's a waste to even try to explain to someone who hasn't experienced it.

Dawgilama
Dawgilama

@GTBob @Dawgilama With offers  from Georgia  and  South Carolina ,  i think he  would've  passed on playing in the  service  academy option.

Contractor1
Contractor1

Don' worry guys, this dork is always spitting out worthless comments as he has no desire to know the truth or research.  He's one of those that stomps his feet and tries utting folks down that don't select Georgia as recruits or those that choose to not be fans of them.  Oh, and surprise surprise, he never went to Georgia.

GTBob
GTBob

@Dawgilama Then why have higher rated WR's chosen GT since CPJ has been here? Thomas got a late offer from UGA and they were never really that big of a player for him. SC was even more mediocre than Tech at the time.

Dawgilama
Dawgilama

@GTBob @Dawgilama Big  decision I am a receiver would I want to play in  Spurriers, Richts or PJ  offense?