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Georgia Tech rises to No. 20 in Rivals rankings after landing RB

  • 10:48 pm Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Georgia Tech moved up to No. 20 overall in the Rivals.com team rankings after Tuesday’s commitment of TaQuon Marshall.

The 5-foot-10, 165-pound athlete from Harris County High School picked the Yellow Jackets over Wake Forest, Duke, Marshall and Cincinnati.

“It’s a great school with great academics,” Marshall told the AJC. “I felt like I fit in at Georgia Tech. They have a great coaching staff. With the other guys already committed, I felt like it would be a great class if I committed there.”

Marshall, who has yet to be rated as a prospect in the 247sports composite rankings, said he is projected [More]

Georgia Tech QB recruit suffers fractured skull in ATV accident (UPDATED)

  • 8:57 pm Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

UPDATE: As of Wednesday morning, Ratliffe was in stable but critical condition in intensive care at a Charlotte hospital, his coach told carolinalive.com’s Tonya Brown. “He is still in serious condition. He hasn’t gotten any worse. There’s some signs of improvement. I think there is some positive. We’re cautiously optimistic but he’s got a long road ahead of him. He’s not out of the woods. It’s in the Lord’s hands,” Scottland coach Richard Bailey told the website.

Jaylend Ratliffe, who is committed to play quarterback at Georgia Tech, suffered a serious head injury in an ATV accident on Tuesday, according [More]

Ex-Georgia Tech signee Myles Autry said he talked with UGA’s Mark Richt

  • 11:07 am Saturday, July 26th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

UPDATE: Myles Autry will attend Georgia Prep Sports Academy this fall, GPSA coach Mike Carson told the AJC on Tuesday.

Myles Autry, who signed a football scholarship with Georgia Tech but requested a release from the Yellow Jackets this week, said he talked over the telephone with UGA’s Mark Richt on Friday.

“Coach Richt told me he called Georgia Tech’s compliance to see if I got an official release and to see my restrictions,” Autry told the AJC on Saturday. “He found out that I was a free agent, so we talked yesterday. He basically said that he wants to look into [More]

Louisiana WR picks Georgia Tech

  • 11:28 pm Friday, July 25th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Georgia Tech got its third commitment of the day when wide receiver Brandon Singleton pledged to the Yellow Jackets on Friday night.

The 6-foot, 170-pounder is from Boutte, La.

Georgia Tech now has 17 commitments from 2015 after Etowah High School offensive linemen Brad and Scott Morgan (twins) picked the Yellow Jackets earlier in the day.

Singleton has yet to be rated in the 247sports composite rankings, and he also had offers from Grambling State, Louisiana-Monroe, Northwestern State and Southeast Missouri State, according to his 247sports profile.

Singleton said LSU offered him a track scholarship after he won a state championship in the [More]

Twins commit to Georgia Tech (UPDATED)

  • 6:40 pm Friday, July 25th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson made a pair of twins an offer they couldn’t refuse this week.

Johnson called the parents of Etowah High School offensive linemen Scott and Brad Morgan with a deal: He’d officially give the boys each the offer they’d be waiting on from the Yellow Jackets if they were ready to commit.

Brad was ready to pledge on the spot, while Scott wanted a couple of days to mull things over. By Friday evening, the twins had reached a mutual agreement: They called Johnson, got the official offer, and officially accepted.

“Georgia Tech was the dream offer, the offer we [More]

Could UGA and Georgia Tech both add commitments today?

  • 1:35 pm Thursday, July 24th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Could UGA and Georgia Tech both add commitments today?

Michael Chigbu, a 4-star wide receiver from New Orleans, will announce between UGA and Texas A&M at 8 p.m. Thursday.

According to the 247sports.com Crystal Ball predictions, UGA (58%) is slightly favored over Texas A&M (38%) for the 6-foot-2, 210-pounder who is rated as the state of Louisiana’s No. 10 overall prospect.

Georgia Tech could also get a couple of commitments today: Brad and Scott Morgan, twin offensive linemen from Etowah High School, are considering accepting offers from the Yellow Jackets, according to JacketsOnline.com’s Kelly Quinlan.

The twins got offered personally by Georgia Tech’s [More]

Austin King: NC State QB commit gets looks from Notre Dame and Virginia Tech

  • 10:05 am Thursday, July 24th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

UPDATE: It’s automatic these days for other schools to recruit the top committed prospects all the way until signing day, but news that Notre Dame and Virginia Tech are trying to talk with King upset still upset some N.C. State fans on Thursday. King addressed the situation with the AJC, “Although schools have contacted me, I have not told them I’m free to them. I’m fully committed to N.C. State.”

Notre Dame and Virginia Tech are still taking a look at Alpharetta High School quarterback Austin King.

The 6-foot-4 King committed to N.C. State last month over South Florida, Harvard and West [More]

State’s No. 1 prospect talks about why he likes UGA and Georgia Tech

  • 1:02 am Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Wheeler High School’s Jaylen Brown is the state’s highest-ranked college basketball prospect since Derrick Favors was the nation’s No. 1 recruit in 2009.

The 6-foot-7 Brown is rated as the No. 4 overall prospect in the country for 2015, and he will likely move up after a stellar summer with his AAU team, Game Elite.

I had a chance to closely watch Brown at the UAA Finals this past weekend, and what can I say? He looked as good as advertised.

UGA’s Mark Fox and Georgia Tech’s Brian Gregory watched Brown’s every move as soon as he entered the building.

They weren’t the only ones. [More]

Alabama legacy transfers to North Cobb High School

  • 12:01 am Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 by Michael Carvell

A top sleeper prospect for 2015 to watch this season is Jordan McCray.

He’s a 6-foot-5, 170-pound wide receiver who recently transferred from Walton High School to North Cobb for his senior season. McCray missed almost all of his junior year with a torn ACL.

McCray hails from a famous football family: His father, Curtis Brown, was a top wide receiver on Alabama’s 1992 national championship team. His uncle is former Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Charlie Brown.

McCray doesn’t have any early offers because most scouts are waiting until they can evaluate his recovery from the knee injury. He’d like to get looks from [More]

Alabama’s Nick Saban comments on scholarship for injured Tucker football star

  • 6:38 pm Monday, July 21st, 2014 by Michael Carvell

One of the feel-good stories from this past year’s signing day was finalized on Monday.

Alabama officially got clearance from the NCAA to award a non-football scholarship to Elisha Shaw, the former Tucker High School standout who suffered a career-ending neck injury at the beginning of his senior season.

Before the injury, Shaw was rated as one of the state’s top 10 overall college football prospects for 2014. He had around 20 scholarship offers, and listed Alabama, UGA and Ole Miss as his leaders.

Shaw won’t count as a regular football scholarship, or against Alabama’s 85-man roster limit.

“We’ve always done this kind [More]