Sunday, February 10, 2013

Georgia Tech National Signing Day ESPN Event Recap

Ted Roof should add boost to Georgia Tech recruiting/AJC.com
A little late getting this up, but better late than never.

Instead of holding a Signing Day event in Atlanta with a review of the signess and Q&A with fans, Georgia Tech broadcast a 1 hour program on ESPN3.com [insert your Paul Johnson didn't want to answer fan questions theories here]. I see the decision to g to a national platform for a NSD event as part of Tech's campaign to recruit more nationally.

Here is a run down of the event. Please excuse my note taking form. If you want to watch the entire hour you can here

Interview with Vad Lee

- talked about his recruiting process, what coaches tell him
- said once he committed to GT every other coach started negatively recruiting against GT; goes back to old saying a committment only means everyone else knows who their competition for a prospect is
- Strength and Coaching is a big change from high school to college; the weight room was not his friend in high school
- Vad will be competing with Justin Thomas for the starting QB job in Spring Practice


Liam Klein - Director of Player Personnel

- started with 1200 names for class of 2013
- check grades, call high school coaches, talk to parents, friends to find the right fit
- academic requirements is the first hurdle for prospective student-athletes

Paul Johnson Interview

- is excited about next year
- 15/16 starters back; will have more seniors than in previous years
- take momentum from last half and build on it is key for the offseason

Signees Profiles

Joe Speed profiled Justin Akins
- Akins film shows him at DT and DE but he is projected at DE in a 4-3 scheme

Lamar Owens profiled Harrison Butker
- most of Butker's film was at Punter but projected at PK
- spent his last season kicking FGs off the ground to get ready for college
- mother got her Master's Degree from GT

Joe Speed profiled Darius Commissiong
- had nearly every major program trying to switch him this week
- was up around 330 but has gotten down to 305; will likely play inside

Buzz Preston introduced Travis Custis
- first remark about Travis Custis: "y'all need to love him"
- possibility he can contribute right away
- Buzz mostly let the highlights role on Custis
- Buzz has a gregarious personality in his interviews

Andy McCollum introduced Paul Davis
- anybody in South Georgia will tell you about this kid
- he loves Georgia Tech and it is always good to have those kids
- one of best players we had in camp this Summer
- might play weakside LB or a Safety or maybe a B-Back

Buzz Preston introduced Shamire Devine
- fell in love with Georgia Tech's academics
- went to Nike event in Oregon and some considered him the best OL at that event
- got hurt towards the end of the season that held him back

Andy McCollum introduced Chris Griffin
- "mean as hell"
- still in the HS wrestling championships at the Heavyweight level
- once his upper body catches up with his lower body he is going to be a player
- some of his tape includes his HS team running flexbone formations

Brian Bohannon introduced Ty Griffin
- 1 year at McEachern, had played at North Cobb previously
- can play multiple positions
- UNC offered him as a Safety
- he will get a shot to play QB, but he can play elsewhere if he fits better

Joe Speed introduced Ricky Jeune
- a lot of his film showed his HS team throwing screens
- fits the GT need of tall, physical WR who can stretch the field

Buzz Preston introduced Antonio Messick
- new HS coach at Fayette Co wants a physical team
- Messick took on some of the best defenders and was the toughest blocker on the team
- came to camp and showed out in blocking, jumping ability
- Preston couldn't believe more schools weren't after him; diamond in the rough
- had played basketball most of his high school career

Andy McCollum introduced John Marvin
- played S, CB, RB for his high school
- his HS coach was a teammate of McCollum's in college
- rated as the top DB in GT's Summer Camp
- runs 100m, 200m
- high academic kid
- had to turn off phone last night from coaches calling

Joe Speed introduced Kevin Robbins
- from same HS as Commissiong
- Groh made the initial contact
- dad played at Michigan State and in NFL
- went with Georgia Tech due to the educational opportunities and possible early playing time
- recruited as OLB
- Bishop McNamara HS has good academics and players are used to being in the spotlight

David Walkosky introduced Donovan Wilson
- early enrollee
- could be an A-Back or B-Back
- Walkosky has recruited Central Ohio for 20 years

Ted Roof introduced Corey Griffin
- Roof mentioned how great it is to be back at GT and to be back with people who love Georgia Tech
- Sandy Creek and GT have a great relationship, have a great HS program
- Sandy Creek HS Coach called Roof and asked him to take a look at Griffin
- Griffin is a great fit for GT as a student and as a player

Back with Paul Johnson...
- we are still awaiting on a couple of guys so the class may not be completely finished (have to assume he is talking about Corn Elder here)
- classes are balanced now
- starting to see more recruiting outside of Georgia
- GT brand very well respected outside of Georgia
- thinks Devine is one of the top prospects in the state
- Roof will be implementing his system on defense
- Offense will be tweaked to match the talents at QB

Video ended with Johnson watching film of Travis Custis in his office

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