Friday, January 30, 2004

Recruiting Update - football

Some good updates on recruiting from the state of Georgia. Keep your eye on Brandon Miller. In case you don't know, this guy is listed by some of the ranking services as the best player in the nation at his position - which will probably be DE/LB. He played lots of positions on his Miller County GA team, including split end, where he caught 27 catches for 500+ yards. He is the real deal. To top it off, people who have met him or his family gush about the kind of quality young man this is - smart, well-spoken, thoughtful, etc, etc. Did I mention smart too.

Read this article to learn more about this outstanding talent.

Now the intrigue is that he has narrowed his choices down to FSU, UGAg and yes Georgia Tech. The "popular" media believes it is really between UGAg/FSU. Word on the street was that him mom wanted him to go to UGAg. People at both FSU and UGAg are reporting that GT is really strong in the hunt. A lot of FSU people think it is between FSU/GT. A lot of UGAg people think it is between UGAg/GT. A lot of GT are just praying it is GT!!! Stay tuned!!!

As our class stands now we have 23 verbal committments. One of those, Taylor Bennett, will go against last year's 'ship limit (can't sign more than 25 per year), which means we can sign another 3 players. So who's left on the board? The primary targets are:

Brandon Miller - DE (5 star prospect - top 10 player in the nation), down to GT, UGAg, FSU
Darryl Richard - DT (4 star prospect - big 6'4" 285, fast 4.95 40 and a playa), from Louisiana, down to LSU, ND, Miami, Colorado, GT
Darryl Robertson - DE (3 star - 6'5" 215) from Jonesboro GA - was a "soft verbal" to FSU - still not 100%.

There are of course other guys with offers like Leodis Mckelvin, Raeshon Ball and Justin Decker. Ball by the way is the younger brother of Reggie Ball. However it is not clear if he will be able to make it academically, which is just crying shame. I was looking forward to the Ball dynasty at GT. There is an even more talented younger brother in the wings as well.

By the time this is done, there will be some names that come out of left field that nobody has talked about. It is always interesting. National signing day is February 4, which is Wednesday of next week. Stay tuned for the excitement. If you live in the Hotlanta area, Chan and Co. have invited you to share in the celebration at the Club Lounge at BDS Wed. night at 7:00. They will show video of all the recruits, there is a reception and dinner and Coach Gailey will answer questions. Check here for more details.