Sunday, August 29, 2004

2005 Football Recruiting Board

This is a list of committed recruits (verbals) for the 2005 class.

5. Michael Johnson, 6'7", 215lb, 4.6-40, AL
Committed 8/9. Tall TE prospect out of Plantersville AL. Attended one of the GT camps and performed extremely well. Recruitied by P.Nix. He also happens to be a talented hoops player and is interest in walking on to the GT hoops team. He had football offers from Clemson and S.Miss and hoops offers from Troy St and Bowling Green. A smart kid too with good grades and interested in engineering.


7. Todd Walker, 6'2", 185lb, 4.3-40, TX
Committed 8/22. Rivals #30 "athlete" in the nation. In the Texas top 50. Insiders has him as the #15 ranked recruit in Texas and the 10th best QB in the nation, as well as the #16 in the "Hot100 southwest". As a junior threw for 775 yards, 10 TD's, 6 int's. Also rushed for 842 yards and 7 TD's. And yes, that 40 time is right. This kid is one of the fastest in the nation - period. His video clips are eye-opening, as his speed and elusiveness are evident. As a running QB he is outstanding. I am not clear how solid his passing ability is, so I cannot comment. He clearly chose GT because he wants to develop as a QB, not play defense or WR. GT recruited him as a QB 100% and he was the only QB on the board. The selfish side of me wants to see him on the field using that speed sooner than waiting for his shot at QB, but that's what he wants and that's why he came here. Most other schools were recruiting him for the secondary. An outstanding pickup for the Jackets and we continue to show recruiting strength in Texas. His brother is a red-shirt frosh at Purdue and his dad player at Texas Tech. His finalists were GT, TT, Ark, K-St, Ok, Texas, Texas A&M. Oh yeah, he's got great grades too.


9. Carlos Thomas, 5'11", 170lb, 4.4-40, GA
Well, another football commit from another stud wide receiver. Another battle won against UGAg. For the 2nd year in a row, GT gets the top wide receiver prospect in the state of Georgia (College Park). He is also probably the best cornerback prospect in the state also. This kid is currently listed by Rivals as the 8th best wide receiver in the nation, the #4 prospect overall in Georgia, the 75th best overall prospect in the nation. He is a 4-star prospect from and they have him listed as the 10th best WR prospect in the nation. He also happens to be the younger brother of current starting GT WR Levon Thomas. So a nice family connection being created here.........His college choices really came down to GT and UGAg, but he also considered Clemson, Florida, LSU as well. Carlos is fast as he runs a legit 4.4-40, has a 32" vertical and is 5'11" 170lb. As a junior in high school he caught 20 passes for 411 yards and 5 TD's. In the Nike camp in ATL he had the 6th fastest 40-time at 4.41..........He also happens to be a standout on the baseball diamond, batting .627 as a sophomore and playing 2nd base / centerfield...... He and Calvin Johnson are from the same hometown.


3. Brad Sellers, 6'2", 255lb, 4.7-40, TX
Committed 7/13. Once again, Texas is in the house. He had interest in Miami, Nebraska, Ok.St, Toledo and Duke. Duke and Toledo were the other offers when he verballed. Recruited by Curtis Modkins. Had 40 tackles and 4 sacks as a junior. He would actually be interested in redshirting to develop if there is depth at the line.


1. Tony Clark, 6'1", 180lb, 4.52-40, GA
Committed 5/24. Chose GT over Clemson, E.Carolina, M.Tenn.St. Also was interested in UGA and Auburn. Recruited by Giff Smith. Interested in engineering and likes ATL. Went to the same school as Leon Robinson. Also happens to be a track star, the region 3 champ in both the 100m and long jump. Oh yeah, he played hoops too. One of the "all around athletes". On his high school team, he played DB, WR, did kick returns, punt returns and special teams. Was quite the prolific kick returner.

2. Jahi'Word-Daniels, 5'11", 160lb, 4.5-40, AL
Committed 7/13. Jahi'Word-Daniels, from Hoover AL, who had offers from Duke, Louisville and Vandy, and was also being recruited by Alabama, Auburn, Clemson and Miss.St. Recruited by Joe D'Alessandris. Another smart young man with a 3.6GPA and no problem on test scores...... Had 25 tackles and 4 int's as a junior. Helped lead his team to a championship in AL's highest classification - 6A. By the way his teammates have nicknamed him "primetime", after Deion Sanders, who is his role-model at the corner position....


8. Marvin Sapp, 6'1", 215lb, 4.5-40, FL
Committed 9/6. Chose GT over many schools including Clemson, Florida, Louisville, Maryland, UNC, South Carolina, Syracuse, Tulane, Memphis, NCST, Duke. Ole Miss. Was getting courted by FSU and Miami but no offer had been extended as of yet. Sapp is the cousin of NLF Star Warren Sapp and a close relative to NFL player Patrick Sapp. So the "blood" is good. Sapp has a great college frame and will probably contribute very early in his GT career. He has good physical tools and is a hard worker. He also happens to be an outstanding student, taking all AP courses, so the academic strength of GT played a role.

4. Antonio James, 6'2", 200lb, 4.59-40, TX
Committed 8/9. Choses GT over Baylor, Vandy and Tulsa, and was also interested in Iowa, SMU and TCU. In 12 games as a junior had 65 unassisted tackles, 40 assisted, 15 tackles for a loss, 3 sacks, 3 INT's and 2 fumble returns. He was recruited by Curtis Modkins, who handles TX. Likes GT's academics even though he was interested in criminal justice. Again, speed seems to be the common thread with our recruits.

6. Taalib Tucker, 6'0", 233lb, 4.87-40, GA
Committed 8/22. Taalib Tucker is a strong kid who plays linebacker. He chose GT over Florida, Ohio State, Clemson and Oklahoma. He was also getting calls from LSU, Miss.St, Mich and FSU. As a junior he had 96 tackles, 5 sacks, 2 ints. You may think that sounds average, but consider that those stats were compiled in 6 games, as he missed the first half of the season with a knee injury. Rivals lists him as the 57th best player in the state of Georgia. He is also fast, running a 4.87 in the 40 at one camp, which is respectable. He has been clocked in the 4.5 range before. Another recruit interested in architecture, which fits well at GT. He also happens to dabble in track, throwing the shot-put and discuss. Good speed, good instincts. A member of the Super Metro 11. One of Taalib's cousins in Oklahoma football player Scoonie Penn. He also has a cousin who played hoops at Florida - Rasheed Al-Kaleem.