Georgia Tech Recruiting: Jackets Miss On Two, Add Beau Hankins

The Yellow Jackets went one-for-three on National Signing Day, losing Will Adams and missing Dalvin Tomlinson but gaining Beau Hankins.

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Will Adams Commits To Auburn Over Georgia Tech

Longtime Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets offensive lineman commit Will Adams announced on National Signing Day that he'll play for the Auburn Tigers. The lifelong Georgia Bulldogs fan never got a whole lot of attention from the Dawgs until late in the process, after UGA had lost Chester Brown, but by then he'd narrowed it to two teams.

Auburn appeared late as well, showing up after Tech's offensive line coaching status became murky. His status has been all over the place for most of the past two weeks, with visits to Auburn reportedly being planned and unplanned.

A 6-foot-7 three-star out of Georgia Tech pipeline Sandy Creek, Adams is ranked one of the country's 100 best offensive tackles by recruiting services. He needs to bulk up before he'll be able to play in the SEC.

For more on Dalvin Tomlinson and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Football recruiting, visit From The Rumble Seat and SB Nation Atlanta. Click the link for more on National Signing Day 2012.

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Georgia Tech Recruiting: Junior Gnonkonde's Scholarship Revoked, Paul Johnson Cites Academic Reasons

Lanier County High School defensive end Junior Gnonkonde was Georgia Tech's first commitment for its 2012 signing class but won't be signing with the Yellow Jackets after he was informed that his scholarship offer had been withdrawn by the school.

Lanier County athletics director John White told the AJC that Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson indicated that the offer was pulled because Gnonkonde's test scores were too low. That confused White, who is also Gnonkonde's legal guardian, because of the timing which comes just 10 days before signing day.

"Georgia Tech's admissions people had his transcript and test score for awhile. Why didn't they let us know long before this? We're finding out just now? This kid has been committed to Georgia Tech for 11 months, we didn't talk to other schools because he was committed there, and now this happens 10 days before National Signing Day?"

Gnonkonde is scheduled to take an official visit to Central Florida sometime next week and has already been contacted by Florida, Georgia and Louisiana Tech among others.

For more on Georgia Tech's Football recruiting class be sure to check out From The Rumble Seat. For more College Football recruiting news be sure to check out SB Nation's College Football Hub.

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Justin Thomas Commits To Georgia Tech, Flipping On Alabama

One-time Alabama Crimson Tide commit Justin Thomas of Prattville, Alabama, a four-star athlete according to Rivals, has committed to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Thomas had been committed to Bama for nearly a year, hoping to play quarterback, but evidently feels he has a better shot of playing the position at Tech. The Tide reportedly wanted him to return kicks.

Former Alabama high school star Jamal Golden, a Jackets cornerback, broke the news:

jamal golden@211Boy_4Life Well Twitter I have someone who was once my rival about to become my teammate next year... #yessuh!!! #JustinThomas

jamal golden@211Boy_4Life Me and Justin gonna make me things happen here at #GT

At 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds, Thomas does look more like an option quarterback than a pro-style passer, which Alabama's offense will clearly favor.

He also has offers from Auburn, Florida, LSU and others, but it's hard to say just how many of the schools on his list want him as a quarterback. If that's the position he wants to play, then ... hey, who said Paul Johnson's scheme couldn't find well-suited talent?

For more on the Jackets, visit Georgia Tech blog From the Rumble Seat.

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Georgia Tech Recruiting: D.J. White, Anthony Autry Join 2012 Class

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets got their first 2012 commits in a while, with the first weekend of visits season yielding three-star defensive back D.J. White of McDonough and defensive back/wide receiver Anthony Autry of Norcross. 

Tech's 2012 class had been thin in the secondary heading into the weekend, with only three-star Antonio Crawford already aboard. The Jackets are up to 12 commits.

White, a longtime South Florida Bulls commit, had offers from Auburn, South Carolina, Vanderbilt and others. Autry's most impressive offers were from Appalachian State and Indiana.

Actually, all you need to know about White's talent: he got a hug from Paul Johnson after flipping on USF. The last man Paul Johnson hugged is buried beneath Beautiful Eagle Creek, but that may have been a different sort of hug.

 

Name Position Rivals, Scout Composite Height, Weight Hometown

 

Anthony Autry DB/WR NR 6'2", 180 Norcross

 

Antonio Crawford CB 2.5 5'11, 175 Tampa, FL

 

Chase Roberts OG 3 6'3", 292 Norcross

 

D.J. White DB 3 5'10", 180 McDonough

 

Dennis Andrews ATH 2.5 6', 183 Tallahassee, FL

 

Francis Kallon DE 3.5 6'5", 241 Lawrenceville

 

Junior Gnonkonde OLB 3 6'4", 215 Lakeland

 

Marcus Allen RB 3 6'2", 210 Hilliard, FL

 

Michael Summers ATH 3 6'1", 190 Statesboro

 

Pat Gamble DE 3 6'4", 273 Carrolton

 

Roderick Chungong DE 3 6'3", 250 Olney, MD

 

Tyler Stargel MLB 2.5 6'3", 250 Gulf Shores, AL

 

Will Adams OT 3 6'5", 280 Tyrone

 

For more Georgia Tech football, head to From The Rumble Seat. For more college football, visit SB Nation's NCAA Football hub.

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2012 Georgia Tech Football Recruiting: Marcus Allen Commits, Has A Famous Name

It just goes to show what a great job Paul Johnson is doing Georgia Tech: RB Marcus Allen won't be headed to USC after all, where he'd be assured of winning a Heisman Trophy and a long NFL career with the San Francisco 49ers and other teams and a weird friendship with O.J. Simpson and ...

I'm sorry, apparently we're talking about Hilliard, Florida RB Marcus Allen, who's himself a highly recruited player, likely Tech's biggest get so far this class. The consensus three-star prospect announced his intention to play for Tech this week, choosing the Jackets over a list of offers dozens deep. Arkansas, FSU, Nebraska and Wisconsin were some of the schools in the running for Allen, who apparently also played QB and was ranked as the nation's No. 61 OLB by Scout.

In fact, it was Tech's desire to have him play running back that helped it land Allen, a student with a 3.9 GPA who's related to former state legends Champ Bailey and Boss Bailey. That 3.9 GPA should help clue you in on what else helped lure Allen to Atlanta.

An updated look at the 2012 class:

 

Name Position Rivals, Scout Composite Height, Weight Hometown

 

Antonio Crawford CB 2.5 5'11, 175 Tampa, FL

 

Chase Roberts OG 3 6'3", 292 Norcross

 

Dennis Andrews ATH 2.5 6', 183 Tallahassee, FL

 

Francis Kallon DE 2.5 6'5", 241 Lawrenceville

 

Junior Gnonkonde OLB 3 6'4", 215 Lakeland

 

Marcus Allen RB 3 6'2", 210 Hilliard, FL

 

Michael Summers ATH 3 6'1", 190 Statesboro

 

Pat Gamble DE 3 6'4", 273 Carrolton

 

Tyler Stargel MLB 2.5 6'3", 250 Gulf Shores, AL

 

Will Adams OT 2* 6'5", 280 Tyrone

 

* Only rated by one service.

For more Georgia Tech football, head to From The Rumble Seat. For more college football, visit SB Nation's NCAA Football hub.

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2012 Georgia Tech Recruiting: Will Adams Commits To Favorite Team's Rival

The story on Sandy Creek OT Will Adams, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets newest commit, is that he grew up a Georgia Bulldogs fan. But it actually sounds like he's got as much White and Gold in him as he does anything else, as he described to Michael Carvell some pretty extensive ties to Tech.

Might Adams flip if he happens to get a UGA offer? It's hard to tell, from the sound of it, since he says he tried to attend Dawg Night despite an injury. His only SEC offer came from the Kentucky Wildcats, so Georgia might not end up taking interest in him anyway. Either way, accepting an offer to play against the team you grew up rooting for has to be a really tough choice for a high schooler.

He comes from the same school as did Jackets like Calvin Johnson and Andrew Gardner, and has been battle-tested by some of the state's best pass-rushers, including Georgia's Ray Drew.

Here's an updated look at Tech's 2012 commits list:

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Name Position Rivals, Scout Composite Height, Weight Hometown

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Antonio Crawford CB 2.5 5'11, 175 Tampa, FL

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Chase Roberts OG 3 6'3", 292 Norcross

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Dennis Andrews ATH 2.5 6', 183 Tallahassee, FL

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Francis Kallon DE 2.5 6'5", 241 Lawrenceville

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Junior Gnonkonde OLB 3 6'4", 215 Lakeland

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Michael Summers ATH 3 6'1", 190 Statesboro

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Pat Gamble DE 3 6'4", 273 Carrolton

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Tyler Stargel MLB 2.5 6'3", 250 Gulf Shores, AL

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Will Adams OT 2* 6'5", 280 Tyrone

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* Only rated by one service.

For more Georgia Tech football, head to From The Rumble Seat. For more college football, visit SB Nation's NCAA Football hub.

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