Position: Wide Receiver
Current Depth: SE: Levon Thomas, Nate Curry, Xavier McGuire,
Eddie Lee Ivery Jr.
FL: Jonathan Smith, Mark Logan, Chris Dunlap
Needs in recruiting: Georgia Tech will need multiple
commitments from receivers this February, period. We are starting to get
precariously thin at this position where we are already low on experience. In
addition, our best current receiver, Jonathan Smith, is a senior.
After Smith, we have a group of 3 juniors (Curry, Thomas,
Logan) that will be counted on heavily for contributions. So, when looking two
years down the road, we have but 3 scholarship receivers that, to this day, have
not seen one live-action play. It may be possible to get by with only two
receivers in this class but, if numbers allow, it would probably better to bring
in 3 receivers with this class.
Tech would like to go into any given season with 8-10
scholarship receivers, and we are currently at seven so past recruiting classes
have failed to properly look forward at possible losses. Adding 2 this year
would put us again at the minimum of that range, eight, with no room for other
losses. So, it's easy to see why I'll be really hoping for more attention to be
paid to this position in this recruiting class.
It would be a nicer balance to bring in about 2 per year. We
were in a position to do that last season but only brought in Dunlap. It's
possible that one of our current incoming freshmen quarterbacks, Ball or Carter,
could have a future at WR. If that appears to be a more likely scenario by the
end of the football season, then I'd become more comfortable with adding just 2
receivers. On this day though, I say bring in a trio.
Initial strategy: In the past two seasons, we seemed to
have addressed the receivers later in the recruiting process than other
positions. It started to look that way again this recruiting season, but the
number of receivers that we seem to be showing interest in seems to be
increasing more lately. Hopefully we'll show a bit more of a sense of urgency in
regards to bringing in quality receivers earlier in the game.
What type of receivers does Coach Gailey like? Well, it's hard
to completely pin down just yet. He seems to favor taller receivers but looks
like he wouldn't be against bringing in smaller prospects that have really good
speed. I really like this philosophy, if indeed that is what he's doing.
Receivers need height more and more these days since defensive backs are getting
bigger and still have speed. But Tech also want to bring in the best talent.
There are many shorter receivers out there that can help us.
We should know because we've buttered our bread with shorter receivers in the
recent past with the likes of Campbell, Glover, Watkins & Jonathan Smith
just to name a few. With all things equal in talent though, I'd like to have the
taller player. I think we'll see more targets in the 6'3"-6'4" range
than we usually do. The thing is though, everyone wants those guys too.
Specific Targets: Calvin Johnson, Carl Grimes, Johnny
Peyton & Brandon Barrett all for sure have offers from GT at this time.
There are some others that may but I cannot get good enough information yet to
say for sure. These first three though are all super targets.
First off is Johnson, from Sandy Creek High in Tyrone, GA. He
is likely our number one target as a receiver and should probably be one of our
top targets overall. I'd like to see Coach Nix put in the time to pull him in
that he did for Kenny Scott last year. Calvin could be huge to our offensive
future. We could finally have a tall, acrobatic receiver that will be a constant
highlight reel. His current top four is Georgia, Georgia Tech, Oklahoma and
Notre Dame, but it is believed that he likely wants to stay close to home. Not
only that but he also is most interested in Engineering. I think we'll be in on
this one for the duration of recruiting season, and my gut tells me that we
could be the favorite. He is also an outstanding baseball player but let's hope
he makes a home at GT on the football field.
Carl Grimes is another intriguing prospect that we have
already offered. Carl is a 5'9", speedy receiver from the Detroit area in
Michigan. Despite is small stature, he has already grabbed the attention of the
football powers that be. He already has offers from the likes of Georgia Tech,
Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Florida State. He said wants to come south
because the schools in the south aren't afraid to use smaller players that can
run. And what schools have had as much recent success with smaller receivers has
Georgia Tech has? He would seem to be a nice fit here. He had about 1700 yards
combined rushing and receiving last year, so the kid can play.
Peyton, from south Florida, is another one we've offered but
he doesn't sound as promising as Johnson or Grimes. He has said that he'll most
likely stay in Florida. That's not to say that we can't change his mind over
time but if FSU, Miami or Florida want him (none of the 3 have offered as yet
but Miami might do it first), then they will likely have first dibs. In addition
to GT offering, Pittsburgh and Iowa State have as well.
Barrett is a big-time, 6'0", receiver from the state of
West Virginia. So, that's four offers to receivers in four different states.
That means that the national recruiting strategy seems to be well in effect this
year. Barrett is starting to get offered by all of the big schools up north like
Ohio State & Penn State. He also has offers from Marshall and West Virginia.
OSU appears to have the early edge for Brandon but it's good to see that we're
going all over the place to get the best players.
Other names you see mentioned with Georgia Tech include: Matt
Spittal, Justin York, Steven Whitehead, Sean Walker, Marcus Monk, Keavett Mickle,
Donald Massey, & Nelson Faerber.
Spittal, from New Jersey, will likely camp at GT but seems to
favor Northwestern, Iowa, Virginia at this time. He is still waiting for his
York, from Alabama, is another without offers to date. He
currently lists Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Georgia Tech, and Florida as his top four.
York and Spittal are both 5'11" receivers.
Whitehead, from Louisiana, is another fast but short receiver.
He is less than 5'8" putting him in the same league as Kelley Rhino for
stature. His only offer to date is from Louisiana-Lafayette. He mostly prefers
Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Colorado, Clemson, Ole Miss, and Louisiana Tech at
this time though.
Walker is from Jefferson County High in Georgia. He likes GT
the most right now on a list that includes Georgia, Auburn, Kentucky, Vanderbilt
and MTSU. Right now he may have problems qualifying under Tech's increased
admissions minimums. He is awaiting his first offer.
Monk is a huge 6'6" receiver from Arkansas but may be
more of a small forward prospect in basketball. He's a very bright kid and could
get a hoops offer from GT before getting a football offer. Let's hope an offer
comes through for him because he is smart, could handle our academics and likely
help us in two sports.
Mickle is a tall and lanky receiver from Orlando, Florida. He
is still just starting off in the recruiting process so not much is known about
him just yet although he is planning on attending GT summer camp.
Donald Massey, from Texas, is another interesting prospect. He
will probably be a guy that stays in or near Texas but he is the brother of a
kid we really went after last season, Richuel Massey, who ended up signing with
Faerber is a skinny 5'11" receiver from Chattahoochee
High here in Atlanta. He'll be another camper here at Tech over the summer. We
will probably use that time to evaluate him to see if he's a fit for our
program. He's a smart kid that also likes Clemson and Georgia.
Looks like WR recruiting for GT could be wild ride this
season. We are going all over the map to find good ones. We're looking from
right in our back yard to Michigan to Texas. We are looking for tall or fast or
a good combination of both. I'm sure there will be many more names pop up on the
radar over the next few months in this position.
Georgia Tech Recuiting Targets: Wide Receiver
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