Akins is Tech Man Now

Jackson, Georgia defensive end Justin Akins has been on Georgia Tech's radar for quite some time. Once Akins made a few visits to Georgia Tech, he knew that's where he wanted to go to school.

Profile - Justin Akins

Georgia Tech has been following Akins since he was in the ninth grade. "When Coach (Joe) Speed was assigned my area he really stepped up his recruitment of me." Akins' relationship with Coach Speed and Coach Andy McCollum led to his giving his verbal commit to Georgia Tech.

Akins had visited Tech several times and all that was left for him to do, before giving them his verbal, was to visit Clemson. "I went there last week and when I got back from Clemson I was still feeling the good vibes from my time at Georgia Tech. I knew then that Tech was the place I wanted to be."

Justin grew up a Georgia fan but once he got to know Georgia Tech he fell in love with the school and the coaching staff. "Georgia never really showed that much interest in me and when I went to Clemson, it wasn't like it was at Tech so I am a Tech man now."

Getting an offer now from Georgia or any other school will not sway Akins from his commit. "I will tell them it is too late. I am going to Georgia Tech. I am firmly committed to going to Georgia Tech."

There have been questions about whether Tech was recruiting Justin as a defensive end or an outside linebacker. "Coach McCollum has told me that he looks forward to getting a chance to coach me because I am the perfect size (6'4"-245) for the defensive end in the 3-4 scheme." Justin is looking forward to learning from McCollum and Coach Al Groh.

Justin's parents are also happy with his decision. "They can come see me play and my dad is a huge Georgia Tech fan." Justin likes the fact that he and his dad will now be on the same side. "The education that I'll receive at Tech is a big plus in their eyes."

Georgia Tech is also recruiting Justin's teammate Jay Woods. "We are supposed to be getting together Monday and I will start recruiting him then." Tech has already gotten verbals from other recruits from the same school and Justin would like he and Jay to join the list. "It would be great if Jay came in with me so I will start putting that bug in his ear real soon."


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