Word-Daniel Commits to GT

I was able to reach the latest Georgia Tech football commitment by phone today. Jahi Word-Daniel (pronounced Juh-he) told me that he committed to GT at camp on July 10th.

I was able to reach the latest Georgia Tech football commitment by phone today. Jahi Word-Daniel (pronounced Juh-he) told me that he committed to GT at camp on July 10th. Like Brad Sellers, Jahi is another super nice kid who carries himself well in conversation. Jahi's height measured at the camp was 5'11" and he weighed in at 160 pounds. He says that his coach likes him playing at that weight but he personally says, "I want to gain at least 15 pounds by next summer."

Joe D'Alessandris was Jahi's main recruiting contact but he did get to spend some time with Coach Chan Gailey at the camp. As for Coach Gailey he says, "Coach Gailey is really nice and he knows how to coach."

Another thing that drew Jahi out of the state of Alabama and to GT was that he has a lot of family in the Atlanta area. "My brother is going to transfer into Georgia Tech from Morehouse… he'll have two more years to go at Tech once he gets there," said Word-Daniel. He thinks having his brother around will help him get adjusted because "he knows the area well."

Jahi only plays cornerback for the Hoover Buccaneers but football isn't the only sport he stars in. He's also a good baseball player. He plays Right Field and Pitches for his HS baseball team. In fact, he's already had a conversation with GT Baseball Assistant Head Coach Bobby Moranda about the possibility of playing baseball too. "Coach Moranda was very excited when I told him I was committing for football. He said that they lost a lot of players in the draft for baseball and might be able to use me," said Word-Daniel. He said he was unsure if he would be highly touted enough to be drafted in baseball but said that if he were it would likely be as a pitcher. I asked about the possibility of being drafted and he said that he had only spoken to 1 scout so far, so right now it doesn't look like a real possibility. When asked further about what he'd do if drafted, he said, "I'd have to be at least in the 10th round or better before I took that into great consideration."

For now Jahi just wants to, "concentrate on this upcoming season and getting completely healthy." He said he was nursing a hamstring injury that bothered him sometimes. Apparently his HS has one of the best defensive backfields in the state. He says he has a teammate named Corey Reamer (Safety) who has an offer from GT as well as Alabama, Auburn and Vanderbilt. Also another teammate who plays the other corner spot named Joel Caldwell who is also on the radar for other teams. Hoover is the returning 6-A class football champions of Alabama. He says they're probably the favorites to repeat and that they had won 3 of the last 4 championships.

As for Jahi's offers, he had to turn down official offers from Duke, Vanderbilt and Louisville so far. He told me he was also receiving a lot of interest from the following: Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Notre Dame, Memphis and Illinois. There's little doubt that his stock would have continued to go up through the recruiting process but he was ready to end it, become a Yellow Jacket, and focus on repeating as champions!

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