One of the first four, David Sims, of course, has already become a Yellow Jacket. Izaan Cross continues to take his time with the recruiting process and we still feel like it's only a matter of time with him. Julian Burnett seemed like a luxury to have as a linebacker in this class but with the career-ending injury to Shane Bowen, it's almost a must now to add one linebacker and now a second one would become the luxury item. And as for Dontae Aycock the buzz seems to get more and more positive about Tech's chances with him.
As a refresher on the rules and parameters we're working under. The coaching staff seems open to filling 23-25 spots this year so the GoJackets.com staff will try and predict who'll fill those spaces. We have changed up the way this article works this year. Instead of each staff member guessing all 7-9 players, we'll mix in a prediction of the most likely to happen. The staff was asked to start with the player they think is the most likely to become a member of this recruiting class.
So far Izaan Cross, David Sims (GT Commit), Dontae Aycock, and Julian Burnett are off the board.
GoJackets.com's next remaining choice: Euclid Cummings
Below are staff comments on why this was the choice.
EUCLID CUMMINGS - The staff has commits from 3 defensive linemen and would like to get 2 more. Until a recent visit to UF, Euclid had GT, UNC, UT, and South Carolina as his top 4. He left UF hoping that they would offer but it doesn't appear that he'll get that offer. Timing will determine if Euclid becomes a member of this year's class. There are 3 recruits with offers for 2 possible openings. With that in mind, look for Euclid to weigh that when making his decision.
We all came close to picking Cummings earlier. As a group we have felt pretty strongly that if everything is in order with Euclid then we'd take him. I sensed mixed signals in his October 30th interview with Dale. The same time he named GT his leader he also said this about his rating of GT as his leader, "I would say that they are a seven right now. I'm keeping my options open and weighing all factors before I make a commitment to a school." With an in-home visit set for Thursday and an official visit setup for the following weekend it does appear that both sides are serious about each other. He says he wants to commit around Christmas time so that would fit well with him picking us since he'll have had official, unofficial, and in-home visits all in the books by then. Seeing that we're graduating Darryl Richard, Vance Walker and Elris Anyaibe after this year he should see the opportunity for early playing time at Tech.
Cummings has some great offers but I think he ends up coming to a school that puts out great defensive linemen - Georgia Tech. Cummings stays closer to home over the likes of Florida and Tennessee due to being comfortable with the environment and staff in Atlanta.
Euclid Cummings - Euclid has been taking his time with the recruiting process, but now that the season is over, I would expect him to make a decision very soon. One of the teams he was hoping to get an offer from (Florida) appears to have filled up at his position, so you have to like the home team's chances now. The Georgia Tech staff has scheduled an in-home visit with Euclid on Thursday. Euclid, along with Izaan Cross, would help shore up an area of concern for many Georgia Tech fans, considering the heavy losses the team will face along the defensive line this year. One team to look out for now is Tennessee. With the hire of Lane Kiffin (and the prospect of playing for longtime Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Monte Kiffen), the Vols might try to lure him away from the Peach state.
Cummings - Another prospect that's just been hanging around the program for a while. He seems comfortable with GT and I think he'll ultimately join the program.
Euclid Cummings – I told Rod when I interviewed him that I thought I was talking to Chris Crenshaw and I asked Cummings how strong of a verbal he was to GT. He answered without hesitation that he was 70% sure he would go to GT and then I realized I wasn't talking to Crenshaw. I think I got a little inside the head of Cummings info with that slip of the mind. Plus he likes a lot of the recruits GT has gotten verbals from already. He likes JC Lanier and Jordan Luallen a lot.
GoJackets.com's #2 remaining choice: Nolan MacMillan
Below are staff comments on why this was the choice.
NOLAN MACMILLAN - With a last minute change in offensive line targets, the staff was able to find this 6'6" road grader at the Hun School. Quite a few schools are chasing him because of his size and tenacity. When all is said and done, look for "Atilla the Hun to commit to Tech on his visit.
We knew the Tech coaches wanted a 5th offensive lineman. Ever since we found out that Daniel Hood wasn't going to be an option to end up at Tech on scholarship we knew the coaches would give it out to another. That's when two names showed up on the radar: Nolan MacMillan and Gus Handler. The only question was who they would decide to offer first. Thanks to Jared's article on Thursday the news broke just in time that MacMillan is the top target. Unfortunately Nolan is already visiting Iowa on the 12th, our big recruiting weekend. I'll feel even better about this choice once I see he schedules that official visit with us. Luckily he was interested in us in time to watch us roll up a ton of points on Miami and Georgia. Plus Coach Monken has already struck up a good relationship with him.
Nolan MacMillan - "Big Canada" just got an offer from the Yellow Jackets and the other contenders are Michigan State, Iowa, South Florida, and maybe Michigan. This guy loves to put defenders on the ground and would be the perfect fit at Georgia Tech. I think once he visits, he sees the light and chooses the Tech program, which has only great things to talk about right now.
Nolan MacMillan - Having toiled away in anonymity (a.k.a. Canada) for the majority of his high school career, Nolan transferred to The Hun School in New Jersey for his senior season and schools have begun taking notice. The monster o-lineman has been entertaining offers from the likes of Connecticut, Iowa, Louisville, Michigan State, Rutgers and South Florida. However, following his latest offer from Georgia Tech, it wouldn't surprise me if he pulled the trigger soon (considering just a few spots remain in the GT recruiting class). He is a powerful run blocker that would be an ideal fit as a tackle (either side) in Georgia Tech's option attack. Something else to consider (for those looking for another big body on the D-line in this class) is that he was pretty dominant as a DT during his senior campaign, finishing with 25 tackles, 14 TFLs, and a sack, and that was after playing just part-time to start the season. Nolan is also an excellent student with a 3.875 GPA.
McMillian - A new face on the scene, I think the big Canuck will take the GT offer and run with it...err..block with it...err...he'll be a Jacket.
Nolan MacMillan – He fits the mold of what Coach Johnson is looking for in offensive linemen so I will go with Nolan as my pick here because we entered the picture very late and not only have we offered him in a short time but he has already trying to set up a visit and is making friends with current GT commits. He loves to run block and with GT being a team loves to run the ball, it's a perfect fit. Plus, he seems to have more favorable words for Georgia Tech than the other schools recruiting him. I wouldn't be surprised to see Nolan commit when he does get a visit set up to GT.
Look for the final story in this series coming up. It should be an interesting article as each staff member will write his own ending to the recruiting story for this class.