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Football Recruiting 2007-08

Thursday, September 11, 2008 11:41am
By: Accsports Staff

Coach: Paul Johnson

2008 Georgia Tech Signees:

Recent Recruiting Rankings (By Rivals.com): No. 63, No. 50, No. 56, No. 62, No. 57, No. 18 under Chan Gailey from 2002-07.

Consensus 2008 Prep All-Americans: none.

Interesting Story: Defensive end signee Antonio Wilson was more of a basketball standout throughout the majority of his high school career, and he played just one year of prep football. After he recorded 11 sacks as a senior, however, several BCS schools took notice. Although he originally committed to Vanderbilt, Wilson made a switch and sent his letter of intent to Atlanta on signing day.

Top 2008 Recruiters: Linebackers coach Brian Jean-Mary, who was retained by new head coach Paul Johnson upon his arrival in Atlanta, helped the Yellow Jackets secure multiple prominent recruits, including highly touted interior lineman Omoregie Uzzi, the No. 19 offensive guard nationally in the Rivals.com rankings. Jean-Mary also served as the lead recruiter for California defensive back Brandon Leslie, Ohio linebacker B.J. Machen, Florida running back Embry Peeples, Florida offensive lineman Philip Smith and Georgia athlete Cooper Taylor. Jean-Mary also played a role in keeping talented Miami linebacker Malcolm Munroe firm to the Yellow Jackets during the coaching transition.

States Represented (6): Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Ohio, Texas.

Academic Worries: none.

Key Misses: FL ATH T’Sharvan Bell (Auburn), AL DE Undra Billingsley (Alabama), TX DE Jared Edwards (Baylor), SC ATH J.T. Floyd (Michigan), VA DE Joe Jones (Virginia Tech), AZ QB Sean Renfree (Duke), GA DT Brandon Thompson (Clemson).

Quotable Quote: "I am very pleased with this class. We feel like this is a group of kids who will work hard and who are extremely excited about coming to Georgia Tech. I think we were able to recruit quality kids, while filling some needs at every position group. I think we have some good fits for what we want to do on offense and defense. My staff worked very hard to produce solid results in a short amount of time."
— Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson

Tech Football Recruiting Articles (Links):

Omoregie Uzzi signing feature — Atlanta Journal-Constitution

T.J. Barnes feature — Enterprise Ledger

Georgia Tech signing day rundown — Gainesville Times

"Meet the Yellow Jackets" — Atlanta Journal-Constitution

B.J. Machen feature — Columbus Dispatch

Daniel McKayhan feature — Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Nick McRae signing article/video — Macon 13WMAZ.com

Malcolm Munroe signing article — Miami Herald

Kamaron Riley feature — Macon Telegraph

Jaybo Shaw feature — Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Phil Smith article — Tampa Tribune

Yellow Jacket signee bios — Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Cooper Taylor feature — Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Tevin Washington article — Montgomery Advertiser

Georgia Tech signing day: Tevin Washington — Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Tevin Washington feature — Montgomery Advertiser

"New Era" recruiting article — Albany Herald

Antonio Wilson signing feature — Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Marcus Wright signing feature — Atlanta Journal-Constitution