December 13, 2009
Jackets roll out the red carpet
The Georgia Tech 2010 recruiting class got together this weekend for their official visit weekend. Most of the class was present except for a couple of guys who were unable to attend for personal reasons or because of football conflicts. For three of the players, the visit was their last real taste of recruiting because they start school at Georgia Tech in less than a month.
Collins Hill running back Charles Perkins, Jefferson County cornerback Barry Bostic and safety Isaiah Johnson are the three early enrollees for the 2010 class. Perkins enjoyed hanging with his future teammates.
"I got to meet with some future roommates and I got a chance to get to know everybody better," Perkins said. "We all hung out together, me B.J (Bostic), Fred (Holton), and pretty much everyone else hung out. We hung out with some of the current players and had a good time. Roddy Jones was my host, but I hung out with Jonathan Dwyer, Anthony Allen, Dominique Reese and Rashaad Reid. We all hung out."
Recruits almost to a man mentioned the food as their favorite part of the trip.
"The food was the best part. We ate at the Capitol Grille which was really good," Perkins said.
Defensive tackle commitment and Rivals 250 player Denzel McCoy was amazed how well the recruits clicked as a crew.
"It was awesome and we had a chance to dine together. Some of us did not know all the guys as well, so it was nice to get together like that. We got a chance to bond and get to know each other and see what the other guys are like. The whole time we were hanging out in different rooms," McCoy said. "It makes it a little special because our class is kind of small and we are all pretty close. It was awesome to know that since the class is small we are all going to get to know each other really well."
For Perkins the trip was about hanging and getting to know his future teammates.
"I am real excited about it and the players really embraced us and we all had a good time," Perkins said. "We all want to get in there and play.
McCoy was impressed with the relaxed approach the staff took with the visit and how much the whole environment felt like one big family.
"We all met with the coaches and got to talk to them about different things. We talked about how things are going and how life is going. It was not really a lot of X's and O's, it was about our lives. We had a chance to ask questions, but I didn't have many because most of my questions were more workouts based than specific defensive stuff."
Green unable to make official, reschedules
Talented defensive tackle Shawn Green is one of the recruits defensive line Coach Giff Smith is hoping will make an immediate impact next fall. Green was scheduled to visit this past weekend, but something came up that forced him to push the visit to next weekend.
"I didn't get to make the official visit, but I am going next weekend. I had a family emergency that popped up so I couldn't make it," Green said. "I have been on campus several times, but that will be my first time seeing the full campus."
"I had the in-home visit with Coach Johnson last Wednesday," Green said. "The visit went well and me and my parents both had a lot of questions that we wanted to know about. It was great to get them answered and to spend some time with Coach Johnson."
Next week the Jackets will bring in another talented group of players for official visits including Green, the newest commitment Quayshawn Nealy and a pair of Rivals 150 in-state talents are also scheduled to visit.
Stephenson defensive tackle Mike Thornton has narrowed his list of potential suitors and after visiting Athens this past weekend, he is scheduled to make the trip west to Atlanta.
The probable visitor is Southwest DeKalb defensive end T.J. Stripling who is currently committed to the University of Georgia. Stripling was also in Athens this weekend and he has visited Tech twice this year to watch the Clemson game and the Georgia game.
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