GET­TING JUMP ON RE­CRUIT­ING

Ge­or­gia Tech coaches get an early start on the spring re­cruit­ing sea­son, with mid­night vis­its to two Ge­or­gia high school play­ers.

The Telegraph (Macon) - - Front Page - BY KEN SUGIURA

Ge­or­gia Tech coaches made an im­pres­sion on two in-state prospects early Fri­day, mak­ing home vis­its at mid­night on the first day of the con­tact pe­riod lead­ing to the spring sign­ing pe­riod, which be­gins Feb. 6.

Rome High run­ning back Jamious Griffin, an N.C. State com­mit who took an of­fi­cial visit to Tech in De­cem­ber, and Cen­tral Gwin­nett High line­backer Cor­nelius Evans both re­ceived vis­its from mul­ti­ple mem­bers of the Yel­low Jack­ets coach­ing staff at the ear­li­est pos­si­ble op­por­tu­nity per­mit­ted by NCAA rules. Evans re­ported a schol­ar­ship of­fer from Tech in a tweet.

Such vis­its, par­tic­u­larly from mul­ti­ple coaches, un­doubt­edly make an im­pres­sion on re­cruits as in­di­ca­tions of high in­ter­est as the sign­ing pe­riod ap­proaches. Coaches can be on the road from Fri­day through the first Sat­ur­day in Fe­bru­ary. The NCAA rules reg­u­late when coaches are al­lowed to be on the road mak­ing vis­its at high schools and re­cruits’ homes.

Evans told the AJC in an email that the visit, which was set up last week, was “amaz­ing.” He said that he con­nected with the Tech coaches, who “came across as down to earth, good over­all peo­ple.” Evans said that coaches told him that they have one spot for his po­si­tion and that he’s at the top of their list.

“I feel strong about them also,” Evans wrote.

Evans was vis­ited by cor­ner­backs coach Jeff Popovich, out­side lineback­ers/de­fen­sive ends coach Larry Knight, de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor An­drew Thacker and safeties coach Nathan Bur­ton.

Of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Dave Pate­naude, run­ning

backs coach Tashard Choice and wide re­ceivers coach Kerry Dixon made the trip to see Griffin, who is the younger brother of Jack­ets de­fen­sive line­man Quon Griffin.

Griffin is a four-star run­ning back who com­mit­ted to N.C. State in May. He is sched­uled to take an of­fi­cial visit to Auburn this week­end.

Evans does not have a re­cruit­ing rank­ing from Ri­vals or 247Sports, but he’s ev­i­dently fly­ing well be­low the radar. Evans said he’s also con­sid­er­ing Ne­braska, UCLA, Colorado State and South Alabama. He has an of­fi­cial visit set up for Tech next week­end.

JOHN BAZEMORE AP

Newly hired Ge­or­gia Tech foot­ball coach Ge­off Collins and his staff were out Fri­day early to make con­tact with po­ten­tial in-state re­cruits – Rome High run­ning back Jamious Griffin and Cen­tral Gwin­nett High line­backer Cor­nelius Evans.

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