September 5, 2009

Jackets' focusing on 2011 class

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are focusing a lot of their recruiting energy on the 2011 class now that they are almost full for 2010. One of the players the Jackets appear to be targeting is Pope High School offensive guard Thomas O'Reilly.

The six-foot-three and 315-pound guard is starting to get a lot of attention from school throughout the southeast. O'Reilly will visit the Jackets for the Jacksonville State game on Saturday.

"I am heading down to Georgia Tech in the morning for a visit," O'Reilly said. "It is a nice local school and it is a great program on the rise. I really like the coaches. It should be fun."

Yellow Jackets' co-offensive line coach Mike Sewak watched O'Reilly's game from the sidelines on Friday night at Lassiter. The Greyhounds fell 32-31 in overtime on a missed extra point.

"Right now I am also talking to Georgia, Vanderbilt, and today I talked to a coach from Alabama," O'Reilly said. "I do not have any offers yet."

Jackets begin hosting visitors

While Jacksonville State is the least appealing game on the Georgia Tech 2009 football schedule, several prospects are planning to attend Saturday afternoon's game. The Jackets could host up to 30 prospects from around the state for their season opener against the Gamecocks.

A pair of players who have recently received written offers from the Jackets, Ralph Cooper and A.J. Johnson may attend Saturday's game. Kell standout defensive back Brian Randolph is another player who may attend the game on Saturday. Randolph's older brother Justin Randolph is a freshman preferred walk-on running back for the Jackets.

Another possible visitor is Stephenson defensive tackle Mike Thornton. One of the Jackets' assistant coaches, linebacker coach Brian Jean-Mary was at Thornton's game Friday night checking out Thornton, 2011 defensive back Jared Boyd and recent Miami verbal commitment linebacker Tyrone Cornileus.

Several Georgia Tech commitments will be at the game on Saturday including Northview defensive tackle Denzel McCoy and Collins Hill running back Charles Perkins. McCoy is recovering from a separated shoulder suffered on Friday night in a 41-14 loss to Marietta. The Jackets defensive line coach Giff Smith attended McCoy's game Friday night.

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