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Paul Johnson pulls scholarship from Georgia Tech recruit


If you’re not 100 percent committed to Georgia Tech, then Paul Johnson doesn’t want any part of your John Kerry, flip-flopping ways.

Such was the case with former recruit, defensive tackle Tre Jackson, who had verbally committed to GT back in October. In recent weeks, however, Jackson gained interest from Florida State and three-star prospect decided to take an official visit to Tallahassee.

It was at that point that Johnson decided to pull Jackson’s scholarship offer.

“If you say you’re committed to Georgia Tech and you’re still visiting people, then in my mind, you’re not committed to Georgia Tech,” Johnson told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “Now that also clarifies the other aspect of it. If people who are committed to other schools are visiting here, then in my mind they really aren’t committed to other schools.”

Prior to taking back the offer, Johnson was unable to get a hold of Jackson to discuss the situation and both Johnson and Jackson’s high school coaches mutually agreed to go in another direction.

Johnson has a history of revoking scholarship offers to players who appear to waver in their commitments. In 2009, a recruit by the name of Dontae Aycock had verbally committed to the Yellow Jackets, but later took a trip to Auburn. Johnson then rescinded his offer to Aycock.

Johnson’s point of view is understandable. If a recruit isn’t fully committed to a school, then ideally, they shouldn’t say they are. But, a verbal commitment is non-binding, and taking a visit to another school doesn’t necessarily equate to a recruit changing their mind.

It’s certainly not worthy of getting an offer revoked.

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13 Responses to “Paul Johnson pulls scholarship from Georgia Tech recruit”
  1. superfbfan says: Jan 29, 2011 8:03 PM

    This was news days ago…Ben I got a question for you. I’ve noticed how there is little recruiting news on CFT. Is this done on purpose to avoid the craziness that is involved? Signing day is on Wed. this is a huge part of the season for die-hard college football fans. CFT is MIA.

  2. Ben Kercheval says: Jan 29, 2011 8:19 PM


    Thanks for the question. 1) it’s a slow news day … have to find something. 2) As for recruiting, we will be having full coverage on National Signing Day. As far as I know, we haven’t received a lot of requests to do recruiting news. However, if this is something that a lot of people want updates on, obviously we’ll be sure to include more recruiting news in the future.

    Again, thanks for the suggestion.

  3. edgy says: Jan 29, 2011 8:31 PM

    If the guy would have said that he was leaning toward Tech, I’d say that Johnson overreacted but too many guys will give a commitment to get a coach off their back and then they’ll back out. I have nothing against a guy playing the field but if you make a commitment and the coach has already marked your position off his to-do list, you’re putting him in a bad position.

  4. thatdude32 says: Jan 29, 2011 8:47 PM

    recruiting news to me is way to overblown call me in two years whether this or that so called 5 star is really makin an impact on a program this is really too much coverage for somethin that is’nt an actual game bein played

  5. edgy says: Jan 29, 2011 9:04 PM

    Recruiting is fun, like the NFL draft. ESPN is looking back at the guys from the 2006 class and it’s kind of funny to find where some guys were or weren’t on their 150.

  6. lbijake says: Jan 29, 2011 10:14 PM

    Ben,your info is usually. Recruiting info after the bowl games til signing day would be a plus. Thanks.

  7. John Taylor says: Jan 29, 2011 10:14 PM

    @ superfbfan: I have been pushing for us to add a recruiting guy on CFT, and will continue to do so. Until then, I apologize for CFT being MIA.

  8. John Taylor says: Jan 29, 2011 10:15 PM

    @ thatdude32: I demand that you get out of my head right now.

  9. superfbfan says: Jan 30, 2011 12:36 AM

    @ John and Ben
    Thanks for the feedback. I wasn’t trying to attack CFT and actually enjoy the site. I was just curious. Keep up the good work!

  10. prov20022002 says: Jan 30, 2011 10:35 AM

    What a hypocrite Johnson is. When Truitt committed to Ga Tech and then met with ND, Johnson didn’t pull the scholly; he waited to see what Truitt would do. I guess Johnson has “principles” only when it’s not a 5 star prospect.

  11. 1historian says: Jan 31, 2011 7:23 AM

    One thing about ND coach Kelly is that he understands that when you recruit someone and he announces for your school that does NOT end the recruiting. You have to recruit him right up until he signs the paper – that’s the way it is these days.

    I don’t care for it but that’s my problem.

  12. 11inthebox says: Jan 31, 2011 9:57 AM

    Wow. In this era of coaches leaving jobs at the drop of a hat, they actually have the nerve to question ‘loyalty?’


  13. bobestes says: Jan 31, 2011 6:55 PM

    I don’t think CPJ is a hypocrite. He is straight forward with this recruits, and tells them how he is going to deal with them.
    Vad Lee for instance committed, but said he was still going to visit other schools. I am sure CPJ would rather he not, and wait to commit, but Lee told him that he was going to do. And CPJ respected him for it.
    Commitments that are not straight forthcoming are the ones that get in trouble.

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