Posted by Bryan Fischer
Coaches talk all the time about how if they can just get a player to campus, they've got a good shot at landing a commitment from them. Georgia Tech's Paul Johnson has a very nice campus in Atlanta to show off and he must have been a pretty good tour guide over the weekend for Gulf Shores (Ala.) linebacker Tyler Stargel, who liked the program so much he committed on Saturday.
“I’ve always seen Georgia Tech from the highway while passing through Atlanta,” Stargel told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I had never been there until today. I’ve been talking to Georgia Tech’s coaches and developed a relationship. They invited me to tour the campus and meet everyone, and I didn’t realize what a great place it was until today. I like the facilities, the people, the area and, most importantly, the academics — because that’s a very important part in my upbringing.
“I’m proud to be a Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket.”
The 6-foot-3, 250 pound linebacker is originally from Georgia and lived north of Atlanta until moving to Alabama two years ago. He held offers from Memphis, Troy and a few other schools but snapped Georgia Tech's offer once it was offered.
“Coach Johnson and my family talked a long time about the scholarship offer," Stargel said. "He was very upfront about everything. He said ‘We like you, the scholarship is there and you don’t have to worry about us pulling away.’ I liked what he said. I didn’t commit there but after talking with my parents on the drive back home, I decided to call back and commit.”
Stargel is the third commitment for the Yellow Jackets' class of 2012 and the first out of state commitment. He was drawing attention from several SEC programs but it appears that he'll wind up playing college football close to where he grew up. He racked up 87 tackles and two sacks last season as a junior.