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Justin Thomas flips to Georgia Tech from Alabama

Posted on: December 14, 2011 11:41 am
Edited on: December 14, 2011 11:45 am
 
Posted by Bryan Fischer

It's not often Nick Saban loses a recruit to another school. It's hard to figure out when was the last time he lost one to an ACC school from Alabama however, much less to a school like Georgia Tech. Such was the case Tuesday, as Prattville (Ala.) athlete Justin Thomas decommitted from the Crimson Tide and pledged to the Yellow Jackets in a stunning flip.

"The Bama people have been great about this including Coach Saban who told Justin he can always come home if he wants. I think Justin feels relieved now and he was really worried about it, but after talking with Coach Saban yesterday and today and Coach Johnson and Coach Kelly at Tech everything seems to right," Thomas' father, Milton, told JacketsOnline.com. "Justin is very happy with his decision."

The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Thomas has been labeled as an athlete and was expected to enroll at Alabama as a defensive back. He had a change of heart however and wanted to play quarterback - which he did in high school - at the next level, making the speedster a perfect fit for Georgia Tech's option offense.

"Bama said they would give Justin a shot at quarterback and he believes them, but Coach (Paul) Johnson's offense is centered around guys with Justin's type of talent and Justin has a point he wants to prove to a lot of people about being a quarterback and not just an athlete," Milton Thomas said. "He has won championships at every level in every sport he has played including football and even AAU basketball. He wants to bring that to Georgia Tech now."

The younger Thomas recently led his Prattville High team to an Alabama state championship. His flip leaves the Tide with 21 commitments for the class of 2012 and gives the Yellow Jackets 14. Thomas is ranked as the 9th best athlete in the class by Maxpreps and 92nd overall.

"A QB in high school, he reminds me of Pat White, a great ballhandler with decent arm strength but who shows incredible running skills," analyst Tom Lemming said. "In the right program, he could be a difference maker at quarterback."



Comments

Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: December 16, 2011 11:09 am
 

Justin Thomas flips to Georgia Tech from Alabama

Please define "very good".  U.S, News ranks GT #5 nationally and Alabama #122.  I don't need anyone at Bama trying to spin that reality



Tech is #36 on that list, 'Bama is tied for #75.(National University Rankings)

but you go ahead and believe whatever it is you want to believe...you think 'Bama is a crap Educational University..you're wrong. No one needs to spin it for you anyway, you're going to believe your BS no matter what anyone says.




Since: Dec 15, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 8:13 pm
 

Justin Thomas flips to Georgia Tech from Alabama

Please define "very good".  U.S, News ranks GT #5 nationally and Alabama #122.  I don't need anyone at Bama trying to spin that reality.



Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: December 15, 2011 6:43 pm
 

Justin Thomas flips to Georgia Tech from Alabama

I guess when you reply to a previous quote, it's not included in your reply.  My last comment is in response to a 5'11" QB not being able to make it in the NFL.



Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: December 15, 2011 6:41 pm
 

Justin Thomas flips to Georgia Tech from Alabama

Tell that to Drew Brees



Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: December 15, 2011 5:41 pm
 

Justin Thomas flips to Georgia Tech from Alabama

SA's don't only go to college at TECH for a path to the NFL.  Some actually want a degree that means something.  To call football players at places like Ugag and BAMA "student athletes" is a joke.  They only go to those schools to get to the NFL, an education is certainly not their highest priority.  Kids go to TECH for careers that actually have meaning, and that's why we can't compete with the football factories......4/5 star players aren't interested in being chemical engineers for the most part and we don't offer "sports medicine" or "recreation management" like Bama and Ugag.  We recuit different kinds of kids and I'm just fine with that.  THWG



that would almost mean something....on anything other than a FOOTBALL BOARD.



Since: Dec 15, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 5:27 pm
 

Justin Thomas flips to Georgia Tech from Alabama

SA's don't only go to college at TECH for a path to the NFL.  Some actually want a degree that means something.  To call football players at places like Ugag and BAMA "student athletes" is a joke.  They only go to those schools to get to the NFL, an education is certainly not their highest priority.  Kids go to TECH for careers that actually have meaning, and that's why we can't compete with the football factories......4/5 star players aren't interested in being chemical engineers for the most part and we don't offer "sports medicine" or "recreation management" like Bama and Ugag.  We recuit different kinds of kids and I'm just fine with that.  THWG



Since: Aug 17, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 12:42 pm
 

Justin Thomas flips to Georgia Tech from Alabama

Oh give me a break. Both schools sport very good engineering programs. I can put you in touch with someone onthe Bama engineering department board and let him chat your ear off.

However this was a football decision for this kid, not an academic one. He wanted to play QB and did not feel the Bama ofense highlighted his skill sets and leaned more towards what he was likely less comfortable with. Being a pocket passer, decision maker, and game manager.



Since: Dec 15, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 8:35 am
 

Justin Thomas flips to Georgia Tech from Alabama

US News Rankings...

UVA #3
UNC #5
GT #7
Alabama #31

What you FAIL to say is GT is a top 10 and Alabama is outside the top 30....




Since: Dec 14, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 5:34 pm
 

Justin Thomas flips to Georgia Tech from Alabama

This is a good thing because it boost GT self esteemSmile



Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: December 14, 2011 4:22 pm
 

Justin Thomas flips to Georgia Tech from Alabama

Good to see this gifted Athlete go to Georgia Tech.  He should fit well with the option oriented offense of the Jackets as a speedster in the ACC. 


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