|Paul Johnson Signing Day Press Conference|
|Georgia Tech Football 2013 Signees|
AT TRI-CITIES Played four seasons for Tri-Cities HS in East Point, Ga... Played for Coach Kenneth Miller... Participated in the Nike Preseason The Opening for the top high school football players in the nation... Served one year as a team captain... Earned all-area honors... Named the 65th-best prospect overall in the Southeast by Scout... A Prepstar All-American... Named to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's "Super 75"... Considered by many the state of Georgia's top offensive line prospect... Won MVP honors at the Atlanta Nike camp... A good student with a high GPA.
Prepstar On DeVine: Devine moves and bends very well for an offensive lineman with his size. His arm length is good, he is light on his feet, and he consistently displays good balance and body control. He has a lot of potential, he has size you cannot coach, and has a lot of tools that will help on the next level.
PERSONAL: Full name is Shamire Dakwon DeVine... Mother is Leesha DeVine... Born June 9, 1994 in Willingboro, NJ... Has two younger siblings... Chose Georgia Tech because of the school/academics, the football program and potential for a good career... Enjoys video games and cartoons... Began playing football at a very young age when "my mom made me."
Announced at 10:04 a.m.
AT SANDY CREEK In his four-year high school career, Sandy Creek went a combined 56-2, including being part of 15-0 state championship teams in 2010 and this past season... First Team All-State (4A) selection... Played safety in high school... Has been clocked in a 4.5 40-yard dash... Finished his senior season with 71 tackles, an interception and eight pass breakups... A two-star recruit, according to Rivals and Scout... Is among a long line of Sandy Creek players to play at Georgia Tech.
PERSONAL: Son of Corey and Magesha Griffin.
Announced at 9:54 a.m.
AT BISHOP MCNAMARA Named to the Prepstar All-Atlantic Region Team... Played in the 2012 Chesapeake Bowl... Had more than 20 Division I offers... Produced a high GPA in high school.
PERSONAL: Born January 14, 1995... Son of Darrell Commissiong and the late Darice Stanback... His stepmother is Matitia Seal-Commissiong... Has a sister, Dianni... Comes to Georgia Tech along with prep teammate, Kevin Robbins.
Announced at 9:46 a.m.
AT JACKSON Played four seasons at Jackson High School for coach Mike Parris... served two years as a team captain... a two-time all-state selection... recorded a personal best four sacks in one game against Drew HS... Named to the Prepstar All-Southeast Region Team... Ranked as the state's No. 78 prospect overall by Rivals... Had more than 20 Division I offers.
PERSONAL: Full name is Justin David Akins... Born April 11, 1995 in Stockbridge, Ga... Son of David Akins and Sherry Whitaker... Has two siblings - Dillon Whitaker and Zion Akins... Selected Georgia Tech because of the educational opportunities, the opportunity to play and the coaching staff... Enjoys playing basketball... Began playing football at age seven.
Announced at 9:36 a.m.
AT WAKULLA Played four seasons of football for Coach Scott Klees... Rated among the top-50 offensive tackles in the nation... Named Wakulla's offensive MVP in 2012... Helped his team to an undefeated regular season in 2012... Led team to conference, district and regional titles in 2011... The 2011 team finished runner-up in the state playoffs.... Served two years as a team captain... Named first team all-state as a senior, second team all-state as a junior... Two-time all-conference selection... Played in the Florida North-South All-Star Game... Recorded 100 "pancake" blocks as a senior... Also a member of the wresting team... Named to the Prepstar All-Southeast Region Team... A three-star recruit, according to Rivals... Ranked among the top heavyweight wrestlers in the state of Florida.
PERSONAL: Full name is Christopher James Griffin... Parents are Chris and Rhonda Griffin... Born Feb. 13, 1995 in Tallahassee, Fla... Has two siblings - Devin and Ashlety... Uncle, Eddie Metcalf, played football at Florida A&M... Mother, Rhonda Griffin, played volleyball on the junior college level... Has an interest in engineering... Enjoys hunting and fishing... Began playing football at age eight... Chose Tech because of "the unbelievable coaching staff, I knew it was the place for me, and you can't beat the academic/football combination."
Announced at 9:17 a.m.
AT JEROME Was a four-year football starter for Coach Mark Hundley... Served one year as a team captain... Also played three seasons of basketball... Rated as a three-star recruit by Rivals... Named All-Central Ohio three times... A three-time all-conference, three-time all-district and three-time all-metro selection... Named all-state as a senior in 2012... Rushed for 2,068 yards and 26 touchdowns as a senior... Owns every rushing record at Jerome HS, including 62 carries for 425 yards rushing and seven touchdowns in a game versus Westerville South... Finished his prep career with 4,796 yards rushing and 59 touchdowns... Made the academic honor roll.
PERSONAL: Enrolled at Georgia Tech in January... Full name is Donovan B. Wilson... Parents are Kenny and Candace... Born Nov. 30, 1994 in Poway, Calif... Has four siblings - Cam, Shea, Garrett and Sydney... Father, Kenny, played basketball at Davidson and later with the Denver Nuggets in the NBA... Considering a major in business management... Began playing football at age eight... Selected Georgia Tech because of the education, the school and the football.
Announced at 9:14 a.m.
AT BISHOP McNAMARA Named to the Prepstar All-Atlantic Region Team... Played in the 2012 Chesapeake Bowl... Named a three-star recruit by Rivals... Also played basketball for Bishop McNamara.
PERSONAL: Born August 7, 1995... Son of Kevin, Sr. and Kimberley Robbins... Has a sister, Kayla... His father played football at Michigan State and four years in the NFL from 1989 to 1993 with the Browns, Falcons and Rams.
Announced at 8:56 a.m.
AT FAYETTE COUNTY Played football, basketball and ran track... Selected to play in the Georgia East-West All-Star Game... Had a 95-yard touchdown run... Named to the Prepstar All-Southeast Region Team.
PERSONAL: Parents are Kirk and Jeanette Messick... Has four siblings... Born Dec. 21, 1994 in Riverdale, Ga... Previously lived in Jonesboro, Ga... Wants to one day be an engineer... enjoys playing video games, basketball and watching television... Began playing football in seventh grade.
Announced at 8:51 a.m.
AT SAINT JOSESPH REGIONAL Earned three varsity letters for Coach Tony Karcich... Served one year as a team captain... Helped lead football team to two state championships... earned all-state honors three consecutive years... owns school records for receptions and receiving yards... Also played on the basketball team... As a senior, Jeune recorded 36 receptions and 10 touchdowns... As a junior in 2011, Jeune had 41 receptions for 12 touchdowns.
PERSONAL: Son of Joseph and Bengique... Born Dec. 3, 1993 in Nyack, NY... Has two older brothers... Chose Georgia Tech because of the football program, the school and the city of Atlanta.
Announced at 8:41 a.m.
AT FT. WALTON BEACH Played running back and defensive back for Coach Mike Owens at Ft. Walton Beach... Rated as a three-star recruit by Rivals... Named to the Panhandle Super 60 Team... A first-team All-State pick... Named to the Prepstar All-Southeast Region Team... Presented with Ft. Walton Beach's Viking Award as the 2012 team MVP... Finished his senior season with 67 tackles, a sack and seven pass breakups... Averaged 43.3 yards on his four kickoff returns, including an 83-yarder in a November game versus Choctawhatchee... Was a senior captain... Also runs the 100m and 200m for his high school track team.
PERSONAL: Marvin, on his visit to the Georgia Tech campus, said: "I fell in love with the place when I was there."
Announced at 8:37 a.m.
AT WESTMINSTERLettered three years in football and basketball and four years of soccer for Westminster... Named an All-State kicker in 2011 and 2012... Named the prokicker.com Athlete of the Year... First Team All-America pick... Holds Westminster's school record for longest field goal (53 yards) and also holds the school mark for most field goals in a season, going 16-for-17 his junior year... Won a pair of State Championships on the soccer field in 2011 and 2012.
PERSONAL:Full name is Harrison K. Butker... Born July 14, 1995 in Decatur, Ga... Son of Harrison and Elizabeth Butker... Has a sister, Charlotte... Didn't begin playing football competitively until his sophomore year of high school... Plays the tuba... Chose Tech because he loved the coaching staff and had grown up a Yellow Jacket fan.
Announced at 8:27 a.m.
AT McEACHERN Played one year at McEachern HS in Powder Springs, Ga. after transferring from North Cobb HS ... Played a dual-threat quarterback for Coach Kyle Hochman at McEachern... Served one year as a team captain... Named first team all-region, region MVP, Cobb County All-Star... Played in the Cobb Touchdown Club Senior Bowl... Was an AAU national champion in the javelin... Owns a unique skill set.... Rushed for 1,149 yards and 19 touchdowns as a senior in 2012... Completed 23-of-39 passes for 399 yards and three TDs (three INTs) in 2012... Was teammates with current Tech WR Darren Waller while at North Cobb.
PERSONAL: Full name is Ty Nikko Griffin... Parents are Herb and Tamiho... Born July 25, 1995 in Atlanta... Previously lived in Kennesaw, Ga... Has two siblings - Tre and Taj... Chose Georgia Tech because of the education, the quality of the football program and because it's close to home... Can play the piano... Began playing football at age eight.
Announced at 8:23 a.m.
AT CAIRO Rushed for more than 1,000 yards and had more than 100 tackles in 2012 as a senior... Played four seasons of football, including two as a team captain... Also played baseball and basketball... Helped lead Cairo to regional championships in 2010, 2011 and 2012... Was the Region Player of the Year... Named all-state and was a three-time all-region selection... Holds the school record for single-season tackles (138).
PERSONAL: Full name is Paul Davis, Jr... Likes to be called "PJ"... Parents are Paul, Sr., and Yolanda Davis... Born Jan. 22, 1995 in Cairo... Has three siblings - Dominique, Diamond and Booker... Related to NFL player Benny Sapp... Chose Georgia Tech because of the academics, the proximity to his hometown and the coaching staff.
Announced at 8:11 a.m.
AT LOVEJOY Played four seasons of football for Coach Al Hughes... Named to the all-state team... Was team's most valuable player... Led Lovejoy to the state AAA championship game in the Georgia Dome... Selected for the East-West, Florida-Georgia and Offense-Defense all-star games... Was an honor roll student... Named the 107th-best prospect in the Southeast by Scout... Named to the Prepstar All-Southeast Region Team... Named to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's "Super 75"... Was the first player in the 2013 class to commit to Tech... 2012 season statistics: 2,118 rushing yards, 270 rushing attempts (just three fumbles), 35 touchdowns, 7.9 yards per carry... 2011 season statistics: 1,839 rushing yards and 30 touchdowns.
PERSONAL: Full name is Travis Joseph Custis... Parents are Travis, Sr., and Char... Has four brothers... Born October 8, 1994... Comes from the same high school that produced former Yellow Jacket great Tashard Choice, and broke many of Choice's school rushing records... Chose Georgia Tech because it will "help me become a successful person."
Announced at 8:02 a.m.
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