October 19, 2009

DL duo solid GT commitments

For a pair of Georgia Tech verbal commitments the recruiting never slowed down after they made their intentions to play for the Jackets' known. For four-star defensive line studs Denzel McCoy and Anthony Williams, the coaches' calls increased dramatically once they were off the market. Both McCoy and Williams have been being hammered with calls, but the one school working them the hardest is Tennessee. The Volunteers have been all over the two linemen even though both are 100-percent solid in their commitments to Georgia Tech.

Both players are firmly committed to the Jackets, but that is not stopping any of the coaches pursuing them.

"I am real solid in my commitment to Georgia Tech, but after I committed I think the mail stayed the same if not increasing a little," Williams said. "I guess it is nice to get the attention, but I get a lot of calls and written letters from Tennessee and Ole Miss. Both coaches call me all the time."

McCoy echoed Williams thoughts on the whole process and he got a lot of pressure recently from Tennessee coaches Lane Kiffin and Ed Orgeron who showed up to his game against North Gwinnett in a helicopter to recruit Juwan James and McCoy.

"The Tennessee coaches called me before the game to try and get me to come up for their Halloween game against South Carolina. They kept telling me I would look good in orange and that Halloween is their holiday. It was really corny," McCoy said. "I laughed at them and said it is not happening. I guess it is a case of different strokes for different folks and some people buy into that helicopter stuff."

Both players enjoy the attention on a certain level, but the calls and frequent mailings are getting a little old.

"I guess I could say I feel good as a player to be wanted so badly," Williams said. "At the end of the day I am a very solid commitment to Georgia Tech."

After watching the Jackets win over Virginia Tech and the crowd reactions, both Williams and McCoy were deeply moved.

"We had a great time at the Virginia Tech game and it was really amazing to be with the other commitments. I feel like we are bonding together a lot as a group," Williams said.

For Williams, watching Derrick Morgan defeat and battle double and triple teams gave him ideas on how to handle similar situations he is facing particularly this week as his undefeated Union Grove team faces an undefeated Stephenson team.

"I feel like I am getting better at using my hands this year," Williams said. "I have been getting doubled and triple teamed every game like Derrick. I really admire the way he is still able to make plays through that."

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