Just 48 hours ago, the 2018 Georgia Tech recruiting class was empty but JaQuez Jackson’s commitment Sunday night opened the floodgates. The Yellow Jackets brought in not one, not two, but three commitments on Monday. First up was 3-star (0.8678 on the 247 composite) safety Charlie Thomas from Thomasville, GA. Thomas chose Tech over offers from many other Power 5 schools including Auburn and Ole Miss. Our own Drew Gordon has a breakdown of Thomas here. Next up was a commitment that Tech’s coaches had known about for a while but was not made public at the time.
A silent #GaTech commit goes public, WR PJ Harris from Newnan who was actually the 1st for '18 for GT. https://t.co/lacf25nJ4K @pjharris07 pic.twitter.com/nRcTKjy6Vl— Kelly Quinlan (@Kelly_Quinlan) June 5, 2017
Newnan WR P.J. Harris was actually Georgia Tech’s first commitment but did not officially announce until yesterday. Harris is unranked by recruiting services but at 6’-3” has great size to fit the Paul Johnson mold out wide.
Proud and EXTREMELY BLESSED to announce that i'm officially committing to Georgia Tech to be a yellow jacket! #TheSwarm @CoachMikeSewak pic.twitter.com/EYoxOHjddd— Harrison Jump (@jumpy2myfriends) June 5, 2017
The third and final commitment on Monday came from OL Harrison Jump. Another prospect who is currently unranked, Jump received an offer while at Georgia Tech’s camp over the weekend and was quick to accept his first P5 offer. Out of Prince Avenue Christian School in Bogart, GA, Jump has a good frame (6’-5”) but will likely need to add some bulk before he takes the field for the Jackets. It was a slow start but the 2018 recruiting season is now in full swing for the Yellow Jackets!
Speaking of recruiting, Georgia Tech officially announced the transfer of former Tennessee guard Shembari Phillips Monday afternoon. We’ve known for a while that Phillips intended to join the Yellow Jackets’ basketball team but whatever needed be worked out behind the scenes to complete the transfer has been ironed out and he will now officially be in the white and gold. Phillips saw time at both guard positions for the Vols and averaged 6.2 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.7 assists while also providing excellent defense. After sitting out the 2017-18 season, Phillips will have two years of eligibility remaining and should fit quite well in Josh Pastner’s system. Welcome to the Flats (officially)!
We’ll go back to football for our final item today. Punter Pressley Harvin III was the first member of the 2017 recruiting class and after reading this article from the AJC’s Ken Sugiura (article is published on myAJC so it may be behind a paywall), he is well on his way to being one of my favorite players on the team. Both of Harvin’s parents have battled major medical issues all the while giving their full support to Harvin and his pursuits. It’s resulted in an individual who appears to be grounded and driven. As good as the family story is, my favorite tidbit from the article is about Harvin’s other athletic endeavors. We knew Harvin had a helluva leg but apparently his arm isn’t half bad either as he came in second and fourth in shot put and discus, respectively, in the highest division of South Carolina’s high school track meet.