August 30, 2006

Big day looms for Jackets?

This day could be the biggest day.

Georgia Tech has been one of the surprising storylines thus far during the class of 2007 recruiting cycle. Under the leadership of new recruiting coordinator Giff Smith, the Jackets have the makings of one of the better classes in the ACC already.

But Thursday could make by far the biggest splash in terms of momentum heading into the season. Two in-state Rivals100 prospects will announce and there is a better-than-average chance both could pick Georgia Tech.

Running back Jonathan Dwyer of Marietta (Ga.) Kell will announce his college decision at a press conference Thursday after school at Kell High. Dwyer, the nation's No. 96 overall prospect, is down to Florida, Florida State, Georgia and Georgia Tech.

Offensive tackle Nick Claytor of Gainesville (Ga.) will announce his decision at 7 p.m. Thursday at the ESPN Zone in the Buckhead area of Atlanta. Claytor, the nation's No. 94 overall prospect, is down to Auburn, Florida State, Georgia Tech and Ohio State.

Dwyer has scholarship offers from nearly every school in the Southeast and a lot of schools throughout the country. The consensus No. 2 running back prospect in the Peach State behind Caleb King, Dwyer held offers from Auburn, Georgia, Florida and Florida State, among others, but liked the Yellow Jackets from the beginning. Even with the attention from other programs, it seemed like Dwyer, while giving the others a fair chance and exploring all of his options, simply liked Georgia Tech and felt comfortable with the coaching staff.

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