Georgia Tech Football Recruiting: Yellow Jackets Snag Big-Time Linebacker

Brian StewartContributor IIIJune 2, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 26: Fans of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets hold signs of support during the game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Bobby Dodd Stadium on November 26, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson continues to have a really good summer.  Coach Johnson got his fourth 4-star commitment on Friday when former Vanderbilt commit Nigel Bowden decided to commit to the Yellow Jackets.

Bowden, a linebacker from Central Macon High School, is considered to be one of the state's top linebackers for the 2013 class.  Georgia Tech had been recruiting Bowden even before he committed to Vandy.  However, after meeting face-to-face with Coach Paul Johnson, Bowden decided that he would be calling Atlanta home.

Michael Carvell of the Atlanta Journal Constitution provided some of the Bowden's reasons for choosing Georgia Tech: 

I’ve been thinking about Georgia Tech for a while. It was always between those two, Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt. I switched because I always wanted to play for my home state school. Plus, my mother always wanted to me to go to Georgia Tech. My family can go to all of the games.

This commitment continues what has been an extremely strong summer of recruiting so far for the Jackets.  Bowden, according to many websites, makes the fourth 4-star recruit for the Yellow Jackets, who haven't had this many 4-star recruits since the famed 2007 signing class, which included the likes of Derrick Morgan, Josh Nesbitt, Morgan Burnett, and Jon Dwyer—the same group that made up the core of Georgia Tech's most recent football championship team.

While we don't truly know how any of these players will turn out, this draft class is certainly giving many GT fans, myself included, a great deal of hope moving forward.


Overall 2013 Georgia Tech Recruiting Class:

1. RB Travis Curtis, Lovejoy (4-star)

2. RB Donovan Wilson, Dublin, Ohio (3-star)

3. OL Shamire Devine, Tri-Cities High School (4-star)

4. DT  Darius Commissiong, Forestville, Maryland (3-star)

5. OG Jeremi Hall, Tri-Cities High School (4-star)

6. ILB Nigel Bowden, Central Macon High School (4-star)