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Georgia Tech gains QB, WR, DB

7/16/2012

The Yellow Jackets picked up commitments from Damon Mitchell (Egg Harbor, N.J./Cedar Creek), Antonio Messick (Fayetteville, Ga./Fayette County) and Tolando Cleveland (Powder Springs, Ga./Hillgrove) over the weekend, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The headliner of the group is Mitchell, a 6-foot-2, 199-pound dual-threat quarterback who picked Georgia Tech over scholarship offers from Arizona State, Boston College, UConn, Delaware, Iowa, James Madison, Old Dominion, Rutgers, Syracuse, Tulane, Central Florida, Villanova, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

“Georgia Tech was one of the first to offer at QB, and that really excited him early on,” Cedar Creek coach Tim Watson said. “Georgia Tech was on his shortlist, and when he got down there, he was blown away by the coaches, the campus and the academics. You could tell by his voice he was really feeling the place."

The Yellow Jackets also added a future target for Mitchell with Messick, a 6-foot-3, 194-pound receiver whose posted an electronically-timed 4.84 40-yard dash, 4.6 20-yard shuttle, 32.8-inch vertical and 74.07 SPARQ in the Nike Combine circuit this spring. Georgia Tech was his first offer

“I committed to Georgia Tech because I like their football team, their facilities, their campus and being downtown," he informed the AJC. "I’m excited. I was ready for the offer, and ready to commit. I’m ready to play at Georgia Tech.”

Cleveland, a 5-foot-11, 170-pound defensive back, selected the Yellow Jackets over scholarship offers from Air Force, Ball State, East Carolina, Mississippi State, Navy, Rice and Utah State.

"Georgia Tech is a good place for Tolando," Hillgrove coach David Ironside said. "I'm sure being close to home helped Georgia Tech, and having two Hillgrove players [QB Synjyn Days and LB Jabari Hunt-Days] already on the team there."

The Yellow Jackets' 2013 class has grown to 13 following the weekend haul.