Gailey likes close class

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ATLANTA - Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey was not impressed Wednesday when national recruiting experts applauded his class of 20 signees.

Florida State's Bobby Bowden won the recruiting battle for wide receiver Markish Jones.  Associated Press
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Florida State's Bobby Bowden won the recruiting battle for wide receiver Markish Jones.

Gailey was more taken with the fact the signees are so fond of the class.

Thanks in part to the new teen-friendly communication avenues now available - including cell phone text messages and Internet sites such as MySpace.com - the Georgia Tech class is as notable for its immediate close bond as for its high national rankings.

"That has been a very unique situation," Gailey said, adding the class is "by far the tightest I've ever seen."

Gailey says he hopes the recruits signed with Georgia Tech "for the right reason, not jumping on board with buddies."

Whatever the case, the bonds were strong enough to keep the class intact even when Gailey was involved in job interviews with the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers and Miami Dolphins.

By any measure, the class boasts balance and talent, with four of the top 10 players in Georgia, according to Scout.com: quarterback Josh Nesbitt of Greensboro; Jonathan Dwyer, a running back from Kell High in Marietta; Nick Claytor, an offensive tackle from Gainesville, and safety-wide receiver D.J. Donley of Charlton County.

Dwyer was one of two players from the state to be named to the Parade magazine high school All-America list.

Other high-ranked players include Derrick Morgan, a defensive end rated as the top player in Pennsylvania; defensive end Jason Peters, who is from Baton Rouge, La., and picked the Yellow Jackets over LSU; Morgan Burnett, a four-star prospect, according to Rivals, and another quarterback, 6-foot-5 Steven Threet of Adrian, Mich.

CLEMSON: A year ago, it was Clemson and coach Tommy Bowden getting the last laugh with tailback C.J. Spiller's surprise selection of the Tigers over powers like Florida and Florida State.

This time, Bowden's father, Bobby, did the chuckling Wednesday after receiver Markish Jones turned to the Seminoles even after a signing ceremony at his high school, later faxing in his revised national letter-of-intent to Florida State.

There weren't as many smiles with Clemson's latest class of 22 recruits. Although, Bowden snagged highly regarded defensive end Kourtnei Brown out of Charlotte, N.C., earlier Wednesday, Clemson did not get to bring in another receiver Dwight Jones and runner Jo Jo Cox because the two reportedly were rejected by administrator because of academic concerns.

Add in Markish Jones' late switch and it gave Tommy Bowden a different feel from a year ago.

"I learned a long time ago, worry about the ones you got, don't worry about the ones you didn't get," Bowden said.

"I'm more concerned about who we got and where we go from here."

Clemson's class does feature quarterback Willy Korn, who committed two summers ago and is already enrolled.

The athletic department's NCAA compliance office is investigating an e-mail allegedly sent from the IPTAY Collegiate Club that encouraged students to turn out for Dwight Jones' recruiting visit. Such an organized effort is against NCAA rules.


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