Tampa Jesuit cornerback Michael Peterson has become the 20th and final commit for the Georgia Tech 2007 recruiting class. Peterson was previously committed to Boston College before having a change of heart when head coach Tom O'Brien left to take the head job at N.C. State. Michael then picked the Yellow Jackets over late offers from Clemson and Vanderbilt. All three schools got into the mix with Peterson not long after changes took place at BC. Pete Peterson, Michael’s father, just told me, “Michael will be playing for Georgia Tech. We’re real excited about it and Michael’s excited as well.”
Said Mr. Peterson on Thursday in regard to the changing recruiting situation from BC to GT, “all of a sudden they had a coaching change in December and a lot of schools that had backed off of him all of a sudden started to surface again,” said Peterson. “We started to hear from other schools and Georgia Tech happened to be one of them because they were recruiting him heavily at the beginning of the year. As fate would have it, he started to receive offers from those schools. So Vandy got into the mix and then recently Georgia Tech and Clemson, in the last week or so, got into the mix of recruiting and making him offers.”
Michael, who expects to major in Management at Tech, joins GT offensive lineman A.J. Smith on the team as the latest in the line of players to attend Tech from Tampa Jesuit. Peterson played on the Jesuit team as true freshman, the only one in his grade to do so that year.
The Yellow Jacket’s class is one of the strongest in their history. The defensive side of the ball was represented in the last 5 commitments. Before Peterson the last five were: DE Jason Peters, S Morgan Burnett, DE Derrick Morgan, and LB Albert Rocker. Defense was a big reason the Yellow Jackets made it to this past season’s ACC Championship game and it appears the Jackets have gone a long way in sustaining that success with the talent coming in from this class. Other possible defenders in this class include: S D.J. Donley, DT Logan Walls, LB Kyle Jackson, CB Mario Butler, LB Brad Jefferson, and S/CB Jerrard Tarrant. Peterson’s reputation as a physical defensive back will fit in well with Butler, Donley, Burnett, and Tarrant.