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Winning big at home is a sure way to make a favorable impression on recruits. Just ask Eastside quarterback Justin Wray, who watched from the recruiting section as Georgia Tech dismantled Mississippi State 38-7 on Saturday at Bobby Dodd Stadium. “It was great,” said Wray, an AJC’s The Georgia Top 150 selection who attended the game with a couple of family members. “I loved how explosive Tech’s offense was and how their defense was fast and strong. “It was a great game.” Wray, who nearly committed to Central Florida during the spring, has guided the Eagles to a 3-0 start by completing 24 of 40 passes for 305 yards and two touchdowns. He’s rushed for 214 yards and four touchdowns on 30 carries. His athleticism has captured Tech’s attention. The only thing missing is a scholarship offer from the Jackets. “I’m not sure [if they will offer], but I definitely hope so,” he said. Tech currently has a commitment from quarterback Jordan Luallen of Greenwood, Ind.
Eastside quarterback Justin Wray will get a first-hand look of Georgia Tech’s new triple option offense on Saturday when the Jackets host Mississippi State. “I’m going to the game with my mom and stepfather,” said Wray, a member of the AJC’s The Georgia Top 150. “I just want to see the school for myself. “I want to see how they play the game and get a feel for the coaching staff.” Wray, who is hopeful that the Jackets will offer him, had a few anxious moments over his passes for Saturday’s game. “We called and they said all the seats [in the recruiting section] were full,” said Wray, who has scholarship offers from Central Florida and Presbyterian. “But the coaches really wanted me to come to the game, so we worked it out.”
With No. 3 Georgia playing on the West Coast this weekend, Georgia Tech’s home game against Mississippi State will be front-and-center for many of the area’s top recruits. Flowery Branch defensive end Izaan Cross, Eastside quarterback Justin Wray and Salem offensive lineman Sam Watts are among the players who have indicated they plan to attend Saturday afternoon’s Georgia Tech-Mississippi State contest at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Cross, who has a scholarship offer from the Jackets, is considering several programs including Clemson and Tech. Wray, who has been offered by Central Florida, is eager to see if the Jackets will follow suit and do the same this weekend. “We’re just talking right now,” he said of his scholarship chances with Tech. Watts will cheer for the Bulldogs. He committed to Mississippi State during the summer. Milton running back Toney Williams, who committed to Tennessee in May, will travel to Knoxville on Saturday to watch the Volunteers host Florida. He’ll likely bump into Stephenson linebacker Nigel Mitchell-Thornton, a Tennessee commit who intends to drive to Neyland Stadium after his team returns home from Waycross early Saturday morning. Stephenson plays at Ware County Friday evening. Henry County quarterback Drew Little doesn’t have a visit scheduled this weekend, but he does plan to drop in on an ACC program next month. “Boston College is very interested in me,” he said. “I plan on visiting there in about four weeks.” Each player is a member of the AJC’s The Georgia Top 150.
Determined not to shortchange all of his recruiting opportunities, Eastside quarterback Justin Wray insists that he’ll wait a few more weeks before announcing where he’ll play college football next season. Wray (6-foot-2, 201 pounds), who is being recruited by several schools as an athlete, contemplated accepting a scholarship offer from Central Florida during the spring. But patience won out for Wray, who will engineer Eastside’s offense when the Eagles open the season Thursday night against Harris County. “I’m still seriously considering Central Florida at this point in time,” Wray said. “But I’m talking to Vanderbilt and they want three of my game tapes [from the upcoming season] to see if they’re interested in me.” Wray’s second offer could come from Presbyterian. “I think they’re going to offer me,” he said.