Posted: 2:28 pm Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Tech may have underrated receiver in Searcy 

By Ken Sugiura

After he committed to Georgia Tech last June, the high school coach of Qua Searcy commented that he would likely have been an “unbelievable” prospect had he attended a metro Atlanta high school.

Lamar County High coach Franklin Stephens would know, having coached at previously scholarship factory Tucker High. He called Searcy, an incoming freshman wide receiver, “one of the most underrated players I’ve ever coached.”

Searcy’s recent response if he agreed with the line of thinking shed some light on his priorities:

“Yes, sir, but I think that’s for them to judge,” he said. “I just play hard.”

At 5-foot-11, 170 pounds, Searcy doesn’t have ideal size for wide receiver, but has the requisite speed and explosiveness. He won the state Class AA long jump and triple jump and finished second in the high jump. He also ran on the victorious 4×100-meter relay with fellow Tech signees Lance and Lawrence Austin that set a state record in preliminaries, leading Lamar County to the state title.

Searcy said he considers route running to be his strength. He also received offers from Clemson, Michigan State, North Carolina, South Carolina and others. He’ll wear jersey No. 82, inheriting it from punter Sean Poole.

Searcy can potentially play at safety or A-back, but will begin at wide receiver, where, with Clinton Lynch’s expected slot to be at A-back, he’ll be the only incoming freshman. There could be some room there for him to play this fall. Beyond DeAndre Smelter, no Tech receiver has proven himself as a consistent threat. Further, Darren Waller and Anthony Autry are both suspended for the first two games of the season, which could give Searcy a chance to move up the depth chart.

“Whatever gets me on the field, I’m happy with whatever,” he said.

13th in a series of updates on Tech’s freshman class

Marshall hopes to be an o-line weapon

OL Whitley brings high amibtions to Tech

Myles Autry ready to ‘make some noise’

DB Lawrence Austin doing his homework

Tech DB Lance Austin has championship mindset

After shoulder surgery, Lewis ‘all good’ for Tech

Preddy ready to give ’110 percent’

For Kagawa, ‘a long journey’ to Tech

DE Merriweather loves football, math

OT Jake Stickler ready to compete

Safety Jalen Johnson eager to get back on field after ACL tear

Trey Klock playing in Big 33 all-star game


I will tell you that after their time with Franklin Stephens as coach at Lamar County, Paul Johnson is going to seem like Mr. Rogers to Searcy and the Austin twins. Searcy's toughness won't be questioned and he likes contact and is a tremendous athlete, so I am confident that he will be an excellent blocker as well as receiver. I predict that Searcy will be playing on Saturdays this season.


Augusta Jacket......We get serious about basketball about every 15 years.  When we do, we are fairly good at it.  Not sure who this WnE  you are talking about but he must be a pain in somebody's butt.


Supersize.....with fans like gatechclassof95, you don't need Dawg fans to bother you anymore!  This guy could be a wrecking ball at the GT House!


adding extra recruiting staff(thanks, drad, for so much-incompetence!) starting to pay off...Ken, does cpj use any computers in recruiting?


Something tells me this young man's talent as a WR is not going to be showcased.


Just another sign that CPJ can't recruit!  </sarc>


@Quackmeyer The fact that WnE instantly liked his comment tells you all you need to know about Classof95.  Just another troll....

How about those mutts trying to get serious at roundball and flipping a 4* point guard?

KenAJC moderator

@juvenal they keep databases, if that's what you're asking.


@gatechclassof95  last  time i looked we have some pretty good wr in the nfl 2 of them played under cpj.

maybe i am wrong but  in the nfl you also need to be able to  block well and play special teams. both strengths of our  program. 

if you can catch the ball.... if you can run good routes.... if your a team player i dont think that how well your talents were showcased matters.  we have a player in denver that didnt catch a lot of balls under cpj and that hasnt hurt his pro career any? same could be said for the player in ny.  (if he can learn how to hang onto the  ball)

me? ill take a team first player anyday over a player who is worried about showcasing his skill set ala vad. afterall we arent a semi pro team like uga an bama yet are we?