Posted: 2:48 pm Friday, August 29th, 2014

Where Tech’s transfers ended up 

By Ken Sugiura

The story of Georgia Tech’s offseason – the seemingly unending departure of players from the program, voluntary or otherwise – comes to an official close this weekend, as the Yellow Jackets who have stayed will play their first game Saturday against Wofford. It will close, too, for those who left. They have gone as far west as Oregon, as far north as … Oregon (and also Ohio) and as far east as South Carolina. (For those interested in completely nerding out, read further: I was trying to determine which school is farther east, James Madison or Coastal Carolina. It turns out it’s Coastal Carolina – Morgan Bailey’s new school – but only by about nine miles, as best as I understand how longitude works.) The 12 are playing at three different levels of football – FBS, FCS and junior college. Two different twosomes ended up at the same junior college in the same conference.

DL Justin Akins – transferred to Middle Tennessee State. After sitting out this season, he’ll have three years of eligibility.

WR Anthony Autry – transferred to Hutchinson (Kansas) Community College, a junior college powerhouse, joining Travis Custis (below). Assuming he transfers after this season to an NCAA school, he will have two years of eligibility left. He played in his first game Thursday night and was targeted three times without a catch.

OT Morgan Bailey – transferred to Coastal Carolina, which is starting the season ranked in the top 10 in two FCS polls. Alas, Bailey, who had uncommonly bad luck with injuries, is out for the Chanticleers’ season opener.

DL Darius Commissiong – transferred to Iowa Western Community College, another strong junior college team that actually is in the same conference as Hutchinson. Iowa Western is ranked No. 2 in the national junior college rankings. If he left Iowa Western after this season, he would have three more years of eligibility at an NCAA school.

RB Travis Custis – transferred to Hutchinson Community College. In a backfield with former Alabama running back Alvin Kamara from Norcross High, Custis ran 11 times for 98 yards in Hutchinson’s 45-7 win over the Bethany College junior varsity.

QB Ty Griffin – transferred to Oregon. His younger brother Taj, a highly-regarded prospect at McEachern High, is an Oregon commit. He will sit out this year and have three years of eligibility remaining.

DE Travin Henry – remained at Tech to earn his degree. He conceivably could transfer after graduating and have two more years of eligibility as a graduate student. It would not be surprising, though, if he left football behind.

DL Jimmie Kitchen – transferred to Youngstown State. He’ll have two more years of eligibility at the former Division II powerhouse now at the FCS level, beginning this season. Youngstown State plays Illinois Saturday, but Kitchen, who arrived to camp late and was injured during the preseason, is not expected to play.

QB Vad Lee – transferred to James Madison. He has immediate eligibility and two years remaining. He is the starting quarterback and was recently named a team captain. James Madison opens against Maryland at 3:30 p.m. in the Terrapins’ first-ever game as a Big Ten member. The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.

DL Kevin Robbins – also transferred to Iowa Western. Both he and Commissiong are starting. Like Commissiong, if he were to leave after this season or academic year, he would have three years of eligibility at an NCAA institution.

DE Anthony Williams – transferred to Troy after graduating. He has one year remaining and is eligible immediately. He’s listed on the depth chart as the No. 2 defensive end. Troy plays Duke next Saturday and at Georgia Sept. 20. (Not to mention at Georgia Southern Oct. 30 and against Georgia State Nov. 8)

RB Donovan Wilson – transferred to Bowling Green State. After sitting out this season, he will have three years of eligibility remaining.

Not included: OT Chase Roberts, who was medically disqualified after sustained post-concussion symptoms. Roberts is on medical scholarship and is working in the Alexander-Tharpe Fund office.

19 comments
wreckmaniac
wreckmaniac

These JUCOs exist to feed football factories like UGA who need them when they find out that their 5 stars don't cut it.

pi
pi

for all you jacket and dwags fans etc here is the best schedule for watching your favorite team on tv or the internet bar none. i have been using the same one now for 4-5 years.  its  awesome.


http://lsufootball.net/tvschedule.htm

Burdell
Burdell

Myles Autry never was a Jacket pi. The rest of them actually attended school for at least a semester.

SteveRC
SteveRC

What about the basketball transfers?  Carter, Royal, Poole brothers.

pi
pi

you left off one ken?

what is going on with myles autry these days?

Getting_Older
Getting_Older

Best of luck to all of the former Jackets!

I was really sorry to see Custis go.  I still think he would have been a tremendous B-back.

StingerSplash
StingerSplash

Ken, 

Youngstown State is a FCS (former I-A) powerhouse, not D2.

SouthGAJacketMan
SouthGAJacketMan

Hutchinson CC has to have the best backfield in their division. Probably better than a lot of FBS schools.

WSatterwhite
WSatterwhite

While I assume all the JuCo guys are gone for good, if any were to make their way back to Tech, would they still have the same amount of eligibility remaining?

ToddE
ToddE

Very interesting to see how VL does against those Marylanders...

drydirtroad
drydirtroad

@Burdell I attended Tech for 14 quarters. There were no semesters then. There also was the correct yj then, which you and I use. There was no "Buzz" then.

pi
pi

@Burdell  i understand that B.  doesnt mean that we dont care  where he ends up. after all he did say that playing for gt was still an option. neither he nor cpj burned that bridge.

i googled his name and the last info on the net was he was talking to ga but that was over a month ago.


KenAJC
KenAJC moderator

@SteveRC Carter is at Maryland. Royal is at George Mason (that was last year). Don't know about the Pooles.

KenAJC
KenAJC moderator

@pi I haven't been checked. the last time i talked with him, he was thinking about taking online courses or going to prep school.

GTBob
GTBob

@ToddE I hope he beats the daylights out of them personally.

AtlantaNative62
AtlantaNative62

UPDATE: Myles Autry will attend Georgia Prep Sports Academy this fall, GPSA coach Mike Carson told the AJC on Tuesday.

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

Still jealous the Turtles got the golden ticket to the Big 10 eh Bobby? :(