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WR Donley, a top '07 recruit, leaving Tech

"Personal stuff," not possible position change reason for transfer

By MATT WINKELJOHN

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Published on: 01/26/08

Georgia Tech has lost one of the top players from its highly touted 2007 recruiting class. D.J. Donley has left school and said he will transfer.

The 6-foot-4, 203-pound wide receiver from Folkston started classes in the current semester before leaving.

Soon after coach Paul Johnson was hired, he and/or members of his staff approached Donley about switching to safety next season. He said that was not the reason he left.

"It was just personal stuff," he said Friday night from his home in Folkston. "It had nothing to do with [the suggested position change]."

Donley played in all 13 games last season, chiefly on special teams, where he blocked two punts, recovered a fumble and registered a combined nine tackles and assists. As a receiver, he caught eight passes for 101 yards and a touchdown that came in Tech's loss to Fresno State in the Humanitarian Bowl.

Donley said he was academically eligible when he left.

Tech's top three receivers from last season Greg Smith, James Johnson and Demaryius Thomas are scheduled to return. Correy Earls, who caught 14 passes despite missing several games, is to return as well.

The Jackets, however, have lost No. 4 receiver Colin Peek, a tight end who caught 25 passes. He transferred to Alabama.

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mbrizzle (1/27/2008)
Come on over to the Red side! ;)

LOL.. I wish.. the kid is very very talented, but the problem is he sees himself as a WR and when he was recruited the one school who gave him that was GT even though UGA told him he would excel in the defensive backfield. SC is going to let him try being wr first, but I still think he ends up on the other side of the ball.

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mbrizzle (1/27/2008)
Come on over to the Red side! ;)

LOL.. I wish.. the kid is very very talented, but the problem is he sees himself as a WR and when he was recruited the one school who gave him that was GT even though UGA told him he would excel in the defensive backfield. SC is going to let him try being wr first, but I still think he ends up on the other side of the ball.

Canhe still practice with the team even if he has to sit out a season? That much time practicing would certaily give him a true picture of where his best prospects lie.

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SacFalcFan (1/27/2008)
mbrizzle (1/27/2008)
Come on over to the Red side! ;)

LOL.. I wish.. the kid is very very talented, but the problem is he sees himself as a WR and when he was recruited the one school who gave him that was GT even though UGA told him he would excel in the defensive backfield. SC is going to let him try being wr first, but I still think he ends up on the other side of the ball.

Canhe still practice with the team even if he has to sit out a season? That much time practicing would certaily give him a true picture of where his best prospects lie.

it won't matter you guys are going to let him try out offense, even if he stinks at it which he won't.. he would just be a great db..

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SacFalcFan (1/29/2008)
xnex (1/29/2008)
SacFalcFan (1/27/2008)
mbrizzle (1/27/2008)
Come on over to the Red side! ;)

LOL.. I wish.. the kid is very very talented, but the problem is he sees himself as a WR and when he was recruited the one school who gave him that was GT even though UGA told him he would excel in the defensive backfield. SC is going to let him try being wr first, but I still think he ends up on the other side of the ball.

Canhe still practice with the team even if he has to sit out a season? That much time practicing would certaily give him a true picture of where his best prospects lie.

it won't matter you guys are going to let him try out offense, even if he stinks at it which he won't.. he would just be a great db..

Yep. He is too good of an athlete to stink!!!

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