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Big day looms for Jackets

[rl]This day could be the biggest day.
Georgia Tech has been one of the surprising storylines thus far during the class of 2007 recruiting cycle. Under the leadership of new recruiting coordinator Giff Smith, the Jackets have the makings of one of the better classes in the ACC already.
But Thursday could make by far the biggest splash in terms of momentum heading into the season. Two in-state Rivals100 prospects will announce and there is a better-than-average chance both could pick Georgia Tech.
Running back Jonathan Dwyer of Marietta (Ga.) Kell will announce his college decision at a press conference Thursday after school at Kell High. Dwyer, the nation's No. 96 overall prospect, is down to Florida, Florida State, Georgia and Georgia Tech.
Offensive tackle Nick Claytor of Gainesville (Ga.) will announce his decision at 7 p.m. Thursday at the ESPN Zone in the Buckhead area of Atlanta. Claytor, the nation's No. 94 overall prospect, is down to Auburn, Florida State, Georgia Tech and Ohio State.
Dwyer has scholarship offers from nearly every school in the Southeast and a lot of schools throughout the country. The consensus No. 2 running back prospect in the Peach State behind Caleb King, Dwyer held offers from Auburn, Georgia, Florida and Florida State, among others, but liked the Yellow Jackets from the beginning. Even with the attention from other programs, it seemed like Dwyer, while giving the others a fair chance and exploring all of his options, simply liked Georgia Tech and felt comfortable with the coaching staff.
While things are never 100 percent in recruiting, things are looking good for the Yellow Jackets as things stand today.
Georgia Tech was the first program to offer Claytor, the top offensive lineman in the state of Georgia for this year's class. The 6-foot-6, 312-pounder saw his stock soar following the early interest from the Yellow Jackets, but always remained interested in heading to Atlanta. The other three teams in the mix, however, have been major factors as well.
There has been talk that Ohio State is out of the mix for Claytor. Based on recent information, it would be premature to count the Buckeyes completely out of the mix. Also, Claytor has come away impressed with both Auburn and Florida State during trips to both schools, so it's not impossible that the Buckeyes, Tigers or Seminoles could spring the upset here.
Still, you have to live the Yellow Jackets' chances.
Georgia Tech already has secured Rivals100 selection Jacoby Monroe from Jacksonville (Fla.) Sandalwood and four-star wide receiver D.J. Donley from Folkston (Ga.) Charlton County. Should Tech end up nabbing these two on Thursday, it would give the Ramblin' Wreck three Rivals100 commitments and four commits rated four stars or higher.
It also should give Georgia Tech a great shot at starting inside the top 25 when Rivals.com releases its first football recruiting team rankings next month, which would cap off a tremendous first half of the recruiting cycle for the Yellow Jackets' program.