Starters Lost: 3 on Offense; 4 on Defense
Top needs: WR, DL, LB, OL, CB
Signings by state
Georgia – 8
Florida – 4
Alabama – 3
Australia – 1
Maryland – 1
The Yellow Jackets don’t have a Middle Georgia signee for the third consecutive year. Plenty of former Middle Georgia standouts, however, have emerged as key playmakers at Georgia Tech. Julian Burnett (Westside), Jemea Thomas (Fitzgerald) and Brandon Watts (Washington County) were key contributors on defense last year. The drought could end soon, as West Laurens junior linebacker Johnny O’Neal told recruiting services that he likely will pick between Georgia and Georgia Tech next year. The Yellow Jackets also like Washington County junior lineman Michael Selby.
Gem of the Class
In terms of on-field production, quarterback Justin Thomas could be the big prize this year. Thomas was voted the Class 6A Player of the Year in Alabama. He is a dynamic playmaker who was once committed to Alabama. He flipped to Georgia Tech after Alabama coaches couldn’t ensure he’d receive an opportunity to play quarterback in college. Francis Kallon is the Yellow Jackets’ other top-rated signee, but he’s a different story. He played his first season of high school football this year at Central Gwinnett after moving from England, and most recruiting services believe he has tremendous upside.
The Yellow Jackets landed Birmingham, Ala., linebacker Beau Hankins on Wednesday giving them a positive finish to the recruiting season. They also pulled Adam Gotsis out of Australia. The surprises here were more negative with Will Adams (Auburn) and Antonio Crawford (Miami) de-committing late, Junior Gnonkonde (North Carolina) dropped for reported low test scores and Dalvin Tomlinson picking Alabama over Georgia Tech on Wednesday.
Marcus Allen FB/LB 6-2/210 Hilliard, Fla.
Comment: Allen rushed for 812 yards and seven touchdowns. He is related to former Georgia standouts Champ and Boss Bailey.
Dennis Andrews QB 5-11/190 Godby/Tallahassee, Fla.
Comment: Andrews is already enrolled at Georgia Tech. He passed for 5,426 yards and 36 touchdowns and rushed for 1,915 yards and 22 touchdowns in his prep career.
Anthony Autry WR/DB 6-2/180 Norcross
Comment: Autry had 53 tackles and five interceptions as a senior to go with 20 catches for 515 yards and seven touchdowns.
Freddie Burden OL 6-3/290 Statesboro
Comment: Burden played some tight end at Statesboro. He is lifelong friends with fellow Georgia Tech signee Micheal Summers.
Roderick Chungong DL 6-3/250 Good Counsel/Olney, Md.
Comment: He helped lead Good Counsel to its first undefeated season by finished with nine sacks and All-Metro honors for the Washington Post.
Pat Gamble DL 6-5/275 Central/Carrollton
Comment: Gamble played on both offense and defense at Central, but he projects as a defensive end at Georgia Tech.
Adam Gotsis;DT;6-4/290;Kew/Victoria, Australia
Comment: A sleeper project from down under, Gotsis will play for the world team in the International Bowl.
Lynn Griffin ATH 6-0/206 Trinity Christian/Jacksonville, Fla.
Comment: Griffin rushed for 654 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior to go with 52 tackles and a sack.
Beau Hankins LB 6-2/225 Jackson-Olin/Birmingham, Ala.
Comment: Hankins carries a 4.0 GPA, and he picked the Yellow Jackets over Arkansas, Central Florida and Penn State on Wednesday.
Travin Henry WR 6-4/228 Cook/Adel
Comment: One of the last to commit to Georgia Tech, Henry finished with 47 catches for 987 yards and eight touchdowns.
Francis Kallon DL 6-5/260 Central Gwinnett/Lawrenceville
Comment: Kallon played just one year of high school football after moving from England, but he has as much upside as any Georgia Tech signee.
Chase Roberts OL 6-3/285 Greater Atlanta Christian/Norcross
Comment: Roberts played tackle for GACS, but he could play inside for the Yellow Jackets.
Ryan Rodwell P 6-2/215 Deland, Fla.
Comment: Rodwell averaged 43.6 yards per punt during his senior season, and he made a career-long 45 yard field goal this year.
Tyler Stargel LB 6-3/250 Gulf Shores, Ala.
Comment: Stargel finished his senior season with 79 tackles, three sacks, four blocked kicks and three forced fumbles.
Micheal Summers WR 6-1/190 Statesboro
Comment: Summers accounted for more than 1,400 yards of total offense and 13 touchdowns.
Justin Thomas QB 5-11/175 Prattville, Ala.
Comment: The Yellow Jackets’ top-ranked signee led Prattville to the Class 6A state championship after passing for 1,652 yards and 13 touchdowns and rushed for 896 yards and seven touchdowns.
D.J. White DB 5-10/180 Union Grove/McDonough
Comment: Originally a South Florida commitment, White picked the Yellow Jackets and keeps alive the school’s pipeline to Union Grove. His high school coach compares him to current Yellow Jackets’ cornerback Rod Sweeting, according to Georgia Tech linebackers coach Joe Speed.