Everything you need to know and what actually matters about the 2019 Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket recruiting class.
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This isn’t bad at all. Geoff Collins didn’t have a whole lot of time to work, and he’s got a whole bunch of things he needs to do with his team to change it around, but he was still able to hang on to just enough of Paul Johnson’s recruits to make this a solid haul.
Does he have the right quarterback to fit the pivot from the triple-option? Jordan Yates can actually throw, but he’s more of a runner who fits the old system. Ivy League smart, he’s potentially the most important recruit – if he stays at quarterback. It’ll be all about how quickly he develops as a consistent college passer. 6-2 Demetrius Knight was signed on at quarterback, too.
The receivers now play a bigger role. Johnson loved to get the very tall, very physical deep threat types – you had to be able to block to play in this offense – but this year’s class of targets is a little quicker.
Of course, the one big benefit for Collins was the running back talent as part of the mix. Jamious Griffin is the best talent the Yellow Jackets were able to get in the last few years, but there are other options to add into the rotation.
The 2018 class went bulk at defensive tackle, and there wasn’t much happening for the interior this year. The ends are promising, though. Next year, Collins has to get hard after linebackers after bringing on just one – Cornelius Evans, a dangerous outside option.
If Griffin isn’t the team’s best get. it’s Mike Lockhart, a 6-5, 250-pound pass rusher out of Alabama. Both of them made the class a whole lot stronger on National Signing Day. The Birmingham native was going to UAB, but changed his mind with North Carolina and Mississippi State pushing hard for him, but Collins got the signing.
Georgia Tech goes really, really big on Georgia players. Collins will end up working a little more regionally going forward, but landing nine in-state prospects helped bulk things up in the transition.
Rarely is there an improvement after a coaching change, but Johnson announcing his retirement early helped the transition. All things considered – including the style change – being able to flirt with a final ranking in the hipper-half of the ACC is a big deal.