Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Preview 2022: Who are the top 10 players going into the season?
Ayinde Eley, LB Sr.
Call this top ten list of Georgia Tech players very, very fluid with all the new parts and a likely depth chart – at least as much of one as the coaching staff uses – that might wildly change after fall camp.
The 6-3, 232-pound Eley made 111 tackles and two picks as a disruptive force or three seasons at Maryland. Last year he stepped in at Georgia Tech and made 88 tackles with 2.5 tackles for loss and a broken up pass in combination with leading tackler Charlie Thomas at linebacker.
Charlie Thomas, LB Sr.
6-2, 207. 201 tackles, 8 sacks, 26.5 tackles for loss, 4 forced fumbles, 3 broken up passes, 4 fumble recoveries in four seasons. Honorable Mention All-ACC.
Jeff Sims, QB Soph.
6-3, 210. 254-of-445 (57%), 3,349 yards, 25 TD, 20 INT, 864 rushing yards, 10 scores in two seasons
Malachi Carter, WR Sr.
6-3, 195. 76 catches, 1,075 yards (14.1 ypc), 8 TD in four seasons
Keion White, DE Jr.
6-4, 267. 62 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 19.5 tackles for loss, 1 INT in 2019 for Old Dominion. Made 2 tackles last season for Georgia Tech but was hurt.
Dontae Smith, RB Jr.
5-11, 202. 121 carries, 739 yards (6.1 ypc), 7 TD, 15 catches, 98 yards in three season
Pierce Quick, OT, Soph.
6-5, 280. A great recruit for Alabama, he saw time in the rotation for the last three seasons. Now he’ll likely be the Georgia Tech left tackle.
Jaylon King, S Jr.
6-1, 188. 59 career tackles, 4 TFL, 2 broken up passes in 23 games.
RJ Adams, OT Soph.
6-3, 330. This is based on talent and upside. A huge recruit for Kentucky, he’s going to have to battle for a spot on the Georgia Tech offensive front, but he brings much needed size as a potential thumper.