Continuing with my breakdowns of the local recruiting classes, today we’ll be focusing on Georgia Tech’s class of 2010.
Tech is not going light up any of the national recruiting rankings chiefly because this will be such a small class. The Jackets currently have 13 scholarships to give. That’s up from 12 due to the recent departure from the team of defensive back Kamaron Riley. Most of Tech’s work is done as, with the commitment of defensive end Anthony Williams on Monday, it already has 10 commitments.
There are two main areas of focus in the 2010 class: defensive line and defensive backfield. And Tech appears to have made some serious hay in both areas.
The Jackets’ recruiting in the secondary has been particularly impressive. They have four commitments, two cornerbacks and two safeties. Ryan Ayers (5-10, 175, South Paulding High) is a 4-star recruit and is generally considered the top cornerback in the state. B.J Bostic, a 5-10, 161-pound quarterback at Jefferson County, projects as a cornerback at the next level. He grades out at 77 — a solid 3-star rating — by ESPN’s analysts.
Isaiah Johnson (6-2, 175, Sandy Creek) is rated a 4-star safety by Rivals.com and rivals Newnan’s Alec Ogletree (Georgia commit) as the state’s top player at that position. With no guarantees junior All-America candidate Morgan Burnett will return for a senior season, Johnson could be pressed into duty quickly. Fred Holton (6-1, 196, Thomasville), a 3-star safety, rounds out an impressive group.
Williams’ commitment earlier this week put the Jackets over the top with regard to filling needs on the D-line. The 6-foot-4, 230-pounder from Union Grove High is a 4-star end along the lines of current Tech star Derrick Morgan. Both Morgan and Robert Hall are juniors, so the Jackets are getting “old” at that position. Ideally Tech would like to sign another D-end. Kareem Martin (6-6, 222, Roanoke Rapids, N.C) is one it has an eye on. Denzel McCoy (6-4, 275 Duluth-Northview), a 4-star-rated defensive tackle according to Rvials.com, and Shawn Green (6-2, 275, Grayson) address needs in the interior line.
The Jackets will lose at least two seniors off the offensive line after this season. Three-star commitments Morgan Bailey (6-4, 285, Loganville) and Catlin Alford (6-3, 275, Adairsville) are set to fill the void. Collins Hill’s Charles Perkins, rated one of the state’s top five running backs by Georgia High School Football Daily, completes an all-Georgia recruiting class.
Ideally the Jackets would like to add a linebacker or two, a defensive end and you can never have enough offensive linemen. But other than Martin they’ll like wait to see what prospects develop over the course of the high school football season. Regardless, recruiting coordinator Giff Smith is getting high fives in the conference room. . . .
Be sure to check out Tim Tucker’s UGA blog this morning for an assessment of the freshmen by Mark Richt. The Bulldogs’ coach is very impressed so far with one particular group.