Georgia Tech’s 2010 recruiting class is kind of hard to figure.
The Yellow Jackets never seem to blow away the national pundits, and this year was no different. Their group of 18 signees rated a No. 41 ranking from Scout.com and a No. 43 from Rivals.com. But Tech never seems to garner a very high national recruiting ranking — average of 43.25 over previous four years per Rivals — and, last time I checked, it remains the defending ACC champion.
And it was a small class, seven below the NCAA allowed maximum of 25. So that’s going to impact the ranking as well. In that case it’s probably more accurate — and I use the term loosely here — to refer to the signees’ average star rating. Based on Rivals’ assessment that’s a very respectable 3.17 stars, which ranks 26th overall. Scout’s is a little lower at an average of 2.89 stars. Not bad considering they’re counting two 2-star recruits in kicker Justin Moore and running back Tony Zenon. I’d say that would fall in the range of good to average.
Also making the Jackets’ class hard to quantify is the versatility of its athletes. Barry “B.J.” Bostic, Synjyn Days and Jake Skole all could play either side of the ball. And Bostic in particular could play literally any skill position on offense (I really like that kid, who was an AJC Super 11 selection for us). As I understand it the plan is for Bostic to start out at cornerback, Skole at safety and Days at quarterback. But some or all of that could change. So stay tuned.
It could be said the Jackets class lacks a little when it comes to star power. Under Armour All-American Ryan Ayers, a cornerback from South Paulding and another Super 11 designee, is about as close as you’ll get to a “national recruit” in this class. And late addition Louis Young, a four-star corner from Washington D.C., didn’t get the national accolades but could turn out to be great. But not a lot of wow factor after that.
That said, I think Charles Perkins, who at No. 5 overall was the highest-rated running back in the AJC Top 50, may be underrated nationally and could have an impact, if not right away then in the very near future. Also, defensive end Anthony Williams, who will play outside linebacker in new defensive coordinator Al Groh’s system, has a chance to be a special player.
Some recruiting analysts, such as JacketsOnline.com’s Kelly Quinlan, really like the Jackets’ new interior defensive linemen Shawn Green and Denzel McCoy. I’m not as sold on them, especially as one-gap guys in Groh’s alignment. But that’s always a difficult position to assess. And they’re both great kids, academically and personality-wise.
As for misses, I’d say the Jackets probably needed to bring in at least one wide receiver, especially with the loss of all-world pass-catcher Demaryius Thomas. Rising sophomore Stephen Hill is expected to step in to the primary role and, as I’ve said, they have options out of this class. And, of course, you never have enough offensive linemen, in my opinion.
But, as always recruiting is about filling needs. And for that Tech did quite well. The Jackets needed defense and they went out and signed 12 defensive players. They needed secondary in particular and it’d be hard to find a team in America that did better as a group than Tech did with Isaiah Johnson, Fred Holton, Ayers, Bostic, Skiole and Young.
I’ll give them a B-plus.
What say you?
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