First in a series. Poll added. . .
As we embark on the college football season this week, it’s time now to take a look back at the 2010 recruiting classes and try to gauge how they worked out.
We’ll get it started today with Georgia Tech, which signed the No. 32 recruiting class in America, according to Scout.com, and No. 43, according to Rivals.
At this point there’s no question which of the new players is making the biggest impact for the Yellow Jackets. Isaiah Johnson took over the No. 1 jersey left behind by all-ACC safety Morgan Burnett and, as it turns out, it looks like he will be taking over that position as well. The big news out of The Flats this week was that Johnson earned a starting nod at safety.
“I’m not surprised, but I don’t want to diminish the accomplishment,” said Chip Walker, Johnson’s coach at Sandy Creek High, which won the Class AAAA state championship last year. “That’s a huge, huge accomplishment to go in and start your first college game. But I’m not really surprised because Isaiah is a good, good football player and an even better person. He’s a great athlete and a hard worker.”
Johnson’s impact was not predicted by individual recruiting rankings. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound athlete earned only a three-star rating from all the recruiting services. At least four other Tech signees were rated higher.
“The recruiting services are way overblown and people put way too much stock in them,” Walker said. “I knew he was as good as any safety to come out of this state in a long time, yet everybody was only giving him three stars. The thing about it is, Isaiah never worried about all that stuff. He never wanted to go to combines and all that stuff to get his name out there. He knew that wasn’t going to make him a better football player.”
Johnson is one of what looks to be about four incoming signees to contribute for the Yellow Jackets this fall. Also eyeing playing time in their first year is Jeremiah Attaochu of Washington, D.C., who is currently listed as the No. 2 weakside linebacker; athlete Barry “B.J.” Bostic of Jefferson County, an AJC Super 11 player and four-star prospect, who will likely return kicks and may get some snaps at A-back; place-kicker Justin Moore of Marist, who is competing with senior Scott Blair; and Louis Young, who is currently listed as a second-team cornerback and is penciled in on special teams.
The rest of Tech’s 17-player incoming class will likely redshirt, though nothing is certain at this early date.
So what do you think of the Yellow Jackets’ class so far? Who else might play themselves onto the field this season?
GEORGIA TECH CLASS OF 2010
OL Catlin Alford (6-3, 275), Adairsville: Likely redshirt
LB Jeremiah Attaochu (6-3, 223), Washington, D.C.: Probable playing time. Currently listed No. 2 weakside linebacker and penciled in on several special teams units.
CB Ryan Ayers (5-10, 178), Douglasville: Likely redshirt.
OL Morgan Bailey (6-4, 298) Loganville: Likely redshirt
ATH Barry “B.J.” Bostic (5-11, 165), Louisville: Definite contributor. AJC Super 11 selection will return and cover kicks and likely get limited snaps at A-back.
QB Synjyn Days (6-1, 205), Powder Springs: Likely redshirt. As the No. 4 quarterback Days will dress each week and travel.
DT (6-0, 270), Grayson: Possible playing time. Currently No. 2 nose tackle due to some injuries.
RB Deon Hill (6-0, 205), Phenix City, Ala: Likely redshirt
DB Fred Holton (6-1, 198), Thomasville: Likely redshirt
DB Isaiah Johnson (6-2, 195), Tyrone: Impact player. The early enrollee earned a starting position at safety.
DT Denzel McCoy (6-3, 268), Lawrenceville: Likely redshirt. Missed most of camp with an undisclosed illness.
K Justin Moore (5-10, 160), Atlanta: Possible playing time. Mired in competition with senior Scott Blair.
LB Quayshawn Nealy (6-1, 220), Lakeland, Fla.: Likely redshirt
RB Charles Perkins (6-0, 212), Lawrenceville. Likely redshirt.
DB Jake Skole (6-1, 185), Roswell: Signed $1.6 million pro baseball contract
DE Anthony Williams (6-4, 221), McDonough: Likely redshirt
DB Louis Young (6-1, 190), Washington, D.C. Probable playing time. Listed as a second-team cornerback and expected to play on special teams.
RB Tony Zenon (5-8, 174), Albany: Likely redshirt.
* Chart made in consult with the AJC’s Tech beat writer Doug Roberson.
MORE TO COME:
>>>Wednesday: Impact freshmen around the South.