Posted: 11:06 am Monday, July 14th, 2014

Tech’s Lynch won’t be outworked 

By Ken Sugiura

Clinton Lynch, a last-minute addition to Georgia Tech’s signing class, will begin his freshman season with one unusual asset – having played for a former Tech football player.

Lynch played wide receiver at Norcross High, where his position coach was Jeremy Muyres, a four-year starter at safety for the Yellow Jackets 1999-2002 and a three-time All-ACC selection. He also oversees the Blue Devils’ weight program.

“He helped me out a lot, especially in the weight room, just getting stronger, getting faster, getting me bigger,” Lynch said of Muyres. “I really felt like it was a college weight-room program. He wanted to really push you, push you to your limit and make you a better football player.”

Muyres also spoke on behalf of Lynch with defensive coordinator Ted Roof, who recruits Gwinnett County and was Muyres’ defensive coordinator for three seasons.

“He just wanted me to just excel anywhere I went,” Lynch said of Muyres. “It doesn’t matter what school it was; it just happened to be Georgia Tech.”

At Norcross, Lynch helped lead the Blue Devils to back-to-back Class 6A state titles, catching 47 passes for 912 yards last season. Muyres called him a sleeper prospect, saying only his size (6-foot-0, 185 pounds) kept him from getting more offers. Lynch had been committed to Georgia State before receiving Tech’s offer the day before national signing day.

“He’s everything you want as a player; he’s fast, he’s quick, he’s reliable,” Muyres said recently. “There won’t be anybody that’s going to outwork that kid. He does everything you ask him to do. You ask him to run through a wall, he’ll do it.”

On signing day, coach Paul Johnson said that Lynch would start off at A-back. He is listed at wide receiver on the official roster, however. With considerable depth at A-back – high school teammate and fellow incoming freshman Myles Autry is also an A-back – wide receiver might be more favorable, but there’s a slew of younger players at that position, as well.

He’ll wear No. 49, previously worn by walk-on defensive back Jerredith Jiles.

“I’m ready to work,” Lynch said. “I’m just trying to contribute any way I can, trying to get (the team) to an ACC championship, possibly a national championship. I’m here to work.”

You can watch Lynch’s highlight video here.

15th in a series of updates on Tech’s freshman class

Brown adds bulk to Tech offensive line

Tech may have underrated receiver in Searcy

Marshall hopes to be an o-line weapon

OL Whitley brings high amibtions to Tech

Myles Autry ready to ‘make some noise’

DB Lawrence Austin doing his homework

Tech DB Lance Austin has championship mindset

After shoulder surgery, Lewis ‘all good’ for Tech

Preddy ready to give ’110 percent’

For Kagawa, ‘a long journey’ to Tech

DE Merriweather loves football, math

OT Jake Stickler ready to compete

Safety Jalen Johnson eager to get back on field after ACL tear

Trey Klock playing in Big 33 all-star game

 

13 comments
OldJacketFan
OldJacketFan

Dante Wigley 6'1" 185Lb CB out of Carrolton HS committed to the Jackets this afternoon! Welcome aboard Dante!

Gr8_2B_aFuzzyB
Gr8_2B_aFuzzyB

Nobody ever thought Godhigh would be the man when he was a freshman. Work, work, work. The cream rises to the top.

Jmonty
Jmonty

I have to agree with BJ on this one.  The LOS may be a concern.  I don't think we have the "beef" up front to make holes.  But, I could be wrong.

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

Awesome highlight video.  He's got great hands.

QB aside (which I think is going to be a major issue this season), I'm not worried about our skill positions .

It's LOS issues that are the concern.  Always has been...O'Leary understood it better than anyone, when he said it's hard to find big smart guys that want to bang their heads out in a slug-fest in the trenches.

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@Jmonty Our 2-deep on the O-Line in 2009 (Gailey's recruits) averaged 75.6 inches tall (6'3 1/2") and 282.1 lbs.  The projected 2-deep for 2014 on the O-Line averages 75.78 inches tall (6'3 3/4") and 301.4 pounds.  We may not have a team full of 350 lb road graders, but size isn't an issue.  We are 1/4 inch taller and 20 lbs heavier than 5 years ago.

TechTroll13
TechTroll13

If I'm not mistaken in 2008 & 2009, we had a starting tackle that was a converted TE which only weighed 265 lbs.  We seemed to do okay then.

Jmonty
Jmonty

If the "O" line can clear a path for the RB's and the "D" block the run and put pressure on the QB, we are a few steps ahead of last year.

TechTroll13
TechTroll13

Most 350 lbers don't road grade.  They just get in the way of pass rushing DLs., which doesn't suit our offense. 

juvenal
juvenal

@PaulinNH @juvenal do you visit Soccer America? Kennedy pushing Navas, like guys were missing wide because they only randomly went for the posts.......BC's kid Shirley gives me a little cause to pull for the Blues when he's in...it has indeed bin ein lange Zeit, fuenf und zwansig Jahren.....Jaws leaving for Barca means room at the top of the Premier...

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@juvenal 

Fuenf und zwanzig Jahren ist nicht ein lange Zeit! 

Acht und vierzig ist ein lange Zeit.

Schuerrle is a heck of a player - why Mourinho doesn't start him is beyond me