Georgia Tech national signing day live blog

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(Photo by Michael Shroyer/Getty Images)

 

 

Georgia Tech’s signing day class is complete. The Yellow Jackets received 24 letters of intent from players from across the state of Georgia and six other states, including Hawaii and California. Said coach Paul Johnson, “I thought that we were able to address some needs. It’s a little heavier probably on defense than offense, which is where we had a few more openings, but all in all, I think it’s a well-rounded class.”

5 things Paul Johnson had to say on national signing day

1:05 P.M.

24. Mikey Minihan, offensive line, Honolulu, 6-3, 285

Tech’s connection to Hawaii is unusually strong. Coaches Paul Johnson, Buzz Preston and Mike Sewak all coached at Hawaii and still have connections to the islands. Minihan comes from the St. Louis School, a powerhouse school in Hawaii, and is rated the No. 1 guard in Hawaii. Minihan was also offered by Hawaii, San Jose State and service academies.

Read more about Minihan here

10:46 A.M.

23. Brenton King, kicker, Mill Creek High, 6-0, 165

King joined the class not long after long-time commit Joseph Bulovas withdrew his commitment in January, ultimately to be recruited by Alabama. King, who figures to step into the void left by Harrison Butker, had been committed to Old Dominion. King was rated the No. 1 kicking prospect in the state by Chris Sailer Kicking.

Read more about King here

22. Boe Tufele, offensive line, Harbor City, Calif., 6-3, 290

One of the more unlikely signees, Tufele was invited to an official visit last Friday and was on a plane later the same day. Further, Tufele played defensive line in high school, akin to offensive tackle Jahaziel Lee’s transition. Also recruited by Hawaii and Illinois, Tufele is rated a three-star prospect by 247.

Read more about Tufele here

21. Jaquan Henderson, linebacker, Newton High, 6-1, 210

Henderson was wooed away from Tennessee by Tech on the second-to-last weekend of the recruiting period. Henderson, who held offers from Michigan, LSU and Nebraska, among others, joins Bruce Jordan-Swilling and T.D. Roof to form a solid linebacking group in the class.

Read more about Henderson here

10:20 A.M.

20. Kelton Dawson, defensive end, Stockbridge High, 6-4, 235

Offered in December, Dawson will join a position group that will lose Antonio Simmons and KeShun Freeman after this season. Dawson shows athletic ability for his position. He’ll have competition in his class from Antwan Owens and Cortez Alston.

Read more about Dawson here

10:12 A.M.

19. TD Roof, linebacker, Buford High, 5-11, 205

The son of Tech defensive coordinator Ted Roof has been an integral member of Buford’s state powerhouse team. He’ll come in with considerable competition at linebacker with Jaquan Henderson and Bruce Jordan-Swilling. A three-star prospect, he also had offers from Central Florida, South Florida, Indiana and East Carolina. He was the third player to commit to the class.

Read more about Roof here

10:03 A.M.

18. Bruce Jordan-Swilling, linebacker, New Orleans, 6-2, 215

The highest-rated prospect in Tech’s class by most accounts – ESPN ranks him the No. 193 player in the country. He was also named to the U.S. Army All-American game. Jordan-Swilling has a strong chance to play this fall.

Read more about Jordan-Swilling here

17. Tre Swilling, cornerback, New Orleans, 6-1, 183

Rated the No. 17 player in the state of Louisiana by 247, he was also rated a four-star prospect by Rivals. The son of Tech great Pat Swilling has also been an influential ambassador for the Jackets’ recruiting interests, reaching out to uncommitted players to try to bring them in the fold.

Read more about Swilling here

9:57 A.M.

16. Da’Meon Williams, cornerback, Norcross High, 5-10, 170

Williams follows former Blue Devils Clinton Lynch and Jarett Cole to Tech. Williams had interest in Michigan State and North Carolina, among others, but found Tech to be the best fit. He’ll have competition at his position, joining Tech at the same time as potential cornerbacks Tre Swilling, Gentry Bonds, Jaytlin Askew and Kaleb Oliver.

Read more about Williams here

9:46 A.M.

15. Kaleb Oliver, athlete, Murfreesboro, Tenn., 6-3, 205

One of the more highly-touted members of the class, Oliver was committed to Mississippi State before a coaching change prompted his withdrawal. He picked Tech over Ole Miss in a battle that went down to the wire. With size and solid tackling form, he could be a special teamer for the Jackets this fall.

Read more about Oliver here

9:42 A.M.

14. Jordan Ponchez-Mason, B-back, Gallatin, Tenn., 6-1, 205

A January commit, Ponchez-Mason could jump into the competition to back up Dedrick Mills at B-back. One of the top recruits in the state of Tennessee, he shows good vision, quick feet and tackle-breaking power.

Read more about Ponchez-Mason here

9:38 A.M.

13. Antwan Owens, defensive end/defensive tackle, Tallahassee, Fla., 6-4, 270

A powerful hitter with ability to move well, Owens is one of the bigger prospects that Tech has signed on the defensive line. A flip from Central Florida, where he had been committed since last summer, Owens could be a candidate to move to defensive tackle.

Read more about Owens here

9:23 A.M.

12. Zach Quinney, offensive line, Savannah Christian, 6-6, 265

Quinney, a three-star prospect (247 Sports), turned down offers from North Carolina, Mississippi State and Duke, among others, to select Tech. He started four seasons at Savannah Christian, was a two-time all-state selection, and can run the 40-yard dash in 5.0 seconds, a quality time for a lineman. Savannah Christian runs an offense similar to Tech’s.

Read more about Quinney here

9:21 A.M.

11. Charlie Clark, offensive tackle, Marist School, 6-4, 286

A Tech offer in January convinced Clark to withdraw his commitment from Tulane. One of several offensive line prospects in the class, Clark was an all-state selection in Class AAAA. The typical route for an offensive lineman is to redshirt as a freshman, although the 2016 season proved the exception. He also received offers from Georgia Southern, Army and Navy.

Read more about Clark here

9:11 A.M.

10. Tobias Oliver, quarterback, Northside High, 6-2, 175

An option quarterback who runs with strength, balance and speed, Oliver is the sole quarterback in the class. Oliver also can fire the ball downfield on target, a prerequisite for the Jackets’ offense. He also had reported offers from Troy, Army and Mercer.

Read more about Oliver here

9:10 A.M.

9. Connor Hansen, offensive line, Tallahassee, Fla., 6-2, 325.

Hansen became Tech’s second commit after a dominant showing at a camp at Tech last summer, showing agility, quickness and strength (to go with size). Marshall and Central Florida were both contending for Hansen when he pulled the trigger on Tech.

Read more about Hansen here

9:09 A.M.

8. Tariq Carpenter, safety, Long County High, 6-2, 188

Carpenter was one of two players that Tech flipped from Central Florida, defensive end Antwan Owens being the other.  He has the look of a physical run defender who can close on ball carriers quickly. He joins a crowded secondary and will have to fight for reps.

Read more about Carpenter here

8:59 A.M.

7. Jerry Howard, B-back, Rock Hill, S.C., 6-0, 215

Howard was committed to East Carolina when he switched and committed to Tech in November. Like fellow commit Jordan Ponchez-Mason, Howard has a chance to compete immediately for playing time behind B-back Dedrick Mills. Howard has a thick build, can break tackles and can catch the ball out of the backfield.

Read more about Howard here

8:58 A.M.

6. Pressley Harvin, punter, Sumter, S.C., 6-0, 240

One of the highest-rated punters in the class, Harvin figures to be an immediate boost for Tech’s punting game. Harvin was also the first member of the class to commit.

Read more about Harvin here

8:55 A.M.

5. Avery Showell, safety, Cartersville High, 6-2, 200

A late addition – he committed Jan. 22 – Showell had been committed to Wake Forest since last summer. A three-star prospect, Showell showed his versatility by starting at wide receiver/tight end and outside linebacker for the back-to-back Class AAAA state champions, but he appears headed for safety at Tech.

Read more about Showell here

 

8:54 A.M.

4. Adonicas Sanders, wide receiver, Charleston, S.C., 6-foot-1, 195

Sanders was a late addition to the class, committing to Tech Monday after an official visit this past weekend. Sanders caught 61 passes for 1,440 yards and 20 touchdowns at Fort Dorchester High. His offer list is not overwhelming – his reported offers include Western Carolina and Presbyterian – but his game video shows himself to have shiftiness and soft hands.

 

8:53 A.M.

3. Cortez Alston, defensive end, Westminster School, 6-3, 250

A prospect pursued by the ACC, SEC and Ivy League, Alston plays with determination and awareness. From the same school that sent Harrison Butker to Tech, Alston has a little more heft than many Tech defensive end signees.

Read more about Alston here.

UPDATE, 8:50 A.M. (apologies for the late start. some very bad decisions with traffic)

2. Gentry Bonds, cornerback, Murfreesboro, Tenn., 6-1, 193

Rated a three-star prospect by 247 (four stars by Rivals), Bonds is a strong candidate to play this fall, particularly since he enrolled early and will be able to take part in spring practice.

Read more about Bonds here

1. Jaytlin Askew, cornerback, McEachern High, 5-8, 160

An early enrollee recruited by safeties coach Andy McCollum, Askew is undersized but drew reported offers Auburn, Clemson and Florida State, among others. Askew was drawn to Tech in no small part because of the school’s academic strength. As an early enrollee, his chances of playing this fall, likely on special teams, increases.

Read more about Askew here

 

Check back here starting Wednesday morning at 8:30 a.m. and throughout the morning for updates.


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