Georgia Tech recruiting needs

January, 15, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Coincidently, Georgia Tech recruiting coordinator Giff Smith also coaches the defensive line, and that's where the Yellow Jackets' most pressing need was during this recruiting class -- up front.

Georgia Tech will lose three starting defensive linemen -- all of whom are projected to go onto successful careers in the NFL -- in Darryl Richard, Vance Walker and Michael Johnson. So far, the Yellow Jackets have five commitments from defensive linemen. Aside from that unit, this was one of the youngest teams in the ACC.

Despite Georgia Tech's success running the football in the first year of Paul Johnson's triple-option offense, the Yellow Jackets were in need of an overhaul on the offensive line. They're looking to recruit big, fast, athletic linemen, not small and quick players. Georgia Tech is expecting commitments from at least three guards and a tackle.

Johnson expects to bring in two or three A-backs and one B-back, but with Jonathan Dwyer and Roddy Jones returning, the coaches aren't too concerned with those positions.

The staff was also looking to add two or three quarterbacks and more depth at the position. With so many injuries in 2008, young players were forced into roles they weren't necessarily ready for, and the Jackets are working hard to make sure that doesn't happen again. Getting closer to the 85 scholarship limit this year will certainly help.

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