Year 4-(2012) Georgia Tech Season Preview & Recruits Breakdown 2011 Georgia Tech Recruiting Recap Highlight Tailback-Donte Hawk Selmer, TN Stats: 6’1 196 lbs. Analysis: Donte is a superior athlete from the state of Tennessee. Recruited as a HB for Tech’s potent running game. Donte will join a loaded stable of Tailbacks already on the roster. He has excellent size at 6’1, 196 pounds and will lower the boom on opposing defender’s. To go with his size is excellent speed, Coach Johnson said Donte was timed by his scouts in the sub 4.4 range. Donte was ranked in the top 15 tailbacks in the country by Rivals.com Wolf-Roderick Scott Carrollwood, FL Stats: 6’3 212 lbs. Analysis: Scott is a devastating hitter that will body rock anyone that comes his way. Known as a Youtube highlight sensation for handing out (2) concussions, (1) broken collarbone. He was also ejected from his High School 5A Championship game for ripping an opposing RB’s helmet off in a pile-up for a fumble recovery, Scott has made a big name for his self. There was a lot of suspect questions regarding how Scott was accepted in to Tech with a 2.7 GPA average also. At 6’3 212 pounds Scott said he plans to add at least 15 more pounds here in the spring. This is one of the most interesting freshmen to come to Tech in the past decade, so we will all be paying attention to see if it’s all show or the next Keith Brooking. Tailback-Graham Harvey Americus, GA Stats: 5’11 198 lbs. Analysis: Harvey, like Hawk is a multiple threat back with good size at 198 pounds, and excellent top end speed. His speed isn’t quite as fast as Hawk, but his acceleration is off the charts. Harvey has the uncanny ability to make lateral cuts and not lose much speed. Harvey did blow his knee out his Junior year so many schools shied away from. He miss two games also his senior year from complications from that same right knee. Probably will be red-shirted, so we wont see him on the field at least for a couple seasons. Guard-Melvin Rice Warner Robins, GA Stats: 6’3 331 lbs. Analysis: Melvin is a humongous kid at over 330 lbs. This road grader has Coach Johnson very excited for the next four years. The Jackets almost lost Melvin in a long recruiting battle with Georgia Southern, but instead opted to move to North Georgia to play in the ACC. Melvin has a very soft-spoken personality off the field, but is a pure run block on the field. He struggles with athletic DT’s, so he will need to work on his foot-work. Nose Tackle-Tony Thomas Dublin, GA Stats: 5’11 269 lbs. Analysis: Coach Johnson says Tony has a “Non-Stop Motor”. Undersized for a 3-4 NT, Coach Johnson says Tony just has to hit the Tech cafeteria and not lose his great quickness. Tony’s only D-I scholarship offer came from Tech, his only other offers were to Dartmouth and Princeton. He will start out number 3 on the depth chart. Quarterback-Mark Sowell Sanford, FL Stats: 6’0 172 lbs. Analysis: Mark is a superb dual-threat QB that will hopefully work wonders for their high-octane option offense. Compared a lot to former QB Jaybo Shaw, Mark has excellent accuracy. He needs to get in the weight room and strengthen his deep ball and add some weight. With not much depth on the GT roster, Sowell will get his shot in the spring to be considered as a true freshmen. Sowell has scholarship offers also from LSU, Western Kentucky, and the Naval Academy. Quarterback-Matt Young Youngstown, OH Stats: 6’5 228 lbs. Analysis: Young is a freak. Standing at 6’ foot, 5” inches tall, this guy runs like a gazelle. Played TE as a Soph, WR as a Junior, and QB his senior year in High School. Coach Johnson believes Young can be a staple at QB for his option offense. With good arm strength Young will be able to spread teams out and throw the ball if need be also. Not highly pursued by the Major college conferences, Young says he feels he got the short end of the stick. As a big-time Ohio State fan from Youngstown Ohio, he hopes one day to make OSU pay for not giving him the time, nor day. Defensive End-Devon Cook Vero Beach, South FL Stats: 5’11 256lbs. Analysis: Devon is a bull on crack. This kid flies all over the field wrecking havoc. Know for his excellent speed around the corner. Devon will need to work on his technique and add some move pass-rush moves to his arsenal. Athlete-Lance High Grand Junction, CO Stats: 5’11 195 lbs. Analysis: Lance is great athlete with excellent speed. Clocked in the 4.3 range, Lance will probably be slotted to play WR or another skilled position. He also has superb lateral mobility and strength for his size. Hopefully he can add more speed to a formally speed-challenged football program. 2012 Offensive and Defensive Starting Line-up's Offense Offensive Outlook: There are only three Seniors on GT's offense this season. This young squad is going to be led by Sophmore QB Peter Bradley. The offense rides on his shoulders and he got off to a great start this week defeating the Univ. of Florida. Bradley was recruited in the 2009 season and was redshirted that year. Bradley has a nice combination of both mobility & pass accuracy for his age. Senior Tailback Marcus Wright is back this year as the starting tailback. His blazing speed will be an asset in this New-Look offense. Wide receiver's Stephen Hill, Jeremy Moore, and Xavier Fitzgerald are all excellent young receiver's. The offensive line consist of two seniors at Center and left guard. The rest of the offensive line are all sophmore's. Though young, this large group of hog-mollies can do some damage when they get a body on a man. Defense Defensive Outlook: The Yellow Jacket defense consist of only five seniors, but seven returning starters. The base 3-4 defense has key LB's Matt Monroe (OLB) and (MLB) BJ Machem. With stud safety Cooper Tylor departed for the NFL, Junior Leslie Richardson steps in. The key of course for the season will be for the team to get pressure and sacks in their scheme. Matt Monroe and Benny Johnson will need to provide constant heat off the edge. Up front, Nose Tackle TJ Barnes is back with his mammoth body tipping the scales at 360lbs. He has been an anchor the past two seasons in keeping Tech's run defense one of the country's best. Kicking Game Outlook: Redshirt Frosh at both Kicker & Punter. Both have good accuracy, but need to work on their leg strength. Overall Anaysis: Even though we have a very young team. Anything short of a ACC Coastal Division Champsionship & BCS Bowl would be considered a dissapointment. GO JACKETS!!!