2012 National Signing Day: Rating Georgia Tech's Recruiting Class

BlackJacketContributor IJanuary 24, 2012

The incoming recruiting class at Georgia Tech looks very promising.
The incoming recruiting class at Georgia Tech looks very promising.Scott Cunningham/Getty Images

The 2012 college football National Signing Day is quickly approaching (February 1), and a few key recruits have yet to make their decisions on where they will commit to play football in the Fall.

For the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, only a few spots still remain in this year's class. Despite not knowing how this year's class will finish, the Jackets have already secured some solid recruits, assuming they sign on the dotted line next week.

Georgia Tech's recent past recruiting classes haven't ended the way many fans would like, but hopefully coach Paul Johnson finishes this year's class strong and brings home tremendous potential for the future of the program. 

The top of this year's class is relatively strong, with committed 4-star prospects Justin Thomas and Francis Kallon. For those of you who haven't heard of these two players, where have you been?

Thomas, an undisputed 4-star athlete according to all of the recruiting services, is a quarterback from Prattville, Alabama. He led his team to the Alabama class-6A state title and won MVP honors in the title game, as well as posting one of the fastest 40-yard dash times in the nation.

A previous commit to Alabama, Thomas decommitted from the Crimson Tide after he found out that he would not be considered to play at quarterback. Afterwards, Thomas quickly committed to Coach Johnson and is poised to be a major weapon in the the spread-option attack.

Kallon, also an undisputed 4-star prospect, is a defensive end from Lawrenceville, Georgia, who just picked up the game of American football one year ago. Kallon has all the measurables Coach Johnson could want in a defensive-end prospect; he quickly recruited and received a commitment from Kallon earlier in this year's class.

Kallon is very intelligent and looks to cement a spot in the Jackets defense in the coming years.

Despite recent rumors, and Kallon remaining a big target for many schools, he has remained loyal to his commitment at Tech, and should provide the game-changing abilities the Jackets have been looking for since the Coach Al Groh has taken over as defensive coordinator. 

Another possible 4-star defensive lineman prospect yet to commit is McDonough, Georgia, standout Dalvin Tomlinson. Dalvin has been a huge target for Georgia Tech and if he commits to the Jackets on National Signing Day, he could provide the strong finish to this recruiting class that fans have been looking for.

Tomlinson is built to destroy and ready to fill an immediate need of defensive-line depth for the Jackets. He will be choosing between Tech, Georgia and Alabama on National Signing Day. 

The remaining members of the 2012 class should provide depth for the Jackets in many key areas.

With recent commitments from punter Ryan Rodwell and lineman Adam Gotsis and long-time commitments like lineman Pat Gamble, running back Marcus Allen and already enrolled quarterback Dennis Andrews, Coach Johnson is certainly actively addressing problem areas his team had last year.

There are far too many recruits to address in one short article, but this year's class is solid for the school off of North Avenue, and has the potential to be the best recruiting class at Georgia Tech since 2007.

There will always be doubters, but this year's recruiting class at Georgia Tech looks very promising to me. If asked for a letter grade, I'd award it an "A."

There are many players who have tons of potential and, if developed the way Coach Johnson has done for players in the past, can become impact players.

There is room for Tech to improve however, but what school can't say that? Well, I guess the school in the Cesspool of the South wouldn't say that. Anyways, look for this class to be a major turning point in the program and provide much-needed optimism to the always cynical Ramblin' Wreck fan base.