New defensive coordinator Al Groh helped Paul Johnson finish out another balanced, impressive recruiting class with some late pledges, including four-star cornerback Louis Young from Maryland, who had been committed to Stanford.
The class features plenty of solid defensive talent and is heavy with defensive backs, an area of specific concern for Georgia Tech last season.
The class isn't getting much national attention, in part due to its size—the Jackets have just 18 commitments, due to a lack of available scholarships.
But on paper, the class compares favorably to the best the Jackets pulled in during any signing period in the last decade, including the 2007 class that yielded Jon Dwyer and Josh Nesbitt, among others. It is composed almost entirely of in-state players.
There are no quarterbacks in this class, but there are a couple of athletes—Barry Bostic and Synjyn Days among them—who were talented option quarterbacks in high school. Bostic, for one, is projected as a defensive back, although he's happily offered in the past to do some work on offense if Paul Johnson needs it.
Offensive lineman Morgan Bailey is another highlight, bringing size and athleticism in the kind of package Paul Johnson prefers along his line.
Defensive lineman Denzel McCoy is one to watch as well. He stuck by the Jackets when others, including former Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin particularly, came in hard for him last fall.
McCoy has already organized much of the Georgia-based portion of this class into a network of phone calls and texts, and some have even gotten together fairly regularly.
It won't get a lot of love from recruiting services, but this is a solid class for the Jackets that fills a lot of holes, and, if those same services are to be believed, projects a lot of future starters, particularly on defense.